November 2014 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Families,

It was just over a year ago that we first announced the Purdue Moves initiatives, designed to change the way our students learn and to enhance the value of the education they receive here.

Our students arrive their freshman year with high expectations that are matched with the equally high levels of student support they receive from the day they get to campus to the day they graduate. And it shows:

Both our first-year and second-year retention rates are up this year, each by more than 1.5 percent, to all-time highs of 92.6 percent and 86.1 percent, respectively. This also is the eighth consecutive year that first-year students have posted an increase in test scores and preparedness.

You'll read about many important markers of student success later on in this newsletter, including the opening of our newest hub for student success, the Krach Leadership Center; a $2.3 million federal grant we recently received to study active-learning strategies on campus (one of 24 grantees chosen from more than 500 applicants); and details on how the Gallup-Purdue Index found Purdue's alumni to stack up to grads from other institutions.

I encourage you to visit the Purdue Moves website periodically, where you can learn about the progress we’re making in these and other important areas.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

Boiler up!

Mitch Daniels

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

Academic services made more student-friendly

A newly refined structure for the Division of Student Academic Affairs is making services for students easier to navigate. There are now three focus areas: enrollment management, teaching and learning, and student life. Read more

Calendar makes perfect web bookmark

The Important Dates calendar is a must-see resource for students interested in living in University Residences next year. Contract renewal begins in January. Read more

Financial Aid checklist keeps you on top of your to-dos

Make sure you nail down your financing for the spring 2015 semester with this checklist. Visit the Division of Financial Aid website. Read more

Students need winterizing too!

According to the nation's weather authority, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we're due for a "normal" winter in central Indiana, which could include severe weather with very cold temperatures and large amounts of snow. Read more

Maximize your study time!

"Generally speaking, the faculty at Purdue expects students to study from two to three hours outside of class for every contact hour (all hours you are in class or lab)." This is a quote from the Purdue website on How to Study at Purdue. Read more

Parents & families can now order gift baskets for students from PAA, PP&FP and Fresh City Market

The Purdue Alumni Association and the recently opened Fresh City Market have teamed up with Purdue Parent & Family Programs to provide gift baskets delivered to students. Read more

Fraternity, sorority, and cooperative life

Formal Recruitment for two of our five councils has come and gone welcoming approximately 1300 new members to our community! We are very excited to have our new members and we look forward to the future memories that will be created as they explore the rich history of the fraternity, sorority, and cooperative life community and begin to create their own legacy. Read more

Purdue Parent & Family Advisory Board's "Big Give"

Purdeu Arch photoThe Purdue Parent & Family Advisory Board recently completed the Second Annual "Big Give" to various programs and projects within the Division of Student Academic Affairs. A total of $15,000 was awarded and was made possible through the generosity of many Purdue parents, through their annual gifts to the Parents Fund. Twelve programs or projects were selected through an application process by the Purdue Parent & Family Advisory Board early this fall to receive funding for their initiative to improve student experiences on campus. The following programs were funded:

  • The Art Community; Student Organizations
  • Career Closet; Center for Career Opportunities
  • "After the Fire" program; Fraternity, Sorority & Cooperative Life
  • Mortar Board purchases; Horizons
  • Reading is Leading; Student Organizations (Mortar Board)
  • Piano Keyboards; Purdue Musical Organizations
  • Medical Trauma Kits; Purdue University Police Department
  • Jay Severson Student Leadership Retreat; Residential Life
  • Women's Leadership Institute; Student Organizations
  • iPads; Disability Resource Center
  • Supplemental Instruction Videos; Academic Success Center
  • Student Veteran's Mentoring Program; Veterans Success Center

Click here if you are interested in giving to the Purdue Parents Fund!

University Residences is going wireless

Plans are underway for the residence halls to be wireless by Fall 2015. Approximately 2,400 rooms will need to be accessed by ITaP, University Residence staff and/or contractors for installation of devices. Prior notification along with instructions will be given to students whose room will need accessed during router installation.

