Parents Families E-Newsletter-November 2013
Dear Parents and Families,
Our semester is beginning to wind down and students are feeling the crunch of final projects and upcoming exams. The determination and discipline our students demonstrate at this hectic time of year is simply extraordinary. I know much of their success has to do with the support and encouragement they get from you – parents and family members near and far.
This semester has been a momentous one for Purdue as we announced several new initiatives that will drive our great university forward. All of these Purdue Moves impact students to some degree and, in fact, many are directly intended to change the way our students learn and to enhance the value of the education they receive here. You can find more detail on these new initiatives later in this newsletter.
Purdue’s push toward transformative education will include aggressively increasing the number of study abroad opportunities for our students and making those experiences affordable for any student who wishes to pursue them. By being immersed in education in another country, students not only broaden their perspectives, they gain vital tools that will be necessary for success in our increasingly global industrial world. Additionally, we want to increase the number of students living on campus and build a culture where year-round education is available to students who want to accelerate their time-to-degree or take advantage of internship opportunities during the traditional school year.
Combining these bold initiatives with the tuition freeze and fee reductions we have already put in place, we are making Purdue a school of choice for top students. These students are those who seek out the most varied opportunities for learning and research; who want to gain real world, hands-on experience in communities and countries far off campus; and who recognize that they have the potential to change the world through their individual knowledge and exploration.
To help you keep up with our progress on these initiatives and all that is happening on campus, we offer communications including this e-newsletter and a website
I send best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season, and thank you for the important role you play in helping our students succeed.
Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.
Students create Boilermaker creed as part of ethics, inclusion expectations
President Daniels announces "Purdue Moves"
President Mitch Daniels recently shared the University's focused initiatives to enhance student achievement and address some of the major questions facing higher education. Titled "Purdue Moves" the initiatives include:
STEM Leadership: Expansion of the College of Engineering and strengthening computer science as well as transforming the College of Technology into "Purdue Polytechnic Institute."
World-changing Research: Investments in research to meet two global challenges: drug discovery to save lives and plant sciences to feed the world.
Transformative Education: Redesigned courses that incorporate more group and faculty interaction and fewer lectures, an emphasis on and travel grants for study abroad, an emphasis on on-campus living for student success, and year-round education.
- Affordability and Accessibility: Provide the highest value in higher education, use learning analytics to improve student achievement, improve employment prospects, increase scholarship funds and focus on administrative efficiencies. Related to this initiative is the tuition freeze by the University for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
Purdue appoints new registrar
Purdue appointed Frank Blalark from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to serve as university registrar, effective November 1.
Frank Blalark brings a wealth of experience in complex systems and leveraging data and technology to make business process improvements and enhance student success," said Pamela T. Horne, associate vice provost for enrollment management and dean of admissions. "His vision and expertise will lead an office that is known for continuous improvement, campus and system-wide collaboration and provision of excellent service to students, faculty and staff."
Leslie A. Charters, a Tippecanoe County deputy public defender and former deputy prosecutor, became Purdue's first director of student legal services this fall. The new position is affiliated with the Office of the Dean of Students and funded by the Student Fee Advisory Board.
"The creation of student legal services for the University was identified as a need and driven by Purdue Student Government, " said Jeff Stefancic, associate dean of students. "As young adults, students are learning both their legal rights and the responsibilities that they have under the law, and this position will go a long way in educating and advocating fro students in those areas. More Info.
Students encouraged to "Think Summer Sooner"
It's never too early for students to start making plans for summer.
That's the idea behind "Think Summer," an ongoing initiative that encourages students to use their time wisely during summer, as they build a resume that will help them reach their career goals. Students are encouraged to consider internships, study abroad or perhaps the benefits of studying at Purdue during the summer.
To help students plan their schedules, (fall, spring and summer), "Think Summer Sooner" recently posted a list of more than 250 courses guaranteed to be taught for the next three summers.
