Oct. 18, 2013
around the college

In this issue:
Turpin honored as Special Boilermaker
McDonald's CEO to speak at Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry
Ejeta appointed to U.N. Scientific Advisory Board

Tom Turpin

Purdue professor of entomology Tom Turpin (center) receives the Special Boilermaker Award from Purdue Alumni Association Executive Director Kirk Cerny (right) during the Purdue-Nebraska football game on Oct. 12. At left is fellow award recipient Teresa Eloff, director of undergraduate recruiting, retention and placement for the College of Health and Human Sciences. (Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)

Turpin honored as Special Boilermaker

Entomology professor Tom Turpin has been named a 2013 Special Boilermaker Award winner.

The Special Boilermaker Award was established by the Purdue Alumni Association in 1981 to honor Purdue faculty and staff members who have contributed significantly to the improvement of the quality of life and/or the betterment of the educational experience for a substantial number of Purdue students.

A faculty member since 1971, Turpin received the award at the entomology department’s picnic in August and was officially honored during a ceremony at the Purdue–Nebraska football game on Oct. 12.

“Professor Turpin has been Purdue’s ambassador at state, national and international levels to hundreds of thousands of students, parents, teachers and friends of Purdue,” said his nominators.

“He is well known as one of the best teachers at Purdue and has just about every teaching award to prove it. He has produced videos, conducted workshops, created games and cartoons and makes regular appearances on television and radio programs. He created 'Bug Bowl' for what is now Spring Fest, one of Purdue’s premier community engagements events that draws 30,000-40,000 people to campus every year. His imagination, enthusiasm and passion for education have inspired and motivated all of us, making him very special…a Special Boilermaker.” 

McDonald's CEO to speak at Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry

Don Thompson, president and CEO of McDonald's Corp., will be the featured speaker at the 2014 Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association Fish Fry on Feb. 1 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

McDonald's CEO, Don Thompson


Thompson, a Purdue alumnus, will speak about the path he took from being a Purdue engineering graduate to his current position in leading the world's largest food service company, which employs 1.8 million people worldwide. He also will share a view into "the McDonald's you may not know," focusing on how the company maintains the quality of the food it serves to 69 million customers in 119 countries daily.

"We're very excited to have Don Thompson as our featured speaker at the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry," said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture. "He is an exceptional leader, a Boilermaker, a member of our Board of Trustees and CEO of the world's leading food service retailer. His message will be one our College of Agriculture alumni, friends and stakeholders won't want to miss."

Thompson has helped drive business results and global strategic innovation across McDonald's since joining the company in 1990. He has held key leadership positions in the company's largest business segment - McDonald's U.S.A. - including as division president, chief operating officer and president. In 2010, Thompson was appointed president and COO and became CEO two years later.

Thompson serves on the boards of Purdue University, McDonald's Corp., Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catalyst and Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He also is a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club, The Economic Club, World Business Chicago and the Arthur M. Brazier Foundation.

Thompson received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue and an honorary doctorate in science from Excelsior College.

The Fish Fry will be held at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets will go on sale Nov. 1 for $25 each, with tables of 10 available for $250. Bus transportation will be available from West Lafayette, and advance parking permits for the fairgrounds are also for sale.

Tickets can be ordered by phone at 765-494-8593 or by downloading the order form at www.ag.purdue.edu/agalumni.

McDonald's CEO, Don Thompson


Ejeta appointed to U.N. Scientific Advisory Board

Purdue University distinguished professor of agronomy and World Food Prize laureate Gebisa Ejeta has been appointed to the U.N. secretary-general's newly created Scientific Advisory Board.

The appointment by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon places Ejeta as the only agricultural scientist on the 26-member board. It is composed of internationally renowned scientists representing various fields of natural, social and human sciences.

The board will provide advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development to the secretary-general and executive heads of relevant United Nations organizations. Some key objectives will be to strengthen the link between science and policy and to ensure that the latest scientific findings are reflected in high-level policy discussions within the U.N.

Creation of the board was among recommendations of a high-level panel, which prepared a report on global sustainability in advance of the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro last year.

"It is a great honor and responsibility to have the chance to work at the highest level of global science policy and diplomacy," Ejeta said. "I will try to be a good ambassador of agricultural sciences to uphold the indispensability of food and agriculture, and to impart that feeding humanity sustainably in the foreseeable and unforeseeable future is the ultimate responsibility of all nations. I hope to make a difference."

Ejeta received the 2009 World Food Prize for developing a drought- and disease-resistant sorghum.

In 2011, Purdue created the Center for Global Food Security, of which Ejeta is executive director. Also that year, Ejeta received a presidential appointment to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. He also was appointed a science envoy for the U.S. State Department in 2010.  

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