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New Perspectives Feature! 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 and Education (CARE).

Thanks to financial support from the Office of the Provost, CARE has recently added two alumna – Amanda Shie, prevention programming specialist, and Lila Jerger, student support specialist – to support its mission to provide free and confidential advocacy services to students who have experienced interpersonal violence such as stalking, relationship violence, sexual exploitation and sexual violence.

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New Student Organization Feature! RIISE Makes Leaps Towards Future of Inclusion and Accessibility in Sports

Whether it is engineering a sturdier wheelchair for an agriculture student to navigate rough terrain in fields, lifting the voices that advocate for Paralympic excellence or hosting wheelchair basketball clinics to enhance athletic performance, RIISE Purdue is making leaps towards a future of inclusion and accessibility.

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New Student Organization Feature! Purdue Cycling Club Shares Passion with the Community

The art of cycling is a multi-step and well-thought-out process. The journey of a bike ride includes far more than just getting on the bicycle and going out for a spin. There are many elements to consider, from how to dress in preparation to cycle to the actual routes themselves. There is a formula to it. A club that appreciates every step of this careful process is the Purdue Cycling Club./p>

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New Student Organization Feature! Purdue Vinyl Club Provides Connection for Music Enthusiasts

Music is humanity’s shared language. No matter what mother tongue a song spins a story in, we are made to understand what lies at the heart of a melody. There are so many paths to take considering how to listen to a song, and many listeners choose to stream their music from online platforms. The convenience of this can be hard to beat, but many prefer to preserve an older form of listening.

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Student Life Organizations Partner with EPICS to Assist Lakota Nation

Student Life organizations partnered with Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) to assist in donating materials for the construction of  greenhouses and storm windows for the Lakota Nation. Student volunteers from the EPICS program, the Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life (FSCL) community and other student organizations worked in hand with EPICS staff to disassemble plexiglass and ship materials, cultivating food sovereignty. Administrative Operations with Purdue was also instrumental in allowing workspace to disassemble as well as providing resources to aid the students in this work.   

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New Perspectives Feature! CARE Provides Network of Support for Boilermakers

Boilermakers who have experienced interpersonal violence can receive support and connect with resources to help with the healing process through the Center for Advocacy, Response & Education (CARE).

“We are a safe place to come to,” says Juanita Richey, director of CARE. “We’re here to advocate for students, listen and talk them through their situation, help them know their rights and direct them to any resources they may need.”

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New Student Organization Feature! Boiler Bhangra Shares Passion for Dance

A dedicated group of Purdue students is sharing their passion for the energetic, free-flowing dance known as bhangra with the campus community and beyond.

Members of Boiler Bhangra devote hours a week to learning choreography and building camaraderie to perform bhangra, a traditional folk dance from the Punjab region of northern India. Club members perform at community events and compete in competitions at other colleges and universities. The club includes members from around the world who have entered the club from different paths. Continue reading about the Boiler Bhangra group here.

Student Life Professionals Making an Impact Beyond Purdue  

Innovators. Mentors. Leaders. 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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New Perspectives Feature! Student Perspective: Connecting with My Culture through Student Life

Like many other Asians living in this country, I have had a long and tumultuous relationship with my heritage as a Chinese American woman. Getting to cover two events by Asian and Asian American organizations on campus was an exciting chance to reflect on what my identity means during the holiday. When asked to cover these two events (one event which I was very familiar with and another which I was less familiar with), I was excited by the chance to learn something new and revisit a familiar holiday through a new lens.

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Purdue names 2023 Dreamer Award recipients

The Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance announced the reciepents of the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamer Award. This award has been presented annually to individuals or orghanizations within Purdue University who embody Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of service to others in their contributions to the university. Zenephia Evans, associate dean of students for education and advocacy, was one of those selected for this award.

For more information on the award and see all recipients, continue reading  "Purdue names 2023 Dreamer Award recipients".

To learn more about Zenephia Evans, continue reading  "Zenephia Exemplifies Impact and Grit/Persistence".

Purdue Parent and Family Connections awards 4 BIG Give grants

The Purdue Parent and Family Connections ( PFC) Advisory Board awarded four BIG Give grants to improve and enhance the Purdue student experience. The grant program is funded through donations from parents, families and other friends. Parents on the advisory board award the grants annually.  

To learn more about the areas that were awarded grants, click here to continue reading "Purdue Parent and Family Connections awards 4 BIG Give grants".

Wetzel Named Co-Chair of APAP/NYC+

Todd Wetzel, assistant vice provost, student life, and executive director of Purdue Convocations/Elliott Hall of Music, has been named a co-chair of   APAP/NYC+  and the annual members conference of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. APAP/NYC+ is the world’s premier gathering of the performing arts presenting, booking and touring industry.

For more information, continue reading "Appointments, honors and activities" on Purdue News (opens in a new tab).

Donation Creates Friendship Grove

Boilermakers have an enhanced space to socialize thanks to a donation from members of the Lambda Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta class of 1975.

Friendship Grove, located in Pickett Park along West Stadium Drive, provides a shaded location for the Purdue community to enjoy the outdoors and enhance their well-being. The donation funded the planting of several trees, benches, a picnic table and two sets of concrete bags. Included in the tree grove is a mighty oak tree dedicated to Purdue President Mitch Daniels and his service to the University. Friendship Grove was dedicated during a ceremony on October 14.

