General Updates
May PCC Meeting
Mark your calendar for the next Purdue Communicators Council meeting. This meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams. 
Date: May 21
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.  
Meeting Link: Microsoft Teams Meeting
Purdue in the News
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Astronaut Panel From the Total Solar Eclipse Event at IMS, Presented by Purdue University 
In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to five members of Purdue’s Cradle of Astronauts: Sirisha Bandla (BS aeronautical and astronautical engineering ’11), Drew Feustel (BS solid earth sciences ’89, MS geophysics ’91), Beth Moses (BS aeronautical and astronautical engineering ’92, MS aeronautics and astronautics ’94), Mark Polansky (BS aeronautical and astronautical engineering ’78, MS aeronautics and astronautics ’78) and Audrey Powers (BS aeronautical and astronautical engineering ’99). 
These five Purdue astronauts came together for the first time at the live “This Is Purdue” podcast panel during the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Event, presented by Purdue University.  
Listen as this panel of astronauts, which includes Boilermakers with both NASA and commercial spaceflight backgrounds at Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Barrios Technology, share what they found most surprising about their personal experiences in space, the specialness behind viewing a total solar eclipse with more than 50,000 people at the iconic IMS and their perspectives on where the future of spaceflight is heading. 
Plus, you’ll hear how the journeys and legacies of past Boilermaker astronauts brought them to Purdue, how their passion for space exploration deepened as students and what it means to them to inspire the next generation to take the leap into space as future members of Purdue’s Cradle of Astronauts. 
Check out this memorable episode — it’s only on “This Is Purdue,” the official Purdue University podcast! 
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Communicators' Tip of the Week
More than 1,500 Purdue Global graduates cap off college careers at commencement ceremonies
On Saturday (May 4), Purdue Global held its commencement on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette — the 20th commencement since Purdue Global’s formation in 2018 — with more than 8,000 guests, faculty and staff members in attendance. The graduates, including 301 Indiana residents, represented all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Twenty countries were represented as well, including Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, Greece, India, Mexico and the Philippines.
PG Commencement
Community involvement inspires student at Purdue University in Indianapolis
Sarah Papabathini is making a difference every day — as a mentor, researcher, volunteer, princess and AI major. Read her story on The Persistent Pursuit.
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Purdue University chosen by Indiana Office of Energy Development for small modular nuclear reactor study
Purdue has been selected by the Indiana Office of Energy Development to research small modular nuclear reactor technology and analyze the potential impacts should the technology be deployed in Indiana. This partnership comes following Purdue’s selection as the successful respondent to IOED’s request for proposals for an Indiana-focused SMR study.
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Whether you need to put together a PowerPoint presentation, design a research poster or create the perfect social media post, Purdue Marketing and Communications’ 250-plus templates will make your work easy and keep your content on message.
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