Archive information for PURA members
HistoryA look at the beginnings of PURA.
Annual overviews of PURA activities and accomplishments.
Annual Reports of Presidents and Committees
Earlier annual reports can be found in the Purdue University Archives.
Past Award Winners
Recipients of the Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award
This award recognizes a college, school, department, or division each year that excels in fostering a strong relationship between its retirees and Purdue.
|2003 - Cooperative Extension Service||2011 - No Award Presented|
|2004 - Department of Agronomy||2012 - Department of Nutrition Science|
|2005 - Department of Animal Sciences||2013 - Department of Biochemistry|
|2006 - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics||2014 - No Award Presented|
|2007 - No Award Presented||2015 - Cooperative Extension|
|2008 - Housing and Food Services||2016 - College of Health and Human Sciences with
special recognition to the Office of Student Services
|2009 - Cooperative Extension Service||2017 - Human Resources|
|2010 - No Award Presented||2018 - Department of Health and Kinesiology|
Recipients of the Betty M. Nelson Special Recognition Award
This award recognizes persons or entities that have greatly improved the lives of Purdue retirees or made outstanding contributions to PURA.
2004 - Harland W. White, the first chair of the President's Advisory Council on Retirement.
2005 - Ismail Center for Health, Exercise, and Nutrition (Purdue)
2006 - Department of Human Resource Services
2007 - Purdue Marketing Communications
2008 - Office of Special Events, University Development
2009 - Purdue Federal Credit Union, Bob Falk, President & CEO, and Jackie Hoffman, VP Human
Resources & Marketing
2010 - Roy Johnson for Highest Quality Service to PURA
2011 - Martha Chiscon for Outstanding Work as Chairperson of PURA's Benefits Committee
2012 - Katherine "Kate" LaMar, Benefits Customer Service Administrator and insurance liaison for PURA
2013 - Michele A. Salla, Human Resources employee, for her outstanding services as PURA's advisor
2014 - Don K. Gentry, Chair of PURA's Health Insurance and Benefits Committee, for his extensive
community, PURA and Purdue University services
2015 - W. Scott Rumble, past president of PURA and pastchair of the PurposefulLiving in Retirement
Committee for unending contributions to PURA and Purdue retirees.
2016 - Jeris Eikenberry, PURA's Piano Man, past long-time chair of the Hospitality Committee, and
member of two others for all he has done over the years for PURA.
2017 - Melinda Bain, past president, for outstanding service to PURA. Among her many
accomplishments were chairing the highly acclaimed Big Ten Retirees Association
Conference hosted by Purdue in 2017 and not only initiating the PURA Student
Scholarship Endowment but raising funds and securing a $50K matching grant for it.
Past PACR and PURA Presidents:
Initially called the President’s Advisory Council on Retirement (PACR), the organization’s name was changed to the Purdue University Retirees Association (PURA) in 2002. Since its inception in 1976, PACR/PURA has been led by retired faculty and staff from across the University.
Chairs of the President's Advisory Council on Retirement
|1976-1977||Harland W. White
(Audiology and Speech Sciences)
|1978-1979||John B. Peterson
(Consumer Sciences and Retailing)
|1980-1981||John F. Stover
|1983-1984||Marion B. Scott
|1984-1986||Jay W. Wiley
(Consumer and Family Sciences)
|1993-1994||Margaret (Peggy) Conte
(Consumer Sciences and Retailing)
|1998-2000||Howard G. Diesslin
|2000-2002||Betty M. Nelson
(Dean of Students)
Presidents of the Purdue University Retirees Associaion
|2002-2003||Betty M. Nelson
(Dean of Students
|2003-2005||Roy A. Johnson
|2005-2006||Christiane E. Keck
(Foreign Languages and LIteratures)
|2007-2008||Betty M. Suddarth
|2008-2009||W. Scott Rumble
(Field Extension Educators)
|2009-2010||Lois K. Wark
|2010-2011||Christian J. Johannsen
|2011-2012||Charles O. Rutledge
(Vice President for Research)
|2012-2013||E. Suzanne Hiser
|2013-2014||Robert W. Bain
(Physical Facilities Computing)
|2014-2015||Dan E. Collins
|2015-2016||Olivia B. Wood
(Foods and Nutrition)
|2016-2017||Melinda H. Bain
(Office of the Executive Vice President
|2017-2018||John O. Trott
|2018-2019||Don Gentry (Technology Administration)|