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Steps to Leaps Announces Inaugural Award Winners

The Steps to Leaps steering committee recognized winners of the inaugural Steps to Leaps awards at the Steps to Leaps Summit, held March 9 at Beck Agricultural Center. Read the full feature article on our website here. 

Boiler Financial Track: A Resource for Students to Build Financial Wellness

Financial wellness might not be the first thing students think about when considering their well-being, but it is an important component of one’s overall wellness.

“Financial wellness means having a strong financial foundation,” says Junia McDole, program director of Boiler Financial Track. “It’s about having a plan for your money and not having stress associated with finances.”

Read the full "Boiler Financial Track: A Resource for Students to Build Financial Wellness" article on VPSL (opens in new window).

Student Support Services A Starting Point for Students Facing Challenges

When students face new challenges, they often have trouble identifying a plan of action to overcome them – and on a campus as large as Purdue University, locating the proper resource to address the problem can be intimidating.

Student Support Services, located in the Office of the Dean of Students, Room 207, Schleman Hall, is a resource students can use to take their first step in addressing academic, financial and social challenges. Student Support Services partners with students to identify goals and create plans of action to address issues such as class absences, academic and financial challenges, safety and well-being.

Read the full "Student Support Services A Starting Point for Students Facing Challenges" article on VPSL (opens in new window).

We are now accepting nominations for the inaugural Steps to Leaps Awards!

The Steps to Leaps Awards have been established by the Steps to Leaps initiative to recognize and honor any Purdue student, staff or faculty member who exhibits exemplary integration of one or more Steps to Leaps pillars. To learn more or make a nomination, please visit our Steps to Leaps Awards page here. 

Steps to Leaps continues to engage students and support their academic pursuits

The Steps to Leaps framework, created by students for students, continues to connect students to academic success, both inside and outside the classroom. The five learning pillars (well-being, leadership and professional development, impact, networks and grit) guide engagement of students in an active living and learning environment.

Read the full "Steps to Leaps continues to engage students and support their academic pursuits" article on the VPSL website (opens in new tab)

College of Engineering applies Steps to Leaps framework in continued support of student Well-being

The college of Engineering continues to strongly support student well-being. During the month of November, the College, Purdue Engineering Student Council (PESC) and Steps to Leaps are conducting a student well-being survey to help guide future student well-being efforts. Engineering students should fill out the survey emailed to them on October 29 th by Dean Chiang by November 29 th.

Steps to Leaps Integrates into Academic Programs

The Steps to Leaps Everyday Applications Series, hosted by members of the Steps to Leaps steering committee, invited participants to bring examples of programs, courses and projects to working meetings to discuss how to integrate Steps to Leaps pillars into academic and social programs. The Steps to Leaps pillars include well-being, leadership and professional development, impact, networks and grit.

“The goal of this series is to unify all of the outstanding academic and social programs at the university around a consistent language,” says Zenephia Evans, associate dean of students, education and advocacy. “The Steps to Leaps pillars provide a framework that can be applied in any area of the student experience. With a consistent, common language, we can help students contextualize their areas of growth and promote ways in which they can improve their overall well-being and resiliency.”

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Congratulations To Our Very Own Dr. Louis Tay, Recognized in the 2021 Purdue Trailblazer Awards!

Dr. Louis Tay,  William C. Byham Associate Professor in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, College of Health and Human Sciences has been recognized for his research in psychology and science-based well-being programs and policies at organizational and societal levels. Dr. Tay is also the founding member of the Steps to Leaps Research Collaborative, but we know him best by his thoughtful and carefully crafted Well-Being Tips of the Week, geared towards helping students and staff with tips and advice for self-care, practicing kindness, meditation and coping with everything that we have all been experiencing this past year. Additionally, Tay will be offering a new course on Well-Being this coming fall, PSY 12300 - Beyond Mental Health: The Science of Well-Being this coming fall. 

