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April 6, 2007

Purdue Notebook

Campus activities:

* Registration for summer and fall semester classes is now open. The summer semester will begin May 14 and end Aug. 3. Mod I is May 14 to June 8, Mod II is June 11 to July 6 and Mod III is July 9 to Aug. 3. Students should make an appointment with their academic advisers now unless the school in which they are enrolled gives them special instructions for registration. For information, contact the Office of the Registrar at (765) 494-8581.

* Purdue alumna Angie Klink will sign copies of her award-winning children's book "Purdue Pete Finds His Hammer" during Purdue's Spring Fest April 14. She, along with Purdue Pete, will be at the College of Liberal Arts tent on the north end of Memorial Mall near Stewart Center from noon to 2 p.m. The College of Liberal Arts Student Council will be selling the book for $14.95 with proceeds going toward the Chris Ribneck Scholarship. A free Purdue Pete coloring page will be available, and the student council also will sell seeds and small pots for $1.


Faculty and staff honors:

* John Contreni, the Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, received the Black Graduate Association's fourth annual Engagement Award during the association's annual banquet in March. The award is given in honor of individuals' contributions to engagement, diversity and community outreach at Purdue. Contreni was recognized for his support of Black Graduate Association programs during his term as dean of the Graduate School and now as dean of liberal arts.


 Alumni honors:

* At 10 a.m. on Monday (April 9), the U.S. Army will dedicate a media production facility at Fort Bragg, N.C., in honor of 1st Lt. Michal Merkel. Merkel, an ROTC cadet who graduated from Purdue with a degree in electrical engineering in 1965, was killed in action when the PSYOP radio station he established in Pleiku, Vietnam, was attacked on March 24, 1968. Merkel received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal for his service. Several fellow residents of Purdue's Wiley Hall are scheduled to attend the ceremony that concludes with a tour of the facility.

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