November 2015 Newsletter

Dear parents and families,

Certain times of the academic year tend to be universally challenging to students, while other times are times of great joy and accomplishment.  Families who understand the ups and downs of the academic year are better able to coach their students to navigate these challenges.  During the month of November, there are several common themes that students face, such as:

  • Increased responsibilities on campus and opportunities to feel overwhelmed
  • Time management issues
  • Management of meal plan dollars or other set budgets
  • Feeling very comfortable on campus and trusting their neighbors – students tend to become less aware of their surroundings
  • Discussing spring 2016 classes
  • Anxiety and/or excitement about Thanksgiving Break

Families can help their students through these topics by helping students to make good decisions and encouraging students to use campus resources such as their academic advisor, the Academic Success Center, the Advocacy and Support Center and/or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  Conversation starters for the month of November include:

  • What classes are you planning to take in the spring?
  • How are you planning to get home for Thanksgiving Break? (if applicable)
  • If not coming home for Thanksgiving Break, what are your plans on campus?
  • Discuss any expectations or rules while at home on break that may have changed since high school

Questions about how to best support your student’s success at Purdue?  Please contact Parent & Family Connections! Our HelpLine is available at and by calling 1-844-228-0449 between 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. 

Featured Stories

Parent & Family Programs Name Change

Dear Purdue Parents & Families:

I am very excited to announce that Purdue Parent & Family Programs has been re-named Purdue Parent & Family Connections!  After receiving input from current parents, the Parent & Family Advisory Board and Purdue staff, the name "Parent & Family Connections” best represents the mission of the office.  Parent & Family Connections staff will continue to engage parents as partners in student success, serve as a central point of contact and create positive long-term relationships between parents, families and the University. We are excited to continue to serve parents and family members in this way under our new name! 

Boiler Up,

Kelley Stier

Associate Dean of Students and Director, Parent & Family Connections

Ever True Campaign and the Purdue Parents Fund

Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University is the largest fundraising effort in Purdue history with a goal of $2.019 billion to be raised by 2019. The campaign is an invitation to the Purdue family to join together and advance our university as a global leader that moves the world forward. One priority area for Ever True is the Purdue Parents Fund, which supports Parent & Family Connections, along with other important programs and initiatives in the Office for the Vice Provost of Student Life. Each month, we will feature a story in this newsletter on how Parents Fund dollars make a difference in the lives of Purdue students. Please see the story below for this month’s Parents Fund spotlight.

For more information on Ever True or the Purdue Parents Fund, please contact Colton Withers, Director of Development for Parent & Family Giving:, 765-496-1105

Purdue Parents Fund Spotlight

Your gift to the Parents Fund provides much needed support that allows the university to better the health, security, well-being, and success of Purdue students. One project, out of many, that has benefited from receiving Parents Fund dollars is the Purdue food pantry which provides students in need (and their immediate families) with opportunities to receive food on a weekly basis. The pantry also offers on-campus volunteer opportunities for students who want to help out within the Purdue community. For more information about the important work of the Parents Fund and to make a gift, visit or please contact Colton Withers, Director of Development for Parent & Family Giving:, 765-496-1105

Share Your Contact Information with the Student Life Development Office

For additional Purdue Parent and Family updates and news beyond this newsletter, please share your contact information with us.

Academic Success Center- Preparing for Finals

The end of the semester is quickly approaching. For most students, this means lots of exams, projects, papers, and finals all due around the same time. This often brings in new challenges and stressors as students navigate how to manage their time, set priorities, and study 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). More.


Host a Boiler

On October 22nd, President Daniels sent an invitation to students, faculty and staff to “Host-A-Boiler” for one of the upcoming Holidays. The Host a Boiler program provides the opportunity for students who will be in the local area during Thanksgiving and Winter breaks to be hosted for a meal or other activity by a community resident. If you are a parent or family living in the area and would like to host a student, or are a student interested in being a guest or a host, you can register on the International Programs website. The registration deadline for Thanksgiving is Friday, November 13, the deadline for Winter Break is Friday, December 11.

2016 Family Weekend Dates Announced

Family Weekend 2016 will take place from September 23rd – September 25th, 2016.  Family Weekend is held each year during a Purdue home football game weekend, and gives families the opportunity to visit with their student on campus while engaging in events and activities.

The Boilermakers will take on Nevada on Saturday, September 24th.   Football tickets for the Family Weekend game will be available in July 2016.   Parents can check for updates.

The full Family Weekend schedule will be available at in 2016 and announcements will be made once the schedule is available. 

Any questions regarding Family Weekend can be directed to Parent & Family Connections at 1-844-228-0449 or by emailing  We look forward to seeing you at Family Weekend!


November 25-28, Thanksgiving Vacation (residential dining hours)

December 12, Classes End

December 14-19, Final Exams

December 19, Semester Ends

December 20, Commencement

January 11, Spring Semester Classes Begin

January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No Classes)

January 19, Last Day to Register Without a Late Fee

January 25, Last Day to Cancel a Course Without Appearing on Record

See the full 2015-2016 academic calendar

University Residences

University Residences Men Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

As university communities discuss sexual violence across the nation, 46 Purdue University men from all male residence halls decided to make a statement about domestic violence in the Lafayette community. More.

Winter Break Housing

University Residences will be closed December 21-January 5 for Winter Break. Room only-interim housing is available to students wishing to stay during the break for an additional charge of $330, as room and board charges do not cover this scheduled vacation period (except for Purdue Village, Hilltop Apartments and year-round contracts in Harrison Hall). More.

Roommate Conflicts

In the fall of 2012, The Chronicle of Education, a heavily circulated news source among college student affairs professionals, published an article. This was one in a slew of many articles written over the past few years regarding employers’ perceptions of the current generation of recent college graduates. More.

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