ASL Club Game Night is Nov. 17

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Fun Night on Monday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants are welcome to bring a favorite: board game, card games or decks of playing cards, snacks and drinks. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend with an adult.

This will be a casual, fun evening with a fun atmosphere featuring ASL humor, storytelling and games for all to enjoy through participation or as an observer. Guests with all ASL abilities are welcome – whether a beginner, fluent, or simply interested in knowing more. This is an appropriate time to practice ASL, make new friends and learn some new signs to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org.

Further information about this event may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and Coordinator of American Sign Language, at 785-5200, ext. 5432 or kdonah@pnc.edu. The PNC ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC 16th Anniversary Odyssey Sculpture Show Debuts

Chrysalis

“Chrysalis” by Richard Kiebdaj

Purdue University North Central celebrates the 16th anniversary of its Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series with a public reception and opening of its multi-piece contemporary sculpture exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 8 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02.

The Odyssey 2014– 2015 exhibit includes five new pieces bringing the total to 42 sculptures that grace the 269-acre PNC Westville campus and PNC – Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road in Valparaiso.

Guests are welcome to arrive early to take a self-guided tour of the sculptures located throughout the PNC Westville campus.

The opening will begin at 5 p.m. with a book signing by PNC Chancellor James B. Dworkin, author of the recently published children’s book, “The Dog and the Dolphin.” Books will be available for purchase.

The program will begin at 5:30 with welcoming remarks from Dworkin. Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, will introduce the new exhibiting sculptors and artists, who will be on hand to discuss their works. Tom Scarff, Odyssey curator emeritus, will also be honored for his work with the Odyssey series through the years.

Following the Odyssey opening activities, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., guests are welcome to view the art on display at PNC. That includes the artwork of noted 20th century artist, George Sugarman which is located in the Library Odyssey Gallery on the second floor of the LSF Building. This collection includes sculptures, a variety of framed paintings, a tribute wall of 35 framed works, a montage of photographs depicting the artist and his biography. The library, usually closed on Saturdays, will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Guests may view “Italy: new/perspectives,” an exhibit of immersive photographs by Joel DeGrand in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 02. Immersive photographs are 360-degree panoramic photographs that give the viewer a feeling of standing in one spot and turning around 360 degrees.

Also open to the public is the exhibit “Flight” a collection of lithographs commissioned by the International Rescue Committee, in the Library-Student-Faulty Building student lounge, Room 062. “Flight” is a series of 12 lithographs, each produced by a modern master of art, representing the artist’s personal interpretation of the struggle for freedom faced by individuals under dire circumstances during World War II.

The exhibit “An Unlikely Hero,” by Chicago-based artist Kenrick McFarlane, is on display in the first floor north study area of the PNC Technology Building.

PNC is the permanent home of a section of a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center in New York after its Sept. 11, 2001 collapse and is on display in the LSF Cybercafé, Room 114, off the first floor foyer.

The steel is displayed near the oil paintings of Jason Poteet, which includes a series named, “New York, New York,” created in tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, the rescue workers and the residents of New York City.

“Our Odyssey sculpture exhibit continues to bring amazing works of art to our campus,” said Jacobi, who has been the driving force behind the Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series since its inception. “It is an honor to have these breathtaking sculptures here on public display. The Odyssey series continues to be the largest outdoor art installation in our area and is one of the premier art installations in Indiana and lower Michigan. I invite the public to come to the Purdue North Central campus and spend some time with our sculptures.”

The Odyssey Cultural Series includes a number of events throughout the year, including exhibits of art, film showings and presentations.

Sculptors who will debut works as part of Odyssey 2014 – 2015 are:

Bill Barrett – The sculpture, “Lexeme VIII” is made of Carrara marble and stands 11 feet by 8 feet by 6 feet. It was recently dedicated as a memorial to those who perished at the World Trade Center.

Matthew Berg – “The Underwater Guy Who Controlled the Sea” a piece made of painted steel, copper and aluminum that measures 14 feet high by 3 feet wide by 6 feet deep.

