November 2018 Newsletter

Parents & Families,

If you were able to make it to campus for Family Weekend, we hope you enjoyed your time on campus and was able to make great memories with your Boilermaker.

We would like to thank everyone who attended this year and we look forward to seeing you next year– watch for an announcement in the spring for 2019 Family Weekend! If you haven't already provided feedback from the weekend, please do so here. The survey will be available until November 30th, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

If you were unable to make it to campus for Family Weekend 2018, we are sure you are counting down the moments until you have your Boilermaker with you during upcoming University breaks. During that time, while asking the traditional questions about how classes are going, campus employment and clubs/activities they are involved in, there is another question you should ask your student - who is your support system while you are on campus? We all have a bad day, and having someone on campus to talk things through can turn a bad day into good. If your student is struggling, there is help at Purdue, some of which are mentioned in our Featured Stories section of the newsletter. However, if you are ever concerned about your student, be sure to refer to this Student of Concern Guide.

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Featured Stories

CAPS Launches New Wellness Application

Purdue Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) has launched a web and application based service to address student mental health and wellness needs.
Known as WellTrack, the software tool provides an additional way for students to address challenges they face on campus. WellTrack is available to all actively enrolled students at the West Lafayette campus. Students do not have to be connected to CAPS to access and use the program.
WellTrack is an online mental health and wellness tool for students that enables them to track their moods and learn ways to cope and manage them more effectively. It can be used alone or in conjunction with therapy provided by clinicians at CAPS. WellTrack includes an invitation-only sharing feature that allows students to voluntarily share their WellTrack information with their clinician at CAPS, aiding in their ongoing therapy. Students can choose to cancel the information sharing at any time.
“Students frequently encounter new or troubling situations,” says Susan Prieto-Welch, director of CAPS. “WellTrack will empower students with tools to cope with these situations, learn about themselves and grow.  It also provides a valuable additional resource as CAPS’ clinicians work with students to address the concerns of Boilermakers in need of support.”
Students can access this tool by registering using their email address and logging in to the hosted site at: Students can also download the application, available for Android and Apple devices.

While it is helpful

Purdue Wellness Programs

Did you know there is a Demonstration Kitchen at Purdue? The Demonstration Kitchen strives to make cooking accessible to everyone, by demonstrating delicious recipes and menus that are quick, easy and affordable. They provide a variety of demonstrations and programs in order to accommodate varying interests, ages, and abilities. Their Student Cooking Instructors will provide participants with nutrition information, culinary techniques, and food sanitation guidelines. Participants will also have the opportunity to sample the dishes prepared during the demonstration they attend. Recipes cards are provided. You can learn more about the Demonstration Kitchen and more in the Wellness Programs' November Newsletter. You can learn more about Wellness Programs on their website.


As the holiday season is quickly approaching we are sure you are very excited to have your Boilermakers headed home for break! This is a time to be with family and for the students to take a break from their college career.

There are many international students on our campus who are not as fortunate to be able to return home during the winter recess. The Host-A-Boiler program began five years ago and provides a wonderful opportunity for international students who will be in the local area during the break to be hosted for a meal or other activities by local families.

Host-A-Boiler is looking for volunteers to host these students. If this is an opportunity you and your family would enjoy, please consider hosting this holiday season. To find additional information on the program or to signup, please proceed to the following link: The deadline for Thanksgiving signup is Tuesday, November 13th. The deadline for a one-time get together over Winter break is December 11th.

Academic Success Center holds Mock Exam

For courses with large enrollment numbers, Elliott Hall of Music is Purdue’s most practical space for hundreds—and sometimes thousands—of students to take a single exam at once. 

While great for concerts and commencement ceremonies, the venue provides some challenges as a testing environment. Its dim lighting and a cacophony of sniffling noses can be distracting to students who have only tested in high school classrooms.

That’s why, for the second year in a row, Purdue’s Academic Success Center (ASC) provided students with an opportunity to “Test Drive” the Elliott Hall exam experience. More.

