Latest News and Updates In Student Life
January 9, 2017 - Congratulations to Beth McCuskey for being selected as ACUHO-I President!
Watch as Dr. McCuskey shares "See What 2017 Has In Store" for the Association of College & University Housing Officers–International (ACUHO-I) organization here
December 19, 2016 - Congratulations to Dani Clark - 4th Quarter SLISU Award Winner!
Dani was nominated for all 5 competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:
Dani is my current supervisor, and she has been an incredibly passionate, driven, and supportive person to work under. Whenever I have a question no matter how big or small, Dani will make sure I have the answer in a timely fashion, while also pushing and challenging me to come up with a personalized and independent answer when applicable. She has prepared me for a position I started at an incredibly fast pace, and above everything else, she has the utmost respect for my personal health and well-being. If there's a program or group she thinks I would be interested in learning more about, she makes sure I get the information right away. More specifically, here's how she has met the five topics for SLISU: Student Learning - She challenges her RA staff with good leadership building activities to help instill confidence. Leadership Development - The quick questions she asks of her supervisees always pushes them to think critically for themselves. If we can solve a problem, she wants us to really challenge ourselves to come up with the solution. Inclusion - Dani will do everything she can to make sure her supervisees have all the information they need to be successful. I was initially left off of a listserv and she would ensure every email, announcement, and bulletin reached me as soon as possible. She also constantly checks in to touch base and see how her supervisees are doing. Stewardship - As mentioned previously, Dani is an ideal supervisor. She not only leads us well, she'll advocate for us and do everything she can to make sure someone is speaking out for us. Unity - She has a natural ability to bring a team together. She builds trust and really inspires those working with her to succeed. Dani works in Residential Life within University Residences in the division of Student Life.
December 14, 2016 - Congratulations to Joanna Osterling - 4th Quarter SLISU Award Winner!
Joanna was nominated for Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship and the Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:
This summer, Joanna Osterling showed herself to be an absolutely invaluable member of our team in Guest Relations for Hall of Music Productions. Our area has had a bit of turnover, and our clients (Purdue Convocations), also saw similar turnover. The Friends of Convocations are the lifeblood of our Convocations shows, as they are our base of donors and most enthusiastic supporters. Satisfying their seating requests and wishes is a crucial period and marks the beginning of the Convocations season. Amidst the turnover, Joanna's experience and genuine care for the Friends during the critical donor seating period was exceptional. She epitomized the term "above and beyond" by training our staff members, using her vast knowledge to "checklist" everything that needed done, and going the extra mile in her hard work for the nearly 9,000 tickets distributed. When I worked at the Ritz-Carlton, part of our credo was to "fulfill even the unexpressed wishes and needs of our guests". Throughout the seating period, Joanna’s work behind the scenes was done with great attention to detail and care as she went over and above to ensure the seating expectations of the Friends were met. She continually impressed her supervisors with things to double and triple check, items to consider, and dependability; that important time for our department (and Convocations) simply could not have been done without her. Her willingness to train newer staff members also showed that given this opportunity she shines as a leader. In summary, I believe Joanna exemplified the type of vigor and work ethic that surpassed expectations, and HLMC, Convocations, and our donors and supporters are fortunate to have her on our team. Many thanks to her for being a terrific example for what makes Student Life a caring, dedicated and responsible division at Purdue University. Joanna works in the Hall of Music Productions within the Division of Student Life.
December 13, 2016 - Congratulations to Tammy Loew - 4th Quarter SLISU And Excellence Award Winner!
