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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.

Read the full article.

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...