Nov. 19 Enrollment Day for Spring Semester

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the 2015 spring 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.

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 Janice Whisler at jwhisler@pnc.edu, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

PNC Veterans Day Program

Purdue University North Central will host its annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event will honor all veterans, with special attention paid to PNC students, faculty and staff who are veterans. The public is invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served immediately following in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

The guest speaker will be Johnny “Joey” Jones During his eight-year career as a United States Marine serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jones’ work included the destruction of more than 85 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) and thousands of pounds of other unknown types of bulk explosives. In August 2010, while in Afghanistan, Jones was severely injured and lost his legs above the knee when an IED detonated leaving him with two years of recovery at Walter Reed Medical Center.

During his recovery, Jones developed a Peer Visit Program, providing an opportunity for others recovering from life-changing injuries to mentor and encourage newly injured patients. This led to a year-long Capitol Hill fellowship with the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee and his completion of a Georgetown University degree. During this time Joey became a supporter of the Boot Campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating awareness, promoting patriotism and providing assistance to military personnel, past and present and their families.

The program will include the presentation of the colors by the Rolling Prairie VFW; the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by student Nanda Danitschek; welcoming remarks by PNC Veterans Coordinator Jason Wray, former Army sergeant; comments by PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin and closing comments by PNC Veterans Organization President Emily Wyatt, former Navy MMN3.

The winners of the Veterans Organization Scholarships will have their winning essays addressing the topic of “What Veteran’s Day Means to Me” read.

As part of the ceremony, names of current or deceased veterans submitted by PNC students, faculty and staff will be read by Tony Sindone, PNC continuing lecturer of Economics and former Air Force tech sergeant; Mark Smith, chair, Department of Computer & Information Technology and former Army specialist and Jim Stemmler, La Porte Veterans Foreign War Post 1130 member and former Army corporal.

PNC student Brad Hill will perform “Amazing Grace” on the cello to close the event.

Donations of toiletries and non-perishable food will be accepted at the door to be given to charities serving homeless veterans. Boxes will be placed throughout campus to collect items during Veterans Day week.

Further information about the event may be obtained by contacting Mary Spiess, administrative assistant to the vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services at 219-785-5237. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Spiess.

ASL Coffeehouse is Nov. 21

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

The event will feature a fun, interactive activity.

The coffeehouse is open to ASL students as well as community members and children are welcome to attend with a parent or adult. This is a pleasant, casual event for all to enjoy either 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.

A future coffeehouse will be Dec. 12 at the Uptown Café. 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 coffeehouse may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com.

Purdue North Central Sinai Forum Presents An Afternoon With John King

John King

John King

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum continues its 61st season Sunday, Nov. 16 with An Afternoon With John King, CNN chief national correspondent and anchor of “Inside Politics.”

This, and all remaining sessions of the season, will be at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. All sessions begin at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m.

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.

As a member of the Peabody Award-winning “Best Political Team on Television,” King was a key part of the network’s Innovative America Votes 2008 coverage. He pioneered the use of the CNN “multi-touch” white board, allowing him to analyze election data and track delegates in a way that had not been done before.

King also anchors Inside Politics segments weekday mornings on CNN’s “New Day.” He previously anchored John King, USA, and in January 2009, he launched “State of the Union with John King,” the network’s Sunday political news program – visiting 50 states in 52 weeks to chronicle the first year of the Obama presidency.

He joined CNN in May 1997 and became chief national correspondent in April 2005. He served as CNN’s senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005, when his duties included reporting on the Iraq war and the September 11 terrorist attacks.

He was among the first correspondents to report in 1991 from a liberated Kuwait and received the top-reporting prize for his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War from the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Association.

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

The final Forum session will be The Jazz Masters 101 Reunion, Sunday, December 14.

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 duo 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, Library Present Screening of “Wish I Was Here”

The movie “Wish I Was Here” will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City, 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 film is rated R for language and sexual content.

“Wish I Was Here” is Zach Braff’s follow up to “Garden State.” Written by Braff and his brother Adam Braff, the film stars Zach Braff as Aiden Bloom, a struggling actor. Kate Hudson stars as his wife. Mandy Patinkin plays Aiden’s dying father.

