PNC Women’s Association Fall Chicago Bus Trip

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association will take its spring bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 15 to visit River North, the Near North Side and to stop in at a real artist’s studio. There will be a “Lunch and Learn” at Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse and a guided tour of the historic Driehaus Museum.

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 $85 for PNCWA members and $95 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 a working artist studio, hosted by Kenrick McFarlane, senior art student at the School of the Art Institute.

From there, the group will go to Trader Joe’s for some shopping. Guests may either take a bus or walk to Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse for lunch. Managing partner, John Colletti will share tales from Gibson’s history, celebrity sightings, funny stories from the front and kitchen fiascoes, with time for questions. The meal, tax and gratuity are included in the ticket price.

After lunch, there will be a walk back along Rush Street for shopping, with Michigan Avenue just a few blocks away. There is shopping near the Driehaus Museum where the group will rendezvous at 3:45 p.m. for a 4 p.m. guided tour. Parcels may be stowed on the bus before the tour.

Driehaus is an opulent Victorian house from the Gilded Age. A tour guide will share details about the architecture, construction, former owners, period furniture and art as well as the restoration process that returned it to its former glory. The tour will end at 5:15 and the group will return to the bus and back to PNC.

Checks should be made payable to “PNCWA” and mailed to Liz Bernel, Room S 154, Purdue University North Central, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville, Ind. 46391. Include a phone number or email to receive confirmation when payment is received. For more information, contact Bernel at 219-785-5719; ebernel@pnc.edu.

PNC Fall Performances of “Rough Magic”

Purdue University North Central students will present “Rough Magic” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at the Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St., in Michigan City. The public is invited to the performances on opening night Saturday, Nov., 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students presenting a valid student ID. The play contains some language and stage violence; parental discretion is advised.

“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.

The cast and crew include PNC students and alumni Aram Arden, of LaPorte; Alexandra Becker, of LaPorte; Angela Barreto, of New Carlisle; Kevin Biertzer, of La Porte; Aaron Collings, of LaPorte; Sarah Dwight, of Michigan City; Cameron Fehland, of LaPorte; Kristen Fuller, of Valparaiso; Angie Hall, of Hebron; Chloe Hoeksema, of Valparaiso; Andrew Holt, of Michigan City; Jenn Junod, of LaPorte; Eileen Long, of Michigan City; Morgan Lynn, of Michigan City; Amber Mayes, of Michigan City; Michelle Schrader, of Chesterton and Travis Ziegler, of Hebron.

PNC Continuing Lecturer of English Dr. Bethany Lee, of Chesterton, will direct the play.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Lee at (219) 785-5229 or email btlee@pnc.edu

PNC Breaks Ground for Student Services and Activities Complex

PNC Chancellor and others at Groundbreaking ceremony

Bill Favors of Ziolkowski Construction, PNC Vice Chancellor for Administration Stephen Turner, Senator Jim Arnold, Representative Tom Dermody, PNC Chancellor James B. Dworkin, Duneland Health Council member Gil Pontius and PNC students Matt Migliorini, Ashley Starcevich and Robert Kennedy

Purdue University North Central officially broke ground for its Student Services and Activities Complex on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., with a celebration that brought together PNC administration, faculty, staff, students, PNC alumni and retirees, local political, business and labor leaders, donors and community members.

“Today marks a new era in the life of Purdue University North Central. This is a joyous occasion that has taken lots of hard work and persistence over many years,” PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin told the crowd that assembled at the building site located on the southeast side of the PNC Westville campus.

“Many people here today have been personally involved in conceptualizing and shaping the SSAC and have waited a long time to break ground for this important facility.”

The turning of the first shovels of dirt culminated 10 years of planning.

Those taking part in the groundbreaking were Dr. James B. Dworkin, chancellor, Purdue University North Central; Stephen R. Turner, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet; State Senator Jim Arnold, of LaPorte and State Representative Tom Dermody, of LaPorte, two of the area legislators who helped make the building possible; a representative of Ziolkowski Construction Inc. of South Bend, the general contractor for the Student Services and Activities Complex construction; Gil Pontius, of Lakeshore Foods of Michigan City representing Duneland Health Council, a donor to the SSAC and PNC students Robert Kennedy, vice president of the PNC Construction Club; Matt Migliorini, president of the PNC Student Government Association and Ashley Starcevich, PNC softball player.

