Purdue Club Hong Kong

The Purdue Club Hong Kong is the official alumni organization of Purdue University in the Hong Kong SAR, China. We welcome any Purdue alumni or faculty, current students and parents, or any other related persons to participate. We also welcome your ideas for activities. Hail Purdue! Go Boilers!

Friday, September 30, 2005

Vote Vote Vote!

VOTE FOR PETE!!!! All America Mascot Team

Hey fellow Boilermakers, support Pete by voting!

Was renewing my PAA membership & found that our Mascot - Purdue Pete - are in the All America Mascot Team contest! Quiet interesting to learn more about Pete from his Bios Page - oh, and not to mention, make sure you won't miss out the funny/silly video they've made for him (Purdue sitting still "pretend" thinking is the funniest i would say)... XD


Hail Purdue~~~

Monday, September 26, 2005

"Purdue needs more partnership with Asia" by Evan Kelsay


Purdue needs more partnership with Asia
By Evan Kelsay
Senior Columnist

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.

It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.

It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you'd better start running.

The message in this proverb is what Richard Cosier, Dean of Purdue's Krannert School of Management, has in mind when he steps off of the Northwest Airlines plane in Beijing, China, at 8:30 a.m. This is Cosier's second trip to the Mainland this year to help secure his school's future in Purdue's world of pre-eminence.

Cosier knows China is more than a threat and customer for the U.S.; China is an opportunity. That's why he is placing "fostering educational exchanges with China" at the top of his priorities list right now, just two weeks after celebrating Krannert's No. 12 undergraduate ranking in USNews.

Cosier knows it. President Martin Jischke knows it, too. After a trip to India and Hong Kong last fall, Jischke was the one who assembled the team for what's being called the Asia Initiative.

When you look around campus and your classes, you'll see no shortage of students from the Mainland and India. And these students represent the best of the best from their home countries. As Thomas Friedman pointed out in his book, "The World is Flat," in China you're one in a million here, there are 1,300 people just like you.

However, we aren't returning the favor in the two places where opportunities flow and will continue to flow like milk and honey for generations.

Since 2001, the U.S. has increasingly closed its borders to foreign exchange students. While European countries announce surges in Chinese enrollment, applications from the Mainland to American graduate schools dropped 45 percent in 2004.

Purdue knows where future opportunities for business and the sciences lie. Quite frankly, if they are serious about securing their future, there's no reason why Krannert students wanting to study abroad shouldn't be looking at China first. The same thing goes for India and students studying engineering, IT, etc. As of four years ago, 400 out of the Forbes 500 companies have invested in more than 2,000 projects in China. The opportunities are there if we just have the courage to grab them.

But less than 10 percent of study abroad students go to Asia. We're talking about two thirds of the world's population that is not on any of our radars when we think outside the U.S.

Jischke, Cosier and many more Purdue staff and faculty are trying to change that. They are working hard towards their goal. But it's going to take more than just visits, partnerships and exchanges with Chinese and Indian universities. It's going to take things all students need. Things like scholarship money, core class credit and substantial credit for internships.

Cosier knows how important this trip is for his school. Now all he has to do is get everyone else to listen.

Evan Kelsay is a senior in the School of Management. He spent January to August of this year studying and working in Hong Kong. He can be reached via e-mail at evan.kelsay@purdueexponent.org

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

News about Purdue ranking and research

We received the following delightful information from President Martin Jischke of Purdue University:

"A strong indicator of excellence came in August with the release of U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of university undergraduate programs. Purdue remains among America's top 25 public universities in the rankings, and the College of Engineering and Krannert School of Management continue to shine.

"Eleven Purdue engineering programs rank in the magazine's top 20, with seven of them in the top 10. Overall, Purdue was ranked eighth in the nation among doctoral-granting institutions, tied with Carnegie Mellon and Cornell.

"The Krannert School jumped five spots in the rankings into a tie for 12th with five other programs. U.S. News ranked Indiana University's Kelley School of Business 11th and Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business in a tie for 22nd. So the state of Indiana can boast of having three of the nations's top 25 undergraduate business schools....

