News for faculty and staff
December 17, 2007
FEATURED NEWS FOR EMPLOYEES
Voluntary benefits administrator to change its nameFuture Planning Associates, Purdue's voluntary benefits administrator, is changing its name to USI Affinity effective Jan. 1. More
Anthem prescription Web site changesIncentive PPO and Purdue 500 participants who use the AnthemPrescription.com Web site will be redirected automatically to a new site, WellPointNextRx.com, as of today (Dec. 17). WellPoint NextRx, the pharmacy benefit manager for the Anthem prescription plan, has been maintaining multiple Web sites, but has decided to consolidate them under the WellPointNextRx.com site. Participants with questions may call the company's Customer Care at 1 (800) 293-2202.
Telephone operators set hours for holiday breaksThe Purdue Operator Services Office will close for holiday weekends including Christmas Day and New Year's Day. More
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Trustees name two distinguished professorsThe Purdue board of trustees on Saturday (Dec. 15) approved the appointments of two distinguished professors.
Robert W. Proctor was named the Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences, and Gintaras "Rex" V. Reklaitis was named the Edward W. Comings Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering. More
Athletics ticket prices approvedThe Purdue board of trustees on Saturday (Dec. 15) voted to increase ticket prices to football and men's and women's basketball games in the 2008-09 season. More
Contract approved for new aviation tech buildingThe Purdue board of trustees on Saturday (Dec. 15) approved awarding a $5.7 million construction contract to build the Niswonger Aviation Technology Building at the university's airport. More
Trustees OK 2008 rate plan for Purdue ResidencesThe Purdue board of trustees on Saturday (Dec. 15) approved residence hall rates for the 2008-09 academic year. More
Purdue graduates told to learn from history of Space AgePurdue President France A. Córdova on Sunday (Dec. 16) told new graduates that the history of the Space Age holds valuable lessons as they face future challenges in their lives. More
Purdue students' study: U.S. homebuilders can learn from the SwissA study by students in Purdue's College of Technology that compares U.S. residential homebuilding practices to those in Switzerland has found that although Swiss homes may be more energy-efficient, building a similar house in this country may not pay off in the long run. More
Interim dean named for Purdue's College of Education
Kelly, who has served as head of the department of educational studies since 2002, will begin his new duties on Dec. 24. He will succeed George Hynd, who will leave Purdue in late December to become senior vice provost for education and innovation and dean of the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at Arizona State University. More
Appointments, honors and activities
-- Two Purdue faculty won Fulbright Scholar grants that will allow them to extend their educational reach overseas in 2008.
-- Bruce Harding, a professor of mechanical engineering technology, was recently elected to a three-year term on the American National Standards Institute's board of directors.
-- Kevin Taylor, associate professor of electrical engineering technology at Purdue's College of Technology in Kokomo, has been selected as chair-elect of the technology accreditation commission of ABET, formerly known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology.
-- Mark Jackson, associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, has published the first edited book on the commercialization of micro and nanotechnology products, published by Taylor and Francis/CRC Press.
-- Dan Schendel, the Blake Family Endowed Chair in Strategic Management, and his wife, Mary Lou, were honored at the annual meeting of the Strategic Management Society in San Diego.
-- Kwei Tang, associate dean of Krannert programs and student services and professor of management, was named a fellow for the Decision Sciences Institute, a professional organization of academicians and practitioners interested in the application of quantitative and behavioral methods to the problems of society.
-- S. Kathleen Salisbury, assistant dean for academic affairs and professor of small animal surgery at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine, has been named the national winner of the 2007 Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
CALENDAR AND EVENTS
Upcoming events at PurdueHere is a list of events happening Dec. 17-23 at the West Lafayette campus. More
Purdue Ag Fish Fry speaker will highlight White House experiences
Andrew Card, former chief of staff for President George W. Bush, will be the guest speaker during the luncheon that begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. More
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