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Housing and Food Services - West Lafayette Campus

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  • Purdue's Housing operation is the fourth largest in the country and the largest in the U.S. with no live-in requirement for any level of student. About 30% of the student body live in the 15 housing units. Spring semester GPA for undergraduate students in residence halls and graduate houses was higher than all off-campus students, class by class.

  • University Residences Dining Services was named "Best in Show" by Food Management Magazine in their 2006 Best Concepts Awards. These awards recognize excellence and innovation in noncommercial dining services around the country, with multiple winners in various categories, such as best menus, best renovations, best service concepts, and best special events. Purdue was recognized for excellence across all categories through the one "Best in Show" award that the magazine gives annually.

  • The Faculty Fellow program, one of the largest faculty involvement programs in the country, involves 134 faculty and staff volunteers in the undergraduate residence halls.

  • Over 10,000 residential life programs were offered to University Residences students during the academic year 2005-06.

  • Residence Hall Association has 33 elected hall officers serving as a liaison between students and administrators.

  • Twelve halls have an independent student organization with an annual budget in excess of $25,000. The clubs provide recreational, academic, and athletic program activities within each hall.

  • With 6,025 seats, Elliot Hall of Music is one of the largest proscenium theaters in the world.

  • Hall of Music Productions received a Bronze Telly Award (for outstanding local, regional, and cable TV programming) for graphic design on the Matt Painter TV Show, and three Silver Davey Awards (honoring the finest creative work in advertising for small firms and agencies) were earned for the Joe Tiller Show Opener, Purdue Women's Soccer commercial, and the football fire-up video When Worlds Collide III.

  • In collaboration with IDIS-Film Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, the Hall of Music Productions teaches three courses in video production during the academic year.

  • The Union Club Hotel, with 192 rooms, is the largest in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area and has been in operation since 1929. In the past year, 41,528 room nights were occupied in the hotel.

  • There were 17,648 events held in the Purdue Memorial Union and Stewart Center. PMU Catering and Events catered to 3,642 events, and the retail food service venues in the Purdue Memorial Union served 1,319,759 customers.

  • In the past academic year, the Purdue Student Union Board sponsored 125 events with over 253 individual activities, and over 52,343 in attendance.

  • The PMU Recreation Center had 98,000 games of bowling and over 10,400 hours of billiards played.

  • Food Stores provides a unique environment for training and outreach relating to the food industry. Programs were presented to peers, collegiate food service interns, students studying refrigeration engineering, and high school students participating in agriculture extension programs.

  • HFS Marketing received three Addy Awards for excellence in marketing from the North Central Advertising Federation.

  • The Black Cultural Center (BCC) received the prestigious 2006 Sankore Institutional Award from the National Council for Black Studies, recognizing the BCC for significant contributions to the development and institutionalization of Black/Africana Studies. Eighty-seven different groups toured the BCC last year, and 338 meetings or classes were held there.

Source: Housing and Food Services Business Office


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