ValPLAYso Alumni Team

Help Build Our Community.

There are over 2,000 Purdue North Central Alumni in the city of Valparaiso who can lend a hand to the ValPLAYso community build week.

The Valpo Parks foundation will host a community build week for their public park ValPLAYso. From October 6th through October 12th, members of the community will volunteer their time and skills to help build a beautifully and creatively designed addition to the ValPLAYso Park.  Learn more on the ValPLAYso facebook page.

The Purdue North Central Alumni Association has a volunteer team set up to work Monday, October 6th & Tuesday, October 7th. We are looking for PNC alumni, family and friends to join our team to make a difference in our community.   Volunteers can be skilled or unskilled.  Register today to lend a hand as a Purdue North Central Alumnus who wants to build a park for the next generation.  Let’s use our powerful alumni to our advantage and really help make a difference in our community!

As a thank you for your time and effort, the PNCAA will be providing you with a PNC Alumni gift for volunteering.

To obtain further information on becoming a member of our team, please contact Kevin Smith at or 219-785-5274.

For more information on the project, visit the Valpo Parks Foundation

ValPLAYso – The Next Generation playground is a project of the Valparaiso Parks Foundation, a 501c3 entity. The project is funded through public and private partnerships and receives no tax-payer funding.

Purdue Football Tailgate


We’re sorry.  The tickets have all been sold out.  Please join us at the Basketball Bus Trip in January.

Join the PNC Alumni Association on our annual bus trip to a Purdue football game.  Cheer on our beloved Boilermakers as they take on the Michigan State Spartans on October 11, 2014 at Ross-Ade Stadium.  The bus will leave from PNC in the morning (time TBA) and will arrive just in time for a festive tailgate before the game.

Cost is $30 for the bus and ticket combo and $25 for the ticket only.  Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bus (no glass containers, please).  All students, employees, alumni, family and friends are invited!

Indy Alumni Event

Purdue University North Central & Purdue University Calumet Alumni Cocktail Reception

Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will be holding an event at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis in room 203 to discuss the unification as it moves forward to becoming the new Purdue University Northwest! Chancellors Dworkin and Keon will be there to present the State-of the-Unification Address and what plans are being made in regards to the future of the two campuses. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available and an exclusive tour of the JW Marriott will be provided afterwards.

This event will be held on September 5, 2014 and the current schedule is as follows:

  • 5:30 pm – Appetizers & Drinks
  • 6:00 pm – State of the University Update by Chancellor Dworkin and Chancellor Keon
  • 7:00 pm – Exclusive Tour of the JW Marriott

The JW Marriott Hotel’s address is 10 South West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

If you plan on attending this event, please register your attendance in advance. We are all very excited about the unification and are thrilled to be providing information to the public about this progressive undertaking. We hope to see you there!

2014 Homecoming

?????PNC Alumni Association will host a Homecoming Event with a fireworks show on Friday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. on the PNC Westville campus. This event has been a tradition of welcoming students back to campus each fall and allowing the university’s alumni, students as well as community members to engage in an event that brings a sense of spirit and community to the PNC campus.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with food available for purchase from participating vendors and live, local bands performing until 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive before 6 p.m. to find suitable parking. The festivities will culminate with the fireworks beginning after dark. This event is free and open to the public with the exception of any food purchased from participating vendors.

The electrifying fireworks show will be set to music and is appropriate for all ages. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, coolers and blankets for the event. Purdue North Central is a smoke-free and alcohol-free campus.

Further information about the event can be obtained by contacting the PNC Office of Advancement at 785-5697. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the PNC Office of Advancement.

2014 Commencement Reception

With the closing of the 2013 – 2014 school year coming to a close, we ended with a fantastic celebration at Valparaiso University to congratulate the new graduates! There was pizza, a live DJ, a live twitter feed, photo printing from instagram, and hundreds of attendees. The event was a blowout success. On behalf of the Alumni Association, we’d like to thank all of the graduates that attended and all of the faculty that helped make the event a success. All of it was fantastic, and we hope to see such a huge success in the coming years.

Here are just a couple of the pictures we shot during the event:



Over the course of the night, we had a twitter feed being displayed over one of the big screens in the auditorium. Everyone had a lot of fun with it and it’s given us some new ideas for what we want to do at the event next year!

Finally, we had a couple of videos played that we want to also share with those that weren’t able to make it because they were absolutely phenomenal!

 Congratulations Class of 2014!

