spring 2010 • VOL. 9, nO. 2
A newsLetter fOr HOusing And fOOd serVices empLOyees
A Very Fond Farewell
Looking back in celebration at John Sautter’s career
By Bob Heitert
hen Vice President John as RA training aids in housing systems at
Sautter retires in June, he will many other universities.
have completed 39 years of John moved to Smalley for a one-year
service to HFS, Purdue University, and his training position as assistant director of
community, although it could actually have administration for residence halls in the
been 41 years. He intended to begin his summer of 1980, and remained there,
career at Purdue in July 1969, but the U.S. with increasing degrees of responsibility
Army intervened. He was inducted in May thereafter. He became assistant director
1969, and reported to Fort Riley, Kansas. of student programs and counseling for
After training, he became an M.P., and residence halls in the summer of 1981, and
served as a counselor attached to the post replaced Ron Fruitt as director of residence
stockade. He was a member of the honor halls and graduate houses in April 1983,
team that practiced constantly to serve as when Ron became vice president. John
the ceremonial guard in the event of the then followed Ron as vice president in July
death of a president. 1996.
In July 1971, John took his first position John’s service and influence extend
at Purdue, as assistant manager of Wiley well beyond HFS. Throughout his
Hall, working for Lanny Wilson — who career, he has been actively involved,
later became director of administration for serving as both mentor and advisor
residence halls, and was a mentor to John to such groups as Occupational
throughout his career. In June 1973, he Outlook, ODK, the Reamer
became assistant manager at Shreve Hall, Club, Tomahawk, Mortarboard,
and remained there until June 1974, when Old Masters, and Iron Key.
he became manager of Harrison Hall. These contributions have
During his six years there, he developed been recognized with the
and refined the concepts of programming Tip of The Hat Award,
and counseling that became his trademark. the Leather Medal,
He also published two booklets that the Special
embodied those ideas in practical ways:
Understanding Your Residents and Alcohol
And Your Residents. Thousands of copies
were printed, and they were used
Continue to page 7 for “A Very Fond Farewell —
Looking back in celebration at John Sautter’s career”
Page 2 Around the Corner Page 5 Culinary Corner Page 9 Purdue’s ESOL Program
Page 3 Global Communities Page 6 HFS Photo Album Page 11 Employee Applause
Page 4 A Day in the Life Page 8 Purdue Village Gardens Page 12 Where Are They Now?
around the corner
I remember …
I remember attending Board of Trustees be launched. As I spoke, we would have a
meetings in the Anniversary Dining Room “hold” where each hall manager checked in
of the Purdue Memorial Union. All the vice with “McCutcheon Hall is ready … go for
presidents sat around the edge of the room launch.” The Hall of Music folks brought
at assigned places with nameplates. The in huge speakers and as the shuttle lifted
visitor section offered about 20 seats. off the launch pad, the table silverware,
I remember having lunch in the PMU china and glasses shook … and we launched
director’s dining room. This small dining another school year. Terrific moment!
area, off the Sagamore room, was where I remember linen exchange day when
Fred Ford, former executive vice president students exchanged their bed linen weekly,
and treasurer, gathered his senior staff televisions available only in the date lounges
several times a semester to informally keep and students walked to all their classes (no John Sautter
us informed on issues. In this same room buses).
President Fred Hovde used to meet with his I remember decisions … adding MTV as staff
cabinet and discuss campus happenings. a channel, offering soft drinks as beverage
I remember having to purchase a tuxedo choices in our dining rooms, increasing
to attend the many formal events on visitation hours, eliminating linen service, Spring 2010 Vol. 9, no. 2
campus including the trustees dinner dance saving gold Nehru waiter jackets (still
and the various dinner dances in the halls in storage), signing the requisition for a editor
Barbara leonard, purdue Marketing
… Snowflake Fantasy, Scotia, and Winter $100,000 telephoto lens for Hall of Music and Media
Wonderland. It was here I learned to eat Productions and encouraging the concept associate editor
lisa Kochert, HFS Marketing and
lobster … quite a change for a boy from a of First Street Towers. Communications, interim director
small farming town in Illinois. I will long remember these and many editorial Board
annette Benson, purdue Village
I remember attending annual hall awards other occurrences from my days in Housing liz Morris, pMU
banquets. Here the various school deans and Food Services. robin Shanks, Hall of Music productions
Scott McCollum, Food Stores
would attend to award the top scholars their Kathy Vill, University residences
- John Sautter Jessica able, purdue Marketing and Media
6.0 plaques … (perfect GPAs).
