2019 Campus Connect Experience


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Returning and new undergraduate nontraditional students are invited to join in our 2019 Campus Connect experience.  Engage with the Span Plan community by connecting with students and resources that will leave you feeling ready for a successful school year!

Detailed Agenda

Thursday, August 15th (these events are child friendly):

Bring your family and enjoy a relaxing evening in downtown Lafayette!

  • 6:30-7:30 PM : Join us downtown for a casual meet-up at the Lafayette Brewing Co. You will get to meet other students, grab an appetizer and get your wristband for the Boiler Bridge Bash.
  • 7:00-10:00 PM : Attend the Boiler Bridge Bash, an event that brings together businesses, community organizations, music, and arts and culture to highlight the greater community Boilermakers are part of.

Friday, August 16th:

Today is a start to accessing resources and assets on campus that can be used in your academic journey.  If you are a returning student, we feel confident you’ll learn something new and if you are new, you will build confidence to begin your journey.

  • 11:00 – 1:30 PM : UNIV 103 will be our gathering place for our welcome and program by guest speaker.  You will leave this session knowing your importance on campus and hopefully full from lunch!
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM : It’s a big campus, and getting around quickly can be tough and who wants to walk through the elements?!?!  The City Bus will be onsite to explain their app, get everyone comfortable with using the bus system and take us around campus to explore some of the routes.  If you already have the bus system mastered, we would love for you to share your expertise and if you have never stepped on the bus, you will be ready to use it this fall.  This will be a much quicker orientation than getting lost on the bus and just riding it until you get someplace familiar – not that we’ve done that before! (City Bus will pick us up outside of UNIV)
  • 2:30 – 3:15 PM : Our friends in the Academic Success Center (ASC) are going to share some of their proven methods to make the most out of the first couple of weeks of classes.  We’ll hold a follow-up session with them in September to talk about proven study methods and keep you on track. (UNIV 103)
  • 3:15 – 4:00 PM : Span Plan staff will hold a short program and answer questions.  This will be an informal closing for the day. (UNIV 103)

Saturday, August 17th:

This is our final day to provide you as much information as we can in a short amount of time! We hope you will join in our final information sessions and closing luncheon.

  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM : Not only is our campus large, but our library system is a vast network of amazing resources! We will get the best tips and tricks for making the most of this great campus resource from an expert. (HIKS G959)
  • 10:30 – 11:15 AM : Finances can be one of the most important parts of being prepared. The Division of Financial Aid will join us in Hicks Undergraduate Library for a short presentation and most importantly, answer your last-minute questions before classes begin on Monday! (HIKS G959)
  • 11:30 – 1:30 PM : We’ll make our way over to the Purdue Memorial Union for our closing lunch and program. (PMU West Faculty Lounge)
  • 1:00 – 4:00 PM : Want to be active on campus or be part of organizations pertaining to your major? We encourage you to head over to the Be Involved Fair occurring at the CoRec outside on the back lawn. This is an open event for all students.


  1. Can I bring guests? Yes, the events on Thursday are family friendly and you are welcome to bring your spouse/partner and children. The events on Friday and Saturday are appropriate for adults.
  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, 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! Thursday, we would suggest you bring something to carry the handouts and freebies that are offered at the Boiler Bridge Bash. You may also want to bring a water bottle or two depending on the weather outside. The Friday and Saturday events are sessions that you may want to take notes at and handouts may be provided. We will have light refreshments Friday afternoon.

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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, rooms 420 and 422.

Please RSVP online by Sunday, August 11.

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