Purdue Launches Search for Purdue Northwest Chancellor

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University has launched a national search to hire the first chancellor of Purdue University Northwest, an institution that will officially come into existence on July 1, 2016, as the result of the unification of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central.

The chancellor will oversee the integration of the two campuses and be the first chief executive officer of Purdue University Northwest with an opportunity to lead the faculty and staff in shaping the new institution.

“The inaugural chancellor of Purdue University Northwest is facing an extraordinary opportunity to build one great university for Northwest Indiana, completing its transformation and establishing an institutional anchor in the region that will positively impact students and businesses for generations to come,” said Purdue University President Mitch Daniels.

Gary Lehman, a member of the Purdue Board of Trustees, will chair the search committee charged with providing in early fall a slate of outstanding candidates capable of completing the integration of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central.

The new chancellor of Purdue University Northwest will be responsible for working with stakeholders from the two existing campuses to form a new set of shared values and priorities as well as to advance academic quality, student success and affordability. The chancellor also will meet with local employers and community leaders to ensure the new institution is meeting the needs of the regional economy.

In order to accomplish these goals, the new chancellor should have proven leadership ability and a strong record of organizational building in their field.

Once unification is complete, Purdue University Northwest will be a comprehensive university enrolling approximately 16,000 students, employing more than 1,500 faculty and staff, and offering more than 45 graduate and undergraduate programs of study on two campuses. The two campus locations will be respectively identified as Purdue University Northwest-Calumet and Purdue University Northwest-North Central.

Last July the Purdue Board of Trustees approved the creation of Purdue University Northwest, reflecting the university’s commitment to finding administrative cost savings and promoting student affordability and accessibility.

Interested applicants should apply to pnwchancellor@purdue.edu. The full job description is available at http://www.purdue.edu/hr/careers/pdf/Chancellor_of_Purdue_Northwest.pdf.

Members of the search committee:

Gary Lehman (Chair), Purdue trustee

Jeff Shires, PNC Faculty Senate chair and associate professor of communication at Purdue North Central

Janusz Duzinkiewicz, Intercampus Faculty Council member and associate professor of history at Purdue North Central

Staci Trekles, clinical assistant professor of instructional technology at Purdue North Central

Feng-Song Wang, outgoing Faculty Senate chair and associate professor of biology at Purdue Calumet

Geoffrey Schultz, professor of educational psychology and special education at Purdue Calumet

Peter Dragnev, speaker of the Purdue University faculty for the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Senate, and professor and chair of mathematics at IPFW

Levon Esters, University Senate Faculty Affairs Committee chair and associate professor of youth development and agricultural education at Purdue West Lafayette

Simon Rhodes, dean of the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and professor of biology

Audeen Fentiman, special assistant to the president, associate dean of engineering for graduate education and interdisciplinary programs, and professor of nuclear engineering at Purdue West Lafayette


Source: Gary Lehman, 765-494-9710, trustees@purdue.edu

PNC Offers New Certificate in Economic Development

Purdue University North Central is accepting registration from members of the community interested in earning a graduate level certificate in Economic Development.

The program, designed in collaboration with economic development professionals, will equip leaders and practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the performance of area economic development activities. This in-depth series is academically rigorous to meet graduate-level standards, yet emphasizes practical application of concepts to our region’s resources and capabilities.

Courses may be taken for credit as a stand-alone certificate or for non-credit for those working in the field, participating in economic development activities, or interested in learning more.

The three-course series will begin June 6 and meet on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. at PNC – Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.

The courses are:

  • The Competitive Advantage of a Region, offered June 6 through Aug. 15.
  • Economic and Social Analysis, Sept. 12 to Nov. 21.
  • Introduction to Economic Development, Dec. 5 to- Feb. 20.

The curriculum will concentration on:

  • Northwest Indiana & Southwest Lower Michigan
  • Factors which measure the economic performance of a region
  • Analyzing the growth of a region and comparing this to peer counties/regions
  • Apply principles of economic development to understand differentials in growth performance

The instructors will be PNC faculty members Anthony Sindone, continuing lecturer Economics and Dr. Derek Bjonback, associate professor of Economics and Finance.

