PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Aug. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cornucopia Coffee Company, 210  Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

At 7 p.m. there  will be a fun, interactive activity for all to enjoy.

The event is open to all community members. Children are welcome to attend with a parent or adult. This is a pleasant, casual event for all to enjoy through participation or as an observer.

Participants are asked to use ASL providing 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.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at Information about other events in the community is posted at:

Further information about the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Witulski.

PNC Sinai Forum 2013 60th Anniversary Season

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will  celebrate its 60th season this year, presenting six renowned  speakers who will inform, educate and entertain listeners.

“This is  a special year for The Forum as we celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said PNC  Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “Since its inception, The Forum has presented  noted speakers to explore compelling contemporary issues of the day, providing  audience members with a unique opportunity to hear from experts in their fields  and to pose face-to-face questions. This audience exchange has led to amazing  discussions between the speakers and audience members. This experience cannot  be duplicated elsewhere.”

It is  important to note that three of this season’s programs will be presented at  Elston Middle School, 317 Detroit St., in Michigan City and three at Michigan  City High School, 8466 W Pahs Road. Also, three will begin at 3 p.m. and three  will begin at 7 p.m., central time. Please be sure to note the time and  location of each separate presentation.

The 60th Forum season will feature  the former White House press secretary and Obama administration’s senior  advisor, Robert Gibbs; Pulitzer Prize winning FOX and PBS political analyst,  Charles Krauthammer; The creator of “Siri” and Michigan City native,  Dag Kittlaus; “Prairie Home Companion’s” Garrison Keillor; cancer  specialist/radiologist, Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.; and the historian to the  Senate for 34 years, Richard A. Baker. 


Robert Gibbs

Robert Gibbs

Sept. 15, 7 p.m., CT, Michigan City High School. Robert Gibbs will  open the season with, “Inside the Oval: From the White House to the World.” As  a former White House press secretary and current senior advisor to the Obama  administration, Gibbs has been a part of the inner workings of the Oval Office.  After working so closely with the president and the nation’s leaders, Gibbs is  uniquely positioned to provide an insider’s take on the intricacies of the executive  branch and how it shapes the nation and the world.


Dag Kittlaus

Dag Kittlaus

Sept. 29, 3 p.m., CT, Elston Middle School. Dag  Kittlaus will discuss, “The Only Constant is (Technological) Change.” This  program is sponsored by Horizon Bank. Anyone who has owned an iPhone or heard its commercials knows “Siri” the first true  virtual personal assistant and the brainchild of Kittlaus. “Siri” is one  component of today’s cutting-edge technology and is an example of the  continuing growth of computing power. “Siri” represents a milestone, not a  finish line. Kittlaus will offer a glimpse into the future of information  technology.


Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Oct. 13, 3 p.m., CT, Michigan City High School. Charles Krauthammer  will address, “America’s Role in the World: What it Should Be, What it Is.” His  appearance is sponsored by The Bankoff Family Fund for Sinai Forum as a gift to  the community to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Forum and the 100th  anniversary of Sinai Temple where The Forum originated.
Krauthammer is an internationally syndicated columnist for “The  Washington Post,” a contributing editor for “The Weekly Standard” and “The New  Republic,” and a regular panelist for shows on PBS and Fox News. In 2006, the  “Financial Times” named Krauthammer “the most influential commentator in  America.” A trained psychiatrist and a Pulitzer Prize winner, he is a man worth  listening to. Going beyond domestic politics, Krauthammer will speak about the  rise and fall of great powers and America’s changing role in the world since  1948.


Richard Baker

Richard Baker

Oct.  27, 7 p.m., CT, Elston  Middle School. Richard A. Baker, will present, “A Body in Motion: The Evolving  U.S. Senate.” Baker was the first historian of the U.S. Senate, serving from  the time of its creation in 1975 through August 2009. He  had a first-hand look at the events and  personalities that shaped the nation’s “upper house.” The co-author of “The  American Senate: An Insider’s History,” Baker will highlight the most  significant changes of the post-war era as a guide to understanding today’s  Senate.  A book signing will follow.


Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor

Nov. 17, 7 p.m., CT, Michigan City High School. “An Evening with  Garrison Keillor” will feature the well-known author, radio personality and  consummate storyteller, Garrison Keillor. His quirky style and genuine  down-home persona have made his radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion” a must hear  for listeners across the nation and around the world. Keillor speaks candidly,  breaks into song when the mood strikes and tells his stories to the delight of  sold-out audiences wherever he goes. This program is sponsored by NIPSCO.


