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May 2, 2007

Jischke to discuss Purdue's diversity initiatives

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue President Martin C. Jischke on Thursday (May 3) will discuss the impact of the university's diversity efforts.

From 2-3 p.m. during WBAA radio's live call-in show "AM 920 Magazine," Jischke will field questions from host David Bunte and the listening audience. Jischke will detail how the university is implementing the university's strategic vision to foster diversity in every aspect of Purdue's business and campus life.

"During the last five years, nearly 60 percent of Purdue faculty hires have been women or minorities," Bunte said. "Last year, nearly 17 percent of domestic graduate degrees were awarded to members of underrepresented groups."

To ask questions, local listeners can call (765) 496-1999. Listeners outside the local calling area can call toll-free at (866) 922-2101. WBAA's AM signal reaches approximately two-thirds of Indiana and can be heard globally via the station's Web site at http://www.wbaa.org.

Jischke typically is heard on the show on the first Wednesday of each month discussing community and university issues. Past interview topics have included campus safety, international programs and Purdue athletics. Previous interviews are archived on the station's Web site.

Writer: Jim Schenke, (765) 494-6262, jschenke@purdue.edu

Sources: Jim Vruggink, director of special projects, (765) 494-2086, jvruggink@purdue.edu

David Bunte, (765) 494-3961, dpbunte@purdue.edu

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

Note to Journalists: Photographers and videographers are permitted in the studio for the broadcast by contacting WBAA at (765) 494-5920 in advance. Reporters interested in asking questions before or after the show should contact Jim Vruggink, director of special projects, at (765) 494-2086, jvruggink@purdue.edu.

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