PNC Math Club Discusses Diophantine Quintuple Conjecture

The Purdue University North Central Math Club will host its first presentation of the semester, on Monday, Sept. 21, at noon in Library-Student-Faculty Building Room 170A, located adjacent to the PNC cafeteria. The event is free and open to the public. Guests may bring a lunch or purchase one in the cafeteria. Directions to PNC and a campus map can be found at

The guest speaker will be Dr. Alan Filipin, professor of Mathematics at University of Zagreb, Croatia. He is currently here visiting Dr. Alain Togbe, PNC professor of Mathematics and Math Club faculty advisor.

Filipin was a keynote speaker at the November, 2014 international conference “Diophantine m-tuples and Related Problems” held at PNC.

Math Club members and campus guests will hear Filipin discuss, “On the Diophantine Quintuple Conjecture.”

Filipin previewed his presentation in an abstract, explaining, “Let n be a non-zero integer. We call the set of m positive integers a Diophantine m-tuple if the product of any of its two distinct elements increased by 1 is a perfect square. There is a folklore conjecture that there does not exist a Diophantine quintuple. Actually, there is a stronger version of that conjecture, that every Diophantine triple has a unique extension to a quadruple with a larger element. In this talk, we will illustrate the proof of the stronger version of the conjecture for the triple, 1,3,8. We will also present the latest results on non-existence of Diophantine quintuple.”

The PNC Math Club encourages persons of all interests who have a curiosity about Math to attend and learn more. Non-Math majors are also welcome and questions are encouraged.

The club meets throughout the academic year and sponsors discussions and informational presentations on various aspects of mathematics and related fields. All events are open to the public.

Additional information about this event may be obtained by contacting Togbe, at 219-785-5458 or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Togbe.

2015 Sinai Forum Presents Five Dynamic Programs

The 62nd season of the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will open Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Drive, in Michigan City. The Forum continues its commitment to presenting speakers who explore compelling contemporary issues, providing audience members with the unique opportunity to hear from experts in their fields speak to topics in the news and to pose face-to-face questions in a town-hall style forum. Wendy Levenfeld, Forum executive director, will host the series. This year’s series features five programs; please note that the remaining four sessions will begin at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m.

The season will feature a nationally known newscaster who openly shares her diagnosis with bipolar disorder; a former U.S. Naval commander who will discuss his secrets for helping to shape successful leaders; a former state department ambassador with deep political insight into the world’s trouble spots and a noted author and financial expert who returns to the Forum to review the world of banking and influence. The season will close with an extraordinary performance of a one-person play about the life of a renowned Hoosier war correspondent.

The season sponsors are IU Health La Porte Hospital and The Times of Northwest Indiana.

The 2015 Sinai Forum season speakers are:

Jane Pauley

jane pauleySept. 20 at 7 p.m. CT, “An Evening with Jane Pauley” will feature one of America’s most respected broadcast journalists. She co-hosted the TODAY show for 13 years and Dateline NBC for 12 and is now as a contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning. Pauley is the author of two bestselling books, most recently “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life,” based on her award-winning series on TODAY about new life changes after 50. Ten years ago in her memoir “Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue,” she revealed her personal struggle with bipolar disorder, diagnosed at the age of 50. She has become a highly regarded mental health advocate working to change the way people understand mental and emotional disorders. Her message is powerful, positive and uplifting. This event is sponsored by Duneland Health Council. A book signing will follow.

David Marquet

david marquetOct. 4 at 4 p.m. CT, author David Marquet will present, “Turn the Ship Around!” “Fortune” magazine called his award-winning book “Turn the Ship Around!” the “best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training and driving flawless execution.” As the commander of the nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine the USS Santa Fe, Marquet found ways to motivate his crew members to become leaders, not followers, taking the submarine from being the worst performing submarine in the fleet to the best operationally. He also broke some rules to engage his team to fulfill their intellectual capacity, exert control over their lives and be healthier and happier. Noted expert Steven Covey called the USS Santa Fe the most empowering organization he had ever seen. A book signing will follow the program. This evening sponsored by Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital.

William B. Taylor

william taylorOct.18 at 4 p.m. CT, Former ambassador William B. Taylor will discuss “Russia: Threat to Ukraine and the World.” His service of the United States government placed him in the middle of hotspots of world conflict and strife: the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In Ukraine, he served as the U.S. ambassador. He undertook State Department assistance coordination in Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan and the 15 states of the former Soviet Union, overseeing security and humanitarian assistance. Taylor is a graduate of both West Point and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and served in the infantry in Vietnam and Germany. He is acting executive vice president at the United States Institute of Peace. He will doubtless share deep insights into flashpoints of world conflict and prospects for peace. The evening is sponsored by Horizon Bank.