The family home schools the Bloom’s children when they can no longer afford their private school tuition. Aiden takes the children on a series of outings as part of their “education.” Aiden is unwilling to give up his dream of becoming an actor and unsure of how to face the looming death of his father. Added to the mix is his brother who hasn’t spoken to their father for a year.

“The Hollywood Reporter” reviewed the film following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, describing it as a “funny and emotionally satisfying tale of thirtysomethings trying to come to terms with life itself.”

“The L.A. Times” notes that the movie brings together “thematic notions about parenting, family, male maturity and Jewish identity.

The 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 219-785- 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC College of Business Online Certificate Programs

The Purdue University North Central College of Business is pleased to announce the development of two entry level certificates that can be pursued completely online. The certificate in Organizational Leadership and the Certificate in Human Resources are ideal opportunities for individuals who would like to upgrade their leadership skills while maintaining active employment. Courses are offered entirely online to accommodate busy lifestyles. Courses taken as part of this certificate can also help increase the personal effectiveness of students entering the workforce regardless of their chosen profession, or add a leadership component to an existing technical degree. The certificates provide an option for those who are redirecting their career focus.

According to “Hoosier Hot Jobs,” front line supervisors and managers in many areas are going to be in demand in Northwest Indiana. Five of the 50 hottest jobs relate to management and supervision. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that demand for human resources professionals is, on average, higher than the national job growth average for all other professions.

“The certificate in leadership can be the first step in gaining the skills needed for advancement or as a complement to technical expertise in a specific area,” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, Dean of the PNC College of Business.

Prospective students may apply for admission to PNC and when accepted, may enroll for spring semester classes, which begin the week of Jan. 12, 2015. Information on become a student is available at http://www.pnc.edu/admissions/undergrad/applying/. Select the “Apply for Admission” link to get started. Further information about these certificates can be obtained by visiting www.pnc.edu or by calling the Purdue North Central Office of Admissions at 219-785-5505.

PNC 16th Anniversary Odyssey Sculpture Show Debuts

Chrysalis

“Chrysalis” by Richard Kiebdaj

Purdue University North Central celebrates the 16th anniversary of its Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series with a public reception and opening of its multi-piece contemporary sculpture exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 8 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02.

The Odyssey 2014– 2015 exhibit includes five new pieces bringing the total to 42 sculptures that grace the 269-acre PNC Westville campus and PNC – Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road in Valparaiso.

Guests are welcome to arrive early to take a self-guided tour of the sculptures located throughout the PNC Westville campus.

The opening will begin at 5 p.m. with a book signing by PNC Chancellor James B. Dworkin, author of the recently published children’s book, “The Dog and the Dolphin.” Books will be available for purchase.

The program will begin at 5:30 with welcoming remarks from Dworkin. Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, will introduce the new exhibiting sculptors and artists, who will be on hand to discuss their works. Tom Scarff, Odyssey curator emeritus, will also be honored for his work with the Odyssey series through the years.

Following the Odyssey opening activities, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., guests are welcome to view the art on display at PNC. That includes the artwork of noted 20th century artist, George Sugarman which is located in the Library Odyssey Gallery on the second floor of the LSF Building. This collection includes sculptures, a variety of framed paintings, a tribute wall of 35 framed works, a montage of photographs depicting the artist and his biography. The library, usually closed on Saturdays, will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Guests may view “Italy: new/perspectives,” an exhibit of immersive photographs by Joel DeGrand in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 02. Immersive photographs are 360-degree panoramic photographs that give the viewer a feeling of standing in one spot and turning around 360 degrees.

Also open to the public is the exhibit “Flight” a collection of lithographs commissioned by the International Rescue Committee, in the Library-Student-Faulty Building student lounge, Room 062. “Flight” is a series of 12 lithographs, each produced by a modern master of art, representing the artist’s personal interpretation of the struggle for freedom faced by individuals under dire circumstances during World War II.

The exhibit “An Unlikely Hero,” by Chicago-based artist Kenrick McFarlane, is on display in the first floor north study area of the PNC Technology Building.

