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.

PNC Honors Students Shine at Undergraduate Research Conference

Five students from the Purdue University North Honors Program recently presented their research at the Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference at Purdue University Calumet.

Undergraduate Research Honors Students

Aaron Ratigan, Kelsey Tabbert, Alexis Ulrich, Ashley Pezan, and Meagan West

Meagan West, a social work major, presented her research on how to help social workers provide resources for transgender youth. Meagan’s project grew out of her work with Dr. Carla Pfeffer, assistant professor of Sociology, in an honors version of the class, Sociology of Sex and Sexualities.

Ashley Pezan, a behavioral science major who is also pursuing a minor in English literature, presented a paper that used Rene Girard’s theory of triangular desire and Foucault’s concept of biopower to analyze several eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British novels.

Aaron Ratigan, an English major, articulated his theory of the anti-bildungsroman as a structuring concept of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.

Kelsey Tabbert, an English major, analyzed how Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Everything is Illuminated” “closets” its protagonist’s sexuality.

Alexis Ulrich, an English major, presented her research on Irish nationalism in Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel “The Valley of Fear.” Her work on Doyle will also be highlighted as a research snapshot in a forthcoming edition of the Purdue Journal of Undergraduate Research.

The PNC students presented projects they began in English courses with Dr. Heather Fielding, assistant professor of English.

The PNC Honors Program seeks to enhance the learning experiences of highly motivated and academically exceptional students.

Further information about the program may be obtained at  visit or email

PNC Faculty Members Promoted

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of eight Purdue University North Central faculty members. These promotions become effective with the start of the 2014 -2015 academic year in August.

“It is my honor to announce the promotion of these outstanding faculty members,” said Purdue North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “Each day these talented educators advance learning in their classrooms as they share their knowledge and experience with their students, encouraging them to learn, explore and grow. We are proud to have these dedicated professionals as members of our PNC faculty.”

Academic tenure is acquired on promotion to the rank of associate professor. Candidates promoted to this rank have accumulated a record of accomplishment as a faculty member and show promise of continued professional growth and recognition.

Faculty members promoted to full professor have achieved a significant record in all three areas of accomplishments: Learning, Discovery and Engagement.  In addition, they have gained national and international reputations in their disciplines.

Those promoted are:

Glynn Bricker

Dr. Glynn Bricker

Charlene Gyurko

Dr. Charlene Gyurko

Jerry Holt

Dr. Jerry Holt

Anne Christo-Baker

Dr. Anne Christo-Baker

Dr. Glynn E. Bricker, to associate professor of Physics. He was awarded his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University Calumet and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Dr. E. Anne Christo-Baker, to associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership. She received her Doctor of Education and Master of Organizational Development degrees from Bowling Green State University and bachelor’s degree from the University of Sierra Leone.

Dr. Charlene C. Gyurko, to associate professor of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University Calumet, master’s degrees from Indiana University Northwest and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a Ph.D. from Indiana State University.

Dr. Jerry Holt, to associate professor of English. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in English from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in English from Oklahoma State University. Holt also serves as the PNC interim chair of the department of English and Modern Languages.

Dr. Christabel L. Rogalin – to associate professor of Sociology. Rogalin earned her Ph.D., master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Christabel Rogalin

Dr. Christabel Rogalin

Peggy Rose

Peggy Rose

Angela Schooley

Angela Schooley

Photo of Dr. Li Tan

Dr. Li Tan


Peggy Rose, to associate professor of Nursing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Loyola University and was granted her master’s degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner credentials from Valparaiso University.

Angela Schooley, to associate professor of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Valparaiso University. She is

pursuing her PhD from Capella University.

Dr. Li Tan, to professor of Electrical Engineering. Tan earned two master’s degrees and a PhD from the University of New Mexico .