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New Book Release Highlights First 20 Years of Purdue Crew History

A new book, “Purdue Crew – 20 years of Rowing: 1949-69,” by author Charles Bruce Blackwell highlights the first 20 years of Purdue Crew’s storied history and is now available for purchase on Amazon. The book examines coaches, traditions and the tight bonds created among teammates in their pursuit of excellence in what has been called the “ultimate” team sport. The stories highlighted in this volume laid the foundation for a program that later developed Amanda Elmore, Purdue’s first female Olympic Gold Medalist, and won the American Collegiate Rowing Association Team Trophy this past spring.  

Purdue Recognized for Student Voter Engagement

Congratulations to Purdue University on joining 394 colleges and universities in earning the inaugural ALL IN Most Engaged Campus for College Student Voting recognition! Thank you for the intentional work you and your institution did in 2022 to institutionalize nonpartisan democratic engagement to increase student voter turnout.

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New Perspectives Feature!: Bass Fishing Club offers Boilermakers Opportunity to Wade into Casual, Competitive Fishing

Quiet mornings spent on a calm lake, wading a mountain stream, discovering a local pond or trolling deep waters for big-game fish create a tight bond among anglers of all ages.

It’s these moments that officers of the Purdue Bass Fishing Club cherish and seek to share with their members. The club provides a point of connection for anglers of all skill levels and interests, ranging from expert anglers to beginners.

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New Perspectives Feature!: 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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‘Purdue Pursuits’: University Residences Faculty Fellows program

When Daniel Pierce moved into McCutcheon Hall as a freshman in the fall of 2000, he knew little to nothing about the University Residences  Faculty Fellows program. He certainly didn't envision he would be serving as the senior faculty fellow in the same residence hall 15 years later.

Pierce graduated from Purdue in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in computer information technology, and he’s been working at his alma mater ever since. In his day-to-day role as manager of telecommunications infrastructure design for Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), Pierce has few opportunities to interact and connect with students on campus.  A colleague recommended the Faculty Fellows program as an avenue for him to reconnect with students.

Continue reading  ‘Purdue Pursuits’: University Residences Faculty Fellows program  on Purdue Today in a new window.

New campus travel safety tips from new Purdue Police Chief Wiete.

The chief of police for the Purdue University Police Department (PUPD) is sharing travel tips for the West Lafayette campus. Chief Lesley Wiete started in her new role earlier this month, and she is reminding students, faculty, staff and visitors to put safety first while navigating streets, sidewalks and bicycle paths. Read the full press release by visiting the Purdue Today website in a new window here.

New Perspectives Two-Part Feature!:  Generations of Impact Through Student Organizations, Part Two.

The events and trends that define generations change, but there is one constant on Purdue University’s campus – a love for the university handed down from generation to generation, again and again. In this two-part series, we introduce you to two Boilermakers who have followed in their parent's footsteps while finding their own place on campus. In this edition, we meet the Szolwinski family.  Click here to read part two of Generations of Impact Through Student Organizations.

Purdue's Panhellenic Association recognized by the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) for efforts in academic innovation, leadership, programming and marketing.

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the largest advocacy and support organization for the women’s sorority experience, has announced Purdue as one of the recipients of the 2021-22 College Panhellenic Association Awards. Of the 51 eligible applicants, 36 College Panhellenic Associations were recognized for their accomplishments in Panhellenic operations and work to support the women’s-only sorority experience during 2021-22. See the full press release on the NPC website here.

Steps to Leaps to Host Discussions and Dialogues Series

The Steps to Leaps initiative will host six events as part of its Discussions and Dialogues series this fall.

Steps to Leaps is a collaborative, campus-wide effort to foster lifelong habits and promote student growth in the areas of well-being, leadership, impact, networks and grit/persistence. Discussions and Dialogues will highlight departments, programs and people that have leveraged Steps to Leaps language and pillars to support students.

All Discussions and Dialogues will be held in Krach Leadership Center, Room 230, and will have an option to attend virtually. For more information about these events and virtual options, please visit the  Steps to Leaps events page (opens in new window).

Purdue Formula Society of Automotive Engineers Earns Podium Finishes in International Competition

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Boilermakers who are part of the Purdue Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) student organization, an organization who designs and builds custom race cars to compete against hundreds of other universities from around the world. In June 2022, the Purdue Formula team finished second overall at Michigan International Speedway, their best finish in 30 years!

Purdue to Host Weeks of Welcome

Purdue University will celebrate the beginning of the fall semester by highlighting the first five weeks of student events and programming by hosting "Purdue Weeks of Welcome." The events will introduce students to the vibrant extracurricular experiences generations of Boilermakers have come to enjoy. 

Students looking for a job, please attend our Student Life Student Job Fair!

Do you have or are you a student looking for a job? Come visit us at the Student Employment Job Fair on September 14 from 12-4:30 p.m. in the KRACH main lobby. We are recruiting for hourly positions for the fall semester with Purdue Dining & Culinary, University Residences, Hall of Music Productions, Recreation & Wellness, Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life and Student Life Marketing & Communications. Openings can be found on the Student Life Student Job Postings web page here.

New Perspectives Two-Part Feature!:  Generations of Impact Through Student Organizations, Part One    

In this two-part series, we introduce you to two Boilermakers who have followed in their parents’ footsteps while finding their own place on campus.

Ella Springer was raised a Boilermaker. As a result of her parents’ Purdue connections, she grew up hearing about the university and coming back to campus for basketball games...

Continue reading Generations of Impact Through Student Organizations, Part One here.

Book Commemorates History of Purdue's Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life Community 

A new book, "Pledge and Promise: Celebrating the Bond and Heritage of Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life at Purdue University," by author Angie Klink, is now available for purchase through Hall of Music Productions. The book commemorates the rich history of Purdue's fraternity, sorority and cooperative life organizations through stories and a rich collection of more than 250 photos. 

