PNC Non-Credit Memoir and Creative Nonfiction Writing Class

The Purdue University North Central’s Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of English and Modern Languages will offer a non-credit program for anyone who wants to explore methods of writing about true events, including autobiography and historical narrative. It is open to writers of all ages and skill levels.

The class will take place at PNC on Thursdays from June 25 through August 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. The registration fee is $219 and includes all required materials. Discounted rates are available for PNC and Purdue Calumet students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is June 9 by 4 p.m. Seating is limited.

This class will delve into ways that students can access memories and research historical and cultural information in order to craft memoirs, personal and observational essays, and literary nonfiction. Students will complete a wide variety of writing exercises designed to generate ideas and develop unique, engaging nonfiction pieces. The class will also use a workshop format to review and improve individual essays and memoirs.

“Everyone has stories they’d like to share, but people often don’t know where to begin. There may seem to be too many obstacles to writing. How do you make bare facts interesting? How can you convey your ideas and emotions to a reader? How do you find a narrative arc in the middle of your own life? There are a surprising number of ways to answer those questions and begin creating amazing pieces.” explained Dr. Bethany T. Lee, continuing lecturer of English, who will be teaching the class.

Lee’s work has appeared in “Gulf Stream,” “Cream City Review,” “32 Poems,” “Literary Mama,” “Crab Orchard Review” and other journals. A memoir piece published in “Hayden’s Ferry Review” was listed as a “Notable Essay” by the editors of the “Best American Essays series.” At PNC, she teaches creative writing, composition, professional writing and theatre.

To register or obtain further information, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Offers Non-Credit “Drawing by Observation” Class

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit program for people who want to discover or improve upon their artistic and drawing skills this summer.

The program welcomes artists of all skill levels. Classes will meet at PNC – Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso on Wednesdays from June 10 through July 15 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Registration is $179 and includes all art materials. Special rates are available for Purdue Calumet and PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is June 3 at 4 p.m. Seating is limited.

The course will be taught by Connie Kassal, a PNC limited-term lecturer of Art and artist with a history of exhibits in Northwest Indiana, Chicago and Austria.

Students will learn something new in each session of the six-week program, learning through hands-on practice and exercises, lecture and note-taking. The instructor will provide an overview of the purpose of creating color wheels with a focus on complimentary color mixing, and students will learn how to shut off one’s “logical brain,” instead drawing what the eyes truly see.

They will learn techniques in line and shading to create three-dimensional images on flat paper and tips for successfully drawing realistic portraits. Students will learn about drawing figures in action and will become equipped with tools for creating visual perspective through their drawing or painting.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Student’s Grant Funds Oral History Celebration Reception

by Katelyn Mosher

Purdue University North Central student Katelyn Mosher recently received a Student Community Service Grant from Indiana Campus Compact to fund a reception to celebrate the completion of a two-semester long project headed by the Department of English and Modern Languages.

The reception will on Friday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City it is free and open to the public. The event will celebrate the Preserving Oral History project that included students in various PNC English courses. The students interviewed residents of Rittenhouse Assisted Living in Michigan City. They used information from their interviews to write poetry, creative fiction and non-fiction stories and other original texts. The bulk of these stories depict the lives of those who grew up in the Michigan City and Long Beach area, emphasizing the difference in the region between the past and present.

The reception is a cooperative effort of PNC College of Liberal Arts and Rittenhouse Senior Living in Michigan City and is made possible by students and faculty volunteers from the Department of English and Modern Languages, the Communication Department, and the Panther News Network.

The history celebration is an opportunity for the students to provide their audience with a picture of what life was like in this region as early as the 1930s.

The grant will support the cost of renting the Lubeznik Center for the evening as well as provide refreshments for those who attend.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Bethany Lee at or Sarah White at

Technology Senior Project Showcase is April 29

Purdue University North Central students in the Computer & Information Technology, Construction Engineering and Management Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs will present their Senior Project Showcase on April 29 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Senior Showcase provides an opportunity for graduating seniors to present their capstone projects in a public forum. It is a great opportunity for high school students, parents and teachers to learn about the department, the programs that are offered at PNC and to take a first-hand look at the projects developed by the PNC students.

Prospective employers are welcome to attend to see the capabilities of the PNC graduating seniors and ask questions to learn more about them and their projects.

PNC faculty will be available for questions.

