HAMMOND | It was 67 years ago to the day when Purdue University initiated credit courses in the Hammond area.
Classes held at rented facilities went on to spur site development of a permanent Purdue campus in Hammond.
Those momentous events and the visionary individuals who played key roles in the establishment of Purdue University Calumet — campus founders, as they have come to be recognized over the years — provide inspiration for today's celebration of Founders Day at Purdue Calumet.
The campus celebration will feature a variety of activities, beginning with a 10 a.m. kickoff in Calumet Falls at the Student Union & Library. There also will be games, refreshments, a spirit parade around campus and a fireworks finale.
The Purdue Calumet Fitness Center in the Fitness & Recreation Center at the south end of campus, will be open free of charge throughout the day.
Faculty, staff and students also have been participating in a Campus Spirit Decorating Contest within their units.
Following the 3:45 p.m. spirit parade, there will be a short presentation, complete with birthday cake, in the Student Union & Library’s Alumni Hall. A fireworks display at 6 will close the celebration.
More information about Purdue Calumet Founders Day can be obtained by calling (219) 989-2915 or visiting online at www.purduecal.edu/foundersday.