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Parents Families E-Newsletter - January 2014

Dear Parents and Families,

Dear Parents and Families,

Jim HintzDuring this very difficult time for our campus, Purdue staff are poised to help your students. President Daniels initially shared the University's condolences and campus resources in a letter to families last Thursday.  

But resources are only helpful if they are used. We need your help. Watch and listen to your student in the days and even months ahead for signs that he or she may be affected by the tragedy. Signs include being withdrawn, feeling vulnerable and less safe and displaying changes in behavior. Even if your student was not directly exposed to the shooting or its aftermath, he or she still can be significantly affected by it.

If you see any signs that help may be needed, strongly encourage your student to seek out the resources provided by the Purdue community. Counseling in the Dean of Students office is available without an appointment. Our trained and experienced staff will listen with a nonjudgmental and empathetic ear. Counseling also is available by appointment at the Purdue Student Health Center. See the listings below for locations, hours and contact information.

You know your student best... If you believe that they are not coping well, please strongly encourage them to reach out. We can help.

Campus Counseling Resources:

Dean of Students office
Schleman Hall, Room 207
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Call 765-494-1747 or stop by the office
No appointment necessary

Purdue Student Health Center
Counseling and Psychological Services 
601 Stadium Mall Dr.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Call 765-494-6995(from 5-8 p.m., Monday- Friday, call 765-494-1724)
By appointment only


James R. Hintz
Interim Dean of Students

University Announcements

Funeral arrangements for Andrew Boldt At the request of the Boldt family, the funeral arrangements are provided to the Purdue community.More.

Purdues emergency plans, communications available online

Last Tuesday;s tragic campus event reminds us how important it is to know where to seek out information when a crisis occurs and to familiarize oneself with the University's emergency procedures. Purdue Homepage: In the event of an emergency event, a "Campus Safety"page replaces the Purdue homepage and www.purdue.edu site visitors are automatically redirected to this page. The landing page provides updates on the emergency, instructions and contact information.

Purdue Facebook Page: Announcements made on the Purdue home page/campus safety page, will be reposted on the Purdue Facebook page.

Text and email alerts:These alerts are pushed out to everyone with a Purdue email account. Note: Email notification is automatic, but one must sign up for text notifications by visitingpurdue.edu/securepurdueand clicking the link titled "Change my emergency contact number."

Campus Security Info for Parents and Families:Purdue families can familiarize themselves with Purdue's approach to safety and security services and emergency response via landing page on the Purdue Police website.

Emergency contacts are critical for student crisis

Fewer than 50 percent of Purdue students have emergency contact information on file with the University. This information can be critical for reaching family members when a student is in a crisis situation. Encourage your student to submit this information and keep it up-to-date on the myPurdue portal.

Gallup-Purdue index to measure what matters most in higher education

Gallup has partnered with Purdue to build and conduct the largest representative study of college graduates in U.S. history. The Gallup-Purdue Index will measure the most important outcomes of higher education - great careers and lives that matter - and provide higher education leaders with productive insights for meaningful performance improvements. The initiative aims to create a national movement toward a new set of measures, created by and for higher education, and to help foster a new level of accountability for the sector. 

Joint Gallop/Purdue News Release
Inside Indiana Business story

CLA shares and celebrates its strategic direction

CLA taglineAbout 200 students, faculty and College of Liberal Arts supporters gathered at Elliott Hall of Music on January 12 to launch the college's new strategic direction and brand message: Think Broadly. Lead Boldly. Spearheaded by the CLA Dean's Advisory Council, the college plans to heighten its profile by sharing more success stories, touting the benefits of a liberal arts education and influencing the conversation about liberal arts and its intersection with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. CLA alumnus Rusty Rueff and provost Tim Sands spoke about brand and branding and market research conducted with alumni and students to steer the college's direction and formulate the brand message platform. The new message tagline appears on the CLA website and will be incorporated into all of the college' communications. 

View the CLA "Think Broadly. Lead Boldly." video.

