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PURA News - September 2018


NEW: Purdue Retiree Directory

Registration Open:
--Campus and Community Committee: Fall activities
--Center for Aging and the Life Course (CALC) annual symposium:  Sept. 28, “Technological Innovations for Optimal Aging”
--Trips & Tours Committee: Sept. 25, “Amtrak to Chicago, The Train, The Tower, The Architectural Hour” – space still available


Flu shot dates scheduled for Purdue University official retirees and spouses
Don’t lose your balance!
VP for Student Life initiates Student Life Retirees Council
PURA annual common read: Get your book at Kickoff luncheon
A bunch of trees or an arboretum?

Monthly Luncheon Recaps:
July:  Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
August:  Purdue University Global

Benefits/Campus Services News:
Schedule your annual wellness screening with Purdue Nursing Center for Family Health
Parking Facilities Has Relocated
Parking Via License Plate Recognition Available To Retirees
Boilermaker Butcher Block Has Relocated
Purdue Global Education Benefit Available for Official Retirees
Technology Help Available from TCPL

Things To Do
September Campus Calendar
Mark your Calendars!  Upcoming PURA Events

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PURA Campus and Community Committee Announces Fall Activities

Common Read 

Each year, the PURA Campus and Community Committee chooses one book from Purdue University Publications as our Common Read. This year, Dean Emeritus Jim Mullins's A Purdue Icon: Creation, Life, and Legacy has been chosen for our program. The book presents the history of the Purdue Power Plant, its iconic smoke stack, and attached Engineering Administration building. Copies will be available at the PURA fall kickoff luncheon for $25.00, more than a 20% discount.

On October 10, 4-5:30 pm, the corresponding discussion program is scheduled, with opening commentary by PURA member Karl Brandt, followed by an open discussion and audience questions led by Purdue University Press’s Interim Co-Director and Sales and Marketing Manager, Bryan Shaffer.

PURA members will end the afternoon with a half hour tour of the Wilmeth Learning Center. PURA members who sign up for the program are encouraged to park in Grant Street Parking Garage near the Union.

To sign up for the afternoon program, e-mail Michele Salla (masalla@purdue.edu). The tour is limited to 40 participants.

Bechtel Innovation Design Center and Black Cultural Center Tour


The Campus and Community Committee is also pleased to announce a tour of two campus facilities on Wednesday, November 7, beginning at 4:00pm and ending by about 5:30pm.

PURA members will begin the tour at the new Bechtel Innovation Design Center (BIDC) at 1090 3rd Street in West Lafayette (on the corner of 3rd and Russell Streets).
According to the building’s website, “The BIDC was inspired by students who asked for an advanced prototyping facility (Makerspace) where they could come together to design and build solutions to real-world problems.” The building houses cutting edge design and manufacturing tools for student use, and the building itself was constructed to reflect a design aesthetic.

After the Bechtel building, PURA members will move to the nearby Black Cultural Center to tour that facility.

According to its website, “The Black Cultural Center provides purposeful, holistic, scholarly and co-curricular programming designed to strengthen understanding of African American heritage. It enhances the academic, cultural and social development of the entire Purdue community.”

The BCC sponsors student performing arts ensembles, houses a special collections library and computer lab, and provides student organizations with office and meeting space. The building itself, which opened in June 1999, has received acclaim for the way it draws on motifs of traditional African architecture.

PURA members who sign up for the tour are encouraged to park in the nearby University Street Parking Garage and walk to the BIDC. To sign up for the tour, e-mail Michele Salla (masalla@purdue.edu). The tour is limited to 30 participants.

Center for Aging and the Life Course (CALC) annual symposium: Sept. 28, Technological Innovations for Optimal Aging

PURA members are invited to attend the Center for Aging and the Life Course (CALC) symposium on Technological Innovations for Optimal Aging. This symposium supports one of the Purdue’s 150th anniversary themes--Giant Leaps in Health, Longevity, and Quality of Life. Some of the research occurring at Purdue will be showcased. The symposium is free, but you must register to attend.  Click here for speakers and registration details.

