PNC CEDaR Economic Briefing Breakfast April 7

The Purdue University North Central College of Business and the Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR) together with the Greater La Porte and Michigan City Area Chambers of Commerce will host an Economic Briefing Breakfast on Tuesday, April 7, from 7:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

This program will feature an informative current look at the economic outlook for LaPorte County presented by Dr. Derek Bjonback, PNC associate professor of Economics and Director for the Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR) and Anthony Sindone, PNC continuing lecturer of Economics.

A question and answer period follows with lively discussion.

The Economic Briefing Breakfast is open to the public. Reservations are required.

To register or obtain further information, visit or

PNC American Sign Language Club Game Night – March 26

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Game Night on Thursday, March 26 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.

Snacks and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. A Children’s Hour will begin at 6 p.m. with ASL games for children and adults. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend.

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. Children are welcome to attend with a parent or an adult. 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 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 Information about other events in the community is posted at:

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 The PNC ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are featured on Facebook.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC Video Launch Party Previews 2nd Annual Day of Giving

Purdue University North Central will host a Video Launch Party to help promote the Purdue University Day of Giving on April 1 at noon in Library-Student-faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.

The video to be debuted will highlight the impact that PNC has on the region. Many community leaders, including LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo and Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer will attend and offer comments on the positive impact has on the surrounding communities.

The video will also be featured on social media. Once the video is available on April 1, students, alumni, family, friends and the community will be able to share the video with #iampnc. People are encouraged to share the video beginning April 14. The first 10 people to share the video will receive a prize at the launch party. The various Purdue groups across all Purdue campuses will compete to gather the most “shares.”

The video launch is a preview to the April 29 Day of Giving, the day set aside for donors to give to donate to the university.

During this 24-hour period, donors are asked to make a monetary donation to Purdue North Central. All donations can be made online and can be made specifically to benefit PNC. Donors have the option of choosing to give to an academic department of their choice, a student club or organization, athletic team or ask their gift go to the area with the greatest need.

The PNC goal is to raise 5,000 gifts of $10 each. When PNC reaches this goal, it has the potential to win has win additional extra funds by having the highest participation throughout Purdue University.

The Day of Giving allows anyone to donate at Please note April 29 is the only day that donations may be made to this website for the Day of Giving. Donors, alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of PNC can show their support by also using the #iampnc on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.           #

PNC Women’s Association Spring Chicago Bus Trip

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association will take its spring bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, April 11 to see Outsider Art. There will be time for lunch and shopping.

The group will make its traditional stop at Trader Joe’s where guests will have the opportunity to shop for items to bring home to enjoy. Men and young adults are welcome to attend.

Cost for this trip is $75 for PNCWA members and $85 for non- members. The day will start at 7 a.m. with breakfast of Dunkin’ Donuts and toasted Panera bagels in the Schwarz Hall Vending Room. After breakfast the group will board the luxury coach with restroom that will leave campus at 8 a.m. sharp.

The first stop will be at Trader Joe’s for some shopping. Purchases can be stowed in the secure storage area under the bus.

Next up is a drive to the Bridgeport Art Center, home of Project Onward. Project Onward serves more than 55 artists, ranging in age from early-20s to early-70s, each with unique creative styles and facing diverse challenges, from autism to mental illness.

Project Onward was founded in 2004 and soon after moved to the Chicago Cultural Center, where it became a citywide resource and began serving more artists. In 2013, it moved to a professional artists’ studio and gallery in the Bridgeport Art Center. The 13,000-square-foot space includes three galleries and a studio customized to the needs of the organization’s growing artist membership. After nine years as a city-led program, Project Onward began the transition to becoming an independent nonprofit.

Some of the working artists will be available to meet and a gift shop abounds with treasures.

For lunch, the group will move to Masada, is Chicago’s newest Middle Eastern dining experience.

When making a reservation for the bus trip, be sure to note a lunch choice from the menu of:

Chicken Sumac: Half chicken encrusted in ground onions and sumac spice, oven roasted and served with shrak bread.

