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Race, festival, play, and culture program on Campus April 20

Saturday, April 20 will be filled with four events scheduled at various locations on campus.


The university’s annual “Spring Fling”  5K Ramp Run/Walk; a Community Festival; a performance of Studs Terkel’s book, Working; and an ethnic program, “Cultures of the Caribbean” will be offered to the public.

Spring Fling is unique course

This Calumet Region Striders Gold Cup series race is sponsored by the Purdue Calumet Fitness staff and is 3.1 miles in length.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the first mile is run through scenic neighborhoods; the second mile is back on campus with entrants running up a series of consecutive incline ramps to the top of the Purdue Calumet parking garage. The last mile is back on the streets and includes a 300-meter asphalt, straight-away finish.

Headquarters for the race/walk is in the Student Union & Library; online registration is at

Community Festival

Community Festival, April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A new endeavor this year, the festival is sponsored by University Village and Residential Housing staff and takes place immediately after the run/walk. It will continue until 2 p.m., with many activities such as housing tours, carnival games and booths located in front of the Phase 1 building.

Director of Housing and Residential Education Scott Iverson said all involved in the planning stages welcomed the opportunity to work with other campus departments in regard to their activities scheduled on the same day.

“This festival is a way of bringing and promoting a day of events that will really engage our students and show that Purdue Calumet is a campus that is engaged with the community and promotes activities that are vibrant, fun and educational,” he said. “For example, we have a friendly contest going on, where residents of our Phase 1 building and residents of our Phase 2 building are competing against each other to get the highest number of participants in the Ramp Run.”

“Cultures of the Caribbean”

Purdue Calumet’s Building Community through the Arts will offer a free cultural program at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Various traditions of the Caribbean Islands and a sampling of the food from this region will be highlighted.

Studs Terkel’s book, Working, on stage

Purdue Theater Company members will perform Terkel’s Working about ordinary working Americans at 7 p.m. in YJean Chambers Hall.

More information

To obtain more information about these events, call (219) 989-2175 for the Spring Fling; (219) 989-4150 for the Community Festival; (219) 989-2267 for play tickets; and online at the website: for Cultures of the Caribbean.