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Parents Families E-Newsletter - March 2014





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Administrative Announcements

Purdue has a new bursar: Meet Tim Riley

Purdue students earn fall academic honors

Tax credit form available on myPurdue

Parent and Family Office to be established

University Bands and Orchestras director named Endowed Chair

University Residences sponsors contests, reminds students to renew contracts, shares meal plan changes

It's time to "Think Summer"

Fall financial aid awards distributed in mid June

"Purdue Moves" offers strategic direction

Active Learning Center addresses future pedagogy, campus space needs

Purdue guests gain free Wi-Fi access through At&T

Open Purdue Twitter account established for emergency alerts

News and Events

Mishler named Miss Purdue 2014

Nelms selected as Voice of McDonald's global semi-finalist

Meet 5 Students Who Are Moving the World Forward

Trujillo named winner of University Residences talent show

Purdue research, veterans program featured on Big Ten Network "LiveBIG"

Spring campus activities are abundant

Spring semester at Purdue includes RecycleMania contest

Purdue Day of Giving slated for April 30

Commencement slated for May 16-18

ITaP, online store offer graduation gift ideas

Fall dates to keep in mind

Student Support Services

Purdue offers several resources to students with food allergies

Spring events and campus safety

Co-curricular transcripts track more than academics

Students can connect to Purdue IT resources from home using VPN service

ITaP Student Training helps fellow student learn software skills

CCO reports on students' post-graduate success, services and upcoming career fairs

Student support available for Finals Week preparation

Students begin planning for semester end

College and School News

To keep abreast of activities going on within your student's school/ college, the following news sources are offered:

College of Agriculture

College of Education

College of Engineering

College of Health and Human Sciences

College of Liberal Arts

Krannert School of Management

College of Pharmacy

College of Science

College of Technology

College of Veterinary Medicine

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Dear Parents and Families,

President Daniels We are more than halfway through the Spring semester already and our students and faculty have returned from a well-deserved Spring Break. What began with record winter weather on campus and across the state, has now settled into the productive routine of study, research, and teaching. There is so much more to come in the weeks ahead, much of which you can learn about in this newsletter.

We continue to advance the Purdue Moves initiatives announced in the fall. In this issue you can find a link to the Purdue Moves website, where we will post updates and news about our progress. Last month's Board of Trustees meeting included presentations from our faculty on two areas of focus: drug discovery and plant science research. It is exciting and rewarding to see the enthusiasm, on campus and outside, generated by the direction Purdue is headed.

To complement these efforts, late last year we announced a partnership - the first of its kind in the nation - between Purdue and Gallup, the international research and data collection enterprise. Together, with support from the Lumina Foundation, we will build and carry out the largest representative study of college graduates in our country's history. Called the Gallup-Purdue Index, the initiative will measure the most important outcomes of higher education - successful careers and meaningful lives - and provide the higher education arena with real-time insights for meaningful performance improvements. The index will also become a powerful national benchmarking tool created by higher education for higher education. All of this is of course aimed at launching an overdue era of accountability in higher education.

As Purdue parents and families, you can appreciate better than anyone the importance of keeping a college education affordable but also maintaining top-quality standards. Just before the Spring semester began, we announced that fees for meals and residence halls will decrease for the second year in a row. And I intend to ask the Board of Trustees to extend our 2013-14 tuition freeze for at least another two years. Keeping costs for students and families affordable remains a central tenet of our mission, even during tough economic times and reduced state support. We intend to deliver higher education of the highest proven value.

To help you keep up with all that is happening on campus, we offer communications including this e-newsletter, a website, and a Facebook page.

Thank you for supporting your Purdue student in their studies and in all they pursue during their college career. Together, we are creating the next generation of thinkers and leaders.

Hail Purdue!


Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.


Purdue Has a New Bursar: Meet Tim Riley

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.

Purdue students earn fall academic honors

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 purduenews@purdue.edu

Tax credit form available on myPurdue

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.

Parent and Family Office to be established

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

GephartJay 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

Residential LifeIn 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

It's time to "Think Summer"

A recently rolled out communication plan and resource website titled "Think Summer" encourages Purdue students to consider their think summersummer options, including summer courses on campus.

  • Summer Study Abroad and Financial Aid: Students need to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours and complete the summer aid application to be considered for summer financial aid, including for use with study abroad programs. A list of other frequently asked questions and answers related to studying abroad over the summer are available on the Division of Financial Aid website.
  • Summer Aid Application: Students who are interested in being considered for summer financial aid should complete the summer aid application and enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours. The summer aid application will appear on the myPurdue portal under the Financial tab during the week of March 24. Additional details about summer financial aid will be made available on the Division of Financial Aid website.
  • Summer Fees Calculator: A tuition calculator for summer session is available on the Bursar website.

Fall financial aid awards distributed in mid June

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.

"Purdue Moves" offers strategic direction

purdue movesUnder 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.

Active Learning Center addresses future pedagogy, campus space needs

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.

Purdue guests gain access to free 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 West Lafayette campus, free of charge. To access the service, select "attwifi" from available network connections on your device.

Open Purdue Twitter account established for emergency alerts

twitterPurdue recently established an open Twitter account for anyone who would like to receive alerts and information on emergency situations at the West Lafayette campus.

  • Sign up on Twitter: Twitter account holders can follow "@PurdueEmergency" to receive up-to-date information on campus emergencies. Note: The account will only post information related to campus emergencies and will mirror information that is being shared via Purdue's text alert messaging.
    • The Twitter app also allows users to push the notifications from "@PurdueEmegency" to the main screen of their smartphone for immediate notification.
    • Instructions to set up the Twitter app for push notifications is available on Twitter's support site.
  • Sign up using text messaging: Type "follow Purdueemergency" to number "40404." The number should confirm, and then texts will begin.
  • Consult Purdue's Home Page: Purdue officials also urge families to contact their student during emergency situations and to consult the Purdue homepage at www.purdue.edu for information and ongoing updates.


