February 2015

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From the Dean

Jay AkridgeI never cease to be amazed at the scope and impact of activity in our College. Just six weeks into the new year, and we are truly hitting on every cylinder. A few highlights and updates:

  • On February 7, we hosted about 1500 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for our 2015 Ag Alumni Fish Fry. Dr. Dwight Armstrong, CEO of National FFA (MS/PhD in Animal Sciences and 2013 Purdue Honorary Doctorate), gave the keynote address. We had a terrific set of exhibits and displays showcasing the College to our alumni and friends – a recent addition to the Fish Fry that has been very well received. My thanks to Danica Kirkpatrick, Donya Lester, and the more than 100 volunteers who made it all happen!
  • Recruiting for next year’s undergraduate class is in high gear. Our applications are up 10.3% overall, but even more importantly, are up 11.7% for Indiana residents. (We typically yield Indiana students at a very high level.) In all likelihood, we are going to be growing again in Fall 2015.  Thanks to Marcos Fernandez, Tracie Egger, Amy Jones, and everyone in the Office of Academic Programs and in our departments for their good work in recruiting the 2015 class – and thanks to all for the work that will be done to make sure we see those admitted students in the fall!
  • Our Spring Career Fair happened this week. It has only been in the last few years that we added the career fair in the spring semester. This year, we had 85 organizations on campus recruiting our students, up from 65 last year. It is a very good to time to be an Agriculture student!
  • In January, our Extension Specialists and staff were heavily involved in leading the Green Expo and the Hort Congress, both held in Indianapolis. The Green Expo attracts more than 1500 landscape, turf, and green industry professionals and the Hort Congress serves the educational needs of more than 750 specialty crop producers, small farmers, wine makers, individuals in the agritourism industry, etc. Big thanks to Peter Hirst, Aaron Patton, and Kyle Daniel, and many, many Extension specialists, educators, and staff for all they do to serve these important industries.
  •  Our Strategic Plan Task Force is making good progress, and we will meet in a half-day retreat next week to push the new plan ahead. As part of the plan (and to support Extension’s strategic plan), we have been hosting listening sessions with stakeholders around the state – some 21 to date, with five to go. The energy and ideas emerging from our participants have been excellent and some important themes are starting to emerge that will be helpful to us as we frame our new plan.
  • Our College has 25 faculty searches currently in process, including the five Plant Sciences Purdue Moves positions. The search committee for the Plant Sciences Purdue Moves positions, let by Bob Pruitt, had a big job in reviewing 195 applications to settle on the 12 finalists. It is easy to get excited about many new faculty joining our college in the coming year!
  • The Graduate Alumni Careers Panel and Fermentation Frenzy Poster Session and Networking Activity on February 6 was a huge success.  (Unfortunately, I was in Allen County for a strategic plan listening session and missed them!). Five of our graduate program alumni shared their experiences with current graduate students. Then, more than 260 gathered for the posters and interaction; I understand the conversations were lively and many, many cross-college connections made. My thanks to Torbert Rocheford, Brian Farkas, and Shawn Donkin for spearheading these important activities in support of our graduate and research programs.
As always, I appreciate the leadership and support each of you bring to these activities, and the many, many more we have on-going and coming up over the course of the Spring semester.


All the best,


Purdue Agriculture People


Ag Research Spotlight: Ian Kaplan

Ian KaplanThe Ag Research Spotlight shines each month on an individual whose work reflects our commitment to the six strategic themes that guide Agricultural Research at Purdue. Our spotlight for January is on Ian Kaplan, Entomology, whose work underscores the theme, “Strengthening ecological and environmental integrity in agricultural landscapes.”