I remember seeing Jack Benny perform Joe Bennett, Bob Heitert, John Sautter
in the Hall of Music for five dollars. I also Designer
Julie Sadler, purdue Marketing and Media
remember taking my kids to see Barbara
Mandrell (they fell asleep). Other shows Mark Simons, purdue Marketing and Media
include Barry Manilow, Bill Cosby, Brad andy Hancock, purdue Marketing and
Paisley, and many other productions … my Copy editor
Dan Howell, purdue Marketing and Media
wife and I both slept through “Evita.”
I remember creating themes every year Connections is published quarterly for employees of the
division of Housing and Food Services. We welcome your
to help motivate the housing staff. My best comments and suggestions for future issues; contact
Barbara Leonard, editor, by campus mail at Marketing and
memory is the theme, “Launching another Media, SCC-D; 494-2972; or email@example.com.
Year.” We gathered in the West Faculty Connections is produced by Purdue Marketing and Media
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From Thailand to Purdue
Earhart staff member marches to her own beat
By Annette Benson N
Life had a steady rhythm for Wasina day, Wasina found herself newly married,
Tansarawiput. At the end of each week she unemployed, living in a new country, and
and her father drove the hour and a half speaking a new language.
from Bangkok to Nakhon Pathom province Wasina’s life rhythm was altered,
to spend the weekend with her mother, and but she quickly found a new beat.
at the end of the weekend they returned to Her days now were filled with
Bangkok, where Wasina’s father, a career taking care of her apartment in nAKHOn pAtHOm
naval officer, worked in a Thai Navy office. Purdue Village, taking English
Wasina attended school in Bangkok, while classes at ESOL, and enjoying W E
living with her father in a Navy-supplied time with her husband that
apartment, from the time she was in sixth didn’t involve thousands of
grade until she graduated from college. miles distance between them or BAngKOK
After graduating with a four-year a telephone bill chronicling their
degree in law, Wasina’s life continued in every minute.
its regular pattern. Qualified in Thailand After a few months Wasina added
to practice general law, Wasina took a job a full-time job at Earhart Dining Court
as a lawyer in Bangkok and continued to her days, and now the rhythm of her
traveling homeward to see her mother life includes working weekdays and every
on the weekends. But one visit home third weekend, trying out all the desserts S
was destined to change her life. That was at Earhart (especially the cookies), and
the day she brought a young man to her learning English the most practical way
childhood home for her mother’s approval. — by having authentic conversations
Her mother said that she “liked him very with people who speak English as a first
much,” and, although she would not realize language.
it at the time, life would be forever altered
Only four short months later, the
young man, named Chookiat, left to
begin a PhD in electrical engineering at
Purdue University on a scholarship from
the government of Thailand, with the
agreement that he would return five to six
years later to marry Wasina. So Wasina
went back to her Bangkok-Nakhon Pathom
routine each week and dreamed of the day
that he would return from someplace called
Indiana in the United States.
But as she traveled to the law office each
morning and back again to her apartment
she began musing about the telephone calls
from Indiana to Thailand; they seemed to
be coming more frequently, lasting longer,
and were usually full of plans — plans
involving five to six months, not five to six
years. After only six months of separation,
Chookiat returned to Thailand to marry
Wasina. Two weeks after her wedding Wasina Tansarawiput
a day in the life
Do You Know Where to Find Tikka Paste?