PNC Enrollment Day is April 23

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day on Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the summer and fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

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, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

PNC Hyde Park Forum to be April 16

The 31st Purdue University North Central Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest will be Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The annual Hyde Park Forum is a fun and challenging annual speaking event open to all PNC students who will present their thoughts on a variety of subjects. Many of the speakers will be students in the PNC Communication 114 class. All participants will meet prior to the start of the contest in Library-Student-Faculty (LSF) Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Speakers will be assigned rooms on campus for their speeches.

Visitors are welcome to move from room to room to listen to the student speakers. Several speakers will present in each room, with judges evaluating them. The speeches are thought-provoking, insightful and often present new or differing points of view to the listeners. Topics range from commentary on current news, observations of the social or cultural climate or remarks on subjects of interest to the speaker.

Following the presentation of the speeches, participants and guests may go to Assembly Hall for a 15-minute award ceremony in which all speakers are recognized.

Each classroom will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Hyde Park Forum winners will compete in a “Speak-Off” on Friday, April 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in LSF Assembly Hall, Room 02. One overall winner will be named, with several runners up. The Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off are sponsored by the PNC Department of Communication. Additional sponsors are still being sought.

The Speak Off winners will earn monetary prizes – $200 for 1st place; $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place.

The concept for the Hyde Park Forum is loosely based on London’s Hyde Park, a public park known as a 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. The PNC Hyde Park Forum offers a similar opportunity for students to stand and deliver their messages to a group of interested listeners. The Hyde Park Forum continues to be a source of encouragement for speakers of all ages at PNC.

PNC Delta Sigma Club Sponsors Grade 3 – 5 Science Fair

Purdue University North Central Delta Sigma science club will sponsor a science fair open to students in grades 3 through 5 on May 17 on the PNC campus.

Registration information and official rules and guidelines are available at Registration will continue through April 25. Participants will receive a free t-shirt, but supplies are limited.

Science Fair sponsors include the PNC Department of Biology, and Chemistry, the PNC Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, the PNC Chancellor’s Office and Beulah Inc., of Valparaiso.

“Delta Sigma Science Club members want to provide a quality event that will help to enrich the science experience for the young students in our community,” said Stephanie Rigg, Delta Sigma president. “This is a great opportunity for young students who are interested in science to participate in a judged science fair.”

Rigg noted that many of the PNC Delta Sigma students enjoyed participating in science fairs when they were younger and want to share their enthusiasm.

“Delta Sigma is moving in the direction toward becoming more than just a social club for those who love science, but also as a service club that gives back to the school and community from which essential support is received. The Delta Sigma Science Fair is the second large-scale service project organized by Delta Sigma Science Club. All information, ideas and experiences will be used to insure that Delta Sigma continues to offer service projects that benefit the community and the spread of an appreciation for science.”

Science Fair questions may be sent to

PNC Hosts MBA Information Session April 22

Purdue University North Central will host a Reception and MBA Information Session for those interested in earning a PNC Master of Business Administration degree on Tuesday, April 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. (E.S.T.) at the Bistro on the Boulevard Road, Library Room, 521 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph, Mich.

Students interested in pursuing a Purdue North Central MBA will have the opportunity to attend an informational session about the newly accredited degree program and plan of study, meet faculty members, receive informational materials and learn more about financial aid opportunities.

Prospective students may begin the admissions process now. The PNC MBA class schedule is designed to meet the needs of working adults, with classes conveniently offered on Saturdays. Students, regardless of their baccalaureate field will be able to complete their degrees in less than two years.

Classes will meet on Saturdays at PNC – Porter County, at 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso, where students will utilize state-of-the-art educational and business technology and have full access to the University libraries, online resources, computer systems and other forms of academic support. All faculty members are certified by the Graduate School in West Lafayette and are supported by the full teaching resources of Purdue University.

To RSVP or to obtain further information, contact the program office at 219-785-5557 or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the program office.

PNC Students Present 25th Annual Potpourri Of Literature

Purdue University North Central Communication 240 students will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Potpourri of Literature Readers’ Theatre on Tuesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The program is free and open to the public. It will last about one hour.

