IDIS 49000: Study Abroad Re-Entry Seminar (Fall 2015)

From Elizabeth Diaz, CLA Study Abroad & International Programs Director:

An international learning experience, such as Purdue Study Abroad, can have a substantial impact on your life, but those experiences risk being compartmentalized and undeveloped once you return to the U.S.

The aim of IDIS 49000 is to help students process and understand their study abroad experiences by comparing them to current literature and models of culture and communication, developing their own ideas about global citizenship, and learning to articulate and market their personal and professional development.

IDIS 49000 is a 1-credit hour seminar that meets for 50 minutes, once a week, for 16 weeks.  Participating students must have studied abroad in the past year.  Students from all programs and all colleges are welcome to participate in this class.

Students curious about the class can contact the co-instructors, Elizabeth Diaz ( or Margaret Stanny ( Instructor permission will be required to enroll in IDIS 49000.

Gender Inclusive Living Community (apps due 2/27)

From Lowell Kane, LGBTQ Center Director:

You may not be aware of this, but one of a variety of housing options available to Purdue students is the Gender Inclusive Living Community housed in Hillenbrand Hall!  Gender-inclusive housing:

  • Acknowledges the diverse needs of the Purdue student body and reinforces our focus on community,
  • Allows students the ability to choose a roommate of any gender,
  • Further develops a residential climate that is positive, respectful, and inclusive for all residents, and
  • Is voluntary and open to all students with a status of sophomore and above.

Anyone who has a respect and understanding of gender identity and gender expression can apply to live in the Gender Inclusive Living Community.  For more information and to apply, go to or visit Smalley Center on Third Street.  Applications need to be filed with the LGBTQ Center office (SCHL 230) no later than 12:00 pm (noon), Friday, February 27, 2015.

Summer Animal Care Internships at the Columbian Park Zoo (App. due 2/26)

The Columbian Park Zoo is looking for an amazing group of Animal Care Interns to join us for our busy 2015 Summer season!  Applications are due by Feb. 26, 2015!

Animal Care Interns are trained to work with a variety of exotic animals housed at our facility.  It’s a great chance for students to gain some hands-on experience related to exotic animal husbandry needs, dietary requirements, behavior and enrichment programs…plus they get to work with some amazing animals!

Looking to develop marketable skills? Assist zoo staff and gain experience in a number of areas, including:

  • Daily husbandry skills
  • Preparation and recording of animal diets
  • Exhibit Interpretation
  • Animal observation and record keeping
  • Assisting with medications/enrichment/conditioning

The internship is unpaid…but you get to work with some amazing animals!

Internship Requirements:

  • 12 week minimum commitment
  • 20 hours per week minimum commitment
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 out of 4.0
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Strong communication skills
  • Dependability and enthusiasm
  • Basic biological knowledge

Sound like fun? Apply today! Download an application at or call (765) 807-1543 for more information.  Applications are due by Feb. 26, 2015!

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Avery!

Each week, we’ll take a look at a student who started their journey in Exploratory Studies. All of these students have found their perfect major at Purdue. Be sure to check out our blog each week for a new post that will feature a different student and their new major at Purdue.

Let’s meet Avery.


Name: Avery Sameshima

Current year: Sophomore

Major(s): Hospitality & Tourism Management

When did you start in Exploratory Studies?

I started my college career in Exploratory Studies.

How long were you in Exploratory Studies?

I was in Exploratory Studies for 3 semesters, but knew what major I would choose by the end of my second.

Why did you start in Exploratory Studies?

Exploratory Studies seemed like the best idea for me since I’d had no idea what major or career I’d wanted. When I first arrived at Purdue, I was considering majoring in political science, or theatre, or nursing. It’s a varied selection, I know. However, as I went to meetings and call-outs for these majors as a requirement for my Exploratory Studies class, I discovered none of them were right for me. This is exactly what I joined Exploratory Studies for: to find out what I did not want to do.

Why did you choose your current major?

I chose Hospitality & Tourism Management because I love working with people and making them feel comfortable and happy. Customer Service is something I value quite a lot, and with the recent jobs I’ve had in food service, I’ve really been able to see a lot of what a career in HTM requires.

What kind of personalities would be good for this major? What are some of the skills or abilities people should be aware of in order to enjoy this major?

All kinds of people can major in HTM. However, it does require a strong trait of sociability and compassion. The jobs require so much interaction amongst coworkers and customers that someone who cannot function well in a social setting would probably not benefit the job. Most of the people I’ve met in this major are very social, kind, hard-working, and constant learners. The job requires research for everything, whether it be preparation for an interview or even just having a guest speaker. Research must be done to show that we care and to make our own impressions.

