Purdue Northwest Alumni Community is formed

Purdue Northwest Alumni Community President Scott Schaller (top right) and Vice President Katie Eaton (top center) stand with their hands all in with Leo, the PNW mascot, students and alumni. (Photo provided)

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Purdue University Northwest now boasts its own independent alumni organization in the newly formed Purdue Northwest Alumni Community, serving both the Westville and Hammond campuses.

Purdue Northwest Alumni Community is a new separate, independent non-profit organization created to support PNW, its students and alumni. All alumni of the Hammond and Westville campuses are welcome to join.

The community’s 10 founding board members elected Scott Schaller, of Cedar Lake, as the first president and Katie Eaton, of LaPorte, as the first vice president. Both Schaller and Eaton had been involved in their respective campuses’ alumni boards. They have worked closely with the founding board members over the last year to create an organization that will build a strong alumni community for the future.

Schaller, who earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA at the Hammond Campus, said, “It’s taken us more than two years to get to this day. We started as two separate alumni boards representing our legacy founding universities more than six months prior to the unification that was completed in March 2016. Last summer, we combined as a single board under PNW Alumni Organization.”

Eaton, who earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA at the Westville Campus, said, “Loyalty to Purdue Northwest and our founding universities is what brings us together to serve our alumni and most importantly current students striving to make an impact on Northwest Indiana. We are Purdue Northwest for Life.”

The new alumni community represents more than 60,000 alumni and membership is open to alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and all philanthropic supporters.

“The Purdue Northwest Alumni Community stands proudly with our new university and we believe we will present a strong, independent and unified voice in support of the university into the future,” said Schaller.

Graduates of Purdue Northwest or its founding universities—Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central – are invited to apply to join its new board of directors; applications are accepted through July 31. The expectations and responsibilities of board membership are available at Alumni.pnw.edu/getonboard.

Plans are in progress for a number of upcoming events including:

— Homecoming – Sept. 2-9. The week of events will culminate in the Fall Sports Festival in Dowling Park.

— Alumni Trivia Night Competition – Oct. 12. A fun-filled night of alumni bonding, networking and competition that will raise support for the new PNW Legacy Scholarship, to be awarded to students who are children of alumni in the coming years.

— Purdue Northwest Reunion Weekend – Spring 2018. The first-ever PNW Reunion Weekend will include all legacy university alumni, with special emphasis given to 40-, 45-, 50-, and 55-year graduates. The reunion will take place April 26 through May commencement celebrations.

The Purdue University Northwest Alumni Community serves as an essential resource to Purdue University Northwest, its alumni and current students through strategic partnerships that enhance the lives of its constituents and manifest Purdue pride and loyalty.

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