PNC Lecture on Writer Virginia Woolf and Air Power Between the Wars

Purdue University North Central will welcome Dr. Elizabeth Evans for a lecture entitled “Virginia Woolf’s Airplanes: Air Power and Aerial Views Between the World Wars,” on April 16 at 6 p.m. in the Technology Building, Room 301. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Evans, assistant teaching professor at the University of Notre Dame, will examine how the growing importance of military air power affected art and literature in Britain during the years between World War One and Two. Evans’s research focuses specifically on the work of the feminist writer Virginia Woolf, who experiments with the airplane as model for novelistic point of view in her novels “Mrs. Dalloway” and “The Years.”

In a recent essay that appeared in the journal “Modern Fiction Studies in 2013,” Evans argues that Woolf is both attracted to and troubled by the aerial point of view – she admired its aesthetic possibilities but was disturbed by its seemingly necessary links to warfare.

This lecture, sponsored by the Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, will appeal to students and community members interested in subjects as diverse as British and European literature, women writers and the history of the world wars.

Evans is an active member of the community of Woolf scholars and recently edited a volume of essays from the annual international conference on Woolf. She is currently working on a book about aerial views in British and Anglophone writing from the early twentieth century to the present.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Heather Fielding, PNC Assistant Professor of English, at or 219-785-5327.


PNC Hosts Performance by “Secret Keeper”

Secret Keeper

Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson of Secret Keeper

Purdue University North Central will welcome the band “Secret Keeper” for a performance on Monday, April 6, at noon in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The performance will last approximately one hour and is free and open to the public

Secret Keeper has released the CD, “Super Eight,” and has another, “Emerge,” due out at the end of April. Acoustic bassist Stephan Crump and guitarist Mary Halvorson have been performing together as Secret Keeper since 2011.

“Each is fluent in the grammar of modern improv and adept at concocting music from feel,” said noted music writer Jim Macnie. “What you hear on ‘Super Eight’ are the improvisations the pair created on the way to organizing the formal stuff. Luminous, hushed, reflective, whimsical, dramatic, gripping.”

Crump is the bass player of the Vijay Iyer Trio and Halvorson plays guitar with Anthony Braxton, Ingrid Laubrock and Marc Ribot.

An article featured on the All About Jazz website described Secret Keeper as “an incomparable engagement that soars above similar settings or frameworks set forth by others.”

Further information may be obtained by contacting Paul Hecht, PNC associate professor of English, at or 219-785-5296.

PNC Theatre and Festival Players Guild Present Two Plays

Jeremy Harris (foreground, left) as Tamburlaine and Colin Janiszewski as Techelles

Jeremy Harris (foreground, left) as Tamburlaine and Colin Janiszewski as Techelles

The Purdue University North Central Theatre and Festival Players Guild will present an Elizabethan double-header of two seldom-staged plays, “Tamburlaine” and “Galatea,” on Saturday April 11 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m., Friday April 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday April 18 at 7:30 p.m., at Mainstreet Theater, 807 Franklin St., Michigan City.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling (219) 874-4269 or e-mailing

This show combines two entertaining and completely different plays, “Tamburlaine” by Christopher Marlowe and “Galatea” by John Lyly. Both are compressed into a two-hour whirlwind of the extremes of Elizabethan theater.

Director Paul Hecht, PNC associate professor of English, explained why two plays will be presented in one performance, “I found ‘Galatea’ as I was working on a book about Shakespeare’s Rosalind and reading around in the history of Elizabethan theatre. I thought it was a tremendously subversive play and so funny, I knew I wanted to try to stage it.

“But I also thought that if I’m going to ask students and audiences to deal with a play from Shakespeare’s time that’s not by Shakespeare, I might as well do two as one. If you’re skeptical that any 400-year-old English playwrights are worth reading or seeing other than Shakespeare, I might as well make two arguments at the same time. Here we have it, Marlowe’s thundering line, the poetic and linguistic grandeur of ‘Tamburlaine’ and more cross-dressing, gender-bending antics than you could believe would fit in one play with ‘Galatea’ (along with some very funny bit roles by an Alchemist and Astronomer and a Puck-like Cupid). If you start getting sick of one, don’t worry, it’s just an hour long and then you’ll see something completely different!”

“Tamburlaine” depicts the world-conquering adventures of a real historical figure who was famous among Europeans for having defeated Turkish forces and delaying the conquest of southern Europe. The production emphasizes the affinities of Tamburlaine’s story with the American Dream.

