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May 2007

Milestones of the Jischke presidency

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Jischke, who is Purdue's 10th president, has overseen a number of major projects during the last seven years, including a $1.64 billion capital campaign and the construction of many new buildings and research facilities around campus.

The following is a timeline of some of the significant events of Jischke's Purdue presidency:
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* May 23, 2000 - Purdue officials announce that Martin C. Jischke, an MIT-trained aeronautical engineer and former president of Iowa State University, is selected as the university's 10th president, succeeding Steven C. Beering.

* Aug. 14, 2000 - Jischke begins his term as president.

* Nov. 16, 2000 - Purdue launches the Indiana Resident Top Scholars program. A total of 150 full-tuition scholarships are offered annually to expand the number of academic merit scholarships Purdue offers to Indiana's best and brightest students. The goal is to keep them in Indiana.

*Aug. 1, 2001 - Purdue creates the Office of Engagement as part of its statewide initiative to address economic development.

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* Sept. 7, 2001 - Plans are announced for Purdue's $100 million Discovery Park. The park is designed to bring together researchers from a wide range of specialties and provide an environment for interdisciplinary research to promote learning and move research to the marketplace, producing tangible, successful economic development and technology commercialization opportunities. Since that announcement, Discovery Park has grown into a $350 million enterprise with 11 established research centers: the Bindley Bioscience Center, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Center for the Environment, Cyber Center, Discovery Learning Center, Energy Center, Oncological Sciences Center, e-Enterprise Center and the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

* Nov. 2, 2001 - Trustees approve Purdue's first universitywide strategic plan. The plan calls for 300 new faculty positions, the creation of new facilities and programs, increased financial aid, expansion of interdisciplinary research, strengthening the university's facility and information technology infrastructure, engaging government and business leaders to advance economic development, and promoting study abroad and diversity.

* Dec. 7, 2001 - Purdue North Central, the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine and area veterinarians launch a partnership with a groundbreaking for the North Central Veterinary Emergency Center on campus. An investor group of 36 veterinarians built a $2 million regional veterinary clinic that offers 24-hour emergency and referral services on land leased from PNC.

* February 2002 - Purdue opens Indianapolis Office of Engagement.

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* Feb. 20, 2002 - Jischke announces a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools to form Science Bound, a program that mentors eighth- through 12th-grade IPS students, encouraging them to enroll in classes and pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and math/science education. IPS students who complete the five-year program and gain acceptance to Purdue receive a full-tuition scholarship for eight semesters in an approved scientific or technical field.

* Sept. 9, 2002 - A partnership among Purdue, the Purdue Research Foundation and the city of West Lafayette is announced for a $2.2 million development of 50 acres in the Purdue Research Park.

* Sept. 18, 2002 - Jischke launches a series of daylong visits to communities in Indiana as part of the university's commitment to engaging the state's citizens.

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* Sept. 27, 2002 - The seven-year Campaign for Purdue is announced with an original goal of $1.3 billion, the largest for any public university in Indiana. Two years later, that goal will be raised to $1.5 billion. Campaign funds are earmarked for student scholarships, expansion of the faculty, programs and centers, new facilities and centers, and unrestricted funds.

* Oct. 17, 2002 - Construction officially begins in Merrillville on the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana. Built on land owned by the Purdue Research Foundation with federal funds acquired by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, the facility is modeled after the Purdue Research Park at the West Lafayette campus. In January 2005, the facility opened and now houses 18 clients.

* Jan. 23, 2003 - Purdue dedicates the new Colby Fitness Center at the Recreational Sports Center.

* April 3, 2003 - Jischke announces the Purdue Opportunity Awards program to provide need-based scholarships to a student from each of the state's 92 counties. The scholarship will consist of a comprehensive aid package that will pay for an incoming freshman's first year of tuition, room and board. One year later, the awards were expanded to include the sophomore year. Additional assistance also is provided for recipients' junior and senior years.

* May 12, 2003 - Purdue Research Park is designated as the state's first Certified Technology.

