Purdue Homecoming plans week of activities

October 28, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's 2015 Homecoming week will include activities for students and the public including a parade, trivia contest and performances on the Homecoming stage.

The events begin Monday (Nov. 2) and will culminate at noon on Nov. 7, with the Homecoming football game against Illinois.

The celebration includes:

* Voting for Homecoming king and queen, for Purdue students only, began at 8 a.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 28) and concludes at 11:45 p.m. Nov. 4. Students can vote on Boilerlink.purdue.edu. Vote for one king and one queen candidate. A list of all the candidates along with their photographs and profile is available at http://union.purdue.edu/studentevents/events/specialevents/Homecoming.html

* Homecoming Kickoff is 4-8 p.m. Monday (Nov. 2) on Memorial Mall (rain location is Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms). Chili, hot chocolate, apple cider, ice skating and holiday music will be available. The event is free with Purdue student ID. Food will be served first come, first served.

* Homecoming Trivia Night will be 7-9 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Union Commons. Bring a team of six players to show off your knowledge of Purdue and winter-themed questions.

* Homecoming Service Day is 1-5 p.m. Nov. 5 on Memorial Mall. Almost Home Humane Society and Food Finders will collect donations. Participants can help collect items while enjoying crafts, Insomnia cookies and puppies.

*The Boilermaker Night Train Parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. The route starts at the corner of Pierce and State streets, goes west on State Street, heads north on Martin Jischke Drive, goes east on Third Street before turning north on University Street, and ending at Mackey Arena. The parade will feature floats with walking and motorized units. The floats will be decorated in this year's theme, "Bundle Up Boilers." Participants include the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band. Purdue police advise that due to traffic restrictions in the area of the parade, the best route to take to get around campus is U.S. 231.

* Crowning of the Homecoming king and queen will be at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 7 on the main stage in Stadium Mall at the Homecoming Celebration.  

* Family fun activities will be 9 a.m. until noon on Nov.7, between Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering and Schleman Hall in the Stadium Mall. There will be performances during the celebration on the main stage including a Purdue University Dance Marathon show; Reamer Club; Jahari Dance Troupe; Purdue "All-American" Marching Band; Cord Fashion Show; Chinese folk dance; and the Varsity Glee Club. There also will be activity tents hosted by colleges, schools and units across campus and food vendors. In addition, there will be other activities on the mall including stilt walkers and representatives from the Confucius Institute at Purdue, who will teach children how to write "Boiler Up" in Chinese.

* Homecoming Dance will be 8 p.m. to midnight in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms. The band Living Proof will performs music from several decades. The dress code is casual. 

Writer: Jenny Jackson, Jacks152@Purdue.edu

News Service contact: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Sources: Angelica McLean, program adviser at Purdue Memorial Union, Mclean5@Purdue.edu

Kelsey DeWees, senior event coordinator for University Development Office, kddewees@prf.org 

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