Alumni Baseball and Softball Cookout


The Purdue North Central Alumni Association is hosting a day of Baseball and Softball matches at the baseball and softball fields on the Purdue North Central campus! This event will be hosted on Wednesday, September 13th at 12:00 PM. Grilled food will be available during the event for lunch. We’re excited to get a chance to connect with all PNC graduates and we hope to see you there!

Commencement Video


Commencement Video

Be on the 2014 Graduation Video!  The PNC Alumni Association will be gathering footage on April 23 after the Photo at the Arch.  There will be a tent set up north of Schwarz Hall between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.  Nursing students can come by Tech 101 on April 28 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.  Stop by in your cap and gown to tell us about one of the following:

  • Your favorite memories at PNC
  • Why you are happy that you attended PNC and got your degree
  • How this degree will help you in your future
  • Who your favorite professor was at PNC and why
  • Thanking specific people at PNC or family members for helping you achieve this degree

Special thanks to PNN, for taking the video footage and making this possible.

Alumni Meetup Sponsored by UGN

Alumni Meet-Up Sponsored by UGN

Connect with other Purdue North Central alumni and get to know UGN, an international company with a facility in Valparaiso, IN.  Stop by Margarita’s in Valparaiso on April 23 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for drinks and appetizers.  To register for this event, email Marie Foster at or call 219.785.5698

Scrap That Selfie


Scrap That Selfie

The link for the photos taken at Scrap That Selfie will be posted as soon as possible.  We are expecting them to be available on April 29.

For more information, contact Marie at

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Facebook Cupid Contest

Alumni Cupid Contest

This past Valentine’s Day, PNC Alumni shared their fondest memories of their time at Purdue North Central.  

The PNC Alumni Association chose the winning memory for a romantic dinner for two at at Bon Femme Cafe in Valparaiso.  PNC’s very own, Deb Nielsen, who is a 1974 PNC graduate and Executive Assistant to the Chancellor won the Cupid Contest with the following PNC memory:

nielsenDuring my time as a student at PNC, I took several courses from Professor John Stanfield of the English Department. You might say I was a “Stanfield Groupie!”

At that time, we had only the Education Building (now Schwarz Hall) and the vending room was room 40 (now Enrollment Management). There was no food service available to students so you either ate from the machines or you brought your lunch. In December of 1974, several of the “groupies” were graduating and were taking their last English course in American Lit taught by Professor Stanfield. Throughout the semester Stanfield complained bitterly about the lack of dining facilities on campus, so the “Stanfield Groupies” decided to do something about it.

We brought in tablecloths, napkins, candelabras and candles, good china and flatware, stemmed goblets, etc. We held a lavish feast in front everyone in the room. One of the gals in our class was an accomplished cook and made a Spanish dish called Paella. We served soft drinks and iced tea in the goblets, had a salad and a fancy dessert. Everyone that was in the vending room was envious of our elegant feast complete with lighted candelabras!

To top it off, we gave Stanfield a caftan that we had made. Now Professor Stanfield was short and wide and so was his caftan. I wish I had a picture of him in it to share. He modeled it in front of everyone in the room. We all had a wonderful time and Stanfield talked about that for years afterward. 

Thank you, Deb, for sharing your story and to the many other alumni who submitted their favorite memories!  You can find this and our other favorite stores here.

To learn more about other Alumni Association contests, like our facebook page.

For more information about the Purdue North Central Alumni Association or if you would like to receive email updates about alumni events, please email

PNC SAFE and RAD Classes

The two-hour Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange (S.A.F.E.) presentation will be held Wednesday, February 26 from 6-8 p.m. in LSF 02.  The twelve-hour Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program will begin Wednesday, March 26 from 6-9 p.m. in LSF 60.   R.A.D. will continue on Wednesdays, April 2, 9 and 16.  Please use the links below to enroll!

These free programs are suitable for women of all ages (13 and older) and abilities and are based upon the following ideas:  Violent crimes are crimes of opportunity, and when you remove the element of opportunity, you reduce the risk of attack.  Ninety percent of self-defense is mental preparedness and ten percent is physical.

S.A.F.E. educates women on how to protect themselves from crime and introduces five pre-basic physical training familiarization methods which are non-strenuous.  Each participant will be given a portfolio with more awareness information than is contained in the brief course.  Class size is at least 6 and no more than 16, so register online at or call one of the numbers listed below.

The R.A.D. system is the largest women’s self-defense network in the United States.  PNC’s instructors are dedicated to teaching women realistic defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assaults by utilizing over 30, easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics.  Participants receive an 80+ page workbook/reference manual and hands-on training.  Class size is at least 6 and no more than 12, so register online at or call one of the numbers listed below.

