Mark your calendar for Aug. 27 Campus Resource Fair, featuring nearly 50 offices involved in student support

Save-the-date for campus resource fair, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom

Allison Maldonado-Ruiz started as a Purdue Promise student success coach in 2018 and attended the annual Campus Resource Fair about a month into the job. At the time, she had already received stacks of fliers about various student support offices; still, it wasn’t until she attended the resource fair that she began to gain a better understanding for the number of Purdue departments aimed at helping students, as well as the scope of issues they could help resolve. 

“It was great to meet the people behind the desk, to put faces to different offices and learn about what they do from the source,” Maldonado-Ruiz says. “As one example, I was able to connect with the ACE Campus Food Pantry and pick up a stack of cards they had, which I ran out of in my first semester meeting with students.”

Jointly organized by University Undergraduate Academic Advising and Student Success Programs, this year’s Campus Resource Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions, gain awareness of campus partners, and sign up for programs and activities. Refreshments will be provided. 

The event is primarily tailored toward staff and faculty who interact directly with students, but all Purdue employees are welcome to attend and explore a variety of University programs and offerings.

Maldonado-Ruiz says Purdue Promise coaches never know what questions they might receive from students, so it’s ideal to have a good understanding of different offices, as well as handouts.

“The Campus Resource Fair gives you a chance to find a bunch of people and resources in one spot,” she says. “Regardless of what job you hold on campus, if you interact with a student you should go, because you’re going to learn at least one piece of information that you can share to help someone else.”

Even for more veteran staff members, the resource fair can be valuable because programs and staff are always in flux.

“Purdue’s a big university, and there are countless existing resources and opportunities, as well as new ones always popping up,” says Tyson McFall, senior academic advisor in the School of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. “I’ve worked as an advisor at Purdue since May of 2011, and I still try to go to all of these types of events because it’s important to stay up-to-date and have a good grasp on what’s happening around campus.”

Units participating in the event include Purdue’s Cultural and Resource Centers; Student Success Programs; Division of Financial Aid; the Purdue Academic Advising Association; the Office of Programs for Study Abroad, and many more. Areas that have not previously participated in the Campus Resource Fair (formerly known as the Advisors Resource Fair) may contact Connie Washburn to reserve a table.

Last updated: June 10, 2019

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