PNC Delta Sigma Club Science Fair Results

Science Fair Winners

Left to right: Mackenzie Major, Kaleigh Ciesielski, Hannah Rigg

Students in grades 3 through 8 recently gathered at Purdue University North Central to participate in the PNC Delta Sigma science club science fair.

The Science Fair was intended to encourage scientific creativity, to engage young students in enlightening projects and to give them an opportunity to interact with students of similar interests to one another and with faculty from the PNC College of Science.

Many of the PNC students who are Delta Sigma members believe that participating in science fairs was instrumental in fostering an interest in science and ultimately choosing to embark on a path to a science degree.

The Science Fair results are:

Third and fourth grade winners: Lilith Rengstorf, Northview Elementary, Valparaiso; Violet Lukich, Eads Elementary, Munster;  Hannah Rigg, Kaleigh Ciesielski, & Mackenzie Major, Central Elementary, Valparaiso.

Fifth & sixth grade winners: Aidan Kraemer, Westville Elementary, Westville; Mason Kraemer, Westville Elementary, Westville; Hailey Rigg, Ben Franklin Middle School, Valparaiso.

Seventh & eighth grade winners: Mya Methner and classmates from the Renaissance Academy, La Porte.

The event sponsors were: PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin; PNC Department of Biology/Chemistry; PNC Department of Physics/Math/Statistics; PNC College of Science; Frankrigg-Art.com; Barnes and Noble; Albanese Candy; Sweet Lou, That’s Who, PNC Campus Shop and Horizon Gymnastics and Cheer.

PNC Porter County Academic Super Bowl Winners

A team of students from Valparaiso High School placed first overall in the Academic Super Bowl Invitational competition for Porter County students at Purdue University North Central.

The March 4 competition included teams from all nine Porter County High Schools: Boone Grove High School, Chesterton High School, Hebron High School, Kouts High School, Morgan Township High School, Portage High School, Valparaiso High School, Washington Township High School and Wheeler High School.

The team from Chesterton High School took second place and Washington Township took third.

The competition theme was The Grandeur That Was Rome” with students competing in six subject areas – math, English, science, fine arts, social studies and interdisciplinary.

The Porter County winners in each round were:

Math – first – Chesterton; second – Valparaiso; third – Boone Grove.

English – first – Washington Township; second – Boone Grove; third (tie) – Hebron and Portage.

Science – first – Washington Township; second – Boone Grove; third – Kouts.

Fine Arts – first – Valparaiso; second – Portage; third – Chesterton.

Social Studies – first – Chesterton; second – Valparaiso; third – Portage.

Interdisciplinary – first – Valparaiso; second – Chesterton; third – Portage.

Super Bowl competition in Indiana is a part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. This unique inter-scholastic academic competition program allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to an athletic contest. The academic competitions encourage academic achievement by offering participants recognition and reward by honoring intellectual achievement, academic competition celebrating scholarship.

PNC LaPorte County Academic Super Bowl Winners

First Place Team Home Scholars

Home Scholars First row (seated): Aidan Maloney, McKenzie Kammann , Elizabeth Chesak , Audrey Ott , Miriam Trujillo; Second row (standing): Zac Felty, Sarah Fickel, Joseph Stewart, Adam Chesak, Josh Felty, Stephen Mathew, Bryn Warner, Hunter Olson, Richelle Szafasz

Purdue University North Central recently hosted the seventh annual LaPorte County and Beyond Senior Academic Super Bowl Open Invitational that drew teams from throughout Northwest Indiana.

The competition concluded with the Home Scholars team of home schooled students from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties taking first place overall. Second place overall went the team from LaPorte High School and third place was earned by the Elkhart Christian Academy.

Participating schools were from LaPorte High School, Michigan City High School and Marquette High School of Michigan City; LaCrosse High School; Oregon-Davis High School of Hamlet; Elkhart Christian Academy; North White High School of Monon and the Home Scholars.

