PNC Presents Zika virus: Lessons from the Past, Concerns about the Present, and Brazil’s Olympic Nightmare

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association’s International Friendship Group will present the program, “Zika: Lessons from the Past, Concerns About the Present, and Brazil’s Olympic Nightmare” on Monday, Feb. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The program will be presented by Dr. Kenneth Kincaid, PNC associate professor of History, who recently returned from South America where he was on sabbatical working on research.

Guests are welcome to bring a friend, grab a lunch and come to attend this discussion that will explore the characteristics of the virus, a history of it, its historical and pathogenic context, its potential as a global pandemic and its impact on Latin America and the United States.

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association (PNCWA) was established on March 21, 2001, to serve the women of Purdue North Central as well as the women in our local communities. PNCWA offers a variety of social and educational activities for its members and the public.

The PNCWA International Friendship group gathers to share culture, traditions and friendship. Its purpose is to address issues of interest and concern, to promote an educational and cultural atmosphere and to develop an atmosphere of friendship, cooperation and camaraderie through its members and programs.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Martha Garcia-Saenz at (219) 785-5522. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Garcia-Saenz.

PNC, Purdue Calumet Host Career Expo for Job Seekers

Job-seeking local residents are invited to attend the Purdue University North Central Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

Purdue University Calumet in Hammond is hosting an identical event on Friday, Feb. 19 from 1 to 2 p.m., the Fitness & Recreation Center.

The Purdue Calumet event will feature more than 60 employers, while the Purdue North Central expo will host nearly 40 employers. The employers at both sites will be recruiting college graduates or job candidates pursuing a degree.

Both events are free, but would-be participants are urged to pre-register to attend, bring multiple copies of their resume and dress for success, according to Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central Director of Career Development and Services Natalie Connors.

“The Spring Career Expo is an opportunity to connect students, alumni and community residents with employers based across the Midwest,” Connors said. “We are very excited to have a great mix of representative organizations from different industries scheduled to participate in these events, from public education to automotive manufacturing.”

To obtain further information and to pre-register visit

PNC American Sign Language Club Fun Night

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Fun Night on
Monday, Feb 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants are welcome to bring a favorite: board game, card games, such as Uno, Skip-bo, Spoons and Spot-It or a deck of playing cards. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend with an adult.

This will be a casual, enjoyable evening with a fun atmosphere featuring ASL humor, storytelling and games for all to enjoy through participation or as an observer. Guests with all ASL abilities are welcome – whether a beginner, fluent, or simply interested in knowing more. This is an appropriate time to practice ASL, make new friends and learn some new signs to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members.

Further information about this event may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language, at 219-785-5432 or The PNC ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook. Information about other events in the community is posted at:

To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact Donah.

PNC ASL Club Hosts Appearance by Comedian John Smith

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host World Deaf Stage Presents: Deaf Comedy Live with John Smith from England on Saturday, Feb 20 from at 7 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is open to the public.

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased by contacting Jason Maloney at Tickets will be available at the door for $20.

Smith is one of the best-known signing deaf comedians in the United Kingdom. He started out in 2005 and performs to audiences across the world. He uses visual humor and slapstick, exaggerated storytelling and signing to entertain. His humor often touches on the similarities and differences between deaf and hearing people. His comedy will appeal to all audience members.

Further information about this event and ASL at Purdue north Central may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language, at 219-785-5432 or The PNC ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook. Information about other events in the community is posted at:

To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact Donah.

Purdue University North Central Spring Enrollment

Purdue North Central opened its spring semester with 5,841 students, an increase of six percent over the 5,498 students, who were enrolled in spring 2015. These students are taking 49,746 credit hours, an increase of about 2.7 percent over spring, 2015.

“I welcome all of our spring semester students,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “I am happy to see that 85 percent of our fall semester students have returned to class and are continuing to work toward earning their Purdue degrees. The PNC students who will graduate in May will make history as the first to graduate on campus in our Student Services and Activities Complex.”

PNC continues to see an increase in the percentage of students who persist in enrolling from semester to semester. This helps to keep students on track to graduate in a timely fashion.

In addition, close to 71 percent of the core PNC undergraduate students are attending school full time, taking 12 or more credit hours. About 46 percent are taking more than 12 credit hours and enjoying the benefits of a 10 percent tuition reduction that is applied to credit hours a student takes beyond 12 hours per semester. This discount plan provides financial incentives for students to increase the number of credit hours taken each semester to keep them on a path to graduate in four years. During fall semester, students saved a collective $100,000 through the tuition discount program.