Richard Kiebdaj – “Chrysalis” sits on a base that measures about 30 inches by 40 includes. The steel with macropoxy paint sculpture is 10 feet tall, 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep.

Bruce Niemi – “Celestial Trio” is made of stainless steel. It measures 17 feet high, 7 feet wide and 5 feet, 6 inches deep.

Charles Yost – “Pipe Trapped Apparitions #2: Cut Us Loose” is an aluminum sculpture. It is 22 feet high, 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep.

The existing Odyssey pieces are:

John Adduci – Running Arch, Odysseus

Mike Grucza – Odalisque

Jason Hawk – Don’t Panic, The World Isn’t Flat

Charles Hendricks & Associates and Lonici Rental Group – Tres Bon Tricycle

Preston Jackson – Haints + History, Travels of My Seven Sisters

Kara James – Tongue Highway

Terry Karpowicz – Heraldic Taunt at PNC – Porter County

Dessa Kirk – Demeter

Michele Lanning – Oh! and  Critical Mass in the PNC Library

Rob Lorenson – First Gear, Sentinel

Ruth Aizuss Migdal – Flappers

Brian Monaghan – Slow Dance

David Noguchi – Rise, at PNC – Porter County

Eric Nordgulen – Anatomy Vessel

Jason Poteet – Rumination

Christine Rojek – Breeze Keeper

Fisher Stolz – Seduction

S. Thomas Scarff –  Dancing Lady, Geisha Rose, Rainbow Flyer, Windfighter; at PNC – Porter County are Light Ray, Indigo Flame

George Sugarman – A Green Field, Two Part Folding Screen and Two Blues and a Red

Marshall Svendsen – Chicago Industrial

Jason Verbeek – Dragonfly

Zelda Werner – Alexander’s Circus

Bruce White – Ghostship, Twin Fin Continuum

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A number of works are for sale.

The Odyssey sculpture exhibit is open to the public during university hours. Visitors are encouraged to come on Thursdays, Fridays and weekends when parking is ample.

Information on group tours is available by contacting Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations at 219-785- 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC Conference on Diophantine m-tuples and Related Problems

Purdue University North Central will be the site of the international conference, Diophantine m-tuples and Related Problems, on Nov. 13 through 15 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02.

The conference will create a platform to discuss and present the recent results on the subject of Diophantine m-tuples and related problems. The researchers of Diophantine m-tuples will have the opportunity to present their work, to discuss about the strategies to solve the conjectures and to collaborate. Other aspects of Diophantine equations will be studied as well.

Dr. Alain Togbe, PNC professor of Mathematics, and a member of the conference committee, explained Diophantine m-tuples, “Let n be an integer, a set of m positive integers {a1, … , am} is called a Diophantine m-tuple with the property D(n) or a D(n)-m-tuple (or a Pn-set of size m), if ai aj + n is a perfect square. There are many conjectures (true results not solved). For example, in the case of n = 1, there is a folklore conjecture that there does not exist a quintuple.”

The keynote speakers are Andrej Dujella, of the University of Zagreb, Croatia; Alan Filipin,of the University of Zagreb, Croatia; Yasutsugu Fujita, of Nihon University, Japan and Florian Luca from Queretaro, Mexico and U. Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Leading experts in the field from around the world have already have already registered to attend and will travel to PNC from University of Debrecen, Hungary; Bharathidasan University, India; George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.; Eastern Illinois University, Charleston Ill.; Bharathidasan University, India; Purdue University, West Lafayette; Jazan University, Saudi Arabia; ABa Teacher’s College, China; University of Split, Croatia; Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Mich.; Purdue University North Central; Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria; University of Debrecen, Hungary; IIIT, India; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute; University of Osijek, Uludag University, Turkey; University of Debrecen, Hungary; University of West Hungary; Xiamen University, China and RICAM Linz, Austria.

The conference scientific committee members are Attila Berczes, Institute of Mathematics, University of Debrecen, Hungary; Alan Filipin, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia; László Szalay, Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, University of West Hungary and Alain Togbe, Purdue North Central.

Members of the local committee include PNC Mathematics/Statistics/Physics Department faculty members Gayla Domke, Bir Kafle; Susitha Karunaratne and Alain Togbe.

For further information about the conference contact Togbe at atogbe@pnc.edu or visit the conference website: http://faculty.pnc.edu/atogbe/Diophantine-mtuples.html.

PNC Auditions for “A Shakespearean Mashup: Galatea/Tamburlaine”

Purdue University North Central will host open auditions for the spring play, “A Shakespearean Mashup: Galatea/Tamburlaine” by John Lyly and Christopher Marlowe, on Nov. 10, 12, 17, 19.

This show provides some answers to the vexing question, “Where did Shakespeare come from?” as it combines two highly entertaining, wildly different plays by playwrights that were huge before Shakespeare showed up in London. “Galatea” is a hilarious, disguise- and Roman god-filled romp by John Lyly. “Tamburlaine” is the play that put Christopher Marlowe on the map, depicting a hero who conquers most of Asia by thundering speech and merciless sword. Both plays are compressed into a two-hour whirlwind tour of the extremes of Elizabethan theatre.

Play director Dr. Paul Hecht, associate professor of English and director of the PNC Theatre Program, notes that the production offers roles of a wide variety of sizes and levels of difficulty, as well as opportunities for cross-casting between the two plays.

Performances will be at the Mainstreet Theatre in Michigan City on April 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and a 12 matinee performance will begin at 3 p.m.

Members of the cast and crew can earn credit by taking Theatre 34800, which provides an eight-week acting course at the start of the semester before rehearsals begin at the end of February.

The sign-up sheets for a stress-free audition are posted outside Hecht’s office in PNC Technology Building Room 325.

For further information contact Hecht at phecht@pnc.edu.

Nov. 19 Enrollment Day for Spring Semester

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Wednesday, Nov. 19 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 jwhisler@pnc.edu, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

PNC Veterans Day Program

Purdue University North Central will host its annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event will honor all veterans, with special attention paid to PNC students, faculty and staff who are veterans. The public is invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served immediately following in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

The guest speaker will be Johnny “Joey” Jones During his eight-year career as a United States Marine serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jones’ work included the destruction of more than 85 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) and thousands of pounds of other unknown types of bulk explosives. In August 2010, while in Afghanistan, Jones was severely injured and lost his legs above the knee when an IED detonated leaving him with two years of recovery at Walter Reed Medical Center.

During his recovery, Jones developed a Peer Visit Program, providing an opportunity for others recovering from life-changing injuries to mentor and encourage newly injured patients. This led to a year-long Capitol Hill fellowship with the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee and his completion of a Georgetown University degree. During this time Joey became a supporter of the Boot Campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating awareness, promoting patriotism and providing assistance to military personnel, past and present and their families.

The program will include the presentation of the colors by the Rolling Prairie VFW; the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by student Nanda Danitschek; welcoming remarks by PNC Veterans Coordinator Jason Wray, former Army sergeant; comments by PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin and closing comments by PNC Veterans Organization President Emily Wyatt, former Navy MMN3.

The winners of the Veterans Organization Scholarships will have their winning essays addressing the topic of “What Veteran’s Day Means to Me” read.

As part of the ceremony, names of current or deceased veterans submitted by PNC students, faculty and staff will be read by Tony Sindone, PNC continuing lecturer of Economics and former Air Force tech sergeant; Mark Smith, chair, Department of Computer & Information Technology and former Army specialist and Jim Stemmler, La Porte Veterans Foreign War Post 1130 member and former Army corporal.

PNC student Brad Hill will perform “Amazing Grace” on the cello to close the event.

Donations of toiletries and non-perishable food will be accepted at the door to be given to charities serving homeless veterans. Boxes will be placed throughout campus to collect items during Veterans Day week.

