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Perspectives Publication

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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

The First Friendly Faces You See: Convocations Volunteer Network 

Through Purdue Convocations, we observe unique interpretations of beliefs and climates through the art of performance. Convocations brings a diverse array of world-class performances to our campus.

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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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CARE Program Catalyzes Student, Professional Impact

New funding and a student volunteer program have helped Boilermakers make an impact on campus culture as students and staff through the Center for Advocacy, Response & Education (CARE). .

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Students Make Impact on Community, Develop Professional Skills through ACE Campus Food Pantry

For the past seven years, students have led the fight against food insecurity in the Purdue community through the ACE Campus Food Pantry. Established in 2015, the pantry makes food more readily available to members of the Purdue community who may be facing temporary or long-term food insecurity. With 11 student directors and more than 200 annual volunteers, the pantry allows Boilermakers to gain hands-on experience in service while making an impact on their immediate community. Marly Beck, a 2020 graduate and former student director of the pantry, explains that getting involved with ACE aligned with her passion for food justice.

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Student Life Professionals Making an Impact Beyond Purdue

Student Life staff serve in these roles as they create and deliver impactful programs to the more than 50,000 students on Purdue’s campus. In true Boilermaker spirit, some members have taken this impact one step further to create an impact beyond Purdue through their participation in professional organizations.

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Student Legal Services Creating Opportunities for Students Interested in Law

Purdue Student Legal Services is helping students interested in studying law make valuable connections and gain practical knowledge as part of a summer law practicum. Divided into six sessions, the practicum provides opportunities for students to meet with attorneys in a classroom setting and at a law firm, visit the Tippecanoe County Courthouse to meet with judges and observe trials, meet attorneys from the university and schedule a one-on-one meeting with a judge or attorney who works in an area of law in which the student has interest. The practicum is open to any Purdue student interested in law.

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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 Zenephia Evans, Todd Wetzel, Brenda Masiga-Crowell, The PurdueVotes Coalition, Carl Krieger, Melissa Gruver and Viviana Tsangaropoulos.

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Generations of Impact Through Student Organizations

Jenni (Birch) and Matt Szolwinski recall the first time their daughter, Anna, met two of their significant mentors – Jane Hamblin, then dean of students, and Betty Nelson, dean of students emerita. The Szolwinskis were in the midst of a long day traveling between Milwaukee and Cincinnati, and Anna, then only a toddler, was upset. Nelson, however, had the solution.

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OVPSL Proudly Recognizes Six Outstanding Alumni and Friends

The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life has recognized outstanding alumni and friends as recipients of the 2023 Student Life Impact Awards. Honorees were presented with their awards at the Student Life Honors Awards Ceremony.

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