Evening and Final Exams

In many courses, but especially in math and science courses, semester exams are given to all of the sections at once during a single evening time slot.  These are now available on the Unitime Examination Schedule page. Once you log in, make sure the session is set to “Fall 2015” in the upper right-hand corner.  Then, select “Midterm” from the Exams drop-down box.  If you want to check the date and time for a specific exam, use the “Subject” drop-down box to select it.

The “Midterm” category is a bit of a misnomer, as there is usually more than one exam given during a semester before finals.  Remember, Unitime lists all semester exams that are given outside of your regular class time. For example, Unitime will list the three semester Mathematics (MA) exams, because they are all given in the evening outside of class. On the other hand, Unitime currently shows no Midterm exams for Political Science courses.  That is because these exams are likely given during class and the dates for these will be listed in your syllabus.

Most Final Exams are given outside of regular class time.  The dates will be available on Unitime in mid-September.  At that time, just go to the Unitime page, as above, and select “Final” from the Exams drop-down box.  This is important to check early, as University Student Regulations allow you to request that a final exam date be changed if more than two exams occur on the same day. This request must be made to the professor whose exam date you’d like to change before December 4 (the Friday before “dead week.”).

Fall 2015 Add and Drop Deadlines

For those not familiar with the Purdue system, adding and dropping classes is fairly easy during the first few weeks of classes, then becomes harder as the semester progresses.  A one-page chart version of this information is available and includes deadlines for 16-week, first 8-week, and second 8-week courses.  Here are the Add and Drop Deadlines for 16-week (full semester) courses in Fall 2015.

Adding courses:

  • August 24 – August 30Students can add courses using MyPurdue.  They should consult their advisor before adding anything new.  MyPurdue closes to adds after August 30.
  • August 31 – September 21:  Students must pick up an add form from their advisor.  Both the advisor and the instructor of the course they want to add must sign the form.  Then the form must be take to Hovde Hall, room 45 (the Registar’s office) for processing.
  • September 22 – October 28: Students must pick up an add form from their advisor.  Advisor, instructor, and department head signatures are required to add this late.  The form must be then taken to Hovde Hall, room 45.

Dropping courses:

  • August 24 – September 7Students can drop courses using MyPurdue. They should consult their advisor before dropping anything.  MyPurdue closes to drops after September 7.
  • September 8 – September 21: Students must pick up a drop form from their advisor.  The form can then be taken directly to Hovde Hall, room 45 for processing.  Course is recorded with a “W” (withdraw) on the transcript.
  • September 22 – October 28: Students must pick up a drop form from their advisor.
    • Freshman (0 – 29 credit hours completed): Take the form directly to Hovde Hall, room 45.  Course is recorded with a “W” (withdraw) on the transcript.
    • Sophomores and above (30 + credit hours completed): Advisor and instructor signatures are required.  Take the form directly to Hovde Hall, room 45.  Students will earn either a “W” (withdraw) or “WF” (withdraw failing), depending on their current grade in the course. 

October 28 is the last day to drop a class.  It is also the last day to withdraw completely from the University without extensive documentation and committee review.

Info about W’s and WF’s:

  • W’s and WF’s count against a student’s three attempts for a course per University policy.
  • W’s and WF’s count against a student’s Exploratory Studies credit hour limit (if he or she is a transfer, re-admit, CODO-in, or re-entry student).
  • W’s and WF’s are not factored into the semester or cumulative GPAs.

EDSP 10500 Course Packs Available! (Fall 2015)

The EDPS 10500 Course Pack can be purchased from the BoilerCopyMaker Center in the Union (PMU 186) starting on Thursday afternoon.  The BoilerCopyMaker Center is open Mondays – Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The cost is a $24, which includes all the materials and career assessments that you will need for class.

Because of the Center’s printing policies, a course pack may not be immediately available.  It will be printed “on demand,” but will still likely require a return visit. So, please visit the BoilerCopyMaker Center early, just in case this occurs.

Students must have your course pack by the second day of class (Friday, August 28th) to be able to earn full participation points. 

Please continue to check Blackboard for class information, pre-class homework (was due August 16), and announcements.

Part-Time Jobs in Ross-Ade and Mackey Available

From Keith Molter, Assistant Director of Operations, Levy Restaurants:

If you’re seeking a part time campus job this fall, Levy Restaurants, Inc. is currently seeking new Team Members to fill the following positions at Ross-Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena beginning in Fall 2015:

  • Ross-Ade & Mackey Arena Concession Stand Supervisors
  • Servers, all venues
  • Bartenders, all venues
  • Suite Attendants, Ross-Ade Stadium
  • Suite Captains, Ross-Ade Stadium
  • Shively Club Attendants, Ross-Ade Stadium
  • Dessert Cart Attendants, Ross-Ade Stadium
  • Food Runners, Ross-Ade Stadium & Mackey Arena
  • Kitchen Prep/Production, all venues
  • Room Set Ups, all venues
  • Dish Room Attendants, all venues

Ideal candidates are …

  • Customer service oriented
  • Seeking more than one semester of part time work in the foodservice hospitality and sports entertainment industry

Levy Restaurants at Purdue offers…

  • On-campus employment with highly competitive wages and flexible work around your school schedule!  (note:  this is not considered workstudy!)
  • Free meals during shifts
  • Uniforms

Interested?  Please forward your resume and cover letter ASAP to kmolter@levyrestaurants.com.  Interviews will begin August 24, 2015.

New Theatre Certificate Programs (Fall 2015)

From Kathleen Korty, Academic Advisor in English & Theatre, College of Liberal Arts:

A new certificate program within the Theatre Department is now available to all majors across the University. Sometimes students don’t have time to pursue a second major, but they want more involvement than what a minor provides.  In those cases, a certificate can be a very good solution.

E-mail Etiquette

From Colleen Brown, Senior Academic Advisor, Exploratory Studies:

Soon you will be emailing your instructors, your advisor, and other college professionals on a regular basis. Good email etiquette is important!

  1. Take a moment and see this article on email etiquette when emailing professors and other college personnel. These are great habits to start now as employers are looking for new hires who demonstrate high levels of professionalism right out of college.
  2. Always include your name at the bottom. This may seem obvious but often times it’s easy to forget that emailing is different than texting.
  3. In order to ensure your name is always included and to increase the professionalism of your emails, you should create an automatic signature line in your email account:
    1. MyMail > Preferences tab > Signatures link (under Mail) > Add Signature button > add your signature > Save button.  Remember to place the signature “above included messages.”
    2. Not sure what format to use for your signature?  Simplest is best:

Your First and Last Name
Purdue University
Class of 2019 (or whenever it is you are graduating)