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ENE Memo: January 9, 2012

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Being the Best That We Can Be – Year round

Traditionally the New Year is a time for making resolutions to improve some aspect of our life. As the students return and we embark on the spring semester, my hope is that each of us might  adopt or renew a resolution to put every effort into being the best that we can be in what we do in the school. An integral part of this hope is that we be proactive in helping each other to be the best that we can be.

A fitting corollary is that when we are helped by others that we pay it forward by helping someone else as they strive to be the best that they can be. This is a simple yet powerful, grassroots way to sustain success for each of us and for all of us and thereby build a supportive, empowering workplace culture.

The trouble with most New Year resolutions is that they fade with time. However, if we take a more global view of the “New Year,” we see that there a many new years and thus many opportunities to reaffirm our resolutions like the one above. For instance, later this month many around the world, but especially in East and Southeast Asia, will celebrate the Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) – the Year of the Dragon. In March many will celebrate the Spring or Vernal Equinox, which includes Nowruz, the Persian New Year. In many South Asian cultures the new year is celebrated in mid-April. So there is no excuse; we can continue to renew this New Year resolution.

In the spirit of new beginnings, please join me in welcoming Pouneh Eftekhari, who joined us on January 3 as the First-Year Engineering International Undergraduate Student Experience Advisor.

 - David

News and Information: 1/9

This week's research seminar:

Dr. P.K. Imbrie, "Application of a Theoretical Model of Team Effectiveness"
Thurs, Jan 12, 3:30pm, Forney G124

Emergency Preparedness Procedures (Important message from Provost Sands)

A test of the Purdue Alert System is scheduled for January 12 at approximately 10 AM.  It is a golden opportunity to increase awareness among our students and staff of emergency preparedness procedures on campus.

Please take time during your classes that day to conduct a safety briefing with your students in each classroom where you teach.  This briefing should cover the Purdue Alert System, where to shelter, exit routes from the classroom, your gathering point outside the building, and ways to get more information.  Materials have been prepared for you to use for this purpose and can be found at: under the Safety Briefing header.

Should we ever need to use these procedures they will only be effective if the Purdue family knows how to respond.  We are counting on those of you in the classroom to help our campus emergency plan team to get the word out.

Purdue Wellness Program

At this time of New Year resolutions, there are helpful offerings as part of Purdue's Wellness Program.

Calendar: 1/9

Spring 2012


Kudos: 1/9 Diana Bairaktarova, Monica Cox & Demetra Evangelou on the publication of “Leadership training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Bulgaria” in European Journal of Engineering Education, 36 (6), p585-594, 2011


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