PNC Student Services & Activities Complex Unity Foundation Donation

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Members of the Unity Foundation Board – Back row from left: Mike Brennan, Ron Ragains, Jim Jessup, Jim Kaminski, Liz Bernel. Front row from left: Dan Lewis, Ed Volk, Mary Lou Linnen, Angie Nelson-Deuitch, Michele Thompson, Marti Swanson, Jon Gilmore.
Not pictured: Dr. Vidya Kora, Kim Sauers, Tom Edwards, Jerry Kabelin, Diana Corley, Jack L. Jones, Maggi Spartz

Purdue University North Central has received a donation from the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County to underwrite the naming rights to an Art Niche that will be located in the formal foyer in front of the Great Hall in the PNC Student Services and Activities Complex.

The Student Services and Activities Complex is currently under construction and is expected to open in spring, 2016. The foyer will feature two Art Niches that will feature artwork that will rotate throughout the year.

The Unity Foundation mission is to strengthen La Porte County by building permanent endowments; providing leadership; offering philanthropic vehicles for everyone and being a catalyst for social and economic vitality.

“We support PNC’s role in increasing opportunities for local people through education and leadership,” said Maggi Spartz, president of Unity Foundation of La Porte County. “PNC and Unity share the vision of a stronger La Porte County and we’re delighted to fund an Art Niche that students, faculty and the community will enjoy for years to come. Together, PNC and Unity are a ‘power for good.’ ”

Marie Foster, PNC director of Advancement expressed her gratitude for the donation, “This investment in the Student Services and Activities Complex shows that together we can enrich our community through health initiatives, the arts and education. Purdue North Central’s reach goes beyond classroom walls. We strive to enhance our community which is why this partnership with Unity Foundation of La Porte County is so important. La Porte County, as a whole, will benefit by the Student Services and Activities Complex.”

More than 130 donors provided financial support to the $34 million complex. The Student Services and Activities Complex will measure 102,239 gross square feet. It is expected to the hub of student activity on campus. It will feature the H.D. Kesling Gymnasium, locker rooms, a walking track, fitness rooms, wellness center and fitness area will be open to students, faculty and staff. There will be a game room, student study lounge and ample space for student club offices and activities. The Great Hall will host campus and community events.

Area Youth Participate in STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2015

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Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City K-1st grade group leader Eric Edson in the front assisting Marshaun Thompson with measuring as he works on a project during the “Art and Math” STEAM Camp activities. Working in the far background is second grade leader Samantha Fanson and with Josh Silakowski and Glen Richards. Seated at the middle table is Walter Mayhams and standing is Octovio Perez.

Purdue University North Central is hosting a six-week STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2015 for area young people at its Westville campus. The camp is in progress and will run through July 24. It emphasizes activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines and introduces students to the university campus as they take part in age-appropriate learning with PNC faculty, staff and local professionals as their instructors.

The young people, ages six to 12, are enrolled in one of the La Porte County Coalition of Youth Serving Agencies (YSA) of Michigan City including Imagination Station, Barker Woods, Boys and Girls Club, Michigan City Parks and Recreation, Safe Harbor and North Central Community Action Agencies (NCCAA). The camp sponsors are the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and NIPSCO.

Indoor and outdoor activities keep these youth mentally and physically engaged for their time on campus with about 40 students coming to camp each day and up to 200 children spending one morning a week at PNC for six weeks. During the remaining hours, they will participate in activities offered by their youth programs.

The camp learning activities include:

“The Concept of Matter” led by Debra Pratt, PNC continuing lecturer of education. Campers will learn about the properties of objects. All objects have properties of color, size and shape and can be identified by their properties. Using different types of balls, students will be asked to describe, record and measure the different physical properties of balls to determine their differences and similarities. Students will learn how these observations can be applied and used every day.

“Art and Math” with noted artist Michelle Wiser, who will explain how mathematical ideas influence art through a hands-on learning experience. Students will make a tessellation, or tiling. Tessellations are created using the shape of an equilateral triangle, square or regular hexagon, over and over again to cover a space without any gaps or overlaps. Making tessellations combines the creativity of art with the challenge of solving a puzzle. Campers will make cat head tessellations.

