Through two well-anticipated ceremonies held on each campus, recently approved Purdue University Northwest officially released its new Pride athletics logos Tuesday (3/22).
Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central each hosted unveiling ceremonies – attended by more than 300 people — on each campus in Hammond and Westville to introduce the new Pride marks, designed by Rickabaugh Graphics.
The events featured giveaways including t-shirts, pennants and more to celebrate the new PNW Pride logos. PNW Chancellor-Designate Thomas Keon and Purdue North Central Chancellor James Dworkin, PNW Athletic Director-Designate Rick Costello and PNW Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Tom Albano, as well as student-athletes Carissa Jones and Clarence Heath offered brief remarks.
“I am finally excited to see the Pride come to life and cannot wait to wear it on my jersey next year as a student-athlete at Purdue Northwest, as we will all represent such a wonderful new beginning,” said Jones, a volleyball player and Purdue Calumet Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President.
Added Clarence Heath, a member of the Purdue North Central men’s basketball team, “This is a great thing that happened today with the unification of both schools coming together as one. Today marks the stepping stone of two communities – Hammond and Westville – coming together and unifying into one, just like a group of lions growing together as a family.
“…Together we are one team, the Pride.”
Through an extensive process that began in February, 2015, thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members from the Calumet and North Central campuses participated in the nickname selection. A task force comprised largely of students guided the process, which included a widely distributed survey to which nearly 3,000 people responded.
The lion mascot emerged through extensive brand research that included discussions and focus groups with hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni.
With approval announced earlier this month by the Higher Learning Commission, Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central have unified to become Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system. When PNW welcomes its first class of students this fall, it will be Indiana’s fifth largest university with an enrollment of some 15,000 students.
The athletic programs of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central will officially unify into the Purdue Northwest Pride following the completion of the current spring athletic season. Thirteen PNW Pride athletic teams will commence competition during the 2016-17 academic year.