Nomi Prins

nomi prinsNov. 15 at 4 p.m. CT, “Wall Street in the White House” by Nomi Prins, who returns to the Forum to provide an inside view of money and influence, two of America’s abiding concerns. The accomplished financial analyst, journalist and author spoke to the Forum in 2011, presenting a chilling account of the U.S. recession. She appears on BBC, and on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, CSPAN, FOX and PBS. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the non-partisan public policy think tank Demos. Her new book, “All the Presidents’ Bankers” is a groundbreaking narrative about the relationships of U.S. presidents to key bankers during the past century and how they impacted domestic and foreign policy. A book signing will follow the program. The Times of Northwest Indiana is the event sponsor.


Ernie Pyle – A Drama

jerry holt and steven beckerDec. 6 at 4 p.m. CT, “Ernie,” a one-hour play written by Dr. Jerry Holt, chair of the PNC Department of English & Modern Languages, will conclude the 2015 season. This powerful one-person show celebrates the life of Indiana native Ernie Pyle, a Pulitzer Prize winner and war correspondent from 1935 to his death in April, 1945. “Ernie” paints a portrait of dedication, courage and insecurity. The drama depicts the exciting life of a man whose hallmark was bravery under fire. He was never his own subject – that honor went to the soldiers whose lives he detailed. While he revered soldiers, he despised war, a paradox that made his work as timely today as it ever was. “Ernie” stars actor Steven Becker.

Tickets for the season are $75 for regular subscription passes and $200 for patron subscription passes, which include reserved section seating and exclusive receptions with the speakers. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased by credit card online at or by cash or check at: The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City; Kabelin Hardware, 512 Andrew Ave., La Porte; The PNC Chancellor’s Office, Schwarz Hall, Room 137, 1401 S. U.S. Hwy. 421, Westville; Undergraduate Building at PNC-Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.

The season’s sustaining sponsors are “La Porte Herald Argus” and “The News Dispatch.” The John W. Anderson Foundation is a program sponsor.

Patron-level ticket holders will be welcome to attend all speaker receptions, which will be hosted by Wendy J. Levenfeld & Associates, NIPSCO and Ideas in Motion Media.

Additional information about the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum is available at

PNC Women’s Association Fall Chicago Bus Trip

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association will take its spring bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 10 to see the Tony-award winning play “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” There will be time for lunch and shopping. Men and young adults are welcome to attend.

The group will make its traditional stop at Trader Joe’s where guests will have the opportunity to shop for items to bring home to enjoy.

Cost for this trip is $75 for PNCWA members and $85 for non- members. The bus holds 38 and is expected to fill quickly.

The day will start at 7 a.m. with breakfast of Dunkin’ Donuts and toasted bagels in the Schwarz Hall Vending Room. After breakfast the group will board the luxury coach with restroom that will leave campus at 8 a.m. sharp.

The first stop will be at Trader Joe’s for some shopping. Purchases can be stowed in the secure storage area under the bus.

There will be two hours of free time before meeting for lunch at Ed Debevic’s eatery. Lunch options must be decided ahead of time. The choices are: hamburger, cheeseburger, grilled chicken sandwich, veggie burger, all topped with lettuce and tomato, served with fries; Hot Dog, either plain or Chicago Style, served with fries; grilled cheese with fries; or Caesar salad with or without chicken and served with a roll. Lunch includes soft drinks, coffee or tea and a chocolate brownie. Spirits are extra.

Next up is a 2 p.m. performance of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” the 2014 Tony Award winner for best musical. The group will enjoy balcony seats together at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. The balcony is easily reachable via the first-floor elevator.

Reservations are held only by pre-payment. Send a check payable to “PNCWA” to Liz Bernel, Schwarz Hall, Room 154 (S154), Purdue University North Central, 1401 S. Hwy. 421, Westville, Ind. 46391.  Include a meal choice and contact information in order to receive confirmation of payment. Those wishing to be seated together at the theatre, please indicate so at time of payment.

PNC Offers Interactive Voice-Over Workshop

Purdue University North Central is partnering with Such A Voice, a voice-over training and demo production company, to offer “Behind the Mic: Inside the Voice-Over Industry,” an interactive non-credit workshop for anyone interested in learning about the voice-over industry and ways to join it. There are no prerequisites for participating in this program.

The workshop will meet on the PNC Westville campus on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. CT. The registration fee is $58 and includes all materials. The deadline to register is Oct. 14 by 4 p.m. CT

This hands-on workshop will be taught by Michael Rosen, who joined Such A Voice after years of voice-over work and experience as a recording engineer, talent agent and manager.

