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From the Dean

In our last issue, I told you about the establishment of the Brian Lamb School of Communication. On September 29, in our formal celebration of the school, Mr. Lamb interviewed Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in front of a capacity crowd, including President Córdova, Provost Sands, and members of the Purdue Board of Trustees. As is typical for Brian, he involved students, providing them with time to ask questions as well. Daniels surprised Brian — and everyone else in the audience — by naming him a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest distinction the governor makes.

Brian Lamb is not the only alum visiting us this semester. Earlier this month, we named three new Emerging Voice Award winners from among our age-40 and under alumni: Brad Dancer from the Brian Lamb School of Communication; Delita Martin from the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts; and Jennifer Ping from History. And every week, we continue to host alumni as speakers. If you are in the area on a Friday at 11:30 a.m., I invite you to join us for class in Beering 2280 and meet these fascinating, dedicated alumni.

Also, if you're on campus in the coming months, I encourage you to see — and walk through — the amazing installation on the southwest lawn of the Yue-Kong Pao Hall for the Visual and Performing Arts. If you can’t experience it in person or you want a preview, click on the video at the top of the column on the right to learn more about the artist and how Sidewinder was constructed.

Our students continue to be active and innovative, as evidenced by their involvement in the recent Solar Decathlon. Along with dedicated faculty members, they used their expertise in Interior Design, Film and Video Studies, Visual Communications Design, Sociology, and more to help Purdue win second place in the competition.

And while you’re following links, I want to remind you that we now have on-line supplements to our THiNK magazine, with the best of the stories from our annual print version as well as brand new articles. You can find THiNK on our website at www.cla.purdue.edu/think.

I hope you enjoy reading about the exciting events in the College of Liberal Arts and that you'll follow the links to additional stories.

With best regards,
Bud's Signature
Irwin Weiser, Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts



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C-SPAN campaign bus visits Purdue for Lamb School celebration

C-SPAN BusThe C-SPAN 2012 Bus on the Road to the White House tour visited Purdue in September as part of the celebration for the new Brian Lamb School of Communication. More

 Purdue takes second in solar home competition

Solar HomeA team from Purdue University finished second in the Solar Decathlon 2011, a solar house competition in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. More

Purdue offers forum for 2012 election season

A variety of speakers will be featured in a Project Impact forum series aimed at engaging students in the conversation and debate leading to the 2012 presidential election. More

Series features alumni's careers after Purdue

The Secret Service, advertising, and Broadway are some of the careers highlighted in the weekly alumni series by Purdue's College of Liberal Arts. More

OWL offers 'write' stuff for students, professionals 

OWLPurdue University's Online Writing Lab, known as OWL, continues to grow with something for writers of all ages, receiving more than 184 million hits from 125 countries last year. More

Lessons from Japan applicable for other natural disasters

Knowing your neighbors and taking warnings seriously are just two of the life-saving lessons that can be learned from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan six months ago, says a Purdue political science professor. More

To make friends, new college students should go offline

While it is tempting for new college students to stay connected with high school friends through Facebook or email, a communication expert encourages them to meet people the old-fashioned way: face to face. More

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