PNC Education Students Reading Event at Westville Library

The Purdue University North Central Education students will celebrate Read Across America by offering a number of fun activities to celebrate reading on Feb. 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Westville Public Library, 153 West Main St, in Westville.

Read Across America is a national activity, promoted by the National Education Association, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Similar reading events will take place across the country.

PNC students in the Teachers Networking Together student organization will host age-appropriate activities for children two to 12 years old in a casual environment that promotes reading. Youngsters and must be accompanied by an adult. All are welcome to come to the library any time during the event and stay for as long as they like.

Activities will include making an Oobleck, a gooey green substance that gets its name from the Dr. Seuss book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” where Oobleck, fell from the sky and wreaked havoc in the kingdom. PNC students will read at least two books an hour to the youngsters and activities will include hats, lorax shapes and much more.

PNC Women in Engineering & Technology Meeting

Sue Zahn

Sue Zahn

The Purdue University North Central organization Women in Engineering and Technology (WIE&T) will meet Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Technology Building, Room 015. The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

The meeting with begin with lunch and the program will start at noon. Guests may come and go as their schedules allow. Guest speaker will be Sue Zahn, PNC Police dispatcher and R.A.D instructor. Zahn will speak about the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program that teaches girls and women simple, yet effective safety techniques they can put to use to protect themselves. The techniques are simple and women of most any age or ability can utilize them effectively. R.A.D. is a national program, founded in 1989 by a Virginia police officer; PNC has been offering free classes to women on campus and in the community since 2002. Zahn is a certified R.A.D. instructor.

The presentation includes a brief discussion regarding how women can be observant and reduce risks.

The PNC Women in Engineering and Technology (WIE&T) program is dedicated to recruiting and retaining female students to enrich the engineering and technology profession, making more equitable the gender participation in engineering and technology fields. The program encourages female students to succeed not only academically, but personally and professionally through seminars, talks, and discussion with guest speakers from alumni, industry and academia.

For more information, contact Martha Garcia-Saenz at 219-785- 5522, or mgarcia@pnc.edu.

PNC Delta Sigma Club Sponsors Grade 3 – 8 Science Fair

The Purdue University North Central Delta Sigma science club will sponsor a science fair open to students in grades 3 through 8 on Feb. 21 on the PNC campus in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

Science Fair set up will begin at 8 a.m. the day of the fair. Judging will be at 10 a.m.

“The Delta Sigma Science Club wants to encourage scientific creativity not only in our members, but also in our local school children,” said Nate Kennedy, president of Delta Sigma Science Club. “We had a phenomenal science fair last year, full of engaged students and enlightening projects students were able to interact with one another and with faculty from the PNC College of Science in an atmosphere of academic exploration.”

Many 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.

“With the Delta Sigma Science Fair, we hope young scientists will find and develop a passion for questioning and analyzing the world around them,” said Kennedy.

Registration will continue through Feb. 20. Those who register by Feb. 15 will receive a t-shirt.

Registration information, official rules and guidelines are available www.tinyurl.com/DSSF2015.

Science Fair questions may be sent to infoDSSF@gmail.com.

PNC Book Club to Read “The Fault in Our Stars”

The Purdue University North Central Alpha Mu Pi English Club book club will read and discuss the best-selling novel “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Library-Student Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 on the PNC campus.

“The Fault in Our Stars” is Green’s sixth novel, published in January 2012. The book is told through the eyes of a 16-year-old cancer patient. Her parents push her to attend a support group, where she ends up meeting and falling in love with a 17-year-old, an ex-basketball player and amputee. The title is inspired by a line from from William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar.”

The book has been adapted to a 2014 feature film directed by Josh Boone and starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff.

The PNC Book Club will meet regularly during the academic year as members read and discuss various books of interest.

Purdue North Central Hosts Spring Career Fair

The Career Center for Purdue University North Central will host its annual Spring Career Expo, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the PNC Library Student Faculty Building, Room 144.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event will open exclusively to students and alumni of the Purdue University system. A Purdue University Identification Card (PUID) is required and will be requested during these times in order to enter. Alumni representatives will be at the Career Expo to verify the status of students and alumni who do not have a PUID handy.

