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Purdue University North Central will host an “Alumni Night” for all PNC alumni at the PNC men’s basketball game with the Olivet Nazarene Tigers at 7 p.m. in the La Porte Civic Auditorium.
All PNC Alumni and their families will be admitted free. “This is a great opportunity for the PNC Alumni to get together with other PNC Alumni and show their PNC Pride,” said Marie Foster, PNC Alumni coordinator. “Families are welcomed to attend to enjoy an action-packed college game, interact with the PNC mascot- Pounce and cheer on our PNC basketball team.”
The event is sponsored by Etropal Restaurant in La Porte.
Students from Purdue University North Central tax and accounting classes are again offering free assistance to the public in preparing federal and state income tax returns. This program is designed to provide basic income tax return preparation to individuals with low to moderate incomes, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly.
Help will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on all Saturdays from February 15 through March 29, except March 15. The service will be offered in Room 171 of the Technology Building on the PNC campus.
Appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be accommodated unless free time is available at the time a taxpayer arrives. A very limited amount of walk-in time is expected, therefore appointments must be requested. Due to a recent IRS change, this year tax returns can now be prepared for taxpayers who need to file an Indiana Return, but are not required to file a federal tax return (state only returns).
This is the 25nd year that PNC has participated in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free filing help to individuals and families with Gross Incomes of $52,000 or less. Gross Income is defined as income from all sources. Tax Returns will be prepared for income from wages, salaries, tips, pensions, ordinary interest, dividends, unemployment compensation, or Social Security benefits.
Thomas Holets, continuing lecturer of Accounting and coordinator of the PNC program, said the student VITA volunteers are prepared to help with basic returns, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ, and the Indiana IT-40. Returns which include interest and dividend income, Itemized Deductions, Earned Income Credit (EIC), and basic stock and bond transactions will also be prepared. Taxpayers are expected to participate in the IRS e-file program, unless there is a technical reason which prevents e-filing. E-filing (electronic filing) is preferred by the IRS. It is free, quick and much more secure than paper filing.
The volunteer tax preparers have completed 12 credit hours in accounting, including at least one tax course at Purdue North Central, and passed a rigorous IRS examination on tax rules and filing procedures.
The tax preparation services offered include:
Form 1040 with Schedules A, B, EIC, D, & R
Form 2441 (Child and Dependent Care Credit)
Form 8863 (Educational Credits)
Form 8812 (Additional Child Tax Credit)
Forms that wil not be prepared are:
Schedule C (Profit & Loss from Business) (Example Cosmetic Sales or Other Self-Employment)
Complicated & Advanced Schedule D (i.e. Capital Gains & Losses on portfolio Stock Sales)
Schedule E (Rents & Losses)
Schedule F (Farm Income or Income from Rental of Farm Property)
Form 2106 (Employee Business Expenses)
Form 3909 (Moving)
Form 8606 (Non-deductible IRA)
Form 8615 (Minor’s Investment Income)
Form SS-5 (Request for Social Security Number)
Returns for taxpayers that are on active Military Duty
Injured or Innocent Spouse Returns
Cancellation of Debt
Health or Medical Savings Accounts (W-2 Box 12 Code W or W-2 Box 12 Code R). Help may be offered with these Health Savings accounts later in the season. Please call to ask for a call back if this type of return is offered later in the season. If offered, this type of return would become available early in March.
Students do not prepare self-employment returns (no Schedule C, Schedule SE) this type of income is often reported to on FORM 1099-MISC.
To request an appointment, call the PNC Business Department at 219-785-5559 and leave your name and telephone number. Return calls to schedule appointments will be made beginning the first week of February.
Anyone who does not intend to keep the appointment noted on their reminder letter should notify Cecilia Kajer at 785-5263 prior to 1 p.m. on the Friday prior to the appointment.
Purdue University North Central is now recruiting high-tech startup companies to participate in the Purdue-wide Interns for Indiana program.
Interns for Indiana matches startup companies with high-quality undergraduate student interns. Interns are paired with companies based on the potential for a quality experience for students, the opportunity for student on-the-job growth and future employment and the company’s needs.
Companies accepted into the Interns for Indiana summer program are matched with Purdue juniors and seniors who work a minimum of 400 hours during the summer session, and who receive a stipend of $4,500 for successful participation.
This program is partially funded by the Lily Endowment, Inc. Participating companies are required to provide a $2,000 membership fee to help cover a portion of student and program costs.
Participating companies and students are recognized each July with a celebration luncheon and poster session at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. At the poster celebration, program participants gain greater understanding of the program scope and its statewide impacts.
“While we are currently recruiting companies to participate in the summer portion of the program, we are interested in talking to any high-tech startup organizations in the area. PNC is interesting in finding ways to partner with and support our business community,” said Natalie Connors, PNC director of Career Development.
