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Boiler Gold Rush and Boiler Gold Rush International begin soon!

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HERE'S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

We are THRILLED for you to join us in person for our student orientation programs, BGR and/or BGRi. This email is quite long, and also quite important. It contains a thorough list of what you need to know about arriving on campus and transitioning to Purdue. Be sure to:
  • Read this message in full, and review often in the days leading up to your arrival
  • Understand that things may change between now and your arrival
  • Forward this message to guests/parents who may benefit from knowing this information
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR UPCOMING BGR LIVE SESSIONS!
Two live sessions will be offered at 7 p.m. ET on Aug. 3, which will preview the BGR schedule, and Aug. 5, which will cover the move-in process. Both sessions will occur live on our YouTube channel. You can also watch recordings of the live sessions using the same YouTube link, or visit our website. *Note that details shared in recorded sessions are subject to change in the days leading up to the program. Please follow our social media channels via the links at the bottom of this email for the latest updates!

BGR BASICS

WHEN IS THE PROGRAM? 
Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) and Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) take place Tuesday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Aug. 21. Plan to be busy – events start at 9 a.m. and end around 10 p.m. ET each day, with the first event starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. 
 
WHEN AND WHERE SHOULD I ARRIVE? 
BGR participants living in University Residences should arrive within their selected move-in window between Saturday, Aug. 14, and Tuesday, Aug. 17, and go to their assigned University Residences satellite locationStudents living in University Residences will go to the Cordova Recreational Sports Center (Co-Rec) to check in to BGR and BGRi after they have moved into their residence hall. BGR check-in takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET from Saturday, Aug. 14, to Monday, Aug. 16, and between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

BGR participants living off-campus can check in to BGR at the Co-Rec at any time during the hours listed above. 

Students who miss these check-in windows can check in at the BGR Help Desk located at Krach Leadership Center from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET from Wednesday, Aug. 18, through Friday, Aug. 20. 

WHO IS PARTICIPATING IN BGR AND BGRi? 
This year, new incoming students, transfer students, international students and second-year Purdue students who spent their first year at Purdue fully online will participate in BGR and BGRi! 

HOW WILL I NAVIGATE TO EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK? 
During BGR/BGRi, you will be assigned to a team of about 15 other students led by a BGR Team Leader who is a current Purdue undergraduate student. Your BGR Team Leader will guide you throughout the entire week! They will contact you on Friday, Aug. 13, to introduce themselves and provide next steps. 
Students driving to campus each day may park at the McCutcheon Parking Garage, the North Cary Lot, the Co-Rec ABC Lot, or the University Street Parking Garage. All other parking lots are subject to ticketing. No overnight parking will be permitted, and please avoid any posted reserved or handicap parking unless your vehicle has the appropriate signage. Students living in University Residences Boiler Apartments (URBA) locations far from campus will have access to transportation shuttles to and from campus during BGR. 
 
HOW ARE NEW STUDENT GROUPS ORGANIZED? 
All BGR participants are sorted into one of our five BGR Hall Teams based on where they live. Throughout the week, these Hall Teams participate in friendly interhall team competitions and earn points for the Interhall Team Showdown! A breakdown of all Hall Teams is listed below: 
  • CHOO – Tarkington, Owen, Cary, Hilltop, 231 Flats, Windsong, Blackbird Farms
  • McHarrison – McCutcheon, Harrison, First Street Towers, Hillenbrand, Aspire
  • MOkHaW – Meredith Hall, Meredith South, Wiley, Russell, Waldron Square, Waldron 125, Waldron 19, Waldron 417, Stratford II, Village West, and Off-Campus
  • P-WHOP – Purdue Village, Griffin North, Griffin South, Honors College Residences, Hawkins, Windsor, Benchmark II, Salisbury Campus, Southfork, Grant 333, and Steely 410
  • Shrevehart – Shreve, Earhart, and Off Campus
Note:  BGRi participants, transfer students, and second-year students will be in groups with other students who share the same experience.
 
HOW WILL MEALS WORK DURING BGR? 
All BGR participants will have access to three meals a day as soon as they check in to BGR, as early as Aug. 14. Students will use their Purdue University ID card to eat throughout the program (please remember to upload your photo before you arrive using the link on your New Student Task List in myPurdue ). During BGR, students will eat at a variety of dining locations on campus. For more information, visit the Purdue Dining Website. Please download the Purdue Mobile Menus app on the Apple or Android app store to check out daily menus! 
 
Campus Dining Courts take food allergies into careful consideration. Individuals are encouraged to contact a trained dining administrator with questions by sending an email to allergicboiler@purdue.edu. Individuals can also refer to the NetNutrition website to identify allergens in dining court foods prior to entering each day. Dining staff are more than willing to assist students who have questions in the dining halls.
 
HOW DO I ACCESS THE BGR AND BGRi SCHEDULE? 
The final BGR Schedule will be publicly available on the PurdueGuide app on Saturday, Aug. 14. Your Team Leader will provide additional guidance on using the app at the beginning of the program. Tune in to our BGR Live session at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 for a sneak peek of the BGR schedule! You can join live or watch a recording on our YouTube channel.

