Purdue persistence during change and uncertainty

Gary BertolineDear Purdue Polytechnic Institute community,

We find ourselves in an unprecedented time of change and uncertainty due to COVID-19 precautions in our state, our nation and our world.

In all of this uncertainty, I am amazed and delighted by the ways in which Purdue Polytechnic Institute students, faculty and staff have stepped forward to meet a new set of challenges with persistence, innovation and collaboration. As we respond to today’s unique circumstances, we find within ourselves the ability to do more, to be better, and to improve the world around us, and I have never been so proud of our college.

I hear conversations about when things return to “normal,” and I am certain that we are now setting the bar for a new normal: an even more agile, connected and collaborative college and community.

Keep up the good work. Share your successes and your challenges, so that we can all grow together. Boiler up!

Staying up-to-date

Multiple resources are available to help us all stay up-to-date during this unusual time:

  • To stay abreast of COVID-19 updates from Purdue University, please see coronavirus.purdue.edu, which includes frequently asked questions and is updated regularly. In addition, the Purdue COVID-19 Information Center, (765) 496-4636 or toll-free (833) 571-1043, is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to answer questions from students, parents, faculty and staff. When you call, you will have several options from which to choose in order to connect with the person best able to answer your question. 
  • Admitted students getting ready for Fall 2020 can find detailed information on our website or can request a phone call to have their questions answered. 
  • Current students with questions about specific courses should contact their instructor(s) directly. Our team of advisors and our Office of Recruitment, Retention and Diversity stand ready to provide answers and insight, and the Polytechnic’s B.E.S.T. Academic Support is available to help with academic coaching. 
  • Friends and alumni are welcome to contact our Office of Advancement at any time. 

About The Author

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Gary R. Bertoline is Dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology, and a Professor of Computer & Information Technology. Prior to becoming dean, he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Technology. From 1995 through 2002, Gary served as Department Head of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University.