PNC Student Improv Group Performs at Mainstreet Theatre

The Purdue University North Central student improv club, The Ranting Llamas, will perform on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St., Michigan City. A portion of the proceeds from the $5 entrance fee will be donated to a local charity.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. To pre-order tickets or to obtain more information, contact the theatre at 219-874-4269.

The Ranting Llamas student improv group has been performing for four years. The Ranting Llamas will celebrate Halloween with a unique comedy experience that is appropriate for all ghouls and gals. Comedy situations are made up on the spot and the audience is often incorporated into a scene. Sometimes a situation is suggested by the audience and the actors build off of it, which makes improv fun for actors and non-actors alike. A simple word, action or an idea can be the basis of a skit performed by one member of the group or the entire ensemble – concepts like throwing snowballs, riding a bus, walking a dog or staying awake in class can all be become the basis for a comedy routine.

The Ranting Llamas cast includes Rachel Rogers, Michigan City; CieAna Marsh, LaPorte; Haley Jackson, LaPorte; Jane Davis-Bey, Michigan City; Bridget Dudley, Chesterton; Devon Hogan, Chesterton; Drew Holt, Long Beach; Cortney Mc Intosh, LaPorte; Kevin Paceley, Valparaiso; Robert Simpson, LaPorte; Alex Strohmeyer, Valparaiso; Lauren Strohmeyer, Valparaiso; Erik Sturgeon, Chesterton and Nathan Werner, Union Mills.

PNC Panther Pounce Race to be Nov. 8

The Purdue University North Central 11th Annual Panther Pounce 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will be Sat. Nov. 8, at the PNC Westville campus.

Race-day registration and packet pick-up will begin that morning in the Library-Student-Faculty Building at 7:30 a.m. A One-Mile Fun Run for those ages 10 and younger will begin at 8:40 a.m.

The 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will begin at 9 a.m. Please note that this is a cross-country styled course with mixed terrain. Spikes are not recommended. Splits will be given at the first and second mile markers. Water will be available at 1.5 miles.

An awards ceremony for the 5K run will begin at 10 a.m. the with the 10K awards presented upon completion of the race. Medallions will be awarded to the top three male and female winners in each age group. Trophies will also be awarded to the top male and female in the Overall and Masters divisions. All runner ages 10 and younger will receive a ribbon.

Registration is $20 for those who register by Oct. 31. These registrants will also receive an event T-shirt. Race-day registration is $25. T-shirts will be available on first come first serve basis, quantities are limited.

Registration for Purdue North Central students, staff, faculty and alumni is $10 when presenting a valid PNC ID. A discounted rate of $15 each will apply for groups of five or more and families of three or more who pre-register together. There will be a $1 discount to members of the Calumet Region Striders.

Online registration for is available at http://www.pncathletics.com/f/Panther_Pounce.php

Refreshments will be provided.

Further information about the race can be obtained by contacting Race Director Tom Albano at 219-785-5273, or talbano@pnc.edu.

PNC Presents Halloween Haunted Trail

Purdue University North Central will host a Haunted Trail at the PNC Westville campus on Oct. 24, 25 and 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. The trail is open to the public. Admission is $5.

The Haunted Trail will present frightening thrills for high school and college students and young adults.

The trail will be located on the southern portion of the campus, behind the PNC baseball fields.

Further information about the trail can be obtained by contacting Tom Albano, PNC director of Student Athletics and Sports Information, at talbano@pnc.edu.

PNC Invites Prospective Students to Oct. 30 Open House

Purdue University North Central will host a campus open house on Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building for prospective students of all ages and their families. The open house will begin at 4:30 p.m. with specific programming for high school students now earning Purdue credits through the Concurrent Enrollment/ Dual Credit Program who intend to enroll at PNC.

The general open house for all other prospective students will begin at 5:30 p.m. Campus tours will be offered at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. An Academic, Student Service and Activity Fair will continue throughout the evening where students can explore majors, clubs and activities and discover the various types of assistance that PNC offers to support student success.

A breakout session will offer a look at campus life through the eyes of PNC students. Information about the basics of paying for college and financial aid will be covered in the session.

