August 2014 Newsletter

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to the 2014 school year and all the excitement and opportunity that brings!

As parents and family members, your support is fundamental to your student's success. Whether they are a new student or returning, your active support is one of the most important factors in their motivation and drive.

Of course, we have a big role to play in their success as well, and we take that very seriously. We focus on providing and continually innovating the tools that enable success, in the classroom and beyond. You'll learn about some of those tools in this newsletter; your student may tell you about others — a club they joined, a connection they made with a faculty mentor or success on a tough exam.

We all know that our students have great responsibility also, through their choices and behavior, for making their college experience a success. I recently sent a letter to our incoming freshmen detailing our expectations for them. Topics like academic integrity, substance abuse and respect for others are values we embrace at Purdue and we hold our students, naturally, to a high standard in these areas.

To help keep you in the loop on what is happening on campus, we offer communications including this e-newsletter and a website. You also can sign up to receive ongoing communications from the University, helping you to stay plugged in to Purdue.

With the new school year comes new possibilities, for personal growth and academic exploration. Our students will find opportunity, possibility and knowledge ready for the taking. I hope you will encourage your student to take advantage of it all. Thank you for the work you do each day to help our students succeed.

Best wishes and Hail Purdue!


Mitch Daniels

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

Purdue, Amazon to Offer Students Savings on Textbooks, Provide First-Ever, On-Campus Pickup Services

Purdue and Amazon have launched the Purdue Student Store on Amazon, a new, co-branded experience where students can purchase lower-cost textbooks and other college essentials. More

Purdue Creates Division of Student Academic Affairs

Three of Purdue's administrative units — Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Housing and Food Services — have been consolidated into one division called Student Academic Affairs, which will be focused on the personal, professional and intellectual growth of Purdue students. More

Debasish Dutta Announced as Next Provost

Dutta photo
On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the University’s next provost, Debasish “Deba” Dutta. More

Purdue Names Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Frank Dooley, associate vice provost of undergraduate academic affairs, has been named interim vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, effective Friday, August 1. More

Krach Leadership Center Opens

The 81,500-gross-square-foot Center for Student Excellence and Leadership facility will be named the Krach Leadership Center in honor of Keith Krach for his business, philanthropic and university leadership. The Krach Leadership Center will house student resources including academic advising, leadership development programs and student organization meeting space. More

Purdue University Website Redesign Went Live August 4

Purdue website template screenshotsRedesigned versions of Purdue's home page and connected pages launched August 4, and features responsive design for mobile devices, an easier navigation system and simpler content layout that focuses on the University's core audiences. More

Fall Registration Requires a Couple of Steps to Complete

Students need to complete a few steps to finalize their fall semester registration, including:
1. Confirm enrollment via myPurdue and check registration status at least 10 days prior to the first day of class. **Note: Even students whose bill is covered in full by financial aid must confirm enrollment each semester.

Step-by-step instructions for STUDENTS to confirm registration:
• Log in to their myPurdue account
• Select the “Financial” tab
• Click on “Confirm your enrollment for the coming semester”
• Review the output. If the statement is red, further action is required (make sure to pay the balance in full by the due date); if the statement is green, the student’s enrollment has been confirmed for the semester.

2. Payment of tuition/fees for the Fall semester
Pay tuition and fees by August 25. University tuition, fees and on-campus housing must be paid in full or enrolled in the installment plan by this date.

Family members who want access to their student’s financial information should check with their student to make sure they have signed them up as an authorized user through their myPurdue account. Authorized users receive University eBill notices, and have access to review detailed account information, make payments and enroll in the installment plan option on the student’s behalf. Students can grant their parent/guardian access to review and pay their bills online through the myPurdue portal. View the step-by-step instructions for STUDENTS to provide authorization.

Students and/or authorized users may select the installment payment plan to ease the burden of making one large payment for tuition, fees, and on-campus housing and meal plans. The net balance due for tuition, fees, and on-campus housing and meal plans requires an initial 25% down payment, which is due by August 25, to set up the installment plan. A small monthly interest charge is added to the remaining balance and broken into three additional payments. The interest is adjusted upon early repayment, so there is no penalty for early payoff of the plan. For more information, call 765-494-3257 or visit the Bursar’s Office website.

