Club Leaders Newsletter

­Alumni Leaders Conference

The Alumni Leaders Conference is now virtual! Join us as we celebrate our alumni board, club, and network volunteers who support our mission of connecting alumni to Purdue and to each other.

Tuesday, July 21–Thursday, July 23
Tuesday, July 28–Thursday, July 30

Reserve your spot for training, discussion, and networking with other volunteer leaders. Matt Folk (ECE’91), president and CEO of Purdue for Life, will also join us for a conversation about what’s on the horizon!


Purdue for Life Update

By now, you have likely heard or read a variety of news regarding Purdue for Life. (Did you miss the press release? Here it is!)

We have included a brief overview of recent updates below. You should have already received an invitation to join Purdue Alumni board chairman Dan Dawes. This will be a great opportunity to hear from Dan directly and ask your questions!

Since the fall of 2019, a group has been working on a nonbinding letter of intent (LOI) that would set the expectations for Purdue for Life.

In February 2020, the Purdue Alumni Board of Directors approved a resolution stating that we will “Move forward to join Purdue for Life (PFL) in order to pursue the mission of the Purdue Alumni Association (PAA) with a mutually agreed upon transition plan of up to 24 months toward an integrated advancement model.”

There are many complexities to make this happen contractually. Our desire is that the Purdue Alumni Association and its mission will endure while ensuring that many of its operations will be properly carried out by the new entity.

Ultimately, the final version of the LOI will be put forward for review by the board and final endorsement. The Purdue Alumni Association will continue to exist to serve as an engagement adviser to Purdue for Life. We will also hold a seat in the Board of Managers for Purdue for Life, maintain responsibility for our endowment, and conduct the search and selection for the Purdue Alumni trustees.

Purdue Alumni Business Directory

Own a business? We’re here to support you through this difficult time.

There has never been a more important time for us to band together as a community. Listing your business in our directory lets people know that you’re a fellow Boilermaker and that they should do business with you!

1. If you don’t have one yet, create an account!

2. Then create a listing for your business!

Listing your business on our directory is free for the duration of the current pandemic.

Visit to get started.

Questions? Contact Baylee Neff, director of business partnerships.

How Can I Stay Positive During Tough Times?

The last few months have been hard on everyone to one degree or another. We asked one alumna to share some of her perspective on how to stay positive. The following excerpt has been taken from the Purdue Alumnus website. Check out the link below to read more!

by Michelle Gladieux (HHS’93, MS T’95)

Dear Michelle,

Any tips about staying positive in tough times? There are some stressed-out people in my circle sharing negativity with everyone around them and I don’t want that to be me.

First, compassion. We all lose our composure sometimes. It takes a strong will not to let dark moods and scary situations bleed into interactions with others. It’s natural to want to vent. There is a line, however, that one should not cross. It happens when we stoke the fears of others unnecessarily rather than exercising some restraint.


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