Purdue trustees approve reduced room, board rates for 2014-15

Purdue's Board of Trustees recently approved a 2.5 percent reduction in the predominant room and board rates for the 2014-15 academic year. The overall average rate reduction is 0.2 percent for housing, and prices for the most popular dining plans are being cut by 5 percent, marking the second straight year that board rates have decreased by 5 percent. Tuition will remain unchanged for 2013-14 as part of a two-year freeze announced last spring. The board also approved new discounted rates for a 12-month room and board contract, as well as rates for Purdue's Calumet and Fort Wayne campuses. Purdue's Board of Trustees recently approved a 2.5 percent reduction in the predominant room and board rates for the 2014-15 academic year. The overall average rate reduction is 0.2 percent for housing, and prices for the most popular dining plans are being cut by 5 percent, marking the second straight year that board rates have decreased by 5 percent. Tuition will remain unchanged for 2013-14 as part of a two-year freeze announced last spring. The board also approved new discounted rates for a 12-month room and board contract, as well as rates for Purdue's Calumet and Fort Wayne campuses. More.

Two leaders will depart from Purdue June 1

Two senior administrators will leave their Purdue positions on June 1 to pursue new opportunities at Marymount and Virginia Tech universities.

Al Diaz
, Purdue's executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer, was recently named treasurer and chief financial officer at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Diaz has served as Purdue's chief financial officer since July 2009. Marymount is an independent Catholic university that enrolls about 3,700 students. More.

The Board of Visitors of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) named Tim Sands as its next president, effective June 1. Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, will remain at Purdue through the spring semester. Virginia Tech is Virginia's largest research university and a land-grant institution with an enrollment of 31,000 students and an annual operating budget of $1.2 billion. More.

Purdue begins search for next provost

With the departure of current provost Tim Sands on June 1, Purdue formally launched the search for its next provost with the naming and first meeting of a search advisory committee.

A message from President Mitch Daniels on the provost search.

Purdue trustees approve system-wide doctor of nursing practice

Purdue University's Board of Trustees approved a system-wide collaboration for a doctor of nursing practice program during its December meeting. Trustees also approved the merger of two engineering technology departments (mechanical and electrical and computer) within the College of Technology into the School of Engineering Technology). More

Six new facilities will change campus landscape in 2014

The campus landscape continues to change with six new student and research-centric facilities scheduled to open in 2014. They include: The Center for Student Excellence and Leadership (CSEL), Vawter Residence Hall, Lyles-Porter Hall, Seng Liang Wang Hall, the Ralph and Bettye Bailey Hall and the Drug Discovery, all currently under construction.

  1. Seng Liang Wang Hall: The four-story, 147,000-square-foot Wang Hall is located across the street from the Physics Building on Northwestern Avenue. Named in honor of alumnus and donor Patrick Wang, the new facility will provide upgraded laboratory space, offices, conference rooms and support facilities for the electrical engineering program.
  2. Center for Student Excellence and Leadership (CSEL): Located on the corner of Jischke and Third streets, the 67,000-square-foot CSEL building will house the University's student organizations and student success programs. Among the CSEL spaces are study and tutoring rooms, meeting and workrooms, student organization and staff offices and design and storage space.
  3. Third Street Suites: Adjacent to CSEL isThird Street Suites. The facility will provide housing for more than 300 students in apartment-style living quarters; each unit provides the residents with two, two-person bedrooms, a shared bathroom, dual sinks, small storage lockers, and a storage closet. Mixed-use retail and restaurant space will be located on the first-floor. The building is expected to achieve a LEED Silver rating for sustainability. More
  4. Lyles Porter Hall: Lyles Porter Hall is the future home of the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and is located at the northwest corner of Harrison and University streets within the Life and Health Sciences Park. The hall is named in honor of alumnus and donor (and former speech pathologist) Marybeth Lyles Porter Higuera who contributed $10 million to the University. The facility will provide space for training students and expanding research and wellness programs and clinics offered to the community.
  5. Ralph and Bettye Bailey Hall: Scheduled for completion in fall 2014, Bailey Hall will house Purdue Musical Organizations (PMO) offices and rehearsal spaces. The 15,300-square-foot hall is located south of the intersection of Grant Street and Northwestern and features large and small rehearsal rooms, a student lounge and study area, a music library and environmentally controlled storage space. More.
  6. Drug Discovery Facility: Located in the Life and Health Sciences Park (next door to the existing Agricultural and Biological Engineering building), this 65,400-square-foot, $28.7 million, drug discovery facility will provide state-of-the-art space for synergistic, innovative research and training in the discovery, design and development of new drugs and drug therapies, including ones for the treatment of cancer cells. More
  • Harrison Street Parking Garage: To support expansion of facilities on the south side of campus, the new parking garage will accommodate about 850 vehicles and is scheduled to open this fall.