For one staff member, knowledge, planning and an eye for detail go a long way
By robin Shanks
called upon to procure, including octopus,
shark, eel, and ostrich, which she kindly
“Customers mean forwards to the meat buyer.
But it’s not all exotic foods for Alma,
everything to me.” who mentions she focuses a lot on
— Joannie Alma obtaining various types of produce to fill
Purdue’s needs. “A little trick I’ve learned
over the years is to be aware of the weather
in growing areas, so I won’t be surprised if
a particular item might be in short supply
due, say, to a freeze.” Keeping ahead of
things is a hallmark for her, including
making sure there is plenty of milk and the
ever important ice cream available! When
asked how much milk might typically be
in an order, her response was an amazing
1050 gallons per week … for Earhart alone.
It’s not all work in Alma’s life. Family
is also high on her list of priorities,
she has four grown children, and two
grandchildren with two more on the way.
When she’s not spending time with her
children and grandchildren, she and her
husband participate in the White County
Joannie alma, who grew up west of purdue in otterbein, indiana, graduated from high Antique Power Association. “That’s antique
school on a Sunday and began work the next day in the accounting office in Freehafer tractors, threshers, and the like,” She says.
Hall. in addition to time spent with her family, she enjoys gardening and craft shows. “Reminder of days gone by.”
Joannie Alma, procurement analyst the dining halls, PMU, HTM, or special
with HFS Food Stores, never, she says, events like Boiler Gold Rush — for which Did you know…?
Did you know…?
has a “typical day.” After 23 years with she coordinates the purchase and delivery
Food Stores, she has obviously seen a lot; around campus of mountains of bottled
including the staff grow from 13 to 20 water and soft drinks — her eye for detail
team members. And in her daily walk serves her, and HFS, well. Her organized
she interacts with them all, always with workspace at Food Stores is indicative of
a smile and a calm demeanor that belies the precision evident in her work.
the pressures of her position. “We all help On the day of her interview for
each other,” she relates, “we’re a close-knit this article, a co-worker interrupted,
team.” mentioning difficulty related to finding
Alma says that the introduction of something called “tikka paste.” Though
technologies such as computers and only a small quantity was needed, it was
online ordering systems has made her nonetheless a crucial ingredient for an
job better, particularly when it comes to HTM project! Undeterred, Alma guided
details. “If a food order is incorrect, it can her associate to possible resources in the
affect the operations of our customers. form of specialty markets in the Greater
And customers mean everything to me,” Lafayette area. But tikka paste is merely one a week for
Alma notes. Whether it’s ordering for example of unusual edibles she has been Earhart alone
Big Ten recipe contest showcases cooking talent
By Kathy Vill
Earhart Dining Court hosted Mushroom mushroom stir fry, gluten-free mushroom
cpK: Vivian Scott, Dorothy Moore,
Madness in early January, the first culinary lasagna, Italian tuxedo pasta, basil hill
Cindy Albertson, Andy Wright
contest held in University Residences portabella, Assisi mushroom chicken, and
Dining Services. Chefs and their teams ford: Asia Noori, rebecca Williams, grilled mushroom quesadilla.
from Athletic Dining Room, Central Howard Dushane, Muoi Phung, Ha Tran Judging was based on creativity/
Production Kitchen, Ford, Hillenbrand, earhart: Peggy Marvin, Christina Cheng, uniqueness (25 percent), flavor (50
retail (Cary Knight Spot Grill and Harrison Sue Stutler, Cara Powell percent), and visual appearance (25
Grillé), Wiley, and Windsor competed to percent). Teams presented their dishes to
Adr: Gene Shaw, Kevin Brand,
create the best new mushroom recipe to Tina Bowman, Beth Fosnaugh
the judges, giving a brief explanation of
represent Purdue in the Big Ten mushroom the dish and its origin, before the tasting
recipe contest. Entry requirements involved retail: Jacob Garis, Erik Kurdelak began. According to Irvin, the judges were
the use of fresh commercially cultivated Hillenbrand: Matt Hoon, Juanita Hoskins, “impressed by every entry and would
mushrooms, white button, portabella, James Tremmel, Grace Brutsman have given everyone medals, if we could.”
crimini, shiitake, oyster, enoki, maitake, or After much deliberation, nine medals were
wiley: Don rhine, Julie Zarse, Phil Wenzel,
beech, and needed to fall into one of three awarded.
categories: pizza, sandwich, or entrée.
