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

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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.”

Download photos of the SSAC groundbreaking

Download photos of the Student Services and Activities Complex Groundbreaking – 10/16/14

PNC Student Improv Group Performs at Mainstreet Theatre

The Purdue University North Central student improv club, The Ranting Llamas, will perform on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St., Michigan City. A portion of the proceeds from the $5 entrance fee will be donated to a local charity.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. To pre-order tickets or to obtain more information, contact the theatre at 219-874-4269.

The Ranting Llamas student improv group has been performing for four years. The Ranting Llamas will celebrate Halloween with a unique comedy experience that is appropriate for all ghouls and gals. Comedy situations are made up on the spot and the audience is often incorporated into a scene. Sometimes a situation is suggested by the audience and the actors build off of it, which makes improv fun for actors and non-actors alike. A simple word, action or an idea can be the basis of a skit performed by one member of the group or the entire ensemble – concepts like throwing snowballs, riding a bus, walking a dog or staying awake in class can all be become the basis for a comedy routine.

The Ranting Llamas cast includes Rachel Rogers, Michigan City; CieAna Marsh, LaPorte; Haley Jackson, LaPorte; Jane Davis-Bey, Michigan City; Bridget Dudley, Chesterton; Devon Hogan, Chesterton; Drew Holt, Long Beach; Cortney Mc Intosh, LaPorte; Kevin Paceley, Valparaiso; Robert Simpson, LaPorte; Alex Strohmeyer, Valparaiso; Lauren Strohmeyer, Valparaiso; Erik Sturgeon, Chesterton and Nathan Werner, Union Mills.

PNC Panther Pounce Race to be Nov. 8

The Purdue University North Central 11th Annual Panther Pounce 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will be Sat. Nov. 8, at the PNC Westville campus.

Race-day registration and packet pick-up will begin that morning in the Library-Student-Faculty Building at 7:30 a.m. A One-Mile Fun Run for those ages 10 and younger will begin at 8:40 a.m.

The 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will begin at 9 a.m. Please note that this is a cross-country styled course with mixed terrain. Spikes are not recommended. Splits will be given at the first and second mile markers. Water will be available at 1.5 miles.

An awards ceremony for the 5K run will begin at 10 a.m. the with the 10K awards presented upon completion of the race. Medallions will be awarded to the top three male and female winners in each age group. Trophies will also be awarded to the top male and female in the Overall and Masters divisions. All runner ages 10 and younger will receive a ribbon.

Registration is $20 for those who register by Oct. 31. These registrants will also receive an event T-shirt. Race-day registration is $25. T-shirts will be available on first come first serve basis, quantities are limited.

Registration for Purdue North Central students, staff, faculty and alumni is $10 when presenting a valid PNC ID. A discounted rate of $15 each will apply for groups of five or more and families of three or more who pre-register together. There will be a $1 discount to members of the Calumet Region Striders.

Online registration for is available at http://www.pncathletics.com/f/Panther_Pounce.php

Refreshments will be provided.

Further information about the race can be obtained by contacting Race Director Tom Albano at 219-785-5273, or talbano@pnc.edu.

PNC Chancellor Earns Purdue Special Boilermaker Award

Kirk Cerny and James. B. Dworkin

Kirk Cerny, President and CEO of the Purdue Alumni Association presents Dr. James B. Dworkin with the Special Boilermaker Award during a recent ceremony in West Lafayette.

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin was presented with the Purdue Alumni Association Special Boilermaker Award during a recent ceremony in West Lafayette. The award honors a member of the Purdue faculty or staff who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the quality of life and/or the betterment of the educational experience for a substantial number of Purdue students.

Also honored were Tim Gennett, former Purdue University vice president for Housing and Food Services and Rosemary Ricci, director, Pre-Professional Programs and Counseling.

Dworkin was nominated for the honor by Stephen R. Turner, vice chancellor for Finance & Administration for Purdue North Central and Purdue University Calumet.

Dworkin joined Purdue University as a faculty member in 1976. He served as an assistant dean, associate dean and interim dean for the Purdue Krannert School of Management prior to becoming the PNC chancellor in January, 2000.

“Chancellor Dworkin has made a significant impact at Purdue North Central that will be felt for years and years,” said Turner in his nomination. “He is a strong proponent for higher education.”

When Dworkin became chancellor, PNC had 3,459 students in the 2000-01 fall semester. In comparison, 6,177 students enrolled for the 2014 fall semester. In addition, PNC grew from offering six baccalaureate programs in 2000, to the 24 offered today.

“By giving residents a wider variety of programs, Dr. Dworkin believes PNC can meet the needs of the residents of Northwest Indiana,” noted Turner’s nomination. “The reputation of the campus has grown throughout the region and it is recognized as providing a quality education.”

Dworkin has shown a commitment to creating opportunities for student access and success on all levels. For example, he was the driving force behind the PNC College Bound program for qualifying students in Michigan City, LaPorte and Portage. This program, supported by donations from local businesses and industries, works with students from eighth grade through high school to direct them to higher education at any institution.

These students are often the first in their families to attend college and most are low income. Those who complete the program and enroll at PNC receive full tuition assistance. To date, 518 students have gone through this program and 35 are enrolled at PNC. The first PNC College Bound student to earn a PNC degree will graduate in December, 2014.

As chancellor, Dworkin has been instrumental in the growth of service learning opportunities for PNC students. He served on the board of Campus Compact, a national service learning and civic engagement organization and was Chairman of the Board for the past three years.

PNC students have organized voter registration events, food drives, coat and mitten collections and toy drives. They have planted community vegetable gardens, painted and repaired homes, tutored youngsters and traveled out of state for Habitat for Humanity,

In the community, he is a member of the boards of directors for the Northwest Indiana Forum, One Region: Improving the Quality of Life in Northwest Indiana, Horizon Bank, IU Health LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte County Economic Development Alliance, Indiana Association of United Ways and Shirley Heinze Land Trust Advisory Council. He led search committees for various school superintendents in the PNC service area.

He is part of the Purdue University Executive Policy Review Committee and the Human Resources Governance Council. In addition, he is a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and is a Law School Accreditation Reviewer for the American Bar Association.

Dworkin enjoys promoting the area’s economic development possibilities and was instrumental in getting the mayors of Michigan City and LaPorte to work together with local economic development corporations and with LaPorte County officials to sign the first “Economic Development Alliance.”

Purdue North Central will break ground for its Student Services and Activities Complex on Oct. 16. Dworkin has been the driving force behind making that building a reality. He worked behind the scenes to help convince the Indiana General Assembly of its need, which resulted in its gaining state funding in 2009. He led the local fundraising campaign that raised $3.7 million in private donations for the building.

In addition, he has personally contributed to PNC and established a scholarship endowment in the name of his family.

Today he plays a principle role in the unification of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue North Central. This unification will form one united institution with two distinct campuses. Dworkin, with Chancellor Thomas Keon of Purdue Calumet, co-chair the Unification Committee with membership from both campuses.

His work has brought a number of awards, including the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Indiana. He also earned the 2013 Ned E. Kalb Leadership Award, given by the Purdue Extension Office of La Porte County and Leadership La Porte County, the 2013 Paul Alinsky Award from the Michigan City Rotary Club, the 2012 Outstanding Community Leader given by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Magazine, the Luminary Award for Outstanding Educator from the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the Castaldi Award given by the Indiana Association of United Ways.

“Dr. Dworkin is personable, approachable and knowledgeable. He leads by example and his strong leadership qualities make him an excellent role model for PNC employees and the citizens of this region,” concluded Turner’s nomination.