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Purdue Calumet sets event for prospective students

A campus visit, complete with opportunities to talk to faculty/staff and students, ask questions, connect with student life and organizations, and nurture a sense of personal fit and comfort is vital in deciding where to attend college.

So for prospective students who have Purdue University Calumet on their radar, attending the university’s View Purdue Calumet open house at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 is a must!

High school students, their parents, prospective transfers, would-be graduate students and others who attend View Purdue Calumet in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library will gain valuable insight about obtaining a value-filled, internationally-respected Purdue education at Purdue Calumet’s Hammond campus, according to university Associate Director of Transfer Student Services Jose Reyes.

“Purdue University Calumet is an exciting, thriving place to grow intellectually and personally,” Reyes said. “It’s large enough, yet small and accessible enough for students to identify their success track and persist to a Purdue degree.”

Following a university overview, View Purdue Calumet attendees will have an opportunity to meet with academic advisors, faculty and staff members to learn more about study programs, admission qualifications, university affordability and scholarship availability, benefits of Purdue Calumet’s nationally recognized experiential learning initiative, athletics, campus life and student housing.

There also will be a session for transfer students and two other presentations focusing on career services and Purdue Calumet’s Honors Program. Campus tours will take place, as well. An information fair staffed by students, faculty and administrators also is scheduled.

What’s more, prospective students who decide to apply for admission to Purdue Calumet during View Purdue Calumet will have their application fee waived.

“For those who would like to find out as much as they can about Purdue Calumet programs, services, opportunities and our commitment to partner with students persisting to a degree, spending the morning of Nov. 16 on our campus will be extremely worthwhile,” Reyes said.

To register to attend, go to www.purduecal.edu/viewpurdue.

Veterans Day celebration

Purdue Calumet is hosting a Veterans Day Celebration Monday that features assembly of care packages for military personnel and keynote remarks by an executive of the VA Center for Women Veterans.

The free celebration, co-sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and the university’s From Boots to Books: Veterans and Student Service Members Academic Support Program, begins with an 8 a.m. flag raising ceremony outside the west entrance of Lawshe Hall — off Woodmar Avenue north of 173rd Street.

Subsequently, students, staff members and Fifth Third Bank employee volunteers will gather in the Student Union & Library concourse to prepare more than 500 care packages of food items and toiletries for military personnel serving abroad. Fifth Third Bank is providing the items.

“Every single person that lives in the United States benefits from the hard work, commitment and sacrifice of our nation’s soldiers,” said Fifth Third Bank of Northwest Indiana Market Executive Craig Pratt, also a U.S. Air Force veteran and Purdue Calumet alumnus. “The care package project is intended to bring together employees in the spirit of honoring those who serve and as a way of demonstrating our gratitude to those who are overseas today protecting our interests.”

Associate Director of the VA Center for Women Veterans Betty Moseley Brown will deliver the keynote address at a 10 a.m. Convocation in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library. Based in Washington, D.C., the respected veterans advocate served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1978 to 1992.

“Any individual who attends this event will leave with a better understanding that we are all part of the actions taken on behalf of our country’s values,” Purdue Calumet From Boots to Books Assistant Director Akili Shakur said. “Here in northwest Indiana, we have sacrificed with lives given in service for the freedoms enjoyed by past, current and future generations.”

Those who have lost loved ones serving in the United States armed forces will be honored guests.



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