PNC Students Present 26th Annual Potpourri of Literature

Purdue University North Central Communication 240 students will host the 26th annual Potpourri of Literature Readers’ Theatre on Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The program is free and open to the public. It will last about one hour.

This year’s edition of Potpourri of Literature is “Mars-Venus; Venus-Mars; The Eternal Struggle” with an original script written and edited by Dr. Daniel Padberg, associate professor of Communication, who teaches the Communication 240 class. The script is a deft mix of humor, irony, melancholy and food for thought.

The Potpourri of Literature Readers’ Theatre program has been an annual feature on the PNC campus since its 1989 debut as a showcase for students in Communication 240, Introduction to Oral Interpretation. While the theme of the program changes annually and reflects various moods, trends and social issues of the day, the program is built around literature and music of varying genres that illustrate the program theme from different perspectives.

Students in the Communication 240 Introduction to Oral Interpretation class are Angela E. Barreto, New Carlisle; Jordan M. Benton, Hobart; Brandon M. Chambers, Valparaiso; Shelby K. Clindaniel, Kouts; Jordan Hancock, Mishawaka; Sarah Maddox, Rolling Prairie; Maria Elena Miller, Michigan City; Griselda Montanez, La Porte; Logan A. Moore, Valparaiso; Joe Reed, Jackson Township; Kaitlyn N. Snyder, LaPorte; Timothy J. Stephens, LaPorte; Kristen Wozniak, LaPorte and Chrystal L. Ziegler, LaPorte.

To obtain further information, contact Padberg at 219-785-5384. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Padberg.

PNC ASL Club Fun Night April 20

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Fun Night on

Monday, April 20 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, Purdue Calumet Host Lean LaunchPad Sessions

Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will offer two free information sessions on the basics of the Lean LaunchPad methodology, led by Dushan Nikolovski, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Success, at Purdue University Calumet.

The Lean LaunchPad is an experiential learning program that directs early stage entrepreneurs on how to navigate the continually shifting and unpredictable landscape of a startup. The three key points of the program are: the use of a business canvas model; customer discovery – get out of the building – information is outside and  agile product development.

An information session will be held at Purdue North Central on April 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 and at Purdue Calumet on April 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Building, Room 193.

Registration can be completed at

Nikolovski will present an overview of Lean LaunchPad, exploring topics such as: building a team organically, gathering customer feedback, using agile development, using business canvas model, learning  to use feedback and pivoting to success.

Purdue North Central Hosts MBA Information Session

Purdue University North Central will host a reception and MBA information session for those interested in earning a PNC Master of Business Administration degree on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Eastern time) at Tippecanoe Place, 620 W. Washington Street, in South Bend.

Students interested in pursuing a Purdue North Central MBA will have the opportunity to attend an informational session about the accredited degree program and plan of study, receive informational materials and learn more about financial aid opportunities.

The PNC MBA class schedule is designed to meet the needs of working adults, with classes conveniently offered on Saturdays. Students, regardless of their baccalaureate field, will be able to complete their degrees in two years. Prospective students may begin the admissions process now for the fall 2015 session.

Classes will meet on Saturdays at PNC – Porter County in Valparaiso, where students will utilize state-of-the-art educational and business technology and have full access to the University libraries, online resources, computer systems and other forms of academic support. All faculty members are certified by the Graduate School in West Lafayette and are supported by the full teaching resources of Purdue University.

To RSVP or to obtain further information, contact the program office at 219-785-5557 or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the program office.

PNC Co-sponsors Program, “Working with Deaf People in Kyrgyzstan”

The Purdue University North Central ASL Club, Northwest Indiana Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community and Association of Late Deafened Adults, Northwest Indiana will present the program,

“Working with Deaf People in Kyrgyzstan and Learning Russian Sign Language,” on April 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the Lake County Public Library, Merrillville Branch at 1919 W 81st Ave., Merrillville.

The presenters will be Nina and Roger Coyer. Nina Coyer is a retired American Sign Language (ASL) professor at Eastern Kentucky University and Roger Coyer is a retired teacher and coach with the Kentucky School for the Deaf.

The Coyers have traveled to Bischeck, Kyrgyzstan several times to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing children at a church day camp. In addition, they held deaf Bible studies for deaf adults.

In addition, Nina Coyer was invited to host workshops for educators of the deaf at the State School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. There she taught current teaching methods used in U.S. deaf schools, including the Kentucky School for the Deaf, where she taught for 12 years. She encouraged the teachers to set high expectations for their students. In addition she was invited to the School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing graduation ceremony where she encouraged graduates to be like the “Little Engine That Could”. “I think I can, I think I can…. I thought I could!”

The Coyers will share their unique experiences and offer their insights into the similarities and differences of the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan deaf education systems and cultures.