Tamburlaine begins as a shepherd, who believes he is destined to become the king of Persia and conquer the surrounding lands. Through bold and poetic speeches and grand battles, Tamburlaine gains power over those kings and emperors who had earlier brushed him off as unthreatening. As he becomes more powerful he finds his limits tested. Soon Tamburlaine finds that he must go to any length in order to achieve his victory.

“Galatea” is a comedy of mistaken identities and love found in unexpected places. The characters are faced with a deadly custom: every five years, the fairest and chastest maiden in the land must be bound to a tree and sacrificed to a sea monster as a peace offering to the sea god Neptune.

Unsurprisingly the fathers of Galatea and Phillida, the two girls deemed to be the fairest, are not happy about this. To protect their daughters, the men decide separately to disguise their daughters as boys and send them into the woods in attempt to trick the gods. Meanwhile, the gods are playing tricks of their own that lead further to confusion and dispute, all of which leads to a strange and surprising resolution.

The plays feature a large cast of PNC students, including some who have appeared in such performances as Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” in April 2013, and “Henry IV, Part 1” in 2012. Senior Jeremy Harris, of Michigan City, stars as Tamburlaine. In all other cases cast members play at least two parts, some as many as five. Elizabethan playwrights enjoyed writing for large casts, so playing more than one role was the norm. This provides novice actors the opportunity to work on more than one part and more advanced actors have room to show off their skills.

Cast members are: Aram Arden, La Porte; Angela Barreto, New Carlisle; Aaron Collings, La Porte; Cameron Fehland, La Porte; Jeremy Harris, Michigan City; Lamesha Harris, Chesterton; Jacob Hibbard, Chesterton; Kristen Hixon, Michigan City; Colin Janiszewski, Valparaiso; Eileen Long, Michigan City; Katelyn Mosher, Michigan City; Lillianna Pollnow, Michigan City; Kaitlin Richter, Valparaiso; Charles Trott, La Porte; Holly Trott, La Porte; Alexis Ulrich, Chesterton; Nathan Upchurch, Knox; Alice Wasick, Michigan City

PNC Invites Prospective Students to April 16 Open House

Purdue University North Central will host a campus open house on Thursday, April 16 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building for all prospective students and their families.

The general open house for all prospective students will begin at 5:30 p.m. Campus tours will be offered at 5:30 and 6 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.

Two breakout sessions will be offered at 6:15 p.m. One session for students featuring a student panel will look at campus life through the eyes of PNC students. This session will also cover the basics of financial aid. A second breakout session will explain the transfer process and academic opportunities at PNC.

This event is appropriate for high school students, students with previous college credit, community college graduates, veterans and adults thinking about attending college. The PNC Open House 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 general open house is encouraged – but not required – by April 14 and can be completed by email at

Further information may be obtained by email at, by phone at 219-785-5200, ext.5505 or by IM through AOL. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Janice Whisler at 785-5200, ext. 5411 by April 6.

PNC CEDaR Economic Briefing Breakfast April 7

The Purdue University North Central College of Business and the Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR) together with the Greater La Porte and Michigan City Area Chambers of Commerce will host an Economic Briefing Breakfast on Tuesday, April 7, from 7:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

This program will feature an informative current look at the economic outlook for LaPorte County presented by Dr. Derek Bjonback, PNC associate professor of Economics and Director for the Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR) and Anthony Sindone, PNC continuing lecturer of Economics.

A question and answer period follows with lively discussion.

The Economic Briefing Breakfast is open to the public. Reservations are required.

To register or obtain further information, visit or

PNC American Sign Language Club Game Night – March 26

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Game Night on Thursday, March 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.

Snacks and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. A Children’s Hour will begin at 6 p.m. with ASL games for children and adults. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend.

This will be a casual, fun evening with a fun atmosphere featuring ASL humor, storytelling and games for all to enjoy through participation or as an observer. Children are welcome to attend with a parent or an adult. Guests with all ASL abilities are welcome – whether a beginner, fluent, or simply interested in knowing more. This is an appropriate time to practice ASL and learn some new signs to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at Information about other events in the community is posted at:

Further information about this event may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and Coordinator of American Sign Language, at 785-5200, ext. 5432 or The PNC ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are featured on Facebook.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC Video Launch Party Previews 2nd Annual Day of Giving

Purdue University North Central will host a Video Launch Party to help promote the Purdue University Day of Giving on April 1 at noon in Library-Student-faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.

