2014 Southwest Michigan Club Events


Preliminary 2014 Events
Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan

June 11, 2014 – Annual Spring Meeting
Speaker – Jerry Ross, Purdue Grad and Astronaut
Place – St. Joseph River Yacht Club – 6:00 pm
Contact John Ripley to volunteer – johnmripley@gmail.com

July 19, 2014 and September 20, 2014
I-94 Exit 23 Summer Cleanup Events
Come volunteer and help Stevensville have a tidy exit.
Contact Glenn Youngstedt for event details – glennyoungstedt@aol.com

September 20, 2014 – Purdue Football Game Watch– 11:30 am** Wheatberry Tavern, Buchanan, MI
Purdue Boilermakers vs Southern Illinois Salukis
(**time subject to change based on TV coverage)
Contact H. Poole – – poole@wmich.edu or 269-0424-3221

College Night Fairs – Late September and Early October,
Lake Michigan College (Sept. 24th),
Southwest Michigan College (Sept. 22nd),
and Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Come join us to recruit Purdue Students
Contact John Ripley to volunteer – johnmripley@gmail.com

November 14, 2014 – 5:30 pm ($20 person)
Purdue Alumni Club Fall Wine Tasting Event
Place – Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
Speaker – Purdue Graduate Nancie Corum-Oxley,
Chief Winemaker, St. Julian’s Winery, Paw Paw, Michigan
Contact H. Poole – poole@wmich.edu or 269-0424-3221

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2014 Annual Meeting- Jerry Ross Speaker


The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan was held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club in St. Joseph, Michigan.  Purdue Astronaut Jerry Ross was the featured speaker along with John Sautter representing the Purdue Alumni Association.  More than 80 alums, friends and students attended the event.  A great time was had by all who attended.  Photos from the event follow.

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Spring Meeting 2014 – Purdue Astronaut Jerry Ross


April, 2014

Fellow Purdue Alumni & Friends,

All systems are go!!! You, your family, and all Boilermaker friends and fans are invited to the 30th Spring Meeting of the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club in St. Joseph, MI.  We are pleased to have Purdue Astronaut Jerry Ross, class of 1970, as our featured speaker. John Sautter, now Special Assistant to the President and CEO of the Alumni Association and former Vice President for Housing and Food Services at Purdue, will also attend to bring us the latest campus news.

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Jerry Ross, who was an Air Force ROTC student at Purdue received his undergraduate degree in 1970 and master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1972, became the most recent astronaut to donate his papers to Purdue University’s growing archive. An Indiana-born astronaut who became the first person to complete seven space shuttle missions will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May, 2014.  Jerry Ross spent more than three decades as a NASA astronaut before he retired in January, 2012. He tallied more than 1,400 hours in space, performing nine spacewalks.  NASA Chief Astronaut Peggy Whitson noted that Ross played instrumental roles in the success of many American missions into space. Ross is considered one of the world’s most accomplished spacewalkers. “Not only were his skills and operational excellence key in major spaceflight activities, but his expertise and vigilance also helped all those who followed in his footsteps. We are the better for his years of dedication to the astronaut corps and NASA,” Whitson said in a statement.  Copies of Mr. Ross’s new autobiography, Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer, will be available for purchase and signing.  Come join us for an interesting presentation on his space experiences by Mr. Ross.

An informal reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting.  The Purdue Club of Southwest Michigan will announce awardees for the 2014-15 Scholarship Program and have a very brief business meeting and featured speakers will be introduced.  Please join fellow Purdue Alumni and friends for an enjoyable, educational evening at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club.

Please click Reservation Form to download, print, and then return this form with your dinner reservation and optional activity fee payment by June 4, 2014.  If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Howard Poole at 269-424-3221 or email John Ripley at john.ripley@alumni.purdue.edu .

We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Meeting June 11th.

Your Purdue Club of Southwest Michigan Board of Directors

Club Website – http://www.purduealumni.org/swmichigan/

Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan Facebook page (http://tinyurl.com/6lwy734

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2014-2015 Purdue Scholarship Awardees


Purdue University Alumni Club Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients

The Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan announces its 2014 recipients of the Club Scholarship Program. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied to the 2014-2015 school year’s tuition. The awardees are: Richard Gobert, a senior at St. Joseph High School who will major in Mathematics; Kyle Frazier, a senior at Lake Michigan Catholic High School who will be majoring in Engineering; Lauren Mackey, a senior at Niles High School planning on majoring in genetics; and Nathaniel Shellhamer a graduate of Edwardsburg High School  and a freshman at Purdue University majoring in Civil Engineering.  Since 2000 the Purdue Club of SW Michigan has granted over $47,000 in scholarships to 80 Purdue students from Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties.  Contact Glenn Youngstedt for additional information (glennyoungstedt@aol.com).

