• Purdue Northwest students, faculty and staff honored at annual celebration

    HAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. – Purdue University Northwest (PNW) recently recognized students, faculty and staff, nominated by their peers, for exceptional efforts. Approximately 400 members of the PNW community gathered virtually while award nominees were physically present and socially distanced to participate in the fifth annual Founders Day festivities on the Westville Campus.
    Three PNW faculty members were honored with outstanding faculty awards in the areas of scholarship, engagement, and teaching. They are as follows:
    Outstanding Faculty Awards
    Neeti Parashar, professor of Physics – Scholarship
    Lash Mapa, professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology – Teaching
    Nicky Jackson, associate professor of Criminal Justice – Engagement
    PNW staff members who received awards in each of the following categories are as follows:
    Outstanding Administrative Leadership Award
    Deborah Blades, director of industrial relations and experiential learning
    James Seidler, director of web services
    Outstanding Administrative Professional Award
    Jan Gonzalez, associate director of Testing Services Center
    Katie Brown, senior educational technologist
    Outstanding Clerical Award
    Amanda Timm, graduate programs secretary
    Priscilla Toney, human resources specialist
    Outstanding Service Award
    Jim Nagy, Customer Service Center intake lead
    Ian Kunzman, custodian
    Four PNW students received awards for their service in the following categories:
    Outstanding Graduate Student Award
    Julia Cook-Jones
    Raven Chant
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
    Kayla Vasilko
    Megan Siminski
    Purdue University Northwest
    Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW values academic excellence, supports growth, and celebrates diversity. For more information about PNW, visit www.pnw.edu.

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