PNC Non-Credit Short Story Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of English and Modern Languages will offer a non-credit workshop series for anyone who wants to learn how to write effective short stories.

The program will meet Tuesday evenings from Oct. 7 through Nov. 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each week. The registration fee for community members is $139.00 and includes all materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Sept.30 at 4 p.m. Writers of all interests and abilities are welcomed.

This program will be taught by award-winning author Lucrecia Guerrero, an experienced teacher of writing whose work has appeared in numerous journals, a short story collection and other works. Guerrero describes the program as beneficial for those who have a story to tell but may be overwhelmed by longer form writing or are attracted to the shorter form.

Participants will be led into writing short stories of 300 to 1,000 words through in-class writing exercises and mini lessons on craft.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/ or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Hosts “Flight” International Rescue Committee Exhibit

Flight

Piece by Maria Helena Vieira Da Silva

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series is presenting the exhibit, “FLIGHT,” a collection of lithographs compiled by the International Rescue Committee.

“FLIGHT” will be on display through May 31 in the PNC Library-Student-Faulty Building student lounge, Room 062. Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library-Student-Faculty Building is closed on Sundays.

“FLIGHT” is a series of 12 lithographs, each produced by a modern master of art, representing the artist’s personal interpretation of the struggle to freedom that individuals faced under dire circumstances. Three hundred sets of the lithographs were produced, the originals destroyed.

The International Rescue Committee was created in 1933, the same year Adolph Hitler became chancellor of the German Reich. The International Rescue Committee was formed by Albert Einstein, educator John Dewey, Eleanor Roosevelt and others, with the mission of the group of helping those trying to escape the Nazis.

American journalist Varian Fry was asked to carry out a rescue operation to help those trying to flee Europe, among them artists, writers and other intellectuals in France, who faced certain death. With $3,000 strapped to the inside of his pant leg, Fry infiltrated Nazi-occupied France and made it possible for more than 2,000 refugees to come to America.

The International Rescue Committee exists to this day, and has aided millions of refugees.

In the 1960s, Fry was asked to assemble a collection of art the IRC commissioned to help raise money for its refugee aid. Some of the contributing artists had been brought to freedom through the IRC. The suite of works was completed in 1971 and included the works of Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Robert Motherwell, Alexander Calder, Jacque Lipchitz and Adolph Gottlieb. Fry died in 1967 at age 59 before the collection was completed.

One of the “FLIGHT” collections was purchased in 1971 by Warren and Lynda Meeker, supporters of the International Rescue Committee and friends of Leo Cherne, chair of the IRC Board of Directors.

In 2014 Lydia Meeker donated the art to Sinai Temple in Michigan City, in memory of her husband. The works exhibited at PNC are on loan from the temple.

To obtain further information about this exhibit or the Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, at 785-5200, ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC Students Earn Chancellor’s Leadership Awards

Chancellor's Leadership Group

2014-2015 Chancellor’s Leadership Group

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin has announced the winners of the 2014-2015 Chancellor’s Leadership Award.

The students selected for the honor join a distinguished group of students who have a record of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership through involvement in school and community activities.

Award criteria include school and community involvement and leadership, scholastic achievement and potential for participation and leadership in PNC extracurricular activities. Students earning leadership awards represent high schools throughout Northwest Indiana and were involved in a variety of clubs, activities, community and church organizations and sports.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Award is a renewable scholarship program that requires participation in an on-campus leadership seminar and volunteer service, among other requirements. Several of the scholarships are sponsored through endowment funds created by local businesses and individuals.

These students will also take part in the semester-long Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar. The seminar, led by Dworkin, covers various topics involving leadership, civic engagement and community service.

Incoming PNC students earning the awards are:

Kristina Carr, of Valparaiso, a Nursing major and Chesterton High School graduate.

Adriene Church, of Valparaiso, a Nursing major and Chesterton High School graduate.

Tyler Garzinski, of Avon, a Business major with a Marketing concentration, graduated from Plainfield High School.

