PNC Students Earn Chancellor’s Leadership Awards

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin has announced the winners of the 2015-2016 Chancellor’s Leadership Award.

The students selected for the honor join a distinguished group of students who have a record of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership through involvement in school and community activities.

Award criteria include school and community involvement and leadership, scholastic achievement and potential for participation and leadership in PNC extracurricular activities. Students earning the 2015-2016 leadership awards represent high schools throughout Northwest Indiana and into lower Michigan. They were involved in a variety of clubs, activities, community and church organizations and sports.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Award is a renewable scholarship program that requires participation in an on-campus leadership seminar and volunteer service, among other requirements. Several of the scholarships are sponsored through endowment funds created by local businesses and individuals.

Chancellor's Leadership Group 2015

Seated left to right: Shawna DeGraff, Austin Krieter, Kyleigh Werner, Kurt Urbanski, Jamilyn Goodwin, Riley Owens. Standing left to right: John Weber, PNC dean of Students, Amanda Schacht, Director of Student Activities, Shelby Clindaniel, Brook King, Kayla Patrick, Alexandra Jodzis, Brianna Jodzis, Monica Renteria, Paul McGuinness, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

These students will also take part in the semester-long Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar. The seminar, led by Dworkin, covers various topics involving leadership, civic engagement and community service.

Students earning the awards are:

Brianna  Jodzis, of Macomb, Mich., is a freshman and a Mechanical Engineering major. She is a member of the PNC softball team.

Alexandra Jodzis, of Macomb Mich., is an Elementary Education major. A freshman, she is a member of the PNC softball team.

Kayla Patrick, of Michigan City, is a Nursing major. The freshman was a member of the PNC College Bound program in high school.

Brook King, of Michigan City, is a freshman Nursing major. She took part in the Concurrent Enrollment Program while in high school.

Jamilyn Goodwin, of Wanatah is a freshman Elementary Education major.

Shawna DeGraff, of LaPorte is a continuing PNC student. The Business major is a member of Student Government, the Business Leadership Society and the Honors Program.

Kurt Urbanski, of LaPorte, is a continuing PNC student and an Accounting major. He is a member of Circle K, Student Government and the Accounting Club.

Austin Krieter, of Chesterton, is a continuing student and a Business major. He is a military veteran.

Monica Renteria, of Plymouth, is a Nursing major and a continuing PNC student.

Riley Owens, of Valparaiso, is a freshman Business major. He is a member of the campus Panther News Network and a member of the Video Team.

Shelby Clindaniel, of Kouts is a continuing PNC student. The Communication major is the Panther News Network editor.

Kyleigh Werner, of Westville, is a freshman Pre-Nursing major and a member of the Cross Country team.

PNC CEDaR Economic Briefing Breakfast

The Purdue University North Central College of Business and the Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR), together with the Greater La Porte and Michigan City Area Chambers of Commerce, will host an Economic Briefing Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

This program will feature the current and future economic outlook for LaPorte County presented by Dr. Derek Bjonback, PNC associate professor of Economics and Director for the Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR).

Guest speaker will be Dr. Surekha Rao, associate professor of Economics, at Indiana University Northwest. Rao will speak about the importance of international trade to the economy of La Porte County.

A question and answer period follows with a lively discussion of the morning’s topics and more.

The Economic Briefing Breakfast is open to the public. Reservations are required.

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PNC American Sign Language Club Game Night

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Game Night on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building Room 144. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening will have a Halloween theme and costumes are encouraged for a costume contest. Pizza and drinks will be served. A Children’s Hour will begin at 6 p.m. with ASL games for children and adults. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend.

This will be a casual, fun evening with a fun atmosphere featuring ASL humor, storytelling and games for all to enjoy through participation or as an observer. Children are welcome to attend with a parent or an adult. Guests with all ASL abilities are welcome – whether a beginner, fluent, or simply interested in knowing more. This is an appropriate time to practice ASL and learn some new signs to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members.

Information about other events in the community is posted at:

Further information about this event may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and Coordinator of American Sign Language, at 219-785-5432 or The PNC ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are featured on Facebook.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC Faculty Member Earns CFE Credential

David HayThe Purdue University North Central faculty member Dr. David L. Hay, continuing lecturer in Accounting, has earned the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and leading provider of anti-fraud training and education.

To become a CFE, Hay met a stringent set of criteria and passed a rigorous exam administered by the ACFE. He met all ACFE character, experience and education requirements for the CFE and demonstrated knowledge in four areas critical to the fight against fraud: fraudulent financial transactions, fraud prevention and deterrence, legal elements of fraud, and fraud investigation.

