Below are the dedicated Honors College staff.
Rhonda is committed to “value-added” learning experiences, combining educational, research, and engagement opportunities. She provides interdisciplinary teaching and research experience across a range of diverse topics, including sustainability, community well-being, development and planning, and world urbanism. Rhonda joined Purdue in 2013, the inaugural year of the Honors College, from Arizona State University where she served as Associate Dean for Barrett... Read more
Dr. Emily Allen
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Emily Allen is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Purdue's Honors College, a position that allows her to work with undergraduates from all over the university. She is also Associate Professor in the English Department, where her primary scholarly area is nineteenth-century British literature and culture, particularly the novel... Read more
Dr. Diane Facinelli
Assistant Dean for Global Recruitment & Admissions and Clinical Professor
Dr. Diane Facinelli has been with the Purdue Honors College since August of 2014, having spent the previous 21 years at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State. She was the first recipient of ASU’s Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring and was a finalist for the Professor of the Year Award. Read more
Senior Director, Academic and Student Affairs
Catharine Patrone completed her B.A. in communication and minors in women’s studies and human development and family science and M.A. in higher education and student affairs at Ohio State University. While in graduate school, she worked as a research consultant in the Student Support Office at Lancaster University in Lancaster, England during the summer of 2002. Prior to coming to Purdue University, Catharine served in the capacities of Graduate Associate and Program Coordinator at the University Honors & Scholars Center at Ohio State University.
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Lead Honors Advisor
As Lead Honors Advisor Rebecca reports to the Dean of the Honors College to ensure the effective operation of the Advising unit. Core responsibilities include the daily management, supervision, and operations of the Advising unit to ensure high quality support through advising for high ability students. Rebecca received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware. Outside of work Rebecca enjoys crafting, decorating, and spending time outside with her husband and two sons.
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Becki Bleikamp earned her B.S. in Elementary Education at Ball State University, where she was also a graduate of the Ball State Honors College. She completed her M.S. Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University where she worked in Residence Life and the Office of Student Ethics. Previously Becki has worked with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati as a Program Coordinator for Leadership Programs, directing summer programs for high school and college students.
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Mike Morton earned his B.S. in Public Relations and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration at the University of Central Missouri. As a graduate student, Mike worked in the university president’s office and in alumni relations. Prior to coming to the Purdue Honors College, Mike spent two years in the College of Nursing & Health at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He served as an academic advisor, recruiter and social media manager for the college. In his free time, Mike enjoys golfing and learning about historical political figures.
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John-Jack Kendall earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in both photography and sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He earned his M.S. in student affairs in higher education from Indiana State University where he served as Internship Coordinator within the Career Center. In his spare time, John-Jack enjoys kayaking and hiking, exploring new restaurants and creating art.
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Anna Ochs received a B.A. in Music and Anthropology from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in music history from Penn State, and a Ph.D. in musicology from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has worked in the nonprofit world and academia, most recently as a professor at East Carolina University and Beaufort County Community College. Anna loves to spend her free time cooking, playing with dogs, and visiting family in Chicago.
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Yanan Tao received her M.B.A. with concentration in Marketing and Finance from Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Before coming to U.S., Yanan worked as a Business Planner and Budget Analyst in Golden Eagle International Group in China. As the data coordinator, Yanan supports the Honors College by organizing various data needs and requests of the Honors College administrators, staff and faculty to better serve students.
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Director of Community and Student Engagement
Sashaun Wood received her B.A. in communication and minors in business and family and human development and completed her M.Ed. in higher and postsecondary education at Arizona State University. As a part of her graduate research, she completed her practicum with a summer scholars initiative focused on programming for high ability students. Sashaun joined the Purdue Honors College following her work at Barrett, the Honors College where she held positions at both the ASU Tempe and ASU Downtown campuses.
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Dean's Administrative Office Manager
Sherry Hardebeck graduated with her B.S. in Human Resource Development and completed her M.S. in Career and Technical Education in 2009 from Indiana State University. Before joining the Honors College, she worked at Purdue in the Physical Facilities Administration Department. As the Dean’s Administrative Office Manager, Sherry is responsible for the smooth management of the educational administration, public relations/outreach and discovery-related roles of the Dean.
