Weekend Update: Art in the Park & Purdue Graduation

19895030_1878575069073464_4835939974774910869_nWeekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Bring your friends and family to the final Art in the Park event at Armstrong Park this Sunday, August 6. The theme for this fun day is Carnival Day.  Art in the Park festivals showcase local and regional recognized fine arts and crafts, live art, music from local talent, a variety of foods from various vendors and fun activities for the kids—a unique art experience for the entire family! Art in the Park is a family-friendly event, free to attend, and open to the public. Carnival Day will feature stilt walkers and a fire show! Don’t miss it!

Engineering FountainCongratulations to all our Purdue Grads taking the annual graduation procession this Saturday, August 5. The class of 2017 will be walking and receiving this most prestigious degree from one of the best universities in the world. We wish to offer our highest felicitations on this success and wish you the best in your future.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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A Day in the Life of a Purdue Student Entering Spring

Loeb Fountain at Purdue University

Loeb Fountain at Purdue University

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, Caitlin, shares her excitement for spring at Purdue University.

With the cold winter we experienced, the springtime seems to be the only thing Purdue students can focus on. Walking to class without a bulky jacket or snow boots seems so simple yet so exciting. During the spring, there are many activities to do on campus.

If you are the fitness fanatic, you can take a run up the trails in Horticulture Park utilizing the 35 acres of what nature has to offer through the different trees, small creek, and the return of the insects. If running or hiking are not your cup of tea, you can enjoy the large area the trails have to offer for a great picnic with friends or a quite area to read a book under a big oak tree.  With the very many traditions Purdue has to offer, the fountain run is one of my favorites. When the fountains turn on you know warm weather is near. Whether you are running through after getting a good grade on an exam or just having fun with friends, Purdue has many fountains for you to cool off in including Loeb Fountain, Purdue Mall Water Sculpture, Memorial Fountain, Lion Fountain Memorial, and the Discovery Park Fountain. The Lion Fountain Memorial has a held a ritual that if you drink out of all four spouts before an exam, it is a good luck charm. (I am definitely going to have to take advantage of this for my accounting final!!)

The Den (Discount Den), famous for their amazing Den pops, is a hot spot for Purdue students. Students can come up with their own famous creations of combining different drink flavors. Orange Leaf and Red Mango also become popular spots with their delicious frozen yogurt options they have to offer. My favorite is the cheesecake frozen yogurt with toppings including strawberries and cheesecake bites. If you are having a sweet teeth craving throw on some gummy bears and sprinkles too!

With breaks in between classes during the winter, students are usually rushing to the nearest building to sit and wait for the next class to begin, but during the springtime it is a different feel on campus with many people sitting next to the fountain with laptops or books or using their break time to educate themselves with the different monuments and sculptures Purdue has on their diverse campus.

Bug Bowl!

Bug Bowl!

Another spring activity that Purdue has held and I have attended since I was little is the Bug Bowl (Bug Bowl is part of Purdue University’s Spring Fest, April 12 and 13, 2014..check the whole calendar here: https://ag.purdue.edu/springfest/Pages/default.aspx). It is a great experience and something everyone enjoys while educating themselves about bugs and also seeing if one of their newfound talents includes how far they can spit a bug or how many chocolate covered bugs can they can digest. (Sounds like a key aspect to put on resumes!) The Farmers Market, which is held on Memorial Mall, has many local foods to offer. With the flowers blooming and our squirrel population taking over, spring is near and Purdue students have never been more ready. Let the springtime begin!