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Welcome to Database of the Week, a feature from the Parrish Library. Each of these weekly snapshots will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This week’s database is Mergent Online brought to you by Mergent.

Link: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/businessdatabases is the alphabetical list of the databases specially selected for those in a business program of study. Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.

Focus: Mergent Online provides access to financial statements, company news, industry analysis, historical information on M&A activity, country information, product and brand names, historical ratings, US executive biographies and compensation details, historical daily stock pricing back to 1925.

Search: Mergent Online allows users to search for companies by ticker, name, SIC, or NAICS code. This database also provides Advanced Search options and the ability to search for some private companies.

Click here to see the basics of searching Mergent or try our Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database: Mergent Online provides access to company business histories by year and business segments by time, scale, or type of currency. This database also provides annual reports, industry reports, equity reports, Mergent reports, and portraits. 

Why students should know this database: Mergent Online is easy to use and navigate and features a “News” tab where students can easily find recent news headlines on companies, including historic news.

Cost: The Mergent Online access fee costs $2,500 paid for annually by Libraries.

Database of the Week comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu.  Also let us know if you know of a colleague who would benefit from this weekly feature.

Since usage statistics are an important barometer when databases are up for renewal, tell us your favorite database, and we will gladly promote it. Send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu 

A new LibGuide provided by Purdue University Libraries Research Data and developed in collaboration with ITaP displays the variety of data storage options available to researchers at Purdue University. After conversations with new faculty and graduate students where specific information on the data storage options present at Purdue and the considerations that go into selecting an appropriate data storage solution for a given data set were requested, the LibGuide was designed to meet those needs for all researchers.

The primary page lists six of the most common selection criteria for all available storage solutions at Purdue, including price, available storage, primary use, backups, access after leaving Purdue’s campus, and access from and to high performance computing systems. Each storage solution then has a profile page that includes in-depth information on 23 selection criteria, to give researchers a comprehensive picture for each data storage solution.

A link to the LibGuide can be found here: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/DataStorage

9781557537430Discover a hidden facet of Indiana’s long agricultural history in Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family: A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents. Follow the story of early extension agents on their journey through rural farmland in never before seen photos. These agents worked hand in hand with local farmers to improve agricultural practices and the way of life across the state with research from Purdue University and other institutions.

Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family is an officially endorsed legacy project for Indiana’s Bicentennial illustrating the importance of agricultural development through technology, research and extension.

Two Purdue faculty members, Fredrick Whitford (F.W.) and David Hovde (D.H.) and archivist Neal Harmeyer (N.H.) worked together to compose this book. Each author spent countless hours in the Purdue University Libraries Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center discovering photos and weaving together the stories of Indiana’s Extension agents, farmers and agriculture history. Find out each of their motivations and insights on the book in our Q&A with the authors: Fred, David and Neal.

What lead to the creation of this book?

4HFairF.W.While working on another book I noticed the wonderful photographs that the extension agents were taking as part of their annual reports. With the bicentennial coming up, it looked like a great time to showcase what some of the original Extension agents did as part of their efforts in getting the Extension service started in the state.

N.H. — This book came into being after it became apparent these images told the story of early 20th century Indiana agriculture. After discussing the sheer number of images, variety of subjects and activities captured, it became apparent a book would introduce readers to an important part of Hoosier history.

How was it to research within the Purdue Archives and Special Collections to determine dates, locations, and significance of each photo?

.— We were lucky from the start, that these photos were saved in the archives. The photos are one of a kind treasures. The fact that they were in folders labeled by year helped immensely. What was really encouraging was that many had names associated with them. I have used these photos in the counties where these people lived and buildings once existed. People have seen relatives like great grandfathers that they had never seen before from the photos preserved in the archives.

How does Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family tie into the culture and heritage of Indiana?

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N.H.— As Indiana celebrates its bicentennial in 2016, one naturally looks back to its centennial. A hundred years ago, which coincides with many of the images in the book, agriculture was a way of life for many Hoosiers. As the state looked ahead to its second century, changes in technology and the agricultural marketplace were beginning to take root. Generations of families farmed the same land, always striving to maintain their family heritage. My own family is one of those, and to catch even a glimpse into the world of my ancestors was special. I think readers of Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family will also uncover those familial connections and grow to understand the work ethic, ingenuity, and strength of our Hoosier forbearers.

D.H.— This books explores an often overlooked aspect of Indiana history. Indiana remains a state with a large agricultural economy.  It tells the story of how the Purdue Extension agents helped farmers view what they were doing as a business. Also, it demonstrates how these agents, through their educational practices, improved the health of both the people and animals, the local economy, and welfare of the community as a whole.

