Thanks, proactively, for making things happen in 2013-14
By THOMAS L. KEON
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!
We took important steps early in the year to get our fiscal house in better order.
We also provided new and enhanced meaning to the word partnership.
Our joint proposal with Purdue North Central to establish a stronger Purdue presence in northwest Indiana by unifying our campuses is emerging and exciting.
So is a wide-ranging, out-of-the-box relationship involving our university; the City of Hammond, led by Mayor and Purdue Calumet alumnus Thomas McDermott Jr.; and other employers and corporate leaders across northwest Indiana.
That partnership is generating expanded cultural opportunities with the downtown Towle Theatre. It also is producing an attractive athletics facility for use by our soccer, baseball and softball teams beginning next fall and tennis squads soon thereafter.
Additionally, it is fueling a few blocks from campus an emerging, cutting edge Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center, for which one of our distinguished alumni, Dave Roberts, is providing generous support, matched by his internationally respected manufacturing company.
Cutting edge technology, successful student learning
Our CIVS, recipient of a $480,000 federal grant last week, continues to attract support for the appealing, cutting edge technology it advances. The same is true within our College of Technology, which is furthering growth in training and development in mechatronics and other technologies.
There have been plenty of other academic developments, as well—and in all instances, our students benefit from experiential opportunities that enrich their learning through engagement and discovery. Our students also have taken advantage of opportunities to succeed in various academic events, as well as benefit from faculty who go the extra mile to deliver committed, high quality instruction.
In Student Affairs, we not only are complying with federal Title IX standards, but are exceeding requirements in ways that more greatly benefit our students.
Academically, we requested and gained support to move our Honors Program to Honors College status, as well as introduce our first doctoral program (Nursing Practice) with other Purdue campuses.
The best we can be
We have succeeded and achieved during 2013-14 because of the proactive, committed approach we took institutionally striving to become the best we can be.
It has been a year of making things happen. Thanks to each of you for your contributions.
Thomas L. Keon