PNC Offers Women in Science Expo on April 4

Purdue University North Central will be the site of the Women in Science Expo on April 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library-Science-Faculty Building, Room 144.

The goal of the Women in Science Expo (WiSE) is to show girls in grades 6 to 12 that science careers are exciting, practical and rewarding. The event organizers are Biology students Stefanie Rigg and Summer Stockwell and Chemistry Student Melanie Shebel.

This expo will allow the girls to engage in hands-on science activities. Girls will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from women in varying occupations and levels of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions, including graduate and undergraduate research.

The girls are encouraged to ask questions to learn more about the possibilities that exist in their area of interest and to get an idea of the subjects and coursework they need to concentrate on to achieve their career goals.

“We believe that science should be celebrated and encouraged among the younger female population,” said Rigg. “WiSE is dedicated to offering educational and professional enrichment to girls. Each participant will be given the opportunity to discover countless science professions. The expo will promote leadership, create a support system and inspire success in science for girls in our area. We hope to inspire more young women to pursue STEM-related careers.”

Individuals and companies interested in participating may register at sciencewomen.org.

Students may register to attend at sciencewomen.org anytime through March 27. Registration is encouraged but not required.

PNC Honors Program presents “The Biology of Inspiration”

The Purdue University North Central Honors Program will present its first Honors Lecture, “The Biology of Inspiration,” delivered by Dr. Lindsay Gielda, visiting assistant professor of Biology, on Wednesday, March 25, at noon in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. This event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Gielda will examine the idea that inspiration comes from the limbic system—the set of cerebral structures that integrate memory and emotion. But inspiration also originates from aspects of biology that we don’t fully grasp: the human spirit.

Gielda earned her PhD at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, especially the innate immune response during pneumonic plague.

The PNC Honors Program seeks to enhance the learning experiences of highly motivated and academically exceptional students. To obtain further information about the program, visit www.pnc.edu/honors or email honorsprogram@pnc.edu.

PNC Offers Business Writing Program

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit program in business writing.

Participants will meet on Tuesdays from March 19 and ending on April 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The registration is $159 and includes all books and materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is March 12 by 4 p.m.

The program will be taught by an instructor with 14 years of experience teaching English at the college level in online and face-to-face classrooms and worked in offices, banks and small business.

Participants will learn the importance of audience, tone and purpose when composing any piece of writing, but there will be an emphasis on the types of documents found in business and how to be more precise and concise when communicating, an essential element of business writing.

Exercises will include composing emails, memos, letters, resumes, proposals and reports. Participants will work on blogs and learn how to use social media effectively. There will be an opportunity to collaborate and learn to create visuals such as tables, graphs and Gantt charts.

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

 

ASL Club Coffeehouse is March 20

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, March 20, 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.

Future coffeehouses will be on April 17 and May 15. 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 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 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 pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “The Skeleton Twins”

The movie “The Skeleton Twins” will be 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 Skeleton Twins” will be shown on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City.

The film is rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use.

This film brings together Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged twins Milo and Maggie. The movie opens with both twins separately contemplating suicide. After Milo makes his attempt, Maggie goes to see him in Los Angeles and bring him back to New York with her. While the twins haven’t spoken in 10 years, they attempt a relationship. With a cast that includes Joanna Gleason as their mother and Ty Burrell as Milo’s high school teacher, the movie blends comedic moments with some drama and pathos.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those who are used to seeing this pair in comedic sketches will be “blown away” by their dramatic range, said “Rolling Stone.”

Purdue University North Central 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 785-5200,  ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC MBA Lunch with a Leader Program

The Purdue University North Central MBA Leadership Team will host a Lunch With a Leader program on March 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the PNC – Porter County Graduate Building at 600 Vale Park Road in Valparaiso. The event is open to the public.

The panel discussion will center on “Leadership, Management and Employment.” The panel will include executive leaders from companies throughout Northwest Indiana:

  • Gus Olympidis, founder and CEO of Family Express Corporation
  • Christopher Kraynak, plant manager, Alcoa-Howmet in La Porte
  • Jon Schlemmer, chief operating officer, Regal-Beloit, which recently acquired the Valparaiso Emerson facility
  • Brian Tylisz, vice president OEM and Oil-Free Business, Sullair
  • Greg Fox, principal and president of Kramer Leonard

MBA Leadership Executive Team will ask three questions to be answered by each panel member:

  • How do you recommend an MBA graduate builds their leadership skills?
  • How do you recommend that an MBA graduate gets noticed by the executive team as a rising star in the corporation?
  • What suggestions can you give to a MBA graduate on being an effective manager?

The floor will be opened for MBA students and graduates to ask questions.

The Purdue North Central MBA Lunch with a Leader program was created to enhance the MBA students’ educational experience. The PNC MBA program meets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon with a one-hour lunch break and then resumes from 1 to 5 p.m. The students decided that this hour lunch break could be utilized to benefit them in non-classroom manners. The MBA Leadership Team, made up of MBA students Marie Foster, Susan Lewis and Katie Eaton, coordinate the Lunch with a Leader which take place three times a year.

The previous Lunch with a Leader panel was centered on getting involved in the community and was hosted by Heather Ennis, Bert Cook, Barb Young and Jonathan Hildebrand.

To register for the program contact alumni@pnc.edu.

PNC Alumni Association March 7 Basketball Trip

The Purdue North Central Alumni Association will host a basketball bus trip to West Lafayette to see the Purdue Boilermakers take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois on March 7.

The bus will leave PNC at 10 a.m. After arriving in West Lafayette, alumni and guests will enjoy lunch served in the Atrium of the Dauch Alumni Center. Following lunch there will be a stop at the University Bookstore. Then the group will head to the men’s basketball game.