"Purdue announced two important new research centers for Discovery Park in August. The Energy Center will focus on research to develop future power sources, including methods that use solar and nuclear energy, clean-coal technology, bio-energy and wind turbines. Thanks to Senator Richard Lugar, the recently passed federal energy bill identifies the new center to share in future funding for coal-related research. A new Cyberinfrastructure Center will unite computer resources at all Purdue campuses, enhancing research and education, setting the stage for more federal funding and ultimately boosting Indiana's economy. Thanks to Lilly Endowment support, the Cyber Center will place the University at a competitive advantage by accelerating discovery, which will lead to new avenues of research."

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Announcement: Wine Tasting Party, Sep 30, 2005


Wine Tasting Party at Butterfield's Club on Friday, September 30, 2005

Once again, PCHK will hold another informal gathering for Boilermakers in Hong Kong on Friday, September 30, 2005, at Butterfield's Club, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

If you would like to join, please inform Dr Kenneth Wai (Pharmacy 1963) by email at hinds@hk.net or by fax at 2567-1340, not later than Monday, September 26, 2005. Ken will register you as his guests to attend the wine tasting with hearty home-made sausages, and fun chatting among friends, for only HK$40 per person. You may also buy the fine wine on your own, on the spot, to bring home!

Butterfield's Club (Tel: 2968-5555) is at Dorset House, King's Road, Quarry Bay (a few minutes walk from Exit A at MTR Quarry Bay Station.)

See you there!

Charles Mok

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Dedication of Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts (Sep 12, 2005)

Purdue Club Hong Kong would like to share with you the great news of the decication ceremony of the new Yue-kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts on the West Lafayette Campus of Purdue University -- the first Purdue building named after a person outside of the U.S., and we are proud to say also a Hong Kong and China legend.


September 12, 2005

Purdue and Liberal Arts stage dedication for theaters, arts building

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University dedicated two theaters and its new visual and performing arts building today (Monday, Sept. 12), setting the stage for a place where art and technology can meet.

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The $43.4 million Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts is the College of Liberal Arts' home to the four divisions that make up visual and performing arts: art and design, music, dance, and theater.

"This building is a testament to the breadth of the arts at Purdue and our own emphasis on bringing technology to the stage," said President Martin C. Jischke. "This is the first building at Purdue named after an international business leader, a visionary who helped bring the market economy to China. The donors include a leader in the video game industry, a former Purdue president and engineer, a professional in the pharmacy industry, and a mechanical engineer. Art plays a part in every discipline and in every heart, and this building provides a place where designers, artists and scientists can experiment with art to improve the human condition.

"The arts have always played an important role on campus, even when they were scattered among different buildings and facilities. Now, the artists can create, design and solve problems under one roof using some of the latest technology."

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The fund raising was completed last fall, thanks to an anonymous $4 million gift. At the request of the donor, the building was named after Yue-Kong Pao (pronounced u-KONG bou), who died in 1991.

Tom Adler, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the new facility has something for everyone.

"Within this building, teachers, students and patrons will come together in an arts community that melds art and technology with the spark of creativity and imagination," Adler said. "Not only will the public be engaged by performances and exhibits here, the state will benefit from the imagination, ingenuity and insight that are fostered here."

Within the Indiana economy, for example, there are nearly 50,000 people working in arts-related businesses, according to a study conducted by Americans for the Arts, which is a nonprofit organization advancing the arts. Among those working in Indiana are artists trained at Purdue.

"This building provides a place where we can exhibit the fine arts, such as painting, sculpture and drawing," said David Sigman, professor and head of visual and performing arts. "But the building also is its own canvas where artists and scientists can work together to solve problems. For example, new studio space allows industrial designers to create and enhance furniture and appliances that are a part of our daily lives."

