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March 12, 2004

Engagement Forum to shine spotlight on three Purdue programs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Office of International Programs, Technology Transfer Initiative and Purdue Statewide Technology will be in the spotlight on Monday, March 22, at Purdue University's next Engagement Forum.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3-4:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 202. Don K. Gentry, vice provost for engagement, will begin the forum with an update on engagement related activities. Stephen Martin, Technology Transfer Initiative director, will then discuss interdisciplinary entrepreneurship education at Purdue.

Following Martin's remarks, Michael Brzezinski , International Students and Scholars program director, will deliver a presentation entitled, "Bringing the World to Lafayette-West Lafayette: International Students of Purdue University." The forum will conclude with a presentation by Michael O'Hair, associate dean for statewide technology and engagement. His speech is entitled, "School of Technology: Engaging the State of Indiana."

"The purpose of the Engagement Forum is to highlight the many departments and organizations at Purdue that realize our commitment to form partnerships with Indiana businesses, leaders and citizens for the betterment of others, both on and off campus," Gentry said.

The Technology Transfer Initiative promotes interdisciplinary education and research on innovation and the transfer of technology. It supports entrepreneurial teams of engineering and science doctoral students and management MBA students who lay the groundwork for business ventures based upon doctoral dissertation technologies with commercial potential. The initiative also makes university resources available to businesses statewide. The department sponsors lectures, forums and workshops on the full range of entrepreneurial activity, from prospective entrepreneurs to venture-capital ready companies, to existing enterprises that aspire to a more aggressive, innovative approach in managing their intellectual assets.

Purdue's Office of International Students and Scholars serves international students, for whom enrollment has reached an all-time high. The office reports that nearly 5,100 international students from 126 countries and 681 international faculty and staff members from 70 nations claim Purdue as their home. International students comprise 13.1 percent of the overall Purdue student population, ranking Purdue as first in international enrollment among Big Ten universities and public institutions.

The office sponsors various social and cultural programs that complement students' academic experience. Among these initiatives is the International Friendship Program, which pairs international students with families and individuals in the West Lafayette community. Purdue also offers a Global Outreach Program that arranges opportunities for international students to visit area schools and share their cultures with children.

Through statewide technology, students earn associate and bachelor's degrees in fields such as aviation administration technology, engineering technology, computer technology, and organizational leadership and supervision. Sites at Lafayette, Indianapolis, Columbus, Muncie, New Albany, Richmond and South Bend/Elkhart offer a menu of degrees that reflect community needs. In Lafayette, students can earn a certificate, associate or bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and supervision or a certificate and associate's degree in industrial technology.

The majority of participating statewide technology students are working adults. The program was initiated in Kokomo in 1984.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704,

Sources: Don K. Gentry, (765) 494-9095,

Stephen Martin, (765) 494-4402,

Michael Brzezinski, (765) 494-5770,

Michael O'Hair, (765) 494-2554,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Related Web site:
Lafayette Statewide Technology

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