Spring Meeting Announcement:
‘30 Years Behind the Visitors’ Bench’
Fellow Purdue Alumni & Friends,
You, your family, and all Boilermaker friends are invited to the 32nd Spring Meeting of the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan on Thursday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club in St. Joseph, MI. We are pleased to have Purdue Vice President Emeritus and great friend of our club, John Sautter, as our featured speaker. John Sautter, former Vice President for Housing and Food Services at Purdue and now Special Assistant to the President and CEO of the alumni association brings us a very special presentation:
“30 Years Behind the Visitors’ Bench”
From the perspective of his usual spot behind the visiting men’s basketball teams, you’ll hear about Purdue’s opposing coaches, differing styles, personalities, quirks and unforgettable moments. Hosting visiting teams for over 30 years has provided John with material for a very interesting and revealing insider’s view. From Judd Heathcote, to Bobby Knight, to Lute Olsen, to Lou Henson with his “Lou Do” comb-over, you’ll hear about some of your favorites. Who left his boss in Mackey as they headed for the airport after a disappointing loss? Which team traveled with their own undertaker? Which coach was superstitious and took shooting practice at a local high school? Enjoy all these stories as you appreciate the life of a Big Ten basketball coach.
During basketball season, you can see John near Keady Court, behind the visitors’ bench, hosting visiting men’s basketball teams. He has been hosting for nearly 30 years. Stop by his office and see his impressive retirement gift, a basketball autographed by every current Big Ten Coach.
John A. Sautter recently retired after a 39-year career with Purdue University where he served as Vice President for Housing and Food Services. During his career, he provided leadership and helped sustain Purdue’s national reputation for a well-managed, financially healthy on-campus housing operation, providing a positive residential life experience for thousands of Boilermakers. He is an honorary member of several campus student organizations, is one of the Purdue Alumni Association’s first Special Boilermakers Award recipients, and remains involved in a variety of community organizations.
An informal meet-and-greet reception complete with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting during which your Purdue Club of Southwest Michigan will announce the student scholarship winners for 2015-16.
Please be sure to join your fellow Purdue Alumni friends for an enjoyable, educational evening at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club. Remember: You do not need a Paypal account. Just continue without having a Paypal account.
Click Here to make your $20 dinner reservations,
Click Here to send your 2015-2016 $20 Club Membership Activity Fee (optional).
Every year, current and incoming students from Berrien and Cass Counties receive Club scholarships to help defray the costs of attending Purdue University. You may also make a tax-deductible contribution to the Club’s growing Scholarship Fund. To make your scholarship donation tax deductible, send a check payable to “Purdue Foundation” to John Ripley, 1487 Drew Dr., Niles, MI 49120. If matching funds are involved, please note that with your check.
Click Here to make a non tax-deductible scholarship donation to your Club. We normally receive contributions ranging from $5 to $1000, and we are deeply grateful as are the thoroughly screened students who are awarded Club Scholarships by our Scholarship Committee and verified by the Purdue University Department of Financial Aid. This will help us but it won’t be tax-deductible. Thank you.
To Download a copy of the Spring Meeting Coverletter and Reservation Form, Click Here.
You may direct any questions to Howard Poole, Club Vice President, at 269-424-3221 or email John Ripley, Club President: Click Here.
You do not have to be a member of the club to attend our functions! Club memberships help to support our on-going activities but are not required in any way.
Your Southwest Michigan Board Members:
John Ripley, President Nick Pampalone
Lee Passaro Bob Gifford Charlotte Poole
Howard Poole Mable Mayfield Glenn Youngstedt
Please be sure to view our website (www.purduealumni.org/swmichigan) and our Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan Facebook page (http://tinyurl.com/6lwy734).