PNC ASL Club Coffeehouse is July 19

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, July 19, 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.

The ASL Club will have another coffeehouse on Aug. 16 at Cornucopia Coffee Company from 6 to 9 p.m.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org.

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

News from Purdue North Central – July 4, 2008

Dr. Daniel L. Padberg, associate professor of Communication at Purdue University North Central, was honored for his lifetime of achievement in the arts as the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity Lake County Alumnae Chapter granted Padberg distinguished membership status.

Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) International Music Fraternity was founded in 1903 at the University School of Music at Ann Arbor , Mich. Its stated mission is “to encourage, nurture and support the art of music.”  

SAI confers distinguished memberships upon members and non-members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of music. Distinguished membership consists of four categories for membership. Padberg qualified as “A Friend of the Arts” for his ongoing supportive and involvement in the arts at a local or regional level.

The Lake County Alumnae Chapter nominated Padberg, who was approved for membership by the SAI national headquarters.

SAI membership on the college level is open to women only who are active musically. Women may then affiliate with an alumnae chapter after they leave the university. As of September 2006, there were 212 active college SAI chapters and 121 active alumnae chapters, including one international chapter.

The Lake County Alumnae Chapter was established in 1965 in Hammond .

Padberg was nominated in recognition of his support of music. At PNC he teaches a variety of classes including Fundamentals of Speech Communication;

Introduction to Oral Interpretation; Rehearsal & Performance I; Theatre Production I and Theatre Appreciation. For many years, Padberg was director of the annual play presented by PNC students and his Introduction to Oral Interpretation also present an annual program for the public.

Music always played some part in these performances. Likewise, he has helped his wife, Anna, an elementary school teacher in Gary , with her music students.

He also helps the Lake County Alumnae chapter’s participation in the annual Foundation for Arts and Music in Elementary education (F.A.M.E.) festival. This event plays a vital role in exposing area youngsters to the world of art and music.

Padberg studied voice as a child and his family did spend time around the piano singing, so music has been a part of his life since childhood.

SAI strives to share and support music throughout the campus, the community, the nation and the world. That includes everything from financial assistance to providing sheet music and instruments to many parts of the world. Padberg’s nomination for Distinguished Membership cited his commitment to exposing children and adults to music and art.

The national fraternity provides internships, grants and loans to students from undergraduate to doctoral programs. Some chapters provide scholarships to students as young as middle school age. The Lake County Alumnae chapter offers a scholarship to a member of Beta Lambda and also to elementary pupils who perform in the Circle The State With Song program.

Padberg earned his bachelor’s degree from South East Missouri State University ; he earned his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.

He has been with Purdue North Central since 1998. He also taught at Purdue University Calumet; Indiana University Northwest; Drury College , in Springfield , Missouri and Crown Point High School .

He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi; a three-time winner of an Outstanding Teacher Award at PNC and five times earned the Purdue Research Foundation International Travel Grant.

For 35 years he has been an active theatre director in educational and semi-professional theatre and has directed more than 125 plays and musicals.

He is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Social Fraternity, National Collegiate Player, the National Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, Thalia Germanic, Indiana Historical Society, Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society and Familienverband Padberg.

PNC College of Business Reception and MBA Information Session

Purdue University North Central will host a Reception and MBA Information Session on Monday, June 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Purdue University North Central – Porter County Graduate Building, Room 10, at 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso., for those interested in earning a PNC Master of Business Administration degree.

The PNC MBA class schedule is structured to meet the needs of working adults, with classes conveniently offered on Saturdays. The program is designed for all students regardless of their undergraduate degree.
Applications are being accepted for a September class start date. Classes will meet at PNC – Porter County where students will utilize state-of-the-art educational and business technology and have full access to the University libraries, online resources, computer systems and other forms of academic support. 

All faculty members are certified by the Purdue University Graduate School in West Lafayette and are supported by the resources of Purdue University and combine academic theory with practical experience.
“Our newly revised program, resulting from student feedback, offers a solid foundation in business fundamentals as well as the opportunity to pursue an area of special interest. Our cohort model fosters the development of a strong support network for students as they develop relationships far beyond program completion,” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, dean of the College of Business.

Students interested in pursuing a Purdue North Central MBA are invited to attend this reception to learn more about the degree program and plan of study.  In addition, perspective students will meet faculty members, receive informational materials and learn more about financial aid opportunities.

To RSVP or to obtain further information, contact the program office at 219-785-5557 or mba@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the program office.

PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, June 21, 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.

The ASL Club will have future coffeehouses on July 19 and  Aug. 16. Each will be at Cornucopia Coffee Company from 6 to 9 p.m.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org.

Further information about the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com.

PNC Students Honored for High Academic Achievement

Purdue University North Central Alpha Mu Pi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, recently honored English majors for their high academic achievement. In a ceremony held at PNC, students were recognized for their personal accomplishments and awarded lifetime membership certificates and pins.

The new members are Erin Cruce, North Judson; Sarah Dwight, Amanda Elzbieciak and Michelle Harbich, all of La Porte; Amy Howard, Valparaiso; Kayla Singleton, New Carlisle and Nicole Janik, Portage. The Sigma Tau Delta faculty sponsor is Dr. Jane E. Rose, PNC associate professor of English.