Lauren Georgeff, of Valparaiso, a Secondary Education major who graduated from Valparaiso High School.

Bradley Hill, of Portage, is a Mechanical Engineering major and Portage High School graduate.

Jessica Marshall, of Portage, is a Business major and a Portage High School graduate.

Virginia  Ramos-Romero, of Michigan City, is a Nursing major and Michigan City  High School graduate.

Alexandra Sink, of Chesterton, is a Nursing major, a Chesterton High School graduate and member of the Honors Program.

Danielle Szymkowski, of LaPorte, is a Biology major, participating in the Honors Program and graduate of Marquette High School.

Kelsey Vergin, of  LaPorte, is a Nursing major and LaPorte High School graduate.

Lindsey  Zajac, of Valparaiso, is a Business major with a concentration in Accounting and graduated from Wheeler High School.

Caroline  Brown, of Minooka Ill., is a Social Work major, graduate of Minooka Community High School and member of the PNC softball team.

Jacob Moore, of Kouts, is a Business major who graduated from Kouts High School and is a member of the PNC baseball team.

Maria Miller, of Michigan City, is a Communication major and current PNC student earning a Chancellor’s Leadership Award.

Jason Wray, of Valparaiso, is a current PNC student who is a Psychology and taking part in the Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “The Railway Man”

The movie “The Railway Man” will be shown on Sunday, Sept. 21 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 images of violence and torture.

“The Railway Man” is based on the memoir of Eric Lomax, a World War II British officer who was captured and tortured by the Japanese in 1942 and later worked to overcome the memories that tormented him.

Lomax died in 2012 at age 93. Colin Firth stars as Lomax, with Jeremy Irvine playing him as a younger man. The film opens with Lomax on his deathbed and soon moves to 1980 when Lomax meets and marries Patti, played by Nicole Kidman. While a minor character in the film, Patti discovers Lomax suffers horrible nightmares and untreated post-traumatic stress disorder. Patti learns from her husband’s friend the depth of the horror that he experienced as a prisoner of war. Through the use of flashbacks, the audience sees what Lomax endured in captivity.

Four decades after the war, Lomax is able to confront the man he deemed responsible for his torture and is incensed that he is unpunished and working in a Japanese war museum. While Lomax initially intended to kill the man, the film ends in what “Variety” magazine termed “a case of truth and reconciliation before such attitudes became the accepted way of coping with unspeakable human-rights violations.”

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 785-5200,  ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

Jenn Lim to Open 2014 Season of the Purdue North Central Sinai Forum

Jenn Lim

Jenn Lim

The Purdue North Central Sinai Forum opens the 61st season on Sunday, Sept. 7 with Jenn Lim, CEO and chief happiness officer at Delivering Happiness. Lim was instrumental in creating the culture described in the best-selling book, “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh of Zappos Shoes. The book has sold over 550,000 copies and been translated into 20 languages.

Lim will share her inspirational, research-based approach to creating meaning and happiness. Today, her work has touched people in 3,100 cities and 110 countries, as a roadmap for communities, employers, educators and anyone who wants to find more meaning in his or her daily life.

Lim’s season opener will be held at the Chesterton High School auditorium. The remaining four 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., with doors opening 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:

George Will, Sunday, Sept. 28, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Well-known columnist, commentator and author, Will has been a popular figure on the talk-show circuit this year, talking about his latest book, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred.” His twice-weekly column has been syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group since 1974, and today appears in more than 460 papers. Will won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1976.

Robert Glennon, Sunday, Oct. 26, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis,” 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. He also blogs for the Huffington Post and for National Geographic Water Currents.

John King, Sunday, Nov. 16, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

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. King also anchors Inside Politics segments weekday mornings on CNN’s New Day. 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, Dec. 14, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

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.

Prospective Students Invited to PNC College Fair Sept. 18

Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be at Purdue University North Central on Sept. 18, for its 30th College Fair. The fair begins at 6 p.m. This event offers area high school and middle school students, as well as interested adults, a chance to find out more about academic programs, application procedures, campus life, costs, and other aspects of college life.