Full story: https://ag.purdue.edu/arp/Pages/Spotlight-Kaplan.aspx#



Mosier named to ISA Chair

Nate MosierAssociate professor of agricultural and biological engineering Nathan Mosier has been appointed the Indiana Soybean Alliance Soybean Utilization Endowed Chair, continuing a partnership to develop new uses for soybeans. The appointment was announced jointly by Dean Jay Akridge and Dave Lowe, president of the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Dr. Mosier will help to lead research into new uses for soybeans and education to encourage young people to choose careers that serve as a platform for developing new uses, such as in biofuels and in non-food products including consumer electronics. Dr. Mosier has 15 years of experience in research related to biofuels and bioprocessing technology. His recent research program has focused on cellulose, but he also has worked with oil and protein from agricultural products to make industrial chemicals and materials. The chair was previously held by Dr. Bernie Tao, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Dean Akridge acknowledged Dr. Tao’s 10 years of service and leadership in the new uses area, including launching the highly successful New Uses Student Competition, which he will continue to lead.


Certificates of Distinction awarded at Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry

CD winnersSix agricultural leaders received the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association's top award during the group's annual Fish Fry in Indianapolis. The Certificate of Distinction recognizes contributions to agriculture - and society in general - that go far beyond the requirements of a job or profession. "We are awed by the contributions of professional and community service of this year's award recipients," said Donya Lester, executive director of the alumni association. "They represent the best of our agricultural and natural resources profession. Our university, our profession, and certainly a number of our communities are stronger because of their work, and are delighted that we can honor and thank them at one of Indiana's largest agricultural meetings." 

Full story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/6-receive-purdue-ag-alumnis-certificate-of-distinction.html


Finalists set for Biochemistry Department Head

Three candidates have been invited to interview for the Biochemistry Department Head position. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the seminar presentations of the candidates, which will be streamed and archived on the department head search site linked to the department home page. The candidate credentials and feedback forms will also soon be available via this site. Finalists are:

Dr. Andrew Mesecar, Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Purdue University
Interview:  Thursday and Friday, February 26 & 27
Seminar: Thursday, February 26, 9:00 a.m. in Deans Auditorium, Pfendler Hall

Dr. Barbara Golden, Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University
Interview:  Monday and Tuesday, March 9 & 10
Seminar: Monday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. in Deans Auditorium, Pfendler Hall

Dr. David Arnosti, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University
Interview:  Wednesday and Thursday, March 11 & 12
Seminar: Wednesday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. in Deans Auditorium, Pfendler Hall


Howard Buffett to visit for Presidential Lecture Series

Howard BuffettHoward Buffett will be part of the Spring 2015 Presidential Lecture Series, an ongoing series of diverse lectures on policy, leadership, culture and society. The series features prominent experts and practitioners from various fields of interest for both academics and the community at-large. Connected with each public presentation, speakers are integrated into relevant curricular activities on the West Lafayette campus during their visits. Howard Buffett will speak on "Challenges and Solutions to Achieving Global Food Security" on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Along with President Mitch Daniels, Buffett will discuss challenges and solutions to achieving global food security as well as his book "40 Chances." In addition to managing the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Buffett oversees farms in central Illinois and Nebraska and oversees three foundation-operated research farms in Arizona, Illinois and South Africa. He has traveled to 130 countries and authored eight books on conservation, wildlife, and the human condition.

Full story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/purdue-announces-lineup-for-presidential-lecture-series.html


College congratulates retiring faculty

ChandraThe College sends congratulations to two faculty members who retired recently. Dr. Rengaswami Chandrasekaran, joined the faculty of the Food Science department as a visiting associate professor in 1986 and rose through the ranks to professor in 1992. The main focus of his work was determination of three-dimensional structures of polysaccharides useful in industrial applications and nucleic acids of specific base compositions and sequences which are biologically important.


Ray MartynDr. Ray Martyn joined the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology in 1997 after serving 20 years on the faculty of Texas A&M University. From 1997 to 2005 he served as professor and BTNY department head. From 2005 to 2007 he was Director of the Center for Crop Biosecurity and Invasive Plant Pests. Dr. Martyn's research focused on soilborne diseases of watermelon and muskmelon, primarily Fusarium wilts and late-season vine declines. 



