2010 Purdue Alumni Newsreel

Uploaded by PurdueUniversity on 15.02.2011

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>> Purdue reached new heights in 2010
with Professor Ei-ichi Negishi,
receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Chemistry.
Negishi was chosen for his work creating a method
to build complex organic molecules necessary
for numerous purposes,
from pharmaceutical manufacturing to electronics.
Negishi shared the Prize with two other chemists.
>> And I never set winning the Nobel Prize my goal.
Keep exploring in the right direction,
such that your accomplishment will be recognized.
I hope that all young people will hold high lofty dreams
and pursue these dreams.
>> Negishi traveled to Stockholm in December to accept his share
of the one and a half million dollar prize.
He came to Purdue in 1966 as a post doctoral researcher
under the late Herbert Brown, who won the Nobel Prize in 1979.
>> He estimates it's closer to seventy thousand barrels a day.
>> Another Purdue professor made a media splash this year.
Engineer Steve Wereley used optical feature tracking
to measure the flow from the BP oil spill.
He determined the flow was ten times the size
of the official figure.
>> What we can see are clouds,
and so those features are traveling
at the speed of the oil.
And so by measuring the speed of those features,
I'm able to measure the speed of the oil.
>> The accomplishments of Purdue alumni were recognized in 2010.
Chesley Sully Sullenberger was awarded the Armstrong Medal
of Excellence by Neil Armstrong himself
at the annual President's Council Dinner.
The Hero on the Hudson received the honor
for safely landing a damaged jet in the river, saving one hundred
and fifty-five passengers and crew.
>> The recipient of the Neil Armstrong Medal of Excellence,
Captain Sully Sullenberger, is a fellow member of the Pilots
Who Land in Strange Places Club and most importantly,
the kind of person which Boilermakers hold
in the very highest esteem.
>> The events of January 15,
2009 absolutely were not only the result
of the actions of a single person.
Without the contributions of many,
we likely could not have had the same outcome.
I have been informed officially by the FAA
that after the water landing,
if I were to do it just two more times, I get my sea plane ready.
>> Special Boilermaker honorees
for 2010 were mechanical engineering professor Charles
Krousgrill and industrial engineering professor James
Barany, both for improving the student educational experience.
>> If you learn one song by the end of this camp,
it's going to be Hail Purdue.
>> And then there's Super Bowl MVP, quarterback Drew Brees,
who worked with low income kids in the PALS Camp, which stands
for Purdue Athletes Life Success.
At the end of the year, Brees was named AP Male Athlete
of the year and Sports Illustrated Sportsman
of the Year.
>> And she curls one in there.
>> Purdue students also received national recognition in 2010.
For the first time in the history of Purdue,
the women's golf team is the pinnacle of success
by earning the NCAA National Championship,
edging the University
of Southern California by one stroke.
>> Came in here, stole set number one
and then dominated sets two and three.
>> The volleyball team also excelled in 2010,
reaching the Elite 8 level in the NCAA tournament.
>> Threw it right to Mingle,, Mingle down to Rayburn;
Rayburn's got a step on the defense and lays it in.
>> Women's basketball team got off to a strong start
in the 2010-2011 season,
capturing the preseason WNIT Championship against DePaul.
In the 2009-2010 WNIT tournament,
Purdue lost in the second round to Illinois State.
>> The men's basketball team was flying high in 2009-2010
until one of its star players, Robbie Hummel,
went down with an ACL injury in February.
The team advanced to the Sweet 16
in the NCAA tournament before falling to Duke.
Hopes were high for 2010-2011,
but Hummel injured his ACL again in October.
Even so, the team was still looking good,
such as here against Penn State.
Purdue fans gathered at an Indianapolis restaurant prior
to each Big Ten tournament game to cheer the [inaudible]
to victory though the team lost
in the semi-final round to Minnesota.
Football injuries took a big toll on Purdue in 2010,
as the team struggled to finish four and eight.
But senior defense end Ryan Kerrigan became the first
Boilermaker since 1980
to be named unanimous First Team All American.
>> Go Purdue!
>> Alumni gathered to boiler up prior
to each football away game,
including this alumni association event at Notre Dame.
>> The chance to dance on Dancing with the Stars is
such a unique opportunity for us.
>> Alumni got a chance to cheer on another Purdue team
on television in 2010.
Eight students from the Latin and Ballroom Dance Team competed
in May on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
>> I guess it's Science in Gross.
>> Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" came to campus
to experience the unsavory side of forensic entomology.
>> They're related to spiders.
They got eight legs.
>> Boilermakers took over a large section
of the Indiana State Fair on Purdue Day,
and bugs were the highlight for some of those in attendance.
>> Ah, that's wonderful!
>> Also in Indianapolis,
the Indiana Black Expo gave Purdue a chance
to interact with thousands more.