Mishler named Miss Purdue 2014

Miss PurdueEmily 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.


Nelms selected as Voice of McDonald's global semi-finalist

Ashlae NelmsPurduette 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.

Meet 5 Students Who Are Moving the World Forward

five studentsMotivated 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.


Trujillo named winner of University Residences talent show

Mauricio TrujilloUniversity 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.

Purdue research, veterans program featured on Big Ten Network "LiveBIG"

TriscariBig 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).

Spring campus activities are abundant

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

  • Boiler Blast, campus-wide community service event, April 5
  • Purdue Jazz: Super Jazz Jam, Loeb Playhouse on April 4 at 8 p.m., free of charge
  • Spring Fest, free campus-wide event showcasing the lighter side of higher education, on April 12-13
  • International Center's 38th annual food bazaar slated on April 12 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 2-8 tickets).
  • Black and Gold Spring Football Game, free admission and autograph session following the game, Ross-Ade Stadium, April 12 at 1 p.m.
  • Grand Prix and Grand Alternative, April 21-25
  • Purdue Convocations presents Life in Color at the Córdova Recreational Sports Center parking lot. April 25 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 25-27, free of charge
  • Spring Works 2014 Dance Concert by Purdue Contemporary Dance Company at Pao Hall, May 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and May 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets available at Loeb, Elliott, and Pao Hall box offices or by calling (765) 494-3933, 800-914-SHOW and through Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.

Spring semester at Purdue includes RecycleMania

recyclemaniaA 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.

Purdue Day of Giving slated for April 30

day of givingFor 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.

To be a part of this inaugural event, be sure to like the Purdue Facebook page or visit www.DayofGiving.purdue.edu (website live on March 31).


Commencement slated for May 16-18

Spring 2014 commencement information is available on the Office of the Registrar website: Below is the ceremony schedule for schools and colleges.

  • Division I - Friday, May 16, 8 p.m. ET
    Education, Liberal Arts
  • Division II - Saturday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. ET
    Health and Human Sciences, Veterinary Medicine
  • Division III - Saturday, May 17, 2:30 p.m. ET
    Agriculture, Management, Pharmacy
  • Division IV - Sunday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. ET
    Science, Technology
  • Division V - Sunday, May 18, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Future Commencement Dates:
    • Summer 2014: Saturday, Aug. 9 for all colleges/schools, 9:30 a.m. ET
    • Winter 2014: Division I - Sunday, Dec. 21, 9:30 a.m. ET; Division II - Sunday, Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. ET

ITaP, online store offer graduation gift ideas

Jewelry, watches, wallets, office accessories and diploma frames are among the graduation gifts available on Purdue's online store. Store proceeds benefit Purdue student scholarships. Families also can take advantage of discounts available to Purdue students on computers, accessories or electronics. Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) has negotiated hardware discounts from Apple and Dell ranging from 7-10 percent and other specials to affiliates of Purdue. In addition to computers, a wide range of electronics is available from these vendors including tablets and smartphones. Read more

Fall dates to keep in mind

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.

  • Fall 2014 classes begin Monday, Aug. 25.

  • Residence halls move-in dates: First-year students participating in Boiler Gold Rush may move into residence halls on Saturday, Aug. 16, or Sunday, Aug. 17. All residents have the option to check in early (Aug. 16-21) for an additional fee. Regular check in begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. Optional meal service will be available for an additional fee per day Aug 16-21. Regular meal service will begin with breakfast on Friday, Aug. 22. This is the first meal served under a student's housing contract.

  • Family Day: Family Day kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 6, with a series of activities offered by the schools and colleges. The Boilermaker football team will play Central Michigan 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.

Student Support Resources

Purdue offers several resources to students with food allergies

Among the campus places that Purdue students can turn to for assistance with dietary restrictions include:

  • NetNutrition is an online resource designed to provide the tools necessary to make healthy decisions when eating in the residential dining courts. New menu items are added to NetNutrition every week and it has a filter to filter out menu items containing indicated allergens. More info: NetNutrition facts sheet
  • Education classes for newly diagnosed restrictions are available from the Student Wellness Office at the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH).
  • Students also are encouraged to talk to the dining staff; creating a good relationship will make mealtimes less stressful. Students wanting to make an appointment to meet with a dining staff member or having specific questions can email Allergicboiler@purdue.edu. Read more about staff who work with students' dietary needs

Spring events and campus safety

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/.

Co-curricular transcripts track more than academics

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 connect to Purdue IT resources from home using VPN service

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

ITaP Student Training helps fellow students learn software skills

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

CCO reports on students' post-graduate success, services and upcoming career fairs

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.

Student support available for Finals Week preparation

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:

  • 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 the center'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, 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 Libraries 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 Purdue's 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.

Students begin planning for semester end

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.

  • Travel home (shuttle train, bus an, airline services). Note: Be sure to confirm final exams before making travel reservations.
  • Summer school
  • Picking up and moving out
    • On-campus road detour information will be available on the Purdue Physical Facilities website.
    • Students living in University Residences who are not participating in spring commencement must vacate their rooms by noon on May 11.
  • Storage: For students who need to leave behind large items and extra gear, there are a number of local storage companies that cater to students, including Box My Dorm and Guys and Dollies that even do pickups from the residence halls. For more information, search Lafayette, IN storage companies online.
  • Project Move Out, an annual campus charity event, is scheduled for May 8-13. Students can drop off clothing, personal care items, food, and books at a collection point in the Armory as they move out for the summer. Items are given directly to agencies serving those in need in Greater Lafayette.
  • Employment: