Peer Success Coach Positions (paid; apps due March 29)

From Hannah Brodhead, Assistant Director of Academic Enhancement, Academic Success Center:

Are you interested in a paid student leadership position with flexible hours and opportunities to gain experience with communication, goal setting, accountability, and academic/life skills development?

The Academic Success Center is currently piloting the Peer Success Coaching program, and we are looking to hire some of your excellent students as our Peer Success Coaches (PSCs) for the Fall 2015 semester. Applications are due on March 29, 2015.  The application should be up on the PSC program page very soon!

The goal of the Peer Success Coaching program is to offer students peer support as they transition into college and the rigorous academic environment at Purdue.  Peer Success Coaching provides students with a proactive option for achieving success in and out of the classroom through one-one-one conversations, reflection, and accountability. Coaching sessions allow students to reflect on topics such as time management, study habits, goal setting, test preparation, and university opportunities and connections then create action plans. PSCs will facilitate these interactions, serve as role models and accountability partners, and support other success initiatives within the Academic Success Center.

For more information about the position or the program, please contact Hannah Brodhead at or 765-496-0005.
Additional information regarding the program can be found online at:

Laurie Garrett Keynote Address (March 31)

From HHS Life Inspired page: 

Laurie Garrett
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Authority on Global Health and Disease Prevention
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center
7:00 p.m.

Laurie Garrett is one of America’s most trusted speakers on public health, infectious disease, and prevention. The only person to win the three P’s of journalism—the Pulitzer, the Polk, and the Peabody—she masterfully explains the science behind new threats to global health, and navigates the politics that help, and hinder, how we prepare, and how we respond to them.

Laurie Garrett is particularly adept at navigating the politics that help, and hinder, how we prepare, how we treat and how we respond to these threats. A Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, Garrett is the bestselling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health and I Heard The Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks. She has written for Foreign Affairs, Esquire, and The Washington Post, and appears frequently on television shows, such as Nightline, Charlie Rose and Oprah.

Garrett was a script consultant to Contagion, the film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon. Garrett is a former president and now a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and has been awarded several honorary PhDs, the latest from Georgetown University. She is also serving as a co-chair on the UNAIDS High Commission on HIV Prevention.

International Upcoming Events (March 6 – 20)

From IP Upcoming Events, 3/3/15:
GO Purdue! NBA Pacers Game (Sun., March 29, 2015, 4:30 pm; Buses leave from Schleman Hall)

GO Purdue! will be going to watch the Indiana Pacers play the Dallas Mavericks!  Hurry to get your tickets now at the Stewart Center Box Office for $32. Price covers your entry ticket and transportation.  The buses will leave Schleman Hall at 4:30 pm and arrive back around 11:30 pm. You must have your ticket with you to board the bus! This week is your LAST CHANCE to get tickets!

Global Café (Fri., March 6, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm; International Center, 523 N Russell St.)

Join us at Global Café for a night with photographer and student, Aurelie Jacquet, who will offer tips and tricks prior to opening reception of her photo exhibition!  Pizza will be served!

UCA “Running Man” (Fri., March 6, 2015, 8:00 – 11:00 pm; Cordova Rec Center)

Come watch “Running Man,” a student competition of physical challenges! The event continues on Sat, March 7, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, on the 3rd floor of Lilly Hall.  Saturday has a Harry Potter theme with magic stones!  Participants and viewers should be prepared for a lot of action. Both events are FREE and cosponsored by UCA and International Programs.

Cantonese Singing Contest (Sun., March 8, 2015, 2:00 pm; Fowler Hall in Stewart Center)

The Cantonese Singing Contest is an annual event held each spring by the HKSA. Buy your tickets in Stewart Center, March 3 – 6, 12:00 – 5:00 pm in lobby outside ticket office!

GO Purdue! Marengo Cave Spring Break Trip (Fri, March 20, 2015, 8:30 am – 11:30 pm; Bus leaves from Stewart Center)

GO Purdue! will be taking a day trip to Marengo Cave in Southern Indiana on Friday, March 20 from 8:30am-11:30pm.  Buses leave from Stewart Center.  Guided cave tours require no special clothing or equipment.  The trip will cost students $60 which includes transportation, entrance to the caves, lunch and dinner at a traditional Amish restaurant. Sign up online to secure your spot!

GO Purdue! NBA Pacers Game (Sun., March 29, 2015, 4:30 pm; Buses leave from Schleman Hall)

GO Purdue! will be going to watch the Indiana Pacers play the Dallas Mavericks! Hurry to get your tickets now at the Stewart Center Box Office for $32.  The price covers your entry ticket and transportation. The buses will leave Schleman Hall at 4:30 pm and arrive back around 11:30 pm. You must have your ticket with you to board the bus! This week is your LAST CHANCE to get tickets!

Health Professions Expo and DRASH display (March 9)

The Health Professions Expo will be March 9th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Cordova Rec Center (Co-Rec). Over 50 schools will be represented including medical, dental, optometry, PA, PT, OT, pharmacy, audiology, public health and others. This provides an opportunity for students thinking about a health career to speak directly with a representative from that school’s admissions office.

This year they will also have a display of an Army DRASH (a mobile surgical unit), as well as Army Medical professionals available to converse.

All majors are invited to attend.

Taking Summer Courses at Purdue-West Lafayette

  • Summer 2015 course sessions vary in length: 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, or 12 weeks in length (scroll down to “2015 Summer Session for exact dates).
  • When choosing summer courses, educate yourself about the session options and their weekly time commitments at MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Look Up Classes > Summer 2015.  Scheduling Assistant does not easily distinguish between a 4- and 8-week session option.  It’s up to you to check the dates of each course before submitting the final schedule.
  • Summer courses cover the same amount of material taught during the Fall or Spring, except during a much shorter period.  The credit hours earned is the same, no matter when the course is taken. Summer course grades replace Fall and Spring grades for equivalent courses and vice versa.
  • Why Summer can be more difficult than Fall or Spring:
    • For example, a 16-week Spring course that met 2 hours a week for lecture and 3 hours a week for lab will require a 4 hour lecture and 6 hour lab commitment for the same course’s summer 8 week version. Four week courses require even more in-class hours per week.  This doesn’t count out-of-class preparation time which also increases.
    • In addition, the assignments and tests occur much sooner.  If tests and project deadlines occur once a month in a 16-week Fall course, they happen once every 2 weeks in an 8-week Summer course and once every week in a 4-week course.
    • Because of this intensity, there is an unofficial set of limits: no more than 4 credit hours in a 4-week session and no more than 10 credit hours total across the summer. This helps prevents overload and poor grades.
  • In general, math and science courses are offered in 8-week sessions (or longer).  Four- and 6-week sessions are reserved for 3 credit, lecture-based courses such as COM 114 and ECON 251.