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Monthly Message — December 2012

Higher education is changing -- more quickly perhaps than we have ever seen. From the way we teach and the way students learn to the push to move research more quickly to the marketplace, we at Purdue are in the lead in many areas.

Lloyd Taylor

Lloyd Taylor is a Fun Maker.

I am pleased to share a new video message with you this month, in which I discuss the five drivers of change that are impacting Purdue – and other public universities. These are drivers that will play a large role in the direction of the University and the way it interacts with the State of Indiana and the nation. I hope discussion of these factors will spur debate about how we can continue to move Purdue forward.

Our students, of course, are dedicated to moving forward and achieving great things, but they also are experts at having fun in the process. I invite you to read this month's "5 Students Who ..." Web feature, which highlights our Fun Makers, Boilermakers who know how to have fun, show their spirit and share a positive attitude.

Commencement

Purdue celebrates winter commencement this month.

As the end of the fall semester approaches, our students are studying for finals and completing final papers and assignments. Winter commencement at the West Lafayette campus will celebrate the success of nearly 2,000 undergraduates, 400 doctoral students and 500 master's students. They represent the newest class of Purdue talent and expertise, and are shining examples of the University’s greatest product: our students.

Bowl Game 2012

The Boilermaker football squad will play Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

I have been proud to serve Purdue as acting president and I look forward – along with the entire University community – to the arrival in January of Purdue's 12th president, Mitch Daniels. As I prepare to return to my role as provost, I am most grateful to all of you who have helped make this period of transition a smooth one. Our goal was to maintain positive momentum during this interim period and, thanks to our talented faculty, students, staff, retirees and alumni, Purdue remains one of the finest research universities in the world.

I wish all within the Purdue family a happy and healthy holiday season.

Hail Purdue and Boiler Up!
Tim Sands

P.S.: Congratulations to the Boilermaker football squad on becoming Bowl eligible with its 56-35 Old Oaken Bucket victory over Indiana University's Hoosiers last month. Please join me in cheering them on during the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Oklahoma State on Tuesday, January 1.