Libraries welcome students to campus

The fall semester provided Purdue University Libraries many opportunities to introduce their services and interact with new students and faculty arriving on campus. Libraries faculty and staff participated in a variety of resource fairs and gave an hour-long presentation to new Purdue students about resources and services available in the Purdue Libraries as part of the annual BGR activities. Read more


Convocations to present the Klezmatics on Dec. 13

Klezmer has been a musical cornerstone of Jewish culture for centuries, translated in English as "vessel of song." Join us for a celebration of the Festival of Lights and an evening that offers a bold, bouncy, and revelatory new perspective on how much more there was to the “Dust Bowl troubadour. Read more

Third Annual Purdue Dining & Catering Gingerbread Competition

It is almost time again for the annual Purdue Dining & Catering Gingerbread Competition. Be sure to visit PMU between Dec. 10 and 12 to see the creations first hand and vote, or watch the Purdue Memorial Union Facebook page for pictures and winner announcement.

Holidays at the union

The annual building of the Gingerbread House in the Great Hall at PMU will begin Monday, Nov. 24. The Christmas tree will arrive at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, with the official tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Holiday performances will take place on Dec. 9 and 10 in the Great Hall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Holiday's around the World will take place in the North Ballroom from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 10. The weekends with Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8-10:30 a.m. Additional information about all events can be found on the PSUB website.

October was cybersecurity awareness month

Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) shared tips and tricks including how to avoid ‘phishing’ and ‘vishing’ scams, data safety on mobile devices and cloud storage, protecting University data and reporting security incidents.

Dawn or Doom conference recap

In September, Purdue hosted a conference titled 'Dawn or Doom: The New Technology Explosion' that drew national attention. The conference showcased national and Purdue faculty experts discussing the potential for benefits and harm from burgeoning technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and genetic engineering. Presentation videos can be viewed online here.

Cary 75th Anniversary

Past and present Cary Quad residents celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the completion of Cary Quadrangle residence halls on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28.  Prior to the event, current residents, alumni and an archivist from Purdue University posted fun facts, photos and stories of Cary, which can be viewed here. Photos from the celebration can be found on our Facebook page.

Dates and Information

The end of the semester can be a stressful time for students. With lots of exams, projects, papers, and finals due all around the same time, many students struggle with managing their time, setting priorities, and studying effectively. If your student talks to you about feeling stressed about his/her academics, you can encourage him/her to utilize some of the resources offered by the Academic Success Center (ASC).

"The Final Countdown: Getting Ready for Finals"

Tuesday, Nov. 18 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Beering Hall Room 2291
Wednesday, Nov. 19 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Beering Hall Room B206

The workshop focuses on strategies and tips to help college students feel informed, prepared, and as stress-free as possible during the last few weeks of the semester.

Academic consultations & coaching

If your student isn't able to attend the workshop or would prefer working individually with a staff member, the ASC offers consultations and coaching sessions. Students can walk-in or set up an appointment to work with a professional staff member or a peer success coach. In the session, your student and the staff member will discuss academic strategies (study, test-taking and time management strategies, etc.) and co-create plans to strengthen those skills.
More Information

Finding tutoring & academic support resources

The ASC hosts the centralized site to find all of the tutoring and academic support resources across campus, Many of the resources are FREE for students to use! Look through the list of help rooms and tutoring programs, OR find resources that support a specific course using the search feature. Encourage your student to visit these resources early rather than waiting until the week before finals.

For more information about any of these resources, visit or call 765-494-9328.  The Academic Success Center is located on the 4th floor of Krach Leadership Center (located on the corner of Third St. and Martin Jischke Dr., near the CoRec).

University Residences

University Residences will be closed Dec. 21-Jan. 5 for Winter Break. Room only-interim housing is available to students wishing to stay during the break for an additional charge of $330. More information

Add to your holiday savings with discounts through ITaP Shopping

Through ITaP Shopping students, faculty and staff can purchase computers, peripherals and software at discounted prices this holiday season. Read more

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