PNC is the permanent home of a section of a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center in New York after its Sept. 11, 2001 collapse and is on display in the LSF Cybercafé, Room 114, off the first floor foyer.

The steel is displayed near the oil paintings of Jason Poteet, which includes a series named, “New York, New York,” created in tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, the rescue workers and the residents of New York City.

“Our Odyssey sculpture exhibit continues to bring amazing works of art to our campus,” said Jacobi, who has been the driving force behind the Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series since its inception. “It is an honor to have these breathtaking sculptures here on public display. The Odyssey series continues to be the largest outdoor art installation in our area and is one of the premier art installations in Indiana and lower Michigan. I invite the public to come to the Purdue North Central campus and spend some time with our sculptures.”

The Odyssey Cultural Series includes a number of events throughout the year, including exhibits of art, film showings and presentations.

Sculptors who will debut works as part of Odyssey 2014 – 2015 are:

Bill Barrett – The sculpture, “Lexeme VIII” is made of Carrara marble and stands 11 feet by 8 feet by 6 feet. It was recently dedicated as a memorial to those who perished at the World Trade Center.

Matthew Berg – “The Underwater Guy Who Controlled the Sea” a piece made of painted steel, copper and aluminum that measures 14 feet high by 3 feet wide by 6 feet deep.

Richard Kiebdaj – “Chrysalis” sits on a base that measures about 30 inches by 40 includes. The steel with macropoxy paint sculpture is 10 feet tall, 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep.

Bruce Niemi – “Celestial Trio” is made of stainless steel. It measures 17 feet high, 7 feet wide and 5 feet, 6 inches deep.

Charles Yost – “Pipe Trapped Apparitions #2: Cut Us Loose” is an aluminum sculpture. It is 22 feet high, 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep.

The existing Odyssey pieces are:

John Adduci – Running Arch, Odysseus

Mike Grucza – Odalisque

Jason Hawk – Don’t Panic, The World Isn’t Flat

Charles Hendricks & Associates and Lonici Rental Group – Tres Bon Tricycle

Preston Jackson – Haints + History, Travels of My Seven Sisters

Kara James – Tongue Highway

Terry Karpowicz – Heraldic Taunt at PNC – Porter County

Dessa Kirk – Demeter

Michele Lanning – Oh! and  Critical Mass in the PNC Library

Rob Lorenson – First Gear, Sentinel

Ruth Aizuss Migdal – Flappers

Brian Monaghan – Slow Dance

David Noguchi – Rise, at PNC – Porter County

Eric Nordgulen – Anatomy Vessel

Jason Poteet – Rumination

Christine Rojek – Breeze Keeper

Fisher Stolz – Seduction

S. Thomas Scarff –  Dancing Lady, Geisha Rose, Rainbow Flyer, Windfighter; at PNC – Porter County are Light Ray, Indigo Flame

George Sugarman – A Green Field, Two Part Folding Screen and Two Blues and a Red

Marshall Svendsen – Chicago Industrial

Jason Verbeek – Dragonfly

Zelda Werner – Alexander’s Circus

Bruce White – Ghostship, Twin Fin Continuum

Jaci WillisEffervescence

A number of works are for sale.

The Odyssey sculpture exhibit is open to the public during university hours. Visitors are encouraged to come on Thursdays, Fridays and weekends when parking is ample.

Information on group tours is available by contacting Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations at 219-785- 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC Women’s Association Fall Chicago Bus Trip

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association will take its spring bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 15 to visit River North, the Near North Side and to stop in at a real artist’s studio. There will be a “Lunch and Learn” at Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse and a guided tour of the historic Driehaus Museum.

The group will make its traditional stop at Trader Joe’s where guests will have the opportunity to shop for items to bring home to enjoy. Men and young adults are welcome to attend.

Cost for this trip is $85 for PNCWA members and $95 for non- members. The day will start at 7 a.m. with breakfast of Dunkin’ Donuts and toasted Panera bagels in the Schwarz Hall Vending Room. After breakfast the group will board the luxury coach with restroom that will leave campus at 8 a.m. sharp.

