March 12, 2007

Fashion takes stage at Spring Fest

Annie Lockett, 2, and her dad, Joe
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Purdue University's Spring Fest 2007 will offer visitors the chance to see cutting-edge fashion designs in a runway show highlighting student creations.

Spring Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14-15 at locations across campus. In its ninth year as a campuswide event, Spring Fest seeks to draw attention to the lighter side of higher education with hands-on games, experiments and programs. Returning favorites this year include exhibits and activities from more than 25 Purdue colleges and departments.

Student designers enrolled in an apparel design and technology course will showcase a year's worth of garment designs during the Purdue Fashion Association's J'adore la Mode Fashion Show at 1 p.m. on April 14.

"The association holds this show every year, drawing a crowd of nearly 900," said Danica Kirkpatrick, Spring Fest event coordinator. "This is the first time the show will take place in conjunction with Spring Fest. It's a great opportunity for community members to both see the finished products and learn about what goes into making these items."

Undergraduate students will present creations modeled by fellow students. The association also will sponsor a second show at 6 p.m. to highlight the full portfolios of seniors in the course in addition to other offerings. Both shows will take place in the Purdue Fashion Association's tent at the west end of State Street in front of Herrick Laboratories.

"If you've ever wondered what goes into creating clothes, don't miss the Design Student Art Gallery," Kirkpatrick said. "You can see the process unfold in student drawings, fabrics samples and three-dimensional mock-ups."

The gallery will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14 in Matthews Hall, Room 201. Admission is free. To purchase tickets for the day or evening shows in advance, contact Jeannie Navarre at (765) 494-8356. Ticket prices for the afternoon show are $2 for those 18 and under, $4 for those 18 and older or $10 for a family pass of up to six people. Tickets for the evening show are sold based on seating preference, at $13 or $15. 

In addition to fashionable finds, Spring Fest also will feature its annual hands-on assortment of the furry, crawly and mind-boggling.

The 44th Annual School of Veterinary Medicine Open House will offer animal lovers a sneak peek into a veterinarian's duties with the theme of "A Day in the Life of a Vet." In addition to zoo animals and exotic breeds, a falconer will show off birds of prey. A live spay/neuter demonstration also is planned.

The Bug Bowl will take place April 14-15 as part of the Department of Entomology's events. New to the bowl this year are robotic beetle battles and virtual reality elements.

The Purdue Alumni Association also will sponsor its Gala Weekend concurrently with Spring Fest, from April 14-16. Gala Weekend, which brings alumni from across the country to campus, will honor the Class of 1957. The weekend will kick off April 14 with a variety of college and organization alumni activities. A complete listing of Gala Weekend events and information on how to register can be found at the Purdue Alumni Association Web site at

Kirkpatrick said that while Spring Fest attendance fluctuates with the weather, activities will continue rain or shine.

"That's why the tents are there," she said. "With the cold last year, we had about 25,000 people, but we typically plan for 40,000. With good weather, we can draw in even more than that." 

Free parking will be available at the Marsteller Street and Wood Street garages. South University Street and Harrison Street (from Marsteller Street to South University Street) will be closed for the weekend. Parking is available on South Russell Drive in the lot behind Lilly Hall and in the gravel lots near Printing Services. Parking also is available in lots on Sheetz Street behind Freehafer Hall. Bus parking is available in reserved lots off Harrison Street.

More Spring Fest information, including a map of the sites, is available online at or by calling (888) EXT-INFO.

Activities listed below will take place both Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, unless otherwise noted:


Information Tent

*  Pick up Spring Fest information and directions.

*  Get your Spring Fest bingo cards and scavenger hunt questions.

*  Visit the Golduster Dance Team from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.


Department of Entomology

*  17th annual Bug Bowl

*  Cricket-spitting contest

*  Cockroach racing

*  Insect crafts and face painting

*  Dishes to taste made with insects and honey tasting

*  Insect petting zoo

*  Robotic beetle battles and virtual reality bugs

*  Cake decorating contest featuring insect shapes and motifs


College of Agriculture

*  Learn the science of flight.

*  Pet a rabbit.

*  Displays from Purdue Agriculture; 4-H; Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow; Agricultural Council; Collegiate 4-H; Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators; and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences.

*  Learn about careers in agriculture.