The PNC spring enrollment includes 2,850 core undergraduate students, 100 graduate students and 2,891 students in the Concurrent Enrollment/Dual Credit program. The graduate student population includes 36 students in the Master’s of Business Administration program and 64 non-degree-seeking graduate students.

The Concurrent Enrollment program, which allows high-achieving high school students the opportunity to earn PNC credits while in high school, continues to be an extremely popular option for students. This spring students are enrolled in 15,282 credit hours.

The program is offered in more than 40 high schools in Porter, LaPorte, Lake, Starke and other Northwest Indiana counties. These students enter college with the credit hours that they earned in high school and have a head start on their college education. Generally, these students will be able to graduate sooner and accumulate less debt.

More information about becoming a student at PNC can be obtained by visiting the campus Web site at or by calling 219-785-5505.

PNC Offers 30-Hour OSHA General Industry Course

The Purdue University North Central Center for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer an OSHA 511: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry course March 8 through March 11 at the PNC Westville campus.

The OSHA 511 course will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The cost of the course is $800 per person and includes all books and materials, as well as lunch each day. The OSHA 511 course has no prerequisites. The registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 22.

The course will be taught by highly qualified instructors who cumulatively bring more than a half century of OSHA experience to the classroom. It will provide an overview of OSHA policies, procedures and standards as well as general industry safety and health principles.

Using OSHA standards as a guide, topics include scope and application of the OSHA general industry standards with special emphasis placed on the most hazardous areas. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For further information about this program or to register, contact the Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning (GEL) at (219) 785-5343 or Individuals can also register online at

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Offers Students Financial Aid Help on FAFSA Weekend

Purdue University North Central will have a FAFSA Weekend to help students and parents complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) paperwork on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 in the Technology Building, Room 265. FAFSA Weekend is free and is open to potential Indiana college students of all ages. Students are not required to attend, or plan to attend, PNC in order to take part in the FAFSA Weekend activities at PNC.

CGS_Logo_2color copyOn Saturday, Feb. 20, assistance will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT.

On Sunday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., PNC will participate in the statewide College Goal Sunday activities. PNC will be one of 42 College Goal Sunday sites in Indiana offering students and their families the help they need in understanding, completing, and filing the FAFSA.

College Goal Sunday FAFSA assistance is also available at the Purdue Calumet campus on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Library Building Room 200, located at 2200 169th St., Hammond.

Students who attend a College Goal Sunday site and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in March. Prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide and must be filed by March 10 to be eligible for state aid. During the FAFSA Weekend at PNC, PNC financial aid staff will be on hand to help students and their families file the form online. Any college-bound student and their families may stop in to seek assistance or ask questions.

Those who intend to complete the FAFSA must have an electronic Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). An FSA ID can be obtained online prior to filing at, or can be obtained online at the FAFSA Weekend. Both the parent and the student will need an FSA ID in order to sign and complete the FAFSA.

Those who intend to complete the FAFSA at the FAFSA Weekend should be sure to bring:

• A copy of student’s and parents’ completed 2015 Federal taxes – 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and 2015 W-2 forms.
• If the tax forms have not been completed, numbers can be estimated for the FAFSA using the W-2, if necessary.
• Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2014 income and benefits information.
• Statements showing the value of investments such as stocks and bonds.
• Statements of the student’s and parents’ balances of checking and savings.
• Any other untaxed income.
• Both the student’s and parents’ birth dates and social security numbers.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA.

Further information about financial aid or the FAFSA Weekend may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid office at 219-785-5493 or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 219-785-5493.

PNC Softball Team Benefits Daniel’s Cause

The Purdue University North Central student-athletes have a long-standing commitment to volunteering where they are needed on campus in the local community.

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L-R – Madyson Walter, Audrey Headley, Brianna Jodzis, Alexandra Jodzis, Daniel Alexander, Caroline Brown, Molly Marsh, Jenna Leach, Assistant Coach Jennifer Cassell

The women’s softball team members have established a tradition of generously supporting Daniel’s Cause – a gift-giving resource created by Daniel Alexander of Westville.

Alexander created his “cause” a few years ago with the sole intent of helping to brighten the holiday season for deserving children. He knows how much a simple gift can mean to a child. Alexander is now 14, but in 2010, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He made many trips to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s Child Life Services provided toys to Daniel and the other hospitalized children for them to play with and keep, at no cost the child’s family. It was a service that Daniel and his family appreciated.

