PNC Student Honors Convocations

Purdue University North Central students have earned a number of honors in recent weeks. Awards were presented to:

Alpha Mu Pi – Officer Leadership Award: Chrystal Ziegler, Kayla Singleton, Hayley Morris; Active Participation Award: Karen Bjonback and Aaron Ratigan

American Sign Language ClubExcellence Award: Madeline Conner

Business Leadership SocietyLeadership Award: Kimberly Franklin; Club Officer Awards: Holly Harris, Amber Young and Susan Bolger

Circle K – 2016 Club President Award: Tiffany Woloszyn; 2016 Club Vice President Award: Kurt Urbanski; 2016 Club Secretary: Rebecca Ordway; 2016 Club Treasurer: Virginia Ramos-Romero; Outstanding Club Member: Matt Migliorini

Dean’s Leadership Group – Outgoing Officer Award: Paige Mellen, Emily Marovich, Ashley Starcevich, and Ellyn Johansen; Incoming Officer Award: Jason Wray, Ellyn Johansen, Samantha Lincoln and Danielle Szymkowski

Panther News Network (PNN) – Writer and Broadcaster Recognition: Aaron Ratigan, Angela Hall, Ashley Taber, Erin Cruce, Jacey Coppage, Kristen Wozniak, Maria Elena Miller, Ryan Schwingendorf, Shelby Clindaniel, Trent Laughlin, Dave Sokolowski, Joseph Ryan, Haleigh Vander Vinne, Paul Scott, Shane Hill, Samantha Lincoln and Ashley Starcevich

Ranting Llamas Improv Troupe – Time and Effort Award: Haley Jackson

Club Member of the Year – Matthew Migliorini

Club Advisor of the Year – Jane Rose

Club of the Year – Circle K
Department Awards

Career CenterStudent Employee of the Year: Lindsey Gear

Diversity Scholarship Recipient: American Sign Language Club

Education Department – Outstanding Future Educator Awards: Kenny Evans, Abby Vittatoe, Joni Galbreath

Student Activities – Event/Activity Engagement Grant Recipient: Construction Club

TRiO Student SupportServices TRiO Student of the Year Award: Fawn Hartz

Student Government Association Scholarship Recipient – Jason Wray
2014-2015 Student Government Representative Recognition

President: Matthew Migliorini

Vice President: Grace Houser

Secretary: Anneliese Kieper

Treasurer: Tyler Feece

Representatives: Travis Ziegler, Halle Charlebois, Emily Marovich, Shane Hill, Timothy Clemons

2015-2016 Student Government Officers

President: Travis Ziegler

Vice President: Shane Hill

Treasurer: Matthew Migliorini

Secretary: Danielle Szymkowski

2015-2016 Representatives – Shawna DeGraff, Tyler Feece, Shane Hill, Matthew Migliorini, Ashley Starcevich, Danielle Szymkowski, Kurt Urbanski, Jason Wray, Travis Ziegler

Part-Time Faculty Awards

College of Business – Todd DeVries

College of Engineering – Josh Ward and Peter Teso

College of Liberal Arts - Kristy Virgo

College of Science – Sharron Jenkins

PNC Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Senior Specialists Award

Tantatape Brahmasrene

Dr. Tantatape Brahmasrene

Dr. Tantatape Brahmasrene, professor of finance and international business at Purdue University North Central, has been selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialists project in Turkmenistan at International

University for the Humanities and Development (IUHD), announced to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

He is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post-secondary, academic institutions around the world. Brahmasrene is a 2001 J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar, a 2003 Fulbright Senior Specialist in Thailand and a 2007 Fulbright Senior Specialist in Kazakshstan.

Brahmasrene will help IUHD develop a curriculum for international business, finance and economics through workshops or informal consultations as well as in the development and assessment of academic curricula.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. During its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.

Fulbright Scholar award recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement.

Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation.

Distinguished Fulbright Senior Specialist participants include Mahmoud Ayoub, professor of Religion at Temple University; Heidi Hartmann, president and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research; Percy R. Luney, Jr., dean and professor, College of Law, Florida A&M University and Emily Vargas-Barone, founder and executive director of the RISE Institute.

Technology Senior Project Showcase is April 29

Purdue University North Central students in the Computer & Information Technology, Construction Engineering and Management Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs will present their Senior Project Showcase on April 29 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Senior Showcase provides an opportunity for graduating seniors to present their capstone projects in a public forum. It is a great opportunity for high school students, parents and teachers to learn about the department, the programs that are offered at PNC and to take a first-hand look at the projects developed by the PNC students.

Prospective employers are welcome to attend to see the capabilities of the PNC graduating seniors and ask questions to learn more about them and their projects.

PNC faculty will be available for questions.

The event will be of interest to anyone interest in building; CAD; cars; computers; concrete; electronics; engineering; hands-on work; how things work; hydraulics; machining; networks; programming; robotics; soil mechanics; solid modeling; surveying and welding.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Amy Bishop, secretary for the College of Engineering and Technology at 219-785-5556 or

Purdue Calumet & Purdue North Central Collaborating on Forensic Science Study

Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central are collaborating on forensic science-related study on both campuses and eventually, the emerging Purdue University Northwest.

Both universities offer physical science and other STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that provide strong preparation for students interested in careers in forensic science, according to Purdue Calumet Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science William Law.

Forensic scientists need science degree

“Forensic professionals tell us that individuals who aspire to be forensic scientists need a good science degree that provides a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer and other sciences,” Law said. “Both of our campuses offer strong science programs comprised of challenging, core courses in those disciplines.”

Charles Steele, a science instructor at Purdue Calumet and North Central, agrees. “So many high quality, mainstream science components exist on both campuses that we can prepare students to pursue any of the standard forensic disciplines,” he said.

Forensic scientists apply scientific principles and techniques to legal matters and the judicial system through crime scene review, laboratory analysis and research. Forensic scientists work in wide-ranging capacities, including as information technology specialists, DNA technicians, forensic chemists, toxicologists and molecular biologists.

Expose students to fundamental science courses

“Our approach to forensic science is to expose students to several applicable disciplines, including laboratory analyses, social aspects of crime and a deep background in scientific concepts,” Law said. “Each science degree plan of study is complemented by fundamental science courses, major-specific courses relevant to the forensic sciences and a strong grounding in criminal justice.”

Though television tends to glamorize much of the work conducted by forensic scientists, Law said many tasks that actors simulate on TV programs require knowledge obtainable at Purdue Calumet and North Central.

He also indicated that science instruction provided on both campuses will prepare students for related opportunities in forensic science. For instance, biology, he said, is good prep for careers in environmental regulation and reclamation. So is microbiology for jobs in homeland security.

Responding to a need

“Since the OJ (Simpson) case, forensic science has gained greater public attention, but it is about 15 years behind mainstream science,” Steele said “The forensic science-related learning opportunities available at Purdue Calumet, Purdue North Central and, ultimately, Purdue Northwest, are sorely needed in Northwest Indiana.”

More information about preparation for careers in forensic science is available on line at, or by phoning Purdue Calumet’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at 219/989-2468, or the visit the Purdue North Central College of Science at or call 219/785-5736.

PNC Releases Summer Continuing Education Catalog

Purdue University North Central summer 2015 catalog of continuing education classes of all professional development and personal enrichment programs is now available and can be downloaded at Those who do not have access to the online catalog are encouraged to contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning to obtain a printed copy.

Registration is in progress for a number of classes. Community members of all ages are welcome to enroll and discounted rates are available for alumni, employees and students of PNC and Purdue University Calumet.

The catalog includes information about the PNC Customized Training Solutions for organizations, travel study programs, pre-licensing programs, summer camps and  online  continuing education classes, as well as information about a wide array of PNC certificate and degree programs.

Affordable and convenient transportation between PNC, Michigan City and LaPorte is available through the Triangle Transit Bus Service. For more information, visit

Contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343 or to register for or inquire about a program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Alumni Host Campus Art Walk

The Purdue University North Central Alumni Association will host a Campus Art Walk on June 2 that will begin at 5 p.m. All PNC and Purdue University alumni are invited to attend. Community members of all ages and interests are welcome to take part as well.

