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February 2019 Newsletter

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Purdue names vice provost for diversity and inclusion

John Gates, an administrator in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, has been named as Purdue University’s vice provost for diversity and inclusion.

Gates also will serve as clinical professor in the Krannert School of Management. His appointment will be effective April 1, said Jay Akridge, Purdue provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. More.

Executive Director of Financial Aid Named

Heidi Carl has been named executive director of financial aid for the Purdue West Lafayette campus. Carl will begin her responsibilities on Feb. 18 and will report to Kristina Wong Davis, vice provost for enrollment management. More.

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab and Chegg Partner to Make World-Class Writing Education Tools More Accessible

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) and Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG), today announced an exclusive agreement to integrate Chegg’s Writing tools with Purdue University’s OWL content to support students on-demand whenever and wherever they need it. This partnership furthers both groups’ shared goal to help students worldwide become better writers. More.

Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society InvitationsMembers of ALDPES participate in Hunger Hike

Congratulations to over 3,000 first year students who received an invitation to join Purdue’s Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society! Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma recognizes students who earned a 3.5 or above in their first semester of college work OR who have a 3.5 GPA for their first two semesters. The callouts/info sessions will be held on Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21 (students will have more detailed information in their emailed invitation).
A letter of congratulations is being mailed during the week of February 4 to families of students who are eligible to join. You may also want to take a look at Purdue’s chapter website or the two national websites: (look for the video clip, complete with some of our Purdue students!) and If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Susan Melson Huffman, Purdue Chapter Advisor and Past National Alpha Lambda Delta President at

University Residences - Contract Renewal

As a reminder, the deadline for current students to renew, modify, or cancel their contract is quickly approaching - February 28, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST. As of 12:00 a.m. (midnight), Eastern Standard time on Friday, March 1, 2018, all signed contracts will be legally-binding and students will not be eligible to cancel their signed housing contract unless they are NOT attending Purdue University during the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Also, did you know your student can win FREE HOUSING if they’re living on campus next year? Have them share a story of their success on campus with the hashtag #urleapingforward to enter. Posts can include video, photos, or even just a story, and can be funny, serious, sentimental or any other mood their creativity desires! The deadline to enter is February 28, 2019.  


CCO Spotlight

Is your student starting the job search process this semester or planning to attend an upcoming career fair? The CCO would like to remind parents and family members about your students free access to a myCCO account. This is a “one stop shop” to view current employers, obtain mock interview assistance, upload resumes, view available internships as well as job postings from current employers who partner with the CCO! Your student simply needs to visit and click on “myCCO” on the main page to begin the process.

Lastly, if your student is considering a career fair, please consider sharing the following fairs with them:

  • Purdue Polytechnic is February 6
  • Construction Management is February 8
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management is February 11
  • College of Agriculture is February 13
  • Sports & Entertainment is February 13

For more information, please view our CCO event calendar at

Parent Fund Highlight – February 2019

Thank you to all the parents and families who’ve given to the Purdue Parents Fund. Your gift supports, among other programs, the Office of the Dean of Students to assist students in crisis.

As one of the “Big Give” Award recipients this year, the Office of the Dean of Students On-Call Team is using the funds to create a resource card for students that they visit. This team is activated by local police and fire departments to respond to incidents involving students after-hours and weekends. The purpose of this team is to provide an abundance of care and immediate assistance. Most often, this team is visiting with students in the hospital. The team member ensures the student has a way home, that absences are communicated to instructors, and that the student is made aware of campus resources that can assist in the student’s transition back to campus.

Currently, all of this information is written on the back of a business card. The creation of this resource card will allow a greater amount of information to be given to the student in a tangible manner that can be easily referenced in the days following the incident. Some resources highlighted will include Counseling & Psychological Services; the Office of the Dean of Students; Purdue University Police Department; and the Disability Resource Center. Additionally, the card will provide a few recommendations on self-care.

The Dean On-Call Team receives great feedback from parents and families of impacted students.

“Many families are surprised by the personal attention shown to their student given the size of the University, “ says Associate Dean of Students, Steven Yeagley. “This resource card will allow the team to have an even greater impact.”

For more information about the Purdue Parents Fund or to make a gift, visit Parents Fund or contact Jeni Hill, Director of Development for Student Life, at For more information on the resources available to students in times of crisis, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 765-494-1747 or

Reminders from January


Families interested in receiving financial aid (including federal loans) at Purdue University for the 2019-2020 academic year must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to receive priority consideration for federal, state and university-based financial aid.

Each student applicant and a custodial parent must have a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA-ID) to begin the process. If either does not have an FSA-ID, it may be created at Students may then file their FAFSA at (Note: now redirects to the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid website). Once completed, students can check current filing status and review their FAFSA at will.

The 2019-20 FAFSA has been available since October 1. Most students and their families will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to file the FAFSA with their already completed 2017 IRS tax return information. However, it is very important that families do not update the FAFSA after filing their 2018 tax information. 

Families may contact the Division of Financial Aid via or by calling 765-494-5050, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Eastern) with any financial aid related questions.

Changes to 1098T

In previous years, the 1098-T included a figure in Box 2 that represented the qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE) billed to the student account for the calendar (tax) year. Due to a change to institutional reporting requirements under federal law, beginning with tax year 2018, Purdue will report in Box 1 the amount of QTRE paid during the year.

Depending on the students’ income (or family income, if the student is a dependent), whether the student is considered full or half-time enrolled, and the amount of the qualified educational expenses for the year, the student may be eligible for a federal education tax credit. (Detailed information about claiming education tax credits are available in IRS Publication 970, page 9.)

The dollar amounts reported on the Form 1098-T may assist in completing IRS Form 8863 – the form used for calculating the education tax credits that a taxpayer may claim as part of their tax return.

Purdue University is unable to provide individual tax advice, but should you have questions, you should seek the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser.

Below is a blank sample of the 2018 Form 1098-T, that you will receive in January 2019, for your general reference. For more information and additional resources about Form 1098-T, visit the Office of the Bursar website.

Form 1098-T Example

Purdue University Galleries’ Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center will exhibit a juried art show highlighting works from Purdue’s undergraduate students in art and design. This annual juried exhibition will open Feb. 25 and run through March 8. More.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

Purdue Musical Organizations

Purdue Convocations

Purdue Athletics

Purdue Theatre

Ideas Festival

Spring Commencement


March 4, Open Registration begins for all students for Summer Courses

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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