Cost is $30 for the bus and ticket combo and $25 for the ticket only.

This is an idea opportunity to get together with fellow PNC alumni, students, employees, family and friends from PNC/ Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bus (no glass containers).

Tickets are available at http://www-stage.pnc.edu/alumni/alumni/alumni-events-2/purdue-basketball-trip/ or by contacting Alumni Coordinator Erika Jones at 219-785-5274 or alumni@pnc.edu.

PNC “Prove It: Forming Evidence-Based Arguments” Seminar

Purdue University North Central’s Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, Department of English and Modern Languages and the PNC Writing Center will collaborate to offer a non-credit seminar open to high school and college students, as well as anyone wishing to quickly improve their writing.

The seminar, “Prove It: Forming Evidence-Based Arguments” will meet Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The registration fee, which includes all materials and a pizza dinner, is $25 per person. The registration deadline is March 12 by 4 p.m.

The program will be taught by Dr. Steven D. Vivian, published author and director of the PNC Writing Center. This hands-on session will include a lecture and plenty of discussion and practice. It will concentrate on academic argumentation that will teach participants how to write better argumentative essays. Special attention will be given to evaluating evidence.

To register or obtain further information about this program or to register, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/workshops-and-classes 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.

PNC Hosts LaPorte, Elkhart, Starke and White County Schools at Academic Super Bowl Invitational

Purdue University North Central will host eight area high school teams as they compete in the seventh annual LaPorte County Senior Academic Super Bowl Invitational on Thursday, March 5 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building (LSF) Assembly Hall, Room 02, located on the PNC Westville campus. Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. Central Time. The event is free and open to the public. The event will also be telecast to LSF Room 144 for spectators.

Participating schools are: LaPorte High School, Michigan City High School and Marquette High School of Michigan City; LaCrosse High School; Oregon-Davis High School of Hamlet; Elkhart Christian Academy; North White High School of Monon and a team of home schooled students, representing Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

The 2015 competition theme is “The Grandeur That is Rome.” Students will vie in the rigorous competition covering six subject areas – English, science, fine arts, social studies, math and interdisciplinary. Trophies will be given to the winning school in each subject area as well as an overall winner. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place finishers. Each competing student, coach, proctor and student assistant will receive a voucher for use at the PNC Gallery Café, Coffee Central and the PNC bookstore. Coffee Central and the bookstore will be open until 7 p.m. The Gallery Café will be open until 8 p.m.

Registration will begin at 3:45 p.m. There is a coaches and proctors meeting at 4:10 p.m. The competition will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a welcome by PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin.

The competition schedule is:

4:40 p.m. Mathematics – Dr. Gayla Domke, associate professor of Mathematics

5:15 p.m. English – Sarah White, continuing lecturer of English

5:50 p.m. Science – Dr. Jessica Thomas, assistant professor of Chemistry

6:25 p.m. Fine Arts – Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations

7 p.m. Social Studies – Dr. Patrick Cannon, clinical assistant professor for Concurrent Education Programs

7:35 p.m. Interdisciplinary – Dr. Mark Jacobi, Michigan City pediatrician

8:15 p.m. Awards – Paul McGuinness, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services

Academic Super Bowl competition in Indiana is part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. It is a unique inter-scholastic academic competition which allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to the way youth compete in athletics. These competitions recognize, reward and celebrate scholars.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Liz Bernel at 785-5200, ext. 5719 or ebernel@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Bernel.

PNC – Porter County Academic Super Bowl Invitational

Purdue North Central – Porter County will host its eighth annual Academic Super Bowl Invitational on Wednesday, March 4 on the PNC Westville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The competition will be in the Library-Student-Faculty (LSF) Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 and telecast to LSF Room 144 for spectators. For the first time, students from all nine Porter County High Schools will compete in the senior-division event. Participating schools are: Boone Grove High School, Chesterton High School, Hebron High School, Kouts High School, Morgan Township High School, Portage High School, Valparaiso High School, Washington Township High School and Wheeler High School.

The competition theme is The Grandeur That Was Rome.” Students will compete in six subject areas – math, English, science, fine arts, social studies and interdisciplinary.

Academic Super Bowl competition in Indiana is part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. It is a unique inter-scholastic academic competition program which allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to the way they compete in athletics.

The objectives of academic competitions encourage academic achievement by offering the participants recognition and reward. By honoring intellectual achievement, academic competition celebrates scholarship.

Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. There is a coaches and proctors meeting at 4:15 p.m. The competition begins at 4:30 p.m. with a welcome by Stephen Turner, vice chancellor of Administration.

The competition schedule is:

4:40 p.m. – Math, Jim Jepsen, Michigan City High School Math teacher, Concurrent Enrollment Instructor

5:20 p.m. – English, Dr. Heather Fielding, PNC assistant professor of English

6 p.m. – Science, Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics

6:40 p.m. – Fine Arts, Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations

7:20 p.m. – Social Studies, John Weber, Dean of Students

8 p.m. – Interdisciplinary, Dr. Mark Jacobi, Michigan City pediatrician

8:40 p.m. – Awards

Awards will be given to the winning school in each subject area as well as an overall winner. Each competing student, coach, proctor and student assistant will receive a voucher for use at the PNC Gallery Café and Coffee Central which will remain open until 8 p.m. PNC’s bookstore will remain open until 7:00 p.m.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Leslie Plesac at (219) 531-6500, lplesac@pnc.edu or  Susan Brychell at (219) 531-6500, sbrychell@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Plesac or Brychell.