PNC Enrollment Day is August 12

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the fall 2014 or 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.


Area Youth Participate in STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2014


PNC STEAM Camp members with their completed sculptures during PNC STEAM Camp. Art activities sponsored by NIPSCO.

Two campers psoing with their works in progress

Two proud sculptors posing with their work in progress during PNC STEAM Camp. Art activities sponsored by NIPSCO.

Barker Woods campers pose with their finished artwork.

Barker Woods campers pose with their finished artwork during PNC STEAM Camp. Art activities sponsored by NIPSCO.

Purdue University North Central is hosting a six-week STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2014 for area young people at its Westville campus through July 25. The camp emphasizes activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines and introduces students to the university campus as they take part in age-appropriate learning with PNC faculty, staff and local professionals as their instructors.

The young people, ages six to 12, are enrolled in one of the La Porte County Coalition of Youth Serving Agencies (YSA) including Imagination Station, Barker Woods, Boys and Girls Club, Michigan City Parks and Recreation, Safe Harbor and North Central Community Action Agencies (NCCAA). The camp’s primary underwriter is the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.

Indoor and outdoor activities keep these youth mentally and physically engaged for their time on campus with about 40 students coming to camp each day and up to 160 children spending one morning a week at PNC for six weeks. During the remaining hours, they will participate in activities offered by their youth programs.

The camp learning activities include:

“Kids Gone Wild – Camp Audubon” presented by the Potawatomi Audubon Society. Campers developed their observation skills as they looked at the natural world. After being introduced to what they may see in the natural world, they set out on a scavenger hunt to find pre-placed items along the trail in the woods at PNC. They worked together to find things such as bird nests, deer antlers and bones, turtle shells and snake skin. Along the way, there were stations set up to observe and identify animal tracks and listen to a related story.

The youngsters made a lanyard, decorated it with gourds and beads and then drew pictures of what they observed on the gourd.

“Forensics” with Charles A. Steele, PNC Limited Term Lecturer in Physics and president of Aneval Inc. Participants heard the story of a break-in. They collected and analyzed evidence to determine which of three suspects (if any) is the thief.

To solve the crime, the campers evaluated the crime scene, recorded it and decided what to collect and process. Tools which may have been used in the crime, were evaluated and the campers made clay impressions to see which could have made a mark left at the scene. They also studied and compared fingerprints. Based on this evidence, each group presented a theory of the case.

“Creating Sculpture” led by Marie Foster, PNC interim director of Development. A former secondary art teacher, Foster used her 3-dimensional art skills and expertise in art history to give students the opportunity to create a sculpture from objects found in Northwest Indiana manufacturing. Campers learned about sculptor Louise Nevelson, known for her monumental monochromatic sculptures.

The children will work in small groups to create a sculpture with boxes they brought in and these individual pieces will be joined together to make one large sculpture. Foster will spray paint the final products and return it to each participating agency for the youngsters to enjoy.

This week is partly sponsored by NIPSCO.

Dr. David Pratt, PNC associate professor of Education, with “Fun Physics in the Park!” Students will work with computers as they learn about the physics that go in to experiences they enjoy at the skate park, amusement park or water park. They will be introduced to the physics behind these park activities as they create models of their own roller coasters. They will experiment with a computer simulation to help them understand the physics necessary for creating the best possible design.

Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics, with “The Science of Everything!” Using virtual physics simulations, participants will observe fun, real-life demonstrations that illustrate some of the basic properties of the universe. Energy, momentum, angular momentum, mechanical waves and electromagnetism will all be highlighted. Younger participants will focus on the descriptive aspects of each activity, while older participants engage in varying levels of mathematical modeling.

Jerry DeGroot, PNC continuing lecturer in Mathematics, with “Math, Games and Puzzles” presents math concepts in a fun, entertaining format to help campers understand math concepts that they can use every day.

Enrollment for this camp session is closed. Further information can be obtained by contacting Liz Bernel, PNC coordinator of Special Events and Marketing at 785-5200,

ext. 5719 or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Bernel.

PNC Hosts Area Total Internship Management Workshop

Purdue University North Central, Purdue University Calumet, Michiana Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Interns for Indiana and Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne will together host a Total Internship Management Workshop on Friday, July 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144 on the PNC campus.

The event is open to community businesses interested in learning how to build an internship program while making it impactful. Topics to be covered include understanding and communicating with the Millennial generation, planning for the best time of year to host interns, compensation and benefits and learning how to structure internship assignments, projects and tasks.

The event is approved for six hours of Human Resource Certification Institute credits. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Content will be provided by Intern Bridge, Inc., a leading college recruiting consulting and research firm. Intern Bridge has a high level of satisfaction from professionals who have participated in its live programs. Previous attendees to this workshop include Marvel, Johnson & Johnson, XEROX and Disney.

Attendees are encouraged to register online before the day of the event at

PNC Faculty Member Named Campus Compact Fellow

Mary Jane Eisenhauer

Mary Jane Eisenhauer

Purdue University North Central faculty member Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, associate professor of Early Childhood Education, has been selected by Indiana Campus Compact as a Senior Faculty Fellow for its 2014-2015 Faculty Fellows. In this position, she will lead the 19th class of Faculty Fellows for the state of Indiana, who are proving that service-learning and community engagement can effectively integrate faculty teaching, research, and professional service.

Eisenhauer has previously been recognized as a Campus Compact Faculty Fellow and has earned a number of distinctions from Campus Compact for her service learning initiatives.

“I am honored to serve as Senior Fellow and look forward to working with this class of faculty fellows from around the state to advance service engagement,” said Eisenhauer. “It is especially rewarding since service is part of the Purdue University mission.”

As Senior Fellow, Eisenhauer will not only lead a group of faculty fellows in their service engagement initiatives, but at the same time she will continue working with the PNC Early Childhood students on their service-learning projects, such as those included in her Child, Family, School & Community course and the Library Sprouts program that her students developed. She will also develop a sustainable strategic plan for the PNC Center for Early Learning to strengthen it as a resource for community engagement, specifically as it relates to early education.

The goals of the Faculty Fellows program include supporting faculty in the scholarship of engagement; providing faculty with opportunities to collaborate with a community organization in a way that advances teaching and scholarship while addressing a significant social, economic, or environmental issue; and building a strong and productive social and intellectual community of scholars.

In turn, the Faculty Fellows will each teach a service learning course; provide direct service to a nonprofit organization to address a particular community issue and develop a research or creative project to enhance and advance the field of service engagement.

Indiana Campus Compact is an association of 45 campuses located throughout the state and is part of the national Campus Compact organization. Campus Compact is the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement. Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops student citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships and provides resources and training for faculty members who want to integrate civic and community-based learning into the classroom.

PNC Communication Camp for High Schoolers

The Purdue University North Central Department of Communication and the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will be offering a Communication Camp for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from Aug. 4 through 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The campers will host a wrap party on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. with family and friends invited.

The camp will be led by Dr. Jeff Shires, PNC associate professor of Communication, assisted by current PNC students.

Participants will develop two video projects – a shorter “commercial” and a longer form narrative – which they will develop from pre- to post-production, learning how to script, storyboard, shoot and edit. Students will work through the process of planning and producing video, including finding the best camera angles, determining the best way to light a scene, the use of digital editing effects and more. They will also learn basic video shooting techniques such as the types of shots, effective camera movement and angles. By the end of camp, they will have the ability to create short videos that can be shared with audiences through various mediums, such as Facebook and YouTube.

Participants will travel to two television stations to witness how programs are created in the studio and in the field. They will also have the opportunity to interact with practitioners in the field in such areas as public relations and web productions to discuss how media is important in their business or career.

Registration is $375 per camper which includes lunch and snacks each camp day, all materials, all transportation to and from the regional media outlets the campers will visit and a camp t-shirt. The registration deadline for the program is Monday, July 21 at 4 p.m.

