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.

PNC Offers Non-Credit Healthy Eating Seminar

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Nursing and Health Studies will offer the “Living Longer and Eating Less” non-credit healthy eating seminar on Oct. 22, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. Seminar tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased online at www.pnc.edu/gel or at the door.

Amelia Wilson, PNC visiting assistant professor of Health Studies, will explain the health benefits of “eating less,” meaning consuming fewer calories but not necessarily smaller quantities of food. Participants will learn how “eating less” can result in less heart disease and cancer and help control diabetes and live a longer life. Participants will also have a demonstration on how to make a salad that supplies all of the nutrients they need with only 500 calories per serving.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit www.pnc.edu/gel or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC to Host “What’s My First Step” Business Plan Seminar

Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will together present a free business plan seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Purdue North Central Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02.The seminar will be led by Dushan Nikolovski, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Purdue Calumet.

Starting a business is one of life’s most exciting times. Yet, it is also one of the most stressful times. Millions of people take the challenge of opening a new business each year and many will fall short of success due in part to poor or no planning.

Nikolovski will explain how to best avoid such a disaster through the use of a business plan or a plan for success.

A business plan is like a blueprint. It is a guide through the different phases of business development and gives clear guidelines, purpose, market, finance and goals to attain. Most people think that a business plan is written to obtain financing from a bank or an investor. While the need for capital is a key driver for a business plan, it should not be the reason for creating a strategic document.

Anyone who is going to risk personal assets and savings, should reduce their risks as much as possible by learning about the business they want to pursue. This can be accomplished through research and the creation of a business plan. While there are no guarantees that a business will be successful, the odds of success for a new venture increases significantly with a well prepared plan.

Registration can be completed at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hats-my-first-step-business-plan-seminar-tickets-13029813523.

For further information contact Dushan Nikolovski at (219) 989-3159 or Nikolovski@purduecal.edu or contact Derek Bjonback at (219) 785-5694 or dBjonback@pnc.edu.

PNC to Celebrate Groundbreaking on Oct. 16

PNC Student Services & Activities Complex

Artist rendering of the PNC Student Services & Athletics Complex

Purdue University North Central will celebrate the groundbreaking for its Student Services and Activities Complex on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. The new building will be located on the southeast side of the PNC Westville campus.

“This will be a momentous day for Purdue North Central,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “This building will become the focal point of student activities on campus.”

The turning of the first shovels of dirt will culminate 10 years of planning. “A tremendous amount of work went in to making this building a reality,” said Dworkin. “Our area legislators were strong advocates for us and saw to it that the Indiana General Assembly included funding in its 2013 – 2015 budget. Locally, we spent many hours working to raise additional funds to help pay for the building. Our community members donated more than $3.7 million dollars because they know how important this building is to PNC. I sincerely thank everyone who helped make this groundbreaking possible.”

The donations include two gifts of $1 million. One came from an anonymous donor and another by Dr. and Mrs. Peter Kesling of LaPorte. The Kesling donation secured naming rights to the gymnasium which will be named the “H.D. Kesling Gymnasium” in honor of Dr. Kesling’s father.

A construction contract with Ziolkowski Construction Inc. of South Bend, was approved by the Purdue University Board of Trustees on Sept. 26. The $33.4 million project bid came in lower than estimated, resulting in $1.2 million in savings to be passed along to students. Funding sources for the Student Services and Activities Complex include the $3.7 million in gifts, along with $5 million to be paid from student fees. State support will pay for the remaining $24.7 million of the project.

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.

The building 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

ASL Club Coffeehouse Oct. 17

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Oct. 17, 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.

Future coffeehouses will be Nov. 21 and Dec. 12 at the Uptown Café. Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org.

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

PNC Non-Credit Computer Class for Beginners

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer the non-credit a computer workshop for beginners, “So You’ve Never Touched A Computer,” to introduce the basics of using a computer with the Windows 7 operating system and will get individuals started on their path to computer literacy.

“So You’ve Never Touched A Computer” will be a four-day workshop offered at the Westville campus on Mondays and Tuesdays from Nov. 3 through Nov. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. nightly. The registration fee of $159 includes reference materials and a textbook, which the students will be able to use to study the material in more detail from home. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.

This hands-on workshop will cover topics such as understanding the equipment, basic computer terminology, working with files and folders, working with email and the internet, downloading images from digital cameras, printing and more.

For more information, to register, 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 Alumni Seeks ValPLAYso Volunteer Team Members

The Purdue North Central Alumni Association is forming a team to volunteer for its ValPLAYso community build team to work on the park Monday, Oct. 6 or Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. All PNC alumni, family and friends are welcome to join our team to make a difference in the community. Shift times are from 8 a.m. to noon 12:30 p.m. to 5 pm or 5:30 to 9 pm. Volunteers can be skilled or unskilled.

There are more than 2,000 Purdue North Central Alumni in the city of Valparaiso. The PNCAA will provide a PNC Alumni gift as a thank you to those who volunteer to be part of the PNC volunteer effort.

The Valparaiso Parks foundation is hosting a community build week for the public park ValPLAYSO, Oct. 6 through Oct.12. All members of the community will volunteer their time and skills to help build an addition to the ValPLAYSO Park.

Anyone interesting in volunteering for the PNC team may register at  http://www.pnc.edu/alumni/2014/09/19/pncaa-valplayso-build/

To obtain further information on becoming a member of our team, contact Kevin Smith at smith942@pnc.edu or 219-785-5274.

ValPLAYso – The Next Generation playground is a project of the Valparaiso Parks Foundation, a 501c3 entity. The project is funded through public and private partnerships and receives no tax-payer funding.

Information about ValPLAYso can be found at: www.valplayso.com or the ValPLAYso Facebook page: www.facebook.com/valplayso

PNC Beginner and Intermediate Microsoft Word 2013 Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Computer and Information Technology will offer a non-credit workshop series for beginner and intermediate users of Microsoft Office’s Word 2013 software.

The workshop will meet on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., beginning on Oct. 29 through Nov. 19. Registration fee is $159 and includes all books and materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.

This program will be taught by an instructor with 25 years of teaching experience as well as executive management experience in information technology and an office environment. The workshop will introduce beginner and intermediate concepts and techniques for using the software in personal and business applications.

Participants will learn to create and format documents, brochures, flyers, tables and charts. They will also learn how to use mass mailing features, as well as a few more advanced topics related to the software.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/ or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748