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2007 Big 10 PLUS 
News Directors' Conference 

Please join us for the 2007 edition of the Big 10 PLUS News Services conference. This year's event will be held Thursday-Saturday, June 7-9, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The conference fee has been kept to $150 per person, which we hope will encourage everyone to send as many people from their staff as possible.


Register online at

or download and mail this form 

Deadline: May 29.

Special notes for your planning purposes: Boilermaker Special

We're scheduling things a bit differently this year. Check in is 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, with a reception and dinner starting at 5 p.m. Yes, that's earlier than usual. We're doing that so we can have lots of daylight left for campus tours on the Purdue mascot, the Boilermaker Special. We'll also introduce you that evening to Harry's Chocolate Shop, one of our local campus bars.

We also will dine Friday in our pavilion high above Ross-Ade Stadium with entertainment to follow. Wear your school colors!

We've saved the best for last on Saturday morning, so be sure to plan to stay until at least 12:30. Anyone who wants to spend the afternoon or night is welcome at the Norbergs' home.


 A block of rooms has been reserved at the Purdue Union Club Hotel, adjacent to the Purdue Memorial Union. To register, call 1-800-320-6291 by May 29.

* $90 for a standard room (1 queen bed OR a double and a twin bed)

* $108 for a deluxe room (2 double beds and a larger room)

For more information, visit:  


* High-speed Internet access is available and cable is provided in the room at no charge.

* Free parking (with hotel validation) at parking garage directly across the street.

* A free pass for our Recreational Sports Center will be available at check in.


Travel information

The Indianapolis International Airport is an hour away. Lafayette Limo offers van service from the airport to our hotel and back. Vans run every two hours. Tickets can be purchased at the Ground Transportation Center at the airport. For more information, call 765-497-3828.

Online directions/maps are available at

A printable campus map is available online at




3-4:30 Check in at Purdue Union Club Hotel, Purdue Memorial Union
5-7 Cocktails and dinner, Dauch Alumni Center
7 Tours on Boilermaker  Special. Photographs. Drinks at Harry's Chocolate Shop. (Don't let the name fool you!)



7-8:30 Breakfast at Pappy's, '50s diner in Purdue Memorial Union.
8:30 to 9 Inside the presidency: Purdue President Martin C. Jischke.

Face it: Facebook is here.
Facebook 101. My Space.
Lessons from a missing student.

11-11:45 How can we reach students? (Text messaging, e-mail to text, all-campus e-mail, vendors, Facebook and other forms of social networking, phone, cell phone, mail, carrier pigeon???)
Noon Lunch, John Purdue Room, Stone Hall. Tales from the president's speech writer.
2-3 Tech Talk: YouTube, content management, podcasting
3:15  Invisible ink (aka death of newspapers)  
4:15-6 Free time
6 Walk to Ross-Ade Stadium VIP suites.
6:30 Cocktails on the 50-yard line.
7-10 Dinner and entertainment by Glenn Sparks and Dr. Will Miller (made famous on Nick at Night, )



7-8:30 Breakfast at Pappy's, '50s diner in Purdue Memorial Union.
8:30 -9:30 Presidential transitions: Steve Pradarelli, Iowa, and Notre Dame.
9:45 to Noon Best practices/great ideas from each university. Every university to lead a discussion for 15 minutes.
Noon to 1 Plans for next year. Box lunch to go or stay.