The video to be debuted will highlight the impact that PNC has on the region. Many community leaders, including LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo and Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer will attend and offer comments on the positive impact has on the surrounding communities.

The video will also be featured on social media. Once the video is available on April 1, students, alumni, family, friends and the community will be able to share the video with #iampnc. People are encouraged to share the video beginning April 14. The first 10 people to share the video will receive a prize at the launch party. The various Purdue groups across all Purdue campuses will compete to gather the most “shares.”

The video launch is a preview to the April 29 Day of Giving, the day set aside for donors to give to donate to the university.

During this 24-hour period, donors are asked to make a monetary donation to Purdue North Central. All donations can be made online and can be made specifically to benefit PNC. Donors have the option of choosing to give to an academic department of their choice, a student club or organization, athletic team or ask their gift go to the area with the greatest need.

The PNC goal is to raise 5,000 gifts of $10 each. When PNC reaches this goal, it has the potential to win has win additional extra funds by having the highest participation throughout Purdue University.

The Day of Giving allows anyone to donate at Please note April 29 is the only day that donations may be made to this website for the Day of Giving. Donors, alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of PNC can show their support by also using the #iampnc on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.           #

PNC Women’s Association Spring Chicago Bus Trip

The Purdue North Central Women’s Association will take its spring bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, April 11 to see Outsider Art. There will be time for lunch and shopping.

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. Men and young adults are welcome to attend.

Cost for this trip is $75 for PNCWA members and $85 for non- members. The day will start at 7 a.m. with breakfast of Dunkin’ Donuts and toasted Panera 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.

Next up is a drive to the Bridgeport Art Center, home of Project Onward. Project Onward serves more than 55 artists, ranging in age from early-20s to early-70s, each with unique creative styles and facing diverse challenges, from autism to mental illness.

Project Onward was founded in 2004 and soon after moved to the Chicago Cultural Center, where it became a citywide resource and began serving more artists. In 2013, it moved to a professional artists’ studio and gallery in the Bridgeport Art Center. The 13,000-square-foot space includes three galleries and a studio customized to the needs of the organization’s growing artist membership. After nine years as a city-led program, Project Onward began the transition to becoming an independent nonprofit.

Some of the working artists will be available to meet and a gift shop abounds with treasures.

For lunch, the group will move to Masada, is Chicago’s newest Middle Eastern dining experience.

When making a reservation for the bus trip, be sure to note a lunch choice from the menu of:

Chicken Sumac: Half chicken encrusted in ground onions and sumac spice, oven roasted and served with shrak bread.

Lamb shank: stewed in preserved yogurt over saffron rice and toasted pine nuts.

Kosheri: A vegan choice of Egyptian rice and lentils, braised chick peas, elbow pasta, caramelized onions, lemon garlic vinaigrette.

All dishes are served with vegan Lentil soup and Salata Arabia, a cucumber, tomato, parsley, lemon olive oil salad.

After lunch is a walk, or quick bus ride, to Susann Craig’s loft. At one time, Craig rented space in her home to local students. Then she briefly shared her space with a young architect, who recently received a master’s degree from Harvard University. The former student is Jeanne Gang, now an internationally known architect. The firm she founded, Studio/ Gang/Architects, designed Chicago’s Aqua Building and has left its footprint from San Francisco to China, Germany to New York, including its American Museum of Natural History addition.

Gang and Craig became lifelong friends and Gang helped redesign Craig’s loft to display Craig’s growing collections of art and jewelry. Craig, is a manufacturers’ rep. in woman’s clothing and the accessories industry and previously owned gift shops in Leeland and Sutton’s Bay, Mich. and in Champagne, Ill. Her home was featured in the book, “A Home of Her Own,” by Nancy Hiller, which showcases intimate living spaces and the stories of those who live in them. Craig will share her space with the PNCWA for a tour and relaxing visit.

The final visit for the day will be Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Twenty-five years ago, Craig became a founding member of the Intuit Museum, the only nonprofit organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to presenting self-taught and outsider art — with world-class exhibitions among other things.

Particularly of note will be the first Chicago retrospective for Mr. Imagination, Gregory Warmack, and a celebrated Chicagoan whose career spanned more than 30 years. Incredibly prolific, his happy figures belie the series of tragedies he experienced in life, including a near-fatal shooting.

