PNC Enrollment Day for Prospective Students

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes all prospective PNC students who want to register for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 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 Grant Writing Course for Educators

Purdue University North Central’s Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Office of Learning Technology, in partnership with Westville’s Independent Cat Society, will offer a non-credit workshop for current and future educators who want to learn how to search for and write grants more effectively.

The workshop will meet at the PNC Westville campus on July 30, Aug. 4 and Aug. 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. CT. Registration is $159 and includes all materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The registration deadline is July 27 at 4 p.m.

Participants will learn how to identify appropriate grant funders and foundations locally and otherwise, as well as how to determine whether their projects or organizations would be eligible to respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs). They will study compelling storytelling techniques that increase grant seekers’ chances for success and put them to use by leveraging a range of tools and resources that will be shared. Participants will discover and explore elements of successful grant proposals by examining real-life examples, as well as how to apply what they have learned in order to develop and refine their own grants throughout each step of the process. They will network with fellow educators and learn from their experiences, as well as those of the instructors, who have a wealth of grant-related knowledge.

This program will be taught by Dr. Anastasia Trekles, a PNC clinical assistant professor of instructional technology and the Director of Learning Technologies and Roberta Jocius, the grant coordinator and an adoption counselor for the Independent Cat Society; a non-profit organization dedicated to animal welfare, in Westville. Part of the program proceeds will benefit the Independent Cat Society.

To register or obtain further information about this program or to register, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/workshops-and-classes/ or contact PNC’s Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5343, or gel@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Hosts “Finding the Power of Joy in Giving to Animals” Seminar

Purdue University North Central will host the seminar “Finding the Power of Joy in Working with Animals” presented by the Independent Cat Society, on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. in in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Linda Harper, author and clinical psychologist, will help explain the tools needed to work through the roller-coaster ride of emotions that are experienced through each day. She will share strategies that help to cope with that heartbreak and frustration that can often come with helping others.

Her topics will include balancing and making space and taking care of yourself; letting go of the journey of animals, others and handling the “what ifs;’ setting limits; staying connected and handling grief.

Registration is $20 through July 19. Registration after July 20 and at the door is $25. The registration fee includes a copy of Harper’s book, “The Power of Joy in Giving to Animals.” It is a worthwhile read for those who work with animals, children, the elderly or any other group that often requires special care, attention and advocacy.

Registration can be completed through www.catsociety.org or http://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-the-power-of-joy-in-working-with-animals-tickets-16902648276.

“The Dog and the Dolphin” Book Signing at Cat Society Book Sale

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin will be signing copies of his children’s book, “The Dog and The Dolphin” at the Independent Cat Society Used Book Sale on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 at the National Guard Armory, 1502 Linwood Ave., in Valparaiso. Copies of “The Dog and The Dolphin” will be available for purchase.

He will sign books on Friday, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 from noon to 2 p.m. The book sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Most of the donated books for sale will be priced for $1 or less. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Books will be available for purchase. Dworkin will also sign books that had been previously purchased.

The “Dog and the Dolphin” tells the delightful story of two unlikely friends who meet on a beach in Florida.

The children’s story was inspired by an interaction Dworkin observed several years ago while vacationing with his family on Sanibel Island, Fla. During a visit to the beach, Dworkin watched a dog, depicted in the book as an Irish setter named Red, wander the beach. The dog strolled around, sniffed here and there and seemed to be bored, said Dworkin. When the dog gazed into the water, it caught a glimpse of something that interested him. A dolphin was frolicking a short distance away.

Dworkin observed that the dog was clearly interested in the dolphin and it seemed like the dolphin noticed the dog on the beach. The dolphin appeared so interested in the dog that it would swim in the same direction that the dog ran. When the dog ran to the left, the dolphin followed. If the dog ran to the right, the dolphin changed direction too. The dog was so taken with his new friend; he tried to swim out to it with a Frisbee so they could play together. This story of an unusual friendship between a dog and a dolphin teaches valuable lessons of friendship and diversity as the story’s two characters form an unlikely, yet unmistakable bond.

Esteemed portrait artist Michael Chelich, of Munster, illustrated the story. As a first-time book illustrator, Chelich created amazingly detailed, life-like art work to help to tell the story of what took place on the beach that sunny day.

Dworkin is an accomplished author and “The Dog and the Dolphin” is his first children’s book. He already has an inspiration for a second children’s book. Dworkin has written the books, “Owners Versus Players: Baseball and Collective Bargaining” (Boston: Auburn House Publishing Company, 1981), and “Reflections on the Transformation in Industrial Relations” (Scarecrow Press, 1989). He has also written and edited numerous articles and chapters for a variety of professional publications.

The book is also available for purchase at amazon.com, in the Purdue University Calumet bookstore and through the website thedogandthedolphin.com. Information on readings and book signings will be available at www.thedogandthedolphin.com.

The Independent Cat society is accepting donations of used books, CDs, tapes and posters for the sale. Books may be dropped off on July 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Armory. Or contact ICS at (219) 785-4936 or visit www.catsociety.org or the ICS Facebook Event Page.

PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, July 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

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 for conversation. This provides 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 on Aug. 21. Coffeehouses may feature a guest speaker who will begin at about 6 p.m. If there is not a presenter, guests may bring their own decks of cards and games to play together. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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/deafevents.htm. The PNC ASL Club and Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

Further information about the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language kdonah@pnc.edu.

PNC Enrollment Day for Prospective Students

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes all prospective PNC students who want to register for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. This will be the last chance for students to register prior to the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 17.

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 American Sign Language Club Summer Fun Event

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Summer Fun event on Tuesday, June 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The event is free and open to the public. Guests of all ages and ASL abilities are welcome.

This will be a fun, casual event featuring storytelling by Jason Maloney, PNC limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, and Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and coordinator of the PNC American Sign Language program. Participants are asked to use American Sign Language to communicate, providing an ideal opportunity to practice ASL 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 may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language at 785-5200, ext. 5432, (219) 785-8892 (video phone) or kdonah@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah

Enrollment Day for Prospective Students is June 23

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Tuesday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes all prospective PNC students who want to register for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 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.

American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse is June 19

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

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 for conversation. This provides 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.

Future coffeehouses will be on July 17 and Aug. 21. Coffeehouses may feature a guest speaker who will begin at about 6 p.m. If there is not a presenter, guests may bring their own decks of cards and games to play together. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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. The PNC ASL Club and Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

Further information about the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language kdonah@pnc.edu

PNC American Sign Language Club Lunch Social

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Lunch Social on Thursday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to bring a lunch or purchase one in the nearby PNC cafeteria.

The ASL Lunch Social will present a relaxed atmosphere and the playing of games such as Skip-bo, Uno, Bingo, Checkers, Spot-It, Yahtzee and card games such Rummy and others. Participants are asked to use American Sign Language to communicate, providing an ideal opportunity to practice ASL 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, (219) 785-8892 (video phone) or kdonah@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.