General News

Purdue Athletics mourns retired administrator

Apr 10, 2012

A former Purdue athlete and long-time athletics administrator has died.

Roger Blalock passed away Monday at the age of 65.

He recently retired as senior associate athletics director at Purdue. He held that job since June, 2004 – overseeing seven sports programs, including softball, volleyball and wrestling.

Blalock played basketball for Purdue and received a bachelor’s degree in 1969.

He worked at Eastern Michigan University for two-years, but spent most of his career at Purdue in various positions.

Rebuilding efforts begin in tornado-ravaged Indiana towns

Apr 10, 2012

Towns devastated by the tornadoes in southern Indiana last month are starting to rebuild.

Purdue Disaster Specialist Steve Cain says the communities have come together to pick up the debris  from the storm.

He says now they are training some of the local people to handle case managementand construction management to help in the recovery process.

A committee called March2Recovery has been set up to help recruit volunteers and solicit donations.

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Honor Flight set for take-off April 16

Apr 9, 2012

A local organization is sending World War Two veterans from greater Lafayette to the nation’s capital.

Lafayette’s Gold Star Mothers charity is preparing for its first Honor Flight, which will take 81 veterans to see the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. The one-day trip takes off from the Purdue Airport on April 16.

Secretary Treasurer Pam Mow says the veterans who participate are each given a partner.

Purdue Boilermaker Races Planned

Apr 5, 2012

Purdue, Lafayette, and West Lafayette have resurrected the idea of a half marathon in the area.

This is their second attempt, after one planned for 2010 fell apart over a disagreement with the race organizer.

Now, Purdue and the cities are partnering with Tuxedo Brothers Event Management to host the Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5-K.

President Don Carr says the problems of the past won’t have an impact on the newly planned races.

Panel to Discuss Health Care and Debt Issues

Apr 2, 2012

A health policy expert at Purdue says the goal of a forum on campus tomorrow (Tue) is to break down the complexities of the country’s health care system.

Political Science Professor Bert Rockman says he and other panelists will try to take a bi-partisan approach in discussing the topic.

He says the hope is to come up with solutions that serve the nation’s greater good.

Rockman says for the economy to truly recover there must be some resolution in stabilizing health care costs.

An area manufacturer is doing its part to provide shelter for certain households in Greater Lafayette.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive is teaming up with Faith Ministries and the American Red Cross to build the SIA Safe Haven Home.

Executive Vice President Tom Easterday says the facility will play an important role in the community.

Purdue grad students want their space

Mar 29, 2012

A group of Purdue students are discussing the need for their own center on the West Lafayette campus.

Graduate Student Government sent out a survey to its members Wednesday to see if such a space is needed. If there is, leaders want to know if using an existing building or creating a new one is the route to go.

PGSG President Rebecca Logsdon says from the responses she’s received so far, the idea is getting positive feedback.

Progress is being made on a new fire station in West Lafayette, which will become the permanent station number three.

The temporary third fire station currently operates out of a remodeled parks building at Cumberland Park. Mayor John Dennis says this fire station will stand out from others in the city.

Purdue presidential search committee on schedule

Mar 25, 2012

A member of the Purdue Board of Trustees says the process of hiring a new university president is on track.

Mike Berghoff is chairing the 13 member search committee looking for the next leader.

He says candidate screening is underway now through April.

The panel will forward the names of two to four finalists to the full board of trustees for consideration.

President France Cordova announced her last day on the job is July 15.

A Marion County Superior Court judge Friday ordered country music group Sugarland’s lead singer to give a limited deposition by mid-April in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse lawsuits.