The Potpourri of Literature Readers’ Theatre program has been an annual feature on the PNC campus since its 1989 debut as a showcase for students in Communication 240, Introduction to Oral Interpretation. While the theme of the program changes annually and reflects various moods, trends and social issues of the day, the program is built around literature and music of varying genres that illustrate the program theme from different perspectives.

This year’s edition of “Potpourri of Literature 2014” is aptly named “Memories:  Journey Through 25 Years (1989-2014)” with an original script written and edited by Dr. Daniel Padberg, associate professor of Communication, who teaches the Communication 240 class.

This year’s program will feature three sections: “Times and Struggles of Life,” “Love: Romantic, Family, Country” and “Life’s Decisions, Actions and Meaning.”

Students in the Communication 240 Introduction to Oral Interpretation class are Cassie M. Carlson, LaPorte; Sharon C. Coleman, Michigan City; Cynthia DeSantiago, LaPorte; Latasha S. Dixon, LaPorte; Darren G. Fisher, Jr., South Bend; Raven M. Jackson, Michigan City; Jonathan W. Levendoski, LaPorte; Alex M. May, Westville; Michael S. Piet, Valparaiso; Tiffany M. Sydow, Michigan City; Kasey N. Tanksley, Michigan City; Brittany T. Tobey-Elston, LaCrosse and Meagan N. Ziller, Portage Township.

To obtain further information, contact Padberg at 785-5200, ext. 5384. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Padberg.

Programs presented during the past 25 years are:

April 5, 1989 – Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

March 27 and April 7, 1991 – Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers.

April 1 and 4, 1992 – The Eternal Struggle: Male Versus Female

March 24 and 29, 1993- Seasonings

April 6 and 10, 1994 – Cutting of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

March 29 and April 2, 1995 – Relationships

April 17 and 21 1996 – Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers

April 9 and 13, 1997 – The Eternal Struggle: Male Versus Female

April 20 and 26, 1998 – Seasonings

April 14 and 18, 1999:- A Journey in Time

April 5 and 9, 2000 – Cutting of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

March 26 and April 1, 2001 – An Odyssey: Wanderings Through Life

April 3 and 7, 2002 – Let Freedom Ring!

March 31 and April 6, 2003 – Mars—Venus; Venus—Mars: The Eternal Struggle

April 19 and 25, 2004 – Calendar of Love

April 6 and 10, 2005 – When the World Is Free

March 29 and April 2 – 2006 – Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers

Sept. 18, 2006 – Let Freedom Ring. Communication 491 “Oral Interpretation II” was offered for the first time.  The course was unique in the Purdue system; no other campus offered a second level of Oral Interpretation.  This Readers’ Theatre program was designed to celebrate the Constitution of the United States of America and was presented as part of the campus Constitution Day activities.  Through a collage of literature and music the history of this document and the amazingly unique country which it founded was celebrated.

March 29 and April 2, 2007 – Spoon River Anthology

March 31 and April 6, 2008 – Journey in Time

(Oct. 27 and Nov. 2, 2008 – Of Thee I Sing and More. . . Another Readers’ Theatre program presented by the students enrolled in “Oral Interpretation II.”

April 20 and April 26, 2009 – It’s All About Time

April 13 and April 18, 2010 – Courage, A Way of Life, From Youth to Age

Oct. 26 and Oct. 1, 2010 – Back Home Again in Indiana. Presented by “Oral Interpretation II

March 31 and April 3, 2011 – The Turning Points of Life

April 24 and April 29, 2012 – Spoon River Anthology

April 17 and April 21, 2013 – Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers

April 22 and April 27, 2014 – Memories:  Journey Through 25 Years.

ASL Coffeehouse Friday, April 18

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, April 18, from 5:30 to 8 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.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at Information about other events in the community is posted at:

Further information about the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at