Latest News and Updates In Student Life

Purdue Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) transitioning to new care model 

In response to student concerns about timely access to service, Purdue University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will implement a new model of care at the beginning of the spring 2020 semester. The new care model is being implemented in response to consistent increased demand for CAPS services, which have risen by 22% since 2016.

CAPS’ new model of care is based on an approach where treatment intensity is determined by the level of client distress, clinical need and readiness to engage actively in the growth process – decisions that are made collaboratively between provider and client. This model has been successful in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Please visit this link to read the full article in Purdue Today. 

Will Evans

Congratulations to Will Evans - SLISU Award Winner!

Will was nominated for the Student Learning, Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what his nominator had to say about him:

From nominator: Tammy Loew

As the Assistant Director of Wellness Programs in the Division of Recreation and Wellness, Will Evans administers comprehensive, educational and progressive health programs with initiatives that meet the changing needs of our University community. Will oversees a Graduate Assistant and four Wellness Mentors, who do presentations, tabling events, programming, podcasts, and one-on-one wellness mentoring with students. He also serves on several campus/community coalitions and work groups, such the Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County, the Campus Improvement Team, and also with College of Pharmacy to develop a wellness app for students. He co-chairs a subcommittee of the Mental Wellness Task Force and collaborates with campus partners in many academic units such as the College of Engineering, the Brian Lamb School of Communication, and Hotel and Tourism Management. He also works collaboratively with CAPS, University Residences, ODOS, Dining and Culinary, Parent and Family Connections, and other campus wide departments. Additionally, Will writes and administers grant, and every grant he has written has been awarded. Will has had multiple accomplishments over his four years at Purdue, which demonstrate his relevance, impact, and commitment to excellence in all five areas of SLISU. He is an outstanding staff member and is well suited to receive this award. His accomplishments are outlined below.

Passionate about Student Learning: Will and his team deliver approximately 150 presentations yearly to students on Stress, Sleep, AOD, Mindfulness, Sexual Health, Stress, Time Management, Healthy Relationships, and Healthy Self-Image. Attendees wrote how they will incorporate what they learned: “Plan out my day more and try to find my peak levels of energy,” “Say no when I need to say no,” “Live every day to the fullest and better balance things that are more important.” Committed to Student Leadership Development: Will recently became a certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) so he could train his wellness mentors to use ACE curriculum in one-on-one health coaching sessions. They will work with students to help uncover strengths, build self-efficacy and resilience, and provide guidance and support for wellness goals. The mentors are also rigorously trained on presentation skills, from content development to delivery. Fosters Inclusion: Will developed a multi-cultural content training manual for the wellness mentors. He personally assisted a student to research an online mentoring program to reach international students. He also helped create Recovery Ally training to embrace this minority population on campus. Optimizes resources through Stewardship: Will has written several grants for Wellness programs, which have all been awarded. He was the primary writer of a $155,000 grant from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction – the first he ever wrote. He also wrote an NCAA CHOICES grant for $30,000. Collaborates for Unity: Will chairs a subcommittee of younger professionals with the Mental Wellness Task Force. He worked with them to develop presentations geared towards students, and he is creating a student advisory subcommittee to offer input on how we should address mental wellness on campus. This cohesiveness will bring unity and cohesiveness to the Mental Wellness Task Force and our campus efforts./p>

Will’s journey to become an ACE certified health coach was challenging. First, they would not allow him to be certified because he was not involved in an academic class on campus as an instructor or student. Will would not take no for an answer. He persevered and spent months proving to the organization why he should be certified. He had multiple phone calls and sent extensive documentation which was evaluated by the certification committee. Once ACE finally approved his application, he spent two weeks studying a college textbook that was designed for a semester-long course and then took a three hour exam and passed! The reason behind pursuing ACE certification related to the principles of SLISU: Student Learning – making sure students who went through mentee sessions were trained in sound health coaching principles. Leadership Development – Providing the mentors with a skillset that they can use in their sessions with students AND use the transferable skills in their future careers and opportunities. Stewardship – The most cost effective way to do this training was for one person to be certified and pass the knowledge onto others. He also used grant money (from the grant he wrote) to pay for his certification. Unity – The principles he learned with his ACE Certification will also be utilized in a new personal training/nutrition coaching program in RecWell. He is transferring the skills he learned to Other RecWell departments so that we have consistent programming across all areas. Inclusion – This training has a strong component that teaches student mentors and coaches guidelines on how to work with diverse populations.

Mary Jo Zeiser

Congratulations to Mary Jo Zeiser - SLISU Award Winner!

Mary Jo was nominated for the Student Learning, Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator: Kathleen Manwaring

Mary Jo is currently the Senior Student Affairs Administrator leading a team of student interns and student dining leadership staff to manage all the student employment, training, and functions for Purdue Dining & Catering. She is one of two designated from PD&C to attend Success Factor sessions for feedback and training and continues to work individually and in groups to convey Web Clock and Hiring information to manage student employee issues.

Mary Jo has headed up our 150th Celebration Events. This has included collaborating with the Honors College for the 3/5/19 Aronson Lecture featuring Capt. Scott Kelly offering the opportunity for Honors College students working in PD&C to have tickets to the reception, panel discussion, keynote event.

She also works with all our Academic Partners, helps in the development of internships, and other opportunities to grow student leaders.

She is dedicated to student leadership and development. Mary Jo works tirelessly to ensure students and the staff they report to have the tools needed to effectively do their job. She guides the staff in identifying projects for academic initiatives and seeks opportunities to grow our academic partnerships. She is quick to respond to an employment issue in dining and sends her interns into that location to train and mentor.

I believe Mary Jo excels in all 5 values. She mentors the IE431 groups, meeting with the students on a regular basis and scheduling their presentations to the staff each semester. One semester she worked with 6 IE431 projects along with the with the Food Science 443 class (7 groups) in the development of the 150th ice cream attending class presentations and helping move this project forward. Mary Jo works with the director on the agenda for the student dining advisory group and follows up on the student suggestions. It is a very dynamic and diverse group.

STAR, Jumpstart, Admission Programs, and any initative that touches the lives of our students and potential students has Mary Jo's involvement and leadership.

Jill Gray

Congratulations to Jill Gray - SLISU Award Winner!

Jill was nominated for the Stewardship competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominators had to say about her:

From nominators: Amanda Cho and Denton Sederquist

It is our honor to nominate Jill Gray for the SLISU award because of her exemplary role in Stewardship. The following is a prime example of her care and concern she continues to have for our students. A resident at Meredith Hall had sent a message with a wide variety of concerns. This particular resident was very stressed with her academics and addressed issues she had encountered with her living situation. Rather than sending an email to the student, which most people would do, Jill took it upon herself to sit down with this distressed individual and had a personalized conversation providing solutions and a listening ear. On top of this, she walked the resident through our Fix It program, which is vital for all service needs to be entered in by our residents for our staff to solve. In follow up to the above situation, Jill received an email from the resident quoted below:“Thank you again for meeting with me! I am so grateful for your help! Have a great Holiday!” Not only does this show her commitment to the team, but her impact she continues to have with residents in which she takes her personal time to get to know.

Lisa Cadwallader

Congratulations to Lisa Cadwallader - SLISU Award Winner!

Lisa was nominated for the Student Learning and Leadership Development competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator: Alan Crabtree

Lisa has done a wonderful job of preparing our students for the real world job force. She spends time teaching them how to place orders, run shifts, supervise other students, prepare student schedules and manage the schedule. They have at times ran the store in Lisa's absence without any trouble. They have placed the orders as well as run the store and have it go smoothly.

Lisa has had several student who have gone on to get wonderful jobs after graduation. They have written her letters thanking her for the time that she invested in them. She was able to give them job skills that she wasn't able to learn in class and helped the acheive the positions that they are in.

Lisa takes time to care for her students and keep in contact with them even now. She has had several of them come back to see her and personnally thank her for investing in them. She prepares her students with the leadership skills that made the difference. Thank you Lisa for all you do.

Julie Geisler

Congratulations to Julie Geisler - SLISU Award Winner!

Julie was nominated for the Student Learning, Leadership Development, Inclusion and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator: Alan Crabtree

Julie has done a wonderful job since she has been at the 3rd Street Market. Julie brings with her an infectious personality that helps to inspire the student staff as well as the full time people she comes in contact with.

I even get stopped by vendors who want to tell me about how wonderful of a job she is doing and how she makes their days. Julie works with her students to inspire them to do a great job and helps them to see the effects of what hard work can do for the store and their sales. Julie is constantly working to maintain the sanitation standards for the hot food prepared there as well as how important it is to take proper care of all food.

Julie involves the students in making decisions so that they feel a part of it and take ownership in what they do.

Julie is helping them to reach for higher levels of leadership and learning while they are with her. Julie makes everyone feel included and helps to bring unity to the operation. Thank you Julie.

Kathryn Walters

Congratulations to Kathryn Walters - SLISU Award Winner!

Kathryn was nominated for the Student Learning, Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator: Candice Zook

I am pleased to nominate Kathryn Walters for the Excellence Award. I have known and worked with Kathy for two years and have always found her dependable, efficient, and truly dedicated to Purdue and the SLISU principles. In fact, I have never worked with a person who gives as much attention to detail as she does. Also, her willingness to take on detailed projects like the events held at Purdue Memorial Union and see them to successful completion has repeatedly impressed me. Kathy is an excellent collaborator, team player and provides valuable insight and expertise to our staff and interns. Her skills do not end with her office work. She also projects a warm, cheerful attitude to our clients, staff and students. I have seen her resolve conflicts and handle other difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact. She loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her. She has a can-do attitude. Helping wherever help is needed, volunteering for the move out of students and to be a mentor to the students in the Catering & Events office. I believe these characteristics represent all that is good in our university, and I am pleased to nominate her for the honor of Excellence Award.