S.A.F.E. and R.A.D. are offered free to PNC students, faculty, staff, alumni, Women’s Association members, and women in the community, so invite your friends and relatives.

PNC Alumni Athletics Social

Alumni Night Thank You

Thank you for making the 2014 Alumni Night so successful!  The PNC Alumni Association enjoyed getting to share this special night with all of our amazing PNC Alum and the PNC coaching staff.   Here’s to a special shout-out to Etropal in Laporte for sponsoring the event!  To stay current on all our PNC Alumni events, like us on facebook or email Marie at

International Chamber Ensemble

ICE musician Rebekah Heller

ICE musician Rebekah Heller

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra will host performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

On Thursday, March 20 ICE will present a recital at 5 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Ample parking is available at PNC. Parking for those with handicap parking permits is available in Lot 1 for those attending the recital. Coffee Central, located adjacent to Room 144, will be open until 6 p.m. for coffee and tea and the nearby cafeteria will be open until 6 p.m. as well.

To make a reservation, email or call Liz Bernel, PNC coordinator of Special Events and Marketing at 219-785- 5719. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Bernel.

ICE has been making waves in various ways since it was founded 10 years ago as a Chicago-New York organization performing new music, primarily new music in the “classical” tradition and seeking out new audiences and new venues for this music. It was named the Musical America Ensemble of the Year for 2014, has received various major grants and individual musicians have received numerous awards. ICE executive director and flutist Claire Chase was recently awarded a MacArthur “Genius” fellowship.

The ensemble has been in residence in recent years at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, as well as at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. Four musicians – Nick Masterson, oboe; Campbell MacDonald, clarinet; Rebekah Heller, bassoon and David Byrd-Marrow, horn – will perform a piece involving PNC students, by noted African-American composer, author and jazz trombonist George Lewis.

ICE musicians will work with PNC students to learn the “rules” of Lewis’s piece, “Artificial Life,” exploring the structure and ideas behind the music and culminating with a collaborative performance. Lewis’s approach to experimental music began with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in Chicago. Now a professor at Columbia University in New York, he worked with ICE to develop new music and the piece to be featured at PNC is one of these.

“ICE has cutting edge philosophy and progressive contemporary programing. The musicians have even taken ownership in developing, funding and executing performances that are meant to reach the entire world by design.  We are very fortunate to have them working with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. I am confident the musicians will enjoy working with this dynamic group of young musicians, just to see them chasing their dreams,” said Lee Bauman, executive director La Porte County Symphony Orchestra.

On Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m., at Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City, La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Philip J. Bauman, music director, will perform the IU Health LaPorte Hospital Classic Concert:  “Amadeus Mozart Un-Caged.”  Winner of 8 Academy Awards, the movie Amadeus highlights the triumphs and tragedies of a great musical genius. Chart topping soundtracks from the composer’s epic output will be featured along with 21st century icon John Cage, known as an “Inventor of Genius.” Geniuses collide as the precise and delightful melodies of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, performed by ICE are juxtaposed with Atlas Eclipticalis, a work of “chance.” Other surprises will be “un-Caged” in an afternoon of adventurous musical exploration.

Concert admission is $20 for adults; $18 for senior citizens and students with a valid I.D. are admitted free.

Further information about the LCSO concert may be obtained by visiting or emailing or calling 219-362-9020.

The previous PNC collaborations with the LCSO brought exceptional classical musicians Andrius Zlabys and Danielle Belén, to PNC for memorable performances and workshops.  Recital event sponsors include the PNC College of Liberal Arts; the PNC Chancellor’s Diversity Fund; the PNC Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and Michigan City Paper Box Company.  Concert sponsors are Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital, Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation and Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa.  IU Health LaPorte Hospital will have a drawing for a three free heart screenings for audience members.

The PNC Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series hosts events throughout the year.


MBA Tailgate 2013

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MBA Meetup 4.30.13

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MBA Meet Up

pnc alumni(Left-to-Right: Mark Zimmerman, President PNC Alumni Advisory Council; Dr. Anne Christo-Baker, Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior & Leadership; Dr. Cynthia Roberts, Business School Dean; Mike Weaver, PNC Alumni Advisory Council Member.)

Mike Weaver and Mark Zimmerman attended the Purdue North Central’s MBA Meet UP at Gelsosomo’s in Valparaiso on Tuesday, April 30.  In attendance were approximately 30 MBA graduates, current students, professors, as well as PNC’s Chancellor and Mrs. Dworkin. It should be noted that Dr. Anne Christo-Baker has been an instructor of Porter-Starke Services Leadership Academy over the past couple of months.

For more information contact the alumni office at 219-785-5307 or