Purdue Alumni Student Experience

Author: Paul Braham, NE 2012
Paul Braham
Paul Braham
Purdue offers so many opportunities for students to get involved on campus, boasting more than 900 student organizations from which anyone can choose to take part. Many organizations attract students from very specific majors or interests, while some offer membership that appeals to a wide variety of backgrounds. In 2005, under the direction of the Purdue Alumni Association, a student group called the Purdue Alumni Student Experience (PASE) was formed. PASE is the ubiquitous student group on campus - it is everywhere, in all months of the year. When itʼs warm enough outside, I see PASE tshirts literally every day, and when the temperatures dip, our four-year members don their PASE fleece jackets en masse. With over 2800 members, PASE offers benefits to more members than any student organization on campus.

In addition to providing unique services and opportunities for students, PASE serves as a premier link to Purdueʼs alumni through events throughout the year, primarily through our Networking Committee. Each fall, the Networking Dinner draws hundreds of attendees during the Alumni Leadership Conference festivities. Students and alumni have the opportunity to mingle in the Ross-Ade Pavilion during the social hour before enjoying a meal together against the backdrop of Ross-Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena.

We are very excited to announce that we are bringing a brand new event to PASE: The Old Gold & Black Dinner. This is something that will require alumni participation in order to accomplish the overarching goal of our Networking Committeeʼs efforts. Purdue alumni are understandably a prideful group, and what better way to showcase that pride than to open your home to fellow Boilermakers for an evening of food and conversation? This event allows local alumni or even faculty to host dinners in their homes for PASE students in an effort to make Purdue a smaller, friendlier place for all involved. It aims to foster the unique alumni-student relationship by bringing people together in a warm, friendly environment for good food, great conversation, and Boilermaker camaraderie.

Aside from PASEʼs student-alumni events, we also plan and coordinate philanthropic events such as the Nearly Naked Mile, Bags for Cans, and Senior Send Off. This March 23rd, students from all over campus will come to participate in the Nearly Naked Mile, bringing clothing to donate to Lafayette Transitional Housing - sometimes giving the clothes right off their backs! Bags for Cans is an annual cornhole tournament where the registration fee is bringing food items to donate to Food Finders Food Bank. One of our favorite events for students transitioning into young alumni is Senior Send Off, which occurs at the end of every Spring and Fall semester. All Purdue seniors are invited to Senior Send Off to receive their free one-year gift membership to the Purdue Alumni Association, a free lunch by various sponsors each year, and other giveaways from local sponsors.

We encourage any alumni, especially from our engineering schools, to join us for our events geared toward fusing generations of Purdueʼs finest. Our students are always looking for opportunities to interact with alumni who once walked the road they find themselves on. For more information on any of PASEʼs activities or benefits, feel free to contact us at pase@purdue.edu. Hail Purdue!