PNC Homecoming Weekend Activities

Purdue University North Central will celebrate its annual homecoming weekend on Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Westville campus. All activities are open to the public. UGN  is a sponsor of the weekend’s activities.

Activities begin Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. with registration for a one-mile Fun Run. The fun run will begin at 6:00 p.m. Runners are encouraged to dress as their favorite Super Hero for this Super Hero themed race. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed runner as well as for the overall male and female race winners. There is a $5 registration fee and proceeds will go to PNC Student Athletics.

At 6 p.m. there will be a variety of free games and activities for individuals of all ages. The band Black Water Levee will be providing musical entertainment. Food vendors will have an assortment of items for purchase.

The evening will culminate with a fireworks show hosted by the Purdue North Central Alumni Association and presented by Badaboom that will begin at dark. Spectators may bring lawn chairs and blankets for the fireworks show. No coolers or outside food will be allowed. PNC is an alcohol- and tobacco-free campus.

On Saturday, Sept. 13 activities will continue with an Alumni Softball Game at the Purdue North Central Softball Field located at the Practice Field located at 9450 W. 125 S, Westville, IN 46391 that will begin at 10 a.m.

There will be a Car and Bike Show on campus from noon to 2 p.m., with spectators admitted free. Those who would like to exhibit vehicles may take advantage of early registration from 10 a.m. to noon with a registration fee of $10. Proceeds will to go the Warriors First Foundation and PNC Student Government. Questions about the PNC Car and Bike Show should be directed to PNC Student Government President Matt Migliorini at (812) 564-1805. Further information is available on the Car and Bike Show Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PNC2014CarAndBikeShow

Homecoming activities will wrap up with an Alumni Baseball Game at 2 p.m. at Hick’s Field on campus.

2014 Sinai Forum Offers Something for Everyone

Jenn Lim

Jenn Lim

George Will

George Will

Robert Glennon

Robert Glennon

John King

John King

Jazz Masters

Jazz Masters: Jeff Hamilton, Dr. Peter Bankoff and John Clayton

Tickets are on sale now for the 2014 season of the Purdue North Central Sinai Forum. Now, in its 61st season, the Forum has an outstanding reputation for bringing nationally recognized personalities to appear in a live, town hall format that allows audiences to explore important topics and interact with experts in a variety of fields.

This year’s season is designed to “engage, inform, and inspire,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “We are proud to offer a lineup that includes something for everyone, whether you’re interested in the science of happiness, the environment, national news, Cub’s baseball, or jazz, you’ll find it at this year’s Forum.”

Four of the five sessions will be at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City and one, the season opener, at the Chesterton High School auditorium. All sessions begin at 4:00 p.m., with doors opening at 3:00 p.m.

This 61st Season builds on our grand tradition with an exciting line-up of thought-leaders, political commentators, environmentalists and musicians.

Jenn Lim

Sunday, September 7, Chesterton High School, 2125 S. 11th Street, Chesterton

CEO, and Chief Happiness Officer at Delivering Happiness, Jenn Lim co-authored the book, Delivering Happiness with Tony Hsieh of Zappos Shoes. Her inspirational, research-based approach to creating meaning and happiness in the workplace are a roadmap for communities, employers, educators and anyone who wants to find more meaning in his or her daily life.

George Will

Sunday, September 28, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Well-known columnist, commentator and author, George Will has been a popular figure on the talk-show circuit this year, talking about his latest book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred. His twice-weekly column has been syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group since 1974, and today appears in more than 460 papers. George Will won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1976.

Robert Glennon

Sunday, October 26, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis, Robert Glennon is the Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. In 2010, the Society of Environmental Journalists awarded Unquenchable a Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment and Trout magazine gave it an Honorable Mention in its list of Must-Have Books ever published on the environment. He also blogs for the Huffington Post and for National Geographic Water Currents.

John King

Sunday, November 16, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

John King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, a 30-minute Sunday morning program featuring a panel of the top-tier political correspondents. King also anchors Inside Politics segments weekday mornings on CNN’s New Day. An award-winning journalist, King has covered the past seven presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. In his role as chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., he is instrumental in CNN’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage.

The Jazz Masters 101 Reunion

Sunday, December 14, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

This swinging jazz performance mixed with a lively discussion of the art of improvisation and the essence of jazz will feature John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums).   This Grammy nominated due from the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra will be reunited with their musical friend, Michigan City native, Dr. Peter Bankoff (piano), son of the late Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, the founders of the Sinai Forum.

Sponsors for the season include The Times Media Company, Duneland Health Council, John W. Anderson Foundation, Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Hospitals, Kankakee Valley REMC and NIPSCO.

Tickets for the season are $100 for Regular passes and $200 for Patron level passes, which include back-stage access to the speakers and an exclusive reception. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sinaiforum.org or by phone at (219) 531-4200.

PNC Communication Students Have New Media Concentration

Purdue University North Central Communication majors have a new academic option and may choose a concentration in Media.

The PNC Department of Communication offers Communication majors two concentrations, Media, along with a Public Relations concentration that was approved earlier this summer.

The Media concentration offers students course work that will teach the essentials for careers in television production, newspaper and online journalism, online publishing, television reporting, corporate production,   advertising, magazine journalism and film.

The coursework includes Writing for Mass Media, Digital Production, Mass Media Law, Mass Media Ethics, New Media/Social Media and internships in Media.

Students will learn about topics that include internet video, video pre & post production, newsgathering, legal precedents of media, ethical constraints, social media, advertising and media literacy.

In addition, students will be eligible to complete internships as part of the concentration while earning college credit and building their portfolios.

Further information on the Media and Public Relations concentrations at PNC can be obtained by contacting Dr. Scott Smithson, chair of the Department of Communication at (219) 785-5356 or email ssmithson@pnc.edu or visit http://www.pnc.edu/communication/.

PNC Concurrent Enrollment Program Receives Grant

The Purdue University North Central Concurrent Enrollment Program has been awarded a grant from Indiana Commission for Higher Education that will aid PNC in developing graduate level-courses for high school instructors teaching PNC Concurrent Enrollment courses in area high schools.

The PNC Concurrent Enrollment program allows qualifying high school juniors and seniors who attend participating schools to earn college credits for selected upper-level classes taught by qualified high school teachers, in in their own schools, during the regular school day.

The grant will help PNC create online graduate courses in specific disciplines that will enable high school teachers to become certified by the PNC to teach university-level courses in their high school Concurrent Enrollment classes.

“This grant will help ensure that academic rigor and university-chosen resources are used in the classroom by both the instructors and students,” said Patrick Cannon, PNC academic coordinator for the Concurrent Enrollment Program.” We currently serve more than 3,000 students in more than 40 Northwest Indiana high schools. It is important for us to constantly be looking at new ways to improve communication and course content via technology. Literally thousands of current and future high schools students will benefit from this program for years to come.”

A second aspect of the grant addresses the need to provide quality curricular content to the high school teachers and to assist them in every way possible as they develop and deliver their Concurrent Enrollment courses.

As Cannon explained, “For each of the more than 40 courses we offer, we will create online content to enrich and compliment what the teachers are doing in the classroom. We envision sharing PNC campus lectures, instructional videos and content research that teachers can use in their high school classrooms.”

These grant-funded programs will be implemented during a 24-month period.

Information about the PNC Concurrent Enrollment Program can be obtained by calling 219-785-5505 or by visiting www.pnc.edu.

PNC Social Media Marketing Workshop Series

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit Social Media Marketing Workshop Series each Monday from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The series will cover the use of social media platforms and strategies to meet professional business needs. Topics will include the use of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, creating an editorial calendar, social media trends and strategies and more.

The program, which will be led by Darlene McCarty Cohn, owner of D. Cohn Communications and former limited term lecturer at Purdue North Central. Participants will receive a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the workshop series.

The registration fee is $165, which includes all books and materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m.

