PNC Communication Students Have New PR Concentration

Purdue University North Central Communication majors have a new academic option and may choose a concentration in Public Relations.

Students will have a broad selection of courses that will expose them to various aspects of the field, including Introduction to Public Relations, Problems in Public Relations, Writing for Mass Media and Introduction to New Media/Social Media Production.

Students will learn about writing news releases, research and campaign planning, event planning and promotion, crisis management, interviewing, public presentation skills, networking, interpersonal and team communication and social and mass medias.

In addition, students will be eligible to complete internships as part of the concentration while earning college credit and building their portfolios.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects public relations specialists employment growth of 12 percent through 2022, with an additional 27,400 jobs expected to be filled.

Further information on the Public Relations concentration at PNC can be obtained by contacting Dr. Scott Smithson, chair of the Department of Communication at (219) 785-5356 or email or visit

PNC ASL Club Coffeehouse is August 15

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Aug. 15, 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.

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 coffeehouse may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at

PNC Annual Chancellor’s Invitational at Sand Creek

The Purdue North Central Athletics Department will be hosting the annual Chancellor’s Invitational Golf Outing to benefit Student Athletic Scholarships and the Purdue North Central Alumni Association on Monday, Sept. 15 at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton.

The four-person scramble format begins with registration at 9 a.m. with a breakfast and unlimited use of the driving range and putting green. The shotgun start is scheduled for 10 a.m. and is followed by a reception, silent auction and prizes.

Anyone who is not golfing, but would like to benefit the athletic scholarship fund, sponsorship opportunities are available. Hole sponsorships start at $300 and opportunities are available up to $10,000 or more. Interested guests are welcome to attend just the dinner portion of the event for $30.

To register for the outing, to be a sponsor, or to obtain more information call PNC Director of Athletics, Tom Albano, at 219-785-5273.

PNC Accepting MBA Registrations Through Aug. 6

Purdue University North Central is accepting registrations from students interested in earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Classes will begin Sept. 6. Prospective students still have time to begin the admissions process. Deadline for admission is Aug. 6.

Students, regardless of their baccalaureate field will be able to complete a degree in less than two years. The Master of Business Administration degree has become the recognized credential for leaders throughout business and industry. The MBA program prepares students from all backgrounds with the knowledge and skills they will need to assume leadership positions in a variety of organizational settings.

The PNC MBA class schedule is designed to meet the needs of working adults, with classes conveniently offered on Saturdays. 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 Purdue 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 obtain further information, contact Jaclyn Barnhill, MBA coordinator, at 219-785-5557 or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the program office.

PNC Chancellor Authors Children’s Book “The Dog and the Dolphin”

James Dworkin

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin with his newly published book, “The Dog and the Dolphin.” This is Dworkin’s first children’s book.

James Dworkin, Allison and Abby

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin, with granddaughters Allison (left) and Abby, display copies of his new children’s book, “The Dog and the Dolphin” at the Michigan City Public Library where he recently read the book to a group of youngsters.

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin has published the children’s book, “The Dog and The Dolphin,” the delightful story of two unlikely friends who meet on a beach in Florida.

“The Dog and The Dolphin,” is available for purchase at ; through and at the PNC and Purdue University Calumet bookstores.

The children’s story was inspired by an interaction Dworkin observed several years ago while vacationing with his family on Sanibel Island, Fla. During a visit to the beach, Dworkin watched a dog, depicted in the book as an Irish setter named Red, wander the beach. The dog strolled around, sniffed here and there and seemed to be bored, said Dworkin. But as the dog gazed into the water, it caught a glimpse of something that interested him. A dolphin was frolicking a short distance away.

The dog was clearly interested in the dolphin. Dworkin observed that it seemed like the dolphin noticed the dog on the beach. The dolphin seems so interested in the dog that it would swim in the same direction that the dog ran. When the dog ran to the left, the dolphin followed. Then the dog ran to the right, the dolphin would change direction too. The dog seemed to be so enamored with his new friend, he tried to swim out to it with a Frisbee so they could play together.

Dworkin found the interaction to be so charming, he wrote down what he’d observed and did a few rough drawings, thinking that it was a heartwarming story to relate. He asked an esteemed portrait artist, Michael Chelich, of Munster, to illustrate the story. As a first-time book illustrator, Chelich created amazingly detailed, life-like art work to help to tell the story of what took place on the beach that sunny day.

As a parent and grandparent Dworkin knows the importance of reading with children and sparking their active imaginations. This story of an unusual friendship between a dog and a dolphin not only captures the interest of youngsters, but also teaches valuable lessons of friendship and diversity as the story’s two characters form an unlikely, yet unmistakable bond.

The book also serves as a lasting legacy to Dworkin’s grandchildren as three of their names are featured in the illustrations. A likeness of Chelich’s daughter is seen as a young swimmer.

Dworkin intends for the book to have another lasting effect as he will donate part of the proceeds to endow a scholarship for students in the PNC Early Childhood Education program.

An accomplished author, Dworkin has written the books, “Owners Versus Players: Baseball and Collective Bargaining” (Boston: Auburn House Publishing Company, 1981), and “Reflections on the Transformation in Industrial Relations” (Scarecrow Press, 1989). He has also written and edited numerous articles and chapters for a variety of professional publications.

“The Dog and the Dolphin” is his first children’s book. He already has an inspiration for his second children’s book.

In the coming months, Dworkin and Chelich look forward to sharing the book with children, their parents and grandparents at readings and book signings. One of his first stops will be to read the book to the kindergarten class of his grandson Jimmy.

Information on readings and book signings will be available at

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.