“Pollination and Pollinators” presented by the Potawatomi Audubon Society. The program will teach students about the plant pollination process. They will become familiar with different kinds of pollinators: native bees, non-native honeybees, beetles, flies, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and bats. They will learn that about 75 percent of flowering plants rely on animals for pollination. The students will learn that a variety of native plants and pollinators is necessary to provide the things people need to live. Each student will take home a copy of the Audubon Adventures magazine, “Zip! Hover! Zoom!”

“Science is Everywhere!” with Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics, who will lead the exploration of some of the ideas and patterns that predict the behavior of skateboarders, rocket ships, electric circuits and beyond. A series of exciting demonstrations will illustrate how surprising and how understandable the universe can be. Students will use computer simulators to work with ideas such as energy, momentum and electromagnetic forces in these various settings and discuss how these concepts shape their everyday world.

“Geology Rocks: Dig into our ever-changing Earth!” presented by Stephanie Irk, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University and teaches at Westville elementary School. Students will become geologists as they learn the basics of geology through hands-on experiments and activities, exploring the three different rock groups through some edible activities as well as some actual experiments on rocks. Campers were asked to bring in an interesting rock that they’ve discovered and use their new geology research skills on it.

“Who Done It? A Crime Lab with Charles A. Steele, PNC and Purdue Calumet Limited Term Lecturer in Physics and president of Aneval Inc. After hearing the story of a break-in, the youngsters will collect and analyze evidence to determine which of three suspects (if any) the thief is. To solve the crime, the campers will evaluate the crime scene, record it and decide what to collect and process. They will look at tools which may have been used, evaluate them and make clay impressions to see which could have made a mark left at the scene. They will study and examine fingerprints, glass and bite mark evidence. Based on what they gather, each group will present a theory of the case.

Enrollment for this camp session is closed. Only children enrolled in one of the youth-serving agencies camps may participate in STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC 2015. Further information can be obtained by contacting Liz Bernel, PNC coordinator of Special Events and Marketing at (219) 785-5719 or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Bernel.

PNC Women in Engineering and Technology Scholarships

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Scholarship winner Melissa Cowan; Dr. Thomas Brady, dean of the PNC College of Engineering & Technology and Martha Garcia-Saenz, PNC associate professor of Construction Engineering and Management Technology and the Women in Engineering and Technology faculty advisor.

The Purdue University North Central Women in Engineering and Technology organization recently awarded scholarships to Natasha Daugherty, LaPorte and formerly of Star City, and to Melissa Cowan, of Wanatah, both students in the PNC College of Engineering and Technology.

“Both students are very worthy recipients of this scholarship,” said Martha Garcia-Saenz, PNC associate professor of Construction Engineering and Management Technology. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to award these scholarships so that Natasha and Melissa may continue to work toward earning their degrees.”

Garcia-Saenz was instrumental to bringing the Women in Engineering and Technology program to the PNC campus. She knew the importance of having a mentor, someone to talk to and friends who share similar interests, and brought the organization to Purdue North Central during the 2002 spring semester to provide that opportunity to female students. Male students and faculty members are welcome to join and they regularly attend meetings and events.

The program encourages female students to succeed not only academically, but personally and professionally through seminars, talks, and discussion with guest speakers from alumni, industry and academia.

For more information about Women in Engineering and Technology, contact Martha Garcia-Saenz at 219-785-5522, or at

Transit Triangle Offers Convenient LaPorte County Travel

The Transit Triangle commuter bus service that connects LaPorte, Michigan City and Purdue University North Central offers convenient, affordable transportation to anyone who wants to travel between these locations for work, school, leisure or personal business.

transit triangle busTwo newly built buses will be put into service this month. They each seat 26 passengers and are equipped with an ADA wheelchair lift and two wheelchair positions. Seats include seat belts and USB ports are available. Riders will benefit from climate-control heating and air conditioning. There are on-board security cameras. The buses replace two leased buses which have been in service for the first 5 months of the Transit Triangle.