Perspectives Feature!: Student Legal Services Creating Opportunities for Students Interested in Law

Purdue Student Legal Services works to help students interested in studying law make valuable connections and gain practical knowledge as part of their summer law practicum. The practicum was held on June 21 and provided 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 to observe trials and more. The practicum was open to any Purdue student interested in law.  Read more about this summer's law practicum in our article here.

Purdue to welcome new director of Purdue University Student Health Center

Purdue will welcome Dr. Brenda Masiga-Crowell as the new senior director of the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) beginning Friday (July 1).

Masiga-Crowell most recently served as the clinical operations leader at University of Alabama-Birmingham Student Health Services. Before joining the team at UAB and transitioning to a career in student health, she served as a clinical quality service specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (Siteman Cancer Center) in St. Louis. She is the annual conference program planner for the American College Health Association, a nationally recognized organization of college health professionals, and previously chaired the organization’s nursing section. Masiga-Crowell is also a team member of the ACHA/Pfizer Vaccine Coverage Project. Read the full press release on the Purdue Today website here. 

Faculty and Staff Invited to Attend, Present at Boiler Share Symposium

The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life invites faculty, staff, and graduate students to attend the fifth Boiler Share Symposium on July 21  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the France A. Córdova Recreation Center (Co-Rec).

The Boiler Share Symposium is a professional development opportunity for Purdue faculty, staff, and graduate students to share expertise, collaborate and learn from each other by presenting and/or attending presentations. The goal of the symposium is to connect faculty, staff, and graduate students with local expertise. Presentations are expected to include topics such as personal and professional development, student well-being, health and wellness, technology, leveraging campus culture, resources, inclusion, crisis intervention trainings and more. Continue reading and register to attend or present (opens in new window).

Purdue Student Life, Athletics Partner in Creation of Purdue Parents & Families Club

The new Purdue Parents & Families Club — established through a partnership between Purdue Athletics and Purdue Student Life — offers more ways to engage parents, families and students.
This new membership opportunity will allow parents and families access to a variety of unique and exclusive Purdue experiences to help build a deeper connection to the university where their students reside. This new organization will also increase available resources to enhance the campus experience for more than 41,000 students each year. Read the full press release on the website here. 

Purdue's Exercise is Medicine on Campus Earns Gold Status from American College of Sports Medicine

Purdue University's chapter of Exericse is Medicine on Campus, a part of the Department of Health and Kinesiology, has earned gold-level status from the American College of Sports Medicine. This program promotes physical activity through various programming on campus and in the surrounding community. They also recently partnered with the Purdue University Student Health Center to help inform students no the value of living physically active lifestyles.  Continue reading about Exercise is Medicine on Campus (opens in new window).

Students Certified to Teach Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Trainings

Five Purdue students have become certified to offer QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training to their peers.  These students were trained as part of the Boiler Wellness Ambassadors program established by Purdue Student Government in conjunction with the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life as part of Mental Health Action Week. Click here to read more about these students and QPR Training.

Perspectives Feature!: Boiler League of Tag Offers Stress-Relief Games for Boilermakers

It’s a Friday night in the Purdue Armory and nerf darts are flying. Students run behind small, vinyl and pipe barriers, firing nerf blasters as classic rock blares over a portable speaker. A bystander might see the scene and think this might be a random night of fun organized by a residence hall club or a one-time stress relief event, but that is not the case.

This weekly gathering is a staple of Boiler League of Tag, a student organization that focuses on providing opportunities for Boilermakers to participate in organized games of dart tag.
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Steps to Leaps Announces Inaugural Award Winners

The Steps to Leaps steering committee recognized winners of the inaugural Steps to Leaps awards at the Steps to Leaps Summit, held March 9 at Beck Agricultural Center.

Read more about the winners and the awards on the Steps to Leaps website (opens in new window) .

New Perspectives Feature!:  Construction Ambassadors Provide Lift to New Home of Bands & Orchestras  

As Purdue Bands & Orchestras prepares to take its next giant leap into its new home, a team of band members is helping see its construction through to completion.   

Josh Fiore, a sophomore studying construction engineering and management, and Joey Martin, a junior studying civil engineering, are part of the Bands & Orchestras construction ambassador team for Hagle Hall, which will serve as the new home of the department. The ambassador team is composed of Bands & Orchestras members including Fiore, who plays baritone in four ensembles, and Martin, who plays mellophone and French horn in four ensembles. Read the full feature story here.

New Perspectives Feature!:  Steps to Leaps Students Organization Connects Boilermakers to Steps to Leaps Pillars  

More than two years after its implementation, Steps to Leaps continues to make a campus-wide impact – and a new student organization is helping Boilermakers connect further with program pillars.   

The Steps to Leaps Students organization was founded to create opportunities for students to participate in programs and activities to develop in each of the five Steps to Leaps pillars – impact, well-being, leadership and professional development, network building and grit. Membership activities include leadership development workshops, relaxation and well-being activities, alumni networking events, collaborative campus programs and more. The organization offers several officer positions for students seeking leadership roles.  Continue reading...

New Perspectives Feature!: Student Life Department Renamed to Honor Alumnus

In recognition of Roger C. Stewart, an alumnus who has dedicated decades of mentorship and support to Purdue students, the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative has been renamed the Roger C. Stewart Leadership and Professional Development Department (LPDD).

