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From the Chancellor

September 24, 2014

Early enrollment, retention outcomes suggest our plan is on track Our enrollment and retention increases this fall are symptomatic, I believe, of the early success of various strategic initiatives implemented across campus.

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From the Chancellor

September 10, 2014

New academic year brings new opportunities for student success The start of a new academic year typically energizes me, but there is an added buzz of excitement this fall on our campus.

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From the Chancellor

August 21, 2014

Unification efforts have produced cost savings of $500,000+ As Purdue North Central Chancellor Dworkin and I reported in our recent joint newspaper commentary, there is much yet to accomplish before our campuses officially can become a unified Purdue University Northwest.

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Chancellor’s Fall Convocation Report

August 21, 2014

2013-14 a year of successful outcome beginnings: Chancellor Keon  After a year of change and new direction, our campus has begun to experience successful outcomes, Chancellor Keon reported at Wednesday’s (8/20) Faculty and Staff Convocation.

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From the Chancellor

July 23, 2014

Enrollment picture offers encouragement Though we are still a month away from the start of the 2014-15 academic year, there is an encouraging look to our enrollment picture.

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From the Chancellor

June 19, 2014

Web site redesign epitomizes student-centered commitment Our commitment to student-centeredness advanced quickly last week with the roll-out of a redesigned campus web site.

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From the Chancellor

May 15, 2014

Thanks, proactively, for making things happen in 2013-14 It has been said that some people make things happen, other people watch things happen and still others have no idea what is happening. I am reminded of that perspective as we prepare to close our 2013-14 academic and fiscal year. What an eventful year we have had!

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From the Chancellor

April 29, 2014

Graduation is also a time to celebrate faculty influence We are within days of another Purdue Calumet graduation; our 67th Commencement Exercises are Saturday, May 10. While all graduations are special, they are especially so because they represent the ultimate success achieved by our students.

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From the Chancellor

April 16, 2014

Success through lessons learned from academic competitions In recent years, our students have enjoyed significant success participating in academic-related competitions against state, national and even international peers. Again this spring, Purdue Calumet students have been busy flexing their academic muscles.

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From the Chancellor

April 3, 2014

Trustees promote faculty, learn more about unification process At first consideration, one might think there is little relationship between the promotion of deserving faculty and the efforts of unifying two thriving campuses into a strong, vibrant singularly-purposed Purdue university.

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From the Chancellor

March 19, 2014

While a unified, strategic plan is in the offing, progress continues on current plan In moving forward as a unified, northwest Indiana Purdue university, our campus and Purdue North Central will collaborate on reshaping our respective strategic priorities into a unified strategic plan.

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From the Chancellor

March 5, 2014

Pragmatically, responsibly and strategically planning With respect to our current campus culture of change, at a recent meeting of our Administrative Leadership Team I asked team members to engage in an exercise of listing changes recently made within their units, as well as changes in the offing.

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From the Chancellor

February 11, 2014

Improving student retention through greater engagement Successfully retaining the students we recruit to Purdue Calumet demands that we continue to engage them—regularly and persistently—after they enroll. For the past several years, approximately one in three first-year students have not returned to our campus for a second year of study. We continue to explore the reasons why, but ...

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From the Chancellor

January 29, 2014

Walking the walk of necessary change The changing environmental demands on Purdue Calumet call for foresighted commitment and practical action by all of us. Many individuals talk the talk, but effective change requires walking the walk—which the Department of Communication and Creative Arts undertook last summer.

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From the Chancellor

January 15, 2014

Together, developing a more student-centered campus Some 31 percent of our first year students do not return to our campus for a second year of study.

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From the Chancellor

December 11, 2013

An athletics complex and much more! The response generated by Monday’s (12/9) groundbreaking of our outdoor athletics complex at nearby Dowling Park suggests that another important piece is being positioned for connection in the transition of our advancing university.

