Homecoming 2021

You’ve Powered Onward through a year unlike any other… explore the highlights and relive the fun of Homecoming 2021!

Homecoming Highlights

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.

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We celebrated PNW Pride lighting up the sky on the Westville campus! Fireworks Night was proudly presented by Purdue Federal Credit Union.

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The PNW Pride baseball team hosted Wayne State University’s Warriors at Dowling Park.

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Pets help students destress during SGA Cram Jam!

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Dogs make the best study buddies.

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

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Ready to Power Onward at the Homecoming Carnival.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

We closed out Homecoming with another night of lighting up the sky on the Hammond campus! Thanks to everyone who joined us for PNW Homecoming 2021. We're already planning how to show our Pride and celebrate PNW next year.

Homecoming Event Listing

Art of the Pride – Zoom Backgrounds

Put your zoom (background) skills to the test! Create an original zoom background for PNW HoCo 2021 and vote throughout HoCo month for your favorite. The winner’s background will be featured on PNW’s website and they will also receive an Apple iPad.


Power Onward: Create Your Own Path to Success

April 2 at 1 p.m.

Virtual

What does success mean to you? Getting the right job and the right company? The right degree? Join us for an insightful and engaging conversation with Jaime Casap, former Google Education Evangelist, who will share his own experiences as a first-generation college student.

Focusing on the importance of expanding your network while you are in college, Jaime will lead a “think tank” style discussion focusing on how college students today can create their own experiences and recognize the power of their potential.


Carnival

April 8 at 5 p.m.

Hammond Campus – Housing Parking Lot

Get Homecoming month started right with the annual Homecoming Carnival! Join us to kick off a month of activities and special happenings with free food, games and entertainment! There will be a food truck, DJ, photo booth, a tie-dye station and carnival games.


Yard Party

April 9 at 6 p.m.

Updated Location: DSAC Gymnasium

Get ready for a safe celebration with a classic Yard Party on the Westville campus. Games will include can jam, spikeball, ladder golf and bags. There will also be a DJ and food truck!


Fireworks Night

April 9 at 8 p.m.

Westville Campus

Celebrate your PNW Pride as we light up the sky! The Homecoming fireworks display is proudly presented by Purdue Federal Credit Union.

The show will be visible over the south campus parking lot at 1401 US-421, Westville, IN 46391. Enjoy the fireworks from the safety of your vehicle. All participants are required to follow campus safety protocols.


PNW 5K Community Walk  “Students Helping Students One Step at a Time”

Sponsored by the Honors College

April 10 at 9 a.m.

Hammond Campus

In the spirit of Homecoming, join in this 5K community walk and help to raise funds and grow awareness for the Dean of Students emergency fund. The emergency fund was established to assist students who are facing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students, faculty and staff, alumni, community members and friends are invited to register your support and contributions. Walk participants, volunteers and cheerleaders along the 5k route are welcome!

Anyone unable to physically attend? You can still take part virtually through various Facebook Live vantage points.


The PNW Alumni Owned Business Network Presents: Side Hustle to MANE Hustle

April 14 at 4 p.m.

Virtual

Turn your side hustle into your MANE hustle. Come learn from successful entrepreneurs and PNW Alumni in this virtual Zoom panel. Learn how they’ve overcome challenges and built resilience to take their future into their own hands.


The White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Webinars

April 9, 16 and 23 at 12 – 1 p.m.

Virtual or COB YouTube

In a year that’s battered the hospitality industry, learn more from industry experts about how this crucial economic sector will evolve post-pandemic. The panel will be followed by a live Q&A so get your questions ready!


Chancellor’s Cup Challenge Benefiting the PNW Food Pantry

April 12 through 16

Hammond and Westville Campus

Support our hungry PNW students by donating food to our PNW Pantries at Westville and Hammond!  Donations go directly to food-insecure students. The winning Department or Academic Unit gets the much-coveted Chancellor’s Cup!

Congrats to PNW’s Honors College for their Chancellor’s Cup victory!


Pride Softball @ Dowling Park (Postponed)

April 17 at 12 p.m.

The PNW Pride softball game on April 17 has been postponed.


SGA Cram Jam

April 19 through 22 at 2 – 5 p.m.

Hammond: SULB 200

Westville: LSF 200

Ready to ace those finals? SGA is teaming up with the library, student academic support, the writing center, student life and HoCo to bring you the ultimate study party! Drop in virtually or in person. In-person snack packs are limited.

Partake in paw therapy to de-stress and interact with some cute animals to boost your studying.

  • Westville: April 20 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Location DSAC)
  • Hammond: April 22 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Location SULB)

S.H.I.N.E’s Spring Forward Walk

April 27 at 12 p.m.

At this event, guests will walk socially-distanced on the trails at Gabis Arboretum. The S.H.I.N.E Remembrance Garden that has been under construction will be revealed as well.


Day of Giving

April 28

Join us for PNW Day of Giving on April 28 as we come together once more to support our students by helping them build meaningful connections, pursue their passions and provide them with emergency assistance when needed.


Pride Baseball @ Dowling Park

April 30 at 3 p.m.

The PNW Pride baseball team will host Wayne State University’s Warriors at Dowling Park (located on JF Mahoney Drive, just north of I-80/94 on Kennedy Avenue, Hammond). PNW baseball fans are welcome to attend the game and all spectators are required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing guidelines. Attendance will be limited to 250 individuals. 

Purdue Federal Credit Union is proud to sponsor a free Homecoming 2021 t-shirt giveaway at this game while supplies last.

  • Students: Free
  • Children: 4-17 years, $5
  • Adults: 18+, $7

Fireworks Night

April 30 at 8 p.m.

Hammond Campus

Celebrate your PNW Pride and the close of Homecoming with another night of lighting up the sky! The Homecoming fireworks display is proudly presented by Purdue Federal Credit Union.

The show will be visible over the south campus parking lot at 2300 173rd Street, Hammond, IN 46323. Enjoy the fireworks from the safety of your vehicle. All participants are required to follow campus safety protocols.

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