Purdue Parents Network a resource for Purdue employees with kids

kidsThe Purdue Parents Network (PPN) is a resource created by parents (and their concerned friends) for parents. The group's goal is to provide an avenue for parents within Purdue University to network, share information, and find support within the Purdue community. All Purdue employees with families (and those thinking of starting a family) are invited to join the Purdue Parent Network.

More information: http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/in_focus/2014/October/PPN_InvitationToJoin.pdf



Training modules available for faculty and staff

Risk Management, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, announces the availability of the Risk Management Employment Claims Initiative education program. The program helps employees and supervisors understand employment-related issues such as discrimination, harassment, disability awareness and accommodations, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), overtime rates, and other university leave policies. Participants will complete four training modules and corresponding certification quizzes: 1) Equal Opportunity; 2) Americans with Disabilities Act; 3) Wage and Hour Issues for Employees and Supervisors; and 4) Family and Medical Leave Act and University Leave Policies.

The training modules and instructions for accessing the certification quizzes are located on the Purdue Employee Portal. Each training module is approximately 20 to 25 minutes long. Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Equal Opportunity will also fulfill College of Agriculture requirements for civil rights training as required by the USDA. All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to complete these training modules. Faculty and staff participation in these training modules impacts the College's share of insurance costs.

Awards and Recognitions


Anneliese KayThe Pathway to Purdue Program has been selected to receive an Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence. The award, sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education, is made in recognition of Indiana’s outstanding career and technical education secondary and postsecondary programs. The Pathway to Purdue program is a partnership between the Purdue College of Agriculture and Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette designed to help make higher education even more accessible to Indiana students. The program allows Ivy Tech students to co-enroll at Purdue in preparation for an undergraduate degree in the College of Agriculture. The Pathway to Purdue Program is coordinated by Anneliese Kay, Assistant Director for Transfer/Dual Credit in the Office of Academic Programs.


Dr. Richard Hayden, Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service & dedication to the Indiana fruit industry at the Indiana Horticultural Congress in January. The Hort Congress is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, and specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states.


Jason HendersonJason Henderson, Associate Dean and Director of Extension, has been elected to the eXtension Board of Governors representing the North Central region. eXtension is an Internet-based collaborative environment where Land Grant University content providers exchange objective, research-based knowledge to solve real challenges in real time.



Alan SuttonAlan Sutton, Professor Emeritus of Animal Science, was honored by Indiana Pork with its Meritorious Service Award at the annual meeting held February 3 in Indianapolis. Dr. Sutton was presented the award in the allied industry individual recognizing his exemplary long-term efforts on behalf of the pork industry. Dr. Sutton is known nationally as a pioneer and an active leader in the field of nutrient management. His research has focused on determining management practices to utilize animal manures as a resource and to minimize the threat of pollution. 


Rob SwihartRob Swihart, Forestry and Natural Resources, received the Indiana Arborist Association IAA Distinguished Service award for his contributions to Urban Forestry and support of the IAA partnership. This award is presented to individuals who have given of themselves to the benefit of the Indiana Arborist Association or to Arboriculture as a whole.




Emily EricksonEmily Erickson, a senior majoring in Biochemistry, has won the Churchill Scholarship. Only 14 students nationwide receive this competitive award, which funds a one-year graduate degree in science, engineering or mathematics at Churchill College at University of Cambridge in Great Britain. Emily’s goal is to conduct research in Cambridge’s Department of Pathology that will eventually lead to the development of more effective treatments and therapeutic solutions for breast cancer. Purdue was the only university in the country to have two Churchill Scholarship finalists.

Full story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/purdues-emily-erickson-wins-prestigious-churchill-scholarship.html


Cameron Mann and Kaila TaylorCameron Mann, and Ag Communication and Ag Sales and Marketing major from Cloverdale, IN and Kaila Taylor, an Agribusiness Management major from Bluffton, IN, will spend the next year serving as Indiana Pork’s Youth Ambassadors. Over the next 12 months they will attend several public events promoting Indiana’s pork industry as well as work on youth initiatives set forth by a committee comprised of Indiana pork producers and allied industry partners. Cameron and Kaila were selected after an extensive interview process. Both will receive a $1,000 scholarship.