The Interns for Indiana Company requirements are:
• High-tech start up
• Able to define and manage an appropriate and challenging internship experience
• Able to provide entrepreneurial experience through regular in-person interactions
• Able to contribute the $2,000 membership fee
The student requirements are:
• Purdue University juniors and seniors enrolled in first BA or BS degree program
• Any majors eligible
• Interested in entrepreneurship
• Minimum 2.8 GPA
The deadline for startup companies to apply for summer 2014 interns is March 10. Application may be completed through the Interns for Indiana website at www.purdue.edu/dp/ifi.
Companies and students interested in being part of the Interns for Indiana program may also contact Natalie Connors, director of Career Development at 785-5200, ext. 5498 or email@example.com
The movie “All is Lost” 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.
“All is Lost” will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City.
The film is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.
“All is Lost” stars Robert Redford, who gives what has been termed, “the performance of his life” in this critically acclaimed film. In this role, Redford’s character is cast adrift in the Indian Ocean as a solo sailing voyage goes terribly wrong following a crash with a stray shipping container.
Redford’s character is mute for most of the film as he battles to stay alive. Through his acting and the film’s cinematography, the viewer is left to interpret much about the stranded sailor who is fighting for survival. The gripping story centers on Redford’s character challenging the ocean for survival.
“The New York Times” noted that the film features “sharply defined, crisply composed images of his struggle. ‘All is Lost’ is an appealing and exciting maritime adventure.”
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.
Purdue University North Central students can enjoy free bowling at Inman’s Bowling & Recreation, 3201 Evans Ave., in Valparaiso, on Wednesday nights during the month of February.
Students may register as a team, with four students to a team. Bowling will begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday in February.
To register or to obtain further information contact PNC Resident Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SAT testing scheduled at Purdue North for Jan. 25 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Students who registered for the test will be notified as to when the test will be rescheduled.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the PNC Student Success Center at 219-785-5326 or by email at email@example.com.
The Purdue University North Central students in the Community Health Nursing class recently donated non-perishable food items that will be given to PNC students in need.
Each semester, students in the class taught by Peggy Rose, PNC assistant professor of Nursing, collect items to be given to local charities and organizations. “It is our way of assisting to address the needs of the community,” said Rose.
Dozens of cans of soup and chili, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, instant potatoes and more were collected by the students. The food items were given to Dr. Linda Dutlinger, PNC associate professor of Developmental Studies, who informally collects food and monetary donations and distributes emergency bags of food to students as needed.
Duttlinger is an active volunteer and director of the food pantry in the Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church Food Pantry in Wheatfield, working with more than 200 families a month. It made sense to her to offer assistance to students in need. Duttlinger said that she distributed 55 bags of food during fall semester and has already given out two bags this semester. She stocks the bags with a 20 to 25 nutritious and tasty items that will feed a student for several days. She tries to include some cash for the purchase of some meat, fresh produce, milk or bread.
“I truly appreciate to Dr. Rose and her students for their donations,” said Duttlinger. “When a student doesn’t have food and they don’t know where to turn for help, we’re there for them. Those who are hungry do not want those around them to know their troubles, but are always grateful for our help.”
Duttlinger and the PNC Dean of Students Office help to make students in need aware of community resources available to help them. Assistance is always confidential, said Duttlinger.
Student Colleen Jones, of Knox, donated several items. “I enjoy helping out in the community,” she said, noting that she was part of the Harvest Fest in Knox and asked for food donations for a local food pantry as admission to a car show, rather than monitory donations. “Helping other people is what I do.”
Jessica Barnes, of Chesterton, agreed that helping others is part of her makeup. “I have a great maternal instinct; it is what I want to do. That’s why I’m becoming a nurse – so that I can do everything within my power and capabilities to help people.”
Purdue University North Central will participate in the state College Goal Sunday event for all college-bound students and their families, Sunday, Feb.23, from 2 to 4 p.m. CST, in the PNC Technology Building, Room 265. College Goal Sunday is free and is open to potential Indiana college students of all ages.
College Goal Sunday is a 25-year-old statewide program that provides free financial aid information and assistance to all Indiana students seeking admission to any Indiana college, university or technical institution. At 40 College Goal Sunday sites in communities throughout Indiana, students and their parents will get the help they need in understanding, completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
College Goal Sunday is part of FAFSA Help Weekend at Purdue North Central. On Saturday, Feb. 22, From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., prospective students and their families may come to Technology Building Room 265 for one-on-one assistance in completing the FAFSA.
The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide and must be filed by March 10 to be eligible for state aid. During the FAFSA Help Weekend at PNC, PNC financial aid staff will be on hand to help students and their families file the form online.