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

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Boehlke

PNC Odyssey Part of World Premiere of “Bette Davis on the Edge”

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts Series, the Festival Players Guild and the Michigan City Public Library are together sponsoring a world premiere performance of the new solo play, “Bette Davis on the Edge” at the Mainstreet Theatre, at 807 Franklin St., in Michigan City.

The 90-minute play, written and performed by Christine St. John, will be presented on Friday and Saturday Sept. 12 and 13 and Friday and Saturday Sept. 19, and 20. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call (219) 874-4269 or email info@festivalplayersguild.org. Following its opening here, the play will transfer to New York City and London, England.

“Bette Davis on the Edge” is directed by Jane Brody; lighting, set, and sound design is by Duane Thompson with costume design by Anna Glowacki and graphic art by Tim Jarmain-Groves.

The play is set in the early morning hours of Oct. 31, 1962 with motion picture legend Bette Davis waiting anxiously for the reviews of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” If the picture is a success, it will hail the desperately needed comeback for the star’s fading career. If not, it will provide a sad and embarrassing epitaph. As she waits, she reflects on her career, from the “talkies” to the present day. Her story is the entire history of the American Motion Picture industry.

St. John was intrigued by a “situation wanted” advertisement that Davis placed in “The Hollywood Reporter” in August 1962 and she subsequently embarked on research at the Motion Picture Academy Library in Los Angeles and the Bette Davis Archival Collection in Boston. She intended to create a play that was more than a catalogue of showbiz reminiscences. The result was “Bette Davis on the Edge.” The play is packed with drama, intrigue and comedy, providing a unique and touching insight into both Hollywood in its heyday and arguably, the finest actress of her generation.

“Bette Davis on the Edge” is St. John’s first play. A graduate of The Goodman School of Drama of the Art Institute of Chicago, she furthered her studies at the Sorbonne and The American Center, Paris with Blanche Salant. She has appeared in numerous productions in the U.S. and United Kingdom.

She lived in London, England for the past 24 years and was a founding member of the touring group Act 3 Theatre Company performing in the works of Noel Coward, Anton Chekhov and adaptations of Edith Wharton. St. John has been involved in theatre in development projects in Ethiopia and India and has been a Fellow at The Royal Geographical Society in London since 1993.

“Bette Davis on the Edge” director Brody is an award-winning stage director, master teacher, former actress and casting director. Her passion for the past 30 years has been helping and developing actors. She founded the Chicago Acting Studio in 1980 and has been a casting director since 1986. Her casting company, Jane Brody Casting, now known as Paskal-Rudnicke Casting, was instrumental in casting movies and TV shows including “Groundhog Day,” “The Women of Brewster Place,” “A League of Their Own” and “Public Enemies.” Her students include Michael Shannon, TR Knight, Alex Koch, Christine St. John, Peggy Roeder, Adam Brown, Melissa Peterman, Eric Stonestreet and many other well-known working actors.

A unique twist of events brought “Bette Davis on the Edge” to Michigan City. After one Chicago theatre didn’t work out for the play, St. John and Brody started looking for a suitable place for the play. During a visit to the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, a friendly couple seated in the lobby offered a helpful solution to their problem – hold it at the Mainstreet Theatre. Making the suggestion were Jan and Marian Dick. Jan Dick is acting president of the Mainstreet Theatre Festival Players Guild.

Brody was familiar with the theatre, so she and St. John accepted an invitation to tour the theatre.

“I realized almost as soon as I walked in the door of Mainstreet that this was a very special place with creative and imaginative people and so when Mainstreet agreed to present my play, nothing on earth could have made me happier,” said St. John.

“The moral of this story is that one should always talk to strangers in lobbies and that there are no strangers,” added Brody.

To celebrate the world premiere performance of “Bette Davis on the Edge,” the Michigan City Public Library is hosting A Bette Davis Film Festival featuring films that span Davis’s career. The films will be shown free of charge at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City.

On Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m., “Of Human Bondage” an 83-minute film made in 1934 will be shown, followed at 3 p.m. by “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” a film made in 1962 and running for 134 minutes.

Saturday, Sept. 6 will feature a 1 p.m. showing of “Dark Victory” from 1939 and running 104 minutes. At 3 p.m. “All About Eve” will be featured. This film was made in 1950 and runs 138 minutes.

PNC Faculty Member Earns Order of Merit of Poland Award

Dr. James Pula

Dr. James Pula

The Purdue University North Central faculty member Dr. James Pula, professor of History, was recently honored with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

The Order of Merit, signed by the president of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, is awarded to those who have rendered great service to the Polish nation in the areas of research on the history of Poland, the promotion of the Polish culture and service for the Polish diaspora and Poles abroad. The Order of Merit was created in 1974 and is Poland’s highest civilian award.

The Order of Merit is awarded in the classes of: 1st Class Grand Cross of the Order of Merit; 2nd Class Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit; 3rd Class Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit; 4th Class

Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit and 5th class – Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

“Dr. Pula’s dedication to high-quality scholarship is evident. Only seven laureates received awards, the others from the University of Wisconsin, the University of Colorado, the University of Minnesota, Penn State, Central Connecticut State University and also the Honorary Consul in Pittsburgh,” said Karen Schmid, PNC vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit earned by Pula recognized his research, primarily on the Polish immigration to the U.S., and his activities as an international conference organizer, officer and member of the boards of directors of various professional organizations, including the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences and the Polish American Historical Association. Pula was conference vice chair and program chair for the recent two-day conference in Warsaw in June that drew 208 scholars from 16 nations to some 48 academic sessions.

Dr. Michael Lynn, PNC interim associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, lauded Pula’s accomplishment, “This is a prestigious and important award which demonstrates the importance and international scope of Dr. Pula’s research.”

Pula has authored a number of books including, “For Liberty and Justice: A Biography of Brig. Gen. Włodzimierz B. Krzyżanowski;” “Thaddeus Kościuszko The Purest Son of Liberty;” “Polish Americans: An Ethnic Community” and “United We Stand: The Role of Polish Workers in the New York Mills Textile Strikes, 1912 and 1916.”

In addition, Pula has edited several books and published dozens of articles.

Pula noted that he enjoys researching his various subjects of interest, “What I find most interesting about history is that it is about people; about how and why they behave the way they do, why they make the decisions they do, and how the cause and effect relationship shapes the world we live in.”

“In large part the history of the United States has been the successive waves of immigration from all over the world that have shaped our history and culture,” he continued. “During the largest period of immigration at the beginning of the 20th century the three largest groups arriving in the U.S. were Italians, Jews and Poles, with most of the Jews also migrating from Poland. Since I am interested in people and the immigration experience, and since I grew up in a largely Polish-American community, I suppose it was somewhat natural that I focused on this group and its European antecedents.”

Pula considers one his most thought-provoking realization from studying immigration to be “what people in any generation view as ‘new’ is simply a recurring theme.”

He explained, “Every major group goes through the same stages of immigration, ethnic community building, reaction from the dominant group and eventual assimilation. We see the same thing happening today, with the same arguments pro and con that appeared in the early nineteenth century and have recurred with each new major wave of immigration. The only reason we think the experience and issues today are “new” is that people are not familiar with their history and do not realize these phenomena are far from ‘new.’ ”

PNC Tuition Discount Program Tallies $100,000 in Student Savings

Purdue University North Central students have already saved a collective $100,000 in tuition costs thanks to the PNC tuition discount plan. The discount is offered for the first time this fall semester, giving PNC students a 10 percent tuition reduction for each credit hour taken beyond 12 hours per semester.

Thus far, more than 1,600 of 3,170 students registered for fall semester – close to 54 percent – are taking advantage of the tuition discount option. These students are taking a total of 4,523 additional credit hours.

PNC fall semester classes begin the week of Aug. 25.

The discount plan is designed to provide financial incentives for students to increase the number of credit hours taken each semester and encourage them to graduate in four years.

