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Purdue heightens presence at Chamber Business Expo

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is enhancing its presence at the Lafayette-West Lafayette 2008 Chamber Business Expo, which will take place Feb. 27 at University Plaza Hotel.

“Different areas of the university have had exhibits over the years,” said Mike Piggott, director of community relations and visitor information at Purdue. “The idea is to get everybody together in one booth and make a big presence.”

The Purdue booth will include community relations, Purdue Memorial Union, Intercollegiate Athletics, WBAA Radio, Information Technology at Purdue, Purdue Research Park, Discovery Park, service-learning and conferences.

Several Purdue officials will be on hand to meet the public at the event, which includes exhibitor booths and workshops and is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Purdue officials will include: 11 a.m. – Morgan Olsen, executive vice president and treasurer, and Leroy Keyes, former Purdue football player; Noon – Richard Feinberg, professor and director of the Center for Customer Driven Quality; 1 p.m. – Joseph L. Bennett, vice president for university relations; 2 p.m. – Morgan Burke, director of Intercollegiate Athletics; 3 p.m. – Richard Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management; 4 p.m. – Murray Blackwelder, senior vice president for advancement; and 5 p.m. – Jay Ackridge, interim vice provost for engagement.

“Purdue University is very involved in the community, so we wanted to give everybody a chance to meet people at Purdue and have an opportunity to see what we’re doing,” Piggott said.

Purdue representatives also will present two workshops at the expo. Feinberg will lead one titled “Develop Your Inner Leader” at 2:15 p.m. At 3:45 p.m., Beth Forbes, news and public affairs coordinator for agricultural communications, and Jane Anderson, program director of the College of Agriculture, will present “Develop Effective Networking.”

All workshops are one hour in length and are by reservation only. To sign up, call (765) 742-4041 or e-mail

University Plaza Hotel is located at 3001 Northwestern Ave. in West Lafayette.

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