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Venessa Hale - Biological Sciences Graduate Student - One of 5 University's - Legacy Maker


Growing up in Georgia, Vanessa Hale was far from hallowed Boilermaker territory, but her grandfather, William Reynolds, made sure she knew what it meant to be a part of the Purdue family. The 1938 Engineering graduate sang the Purdue fight song to his young granddaughter. Now, some 70 years after her grandfather's student days, Vanessa is walking the same ground he once walked — and she's married to a Boilermaker.Vanessa, a doctoral candidate in biological sciences with a Purdue veterinary degree already in hand, seeks to make her mark in wildlife conservation research. When not studying or in the lab, she volunteers as a veterinarian at the Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center, where a day's work might include attending to a box turtle, opossum, flying squirrel or baby hummingbird. Meet Dr. Vanessa Hale, proudly carrying her family's Boilermaker legacy forward.

(This article appeared in Purdue Today; October 3, 2012.)

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