Parents & Families E-Newsletter - January 2013
Dear Parents and Families,
Thank you for the warm welcome extended to me from members of the Purdue community, including many Boilermaker parents and families. I am honored to serve this great university and to do my part to help each student succeed. Keeping higher education affordable for students and their families, as well as preserving the outstanding value of a Purdue degree, are my core objectives as I begin my presidency. Thank you for the invaluable role you play in your student's success.
In this issue of the Parents and Families e-Newsletter, you'll find many resources. These include information on deadlines for scholarships and financial aid, as well as updates on athletics and our new football coach, Darrell Hazell.
To assist our Purdue parents and families, we have created several communications, including this e-newsletter and a website, where you will find helpful links, resources, and campus contacts. You can also sign up to receive ongoing communications from the University, helping you to stay plugged in to what is happening in your student's life.
Your Purdue student has already made a big step toward a successful future — becoming a Boilermaker! Thank you for your part in helping them thrive as a college student, and rest assured, we at Purdue have their success as our primary goal.
Best wishes for a great spring semester!
Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.
The Dean of Students office is in the process of developing a Purdue parent and family office. Members of the Council for Manager Development (CMD), a professional development opportunity for University staff, are assisting the effort by conducting a survey of current parents and guardians of Purdue students. The purpose of this survey is to:
- Gauge (and in future years track) the level of parental involvement during their children’s college years
- Determine the types of communication and various resources that parents use during their children’s college years
- Identify some major parent concerns and the depth of these concerns during these years.
Survey results will assist in directing the development of the office for Purdue parents and families. Please take a few minutes to complete this online survey that will serve current and future parents/guardians in the years to come.
Students currently living in University Residences may now renew their housing contracts and secure a room for the upcoming academic year.
An email containing information regarding the contract renewal process was sent to the students’ purdue.edu email accounts on Jan. 18. Renewal time slots are determined by academic classification (i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) and by how long a student has lived in University Residences. Students can find the dates and times that they are eligible to renew their contracts online.
Purdue 's Board of Trustees approved a 1.9 percent average increase in room and board rates at the West Lafayette campus for the 2013-14 academic year. It marks the third straight year that average rates have risen 2 percent or less. More info.
Families filing a 2012 U.S. tax return may be eligible for educational tax credits when claiming their Purdue student as a dependent. By Jan. 31, the IRS Form 1098-T, which is necessary to file for these tax credits will be available electronically through the student's myPurdue account. Complete information is available in the November edition of the Parents and Families e-newsletter available on the Parents and Families website.
Many scholarships are available for continuing Purdue students, and the deadlines to apply are quickly approaching. Below are some of the opportunities:
- Upperclassmen in Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Management online scholarship application (Feb. 1 application deadline).
- Other scholarships with criteria such as financial need, leadership and/or service experience, non-traditional student status, and other special interests may be viewed on the Division of Financial Aid (DFA) website. (Feb. 15 is the deadline for most of these scholarships.)
- Private scholarship listings also are available on the DFA website. Each scholarship has its own criteria, application process and deadlines
Students need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application by March 1 for maximum aid consideration. Families may use estimated information if taxes have not been filed by that date.
Help to complete the FAFSA application will be available during College Goal Sunday on Feb. 24 at more than 40 Indiana locations. Locally, the event takes place at Ivy Tech Community College, 3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette. Financial aid counselors from both Purdue and Ivy Tech will answer financial aid questions that families have and help students complete and submit their FAFSA. Families should bring all tax information available for 2012, including a filed return if applicable and W-2s. It also may be helpful to bring a 2011 tax return as a reference. For more information and a complete list of all participating locations, visit the College Goal Sunday website
Students considering summer classes who are in need of financial aid should visit myPurdue in late March to file the summer aid application. Students must be attending at least half-time (6 or more credit hours) to be eligible for financial aid during the summer session. More information on summer aid is available on the Division of Financial Aid (DFA) website.
Students who have attended Boiler Gold Rush or STAR, participated in programs, such as the Purdue Promise or Supplemental Instruction, or lived in a learning community have interfaced with the Student Access, Transition and Success (SATS) office. But to encompass more fully the mission and programs administered by this office, SATS was recently renamed Student Success at Purdue. To learn more about student success programs at Purdue, visit www.purdue.edu/studentsuccess.
Purdue athletics director Morgan J. Burke announced the hiring of Darrell Hazell as football head coach on Dec. 5, becoming the 35th football coach in school history. Learn more about the coach, his staff and signature move, coined at his press conference announcement:
myPurduePlan provides mapping tool for coursework completion
All current undergraduate and professional students who have enrolled at Purdue since fall 2011 will have access to a web-based tool to monitor their academic progress toward degree completion beginning this spring.
myPurduePlan combines Purdue’s degree requirements and the coursework that has been completed with easy-to-read worksheets, which help students view how their completed courses have been counted toward their degree requirements and what courses and requirements still need to be completed. For more information, visit myPurdue Plan Student FAQs.
News and Events
Students sign in for a Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Purdue celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr during the month of January under the theme "The Fierce Urgency of Now: The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right." The celebration was launched with free slices of birthday cake at Purdue Memorial Union and included a series of events, including an interfaith spiritual celebration, a day of service in the community, brown bag luncheon discussions and a keynote address by Melissa V. Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC's “Melissa Harris-Perry.” More info.
