• Volume 18 Number 3
    Fall 2009


  • Cover Story: A mother's dream inspires Purdue's World Food Prize winner

  • Family successes outweigh awards

  • Hometown bursts with pride

  • Alumni Profile: Chicago garden grows from Uganda experience

  • From teacher to teacher to farmer in Africa

  • What's up with... Esther Tonga

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    Advancement Notes

    Donors can have international impact

    Purdue Agriculture is a leader in Indiana and the nation in education and research. We address many issues facing our society, such as the environment, energy and the economy. In addition to dealing with the concerns of our state and country, we are working to improve the quality of life globally.

    Throughout this issue of Connections, you have read about professors and researchers who are among the most respected in the world. World Food Prize Laureates Gebisa Ejeta (2009) and Phil Nelson (2007) are examples of Purdue Agriculture’s impact. Purdue is the only institution to have two faculty members named as World Food Prize Laureates. The research that Ejeta and Nelson conduct affects our everyday lives and those of people worldwide. With the support of our alumni and friends, the quality of research and the potential to solve problems can only increase.

    In addition to faculty making an impact overseas, our students gain valuable experience through study abroad. More than 28 percent of Purdue Agriculture students have participated in a study abroad program by the time they graduate — the highest percentage on campus. International experience is becoming an essential part of a student’s education. However, the cost of study abroad can add up.

    Tuition, fees, travel and living expenses are legitimate concerns. Thanks to endowments such as the John and Emily Huie Endowment for International Programs in Agriculture and the College of Agriculture Study Abroad Scholarship, students have support to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime experience in China, Brazil or Ireland, among many other countries.

    International engagement is also an important goal of Purdue Agriculture. It provides our faculty and staff with the opportunity to aid others by putting their research and experience into practice and to learn by working with different cultures and institutions.

    Some current Purdue Agriculture engagement projects are in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Kenya and China. One project involved 32 faculty members who trained National Guard members in farming techniques and other skills so that when the soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan, they could teach the Afghan people and improve agriculture there.

    Purdue Agriculture’s alumni and friends are an important part of our success. With your support, our students, faculty and staff can travel our nation and the world in pursuit of solutions to the issues we face every day. We have the power to change lives with our research and expertise. To learn more about International Programs in Agriculture and how you can make a difference, contact the Agricultural Advancement Office at (800) 718-0094 or agdevelopment@purdue.edu.

    World Food Prize duo to speak at Fish Fry

    Purdue is the only institution in the world that can boast of two World Food Prize Laureates, and both of them will be the guest speakers at the Feb. 6 Ag Alumni Fish Fry in Indianapolis. Phil Nelson, 2007 winner, and Gebisa Ejeta, this year’s winner, will make their appearances at 11:30 a.m. in the Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For ticket information, contact Debby Jakes at (765) 494-8593, or visit:

    Library to exhibit J.C. Allen photos

    The photography of J.C. Allen will be featured in an exhibit opening Nov. 3 in Purdue’s Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center.

    The center is on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center.

    “Agriculture in Focus: Through the Lens of J.C. Allen” will display a number of his photos that capture student life, the changing Purdue campus and agriculture.

    Allen spent more than 70 years taking photos of rural life and Purdue University, creating an incredible collection of photos documenting American agriculture during the early 20th century. In the 1970s Allen presented roughly 20,000 prints, glass plates and negatives to Purdue for archival purposes.

    The College of Agriculture had maintained the Allen Archive until recently, when space was made available at Purdue University Libraries.

    For more information about the exhibit, visit www.lib.purdue.edu or call (765) 494-2839.