There will be time to stop in the gift shop.

To make a reservation, checks should be made payable to “PNCWA” and mailed to Liz Bernel, Room Schwarz 154, Purdue University North Central, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville, Ind. 46391. Include the meal choice and contact information to receive confirmation that payment is received.

Anyone cancelling a reservation will receive a full refund only if the seat is resold. There is usually a waiting list of potential buyers.

For more information, contact Bernel at 219-785-5719;

PNC 9th Annual Early Childhood Conference

The Purdue University North Central Center for Early Learning will host its 9th Annual Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, April 25 on the PNC campus.

The conference theme is “Meaningful Measures” and will focus on assessment and evaluation. The conference will be appropriate for early childhood professionals, caregivers, child development professionals and all parents, students and community members who are interested in working with young children will find something relevant to their interests at the conference.

The day will begin with registration and breakfast from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. The conference will open at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker Candace S. Meyer, founder and developer of Minds-in-Motion, Inc. Meyer, who has 40 years of experience in the field of education, will speak on the subject, “Meaningful Movements.” She will also present two breakout sessions.

A full lineup of breakout sessions is scheduled. Each will focus on tracks that include: child development; community resources; family engagement; environments; teaching and learning and assessment. Speakers will include PNC faculty, as well as experts in early childhood education, development and assessment. A panel discussion will explore the issue of school safety plans.

PNC Chancellor, Dr. James B. Dworkin, will be on hand to present a breakout session to share his experiences with publishing his children’s book, “The Dog and the Dolphin.” All participants will receive a free copy of this delightful book about developing friendships.

There will be a study trip to the Westville Little School – the Professional Development Partnership with Westville Schools, Dunebrook and the PNC Early Childhood Education program. The Westville Little School is a unique preschool program with a focus on school readiness, family engagement and teacher education.

PNC Early Childhood Students serve as ambassadors at the conference and will also share poster presentations of current class projects and service engagement.

There will be a lunch break and an afternoon break with a snack.

A Family Fun Time Event with the Jesse White Tumblers will follow the conference from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the PNC cafeteria. The event is open without charge to all community members who would like to attend. The tumblers have been thrilling audiences with their amazing athletic and tumbling skills since 1959. Families are encouraged to attend.

Early Bird conference registration is open until March 28. Special rates apply for groups and students. Conference registration is $60 if completed by March 27, 2015. Registration includes lunch.

Registration completed after March 29 is $70 with no guarantee of lunch. The fee includes entrance to the Family Fun Time Event.

The Group Rate of $55 per person is available through March 28 for groups of five people or more. The PNC Student fee is $15. Non-PNC student fee is $25.

To register or to obtain further information visit

Conference co-chairs are Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, PNC associate professor of Early Childhood Education and Deb Pratt, continuing lecturer of Education, who lead a volunteer of community members. Event sponsors are: United for Children; the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation and the Purdue North Central Women’s Association.

PNC Hyde Park Forum to be April 15

The 32nd Purdue University North Central Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest will be Wednesday, April 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Hyde Park Forum winners will meet in a Speak-Off competition on April 17 at noon in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Speak-Off winners will earn monetary prizes – $200 for 1st place; $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place.

The annual Hyde Park Forum is a fun and challenging annual speaking event open to all PNC students who will present their thoughts on a variety of subjects. Many of the speakers will be students in the PNC Communication 114 class. The speeches are thought-provoking, insightful and often present new or differing points of view to the listeners. Topics range from commentary on current news, observations of the social or cultural climate or a subject of interest to the speaker. The speeches will be rated by a panel of judges.

Following the presentation of the speeches, participants and guests will enjoy an award ceremony in which all speakers are recognized.

The Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off are sponsored by the PNC Department of Communication. Additional sponsors are still being sought.

The concept for the Hyde Park Forum is loosely based on London’s Hyde Park, a public park known as a gathering place for speakers who wish to state their minds. Hyde Park has gained prominence as a reference to freedom of speech and intriguing speaking. The PNC Hyde Park Forum offers a similar opportunity for students to stand and deliver their messages to a group of interested listeners. The Hyde Park Forum continues to be a source of encouragement for speakers of all ages at PNC.

The deadline for entries is April 10. Students may register at Further information about the Hyde Park Forum, can be obtained by contacting Dr. Daniel Wilbur, associate professor of Communication at 219-785-5472 or by visiting Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Wilbur.