Alumni reconnect, reminise during homecoming weekend


Spencer Hahn

Science alumnus Spencer Hahn experiments during a Sept. 27 alumni luncheon.

The College of Science Homecoming and Alumni weekend brought generations of former students back to Purdue campus.

On Sept. 27 and 28, alumni relived their time as Boilermakers. For some, it wasn’t that long ago. For others, campus has changed considerably in the decades since they received their Science degrees.

Members of the classes of 1963 and 1988 along with the alumni board, enjoyed a luncheon on the patio of the Hampton Hall of Civil Engineering, which is home to the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. The event was highlighted by an interactive experiment that worked with the weights of solutions. With the help of EAPS outreach coordinator Steven Smith, the alumni had to “stack” the different colored solutions in a clear straw to create a rainbow effect.


After mastering the experiment, the alumni traversed up to the new El Aguila Goldmine exhibit, made possible by the mine’s owner and EAPS alumnus Bill Reid. The impressive display takes the viewer from explaining the plate tectonics around the mine’s location in southern Mexico to how gold ore is extracted. Touch screens featuring mining vocabulary, images, maps and games take the viewer within the mining experience. The goldmine exhibit is located on the second floor of Hampton and is available for viewing whenever the building is open.


The Dean’s Club appreciation dinner was held along the Stadium Mall and featured an apple theme. Shiny red apples with the College of Science logo etched on the skin greeted guests before the meal.

Family Day

The morning of the Homecoming game saw new College of Science students and their families pop in to Lawson Computer Science Building for some snacks before kickoff. The families and students had the opportunity to meet with Science administration, faculty, advisors and student leaders as well.

Geological Society

A member of the Purdue Geological Soceity holds up a fossil during in the College of Science tent before the Purdue homecoming game.

While the family event was going on, the alumni tent back on the Stadium Mall was buzzing with interactive experiments from most of the departments. Alumni and their families got to witness chemical reactions, make tornadoes in soda bottles, build their own circuit boards and much more. The experiments were led by some of Science’s finest students. It was a great way for current students to meet their alumni counterparts.

While the football Boilermakers were on the losing end at the game, a football field’s amount of reconnecting and Purdue pride gushed forth throughout the weekend.

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