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June 30, 2007

Two Purdue buildings to be named for Jischkes

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Two Purdue University buildings will be named in honor of President Martin C. Jischke and his wife, Patty.

The $25 million biomedical engineering building, which opened in fall 2006, will be called the Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering, and a $3 million child-care facility set to open next year will be called the Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center.

The announcement was made Saturday (June 30) by J. Timothy McGinley, chairman of the board of trustees, during a reception and dinner at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center to celebrate the culmination of the $1.702 billion Campaign for Purdue and the university's strategic plan. McGinley said he will bring the proposal to rename the buildings to the board of trustees for final approval on Friday (July 6).

"Both Martin and Patty Jischke have done so much for the university, the community and the state of Indiana in the last seven years," McGinley said. "They have been outstanding leaders and representatives of the university and have been key to raising the funds necessary to construct so many new buildings that have enhanced not just the teaching and research capabilities of Purdue, but also the beauty of the campus.

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"Naming these two facilities after the Jischkes - Martin, an engineer whose leadership has transformed the university, and Patty, who has worked as an advocate for the needs of children - is a fitting tribute and will ensure that their mark on the university will be remembered for decades to come."

The biomedical engineering building, the first of its kind in Indiana, is home to the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. The four-story, 91,000-square-foot building houses specialized laboratories for biomedical research and development and integrated educational facilities that involve students in real-world research activities. Many of the projects involve partnerships with Indiana medical device and biotechnology companies specializing in orthopedic, cardiovascular and tissue engineering technologies.

The $3 million, 10,917-square-foot child-care center, to be located at Nimitz and Marshall drives, will accommodate approximately 86 children ranging in age from six weeks to preschool. The on-campus service will be open to children of Purdue faculty, staff and students at West Lafayette. It is expected to open in the summer of 2008. The center will provide spaces for infants, something that has been available only on a limited basis at on-campus child-care facilities.

Martin Jischke is retiring this summer after seven years as Purdue's president. He is the 10th president in the university's 138-year history.

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He arrived at Purdue in August 2000 and led the university through a strategic plan. Under his leadership, the university has completed the Campaign for Purdue, which has brought in more than $1.7 billion in private gifts.

The Campaign for Purdue is part of an overall strategic plan adopted for the university in 2001. The plan's goal is to make Purdue a preeminent university by advancing quality in all areas, including basic and applied sciences and engineering, and contributing to societal progress, especially in Indiana.

The original goal of the Campaign for Purdue was $1.3 billion, but the goal was increased to $1.5 billion in 2004 due to strong support from donors.

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 94 percent of its goal.

Between July 1, 2000, and June 29, the following amounts were raised in each of the five categories:

* $227.6 million for student support, which is 114 percent of the $200 million goal. Funds raised for student support go toward funding merit-based and need-based scholarships for recruitment, retention and advancing diversity.

* $225 million for faculty support, which is 113 percent of the $200 million goal. Faculty support funds go toward faculty training, endowed chairs and professorships, conference participation, enhancing diversity and providing other resources.

* $443.5 million for programs, which is 148 percent of the $300 million goal. Funds raised for programs help support experiential learning, research centers, community services, diversity programs, extension programs, and partnerships between business and industry.

* $235.6 million in unrestricted funds, which is 118 percent of the $200 million goal. Unrestricted funds allow the university to allocate money where the need is the greatest. Examples include study abroad opportunities for faculty and students and supplementing facility construction and renovation projects.

* $570.3 million has been raised so far for facilities and equipment, which is 95 percent of the $600 million goal. In addition to improving Purdue's physical infrastructure, funds for facilities also go toward improving the infrastructure of the university's information technology network.  Forty-three capital projects were funded by the Campaign for Purdue.

The results of the seven key areas of the strategic plan also will be announced during the Saturday event. As of Friday (June 29), the goals and progress are as follows:

* Adding 300 new faculty members. So far, 273 have been hired. Hiring for the remaining 27 faculty members has been authorized, and most are expected to be on campus by fall.