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From the Chancellor

November 20, 2013

Encouraging enrollment signs! Have you noticed? There have been some encouraging enrollment management developments of late.

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From the Chancellor

November 6, 2013

Graduating on time and our changing campus culture For some time now we have been communicating about the importance of changing the culture of our changing Purdue University Calumet.

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From the Chancellor

October 23, 2013

Encouraging our students to persist ambitiously toward graduation As announced in the Oct. 11 issue of The Bridge, implementation of our strategic enrollment management plan is moving forward.

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From the Chancellor

October 10, 2013

Marketing the messages of our enrollment management plan Many members of our campus community have been busy developing and executing a strategic enrollment management plan for recruiting and retaining students. Components of this plan are closely coordinated with university marketing efforts.

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From the Chancellor

September 25, 2013

The message of Purdue University Calumet An effective, sustainable enrollment management plan that accentuates the needs and nature of our changing Purdue Calumet is among our highest university priorities.

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From the Chancellor

September 11, 2013

Learning experientially produces lessons of deep benefit As we know, one of the distinguishing qualities of the Purdue education available to students on this campus is our experiential learning initiative.

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From the Chancellor

August 21, 2013

Changing Purdue Calumet poised to become stronger university: Keon With “the help of everyone in this room,” Purdue Calumet will advance beyond current challenges and become a stronger university, Chancellor Keon told an Alumni Hall gathering of some 300 faculty and staff at last week’s (8/14) Fall Convocation.

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From the Chancellor

August 6, 2013

A fall enrollment and budget update Over the past week, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Ralph Rogers and I have been meeting with leaders of the Faculty Senate, other faculty members, deans and department heads to discuss projected fall 2013 enrollment, its impact on our projected budget, and options that are likely to affect ...

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From the Chancellor

July 17, 2013

A changing Purdue Calumet requires change by all of us I have spent much of the past year addressing our changing Purdue Calumet environment and, subsequently, the commitment we must all make to enable Purdue Calumet to succeed within our environment.

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From the Chancellor

June 27, 2013

Our changing student body = more accomplished new students Given all that has impacted our campus of late, presumably, we all recognize the changing nature of Purdue Calumet and its environment. Change, of course, is a two-sided coin. We can approach change as a challenge or as an opportunity. During much of the past academic year, I used ...

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From the Chancellor

June 10, 2013

From baccalaureate at Purdue Calumet to Ph.D. The recent graduation season is a time in which we like to relate stories about new graduates who leave Purdue Calumet with exciting jobs.

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From the Chancellor

May 13, 2013

The degree takeaway for the Class of 2013 By THOMAS L. KEON Just days before another Purdue Calumet Commencement ceremony, the celebration of graduation at campuses across our nation, arguably, is a bit more reserved this spring.

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From the Chancellor

April 24, 2013

Cutting edge technology & our future This issue of The Bridge takes us down a different path than past issues. Instead of stories exclusively about our campus and people, in this issue you will find a more global focus—on cutting edge technology being used in higher education.

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From the Chancellor

April 9, 2013

Developing Purdue Calumet’s new student market (Part 3 of 3) Dear Friends, Our Purdue Calumet future will be shaped by our ability to appeal to and penetrate a different student market from which we have recruited in the past.

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From the Chancellor

March 20, 2013

Attracting successful, persistent students (Part 2 of 3) Dear Friends, The decision several years ago by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to redefine the mission of Purdue Calumet and the state’s other regional universities to that of focusing exclusively on baccalaureate and master’s level education was the right one.

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From the Chancellor

March 6, 2013

Our changing university and student body (Part 1 of 3) Dear Friends, Last week’s campus Founders Day observance reminded us of how far Purdue Calumet has come in 67 years. But I also would offer that we are a much different university today than we were just five years ago with respect to the students we serve.

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From the Chancellor

February 18, 2013

Educational quality and embracing student centeredness Dear Friends, The experience of a quality education goes well beyond classrooms, laboratories, curricula and professors. In fact, a quality education begins before a student enrolls at a college or university and goes on to define itself in the manner it contributes to students succeeding and achieving their goals.

