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					PURDUE UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES NEWSLETTER FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS

SPRING 2004

Peer Mentor Program Benefits All Involved
Making the transition from high school to college can be challenging for new students. Purdue University Residences’ Peer Mentor Program is designed to ease that transition. It is an effort to enhance the retention and graduation rate of under-represented students living in University Residences by making those critical first days and weeks as successful as possible.

Home Cooking - On a Large Scale
When most people cook at home, they typically just serve a few people. When the production chefs at the University Residences dining courts cook a meal, it can be for 2,000 guests or more. The production chefs include Tony Clampitt at Earhart Dining Court, Grace Ann Brutsman at Hillenbrand Dining Court, and Ha Tran at the soon-to-be-opened Stadium Avenue Dining Court. It is their job to make sure that all the food served meets their high levels of quality and taste. One of the ways they do this is by taste testing the food as it is prepared. The production chefs constantly move through the kitchen sampling the food to make sure it tastes just right. Then, after the food has been prepared, the production chefs and their staff gather samples of all the dishes to be served at that meal. They are then tasted by all the chefs and cooks and given a rating of 1-10. If a dish does not score well, the problem is corrected or the dish is not served. The production chefs know good food when they taste it. Clampitt has been in the restaurant business for 17 years, working for operations as varied as the Art Institute in Chicago and the Sheraton Maui Resort. Before coming to Purdue, Brutsman ran the Sarge Oak restaurant, a Lafayette institution. Tran worked at Meredith Hall for 19 years. Along with ensuring the quality of the food, the production chefs help prepare the menu for each dining location. Menu items are selected based mainly on what the students prefer to eat. Through on-the-spot feedback, meal tracking, and surveys, the production chefs know what is popular. Many favorite food staples such as hamburgers, fries, mashed potatoes, and salads are offered daily. The goal is to offer other foods on a four-week cycle to avoid repetition. Another task for the production chefs is to develop new recipes or ways of making existing recipes taste better. Brutsman said students are asked to try new dishes and give their feedback. If the students like the dish, and it can be produced for a reasonable price, it goes into the Dining Services menu database called C-Board and can be served at any dining facility. Clampitt added his special touch by developing the signature six spice seasoning that is sprinkled onto all hamburgers before they are cooked. Tran is interested in offering authentically cooked Japanese, Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes. Finally, the production chefs, along with their professional staff and a small army of student employees, must make sure their guests have an enjoyable experience. This includes being greeted and having their meal card swiped, making sure food is always available and served at the proper temperature, and keeping the dining area clean. It’s easy for the production chefs to know when things are going well. The look of satisfaction on the faces of their guests says it all.

Program Program goals include: • Provide a support system and life skills to residents. • Encourage students to engage in leadership and career development opportunities. • Increase communication between students, faculty, staff, and community organizations. • Create a community of scholars among alumni who are interested in supporting undergraduate students.
After completing extensive training, upperclass volunteer “mentors” who have exhibited academic proficiency and leadership are matched with incoming freshmen. Throughout the semester the mentor and mentee meet and communicate regularly about academics, leadership activities, college life and activities, and campus resources and services. New students are also invited to attend cultural, developmental, and educational events. The Peer Mentor Program provides a great opportunity for returning students to enhance their communication, referral, and interpersonal skills and give back to their community as they encourage and support new students. And, it gives freshmen the extra skills and confidence they need to help them succeed.

Director’s Column
Dear Parents and Friends of University Residences,
My first task is to introduce myself. I am the new director of Purdue University Residences effective January 1, 2004. Although it is exciting to be in this great job, it does not mean that I am a newcomer. I am a Purdue graduate and lived in the residence hall the entire time I was a student. My degree from Purdue is in restaurant and hotel management. After working elsewhere, I returned to Purdue in 1990 to teach computing classes in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management before beginning work in the Division of Housing and Food Services, of which University Residences is a part. Until January, my position was as the director of computing. I have moved into a fast-paced position in a business that is undergoing many changes, while at the same time performing well as one of the nation’s premier college housing operations: • • A new dining court opened last August in Earhart Hall. Its popularity has surpassed our most optimistic expectations. A second new dining court will open this August in time for the next academic year. This is our first free-standing building operating as a dining facility. It will seat 800 and is already generating excitement with its broad expanse of glass walls and two-story dining area. Cary Quadrangle is finishing the fourth phase of a six-phase project to refurbish the buildings to reflect modern residence choices. Windsor halls broke ground in January for what will be our fourth dining court. It will open in spring 2006. We hope to award architectural contracts for our fifth and final dining court this summer. That project will rebuild most of the central area of Wiley Hall to add a new 500 seat dining court. The next big project will be a multi-year project to refurbish Windsor halls. We are also considering construction that will offer about 700 new beds in an apartment-style complex. Finally, our continuing projects include adding air conditioning to more of our halls and installing sprinkler systems in all of our residence rooms by 2010.

