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.