Lafayette Student Ambassadors

Hello Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Lafayette Students.  My name is Michael Shirley, Spring 2013 Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette Ambassador President.  I am honored to be elected to this position by my peers and excited for this opportunity to share how the Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette can make a difference in your life.  I am also eager to inform you of some upcoming opportunities my fellow Ambassadors and I are planning to serve our academic and surrounding communities.

The Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette was created with your educational needs in mind.  If you are looking for a higher education program from a university with worldwide recognition, one that will consistently challenge you personally and academically, and in the end help propel your career, you are in the right spot. The Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette offers certificates and undergraduate degrees in Organizational Leadership and Supervision.  Programs designed with the working adult in mind with classes during the daytime, evening, and online as well.

If you have been with the Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette for a while, you will have realized just how difficult a juggling act it can be between work, school and family life.  You also know just how important and beneficial your current educational challenges are to your future and why you stretch yourself so thin to meet all of these daily demands.  If this describes you, the Ambassador program is a place to try something different than the traditional classroom structure and showcase all of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you have gathered from the countless hours in the classrooms.  This program will also allow you to share your new talents with students that have not been at the Purdue Polytechnic as long and may need guidance towards successful attainment of their degrees as well.  This program will also allow you to give back to the community through application of your skills at service organizations in and around Greater Lafayette.

This semester the Ambassadors plan to hold several student appreciation events, coordinate recruitment events for the Purdue Polytechnic, plan and coordinate graduation ceremonies (A big thank you from myself and the others graduating this semester!), and working with the Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette ReStore on fundraising to help this worthwhile organization.  Most importantly though, the Ambassadors are there to help the rest of the Purdue Polytechnic students in any way needed by acting as a liaison with the college and giving general advice, so feel free to approach any of the Ambassadors with any issues that you may be experiencing as they are your representatives.

Finally, no matter what you reasons are for attending the Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette, or thinking about enrolling at the Purdue Polytechnic, I feel that it is the right place to get the world class education in an environment that takes the students’ needs in to account and really cares about your success.  I encourage you to read through the information on our website and/or contact a friendly staff member or Student Ambassador to help with any questions to get you started!

Thank you for the opportunity to share a little about our Purdue Polytechnic in the Lafayette community and the Ambassador program.  I look forward to seeing you in class and around campus. Boiler Up!



Michael E. Shirley

Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Lafayette, Student Ambassador President




Mike Shirley - President of Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette Ambassadors
Hello, my name is Mike Shirley and I am a Senior here at the Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette, and I will be graduating with my Bachelor's Degree in OLS in May.  I am a Chemical Operator at Evonik, the father of one, a full time student and the current President of the Student Ambassadors.  I have had classes with many of you over the past five years, and look forward to meeting those of you that I haven't had classes with yet.  After May, I will surely miss the environment out here at the Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette, and hope that I will not be so easily forgotten.  Good luck to you all in your educational quest and Boiler Up!

Josh Pullen - Vice President of Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette Ambassadors
I am a senior and have spent the past three years as a full time student here at the Purdue Polytechnic. I will be graduating in May. With finishing my last semester and finding a job I also am planning my wedding this November, so 2013 is going to be a huge year in my life. It is an honor getting the opportunity to be in this class and I'm blessed to be chosen as the Vice President. I am excited that the Ambassadors program gives me an opportunity to give back to the school that has helped me over the past 3 years.

Brenda Wiler - Secretary of Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette Ambassadors
Hello.  My name is Brenda Wiler and I have been employed at Subaru of Indiana Automotive for twenty-three years.  During that same time, I have raised four amazing children.  I attend classes after work to improve my professional skills and to encourage my children to never stop learning.

Chad Brickey
Hello fellow students.  My name is Chad Brickey.  I am currently a Junior at the Purdue Polytechnic and have prior service background.  If I can help you in anyway with VA benefits or school, please let me know.  Email me at

Scott Brown
Team Leader at Subaru of Indiana Automotive; Organizational Leadership & Supervision courses at Purdue University; Father of two teenage daughters; Wife - Mrs. Jacqueline Brown.

Ed Caplinger
I am a hard working and creative student. Dedicated to making Purdue a better place and learning facility for adults. Thrive for continuing education and opportunities.

Raymond DeBord
Ray DeBord, Purdue Ambassador, Major is Organizational Leadership and Supervision. I have 23 years at Subaru of Indiana Automotive. I am a Volunteer Firefighter (EMT) for Sheffield Fire Department for the past 11 years. Married with 4 wonderful kids and I attend Dayton United Methodist Church.

Denise Gonzalez
My name is Denise Gonzalez and I am a junior at the Lafayette campus. My biggest goal is to graduate in May 2014. I strive for success in everything I do.  I am a self motivated individual and believe that anything is possible.

Kathy Heath
I am a sophomore in the Purdue Polytechnic. I am married and have four children ages 23, 20, and 15x2 (twins!). I am the Program Administrator for External Relations in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue. I am very excited to finally have the opportunity to complete my degree and am thankful for the flexibility of the programs available at the Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette which help make it possible. I am excited to serve as a student ambassador and help spread the word about Purdue Polytechnic Lafayette!

Keith Jones
Hello, My name is Keith Jones. I am a senior in the OLS program. After obtaining my Bachelor's degree in 2014 I plan on spending more time with my family and helping my family succeed in their educational goals. I am a lead supervisor with Wabash National where I began working in 1994.

William Kerr
I am going to school because I want to make a difference.

George Leap
My name is George Leap. I am looking forward to working as an ambassador and developing a sense of pride and accomplishment from achieving the goals set by the class. 

Kiel Lester
I'm Kiel Lester, currently a junior at Purdue Polytechnic Lafayette, am very familiar with the Purdue Polytechnic  and am more than willing to help out in anyway that I can with new students or return students alike.

Nancy Oswalt
My name is Nancy Oswalt.  I’m a Junior in OLS and working on my Bachelor's degree.  This is my 2nd semester to serve in the Ambassador Program.  I am looking forward to helping other students reach their educational goals and contribute to the community.

Ronda Polk
Looking forward to representing and serving you as the Purdue Polytechnic Ambassador for the Spring semester.

Ryler Rawlings
Hi, my name is Ryler Rawlings and I’m a senior in the Purdue Polytechnic.  After having had a multitude of jobs ranging from working as an insurance agent to farming, I realized it was time to find a career.  I started my college career, as many kids do, right after high school. I completed two years with marginal grades then took a summer job in sales and thought that money was more important than finishing my education, so I didn’t go back in the fall.  Eight years and many jobs later I knew there was only one thing to do and that was finish my education, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute was a perfect fit.  The Purdue Polytechnic allows me to both work full time and attend class full time while receiving several scholarships to cover expenses. It also gives me the freedom to pursue my hobby of flying.  I realized it was never too late to get a degree and I’m more than excited to graduate this December. 

Nick Ruhana
I am a senior with an expected graduation date in May. I love working hard towards my goals and ambitions.

Sheryl Schaible
I work a 40 hour a week and take classes. I am a sophomore and would just like to say that you are never too old to continue your education. I didn’t start again until I was 50 years old and am so glad I did it.

Pam Sichts
2 children
3 grandchildren
Expected graduation date: May 2014
Works in Human Resources at Wabash Center
My goal as an Ambassador is to educate the community as to the benefit of the Purdue Polytechnic and to help my fellow students get the most out of their college experience.

Dan Winger
The older you get the more important it is to continue your education. The Purdue Polytechnic at Lafayette enables me to strengthened my position as a valued employee.