February 2015 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Families,

Purdue aspires to be among the leaders in the movement for college affordability and accessibility.

Consider the three largest expenses for students and their families: tuition, room and board, and textbooks, in that order. We’re aggressively addressing the cost of all three head-on, and with the best interests of our students and their families firmly in mind.

The overall cost of attendance at Purdue has gone down the last two years for the first time on record, even while it’s risen steeply around the country. For 36 straight years, tuition has increased at Purdue. Starting in 2013, we commenced a series of tuition freezes that will last at least three years. Meal plan rates have also been cut by about 10 percent over the last two years, and room rates have remained at 2013 levels. In that same amount of time, Purdue student borrowing has dropped 18% — leaving graduates and their families with some $40 million to invest in other dreams.

Most recently, through a first-of-its-kind partnership with Amazon, Purdue students will save about $25 million over four years on textbooks. Students can now get free one-day shipping on textbooks and all other items through pickup points located on campus.

A lousy education is not worth paying for, and affordability without quality is a hollow victory for any institution.

Regardless of the path our country’s higher education system decides to take, we vow to keep Purdue a place where the gates of higher education are open to students of all incomes, as has been our mission since Abe Lincoln and his allies gave birth to land-grant universities like ours, and to deliver the highest value in higher education in the process.

Boiler up!

Mitch Daniels

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

$40 Million Lilly Endowment Grant to Power High-Tech Transformations at Purdue

The biggest cash donation in Purdue University’s history will fund initiatives designed to foster groundbreaking research, expand high-tech job growth throughout Indiana as well as nationally and globally, and enhance opportunities for students. Lilly Endowment Inc. announced Wednesday (Feb. 18) a $40 million grant to support five transformational projects in the colleges of Engineering and Technology as well as Purdue Libraries. Read more.

Purdue Parent & 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!

Spring Fest

Spring Fest is an annual Purdue University event showcasing the lighter side of higher education. This free event, taking place on April 18 and 19, is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. It's part education, part entertainment, all fun and we invite your family to visit the Spring Fest activities throughout the weekend! More information about Spring Fest can be found here.

As your family winds down the weekend, Purdue Parent and Family Programs invites families to the Spring Fest Family Brunch on Sunday, April 19, from 10–11:30 a.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union. Attendees will enjoy a full breakfast menu, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to hear from and interact with Purdue Parent and Family Programs and members of the Purdue Parent and Family Advisory Board. Purdue students and adult family members will enjoy brunch for $13/person and children 12 and under for $6.50/person. Registration is required and available here until April 10, 2015, at 5 p.m. or until the event reaches capacity.

Please contact parents@purdue.edu or call 765-494-1747 with any questions about the Spring Fest Family Brunch. We look forward to sharing a meal with your family!

2015-2016 FASFA Deadline Approaching

Students need to complete the 2015-16 FAFSA on or after January 1, 2015, and have it postmarked or electronically transmitted by March 1, 2015, to receive priority consideration for available funds. Although students may submit the FAFSA after March 1, fund availability may be considerably reduced for applicants that file after that date. Read More.

IT News

Information on Worst Passwords, Tax-Season Phishing Scams

Tips from Information Technology at Purdue on the top 10 worst passwords and on phishing scams to avoid this tax season can help keep your data (and your bank accounts) safe.

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.  Read more.

Connect With ITaP Through Social Media

Parents, family members and friends of students can get the latest Purdue IT news, service alerts and discount information via social media. Follow Purdue IT on Facebook and Twitter for these topics and more.

Students Have Access to Mobile Cloud Storage, App to Track Study Habits and Software Training Through ITaP

In addition to the numerous IT services available to students, ITaP also provides mobile cloud storage through BoilerBackpack, student software training, and an app that enables students to track study habits and rate productivity.


Purdue Day of Giving

The Purdue Parents and Families Office is excited to participate in the 2015 Purdue Day of Giving. Mark your calendars and look for more information in our April newsletter.

Timeflies Coming to Elliott Hall of Music

Timeflies formed in 2010 and is composed of producer Rob “Rez” Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro. After a year of releasing singles, the duo released their debut album, “The Scotch Tape,” on September 19, 2011, which rose to #2 on the iTunes Pop chart within 24 hours of its release and also peaked at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Read more.

Lineup Announced for Presidential Lecture Series

Purdue University is pleased to announce the Spring 2015 Presidential Lecture Series, an ongoing series of diverse lectures on policy, leadership, culture and society. The series will feature prominent experts and practitioners from various fields of interest for both academics and the community at large. Read more.

Other News and Information

Parents' Fund Phone Calls

Beginning in early March, and continuing through April, Purdue parents may receive a phone call from a Purdue student with information about the Purdue Parents’ Fund and opportunities to support student success. Callers will identify themselves as a Purdue student contacting you on behalf of the Purdue University Parent’s Fund. The call will originate from a (765) area code — if you happen to miss a call from a (765) area code during this timeframe, please remember that this call may be from the Parents’ Fund and we are not contacting you about your individual student. With your support, the Parents’ Fund helps ensure student success, from move-in through graduation, by sustaining programs that directly impact your student’s experience at Purdue University!

Center for Career Opportunities

The Pre-Professional Advising Office has joined the CCO on the second floor of Young Hall. Pre-professional advising is for students in all majors considering professional school in health and law. 

Students can now make appointments online for career counseling, job search and pre-professional advising using their Purdue career account.

Upcoming Career Events on the West Lafayette campus:

CDPI Virtual Career Fair — February 26

Health Professions Expo — March 9 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Recreational Sports Center

CCO Open House for Students with Disabilities (hosted by the CCO and Disability Resource Center) — March 30 from 6-7 p.m. at Young Hall 286

INnovation in Auto Manufacturing Expo — April 20 at Engineering Mall from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Just in Time Career Fair — April 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the PMU North and South Ballrooms

Teacher Recruitment Day — April 28, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the PMU North and South Ballrooms

Check out our full list of events and workshops on our CCO event calendar.

University Residences

University Residences will be open for room-only service at no extra cost during spring break. Meal service resumes March 23, 2015, with breakfast.

Purdue Libraries Awarded 2015 ACRL University Library of the Year

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that Purdue University Libraries is the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winner in the university category. Read more

Purdue Libraries Names Video Contest Winners

Purdue University Libraries recently selected winners of its second annual “Why I Love Purdue Libraries" video contest launched during the fall semester. Read more

2015 Miss Purdue University Announced

Ashley Zeiner, a junior in the College of Health and Human Sciences, was crowned Miss Purdue University 2015. She competed in five phases of compeition with 15 other women and won the hearts of the judges! Read more

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