Financial aid presentations at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will help students and their families understand what aid is available and how to begin the application process. College representatives will meet with students and answer questions until 7:45 p.m. All events will take place in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building. The College Fair is free and open to the public and advance registration is not required.

The public and private colleges invited include: Purdue University West Lafayette, Calumet, IPFW and North Central; Ancilla College; Anderson University; Ball State University; Benedictine University; Bethel College; Calumet College of St. Joseph; Calvin College; College of Court Reporting; Concordia University Chicago; DePauw University; Dominican University-River Forest; Ferris State University; Goshen College; Hanover College; Huntington University; Indiana Institute of Technology; Indiana State University; Indiana University Bloomington, South Bend, IUPUI and Northwest; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana; Kendall College; Loyola University of Chicago; Manchester University; Marian University; National Guard -1613th; Northern Illinois University; Northern Michigan University; Northwood University; Olivet Nazarene University; Robert Morris University; Roosevelt University; Saginaw Valley State University; Saint Joseph’s College; Saint Mary-of-the Woods College; Southern Illinois University; Trine University; University of Illinois; University of Indianapolis; University of Saint Francis; University of Saint Francis Crown Point; Valparaiso University; Vincennes University; Butler University; Saint Mary’s College-Notre Dame and Western Michigan University.

The PNC campus is located just south of the junction of the Indiana Toll Road and U.S. 421.

High school students and others wishing more information prior to the fair can contact high school guidance counselors, or the PNC Enrollment Services Office, 219-785-5200, ext.5505, or www.pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5505.

PNC Auditions for Fall Performances of “Rough Magic”

The Purdue University North Central PNC Players announce open auditions for their fall show, “Rough Magic” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Sep. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the PNC Technology Building, Room 301.

Actors may drop in at any point during those hours and may come in on one or both days. Appointments are not required, but actors should expect to stay for 30 minutes to an hour.

Auditions are open to members of the community along with PNC students, faculty and staff and will involve reading from the script. No special preparation is required. There are five roles available for women and five for men, plus two with gender-flexible casting possibilities. Most roles are flexible in terms of age, though one male must look approximately 17 to 18 years old.

“Rough Magic” takes characters from “The Tempest” and drops them into modern-day New York, with bizarre and dangerous consequences. “Dramatists Play Service” describes the show as “a Shakespearean action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and The X-Men that conjures a mythical, magical meta-universe.” Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes for Marvel Comics, has created an experience that is by turns humorous, dark, and enchanting for both the actors and the audience.

Rehearsals for the show will begin Sept. 17 and run through Nov 6, and will be scheduled in the afternoons and evenings based on the actors’ availabilities. Rehearsals will be on the PNC campus and at Main Street Theatre in Michigan City. Performances will run at Main Street Theatre on Nov. 8, 9, 14 and 15.

For further information contact the director, Dr. Bethany Lee, PNC continuing lecturer of English at btlee@pnc.edu or 219-785-5229.

PNC Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate and Advanced Users Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Computer and Information Technology will offer a non-credit workshop series for intermediate and advanced users of Microsoft Office’s Excel 2013 software.

The course will meet on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., from Oct. 2 through Nov. 6. The registration fee is $159 and includes all books and materials. The registration fee for those who participated in the beginner class in June 2014 and still have the textbook is $129. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.

This program will be taught by an instructor with 11 years of PNC teaching experience and 20 years of management experience in an office environment. Participants will be introduced to intermediate and advanced concepts and techniques for using the software in personal and business applications.

