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Parents Families E-Newsletter - March 2013

Dear Parents and Families,

Mitch DanielsBy now I hope you have heard of our plans to freeze tuition and most fees for our students for the next two years. It is our intent to do the best we can to ease the financial burden on our students and their families.

As a first step, I shared the attached letter with our Purdue community early this week outlining some of the initial actions we will take to reach our goal of always putting students first.

The success of each Purdue student depends on many things, but nothing is more important than the support and encouragement from you, their parents and loved ones. I cannot begin to measure the significance of your active involvement and you may well underestimate the impact you can have..

In this issue of the Parents and Families e-Newsletter, you’ll find many resources to help you stay on top of campus news. In addition, a website is available to help you keep up with campus life and to provide resources for you and your student.

Keeping a Purdue education accessible and affordable is my top priority, as it is for all members of the Purdue community. Thank you for taking an active role—through your encouragement, persistence and enthusiasm—in helping us build a solid foundation on which students thrive. Best wishes and Hail Purdue!


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Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.

University Announcements

Academic honors distributed for fall 2012

About 14,800 Purdue students earned academic honors for the fall 2012 semester. To earn honors, students must have at least a 3.5 semester or cumulative grade point average on a four-point scale.

Purdue News Service offers media and interested families a method to look up names of students honored through a database-driven Web page

Notification of the Purdue honors and graduation lists via email is provided to newspapers with an expressed interest in carrying them. If a local newspaper is not publishing student names, Purdue families may contact the outlet to request placement and let them know that media notification is available from Purdue by sending an email to purduenews@purdue.edu

Walenga appointed director of student health center

The Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) welcomed its new director Gail A. Walenga on Feb. 1. Formerly the assistant vice president for student affairs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Walenga succeeds James Westman, who had served as the center's director for 22 years before retiring in 2012. Sarah Sayger served as interim director upon his retirement and has moved back to her role as medical director and assistant health center director. Walenga brings several years of medical experience, much of it in administrative capacities, and involvement in academic settings. Read more.

Center for Career Opportunities sees strong, increased recruitment

The good news for students is that hiring in the United States is gaining a little steam. The better news for Purdue students: Their university is a hot spot for corporate recruiters, particularly in the STEM areas. Read more.

Learn more about the Purdue Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) and the many job resources available for students, including a few positions at the center:

Trimester strategy includes plan to build summer enrollment

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.

Course-tracking myPurduePlan rolled out to students on Feb. 18

All current undergraduate and professional students who have enrolled at Purdue since fall 2011 now have access to a Web-based tool to monitor their academic progress toward degree completion.

The 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 know what courses and requirements still need to be completed.

On Feb. 18, the system was partially released to students and can be accessed through the myPurdue portal. A worksheet allows students to track degree progress, view courses still needed for a degree, use the GPA calculator, see advising notes and check to see how their current courses would fulfill another degree program. The student planner portion of the system will be released in the near future.

For more information, visit myPurdue Plan Student FAQs.

Stay attuned to financial aid activities for summer and fall 2013

The Division of Financial Aid (DFA) has created a timeline and checklist to keep families apprised of the financial aid process for summer 2013 and the 2013-14 academic year and for new graduates.

Students may have verification requirements or red-flagged documents on myPurdue under the"financial" tab. Students with these requirements will not receive financial aid eligibility for 2013-14 until all requirements are completed. More information about financial aid verification.

March 18 
The summer aid application will be available under the "financial" tab on myPurdue for students planning to take summer courses. Students must complete the summer financial aid application in addition to the 2012-13 FAFSA to be considered for summer aid. Read more about eligibility.

May 15
Students who are eligible for aid from the State of Indiana (Higher Education Award, Twenty-first Century Scholar Award, and National Guard Supplemental Grant) must have requests for information or edits, cleared with the state by May 15. Edits that have not been cleared by May 15 will result in the loss of state aid eligibility for the 2013-14 year. Students can register for an account and view information regarding edits and necessary actions online at the e-Student website.

Continuing students meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) who do not have outstanding financial aid requirements on myPurdue will be notified of their financial aid eligibility. The email will direct students to view their eligibility through myPurdue.

Students graduating in May with educational loans while attending Purdue should complete exit counseling requirements in May and review information in preparation of repayment. Read more about student loan repayment.

