Podcast Ep. 59: Rusty Rueff on How Purdue Community Impacted His Successful Career

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to College of Liberal Arts alumnus Rusty Rueff, a philanthropist, investor and advisor. Listen in as Rusty discusses art’s crucial relationship to humanity, leading the company Electronic Arts through the video …

Elise Doan and Audrey Williamson are shown side-by-side, divided by a diagonal line. Both are shown smiling and looking off-camera.

LGBTQ at Purdue: Pride in community and self

Elise Doan and Audrey Williamson share how LGBTQ students can find a vibrant and uplifting community at Purdue.

Purdue Polytechnic High School alumnus Samuel Hardesty is a member of the Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Purdue University.

PPHS grad embodies pride, responsibility of Navy ROTC

Part of the first graduating class of Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, Samuel Hardesty chose to join Purdue’s Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to cultivate self-discipline, develop leadership skills and fulfill a desire to serve others by defending his …


Podcast Ep. 58: IndyCar Engineer Angela Ashmore Hopes Next Giant Leap is an Indy 500 Win

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to IndyCar engineer Angela Ashmore. Angela, an engineer for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda, is a lifelong motorsports fan. Her giant leap into professional racing came after relentless …

Purdue alumnus Nathan O’Rourke, race engineer for IndyCar driver Colton Herta

From the grandstands to pit row

A young Nathan O’Rourke could list every Indianapolis 500 winner since 1911. Since then, he’s worked with some of the best known names in IndyCar and is currently living out his racing dreams.

Aidan O’Connell is the Boilermakers’ starting quarterback.

Faith in the process

Aidan O’Connell enters the 2022 season as the Boilermakers’ starting quarterback and may have a professional career in his future.

Krupa Patel, a piccolo player in the Purdue “All-American” Marching band, poses with her instrument in her uniform.

Playing a part in an Indy 500 tradition, year after year

As a member of the Purdue “All-American” Marching band, Krupa Patel enjoys coming back to the Indy 500, a tradition held for over 100 years.

Jullianna Niebbia, senior, education, sociology ’22, is one of five Purdue women to be part of the 2022 500 Festival Princess program.

Redefining what it means to be a princess

I want to tell young girls: Whatever you want to put your mind to, you can achieve it. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. As a female police officer, I’m going to have to work 20 times as …

Senior Delaney Tejcek, pre-law, communications and history minors, ’22, is one of five Purdue women to be part of the 2022 500 Festival Princess program.

Taking every opportunity to shape the future, empower others

In a world of influencers and models, you look at these people and you think, “I want to look like that.” But that’s not how it is with the 500 Festival Princess Program.

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Purdue’s mark on the Indianapolis 500

From the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band playing “Back Home Again in Indiana” to race engineers celebrating their winning drivers in Victory Lane, Purdue University is integral to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Sophomore Emily Deldar (Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; and Psychological Sciences, ’24) is one of five Purdue women to be part of the 2022 500 Festival Princess program.

Empowering Indiana women through civic engagement

When I was in middle school choir, I was assigned to be a helper and mentor to a student with Down syndrome. I ended up getting really close with his family. I did a lot of work with the Special …

Golduster Sophia Strain poses in front of the Purdue Memorial Union in her Indianapolis 500 dancing uniform.

Becoming a part of Indianapolis 500 and Purdue history

I went to the Indy 500 when I was younger, but I didn’t know I was hearing the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band the whole time until I was able to be a part of it in college as a Golduster.