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February 26, 2001

Purdue schools share $1.6 million Lilly gift

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University schools will share a five-year $1.6 million gift from Eli Lilly and Company for educational technology, scholarships, diversity, faculty support and buildings.

"Lilly has long been one of Purdue's most valued and generous corporate partners," said Purdue President Martin C. Jischke. "Lilly's continued support of our research and educational efforts represents corporate citizenship and leadership at its highest level. Thousands of students will benefit from Lilly's latest generous contribution."

Lilly's senior vice president of human resources and manufacturing, Pedro Granadillo, said the gift recognizes Purdue's academic excellence and at the same time continues Lilly's philosophy of supporting innovation to keep up with the demands of the changing work force and marketplace.

The gift will be divided among three schools of engineering and the schools of Pharmacy, Science, Management and Technology.

The School of Chemical Engineering will apply its $500,000 toward creating one of two multimedia classrooms that are part of the Chemical Engineering building addition and renovation projects. The addition is scheduled for completion in 2003. Remodeling and renovations of the existing building will be completed in 2005. The school already has raised approximately $15 million of a $25 million capital campaign goal.

The School of Industrial Engineering will use its $100,000 to attract and support faculty members and students as well as to help with Grissom Hall renovations.

Another $100,000 will support engineering's diversity efforts for faculty, staff and students. To date about 40 percent of the schools' 270 faculty have taken part in at least one of two three-day multicultural and gender workshops that are a part of engineering's diversity initiatives.

The engineering projects are part of a 10-year master plan, which will expand engineering's physical space by 60 percent. The plan includes approximately $250 million in new construction, $100 million in new equipment and technology and $60 million in renovations.

The School of Pharmacy will invest its $500,000 from the Lilly gift to attract top faculty; assist faculty and students in attending conferences; increase scholarships for underrepresented minorities; sponsor prepharmacy scholarships; assist undergraduate research projects; and provide a five-year Lilly graduate fellowship in industrial and physical pharmacy.

In the School of Science, $150,000 will establish networking and computing infrastructure for programs in the planned computer science building. Another $50,000 will go to the Center for Advanced Instrumentation in the department of chemistry's division of Analytical Chemistry, which was ranked the nation's No.1 program by U.S. News & World Report. Another $50,000 will go toward National Merit Scholarships for chemistry majors.

Krannert Graduate School of Management will use its $100,000 for the planned Jerry S. Rawls Hall. The $37 million facility, to be located at State and Grant streets, will be the third building in the Krannert complex. Rawls Hall is the cornerstone of a $55 million campaign, which includes the new building, endowed scholarships and professorships, and technologically state-of-the-art classrooms. To date, $40 million has been raised. The building will be ready for occupancy in the fall 2003 semester.

The School of Technology's $50,000 portion will establish a new instructional computing laboratory to support mobile and wireless computing applications as well as other emerging applications in the Department of Computer Technology.

"Lilly's support of these different schools and programs for our faculty and students illustrates the interdisciplinary nature of Purdue's contributions to industry and industry's need for expertise in many of the areas in which Purdue excels," Jischke said.

"The people of Indiana are incredibly fortunate to have a corporation such as Lilly headquartered in our state. Purdue University is incredibly fortunate to have in Lilly a special friend and partner that understands the enormous role of higher education in improving the quality of life for everyone."

Lilly, an Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company, employs an estimated 1,500 Purdue graduates and continues to recruit at both the bachelor's and master's degree level, said Granadillo, a 1970 graduate of Purdue's School of Industrial Engineering.

Source: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-9708

Writer: Grant Flora, (765) 494-2073,

Other sources: Carrie L. Beaulieu, Eli Lilly and Co. account leader for campus relations, (317) 433-2958;

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