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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.

PNC Offers Non-Credit Advanced Video Editing Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Communication will offer a non-credit Advanced Video Editing Topics workshop on Saturdays from Nov. 1, through Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Participants will learn to use settings, filters and special effects found in Sony Vegas video editing software, covering topics such as multiple line editing and stacking, color adjustment, audio and visual envelopes and other features found in most package editing software. They will gain a better understanding of how the software works and of special enhancements and adjustments that can be added to a video to correct problems and create art. This workshop will be taught by PNC Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Jeff Shires.

The registration is $139 per person. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. CT.

PNC will provide the video equipment and software needed to engage in this hands-on program; however Shires recommends participants also bring the devices they intend use to capture video footage after the program ends so that he can teach how to maximize their capabilities as well. Such personal video equipment might include camcorders, smartphones, camera phones, flip cameras and more.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel or contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Offers SAT Prep Programs

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, in partnership with the PNC Mathematics/Statistics/Physics Department and Department of English and Modern Languages, will offer SAT preparation programs at its Westville campus.

The math program will meet on Mondays and Wednesday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., from Nov. 3 through Nov. 19. The instructor, Jerry DeGroot, has been a PNC continuing lecturer of Mathematics for 12 years and has more than 20 years of experience teaching mathematics. The math program fee is $149 and includes a textbook, and all materials. The registration deadline for the math program is Oct. 22 by 4 p.m. CT.

Students will learn the most common math topics on the SAT, including operations, algebra, functions, geometry and measurement, data analysis, statistics and probability. They will also learn test-taking skills such as how to read and interpret math questions on the exam, how to avoid the most common careless mistakes, how and when to make educated guesses, how to use the reference information provided on the exam and how to use a calculator effectively while taking the SAT. During the sessions, DeGroot will present practice problems and practice examinations that will look and feel similar to the actual SAT. This allows students to familiarize themselves with test and question formatting, the pace at which they will need to answer questions and the techniques they will need to use in order to earn a high score on the math portion of the exam.

The English program will meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon from Nov 8 through Nov. 22. Instructor Tamara O’Hearn, has taught college English for 20 years and college preparatory school English for nine years. O’Hearn has experience working for Pearson Education, where she evaluated test takers’ essay responses on the SAT. The English program cost is $139 and includes a textbook, as well as all other materials. The registration deadline for the English section is Oct. 27 by 4 p.m. CT.

Students taking the English program will learn about and practice critical reading, sentence completion, proper grammar and word usage. Students’ vocabularies, grammar skills, reading comprehension and writing abilities will be challenged and expanded through in-class and take-home activities, timed recall tests and graded essays. Students will become familiar with the format of the exam, learning the types of questions on the English portion of the exam and the amount of time allotted for each. They will be coached on successful test taking strategies and taught effective techniques for writing high-scoring essays while under pressure. Time will be devoted to practice problems similar to those on the SAT. This program will prepare students for both the reading and writing portions of the exam.

For more information, to register for the workshop, 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 Film Screening of “Swan Song” with Director John Hancock

The Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will together present a screening of the film “Swan Song” with an appearance by Oscar-nominated director John Hancock on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public. There will be time for questions and answers and discussion about the film and film making.

The screening is hosted by Dr. Jerry Holt, PNC chair of English/Modern Language and associate professor of English and Dr. Dennis Barbour, Purdue Calumet associate professor of English. They will welcome Hancock as he returns to PNC for a screening of his new film “Swan Song.” In 2013 Hancock spent about eight weeks in the area, shooting the film in various locations in LaPorte, Michigan City, South Bend and Three Oaks, Mich. and Berrien County’s Warren Dunes State Park. Much of the cast was made up of regional talent.

Hancock also directed the film, “Prancer,” also filmed in LaPorte County. He also directed films such as “Bang the Drum Slowly” and “A Piece of Eden.”

“Swan Song,” was written by his wife Dorothy Tristan. It is a story about a troubled 13-yr old girl sent to live with her grandmother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The story portrays how two very different and unique worlds come together in this heartwarming tale.