PNC – Porter County Academic Super Bowl Invitational

Purdue North Central – Porter County will host its ninth annual Academic Super Bowl Invitational on Wednesday, March 2 on the PNC Westville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The competition will be in the Library-Student-Faculty (LSF) Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 and telecast to LSF Room 144 for spectators. Students from all nine Porter County High Schools will compete in the senior-division event. Participating schools are: Boone Grove High School, 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.

The competition theme is “Hoosier Heritage.” Students will compete in six subject areas – science, English, fine arts, social studies, math and interdisciplinary.

Academic Super Bowl competition in Indiana is part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. It is a unique inter-scholastic academic competition program which allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to the way they compete in athletics.

The objectives of academic competitions encourage academic achievement by offering the participants recognition and reward. By honoring intellectual achievement, academic competition celebrates scholarship. Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. There is a coaches and proctors meeting at 4:15 p.m. The competition begins at 4:30 p.m.

The competition schedule is:
4:40 p.m. – Science, Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics
5:20 p.m. – English, Dr. Heather Fielding, PNC assistant professor of English Math,
6 p.m. – Fine Arts, Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations
6:40 p.m. – Social Studies, John Weber, Dean of Students
7:20 p.m. – Jim Jepsen, Michigan City Area Schools Mathematics instructor
8 p.m. – Interdisciplinary, Dr. Mark Jacobi, Michigan City pediatrician
8:40 p.m. – Awards

Awards will be given to the winning school in each subject area as well as an overall winner. Each competing student, coach, proctor and student assistant will receive a voucher for use at the PNC Gallery Café and Coffee Central which will remain open until 8 p.m. PNC’s bookstore will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Leslie Plesac at (219) 531-6500, lplesac@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Plesac.

PNC Delta Sigma Club Sponsors Grade 3 – 8 Science Fair

Purdue University North Central Delta Sigma science club will sponsor a science fair open to students in grades 3 through 8 on April 2 on the PNC campus.

Science Fair set up will begin at 8 a.m. the day of the fair. Judging will be at 10 a.m. and awards will be presented at 11:30 a.m. There is no registration fee.

Those who register will get a free t-shirt, but supplies are limited. Participants may register online by March 2 at https://purdue.qualtrics.com/jfe6/form/SV_0ep18LB8V2cGaQ5

Delta Sigma members are hosting this event to introduce younger students who enjoy science so that they can experience a professional science fair setting, explained said Anna Zipay, Delta Sigma vice-president & secretary.

“The science fair participants will be able to interact with PNC biology students as well as the judges, who are PNC biology and chemistry professors. We hope that as the Delta Sigma Science Club we can provide the younger students who participate in this event with a positive and enjoyable experience as well as encouragement, support and advice about their projects and science topics in general.” She said.

Many Delta Sigma members believe that participating in science fairs was instrumental in fostering an interest in science and ultimately choosing to embark on a path to a science degree.

PNC faculty members participating as judges are: Dr. Lindsay Gielda, assistant professor of Biology; Justin Poling, Biology lab assistant; Dr. Michelle Spaulding, assistant professor of Biology; Dr. Jessica Thomas, assistant professor of Chemistry and Dr. Aaron Warren, associate professor of Physics.

Science fair sponsors are: Dr. Kenneth C. Holford, dean of the PNC College of Science; Dr. James B. Dworkin, PNC chancellor; Dr. S. Rex Morrow, dean of the PNC College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Jeff Weitzel, LaPorte Animal Hospital veterinarian; The Regional News, owned by Kiel Media and Sweet Lou’s That’s Who Restaurant in Westville.

Registration information, official rules and guidelines are available at: https://www.pnc.edu/activities/clubs-and-organizations/delta-sigma-science-club/

PNC, Purdue Calumet Host Career Expo for Job Seekers

Job-seeking local residents are invited to attend the Purdue University North Central Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

Purdue University Calumet in Hammond is hosting an identical event on Friday, Feb. 19 from 1 to 2 p.m., the Fitness & Recreation Center.

The Purdue Calumet event will feature more than 60 employers, while the Purdue North Central expo will host nearly 40 employers. The employers at both sites will be recruiting college graduates or job candidates pursuing a degree.