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Wine Tasting Event – Friday, November 8th, 2013

Announcing Our Second Annual Evening with
Purdue’s Own St. Julian Winemaker
plus Gourmet Food Pairings at Fernwood:

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, for $18!

Back by Popular Demand:  Our Wine-Tasting & Food Evening!

Join us Nov. 8 for Another Inexpensive, Classy Evening of Wine-Pairings Featuring Four Wines from St. Julian, Michigan’s Oldest and Longest-Operating Winery, and Delicious Food prepared by Fernwood’s Chef Tim. The wines will be brought to us from Paw Paw by St. Julian’s Chief Winemaker and Purdue Alum, Nancy Corum-Oxley (above).

Nancie has just become the winner of the Purdue University “Outstanding Food Science Award.” The award recognizes “individuals who have brought significant honor to Purdue University and the Department of Food Science and have contributed to the field of food science.”

She is bringing four of her favorite wines to go with four mini-plates chosen by Fernwood’s famous Chef Tim to complement Nancie’s choices.

You will enjoy samples of
Braganini Reserve 2012 Albariño
Founder’s White
Chancellor Noir
and for dessert: Solera Cream Sherry

paired with four gourmet mini-plates.

As the wines are poured and the food is served, Nancie will tell us more about the life of a winemaker, the latest news from St. Julian, how new and classic wines are developed and cultivated, how they’re matched with food, and about Purdue.

The evening’s Wine/Food servings will be spaced to allow time for visiting along with bread/crackers for “palate cleansing.”


Friday, November 8, 2013

Make your check payable to “Purdue Alumni Club of S. W. Michigan” and mail to Charlotte Poole, Treasurer, 31594 Maple Island, Dowagiac, MI  49047.  Please include the name(s) of guests you are bringing. For questions, email Howard Poole, Vice President, at howard.poole@wmich.edu or call him at 269-424-3221.

Details:  We will meet at 6:00 PM in the beautiful Art Gallery of
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
just north of Buchanan, Michigan, west of “Exit 7 Walton Road”
off the U. S. 31 St. Joseph Valley Parkway.

Tasting Notes from Nancie Oxley:
Albarino: Aromas of orange blossoms & apricot.  Flavors of lemon, green apple & grassy finish.  Tart acidity is well balanced with a lush finish.
Founder’s White:  Honey & peach custard aromas lead to juicy apricot sorbet, green apple skin & tart citrus finish.
Chancellor Noir:  Chocolate covered espresso beans & cherry vanilla aromas lead to a velvety entry of ripe currant, black raspberry & Bing cherry flavors.
Solera Cream Sherry:  Butterscotch & pecan aromas.  Sweet salted nut & brown spice flavors carry a complex caramel accent.

Please visit our website (www.purduealumni.org/swmichigan) and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Purdue-Alumni-Club-of-Southwest-Michigan/159879414105515).

Hail Purdue!

Your Purdue Club friends in
Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties
St. Julian Wines

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Game Watch – Saturday, Sept. 7th – Wheatberry in Buchanan

Football Game-Watching — Right Around the Corner!!!

To All Alumni, Families, Friends and Fans of Purdue and
Indiana State U. in Southwest Michigan:

Boilermaker football kicks off Sept. 7 for the first home game of new coach Darrell Hazell’s career.  Join us to watch the Purdue vs. Indiana State Sycamores game in our private room at the very popular Wheatberry Restaurant (http://wheatberrytavern.com/) just a few miles north of Buchanan, Mich.

We will get there about 11:45am (Michigan time) for the Noon kickoff.

Wheatberry is a family-friendly American restaurant — fresh local ingredients and a wide assortment of libations at 15212 North Red Bud Trail, Buchanan, Michigan.

To let us know how many are coming, just click on this email address: (purdueclub.swmich@gmail.com)!  And even if it’s last-minute, please feel free to drop in for just a minute or for the entire game.  If you have already responded, thanks and see you there!

There is no charge to attend.  You can order food and beverages — optional — from the outstanding Wheatberry menu.  You do not need to be a member of the Purdue Alumni Association or the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan to attend.

Hail Purdue!

Your Purdue Club friends in
Southwest Michigan

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Club Officers for 2013-2014 Announced


John Ripley

Vice President
Howard Poole

Charlotte Poole

Lee Passaro

Past President
Robert Gifford

Scholarship Chair
Glenn Youngstedt

Board Members At-Large

Nick Pampalone

Pete Plikatis

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Come Join our Club!

We invite you to join us and to get involved with Purdue in Southwest Michigan!  While it is not essential for you to be a club member to participate, if you’re interested in joining the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan, click here.  When you click on the words “click here,” you will be taken to the “Order Summary” page where you will see a copy of your purchase request.  Then you will have the opportunity to “Choose a way to pay.” 