To obtain further information or to register, contact Jaclyn Barnhill, MBA Coordinator at 219-785-5557 or mba@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the program office.

PNC Day of Giving Generates $161,456

Olga Pecanac and Dr. James B. Dworkin

Olga Pecanac, PNC Alumni Board member and PNC Chancellor James B. Dworkin.

The Purdue University North Central participation in the second Annual Purdue Day of Giving generated $161,456 in donations, earning PNC 17th in money raised of the 42 Purdue University units participating in the fundraising event.

The Day of Giving provided a 24-hour opportunity for Purdue alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends to come together for an online fundraising event to make donations that will transform the lives of Purdue students.  At Purdue North Central, a Day of Giving headquarters was created where live minute-by-minute standings were shown on a large screen. Donors stopped by for donuts in the morning and pizza in the afternoon as the headquarters celebrated the generosity of donors. Leaderboards displayed the results of social media challenges where students, alumni, employees and others participated by posting photos, videos and random statements on social media platforms using the handle @PNC_ALUMNI and hashtags #iampnc and #PurdueDayofGiving.

The donations received will go to benefit PNC academic colleges, student scholarships, PNC athletics, the Student Services Activity Complex and many other areas.

PNC Commencement to be May 18

The Purdue University North Central 2014-2015 commencement ceremony will be Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Valparaiso University Athletics – Recreation Center. No tickets are necessary to attend.

The Class of 2015 will earn an anticipated, 498 bachelor’s degrees, 56 associate degrees and 13 Master’s of Business Administration degrees.

The traditional commencement ceremony will feature the conferring of degrees by Purdue North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., is expected to be in attendance.

The new graduates will be welcomed to the ranks of Purdue alumni by Michael Weaver, chair of the Purdue North Central Alumni Association Advisory Board. Weaver is director of Inpatient Services at Porter Starke Services Inc. in Valparaiso. He earned a degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from PNC in 2006 as well as his Master’s in Business Administration in 2012.

The response on behalf of the 2014-2015 graduating class will be presented by Therese R. Manta, who is earning her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading.

Following the ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to enjoy a reception in the Harre Student Union on the Valparaiso University campus.

Further information about commencement can be obtained by contacting the PNC Office of the Registrar at 219-785- 5299. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5299.

PNC Student’s Grant Funds Oral History Celebration Reception

by Katelyn Mosher

Purdue University North Central student Katelyn Mosher recently received a Student Community Service Grant from Indiana Campus Compact to fund a reception to celebrate the completion of a two-semester long project headed by the Department of English and Modern Languages.

The reception will on Friday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City it is free and open to the public. The event will celebrate the Preserving Oral History project that included students in various PNC English courses. The students interviewed residents of Rittenhouse Assisted Living in Michigan City. They used information from their interviews to write poetry, creative fiction and non-fiction stories and other original texts. The bulk of these stories depict the lives of those who grew up in the Michigan City and Long Beach area, emphasizing the difference in the region between the past and present.

The reception is a cooperative effort of PNC College of Liberal Arts and Rittenhouse Senior Living in Michigan City and is made possible by students and faculty volunteers from the Department of English and Modern Languages, the Communication Department, and the Panther News Network.

The history celebration is an opportunity for the students to provide their audience with a picture of what life was like in this region as early as the 1930s.

The grant will support the cost of renting the Lubeznik Center for the evening as well as provide refreshments for those who attend.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Bethany Lee at btlee@pnc.edu or Sarah White at sewhite@pnc.edu.

