PNC CEDaR Economic Briefing Breakfast

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, Oct. 28, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

This program will feature an informative look at the economic outlook for La Porte 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.

Special guest speakers will be Clarence Hulse, Executive Director, Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City, and Audra Peterson, Director Career and Technical Education for La Porte County.

A question and answer period follows with lively discussion.

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

Visit www.lpchamber.com or www.mcachamber.com by Oct. 21.

PNC Invites Prospective Students to Oct. 30 Open House

Purdue University North Central will host a campus open house on Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building for prospective students of all ages and their families. The open house will begin at 4:30 p.m. with specific programming for high school students now earning Purdue credits through the Concurrent Enrollment/ Dual Credit Program who intend to enroll at PNC.

The general open house for all other prospective students will begin at 5:30 p.m. Campus tours will be offered at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. An Academic, Student Service and Activity Fair will continue throughout the evening where students can explore majors, clubs and activities and discover the various types of assistance that PNC offers to support student success.

A breakout session will offer a look at campus life through the eyes of PNC students. Information about the basics of paying for college and financial aid will be covered in the session.

A separate breakout session will discuss the needs and interests of transfer students.

The open house is expected to conclude at 7:30 p.m.

This event is appropriate for high school students, community college graduates, veterans and adults thinking about attending college. This presents an ideal opportunity to explore academic programs with faculty and advisors. Guests will learn more about student support programs, veteran services, campus activities and athletics in a casual, fun atmosphere. Families are welcome to attend. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration for the open house is encouraged – but not required – by Oct. 23 and can be completed by email at www.pnc.edu/admissions/openhouse/

Further information may be obtained by email at jwhisler@pnc.edu, by phone at 219-785-5505 or by IM pncadmissions4 through AOL. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Janice Whisler at 785-5200, ext. 5415 by Oct. 23.

PNC Offers Non-Credit Advanced Video Editing Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Communication will offer a non-credit Advanced Video Editing Topics workshop on Saturdays from Nov. 1, through Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Participants will learn to use settings, filters and special effects found in Sony Vegas video editing software, covering topics such as multiple line editing and stacking, color adjustment, audio and visual envelopes and other features found in most package editing software. They will gain a better understanding of how the software works and of special enhancements and adjustments that can be added to a video to correct problems and create art. This workshop will be taught by PNC Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Jeff Shires.

The registration is $139 per person. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. CT.

PNC will provide the video equipment and software needed to engage in this hands-on program; however Shires recommends participants also bring the devices they intend use to capture video footage after the program ends so that he can teach how to maximize their capabilities as well. Such personal video equipment might include camcorders, smartphones, camera phones, flip cameras and more.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel or contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Offers SAT Prep Programs

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, in partnership with the PNC Mathematics/Statistics/Physics Department and Department of English and Modern Languages, will offer SAT preparation programs at its Westville campus.

The math program will meet on Mondays and Wednesday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., from Nov. 3 through Nov. 19. The instructor, Jerry DeGroot, has been a PNC continuing lecturer of Mathematics for 12 years and has more than 20 years of experience teaching mathematics. The math program fee is $149 and includes a textbook, and all materials. The registration deadline for the math program is Oct. 22 by 4 p.m. CT.

Students will learn the most common math topics on the SAT, including operations, algebra, functions, geometry and measurement, data analysis, statistics and probability. They will also learn test-taking skills such as how to read and interpret math questions on the exam, how to avoid the most common careless mistakes, how and when to make educated guesses, how to use the reference information provided on the exam and how to use a calculator effectively while taking the SAT. During the sessions, DeGroot will present practice problems and practice examinations that will look and feel similar to the actual SAT. This allows students to familiarize themselves with test and question formatting, the pace at which they will need to answer questions and the techniques they will need to use in order to earn a high score on the math portion of the exam.

The English program will meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon from Nov 8 through Nov. 22. Instructor Tamara O’Hearn, has taught college English for 20 years and college preparatory school English for nine years. O’Hearn has experience working for Pearson Education, where she evaluated test takers’ essay responses on the SAT. The English program cost is $139 and includes a textbook, as well as all other materials. The registration deadline for the English section is Oct. 27 by 4 p.m. CT.

Students taking the English program will learn about and practice critical reading, sentence completion, proper grammar and word usage. Students’ vocabularies, grammar skills, reading comprehension and writing abilities will be challenged and expanded through in-class and take-home activities, timed recall tests and graded essays. Students will become familiar with the format of the exam, learning the types of questions on the English portion of the exam and the amount of time allotted for each. They will be coached on successful test taking strategies and taught effective techniques for writing high-scoring essays while under pressure. Time will be devoted to practice problems similar to those on the SAT. This program will prepare students for both the reading and writing portions of the exam.

For more information, to register for the workshop, or to receive information on other programs and courses, call the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343, or toll free at (800) 872-1231, ext. 5343 (inside Indiana), or visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Film Screening of “Swan Song” with Director John Hancock

The Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will together present a screening of the film “Swan Song” with an appearance by Oscar-nominated director John Hancock on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public. There will be time for questions and answers and discussion about the film and film making.

