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 Thursday from May 22 through June 26 from 3 to 5 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. The registration deadline is Friday, May 16, at 4 p.m.  Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees.

To register or obtain further information about this course, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Boehlke.

Annual PNC Writing Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the Purdue University North Central 42nd annual Writing and Art Contest have been announced by Robert Mellin, continuing lecturer of English and director of the writing contest. The winning entries are published in “Portals,” the annual PNC student literary journal.

The contest judging teams included faculty, staff as well as students. The winners were honored a recent banquet on campus.

The winning entries are:

English 101 Essay: first place – Mark Vittetoe, Portage, “And Then Everything Changed: Instant Replay Could Have Saved the World;” honorable mentions  – Nicole Barrish, Valparaiso, “A Simpler Life” and Diana Richardson, Indianapolis, “7,000 Miles, Love, and the Internet.”

English 102 Essay: first place – “First: Kurt Urbanski, LaPorte, “Rectify Negative Drinking Habits: Adopt MLDA 18.”

General Essay: first place – Ginny Borolov, Michigan City, “The Many Faces of the Holocaust: A Journey into the Lives of the Sienkiewicz/Borolov Family;” honorable mentions – Megan West, Valparaiso, “Transgender Youth: The Lack of Adequate Resources and Mental Health Professionals;” Megan O’Malley, New Carlisle, “Healing the Body, Mind, and Spirit; Spirituality and Eating Disorder Recovery” and Nancy Cole, Hanna, “Wilma Mankiller a Legend That Lives On (1948- 2010).

Poetry: first placeAmedeo Madrid, Michigan City, “Harlot;” honorable mentions – Amedeo Madrid, Michigan City, “Attention Whore” and Michael Joseph Andrews, Michigan City, “Behind the Lies”

Short Fiction: first place - Alexandria Para, LaPorte, “Golden Fields;” honorable mention – Amadeo Madrid, Michigan City, “Crimes Against Humanity.”

The John J. Pappas Literary Award: first place – Kiley Snyder, LaPorte, “Welcoming Death, Escaping Nature, and Gaining Religious Salvation: An Analysis of Anne Bradstreet’s ‘As Weary Pilgrim’.”

PNC Announces Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off Winners

31st Hyde Park Speak-Off Winners

31st Hyde Park Forum Speak-Off winners: Summer Stockwell, second place, Sharon Coleman, first place, Rick Hoagland, third place.

The 31st  Purdue University North Central Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest concluded with Sharon Coleman of Michigan City, being named winner of the “Speak-Off” competition.

The Hyde Park Forum brings together PNC students who present short speeches on various topics of current interest. Many participants are students in PNC’s Communication 114 class.

Speak-Off winner Coleman gave the speech “Whatever It Takes” based on the “whatever it takes mentality in society.” Second place went to Summer Stockwell, of Westville, who shared the message “The Costly Lottery” about college education and In third place was Rick Hoagland, of Valparaiso, with “A Movement for Improvement” based on volunteering.

The Speak-Off competitors earned individual first-place finishes in the Hyde Park Forum competition, which earned them the opportunity to compete in the Speak-Off.

Overall second place Hyde Park Forum winners were – John Beutner, Michigan City, with “The Benefits Of A Flat Tax;” Maria Elena Miller, Michigan City, with “Time Management and Stress Relief in Your Life;” Lillianna Pollnow, Michigan City, with “Creating a World of Confident Women.”

Overall third place Hyde Park Forum winners were – Sarah Messenger,  Michigan City, with “Why Should You Drink More Water,” Salam Khatib, Valparaiso, “Catch Up On Your zzzs;” Rebecca Spevak, LaPorte, “Benefits of Drug Court.”

The Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off are loosely based on London’s Hyde Park, a public gathering place for speakers who wish to state their minds. Hyde Park has gained prominence as a reference to freedom of speech and intriguing speaking.

PNC Offers Softball Camp for Area Girls

The Purdue University North Central softball team members and their coaches will host a softball camp for girls on May 10 at the PNC softball field, located at 9450 West 125 S. in Westville, just north of the PNC campus.

There will be two sessions offered: the first session will be from 9 a.m. to noon for girls in third through fifth grades followed from 1 to 4 p.m. for girls in sixth through eighth grades.

Participants will receive instruction in pitching, catching, fielding, hitting and base running.

