PNC to Open Leonard J. Brown Veterans Center

Purdue University North Central  will host a grand opening of the Leonard J. Brown Veterans Center on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. in the Library Student Faculty Building, Room 67.

The event will be led by Veterans Coordinator and current PNC student-veteran Jason Wray. Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin and Vice Chancellor Paul McGuiness will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served.

The family of Leonard J. Brown, who served as a Tec 4 in the 474th Infantry Regiment from July 28, 1944 to April 15, 1946, has generously supported the PNC veterans center. The center will be used for PNC student-veterans to hold group and individual meetings. It will seamlessly allow for interaction in the campus community and also provide a place for students with a shared background to gather.

The Leonard J. Brown Veterans Center will be relocated to the PNC Student Services and Activities Complex when that building is complete in spring, 2016.

PNC Chancellor Presents Award to Judy Jacobi

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Dr. Mark Jacobi, PNC Distinguished Award of Excellence recipient Judy Jacobi, Nancy Dworkin and PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin has presented the Purdue University North Central Distinguished Award of Excellence to Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor for Marketing and Campus Relations, in recognition of her work in creating and cultivating the PNC Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series. Dworkin made a surprise presentation during a reception celebrating the opening of the 16th annual Odyssey exhibition.

The PNC Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series was the brainchild of Jacobi, who believed the PNC campus would provide the ideal backdrop for a sculpture garden featuring a collection of large pieces of art that would be part of the PNC student experience and be enjoyed by the community as well.

The series debuted in in October, 1999 as “Millennia Nexus,” an exhibit of 10 large-scale outdoor sculptures and has been part of campus ever since. In 2000 the show became known as Odyssey – an adventurous journey or quest.

Jacobi credited sculpture Tom Scarff for his curatorial direction during the past 16 years. Scarff ensured that the exhibit feature works by established sculptors with those of new and emerging talent which he championed.

“The beauty of the campus and the chance to create a significant public work enabled young artists to be bold and experimental, yielding some of our most exciting pieces,” said Scarff, who has been named Odyssey curator emeritus.

The exhibition has grown and changed during the past 16 years to include the 42 sculptures that are part of the 2014 – 15 exhibit. The Odyssey series is the largest outdoor art installation in the area and is considered to be one of the premier art installations in Indiana and lower Michigan.

“This award honors Judy Jacobi for the wonderful job that she has done to make our campus a landmark in Northwest Indiana and a focal point for arts and culture,” said Dworkin. “She is devoted to securing artwork for our campus that is beautiful, meaningful, sometimes whimsical and always thought-provoking. The art on campus is a vital part of Purdue North Central; it enriches the lives of our students, faculty, staff and guests. It has become a prominent point of interest in our community and draws countless visitors who enjoy walking the campus to view the sculpture and beautiful works of art.”

In addition to its outdoor sculpture, Jacobi was responsible for securing a donation of hundreds of pieces of art in a collection of more than 50 years of work by noted 20th century artist, George Sugarman.

She also responded to an opportunity for PNC to receive a remnant of a steel beam that was recovered from the World Trade Center in New York, after its collapse on Sept. 11, 2001. The beam is on permanent display in the campus Cybercafé.

The steel is displayed near the collection of paintings named, “New York, New York” that was created in tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, the rescue workers and the residents of New York City by artist Jason Poteet, a graduate of Marquette High School in Michigan City. Poteet had been scheduled to attend a series of meetings in the World trade Center in September, 2001, but they were cancelled, ensuring that he was not present on Sept. 11.

Jacobi also initiated a conversation with internationally acclaimed artist Bill Barrett that resulted in the gift of “Lexeme VIII,” a large marble sculpture commemorating the 9/11 attacks. Jacobi contacted Barrett in June of this year to ask about having one of his pieces as part of the Odyssey sculpture collection. Ultimately Barrett and his wife Debora decided that the unique marble sculpture should be on permanent display at PNC. The sculpture, unveiled to the public this past Sept. 11, is now part of the university’s permanent collection.

The Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series has earned recognition from various organizations through the years. It has been featured in “Sculpture Magazine,” the publication of the International Sculpture Center; it has been the backdrop for a Discovery Network television show and has been featured extensively in area publications. It won the Landmark Award presented by the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau, recognizing PNC’s efforts to promote LaPorte County as a tourism destination.

Jacobi offers guided tours of the Odyssey collection. In the past 16 years, she has led thousands of guests through the PNC campus, tailoring each tour to the specific audience. Tour groups have ranged from elementary school children to professional organizations to art students and aficionados.

She was instrumental in creating the six-week STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC to expose area children to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines. For many of the young people who attend STEAM Camp or come as a part of a school tour, this is their first visit to a university campus.

“Judy carefully customizes her tours to appeal to the interests of each group,” explained Dworkin. “Through her years of dealing with Odyssey and working with the sculptures, the sculptors and art installation, she’s learned about physics, geography, religion, anthropology, mythology, chemistry, aeronautics and even beekeeping. I’ve enjoyed being a part of it and thank Judy for all that she’s brought to the PNC campus.”

PNCWA International Friendship Group Presentation


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Medellin Metro Cable Cars

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association’s International Friendship Group will present the program “Innovative Vertical Public Transportation That Transformed a City Located at the Andes Mountains” on Monday, Nov. 10 from noon to 1 P.M. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Guests are welcome to bring a friend, grab a lunch and come to hear how the city of Medellin, Colombia, located in a narrow valley in the mountains with limited capacity of expansion and divided by a river, solved the problem of transportation by creating a mobility solution through an integrated system of unique and innovative services.

Martha Garcia-Saenz, PNC associate professor of Construction Engineering and Management Technology and a native of Medellin, will present a look at Medellin’s transportation system that includes metro cable cars – the only system of its kind used as a mass transit solution – with cabins gliding through the air to improve the quality of life of people living up on the mountains. It utilizes escalators that are no longer a shopping center convenience but an urban mobility strategy for residents living on steep mountains and public bikes to make a sustainable and silent contribution to an effective transport system.

Metro plus busses complement this network to move people to the metro stations. A tram will soon offer a new option for mobility and transport allowing people to move in a wide network of public transportation.

The city of Medellin, Colombia was the center or many battles between guerrillas, paramilitaries and drug dealers during the 1980s and ‘90s that isolated many sectors of the city called “Comunas.” Even the police were not willing to enter and many communities had difficulty surviving their isolation from the rest of the city. During the past 10 years, the program ‘Transforming Medellín: From Fear to Hope’ transformed the city, which last year won the title of “Innovative City of the Year,” competing against 200 cities, including New York and Tel Aviv.

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association (PNCWA) was established on March 21, 2001, to serve the women of Purdue North Central as well as the women in our local communities. PNCWA offers a variety of social and educational activities for its members and the public.

The PNCWA International Friendship group gathers to share culture, traditions and friendship. Its purpose is to address issues of interest and concern, to promote an educational and cultural atmosphere and to develop an atmosphere of friendship, cooperation and camaraderie through its members and programs.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Garcia-Saenz at (219) 785-5522. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Garcia-Saenz.

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 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 on Facebook.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC 16th Anniversary Odyssey Sculpture Show Debuts


“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 or visit the conference website:

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

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, 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 Information about other events in the community is posted at:

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