Jenn Lim to Open 2014 Season of the Purdue North Central Sinai Forum

Jenn Lim

Jenn Lim

The Purdue North Central Sinai Forum opens the 61st season on Sunday, Sept. 7 with Jenn Lim, CEO and chief happiness officer at Delivering Happiness. Lim was instrumental in creating the culture described in the best-selling book, “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh of Zappos Shoes. The book has sold over 550,000 copies and been translated into 20 languages.

Lim will share her inspirational, research-based approach to creating meaning and happiness. Today, her work has touched people in 3,100 cities and 110 countries, as a roadmap for communities, employers, educators and anyone who wants to find more meaning in his or her daily life.

Lim’s season opener will be held at the Chesterton High School auditorium. The remaining four sessions of the season will be at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. All sessions begin at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m.

This 61st Season builds on the grand tradition of the Forum, with an exciting line-up of thought-leaders, political commentators, environmentalists and musicians, including:

George Will, Sunday, Sept. 28, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Well-known columnist, commentator and author, Will has been a popular figure on the talk-show circuit this year, talking about his latest book, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred.” His twice-weekly column has been syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group since 1974, and today appears in more than 460 papers. Will won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1976.

Robert Glennon, Sunday, Oct. 26, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis,” Glennon is the Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. In 2010, the Society of Environmental Journalists awarded “Unquenchable” a Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment and “Trout” magazine gave it an Honorable Mention in its list of Must-Have Books ever published on the environment. He also blogs for the Huffington Post and for National Geographic Water Currents.

John King, Sunday, Nov. 16, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, a 30-minute Sunday morning program featuring a panel of the top-tier political correspondents. King also anchors Inside Politics segments weekday mornings on CNN’s New Day. An award-winning journalist, King has covered the past seven presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. In his role as chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., he is instrumental in CNN’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage.

The Jazz Masters 101 Reunion, Sunday, Dec. 14, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

This swinging jazz performance, mixed with a lively discussion of the art of improvisation and the essence of jazz, will feature John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums). This Grammy nominated duo from the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra will be reunited with their musical friend, Michigan City native, Dr. Peter Bankoff (piano), son of the late Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, the founders of the Sinai Forum.

Sponsors for the season include The Times Media Company, Duneland Health Council, John W. Anderson Foundation, Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Hospitals, Kankakee Valley REMC and NIPSCO.

Tickets for the season are $100 for regular passes and $200 for patron level passes, which include back-stage access to the speakers and an exclusive reception. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 219-531-4200.

Prospective Students Invited to PNC College Fair Sept. 18

Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be at Purdue University North Central on Sept. 18, for its 30th College Fair. The fair begins at 6 p.m. This event offers area high school and middle school students, as well as interested adults, a chance to find out more about academic programs, application procedures, campus life, costs, and other aspects of college life.

Financial aid presentations at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will help students and their families understand what aid is available and how to begin the application process. College representatives will meet with students and answer questions until 7:45 p.m. All events will take place in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building. The College Fair is free and open to the public and advance registration is not required.

The public and private colleges invited include: Purdue University West Lafayette, Calumet, IPFW and North Central; Ancilla College; Anderson University; Ball State University; Benedictine University; Bethel College; Calumet College of St. Joseph; Calvin College; College of Court Reporting; Concordia University Chicago; DePauw University; Dominican University-River Forest; Ferris State University; Goshen College; Hanover College; Huntington University; Indiana Institute of Technology; Indiana State University; Indiana University Bloomington, South Bend, IUPUI and Northwest; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana; Kendall College; Loyola University of Chicago; Manchester University; Marian University; National Guard -1613th; Northern Illinois University; Northern Michigan University; Northwood University; Olivet Nazarene University; Robert Morris University; Roosevelt University; Saginaw Valley State University; Saint Joseph’s College; Saint Mary-of-the Woods College; Southern Illinois University; Trine University; University of Illinois; University of Indianapolis; University of Saint Francis; University of Saint Francis Crown Point; Valparaiso University; Vincennes University; Butler University; Saint Mary’s College-Notre Dame and Western Michigan University.

The PNC campus is located just south of the junction of the Indiana Toll Road and U.S. 421.

High school students and others wishing more information prior to the fair can contact high school guidance counselors, or the PNC Enrollment Services Office, 219-785-5200, ext.5505, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5505.

PNC Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit workshop series for people who want to learn basic digital photography and how to start using Adobe Photoshop software.

The workshop will meet at the PNC Westville campus on Thursday evenings from Oct. 2 to Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. The registration fee is $189 and includes all materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.

