What an exciting day Monday, July 8 was for me! I joined the Purdue Libraries as Event Planner and will be planning events for the Purdue Libraries. I am thrilled to begin this journey and look forward to the opportunity of seeing an event evolve from the planning stage through the event itself. My hopes are for each and every event to be special to everyone involved.
I began my career in the Purchasing Department at Purdue University in 1973. I only planned to work for a year and now forty years later I am still here! I have worked in several areas at the University, including both the business and academic areas.
Prior to joining the Libraries, I worked in the President’s Office for over 15 years with Presidents Steven Beering, Martin Jischke, France Córdova and Mitch Daniels. I also had the opportunity to work with Interim President Timothy Sands. My responsibilities included support to the First Spouse; Commencement activities; coordinating the logistics and events for the honorary doctorates; football and basketball guests; gift shopping; reconciling expenses for events; coordinating and inviting the incoming freshman for the President’s Leadership Class; and events at the President’s home. I loved all aspects of my position and enjoyed working with the well-known Anthony Cawdron.
I am originally from Hoopeston, Illinois and moved to the Chicago area at the beginning of my high school years. After graduating high school, I lived in Milwaukee and moved to Lafayette in 1971. I have a daughter, Jill, and two sons, Joshua and Matthew. I am also a proud grandmother of four grandchildren and my oldest begins his high school career in August! My daughter and one son are Purdue graduates.
My free time is consumed with my friends and family — I am the second oldest of nine children!
My office is located in STEW 264 and I can be reached at 49-4249 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to meeting all the of Libraries staff.
Reynol (Rey) Junco
Associate professor and First Year Experience & Emerging Technologies Specialist
Hi everyone! My name is Rey Junco and I’m the new emerging technologies and first year experience specialist. I am very excited to join the Purdue Libraries family and I have been very grateful to all of you who have made me feel so welcome in these first few weeks. I look forward to meeting more of you as the summer progresses.
I moved here from State College, Pennsylvania where I was working at Lock Haven University and then at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard (while still living in central PA). I am originally from Miami, FL and I enjoy the warm weather. You’ll never hear me complain about how “hot and humid” the Indiana summers are; however, you’ll notice I have much more to say about winters.
My research focus, broadly, is the impact of social technologies on learning. I’ve done research on how educational uses of Twitter and Facebook affect student engagement and academic performance. This summer, I’ll be investigating how patterns of reading digital textbooks relate to student learning. I’m also going to build predictive models of student success based on data I collected from computer monitoring software that monitored everything (a little over) 250 students did on their computers for a month. With these models, I should be able to inform interventions to support student learning, especially for students who might be more at risk of failure.
For fun I like to work out — both functional and strength training. I also enjoy doing yoga and am still searching for my yoga home in the area. I also love music, producing a mashup track here and there. I love to create in the kitchen and love good food.
My office is currently located in HSSE 347 and you can reach me by phone at 49-46757 or by email at email@example.com.