For the groundbreaking, Dworkin used the same pitchfork that was used in 1965 to break ground for PNC campus and the building that is now known as Schwarz Hall. Its tines are painted with the names of the four primary cities in the PNC service area – Michigan City, LaPorte, Westsville and Valparaiso.

Dworkin credited the bipartisan support of our State Senators Arnold, Karen Tallian and Ed Charbonneau and State Representatives Dermody, Scott Pelath and Ed Soliday with moving forward the legislation that provided funding for the building.

The $33.4 million building will be paid for through $3.7 million in gifts, along with $5 million to be paid from student fees and state support of $24.7 million.

“Our good friends and donors have stepped up to expand their levels of support to make this dream come true,” said Dworkin as he thanked the more than 130 individual donors who generously contributed to the building project.

Two $1 million donations have been received. One came from an anonymous donor, the other Dr. and Mrs. Peter Kesling of LaPorte who donated $1 million to secure the naming rights of the gymnasium to be named the “H.D. Kesling Gymnasium” in honor of his father. Dr. and Mrs. Kesling attended the groundbreaking.

When making the donation, Kesling explained that his father was a talented high school basketball player, but at one time, he wasn’t a particularly motivated student. His attitude changed when he realized that he needed to maintain his grades in order to remain eligible to play basketball. He developed excellent study habits. He later graduated from Loyola Dental School. He began practicing dentistry in LaPorte in 1924.

Kesling said that he hoped his father’s story will inspire other students to excel in their studies and enjoy successful careers.

Representatives of the PNC men’s basketball team, women’s volleyball team and their coaches were on hand to be a part of the festivities. When complete, their teams will have state-of-the-art home courts for games and practice.

The Student Services and Activities Complex is expected to become the center of student activity on campus. With a gymnasium, walking track, exercise rooms, locker rooms, study lounge and meeting rooms for student clubs, PNC students will have a place to work out, study or socialize when not attending class. The athletic facilities will allow the intramural sports program to grow to include more sports, giving more student athletes the opportunity to enjoy their favorite sports and activities.

Construction on the building will begin immediately. The Student Services and Activities Complex general contractor is Ziolkowski Construction Inc. of South Bend. It has been estimated that during construction, local businesses, vendors, suppliers, consultants and more than 250 skilled workers will be involved in various phases of the construction and finishing work. As a result, millions of dollars will be infused into the local economy.

Construction is expected to take about 18 months. One of the first events to be hosted in the Student Services and Activities Complex will be the May 2016 commencement.

This becomes the fourth building on the PNC campus. The current campus opened in 1967 with one building. The building is now called Schwarz Hall, named in honor of Robert F. Schwarz, the first dean and director.

The Library-Student-Faculty building (LSF) was dedicated in March, 1975. The Technology building was completed in 1995.

When complete, the Student Services and Activities Complex will include:

  • 102,239 gross square feet
  • Second level contains a walking track and two exercise rooms
  • Gymnasium and related areas
    • Bleacher seating capacity of 1,361
    • Total event capacity of 2,065
    • Two full size basketball courts. A ceiling-hung divider can separate the courts
    • The gymnasium can accommodate net sports such as volleyball and badminton
  • Men’s and women’s fitness and team locker rooms
  • Student government and organization areas
  • Student study lounge
  • Wellness center
  • Game room
  • Fitness area
  • Great Hall with a seated banquet capacity of 500 and a seated event capacity of 980
  • Catering kitchen

As he concluded his remarks, Dworkin told the crowd that the Student Services and Activities Complex will be an asset to Northwest Indiana.

“With its new conference center, PNC will be able to host meetings with groups from across LaPorte, Porter and Starke Counties. We are already receiving requests to host wedding receptions in the SSAC as soon as it is completed.”