During the first half of the program, participants will learn the basics of photography technique and composition through hands-on and traditional instruction. They will also receive general and individualized assistance with the settings and functions of their digital cameras. During the second half of the program, participants will get hands-on experience with Adobe Photoshop and learn to use the software to take their digital photography skills to the next level.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Homecoming Weekend Activities

Purdue University North Central will celebrate its annual homecoming weekend on Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Westville campus. All activities are open to the public. UGN  is a sponsor of the weekend’s activities.

Activities begin Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. with registration for a one-mile Fun Run. The fun run will begin at 6:00 p.m. Runners are encouraged to dress as their favorite Super Hero for this Super Hero themed race. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed runner as well as for the overall male and female race winners. There is a $5 registration fee and proceeds will go to PNC Student Athletics.

At 6 p.m. there will be a variety of free games and activities for individuals of all ages. The band Black Water Levee will be providing musical entertainment. Food vendors will have an assortment of items for purchase.

The evening will culminate with a fireworks show hosted by the Purdue North Central Alumni Association and presented by Badaboom that will begin at dark. Spectators may bring lawn chairs and blankets for the fireworks show. No coolers or outside food will be allowed. PNC is an alcohol- and tobacco-free campus.

On Saturday, Sept. 13 activities will continue with an Alumni Softball Game at the Purdue North Central Softball Field located at the Practice Field located at 9450 W. 125 S, Westville, IN 46391 that will begin at 10 a.m.

There will be a Car and Bike Show on campus from noon to 2 p.m., with spectators admitted free. Those who would like to exhibit vehicles may take advantage of early registration from 10 a.m. to noon with a registration fee of $10. Proceeds will to go the Warriors First Foundation and PNC Student Government. Questions about the PNC Car and Bike Show should be directed to PNC Student Government President Matt Migliorini at (812) 564-1805. Further information is available on the Car and Bike Show Facebook page at

Homecoming activities will wrap up with an Alumni Baseball Game at 2 p.m. at Hick’s Field on campus.

PNC Social Media Marketing Workshop Series

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit Social Media Marketing Workshop Series each Monday from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The series will cover the use of social media platforms and strategies to meet professional business needs. Topics will include the use of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, creating an editorial calendar, social media trends and strategies and more.

The program, which will be led by Darlene McCarty Cohn, owner of D. Cohn Communications and former limited term lecturer at Purdue North Central. Participants will receive a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the workshop series.

The registration fee is $165, which includes all books and materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m.

To register or obtain further information about this course, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Boehlke

PNC Odyssey Part of World Premiere of “Bette Davis on the Edge”

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts Series, the Festival Players Guild and the Michigan City Public Library are together sponsoring a world premiere performance of the new solo play, “Bette Davis on the Edge” at the Mainstreet Theatre, at 807 Franklin St., in Michigan City.

The 90-minute play, written and performed by Christine St. John, will be presented on Friday and Saturday Sept. 12 and 13 and Friday and Saturday Sept. 19, and 20. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call (219) 874-4269 or email Following its opening here, the play will transfer to New York City and London, England.

“Bette Davis on the Edge” is directed by Jane Brody; lighting, set, and sound design is by Duane Thompson with costume design by Anna Glowacki and graphic art by Tim Jarmain-Groves.

The play is set in the early morning hours of Oct. 31, 1962 with motion picture legend Bette Davis waiting anxiously for the reviews of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” If the picture is a success, it will hail the desperately needed comeback for the star’s fading career. If not, it will provide a sad and embarrassing epitaph. As she waits, she reflects on her career, from the “talkies” to the present day. Her story is the entire history of the American Motion Picture industry.

St. John was intrigued by a “situation wanted” advertisement that Davis placed in “The Hollywood Reporter” in August 1962 and she subsequently embarked on research at the Motion Picture Academy Library in Los Angeles and the Bette Davis Archival Collection in Boston. She intended to create a play that was more than a catalogue of showbiz reminiscences. The result was “Bette Davis on the Edge.” The play is packed with drama, intrigue and comedy, providing a unique and touching insight into both Hollywood in its heyday and arguably, the finest actress of her generation.

“Bette Davis on the Edge” is St. John’s first play. A graduate of The Goodman School of Drama of the Art Institute of Chicago, she furthered her studies at the Sorbonne and The American Center, Paris with Blanche Salant. She has appeared in numerous productions in the U.S. and United Kingdom.

She lived in London, England for the past 24 years and was a founding member of the touring group Act 3 Theatre Company performing in the works of Noel Coward, Anton Chekhov and adaptations of Edith Wharton. St. John has been involved in theatre in development projects in Ethiopia and India and has been a Fellow at The Royal Geographical Society in London since 1993.

