2016 PULSE Awards
Jami Eller is a senior majoring in Psychological Sciences from Binghamton, New York. She has worked for seven semesters in the Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Library. Terry Wades said, “Jami has worked for us for four years and we will certainly miss her. She does her job and special tasks exceptionally well and I never have to worry about her or the library when she is working. She is very helpful to the patrons and always greets them with a smile.”
“I feel extremely grateful and excited to have received the PULSE Award. Working in the EAPS library has been not only a means to support myself financially but also a positive environment in which I grew not only as an employee but also as a student and person. I know that the experiences I have had over the past eight semesters working in EAPS have given me skills that few other people have the opportunity to gain. The time I spent working in the library will be one of my fondest memories that I look back on after graduation. I would like to thank my amazing supervisors and the Purdue Libraries for this honor,” said Jami.
Matthew Groh is finishing up his third year at Purdue majoring in Professional Flight Technology, minoring in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, and beginning his Masters in Aviation Training and Safety. Matthew was born in South Carolina, spent his childhood in Michigan, and finished up his last years of high school in Lafayette, Indiana before coming to Purdue. Frances Christman, his supervisor said, “Matthew is one of those students you wish you could keep forever. He’s not afraid to tackle new projects, works well with patrons, volunteers to help with special projects, and takes pride in the library.”
“I feel deeply honored to receive the PULSE Award. When the opportunity to work in the Aviation Technology Library began over two years ago, I never realized what a positive impact it would have on my life. The AVTE library is managed by kind, caring librarians, and chocked full of valuable resources, including flight training study guides and historical documents on Purdue’s deep aviation history. Moreover, the library has helped provide income toward paying the very expensive flight fees on top of tuition fees. This scholarship serves as a huge help toward reducing the large debt that comes with seeking a professional pilot career. I look forward to working for and continuing to improve the student experience in the Aviation Technology Library during my final semester. Thank you again for this prestigious award,” said Matthew.
Kaylee Parks is a senior majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication from Columbia City, Indiana. Sandy Galloway, her supervisor, said, “Kaylee is very reliable. In her three years in Engineering Library she has done about every student duty we have, from circulation to shelving to checking in new books and journals to sorting the mail. Her customer service skills are exemplary. She is self-motivated and always willing to help out whenever she can.”
“I am so honored have been granted with this generous award from Purdue Libraries. It truly means a lot to me to be recognized for my three and a half years that I have dedicated to the Engineering Library, my home away from home. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work in such a flexible laid-back environment surrounded by the best co-workers. I loved both positions I had the opportunity to work over my three and a half years under Sandy Galloway and Dianna Deputy, who both have taught me so many valuable life skills that I will be able to take with me into my next step in life after graduation. Thank you again for your kind consideration and selection for this award,” said Kaylee.
Hannah Vaughn is a senior majoring in History and minoring in Medieval/Renaissance Studies and Religious Studies from Camby, Indiana. She has worked in the Archives and Special Collections for the past four semesters and will be attending Indiana University in the fall to begin earning a Master of Library Science degree. Tracy Grimm, her supervisor said, “Hannah has made outstanding contributions to not only the Flight Archives but also to ASC as a whole. Her constant enthusiasm for history and the mission of the Flight Archives to engage the public has been truly exceptional. I believe Hannah has excellent potential to be a successful graduate student and very successful in her future career in the field of archives and special collections.”
“I am truly honored to receive a PULSE award. Working for the Purdue Archives has been an incredible experience these past few years. Before my position with the Purdue Archives, I was uncertain as to what my future career path would be. However, through all of the great people I have met, including my supervisor Tracy Grimm, and my great experiences, I realized that a job within Library Science was what I wanted to do after I graduate. Thank you Tracy for all of your help and guidance these past two years and thank you to everyone else in the Libraries Department,” said Hannah.
