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EAPS Black & Golden 50th Jubilee

Black and Golden Jubilee

Greetings Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Friends of EAPS,

I am excited to announce the EAPS 50th Anniversary celebration on Homecoming Weekend, September 21-23, 2017!

A great deal of the department’s success over the past 50 years has been due to our incredibly supportive alumni and friends. Your loyalty to the department has enabled us to make greater strides in discovery, learning, and engagement in the fields of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences. Without your support, we could not be where we are today.

For many of you, EAPS was the beginning of your career.  We would like to commemorate that beginning with you, and show our gratitude for your contributions, by inviting you back to campus to celebrate the department’s 50th Anniversary with us! We will have a variety of engaging science activities for you to enjoy, including activities for kids. Our faculty, past and present, will join us in the celebration, making for a great EAPS alumni reunion.

We would love for you to join us in celebrating the department, your careers, and your lives.  We hope to see you there!


Indrajeet Chaubey
Professor and Head
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey

To view event times, locations, maps, and other information that was sent to registrants, look at this document.

Scheduled Events

September 21

6:00 P.M.  -  8:00 P.M.  Reception / Meet and Greet

September 22

8:00 A.M.  -  1:00 P.M.  Golf Scramble

9:00 A.M.  -  11:30 A.M.  Campus Geocache Hunt

11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.  Geophysical Luncheon

1:00 P.M.  -  3:30 P.M.  Open House

1:00 P.M.  -  3:30 P.M.  Walk Back to the Future

5:30 P.M.  -  8:30 P.M.  Anniversary Gala Dinner and Reception

September 23

4:00 P.M.  Homecoming Football Game

*Registration is now closed.

Reception (back to top)
September 21
6:00 P.M – 8:00 P.M.
Lafayette Brewing Company
622 Main St.
Lafayette, IN 47901

Please join us for a special reception on Thursday evening to enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, reconnect with old friends and colleagues, and share favorite memories from your days at EAPS (drinks not included).

Golf Scramble (back to top)
September 22
8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
West Lafayette Golf & Country Club
3224 US-52
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Join your former classmates and professors for a game of golf! Visit the West Lafayette Golf and Country Club on Friday morning for a Four (4) Person Scramble (also called Select Shot) with a shotgun start at 8:00 A.M. In this format, all players hit their own ball, select what the team considers to be the best shot, and then all hit their own ball again from the selected spot, continuing this sequence to the end of the hole. There is a fee of $45 associated with this activity, which includes lunch and all green fees.

After registration, you will receive an email requesting details concerning handicap, average score, and team member requests.

Campus Geocache Hunt (back to top)
September 22
9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
EAPS/HAMP Building
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Trek across campus on a fun geocaching/treasure hunt using your handheld or smartphone GPS and (re)discover some of the old and new hidden gems that campus has to offer! The first 50 participants to find all items will receive a small prize.  Please bring a smartphone or other GPS-enabled device to participate.

Note: Registration for this event will cap at 50 individuals.

EAPS Open House (back to top)
1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
EAPS/HAMP Building
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Department Tours – Get a behind-the-scenes sampling of the department’s various activities, from a greenscreen room for broadcast meteorology to the world-renowned Purdue Rare Isotope Measurement (PRIME) Laboratory, that our current faculty, staff, and students are engaged in.  Highlights include:

  • Tour of the PRIME Lab
  • Demo of EAPS Outreach's Augmented Reality Sandbox
  • Record a "green screen" video as a weather presenter (and take the video home on a flash drive!)
  • Mars Rover Demo - see where the Rovers are currently and how they determine where to go using 3-D images of Mars Topography.
  • View a weather balloon launch, to take place at 3:00 p.m.

Please note that, due to safety concerns, children will not be admitted to all lab tours.  There will, however, be child-friendly tours and other events during the open house, as well.

Walk Back to the Future (back to top)
September 22
1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
EAPS/HAMP Building
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Take a self-guided tour around campus to see what has changed.  Snap a photo at each stop with your handheld or mobile device and receive a small prize (prizes are limited to the first 50 participants).

Note: Registration for this event will cap at 50 individuals.

Other Activities (back to top)

Geophysical Luncheon
September 22
11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Join the geophysical alumni and faculty for a luncheon at Lafayette Brewing Company, sponsored by Bin Wang, and organized by Dr. Bill Hinze, Mark Longacre, and Mark Lester.  Lunch will be provided.  Registration is now full for this event. For any inquiries, please contact Dr. Bill Hinze:

September 22
1:00 - 3:30 P.M.

There are a variety of fun activities to do in the Greater Lafayette Area.  Go to for details.

EAPS 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Reception (back to top)
September 22
5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Four Points by Sheraton
1600 Cumberland Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Please join us at the Four Points by Sheraton (West Lafayette) and spend your Friday evening with other EAPS alumni and faculty. Reconnect with colleagues and professors, and spend the evening sharing stories and memories! Dinner will be provided.  The attire for this event will be business casual.

Homecoming Football Game (back to top)
September 23
4:00 P.M.
Purdue University
850 Beering Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Come early for fun and food at an EAPS tailgate party from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.!

Contact (765) 494-3258 or

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