The naming of the department was approved by the Purdue University Board of Trustees at its meeting on October 1. The naming was officially dedicated at a reception in Krach Leadership Center on March 7. Colleagues were on hand to congratulate Stewart on the honor. Read the full feature story here.

Boiler Financial Track: A Resource for Students to Build Financial Wellness

Financial wellness might not be the first thing students think about when considering their well-being, but it is an important component of one’s overall wellness.

“Financial wellness means having a strong financial foundation,” says Junia McDole, program director of Boiler Financial Track. “It’s about having a plan for your money and not having stress associated with finances.”

Read the full "Boiler Financial Track: A Resource for Students to Build Financial Wellness" article here.

Student Support Services A Starting Point for Students Facing Challenges

When students face new challenges, they often have trouble identifying a plan of action to overcome them – and on a campus as large as Purdue University, locating the proper resource to address the problem can be intimidating.

Student Support Services, located in the Office of the Dean of Students, Room 207, Schleman Hall, is a resource students can use to take their first step in addressing academic, financial and social challenges. Student Support Services partners with students to identify goals and create plans of action to address issues such as class absences, academic and financial challenges, safety and well-being.

Read the full "Student Support Services A Starting Point for Students Facing Challenges" article here.

Richey named next director of Center for Advocacy, Response and Education

The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) has announced that Juanita Richey has been hired as the director of the  Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE) . Richey has been serving as interim director since December 2021. To learn a bit more about Juanita and CARE, please read the full press release in Purdue Today here.  

Student Life Impact Awards Accepting Nominations

The Student Life Impact Awards have been established by the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life in order to honor, recognize, and engage exceptionally accomplished alumni and friends of Student Life at Purdue. Student Life is accepting nominations for four awards. Learn more and nominate here. 

We are now accepting nominations for the inaugural Steps to Leaps Awards!

The Steps to Leaps Awards have been established by the Steps to Leaps initiative to recognize and honor any Purdue student, staff or faculty member who exhibits exemplary integration of one or more Steps to Leaps pillars. To learn more or make a nomination, please visit our Steps to Leaps Awards page on the Steps to Leaps website here. 

Students Looking for a Job? 

Please join us for our STUDENT EMPLOYMENT JOB FAIR, February 2, 2022, 1-4:30 p.m. in the Krach Main Lobby! WE ARE  NOW HIRING for spring semester and currently recruiting for hourly positions.   Click here instructions on how to apply and to view our open job postings. 

Huffman, King Honored with Special Boilermaker Award

Susan Huffman, assistant direct of on-campus housing for University Residences, and Martia Brawner King, director of student involvement for Purdue Student Activities and Organizations (SAO), have been recognized with 2021 Special Boilermaker Awards. Please join us in congratulating them and read the full story here. 

Steps to Leaps continues to engage students and support their academic pursuits

The Steps to Leaps framework, created by students for students, continues to connect students to academic success, both inside and outside the classroom. The five learning pillars (well-being, leadership and professional development, impact, networks and grit) guide engagement of students in an active living and learning environment.

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Purdue begins 2021 Season of Sharing

Purdue University’s annual Season of Sharing has launched for 2021. The program partners with local nonprofits to provide gifts to children and families. These nonprofits include LTCH Homeless Services, Salvation Army, Mental Health America, and more. Ornaments corresponding to children can be found in the Krach Leadership Center. The unwrapped gifts should be brought to KRCH 336 or YONG 105 no later than December 10. In addition, ornaments can be viewed virtually through the link below and claimed by emailing Stephanie Knight.

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Purdue's 2020 voter registration action plan selected best in the Big Ten for ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Purdue University’s Voter Engagement Action Plan aimed at promoting student registration and turnout during the 2020 election was selected as the best among its Big Ten peers in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

The award for the Big Ten’s Best Action Plan, resulting in a 20-percentage point jump in student voter turnout to 67% in the 2020 election, was announced and presented to Purdue this week as part of several virtual ceremonies. Twelve of the 14 Big Ten universities submitted action plans designed to spur student registration and voting in 2020.

Read more about the Action Plan on Purdue News (opens in new tab).

Student Life ReEntry Pianos Becoming a Permanent Campus Feature 

The three free-play pianos will become a permanent installment on campus, as Student Life looks for ways to expand the program. The pianos were initially placed as a part of Student Life's ReEntry initiative in Fall 2020 and Student Life received an outpouring of positive feedback from students. Looking into the future, Student Life is hoping to create permanent indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to the pianos to enrich the residential experience and provide a safe acivity for students to engage in.

Read more about the Campus Pianos on Purdue Exponent (opens in new tab).

Community Spirit Award presented to Krista Hixson-Titlow

The 2021 Community Spirit Award from the Management and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (MaPSAC) and the Campus Support Staff Advisory Committee (CSSAC) was awarded to Krista Hixon-Titlow, associate director of capital projects for University Residences. This award is given to a Purdue employee who demonstrates dedication to civic participation and motivate others to integrate service into their lives. Hixon-Titlow is involved in the Almost Home Humane Society, Leadership Lafayette, and Theta Xi on Purdue University's campus.

Learn more about the Community Spirit Award on Purdue News (opens in new tab).

Purdue University Ranks #4 for Engagement

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education has ranked Purdue No. 4 for Engagement. Purdue has also ranked highly in other categories, marking the sixth consecutive year that Purdue has been among the nation’s best schools in The WSJ/THE rankings The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings focus on four key pillars: 40% of the overall score is based on student outcomes, 30% from resources, 20% from engagement with students and 10% from the learning environment.

Learn more about Purdue's rankings on Purdue News (opens in new tab).

