PNC Hosts College Goal Sunday Activities February 22

Purdue University North Central will participate in the state College Goal Sunday event for all college-bound students and their families, Sunday, Feb.22, from 2 to 4 p.m. CST, in the PNC Technology Building, Room 265. College Goal Sunday is free and is open to potential Indiana college students of all ages.

College Goal Sunday is a 26-year-old statewide program that provides free financial aid information and assistance to all Indiana students seeking admission to any Indiana college, university or technical institution. At 37 College Goal Sunday sites in communities throughout Indiana, students and their parents will get the help they need in understanding, completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

College Goal Sunday is part of FAFSA Weekend at Purdue North Central. On Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., prospective students and their families may come to Technology Building Room 265 for one-on-one assistance in completing the FAFSA.

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 Help Weekend at PNC, PNC financial aid staff will be on hand to help students and their families file the form online.

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2014 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2014 income and benefits information. 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.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) at before coming to the event.

“Nearly half of Indiana’s college students qualify for financial aid from the State of Indiana,” said Christina Lucas, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “This event helps families across the state file the FAFSA, and brings students one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”

Participating student students may also win one of 16 $1,000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in March and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

Twenty-first Century Scholars are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday to receive help in completing the FAFSA and other paperwork necessary to receive their Twenty-first Century scholarships.

College Goal Sunday is a cooperative, charitable effort of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA). It is provided in cooperation with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., USA Funds and Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.

For more information about the PNC College Goal Sunday event or for financial assistance in general, contact the PNC Financial Aid Office, 785-5200, , ext. 5493 or at

“Write Better, Write Now” Seminar for High School Students at PNC’s Westville Campus

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, Department of English and Modern Languages and PNC’s Writing Center will collaborate to offer a non-credit seminar for high school students who would like to quickly improve their writing.

The single-night seminar, “Write Better, Write Now” will be taught by Dr. Steven D. Vivian, director of PNC’s Writing Center and linguistics expert. The hands-on seminar will center on improving prose clarity by better understanding sentence structure and by strengthening editing skills.

The program will meet at the PNC Westville campus on Monday, Feb. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per student. The registration deadline is Feb. 4 by 4 p.m. Registration includes all materials, pizza and beverages.

To register or obtain further information about this program or to register, 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 Hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Activities

Dr. John Nunes

Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. John Nunes

Purdue University North Central will be the site of the 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 19 in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building cafeteria. The day’s theme is “Celebrating Harmony Together: 20 Years Honoring the Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

The event, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Committee and hosted by Purdue North Central, is free and open to the public. The doors open at 7:15 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., with the program to begin at 8 a.m. Reservations are not required.

The featured speaker will be Rev. Dr. John Nunes, the Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University, a professorship supporting the study of Christian values in public and professional life. He is the former president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, an organization helping people in 17 countries to work their way out of poverty. Jamaican-born and Canadian-raised, Nunes holds a bachelor of Arts from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan; a master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; and both a master of Theology and doctor of Philosophy from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Nunes is the author of numerous articles, the book, “Voices from the City: Issues and Images of Urban Preaching” and with his wife Monique Nunes, “Little Things Make Big Differences: A Story about Malaria.” With Mary Joy Philip and Charlie Collier, he edited and contributed to the recently released, “Churrasco: A Theological Feast in Honor of Vítor Westhelle.”

At Valparaiso University, he is affiliated with Christ College, the honors college of the university; Campus Ministries and teaches in the Departments of English, Theology, and International Studies. He volunteers as an assistant pastor with First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chicago.

The event emcee will be Pastor Ron Gaston, founder of The Temple Total Fitness, a Christian gym and a community-based not-for-profit organization in Michigan City that develops the body, nourishes the mind and the spirit and serves all ages throughout the community.

Guest soloist will be Delshawn Taylor, a Psychology major on the pre-med track at Indiana University South Bend. A singer since the fourth grade, he has musically directed, accompanied, and vocally coached 10 musical productions held at The South Bend Civic Theatre and local high schools and performed lead roles with Opera Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s Opera and the University of Evansville Opera. He has written music for plays, instrumentalists, adult and children’s choirs. After the success of his first commission titled “In Remembrance,” his second commission as a composer in Atlanta will premiere in November of 2016.

The morning will include an excerpt from the play, “Rickey” written by Dr. Jerry Holt, chair of the PNC Department of English and Modern Languages, featuring actor Steven Becker in role of Brooklyn Dodgers baseball general manager Branch Rickey.

Breakfast participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and directed to local food pantries throughout Michigan City and LaPorte. Throughout the months of January and February food donations can be dropped off at Purdue University North Central, Curves at 1708 E. U.S. 20 in Michigan City, Michigan City Public Library and The Temple Total Fitness Gym.

Guests are invited to view select artwork of artist Dr. Margaret Burroughs at the event. The art, on loan from Pines Village Retirement Communities, highlights diversity in our culture while encouraging mutual respect and understanding. Burroughs founded the DuSable Museum of African-American History in her Chicago home. It was the first museum of African-American history in the United States. The artwork will be on display at Purdue North Central outside the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144 through February.

PNC students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to join one of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Projects taking place throughout the area.

From 10 a.m. to noon, students in the PNC Department of Education student organizations will lead educational activities focused on the life of Dr. King at the Michigan City Public Library. All children are welcome to attend, but activities are intended for individuals ages three to 12.

