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Perspectives Publication


Welcome to Student Life's Perspectives. Perspectives is a magazine-style publication, released twice a year, that focuses on issues and events that have an impact on Student Life at Purdue. 

In each issue we highlight different areas from across the division making an impact on our students, staff and academic partners.

Perspectives Spring 2024 Featured Stories

A Word from our Vice Provost

In Student Life, we know that well-being is critical to the success of Boilermakers and are committed to helping students grow during their time at Purdue. Well-being is a key pillar of our Steps to Leaps initiative, a collaborative, campus-wide effort focused on enhancing and promoting holistic well-being.

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Alumni Translate Student Employment Experience to Professional Impact

Student employment within the Division of Student Life provides a foundation for future careers by providing Boilermakers with opportunities to develop the professional skills they need to succeed in the workforce.

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Student Trustee Reflects on Leadership Journey

Defining a good leader can be a challenge. There is the transactional aspect of leadership: developing a plan and sticking to it. There is also the transformational aspect of leadership: inspiring those around a leader to buy into the cause and empowering those around the leader. Kevin Boes, a graduate student and experienced student organization leader at Purdue, speaks to his involvement in student organization leadership.

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Founding Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers Carries Forth Legacy 

The dream of a national organization for Black engineering students was founded and realized at Purdue University. The National Society of Black Engineers has grown from its inception on the West Lafayette campus to becoming one of the largest student-run organizations in the country.  

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Rakosniks Support University Residences with Generous Gift

Thanks to a generous donation by alumni Bill and Barbara Rakosnik, University Residences has established the Bill and Barbara Rakosnik Legacy Experience Fund. The fund will be used to establish the Rakosnik Annual Semi-Formal Dance, with the inaugural event slated for spring 2024.

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Student Life Recognitions

Student Life would like to recognize areas within the division that have made an impact both to students and the greater campus community. In this issue we recognize Purdue Student Legal Services, Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Steps to Leaps, Jay Gephart and Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life at Purdue.

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Student Life Prepares for Launch of Purdue in Indianapolis

Purdue’s next giant leap will launch in fall 2024 with the opening of Purdue in Indianapolis, a new extension of the flagship campus in West Lafayette that will deliver the excellence the university is known for. Purdue Student Life is preparing to deliver all the pieces of Purdue – housing, activities, arts, people, programs and more – that will help Purdue students in Indianapolis find their fit on campus.

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OVPSL Proudly Recognizes Four Outstanding Alumni and Friends

The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life has recognized outstanding alumni and friends as recipients of the 2024 Student Life Impact Awards. Honorees were presented with their awards at the Student Life Honors Awards Banquet.

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