2020 Spring Campus Connect Experience



Returning and new undergraduate nontraditional students are invited to join in our 2020 Campus Connect experience.  Engage with the Span Plan community by connecting with students and resources that enhance your student experience!

Detailed Agenda

Sunday, January 12th (this event is child friendly):

Bring your family and enjoy meeting other Span Plan students in Boilermaker Station before spring classes begin!

  • 1:00-2:30 PM : Boilermaker Station is located in Stewart Center, room 102. We’ll provide the sweet treats, you provide the fun. The Purdue Alumni Association is welcoming us to their space in Stewart Center, Boilermaker Station. You’ll meet other students, hear from staff and the Purdue Alumni Association, and enjoy some fun picture opportunities. We’ll conclude with an optional campus tour – returning students may even learn a few new things about campus. This is a casual event, please come and go as your schedule allows – if you only have time to stop in, grab a snack and take a picture, that’s ok! We can’t wait to kick off the spring and see you all!

Monday, January 13th:

First day jitters? Brush them off by joining Span Plan Monday morning for a light breakfast. We will even have City Bus there to help with any questions you have about utilizing this great (and free) service on campus.

  • 8:30-10:30 AM : STEW 307 will be our gathering place for our welcome breakfast. Come and go as your schedule allows. City Bus will provide a short presentation around 9:00 AM.  Shake off those jitters and start your day with an injection of Span Plan spirit!

Tuesday, January 14th:

Join us as ITAP helps to provide best practices for using Blackboard and the new Brightspace that is beginning to be used this spring. Current students, don’t miss an opportunity to brush up on your skills or find out more about Brightspace that may be used in your classes. New students, these are tools you will need to be familiar with and navigate successfully while at Purdue for your classes.

  • 1:30-3:30 PM : Join us either in the first hour or second in the computer lab in Stanley Coulter (SC), 183. You will be able to log in and apply what you learn to your current classes. I have a sneaking suspicion that you will even be able to ask questions outside of our topic if you need some help!

Wednesday, January 15th:

One of the most important resources you will use on campus is the library! Please join us at Hicks Undergraduate Library for a session that covers the basics and how to navigate and use the system to complete projects, find study space and understand more about the vast resources on campus!

  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM: Head to G969 in Hicks (HCKS) for this very informative session about the library system on campus. If you are a returning student, you may find out something new or be able to share some of your tricks with our new students. A follow-up session will be held in February that focuses on research.

Thursday, January 16th:

Join us in the CoRec at 10:00 AM at Fuel – the CoRec’s cafe for a morning smoothie to start our dive in to wellness!

  • 10:00 AM: Fuel (in the CoRec) – meet at Fuel inside the CoRec and we’ll start our wellness series with a healthy smoothie before we head to our session to talk about time. To be successful in our academics and personal lives, we need to find balance and that includes understanding how we use our time. This is a hands-on session where you will set yourself up for a semester of great outcomes and wellness!

Friday, January 17th:

You’ve almost finished the first week of the semester, join your Span Plan friends and gather at Wiley Dining Court for lunch. We will have lunch in a private room and then have a short presentation from dining services about dining across campus and dining plans.

  • 11:30 AM: Please plan to meet in the lobby of Wiley Dining Court (it’s across the street from the CoRec and a stop on the Silver Loop). Span Plan will get you in, you’ll fill you plates and we’ll lunch together in our private room. Our presentation from dining services will start about noon – but you are welcome to stay after it’s done and head out for seconds or thirds (or more ice cream – we don’t judge)!

Sunday, January 19th (this event is child friendly):

You, your family and guest are invited to rally with Span Plan at the women’s basketball game. Our group will sit together, be recognized during the game and then have a group picture on the court after the game. We will get you in, we just ask that all students wear their Span Plan t-shirts (will be given out during Campus Connect events) as we celebrate our group!

2:00 PM: Let’s enjoy a day out showing our Purdue and Span Plan spirit! RSVP is needed for this event as we will have tickets waiting for you at the Will Call booth at Mackey arena. What a great way to spend an afternoon…cheering on the Boilermakers with your Span Plan community – we can’t wait for this event!


  1. Can I bring guests? Yes, the events on Sunday are family friendly and you are welcome to bring your spouse/partner/guest and children. The events during the week are intended for only students to attend.
  2. What if I cannot make all the sessions? That’s ok! You will RSVP for those sessions that you are able to attend/are of most interest to you.
  3. Why do I need to RSVP? Space is limited based on classroom sizes and it helps us order enough food. If you RSVP for something and your schedule changes, please email spanplan@purdue.edu to let us know and open the spot up for another student.
  4. What does this program cost? There is no cost to attend any of the events*, this program is provided by Span Plan for the benefit of our students! Come and enjoy the program we have planned for you.
  5. What do I have to do to sign up for Span Plan? Span Plan is a support program on campus that offers resources to undergraduate nontraditional students. There is no signing up necessary. Use our office as a resource, attend the events that you find the most helpful and apply for scholarships awarded through our office. To confirm Span Plan eligibility, please review the student populations we serve.
  6. What should I bring? Just yourself! Please dress in layers as we will be taking a tour on Sunday and unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with our calendar! Span Plan students will be asked to wear a new Span Plan t-shirt for the basketball game and pictures. Who doesn’t love a free shirt and a free ticket to the game?

*Your admission to the women’s basketball game will be covered, souvenirs and concession are not covered by Span Plan.


Questions about the Campus Connect experience or the Span Plan Program can be answered by calling 765-494-5860, by emailing spanplan@purdue.edu or visiting our offices in Krach Leadership Center, room 422.

Please RSVP online by Wednesday, January 8.

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