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Monthly Message — November 2012

Purdue students are accomplished and increasingly successful. Faculty and staff are moving the University forward in creative and innovative ways. And our University is uniquely positioned to help this state, this nation and even the world solve the challenges that are facing all of us.

IMPACT classroom

An IMPACT classroom focuses on student-centered group activity.

These are the messages we are sharing with members of the Indiana State Budget Committee and Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) as we begin presenting our budget request for the next biennium. Both groups visited our campus during the past month for informational meetings and tours. I believe the representatives were impressed with what they heard, and we look forward to continued collaboration with them in making Purdue even better.

One of the themes we shared with the CHE members is the changing landscape of classrooms all across campus. The way students learn, the way faculty teach and the facilities in which all of this takes place are changing. Purdue is taking an active role in developing new learning environments, where group activity and collaboration are the key, where "active learning" is improving our student outcomes. I shared more on the changing nature of the classroom in a video message last month.

James Parish

James Parish is a News Maker.

The incredible achievements of Purdue students are highlighted in our "5 Students Who …" Web feature this month. These young people are News Makers – aspiring journalists, editors, communications professionals and photographers. I hope you enjoy learning more about these inspiring Purdue students and I encourage you to share their stories with others.

Women's Basketball

Boilermaker basketball returns to the court this month.

Though the Purdue community celebrates our military service members all year, in November we will shine a special spotlight on their contributions and sacrifices. The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is a weeklong event on our West Lafayette campus aimed at helping post-9/11 veterans with disabilities start their own businesses. Directly following the close of that program, we will recognize Military Appreciation Day on campus on November 3. During this home football game day against Penn State, Purdue will salute veterans and active duty military personnel with activities taking place at Ross-Ade Stadium, including a flyover of KC-135s before kickoff and a medley of music to honor the U.S. Armed Forces by the "All-American" Marching Band. T-shirts and hats will be available, with proceeds benefiting the EBV program.

It's a great time to be a Boilermaker, and these activities to honor others offer even more reason to be proud. Thank you for helping us pay tribute to our service men and women and our veterans.

November also is the month when our basketball teams return to the court. I hope you all will join me in cheering on our men’s and women’s teams. They are remarkable young men and women who represent us well.

Finally, I wish all in the Purdue family a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Hail Purdue and Boiler Up!
Tim Sands