Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2014

Turf major cultivates Giant memories
As Andrew Wilhelm, a self-proclaimed “turf nerd,” approached San Francisco Bay each morning last summer, he had a hard time comprehending how he could work at the massive brick stadium before him. AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, loomed in the distance from half a mile away, and when he neared it he was awestruck.

Biker rides to break cycle of homelessness
Like a lot of people, Elaina Grott went on a cross-country road trip last summer. But the senior entomology major from Mount Prospect, Ill., made the coast-to-coast, 4,265-mile trek on a bicycle with 28 other riders.

Destination Career: Summer zoo internship leads to a career
On a recent afternoon, Noah Shields walked through the animal exhibits at the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Ind., near Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. He thought back a few years to when he was a Purdue student. Back then, he expected he’d get a job in public health or educating youth through a student organization like 4-H.

Research grows student’s zeal for flowers
After harvesting flowers more than four hours in the hot summer sun, Alyssa Hilligoss wiped her brow, took a long drink of water and began to pack up the flowers to haul back to campus. She was always excited about her harvest and felt accomplished after a long day of work.

Junior provides horsemanship lessons through therapy internship
One of the most rewarding experiences Torey Roberts had last summer was one of the simplest. It happened when one of her students, a 3-year-old, spoke during a horse-riding lesson for the first time — she said “green.”

Overseas experiences inspire vet hopeful
Alexis Zobel loves traveling and caring for animals. The senior biochemistry major from Waldron, Ind., has been able to pursue both passions at Purdue through study abroad programs.

Students on the Street
What is your favorite Purdue tradition?

A word from the editor
If you take a moment to walk through the Purdue Memorial Mall, you might pass a bronze statue of John Purdue. The statue’s inscription reads, “For John Purdue, education was the flame that lit the world.”

Bonus Web-only story

Study abroad trip sparks interest in environmental research
Andria Schmitz has seen the negative effects of pollution first-hand along with the positive impact environmental preservation has on the world.