PNC Alumni Association March 7 Basketball Trip

The Purdue North Central Alumni Association will host a basketball bus trip to West Lafayette to see the Purdue Boilermakers take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois on March 7.

The bus will leave PNC at 10 a.m. After arriving in West Lafayette, alumni and guests will enjoy lunch served in the Atrium of the Dauch Alumni Center. Following lunch there will be a stop at the University Bookstore. Then the group will head to the men’s basketball game.

Cost is $30 for the bus and ticket combo and $25 for the ticket only.

This is an idea opportunity to get together with fellow PNC alumni, students, employees, family and friends from PNC/ Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bus (no glass containers).

Tickets are available at http://www-stage.pnc.edu/alumni/alumni/alumni-events-2/purdue-basketball-trip/ or by contacting Alumni Coordinator Erika Jones at 219-785-5274 or alumni@pnc.edu.

PNC “Prove It: Forming Evidence-Based Arguments” Seminar

Purdue University North Central’s Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, Department of English and Modern Languages and the PNC Writing Center will collaborate to offer a non-credit seminar open to high school and college students, as well as anyone wishing to quickly improve their writing.

The seminar, “Prove It: Forming Evidence-Based Arguments” will meet Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The registration fee, which includes all materials and a pizza dinner, is $25 per person. The registration deadline is March 12 by 4 p.m.

The program will be taught by Dr. Steven D. Vivian, published author and director of the PNC Writing Center. This hands-on session will include a lecture and plenty of discussion and practice. It will concentrate on academic argumentation that will teach participants how to write better argumentative essays. Special attention will be given to evaluating evidence.

To register or obtain further information about this program or to register, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/workshops-and-classes or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Hosts LaPorte, Elkhart, Starke and White County Schools at Academic Super Bowl Invitational

Purdue University North Central will host eight area high school teams as they compete in the seventh annual LaPorte County Senior Academic Super Bowl Invitational on Thursday, March 5 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building (LSF) Assembly Hall, Room 02, located on the PNC Westville campus. Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. Central Time. The event is free and open to the public. The event will also be telecast to LSF Room 144 for spectators.

Participating schools are: LaPorte High School, Michigan City High School and Marquette High School of Michigan City; LaCrosse High School; Oregon-Davis High School of Hamlet; Elkhart Christian Academy; North White High School of Monon and a team of home schooled students, representing Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

The 2015 competition theme is “The Grandeur That is Rome.” Students will vie in the rigorous competition covering six subject areas – English, science, fine arts, social studies, math and interdisciplinary. Trophies will be given to the winning school in each subject area as well as an overall winner. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place finishers. Each competing student, coach, proctor and student assistant will receive a voucher for use at the PNC Gallery Café, Coffee Central and the PNC bookstore. Coffee Central and the bookstore will be open until 7 p.m. The Gallery Café will be open until 8 p.m.

Registration will begin at 3:45 p.m. There is a coaches and proctors meeting at 4:10 p.m. The competition will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a welcome by PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin.

The competition schedule is:

4:40 p.m. Mathematics – Dr. Gayla Domke, associate professor of Mathematics

5:15 p.m. English – Sarah White, continuing lecturer of English

5:50 p.m. Science – Dr. Jessica Thomas, assistant professor of Chemistry

6:25 p.m. Fine Arts – Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations

7 p.m. Social Studies – Dr. Patrick Cannon, clinical assistant professor for Concurrent Education Programs

7:35 p.m. Interdisciplinary – Dr. Mark Jacobi, Michigan City pediatrician

8:15 p.m. Awards – Paul McGuinness, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services

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 which allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to the way youth compete in athletics. These competitions recognize, reward and celebrate scholars.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Liz Bernel at 785-5200, ext. 5719 or ebernel@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Bernel.

PNC – Porter County Academic Super Bowl Invitational

Purdue North Central – Porter County will host its eighth annual Academic Super Bowl Invitational on Wednesday, March 4 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. For the first time, 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 The Grandeur That Was Rome.” Students will compete in six subject areas – math, English, science, fine arts, social studies 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. with a welcome by Stephen Turner, vice chancellor of Administration.

The competition schedule is:

4:40 p.m. – Math, Jim Jepsen, Michigan City High School Math teacher, Concurrent Enrollment Instructor

5:20 p.m. – English, Dr. Heather Fielding, PNC assistant professor of English

6 p.m. – Science, Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics

6:40 p.m. – Fine Arts, Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations

7:20 p.m. – Social Studies, John Weber, Dean of Students

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 7:00 p.m.

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

 

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 Sunday, March 8 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in 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 features two films that will inform and inspire.

“Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem” (2014) unrated. Narrated by Alan Alda. This film presents portraits of two noted icons – Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel, bringing together Bikel’s storytelling and masterful performances with Aleichem’s life and work. The film is shot with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit.

Aleichem is considered a pioneer of modern Jewish literature and champion of the Yiddish language. He created dozens of characters – Tevye the Milkman, Motl the Cantor’s Son and Menachem Mendl “shtetl Jews” who became windows into pre-war Eastern European Jewish life, real and imagined.

Now 90, Bikel’s career spans more than 150 screen roles, plus stage and musical productions. He played Tevye the Milkman, by and large in “Fiddler on the Roof,” on stage more than 2,000 times. He is a fitting partner to Aleichem’s portrayals of real and fictional Jewish life.