Judges were Barb Frazee, director of windsor: Angel Grey, Mercy DeVault, NeWSFLaSH:
University Residences; Jill Irvin, director of Lini Guo, Stephanie McAllister
As Connections went to press, it
dining services; Larry Sommers, director of was announced that Ford Dining
HFS development; Bruce Haumesser, PMU vegan mushroom burger, an earth burger, Court’s recipe for Vegetarian
executive chef; and Cassie Hutcherson, and the “purely ridiculous mushroom Mushroom Stir Fry received the
Wiley resident assistant. “The event was sandwich.” Roasted portabella pizza, grand prize, selected as the best
a wonderful opportunity to showcase the grilled portabella mushroom pizza, overall recipe. Congratulations
talent in University Residences,” Frazee the fungus among us veggie pizza on on another Big Ten victory!
says. “I am proud to know we have so naan bread, garden pizza, and an east
many creative individuals and teams on Asian mushroom pizza presented the
(left to right) Ha Tran, production chef, is
our staff.” judges with tough choices. Entrée entries pictured with food service workers Muoi
Sandwiches included an Italian included cous-cous, roasted vegetable phung, rebecca Williams, asia noori, and
mushroom sandwich, Tasmanian wrap, with mushroom salad entrée, vegetarian Howard Dushane, all of Ford Dining Court.
Bronze: Wiley, Purely ridiculous Mushroom Sandwich
silver: Hillenbrand, The Earth Burger
gold: Earhart, The italian Mushroom Sandwich
Bronze: Ford, Grilled Portabella Mushroom Pizza
silver: Earhart, The Fungus Among Us Veggie Pizza on Naan Bread
gold: CPK, roasted Portabella Pizza
Bronze: Ford, Gluten-free Mushroom Lasagna
silver: Wiley, Assisi Mushroom Chicken
gold: Ford, Vegetarian Mushroom Stir Fry
In Our Spare Time sHare YOUr PHOTOs WiTH COnneCTiOns
We’d like to see how you spend your time out-
side of work. Send your hi-res digital images to
in December a group of HFS
employees volunteered for the
Salvation army, assisting with
Christmas basket deliveries to local
homebound individuals. The HFS
volunteers, many of whom partici-
pate every year, make up the largest
group this program has each year.
Left Tim gennett, director of facilities for HFS, at his
annette Brown, general manager, ham radio station in his home. Using ham radios
and erik Kurdelak, operations man- and a wire antenna hanging in trees around his
ager, made snow angels during a house, gennett has spoken to other ham radio
recent wintry lunch hour at Harrison operators in over 200 countries around the globe.
BeLOw Left Kyla Houston (left), general manager at
rebecca ross-Field, HFS human McCutcheon, teaches clogging to a group of
resources, leads a hula hoop class in Wabash area lifetime learning association
the fitness room in Hillenbrand Hall. (Walla) participants.
A Very Fond Farewell (continued)
Sautter holds his first paycheck from
Boilermaker Award (1982), and tOp rigHt:
appointment as Honorary Old Master John Sautter (upper right, seated) is
in 1989. He has been active in the John pictured with former president arthur
Purdue Club, and has served as the host Hansen and students in the Wiley Hall lobby
for the visiting men’s basketball coach and in the early 1970s. Hansen made a habit
of dropping by to eat in the dining halls
team at home games since 1982. and would then stop in the lobby to chat
Beyond Purdue, he has served as a and work out homework problems with
member of the executive board of the residents.
