Purdue's Sands to become new Va Tech president

Dec 6, 2013

Purdue’s provost is leaving the university to become the next president of Virginia Tech.

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors selected Tim Sands as the university’s next president at a meeting this afternoon.

His start date on the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus is June 1st.

Virginia Tech is a land-grant institution with a student enrollment of more than 31,000.

Sands will replace current president Charles Steger, who will be stepping down after 14 years in the position.

The United Way of Greater Lafayette counts on different sectors of the community to raise funds for its 23 member organizations. One of those groups collecting donations is Purdue University.

The effort among the campus community is slightly behind in reaching its goal with just two weeks remaining.

Faculty and staff may donate online HERE. If you're not a Purdue employee, you can give HERE.

The United Way's campaign wraps up Nov. 21, 2013.

Purdue is expanding through a new program offered in Chicago.

The weekend MBA for STEM Professionals runs 16 months, beginning with a 10 day orientation in West Lafayette; otherwise, students meet in downtown Chicago.

Krannert Dean Chris Earley says the city has the highest concentration of Purdue alumni anywhere in the world. He thinks a lot of them will be interested in getting another degree from Purdue.

Conversation with Purdue's president for October

Nov 1, 2013

The Purdue Board of Trustees has approved performance metrics for determining a portion of the president's salary.

Under the plan, board members will evaluate Mitch Daniels on student affordability, graduation rates, fundraising, student success and university excellence. Those categories are weighted, with fundraising being the biggest determinant at 30%, affordability and graduation rates are 25% each, while the remaining two criteria are 10% each.

Conversation with Purdue's president for September

Sep 26, 2013
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Purdue President Mitch Daniels talks about his schedule of public appearances, including recent speaking engagements and interviews on national cable TV shows.

He also discusses the recently announced Purdue Moves initiative and weighs in on the funding issues related to Amtrak's Hoosier State Line.

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After roughly two-and-a-half years of construction work, the new stretch of U.S. 231 in Tippecanoe County is complete. The Indiana Department of Transportation expects it to open for traffic at 6 p.m. Friday. Officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who helped initiated the project when he was governor, says besides better a better traffic pattern, it will save lives.

Project to improve pedestrian safety at Purdue

Aug 23, 2013
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A crosswalk in a high traffic area on Purdue’s campus is set to be upgraded.

Officials with the university have informed the West Lafayette Traffic Commission of plans to improve markings at the intersection of Fourth and Russell streets.

Jim Knapp is Purdue’s Senior Civil Engineer in Physical and Capital Planning. He says a number of developments in the area meant it was time to upgrade the crosswalk.

Purdue offering Student Legal Services

Aug 21, 2013

Purdue’s undergraduates will have a new resource beginning September 3. The university has hired its first director of Student Legal Services.

Jeff Stefancic, associate dean of students, says the position will help students with common legal issues.

“Really helping students understand what their rights and responsibilities are under the law,” he says.

Stefancic says he wants this position to be proactive with talks to student organizations and groups of individuals.

Purdue group hopes to break a land speed record

Aug 20, 2013
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One-hundred miles-per-hour – that’s the record-breaking speed a group from Purdue hopes to achieve for an electric motorcycle.

Dr. John Sullivan, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, enlisted the help of students to create an electric motorcycle. He says they used an existing frame, but modified it with an electric motor and batteries.

They will get an official measure of their top speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.