Margaret Cuomo M.D.

Margaret Cuomo M.D.

Dec. 8, 3 p.m., CT, Elston Middle School. Margaret I. Cuomo, M. D.  will take a look at “A World Without Cancer.” Cuomo is a radiologist  specializing in cancer, who was inspired to action by her patients. The author  of a book about what must change to stop the rising number of diagnoses, Cuomo  will provide a provocative look at how profit, personalities and politics  obstruct progress toward preventing and curing the disease and what can be done  to live a cancer-free life.  A book  signing will follow. The program is sponsored by Duneland Health Council.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 will be seated in the reserved  seating area of the auditorium.

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.
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 Students presenting a  valid student I.D. at the door will be admitted free of charge.

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

PNC Students May Now Grant Proxy Records Access

Purdue University North Central students now have the option to
authorize a  trusted third-party, such as a parent, spouse or employer,
to view one or more  of their Self-Service Banner web pages on their
behalf and may also grant them  the authority to discuss their student
information with a PNC representative.

Thanks to the  recent implementation of PNC Proxy Access, students
may grant proxy access to  their Self-Service Banner (SSB) pages to view
financial aid award and summary  information, descriptions of holds on
records, grades, unofficial transcripts,  student account information,
and class and final exam schedules.

Students may also provide a passphrase for
their  proxy to use when speaking with a PNC representative (Enrollment
Services staff  or Academic Advisor) about their student data contained
within the student  information system. This added security ensures the
confidentiality of a  student’s information under FERPA regulations.

Student access to PNC Proxy Access is  through Self-Service Banner
from the MyPNC portal link contained on the PNC  home page (  Students may obtain further information on  the process by contacting PNC Enrollment Services at (219) 785-5505.

Students Mix Art with Science in STEM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2013

PNC STEM Group with Breeze Keeper

PNC STEM Camp students with “Breeze Keeper”

The  area students taking part in the Purdue University North Central STEM Summer  Camp @ PNC, 2013 are gaining a first-hand look at how Science, Technology, Engineering  and Mathematics (the STEM disciplines) are vital to their lives and a  fundamental component of most everything they do.

The six-week  camp brings young people, ages six to 12, to the PNC campus as part of the  summer programming for the La Porte County Coalition of Youth Serving Agencies (YSA)  including Imagination Station, Boys and Girls Club, Michigan City Parks and  Recreation, Safe Harbor and Barker Woods. The camp’s primary underwriter is 21st  Century Community Learning Centers grant.

Each group  travels to PNC one morning a week for six weeks, with each week featuring a  different theme exploring a different aspect of the STEM disciplines. With the  entire PNC campus serving as a classroom, PNC faculty, staff and local  professionals serve as instructors, presenting age-appropriate learning activities  for the students. For many, the camp represents their first opportunity to  visit to a college campus.

The camp includes  this week’s activity, “Kinetic Art: Making Mobiles” with Holly Beadles, an art  Instructor with the Michigan City Area Schools. NIPSCO is sponsoring this week’s  activities.
Beadles centers  her activities on learning about kinetic art and how wind interacts with it.  Students will make a mobile using wire, card stock and some other things.  They will study examples of artist Alexander  Calder’s work.

The newly  installed sculpture, “Breeze Keeper,” by Christine Rojek will be used as  another example of how winds and nature can be incorporated into art.  |

The STEM camp  activities provide an exceptional week of learning by highly qualified  instructors on a college campus.   Learning experiences such as these change lives.  Through its sponsorship, NIPSCO has helped to  enrich the lives of the participating children.

The camp curricula also features:
Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya, associate vice  chancellor for Academic Affairs and associate professor of Mathematics, leading  campers through “Fun with Numbers.”
Dr. Diane Spoljoric, PNC associate  professor of Nursing, with “Healthy Choices for Life.”
Jerry DeGroot, PNC continuing lecturer in  Mathematics, with “Humerus Metric Measurements & a Few Good Belly Graphs.”
Joan Wisniewski, president of the Potawatomi  Audubon Society, and members of the Potawatomi Audubon Society will present  “Tree Structure.”
Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of  Physics, with “Stars and Galaxies.”

PNC Offers Computer Workshop for Beginners

The at  Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will  offer a non-credit computer workshop for beginners to introduce the basics of  using a computer with the Windows 7 operating system and get individuals  started on their path to computer literacy.