“Bette Davis on the Edge” director Brody is an award-winning stage director, master teacher, former actress and casting director. Her passion for the past 30 years has been helping and developing actors. She founded the Chicago Acting Studio in 1980 and has been a casting director since 1986. Her casting company, Jane Brody Casting, now known as Paskal-Rudnicke Casting, was instrumental in casting movies and TV shows including “Groundhog Day,” “The Women of Brewster Place,” “A League of Their Own” and “Public Enemies.” Her students include Michael Shannon, TR Knight, Alex Koch, Christine St. John, Peggy Roeder, Adam Brown, Melissa Peterman, Eric Stonestreet and many other well-known working actors.

A unique twist of events brought “Bette Davis on the Edge” to Michigan City. After one Chicago theatre didn’t work out for the play, St. John and Brody started looking for a suitable place for the play. During a visit to the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, a friendly couple seated in the lobby offered a helpful solution to their problem – hold it at the Mainstreet Theatre. Making the suggestion were Jan and Marian Dick. Jan Dick is acting president of the Mainstreet Theatre Festival Players Guild.

Brody was familiar with the theatre, so she and St. John accepted an invitation to tour the theatre.

“I realized almost as soon as I walked in the door of Mainstreet that this was a very special place with creative and imaginative people and so when Mainstreet agreed to present my play, nothing on earth could have made me happier,” said St. John.

“The moral of this story is that one should always talk to strangers in lobbies and that there are no strangers,” added Brody.

To celebrate the world premiere performance of “Bette Davis on the Edge,” the Michigan City Public Library is hosting A Bette Davis Film Festival featuring films that span Davis’s career. The films will be shown free of charge at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City.

On Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m., “Of Human Bondage” an 83-minute film made in 1934 will be shown, followed at 3 p.m. by “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” a film made in 1962 and running for 134 minutes.

Saturday, Sept. 6 will feature a 1 p.m. showing of “Dark Victory” from 1939 and running 104 minutes. At 3 p.m. “All About Eve” will be featured. This film was made in 1950 and runs 138 minutes.

PNC Offers Non-Credit Video Editing Bootcamps

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Communication will offer two Video Editing Bootcamps, non-credit lifelong learning programs at the PNC Westville campus.

The programs will meet on Mondays from Oct. 6 through Oct. 20 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The deadline to register is Sept. 30 at 4 p.m CT.

Participants will learn basic shooting and editing skills, as well as other techniques necessary to create short videos that can be shared with a variety of audiences through various mediums, such as Facebook and YouTube. PNC Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Jeff Shires, who will lead the program, explained, “In three short sessions you will learn how to produce your own short stories.” An advanced video editing seminar will be offered in November.

The registration fee is $165 per person. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. PNC will provide the video equipment and software needed to engage in this hands-on program. Shires recommends participants bring the devices they intend use to capture video footage after the program ends so that he can teach them how to maximize their capabilities. This video equipment might include camcorders, smartphones, camera phones, flip cameras and more.

For more information or to register, visit 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 ASL Club Coffeehouse is August 15

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

The event will feature a fun, interactive activity.

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 providing 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.

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 the coffeehouse may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at

PNC Annual Chancellor’s Invitational at Sand Creek

The Purdue North Central Athletics Department will be hosting the annual Chancellor’s Invitational Golf Outing to benefit Student Athletic Scholarships and the Purdue North Central Alumni Association on Monday, Sept. 15 at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton.

The four-person scramble format begins with registration at 9 a.m. with a breakfast and unlimited use of the driving range and putting green. The shotgun start is scheduled for 10 a.m. and is followed by a reception, silent auction and prizes.

Anyone who is not golfing, but would like to benefit the athletic scholarship fund, sponsorship opportunities are available. Hole sponsorships start at $300 and opportunities are available up to $10,000 or more. Interested guests are welcome to attend just the dinner portion of the event for $30.

To register for the outing, to be a sponsor, or to obtain more information call PNC Director of Athletics, Tom Albano, at 219-785-5273.

PNC Enrollment Day is August 12

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the fall 2014 or spring 2015 semesters.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to fill out an application, get admitted, take an assessment test (if needed) and receive financial aid information.

Official transcripts must be submitted in order to be evaluated for admission. Once admitted, students will meet with an academic advisor to discuss their plan of study and register for courses.

There will be a sign-in table located at the north entrance of the Technology Building, near the lounge that is adjacent to Room 157.

No registration is required and students will be helped on a first come, first served basis. Family members are welcome to attend.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Janice Whisler at, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.