Alumni News | Annual Newsletter 2010

Purdue Entomology Centennial

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What do the number 100, the year 2012, and Purdue Entomology have in common?


That's right! It's Purdue Entomology's Centennial! We've been here a hundred years and we're planning for a hundred more!

The Purdue Entomology Development Council Steering Committee has created four subcommittees to plan our centennial celebration. These subcommittees are responsible for developing a series of events leading up to and including the academic year 2012-13 — the year we'll celebrate as the actual centennial. In staying true to Purdue Entomology family traditions, we invite you to submit your centennial celebration ideas or volunteer to help develop and implement the programs.

Below are the four subcommittee titles, focus, chair person and contact information should you accept the challenge to help us plan!


Subcommittee Focus Chair Person & Contact Info

Planning, prioritizing and scheduling all communication activities such as decade representatives, media contact, and centennial products that commemorate Purdue Entomology, including DVD media and a Department of Entomology Centennial Book.

Gene White
Events Set and prioritize a calendar of events from fall 2011 through spring 2013. To distribute and delegate responsibilities for suggested events such as centennial seminars, scientific meetings, alumni reunion, centennial gala, centennial endowments, Bug Bowl & other Purdue Entomology events, mixers, photo contest, revival and adoption of the "State Insect" to coincide with the centennial, various insect art displays, and school education programs.
Mike Culy
History/Archives Prioritize, plan and schedule all archival activities such as creating an inventory of materials catalogued, organize and direct the placement of digital media, online access to data, special publications, photos, and archiving historical documents.
Steve Yaninek
Recognition Prioritize, plan and schedule awards based ont eh calendar of events and to select & recognize awardees for suggested programs such as: Hall of Fame, Greatest 25 Contributions of Purdue Entomology, Legends of Purdue Entomology; in recognition of people who made a difference such as advisors, counselors, guides, mentors, tutors, teachers, or gurus. Eldon Ortman

Alumni Updates

Kevin Steffey (BS '72) and Raymond Cloyd (MS '95, PhD '99) were honored at the 65th NCB-ESA meeting in Louisville, Kentucky in March. Kevin received the C.V. Riley award and Ray received the Award of Excellence in Integrated Pest Management. Ray was also promoted to Full Professor of Entomology at Kansas State University in February. Craig R. Roubos (MS '04) accepted a post-doctoral position in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Larry D. Godfrey (BS '78, MS '80) and Elizabeth (Beth) Grafton-Cardwell (MS '80) were presented with awards at the ESA Pacific Branch Meeting in Boise, Idaho in April. Larry won the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension and Beth won the Recognition Award in Entomology. Kathy Heinsohn (PhD '98) accepted a new position as a technical and training entomologist with America Pest. Kathy previously served as a senior entomologist with the National Pest Management Association. Philip Morton (PhD '09) accepted a Postdoc position at the University of Oklahoma beginning in October. Michael McManus (BS '59, MS '62, PhD '66) received the 2010 George Varley Award for Excellence in Forest Insect Research at the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) meeting in Eberswalde, Germany in September. Kris Wyckhuys (PhD '05) accepted a new position in July as Tropical Fruits IPM Specialist at CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) in Cali, Colombia.  


Rajat Aggarwal (PhD '08) celebrates his birthday with a sky dive! Click Here to watch it on YouTube.


Harlan L. McMillan (PhD '60) is retired Professor Emeritus from Arkansas Tech University where he served as Dean of School of Arts and Sciences from 1972 to 1978. Some of the special people that bring back Purdue memories for Harlan Purdue are John Osmun, Leland Chandler (MS '51, PhD '55), Dan Eustice, Albert Kishaba (MS '58, PhD '61), Earle Cross, and Ralph Killough (MS '58, PhD '61). Harlan and his wife, Ellen, have been married 62 years. They have 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.


Max Summers    Max Summers

Max Summers (PhD '68) is a Distinguished Professor and Holder of the Endowed Chair, in Agricultural Biotechnology at Texas A&M University. Some of his Purdue memories are John Osmun's parties for the graduate students, the extremely cold temperatures in the basement of Ag Hall, and arguing with Larry Pedigo (MS '65, PhD '67) about classification criteria. Max and his wife, Sharon C. Braunagel were married in 1991.


Marc C. Minno (BS '78) is a Supervising Regulatory Scientist in the Division of Water Use Regulation at St. Johns River Water Management District ( He and his wife, Maria, manage a home-based consulting business called Eco-Cognizant, Inc. ( Marc is the author/co-author of 7 books about butterflies, described one new species (Choranthus maria) from the Dominican Republic, and one new subspecies of butterfly (Hesperia meskei pinocayo) from the Florida Keys. He received the Southern Lepidopterists' Society John Abbott Award for outstanding achievement in expanding knowledge of Lepidoptera. Marc enjoyed working for Pat McCafferty and Arwin Provonsha in the museum and their travels throughout Indiana in search of aquatic insects. 'They kindly named the mayfly, Siphlonurus minnoi, for my helping discover this species.'


