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Earth Week Activities

By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Spring has finally arrived this month! Plants around campus have been blooming and everything is greening like crazy. It’s time to show our appreciation for the beauty of nature by participating in this year’s Earth Week!


Earth Day Carnival
Centennial Mall (between Wetherill/ENAD and the Bell Tower/Stanley Coulter), 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

  • Food Vendors
  • Carnival Games
  • Sustainability Information
  • Unicycle and Juggling Team
  • Evonik Wind Explorer
  • Grateful Heart Gallery – Creating Recycled Art
  • Rides from the Boilermaker Special
  • Jeopardy (sign up here)

Sustainability + Security: A Symposium
Hosted by the Honors College, panel features Col. Mykleby
STEW 318, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Keynote Lecture: Col. Mark Mykleby – Sustainability: Our National Strategic Initiative
FRNY G140, 5:30 p.m.


Earth Day Hike with Prof. Dunning
Bell Tower, 8:30 a.m.


Volunteer Tree Planting
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Tree Campus USA Ceremony
11:00 a.m.

Sign up here to plant trees.

What Incoming Purdue Students Should Know


Purdue is amazing. You’re coming here, so you know what I’m talking about. Even though navigating your undergrad can be rough, Purdue is full of wonderful surprises and experiences if you just know where to look. Here’s a list of the things I wish someone had told me when I started:

  •  Take advantage of events on campus. There’s always something going on here, usually free or at a discount for students. Check out @PSUBEVENTS or @ResLifeAtPurdue on Twitter for the latest info on free movies, concerts, improv shows, food drives, guest lectures and more.
  •  Libraries have the best places to study. You’ve probably seen the great study areas in HSSE and Hicks, but have you been to the stacks in HSSE? I’ve always found it to be much quieter there and more conducive to holing up for hours on end. The basement in the Siegesmund engineering library is similarly silent. So go ahead. Check out this map and get your nerd on.
  •  Find an internship, part-time job or volunteer work in your interest area. I didn’t do any internships until my senior year, and starting earlier than that is consequently something I would recommend for anyone. Internships gave me a better feel for what my area of study was all about and even helped in a few of my classes. View the page at the Center for Career Opportunities here and the employment page here to start your search. Don’t have a specific area in mind? The CCO can help you with that, too! This site relates your personality and interests to the various majors at Purdue. Still not satisfied? Stop by the CCO in Stewart Center to speak to a counselor, who can assist you with anything from beginning the exploration process to arranging a personality test for more concrete results.
  •  Join a club, attend a guest lecture or take a class that’s completely outside your comfort zone. I went through three majors and had what I considered a very balanced dose of Purdue (friends in many different programs, locations, and clubs), but I’m still exploring the many sides of Purdue. There’s always more to learn! Check out PurdueBoard and GetInvolved for info on upcoming callouts and events, or check the bulletin boards on your way to class.

If you have any questions about starting at Purdue, feel free to comment below. I’m sure you have a ton of information coming at you right now, so if I can help you at all, let me know!

Upperclassmen: What are some things on campus you wish you’d known about sooner? What are the best places you’ve found to study/nap/snack?

University Residences at Purdue Off-Campus Services

We want to thank each and every one of our residents for having lived with us this past year. It was a pleasure to have you with us and we are sorry to see you go.  We have enjoyed getting to know you, watch you grow, learn and become the amazing individuals you are becoming. We saw many of you move-out this past week, and we look forward to welcoming you back, returning to live with us next fall.

For those of you who have chosen to move off-campus, we also want to be sure you are aware University Residences is still committed to serving you as a Purdue student with several of your housing needs. This past year we created a new position – Assistant Director of Off-Campus Housing – for this explicit purpose: To provide an expert to help you navigate a myriad of situations that may arise with off-campus housing needs.

Following are just a few ways our Assistant Director of Off-Campus Housing can assist you should concerns arise: 

Housing Selection
University Residences is committed to assisting students in their off-campus housing search.  We provide detailed information on area apartment buildings and landlords, including: price, location, and amenities.  We also provide a database of apartment listings where students may find suitable housing options.  An additional page on Facebook – Purdue Alternative Housing -Student Guide – (must be logged into Facebook to view), allows students to post their sublet or roommate available listings.  Information on utilities, renter’s insurance, transportation, and other topics relevant to housing are also discussed during the students housing search.

Educational Programming
We offer programs that inform our students about their rights and responsibilities as tenants. These programs also include information on living in the community and being a good neighbor.  Programs may also cover information students should consider before deciding whether to live off campus, and an overview of the housing search timeline.

Our office provides consumer information regarding lease terms and housing code regulations.  We also keep sample leases on file and can address questions a student may have before signing a lease.  The office, in collaboration with the Purdue Student Government, will also offer a common language lease available for all students to view.

Landlord/Tenant Issues
Our office serves as an advocate for students dealing with landlord disputes.  We can provide students consumer information on their rights based on the housing code.  We will also apprise students of their options and encourage them to take a course of action that is in their best interests as a tenant.  We will at times make referrals to the Purdue Student Government legal resources that may be available to them as students.

Additional future projects:
Landlord Survey
New Listings Database, that includes sublet and roommate information
Off-campus programming and outreach

No matter where you choose to live, University Residences is committed to serving you. Living on campus or off, we look forward to providing excellence for our students. Have a great summer – stay safe and enjoy every minute!

University Residences at Purdue University
Smalley Center
1225 Third Street, West Lafayette IN 47907-2008
Purdue Alternative Housing Student Guide