PNC Homecoming Event and Fireworks Show

FireworksPurdue University North Central will host a Homecoming Event with a
fireworks show  on Friday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. on the PNC  Westville
campus. This event has been created to start 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 and 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 presented by  BaddaBoom Fireworks
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.

In case of rain or questionable  weather,
activities will be held Saturday, Sept. 14. Information will be posted
by 10 a.m. on the PNC website at  regarding any cancellations.

Further information about the event can be obtained by visiting
or by contacting the PNC Office of Advancement at 785-5200,  ext.
5697.  Persons with disabilities  requiring accommodations should
contact the PNC Office of Advancement.

The 60th Sinai Forum Season Opens With Robert Gibbs

Robert Gibbs

Robert Gibbs

The 60th season of the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will open on Sept. 15, CT at 7 p.m. at Michigan City High School, 8466 W Pahs Road, in Michigan City with Robert Gibbs discussing, “Inside the Oval: From the White House to the World.”

Gibbs has been a trusted advisor and strategist to President Obama, having been with him since his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign. As a former White House press secretary and longtime senior advisor to the Obama administration, Gibbs has had an integral role in the administration’s politics, strategy and messaging.

He was at the forefront of the 2012 elections, serving as senior advisor to President Obama’s reelection campaign. His key role with the Oval Office and his interaction with the nation’s leaders have given him an inside view of the executive branch and how it shapes the nation and the world.

Gibbs also served as press secretary to John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and has specialized in Senate Campaigns.

The 2013 Forum season is sponsored by The Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Hospitals, including Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City and Crown Point, Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer and Hammond and Franciscan Physicians Hospital in Munster.

Season subscription tickets are $75 for regular tickets and $150 for patron tickets. Any student with a valid ID will be admitted free. Subscribers and others purchasing tickets are encouraged to purchase season tickets early, due to the big lineup for the 60th anniversary.

Those purchasing patron tickets will have an opportunity to meet some of the speakers at a private reception and be seated in the reserved seating section.

Tickets can be purchased in person with cash or check at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City; Kabelin Hardware, 512 Andrew Ave., LaPorte; The PNC Advancement Office on the PNC Westville Campus and at PNC – Porter County Undergraduate Center, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso. Tickets can be purchased via credit card at

Additional information about the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum is available at          #

PNC to Host Constitution Day Activities on Sept. 17

The ConstitutionPurdue  University North Central will observe Constitution Day on
Tuesday, Sept. 17 with  activities offered on campus. The events are
free and open to the public.

The day’s schedule  is:

Noon to 1 p.m. – PNC  Library-Student-Faculty
Building, Room 144 – Dr. Clayton Jewett, visiting  assistant professor
of History at Texas Lutheran University, will present, “Lincoln’s
Emancipation Proclamation: Questions concerning its Constitutionality
and Significance.”  A complimentary buffet lunch will be served.

This year marks the Sesquicentennial anniversary of Abraham
Lincoln’s  Emancipation Proclamation.  In his  Constitution Day address,
Jewett will discuss the constitutionality of that  proclamation and its
significance then and now, raising further questions about  the role of
the president and presidential proclamations in American society.

Jewett earned his Ph.D. from the  Catholic
University of America, specializing in Southern Civil War legislative
politics and society.  He has presented  papers at numerous historical
conferences including the Texas Historical  Association and the Southern
Historical Association.  He is the author and co-author of a number of
articles and four books, including his  most recent, “The Battlefield
and Beyond: Essays on the American Civil War”  published by LSU Press.
Jewett currently  teaches American history at Texas Lutheran University.

11 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. –  PNC
Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144 – PNC Education students will
present several lessons related to the Constitution and the three
branches of  US Government: Judicial, Executive and Legislative. The
learning activities, developed  as part of a Social Studies Methods
course, will focus on the roles, powers,  responsibilities,
requirements, and term of services of the three branches of  government.

Further information  about PNC Constitution Day
activities can be obtained by Dr. Jonathan Swarts,  associate professor
of Political Science, at 219-785-5252 or by visiting  Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Swarts.

PNC Women’s Association Fall Chicago Bus Trip

The Purdue North Central  Women’s Association will take its fall bus
trip to Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 5 to  visit Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
and the John Hancock Observatory and see a  performance of “To Master
The Art.” There will be time for lunch and shopping. Men  and young
adults are welcome to attend.