Both events are free, but would-be participants are urged to pre-register to attend, bring multiple copies of their resume and dress for success, according to Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central Director of Career Development and Services Natalie Connors.

“The Spring Career Expo is an opportunity to connect students, alumni and community residents with employers based across the Midwest,” Connors said. “We are very excited to have a great mix of representative organizations from different industries scheduled to participate in these events, from public education to automotive manufacturing.”

To obtain further information and to pre-register visit www.purduecal.edu/careerservices.

PNC American Sign Language Club Fun Night

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Fun Night on
Monday, Feb 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 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, such as Uno, Skip-bo, Spoons and Spot-It or a deck of playing cards. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend with an adult.

This will be a casual, enjoyable 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.

Further information about this event may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language, at 219-785-5432 or kdonah@pnc.edu. The PNC ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwidhhc.com/

To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact Donah.

PNC ASL Club Hosts Appearance by Comedian John Smith

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host World Deaf Stage Presents: Deaf Comedy Live with John Smith from England on Saturday, Feb 20 from at 7 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is open to the public.

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased by contacting Jason Maloney at jmaloney@pnc.edu. Tickets will be available at the door for $20.

Smith is one of the best-known signing deaf comedians in the United Kingdom. He started out in 2005 and performs to audiences across the world. He uses visual humor and slapstick, exaggerated storytelling and signing to entertain. His humor often touches on the similarities and differences between deaf and hearing people. His comedy will appeal to all audience members.

Further information about this event and ASL at Purdue north Central may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language, at 219-785-5432 or kdonah@pnc.edu. The PNC ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwidhhc.com/

To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact Donah.
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PNC Offers 30-Hour OSHA General Industry Course

The Purdue University North Central Center for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer an OSHA 511: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry course March 8 through March 11 at the PNC Westville campus.

The OSHA 511 course will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The cost of the course is $800 per person and includes all books and materials, as well as lunch each day. The OSHA 511 course has no prerequisites. The registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 22.

The course will be taught by highly qualified instructors who cumulatively bring more than a half century of OSHA experience to the classroom. It will provide 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.

For further information about this program or to register, contact the Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning (GEL) at (219) 785-5343 or gel@pnc.edu. Individuals can also register online at www.pnc.edu/gel/workshops-and-classes.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Offers Students Financial Aid Help on FAFSA Weekend

Purdue University North Central will have a FAFSA Weekend to help students and parents complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) paperwork on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 in the Technology Building, Room 265. FAFSA Weekend is free and is open to potential Indiana college students of all ages. Students are not required to attend, or plan to attend, PNC in order to take part in the FAFSA Weekend activities at PNC.

CGS_Logo_2color copyOn Saturday, Feb. 20, assistance will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT.

On Sunday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., PNC will participate in the statewide College Goal Sunday activities. PNC will be one of 42 College Goal Sunday sites in Indiana offering students and their families the help they need in understanding, completing, and filing the FAFSA.

College Goal Sunday FAFSA assistance is also available at the Purdue Calumet campus on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Library Building Room 200, located at 2200 169th St., Hammond.

Students who attend a College Goal Sunday site and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in March. Prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

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 Weekend at PNC, PNC financial aid staff will be on hand to help students and their families file the form online. Any college-bound student and their families may stop in to seek assistance or ask questions.

Those who intend to complete the FAFSA must have an electronic Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). An FSA ID can be obtained online prior to filing at www.fsaid.ed.gov, or can be obtained online at the FAFSA Weekend. Both the parent and the student will need an FSA ID in order to sign and complete the FAFSA.

Those who intend to complete the FAFSA at the FAFSA Weekend should be sure to bring:

• A copy of student’s and parents’ completed 2015 Federal taxes – 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and 2015 W-2 forms.
• If the tax forms have not been completed, numbers can be estimated for the FAFSA using the W-2, if necessary.
• Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2015 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2014 income and benefits information.
• Statements showing the value of investments such as stocks and bonds.
• Statements of the student’s and parents’ balances of checking and savings.
• Any other untaxed income.
• Both the student’s and parents’ birth dates and social security numbers.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA.