Association of College and University Left:
Housing Officers-International — just one Back from the army, 1971.
of many contributions to the organization. BOttOm:
Within the Lafayette community, he has John and Dianne Sautter, celebrating a
served on the board of directors of the wedding anniversary, 1973.
Greater Lafayette Volunteer Bureau, the
West Lafayette Council of Parents, and
as president of the West Lafayette Little
Among John’s contributions to HFS,
two within University Residences stand
out. He was a member of the Housing
For The ’90s Steering Committee, which
eventually resulted in the design of a hallmark phrase, but represented what
Hillenbrand Hall. That interest in and he truly wanted every staff member and
concern for future generations of students resident to experience, and he has worked
was also a determining factor in the design continuously to make it happen.
of First Street Towers. Less concretely but Please take the opportunity to talk
more fundamentally, John has always with John sometime between now
wanted HFS to be an organization where and the end of June. Don’t wait for a
people not only worked well together, but retirement reception, but pick a relaxed
cared about and helped take care of each and unexpected time to say thanks and
other. “Climate of Caring” became not just congratulations.
Growing Green and Global at Purdue
By Joe Bennett
“From July till the end of October, I don’t OrgAnic prOduce cOmmunity initiAtiVe
buy vegetables,” Aloka Bera says, gazing He says his gardens help exercise his body Because the gardens started informally as a
happily at his garden full of Asian veggies and give him peace of mind because tenant initiative, no one is sure of the exact
near the Purdue University Airport in West of the environmental benefits. “I try to history, but Andy Robison, residential life
Lafayette. grow my vegetables organically without manager for Purdue Village, believes they
Bera is one of about 125 people who pesticides, which improves the quality of go back to the late 1950s. “The gardens’
grow vegetables for their families and the environment for wildlife, especially bees success is in the community they foster and
friends on garden plots Purdue makes and butterflies. I have my own composting the local food production value. Because
available to anyone who wants to take system, and I use horse manure from a local Purdue Village has many international
advantage of Indiana’s rich soil, keep food farm for fertilizer.” students, many of the gardeners grow
production local, and reduce stress on the Purdue devotes about 150,000 square unique vegetables that are hard to find in
environment. feet of land, divided into 172 plots, to the North America.”
Vegetables from Bera’s native India and garden program administered by Purdue Carlos Iglesias grows a dizzying array
other nations dominate his Purdue garden. Village, a student residential complex where of vegetable crops, including some that
He particularly likes to grow bitter melon married students and their families, as well are common in his native Uruguay. He
(Momordica charantia), which not only is a as other students, live. Plots range from especially looks forward to harvesting a
staple of stir-fry cooking, but also helps ease 300 to 1,380 square feet, and gardeners pay small, round summer squash (Cucurbita
the effects of diabetes and other illnesses. An $25 to $50 a year, depending on size. The pepo) that is related to zucchini and that
assistant research scientist at Purdue, Bera fees help pay for plotting supplies, garden Iglesias says is delicious when stuffed with a
grows tomatoes, cucumbers, and okra in events, mowing, tilling, ground beef mixture and baked.
another garden behind his West Lafayette and maintenance of “Friends start calling me in July, wanting
home. water lines, which to know when the squash will be ready,” he
rigHt pHOtO: a view of purdue Village the University says. A geneticist for a popcorn producer,
garden plots in full bloom. provides for Iglesias is not affiliated with Purdue, but is
BOttOm pHOtO: irrigation is provided by the
irrigation. grateful for the garden program. Familiar
University as part of the garden program. The program crops like corn, soybeans and cucumbers
is open to flourish in his plot, alongside grass peas
the public, (Lathyrus sativus), grown from Uruguayan
as well as seed, blue potatoes, varieties of hot and
Purdue mild peppers, and even peanuts, which
students and Iglesias says do fine in Indiana.
sustAinABLe, LOcAL fOOd
“Growing more food locally has a
tremendous economic, nutritional and
environmental impact,” he
says. “Foods imported
from distances greater
than 40 miles, use five to 15
times more energy than
locally grown food.”
finds Indiana soil climate
friendly. The Egyptian
veterinarian works as a
research assistant at Purdue while his
wife completes her degree program. He
grows lettuce, peppers, eggplant, okra and
other vegetables for his family and friends.
