The Purdue University Northwest Honors College recently hosted its annual awards banquet at Westville’s Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex, where students, staff and supporters gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of exemplary honors students. This year’s banquet marked the Honors College’s fourth since transitioning from a program to an academic college in 2014, and the third since unifying with PNW’s Westville campus.
Six students won awards for their notable contributions to the Honors College over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year (listed in order as they appear in the slideshow below): Annabelle Engel, Outstanding Newcomer; Kayla Vasilko, Outstanding Freshman; Cora Sakal, Outstanding Volunteer; Brandon Grabarek, Outstanding Participation; Emma Rose, Outstanding Leader; and Alexandra Piekarski, Oustanding Citizenship.
Hall of Fame
Seniors Emma Rose and Marines “Mari” Chapa were inducted into the Honors College Hall of Fame, a prestigious recognition reserved for students who truly make a difference during their tenure in Honors. Fewer than 20 students have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since Honors was established as a program in 2006.
Rose served as the Vice President of Honors College Media, helped incoming freshmen as a peer mentor, and chaired the Social Media Committee. In the future, Rose is considering attending graduate school, but hopes to use her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development & Family Services to continue working at PNW’s Challenger Center in administration.
“Each year, when they’ve inducted a student into the Hall of Fame, I always felt that that student was the epitome of what the Honors College stands for and is one of the best of the best,” Rose said. “To be recognized as one of those students alongside such great people, it is just really fills me with a great deal of pride.”
Mari Chapa served as Vice President of Peer Mentoring for the Hammond campus, and won Outstanding Student Leader in 2017 for her work with peer mentoring. She is graduating with a degree in nursing will soon be moving to Minnesota to work with Mayo Clinic. Chapa’s ultimate goal is to become a nurse educator.
Spring 2018 Graduates
Forty-seven PNW students will graduate from the Honors College this year, and many were presented with Chancellor’s medallions at the awards banquet.
Among the gradates, a number have plans of attending graduate school or entering the workforce. Significantly, Sang Kang, B.S. in Civil Engineering, plans to work as a field engineer for Kiewit Corporation in California, and will pursue graduate studies at University of California, Berkeley; Jasmine Cervik, B.S. in Management, will serve as Administrative Director at Healing Arts Center in Valparaiso; Delaney Clark, B.A. in Communication, is working as a news producer at WSBT 22 News and has goals of becoming an anchor; Kasey Kulesa, B.S. in Nursing, will be an RN at IU Health in the emergency department in Indianapolis; Michael MacNeill, B.S. in Civil Engineering, plans to work with the Indiana Department of Transportation as an engineer; and Kaitlyn Skarecky, B.S. in Accounting will serve as a full-time tax specialist at Vertex, Inc.
View photos of the graduates from this year’s banquet, and see the full list Honors College grads below. Congratulations class of 2018!
Gabriel Castro Aguayo
Abel Reyes Angulo
Yadira Rosero Mejia
Gwen Van Baren