Further information about financial aid or the FAFSA Weekend may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid office at 219-785-5493 or finaid@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 219-785-5493.

PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Feb. 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. 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 March 18, April 15 and May 20. 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 other ASL events in the community is posted at: www.nwidhhc.com/. The PNC ASL Club and Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

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

PNC, Library Present Screening of “Learning to Drive

The movie “Learning to Drive” 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.

“Learning to Drive” will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City. The film is rated R.

“Learning to Drive” centers on the relationship that forms between literary agent, played by Patricia Clarkson, and her Indian-American driving instructor, played by Ben Kingsley. The movie is an adaptation of an essay by feminist author Katha Pollitt that appeared in “The New Yorker.”

The film’s main characters are brought together when Clarkson’s character finds the need to learn to drive following her divorce. Her driving teacher (Kingsley) is a Sikh Indian and part-time cabdriver, who had been a university professor in his native India and was imprisoned for his religious beliefs. He won political asylum in the United States, but faces an arranged marriage with a woman from India he has never met.

The movie features moments of gentle humor and touches on many subjects: divorce, rage and financial warfare; conflicting philosophies of marriage and parent-child strife.

“The Washington Post” notes that Clarkson’s and Kinsley’s “styles fuse nicely with the unassuming tone of a film that’s content to hum along pleasantly.”

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

PNC Books and Coffee Series Continues

Purdue University North Central will continue its “Books & Coffee” discussion series during the spring semester. The programs are free and open to the public and meet from noon to about 1 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building, Assembly Hall, Room 170A, located adjacent to the cafeteria. Directions to PNC and a campus map can be found at http://www.pnc.edu/maps.

Each session will feature a review of the book, followed by a discussion period. The books being reviewed are available in the PNC Bookstore. This semester’s selections include:

Feb.16 – Steve Tallackson, PNC limited term lecturer in History, will review “The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness” by Michelle Alexander. The author is an associate professor of Law at Ohio State University and the Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, contends that “we have not ended racial caste in America: we have merely redesigned it.” She asserts that by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control — relegating millions to a permanent second class status — even as the country formally adheres to the principle of color blindness.

March 23 – Peggy Glennie will discuss “The Isle of Iona by Paula Evans. Glennie, who previously taught English Composition at PNC, wrote this book under a pen name. The book is set in Cadymoor, Scotland, a quaint coastal village the twentieth century has passed by. Residents live in fear of their selectman, Harry Nixon, with the exception of one school teacher, Heather MacIntosh. Harry uses fear and threats to exile any hapless resident to the Isle of Iona, a one-time religious retreat. The exiled person is never heard from again.

Heather is confident of her safety. Her brother is one of the sailors who has the duty to escort refugees to their new home, but that does not prevent her from standing trial on charges trumped up by Nixon. Her exile is all but guaranteed. Over the centuries, Iona has taken on the aura of a veritable hellhole. But there is a good reason no one on Iona tries to contact their families back in Cadymoor. With a self-governing population that thrives on freedom of thought, speech and creativity, who wants to ruin a good thing and chance Nixon finding out?

April 6 – Sunny Akhigbe will review “A Boy and His Dream” by Ambrose Okosun. Akhigbe, a graduate of the PNC MBA program, wrote this book under a pen name. Author Ambrose Okosun was beginning his life in March of 1973 in Lekki, Nigeria, as his parents’ marriage was ending. Left with his grandparents to eke out a living in a small village, Okosun was separated from his mother and was not allowed to see his birth father.

Okosun shares the struggles he endured and how he overcome those early challenges. From hunger to being ostracized by a polygamist family, he experienced severe poverty while growing up. At the same time, his elders imparted important lessons, including the message that he was in charge of his own destiny.

Learning by trial and error and with guidance from God, Okosun tells how he became educated, earned several degrees and immigrated to the United States. “A Boy and His Dream” narrates the story of a man who has come a long way from being an abused little boy in Nigeria.

Additional information about Books and Coffee may be obtained by contacting Dr. Jerry Holt, chair of English and Modern Language, at 219-785-5346 or jgholt@pnc.edu. To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact the PNC Office of Institutional Equity, 219-785-5545.