I-65 Closure and Effect on Purdue Travel (Aug. 2015)

From the University Registrar’s Office: 

To all Purdue students and families,

Interstate 65 North in Tippecanoe County south of Purdue University is currently closed with no estimated re-opening date. This closure will affect your arrival on campus for the fall semester and we urge you to plan ahead, expect significant traffic delays, and be patient as state, area, local and Purdue law enforcement work to assist traffic in every way possible.

Currently, I-65 Northbound is closed at Lebanon, Indiana, where traffic is being routed northwest on US 52, to Indiana State Road 28 West and then to US 231 North, which brings traffic to the south and west side of Purdue’s campus. Signage will direct those arriving on campus as to the best ways to get to your residence hall or preferred location.

We encourage you to monitor the most updated information on detours and traffic from the Indiana Department of Transportation:

* On the Web, visit http://indot.carsprogram.org or http://pws.trafficwise.org

* Follow INDOT on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/INDOT_WCentral or http://www.twitter.com/TrafficWise

* Follow INDOT on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/INDOTWestCentral or http://www.facebook.com/IndianaDepartmentofTransportation

* Dial 511 from your mobile phone or 800-261-ROAD (7623)

* Watch for dynamic message boards on interstates leading to I-65 northbound.

Textbook Buying Strategies

From Colleen Brown & Jennifer McDonald, Senior Academic Advisors, Exploratory Studies: 

It’s textbook buying season and students have a lot of questions.  When should you buy them?  How do you know what to buy?  Can they be returned if I change my mind?

Here is some information for you to consider about textbook purchases:

  • Always check the return policy at bookstores and/or Amazon before you buy a textbook.  Most have a very small window of time to return and most will not accepted any texts that have had the shrink-wrap plastic removed.  Knowing the return policy will save you money in case the professor changes his or her mind, you hate the class, or you bought the wrong edition of the book.
  • Some courses don’t require a text at all and some require other kind of materials – like a course pack (EDPS 10500 requires one).  We will be sending out emails about where and when to buy the EDPS 105 course pack in the coming week.
  • Some courses like ENGL 10600 will not require that you purchase your texts until the first week of classes.  Check the syllabus on the first day.
  • There are a lot of choices available to textbook buyers besides the standard “do I buy new or used?” question.
    • Consider renting your textbook, buying an e-version for your device or laptop, sharing with a trusted classmate or roommate (if you are in the same section), or seeing if the Purdue Libraries carry the text (use the advanced search and type in the title or author’s name).
    • If buying used, try to get your hands on the book as soon as possible to check for damage (like ripped out pages or marker covering key text).

When to buy your books:

  • It comes down to preference, but keep in mind a few things:
    • Some classes will not expect you to have purchased the books before the first day of class – though almost all classes will have assignments due on the second day of class!
    • Some courses like ENGL 10600 even ask you NOT to purchase their textbook until after your first class meeting.  Your instructor will keep you informed.
    • The downside to waiting to buy your books until after the first day of class is that the bookstores may run out of books (it happens).  If they do, you would have to wait, and borrow the book from classmates in order to not miss assignments.
    • The upshot?  If you are ancy, buy your books ahead of time, but know the return policy and don’t open any shrink-wrapped books or materials until after the first day of class.  If you are chill, wait until after the first day of class to buy books, but make sure you know which friends are in which classes so you can borrow texts, just in case.

How to find your textbooks and purchase them: 

  • MyTextbooks: Go to MyPurdue > Academic tab > My Textbooks link.  This is connected to Amazon’s Purdue Student Store.
  • Websites like the University Bookstore or Follett’s are also accurate places to check textbook requirements and good places to purchase or rent them.
    • You can also research these sites and then purchase them through the Purdue’s Student Store in Amazon or use something like Bookfinders.com to research booksellers to find the best price.
    • Buying your textbooks directly from the store (University Bookstore or Follett’s) with friends is a fun way to bond. Plus, you can check the condition of used books before you buy and get information about return policies, e-book, and rental options directly from the bookstore!
  • Manually searching MyPurdue’s Schedule of Classes:
    • Get out your Week at a Glance Fall 2015 schedule for reference
    • Go to the Schedule of Classes > Fall 2015 > Click on the Subject > Type in the Course Number > Choose your start and end time (a.m. or p.m.) > Choose your Days of the Week.
    • Make sure you are looking at the lecture or main section of the course.
    • Click on ‘Course Materials’ link to view required texts and materials.
  • DO pay attention to which edition of a book your instructor wants you to order. For example, a 2nd edition and 3rd edition will likely have different chapters, page numbers, and information.


The Challenge 5kRun/Walk (April 18) and Spring Fest (April 18 & 19)

April 18 The Challenge 5K run/walk supports innovative cancer research happening at the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. Participants are invited to join us on April 18 at 8:30 a.m.  at Ross-Ade Stadium to help fight cancer. Purdue’s Head Football Coach, Darrell Hazell will start the race with a big bang! You will also find many of your favorite student athletes participating that morning. Learn more or register at  thepurduechallenge.com. Can’t make it? Sign up to “Sleep In”.

April 18 and 19:  Spring Fest is an annual event showcasing the lighter side of higher education. This free event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. It’s part education, part entertainment, and all fun! Activities run from 10-4 PM.

April 18

The Purdue football team will hold its annual spring game on Saturday, April 18. The Ross-Ade Stadium gates will open at noon, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. Take part in a pre-game Fan Fest event where fans can interact with the players. There is no admission charge for the game. Cancer survivors will have the opportunity to escort the team from the locker room to the field. All participants in The Challenge 5K run/walk will receive a special offer in their virtual race bag for deeply discounted tickets to the Purdue Hammer Down Cancer football game set for Sept. 26, 2015.

Remembering Their Journey- A post from an Exploratory Studies student

Hey there! We’re starting a few new series of blog posts on The Right Track. For those of you still in high school, you’re probably experiencing a lot of thoughts and feelings about college…you’re not the only one! In this series, “Remembering Their Journey”, we’ll hear from five current and former Exploratory Studies students. They’ll take a look back on their experience in high school,share their memories with you and chat about their college experiences thus far.

First up is Emily. Here’s her story:


                                    Emily S., freshman

“Senior year. So much stress and so much fun packed in a year. From going to football games, taking the SATs, prom, and applying to colleges; senior year is the busiest year in high school by far. Looking at colleges becomes your life. My friends and I all freaked out about applications and when we got our acceptance letters we all freaked out about which university to choose.

I had always been thinking Purdue because I live in Lafayette. When I actually started doing research I realized that Purdue was a good idea not only for the proximity, but because it is a great school. All throughout high school I was never sure on what major I wanted to pursue, so I saw that Purdue had a program called Exploratory Studies. I looked on their website and decided that going into Exploratory Studies would be the best option for me because I would be able to explore (no pun intended) different majors and really get an idea of what I would want to do.

Coming into Purdue I thought I wanted to major in Brain and Behavioral Sciences. I was actually really confident that was the major I wanted. Then I took a class about behavioral neuroscience and realized that being a neuroscientist required interaction with rats and I am not a fan of rats, so that major was out. I then started looking at Public Health at the insistence of a friend. Public Health has a really great job outlook, but I did not feel like I was really passionate about it. I was honestly only looking into it because it made a lot of money and I did not feel like that was a good enough reason to choose a major. I then started looking into Law and Society because I wanted to be a lawyer. I stuck with that for a while and one day at work I started watching a lot of history education videos on YouTube and my boss gave me the idea of majoring in History. Now, I am currently thinking of majoring in History.

Keep in mind that was all in my freshman year of college. I am SO glad that I chose Exploratory Studies because I would have changed my major three times in the span of five months, which could have been problematic. Now, I am taking a history class to make sure it is what I really want. I cannot recommend EXPL enough. The class, EDPS 105, you take helps you learn about the majors at Purdue and about yourself. It is so awesome to take a class with people who are just as indecisive as you. EXPL at Purdue was the perfect choice for me and I hope it is the same for you.

If I could give any advice to current seniors it would be to calm down and enjoy your last year while it is here. It goes by really fast. Take advantage of all the opportunities you can now.” – Emily S., freshman

Discovery Learning Series: Dr. Ruth Berggren (Oct. 2)

From The Biology Counseling Newsletter, 9/25/14:

Please plan to attend the upcoming lecture by Ruth Berggren, Director, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, on Thursday, October 2nd from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union, Anniversary Drawing Room.  Her presentation is entitled “The Scientist and the Storyteller.” Everyone is invited to attend.

Dr. Berggren makes the case that the humanities are a crucial partner to scientific thinking. There is a tendency today to view science and the humanities as separate disciplines with people falling into one camp or the other. But recent world events and contemporary thinkers like physician-anthropologist Paul Farmer and historian John Barry demonstrate that such divisions are misleading. From the time of Leonardo da Vinci, the interrelationship between science and the humanities has elevated both. Berggren will argue that the integration of these disciplines is the surest path to a functional civil society.

This is a partnership between the College of Liberal Arts, the Discovery Lecture Series, and the EVPRP.