Fall 2019 Programs

Span Plan offers a variety of programs and events for our nontraditional undergraduate students to connect as a community, connect to campus resources and connect to program that can add to their success at Purdue. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better through these opportunities. Please feel free to email spanplan@purdue.edu with questions or suggest for things you would like to see offered.


You can never have too many tools in your toolbox! Span Plan offers sessions to add to your academic tools to help you be successful in the classroom. Join in sessions that connect you to programs and events that increase your tools needed for success!

Wednesday, September 4, 2:30-3:32 PM (Wiley Hall C215)

Starting off on the right foot with the right tools can make all the difference in your semester outcomes. Please join the Academic Success Center (ASC) as they present Smart Studying, Unlocking Content Mastery. Span Plan is excited to have partners like the ASC to share their knowledge with our students and know this will be a great tool to help you be successful. Reserve you spot today!

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30-6:20 PM (Wiley Hall C215)

We will again partner with the ASC to encourage our students to get ready for finals by attending the Finals Game Plan workshop. Getting prepped as you plan to finish those finals projects and schedule effective study time cannot start too early. The first session was quite informative and we are excited to see you all take advantage of this opportunity by reserving your spot today!

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Scholastic Celebrations are our time to celebrate your achievements and you!  Read below for 2019-20 school year activities and be sure to check your Purdue email for your RSVP link.  We can’t wait to celebrate your success!

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 PM

We will gather to celebrate our 2019-20 academic scholarship recipients.  This is an opportunity for families and friends to come together and recognize your great achievements.  Invitation have been sent to Purdue email, RSVP today!

Friday, December 6, 5:30 PM

Save the date!  We will send out formal invitations to our December graduates to celebrate with a send-off before graduation ceremonies.  Whether you plan to walk in commencement, we will have a special token to recognize your exemplary work as a nontraditional student completing their degree at Purdue – we cannot wait to hear about your next steps and have one last time to recognize your hard work and dedication!

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The Resource Readiness Studio connects Span Plan students to resources on campus that will be helpful during their education journey. These programs are created to allow our students to gather, learn and engage with partners across campus that are excited to help you be successful in your journey.

Thursday, October 10th: 12:30 PM —OR— Wednesday, October 16th: 9:30 AM (HIKS G959)

Think Summer and Complete your FAFSA: It’s not too early to start thinking about your summer academic plans and understand what tools exist on campus to help you get your plan in place! Think Summer staff will start us with a short presentation about their scholarship and education opportunities available for Summer 2020 and then we will have time for you to work on your 2020-21 FAFSA. Division of Financial Aid staff will help with any questions you have as we work to get you ready for summer 2020 – and you will need your new FAFSA completed to be considered for summer aid. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more and get your FAFSA finished! Click here to register.

Wednesday, October 23rd: 3:30-4:30 PM — OR — Thursday, October 24th: 12:30 – 1:30 PM (HIKS G959)

ssay, Essay, Essay – Scholarship Essay writing Workshop: Have you applied for a scholarship and not received it or just need some time to work on your scholarship essays for the coming year? This workshop will explore best methods for telling your story and how it relates to experiences beyond the scholarship essay. You will also have an opportunity to work on your Span Plan scholarship essays for the 2020-2021 school year and explore other scholarship opportunities. Join us at one or both of the sessions this fall by completing the RSVP!

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Your time, your space…these are study sessions held for Span Plan students to academically prepare and recharge their batteries for exams. We’ll provide the quiet space and snacks, you use the time as you need to get ready for exams or unwind in a quiet space and get your game-plan in place. We only ask that you RSVP so that we have enough snacks – but no pressure to stay the whole time or just stop by for goodies and a quick bit of quiet in Third Street Suites, G159.

  • Saturday, December 7th: Noon 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 8th: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Monday, December 9th: 8:00 AM – Noon
  • Tuesday, December 10th: 8:00 AM – Noon

You’ve Got This – You’re Ready – Let’s Do This!: We will again offer quiet space in Third Street Suites, G159 for you to prepare and recharge for finals week. This space is reserved just for Span Plan students and is to use as your schedule permits. Please sign up here if you plan to attend any of the session to make sure we have enough goodies to keep you charged to make it through the week!

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A definition of Rally is to draw or call together for a common action or effort and that’s what a Span Plan Rally is. We come together as a group to meet, make connections, support one another and share our experiences as nontraditional students. These events are a way to experience the community (and in most cases with your family members) and other students that may have a shared experience. As we gather to enjoy time together, we hope these experiences will expand your academic community and provide a little time to step back and take a breath.

Saturday, October 5th: 2:00 – 5:00 PM (Exploration Acres, fire pit #4)

Get Lost in the Maze: Span Plan students and their families are invited to gather at Exploration Acres on October 5th to enjoy some time getting lost in the maze. For ticketing purposes, you will need to RSVP for this event and include the names and ages of your family members that will be attending with you. We will have light snacks to enjoy around the fire pit and as you explore the maze. There may be a high probability that Malissa and Carrie get lost, so bring your navigation skills!

