Office of Engagement Update – May 2023

May 17, 2023

// Engagement

The last couple of weeks have been filled with Engagement celebrations! Our 11th annual engagement awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023. Individuals and groups honored included:

Corps of Engagement Award

Military Family Research Institute Reaching Rural Veterans Program

Faculty Engagement Fellow Award

Karen Foli and Paul Ebner

Faculty Engagement Scholar Award

Wanju Huang and Dieudonné Baributsa

Christian J. Foster Award

Elizabeth (Betsy) Parkinson

Staff Engagement Award

David Sederberg

Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) Faculty Commercialization Award

Xiulin Ruan

Jefferson Awards

Susie Crowe, Mary Gardner, Karen Hudmon, Tong Jin Kim and Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar

Joann Miller Award

Indiana Medical History Museum (Sarah Halter, Executive Director)

Please look for future engagement award solicitations, including the prestigious national Jefferson Awards! This is a great opportunity to recognize those individuals who exemplify engagement and its associated scholarship.

On Thursday, May 4 we recognized past and present service-learning, scholarship of engagement, and societal impact fellows at the John S. Wright Forestry Center. This event featured one past service-learning fellow, Satish Boregowda. Satish completed his fellowship during 2009-2010 and then left Purdue University. Now he has returned to continue paying his service forward. Welcome back, Satish!

Finally, the Office of Engagement is proudly represented on planning groups supporting Purdue’s two Lilly Endowment Initiative grant submissions advancing university-community collaboration. One will focus on West Lafayette and the second Indianapolis. Stay tuned for more information on these community focused partnerships sure to further strengthen our ties in central Indiana!