From 5 to 7 p.m. there will be an Interfaith Talent Show coordinated by the NAACP and New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. The Talent Show will take place at Missionary Baptist Church on West 6th Street, Michigan City.

Events will continue on Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, there will be a showing of the film “42” (PG-13) with a discussion to follow, led by Dr. Jerry Holt. The film tells the story of Branch Rickey who signed Jackie Robinson to a major league contract and Robinson’s experience as the nation’s first African-American major league baseball player.

The 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration sponsors include: Premier sponsors Horizon Bank, PNC Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, The Herald Argus and The News-Dispatch; Gold sponsors Dr. and Mrs. David Pratt, Michigan City Human Rights Commission, NIPSCO, Sinai Temple and 1st Source Bank; Silver sponsors Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa; LaPorte Savings Bank; Swanson Center; Unity Foundation of La Porte County, and Visit Michigan City La Porte Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Bronze sponsors Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sigma Phi Omega Chapter and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

To obtain more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast, contact Laura Weaver, PNC service learning coordinator at or at 219-785-5742.

More information about the day’s activities can be found  here: 2015 MLK Series Flyer.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Weaver.

PNC SAT Prep Programs at Portage High School

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, in partnership with Portage High School, the PNC Mathematics/Statistics/Physics Department and the PNC Department of English and Modern Languages, will offer SAT preparation programs at Portage High School.

The math program will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 17 through March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The instructor, Jerry DeGroot, has been a PNC continuing lecturer of Mathematics for 12 years and has more than 20 years of experience teaching mathematics at the middle and high school levels. The math program cost is $149 and includes a textbook and materials. The registration deadline for the math program is Jan. 30 by 4 p.m. CT.

The math program will review the most common math topics on the SAT, including operations, algebra, functions, geometry and measurement, data analysis, statistics and probability. They will also learn test-taking skills such as how to read and interpret math questions on the exam, how to avoid the most common careless mistakes, how and when to make educated guesses, how to use the reference information provided on the exam and how to use a calculator effectively while taking the SAT.

Students will learn all through lecture as well as extensive use of practice problems and practice examinations. Practice exams will look and feel similar to the actual SAT, which allows students to familiarize themselves with test and question formatting, the pace at which they will need to answer questions and the techniques that they will need to use in order to earn a high score on the math portion of the exam.

The English program will meet on Saturdays from Feb. 21 through March 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. The instructor, Tamara O’Hearn, has taught college English for 20 years and taught college preparatory school English for nine years. O’Hearn has worked for Pearson Education, where she evaluated test takers’ essay responses on the SAT. The English program fee is $139 and includes a textbook and other materials. The registration deadline for the English section is Feb. 4 by 4 p.m. CT.

Students will learn about and practice critical reading, sentence completion, proper grammar and word usage. Students’ vocabularies, grammar skills, reading comprehension and writing abilities will be challenged and expanded through in-class and take-home activities, timed recall tests and graded essays.

Participants will become familiar with the format of the exam, the types of questions on the English portion of the exam and the amount of time allotted for each. They will be coached on successful test-taking strategies and taught effective techniques for writing high-scoring essays while under pressure. Much time will be devoted to practice problems similar to those on the SAT. This program will prepare students for both the reading and writing portions of the exam.

For more information, to register for the workshop, or to receive information on other programs and courses, call the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at
(219) 785-5343, or toll free at (800) 872-5343 (inside Indiana), or visit their website at

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

PNC Public Speaking Continuing Education Class

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Communication will offer a non-credit program for people who want to develop their public speaking skills. There are no prerequisites for participating in this continuing education program.

Classes will meet Wednesdays from Jan. 28 to March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. The registration is $149 and includes all materials. Discounted rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Jan. 21 by 4 p.m. Seating is limited.

The course, taught by Dr. Daniel Wilbur, PNC associate professor of Communication, introduces the principles and practice of public speaking. Participants will learn how to create clear, concise and engaging presentations, as well as the importance of analyzing and adapting speeches for unique audiences. They will also improve their own speaking skills by studying public speaking as both a speaker and an observer.

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

PNC Alumni Night Basketball Game

Purdue University North Central will host an “Alumni Night” for all alumni at the PNC men’s basketball game against Purdue Calumet on Jan. 7 at the La Porte Civic Auditorium at 7 p.m. All PNC Alumni and their families will be admitted free.

Fans are encouraged to wear black in support of the game’s theme of “Black Out.” There will also be a free throw contest for students and alumni during the half-time show. The winner will receive a gift from the Purdue North Central Alumni Association. McDonald’s will give away for free items to the participants. Further information can be obtained by contacting Kevin Smith at or 219-785-5274.

PNC Bookstore “The Dog and the Dolphin” Book Signing

James Dworkin

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin with his newly published book, “The Dog and the Dolphin.” This is Dworkin’s first children’s book.

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin will host a signing of his children’s book, “The Dog and The Dolphin” on Thursday, Dec. 18 from 1 to 2:30 the lower level of the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, just outside the at the PNC Campus Shop. Light refreshments will be served.

Books will be available for purchase. Dworkin will also sign books that had been previously purchased. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book goes toward supporting programs and scholarships in the PNC Early Childhood Education program, which will be an enduring legacy of “The Dog and the Dolphin.”

The book is also available for purchase at , in the Purdue University Calumet bookstore and through the website

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.

Information on readings and book signings will be available at

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,, 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, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.