The presentation will be in American Sign Language and interpreted into spoken English. Real Time Captioning (CART) will also be available

Following this presentation, there will be a gathering at the Southlake Mall Food Court at 5:00 p.m. for dining, mingling and socializing.

PNC ASL Club Coffeehouse is April 17

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, April 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

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 for conversation. This provides 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.

There will also be a coffeehouse on May 15. Coffeehouses may feature a guest speaker who will begin at about 6 p.m. If there is not a presenter, guests may bring their own decks of cards and games to play together. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at Information about other events in the community is posted at: The PNC ASL Club and Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

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

PNC College of Science Open House for Prospective Students

Chemistry Lab

PNC student Diane Rich in PNC’s chemistry lab.

Prospective students who have been admitted to Purdue University North Central and plan to major in Biology, Nursing or Health Studies during the upcoming fall semester and high school seniors who have taken a PNC concurrent enrollment class in biology or chemistry, are invited to learn more about the many opportunities that PNC has to offer at a College of Science Open House on Tuesday, April 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Library Student Faculty (LSF) Building, Room 144.

The prospective students are asked to bring their parents and together they will get a first-hand look at the PNC College of Science, its exciting academic programs and the career options that are open to students who earn these popular and marketable degrees.

The PNC College of Science areas of study include Biology/Chemistry, Mathematics/Statistics/Physics, Nursing and Health Studies. Its graduates have pursued productive, satisfying careers. Many have continued their studies in pharmacy, medical, dental, veterinary and graduate schools located throughout the country.

The reception will give prospective students and parents the opportunity to meet with PNC faculty and department chairs to learn more about the academic programs, curriculum and careers.

There will be tours so the prospective students will get a close-up look at the chemistry lab, training rooms, Nursing lab and the Nursing “Sim” lab where students have a variety of hands-on skills lab opportunities utilizing mannequins and models.

Prospective students and their parents are encouraged to bring their questions.

The athletic training offices and work area will be open so that students can learn more about careers in athletics and physical therapy.

In addition, there will be informational displays set up for prospective students and their parents so that they can meet representatives from PNC Admissions,  Athletics, Financial Aid, Graduate and Extended Learning, Honors Program, Modern Languages, Police Department and RAD, Student Success Center, Student Support Services and Supplemental Instruction.

Representatives of many campus student clubs will be available to discuss the opportunities their clubs present. They include: Astronomy Club, Circle K, Delta Sigma (science club), Math Club, Physics Club,  Pre-Vet Club, STAND (Nursing) and Tri-Beta (biology honor society). Getting involved early in clubs is encouraged not only for increasing learning opportunities and networking, but also for helping meet lifelong friends.

Every student who completes the event will receive a PNC College of Science lab coat and safety glasses to keep. There will be a “bedazzle” station so that students can decorate their glasses.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be completed at:

PNC Honors Program Hosts Research Expo

The Purdue University North Central Honors Program is hosting a Research Expo to celebrate and showcase student and faculty research on Wednesday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The event is free and open to the public.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to stop by the expo to browse displays of books, articles, posters, websites, multimedia projects and more.

“We want to show the community the quality and diversity of research projects pursued by PNC students and faculty,” said Ashley Pezan, president of the PNC Honors Program and a graduating senior. “We hope the Research Expo will spur ideas for future collaborations and new research directions.”

All PNC students and faculty are invited to display their recent research in any form. To participate, registration must be completed at by April 15.

Further info information about the Research Expo or the PNC Honors Program can be obtained by emailing

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

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 April 16 at 6 p.m. in the 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 or 219-785-5327.


PNC Hosts Performance by “Secret Keeper”

Secret Keeper

Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson of Secret Keeper

Purdue University North Central will welcome the band “Secret Keeper” for a performance on Monday, April 6, at noon in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The performance will last approximately one hour and is free and open to the public

Secret Keeper has released the CD, “Super Eight,” and has another, “Emerge,” due out at the end of April. Acoustic bassist Stephan Crump and guitarist Mary Halvorson have been performing together as Secret Keeper since 2011.

“Each is fluent in the grammar of modern improv and adept at concocting music from feel,” said noted music writer Jim Macnie. “What you hear on ‘Super Eight’ are the improvisations the pair created on the way to organizing the formal stuff. Luminous, hushed, reflective, whimsical, dramatic, gripping.”

Crump is the bass player of the Vijay Iyer Trio and Halvorson plays guitar with Anthony Braxton, Ingrid Laubrock and Marc Ribot.

An article featured on the All About Jazz website described Secret Keeper as “an incomparable engagement that soars above similar settings or frameworks set forth by others.”

Further information may be obtained by contacting Paul Hecht, PNC associate professor of English, at or 219-785-5296.