Alumni Stories

The College of Liberal Arts is essential to a Purdue education that prepares graduates for meaningful careers and inspired leadership. Empowered by their Liberal Arts education, our alumni succeed across a wide variety of careers. Graduates from the College of Liberal Arts enter the workforce as independent thinkers and visionary leaders. Our alumni think broadly and lead boldly in many fields and communities across the globe – so we’ve asked 50 of them to tell us more about their careers and lives, via a modified version of the Proust questionnaire.  This survey was a popular parlor game in Marcel Proust’s time, made famous by Vanity Fair. We hope your enjoy getting to know these passionate, creative alumni.

MARK ACHLER, BA 1980, History
DAN ANGEL, BA 1961, MA 1963, Education, Wayne State University; PhD 1965, Brian Lamb School of Communication
KEN ARMSTRONG, BA 1985, Political Science
DONALD BAIN, BS 1957, Speech
KENDRA BRACKEN-FERGUSON, BA 2002, Brian Lamb School of Communication; MBA 2007, Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University
JUDY BRANDAU, BA 1970, Spanish; MA 1971, University of Missouri
KATHY CALVIN, BS 1971, Speech Pathology/Audiology; HDR 2013, Social Sciences
SARA COBB, BA 1980, Political Science; JD 1990, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of law
LOIS K. COHEN, BA 1960, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania; MS 1961, PhD 1963, Sociology HDR 1989, Liberal Arts
CAROLYN CURIEL, BA 1976, Brian Lamb School of Communication; HDR 2008, Liberal Arts
BRENT DICKSON, BA 1964, History; HDR 1996, Liberal Arts
ROBERT J. HEIBER, BA 1973, Brian Lamb School of Communication - Radio, TV, & Film
STEPHEN MCKINLEY HENDERSON, MA 1977, Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts 
CHARLES L. JONES, BA 1981, Industrial Design and Human Factors Engineering
SCOTT KELLER, BA 2004, Political Science & Philosophy; JD 2007, University of Texas at Austin
RENU KHATOR, BA 1973, Kanpur University (India); MA 1975, Political Science, PhD 1985, Political Science/Public Administration
KIM KOELLER, BA 1978, School of Languages and Cultures - French; MS, International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management
SARAH KYLE, BA 2000, Political Science; MA 2004 Government, Johns Hopkins University
JEN LANCASTER, BA 1996, Political Science
DONALD MAHLEY, BS 1964, Philosophy; MS 1971, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
CAPRICIA PENAVIC MARSHALL, BA 1986, Political Science; JD 1989, Case Western Reserve University
TOM MOORE, BA 1965, Theatre (Speech), HDR 1995, College of Liberal Arts; MFA, Yale University
STEVE OHLHAUT, BA 1999, French Education; MA 2007, Educational Administration, Xavier University
MAUREEN PAN, BA 1985, Sociology; MS 1988, Public Policy, University of Michigan
BART PETERSON, BA 1980, Political Science; JD 1983, University of Michigan Law School
ANA PINTO-ALEXANDER, BA 1986, Interior Design, Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts
CAROL POTTENGER, BA 1977, History; HDR 2007, College of Liberal Arts
DALE PUPILLO, BA 1976, Political Science
MARJORIE RANDOLPH, BA 1966, Political Science; JD 1977, Golden Gate University
KAREN KORELLIS REUTHER, BA 1979, Industrial Design; MA 1990, Business, Lesley University
MAYA ROCKEYMOORE, MA 1996; PhD 2000, Political Science
RUSTY RUEFF, BA 1984, Radio and TV; MS 1986, Counseling
MICHAEL SCHIFERL, BA 1989, Brian Lamb School of Communication
TOM SCHOLL, BA 1970, Philosophy
ASHLEY SCOTT, BA 2010, Brian Lamb School of Communication
KAREN SICILIANO, BA 1983, Brian Lamb School of Communication
SHERRY SMITH, BA 1972, History; MA 1974, American Studies; PhD 1984, History, University of Washington
DAVID SWENSON, MFA 2004, Theatre, Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts
PETE AND MARY TENNYSON: MARY, BA 1968, French; MBA 1970, University of Southern California. PETE, BA 1968, Political Science; JD 1975, University of Virginia
JOE AND CAROL TRIMMER: JOE, MA, PhD 1966, English. CAROL, BA 1966, English
SALLY WATLINGTON, BA 1960, Liberal Arts; MS 1970, Naval Postgraduate School
K. KELLY WISE, BA 1955, English; MA 1959, Columbia University
JIM YUKICH, BA 1978, Brian Lamb School of Communication

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