Parents Families E-Newsletter - March 2014
Table of Contents
News and Events
Student Support Services
College and School News
To keep abreast of activities going on within your student's school/ college, the following news sources are offered:
Parents and Families Web Page
Purdue recently appointed a new bursar. Tim Riley, who had been serving as interim bursar since last May, officially began his duties on Jan. 15.
The Bursar's Office, which works with students and families to meet financial obligations - tuition, billing, payments - also manages key University financial resources and records; provides guidance towards establishing appropriate fiscal practices, and acts as a central collection point for University receipts.
Prior to assuming the lead role within the Bursar's Office, Riley served as associate bursar of operations for five years. He also has held positions within University Collections and in the banking industry. He is a 1998 alumnus of Purdue's College of Technology and will complete the Krannert Weekend MBA program in August 2015.
As bursar, Riley and his colleagues strive to keep the business side of Purdue as simple, efficient and transparent as possible so that students can focus on academic goals. Riley's advice is to keep students involved with their financial account and with the decision-making for their education. This will encourage financial literacy and awareness. To help, the Division of Financial Aid provides online tools, such as myMoney.
About 14,800 Purdue students earned academic honors for the fall 2013 semester. To earn honors, students must have had 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 is provided via email 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Families filing a 2013 U.S. tax return may be eligible for educational tax credits when claiming their Purdue student as a dependent. The Bursar's Office has generated the IRS Form 1098-T to help students and families prepare their 2013 tax return. The 1098Ts are available online through the myPurdue portal to students and "authorized users" who have been given access to the 1098T. More info.
University Residences, Student Success at Purdue, and the Office of Student Affairs are collaborating to fund a new position dedicated to supporting parents and family members of Purdue students. The new Associate Dean of Students/Director of Parent and Family Programs position will serve as a central point of contact for Purdue families, increasing communication between families and the University, forming a partnership with parents and family members in supporting their student's success, and coordinating opportunities for parents and family members to engage in the campus community. The goal is to have the position filled by May 2014.
University Bands and Orchestras director named endowed chair
Jay Gephart was recently named the Dr. Al G. Wright Chair of Purdue University Bands and Orchestras. The endowed chair is the first named chair of its kind in the Big Ten. Established in 2012, it is made possible by an endowment through lead donors Vanessa J. Castagna, Al G. Wright and Gladys Stone Wright, Robert A. Hull and Trudy L. Dankert Hul and Thomas H. Miller. Wright is director emeritus of Purdue University Bands and Orchestras. Gephart is director of Purdue Bands and Orchestras and is director of the "All-American" Marching Band and conductor of Purdue Wind Ensemble.
University Residences sponsors contest, reminds students to renew contracts, shares meal plan changes
In an effort to capture everything that is great about residential life, University Housing has sponsored a contest challenging students to share their best experiences while living in on-campus housing. By using the hashtag #URSUCCESS, students can share their experience and earn a chance for a prize. Prizes include a meal of your choice with 20 of your closest friends, dinner in the Athletic Dining Court with 10 friends or at the Sagamore Room with 10 friends. Information on the contest is available on the residential life blog. Contest submissions will be posted on the University Residences Facebook page.
University Residences reminds current students planning to live in University Residences for the 2014-15 academic year that a contract renewal must be submitted no later than March 31. Note: Students will not be released from their housing contract to live in a sorority, fraternity, apartment, cooperative housing, private home, or other place of residence or as a result of a change in financial status.
For the 2014-15 school year, Purdue Dining and Catering is offering a new lineup of meal plans for students. View the plans
A recently rolled out communication plan and resource website titled "Think Summer" encourages Purdue students to consider their summer options, including summer courses on campus.
Current students will receive their 2014-15 financial aid award eligibility in mid-June, if all financial aid requirements are complete. Students will receive an email when their eligibility is determined and can review the awards through myPurdue. Students can view outstanding financial aid requirements under the "Financial" tab in myPurdue.
Under the leadership of President Mitch Daniels, Purdue is resolved to deliver higher education at the highest proven value. Titled "Purdue Moves," the University's future-focused plan is centered on STEM leadership, world-changing research, and a transformative education that is both affordable and accessible. Many initiatives are in the works under these pillars, including an incentive program to spur along a calendar for year-round classes that aids students in faster degree completion, the forthcoming Active Learning Center (news brief below), a $5 million matching gift program to enhance affordability for Indiana students and a new online supplemental learning program called Purdue NExT. Learn more about these initiatives and other ongoing news about Purdue Moves through the links below.
Purdue is challenging traditional teaching methods by identifying how students learn best and redesigning courses for greater learning outcomes. To date, 62 courses have fewer lectures and more group projects, and they incorporate online and in-class components to optimize student-faculty interaction.
But this redesign of instruction also requires a different type of classroom space. Traditional instruction was accomplished with rows of chairs facing the front of the room. Active learning uses a team-centered approach, requiring greater flexibility in configuring the classroom and more square footage per student.
A forthcoming Purdue facility, the Active Learning Center (ALC), is being designed with an active classroom and libraries learning environment in mind. Construction will begin this summer, and the building is scheduled to open in fall 2017.
To be located on the current site of the Engineering Administration Building (ENAD), the ALC will consolidate five science and engineering libraries and will accommodate more than 60 simultaneous classes resulting in significant space being freed up in the campus core. In addition, the center's classrooms/study spaces by day will serve as collaborative learning spaces in the evening and nights, unlike traditional classroom spaces that remain relatively unused once daily classes have dismissed. View a short video about ALC.
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 West Lafayette campus, free of charge. To access the service, select "attwifi" from available network connections on your device.