Mark Shour    Mark H. Shour

Mark H. Shour (PhD '86) is serving Iowa State University Extension (Ames, IA) as a Program Specialist in Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Education; he has been in that position since 1999. In addition to Pesticide Safety Education, Mark also coordinates the state's School IPM and Child Care IPM programs, and represents ISU on the Iowa Emerald Ash Borer Response Team. Mark remembers the days in Entomology Hall fondly: the creaky floors of the graduate student 'Bullpen'; great conversations at the top or bottom of the landmark staircase; engaging lectures and labs; and the sense of camaraderie between students, faculty, and staff. He also remembers the monumental move to the Agricultural Research Building and watching the department grow in numbers and various disciplines. In his spare time, he enjoys family activities (4 children & 2 grandchildren), taking pictures, gardening, and reading. 


Luke Jacobus    Luke M. Jacobus

Luke M. Jacobus (BS '00, PhD '06) is the Laboratory and Personnel Manager at the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center in the Department of Biology at Indiana University. He is also adjunct faculty at IUPU-Columbus and Indiana Wesleyan University teaching biology and anthropology courses. Luke and his wife, Barbara, have a two year old daughter, Alayna Aerin. Luke continues to publish on the systematics of mayflies, which he studied while at Purdue.


Amber Vinchesi    Amber Vinchesi

Amber Vinchesi (BS '09) is a masters candidate at Washington State University in the Department of Entomology and her project is on the Alkali bee. She is president of the Entomology Club, and part of the winning Linnaean Team representing the Pacific Branch ESA at the National Meeting. Amber loved the entomology department at Purdue, especially her fellow students, Amy Lockwood (BS '09), Jonathan Larson (BS '09), Michael Skvarla (BS '08), and her professors - especially Dr. Alan York.


Mrozckiewicz Family    Steve Mroczkiewicz

Steve Mroczkiewicz (BS '87, MS '90) is a Field Research Scientist III with Syngenta Crop Protection. 'Work as an industry field scientist continues to be challenging and rewarding. I conduct field trials across all disciplines, with trait-related technology continually gaining a larger role. People I remember that either made a special impression or were just plain characters: Bob Meyer (MS '54), Gary Walker (MS '84), Jorge Frana (MS '90, PhD '93) Sandra Loveless, John MacDonald, Dave Matthew, and Gary Lane. The story I remember most: Being struck by lightning at SEPAC while helping Jorge collect greenbugs in a sorghum trial and having my wife, Alison (who was at a work-study job in Gary Bennett's lab at the time) being asked by a co-worker if I was still alive. I was basically fine and was at my desk down the hall in Turpin's lab, trying not to make too big a deal out of it. I underestimated the speed of the ARB (now Whistler Hall) 'bush telegraph'. Alison was not very happy with me. Alison and I have 6 kids currently ranging from 11 to 20. My oldest daughter, Rachel, and her husband, Luke, are both sophomores at Purdue. My daughter Emily is starting Purdue this fall and will be majoring in entomology. We have our first grandchild, Serenity ('Ren' to her Dziadek (Polish for grandfather)), and grandparenthood really is as much fun as everyone said it would be. I still make time for as many hunting trips as time and money will allow, and these days I often arrange the trips around my kids' ability to join me. The family that hunts together stays together.'


John Thieme    John Thieme

John Thieme (BS '72) and his brother-in-law, Larry, who is also a Purdue alumni met up with Steve Yaninek and Arwin Provonsha at the cockroach racing event during the 2010 Indiana State Fair. Following is an update from John. "Since retiring in 2005, I have rearranged my schedule to making recreational activities a much higher priority. I have become an active volunteer with Indy Parks and Zionsville Parks departments creating nature displays, leading hikes, and giving formal presentations to adults and school children. You will be happy to know that many of my talks focus on some aspect of insects and their impact upon us. I also invested in an Australian made Greenspeed tadpole recumbent tricycle in 2005 which I ride on a regular basis. I have been riding over 2,500 miles a year on this high-tech machine staying in shape and keeping my weight under control. Would you believe how many "roadkill" insect specimens are out there just for the taking?! I am also the proud owner of two kayaks and a racing canoe which I use about a dozen times a year. Finally, I am active in the local church choir which I really look forward to each week. The rest of my time is mostly spent taking care of things at home. (Hey, I have to balance some work with play). My wife of 32 years, Mary K., is also retired and stays quite busy while my daughter Monica (2004 PU alum) works in Australia as an operations manager for a $30+ mm company. This will probably not come as any great surprise, but retirement has sure been a whole lot more fun than getting up going to work every day!"

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