PNC Early Childhood Education Program Recognized

The Purdue University North Central Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education recently earned national recognition from the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

This judgment comes from a panel of peer reviewers who have confirmed that the program meets NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation. National recognition is the highest award and is a well-known indicator for high quality programs.

To achieve this status, the PNC early childhood education program submitted a comprehensive report including candidate performance data, assessment tools, and self-study results. The program, with initial teacher licensure for birth through grade 3, will now be listed as “nationally recognized” on the NCATE and NAEYC websites and is valid until the next accreditation visit in 2019. There are more than 450 NAEYC-recognized baccalaureate and graduate programs in 38 states. In Indiana, PNC is one of only six nationally recognized programs.

The reviewers’ report declared “The program is making progress in establishing a new, quality early childhood program. Assessments are being strengthened and candidates are getting more opportunities to apply their knowledge of early childhood education to the field.”

The Education Department secured this distinction through the collaborative efforts of the faculty and staff.

PNC ASL and Social Work Clubs Present Guest Speaker

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club and the PNC Social Work Club together will host the program “Experiences as a Deaf Social Worker ” presented by Jason Maloney on April 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The presentation will be in American Sign Language with a spoken English interpretation. The evening would begin with about 30 minutes of refreshment and conversation.

Maloney’s presentation will center on his experiences as a deaf social worker for deaf people with mental health or addiction problems. His presentation will be followed with a 20 minute question and answer segment.

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 this event may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and Coordinator of American Sign Language, at 785-5200, ext. 5432 or kdonah@pnc.edu. The PNC ASL Club is featured on Facebook, search for PNC ASL Club.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC Invites Prospective Students to April 10 Open House

Purdue University North Central will host a campus open house on Thursday, April 10 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building for prospective students of all ages and their families.

The general open house for all prospective students will begin at 5:30 p.m. Campus tours will be offered at 5:30 and 6 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.

Two breakout sessions will be offered at 6:15 p.m. One session for students featuring a student panel will look at campus life through the eyes of PNC students. This session will also cover the basics of financial aid. A second breakout session will explain the transfer process and academic opportunities at PNC.

This event is appropriate for high school students, students with previous college credit, 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 general open house is encouraged – but not required – by April 8 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 219-785-5200, ext.5505 or by IM pncadmissions4 through AOL. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Janice Whisler at 785-5200, ext. 5415 by April 3.

PNC Places First Among “Best Colleges For Students With Children”

Purdue University North Central earned first-place recognition on a national list of “Best Colleges For Students With Children” compiled by the web resource BestColleges.com.

In ranking Purdue North Central first on its national list of “Best Colleges For Students With Children,” BestColleges.com made special mention of the PNC affordable tuition rate, the on-campus Panther Cubs Child Care service open to all enrolled students and faculty members, the Saturday MBA program offered at PNC – Porter County in Valparaiso and the University Park Apartments located directly across from the PNC campus on U.S. 421.

The site notes “more than 1,500 colleges, universities, and vocational schools offer child care for not only students, but also faculty members with children. Some schools have gone to even greater lengths than the rest to further support their student parent population.”

“To be recognized as first in the nation on the “Best Colleges For Students With Children” list is a tremendous accomplishment that highlights the type of campus culture that we’ve built at Purdue North Central,” said PNC Chancellor Dr.  James B. Dworkin. “We work very hard to make PNC and a Purdue University degree accessible for all students. Our tuition rates, financial aid, class schedule, campus child care, tutoring services, even our PNC – Porter County location, are all factors that help our students succeed.

Second on the list is the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Other Indiana universities making the list are Indiana University-Southeast – New Albany listed at 14 and Ball State University at 28.

BestColleges.com makes information available to prospective college students and their families so that they may make an educated choice about their future. The BestColleges.com web site notes, “Through the use of student surveys, faculty surveys, independent research, ranking systems and the input of highly credible and authoritative sources, we have created a database of schools to help students and their families learn more about their best options for higher education.” The survey methodology and a list of the nations’ most child-friendly college campuses can be found at bestcolleges.com.

Information about Purdue North Central and all that it offers is available at http://www.pnc.edu/.

PNC – Porter County 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 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Purdue University North Central – Porter County Graduate Building, Room 10, at 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.

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

Prospective students may begin the admissions process now. 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 less than two years.

Classes will meet on Saturdays at PNC – Porter County 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 mba@pnc.edu.. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the program office.

PNC American Sign Language Club Game Night April 8

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

Tuesday, April 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The event is free and open to the public.

Snacks and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. A Children’s Hour will begin at 6 p.m. with ASL games for children and adults. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend.

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. Children are welcome to attend with a parent or an adult. 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 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 www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org.

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 kdonah@pnc.edu. The PNC ASL Club is featured on Facebook, search for PNC ASL Club.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC, Partners Presents Jewish Film Festival

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series, with the Michigan City Public Library and the Irving Levin Jewish Cultural Fund of Sinai Temple, will present a Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, April 5 from 2 to 5:45 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St., Michigan City. The film festival is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be enjoyed during a coffee klatch and cake break.

The Film Festival covers two afternoons of great and varied films that will inform and inspire, featuring an Israeli Secret Service agent and his teenage informant; a young American’s trip to the Ukraine to meet the woman who saved his grandfather; a German child trapped by WWII and the Jewish refugee hidden in her home and Mrs. Goldberg, the popular radio and first Emmy Award-winning actress, who was also a production maven and fought the Hollywood Blacklist during the McCarthy era.

