2015 PNC Sinai Forum Season Opens with Jane Pauley

The 62nd season of the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will open Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, with Jane Pauley, one of America’s most well-known and respected broadcast journalists.

“An Evening with Jane Pauley” will feature Pauley, who has become a highly regarded mental health advocate. Ten years ago in her memoir “Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue,” she revealed her personal struggle with bipolar disorder, diagnosed at the age of 50. She has worked to change the way people understand mental and emotional disorders. Her message is powerful, positive and uplifting.

Pauley, who is a native of Indianapolis and began her career at WISH-TV in Indianapolis after her graduation from Indiana University, co-hosted the TODAY show for 13 years and Dateline NBC for 12 and is now a contributor to CBS News “Sunday Morning.” She is the author of two bestselling books, most recently “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life,” based on her award-winning series on TODAY about new life changes after 50.

A member of the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame, Pauley’s work has earned multiple Emmys as well as the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement and the Gracie Allen Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television.

This event is sponsored by Duneland Health Council. A book signing will follow.

Tickets for the five-program season are $75 for regular subscription passes and $200 for patron subscription passes, which include reserved section seating and five exclusive receptions with the speakers. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased by credit card online at www.sinaiforum.org or by cash or check at: The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City; Kabelin Hardware, 512 Andrew Ave., La Porte; The PNC Chancellor’s Office, Schwarz Hall, Room 137, 1401 S. U.S. Hwy. 421, Westville; Undergraduate Building at PNC-Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.

The Sinai Forum season sponsors are IU Health La Porte Hospital and Times Media Company. The sustaining sponsors are “La Porte Herald Argus” and “The News Dispatch.” The John W. Anderson Foundation is a program sponsor, with individual program sponsors Duneland Health Council, IU Health La Porte Hospital, Horizon Bank, Times Media Company and the Leonard J. and Irene Brown Foundation.

Patron-level ticket holders will be welcome to attend all speaker receptions, which will be hosted by Wendy J. Levenfeld & Associates, NIPSCO, Ideas in Motion Media, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and the South Shore Leadership Center.

The Forum continues its commitment to presenting speakers who explore compelling contemporary issues, providing audience members with the unique opportunity to hear from experts in their fields speak to topics in the news and to pose face-to-face questions in a town-hall style forum. Wendy Levenfeld, Forum executive director, will host the series.

Additional information about the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum is available at www.sinaiforum.org.

The second speaker of the 2015 season will be David Marquet who will present “Turn the Ship Around!” on Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. CT. “Fortune” magazine called his award-winning book “Turn the Ship Around!” the “best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training and driving flawless execution.” This event will be sponsored by Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital.

Purdue North Central Welcomes New Faculty Members

Photos are available at http://www.pnc.edu/news/newsphotos-master/

Purdue University North Central welcomes its new full-time faculty members for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. They are:

        College of Science

Scott Bates – assistant professor of Biology. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Goshen College and his master’s and doctorate at Arizona State University. Most recently he served as assistant professor of Plant Pathology at University of Minnesota and Curator of Fungi at the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Julie Anna Blinder – continuing lecturer of Mathematics and Concurrent Enrollment Program liaison. Blinder holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis and a master’s degree from Chicago State University. She formerly taught mathematics at Ivy Tech Community College in Michigan City.

Marianne Curia – assistant professor of Nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Xavier College; a master’s degree from Governors State University and a doctorate from Capella University. She was employed as a staff nurse at the University of Chicago and was an assistant professor of Nursing at University of St. Francis College.

Lindsay Gielda – assistant professor of Biology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  Previously, she was a visiting assistant professor of Biology at PNC.

Karen Hernes – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. She holds bachelor’s degrees from Huntington University and Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree from Valparaiso University, 2014. She was a clinical nursing instructor at Valparaiso University

Bir Kafle – assistant professor of Mathematics. Kafle was granted a bachelor’s degree at Tribhuvan University-Nepal; a master’s degree at Western Illinois University and doctorate at Louisiana State University. Most recently, Kafle was a visiting assistant professor of Mathematics at PNC.

Susitha Karunaratne – clinical assistant professor of Mathematics. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colombo and a master’s degree from Texas Tech University, 2004. Most recently he served as a continuing lecturer of Mathematics at PNC.