Purdue guests gain Wi-Fi access through AT&T

Guests to Purdue may now access AT&T's Wi-Fi service and connect to the Internet from their mobile devices and laptops while on Purdue's campus.

Currently, the University offers Internet services for students, staff and faculty as well as guest access through Purdue Air Link (PAL). PAL requires pre-authorized use of Purdue's wireless infrastructure, but there is an increasing desire among visitors for on-demand Wi-Fi access on campus, which prompted the addition of the AT&T hot-spot service.

AT&T customers whose service plans include Wi-Fi hot--spot will have free, unlimited access to the service. Other visitors have the option of 24-hour access for just $4.99 per day. Those who purchase an all-day session after 10 p.m. will have access for the rest of the night as well as the following 24 hours. Read more.

Parking Facilities Office and Visitors Information Center relocate

Formerly located in the Northwestern Street Garage, Purdue's Parking Facilities Office and Visitors Information Center (VIC) have moved to new locations:

  • Parking Facilities, 1404 W. State St., Purdue West Shopping Center
  • Welcome Center (formerly named VIC), 101 N. Grant Street, Purdue Memorial Union, east end of main floor

Encourage your student to share their opinions about Purdue

Purdue students will be encouraged this spring to participate in an online survey that is being administered by University of California, Berkeley. As part of the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) project, 19 U.S. universities will participate in this survey, which will assess the students' opinions about their overall experience while attending a research university. For more information, contact Diane Beaudoin, director of assessment in the Office of the Provost.

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.

P28 Experience outlines attributes of a Purdue education

Purdue University values learning both inside and outside the classroom and has identified 28 dimensions to a student's educational experience. Titled P28 Experience, the attributes can be viewed in the accompanying graphic to this story and by clicking various sections of this graphic on the P28 Experience Website. Learn more about out-of-classroom learning outcomes in an August 2012 report published by Purdue's Office of Institutional Research and view the evidence of learning by visiting the P28 Experience web page.

Website renamed “Student Regulations”

The University Regulations website was renamed “Student Regulations” to more closely reflect its student-governance purpose, which has not changed, and to prevent confusion between this site and the University Policies site. Student conduct, student records, residency classification and student organization regulations are among the topics on this website

Student Support Services

Student support available for Finals Week preparation

Spring semester classes will end April 27 and finals will take place April 29 to May 4. As the semester comes closer to an end, students may need some extra support. A number of campus resources are available

  • Academic Success Center: Staff members are available to talk with students on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Call 765-494-5569, stop by ENAD, Room 242 or visit thecenter's website.
  • 24 Hour study spaces: A portion of Hicks Undergraduate Library, main floor, is open 24 hours. This space includes the UnderGrounds coffee shop, the new classroom (G980D) and an additional study space with workstations and networked printer and copier/scanners. The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics is open 24 hours Sunday to Thursday closing at 6 p.m. on Fridays. It is open Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and reopens Sundays at 11 a.m. Students can gain access to both areas by swiping their Purdue ID card. For a list of all Libraries hours, please check the website.
  • Ask a Librarian 24/7: Purdue Libraries digital reference service offers free reference assistance, whether the physical library is open or not. Through the Libraries Ask a Librarian website, students may choose to communicate via text for short answers, chat for one-to-one conversational assistance or email for more comprehensive assistance.
  • Writing resources: Students who have questions about final writing assignments can contact the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
  • A doctor or a counselor:The Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) has physicians and mental health care providers on staff. Purdue's Student Wellness Office is a point of contact for a wide variety of student needs, including annual flu shots, and offers many online, self-help resources. 

IMPACT classrooms reflect technology and learning style changes

Two new classrooms were recently added to Hicks Undergraduate Library in order to accommodate IMPACT classes. IMPACT stands for "Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation," which is a program about changing the way large-enrollment courses are being taught by responding to the learning styles and the technology needs of today's students.

Each of the room's 12 round tables has a workstation that seats six students with easily movable chairs. Room G980D has eight flat-screen monitors and ten whiteboards, a raised floor that houses data and power lines and an instructor's podium located centrally in the room. Room B853 will accommodate 90 students with whiteboards offered throughout the classroom as well as an instructor's podium and three projectors.