“In my country, when you have something,
A longer version of this article first appeared in
Did you know…?
Did you know…? you share,” he says with a smile. “We will
indiana Living Green magazine. Visit them on the
enjoy these all summer.” web at www.indianalivinggreen.com.
• Purdue Village Gardens are scheduled to be Robison says administering the
relocated to the west side of Airport road garden is one of the most satisfying
once the new u.s. route 231 is built. Joe Bennett is a former journalist and retired
things about his job, and he admires Purdue administrator, who teaches writing at the
• One long-time gardener at Purdue Village the gardeners who are more skilled University and works as a freelance editor and
gardens is John sautter, departing vice than he is. “I administer the gardens writer.
president of Hfs. but I am not a good gardener myself,”
• With an 80% international student population he says. “I have a garden here, but only
at purdue Village, the gardens are home to a few tomato plants and some squash. I
many international vegetables not commonly tried to grow cilantro and basil, but most of
found in north America.
it burned up in the hot sun!”
ESOL Offers Tools for Fluency, Confidence John Sautter,
on eSOL at Purdue:
By Annette Benson
i’ve always believed the ESOL offering at Purdue
Village is a valued and important residential life
use English to the test. The spouse of a program for our unique population of scholars
Romanian doctoral student in international there. With a population of around 80 percent
economics who was already fluent in international students from over 50 different
English, Nicolae was in a tremendous countries, ESOL brings cultures together as
hurry to better his English and to become a they pursue learning the English language.
student himself. The program is a terrific example of reinforcing
Nicolae took everything that ESOL could Purdue’s emphasis on student success coupled
offer him in both the fall of 2005 and the with recruiting international students. ESOL
encourages student success by making
spring of 2006.
international students feel comfortable, their
Five years later, I am sitting across from
spouses feel grounded, and parents, in their
Nicolae Morar, soon-to-be PhD candidate homeland, view Purdue University as a caring
in philosophy, at lunch in Wiley Dining institution.
Court, as he tells me that his wife has
just accepted a tenure-track position in
economics in Eugene, Oregon. He speaks heart how difficult it is to live outside your
with the same gentle Romanian accent I own culture and language.”
nicolae Morar remember from five years ago, but with a Each semester HFS invests personnel
fluency that makes it hard to believe that and resources into the language-learning
“The first impression of America is the English is his third language. goals of at least 100 people who enroll
first people you meet,” says Nicolae Morar. As the subject changes to the value ESOL in an ESOL class. Some are students at
For Morar the first U.S. citizens he ever played in his education, he reminisces about Purdue who realize that they need more
knew well were the staff at the English for his ESOL instructors: “You know, I have to training in academic writing. Others are
Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at write a lot because my subject is philosophy. visiting scholars who spend many hours in
Purdue Village. Unlike other places Morar When I write I can always hear Heather a laboratory but want more time having
had been, he says, “When I was at ESOL, I [Day’s] voice in the back of my mind: ‘use authentic English conversations. Still others
never had the feeling I wasn’t ‘part of the short sentences …, don’t use a lot of words are stay-at-home moms who want to be
family’ … because I didn’t speak English when a few will do,’ and because of Eileen able to communicate with the doctor, the
perfectly.” [Arthur] I am much more confident in my teacher, or the grocer. And many are like
Nicolae arrived in the U.S. in the fall of use of English grammar. Each teacher I had Nicolae Morar: the trailing spouse who
2005, fluent in both Romanian and French, there had spent time outside of their home wants to transition to Purdue student.
and just beginning to put his abilities to country. They really understood from the The investment is well worth it.
