March 12, 2007

Reporters' Calendar

Purdue Events for Journalists

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

PURDUE EVENTS

*  March 13 - Founder of Gus Macker to talk to Lafayette Rotary

*  March 15-17 - Robot teams hit the mat at Purdue 'sporting' event

*  March 16 - Purdue to announce largest gift, will help transfer research from the lab to consumers

*  March 16 and 23 - Purdue to offer tornado safety training

*  March 20 - President to discuss Purdue during Indianapolis luncheon

*  March 20 - History professor to talk about Bangladesh at Lafayette Rotary

*  March 20 - Groundbreaking set for new child care center

*  March 23 - Motorola director of quality to speak on the global workplace

*  March 23 - Science Bound students to compete in Bridge Bust contest

*  March 24 - Purduettes to join Cancer Center for fourth annual fundraiser

*  March 26 - Silent art auction to benefit Wade Steffey reward fund

*  March 26 - Vatican's U.N. official to give public lecture, tour Discovery Park

*  March 29 - National Institute on Drug Abuse speaker to discuss medication for addiction

*  March 30 - United Bank of Switzerland adviser to speak at Krannert

*  March 31 - Purdue students to volunteer throughout West Lafayette community

 

Founder of Gus Macker to talk to Lafayette Rotary

March 13. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. University Inn, 3001 Northwestern Ave. Scott McNeal, founder of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament, will speak at Lafayette Rotary. The tournament in Lafayette is organized by the Habitat for Humanity Purdue Student Chapter, the Interfraternity Council and Lafayette Rotary. Proceeds fund Habitat homes and community projects. Journalists are invited to join Rotary for lunch at 11:30 a.m. The program starts at noon and McNeal will speak at 12:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Jeanne Norberg, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2084, jnorberg@purdue.edu

 

Robot teams hit the mat at Purdue 'sporting' event

March 15-17. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purdue Armory. About 40 teams will compete in the FIRST Boilermaker Regional Competition, in which high school and college students and their robot inventions compete against each other. The event includes teams from Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, New Hampshire, North Dakota, California, Illinois, Kentucky and one from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Advance b-roll and photographs are available. There are some restrictions on where photographers and videographers may locate during the actual competition. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070309PrzyFIRST.html

CONTACT: Cynthia Sequin, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu

 

Purdue to announce largest gift, will help transfer research from the lab to consumers

March 16. 10 a.m. Biomedical Engineering Building. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will announce a major new program to promote economic development. Representatives of the funding agency also will be on hand. The investment will be the largest ever for Purdue research. Advance b-roll and photographs will be available for journalists. After the event, Jischke and representatives of the funding agency will be available for interviews via phone. Please call to schedule a time slot. Also after the event, additional video will be available by satellite. Additional audio and photographs also will be available from the Purdue home page at http://www.purdue.edu. The content of this calendar item may be used in advance of the announcement. Details of the announcement will be available on the Purdue Web site when the embargo lifts at 12:01 a.m. March 16.

CONTACT: Cynthia Sequin, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu

 

Purdue to offer tornado safety training

March 16 and 23. 9-10 a.m. Purdue Police Department, Terry Conference Room. Safety specialist Tom Cooper will offer free tornado safety training to Purdue employees and students. Each session will include lessons on severe weather awareness strategies and appropriate actions before, during and after a tornado.

CONTACT: Tom Cooper, (765) 494-0446, tncooper@purdue.edu

 

President to discuss Purdue during Indianapolis luncheon

March 20. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Marriott Downtown, 350 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis. Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will discuss the state of the university at a luncheon in downtown Indianapolis.

CONTACT: Tanya Brown, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2079, tanyabrown@purdue.edu

 

History professor to talk about Bangladesh at Lafayette Rotary

March 20. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. University Inn, 3001 Northwestern Ave. Tithi Bhattacharya, a Purdue assistant professor of history, will talk about Bangladesh. Journalists are invited to join Rotary for lunch at 11:30 a.m. The program starts at noon and Bhattacharya will speak at 12:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Maggie Morris, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

 

Groundbreaking set for new child care center

March 20. 3 p.m. Purdue Research Park, Kalberer Road and Kent Avenue. A groundbreaking ceremony, sponsored by Purdue Research Foundation, will take place for the new Just Us Kids Childcare Center. Bus transportation will be provided beginning at 2:30 p.m. Please park at the main entrance of the Purdue Technology Center, 3000 Kent Ave. For additional information, call (765) 494-8645.

