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My college experience can be compared to a shooting star. Eye-opening at first, which then led to the time of my life. However, it was all so fleeting. In the blink of an eye, it is all over. All of the people I have met and the memories I have made along the way will carry with me throughout the rest of my life.
Last month, I had the honor of walking across the stage in Elliott Hall to accept my Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM). It is the greatest accomplishment I have achieved yet in my life, and it will lead me to even greater achievements. I look forward to what my bright future holds with many thanks to give to Purdue University. I may be moving onto big things; however, I will always come back to my second home to visit the area that shaped me into the professional I am today.
There are a variety of aspects from this community that I will hold dear to my heart. Surprisingly, I will miss the many late nights spent at the Union with my body solely powered on Starbucks. I will always crave Triple XXX’s root beer with their delicious hamburgers to pair it with. Every fall, I will always wish I were back in West Lafayette to experience my favorite festival, Starry Night Festival, with a warm cup of Greyhouse Coffee in hand. Every winter, I will remember standing in awe of the two-story Christmas tree within the Purdue Memorial Union. I will forever brag about the free zoo within Columbian Park and the many cuddles I have received from baby goats. I will always look back on the many times my fellow HTM students and I sat in the awkwardly designed lecture hall in Marriott Hall laughing along with some of the best professors in the entire nation. They are all such simple things, yet they are aspects of my time at Purdue that I will forever treasure.
It is not only the campus and experiences that have shaped me, but it is also the life-changing people who have impacted me in ways I could have never imagined. The friendships I have made are some of the strongest I will ever have. No matter where our lives take us, I know I will always have the support of my life-long college friends. My academic advisor, Maggy Leitch, and all of my professors in HTM have been nothing short of a blessing. They have guided me to opportunities that most people never get the chance to experience. My schooling has led me to amazing experiences in Indianapolis, Chicago, across the country in Portland, OR, and even across the world in France. Maggy and my professors have impacted my life more than they know. Finally, my work family here at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette has been the biggest support system since my move to Purdue. These empowering, inspiring women have helped me professionally grow by seeing potential in me that I never even realized I had. It has led me to find passions within myself that will carryout through my life. The experiences through Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette have been my gateway to a successful career. All of these experiences and people have a special place in my heart, and looking back, there is no doubt in mind that this is exactly where I was supposed to be during this time of my life.
To my fellow graduating seniors, I hope you had the time of your life at Purdue. Be prepared for a life full of challenges but also the greatest rewards yet. I am very confident that our education and time spent at Purdue has prepared us for a prosperous life. Our undergraduate studies may be over, but we still bleed the Black and Gold. We remain ever faithful and ever true to the university that started it all. Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory, but now it is our time to make our fellow Boilermakers proud. Boiler up!
Kaley, Purdue University Graduate and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette past fellow Visitor Information Specialist (who is dearly missed by Visit Staff), shares this blog.
Brent, winner of our Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015, shared his wonderful visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette with his family. These are his words as he describes the fun they had exploring our area.
Just wanted to let you know that we have used all of the prizes. Back in October, my wife and I went to the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and then to Lafayette Brewery Company for dinner. We enjoyed both very much. My wife, daughter, and I spent the entire last weekend in Lafayette and used the last of the prizes. On Saturday we toured the Haan Mansion, ate lunch at 9 Irish Brothers, then saw Figaro in the evening. My wife especially liked the Haan Mansion. The shephard’s pie at 9 Irish Brothers was excellent and the opera was a new experience for all of us. We stayed overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton in a suite. It was a very nice room (two rooms) and the buffet breakfast in the morning was fantastic. On Sunday we visited the Tippecanoe Battlefield and the museum. We learned a lot about the battle that occurred there that we didn’t know. Next we headed to Wolf Park. That was a very unique experience. My daughter said that was her favorite part of the weekend. Before heading home to Anderson, we stopped at Arni’s for pizza. Overall it was an awesome weekend. Thank you very much for all of the prizes.
We are so excited Brent and his family enjoyed their visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette. To our local businesses, who donate to all of our amazing contests, we want to say thank you! This year we will be hosting 7 more awesome contests. The first one starts next Monday, January 11! Do not miss it! Visit www.HomeofPurdueBlog.com.