The event will be open for the public from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Career Expo will feature representatives from local businesses, government agencies and community organizations offering full-time, part-time, seasonal and internship opportunities. Purdue students and alumni are encouraged to research the organizations they are interested in and to bring multiple copies of their resume along with any questions they may have for potential employers.

Business professional attire is required. Jeans, hats, tennis shoes and t-shirts will not be permitted. Please come dressed for an interview.

Purdue students and alumni can register online at purduecal.edu/careerexpo. For further information or questions call (219) 785-5451 or (219) 989-2600, email careers@pnc.edu or  or visit pnc.edu/careers/careerexpoemployer/.

Transit Triangle Service Between Michigan City, La Porte and PNC to Begin February 2nd

Transit bus

Transit Triangle Bus Service Begins Feb. 2 between Michigan City, La Porte and PNC

Purdue University North Central and the cities of Michigan City and La Porte are now more accessible and interconnected.

On February 2, 2015, the much anticipated Transit Triangle, the commuter bus service connecting Michigan City, La Porte and Purdue University North Central, will begin operations.

Michigan City Transit, the administrative grantee and lead operating agency on the project, worked in close collaboration with Purdue North Central and La Porte TransPorte, and received vital assistance from the La Porte County Board of Commissioners, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the La Porte County Highway Department to bring the project to completion.

The buses will operate weekdays on each of three fixed routes: between La Porte and PNC, Michigan City and PNC, and Michigan City and La Porte. Bus stops along the Transit Triangle have been selected to maximize convenience and safety for riders.

On each route, there will be three morning runs and three afternoon runs.

– Michigan City to PNC at the northwest entrance of Schwarz Hall

A non-stop route with pickup and drop-off at Marquette Mall.

– La Porte to PNC near Schwarz Hall

Other pickup/drop off points are at the La Porte County Courthouse (809 State Street), Dunham’s at La Porte Town Square (former Maple Lane Mall) and in Westville at the BP Station at the North junction of U.S. Highway 421 and State Road 2.

– Michigan City to La Porte

Pick up/drop off points also include the Marquette Mall, Woodland Health Center (8865 W. 400 North), the Swanson Center (7224 W. 400 North) and the La Porte County Courthouse (809 State Street). The Michigan City to La Porte run will make an additional stop in the Thomas Rose Industrial Park (1540 Genesis Drive) on the first and last runs only.

Passengers will be able to travel to other sites in Michigan City and La Porte from the Transit Triangle bus stops by connecting to the Michigan City Transit and La Porte TransPorte bus systems. All buses are fully ADA-accessible, with lifts/ramps for easy boarding.

The Transit Triangle service offers reasonable fares and convenient ticket options for riders.

– One-way single: $1.50 (exact change is required)

– One-way single fare with MC Transit Pass or La Porte TransPorte Pass: $1.00 (exact change is required)

– 10-Ride pass: $12.50 (beginning in March)

– Children five and under ride for free

– Monthly Commuter pass: $30 (The monthly pass is based on the calendar month, and will be available in March, the first full month of service. Pass is non-transferable.)

Passengers may transfer for free between buses within the Transit Triangle route.

Starting March 1, to pay by credit card, call the Michigan City Controller’s Office at 219-873-1404 and passes will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service or they can be picked up at the Controller’s Office at Michigan City City Hall (100 East Michigan Blvd), the TransPorte Office (102 L Street) in La Porte or at the Bursar’s Office at PNC in Schwarz Hall. Non-credit card passes can be purchased in person at any one of the above locations by cash or check.

The Transit Triangle service is made possible by a federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant and matching contributions from the City of Michigan City (Ron Meer, Mayor), City of La Porte (Blair Milo, Mayor), La Porte County (Board of Commissioners) and Purdue University North Central (James Dworkin, Chancellor).

Mayor Meer said, “The City of Michigan City and in particular our Michigan City Transit Department is excited to be the lead agency in administering this new triangle bus service between the City of Michigan City, City of La Porte and Purdue University North Central. This new service will afford residents in La Porte County’s two largest cities the chance to reach destinations that previously were not possible. I am proud of the hard work and collaboration between the City of Michigan City, City of La Porte and Purdue University North Central, who all played a major role in making this project a reality. The goal of this new service is to enhance an individual’s ability to further broaden their educational and employment opportunities; I believe this new service will do just that. “

Mayor Milo said, “The Transit Triangle route will be a huge benefit for the residents of La Porte County and I am incredibly proud of all of those who have worked so hard to make this service a reality. The service has come to fruition due to the commitment of the partnership made up of Purdue North Central, La Porte County, Michigan City and the City of La Porte. Transit Triangle will help provide access for students, job seekers, employers and many others as we more closely connect our region and reduce carbon emissions by improving public transportation alternatives.”