Welcome Back, Boilermakers!

Purdue Weeks of Welcome

Purdue celebrated the return to the residential campus experience this fall by highlighting the first six weeks of student events and programming through Homecoming. This collaborative effort included departments and areas from Student Life, Diversity and Inclusion, and Teaching and Learning as well as the expansive group of more than 1,000 recognized student organizations.

Known as “Purdue Weeks of Welcome,” the events kicked off a return to the vibrant extracurricular experiences generations of Boilermakers have come to enjoy. The culmination of "Purdue Weeks of Welcome" was the University’s celebration of Homecoming, Oct. 1-3.

Check out the collection of photos from some of the various events that took place across campus (opens in new tab).

An American Legacy with Boilermaker Roots

During the early stages of the American civil rights movement and well before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, sisters Winifred and Frieda Parker were leading the effort to integrate student housing on Purdue’s campus and across Indiana. On Sunday (Oct. 3), the Parker sisters were honored for their courageous leadership with the dedication of two residence halls in their name on the Purdue University campus. Read the full article on the Parker sisters' legacy on Purdue News.

Three students honored with Purdue Homecoming Pillars of Excellency

Purdue on Saturday (Oct. 2) announced three recipients of the merit-based Homecoming Pillars of Excellency during halftime of the Homecoming football game against Minnesota. Read the full press release written by Purdue Today here. 

CAPS Seeks to Promote Community of Care

As the need for mental health services continues to grow on college campuses, Purdue Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is working to engage the community and provide access to mental health services for Boilermakers.

Read the full "CAPS Seeks to Promote Community of Care" article here.

The Leadership and Professional Development Inititiave has been renamed in honor of alumnus Roger C. Stewart

Purdue Student Life thanks Roger C. Stewart, an alumnus and former corporate executive whose retirement led him back to Purdue, for his decades of mentorship and support of student leadership programs. In recognition of his contributions, the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative has been renamed the Roger C. Stewart Leadership and Professional Development Department. Read the press release regarding the renaming in this special Board of Trustees edition of Purdue Today here.

Counseling and Psychological Services recently welcomed a new senior director

Hanes joins Purdue after serving as the director of Student Counseling Services at Iowa State University. Before his tenure at Iowa, Hanes held associate director positions at the student counseling centers of both the University of Cincinnati and University of Central Florida.

“Joining us from Iowa State University, a fellow land-grant university, Chris brings with him a wealth of experience in leadership, innovative practices and a holistic, student-centered approach to well-being,” says Katherine Sermersheim, associate vice provost and dean of students. 

Read the full article in Purdue Today.

Student Activities and Organizations seeking potential advisors

The Purdue Student Activities and Organizations (SAO) office is seeking faculty and staff who may be interested in serving as advisors for student organizations. SAO has created a database for faculty and staff to help students and potential advisors find an appropriate match. Individuals who are interested in learning more about serving as an advisor are encouraged to watch a short video and complete an advisor interest form.

Read the full article on Purdue Today.

Governor appoints new student trustee for Purdue; three trustees reappointed

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday (June 28) appointed the board’s new student member and reappointed three current trustees.

Mark Gee of Johnston, Iowa, was appointed to serve a two-year term as the board’s student trustee. Michael Berghoff, JoAnn Brouillette and Van essa Castagna were reappointed to serve three-year terms. All appointments are effective Thursday (July 1).

Gee is a Purdue graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering. He aspires to engineer sustainable biological systems through the development of plants and environmentally friendly technology. Gee was a Beering Scholar as an undergraduate student at Purdue, earning three bachelor’s degrees in biological engineering, biochemistry and agronomy in 2019.

Read the full article here.

Kappa Kappa Psi named Chapter Leadership Award Winner

Purdue Bands & Orchestras’ Gamma Pi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi has been announced as a Chapter Leadership Award winner by the National Council. This honor is in recognition of the chapter members’ hard work in service to the department during the past two years.

Nearly 80 chapters across the country were eligible for this award, and Purdue’s Gamma Pi chapter was selected as one of the most outstanding among the group. Chapter Leadership Award winners are finalists for the William A. Scroggs Founders trophy, the National Top Chapter Award, announced at the national convention on July 13-16. Members of Kappa Kappa Psi have played an integral role in the success of Purdue Bands & Orchestras for decades.

Read the full article here.

Melissa Gruver Awarded as Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Recipient for 2021

Melissa (Mel) Gruver, associate director in the Civic Engagement & Leadership Development office at Purdue, awarded as the 2021 recipient of the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Award. She supervises a team of individuals committed to designing experiences for Purdue students to develop their leadership and civic identities. 

Read the full article here.

PUSH Receives Recognition for Quality of Care, Commitment to Improvement

Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) recently received national recognition for its commitment to continuous improvement while maintaining high standards.

PUSH was honored with a Kershner QI Award, presented by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), which recognizes AAAHC-accredited organizations that successfully implement meaningful changes in their operations to boost quality of care, patient safety and overall efficiency. AAAHC is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 6,100 organizations accredited.

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American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) bestows Lifetime Achievement Award to Dave Kucik, Director of Rowing for Purdue University

In honor of serving 26 years as head coach and director of rowing for Purdue University, Dave Kucik has been awarded a lifetime achievement award for fostering an environment that "doesn't just produces elite rowers who have competed at the World or Olympic level, but this program delivers to all Purdue college rowers the opportunity to be part of the Purdue Crew family legacy." Dave is also being recognized for his contributions to Competitive Collegiate Club Rowing as a part of this high honor. Click here to be taken to the row2k TM news website to read the full write up from the ACRA. 