How does Extension farming exist today and how does this project show its evolution?

F.W.— The first Extension educators were at the forefront of modern farming. They were seeing the first introductions of lime, tractors, hybrid corn, and much more.

What did you learn from working on this project?

D.H. — The subject of the book is a part of Purdue University’s and Indiana’s history I knew little about.  It was a fascinating exploration into the rural Midwestern life of the early twentieth century. It features some aspects of the technology and culture that had changed little from the pioneer period.

What was your favorite part of working on this project?

field photoN.H.— My favorite part was learning more about how different parts of Indiana worked together through Purdue Extension to improve not only their farms and way of life, but the way of life for people across the United States and the world. The ability for a farmer to take part in cutting-edge research in a controlled and targeted way meant that farmers were no longer at the whim of the elements. Instead, farmers were able to work with allies to strengthen their ability to make a living. That was, and still is, exciting and tremendously enjoyable to read and learn more about during the process of creating this book.

D.H.I enjoyed looking deep into the photographs, examining the details of the material culture, the clothing, the technology, the activities and the expression on peoples’ faces.  Many times we had discussions over which one of a half dozen images would best show the topic we were discussing. Many times it was a hard decision.

About the Authors

Fredrick Whitford
Frederick Whitford works for the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in the College of Agriculture. He received a BS in wildlife management from Louisiana Tech University, and an MS and PhD in entomology from Iowa State University. He has authored more than 250 research, extension, and regulatory publications, and has delivered at least 5,000 presentations to a wide array of audiences. He has written several other books about the history of Indiana agriculture, all published by Purdue University Press.

Neal Harmeyer
Neal Harmeyer is an archivist at Purdue University Archives and Special Collections. Harmeyer grew up on a multigenerational family farm in northeastern Fayette County, Indiana, where he helped raise animals. He earned a BA degree in history from Purdue and an MLS degree from Indiana University.

David M. Hovde
David M. Hovde, the research and instruction librarian in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, is an associate professor of library science and has been at Purdue University since 1989. He has authored or coauthored numerous monographs, books, book chapters, and articles in archaeology, history, semiotics, and pedagogy.

Standing in front of the classroom as an instructor can be a lonely experience, but faculty who partner with Purdue’s IMPACT program are learning how sharing their knowledge and insights can help themselves, and others, create engaging learning environments at Purdue.

More than 100 Purdue faculty members recently attended the 2016 IMPACT symposium to share and learn from one another about the high-impact educational practices used in courses at Purdue to create meaningful student engagement and how to increase the effectiveness of learning activities in their own classrooms.

Purdue’s IMPACT program (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) is a University-wide initiative which brings instructors together to redesign foundational courses to make them more student-centered. Since 2011, more than 200 faculty members have participated in IMPACT, during which they gather in regular cohort meetings, develop a course redesign plan and collaborate with ITaP educational technologists, faculty from the Purdue Libraries and instructional developers from the Center for Instructional Excellence.

Faculty interested in participating, or learning more about the IMPACT program, should visit the IMPACT website.

George Kuh, the symposium’s keynote speaker and the director of the National Survey of Student Engagement, (watch his keynote speech here) emphasized the need for students to reflect on their experiences in and out of the classroom, apply what they have learned to new challenges, and integrate what they are learning from different courses and out-of-class experiences.

After the presentation, faculty members split into discussion groups to talk about three themes from Kuh’s talk: fostering student success, empowering diverse learners and forging tomorrow’s workplace. The symposium planning group, comprised of Libraries faculty Clarence Maybee, the group’s chair, and Michael Flierl, and ITaP staff members Suzanne Ahlersmeyer and Sheree Buikema, saw a number of great ideas generated from the discussion groups

Buikema, an ITaP instructional designer, says faculty discussing how to foster student success emphasized the need to make learning relevant by providing practical examples and experiences – for example, by partnering with organizations to give students opportunities to engage with professionals in the field. Other items discussed included creating a culture where students worked together, giving up some instructional control to empower students to take control of their learning, and setting up clear expectations and avenues for feedback.

Faculty discussing how to empower diverse learners said it was important to motivate students by explaining the “why” behind instructional activities, says Flierl, an assistant professor with the Libraries. Also key: relating material to real-world contexts and recording lectures so students can go back and listen to them again.

Real-life activities were also the focus of discussion for faculty members looking at how to forge tomorrow’s workplace. Maybee, assistant professor of Libraries, says several faculty members described class activities and projects that helped students prepare for their professional lives after graduation. For example, one instructor developed a quantitative reasoning course so that non-majors could have a math experience more representative of what they may encounter in the workforce. Another has students in a capstone course model research and prepare literature-based presentations like they might at a conference.

