PNC C&IT Scholarships Available

Purdue University North Central students in the Computer & Information Technology program have the opportunity to earn one of two $1,000 JM2 Webdesigners JumpStart scholarships.

The scholarships are available to all incoming and existing full-time PNC students in the C&IT program with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Interested students must write an essay that will be due Sept. 30.

Details about the JM2 JumpStart Scholarship are available at Interested students matching the scholarship criteria are required to submit essay answering the question, “Where do you see the internet in the next five years and why?”

The scholarship was created in 2013 by JM2 Webdesigners, a technology company in Michigan City, founded in 2012. JM2 Webdesigners specializes in custom application and website development for small to mid-size businesses in the Northwest Indiana area. Owners Jon Meyers and John Marx are proud of the service they provide and decided to give an annual scholarship to Purdue North Central Computer & Information Technology students to assist the recipients in pursuing their passion in computer systems. Among the reasons the JM2 Webdesigners scholarship was developed, is the diverse educational backgrounds of Marx and Meyers.

Marx graduated from Chesterton High School and went on to pursue a degree at Ivy Tech. He attended a single class and ended up dropping out of college. He had the opportunity to go to other universities but decided that his purpose was to pursue a career in the military and enlisted in the Army. The discipline he learned there, served him well in the future.

Marx has been developing professional websites since 1995. He built a career related to his interest in programming and technology, writing software for clients like Holiday Inn and Super 8 and a consulting corporation. He also supervised PNC intern Jon Meyers.

In May 2012, Meyers graduated from PNC and began his career with the La Porte County Information Technology staff.

In November of 2012, JM2 Webdesigners was created and has been actively producing websites and software. Marx and Meyers use their successes to give back to the community through education and assisting . students who have an interest in pursuing a degree in technology. In 2013, the JM2 Webdesigners Jump Start scholarship was developed to help PNC Computer & Information Technology students.

Marx and Meyers believe in the importance of an educated community and that one of the best ways to achieve that goal is to help students get into college. Marx and Meyers support post-high school education at Purdue North Central and want students to follow their dreams and passions for the sake doing what they love – the reason behind offering the JM2 Webdesigners JumpStart scholarship. They hope their scholarship makes it easier for students to learn what they want to learn, without being restricted by money and student debt.

Enroll for PNC Spring Classes October 8

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the 2015 spring semester.

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 American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Sept. 19, 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.

Future coffeehouses will be Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12 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 coffeehouse may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at

PNC Book Club to Read “Wuthering Heights”

The Purdue University North Central Alpha Mu Pi English Club book club will meet on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Library-Student Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 on the PNC campus.

The group will read and discuss the classic book “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte.

The Book Club will meet regularly during the academic year. Its second meeting of the fall semester will be Dec. 5.

PNC Sets Fall Enrollment Record

Purdue University North Central set an all-time enrollment record this fall. The 2014 – 2015 academic year opened Monday, Aug. 25 with a record 6,177 students, a 1 percent increase in students over the fall semester of 2013.

Included in the fall enrollment are 3,252 undergraduate students, 35 graduate students in the Master’s of Business Administration program and 2,890 Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment students.

Another record was set, when for the first time, the PNC undergraduate population averaged a full-time course load of more than 12 credit hours.

This fall, PNC has 536 first-time, full-time students enrolled in its freshman class. These students average approximately 15 credit hours for the fall semester. Of first-time, full-time degree seeking freshmen enrolled at PNC this fall, 194 students, or 36 percent, earned Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment credits in high school, entering PNC with an average of 12 credit hoursand savings of nearly $3,000 in tuition by taking college courses in high school.

“We welcome all students to Purdue North Central. Our students know the value of higher education and that earning a Purdue degree will play a key role in ensuring their future success,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “It is important to note the number of students taking 15 or more credit hours per semester. If these students continue to earn 15 or more credit hours each semester, they will stay on track to graduate in eight semesters, or four years. By taking 12 credit hours a semester, a student will require 10 semesters, or five years to graduate.”

In addition, the average PNC undergraduate degree-seeking student is 24 years old. There are 2,460 males and 3,717 females enrolled. PNC has 2,410 students from Porter County and 1,589 students from LaPorte County.

