Join Us for Game-Watching Sept. 12!

Pur_Ind2012The TV wizards have made their decision:  It’s a Noon Kickoff for Purdue vs. Indiana State’s Sycamores! Join us at our annual football game-watching party for ALL Purdue alumni, friends, fans, and families, Saturday, Sept. 12, Noon ET (Michigan time).  Fans of the Sycamores are welcome, too!

We will again be at the very popular Wheatberry Restaurant ( just a few miles north of Buchanan, Mich.  And, yes, bring your Indiana State friends.  They are welcome, too.  Come one, come all! Wheatberry is an American restaurant & smoke house – 15212 North Red Bud Trail, Buchanan.  Contact Howard Poole ( before the kickoff to let him know how many are coming and if you need more information. There is no charge to attend this, our 6th annual Wheatberry game-watching event.  

You may plan to begin arriving at Wheatberry just after they open at 11:30 am ET where we have reserved a private room with large-screen TV, and we will order food and beverages from their outstanding menu. You do not need to be a member of the Purdue Alumni Association or the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan to attend. Please also check out our Facebook page ( Hail Purdue! Boiler Up!

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2015 Club Events


Southwest Michigan Purdue Alumni Club 2015 Events

Spring Meeting – Thursday, May 14, 2015 – Join us to hear former Purdue Vice President John Sautter talk about his 30 years of hosting visiting Big Ten Basketball Coaches at Purdue.  Location: St. Joseph River Yacht Club, St. Joseph, MI – 6:00 PM. – Visit Club website for additional information-

Exit 23 Clean Up – Saturday, July 18, 2015 – Meet 9:00 AM at Lincoln Township Hall. Contact Glenn Youngstedt for more information (269-861-0596).

Purdue Football Game Watch – Saturday, September 12, 2015 – Watch Purdue play Indiana State University at Wheatberry Restaurant, in Buchanan, MI – Game starts at 12:00 noon so come a few minutes early to get in the spirit.  Contact Howard Poole for more information (269-424-3221 or

College Fairs at Lake Michigan College, Southwest Michigan College, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Dates to be announced later – usually late September – early October 2015.  Contact John Ripley for more information (

Exit 23 Clean Up – Saturday, September 26, 2015– Meet 9:00 AM at Lincoln Township Hall. Contact Glenn Youngstedt for more information (269-861-0596).

Purdue Club Wine Tasting Event – Friday, November 13, 2015 – Join us at Fernwood Botanical Gardens near Buchanan, MI for a wine tasting event with Nancie Oxley-Corum, Winemaker at St. Julian Winery of Paw Paw, MI – Program begins at 5:00 pm.  Contact Howard Poole for more information (269-424-3221 or

Additional Events being explored

Purdue Basketball Game Watch (December  2015 – January 2016) – Purdue men’s and women’s schedules have not yet been fully announced.


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Photos from Spring Meeting 2015


Purdue Club members from southwest Michigan gathered at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club on May 14th for the annual Spring Meeting.  John Sautter, former Purdue Vice President and current Alumni Association representative attended and gave an update of activities and events at Purdue as well as shared comments about his more than thirty years as host of visiting basketball coaches.  2015 Scholarship awardees were recognized, a budget report was presented, and election of Board Members for 2015-2016 took place.  Here are some photos from the event taken by Charlotte Poole.


John Sautter, Howard Poole, and John Ripley discussing the program.


Members enjoying some food before the presentation.


  Nathan Glotzbach, a scholarship awardee being recognized by Mabel Mayfield.


Nathan Shellhamer, scholarship winner being recognized.


James Ragosta, Scholarship winner from Purdue North Central Campus.


Other Club Members before the program.


A Purdue Newsreel played during the meal part of the program.


John Sautter updating recent campus events in leadership, sports, and campus activities.


Howard Poole, John Sautter (seated), John Ripley, and Bob Gifford in front of the Club Awards Flag displaying our many gold “P” Awards.