Lamb shank: stewed in preserved yogurt over saffron rice and toasted pine nuts.

Kosheri: A vegan choice of Egyptian rice and lentils, braised chick peas, elbow pasta, caramelized onions, lemon garlic vinaigrette.

All dishes are served with vegan Lentil soup and Salata Arabia, a cucumber, tomato, parsley, lemon olive oil salad.

After lunch is a walk, or quick bus ride, to Susann Craig’s loft. At one time, Craig rented space in her home to local students. Then she briefly shared her space with a young architect, who recently received a master’s degree from Harvard University. The former student is Jeanne Gang, now an internationally known architect. The firm she founded, Studio/ Gang/Architects, designed Chicago’s Aqua Building and has left its footprint from San Francisco to China, Germany to New York, including its American Museum of Natural History addition.

Gang and Craig became lifelong friends and Gang helped redesign Craig’s loft to display Craig’s growing collections of art and jewelry. Craig, is a manufacturers’ rep. in woman’s clothing and the accessories industry and previously owned gift shops in Leeland and Sutton’s Bay, Mich. and in Champagne, Ill. Her home was featured in the book, “A Home of Her Own,” by Nancy Hiller, which showcases intimate living spaces and the stories of those who live in them. Craig will share her space with the PNCWA for a tour and relaxing visit.

The final visit for the day will be Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Twenty-five years ago, Craig became a founding member of the Intuit Museum, the only nonprofit organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to presenting self-taught and outsider art — with world-class exhibitions among other things.

Particularly of note will be the first Chicago retrospective for Mr. Imagination, Gregory Warmack, and a celebrated Chicagoan whose career spanned more than 30 years. Incredibly prolific, his happy figures belie the series of tragedies he experienced in life, including a near-fatal shooting.

There will be time to stop in the gift shop.

To make a reservation, checks should be made payable to “PNCWA” and mailed to Liz Bernel, Room Schwarz 154, Purdue University North Central, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville, Ind. 46391. Include the meal choice and contact information to receive confirmation that payment is received.

Anyone cancelling a reservation will receive a full refund only if the seat is resold. There is usually a waiting list of potential buyers.

For more information, contact Bernel at 219-785-5719;

PNC 9th Annual Early Childhood Conference

The Purdue University North Central Center for Early Learning will host its 9th Annual Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, April 25 on the PNC campus.

The conference theme is “Meaningful Measures” and will focus on assessment and evaluation. The conference will be appropriate for early childhood professionals, caregivers, child development professionals and all parents, students and community members who are interested in working with young children will find something relevant to their interests at the conference.

The day will begin with registration and breakfast from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. The conference will open at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker Candace S. Meyer, founder and developer of Minds-in-Motion, Inc. Meyer, who has 40 years of experience in the field of education, will speak on the subject, “Meaningful Movements.” She will also present two breakout sessions.

A full lineup of breakout sessions is scheduled. Each will focus on tracks that include: child development; community resources; family engagement; environments; teaching and learning and assessment. Speakers will include PNC faculty, as well as experts in early childhood education, development and assessment. A panel discussion will explore the issue of school safety plans.

PNC Chancellor, Dr. James B. Dworkin, will be on hand to present a breakout session to share his experiences with publishing his children’s book, “The Dog and the Dolphin.” All participants will receive a free copy of this delightful book about developing friendships.

There will be a study trip to the Westville Little School – the Professional Development Partnership with Westville Schools, Dunebrook and the PNC Early Childhood Education program. The Westville Little School is a unique preschool program with a focus on school readiness, family engagement and teacher education.

PNC Early Childhood Students serve as ambassadors at the conference and will also share poster presentations of current class projects and service engagement.

There will be a lunch break and an afternoon break with a snack.

A Family Fun Time Event with the Jesse White Tumblers will follow the conference from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the PNC cafeteria. The event is open without charge to all community members who would like to attend. The tumblers have been thrilling audiences with their amazing athletic and tumbling skills since 1959. Families are encouraged to attend.

