Steps to Leaps 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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