updated: 12/19/2011 7:39:52 AM
The board of trustees at Purdue University has passed a 1.9 percent increase in room and board rates at the West Lafayette campus. Trustees also approved the naming of two new academic facilities and a new degree program at Purdue University North Central.
December 16, 2011
West Lafayette, Ind. - Purdue University's Board of Trustees on Saturday (Dec. 17) approved a 1.9 percent average increase in room and board rates at the West Lafayette campus for the 2012-13 academic year.
The board also approved rates at Purdue's Calumet and Fort Wayne campuses.
New rates at various West Lafayette housing units will range from a decrease of 6.2 percent to an increase of 4.2 percent, said James Almond, senior vice president for business services and assistant treasurer. The average rates include the 12-meal plan, the most popular student choice. The average room and board rate increases are 1.7 percent and 2.2 percent respectively. Nearly 93 percent of students living on campus will see an overall rate increase of 2 percent or less, Almond said.
"Our rate structure is designed to give students the options they demand while maintaining affordability," Almond said. "We've made a concerted effort to simplify the rate structure to make it easier for students and families and improve communications during the enrollment process."
Depending on the type of campus housing students select, the room price will range from $2,492 to $10,132 per academic year. Students can choose from among five dining options.
Purdue's on-campus residence program, which houses approximately 11,800 students, is the largest system in the United States where all campus housing is voluntary. The system is financially self-supporting, and no state funds or general student fees are used for construction, maintenance or operations.
University Residences offers a comprehensive package that includes furnished rooms with utilities, telephone service, cable TV and high-speed Internet. Flexible meal plans are available 18 hours a day, and a portion of students' dining dollars can be used in the Purdue Memorial Union and at various campus satellite food operations.
University Residences hires professional staff members who live in residence halls to provide support to students and their communities. In addition, access to buildings is monitored, and security policies are enforced to help ensure student safety.
Trustees also approved room rates at Purdue Calumet and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Rates for both four- and two-bedroom suites at Purdue Calumet will increase 2.6 percent. The Calumet campus has nearly 750 rooms that offer apartment-style housing accommodations. Board contracts are not provided on campus.
Students at Fort Wayne will see an average 1.13 percent increase for 2012-13. Continuing student residents renewing on or before March 31 will not have a rate increase. Rates for students contracting after that date will range from no change to a 3.1 percent increase, based on the room's configuration. Board contracts are not provided on campus.
Source: Purdue University
December 16, 2011
West Lafayette, Ind. - The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Saturday (Dec. 17) approved the naming of two new academic facilities and four contracts each in excess of $2 million.
The health and human sciences building will be named Lyles-Porter Hall in honor of the family of the lead donor, alumna Marybeth Lyles Higuera.
The design of the $54 million facility, which will be home to the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, will include an 850-vehicle parking garage and incorporate the Indiana University School of Medicine - Lafayette; the M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics; the Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics; Nursing Center for Family Health; the A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise and Nutrition; the Nutritional Training and Research Center; and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination Suite.
Lyles Higuera earned a bachelor's degree in speech and hearing in 1959 before working in public schools in California where she designed and implemented the district's first speech therapy program. Her grandfather taught at Purdue, and her parents, father-in-law, brothers and son all graduated from Purdue. Lyles Higuera pledged $10 million for the building, which is scheduled to be completed in January 2014.
"Naming this building to honor Marybeth's family is an appropriate recognition of her generosity and fundraising leadership," said Purdue President France A. Córdova. "Lyles-Porter Hall will provide an environment where we can expand our clinical and research work in such areas as dementia, Alzheimer's disease, autism, hearing aids and cochlear implants, voice disorders, and others health challenges by providing new laboratory, clinical, teaching and office space."
Lyles-Porter Hall is the first step in Purdue's planned Life and Health Sciences Park to promote research and careers in biosciences.
"This facility, and its association with a campus hub dedicated to life and health sciences, provides us with incredible opportunities," said Christine Ladisch, inaugural dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. "We will be able to expand our clinical and research work, which will directly benefit our faculty and the quality of our students' educational experiences. We will also continue to reach out with the high level of expertise and compassionate care that the public has come to associate with our clinical programs."
Trustees also approved naming the School of Mechanical Engineering's new thermal sciences flexible laboratory spaces in the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories as the Willis Carrier Laboratory in recognition of an in-kind gift from Carrier Corp. The $1.5 million gift provides equipment for the Phase 1 rebuilding and expansion plans of the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories.
"These new facilities will significantly enhance current research capabilities and attract the best and brightest young faculty and graduate students," said Anil Bajaj, William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering.
Trustees also approved the following contracts:
* A $2.2 million property insurance policy contract with Factory Mutual Insurance Co. of Park Ridge, Ill. The policy provides a blanket $1 billion of coverage with an underlying deductible of $250,000 per incidence.
* A $2.37 million one-year extension for 2012 of a contract with Elsevier B.V. of New York City to digitally provide nearly 900 science and engineering scholarly journals. Journal downloads at Purdue numbered approximately 750,000 in 2010.