Jennifer Szabo – assistant professor of Nursing. She has her associate degree from Purdue University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Valparaiso University. She was an administrative nursing supervisor at Porter Regional Hospital and clinical assistant professor of Nursing at Indiana University Northwest.

Annette Tomory – clinical assistant professor of Health Studies and coordinator of Concurrent Enrollment. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University. Most recently she served as a continuing lecturer of Chemistry at PNC.

College of Liberal Arts

Julie Brinson – clinical assistant professor of English and Concurrent Enrollment. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a master’s degree from Purdue University. She was a visiting scholar instructor at the University of Kentucky prior to coming to PNC.

Kimberly Brunt – clinical assistant professor of Psychology. Brunt has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. She previously worked as a clinical psychologist at Porter Starke Services.

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly – continuing lecturer of History and Political Science and Concurrent Enrollment Program liaison. She earned a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in 1992; a master’s degree from Binghamton University and a doctorate degree from The Catholic University of America. Most recently she was assistant director of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University.

Ann Macker – continuing lecturer of Psychology and Concurrent Enrollment Program liaison. Macker has a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University. She previously served as a limited-term lecturer of Social Science/Psychology at PNC and at Ivy Tech.

Robin Miller – visiting assistant professor of Social Work. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University and a master’s degree from Loyola University. She was a therapist and consultant of Robin Miller and Associates.

Christopher Moore – visiting assistant professor of Sociology. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, his master’s degree from the University of Iowa and his doctorate degree from the University of Georgia. Most recently he served as associate professor of Sociology at Lakeland College.

Pamela Saylor – continuing lecturer of Social Work. Saylor earned a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and a master’s degree from Indiana University. She previously was employed as a visiting assistant professor of Social Work at Valparaiso University.

College of Engineering and Technology

Yoonill Lee – assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea; a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a doctoral degree from the University of South Florida. Lee was most recently employed as a full-time senior instructor at ITT Technical Institute

Michael Ping – visiting assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology. He has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. He served as an associate faculty in Business/Information Technology at American National University; associate faculty in Computer Science and Informatics at Indiana University South Bend and associate faculty in Computer Information Systems at Lake Michigan College.

Wangling Yu – assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology. Yu holds a bachelor’s degree from East China University of Science and Technology, a master’s degree and doctorate degree from The City University of New York. He was a visiting assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology at PNC.

College of Business

Adrian James – assistant professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership. James earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree and doctorate from Texas A&M University and was an instructor for Texas A&M University at Qatar.

2015 Sinai Forum Presents Five Dynamic Programs

The 62nd season of the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will open Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Drive, in Michigan City. The Forum continues its commitment to presenting speakers who explore compelling contemporary issues, providing audience members with the unique opportunity to hear from experts in their fields speak to topics in the news and to pose face-to-face questions in a town-hall style forum. Wendy Levenfeld, Forum executive director, will host the series. This year’s series features five programs; please note that the remaining four sessions will begin at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m.

The season will feature a nationally known newscaster who openly shares her diagnosis with bipolar disorder; a former U.S. Naval commander who will discuss his secrets for helping to shape successful leaders; a former state department ambassador with deep political insight into the world’s trouble spots and a noted author and financial expert who returns to the Forum to review the world of banking and influence. The season will close with an extraordinary performance of a one-person play about the life of a renowned Hoosier war correspondent.

The season sponsors are IU Health La Porte Hospital and The Times of Northwest Indiana.

The 2015 Sinai Forum season speakers are:

Jane Pauley

jane pauleySept. 20 at 7 p.m. CT, “An Evening with Jane Pauley” will feature one of America’s most respected broadcast journalists. She co-hosted the TODAY show for 13 years and Dateline NBC for 12 and is now as a contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning. Pauley is the author of two bestselling books, most recently “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life,” based on her award-winning series on TODAY about new life changes after 50. Ten years ago in her memoir “Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue,” she revealed her personal struggle with bipolar disorder, diagnosed at the age of 50. She has become a highly regarded mental health advocate working to change the way people understand mental and emotional disorders. Her message is powerful, positive and uplifting. This event is sponsored by Duneland Health Council. A book signing will follow.