Friday, November 8th: 6:00 – 8:00 PM (Rack & Roll, PMU – part of Nontraditional Student Week activities)

Let’s Gutter-done!: Join us at PMU’s Rack & Roll to finish out Nontraditional Student Week over some friendly bowling (no skills needed) and pizza. Span Plan will take care of everything, we just need you to bring you and your families to enjoy a night out to celebrate the end of the week and being a nontraditional student at Purdue. Space is limited for this event due to lanes, please RSVP if you will be able to attend.

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We’re popping up all over campus and we hope you will stop by to say hi as we work to bring Span Plan to you! Use this opportunity to let us know how things are going, ask for assistance, and learn about upcoming events. It is even highly likely we’ll have some type of fun goodies/swag for you to take with you. We hope to see you at one of the campus events we will be at or at our table as we reach out across campus to connect with you!

  • Friday, August 23rd: 5:30-7:30 PM (DRC Student Social – open to all students in the PMU South Ballroom)
  • Wednesday, September 11: 6:00 – 8:00 PM (Rainbow Callout 2019 – open to all students in the PMU Ballrooms)
  • Thursday, September 26th: Noon-2:00 PM (Span Plan table located in Krannert East Drawing Room)
  • Tuesday, November 5th: Noon – 2:00 PM (Span Plan table located in Lawson Atrium – part of Nontraditional Student Week)
  • Wednesday, December 4th: Noon – 2:00 PM (Span Plan table located in STEW, outside of HSSE Library)

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The Lunchbox is a Span Plan program designed to provide opportunity for nontraditional undergraduate students to come together and connect with relevant and valuable resources that enhance and enrich their student experience, create a space for dialogue, and engage in active conversation around topics relevant to their education journey.

Thursday, November 7th: 11:30 AM (CoRec, Howard Taylor Conference Room – part of Nontraditional Student Week activities)

This is for me?: Yes, the CoRec is a wonderful location for our nontraditional students to use for work and play (it might just be the best kept secret on campus)! We will start with lunch at 11:30 and have staff from the CoRec lead us in a discussion as well as tour of the facility to see how you can best utilize this space. Did you know there is a mindfulness room that includes light therapy for those that are impacted by Seasonal Affective Disorder? This space is not only relaxing and quiet, but free to use. Not to mention, there is great study/lounge space! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about this great campus resource, click here to reserve your space.

Wednesday, November 13th: 11:30 AM (CoRec, Large Conference Room, 2336)

Being a Student Parent on Campus: If you are navigating your undergraduate college degree while also being a parent, we hope you will plan to attend this luncheon as we hear from the Office of Institutional Equity. They will cover Title IX and what that means for student parents on campus and in the classroom. We hope this is the beginning of more conversations to come as we work to make the campus more cognizant of the unique needs student parents have. This will be a great opportunity to learn from each other and voice your experiences as a student parent. Please reserve your seat for this important presentation.

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The Huddle is our name for our student groups: The Span Plan Student Association, Student Parent Group and Span Plan Student Coaches. This is an ongoing effort to pull together students to create a common voice to represent nontraditional students on campus. We hope you will check out our first meetings and take an interest in promoting nontraditional students through one or more of Huddle groups! Click here to register for the sessions you would like to attend.

Student Parents:

  • Tuesday, October 15th: 10:00 – 11:00 AM, KRCH Room 148
  • Tuesday, November 19th: 2:00 – 3:00 PM, KRCH 238
  • Monday, December 16th: 9:00 – 10:00 AM, KRCH 148

Student Parents – gather together with other student parents who share similar responsibilities of balancing the roll of both parent and student. This is an opportunity to discuss emerging issues and opportunities for students with parents while strengthening and encouraging one another through shared experiences.

Student Association:

  • Wednesday, October 16th: 2:00 -3:00 PM, KRCH Room 148
  • Thursday, November 14th: 9:00 – 10:00 AM, KRCH Room 238
  • Tuesday, December 17th: 3:00 – 4:00 PM, KRCH Room 148

Support the Span Plan student community and bring your unique insight and perspective to our group discussion on matters related to the success and support of our nontraditional undergraduate community. This group provides you an opportunity to meet up with other nontraditional undergraduate students and be a voice for your peers.

Student Coaches: Tuesday, November 5th: 3:30 PM — OR –Wednesday, November 6th, 9:00 AM (COSI, located in the Honors College and during Nontraditional Student Week)

This group provides the opportunity to step into a peer support role for new student in partnership with Span Plan. Join us at one of our introductory meetings to learn more over a cup of coffee where we will discuss expectations, commitment and how this new idea can help to build a stronger nontraditional undergraduate community!

