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FROM THE PURDUE UNIVERSITY CALUMET COMMUNITY

New Outdoor Athletics Complex at Dowling Park

Dowling Groundbreaking

(left to right): Kevin Desmond from PepsiCo; athletic director Rick Costello; Craig Pratt (BS ’85) from Fifth Third Bank; Chancellor Thomas L. Keon; Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. (BS ’96); Chris White from The Times Media Company; Don Fesko from Community Hospital

Thanks to the generous support of the City of Hammond and Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. (BS ’96), and our corporate sponsors,Fifth Third Bank, Community Hospital, Albert’s Jewelers, PepsiCo, and The Times Media Company, Purdue University Calumet men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis will soon compete in state-of-the-art facilities at nearby Dowling Park.

The complex is being developed in phases, with artificial surface fields for soccer, baseball, and softball ready for use in August.Subsequent development calls for the addition of six tennis courts, a walking path, and a plaza area to include restrooms, concessions,a press box, an athletic training facility, and utility buildings.

Development of the athletics complex is part of a wide-ranging partnership between Purdue University Calumet and the City of Hammond.While the city takes the lead in funding the complex,Purdue University Calumet is directing its support toward city and regional economic development and cultural initiatives.Those initiatives include an emerging manufacturing and commercialization center, as well as engaging with the downtown Towle Theater to advance performing arts and ethnic activities.

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Neeti Parashar Contributes to the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics

Dr. Neeti ParasharPurdue University Calumet Professor of Physics Neeti Parashar served as a collaborator on the Higgs boson research team for which Peter Higgs and Francois Englert won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Higgs and Englert received their award for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson particle that explains how elementary matter attained the mass to form stars and planets.The Higgs boson is the last piece of the Standard Model of physics, which describes the fundamental makeup and interaction of all matter in the natural universe. It has often been referred to as the “God particle,” for its role in turning the Big Bang into an ordered cosmos. Parashar was part of a worldwide team of researchers that discovered theHiggs boson subatomic particle.

“Being part of a discovery leading to a Nobel Prize is absolutely exhilarating…”

“While I have been working on the experiment that co-jointly discovered the Higgs boson with another experiment since 2004,I never imagined that I would be a part of something at this elite level of scientific endeavor. In my opinion, this discovery is a crowning achievement of the century,” Parashar said. Supported by the National Science Foundation, Parashar has managed most of her research efforts and those of several, assisting Purdue University Calumet students at Fermilab, a national high-energy physics facility in Batavia, IL.

Incoming Students Better Prepared for Success

Purdue University Calumet’s students are better prepared for academic success! In the fall of 2013, 96 percent of our incoming students were enrolled full time. Incoming freshmen had an average ACT score of 21.8, an increase from 19.9 in 2009, and 54 percent had a high school GPA of at least 3.0, compared to just 24 percent in 2009. Additionally, our student-athletes collectively achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 during four of the last five semesters.

Purdue University Calumet Ranked Number Two for Quality and Affordability

The College Database ranked Purdue University Calumet #2 last year among Indiana colleges and universities for providing a quality education at an affordable price.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program

Through a Purdue University system-wide collaboration, Purdue University Calumet is planning a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. This program is subject to Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Higher Learning Commission approval and may be available as early as spring 2015.

College of Technology Receives $2.7 Million Grant

Purdue University Calumet’s College of Technology received a $2.7 million federal grant to provide advanced manufacturing training to at least 300 Trade Adjustment Assistance-eligible workers and military veterans, in preparation for positions as mechatronics technicians and industrial machinery mechanics.

Women’s Basketball Participates in NAIA Tournament Sweet Sixteen

The record-setting team finished the year with a national tournament victory and became the second team in university history to claim CCAC regular-season and tournament titles.

Honors College Approved by Board of Trustees

To enrich learning experiences of highly motivated and academically exceptional students Purdue University Calumet will soon be home to an innovative Honors College.

The Honors College will build on Purdue University Calumet’s current honors program by offering special classes, a research component, and an opportunity to pursue distinctive degree program options appropriate to students’ interests and abilities.All Honors College students will receive a scholarship.

According to Honors Program Director and Professor of Philosophy John Rowan,Honors College students will engage in substantive undergraduate research,obtain leadership experience pursue their education with similarly capable and like-minded peers have opportunities to study abroad, and even develop their own plan of study.

The official transition from program to college will take place this summer and the first cohort class of Honors College students will enroll in the fall of 2015.

Honor Students

Purdue University Calumet and WJOB Announce Partnership

Purdue University Calumet and WJOB have entered into a partnership in which the Hammond radio station will move its broadcasting operations and streaming media center to the university’s emerging Manufacturing and Commercialization Center. WJOB will lease and renovate nearly 1,700 square feet of space in the 18,000-square foot Manufacturing and Commercialization Center, which is located at 7116 Indianapolis Blvd.

“The vision for our Manufacturing and Commercialization Center is to encourage small business development that benefits our region,” Purdue University Calumet chancellor Thomas Keon said.

WJOB is owned and operated by Alexis Vazquez-Dedelow (BA ’94) and her husband, Jim Dedelow.

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More than 49,000 Purdue degrees have been awarded to Purdue University Calumet graduates as of Fall 2013.