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              Purdue Events for Journalists


JOURNALISTS: Here is a list of upcoming events at Purdue that reporters may want to consider covering.

September 22, 2003


• Sept. 25-Oct. 4 – Special events countdown to Homecoming

• Sept. 24 – Jewish studies program open house

• Sept. 24 – Panel to discuss careers in aviation

• Sept. 25 – Purdue, NASA to engage Indianapolis students

• Sept. 25 – Poetry slam brings Shakespeare to public

• Sept. 26 – Jordanian official to speak on Iraqi war

• Sept. 29-30 – Lafayette, Purdue leaders to explore creativity as economic force

• Oct. 3 – Electrical engineering alumni to speak about adventure, white-knuckle experience


Special events countdown to Homecoming

Thursday, Sept. 25 to Saturday, Oct. 4. During this 10-day period, Purdue will be announcing more than $50 million in gifts – funding that will make possible $140 million in buildings, 11 in all. The announcements are part of the university's $1.3 billion campaign to raise the funds needed to fulfill a strategic plan focused on helping the Indiana economy, putting more faculty in the classroom and raising money for scholarships to ensure that Purdue education remains affordable. Photos, audio and video will be available to journalists both before and after the events. A complete listing of events is available on the Web.

CONTACT: Jeanne Norberg, Purdue News Service director, (765) 494-2084,


Jewish studies program open house

Wednesday, Sept. 24. 4-6 p.m. Hillel Foundation, 912 West State St. Faculty will be on hand to discuss their research relative to the Jewish Studies Program. The Lafayette Klezorim, a Jewish music group, will perform.

CONTACT: Gordon Young, associate professor of history and director of Jewish studies, (765) 494-7965,


Panel to discuss careers in aviation

Wednesday, Sept. 24. 4:30-6 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 206. Purdue's Center for Career Opportunities will host a panel of people working in commercial and military aviation. The group will include a marine pilot, an air traffic control officer and corporate controller for American Airlines. Journalists will have the opportunity not only to talk to professionals working in the aviation industry, but also to students who are planning to enter the field.

CONTACT: Jim Megathlin, event coordinator, (765) 494-3988,


Purdue, NASA to engage Indianapolis students

Thursday, Sept. 25. 10:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. More than 100 students from Indianapolis' Key Learning Community will visit the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training for Advanced Life Support at Purdue. The high school students will tour five laboratories on campus that are working on research to create life-supporting environments in space and participate in hands-on activities. The visit is the beginning of a partnership between the school and the center that will lead to Purdue faculty members, students and NASA scientists assisting high school students with original research.

CONTACT: Julia Hains-Allen, (765) 496-6694,


Poetry slam brings Shakespeare to public

Thursday, Sept. 25. 6:30 p.m. The English department is hosting Purdue's first "Shakespeare Poetry Slam" at Twice Turned Pages, 518-A Main St., Lafayette. Angelica Duran's undergraduate Shakespeare class, "The Play's the Thing," is organizing the event as part of the course requirement to bring Shakespeare to the community. Students, some dressed in Elizabethan costumes, will share Shakespeare's sonnets.

CONTACT: Angelica Duran, (765) 496-3975,


Jordanian official to speak on Iraqi war

Friday, Sept. 26. 2:30 p.m. Marwan Muasher, Jordanian foreign minister and a Purdue alumnus, will give a talk in the Krannert Auditorium titled "Recent Developments in Iraq and the Peace Process: A Jordanian Perspective." A public reception, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. will follow the talk. Reporters will be able to interview Muasher during the reception. Muasher, who earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the highest ranking diplomat in Jordan. He has worked closely in Middle Eastern diplomatic efforts with both the United States and Israel.

CONTACT: Margarita Contreni, (765) 496-6453,


Lafayette, Purdue leaders to explore creativity as economic force

Monday, Sept. 29, and Tuesday, Sept. 30. A professor of economic development at Carnegie Mellon University whose work focuses on creativity as an economic force will discuss the relevance of his research to the local community during several events sponsored by Purdue University, the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Tippecanoe Arts Federation and Vision 2020. Richard Florida, author of "The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure Community and Everyday Life," will participate in a Vision 2020 diversity roundtable discussion at noon Monday, Sept. 29, at the Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union on Sagamore Parkway in West Lafayette. He will discuss the importance of diversity in a community. Florida also will speak at the Bravo Breakfast for the Arts, sponsored by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, City Centre. Florida also will present the keynote address at the Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Place Exhibition Center in West Lafayette. His speech is entitled "The Rise of the Creative Class and Reflections on My Visit to the Lafayette-West Lafayette Community."

CONTACT: Don Gentry, vice provost for engagement, (765) 494-9095,; Mike Piggott, community relations director, (765) 494-4636,


Electrical engineering alumni to speak about adventure, white-knuckle experience

Friday, Oct. 3. 12:30 p.m. Several Purdue alumni from the university's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering will talk about their personal experiences in a range of subjects during a "Homecoming Hobnob" in Stewart Center, rooms 302 and 306. Topics include what it's like to fly an airplane and the white-knuckle thrill of "base jumping" with a parachute from a 3,000-foot cliff. Other subjects will include the adventures of starting your own company, "Life in the Fast Lane" of computer chip development, corporate mergers and power failures. The talks will continue until about 4 p.m.

CONTACT: Margarita Contreni, (765) 496-6453,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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