MaPSAC Excellence Award honors Pacheco for leadership, resourcefulness

For Vanessa Pacheco, listening builds relationships, relationships deepen into reciprocity, and reciprocity enables her to succeed in projects such as the ACE Campus Food Pantry. And that pattern has brought her the 2021 MaPSAC Excellence Award.

The MaPSAC Excellence Award, given by the Management and Professional Staff Advisory Committee, recognizes a full-time management or professional staff member. Congratulations to Vanessa Pacheco on this achievement and many thanks for her ongoing involvement with ACE Campus Food Pantry.

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Honor Society Engages Campus Community, Welcomes Record-Setting Class

The Purdue chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma recently worked to thank and support staff of the university’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Honor society members filled and delivered 150 bags with drinks, snacks and other items as a thank-you to the staff who have worked to administer vaccines and help protect the Purdue community.

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Jack Calhoun receives Honorary Doctorate of Health and Human Sciences

Congratulations to Jack Calhoun, Student Life Advisory Council Chair, for receiving his Honorary Doctorate of Health and Human Sciences! During his time at Purdue University, Calhoun was president of the Purdue Student Union Board, chair of Iron Key, a member of Purdue's Varsity Glee Club, and more.  Watch President Mitch Daniels present Jack Calhoun with Honorary Doctorate on the Purdue Student Life YouTube here.

Congratulations to the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH), winner of the 2020-21 Bernard A. Kershner Primary Care Award!

Purdue University’s Student Health Center (PUSH) is the recipient of the 2020-21 Bernard A. Kershner Primary Care Winner, awarded by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The Bernard A. Kershner Primary Care Award recognizes AAAHC-accredited organizations that have exhibited improved quality of care, patient safety, and efficiency through quality improvement studies. PUSH is being awarded for their use of data analysis to identify the causes of immunization errors, and through improvements in staff communication and education, electronic medical records, and more. Read the full press release on the AAAHC website here.

Student Life Honors Impact Award Winners

The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life has recognized four outstanding individuals as recipients of Student Life Impact Awards. The awards honor exceptionally accomplished alumni and friends of Student Life. Honorees were recognized during the virtual presentation of the 2021 Student Life Honors awards on April 29. Read the write up in Purdue Today here.

Congratulations to all of Student Life's Honors Award Recipients!

On April 29, 2021, Student Life announced our Honors Award recipients through a live virtual event hosted on our YouTube account. Among those recognized were Purdue's two outstanding seniors, who will also be recognized in the May 2021 commencement ceremonies. Read the full write up about the 2021 G.A. Ross and Flora Roberts awardees in Purdue Today here. To view the entire Student Life Honors Awards presentation and to join us in celebrating these incredible young individuals and their achievements, please visit our YouTube page here. 

Congratulations to freshman Jacob Peddycord and Harrison Hall's Cavalier Club, winners of the 64 th  Annual Purdue Grand Prix!

Peddycord finished the 160-lap race in 1 hour, 13 minutes to top a field of 32 drivers. Racing teams from Honors College and Residences placed third and 10 th  respectively, while Cary Racing qualified with the fifth best time. An outstanding effort by all of our hall club racing teams. Read the full write up in Purdue Today here.

Everyday Applications Series Offers Guidance On Steps to Leaps Pillars

The Steps to Leaps Everyday Applications Series continues to offer guidance and opportunities to discuss best practices on how to bolster student success through the use of a common language when interacting with students.

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Purdue's Strengths-Based Approach to Thriving Students

Purdue University was recently featured in a Gallup article highlighting the holistic approach it takes in supporting student success through the Steps to Leaps learning pillars. The integration of these learning pillars — Well-Being, Leadership and Professional Development, Networks, Impact and Grit — into the student experience has earned Purdue a nomination for the Don Clifton Strengths for Students Award and has positioned the university to continue supporting students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We're trying to take a holistic approach, focusing on wellbeing overall -- body, brain, spirit," McCuskey explained.

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Purdue Dining & Culinary director highlighted in Provosts web letter

Cara Powell,  director of Dining, Business Systems and Culinary for Purdue Dining & Culinary is featured in the Provosts web letter for February 2021. Learn a bit about Cara and ways her team converted their mode of service and continue to evolve to meet the needs of our students amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the full write up of her interview here. 


Refresh. Recreate. Reset. The time is yours to use Reading Day as you wish. Take advantage of a wide array of special offerings for the February 17, March 18, and April 13 Reading Days—and the late afternoons and evenings prior! Campus organizations of all sorts are supporting your rejuvenation with fun “grab and go” activities and food, movie breaks, restorative yoga and meditation, games, free-play piano hubs, and much more. For more information,  click here .

Steps to Leaps Announces Everyday Applications Series

Purdue’s Steps to Leaps Steering Committee invites faculty and staff to participate in sessions designed to foster the application of Steps to Leaps pillars in academic and social programs.

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Fall and Summer Student Employee Award Winners Announced!

Please join us in congratulating our most recent student employee award recipients. Visit this page for more information and to see our winners!

Thank You: Purdue Students Share Words of Gratitude for a Successful Fall Semester

Purdue University students thank members of Student Life and the Purdue community for all of the efforts to make their experience on campus during a time of COVID-19 a safe and fulfilling one.

New Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room open within Stewart Center

Student Life has announced the opening of the Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room within Stewart Center.

