This past Valentine’s Day, PNC Alumni shared their fondest memories of their time at Purdue North Central.
The PNC Alumni Association chose the winning memory for a romantic dinner for two at at Bon Femme Cafe in Valparaiso. PNC’s very own, Deb Nielsen, who is a 1974 PNC graduate and Executive Assistant to the Chancellor won the Cupid Contest with the following PNC memory:
At that time, we had only the Education Building (now Schwarz Hall) and the vending room was room 40 (now Enrollment Management). There was no food service available to students so you either ate from the machines or you brought your lunch. In December of 1974, several of the “groupies” were graduating and were taking their last English course in American Lit taught by Professor Stanfield. Throughout the semester Stanfield complained bitterly about the lack of dining facilities on campus, so the “Stanfield Groupies” decided to do something about it.
We brought in tablecloths, napkins, candelabras and candles, good china and flatware, stemmed goblets, etc. We held a lavish feast in front everyone in the room. One of the gals in our class was an accomplished cook and made a Spanish dish called Paella. We served soft drinks and iced tea in the goblets, had a salad and a fancy dessert. Everyone that was in the vending room was envious of our elegant feast complete with lighted candelabras!
To top it off, we gave Stanfield a caftan that we had made. Now Professor Stanfield was short and wide and so was his caftan. I wish I had a picture of him in it to share. He modeled it in front of everyone in the room. We all had a wonderful time and Stanfield talked about that for years afterward.
Thank you, Deb, for sharing your story and to the many other alumni who submitted their favorite memories! You can find this and our other favorite stores here.
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