Dear Friends of Purdue University Northwest,What a remarkable time to be a student of Purdue University Northwest!
Now midway through our second academic year, PNW is focused on investing in student success. From quality instruction to the highest caliber educational and athletic facilities, to the wide variety of learning and social opportunities, PNW aims to offer the best possible student experience.
We recognize that PNW students are “doers.” With more than 62 percent of our current freshman class the first in their families to attend college, these are the people who will take what they learn and seek to solve the problems of their employers, their community and the world.
Our faculty reflect this unique identity of PNW as well. Many of our professors have a distinct combination of academic credentials and experience in their fields.
During fall semester 2017, Wendy Kasche, interim assistant dean in the College of Business, guided a team of six graduate students to a first-place win at the internationally-recognized Smith Travel Research Market Study Competition in New York City. Political Science Professor Meg Rincker’s Model United Nations team once again performed well at the annual international conference in Chicago, with two students – Roza Tawil and Matt Ruiz – achieving recognition in the top 2 percent of all delegates. These are just two examples among many outstanding achievements of our students and faculty.
You will see this PNW character reflected in the identity we are building for PNW. At PNW, our students are more than learning…they are doing. They are more than understanding…they are solving.
Our alumni demonstrate the value of a PNW education. Read on to learn how a lawyer and entrepreneur, mother-and-daughter nurses, and an ESPN executive all have turned their PNW experiences into personal success stories.
These many examples motivate the continued investment in student success. Most notably in 2017, we gained state funding for the Bioscience Innovation Building, a state-of-the-art STEM-centered facility that will house our nursing and biological sciences departments. When completed in 2020, this facility will serve as a hub for quality education and for enhancing the health care field for the entire Northwest Indiana region.
I hope you share my enthusiasm for the continued growth of our university and support of our students. We look forward to seeing you on campus! Please plan to come back to visit. And most importantly: Go Pride!
Thomas L. Keon