Lunar New Year Celebrations (Feb. 5 – 8)

Join a large percentage of the world in celebrating the Lunar New Year starting tonight (gathered from IP Upcoming Events, 2/2/16):

PSUB invites you to celebrate the year of the fire monkey!  Experience the rich cultures of various Asian countries surrounding Lunar New Year with food, crafts and performances!  Come be a part of this holiday celebration on Friday, February 5th from 9:00 pm – 12:00 am in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom.

Purdue University Chinese Students & Scholars Association (PUCSSA) invites one and all to the Chinese New Year Gala celebration on Sunday, February 7th from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Of all the events and activities PUCSSA holds each year, this event is the biggest and most important.  New Year is to the Chinese like Christmas is to Americans. As international students are far from home, PUCSSA hopes Chinese students will experience a sense of home, and others will experience the richness of Chinese culture, music and dance.

Tickets are available for advance purchase February 2nd through 5th from 1:30 pm -5:30 pm in front of HSSE Library (within Stewart Center).  Tickets can also be purchased the day of event at the door.  Prices range from $5 to $15, with discounts available for PUCSSA members.

  • Chinese New Year Reception – February 8th

The Chinese New Year is February 8th!  Purdue will host an all-campus reception from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Purdue, the event will feature Chinese food, music, calligraphy, and a lion dance demonstration. Free and open to the public.

Interesting Career Exploration Websites and Articles

Here are a few interesting career exploration websites that you may find useful:

  • Digital Companies Need More Liberal Arts Majors (Harvard Business Review online)
  • Cal Newport’s Blog: Look for his posts on time management, studying, rethinking [career] passion, etc. Practical, and yet, sometimes groundbreaking ways to conceptualize careers and productivity.
  • Learn How to – up-to-date information about various majors, degree information, and lots of career resources.
  • CCO Holland Codes matched to Purdue majors – R, I, A, S, E, C personality codes and the best Purdue majors for each.
  • CareerOneStop – The Department of Labor’s treasure trove for all Americans in all types of jobs.  As a “big-picture” resource, it’s one of the best, including rich information about industries, career, the labor market, training, salaries, and job search skills.


Free Mindfulness Series to Reduce Stress (starting Feb. 29)

From Tammy Loew, Senior Assistant Director – Wellness Programs, Cordova Recreational Sports Center: 

Could you benefit from learning about stress coping skills and awareness?  We all could! Our free, four-part Mindfulness Series will take place on February 29th, March 2nd, March 7th, and March 9th. A total of 25 seats are open and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

To register, email Will Evans, Assistant Director Health and Wellness Programs.  Registration will end February 28th or once the slots are filled.

Cargill Global Scholars Program Competition (app. deadline March 1)

Cargill and the Institute of International Education (IIE) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 Cargill Global Scholars Program application cycle.

We have deeply valued our partnership with Purdue University over the past three years of the program and hope to continue this partnership in the program’s fourth year. As a partner university, first and second year undergraduate students who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, leadership potential and study in a field relevant to Cargill’s world of food, agriculture and risk management are eligible to apply.

In addition to an annual scholarship award of $2,500 (for up to two years), the Cargill Global Scholars Program provides leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events, and a one-on-one mentoring program with Cargill executives. These enrichment activities have been designed to help foster and enhance the Cargill Global Scholars’ leadership potential and critical thinking skills, and equip them with the tools necessary to become global leaders and decisions makers.

In the United States ten scholarships will be awarded during the 2016 academic year.

Students specializing in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply:  Agriculture, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Food Science, International Relations, Political Science, and Public Policy.

The application deadline is March 1, 2016 and we are currently accepting applications online at  Send questions concerning the Cargill Global Scholars Program in the United States to

English Language Practice Groups

From the Purdue Online Writing Lab, ESL Group page:

If you are a Purdue University student or scholar whose first language is not English, the Writing Lab’s conversation groups are a terrific way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary and knowledge of American idioms. The goal of the conversation groups is that you learn to speak more comfortably about topics that are important to you.  Each week covers a different topic.

To participate, just show up at Heavilon 220 during one of the scheduled days and times below. 

Spring 2016: January 11 – April 29 (No meetings during Spring Break)

  • Monday 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:30-10:30 am
  • Thursday 9:30-10:30 am
  • Friday 11:30 am-12:30 pm (TV Snack Chat)

Summer Course Tutorial III: Purdue Regional and other colleges

If you are interested in taking summer courses at a Purdue regional campus (IUPUI, Calumet, Purdue North Central, or IPFW), representatives from some of these campuses (not IPFW) will be visiting West Lafayette to help you register (we’ll post specific dates and time to the blog soon).  Regional campus courses transfer both grade and credit back to the West Lafayette campus.

You will need to apply for summer admission with these campuses before you can fully schedule for courses.  Here’s the transfer admission information for each campus: IUPUI, Purdue Calumet, Purdue North Central, and IPFW.

If you want to take summer courses at another college or university outside of the Purdue system:

  • Realize that no grades will transfer, but you must earn a C- or better in the course in order for that course credit to transfer back to Purdue.  Transfer credit does NOT replace Purdue grades.
  • Check the Transfer Credit Database for your course’s Purdue equivalent:  X’s in place of course numbers in this database means that your college’s course has no Purdue equivalent (for example, “MA 1XXXX”).
  • Contact the college’s admission department.  Tell them that you are only taking courses during the summer.  Most colleges and schools have admission categories for “temporary,” “summer,” “transfer,” or “transient” students.  Enroll and register with them.
  • Don’t take online laboratory courses without consulting your advisor first! Other courses taken online are probably fine.
  • Taking courses at international universities and colleges:
    • College of Science will not accept courses from non-degree-granting schools who use reputable universities as a location to teach their courses.  This is probably true across most of Purdue’s colleges and schools.
    • College of Management will only accept transfer courses from AACSB-accredited universities.

How do I transfer courses back to Purdue?

Ask the Registrar’s office at your summer college to send an official, final transcript to this address:

Purdue University
Credit Evaluation
Schleman Hall of Student Services
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Or the transcript can be sent electronically from the Registrar’s office through a transcript service to   An official transcript is required from any college outside the West Lafayette campus, including Purdue’s regional campuses.