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PURA News - May 2016


John Trott Elected PURA Vice President for 2016-17
Mark Your Calendars for September 12 PURA Kickoff Luncheon
Tippecanoe County Prepares to Celebrate the BISONtennial
College of Health and Human Sciences to Receive the Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award
Indiana Bicentennial: 
   Art in Bloom, Master Gardeners of Tippecanoe County Sponsor Blue and Gold Plant Sale
   Plant Sale Order Form – Due by May 9
   Greater Lafayette Torch Relay Route
   May 15, 2016 Deadline for PURA 2020/2025 Task Force Suggestions!
   Spring Fling, May 25, 2016: Registration

Volunteer Opportunities
Participate in a Research Study:
   Walking for our Health: A couple-focused approach to promote physical activity.
   Participants receive a stipend and pedometer.
Read to Succeed
PURA Needs Committee Volunteers!
Volunteer for the Crisis Center

Mark your Calendars!  Upcoming Events

May 2 PURA Monthly Meeting, MCL Cafeteria, 11 AM

    Topic: Hearing Technology - New Facts You Should Know
    Speaker: Joshua Alexander, Ph.D., CCC-A, Dept. of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
    Assistant Professor, Purdue University

May 7 Heritage Day "200 Years of Work & Play in Indiana"
Tippecanoe Battlefield Park, Battle Ground, 10AM-5PM.  FREE.  Family event for fun day of activities and demonstrations highlighting our unique local history and place in the Hoosier story.  Tippecanoehistory.org

May 25 Spring Fling (note this is a Wednesday). PURA booth open 11:30 AM-4:00 PM.
   For full schedule of events visit the Spring fling web page.

June 6 PURA Monthly Meeting, MCL Cafeteria, 11 AM   
    Topic: Fall Prevention
    Speaker:Shirley Riedek

September 12 Annual PURA Kickoff Luncheon, Four Points by Sheraton, West Lafayette.

John Trott elected PURA Vice President

John Trott was elected vice president of PURA for 2016-17. He is a former director of the Purdue Agricultural Centers and assistant to the director of the Office of Agricultural Research Programs.  Before taking those positions he served as an extension educator.  John was awarded a Certificate of Distinction from the Agricultural Alumni Association in 2011.He received BS and MS degrees in agriculture from Purdue.

John will serve as vice president from May 2016-May 2017 followed by a year as president and then a year as past president.

Mark Your Calendars for September 12 PURA Kick-Off Luncheon

Mark your calendars now for the annual PURA Kickoff Luncheon, scheduled for Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Four Points by Sheraton in West Lafayette.  Complete registration information will be mailed in August and will also be available on the PURA website at that time.

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College of Health and Human Services to Receive Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award

The Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award was created to recognize the efforts of any University unit that cultivates and maintains meaningful relationships with their retirees.  The recipient in 2016 is the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) with special recognition to the Office of Student Services.

The nomination for the award was from Mary Alice Nebold who worked the last 25 years of her career in student services being named Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Services in 1990.  Retirees routinely receive notifications and invitations to faculty, staff, student, and alumni recognition receptions, luncheons and dinners as well as college and departmental sponsored programs and lectures.  The continuing connections foster meaningful interactions with the current HHS staff and students as well as with former colleagues and students.

The award is presented by the Purdue University Retirees Association (PURA) and the Office of the President of the University.  It is funded by TIAA and consists of a cash award of $2500, a trophy, and the name of the recipient is listed on a permanent plaque in the Purdue Memorial Union.

The award will be presented to HHS with special recognition to the Student Services Office at the Purdue Retirees Luncheon on June 30, 2016.  The recipients are also recognized at the annual fall PURA Kickoff Luncheon in September.

Art in Bloom:  Master Gardeners of Tippecanoe County Sponsor Blue and Gold Plant Sale

Bicentennial logoPlant Blue and Gold: We are 200 years old!

The West Lafayette landscaping colors for 2016 will be blue and gold, to honor the State’s Bicentennial theme. Hopefully everyone will be able to use these colors in their landscapes and container plantings. To help you find flowers in these colors, the Master Gardeners of Tippecanoe County are partnering with Galema’s to provide a wide variety of plants. These plants will be delivered on Saturday, May 14th at the site of the WL Farmers Market on North Salisbury.

There are 12 varieties available this year.  The order form is available here

Cost per flat of plants depends on plant/pot size and number of plants, and ranges from $11 to $25.50 per flat.  (See order form for specifics.)  Checks must accompany the order blank and be made payable to MGATC. Sponsoring organization is the Master Gardener Association of Tippecanoe County.  No sales tax is required.

Orders must be received by Monday, May 9th.  Mail your order to Lynn Layden, 2826 Ashland Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906.  Call her with questions at 463-2242 or email her at:  layden.lm@frontier.com.

Please be present for pickup at Farmers Market at 9:00 AM on May 14, or arrange for a substitute to pick up your flowers.

