Purdue graduate student and animal lover sets the pace for giving in veterinary medicine and across campus

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Friday 17 June 2022



Smiling Joan stands as her dogs, two black Labs, sit gently in front of her against a backdrop of lush vegetation.
Joanne Trautner with her two dogs, Billy Sue and Brandi.

When Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine launched fundraising efforts to secure support for the new Purdue University Veterinary Hospital facilities, it was at that time 60The tenth Anniversary in 2019. There was a need for donors to step forward as leaders and “set the pace” to raise the special funds needed for the new hospital project. Therefore, the college established the Sixtieth Giving Initiative of Entrepreneurs, which linked the sixtieth occasionThe tenth Anniversary with donors invited for leadership gifts.

One of the first individuals to respond was Purdue alumnus Joanne Trottner, a Liberal Arts alumna, an animal lover and longtime vet friend at Purdue. Setting the pace as a leader in giving to college suited Joan perfectly, and she set a great example when the campaign needed it most. Others also stepped forward at that time and in the months that followed and the campaign proved to be a resounding success.

Today, you can see evidence of Joanne’s role in setting the pace for kidney donation as you step into the Joanne Troutner reception area at the front of David and Bonnie Brunner Small Animal Hospital. But the specific giving of her stride extends to many other areas, both in the College of Veterinary Medicine and at the university. Her giving also includes not only financial donations, but also gifts of time and talent.

Joan’s generosity reflects the fact that Purdue is more to her than her university. It’s family. “How could I not want to return the favor?” I asked in the story of the day relentless pursuit A website that shares inspirational features about Purdue University alumni.

Joanne received her BA in English and Media Science from Purdue University in 1974 and then pursued graduate studies and earned her MA in Library Science two years later. Purdue describes it as the launch pad – “a place where I’m allowed to be perfect.”

She continued her decades-long career as a teacher from Kindergarten to 12th grade, fueling her passion for giving back to Purdue Bird. “As a teacher, you look at how it will affect the future. What can you do for the students?” says Joan. “Birdeau has given me so much. So they have the right to expect me to do so much.”

Joanne describes herself as someone who thinks big, and today she translates that into giving on a big scale. She is one of the university’s most frequent and passionate donors.

With her donation, Joan supports diverse fields across Purdue’s campus, including the library system, and a number of student scholarship programs (including one in the College of Agriculture named for her parents and another in the Department of History named in honor of her husband, Larry W. Troutner) , And the Purdue Women’s NetworkAs well as the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Truttner’s kids have always been four-legged, so they go to Purdue as a vet,” she says. “Of course I will support the veterinary school.”

Smiling Joan stands with her hand at the desk in Joanne Trottner's reception area at the Small Animal Hospital
Joan, a longtime friend and supporter of the College of Veterinary Medicine, is pictured in the reception area of ​​David and Bonnie Brunner’s Small Animal Hospital in honor of her generosity prior to the hospital’s dedication ceremony on April 8.

For Joanne, supporting the university is about securing the future and the sustainability of the community. “This is the beating heart and foundation of our university,” she says. “Without these relationships, you will not learn. You are not progressing. You are not pursuing excellence.”

Joan met her husband at Purdue University when the two were undergraduates, and the university remained an integral part of the Troutners family until Larry’s death in 2011. To this day, Joan stands among the university’s most ardent supporters.

Joan’s interests include wanting to do her part in making the Boilermaker community – the Purdue family – as welcoming and inclusive as possible. “I felt it was very important to have the opportunity to give back to students, staff, and faculty who were underrepresented,” she says. We must be prepared to prepare leaders. It is imperative that Purdue University continues to strive for excellence by including students, faculty, and unrepresented staff.”

One of Joan’s biggest passion is mentoring young Purdue women. “It’s just part of who I am,” she says. “I wish someone had done that for me when I was that age.” She is also quick to point out that she learned as much from the students she mentored as she did from them.

Looking to the future, Troutner is optimistic. “I see Purdue still being a leader across the country. I see Purdue University striving for excellence. I see Purdue taking these giant leaps — sending the first people to Mars, making a plethora of improvements in medicine, from the Cancer Research Center to veterinary medicine to biology. The future. Very bright, because of our students and the competence of the students we hire.”

Ultimately, this effect is what Troutner is all about. “You leave your legacy; you give back to the areas that are your passion – what you find important and influential.”

click here To view the full feature article about Joan, which includes videos from an interview she gave this spring with one of her intern, Molly Groutjan, a graduate student majoring in agricultural business. In the interview, Joan shares about the importance of relationships as a foundation for the Boilermaker community; The importance of giving, no matter how much. and her hopes for the future of the Purdue community.

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