The Purdue Student Union Board, Purdue Student Government, Purdue Graduate Student Government and other student organizations worked with Purdue Memorial Union to bring the concept to fruition. The space, located in Stewart Center, Room 213, accommodates students, faculty and staff who wish to participate in prayer, reflection and meditation activities that promote mental health on campus.  Read the full article in Purdue Today here.

Old Masters: 70 Years of Tradition in a New Format

Purdue Old Masters, an annual event that connects distinguished Purdue alumni with the student body, adapted with an innovative twist this year in response to challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new, virtual format allowed the event to continue its 70-year tradition of enriching traditions, uniting generations and empowering Boilermakers. Rather than traditional, in-person events, Old Masters engaged in interactive online platforms including personal host calls, virtual classroom talks and meetings with student organizations, concluding with a hybrid version of a discussion panel known as An Evening with Old Masters. The development of the Old Masters Podcast has created additional opportunities for enrichment beginning before and continuing beyond the event.

The Old Masters program dates to 1950, when a shared definition of success among students, business representatives and university officials sparked the idea to invite a group of 10 successful and outstanding individuals to campus to share ideas with the student body. This group became the first Old Masters. Over the past 70 years, more than 600 Old Masters have helped grow and enrich this Purdue tradition.

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Three students honored with Purdue Homecoming Pillars of Excellency

Purdue University on Saturday (Nov. 14) announced three recipients of the merit-based Homecoming Pillars of Excellency during halftime of the Homecoming football game against Northwestern.

The Purdue Student Union Board created the honor to recognize students who exemplify education and scholarship, service and leadership, and research and innovation. It is open to juniors and seniors, and each awardee received a $1,000 scholarship.

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Hagle Hall, the new home of Bands and Orchestras, breaks ground

Marc and Sharon Hagle joined Purdue University officials on Thursday (Nov. 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.”

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ReEntry Purdue Atmosphere

Purdue University’s Office of Student Life is rolling out ReEntry Purdue Atmosphere, a plan to provide safe spaces for students to carry out campus activities with new and existing spaces on campus – all while abiding by the guidelines spelled out in the Protect Purdue Plan.

“We know that campus feels different this year,” says Todd Wetzel, assistant vice provost for student life. “And we know that our students are glad to be back and they’re taking the Protect Purdue Pledge seriously. We want to work just as hard alongside them to make it worth being on campus through providing safe ways to enjoy that residential student experience.”

“I think giving students that sense of normalcy is critical right now,” Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life said. “Our goal is to give them the space they need to perform, practice and safely socialize so they can get as much of that full campus experience as they can.”

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Purdue Places 3 Outdoor Pianos Around Campus

ReEntry Purdue Atmosphere, an initiative to create safe, socially distanced activities around campus, supported the placement of 3 pianos around campus. “It’s been wonderful to see our students embrace these immediately,” said Todd Wetzel, assistant vice provost for student life. “Throughout the day, you can now hear students creating music for their campus peers, and the range of repertoire has been wonderfully broad." Read the full article.

Outdoor Event Spaces Available for Student Gatherings

Registered student organizations will be able to host in-person events at locations designated by the Vice Provost for Student Life and in accordance with parameters outlined in the Protect Purdue plan. 

“ReEntry Purdue Atmosphere” allows students the option to reserve new and existing event, performance and activity spaces, all with smart social distancing strategies. Read more about ReEntry Purdue Atmosphere spaces here. 

Purdue Student Government Hosts Successful Student Leadership Summit

More than 280 Purdue students recently attended a virtual leadership summit hosted by Purdue Student Government (PSG) to prepare for the upcoming school year and discuss important issues affecting student leadership.

Read more about the summit and the opportunities that it provides for students.

Students Actualize Strengths Through Award-Winning Program

When 2020 graduates Jackie Christon and Emily Jones first took the Clifton Strengths for Students® assessment as incoming Boilermakers, neither were surprised by the results.

Boilermakers are introduced to Clifton Strengths for Students®, an online talent assessment that helps determine where a student’s leadership skills lie, in pre-arrival information and during orientation programs. The assessment identifies each student’s Top 5 Signature Themes from a list of 34 talents.

Read more about how students have learned to apply their strengths.

Student Workers Grow Professional, Personal Skills with Dining & Culinary

There are many different avenues to leadership positions with Purdue Dining & Culinary.  For Noor   Elmhadi , student human resources manager at Ford Dining Court,   the process started as  a mandate from her parents to replace her off-campus job with an on-campus position.  Townsend Lambert, a supervisor-in-training at Ford, initially applied to Dining & Culinary at the recommendation of a friend.

Read more about their stories and how Purdue Dining & Culinary helped to grow their skills.

Purdue Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life Members Receive National Honors

Three individuals associated with Purdue’s Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life community have received national recognition from the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).

Brandon Cutler, associate dean of students for Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life (FSCL), has been honored with the Advisor Award of Distinction. The award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to guiding and mentoring a chapter, council or community. Bill Miller, chapter advisor for Phi Gamma Delta, has also been awarded an Advisor Award of Distinction. Nathan Longo has been awarded one of nine Undergraduate Award of Distinction honors. The award recognizes fraternity men who embody the values of their fraternity in their development as both a leader and better man.

Read more about the awards and about Purdue's FSCL community. 

How Hall of Music Productions is adapting during pandemic

With the cancellation of university-sponsored on-campus convocations and conferences under the guidelines of Protect Purdue, Purdue’s Hall of Music Productions is adapting to continue to support Purdue’s campus and students. The unit regularly aids in producing over 1,300 events including concerts, theatre productions and seminars, as well as programming for Ross-Ade Stadium’s and Mackey Arena’s video screens.