Tax credit form available on myPurdue in late January

Families filing a 2013 U.S. tax return may be eligible for educational tax credits when claiming their Purdue student as a dependent. The Bursar's Office will generate the IRS Form 1098-T to help students and families prepare their 2013 tax return. The 1098Ts will be available online by January 31 to students and "authorized users" that have been given access to the 1098T. This information is provided to help individuals determine and support their eligibility for higher education tax credits. Families should consult with their tax advisor for specific information regarding eligibility, as income requirements apply.

Notation about the 1098T Form: Purdue University reports the tuition billed to the student's account between January 1 and December 31 of the given tax year (box 2), not as to when payments are made on the account (box 1). Therefore, Box 2 will be filled in and Box 1 will be blank.

Obtaining the IRS Form 1098-T online:

  1. Students/Authorized Users obtain the 1098T form through Touch Net

    • Log into myPurdue
    • Select the 'Financial' tab
    • Select 'Manage My Account'
    • Under '1098-T Statement', click 'View' next to the year you need

    • Log into Touch Net
    • Under '1098-T Statement', click 'View' next to the year you need. **If you do not see the '1098-T Statement' area, you most likely have not been given access to the 1098T specifically by the student, please see 2.

  2. Students provide access of 1098T for Authorized User in Touch Net

    • Log into myPurdue
    • Select the 'Financial' tab
    • Select 'Manage My Account'
    • Go to the 'Authorized User' tab under 'My Account'
    • Click 'Edit' by the em ail address of the person you are wanting to change access for
    • The second question is"Would you like to allow this person to view your 1098-T Tax statement?" This answer must be changed to "Yes"in order for the Authorized User to have access to the 1098-T (as the default to the question is "No.")

More info.

2014-15 scholarship deadlines are approaching

Now is the time for students to submit Purdue scholarship applications for the 2014-15 academic year. To learn more about scholarship opportunities and application deadlines and to apply, visit these URLS.

Help filing the FAFSA by March 1 is available in February

To receive maximum financial aid consideration, families must submit the FAFSA form online by the March 1 priority deadline. Estimated financial information should be used if taxes have not been filed by that date. Guidance on filing out the form is available by attending a College Goal Sunday event. Locally, the event takes place February 23 at Ivy Tech Community College at 2 p.m. For information on College Goal Sunday sites across Indiana and nationwide, visit the College Goal Sunday website. During College Goal Sunday, financial aid counselors will be available to answer financial aid questions and to help students complete and submit their FAFSA. Families should bring all tax information available for 2013, including a filed return, if applicable and W-2s. It also may be helpful to bring one's 2012 tax return as a reference.

Summer financial aid application is available in late March

The summer aid application will be available on myPurdue in late March for students who plan to attend summer session at least half-time (6 or more credit hours). For more information on summer financial aid and eligibility is available on the Division of Financial Aid website.

FAFSA conducts random verifications; IRS data retrieval tool available for reporting information

Purdue is required to verify the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for a designated percentage of randomly selected students. Verification can include income, assets, household size, or any other information that is requested on the FAFSA. Students will see this request for additional information through their myPurdue account under the "financial" tab and will receive an email alert about the request. If the parent/guardian supplied an email address on the FAFSA, they will receive an email notification too.

