April 2015 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Families,

I sure hope your Boilermaker has had the great year we’ve had here at Purdue. Every semester I continue to be inspired by the amazing things our students accomplish.

This spring, Emily Erickson, a senior in biochemistry in the College of Agriculture, became the first Boilermaker in nearly 20 years to earn the prestigious Churchill Scholarship. Emily was among only 14 U.S. students to receive this exciting award, which funds a one-year graduate degree at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain.

We also congratulated Milad Alucozai, Purdue’s first-ever recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship for graduate study in Ireland. Like so many of our students, Milad exhibits an extraordinary commitment to scholarship, leadership and community service.

Next week, three Purdue students will travel to Washington, D.C., for the annual Posters on the Hill presentation at the capitol.

Jaycey Hardenstein, a junior in agricultural and biological engineering; Nicole Biddinger, a sophomore in biological sciences; and Alisha Tungare, a senior in chemical engineering, are among the more than 2,000 Purdue students who complete a research project alongside faculty researchers each year. Not only are they contributing in real and meaningful ways to their fields of study, but as the Gallup-Purdue Index has shown, they are also laying the foundation for a successful and fulfilling career come graduation.

As the semester winds down over the next few weeks, we will see many traditions on campus, some more than a century in the making.

From Spring Fest this past weekend to the annual Grand Prix festivities that kick off at the end of this week, followed by commencement ceremonies in just about a month, there are ample opportunities for our students and community to take part in some of the traditions that make Purdue so special.

I hope your child has at least one fun activity to look forward to in the midst of preparing for final exams, and we invite you to join us for any of these exciting events if you are able.

Hail Purdue!

Mitch Daniels

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

Purdue Day of Giving

Make your gift go further! There will be several opportunities for the Parents and Families Office to receive bonus money throughout the Day of Giving by winning hourly challenges based on donations and participation. Help us win an extra $7,000 by making your gift online to the Parents Fund between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. This hourly challenge rewards the unit with the most parent donors during the hour!

Purdue Parent and Family Advisory Board Co-Chairs Selected for 2015-16

Purdue Parent and Family Programs is pleased to announce that Anthony (Tony) Denhart and Kathleen Prechtel have been selected as the co-chairs for the Purdue Parent and Family Advisory Board for 2015-16. More.

Purdue Parent and Family Programs Survey

As a parent or family member of a Purdue student, your voice matters! We invite you to take the Purdue Parent and Family Programs Survey. The survey will be open through June 1, 2015, and should take about 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback is very important to us and will be instrumental in helping us evaluate and improve our communications, services, and programs for parents and families of Purdue students.

Commencement News

Alternative Viewing Options Available

There will be several alternative viewing options available for those who don't have tickets or cannot reach campus this May. Fowler Hall in Stewart Center will be showing a live feed with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. For local families, the live feed will also be available on local Channel 5 though Comcast, Boiler TV Channel 26.2 and via online streaming. The link for the streaming option will be posted on the commencement website closer to the time of the ceremonies. Commencement schedule.

Purdue Email Forwarding Available to Soon-To-Be Graduates

Students who wish to continue to receive messages sent to their Purdue email account after graduation may set up email forwarding using the Change Mailbox application. More.

The Perfect Graduation Gift at a Great Price with Purdue-Negotiated Discounts

While you’re shopping for that perfect graduation gift, don’t forget about discounts available to Purdue students on computers and other electronics as well as accessories. More.

Think Summer

Purdue believes in delivering higher education at the highest proven value. Here are the top five valuable reasons for students to Think Summer. More information can be found on the Think Summer website.

  • Courses — More than 400 options. Students can save money by graduating faster and earning sooner.
  • Financial Aid — Millions of dollars in aid available to make summer more affordable.
  • Housing — Lower housing rates on rooms that students can keep for a full 12 months.
  • Jobs/Internships — Three months of career exploration and real-world experiences.
  • Events — More activities mean students will have plenty to do outside of class.

Summer Aid

Students should complete the Summer Aid Application located on the Financial tab of myPurdue to be considered for financial aid. It is helpful for students to register for summer classes prior to completing the application. The 2014-15 FAFSA and all other financial aid requirements listed on myPurdue must be complete before summer aid eligibility can be determined. Allow 2-3 weeks for aid eligibility to be determined after completing the online application. More information is available from the Division of Financial Aid.     


Spring Fest

Spring Fest is an annual Purdue University event showcasing the lighter side of higher education. This free event took place on April 18 and 19, with opportunities for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy and much more. Its' part education, part entertainment, all fun! Miss the event? Here is your opportunity to see a picture gallery, a news feature from WLFI of the event, and a YouTube video from Interesting Indiana featured on the Spring Fest website.

Purdue Farmers Market

May is just around the corner, and with that comes the Purdue Farmers Market, which opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 7. Watch the Office of University Sustainability's website for more information.

2015-16 Convocations Season Announcement

Purdue Convocations will announce their 2015-16 season on the evening of May 21. Stay tuned to the Convos website for details! Watch the teaser.

2015 Family Weekend

Mark your calendar for the 2015 Family Weekend September 18-20 and look for more information in June on the Parent and Family Programs website.

Other News and Information

Purdue Parent and Family Programs Ride Board Now Available

Purdue Parent and Family Programs now offers a new Facebook group that serves as a ride-sharing tool for parents or family members seeking rides or carpools for themselves or their Purdue students! Ride boards are commonly utilized for University breaks and traveling to and from a student’s hometown. In order to participate, parents or family members of Purdue students must request to join “Purdue Parent & Family Programs Ride Board” on Facebook. Group administrators will review all requests and may communicate with you to verify your student’s status as a Purdue student. Once accepted to the group, please review the Disclaimer and Terms of the page before participating in the Ride Board. Purdue Parent and Family Programs is pleased to partner with you to make the road to and from Purdue a little bit easier!

Daniels Named in Fortune Magazine's World's Greatest Leaders

President Mitch Daniels made the list at #41 in Fortune magazine's World's Greatest Leaders. More.

Center for Career Opportunities

Did you know that the Center for Career Opportunities receives requests from student and graduate resumes throughout the year? Those registered in myCCO will be considered. The CCO offers its services throughout the summer, including drop-in services Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Do you know someone who is graduating from Purdue in 2015? Encourage them to take the Purdue University First-Destination Survey. Every year, the University collects information from bachelor degree recipients and some graduate degrees so current students can see where Purdue graduates are going. Check out our stats and salaries from 2014 graduates.

Lilly Endowment Grant Supports Active Learning Center

The Active Learning Center (ALC) will receive $5 million from the Lilly Endowment Grant. The ALC will fuse classrooms, libraries, and study and collaboration areas into one adaptable space — an innovation that no other American university offers. More.

University Residences

University Residences Support Center Now Open

Construction is complete and the University Residences Support Center (URSC), the new academic space in Shreve Hall, is now open. Check out this video clip.

Dates to Know

The last contract meal for students living in University Residences is dinner on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Check out for residents not participating in commencement is 12 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Project Move Out

Project Move Out is a collaborative effort between the Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership Development, University Residences, and the Office of Sustainability on campus and will take place this year from Thursday, May 8, to Tuesday May 12. Each year for the last 13 years, Project Move Out distributes students’ donated items to organizations in the Greater Lafayette area. Donated items include electronics, furniture, shoes, food, clothing, winter coats and luggage. Students should ask their RA or the main office of their residence hall for more information on how to donate.

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