Discounted Microsoft Software and other Tech Goodies

There are 4 ways to get free or discounted software at Purdue through ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue):

1) Computer Labs:  ITaP computers are stocked with all sorts of software goodies that you can use for free.  To find a computer lab, see if computers are available (cool interactive map), or how much money is left in your print quota, check out the ITaP Instructional Labs page.

2) Go Remote: This allows you to “borrow” software for a limited time using Purdue’s license.  Start at and then log in using your Purdue Career account.  If your computer does not already have Citrix software on it, you will have to download it from this site before being able to borrow software.

3) Purchase:  ITaP’s Software Licensing and Distribution works with different vendors to procure a discounted software rate.  Of interest to Mac users might be the discounted Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 for only $20!  Adobe Creative Cloud for ETLA and Parallels (Microsoft Desktop for Mac) are also available at massively discounted prices.

4) No Charge: The University also sponsors the licensing fees for some student software, such as SAS, virus scans, JMP, NVivo, etc.  As students are moving to Office 365 for their e-mail, they also benefit from the rest of the Office 365 suite.

Call-out for the American Medical Student Association

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, January 14, 2016: 


The AMSA (American Medical Student Association) is a student-run organization for pre-medical students at Purdue University.  Their goal is to offer pre-med students the support and tools to make themselves a competitive medical school applicant.

When? Wednesday, January 19th at 7:00 pm

Where? Lilly (LILY), room 3-118

Any questions?  Email to

Safe Zone Training (Spring 2016)

Purdue University Safe Zone members include students, staff, faculty, and community members who have attended a three-hour workshop exploring the unique needs and concerns LGBTQ people face in higher education while also building their knowledge, skills, and abilities for creating a more inclusive and affirming campus for all students.

Upon completion of the workshop, attendees can choose to become a Safe Zone member by completing a contract expressing their commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion at Purdue University.  If you are interested in becoming a Safe Zone member, sign up for a Spring 2016 workshop.  Workshops are offered from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm on these days: January 17, February 4, February 7, March 8, March 27, April 5, April 10.


MLK, Jr. Celebrations (Jan. 18 – 22)

In recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Purdue University has assembled a variety of programs to cause reflection on the life and urgency of Dr. King. The 2016 theme is “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” The offerings include lectures, service, learning opportunities, discussions, and film screenings throughout January.  For more information, including events, dates, and times, check out the 2016 Purdue University MLK, Jr. Commemoration page.

Remember that the University will be closed on January 18th to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Consider volunteering locally or helping out someone in need to help strengthen your community.  Volunteer opportunities can be found on the Boiler Volunteer Network page.