Trips & Tours Committee: Sept. 25 “Amtrak to Chicago, The Train, The Tower, The Architectural Tour”

September 25, 2018.  $129 per person ($125 for those ages 62+) Includes motor coach transportation to the Amtrak station in Lafayette, Amtrak to Chicago, Willis Tower tour, free time at Navy Pier, 1-hour Architectural Cruise, and return by motor coach. More information at:   http://imperial-travel.com/amtrak-to-chicago-sep-25-2018/  For reservations:  call Imperial Travel 765-447-9321.

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Flu shot dates scheduled for Purdue University official retirees and spouses

Getting an annual influenza vaccine is the No. 1 way to protect yourself from the flu. Purdue University is once again providing seasonal flu shots on the West Lafayette campus for its official retirees and their spouses. You don’t need an appointment. Just bring your PUID and get your flu shot. It’s that simple!

*The Fluzone quadrivalent vaccine—which is designed to protect against four different flu viruses (two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses) and is approved for anyone age 3 and older—will be administered. See your provider if you need an alternative vaccine.

*For those age 65 and older, the Fluzone High-Dose will be available. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody) contained in regular flu shots. The additional antigen is intended to create a stronger immune response (more antibody) in the person getting the vaccine. See your provider if you need an alternative vaccine.

October 12 and October 19
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Daniel (William H.) Turfgrass Research & Diagnostic Center (1340 Cherry Lane) – next to the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. Wellness screenings also available.

October 24
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Kurz Purdue Technology Center (KPTC), Conf. Rooms A/B, Research Park, 1281 Win Hentschel Blvd. Wellness screenings also available.

NOTE: Retirees are also able to attend any of the other on-campus flu shot events or stop at a designated flu shot location on campus. Visit the university's Flu Shot web pages for updates on additional times and locations:   https://www.purdue.edu/hr/CHL/Services/FluShots.

Don’t lose your balance!

Have you ever felt as though you may lose your balance, had dizziness, lightheadedness or a feeling commonly known as disequilibrium? These terms are types of “vertigo”. Vertigo is more than just an Alfred Hitchcock movie, it is a balance disorder. Vertigo affects as many as 70% of adults over the age of 65. Vertigo impacts our sleep and definitely can lead to falls. As we age, not only do our muscles become weaker but we develop vision problems, may take multiple medications and have aging bones. Add vertigo to these health problems and one may have a life-changing fall.

There are many causes of vertigo. Common issues of vertigo are inner ear disturbances that may be may be a viral or bacterial in nature. The most common cause of vertigo in the older adult is known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV occurs when “otoconia” or calcium carbonate crystals that are normally stable and present in the ear, become dislodged or shift in the inner ear and move around. BPPV also gives one a spinning feeling. Some may notice this feeling while in bed and notice it does not go away with standing. Vertigo may be vascular in nature and be caused by an infection, heart issues, be a possible sign of a stroke, and/or caused by medication(s) one is taking. Meniere’s disease is a problem with fluid balance in the middle ear and causes dizziness. Less common are central nervous system problems, such as a cranial nerve issue, circulation problems in the brain, a brain stem dysfunction or even multiple sclerosis.

Diagnosing of vertigo may be difficult but seeking out an ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician or seeing your healthcare provider, is the first step to diagnosing the issue. Your provider can review your health history, current medications, diagnose and prescribe medications or treatments that may alleviate your symptoms. Your healthcare provider can also make any necessary referrals if they feel it is in need.



If you have questions about this article, or health in general, contact Chris Rearick, MSN, RN, by email at crearick@purdue.edu, or by phone at 765-496-0308. 

VP for Student Life initiates Student Life Retirees Council

Recently, the Purdue Vice President for Student Life initiated the formation of a Student Life Retirees Council composed of retirees from the areas represented by today’s Student Life. Its primary goals are:

--To promote communication with all Student Life, Housing and Food Services, Student Affairs, and Student Services retirees.
--To provide opportunities for social interaction and networking.

The SLRC represents a large segment of Purdue’s retiree population and is the first new retiree’s council to be formed in many years. This is a very promising development for strengthening and maintaining the relationship these retirees have with Purdue.

