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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.

Featured Stories

Generational Impact: The Purdue Grand Prix

The Purdue Grand Prix, known as “The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing,” began with five students taking turns driving a homemade car powered by a lawnmower engine.

The idea for the Purdue Grand Prix originated at the Delta Upsilon chapter house in fall 1957. Continue reading...

Steps to Leaps Inaugural Semester a Success

Purdue’s Steps to Leaps initiative that launched in the fall 2019 semester is even more valuable for students now as they navigate the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Steps to Leaps is a campus-wide program geared toward bolstering student success. The initiative focused on student resiliency and well-being is co-led by Dr. Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life, and Dr. Jenna Rickus, associate vice provost for teaching and learning, under the care and direction of the Office of the Provost. Read more...

Student Life Mentors: Lawrence’s Leadership Goals Furthered Through Meaningful Connections

After serving as president of student council and being heavily involved in sports during high school, it was natural that Austin Lawrence wanted to make an impact at Purdue University – he just wasn’t sure how. Read More…

Building to a Crescendo: Purdue’s New Bands and Orchestras Building

After 75 years of practicing in the basement of Elliott Hall of Music and scattered spaces across campus, Purdue Bands & Orchestras is building a new home thanks to a generous leadership gift given by Marc and Sharon Hagle. Read More…

Student Life Networks: Student Organization Helps Build Professional Networks

Senior Katherine M. Petts wants to work in the music industry after she graduates, so as marketing co-chair of Purdue Student Concert Committee (SCC) she energetically networks with the performers she meets. Read More…

Student Life Recognitions

Student Life would like to recognize areas within the division that have received recognition and awards for having made an impact both on students and the greater campus community. Learn More...

Student Life Celebrates

Student Life celebrates University Residences' Executive-in-Residence program's five year anniversary. Read more about the program and celebration here.

Student Life Honors

The Division of Student Life has recognized five outstanding individuals with the inaugural Student Life Impact awards. These awards have been established to honor, recognize and engage exceptionally accomplished alumni and friends of Student Life at Purdue. See who was selected here... 


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