You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay by this method.  If you simply wish to pay by credit card, just click on the words “Don’t have a PayPal account?” Doing that will open an online form called “Pay with a debit or credit card, or Bill Me Later,”  And here you can fill in your credit card information. Make sure that the bullet circle next to the words “Credit Card” is filled in.  Then just fill in the requested information in the area below that for us and continue by clicking “Review and Continue” all the way at the bottom.

That will open a window entitled “Review Your Information” where you can click “Pay Now.” Your $20 annual fee (now through May, 2014) will be used by the club to help pay for expenses such as for envelopes, postage, labels, and other non-event related expenses including our scholarship program mailings, our mailings to prospective students who have been accepted but not enrolled, some of the materials we distribute at College Fairs and so forth.  

Welcome!  And thank you!  Hail Purdue!


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2013 Annual Meeting


Annual Meeting Details for

Club Spring Meeting, Thursday

May 16, 2013


Dr. Victor Lechtenberg, recently Vice Provost and currently Vice President for Engagement, Purdue University, will be the featured speaker for the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan’s Spring meeting to be held at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club http://www.sjryc.com/at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 16, 2013. A representative of the Purdue Alumni Association will also join to share information about international alumni activities.

As Vice President for Engagement, Lechtenberg has led Purdue’s expanded effort to use university resources to address economic development and other issues affecting the state’s prosperity and quality of life. He worked directly with Indiana’s leaders, the business community and citizens to find ways for Purdue to advance that mission.

Lechtenberg helped communities throughout the state develop technology parks and promote the growth of high-paying jobs. He also advanced initiatives such as the Technical Assistance Program, which last year helped 536 Indiana companies implement new technologies.  Additional programs under Lechtenberg’s supervision included the Office for Continuing Education and Conferences; Opportunity for Indiana, a statewide initiative to counter the brain drain; and Science Bound, which assists Indianapolis Public Schools students in preparing for a science-related degree at Purdue.

As Vice Provost, Lechtenberg said, “Provost Mason has left us with a solid foundation,” Lechtenberg said. “I look forward to continuing those efforts and to working with the deans, faculty, chancellors and public officials to enhance Purdue’s position as a leader in academic excellence.”

Lechtenberg joined the Purdue faculty in 1971 and became a professor of agronomy in 1979. He then served as associate director of the Indiana Agriculture Experiment Station (now the Office of Agricultural Research Programs) from 1982-89. That job entailed serving as liaison between agricultural researchers and funding sources, as well as reviewing research proposals from academic departments.

Lechtenberg was named executive associate dean of agriculture in 1989. In that position, he made recommendations to the dean about research, teaching and Cooperative Extension Service programs, and he assisted in facilities planning as well as budget and personnel decisions. The dean of agriculture administers the Purdue Cooperative Extension  Service and the Office of Academic Programs, Office of Agricultural Research Programs and International Programs in Agriculture.

Lechtenberg is a member of several academic, professional and scholarly societies and has written nearly 150 technical papers, approximately 50 abstracts and six chapters in books. He served as chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board from 1996 through 2002. In that capacity, he provided written testimony on biosecurity for the U.S. Senate.

Lechtenberg is a native of Butte, Neb., where he grew up on a general livestock farm. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 1967 and earned a doctorate in agronomy from Purdue in 1971.

Make sure to mark your calendar for this exciting. To reserve your spot at this dinner, we need a Reservation Form from you.  You may (a) download and print it from the link below* and mail it to us at R. E. Gifford, 4442 Sunnymeade Dr., St. Joseph, MI  49085 or (b) call Club President Bob Gifford by May 2nd. You can reach him at 269-556-2166 or email him at regifford@sbcglobal.net

*Download the 2013 Annual Spring Meeting Reservation Form by clicking HERE.  You do not have to be a member of the club to attend our functions!  Club memberships help to support on on-going activities but are not required in any way.

Boiler Up!

Your Southwest Michigan Board Members:

Bob Gifford ’64, President

Nick Pampalone ’09

Pete Plikaitis ’87

Lee Passaro ’70

Charlotte Poole ’65

Howard Poole ’65

John Ripley ’63

Glenn Youngstedt ’68

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2013 Purdue Scholarships

Purdue Club Accepts Scholarship Applications

The Purdue Club of SW Michigan is currently accepting applications for its 2013 scholarship program.  Over the last 15 years the club has granted over $30,000 in scholarships to Purdue students and incoming freshman from Berrien, Van Buren and Cass counties.

Interested students should return applications and essays by no later than March 15.

Students with questions may call Glenn Youngstedt, Scholarship Chair, at 269-861-2886

Download Scholarship Application Cover

Download Scholarship Application

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