Twitter Feed at Commencement!


Commencement is being held May 19th at 7:00P.M., and we want to make this night memorable. We want you to take some of the best pictures you can so you can tweet with #PNCGrad14. Not only will you be able to capture a significant event for yourself, you’ll be able to share that moment with everyone at commencement because, not only do we have a single hashtag for you to tag your tweet with, we’ll have a live feed running with all of your tweets so everyone can see!


If you have any questions about Commencement, head over to the Commencement 2014 Information page to find out more!

Graduate & Extended Learning Summer Opportunites

The Graduate & Extended Learning Office at Purdue University North Central offers a fantastic service to students and graduates, giving them the opportunity to take extra-curricular courses that have a tangible real-world benefit. This Summer the GEL Office will be hosting several programs that will teach career-building skills for use in making graduates and soon-to-be graduates more marketable in the future.

Video Editing Boot Camps

The Video Editing Boot Camps are designed to teach about how to display stories, milestones, information and memories in a meaningful way through the use of recording and editing video.Video-Editing-Website-Photo-smaller-1024x685

This program is held over the course of four days during the week of May the 12th:

  • Monday, May 12th
  • Tuesday, May 13th
  • Wednesday, May 14th
  • Thursday, May 15th

All four classes are offered during two different time blocks each day at either 3:00P.M. to 5:00P.M. or 6:00P.M. to 8:00P.M.

Additional information can be found at the Graduate & Extended Learning Video Editing Boot Camps page or by contacting the Graduate & Extended Learning Office by phone at (219) 785-5343 or by email at

Social Media Marketing Workshop

The Social Media Marketing Workshop is a course that will cover the ins and outs of social media and how it can be applied to finding and landing a job as well as how businesses effectively employ social media to benefit their business. The increasingly pervasive use of social media by people makes it all that much more important to understand it on a deeper level.iStock_000024785295Medium1-1024x682

This is a twelve hour program that is held over the course of six weeks every Thursday on the following dates:

  •  May 22nd
  •  May 29th
  • June 5th
  • June 12th
  • June 19th
  • June 26th

All six classes will are scheduled for 3:00P.M. to 5:00P.M.

Additional information can be found at the Graduate & Extended Learning Social Media Marketing Workshop page or by contacting the Graduate & Extended Learning Office by phone at (219) 785-5343 or by email at

Microsoft Excel 2013 Workshop Series

The Microsoft Excel 2013 Workshop is for the beginner and intermediate users of Microsoft Excel. A lot of employers are now assuming that employees have a working understanding of Microsoft Office and how it functions. This workshop will give you a deeper understanding of how to increase your productivity with Excel by explaining features such as formulas, charts, functions and much more.IMG_3661-1024x768

This is an eight hour program that is held over the course of two weeks on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 10
  • Thursday, June 12
  • Tuesday, June 17
  • Thursday, June 19

All four classes are scheduled for 5:30 P.M until 7:30 P.M.

Additional information can be found at the Graduate & Extended Learning Microsoft Excel 2013 Workshop page or by contacting the Graduate & Extended Learning Office by phone at (219) 785-5343 or by email at


Smoky Mountain Travel Study Program

The Great Smoky Mountains offers a wonderful opportunity for students and graduates to experience the rich and exciting ecosystem in the Southern Appalachians. Attendants will have the chance to explore the wildlife, plant life, geology, and environmental concepts that are specifically unique to the Smoky Mountains and learn how all of these systems work with one another to create such a breathtaking scene.320257_10150282066291440_7609653_n-225x300

This study program lasts from August 3rd through August 9th and will give students credit in either BIOL 324 or BIOL 288.

Additional information can be found at the Graduate & Extended Learning Travel Study Programs page or by contacting the Graduate & Extended Learning Office by phone at (219) 785-5343 or by email at

Purdue Day Of Giving

Purdue University North Central is hosting its very first Day of Giving event on April 30th, 2014! The Day of Giving event gives you the opportunity to quickly and easily donate to PNC with direct control as to where your funds go. Funds given to PNC can be directed to a number of different 10 at 10 fundsways, and all of it is for the direct benefit of the students that attend PNC. Scholarships, athletics, and academic programs will all be funded through the use of your generous donations. The funds you donate can make a significant difference to the lives of students at PNC, and, by choosing to donate, you’ll be giving more students the ability to afford the dreams they have that can change the world.

How Can I Donate?