“So You’ve Never Touched A Computer”  will be a two-day workshop offered at the Westville campus, on Monday, Aug. 19  and Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. The registration fee of  $139 includes reference materials and a textbook, which the students will be  able to use to study the material in more detail from home. The registration  deadline is Monday, Aug. 5 at 4 p.m.

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 more.

To obtain more information about this  workshop, to register, or to learn more about other programs and courses, contact  the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343, or visit

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

PNC Fall Semester Classes at Portage Learning Center

Purdue University North Central students may now register to take fall semester 2013 classes offered at the Portage Learning Center, located at 6260 Central Ave., in Portage. PNC fall semester classes begin the week of Aug. 26

The University Center presents another convenient option for students to take PNC classes closer to their homes and work.

PNC University Center classes include American Sign Language I; Fundamentals Of Speech Communication; English Composition II; Introductory Accounting; Ethics and Elementary Psychology.

A full schedule of all PNC classes, including those at the Learning Center, can be found at

New students wishing to enroll for fall  semester courses can apply for admissions online at and register immediately upon acceptance.

In addition, prospective PNC students are invited to attend Enrollment Day on Thursday, July 18 from 10  a.m. to 6 p.m. at the PNC Westville campus, 1401 S. U.S. 421.

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 the assessment test (if needed) and receive financial aid counseling. Official transcripts must be submitted in order to get evaluated for admission. Once admitted, students will  meet with an academic advisor to discuss their plan of study and register for courses.

Area Youth Participate in STEM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2013

Purdue University North Central is hosting STEM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2013
for  area young people at its Westville campus through Aug. 25. The camp
emphasizes  activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM)  disciplines and introduces students to the 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
participants  in this summer program that is part of the La Porte County
Coalition of Youth  Serving Agencies (YSA) including Imagination
Station, Boys and Girls Club,  Michigan City Parks and Recreation, Safe
Harbor and Barker Woods. The camp’s primary underwriter is the 21st
Century  Community Learning Centers grant.

Indoor and  outdoor activities keep these youth mentally and
physically engaged for their  time on campus with up to 160 children
spending one morning a week at PNC for six  weeks. During the remaining
hours, they will participate in activities offered  by their youth

The camp learning activities include:

“Fun with Numbers” with Dr. Kumara  Jayasuriya, PNC associate vice
chancellor for Academic Affairs and associate  professor of Mathematics.
The campers enjoyed a variety of fun and interesting  age-appropriate
games to expand their knowledge of math and enhance their math  skills.

Dr. Diane Spoljoric, PNC associate  professor
of Nursing, and “Healthy Choices for Life,” teaching campers about  how
their food choices and physical activities impact their lives so that
they  are able to make wise decisions throughout life.

Jerry DeGroot, PNC continuing lecturer  in
Mathematics, with “Humerus Metric Measurements & A Few Good Belly
Graphs.” A horse measured in feet and hands can win a race by a nose or a
hair  in the wink of an eye and have a leg up on the competition. Body
measurements can  be a source of confusion, especially when they are
used as units for  measurement. DeGroot explains how to measure a
humerus length, belly width and other  measurements on cartoon animals.
After making line plots to represent the  variations in data, discussing
any linear measurements errors and how to reduce  those errors, campers
are able to measure some of their own body parts with  some accuracy.

Holly Beadles, art instructor with the  Michigan City Area Schools and
“Kinetic Art: Making Mobiles,” will teach
how to  make a mobile and use the mobile as the basis for a talk about
kinetic art and  how wind interacts with it. The group will look at
examples of artist Alexander  Calder’s work, then use wire, card stock
and other materials to put together a  mobile. The sculpture “Breeze
Keeper” by Christine Rojek, part of the PNC  Odyssey sculpture
collection, will demonstrate how wind and nature can become  vital
components of a piece of art. NIPSCO sponsors this week’s activities.

Joan Wisniewski, president of the  Potawatomi
Audubon Society, and Potawatomi Audubon Society members will lead  “Tree
Structure.” The session will begin indoors with students  discussing
the parts of a tree. Moving outside, they will role-play all of  these
parts. Students will learn which everyday products such as gum, rubber,
shampoo and candy bars may have ingredients derived from a tree as they
see the  actual products and read the ingredients. Each student
receives a bird buddy  bracelet.

Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate  professor of
Physics, with “Stars and Galaxies” which focuses on stellar  lifecycles
and how the Milky Way galaxy formed.   Campers will engage
demonstrations, view some astronomy pictures and take  part in hands-on
activities such as making their own storybooks for how the  solar system
formed using crayons/colored pencils.