Part-time Jobs Improve Grades
Today’s students are busy juggling classes, studying, and social activities. So what happens to their grades if a part-time job is put into the mix? Surprisingly their grades improve. Studies have shown that students who work part-time while attending college receive better grades than their non-working peers. It is thought that working students must learn to better manage their time and are more focused. A great way for students in Purdue University Residences to earn while they learn is by working for Dining Services. Like the name suggests, Dining Services operates the dining and retail establishments in University Residences. Retail establishments include the Boiler Crossing Mini-Mart at Meredith Hall and the Knight Spot Grill at Cary Quadrangle. Students in the retail operations are needed to be cashiers, stock shelves, and prepare and serve food and drinks. Students who work in the dining halls and courts prepare food, work in the serving areas, help with set-up, wash dishes, and perform other jobs. Working for Dining Services has many advantages, including flexible hours and shifts scheduled around classes, jobs within or close to residences, and a chance to gain supervisory skills. Students are paid bi-weekly and can move up in pay grade by accepting jobs with more responsibility. Finally, working for Dining Services is a great way to make new friends. Students who are interested in working for Dining Services can apply online via the HFS Web site <www.housing.purdue.edu> or by visiting one of the campus dining facilities.

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Stadium Avenue Dining Court The renovation will be completed this July. Windsor Dining Court This continuing project will be completed by the summer of 2005. Wa r re n a n d Va w t e r H a l l s These buildings will have sprinkler systems installed by this August. Cary Quadrangle The renovation of the southwest unit will begin this summer and be completed in the summer of 2005. Hawkins Hall The final phase of the sprinkler system project is underway along with $230,000 of masonry repairs. Hillenbrand Hall Data lines will be upgraded this summer. Ta r k i n g t o n H a l l The final phase of sprinkler installation is set to begin this summer. Earhart Hall, West Wing The first phase of room renovation will begin this summer. The west wing will have masonry work, plaster work, new ceilings, new closets with a dresser, and new desks.

After reading the above list, one can see that we have many projects underway and many contractors at work. It is exciting, but it also means that we work around the inconvenience of construction fences, dust, and noise from heavy equipment. That is a challenge for us and for your students. We work hard to keep them informed about what is happening, as we know the work creates inconvenience. On the other hand, the popularity of our new dining spaces, and the fact that our new rooms in Cary Quadrangle have become our most popular room choice, show that we are creating choices and spaces that our students like. But, we are about more than construction. We strive to remember every day that we are part of the team, with you, to care for the men and women who live with us. We are part of the educational team and process of Purdue. Our team includes well over 200 paraprofessional resident assistants living in the halls and apartments who help present educational and life-skills programs, provide support and encouragement when things seem a little tough, and intervene if issues arise in our living and learning environment. A good example is when roommates have problems getting along; our goal is not just to move them and end the apparent problem. Our approach is to work with the roommates to help them work through the problem and learn to get along. Moving them is a last resort. We think the skills learned will be important in later life when they are in professional and community settings. That ultimately is our motivation. As this school year draws to a close, we are already busy taking applications and making assignments for next year’s new freshmen students. There is nothing like a new group of students to keep life working at a college exciting. Thanks for letting us share your student.

Ernest F. Poland Director, University Residences

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Award Given to Those Who Give
Students who live in the University Residences typically receive many benefits during their stay. They have the chance to meet new friends, engage in new activities, and learn new things. But many students work to give back to the residences though active participation in hall activities. For residents of Earhart Hall, these actions will be recognized with a new award – the Roger A. Eckert Memorial Award. Given annually, the award is for a student who has lived in Earhart for at least two years and shows both seriousness of purpose and outreach to others. The student must also demonstrate active participation in the Itasca Club and/or the Faculty Fellows Program. The winner receives a plaque or certificate at the Earhart Hall recognition dinner and a cash credit to the student’s housing account. The award honors Dr. Roger Eckert, a former professor of chemical engineering. He became a Faculty Fellow in 1973 and continued to be active in the program until his untimely death in 2003. He found that the Faculty Fellow Program provided an ideal setting for informal mentoring and good conversation, along with good food. He was also an enthusiastic participant in numerous other University Residences programs. His children established the award because of the importance of the Faculty Fellow program in their father’s life.