“Dr. Hay is one of our most popular instructors within our college. We are pleased that he has attained this distinguished credential as it signifies his commitment to professional integrity, academic quality and program currency. We foresee this as an area of accounting that will continue to grow in the future,” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, dean of the PNC College of Business.

Hay joined the PNC College of Business in 2010.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds an MBA in Accounting and a Ph.D. in U.S. History. He teaches courses in accounting and developed a course in fraud for undergraduate and graduate students.

About 30,000 business and government professionals worldwide have earned the CFE certification. CFEs examine data and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions; interview suspects to obtain information and confessions; write investigation reports; advise clients on their findings; testify at trial; understand the law as it relates to fraud and fraud investigations and identify the underlying factors that motivate individuals to commit fraud. CFEs on six continents have investigated more than 1 million suspected cases of civil and criminal fraud.

ACFE is in its 27th year.  With nearly 75,000 members, it is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “Ex Machina”

The movie “Ex Machina” will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City, through a collaboration between Purdue University North Central’s Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and Michigan City Public Library. The showing is free and open to the public. The movie is rated R.

Screenwriter Alex Garland makes his directing debut with “Ex Machina,” a science-fiction thriller. The story centers on the character Caleb Smith, played by Domhnall Gleeson, who is a coder working for Nathan Bateman, actor Oscar Isaac, who is portrayed as a twisted internet genius. The boss has plans for Caleb to travel to a remote lab in Alaska to participate in his twisted artificial intelligence experiment that includes an advanced species of robot in female form.

Actress Alicia Vikander stars as Ava the female robot. “Time” magazine lauded her performance, “Vikander lends Ava a grace and precision of movement that could be human or mechanical, earthly or ethereal. We can almost watch Ava’s mind work.”

While many films have depicted merciless men entrapping people for science or sport, this film takes a number of unanticipated twists and turns.

As “Rolling Stone” describes, “The less you know going into this mesmerizing mind-bender, the better. Ex Machina springs surprises that will haunt you for a good long time.”

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features various events throughout the year. A complete schedule of university events can be found at For more information about this film, or any event in the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, at 219-785-5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC Invites Prospective Students to Oct. 29 Open House

Purdue University North Central will host a campus open house on Thursday, Oct. 29 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building for prospective students of all ages and their families. The open house will begin at 4:30 p.m. with specific programming for high school students now earning Purdue credits through the Concurrent Enrollment/ Dual Credit Program who intend to enroll at PNC.

The general open house for all other prospective students will begin at 5:30 p.m. Campus tours will be offered at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. An Academic, Student Service and Activity Fair will continue throughout the evening where students can explore majors, clubs and activities and discover the various types of assistance that PNC offers to support student success.

A breakout session will offer a look at campus life through the eyes of PNC students. Information about the basics of paying for college and financial aid will be covered in the session.

The open house is expected to conclude at 7:30 p.m.

This event is appropriate for high school students, community college graduates, veterans and adults thinking about attending college. This presents an ideal opportunity to explore academic programs with faculty and advisors. Guests will learn more about student support programs, veteran services, campus activities and athletics in a casual, fun atmosphere. Families are welcome to attend. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration for the open house is encouraged – but not required – by Oct. 27 and can be completed at

Further information may be obtained by email at, by phone at 219-785-5505 or by IM abishel through AOL. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Ali Bishel at 785-5200, ext. 5411 by Oct. 22.

PNC SSAC Receives Porter County Community Foundation Donation

Purdue University North Central has received a donation from the Porter County Community Foundation to underwrite the naming rights to an Information Kiosk to be located in the main entrance in the PNC Student Services and Activities Complex.

Bill Higbie, Porter County Community Foundation Vice President of Development (left) and Barb Young, Foundation President present a check to Purdue University North Central Chancellor, Dr. James Dworkin to underwrite the naming rights to an Information Kiosk in the main entrance 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 kiosk will be a prominent feature in the entrance area and will be a valuable resource for building and campus visitors.

The Porter County Community Foundation’s mission is to inspire giving and philanthropy among all members of the community and to improve the lives of all Porter County residents by helping to create a community where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

There is a strong Porter County presence on the PNC campus. This fall semester, of the 6,158 students enrolled at PNC, 2,184 of them are Porter County residents. In addition, there are 3,746 PNC alumni living in Porter County.

The generosity of more than 130 donors provided financial support for the $34 million Student Services and Activities Complex that is expected to be the hub of student activity on campus. It will measure 102,239 gross square feet and 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. A variety of athletic, wellness and recreation programs will be available to help students, faculty and staff set personal health goals for themselves and their families to achieve their personal best for weight control and healthy lifestyles.

Intramural sports programs that currently meet off-campus will have a home in the Student Services and Activities Complex, giving more student athletes the opportunity to enjoy their favorite sports and activities. The Great Hall will host campus and community events.