PURA Annual Common Read: Get Your Book at the Kickoff Luncheon

Each year, the PURA Campus and Community Activities Committee chooses one book from Purdue University Publications as a PURA Common Read, and hosts a "discussion program" for members who have read the book and wish to hear a presentation about the book followed by questions.
This year's book is A Purdue Icon: Creation, Life, and Legacy, by Dean Emeritus, Dr. James Mullins, former Dean of Purdue Libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor.  Dr. Mullins was recently honored by the American Library Association for "his pioneering vision and drive for innovation."

From the Purdue University Press catalog:
“The former Purdue Power Plant (HPN) with its iconic smoke stack and the attached Engineering Administration Building (ENAD) at the very heart of campus played important roles for most of the twentieth century. To many Purdue students and alumni, the smoke stack not only symbolized the emphasis at Purdue on technology but also provided a visible marker for the Purdue campus. The smoke stack was lovingly referred to by many as ‘Purdue’s finger to the world.’ Amid controversy, the smoke stack was demolished in the early 1990s when the Purdue Clock Tower was constructed to locate the campus on the landscape.

“A Purdue Icon: Creation, Life, and Legacy is an edited volume that speaks to the history of the Power Plant, from the initial need for increased power and heat to meet a growing campus demand and its Romanesque architecture that allowed it to fit contextually on the campus, to the people who worked to bring heat and power to the campus by keeping the boilers up and the students who experienced the principles and applications of mechanical engineering through active learning. This book tells the story of the transition to alternative power and heat sources at the University, the decommissioning of the Power Plant, the controversy about what was to be done with this important site at the heart of the campus, and the challenges associated with the Power Plant’s potential reuse or demolition.”

If you are interested in the history of the smokestack and the unique problems Purdue faced when it began demolishing this contaminated building on the campus, this is the reading material for you.

Come to the PURA fall luncheon with a check or cash in hand, and we'll put the book into your hands. Cost for PURA members is $25.00, which is more than a 20% discount.

A Bunch of Trees or an Arboretum?

Original version, published in August 2018:
The Purdue campus is an arboretum. Starting in 2008 Purdue Foresters followed every qualification to be designated as an Arboretum; a variety of woody trees, bushes, shrubs and education. Purdue campus is a laboratory and classroom for its many Life Science courses. It is also a gift to the people of Indiana with plants, gardens, art works, green spaces and walking trails. 

There are 11,000 trees and more than 400 different varieties. All are identified with their scientific and more familiar names. Trees are added, moved, and removed. During the challenging State Street closures Todd’s Creek was moved, eight acres of trees were installed, eleven pedestrian bridges added, and a trail cleaned up and connected to a trail on the west side of campus. 

The Purdue Arboretum offers many unique and rare specimens from around the world. Noted is the state champion Cockspur Hawthorn and the national co-champion Smoke tree. Near Stone Hall are cherry trees brought from Japan to celebrate the opening of the Subaru plant. A Cedar of Lebanon  tree  exists  because  of  an  early  professor  who puttered behind buildings to create a Purdue hardy specimen.   

For the 9th consecutive year Purdue has been designated as a Tree Campus USA. Awarded by Indiana Department of Natural Resources following the five standards of the Arbor Day Foundation. Purdue is thought to be the only university whose entire campus collection gives visitors the opportunity to learn about these plants. There are several designated trails, seasonal trails from flowering to showy, snowy berries, barks and greens. So, gather your friends, family or dog for a really great outing.  

Find out about the trails and the arboretum at: https://www.arboretum.purdue.edu.  You can also use your mobile phone to scan the Quick Response Codes (square barcodes) displayed on plant signage on campus.  They will direct you to the Purdue Arboretum Explorer website  where you can learn more about the plant or landscape feature.  The web site also includes information about environmental stewardship on campus and historic landmarks. (J. Thomas).

