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Homecoming 2022

January 24 to February 18

You’ve Roared Ahead through a time unlike any other…let’s celebrate with PNW Homecoming! We are bringing back some of your favorite HoCo traditions as well as creating new ones. Be ready to show your Pride during this annual month-long celebration of PNW.


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“Art of the Pride” Homecoming Contest

Deadline: FEBRUARY 4, 2022

Put your artistic skills to the test for a chance to win an Apple iPad! Your challenge: to submit an original, high-res photo that embodies the ways Purdue Northwest is ‘Roaring Ahead’ to transform students’ lives through innovative education, applied research and community engagement.

Submit Your Entry

See Contest Rule and Guidelines

Decorate The House – Window Painting

January 24 through January 28

Hammond Campus Welcome Center

Help paint PNW black and gold! PNW students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and help bring the festive atmosphere throughout the campus.

Follow the Steps Below!

1) Pick up paint at either designated headquarter.
2) Paint a designated window in theme of PNW, Roaring Ahead, etc.
3) Return on Friday, February 18 for a clean-up party!

Terms and Conditions

  • ONLY soap based paint provided at either designated headquarter may be used.
  • Paint can ONLY be applied to clear, open glass surfaces in specified areas (no paint on or over any vinyl lettering or signage).
  • Participants are responsible for the cleaning of the window(s) on Friday, February 18.
  • If there is any damage to University property, the unit is responsible for the cost of rep.

Chancellor’s Cup Challenge Benefitting the PNW Food Pantry

January 24 through January 27

10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Westville: Office of the Dean of Students

PNW community supporting PNW students! This week the Pride will focus efforts on alleviating food insecurity on campus by filling the shelves of the PNW Food Pantry. The entire PNW community is encouraged to participate in the Chancellor’s Challenge!

Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Trivia Night

February 1

5-7 p.m.

Team up with friends and test your trivia knowledge on a wide array of topics, including special celebrations of PNW Homecoming and Black History Month!

Spirit Weeks

January 31 THROUGH FebrUARY 17

Expanded fun and lively (three) spirit weeks with different themes daily! Virtual and in-person options available. Participants will be encouraged to capture their spirit week fun and submit photos to to be featured on social media.

  • Week 2
    Monday, 1/31 – Pajama Day
    Tuesday, 2/01 – Sunglasses/Beach Day
    Wednesday, 2/02 – School Spirit/Jersey Day
    Thursday, 2/03 – Meme/Celebrity/Pop Culture Day
  • Week 3
    Monday, 2/07 – Anything But a Backpack Day
    Tuesday, 2/08 – Superhero/Villain Day
    Wednesday, 2/09 – Twin Day
    Thursday, 2/10 – Dress for your Profession Day
  • Week 4
    Monday, 2/14 – Show Off Your Cultural Heritage Day
    Tuesday, 2/15 – Decades Day
    Wednesday, 2/16 – Nerd Day
    Thursday, 2/17 – Mismatch/Wacky Hair and outfit Day



7 p.m.-10 p.m.

alumni hall

“Stoplight Party” – themed blacklight dance party, where Green = ‘feel free to talk to me,’ Yellow = ‘it’s complicated,’ and Red = ‘stay away’ or ‘taken.’

Dress-up is optional. Themed glow sticks will be provided. Table games, dance games, refreshments and euphoria face paint/make-up stand equals fun for everyone!

Skate Party at Westville


1 p.m.-3 p.m.


Enjoy an afternoon of roller-skating and laser tag fun with friends on the ThrillAmaze portable skate rink. Refreshments provided.

Pride Professional Development Night


4 p.m.-7 p.m.

HAmmond Campus: SULB, Third Floor

At Pride Professional Development Night you’ll be able to obtain a resume and LinkedIn review from employers and alumni, participate in mock interview(s), take a free LinkedIn profile picture headshot and more.

You’ll also be able to join featured employer panels featuring discussion topics about diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. There will be a padfolio giveaway to the first 100 students who participate in the five sessions!

The Mane Event


Door open at 4 p.m.

Hammond Campus: Fitness and recreation center, John friend court

Cheer on men’s and women’s basketball at HoCo’s biggest event! The women’s team faces off against Lake Superior State starting at 5 p.m. The men’s team will face Lake Superior State at 7 p.m.

Sponsored By

Logo: Purdue Federal Credit Union

A dog is pictured for SGA Cram Jam.

From Homecoming Carnivals and Yard Parties to baseball in Dowling Park, students and faculty came together to celebrate in a safe and socially-distanced manner in our 2021 festivities.

Dogs pictured at Cram Jam.

Dogs make the best study buddies.

Students at the Homecoming Carnival are pictured.

Purdue Northwest got Homecoming month started with the annual Homecoming Carnival on the Hammond Campus!

Student in branded PNW gear is pictured.

Ready to Power Onward at the Homecoming Carnival.

Photo booth content is pictured from Homecoming.

Students had lots of photo booth fun at the Hammond Carnival.

A young child is pictured at the Westville Yard party.

The youngest members of the Pride enjoyed a safe celebration with a classic Yard Party on the Westville campus.

Students at 5K walk are pictured.

The PNW 5K Community Walk “Students Helping Students One Step at a Time," sponsored by the Honors College, helped to raise funds and grow awareness for the Dean of Students emergency fund.

Students walking in 5K walk.

Walk participants enjoyed a nice day on the Hammond campus during Homecoming 2021.

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Students learned from Jorge Lopez with the Career Center and successful entrepreneurs and PNW Alumni Chelsea Whittington and Alan Myszkowski in a virtual Zoom panel: The PNW Alumni Owned Business Network: Side Hustle to MANE Hustle.

Chancellor's Cup is pictured.

Faculty and staff supported our hungry PNW students by donating food to our PNW Pantries at Westville and Hammond for the annual Chancellor's Cup Challenge!

The PNW Pantry is pictured.

Donations went directly to food-insecure students. The Honors College took home this year's Chancellor's Cup!

Students walking Gabis Arboretum are pictured.

The S.H.I.N.E Remembrance Garden was revealed as participants walked the trails at Gabis Arboretum during S.H.I.N.E’s Spring Forward Walk.

Powering Onward

A PNW student plays pool.

Student Life

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PNW students pose together in a gym, with one wearing a PNW softball shirt.


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