The Purdue Trailblazer Award recognizes research that is both pioneering and innovative. Dr. Tay will receive a plaque of recognition and a monetary prize for his great efforts and body of work. Learn more about the Purdue Trailblazer Award and Dr. Tay's work in Purdue Today here.

Congrats Dr. Tay! We are so happy to congratulate you on this significant achievement and deeply appreciate your ongoing involvement with Purdue Steps to Leaps! 

Everyday Applications Series Offers Guidance On Steps to Leaps Pillars

The Steps to Leaps Everyday Applications Series continues to offer guidance and opportunities to discuss best practices on how to bolster student success through the use of a common language when interacting with students.

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Sigma Chi Leadership Announces Partnership with Purdue University's Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation

February 11, 2021

Sigma Chi Leadership Institute (SCLI) announces a leadership development partnership with Purdue University's Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation (TLI) within the Polytechnic Institute located in West Lafayette, Indiana.

“We are thrilled to partner with such a forward-thinking, innovative collaborator in Purdue’s TLI team and department. The possibilities for this partnership grow by the day, and we are very excited to build a bright future together for undergraduate students," says SCLI Chairman Mike Greenberg, ILLINOIS WESLEYAN 1982. Read the full article here.

NEW! Steps to Leaps Announces Everyday Applications Series

February 11, 2021

The Steps to Leaps Everyday Applications series will offer guidance and opportunities to discuss best practices in integrating Steps to Leaps pillars into programs, classrooms and more. The program will consult participants on ways to align program outcomes and incorporate Steps to Leaps language into new and already existing engagement opportunities.

We will be available to answer questions about Steps to Leaps pillars, help draw connections to the great work you are already doing and share resources related to the pillars that may assist these efforts! Click here to learn more.

Watch  Purdue Musical Organizations Present the 87th Annual Purdue Christmas Show, “A Different Kind of Christmas” - Featuring Dr. Louis Tay!

January 5, 2021

The Annual PMO Christmas Show was a bit different this year and is nothing short of amazing! Be sure to watch for a health and wellness perspective excerpt from our very own Dr. Louis Tay, William C. Byham Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences in the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences and head of our Steps to Leaps Research Collaborative! Watch the video on vimeo here.

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed again puts Purdue among country’s best

November 30, 2020

Purdue University continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s top institutions with another top-10 ranking, this week via the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2021 U.S. Rankings.

Purdue boasts a student-faculty ratio of 13:1 and  a record total enrollment of 46,114 students  at its West Lafayette campus this fall. Since its founding, engaging with students to help them take small steps toward their own giant leaps has been at the core of Purdue’s mission. The University is persistent in its effort to create a successful learning environment, including its  Steps to Leaps  program. The program’s pillars focus on student well-being, leadership and professional development, impact and networking.

Read the full article in Purdue News.

PSG allocates funds for students affected by COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Purdue Student Government held an emergency senate session over WebEx Thursday night to allocate $25,000 to help students affected by COVID-19.

The bill passed unanimously. PSG president Jo Boileau said the bill has a $10,000 component to provide meals to students who do not have a Purdue meal plan or reliable access to meals. Read the full article in the Exponent.

Purdue Convocations offers online cultural updates with AVP Todd Wetzel and Michael Armintrout.

March 27, 2020

Latest updates from Todd Wetzel and Mike Armintrout.  

March 25, 2020

Cultural updates with Todd Wetzel on YouTube .

Purdue Theatre students show Grit - Respond to COVID-19 Obstacles

March 25, 2020

Purdue Theatre students rallied to deliver laughter, energy and affirmation with “Bonnets (How Ladies of Good Breeding are Induced to Murder).”  Read the full article on the College of Liberal Arts website.

Purdue Pharmacy Makes Hand Sanitizer

March 25, 2020

Purdue Pharmacy is making hand sanitizer. It is available for sale to the Purdue community. View their post on Twitter here.   

Purdue Recreation & Wellness Launches Virtual RecWell

March 23, 2020

RecWell is producing videos on workouts, wellness, cooking demos and more. Check out their online programming here. 

