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Roaring Ahead

In 2021-2022, Purdue University Northwest will be celebrating our proud history—and ‘Roaring Ahead' toward an even-better future.

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Roaring Ahead Scholarship Gala

June 10, 2022

A premier fundraising event, the Roaring Ahead Scholarship Gala will provide scholarship opportunities benefitting future and current students. As we will look to the future and celebrate our history, we will be honoring Chancellor Thomas L. Keon at this event for his ten years of transformational leadership at the university.

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Learn About the Gala

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Part of Purdue University Northwest’s “Roaring Ahead” 5•75 anniversary celebration.

Marking Milestones

The year ahead marks the fifth anniversary of the establishment of Purdue Northwest and the 75th anniversaries of our legacy institutions, Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central.

We’ll be celebrating with a yearlong tribute, “Roaring Ahead,” that will focus on the many ways Purdue Northwest transforms students’ lives and our metropolitan region, driving engagement and pushing the boundaries of innovation.

PNW will plan several university-wide events open to the entire community. More importantly, individual units, departments and colleges are encouraged to plan their own events to look to our future while celebrating our history.

For approved celebration events, please submit this form for all marketing requests and approvals of use of the Roaring Ahead brand and mark.


Have questions? Contact 575@pnw.edu!

5-75 Events

Feb 06

Sinai Forum: An Afternoon with Steve Wozniak

Join the Sinai Forum at Purdue University Northwest for An Afternoon with Steve Wozniak. 

Apr 03

Sinai Forum: Into the Icy Realm with Paul Nicklen

The Sinai Forum program for Sunday, January 9, has been cancelled due to a family medical emergency for our speaker, Paul Nicklen.

Apr 08

Roaring Loud

PNW students, join us for a free dance party when DJ Diesel (aka Shaq!) comes to campus April 8 for Roaring Loud. This fun, free celebration is the showcase student event for PNW’s yearlong “Roaring Ahead” celebration.

Jun 10

Roaring Ahead Scholarship Gala

A premier fundraising event, the Roaring Ahead Scholarship Gala will provide scholarship opportunities benefitting future and current students.

Explore A Visual History of PNW

A Kick-Off To The Year Ahead

As we celebrate how Purdue University Northwest is Roaring Ahead to a proud future, we’re also looking back at some of the memories that made PNW the special place it is today. Step back with us with this anniversary slideshow!

A professor looks through a microscope.

Biology professor Charles Tseng assists a student, showing the close bonds that have been a PNW hallmark since the beginning.

Class in Barker Mansion.

In 1948 the Barker Welfare Foundation made the John Barker mansion in Westville available to the university . All of the area classes were consolidated in this fine old structure in spring1949.

Jean Chambers is pictured.

Long time professor Jean Chambers speaks at the Distinguished Service awards in 1987. The theater in the Student Union and Library Building is named in her honor.

PNW basketball players are pictured.

PNW athletics have had a number of nicknames over the years--the Pride, the Pipers, the Lakers, the Peregrines, the Centaurs and the Panthers--but one constant has been showing up and competing hard!

A polish heritage sign is pictured.

PNW is proud to celebrate our students and their backgrounds, as seen with this celebration of Polish Heritage at PNW on the first floor of SULB in the early 2000s.

Hammond sign is installed.

With this new sign, the PNW Pride officially established residence on the university's Hammond Campus. Our nickname evokes the strength of a pride of lions--and our shared pride in this one-of-a-kind place.

An aerial shot of DSAC is pictured.

The Dworkin Student Services & Activities Complex (DSAC) opened in Westville in 2015 and has become a favorite resource both for students and in the community.

Breaking ground on the Bioscience building.

Even as PNW honors the past, we remain focused on the future, investing in new buildings and new programs to serve our students. Here we see campus leadership breaking ground on the state-of-the-art Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building in 2018.

Gabis sign is pictured.

In February 2018, the 300-acre Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso, Indiana became part of Purdue University Northwest through a donation of the $12 million preserve by founders Damien and Rita Gabis and the Taltree board of directors. The largest gift in the history of PNW, the renamed Gabis Arboretum provides educational and research opportunities for people throughout Northwest Indiana and beyond with more than six miles of hiking trails, formal gardens and a unique collection of oak species.

PNW Westville sign is installed.

In 2016, the former Purdue North Central (pictured) and Purdue Calumet campuses unified to create a shared Purdue University Northwest.

Welcome Week is pictured.

Every year, students can discover the latest clubs, programs and campus activities with PNW's always-popular Welcome Week events.

Bioscience building is pictured.

Years of planning, months of construction and countless hours of work finally came to fruition in 2020 as PNW opened the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building. Boasting an eye-catching design and close to 70,000 square feet of space, the building plays host to PNW’s nursing and biological sciences departments.

An exterior view of a fountain on PNW's Westville campus

5-75 Anniversary Steering Committee

The 5-75 Purdue Northwest Anniversary Steering Committee has been charged with facilitating a widespread commemorative year of events that highlight the accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and our campuses’ profound impact on our greater community.

Meet the Committee