Jay Gephart Awarded Sagamore of the Wabash

Jay Gephart, director of Purdue University Bands & Orchestras, was presented the Sagamore of the Wabash award. The Sagamore of the Wabash is awarded to those who have greatly contributed to Hoosier heritage. Read more about this award and the impact Jay Gephart has made throughout Purdue University and throughout the state .

United Way Award for History of Horror

History of Horror Tour

Student Life United Way Committee’s History of Horror Tour won the Highest Grossing Event this year, recognized at the Purdue United Way Celebration Lunch.

Purdue Convocations researches live theater as method of teaching

Could live theater performances be an effective educational tactic in enhancing student learning and retention of information?

Research conducted by Purdue Convocations staff indicates that it could, in fact, boost students’ comprehension and analysis abilities. Read the full press release here or  listen to the podcast here.

Purdue Musical Organizations to host Indiana All-State Show Choir

Nearly 50 students from across Indiana will be welcomed by PMO to learn more about singing and performing after high school "c ulminating in a performance featuring the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Purduettes, and the All-State Show Choir on Saturday, October 26 at Loeb Playhouse."  Visit the PMO website to learn more about the event, plan to attend or to read the full press release. 

Delivery Robots come to Purdue

Starship Technologies recently launched more than 30 food delivery robots at Purdue, the largest college campus in the world and the first in the Big Ten to bring autonomous delivery robots to students. Click to learn more!

Read more about Purdue's partnership with Starship.

Dining & Culinary Ranked as a "Power Player" by Food Management

Food Management recently ranked Purdue Dining & Culinary at No. 16 on their "College Dining Power Players" list for their focus on supporting a record-setting freshman class, commitment to sustainable items and the continued growth and evolution of dining options. 

Read more about Dining & Culinary's inclusion in Food Management's "Power Players" list.

Celebrating 100 Years of Purdue's “All-American” Marching Band at the Indianapolis 500

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band performing at the Indianapolis 500. Ever since their first appearance at the Indy 500's Parade of Bands in May 1919, the Purdue Marching Band has had a featured spot at the event.

Read more about the impact that this tradition has had on Purdue, students, and racing fans , and learn about some memorable moments from the past 100 years .

Boiler Tracks featured in University Business Magazine

Purdue's Boiler Tracks, a special ice cream flavor developed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Purdue University, has been featured in University Business Magazine. Boiler Tracks was created through a collaboration between Purdue Dining & Culinary and the Department of Food Science , where seven teams of students from the Food Science 443 Food Product Design class developed 21 flavor concepts. Boiler Tracks is produced by Round Barn Creamery, a local and alumni-owned company.

Read the article here:

Student Life Honors Event Photo of All Students Recognized

Vice Provost McCuskey Recognizes Outstanding Students at  Student Life  Honors Event

Student Life honored outstanding Purdue students for their pursuit and achievement of excellence, demonstration of leadership and contributions to the Purdue community. All honorees distinguished themselves through their involvement in student activities, student employment, community service and learning inside and outside the classroom. Check out the full Facebook Gallery of the Student Life Honors Event photos . (You must be logged into Facebook to view.)

Congratulations to Terry Clayton for his ACUI Emeritus Award

Terry Clayton, who has worked in the Union for more than 40 years, recently received the ACUI Emeritus Award. This award recognizes college union and student activities professionals who have rendered exceptional service to ACUI and are retiring. Congratulations to Terry on the honor and an outstanding career, and best wishes on a happy retirement! Visit this website to read more about the ACUI Award Recipients here.

Congratulations to Howard Taylor - 2019 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award Recipient

The Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award celebrates the dedication of a NIRSA Championship Series volunteer who has embodied the spirit of Sarah Fain exhibited by their commitment to the Series through years of service to the NIRSA Services Corporation. 

A highly-respected member of the intramural sports community, Sarah had been a part of the Campus Recreation and Intramurals Department at Georgia Southern University since 2002. She was active in extramural tournaments across the United States for over two decades and was part of the NIRSA Championship Series since its inception in 2006. She served as the tournament director or a committee director at over a dozen national championship events in flag football and basketball. Most recently, she was a part of the Championship Series Executive Team. Known for her masterful organizational skills, Sarah could always bring calm to sometimes chaotic tournament days. But most of all, her colleagues remember her for her positive spirit. Each year, NIRSA will continue to honor her by presenting a fellow member who embodies her spirit for service and her love of the NIRSA Championship Series with the Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award.

The organization had this to say about Howard: "NIRSA and the NIRSA Services Corporation are proud to present Howard Taylor from Purdue University with the Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award. Howard is an accomplished servant leader as demonstrated by his positive impact on the Championship Series and its people. One of the nominators had this to say: “Howard embodies the true spirit of the award, consistently displaying selfless volunteerism, a pioneering vision and the type of mentorship and collegiality so highly valued by membership and so freely given by Sarah” He has been a proponent of life-long learning and implementing professional development opportunities at NIRSA Soccer; Howard’s leadership and vision has shaped the NIRSA Soccer program, from the Regional Coordinators to the National Tournament. He was instrumental in laying the groundwork of many facets still being used today, where his decision-making was laser-focused on tournament integrity." To read more about the award and its criteria, please visit the NIRSA Website.

Purdue Dining & Catering Featured in Food Service Director Magazine As Food Service Operation of the Month!

Read about how our Dining & Catering team's commitment to fostering academic partnerships, credit-earning internships and overall "academicizing" of the dining experience on Purdue's campus sets it apart and provides mutual benefits for its staff and students that can last for years, paving the way for future generations of Boilermakers. Visit the FoodService Director's website to view the slideshow.

Human Library - Hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Life - Recruiting for "Books"

Human Library is a library of human beings, each representing a group in the community that may be exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination. Its purpose is to provide a safe conversational space where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. In the Human Library, "books" are people with willingness to share their experiences and answer questions that "readers" may not get to ask elsewhere. This takes place through one-on-one conversation and open dialogue. Some examples of past books are ‘Homeless’, ‘Child Free by Choice’, ‘Union Member’, ‘LGBTQ Black Woman’, ‘A Jew in Modern America’, and countless others.

For those interested in sharing their story by participating by being a "book", the event will be held April 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms, and there are a few shifts to choose from. The application should only take a few minutes to complete, and you can do so at the following link:  Human Library Book/Volunteer Application

Please Join Us February 24 - Elliott Hall of Music 6:30 PM - "Sully" Sullenburger to Give a Talk

Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, a Purdue University graduate, best known for his heroic and historic acts as an airline pilot during the widely publicized “Miracle on the Hudson.” Sully will be giving a talk "208 Seconds: Lessons of a Lifetime". The talk is free and open to the public, doors open at 5:45 p.m. Learn More Here.

Bobby Smith

Congratulations to Bobby Smith - 4th Quarter Clerical/Service 2018 SLISU Award Winner!

Bobby was nominated for the  Inclusion and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what his nominator had to say about him:

From nominator: Elizabeth Hartley

Bobby Smith is the heartbeat of Cary Quad. He is known, loved and respected by all of the residents with whom he comes into contact. He is alongside them in their successes and trials and never forgets to check on their upcoming exam, family members, etc. He comes to work every day with a smile on his face and knows that his work as a service employee is an important part of caring for our students. When describing Bobby, I often recall the story of JFK visiting NASA when the janitor described his role there as "helping to put a man on the moon." Every day, Bobby supports Cary's 1,200 residents by maintaining their home away from home (from both a facilities perspective, as well as emotional care.) A student from Cary Quad wrote: "Bobby does a fantastic job at making sure all students that pass through the hallway of Cary feel included. When I first met Bobby, it was during my freshmen year and I was having a hard time adjusting to the rigorous college classes. I would purposefully walk past Bobby everyday so I would be able to see his contagious smile and loveable personality. Bobby’s fun, caring personality was the main factor in changing my attitude about my time here at Purdue. Three years later, I enjoy seeing Bobby interact with the students as they pass by, bringing a smile to each face that comes in contact with him". Bobby exemplifies the SLISU awards of Inclusion and Unity in the way he reaches out to every person who comes through Cary Quad. He has made this a better place for people to live and work.

Vanessa Pacheco

Congratulations to Vanessa Pacheco - 4th Quarter Administrative/Professional 2018 SLISU Award Winner!

Vanessa was nominated for the  Student Learning, Leadership Development, Inclusion and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator: Brian Kocher

There are few individuals on Purdue's campus who espouse the values of SLISU more than Vanessa Pacheco. My first interaction with Vanessa was during Project Move-Out, a coordinated effort that encourages students to donate items as they move-out of the residence halls. Vanessa seamlessly unifies multiple campus partners, a team of volunteers, community organizations and our student body to divert more than 70,000 pounds of waste from landfills while also benefitting the local community members. Her dedication to this project quickly showed me that Vanessa was a person I wanted to work with and learn from during my time at Purdue. As the coordinator for Civic Engagement, Vanessa has increased student learning through outcome-driven community action days, such as Hunger Action Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. She specifically shines in her supervision of the ACE Campus Pantry. One of her students writes, "Vanessa is one of the most compassionate and empathetic faculty/staff members I've worked with and excels in her mentoring skills. I stumbled into my involvement with ACE and she's checked-in, making sure I have enough support but also ensuring I can be independent." (Talia Broeker) It is clear Vanessa develops reflective leaders who are committed to making Purdue a more inclusive space by addressing food insecurity on campus and in the local community. Whether helping students register to vote, or inspiring me to finally change my residency to Indiana so that I can be a voting member of this state, it is clear Vanessa has impacts on both students and her colleagues. A student says it best, writing, "What makes Vanessa great is her ability to empower people to put great ideas into actions. If I'm ever feeling that I'm doubting myself, I always leave her office feeling confident in what direction to go in next." (Jillian Sunnygard)

Todd Wetzel at the NAPAMA awards

Congratulations to Todd Wetzel for receiving the NAPAMA Award for Excellence!

Todd Wetzel, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life and Executive Director of  Purdue Convocations , received the NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) Award for Excellence in Presenting the Performing Arts. The awarding of this honor is based on exemplary mentoring; setting an example of best practices, achievement and leadership; and cultivating and promoting diversity, practicing inclusion and creating equity for underserved members of the community. Visit the NAPAMA site to learn more about the award.

Jennifer Kawlewski

Congratulations to Jennifer Kawlewski - 3rd Quarter Clerical/Service 2018 SLISU Award Winner!

Jennifer was nominated for the  Stewardship competency within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator: Ruth Alford

Jennifer is always the first team member to volunteer to help when extra help is needed for events in the Purdue Memorial Union and Stewart Center. [She deserves this award..] for her exemplary contributions to operational excellence for over 12 years in the Purdue Memorial Union. She is honest and straightforward. As a great team member, she does her fair share of the work and goes above and beyond expectations. She is a relaible and great team member that you can always count on and is fair as well as compliments others on their achievements. She has great communication skills and [a] positive attitude. She is an exceptional asset to our team and to our establishment. Assuring that, as the set up clerk, that set ups are correct to help students, departments and off campus contacts achieve a common goal. I believe that she deserves this nomination and that she has the passion to strive in her career and for always going "the extra mile" to get the job done and for inspiring the same in those who work with her. 

Stephanie Ferguson

Congratulations to Stephanie Ferguson - 3rd Quarter Administrative/Professional 2018 SLISU Award Winner!

Stephanie was nominated for the  Unity competency within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator: Kezia Mortenson

Stephanie always puts her customer first and works hard to help wherever she can for her fellow team members. I admire her sense of urgency and level of dedication.

Happy Holidays from Student Life - Courtesy of Hall of Music Productions

Please enjoy the following video highlighting some of our great holiday traditions at Purdue Memorial Union created by Qiqi Wu assisted by Alli Chaney from Hall of Music Productions. So many areas come together this time of year to make the season a festive one and we couldn't be more proud to be a part of it!

CampusRec Magazine Features Student Life's Recreation & Wellness and Gives Director Howard Taylor the Spotlight!

Take a peek at the cover and pages 12-16 in the PDF document located here highlighting our awesome facility and exceptional Recreation & Wellness staff!

Elliott Hall of Music Dedicates a New Hearing Loop System, Installation Considered the Largest in the World

This new hearing loop is a special type of audio system that will assist those with hearing loss by generating a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by assistive hearing devices. The dedication for the system was held on Sunday, November 11. For more information about the system and the dedication ceremony, please visit this page to read the article by Purdue News Service.

Tyler Rogers

Congratulations to Tyler Rogers - 2nd Quarter Clerical/Service 2018 SLISU Award Winner!

Don was nominated for the Student Learning and Leadership Development competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what his nominator had to say about him:

From nominator: Daniel Metro

Tyler has demonstrated a deep commitment to student learning by improving the Hall of Music Productions training program over the last year. Tyler studied the current training process and implemented organizational improvements to allow for better tracking and delivery of educational opportunities. By spending many hours in direct training roles for the audio systems area he has helped many students acheive high levels of technical expertise. Several students have made it a point to deliver positive feedback about their training experiences with Tyler. Hall of Music Productions relies heavily on technical student labor to support our busy schedule throughout the year and Tyler has enabled us to increase the number of students available to run event audio systems.

By taking selected students past basic audio training and into more advanced training, Tyler has developed students who are now able to lead production crews through the entire event process. These opportunities put students in working situations in which they are often asked to overcome the obstacles of the day by providing leadership to their production team. Allowing students to act in leadership positions is a great way in which Hall of Music Productions supports leadership development goals within Student Life.

Tyler has taken the initiative in improving the student learning process and has been an active member of the training team. His efforts have benefitted Hall of Music productions and more importantly created many positive student outcomes.

Don Werden

Congratulations to Don Werden - 2nd Quarter Administrative/Professional 2018 SLISU Award Winner!

Don was nominated for the Student Learning and Stewardship competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what his nominator had to say about him:

From nominator: Susan Prieto-Welch

During a time of qualitative, significant change for the CAPS staff this past year, Don has been an active leader and contributor in two ways:

1. He has extended himself in significant ways to keep students front and center, offering additional services (through various modalities) in an attempt to meet student need and demand for service. Don extended his resources in creative ways, encouraging colleagues to do the same by his example. Don's work ethic, willingness to extend himself, and passion about students has served as a reminder to staff during times of exhaustion and overwhelm, bringing us back to why we do this as our profession. As he added services and modalities to offer to students, Don served as a role model for colleagues, while simultaneously serving more students.

2. As a seasoned clinician and colleague, Don has also offered perspective and maturity, which can assist newer professionals in growing and centering themselves during time of significant and rapid change. Additionally, as Assistant Director, Don has been instrumental in orienting, training, and supporting new staff in the infrastructure pieces of our work, particularly in our Electronic Health Records and use of technology. This is central to a new staff member feeling supported, and then being able to complete tasks in support of their work efficiently and quickly. The importance of doing this can be seen in staff's ability to serve more students, utilizing their time and skills to their fullest advantage. Don's contributions - in all the ways described - have been hugely important in our being able to accomplish as much as we have as an agency this past year. I am very grateful for his presence and contributions during this intense time of growth and change.

The Daily Bite featured in Food Management

The Daily Bite has changed radically since debuting in September 2015. The food truck's versatility accommodates the needs of students and allows it to bring the taste of Purdue to off-campus events in the Greater Lafayette community. The Daily Bite's success comes from its flexibility, with new and refined menu options evolving to create tasty and efficient meal options to serve students while easing pressure at dining courts. An innovative new menu, known as String Theory, will debut in Fall 2018 and feature Asian-inspired noodle bowls. Click here to learn more about the Daily Bite.

Purdue unveils multi-year, multi-departmental learning community

The Data Mine, a new learning community that upends all of the norms that LCs normally adhere to, will fill Hillenbrand Hall. Building upon the residence hall's wonderful history, the Data Mine will be open to students of all majors in what is a step away from typical academically focused residential programs. The goal is that every collaborating department resides on an entire floor of Hillenbrand. Students from all years will work together on projects related to their major using data analytics, even those not in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Applications to join the Mine are open on the Purdue Learning Communities website for the fall of 2019. Click here to read more about this exciting new community.

Purdue ranked #12 by the College Consensus:  50 Best Campus Recreation Centers for 2018

The ranking also includes a link to a more extensive profile of Purdue. The director of marketing for College Consensus states, " Campus recreation centers are more than just a place for fun and friendly competition; they are integral to student health, community, and personal growth. The  Best Campus Recreation Centers ranking is based on the research of College Consensus editors, seeking out student rec facilities and programs that have generated the most positive response from media and students; the ranking is ordered according to each school’s College Consensus aggregate score".  Read more about (their) rankings methodology and sources here. She continues, "Inclusion in the list shows that not only does your school offer extraordinary recreational facilities, but it is also making an impact on students that will have a transformative effect on their lives. Congratulations to Purdue Recreation & Wellness and Purdue University! Purdue Recreation & Wellness falls within the division of Student Life and we are very pleased about this achievement by the RecWell staff, facility and its programs. 

'Generation Z Goes to College' presentation set for Tuesday

Faculty and staff are invited to a presentation on "Generation Z Goes to College" at 9 a.m. Tuesday (June 5) in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse as part of the Boiler Share Symposium 2018.

The presentation will feature Corey Seemiller, co-author of "Generation Z Goes to College," which aims to prepare college administrators and educators for a new generation of college students. Seemiller also is the co-author of "Generation Z Leads," a practical implementation guide for educators in designing meaningful leadership development experiences for Generation Z college students.

Seemiller has worked in higher education for more than 20 years -- the last four directly with Generation Z students. She currently serves as a faculty member in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University. Seemiller also is the author of "The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook" and associated measurements and tools to help educators develop intentional curriculum that enhances leadership competency development.

"As we prepare to welcome a new generation of students to campus, we must be mindful of how we respond to their social and educational needs to ensure that students have a meaningful Purdue experience," says Beth McCuskey, Purdue vice provost for student life. "Our incoming students -- known as Generation Z -- already show defining characteristics that will influence the way we interact with and prepare them for their future after college. These characteristics include a career focus, inclusivity of others, financial frugality and an inseparability from technology."

Registration for the presentation is available online. To learn more, click here.


Two Crew Members to Represent Purdue at World University Games

Two Purdue Crew student-athletes will represent the United States in the 2018 FISU World University Rowing Championships in Shanghai, China this summer.  Crew members Henri LaLiberte and Nick Schmidt will compete as members of US Rowing’s delegation. The championships will take place Aug. 10 – 12 and will be hosted by Shanghai Jiatong University. LaLiberte and Schmidt will train together on Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, Mich. May 31 – Aug. 3 and will compete in the U.S. Rowing National Championships July 11 – 15 at Cooper River in Camden, N.J. prior to the world competition. 

The financial burden of traveling to the championship regatta falls on the student-athletes and coaches of the team. They will have to pay out-of-pocket unless team members can raise money through donations and sponsorship. Each student-athlete is fundraising to support their travel to the event. To support LaLiberte, visit  THIS page. Click  HERE to support Schmidt. Funds raised will be used to offset the expenses of participating, including coaching, equipment and airfare.

Darrell Smith

Congratulations to Darrell Smith - 1st Quarter Clerical/Service 2018 SLISU Award Winner!

Darrell was nominated for the  Stewardship and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what his nominator ( Terry Clayton) had to say about him:

From nominator: Terry Clayton

Darrell is a level 5 service worker by title, but he is also a part-time maintenance worker by his actions. Darrell maintains the floor care equipment at the Union, and he also orders and stocks all custodial supplies. Since Darrell has assumed the responsibilities for custodial supplies, our cost has gone down by about 8%. He is diligent about staff using the supplies appropriately as well as mixing concentrated supplies for staff so that we use them per the directions to maximize quality controls.

During slower periods, Darrell will assist the maintenance staff with repairs and projects. He has figured out ways to repair many items that would have otherwise been replaced, and he has done this for every department within the Union. He recently has been a contributing factor to providing the young maintenance shop with some leadership and a "can do" mentality.

Darrell approaches work with a positive attitude and has a good sense of humor. He has a way to pull others together to work as a group to get the job done quicker, with quality always at the forefront. Darrell has won the Smalley Staff Award (2002), which is awarded to a staff member that shows dedication to the values and priciples that Mr. Jack Smalley exemplified during his 37 year career. Darrell is well respected by all of the staff at the Union for his teamwork attitude and his desire to help others. I think Darrell would be an excellent representative of the SU in SLISU.

Chyrl Wilson

Congratulations to Chyrl Wilson - 1st Quarter Administrative/Professional 2018 SLISU Award Winner!

Chyrl was nominated for the  Stewardship competency within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator ( Christine Durbin) had to say about her:

From nominator: Christine Durbin

Dr. Wilson is being nominated for her exemplary service with a Purdue student struggling with severe suicidal ideation who was unable to follow through with accessing CAPS services on his own. Dr. Wilson observed this student lingering in the hallway near her office and after his declining assistance from her and others earlier, she gently insisted that he come into her office. She spent 20 minutes with him while she had another student waiting for her in the waiting room, taking the time necessary to let her caring be known. She then added him to her caseload and scheduled him for a follow up visit, but when he showed up in the waiting room a few days later without an appointment, she once again took time to meet with him individually.

He later informed her that if it had not been for her and her outreach efforts, he would not be there that day. He was on the edge of following through with a suicide plan, and her efforts prevented this from happening.

Pappy's to celebrate Food Madness win with discounted sundaes

Pappy's Sweet Shop will celebrate its victory in Food Management website's 2018 College Food Madness with a special offer to customers.

Pappy's will offer half off its signature sundaes April 23-27. Print coupons are being distributed this week at Pappy's on the ground floor of Purdue Memorial Union and at Harrison Grill in Harrison Hall, where half-off sundaes also will be served.

The discount is being presented in celebration of Pappy's win in 2018 College Food Madness, a March Madness-style bracket featuring all-star dishes from 16 different universities. Food Management is a national trade publication that features trends, practices, products and solutions that connect with the noncommercial food service professional.

The origin of the sundaes served at Pappy's can be traced to 1910, when students and visitors would visit the Purdue University Creamery and purchase ice cream on campus. Although the creamery is no longer around, its ice cream recipe lives on through the ice cream served at Pappy's.

Click to read the full press release to learn more about the win, and visit Pappy's Sweet Shop for hours and more information.

Mortar Board Announces Winners of Annual Awards

The Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board has selected Shelby Wood and Boilers in Action as the 2018 Dean Betty Nelson Service Award recipients and Annette Watters as the 2018 Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Award recipient.

Shelby Wood, a senior studying public relations and strategic communication and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, was honored for her commitment to serving her community and passion for providing opportunities for students to learn about social justice and leadership issues. Along with being heavily involved in Boilers in Action, she works to promote and create a welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQ youth.

Annette Watters, diversity outreach project manager in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, was honored because she exemplifies the principles of scholarship, leadership and service within and beyond the Purdue community. A strong leader who stands up for women in this community as well as people of color, she holds a caring attitude and works to nurture, support, mentor and inspire students to achieve excellence.

Click to read more about the winners and the awards.

Purdue Crew Cheer on the News

The talented Women’s Varsity 8 representing Purdue Crew were featured on the local San Diego News before their race at the Crew Classic this past March. They displayed their Purdue Crew Pride by performing the traditional boat send-off song. Click here to watch the news story!

Purdue Recreation and Wellness Hosts March Madness 101

Purdue’s France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, or Co Rec., invited international students for March Madness 101, giving them the chance to learn more about Indiana’s favorite pastime. With interest from over 350 students, the event was a smashing success -  click here to read the article in the Purdue Exponent.

Purdue Today Features 2017 Purdue Year in Review, Sponsored by Purdue Alumni Association

Watch as several areas of Student Life are highlighted, including:

  • University Residences Faculty-in-Residence program
  • The Band and the Big Bass Drum 
  • Purdue Day of Giving and the Ever True campaign
  • 1869 Tap Room and Boiler Gold brew
  • Cary Racing Team winning Grand Prix
  • Reamer Club’s new Extra Special
  • Fraternity and Sorority members
  • Purduettes/Glee Club
  • Glee Club version of Hail Purdue

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Purdue Today Features the 1869 Tap Room and Boiler Gold "In the Spotlight"

The mention in  Purdue Today, dated March 8, 2018 read:

"Purdue's 1869 Tap Room supports and promotes Purdue’s research in fermentation science and hops production. Hear from a few key individuals whose collaborative efforts made the tap room a reality -- and gave birth to Purdue's first signature beer, Boiler Gold -- in this Boiler Bytes video."

Student Life Appoints New Advisory Council Chairs

As the second year of the Student Life Advisory Council wraps up, we are pleased to announce that  Jack Calhoun and  Tricia Hackleman have agreed to take the roles of Chair and Co-Chair, respectively. Jack and Tricia will assist our Vice Provost, Dr. Beth McCuskey in creating agendas for Council meetings, lead discussions and help with the strategy for the Council overall. For more information about the Student Life Advisory Council, or to learn more about our new chairs,  please visit this page.

Jack Calhoun    Tricia J. Hackleman

2018 State of the Division Event Gallery

Click through to see some familar faces in photos taken of our most recent State of the Division Event.

VPSL State of Division

Our 2017 SLISU Award Winners

A look back at the recipients of the 2017 SLISU Award, an award offered by Purdue University's Vice Provost of Student Life. The recipients all show a passion for Student Learning, Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship and Unity, and their work helps to improve the Purdue experience for both students and staff.

The Top 16 Facts You Might Not Know About Student Life

16 Facts About Student Life

Visit the Student Life Facts page to learn about the different ways that participating in Student Life programs plays an integral role in a student’s continued growth and success.

Fall Semester Student Employee Awards Announced!

Student Award Recipients Fall 2017

Student employees continue to impress and make remarkable contributions to all areas within Student Life. Join me in congratulating the following award recipients for Fall 2017.

Outstanding New Student Employee:
Ceouna Hegwood – Office Assistant, Fraternity, Sorority, & Cooperative Life

Student Employee of the Semester:
Cody Daub – Lead Facility Manager, Recreation & Wellness
Meghan Pintozzi – Student Associate, The Port Cafe

Online nominations for Spring 2018 awards are now being accepted through March 23, 2018. Please visit the student employment awards page for more information and to submit a nomination.

Christy Schock

Congratulations to Christy Schock - 4th Quarter Clerical/Service 2017 SLISU Award Winner!

Christy was nominated for the  Stewardship and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator ( Susan Prieto-Welch) had to say about her:

From nominator Susan Prieto-Welch:

In the past year, CAPS has grown tremendously and exponentially. In the process of this, we have instituted several significant changes (in services and processes), most of the time needing to implement these very quickly.

Throughout all of this change and upheaval, Christy has been a rock, both for students and for CAPS’ staff. She understands and appreciates the significant changes being implemented, and has worked tirelessly to go above and beyond in practical, specific and thoughtful ways to contribute toward bringing changes about in as smooth and seamless a way as possible, creatively using resources at her disposal. An example of this is Christy’s spearheading of front desk process changes as we implemented our new IA Team and IA process. She is a change agent by modeling the role, as well as thinking through detailed steps and training others in these, supporting them along the way.

A second substantive contribution Christy has made during this time is her work with staff – encouraging, providing support and information and serving as a grounding force for new and existing staff alike. Christy’s positivity, good nature, good humor and firmness have provided consistency during a time of change and at times turbulence and have continued to foster and nurture our relationships and cohesion as a staff.

All of this has been accomplished while making sure that our service delivery to students as seen via front desk functions, IA and on-call, run smoothly and evenly – I don’t think students have had a sense of the level of change being felt.

Last, but not least, Christy’s organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to juggle multiple projects have been put to the test as she supports my work as director. Her contributions in this regard have been invaluable, as have been her work ethic, initiative and willingness. She’s been the consummate team member and I can’t thank her enough.

Will Heidbreder

Congratulations to Will Heidbreder - 4th Quarter Administrative/Professional 2017 SLISU Award Winner!

Will was nominated for the Stewardship competency within the SLISU vision. Read what his nominator ( Chris Skiba) had to say about him:

From nominator Chris Skiba:

Passion-Sustainability-Stewardship-Creativeness-Teamwork-Learning- Beauty...these are just some of the words I think of when I walk around our Residence Halls and Dining Courts and see the impact Will has on our facilities with the magic of great landscape design and installation. You see the passion of Will's work in his eyes when he speaks of the projects he is doing to brighten our facilities. Will was instrumental in the design and implementation of the rain and student gardens at the new Honors College and shared the strong belief on the importance of such features with the Honors College Dean. Walk down 3rd Street on a warm spring day and see the inviting and comfortable seating at Starbucks which would not be possible without Will's leadership and execution. Will is always conscious of what landscape projects cost and how best to stretch dollars with the use of student labor. I often observe Will and his team very early in the morning and into the evening to make the most use of the limited time he has during the summer months. How fortunate are the Purdue students that work with Will to be able to learn and grow with all the mentorship Will offers. University Residences is so fortunate to encounter the beauty of our surroundings when our students, staff and visitors walk up to our facilities. I challenge anyone to walk around campus and see if they can find other landscaping that is as beatuful as what is around our buildings. With a smile but determined demeanor, Will is always challenging us in the Capital Planning group to determine ways to better our product we put out there and to look at sustainable long range plans to better the University.

Jay Gephart

Congratulations to Jay Gephart - Announced as  the 2018 Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator of the Year by  the Indiana Music Education Association

We are very proud to announce that Jay Gephart, Al G. Wright Chair, Director of Bands for Purdue and the Vice Provost for Student Life was recently honored with the title of 2018 Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator of the year.  Jay joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after having completed 12 years as a public school band director. In July 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, and in 2009 was promoted to Full Professor. From 1995-2006, Professor Gephart served as the director for the Purdue Symphony Orchestra. He currently serves as Director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band and the Purdue Wind Ensemble.  Click here to read the full article.

JC Readers Choice Award - Best Student Housing 2017

Congratulations to University Residences for winning the Journal & Courier's Reader's Choice Award for Best Student Housing 2017

Thank you to all who supported University Residences by spreading the word and voting!

Amanda Young

Congratulations to Amanda Young - 3rd Quarter Administrative/Professional 2017 SLISU Award Winner!

Amanda was nominated for the Student Learning,  Leadership Development, Inclusion and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominators had to say about her:

From nominator: Devin Hall

In my opinion Amanda exudes each of the qualities listed above, but the one I chose to focus on is Unity. She is always, always, always in such a great, positive mood. The kind of positive attitude that inevitably rubs off on everyone around her. She turns even the toughest of times into a positive outcome. Another amazing quality she has is Inclusion. I am an Athletic Training student and I have a rotation in the PT clinic my sophomore and junior year. Every day I was in there Amanda would have each of us students work together to figure out the best rehabilitation program for the patient. She would make sure that we read the history of the patient and previous rehab protocol so we knew what would work best for the patient. After we collaboratively worked together we would discuss our plan with Amanda and she would give us tips about what she thought would work best and give us her advice. She always preached to us the importance of collaboration, especially in the medical field. Amanda is an all-around great role model and teacher. She leads by example through her hard work, positive attitude, intelligence, and cultural competence. She is the perfect candidate for this award and would represent it very well.

From nominator: Kara Kershner

Amanda Young embodies all Student Life Principles listed above. However, the principle I would most like to nominate Amanda for is Inclusion. As an ATS, I have known Amanda as a preceptor for 3 years through rotations in Physical Therapy. In this setting, we are reminded that healthcare is both a science and an art. This encourages providers to focus on excellence in clinical competencies, and acquire the art of applying knowledge in a way that best suits the patient. The art is having firm compassion. It is knowing when to push the patient further in their rehabilitation and when to provide comfort and encouragement. Patients from other areas of the world may not be comfortable with contact, westernized techniques and interventions, or require an advocate that speaks on their behalf. As a clinician, exposure to these situations is part of becoming culturally competent. It poses a challenge that requires creativity to ensure quality care from start to finish while keeping the patient’s values at the forefront. This is the art of healthcare that Amanda teaches students every day through both her words and her actions. To many students Amanda is more than a preceptor, she is a life coach. In a hectic and stressful major, Amanda helps students learn to embrace work-life balance. She sets time aside to meet students for coffee and actively listens to the challenges they are facing. Last spring, my grandfather passed away before finals. Amanda wrote me a card encouraging me to remain positive through the emotional time and frequently checked in. As graduate school approaches, I will remember the genuine interest and motivation Amanda demonstrated during the toughest times of my undergraduate career. It has been a privilege to learn from her, and I cannot think of someone more deserving of this award.

From nominator: Jeff Stein

Amanda is an excellent employee and her work exemplifies all aspects of the SLISU vision. My department would not be able to help the students we do without her hard work and dedication. I have nominated her for this award w/ my words in the past, but here is what her students say: "What I admire most is her unreserved respect & attentiveness towards a diverse group of patients and students. She pushes everyone to reach their full potential while providing support and active listening. I feel that my education has been improved by working closely with such a personable, respectful, and resourceful preceptor." Kara K. SAT "Amanda is one of the best preceptors that I have worked with because of her willingness to get her students involved. She demonstrates Unity by working together with students to create an effective treatment plan, Inclusion by always listening to the ideas and opinions of her students, and Student Learning by giving her students the hands-on experience necessary to better their clinical skills. Amanda also exhibits Stewardship by caring about her students and guiding them in the right direction if they are stuck, and Leadership Development by encouraging her students to come up with their own ideas and be confident in their decisions to prepare them for the real world." Emma A. SAT "Amanda has helped me over the last few years because I have had a chance to obtain clinical experience in PUSH physical therapy. She has taught me about rehabilitation of patients with different injuries ranging from back pain to pre & post-op ACL's. Not only has she furthered my education, but Amanda cares about each of the students she helps teach. She consistently asks me how school is going and life in general." Dari K. SAT

Purdue University Residences Receives 2017 Pride of Case V Gold Award

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V awarded Purdue University a Gold Award for their Executive-in-Residence program. CASE District V represents colleges from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin and works to provide a strong force for the advancement and support of education worldwide.

The Best Student Alumni Programming Award recognizes an outstanding program in Alumni Relations that involves current students at our institution, including programs aimed at students or programs involving student-alumni groups. Entries are judged on program’s success in meeting its stated goals, use of resources, creativity, and impact on the alumni relations program and institution. Purdue University Residences has worked very hard to develop our Executive-in-Residence program over the past three years and we are thrilled with the positive response we are receiving from our students, staff and the Purdue community. Please visit the CASE District V website for judging criteria and more information.

2017 Food Drive

Thank You Student Life!

For September’s Hunger Action Month, Student Life staff collected a total of 952 pounds of food items that went to the Ace Food Pantry on campus, benefiting both students and staff in the community. Thank you to everyone for your wonderful efforts. A huge thank you to the food collection volunteers as well!

Mark Layman

Congratulations to Mark Layman - 3rd Quarter Clerical/Service 2017 SLISU Award Winner!

Mark was nominated for the  Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what his nominators had to say about him:

From nominator Jacob Garis:

"Mark supports SLISU by being a prominent leader of night staff at the Wiley Dining Court. He includes his staff on group decisions that best fit practices to provide a safe and clean environment. He has developed others to work independently on tasks and helped train day staff on proper floor care at Wiley Hall. His stewardship at Purdue is one of the most involved and high caliber I have ever seen. He runs a very well organized operation with night staff. Night staff have a thankless job, because they are usually out of sight when most work days. They are responsible for making sure everything is cleaned and ready for the next day. Mark has developed a strong team at Wiley Dining Court and has provided unified relationships between University Residences and Dining staff."

From nominator Dan Kitchen:

"Mark has supplied his customers with an excellent service for many years. He has worked to train student staff on cleaning procedures along with regular staff and explains to them the importance of a clean dining area. He has helped with setups for events for students, and he comes in during the day to train others on floor care and sanitary procedures to keep our students eating areas and residence halls safe. He has taken charge and leads the way with ensuring procedures to keep our eating areas as safe as possible and using chemicals that are less harmful to our environment. Mark does not always have a direct face to face with our students, but his attention to detail keeps them safe and provides other staff with the necessary guidance and coaching to ensure all aspects of their Purdue education are safe and healthy. Mark’s “behind the scenes” work has contributed to all of our overall food safety concerns at Wiley dining, even as he has assisted other teams at other courts. Mark sees the BIG picture and his record of service shows this. His constant vigilance both day and night shows his dedication."

Purdue Band's World Largest Drum

Purdue's Largest Drum Featured on Slo Mo Guys

In partnership with Purdue Mechanical Engineering, the Slo Mo Guys of internet fame created a video featuring Purdue Bands' World's Largest Drum. Purdue Bands and Orchestras is a department within the division of Student Life. Click here to check out this cool video!