Purdue recently established an open Twitter account for anyone who would like to receive alerts and information on emergency situations at the West Lafayette campus.
NEWS and EVENTS
Emily Mishler, three-time contestant and senior from the College of Liberal Arts, was recently named Miss Purdue 2014. Sixteen contestants competed for the crown. Contestants participated in a pre-pageant interview with the judges and in three additional activities during the pageant - Q&A, evening gown and lifestyle and fitness. As the winner, Mishler will participate in the Miss Indiana pageant and potentially Miss America.
Purdue Exponent photo (left) and story.
Purduette and sophomore Ashlae Nelms was named one of 16 global semifinalists in the Voice of McDonald's contest. The semifinalists are all McDonald's employees, come from 14 countries, and will compete on April 28 in Orlando, Fla. Finalists will then compete for top honors, including a $25,000 grand prize, on May 1. A Global Fan Favorite competition with online voting will take place April 2-28. The winning singer from the online vote will receive a $5,000 prize. To listen to Ashlae's audition entry, visit the Voice of McDonald's website.
Motivated by their dreams. Empowered by a Purdue education. Ready to make a difference. Meet those who were recently selected as 5 Students Who Move the World Forward - Krista Garrett, Ankit Jain, Jazna Stannard, Caleb Trujillo and Taylor Zike.
University Residences annual talent show featured 12 acts from tap dancing and joke-telling to guitar, violin, and piano performances. The event took place in a packed Loeb Playhouse on March 1 and aired live on BoilerTV. Mauricio Trujillo from Cary Quad was named the winner. Pauly K's Folk Band from Hillenbrand Hall took second place performing a medley of Beatles songs. Band members are Bobby Egan, Charlotte Hoo, Schulyer Putt, and Paul Krogmeier. Third place went to comedian Bobby Sullivan from Shreve Hall.
View photos of the event on the Residence Halls Got Talent Facebook page.
Big Ten Network's LiveBIG program debuted Jan. 8 with stories about the community of Big Ten students, faculty, and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education, and community service. Purdue's episode aired on Jan. 15 and featured a segment on Parkinson's disease research at Purdue and a program for wounded veterans called the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV).
The spring semester will culminate with a series of campus events, including:
A participant in RecycleMania since 2010, Purdue ranked No. 10 out of 331 institutions in the 2013 recycling competition. This year's competition runs from Feb. 2 to March 29 and requires participating schools to report the amount of recycling and trash collected over an eight-week period. The recyclables are ranked in various categories, based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste, and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. To view Purdue's current rankings in the 2014 competition, visit the RecycleMania website.
For the first time in Purdue's history, the entire University community will come together on one dedicated day to grant opportunity, launch dreams and achieve greatness.
Spring 2014 commencement information is available on the Office of the Registrar website: Below is the ceremony schedule for schools and colleges.
The spring semester will be over in seven short weeks and thoughts will turn to next fall. Below is a list of a few key dates and activities to keep in mind for scheduling a return to campus.
Student Support Resources
As the weather becomes warmer, our community spends more of its time outside and later into the evening hours. In response, the Purdue Police Department moves to more on-foot and bicycle patrols to ensure campus safety.
Purdue Police encourages the campus community to learn more about and take advantage of several campus safety measures, including the 24/7 walking service through its student patrol. Anyone in need of an escort to and from campus buildings may call the Purdue Student Security Patrol (PSSP) Safe Walk Program for assistance at 494-SAFE (7233).
In addition there are more than 250, distinctively painted and lit, telephone boxes across campus to contact the police department. These boxes may be used to contact the police department for any circumstance and not just for emergencies.
Warmer weather also includes several large-scale, outdoor campus events, such as Grand Prix and Spring Fest. Each year, Purdue students have avoided potentially life-threatening conditions by taking advantage of the Purdue Cares Policy. The Purdue Cares policy provides protection to the caller and to the victim in cases of alcohol poisoning where they seek medical treatment. The University's amnesty program differs from the state law by covering both the caller and victim. To learn more about this program, please visit, http://www.purdue.edu/makethecall/.
Students can use BoilerLink to create a co-curricular transcript as a way to track involvement in campus activities. BoilerLink is a Web platform that allows students and student organizations to manage campus organizations, recruit members, publicize events and create historical records for smooth leadership transitions. The co-curricular transcript feature allows students to compile information about their experiences and involvement in organizations, events, and other co-curricular activities at Purdue, some of which must be verified by faculty or staff members. More
Students can access files stored on Purdue's network and send materials to be printed on campus from anywhere in the world, including from home. Purdue's Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides secure access to the organization's internal network over the Internet. Read more
Whether it's for school, the workplace or just for fun, learning new software can lead to new skills and opportunities. ITaP Student Training offers workshops and consultations on a variety of applications to Purdue students and organizations that want to build up their software repertoire. Read more
The Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) annually collects information about the post-graduation plans of its newest graduates in most undergraduate and professional programs. View reports. For report accuracy, CCO strives through several means to collect information from Purdue graduates. If you have a student graduating this May, encourage them to complete the post-graduation survey.
CCO offers its services during the summer, including drop-in assistance and career counseling appointments for students and alumni. Students and alumni can call (765) 494-3981 or visit Young Hall, Room132, to schedule an appointment.
Upcoming spring career fairs on the West Lafayette campus:
View CCO's complete list of events and workshops.
Spring semester classes will end May 3 and finals will take place May 5-10. As the semester comes closer to an end, students may need some extra support. A number of campus resources are available:
In addition to finals, students' thoughts are turning to summer plans and figuring out the logistics beyond them. Below are some resources to assist students and families with decision-making.