The films being shown on Saturday are:

“Bethlehem” (2013) Rated R. The complex relationship of an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant is this tense drama’s theme. It was Israel’s entry in the Academy Awards’ Foreign Language category and winner of seven Israeli Film Academy awards, including Best Picture.

“Everything Is Illuminated” (2005) Rated PG-13. A young American travels to Ukraine in search of the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II. The story, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, is by turns hilarious, touching and sad. Written and directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood.

The films being shown on Sunday are:

“The Book Thief” (2013) Rated PG-13. Trapped in World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace in stealing and sharing books with others, including the Jewish refugee being hidden behind the stairs in her home. It is based on the book by Marcus Zusak.

“Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg”  (2009) unrated. In addition to playing iconic Molly Goldberg on radio and television, the remarkable Gertrude Berg wrote all 12,000 scripts, ran her own production company, was voted the second most popular woman in America (after Eleanor Roosevelt), received the first Best Actress Emmy and was active in fighting the Hollywood blacklist. This documentary is filled with clips from “The Goldbergs” shows, and interviews with fans such as Susan Stamberg, Norman Lear and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It is being presented in cooperation with the National Center for Jewish Film.

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features events throughout the year. A schedule of events can be found at www.pnc.edu. For more information about these films, or any event in the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations at 785-5200, ext. 5593.

PNC Improv Group Co-Hosts Hilarity for Charity Event

The Purdue University North Central  Ranting Llamas Improv Troupe and Office of Student Activities will co-host a Hilarity for Charity event on Friday, March 28, in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and will be donated to the Alzheimers Association as part of the Hilarity for Charity national fundraising effort. The public is invited. Additional donations to the Alzheimers Association will gladly be accepted.

Hilarity for Charity is a nationwide program that encourages and supports college groups to throw their own events to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Disease.  The University raising the most money between Jan. 1 and April 11 will win a special advance screening of Universal Pictures’ new movie “Neighbors,” with Seth Rogen in attendance. To learn more about the organization visit http://www.hilarityforcharity.org/

Donations can be made on behalf of the Ranting Llamas at  http://www.crowdrise.com/pncactivities-hfcu/fundraiser/PNCActivities.

The Ranting Llamas traditionally donate the ticket proceeds from their performances to charity. The group presents a unique comedy experience that is appropriate for all ages and outlooks. 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 a fun for actors and non-actors alike. A simple word, action or an idea can be the basis of a comedy routine by one member of the group or the entire ensemble.

PNC Offers OSHA Training Courses

The Purdue University North Central Center for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) will offer an OSHA 511: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry course in April and an OSHA 501: Outreach Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry course in June.

These courses, which are open to all qualified individuals, will be taught by three qualified instructors who bring more than 86 years of OSHA experience to the classroom.

The OSHA 511 course runs April 14 and ends on April 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at PNC- Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso. The course fee is $800 and includes all books and materials.

This course has no prerequisites. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 2.

Instruction will include an overview of OSHA policies, procedures and standards as well as general industry safety and health principles. Using OSHA standards as a guide, topics include scope and application of the OSHA general industry standards with special emphasis placed on the most hazardous areas. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

The OSHA 501 course will be June 2 through June 5, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at PNC – Porter County. The course fee is $800 and includes all books and materials.

The course is designed for personnel interested in teaching the 10- and 30-hour general industry safety and health outreach program to employees and other interested groups. Special emphasis is placed on those topics that are required in the 10- and 30-hour general industry safety and health outreach program to their employees and other interested groups. Special emphasis is placed on those topics that are required in the 10- and 30-hour programs as well as intensive instruction on training techniques. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate as well as an OSHA Outreach Trainer for General Industry card.

For this course, a thorough understanding of OSHA general industry standards is required. Participants must have completed the OSHA 511 course and have five years of safety experience to enroll.  To be considered for approval to join the OSHA 501 course, those interested in registering must submit a Prerequisite Verification Form to the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning by the registration deadline of Monday, May 19.

For further information about these programs, contact Cassandra Boehlke, PNC coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343 or gel@pnc.edu. Registration can be completed on-line at http://www.greatlakesosha.org/

PNC Announces Tuition Discount Program

Purdue University North Central students will soon have the opportunity to reduce the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree thanks to a new tuition discount plan.  Beginning in the Fall 2014 semester, PNC students will receive a 10 percent rate reduction for each credit hour taken beyond 12 hours per semester. The discount plan is designed to provide financial incentives for students to increase the number of credit hours taken each semester and encourage them to graduate in four years.

Last Fall, PNC students averaged a campus record 12 credit hours for the semester.  Even though average course load is trending in a positive direction, it is important for students to understand that completing 12 credit hours each semester means that they will need 10 semesters, or five years, to complete a typical 120 credit hour bachelor’s degree. By comparison, a student who earns 15 credit hours each semester will complete the degree in four years, save more than $500 under the new discount plan and enter their chosen profession sooner.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for PNC students,” said Dr. James B. Dworkin, PNC chancellor. “If students take just one additional three-hour class each semester, they will not only save a significant sum of money, but they will graduate on time to enter their careers a year earlier and start earning the income that comes with earning a Purdue University degree. This tuition discount program will help to keep our PNC students on their path to success.”

A recent report issued by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education noted that students who delay completing their degrees pay more tuition dollars and lose potential wages and career opportunities.

Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education noted, “Earning an on-time degree will always be the best and most affordable path to college graduation.”