2016 Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship
Megan Brunn is a junior majoring in Veterinary Medicine from Columbus, Indiana. She has worked in the Veterinary Medical Library for three semesters. Tonya Wichterman, her supervisor said, “Customer service is a real priority for Megan. She has made a point of getting to know many of our patrons by name, and interacting with them as they come into the library. They relate to her more as a friend rather than an employee at a service point. We are very happy to have her in our library.”
“Thank you so much for selecting me to receive the Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship! Working at the Veterinary Medical Library has made a significant impact in my education at Purdue. I have a huge need for resources in my curriculum and I honestly never knew how to effectively search for those resources until I started working at the library. Time is a critical and valuable thing in school so this is a tremendous asset to me! My fellow classmates also depend extensively on the library and I have been able to teach them how to more effectively find what they’re looking for, or from prior experience, I can quickly help them find resources that I found useful when studying that topic. This job has also provided monetary support as education is not cheap and scholarships for my major are hard to come by. This scholarship will help me reduce my debt to achieve my dream of becoming a veterinarian!” said Megan.
Nicole Gonzalez is a junior majoring in Animal Science from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has worked in the Veterinary Medical Library for three semesters. Tonya Wichterman said, “Nicole has helped on a reserve inventory project. Her work was quick and efficient and her diligent efforts ensured the project was done correctly. She is ever pleasant and has great costumer service skills. She is always willing to help wherever needed and is just a joy to work with.”
“It is a privilege to be honored with the Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship as recognition for my work in the Vet Med Library. When I began working for the Libraries I never thought it would have such a big impact in my life. I started working without any previous experience, none the less the amazing staff helped me learn promptly. During my time here I have been challenged and thanks to this I have gained many valuable skills that I will use in my career. I have been lucky to always receive astounding support from my supervisor and colleagues. This scholarship is a great aid in covering my educational cost here at Purdue. I wish to thank everyone who has been part of my journey at the Libraries and for those who partook in the process to grant me this award,” said Nicole.
2016 Dr. Albert Viton Scholarship
Katelyn Carroll is a junior majoring in Agribusiness and Agricultural Communication from Prather, California. She has worked in the Purdue University Press for three semesters. Marcy Wilhelm-South, her supervisor said, “Katie’s work for HABRI Central has been exceptional and I trust her to compete her tasks and address any other issues she encounters when they arise. She is an outstanding student worker with a fantastic work ethic and attitude and has become a real asset to the HABRI Central project.”
“I feel honored to be a recipient of this year’s Viton Scholarship award. Working as the Communications Assistant for HABRI Central for the past two years has been a wonderful opportunity, full of learning experiences. This position has enabled me to strengthen my communication abilities and develop skills that will follow me throughout my future career. I am very appreciative of the opportunities I’ve had and the support I’ve received. Thank you for recognizing me and honoring me with this generous scholarship,” said Katie.
Santiago Grandlienard is sophomore majoring in Visual Communications Design from West Lafayette, Indiana. Stephan Miller, his supervisor said,” Santiago is the lead student in our area and I rely on him to keep the other students on track when necessary. I greatly appreciate his work and customer service. I receive many compliments from Libraries staff about his work and willingness to resolve their computer related issues.”
“It is truly an honor receiving the Albert Viton Scholarship from the Purdue University Libraries, which has already provided so much for me. It has been a pleasure working with such a great group of people in both IT and the rest of the Libraries. I have been blessed to have worked for the Libraries for the past two years, and couldn’t think of a better place to work for the remainder of my college career,” said Santiago.
2016 Amelia Earhart Scholarship
Aysha Davis is a junior majoring in biochemistry from Indianapolis, Indiana. Aysha is a 2014 Emerging Scholar and founding member of Purdue’s Kappa Delta, serving on two philanthropy committees which service the Girl Scouts of America and Prevent Child Abuse America. She is currently involved in the Outreach and Inclusion Committee within Purdue Student Government, Purdue Athletic Department as a football recruitment intern, serves as a mentor in College Mentors for Kids, participates in Make A Difference Day and Martian Luther King Jr. Day of Services as a site facilitator and several other community activities.
