KENDALL SVENGALIS (BA, English; MA ’73,
History) published The Great Emerson Art
Heist (Duneland Press), the sequel to his novel
Conspiracy on the Housatonic. Part biography,
part historical fiction, the book includes over
2,000 SAT words and is intended to promote
vocabulary building and cultural literacy.
JANIE O’HAROW JACOBS (BA, Patti and Rusty
Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts)
was inducted into the College of Fellows of the
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
She has served ASID’s Indiana chapter as
president and has held regional and national
positions for ASID.
SUSAN MCNAB (BA, Sociology) was named a
2017 Distinguished Alumnus by Purdue Liberal
Arts. She has served as a corporate officer for
30-plus years in companies of various sizes.
Prior to her retirement, she was the vice president
and chief human resources officer for 11 years at
PEMCO Financial Services.
DOREEN SIMMONS (BA, Political Science) was
included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2017.
She is the leader of Hancock Estabrook LLP’s
CHERYL WHITE MASON (BA, Sociology) was
honored at the Tennessee State University
Women of Legend and Merit Awards for her work
as adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt Law
School and vice president of litigation at HCA.
SALLY ANN ZOLL (BA, Humanities and Social
Sciences) serves as the CEO of United Through
Reading, a nonprofit that creates bonding
experiences for military families. United Through
Reading provides books and video facilities at
bases and ships for service members to record
readings to be shared with their families. In
February 2016, the Congressional Medal of Honor
Society recognized United Through Reading with
its inaugural Community Service Hero Award.
DARYL RICE (BA, Political Science; MA ’79, PhD
’84, Political Science) has been appointed the
associate vice chancellor of academic affairs at the
University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
JOHN Z. GUZLOWSKI (MA, English; PhD
’80, English) was named winner of the 2017
Montaigne Medal by the Eric Hoffer Award
for his book Echoes of Tattered Tongues:
MARK A. KRENTZ (BA, Brian Lamb School
of Communication) is the new mayor of La
Porte, Indiana, having taken over for Blair Milo.
Krentz most recently served as talent attraction
coordinator for the Greater La Porte Economic
CAROLYN CURIEL (BA, Brian Lamb School of
Communication; HDR ’08, Liberal Arts) was named
one of the top journalism educators in the nation
by Crain’s Newspro, a leading publication for
news media professionals. She is the founder
and executive director of the Purdue Institute for
STEPHEN MCKINLEY HENDERSON (MA, Patti
and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing
Arts) was recently in two Oscar-nominated films,
Fences and Manchester by the Sea.
KIM KOELLER (BA, School of Languages and
Cultures) was named a 2017 Distinguished
Alumnus by Purdue Liberal Arts. Kim is the
managing director of Horizon Group International
and established Gluten & Allergy Free Passport to
foster global social change for gluten-free diets,
celiac disease, and food allergies.
JERRY SICHTING (BA, Political Science) served as
the assistant coach for the New York Knicks during
their 2016–2017 campaign.
PERRY HAMMOCK (BA 1975, Speech; MA
1977, Brian Lamb School of Communication)
served as executive director for the Indiana
Bicentennial Commission, a project that
ended in June 2017. Under his direction,
1,650 legacy projects—representing
all 92 counties—were endorsed. Each
project represented one of the four pillars
of the Bicentennial effort: youth and
education, historical celebration, community
involvement, and nature conservation.
One of the biggest events, the Indiana
Bicentennial Torch Relay, was largely
supported by Purdue University and Alcoa.
Together they developed the lightweight
high-tech torches that made their way
through every county.
Hammock has been a Certified Fund Raising
Executive (CFRE) since 1998. With this
certification and his philanthropic nature,
he has helped many organizations and
communities. He is the U.S. liaison for Fair
Winds Trading Company and serves on the
board in grant and funding development.
Hammock’s next venture, Vitruvian LLC, is
a philanthropic organization that consults
higher education and nonprofit groups.
Through Vitruvian LLC, Hammock is currently
working with the State of Illinois and
consulting on its bicentennial program. As
a project consultant, he will assist the State
of Illinois and other future clients with project
direction, design input, and resource acquisition.
As an alumnus of the Brian Lamb School of
Communication, Hammock loves to engage
others and get them excited about a future
in the College of Liberal Arts.
Photo provided by Perry Hammock.