Suggestions for combined Purdue name focus on Lake Michigan

2014-04-25T19:00:00Z 2014-04-26T15:35:09Z Suggestions for combined Purdue name focus on Lake MichiganCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | The Unification Committee for the consolidation of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central is reviewing seven names for a new unified local Purdue.

However, no final choice has been made yet, and suggestions are still being accepted.

So far, the top seven names are: Purdue University Lakefront, Purdue University Lake Michigan, Purdue University Lake Shore, Purdue University Lakeshore, Purdue University Lakeside, Purdue University Shoreline and Purdue University South Shore.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and other constituents of both campuses were invited to participate in the survey April 16-21 in response to those seven names.

Results from that survey will be provided to the Unification Committee at its May 9 meeting along with other name suggestions and comments collected.

Still, there is one group unhappy with the process. The Purdue University Calumet chapter of the American Association of University Professors sent a letter to Chancellors Thomas Keon, of Purdue Calumet, and James Dworkin, of Purdue North Central, saying the process as outlined in the first Unification Committee meeting was not followed.

In its letter, the chapter wrote, "Considering the secretive and non-participatory manner in which the unification as a whole was conceived and announced, we had hoped that PUC administrators and members of the Unification Committee would be careful to show faculty, staff and students how much their input was valued as unification moves forward. It is not too late to do so."

Selecting a name for the unified university is an ongoing process, said Purdue Calumet spokesman Wes Lukoshus. "Various opinions have been expressed regarding how our name should be selected. The overall selection process being used is based on best practices in marketing and naming of an organization," he said in an email.

"While inviting responses is one common way to solicit input, it is not the only way to drive the important choice of a name. The feedback received through the process so far has been much appreciated. All questions and suggestions continue to be welcome," Lukoshus said, "and will be considered as the Unification Committee works toward advancing name recommendations to the Purdue University Board of Trustees."

Lukoshus said the committee will continue reviewing options until it is satisfied with one or more "fully vetted" names to recommend to the Purdue Board of Trustees.

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