The two buses operate weekdays on fixed routes between LaPorte and PNC, Michigan City and PNC and Michigan City and LaPorte. Each route offers three morning runs and three afternoon runs between 6 a.m. and 5:57 p.m. During the LaPorte County Fair, July 13 through 17, a stop will be added at the fairgrounds.

Transit Triangle riders are able to travel to PNC to enroll at the university or take advantage of the many activities and conveniences offered on campus. The public campus welcomes visitors. Summer guests may come out to enjoy the large-scale outdoor sculptures on campus and view the many art exhibits found in each of the three current campus buildings. Conveniently located picnic tables provide a scenic spot to relax for a meal. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic basket or purchase food and drink in the PNC cafeteria in the Library-Student-Faculty Building. Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Bards’ Pond and Shakespeare’s Garden provide a peaceful, park-like setting where guests can relax.

Families with young children may enjoy the learning activities offered by the Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail and the disc golf course offers fun for all ages. The public library, also located in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, is open to everyone for reading and research and books may be borrowed.

In Michigan City, the Transit Triangle stops at Marquette Mall. A number of shopping and dining opportunities are within walking distance. For anyone who wants to venture to the Social Security Administration office, the South Shore Line, Washington Park and Zoo, the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall, the Uptown Art District, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Blue Chip Casino, it is easy to catch the Michigan City Transit bus for a quick ride to the next destination and back to the mall.

The Transit Triangle gives area residents the opportunity to commute to jobs at a very reasonable price.

In addition, Baron’s Bus, an inter-city bus network from of Ohio, makes daily stops at Marquette Mall, connecting with Greyhound and other major carriers both to the east and west. Coach USA stops at Marquette Mall and provides service to both airports in Chicago.

In LaPorte, stops include the La Porte County Courthouse, 809 State St., Dunham’s at LaPorte Town Square and the Thomas Rose Industrial Park, 1540 Genesis Drive. These stops provide convenient access to the LaPorte County Courthouse, IU Health LaPorte Hospital and the city’s many shopping and dining opportunities. It also provides access to jobs, including Thomas Rose Industrial Park and the New Porte Landing redevelopment area.

Once in LaPorte, further transportation is available through TransPorte, a demand-response system – a “shared-ride taxi” service. For one low rate a person can call and a vehicle is dispatched to take them from any location in the city to any location in the city for one price. Riders may travel to destinations of their choice, for example, someone can travel to work at Alcoa Howmet or visit the County Museum

For the LaPorte County Fair week from July 13 through 17 riders will also find a temporary stop at the fairgrounds gate on Zigler Road. The stop will be part of the LaPorte to PNC loop at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds. Riders from Michigan City will be able to connect in either direction around the loop, either through PNC or through downtown LaPorte, to transfer and get to the fair. Fair goers are welcome to enjoy a day at the fair, spending only $3 for the round trip.

The schedule can be found on the Transit Triangle website,

The Transit Triangle fares are:

  • One-way single: $1.50 (exact change is required)
  • One-way single fare with MC Transit Pass or LaPorte TransPorte Pass: $1 (exact change is required)
  • 10-Ride pass: $12.50
  • Children five and under ride for free
  • Monthly Commuter pass: $30 (Based on the calendar month. The pass is non-transferable.)

Passengers may transfer for free between buses within the Transit Triangle route.

Several options are available to purchase a pass. To pay by credit card, call the Michigan City Controller’s Office at 219-873-1404 and passes will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service or passes can be picked up at the Controller’s Office at Michigan City City Hall, 100 East Michigan Boulevard, the TransPorte Office, 102 L St., LaPorte or at the PNC Bursar’s Office in Schwarz Hall Room 127. Non-credit card passes can be purchased in person at any one of these locations by cash or check.

Passengers may transfer for free between buses within the Transit Triangle route.

The Transit Triangle has been made possible using Federal Transportation funding, with local matching funds provided by Michigan City, City of LaPorte, LaPorte County, and Purdue University’s North Central Campus. It is operated by Michigan City Transit as administrative grantee and lead agency, with one of the routes being served by TransPorte of the City of LaPorte.

