Purdue Alumni Exclusive: Play Ball!
Unique online course celebrates 150 years of Purdue, Major League Baseball
Purdue University isn’t alone in celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019. So is Major League Baseball!
To mark the occasion, the Purdue Alumni Association has teamed with Purdue University Global to offer a complimentary online course, Take Me Out to the Ball Game: 150 Years, offered through Purdue University Global.
Baseball is more than just a sport. America’s favorite pastime offers a unique window into American history, culture, and politics — and, to top it off, plenty of connections with Purdue.
This course is for more than just baseball fans.
Are you an American history enthusiast? Want to learn more about leadership and talent management? How about the rise of women in sports or the civil rights movement? Interested in data and decision-making?
This course is for you.
Professor of Leadership, Purdue University Global
Rebecca Herman teaches various graduate business courses, with emphasis on leadership and organization development. She started her academic career at Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2005 as an academic department chair, then assistant dean of faculty, followed by interim dean and associate dean. Herman later returned to teaching full time as an opportunity to reconnect with students and pursue research interests.
Herman has been cited for her expertise on leadership in Major League Baseball by the Society of American Baseball Research and in publications such as CEO. For her book, Lead Me Out to the Ballgame, she and co-author Howard Fero interviewed 20 MLB managers, spent time with 24 teams, and interviewed more than 100 players to determine key leadership success factors.
Herman’s love for baseball was influenced by her grandmother who played professionally during World War II. She shares her passion for baseball with her son. They have visited 26 of 30 MLB ballparks.
150th Anniversary Professor and Distinguished Professor of History, Purdue University
Randy Roberts was the 2015–2016 Charles Boal Ewing Chair of Military History at West Point. In addition to winning the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Teaching Award at Purdue University and twice receiving Teacher of the Year in the School of Liberal Arts, he won the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Indiana Professor of the Year. He specializes in teaching military history (including courses on World War I and World War II), sports history, and popular culture.
Roberts is also an award-winning, best-selling author. His book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, co-authored with Johnny Smith, received featured reviews in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. His most recent book co-authored with Johnny Smith is A Season In the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle.
Roberts has served frequently as a consultant and on-camera commentator for PBS, HBO, and History Channel. Two of the documentaries he was featured on won Emmy Awards. He lives in Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife Marjie.