 What was your favorite thing about Exploratory Studies?

My absolute favorite thing about Exploratory Studies was my teacher and advisor, Mary Beth Lencke. If I were asked who my favorite and best teacher here was, I would give them her name. Not only was she extremely kind and helpful, but she always listened to what I wanted to do and talked me through the pros and cons. She’s a great advisor and an even better person.

Do you feel Exploratory Studies was helpful to you during your first semester(s) at Purdue?

Exploratory Studies was extremely helpful, though I might not have realized it. Going to all the meetings and call-outs and researching the majors that I showed interest in really helped me pick and choose. It all gave me an overall sense of whether or not I felt like I belonged in the major, would succeed in the major, and would enjoy a career in it for the rest of my life.

 Are you surprised at where you have ended up in your studies?

I’m not surprised at where I am, I just hadn’t expected to have taken so many turns. I first started off at Purdue in some pretty high level math and science classes. Then, I went on to doing maths and management courses. Now that I’m in a majority of HTM courses, I can see that I really had to fight through the other courses because I’d not been passionate for them or felt they were beneficial. I think that having gone through that has prepared me for my HTM courses and the amount of effort I will need to put in.

 What’s your favorite thing about Purdue?

My favorite thing about Purdue would definitely be Harrison Grille! It’s my favorite place to work and the food is delicious. You should definitely come by some time and grab a bite to eat. We close at 1 am every night!

…or morning.

Fun Fact?

I joined a hip hop dance crew on campus called Dance 2XS. We are not competitive, but we do have two trips that are out of state in which we showcase what we’ve learned and developed. It is one of my favorite things to do here at Purdue, and I will definitely be re-joining after this semester.

Interview conducted my Emily R., junior


Study Abroad- Summer in Siena 2015

Looking for a potential study abroad opportunity? The Brian Lamb School of Communication has one for you- and the best news, any major can go! Summer in Siena has been one of the most popular study abroad programs. Students will be given the opportunity to study in Siena (Tuscany, Italy) from June 22nd – July 17th, 2015.

Here are some quick facts about the program:

  •  Students may take 6 credits of coursework (cost remains same). All the classes offered will count towards communication majors and the social science requirements of other majors.
    • The classes are: COM 303 : Intercultural Communication COM 325 : Interviewing : Principles and Practices COM 495 : Public Behavior and Social Dynamics
  • This is one of the most cost-effective programs! Cost includes tuition, housing, required insurance and study abroad fees
    • Travel grants ($1,000) and other study abroad funding opportunities are available through the Office of Programs for Study Abroad

For more information about the program and how to apply, contact Yeunjae Lee at You can also check out their brochures for the program found below.



Upcoming International Student Events (Feb. 11 – 19)

From IP Programming Update, 2/10/15:

ISIS and the Islamic State: A Panel Discussion – Feb 11, 7:30 pm

On Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 pm in the PMU North Ballroom, a panel will discuss questions such as: “What is ISIS and what is the Islamic State?” “Why are women in ISIS?” “What are Muslims in the USA and around the world doing to stop ISIS?” The panel will include scholars and journalists, and is open to the public!

Global Café – Feb. 13, 6:00 pm

Perspectives is partnering with the International Center to host Global Café at the International Center! Join us from 6:00-8:00pm on Friday, Feb. 13 for a presentation with the Purdue Police on how to be safe on campus by being aware of university safety programs. Light refreshments will be served. There will be a question and answer session with the officer!

Chinese New Year – Feb. 13 and 15

2015 is the Year of the Goat according to the Chinese Zodiac, and there are many campus celebrations happening! A “Chinese New Year Party” will be hosted on Friday, Feb. 13 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm in the Purdue Graduate Student Center (PGSC). It will include a costume contest, couplet writing, chopstick pickup games, food and drinks, trivia questions, and a raffle! Register in advance because space is limited! Secondly, there will be a Chinese New Year Gala, hosted by PUCSSA, on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm in Loeb Playhouse. This event will showcase the talents and presentations for the Lunar New Year by students from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the United States!

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast – Feb. 14, 8:00 am

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself and a loved one to a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at the International Center! From 8:00 am-12:00 pm, you can Eat-In or Carry Out your breakfast! The cost is $6 at the door or $5 in advance by registering on the International Center website!

International Greek Exchange – Feb. 19, 6:00 pm

If you are an undergrad student interested in knowing more about Fraternities and Sororities, join us on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6:00 pm! Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life will be hosting an event to introduce students to Greek life, traditions, and answer any questions you have! Come out and learn more about a very unique American college tradition and make some friends as well! There are limited spots, so sign up quickly!!