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March 29, 2007

Martin Jischke to Receive International Citizen of the Year Award

Purdue University President to be Honored at May 8 Event

(Indianapolis, Indiana - March 29, 2007) The International Center of Indianapolis will honor Purdue University President Dr. Martin Jischke with the 2007 International Citizen of the Year Award on Tuesday, May 8, at the Indianapolis Marriott.

Although a native of the Midwest, Dr. Jischke's contributions have impacted diverse corners of the globe and also helped to raise Indiana's international profile.  Purdue is among five institutions who recently received the 2006 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.  During the 2005-06 academic year, approximately 1,000 Purdue students were engaged in study abroad programs.  With more than 4,800 international students currently studying at Purdue, the university's total international student enrollment ranks third in the nation. 

The International Citizen of the Year Award will be presented on the 34th anniversary of the founding of the International Center of Indianapolis.  "As an organization that works to foster and promote diversity, we are privileged to work with Purdue University in recognizing Dr. Jischke's efforts in internationalizing Indiana's student community," said Diane Thomas, president and CEO of the International Center of Indianapolis. 

WISH-TV anchor Eric Halvorson will serve as master of ceremonies.  The event is open to the public and reservations may be made at or by calling 317-955-5150.

In its fourth decade, the International Center of Indianapolis helps the greater Indianapolis community to welcome and connect people of all cultures. Programs and services reflect a commitment to understanding, promoting and celebrating cultural diversity.

Contact: Susan Miller
317.816.9760, ext. 247

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