Purdue, West Lafayette to welcome students living off campus

August 18, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - For the 15th consecutive year, volunteers from Purdue University and the city of West Lafayette will go around the New Chauncey and Northwestern Heights neighborhoods on Tuesday (Aug. 26) evening to meet students living off campus and welcome them to West Lafayette and Purdue.

In July university President Mitch Daniels appointed Frank Dooley, interim vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, to serve as chairperson of the Purdue Community Partnership Team.

"Each year, thousands of Purdue students live off-campus and are an integral part of the Purdue and West Lafayette communities," Dooley said. “We want to welcome our students into their neighborhoods and provide them with resources for living in the community.”

Volunteers will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wang Hall on Northwestern Avenue. Each volunteer will get a gold Meet and Greet T-shirt, a street map of the near-campus neighborhoods showing student residences, and door hangers with information about Purdue and West Lafayette that they will leave at each residence they visit.

Volunteers will divide into small teams and walk around the neighborhoods to make their visits. Meet and Greet is arranged jointly by the Purdue University and West Lafayette Community Partnership teams. 

"The main purpose of the teams is to work together to build on the strong relationship between Purdue and the city of West Lafayette," said Beverly Shaw, chair of the West Lafayette team and marketing and grants administrator for West Lafayette.

"Those of us already here know that West Lafayette and Purdue are great places to be," Mayor John Dennis said. "We want to share that sense of pride in our community with students who may be new to West Lafayette."

Meet and Greet is open to any West Lafayette resident and Purdue community member who wants to volunteer. 

Sources: Frank Dooley, 765-494-0615, dooleyf@purdue.edu

Bev Shaw, 765-775-5161, bshaw@westlafayette.in.gov

John Dennis, 765-775-5100, mayor@westlafayette.in.gov

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