PNC, Library Present Screening of “The Skeleton Twins”

The movie “The Skeleton Twins” will be offered 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 Skeleton Twins” will be shown on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City.

The film is rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use.

This film brings together Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged twins Milo and Maggie. The movie opens with both twins separately contemplating suicide. After Milo makes his attempt, Maggie goes to see him in Los Angeles and bring him back to New York with her. While the twins haven’t spoken in 10 years, they attempt a relationship. With a cast that includes Joanna Gleason as their mother and Ty Burrell as Milo’s high school teacher, the movie blends comedic moments with some drama and pathos.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those who are used to seeing this pair in comedic sketches will be “blown away” by their dramatic range, said “Rolling Stone.”

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features various events throughout the year. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.pnc.edu. 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 785-5200,  ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC MBA Lunch with a Leader Program

The Purdue University North Central MBA Leadership Team will host a Lunch With a Leader program on March 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the PNC – Porter County Graduate Building at 600 Vale Park Road in Valparaiso. The event is open to the public.

The panel discussion will center on “Leadership, Management and Employment.” The panel will include executive leaders from companies throughout Northwest Indiana:

  • Gus Olympidis, founder and CEO of Family Express Corporation
  • Christopher Kraynak, plant manager, Alcoa-Howmet in La Porte
  • Jon Schlemmer, chief operating officer, Regal-Beloit, which recently acquired the Valparaiso Emerson facility
  • Brian Tylisz, vice president OEM and Oil-Free Business, Sullair
  • Greg Fox, principal and president of Kramer Leonard

MBA Leadership Executive Team will ask three questions to be answered by each panel member:

  • How do you recommend an MBA graduate builds their leadership skills?
  • How do you recommend that an MBA graduate gets noticed by the executive team as a rising star in the corporation?
  • What suggestions can you give to a MBA graduate on being an effective manager?

The floor will be opened for MBA students and graduates to ask questions.

The Purdue North Central MBA Lunch with a Leader program was created to enhance the MBA students’ educational experience. The PNC MBA program meets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon with a one-hour lunch break and then resumes from 1 to 5 p.m. The students decided that this hour lunch break could be utilized to benefit them in non-classroom manners. The MBA Leadership Team, made up of MBA students Marie Foster, Susan Lewis and Katie Eaton, coordinate the Lunch with a Leader which take place three times a year.

The previous Lunch with a Leader panel was centered on getting involved in the community and was hosted by Heather Ennis, Bert Cook, Barb Young and Jonathan Hildebrand.

To register for the program contact alumni@pnc.edu.

PNC Students Enjoy Riding the Transit Triangle Bus

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Transit Triangle Bus Service Begins Feb. 2 between Michigan City, La Porte and PNC

Purdue University North Central students are taking advantage of the new Transit Triangle bus service that provides convenient commuter transportation between LaPorte, Michigan City and PNC.

The buses started rolling on Feb. 3 and students who ride the bus are happy to have a handy option to get to and from campus for classes and activities.

Student Renee Scherer, a Business major from LaPorte, said that she rides the bus so that the family car can be available for other family members who may need it during the day. “I wanted to try it,” she said. “The bus itself is nice. The seats are comfortable so you can relax for the ride. The driver is very friendly. It’s great to be able to sit back and let someone else drive and contend with traffic.” She noted that she particularly appreciates the ride to campus during inclement weather. “There’s no stress,” she said. Her time on the bus is spent studying and enjoying a cup of coffee. “I have my hands free so my mind is clear to think about things other than driving. It’s a great option.”

Anthony Catchings, of Michigan City, turned to the Transit Triangle when his car broke down and he needed reliable transportation to and from PNC. “It was a good option it saved me from being late and provided my transportation during the period in when my car was not in any type of driving shape,” said Catchings, a Social Work major. “I like the bus service; the people are friendly and the drive is quick. I like how someone can just ride the bus to get to school from different towns. If someone doesn’t have a car or doesn’t want to drive, I would highly recommend they try the transit bus. If someone needs transportation or does not wish to spend a lot of money on gas they should consider riding the transit bus.”

Darlene Ramirez, a Nursing major from LaPorte, said that she rides the bus “because it is a dependable and affordable form of transportation. It gives me the opportunity to see fellow students who live in the area and meet other PNC students It is very convenient. I would recommend the transit bus to all students. It makes it possible for struggling students to be able to make it to school and further their education.”

