October 2019 Newsletter

Featured Stories

Financial Wellness for Boilermakers through Boiler Financial Track

Recreation and Wellness’s broad scope of wellness programs has now expanded to Financial Wellness. Through the Boiler Financial Track, students can learn more about creating a budget, establishing credit, debt management and more. Students can take advantage of one-on-one counseling sessions and financial wellness presentations by scheduling appointments through BoilerConnect, under Student Life & Wellness. You can read more about this service in a recent news release or by visiting the Boiler Financial Track website.

Did you know- FAFSA

Families interested in receiving financial aid (including federal loans) at Purdue University for the 2020-2021 academic year can now file 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, 2020.

The 2020-21 FAFSA will look two years back using 2018 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 2018 IRS tax return information. 

Students and families can visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa to complete their FAFSA. 

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.

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Parents Fund Highlight

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 previously highlighted, the Office of the Dean of Students was one of the “Big Give” Award recipients this year, and their On-Call Team used the funds to create a resource card for students that they visit during or after a crisis.  The creation of this card now allows a greater amount of information to be given to the student in a tangible manner that can easily be referenced in the days following an incident.

In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students was awarded a second Big Give grant which enabled them to create the Student of Concern Resource Card.  Placed in offices, lecture halls and distributed among pupils on campus, this card is used to help students inform the Dean of Students Office of other students who might be in need of more support or resources.

According to mental health research conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four college students have a diagnosable illness in today’s society, and of these students, 40% do not seek help.  With the creation of these resource cards, the Office of the Dean of Students is working to hopefully reduce that number and statistic within the Purdue University community, and help students get the support they need.

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 jkhill@prf.org.  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 odos@purdue.edu.

Relocation of Purdue’s Welcome Center and Boilermaker Station creates a combined welcome center

The Boilermaker Station and Welcome Center have relocated due to the major renovation project on the Purdue Memorial Union Club hotel. The two guest centers have moved into Purdue’s Stewart Center, Room 102, to create a combined, all-encompassing welcome center called the Boilermaker Station Welcome Center.

The new space provides a welcome space for all Boilermakers — prospective students and families, current students in the Purdue Alumni Student Experience (PASE) or alumni visiting campus — and guests. The Purdue Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions are collaborating to staff the new center. More.

Senior Send Off

The Purdue Alumni Association will be hosting their bi-annual Senior Send Off on Wednesday, October 16.  This event provides graduating students a chance to talk to their school/college, take photos with Purdue icons, receive their Purdue Alumni pint glass, and other fun activities. December graduates can visit purduealumni.org/sso to register and find more information about the event.

Purdue plans one-week fee holiday for ID card trade-ins

Students wanting to trade in their current Purdue identifications for cards with an expiration date will be able to do so for free for one week, from Oct. 21-25. More.

Purdue University Introduces Replica Shirt Featured on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Show

Purdue University, working in conjunction with CLC, its exclusive trademark licensing agent, has introduced a special-edition, replica Purdue shirt that appeared on an episode of Netflix’s Stranger Things 3 this past summer.

 During the Independence Day weekend episode of the show, one of the characters wore a light blue, ’80s style, short-sleeve Purdue shirt, which quickly created a social media buzz with Boilermakers excited to see Purdue merchandise featured on the popular show.

Since the airing of the show, the Purdue Trademarks and Licensing Department has been working with CLC and Purdue licensee, Venley, to replicate the unique product that bears the vintage Purdue Pete logo on the left sleeve and Purdue in gold across the chest. More.

Purdue University welcomes delivery robots

Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus is now sharing its sidewalks with a fleet of robots that can deliver meals at the push of a button. Starship Technologies, the world’s leading autonomous delivery service, today (Sept. 9) launched robot food delivery services at Purdue, the first college in the Big Ten Conference to do so. 

Beginning today, Purdue’s 43,000 students, along with faculty and staff, can access the Starship Deliveries app (iOS and Android) to order food and drinks to be delivered anywhere on campus, within minutes. More. 

Evening and campus perimeter shuttle services now available through Leaper X app

The Leaper X transit pilot program is now available to West Lafayette campus faculty, staff and students as an additional, app-based campus transportation option. The program is testing marketplace innovation that may expand campus transit coverage and reduce overall travel time.

As was recently announced, the service primarily offers evening rides to users between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight from one campus location to another seven days a week, except when the University is closed for holidays. Additionally, rides between campus proper and locations that are west or south of the academic campus, such as Purdue airport facilities or Zucrow Laboratories, are available between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Leaper X fleet offers fully accessible transit, and the number of vehicles can be scaled to meet demand during the pilot.  

Leaper X is operating concurrently with existing CityBus routes. Advance notice will be provided prior to any changes to the existing CityBus Black Loop or Av Tech stop on the Gold Loop.

The Leaper X app is available through Google Play or the App Store. Users will be required to create an account with their Purdue email address in order to use the service. Once the account has been verified, the user will be able to log in to the app and select pickup and drop-off locations from the map of available options, provide the number of riders and select a fully accessible shuttle if needed.

An estimated arrival time will typically display in the app after the ride request is submitted. These are frequently recalculated based on recent shuttle usage and traffic conditions. Vehicles should arrive within 10 minutes of the submitted request, and users can track the location of the shuttle in real time. 

After the ride completes, users are encouraged to answer the questions that appear in the app and provide comments about their experience. This, along with other data, will be used to evaluate the usefulness of the pilot program and viability of continuing the service.

Information is available at www.purdue.edu/leaperx, and questions may be directed to leaperx@purdue.edu.

University Residences Room Change Request, Semester Cancel and Voluntary Cancellation

Students currently residing in University Residences will receive an email notification from housing on Friday, October 4th with information on next steps shall they not be returning to Purdue for the spring term, if they wish to change rooms for the spring term, or if they want to voluntary cancel their room and board. Students may inquired about additional information or pick up forms (second semester cancellation requests, interhall transfer forms and same hall room change request forms) at their assigned hall’s main office. Inquiry regarding voluntary cancellation for second semester must be made prior to the student’s departure in December at smhuffman@purdue.edu.

University Residences Winter Break Housing

University Residences will be closed for winter recess starting at noon December 16th through January 9th. 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 $500, as room and board charges do not cover this scheduled vacation period (except for Purdue Village, Hilltop Apartments and UR Boiler Apartments). Students living in University Residences who wish to stay over the break may remain in their current room for an additional charge of  $500. The deadline to sign up for Winter Break housing is December 16, 2019. Pre-registration is required for anyone staying over break. For more information visit the Winter Break Housing website.

Family Weekend - October 25-27, 2019

The Family Weekend website with a list of events launched August 28, with registration for Family Weekend Events launching  on Wednesday, September 11 and remaining open until 12:00 p.m. (noon, Eastern), on Wednesday, October 23.

As you will notice some events for Family Weekend are TBA based on game time. Once announced, our website will be updated and a notice will be sent to families. Note: emails will be sent to individuals subscribed to the Parent & Family Connections monthly newsletters.  


October 7, Schedule of Classes published for Spring 2020 Term

October 7-8, October Break (No Classes)

October 25-27, Family Weekend

November 27-30, Thanksgiving Vacation (No Classes)

December 7, Classes End

December 8, Schedule of Classes published for Summer 2020 Term

December 9-14, Final Exams

December 14, Semester Ends (9:00 p.m.)

December 15, Fall Commencement

January 13, Spring Semester Classes Begin

See the full 2019-2020 academic calendar

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