September Purdue Arboretum Article Correction
“In my enthusiasm to write about the Purdue Arboretum, which not only graces the campus, but serves as a living classroom, I gave credit to the wrong Department. The Director of the Arboretum is Paul Siciliano, and the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is in charge of maintenance. To Director Siciliano, the directors before him, and the hard-working folks who made the Arboretum a reality, I beg a humble and embarrassed apology.” (J. Thomas)

July:  Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Dr. Charles R. Santerre, a professor of nutrition science in the College of Health and Human Sciences, who is currently serving as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, spoke at the July MCL meeting about genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Although we now have more than two decades of experience with GMO crops being consumed by billions of people around the globe without a single adverse event, consumers are still wary of the process. 

Dr. Santerre explained how a GMO product is produced, regulated, and the pros and cons of the technology.  Santerre emphasized modification of agricultural products will continue to be necessary to meet the food needs of an ever-increasing population. Currently most soybeans in Asia and potatoes and peanuts in South America are GMO modified. With the GMO biotechnology, modification can be done in a lab vs. the decades it would take for conventional modification of a food. The process involves identifying the one single gene in the DNA of a plant or animal that is causing a problem and then modifying the gene to prevent the problem. . 

For example, the gene-producing protein that causes rotting can be modified to allow for riper fruits and vegetables to arrive in the market place closer to when they were picked in the field. With less rotting GMO products are more stable during transportation and have an extended shelf life. Gene modification can also render plants and animals more resistant to bacteria and insect infestation and, in animals, prevent death from diseases such as the swine virus, a severe problem with swine.   

Some GMO products will not be needed in the U.S. GMO-enriched rice with Vitamin A can help prevent blindness in the population groups which consume rice as the major staple in their diet. This is not an issue in the U.S. because our market place provides a great variety of foods  to  supply Vitamin  A. Iron deficiency anemia can also be addressed with GMO products in selected populations. Biotechnology via GMOs can prevent food allergies because all allergies are caused by a protein which can be identified and modified. The modified peanut is still a peanut, looks and tastes like a peanut but does not have the protein that causes an allergy to non-modified peanuts. The process is better for the environment (less toxins are present) and less pesticides and herbicides are needed), and there are fewer disease-causing bacteria present and less disease/death in animals. 

The process is highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requiring the modified food be safe to eat with no adverse effects on the nutrient content of the modified food; by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requiring the modified food be safe for the planet with no toxins produced; and by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requiring it be safe for agriculture. The modified product must also have no unanticipated changes from the original food.  

Mainly due to the current regulatory process in the U.S. it can take millions of dollars to bring a GMO product to the marketplace. In over two decades of GMOs being on the market there has not been a single incident of an allergy, an illness, or an adverse effect related to the modified product.  

August:  Purdue University Global

On August 6, Dr. Frank Dooley, Senior Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Purdue, discussed the new Purdue University Global initiative with PURA members attending the monthly MCL luncheon.

Purdue University Global is a public university dedicated to adult students who need flexibility to fit learning into their busy lives. It was created in April 2018, as a result of Purdue’s acquisition of the former Kaplan University.  Purdue Global is operated as part of the Purdue University System, joining the network of campuses that includes West Lafayette, Purdue Northwest and Purdue Fort Wayne. Dr. Betty Vandenbosch serves as Chancellor

 Most content is delivered online, and its programs focus on career-oriented fields of study at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. . With the exception of Purdue Global, all degrees from all Purdue campuses, and Purdue degree programs offered through IUPUI and Purdue Polytechnic Institute, share a similar diploma bearing the name of the institution granting the degree and the city in which it is given. Purdue Global graduates receive a diploma that uses the name “Purdue University Global” instead of the system name and bears the Purdue Global logo in place of the Purdue University seal.

 Purdue Global serves approximately 30,000 students and is mainly an online university. It is academically organized into seven schools:

 School of Business

Concord Law School

School of General Education

School of Health Sciences

School of Nursing

Open College

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

 The first Purdue University Global graduation ceremony was held June 2, 2018 at the Rosemont Theatre near Chicago, Illinois. There were more than 9,000 graduates, and nearly 600 actually attended the ceremony.