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Exit 23 Cleanup Volunteer Project



Five members of the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan assisted with the clean up of Exit 23 along I-94 on Saturday, April 11th.  The club members joined more than 30 participants that included citizens of Stevensville, MI and members of the Lakeshore High School Key Club.  A mid-summer and fall cleanups are scheduled for Saturday, July 18th and September 26th.  For more information to volunteer on future cleanup efforts contact Purdue Club member Glenn Youngstedt (269-861-2886).




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Spring Meeting 2015


Spring Meeting Announcement:

 ‘30 Years Behind the Visitors’ Bench’

May, 2015

Fellow Purdue Alumni & Friends,

You, your family, and all Boilermaker friends are invited to the 32nd Spring Meeting of the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan on Thursday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club in St. Joseph, MI.  We are pleased to have Purdue Vice President Emeritus and great friend of our club, John Sautter, as our featured speaker.  John Sautter, former Vice President for Housing and Food Services at Purdue and now Special Assistant to the President and CEO of the alumni association brings us a very special presentation:

“30 Years Behind the Visitors’ Bench”

From the perspective of his usual spot behind the visiting men’s basketball teams, you’ll hear about Purdue’s opposing coaches, differing styles, personalities, quirks and unforgettable moments. Hosting visiting teams for over 30 years has provided John with material for a very interesting and revealing insider’s view.  From Judd Heathcote, to Bobby Knight, to Lute Olsen, to Lou Henson with his “Lou Do” comb-over, you’ll hear about some of your favorites. Who left his boss in Mackey as they headed for the airport after a disappointing loss? Which team traveled with their own undertaker? Which coach was superstitious and took shooting practice at a local high school?  Enjoy all these stories as you appreciate the life of a Big Ten basketball coach.

During basketball season, you can see John near Keady Court, behind the visitors’ bench, hosting visiting men’s basketball teams. He has been hosting for nearly 30 years. Stop by his office and see his impressive retirement gift, a basketball autographed by every current Big Ten Coach.

John A. Sautter recently retired after a 39-year career with Purdue University where he served as Vice President for Housing and Food Services. During his career, he provided leadership and helped sustain Purdue’s national reputation for a well-managed, financially healthy on-campus housing operation, providing a positive residential life experience for thousands of Boilermakers. He is an honorary member of several campus student organizations, is one of the Purdue Alumni Association’s first Special Boilermakers Award recipients, and remains involved in a variety of community organizations.

An informal meet-and-greet reception complete with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting during which your Purdue Club of Southwest Michigan will announce the student scholarship winners for 2015-16.

Please be sure to join your fellow Purdue Alumni friends for an enjoyable, educational evening at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club.  Remember: You do not need a Paypal account.  Just continue without having a Paypal account.

Click Here to make your $20 dinner reservations,
Click Here to send your 2015-2016 $20 Club Membership Activity Fee (optional).

Every year, current and incoming students from Berrien and Cass Counties receive Club scholarships to help defray the costs of attending Purdue University. You may also make a tax-deductible contribution to the Club’s growing Scholarship Fund. To make your scholarship donation tax deductible, send a check payable to “Purdue Foundation” to John Ripley, 1487 Drew Dr., Niles, MI 49120. If matching funds are involved, please note that with your check.  

Click Here to make a non tax-deductible scholarship donation to your Club. We normally receive contributions ranging from $5 to $1000, and we are deeply grateful as are the thoroughly screened students who are awarded Club Scholarships by our Scholarship Committee and verified by the Purdue University Department of Financial Aid.  This will help us but it won’t be tax-deductible.  Thank you.

To Download a copy of the Spring Meeting Coverletter and Reservation Form, Click Here.

You may direct any questions to Howard Poole, Club Vice President, at 269-424-3221 or email John Ripley, Club President:  Click Here.

You do not have to be a member of the club to attend our functions! Club memberships help to support our on-going activities but are not required in any way.