Note: Excess financial aid refunds will become available no earlier than one week prior to the start of classes. To ensure the earliest refund, students should:
• Complete all financial aid requirements listed on myPurdue
• Register for 12 or more credit hours (unless financial aid eligibility is modified for part-time enrollment)
• Confirm Fall 2014 enrollment (see #1)

Quick Tip: Students can expedite refunds of excess financial aid by authorizing direct deposit. Simply select Manage My Account under the financial tab on the myPurdue portal, and follow the links to set up a refund profile.
Questions: Contact the Bursar’s Office by phone, 765-494-7570, or

A Message from the Director of Parent and Family Programs/Associate Dean of Students

Kelley Stier photoDear Parents and Family Members of Purdue Students:

I am thrilled to serve as the first Director of Purdue Parent and Family Programs and for the opportunity to get to know our Boilermaker families! Purdue Parent and Family Programs was implemented in April 2014 with the purpose of serving as a central point of contact for Purdue families, increasing communication between families and the University, forming a partnership with parents and family members in supporting their student’s success, and coordinating opportunities for parents and family members to engage in the campus community.

As the office continues to grow and evolve, I encourage you to do to the following:

  • Contact Us: We are able to serve as a resource for your family for any questions or concerns. Please let us know how we can help by contacting or by calling 765-494-1747.
  • Visit Us: Attend Parent and Family Programs events! Upcoming events include:
    • BGR Move-In Parent & Family Tables, August 16 & 17: Representatives will be located in most residence halls throughout BGR move-in. Stop by and say hello!
    • Parent & Family Reception, August 17, 2-3:30 p.m., CoRec Gold & Black Gym: Join us for a reception sponsored by the Purdue Alumni Student Experience (PASE) and celebrate the parents and family members of Purdue students. Refreshments will be provided with a welcome by the Dean of Students at 3 p.m. as well as a performance by Purdue Musical Organizations.
    • New Student Induction, August 17, 4–5 p.m., Mackey Arena: The formal induction for new students and their families as well as the official opening to BGR.
    • Family Day, September 6 (events throughout weekend): Please visit the Purdue Student Union Board Website for the Family Day schedule. Please note that the Boilermaker BBQ requires pre-registration and the Family Day Sunday Brunch prefers pre-registration.

Connect with Us:

As parents and family members, you play an integral role in the Purdue family, and I look forward to sharing in your student’s experience at Purdue!

Warm Regards,

Kelley Stier

Associate Dean of Students, Director of Parent and Family Programs

DFA Provides Fall Financial Aid Guidance

Purdue¹s Division of Financial Aid (DFA) offers guidance for ensuring that your student's financial aid is in order for the 2014-15 academic year. More

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University Residence Halls Provides Dates to Remember

UR Move In Banner

Be sure to mark your calendar with the following dates if you have a student living in University Residence Halls this year:

  • Saturday, August 16-Sunday, August 17: BGR Move-In
  • Saturday, August 16-Thursday, August 21: Early arrival for returning students and students not attending BGR (additional housing fee/day; meals can be purchased at dining courts)
  • Friday, August 22: Housing contract begins along with first contracted meal of breakfast
  • Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m-Noon: University Residences Parent Advisory Council FREE tailgate tent on the front lawn of Owen Hall
  • Wednesday, November 26-Friday, November 29: Thanksgiving break (dining courts closed)

Families of New Purdue Students Facebook Group Regular Monitoring Ending

Families of Class of 2018: Just a reminder; once school begins, the staff will no longer be regularly monitoring the Families of New Purdue Students Facebook group. You are welcome to remain a member of the group, but the purpose is to help new families transition to the University. Many of you may already be using the Facebook fan page for families of current Purdue students. If not, you can find and “like” the Purdue Parents Facebook Page.

BoilerExpress Deposits Are Now OnlineBoilerExpress logo

The Purdue ID Card Office, home of the Boilermaker Express Account, is excited to announce that they are officially online! All persons affiliated with the University, if you have an existing BoilerExpress account, can now add money through the online portal. If you do not have an account you can go to the Purdue ID Card Office website, click “get it”, and then click on sign up for BoilerExpress to get started. Please feel free to contact the Purdue ID Card Office with any questions!


Restructured Boiler Gold Rush begins August 16

A revamped Boiler Gold Rush, Purdue’s orientation program for new students, will get underway August 16 for about 5,500 new students. More

Legacy Picnic and Open House August 16 and 17

Celebrate your Purdue legacyInvitations were sent to those students who self–identified themselves as being legacies on their 2014 Purdue University application. If you are a legacy student and did not receive an invitation, you are still welcome to register. More

Family Day slated for September 6

Start planning for Family Day on September 6, 2014! Events will occur throughout the entire weekend. Registrations are needed for the Boilermaker BBQ and registrations are preferred for the Sunday Brunch at Hillenbrand Hall. For more information visit Purdue Student Union Board website.