David Marquet

david marquetOct. 4 at 4 p.m. CT, author David Marquet will present, “Turn the Ship Around!” “Fortune” magazine called his award-winning book “Turn the Ship Around!” the “best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training and driving flawless execution.” As the commander of the nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine the USS Santa Fe, Marquet found ways to motivate his crew members to become leaders, not followers, taking the submarine from being the worst performing submarine in the fleet to the best operationally. He also broke some rules to engage his team to fulfill their intellectual capacity, exert control over their lives and be healthier and happier. Noted expert Steven Covey called the USS Santa Fe the most empowering organization he had ever seen. A book signing will follow the program. This evening sponsored by Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital.

William B. Taylor

william taylorOct.18 at 4 p.m. CT, Former ambassador William B. Taylor will discuss “Russia: Threat to Ukraine and the World.” His service of the United States government placed him in the middle of hotspots of world conflict and strife: the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In Ukraine, he served as the U.S. ambassador. He undertook State Department assistance coordination in Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan and the 15 states of the former Soviet Union, overseeing security and humanitarian assistance. Taylor is a graduate of both West Point and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and served in the infantry in Vietnam and Germany. He is acting executive vice president at the United States Institute of Peace. He will doubtless share deep insights into flashpoints of world conflict and prospects for peace. The evening is sponsored by Horizon Bank.

Nomi Prins

nomi prinsNov. 15 at 4 p.m. CT, “Wall Street in the White House” by Nomi Prins, who returns to the Forum to provide an inside view of money and influence, two of America’s abiding concerns. The accomplished financial analyst, journalist and author spoke to the Forum in 2011, presenting a chilling account of the U.S. recession. She appears on BBC, and on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, CSPAN, FOX and PBS. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the non-partisan public policy think tank Demos. Her new book, “All the Presidents’ Bankers” is a groundbreaking narrative about the relationships of U.S. presidents to key bankers during the past century and how they impacted domestic and foreign policy. A book signing will follow the program. The Times of Northwest Indiana is the event sponsor.

 

Ernie Pyle – A Drama

jerry holt and steven beckerDec. 6 at 4 p.m. CT, “Ernie,” a one-hour play written by Dr. Jerry Holt, chair of the PNC Department of English & Modern Languages, will conclude the 2015 season. This powerful one-person show celebrates the life of Indiana native Ernie Pyle, a Pulitzer Prize winner and war correspondent from 1935 to his death in April, 1945. “Ernie” paints a portrait of dedication, courage and insecurity. The drama depicts the exciting life of a man whose hallmark was bravery under fire. He was never his own subject – that honor went to the soldiers whose lives he detailed. While he revered soldiers, he despised war, a paradox that made his work as timely today as it ever was. “Ernie” stars actor Steven Becker.

Tickets for the season are $75 for regular subscription passes and $200 for patron subscription passes, which include reserved section seating and exclusive receptions with the speakers. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased by credit card online at www.sinaiforum.org or by cash or check at: The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City; Kabelin Hardware, 512 Andrew Ave., La Porte; The PNC Chancellor’s Office, Schwarz Hall, Room 137, 1401 S. U.S. Hwy. 421, Westville; Undergraduate Building at PNC-Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.

The season’s sustaining sponsors are “La Porte Herald Argus” and “The News Dispatch.” The John W. Anderson Foundation is a program sponsor.

Patron-level ticket holders will be welcome to attend all speaker receptions, which will be hosted by Wendy J. Levenfeld & Associates, NIPSCO and Ideas in Motion Media.

Additional information about the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum is available at www.sinaiforum.org.

PNC Women’s Association Fall Chicago Bus Trip

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association will take its spring bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 10 to see the Tony-award winning play “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” There will be time for lunch and shopping. Men and young adults are welcome to attend.

The group will make its traditional stop at Trader Joe’s where guests will have the opportunity to shop for items to bring home to enjoy.

Cost for this trip is $75 for PNCWA members and $85 for non- members. The bus holds 38 and is expected to fill quickly.

The day will start at 7 a.m. with breakfast of Dunkin’ Donuts and toasted bagels in the Schwarz Hall Vending Room. After breakfast the group will board the luxury coach with restroom that will leave campus at 8 a.m. sharp.