This semester, there are a record 2,890 students taking 15,277 credit hours through the Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment program. This allows high school students to earn both high school and Purdue University credits while they take classes in their high school during the regular school day. Enrollment in this program saw a 15 percent increase in students over 2013. PNC offers Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment classes inmore than 40 Northwest Indiana high schools.

“Many of the highly motivated students in our Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment program commit themselves to earning a bachelor’s degree in three years. Students who earn their degrees in three or four years have a competitive edge as they enter the job market earlier than they may have otherwise, while saving a considerable amount of money on tuition, books and expenses.”

PNC has 35 students enrolled in its Saturday Master’s of Business Administration program, offered at PNC – Porter County in Valparaiso. PNC – Porter County also offers a full schedule of undergraduate courses.

PNC’s Sinai Forum Features George Will Sept. 28

George Will

George Will

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum continues its 61st season Sunday, Sept. 28 with George F. Will, syndicated columnist in more than 450 newspapers and weekly guest on the ABC News program “This Week.” The author of 13 books, Will has won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and the Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement.

In his latest book, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred,” Will takes a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their landmark home, Wrigley Field, as it turns 100 this year. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces.

This, and all remaining sessions of the season, will be at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. All sessions begin at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m.

This 61st Season builds on the grand tradition of the Forum, with an exciting line-up of thought-leaders, political commentators, environmentalists and musicians, including:

Robert Glennon,Sunday, October 26

Author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis,” Robert Glennon is the Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. In 2010, the Society of Environmental Journalists awarded “Unquenchable” a Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment and “Trout” magazine gave it an Honorable Mention in its list of Must-Have Books ever published on the environment.

John King, Sunday, November 16

John King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of “Inside Politics,” a 30-minute Sunday morning program featuring a panel of the top-tier political correspondents. An award-winning journalist, King has covered the past seven presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. In his role as chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., he is instrumental in CNN’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage.

The Jazz Masters 101 Reunion,Sunday, December 14

This swinging jazz performance mixed with a lively discussion of the art of improvisation and the essence of jazz will feature John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums).   This Grammy-nominated duo from the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra will be reunited with their musical friend, Michigan City native, Dr. Peter Bankoff (piano), son of the late Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, the founders of the Sinai Forum.

Sponsors for the season include The Times Media Company, Duneland Health Council, John W. Anderson Foundation, Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Hospitals, Kankakee Valley REMC and NIPSCO.

Tickets for the season are $100 for Regular passes and $200 for Patron level passes, which include back-stage access to the speakers and an exclusive reception. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (219) 531-4200.

PNC, Community Arts Society of Trinity Silent Film Seminars

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of English and Modern Languages, in partnership with the Michigan City Community Arts Society of Trinity, will offer a silent film seminar series in October.

PNC Associate Professor of English Jerry Holt will host the three-part seminar exploring the diversity of the silent film age and show seldom-seen masterpieces of film history. Each event will begin at sundown in the 1929 Renaissance Revival-style Barker Hall, 600 Franklin St, Michigan City. On Oct. 3, “Sherlock Jr.,” the 1924 film starring Buster Keaton will be screened; on Oct. 10, “Sunrise,” the 1927 film directed by F.W. Murnau will be screened and on Oct. 17 The Penalty,” the 1920 film starring Lon Chaney will be screened.

Series tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online at Single event tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online or at the door.

Matthew Kubik, representative of the Community Arts Society of Trinity, explained, “For those on the fringes of society in the early 20th century the doors of opportunity were often tightly closed. However, the emerging industry of film welcomed the outlaw, the outcast, the immigrant, the destitute and the desperate. The result was the new art form of cinema, a new culture of celebrity and unimaginable wealth for those involved.”

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Boehlke.

PNC Hosts Sept. 17 Constitution Day Activities

Purdue University North Central will observe Constitution Day on Wednesday, Sept. 17 with activities offered on campus, including a free showing of the Academy Award winning movie, “Lincoln.” The events are free and open to the public.

The day’s schedule is:

11 a.m. – PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144 – The Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln” will be shown. This epic drama stars Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The film is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” and details Lincoln’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

The film was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director for Spielberg and won Best Actor, Motion Picture – Drama for Day-Lewis. At the 85th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards including Best Picture. It won for Best Production Design and Best Actor for Day-Lewis.

