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May 9, 2007

Jischke receives International Citizen of the Year Award

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Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke received the International Citizen of the Year Award on Tuesday (May 8) during a ceremony in Indianapolis.

The executive committee of the International Center of Indianapolis nominated Jischke for the award based on his "tremendous leadership in making global connections for Indiana," said Joerg Schreiber, chairman of the center's board of directors.

"Seen from the vantage point of the International Center of Indianapolis, Purdue University is a highly international institution, and its president, Martin Jischke, has been a prominent leader for the growth of international understanding, coupled with strong and successful drive toward the economic development of Purdue and the entire state of Indiana," Schreiber said.

The award, which is presented annually by the International Center of Indianapolis, was given during a dinner at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Jischke was the 23rd recipient of the award.

Jischke was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2006. In addition, he has served as president of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture.

In 2006 Purdue was selected as one of five institutions nationally to receive the Sen. Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. In the 2005-06 academic year, about 1,000 Purdue students were involved in study-abroad programs, and more than 4,800 students from other nations are currently studying at Purdue. The university's total international student enrollment ranks second in the Big Ten and third in the nation among all institutions.

Jischke has announced he will step aside as president of Purdue on June 30. He was selected as the university's 10th president in 2000.

Registration information for the International Citizen of the Year Award dinner is available online at http://www.icenterindy.org .

The International Center of Indianapolis works to enhance Indiana's global image by providing information and knowledge that connects people and by meeting the growing needs of the local international community.

Since 1985 the International Center of Indianapolis has honored a foreign-born or Indiana resident who has made an outstanding contribution to Indiana and the world in the fields of business, culture, education, government, medicine, media, research, sports or community service.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

Sources: Murray Blackwelder, senior vice president of advancement, (765) 496-2144, mblackwelder@purdue.edu

Joerg Schreiber, joerg@whitearrowconsulting.com

Diane G. Thomas, president and CEO of the International Center of Indianapolis, (317) 955-5150, dthomas@icenterindy.org

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

PHOTO CAPTION:
Purdue President Martin C. Jischke, left, was named International  Citizen of the Year by the International Center of Indianapolis at  a ceremony Tuesday (May 8) evening in Indianapolis. Standing next  to Jischke are Joerg Schreiber, International Center of  Indianapolis chairman of the board, and Diane Thomas, president and  CEO of the center. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)

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