Boiler Up! Hammer Down Hunger! Event Slated for August 23, 2014

Through the Boiler Up! Hammer Down Hunger! Kroger Community Action Day, 100-200 first-year and returning Purdue University students will have the opportunity to explore the issues of food insecurity and hunger by serving alongside Kroger employees at local partner agencies working to address the issue of food insecurity. Service opportunities will include: mobile pantry outreach, backpack for kids program, food pantries, serving food to isolated older adults and packing Mobile Food Boxes right on campus to be distributed to local community members. Students can register here.

Athletics Gearing Up for Fall Sports, Reveals Ross-Ade Plans

  • The first fall football game is on Aug. 30 and you can access Boilermaker Depot website for all of the game week activities, including A&E, lectures and spirit-related events.
  • South End Zone Plans Revealed

Convocations announces 2014-15 seasonPentatonix

Purdue Convocations has an exciting lineup of performances and lectures including:

  • Dawn or Doom: The New Technology Explosion, an all-day summit on September 18. More
  • VeggieTales Live! Silly Song Sing-Along on
 September 28 at Loeb Playhouse
. More
  • Vocal sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC’s "The Sing-Off," Pentatonix are taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone’s wildest expectations on October 1. More
  • Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott, famed cellist and pianist duo on October 15. More
  • "Mamma Mia!" The hit Broadway musical comes to town on October 21. More

Visit for a complete listing of this season’s exciting lineup or view the entire season brochure online.

Tickets for the 81st Annual Purdue Christmas Show are now on sale!

The wait is over! Order your tickets for the Annual Purdue Christmas show in Elliott Hall of Music. More

Glee Club “First Nighter”

Glee Club First Nighter, Elliott Hall of Music, August 29, 7:30 pmJoin the Purdue Varsity Glee Club in the Elliott Hall of Music for “First Nighter” — a FREE CONCERT. There is no better way to kick off the new school year! The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Student Support Services:

AlcoholEdu completion deadline is August 25

Incoming new students for the fall semester are required to complete the University’s alcohol awareness online education program by August 25. More

Disability Resource Center

The purpose of Purdue University’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to act as a facilitator of services for qualified students with disabilities as they pursue their goal of graduation. More

Center for Career Opportunities

Center for Career OpportunitiesPurdue University was named among the top university career centers in the nation in College Magazine’s #3 College for Career Services. In garnering this ranking, The Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) was acknowledged for its new website design and the creation of the Career Closet, a collection of donated professional attire that students can borrow for interviews. The CCO’s website features student career resources and myCCO, an online recruitment platform for students to get connected to employers and opportunities.

Important fall recruitment dates:

  • September 11: Computer Roundtable
  • September 11, 12 and 15: Resume Blitz, CCO, Young Hall 132
  • September 12: Fall Sales, Retail & Financial Services Career Fair
  • September 16-17: Industrial Roundtable
  • September 18: SMEF — School of Management Employer Forum (Krannert Undergraduate Career Fair)
  • September 23: HTM Hospitality & Tourism Management Fall Career Fair
  • September 25: Building Construction Management Fall Career Fair
  • October 6: Student-Athlete Career Fair
  • October 7: College of Agriculture Career Fair
  • November 4: International Career Fair

Check our calendar of events for more information.

Computer repair options for students

Like your car, a computer needs routine maintenance and occasional repairs. For students encountering computer problems while they are away at college, however, finding a qualified and affordable computer repair shop can be challenging. Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) has some suggestions to ease the process. More

Purdue offers computer discounts, hardware recommendations to students

If you’re shopping for a new computer or software for your college student, don’t forget about discounts available to Purdue students and minimum recommended hardware specifications. More

MyMoney website provides financial literacy to Purdue community

Purdue’s MyMoney website offers resources to strengthen the financial fitness of students, parents, faculty and staff who visit and seek out its wealth of information. A blog and Twitter feed for MyMoney also provide ongoing financial-related news and information. More

AfterClass offers Information for Co-Curricular Opportunities

AfterClassGoing to class is a critical component of the college experience; however, a study at Purdue has revealed that students who participate in extracurricular activities earn higher GPAs and more credit hours.

A student-designed website called AfterClass is an online resource for students to find out more about all of the cocurricular opportunities available for them at Purdue.

Other News:

Operations open during BGR move in weekend

The Division of Financial Aid and Bursar teller windows will be open Saturday, August 16, from Noon–4 p.m., and Sunday, August 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Purdue ID Card Office will be open Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, from 5 a.m.–5 p.m.