Pao Hall not only provides space for interdisciplinary collaboration, but it also offers opportunities to use some of the latest technology, such as in computerized weaving. The new dance space allows dancers to utilize computer technology in motion-capture video imaging, which is used to produce video games.

"Students will learn how art can be used to solve problems, and the opportunities provided by this building will prepare Purdue graduates for careers in interior and industrial design, sound and lighting, and printmaking, to name just a few," Sigman said.

The 166,700-square-foot hall is located at Marsteller and Wood streets. The building, which received $20.75 million in state appropriations, opened in fall 2003 for classes in art and design and dance. Purdue also contributed $5 million, and the remainder came from private gifts.

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Purdue has just finished work on the second phase of the building – two theaters and space for costume design and storage, dressing rooms, prop storage and scenery construction as well as studios and workshop space for classes in theater, music and art education. Previously, the visual and performing arts areas were located in Stewart Center, Lambert Field House, Matthews Hall and in five Quonset huts that dated back to World War II.

The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre, a 300-seat proscenium, will take the place of the Experimental Theatre in Stewart Center and nearly double its seating capacity. Former Purdue President Arthur G. Hansen of Zionsville, Ind., in September 2002 announced an outright and deferred gift of $1.8 million to name the theater in his wife's honor. Arthur married Nancy Tucker in 1972 during his tenure as Purdue's eighth president (1971-82). Nancy Tucker Hansen died in 2003.

"Both theaters will offer incredible artistic opportunities for production," said Russell Jones, associate professor of theater and chair of the division. "The Hansen Theatre has a grid 65 feet above the stage that will allow us to quickly fly scenic elements on and off the stage area. The stage is fully trapped, meaning the floor is easily removable, so we can sink props or scenery into the floor of the stage."

Directors will be able to experiment with different entrances and exits for plays with stage flooring that moves and with the new computer controlled lighting and sound technologies in the lighting and sound booth.

"The stage opening alone, with an increase in height from 12 feet to 28 feet, allows us to pursue productions that require two-story settings," Jones said. "Even though the size has increased, we've captured the intimacy of the actor-audience relationship that was appreciated in the smaller Experimental Theater."

In February, Purdue Theatre will present "The College Widow," written by Purdue alumnus George Ade, as the first production in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre.

"The Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre is truly a teaching theater," Jones said. "This flexible theater seats 100-150 people depending on its configuration. Directors can divide the audience seating or shape it to an arena, proscenium or three-quarter form. There also is more room for better lighting effects and an improved technical gallery."

The Mallett Theatre will replace the smaller Black Box Theater that was located in Creative Arts Building 3. Gordon Mallett of Zionsville, Ind., a retired Eli Lilly and Co. quality assurance director, studied the sciences while at Purdue, earning a doctorate in microbiology in 1956. Carole is a retired school administrator who took undergraduate courses at Purdue before earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Bradley and Northern Illinois universities. The Malletts pledged outright and deferred gifts of $770,000 for the building and also contributed time to the visual and performing arts building fund-raising campaign.

A green room also has been named for Herbert and Janice Wilson of Coralville, Iowa, in honor of their $500,000 gift in 2000. Herbert, who earned his bachelor of science degree in 1951 from Purdue, is owner and president of Start Ups Unlimited Inc. in Coralville.

Portraits of the Malletts and Nancy T. Hansen also were unveiled in the new theaters at the dedication.

A gallery in the building is named for Patti and Rusty Rueff (pronounced ROOF), of Burlingame, Calif., in recognition of their $200,000 gift toward the building. Rusty received a bachelor's degree in radio and television from Purdue in 1984 and earned a master's degree in counseling in 1986. He is now executive vice president of human resources at the Redwood City, Calif.-based game developer and publisher Electronic Arts, where he is responsible for finding and hiring the talent to create and produce the company's top-selling video games, such as Sims.

