OFE's Amy Glenn selected to present at National Conference

Amy Glenn, Associate Director of the Office of Future Engineers (OFE), was selected to present for the third year, at the National Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) National Conference, July 24-26, 2018 in Orlando, Florida

RNL is a global organization that has offered technology-enabled services, software, and consulting to higher education enrollment management and fundraising for over 40 years. RNL assists colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations in developing inspired and relevant engagement in the areas of Enrollment management, Student Success/Retention, Fundraising management. The 2018 conference themes included: How big data will transform everything, Smarter ways to reach new generations, Top trends in enrollment management, Reinventing student success, and Amplifying fundraising results and alumni engagement.   

Glenn’s presentation encompassed nearly all of the conference themes and was titled: “Who’s Your Voice? Creating a first-class recruitment program by developing current students”; highlighting the keys of OFE’s recruitment success on behalf of Purdue’s College of Engineering.

In a time when the number of high school students is shrinking, Purdue Engineering has continued to grow thanks in part to the efforts OFE has taken to ensure that all prospective students and their visiting families receive a first-class visit experience. Serving all who are interested in undergraduate engineering OFE works hard to ensure that messaging and interactions with prospective families remain authentic. OFE was the first department at Purdue to invest in developing student staff as a key part to the recruitment of future students. Glenn states, “If we expect our Purdue Engineering students to do great things in industry for their Co-Ops and internships; why would we not expect them to be able to do great things here at Purdue?” - and they have. As of May 1st, national decision day, over 2,400 admitted engineering students had accepted their admission into the College of Engineering; surpassing the increased goal of 2,200 set by President Daniels just five months earlier.

As a result of their experience in OFE, student staff gain many of the valuable professional skills that future employers are looking for, their passion for Purdue personalizes and authenticates the message for future students, and student staff alumni are staying engaged by serving as resources in their new locations. In return prospective student families report that their visit to Purdue Engineering is the best of all the college visits they have been on and, for some of the families we are the 15th school they have visited.

OFE Director Gives Keynote Speech at 55th International Annual LDA Conference

David Bowker, Director, Office of Future Engineers (OFE), recently gave a keynote speech at the Learning Disabilities of America (LDA) 55th Annual International Conference. He was diagnosed with a learning disability “Not Otherwise Specified” when in the second grade. In recent years, David began publicly sharing his experiences with his learning disability which has the greatest impact on his reading, writing, and typing abilities.

While at the LDA Conference, David spoke to a diverse group of more than 100 educators. He shared his stories of both challenges and successes in hopes of inspiring teachers to continue being the everyday heroes that kids need. David encouraged the teachers to focus on helping students develop their strengths to give them confidence, self-worth, and empathy so that they don’t feel alone or less than others.

Outside of OFE, David teaches college courses in academic and career planning at Purdue. He has a passion for encouraging young people to find their niche and enjoys having the opportunity to be a bridge on their pathway to success.

Learning Disabilities Association of America: https://ldaamerica.org/

AAE Graduate Student Explores Life on Mars

Imagine working and living inside a simulated Mars colony for two weeks. 

If you’re AAE PhD student Jennifer Pouplin (MS ’16), that’s a dream come true. She participated in the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation.

Pouplin was one of six volunteer astronauts who worked through a realistic schedule of space exploration while living inside the simulated Mars colony in Poland.

The experiment is designed to support real missions to Mars.

“This was a tremendous opportunity for me to experience what life is like for astronauts and produce data to help future missions to Mars,” Pouplin says.

video recorded at the simulation site provides a closer look at the experiment.

Story credit to the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering, Purdue University

APSAC awards grants to 21 employees for professional development (December 2017)

APSAC has awarded individual professional development grants to 21 administrative and professional staff members.

Grants up to $750 are awarded twice a year. APSAC, the Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee, presented a total of $12,777.99 for its fall 2017 grants. The spring application period will open in February.

Grant recipients, their positions and the areas in which they work are:

Amy Glenn, associate director, Office of Future Engineers.

For full list of recipients, click here.