Bats and balls will be supplied, but players should bring their own helmet, bat and glove and should wear running shoes and appropriate attire. Participants should also bring along their own bottled water and money to purchase other refreshments from the concession stand.

Registration is $40. Those who register by May 3 will receive a t-shirt.

Registration forms will be at local elementary and middle schools and can be downloaded at

Further information can be obtained by emailing PNC softball player Kaycie Pyle at


PNC Faculty Member Earns Purdue Honors

Jane Rose

Dr. Jane Rose

Dr. Jane Rose, Purdue University North Central associate professor of English, has earned the Purdue University 2014 Walk the Talk Award. This new award is given annually to individuals affiliated with Purdue University who have shown outstanding dedication to furthering the University’s Statement of Integrity and Code of Conduct.

Presented by the Purdue University Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance, Walk the Talk Awards go to a faculty member, a staff member and a student who show strong ethical character and outstanding commitment to personal integrity and championing ethical practices and  outstanding dedication to the University’s Statement of Integrity and Code of Conduct.

Rose has been chosen as an award recipient because she exemplifies the values set forth in Purdue’s Statement of Integrity and Code of Conduct through her championship of academic freedom.

As a literature instructor, Rose offers courses that often touch on a variety of sensitive topics, from gender and race in literature to modern interpretation of classical themes. She has been described as being “skilled in promoting an environment where each student feels safe in exploring and analyzing these themes.” She treats her students with fairness and expects her students to follow her example by treating each other with respect and dignity. Rose is known for her ability to champion freedom of expression in the classroom, open inquiry and debate that furthers education and enrichment as well as intellectual diversity and inclusiveness. She makes it clear through both action and word that each student’s opinion is valued and respect is paramount to cooperative learning.

Award recipients were honored at a reception on the West Lafayette campus.

“This is a well-deserved honor,” said Dr. Jerry Holt, PNC interim chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages. “The Purdue University Code of Conduct emphasizes the fact that we as a learning community do not compromise standards. In our department, Dr. Rose is nothing less than the standard bearer. Her work as advisor to our honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, maintains the superb reputation of that organization. And her classroom commitment to excellence sets a formidable bar for all of us. Students work hard in Dr. Rose’s classes – and they treasure those learning experiences long after graduation.”

PNC Students Offer Standards Alignment Presentation

Purdue University North Central students enrolled in the PNC Education Program will offer a Standards Alignment Presentation on Wednesday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. This is free and open to the public.

The PNC students will discuss how the new Indiana Mathematics Standards are aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. PNC students will share their insights into the new standards.

Each attendee will receive a table with the alignment for kindergarten through fifth grade. Teachers have the opportunity to receive 2 Professional Growth Points (PGP) for attending.

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 run from May 12 through May 15, with a choice of two available class times – from 3 to 5 p.m. each day or 6 to 8 p.m. each day. The deadline to register is May 8 at 4 p.m CST.

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. In the words of PNC Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Jeff Shires, who will be leading the program, “We will be talking about how to shoot and edit using a full editing package that incorporates transitions and simple effects. In four short sessions you will learn how to produce your own short stories.” ”

The registration fee is $150 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.  However Shires recommends that participants also 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 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 Nursing Students Present Community Health Assessment

Purdue University North Central Community Health nursing students, under the direction of Peggy Rose, assistant professor of Nursing and Dr. Diane Spoljoric, interim Nursing Department chair, recently completed an individualized health assessment of 13 cities and towns in Lake, LaPorte Porter, Starke and St. Joseph counties.

Their findings will be presented in a public open house on Tuesday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall,  Room 02.

The students worked together to gather data from a variety of sources including United States Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy People 2020, local schools and hospitals, state and local departments of health, town and city officials, businesses and industries and on-line sources.

The purposes of the data collection and subsequent assessments were to:

•       examine the health needs of an identified community

•       identify resources that exist to meet health needs

•       identify community strengths and weaknesses

•       investigate social and political forces that affect change in an identified community

•       describe potential community health nursing diagnoses.

Lake County towns studied include Munster, Whiting and Merrillville. The La Porte County towns were LaPorte, Westville, Michigan City, LaCrosse and Hannah. Porter County included Hebron, Valparaiso and Portage. Starke County, Knox and St. Joseph County, South Bend.