* May 28, 2003 - Ground is broken at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne for the first student housing complex on a Purdue regional campus. The $25 million project includes seven residential apartment-style buildings with one-, two- and four-bedroom units with space for 568 students.

* Oct. 22, 2003 - "The Scientist" magazine ranks Purdue the best university work environment in the country, according to a survey of researchers, based on a combination of research support, infrastructure and other benefits.

* Dec. 9, 2003 - Jischke announces the Opportunity for Indiana Program. Funded by a $3.5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, the program fosters high-tech companies and helps Indiana retain university graduates.

* April 9, 2004 - Trustees vote to create a new Department of Engineering Education to address the pending shortage of American engineers and research ways to teach engineering concepts.

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* April 12, 2004 - Envision Center opens, providing a special facility allowing three-dimensional visualization of data.

* April 26, 2004 - The university and Purdue Research Foundation partner to help INTECH Park become Indianapolis' second state-certified technology park.

* Sept. 21, 2004 - Jischke takes part in the dedication of the Waterfield Campus Student Housing project at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

* Sept. 30, 2004 - Purdue Research Park is named the best in the country by the Association of University Research Parks. The 591-acre park is home to the largest university-affiliated business incubator in the country and houses more than 140 companies.

* Oct. 22, 2004 - Jischke announces that the Campaign for Purdue has passed the $1 billion mark, and the campaign goal is raised from $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion.

* Oct. 28, 2004 - Jischke becomes the first Purdue president to visit India. Later he visits China, Taiwan and Japan on behalf of Purdue.

* Nov. 18, 2004 - Purdue announces it will modernize and integrate its administrative data systems. The project is called OnePurdue.

* December 2004 - Inside INdiana Business and Indy Men's Magazine name Jischke as one of Indiana's Keepers, people who not only make Indiana a better place, but people who also would be greatly missed.

* January 2005 - Purdue North Central launches its College Bound program for students in the Michigan City and LaPorte school systems. Students join College Bound as eighth-graders and enjoy enrichment activities up through their high school graduation. Upon graduation, they receive full scholarships to Purdue North Central.

* March 2005 - Purdue North Central is approved to offer the master of business administration degree. Classes begin in fall 2005 at Purdue North Central-Porter County, with Saturday-only classes offered to accommodate working adults.

* August 2005 - Purdue Calumet opens its 874-vehicle, four-level indoor parking facility.

* August 2005 - Purdue's first universitywide Honors Program welcomes its first students.

* August 2005 - University Village, the first student residence facility on the Purdue Calumet campus opens. Within a year, the facility, which provides apartment suites for 376 students, was filled to capacity with a waiting list of applicants.

* August 2005 - The Academic Learning Center in Merrillville, Purdue Calumet's first regional facility, opens. The facility offers primarily freshman- and sophomore-level courses to about 1,000 students.

* Sept. 28, 2005 - The Lilly Endowment faculty endowment challenge is completed. It created 22 new chairs with a $17.5 million challenge grant as part of the Initiative to Recruit and Retain Intellectual Capital for Indiana Higher Education Institutions. Donors responded to the challenge with more than $11 million in additional private funding.

* Oct. 11, 2005 - Jischke is named chairman of the Association of American Universities, which represents the country's most prestigious research universities.

* Nov. 1, 2005 - Jischke takes part in the groundbreaking ceremonies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne for a new state-of-the-art music building that will include a 1600-seat auditorium and a 250-seat recital hall.

* Nov. 3, 2005 - The Association of University Research Parks recognizes Purdue Research Park for Excellence in Technology Transfer, an award presented annually to the AURP member that best demonstrates success in the commercialization of university research through existing businesses or startup companies in a business incubation environment.

* Nov. 10, 2005 - Indiana Chamber of Commerce chooses Jischke as Volunteer of the Year.

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* Dec. 17, 2005 - Newly constructed and renovated dining and residence halls win several design awards, including recognition for Cary Quadrangle, the Fred and Mary Ford Dining Court, and Earhart Dining Court.