*  Ask Purdue students about campus life and opportunities in the College of Agriculture.

*  Spring Fest and Purdue Agriculture T-shirts will be available for sale, along with ice cream and lemon shake-ups.


Purdue Student Chapter of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)

*  Hamburgers and hot dogs made on a wood fire grill will be for sale.

*  Stop by to admire or buy a large selection of plants, from flowering annuals and raised planters, to shrubs and perennials.


College of Technology

*  Learn how computer forensics helps investigators solve crimes.

*  Test your reaction time with game-show buzzers.

*   Sit behind the wheel of real construction equipment.

*  Find out what's happening at the Purdue Airport and meet Aviation Technology students.

*  Giveaways and family activities.


Department of Animal Sciences

*  Boiler Barnyard

*  Live animals

*  Sheep shearing demonstrations

*  Dairy cow milking

*  Educational displays for consumer products

*  Coloring contest

*  Pony rides

*  Animal trivia games with prizes

*  Animal Sciences apparel, hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, milk, and ice cream will be available for sale


Departments of Agronomy and Botany

and Plant Pathology

*  Learn about carnivorous and medicinal plants, perennial weeds and morel mushrooms.

*  Explore how plants influence the environment.

*  Children will be able to make their own pet planters.

*  Free face painting and free balloons.


Department of Biological Sciences

Location: Inside Lilly Hall foyer

nbsp;Hands-on tidal pool with sea urchins, starfish and sand dollars

*  Observe chicken and sea urchin embryos

*  Explore the behavior of mantis shrimp and weakly electric fish

*  Electrocardiogram demonstrations


Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

*  Purdue Horticulture Society's 94th Annual Horticulture Show. The theme of Plant Paradise features an array of plants, including trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, as well as water features and patios.

*  Plant sale.

*  Children's booth.


Purdue Athletics

*  Practice your quarterback skills

*  Interact with Purdue student-athletes

*  Try on a Purdue football uniform

*  Get autographs from Purdue Pete

*  Test your sports knowledge at the Legend of the Boilermaker trivia table


College of Science

*  Take science from the textbook to real life as students and representatives from the College of Science provide hands-on opportunities with biology and chemistry experiments.

*  Earth and atmospheric science demonstrations.

*  Highlights of new discoveries emerging from computer science, mathematics, statistics and physics.


Purdue Press

*  Browse hundreds of titles for bargains or be among the first to own a new Purdue Press music CD at the first Purdue Press Book Sale.

*  Giveaways and music.

*  Visit an additional location, Saturday only, at South Campus Courts E.


College of Consumer and Family Sciences

*  Play games, gather educational materials, drink "bug juice" and eat treats.

*  Play "Purdue Wheel of Fortune" with the CFS Ambassadors.

*  Story time for infants or toddlers.

*  Make and take home a buggy craft.

*  Take your milk mustache photo.

*  Play the "Grand Prize Game" to earn money you can spend on prizes.

*  Dine and relax at the HTM Fountainside Cafe.


Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

(Saturday activities only)

*  See Old and New Iron: Classic Tractors on display.

*  Chance to win a children's playhouse built during Spring Fest.

*  Pedal-power tractor obstacle course with a free farm safety coloring book upon completion.

*  Color with soybean crayons.

*  Face painting.

*  Buffalo burgers, drinks, popcorn and balloons will be available for sale.


Department of Biochemistry

(Saturday activities only)

*  Explore basic biochemistry with members of the Purdue Biochemistry Club.

*  Watch an experiment in action and learn what made it work.


Department of Agricultural Economics

(Saturday activities only)

*  Test your knowledge of international trade by playing the Import/Export Game.

*  Match farm products to their consumer products.

*  Play AgEcon Bingo for Kids.

*  Relay race.


Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

(Saturday activities only)

*  Games include Whose Track is That? What lives in the Wabash? and Scat ? What's That?

*  Try naming trees by their wood or leaves.

*  Make pinecone bird feeders.

*  See wood products from Indiana's forests.

*  Wood chopping competition.

*  Demonstrations on how to climb trees like a professional.

*  Also featured will be router sign sales, a working sawmill, seedling tree sales and tree grafting.