PNC Student Honors Convocations

Purdue University North Central students have earned a number of honors in recent weeks. Awards were presented to:

Alpha Mu Pi – Officer Leadership Award: Chrystal Ziegler, Kayla Singleton, Hayley Morris; Active Participation Award: Karen Bjonback and Aaron Ratigan

American Sign Language ClubExcellence Award: Madeline Conner

Business Leadership SocietyLeadership Award: Kimberly Franklin; Club Officer Awards: Holly Harris, Amber Young and Susan Bolger

Circle K – 2016 Club President Award: Tiffany Woloszyn; 2016 Club Vice President Award: Kurt Urbanski; 2016 Club Secretary: Rebecca Ordway; 2016 Club Treasurer: Virginia Ramos-Romero; Outstanding Club Member: Matt Migliorini

Dean’s Leadership Group – Outgoing Officer Award: Paige Mellen, Emily Marovich, Ashley Starcevich, and Ellyn Johansen; Incoming Officer Award: Jason Wray, Ellyn Johansen, Samantha Lincoln and Danielle Szymkowski

Panther News Network (PNN) – Writer and Broadcaster Recognition: Aaron Ratigan, Angela Hall, Ashley Taber, Erin Cruce, Jacey Coppage, Kristen Wozniak, Maria Elena Miller, Ryan Schwingendorf, Shelby Clindaniel, Trent Laughlin, Dave Sokolowski, Joseph Ryan, Haleigh Vander Vinne, Paul Scott, Shane Hill, Samantha Lincoln and Ashley Starcevich

Ranting Llamas Improv Troupe – Time and Effort Award: Haley Jackson

Club Member of the Year – Matthew Migliorini

Club Advisor of the Year – Jane Rose

Club of the Year – Circle K
Department Awards

Career CenterStudent Employee of the Year: Lindsey Gear

Diversity Scholarship Recipient: American Sign Language Club

Education Department – Outstanding Future Educator Awards: Kenny Evans, Abby Vittatoe, Joni Galbreath

Student Activities – Event/Activity Engagement Grant Recipient: Construction Club

TRiO Student SupportServices TRiO Student of the Year Award: Fawn Hartz

Student Government Association Scholarship Recipient – Jason Wray
2014-2015 Student Government Representative Recognition

President: Matthew Migliorini

Vice President: Grace Houser

Secretary: Anneliese Kieper

Treasurer: Tyler Feece

Representatives: Travis Ziegler, Halle Charlebois, Emily Marovich, Shane Hill, Timothy Clemons

2015-2016 Student Government Officers

President: Travis Ziegler

Vice President: Shane Hill

Treasurer: Matthew Migliorini

Secretary: Danielle Szymkowski

2015-2016 Representatives – Shawna DeGraff, Tyler Feece, Shane Hill, Matthew Migliorini, Ashley Starcevich, Danielle Szymkowski, Kurt Urbanski, Jason Wray, Travis Ziegler

Part-Time Faculty Awards

College of Business – Todd DeVries

College of Engineering – Josh Ward and Peter Teso

College of Liberal Arts – Kristy Virgo

College of Science – Sharron Jenkins

PNC Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Senior Specialists Award

Tantatape Brahmasrene

Dr. Tantatape Brahmasrene

Dr. Tantatape Brahmasrene, professor of finance and international business at Purdue University North Central, has been selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialists project in Turkmenistan at International

University for the Humanities and Development (IUHD), announced to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

He is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post-secondary, academic institutions around the world. Brahmasrene is a 2001 J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar, a 2003 Fulbright Senior Specialist in Thailand and a 2007 Fulbright Senior Specialist in Kazakshstan.

Brahmasrene will help IUHD develop a curriculum for international business, finance and economics through workshops or informal consultations as well as in the development and assessment of academic curricula.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. During its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.

Fulbright Scholar award recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement.

Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation.

Distinguished Fulbright Senior Specialist participants include Mahmoud Ayoub, professor of Religion at Temple University; Heidi Hartmann, president and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research; Percy R. Luney, Jr., dean and professor, College of Law, Florida A&M University and Emily Vargas-Barone, founder and executive director of the RISE Institute.