There will be a brief review of concepts taught in the beginner-level program before learning intermediate and advanced functions of the software. Instruction will include how to create data and pivot tables, as well as shared and merged workbooks, how to use various financial and logical functions, how to use advanced sorting features and how to use custom and advanced filters. In addition, class members will learn software functions such as Goal Seek, Solver, dashboards and Scenarios, how to track changes, add comments and import external data from Microsoft Access. There will also instruction on how to create defined names in formulas, how to create outlines and linked cells between more than one worksheet.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/ or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

Purdue North Central Welcomes New Faculty Members

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Gayle Voight Block

Hui Chu

Hui Chu

Ceren Ekebas-Turedi

Ceren Ekebas-Turedi

Denise Frazier

Denise Frazier

Lindsay Gielda

Lindsay Gielda

Amy Hammoud

Amy Hammoud

Kim Huffman

Kim Huffman

Bir Kafle

Bir Kafle

Jiliang Li

Jiliang Li

Kristi Paull

Kristi Paull

Allyson Saary

Allyson Saary

Scott Simerlein

Scott Simerlein

Michelle Spaulding

Michelle Spaulding

George Stefanek

George Stefanek

Henry Williams

Henry Williams

Wangling Yu

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PNC welcomes new full-time faculty members for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. They are:

College of Science

Lindsay Gielda – visiting assistant professor of Biology. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Most recently she served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College.

Amy Hammoud – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. Hammoud holds associate degrees from Indiana University and Purdue University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix. She has been employed as a registered nurse at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital and limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Bir Kafle – visiting assistant professor of Mathematics. Kafle was granted a bachelor’s degree at Tribhuvan University-Nepal; a master’s degree at Western Illinois University and doctorate at, Louisiana State University. Most recently, Kafle was an instructor at Louisiana State University.

Kristi Paull – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and master’s degree from University of Phoenix. She was employed as a registered nurse at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital and a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Allyson Saary – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. She has an associate degree from Miami-Dade Community College a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree from Walden University. She previously worked as a staff nurse at Porter Hospital.

Scott Simerlein – clinical assistant professor of Biology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He was an associate professor of Life Sciences at Ivy Tech and a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Michelle Spaulding – assistant professor of Biology. She was granted her bachelor’s degree by the University of California and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia University. Most recently served as an Rea postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Gayle Voight-Block – clinical assistant professor of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Valparaiso University and her master’s at Purdue University. She served as a visiting assistant professor of Nursing at PNC.

College of Liberal Arts

Hui Chu – assistant professor of Psychology. Chu holds master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky and was most recently a visiting scholar instructor at the University of Kentucky

Denise Frazier –assistant professor of Literacy Education. She has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s and doctorate degrees from Ball State University. She has been employed as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.

College of Engineering and Technology

Kim Huffman – visiting assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology. She earned her associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from Purdue University. She was a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Jiliang Li – assistant professor of Civil Engineering. He was granted his bachelor’s degree by the University of Science and Technology Beijing and his doctorate by the University of Alabama. He was employed as a geotechnical project engineer for CTL Engineering, Inc.

Wangling Yu – visiting assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from East China University of Science and Technology, his master’s and doctorate degrees from The City College of the City University of New York. He previously worked as a test engineer at SRA International, Inc. and a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

George Stefanek –assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He also served as a visiting assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology at PNC.

College of Business

Ceren Ekebas-Turedi – assistant professor of Marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yeditepe University Turkey, a master’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a doctorate degree from Old Dominion University. She was an instructor at Old Dominion University

Henry Williams –assistant professor of Organizational Leadership. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from National-Louise University and doctorate from Benedictine University. He previously served PNC as a visiting assistant professor.

PNC Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit workshop series for people who want to learn basic digital photography and how to start using Adobe Photoshop software.

The workshop will meet at the PNC Westville campus on Thursday evenings from Oct. 2 to Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. The registration fee is $189 and includes all materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.

During the first half of the program, participants will learn the basics of photography technique and composition through hands-on and traditional instruction. They will also receive general and individualized assistance with the settings and functions of their digital cameras. During the second half of the program, participants will get hands-on experience with Adobe Photoshop and learn to use the software to take their digital photography skills to the next level.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/ or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.