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The Purdue community, in its focus on safety and health, is displaying its commitment to a persistent pursuit of what best positions people to thrive. Here are "Thumbs Up" submissions and stories about such care in action by Purdue faculty, staff and students to help the campus, community and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thumbs Up: College of Education IT

This 'Thumbs Up' is a constant within our college, but the team needs to be highlighted at the University scale. Our IT team in the College of Education is simply the best. They treat all CoE students, staff and faculty with respect and provide a high level of support. At any time, one of the members of the team -- Bob Evans, Mike Eldridge, Matt Lundmark and Joshua Anderson -- is available to assist you on any request and always go above and beyond. Thanks for all that you do for us and our college! -- Holly Fiock

Miri NiedrauerVideo: Meet Miri Niedrauer – fighter, risk-taker, Boilermaker

If persistence were a person, it’d be Boilermaker and veteran Miri Niedrauer. Niedrauer didn’t grow up with access to any kind of education, so she made her own, leading her to a PhD in organic chemistry at Purdue and an MBA through Purdue Global.

Grounds crew near Sinninger PondPurdue Grounds receives national recognition for campus landscapes

The Purdue University Grounds Department has earned its second Honor Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) as part of the 2021 PGMS Green Star Awards. The department was recognized for designing and maintaining three landscapes on the West Lafayette campus.

Dante CookPPHS football program centers on collaboration, camaraderie

When Dante Cook signed on as football head coach at Purdue Polytechnic High School, he was starting a brand-new team from scratch. His competitive spirit, desire to make a difference and deep care for the students made it possible for PPHS students to be a part of the football program.

Fast Company graphicPurdue only university in Fast Company magazine's inaugural list of ‘Brands That Matter’

Purdue has been named one of Fast Company’s “Brands That Matter,” a list honoring companies and organizations that give people compelling reasons to care about them, offer inspiration for others to buy in, and authentically communicate their mission and ideals, according to Fast Company editors, who judged each brand on relevancy, cultural impact, ingenuity and business impact.

Thumbs Up: Dan Hall and Edie Moffitt

I'm deeply grateful to have Dan and Edie (both College of Liberal Arts) working with me on budgetary matters in my department. They're the best guardrails a rookie interim head could ever want. Thank you both! -- Alfred Lopez (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Rankings graphicPurdue tops Big Ten in best value, again among nation's best schools

How valuable is a Purdue University education? A new and highly regarded national ranking by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education places Purdue at No. 7 in the Best Value category, tops in the Big Ten. Purdue also was No. 10 among public institutions nationally in the ranking of best schools.

Students in front of new ABE BuildingPurdue Agricultural and Biological Engineering program ranked No. 1

Purdue’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering undergraduate program has earned the No. 1 ranking in its category in the annual U.S. News & World Report undergraduate program rankings for the 11th consecutive year.

Thumbs Up: Card Services staff

I wanted to thank Samantha Fee and the Card Services staff for getting our nursing clinical badges to us so quickly. They were able to get them to us quickly even while doing the 10,000 incoming freshman badges. Thank you again. You all are amazing! – Susan Kauffman

David C. Stanley Jr. speaks with Allison LoyNew faculty members welcomed, introduced with brief profiles

Incoming professors at the West Lafayette campus took part Aug. 19 in a New Faculty Orientation hosted by the Office of the Provost. Brief profiles of many of these new faculty members, by way of welcome and introduction, are presented by the Office of the Provost and Purdue Today.

Evan AustinAustin wins bronze in 400 free at Paralympics

Evan Austin won his first career medal at the Paralympic Games in thrilling fashion, edging out the fourth-place finisher by 0.04 hundredths of a second to claim bronze in the men's 400-meter freestyle (S7) Sunday (Aug. 29).

Freshmen crossing the tracksBoiler Gold Rush recap: Welcome, Boilermakers!

Boiler Gold Rush 2021 was a hit. Purdue welcomed its largest-ever freshman class with a continuous multi-day celebration that began with move-in and ended with a fireworks send-off. From fountain runs to crossing the tracks to a movie night at Ross-Ade Stadium, Boilermakers took part in campus traditions and made memories that will last a lifetime.

Sisters Winifred and Frieda Parker Courageous Parker sisters were ‘Boilermakers in every sense’

In the fall of 1946, Boilermakers Frieda and Winifred Parker led the campaign that compelled Purdue to integrate its student housing. At its June meeting, the Purdue Board of Trustees formally celebrated the sisters’ legacy by naming residence halls in their honor — Frieda Parker Hall and Winifred Parker Hall.

President Mitch Daniels President Mitch Daniels on leading Purdue through a pandemic

In the new episode of 'This is Purdue,' President Mitch Daniels discusses his decision to fully open Purdue amid a pandemic and communicate that to the world back in 2020. Daniels also talks about what he missed most during the past school year, what he’s looking forward to this fall, and his favorite IndyCar driver.

PPHS firsts graphicMeet members of Purdue Polytechnic High School's first graduating class

Purdue Polytechnic High School Schweitzer Center at Englewood celebrated the first graduating class with a ceremony on June 11. Find out more about the graduates and their experiences as students over the last four years in these portraits and this video.

Students in classroomReport highlights Protect Purdue efforts, successes

A new Protect Purdue Summary Report highlights the many small steps that 50,000+ students, faculty and staff took to complete in-person instruction safely and successfully.

Statue of John Purdue wearing face maskPurdue scientists key in state’s battle against COVID variants

Purdue is at the forefront of Indiana’s fight against the spread of COVID-19 variants and remains uniquely able to assist should the pandemic surge or change course in the weeks, months or years ahead.

Thumbs Up: Sally Carter

I wish to recognize Sally Carter from the Purdue Polytechnic Institute for her outstanding teamwork, help with reimbursements, getting vendors and people set up in the system to invoice, and anything I send her way. I truly appreciate your help. It's a real pleasure to work with Sally. -- Karla Calvin (School of Aviation and Transportation Technology)

Thumbs Up: Julius Eason

Julius Eason from the Graduate School provided a wonderful training session for judges who have volunteered for the Spring Undergraduate Research Conference. This training session was interactive and provided plenty of time for Q-and-A while getting the volunteer judges acquainted with the rubrics. Thank you, Julius! -- JJ Sadler

Thumbs Up: Chelsea Schwab

Chelsea Schwab in Student Activities and Organizations went above and beyond to help PMO get set up to use Boilerlink for our end-of-the-year performances. I was truly touched by her generous offer of time and assistance. Thank you from all of us at PMO! — Colton Withers (Purdue Musical Organizations)

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