Participants will spend two hours learning about what kinds of voices are in demand, how to make a demo and how to use their speaking voice for commercials, films, videos and more. They will also learn about advertising and work in small groups to record a simulated voice-over. Finally, participants will learn strategies for finding work in the voice-over industry while discussing industry opportunities.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit or contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5343, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

Prospective Students Invited to PNC College Fair Sept. 17

Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be at Purdue University North Central on Sept. 17, for its 30th College Fair. The fair begins at 6:30 p.m. This event offers area high school and middle school students, as well as interested adults, a chance to find out more about academic programs, application procedures, campus life, costs, and other aspects of college life.

Financial aid presentations at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will help students and their families understand what aid is available and how to begin the application process. College representatives will meet with students and answer questions until 7:45 p.m. All events will take place in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building. The College Fair is free and open to the public and advance registration is not required.

The public and private colleges invited include: Purdue University West Lafayette, Calumet, IPFW and North Central; Ancilla College; Anderson University; Ball State University; Benedictine University; Bethel College; Calumet College of St. Joseph; Calvin College; Concordia University Chicago; DePauw University; Dominican University-River Forest; Ferris State University; Goshen College; Hanover College; Huntington University; Indiana Institute of Technology; Indiana State University;  Indiana University Bloomington, South Bend, IUPUI and Northwest; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana; Kendall College; Loyola University of Chicago; Manchester University; Marian University; Northern Illinois University; Northern Michigan University; Northwood University; Notre Dame University; Olivet Nazarene University; Robert Morris University; Roosevelt University; Saginaw Valley State University; Saint Joseph’s College; Saint Mary-of-the Woods College; Southern Illinois University; Trine University; University of Illinois; University of Indianapolis; University of Saint Francis; University of Saint Francis Crown Point; Valparaiso University; Vincennes University; Butler University; Saint Mary’s College-Notre Dame and Western Michigan University.

The PNC campus is located just south of the junction of the Indiana Toll Road and U.S. 421.

High school students and others wishing more information prior to the fair can contact high school guidance counselors, or the PNC Enrollment Services Office, 219-785-5200 ext.5505, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5505.

PNC Welcome Back Night Activities

Purdue University North Central will celebrate its annual Welcome Back Night on Friday, Sept. 4 at the Westville campus. All activities are open to the public.

The evening’s events begin at 5 p.m. with registration for the PNC Car and Bike Show. The entry fee is $10. The PNC Car and Bike Show will open at 6 p.m. and all spectators will be admitted free. All proceeds will go to the Warriors First Foundation and the PNC Student Government Association Student Scholarship.

Questions about the PNC Car and Bike Show should be directed to Student Government Treasurer Matt Migliorini at (812) 564-1805. Visit the Car and Bike Show Facebook page at

At 6 p.m. a variety of free games and activities will be offered in the PNC plaza for individuals of all ages. DJM Beats will provide musical entertainment. Food and movie snack items will be available for purchase. Burgers and hot dogs will be available until the movie begins.

The evening will culminate with a Movie in the Plaza hosted by the Purdue North Central Office of Student Activities. The movie “Monsters University” will begin at dusk and will appeal to all ages. Spectators may bring lawn chairs and blankets for the movie. Mosquito and bug spray are recommended. No coolers or outside food will be allowed. Snacks will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

PNC is an alcohol- and tobacco-free campus.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Amanda Schacht, director of Student Activities, at (219) 785-5479.

PNC Volleyball Team Fundraiser at Portage Longhorn Steakhouse

The Purdue University North Central volleyball team will have a fundraising breakfast at the Longhorn Steakhouse, in Portage, on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. All the proceeds will go to support the PNC volleyball athletes through the 2015-16 season.

While Longhorn Steakhouse does not serve breakfast, the idea was generated when PNC volleyball player Caylyn Bellar, of Hobart, a sophomore middle hitter and a Longhorn employee, approached managing partner Donnie Gilbert about doing an advertisement in the PNC volleyball media guide. Instead of doing an ad, he proposed this giveback that will be provided by Longhorns, complete with pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and juice.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from a member of the volleyball team or through the PNC athletic department.

For more information or to obtain a ticket, contact Director of Athletics Tom Albano at or 219-785-5273. Limited tickets may be available at the door. Pre-purchase tickets are available prior to Aug. 8.

The PNC Volleyball team begins its season on the road on Saturday, Aug. 22 in Cedar Rapids, at the Mount Mercy Triangular.

This year’s Panthers will see eight student-athletes returning from the 2014 roster in addition to eight new recruits/transfers for the 2015 season under second-year Head Coach John Presnell. With added depth and backed by his first full recruiting class the talented Panthers will look to be very competitive in the highly successful Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) this fall.

The Panthers play their home games at the historic La Porte Civic Auditorium. Their first home match is on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. against IU Kokomo.

Information about the volleyball team and PNC athletics can be found at

PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Aug. 21, 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.

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.

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

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, 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 or contact PNC’s Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5343, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.