Two Thumbs Up (August 2017)

Lindsay Elias and Aurie Swartz and their staff of 20+ students work out of a very innovative space solution in the ARMS atrium. I visit them often to get a pulse on the FAQ from our visiting parents, families and students, to adjust our print and digital marketing pieces accordingly. I want to commend them for their Purdue pride and flexibility as they answer every question with patience and accuracy to make sure that everyone who visits has the best Purdue experience possible. Their student employees have learned so much under their tutelage, from professional development to what it is like to start and stop projects while helping customers with an extreme level of accuracy. I think that their students are lucky to have this opportunity to develop and learn under them as it provides just one example of what a real-world internship/job can be like when we are asked to wear many hats. -- Heather Coar (Office of Future Engineers, Women in Engineering Program and Minority Engineering Program)

Glenn Receives National Leadership Award for Student Development (June 2017)

Amy Glenn, Associate Director of the Office of Future Engineers, received a Growing Leaders award at the National Leadership Forum, June 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. Glenn received the award: "for her efforts in promoting student leadership opportunities within the Office of Future Engineers and across Purdue University, collaborating with the Krannert School of Management, Purdue Athletics, Purdue University Residences, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and Student Success; as well as developing and hosting elective 'Habitudes' leadership programs for students in the College of Engineering." Habitudes uses images and stories to convey messages about challenging topics, to get key messages across and help our students in the College of Engineering grow both personally and professionally. Hosting these regular professional development sessions also allow students to network with the professional staff, including Office of Future Engineers leaders, in a more casual and open environment.

Recipients were selected based on: their proven effectiveness as a leader of the next generation, their innovative leadership methods when attempting to connect with the next generation, and their commitment to the Growing Leaders mission to "turn ordinary students into Growing Leaders who will transform society."

“This recognition is just one reflection of Amy’s passion for helping students be the best person and professional they can be. I believe it is our responsibility in the Office of Future Engineers to intentionally develop the leadership of all students – to prepare them for life beyond Purdue,” David Bower, Director, Office of Future Engineers.

Growing Leaders is an international organization founded by Dr. Tim Elmore that provides resources to equip students with leadership development skills that empower them to use their gifts to serve the world around them. For more about Growing Leaders, click here.

College of Engineering Awards of Excellence (December 2016)

Lindsay Elias - Administrative/Professional Customer Service Award

For: "Her flexibility and preparedness in navigating the ever-changing landscape of the Office of Future Engineers student recruitment efforts, providing quality customer service to a multitude of constituents and dedication to serving students interesting in Purdue Engineering.

Team Award - Office of Future Engineers

Awarded to David Bowker, Amy Glenn, Heather Coar, Aurie Swartz, and Lindsay Elias for: "their superb coordination and highly effective efforts as a team to devise and implement pioneering ideas in student recruitment, contributing to the overall acceptance rate and growth of women and diverse students to the College of Engineering.

Office of Future Engineers Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

On Friday, September 16, 2016, the Office of Future Engineers (OFE), the main recruitment division for Purdue Engineering undergraduate students, will be celebrating their 5th anniversary.

This eccentric and passionate staff is dedicated every day to ensuring that every prospective student and their family that visits or contacts Purdue Engineering has a unique and memorable experience. "We know recruiting the best students to Purdue Engineering takes a village. We want to thank all of our Purdue colleagues, friends, and fellow recruiters for all of their support throughout the years," David Bowker, Director, OFE.

Since 2010, this team has been involved in an average of over 350 events per year meeting with nearly 30,000 people. While remaining busy their efforts have paid off as applications to the College of Engineering have increased from 9,500 to near 19,000 and the number of students accepting their admissions offers have increased from 1,700 to over 2,100 in just 5 years.

OFE, which became an official office in December 2011, has its roots in David Bowker, Director; and Amy Glenn, Associate Director. Both Bowker and Glenn worked with OFE before it was an officially named unit - it was previously the Office of Recruitment housed within the Department of Freshman Engineering. They have both witnessed and been involved in administrative and institutional shifts that focus more on the best fit for the students. 

In 2014, the staff doubled in size after on-boarding Heather Coar, Assistant Director of Communications; and Lindsay Elias, Office Manager. Rounding out the team, is Aurie Swartz, Assistant Director, hired in 2015. The office is also supported by one graduate student, Jennifer Pouplin, as well as an incredible group of twenty current students and interns who help with daily operations, and marketing and communications for the office. The Purdue Student Engineering Foundation (PSEF) is also available to provide invaluable support in our daily information sessions and connects with prospective students and families.

The Office of Future Engineers focuses on student outcomes. Director David Bowker and his growing team have changed the traditional college pitch into a focus on finding the right academic fit for each student. Robust websites, fresh marketing pitches, and social media campaigns have created a multifaceted, highly competitive recruitment landscape. However, the team is firmly rooted in the belief that nothing beats the personal connection that helps draw students to the College of Engineering at Purdue. 

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