In March 2004, the Rueffs also made a deferred commitment of $5 million – the single largest gift in the College of Liberal Arts' history – for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, which was named in their honor. Previously, a classroom had been named after the Rueffs' godson, Noah B. Putnam, in honor of a $50,000 gift. Rusty, originally from Jeffersonville, Ind., is a member of Purdue's fund-raising campaign committee for the Visual and Performing Arts Building and the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Advisory Council. Patti is an event-planning consultant in California and a graduate of Wood Business School in Manhattan. She worked 24 years for PepsiCo Ind., including 20 years as executive assistant to the CEO and chairman of the board of directors.

Yue-Kong Pao was the founder of the World-Wide Shipping Company, an international oil tanker charter business. He became one of the wealthiest men in the world and was known as a shipping magnate, praised as one of the century's top 10 in that field.

Pao was a friend and adviser to Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, and he was responsible for arranging President Ronald Reagan's visit to China in 1983. Pao, who fled his homeland when the communists came to power in 1949, advised Deng to change the country to a market economy, according to the book "Three Tigers and Purdue: Stories of Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan and an American University."

Pao's two daughters graduated from Purdue. Anna Pao Sohmen is a 1966 graduate in psychology and sociology, and received an honorary doctorate from Purdue in 2003. Bessie Pao Woo graduated in 1971 with a degree in interior design. Anna and her husband, Helmut Sohmen, from Hong Kong, were at the dedication and unveiling of Pao's bust. Helmut Sohmen is president and chairman of World-Wide Shipping Company.

Purdue has one of the largest international student populations, and students from China began attending Purdue during the early 20th century. This fall Purdue has more than 750 students from China studying on the West Lafayette campus.

The Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts, which is home to Purdue Theatre and the Purdue Repertory Dance Company, was created in 1966. There are more than 900 undergraduates in the department, 60 graduate students and 40 faculty members. The department also offers a master of fine arts degree for students in its divisions of art and design and theater.

More than 8,000 Purdue students annually enroll in visual and performing arts classes. The studio arts include painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, textiles, sculpture, ceramics and metals. Other popular areas of study are industrial, interior and visual communications design. Visual communication design includes the creations of logos, corporate identity systems, package design and motion graphics.

Visual and Performing Arts is one of 11 departments in the College of Liberal Arts, which is one of the largest colleges on campus. The other departments are communication; English; foreign languages and literatures; health and kinesiology; history; philosophy; political science; psychological sciences; sociology and anthropology; and speech, language and hearing sciences. The college also is home to 13 interdisciplinary programs.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Sources: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-9708

Tom Adler, (765) 496-2373, tadler@purdue.edu

David Sigman, (765) 494-3056, sigman@purdue.edu

Russ Jones, (765) 494-3081, rjones@cla.purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Purdue President Martin C. Jischke speaks to Anna Pao Sohmen today (Monday, Sept. 12) after unveiling a bust of Sohmen's father Yue-Kong Pao, for whom the new visual and performing arts hall is named. Sohmen graduated from Purdue in 1966 with degrees in psychology and sociology and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2003. The $43.4 million hall is the College of Liberal Arts' home to the four divisions that make up visual and performing arts: art and design, music, dance, and theater. (Purdue News Service photo/David Umberger)

A publication-quality photo is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2005/pao-bust.jpg

Lisa Lee Peterson, professor and assistant head of the Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts, teaches a weaving class in the new Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. Weaving is part of the textiles area in the department's Division of Art and Design. (Purdue News Service photo/David Umberger)

A publication-quality photo is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2005/paohall-weaving.jpg

Professor Richard Rand's movement class for actors practices in one of the new acting studios in the Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. The Division of Theatre's classes and stages were previously divided among Stewart Center, Matthews Hall, Coulter Hall and one of the Quonset huts that dated back to World War II. The Experimental and Black Box theatres are being replaced with the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre and the Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre, respectively. Both theaters provide additional seating as well as more space to design scenic elements and new technology in sound and lighting areas. (Purdue News Service photo/David Umberger)

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Anna Pao Sohmen talks about naming the new Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts after her father. (61 seconds)
David Sigman, professor and head of the Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts talks about the new Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. (36 seconds)