Thursday, April 28th, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Quotes of Note

What Chancellor Cohen said

RE: the education available at Purdue Calumet
“Purdue Calumet offers a quality education to students from our region who may not have the option to leave home, and to students from afar who are attracted to the seriousness of our purpose.”

RE: development of campus-based, student housing
“As this facility helps us build campus life, it will contribute to our strategic efforts to attract, retain and graduate more students.”

RE: experiential learning
“A high quality education should integrate classroom and laboratory learning with learning that takes place in job- and other experience-related settings—the same settings in which we expect our students to work after they graduate. In a very real and practical sense, experiential learning is creative, improved learning. It is a giant step in the evolution of 21st century education, and we are pleased to be able to assure all of our graduates that they will leave Purdue Calumet having learned experientially.”

RE: advancing Northwest Indiana
“If our region is to prosper, it will be because (Purdue Calumet is) producing highly accomplished graduates who can attract employers with better jobs…We want to help create the jobs worthy of our graduates.”

RE: increasing undergraduate admission standards
“Our efforts to raise the bar of accomplishment are repositioning us to attract a new pool of students who are a good fit for the challenging, high quality Purdue education we offer.”

RE: the importance of applied faculty research
“It is our faculty’s research that drives the value of our outreach Centers and Institutes to our regional partners in industry, health care, education, social services, and more. We simply could not meet our regional service obligations without a strong applied research dimension of faculty work. This work is valued by our partners precisely because of its high quality.”

RE: expanding the athletics program
“The strategic purpose of building athletics is to make Purdue Calumet competitive in recruiting high-performing, well-rounded student-athletes throughout the Northwest Indiana area. . . We want these students for what they will bring to the classroom and for what they will bring to the life of the campus. They will help make our ‘vibrant community’ more vibrant. If we can recruit these students, we also can recruit their friends. We want to attract as many of the brightest students in Northwest Indiana as we can. It will make us a richer campus.”

What they say about Chancellor Cohen

“Purdue Calumet has seen great success under Chancellor Cohen’s leadership. He has taken the campus to a new level. He helped Calumet form a new vision for educational excellence; under his tenure, campus-based research and private philanthropy have increased greatly. I applaud his commitment to students and his work in contributing to the economic growth of Northwest Indiana.”
France Cordova
President, Purdue University

“Chancellor Cohen’s tenure has proven to be an exciting and memorable time for not only the university, but the greater Northwest Indiana community…Howard has shown a unique ability to achieve consensus, lead, and achieve positive results. His life’s work has enhanced Purdue, enriched his students, and inestimably bettered the lives of everyone… in Northwest Indiana. I wish him and his wife, Patti, continued happiness and joy.”
Pete Visclosky
U.S. Representative (Ind. 1st Dist.)

“When the Search Committee interviewed Howard Cohen, we knew we had a superstar. But even we could not fully imagine how impactful his leadership would be. His simultaneous attention to big picture visioning and detailed execution is remarkable. In partnership with the whole Purdue family, Chancellor and Patti Cohen’s achievements have been truly marvelous.”
Cal Bellamy
Partner, Krieg-Devault
Purdue Calumet Chancellor Search Committee, 2000-01

“Howard has been a strong partner advocating the creation of jobs and opportunities as well as education for the citizens of Northwest Indiana. His leadership and commitment of his own time have built a strong, enduring legacy.”
Mark Maassel,
President, Northwest Indiana Forum

“Chancellor Cohen has been a powerful force for positive change and development in the region. His impact will be felt for many years after he turns over the reins.”
Bill Masterson, Jr.
Publisher, The Times of Northwest Indiana

“Howard Cohen leaves behind a legacy that will be difficult to match, not only in academic circles, but also in his approach to regionalism in the communities that he serves…”
Dave Ryan
Executive Director, Lakeshore  Chamber

“Howard’s service on the Regional Development Authority (RDA) provided an outstanding example of higher education’s involvement in the affairs of the community in which we live.”
Dennis C. Rittenmeyer, Ph.D.
President, Calumet College of St. Joseph

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