making a difference each day
Received by Michael Kaufman, manager for lighting Received by Kari Glebe, dining court manager, Wiley
and live video, Hall of Music Operations Residence Hall
Re: Chemical Engineering of the Future Symposium Today when I arrived at the dining court for lunch a
I want to thank you and your crew for the wonderful man and his wife stopped me to see if “I was in charge.”
performance on Thursday and Friday. Everything was I assured him I was not, but knew who was and asked
impeccable. The chair arrangement and the screen were if he wanted to speak to you. He said he was in a hurry,
On January 6, 2010, HFS held its annual Celebration beyond my expectations. Please pass on my thanks to but did not want to miss a chance to share how pleased
Event where the year’s theme of “The Magic of Geoff Gooch, Dallas Johnson, Emily Carter, Greg he and his wife were with the atmosphere and the
HFS” was introduced. According to Dave Jones, Rufus, and Ron Shoemaker. quality of the food. It was the first time they had eaten
organizational effectiveness specialist for HFS, the Cristina Farmus at a dining court on campus. They were going to an
theme is about creating magical moments for our Administrative director, School of Chemical Engineering afternoon appointment close by and thought they would
customers … try it out since they had recently learned they were open
Received by Scott Horton, creative director, Hall of to the public. He assured me that they would be back,
“We were not going for the ‘how did they do that’ Music Operations and planned to bring friends soon. Just thought you
aspect of magic, because there really is no mystery A big thanks to you and your team for being such would want to know.
to what we do. It’s not that cleaning a floor, gracious hosts and tour guides. I continue to be
preparing a meal, interacting with students, or Nancy Bolt
impressed by everything Hall of Music Productions is
any of the other tasks our employees perform are Clerk IV, Wiley Residence Hall
capable of as well as by the team spirit.
in and of themselves magical activities,” he says.
“It’s about how doing something a little extra can Suzanne Shaw
have a big impact. It makes those we interact with Director of creative services, Office of Marketing and Media
feel special.” sHare YOUr sTaff kUdOs!
Received by Ally Hodge, director of conferences and
The Celebration Event was just that, celebrating and community relations, University Residences Do you know of a staff member who
thanking HFS employees for the magical moments The recreational sports staff would like to thank the has gone above and beyond in their
they create every day. Central Production Kitchen (CPK) for their hard work position? Have you received a note
and dedication in making all our events a huge success.
from a visitor or parent thanking
They are always friendly and easy to work with. Tish
Received by Robin Shanks and Timothy Todd, Hall of your staff for their help? We’d like to
Powell and Andy Wright especially work hard to make
Music Operations share them in Connections. Send your
sure everything is perfect for our event. They really go
Re: Science Journalism Laureates Event at Lawson Hall ‘kudos’ letters to staff to bhleonard@
above and beyond our expectations. We would like to
Your guys were AWESOME. I know it is always a purdue.edu.
thank the entire CPK staff for all the work they do. Our
challenge to work in that location because of setup time events would not be a success without you!
restrictions. They were troopers and got it all done in
plenty of time. Becky Knepp
Assistant director of student leadership, Division of
Kathryn Walters Recreational Sports
Conference coordinator, Conference Division
Hawkins Hall January 4, 2010
Welcome Hfs wins diversity Award
HFS is happy to Housing and Food Services was awarded with the
welcome danielle first “Partners in Diversity — Extra Mile Award”
fawbush, the new at the university-wide celebration honoring Martin
director of Ur marketing Luther King, Jr. on January 21. Given by the Diversity
and communications. Resource Office, the award recognizes the generous
Stay tuned for more contribution of time, talent, and inspiration by the
on Danielle in the next staff of HFS for the work they do each year to make
issue of Connections. Purdue’s Day of Service a success.
Each year Purdue hosts the Day of Service where
faculty, staff, and students are invited to volunteer to
help area nonprofit agencies with various needs.
ally Hodge, director of conferences and
community relations, with James Foster,
assistant director of community and
cultural outreach, at the award ceremony.
