Engagement and Discovery

Annual ‘Back to School Weekend’ promises full schedule of fun

Three years ago, Purdue Calumet alumni leaders had in mind an event that would accomplish three distinctive goals: increase alumni participation with the university, increase awareness of campus expansion, and allow faculty and staff to engage with alumni and the community.

Back to School Saturday Welcome Tent

The result developed into a, ‘Back to School Weekend’ that would target all of these–and then some. This year’s celebration will take place Sept. 20-22.

“This decision to offer this event has proven to be a good one; attendance has increased each year since its inception,” Alumni Events Coordinator Sheryl Corey said. “The variety of activities is a definite draw.”

This popular fall experience, offered by the Purdue Calumet Office of Alumni Relations and Purdue Alumni Calumet (PAC), has drawn large crowds during its initial two years.

This year’s Thursday, Sept. 20 kickoff event is ‘Alumni Leaders Day’ at 4:40 in Alumni Hall. Twenty-two alumni, each representing a Purdue Calumet academic department, will be honored for their career achievements. A question/answer forum and networking reception will take place.

2012 Alumni Leaders Day Honorees
2012 Alumni Leaders Day Honorees
view list of honorees
Friday University Class

The first of two Friday University days commences Friday, Sept. 21 and offers enriching, non-credit courses on the Purdue Calumet campus. Each course is offered for two hours and taught by a Calumet Purdue faculty member. Classes are scheduled in the morning and afternoon. Course descriptions and registration forms are available at www.purduecal.edu/back-to-school.


Back to School Saturday takes place Saturday, Sept. 22 and promises a full day of family-friendly fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Child interacting with a fish in a virtual aquarium
Child interacting with a fish in a virtual aquarium
Food, entertainment, games and tours of the campus are on the agenda. There will be children’s arts and crafts and other activities for youngsters.

The weekend wraps up with an art exhibit and dessert in the Student Union & Library concourse from 2-3 p.m.

Also on Saturday, an Alumni Reunion, by invitation only, will be hosted by Chancellor Thomas Keon and his wife, Nancy, for members of the classes of 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967 and 1962.

For more information about the Back to School weekend, call (219) 989-2915 or online at www.purduecal.edu/back-to-school