August 23, 1996
Purdue president to tour Evansville, South Bend/Elkhart
NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Reporters are welcome to attend the various sites and ask questions
of President Steven C. Beering.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue President Steven C. Beering will be in Evansville on
Tuesday, Sept. 3, and in the South Bend/Elkhart area Thursday, Sept. 5, as part of
a statewide tour to increase public awareness of Purdue's role in Indiana's economy.
Beering's tour has a theme of "Purdue Powers the Future." He earlier visited Lake
and Vigo counties, and he will visit seven other Hoosier cities through Nov. 14.
One indication of Purdue's connection to southwest Indiana is that 2,540 alumni live
in Vanderburgh and the adjacent counties of Posey, Gibson and Warrick, and 649 students
from those counties are enrolled at Purdue campuses and Statewide Technology sites. Purdue reaches 8,313 young people in Vanderburgh and adjacent counties through the
Cooperative Extension Service, including 4-H Club membership; special interest groups,
such as Mini 4-H and Clover Buds; and school enrichment programs developed and/or
taught by Extension educators.
In north central Indiana, approximately 10,945 alumni live and work in St. Joseph,
Elkhart, Marshall, Starke and LaPorte counties, and 3,951 students from those areas
are studying at Purdue campuses and Statewide Technology sites. Purdue reaches about
30,959 young people in those counties through various Cooperative Extension Service programs.
Beering will be at these Evansville sites on Sept. 3:
- Harrison High School, 211 Fielding Road (just off Lloyd Expressway), 2 p.m. to talk
with administrators and students about outreach programs conducted by Purdue's School
of Science. There will be a 2:50 p.m. presentation at the school by G.E. Plastics
in Mount Vernon about how the company has worked with Purdue in several ways and about
its cooperative education program for Purdue students.
- Anchor Industries on U.S 41 North, 4 p.m. to talk about how the company has been
involved in Purdue's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) and Technical Information
Service, and about Purdue summer student interns the firm uses. TAP, which provides
technical infrastructure for industrial modernization in Indiana, has been involved in 128
projects in southwest Indiana in the past 10 years.
Beering's schedule Sept. 5 in South Bend/Elkhart:
- Coachmen Industries, 423 N. Main in Middlebury, 1:30 p.m. tour of the firm, which
has worked with Purdue on TAP projects, employed Purdue summer student interns and
has been involved with the Indiana Pollution Prevention Institute at Purdue. TAP
projects in north central Indiana total 388 in the past 10 years.
- Orchard View Elementary School, 57720 Northridge Drive, Middlebury, 2:25 p.m. visit
on the progress of the Reading Recovery program, which helps first-grade students
having difficulty learning to read.
- Elco Textron, 1400 S. Industrial Drive, Mishawaka, 3:45 p.m. for a discussion of
how the firm uses Purdue programs for assistance in training employees.
- Statewide Technology site in South Bend, 1700 Mishawaka Ave., 4:35 p.m. for a review
of renovated facilities and Statewide Technology programs. Statewide Technology makes
Purdue technology-degree programs available at 10 sites around Indiana.
CONTACTS: Beering, (765) 494-9708
Greg Zawisza, University Relations, (765) 494-2086; home, (317) 463-9119; e-mail,
Grady Jones, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2079; home, (317) 448-9976; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org