Cost of the trip is $85 for PNCWA  members and guests; $95 for others.
Priority, pre-paid reservations from PNCWA  members will be accepted
until Sept. 1. Following that, reservations are open  to the public.

Participants will start the day at 7  a.m. with a continental breakfast
on the PNC campus in the Schwarz Hall Vending  Room. A luxury motor
coach with restroom will depart campus by 8 a.m. to travel  to Chicago.
The bus will return to campus by 6:30 p.m.

The group will  make its traditional stop at Trader Joe’s and guests
will have the opportunity  to shop for items to bring home to enjoy. The
bus has ample room to safely  store purchases.

The next visit  will be to the John Hancock Center and the 94th floor
Observatory Deck for  views of four states. The 94th and 95th floors
have two restaurants to enjoy.  Travelers may take an early lunch at the
award-winning Lavazza Café on the 94th  observatory floor or make a
reservation for a buffet lunch at the Signature  Room At the 95th for
$20. Reservations can be made by calling 312-787-9596.

There are five  additional restaurants in the building and a variety of
shops on the ground and  mezzanine levels. Water Tower Place is directly
across the street with more  than 100 stores and 10 eateries. The bus
will return to meet the group at 1:30  p.m. and packages may be stored
in the secure storage area under the bus.

Rounding out the  day will be a visit to the Broadway Playhouse (former
Drury Lane Theater) in  Water Tower Place to see the return engagement
of “To Master The Art,” a play  about America’s original “Top Chef,”
Julia Child. The play focuses on Child’s  years in Paris as she mastered
the art of French cooking, leading to her famed  tome and iconic
status. Critics have called it “excellent, funny, intimate,  olfactory
foodie-friendly theatre experience.”

Those wishing to  sit together at the theatre should register together.
Checks should be made  payable to “PNCWA” and sent to Liz Bernel, PNC
coordinator of Special Events  and Marketing, 1401 S. Hwy. 421,
Westville, Ind., 46391. Include a phone number  or email to receive
confirmation when payment is received.

Those who reserve  a seat, but are unable to attend will receive a full
refund if the seat can be resold.  There is usually a waiting list
awaiting cancellations.

PNCWA membership  is open to all. PNCWA offers a variety of social and
educational activities,  educational and social programming and interest
groups that offer members  unique opportunities for friendship, sharing
and learning. Information may be  found at
To  join PNCWA, add $15 to the trip payment; making the ticket price $85 instead of  $95.

Further information may be obtained by contacting  Bernel at 785-5200, ext. 5719, or

Computer Workshop for Beginners Offered by PNC

The Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at Purdue University
North  Central will be offering a computer workshop for beginners, which
will  introduce the basics of using a computer with the Windows 7
operating system and  will get individuals started on their path to
computer literacy. This hands-on  workshop will cover topics such as
understanding the equipment, basic computer  terminology, working with
files and folders, working with email and the  internet, downloading
images from digital cameras, printing, and much more.

“So You’ve Never Touched A Computer” will be a two-day workshop
offered at the Westville campus, Monday, September 30 and Tuesday,
October 1  from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each night. The registration
fee of $139.00  includes reference materials and a textbook, which the
students will be able to  use to study the material in more detail from
home. The deadline to register is  Monday, September 16 at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, to register for the
workshop, or to  receive information on other programs and courses, call
the Office of Graduate  and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343, or
toll free at (800) 872-1231, ext.  5343 (inside Indiana), or visit their
website at

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

Renowned Scottish Sculptor to Bring “The Kelpies” to PNC

 Kelpies at Grant Park ChicagoPurdue North Central is hosting an exhibit of “The  Kelpies,” a ten-foot model of  two  horse heads being constructed in Scotland by world-renowned sculptor, Andy  Scott.  Scott, a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, is known  internationally for his welded steel technique, combining traditional methods  and contemporary fabrication. Many of his works have been commissioned for  public venues, and can be seen at Leeds, England; Belfast, Ireland; Byron Bay,  Australia; as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow Harbor in Scotland.

The full-scale Kelpies stand about 100 feet tall and will be  on display next to the Forth and Clyde Canal in Scotland. These dramatic  kelpies reflect Scott’s love of the horse, often a subject of his works, and  have been commissioned to highlight a parkland regeneration project.

The kelpie name comes from Scottish mythological water  spirits. The breed is a strong working horse, an ancestor of our iconic  Clydesdale.