Growth Mindset topic of January Steps to Leaps Lunch and Learn

January 17, 2020

PERTS Growth Mindset for College Students was successfully implemented as part of student orientation during 2019 Boiler Goldrush (BGR). Director of Orientation Programs for Student Success Craig Johnson will speak about PERTS (Project for Education Research that Scales) and Growth Mindset for the Steps to Leaps Lunch and Learn on Thursday, January 23, at noon in Krach Leadership Center, Room 230. Read the full story here.

Steps to Leaps Inaugural Semester a Success

January 16, 2020

Purdue’s Steps to Leaps initiative that launched in the 2019 fall semester continues to build momentum for the 2020 spring semester. Steps to Leaps is a campus-wide program geared toward bolstering student success. The initiative focused on student resiliency and well-being is co-led by Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life, and Jenna Rickus, associate vice provost for teaching and learning, under the care and direction of the Office of the Provost. Steps to Leaps is aligned with long-term University goals under the Provost Road Map for Transformative Undergraduate Education. Read the full article here.

Mental Health First Aid training sessions to teach awareness and recognition tools

November 25, 2019

Faculty and staff are taking it upon themselves to promote education about emotional well-being through a new training program, as demand for mental-health resources on campus rises.

To address this, 16 faculty and staff members have become certified in a new Mental Health First Aid program in the past semester. These MHFA trainers will lead sessions designed to help participants recognize mental-illness symptoms and redirect those exhibiting symptoms to campus resources. The program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life and the Steps to Leaps initiative. Read the full article in the Purdue Exponent here.

Faculty, staff certified in Mental Health First Aid training; additional training opportunities to be offered

November 6, 2019

Sixteen faculty and staff have been certified to teach Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training through sponsorship by the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life and the Steps to Leaps campuswide initiative at West Lafayette. These individuals will lead future MHFA training sessions, which are designed to help individuals identify, understand and respond to mental illness while also increasing awareness of available resources. Training sessions will be offered to faculty and staff starting in December. Read the full press release here.

Steps to Leaps Student Launch Well-Received

November 1, 2019

The Steps to Leaps Student Launch took place on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in the North Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union. An integral part of the Roadmap for Transformation Undergraduate Education, Steps to Leaps is focused on student success and well-being. The launch highlighted the purpose and goals of this one-of-a-kind program made for students... Read the full press release here.

Students excited about ‘Steps to Leaps’

October 31, 2019

Students gathered in the Union for dinner and the launch of “Steps to Leaps” on Wednesday. Read the full article in the Purdue Exponent here.

Expanded financial assistance programs now available to students

The Office of the Dean of Students and Recreation & Wellness have expanded financial assistance resources for students beginning this fall.  Expanded emergency loan assistance is now available to Purdue students through the Office of the Dean of Students. Students will now be able to borrow up to $1,000 at a time with a cap of $2,000 per semester, an increase from the previous $400 one-time limit and $800 cap per semester. Assistance is available for students who are currently registered at the West Lafayette campus and do not have any financial holds on their Purdue account.  Read the full article in Purdue Today here.  And visit the Boiler Financial Track web page to learn more.

Steps to Leaps Launches to Strengthen Students’ Growth

October 10, 2019

Purdue Today published an article on October 10 announcing the launch of the campus-wide Steps to Leaps initiative and discusses how it  is geared toward bolstering student success and it being a key element of the Provost’s Road Map for Transformative Undergraduate Education.  Read the full article to learn more.

Purdue Launches Steps to Leaps Program for Student Resiliency, Well-Being and Success

October 4, 2019

A Purdue University summit was held on September 30 to launch Steps to Leaps, a campus-wide initiative geared toward bolstering student success. Steps to Leaps is based on a set of five pillars to help students build lifelong habits in areas such as well-being, leadership, impact-making, network building and grit. Read the full article to learn more .

Provost Jay Akeridge Announces Steps to Leaps Program 

September 20, 2019

Purdue is rolling out a new program to bolster our students' resilience and help them succeed. Read the full article in the Teaching and Learning Web Letter here


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