Tammy was nominated for the Inclusion competency within the SLISU vision. Tammy won the SLISU Award and the Excellence Award - Read what her nominator had to say about her:
Through Tammy's work and commitment, she exemplifies the definition of Inclusion. Tammy's role and the Wellness Staff are new to our Division from their compounds in PUSH and their transition and integration into our Division has been seamless since the start of the Fall 2015 semester. Tammy operates at a high level on behalf of the students with an emphasis on their health and wellness. Tammy has been instrumental in many Departmental and University initiatives that include Alcohol EDU, Tobacco cessation, Healthy Sexual Behaviors, and Nutrition to name a few. Tammy built a relationship with the LGBTQ Center where our Division has a presence directly during office hours at the Center. Additionally, in recent collaborations, Tammy initiated a guest speaker to discuss Inclusion at our most recent Spring 2016 All-Staff training for more than 400 student employees. Tammy's advocacy for Inclusion has been supporting a diverse university climate through creating a solid foundation on behalf of our Division among campus colleagues. Tammy also serves as a mentor to multiple student groups on campus and takes the time to meet with them regularly - even attending dinner sessions to get to know them better. Tammy's work has had an intentional emphasis on Inclusion and she embodies the values of the SLISU campaign. Tammy’s nomination was also selected for The Excellence award. The Excellence award is given to an employee who has demonstrated all 5 principles at one time. Tammy works in Wellness within Recreation and Wellness in the division of Student Life.
December 13, 2016 - Student Life Unity Committee Food Drive a Success
This holiday season the Student Life Unity Committee coordinated a food drive to help our fellow Boilermakers in need. All food was donated to the ACE Campus Food Pantry located at Baptist Student Foundation on 2nd and Russell streets.
The mission of the ACE Campus Food Pantry is to make food available to members of the Purdue community (faculty, staff and students) who may be experiencing food insecurity on a consistent or inconsistent basis. They also seek to educate and engage the larger Purdue community on the contributing factors to, and the stigma surrounding, food insecurity. As a Food Finders Food Bank partner agency, they support all efforts to address systemic issues in an attempt to eradicate hunger.
The division of Student Life collected items from Tuesday November 29-Tuesday December 13. Each building had a specific set of goods assigned to them based on the pantry’s needs. See our elves in action making the Student Life contribution here.
December 5, 2016 - PMU Christmas Tree Upholds Decades Long Tradition
The annual Christmas tree arrived Monday at the Purdue Memorial Union, and Tuesday President Mitch Daniels flipped the switch and turned on the lights. Roughly 100 people gathered for the tree lighting ceremony held in the Union’s Grand Hall. The tradition has been around since the 1930s. To read more, see: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2016/Q4/purdue-memorial-union-to-celebrate-holiday-season.html
November 22, 2016 - University Residences Receives GLACUHO AwardPurdue University Residences was recognized recently with the “Presidents Institutional Award” by the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) for their significant contributions to the organization. This award formalizes a recognition process beyond a “thank you” from the Association. The following are remarks shared at the GLACUHO closing banquet:
“This award is presented to an association member who has exemplified long-term service and commitment to GLACUHO, ACUHO-I, their institution, and within housing and residence life. They have encouraged others to engage in GLACUHO's activities and initiatives, and have been a model for inclusion.”
“In the past several years, this university has supported GLACUHO and ACUHO-I Board members, faculty for PDI, and encouraged their staff members as they served as productive members on GLACUHO committees and task forces. This institution took our theme of change to heart before we did and has been building a unique faculty involvement program on their campus. Beyond the professional realm, this institution is hosting students from across the nation for NACURH 2017. I would like to thank the staff at Purdue University for their dedication to GLACUHO.”
Nov 13, 2016 - Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University Releases New Video
157,253 Boilermakers have already participated in Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University, raising $1.314B toward our $2.019B goal. Thank you to our generous donors. We are one Purdue! Click to watch the video!
October 31, 2016 – Moriguchi family pays homage by contributing to the Dauch Scholarship Challenge
The Dauch Scholarship Challenge is a one-to-one matching gift to donors who fund a scholarship endowment for non-Indiana undergraduate students, or students in one of Purdue’s professional programs. The Moriguchi’s gift supports Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University and specifically the Purdue Parent and Family campaign. Purdue Parent and Family Connections is a department in the Office of the Dean of Students within the Division of Student Life. More about the Moriguchi family, their reason for giving, their relationship to the Dauchs and Purdue Bands and Orchestras can be read here.