Technology Senior Project Showcase is April 29

Purdue University North Central students in the Computer & Information Technology, Construction Engineering and Management Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs will present their Senior Project Showcase on April 29 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Senior Showcase provides an opportunity for graduating seniors to present their capstone projects in a public forum. It is a great opportunity for high school students, parents and teachers to learn about the department, the programs that are offered at PNC and to take a first-hand look at the projects developed by the PNC students.

Prospective employers are welcome to attend to see the capabilities of the PNC graduating seniors and ask questions to learn more about them and their projects.

PNC faculty will be available for questions.

The event will be of interest to anyone interest in building; CAD; cars; computers; concrete; electronics; engineering; hands-on work; how things work; hydraulics; machining; networks; programming; robotics; soil mechanics; solid modeling; surveying and welding.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Amy Bishop, secretary for the College of Engineering and Technology at 219-785-5556 or mcgarvey@pnc.edu.

Purdue Calumet & Purdue North Central Collaborating on Forensic Science Study

Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central are collaborating on forensic science-related study on both campuses and eventually, the emerging Purdue University Northwest.

Both universities offer physical science and other STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that provide strong preparation for students interested in careers in forensic science, according to Purdue Calumet Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science William Law.

Forensic scientists need science degree

“Forensic professionals tell us that individuals who aspire to be forensic scientists need a good science degree that provides a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer and other sciences,” Law said. “Both of our campuses offer strong science programs comprised of challenging, core courses in those disciplines.”

Charles Steele, a science instructor at Purdue Calumet and North Central, agrees. “So many high quality, mainstream science components exist on both campuses that we can prepare students to pursue any of the standard forensic disciplines,” he said.

Forensic scientists apply scientific principles and techniques to legal matters and the judicial system through crime scene review, laboratory analysis and research. Forensic scientists work in wide-ranging capacities, including as information technology specialists, DNA technicians, forensic chemists, toxicologists and molecular biologists.

Expose students to fundamental science courses

“Our approach to forensic science is to expose students to several applicable disciplines, including laboratory analyses, social aspects of crime and a deep background in scientific concepts,” Law said. “Each science degree plan of study is complemented by fundamental science courses, major-specific courses relevant to the forensic sciences and a strong grounding in criminal justice.”

Though television tends to glamorize much of the work conducted by forensic scientists, Law said many tasks that actors simulate on TV programs require knowledge obtainable at Purdue Calumet and North Central.

He also indicated that science instruction provided on both campuses will prepare students for related opportunities in forensic science. For instance, biology, he said, is good prep for careers in environmental regulation and reclamation. So is microbiology for jobs in homeland security.

Responding to a need

“Since the OJ (Simpson) case, forensic science has gained greater public attention, but it is about 15 years behind mainstream science,” Steele said “The forensic science-related learning opportunities available at Purdue Calumet, Purdue North Central and, ultimately, Purdue Northwest, are sorely needed in Northwest Indiana.”

More information about preparation for careers in forensic science is available on line at http://webs.purduecal.edu/ems, or by phoning Purdue Calumet’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at 219/989-2468, or the visit the Purdue North Central College of Science at http://www.pnc.edu/academics/cs or call 219/785-5736.

PNC Releases Summer Continuing Education Catalog

Purdue University North Central summer 2015 catalog of continuing education classes of all professional development and personal enrichment programs is now available and can be downloaded at www.pnc.edu/gel/catalog. Those who do not have access to the online catalog are encouraged to contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning to obtain a printed copy.

Registration is in progress for a number of classes. Community members of all ages are welcome to enroll and discounted rates are available for alumni, employees and students of PNC and Purdue University Calumet.

The catalog includes information about the PNC Customized Training Solutions for organizations, travel study programs, pre-licensing programs, summer camps and  online  continuing education classes, as well as information about a wide array of PNC certificate and degree programs.

Affordable and convenient transportation between PNC, Michigan City and LaPorte is available through the Triangle Transit Bus Service. For more information, visit http://www.transittriangle.com.

Contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343 or gel@pnc.edu to register for or inquire about a program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.