“Hello! Welcome to Lafayette-West Lafayette. How may we assist you? We hope you are having a wonderful stay in our area.” Smiling faces ready to assist and share what true hospitality is all about. “Thank you so much for stopping by. If you need any further assistance, please take one of our business cards and feel free to call us back.” These are just a few lines our Visitor Information Specialist share to greet visitors to our Visitors Center.
Hospitality and pure friendliness. When guests walk into our center, our number one priority is to make sure they feel special, welcome, and assist in any way. One of my responsibilities is to manage our Visitors Information Specialist staff, who are Purdue University students and Purdue Grads (who work for us part time on the weekends because even though they have professional jobs now, they love working here!) The VIS staff that I have had the opportunity to meet are so amazing! Recently, we have had an influx of people emailing and/or calling and sharing how wonderful their hospitality has been so I thought it was only fitting to write an accolades blog!
Kaley, Madison, Marlene, Megann, Rachel and Stephen….you are AMAZING! Not only do these young women and men make visitor experiences wonderful, but they assist on special projects for our staff. (Many of the blogs you may have read on our site, are their guests blogs!) The are working here while taking a full class schedule at Purdue and/or working a full time professional job.
This past summer we had a VIP International Corporate Travel Agent stop by that was on a personal, family vacation and stopped in our center. After her visit, she emailed me to share the following, “I was recently able to stop by the Visitor’s Center in Lafayette, Indiana and had the pleasure of meeting two of the most helpful young ladies I’ve ever met.
I was visiting from Texas and had two 13 year old’s and my 76 year old father along for the ride. Both ladies were so helpful in making recommendations and grabbing brochures.
They went out of their way to make SURE I knew where I was going and what was available to do in the area. They even printed out maps for me to take with me! OUTSTANDING!!! I believe that great customer service should be rewarded and I sincerely hope that there is something nice you can do for them to help foster this great attitude of service.”
Wow! When I received this, I felt such great pride in our staff. And this is only one example. This past summer, I-65 northbound was closed for weeks, and we had so many visitors coming in asking for alternate routes. Our staff was on top of it, making sure they knew short cuts to get back on their travel. One lady we had stop by was in tears. It was the first time she had ever taken a long road trip by herself to visit a family member and was trying to get back to Wisconsin and had been sitting for hours in traffic. Our staff showed compassion by offering water and treats, providing maps, giving her our office number to call, and the best thing of all, a bright smile and assurance she would be o.k. She walked in sobbing and left our offices with assurance she could make it home!
It may be small things, like a smile, but they can really brighten a person’s day. We have people that stop by in the middle of their travels that just want to talk to someone for 10 minutes. Our Visitor Information Specialists love to listen, hear stories and share their own. Friendly, kind, hospitable. It’s what our staff is all about. The best part of my job is seeing these young individual flourish, mature, and prepare themselves for the professional world. I wish they could stay with us forever, but they are moving onto careers all over the world from Washington D.C., Montana, China (yes, we have a student now that is doing a 7 month internship in Beijing), Texas, etc. Wow! It’s pretty amazing!!
A few of us have stayed on to work for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. My co-worker, Ashley and myself started out as a VIS staff members and now have full time positions with the Visit team. It’s a great training ground for working in the hospitality field!
If you are traveling or are local to our area, stop in! See what genuine hospitality is all about! And again, thank you to our VIS staff…you make my job easy!!
We have the winner of our “A Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette Dining Contest 2015″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Ron from Carmel, Indiana. He shares, “This is a fantastic prize! I’m excited about all of the great places that participated in this prize package. My friends are jealous when I mention the restaurants. They would love to invite themselves to join me when I visit the restaurants. I have never been to the museums. After looking at the museums’ websites, I am very interested in visiting them. Thank you soooooo much for making this prize package available.”
Ron answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was:
QUESTION: Arni’s is celebrating a milestone Birthday this year! How many years has Arni’s been in business?
He answered 50 years which is correct!
Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in November. It is our biggest contest of the year, Holiday Shopping and Entertainment!
Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015“ to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, September 7, 2015 and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!
One great winner will win the following package worth over $350!
