Purdue Grand Prix, Grand Alternative, and Earth Week events all week long

Grand Alternative events, Earth Week and more!

This week is packed with events at Purdue, celebrating our 57th Grand Prix, Earth Week, and other amazing events! What’s on your calendar?

Tuesday, April 22  

Earth Week Service Learning Day/Invasive Species Pull

8 am – 5 pm, Pflender Hall 241

Assist with environmental challenges by helping to rid a NICHES area of the invasive garlic mustard plant. Sign up here. Learn more about Earth Week events.

Wednesday, April 23

Grill Out and Chill Out

5:30-9:30 p.m., Pi Kappa Alpha parking lot, 629 University St.,

Grill Out and Chill Out  sponsored by The Purdue University Dance Marathon and Representatives of Interfraternal Social Education. Proceeds will benefit Riley Hospital for Children.

Movie screenings: Chasing Ice and Young Ice

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Fowler Hall

Movie screenings of Chasing Ice, and Young Ice (movie premiere), sponsored by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. Young Ice is a documentary on the loss of arctic ice, produced by Paul Shepson, an analytical and atmospheric chemistry professor at Purdue.

Moonlight Pancake Breakfast

9 pm to 1 am, Agricultural Administration Building lawn

Free pancakes and music are featured. Sponsored by the Purdue Agricultural Council.

Thursday, April 24

Students plant trees on Harrison Street for Arbor Day 2013Tree Planting

10 am -12 pm Knoy Hall

Purdue celebrates its honor as Tree Campus USA with a tree-planting ceremony. Email the Office of University Sustainability at sustainability@purdue.edu to be involved.

Keynote lecture by Julian Ageyman

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Fowler Hall

Keynote lecture by Julian Ageyman, the originator of the concept of just sustainability, the full integration of social justice and sustainability. An environmental social scientist, his expertise and current research interests are in relations between humans and the environment.

5k Delta Dash for Diabetes

6-8 pm Intramural Fields, Gold Field #5

Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Proceeds support the American Diabetes Association. *

West Side Story

7:30 pm, Elliot Hall

The hit Broadway musical comes to town! Tickets now available from Purdue Convocations.

Purdue Catholic Students Root Beer and Karaoke Night

7-11 pm, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 535 W. State St.

Root beer floats, games and karaoke.

Rholl Bounce

8-10 pm, Intramural Fields

Sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.

Friday, April 25

Grand Prix Day

8 am to 3:30 pm, Memorial Mall

Events on the Mall sponsored by the Purdue Grand Prix Foundation.

Bike to Class Awareness event

12 – 1 pm

Grab your bike and head to the Stadium Mall arch and go on a brief bike ride to the unfinished ‘P’! Grab a lunch to go after.

Life in Color

7 pm, France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center parking lot

Life in Color presented by Purdue Convocations.

Day 40 Concert on Marsteller

8-11 pm, Marsteller Street

Sponsored by Purdue Catholic Students.

Wesley Midnight Pancakes

11 pm to 1 am Wesley Foundation, 435 W. State St.

Free pancakes and music, sponsored by the Wesley Foundation at Purdue.

Saturday, April 26

Purdue Grand Prix

8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Grand Prix Track, near corner of Cherry Lane and McCormick Road

Qualifying heats for final six positions start at 11:30 a.m. Feature race at 2:30 p.m. Free shuttle from several campus pickup points; recommended due to very limited parking at track. Tickets: $10 at gate, $7 in advance; children under 12, $5. For more, visit purduegrandprix.org

Purdue Arab Society Appreciation Day,

9 am-1 pm, Field next to France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center

Sponsored by the Purdue Arab Society.

Annual Root Beer Event

6-10 pm, Christian Student Center, 115 Waldron St.

Sponsored by the Christian Student Center at Purdue.

Fairway Parking Lot Luau

8 pm-1 am, Fairway Cooperative, 1320 David Ross Road

Event includes outdoor luau with music, food, sports and inflatables. For more, visit Fairway Cooperative.

The Lego Movie, on the Hill

9-11 pm, Slayter Hill (rain location, Fowler Hall)

Movie on the Hill: The Lego Movie, sponsored by Purdue Student Union Board.

Wednesday with Laverne Cox and Anant Agarwal


Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood- Laverne Cox
7 pm, Loeb Theater

Laverne Cox explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Laverne draws from her own personal narrative to share how she has been able to navigate the world and all its challenges. From growing up in Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother in a Christian family, to attending college in New York City to pursue a career as an actress, to finally finding the courage to step into the womanhood she always knew at heart was her destiny, Cox tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love.


Anant Agarwal

Presidential Lecture – Anant Agarwal
7 pm, Fowler Hall

Anant Agarwal is a founder and President of edX, a cutting-edge education innovation and research company that specializes in open-source education solutions. Agarwal will discuss the future of education and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Agarwal is an award-winning professor of engineering and computer science at MIT and was named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. 

The Presidential Lecture Series, a diverse new series of lectures on policy, leadership, culture and society. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

Boiler Blast Volunteers

Boiler Blast Extended Registration Deadline

Help the New Chauncey Neighbourhood out with some Spring Cleaning!

Help the New Chauncey Neighbourhood out with some Spring Cleaning!

Be one of over 1,000 students to serve in the community to assist with campus beautification or to help with spring chores for residents in the West Lafayette community.

This annual day of service will begin at 8am at Purdue Memorial Mall on Saturday, April 5th.  It will end around 2:30pm.

Free Breakfast, Lunch and T-shirt!

Registration deadline extended until next Wednesday, March 26thRegister Now!

More information: click here.   Register: click here.


Canoe at Camp Tecumseh

Nominations Sought for Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Development Retreat

Canoe at Camp TecumsehAs the new academic year approaches, we are looking ahead to the fall and the 24th annual Emily Mauzy Vogel (EMV) Sophomore Leadership Development Retreat! We are striving to select a diverse delegation of students for this unique and wonderful event, and we need your help in identifying outstanding students for this opportunity. Nominate a candidate today! (login required)

Date: September 6th and 7th, 2014 at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana.

Overview: This retreat is an intensive overnight program involving team building, leadership inventories, personal development, and will introduce participants to concepts surrounding strengths-based approaches to inclusive leadership. We are also excited to announce this year that we are piloting the retreat as a kick-off to an optional year-long experience for the student participants.

Cost: Each student who participates will pay a registration of $20. Included in this nominal fee are transportation, meals, conference materials, a T-shirt, and overnight lodging. We also have offered a partial scholarship to students who need a financial aid.

This retreat is made possible by a generous gift for leadership development from the late Robert and Ruth Mauzy, Purdue alumni.

Nominated students will receive an invitation to attend the retreat and students will be accepted on a first-come basis. Please complete the nomination form today! (login required)

Thank you for your help and continued support of students and their leadership development. If you have further questions, please email Sun Kim. I look forward to receiving your nominations!

Melissa Gruver
Assistant Dean of Students of Civic Engagement and Leadership Development

Student Life at Purdue University, from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs