4 students win iPads for updating myPurdue emergency contact info

(L to R) Kristen Abbott, Stine Ankersen, Shiyu Rao. Not pictured, Jessica Garner

The Purdue Parents’ Fund provided four Apple iPads as an incentive for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors to update their emergency contact information on the myPurdue student portal. As a result of this incentive, 6,202 students updated their contact information which was over 26% of the targeted population, according to Annette Lamb, Director of Development for Student Affairs.

The four winners chosen at random to receive an iPad 3 were Kristen Abbott, Stine Ankersen, Jessica Garner, and Shiyu Rao.

This contest was a success by all measures and provided the University with valuable emergency contact information. Annette Lamb wishes to thank the Parents and Families of Purdue for their support with this effort. If your student still needs to update his or her emergency contact information, direct them to myPurdue.

Tips for Reducing Stress in College

Keep Calm and Boiler UpThe struggle for most in college is time management. It may seem unbearable but where there is a will, there’s a way! I’m in the final stretch of my college career here at Purdue University, which means I know a thing or two about stress and feeling overwhelmed. It also means I have stumbled upon a few useful tips along the way to reduce that stress. Allow me to share a few of these with you.

Take a break

Asleep on a bench at PurdueSometimes that’s all it takes. Just put the pen down, step away from the books, and leave your room. Go someplace on campus, or off if you have a vehicle of your own, and take in the scenery of a calm and revitalizing place. It’s a proven fact that if you simply remove yourself from a stressful situation for a short time you will feel rejuvenated and be able to complete your work with a much more focused state of mind.


Chocolate Chip CookiesYes, I know that this may not be the BEST way to handle your stress. But let me tell you it is not the worst and it sure is delicious. My go to stress-reliever food is * drum roll please* INSOMNIA COOKIES! They never disappoint in a time of need. Plus, they deliver late night. So, basically they were made for situations like these. ☺ But if you are a little too impatient or just don’t want to spend the money. Head over to Harrison Grille in Harrison Hall (hmm, you don’t say?) to get a famous hand-spun milkshake!

Work out

France A Cordova Recreational Sports CenterHere in the next month, Purdue is set to have a brand-new state of the art France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center (Co-Rec), which will just be begging you to take advantage of all its amenities. Until then, we have the TREC which suffices just fine for stress relieving purposes. Spend a good, quick 15-30 minutes burning the heavy thoughts and effects of a long day off. You won’t miss them, I promise.

Listen to music

PSY - Gangnam StyleSometime you just get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of homework, meeting, extracurricular activities, clubs, and forget to take time out for yourself. Thus, a stressful moment is looming. Plug in that iPod put it on the song that makes you feel the happiest and dance around the room like no one is watching or just play something soothing in the background to take your mind off of the day’s activities. It is often our minds that get overloaded and thus keep us from focusing on the here and now.

Music’s the medicine of the mind. ~John A. Logan

Call a friend of family member

Two friends with Purdue spiritThese are the people who know you best. You don’t need to fear judgment from them if you are freaking out about something that seems so silly. And more often than not, just the sound of a familiar voice is enough to put you in that calming place.
While I’ve found these tips to be rather helpful in ridding me of my stress, also try to use these regularly to try and avoid the stress pile up before it even strikes! And if ever, the stress seems too much to handle even after trying these tips, do not be ashamed to get help. We have many places around campus that offer stress-relief aid such as CAPS, PUSH, or Dean of Students Counseling. From one Boilermaker to another, you can do it.


Register Now for the Purdue Krannert MBA Diversity Weekend

Uncover Krannert, Purdue’s MBA Diversity Weekend, will be held Friday, October 19th & 20th at Krannert School of Management. The event is open to everyone as part of Purdue’s dedication to attracting, enrolling, and graduating a diverse pool of qualified and talented students from historically underrepresented groups. African-American, Latino(a)/Chicano/(a), Native American, and other minority applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.Diverse students at Krannert School of Management

Event Overview

Experience what life is like as a Krannert master’s student, walk the halls of the world-class facilities, interact with faculty, alumni, students, staff and administration, and attend a mock class.  Take advantage of learning more about the Business Opportunity Program and explore assistantship and scholarship opportunities.  Additionally, you will be able to:

  • Enjoy invigorating speakers
  • Participate in a mock MBA course
  • Meet future class mates
  • Tour the campus of Purdue University
  • Network with members of the Admissions Committee
  • Have a great time and come away with first-hand knowledge about the  Krannert School of Management

The weekend event begins at approximately 9:00 am Friday morning and continues until 1:00pm on Saturday. Limited travel stipends are available for attendees travelling more than 200 miles to West Lafayette, and within the continental U.S. If interested, please apply early for stipend consideration. Hotel accomodations are provided.

Please register at http://masters.krannert.purdue.edu/diversity-weekend/ and pass the information long to friends/family/colleagues who are interested in an MBA or Krannert. Also feel free to contact me if you have any personal questions, as I am in charge of Diversity Weekend.

Student Concert on Slayter Hill Provides a Little Bit of “Rock and Roll”

Eric HutchinsonIt’s been a few years since Purdue last had a big name artist performing on the stage of Slayter Hill, but thanks to the efforts of Purdue Student GovernmentPurdue Student Union Board, the Residence Hall Association, Purdue Athletics, and the Student Concert Committee students no longer had to hold their breath.  Eric Hutchinson performed live on Friday evening under a blanket of stars for a Boilermaker covered Slayter Hill.  Levi Riggs served as a special treat as the opening act for Hutchinson.  Riggs has close ties with Purdue, as he is Boiler alum and was even in Purdue Varsity Glee Club!

Hutchinson is a skilled artist in more ways than one.  He has the trifecta of talents on the stage.  He can sing, play piano, AND pick a mean guitar.  It’s one thing to have an artist that can perform, but Hutchinson can actually perform well.  His musical talent and natural charm brought Slayter Hill to life as students sang and danced along to his tunes.  Hutchinson has a style very similar to Jason Mraz or Mat Kearney – it’s upbeat, chill, and just fun!

As a student, I was very excited to be able to attend this event for free.  It was fantastic to see so many people coming together on the hill in a very accessible venue and a beautiful evening.  Let me tell you, I loved not having to worry about parking or bringing a ticket.  I could invite all of my friends and simply walk to the hill!

I don’t know a lot of Hutchinson’s songs, but I knew a few of his major hits enough to sing along and enjoy the show.   I personally loved singing along to Hutchinson’s hits such as, “Rock and Roll,” “OK, It’s Alright with Me,” and “Watching You Watch Him.”  A lot of my friends even said that even though they didn’t know his songs, they really enjoyed the concert as well!  It just shows that Boilermakers just enjoy great music!  It probably didn’t hurt that he covered Sublime’s “Santeria” too.

Eric Hutchinson at Slatyer CenterRegardless of his or her “fan” status, everyone truly enjoyed the concert in his or her own way.  From the dancing PSUB penguin to shaking Hutchinson’s hand and receiving an autograph, the student concert on Slayter Hill brought us together as one Boilermaker family in yet another way.  Events such as the student concert on Slayter Hill make me really appreciate the diversity of the events we have on our campus.  There is something for everyone to enjoy whether it be singing on Slayter, the football game, or Flicks at Fowler.  Make sure you take advantage of each and every one!

Ever grateful.  Ever true.  ONE Purdue.