Parents Fund Update - Meet Jeni Hill

“Let me introduce myself. My name is Jeni Hill. I’m a new Director of Development for Purdue Student Life with a focus on parent giving. I’m passionate about education, fundraising, and sharing the Purdue story. I’ve been with Purdue since 2015, and I’m the proud parent of a current Boilermaker, along with my husband, a Boilermaker who has been at Purdue for 13 years. I’m excited to get to know you and learn your Purdue story. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time at or 765-496-1105. I hope to talk with you soon.” --Jeni

As the year comes to an end, please consider supporting the Purdue Parents Fund! Your gift supports student needs such as counseling, health and wellness programs, academic support, emergency assistance, and leadership opportunities, as well as outreach efforts to Purdue families. Ginny Lorenc, a PFC Advisory Board member, donates to the Parents Fund because, “We know our dollars benefit the real needs of Boilermaker students and parents. We are confident the funds are actively providing high quality, valued events, tools and resources for parents and students.” Please consider joining Ginny by making a gift to the Purdue Parents Fund when you receive a Rally Line phone call, direct mail solicitation, or online at

On- and Off- Campus Housing for 2018-19

Although we are just over half way into the fall semester for the 2018-19 academic year, many students have already begun the process of determining where they will live for the 2019-20 academic year. If your student is currently living off campus or plans to next year, Off Campus Housing and Student Legal Services has some things for students to keep in mind about renting off campus.

For students staying on campus for the 2019-20 academic year, current residents of University Residences had an opportunity to select where they will be living on-campus beginning at noon, November 1, 2018 through contract renewal. Contract Renewal is a phased process – based upon where the resident currently lives and their current University classification. With the exception of November 1, 2018, each phase becomes active at 8:30 a.m. and remains active until the end of the contract renewal process, which is February 28, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. There are two options of contract renewal for students: Return to Your Same Room and Move to a Different Room. More information about contract renewal can be found on the Contract Renewal FAQ page.

University Residences Winter Break Housing

University Residences will be closed for winter recess starting at noon December 17th through January 3rd. During this time, students have the option to sign up for room only-interim housing. Room only-interim housing is available to students wishing to stay during the break for an additional charge of $330, as room and board charges do not cover this scheduled vacation period (except for Purdue Village, Hilltop Apartments and UR Boiler Apartments).

A limited number of residence halls will remain open during the break: Cary Quad, First Street Towers, Hawkins and Hillenbrand. Students living in these halls wishing to stay
over the break will be billed $330 and can remain in their current room. Students in other halls will be required to move to unoccupied spaces in open halls. The only office remaining open during the semester break is Hawkins Hall. Pre-registration is required.  For more information visit the Winter Break Housing page.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

Purdue Musical Organizations

Purdue Convocations

Purdue Athletics

Purdue Theatre

Ideas Festival


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.

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

Spring Commencement

If you missed the announcement, the Spring Commencement Divisions have been announced!

Division I -- Friday, May 10, 2019, at 3 p.m. ET

  • Graduate School (All Schools and Colleges)

Division II -- Friday, May 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. ET

  • Liberal Arts
  • Polytechnic Institute

Division III -- Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Agriculture
  • Engineering (Agricultural & Biological, Materials, Mechanical)
  • Pharmacy (DP)

Division IV -- Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. ET

  • Engineering (Aeronautical and Astronautical, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Construction, Electrical & Computer, Engineering Education, Environmental & Ecological, Industrial, Nuclear)

Division V -- Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. ET

  • Education
  • Health and Human Sciences (includes DAUD, DNP)
  • Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Division VI -- Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 2 p.m. ET

  • Management
  • Science

Summer Commencement Date

Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9:30 a.m. ET

  • All Schools and Colleges


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

January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No Classes)

March 11-16, Spring Vacation (No Classes)

April 27, Classes End

April 29 - May 4, Final Exams

May 4, Semester Ends

May 10- 12, Spring Commencement

May 13, Summer Modules Begin

See the full 2018-2019 academic calendar

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