“Room 514” (2012) Unrated. Hebrew with English subtitles. Room 514 was described as “a tense and ambitious drama” by “The Jerusalem Post.” The film tells the story of a female Israeli soldier who is ordered to interrogate an elite Israeli officer who is alleged to have abused a Palestinian family. Because she has a lower rank and is a woman, she is not taken seriously by the man she is questioning in Room 514. Those around her urge her to drop the case – it is too political, too complex and too notorious. But she digs in, seeking justice for the victims. The “Jerusalem Post” notes that “Many in the audience abroad will come away with more respect for Israel when they realize how seriously Israelis grapple with issues here, and it will give them a new understanding of how complicated the situation actually is.”

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features events throughout the year. A schedule of events can be found at www.pnc.edu. 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 Will Host FAFSA Weekend Feb. 21 – 22 and College Goal Sunday

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. 21 and Feb. 22 in the Technology Building, Room 265.

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 parents may stop in, email or call to seek assistance or ask questions.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, assistance will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., PNC will participate in the statewide College Goal Sunday activities. PNC will be one of 37 College Goal Sunday sites in Indiana offering students and their parents the help they need in understanding, completing and filing the FAFSA.

Throughout FAFSA Help Weekend, there will be e-mail and instant messenger and an open phone line to take incoming questions. The email address is pnctoday@pnc.edu and telephone, 877-792-2013.

Those who intend to complete the FAFSA online must have an electronic Personal Identification Number (PIN). A PIN can be obtained online prior to filing at www.pin.ed.gov, or can be obtained online at the Financial Aid Weekend. Both the parent and the student will need a PIN in order to sign and complete the FAFSA.

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

  1. A copy of student and parent completed 2014 Federal taxes – 1040, 1040a,1040ez and 2014 W-2 forms. If the tax forms have not been completed, numbers can be estimated for the FAFSA using the W-2, if necessary.
  2. Statements showing the value of investments such as stocks and bonds.
  3. Statements of the student’s and parent’s balances of checking and savings.
  4. Any other untaxed income.
  5. Both the student and parent birth dates and social security numbers.

Students who worked last year should bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2014 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2014 income and benefits information.

Further information about financial aid or the Financial Aid Weekend may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid office at 785-5200, ext. 5493 or finaid@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5493.

PNC Offers Healthy Living Seminar – “Smoothies”

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and the Department of Nursing and Health Studies will offer a healthy eating seminar, “Healthy Delicious Smoothies” on Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

Amelia Wilson, PNC continuing lecturer of Health Studies, will explain the health benefits of increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables with delicious smoothies. Participants will learn about the Western Diet and its relationship to heart disease and cancer. She will share a variety of smoothie recipes that include a wide range of fresh and healthy foods. Participants will sample several smoothies that can be easily, quickly and affordably replicated at home.

Seminar tickets cost $15 per person and can be purchased online 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) 785-5200, ext. 5343, or cboehlke@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Education Students Reading Event at Westville Library

The Purdue University North Central Education students will celebrate Read Across America by offering a number of fun activities to celebrate reading on Feb. 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Westville Public Library, 153 West Main St, in Westville.

Read Across America is a national activity, promoted by the National Education Association, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Similar reading events will take place across the country.

PNC students in the Teachers Networking Together student organization will host age-appropriate activities for children two to 12 years old in a casual environment that promotes reading. Youngsters and must be accompanied by an adult. All are welcome to come to the library any time during the event and stay for as long as they like.

Activities will include making an Oobleck, a gooey green substance that gets its name from the Dr. Seuss book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” where Oobleck, fell from the sky and wreaked havoc in the kingdom. PNC students will read at least two books an hour to the youngsters and activities will include hats, lorax shapes and much more.

PNC Women in Engineering & Technology Meeting

Sue Zahn

Sue Zahn

The Purdue University North Central organization Women in Engineering and Technology (WIE&T) will meet Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Technology Building, Room 015. The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

The meeting with begin with lunch and the program will start at noon. Guests may come and go as their schedules allow. Guest speaker will be Sue Zahn, PNC Police dispatcher and R.A.D instructor. Zahn will speak about the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program that teaches girls and women simple, yet effective safety techniques they can put to use to protect themselves. The techniques are simple and women of most any age or ability can utilize them effectively. R.A.D. is a national program, founded in 1989 by a Virginia police officer; PNC has been offering free classes to women on campus and in the community since 2002. Zahn is a certified R.A.D. instructor.

The presentation includes a brief discussion regarding how women can be observant and reduce risks.

The PNC Women in Engineering and Technology (WIE&T) program is dedicated to recruiting and retaining female students to enrich the engineering and technology profession, making more equitable the gender participation in engineering and technology fields. The program encourages female students to succeed not only academically, but personally and professionally through seminars, talks, and discussion with guest speakers from alumni, industry and academia.

For more information, contact Martha Garcia-Saenz at 219-785- 5522, or mgarcia@pnc.edu.

Purdue North Central Hosts Spring Career Fair

The Career Center for Purdue University North Central will host its annual Spring Career Expo, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the PNC Library Student Faculty Building, Room 144.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event will open exclusively to students and alumni of the Purdue University system. A Purdue University Identification Card (PUID) is required and will be requested during these times in order to enter. Alumni representatives will be at the Career Expo to verify the status of students and alumni who do not have a PUID handy.

The event will be open for the public from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Career Expo will feature representatives from local businesses, government agencies and community organizations offering full-time, part-time, seasonal and internship opportunities. Purdue students and alumni are encouraged to research the organizations they are interested in and to bring multiple copies of their resume along with any questions they may have for potential employers.

Business professional attire is required. Jeans, hats, tennis shoes and t-shirts will not be permitted. Please come dressed for an interview.

Purdue students and alumni can register online at purduecal.edu/careerexpo. For further information or questions call (219) 785-5451 or (219) 989-2600, email careers@pnc.edu or  or visit pnc.edu/careers/careerexpoemployer/.