Also new in summer 2014: a summer meal plan and lower summer housing rates, plus an opportunity to sign a year-long housing contract with the option to keep the same room all year.
Registration is open for Purdue NExT, an online program that emphasizes interactive learning for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate-level courses.
The five-week, non-degree courses taught by Purdue faculty are currently being offered to undergraduate and graduate students, and will soon be marketed to professionals, businesses looking to improve skill levels of employees and higher education institutions that wish to supplement their degree programs and curricula.
Purdue NExT website
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 will generate the IRS Form 1098-T to help students and families prepare their 2013 tax return.
The 1098Ts will be available online by January 31 to students and "authorized users" that have been given access to the 1098T. This information is provided to help individuals determine and support their eligibility for higher education tax credits. Families should consult with their tax advisor for specific information regarding eligibility, as income requirements apply.
Notation about the 1098T Form: Purdue University reports the tuition billed to the student's account between January 1 and December 31 of the given tax year (box 2), not as to when payments are made on the account (box 1). Therefore, Box 2 will be filled in and Box 1 will be blank.Obtaining the IRS Form 1098-T online:
- Students/Authorized Users obtain the 1098T form through Touch Net
- Log into myPurdue
- Select the 'Financial' tab
- Select 'Manage My Account'
- Under '1098-T Statement', click 'View' next to the year you need
- Log into Touch Net
- Under '1098-T Statement', click 'View' next to the year you need. **If you do not see the '1098-T Statement' area, you most likely have not been given access to the 1098T specifically by the student, please see 2.
- Students provide access of 1098T for Authorized User in Touch Net
- Log into myPurdue
- Select the 'Financial' tab
- Select 'Manage My Account'
- Go to the 'Authorized User' tab under 'My Account'
- Click 'Edit' by the em ail address of the person you are wanting to change access for
- The second question is "Would you like to allow this person to view your 1098-T Tax statement?" This answer must be changed to "Yes" in order for the Authorized User to have access to the 1098-T (as the default to the question is "No.")
Tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes (Monday, Jan. 13) for the spring 2014 semester. The first spring invoice will be generated Monday, Nov. 25 for students already registered for spring classes. The due dates for the spring installment plan are:
- January 13, 2014 (initial payment to set up installment plan)
- February 10, 2014
- March 10, 2014
- April 7, 2014
The Center for Digital Education (CDE) recently recognized Purdue as a digital education innovator for its suite of mobile applications - Hotseat, Passport, Jetpack and more - designed to bolster engagement inside and outside the classroom using technology already integral to students lives. More info
NEWS and EVENTS
A cookout, blood drive, Boilermaker Night Train Parade, king and queen coronation and pep rally were among Purdue's 2013 Homecoming activities. Purdue students Joe Rust and Maureen Jones were crowned this year's Homecoming king and queen.
The efforts of more than 2,000 Purdue students resulted in $1,000,471.03 for Riley Children's Hospital during this years Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM). The figure shattered last year's total of $528,654.67. Started at Purdue in fall 2005, the event has grown from 100 participants to more than 2,000 and has raised $2,410,722. The dance marathon tradition takes place on hundreds of college campuses across the nation to benefit hospitals and its patients affiliated with the Children's Miracle Network. View Photo Gallery
The Purdue Parents Steering Committee recently named recipients for its first "Big Give" grant program. Departments within the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs applied for $20,000 in grants to benefit projects focused on student health, safety and leadership. Grants ranged from $400 to $3,500 and funded 11 projects. Among the projects funded were a mental health crises prevention program, the Boiler Volunteer Network's MLK Day of Service program, and equipment upgrades for Purdue Fire and Police. The Big Give program was made possible through contributions to the Purdue Parents Fund. The Purdue Parents Steering Committee hopes to make the program an annual event. Contributions to the fund can be made on the Giving to Purdue website.
Motivated by their dreams. Empowered by a Purdue education. Ready to make a difference. Meet "5 Students Who Move the World Forward" - Lindsey Payne, Elaina Grout, Kevin Miocene, Dominique Vaughn, and Christopher Kulczar.