Enrollment for this camp session is  closed.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Liz Bernel, PNC
coordinator of Special Events and Marketing at  785-5200, ext. 5719 or Persons  with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Bernel.

PNC Faculty Member Paper Accepted for Presentation

Dr. Sarah  LaDow, Purdue University North Central visiting assistant
professor of English  Composition, has had her submission approved for
presentation by the Pacific  Modern Language Association Conference.

Her paper,  “Hanging-Out with Google: Collaborative Tools for Online
Teaching” explores the  use and potential of Google+ tools and
Blackboard 9.1 tools for online  community building and collaboration.

The Pacific Modern  Language Association is dedicated to the
advancement and sharing of knowledge  of ancient and modern languages
and literatures.  The association brings together individuals  who are
teaching or conducting research in a diverse range of literary,
linguistic, and cultural interests, both ancient and modern, in the
United  States and abroad. Members include faculty and students in
language and  literature departments in colleges and universities, as
well as  interdisciplinary scholars from other disciplines and
independent scholars.

At PNC LaDow teaches classes in  Technical
Writing, Business Writing, Digital Publishing,  Advanced Composition,
Academic Research  Writing and Inquiry and Analysis.

PNC Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors Course

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit pre-licensing course to prepare students to take the Indiana Home Inspector Examination and become licensed home inspectors in Indiana.

“Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors” will meet at the PNC Westville Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 15 to Oct. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. Registration is $1,350, which includes all required textbooks and course materials. The registration deadline is Aug. 1.

Through this state-approved program, students will learn through intensive classroom instruction and by performing live home inspections during hands-on labs. The course is designed to meet the guidelines for providing home inspection services in the State of Indiana and is a requirement to apply for a Home Inspectors License in the State of Indiana.

Taught by a licensed Indiana home inspector with more than 20 years of experience in inspecting properties and nearly a decade of  teaching experience, students will learn the intricacies of building structures and systems, as well as the investigative techniques needed to complete home and business inspections. Students will receive in-depth instruction on Indiana state law, report writing and marketing their own future home inspection business.

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.

PNC Chancellor Dworkin Hall of Fame Presentation

Chancellor James B. Dworkin

Dr. James B. Dworkin

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James  B. Dworkin
recently participated in the Baseball Hall of Fame “25th Anniversary
Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.” The three-day
symposium  brought together experts from across the nation to examine
the impact of  baseball on American culture.

The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American  Culture was
jointly sponsored by the State University of New York College at
Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

A noted labor relations and baseball  expert,
Dworkin participated in the segment of the program entitled, “Baseball
Potpourri: A Story Everywhere You Look (Bullpen Theater)” and was a
member of a  three-person panel discussing “Blue Ruin and Rebirth:
Umpires’ Unions.” “The annual symposium presents a  unique opportunity to examine
baseball from a variety of perspectives,” explained  Hall of Fame
Librarian Jim Gates. “We do not necessarily discuss baseball statistics
or  batting averages. Our topics are as diverse as an examination of
baseball art,  poetry and literature to social and legal issues. This is
an opportunity for us  to look at all aspects of baseball and how it
fits in to the American way of  life.”

William Simons, symposium co-director and  professor
of History at SUNY Oneonta, noted, “This is the preeminent conference
on baseball scholarship. Through the years, the symposium presentations
have  provided the impetus for numerous books, articles, dissertations
and courses.”

According to Gates, more than 120 proposals for
papers were submitted to the Hall of Fame, with about half of those
being  accepted. “We never know what topics we will receive,” he said.
“Some reflect  the issues of today’s baseball and sports climate; others
take a historic or  societal look at baseball. No two papers are ever

A capacity group  of more than 160 took part in the
symposium. The event’s keynote speaker was noted author and commentator
Frank Deford  who presented, “Baseball, Casey and Me.” Deford has
written for “Sports  Illustrated” since 1962. He is a regular
correspondent on the HBO show “Real  Sports With Bryant Gumbel” and is
the author of 15 books. Deford was elected to  the National Association
of Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and six  times at
“Sports Illustrated” he was voted by his peers as U.S. Sportswriter of
The Year.

The 25th Cooperstown Symposium coincided  with the
125th anniversary of the first publication of the poem  “Casey at the
Bat” in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1888.

A highlight of the event came during a  dinner in
the Hall of Fame Plaque Room when “Casey” himself appeared to recite
the legendary poem for the assembled group of baseball aficionados.

The symposium attendees also enjoyed  taking part in
a “townball game” played using the 1840s rules of the game.