Hema Saxena

Congratulations to Hema Saxena - 2nd Quarter 2017 SLISU Award Winner!

Hema was nominated for the  Student Learning, Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator Tom Coleman:

Hema Saxena has been an asset to Purdue Dining & Catering throughout the 20 years that she has been employed. Over-time she has demonstrated to me and others that she upholds the highest professional principles and practices that is necessary in meeting the SLISU vision. As a person she is very caring, very kind, polite & respectful of others with a warm, welcoming smile. A person of high integrity. These traits translate to her work responsibilities; she takes her job very seriously with a great can-do attitude. One might call it a job, but she may call it a passion. I have created my own title for her, and that is "customer service specialist". In my experience, she truly is one of the best. Hema carries out her own mission, while holding herself accountable for that mission: to create a welcoming environment for our customer. And yet she understands to meet this goal, we must start with treating the team of student employees, that support us daily, with the very best of care while creating and providing an environment that fosters learning, development and unity. She is the lead on training and she does it with great diplomacy. Throughout her career, based on her own initiatives, principles and practices, we all have benefited daily. This is supported by high customer service marks and high student employee retention. The staff at large who know Hema think very highly of her. Throughout her career she has been identified as an outstanding contributor, highly recognized formally and a valued team member. She will be retiring this September to care for her husband and spend time with her sons and their families. I can't think of a better way to honor Hema's remarkable achievements than by bestowing her with this great honor. Thank you.

Fall 2017 Student Life Kick-Off Event a Success

Thanks to everyone who attended the Student Life Fall Kick-off event. We had exceptional attendance and we appreciate everyone helping us kick-off the new school year.

Student Life Kickoff Speaker Beth McCuskey

Reif named director of Purdue Memorial Union

Zane Reif has been selected as the new director for the Purdue Memorial Union. Reif comes to us from his role as senior director of the University Union at the University of North Texas. Reif will begin his tenure with us on September 15, 2017. Click here to read the press release in Purdue Today.

Michelle Singleton

Congratulations to Michelle Singleton - 2nd Quarter Administrative/Professional 2017 SLISU Award Winner!

Michelle was nominated for the  Student Learning, Leadership Development, Stewardship and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Michelle was the first SLISU winner nominated by two differnt individuals. Read what her nominators had to say about her:

From nominator Jessica Shellhorn:

" Student Learning - As supervisor of the Demonstration Kitchen for Recreation and Wellness, Michelle continuously offers positions for students to grow both academically and professionally. For example, as a Cooking Instructor for the Demonstration Kitchen, students are able to learn the material in the classroom and apply the knowledge within the kitchen to share with the Purdue community. Without Michelle's continuous effort to train students, they would be unable to participate in these co-curricular experiences. Leadership Development - Michelle creates opportunities for students and allows them to find new interests and abilities. For example, Michelle presented me with the opportunity to collaborate with Purdue Admissions to develop a video for incoming students. This is a prime example of how Michelle knows each employee's passion and presents opportunities that allow us to develop strengths. My Purdue University successes and personal growth would not be possible without Michelle's mentorship and dedication to Student Life. Inclusion - Michelle has broken the stereotype that only students within a nutrition-related major can become a Cooking Instructor. She has encouraged all backgrounds to apply for the position by reaching out to a variety of students and departments on campus. The Demonstration Kitchen now employs 13 students with a range of 6 different disciplines, which allows the students to embrace diversity and value each individual. Unity - Michelle is at the forefront of being committed to create a teamwork in all areas of Recreation and Wellness. For example, she set up a cooking demonstration with student employees and the Director of Recreation and Wellness. As a student that participated in this event, I was positively impacted and was able to use the knowledge shared by the Director to enhance my education."

From nominator Olivia Birlson:

"I've gotten to know Michelle as both my supervisor, and then as my colleague when I was promoted within our department. I was a student cooking instructor when Michelle transferred over from PUSH and became the assistant director of Nutrition Education programs, which included oversight of the Demo Kitchen and it's staff. Right off the bat, Michelle encouraged us all to come to her with any ideas we had for new Demo Kitchen events or ways to make our programming better. Giving us this creative freedom allowed the Demo Kitchen programming to thrive, including the development of a children's cooking series, a serious overhaul of all preexisting demo menus, 7 new cooking demonstration menus, and a new staff-geared crock pot lunch series. She uses monthly staff meetings to develop our public speaking and leadership skills. Michelle has an open-door policy that I know nearly every one of her staff have taken advantage of at one point or another. She always makes time, whether it's on the clock or after hours, to make sure her staff feel supported, both professionally and personally. Michelle has most definitely become a mentor for me as we have become colleagues. She is always finding new career development opportunities and is always encouraging me; for example, this past fall she pushed me to develop a presentation for the Mid-America College Health Association Annual Conference. I had never done anything like this before, so it was a great learning opportunity and I took great pride in adding it to my resume. On top of all her work in the Demo Kitchen, she also sees many students for nutrition counseling appointments. When she left on maternity leave, it took 3 of us to stay on top of all of her work! Michelle without a doubt deserves this award."

Purdue Memorial Union Pays Homage to Former Union Directors

Portraits of all five past Purdue Memorial Union Directors now adorn the walls of the Director's Room next to the Sagamore Restaurant in the Union. Additionally, some rooms have been renamed. Read the article in Purdue Today. 

Purdue Dining & Catering Wins RecycleMania Case Study Competition

Purdue Dining & Catering received an award in recognition of its targeted approach to reduce cardboard, paper and plastic that is associated with the use of disposable plates. Please click to read the full article.

Congratulations to Purdue Dining & Catering - Awarded Best Customer Service 

Purdue Dining & Catering Wins Best Customer Service Award in the annual Food Management Magazine Best Concept Awards. Click here to read more .

Congratulations to Purdue Interfraternity Council - Recognized By The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) with the Council Award of Distinction

The Council Award of Distinction is given to Interfraternity Councils (IFC)   operating in full compliance with NIC standards and working to maintain an environment on their respective campus that is conducive to the success of member chapters. Only 2 Councils received this recognition in 2017. Click here to learn more.  

Congratulations to University Residences Student Leaders and Staff on hosting a successful NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls) conference!

Take a look at look back at some amazing highlights of the NACURH annual conference, hosted by Purdue University Residences! So proud of all our Boilermaker students and staff who worked so hard to make this happen! Click here to watch the video recap on NACURH's You Tube Channel

Peggy Hunley

Congratulations to Peggy Hunley - 1st Quarter 2017 SLISU Excellence Award Winner!

Peggy was nominated for the  Student Learning, Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator:

To me, Peggy Hunley is the embodiment of the Student Life Vision. Whether it be developing students, watching the bottom line, creating a sense of teamwork and diversity or reaching out to help others, Peggy truly upholds all 5 of the Student Life is You categories. Peggy is constantly turning out future leaders, some of her students have gone on to become full time supervisors for her and operating their own Starbucks at Butler University. She is also very sensitive to the needs of her team, whether it be training, equipment or just a shoulder to lean on, Peggy is always there to support them. She recognizes they need more than a boss while they are here. Sometimes they need a friend, a mentor or even a second “mom”. Peg works hard to create a tight knit team at the PMU Starbucks. From creating a zombie buffet, an ugly sweater party or a Gilmore girls watch party, she makes sure to celebrate their success with fun times! Peggy extends this teamwork atmosphere beyond Starbucks whenever possible. She has been a critical element in organizing the Taste of the Union for the last few years, serves on the student success committee and is always one of the first to help with student activities. Last, Peggy has set her goal on half a million dollars to her bottom line this year. She watches her budget and adheres to it very closely while never letting her unit, team or customer suffer. Peggy will be the first to tell you that the students are why she is here. She loves teaching and developing them. It is hard to watch them leave, but the difference she has made is evident each time one of them makes a special trip in to visit “Mama Bucks”.

Steven Yeagley

Congratulations to Steven Yeagley - 1st Quarter Administrative/Professional 2017 SLISU Award Winner!

Steven was nominated for the Student Learning, Inclusion and Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what his nominator had to say about him:

From nominator:

Steven is the most dedicated professional that I have ever come to know when focusing on assisting students in times of need.  His entire philosophy centers around providing care, concern, and platforms for success for students.  Steven is such an integral and important person in the lives of our students - during a student's college career, it is very likely that at some point, they will experience a difficult situation, and Steven has spearheaded many efforts to ensure that all students are aware of the support services available to them and fosters an inclusive, caring, and comfortable environment for all students.  Steven has also lead efforts to make faculty and staff more aware of how they can tell the Dean of Students Office about students who may benefit from outreach and knowing that someone cares.  As a result of these efforts, Student of Concern reports have come in at numbers in one semester that equaled the total number of reports from the past y! ear.  This means that more students are being told that someone cares about them and is willing to go the extra mile to help them be successful.  Steven leaves no rock un-turned when seeking to assist a student, understand a situation, and/or find ways to support a student.  He is truly the epitome of a higher education student affairs professional, and Purdue is so very lucky to have him to lead the Dean of Students crisis team and to provide top notch services and care to our students.

Regina Brummett

Congratulations to Regina Brummett - 1st Quarter Clerical/Service 2017 SLISU Award Winner!

