PNC Faculty Member Hosts Book Reading, Signing

Purdue University North Central Limited-Term Lecturer of Heather Augustyn will host a reading and signing of her newest book, “Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music” on Friday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Red Cup Café & Deli, 115 Broadway in Chesterton. Adults and children are welcome and food and refreshments will be served

“Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music” is a comprehensive look at Jamaican vocalists, instrumentalists, record producers, dancers, wives, mothers and deejays who helped to shape the course of Jamaican music on the island and worldwide.

This the fourth book from Augustyn on Jamaican music and culture and it features a cover by local artist Carrie Coslov. Augustyn is also author of “Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist;” “Ska: An Oral History,” and “Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation.”

The author teaches English Composition classes at PNC. She is a correspondent for “The Times” of Northwest Indiana.

The book is available at skabook.com, amazon.com, and will be available at the event for $20 for purchase.

Jazz Masters 101 Reunion Wraps Up Purdue North Central Sinai Forum Season

Jazz Masters

Jazz Masters: Jeff Hamilton, Dr. Peter Bankoff and John Clayton

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will conclude its 61st season Sunday, Dec. 14 with a performance of swinging jazz mixed with a lively discussion of the art of improvisation and the essence of jazz with John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums of the Grammy-nominated Clayton Hamilton Orchestra. They will be reunited with their musical friend, Michigan City native, Dr. Peter Bankoff on piano.

This will be presented at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. The session begins at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m.

For this final performance of the season, tickets are $25 with an advance registration as a special opportunity to get to know the Sinai Forum. Call 219-771-9022 to reserve a seat. Students who show a valid school I.D. are admitted free of charge.

In 1986 Clayton and Hamilton joined forces with Jeff Clayton on saxophone to form the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. But a decade or so prior to that, John and Jeff were students at Indiana University and became close friends with Bankoff, who attended the IU School of Music. Bankoff, the son of the late Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, the founders of the Sinai Forum, grew up in Michigan City and studied both piano and viola. He attended high school at Interlochen, Mich., Arts Academy and performed with the Michigan City Symphony, arranged and directed music for the Miss Indiana Pageant and played piano for renowned composer and conductor Henry Mancini.

Following his graduation, Bankoff chose to pursue another passion of his – medicine. Inspired by his father and other physicians in his family, he became an anesthesiologist. He practices with one of the largest anesthesia specialty groups in the country. And while the group hasn’t played together in some 40 years, Hamilton asked Bankoff to surprise Clayton when he was guest of honor at a jazz party in Phoenix a few years ago. The result was a performance that brought out the same exuberance and joy that they shared as college students.

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra has recorded six CDs: “Groove Shop,” a Grammy award nominee; “Heart & Soul;” “Absolutely!” “Explosive! With Milt Jackson” and “Live At MCG.”

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.

 

 

 

PNC Enrollment Day is December 10

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the 2015 spring, summer and fall 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 jwhisler@pnc.edu, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

PNC Offers “Better-For-You Baking” Seminar

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Nursing and Health Studies will offer a non-credit healthy eating seminar on Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building (LSF,) Room 144.

“Better-For-You Baking” will be led by Amelia Wilson, PNC continuing lecturer of Health Studies, She will explain how to use substitutions for fat when baking, how to use fruit in recipes to add fiber and reduce fat and more. Participants will sample a healthy holiday treat and learn a recipe they can make on their own.

Seminar tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at www.pnc.edu/gel or at the door.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit www.pnc.edu/gel or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785- 5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Boehlke.

PNC to Open Leonard J. Brown Veterans Center

Purdue University North Central  will host a grand opening of the Leonard J. Brown Veterans Center on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. in the Library Student Faculty Building, Room 67.

The event will be led by Veterans Coordinator and current PNC student-veteran Jason Wray. Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin and Vice Chancellor Paul McGuiness will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served.

The family of Leonard J. Brown, who served as a Tec 4 in the 474th Infantry Regiment from July 28, 1944 to April 15, 1946, has generously supported the PNC veterans center. The center will be used for PNC student-veterans to hold group and individual meetings. It will seamlessly allow for interaction in the campus community and also provide a place for students with a shared background to gather.

The Leonard J. Brown Veterans Center will be relocated to the PNC Student Services and Activities Complex when that building is complete in spring, 2016.

ASL Club Game Night is Nov. 17

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Fun Night on Monday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants are welcome to bring a favorite: board game, card games or decks of playing cards, snacks and drinks. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend with an adult.

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. 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, make new friends 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 and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC Veterans Day Program

Purdue University North Central will host its annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event will honor all veterans, with special attention paid to PNC students, faculty and staff who are veterans. The public is invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served immediately following in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

The guest speaker will be Johnny “Joey” Jones During his eight-year career as a United States Marine serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jones’ work included the destruction of more than 85 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) and thousands of pounds of other unknown types of bulk explosives. In August 2010, while in Afghanistan, Jones was severely injured and lost his legs above the knee when an IED detonated leaving him with two years of recovery at Walter Reed Medical Center.