TextingDonating is easy. There are many ways to donate. You can send us an e-mail to, you can call us at PNC at (219) 785-5697, you can text “PurdueNC” to 41444 to be directed to a donation form on your cell phone,  or you can head over to the Day of Giving page on Purdue’s website.

When To Give

10 at 10 amountOn April 30th, 2014, Purdue North Central is holding the $10@10 event to help promote our cause. If all PNC faculty, staff, students, and friends all gave $10 at 10 AM on April 30th, there would be the over the equivelant of 80 Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarships collected in donations. That’s enough to make a significant impact to the lives of students and the lives of faculty members at PNC, and it can only be accomplished through your help.

Potpourri of Literature 2014

Potpourri of Literature 2014

Come back to campus to celebrate the last twenty-five years of the Dr. Daniel Padberg’s Readers Theatre Productions.  The Department of Communication and students in Communication 240 and Communication 491* will put on a production with excerpts from past performances on April 22, 2014 at 11:00 am and April 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm in room LSF 002.

For more information about the performances from the past 25 years, please read below:

1989  (April 5, 1989)     Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters unique poetic anthology, published in 1915, contains 240 poetic epitaphs that provide unique prospectives about the lives of the people of the fictional Illinois community of Spoon River.  Setting the anthology in the cemetery allowed Masters to avoid the restrictions of time; thus personal epitaphs from the time of the American Civil War to the early Twentieth Century were included.

The 1989 production was a cutting of some of these poetic glimpses of the people of Spoon River.  Music was included that was taken from the 1973 Off-Broadway Production of Spoon-River.

1991  (March 27 & April 7)   Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers.

The title of this program suggests the interrelationship of winning and losing, victory and defeat.  These opposites have been inexorably linked in literature and music throughout the ages.

The selections in this program were chosen to show the agony of despair and frustration, the pain of unrequited love, the hurt of rejection and the devastation of cowardliness, along with the fears of death, aging, and breaking away.  To contrast this side, other selections will brightened us with the joys and love of living.  Readings of hope and opportunity and faith will help push the darkness away and allow the audience to glimpse as Shakespeare suggested, “the stuff that dreams are made on.”

1992 (April 1 & 4)        The Eternal Struggle: Male Versus Female

Few themes are as universal as this eternal struggle.  Selections showed the relationship between the male and the female from the most serious of clashes as well as those that brought chuckles as well as riotous laughter.  From delightful pieces from The Apple Tree, showing the clashes between Adam and Eve to excerpts from other contemporary plays and musical, the struggle of gender was brought into the spotlight.

1993  (March 24 & 29) POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE: Seasonings

Several firsts are worthy of note about this Readers Theatre Program: first, the main title of Potpourri of Literature was used, with the theme stated as a subtitle.  Secondly, this production was televised as part of the series entitled “Purdue for You.”

The program contained selections that reflected fondly and not so fondly upon the seasons, those times of year which surpass calendar, which surpass the phenomenon of solar passage, but with which we measure the activities of our lives, spicing and flavoring our interactions as they mix with our expectations of the seasons.  This is why our lyric and musical excursion through the year was called “Seasonings.”

1994  (April 6 & 10)      READER’S THEATRE PRODUCTION          Cutting of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

This is one of those sources that were featured time and again over the years of Readers Theatre at Purdue University North Central.  Edgar Lee Masters famous Anthology provides many selections from which to choose.  Each program of this source was different in various ways, yet always provided audiences with a unique prospective of people in a small mid-western town.  (See 1989 for more details of Edgar Lee Masters.)

1995  (March 29 & April 2)   POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 1995: Relationships

            This program explored through literature and musical selections the theme of relationships, those bonds and barbs that pull us together and push us a part.  However, the lessons learned through these comforting and challenging moments are not only the tests of good relationships but also the great value of love.  Through time literature has extolled love, as well as those showing the passions of relationships flaming hot from great love, as well as deception of self-serving egos.

1996  (April 17 & 21)    POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 1996: Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers

The selections of this Readers Theatre asked the audience to enter with their imaginations into experiences and passions of joy and despair, highs and lows, winners and losers, agony and ecstasy.  Ecstasy often centers on love and love-making; however, love sometimes is ripe with irony revealing things differently than they seem.  Agony also has many faces, projecting emotions of inconsolable pain and despair.  Also from deep agonizing pain can come moments of vision and inspiration.