Further information, including the schedule, can be found on the Transit Triangle website, The website can also be accessed through the MC Transit website at and the LaPorte TransPorte website at

“The Dog and the Dolphin” Book Signing at Cat Society Book Sale

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin will be signing copies of his children’s book, “The Dog and The Dolphin” at the Independent Cat Society Used Book Sale on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 at the National Guard Armory, 1502 Linwood Ave., in Valparaiso. Copies of “The Dog and The Dolphin” will be available for purchase.

He will sign books on Friday, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 from noon to 2 p.m. The book sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Most of the donated books for sale will be priced for $1 or less. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Books will be available for purchase. Dworkin will also sign books that had been previously purchased.

The “Dog and the Dolphin” tells the delightful story of two unlikely friends who meet on a beach in Florida.

The children’s story was inspired by an interaction Dworkin observed several years ago while vacationing with his family on Sanibel Island, Fla. During a visit to the beach, Dworkin watched a dog, depicted in the book as an Irish setter named Red, wander the beach. The dog strolled around, sniffed here and there and seemed to be bored, said Dworkin. When the dog gazed into the water, it caught a glimpse of something that interested him. A dolphin was frolicking a short distance away.

Dworkin observed that the dog was clearly interested in the dolphin and it seemed like the dolphin noticed the dog on the beach. The dolphin appeared so interested in the dog that it would swim in the same direction that the dog ran. When the dog ran to the left, the dolphin followed. If the dog ran to the right, the dolphin changed direction too. The dog was so taken with his new friend; he tried to swim out to it with a Frisbee so they could play together. This story of an unusual friendship between a dog and a dolphin teaches valuable lessons of friendship and diversity as the story’s two characters form an unlikely, yet unmistakable bond.

Esteemed portrait artist Michael Chelich, of Munster, illustrated the story. As a first-time book illustrator, Chelich created amazingly detailed, life-like art work to help to tell the story of what took place on the beach that sunny day.

Dworkin is an accomplished author and “The Dog and the Dolphin” is his first children’s book. He already has an inspiration for a second children’s book. Dworkin has written the books, “Owners Versus Players: Baseball and Collective Bargaining” (Boston: Auburn House Publishing Company, 1981), and “Reflections on the Transformation in Industrial Relations” (Scarecrow Press, 1989). He has also written and edited numerous articles and chapters for a variety of professional publications.

The book is also available for purchase at, in the Purdue University Calumet bookstore and through the website Information on readings and book signings will be available at

The Independent Cat society is accepting donations of used books, CDs, tapes and posters for the sale. Books may be dropped off on July 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Armory. Or contact ICS at (219) 785-4936 or visit or the ICS Facebook Event Page.

2015 Sinai Forum Presents Five Dynamic Programs

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Jane Pauley

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David Marquet

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William B. Taylor

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Nomi Prins

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Jerry Holt & Steven Becker







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

Sept. 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

Oct. 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

Oct.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

Nov. 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

Dec. 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 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

Rick Costello named Athletic Director of Purdue University Northwest

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Rick Costello

After three years of impactful leadership of Purdue University Calumet athletics, Rick Costello has been named Director of Athletics of the emerging Purdue University Northwest, effective immediately.

“Since he arrived in 2012, Rick has inspired academic and athletic success and ignited a new spirit surrounding Purdue Calumet athletics,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “He has been an effective, tireless leader of our 12-sport, 200-student-athlete program, and he has positioned PNW for movement to NCAA Division II. He has brought new life, energy and interest to Purdue Calumet athletics on and off our campus.”

Costello’s appointment launches the athletic unification of Purdue Calumet and Purdue University North Central into a single Purdue University Northwest program, which begins competing during 2016-17, pending Higher Learning Commission approval. Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central will continue to compete separately during 2015-16.

Associate A.D. of Compliance

Additionally, Purdue North Central Director of Athletics Tom Albano joins the Purdue Northwest athletics leadership team as Associate Athletic Director for Compliance.

