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2017 Homecoming

Homecoming is Saturday, September 23, 2017

Congratulations to all 14 candidates selected to be on the 2017 Homecoming Court! Please check back periodically for more information regarding all candidates. 

Queen Candidates

Meagan Finucane

Meagan Finucane
Major(s)
Public Relations and Strategic Communication
Hometown
La Grange, Illinois
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Purdue Foundation Student Board, Chief of Staff
  • Public Relations Society of America, President
  • Rising Professionals (an Old Master’s Program), Host and Mentor Leader
  • Liberal Arts Student Leadership Council, Senior Board Member
  • Delta Gamma Sorority, Vice President New Member Education
Scholarships
  • Joanne During Scholarship
  • 2016-2017 Pinnacle Award PRSSA
  • Delta Gamma Scholastic Achievement
  • Purdue Moves Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Outstanding Leader Award Scholarship

Claire Lee

Claire Lee
Major(s)
Political Science & Economics
Hometown
Indianapolis, Indiana
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Purdue Old Masters, Central Committee - Evening Events Co-Chair
  • Purdue Foundation Student Board, Vice President of Philanthropy and Stewardship
  • Honors College Leadership Council, Executive Board Member
  • Mortar Board National Collegiate Honor Society, Secretary
  • College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Ambassadors, Ambassador
Scholarships
  • Stamps Charitable Foundation Scholarship
  • Charles O. McGaughey Leadership Award
  • Purdue University Trustees Scholarship
  • Karen and Norm Blake Dean’s Scholarship
  • Warren P. Thayer Jr. Scholarship

Ashley Neubaum

Ashley Neubaum
Major(s)
Marketing & Management
Hometown
Warsaw, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • School of Management Employer’s Forum, Vice President
  • Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Director of Campus Involvement
  • Boiler Gold Rush New Student Orientation, Team Supervisor
  • Krannert Mentor Program, Student Mentor
  • Purdue Institute for Civic Communication, Undergraduate Pollster & Researcher
Scholarships
  • Amelia Earhart Scholarship
  • Burrel W Newby Alpha Xi Delta Scholarship
  • Purdue Presidential Scholarship
  • Purdue Moves Study Abroad Scholarship

Nilofer Rajpurkar

Nilofer Rajpurkar
Major(s)
Biomedical Engineering
Hometown
Greenwood, Indiana
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Boiler Gold Rush, Student Orientation Committee Chair
  • Purdue Old Masters, Central Committee, Host, and Publicity Officer
  • Kappa Delta Sorority, Founding Member and Leadership Chairman
  • Purdue Engineering Student Council, Industrial Roundtable Registration Coordinator
  • Purdue University Dance Marathon, Committee Director
Scholarships
  • Purdue University Presidential Scholarship
  • Class of 1937 Scholarship
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship
  • Kappa Delta Corre Anding Stegall Award
  • Mortar Board Challenge Award

Olivia Schindler

Olivia Schindler
Major(s)
Elementary Education
Hometown
Fairfax, Virginia
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity, President
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Boiler Awakening, Coordinator
  • Purdue Old Masters, Host and Central Committee
  • Mortar Board National Collegiate Honor Society
  • College of Education, Ambassador and Undergraduate Research Training Program
Scholarships
  • Purdue University Presidential Scholarship
  • College of Education DeVito Scholarship

Kylie Smith

Kylie Smith
Major(s)
Nursing
Hometown
Greenfield, Indiana
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Nursing Christian Fellowship, Vice President
  • Delta Gamma Women’s Fraternity, Vice President & Director of Senior Programming
  • Purdue University Dance Marathon, Committee Member
  • Nursing Student Council, Senior Representative
  • Order of Omega Greek Honorary, Delta Gamma Representative
Scholarships
  • Mark and Maureen Miller Purdue Nursing Incentive Scholarship
  • Purdue Presidential Scholarship
  • Delta Gamma Elisabeth "Peaches" Ford Siebert Honorary Scholarship
  • Delta Gamma Dr. Natalie Lowey Decamp Honorary Scholarship
  • Purdue University Incentive Grant

Haley Vannoy

Haley Vannoy
Major(s)
Nursing
Hometown
Indianapolis, Indiana
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Nursing Student Council, President
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Women’s Fraternity, Vice President Academic Excellence
  • Purdue University Dance Marathon, Committee Member
  • Nursing Peer Mentor, Freshman Level Class Mentor
  • Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Kappa Kappa Gamma Representative
Scholarships
  • Soldiers Memorial Scholarship
  • Class of 1937 Scholarship
  • LaNelle Geddes Scholarship
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Dolores Ruth Heady Hardy Memorial Scholarship
  • Big Move Scholarship

King Candidates

Syrus Fletcher

Syrus Fletcher
Major(s)
Industrial Management
Hometown
Greenfield, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Judicial Board Justice and External Risk Manager
  • Gimlet Leadership Honorary, Secretary
  • Association of Industrial Management Students (AIMS), Director of Special Programming
  • Rising Professionals (An Old Masters Program), Host
  • College Mentors for Kids, Mentor
Scholarships
  • Purdue Grand Legacy Scholarship
  • Larry J & Cynthia A. Schum Purdue Management Scholarship
  • PSO Purdue Grand Prix Foundation Scholarship
  • Nucor Foundation Award Scholarship
  • Purdue Class of 1937 Scholarship