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From the Chancellor

February 5, 2013

Seeking additional university partners Dear Friends, Funding from the state of Indiana and the tuition and fees paid by our students provide the revenue our campus needs to operate on a day-to-day basis. But for Purdue Calumet to step up and take advantage of wonderful opportunities to make a positive difference, we must identify additional financial sources.

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From the Chancellor

November 27, 2012

How you can help make a difference Dear Colleagues, The end of a year is a time for giving thanks and giving back. Volunteers and donors make a difference in the lives of our students and communities.

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From the Chancellor

November 5, 2012

CIP codes: what they are & why they are important Dear Colleagues, They are called CIP codes, and while they may mean little to most of us, they are critical to our campus in the eyes of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), among other reasons.

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From the Chancellor

October 22, 2012

Better data makes for a better Purdue Calumet Dear Colleagues, I closed my message in the previous issue (10/10) of The Bridge stating that as a campus community we must change our approach and decision-making regarding how we conduct our operations in light of budgetary shortcomings. One way I plan to do that as Chancellor is by demanding ...

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From the Chancellor

October 8, 2012

Changing enrollment picture prompts need for change At last week’s Faculty Senate meeting, I reported on our fall enrollment from a perspective that likely has not been available to report before. Though our head count (10,054) is up from the past two falls (9,786 and 9,807), respectively, and our enrolled hours total (101,192) is relatively unchanged from ...

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From the Chancellor

September 24, 2012

Public service, servant leadership & politics Many of us, I presume, would embrace the notion that our existence relates directly to making our world a better place. Of course, the manner in which we do that can be defined, proposed and debated in virtually limitless ways.

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From the Chancellor

September 10, 2012

Fueling desirable change through lifelong learning Depending on how “change” is defined, career development experts tell us that American workers can expect to change jobs, employers or careers between three and 12 times during their life.

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From the Chancellor

July 10, 2012

Intercollegiate athletics & campus vibrancy Last spring, Purdue Calumet student athletes compiled the highest cumulative grade point average (3.08) in the history of our university. It exceeded that of our overall student body (2.62).

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From the Chancellor

June 11, 2012

1st year reflections Come July 1, I will have completed my first year as Purdue Calumet chancellor. I have spent the year looking at and learning about our university and, notably, our role and impact in northwest Indiana.

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From the Chancellor

May 3, 2012

Congratulations! Come back & share the Purdue Calumet dream A few final exams and perhaps a paper or project are all that separate our graduating seniors from the cherished Purdue degree they have worked so diligently to earn. After the pomp and circumstances of graduation day, it will be full steam ahead, presumably with plenty of years ...

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From the Chancellor

April 17, 2012

Degree attainment and academic preparedness In our ongoing quest to satisfy state and national directives to graduate more students, we can agree that degree attainment and academic preparedness go hand in hand.

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From the Chancellor

April 1, 2012

Coming… the NEW Purdue Calumet! Dear Colleagues, You have heard me articulate from time to time my vision of Purdue Calumet as Hometown University. That notion speaks to several perspectives that combine what we are and what we aspire to become relative to advancing northwest Indiana.

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From the Chancellor

March 19, 2012

Chancellor Installation Dear Colleagues, I had the privilege Tuesday (3/20) of being formally installed as chancellor of Purdue Calumet—the seventh leader of this distinguished university. It is my understanding that Tuesday’s event may have marked the first chancellor’s installation in Purdue Calumet history. Many of you perhaps have asked, “Why a chancellor’s installation?”

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From the Chancellor

February 27, 2012

Introducing… Dear Colleagues, No one has to tell any of us there is much being reported about our campus. Some of us might even suggest that, thanks to the many ways we communicate the vast array of campus news, updates and other messages, we suffer from information overload. So then why are we rolling out yet another campus ...

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