2015 PNC Sinai Forum Presents William B. Taylor

The 62nd season of the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will feature William B. Taylor, on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. (CT) at the Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Drive, in Michigan City.

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A state Department employee and former ambassador, Taylor will discuss “Russia: Threat to Ukraine and the World.” His years of 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 the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and also served in the infantry in Vietnam and Germany. He is currently the 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.

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

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

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

The next program will Nov.15 at 4 p.m. CT, with Nomi Prins who will discuss “Wall Street in the White House.” Her appearance is sponsored by The Times of Northwest Indiana.

Purdue North Central 2015 Fall Enrollment

Purdue University North Central undergraduate students continue to enroll as full-time students as the fall 2015 semester opened with PNC students taking an average of 12.16 credit hours, with 75 percent of all PNC undergraduate students taking 12 or more credit hours. Students taking 12 or more credit hours are considered to be full-time students.

The PNC 2015 – 2016 academic year opened Monday, Aug. 24 with a 6,158 students enrolled. This is a slight drop from the 6,177 students enrolled in the fall semester of 2014.

Included in the 2015 fall enrollment are 3,059 core undergraduate students, 142 graduate students and 2,937 Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment students. The graduate student population includes 39 students in the Master’s of Business Administration program and 103 non-degree-seeking graduate students.

PNC has retained 76.71 percent of its students who were enrolled in spring semester classes.

This fall, PNC has 531 first-time, full-time students enrolled in its freshman class. These freshmen include 196 students, or 37 percent of the group, who earned Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment credits in high school. They entered PNC with an average of 11 credit hours and savings of nearly $3,000 in tuition by taking college courses in high school.

“The PNC students, faculty and staff all look forward to a productive academic year ahead. Students who attend PNC know they will receive a quality Purdue education and earn a Purdue degree that will play a key role in ensuring their future success,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “It is important to note that close to 34 percent of our students are enrolled in 15 or more credit hours per semester. If these students continue to earn 15 or more credit hours each semester, they will be on track to graduate in eight semesters, or four years. Students earning 12 credit hours each semester will graduate in 10 semesters, or five years.”

The average PNC undergraduate degree-seeking student is 24 years old. There are 2,404 males and 3,754 females enrolled. PNC has 2,233 students from Porter County and 1,616 students from LaPorte County.

This semester, there are a record 2,937 students taking 16,704 credit hours through the Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment program. This program allows high school students to earn both high school and Purdue University credits while they take classes in their high school during the regular school day. PNC offers Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment classes in 44 Northwest Indiana high schools.

“We work closely with our partner high schools to ensure the academic rigor of the dual credit courses and monitor the students’ learning outcomes,” said Dworkin. “We see that many of these highly motivated students commit themselves to earning a bachelor’s degree in three years so that they have a competitive edge as they enter the job market earlier than they may have otherwise, while saving a considerable amount of money on tuition, books and expenses.”

PNC 2015 Books and Coffee Series Begins

Books & CoffeePurdue University North Central is again hosting the “Books & Coffee” discussion series during the coming months. The programs are free and open to the public and meet from noon to about 1 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building, Assembly Hall, Room 170A, located adjacent to the cafeteria. Directions to PNC and a campus map can be found at

Each session will feature a review of the book, followed by a discussion period. The books being reviewed are available in the PNC Bookstore. This semester’s selections include:

Sept. 30: Dr. Staci Trekles, clinical assistant professor of Instructional Technology will discuss the book she authored, “Core.” The book tells the story of Lieutenant Tristan Loringham’s life of privileged nobility that has taken a sudden and drastic turn. This novel explores themes of war, coming of age, and self-discovery as the characters come to terms with a world that is not quite what they once believed it to be.

Nov. 19: Dr. Jerry Holt, chair of ENGLISH and Modern Language and associate professor of English, will review “X” by Sue Grafton. Grafton is nearing the end of her legendary “Alphabet” series and this fall’s “X” leaves her with just two volumes left to complete. Since the original “A is for Alibi” book in 1982, Grafton’s intrepid Kinsey Milhone, the private eye who broke the gender barrier in hard-boiled fiction, has developed a loyal following of readers worldwide. Holt will discuss “X” and the significance and durability of the entire Kinsey Milhone series.

Spring semester presentations include:

Feb.16 – Steve Tallackson – “The New Jim Crow” by: Michelle Alexander.

March 23 – Peggy Glennie – “The Isle of Iona” by Peggy Glennie

April 6 – Sunny Akhigbe – “A Boy and His Dream” by Sunny Akhigbe

Additional information about Books and Coffee may be obtained by contacting Holt, at 219-785-5346 or Persons with disabilities needing accommodations should contact Holt.