Today, Daniel is home and doing well. He decided he wanted to repay the good will he experienced at the hospital and took on the project of gathering toys to donate to hospitalized children who were spending the holidays away from home. He said that the hospital generally has about 150 young patients in its care on Christmas day, with the average age of 7.

Knowing that, Daniel decided to make sure the youngsters could enjoy their holiday by helping to make sure that Santa had enough toys to deliver to each child.

The PNC softball team members have enthusiastically supported Daniel’s Cause, donating hundreds of toys for the past few years. A PNC connection already existed with Daniel’s Cause as former PNC player and PNC Athletic Hall of Fame player Jessica Brannagan is Daniel’s aunt who has helped to support Daniel’s Cause in the past.

The team members thought it would be great to contribute $5 per player to pay for the toys, said pitcher Audrey Headley. She noted that many contributed more and sought donations from friends and family.

It is also a PNC tradition for the softball coach to match the money raised by the team. Coach Denny King was happy to chip in so that the total reached $500.

“Community service is a big part of our athletic program at PNC,” said King. “Our team members feel a great sense of commitment and they work hard throughout the year to accomplish all that they can as students, as athletes and as members of our community. We are so fortunate to be in the position to help those who may need a hand.”

Headley echoed that, “We have a smaller school, so people get to know each other and we begin to feel like a family. That sense of community motivates us to give back and help out whenever and wherever we can.”

Headley is a third-year team member and a captain. As a Business major with a concentration in Marketing, she hopes to put her skills to work with a career in sports marketing.

While she is from Lafayette and most teammates are from cities across the Midwest, they feel a connection to PNC and Northwest Indiana. “We live together, we go to school together and we are here for most of the year. This is our home. These are our friends and our extended family. We are a unit on the field and off the field,” she explained.

The team members took their donations to shop at the Westville Dollar General store. King thanked the manager for helping them to stretch their money by taking advantage of sales and discounts.

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L-R –Softball Captains: Audrey Headley, Molly Marsh, Kaycie Pyle

Headley said the student-athletes immediately keyed in on toys that they enjoyed when they were younger, as well as some that they would enjoy playing with themselves.

“This was fun for us,” said Headley. “I was a great opportunity for us to help out.”

The team also held a holiday food drive to collect food to be donated to the Porter County Food Bank.

This ongoing commitment to volunteerism helped PNC earn the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character distinction each year since the award was first granted in 2002.

PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Feb. 19, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

The coffeehouse is open to ASL students as well as community members. Children are welcome to attend with a parent or adult. This is a pleasant, casual event for all to enjoy either through participation or as an observer.
Participants are asked to use ASL for conversation. This provides an ideal opportunity to practice ASL to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members. Coffee, food and drink may be ordered throughout the evening.

Future coffeehouses will be on March 18, April 15 and May 20. Coffeehouses may feature a guest speaker who will begin at about 6 p.m. If there is not a presenter, guests may bring their own decks of cards and games to play together. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Information about other ASL events in the community is posted at: The PNC ASL Club and Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

Further information about the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language, at

PNC, Library Present Screening of “Learning to Drive

The movie “Learning to Drive” will be offered through a collaboration between Purdue University North Central’s Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and Michigan City Public Library. The showing is free and open to the public.

“Learning to Drive” will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City. The film is rated R.

“Learning to Drive” centers on the relationship that forms between literary agent, played by Patricia Clarkson, and her Indian-American driving instructor, played by Ben Kingsley. The movie is an adaptation of an essay by feminist author Katha Pollitt that appeared in “The New Yorker.”

The film’s main characters are brought together when Clarkson’s character finds the need to learn to drive following her divorce. Her driving teacher (Kingsley) is a Sikh Indian and part-time cabdriver, who had been a university professor in his native India and was imprisoned for his religious beliefs. He won political asylum in the United States, but faces an arranged marriage with a woman from India he has never met.

The movie features moments of gentle humor and touches on many subjects: divorce, rage and financial warfare; conflicting philosophies of marriage and parent-child strife.

“The Washington Post” notes that Clarkson’s and Kinsley’s “styles fuse nicely with the unassuming tone of a film that’s content to hum along pleasantly.”

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features various events throughout the year. A complete schedule of events can be found at For more information about this film, or any event in the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, at 219-785-5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.