CONTACT: Maureen Schmidt Ward, Purdue Research Park communications and marketing specialist, (765) 494-6872, msward@prf.org

 

Motorola director of quality to speak on the global workplace

March 23. 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Rawls Hall, Room 1086. Rodney Glass, director of quality at Motorola, will present "Are You Global Ready? Fine Tuning Your Complete Skills in Our Global Workplace." His talk is part of the Krannert Executive Forum, which brings in business professionals to speak to undergraduates. Since the primary purpose of the lecture is educational, journalists are requested to not ask questions during the presentation. Videotaping and photography are not permitted during the formal part of the lecture but are allowed during the student question-and-answer sessions. Interviews with speakers can be prearranged.

CONTACT: Tim Newton, Krannert School of Management director of external relations, (765) 496-7271, tnewton@purdue.edu

 

Science Bound students to compete in Bridge Bust contest

March 23. 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Shreve Residence Hall, 1275 Third St., West Lafayette. Science Bound students from Indianapolis Public Schools will compete against teams from other central Indiana high schools to build and then break bridges in the Bridge Bust contest. The annual competition, administered by the Purdue chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, features bridges the teams construct from 20 sticks of balsa wood and a bottle of glue. Bridges will be judged on their loading efficiency, aesthetic qualities and structural concepts. Loading efficiency will be determined by pouring sand into buckets that will be hanging from the bridges. The bridge that can hold the most weight wins that category. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070309CampbellBridge.html

CONTACT: Marydell Forbes, Purdue News Service, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

 

Purduettes to join Cancer Center for fourth annual fundraiser

March 24. 4-6 p.m. Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. The Purduettes, an all-female singing group from Purdue Musical Organizations, will perform during the annual benefit. The event raises money for scholarships for students involved in Purdue Musical Organizations or Purdue Cancer Center research.

CONTACT: Steve Schlenk, PMO assistant to the director, (765) 496-6091, sschlenk@purdue.edu

 

Silent art auction to benefit Wade Steffey reward fund

March 26. 5:30-7 p.m. Waldron Art Center, Fountain Square Mall, Bloomington, Ind. An opening reception will be held for a silent art auction benefiting the reward fund for Wade Steffey, a Purdue freshman who has been missing since Jan. 13. Artwork from more than 60 artists from Lafayette, Bloomington and surrounding areas will be up for bid. During the reception, food will be available and local musicians O2R will perform.

CONTACT: Christy Jones, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

 

Vatican's U.N. official to give public lecture, tour Discovery Park

March 26. 8 p.m. Krannert Auditorium. Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, will give a public lecture titled "Coming Together to Debate and Deliver on the Challenges Confronting the World." Earlier that day, he will visit the Bindley Bioscience Center and Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park and meet with research officials and faculty. Archbishop Migliore has championed the global issues of health, small-arms trading, workers rights and poverty. Discovery Park and the Aquinas Educational Foundation are sponsoring his visit.

CONTACT: Phillip Fiorini, Purdue News Service, (765) 496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu

 

National Institute on Drug Abuse speaker to discuss medication for addiction

March 29. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 218 A-D. Eliot Gardner, chief of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's neuropsychopharmacology section of the intramural research program, will present "Medication Development for Treating Addiction: New Strategies Based on the Brain's Role in Addiction." Gardner will discuss a recently identified receptor in the brain that is key to the development of new anti-addiction, anti-craving and anti-relapse medications. He also will discuss recent developments in research to treat addictions like nicotine and alcohol dependence.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Gardner, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu

 

United Bank of Switzerland adviser  to speak at Krannert

March 30. 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Rawls Hall, Room 1086. Michele Fanner, wealth management adviser for United Bank of Switzerland, will speak on "Creating Opportunities." Fanner's talk is part of the Krannert Executive Forum, which brings in business professionals to speak to undergraduates. Since the primary purpose of the lecture is educational, journalists are requested to not ask questions during the presentation. Videotaping and photography are not permitted during the formal part of the lecture but are allowed during the student question-and-answer sessions. Interviews with speakers can be prearranged.

CONTACT: Tim Newton, Krannert School of Management director of external relations, (765) 496-7271, tnewton@purdue.edu

 

Purdue students to volunteer throughout West Lafayette community

March 31. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Various locations. More than 1,000 Purdue students are expected to volunteer during the annual Boiler Blast, which places volunteers in the community to help residents with household repairs, improvements and spring cleaning. The event is sponsored by the Boiler Volunteer Network. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070307DummelBlast.html

CONTACT: Samantha Dummel, Boiler Blast president, (765) 496-2454, sdummel@purdue.edu; Connie Baltzell III, Boiler Blast community relations, (812) 430-8098, clbaltze@purdue.edu

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

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