To read their stories, visit the 5 Students Who website.
Purdue's 29th edition of Boiler Bytes, a video news magazine program, premiered Oct.. 22 on Big Ten Network. The segments are now available for viewing on the Boiler Bytes website and include stories about:
- The newly installed John Purdue statue
- Priority 4 Paws mobile veterinary unit
- John Wooden Leadership Institute
- Cordova Recreational Sports Center
Winter commencement ceremonies will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Remaining deadlines for fall 2013 graduates include:
- December 2 - Last day to order commencement tickets
- December 2 - Last day to indicate participation using the participation link on the Graduation tab in myPurdue at 10 p.m. ET
For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar website.
Annual holiday traditions abound on the Purdue campus, including the Purdue Musical Organizations (PMO) 80th Annual Christmas Show and several activities in the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU).
The annual raising of a 20+-foot tree in the Purdue Memorial Union Great Hall will take place at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, and the lighting of the tree ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Live performances by local groups near the tree are scheduled from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. December 3-6. The tree and life-size gingerbread house will be on display in the Union until December 16.
PMO's 80th annual holiday performance will take place December 7-8. Tickets are still available and show times are noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Note: The 8 p.m. show includes sign language interpretation. More info
Purdue recently celebrated 100 years of Archives and Special Collections with a reception and has a commemorative exhibit on display until December 19. Special Collections is located on fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science, and Education Library (HSSE) in Stewart Center. Among the artifacts in the exhibit are class notes from astronaut Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart's flight helmet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoon created by alumnus John T. Mucoitin and a program documenting the short-lived Purdue Circus.
The 24th annual Purdue Jazz Festival will kick off with a performance by"Snarky Puppy" at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 in Loeb Playhouse. Snarky Puppy is a jazz roots group that combines funk, jazz, global beats, garage rock and wit. Other events scheduled for the multi-day festival are presented by Purdue Bands & Orchestras.
Lysander Piano Trio, a chamber and classical music group will perform The Call of the Exotic,featuring works by Bloch, Haydn, and Ravel at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in Loeb Playhouse.
Later in the month, award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet will take the Elliott Hall of Music stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. This musical celebrates rock and roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
For event details and tickets, visit the Purdue Convocations website.
Students interested in Cooperative Housing can learn more about this lifestyle and all the houses by attending one of two orientation sessions. Students and family members are invited to the sessions scheduled for Saturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 in Room 170 of the Electrical Engineering Building. Women will meet at 8 a.m. and men at 10 a.m. Small groups of parents and students will visit each house throughout the day. Transportation is provided for the rushees and their families. More info.
Purdue's on-campus TV provider Boiler Television (BTV) recently added high-definition versions of ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network, Disney, AMC, Bravo, MSNBC and ABC Family to its lineup. The digital versions of these channels are more reliable and higher quality and accessible on digital-capable televisions. Students with TVs connected to BTV may want to reprogram their units to ensure that they are receiving all available channels.
BTV will conduct student surveys and focus groups to determine future programming in some newly available channel slots. This fall, BTV appointed its new manager Michael Beach. Beach is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in telecommunications and received his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. More BTV info.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Identifying fraudulent "phishing" emails
As phishing attempts become more sophisticated, more individuals are falling victim to email scams. Students should keep in mind that Purdue never solicits personal information - such as passwords and account numbers - via email, phone or any other electronic manner. More info.
Avoiding identity theft when traveling abroad
For individuals traveling abroad, good cybersecurity practices can be just as essential as the passports in their pockets. That's because risks such as phishing, malware and identity theft are on the rise, and travelers who are exposed to unsecured hotel, café and even non-Purdue university Internet connections are common victims. ITaP offerscybersecurity best practices to help keep information and devices secure while traveling abroad.
Connecting 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. Find and follow Purdue IT on Facebook and Twitter for these topics and more.