The first stop will be a working artist studio, hosted by Kenrick McFarlane, senior art student at the School of the Art Institute.

From there, the group will go to Trader Joe’s for some shopping. Guests may either take a bus or walk to Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse for lunch. Managing partner, John Colletti will share tales from Gibson’s history, celebrity sightings, funny stories from the front and kitchen fiascoes, with time for questions. The meal, tax and gratuity are included in the ticket price.

After lunch, there will be a walk back along Rush Street for shopping, with Michigan Avenue just a few blocks away. There is shopping near the Driehaus Museum where the group will rendezvous at 3:45 p.m. for a 4 p.m. guided tour. Parcels may be stowed on the bus before the tour.

Driehaus is an opulent Victorian house from the Gilded Age. A tour guide will share details about the architecture, construction, former owners, period furniture and art as well as the restoration process that returned it to its former glory. The tour will end at 5:15 and the group will return to the bus and back to PNC.

Checks should be made payable to “PNCWA” and mailed to Liz Bernel, Room S 154, Purdue University North Central, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville, Ind. 46391. Include a phone number or email to receive confirmation when payment is received. For more information, contact Bernel at 219-785-5719; ebernel@pnc.edu.

PNC Fall Performances of “Rough Magic”

Purdue University North Central students will present “Rough Magic” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at the Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St., in Michigan City. The public is invited to the performances on opening night Saturday, Nov., 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students presenting a valid student ID. The play contains some language and stage violence; parental discretion is advised.

“Rough Magic” takes characters from “The Tempest” and drops them into modern-day New York, with bizarre and dangerous consequences. “Dramatists Play Service” describes the show as “a Shakespearean action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and The X-Men that conjures a mythical, magical meta-universe.” Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes for Marvel Comics, has created an experience that is by turns humorous, dark, and enchanting.

The cast and crew include PNC students and alumni Aram Arden, of LaPorte; Alexandra Becker, of LaPorte; Angela Barreto, of New Carlisle; Kevin Biertzer, of La Porte; Aaron Collings, of LaPorte; Sarah Dwight, of Michigan City; Cameron Fehland, of LaPorte; Kristen Fuller, of Valparaiso; Angie Hall, of Hebron; Chloe Hoeksema, of Valparaiso; Andrew Holt, of Michigan City; Jenn Junod, of LaPorte; Eileen Long, of Michigan City; Morgan Lynn, of Michigan City; Amber Mayes, of Michigan City; Michelle Schrader, of Chesterton and Travis Ziegler, of Hebron.

PNC Continuing Lecturer of English Dr. Bethany Lee, of Chesterton, will direct the play.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Lee at (219) 785-5229 or email btlee@pnc.edu

PNC Breaks Ground for Student Services and Activities Complex

PNC Chancellor and others at Groundbreaking ceremony

Bill Favors of Ziolkowski Construction, PNC Vice Chancellor for Administration Stephen Turner, Senator Jim Arnold, Representative Tom Dermody, PNC Chancellor James B. Dworkin, Duneland Health Council member Gil Pontius and PNC students Matt Migliorini, Ashley Starcevich and Robert Kennedy

Purdue University North Central officially broke ground for its Student Services and Activities Complex on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., with a celebration that brought together PNC administration, faculty, staff, students, PNC alumni and retirees, local political, business and labor leaders, donors and community members.

“Today marks a new era in the life of Purdue University North Central. This is a joyous occasion that has taken lots of hard work and persistence over many years,” PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin told the crowd that assembled at the building site located on the southeast side of the PNC Westville campus.

“Many people here today have been personally involved in conceptualizing and shaping the SSAC and have waited a long time to break ground for this important facility.”

The turning of the first shovels of dirt culminated 10 years of planning.

