May 11, 2012
In the spotlight
This week, Purdue Today will focus on the key events and initiatives that have taken place during President France A. Córdova's administration. Córdova, Purdue's 11th president, will end her five-year term as president in July. Presidential highlights from 2012 include:
• Córdova announces that the University will move to a balanced trimester to enhance students' academic opportunities and help them move more quickly toward graduation. The system also will make better use of facilities year-round, increasing revenue while decreasing student costs.
• The University launches the Innovation and Commercialization Center to move Purdue discoveries to the marketplace more quickly, increase revenue for the University, and spur economic development in Indiana and the nation. Income is expected to reduce the institution's dependence on state appropriations and tuition increases.
• An official trip to Colombia by Córdova and other University administrators and faculty continues to build relationships that will expand research opportunities and broaden the University's global impact. She meets with President Juan Manuel Santos and signs Memos of Understanding with numerous Colombian universities.
More from 2012.
• Retrospective video
• Photo slideshow
• President Córdova's website
Featured News for Employees
Retirement investment help available from Fidelity
Faculty and staff looking for help investing for retirement have expert service available to them through Fidelity as part of Purdue's retirement program. Read more...
Reminder: Motorcycles not allowed as transportation for University business
University policy does not allow motorcycles, scooters, mopeds or similar vehicles to be used to conduct University business. Risk Management asks drivers who commute and travel on University business to be aware of motorcyclists on the road.
Students who drive on University business must
With summer approaching, Risk Management reminds departments that students hired for summer positions must be authorized before they can be allowed to drive on University business.
Second planning meeting for Homecoming 2012 set
Organizers of Homecoming 2012 invite those interested in helping plan activities for this year's events to a meeting on Wednesday (May 16). This year's Homecoming will be on Oct. 13 in conjunction with the Wisconsin football game. Read more...
Purdue Today special issue
A special Board of Trustees issue of Purdue Today will be sent today (May 11) at the conclusion of the board's scheduled meeting. The agenda for the meeting is available on the Board of Trustees website.
Sadowski to lead Purdue Extended Campus
Mary Sadowski has been appointed dean of Purdue Extended Campus, University officials announced Thursday (May 10). The appointment, subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees, is effective June 1. Read more...
2012 Community of Service-Learning Faculty
The Office of the Vice Provost for Engagement, the Service Engagement Advisory Board and the Center for Instructional Excellence have selected four faculty members to be Purdue's 2012 Community of Service-Learning Faculty Fellows. The four new fellows join 40 other service-learning fellows at Purdue, bringing the total number to 44. Read more...
Students honor former astronaut with outdoor sculpture of solar system, hope to inspire others in STEM
An interactive sculpture of the planetary system, about a football field in length, will crown a new mall at the south end of Purdue's Discovery Park. Read more...
Sharon Versyp Basketball Camps to be held this summer
Women's basketball head coach Sharon Versyp and her staff, with the assistance of current players, this summer will conduct five basketball camps open to those of a wide variety of ages, interests and skill levels. Read more...
For more information on Purdue sports, go to www.purduesports.com.
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