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Student Life Academic Partnerships

Brandon Watson

Students Share “My Quarantine Story”


The Office of the Vice Provost of Student Life partnered with Cornerstone Liberal Arts (CLA) to prompt students to reflect on the unique historical moment they are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students connected their experience with assigned readings in CLA classes. Topics included reflections on how students’ worlds have changed, how isolation has changed students’ vision of themselves and their futures, and more. More than 70 submissions were received and judged by a panel of seven Cornerstone faculty judges.

First place was awarded to Brandon Watson for his essay “An American Dystopia,” which compared aspects of the current crisis to Margaret Atwood’s Gilead in A Handmaid’s Tale. Watson is now a senior majoring in political science. He received $100 for his winning submission.

Student Life Partners in ProjectX Safe Campus

More than 300 student volunteers participated in ProjectX Safe Campus, a five-week summer consulting experience to help the University create solutions for the return to on-campus learning in the fall.

ProjectX Safe Campus emanated from the Safe Campus Task Force and the Protect Purdue implementation team. Partners included Krannert School of Management, the Protect Purdue Residential Life implementation team and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life. Students worked in teams of two to six students and combined to submit 67 projects.

Students participated in educational webinars and collaborated with team members to generate recommendations for the Protect Purdue Residential Life implementation team. They also connected with 77 Krannert alumni, who served as mentors for students as they finalized their presentations.

Hagle Hall, the New Home of Bands and Orchestras, Breaks Ground

Hagle Hall Groundbreaking

From left, Purdue Provost Jay Akridge, trustee Vanessa Castagna, Marc Hagle, President Mitch Daniels, Sharon Hagle, director of bands Jay Gephart, and Vice Provost for Student Life Beth McCuskey take part in groundbreaking ceremonies for Marc and Sharon Hagle Hall.


Marc and Sharon Hagle joined Purdue University officials on November 12 for the groundbreaking ceremony of Marc and Sharon Hagle Hall, the new home of Purdue Bands & Orchestras.

Approved by the Purdue Board of Trustees in December 2019, the $20 million, 37,500-square-foot, four-story facility will be built at the southeast corner of Third and Russell streets. It will be along Third Street’s Student Success Corridor, which connects student residential areas with the campus’s academic center.

“This is a momentous day for Purdue Bands & Orchestras, its over a thousand current students and its more the 15,000 alumni around the world,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. “Thanks to the tremendous generosity of Marc and Sharon, as well as other donors to the project, our world-class program will have this wonderful new facility to develop and showcase its tremendous talents.”

The facility is named for Marc and Sharon Hagle in honor of their $10 million leadership gift.

“Sharon and I are excited about a world-class home for one of the best bands in the land,” Marc Hagle said.

Hagle Hall will provide dedicated space for the 134-year-old Bands & Orchestras program, which has operated in Elliott Hall since that facility’s completion in 1940.

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