Getting Around Doesn’t Get Any Easier
Since 1998, Purdue University and CityBus have teamed up to help students move around campus and the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. Through this partnership, Purdue students, faculty, and staff can ride any CityBus fare-free at any time, simply by showing their Purdue identification card. Riding CityBus not only reduces traffic and congestion on campus but reduces car-related hassles. Students in University Residences find this service particularly convenient, because the campus bus loops include stops near all Residences and circle the academic campus. As a result, a student can take the bus to class in the morning and then take it to shop in downtown Lafayette or at the Tippecanoe Mall, and ride one of the special Black Loop or Night Rider buses to arrive home safely after having some fun with friends. Buses can be boarded at bus stops marked by a route sign. They run approximately every ten minutes, so there is little waiting. Brochures showing route maps and explaining the system are available in University Residences and at the Purdue University Visitor Information Centers on Northwestern Avenue and at the Purdue Memorial Union. Information can also be obtained online <www.gocitybus.com> or by calling (765) 742-RIDE.

Open Dining Opens Up Opportunities
New dining facilities, revised menus, and greater choice have made the University Residences dining facilities very popular among students. To give students living in the University Residences greater flexibility and make these operations more accessible to nonresident students, faculty, and staff, Dining Services has created the Open Dining Card. The card allows students with traditional meal plans the option of bringing parents or other guests to meals. It also allows non-resident students, and faculty, and staff to eat in the dining operations by simply swiping a card. The cards are sold at Smalley Center, Cary Quadrangle, Owen, Earhart, Tarkington, Hillenbrand, and Meredith Halls and come in blocks of 25 meal swipes for $175 (plus tax for non-Purdue students). The meal swipes are valid for one year and the cards may be reloaded at any time. Cards purchased at Smalley Center can be paid for with a credit card.

New Meal Plans - New Options
In response to student requests University Residences Dining Services has created two new meal plans in addition to the traditional 10, 15, and 20 meal plans. The Black Plan gives students 210 meals and $350 Dining Dollars; the Gold plan gives students 300 meals and $350 Dining Dollars. Half the meals may be used each semester in any Dining Services dining facility. The Dining Dollars can be used at any of the retail operations, such as the mini-marts and grills. Dining Dollars may also be used to purchase additional meal swipes.

Unlike traditional meal plans, students can use the meals for themselves or for guests any time they wish, as many times as they wish. This gives students the flexibility to buy meals for guests and decide when they use their meals. The new meal plans are only available for purchase by students who have a sophomore or higher classification.

Residence Hall Council
Hall Residents and Parents, Hello again! It’s hard to believe spring semester is almost half over. Since I last wrote an article, many things have happened. I hope I have enough room to list them all. The Residence Hall Council has been planning a Spring Olympics event. We will have 3-on-3 basketball, tug-ofwar, a scavenger hunt, Ultimate Frisbee, and in the evening, we will have volleyball. If all goes well this year we will try to make it an annual event. Also, the council has sent delegations to two conferences. Future conferences are open to all current residents, and I encourage anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills to apply. News will be posted in the residences regarding when and where to apply. They are a fun way to meet new people and become more involved in the residence where you live. Additionally, I am pleased to announce that Housing and Food Services (HFS) has granted us an office, slated for completion this fall. With this new office, we will be better able to run programs and administrate the organization more effictively. I hope to have more good news on that in the fall. Residence Hall Council is always searching for dedicated, talented residents to help as volunteers. The council will hopefully be holding callouts either the end of this semester or the beginning of fall semester for volunteers. Becoming involved with Residence Hall Council is a great way to leave your mark on Purdue. If you are at all interested, please keep a lookout for those fliers. Good luck to all of you with the rest of spring semester!
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D A T E S T O R E M E M B E R & REAPPLICATION INFORMATION
April 12-18 Spring Fest May 8 Semester Ends May 9 Mother’s Day April 12-18 Mother’s Weekend May 9 Checkout deadline (noon) for students not participating in Commencement May 15-16 Commencement July 4 Independence Day April 24 Grand Prix Race May 17 First 4-week Module Begins May 17 Checkout deadline (noon) for students participating in Commencement December 11 Classes End August 7 Commencement December13 Final Exams Begin May 1 Classes End May 3 Final Exams Begin August 14-19 Early Check-In Move-In Begins December 18 Semester Ends December 19 Commencement May 31 Memorial Day June 14 Second 4-week Module Begins June 20 Father’s Day July 2 Third 4-Week Module Begins September 6 Labor Day (no classes) October 11-12 October Break August 20 Regular Check-In Move-In Begins August 23 Fall 2004 Classes Begin

April 15 Housing Contracts Due for beginning Students April 17-18 Gala Weekend

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