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Record number of full time students enrolled this fall
Purdue University Calumet’s objective to graduate more students has taken a promising step forward as a record number of full time students are enrolled this fall. Though overall enrollment of 9,325 is down from last fall’s record setting total of 9,607, some 62 percent of current enrollees (5,736) are carrying full course loads. The full time student total represents a 129-student increase (2.3 percent) from last year.
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Academic programs & updates

New master’s degree track in Human Development & Family Studies
In response to a growing need for capable practitioners who want to expand their career opportunities within social and human services professions, Purdue Calumet is introducing in January (2008) a master’s degree specialization in Human Development and Family Studies. The program is intended for professionals working in human and social service settings and recent baccalaureate degree graduates who desire to further their education at the graduate level.
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Innovative MBA for Executives designed to prepare great leaders
Purdue Calumet is poised to prepare leaders who want to be great through an innovative curriculum introduced this fall within its Saturday MBA for Executives (MBAE) program. The MBAE’s former, traditional curriculum, which emphasized technical knowledge, has given way to a program that combines hard, technical skill development with the soft, savvy skills of leading people effectively.
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School of Nursing receives $436,000+ grant to develop online graduate platforms
To help stimulate an increase in the number of advanced practice nurses in the workplace, Purdue Calumet’s School of Nursing received a $436,192 federal grant to develop and implement an online platform for its master’s degree program. The grant enables PUC to offer in distance educational format each of its graduate nursing options: family nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist in adult health and/or critical care nursing, as well as post-masters certificates in those options and nursing education.
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PUC at starting gate of equine management offerings
A horse of a different color has come to Purdue Calumet in the form of a new academic major and professional certificate in equine management. The major is available within the Bachelor of Arts in Business curriculum offered through the School of Management. An 18-credit hour Certificate of Equine Management is being taught online.
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Mechatronics Engineering Technology prepares for careers in high speed packaging
Adapting to the growing need for trained engineering technologists within the high speed packaging industry is the emphasis of a redirected Purdue Calumet bachelor’s degree program in Mechatronics Engineering Technology. The program, previously called Manufacturing Engineering Technology, combines mechanical design, manufacturing and electrical control within a foundational context of packaging machinery.
Read more (from story dated 8/19/08)

CIS degree combines technology with business functions
Combining technology with business functions is the focus of Purdue Calumet’s newly titled baccalaureate degree program in Computer Information Systems (CIS). The Bachelor of Science offering includes a sequence of business courses that complements the technical skills students develop while solving real-world application problems. The degree is offered through the university’s School of Management and its Dept. of Information Systems.
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Student honors & recipients

36 named to ‘Who’s Who…’
Thirty-six Purdue Calumet students have been selected for induction in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
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51 freshmen receive full tuition Chancellor’s Scholar Awards
Fifty-one recent high school valedictorians and salutatorians-nine from Indiana, 40 from Illinois and two from Michigan-have received full tuition Chancellor’s Scholar Awards to attend Purdue University Calumet this fall. In addition to full tuition and related fees, the award covers a stipend for books and supplies and 50 percent of living expenses at Purdue Calumet’s campus apartment complex, The University Village.
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17 receive LSAMP research awards
Seventeen Purdue Calumet students received Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) summer research awards. The awards, funded through the National Science Foundation, provided support for students to participate in research projects with a faculty mentor last summer.
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120 Hammond College Bound Scholars enrolled
Forty new recipients of Hammond’s College Bound Scholarship, a full tuition, renewable award of up to $7,500 per academic year directed to students of Hammond homeowners, are enrolled this fall at Purdue Calumet. The total increases to 120 the total number of College Bound Scholars attending PUC.
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Faculty, staff recognition

Prof elected accreditation commission national chair

Mohammad Zahraee, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Mohammad Zahraee has been elected national chair of the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). During his one-year term, he is overseeing all accreditation visits of college and university engineering technology academic programs.
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Administrator named to national experiential education board

Ron Kovach, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ron Kovach has been elected to the National Society for Experiential Education Board of Directors. He is serving a three-year term.
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Engineering prof’s grant can benefit homeland security, law enforcement efforts

Kaliappan Gopalan, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Kaliappan Gopalan has received a $167,400 United States Air Force research grant to develop a system for keyword spotting for use in monitoring telephone communication that can advance homeland security and law enforcement efforts.
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Construction on Phase II Housing

Construction of Phase 2 Housing

Construction on Phase II of The University Village student apartment complex is on schedule for occupancy next fall. The facility will offer accommodations for 369 students in private bedroom apartment suites.

I-STEM simulated Job Fair

I-STEM Simulated Job Fair

Purdue Calumet and I-STEM Northwest, which promotes education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, hosted a simulated job fair on campus Nov. 12 to acquaint northwest Indiana middle school and high school students about preparation necessary for future job opportunities in those fields.