February Newsletter

Mental Wellness Taskforce- Feature of the Month: Building Resiliency

Stress is a natural part of life, and college is no exception. Building resiliency to stress means finding healthy ways to de-stress, identifying resources and asking for help.

Some college stressors are universal: academic pressures, deadlines, finances, roommates and living situations, homesickness.  There are universal ways to manage stress as well:  exercising, engaging in a hobby and spending time with friends.  But what happens when stress is overwhelming?  How do we learn to manage it and bounce back? More.

2017-2018 FAFSA Reminder

Families interested in receiving financial aid (including federal loans) at Purdue University for the 2017-2018 academic year must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to receive priority consideration for federal, state and university-based financial aid. More.

Obtaining the IRS Form 1098-T online:

Tax credit form is currently available on myPurdue. If you have any questions with the 1098-T, the Bursar has a helpful FAQ page.

Purdue Parents Fund Spotlight- Your gifts in action: The ACE Campus Food Pantry

Thank you to all the parents and families who’ve given to the Purdue Parents Fund. Your gift supports, among other programs, the ACE Campus Food Pantry.

The mission of the ACE Campus Food Pantry is to make food available to members of the Purdue community (faculty, staff and students) who may be experiencing food insecurity on a consistent or inconsistent basis. They also seek to educate and engage the larger Purdue community on the contributing factors to, and the stigma surrounding, food insecurity. As a Food Finders Food Bank partner agency, they support all efforts to address systemic issues in an attempt to eradicate hunger.

"I am extremely grateful for the efforts to create and maintain the ACE Pantry. As a graduate student I knew I would not live lavishly, however I did not expect to struggle as much as I did. On top of being a graduate student, I also come from a working class single parent household meaning that my resources and finances are limited. Even though living in the Lafayette area is much cheaper than other cities it is still difficult to live on a graduate stipend. The ACE Pantry provided me with some alleviation for my finances."  - Anonymous

The pantry is open on Tuesdays from 2-6 pm and Sundays from 6-8 pm in the bottom floor of the Baptist Student Foundation. Clients only need a Purdue ID to shop for their families. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/ACECampusFoodPantry/.

Your generosity to the Purdue Parents Fund is meaningful and directly impacts the lives of Purdue students who need extra support. We are grateful!

Forecast student success app now offers pointers for succeeding in individual courses

With the kickoff of every semester, faculty members around campus can be heard offering students the same kinds of friendly advice. Skipping class? Bad idea. Perusing your Twitter feed and surfing the web even when you show up? Likewise. Now, students can get a graphic picture of just what such behavior may mean for their academic standing, overall and in individual classes, by using the latest version of Forecast, a Purdue-developed student success web application. More.

Cooking demonstrations for all

The Demonstration Kitchen at the Córdova Recreational Sports Center is striving to make cooking accessible to everyone, by demonstrating delicious recipes and menus that are quick, easy and affordable. The Demonstration Kitchen will provide a variety of demonstrations and programs this spring in order to accommodate varying interests, ages and abilities. More.

From the Center for Career Opportunities

Ever wonder where graduates go after they leave Purdue?  Every year the Center for Career Opportunities conducts the first-destination survey of our most recent undergraduates with a response rate of 85% or higher.  You can see our stats and where our graduates go here.
 
The CCO is hiring undergraduates to work as Peer Consultants and Marketing and Media Interns.  To apply, work-study eligible students can create a myCCO account and search for Peer Consultants Job ID#817216 or Marketing & Media Intern Job ID #819123.
 
Know a student looking for an internship or full-time job? Purdue has many spring career fairs and career workshops happening this semester.  Stay up to date with our calendar.

Think Summer

Students have even more course choices during the summer at Purdue! For the first time, we’re offering more than 500 courses. Purdue continues to increase the class options to help more students graduate in four years or less.

University Residences

Success Lives On: Contract Renewal continues through February 28

Current residents have until Tuesday, February 28 to renew their housing contracts for the 2017-18 academic year. The fourth annual #URSUCCESS contest is currently underway. Contest rules can be found here, the prizes are as follows:

First place: FREE HOUSING for the Fall 2017 semester (meal plan not included)
Second place: FREE MEAL PLAN for the Fall 2017 semester (8-meal plan; student can pay the difference to upgrade to another plan)
Third place: Two tickets to a Convos show and dinner for two at the Sagamore Restaurant
 
Res Life Staff Award (for RA/SR with the highest number of quality posts on his or her floor): Pizza and milkshakes for up to 20 people at Harrison Grillé

Executive-in-Residence Program

Since the 2014-15 academic year, University Residences has welcomed a number of Purdue alumni back to campus to mentor students through their Executive-in-Residence Program, giving students an opportunity to learn and interact with these industry leaders. The Executive-in-Residence program exists to provide opportunities for students to make connections with successful Purdue alumni. While executives are serving "in residence,” students will engage with them in a variety of ways through both formal presentations and informal interactions. Executives will live among the students, immersing themselves in the student experience rather than in limited engagements. The hallmark of the program is students learning about how executives developed their approaches to leadership and forged a pathway from student to success story. Click here to learn more about the Executive-in-Residence Program and hear from some previous Executives. Click here to see the upcoming Executives.

Dates

February 28, Last Day for current residents to sign a University Residences Housing Contract for 2017-18 Academic Year

March 10, Last day to withdraw from a course with a W or WF grade

March 13-18, Spring Vacation

April 29, Classes End

May 1-6, Final Exams

May 6, Semester Ends

May 12-14 Commencement

See the full 2016-2017 academic calendar

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