SEVERE WX : Excessive Heat Warning View Alerts

Purdue preparing to celebrate 150th anniversary

New banners were placed along MacArthur Drive on Purdue's campus

Posted: Jul 30, 2018 5:25 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2018 11:16 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- You may have noticed recent changes along MacArthur Drive on Purdue's campus. New banners were placed along the road as the university prepares to celebrate 150 years.

The theme for the sesquicentennial celebration will be "Giant Leaps." Inspiration comes from Neil Armstrong's famous statement as he took the first steps on the moon.

The centerpiece for the celebration will be a year-long Festival of Ideas. It will include themes ranging from technology such as A-I and automation, health, earth and space sciences, and sustainability.

Alee Mcgrue is a newly enrolled student at Purdue. She is excited to be attending the university during the celebration. "It makes it extremely special, especially since it's 150 years experience. Not only am I an incoming freshman, I'm an incoming freshman during a very important time of Purdue," said Mcgrue.

Mcgrue also thought Armstrong's famous words for the theme is a good inspiration for students. "Neil Armstrong is one of the best Purdue alumni and well known Purdue alumni. He made the giant leap of walking on the moon and it basically states that we can do what we really want and really dream of, such as walking on the moon," she added.

The festival hopes to bring thinkers and doers to campus through additional debates, discussions, and panels. It is set to kickoff during Homecoming week.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 75°
Kokomo
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 76°
Rensselaer
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 73°
Fowler
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 73°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 77°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 73°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 77°
Delphi
Broken Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 76°
Monticello
Broken Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 76°
Logansport
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 73°
Scattered Storms Return Sunday Afternoon
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Community Events