PNC Workshop for Digital Photography & Photoshop Intermediate Users

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit workshop for those who want to advance their skills in Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop.

The program will take place at the PNC Westville campus on Thursdays from Jan. 28 to March 3 from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. each week. The registration fee for community members is $189 and special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Jan. 21.

The class will be taught by PNC limited term lecturer, George Kassal. There are no prerequisites. The photography portion of this class will concentrate on how to get sharp and properly exposed photos in a variety of situations. The course will combine a mixture of lecture, discussion and guided shooting exercises that concentrate on how to use the manual controls in your digital camera. Subject matter will include close-ups, portraits, night time/blue-hour and off-camera flash.

During the Adobe Photoshop portion of the workshop, participants will import images, then use a variety of techniques involving layers, filters, color adjustments, sharpening, image modes and other adjustments to edit the images. There will also be a focus on using keyboard shortcuts the benefits of using various file formats, and file cataloging/naming techniques.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit http://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 One-Night Introductory Digital Photography & Photoshop Seminar

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a one-night seminar that is open to anyone who wants to learn or refresh their knowledge about basic digital photography and Adobe Photoshop skills.

The program will take place at the PNC Westville campus on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 5:15 to 8:45 p.m., and will be taught by PNC limited term lecturer George Kassal. Registration for community members is $89 and includes all materials. Special rates are available for PNC and PUC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Jan. 19.

This seminar will also bring learners up to speed if they want to join the upcoming PNC Intermediate Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Workshop that will be offered on Thursdays beginning Jan. 28 and ending on March 3.

In the refresher seminar, participants will review basic camera controls for adjusting exposure, white balance, flash and shooting modes. They will get hands-on experience with Adobe Photoshop and review how to navigate menus, use tools and layers, and manage image files in Photoshop and Windows.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit http://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 Construction Club Connects Students with Professionals

Left to Right - Dwight Graham, treasurer of Board of Directors, LaPorte County Habitat for Humanity; Robert Kennedy, PNC Construction Club vice president; Bob Long, executive director LaPorte County Habitat for Humanity

Left to Right – Dwight Graham, treasurer of Board of Directors, LaPorte County Habitat for Humanity; Robert Kennedy, PNC Construction Club vice president; Bob Long, executive director LaPorte County Habitat for Humanity

Members of the Purdue University North Central Construction Club will host a networking luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

The luncheon will bring the most successful general contractors, engineers, architects and builders in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland to the PNC campus to network with students earning degrees in Construction Engineering Management, Civil Engineering and Business Management.

This year the Construction Club is partnering with the La Porte County Habitat for Humanity to help raise funds for the Building Homes and Strengthening Families challenge which will help fund the cost to build the next Habitat for Humanity home in La Porte County.

The keynote speaker will be Bob Long, executive director of La Porte County Habitat for Humanity. A 2014 Construction Club networking event raised more than $2,000 in tax-deductible donations for the Club and for Habitat for Humanity. The event brought many professionals to PNC for the first time and provided an ideal opportunity for students and professionals to get together in an informal setting.

By speaking with the professionals, students are able to explore the many career options available to get a better idea of how they may apply their talents. Students learn what employers look for when hiring and the guests are able to answer questions and give their insight into the job market and the skills required for the jobs their companies offer.

Advance registration is required and can be completed at http://pnc-constructionclub.weebly.com/. Admission is free for Construction Club members, who must show a student ID at the door. PNC student admission is $10, with a student ID. Individual admission is $30 and business sponsors are $200, which includes a presentation table if requested.

Companies that have confirmed to attend are: Berglund Construction, Inc., Chesterton; DA Dodd, Inc., Rolling Prairie; Burling Builders, Chicago; NIES Engineering, Hammond; Powers and Sons Construction, Gary and Ziolkowski Construction, Inc., South Bend.

Companies may participate in the event by contacting Construction Club president Robert Kennedy at kenned64@pnc.edu or 219-878-3249.

“This luncheon will provide a unique opportunity for PNC students to meet with representatives from a number of established, well-known companies,” said Kennedy. “Some of the companies are interested in hiring students for internships and full-time positions. It is a great time to establish relationships.”