Further information about the event may be obtained by contacting Mary Spiess, administrative assistant to the vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services at 219-785-5237. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Spiess.

ASL Coffeehouse is Nov. 21

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Nov. 21, 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 coffeehouse will be Dec. 12 at the Uptown Café. Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org.

Further information about the coffeehouse may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com.

Purdue North Central Sinai Forum Presents An Afternoon With John King

John King

John King

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum continues its 61st season Sunday, Nov. 16 with An Afternoon With John King, CNN chief national correspondent and anchor of “Inside Politics.”

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.

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.

As a member of the Peabody Award-winning “Best Political Team on Television,” King was a key part of the network’s Innovative America Votes 2008 coverage. He pioneered the use of the CNN “multi-touch” white board, allowing him to analyze election data and track delegates in a way that had not been done before.

King also anchors Inside Politics segments weekday mornings on CNN’s “New Day.” He previously anchored John King, USA, and in January 2009, he launched “State of the Union with John King,” the network’s Sunday political news program – visiting 50 states in 52 weeks to chronicle the first year of the Obama presidency.

He joined CNN in May 1997 and became chief national correspondent in April 2005. He served as CNN’s senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005, when his duties included reporting on the Iraq war and the September 11 terrorist attacks.

He was among the first correspondents to report in 1991 from a liberated Kuwait and received the top-reporting prize for his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War from the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Association.

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

The final Forum session will be 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 www.sinaiforum.org or by phone at (219) 531-4200.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “Wish I Was Here”

The movie “Wish I Was Here” will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City, offered through a collaboration between Purdue University North Central’s Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and Michigan City Public Library. The showing is free and open to the public. The film is rated R for language and sexual content.

“Wish I Was Here” is Zach Braff’s follow up to “Garden State.” Written by Braff and his brother Adam Braff, the film stars Zach Braff as Aiden Bloom, a struggling actor. Kate Hudson stars as his wife. Mandy Patinkin plays Aiden’s dying father.

The family home schools the Bloom’s children when they can no longer afford their private school tuition. Aiden takes the children on a series of outings as part of their “education.” Aiden is unwilling to give up his dream of becoming an actor and unsure of how to face the looming death of his father. Added to the mix is his brother who hasn’t spoken to their father for a year.

“The Hollywood Reporter” reviewed the film following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, describing it as a “funny and emotionally satisfying tale of thirtysomethings trying to come to terms with life itself.”

“The L.A. Times” notes that the movie brings together “thematic notions about parenting, family, male maturity and Jewish identity.

The Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features various events throughout the year. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.pnc.edu. For more information about this film, or any event in the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, at 219-785- 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC College of Business Online Certificate Programs

The Purdue University North Central College of Business is pleased to announce the development of two entry level certificates that can be pursued completely online. The certificate in Organizational Leadership and the Certificate in Human Resources are ideal opportunities for individuals who would like to upgrade their leadership skills while maintaining active employment. Courses are offered entirely online to accommodate busy lifestyles. Courses taken as part of this certificate can also help increase the personal effectiveness of students entering the workforce regardless of their chosen profession, or add a leadership component to an existing technical degree. The certificates provide an option for those who are redirecting their career focus.

According to “Hoosier Hot Jobs,” front line supervisors and managers in many areas are going to be in demand in Northwest Indiana. Five of the 50 hottest jobs relate to management and supervision. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that demand for human resources professionals is, on average, higher than the national job growth average for all other professions.

“The certificate in leadership can be the first step in gaining the skills needed for advancement or as a complement to technical expertise in a specific area,” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, Dean of the PNC College of Business.

Prospective students may apply for admission to PNC and when accepted, may enroll for spring semester classes, which begin the week of Jan. 12, 2015. Information on become a student is available at http://www.pnc.edu/admissions/undergrad/applying/. Select the “Apply for Admission” link to get started. Further information about these certificates can be obtained by visiting www.pnc.edu or by calling the Purdue North Central Office of Admissions at 219-785-5505.