Monthly Message — October 2012
Football season brings Purdue traditions to the forefront. Our students are some of the biggest ambassadors of Boilermaker spirit, and for some, it runs in the family. This month’s "5 Students Who ..." Web feature highlights students who share the Boilermaker tradition across generations in their families. They are Legacy Makers, and for them, Purdue spirit and traditions take on special meaning.
Of course, Purdue pride is about much more than cheering on the team during game day weekends. Every Boilermaker understands the great importance of the work being done each day in our classrooms, labs and offices. Every Boilermaker understands what it means to earn a Purdue degree.
The value of a Purdue education continues its upward trend. Our position as a top institution of higher learning was reaffirmed this month in rankings released by U.S. News and World Report as well as in our record retention figures. And just last week, the Wall Street Journal's SmartMoney magazine ranked Purdue eighth in the country in its college payback survey, which quantifies the long-term value of a college education. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the only other Big Ten campus in the top ten. We celebrate these successes and extend gratitude and thanks to the outstanding Purdue faculty, students and staff who embody this excellence every day.
This month, Purdue marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX legislation, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. A conference, "Title IX @ 40: Looking Back, Moving Forward" will be held on Thursday, October 11, and the day’s events will include presentations and panel discussions on the legislation's impact at Purdue, on women’s athletics and higher education over the past 40 years. Purdue is proud to host this conference and to welcome dialogue and discussion on the history of Title IX legislation as well as future challenges and opportunities.
Every two years, Purdue prepares to present its biennial operating budget request to the State of Indiana. We look forward to opening the dialogue with state budget representatives this month and to continuing the collaborative relationship that has allowed us to achieve so much. I shared my thoughts on this and some other topics with WBAA last month; I hope you will find this discussion useful in understanding this biennial process and what it means for the future of our great university.
October would not be complete without Homecoming festivities. This month’s celebration -- which culminates with our Boilermaker football team meeting the Wisconsin Badgers on the field at Ross-Ade Stadium -- takes place October 12-13. We look forward to welcoming many alumni, friends and family back to campus and to our community. There is no greater enthusiasm than that exuded by the gold-and-black crowd on Purdue Mall during Homecoming weekend.
We have an exciting addition to Homecoming festivities this year, the grand opening of the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, which will be formally dedicated on October 12. This extraordinary upgrade and renovation project has transformed our recreational sports facility into a state-of-the-art destination for students, faculty, staff and community visitors. I look forward to welcoming Purdue’s 11th president, France Córdova, back to campus for this celebration.
As always, it’s a great time to be a Boilermaker.
Hail Purdue! And Boiler Up!