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Schedule your annual wellness screening with Purdue Nursing Center for Family Health

The Purdue Nursing Center for Family Health will be doing screenings year-round. Screenings include Lipid profile (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides and Calculated Risk Ratio) with a glucose, blood pressure check, pulse and review of medical history.  Please call Chris Rearick, MSN, RN, to schedule. (crearick@purdue.edu, 765-496-0308.)


Parking Facilities Has Relocated

Parking Facilities has relocated to the Materials Management and Distribution Center (MMDC), 700 Ahlers Drive, near the intersection of South Russell Street and Ahlers Drive in West Lafayette.

 Phone numbers and email addresses for staff remain the same. Parking Facilities can be reached by phone at 765-494-9497 or via email at parking@purdue.edu from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Parking Via License Plate Recognition Now Available

The December 2017 PURA News announced that Purdue University (West Lafayette Campus) Parking Facilities was about to initiate implementation of its new License Plate Recognition (LPR) software. You may recall that the LPR system allows Parking Facilities to enforce parking using the vehicle’s license plate rather than a physical permit displayed in the window. The system allows parking enforcement officers to utilize a scanner that reads license plates as they patrol to determine if a vehicle parked in that space has been properly registered with Purdue Parking facilities for on-campus parking.

What does this mean for Purdue University retirees? THERE IS NO IMPACT FOR CURRENT PURDUE UNIVERSITY RETIREES!

You received a Gold Purdue University parking permit during August 2017. This permit allows the privilege of parking on campus through July 31, 2022. Purdue retirees whose retirement dates were before January 15, 2018, will, if they wish, continue to receive physical parking permits after August 31, 2022.

Retirees, upon acceptance of a post-retirement appointment, will register their vehicles using the LPR system.

There is no intent to require current retirees to convert to the LPR system, but retirees may do so if they wish.

1. To complete the registration, you will need to have the following information available:

a)  License Plate Number and Type

b)  Registration Expiration Month and Year

c)  Vehicle Make, Model, Year and Color

Reminder: you may register more than one vehicle, but no more than one vehicle may be parked on campus at any time

2. To access the “Parking Portal”, a valid Purdue Career Account (Username/Password) will be required. If you know your Username and Password, you will be able to continue with the login and registration of your vehicle(s).

If you do not know or have forgotten your Username and Password and you wish to register your vehicle(s) on LPR, you should contact IT@P at 494-4000 for assistance in updating your Purdue Career Account.

If you do not have a current Career Account, you should contact the HR Services Center at 494-2222 for assistance in gaining authorization to establish a Career Account. Following the HR authorization, IT@P will aid you in establishing a valid Purdue Career Account.

3. DO NOT DESTROY THE GOLD PARKING PERMIT. You will still need it to gain access to the University’s gated parking facilities. You will be notified when the gated parking facilities are converted to LPR.

Step by step instructions for registering your vehicle(s) using the LPR System

While as retirees we are not required to convert our vehicle registration to LPR, we can assist the University by being a part of its implementation now.

Boilermaker Butcher Block Has Relocated

The Animal Sciences’ department’s Butcher Block has relocated its facility to the Land O’ Lakes Inc. Center for Experiential Learning, Rm. 1222, at 720 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette. The new building is on Harrison Street, to the west of the Harrison Street parking garage.

There is convenient parking in front of the building, or you may park in the Harrison Street garage with your A parking permit.

The Boilermaker Butcher Block is a state inspected meat plant and all products are BOAH inspected and passed.

Hours:  Wed., Thur., Fri.  11:00 am—4:30 pm
Web page, with product list and prices:   www.ag.purdue.edu/ansc/ButcherBlock  
Phone:  (765) 494-8285

Purdue Global Education Benefit Available for Official Retirees

Purdue University recently announced a new educational tuition benefit available to official retirees through the newly established Purdue University Global (PG) online university.

Official retirees from any Purdue system campus can take advantage of the tuition benefit to pursue certificates, associate, bachelors and master’s degrees tuition free. Purdue Global offers more than 100 degree and non-degree programs to choose from.

Spouses and dependents of official retirees as defined in Policy VI.A.1: Status and Privileges of Retired Faculty and Staff, Surviving Spouses and Surviving Children are provided the opportunity to pursue a degree online from Purdue Global and receive a partial fee remission.

