Archives for October 23, 2013

PNC Panther Baseball Team Volunteers in the Community

PNC Baseball Team

PNC Baseball Team

The Purdue University North Central Baseball team recently visited the Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City to lead a free conditioning clinic for the club members.

“The Michigan City area has always supported our PNC Panther sports teams so it was only natural for our  baseball players to volunteer to spend some time with some of the young athletes in our community,” said Tom Albano, PNC director of Student Athletics.

Baseball team members were Jordan Polito, of Schererville; Cody Haver, of Valparaiso; Sam Maxwell, of Vincennes; Cody Jansen, of Kokomo; Brody Kutch, of LaPorte; Tyler Frye, of Valparaiso; Jay Resendez, of Rensselaer; Marcus Jackson, of Griffith and James Thompson, of Hammond. They were accompanied by Panther assistant coach Larry Blake gave an instructional clinic that covered the basics of conditioning, the fundamentals of hitting, throwing and catching a baseball.

“The Boys & Girls Club members were very eager to interact with, and learn, from our baseball players,” said Albano. “In turn, our student athletes were honored to have this opportunity to share the game that they love so much. It was a tremendous experience for everyone.”

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PNC Books and Coffee Series November Session

Purdue University North Central “Books & Coffee” discussion series will meet on Nov 13 from noon to about 1 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Assembly Hall, Room 02, located on the building’s lower level. Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Assen Kokalov, assistant professor of Spanish, will review the book “The Boy Kings of Texas” by Domingo Martinez. A National Book Award finalist, this memoir, set in the outskirts of Brownsville, Texas, details the gritty realities of the US – Mexican border. Martinez alternately uses good-natured and sardonic wit to describe his abusive family, the macho barrio and an adolescence full of trials including a cruel grandmother who takes out life insurance policies on all males in the family and a violent father who leads the family on drug smuggling runs. The book looks at many border issues such as immigration and border violence in a predominantly macho culture.

A discussion period will follow Kokalov’s review. The book is available in the PNC Bookstore.

The Books & Coffee series will continue through the academic year with monthly presentations.

Additional information about Books and Coffee may be obtained by contacting Dr. Kenneth Kincaid, associate professor of History, at 785-5200, 5244 or Persons with disabilities needing accommodations should contact Kincaid.