JOURNALISTS: Here are story ideas and a list of selected Purdue events during the next two weeks.
August 30, 2002
STORY IDEAS1. Sense of security can qualm children's kidnapping fears
2. Purdue artists transform building with mural
3. Student helps improve Bosnian kids' hearing
4. Study abroad expected to draw more students
PURDUE EVENTS1. Sept. 5-11 Purdue 9/11 remembrance events
2. Sept. 5 Purdue, IPS kick off Science Bound program
3. Sept. 9 Purdue Research Park breaks ground on expansion
4. Sept. 9 University Senate meeting
5. Sept. 13 Board of Trustees meeting
6. Sept. 14 Black Cultural Center Friends and Family Day
7. Sept. 20 Aviation Technology program honors American Airlines pilots
Sense of security can ease children's kidnapping fears
Parents should strive to provide their children with a sense of security amidst the national publicity surrounding kidnappings, says a Purdue expert.
"It is important we reassure children that they are safe," says Karen Diamond, professor of Child Development and Family Studies. "I'm reminded of Sept. 11. The context is different, but the issues are quite similar. Kids are hearing about bad things happening to kids, and it may make them quite anxious."
Diamond, director of the Child Development Laboratory School, says providing a blanket of security can help comfort kids. The amount of media coverage makes it seem like kidnappings happen frequently, and that can instill fear and anxiety in some children.
"Children, especially preschoolers, need to know they are safe and loved," Diamond says.
If a child asks a parent about kidnappings, Diamond says parents should consider their child's age and how much information they want to provide them.
"The old rules of teaching children that they shouldn't talk to or take gifts from strangers, that it's OK to say no to an adult, and that if they're not sure about something they should check with their parents, are all good ones that parents should (and I think do) follow," Diamond says.
Diamond also says parents should be aware of what their children hear and see when media programs about kidnappings are on television.
CONTACT: Diamond, (765) 494-0942, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue artists transform building with mural
Linda Vanderkolk, a continuing lecturer and design foundations coordinator at Purdue, and Scott Frankenberger, a 1979 Purdue master's student in fine arts, are applying the final touches to a 130-foot long mural in Ivy Tech's new main building on Creasy Lane in Lafayette.
The mural, which is not yet titled, stretches 6 feet between two floors in the center of Ivy Hall. More than 1,400 handmade tiles have been positioned to create geometric shapes. Numbers and letters are etched in the triangular tiles, made by local ceramic artist Frankenberger.
"There are six different groupings of tiles, showing you can take a simple pattern and find new patterns in them, using positive or negative space," says Vanderkolk.
Frankenberger and Vanderkolk selected this transforming pattern to represent the transformation students experience during college.
The team plans to finish the mural within a month. Ivy Tech has furnished its new building with local art.
CONTACT: Vanderkolk (765) 494-2316 (office), (765) 583-0001 (home); Frankenberger, (765) 567-2678.
Student helps improve Bosnian kids' hearing
A second-year Purdue master's student in audiology and speech sciences gained more experience this summer toward her dream of starting an audiology clinic for needy children in Eastern Europe.
Jean Anne Jordan, from Charleston, S.C., spent two weeks in July fitting children for hearing aids and performing diagnostic evaluations for hearing loss in Bosnia as part of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's Bosnia Speech and Hearing Project. Jordan wants to start a similar project in Ukraine, where she visited an orphanage during her undergraduate studies. Jordan will begin raising funds to return to Bosnia next summer to gain more experience.
"The audiology and speech education that is available to the families I worked with is limited in Bosnia," Jordan says. "They understand their hearing is important, but they only have few resources for their audiology and speech care."
CONTACT: Jordan, (765) 743-3611, email@example.com.
Study abroad expected to draw more students
Purdue students can learn more about study abroad opportunities at the Study Abroad Fall Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday (9/4) at Memorial Mall.
Students can visit with recent study abroad participants about their travel, cultural and study experiences in places such as Western and Eastern Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia or Latin and South America. Exchange students also will answer questions at the fair about their home countries.
In 2001-02 about 508 Purdue students participated in an approved study abroad program.
Brian Harley, director of study abroad, says he expects to see an increase in the number of Purdue students who participate.
"Despite the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks there is a growing interest in studying in another country," Harley says. "Students are not necessarily studying in the Middle East, but they are more interested in learning about other cultures in general."
There are three types of study abroad programs including a direct exchange with universities overseas or a co-sponsorship that is arranged through an outside organization. Half of the students participate in Purdue faculty-led programs, which generally take place during the summer. Students also can learn about the new, short-term, multiple destination programs at the fair.
To encourage more students to take advantage of study abroad, President Martin C. Jischke made more funds available for scholarships last year to help offset travel costs.
Purdue 9/11 remembrance events
Purdue, IPS kick off Science Bound program
Purdue Research Park breaks ground on expansion
University Senate meeting
Board of Trustees meeting
Black Cultural Center Friends and Family Day
Aviation Technology program honors American Airlines pilots
Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; firstname.lastname@example.org