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PURA News - April 2017

NEW: Human Resources Is On The Move: Office Relocation Begins In April

   Map to Kurz Purdue Technology Center (KPTC)

Don't Miss Purposeful Living in Retirement Conference on April 19!
PLIR Conference: Program & Registration Information

Benefits/Health Insurance News:
Planning and Managing End of Life Issues: Open Letter to Retirees
What to Do When a Loved One Passes Away-A Survivor's Checklist
Organizing My Affairs
Purdue University Retiree's Association Helpful Contact Information

Celebrate National Library Week, April 9-15
Not Your Grandma’s Quilt Show April 12 – May 12
Purdue Day of Giving 2017:  Donate on April 26 and Double Your Impact
Is Fatty a New Primary Taste?  March PURA Luncheon Recap
Nursing Center for Family Health (NCFH) Wellness and Swallow Screenings
PURA 2020 Task Force Proposes By-Law Changes

Mark your Calendars!  Upcoming Events

3 April PURA Mnthly Meeting, MCL Cafeteria, 11:00 AM
    Topic:  100 Years of Indiana State Parks
    Speaker:  Benjamin Clark, Historic Preservation Officer, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources

7 April Wellness/Swallow Screenings, Nursing Center for Family Health
    Contact ChrisRearick for appointment (765)496-0308 or email to crearick@purdue.edu

9-17 April National Library Week

12 April--May 12 "Not Your Grandma's Quilt: Twists on a Classical Art Form exhibit    Wells Community Cultural Center, Lafayette

19 April Purposeful Living In Retirement conference, Beck Agricultural Center, U.S. 52 North

26 April Purdue Day of Giving

1 May PURA Monthly Meeting, MCL Cafeteria, 11:00 AM
    Topic:  Introduction to Purdue's New Athletic Director
    Speaker:  Mike Bobinski, Athletic Director

25 May Spring Fling, Purdue campus, details available later

5 June PURA Monthly Meeting, MCL Cafeteria, 11:00 AM
    Topic:  What is Virtual Reality and How Can It Be Used?
    Speaker:  Laura Theademan and George Takahashi

3 July PURA Monthly Meeting, MCL Cafeteria, 11:00 AM
    Topic:  Self-driving Cars
    Speaker: Dr. SriniPeeta, Hockema Professor of Civil Engineering

7 August PURA Monthly Meeting, MCL Cafeteria, 11 am
    Topic:  Honey Bee Research
    Speaker:  Greg Hunt

Human Resources Is On The Move: Office Relocation Begins In April

Due to the State Street Redevelopment Project, Freehafer Hall will be demolished in the coming months, and all of its occupants are relocating.  Human Resources is heading to the Purdue Research Park and will be housed in a new addition to the Kurz Purdue Technology Center (KPTC), 1281 Win Hentschel Blvd.

Moves begin the first week in April and continue throughout the month.  All HR staff and areas will have the same phone numbers after the move.  We expect minimal disruption during the move; however, it may be easiest to reach out to us via email.

To assist with the transition, no walk-ins will be seen in Freehafer Hall after April 21.  If you need to see someone during the week of April 24, email hr@purdue.edu or call (765) 494-2222 to make an appointment.  We ask for your patience as we transition and settle into our new home.  We’ll do our best to respond as quickly as we can so that we continue to meet your needs.  Soon, the Benefits area will have on-campus customer service available in the basement of Stewart Center.  More information to come about that location.

Map to new HR office at the Kurz Purdue Technology Center.

Don't Miss Purposeful Living in Retirement Conference on April 19!

There are SO many reasons you should not miss the PURA Purposeful Living in Retirement Conference!

• It is easy to get to and park! The conference is at the Beck Agricultural Center on U.S. 52 North in West Lafayette.
• There will be food:  a Continental breakfast, breaks, and lunch!  Continental breakfast starts at 8AM followed with the program 8:30 AM-3:00 PM.
• It costs just $15 for everything: conference materials, food, exhibits!
• There are exhibits from local organizations, facilities, and agencies!
• There are multiple speakers! Topics include: Nutrition, Motivation and Psychology of Exercise, Helping Your Doctor Assess Your Physical Fitness, Answers to Baffling Technology Questions, 911 Medical Emergencies, Staying in the Know about Health Insurance, and Information about Senior Games and Joyful Journey.
• There are surprises tucked into the program and door prizes!
• It’s a great social event for PURA members, friends and guests!
• Purdue Press books will be available at a discount! “Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith” by Jerry Ross and John Norberg and the children’s companion “Becoming a Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars” by Jerry Ross and Susan Gunderson.

You'll love it! Registration must be received by April 12. If you've misplaced your mailed form, access one here.

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Celebrate National Library Week, April 9-15

Tippecanoe County Public Library and West Lafayette Public Library offer a wide variety of free services:  lectures and programs; public meeting areas, reading clubs for adults, children, and teens; etc., in addition to their familiar role as book/information resource repositories.

At TCPL special activities are planned for the 2017 National Library Week, coming up April 9-15, including community conversations intended, “to gauge the impact of current library services and consider re-aligning the library with community aspirations,” as Director Jos Holman stated in the March/April/May Pocket Edition newsletter.  To find out what’s coming up, learn more about the library’s services, or get involved in the community conversations, check out the newsletter online at http://www.tcpl.lib.in.us/newsletter.