Boiler Brick Bowl

(Saturday activities only)

*  Watch Purdue landscape architecture and design students compete against teams from other universities as they translate designs for brick projects from the drawing board to the mortarboard.


Department of Food Science

(Saturday activities only)

*  Create a personalized can bank using a real canning press.

*  Take the Flavor Challenge to check your visual tasting ability.

*  Fresh doughnuts will be available for sale.

*  Watch cotton candy being made.


School of Veterinary Medicine

(Saturday activities only)

*  44th annual School of Veterinary Medicine Open House with the theme of "A Day in the Life of a Vet."

*  Parade at 9:30 a.m.

*  Live spay/neuter demonstration.

*  Exotic animals.

*  Animal rescue groups.

*  A falconer.

*  A 4-H veterinary science display.

*  Petting zoo.

*  Class exhibits, special lectures and the Vet Olympics.

*  Tour the facility and attend sessions on admissions for veterinary medicine and veterinary technology programs.

*  Food and merchandise will be for sale.


Indiana University School of Medicine - Lafayette

(on the campus of Purdue University)

(Saturday activities only)

Location: Lynn Hall, Room 2213

*  See and compare normal and abnormal human brains.

*  Tour the cardiovascular system.

*  Listen to heart sounds.

*  Check your blood pressure and have your reflexes tested.

*  Learn about infectious organisms that make humans sick.

*  Meet IU medical students who attend class on the Purdue campus and get hands-on practice being a medical student.


College of Liberal Arts

(Saturday activities only)

*  Learn motorcycle safety.

*  Decorate a planter.

*  Meet Purdue Pete and Angie Klink, CLA alumna and author of "Purdue Pete Finds His Hammer," from noon to 2 p.m. The book will be available for purchase to help support the Chris Ribneck scholarship.


College of Education

(Saturday activities only)

*  Play Boilermaker Sudoku or Boilermaker Word Challenge to win prizes.

*  Design a tangram train just like the Boilermaker Special.

*  Roll the dice and see if it's your lucky day, mathematically speaking.

*  Look for the truth behind optical illusions.


Krannert School of Management

(Saturday activities only)

*  Meet with Krannert School of Management students and learn about the school.

*  Test your skills at the putting green for a chance to win Krannert gifts.


College of Engineering - ENvision

(Saturday activities only)

*  Displays featuring many engineering student organizations.

*  See interactive displays and tour labs.

*  Participate in hands-on, fun engineering activities.

*  Enjoy free snacks, balloons and snow cones.


Purdue Galleries

(Saturday activities only)

*  The Stewart Center Gallery, adjacent to Fowler Hall, features "Discontinuum," a collection of montage photographs by artist Jane Calvin.

*  The Robert L. Ringel Gallery on the first floor of the Purdue Memorial Union presents artwork from the permanent collection and creative writing by gallery visitors as part of the exhibit "Ekphrasis: Writing on the Collection." Feel free to leave a poem of your own.


Spring Fest Showcase

(Saturday activities only)

*  10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. - Traveling Physics FunFest, a fast-paced, high-energy exhibition of basic physics concepts using demonstrations.

*  1:30 p.m. - Insect Magic Show, including what lights fireflies, the caterpillar's life cycle and how termites are attracted to scents.

*  3 p.m. - Fifth-graders from area schools square off for the Entomology Quiz Bowl to test their knowledge of insect biology and ecology.


Purdue Alumni Association

(Saturday activities only)

*  Visit the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center until 4 p.m.

*  Free parking and donuts and juice for alumni who come early.

*  A Subway lunch - free to PAA members and $5 for non-members.

*  Get your picture with the life-size Boilermaker Special.

*  Learn about the services and programs offered to alumni and friends.


University Sing

(Saturday only)

Location: Slayter Hill

*  7 p.m. Presented by Purdue Musical Organizations

Writer: Tanya Brown, (765) 494-2079,

Source: Danica Kirkpatrick, (765) 494-9113,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


Annie Lockett, 2, and her dad, Joe, of Cincinnati, get acquainted with a Chilean rose-haired tarantula at the 2005 Bug Bowl, sponsored by the Department of Entomology. Bug Bowl is part of Purdue's Spring Fest, an annual campuswide event that offers free and fun activities. Spring Fest 2007 will take place April 14-15. (Purdue News Service file photo/David Umberger)

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