Keon, Mabrito, CMEC recognized by The Society of Innovators of NW Indiana
Purdue University Northwest Chancellor Thomas L. Keon has been named a Fellow and faculty member Mark Mabrito a member of the 2016-17 class of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana.
Both were honored at the society’s 12th annual induction (10/20) at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. Ivy Tech Community College launched The Society of Innovators in 2005.
The university’s Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center also received Team recognition.
As one of six newly-honored Fellows, Keon was recognized for his efforts in the launch of the first Indiana model for unifying two comprehensive regional universities into a single university of two campuses. The resulting Purdue University Northwest, comprised of more than 15,000 students and nearly 70 degree programs, is among a handful of unified universities in the nation established through an innovative educational merger.
Serving students was a key priority of efforts that established PNW, resulting in more choices and learning opportunities through unified curricula. The establishment of Purdue Northwest also creates prospects for new and increased economic development.
Mabrito is an associate professor of English and director of PNW’s Computer Labs & Computer Supported Writing Department. He was recognized for creating and implementing at Purdue Northwest the Online Certificate in Writing for Interactive Media. The program prepares individuals to meet demands of the 21st century workplace in social media space.
The online program provides practical experience in developing original proposals, designs and treatments for interactive media. Key aspects of the program are informational interactive media (e-training, educational CDs, interactive kiosks) and narrative interactive media (computer/video games, simulations) in online and disk-based formats.