The event will be of interest to anyone interest in building; CAD; cars; computers; concrete; electronics; engineering; hands-on work; how things work; hydraulics; machining; networks; programming; robotics; soil mechanics; solid modeling; surveying and welding.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Amy Bishop, secretary for the College of Engineering and Technology at 219-785-5556 or

PNC Alumni Host Campus Art Walk

The Purdue University North Central Alumni Association will host a Campus Art Walk on June 2 that will begin at 5 p.m. All PNC and Purdue University alumni are invited to attend. Community members of all ages and interests are welcome to take part as well.

The group will meet by the fountain, located in the campus “quad” at 5 p.m. From there, Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, will lead a tour of the PNC sculpture and art collections. The tour will include both the large-scale sculptures that grace the PNC campus as well as some of the artwork on display in the campus buildings. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be concentrate on the indoor exhibits.

As part of the tour, Jacobi will lead a lively conversation about the artwork, with background information about the artists, the inspiration for some of the pieces and other details of interest. This will be a causal, fun event. It will be an ideal opportunity for alumni to get together to renew friendships and make new contacts and for community guests to become more familiar with the PNC campus and all that it offers.

The tour will last 1 hour and Hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the event.

Space is limited. RSVP at or by emailing

PNC Enrollment Day is May 12

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Tuesday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes transfer students and students returning to PNC or to the Purdue system who want to register for the summer 2015, 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, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

Grads at Arch Photo 2015

Monday, April 27 at Noon


Join us for a photo with Chancellor Dworkin under our Running Arch sculpture! Wear your cap and gown to be in the photo!

Come to the Running Arch sculpture with the giant gold graduation tassel near the north entrance. After the photo, go to the white tent by Schwarz Hall to be part of a video that will play before commencement and during the reception. In case of inclement weather, go to for alternate location.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact Carol Connelly, 800-872-1231, ext. 5267. For more information, call the Office of Campus Relations at 800-872-1231, ext. 5268.

PNC ASL Club Coffeehouse is May 1

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, May 1, 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.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at Information about other events in the community is posted at: The PNC ASL Club and Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

Further information about the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at

PNC English Club PoetryPalooza Competition with Prizes

The Purdue University North Central English Club will present its fifth annual PoetryPalooza Competition and Open Mic event on Thursday, April 23 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is held to celebrate April, which is National Poetry Month.

All area poets are welcome to enter a maximum of three original works of poetry, three minutes or less in length, in the competition. There will be an entry fee of $5 at the door for each competitor. Spectators and open mic participants may attend for $1.

Monetary prizes will be awarded: $75 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. There is also a special prize for “crowd favorite.”

During the competition, poets will read their poems for the audience and a panel of three judges. After the competition portion, the judges will adjourn to make their decisions, and there will be an open mic for anyone who would like to come show their talents with poetry, music, or other original works. At the conclusion of the evening, the judges will announce the winners.

To pre-register for the competition, send an email including name, a few sentences about the poet, and an attachment of the poem(s) to student coordinator Mariel McElfresh at with POETRY RSVP in the subject line of the email.

Pre-registration is not required; additional entries will be accepted at the event.

Coffeehouse-style refreshments will be available.

Please contact Mariel McElfresh for any additional information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should also send an email to

Purdue Campuses Offer “An Evening with Julia Marlowe”

Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will present performances of “An Evening with Julia Marlowe” featuring Kali Rasala.

Performances will be April 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Purdue Calumet Room With a View and April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Purdue North Central Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The production is free and open to the public. The PNC event will also celebrate the birthday of Marlowe’s favorite playwright, William Shakespeare. Birthday cake and punch will be served at both performances.

Julia Marlowe, though born in England, has a story that is uniquely American. She came to this county in 1869 at the age of four, on the run with her fugitive father. They lived first in poverty, but she then found work in Cincinnati as a child actor. This would lead to a remarkable rise to prominence in the world of 19th century American theater and then to worldwide fame as the greatest Shakespearian of her time. Along the way she waged her own battle for women’s rights in a male-dominated theatrical community and she won.

Playwright Dr. Jerry Holt, Chair of the PNC Department of English and Modern Languages, brings Marlowe’s story to the stage in this one-person show. Rasala will be directed by Dr. Bethany Lee, PNC continuing lecturer of English.

The event is co-hosted by Holt and Dr. Colette Morrow, Purdue Calumet associate professor of English.