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October 2020

Courtney’s Corner

Where does the time go? It seems like we were just meeting virtually for the Alumni Leaders Conference — now here we are, already more than a month into the fall semester!

I know many of you have been wondering about how things are going on campus. But first, I know you all are well aware of recent changes here at the Purdue Alumni Association, including reduction of hours and staff. If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to read Dan Dawes’s communication about this. Your regional liaison should have followed up with you in response to my September 10 email, which included Dan Dawes’s remarks. Please know that our team will be doing everything we can to make sure this transition doesn’t adversely impact your club. If you have any questions on how this will impact communication with our office, please reach out to your regional liaison directly.

As Boilermakers, no matter the changes or adversity we face, we always persist. And right now, the Protect Purdue Plan is a great testament to our resilience.

While there isn’t a crystal ball to predict the future, we’re very proud that the Protect Purdue Plan has so far been successful. This is a testament to thoughtful planning efforts and leadership from across campus. As of the time of this writing, COVID-19 positive test results on campus are below the state average here in Indiana. Personally, I have been so impressed seeing how Purdue students have learned to adapt and embrace this “new normal.” Whenever I’m on campus, I see students consistently wearing face masks and practicing social distancing — even in outdoor settings where the rules are more relaxed. Whatever the next few months have in store for us, we should all be proud of the work that our students are putting into ensuring campus remains as safe as possible for as long as possible.

Hail Purdue!

Courtney Magnuson

Important Update on Budget and Staff Hours

The following message is an abbreviated version of a message sent to alumni volunteers on behalf of Board Chairman Dan Dawes on Thursday, September 10.

Dear Club and Network Leaders,

The Purdue Alumni Association has undergone significant changes over the past few months. I am proud of the many ways our board and staff have dealt with this. However, we now face more uninvited and unwelcome change due to COVID-19.

We could be facing more than $1 million in revenue shortfall in the year ahead. Efforts are underway to fill the gap in revenue, and there have already been some creative and successful ideas implemented.

Due to these circumstances, some of the work we do and offerings we have provided under normal conditions simply will not be possible. Certain aspects of what we do may change indefinitely.

Unfortunately, staff hours and compensation have been reduced by at least 20 percent. Our regional liaisons have been reduced to three days per week. We also had to eliminate three positions in our marketing and communication departments.

We ask for your understanding regarding the staff’s reduction in hours and pay and know that they will do their best to respond in a timely manner. Our office is now closed on Fridays to help accommodate this reduction in hours. Our new hours of operation are Monday–Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

We reluctantly make these changes and will do our best to maintain programs and services. Right now, we need your support, understanding, and continued dedication.

When economic conditions become more favorable, we will endeavor to expand services to a higher level. Boilermakers take challenges head on. We will come through this difficult time together.

Respectfully,

Dan Dawes

Board Chairman, Purdue Alumni Association

Welcome to Purdue Postcard Project Recap

This year, 22 clubs participated in our annual welcome to Purdue postcard project! Together, we sent 2,694 postcards to incoming freshmen.

This effort represents continued collaboration with admissions and is just one of the many ways that we, as the Purdue family, expand our circle as we welcome students from around the state, country, and the entire world.

Thank you to everyone who helped to welcome in the Class of 2024!

Club Recognition Program Update

We have an important update regarding the Purdue Alumni club recognition program!

To qualify for Gold, Silver, or Bronze club status, we’re requesting that you submit event attendee lists as part of your post-event information form.

This information helps us out tremendously, ensuring that we’re communicating the right information to the right audience based on prior event attendance, interests, etc.

This information has been updated in the latest version of the Club Leaders Handbook. If you have any questions, please get in touch with your regional liaison!

Get to Know You

Andrew Fraser (A’17)
Vice President | Purdue Alumni Club of Memphis

Who is your hero?
My mom, Maureen Fraser (HHS’85). She works tirelessly with her very successful real estate career, even on weekends. She also has been an elected official in our town since 2001. She just loves giving back to the community that has given so much to her, all while raising and putting my two sisters and me through college!

Favorite song to turn up when you’re in the car
“Dust on the Bottle” by David Lee Murphy

Accomplishment from the past year that you’re most proud of
Buying a house at 23 years old in suburban Memphis, Tennessee!

Favorite (non-Purdue) sports team
Memphis Grizzlies! Go Grizz!

The last show you binged on Netflix
Unsolved Mysteries

Favorite Purdue memory
I’d say watching my Boilermakers beat the #2 nationally ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in October 2018 and then rushing onto the field afterward to celebrate with my dad and my uncle — both Purdue alumni as well. The atmosphere was unreal.

Adam English (HHS’04)
Scholarship Chair | Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Florida

Who is your hero?
My two heroes are my parents, Mark and Cathy English. They provided the guidance, values, and tools to be successful in all areas of my life. They are the two most honest and hardworking people in my life. I try to live my life to their standards. 

Favorite song to turn up when you’re in the car
“Crazy Mary” by Pearl Jam

Accomplishment from the past year that you’re most proud of
Building my business and developing great relationships with my clients  

Favorite (non-Purdue) sports team
Chicago Cubs

The last show you binged on Netflix
Narcos

Favorite Purdue memory
Making great friends, and hanging out late into the night. 

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