Staff Member Leads National Honor Society
By Barbara Leonard
Susan Huffman knows the value of the
Alpha Lambda Delta national honor
society firsthand. The general manager
of Owen Hall and an employee with
more than twenty-eight years of service
to Purdue, Huffman was initiated into
ALD as a freshman student. Fast forward
a quarter century and Huffman found
herself both humbled and honored late
last year to be elected national president of
“It is my duty to work with
the executive director to provide
direction to the council and be
forward-looking and to make sure
we keep in touch with today’s
students and their interests.”
– Susan Huffman several committees, as well as leading the value the work we do together and the
fall and spring executive meetings. The relationships I have formed over the past
Huffman’s tenure with ALD, a national president also oversees the supervision several years,” she says. “I am also proud
honor society for first-year students, has and annual evaluation of the executive to represent Purdue and to give back to
spanned much of her career with Purdue. director, installation of new chapters, and an organization that made me feel more
Asked by then-Dean of Students Barbara presentation of national chapter awards. confident when I was a freshman here.”
Cook to advise the Purdue chapter as part Alpha Lambda Delta annually invites
of her duties as assistant dean of students, students earning a 3.5 GPA or higher Did you know…?
Did you know…?
Huffman says the assignment held special during their first semester or year at
meaning because of her own involvement Purdue. Meant as a vehicle for building Each year, Alpha Lambda Delta completes a
as a student. confidence and character, the organization national service project as part of its annual
As president, Huffman is responsible rewards hard work and gives students the National Leadership workshop. Some recent
for a host of events, which include opportunity to get involved on campus projects have included:
presiding over the annual meeting of the and in the community.
national council each June, serving on “The recognition provides students fighting hunger in Kansas City.
with increased confidence and affirms rebuilding libraries in the wake of
the hard work and discipline that leads to Hurricane Katrina.
a LegaCY Of serviCe
good grades,” says Huffman. “Students developing stronger schools through
Huffman has served, variously, as also have the opportunity to apply for debate in inner-city Boston.
resident assistant, staff resident, officer positions and participate in encouraging after-school athletics in urban
and faculty fellow in the following monthly service projects.” Louisville.
University Residences facilities: Being elected national president is a providing a happier holiday season for
Meredith Hall particularly meaningful experience for one Southern California family.
Hawkins Graduate House Huffman because of the caliber of the
members — professors, honors college This year’s National Leadership Workshop will be
held October 15 – 17 in Orlando, Florida.
Earhart Hall administrators, deans, students — who
have entrusted her with the position. “I
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Every Day is Saturday for Retiree
By Jessica Able
Fresh out of high school and ready to get Her passion for NASCAR and racing
to work, Marilyn Yoder began her career continues to this day. Yoder has had Indy
at Purdue in 1957. Little did she know, she 500 tickets since the late 60s.
would retire over four decades later in the Yoder still keeps in contact with many
highest-ranking clerical staff position in of the people she worked with in University
University Residences. Residences.
She began as a clerk typist in the men’s “The thing I miss the most is the
residence hall (now Owen Hall). Repeatedly people. I love to come back to visit and see
promoted, she retired as the administrative everyone,” says Yoder.
assistant to the director of University Since her retirement 11 years ago, Yoder
Residences in 1999. has been able to do a great deal of traveling.
Yoder grew up on a farm on McCarty She’s been to Florida, Alaska, Alabama, Marilyn Yoder
Lane in Lafayette, next to Bennett’s Colorado, South Carolina, Nevada,
Greenhouse. She is the oldest of six children Louisiana, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Church, Yoder likes to go to Purdue
and enjoyed watching the races at the old She recently went on a trip to Oregon to basketball games. She has both men’s and
Lafayette Speedway, which was located watch the football team with a group of women’s season tickets. She also enjoys
adjacent to her parents’ farm. Purdue retirees. participating in activities for the University
“As a kid, we would climb up the trees to When she is not attending church Residences retirees and the Purdue
see the races,” recounts Yoder. activities at Dayton Memorial Presbyterian University Retirees Association (PURA).