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April 30, 2007

Engagement effort touches entire state

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - One of lasting legacies of Martin C. Jischke's presidency is engagement, though which Purdue faculty, staff and students have been re-energized to reach out beyond campus. Using Purdue resources to boost economic development, support K-12 education and serve the citizens of Indiana has been a top priority of Jischke, who established engagement as one of the cornerstone's of Purdue's strategic plan. 

For serving as an engagement role model to other universities throughout the nation, the national Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges presented Jischke with its inaugural engagement award in November. As part of the award process, the association considered programs such as Science Bound, which mentors Indianapolis Public Schools students and provides them with an opportunity to earn four-year tuition scholarships. 

Other engagement-related initiatives include the Statewide Technology Program, through which students in 10 communities throughout Indiana can earn a technology-related degree, and the Technical Assistance Program, which connects businesses to Purdue resources and trains workers on-site. By playing a key role in launching Certified Technology Parks and supporting entrepreneurship, Purdue also promotes the growth of high-paying jobs and engages its graduates to remain in state or return to Indiana.

Jischke has evaluated Purdue's engagement efforts and generated new ideas through monthly community visits, during which he meets with business and community leaders. He will complete his final and 70th visit to Madison County on June 20.

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