New Purdue ID card design rolling out

June 15, 2015  

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This is the design for new Purdue ID cards, featuring the "Unfinished Block P" sculpture. The cardholder's image and name will replace Purdue Pete's. (Photo provided)
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A new look for Purdue West Lafayette ID cards, selected through input by the campus community, will begin appearing on cards this week as incoming students receive cards during their visit for STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration).

The new design features an autumn view of the "Unfinished Block P" sculpture between Stewart Center and Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry. Among three design choices in an online and in-person survey in April, this design was the overwhelming favorite with 72 percent of the votes. The sample image of the card shows Purdue Pete as the cardholder; the real cardholder's image and name will replace Pete on the card.

Purdue is making the design change to be current in campus look and university branding. The last change was 10 years ago. The Purdue ID Card Office, which handles the processes of approving and making cards, is on the ground floor of Hovde Hall.

A cardholder might choose to replace an ID card not only because of loss or damage but also to have the name changed. Purdue now offers the option of having a "preferred name" rather than legal name appear on the face of the ID card. More is available at about the requirements and steps for this option.

However, holders of cards with an older design can continue to use the cards they have. If a card is replaced, the replacement will have the new design.

STAR begins today (June 15) and will continue through July 10. Incoming students, often with family members, will arrive each weekday between 7 and 8 a.m.

For more information about the ID card design change, contact Loribeth Hettinger, manager of campus card services, at or 765-496-0448.

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