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February 25, 2005

Appointments and promotions

– Nicki Reas has joined the Purdue Alumni Association staff as assistant director of young alumni and constituent relations. Reas' responsibilities include organizing Purdue Homecoming activities, young alumni programming and geographic club activities, along with other initiatives. Reas earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Purdue in 2000. She previously was the marketing and events coordinator for the women's fraternity Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity Inc. in Indianapolis. Reas also previously served as educational programs coordinator and collegiate leadership consultant for Alpha Chi Omega.

Campus activities

– The Purdue Student Union Board will conduct its public Poetry Slam event at 8 p.m. on March 4 in the Purdue Memorial Union. Those interested in participating in the event, which will take place across the hall from Freshens in the Union, can sign up from Feb. 28 to March 4 in the Union, Room 268.

– A preliminary callout for students interested in competing in the 2005 Purdue University Homecoming King and Queen Contest has been scheduled for 8 p.m. on March 7 in Stewart Center, Room 218D. All full-time students at Purdue's West Lafayette campus are eligible to apply for the contest and encouraged to attend the callout. The deadline for formal application, which includes an application form, an essay and a $5 entry fee, is 4 p.m. March 28. Application information and fees should be submitted to the Purdue Student Union Board Office in the Purdue Memorial Union, Room 268. Interested students unable to attend the callout can contact the Purdue Student Union Board at (765) 494-8976 or go online for application information and other contest rules.

– Student registration for the 2005 summer session and fall semester will begin March 7. Students should make an appointment with their academic adviser unless their school provides special instructions for registration. Summer session module 1 begins May 16; fall semester begins Aug. 22.

Faculty and staff honors

V. Jo Davisson, a Purdue professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology, shared in the $50,000 Walther Research Prize for a collaborative project titled "Preclinical Drug Development Studies of Antiproliferative Marine Macrolides." Davisson, who also is co-director of the Bindley Bioscience Center, shared the award with Paul Helquist and Martin Tenniswood of Notre Dame University.

Student honors

– Tristan Emery, a sophomore studying agricultural communications, was named as one of three Grassroots Spokesperson winners at the National Young Farmer Education Association's National Institute. The competition took place Dec. 9-12 in Orlando, Fla. Emery promoted the positive aspects and addressed concerns about the U.S. animal identification plan during her five-minute presentation. Emery qualified for the national competition after placing first in the Indiana Young Farmer Association's Spokesperson Contest last February.

– The Krannert Graduate Student Association's Management Volunteer Program made $5,971 that the organization donated to the Cary Home for Children. The students solicited items for bid from local businesses and individuals, and then Krannert School faculty, staff and students submitted their bids. The student leaders of the effort were MBA students Matt McKelvey, co-president of the Krannert Management Volunteer Program, and Megan Hart, Krannert Graduate Student Association vice president for social programs.

– A team of Krannert School MBA students took second place and won $750 on Feb. 4 during the Venture Capital Investment Competition in Nashville, Tenn. The Purdue team came in ahead of three other MBA teams and finished second to Emory University in the Venture Capital Investment Wild Card East Competition. The competition, sponsored by the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, has the student teams play the role of investors who are evaluating startup companies' business plans. Members of the Krannert team were Anoop Tiwari, Eric Larson, Ganesh Kak, Bhushan Shah and Sutirtha Bagchi. Advising and assisting the team were David Denis, professor of finance and Burton D. Morgan Chair of Private Enterprise; Don Blewett, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship associate director; and graduate assistant Karan Malla.

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