* Expanding engagement efforts in Indiana with a focus on economic development. Since 2001 nearly every college, school and department has launched engagement efforts. In 2001 the Office of Engagement was created, and in 2002 Purdue announced a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools to form Science Bound, a program that mentors eighth- through 12th-grade students, encouraging them to enroll in classes and pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and math. Also in 2002 a series of daylong visits to communities in Indiana was launched to increase engagement and communication with the state's citizens.

* Increasing campus diversity. From the 2001-02 academic year through February 2007, 58 percent of the faculty hires have been women and/or minorities, which includes 65 percent of the strategic plan hires. Total faculty and staff minority population is at 12.3 percent, up from 9 percent in 2000. Student minority population has grown every year since 2000. Total domestic minority population was 10.4 percent on the West Lafayette campus in 2000. Today it is 13.3 percent of a larger enrollment. Hispanics make up 3.1 percent of the student population, and 4 percent are African-American.

* Expanding scholarships and financial aid. Total financial aid at Purdue's West Lafayette campus for the 2006-07 academic year was $433 million, an increase of 67 percent from 2000-01.

* Offering competitive salaries to recruit and retain faculty and staff. The salaries for faculty and staff still lag slightly behind those of peer institutions, but progress has been made. Since 2000 faculty salaries among all levels have increased about 22 percent.

* Investing more than $750 million for the modernization and expansion of the university's infrastructure. Since the launch of the strategic plan in 2001, $1.032 billion in new or remodeled facilities, infrastructure improvements and repair and rehabilitation have been completed, are in progress or are in the planning stage at all Purdue campuses. Private sources were responsible for $570 million of the funds.

* Investing in programs to expand the research capacity in interdisciplinary initiatives aligned with the needs of Indiana. During Jischke's tenure at Purdue, Discovery Park - made up of 10 centers - has grown from an idea to a $350 million interdisciplinary research, learning and engagement complex. More than 1,000 faculty have been involved in Discovery Park. Nearly 3,000 students have participated in Discovery Park programs, and 250 graduate students have offices there. Sponsored research granted by Discovery Park since it went online in 2002 has totaled $208.5 million.

Martin Jischke has earned numerous honors during the course of his Purdue years. In 2006 he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He also received the Centennial Medallion of the American Society for Engineering Education, and in May, he received the International Citizen of the Year Award from the International Center of Indianapolis.

He has served on numerous civic, state and corporate boards and has been a science adviser and consultant to a range of state and federal agencies, corporations and government officials. In the 1970s, he served as a White House fellow and special assistant to the secretary of transportation.

He came to Purdue in 2000 from Iowa State University, where he had served as its president for nine years. Before that he was chancellor at the University of Missouri-Rolla and had been a faculty member, director, dean and interim president at the University of Oklahoma.

He received his bachelor's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Patty Jischke was designated by the board of trustees as Ambassador for the President of Purdue University, signifying her role in organizing and planning events, as well as her service in leadership roles for several organizations.

A lawyer and member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1975, she also has served the community in several capacities and is active on the state and national levels. Among her many involvements, she has served on the Trinity Nursing Center for Infant Health board, boards of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and the Indiana Youth Institute. She was vice president of the Greater Lafayette Community Development Corp. and was a founding board member of the Dog Park Association of Greater Lafayette.

Patty Jischke has worked with university leadership to establish a child-care center for the children of employees. She also initiated a research study to measure the impact of reading to children in child-care centers. She also is recruiting young readers for the study and a broader Ready to Read program she plans to launch.

She served on the boards of Heifer Project International and later the Heifer International Foundation for a total of 12 years. The initiatives help people around the world obtain a sustainable source of food and income with the goal of ending hunger.

She holds a degree in social work, a master's degree in library science and a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

During commencement ceremonies on May 12, the Jischkes were awarded honorary doctorates by the university. Martin Jischke received a doctor of engineering degree from the College of Engineering, and Patty Jischke was awarded a doctor of information literacy degree from Purdue Libraries.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Source: Murray Blackwelder, (765) 496-2144,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


Patty and Martin C. Jischke watch confetti fall during the ceremonies to conclude the Campaign for Purdue. The Purdue president and his wife were recognized during the private event by having campus buildings named in their honor. (Purdue News Service photo/Mark Simons)

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