“I am so honored to have received the Amelia Earhart Scholarship. I am aspiring to medical school, so I am grateful to have a piece of relief of the financial hardship that comes with attending college. Amelia was an independent, confident, and successful woman. She was such an admirable woman, and I strive to be like her, fearlessly racing toward my dreams, said Aysha.”
Karen Joanna Kukla is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in women’s studies from Crown Point, Indiana. Karen is a teaching assistant in the Civic Engagement and Leadership Development Learning Community, a Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Student Ambassador, a volunteer for Lafayette Transitional Housing, and a member of the Society of Women Engineers Strategic Initiative Committee. She has received the J Bonner Wampler Alumni and Clement Kurdys Scholarships and is a self-employed tutor.
"I am incredibly honored and grateful to be a recipient of the Amelia Earhart Scholarship. Amelia Earhart’s passion, ambition, and determination were a few of her traits that inspire young women to pursue their goals. I strive to emulate Amelia Earhart’s traits to further my dedication in engineering while motivating young women to pursue their own passions in the STEM field,” said Karen.
Scott Sage is a junior majoring in Management and Marketing from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is active in leadership roles as the Vice President of the Krannert School of Management Council, a member of the Executive Committee for Sigma Chi Fraternity, and a Judicial Board Justice of the Interfraternity Council. He also serves as a member of the Purdue University Community Standards Board and has been engaged with the National Student Advertising Competition. While on campus, Scott works in the Athletics Communications, Sports Information Department and has worked with ESPN and Big Ten Network providing statistics for Purdue Basketball and Football games. He has been a youth mentor for the community through Lafayette Urban Ministries. Additionally, Scott is actively involved with Old Masters, Gimlet Honorary Society, and has recently been selected as a member of the Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board. He worked as a marketing intern this past summer at Belden, Inc. and will be interning with Eli Lilly & Co. this upcoming summer in Indianapolis.
“I am truly honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Amelia Earhart Scholarship, and am grateful to those who make this award possible. Amelia Earhart is a role model, and her life is an exemplary one. Her ambition, determination, and passion are motivating forces for myself as I continue to grow in my personal life and professional career. I aim to represent this award with utmost integrity, remembering the inspiration that Amelia Earhart had on myself and countless others,” said Scott.
Molly Van Scoy is a senior majoring in Aviation Management from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania. Molly grew up around a local airport in Pennsylvania, surrounded by her family of aviators. She began flying when she was thirteen! After her first official flight lesson, Molly knew she wanted to be a professional pilot. Her dedication to aviation led her to Purdue University where she decided to broaden her knowledge of aviation by majoring in Aviation Management. Now a senior, over the past three years Molly has participated in research, leadership, and student organizations that have enabled her to not only gain valuable knowledge, but make many new friends along the way. This past summer Molly was a Flight Operations Intern at Delta Air Lines. She worked closely with fleet managers, the pilot support center, and operated a Boeing 777 Full Flight Simulator. She is currently President of the Purdue Chapter of Women in Aviation, Captain of the Purdue Air Race Classic Team, and Vice President of The Aviation Technology Student Council. Molly was recently accepted into the 3+2 masters program. Upon graduation, Molly hopes to fly for a regional airline, move on to a major air carrier, and continue to inspire the next generation of aviators.
“I am very grateful to be selected as an Amelia Earhart Scholarship Recipient. As an out of state student with two sisters who graduated from reputable universities and a brother who is currently attending college, I am extremely appreciative of the financial support this scholarship gives my family. Amelia has been an inspiration to me since I was a little girl growing up around a local Pennsylvania airport. Like Amelia, I am determined to educate and inspire female aviators as she did here at Purdue in the 1930s!” said Molly.