Note: Financial aid eligibility will not be determined until all financial aid verification requirements are satisfied.

If tax transcripts for a student or parent/guardian are requested for verification, the easiest means to fulfill this request is to utilize the IRS data retrieval tool on the FAFSA website, if eligible. The IRS data retrieval tool becomes available about 3 to 4 weeks after filing one's tax return electronically or about 8 to 11 weeks after filing by paper. The tool allows the IRS to transfer information from one's tax return directly to the FAFSA. If an individual is not eligible to use the IRS data retrieval tool, they need to request a copy of their tax return transcript from the IRS by following instructions on the IRS website

Note: A tax return transcript is different than a summary that accountants or tax software can provide. It also is important to request a "tax return transcript" instead of the "tax account transcript" from the IRS, as the latter does not satisfy the requirement.

News and Events

Purdue Libraries names video contest winners

Love Libraries videoPurdue Libraries recently selected winners of its Why I Love Purdue Libraries video contest launched during the fall semester. Awardees include:

  • #1 15 in 1 by Muhammad Afiq b. Junaidy, sophomore, chemical engineering, College of Engineering
  • #2 Why I Love Libraries by Denver Bailey, senior, film and video studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • #3 The Purdue Libraries Rap by Andrew Martin, senior, professional writing and theater, College of Liberal Arts

The video contest was open to all current Purdue students. Entries were 1-3 minutes in length and winners were selected by Purdue Libraries Undergraduate Student Libraries Advisory Council (USLAC) and confirmed by Purdue Libraries associate deans. Purdue's Division of Financial Aid distributed award funds to the accounts of winning students, and the top prize was $400.

"The Fierce Urgency of Now" is MLK Day theme for 2014

The campus community is celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. through a series of events this month, including a Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20 and a commemorative address by Julian Bond, social activist and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in Loeb Playhouse. More.

Cooperative living formal recruitment set for Jan. 25 and Feb. 1

interested in Cooperative Recruitment are invited to attend one of two scheduled dates for formal recruitment during the spring semester (January 25 or February 1). Students and family members who would like to attend should gather on these dates at 8 a.m. (for women) and 10 a.m. (for men) in Room 112 of the Physics Building. Attendees will be assigned to small groups and visit each house throughout the day. Transportation to all of the houses is provided for rushees and their families, and a member from the cooperative housing system will ride the bus to answer questions and to ensure that everyone arrives to their proper destination. More.

Place orders now for PMO Singing Valentines

Purdue Musical Organizations (PMO) will perform singing valentines for the upcoming holiday. On Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, a group of PMO students will sing a romantic tune and deliver a rose, cookie and personalized card to locations throughout the Greater Lafayette area or sing a song by phone to long-distance loves. To place an order, visit the PMO website.

"Elect Her" program slated for Feb. 22

Purdue will serve as 1 of 50 college campuses nationwide to host the annual "Elect Her - Campus Women Win" program, which encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. The one-day, 4.5-hour training program will take place Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at 10 a.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union East Faculty Lounge. Students interested in participating should submit their online application by Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11:59 p.m. The national program is a coordinated by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start leadership program and presented at Purdue by the Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership Development. More info.

"Big Man on Campus" fundraiser takes place March 7

Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will host its 18th annual Big Man on Campus (BMOC) fundraising event for breast cancer on Friday, March 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Elliott Hall of Music. BMOC 2014, "One Night. One Fight." is a male talent competition. Contestants are fraternity members selected as representatives for their organization. The participant to raise the most funds, spread the most awareness, and win the talent competition receives the title, "Big Man On Campus." Since 2010, Purdue's ZTA chapter has contributed more than $486,000 to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure program. 

More info.
Exponent Video from 2013 event

Glee Club performs for West Coast audiences March 16-22

The Purdue Varsity Glee Club will road trip to the San Francisco area March 16-22 for a series of performances. View the Purdue Musical Organizations website for the performance schedule.

