Pursuing Vibrant Student Life

April 5, 2021

A student is smiling on campus.

Looking ahead to new and exciting possibilities for PNW students, these staff members share their plans for reinvigorating student life in the months ahead.

Hudson: I love Homecoming, like that is a Student Affairs professionals dream is the opportunity for students to celebrate the institution that they’re at, for alumni to possibly come back and celebrate being here as well. So I’m looking forward to Homecoming. Usually when we have it, it’s around February, and with the pandemic, we haven’t been able to do a whole lot of in-person things, but we’re going to be having some in-person events during Homecoming this year, which I’m so excited about, and the carnival that we’re having during Homecoming is going to be reminiscent of giving off those fair vibes, so that’s going to be very exciting, and it’s happening in-person, so no virtual, but it’s going to be an amazing couple of weeks that students are going to really be able to feel the pride, and come on campus, and see people that they haven’t seen in a long time, and have a great time.

Hewson: We have historically had an end of summer leadership conference and we are having talks about how we can revamp that and bring it back. When students leave Purdue Northwest, when they graduate, the career and the world in general is going to look at more than what they’ve just accomplished in the classroom. Finding what they’re passionate about in the world and really pursuing those passions into going after their dream job and accomplishing goals immediately in long-term after they graduate from Purdue Northwest prepare them not only to be leaders in the classroom or on campus, but throughout the community and then perhaps even around the world.

Madrigal: Welcome Week is a great time at Purdue Northwest. It’s when all the organizations, departments are outside in our concourse and we offer students free food and some free gear. It’s really a time to explore more of whatever you’re interested in, whether it’s in your major or in something completely different than your major to see what it is that you like to do in an environment that allows you to do that.

Hudson: Fall is going to be so exciting. There’s going to be lots of events and of course with students being here and giving us great ideas, the opportunities are endless.