University Residences seeks summer help

University Residences offers summer work opportunities for students serving in the dining courts, performing clerical duties in the offices and assisting with facilities preparations for the fall semester. Note: Summer work crews in the facilities area will receive 40 hours per week with consistent daytime hours. For more information, visit the employment section on the University Residences website.

Student Affairs offers eBook about its services

Purdue's Office of Student Affairs recently published an e-book to share information about its student success programs and services to many audiences, including new President Mitch Daniels.Visitpurdue.edu/students/briefing.

Follow Purdue IT social media accounts for discounts, news and service alerts

Purdue Information Technology's newly created social media accounts can help parents stay up-to-date on the University's technology services, student software and hardware discounts, service alerts and more. Like the Purdue IT Facebook page and follow the Purdue IT Twitter feed to receive these updates.

Software Remote offers free access to more than 200 software applications

The wide variety of classes offered at Purdue can make it difficult for students to determine what software is required for each class. Software Remote provides students with access to the most commonly used software on campus from the convenience of their laptops or PCs. Read more.

Campus Life

Spring Cultural Arts Series spans entire semester

Since January, a series of art exhibits, lectures and theatre and musical productions have been among the activities for the Spring Cultural Arts Series, sponsored by the Purdue Black Cultural Center. The finale event is a performance by the Jahari Dance Troupe on Saturday, April 20. For details on all of the series events, visit the BCC website.

Meet 5 Students Who ..." are style makers

Each month, Purdue features five students who are doing great things under a themed topic.

The March theme is “style makers." Students featured this month have translated their passion for style into clothing, toys and technology. Meet these 5 Students Who Are Style Makers.

Women's basketball reigns as Big Ten Tournament champions

Reigning champion Purdue won its conference-best ninth Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament title with a 62-47 victory over fourth-seeded Michigan State (24-8). The third-seeded Boilermakers (24-8) improved to 37-10 all-time in the conference's championship tournament and to 9-4 in the championship game. The Boilermakers, who finished with a 24-8 overall record, earned the automatic NCAA Tournament bid with the Big Ten Tournament title and will play Liberty University in the first round as the No. 4 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional. The game against No. 13 Liberty is scheduled for Sunday, March 24 at noon in Louisville, KY at the KFC Yum! Center. Read more.

Emma Wynne named Residence Halls Got Talent winner

From a contortionist to a cup-playing singer, students of many talents competed for this year's Residence Halls Got Talent title to a packed house at Loeb Playhouse. Drew Hall, resident assistant for Shreve Hall, and Matt Davenport, associate director for residential life, served as hosts for the event, and Emma Wynne (pictured) took the top prize. View photos from the event  on the RHGT Facebook group.

Spring campus activities are abundant

The spring semester will culminate with a series of campus events, including:

  • PHENOMENA, a student produced and directed rock concert, Elliott Hall of Music on March 22 at 7 p.m., free of charge
  • Boiler Blast, campus-wide community service event, on March 23
  • Purdue Convocations student concert featuring Macklemore Ryan Lewis, Elliott Hall of Music on March 23 at 8 p.m.
  • Purdue Jazz: Super Jazz Jam, Loeb Playhouse on March 22 at 8 p.m., free of charge
  • Spring Fest, free campus-wide event showcasing the lighter side of higher education, on April 13-14
  • International Center's 38th annual food bazaar slated on April 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the basement of St. Thomas Aquinas. Tickets at the door cost 50 cents each (food items sell for 3-5 tickets)..
  • Black and Gold Spring Football Game, free admission and autograph session following the game, Ross-Ade Stadium, April 13 at 1 p.m.
  • Grand Prix and Grand Alternative, April 15 to 20
  • Purdue Convocations LIFE IN COLOR, at Ross-Ade Stadium North Park Lot, April 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Purdue Bands Showcase, season-ending concerts for all orchestras and wind ensembles, Elliott Hall of Music at 8 p.m. on April 19-20 and at 2:30 p.m. on April 21, free of charge
  • Alexander Field Dedication, Purdue vs. Nebraska baseball on April 20 before the 7 p.m. game 
  • Spring Works 2013 Dance Concert by Purdue Contemporary Dance Company at Pao Hall, April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets available at Loeb, Elliott, and Pao Hall box offices or by calling (765) 494-3933, 800-914-SHOW and throughTicketmaster (800) 745-3000.

