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The Old Masters Program is a unique and well-established annual event at Purdue University. It was created in 1950 when student leaders, business representatives, and university officials together defined success as "honesty, personal integrity, and a good philosophy." This sparked the idea to invite a group of ten successful and outstanding individuals to campus for the purpose of sharing ideas and experiences with the student body, thus comprising the first ten Old Masters. They have since been followed by over 500 eminent personalities helping this tradition at Purdue to strengthen and grow each year.
To Purdue students and faculty, an Old Master is an exceptional person who has made significant contributions to his or her own field. There is no typical Old Master, all walks of life are represented. It is not necessary for an Old Master to be a graduate of Purdue. Each person, however, possesses the same desire to share philosophies and experiences with Purdue students.
The Central Committee, comprised of twelve Purdue students and a faculty advisor, is responsible for the planning of the program. Throughout the year, preparations are made in anticipation of the Old Masters' arrivals in the fall. During their stay on campus, each Old Master is escorted by a group of hosts and hostesses chosen by the Central Committee. Their itinerary includes visiting classrooms and residence units and attending informal breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners. In these formal settings, Purdue students are encouraged to engage in open discussion with the Old Masters.
Through the Old Masters program, we honor those who have given of themselves and achieved success. Ideas and inspirations continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of the students long after the Old Masters have become a part of Purdue's history.
Thanks for a great 2014 Old Masters Program! Applications for the 2015 Old Masters Program will be available in late August!
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Welcoming the 2014 Old Masters
Celeste Bottorff- VP of Global Health and Well Being at Coca-Cola Company
Scott Bracale- President, Tween Brands Inc.
Juan Ernesto De Bedout- Former President of Latin American Operations, Kimberly Clark Corporation
Cathie Kozik- Former CIO and Executive VP at Hub Group
John Madia- Executive VP for CH2M Hill
Kevin Mayer- Executive VP, Chief Marketing Officer, BJ's Restaurants
Mark Polansky- Former NASA Astronaut
Tom Spurgeon- Former President and CEO of Lincoln Office, Chairman of Purdue's Board of Trustees
Dr. Rukeyser Thompson- Section Head in Research & Development, Procter and Gamble.
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