* January 2006 - Completion of Bindley Chair Challenge, which capitalizes on a challenge from Indianapolis business and civic leader William E. Bindley. The challenge allots funds to match other gifts to create 15 endowed chairs at $1.5 million each throughout the university.

* February 2006 - Purdue North Central-Porter County, formerly known as the Valparaiso Academic Learning Center, opens in Valparaiso, enlarging to two buildings and featuring both undergraduate and graduate coursework, admissions and financial aid offices, and more credit courses.

* Feb. 3, 2006 - Trustees grant academic autonomy to Purdue North Central.

* March 1, 2006 - Jischke is appointed by President George W. Bush to a seat on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

* April 7, 2006 - Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne partners with the city and Allen County in a three-phase development that will reroute traffic, extend greenway with trails along the St. Joseph River and create a multi-use park that includes improved access to the river.

* May 25, 2006 - A gift of 40 acres in New Albany is announced that will enable Purdue, in cooperation with Indiana University Southeast, to open a new technology park and expand Purdue's College of Technology academic programs in New Albany.

* June 2, 2006 - Trustees approve planning, financing and construction of a $3 million, 8,100-square-foot child-care center that comes in response to employee requests. The trustees also approve moving forward on the 12,500-square-foot, $3.82 million Purdue Village Community Center.

* July 2006 - Purdue now offers more than 200 study-abroad and internship programs in dozens of countries, and it sends about 1,000 students abroad each year. Purdue was selected as one of five institutions in the country to receive the Sen. Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, which honors colleges and universities for overall excellence in internationalization efforts.

* August 2006 - Purdue University North Central partners with The Sinai Forum, a community tradition of more than 50 years in Michigan City and LaPorte County, to create the Sinai Forum Presented by Purdue University North Central.

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* Aug. 29, 2006 - The Richard G. Lugar-Purdue Summit on Energy Security calls together leaders nationwide to work toward a strategy to reduce American dependence on imported oil, with an emphasis on policy and alternative fuels.

* October 2006 - Purdue alumni and friends have met the challenge to create 20 endowed professorships valued at $30 million. The challenge match was made possible through a $15 million unrestricted estate gift from George E. Goodwin, who died in 2002. Money from the estate was used to match dollar for dollar every new $750,000 gift, and the combined total of $1.5 million will fund each professorship.

* October 2006 - The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation make a $4 million gift that leads the way for construction of a $12 million building to house and upgrade all areas of Purdue's top-ranked Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management program.

* October 2006 - Purdue trustee Susan Bulkeley Butler makes a $1 million gift to Purdue Libraries to build Purdue's first archives documenting the lives and accomplishments of the university's women.

* October 2006 - A $1 million gift from Purdue alumna Virginia Kelly Karnes to Purdue Libraries will help build a new archives and special collections library at Purdue that will allow easier access to thousands of items that document the university's history.

 * December 2006 - Lilly Endowment Inc. awards $50 million to promote pharmacy education, outreach and research at Butler and Purdue universities. Purdue received $25 million to focus on developing systems to reduce medication errors, combat counterfeit medications, reduce costs and time needed to develop drugs, develop delivery systems for cancer drugs to reduce toxicity, and prevent and manage adverse drug reactions. Purdue also pledged to raise an additional $10 million in private funds to augment the endowment's investment.

* December 2006 - Purdue announced that with just over six months left to go in the Campaign for Purdue, the $1.5 billion fundraising goal has been surpassed, but the university will continue to seek campaign contributions through June. Purdue has met or exceeded goals in four out of five of the campaign's target areas: student support, faculty support, academic program support and unrestricted gifts. Fundraising for facilities is at nearly 91 percent of its goal.

* February 2007 - The Purdue Research Foundation board of directors approved plans to add a $14.5 million, 113,000-square-foot facility to the Purdue Research Park's high-tech business incubation complex, which already is among the largest in the country. Purdue Research Foundation also announced that 2006 was a record-breaking year for startup companies formed from Purdue University-licensed technologies. PRF's Office of Technology Commercialization reports that 14 companies were launched in the previous year based on Purdue researchers' innovations in the fields of medical devices, life sciences, information technology, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, telecommunication and engineering design.

