February 2018 Newsletter

Featured Stories

Division of Financial Aid reminds students to file their 2018-19 FAFSA

To receive priority consideration for federal, state and university-based financial aid, all current and prospective students planning to attend Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus in the fall of 2018, should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.gov/ no later than Purdue’s March 1 priority filing date. (Click picture below to expand)

Host-A-Boiler program provides way to build friendships, share cultures

Thanks to dozens of community members, including Purdue faculty and staff, more than 112 Purdue University students and scholars from 27 countries were able to spend time during the recent holiday breaks with local families.

Launched in 2015, the Host-A-Boiler program was created to match host families and individuals with students and scholars who were not able to travel home during Thanksgiving or winter break. More.

Purdue's Black Cultural Center to celebrate Black History Month

The Black Cultural Center at Purdue will host art events, movies and performances throughout February to celebrate Black History Month. Above: The "We Wear the Mask: The Black Heroes and Sheroes of the Comic Book Universe” exhibit displays comic books and action figures of popular and lesser known comic book heroes and sheroes. More.


Purdue University Parent & Family Advisory Board's "Big Give"

During the Fall meeting, the Purdue University Parent & Family Advisory Board selected recipients of this year’s "Big Give" Grant. The Big Give Grant is made possible through the generosity of may Purdue parents and families by their gifts to the Parents Fund. A total of $15,000 was awarded to six different projects with anticipated direct impact of over 1,200 students to further reach many more. Watch the Parents Fund Spotlight for in future newsletters for more information on the selected projects. For more information about the Purdue Parents Fund or to make a gift, visit purdue.edu/parentandfamily/give/parents fund.php.

Honors College class partners with community organizations to explore Lafayette well-being

Well-being is something of a buzzword these days. Tossed around equally by politicians, heath care workers and college campuses, it’s a much-lauded goal with a current of complexity underneath. While research has uncovered elements of well-being that transcend countries and cultures, the term remains highly personal. In fact, the face of wellness can vary drastically across groups and communities. More.

CCO Spotlight

The CCO offers a robust variety of workshops to make sure your student is prepared for career fairs, job interviews, and other aspects of the career search process. The workshops run through April and cover topics like writing a resume, LinkedIn, and Negotiation, among many others. Encourage your student to take advantage of this opportunity to develop professionally. A list of workshop events can be found here:https://www.cco.purdue.edu/Calendar.

Is your student looking for an on-campus job? The CCO is hiring! We are hiring Marketing and Media interns, as well as Peer Consultants. For more details, please have your student visit myCCO. The job ID for the Peer Consultant position is 835460​. The job ID for the Marketing and Media position is 835439.

Undergraduate Research Conference

This year's Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference will feature oral presentations in the morning in STEW and a poster symposium in the afternoon in the PMU Ballrooms. The Conference will be the culminating event of Purdue Undergraduate Research Week. Students have the opportunity this year to present oral presentations (deadline to submit the paper: Feb. 7) or a poster (deadline to submit the abstract: Feb. 28). They can check out information on how to apply on the OUR website.

Rising Professionals: An Old Masters program to hold campus-wide panel

Purdue's Rising Professionals will celebrate successes and inspire current students during a two-day event on March 4-5. Built as part of the Old Masters Program, Rising Professionals was developed to give current students the opportunity to interact with some exceptional recent graduates.

At 4 p.m. March 4, “WALC the Talk” will be held at Wilmeth Active Learning Center’s Hiler Theater. At “WALC the Talk," the Rising Professionals will share how their Purdue journey affected postgraduate success. Students and faculty will be encouraged to ask questions and submit questions ahead of time via Twitter. Free pizza will be provided as well. The event is free and open to the public. More.

Purdue Dining & Catering, student group Timmy Global Health partner to serve Lafayette homeless community

Purdue's chapter of Timmy Global Health and Purdue Dining & Catering have teamed with Lafayette Transitional Housing Center to help provide food for homeless families. Leftover food from The Gathering Place, located on the ground floor of Meredith Hall, will be packaged and transported to LTHC by Timmy volunteers twice a week. More.

Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma- Honor Society Invitations Sent

Congratulations to over 2,560 first year students who received an invitation to join Purdue’s Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma! Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma recognizes students who earned a 3.5 or above in their first semester of college work on the Purdue WL campus OR who have a 3.5 GPA for their first two semesters. The callouts/info sessions will be held on Tuesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 22 (students have more detailed information in the email they were sent on Friday, January 26, 2018).

Families of eligible students will receive a letter of congratulations and more information in the mail in the next week. Families are invited to attend the induction ceremony on March 25. Our new University Provost, Dr. Jay Akridge, who is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, will speak at the ceremony. You may also want to take a look at Purdue’s chapter website:www.purdue.edu/aldpes (or the two national websites: www.nationalald.org and www.phietasigma.org). If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Dr. Susan Melson Huffman, Purdue Chapter Advisor and National Alpha Lambda Delta President at smhuffman@purdue.edu

Crockpot cooking classes being offered for Purdue faculty, staff and students

Crockpot cooking demonstrations will be held this spring in the Demonstration Kitchen at the Córdova Recreational Sports Center.

Menu and ingredients are provided. Participants take care of the prep work and leave with a meal for four in their crockpot. Participants without a crockpot can bring a container to take the meal with them to cook at home. More.

Apartment Style Living- University Residences Perks!

Has your student contracted to live in University Residences next year? Would they like the perks of apartment living as well as the perks of staying in a residence hall? Do they have 3 friends they want to room with? Blackbird Farms is the best of both! By living at Blackbird Farms students can enjoy:

  • Kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher
  • In-apartment washer and dryer with free laundry
  • Apartment complex amenities like a swimming pool, fitness center and community spaces
  • Free on-site parking and a pass for University Residences parking available for purchase

While they will have a full kitchen at their disposal to test the waters of cooking for themselves, they are also eligible to purchase a meal plan to eat in Purdue’s dining courts.

Additional information regarding Blackbird Farms, including rates, may be found at www.housing.purdue.edu. If this sounds like a sweet deal for them, they can visit https://myhousing.purdue.edu/StarRezPortal for available spaces at Blackbird Farms, but they need to hurry- the Contract Renewal portal is only open until February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.


March 5, Second 8-week courses begin

March 12-17, Spring Vacation

April 25, Purdue Day of Giving

April 28, Classes end

April 30- May 5, Final Exams

May 11- 13, Spring Commencement

See the full 2017-2018 academic calendar

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