A series of online resources assist students with getting involved in activities beyond their classroom experience. They include:
- The Student Activities and Organizations website called B-Involved
- BoilerLink, a site with a login that allows students to track their outside-the-classroom experiences and to create a document for prospective employers and graduate schools.
- AfterClass, a student resource site for campus life activities managed by Student Affairs, Housing and Food Services, Diversity and Inclusion and Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
Students have a great new study space at Hicks Undergraduate Library. The newly renovated space was designed to provide a leading-edge learning environment and user-centered services. Among the amenities are new computer workstations and dry-erase boards that allow for recording and sharing ideas and architectural screens for individual, quiet study.
As the weather turns cold, students can still stay in shape at the Cordóva Recreational Sports Center.
Students may need some additional support in the last few weeks leading up to finals week. The following campus resources provide students with tactics for coping:
- A quiet place to study:Purdue Libraries will extend its hours of operation, including the UnderGrounds coffee shop.
- Study and test-taking suggestions: The Academic Resource Center has resources available on site and online.
- 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.
CCO serves broad range of careers services to Purdue students
Founded in 1921 by Dean A. A. Potter, the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) has evolved from offering placement services to selected student populations to offering comprehensive career services to all students on campus. In 2012-13, the center offered assistance to 12,304 individuals and online support to 15,041, and it conducted career workshops for 26,743 and had 53,343 individuals registered in its myCCO employment system.
Families can avoid the lines and provide their Boilermaker students with spirit wear through the Purdue Official Online Store. Launched in July 2011, the store directly benefits Purdue student scholarships and leadership programs through its proceeds. To date, the store has generated nearly $75,000.
For the holidays, site visitors may receive a 10 percent discount by entering the code "Boiler10" when checking out. To shop, visit the Purdue Official Online Store.
DATES AND INFORMATION TO REMEMBER
Residence halls announce Thanksgiving and winter break service dates
Students may reside in the residence halls over the Thanksgiving break November 27-December 1, but meals will not be served until 6:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.
Students living in the residence halls (who are not December graduates) must vacate their rooms for winter break by noon Sunday, Dec. 15. For students with housing contracts who cannot leave campus over the winter break, four residence halls will be open with no provisions for meals. These residence halls are First Street Towers, Hawkins Hall, Hilltop Apartments and Wiley Hall.
Students may return for the spring semester beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 with no meal provisions. Meals resume at the residences halls with breakfast on Monday, Jan. 13.
Students have options for getting home over the semester break, including shuttle services, air travel, trains and buses. For links to these options, visit thiswebsite
Plenty of warm clothing and outerwear along with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and vehicle trunk (if your student has a vehicle on campus) are some of the important preparations for Indiana winters. Be sure your student returns to campus after holiday break with the necessities -- boots, coats, hats and gloves for themselves and ice scrapers, jumper cables and freeze-resistant fluids for their vehicles.
Most students are apt to catch a cold or the flu over the course of the winter. ThePurdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) is there to assist them with prevention and treatment. Flu shots are available for students Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Urgent Care Center on the ground floor of PUSH. Students need to present their PUID. To schedule a PUSH appointment, students should call 765-494-1700.
On rare occasions, the University may need to close for inclement weather. For cancellation notices, consult local news media, view the front page of the University’s website, or sign up for the University’s text message service:
- November 25
First Fall invoice for students that are registered
- December 1
Application available for current students to apply for 2014-15 scholarships.
- December 2
Recommended date to apply for private loans for spring 2014 semester
- December 20
Recommended apply by date for spring 2014 Stafford, Graduate PLUS Loans, and Parent PLUS Loans
- January 1
FAFSA application opens for 2014-15 academic year
- January 13
Spring semester classes begin. Tuition and fees are due.
- January 31
1098T forms available
- March 17-22
- May 3
Spring semester classes end
- May 5-10
- May 16-18
Spring 2014 commencement