Ultimately, the symposium helped remind faculty that if creating an engaging learning environment for students isn’t an easy task, it is one that can be accomplished by working together.

“I think mainly I was reminded that, from the lens of the student, every course, instructor, is part of a single broader learning environment that, if successful, should culminate in student growth,” says Ben Wiles, Purdue’s director of institutional effectiveness. “We need to continue to actively collaborate to ensure a cohesive, coherent, and productive experience for our students.”

Writer:  David Stephens, technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), 765-496-7998, steph103@purdue.edu

Last updated: July 28, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $750,000 to Purdue University to support a unique approach to research, scholarly publishing and communications on global grand challenges.

The approach at Purdue is unique in two ways. First, it catalyzes the involvement of humanists and social scientists in grand challenges research, innovation and policy formation. Next, it embeds publishing professionals, libraries faculty and policy experts in the scholarly communications process.

Mellon’s support of the program enables broadly interdisciplinary teams to tackle grand challenges in new ways, with expert assistance in communicating results directly to the public and key stakeholders (policymakers, not-for-profit organizations, and others), so that new research gets more swiftly and effectively out of the academy into the hands of people who need it.

The approach is designed to drive innovation in grand challenges research while facilitating change in scholarly publishing in order to achieve greater public value.

The Scholarly Publishing Division of the Purdue University Libraries, the Purdue Policy Research Institute in Discovery Park, the College of Liberal Arts and the Purdue Systems Collaboratory are all partners on the grant. Peter Froehlich, director of the Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing Division, and Laurel Weldon, director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute, will serve as principal investigators. This award follows on an earlier award of $539,000 from the Mellon Foundation in 2014.

“We’re excited to be receiving this new award from Mellon,” Froehlich said. “It’s vital for publishers and policy centers to have support like this to work with researchers to explore ways to short-circuit traditional approaches to scholarly communications. The new award is a strong endorsement of our collaborative approach to research and scholarly publishing at Purdue.”

Weldon agreed.

“Thanks to the previous support we received from Mellon and to our work with our partners on the grant across campus, PPRI has been able to develop a model for high-impact, interdisciplinary research. We look forward to sparking greater innovation in interdisciplinary research and scholarly communications through this project,” she said.

The majority of the grant funds will support competitively selected research projects.

Applicant teams can recruit members from any institution, but lead principal investigators must be faculty in the Purdue College of Liberal Arts.  At least one research faculty from a STEM field as well as one member of the Libraries’ faculty must be included on each team. Projects will be funded from January 1, 2017 through July 31, 2019.  The title of the project is “Breaking Through: Multidisciplinary Solutions to Global Grand Challenges.”

Details about applying, informational events and deadlines will be released soon.  Researchers can direct questions to Froehlich and Weldon at humstem@purdue.edu.


Writer: Megan Huckaby, 765-496-1325, mhuckaby@purdue.edu

Sources: Peter Froehlich, 765-494-8251, pfroehli@purdue.edu

Laurel Weldon, 765-494-4185, weldons@purdue.edu

Due to a necessary server migration, the Interlibrary Loan system will be taken down on Monday, August 1st at 5 pm and should be back up within 48 hours.   Users and staff will be unable to access the Interlibrary Loan system during this time. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 494-2800 or at ill@purdue.edu with any questions or concerns.


July 22nd, 2016


Happy Summer! We hope you are taking time to enjoy the sunshine and catch up on some reading.

It is an exciting time for the Press. We have released many new titles in the past several months and want to provide you a quick review. From Languages and Literature to Regional books on Purdue and Indiana we have great new reads.

Regional: Purdue & Indiana

Languages and Literature // Jewish Studies

Veterinary Sciences & Animal Studies

Business // Library Sciences

Regional: Purdue & Indiana

Our regional titles showcase the history and beauty of Indiana. Enjoy stunning photos of Indiana’s striking landscapes and scenery. Adventure into outer space with the memoirs of one of Indiana and Purdue’s first astronauts. Dig deeper into our agricultural history and learn about extension farming.

Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom


“George Leopold’s Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom rescues its subject’s reputation by presenting his life and career in full. The book is fascinating and haunting, and its impressive research exonerates Grissom from the charge of being a hapless astronaut who, in his peers’ parlance, ‘screwed the pooch’ . . . thrillingly told, taking readers into the cosmos with Grissom, conveying the sense of wonder and danger that accompanied these early voyages.”