Purdue North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin noted that having the Transit Triangle transportation makes PNC and higher education more accessible to current and prospective students who do not have access to private transportation. “We anticipate that ridership will grow over time as students, faculty, staff and campus visitors become more familiar with the service and come to rely on it for their daily transportation,” said Dworkin.

Bus passes will be available for purchase starting March 1. For purchase information, a full transportation schedule and other current information, visit the Transit Triangle website, www.TransitTriangle.com. This website can also be accessed through the MC Transit website at www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/coach/ and the La Porte TransPorte website at www.cityoflaporte.com/transporte.

Purdue North Central Sinai Forum Welcomes Back Levenfeld

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum welcomes Wendy Levenfeld, who returns to the Forum as executive director for the Forum’s 62nd season.

“We are thrilled that Wendy has agreed to serve as executive director,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “Wendy is a tremendously talented individual who has an unsurpassed knowledge and insight into the Forum. She has played a vital role in ensuring the Forum’s success through the years. I am confident we will have another successful year under Wendy’s leadership.”

Levenfeld has been affiliated with the Forum for more than 20 years and served 17 years as executive director. She explained her job duties simply, “As Executive Director, it is my job to do whatever is necessary to bring speakers of note to Northwest Indiana.”

During those past years, Levenfeld stepped in to do whatever tasks needed to be done. She was responsible for fund raising, writing grant proposals, negotiating contracts, selecting and overseeing the venue preparation, ticketing, scheduling the programs, dealing with speakers, agents and gatekeepers, writing or supervising all print materials, coordinating all book signings and dinners and receptions, emceeing the event, speaking wherever and whenever possible to service clubs and other groups about upcoming seasons and acting as chauffeur and tour guide, if necessary, once the speaker was in town.

The end result was a speakers series that included some of the most noted names in the country.

She is happy to step back in as executive director, “While unexpected, I am very much looking forward to once again bringing the very best speakers addressing topics that are important to us all right here to Northwest Indiana,” she said.

The Sinai Forum, originally known as the Sunday Evening Forum Series, was inspired by Michigan City residents Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, who envisioned bringing some of the top minds, opinion leaders and news makers to Michigan City to present important issues of the day in a town hall setting. The first season launched in 1954 and hasn’t missed a year since.

Forum speakers have included Nobel Prize recipients, former heads of state, Pulitzer Prize winners, scientists, nationally recognized media personalities and famous performing artists.

Levenfeld played in instrumental role in bringing the Forum under the stewardship of Purdue University North Central in 2006,

The speakers themselves have been amazed by the Forum. Political commentator James Carville a speaker during the 1999-2000 season, told the Forum audience, “I am humbled to have the opportunity to speak from the same stage as some of the most influential people of the past half century.”

Former New York Governor the late Mario Cuomo, a 1997 – 1998 speaker, regarded the Forum as “nothing less than remarkable.”

Judy Jacobi, a 38-year veteran subscriber and Sinai Forum committee member noted, “Cuomo was right about that on many counts. Regardless of the convenience that newer communication channels like the internet or TV afford us, the face-to-face Forum experiences give us unique and memorable relationships with some of the finest speakers on substantive issues and some great change-of-pace performers. The Forum will continue to be unforgettable.”

Jacobi described, “How else can we be moved, or entertained, by the over-the -top personalities like political pundits James Carville and Marlee Matlin; or experience a moving talk by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel who spoke of the evil of the Nazi regime and not just how it affected history, but how hatred infects the world today and in the future; or feel the warmth and frankness of ABC’s Good Morning America’s anchor Robin Roberts; or witness the piercing intellect of iconic commentator Charles Krauthammer or experience the pride we felt when multi-time Grammy jazz masters Jeff Hamilton, on drums, John Clayton on bass, and Michigan City’s own Dr. Peter Bankoff on a Steinway, entertained us with sizzling music to end our most recent 61st season.”

The 2015 – 2016 Forum season will open in September.

 

 

PNC Alumni Association March 7 Basketball Trip

The Purdue North Central Alumni Association will host a basketball bus trip to West Lafayette to see the Purdue Boilermakers take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois on March 7.

The bus will leave PNC at 10 a.m. After arriving in West Lafayette, alumni and guests will enjoy lunch served in the Atrium of the Dauch Alumni Center. Following lunch there will be a stop at the University Bookstore. Then the group will head to the men’s basketball game.

Cost is $30 for the bus and ticket combo and $25 for the ticket only.

