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Upcoming Events for Purdue Retirees

September 14 PURA Kick-off Luncheon & Common Read

Purdue bowling leagues begin late August, new teams/bowlers needed

September 22 PURA campus tour: Discovery Learning ResearchCenter/Voss Solar System Model

Discovery Learning Research Center   

          Voss Solar System Model

Mark Your Calendar:  October 5 PURA monthly luncheon, topic TBD

September Kickoff Luncheon to Feature Dr. Vic Lechtenberg as Speaker

All Purdue retirees are invited to join former colleagues and friends on Monday, September 14 at the PURA Annual Kickoff Luncheon at Four Points by Sheraton.  Dr. Lechtenberg, now officially retired, will share his memories of Purdue as Dean Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, Special Assistant to the President, and many other positions.

The cost of the luncheon is $16. If you are a new retiree, or if you have not previously come to the Kickoff Luncheon, we encourage you to register and join the fun and fellowship.

Doors to the Grand Ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will be eligible to win door prizes donated by local merchants during the drawings which begin at 11:45. The luncheon will be served starting at noon.

Registration for the Kickoff Luncheon will be handled through the Division of Conferences and can be paid online with a credit card at www.conf.purdue.edu/pura. Paper registration is also available using the form found on a separate mailing you will receive in early August. Mail the registration form along with a personal check or credit card information to the address on the bottom of the form.

All reservations must be postmarked no later than Friday, August 28.  See you at the Kickoff!

This year's Common Read: The Kickoff Luncheon also includes, for the second year, the exciting “common read” program featuring a Purdue University Press book. This year’s hardback book, titled Little Else Than a Memory: Purdue Students Search for the Class of 1904, was completely produced by students in the Purdue University Honors college. This book contains ten essays by undergraduate students of today about their forebears in the class of 1904. The biographical essays, editing, typesetting, and design of this book were all completed by Purdue freshmen and sophomores. Two faculty members provided an introduction and epilogue. The biography authors were led in interesting and very different directions as a result of their investigations. Their archival research included unexpected twists and turns and some connections with their subjects’ kin.

Although many differences between modern-day university culture and the campus of 1904 emerged, the similarities were far more profound.  Surprising diversity existed even at the dawn of the twentieth century. Students tracked the lives of African Americans, women, farm kids, immigrants, international students, and inner-city teens, all with one thing in common--a Purdue education. This study of Purdue University’s 1904 campus culture and student body gives an insightful look into what the early twentieth-century atmosphere was really like--and it might not be exactly what you would think.

This year’s Purdue University Press common read publication, written by Purdue students, will be available to PURA attendees and their guests at the fall luncheon for $20. The list price is $24.95.

Purdue Bowling Leagues Start in August, Looking for New Bowlers

Purdue Bowlermakers - Wednesday night women's League

This is a women's closed handicap league whose members are Purdue employees (current or retired), or immediate family members of a current Purdue employee, or Purdue students. Teams consist of 3 members (with an optional 4th or 5th as an alternate).      

The league bowls on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., at the Union Rack and Roll in the basement of the Purdue Memorial Union. The bowling season is 30 weeks, but the league doesn't bowl the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

The annual organizational meeting is Wed., August 26, at 5:30 p.m., STEW 202. The season starts on Wed., September 2, at 6:00 PM, at the Purdue Rack & Roll, PMU.

The weekly fee for regular team members is $8.25. If you are on a team with more than 3 people, then you only pay for the weeks that you are scheduled to bowl.

The league is sanctioned under the Lafayette USBC (the local chapter of the national bowling association) so there is also a one-time  yearly membership fee of $18 (payable to Lafayette USBC). If bowlers are interested in bowling in any of the state tournaments, there is an additional $1 fee.

For substitute bowlers, the only cost is the yearly membership fee of $18 (see above); the regular team bowler you are substituting for pays the weekly fee, not the substitute.

Lockers are available for rental at $30/year or $15/semester. Shoe rental is $2.25/week.

Good exercise and good fun! New teams, new individual bowlers, and  those who just want to sub occasionally are very welcome!

Website:  http://yeomanclan.net/barb/bowling.html

If you're interested in joining the league or have additional questions contact:

Barb Gotham (retiree)
Home phone: 765/463-5390
Cell phone: 765/412-5370
Email: bjgotham@gmail.com

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