Purdue 360 brings campus perspectives together April 1-5

Empower Boilermakers. Embrace Perspectives. Become Global Citizens. Purdue 360 is a week-long series of activities that will bring together and make visible many of the unique organizations and perspectives held at Purdue. Events revolve around themes related to diversity, culture, religion, philanthropy, entertainment, and sports. The event is being sponsored by Purdue Student Government, Purdue Student Union Board and Residence Hall Association. More info.

Spring commencement slated for May 10-12

Spring 2013 commencement information is available on the Office of the Registrar website: Below is the ceremony schedule for schools and colleges.

Division I
Friday, May 10, 8 p.m.

Science, Technology

Division II
Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m.

Agriculture, Education, Management

Division III
Saturday, May 11, 2:30 p.m.


Division IV
Sunday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.

Health and Human Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

Division V
Sunday, May 12, 2:30 p.m.

Liberal Arts, Pharmacy

Future Commencement Dates

  • Summer 2013: Saturday, Aug. 3 for all colleges/schools, 9:30 a.m. ET
  • Winter 2013:
    • Division I – Sunday, Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. ET
    • Division II – Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. ET

Fall dates to keep in mind

The spring semester will be over in seven short weeks and thoughts will start to turn to next fall. Below is a list of key dates and activities to keep in mind for scheduling a return to campus.

Note: Fall 2013 classes begin Monday, Aug. 19.

  • Residence Halls move-in dates: First-year students participating in Boiler Gold Rush may move into residence halls on Saturday, Aug. 10 or Sunday, Aug. 11. All residents have the option to check-in early (Aug. 10-15) for an additional fee. Regular check in begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. Optional meal service will be available for an additional fee per day Aug 12-15. Regular meal service will begin with breakfast on Friday, Aug. 16. This is the first meal served under a student's housing contract.
  • Family Day: Cosponsored by the PMU Dining Services, Purdue Athletics, and the University Development Office, Family Day kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a pancake breakfast in the Purdue Armory and a welcome from Purdue's president. The Boilermaker football team will play Northern Illinois University at Ross-Ade Stadium. Following the game, families are invited to attend the Boilermaker Barbecue with live music and family-friendly activities on the Purdue Memorial Union front lawn. More information will be sent to families later this summer.
  • Tickets to Athletic EventsSeason ticket sales for football and student VIP card sales are now open to all current Purdue students. The 2013 football schedule features seven home games, including Northern Illinois University for Homecoming, the Gold and Black game against Notre Dame and the Hammer Down Cancer game against Nebraska. Football season tickets and VIP All Sports cards go on sale to incoming students on May 1.
  • Student season tickets: Season tickets are $119 and include all seven regular-season home games. To be eligible for a student football season ticket, you must plan to be registered at Purdue for the Fall 2013 semester. A $10 processing and handling fee also will be added to your order.
  • VIP All Sports card: The best value for Purdue students, who really want to be a part of Boilermaker athletics, is the VIP All Sports Card for $250. Intercollegiate Athletics offers a limited number (approximately 4,800) of student VIP card packages for each athletic year. VIP Cards are now available for 2013-14. The VIP card includes season tickets to football and men's basketball, and the opportunity to receive free admission to all other Purdue athletic events if tickets are still available. Students just need to show their VIP card at the ticket window to receive a ticket to those events that are not sold out. Each student can purchase only one VIP card.
  • Spring semester special: Current Purdue students can save money by purchasing either football season tickets or the VIP All Sports card by April 30. Football season tickets are only $98 through April 30, and the $250 VIP card includes memberships in the Ross-Ade Brigade (football) and Paint Crew (men’s basketball) with all group benefits, including a t-shirt and early entry into games.

Fall Family Day set for Sept. 27-28

Mark your calendars now and plan ahead, as Family Day will coincide with Homecoming and Alumni weekend this year on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. Events to kick-off the weekend will include the Boilermaker Night Train Parade, pep rally and crowning of our king and queen on Friday evening. On Saturday, activity tents will be hosted by colleges, schools and units across campus; the football game is a matchup between Purdue and Northern Illinois University at Ross-Ade Stadium; and the post-game Parents and Families Boilermaker Barbecue will include live music and much more. An invitation with details about the weekend will be sent to families later this summer.