The group will meet by the fountain, located in the campus “quad” at 5 p.m. From there, Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, will lead a tour of the PNC sculpture and art collections. The tour will include both the large-scale sculptures that grace the PNC campus as well as some of the artwork on display in the campus buildings. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be concentrate on the indoor exhibits.

As part of the tour, Jacobi will lead a lively conversation about the artwork, with background information about the artists, the inspiration for some of the pieces and other details of interest. This will be a causal, fun event. It will be an ideal opportunity for alumni to get together to renew friendships and make new contacts and for community guests to become more familiar with the PNC campus and all that it offers.

The tour will last 1 hour and Hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the event.

Space is limited. RSVP at or by emailing

PNC Enrollment Day is May 12

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Tuesday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes transfer students and students returning to PNC or to the Purdue system who want to register for the summer 2015, fall 2015 and spring 2016 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 Announces Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off Winners

Hyde Park Forum Speak-Off winners: Warren Ziegler, Tiffany Sydow, Kristen Wozniak, Amanda Rodriguez, Tom Hebert, and Dan Wilbur, PNC associate professor of Communication

Hyde Park Forum Speak-Off winners: Warren Ziegler, Tiffany Sydow, Kristen Wozniak, Amanda Rodriguez, Tom Hebert, and Dan Wilbur, PNC associate professor of Communication

The 32nd Purdue University North Central Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest concluded with Warren Ziegler, 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.

Second place went to Kristen Wozniak of LaPorte; in third place was Amanda Rodriguez, of Chesterton; in fourth places was Tiffany Sydow, Michigan City and in fifth places was Tom Hebert, LaPorte.

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 – Alexis Fontaine, LaPorte; Matthew LaBelle, Valparaiso; Val Melton, Valparaiso; Maria Elena Miller, Michigan City and Michael Wilson, LaPorte.

Overall third place Hyde Park Forum winners were – Nicole Dziadosz, Hebron; Zachary Jakubowski, Chesterton; JP Pietrowski, Mill Creek; Melissa Rieckmann, New Carlisle and Vicki Sizemore, LaPorte.

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.


Grads at Arch Photo 2015

Monday, April 27 at Noon


Join us for a photo with Chancellor Dworkin under our Running Arch sculpture! Wear your cap and gown to be in the photo!

Come to the Running Arch sculpture with the giant gold graduation tassel near the north entrance. After the photo, go to the white tent by Schwarz Hall to be part of a video that will play before commencement and during the reception. In case of inclement weather, go to for alternate location.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact Carol Connelly, 800-872-1231, ext. 5267. For more information, call the Office of Campus Relations at 800-872-1231, ext. 5268.

Former Hammond Police Chief Named Public Safety Director at Purdue North Central, Calumet

Brian Miller

Brian Miller, director of Public Safety

Brian Miller, former Hammond Chief of Police, has assumed responsibilities as director of Public Safety at Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet.

His duties in this newly-established position include oversight of law enforcement, emergency preparedness, regulatory compliance and transportation at both regional campuses. Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central are engaging in a unification process to become Purdue University Northwest effective with the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

Safety is a top priority on both campuses

Miller, who retired from the Hammond Police Department in 2014 after 23 years, 10 as chief, reports to Stephen Turner, vice chancellor of Finance and Administrative Services for both campuses.

“Campus safety is a top priority on our two campuses and others across the country,” Turner said. “During discussions about our emerging unification, we felt it was important to establish this position under the direction of someone who is a respected professional with exceptional experience, education and skills. For those reasons and his ability to further our goals of a safe and positive campus experience, I am excited Brian has joined our management team and Purdue family. ”

Partnerships and collaboration

Overall, Miller offers 26 years of law enforcement experience.

“I’m very proud to serve Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central,” Miller said. “My goal is to create partnerships with the university community. With assistance from the faculty, staff and students, I am eager to work together to make each of our campuses and the future Purdue University Northwest as safe a place to live, study and work as possible.”