Regina was nominated for the  Leadership Development competency  within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator:

Regina Brummett exemplifies “leadership by example” to our students. Having worked at Purdue for 20 years, she is currently a Level 4 Service Worker at Wiley Residence Hall. I say she leads “by example” because her duties do not bring her into regular, consistent contact with students. She services the public areas of Wiley, the “nook and cranny” areas (that many do not know exist) as well as doing the laundry. She is also a Trainer. While quiet and unassuming in her tasks, students who take the time to notice her will observe a dependable, hard worker who services them with excellence. They will notice that she is not just on time but early to work and rarely absent. They will see her pleasant smile. They will notice that an area that has been cleaned by Regina is ALWAYS immaculate. They will observe that those who have been trained by her are not only well trained but are also ready to explain tasks to others who need help. They will see a “mentor by example.” They will observe that when she is called upon to lead our team, she “direct the troops” with efficiency and tact. As they enter her “office” in the laundry room they will notice that it is orderly and clean. They will see that her cart is well stocked and ready to go. They might notice on her wall a small certificate which states she came to work during the Snowpocolypse of 2014. They may notice that serves on our Diversity Committee. They might also learn that she brings birthday cakes for us and sometimes brings a cake “just because.” In other words, they will see in Regina the character traits that they can emulate to help them develop their strengths and lead the world forward.

Purdue Students Swipe Out Starvation in Partnership with Purdue Dining & Catering

“Making the connection between the often-unwanted meal plan items students were taking and a desire to combat hunger was easy. Forming a plan of action and setting it in motion took some doing.” Swipe Out Starvation was started in 2010. Read More

Watch Boilers Supporting Boilers Introductory Video

So proud of our Purdue students for their commitment to each other and to the Boilermaker community!

BSB Week occured April 10th-14th, 2017. If you or your organization would like to get involved with this event and/or future events, we encourage you to contact BSB at this address:

Watch Our Video of Student Life SLISU Winners 2016

Students Power Purdue Dining Upgrades Through Academic Partnerships

The results of an Industrial Engineering 431 senior design capstone project include an average 23 percent reduction in wait time in line at Lemongrass, a Far East eatery in the Union Commons that shares a space with sushi spot Ah-Z. Based on daily traffic, that reduction in time in line adds up to two hours saved for Lemongrass and Ah-Z customers every day, time that could be better spent in a classroom or study lounge. Additionally, the four-student team proposed a new digital self-service ordering system and redesigned seating layout for the restaurants.

Purdue Dining & Catering has been partnering consistently with the class for 7-10 years, and Dave Kotterman, director of industry relations for the School of Industrial Engineering, recalled classmates doing projects on campus dining when he was an industrial engineering student himself in the 1980s.

“Dining & Catering is one of our more substantial and consistent customers. They are so good about giving us projects, and it’s all about increasing student service and satisfaction of the dining experience here at Purdue,” Kotterman said. “They’re always trying to improve, which I think is a great characteristic of a management team that gets it.”

“One thing we do stress is to actually introduce engineering concepts and quantify our outcomes,” Kotterman said. “It’s one thing to be anecdotal in nature, but we really stress working the engineering side and the business side – cost-savings and engineering concepts like minimizing waste and improving efficiency, and relaying that back to the dollar values that we save customers.”

Along with the Lemongrass project, engineering students studied line queueing in the dining courts and the efficiency of the Hillenbrand Dining Court take back program last fall. In the spring semester, IE 431 teams are doing projects on operational efficiency of Harrison Grillé, Pete’s Za and the Daily Bite food truck; Ford Dining Court outside patio layout and design; and efficiency in the Purdue Memorial Union catering kitchen and dish room.

Writer: Matt Watson,

Sources: Greg Minner, director of Purdue Dining & Catering,, Tom Coleman, director of Retail Dining,, Dave Kotterman, director of industry relations for the School of Industrial Engineering,

Thank you for Celebrating Pappy’s 90 th Birthday With Us!

In partnership with Purdue Student Union Board, on March 2, 2017 from 6-9 p.m., Pappy's held a Throwback Party featuring trivia and offering 7 oz. Root beer floats for $1.37. The first 50 customers received a commemorative mug!

France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center Ranked 17

Lendedu ranked Purdue’s France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center #17 in their “Top 30 College Recreation Centers Report”. Purdue University offers one of the best fitness resources in college. The results of this study can be found here.

Ranking is based on Google Reviews, Available Resources, Intramural and Clubs Sports and Square Feet per Students within the Recreation Center.

Recreation centers are quickly becoming one of the most important resources offered at colleges. With a growing health and fitness conscious culture, our current student body as well as future prospective students will be excited to see our ranking.

Congratulations to Monica Bloom, Thumbs Up Recipient

To read more please visit this website

Congratulations to Todd Wetzel - Named Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life

In this role, Todd will continue to oversee Purdue Convocations along with the Purdue Memorial Union, Student Activities and Organizations, and the Hall of Music Productions.  Todd will focus on the energy of “people, place, and program” as he works to build synergies across these four organizations.

As a campus cultural leader, Todd has conceived and delivered a wide array of world-class culture and discourse for students and the broader community, has partnered extensively across the academic enterprise to integrate visiting artists and thinkers into the curriculum, and has a demonstrated entrepreneurial approach to his work. He began his Purdue career in 1997 in Purdue Convocations, becoming Director of the department in 1999. Prior to his Purdue career, he served as Director of the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts. He currently serves as Executive Board member & Treasurer of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, and has served on grant panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, and other granting agencies. He holds a B.A. in Music Enterprises from Valparaiso University and an M.B.A. from Purdue’s Krannert School of Business. 

Todd officially begins his new duties this week.  Please join us in congratulating him in this new role.

Congratulations to Beth McCuskey for being selected as ACUHO-I President!

Watch as Dr. McCuskey shares "See What 2017 Has In Store" for the Association of College & University Housing Officers–International (ACUHO-I) organization here

Watch as Vice Provost Dr. Beth McCuskey delivers the Student Life State of the Division address

Congratulations to Dani Clark - 4th Quarter SLISU Award Winner!

Dani was nominated for all 5 competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator:

Dani is my current supervisor, and she has been an incredibly passionate, driven, and supportive person to work under. Whenever I have a question no matter how big or small, Dani will make sure I have the answer in a timely fashion, while also pushing and challenging me to come up with a personalized and independent answer when applicable. She has prepared me for a position I started at an incredibly fast pace, and above everything else, she has the utmost respect for my personal health and well-being. If there's a program or group she thinks I would be interested in learning more about, she makes sure I get the information right away. More specifically, here's how she has met the five topics for SLISU: Student Learning - She challenges her RA staff with good leadership building activities to help instill confidence. Leadership Development - The quick questions she asks of her supervisees always pushes them to think critically for themselves. If we can solve a problem, she wants us to really challenge ourselves to come up with the solution. Inclusion - Dani will do everything she can to make sure her supervisees have all the information they need to be successful. I was initially left off of a listserv and she would ensure every email, announcement, and bulletin reached me as soon as possible. She also constantly checks in to touch base and see how her supervisees are doing.  Stewardship - As mentioned previously, Dani is an ideal supervisor. She not only leads us well, she'll advocate for us and do everything she can to make sure someone is speaking out for us. Unity - She has a natural ability to bring a team together. She builds trust and really inspires those working with her to succeed. Dani works in Residential Life within University Residences in the division of Student Life.

Joanna Osterling

Congratulations to Joanna Osterling - 4th Quarter SLISU Award Winner!

Joanna was nominated for Leadership Development, Inclusion, Stewardship and the Unity competencies within the SLISU vision. Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator:

This summer, Joanna Osterling showed herself to be an absolutely invaluable member of our team in Guest Relations for Hall of Music Productions. Our area has had a bit of turnover, and our clients (Purdue Convocations), also saw similar turnover. The Friends of Convocations are the lifeblood of our Convocations shows, as they are our base of donors and most enthusiastic supporters. Satisfying their seating requests and wishes is a crucial period and marks the beginning of the Convocations season. Amidst the turnover, Joanna's experience and genuine care for the Friends during the critical donor seating period was exceptional. She epitomized the term "above and beyond" by training our staff members, using her vast knowledge to "checklist" everything that needed done, and going the extra mile in her hard work for the nearly 9,000 tickets distributed. When I worked at the Ritz-Carlton, part of our credo was to "fulfill even the unexpressed wishes and needs of our guests". Throughout the seating period, Joanna’s work behind the scenes was done with great attention to detail and care as she went over and above to ensure the seating expectations of the Friends were met. She continually impressed her supervisors with things to double and triple check, items to consider, and dependability; that important time for our department (and Convocations) simply could not have been done without her. Her willingness to train newer staff members also showed that given this opportunity she shines as a leader. In summary, I believe Joanna exemplified the type of vigor and work ethic that surpassed expectations, and HLMC, Convocations, and our donors and supporters are fortunate to have her on our team. Many thanks to her for being a terrific example for what makes Student Life a caring, dedicated and responsible division at Purdue University. Joanna works in the Hall of Music Productions within the Division of Student Life.

Tammy Loew

Congratulations to Tammy Loew - 4th Quarter SLISU And Excellence Award Winner!