The Wall Street Journal

Calculated Risk is an Official Endorsed Legacy Project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.



Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family:  A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents


Indiana’s rich agricultural history is brought to life in this new regional book. Follow the story of early extension agents on their journey through rural Indiana in never before seen photos.  These agents worked hand in hand with local farmers to improve agricultural practices across the state with research from Purdue and other institutions. This book is an officially endorsed legacy project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.



SlowBall Cartoonist: The Extraordinary Life of Indiana Native and Pulitzer Prize Winner John T. McCutcheon of the Chicago Tribune


“Tony Garel-Frantzen sketches a vivid portrait of iconic cartoonist and correspondent John T. McCutcheon during a time when newsprint left an indelible mark on the public consciousness.”

–Tom Wolfermann, Chicago Essayist and Humanist







Forthcoming September 2016!  A Place Called Turkey Run: A Celebration of Indiana’s Second State Park in Photographs and Words


“Daniel Shepardson has created a masterpiece of stunning photography coupled with a narrative which explains the natural history of one of Indiana’s most beloved parks.”

–Daniel W. Bortner, Director, Indiana State Parks

A Place Called Turkey Run is an Official Endorsed Legacy Project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.




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Languages and Literature // Jewish Studies

We have published a wide range of books in Languages and Literature. Discover the humanistic perspectives of terrorism or the secularization of modern French Literature.

Learn more of life within the Jewish Labor Bund during interwar Poland in our newest book in Jewish Studies.

Re-Visioning Terrorism: A Humanistic Perspective


This collection of interdisciplinary essays offers a broad range of perspectives on terrorism. It provides philosophical interpretations, historical analysis, and narrative representations of terror in a modern light.

“This work is significant to both scholarship and public enlightenment insofar as it touches upon a topic that, in the current period of world instability, has never been more timely, and analyzes it with an innovative approach.”

Nicoletta Pireddu, Associate Professor, Department of Italian and Comparative Literature Program Georgetown University



Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German

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“In Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German, James P. Wilper presents a freshly nuanced view of gay literature at what was, arguably, the most crucial time in its development. By the simple expedient of comparing four distinctive novels, two in English and two in German, Wilper gets to the heart of a debate that resonates even today. Wilper’s subtle and economical book casts light not only on their fiction, but on the social history it represents.”

–Gregory Woods, Nottingham Trent University




Confronting Evil: The Psychology of Secularization in Modern French Literature

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“This book is a fascinating study of how four influential modern French authors have wrestled with spirituality and secularization in coming to grips with the problem of evil.”

–Johnathan Krell, University of Georgia







Forthcoming August 2016! Cultural Exchanges between Brazil and France

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Explore the historic relationship between France and Brazil through original interdisciplinary essays. This is the first and only collection of studies between the two nations that addresses their interactions in various disciplines and discourses. It broadens the global perspectives in the field of international relations.







Twenty Years with the Jewish Labor Bund: A Memoir of Interwar Poland

“Marvin S. Zuckerman’s translation will do enormous good for historians in Poland. Many of them will be able to read Goldstein’s book, informing themselves not only about the Bund, but about prewar Warsaw, including Prague, Targowek, and Powazki. For most people, it is easier to read English than Yiddish, and because it is originally in Yiddish, this important book is very little known.”


–Dr. Martyna Rusiniak-Karwat, Polish Academy of Sciences







Veterinary Science and Animal Studies

Understand the human-animal bond and the politics surrounding our four-legged companions in our new books a part within the category of Veterinary Studies. Be prepared for veterinary school and the requirements necessary for admission.

 Free Market Dogs opens our minds to the dramatic changes in Polish people’s relationships with dogs following the fall of communist control of Eastern Europe, when Western ideas poured into Poland after years of restriction. Readers will be surprised by the ways that culture, nationality, and legislation can dramatically change how we think about and experience our so often intimate relationships with dogs, and moved by the deep feelings that are present in our centuries-old friendship with them. While maintaining a focus on Poland, Free Market Dogs delivers a story of universal appeal to those who love dogs.”

–Robert W. Mitchell, Foundation Professor of Psychology and Animal Studies, Eastern Kentucky University


Pet Politics: The Political and Legal Lives of Cats, Dogs, and Horses in Canada and the United States


“By concentrating specifically on companion animals, Professors Hunter and Brisbin provide a unique and insightful contribution to the burgeoning field of human-animal studies. In addition to its scholarly impact, this book is ideal for graduate or upper-level undergraduate courses in political science, sociology, and human-animal studies.”