Members of the Turf Science Program attended the Annual Sports Turf Managers of America (STMA) meeting in Denver Colorado.  During the conference a team of four Turf Science students (Andrew Marking, Matt Dudley, Cam Rice and Matt Hession) competed in the STMA Student Challenge/Quiz Bowl competition where they placed 4th out of 30 teams from students enrolled in 4-year programs.


Purdue Agriculture in the News


Extension publication can help communities stem Indiana's meth problem

Carriere and AyresA new Purdue Extension publication gives community leaders insight into the methamphetamine scourge so they can work to solve the problems it causes in Indiana, which leads the nation in meth lab raids. Danielle Carriere and Janet Ayres, Agricultural Economics, authors of Methamphetamine Use in Rural Indianaexplain the effects of meth use, describe trends in the illegal drug's use in rural areas and suggest possible ways local leaders can combat the problem. There were 1,797 meth lab seizures in Indiana in 2013, the highest number of any state in the nation, according to the researchers. The publication is the latest in a series, begun in 2013, to help state and local leaders better tackle the many quality-of-life issues facing people in the most rural counties in Indiana, such as those involving business development, unemployment, education, availability of health care and healthy food, and access to broadband Internet services.

Full story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/extension-publication-can-help-communities-stem-indianas-meth-problem.html


Farm bill webinar to address coverage options

Jim MintertFarmers who are deciding which of the new federal farm programs is right for their operation will be able to speak directly with Purdue Agriculture experts during a free webinar, "Evaluating Your 2014 Farm Bill Choices", on Feb. 16. It will be the second Purdue webinar on the new farm bill coverage options. Jim Mintert, director of Purdue's Center for Commercial Agriculture and one of the webinar panelists, said the 2014 farm bill represents the biggest change to federal farm policy in a generation. The legislation offers farmers three coverage options: the Agricultural Risk Coverage-County, or ARC-County, program; the Price Loss Coverage, or PLC, program; and the Agricultural Risk Coverage-Individual, or ARC-Individual, program. Producers have until March 21 to choose one.

Full story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/farm-bill-webinar-to-address-coverage-options.html


Study: Listeria pathogen is prevalent, persistent in retail delis

Haley OliverPurdue research shows that standard cleaning procedures in retail delis may not eradicate Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause a potentially fatal disease in people with vulnerable immune systems. A study led by Haley OliverFood Science, found that 6.8 percent of samples taken in 15 delis before daily operation had begun tested positive for L. monocytogenes. In a second sampling phase, 9.5 percent of samples taken in 30 delis during operation over six months tested positive for the bacteria. In 12 delis, the same subtypes of the bacteria cropped up in several of the monthly samplings, which could mean that L. monocytogenes can persist in growth niches over time. "This is a public health challenge," Oliver said. "These data suggest that failure to thoroughly execute cleaning and sanitation protocols is allowing L. monocytogenes to persist in some stores. We can't in good conscience tell people with weak immune systems that it is safe to eat at the deli."

Full story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/study-listeria-pathogen-is-prevalent,-persistent-in-retail-delis.html


USDA grant helps Purdue reach out to beginning farmers

Kevin GibsonA team of Purdue Agriculture faculty, staff and Extension educators will lead a USDA effort in Indiana aimed at supporting new and beginning farmers and ranchers. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture initiative - called Infrastructure, Access, Community: A Plan to Support Beginning Farmers in Indiana - is designed to increase the number of farm start-ups in the state and provide direct, practical assistance to anyone who is new to farming. "We are particularly interested in supporting small farms and military veterans," said Kevin Gibson, Botany and Plant Pathology, who along with Tamara Benjamin, leads the team. Plans call for annual training sessions for Extension educators, workshops and farm tours focusing on effective farming practices, a "one-stop shop" website with a variety of resources for beginning farmers and networking events.

