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April 14, 2004

Engagement forum to feature business education, exercise and statistics

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Krannert Executive Education Programs, The Ismail Center for Health, Exercise and Nutrition, and Statistics in the Community will be in the spotlight on Tuesday (4/20) 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. Jo Ann Whitford, Krannert Executive Education Programs admissions manager; and Cathy Garrison, Krannert Executive Education Programs program manager, will then discuss the degree and non-degree engagement efforts of their programs.

Following Whitford and Garrison’s remarks, Cody Sipe, Ismail Center director, will deliver a presentation entitled, "The Coalition for Living Well After 50." The forum will conclude with a presentation by John Stevens, student director of Statistics in the Community.

"The purpose of the Engagement Forum is to highlight the many departments and organizations at Purdue that reach out to the community to improve the lives of Indiana citizens," Gentry said. "There is a wealth of resources here on campus, yet many of these programs and the services they offer go unnoticed."

The Krannert Executive Education Programs (KEEP) offers three degree programs that consistently rank among the top executive MBA programs in the world. They include the Executive Master's Program, which is designed specifically for mid-level managers and prospective managers who are unable to attend full-time classes to get their master's degree in business. It draws participants from corporations around the world.

The non-degree offerings include public programs open to all firms and industries, sponsored programs open to sponsoring professional associations, and firm or industry-specific programs that are customized to the needs of individual firms. Select program series also focus on regional economic initiatives.

The A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise and Nutrition is a collaborative effort between the health and kinesiology and foods and nutrition departments. A highlight of the center's offerings is the 750-member Adult Fitness Program in which members can exercise with modern, state-of-the-art equipment in a relaxed environment. Members also can receive health and fitness testing, exercise prescription and exercise leadership from students. Faculty benefit from a centralized facility for conducting multidisciplinary research in health, exercise and nutrition.

Statistics in the Community is a volunteer community outreach organization directed and staffed by graduate students in Purdue’s Department of Statistics. It offers free professional consulting services to governmental and non-profit groups. Students offer assistance on a wide variety of statistical issues, including:

• Using data to improve decision-making processes,

• Designing and analyzing surveys or experiments,

• Identifying and visualizing trends and associations in data,

• Making predictions and projections, and

• Finding meaningful information when large amounts of data are available.

Potential clients include schools, government agencies, health centers, homeless shelters, advocacy groups, libraries and adult-learning centers.

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

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

Cathy Garrison, (765) 494-1554,

Jo Ann Whitford, (765) 494-4580,

Cody Sipe, (765) 496-6449,

John Stevens, (765) 447-2814,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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