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April 1, 2002

JOURNALISTS: Here are story ideas and a list of selected Purdue events during the next two weeks.

Rube Goldberg Satellite Coordinates

Highlights from the National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest will be available Saturday (4/6) via satellite between 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. EST.

Satellite Information:

SBS6/06 (74' W)

U/L: 14147.500 MHz Horizontal

D/L: 11847.500 MHz Vertical

Allocated Bandwidth (MHz): 36.000

If you have trouble with the satellite connection please call 1-800-321-3959 or (765) 494-1032 for assistance.

If you have any questions feel free to give Jesica Webb a call, (765) 494-2079. On Saturday, she can be paged at (765) 423-7326.

Purdue profs return from Afghanistan,
share insights and experiences

Three Purdue University faculty can share their experiences and insights on Afghanistan and its higher education system beginning Tuesday (4/2) following their return from a fact-finding mission to Kabul.

The three professors spent one week in Afghanistan assessing the needs of the university. To contact them call Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2096 or the Agricultural Communication Service, (765) 494-2722.

Internationally acclaimed artist from Lafayette
paints Beering portrait for dedication

Richard Halstead, an internationally recognized painter who is a former Lafayette resident, will unveil his original rendering of past Purdue President Dr. Steven C. Beering during the Liberal Arts Building dedication and renaming at 2 p.m. on April 12 at Founders Park on the West Lafayette campus.

Halstead can be reached by calling Henry Rosenthal, (239) 263-1936, and can discuss his artistic influences, why he was chosen by the Beerings for this work and his extensive line of art displayed and recognized throughout the world.

Spring Fest celebrates bugs, bricks and more

Crickets sailing through the air – and people crawling on the ground – signal the return of Spring Fest at Purdue University. Spring Fest takes place April 13-14 on the Purdue campus in West Lafayette, Ind. Last year, Spring Fest drew an estimated 30,000 people.

• One of the biggest highlights is the Department of Entomology's Bug Bowl, which features cockroach races, cricket spitting, a human caterpillar cantor and insect eating.

• The annual Horticulture Show, will feature a "Contemporary Gardening" theme this year. Horticulture students designed and built the exhibit, which showcases backyard entertaining, bird and butterfly gardening, and art and sculptures.

• Student teams will compete in Boiler Brick Bowl VIII and will construct masonry carillons. Each team will be receive 300 bricks, tools and mortar. The students provide their own enthusiasm design and bells, chimes or tin cans.

• The School of Engineering is officially participating in Spring Fest for the first time this year with "Envision: The Engineering Open House."

• Search and rescue dogs that assisted with rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and a wildlife veterinarian featured on the TV show "Animal Planet's Wildlife Emergency" are two of the many attractions at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine open house, to be held on Saturday, April 13.

Spring Fest includes a total of 20 different sites with fun and educational activities and contests. For more information on Spring Fest activities, call 1-888-EXT-INFO (398-4636) or visit the Web site. Five schools participate in Spring Fest: The schools of Agriculture, Consumer and Family Sciences, Engineering, Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.

CONTACT: Dana Neary, event coordinator, (765) 494-9113.

Finance professors will discuss CEO pay

This year's surveys of executive compensation in the wake of the Enron debacle and two down years in the stock market will warrant extra scrutiny.

Two finance professors from Purdue's Krannert School of Management can discuss history, trends and future directions of CEO salary, bonuses and stock options in the contexts of corporate boards, shareholder rights and corporate disclosure rules

CONTACTS: David J. Denis, (765) 494-4434,; Diane K. Denis, (765) 494-8265,

Rescue dogs to demonstrate at vet school open house

The 39th annual open house at the Purdue School of Medicine will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Top attractions include search and rescue dogs that assisted with recovery efforts at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Wildlife veterinarian P.J. Deitschel, who is featured on the TV channel "Animal Planet" also will make a presentation at 11 a.m. Veterinary school staff also will perform "surgery" on stuffed animals children bring in for treatment.

CONTACT: Jill Peterson, event co-chair, (765) 464-1561,

Purdue goes buggy over Spring Fest

Purdue's Spring Fest will offer nearly 100 activities for kids of all ages Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Top attractions include the Bug Bowl, which features cockroach races, a petting zoo and honey tasting, among other activities. Bug Bowl events will take place in Smith Hall and other areas around the Agricultural Administration Building. Other events will be sponsored by the schools of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Science, Engineering, and Consumer and Family Sciences. For complete information, visit the Spring Fest Web site.

CONTACT: Dana Neary, special events coordinator for the School of Agriculture, (765) 494-9133,


• Friday, April 5. 10 a.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Mark Land, business editor of the Indianapolis Star, will speak to Krannert School of Management MBA students on corporate communications. The talk is free and open to the public. CONTACT: Tim Newton, director of external relations and communications for the Krannert School, (765) 496-7271,

• Wednesday, April 10. 8 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Purdue's Lecture Series on Science and Religious Faith. George R. Ellis, a distinguished professor of applied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, will speak "On the Nature of Existence: Indications from Science and Religion." Ellis will be available to the media immediately following his presentation. CONTACT: Roberto Colella, (765) 494-3029,

• Friday, April 12. 9:30 a.m. Stewart Center, Room 326. Board of Trustees meeting. Room 326, Stewart Center.

• Friday, April 12. 7:30 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. Annual awards ceremony honoring outstanding faculty members and honors students from the spring and fall semesters. The media are welcome to cover the event, during which many prestigious awards will be presented. CONTACT: Jim Vruggink, director of special projects, (765) 494-2086,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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