Meaningful personal connections engender success in weekend master’s degree program

Purdue alumnus Isaiah Butler will graduate with a master’s degree in leadership, a program offered through Purdue Polytechnic’s Center for Professional Studies (ProSTAR). We talked with Butler about why he chose to get his undergraduate degree at Purdue and to come back for a weekend master’s degree program.

Fall semester welcomes new degree program

Hard to believe, but it has finally arrived! The fall semester is beginning to ramp up, and it is truly exciting. I don’t ever tire of it. The campus is bustling with activity, the football team is practicing everyday now and I have even heard the deep bellowing sound of our own Purdue Boilermaker Special as it cruises around campus. It truly doesn’t get any better than this!

From F-16 operations to Caterpillar operations

Kelly Orr (MS T’00) has spent a lifetime traveling around the world. She grew up in Connecticut, but she’s traveled in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, South America, and various corners of North America.

When Orr decided to earn a master’s degree, she enrolled in the Purdue College of Technology weekend master's program to study industrial distribution. At the time, she was the only female in the program.

Webinars planned to discuss fall 2013 programs

ProSTAR will host webinars in April highlighting programs that will begin Fall 2013.

Webinar #1: Wednesday, April 3, 4:00 p.m. (EDT) – 100% Online Degrees

  • Aviation Management
  • Information Technology Project Management

Webinar #2: Monday, April 8, 5:00 p.m. (EDT) - Building Construction Management

Webinar #3: Wednesday, April 24, 4:00 p.m. (EDT) – Weekend Master’s Degrees

From the director's chair (March 2013)

As I was walking this noon for lunch, the temperature was roughly 28 degrees with a brisk west to east wind. Even though I had my gloves on and my coat collar up, it didn’t seem as cold to me as the temperature might suggest. Perhaps it was the sun beating down or perhaps it was the budding of the tree I walked by, but in the end it felt like spring was right around the corner.

ProSTAR star: Nancy Smigiel

ProSTAR’s newest staff member is Nancy K. Smigiel, administrative coordinator. She may be new to ProSTAR but Nancy has been working at Purdue since 2001 and also is a Boilermaker graduate.

During her tenure at Purdue, Nancy is proud that she earned a bachelor of arts degree in history (with specialization in the history of science and technology) at the age of 40.  Her Boilermaker blood runs deep: her daughter is now a third generation Boilermaker, having started at Purdue this past Fall. She also has a son.


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