March 2018 Newsletter

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Dear Purdue Families,

I hope your Boilermaker enjoyed their well-deserved break from classes before the business of the end of the semester begins. The last few weeks of the academic year can be very stressful for students, especially if they have struggled some during the semester, whether it be academically, socially, or are now questioning their intended career path. This stress can cause students to experience emotional distress, which can happen to anyone, and is the focus of the Campaign to Change Direction.

This past summer Purdue, along with a number of colleges and universities around the state of Indiana, signed a pledge to support the campaign. The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages people to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. To promote the campaign around the University, the student wellness organization has done tabling events covering the five signs, and for the month of March, members of the Mental Wellness Task Force have added the following image to their email signatures.

If your student is experiencing emotional distress, please know that there are resources available to help:

The Mindfulness Series
Students can sign up for this free, four session series to learn how to calm distracting thoughts, lessen stress, and cope effectively with life’s struggles. The series will be on March 27th, March 29th, April 3rd, and April 5th, and teaches mindfulness through eating, yoga, meditation, and stress coping. Registration is free at CoRec member services.

Counseling & Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a variety of mental health services and strives to provide assistance to help actively enrolled students improve their mental health and succeed, in life and academically. Students can schedule an Initial Assessment online at or call (765) 494-6995 for more information. Shall your student experience a crisis outside of CAPS hours of operation, they should call (765) 494-6995, press 1, and they will be connected with a clinician who will assess their situation and provide help.

Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) is here to help your student navigate any challenge that may arise and is here to help your student make informed decisions. Students may walk-in to Schleman 207 and ask to speak with a Student Support Specialist or contact our office at (765) 494-1747, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET).

If you feel your student is portraying behaviors that may interfere with their ability to be successful and/or function well in the living, learning, or work environment, please submit a Student of Concern Report on the ODOS website, or by calling (765) 494-1747. By filling out a Student of Concern Report, a member of the Dean of Students team will likely reach out to the student to offer support and assistance. If it is ever an emergency that requires immediate attention, please call 911.


Katherine L. Sermersheim, Ph.D.
Dean of Students

Commencement Corner

A special message from the Commencement Team

If you have a student who will be graduating this spring, be sure to check out this important message from the Commencement Team. More.

Purdue Alumni's Senior Send Off

Future graduates can get their alumni pint glass, pictures with Purdue icons (Purdue Pete, XtraSpecial), and visit with other campus departments. This semester’s event will take place on Wednesday, March 21st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can learn more and register here.


Save the date: Purdue Day of Giving—April 25!

Join the Boilermaker family for a 24-hour event dedicated to supporting higher education at the highest proven value. Making a gift on April 25th could help the Purdue Parents Fund win hourly challenges and bonus dollars. Stay tuned to your email and the Parent & Family Connections Facebook page for more about this record-breaking day!

CCO Spotlight

Is your student on social media? Encourage them to follow the Center for Career Opportunities, @purduecco. We post career tips and also promote events taking place off and on campus. We are currently on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Wix, and LinkedIn. Additionally, we encourage you to check out our blog, where we post Student Spotlight articles which features Purdue student’s unique internship opportunities. We also write blogs with helpful information for students regarding the job search process.

Think Summer

Purdue’s four-year graduation rate is 55%, and nearly 60% of those who fall into that category take advantage of summer! Registration for summer courses is now open for all students, and instructions can be found at


April 10, Undergraduate Research Conference

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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