TASKS TO COMPLETE BEFORE ARRIVING

PROTECT PURDUE REQUIREMENTS: BGR students contracted with University Residences or living in a fraternity, sorority, or cooperative life facility must provide one of the following forms of documentation to move-in: 
A CDC completed vaccine card (or other international documentation for WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines – see a list of approved vaccinesdemonstrating that the individual is fully vaccinated (defined as having received the final dose of the vaccine at least two weeks before arriving on campus).  

A negative COVID-19 diagnostic test (either PCR or rapid antigen) taken within five days prior to moving in. The test should be performed prior to arrival by a licensed healthcare provider/laboratory. Note, COVID-19 antibody tests will NOT be accepted.  

A positive COVID-19 test result more than 14 but less than 90 days before arriving on campus. 
BRING YOUR MASKS: As of Monday, Aug. 2, face masks are required in all indoor spaces for everyone on the Purdue University campus, including students, employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. This policy will apply during the week of BGR. 

COMPLETE PROTECT PURDUE CHECKLIST:
All students will have access to see and complete the Fall 2021 Protect Purdue Checklist items found in the myPurdue portalOnly students with a checkmark will be allowed to move in during their scheduled move-in window. Please note that the checkmark can take up to three days to appear after all tasks are completed, so make sure to plan accordingly before your arrival. If you have not done so already, submit your proof of vaccination (optional).


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UPLOAD YOUR PUID CARD PICTURE: Submit your PUID card photo (Purdue University Identification) by noon on Wednesday, Aug. 11, so your Purdue ID card is ready when you arrive! If you do not submit your photo ahead of time, you run the risk of slowing down your move-in process and experiencing delays for meals while at BGR. 

SELECT YOUR MOVE-IN TIME (ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS WITH UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES CONTRACT ONLY): Students living on campus in University Residences will need to sign up for a move-in time slot. Move-in dates for BGR participants are Saturday, Aug. 14, through Tuesday, Aug. 17. Please keep in mind that Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the Eastern Time Zone. You should be prepared to show your myPurdue portal on your mobile device when you arrive. This is required to confirm you are cleared to move in. 

COMPLETE PRE-ARRIVAL HOMEWORK: Log in to Brightspace to review and complete a series of assignments to help in your transition.  

REQUEST DISABILITY-RELATED ACCOMMODATIONS IF NEEDED: We want your orientation experience to be accessible. We recognize the different environments you will experience during BGR and BGRi may impact your ability to access and participate in different ways. We encourage students with disabilities to contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) no later than Monday, Aug. 9, at 765-494-1247 with any accommodation requests you may need. Visit the the DRC website for more information about Purdue's student accommodations process. 

RESERVE AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION TO CAMPUS: You can reserve a shuttle directly to Purdue University from Indianapolis or Chicago O’Hare Airports if needed. Review transportation to Purdue options at the bottom of this page.  

REPORT INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY): All international students must report their arrival to the United States and Purdue University using the Virtual Mandatory International Student Check-in (vMISCieforms. You should have received instructions to complete in your @purdue.edu email account. For more information, contact ISS at iss@purdue.eduMake sure to review the International Pre-Arrival Information before you arrive.  

CHECK YOUR PURDUE EMAIL: Between now and the start of classes, a variety of key Purdue offices will provide information via email. It’s important that you’re checking your @purdue.edu email address regularly. Use your Purdue online career account to log in to your Purdue Microsoft Office 365 account. More information is available on the ITaP website (Information Technology at Purdue). 
WHAT TO PACK FOR BGR

  • COMFORTABLE SHOES AND LIGHT APPAREL (SUMMER IS HOT IN INDIANA!)
  • GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO ID
  • MOVE-IN PASS (STUDENTS LIVING IN UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES)
  • HAND SANITIZER
  • RAIN GEAR (JACKET, CLOSED-TOE SHOES)
  • REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
  • MOBILE DEVICE AND CHARGER
  • SUN PROTECTION (HATS, SUNSCREEN, SUNGLASSES)

  • FACE MASKS (REQUIRED IN ALL INDOOR SPACES ON CAMPUS)
PARENT & FAMILIES VIRTUAL EVENT
The Parent & Family Connections Office welcomes you to Purdue and invites all parents and family members of incoming Purdue students to join the co-founders of Grown & Flown, Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington, for an online event! Links to watch the Boiler Gold Rush Kick-Off at 8 p.m. ET and to join the Grown & Flown virtual event directly after Kickoff at 8:30 p.m. ET will be shared with families from Parent & Family Connections closer to the event date. 
 
INTERNATIONAL PARENTS VIRTUAL WELCOME (BGRi PARTICIPANTS ONLY): The Office of International Students and Scholars welcomes you to Purdue and inviteparents and family members of incoming international students to join the 2021 Virtual International Parent's Welcome that will take place each day from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 16, through Friday, Aug. 20. If you need more information about the International Parent's Welcome event, feel free to reach out to ISSprogramming@purdue.edu
 
As a reminder, we are asking all students to forward this email to parents or other guests who benefit from reading this email. Purdue's Parent & Family Connections unit also will send updates to parents in the coming days.  
 
Once again, we look forward to your participation in our orientation programs and supporting your transition to Purdue! Please email studentsuccess@purdue.edu if you have any questions in the meantime! We are excited to welcome you to Purdue University in just a couple short weeks!   

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