Media opportunities during Purdue astronaut reunion

April 8, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University will host several of its astronaut alumni for a reunion that will culminate with a public forum on Saturday (April 12). Astronauts will visit with local K-12 students, Purdue students, and alumni and friends from Thursday (April 10) through Saturday.

Here is a list of activities that might be of interest to reporters:

Thursday (April 10): Astronauts will visit area schools. Among the schools:

* Happy Hollow Elementary (grades 4-6). 1:30-2:30 p.m. Astronaut Drew Feustel and Indira Feustel, and astronaut Scott Tingle and Raynette Tingle.

* Cumberland Elementary (grades K-3). 1-3 p.m. Astronauts Loren Shriver and Charlie Walker.

* Harrison High School (grades 9-12). 1-2:30 p.m. Astronaut David Wolf.

* Burnett Creek Elementary School (K-5). 1:30-3:30 p.m. Astronaut Mark Brown.

Thursday (April 10): Astronauts will be guests at an invitation-only reception from 5-6 p.m. on Keady Court in Mackey Arena. Attendees will visit with astronauts before a 5:30 p.m. program, during which Gene Cernan will be recognized for his gift to Purdue of lunar maps from his trips to the moon. Media can park in P Lot. See Judith Austin, Purdue News Service, inside Mackey Arena for credentials.

Saturday (April 12): The astronauts will be introduced during halftime of the spring football scrimmage. The scrimmage is from 1-3:30 p.m. in Ross-Ade Stadium. Media should contact Matt Rector,, for credentials to the spring game.

Saturday (April 12): A public forum: A Conversation with our Astronauts. The forum will be from 7-8:30 p.m. in Elliott Hall of Music. President Mitch Daniels will be the moderator. A mult-box will be provided for audio. Tripods will not be allowed, but single-stick stands are permitted. See Judith Austin, Purdue News Service, inside Elliott Hall of Music for credentials and seating.

Journalists who would like to attend any of these events should contact Judith Austin, Purdue News Service, at 765-494-2432,

Related news release:

Astronauts to return to Purdue for reunion:

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