Samuel Gillen

Samuel Gillen
Major(s)
Chemical Engineering
Hometown
Zionsville, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity - President & Risk Manager
  • Interfraternity Council - Chief Justice of the Fraternal Judicial Board
  • Order of Omega - Vice President of Events
  • Community Standards Board - Panel Member
  • Purdue Chess Club - Member
Scholarships
  • Stephen C. Beering Outstanding Chapter President Scholarship

Neale Moore

Neale Moore
Major(s)
Industrial Engineering, Chinese Minor
Hometown
Indianapolis, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • PurdueTHINK- Managing Director, Co-Founder
  • MortarBoard Collegiate Honor Society
  • Phi Gamma Delta- former Executive Officer for Alumni and University Relations
  • Global Engineering East Asia Ambassador
  • Purdue Unite Campus- Board of Directors, Strategic Marketing Chair
Scholarships
  • National Security Language Initiative - US Department of State Scholarship
  • Industrial Engineering Merit Scholarship
  • Greg Hales Memorial Purdue Scholarship Grant
  • Robert E. Savage Purdue Merit Scholarship
  • Purdue Moves Study Abroad Scholarship

Matthew Rittman

Matthew Rittman
Major(s)
Economics & Management
Hometown
Fishers, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity, President
  • School of Management Council, Vice President
  • Mortar Board National College Honor Society
Scholarships
  • 2008 Leadership Scholarship
  • John Eddy Leadership Scholarship
  • Pete T. Dye Consul Scholarship

Mark Rosenberger

Mark Rosenberger
Major(s)
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Hometown
Sheridan, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Purdue Cooperative Council, President
  • Circle Pines Cooperative, (Current) Secretary, (Past) Social Chairman, Risk Manager, Membership Chairman
  • Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class, Fully Trained Marine Officer Candidate
  • Purdue Cooperative Service Trip to Nicaragua (May 2017), Team Leader
  • Purdue Professional Practice, Ambassador and Manufacturing Engineer at Meritor, Incorporated
Scholarships
  • Charles O. McGaughey Leadership Award
  • PCC New Member Scholarship
  • PCC Study Abroad/Co-op Scholarship
  • PCC Men’s Member of the Month Award
  • Short Term Purdue Study Abroad Scholarship

Robert Steele

Robert Steele
Major(s)
Construction Management Technology
Hometown
Lapel, Indiana
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, Drum Major
  • Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Founding Father & Housing Manager
  • University Residences, Resident Assistant
  • Sigma Lambda Chi Honors Society, Secretary
Scholarships
  • Walter E Hiatt Memorial Scholarship
  • Lafarge Corporation Scholarship
  • Beta Theta Pi Foundation Scholarship
  • Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis Scholarship
  • Indiana Contractors, Inc. Scholarship

Deklin Veenhuizen

Deklin Veenhuizen
Major(s)
Food Science
Hometown
Greenwood, IN
Purdue Campus Activities
  • Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, President
  • Purdue Foundation Student Board, Purdue Pay It Forward Committee Co-Chair
  • Honors College Leadership Council, Executive Board Member
  • Rising Professionals, An Old Masters Program, Central Committee - Events Chair
  • Ag Food Science Envoy
Scholarships
  • Bernard F. Dever Award
  • Schroeder Memorial Scholarship
  • Martin-Kincaid Scholarship
  • Purdue Presidential Scholarship
  • Ron Rice Memorial Scholarship

Homecoming Week of Events

King and Queen Voting: Monday, Septmber 11 @ 8:00am - Wednesday, September 20 @ 11:45pm on BoilerLink

7 men and 7 women are selected by a panel of anonymous judges to represent Purdue on Homecoming Court. Vote on Boilerlink and support your favorite candidates! It’s easy to vote. Just go to Boilerlink, sign in, and follow the prompts. Votings begins at 8:00am on September 11 and ends at 11:45pm on September 20. 

Wednesday, September 20

Homecoming ThinkFast Trivia | Union Commons | 7:00-8:30pm 

Enjoy 90s trivia all while competing for the cash prize of $200 and trivia winner for this year's homecoming event! Free with Purdue Student ID - Snacks and fun will be provided 

Thursday, September 21

Homecoming Kickoff | Krach Lawn; Inclement Weather: CoRec Feature Gym | 3:00-7:00pm

Stop by and enjoy a 60s themed event with tie-dye shirts, inflatables, mechanical bull rides, and free food! Free with Purdue Student ID. 

Friday, September 22

Fall Concert featuring Simple Plan | Slayter Hill; Inclement Weather: Elliott Hall of Music | 7:00pm 

Who doesn't love a FREE concert? Join us as jam out to throwback band, Simple Plan the night before the homecoming game! Check out our Facebook event to stay up-to-date too. 

Co-sponsored by: Student Concert Committee (SCC), Student Fee Advisory Board (SFAB), and the Purdue Student Union Board 

Saturday, September 23

Homecoming Activities on Stadium Mall 12:30 - 2:30 pm

Crowning of the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen on the Homecoming Stage at approximately 2:15 pm.  For a complete listing of homecoming events.

Purdue Football vs. Michigan @ 3:30 or 4:00pm 

Come watch as our Boilermaker football team takes on the Wolverines from the University of Michigan.

If you would like to invite the Homecoming King and Queen candidates to an event, please contact Aveleen Badwal at psubhomecoming@purdue.edu.