DATE: Sept. 26, 1997
CONTACT: Jeff Jones, ext. 5281
WESTVILLE -Purdue University North Central will celebrate its 30th birthday next Tuesday (September 30, 10 a.m.) with some flames.
First, there will be birthday cake with candles to celebrate the opening of the Westville campus in September 1967. Then, at the press conference to follow, Chancellor Dale W. Alspaugh will turn a match on the mortgage for the campus original building, Robert F. Schwarz Hall.
"Like many homeowners, we have been looking forward to paying off our thirty-year note," Alspaugh said. "Since the occasion also coincides with our 30th birthday in Westville, we decided to serve some cake as well."
Schwarz Hall is named for Robert F. Schwarz, the first dean and director of the campus who died in 1984. The building was formerly known as the Education Building, and served as the original home for the university after it moved to Westville from the Barker Center in Michigan City in 1967. The campus now has three major academic buildings on the 275-acre campus just north of Westville at the junction of U.S. 421 and the Indiana Toll Road. This fall, 3369 students are enrolled there.
"We have made great progress in our thirty years in Westville," Alspaugh said. "Were all working hard to assure that we will be providing educational services to the citizens of our area for many years to come."