The first stop will be at Trader Joe’s for some shopping. Purchases can be stowed in the secure storage area under the bus.

There will be two hours of free time before meeting for lunch at Ed Debevic’s eatery. Lunch options must be decided ahead of time. The choices are: hamburger, cheeseburger, grilled chicken sandwich, veggie burger, all topped with lettuce and tomato, served with fries; Hot Dog, either plain or Chicago Style, served with fries; grilled cheese with fries; or Caesar salad with or without chicken and served with a roll. Lunch includes soft drinks, coffee or tea and a chocolate brownie. Spirits are extra.

Next up is a 2 p.m. performance of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” the 2014 Tony Award winner for best musical. The group will enjoy balcony seats together at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. The balcony is easily reachable via the first-floor elevator.

Reservations are held only by pre-payment. Send a check payable to “PNCWA” to Liz Bernel, Schwarz Hall, Room 154 (S154), Purdue University North Central, 1401 S. Hwy. 421, Westville, Ind. 46391.  Include a meal choice and contact information in order to receive confirmation of payment. Those wishing to be seated together at the theatre, please indicate so at time of payment.

Prospective Students Invited to PNC College Fair Sept. 17

Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be at Purdue University North Central on Sept. 17, for its 30th College Fair. The fair begins at 6:30 p.m. This event offers area high school and middle school students, as well as interested adults, a chance to find out more about academic programs, application procedures, campus life, costs, and other aspects of college life.

Financial aid presentations at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will help students and their families understand what aid is available and how to begin the application process. College representatives will meet with students and answer questions until 7:45 p.m. All events will take place in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building. The College Fair is free and open to the public and advance registration is not required.

The public and private colleges invited include: Purdue University West Lafayette, Calumet, IPFW and North Central; Ancilla College; Anderson University; Ball State University; Benedictine University; Bethel College; Calumet College of St. Joseph; Calvin College; Concordia University Chicago; DePauw University; Dominican University-River Forest; Ferris State University; Goshen College; Hanover College; Huntington University; Indiana Institute of Technology; Indiana State University;  Indiana University Bloomington, South Bend, IUPUI and Northwest; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana; Kendall College; Loyola University of Chicago; Manchester University; Marian University; Northern Illinois University; Northern Michigan University; Northwood University; Notre Dame University; Olivet Nazarene University; Robert Morris University; Roosevelt University; Saginaw Valley State University; Saint Joseph’s College; Saint Mary-of-the Woods College; Southern Illinois University; Trine University; University of Illinois; University of Indianapolis; University of Saint Francis; University of Saint Francis Crown Point; Valparaiso University; Vincennes University; Butler University; Saint Mary’s College-Notre Dame and Western Michigan University.

The PNC campus is located just south of the junction of the Indiana Toll Road and U.S. 421.

High school students and others wishing more information prior to the fair can contact high school guidance counselors, or the PNC Enrollment Services Office, 219-785-5200 ext.5505, or www.pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5505.

Vice Chancellor of Information Services named at Purdue Calumet/North Central

Vice Chancellor of Information Services named at Purdue Calumet/North Central

HAMMOND, Ind. and WESTVILLE, Ind. – An information technology veteran with 20 years of versatile experience in post-secondary education will join Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central as Vice Chancellor of Information Services Nov. 1.

Winders Tim 0815.jpegThe appointment of Tim Winders is announced by both campuses in anticipation of their emerging unification into Purdue University Northwest (PNW), subject to approval by the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits both universities. The unification is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

Winders is Associate Dean of Information Technology at South Plains College, a junior college in the west Texas community of Levelland. He succeeds Sarah Howard, whose previously announced retirement becomes effective Oct. 15.

Extensive experience

Throughout his two decades with South Plains, Winders has led efforts to evaluate and invest in emerging technologies while leveraging limited budget and resources. This philosophy has created a technology-friendly atmosphere that has helped increase student enrollment and supports faculty, staff and student success.

In his new role, Winders will have overall responsibility and oversight for delivery and integration of information technology for both Northwest Indiana Purdue campuses. He also will be responsible for effective governance and policies related to access and use of the campuses’ information services and technology systems, as well as leadership and implementation of system-wide and regional campus IS strategic goals, strategies, policies and procedures. Additionally, he will provide leadership in preparing the campuses to make appropriate choices about new and developing information technologies to foster high quality research learning services that meet the curricular and scholarly needs of faculty, students, staff and community.

