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March 2, 2007

Purdue's 2006 highlights captured on video

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 52nd edition of the Purdue Newsreel, a video collection of university highlights from 2006, is now available. 

The 17-minute program, produced by the Broadcast Services unit of the Office of University Relations, can be viewed on the Web or is available from the Purdue Undergraduate Library. The video also can be purchased from the Purdue Alumni Association. 

Called "Surpassing Goals," the video is sponsored by the Alumni Association and Office of the President. It is shown to Purdue alumni clubs around the world. 

The 2006 newsreel is narrated by 1981 Purdue graduate Tim Newton, director of external relations and communication for the Krannert School of Management. Ray Cubberley, director of broadcast services in university relations, produced and directed the program. 

The video can be viewed online at A DVD or VHS tape of the newsreel can be purchased for $19.95, plus $3 for shipping and handling, from the Purdue Alumni Association, Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center, Attn: Nicki Reas, 403 Wood St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2007; telephone (765) 494-5175. 

Highlights in the 2006 video include: surpassing the $1.5 billion campaign goal six months ahead of schedule; dedications for the biomedical engineering building, Lawson Computer Science building, Fleischhauer Radiation Therapy Facility, and an airplane donated by FedEx Corp.; groundbreaking for the Discovery Learning Center; a new clean room in the Birck Nanotechnology Center; a construction update on the Armstrong Hall of Engineering; the start of a search for a replacement for President Martin C. Jischke, who retires on June 30; Jischke traveling around the state for public feedback and input on Purdue's strategic plan; two study abroad groups in China; nursing students helping with recovery efforts in coastal Mississippi; a grant for a new nursing practice degree program; the Lugar-Purdue Energy Summit; history professor Randy Roberts being named Indiana professor of the year; the football team playing in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando; fans enjoying the trip to Florida at the alumni association's pregame tailgate event; the band performing at that tailgate; fans enjoying another PAA pregame event at Notre Dame; women's basketball highlights; new women's basketball coach Sharon Versyp; volleyball highlights; dedication of the new Belin volleyball court; soccer highlights; opening of new Schwartz Tennis Center; and men's basketball highlights.

Other events in the video include: record student enrollment; a new Purdue tradition called Crossing the Tracks; homecoming parade; homecoming blood drive; homecoming pep rally with crowning of the king and queen; homecoming pregame celebration; Purdue Black Alumni Organization homecoming dance; Latino Cultural Center homecoming tailgate and spring open house for its new facility; Purdue alumni club meeting in northwest Indiana; PAA Autumn Tuesday Speaker Series featuring Versyp; PAA Alumni Leaders Conference; a student-alumni networking experience for students in the Purdue Alumni Student Experience; Gala Weekend with the alumni march to John Purdue's grave; Purdue's 200th commencement in December; PAA senior send-offs; Special Boilermaker Awards; Young Alumni Awards; Diamond Jubilee at Purdue Calumet to celebrate 60 years; the eighth annual Mastadon Roast at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; a new Porter County satellite campus for Purdue North Central; a new People Mover transportation system at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; singing by the Glee Club; the introduction of new PAA executive director Kirk Cerny; and closing comments from Cerny.

Source: Ray Cubberley, (765) 494-2075,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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