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September 22, 2003

Special Purdue events Sept. 25-Oct. 4

This is a special edition of Purdue University's reporter's calendar to focus on numerous news opportunities here during a 10-day countdown to our Oct. 4 Homecoming. As you know, Purdue is in the midst of a $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 a Purdue education remains affordable. We'll be announcing more than $63 million in gifts toward meeting that goal.

We know you all like to tell your readers and audiences the news before it happens, so all of our related news releases will be available for release the morning of the events. We will transmit these stories to you the day before the event. We also have some big-picture story ideas and would be happy to share them with you and help you pursue them.

For example, an expanded story might ask this question: When other universities are cutting back, why is Purdue having so much success and expanding? Or, you might want to look at philanthropy: what makes it work, how the economy affects it, why donors give. Why (and how) is the university focusing its efforts on helping the Indiana economy?

We've tried to think of all of you. In addition to the news releases before the events, there will be photos and audio available on the Web before every event, and, in most cases, after the event as well. For television, we will mail a video b-roll package. After most of the events, we will post fresh photos, and audio and video also will be available for those who contact us ahead of time and make arrangements to receive it. We can drive it to Indianapolis outlets or ship it overnight to other outlets in the state.

Naturally, we hope some of you also will come to campus for some of these events. Let us know you're coming, and we will help you with any logistical challenges. Call us 24/7 and we will help: phone, (765) 494-2096; pager, (765) 423-8662.

Here's what's happening at Purdue:


2:30-3:30 p.m. Indiana State Budget Committee meets at Purdue's West Lafayette campus. Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will present a progress report on Purdue's strategic plan and its impact on the state of Indiana.

Location: Stewart Center, Room 320



8:30 a.m. Indiana State Budget Committee meeting continues. Purdue Provost Sally Mason will discuss Purdue's Involvement in the 21st Century Research and Technology Fund. Representatives from several of the companies that partner with Purdue for successful projects also will make presentations.

Location: Lafayette Room, Purdue Memorial Union.

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Indiana State Budget Committee business meeting. We don't have the agenda for the meeting, but this is when the committee will vote on the issues before it for the entire state.

Location: Stewart Center, Room 214 A,B,C,D

1 p.m. State Budget Committee and Purdue will have a groundbreaking for the planned construction of the $25 million biomedical engineering building – the first at an Indiana public institution – in Phase II of Purdue's Discovery Park. Construction is expected to begin this spring.

Location: In a tent on the lawn north of Herrick Labs, State Street and South Intramural Drive.

4:30 p.m. Purdue will dedicate a 9-foot sculpture honoring President Emeritus Steven C. Beering. The sculpture was created and donated by Spanish artist Faustino Aizkorbe (pronounced eye-SKOR-bay), who also fashioned the 40-foot bronze sculpture "Transformation," which is located on campus. Beering and the sculptor will attend.

Location: East side of Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education.

7-9 p.m. Six major gifts will be announced that total more than $30 million for School of Liberal Arts' $38 million Visual and Performing Arts Building and the Schools of Engineering. Announcement will take place following the President's Council annual dinner.

Location: Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.



11:30 a.m. — noon. Two gifts will be announced – one from an Indianapolis business leader for scholarships and the other for a professorship. Announcement will take place during President's Council's brunch before the Purdue vs. Notre Dame football game.

Location: Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.



The School of Technology will announce a major corporate gift of software for its Department of Computer Graphics Technology.



2:30 p.m. Purdue will celebrate the construction, just begun in Discovery Park, for the $15 million Bindley Bioscience Center. Donor William Bindley, an Indianapolis civic leader and businessman, will attend.

Location: In a tent on the lawn north of Herrick Labs, State Street and South Intramural Drive.



11 a.m. Purdue will announce four gifts for the School of Mechanical Engineering, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Visual and Performing Arts Building.

Location: Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118.



3:30 p.m. The Department of Computer Science will celebrate the completion of its drive to raise funds for a $20 million building.

Location: In a tent on the planned construction site, at the northwest corner of Third and University streets.



3-5:30 p.m. The School of Management will dedicate the $35 million Rawls Hall, which nearly doubles the size of the school and is considered the crown jewel of its three-building complex. Classes began this fall in the facility. You'll have an opportunity to tour the building then, but advance tours also can be arranged. The dedication will take place at 3 p.m., and tours are scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m.

Location: Rawls Hall third-floor atrium. Rawls is at southeast corner of State and Grant streets.

7-9 p.m. Television newsman Tim Russert will be the keynote speaker for the Krannert Leadership Speakers Series dinner. Russert is the moderator of the television show "Meet the Press," and political analyst for the "NBC Nightly News" and the "Today" show. He anchors "The Tim Russert Show" and is senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News. The dinner starts at 7 p.m., and Russert talks at 8 p.m.

Location: Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.


FRIDAY, Oct. 3

11:30 a.m. The School of Civil Engineering will dedicate its new $11 million Bowen Civil Engineering Laboratory at the just-completed facility. Tours of the facility will follow. Lead donor Robert Bowen, an Indianapolis-area business executive, will attend.

Location: South River Road, about 1.5 miles south of its intersection with State Street.

4 p.m. The School of Agriculture will dedicate the $4 million John S. Wright Forestry Center at the Martell Forest. The public then will be invited to tour the building and forest.

Location: To reach the center turn south off Indiana 26 onto County Road 750 W. At the stop sign, turn left onto County Road 125 N., which turns into County Road 725 W. The entrance is on the left at the bottom of the hill.

A related release is available online.

7 p.m. The Homecoming Night Train parade will begin at the intersection of Steven C. Beering Drive and Tower Drive and end near Slayter Hill, where a pep rally will follow at 8 p.m. The parade and pep rally, sponsored by the Purdue Student Union Board, are open to the public. Grandstands for parade spectators will be available at the Recreational Sports Center on North Intramural Drive.

The parade route is online.

A related release is available.



11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to a universitywide Homecoming on the Purdue Mall, with entertainment located at a stage beneath the Purdue Bell Tower.

1:30 p.m. The Schools of Engineering will announce the near completion of fund raising for its $46 million Millennium Building. Gifts will be announced; astronaut alumni will speak. Considered the centerpiece of a plan to expand the engineering complex by 60 percent, the building is planned for Stadium and Northwestern avenues. Millennium will be the new home to Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Materials Engineering, Freshman Engineering and special student-related programs.

Location: Stage near Purdue Bell Tower.

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