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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 Vanessa 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 row2kTM 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.

Read the full article on Purdue Today.

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 Varisty 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 Gratitute 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.

Read the full Purdue News article.

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.”

Read the full Purdue News article.

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.”

Read the full Purdue News article.

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 livestreamed 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...