October 26, 2016 - Congratulations to Heather Beasley, ACUI Region VI Gretchen Laatsch Outstanding Service Award Recipient
Heather serves as the Director of Student Involvement & the Krach Leadership Center within the Division of Student Life. To learn more about the award, please visit: https://www.acui.org/Regions/Region_VI/Volunteer_and_Awards/26070/
October 12, 2016 - 1869 Tap Room to Open Homecoming Weekend
Purdue Dining & Catering in partnership with Purdue alum’s local microbrewery, People’s Brewing Co., will be launching the 1869 Tap Room, in the Purdue Memorial Union’s ground floor this weekend, October 13-15. The 1869 Tap Room will be open for limited hours Thursdays and Fridays and 2 hours prior to kick off on home football weekend Saturdays. Purdue Dining & Catering is a department within the division of Student Life. To learn more, please visit: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/releases/2016/Q4/new-location-on-tap-at-union-to-serve-peoples-brewing-co.-ales.html
October 12, 2016 - Student Life Participation in Bicentennial Torch Relay
Several members of the Division of Student Life will be participating in the Bicentennial Torch Relay on October 12. The day’s events will start at the Loeb Stadium in Columbian Park at 7:00 a.m. and the torch is expected to begin its journey at 8:30 a.m. The torch will be handed off every 10 minutes. Geri Denger, student body president for Purdue Student Government is one of the Purdue students running in the relay and Terri Smith-Wright, an 18-year volunteer for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society and assistant director of capital projects for University Residences will also be a torch bearer, among other Purdue participants. To see the Torch relay route or to learn more, please visit the Tippecanoe County Bicentennial Celebration and Torch Relay Facebook page.
October 4 - Congratulations to Jackie Perkins - Fall 2016 SLISU Award Winner!
Congratulations to Jackie Perkins – Fall 2016 SLISU award winner for all of the competencies within the SLISU vision. Jackie was recently involved in a high level project for the VPSL office. During the execution of this project Jackie demonstrated Unity and Inclusion by participating as a member of the team to generate the finished product. Jackie has also worked with a larger campus group on a training project for Purdue supervisors on Purdue West Lafayette campus. This course provided the opportunity for new supervisors to build their campus network (Inclusion & Unity). The intended ripple effect from this training will benefit our students by creating mentors to model their future employment opportunities and expectations. (Student Learning & Leadership Development). Jackie’s effort in Stewardship is more understated yet present in the work that she completes. She takes meticulous notes for any revisions in an effort to maximize output, minimizing interruptions and delays. She has assisted in creating Qualtrics surveys in an effort to gain information in the most straightforward manner. Jackie has been recognized professionally by her peers for numerous awards, some of which she shares with student staff. It is such a unique opportunity that she has to mentor and work with students to develop future job skills that easily translate to resumes and portfolios. (Student Learning & Leadership Development). Jackie works in Student Life Marketing in the Division of Student Life.
October 4 - Congratulations to Melanie Moehring - Fall 2016 SLISU Award Winner!
Congratulations to Melanie Moehring – Fall 2016 SLISU award winner for Unity. Melanie is patient and understanding and treats each student she works with respect, educates them and embraces diversity. She offers an open door policy for students and drops everything she is doing when they need assistance. She maintains a positive attitude and is willing to assist other staff by listening to what they need and helping to find a solution. She also serves on the University Kronos Advisory team, assisting with testing the new upgrades to ensure the changes go smoothly. She provides guidance, leadership, and pursues a standard of excellence. Melanie works in Recreation and Wellness within the Division of Student Life.
September 29 - Purdue featured on Big Ten Network for Swipe Out Starvation program
Many Purdue students are participating in a program that turns their un-used meal swipe credits into a way to help the hungry. Purdue Dining & Catering, the dining department within Student Life, has partnered their On-the-GO! operations with student groups to create Swipe Out Starvation (SOS). Proceeds go to aid a Rwanda-based, fair-trade coffee company as well as local Food Finders food bank. SOS’s goal is to improve over their 2015-16 total of $23,337.50. To read more about the program, please visit: http://btn.com/2016/09/30/purdue-students-combat-hunger-one-swipe-at-a-time-btn-livebig/
September 24, 2016 – President Mitch Daniels Launches Purdue Parent and Family Fundraising Campaign
President Daniels announced a $30 million parent and family-focused fundraising campaign during a tailgating event for the Purdue-Nevada game. Purdue Parent and Family Connections is a department within the office of the Dean of Students, in the Division of Student Life. To read more about the announcement, please visit the Purdue Today article or click here to watch the announcement.