Full story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/usda-grant-helps-purdue-reach-out-to-beginning-farmers.html


Chances of saving with solar energy greater for Indiana farms than homes

Wally TynerThe probability of saving money by using solar energy rather than standard grid electricity is 92 percent for Indiana farm businesses and about 50 percent for homes, Purdue energy economists find. While current energy policies play key roles in providing incentives for the use of solar energy in Indiana, businesses have an additional cost-saving option not available to residences: Businesses can deduct their investment in solar from their revenues - a tax policy known as depreciation. A benefit cost analysis conducted by Wally Tyner, the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics, and graduate student Jinho Jung showed that if homeowners could also depreciate the cost of installing solar energy systems, their chances of saving with solar would rise to about 90 percent.

Full story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/chances-of-saving-with-solar-energy-greater-for-indiana-farms-than-homes.html


Agriculture and Natural Resources among highest-paying majors

CommencementThis year's college graduates will earn a variety of different degrees, ranging from the old favorites like business, to degrees like biomedical engineering and software design, which have become increasingly popular in recent years. USA Today, using Census data and an employer survey analysis by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, has compiled the five highest paying degrees for 2015 graduates. Agriculture and Natural Resources degrees are at number 5 on the list.

Full story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/01/31/cheat-sheet-highest-paying-degrees/22478439/


Seeding trial results show corn plants per acre continue to grow in Indiana

Bob NielsenIndiana corn farmers could raise a record number of plants per acre in 2015, mostly due to new seeding technology and hardier hybrids, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says. Assessing the results of 67 field-scale trials conducted throughout the state since 2008, Nielsen and his colleagues at Purdue determined that the maximum grain yield for a typical Indiana cornfield under normal growing conditions occurs at a final population of 32,000 plants per acre. Last year, the estimated average plant population statewide was about 30,850 plants per acre. In 2012, half of the state's cornfields had more than 30,000 plants per acre, compared with only 5 percent in 1998. Corn plant populations have steadily increased in Indiana over the past 25 years by about 300 plants per acre per year. Probably the biggest reason for the increase in corn population, Nielsen said, is the improved stress tolerance of modern hybrids, meaning the plants do better in densely populated fields.

Full story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/seeding-trial-results-show-corn-plants-per-acre-continue-to-grow-in-indiana.html


University News


Nominations, applications sought for 2015 Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning

Purdue Extended Campus is seeking nominations and applications for the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning. The awards recognize faculty and instructional staff who demonstrate excellence in their distance or online projects. The Office of the Provost is funding two cash awards of $1,000 -- one each for a credit and noncredit distance learning activity conducted through Purdue. Awards are open to faculty, instructors or staff members as individuals or as a team across all Purdue campuses. In the event a team wins an award, the $1,000 will be divided equally among members. At least one of the nominees for each award must be a current faculty member, instructor or staff member at Purdue. The related distance/online learning activity must have been offered within the past two years.

The application is available at www.distance.purdue.edu. The deadline for applications and nominations is Feb. 27. Questions related to the process can be addressed to Mary Sadowski at sadowski@purdue.edu. 


Discovery Park announces new undergrad program

Discovery Park invites faculty across the university to partner with the Discovery Learning Research Center to involve undergraduates in interdisciplinary research through the Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship program (DURI). Faculty members in ALL colleges and schools are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that create new interdisciplinary research experiences for undergraduate students. DURI offers opportunities for 50 student internships per academic semester (fall and spring). Participating students receive a $500/semester scholarship in recognition of their selection, funded through the Discovery Learning Research Center. The DURI program is open to Purdue University-West Lafayette sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and are in good academic standing. Applications for part-time fall intern projects will be accepted until February 27, 2015. Visit  www.purdue.edu/dp/learningcenter  for more information and  the online project submission. Please contact Lisa Kirkham (lkirkham@purdue.edu) with questions.


