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The close bond between Purdue University and Colombia began decades ago. It has sustained and grown stronger over time, but especially in the current decade, since Purdue launched its Colombia Purdue Initiative in 2010. In six short years, hundreds of individuals from all across Colombia and Purdue have crossed the Caribbean to explore and implement collaborations that matter to our collective futures.
Our greatest joint asset, however, is you – our alumni – you share a deep, lifelong attachment to your beloved country of Colombia and to your university family here at Purdue (and around the world!).
This section is an opportunity for us to feature and appreciate the stories of our common history and to acknowledge the contributions of those who have built the Colombia Purdue legacy.
First man on the moon
It was on July 20th, 1969, when astronauts Neil Armstrong –one of the most beloved Purdue alums–, and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the Moon. The Moon landing was the final goal of NASA mission Apollo 11. Along with Armstrong and Aldrin, Michael Collins was part of the crew as pilot of the Command Module. This was the first time that humans landed on the Moon. Indeed an occasion worthy of celebration!
"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong, 1969
Colombia's Independence Day
The Independence of Colombia was a long process that took almost ten years to complete. Even so, July 20th was designated by Law 60 issued in 1873 as the official day to celebrate the Republic of Colombia. Since then, this date is the opportunity for Colombians to celebrate the Independence from Spanish rule. It is a day to honor those who fought for freedom.
(Pictures taken from nasa.gov, lamusica.com, and queenslatino.com)
Help us build our Colombia Purdue history!
We found this photograph within the Purdue Library’s Archives and Special Collections. It was taken September 1969 in BOGOTA during a Purdue Alumni Club meeting. However, we do not know the people or story of this image -- do you recognize someone (maybe yourself) in the picture? What is your story? Or your friend’s story? What is the history of the Purdue Bogota Alumni Club? Who organized it? What did they do and why did it stop?
Por Favor, HELP us build the story of the Colombia Purdue legacy and SHARE what you know about this picture. Click HERE to write to us and to upload other photos and stories that you saved from your Purdue adventures as a student and your family and life experiences after Purdue.
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