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Tyler Trent
Introducing the Tyler Trent Pediatric Cancer Research Center

Tyler Trent (AS T’18) was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at 15 years old. Despite his diagnosis, he was determined to attend Purdue University and have a normal college experience. While undergoing aggressive cancer treatment, Tyler maintained a positive attitude, inspiring millions.

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Tyler Trent
Tyler Trent’s Enduring Impact

Many may recognize the name Tyler Trent and associate it with words like superfan, Boilermaker, or hero. They may think of a Motion P–covered suit jacket, a hashtag, or a spirited buzz cut. But Tyler Trent (AS T’18) was more than a Purdue student battling a cancer diagnosis, and his fight for a cure for pediatric cancer continues today.

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Bob Bowen
Alum Bowen Celebrates 20 Years of Unique Gameday Tradition

Bob Bowen (CE’62, HDR E’07) has at least two enduring passions—Purdue and bicycling—and he has found a clever way to celebrate both loves at the same time. Once a year on the day of Purdue’s first home football game, Bowen leads a bike ride from Indianapolis to West Lafayette in celebration of the Boilermakers and new beginnings.

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Jerry Semler a former Purdue Professor who recently passed away.
Remembering Jerry Semler

The Purdue community mourns the death of accomplished business leader and proud alumnus Jerry Semler (M’58, HDR M’02). He died Monday, July 24, at age 86.

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Headshot of Daniel Dawes
A Journey of Engagement

As a student, Dan Dawes (A’80) was involved in several extracurricular activities, including fraternity living and student government. His engagement didn’t stop after graduation. He served as a recent graduate representative on the Purdue Alumni Association’s board of directors for three years.

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Concord Law School celebrates 25 years, and a legacy, with new endowment

Steve Bracci, associate dean of first-year programs at Concord Law School, has been helping students pass the bar exam and first-year law students’ exam (FYLSE) for 45 years. He currently teaches a number of first-year and upper-division subjects and created the First-Year Intensive Program, a preparation program for the FYLSE.

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Purdue alumnus Angel Price in front of "Pandora - The World of Avatar" attraction at Walt Disney World
Purdue Alum Keeps “The World of Avatar” Flying

As senior manager of engineering services at a major park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, Angel Price (T’07) takes small steps every day to make giant leaps in imagination possible at one of the resort’s most popular attractions.

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