February News Briefs

Dunn named men’s soccer coach

Luke Dunn, who spent three years as an assistant with PNW men’s soccer, has been named head coach. He returns after serving as head coach for Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, since 2018. Under Dunn, Viterbo went 31-3-2 and was ranked in the top 25 for the first time in over 20 years. Dunn served as an assistant at PNW the first season the men’s Pride team played in NCAA Division II.






Clapp-Smith named dean of College of Business

Rachel Clapp-Smith, Leadership professor and director of the Leadership Institute, has been named the Teddy Jacobi Dean of the College of Business. She has been interim dean since February 2022 and previously served as associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs. Clapp-Smith became an assistant professor at PNW predecessor school Purdue University Calumet in 2009.  She earned her doctorate degree in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from the University of Nebraska.









Peoples Bank funds endowment, scholarships

Peoples Bank of Munster recently gave the university $38,500, to be split between an endowment fund and scholarships. The donation is the latest support from the bank. In 2021, Peoples donated its Hammond Banking Center, 7120 Indianapolis Blvd., to the Purdue Research Foundation. PNW’s space in the building supports community and economic development. Scholarships to benefit from the contribution include PNW Athletics, the College of Business Dean’s Fund and the Ed Furticella and Jane Mutchler Scholarship Funds.

Three alums to be inducted in the PNW Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday

Three former student athletes will be inducted in the Athletics Hall of Fame. Salvador Cordova, a 2016 graduate who ran cross country; Lori Haas-Conklin, a 2016 graduate who played tennis; and Kyleigh Payne, a 2018 graduate who played softball, will be inducted during a brunch at the White Lodging School building on Saturday. Cordova was the second runner in PNW history to qualify for the NAIA National Championships. Haas-Conklin was the team’s top singles player in 2015 and earned the first All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference honor in program history. Payne was the top player for the softball program during her time at PNW and holds multiple records for the softball program.

Lopez first PNW women’s tennis player to be nationally ranked

Sophomore Sienna Lopez is the school’s first women’s tennis athlete to be ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Division II rankings. She was ranked 48 in the list of top 50 singles players nationwide and fourth among players in the Midwest


region. The Health Studies major reached the semi-finals during the ITA Regionals, hosted last month by Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.  



Chancellor’s Cup deadline tomorrow

The deadline for the Chancellor’s Cup competition is Feb. 2. The friendly competition between student organizations, colleges and university departments aims to stock the PNW Food Pantry on both the Hammond and Westville campuses. Competing teams

Food pantry

score points for every item they donate to the pantries. For example, feminine hygiene products are worth 10 points, rice and canned fruit are worth 3 points, a box of cereal is worth 2 points. Winners of the competition will be announced at the Homecoming basketball games. The Food Pantry provides undernourished students with staples throughout the school year.



PNW takes STEM on the road to local high schools


Students from the colleges of Engineering and Sciences and Technology are bringing the promise of science, technology, engineering and math skills to area high schools. The university’s STEM on the Road program sets up four-hour interactive

William Feithen, third-year Physics major, explains how a Van de Graaff generator works during a STEM on the Road visit to East Chicago Central Highschool. (Photo by PNW)

experiences in the commons or cafeterias of Northwest Indiana schools. Students then show high schoolers practical applications of STEM disciplines. Typically, students demonstrate lessons or research in action with several apparatuses, projects, or organisms. STEM on the Road reaches up to 5,000 students each semester.