1997  (April 9 & 13)      POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 1997: The Eternal Struggle: Male Versus Female

One of those themes repeated often because of the universality of the subject and the plethora of literature and music that can be drawn upon to illustrate the theme.  Through the years it was a favorite theme for participating students as well as audience.

1998  (April 20 & 26)    POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 1998: Seasonings

Again a popular theme was repeated because of  its universality and popularity as well as the plethora of available literature and music that features this subject.  From ancient Biblical writings we are reminded that “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”  So again students presented selections about life through the lens of the seasons of the year.  And again the audience could enjoy the spicing of the “seasonings.”

1999  (April 14 & 18)    POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 1999: A Journey in Time

            This Readers Theatre program focused upon the end of the century.  In a program of verse, prose, and song the students commemorated the end of the century, the turning of the millennium, and the ever present passage of time.

The selections attempted to capture the mixture of emotions that ranged from anxiety and despair to joyful optimism and confidence as we looked at the end of a millennium as well as the passing of a century.

2000  (April 5 & 9)        READERS’ THEATRE PRODUCTION          Cutting of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

Spoon River Anthology continues to be one of our favorite choices for Readers Theatre at PNC.  Because of the enormous body of work from which to select, many sub-themes and relational conflicts can be shown by the choice of epitaphs.  This was another opportunity to explore the profound view of a fictional mid-west town of the past, yet one so like so many others.

2001  (March 26 & April 1)   POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2001: An Odyssey: Wanderings Through Life

As Purdue North Central embraced the idea of new expressions of art on the campus utilizing the name of “Odyssey,” it was decided to feature that title in the Readers Theatre program.  Unfortunately that semester produced the lowest enrollment number in the history of the class, only four female students.  Faculty members were recruited to augment the number and participate in the readings.  An excellent program evolved highlighting  journeys depicted in literature and song.

2002  (April 3 & 7)        POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2002: Let Freedom Ring!

            Our country realized after the horrendous events of September 11, 2001, that once again America must stand firm for its freedom and liberty.  Therefore this program, through literature and music, recognized and honored the service personnel and others throughout our history that have protected those freedoms that all too frequently we have taken for granted.  These recent events should remind Americans of the values and the responsibility of their freedom.  That was the goal of this Readers Theatre program.

2003  (March 31 & April 6)   POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2003: Mars—Venus; Venus—Mars: The Eternal Struggle      

            Another version of one of the oft-repeated themes was selected.  Literature dealing with this theme is so abundant that the sources are almost limitless.

2004  (April 19 & 25)    POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2004: Calendar of Love

            The theme of this Readers Theatre program focused specifically on love as it is presented in literature and song specifically through the four seasons of the year: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter,

2005  (April 6 & 10)      POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2005: When the World Is Free

            The Academic Year 2004-2005 commemorated the Sixtieth Anniversary of the end of World War II.  In the Fall Semester, the campus theatre production group, the PNC PLAYERS presented The Diary of Anne Frank, and in the Spring Semester, the Readers Theatre program featured this pivotal time in history, the ending of the war.

The events of this pivotal historical time was presented in literature and song lyrics, coupled with narrations that literally reflected the news headlines of this crucial period in world history.

2006  (March 29 & April 2)   POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2006: Agony and Ecstasy:Winners and Losers

            Again from the vast sources of literature dealing with this subject the struggles and success of life were explored with this popular theme.  Again musical selections formed an essential part of this program.

2006  (September 18) Let Freedom Ring   [COMMUNICATION 491]

            In this Fall Semester of 2006, Communication 491 “Oral Interpretation II” was offered for the first time.  The course was unique in the Purdue system; no other campus offered a second level of Oral Interpretation.  This course was designed to provide students with advanced levels of work with the performance of  literature before an audience and would include public performances of Readers Theatre as well.  Such public performances in oral interpretation are unique to PNC also.

This Readers Theatre program was designed to celebrate the Constitution of the United States of America.  The recently mandated holiday to celebrate the Constitution became the inspiration for this program.  Through a collage of literature and music the history of this document and the amazingly unique country which it founded was celebrated.

2007  (March 29 & April 2)   POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2007: Spoon River Anthology

            As in past programs Edgar Lee Masters unique piece of poetic literature will be drawn upon for yet another look at Spoon River from the past with its many inspirational and stimulating messages for our times us well.