“This tuition discount program is intended to keep our PNC students on their path to success,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “I am encouraged to see that our PNC students are taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity. Our students realize that by completing just one additional three-hour class each semester, they will not only save a significant sum of money, but they will graduate earlier and start earning the income that comes with earning a Purdue University degree.”

A key to the success of the tuition discount program is the fact that students who earn 12 credit hours each semester will need 10 semesters, or five years, to complete a typical 120 credit hour bachelor’s degree. By comparison, students who earn 15 credit hours each semester will be able to earn their degrees in four years, save more than $500 under the new discount plan and enter their chosen profession sooner.

A recent report issued by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education noted that students who delay completing their degrees pay more tuition dollars and lose potential wages and career opportunities.

“Earning an on-time degree will always be the best and most affordable path to college completion, said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We commend PNC for removing a financial obstacle that previously stood in the way of students graduating on time.”

Further information about the tuition discount program can be obtained by contacting 219-785-5505, or visiting www.pnc.edu.

PNC Offers Non-Credit Video Editing Bootcamps

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Communication will offer two Video Editing Bootcamps, non-credit lifelong learning programs at the PNC Westville campus.

The programs will meet on Mondays from Oct. 6 through Oct. 20 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The deadline to register is Sept. 30 at 4 p.m CT.

Participants will learn basic shooting and editing skills, as well as other techniques necessary to create short videos that can be shared with a variety of audiences through various mediums, such as Facebook and YouTube. PNC Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Jeff Shires, who will lead the program, explained, “In three short sessions you will learn how to produce your own short stories.” An advanced video editing seminar will be offered in November.

The registration fee is $165 per person. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. PNC will provide the video equipment and software needed to engage in this hands-on program. Shires recommends participants bring the devices they intend use to capture video footage after the program ends so that he can teach them how to maximize their capabilities. This video equipment might include camcorders, smartphones, camera phones, flip cameras and more.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel or contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343.

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

PNC Presents Joel DeGrand’s “Italy: new/perspectives”

Joel DeGrand

Photographer Joel DeGrand

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series will feature an exhibit of immersive photographs by Joel DeGrand titled, “Italy: new/perspectives.” The exhibit runs from Aug. 11 through Dec. 13 in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 02 in the building’s lower level. It is free and is open to the public and may be viewed by appointment only.

DeGrand explained that he started making immersive photographs in 1995 when he was asked by a budding dot com company to travel to Asia and make interactive panoramic photographs of whatever he thought was interesting subject matter. “It was a photographer’s dream,” he said.

Two years later the company went out of business, but he continued to make 360-degree panoramic photographs. Immersive photographs give the viewer a feeling of standing in one spot and turning around 360 degrees.

“I am challenged by this new way of seeing recognizable subject matter,” he admits. “In essence it forced me to consider a more subjective and less objective approach to photography. I was entering into unknown visual territory and I began to search for what I ultimately called closure.”

DeGrand described his definition of closure, “In the language of photography, there is a tendency to want to visualize, understand and comprehend the entire subject, even when one can only see a portion of it, the subject is skewed and out of proportion, or it doesn’t fit into a preconceived idea of what it should look like. I realized everything I saw and everything I was able to comprehend, was based in part, on my past visual experiences. I realized there was a measure of visual prejudice involved. In a final attempt to reconcile the idea, I took a subjective stand rather than an objective view. I ‘caved’ in to the beauty of just ’feeling’ the ability to accept what was in front of me and not try to change it. Doing this I managed to close the door between objective and subjective and was able to perceive and understand the photographs for what they are and not what I wanted them to be.”

DeGrand holds an MFA in photography from the University of Oregon and a BS in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been a photographer since his early childhood and has taught art and photography since 1968. He has participated in numerous one-person, group exhibitions and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. His work is featured in museums, corporations, private collections and publications. He has published 16 books of his photography and won many awards for his work, including a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

To schedule an appointment to view this exhibit or to obtain further information, 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.