A separate breakout session will discuss the needs and interests of transfer students.

The open house is expected to conclude at 7:30 p.m.

This event is appropriate for high school students, community college graduates, veterans and adults thinking about attending college. This presents an ideal opportunity to explore academic programs with faculty and advisors. Guests will learn more about student support programs, veteran services, campus activities and athletics in a casual, fun atmosphere. Families are welcome to attend. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration for the open house is encouraged – but not required – by Oct. 23 and can be completed by email at www.pnc.edu/admissions/openhouse/

Further information may be obtained by email at jwhisler@pnc.edu, by phone at 219-785-5505 or by IM pncadmissions4 through AOL. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Janice Whisler at 785-5200, ext. 5415 by Oct. 23.

PNC Film Screening of “Swan Song” with Director John Hancock

The Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will together present a screening of the film “Swan Song” with an appearance by Oscar-nominated director John Hancock on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public. There will be time for questions and answers and discussion about the film and film making.

The screening is hosted by Dr. Jerry Holt, PNC chair of English/Modern Language and associate professor of English and Dr. Dennis Barbour, Purdue Calumet associate professor of English. They will welcome Hancock as he returns to PNC for a screening of his new film “Swan Song.” In 2013 Hancock spent about eight weeks in the area, shooting the film in various locations in LaPorte, Michigan City, South Bend and Three Oaks, Mich. and Berrien County’s Warren Dunes State Park. Much of the cast was made up of regional talent.

Hancock also directed the film, “Prancer,” also filmed in LaPorte County. He also directed films such as “Bang the Drum Slowly” and “A Piece of Eden.”

“Swan Song,” was written by his wife Dorothy Tristan. It is a story about a troubled 13-yr old girl sent to live with her grandmother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The story portrays how two very different and unique worlds come together in this heartwarming tale.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “Chef”

The movie “Chef” will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City, offered through a collaboration between Purdue University North Central’s Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and Michigan City Public Library. The showing is free and open to the public. The film is rated R for some obscenity and sexual humor.

“Chef” tells the story of a master chef in a trendy Los Angeles restaurant who goes from being a master of his kitchen to taking a loan from his ex-wife to operate a food truck. Jon Favereau wrote, directed and starred in the film as chef Carl Casper.

Sofia Vergara is his well-to-do ex-wife Inez, who, through a series of circumstances, provides him some help thanks to her first husband, played by Robert Downey Jr. The opportunity to refurbish a food truck and drive it from Miami to L.A. provides an unexpected opportunity for Casper to re-ignite his passion for food, connect with the son he has with Inez and rediscover his passion for food, and for life.

“The Washington Post” describes “Chef” as being “filled with rich, spicy flavors, from its soundtrack of Cuban and New Orleans jazz and Texas blues to the colorful supporting cast.” It noted that even the food scenes are compelling and attractive. The credits even list a food consultant who taught Favereau how to find a grill’s “hot spot.”

The Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features various events throughout the year. A complete schedule of events can be found at www.pnc.edu. For more information about this film, or any event in the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, at 219-785-5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

Glennon Addresses America’s Water Crisis at Purdue North Central Sinai Forum

Robert Glennon

Robert Glennon

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum continues its 61st season Sunday, Oct. 26 with noted author Robert Glennon speaking about America’s water crisis. He is the author of the books “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It,” and “Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters.”

In 2010, the Society of Environmental Journalists gave his book “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.

Glennon is Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Glennon has been a guest on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, “Talk of the Nation” with Neal Conan, “The Diane Rehm Show,” C-SPAN2’s “Book TV” and numerous National Public Radio shows. He has been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace. He is featured in the recent documentary, “Last Call at the Oasis.”

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:

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 Financial Literacy Event For Students

The Purdue University North Central Financial Aid Office will sponsor a Financial Literacy event on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The seminar is free and open to all students who would like to know about financial literacy. Students are welcome to invite their parents to attend.

The seminar will be presented by Kyle Yelton, Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual. The topics covered include:

  • Avoiding debt
  • Protecting yourself from scams and fraud
  • Planning (now and the future)
  • Saving and investing

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.