Many people do not realize the
vital role that veterinarians play in
keeping people healthy, and that
lack of awareness is especially true
among elementary school students.
Changing that is the goal of a $1.26
million Science Education Partnership
Award (SEPA) granted to the Purdue
University College of Veterinary
Medicine from the Office of Research
Infrastructure Programs, a component
of the National Institutes of Health.
The only veterinary medical college
with a SEPA award, Purdue Veterinary
Medicine will lead a team of experts
that will spread this message
nationwide through an after-school
role-modeling program. Called “This
is How We ‘Role’,” the program will
provide interactive science and
math experiences to students in
Dr. Sandy San Miguel, PVM associate dean for engagement, captivates the attention of children at Lafayette’s
Hanna Community Center.
for the last 20 years – making Indiana a top-notch
racing state and a recognized leader in the sport,”
said Rod Ratcliff, Centaur Gaming chairman and
CEO. Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming, founded
in 1993, owns and operates Indiana Grand Racing &
Casino in Shelbyville; Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
in Anderson; the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB
in Indianapolis as well as additional off-track betting
operations in Clarksville and New Haven, Ind.
The ceremony also featured remarks by Kevin
Nigh, President of the Shelby County Board of
Commissioners and Purdue President Mitch
Daniels. Then Dean Reed joined the others on the
stage to ceremonially break ground. A reception
followed as well as a commemorative horse race -
the “Purdue Veterinary Medicine Classic,” named in
honor of the College. After the race, Indiana Grand
presented a commemorative horse blanket embossed
with the date of the event and the College’s logo.
Dean Willie Reed, Chairman and CEO of Centaur Gaming Rod Ratcliff, President Mitch
Daniels, President of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners Kevin Nigh, and
Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun ceremonially break ground for the Centaur Equine
Diagnostic and Surgical Center.
$1.26 MILLION NIH
GRANT EXPANDS PVM AFTER-
SCHOOL SCIENCE PROGRAM NATIONWIDE