This is an idea opportunity to get together with fellow PNC alumni, students, employees, family and friends from PNC/ Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bus (no glass containers).

Tickets are available at http://www-stage.pnc.edu/alumni/alumni/alumni-events-2/purdue-basketball-trip/ or by contacting Alumni Coordinator Erika Jones at 219-785-5274 or alumni@pnc.edu.

PNC “Prove It: Forming Evidence-Based Arguments” Seminar

Purdue University North Central’s Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, Department of English and Modern Languages and the PNC Writing Center will collaborate to offer a non-credit seminar open to high school and college students, as well as anyone wishing to quickly improve their writing.

The seminar, “Prove It: Forming Evidence-Based Arguments” will meet Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The registration fee, which includes all materials and a pizza dinner, is $25 per person. The registration deadline is March 12 by 4 p.m.

The program will be taught by Dr. Steven D. Vivian, published author and director of the PNC Writing Center. This hands-on session will include a lecture and plenty of discussion and practice. It will concentrate on academic argumentation that will teach participants how to write better argumentative essays. Special attention will be given to evaluating evidence.

To register or obtain further information about this program or to register, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/workshops-and-classes or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Hosts LaPorte, Elkhart, Starke and White County Schools at Academic Super Bowl Invitational

Purdue University North Central will host eight area high school teams as they compete in the seventh annual LaPorte County Senior Academic Super Bowl Invitational on Thursday, March 5 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building (LSF) Assembly Hall, Room 02, located on the PNC Westville campus. Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. Central Time. The event is free and open to the public. The event will also be telecast to LSF Room 144 for spectators.

Participating schools are: LaPorte High School, Michigan City High School and Marquette High School of Michigan City; LaCrosse High School; Oregon-Davis High School of Hamlet; Elkhart Christian Academy; North White High School of Monon and a team of home schooled students, representing Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

The 2015 competition theme is “The Grandeur That is Rome.” Students will vie in the rigorous competition covering six subject areas – English, science, fine arts, social studies, math and interdisciplinary. Trophies will be given to the winning school in each subject area as well as an overall winner. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place finishers. Each competing student, coach, proctor and student assistant will receive a voucher for use at the PNC Gallery Café, Coffee Central and the PNC bookstore. Coffee Central and the bookstore will be open until 7 p.m. The Gallery Café will be open until 8 p.m.

Registration will begin at 3:45 p.m. There is a coaches and proctors meeting at 4:10 p.m. The competition will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a welcome by PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin.

The competition schedule is:

4:40 p.m. Mathematics – Dr. Gayla Domke, associate professor of Mathematics

5:15 p.m. English – Sarah White, continuing lecturer of English

5:50 p.m. Science – Dr. Jessica Thomas, assistant professor of Chemistry

6:25 p.m. Fine Arts – Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations

7 p.m. Social Studies – Dr. Patrick Cannon, clinical assistant professor for Concurrent Education Programs

7:35 p.m. Interdisciplinary – Dr. Mark Jacobi, Michigan City pediatrician

8:15 p.m. Awards – Paul McGuinness, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services

Academic Super Bowl competition in Indiana is part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. It is a unique inter-scholastic academic competition which allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to the way youth compete in athletics. These competitions recognize, reward and celebrate scholars.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Liz Bernel at 785-5200, ext. 5719 or ebernel@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Bernel.

PNC – Porter County Academic Super Bowl Invitational

Purdue North Central – Porter County will host its eighth annual Academic Super Bowl Invitational on Wednesday, March 4 on the PNC Westville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The competition will be in the Library-Student-Faculty (LSF) Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 and telecast to LSF Room 144 for spectators. For the first time, students from all nine Porter County High Schools will compete in the senior-division event. Participating schools are: Boone Grove High School, Chesterton High School, Hebron High School, Kouts High School, Morgan Township High School, Portage High School, Valparaiso High School, Washington Township High School and Wheeler High School.

The competition theme is The Grandeur That Was Rome.” Students will compete in six subject areas – math, English, science, fine arts, social studies and interdisciplinary.

Academic Super Bowl competition in Indiana is part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. It is a unique inter-scholastic academic competition program which allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to the way they compete in athletics.

The objectives of academic competitions encourage academic achievement by offering the participants recognition and reward. By honoring intellectual achievement, academic competition celebrates scholarship.

Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. There is a coaches and proctors meeting at 4:15 p.m. The competition begins at 4:30 p.m. with a welcome by Stephen Turner, vice chancellor of Administration.