Sept. 9, 2016 - Purdue dedicates Honors academic residential college
Purdue University on Friday (Sept. 9) dedicated the $90 million Honors College and Residences, the first of its kind in Indiana and among the nation's most advanced academic residential colleges. To read more about the dedication, please click here.
Sept. 8, 2016 - Olympic gold medal rower Elmore returns to Purdue
The Purdue Crew team hosted a reception for 2016 Olympic gold medal rower and Purdue alumna Amanda Elmore on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Purdue Boathouse. To read more about her visit, please click here.
June 28, 2016 - Congratulations to Liz Ehrlich and Stephanie Packer
Congratulations to Liz Ehrlich (pictured above) and Stephanie Packer (pictured below) on their SLISU awards. Liz, donor relations and recruitment coordinator, Purdue Musical Organizations, takes the extra time to work with staff and students to enhance work place and student experiences. Her colleagues admire her selflessness and positive attitude. Thank you, Liz for your commitment to the Student Life Vision.
Stephanie Packer, retail dining associate VII, encourages students in dining to better themselves for their futures and helps students become better version of themselves. In her position, she has created a learning environment that promotes leadership. The Student Life Vision is carried out through Stephanie’s actions.
April 27, 2016 - Mark Your Calendars for Purdue Day of Giving
Purdue Day of Giving is an online fundraising event created to increase donors and social media presence for Purdue. We hope to build a better, stronger, more affordable Purdue. For 24 hours, students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends come together to grant opportunities and transform lives. Through challenges, interactive leaderboards, and a little good old-fashioned rivalry, participants are motivated to give back in hopes of pushing their favorite campus, college, school, program, or unit (STUDENT LIFE, of course!) to the top. Please consider giving! http://www.purdue.edu/vpsl/giving/
Michael is the Boiler Television Manager within University Residences. Michael taught a communication course in video production, is a Faculty Fellow for University Residences, engages with students through his work for BTV, promotes the Student Life Vision with his work creating videos to promote University Residences and created web-based training videos for staff to save time and resources. Michael was nominated for STUDENT
Carmen is the Wellness Suite Secretary in the Division of Recreational Sports. She creates a positive culture of teamwork and collaboration, takes extra time to mentor students and celebrates milestones for her area as well as works well with campus partners. Carmen is always welcoming and accommodating and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Carmen was nominated for UNITY. To learn more about the Student Life Vision, please visit our Vision page.
The Schleman Gold Medallion Award is presented annually to a faculty member or administrator for her/his contributions in areas related to the career of Dean Schleman. Selection is based upon the nominee's contribution and concern for women students, encouragement of women in academic and professional areas, leadership and service within and outside the university, scholarship and character.
The Wind Ensemble, Purdue Bands & Orchestras premiere wind band, took the stage at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall on March 29th as part of the Sounds of Spring International Music Festival, sponsored by World Projects. Over 65 Purdue students made the trip, just ten years after Director of Bands, Jay Gephart, took his first performing group to Carnegie Hall. Students left Purdue the evening of March 26 and traveled throughout the night to arrive in Manhattan the morning of March 27. A dinner cruise and sightseeing were included as part of the student tour. Included on the program were guest conductor Ray E. Cramer, Director of Bands Emeritus from Indiana University, and euphonium soloist Dr. Gail Robertson, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Central Arkansas. A highlight of the concert was a world premiere performance of Firing on All Cylinders, written specifically for the Carnegie Hall concert by Purdue Bands faculty member, Professor Matt Conaway.
March 23, 2016 - University Residences Support Center Grand Opening
The URSC in Cary Quadrangle held it's Grand Opening on March 23 featuring remarks from Dr. Beth McCuskey. It features a collaborative lounge with floor to ceiling dry erase boards, ITAP supported computer lab with PCs and Macs and study materials available for students to checkout. The Cary Quad location is the second URSC in University Residences with the first located in Shreve Hall. For more information about the URSC, please visit the URSC webpage.