During his recovery, Jones developed a Peer Visit Program, providing an opportunity for others recovering from life-changing injuries to mentor and encourage newly injured patients. This led to a year-long Capitol Hill fellowship with the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee and his completion of a Georgetown University degree. During this time Joey became a supporter of the Boot Campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating awareness, promoting patriotism and providing assistance to military personnel, past and present and their families.

The program will include the presentation of the colors by the Rolling Prairie VFW; the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by student Nanda Danitschek; welcoming remarks by PNC Veterans Coordinator Jason Wray, former Army sergeant; comments by PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin and closing comments by PNC Veterans Organization President Emily Wyatt, former Navy MMN3.

The winners of the Veterans Organization Scholarships will have their winning essays addressing the topic of “What Veteran’s Day Means to Me” read.

As part of the ceremony, names of current or deceased veterans submitted by PNC students, faculty and staff will be read by Tony Sindone, PNC continuing lecturer of Economics and former Air Force tech sergeant; Mark Smith, chair, Department of Computer & Information Technology and former Army specialist and Jim Stemmler, La Porte Veterans Foreign War Post 1130 member and former Army corporal.

PNC student Brad Hill will perform “Amazing Grace” on the cello to close the event.

Donations of toiletries and non-perishable food will be accepted at the door to be given to charities serving homeless veterans. Boxes will be placed throughout campus to collect items during Veterans Day week.

Further information about the event may be obtained by contacting Mary Spiess, administrative assistant to the vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services at 219-785-5237. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Spiess.

ASL Coffeehouse is Nov. 21

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Nov. 21, 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.

A future coffeehouse will be Dec. 12 at the Uptown Café. 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 the coffeehouse may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “Wish I Was Here”

The movie “Wish I Was Here” will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City, 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. The film is rated R for language and sexual content.

“Wish I Was Here” is Zach Braff’s follow up to “Garden State.” Written by Braff and his brother Adam Braff, the film stars Zach Braff as Aiden Bloom, a struggling actor. Kate Hudson stars as his wife. Mandy Patinkin plays Aiden’s dying father.

The family home schools the Bloom’s children when they can no longer afford their private school tuition. Aiden takes the children on a series of outings as part of their “education.” Aiden is unwilling to give up his dream of becoming an actor and unsure of how to face the looming death of his father. Added to the mix is his brother who hasn’t spoken to their father for a year.

“The Hollywood Reporter” reviewed the film following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, describing it as a “funny and emotionally satisfying tale of thirtysomethings trying to come to terms with life itself.”

“The L.A. Times” notes that the movie brings together “thematic notions about parenting, family, male maturity and Jewish identity.

The 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 219-785- 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC Women’s Association Fall Chicago Bus Trip

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association will take its spring bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 15 to visit River North, the Near North Side and to stop in at a real artist’s studio. There will be a “Lunch and Learn” at Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse and a guided tour of the historic Driehaus Museum.

The group will make its traditional stop at Trader Joe’s where guests will have the opportunity to shop for items to bring home to enjoy. Men and young adults are welcome to attend.

Cost for this trip is $85 for PNCWA members and $95 for non- members. The day will start at 7 a.m. with breakfast of Dunkin’ Donuts and toasted Panera bagels in the Schwarz Hall Vending Room. After breakfast the group will board the luxury coach with restroom that will leave campus at 8 a.m. sharp.

The first stop will be a working artist studio, hosted by Kenrick McFarlane, senior art student at the School of the Art Institute.

From there, the group will go to Trader Joe’s for some shopping. Guests may either take a bus or walk to Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse for lunch. Managing partner, John Colletti will share tales from Gibson’s history, celebrity sightings, funny stories from the front and kitchen fiascoes, with time for questions. The meal, tax and gratuity are included in the ticket price.

After lunch, there will be a walk back along Rush Street for shopping, with Michigan Avenue just a few blocks away. There is shopping near the Driehaus Museum where the group will rendezvous at 3:45 p.m. for a 4 p.m. guided tour. Parcels may be stowed on the bus before the tour.

Driehaus is an opulent Victorian house from the Gilded Age. A tour guide will share details about the architecture, construction, former owners, period furniture and art as well as the restoration process that returned it to its former glory. The tour will end at 5:15 and the group will return to the bus and back to PNC.

Checks should be made payable to “PNCWA” and mailed to Liz Bernel, Room S 154, Purdue University North Central, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville, Ind. 46391. Include a phone number or email to receive confirmation when payment is received. For more information, contact Bernel at 219-785-5719; ebernel@pnc.edu.