La Porte County Commissioner David Decker said, “Cooperation with the cities, the county and PNC has never been better, as evidenced by a joint agreement to start up the long sought after bus service linking the cities and PNC.”

For PNC Chancellor James Dworkin, the 12 scheduled daily stops at PNC will help make it possible for residents of La Porte County to become students and to further their educational and career goals. Chancellor Dworkin said, “The development of the Transit Triangle in La Porte County is result of a focused multi-agency and governmental collaboration that will benefit everyone.”

The full schedule and most current information are available on the Transit Triangle website, www.TransitTriangle.com. This website can also be accessed through the MC Transit website at www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/coach/ and the La Porte TransPorte website at www.cityoflaporte.com/transporte.

 

PNC Lecture on Writer Virginia Woolf and Air Power Between the Wars

Westville – Purdue University North Central will welcome Dr. Elizabeth Evans for a lecture entitled “Virginia Woolf’s Airplanes: Air Power and Aerial Views Between the World Wars,” on Feb. 17  at 6 p.m. in Technology Building Room 301. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Evans, assistant teaching professor at the University of Notre Dame, will examine how the growing importance of military air power affected art and literature in Britain during the years between World War One and Two. Evans’s research focuses specifically on the work of the feminist writer Virginia Woolf, who experiments with the airplane as model for novelistic point of view in her novels “Mrs. Dalloway” and “The Years.”

In a recent essay that appeared in the journal “Modern Fiction Studies in 2013,” Evans argues that Woolf is both attracted to and troubled by the aerial point of view – she admired its aesthetic possibilities but was disturbed by its seemingly necessary links to warfare.

This lecture, sponsored by the Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, will appeal to students and community members interested in subjects as diverse as British and European literature, women writers and the history of the world wars.

Evans is an active member of the community of Woolf scholars and recently edited a volume of essays from the annual international conference on Woolf. She is currently working on a book about aerial views in British and Anglophone writing from the early twentieth century to the present.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Heather Fielding, PNC Assistant Professor of English, at hfieldin@pnc.edu or 219-785-5327.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “A Most Wanted Man”

The movie “A Most Wanted Man” will be 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.

“A Most Wanted Man” will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City.

The film is rated R for language.

This has been called Philip Seymour Hoffman’s s “full-scale ‘Hoffman’ performance – a master class in acting.” Hoffman stars in this spy thriller based on a John le Carre novel. Hoffman plays Gunther Bachmann, an intelligence expert in Hamburg, the city where the 9/11 terrorists organized their attack. Bachmann finds what may be the biggest case of his career when a Russian with a dark past comes to Hamburg to seek asylum and seeking his father’s fortune from a German bank.

The film centers on the intrigue that develops around Bachmann’s pursuit off this man and what he discovers, amidst a number of other characters or various intent. Robin Wright portrays a CIA agent. “Rolling Stone” describes “The cat-and-mouse game Hoffman plays with Wright is splendidly done.”

The magazine notes that “every move Hoffman makes subtly rivets attention. Hoffman is simply magnificent.”

Purdue University North Central 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.

PNC Again Earns NAIA Champions of Character Status

Purdue University North Central has been named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character institution for the 2013-14 academic year. PNC has earned the award every year since the inception in 2002.

This year PNC was among 168 institutions named as Five-Star Award winners. Schools earning this distinction share the NAIA commitment to high standards and the principle that participation in athletics serves as an integral part of the total education process.

The mission of Champions of Character is to restore character values and raise a generation of students who understand and demonstrate in everyday decisions respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. The program is dedicated to the principle that character is a choice and that being a champion is not just about winning, but making good decisions in daily life.

The NAIA and member institutions use the Champions of Character program to instill an understanding of character values in sports, and provide student-athletes, coaches and parents the training to help them know and do the right things, inside and outside the sports setting.