 Your Southwest Michigan Board Members:
John Ripley, President                                             Nick Pampalone
Lee Passaro                  Bob Gifford                         Charlotte Poole
Howard Poole              Mable Mayfield                 Glenn Youngstedt

Please be sure to view our website ( and our Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan Facebook page (


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2015-2016 Scholarship Applications


Purdue Club Accepts Scholarship Applications

The Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan is currently accepting applications for its 2015-2016 scholarship program.  Over the last 15 years the club has granted over $40,000 in scholarships to Purdue students and incoming freshman from Berrien, Van Buren and Cass counties.

Interested students should return applications and essays by no later than March 15.

Students with questions may call Glenn Youngstedt, Scholarship Chair, at 269-861-2886

Download Scholarship Application Cover

Download Scholarship Application

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Photos from recent Wine Tasting Event

Enjoy some photos from our recent Wine Tasting event at Fernwood Botanical Gardens with St. Julian’s Winery of Paw Paw, MI.  More than seventy Purdue alums, family members, and friends attended the event where winemaker  and Purdue alum Nancie Oxley-Corum talked about four St. Julian wines.  Chef Tim of Fernwood also provide four dishes to go with the wines.  Kyle Bymaster of the Purdue College of Agriculture provided an update of developments within the College.  A good time was had by all who attended.


Gathering of Purdue Alumni and friends at Fernwood for St Julian Wine Tasting.


Kyle Bymaster from the  Purdue College of Education talking to group.


Nancie Oxley-Corum talking to group at wine tasting.


Group enjoying the food and wine at wine tasting.


Nancie Oxley-Corum with her Mom and Dad.


Kyle Bymaster talking to group.


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Wine Tasting last Chance to Register

Last Chance:

Reply by Tuesday, Nov. 11

The deadline has arrived!  Let us know by Tuesday, Nov. 11 if you can join more than 60 other Purdue fans, friends, and friends of friends for this special evening featuring 4 Wines and the Head Winemaker from St. Julian, Delicious Food Prepared by Fernwood’s Chef Tim, and Special Guest Purdue’s Kyle Bymaster. Please don’t delay.


When:  Friday, Nov. 14. 6:00 pm

Where:  Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve, Fernwood is located in scenic Berrien County, the well known orchard and wine country of southwest Michigan. The address is 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Michigan 49120, located within Buchanan Township near the City of Buchanan. From US 31 take Walton Road (Exit 7) off US 31 and go west (toward Buchanan) 1.7 miles to Range Line Road. Turn right on Range Line Road and travel 1.7 miles to the Fernwood entrance. Look for signs along both US 31 and Walton Road.

What:  Purdue Club of Southwest Michigan 3rd Annual Food-Pairing and Wine Tasting Evening.

Wine:    2013 BR Passito
2012 BR Merlot
2013 St. Julian Reserve Riesling
2013 BR Albarino

Food:       Sauteed shrimp with a plum relish
Walnut crusted chicken breast with a dried cherry jus
Marinated beef tenderloin with roasted garlic/basil demi glace
Vanilla raspberry torte

All for only $20 per person! This includes admission to the beautiful Fernwood grounds; a special St. Julian Wineglass Souvenir; raffle prizes; and an exclusive exhibit of limited-edition artworks by our own gifted Dr. George McNelly, retired Purdue Dean of Technology and now Sister Lakes’ resident artiste.

Click here to pay via Paypal (you DO NOT need a Paypal account) or make your check payable to “Purdue Alumni Club of S. W. Mich.” and mail to Charlotte Poole, Treasurer, 31594 Maple Island, Dowagiac, MI  49047.  Please include the name(s) of guests. For questions and reservations, email Howard Poole, Vice President, at or call him at 269-424-3221.

Hail Purdue!