Interviews are scheduled on Feb. 2 for students interested in cooperative living. The Purdue campus has seven female and five male cooperative living houses. Cooperative houses have from 14 to 60 members who share responsibilities such as cleaning and preparing meals. Members of the cooperative houses commit to two to four hours per week to house duties. Cooperative houses do not have national affiliations, and house management revolves around its members; therefore, this type of group living arrangement is typically more economical than sororities and fraternities.
Formal recruitment began on January 26 and also will take place Feb. 2. Students need to attend only one date. Women will meet in the Electrical Engineering Building, Room 170 at 8 a.m. and men should at the same location at 10 a.m. More info.
Many fitness areas and services have opened in the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center since its reopening celebration in October. Among the recently opened amenities are:
- Feature gym (Mackey Style court visible when entering the building)
- Gold & Black gyms (six basketball courts)
- Freshens Juice Bar and Fuel Grab & Go convenience store
- Atrium track (1/9 mile indoor track around the perimeter of the atrium)
- Wellness suite
- Massage therapy
- Cycling studio
- Combative arts room
- South fitness pavilion
- Racquetball courts
- Co-ed sauna & co-ed/family locker rooms
- Boiler-up lounge
- Boilermaker room
For more information on the center, visit www.purdue.edu/recsports
Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, will speak Feb. 7 as part of the Purdue University Series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics. Best will speak on philanthropy and innovation at 7 p.m. in Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the College of Education's James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship and the Krannert School of Management.
DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way for people to help public school teachers. Teachers post classroom project requests, and donors can pick the projects they want to support. More info.
From the time he was 10 years old looking up at stars over his northern Indiana home, Jerry Ross knew he wanted to fly in space. He succeeded beyond his dreams and became the first person launched off the face of the earth seven times, a record that still stands today. "Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer," published by Purdue University Press, is the recently released book about this man's endeavor to overcome setbacks and accomplish his dreams that began as a child in Crown Point, Ind., and took him through Purdue.
Several activities are being launched in conjunction with the book’s release, including the "Spacewalker” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and events at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City on Jan 31 and Feb. 1. A celebration is planned at the Purdue Libraries' Archives and Special Collections in Stewart Center on Feb. 7, when Ross will formally present his papers to the University's Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives. An e-book version of the book and an app for Apple iPads titled "Spacewalker, the App," geared toward school-age children, also are available.
Purdue Musical Organizations (PMO) will perform singing valentines for the upcoming holiday. On Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, a group of PMO students will sing a romantic tune and deliver a rose, cookie and personalized card to locations throughout Greater Lafayette or sing a song by phone to long-distance loves. Call PMO at 765-494-3941 or toll-free at 800-893-3041 to place an order. All orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. The cost is $30. Read more
The College of Engineering’s online graduate engineering program was recently ranked fourth in the U.S.News & World Report's Best Online Programs rankings. The college offers six different master's degrees entirely online to more than 600 active distance students. More info.
During a month when we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., it seems fitting that this month’s "5 Students Who ..." segment recognizes students who are working for race, culture and gender equality.
Read more about these students on the "Five Students Who ... " website.
"The Price Is Right Live" is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to “come on down” to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show. Emmy Award-winning host Todd Newton is scheduled for the live stage show on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in Elliott Hall of Music. More info.
Student Support Services
Most individuals think of "diversity" in terms of age, religion, ethnic backgrounds, choice of major, nationality, etc. But Purdue also attracts a very diverse student body related to disabilities, and the Disability Resource Office assists these students with their special needs accommodations.
Students with disabilities include those who are physically, visually or hearing impaired, blind, deaf, and/or who have learning differences. The list of disabilities continues as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law in 1990 by President George Bush. Students with a disability must meet the same academic requirements as their peers, but may require some accommodations to neutralize their functional limitations (i.e., automatic doors and ramps for wheelchair users, guide dogs, academic accommodations such as electronic audio books, closed captioning, and other reasonable accommodations).
Many New Year’s resolutions include a renewed commitment to improving one’s health. The Student Wellness Office (SWO) offers many health and wellness resources, counseling and educational programs to assist Purdue students in person and online. SWO also distributes a newsletter to students on topics pertinent to the time of year. Read the January edition. Located in the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH), SWO is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. The office can be reached by phone at 765-494-WELL (9355) and by at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Purdue recently expanded its suite of digital learning technologies with Passport, which demonstrates academic achievement through customized badges. Passport guides students through tasks by providing a framework to submit documents, share links, complete quizzes, or gather approvals. Instructors can follow each student's progress and connect badges with course objectives. View a short video on Passport.
Another recent addition is Mixable, available as an independent Web application or within Facebook that allows individuals to build and share their personal learning environments using tools like Twitter and Dropbox. Jetpack, a digital publishing platform, enables instructors to create collections of interactive media called “packs,” which are cost-effective textbook alternatives that may be run on most popular devices. Visit Purdue’s learning technologies website for more information on these and the other Studio tools.
Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) provides online and social media resources to help students find answers to their IT questions. Among them are the ITaP home page, the Information for Students and Information for Parents websites, Facebook and Twitter and the ITaP Customer Service Center. Visit the ITaP newsroom for links to these resources.
Through their Purdue affiliation, students can take advantage of discounts on hardware and peripherals offered by Apple, Dell and HP. The latest computer models may be tested before buying at the ITaP Offline Shopping showcase, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday in Stewart Center, Room G65. Students also may purchase and download software at discounted prices through Kivuto, an online software vendor. More info.
When harsh weather is a possibility, Purdue administrators continuously monitor forecasts to ensure public safety. The University uses several systems to alert the campus community about weather-related changes to class schedules or work hours, starting with the Purdue home page. More info.