* A $2.9 million, 10-year contract with TouchNet Information Systems Inc. of Lenexa, Kan., to provide e-commerce software and hosting for all four Purdue campuses. The service allows Purdue to more easily buy and sell goods and services online as well as electronically conduct student transactions.
* A $6.1 million contract with Peabody Coal Sales to provide up to 80,000 tons of stoker coal in 2012. The price calculates to a $14 per ton decrease from the 2011 contract. Indiana-based Peabody/Coal Sales has been the university's sole coal provider for several years. By state law, Purdue is required to buy Indiana coal.
Source: Purdue University
December 16, 2011
West Lafayette, Ind. - The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Saturday (Dec. 17) ratified the appointment of one distinguished professor and two named professors and approved a bachelor of arts with a major in history program at Purdue University North Central.
Trustees also approved name changes for two academic units at the West Lafayette campus and one at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
The board ratified P. Christopher Earley as the James Brooke Henderson Professor of Management, Robert V. Kail as Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences and James Mullins as the Esther Ellis Norton Professor of Library Science.
Earley has been dean of the Krannert School of Management since Nov. 1. He came to Purdue from the University of Connecticut School of Business, where he had been dean since January 2008.
Prior to that, he was dean of the National University of Singapore Business School, chair of organizational behavior at London Business School in England and Randall L. Tobias Chair of Global Leadership at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.
His academic interests include cross-cultural and international aspects of organizations. He has held visiting professorships at universities in China, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and Israel. He also has taught executives and consulted for companies in Europe and Asia, including Nestle, Cisco Systems Inc., Samsung, General Motors, Unilever, BAE Systems, Mercury Asset Management Corp., and Eli Lilly and Co.
Earley is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Academy of Management. He also is author or co-author of 10 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters exploring issues ranging from motivation and leadership to global teams.
Earley received his bachelor's degree from Knox College and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.
Kail has been a faculty member in Purdue's Department of Psychological Sciences since 1979. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.
His research focus is cognitive development, particularly children's memory and the speed and efficiency of cognitive processing. His teaching interests are in child and developmental psychology, cognitive development and statistics.
Kail has 65 publications in refereed journals, and he has written five textbooks. He is editor of Psychological Science and the incoming editor of Child Development Perspectives. Previously he served as editor of Advances in Child Development and Behavior and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
A visiting professor at the University of York in 2010, he was named the Sesquicentennial Distinguished Alumnus in Psychology at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Kail received his bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.
Mullins has been dean of Libraries and professor of library science at Purdue since 2004. Before that he was associate director for administration at MIT Libraries, and prior to MIT was university librarian at Villanova University. He also held administrative positions at Indiana University while serving as a part-time faculty member in the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science.
At Purdue, Mullins has helped create a vision for the Purdue Libraries to meet the challenge of the 21st century by redefining the role of Libraries and its faculty (librarians), integrating them more into the university's instruction and discovery efforts. He was instrumental in creating the Distributed Data Curation Center at Purdue, which has secured grants to study data management.
Mullins just completed an elected term on the board of directors of the Association of Research Libraries and is currently on the board of directors of the Center for Research Libraries. He also serves on the Science and Technology Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and as a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries. He is on the editorial board of College and Research Libraries, the official scholarly publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. He has contributed to professional literature through his research and has given numerous national and international presentations.
He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa and his doctorate from Indiana University.
In other business, trustees approved a bachelor of arts in history program for Purdue University North Central. The degree will prepare graduates for entry into a wide variety of employment fields, said Timothy D. Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Jobs that are typical for undergraduate degree recipients include teaching, training and development specialists, lawyers, sales representatives, and management specialists, said Sands, who also is Purdue's Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering.
He said no new state funding is needed for the program, which is scheduled to begin in the fall 2012 semester, subject to approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
Trustees also voted to change the name of Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, effective spring semester 2012.
"The name more accurately reflects the size and scope of the programs within the School of Veterinary Medicine," said Willie M. Reed, the school's dean. "In addition to the doctorate of veterinary medicine program, we now offer the baccalaureate degree and the associate degree in veterinary technology. We also offer the master of science and Ph.D. degrees in a number of biomedical disciplines. The change would be more in line with the other major units on campus and reduce confusion by some who mistakenly believe that our school is part of another Purdue college.
"Also, college is used in all but five of the 28 U.S. veterinary institutions. This will help ensure an accurate understanding of our mission."
Another name change trustees approved is for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, which, beginning Jan. 1, will be known as the School of Languages and Cultures. It is housed in the College of Liberal Arts.
Sands said there are three reasons for the change.
"First, the term 'foreign' is not appropriate for a university that is increasingly global in impact and perspective," he said. "Second, the word 'department' no longer accurately reflects foreign languages and literatures in terms of scope and structure. Third, most language units have stressed the cultural studies of the respective societies. Languages and cultures more effectively capture the diversity of what the school offers."
Trustees also voted to change the name of the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering Technology and Information Systems and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Beginning in fall 2012, it will be called the Department of Computer, Electrical and Information Technology.
Max Yen, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science, said the associate's and bachelor's degrees in information systems were removed as part of a restructuring. The new name better reflects the department's programs.