“Our work is different, but we are still finding solutions for people to get their messages out and people to get their work done that they need to do,” says Dan Metro, senior associate director of Hall of Music Productions. “We’re just helping people out, trying to pull people together in different ways.”

The biggest change Hall of Music Productions has seen is transitioning all events and projects to being live-streamed or recorded video events. Only a small percentage of the unit’s work before the pandemic involved streaming the entirety of an event. Continue reading about how the Hall of Music is adapting to current needs in Purdue Today here. 

Purdue Offering New Course on the Science of Well-Being

Purdue University students will study the science and practice of well-being in a new course set to launch this fall.

Beyond Mental Health: The Science of Well-Being will provide a scientific and psychological account of well-being, including its definition, determinants and outcomes. The course is being taught by Dr. Louis Tay, William C. Byham Associate Professor in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Read more about the new course here. 

Convocations and Cornerstone: Performance Provides Opportunities for Innovative Teaching

At their heart, co-curricular partnerships are designed to extend the learning process beyond the classroom, giving students room to make new discoveries for themselves by allowing them to engage with their coursework from different angles.

Plunging students into an immersive, sensory experience is one way of providing access to those different angles, no matter the subject. Complementing course content with a live performance asks students to think critically both about what they saw, heard, and felt in that space, and also about how that experience connects with what they’ve discussed in class.   Continue reading about the partnership here.

Purdue Student Government to host Student Leadership Summit

Purdue Student Life organizations continue to adapt to provide opportunities for students to pursue leadership development experiences. Purdue Student Government has met this challenge with an upcoming leadership summit which will offer student leaders opportunities to prepare for the upcoming school year and discuss important issues affecting student leadership. Continue reading about the upcoming PSG summit here. 

Purdue Recognized as Don Clifton Strengths for Students Award Winner

Purdue University has been recognized as a 2020 Don Clifton Strengths for Students Award winner. Purdue was selected from a small number of finalists among the more than 1,000 schools which partner with Gallup on their strengths-based strategy. Read the announcement regarding Purdue's Student Award recognition here. 

Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life Announce “My Quarantine Story” Contest Winners

Cornerstone Liberal Arts and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life have announced the winners of their “My Quarantine Story” contest. Students were prompted to reflect on the unique historical moment they are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic and connect their experiences with readings in SCLA 101 and 102 classes. Topics could include reflections on how students’ worlds have changed, how isolation has changed students’ vision of themselves and their futures and more. Show me the winners!

Live Theatre can Supplement Business Ethics Education, Study Says

Research completed by Purdue Convocations in partnership with Krannert School of Management suggests live theatre could be used as a teaching tool in business ethics education. Read more information about the study here.  

Perspectives Publication Highlight

A Student Abroad: Kristin Beese Learns Though International Experiences

Senior Kristin Beese has traveled the world as a result of learning opportunities created at Purdue.

Beese’s international educational experience includes traveling to perform in Costa Rica, studying abroad in Florence, Italy and holding an internship with Google at the YouTube office in Zurich, Switzerland. While Beese, a computer science major, was interested in travel and considered learning opportunities abroad as part of her decision to attend Purdue, it was the spring break trip to Costa Rica with the Purduettes in 2016 that ignited the passion that would make learning abroad a reality. Continue reading...

Virtual Hail Purdue - Purdue Bands & Orchestras

When bands and orchestra classes moved to online instruction, Purdue students still find a way to hail our old gold and black. Sing along and enjoy this virtual performance of Hail Purdue, featuring students from many of the various spring semester ensembles.

Co-Curricular Showcase: Partnership Between Physical Therapy and Athletic Training is One Small Step in Pain Relief

According to the Centers for Disease Control, chronic pain affects the well-being of more than 50 million adults across the United States. If we add the annual estimated 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries, 8.6 million athletic injuries and incalculable general injuries, we see a nation in a lot of pain.

Training students to ease this pain is a co-curricular partnership between Purdue's Athletic Training program and Purdue University Student Health Service (PUSH) Physical Therapy. The Physical Therapy (PT) Clinic, overseen by Director of Physical Therapy Jeff Stein (PT, ATC, DPT) and located in the CoRec Wellness Suite, serves as a clinical site for students enrolled in the Athletic Training program, an academic major in the Department of Health & Kinesiology. The partnership places students into the PT clinic where they work alongside an experienced team of doctors of physical therapy, contributing to every aspect of patient care. Read More...

University Residences Adapts through Online Opportunities

With the suspension of campus and admissions visits through at least May 2 due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, University Residences faces challenges in showcasing campus housing to prospective students and answering the questions of admitted students on their campus housing options. University Residences is rising to the challenge and adapting to bring an online experience to these students.  Read more...

Expanded Financial Assistance Available

Expanded emergency loan assistance is now available to Purdue students through the Office of the Dean of Students. Students will now be able to borrow up to $1,000 at a time with a cap of $2,000 per semester. Assistance is available for students who are currently registered at the West Lafayette campus and do not have any financial holds on their Purdue account. Read more...

PMO Incorporates New Technology

Purdue Musical Organizations is expanding music technology into its work with students. The initiative, known as iSing, equips students and directors with Apple iPads and several applications that can be used for group and individual musical instruction as well as performance. Read more...

Executive Program Celebrates

University Residences celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Executive-in-Residence program during Homecoming 2019. The keynote event of the anniversary weekend was a panel discussion featuring returning executives. This event brought more than 430 years of combined professional experience in front of students, faculty and staff on the Fowler Hall stage. Read more...