Purdue’s new research supercomputer designed to better fit a variety of computational needs

Tailored for research needing big memory and high throughput, in addition to the usual high-performance parallel computation, Purdue’s latest research supercomputer offers faculty and campus units more than a one-size-fits-all resource, but it still has all the advantages of the successful Community Cluster Program. Researchers can find out more about the new supercomputer, to be built by ITaP Research Computing this spring, at a faculty luncheon set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. The lunch also is an opportunity to provide input on the new cluster. Registration and other information: https://www.rcac.purdue.edu/news/740. Questions: rcac-help@purdue.edu.

The new cluster will run on the same shared, community model that has given Purdue the best supercomputing infrastructure in the nation for use by researchers on a single campus. But subdividing it to address specific computational demands of different types of research will better serve more users, says Preston Smith, director of research services and support for ITaP Research Computing. For more information, contact Smith, psmith@purdue.edu or 49-49729.


Purdue applications set all-time record

More high school seniors are seeking admission to Purdue University than ever before. As of Feb. 4, 44,046 prospective first-year students submitted applications for fall 2015 to the West Lafayette campus, according to Purdue’s Office of Admissions. This is a 17.4 percent increase from this time last year. Purdue is still accepting applications for most programs, but available space will be a factor in admissions for later applicants. Last year, 39,706 applications were received in total. Applications are higher across all categories, including academic programs, Indiana residents, out-of-state students, and among underrepresented and women students.

Full story: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/purdue-applications-set-all-time-record.html



Software can assist Purdue Web developers, boost Web accessibility benefits at no cost to departments

Faculty and staff who create and maintain Purdue-affiliated websites on the West Lafayette campus can get free access to Compliance Sheriff to help meet Web accessibility standards required by Purdue policy and federal law, thanks to Compliance Sheriff, analytics software that evaluates websites for accessibility. The software allows users to quickly scan and analyze websites for accessibility compliance and to correct potential issues. It’s also optimized to compare Web pages to Purdue guidelines, which follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA, the internationally recognized standards for Web accessibility. Compliance Sheriff has been licensed and configured by Purdue’s Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) with the assistance of ITaP.

Full story: http://www.itap.purdue.edu/newsroom/news/141223_compliance_sheriff_training.html


Disabling devices during password resets can prevent career account lockouts

Password resets are the issue the ITaP Customer Service Center receives the most calls about, says Rick Rodriguez, ITaP’s director of customer service. Mobile devices on which the passwords haven’t been updated when changed are a common source of the problem. To avoid being locked out of your career account, ITaP recommends following several steps when changing your password.

Full story: http://www.itap.purdue.edu/newsroom/news/150107_careeraccount_lockout.html


Purdue hosting entry-level research supercomputing workshop series

“Supercomputing in Plain English” — a Tuesday afternoon workshop series designed for faculty, research staff and graduate students with a solid understanding of their own science, mathematics, engineering or other discipline, but with little or no high-performance computing experience — is being presented at Purdue through April 28. There is no fee for the workshops. More information: https://www.rcac.purdue.edu/news/725 or contact Stephen Harrell, sharrell@purdue.edu or 49-61560.

Human Resources encourages supervisors to use new employee orientation

The Office of the Vice President for Human Resources implemented University-wide orientation for new employees in 2012. The goal of this program is to support new staff members in assimilating quickly and successfully into the Purdue culture and to offer a foundation of knowledge regarding mission, organizational structure and functions. New employee orientation is offered weekly on Mondays. Supervisors should register new employees for orientation at the time an open position is filled. The success of this program depends on supervisors' registering employees to take part. Participation is highly encouraged, and feedback is welcome. To register for new employee orientation or new supervisor training, go to https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0DIm9bes4Mx2gQs. Additional tools, including onboarding assistance, an agenda for orientation, parking information and upcoming dates and locations, are available online at www.purdue.edu/hr/careers/resources/employeeorientation.html. Questions about new employee orientation may be directed to Teresa Rohler at 49-41679 or teresar@purdue.edu.