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Tom Albano

“These appointments represent a tremendous step forward for Purdue University Northwest,” Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin said. “Tom was a talented athlete and campus leader as a PNC student. He has a firm commitment to the success of our student athletes and athletic programs that will benefit Purdue Northwest. Together, Rick and Tom will lay the foundation for a successful future. Students, alumni and community members look forward to watching the program develop.”

As one emerging university of two inclusive campuses comprised of some 15,500 students, Purdue University Northwest is positioning to become an extraordinary Purdue presence in Northwest Indiana committed to student success, academic and faculty excellence and economic development.

“I am honored to lead Purdue University Northwest intercollegiate athletics and build on the rich tradition of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central,” Costello said. “I sincerely appreciate the confidence Chancellors Keon and Dworkin have shown in me. I am excited to work with students, coaches, faculty, alumni and community to create a program that develops academic and athletic champions and creates campus and community spirit and pride.”

Costello background

Costello is a veteran collegiate athletic administrator with previous stops at Rutgers (NJ) University, Delaware State University, University of South Florida, San Jose State (Calif.) University and, most recently, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

During his Purdue Calumet tenure the women’s basketball team has achieved national recognition, student-athletes regularly have achieved a collective semester grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale), two student-athletes earned Academic All-American honors for the first time in university history and all 12 sports teams engage in community service endeavors.

Costello also has helped cultivate corporate and private support to enable development of an outdoor sports complex at nearby Dowling Park for baseball, softball, soccer and tennis competition; the Paul K. and Barbara Graegin Academic Excellence Center study facility for student-athletes; and the Community Hospital Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Center.

Albano background

While assuming his new responsibilities, Albano will continue to lead the six-sport, 130-student-athlete Purdue North Central athletics program during its final upcoming year of competition.

As PNC Athletics Director the past two years, Albano was instrumental establishing a women’s cross country team and reintroducing an Athletics Advisory Board for input on fundraising and other strategic initiatives. He also has served on the planning and development committee of the PNC Student Services and Activities Complex, scheduled to open in 2016.

Additionally, he developed a multi-media campus news network featuring live video and web-streaming of PNC home athletic contests.

The former PNC baseball pitcher, Panther Athlete of the Year, All-American Honorable Mention selection (2007) and member of the PNC Athletics Hall of Fame set university season records for most mound appearances (27), saves (9) and lowest earned run average (1.66).

PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, July 17, 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 and 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.

A future coffeehouse will be on Aug. 21. 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 the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at Information about other 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, continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language

PNC Enrollment Day for Prospective Students

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes all prospective PNC students who want to register for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. This will be the last chance for students to register prior to the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 17.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to fill out an application, get admitted, take an assessment test (if needed) 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.

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 Janice Whisler at, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

PNC Panther Cubs Child Care Receives Grant

The Purdue University North Central Panther Cubs child care program has been awarded one of 15 grants from United for Children to set up a Minds-in-Motion Maze to be used by children who take part in the on-campus childcare program.

Minds-in-Motion was founded by Candace Meyer, who was the keynote speaker at the 2015 PC Early Childhood Conference. The Minds-in-Motion Maze addresses the physiological needs of today’s 21st Century learners and spurs physiological development in children, leading to measurable gains academically, socially, behaviorally and athletically.

The maze will be inside the PNC childcare facility, said Molly Campbell, Panther Cubs Childcare director. “The children will go through the ‘stations’ in a path just as they would in a maze going from one activity to the next,” she explained. “This will benefit the children of Panther Cubs in many ways. Not only will our children be active, but they will be developing the different cognitive skills they need to succeed.”

Planning is in progress for the James B. Dworkin Minds-in-Motion Maze to be part of the PNC Student Services and Activities Complex currently under construction on the PNC campus. This made will serve as a demonstration site for area educators to familiarize them with the maze and its many benefits.

The PNC Panther Cubs child care serves children of PNC students, staff and faculty during the fall and spring semesters while classes are in session. A professional director and staff provide planned activities and supervised play for ages two through seven.