July 11, 2014
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Forty-three Purdue student-athletes were acknowledged as Distinguished Scholar Award recipients by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday.
Big Ten faculty representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only student-athletes with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school.
You can read more about the Distinguished Scholar Award and see the list of Purdue honorees here.
Ross-Ade South End Zone Patio
On Tuesday, Purdue Athletics Department officials announced plans for the new Ross-Ade Stadium South End Zone Patio, which is being created after the bleachers were removed last month.
The patio will be available to football season-ticket holders and Purdue students who have purchased the VIP Card. It will open one and a half hours before kickoff and close at the end of the game.
Anchored by a 3,200-square-foot high-peak tent, the space will also feature several pergolas and an array of patio-style furniture, including tables with umbrellas. Fans will be able to purchase typical tailgate food and beverage, including beer and wine. Six 46-inch televisions will be mounted throughout.
The Boilermaker Special, Purdue's official mascot, will park front and center of the 16,000-square foot area. The space will be gated, with four entrances - two on the east side and two on the west - with attractive landscaping, flags and banners that pay tribute to the Boilermakers' Cradle of Quarterbacks and Den of Defensive Ends traditions.
Season-ticket and VIP Card holders will receive an access card that will permit entry to the area. For a complete explanation of entry and access procedures, click here.
Volleyball Season Ticket Push
The volleyball program is making a push to 1,000 season tickets. The renewal deadline is Sunday. Click here to purchase.
Fans should mark their calendar for an intrasquad scrimmage at 2 p.m. on Aug. 16 and the annual alumni match at 6 p.m. on Aug. 23. The season starts Aug. 29 as the Boilermakers welcome USF, LSU and San Diego to Belin Court for the annual Mortar Board Premier.
Football Watch Lists
Senior running back Akeem Hunt has been named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, presented to college football's most versatile player, and junior center Robert Kugler has been selected to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation's best center.
Purdue Tailgate Town: Downtown Indianapolis on Sept. 13
Prior to the Purdue-Notre Dame football game Sept. 13 at Lucas Oil Stadium, all Boilermaker fans are invited to Purdue Tailgate Town at the corner of West McCarty Street and South Missouri Street to join in a day of Purdue spirit. Food, beverages and Boilermaker spirit items will be available for purchase from noon until kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Purdue Tailgate Town is a mere five-minute walk from Lucas Oil. Parking is available for John Purdue Club members for $20. Call the John Purdue Club office at 765-494-3248 to reserve your parking pass. If demand exceeds supply, parking passes will be allocated based on JPC priority points. The deadline to request a parking pass is July 25.
Former Purdue offensive tackle Matt Light (1996-2000) has been honored by All Sports United with the 2014 Humanitarian Award, presented annually to an outstanding professional athlete for excellence in philanthropy.
Light's nonprofit organization, The Light Foundation, gives at-risk youth "a better chance at leading healthy lives by using the great outdoors to learn and grow." The Light Foundation will receive a $100,000 prize package to further its mission and public exposure.
Light, who played professionally with the New England Patriots from 2001 to 2011 and won three Super Bowls, was selected out of a group of 40 nominees for the award.
Ramer Impressive in Minor League Debut
In his minor league debut Sunday, former Purdue pitcher Robert Ramer (2010-13) worked five innings of two-hit relief with six strikeouts and no walks for the Augusta GreenJackets, the San Francisco Giants' Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. He arrived from Arizona about three hours before the game and was the winning pitcher after Augusta scored five runs over the final four innings. Ramer signed with the Giants after an impressive showing with the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League. You can keep up to date on all Boilermakers in the minor leagues here.
Senior setter/outside hitter Val Nichol is one of 12 volleyball players on the U.S. Collegiate National team that will compete at the Global Challenge in Croatia next week ... Sophomore Hope Schmelzle earned a spot on the U.S. Junior National team after her second-place finish in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase Sunday at the USATF Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore. ... Senior running back Raheem Mostert, senior linebacker Sean Robinson and senior defensive end Ryan Russell will join head coach Darrell Hazell as Purdue representatives at the 43rd-annual Big Ten Media Days and the Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago on July 28 and 29 ... Purdue and Missouri have finalized their agreement for a home-and-home football series in 2017 and 2018. The Boilermakers will travel to Columbia, Mo., on Sept. 16, 2017, and play host to the Tigers on Sept. 15, 2018 ... Purdue Pete joined other Big Ten mascots in welcoming Maryland and Rutgers to the conference July 1 with myriad appearances along the East Coast. Following a stop in Washington D.C., Sports Illustrated picked mascots to fill various political positions, and Pete was the choice for president. His vice president was Herky the Hawk from Iowa ... A Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying event will be held at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex on the Purdue campus July 24. Click here for details ... Tracking the Boilermakers will return July 25.