JOURNALISTS: Here are story ideas and a list of selected Purdue events during the next two weeks.
September 16, 2002
Story Ideas1. Activities highlight Discover Purdue Week
2. Understanding burnout helps adolescent athletes
3. Purdue expert explains reality show phenomenon
4. Internet research can be hassle-free
5. Homecoming Parade will soon be afloat
Purdue Events1. Tuesday, Sept. 17 Focus on Teaching begins with conversation series
2. Friday, Sept. 20 Aviation Technology program honors American Airlines pilots
3. Friday, Sept. 27 Purdue president to present jersey to Bill Cosby
Activities highlight Discover Purdue Week
From Sept. 19-28, the university will celebrate Discover Purdue Week with a full slate of groundbreakings and special events, culminating in the announcement of the largest fund-raising campaign ever for any college or university in Indiana. Two of the largest gifts in the history of Purdue will be announced, and numerous major building projects will move from the wish list to reality. Discover Purdue Week is part of the theme, coined last fall, which invites the public to learn about the university its leadership and its potential for economic development, research and education. A media advisory outlining events planned during the week is available on the Web.
Understanding burnout helps adolescent athletes
Alan Smith, a Purdue health and kinesiology expert on adolescents, can talk about what "burnout" and how the term is misused, and overused, in the athletic community.
"Research shows how social relationships may contribute to burnout," said Smith, who focuses on how peer relationships affect adolescent athletes. "Burnout is about more than just training volume."
Peer relationships are one of many issues that should be considered when talking about burnout, said Smith, a researcher who studies youth sport issues.
Smith also can provide tips on what parents and coaches can watch for to make sure young athletes don't overdo it, as well as how to help them get the most out of their athletic participation.
Contact: Alan Smith, (765) 496-6002, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue expert explains reality show phenomenon
Once again, prime time television viewers are gearing up for the fall premiers of their favorite reality television shows, such as "Survivor: Thailand" and "Fear Factor."
Glenn Sparks, a Purdue communications expert in mass media, can talk about why people are attracted to reality television programming.
"Many of these shows encourage us to get deeply involved in the lives of a few people, and that is often symbolic of our lack of relationships that we have individually," Sparks said. "We are living vicariously through these programs."
Sparks, whose specialty is cognitive and emotional effects of media, has authored "Media Effects Research," and is the co-author for "Refrigerator Rights," a book due out in November that deals with the loss of close interpersonal relationships in America.
CONTACT: Sparks, (765) 494-3316, email@example.com.
Internet research can be hassle-free
Alexius Macklin Smith has tips on how Internet research and homework can be pain-free for the frustrated student and their even more frustrated parents.
Kids are back in school, and the homework is beginning to pile up. Macklin, assistant professor of library science and user instruction librarian at Purdue, says students should talk with librarians about Web searches before they start sifting through thousands of hits from a general search engine.
"Students are coming to librarians discouraged with the resources found on Yahoo or Google, where anybody can push anything," Macklin says.
Macklin can share tips such as how to evaluate the credibility and relevancy of a Web site, as well as finding an appropriate search engine.
Macklin says one of the No. 1 problem when searching the Internet is not providing the computer with enough information.
"Students need to better articulate the question they are trying to answer," Macklin says.
CONTACT: Macklin, (765) 494-0297, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homecoming Parade will soon be afloat
Purdue students are putting the final touches on 15 floats entered in this year's Purdue Boilermaker Night Train Parade.
The parade will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the intersection of Tower and North Russell drives. It will travel down North Russell Drive and take right on First Street, where it will continue to MacArthur Drive and take another right. The parade will then make its way up MacArthur Drive to Third Street, where it will take a right and head up to North Intramural Drive. There it will take a left and proceed to Ross-Ade Stadium.
The parade features Miss Indiana Tangra Riggle, who is a senior in communications, and Provost Sally Frost-Mason as the grand marshals. The spotlight also will shine on the Homecoming king and queen candidates, Purdue Pete, Rowdy, The "All-American" Marching Band, twirlers and cheerleaders.
A pep rally will follow the parade at 8 p.m. on Slayter Hill. The evening will conclude with a 9 p.m. concert on the hill.
CONTACT: Heather Owen, Purdue Student Union Board program adviser, (765) 494-8909, email@example.com; Jared Winn, float director for the Association of Landscape Contractors of America, (765) 463-2119, firstname.lastname@example.org; Stacie Woodrum, float director for Phi Sigma Rho and Triangle, (765) 495-9311, email@example.com; Jeff Getts, float director for the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Association, (765) 743-8089, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Focus on Teaching begins with conversation series
Purdue University leaders to visit Vincennes
During the day, the group will tour the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center, and visit Vigo Elementary School and Vincennes University. The day ends with an alumni picnic.
Jischke and other Purdue representatives will take questions from the media at 9 a.m. at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center. There will be a photo opportunity at 9:45 a.m. at the center's Pumpkin Day for first-graders from Bicknell Central Grade School.
For further information, contact Mike Lillich, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2077, email@example.com.
A related news release is available at: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/uns/html3month/020916.Jischke.pudaysv.html
Aviation Technology program honors American Airlines pilots
Purdue president to present jersey to Bill Cosby
Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; firstname.lastname@example.org