The 2015 competition theme was “The Grandeur That is Rome” and covered the six subject areas of English, science, fine arts, social studies, math and interdisciplinary. The winners in each round were:

Math – first – Home Scholars; second (tie) – Elkhart Christian Academy and LaPorte; third– North White.

English – first – Home Scholars; second – North White; third – LaPorte.

Science – first – Home Scholars; second – LaPorte; third – Elkhart Christian.

Fine Arts – first – Home Scholars; second – North White; third – Elkhart Christian.

Social Studies – first – Home Scholars; second – LaPorte; third – Elkhart Christian.

Interdisciplinary – first – Home Scholars; second – Elkhart Christian; third place –LaCrosse.

Super Bowl competition in Indiana is a part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. This unique inter-scholastic academic competition program allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to an athletic contest. The academic competitions encourage academic achievement by offering participants recognition and reward by honoring intellectual achievement, academic competition celebrating scholarship.

PNC Students Earn Strosacker Professional Development Grants

Purdue University North Central Early Childhood Education students have earned Strosacker Professional Development Mini-Grants to be used for a variety of projects.

The Strosacker Foundation was established in 1957 by the late Charles J. Strosacker, one of the pioneers of the Dow Chemical Company. Strosacker was known for his philanthropy and throughout his life, gave to those in need. The foundation awarded more than $2.5 million in grants in 2013, according to its most recent annual report. Since 2010, more than $5,000 has been awarded to PNC for 30 mini-grants to support a variety of projects that have had an impact on children, ages birth to grade 3. Any PNC student is eligible to apply for this award.

Students earning awards and their projects are:

Victoria DeMan – “Groovin’ to the Beat” to purchase musical instruments for use in her future classroom. She also earned a grant to fund her attendance at the upcoming Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit in Indianapolis, where she will lead a session detailing how the PNC Early Childhood Education students developed the Library Sprouts reading program at the Westville and Wanatah libraries.

Angela Krueger – “Army of Readers” to be used for picture books.

Millette Noble – “Will You Read Me a Story” for materials to enhance the Listening Center for the Little School in Westville.

Erin Provenzano – “Music Library” for the purchase of musical instruments. She also earned a grant for her project, “One for Everyone” that will support the establishment of a grassroots organization that builds inclusive playgrounds that are accessible for children with disabilities.

Kelly Salyer – “Hands on Manipulatives” that will buy materials with a focus on math learning.

PNC Honors Program presents “The Biology of Inspiration”

The Purdue University North Central Honors Program will present its first Honors Lecture, “The Biology of Inspiration,” delivered by Dr. Lindsay Gielda, visiting assistant professor of Biology, on Wednesday, March 25, at noon in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. This event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Gielda will examine the idea that inspiration comes from the limbic system—the set of cerebral structures that integrate memory and emotion. But inspiration also originates from aspects of biology that we don’t fully grasp: the human spirit.

Gielda earned her PhD at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, especially the innate immune response during pneumonic plague.

The PNC Honors Program seeks to enhance the learning experiences of highly motivated and academically exceptional students. To obtain further information about the program, visit www.pnc.edu/honors or email honorsprogram@pnc.edu.

PNC Offers Business Writing Program

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit program in business writing.

Participants will meet on Tuesdays from March 19 and ending on April 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The registration is $159 and includes all books and materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is March 12 by 4 p.m.

The program will be taught by an instructor with 14 years of experience teaching English at the college level in online and face-to-face classrooms and worked in offices, banks and small business.

Participants will learn the importance of audience, tone and purpose when composing any piece of writing, but there will be an emphasis on the types of documents found in business and how to be more precise and concise when communicating, an essential element of business writing.

Exercises will include composing emails, memos, letters, resumes, proposals and reports. Participants will work on blogs and learn how to use social media effectively. There will be an opportunity to collaborate and learn to create visuals such as tables, graphs and Gantt charts.