This systematic, data-driven approach to determining the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in the region was based on 10 leading behavioral healthcare concerns – physical activity, overweight and obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, injury and violence, environmental quality, immunizations and access to healthcare. The PNC students gathered data on these indicators, looking at trends from past to the present.

The community health assessments will provide information useful in determining strategies, formulating plans and establishing healthcare priorities to meet the needs of the populations in these communities.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Rose at 219-785-5706 or

PNC Nursing Students Donate School Supplies

Nursing Students with School Supply Donations

PNC Nursing students Christy Uidl, Tiffeny Norris and Shalonda Willis

The Purdue University North Central students in the Community Health Nursing class recently donated variety of school supplies to children in Guatemala through the Hearts in Motion organization.

Each semester, students in the class taught by Peggy Rose, PNC assistant professor of Nursing, collect items to be given to local charities and organizations.  “It is our way of giving back to those people who need us the most,” said Rose. Each semester the students in Rose’s class help out a different cause. They’ve collected food, scarves, mittens and other basic necessities for those in need.

This semester, the students brought in enough supplies to fill several cardboard boxes. The school supplies are those that would be welcomed in any classroom – pencils, pens, crayons, pencil sharpeners, markers, erasers, coloring books, work books, readers and more.

PNC student Shalonda Willis, of Gary, said that she was happy that her class took on the project. “I was fun getting things together to donate,” she said. “I want to help out when and where I can.”

Priscilla Sepulveda, of Griffith, agreed. “It try do what I can do to help out. We should all be looking out for one another.”

The students agreed that their compassion and caring for those in need is the reason behind their wanting to become nurses.

“I always try to reach out to those in need,” said Sepulveda.

Elizabeth Malast, of Portage, added, “This is a great opportunity to reach out to people in another country and better understand their needs. As nurses, it is important for us to be culturally aware. I’m happy we have this opportunity.”

Rose explained that she and Dr. Diane Spoljoric, PNC interim department chair of Nursing; recently traveled to Guatemala through Hearts in Motion, a Munster-based organization. The Harts in Motion mission is simple – it aims to provide care and medical treatment to families, children through its programming and sponsorships in the U.S. and South America.

Rose looks forward to other PNC departments partnering with Hearts in Motion to help its many programs, including nutrition centers, orphanages, the construction of schools and playgrounds and the donation of items that range from eye glasses to sports equipment.

“When you see people in need, you realize how much that we can do to help,” she said. “I hope that we can do something to help those who need us the most.”

PNC College of Science Reception for Prospective Students

Prospective students who have been admitted to Purdue University North Central and plan to major in Biology, Nursing or Health Sciences during the upcoming fall semester, are invited to a College of Science Reception on Tuesday, April 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn more about the many opportunities that PNC has to offer.

The prospective students are asked to bring their parents and together they will get a first-hand look at the PNC College of Science, its exciting academic programs and the career options that are open to students who earn these popular and marketable degrees.

“We want students to know that we are the right place for them,” said Dr. Chris Holford, dean of the PNC College of Science. “Many of our students go on to graduate studies and professional schools; they pursue meaningful careers. Our students have a tremendous record of accomplishment.”

PNC College of Science graduates have gone on study in pharmacy, medical, dental, veterinary, and graduate schools located throughout the country.

The reception will give prospective students and parents the opportunity to meet with PNC faculty and department chairs to learn more about the academic programs, curriculum and careers.

Current PNC students will lead tours so the prospective students will hear from students themselves about the programs and what students can look forward to at PNC. Prospective students and their parents are encouraged to bring their questions.

There will be chemistry demonstrations, as well as a close-up look at the Nursing lab and the Nursing “Sim” lab where students have a variety of hands-on skills lab opportunities utilizing mannequins and models. The athletic training offices and work area will be open so that students can learn more about athletics and physical therapy.

In addition, there will be informational displays set up for prospective students and their parents so that they can meet representatives from PNC admissions, financial aid departments, academic advising Graduate and  Extended Learning, Student Success Center, Student Support Services to discuss the wide range of opportunities and services that PNC has to offer. PNC athletics and clubs will also be on hand to introduce the many co-curricular opportunities available to enhance the educational journey.   Getting involved early in clubs is encouraged not only for increasing learning opportunities and networking, but also for helping meet lifelong friends.

Every student who completes the event will receive a PNC College of Science lab coat to keep.