October 2018 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Families,

It is hard to believe we are almost half way through the fall semester. By now many students have completed or are in the process of completing their first round of exams. If the results of these exams are not what your student anticipated, we want to remind you of resources available to your Boilermaker through the Academic Success Center. These resources include but are not limited to:

Supplemental Instruction

Academic Consultations

Peer Success Coaching


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Exams are not the only thing that can cause stress for students throughout the academic year. In 2016, the Mental Wellness Taskforce provided information on monthly stressors that can impact student success. Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, members of Purdue's Parent & Advisory board, in conjunction with members of Purdue's Mental Wellness Taskforce provided insight on the themes to promote mental wellness, and resources available to students. The key themes are:

Problem Solving: Everyone has challenges, experiences, and obstacles. Knowing when to ask for help is key!

Failure: Failure is an important part of learning and success.

Core values: College life requires clarifying values and adapting to a new normal.

Coping with stress: Stress is natural and can become overwhelming. Building resiliency to cope with stress means finding healthy ways to de-stress.

Interpersonal relationships: Failure is an important part of learning and success.

Some students know the resources available, for others they may not know where to start. This academic year, we will highlight different programs offered byWellness Programs as another resource for students to achieve health and wellness goals. If your student is not sure where to go, they can start with a visit to the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of students can provide general support for students during their time at Purdue. Think of this office as a help desk to navigate the University. Staff is available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Schleman Hall, room 207, and can be reached by phone at 765-494-1747. If you have concerns regarding your student (or another student), consider completing aStudent of Concern Report. Staff from the Office of the Dean of Students will provide individualized outreach to the student and help form a plan addressing the concern.

If you are not sure where to direct your student, Parent & Family Connections is here to help. Parent & Family Connections can be reached through our HelpLine at 844-228-0449 or through email at parents@purdue.edu

Featured Stories

Wellness Programs' Mindfulness Series Returns

The Mindfulness Series is coming back starting Oct. 16. This is a free, four part series for students that helps them learn the foundational tenants of mindfulness in order to reduce stress. Participants will practice mindful eating, yoga, meditation, and stress reduction. Students can find more information, including how to register, by going to the Wellness Programs website.

EPICS celebrating Purdue’s 150 Years of Giant Leaps with a nostalgic twist

For many children, taking a day trip to a zoo or museum was not complete until an oval-shaped coin pressed with a zoo animal or dinosaur was created, commemorating the great times they had.

Purdue University’s EPICS team is bringing this memorable experience to Boilermakers with their own version of a penny press in honor of Purdue’s Sesquicentennial, 150 Years of Giant Leaps celebration. The penny press was unveiled prior to the Homecoming football game, and now will permanently reside in the atrium of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering. More.

‘The Forge’ statue commemorates Boilermakers of past, future

Today’s Boilermakers will be able to step into the role of a traditional Boilermaker thanks to the new statue, “The Forge.”

The statue is located between Third Street Suites and Krach Leadership Center on the Third Street sidewalk, and it features a life-size hammer and anvil reminiscent of those used by real boilermakers in the past. The Order of Iron Key dedicated the statue Saturday (Sept. 22) as part of the Homecoming 2018 celebration, which officially launched the Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign. The celebration continues through Homecoming 2019, and the emphasis will be on a series of Ideas Festivals, addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges. More.

Did you know- FAFSA

Families interested in receiving financial aid (including federal loans) at Purdue University for the 2019-2020 academic year can now file for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For maximum consideration, the student FAFSA must be received by Purdue’s priority filing date, March 1, 2019.

The 2019-20 FAFSA will look two years back using 2017 tax data. This will allow most current students and their families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to complete the FAFSA with their already completed 2017 IRS tax return information. 

Students and families can visit http://www.fafsa.gov/ to complete their FAFSA using the IRS DRT. 

Dependent students and one parent must each have a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to complete the FAFSA filing process. If you do not have an FSAID or cannot access it, you can create, retrieve or reactivated it at https://fsaid.ed.gov.

8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA® Form

Former trustee provides $30 million; gift will transform Union Club Hotel

Purdue alumnus and former trustee Bruce White and his wife, Beth, along with the Dean and Barbara White Foundation, have announced that they will donate $30 million to Purdue University.

The gift, which will allow Purdue to take a “Giant Leap” forward in campus hospitality, will fund a transformative renovation of the Union Club Hotel, converting it to a world-class hotel and adding a formal restaurant and bar, which, once completed, will provide a laboratory learning environment that will offer training and internship opportunities for Purdue students. More.

SEL Purdue breaks ground at Purdue Discovery Park District

A groundbreaking alumnus of Purdue University helped break ground Friday (Sept. 21) on SEL Purdue, a 100,000-square-foot facility for electric power research that will support 300-plus new high-tech jobs and serve as an anchor in the university’s Discovery Park District. More.

Think Summer

Purdue students take summer courses for many reasons. Graduating early, lightening future semesters to focus on difficult courses, retaking a course to improve one’s GPA, adding a second major, and completing a for-credit internship are just a few of the benefits to taking classes during summer. More than 650 undergraduate courses, including 300 online options, will be offered during Summer 2019, so encourage your student to discuss options during their fall advising appointments!

Cooperative Housing Open House

Believe it or not, now is the time for your student to start considering their housing options for the 2019-2020 academic year! Cooperative Housing at Purdue is offering tours today, Tuesday, October 2nd, through Thursday, October 4th.

Here are a few unique facts about Cooperative Housing:

  • Cooperative students participate in many activities including intramural sports, social events with other organizations, formal dances, community service and philanthropy.
  • Students participating in Cooperative Housing are those that value community, building relationships, serve their fellow man/woman, and are lifelong learners and leaders.
  • Cooperatives consistently achieve a GPA higher than the campus averages for both men and women organizations, while graduating students in 4 years.
  • Over $16,000 in scholarships are available to Cooperative members annually.
  • An abundance of leadership opportunities within individual housing organizations and on the Purdue Cooperative Council are available!                                                                     

For more information, your student is encouraged to contact the Vice President of Recruitment at recruitment@purduecooperatives.org.

Family Weekend - November 2-4, 2018

Registration for Family Weekend opened at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, September 18th and will remain open until 12:00 p.m. (noon, EDT) Wednesday, October 31, or until the event(s) reach capacity.

Event Information
Event Registration
Family Weekend FAQ's
Family Weekend Arrival/Parking

Winter Commencement

Will your student be graduating in December? The Commencement tab is now available in your student's myPurdue portal. The deadline for all candidates to indicate participation in the ceremony is Monday, November 26, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. For additional commencement information, visit the Commencement website.

Winter Commencement Dates

Division I -- Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Health and Human Sciences
  • Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Polytechnic Institute
  • Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

Division II -- Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 2 p.m. ET

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts


October 8-9, October Break (No Classes)

November 2-4, Family Weekend

November 21-24, Thanksgiving Vacation (No Classes)

December 8, Classes End

December 10-15, Final Exams

December 15, Semester Ends

December 16, Winter Commencement

January 7, Spring Semester Classes Begin

See the full 2018-2019 academic calendar

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