Literacy and math screening project could help Detroit's kids.
Khali Sweeney founded the Downtown Boxing Gym, a free, academic and athletic program, in 2007 to help youth ages 8 to 18 in Detroit’s toughest neighborhoods. Sweeney was once a kid in Detroit headed down a bad path until he found boxing and was motivated to make a change in his community. At the gym, boxing is the hook to attract students. In keeping with the gym’s “Books Before Boxing” motto, students must hit the books before they can box in the ring. The gym also provides tutoring, mentoring, healthy meals and more to the 170 students it serves.
The College of Education's Innovation Initiative has sparked the most comprehensive change in two decades for the teacher education curriculum, which will have a new focus beginning in 2021. A team of about 50 faculty and staff are guiding four Innovation Initiative focus areas, and about 20 participated in a summer work week to hone those areas.
Mother's poignant words led Frank Brown to the Pinnacle
The story about Professor Frank Brown began as a piece about his philanthropy and his receiving of the Distinguished Pinnacle Award by President Mitch Daniels. But after my interview with Frank, I discovered that the story was broader, heartfelt, and carried a mighty impact. It is a narrative about a man from a simple upbringing who met discrimination throughout his life and continued to be a kind, gentle man of great accomplishments. Dr. Frank Brown's life story was an honor and privilege to write.
The Deans’ Bible Feature Cover Story
Writer Kathy Mayer wrote about the five deans of Angie Klink’s book The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and their Quest for Equality in the November/December 2014 issue of Purdue Alumnus magazine after the opening of the Deans’ Common and Conference Room in Purdue’s then new Krach Leadership Center. The intrigue of the secret Bible the deans passed down for nearly a century made for a nice cover story featuring a photo of the Bible, now preserved in Purdue University Archives. The Deans’ Common and Conference Room, a space for students to hold meetings, bares a plaque with the photo of “Five Deans Walking” and a quote from The Deans’ Bible.
“Home" begins and endures in Purdue family musical legacy.
Editor Kelly Hiller wanted a “warm and fuzzy” piece about the Mantock family’s legacy with Purdue Musical Organizations. The reviews:
“It turned out really well. They love it!”—Kelly Hiller, Purdue Alumnus Magazine
“Thank you for the lovely article. PMO & Purdue will always be an important part of our lives. And for Elliott, Purdue Bands!” —DeDe Mantock
The last “Fire Sculpture” by the late Nina Hole ignites campus.
Editor Kelly Hiller wanted a story on the Fire Sculpture created by the late international ceramic artist Nina Hole, along with a short biography of Hole. Klink interviewed artist Craig Hartenberger who was creating Hole’s last design on-sight on Purdue’s campus. Klink climbed scaffolding to talk to Hartenberger while he worked on the 12-foot tall piece. Klink also attended the final burning of the artwork, “Repose,” which was set aflame internally and acted as its own kiln. It was performance art of high order.
A Tip of the (Hard) Hat
This story idea came to Angie Klink while she was having a book signing for her children’s book Purdue Pete Finds His Hammer at University Bookstore near Purdue’s campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. Ed Neufer approached her table and told her about how Purdue’s unofficial mascot, Purdue Pete, began to wear a hard hat rather than his original “boxy” head covering. Ed had a hand in making the hat. Klink thought it would make a good story for Purdue Alumnus magazine. She pitched the story to the editor, and the piece was a go. Ed was thrilled and, as a thank you, sent Klink a box of fine chocolates!
Study shows less women’s sports TV coverage today than 25 years ago.
Editor Kelly Hiller wanted a story based on a study conducted by Cheryl Cooky, Purdue University associate professor of women’s gender and sexuality studies, regarding the decline in women’s mainstream TV sports coverage over a 25-year period. Klink tied the study to the how role models in sports correlate to role models in the workplace. If a young girl does not see women in sports on TV, she does know she can compete in college or professionally, and that disconnect carries over to the business world.
Kelly Hiller, Vice President of Communications, said, “This article is wonderful. You nailed it.”
Astronaut Janice Voss, Purdue Student Scholars, and Children of the Universe
Kelly Hiller, editor of Purdue Alumnus magazine, assigned Angie Klink a story about the VOSS sculpture on the campus of Purdue University. Visiting Our Solar System—VOSS—is an interactive walk-through sculpture of the planetary system designed by a team of students. The story melds the work of the students with the sculpture’s tribute to the vision of the late astronaut and Purdue alumnae Janice Voss.