West Lafayette library is featuring their spring book sale April 7-11, a documentary film about Ousmane Sembene (known as the father of African film) on April 17 as part of the WALLA Films and Friends series, and vintage vinyl record sale on April 22.  Details are available at http://www.wlaf.lib.in.us.

Not Your Grandma's Quilt Show April 12-May 12

All PURA members are invited to attend an exhibit of work by Purdue Women’s Club’s Quilting Connection interest group. Called “Not Your Grandma’s Quilt: Twists on a Classical Art Form,” the exhibit opens April 12 at Wells Community Cultural Center and will be up through May 12.

You will see quilts in an array of sizes, styles and approaches, made by members of the three-year-old group, which includes seasoned quilters, beginners and creative artists. Some members of Quilting Connection are also PURA members.

A portion of the show includes a group challenge inspired by the “East Quilts West” books of Japanese artist Kumiko Sudo. It will represent most of the Quilting Connection’s members, who made thirty 16-inch squares that will hang together as a giant wall quilt.  Sudo’s surprising approaches to color, design and fabric pushed the group to explore her innovative collection of patterns, which explore themes and images seldom encountered in quilts.  Some celebrate typically American subjects like the Indy 500.  Others explore Japanese images like the rolling waves of a Hokusai ocean.

Please join us at a reception that will be held in conjunction with two other exhibits, Wabash Valley Potters and Frances Shoemaker art, on April 21, from 6-8 p.m.  Free admission for the entire exhibit.

The Wells Community Cultural Center (Tippecanoe Arts Federation) is at 638 North St., Lafayette.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Purdue Day of Giving 2017: Donate on April 26 and Double Your Impact

PURA will again participate in Purdue Day of Giving on April 26, 2017.  In April 2016, PURA members contributed over $5,800 to the PURA Student Scholarship Endowment during this online-based fundraising event. Every dollar you give will be matched dollar for dollar.

The PURA Student Scholarship Endowment will provide funds for Indiana students with significant financial need and open opportunities for a new generation of Boilermakers. PURA’s goal is $50,000 to be matched with $50,000 from an anonymous donor, creating an endowment of $100,000. Contributions to date for this endowment have reached $30,000.

Your contribution can be made April 26th online at http://dayofgiving.purdue.edu.  If you are mailing a donation, write a check payable to the Purdue Foundation, with the PURA Student Scholarship Endowment noted in the memo line. Send it to:  Purdue Foundation, 403 W. Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN  47907-2007.

Let’s continue our strong history of support and involvement with the university and build this endowment to assist a new generation of students who might otherwise not have the opportunity for a Purdue education.

All together, we can grant opportunity.  Remember, your contribution will be doubled.

Is Fatty a New Primary Taste? March PURA Luncheon Recap

Dr. Richard Mattes, Nutrition Science

Richard Mattes, distinguished professor of Nutrition Science at Purdue and adjunct professor of Medicine at IU School of Medicine, presented the MCL March program.  Dr. Mattes’ area of research focuses on regulation of food intake. Most specifically, he investigates how hunger, food intake, and satiety are affected by our senses and relate to our health.

Dr. Mattes explained there are three basic oral sensations happening when we eat: smell, taste, and chemical sensation.  Of these, taste is the least understood.  We all know the basic tastes as sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.  A fifth one, umami, was added to address unique chemical sensations, for example from MSG (monosodium glutamate).  As far back as Aristotle there was debate about a taste sensation preliminarily now being called fatty.  Dr. Mattes explained six criteria to determine a taste sensation, and fatty meets them all.

The criteria include there being a purpose for the taste, specific chemicals to turn on a biological response, a specialized mechanism to signal the brain to taste the flavor, specialized nerves to carry the stimuli to the brain, a specialized unique sensation occurring, and a physiological response in the body.  He gave evidence to show fatty fitting all the criteria to become a sixth taste sensation.

Dr. Mattes also dispelled several common myths.  It is not true one’s taste sensation for fatty is related to body weight.  The purpose of fatty is to tell us to avoid the taste, not the opposite.  Triglycerides are the form of fat in the food we eat.  They evoke responses in the triglyceride levels in our blood even before they are fully digested and metabolized.  Up to 25% of the fat we eat is stored in the intestines for as long as 24 hours before then being cleared through the normal processes of digestion, absorption, and metabolism.  So, if you have a milkshake at 6 p.m. and then fast for 12 hours before your blood lipid test the next morning, there will be a higher level of triglycerides in the analysis the next day.  Drinking a sugary beverage helps clear the lipids from the intestines more quickly, but it is not a remedy. You would also then be consuming excess calories from the sugary beverage as well as ingesting higher calories from the fatty food.

The take-away is all foods can be consumed and enjoyed, but everything must be in moderation and not exceed a person’s caloric requirements.

Nursing Center for Family Health (NCFH) Continues Wellness and Swallow Screenings

NCFH continues to offer free Wellness and Swallow Screenings this spring for those retirees/spouses that did not have one in the fall. Swallow Screenings are available on a limited appointment, pilot basis.

Remaining spring date for wellness and swallowing screenings is April 7. To schedule, call Chris Rearick at (765) 496-0308 or send email to crearick@purdue.edu

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