Seeking additional university partners
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.
There has been much conversation and debate about the value a university provides. I happen to believe Purdue Calumet offers much to enhance regional economic development and the overall quality of life within our region. I also feel strongly that Purdue Calumet is positioning itself to become more than anyone envisioned it could be.
Of course, for our potential to become reality, we need to develop more partnerships with those who share our vision and are willing to invest in it.
Economic development catalyst
For example, from our operating revenue, we recently purchased a building near campus for $2 million that we aspire transforming into the Purdue University Calumet Commercialization Center.
We envision this laboratory-filled facility becoming a catalyst for economic development and technological transfer throughout northwest Indiana. We see it fueling the entrepreneurial dreams of citizens, faculty experts and students who welcome assistance bringing their business ideas to market. To transform and equip our newly acquired building requires another $2 million.
Ambitious, motivated students
Additionally, support for an athletics program may not seem to be consistent with our core mission. But a program that attracts ambitious, motivated student-athletes who are eager to excel on the field and in the classroom demonstrates effective student recruitment and builds campus and community pride.
Having recently expanded our athletics program to 12 teams, some 200 student-athletes who otherwise likely would not choose Purdue Calumet will be enrolled here full time next fall. Purdue Calumet teams in baseball, softball, soccer and tennis make our plans for development of a “home” sports complex in nearby Dowling Park important. This plan has a supporting partner in the City of Hammond and Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., but, again, we need more partners to fill the gaps of funding needs.
Purdue Calumet will continue to support its core mission. But our ability to move ahead requires more partners who share our vision for turning Purdue Calumet’s vast potential into amazing reality.
Thomas L. Keon