In addition to conferring distinction on outstanding students, Sigma Tau Delta promotes interest in literacy and literature on local campuses and in the surrounding community and fosters the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing. Participation in campus and community service is expected of the members.

PNC Students Honored for High Academic Achievement

Purdue University North Central Alpha Mu Pi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, recently honored English majors for their high academic achievement. In a ceremony held at PNC, students were recognized for their personal accomplishments and awarded lifetime membership certificates and pins.

The new members are Erin Cruce, North Judson; Sarah Dwight, Amanda Elzbieciak and Michelle Harbich, all of La Porte; Amy Howard, Valparaiso; Kayla Singleton, New Carlisle and Nicole Janik, Portage. The Sigma Tau Delta faculty sponsor is Dr. Jane E. Rose, PNC associate professor of English.

In addition to conferring distinction on outstanding students, Sigma Tau Delta promotes interest in literacy and literature on local campuses and in the surrounding community and fosters the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing. Participation in campus and community service is expected of the members.

PNC Class Collects School Supplies to Take to Peru

Yost Students

1st row: Jesse Juarez, Dex Trzaska, Chris Peters, Cyrus Veden, Amedao Kincaid, Victor Garcia, Drea Givens, Amelia, Kelly, Carley Rhoda.
2nd row: Kaden Hawksworth, Olivia Chavez, David Delligatti, Kelly Swickard, Paige Hancock, Colin Fladeland, Matthew Kushneruk, Lily Lampa, Karalena Heredia, Ashanta Curry.
Third row: Teachers Cassie Nay, Carol Navarre, Julie Christian and Dr. Ken Kincaid, PNC assistant professor of History.

Purdue University North Central students along with students from Yost Elementary School in Porter are donating a variety of school supplies to children in Chotuna, Peru.

Dr. Kenneth Kincaid, PNC associate professor of History and a Yost parent, is preparing to lead a PNC study abroad trip to Peru for PNC students. He intends to take all donated school supplies to Peru this summer with his class.

Kincaid recently visited Yost to talk to the students about the history and culture of Peru and the upcoming study trip.

Yost kindergarteners were eager to take on a project to help the youngsters in Peru and with the guidance of teachers Cassie Nay, Julie Christian and Carol Navarre, they took on a school-wide service learning project to collect supplies while learning the importance of giving to others on a global level.

Kincaid will also be accepting donations of school supplies for elementary school students through June 4 in the PNC Department of Social Sciences office in Schwarz Hall, Room 203B. Kincaid and his PNC class will depart for their study trip to Peru on June 5.

PNC Enrollment Day for Prospective Students

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day on Tuesday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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. 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. Assessment tests and foreign language placement tests will run every half hour beginning at 10:30.

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 aschacht@pnc.edu, or 219-785-5411. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Schacht .

PNCWA Presents Check to Department of English

PNCWA presents check to PNC's English Department

PNCWA President Laura Odom with Dr. Bethany Lee, PNC continuing lecturer of English     

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The Purdue North Central Women’s Association (PNCWA) recently presented the Department of English and Modern Languages with its Big Pink Check to help support the department’s programming. Each spring the PNCWA presents a Big Pink to an academic department to enhance the educational experience of PNC students.

The Department of English and Modern Languages offers PNC students the Modern Languages Lab, providing tutoring for students in Foreign Language Class as well as services and equipment to American Sign Language students; the Writing Center, offering tutoring on various phases of writing, editing and generating papers; the annual Portals writing and art contest and a theatre program.

PNCWA President Laura Odom, PNC Assistant Director of Office of Institutional Equity and Training, explained that the department decided to utilize the funds for the English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, the American Sign Language Club,and the English Club.

Additional information about the PNCWA can be found at http://www.pnc.edu/pncwa/.

PNC Offers Updated and Improved Saturday MBA Program

The Purdue North Central University Saturday MBA program has been updated and improved using input received from faculty, students and graduates during the past few years. As a result, the program will better suit the needs of students and will streamline operations. Students will experience the improved MBA program when fall semester classes begin in September. 

“Members of our faculty have worked collaboratively to combine the most effective elements of the program with improvements suggested by the students,” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, director of the Program, and interim dean of the College of Business.

Roberts explained that the program includes an intensive introductory foundation for all students regardless of background, followed by a series of core courses common to many of the MBAs offered in the Purdue system.  As a final point, the new design includes space for students to pursue a concentration in an area such as accounting, economics, marketing, human resources, and/or leadership.  

The students are still accepted once per year and start the program as a cohort each September.  And, as in the former program, courses are completed in ten-week modules, meeting on Saturdays throughout the year.  The new program, however, is based on 42 credit hours for all students regardless of academic background and allows the students to complete the program in less than two years. 

“MBA program graduates have expressed how valuable the cohort experience is in facilitating the development of friendships, study groups and professional networks that extend well past completion of coursework,” said Roberts. “The program, although locally based in Porter County, extends the network to a global platform as students and faculty hail from throughout the world.  The program has had representation from countries including Brazil, China, Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Sierra Leone, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.”

Students also participate in a leadership group that serves to further develop the social network, support service projects in the area and provide feedback to program administration related to curriculum and operations.

Applications for the Fall 2013 cohort are being accepted. Interested students may obtain information and apply online at http://www.pnc.edu/mba.