Student Affairs Development
The Student Affairs Development team supports students in the following areas:
Donations toward scholarship endowments are essentially investments in Purdue and in the lives of students. Scholarships help Purdue attract an excellent and diverse student body, which in turn raises the prestige of the University. And for students, scholarships serve as a reward for academic performance and a much-needed source of educational funds, thereby decreasing reliance on loans. Scholarship endowments are especially relevant now, as federal and state financial aid is not keeping pace with necessary tuition increases.
Student Leadership Programs
The Office of the Dean of Students administers more than 950 student organizations, providing them with staff resources, peer consulting programs, and leadership training opportunities. Many of these groups are in need of private funds to ensure successful programming and student development. For example, the campaign has set a goal to fully endow the Old Masters program, which brings distinguished alumni and individuals to campus every year, giving students an opportunity to interact with them through classroom visits, presentations, and all-campus receptions. Many other important leadership programs — including Sophomore Leadership Development, Emerging Leaders, Women in Leadership, and Multicultural Caucus — are also in need of private support. The goal is to establish endowments for these programs to secure their future and to reinforce Purdue’s reputation of developing world-class leaders in politics, education, and the business world.
Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations has served generations of Purdue students, faculty, staff, and community members by bringing world-class talent to the West Lafayette Campus. Purdue Convocations has an essential role in moving the University toward its goal of preeminence. The vision for Purdue Convocations is to connect artists and audiences in a sustained and compelling artistic dialogue, encouraging academic discourse while also creating frequent and meaningful opportunities for learners of all ages. Creative expression is vital to the aesthetic and humanistic environment that stimulates the exploration and articulation of the widest variety of ideas, philosophies, and cultural backgrounds. Campaign gifts will be directed to genre-specific endowment funds, the fund for new media in arts, technology, and the underwriting of performances.
When something good happens at Purdue, people look to the “All-American” Marching Band to play “Hail Purdue.” Good things have been happening at Purdue for a long time — the University Bands has a tradition of excellence and innovation spanning more than 110 years. Each year, more than 600 students participate in at least one of the University Bands ensembles, including the marching, concert, and jazz bands, the symphony orchestra, and American Music Review. These groups are recognized throughout the state, country, and world — from appearances at the Indianapolis 500 to bowl trips with the football team, and from performances in the Radio City Music Hall to tours of South America, Japan, and Europe. University Bands offers a rich musical legacy that grows stronger each year, thanks, in large part, to support from alumni and friends. As part of The Campaign for Purdue, University Bands seeks funds to support student scholarships, provide travel opportunities, purchase new equipment, and enhance physical facilities.
Organized in 1949, the Purdue Crew — part of the Division of Recreational Sports — is among the oldest university club sports in the nation. More than 200 students are involved in the varsity and novice crew teams each year. Both the men and women’s teams are competitive nationally against well-established teams. Each year, their schedule takes them to places such as Tennessee, New Jersey, South Carolina, and California. Creation of a new Purdue Crew Boathouse is vital to the future of the program and is the primary focus of this campaign goal. Consolidating the various components of the rowing organization — the storage facilities, training facilities, locker rooms, and administrative offices — will translate to better experiences for the student athletes. The proposed boathouse will be located in West Lafayette, along the Wabash River and adjacent to the Wabash Landing development. This location provides a better stretch of river for practicing and racing, as well as, better viewing opportunities for spectators — something the cities of West Lafayette and Lafayette are very excited about.
Center for Career Opportunities
Engaging students and recent alumni in discovering career options, learning useful job search skills and strategies, gaining relevant work experiences, and implementing effective career decisions are the primary goals of the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO). The center works to forge partnerships with employers and manage activities that connect students and recent alumni with employers, doing all this while promoting the highest ethical standards of recruitment practice. As one of the most heavily recruited schools in the country, Purdue is seeking support to improve the CCO’s programming and facilities in order to better serve students, alumni, and visiting employers.
Purdue Musical Organizations
PMO’s unique brand of professional entertainment has brought recognition to Purdue since 1893. In recent years, PMO students have performed in Carnegie Hall, China, Australia, and to sold-out audiences across the United States. PMO ensembles — the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Purduettes, University Choir, Purdue Bell Choir, and the PMO Express — give students one more avenue for achieving success during their college years. PMO relies on significant contributions to secure the existence and maintenance of its rich tradition of song at Purdue. Private gifts made to PMO through The Campaign for Purdue will expand student travel opportunities and scholarship funding, allowing the continued recruitment of highly qualified students who are interested in the performing arts and Purdue.
Student Health Services
The Student Wellness Office, part of the Purdue University Student Health Center, was established in 1987. Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) education have been an integral part of the office’s programs and services since its inception. The need for a permanent ATOD office at Purdue is great. Purdue students, like students across the country, are using substances that put their health and safety at risk and limit their academic success. Enhancing staffing and programming opportunities by establishing an Office of ATOD Education and Services would help improve the quality of life for Purdue students.