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Tracy is a Lafayette native who joined the Honors College in 2006 when it was the University Honors Program. In her role as Administrative Assistant for the Honors College, she performs general day to day office duties as well as serving as the Honors College Schedule Deputy for HONR courses. Additionally, she serves as the department computing liaison to ITAP and the liaison to the Office of International Students and Scholars. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends when she is away from the office.
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Lindsay Perrault serves as the Communications Manager for the Honors College. With more than a decade of experience in television news, she brings a journalistic perspective to the college’s message designs. Before joining Purdue, Lindsay anchored “Hello Wisconsin” a morning news program for the NBC affiliate out of Eau Claire. She has earned numerous awards for her anchoring and reporting, including an Emmy nomination for an investigation into Wisconsin’s regulation of for-profit colleges. Prior to her time in Eau Claire, Lindsay anchored and reported for stations in Wisconsin’s capital city of Madison, her home market of Green Bay, and in Lansing, Michigan. She graduated with a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Campus Outreach Coordinator
Prior to joining the Honors College team, Rachel Newell spent over a decade serving international students including Dutch farmers, Vatican priests and Korean pop stars at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Intensive English Institute as a lecturer, program coordinator and recruitment & marketing specialist. She received her BS in Education from Eastern Illinois University and her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois. Rachel works with our honors international and URM student populations, Study Away experiences and coordinates the honors summer youth institute program initiatives.
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Joshua is the web developer for the Honors College website. He is a recent graduate of Purdue with a degree in philosophy. He is an avid fantasy reader, board gamer, near saint in the secular church of Emacs. Adherents to the doctrine of Emacs use the text editor Emacs, which is the best operating system ever built. He is also a vegan, wild dancer, Jesus lover and sedentary computer nerd. Fun fact: Joshua's favorite book is The Name of the Wind.
Mindy Hart is excited to join the Honors College as the Recruitment Manager. She is a proud Purdue alumna who earned her BS in Health Education with a Minor in Computer Education and also her MS Ed in School Administration. Mindy has considerable knowledge of many areas across campus, having held positions in Computer Science, Engineering, Purdue Polytechnic and Recreational Sports. Mindy also spent 7 years as a high school teacher, teaching and coaching a variety of subjects and activities. Mindy is a fan of baseball, 80s movies, gummi bears, and laughing.
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National and International Scholarships Office
Dr. Rosanne Altstatt
Assistant Dean for National and International Scholarships
Rosanne Altstatt is Dean’s Fellow for National and International Scholarships. She was brought to Honors College from Purdue’s School of Visual and Performing Arts where she was Visiting Scholar. Rosanne has worked internationally as a curator, writer and the director of several art institutions that specialize in media art. She researched the media art institution in our information-filled atmosphere for her Ph.D. in Art and Media Studies from Carl-von-Ossietzky University, wrote about early video art for her M.A. in Art History from University of Cologne, and received a B.A. in Art History and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Veronica Schirm graduated with her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish from Purdue University in 2000. She completed her M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Development with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling in 2003 also from Purdue. While in graduate school, she worked as a teaching assistant in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction and as a graduate assistant to the Learning Communities Coordinator. Through those experiences, she discovered her interest in academia and decided to pursue a university career rather than become a practicing therapist.
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Dr. Chris Lukasik
Dean’s Fellow, Fulbright Scholars Awards
In his part-time capacity as Dean's Fellow, Dr. Chris Lukasik will develop Purdue's strategy to support and encourage faculty in pursuit of Fulbright Scholars awards. Dr. Lukasik knows many sides of Fulbright: He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2009-2010 and he served for three years on the Fulbright Scholars national selection committee. At Purdue, he has worked with NISO to advise students applying to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program since 2013. Outside his role with NISO, Dr. Lukasik is an associate professor of English and American studies. He earned his Ph.D. in English at Johns Hopkins University and joined Purdue in the fall of 2005.
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Priya Sirohi is a Nebraska native who is currently a doctoral student in Rhetoric & Composition here at Purdue. As the Writing Consultant for the National and International Scholarships Office, Priya works with students on their scholarship application materials to help them craft strong, well-written essays and resumes. She also develops NISO's writing and professionalization workshops for students' continued academic development. Outside the office and school, she enjoys crochet projects, Indian cooking, and biking around town.
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