Early Bird conference registration is open until March 28. Special rates apply for groups and students. Conference registration is $60 if completed by March 27, 2015. Registration includes lunch.

Registration completed after March 29 is $70 with no guarantee of lunch. The fee includes entrance to the Family Fun Time Event.

The Group Rate of $55 per person is available through March 28 for groups of five people or more. The PNC Student fee is $15. Non-PNC student fee is $25.

To register or to obtain further information visit

Conference co-chairs are Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, PNC associate professor of Early Childhood Education and Deb Pratt, continuing lecturer of Education, who lead a volunteer of community members. Event sponsors are: United for Children; the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation and the Purdue North Central Women’s Association.

PNC Hyde Park Forum to be April 15

The 32nd Purdue University North Central Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest will be Wednesday, April 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Hyde Park Forum winners will meet in a Speak-Off competition on April 17 at noon in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Speak-Off winners will earn monetary prizes – $200 for 1st place; $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place.

The annual Hyde Park Forum is a fun and challenging annual speaking event open to all PNC students who will present their thoughts on a variety of subjects. Many of the speakers will be students in the PNC Communication 114 class. The speeches are thought-provoking, insightful and often present new or differing points of view to the listeners. Topics range from commentary on current news, observations of the social or cultural climate or a subject of interest to the speaker. The speeches will be rated by a panel of judges.

Following the presentation of the speeches, participants and guests will enjoy an award ceremony in which all speakers are recognized.

The Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off are sponsored by the PNC Department of Communication. Additional sponsors are still being sought.

The concept for the Hyde Park Forum is loosely based on London’s Hyde Park, a public park known as a 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. The PNC Hyde Park Forum offers a similar opportunity for students to stand and deliver their messages to a group of interested listeners. The Hyde Park Forum continues to be a source of encouragement for speakers of all ages at PNC.

The deadline for entries is April 10. Students may register at Further information about the Hyde Park Forum, can be obtained by contacting Dr. Daniel Wilbur, associate professor of Communication at 219-785-5472 or by visiting Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Wilbur.

PNC Offers Women in Science Expo on April 4

Purdue University North Central will be the site of the Women in Science Expo on April 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library-Science-Faculty Building, Room 144.

The goal of the Women in Science Expo (WiSE) is to show girls in grades 6 to 12 that science careers are exciting, practical and rewarding. The event organizers are Biology students Stefanie Rigg and Summer Stockwell and Chemistry Student Melanie Shebel.

This expo will allow the girls to engage in hands-on science activities. Girls will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from women in varying occupations and levels of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions, including graduate and undergraduate research.

The girls are encouraged to ask questions to learn more about the possibilities that exist in their area of interest and to get an idea of the subjects and coursework they need to concentrate on to achieve their career goals.

“We believe that science should be celebrated and encouraged among the younger female population,” said Rigg. “WiSE is dedicated to offering educational and professional enrichment to girls. Each participant will be given the opportunity to discover countless science professions. The expo will promote leadership, create a support system and inspire success in science for girls in our area. We hope to inspire more young women to pursue STEM-related careers.”

Individuals and companies interested in participating may register at

Students may register to attend at anytime through March 27. Registration is encouraged but not required.

PNC Delta Sigma Club Science Fair Results

Science Fair Winners

Left to right: Mackenzie Major, Kaleigh Ciesielski, Hannah Rigg

Students in grades 3 through 8 recently gathered at Purdue University North Central to participate in the PNC Delta Sigma science club science fair.

The Science Fair was intended to encourage scientific creativity, to engage young students in enlightening projects and to give them an opportunity to interact with students of similar interests to one another and with faculty from the PNC College of Science.

Many of the PNC students who are Delta Sigma members believe that participating in science fairs was instrumental in fostering an interest in science and ultimately choosing to embark on a path to a science degree.

The Science Fair results are:

Third and fourth grade winners: Lilith Rengstorf, Northview Elementary, Valparaiso; Violet Lukich, Eads Elementary, Munster;  Hannah Rigg, Kaleigh Ciesielski, & Mackenzie Major, Central Elementary, Valparaiso.

