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Our faculty and staff are a pretty cool bunch! Many of them have ver y interesting hobbies. See what a few of them do...

What do you do in your spare time?

My husband, a previous F-15 Top Gun pilot, and I fly aerobatics and formation at air shows in our RV-8. He is the pilot and I am the navigator.

How did you get started flying aerobatics and formation?

Actually, I used to be absolutely terrified to fly—past the point of “white knuckle flying.” Of course, this was problematic considering that flying was my husband’s vocation (he is now a captain with Delta Airlines) as well as his hobby and one of my greatest loves is to travel. I tried everything and nothing seemed to work to help me get over the fear. About three years ago, my husband decided that he wanted to build and fly an aerobatic plane, but he said he wouldn’t do it unless I agreed to fly with him. All I can tell you is that something “clicked” and I was hooked. On that first flight, we were doing wingovers, aileron rolls, and hammerheads.

What do you like best about flying?

What I like best about flying is sharing the love of flying with my husband and skimming the tops of clouds. Next to that, I love flying early in the morning or late in the evening over Lake Martin. It is incredibly peaceful and beautiful—and you can fly

really low and fast.

What do you do in your spare time?

I am a percussionist. I play in music every Friday night at the Knickerbocker Saloon during Happy Hour.

How long have you been playing?

I have been playing percussion since I was 8 years old and have been in and out of bands since high school.

What type of music do you enjoy playing the most?

Right now we play a lot of folk/rock covers and I like those a lot.

What do you like best about playing in front of an audience?

For me, I am always most interested in playing music people want to come hear. It doesn’t matter to me that I’ve played “Brown-Eyed Girl” 11,000 times - if it makes people happy to hear it - I’ll make sure we play it.

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How do you describe your paintings?

My oil paintings represent images drawn from childhood experiences spent on the coast of California; some are drawn from fields and skies in the Midwest. My work has been exhibited nationally in galleries from California to New York to Alaska and I have won awards and grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indianapolis Art Museum. My style has been described as a combination of impressionism and expressionism.

How long have you been painting?

I have been painting since 1991

What do you enjoy most about it?

After painting for awhile I go into a state of ‘flow’ wherein my heart rate slows and I lose track of time and place; I become part of the painting. Writing research and painting both involve producing and both require self-criticism (editing or critiquing) and some degree of creativity. However, painting is not linear or language-based and it involves releasing rather than tightening the reins.

More examples of her work can be found here: www.edst.purdue.edu/zentall/art

How did you get into flying?

The first time I ever flew, I did so by mistake. The ultra-light airplane I was taxiing jumped into the air unexpectedly and I flew it solo for about 30 minutes before attempting to land

for the first time ever. I have flown general aviation aircraft, ultra-light planes, gliders, and powered parachutes.

When did you earn your pilot’s license?


How often to you fly?

About once a week

What do you like best about it?

I am in pursuit of the perfect sunset photo. I love sunsets. I also love flying along Lake Michigan; counting deer at dusk; practicing touch-and-goes; flying at 8,000

feet on a very hot summer day and feeling cold.



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