GO Purdue! Takes students to Area Cultural Centers
A Global Outreach program known as “ GO Purdue!” has the goal of providing cultural, educational, service and social opportunities to enhance the experiences and enjoyment of our international students. The various activities serve to enhance their understanding of America through educational experiences that contribute to the globalization of Purdue and the greater community. GO Purdue! is an initiative of the Office of International Programs. Informal activities benefit participants through cultural exchange, making new friends, success as students at Purdue, and understanding people from other countries. Future trips will seek creative ways to include participation of domestic students as well.
GO Purdue! hosts day trips to locations within Indiana and surrounding states for our international and domestic students that highlight the history, culture, and practices of that particular area. The April trip took three busloads of international and domestic students to an Indiana Pacer’s basketball game in downtown Indianapolis. This is a popular trip that attracts students from many countries. Many of the students took part in a mixer game by asking questions of students from various countries. Organizer Nancy Montaque says, “A lot of our students are just ‘crazy’ about Pacer’s basketball and they follow the NBA closely.” She told of one student who was returning to China the following day, but he didn’t want to miss out on the game. He said, “I’m returning to China tomorrow morning, but I want to see this game. It is my seventh time to go to a Pacer’s game with Go Purdue!”
This summer, students and staff will make the trip to St. Joseph, Michigan to swim at Silver Beach on beautiful Lake Michigan. And later, they will head north to tour an RV factory and learn about the Amish culture at the Mennohof Amish Museum in Shipshewana, Indiana.