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* March 2007 - The Mann Foundation for Biomedical Engineering announces a $100 million gift to endow an Alfred Mann Institute at Purdue. The university-based institute is designed to enable the commercialization of innovative biomedical technologies that improve human health. The $100 million endowment is the largest single endowment ever created for Purdue. Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering had been formed only three years earlier.

* March 2007 - Purdue breaks ground a new child-care facility to open at Purdue Research Park in August 2007. The 14,000-square-foot facility will be the first building constructed in the research park's Phase III development tract, which encompasses approximately 350 acres of foundation-owned land north of Kalberer Road. The 2.18-acre building site will feature a child-care facility that can accommodate up to 190 children.

* April 2007 - Purdue nears strategic plan goals as the clock ticks down to the June 30 completion date: 261 of the additional 300 faculty called for in the plan have been hired, and the university is on track to hire the remaining 39; SAT scores remain at all-time high, up 32 points since 1999; six-year graduation rates improved 3.9 percent for 2006-07, a record high; and of the $750 million in planning and new construction called for in the plan, $786 million has been completed, is under construction or is planned.

* May 2007 - Renovation work on Windsor Halls is ready to begin with a completion date set for August 2008.

* May 8, 2007 - Jischke will receive the 2007 International Citizen of the Year Award from the International Center of Indianapolis for his efforts in internationalizing Indiana's student community.

* May 10, 2007 - Jischke will attend the groundbreaking at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne for a new hotel that will serve as a learning laboratory for its hospitality and tourism students.

A hallmark of the Jischke administration has been the addition and renovation of facilities across campus. Thus far, projects that have been completed or are nearing completion include:

* Beck Agricultural Center
* Belin Volleyball Court
* Bindley Bioscience Center
* Biomedical Engineering Building
* Birck Nanotechnology Center
* Blake Wrestling Training Center
* The Boilermaker statue
* Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
* Chao Center for Industrial Pharmacy & Contract Manufacturing
* The Class of '53 Purdue Memorial Union South Lawn
* The Class of 1958-59 Gateway to the Stadium Mall
* The Class of '79 High Ropes Course
* Crew Club Boathouse facility
* CVS Pharmacy Practice Laboratory
* David C. Pfendler Hall of Agriculture
* Dennis J. and Mary Lou Schwartz Tennis Center
* Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center
* Discovery Learning Center
* Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
* Fred and Mary Ford Dining Court (no private funding)
* Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann Hall
* Hageman Student Achievement Center (agriculture)
* Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Music and Performing Arts Center
* Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne residence hall
* Jerry S. Rawls Hall (School of Management)
* Lambert Baseball Field renovation
* Libraries Archives and Special Collections
* Linda and William Fleischhauer Radiation Therapy Facility
* Mackey Arena video board
* Mollenkopf Indoor Practice Football Schleicher Field renovation
* Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
* Purdue Calumet residence hall (no private funding)
* Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana (no private funding)
* Richard and Patricia Lawson Computer Science Building
* Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research
* Roger B. Gatewood Wing of the Mechanical Engineering Building
* Ross-Ade Stadium renovation
* Tom Spurgeon Golf Training Center
* Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts
* Libraries Archives and Special Collections

 Other projects in the process include:

* Bill and Sally Hanley Hall (to house the Human Development Institute)
* Class of 1980 Purdue Memorial Union Courtyard
* Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management Building, funded by the Marriott Foundation
* Grissom Hall renovation (industrial engineering)
* Niswonger Aviation Technology Building
* Purdue Research Park child-care facility (no private funding)
* Purdue Research Park expansion (no private funding)
* Purdue Technology Center of Southeast Indiana (land donation only; no private construction funds)
* Ray W. Herrick Laboratories (mechanical engineering)
* Krannert building renovation (management)
* Seng-Liang Wang Hall (electrical and computer engineering)
* Wayne T. and Mary T. Hockmeyer Hall of Structural Biology


Source: Jeanne Norberg, Purdue spokesperson, (765) 494-2084

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