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – outside LSF Room 144 – The PNC College Republicans and College Democrats will be passing out information and eligible citizens will be able to register to vote.

Further information about PNC Constitution Day activities can be obtained by contacting Dr. Michael Connolly, associate professor of History, at 219-785-5618 or by visiting Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Connolly.

PNC Hosts “The Dog and the Dolphin” Book Launch and Signing

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.

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin will host a book launch and signing of his recently published children’s book, “The Dog and The Dolphin” on Wednesday, Sept 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in the PNC Campus Shop, located in the lower level of the Library-Student-Faculty Building on the PNC campus. Light refreshments will be served.

Books will be available for purchase. Dworkin will also sign books that had been previously purchased. An Irish setter, similar to the dog featured in “The Dog and the Dolphin” will be on hand to greet guests. “Red” belongs to Carol Schulte who owns Rusty Acres Kennel dog camp in LaPorte County.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book go toward supporting programs and scholarships in the PNC Early Childhood Education program, which will be an enduring legacy of “The Dog and the Dolphin.”

The book is also available for purchase at , in the Purdue University Calumet bookstore and through the website

The “Dog and the Dolphin” tells the delightful story of two unlikely friends who meet on a beach in Florida.

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. When the dog gazed into the water, it caught a glimpse of something that interested him. A dolphin was frolicking a short distance away.

Dworkin observed that the dog was clearly interested in the dolphin and it seemed like the dolphin noticed the dog on the beach. The dolphin appeared 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. If the dog ran to the right, the dolphin changed direction too. The dog was so taken with his new friend; he tried to swim out to it with a Frisbee so they could play together. This story of an unusual friendship between a dog and a dolphin teaches valuable lessons of friendship and diversity as the story’s two characters form an unlikely, yet unmistakable bond.

Esteemed portrait artist Michael Chelich, of Munster, illustrated 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.

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

Information on readings and book signings will be available at

PNC to Dedicate Sculpture at 9/11 Memorial Service

Purdue University North Central has received the gift of a large marble sculpture commemorating the 9/11 attacks. The piece will become part of the university’s permanent collection.

The sculpture, Lexeme VIII, will be unveiled and dedicated during a brief ceremony as part of PNC’s 9/11 memorial service. The service will be held on September 11th, marking the 13th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11th, 2001. The public is invited to attend.

The service will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Schwarz Hall. A moment of silence will be observed at 8:03 am—signifying the time the second plane struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center. The event will end at 8:30 a.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

“This is a moving reminder of an event we must never allow ourselves to forget,” said PNC Chancellor James B. Dworkin. “We gratefully accept this gift, and the responsibility to remember that comes with this piece of art.”

Lexeme VIII is a gift of internationally-acclaimed artist Bill Barrett and his wife Debora. The Barretts will be attending the memorial service and dedication. Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, contacted the Barretts in June of this year about hosting one of Bill’s pieces as part of PNC’s Odyssey sculpture collection.

The Barretts instead generously offered Lexeme VIII as a gift. A Purdue alumnus Thomas Lawyer, and his family, co-sponsored the transportation of the piece from Carrara, Italy.

Bill Barrett, born in 1934 in California, attended high school in South Bend, Indiana. Across the decades, Barrett made a name for himself through his abilities shaping aluminum and bronze into his expressive abstract sculptures which can now be found in collections around the world.

Barrett has a studio in New York City just 10 blocks from what is now known as Ground Zero. In the aftermath of the attacks, Barrett began a series of work he called “Lexeme,” which grew to 15 pieces in total.

“The title is a word defined as: ‘a meaningful unit in a language.’ I’m referring here to the language of sculpture; I’m using art to record history,” he explains. “After 9/11 I began making models in wax and eventually I came to understand that the expression of my emotion in response to the event was to record history by artistic expression.”

The sculpture is made of marble. It measures 11 feet high, 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep.

To the artist, the imagery of the sculpture is that of a book. “The geometric shapes are the pages as well as iconic images representing the World Trade Center, while the organic shapes are in motion,” Barrett said.

PNC will keep the sculpture on permanent display outdoors on its campus. The public may visit any time the campus is open.

Parking is free on the PNC campus, but guests are asked to please not park in the “A” or reserved spaces.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Jacobi at 785-5200, ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.