Your Southwestern Purdue Club Board
Bob Gifford, Lee Passaro, Charlotte Poole, Howard Poole, John Ripley, Glenn Youngstedt, and Fans and Friends in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties

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Wine Tasting Event – Friday, Nov. 14, 2014



Announcing Our Third Annual Evening with
Purdue’s Own St. Julian Winemaker
plus Gourmet Food Pairings at Fernwood:

Friday, Nov. 14, for $20 and Some Surprises, too!

Back by Mega-Popular Demand:  Our Wine-Tasting & Food Evening!

Join us Nov. 14 for another inexpensive, classy evening of Wine-Food Pairings featuring Four Wines from St. Julian, Michigan’s Oldest and Longest-Operating Winery, and Delicious Food prepared by Fernwood’s Chef Tim. The wines will be brought to us from Paw Paw by St. Julian’s Chief Winemaker and Purdue Alum, Nancy Corum-Oxley.  

Does Nancie know her stuff?  Nancie has won the Purdue University “Outstanding Food Science Award.” The award recognizes “individuals who have brought significant honor to Purdue University and the Department of Food Science and have contributed to the field of food science.” And her new and classic St. Julian wines continue to win prestige award after prestige award!

This year, you will enjoy samples of St. Julian’s
2013 BR Passito
2012 BR Merlot
2013 St. Julian Reserve Riesling
2013 BR Albarino
paired with four gourmet mini-plates.

As the wines are poured and the food is served, Nancie will tell us more about the life of a winemaker, the latest news from St. Julian, how new and classic wines are developed and cultivated, how they’re matched with food, and about Purdue.

The evening’s Wine/Food servings will be spaced to allow time for visiting; a brief, informative talk by a visiting Purdue Agriculture College speaker; and our traditional oyster crackers for “palate cleansing.”

All for only $20 per person! This includes Admission to the beautiful Fernwood grounds; four delicious Wines to sample; four mini-servings of Gourmet Food to match the wines; a special St. Julian Wineglass Souvenir; Raffle Prizes; and an exclusive exhibit of limited-edition artworks by our own gifted Dr. George McNelly, retired Purdue Dean of Technology and now Sister Lakes’ resident artiste.
Friday, November 14, 2014

Click Here to reserve your spot and pay by Paypal, or send a check payable to “Purdue Alumni Club of S. W. Michigan” and mail to Charlotte Poole, Treasurer, 31594 Maple Island, Dowagiac, MI  49047.  Please include the name(s) of guests you are bringing. For questions, email Howard Poole, Vice President, at or call him at 269-424-3221.  

Details:  We will meet at 6:00 PM in the beautiful Art Gallery of
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
just north of Buchanan, Michigan, west of “Exit 7 Walton Road”
off the U. S. 31 St. Joseph Valley Parkway.

Please visit our website ( and our Facebook page (

Hail Purdue!

Your Purdue Club friends in
Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties


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Come Join our Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan


We invite you to join us and to get involved with Purdue in Southwest Michigan!  While it is not essential for you to be a club member to participate, if you’re interested in joining the Purdue Alumni Club of Southwest Michigan, click here.  When you click on the words “click here,” you will be taken to the “Order Summary” page where you will see a copy of your purchase request.  Then you will have the opportunity to “Choose a way to pay.” 

You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay by this method.  If you simply wish to pay by credit card, just click on the words “Don’t have a PayPal account?” Doing that will open an online form called “Pay with a debit or credit card, or Bill Me Later,”  And here you can fill in your credit card information. Make sure that the bullet circle next to the words “Credit Card” is filled in.  Then just fill in the requested information in the area below that for us and continue by clicking “Review and Continue” all the way at the bottom.

That will open a window entitled “Review Your Information” where you can click “Pay Now.” Your $20 annual fee (now through May, 2014) will be used by the club to help pay for expenses such as for envelopes, postage, labels, and other non-event related expenses including our scholarship program mailings, our mailings to prospective students who have been accepted but not enrolled, some of the materials we distribute at College Fairs and so forth.  

Welcome!  And thank you!  Hail Purdue!


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