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 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 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 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 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

Donations can be made on behalf of the Ranting Llamas at

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 Registration can be completed on-line at

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.”

PNC LaPorte County Academic Super Bowl Winners

LaPorte High School Academic Super Bowl Team

LaPorte High School’s Academic Super Bowl Team: Front Row: Chandler Watson, Taylor Jump, James Austin, Hannah Lawrence, Bree Winter, David Toth, Brandon Counter, Scott Urbanski
Back Row: Tristen Manuszak, Joey Tomal, Charlie Williams, Sarah Kirschbaum, Bethany Eyrick, Luke Vasilarakos, Brayan Salgado, Justin Vega, Austin Bohlin

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

The competition concluded with the team from North White High School taking first place. Second place went to the team of Home Scholars representing students from LaPorte, Porter and Lake Counties; third place went to the team  from LaPorte High School.

The competition theme was “Westward Expansion, 1783-1900”. Students competed in six subject areas – English, science, fine arts, social studies, math and interdisciplinary.

The winners in each round were:

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

Science – third place – LaCrosse; second – North White, first – LaPorte

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

Social Studies – third place – North White; second – Marquette; first – Home Scholars

Math – third place – LaPorte; second – Elkhart Christian; first –North White

Interdisciplinary – third place – Elkhart Christian; second – LaCrosse; first – North White

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 College of Business Appoints Bjonback to Lead CEDaR

Derek Bjonback

Dr. Derek Bjonback

The Purdue University North Central College of Business announces the appointment of Dr. R. Derek Bjonback, associate professor of Economics to Director of The Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR).

“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Bjonback’s credentials serving as director of CEDaR,” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, dean of the College of Business. “His expertise will help our Center achieve its mission to assist in the economic development efforts of the region through the provision of data, programming, and consulting.”

Bjonback will be responsible for connecting and collaborating with local economic development entities in their efforts to improve the region through CEDaR, the Center for Economic Development and Research. The Center is also responsible for assisting in workforce development initiatives through the provision of customized training as well as the promotion and support of entrepreneurship.

According to Bjonback, “We foresee the Center becoming a catalyst for the analysis of regional economic trends and opportunities to assist the economic development community.  CEDaR will be a platform for PNC to co-operate with other regional universities and economic development organizations to better understand our regional economy and its potential.”

Bjonback  brings a vast background in and understanding of economics to this position. Prior to moving with his family to the United States in 1995, Bjonback served 20 years as a program manager and economist for water planning and development for Environment Canada, Canada’s federal environmental management agency.

He spent seven years working in the business sector in Northern Indiana as an economic development professional and consultant before joining PNC as a full-time faculty member in 2002.

Bjonback earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada. He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Economics from Colorado State University.  He has authored numerous papers related to the regional economic development of Northwest Indiana and the Midwest economy.  Of particular note is his work as part of the Council of Regional Economic Advisors which includes representatives from Purdue Calumet, Valparaiso University, Indiana University Northwest, Center for Workforce Innovations, Northwest Indiana Forum, NIPSCO and the Northern Indiana Small Business Development Center.

PNC Nursing Students Present Health Fair at LaPorte High School

Purdue University North Central Community Health Nursing students will present a health fair for all LaPorte High School students on Tuesday March 18. This motivational fair will address issues related to safety and risk reduction.

The PNC Nursing students are presenting the fair under the direction of Peggy Rose, PNC assistant professor of Nursing and in cooperation with LaPorte High School Assistant Principal Chris Alber; Educator Christine Rosenbaum; Micki Webb, MSW from the La Porte County Drug Free Partnership and Joseph Bunch, MSW, counselor with the LaPorte County Dorothy S. Crowley Juvenile Services Center.

The fair will also include a variety of vendors and booths that will address the real-world issues of safety and risk that high school students face or may encounter. Students will have an opportunity to visit the interactive booths and displays, pick up information, ask questions and participate in the learning activities and demonstrations.

A variety of gift certificates and awards will be raffled as door prizes for all participating students.

“We are grateful to have another opportunity to partner with both Micki Webb and Joseph Bunch,” said Peggy Rose. “The outreach efforts of both the LaPorte Juvenile Center and the Drug Free Partnership demonstrate how extending beyond the traditional walls of an office to reach out into the community creates opportunities for collaboration and service. Schools represent a significant force in meeting the complex and challenging health care needs of adolescents today. Health fairs meet these needs.”

The fair will include participants and topics:

Indiana State Police – Driving Safety

ABATE – Motorcycle Safety

La Porte County EMS

La Porte City Police

La Porte County Health Department – Immunizations / STDs

La Porte YMCA – Keeping Fit and Healthy

IU Health La Porte Hospital – Skin / Sun Safety

Franciscan St. Anthony Hospital – C.P.R. (Creating Positive Relationships)

La Porte County Juvenile Services Center

American Red Cross – Disaster Preparedness / Life Guard Training

Coast Guard – Water / Boating Safety

La Porte County Coroner

P.A.T.H. Positive Approach to Teen Health

Stepping Stone Shelter for Women – Safe Relationships

Hey UGLY – Bullying


Healthy Communities of La Porte County

Covering Kids and Families – Health care

MDWise – Health Care

Indiana Department of Health – Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

Healthy Food Choices

Stress Management

Swanson Center – Mental Health

PNC’s Pre-med Club – Dangers of Smoking / e-cigarettes

Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Body

Teen Pregnancy

R.S.V.P. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) – Vision Screening

Youth Service Bureau


La Porte Fire Department

Rated Next Barber Stylist School

Premier Beauty School

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

U.S. Army


E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) – Lead Poisoning / Healthy Homes


Women’s Worthy Recovery – Substance Abuse

LaPorte High School Student Clubs

Friends Helping Friends

Lawrence Pinkus Associates  – Eating Disorders

Further information about this fair may be obtained by contacting Rose at (219)-785-5706.

PNC Porter County Academic Super Bowl Winners

Purdue University North Central hosted an Academic Super Bowl Invitational competition for Porter County students on Wednesday, March 5 on the PNC Westville campus.

Competition included teams from eight of the nine Porter County High Schools competing in their seventh annual competition. Participating schools were: 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.

Students competed in six subject areas – science, math, English, social studies, fine arts and interdisciplinary.

The team of students representing Chesterton High School took first place overall.

The Porter County winners in each round were:

English  – third –Portage; second – Chesterton; first – Washington Township

Science – third – Valparaiso; second – Chesterton; first – Morgan Township

Fine Arts – third – Wheeler; second – Valparaiso; first –Chesterton

Social Studies – third place – Valparaiso; second – Hebron; first – Chesterton

Math – third – Portage; second – Wheeler; first – Chesterton

Interdisciplinary – third – Wheeler; second – Washington Township; first – Chesterton.

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.