–Steven Tauber, Chair, Department of Government & International Affairs, University of South Florida, and author of Navigating the Jungle: Law, Politics, and the Animal Advocacy Movement




Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements: 2016 Edition for 2017 Matriculation

“We understand that getting started and making sense of all the choices and requirements can be challenging, but you’ve come to the right place by accessing this publication, which provides the essential information you need to begin your journey.”

–Dr. Andrew McCabe, Executive Director of AAVMC





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Business // Library Sciences

The newest books on Business and Library Sciences provide an understanding of research, teaching, and management.

Project & Program Management: A Competency Based Approach, Third Edition

In its 3rd Edition, Project and Program Management sheds light on new insights gained from teaching and research. This edition focuses more on the qualitative nature of program management to broaden the readers understanding of key concepts. It also uses learning scenarios to show different approaches to instruction.






Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries 

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Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries is the approachable collection of digital humanities writings we’ve been waiting for. All types of librarians interacting with the humanities will find this book a practical reference and a step toward the future. Laying the Foundation further introduces digital humanities as a function of all libraries-for the good of our collective future. The experiences and case studies contributed to this book will no doubt become the building blocks of programs in public and academic libraries.”

–Emma Molls Scholarly Communication and Social Sciences & Humanities Librarian Iowa State University Library





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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will partner with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to supply 12 artifacts related to Purdue astronauts for the “Beyond Spaceship Earth” exhibition opening June 25.

The ongoing exhibit will feature the story of space exploration from NASA’s Project Mercury, which sent the first astronauts into space, to the International Space Station. Purdue will provide the 12 items as part of the “Indiana Astronaut Wall of Fame” portion of the exhibit.

The items on loan include Janice Voss’ report card; Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom’s 1960 appointment calendar; Eugene Cernan’s selection letter for astronaut training; slide rules used by Richard Covey and Guy Gardner; Mark Brown’s “Jet Propulsion for Aerospace Applications” textbook; a photograph from the Apollo 11 mission that Brown kept on his dorm wall as a student; a U.S. flag flown aboard Gemini 8 mission crewed by Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott; Jerry Ross’ STS-135 (final Space Shuttle Program mission) Astronaut Support Personnel Checklist; Roy Bridges Jr.’s Space Lab 2 (STS-51-F) cloth mission patch; Donald E. Williams’s NASA medical certification for spaceflight laminated identification card; and a model of a lunar landing module with a mounted plaque inscribed “Neil A. Armstrong.”

The artifacts are on loan courtesy of the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center and Purdue University Libraries. For more information on the items, visit the Flight and Space Archives website.

The “Beyond Spaceship Earth” exhibition also will include a re-creation of portions of the International Space Station and a one-of-a-kind, immersive space object experience called the “Schaefer Planetarium & Space Object Theater.” The theater will be an area where real space vehicles and equipment, a dynamic light-and-sound experience and key artifacts will help tell stories of missions, astronauts and events throughout the history of space exploration. It will open with the NASA Mercury capsule, the Liberty Bell 7, on display. Grissom, a Purdue graduate, piloted this spacecraft in 1961 on America’s second manned space flight.

Writer: Megan Huckaby, 765-496-1325, mhuckaby@purdue.edu

Sources: Tracy B. Grimm, Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration, 765-496-2941,grimm3@purdue.edu

Sammy Morris, head of Archives and Special Collections, 765-494-2905, morris18@purdue.edu

Museum contact:

Kimberly Harms, director of media public relations at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis,kimh@childrensmuseum.org

Purdue University’s Libraries, Center for Instructional Excellence, International Programs, and Office of Diversity and Inclusion are proud to present:


2016 Purdue Information Literacy Research Symposium

Faces and Spaces of Information Literacy:  With International Students in Mind


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

8:30 am – 1:30 pm


Dr. Hilary Hughes

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Brisbane, Australia


International students bring richly varied knowledge and capabilities to study at their host universities. However, settling into an unfamiliar learning environment can be challenging for anyone. Librarians and educators play a vital role in the transition and ongoing academic success of international students through culturally-aware information literacy education. This support enables international students to thrive by developing their familiarity with the faces and spaces of the new university and its particular academic approaches and information-using conventions.


Culturally-aware information literacy education, like any vibrant learning process, can raise dilemmas for librarians and educators. So in this workshop we shall share puzzles, ideas, and strategies for enhancing the experience of information literacy learning in culturally diverse higher education contexts. The inclusive informed learning principles that underpin the workshop ensure that the outcomes will support international and domestic students alike.


Registration Fee:   $45 (waived for Purdue Faculty and Staff but registration is required)

Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, July 26, 2016