PNC Colloquium Explores Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Purdue University North Central will present a Social Sciences Colloquium with Dr. Michael Connolly, associate professor of History, speaking on “James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War” on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

According to Connolly, historians have traditionally judged President James Buchanan as a failure. On his watch, the sectional politics of slavery worsened and culminated in the secession crisis of 1860-61, when seven southern states left the Union to form the Confederacy.

While he does not rise to the rank of “greatness,” his status as a failure is open to question. Instead, Buchanan’s role in the Dred Scott decision, his policy on Kansas statehood and his management of the

secession controversy show a philosophically coherent vision based in the Burkean virtue of “prudence” with roots stretching back decades into his congressional career.

PNC Offers Non-Credit Healthy Eating Seminar

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Nursing and Health Studies will offer the “Living Longer and Eating Less” non-credit healthy eating seminar on Oct. 22, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. Seminar tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased online at www.pnc.edu/gel or at the door.

Amelia Wilson, PNC visiting assistant professor of Health Studies, will explain the health benefits of “eating less,” meaning consuming fewer calories but not necessarily smaller quantities of food. Participants will learn how “eating less” can result in less heart disease and cancer and help control diabetes and live a longer life. Participants will also have a demonstration on how to make a salad that supplies all of the nutrients they need with only 500 calories per serving.

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. 5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

ASL Club Coffeehouse Oct. 17

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Oct. 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

The event will feature a fun, interactive activity.

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 providing 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.

Future coffeehouses will be Nov. 21 and Dec. 12 at the Uptown Café. Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org.

Further information about the coffeehouse may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com

ASL Club Silent Dinner is Oct. 2

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host a Silent Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Culver’s Restaurant, 3966 Frontage Road, Michigan City. The event is open to ASL students as well as all community members. Culver’s will donate a portion of the proceeds to the PNC ASL Club.

The evening will feature a Meet and Greet using conversational ASL. Silent Dinner participants are asked to use ASL only for conversation and to place orders – a student may translate orders into English for the server or participants may point to the menu or write out an order.

This is an ideal opportunity to use ASL for conversation. Participants can be ASL beginners or fluent, or individuals interested in knowing more about ASL.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org. The ASL Club is sponsoring deaf/hard of hearing children for Deaf Camp this summer with all event proceeds.

Further information about the Silent Dinner may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and Coordinator of American Sign Language, at 785-5300, ext. 5432 or kdonah@pnc.edu.   Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

Enroll for PNC Spring Classes October 8

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the 2015 spring semester.

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 jwhisler@pnc.edu, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

The event will feature a fun, interactive activity.

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 providing 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.

Future coffeehouses will be Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12 at the Uptown Café. Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org.

Further information about the coffeehouse may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com.

PNC’s Sinai Forum Features George Will Sept. 28

George Will

George Will

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum continues its 61st season Sunday, Sept. 28 with George F. Will, syndicated columnist in more than 450 newspapers and weekly guest on the ABC News program “This Week.” The author of 13 books, Will has won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and the Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement.

In his latest book, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred,” Will takes a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their landmark home, Wrigley Field, as it turns 100 this year. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces.

This, and all remaining sessions of the season, will be at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. All sessions begin at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m.

This 61st Season builds on the grand tradition of the Forum, with an exciting line-up of thought-leaders, political commentators, environmentalists and musicians, including:

Robert Glennon,Sunday, October 26

Author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis,” Robert Glennon is the Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. In 2010, the Society of Environmental Journalists awarded “Unquenchable” a Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment and “Trout” magazine gave it an Honorable Mention in its list of Must-Have Books ever published on the environment.

John King, Sunday, November 16

John King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of “Inside Politics,” a 30-minute Sunday morning program featuring a panel of the top-tier political correspondents. An award-winning journalist, King has covered the past seven presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. In his role as chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., he is instrumental in CNN’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage.

The Jazz Masters 101 Reunion,Sunday, December 14

This swinging jazz performance mixed with a lively discussion of the art of improvisation and the essence of jazz will feature John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums).   This Grammy-nominated duo from the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra will be reunited with their musical friend, Michigan City native, Dr. Peter Bankoff (piano), son of the late Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, the founders of the Sinai Forum.

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.

Tickets for the season are $100 for Regular passes and $200 for Patron level passes, which include back-stage access to the speakers and an exclusive reception. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sinaiforum.org or by phone at (219) 531-4200.

PNC, Community Arts Society of Trinity Silent Film Seminars

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of English and Modern Languages, in partnership with the Michigan City Community Arts Society of Trinity, will offer a silent film seminar series in October.

PNC Associate Professor of English Jerry Holt will host the three-part seminar exploring the diversity of the silent film age and show seldom-seen masterpieces of film history. Each event will begin at sundown in the 1929 Renaissance Revival-style Barker Hall, 600 Franklin St, Michigan City. On Oct. 3, “Sherlock Jr.,” the 1924 film starring Buster Keaton will be screened; on Oct. 10, “Sunrise,” the 1927 film directed by F.W. Murnau will be screened and on Oct. 17 The Penalty,” the 1920 film starring Lon Chaney will be screened.

Series tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online at www.pnc.edu/gel. Single event tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online or at the door.

Matthew Kubik, representative of the Community Arts Society of Trinity, explained, “For those on the fringes of society in the early 20th century the doors of opportunity were often tightly closed. However, the emerging industry of film welcomed the outlaw, the outcast, the immigrant, the destitute and the desperate. The result was the new art form of cinema, a new culture of celebrity and unimaginable wealth for those involved.”

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) 785-5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Boehlke.

PNC Hosts Sept. 17 Constitution Day Activities

Purdue University North Central will observe Constitution Day on Wednesday, Sept. 17 with activities offered on campus, including a free showing of the Academy Award winning movie, “Lincoln.” The events are free and open to the public.

The day’s schedule is:

11 a.m. – PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144 – The Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln” will be shown. This epic drama stars Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The film is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” and details Lincoln’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

The film was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director for Spielberg and won Best Actor, Motion Picture – Drama for Day-Lewis. At the 85th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards including Best Picture. It won for Best Production Design and Best Actor for Day-Lewis.

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – outside LSF Room 144 – The PNC College Republicans and College Democrats will be passing out information and eligible citizens will be able to register to vote.

Further information about PNC Constitution Day activities can be obtained by contacting Dr. Michael Connolly, associate professor of History, at 219-785-5618 or mconnolly@pnc.edu by visiting www.pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Connolly.

PNC Hosts “The Dog and the Dolphin” Book Launch and 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 book launch and signing of his recently published children’s book, “The Dog and The Dolphin” on Wednesday, Sept 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in the PNC Campus Shop, located in the lower level of the Library-Student-Faculty Building on the PNC campus. Light refreshments will be served.

Books will be available for purchase. Dworkin will also sign books that had been previously purchased. An Irish setter, similar to the dog featured in “The Dog and the Dolphin” will be on hand to greet guests. “Red” belongs to Carol Schulte who owns Rusty Acres Kennel dog camp in LaPorte County.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book go 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 amazon.com , in the Purdue University Calumet bookstore and through the website thedogandthedolphin.com.

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 thedogandthedolphin.com.