The Purdue Black Alumni Organization reception gave
alumni a chance to relax after the Expo,
while enjoying good food, good music and good friends.
>> It's a great university
that goes far beyond just engineering.
>> Purdue lost a good friend in 2010 with the death
of the University's eighth president,
Arthur Hansen, at the age of 85.
Hanson led Purdue from 1971 to 1982.
He was the only president to be an alumnus.
The three presidents who followed him each spoke
at his memorial service.
>> So when I was approached about following him
in this presidency, I called him in Texas to ask his advice.
He said, "Take care of our people.
Invest in them, and foster the creation of new knowledge."
>> Art Hansen has made many, many contributions
to higher education, and Purdue in particular.
Two stand out in my mind.
Art began serious private fundraising at Purdue.
He recognized the potential and he recognized the need.
Art's presidency emphasized the importance of a rich
and supportive environment for students.
>> All of our students, from the 1970s to the present,
have benefitted from Art's work and his lifelong commitment,
not only to higher education, but to them.
We honor that legacy by continuing what he began.
>> Attention!
>> Cordova also spoke at the dedication
of the new boathouse for Purdue Crew.
>> This is really beyond wonderful.
It's truly amazing --
co-curricular activities such as Crew help build character,
develop leadership skills and provide opportunities
for learning outside the classroom.
>> The twenty-two thousand square foot boathouse will be
used for nearly one hundred and eighty student athletes,
as well as members of the community.
>> Electric transportation surged at Purdue in 2010,
highlighted by the first ever electric vehicle,
or EV Grand Prix.
Seventeen electric-powered carts hummed
around the track for eighty laps.
On straightaways, the vehicles approached forty-five miles
per hour.
The event signals Purdue's leadership
in the emerging world of electric vehicles.
>> These carts are on a smaller scale
versus the new electric cars coming out,
so the more we understand, we can apply it later on in life
if we are in the automotive industry.
>> The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing --
the Gas-Powered Grand Prix was held as usual in April.
It was won by a team from IUPUI.
The race began with a crash that included our camera.
Luckily, our videographer was not hurt.
>> So you just plug it right
into either a hundred fifteen volte or thirty-two volt,
whichever's available.
>> Carts are not the only vehicles being powered
by electricity at Purdue.
Two students spent the summer turning a Porsche
into an electric-powered vehicle.
The car was featured in Purdue's Green Week transportation show.
Three fall events brought alumni back to campus.
One was the alumni Championship Golf Outing.
>> It's awesome to be back, because
>> Alumni club leaders returned to campus in the fall
to learn how to make their local clubs shine.
>> An expression of academic talent.
>> To honor alumni scholarship winners and to hand
out some important awards.
The 2010 Outstanding Young Alumni Award went
to Katherine Amick for service to the St. Joseph Valley Club,
and Ken Sam, for his work with the Kansas City
and Memphis Alumni clubs.
>> It's certainly a different experience.
>> With the alumni leaders in town, it gave students
and the Purdue alumni student experience a chance to meet
and talk with the club leaders.
>> Hail, Hail To Old Purdue!
Our Friendship May She Never Lack.
>> The class of 1960 was well represented
at its fiftieth reunion dinner in the fall.
And Remers from that class showed
that they still have spirit as they sang by the Lion Fountain.
>> Old Purdue!
>> The third big fall attraction for alumni was
of course, Homecoming.
Festivities began with the annual Night Train Parade.
ON the morning of Homecoming, fans visited booths from dozens
of different areas of the University.
>> Go Boilers!
>> They also joined President France Cordova
as she led the All American Marching Band
to Ross-Ade Stadium.
>> After football season,
the three hundred seventy-three member band got
to strut its stuff before a national TV audience,
as Purdue led the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
through the streets of New York City.
Purdue's was the first Big Ten band to be invited
to this annual extravaganza.
>> Celebrating a Nobel Prize.
Celebrating our greatest heroes in flight.
Celebrating a Super Bowl MVP
and a national championship women's golf team.
Oh, and an historic occurrence
in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
2010 was a remarkable year for Purdue and her people.
It's been a pleasure of the Purdue Alumni Association
to highlight it for you.
Royalty lives here, and Hail Purdue!
>> Hail, Hail To Old Purdue!
All Hail To Our Old Gold And Black!
Hail, Hail To Old Purdue!
Our Friendship May She Never Lack.
Ever Grateful, Ever True, Thus We Raise Our Song Anew;
Of The Days We've Spent With You, All Hail Our Own Purdue!
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>> Hail, Hail To Old Purdue!
All Hail To Our Old Gold And Black!
Hail, Hail To Old Purdue!
Our Friendship May She Never Lack.
Ever Grateful, Ever True, Thus We Raise Our Song Anew;
Of The Days We've Spent With You, All Hail Our Own Purdue!