2008  (March 31 & April 6)   POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2008: Journey in Time

The theme of time has been explored before in PNC Readers Theatre, yet each journey is unique–different students, different audiences, and in most cases difference examples.  Yet the universals of how time affects our lives, both positively and negatively were stressed yet again.  And often, the idea of the urgency of the journey is driven home to us, as with Robert Frost who pointed out that there “were miles to go before sleep.”

2008  (October 27 & November 2)  Of Thee I Sing and More. . . . [COM 491]

This is another Readers Theatre program presented by the students enrolled in “Oral Interpretation II.”

The theme and title of this program was inspired by the 1931 musical Of Thee I Sing, the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize.  That musical was a satire about American politics, and so the show began.  From that point the program presented the

picture of politics and its impact upon society.  We laughed and cried with the songs and literature about this exhilarating subject.

2009  (April 20 & April 26) POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2009: It’s All About Time

Again an old theme comes back.  However with some new twists. This program featured time as the inevitable pacing of life.  How no matter what we encounter, no matter what task we accomplish or fail to achieve, it’s always about time.  Time that shapes the way our lives run their courses.

2010  (April 13 & April 18) POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2010:    Courage, A Way of Life, From Youth to Age

          This theme was inspired by stories of some of the students on the campus who had demonstrated incredible courage in over-coming some of the obstacles of their lives.  The theme evolved into the presentation that through literary pieces expressed courage from youth to age and provided a message of inspiration to all viewers.

2010  (October 26 & October 31) READERS’ THEATRE 2010  Back Home Again in Indiana      [ COM 491]

            This was another program presented by the students of COM 491 “Oral Interpretation II.”  Even though COM 491 officially became COMMUNICATION 348 in 2012, this was the last time that this course was ever offered.

Through interaction with the students the theme evolved and the program grew into the Readers Theatre program presented.  The program was a collage of the literature and songs of writers, poets, composers, and lyricists who were either born or lived in Indiana.  The program celebrated our home state of Indiana.

2011  (March 31 & April 3) POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2011:    The Turning Points of Life

            This theme was inspired by the idea that all good stories have turning points.  These climatic moments of crisis usually reveal special things about the characters in which they must make decisions and deal with dramatic questions.  One of the wonderful benefits of literature rests upon the learning opportunity for readers and viewers to gain personal inspiration and guidance as we face our own turning points of life.

2012  (April 24 & April 29) POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2012:    Spoon River Anthology

            This popular source is used again to produce a program that focus on people, some like us, but most of whom represented types of people that we have met and encountered in our lives.  Some of these people are scary, some we would avoid if at all possible, yet some will inspire us with their wisdom and ethical ways.  This was yet another visit to Spoon River.

2013 (April 17 & April 21) POTPOURRI OF LITERATURE 2013:

          Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers

A theme repeated many time over the years, yet always popular with student participants and audiences alike.  The universality of the subject never ceases to amaze all concerned.  Life clearly shows us daily the ups and downs that come with just performing our regular activities.  Though it might seem repetitious the literature clearly demonstrates that sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.


          Memories:  Journey Through 25 Years.

            The program this year will celebrate the 25 years of Readers Theatre on the PNC Campus, and will contain a collage of some of the literature used in the various themes over those years.  The presentation will feature three sections as the memories of the 25 years are celebrated: “Times and Struggles of Life,” “Love: Romantic, Family, Country,” and “Life’s Decisions, Actions, and Meaning.”


MLK Celebration Breakfast



Purdue University North Central will be the site of the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20 in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building cafeteria. The day’s theme is “Share the Dream” named in honor of the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

The event, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Committee and hosted by Purdue North Central, is free and open to the public. The doors open at 7:15 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., with the program to begin at 8 a.m. Reservations are not required.

The featured speaker will be Tony Walker, who will speak about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

He is managing attorney of The Walker Law Group, P.C., a practice that represents churches, schools and government agencies with offices in Michigan City, Gary, Chicago and Indianapolis.

Walker was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court as a commissioner of the Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Commission in 2009. In 2011 the governor appointed him to represent the First Congressional District on the State Board of Education. He recently served as president of the Gary Public Library Board of Trustees and is a past chairman of the board for the Urban League of Northwest Indiana.

He belongs to the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, LaPorte County Bar Association and is a former board member of the Lake County (Indiana) Bar Association.

Debra Whitlow, a Michigan City High School honor student and member of the City Singers Choral Group, will sing following Walker’s speech. Troy Patterson Thomas, of Gary, will recite Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Breakfast participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to local food pantries in Michigan City and LaPorte.