STATEHOUSE – The Purdue University College of Liberal Arts and the CLA Alumni Board presented Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch with the Distinguished Alumni Award for her positive impact in the state of Indiana.
"I am very grateful to Purdue for the experiences I have had, and the impact it made on my life," Crouch said. "The courses I took for my political science major at the university peaked my interest in pubic service and set me on a path I could never have imagined."
Crouch graduated from Purdue University with a degree in political science, spurring her interest in public service, which ultimately led her to becoming the 52nd lieutenant governor of Indiana.
"The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to honor Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch with the Distinguished Alumni Award," said Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, David Reingold. "Her leadership and service to her community and our state reflect the aspirations of our college to prepare the next generation of leaders. A graduate of our department of political science, Suzanne stands as an example to our students of the impact that is possible with a Purdue Liberal Arts Degree."
The College of Liberal Arts, in cooperation with the Purdue Alumni Association, have presented this award to Liberal Arts alumni who distinguish themselves in their careers since 1986.
"Purdue will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am inspired by the work the university is doing to set our next generation of leaders on a path of excellence," Crouch said. "Thank you to the College of Liberal Arts, and David for honoring me with this recognition."
Indiana State University
Indiana State University will launch a stationless bike share program as part of campus' annual Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 on the quad.
The Office of Sustainability - formally known as The Institute for Community Sustainability -- is working with Spin to provide the stationless bike share program for campus.
There will be 100 orange bikes available on campus for people who download the app on their phone, which allows people to unlock the bikes. Professionals from SPIN will be on-hand to answer questions and show how to download the app and unlock the bikes.
The bikes will be free for rent on April 18 and will cost 50 cents per 30 minutes of use after April 18.
"It will be really beneficial program for students, especially if they're running late to class or looking to go to the grocery store to pick things up," said Nick McCreary, coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. "It will be a cheaper and more sustainable means of getting around than driving."
The Earth Day celebration will also welcome around 30 to 40 vendors from the community and the university to show off sustainable practices and products. Sodexo will cater lunch in the afternoon and Indiana State President Deborah Curtis will present Sustainability Awards. The Tree Campus award will also be presented to Stephanie Krull, landscape and grounds manager for Indiana State.
The Fashion Merchandising Association will operate its Sycamore Closet Thrift Shop on the quad for a second year. McCreary said plans are in the works for the Office of Sustainability and the association to create a year-round thrift shop that would give students an opportunity to purchase reused clothes and other items at a cheaper cost without having to leave campus.
The student organizations, Green Greeks and Operation New Earth, will be involved in unique projects to turn what is typical deemed as trash into usable products and a waste barrel decorating contest where Greek organizations will be asked to turn 55-gallon tubs into a recycle bin that the groups can take back to their organizations and use after the Earth Day celebration.
"I want to get (the Office of Sustainability) out there in students' minds and help them to see that sustainability is core value of Indiana State," McCreary said. "Hopefully people will take the time to come out, see what there is to offer in the way of information on sustainability in their lives and just come enjoy the outdoors."