Fifth & sixth grade winners: Aidan Kraemer, Westville Elementary, Westville; Mason Kraemer, Westville Elementary, Westville; Hailey Rigg, Ben Franklin Middle School, Valparaiso.

Seventh & eighth grade winners: Mya Methner and classmates from the Renaissance Academy, La Porte.

The event sponsors were: PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin; PNC Department of Biology/Chemistry; PNC Department of Physics/Math/Statistics; PNC College of Science;; Barnes and Noble; Albanese Candy; Sweet Lou, That’s Who, PNC Campus Shop and Horizon Gymnastics and Cheer.

PNC Porter County Academic Super Bowl Winners

A team of students from Valparaiso High School placed first overall in the Academic Super Bowl Invitational competition for Porter County students at Purdue University North Central.

The March 4 competition included teams from all nine Porter County High Schools: Boone Grove High School, Chesterton High School, Hebron High School, Kouts High School, Morgan Township High School, Portage High School, Valparaiso High School, Washington Township High School and Wheeler High School.

The team from Chesterton High School took second place and Washington Township took third.

The competition theme was The Grandeur That Was Rome” with students competing in six subject areas – math, English, science, fine arts, social studies and interdisciplinary.

The Porter County winners in each round were:

Math – first – Chesterton; second – Valparaiso; third – Boone Grove.

English – first – Washington Township; second – Boone Grove; third (tie) – Hebron and Portage.

Science – first – Washington Township; second – Boone Grove; third – Kouts.

Fine Arts – first – Valparaiso; second – Portage; third – Chesterton.

Social Studies – first – Chesterton; second – Valparaiso; third – Portage.

Interdisciplinary – first – Valparaiso; second – Chesterton; third – Portage.

Super Bowl competition in Indiana is a part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. This unique inter-scholastic academic competition program allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to an athletic contest. The academic competitions encourage academic achievement by offering participants recognition and reward by honoring intellectual achievement, academic competition celebrating scholarship.

PNC LaPorte County Academic Super Bowl Winners

First Place Team Home Scholars

Home Scholars First row (seated): Aidan Maloney, McKenzie Kammann , Elizabeth Chesak , Audrey Ott , Miriam Trujillo; Second row (standing): Zac Felty, Sarah Fickel, Joseph Stewart, Adam Chesak, Josh Felty, Stephen Mathew, Bryn Warner, Hunter Olson, Richelle Szafasz

Purdue University North Central recently hosted the seventh annual LaPorte County and Beyond Senior Academic Super Bowl Open Invitational that drew teams from throughout Northwest Indiana.

The competition concluded with the Home Scholars team of home schooled students from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties taking first place overall. Second place overall went the team from LaPorte High School and third place was earned by the Elkhart Christian Academy.

Participating schools were from LaPorte High School, Michigan City High School and Marquette High School of Michigan City; LaCrosse High School; Oregon-Davis High School of Hamlet; Elkhart Christian Academy; North White High School of Monon and the Home Scholars.

The 2015 competition theme was “The Grandeur That is Rome” and covered the six subject areas of English, science, fine arts, social studies, math and interdisciplinary. The winners in each round were:

Math – first – Home Scholars; second (tie) – Elkhart Christian Academy and LaPorte; third– North White.

English – first – Home Scholars; second – North White; third – LaPorte.

Science – first – Home Scholars; second – LaPorte; third – Elkhart Christian.

Fine Arts – first – Home Scholars; second – North White; third – Elkhart Christian.

Social Studies – first – Home Scholars; second – LaPorte; third – Elkhart Christian.

Interdisciplinary – first – Home Scholars; second – Elkhart Christian; third place –LaCrosse.

Super Bowl competition in Indiana is a part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. This unique inter-scholastic academic competition program allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to an athletic contest. The academic competitions encourage academic achievement by offering participants recognition and reward by honoring intellectual achievement, academic competition celebrating scholarship.