Intramurals In The News

*Intramural Baking (Brownies)
Intramural brownie baking competition stirs local interest
The intramural brownie baking competition was recently featured in the local newspaper. Matt Dudzik, Intramural Sports Coordinator, arranged the browine baking competition to show that intramural sports at Purdue University Calumet extends beyond traditional sports.

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*The National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) recently published an article about Intramural Gardening in the “Sustainability” section of the “NIRSA Know” – a news and information publication of the association.

Read the September 2007 online newsletter article now.

PUC Intramurals Story appeared in the Times on 5/7/06
HAMMOND | It doesn’t sing loudly. ESPN doesn’t show intramural highlights on SportsCenter. It could cause some to snore.

All that means little to Jon “Country” Foster, a Hammond native who recently earned his MBA at Purdue-Calumet. His lengthy college academic career has made him a 10-year veteran of PUC intramurals and a winner of two intramural championships.

“It’s incredible what’s happened here,” said Foster, a Clark grad. “They had basketball in ’95, and maybe a little whiffle ball. But that was it. Now, it seems we have everything. It’s a lot of fun and it allows us to do something beyond just school work.

“And it’s a lot of fun winning championships.”
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Bowling Story appeared in the Times on 3/29/06
HIGHLAND | Go to any college residence hall and ask students what their favorite movies are and “The Big Lebowski” is bound to make the list.

The comedy revolves around bowling, which has helped promote the sport amongst collegians world wide.

Students from Purdue University Calumet have an opportunity to throw rocks down the lanes during their Tuesday Night Intramural League at Plaza Lanes in Highland.

“The students absolutely love it,” PUC intramural sports coordinator Matt Dudzik said. “It’s not a normal bowling league, it’s just enough for them and it’s a chance to meet students and even faculty members.”

While most bowling leagues last for 32 weeks, the fourth-year intramural league lasts eight weeks, long enough for the eight teams to play each other once before the championship tournament.

“In the first three years, it’s always seemed that there was one team more dominant than the rest,” Dudzik said. “This year, there are four teams that appear to be vying for the title.”

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Story on PUC Intramurals Appeared in the Times on 5/9/2004
“Why Sports Matters”
BY JEFF CARROLL Times Sports Writer | Sunday, May 09, 2004


Purdue Calumet intramural program growth

Year Sports Participants

’00-’01 2 82

’01-’02 5 179

’02-’03 11 430

’03-’04 12 625

It didn’t used to be a huge honor to reach the “Final Four” in Purdue Calumet’s annual intramural basketball tournament.

The teams that competed did so fiercely, but there just weren’t that many of them. That was just three years ago, when current athletic director Rob Jensen took over for retiring John Friend.

When the intramural tournament concludes today, the four teams that vie for the championship will have fought through a field of 22 to get there. The Bench Warmers and Region Rats face off at 11 a.m. at the campus’ Fitness Center, a game that will take place at the same time as the other semifinal, between Ed’s Team and DaSerbs. The title game will begin at about 12:15 p.m.

The popularity of the basketball league mirrors that of the entire IM program at the commuter campus under Jensen, who, along with sports coordinator and IM director Matt Dudzik, has Purdue Cal on its way to an ambitious goal of 15-20 percent student participation in intramural sports.
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