Zach Schroeder (junior, finance) was named to the Academic All-League Team on May 23. In his junior season, Schroeder became the first Mastodon golfer to win the Summit League Championship, and the first to take part in the NCAA regional. To earn the honor, student-athletes must have a GPA of at least 3.30, completed at least one full academic year at the current institution, and taken part in 50% of their team’s competitions.
Maria Palmegiani (sophomore, civil engineering) was named to the Academic All-League Team on May 30. Palmegiani ranks in the top 20 in the league in multiple offensive categories. To earn the honor, student-athletes must have a GPA of at least 3.30, completed at least one full academic year at the current institution, and taken part in 50% of their team’s competitions.
Peter Dragnev, chair and professor of mathematics, presented Applications of Orthogonal Polynomials to Minimal Energy in Polynomial Metric Spaces at the Hausdorff Geometry of Polynomials and Polynomial Sequences Conference on May 29 in Djursholm, Sweden.
But as Christine Erickson, associate professor of history at Purdue Fort Wayne, said in an interview last week, RFK soon came into his own.
“As the ’60s go on, he grows, and he begins to speak out. He becomes really a kind of an activist” on civil rights and against the war the Kennedy administration had helped start. “He had a strong moral center,” she said. “It just shows how some people can grow and learn and evolve.”
But Michael Wolf, professor of political science at Purdue Fort Wayne, believes Kennedy’s talents as a unifier might have prevented the upheaval at the Democratic convention in Chicago that August – disruption that ultimately helped lead both parties to total reliance on primaries and caucuses to select presidential candidates. For better or worse, Wolf said, that, in turn, has encouraged the trend toward the selection of “outsider” candidates such as Barack Obama and Donald Trump over more-experienced “insider” candidates. Read The Journal Gazette Article
Pelegrin Vargas (sophomore, communication) was named an All-America Honorable Mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on April 30. He led the 15th ranked Mastodons to an 8-0 start, which tied the best in program history.
Michael Salazar (senior, accounting) was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship on April 26. The scholarship will allow him to study abroad in Spain at the University of Salamanca and covers all expenses.
Brandon Phelps (senior, elementary education) was named the Summit League Baseball Pitcher of the Week on May 21. He earned the honor after pitching a complete game victory over first place Oral Roberts.