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Photo of Purdue alumni and donors April Cheung and David Merrick.

Extending Hands of Goodwill

David Merrick (AAS’82, T’83) and April Cheung (AAS’95, T’96, MS T’04), a Purdue assistant professor, have a long history of giving back to their community, including volunteer work with the American Red Cross.

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Photo of Purdue alumnus and donor Francisco Rius with his wife and children.

In the Business of Data and Minecraft

With experience in software programming and coding, Francisco Rius (M’04, MBA’07) looked to grow his understanding of business and technology in college. After moving to the U.S. from Mexico City, Mexico, he enrolled at Purdue, where he adjusted to Indiana’s colder winters while earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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Photo of donor Joy Matson receiving the Pinnacle Award from Purdue President Mung Chiang.

­The Joy of Giving

Joy Matson grew up in a 900-square-foot house in a small Illinois town of 90 people. Wearing hand-me-down clothes, Matson attended school in a three-room schoolhouse—her class was the largest with 12 students.

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