The screening is hosted by Dr. Jerry Holt, PNC chair of English/Modern Language and associate professor of English and Dr. Dennis Barbour, Purdue Calumet associate professor of English. They will welcome Hancock as he returns to PNC for a screening of his new film “Swan Song.” In 2013 Hancock spent about eight weeks in the area, shooting the film in various locations in LaPorte, Michigan City, South Bend and Three Oaks, Mich. and Berrien County’s Warren Dunes State Park. Much of the cast was made up of regional talent.

Hancock also directed the film, “Prancer,” also filmed in LaPorte County. He also directed films such as “Bang the Drum Slowly” and “A Piece of Eden.”

“Swan Song,” was written by his wife Dorothy Tristan. It is a story about a troubled 13-yr old girl sent to live with her grandmother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The story portrays how two very different and unique worlds come together in this heartwarming tale.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “Chef”

The movie “Chef” will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 19 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 some obscenity and sexual humor.

“Chef” tells the story of a master chef in a trendy Los Angeles restaurant who goes from being a master of his kitchen to taking a loan from his ex-wife to operate a food truck. Jon Favereau wrote, directed and starred in the film as chef Carl Casper.

Sofia Vergara is his well-to-do ex-wife Inez, who, through a series of circumstances, provides him some help thanks to her first husband, played by Robert Downey Jr. The opportunity to refurbish a food truck and drive it from Miami to L.A. provides an unexpected opportunity for Casper to re-ignite his passion for food, connect with the son he has with Inez and rediscover his passion for food, and for life.

“The Washington Post” describes “Chef” as being “filled with rich, spicy flavors, from its soundtrack of Cuban and New Orleans jazz and Texas blues to the colorful supporting cast.” It noted that even the food scenes are compelling and attractive. The credits even list a food consultant who taught Favereau how to find a grill’s “hot spot.”

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.

Glennon Addresses America’s Water Crisis at Purdue North Central Sinai Forum

Robert Glennon

Robert Glennon

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum continues its 61st season Sunday, Oct. 26 with noted author Robert Glennon speaking about America’s water crisis. He is the author of the books “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It,” and “Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters.”

In 2010, the Society of Environmental Journalists gave his book “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.

Glennon is Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Glennon has been a guest on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, “Talk of the Nation” with Neal Conan, “The Diane Rehm Show,” C-SPAN2’s “Book TV” and numerous National Public Radio shows. He has been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace. He is featured in the recent documentary, “Last Call at the Oasis.”

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:

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 www.sinaiforum.org or by phone at (219) 531-4200.

PNC Financial Literacy Event For Students

The Purdue University North Central Financial Aid Office will sponsor a Financial Literacy event on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The seminar is free and open to all students who would like to know about financial literacy. Students are welcome to invite their parents to attend.

The seminar will be presented by Kyle Yelton, Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual. The topics covered include:

  • Avoiding debt
  • Protecting yourself from scams and fraud
  • Planning (now and the future)
  • Saving and investing

PNC Colloquium Explores Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Purdue University North Central will present a Social Sciences Colloquium with Dr. Michael Connolly, associate professor of History, speaking on “James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War” on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

According to Connolly, historians have traditionally judged President James Buchanan as a failure. On his watch, the sectional politics of slavery worsened and culminated in the secession crisis of 1860-61, when seven southern states left the Union to form the Confederacy.

While he does not rise to the rank of “greatness,” his status as a failure is open to question. Instead, Buchanan’s role in the Dred Scott decision, his policy on Kansas statehood and his management of the

secession controversy show a philosophically coherent vision based in the Burkean virtue of “prudence” with roots stretching back decades into his congressional career.

PNC Presents Artist Kenrick McFarlane Exhibit

Kenrick McFarlane

Artist Kenrick McFarlane

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series presents the exhibit “An Unlikely Hero” featuring the work of artist Kenrick McFarlane through Dec. 13 in the first floor, north study area of the PNC Technology Building. It is free and open to the public.

Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. during the school semester; otherwise the building is closed on Sunday.

McFarlane is a Jamaican-American artist living and working in Chicago. A student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he expects to earn his BFA in 2015. His work has been shown in galleries and shows throughout Chicago, as well as in Pittsburgh and in Jamaica. His art has been featured in several publications and he has earned honors and awards for his work.

McFarlane explained that this piece of art was inspired by his older brother and Thomas Couture, an influential 19th century French history painter, teacher and mentor for Edouard Manet, a painter who inspired the first impressionists known as “the father of modern art.”

McFarlane’s brother posted a painting on the computer the two shared. Intrigued, McFarlane asked his brother where he found it and why he liked it. The brother said he came across the painting while browsing online and felt a connection to it. McFarlane investigated and found the painting was done by Couture.

“Although this incident was years ago, it suddenly returned to me as I was developing ideas for the next painting,” McFarlane recalled. “In this painting I attempted to appropriate visual devices and aesthetics from classical painting, but also compose a scene that may be somewhat familiar to my generation.”

McFarlane feels, “My art practice is all about having fun, following my excitement and creating in the present moment. Creating art is a way for me to enjoy the excitement, ask the questions and dig deeper into the ideas that I have. I hope to create works that can reach my audience on a human level. I hope that my work gives off joy, hope, and also brings up questions for my audience. I believe that great works of art have lives of their own. My ambition is to simply be honest with myself and to try to be more of myself every day.”

For 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.