August 10, 2023

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Purdue University in Indianapolis joins Stewart-Haas Racing for Verizon 200 at the Brickyard NASCAR Cup Series race

Speeding toward the official launch of its first comprehensive urban campus in 2024, Purdue University is partnering with championship-winning NASCAR team Stewart-Haas Racing and driver Ryan Preece in the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard on Sunday (Aug. 13).

Media contact: Derek Schultz,

AP Video: Causes and effects of the teacher shortage

As students across the country begin to return to school, the teacher shortage is having a negative impact. Jennifer Smith, clinical associate professor of special education in Purdue University’s College of Education, explains how fewer students want to be teachers and there are not enough graduates to fill open teacher positions. Smith also says we must consider teacher salaries in order to combat the teacher shortage, citing the disparity between minimum teacher salaries and inflation-adjusted wages from 2019.

Media contact: Trevor Peters,

Indiana farmland prices continue to rise in 2023

Indiana farmland prices once again hit record highs in 2023, according to the recent Purdue Farmland Value and Cash Rents Survey. Statewide, the price of top-quality farmland averaged $13,739 per acre, up 7.3% from June 2022. Average- and poor-quality farmland increased 5.8% and 0.7% to $11,210 and $8,689 per acre, respectively.

Media contact: Maureen Manier,

Purdue’s 2023 summer ceremonies graduate more than 1,500 students and celebrates 250th commencement

Purdue University hosted the summer 2023 Commencement Aug. 5 in Elliott Hall of Music during two ceremonies honoring the persistent pursuits and giant leaps of more than 1,500 students. Since the first commencement ceremony in 1875, summer and winter commencements were added to each year’s spring commencement, making this commencement the 250th in Purdue’s history. Indiana Governor, the Honorable Eric Holcomb, helped commemorate the milestone with a keynote speech during the afternoon ceremony.

Media contact: Tim Doty, 

Trustees approve new Purdue University Airport terminal as exploration of commercial air service continues

In action needed before bringing commercial air service for Greater Lafayette to Purdue University Airport, the Purdue University Board of Trustees on Aug. 4 gave approval to plan, finance, construct and award construction contracts for a new terminal. This is a significant next step in Purdue serving the state through “ABC”: Airport for the Greater Lafayette region, Broadband for rural counties and (hard tech) Corridor for central Indiana. The approximately 8,000-square-foot facility – to be located west of the existing terminal – will include restrooms, a waiting area, baggage claim, ticketing and passenger screening.

Media contact: Tom Schott, 

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