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A University of Tradition is a fascinating compilation of history, customs, pictures, and facts about Purdue University from its founding in 1869 to the present day. Covering all aspects of Purdue, from the origin of the nickname of its students and alumni-Boilermakers-to a chronological list of all buildings ever constructed on the campus in West Lafayette, this book presents the ultimate insider's guide to one of the world's great universities. It contains biographical information on all the university presidents and other members of Purdue's family, including David Ross, Neil Armstrong, Eliza Fowler, Jack Mollenkopf, Helen Schleman, and Amelia Earhart.The book spotlights many items that will spark the memories of any Purdue alumnus or fan. No matter if you were in the All-American Marching Band or were on campus when the Boilermakers won the 1967 Rose Bowl, you will appreciate and enjoy this book. The second edition is fully updated for 2012 and includes information about new landmarks, new traditions, and the incoming twelfth president of the university. Key points: The ultimate guide to Purdue traditions and history, written by insiders. Highly illustrated, with many new illustrations. The ideal gift for any Purdue student, alum, or anyone who cares about Indiana's premier University.