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Celebrating 50 years of HSSE and CLA

Fall 2013 | By THiNK Staff.

50 years of HSSEIn 2013–2014 we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE), the forerunner of the College of Liberal Arts. This historic event marked the moment that liberal arts began to build its future as Purdue’s center for excellence in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

While administrators completed the formation of HSSE in 1964, students were rallying at a mock political convention on campus. Mock P, a popular student activity, was a campus version of political party convention activities. Students considered candidates from both parties and nominated a president and vice-president for the “Purduvian” ticket. Watch this 1960 newsreel to see how Mock P worked.

Photo from 1964 Debris yearbook courtesy of Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.


I was a freshman when the 1960 Mock-P convention was held in the fieldhouse. I was a student engineer for the Cary Club closed-circuit radio, WCCR, covering the proceedings. When Jack Kennedy was picked as our nominee, Kennedy called in and we put him on the radio and on the fieldhouse PA.

Tom Emmert Springdale, OH

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