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We cannot wait to celebrate National Nontraditional Student Week 2019 beginning on Monday, November 4th! This week celebrates you, our dynamic undergraduate nontraditional community, recognizes the exceptional outcomes of Purdue nontraditional students since 1968, and demonstrates appreciation for learning at all stages of life. Our events allow you to gather with other nontraditional undergraduate students, enjoy some time to recharge your batteries for the rest of the semester and engage in fun activities meant to enhance your college experience. We cannot wait to celebrate you!

Monday, November 4th: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (KRCH 464):

Join in the Span Plan Cafe – our opening celebration! Come as your schedule allows to enjoy a space with a taco bar, games, music and time away with other Span Plan students. Span Plan would like to flood the community with thanks for the role that so many play in your success – a professor, family member, friend, mentor, colleague – by sending out your note of thanks to them. We’ll provide the writing supplies, just bring your addresses and we will send out the cards at the end of the the week. RSVP by clicking here!

Tuesday, November 5th:

  • Popup: 12:00 – 2:00 PM in the Lawson Atrium – stop by for a snack and some new Span Plan swag. Tell us what’s going on in your world, find out about upcoming programs and ways to be involved or just say a quick “hi” between classes.
  • Huddle (Student Coaches): 3:30 PM in Cosi (located in the Honors College) – interested in helping to build a strong Span Plan student network? We’re hoping to begin a new peer-to-peer program for students to build strong networks across campus. If you think this is something you would be interested in, join us for a quick conversation (stop in any time during this hour or email us at spanplan@purdue.edu if you are interested and cannot make it).

Wednesday, November 6th:

  • Huddle (Student Coaches): 9:00 AM in Cosi (located in the Honors College) – 3:30 PM in Cosi (located in the Honors College) – interested in helping to build a strong Span Plan student network? We’re hoping to begin a new peer-to-peer program for students to build strong networks across campus. If you think this is something you would be interested in, join us for a quick conversation (stop in any time during this hour or email us at spanplan@purdue.edu if you are interested and cannot make it).
  • Boilermaker Station: 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Stewart Center, Room 102) Join us for some fun pictures under the archway and popcorn. Sit awhile, stay and help us flood social media with “I am Span Plan” photos and thoughts! Purdue Alumni Associate has been generous to provide us this space and time to gather as a Span Plan community – let’s come out in full spirit to thank them for this opportunity. Current and alumni of Span Plan are invited to join in the fun!

Thursday, November 7th:

Lunchbox Session: The CoRec is an incredible location for nontraditional students to use for physical and mental health breaks as well as for studying! Join us for lunch and get your own personal tour. Please RSVP here. Lunch will begin at 11:30 in the Howard Taylor Conference Room – but feel free to stop in as your schedule allows (we’ll make sure to have lunch for you)!

Friday, November 8th:

This is our final day of celebrating and we hope you will be able to join in the planned activities.

  • 8:30 – 10:30 AM (Third Street Suites, East Side Lounge): Join us for a Starbucks coffee bar and pastries in our Span Plan Cafe to ease you way in to the last day of the week. We will also have note cards available if you have some more people to write to or have missed the other opportunities. Let us know if you’ll be joining us!
  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM (Rack ‘n Roll – PMU): What could be more fun than a little friendly bowling? Bring your family as we have a Span Plan Rally pizza party and bowling night to end our week. Take out your stress on those bowling pins or have fun trying to hit them – no bowling experience required! We do ask that you complete the RSVP form because space is limited for this activity.

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Join us at our Span Plan Cafe – a space to gather, grow and learn. These sessions are meant to bring students, staff, faculty and resources to a common space that encourages interactive learning through shared experience and the exchange of ideas and aspirations. You will build your learning community, peer network and campus contacts through these informal sessions. RSVP to one or both sessions for the fall semester.

Monday, November 4th: 11:00 am – 3:00 PM (KRCH 464)

Join in the Span Plan cafe – our opening celebration! Come as your schedule allows to enjoy a space with a taco bar, games, music and time away with other Span Plan students. Span Plan would like to flood the community with thanks for the role that so many play in your success – a professor, family member, friend, mentor, colleague – by sending out your note of thanks to them. We’ll provide the writing supplies, just bring your addresses and we will send out the cards at the end of the the week.

Friday, November 8th: 8:30 – 10:30 AM (Third Street Suites, East Side Lounge)

You’ve made it through National Nontraditional Student Week, you deserve a coffee pick-up and time to recharge. Join us for a Starbucks coffee bar and pastries to enjoy some time with other nontraditional students or use the time to study and get a head start on a project – you decide. We will provide the coffee, we just need you! Note cards will also be available this last time if you have not had a chance to fill one out and would like to before we put them in Friday’s mail.

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