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Download photos of the Student Services and Activities Complex Groundbreaking – 10/16/14

PNC Student Improv Group Performs at Mainstreet Theatre

The Purdue University North Central student improv club, The Ranting Llamas, will perform on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St., Michigan City. A portion of the proceeds from the $5 entrance fee will be donated to a local charity.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. To pre-order tickets or to obtain more information, contact the theatre at 219-874-4269.

The Ranting Llamas student improv group has been performing for four years. The Ranting Llamas will celebrate Halloween with a unique comedy experience that is appropriate for all ghouls and gals. Comedy situations are made up on the spot and the audience is often incorporated into a scene. Sometimes a situation is suggested by the audience and the actors build off of it, which makes improv fun for actors and non-actors alike. A simple word, action or an idea can be the basis of a skit performed by one member of the group or the entire ensemble – concepts like throwing snowballs, riding a bus, walking a dog or staying awake in class can all be become the basis for a comedy routine.

The Ranting Llamas cast includes Rachel Rogers, Michigan City; CieAna Marsh, LaPorte; Haley Jackson, LaPorte; Jane Davis-Bey, Michigan City; Bridget Dudley, Chesterton; Devon Hogan, Chesterton; Drew Holt, Long Beach; Cortney Mc Intosh, LaPorte; Kevin Paceley, Valparaiso; Robert Simpson, LaPorte; Alex Strohmeyer, Valparaiso; Lauren Strohmeyer, Valparaiso; Erik Sturgeon, Chesterton and Nathan Werner, Union Mills.

PNC Panther Pounce Race to be Nov. 8

The Purdue University North Central 11th Annual Panther Pounce 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will be Sat. Nov. 8, at the PNC Westville campus.

Race-day registration and packet pick-up will begin that morning in the Library-Student-Faculty Building at 7:30 a.m. A One-Mile Fun Run for those ages 10 and younger will begin at 8:40 a.m.

The 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will begin at 9 a.m. Please note that this is a cross-country styled course with mixed terrain. Spikes are not recommended. Splits will be given at the first and second mile markers. Water will be available at 1.5 miles.

An awards ceremony for the 5K run will begin at 10 a.m. the with the 10K awards presented upon completion of the race. Medallions will be awarded to the top three male and female winners in each age group. Trophies will also be awarded to the top male and female in the Overall and Masters divisions. All runner ages 10 and younger will receive a ribbon.

Registration is $20 for those who register by Oct. 31. These registrants will also receive an event T-shirt. Race-day registration is $25. T-shirts will be available on first come first serve basis, quantities are limited.

Registration for Purdue North Central students, staff, faculty and alumni is $10 when presenting a valid PNC ID. A discounted rate of $15 each will apply for groups of five or more and families of three or more who pre-register together. There will be a $1 discount to members of the Calumet Region Striders.

Online registration for is available at http://www.pncathletics.com/f/Panther_Pounce.php

Refreshments will be provided.

Further information about the race can be obtained by contacting Race Director Tom Albano at 219-785-5273, or talbano@pnc.edu.

PNC Chancellor Earns Purdue Special Boilermaker Award

Kirk Cerny and James. B. Dworkin

Kirk Cerny, President and CEO of the Purdue Alumni Association presents Dr. James B. Dworkin with the Special Boilermaker Award during a recent ceremony in West Lafayette.

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin was presented with the Purdue Alumni Association Special Boilermaker Award during a recent ceremony in West Lafayette. The award honors a member of the Purdue faculty or staff who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the quality of life and/or the betterment of the educational experience for a substantial number of Purdue students.

Also honored were Tim Gennett, former Purdue University vice president for Housing and Food Services and Rosemary Ricci, director, Pre-Professional Programs and Counseling.

Dworkin was nominated for the honor by Stephen R. Turner, vice chancellor for Finance & Administration for Purdue North Central and Purdue University Calumet.

Dworkin joined Purdue University as a faculty member in 1976. He served as an assistant dean, associate dean and interim dean for the Purdue Krannert School of Management prior to becoming the PNC chancellor in January, 2000.

