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May 23, 2002

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

Press conference on agricultural biosecurity Thursday (5/30)

Jim Moseley, deputy secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, will be at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus Thursday (5/30) afternoon to make an announcement about funding to improve agricultural biosecurity in Indiana.

The announcement will be made at 2:30 p.m. in the Morgan Conference Room, room 2187, of the Food Science Building.

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes,;

EPICS conference to unite national teams

Purdue University, home of the inaugural Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, will play host to the first formal national gathering of schools with established engineering service learning programs.

The two-day conference, Wednesday and Thursday (5/29-30), will explore national opportunities to wed engineering education with community service activities as part of students' university experience.

Meeting sessions will be on Purdue's West Lafayette campus in Stewart Center, Room 311. A complete schedule and agenda is available on the Web.

The conference will provide a forum for faculty from the different EPICS programs to share lessons and insights from their programs. It also will highlight the potential benefits of national-scale community service learning projects pursued by a national-scale EPICS coalition.

Among the national-scale community service projects to be discussed will be the coalition of engineering teams partnering with Habitat for Humanity International.

The conference program will include a community partners' panel featuring representatives from social service agencies and industry. Other aspects of the program include a student panel featuring undergraduates who work on EPICS projects.

Currently, the EPICS program teams have more than 500 students participating in 52 project teams at other participating campuses including the University of Notre Dame, Iowa State University and Butler University in Indianapolis.

CONTACT: William C. Oakes, (765) 494-3892,


• Friday, June 7.   Board of Trustees meeting.

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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