The board also voted to move forward with two major construction projects and ratified the appointments of two long-time staff members to emeritus status.
Technology in the classroom -- acquiring it, improving it, providing greater access to it -- is the theme of the operating request Purdue will make to the 1997 Indiana General Assembly. In addition to focusing on computers and information technology, the request asks for adjustments for salary and benefits, operation of new buildings and other unavoidable increases.
"Purdue professors are discovering wonderful teaching possibilities by combining digital technology with various audio and visual materials and information sources," said President Steven C. Beering. "These advances are transforming the education experience and allowing students to learn better and faster. At the same time the people who hire our graduates expect them to be computer literate. Purdue has an obligation to equip its students with the technological skills needed to be successful in their careers."
In addition to stressing to state officials that the state should take on more of the expense of educating students than it has in recent years, Purdue will push for a number of needs related to computing:
The operating request is based on several assumptions:
Hearings held by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education on operating and capital requests have begun. The proposals next will be considered by the State Budget Agency and finally by the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee before becoming part of the biennial state budget that is put to a final vote in April.
In other action, Purdue trustees:
The board ratified naming:
Ronald L. Fruitt as vice president emeritus for housing and food services. Fruitt will retire Monday, Sept. 30, after beginning his career in the housing and food services area nearly 40 years ago while a student. He joined Purdue residence halls in 1961, held various assistant manager and manager positions, and was promoted to director in 1981. He was named vice president for housing and food services in 1983, a position he held until June this year. Since then Fruitt has been vice president for special projects to Executive Vice President and Treasurer Frederick R. Ford. Fruitt was responsible for operation of the residence halls, Purdue Memorial Union, Black Cultural Center, Married Student Housing and Elliott Hall of Music.
Sources: Steven C. Beering, (765) 494-9708; home, (765) 743-9933
Frederick R. Ford, executive vice president and treasurer, (765) 494-9705; home, (317) 463-2037
John M.Huie, vice president for state relations, (765) 494-6829; home, (765) 743-9007;
Robert L. Ringel, executive vice president for academic affairs, (765) 494-9709; home, (765) 463-1496
Thomas Schmenk, director of facilities planning and construction, (765) 494-8003;
Writers: Ellen Rantz, (765) 494-2073; home, (765) 497-0345; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Siegfried, (765) 494-4709; e-mail, email@example.com
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