“At PNC we look to our student-athletes and coaches to be leaders in the classroom, on the athletic field or court and in the community,” said Dr. James B Dworkin, PNC chancellor .“To consistently earn Champions of Character confirms our focus on ensuring that our student-athletes succeed in sports, in the classroom and in the world.”

To be considered a Champions of Character institution, schools must demonstrate how the Champions of Character program is incorporated in athletic contests, public service projects, established policies related to behavior in practice and game situations, athletic and academic environment and character education.

“We are honored once again to achieve designation as a Champions of Character Five Star institution,” said Tom Albano, PNC director of Athletics. “Being one of the very few schools to maintain this award since its inception shows the commitment our student-athletes and coaches have made to the five points on the star: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.”

In representing the core Champions of Character values off the field, PNC student-athletes performed a number of charitable events in the surrounding communities. Activities in 2013-14 included the baseball team assisting with the Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army Soup Kitchens, participating in a winter clinic for little leaguers with the Valparaiso Parks Department and much more.

The softball team prepared food for the homeless and put together a holiday toy drive with Daniel’s Cause. The basketball and volleyball teams hosted a clinic for The Courts of Northwest Indiana in Valparaiso. The basketball team also took some time out to read to Hobart grade school students.

The baseball, basketball and softball team included a “Give Five” program with each team member performing five hours of community service. With 50 plus players and each player exceeding the five hour minimum, the team donated more than 200 hours to community service in 2013-14.

PNC Accounting Students Offer Free Tax Service

Students from Purdue University North Central tax and accounting classes are again offering free assistance to the public in preparing federal and state income tax returns. This program is designed to provide basic income tax return preparation to individuals with low to moderate incomes, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly.

This is the 26th year that PNC has participated in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Thanks to support from the La Porte County United Way, the program has been expanded this year to accommodate more clients. This program offers free filing help to individuals and families with Gross Incomes of $53,000 or less. Gross Income is defined as income from all sources. Tax Returns will be prepared for income from wages, salaries, tips, pensions, ordinary interest, dividends, unemployment compensation, or Social Security benefits.

Appointments are required. Appointments will be available from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on all Saturdays from February 14 through March 28 with the exception of March 14. The service will be offered in Room 109 of the Technology Building on the PNC campus.

Due to a recent IRS change, this year tax returns can now be prepared for taxpayers who need to file an Indiana Return, but are not required to file a federal tax return (state only returns).

Thomas Holets, continuing lecturer of Accounting and coordinator of the PNC program, said the student VITA volunteers are prepared to help with basic returns, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ, and the Indiana IT-40. Returns which include interest and dividend income, Itemized Deductions, Earned Income Credit (EIC), and basic stock and bond transactions will also be prepared. Taxpayers are expected to participate in the IRS e-file program, unless there is a technical reason which prevents e-filing.

The volunteer tax preparers have completed 12 credit hours in accounting, including at least one tax course at Purdue North Central, and passed a rigorous IRS examination on tax rules and filing procedures.

The tax preparation services offered include:

Form 1040 with Schedules A, B, EIC, D, & R

Form 2441 (Child and Dependent Care Credit)

Form 8863 (Educational Credits)

Form 8812 (Additional Child Tax Credit)

Forms that will not be prepared are:

Schedule C (Profit & Loss from Business) (Example Cosmetic Sales or Other Self-Employment)

Complicated & Advanced Schedule D (i.e. Capital Gains & Losses on portfolio Stock Sales)

Schedule E (Rents & Losses)

Schedule F (Farm Income or Income from Rental of Farm Property)

Form 2106 (Employee Business Expenses)

Form 3909 (Moving)

Form 8606 (Non-deductible IRA)

Form 8615 (Minor’s Investment Income)

Form SS-5 (Request for Social Security Number)

Returns for taxpayers that are on active Military Duty

Injured or Innocent Spouse Returns

Cancellation of Debt

Assistance with Health or Medical Savings Accounts (W-2 Box 12 Code W or W-2 Box 12 Code R) is unavailable. It may become available early in March. Please call back to check on availability later in the season.

Students do not prepare self-employment returns (no Schedule C, Schedule SE) this type of income is often reported to on FORM 1099-MISC.

To request an appointment, contact the United Way toll-free at 1-877-502-0700.