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October 30, 2002

Purdue alumni to gather at Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue President Martin C. Jischke and university leaders will join friends and alumni at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, as part of a series of meetings around the nation.

The museum will be open exclusively to Purdue guests, who will have the opportunity to see four select exhibits, which include "Genetics," "Net World," "Coal Mine" and the well-known Titanic. Purdue also will offer guests interactive and informational displays from various schools within the university.

Admission is $15 per person and free for children 6 and younger. The fee includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, the four museum exhibits, the university program and museum parking. Those interested in attending can make reservations by calling (800) 213-3044 or e-mail reservation information to

Jischke will be the keynote speaker during a program that begins at 7 p.m. He will talk about Purdue's recently announced $1.3 billion fund-raising effort, called The Campaign for Purdue, and its relevance to the goals and objectives outlined in the university's strategic plan. Tangra Riggle, Miss Indiana and Purdue student, will perform two vocal selections during the university program.

"For me, this is a homecoming," said Jischke, who was a graduate of Proviso High School in Maywood on Chicago's west side and later earned his bachelor's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. "I'm delighted to have this opportunity to gather with Purdue friends in such an educational and stimulating environment.

"When we discuss Purdue's campaign and decision to position our university as a world leader in the fields of engineering, science and technology, I can think of few places more appropriate than the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry – a place that celebrates some of the world's finest scientific and engineering achievements that have shaped and improved mankind."

"The Sears Presents Titanic: The New Exhibition" features many items never seen before, including:

• First Class Corridor, Cabin and Gallery – The cabin contains replicas of Titanic's furniture, clothing, personal belongings and artifacts of the first-class passengers.

• Grand Staircase – Artifacts displayed in the grand staircase are among the first items ever recovered, some of which have never been available for public display.

• Veranda Cafe– One of Titanic's first-class restaurants, the Veranda Cafe features displays of glass, china, crystal, dinnerware and silverware.

• The Promenade Deck – Guests can look up and gaze at the same star field that Titanic passengers viewed in 1912 or look down and see the dark calm of the North Atlantic.

Jischke and other university leaders plan similar visits in:

  • Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 17;
  • Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 18;
  • Dallas, Texas, Feb. 1;
  • Naples, Fla., Feb. 8;
  • Fort Wayne, Ind., Feb. 22;
  • Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif., March 6-9;
  • Indianapolis, April 12; and
  • Dearborn, Mich., May 9.

    Writer: Jesica E. Webb, (765) 494-2079,

    Sources: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-9708

    April Headdy, assistant director of special events, (765) 496-2160;

    Murray Blackwelder, vice president for university advancement, (765) 496-2144;

    Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

    Related Web sites:
    The Campaign for Purdue:
    Chicago Museum of Science and Industry exhibits

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