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) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

 

PNC Offers Great Smoky Mountains Travel Study Program

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and the College of Science will offer a travel study program to the Great Smoky Mountains Aug. 9 – 15. Students have the option to earn credit for this course. Community members may also take this as a non-credit experience. Participants will spend a week at the Tremont Institute learning about the natural history and ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Everyone planning to take part in this trip must participate in a mandatory pre-trip meeting on July 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the PNC campus. There will also be a mandatory post-trip meeting on Aug. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The program fee for non-credit participants is $525. A deposit fee of $100 must be paid to the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning by May 1 at 4 p.m., and must be accompanied by the required travel study application. Full payment must be made by June 15 at 4p.m. Credit-seeking students must pay tuition fees to the Bursar’s Office.

The program fee will cover lodging and activities at the Tremont Institute, meals (not including meals during the trip to and from the Tremont Institute), student travel insurance and administrative and instructional expenses of the program. The program fee does not cover transportation costs (carpools are usually discussed in the pre-trip meeting), meals on the way to and from the Tremont Institute, lodging on the way to and from the Tremont Institute, textbooks, clothing, supplies, equipment and personal items.

To register or obtain further information, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/ or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5343, or cboehlke@pnc.edu.

Transit Triangle Multi-Ride Passes Available Now

The Transit Triangle commuter bus service that connects LaPorte, Michigan City and Purdue University North Central now offers its riders the convenience of being able to purchase multi-ride passes.

“We are happy to offer our regular riders the opportunity to use the multi-ride passes,” said Robin Tillman, Michigan City transit director. “It is convenient and it is an economical option allowing riders to save money as well.”

The Transit Triangle fares are:

– One-way single: $1.50 (exact change is required)

– One-way single fare with MC Transit Pass or La Porte TransPorte Pass: $1.00 (exact change is required)

– 10-Ride pass: $12.50

– Children five and under ride for free

– Monthly Commuter pass: $30 (Based on the calendar month. The pass is non-transferable.)

Passengers may transfer for free between buses within the Transit Triangle route.

Several options are available to purchase a pass. To pay by credit card, call the Michigan City Controller’s

Office at 219-873-1404 and passes will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service or passes can be picked up at the Controller’s Office at Michigan City City Hall, 100 East Michigan Boulevard, the TransPorte Office, 102 L St., La Porte or at the PNC Bursar’s Office in Schwarz Hall Room 127. Non-credit card passes can be purchased in person at any one of these locations by cash or check.

“Interest and support from the community is very strong, and we expect that our ridership will go up with the temperature,” added Tom MacLennan, director of TransPorte.

The Transit Triangle buses run on weekdays on three routes: between La Porte and PNC, Michigan City and PNC and Michigan City and LaPorte. On each route, there will be three morning runs and three afternoon runs.

The full schedule and most current information are available on the Transit Triangle website, www.TransitTriangle.com. The website can also be accessed through the MC Transit website at www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/coach/ and the La Porte TransPorte website at www.cityoflaporte.com/transporte.

ASL Club Coffeehouse is March 20

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, March 20, 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.

Future coffeehouses will be on April 17 and 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 www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org. 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 pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “The Skeleton Twins”

The movie “The Skeleton Twins” will be offered through a collaboration between Purdue University North Central’s Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and Michigan City Public Library. The showing is free and open to the public.

“The Skeleton Twins” will be shown on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City.

The film is rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use.

This film brings together Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged twins Milo and Maggie. The movie opens with both twins separately contemplating suicide. After Milo makes his attempt, Maggie goes to see him in Los Angeles and bring him back to New York with her. While the twins haven’t spoken in 10 years, they attempt a relationship. With a cast that includes Joanna Gleason as their mother and Ty Burrell as Milo’s high school teacher, the movie blends comedic moments with some drama and pathos.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those who are used to seeing this pair in comedic sketches will be “blown away” by their dramatic range, said “Rolling Stone.”

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features various events throughout the year. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.pnc.edu. For more information about this film, or any event in the Odyssey 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.