Alumni News | Entomology@Purdue | Spring 2011

Entomology Alumni: It's Almost Time!

Purdue University Department of Entomology Centennial Logo 

The other day I heard an "oldie but goodie" that reminded me of our upcoming centennial celebration. In 1973, Seals & Crofts released a single entitled "We May Never Pass This Way Again." As this relates to our centennial, the song rings loud and true. We're only going to have ONE Purdue Entomology Centennial, and one span of time to celebrate it. It won't pass this way again! My plan, and I hope yours, is to celebrate our centennial by making a visit to our past, to revel in the present and to see the future of our science by your involvement.


As the Entomology department and development council put the final touches on the events calendar for the year long 2012-2013 centennial celebration, we're committed to making it easy for alumni to be involved and have a great time too!



Events scheduled and in the planning stage:


  • History and Archives presentations of "historical timelines," correspondence, photo's, etc.
  • Guest lecture series by Purdue Entomology alumni and national entomology leaders
  • Centennial Connections with Indiana State Fair, Entomological Society of America meetings, Pest Management Conference and more
  • A Gala Event on Homecoming Weekend 2012 – October 13-14
  • A "Bug Bowl" Centennial Celebration in Spring 2013 – April 13-14
  • Entomology Art exhibits including original line drawings by Arwin Provonsha, original insect cartoons, student insect artwork, and selected insect photographs
  • Centennial take-home memorabilia, and much more!

Communications will include:


  • A Department of Entomology Centennial Alumni Website – Where you can tell us about you, your experiences while at Purdue, share favorite stories, pictures, documents and your passion for entomology
  • The Department Newsletter (electronic & hard copy) in Spring and Fall
  • Timely email and hard copy mailings to remind you of upcoming events
  • Also, keep an eye on Facebook and the Entomology department website

If each one of us can participate in one or more upcoming centennial events, the strength of our involvement will most certainly show the vitality of our science, how Purdue Entomology has impacted the world since 1912 and help position our Purdue Department of Entomology for the next 100 years.


Before I close, I'd like you to make one promise to yourself. Promise, in whatever way you can, to be involved and participate in our centennial celebration events!


Keep your eyes on the newsletter and other upcoming announcements so you don't miss the fun and celebration! Go Boilers!


Alumni News

Aaron Fleischer (BS '51) was a U.S. Naval officer 1952-1954, owner of a pest control company 1955-1988, and currently a part time senior care giver. He is active in several professional, community, and philanthropic groups. Purdue memories include John Osmun, JJ Davis, H.O. Deay, and all my classmates in pest control curriculum (classes of 1950 and 1951). "I would love to hear from them by phone or e-mail." A very specialthanks to John O. for putting up with me and being the wonderful teacher and inspiration he was. Aaron and his wife of 58 years, Lois Bloom (Purdue class of 1951- whom he met on campus February 12, 1948) have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 daughters-in-law, and 1 son-in-law. "It's been a WONDERFUL LIFE."


Bill Butt celebrating his 79th birthday with his daughters in SeattleBill Butt celebrating his 79th birthday
with his daughters in Seattle

Bill Butt (BS '53) is retired after working for USDA- Agriculture Research Service in Beltsville, MD, Brownsville TX, Yakima, WA, and Kerneysville, WV. He worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria as head of the agency's entomology laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria and later at the agency headquarters managing some of the agency's international research programs. He was also the first director of The Nursery Crop Research Station at Tennessee State University, McMinnville developing research programs and staffing. "I have a number of interests including electronics, collecting military items, photography, travel and hiking. When I lived in Washington State I did mountain climbing and was an active member of the Central Washington Mountain Rescue team. Awards include a Certificate of Merit from the USDA for my work at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station, Kearneysville, West Virginia and a resolution of honor by the Tennessee state senate for my work at the Tennessee State University Nursery Crop Research Station at McMinnville, Tennessee.


Justin VitulloJustin Vitullo

Justin Vitullo (MS '04) "I never left Florida and have been working as an Agriculture Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection since July 2009 Life is good. I work at Miami International airport in Permit Cargo. So, any of the cut flowers your buddies in Costa Rica are sending here to the US are coming through me!"

Deanna FournierDeanna Fournier

Al Fournier (PhD '05) and Shujuan Li (PhD '07) are both still employed at the University of Arizona, Maricopa Agricultural Center. Al was recently promoted to associate extension specialist while Shujuan continues as research associate working with Dr. Peter Ellsworth and Dr. Steve Naranjo of USDA ARS. They are also extremely pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Deanna Leigh Fournier, on January 10, 2011. "Best wishes to all our Friends in the Department!"


Cyndi Wagner (BS '80) is the Chief of the Surveys Section in the Watershed Assessment and Planning Branch of the Office of Water Quality, Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Some of the people she remembers are Becky Laughlin, Becky Sisco, Eric Schreiber, Tedd Wildman, Jeff Hill, Steve Tessler, Bill Morgan, Larry Godfrey, and Tom Silvestrini. I remember sitting at the front table with Eric Schrieber doing the Exponent crossword puzzle during Dr. York's lectures! I remember all the fun Becky Laughlin and I had working for Ralph Williams gathering fresh animal excrement for his wonderful research projects and I remember the fun field trips in Dr. McCafferty's aquatic entomology class. I also remember how miserable a corn field was in late summer when out collecting corn rootworm traps with Tedd Wildman for one of Dr. Turpin's projects.... I have lots of very fond memories!" Cyndi has two sons, Matt and Kevin, and she likes to host house concerts for Folk/Americana musicians.


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