“Chancellor Dworkin has made a significant impact at Purdue North Central that will be felt for years and years,” said Turner in his nomination. “He is a strong proponent for higher education.”

When Dworkin became chancellor, PNC had 3,459 students in the 2000-01 fall semester. In comparison, 6,177 students enrolled for the 2014 fall semester. In addition, PNC grew from offering six baccalaureate programs in 2000, to the 24 offered today.

“By giving residents a wider variety of programs, Dr. Dworkin believes PNC can meet the needs of the residents of Northwest Indiana,” noted Turner’s nomination. “The reputation of the campus has grown throughout the region and it is recognized as providing a quality education.”

Dworkin has shown a commitment to creating opportunities for student access and success on all levels. For example, he was the driving force behind the PNC College Bound program for qualifying students in Michigan City, LaPorte and Portage. This program, supported by donations from local businesses and industries, works with students from eighth grade through high school to direct them to higher education at any institution.

These students are often the first in their families to attend college and most are low income. Those who complete the program and enroll at PNC receive full tuition assistance. To date, 518 students have gone through this program and 35 are enrolled at PNC. The first PNC College Bound student to earn a PNC degree will graduate in December, 2014.

As chancellor, Dworkin has been instrumental in the growth of service learning opportunities for PNC students. He served on the board of Campus Compact, a national service learning and civic engagement organization and was Chairman of the Board for the past three years.

PNC students have organized voter registration events, food drives, coat and mitten collections and toy drives. They have planted community vegetable gardens, painted and repaired homes, tutored youngsters and traveled out of state for Habitat for Humanity,

In the community, he is a member of the boards of directors for the Northwest Indiana Forum, One Region: Improving the Quality of Life in Northwest Indiana, Horizon Bank, IU Health LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte County Economic Development Alliance, Indiana Association of United Ways and Shirley Heinze Land Trust Advisory Council. He led search committees for various school superintendents in the PNC service area.

He is part of the Purdue University Executive Policy Review Committee and the Human Resources Governance Council. In addition, he is a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and is a Law School Accreditation Reviewer for the American Bar Association.

Dworkin enjoys promoting the area’s economic development possibilities and was instrumental in getting the mayors of Michigan City and LaPorte to work together with local economic development corporations and with LaPorte County officials to sign the first “Economic Development Alliance.”

Purdue North Central will break ground for its Student Services and Activities Complex on Oct. 16. Dworkin has been the driving force behind making that building a reality. He worked behind the scenes to help convince the Indiana General Assembly of its need, which resulted in its gaining state funding in 2009. He led the local fundraising campaign that raised $3.7 million in private donations for the building.

In addition, he has personally contributed to PNC and established a scholarship endowment in the name of his family.

Today he plays a principle role in the unification of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue North Central. This unification will form one united institution with two distinct campuses. Dworkin, with Chancellor Thomas Keon of Purdue Calumet, co-chair the Unification Committee with membership from both campuses.

His work has brought a number of awards, including the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Indiana. He also earned the 2013 Ned E. Kalb Leadership Award, given by the Purdue Extension Office of La Porte County and Leadership La Porte County, the 2013 Paul Alinsky Award from the Michigan City Rotary Club, the 2012 Outstanding Community Leader given by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Magazine, the Luminary Award for Outstanding Educator from the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the Castaldi Award given by the Indiana Association of United Ways.

“Dr. Dworkin is personable, approachable and knowledgeable. He leads by example and his strong leadership qualities make him an excellent role model for PNC employees and the citizens of this region,” concluded Turner’s nomination.

PNC Presents Halloween Haunted Trail

Purdue University North Central will host a Haunted Trail at the PNC Westville campus on Oct. 24, 25 and 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. The trail is open to the public. Admission is $5.

The Haunted Trail will present frightening thrills for high school and college students and young adults.

The trail will be located on the southern portion of the campus, behind the PNC baseball fields.

Further information about the trail can be obtained by contacting Tom Albano, PNC director of Student Athletics and Sports Information, at talbano@pnc.edu.

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.