Purdue Convocations features 17 acts this spring

Purdue Convocations spring line-up includes 17 performance groups beginning with jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy on Jan. 17 and concluding with the musical theater production "West Side Story" on April 24. For more information on and tickets for spring performances, visit the Purdue Convocations website.

Justin Moore's tour stops at Purdue on March 13

Justin Moore's 
Off the Beaten Path" tour with special guest Randy Houser and Josh Thompson will make a stop at the Purdue campus on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Elliott Hall of Music. The performance is presented by Purdue Convocationsand the Purdue Student Concert Committee.


Purdue Theatre spring productions open in February and April

Purdue TheatreSpring performances for Purdue Theatre include "Pride and Prejudice" and "Spring Awakening."  Based on the Jane Austen novel, "Pride and Prejudice" will take place February 21-22, 26-28, and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 23, March 1-2 at 2:30 p.m. Winner of eight Tony Awards, "Spring Awakening" is a modern musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's controversial play about the trials, tribulations, and exhilaration of adolescence. Performances are scheduled for April 18-19 and 23-26 at 7:30 p.m., April 20 at 2:30 p.m. and April 26 at 12 a.m. (midnight). Purdue Theatre is housed at Pao Hall and all performances take place in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre. Ticket info

Family Day 2014 slated for September 6

Coordinated by the Purdue Student Union Board (PSUB), Purdue Athletics, and the University Development Office, Family Day 2014 will kick off on Saturday morning, Sept. 6, with college- and school-sponsored activities. The Boilermaker football team will play Central Michigan at Ross-Ade Stadium. Following the game, families are invited to attend the University-wide Boilermaker Barbecue with live music and family-friendly activities on the Purdue Memorial Union front lawn. Save the date and watch your mail for more information this summer.

Student Support Resources

Career search and counseling services offered by CCO

More than 1,300 jobs were posted last month on myCCO, the Center for Career Opportunities online recruitment platform. Both students and alumni have access to myCCO and the positions posted by companies nationwide. Students and alumni register for their myCCO account using their Purdue identification (PUID) at the CCO Student Homepage.

Purdue students and alumni can take advantage of counseling services on a drop-in basis and by appointment Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CCO office in Young Hall, Room 132. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (765) 494­-3981 or by stopping in the CCO office. For more information, view the CCO services video 

Spring Career Fairs on the West Lafayette Campus include:

  • Jan. 30 Krannert Business-Related Undergraduate Career Fair

  • Feb. 4 Purdue Engineering Student Council Spring Expo Career Fair

  • Feb. 4 Purdue Graduate Student Government Career Fair

  • Feb. 6 College of Liberal Arts Career Expo

  • Feb. 11 Hospitality and Tourism Management Career Fair

  • Feb. 11-12 Sales, Retail, & Financial Services Career Conference

  • Feb. 12 Purdue Agriculture Spring Career Fair

  • Feb. 13 Summer Camp Job Fair

  • Feb. 14 Building Construction Management Career Fair

  • Feb. 18 Professional Practice Career Fair

  • Feb. 19 Forestry and Natural Resources Career Fair

  • Feb. 25 College of Technology Career Fair

  • March 5 Emerging Employers Career Fair (Companies with 50 or fewer employees are welcomed)

  • March 5 Health Careers Fair

  • March11 Mandarin-Speaking Career Fair

  • April 16 Just-in-Time Job Fair

  • April 29 Teacher Recruitment Day

Visit the CCO event calendar for more upcoming events and workshops.

CCO seeks student ambassadors and marketing interns

Purdue Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) is accepting applications for its 2014-2015 student ambassadors and marketing intern positions through myCCO. Student ambassadors assist their peers with drop-in services and work on special projects for the center. Marketing interns support the center with development of social media and marketing campaigns.

"IT coach" shares tips with students on user topics

A new series of videos starring "IT Coach," the hardest-working technology mentor in the Big Ten, answer students' common information technology questions on changing passwords,printing remotely and mobile email. In addition to explaining technical procedures, the videos, produced by Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), point students to IT resources on campus, such as Purdue's knowledge base GoldAnswers and the ITaP Customer Service Center.