Those taking part in the groundbreaking were Dr. James B. Dworkin, chancellor, Purdue University North Central; Stephen R. Turner, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet; State Senator Jim Arnold, of LaPorte and State Representative Tom Dermody, of LaPorte, two of the area legislators who helped make the building possible; a representative of Ziolkowski Construction Inc. of South Bend, the general contractor for the Student Services and Activities Complex construction; Gil Pontius, of Lakeshore Foods of Michigan City representing Duneland Health Council, a donor to the SSAC and PNC students Robert Kennedy, vice president of the PNC Construction Club; Matt Migliorini, president of the PNC Student Government Association and Ashley Starcevich, PNC softball player.

For the groundbreaking, Dworkin used the same pitchfork that was used in 1965 to break ground for PNC campus and the building that is now known as Schwarz Hall. Its tines are painted with the names of the four primary cities in the PNC service area – Michigan City, LaPorte, Westsville and Valparaiso.

Dworkin credited the bipartisan support of our State Senators Arnold, Karen Tallian and Ed Charbonneau and State Representatives Dermody, Scott Pelath and Ed Soliday with moving forward the legislation that provided funding for the building.

The $33.4 million building will be paid for through $3.7 million in gifts, along with $5 million to be paid from student fees and state support of $24.7 million.

“Our good friends and donors have stepped up to expand their levels of support to make this dream come true,” said Dworkin as he thanked the more than 130 individual donors who generously contributed to the building project.

Two $1 million donations have been received. One came from an anonymous donor, the other Dr. and Mrs. Peter Kesling of LaPorte who donated $1 million to secure the naming rights of the gymnasium to be named the “H.D. Kesling Gymnasium” in honor of his father. Dr. and Mrs. Kesling attended the groundbreaking.

When making the donation, Kesling explained that his father was a talented high school basketball player, but at one time, he wasn’t a particularly motivated student. His attitude changed when he realized that he needed to maintain his grades in order to remain eligible to play basketball. He developed excellent study habits. He later graduated from Loyola Dental School. He began practicing dentistry in LaPorte in 1924.

Kesling said that he hoped his father’s story will inspire other students to excel in their studies and enjoy successful careers.

Representatives of the PNC men’s basketball team, women’s volleyball team and their coaches were on hand to be a part of the festivities. When complete, their teams will have state-of-the-art home courts for games and practice.

The Student Services and Activities Complex is expected to become the center of student activity on campus. With a gymnasium, walking track, exercise rooms, locker rooms, study lounge and meeting rooms for student clubs, PNC students will have a place to work out, study or socialize when not attending class. The athletic facilities will allow the intramural sports program to grow to include more sports, giving more student athletes the opportunity to enjoy their favorite sports and activities.

Construction on the building will begin immediately. The Student Services and Activities Complex general contractor is Ziolkowski Construction Inc. of South Bend. It has been estimated that during construction, local businesses, vendors, suppliers, consultants and more than 250 skilled workers will be involved in various phases of the construction and finishing work. As a result, millions of dollars will be infused into the local economy.

Construction is expected to take about 18 months. One of the first events to be hosted in the Student Services and Activities Complex will be the May 2016 commencement.

This becomes the fourth building on the PNC campus. The current campus opened in 1967 with one building. The building is now called Schwarz Hall, named in honor of Robert F. Schwarz, the first dean and director.

The Library-Student-Faculty building (LSF) was dedicated in March, 1975. The Technology building was completed in 1995.

When complete, the Student Services and Activities Complex will include:

  • 102,239 gross square feet
  • Second level contains a walking track and two exercise rooms
  • Gymnasium and related areas
    • Bleacher seating capacity of 1,361
    • Total event capacity of 2,065
    • Two full size basketball courts. A ceiling-hung divider can separate the courts
    • The gymnasium can accommodate net sports such as volleyball and badminton
  • Men’s and women’s fitness and team locker rooms
  • Student government and organization areas
  • Student study lounge
  • Wellness center
  • Game room
  • Fitness area
  • Great Hall with a seated banquet capacity of 500 and a seated event capacity of 980
  • Catering kitchen

As he concluded his remarks, Dworkin told the crowd that the Student Services and Activities Complex will be an asset to Northwest Indiana.

“With its new conference center, PNC will be able to host meetings with groups from across LaPorte, Porter and Starke Counties. We are already receiving requests to host wedding receptions in the SSAC as soon as it is completed.”