Bicentennial Torch Relay

The signature Torch Relay plans are well underway. Tippecanoe County had 115 nominations for Torchbearers.  The local Bicentennial Commission selection committee did an outstanding job of reviewing all of the nominations. Although it was allotted 24 slots for bearers whose uniforms would be paid for by the State Commission, it is going to fund more uniforms so there will be closer to 60 people carrying the torch throughout county.  The announcement of those torchbearers is slated for June 1.  The Bicentennial Commission hopes to recognize all those who have been nominated in some way.

The official route was announced and the local route was approved as submitted by route coordinator, Mike Piggott.  One of the significant parts of the route will be sending the torch across the Wabash River on one of the Voyager canoes.

Torch relay route

Tippecanoe County Prepares to Celebrate BISONtennial

BISONtennial bison

The Bison have arrived and are being worked on by our local artists.  Lafayette will have a herd of 5 bison, each 7 feet tall, 8 feet long and 35” wide.

The official unveiling is slated for May 5 from 5:00-6:30 pm at the corner of 9th and Main Streets in Lafayette.

Part of Indiana's 200th anniversary celebration, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, the creatures are coming to town thanks to the BISONtennial Art Project, which is occurring statewide and led by the Indiana Association of United Ways and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

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Reminder:  May 15, 2016 Deadline for PURA 2020/2025 Task Force Suggestions!

A task force has been formed to address what PURA might/could/should be in the year 2020. Task force members will collate submitted suggestions, dream of news ones, analyze the lists, and present a summary report to the PURA Board. The Board will decide which suggestions should be implemented and in what time frame.

This is your chance to participate in the continuing evolution of PURA.  While not a formal survey format, this request gives all members an opportunity to contribute. Things do change with workable suggestions.  For example, the now monthly PURA NEWS was only a dream several years ago.  All ideas will go anonymously on an initial list. Your name will not be associated with anything you send.

Feel free to address any aspect of PURA as you know it or would like it to be.  Consider what we do now (PURA NEWS, benefits/insurance, local and out of town tours, activities, conferences, monthly lunch meetings, etc.) and what we might do in the future.  We need your thoughts, suggestions, ideas about one or both of the following:

“I’d like to see PURA_________”

“I wish PURA would____________ “

Send to Olivia Wood, at o.wood123@comcast.net or mail to 136 Indian Rock Dr., West Lafayette, IN  47906.

Spring Fling 2016

Spring Fling 2016

Spring Fling will be held on Wednesday, May 25, on the Purdue Memorial Mall, beginning at 11:30am. PURA members are welcome to attend the scheduled events or work as a volunteer. 

Registration deadline is May 13. The registration form was sent earlier via email to retirees for whom we have email addresses, included in the printed May PURA News, and is available here.

The PURA booth will be open from 11:30 am-4:00 pm.  For full schedule of events visit the Spring Fling web page.

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Volunteer Opportunities:

Participate in a Research Study--Walking for our Health: A couple-focused approach to promote physical activity

Are you or your partner 50 years of age or older and need to increase your physical activity?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study being conducted at Purdue University. The purpose of our study is to learn more about activities that help people be more active. This study requires the participation of both partners in a committed relationship.

Each partner will receive $30 for completion of this study and will keep the pedometer they used during the study.  For more information, email us at:  walk@purdue.edu

Read to Succeed Volunteer Opportunity

Read to Succeed is a program that invites community members to spend one hour per week in local classrooms helping children develop and improve their reading skills. This effort is led by United Way of Greater Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Commerce, and all three local public school corporations. More than 70 businesses and organizations in Tippecanoe County have pledged their support to Read to Succeed. To volunteer or to obtain further information, check out: http://www.readtosucceedgreaterlafayette.org. You could be among the 650 individuals, which includes a number of PURA members, who are helping children through the Read to Succeed program, as one among many volunteer opportunities in the Greater Lafayette area.

Read to Succeed

PURA Needs Committee Volunteers!

Please consider joining a PURA committee.  It’s a great way to interact with other retirees and help move PURA forward.  Members are needed on all standing committees for the coming year.  Let Olivia Wood know of your interest by emailing her at o.wood123@comcast.net with your name, phone number, and email address and indicating which committee(s) you have an interest in joining.  The committee chair will follow up to tell you about the responsibilities.  Our standing committees are:  Program, Hospitality, Benefits, Trips and Tours, Endowment, Campus and Community Activities, Kickoff Lunch, Purposeful Living in Retirement Conference, Communications, and Scholarship.  Thank you!

Volunteer for the Crisis Center

What you give—
Volunteers provide rape survivor advocacy, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, information and referral, 24/7.  Any problem.  Any time.

What you gain—

  • Crisis intervention skills.  You’ll learn lifesaving skills that are transferable in all walks of life.
  • An education.  You’ll learn about local and state mental health issues and social services.  Required training and initial supervised phone shifts provide volunteers with the necessary skills to assist callers.
  • Most of all you’ll experience the joy and personal pride of knowing you’ve helped someone in need!

Contact Mental Health America at 765.742.1800 or visit us online at www.mhatippecanoe.org and fill out an application to become a member of our crisis center team.

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