It is recommended that participants bring the devices they intend use to capture video footage after the program ends so that they learn to maximize their capabilities. These devices may include personal video equipment such as camcorders, smartphones, camera phones, flip cameras and other similar electronics.   Students attending this camp will leave with an understanding of how a television program is developed; the different roles and careers are available in media, as well as tricks and techniques for developing a narrative.

For information or to obtain program application materials, 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.

Purdue University Opens Northwest Indiana Engagement Office

Timothy Sanders

Timothy Sanders

Timothy Sanders to direct office, support regional campus efforts  

As a point of contact for connecting Purdue University expertise with priorities of Northwest Indiana business, industry and government, university administrator Timothy Sanders has assumed a new role as Director of Purdue’s newly-established Northwest Indiana Engagement Office.

Sanders, who began his new duties Tuesday (7/1), served since 2009 in Purdue’s Office of Governmental Relations, where he acted as a liaison between the university and governmental officials. In his new position, he reports to Associate Vice President of Engagement Steve Abel at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.

Advancing economic development

Sanders’ Northwest Indiana responsibilities include building contacts with business, industry, governmental agencies and community leaders to promote workforce, business and economic development, while enhancing greater awareness of Purdue-provided technical assistance and research capabilities. He also supports related efforts and activities of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central.

“We welcome what this commitment means to the joint efforts of our two Northwest Indiana Purdue campuses in building a stronger Purdue presence in this region,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “With respect to Purdue’s land grant university status, this university appointment is a viable step for strengthening the path of economic development between Purdue campuses and Northwest Indiana.”

Helping build partnerships

Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin added, “This is a tremendous opportunity for Purdue University and Northwest Indiana. Purdue University has long been a champion for strengthening our local communities, and Tim will work to enhance our existing relationships, while reaching out to build new partnerships. Tim is very familiar with Northwest Indiana and is committed to helping us move forward.”

Calling engagement “a hallmark of Purdue University,” Abel said, “The opportunity to have someone of Tim Sanders’ talent and standing in Northwest Indiana will help significantly advance our engagement mission and broaden our reach across Indiana. Our regional campuses play an integral role in Purdue’s success, and I am delighted to be partnering with them in this new and important endeavor.”

The opening of the Northwest Indiana Engagement Office follows similar Purdue initiatives established in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne areas. The Northwest Indiana Office has locations at Purdue North Central and Purdue Calumet.

PNC ASL Coffeehouse is July 18

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, July 18, 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 ASL Coffeehouse is planned for Aug. 15 at the Uptown Café.

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

PNC Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail

The Purdue University North Central Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail is open to the public and parents, teachers, grandparents and caregivers are invited to bring children out to enjoy the trail.

The Born Learning Trail, located on the southeast side of the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, bears the name of the First Lady of Purdue North Central, who suggested having a Born Learning Trail at PNC and played an instrumental role in its creation. This was the first Born Learning Trail on a university campus in Indiana.

The Born Learning Trail presents a fun, casual way to engage children in learning. It features 10 interactive, playful outdoor games that will help adults create learning opportunities for a young child. As adults walk through the trail with a youngster, they will encounter various signs that will ask questions, suggest activities and encourage interaction between the adult, the child and their natural surroundings. It will also give adults tips and ideas for follow-up learning to take place at home or school.

PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin and Nancy Dworkin are parents and grandparents who share a strong commitment to early childhood education.

The Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail is part of the Northwest Indiana United Way Success By 6 initiative, which is intended to help parents, caregivers and communities support early learning. The trail was supported by a donation by the Purdue North Central Women’s Association, Success By 6 and the PNC student organization Purdue Learning About Young Children in Education (PLAYCE).

PNC Early Childhood Education students will utilize the trail in their own learning activities as they undertake a range of projects with area schools to create learning activities for students, parents and teachers. The trail presents countless opportunities for activities and lessons.

In addition to the Born Learning Trail, the campus has a variety of walking trails, with picnic tables located in the “quad” area between the campus buildings and a picnic shelter near Bards’ Pond. Shakespeare’s Garden is adjacent to Bards’ Pond. Large-scale sculptures are located throughout campus and guests may take self-guided walking tours. The entire campus is WI-FI enabled.

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