“Tim’s many years as a technology leader with hands-on experience in higher education technology management make him the right fit for this important role as our two campuses come together,” Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin said. “We look forward to Tim’s ability to leverage our outstanding Information Services team’s talents to continue to improve the technology experience on both campuses for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

Technology advisor

Previous to joining South Plains, Winders gained significant experience in the information technology industry. He earned a master’s degree in Information Technology Management and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Johns Hopkins University. He also has earned multiple information technology certifications and awards, and he serves extensively as a technology advisor for business and K-12 educational partners in his community.

“I am humbled by the enthusiasm with which my appointment is being met, but I must admit to being equally elated,” Winders said. “When I heard the vision for the Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central family from the Chancellors, I was immediately drawn to their passion. I am eager to become part of the team that implements that vision.”

Retiring current VC

Retiring Vice Chancellor Howard has had an extensive career as both an information technology and higher education professional. Since joining Purdue Calumet in 2001, she has served in multiple leadership roles including Dean of Students, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Services. She has been Vice Chancellor of Information Services for Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central since June 2014.

“Under Sarah’s leadership, the unification of the two campuses’ Information Services organization, processes, technology solutions and strategies to support student and faculty success has made significant progress in just the past year,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “Additionally, she has left her mark on the Calumet campus with significant enhancements to student services and student experience during her time here. We thank her for her considerable contributions.”

As the unified Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central, Purdue University Northwest would become the fifth largest public university in Indiana, enrolling approximately 16,000 students and offering more than 45 undergraduate and graduate programs of study on two vibrant campuses.

CONTACTS:

Wes Lukoshus
Asst. Vice Chancellor
Marketing & Communications
Purdue University Calumet
Campus: 219-989-2217
Other: 219-746-0440
E-mail: lukoshus@purduecal.edu

Carol Connelly
Director
Media & Communication Services
Purdue University North Central
219-785-5267
cconnelly@pnc.edu

SOURCE:

Tim Winders
Phone: 806-535-8707
E-mail: tim.winders@gmail.com

PNC Hosts “An Outsider Looks In” Painting, Sculpture Exhibit

Tom_Olesker1Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series is presenting the exhibit, “An Outsider Looks In,” by Thomas Olesker, a collection of mixed-media paintings and sculpture that will be on display through May in the PNC Library-Student-Faulty Building student lounge, Room 062. Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library-Student-Faculty Building is closed on Sundays.

Olesker’s work of the past 40 years has been inspired by both the ancient and contemporary life of Mexico.  His use of applied materials – wood, string, paper and even toys – gives his work dimension and translates the materials into both a tactile and visual experience. Olesker was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in Mexico.

“The glorious thing about creating art in this wonderful country is that the inspiration can come from a shard of 1,000-year-old Hohokam pottery or from the old caballero selling mangos on the street yesterday,” explained Olesker. “The importance of the spirit-life imagery in Mexico’s artistic heritage has supplied me and countless other artists with enough inspiration for the next 1,000 years. I am fascinated with other cultures, especially the Huichol indigenous people of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico and the Mata Ortiz area near the Arizona/Mexico border. Looking at the images they use for sacred ceremonies and everyday life is an inspiration to me. They revere the natural world in all of its glory.”

Olesker’s work has been featured in shows at the Lubeznik Lakefront Fair, Michigan City; Outsiders Outside, Judith Racht Gallery, in Harbert, Mich.; Exhibiting Artist Galleria Uno, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Exhibiting Artist Galleria Dante, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

His commissioned art appears in private collections in Mexico, California, Oregon and Illinois.

To obtain further information about this exhibit or the Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events 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.

PNC Offers Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Westville – Purdue University North Central now offers electric vehicle charging stations on campus.

There are two duplex unit charging stations conveniently located in front of Schwarz Hall just north of Central Drive. The stations will be capable of charging up to four vehicles simultaneously and will be available every day at any time without fee to anyone needing the service.

