Kolby Hagmaier, Author

A miniature replica of the university's over 2,600-acre campus.

Campus history as seen within Purdue’s Campus Model

The Purdue Campus Model has been around since 1957, but not much is known about its beginnings. Learn about this hidden icon and how it is part of Purdue’s spirit.

Rick and Dee Rietz

Motion P barn stops you in your tracks

Meet the Boilermaker fan family that handcrafted Purdue’s Motion P logo on their barn Rick and Dee Rietz come from a family of die-hard Boilermakers. Rick (BS management ’76), Dee (BS consumer and family sciences ’79) and their son Adam …

The Purdue-inspired Motion P barn

Building on a legacy through Purdue barns

Three Boilermaker barns celebrate the joy of persistence and honor their ties to Purdue and Indiana Driving through Indiana, you will find no shortage of beautiful farm fields of corn, soybeans and wheat. The golden crops sway in the breeze …

Todd and Jessica Foster

A Purdue-themed basketball barn built for dreamers

Have you ever wanted to play basketball in Purdue’s Mackey Arena? Now you can play in a barn that is known as ‘Mini-Mackey.’ Todd Foster’s dream was to open a multifunctional basketball facility ­­— not only for his family but …

The Smith’s

A Purdue Pete barn at Smith Family Farms

An 8th-generation family farm emphasizes Purdue pride and the importance of teaching children about Indiana farming Over 100 years old and still standing is the Smith Family Farms’ barn, with a distinctive Purdue Pete decorating its side. This eighth-generation family …

Purdue arch

“Ever Grateful, Ever True” couple tattoo

Name:  Jacie GrantGraduation year: 2016 Major/area of study: Animal sciences Current career: Senior supply chain analyst for Cargill Meet the Boilermaker couple who share a tattoo tribute to Purdue. A close-up of Jacie’s “Ever Grateful” tattoo and her husband’s “Ever …

Purdue tattoo

A Purdue tattoo that’s a reminder of home

Name: Beth Black Graduation year: Purdue West Lafayette, 2014, and Purdue Fort Wayne, 2019 Major/Area of Study: Elementary education and Master of Business Administration Current career: Multiunit store manager for Follett Higher Education Meet alumna Beth Black, who dedicated a …


A tattoo sleeve full of Purdue memories

Name: Brittany Blackford Graduation year: Fall 2015 Major/area of study: Wildlife; fisheries and aquatic sciences Current career: Small-business owner and Master of Science student at Mississippi State University studying conservation education Meet Brittany, who has a tattoo sleeve dedicated to …


A daring Boilermaker tattoo

Name: Chyna Ferguson Graduation year: 2021 Major/area of study: Mass communication Current career: Digital marketing Meet the woman whose co-worker dared her to get a Purdue tattoo — and who went through with it. An up-close look at Chyna’s Purdue …

Purdue boiler train

Meet Logan Cassady and his Purdue train tattoo

Name: Logan Cassady Graduation year: 2019 Major/area of study: Mechanical Engineering Technology Current career: Sales engineer for Ryan Fireprotection As the only person in his family with a tattoo, this Boilermaker knew he wanted a Purdue train tattoo to commemorate …

Tattoo of Michael Davis and Isaak Davis

Starting a new Purdue family tattoo tradition

Name: Michael Davis and Isaak DavisGraduation year: 1992 for dad and 2019 for sonMajor/area of study: Law and society (criminology) for dad; hospitality and tourism management for sonCurrent career: Michael is a retired police officer, currently working in the electric …

Purdue tattoo

A Boilermaker Special train tattoo

Name: Samuel KornicksGraduation year: 2015Major/area of study: Double major in political science/law and society with a minor in forensics.Current career: Full-time firefighter/EMT for the city of Lebanon, Indiana Meet the firefighter who is on the Boilermaker Special hype train. 1. …