Before beginning the enrollment process, there are few things to know and do.
1.  Review the PG Education Benefits Guidelines, the PG Education Benefit Manual, and FAQs located here,  which provides more details about the PG Education Benefit, program requirements, and specific tuition discounts by program.

2.  Next, complete the Intake Form located here.  Be sure to fill in the program of study and desired start date you are interested in – which will allow the appropriate admissions advisor to reach out and reduce potential delays in form processing.

3.  Email your completed Intake Form to edbenefits@purdueglobal.edu 

4.  Once a completed intake form is submitted, an admissions advisor will call to help complete the admissions process. Due to the volume of interest and individualized attention, the advisor’s response may take up to six business days.

Purdue University Global Resources

To view Purdue Global programs offered, visit the Purdue Global website.  For program of study assistance call 844-787-3834.

Policy VI.A.1: Status and Privileges of Retired Faculty and Staff, Surviving Spouses and Surviving Children is located here.
For questions regarding the PG Education Benefit, visit the Purdue Global Education Remission Benefit website  or email the Bursar at remissions@purdue.edu 

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Technology Help

The Tippecanoe County Public Library offers one-on-one technology help sessions. Customers can learn how to get free library downloads such as eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and movies. You can also get help with digitizing photos and slides, social media, and using your phone or tablet. Other topics may be available on request depending on staff expertise. Sessions are held regularly on Mondays

and Wednesdays at the Downtown Library, and Tuesdays at the Klondike Branch. You can make a reservation at the library or by calling 765-429-0113. Drop-in sessions are occasionally held evenings or weekends.

Clayton Higbee, Reference Librarian is happy to answer any questions you might have regarding any of the above-listed services.

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September Campus Calendar


Oct. 8-9—Fall break, no classes

Music: Free and open to the public.

Sept. 15—Game Day spirit events: Jazz Tailgate by Purdue Jazz Band. 5:00-6:00 p.m. Pre-game "Thrill on the Hill" by All-American" Marching Band. 6:00 p.m. Slayter Center. 
Sept. 16—Purduettes in worship service. 10:30 a.m. Federated Church, 2400 Sycamore Lane.

Sept. 22—Game Day spirit events: Jazz Tailgate by Purdue Jazz Band. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Pre-game "Thrill on the Hill" by All-American" Marching Band. 10:30 a.m. Slayter Center.



Sept. 21-23, 26-30—"By the Way, Meet Vera Stark" by Lynn Nottage. Racial stereotypes are skewered when a Hollywood star and her maid both win roles in the same film. Pao Hall, Mallett Theatre.  Times vary.  Ticket information at: https://cla.purdue.edu/theatre/Tickets/index.html


Sept. 15—vs. Missouri (Military Appreciation Day). 7:30 p.m. 
Sept. 22—vs. Boston College (Homecoming). Noon.
Women's Volleyball, Brees Center, Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium

Sept. 21—vs. Illinois. 7 p.m.
Sept. 22—vs. Northwestern. 7 p.m.
Women's Soccer, Folk Field, free

Sept. 16—vs. Michigan, 1 p.m.


Mark Your Calendar! Upcoming PURA Events

17 September PURA Fall Kickoff Luncheon.  Four Points by Sheraton.  12:00 noon, doors open at 11:30am. (Note this is the third Monday in September.)  

25 September Amtrak to Chicago “The Train, The Tower, The Architectural Tour”  ($129 per person, or $125 for those ages 62+.  More information at http://imperial-travel.com/amtrak-to-chicago-sep-25-2018/    For reservations, call Imperial Travel 765-447-9321). 

1 October PURA Monthly Meeting, MCL Cafeteria, 11 am.
Purdue’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2019.
Kelly Hiller, Director, Purdue Sesquicentennial Communications

12, 19, 24 October Flu Shots, Free for official retirees and spouses.  (See article above for details.)

5 November PURA monthly meeting, MCL Cafeteria, 11:00 am.
Topic: Tech Toys III & Top Tech Concerns of the Day.
Speaker: Scott Ksander

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