The changing stations were made possible through assistance from a variety of funding sources. PNC began the process of acquiring charging stations in July 2012 with federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality, CMAQ Improvement Program and NIPSCO grant applications. The stations became a reality with combined assistance from South Shore Clean Cities, Indiana Department of Administration, INDOT, NIPSCO and the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC).

Through the grants, NIPSCO provided the charging stations and INDOT made federal funds available to assist with 80 percent of the installation costs.

For directions to PNC as well as a map of the Purdue North Central campus, visit http://www.pnc.edu/maps.

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PNW Chancellor Finalists

NEWS RELEASE

August 21, 2015

PNW Chancellor Finalists to Make Presentations

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Four finalists for Purdue University Northwest chancellor will be on the Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central campuses for two-day interviews over the next few weeks. Finalists will meet with various groups on both campuses and will make a public presentation at each campus.

Gary Lehman, Purdue trustee and head of the search committee, said each finalist will make a 30-minute public presentation and take audience questions. The presentations will be livestreamed and archived for those who are unable to attend the presentation in person.

The new chancellor will oversee the integration of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central and be the first chief executive officer of Purdue University Northwest, which will officially come into existence on July 1, 2016, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission. The chancellor will be responsible for working with stakeholders from the two existing campuses to form a new set of shared values and priorities as well as to advance academic quality, student success and affordability. The chancellor also will be charged with meeting with local employers and community leaders to ensure that the new institution is meeting the needs of the regional economy.

Finalists and their presentation times are below (all times are Central time, local to Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central). The livestream link, archived presentation and each candidate’s full curriculum vitae will be made available from http://unifynorthcentralcalumet.com/pnw-chancellor-search/. Feedback on the candidates is requested and an online tool also will be provided on the candidate website.

* Michael Stevenson, most recently the senior fellow for academic affairs for the University of Maine system, also has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern Maine and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northern Arizona University, in addition to time at Miami University, Ball State University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Stevenson’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. August 31 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet
1:15 p.m. September 1 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central

* Ron Brown is associate vice chancellor for academic affairs in the University of North Texas system, where he previously served as president of the University of North Texas at Dallas. Brown also has served at Temple University, the Medical University School of South Carolina, the University of Houston and the University of Illinois. Brown is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society and president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Brown’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. September 10 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central
1:15 p.m. September 11 in Gyte 103, at Purdue Calumet

* Stephen Kolison is associate vice president for academic, faculty and global programs for the University of Wisconsin system, where he also has served as acting senior vice president for academic affairs. In addition, Kolison was founding dean and research director for the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research at Tennessee State University. He also served at Tuskegee University and Iowa State University. He is affiliated with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and EDUCAUSE.

Kolison’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. September 14 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet
1:15 p.m. September 15 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central

* Thomas Keon is currently chancellor at Purdue Calumet, where he has served since 2011. He was previously dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida, dean of the College of Business and Administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and associate dean of the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University. Keon is affiliated with the American Council on Education, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Keon’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. September 16 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central
1:15 p.m. September 17 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet

 

PNC Welcome Back Night Activities

Purdue University North Central will celebrate its annual Welcome Back Night on Friday, Sept. 4 at the Westville campus. All activities are open to the public.

The evening’s events begin at 5 p.m. with registration for the PNC Car and Bike Show. The entry fee is $10. The PNC Car and Bike Show will open at 6 p.m. and all spectators will be admitted free. All proceeds will go to the Warriors First Foundation and the PNC Student Government Association Student Scholarship.

Questions about the PNC Car and Bike Show should be directed to Student Government Treasurer Matt Migliorini at (812) 564-1805. Visit the Car and Bike Show Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PNC2015CarAndBikeShow.

At 6 p.m. a variety of free games and activities will be offered in the PNC plaza for individuals of all ages. DJM Beats will provide musical entertainment. Food and movie snack items will be available for purchase. Burgers and hot dogs will be available until the movie begins.

The evening will culminate with a Movie in the Plaza hosted by the Purdue North Central Office of Student Activities. The movie “Monsters University” will begin at dusk and will appeal to all ages. Spectators may bring lawn chairs and blankets for the movie. Mosquito and bug spray are recommended. No coolers or outside food will be allowed. Snacks will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

PNC is an alcohol- and tobacco-free campus.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Amanda Schacht, director of Student Activities, at (219) 785-5479.