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April 2019 Newsletter

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Why I Love Purdue Libraries Video Contest Deadline April 15

There are more than 150 ways to love Purdue University Libraries, and, to help celebrate Purdue University’s Sesquicentennial, we're asking you to share your stories about some of the ways via the “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” annual video contest! Supported by the Purdue Federal Credit Union, the contest is open to all students on the West Lafayette campus. The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 15. More.

Purdue ensures Tyler Trent’s legacy with memorial gate, scholarship

President Mitch Daniels on Wednesday (March 27) announced that a memorial gate leading to the student-section entrance of Ross-Ade Stadium will be erected in honor of Tyler Trent, the Purdue graduate and superfan who died Jan. 1 of cancer. Daniels also announced the first recipient of the Tyler Trent Courage and Resilience Award, a memorial scholarship in Trent’s name funded through a combination of gifts. More.

Apollo in the Archives: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers

The exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight that landed on the moon – where Armstrong took those famed first steps – and coincides with Purdue University’s July celebration of the moon landing, as well as the University’s sesquicentennial celebration, 150 Years of Giant Leaps. More.

Purdue Men's Basketball

The Purdue Men's Baskeball team kept Boilermakers fans on our toes beating Villanova to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, then defeating Tennessee to advance to the Elite Eight, but fell short against Virginia. See game recaps.

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Think Summer

Purdue’s four-year graduation rate is 60%, 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 on the Think Summer website.  We also encourage your student to apply for summer aid in their myPurdue portal.

CCO Spotlight

As we near the end of the spring semester the Center for Career Opportunities would like to highlight the remaining career fairs for your student to consider attending. These career fairs include: Just In Time Job Fair on April 17 (open to all majors) and Teacher Recruitment Day on April 22. For more information regarding career fairs, information sessions and workshops please view our CCO event calendar by visiting Lastly, job negotiation remains a common topic of conversation for our senior students as they prepare for life after graduation. To help with this process consider having them check out our newly published May 2018 post-graduation salary and career outcomes data from our May 2018 graduating class. This content is available on our CCO alumni page by visiting

Parents Fund Highlight

Thank you to all the parents and families who've given to the Parents Fund. Your gift supports, among other programs, Purdue’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

According to the 2017 Annual Report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), anxiety and depression have continued to be on the increasing trend over the last four years, and are the two most common presenting concerns (CCMH, 2018).  In addition, utilization trends observed over the past five years demonstrated increases in demand for service from counseling centers at an average of 30-40%, while enrollment increased by only 5% (CCMH, 2018).  Here at Purdue alone, CAPS has experienced a 22.2% increase in demand for service between FY 2016 and FY 2018, and a 26.3% increase in demand for on-call services in FY 2018.  Following these increased numbers, CCMH suggests that “institutions and counseling centers work together to develop and offer a continuum of options to educate and support both students seeking counseling services as well as the general student body (e.g., prevention, education, self-help, and expanded treatment capacity; CCMH, 2018).”

As another one of our “Big Give” winners this year, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) have used their awarded funds to do just that.  Through two campus-wide Self-Care Resource events, they hope to increase awareness of the importance of self-care & utilize strategies that can better aid in coping and resilience building.  The first event held on March 18th provided students with self-care information & tips as they learned about, and engaged in stress management activities like yoga and art.  The second event being held on April 4th will provide the students with the same information, tips & activities as the first, in addition to topics relevant to international students.  Different campus partners & offices have also been invited to partake in the events to further support and engage with the students.

“We know that self-care is fundamental to overall health and mental well-being, yet is often easily set aside and neglected when we feel busy.  There are many ways a person can engage in self-care, and our hope is that in these events students can explore and engage in self-care through various methods, sparking interest and increasing motivation to continue doing so as they navigate the remainder of the semester.  Reconnecting with the benefits of self-care practices will hopefully prompt students to maintain awareness of its importance.” - Susan Prieto-Welch, Ph.D., HSPP, Director at Counseling and Psychological Services

Lectures and Guest Speakers

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

Purdue Musical Organizations

Purdue Convocations

Purdue Athletics

Purdue Theatre

Ideas Festival

Purdue University Galleries

Commencement Corner

A special message from the Commencement Team

Reminder to spring candidates - the Commencement Tab will close on April 12 at 10PM. It is vitally important that student complete the steps on the Commencement Tab to ensure they have the best commencement experience possible.

Class Representative

Each year the Purdue Alumni Association opens up a spot on their board of directors for a class representative. This year’s representative must graduate in in May, August, or December of 2019. This is a great opportunity to serve on a non-profit board right out of college, provide strategic input and direction on the future of the alumni association, represent the view of other recent graduates, and network with some of the best alumni leaders that Purdue has to offer. Students can learn more and apply at:


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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