The competition schedule is:

4:40 p.m. – Math, Jim Jepsen, Michigan City High School Math teacher, Concurrent Enrollment Instructor

5:20 p.m. – English, Dr. Heather Fielding, PNC assistant professor of English

6 p.m. – Science, Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics

6:40 p.m. – Fine Arts, Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations

7:20 p.m. – Social Studies, John Weber, Dean of Students

8 p.m. – Interdisciplinary, Dr. Mark Jacobi, Michigan City pediatrician

8:40 p.m. – Awards

Awards will be given to the winning school in each subject area as well as an overall winner. Each competing student, coach, proctor and student assistant will receive a voucher for use at the PNC Gallery Café and Coffee Central which will remain open until 8 p.m. PNC’s bookstore will remain open until 7:00 p.m.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Leslie Plesac at (219) 531-6500, lplesac@pnc.edu or  Susan Brychell at (219) 531-6500, sbrychell@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Plesac or Brychell.

 

PNC, Partners Presents Jewish Film Festival

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series, with the Michigan City Public Library and the Irving Levin Jewish Cultural Fund of Sinai Temple, will present a Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, March 8 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City. The film festival is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be enjoyed during a coffee klatch and cake break.

The Film Festival features two films that will inform and inspire.

“Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem” (2014) unrated. Narrated by Alan Alda. This film presents portraits of two noted icons – Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel, bringing together Bikel’s storytelling and masterful performances with Aleichem’s life and work. The film is shot with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit.

Aleichem is considered a pioneer of modern Jewish literature and champion of the Yiddish language. He created dozens of characters – Tevye the Milkman, Motl the Cantor’s Son and Menachem Mendl “shtetl Jews” who became windows into pre-war Eastern European Jewish life, real and imagined.

Now 90, Bikel’s career spans more than 150 screen roles, plus stage and musical productions. He played Tevye the Milkman, by and large in “Fiddler on the Roof,” on stage more than 2,000 times. He is a fitting partner to Aleichem’s portrayals of real and fictional Jewish life.

“Room 514” (2012) Unrated. Hebrew with English subtitles. Room 514 was described as “a tense and ambitious drama” by “The Jerusalem Post.” The film tells the story of a female Israeli soldier who is ordered to interrogate an elite Israeli officer who is alleged to have abused a Palestinian family. Because she has a lower rank and is a woman, she is not taken seriously by the man she is questioning in Room 514. Those around her urge her to drop the case – it is too political, too complex and too notorious. But she digs in, seeking justice for the victims. The “Jerusalem Post” notes that “Many in the audience abroad will come away with more respect for Israel when they realize how seriously Israelis grapple with issues here, and it will give them a new understanding of how complicated the situation actually is.”

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features events throughout the year. A schedule of events can be found at www.pnc.edu. For more information about these films, or any event in the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations at 785-5200, ext. 5593.

 

PNC Staff Member Named to Indiana TRIO Executive Board

Catalina Rodriguez, director of Purdue University North Central TRIO Student Support Services programs has been named secretary of the Indiana TRIO Executive Board.

The appointment as secretary comes in addition to her current position as chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, which recognizes three professionals for their contributions to the TRIO community.

TRIO is a series of federally-funded college opportunity programs created to support students in earning a college degree. The original three programs were established in the 1960s, leading to the term “TRIO.” Today, there are six programs, of which PNC has two: Student Support Services, in place since 1984 and Educational Talent Search, in place since 1989. Rodriguez oversees Student Support Services.

As member of the Executive Board, Rodriguez feels that she can aid the PNC TRIO programs. “We will have access to quality professional development, have the ability to build stronger relationships with colleagues and we will learn innovative best practices in the state,” she explained.

Student Support Services was created to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income, first generation college and students with a documented disability earning college degrees. At PNC, it motivates and provides 195 student participants with the resources to be successful, including one-on-one tutoring, proactive academic support, financial literacy, financial aid assistance, career and personal advising and opportunities for cultural and social activities.

Rodriguez noted that the PNC TRIO participants consistently exceed the program’s federally established goals for academic persistence, good academic standing, and graduation rates.

Indiana TRIO provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for TRIO students in Indiana, creates quality professional development, promotes advocacy efforts and engages TRIO alumni.

Indiana has 38 TRIO programs serving about 11,000 students and bring in nearly $11 million in federal funding.