- Stay in shape at the fitness centers, enjoy the plush Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Beds or just play around at the Nintendo® Wii™ station in the atrium! Where? Four Points by Sheraton.
- Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon.
Visit the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum & History Store, which displays and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers. Walk the battleground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved.
- The winner of this prize will get to pick a concert of his or her choice from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Would you pick the sounds of holiday music at the Holiday Pops, a fun-filled evening or another?
- Want to Howl with the Wolves? You can at Wolf Park, a park that is home to bison, wolves, foxes and coyotes!
- Did you know Lafayette is home to the State of Connecticut building that was at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair? Tour Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, which features not only rich history, but also a huge collection of Indiana Art.
- Feast on craft beer, unique sandwiches & great customer service at Lafayette Brewing Company.
- Arni’s Pizza celebrates its 50 years in business this year and is hosting special events all year to celebrate! From Arni’s Junior Salads to loaded thin crust pizzas to ginormous submarine sandwiches, you will leave doing the happy dance.
- Every weekend at 9 Irish Brothers, enjoy musical entertainment as you feast on a Guinness, Irish fish and chips, authentic shepherd’s pie and more!
Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=6893 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, September 15 at 12pm. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner.
We have the winner of our Water Adventure Family Fun Contest 2015 worth over $450! Congratulations to Aaron and his family from New Carlisle, Indiana.
The contest question was the following: We want to hear from you! Tell us why your family is deserving of this awesome package!
Aaron shared, “As a family of five it is hard to find inexpensive ways to have fun. Recently we made our first trek to the Lafayette/West Lafayette area and really enjoyed ourselves. The trouble was, with three small children and a 4 hour round trip drive, we didn’t have enough time to explore. If we won this it would be a great opportunity for us to stay for a night and get to visit all that Lafayette/West Lafayette has to offer. We would really like to howl with the wolves at night and this would give us that chance (staying late and then having a two hour car ride is not easy with three small children).”
Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in July!
Going on an adventure. Relaxing. Meeting new business partners. Learning. Supporting local businesses and jobs. These are just a few examples of what travel means to people and to communities.
This year, to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) 2015, May 2-10, our industry is underscoring how travel affects us all with the theme: “Travel is ___________.”
Travel is vacationing. Travel is making memories. Travel is essential to the U.S. economy. Travel is a job creator. No matter how you complete the sentence, the bottom line message is that travel is vital to our country and our lives, and it has meaning for everyone.
NTTW is the perfect time to celebrate what travel means to you. Through nationwide events— from rallies to media outreach to proclamations from local governments—NTTW champions the power of our industry for this week and beyond. Travel and tourism professionals, from communities small and large, come together to promote the incredible contributions their markets and travel-related businesses make to strengthen the economy and our workforce.
The theme—“Travel is __________.”—not only amplifies our call, but it customizes the unique impact of the U.S. travel industry on the fabric of America. Destinations, including ours here in Lafayette-West Lafayette, are defining travel as it specifically contributes to our local economies, businesses and lives.
We encourage you to do the same and take part in NTTW by sharing what “Travel is __________.” to you. Join our rally Tailgate event on Wednesday, May 6 from 4-7pm at the Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitors Center. Write a guest column for your market’s newspaper. Contact a member of Congress. Or just follow along on Twitter, via @USTravel, #NTTW2015 and @HomeOfPurdue.
Let’s make this year’s NTTW more than just a celebration. Let’s make it a movement that positions our industry to grow even stronger and expand its influence on our daily lives.
What is Labor Day? The U.S. Department of Labor states it is the following, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” To me, this day means we work hard all year long, and our country is thanking us with a vacation day to get out and have fun!
How can you learn about all the fun, exciting events and happenings taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette? It’s easy! On your smart phone, download the “Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette” App. Attractions, dining, maps and events are all available at your fingertips. Recently, all of the Lafayette-West Lafayette outdoor art was added to the app. Photos, GPS mapping and information about each special piece of art including murals, statues and sculptures allows an easy way to get out and follow the art trail.
Looking for a special event taking place today or next month or even next year! Our App features a calendar of events that is very user friendly and helpful. From major festivals to art gallery exhibits to farmers markets, this calendar showcases the abundance of activities taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette.
Today, download the App and check out everything our community has to offer!