Multinational Integration Xchange Leader Callouts (March 24 and 25)

From Annette Benson, Coordinator for Programs and Engagement, Purdue International Programs:

International Programs is looking for both U.S. and international students who enjoy cross-cultural opportunities or who want to increase their cross-cultural competency.  Call-outs for MIX leaders will be March 24 and 25 at 6:00 pm in Stanley Coulter Hall (SC), room 102.

The domestic Multinational Integration Xchange leaders (MIXd):

  • Receive cross-cultural training in April
  • Communicate with students not registered for BGR/BGRi during the month before school begins in August
  • Assist with ISS check during the 4 days before school begins
  • Help international students with their transition needs (shopping, banking, etc.)
  • Maintain regular contact with new international students through the first month of school
  • Attend monthly MIX events during the first semester of school

The international Multinational Integration Xchange leaders (MIXi):

  • Receive cross-cultural training in March
  • Serve as Culture Coaches for the MIXd, assisting with training in April
  • Attend all regularly scheduled MIX events in the fall in their role of Culture Coach
  • Act as liaisons with the new international page of The Exponent
  • Are occasionally invited to speak to local schools

Mortar Board Cover Contest

Purdue students have the opportunity to submit a cover design for the 2015-2016 Mortar Board Calendar–a calendar purchased by over 14,000 students, parents, alumni, and members of the community each year. This contest is a unique opportunity for students to have their design printed for the entire Purdue community to appreciate!

The winning design will be featured on the 2015-2016 calendar, a short bio of the artist will be featured in the calendar, and there is a $250 prize!

Design entries are due by April 7, 2015. See flyer below for more information.

calendar cover 2015 contest flyer

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Bry!

Each month, we’ll take a look at some students 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 Bry.

Bry Howard

Name: Bry Howard

Current year: Sophomore

Major: Accounting

How long were you in EXPL?

Three Semesters

Why did you start in EXPL?

I was unsure about what major I should enter college, so I choose Exploratory Studies as the best option.

Why did you choose your current major?

 I choose accounting because there is broad need for accountants and I really wanted a career out of college, and I really liked learning about the profitability of corporations.

What kind of person would be good for this major?

People in this major have to be well organized and comfortable giving presentations and meticulous when it comes to detail.

Favorite thing about EXPL?

All of the inventories we took in EDPS. They taught me a lot about myself helped be choose my path at Purdue.

Favorite thing about Purdue?

The people I met through day to day life here are by far my favorite part about Purdue.

Fun Fact?

I love playing intermural sports like flag football, basketball, and dodgeball.”

Interview conducted and written by Jacob B., sophomore.

Last Day to Drop a Course or to Withdraw from the University (March 23)

A reminder that March 23 is the last day to drop a course or to withdraw entirely from the University without documentation.

When dropping courses, keep in mind your classification.  If you are a sophomore or older (earned 30 or more credit hours), you’ll need not only your advisor’s signature on the drop form but also your instructor’s signature.  Please make sure you give enough time to collect not only the drop form, but both signatures.  Freshman only need the advisor’s signature to drop a course.

Drop forms should then be taken directly to Hovde Hall, room 45 (the Registrar’s office).  The clerk will drop the course directly upon receipt of the form.  Even so, it’s important to check MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Registration History to make sure the course has been “withdrawn.”

If you need to withdraw entirely from the University (drop all of your courses), please start by filing out Withdraw Request Form located at MyPurdue > Academic tab > Withdraw from the University link in the lower right hand corner. Once the form is submitted, you’ll need to call (765-494-1747) or visit with (SCHL 207) a Student Support Specialist in the Office of the Dean of Students.  That person will help you complete the withdraw process.

Withdrawing means that you can return to Purdue the very next semester.  For more detailed information about withdrawing from the University, including its impact on financial aid, visit

Peer Success Coach Positions (paid; apps due March 29)

From Hannah Brodhead, Assistant Director of Academic Enhancement, Academic Success Center:

Are you interested in a paid student leadership position with flexible hours and opportunities to gain experience with communication, goal setting, accountability, and academic/life skills development?

The Academic Success Center is currently piloting the Peer Success Coaching program, and we are looking to hire some of your excellent students as our Peer Success Coaches (PSCs) for the Fall 2015 semester. Applications are due on March 29, 2015.  The application should be up on the PSC program page very soon!

The goal of the Peer Success Coaching program is to offer students peer support as they transition into college and the rigorous academic environment at Purdue.  Peer Success Coaching provides students with a proactive option for achieving success in and out of the classroom through one-one-one conversations, reflection, and accountability. Coaching sessions allow students to reflect on topics such as time management, study habits, goal setting, test preparation, and university opportunities and connections then create action plans. PSCs will facilitate these interactions, serve as role models and accountability partners, and support other success initiatives within the Academic Success Center.

For more information about the position or the program, please contact Hannah Brodhead at or 765-496-0005.
Additional information regarding the program can be found online at:

Laurie Garrett Keynote Address (March 31)

From HHS Life Inspired page: 

Laurie Garrett
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Authority on Global Health and Disease Prevention
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center
7:00 p.m.

Laurie Garrett is one of America’s most trusted speakers on public health, infectious disease, and prevention. The only person to win the three P’s of journalism—the Pulitzer, the Polk, and the Peabody—she masterfully explains the science behind new threats to global health, and navigates the politics that help, and hinder, how we prepare, and how we respond to them.

Laurie Garrett is particularly adept at navigating the politics that help, and hinder, how we prepare, how we treat and how we respond to these threats. A Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, Garrett is the bestselling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health and I Heard The Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks. She has written for Foreign Affairs, Esquire, and The Washington Post, and appears frequently on television shows, such as Nightline, Charlie Rose and Oprah.

Garrett was a script consultant to Contagion, the film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon. Garrett is a former president and now a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and has been awarded several honorary PhDs, the latest from Georgetown University. She is also serving as a co-chair on the UNAIDS High Commission on HIV Prevention.