Tammy was nominated for the Inclusion competency within the SLISU vision. Tammy won the SLISU Award and the Excellence Award - Read what her nominator had to say about her:

From nominator:

Through Tammy's work and commitment, she exemplifies the definition of Inclusion. Tammy's role and the Wellness Staff are new to our Division from their compounds in PUSH and their transition and integration into our Division has been seamless since the start of the Fall 2015 semester. Tammy operates at a high level on behalf of the students with an emphasis on their health and wellness. Tammy has been instrumental in many Departmental and University initiatives that include Alcohol EDU, Tobacco cessation, Healthy Sexual Behaviors, and Nutrition to name a few. Tammy built a relationship with the LGBTQ Center where our Division has a presence directly during office hours at the Center. Additionally, in recent collaborations, Tammy initiated a guest speaker to discuss Inclusion at our most recent Spring 2016 All-Staff training for more than 400 student employees. Tammy's advocacy for Inclusion has been supporting a diverse university climate through creating a solid foundation on behalf of our Division among campus colleagues. Tammy also serves as a mentor to multiple student groups on campus and takes the time to meet with them regularly - even attending dinner sessions to get to know them better. Tammy's work has had an intentional emphasis on Inclusion and she embodies the values of the SLISU campaign. Tammy’s nomination was also selected for The Excellence award. The Excellence award is given to an employee who has demonstrated all 5 principles at one time. Tammy works in Wellness within Recreation and Wellness in the division of Student Life.

University Residences Receives GLACUHO Award

Purdue University Residences was recognized recently with the “Presidents Institutional Award” by the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) for their significant contributions to the organization. This award formalizes a recognition process beyond a “thank you” from the Association. The following are remarks shared at the GLACUHO closing banquet:

This award is presented to an association member who has exemplified long-term service and commitment to GLACUHO, ACUHO-I, their institution, and within housing and residence life. They have encouraged others to engage in GLACUHO's activities and initiatives, and have been a model for inclusion.”

“In the past several years, this university has supported GLACUHO and ACUHO-I Board members, faculty for PDI, and encouraged their staff members as they served as productive members on GLACUHO committees and task forces. This institution took our theme of change to heart before we did and has been building a unique faculty involvement program on their campus. Beyond the professional realm, this institution is hosting students from across the nation for NACURH 2017. I would like to thank the staff at Purdue University for their dedication to GLACUHO.”

Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University Releases Video

Thank you to our generous donors. We are one Purdue!  Click to watch the video!

Moriguchi family pays homage by contributing to the Dauch Scholarship Challenge

The Dauch Scholarship Challenge is a one-to-one matching gift to donors who fund a scholarship endowment for non-Indiana undergraduate students, or students in one of Purdue’s professional programs. The Moriguchi’s gift supports Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University and specifically the Purdue Parent and Family campaign. Purdue Parent and Family Connections is a department in the Office of the Dean of Students within the Division of Student Life. More about the Moriguchi family, their reason for giving, their relationship to the Dauchs and Purdue Bands and Orchestras can be read here.

Congratulations to Heather Beasley, ACUI Region VI Gretchen Laatsch Outstanding Service Award Recipient

Heather serves as the Director of Student Involvement & the Krach Leadership Center within the Division of Student Life. To learn more about the award, please visit the ACUI website.

Jackie Perkins

Congratulations to Jackie Perkins - Fall 2016 SLISU Award Winner!

Congratulations to Jackie Perkins – Fall 2016 SLISU award winner for all of the competencies within the SLISU vision. Jackie was recently involved in a high level project for the VPSL office. During the execution of this project Jackie demonstrated Unity and Inclusion by participating as a member of the team to generate the finished product. Jackie has also worked with a larger campus group on a training project for Purdue supervisors on Purdue West Lafayette campus. This course provided the opportunity for new supervisors to build their campus network ( Inclusion & Unity). The intended ripple effect from this training will benefit our students by creating mentors to model their future employment opportunities and expectations. ( Student Learning & Leadership Development). Jackie’s effort in Stewardship is more understated yet present in the work that she completes. She takes meticulous notes for any revisions in an effort to maximize output, minimizing interruptions and delays. She has assisted in creating Qualtrics surveys in an effort to gain information in the most straightforward manner. Jackie has been recognized professionally by her peers for numerous awards, some of which she shares with student staff.  It is such a unique opportunity that she has to mentor and work with students to develop future job skills that easily translate to resumes and portfolios. ( Student Learning & Leadership Development). Jackie works in Student Life Marketing in the Division of Student Life.

Melanie Moehring

Congratulations to Melanie Moehring - Fall 2016 SLISU Award Winner!

Congratulations to Melanie Moehring – Fall 2016 SLISU award winner for Unity. Melanie is patient and understanding and treats each student she works with respect, educates them and embraces diversity. She offers an open door policy for students and drops everything she is doing when they need assistance. She maintains a positive attitude and is willing to assist other staff by listening to what they need and helping to find a solution. She also serves on the University Kronos Advisory team, assisting with testing the new upgrades to ensure the changes go smoothly. She provides guidance, leadership, and pursues a standard of excellence. Melanie works in Recreation and Wellness within the Division of Student Life.

Purdue featured on Big Ten Network for Swipe Out Starvation program

Many Purdue students are participating in a program that turns their un-used meal swipe credits into a way to help the hungry. Purdue Dining & Catering, the dining department within Student Life, has partnered their On-the-GO! operations with student groups to create Swipe Out Starvation (SOS). Proceeds go to aid a Rwanda-based, fair-trade coffee company as well as local Food Finders food bank. SOS’s goal is to improve over their 2015-16 total of $23,337.50. To read more about the program, please visit:

President Mitch Daniels Launches Purdue Parent and Family Fundraising Campaign

President Daniels announced a $30 million parent and family-focused fundraising campaign during a tailgating event for the Purdue-Nevada game. Purdue Parent and Family Connections is a department within the office of the Dean of Students, in the Division of Student Life. To read more about the announcement, please visit the Purdue Today article or click here to watch the announcement.

Honors College and Residences Dedication

Purdue dedicates Honors academic residential college

Purdue University on Friday (Sept. 9, 2016) dedicated the $90 million  Honors College and Residences, the first of its kind in Indiana and among the nation's most advanced academic residential colleges. To read more about the dedication, please click here.

Amanda Elmore - Olympic Gold Medal Recipient

Olympic gold medal rower Elmore returns to Purdue

The Purdue Crew team hosted a reception for Olympic gold medal rower and Purdue alumna Amanda Elmore on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at the Purdue Boathouse. To read more about her visit, please click here.

Liz Ehrlich

Congratulations to Liz Ehrlich and Stephanie Packer

Congratulations to Liz Ehrlich (pictured above) and Stephanie Packer (pictured below) on their SLISU awards. Liz, donor relations and recruitment coordinator, Purdue Musical Organizations, takes the extra time to work with staff and students to enhance work place and student experiences. Her colleagues admire her selflessness and positive attitude. Thank you, Liz for your commitment to the Student Life Vision. 

Stephanie Packer

Stephanie Packer, retail dining associate VII, encourages students in dining to better themselves for their futures and helps students become better version of themselves. In her position, she has created a learning environment that promotes leadership. The Student Life Vision is carried out through Stephanie’s actions. 

Michael Beach - SLISU Winner 2016

Congratulations to Michael Beach - First Administrative Winner of the SLISU Award

Michael is the Boiler Television Manager within University Residences. Michael taught a communication course in video production, is a Faculty Fellow for University Residences, engages with students through his work for BTV, promotes the Student Life Vision with his work creating videos to promote University Residences and created web-based training videos for staff to save time and resources. Michael was nominated for STUDENT

Carmen Williams - 2016 SLISU Winner

Congratulations to Carmen Williams from Rec Sports - First Clerical Winner of the SLISU Award

Carmen is the Wellness Suite Secretary in the Division of Recreational Sports. She creates a positive culture of teamwork and collaboration, takes extra time to mentor students and celebrates milestones for her area as well as works well with campus partners. Carmen is always welcoming and accommodating and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Carmen was nominated for UNITY. To learn more about the Student Life Vision, please visit our  Vision page.

Barb Frazee - Executive Director of University Residences

Congratulations to Executive Director Barb Frazee - Recipient of the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Mortar Board Award

The Schleman Gold Medallion Award is presented annually to a faculty member or administrator for her/his contributions in areas related to the career of Dean Schleman. Selection is based upon the nominee's contribution and concern for women students, encouragement of women in academic and professional areas, leadership and service within and outside the university, scholarship and character.

Purdue Bands & Orchestra Wind Ensemble Plays Carnegie Hall

The Wind Ensemble, Purdue Bands & Orchestras premiere wind band, took the stage at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall on March 29th, 2016 as part of the Sounds of Spring International Music Festival, sponsored by World Projects. Over 65 Purdue students made the trip, just ten years after Director of Bands, Jay Gephart, took his first performing group to Carnegie Hall. Students left Purdue the evening of March 26 and traveled throughout the night to arrive in Manhattan the morning of March 27, 2016. A dinner cruise and sightseeing were included as part of the student tour. Included on the program were guest conductor Ray E. Cramer, Director of Bands Emeritus from Indiana University, and euphonium soloist Dr. Gail Robertson, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Central Arkansas. A highlight of the concert was a world premiere performance of Firing on All Cylinders, written specifically for the Carnegie Hall concert by Purdue Bands faculty member, Professor Matt Conaway. 

URSC Grand Opening in Cary Quad

University Residences Support Center Grand Opening

The URSC in Cary Quadrangle held it's Grand Opening on March 23, 2016 featuring remarks from Dr. Beth McCuskey.  It features a collaborative lounge with floor to ceiling dry erase boards, ITAP supported computer lab with PCs and Macs and study materials available for students to checkout. The Cary Quad location is the second URSC in University Residences with the first located in Shreve Hall. For more information about the URSC, please visit the URSC webpage.

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