January 4, 2007

Purdue to seek strategic plan input from Hancock County residents

Martin C. Jischke
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue officials will visit Hancock County on Jan. 18, and President Martin C. Jischke will ask residents there for ideas on what the university's new strategic plan should include.

"Indiana residents have offered promising ideas during previous community visits," Jischke said. "The board of trustees and I look forward to receiving input from Hancock County residents as we look to the future and set new goals."

Jischke and other university officials also will visit Spitzer Enterprises, Elanco Animal Health's research facilities and Hancock Regional Hospital. The strategic plan input will be sought during a luncheon at Carnegies Restaurant. Ideas also can be submitted through a new strategic plan Web site.

Victor L. Lechtenberg, the university's vice provost for engagement, said Purdue welcomes the opportunity to exchange ideas with business and community leaders.

"Purdue wants to serve as an economic development partner to Hancock County so that its businesses can gain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace," Lechtenberg said. "We look forward to learning how the residents of Hancock County envision that partnership."

This is the sixth year Jischke and university leaders have conducted daylong visits to Indiana communities. More than 50 previous stops have included communities such as Gary, Jasper, South Bend and Lebanon. A future visit is planned for Anderson.

Several activities are scheduled for the Hancock County visit:

• 10:20 a.m. — Tour Spitzer Enterprises, 6135 West, 400 North, Greenfield. Spitzer Racing Enterprises builds chassis and components for race cars and street rods. In its 33 years of business, the company has built more than 5,000 race cars in nearly all competitive classes of drag racing. Deanco, the building that features a research and design area and space for a composite parts shop, is named after the owner's late son Dean, who was a racer and a Purdue aeronautical engineering student. Spitzer Enterprises has received many awards, including the National Hot Rod Association's Best Engineered Car award and Division 3 Best Supporting Manufacturer award and Car Craft Magazine's Sportsman Chassis Building of the year award in 1994 and 1999.

• Noon— Attend lunch and a community forum with community leaders and elected officials at Carnegies Restaurant, 100 W. North St., Greenfield. Jischke will invite questions and comments after a brief presentation on the implementation of the current strategic plan, which will conclude on June 30. All input is welcome, but Jischke has suggested five topics for the Hancock County session:

— How has Purdue benefited Hancock County, and what needs might be unmet?

— How can the university partner at the county level to accomplish even more?

— What do businesses, citizens and young people in Hancock County need from a major research university?

— What does Purdue need from Hancock County to help it accomplish mutual goals?

— How can Purdue improve its learning environment to better prepare students for the future?

The strategic plan initiatives of discovery, learning and engagement are funded through the $1.5 billion Campaign for Purdue. The university just recently met the campaign goal but will continue to raise funds until June 30.

• 2 p.m. — Visit Elanco Animal Health research facilities, 2001 W. Main St., Greenfield. A division of Eli Lilly and Co., Elanco Animal Health markets animal health products to cattle, poultry and swine producers in more than 100 countries. Its four classes of products include antibacterials, parasiticides, productivity enhancers and anticoccidials, which fight a common poultry disease. Elanco employs 2,000 people, many of whom are Purdue graduates.

• 3:30 p.m. — Visit Hancock Regional Hospital, 801 North State St., Greenfield. Hancock Regional Hospital has provided health care for Hancock County residents for more than 50 years. Purdue's Healthcare Technical Assistance Program worked with the hospital to analyze patient flow and nursing productivity in the emergency department and cardiac and intensive care unit. The hospital reported that the project saved thousands of dollars in time efficiency and also benefited patients. The Healthcare Technical Assistance Program is a partnership with the Indiana Hospital&Health Association and Purdue's Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering through which interdisciplinary teams from the College of Engineering and the School of Nursing offer operational improvement assistance to Indiana's 166 hospitals.

• 5:15 p.m. — Attend Purdue Alumni Association and Purdue Club of Hancock County reception at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield. Jischke and university officials will visit with Purdue alumni who reside in Hancock County. Alumni can register for the event, which is co-sponsored by the library, online.

Jischke, who came to Purdue in August 2000, is the university's 10th president. He currently serves as past chairman of the Association of American Universities, which represents the top 62 research universities in North America, and is the current chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors. He also serves on President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Additional appointments include the board of the American Council on Competitiveness and the national board of Campus Compact, an organization of university presidents and college deans that helps students learn about citizenship through community-service opportunities. In recognition of his service, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges presented Jischke with its distinguished service award and an inaugural engagement and outreach scholarship award in November. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce also has honored Jischke and his wife, Patty, with its Volunteer of the Year Award.

Jischke was the founding president of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture. He served as chairman and board member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and as a board member of the American Council on Education, National Merit Scholarship Corp., and the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities.

He previously served for nine years as president of Iowa State University, another land-grant institution. Jischke's experience in higher education also includes 17 years as professor and dean at the University of Oklahoma and five years at the University of Missouri-Rolla. During his tenure at Oklahoma, he served in multiple capacities. He became director of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in 1977. He also served as dean of the College of Engineering from 1981 to 1986, and was named the university's interim president in 1985.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Sources: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-2098

Victor L. Lechtenberg, (765) 494-9095, vll@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Journalists are invited to cover the luncheon. To reserve a seat, contact Marydell Forbes, Purdue News Service, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu


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