Kennedy himself has more than 10 years of experience in the field and has worked on a number of large projects. He is earning a PNC degree in Construction Engineering Management Technology to enhance his credentials and to further establish his career. He currently works for Powers and Sons Construction in Gary.

The Construction Club has a successful association with Habitat for Humanity. Earlier this year, Construction Club members and Powers & Sons worked together to collect and transport unused, spare materials from a completed Powers & Sons project to the Gary and Michigan City Habitat for Humanity ReStores.

Last year the club connected Habitat for Humanity with Continental Carpentry Components, a local roof and floor truss manufacturer, to provide roof and floor trusses for two recent habitat houses. Club members volunteer at recent house builds throughout the area.

Learn more about the luncheon and the PNC Construction Club at http://pnc-constructionclub.weebly.com/

PNC Nursing Students Present Community Health Assessment

Purdue University North Central Community Health Nursing students will be present a public open house on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02, to present the findings of their recently completed Community Health Needs Assessment for LaPorte County. This event is free and open to the public. Students will be present to answer questions and discuss their findings.

The students, under the direction of Peggy Rose, assistant professor of Nursing, spent the past semester working together to gather data from a variety of sources to examine the health needs and resources in the county.

The community health assessments will provide information useful in determining strategies, formulating plans and establishing healthcare priorities to meet the needs of the populations throughout the county.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Rose at 219-785-5706 or prose@pnc.edu.

2015 PNC Sinai Forum Presents a Performance of “Ernie”

The 62nd season of the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will conclude its 2015 season with the powerful one-person show “Ernie,” on Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. (CT) at the Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Drive, in Michigan City. All veterans and their families will be admitted free. Reservations are not required. The evening is sponsored by the Leonard J. & Irene Brown Foundation.

“Ernie” is a one-hour play written by Dr. Jerry Holt, chair of the PNC Department of English & Modern Languages, and stars actor Steven Becker. “Ernie” celebrates the life of Indiana native and one-time LaPorte “Herald-Argus” reporter Ernie Pyle. The drama depicts the life of a man whose hallmark was bravery under fire. Pyle was a war correspondent for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain from 1935 to his death in April, 1945.

Wherever the military was, Ernie Pyle went.  He stormed beachheads and endured foxholes.  With his reporter’s eye and his great empathy, he brought the war home to the United States. The Pulitzer Prize winner 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. His columns were read by millions, made into best- selling books and turned into the film, “The Story of G.I. Joe. “

This play, in celebrating Pyle, celebrates everyone who ever put on a United States uniform.

The play’s author has written several successful one-person shows, including “Rickey,” the story of baseball guru Branch Rickey. “Rickey” has played across the United States, including the Baseball Hall of Fame. “An Evening with Julia Marlowe,” which deals with the actress who became the most famous Shakespearian of her time.

Tickets for the PNC Sinai forum 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 www.sinaiforum.org or by cash or check at: 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 Sinai Forum season sponsors are IU Health La Porte Hospital and Times Media Company. The sustaining sponsors are “La Porte Herald Argus” and “The News Dispatch.” The John W. Anderson Foundation is a program sponsor, and individual program sponsors are Duneland Health Council, IU Health La Porte Hospital, Horizon Bank, Times Media Company and the Leonard J. and Irene Brown Foundation.

Patron-level ticket holders will be welcome to attend a reception hosted by Wendy J. Levenfeld & Associates, NIPSCO, Ideas in Motion Media, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and the South Shore Leadership Center.

The Forum has continued 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. Additional information about the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum is available at www.sinaiforum.org.

 

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PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Dec. 11, from 5:30 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 other ASL-related events in the community is posted at: http://nwidhhc.weebly.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 219-785-5432 or kdonah@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC students, American Cancer Society Raise Cancer Awareness

A group of Purdue University North Central students, along with the American Cancer Society, will present a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building from 144 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help promote cancer awareness as well as to discuss the options one has while battling cancer.

This free event will create a fun, comfortable environment for people to gather to learn more about cancer. It will feature American Cancer Society volunteers as well as individuals who have been personally affected by cancer, who will share their stories and speak about loved ones who have battled this disease. Guests will learn about treatment options for themselves or a loved one battling cancer.

