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May 6, 2002

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

As state reels from economic fight,
study finds Purdue packs a punch

How can Indiana fight back?

Recent statistics found Indiana lost more of its work force than any other state in the past two years. Indiana was last from 1992-97 in creating professional jobs.

Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke has said states that have most successfully developed a high-tech economy have done so by partnering with major research universities. No university in the country is better positioned than Purdue to do this.

A study recently released by the Southern Growth Policies Board's Southern Technology Council called Purdue "a model for its peers" for the university's efforts to spur economic development.

The researchers concluded: "Obviously Purdue is committed to building a new kind of land-grant institution to serve its state and region through technology-based economic development, partnerships and engagement," and the study's authors remark that Purdue is "… an example of an internally coordinated, carefully managed approach to this challenge."

The Southern Growth Policies Board is a center for new ideas and practices in policy designed to encourage the South's economic development and strengthen its quality of life. Governed by a board that includes the governors of 13 states and Puerto Rico, plus legislative and citizen appointees, Southern Growth's work focuses on four main areas: technology and innovation, globalization, communities, and work force.

A news release on the study's findings is available online.

CONTACTS: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-9708; Don K. Gentry, Purdue vice provost for engagement, (765) 494-9095,; Jeanine Phipps, Purdue News Service, 496-3133;

Purdue ag experts discuss impact of wet spring

Only 10 percent of the Indiana corn crop and two percent of the soybeans have been planted so far this spring due to heavy rains. Last year at this time, farmers had planted 83 percent of the corn crop. Typically, farmers have planted nearly 50 percent of the corn by now. More rain is in the forecast, and if planting does not progress by mid-May, farmers will have to make some critical decisions about this year's crop.

A panel of Purdue agricultural experts will take news reporter questions regarding the potential economic impact of delayed planting and the options for farmers during a news media availability on Wednesday May 8 at 10 a.m. at the Purdue Extension office in Noblesville, Ind. The event will be held in the Dining Room and directions to the Purdue Extension office are available on the web.

Reporters who cannot make the event in person may view it via Internet streaming or IHETS. Media viewing from remote locations may phone in questions for the panelists by calling 888-EXT-INFO.

To view via streaming, go to the Web site. Please download the latest version of Apple's Quicktime Player and the Windows Media player. These software packages are available on the Microsoft and Apple web sites.

The event will be broadcast on the IHETS satellite network. Please call your local Purdue Extension office to see if the media availability will be shown in your area.

CONTACT: Beth Forbes, ag news coordinator, (765) 494 2722;

Purdue prepares for commencement

Commencement ceremonies will be Friday (5/10) through Sunday (5/12) in the Elliott Hall of Music for Purdue students at the West Lafayette campus. During ceremonies, 920 students will receive graduate degrees, and 4,277 students will earn undergraduate degrees.

Dates and times for the schools' ceremonies are:

Division I: 8 p.m. Friday. Education and Engineering. Student speaker: Matthew C. Newton, an electrical and computer engineering major from Vernon Hills, Ill.

Division II: 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Liberal Arts; Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences. Student speaker: Jill E. Butler, a Health Sciences major from Indianapolis.

Division III: 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Agriculture, Consumer and Family Sciences, Science, Veterinary Medicine. Student speaker: Eric Steiner, an Agriculture Education major from Berne, Ind.

Division IV: 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Management, Technology. Student speaker: Brian LeRoy Amos, a building and construction management technology major from Granger, Ind.

Purdue President Martin C. Jischke and Purdue Alumni Association President Phillip A. Waid also will speak at each ceremony.

The media will need tickets to cover the commencement ceremonies. Contact Jesica Webb at the News Service at (765) 494-2079 to reserve space. For other information, contact Melinda Gardner, assistant registrar of academic programs and commencement, (765) 494-8219,


• Friday, May 10.   8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 218. "Strategies to Improve your Mood, Performance, and Health: Do Diet and Supplements Help?" One-day conference featuring nutrition experts from Purdue, the University of Tennessee and the medical staff of St. Luke's Hospital in New York. The program will include presentations on dietary supplements for athletes and non-athletes, products reported to affect mood and performance, micronutrients and premenstrual syndrome, safety issues surrounding supplement use and the role of regulation in the supplement industry. CONTACT: Marleen Troyer, (765) 7494-1340,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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