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2013 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year, should bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2013 income and benefits information.
Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) at www.pin.ed.gov before coming to the event.
“Nearly half of Indiana’s college students qualify for financial aid from the State of Indiana,” said Donette Cassman, Sallie Mae, Inc., chair of College Goal Sunday. “College Goal Sunday helps students and families better understand the financial aid process and brings students one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”
College Goal Sunday is one of the highlights of Financial Aid Awareness Month in Indiana. In February, students and their families can call the Learn More Resource Center helpline at 800-992-2076 to have their questions answered by financial aid professionals. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education supports the Helpline.
Students who attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for an educational prize. Winners will be notified in March; prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institutions selected by the winning students.
Twenty-first Century Scholars are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday to receive help in completing the FAFSA and other paperwork necessary to receive their Twenty-first Century scholarships.
College Goal Sunday is sponsored by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA), in cooperation with Learn More Resource Center, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Division of Student Financial Aid (formerly the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana) and the 21st Century Scholars Program. It is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., USA Funds and Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.
For more information about the PNC College Goal Sunday event or for financial assistance in general, contact the PNC Financial Aid Office, 785-5200, ext. 5493 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Purdue University North Central students in the Systems Analysis and Design Methods course took on a unique assignment this fall semester as they developed a website for the Veterans Treatment Court of LaPorte Superior Court No. 3.
This was part of a service learning project developed for the class by Dr. Carin Chuang, PNC associate professor of Computer & Information Technology. Chuang earned a grant from Indiana Campus Compact to help make this project possible.
She explained that a primary goal of this project was to help the students develop the “soft skills” that are essential for career success, while they enhanced and their technical or “hard skills.”
“Employers want employees to have the ability to interact, collaborate and negotiate effectively,” she said. “Soft skills are very important and coveted by employers.”
Another key component of the class is for the students to reflect on their experience and what they learned and how it can be applied a professional.
The class divided into three groups, each working independently to develop a different website. Each group met with Judge Jennifer Koethe and with court project coordinator Agnes Meer and Information Technology Department members Darlene Hale, director and Jon Meyers, web master.
The client meetings gave the students the opportunity to learn more about the court and what Koethe and her staff need from the website. The site is to be a resource for veterans, an informational tool for the public and a place for volunteer mentors to sign up to offer their time and expertise to help fellow veterans. Koethe asked for it to feature an introductory video, links to helpful resources and an interactive calendar.
The site must maintain a consistent look and functionality with the LaPorte County website.
Each team developed a business plan, said Christopher Tobolski. Those plans were updated and changed as needed.
The students met with Dr. Anne Christo-Baker, PNC assistant professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership who helped them prepare their “soft skills” in advance of their meetings.
Some students admitted they knew that careers in computers and information technology require technical skills, but did not realize how much their interpersonal skills would come into play.
“Effective communication makes the project easier,” said David DeSmet.
Elton Dean and his team found that asking the client open-ended as well as close-ended questions helped them solicit information.
Koethe and Meer agreed they are not tech-savvy and were happy the students took time to understand what they wanted and worked to deliver it.
Steven Crockett voiced a common observation, “I learned to convey technical information to people who weren’t as well versed in it as we are.”
While face-to-face meetings were important, email became an essential form of communication. Justin Hreha said that he and his teammates learned to compose professional emails and realized the importance of responding in a timely manner to emails with the clients and among themselves.
Jason Clark said his team researched websites of similar courts and found few examples. The team decided to “keep it simple.”
His teammate Dylan Bowen noted that the team used a software program to collaborate online so they could work as together or individually. The team also found a program that gathered and sorted the responses of those completing the volunteers form.
Finding this useful software helped them realize they did not have to “recreate the wheel,” said Clark. “We tried to recreate the wheel, but it went flat.”
Bryant Reese said he found that a number of details needed to be tended to in creating the site, including making sure that all branches of the military were mentioned in a drop down menu for the mentor signup sheet. All of this added to the learning experience.
“This was the longest, most detailed project our team members have had,” said Samuel Swanson. “It turned out to be more rewarding that I would have imagined.”
Each team ensured that their site can be changed as needed once it is turned over to the courts, said Tim Carmody.
Student-created user manuals will ensure the court employees will be able to work with the site once it goes live, noted Alex MacLeod.
After the websites were presented to Koethe and the court staff, she complemented the teams for their thoroughness, their professionalism and their creativity.
“You developed fantastic projects,” she said. Each design featured the requested elements and all seemed usable. “All three sites hit the mark with our user audiences.”
Her decision on which to use will come later, she said, noting that in the final product may combine elements from each site.