A complimentary lunch of pizza and salad will be provided by Westville donors Olga’s Place and Sweet Lou, That’s Who to the first 75 attendees. Donations for the American Cancer Society will be accepted.

The Lunch & Learn will be hosted by PNC students as part of a service learning class project in this semester’s Introduction to Public Relations course. Cody Haver, Sarah Maddox, Vanessa Bruce, Heather Hollenberger, Brian Gonzalez, and T.J. Stephens are coordinating the event.

There will be an overview of the Relay for Life event the ACS hosts every year and information will be available for anyone interested in putting a Relay for Life team together or supporting local Relay for Life efforts.

Further information about the event, the Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society can be obtained by contacting Juliana Newbill at (574) 257-9787 and choosing option #3, or by email at juliana.newbill@cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical divisions and ensure a presence in every community.

For media information contact:
Juliana Newbill, American Cancer Society Community Representative
Phone: (574)257-9789, Option 3
E-Mail: Juliana.newbill@cancer.org

PNC Physics Club Explores Modern String Theory

The Purdue University North Central Physics Club will host the presentation “Modern String Theory: Black Holes, Holography, and Emergent Spacetime” by Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics, on Nov. 19 at noon in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.

String theory is a large and highly sophisticated subject at the cutting edge of human intellect. It has received much attention in the popular media, ranging from documentaries to sitcoms. Despite widespread knowledge that string theory exists, very few people have any real idea what string theory is or how it operates as a scientific discipline.

This public colloquium will begin with Warren presenting a brief account of string theory’s growth from the Standard Model of particle physics before moving to an overview of several recent triumphs of string theory, such as calculating the entropy of black holes.

Along the way, this talk will address whether and how string theory qualifies as valid science, even in the absence of direct empirical predictions. Warren will explain find that, although string theory operates at a higher level of abstraction, it is no less scientific than any other discipline and in fact is in some ways far more rigorous.

The Physics Club welcomes students of all backgrounds and majors who have an interest in and a curiosity about Physics.

2015 PNC Sinai Forum Presents Nomi Prins

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The 62nd season of the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will present Nomi Prins, author of “All the Presidents’ Bankers,” on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. (CT) at the Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Drive, in Michigan City.

The accomplished financial analyst, journalist and author spoke to the Forum in 2011, presenting a chilling account of the U.S. recession. This time, Prins will provide an inside view of money and influence, two of America’s abiding concerns.

The Times of Northwest Indiana is the event sponsor.

Prins 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 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.

Her other books include a historical novel about the 1929 crash, “Black Tuesday,” and the hard-hitting expose “It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street;” as well as “Other People’s Money: The Corporate Mugging of America” and “Jacked.”

She has authored articles that have been featured in “The New York Times,” “Mother Jones,”  “Fortune,” “Newsday,” “Newsweek,” “The Guardian,” “The Nation,” “Alternet,” “Slate,” “LaVanguardia” and others.

Tickets for the PNC Sinai forum 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 www.sinaiforum.org 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 Sinai Forum season sponsors are IU Health La Porte Hospital and Times Media Company. The sustaining sponsors are “La Porte Herald Argus” and “The News Dispatch.” The John W. Anderson Foundation is a program sponsor, and individual program sponsors are Duneland Health Council, IU Health La Porte Hospital, Horizon Bank, Times Media Company and the Leonard J. and Irene Brown Foundation.

Patron-level ticket holders will be welcome to attend all speaker receptions, which will be hosted by Wendy J. Levenfeld & Associates, NIPSCO, Ideas in Motion Media, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and the South Shore Leadership Center.

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. Additional information about the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum is available at www.sinaiforum.org.

The Sinai Forum season will conclude on Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. CT, with “Ernie,” a one-hour play written by Dr. Jerry Holt, chair of the PNC Department of English & Modern Languages, starring actor Steven Becker. The evening is sponsored by the Leonard J. & Irene Brown Foundation.

PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Nov. 20, from 5:30 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.

A future coffeehouse will be on Dec. 11. 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 events in the community is posted at: http://nwidhhc.weebly.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 219-785-5432 or kdonah@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.