Campus construction during move-in

While many construction projects around campus have come to a close, there are still areas you should be aware of. Please visit the Physical Facilities website for updates.

Campus units partner to make AT&T Wi-Fi free to visitors

AT&T Wi-Fi service is available to any Purdue visitor in most campus areas, including academic buildings, thanks to a partnership by Purdue Extended Campus, the Center for Career Opportunities and Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP). More

Computer and information technology questions answered for parents

Get answers to the most common Purdue computer and information technology questions asked by parents by visiting the Information for Parents website from Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP).

Fraternity, sorority and cooperative life

Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations that provide opportunities for academic support, leadership development, civic engagement, friendship, and personal and professional development to members as college students and alumni. Fraternities and sororities have been a part of Purdue’s student life for more than a century, and the fraternity and sorority community continues to grow today.

Many fraternities and sororities hold recruitment events in the fall to bring new members into their organizations. Some fraternities and sororities will also hold recruitment events in the spring. Recruitment is an opportunity for students to learn more about the organizations, get to know the members, and understand expectations and obligations of membership.

If your student is thinking about joining an organization, take some time to learn about the organizations. Be a good consumer by becoming knowledgeable about membership expectations and discussing financial and membership requirements with your student. Encourage your student to ask questions when going through a recruitment process. Potential members should learn about:

  • Academics: Fraternity and sorority members are here, first and foremost, as students. With education as the top priority for Purdue students, classes and exams always take precedence over fraternity/sorority events. The fraternity/sorority average GPA is competitive with the undergraduate average GPA. Many organizations provide mentoring, tutoring or other incentives to support students’ academic success. Most organizations have minimum GPA requirements for potential members to join and for active members to remain in good standing.
  • Financial obligations: Fraternities and sororities are self-sustaining organizations. To run effectively, dues and membership fees are collected from every member. Most groups have one-time initiation fees, plus semester or monthly dues. Dues are typically used for academic programming, team-building activities, membership recruitment, insurance, and parent and alumni programming. Many chapters offer payment plans and scholarships to help their members meet their financial obligations.
  • Housing obligations: For some fraternities and sororities, living together is part of the undergraduate experience. Fraternity and sorority houses are operated by local housing corporations independent from Purdue. Students who join organizations with houses typically move into the house during their second year of membership. Each chapter has its own policies for living in the facility. Students are encouraged to ask about live-in policies and housing contracts before joining an organization. Several fraternities and sororities do not have facilities, and their members do not have obligations to live in a particular place.
  • Membership expectations: Fraternities and sororities are committed to living the values of leadership, scholarship and citizenship. As student organizations, fraternities and sororities are held accountable to Purdue University student regulations, as well as local, state and federal laws. Students are involved in judicial boards within their organizations and the University to practice self-governance and accountability. Great fraternities and sororities have members who take care of each other, the organization, the organization’s property and hold each other accountable.

For more information, please contact Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life at 765-494-5990 or visit their website.

Purdue Police offer campus safeguards for students

The Greater Lafayette and Purdue community is nationally recognized as a great place to live, work and study. Yet, with 60,000+ residents, it is not immune to crime. Purdue is fortunate to have a nationally accredited campus police department staffed by 40 professional officers who are dedicated to serving and protecting the campus community. Purdue Police encourage students and families to visit the Purdue Police website prior to arrival on campus to learn more about the department, its services and its safeguards for students, including:

  • Bike Route MapBicycle and laptop registration. 
In the event that these items are reported lost or stolen, a record of the items and description will already be on file.
  • SafeWalk, available 24/7. The student security patrol provides walking escorts from your student¹s location to their desired destination. The telephone number is 494-SAFE (7233) and is printed on the back of your student¹s identification card.
  • Emergency call boxes 
There are more than 250 yellow lighted emergency call boxes on campus. Students are encouraged to use the boxes to contact the police department for emergency and non-emergency needs, such as getting lost, locking keys in a vehicle or just feeling distressed.
  • Campus becomes quite congested with cyclists, motorists and pedestrians and all need to do their part to be safe.
  • For cyclists and motorists, please be aware of pedestrians, be mindful of distractions and adhere to all traffic control signals and measures.
  • For pedestrians, please be careful crossing roadways, use marked crosswalks, be attentive and do not be distracted by cell phones, iPods or any other electronic devices while crossing roadways.

Purdue Police encourage families to contact the department with any concerns about student safety and welfare by telephone, 765-494-8221, or by email,

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