The remarkable exhibit is coming to  PNC directly from its year-long display  as part of the “2012-13 Chicago Parks Outdoor  Sculpture Exhibition” on the grounds of Chicago’s Field Museum. After its  appearance there it was scheduled to move to New York City for a major  exhibition, but a scheduling problem surfaced. This made it possible for PNC to  display the sculpture until a large steel hauler will deliver it to its New  York venue in the spring

“The Kelpies” will arrive at the PNC campus on August 22 and  will be on exhibit until mid-March. The sculptures are just one of many new  pieces that will be part of the PNC 15th Odyssey Sculpture Exhibition which  debuts on October 19.

Information about  this exhibit or the Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series may be obtained by  contacting Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus  Relations, at 785-5200, ext. 5593.

The traveling exhibit is sponsored by Creative Scotland and  Visit Scotland .

PNC Adds New Bachelor’s Degree in Health Studies

The Indiana Commission for Higher  Education (ICHE) has granted approval to Purdue University North Central to  offer a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies. Students will have the opportunity  to enroll in the Health Studies program this fall semester. Fall semester  classes begin Aug. 26.

Purdue North Central  now offers its students 24 baccalaureate programs.

“The  new Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies presents a tremendous career option to  students who wish to pursue careers in the health care industry,” said PNC  Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin.  “There  are many professional opportunities available in health care, with many more to  come. Students earning a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies will be well  positioned to pursue relevant, stable, fulfilling careers.”

The Health Studies degree  is appropriate for those students who wish to work in a health-related career,  but do not want to pursue Nursing. The types of jobs available include care  coordinator and medical and health services manager, Graduates will be well  prepared to pursue master’s degrees in health and human services programs. There  is a two-year degree completion track for those with an associate degree in  Nursing or allied health who wish to move into management positions.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics  projects employment in health services to increase 25 percent through 2018,  adding about 2.8 million new jobs. In Indiana, there is a 28.7 percent  projected growth rate.

Health  care is the fastest growing industry in Northwest Indiana, states an Inside  Indiana Business report. Of the five largest industries in this region, two are  in health: ambulatory health care services and hospitals. Locally, the  Indiana Workforce Development Agency projects the health care profession growth  rates to range from 10.8 to 28.9 percent.

Further information about  the Health Studies degree and becoming at student at PNC may be obtained by  contacting Enrollment Services at 785-5200, ext. 5505.

PNC Real Estate Pre-Licensing Program for Salespersons

The  Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will  offer a
non-credit Real Estate Pre-Licensing Program for Salespersons in September.   This course will prepare students to take the Indiana Real Estate  Licensing Examination and become licensed real estate salespeople.

Classes will meet on Monday and  Thursday evenings, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., beginning on September 5 and  ending on November 7. No class will be held on Monday, October 14.  The course fee is $349, which includes all  books and materials. The registration deadline is Monday,  August 26 at 4 p.m. Seats are limited.

To register or to obtain further  information about this course, visit or contact  Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219)  785-5200, ext. 5748, or Persons with disabilities requiring  accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

Enrollment Day for Prospective Students is August 7

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day on Wednesday,  Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fall semester classes begin the week of Aug. 26.

This event welcomes current and  prospective students who want to register for the Fall 2013 semester. Prospective students will have the opportunity to fill out an application, get admitted, take an assessment test (if needed) and receive financial aid information. Foreign language placement testing will also be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Official transcripts must be submitted  in order to be evaluated for admission. Once admitted, students will meet with an academic  advisor to discuss their plan of study and register for courses.

There will be a  sign-in table located at the north  entrance of the Technology Building, near the lounge that is adjacent to Room 157.

No registration is required and students will be helped on a first come, first served basis. Family members are welcome to attend.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Amanda Schacht at, or 219-785-5411. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Schacht.

PNC Portage Learning Center Open House

PNC's Portage Learning Center

The PNC Portage Learning Center

Purdue  University North Central invites prospective students to an open house at the  Portage Learning Center, 6260 Central Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 1 from 5:30 to  7:30 p.m. Fall semester classes begin the week of Aug. 26.

This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the Fall 2013 semester and learn more about the Portage Learning Center course offerings. Prospective students will have the opportunity to fill out an application, get admitted and receive financial aid information. Official transcripts must be submitted in order to be evaluated for admission. Once admitted, students will meet with an academic advisor to discuss their plan of study and register for courses.

Students will be helped on a first come, first served basis. Family members are welcome to attend.

Further information may be obtained by calling 219-785-5237. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should call 219-785-5237.