Grads at Arch Photo 2015

Monday, April 27 at Noon

GRADUATES:

Join us for a photo with Chancellor Dworkin under our Running Arch sculpture! Wear your cap and gown to be in the photo!

Come to the Running Arch sculpture with the giant gold graduation tassel near the north entrance. After the photo, go to the white tent by Schwarz Hall to be part of a video that will play before commencement and during the reception. In case of inclement weather, go to www.pnc.edu for alternate location.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact Carol Connelly, 800-872-1231, ext. 5267. For more information, call the Office of Campus Relations at 800-872-1231, ext. 5268.

PNC ASL Club Coffeehouse is May 1

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, May 1, 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.

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 English Club PoetryPalooza Competition with Prizes

The Purdue University North Central English Club will present its fifth annual PoetryPalooza Competition and Open Mic event on Thursday, April 23 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is held to celebrate April, which is National Poetry Month.

All area poets are welcome to enter a maximum of three original works of poetry, three minutes or less in length, in the competition. There will be an entry fee of $5 at the door for each competitor. Spectators and open mic participants may attend for $1.

Monetary prizes will be awarded: $75 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. There is also a special prize for “crowd favorite.”

During the competition, poets will read their poems for the audience and a panel of three judges. After the competition portion, the judges will adjourn to make their decisions, and there will be an open mic for anyone who would like to come show their talents with poetry, music, or other original works. At the conclusion of the evening, the judges will announce the winners.

To pre-register for the competition, send an email including name, a few sentences about the poet, and an attachment of the poem(s) to student coordinator Mariel McElfresh at mmcelfre@pnc.edu with POETRY RSVP in the subject line of the email.

Pre-registration is not required; additional entries will be accepted at the event.

Coffeehouse-style refreshments will be available.

Please contact Mariel McElfresh for any additional information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should also send an email to mmcelfre@pnc.edu.

Purdue Campuses Offer “An Evening with Julia Marlowe”

Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will present performances of “An Evening with Julia Marlowe” featuring Kali Rasala.

Performances will be April 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Purdue Calumet Room With a View and April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Purdue North Central Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The production is free and open to the public. The PNC event will also celebrate the birthday of Marlowe’s favorite playwright, William Shakespeare. Birthday cake and punch will be served at both performances.

Julia Marlowe, though born in England, has a story that is uniquely American. She came to this county in 1869 at the age of four, on the run with her fugitive father. They lived first in poverty, but she then found work in Cincinnati as a child actor. This would lead to a remarkable rise to prominence in the world of 19th century American theater and then to worldwide fame as the greatest Shakespearian of her time. Along the way she waged her own battle for women’s rights in a male-dominated theatrical community and she won.

Playwright Dr. Jerry Holt, Chair of the PNC Department of English and Modern Languages, brings Marlowe’s story to the stage in this one-person show. Rasala will be directed by Dr. Bethany Lee, PNC continuing lecturer of English.

The event is co-hosted by Holt and Dr. Colette Morrow, Purdue Calumet associate professor of English.

PNC Students Present 26th Annual Potpourri of Literature

Purdue University North Central Communication 240 students will host the 26th annual Potpourri of Literature Readers’ Theatre on Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The program is free and open to the public. It will last about one hour.

This year’s edition of Potpourri of Literature is “Mars-Venus; Venus-Mars; The Eternal Struggle” with an original script written and edited by Dr. Daniel Padberg, associate professor of Communication, who teaches the Communication 240 class. The script is a deft mix of humor, irony, melancholy and food for thought.

The Potpourri of Literature Readers’ Theatre program has been an annual feature on the PNC campus since its 1989 debut as a showcase for students in Communication 240, Introduction to Oral Interpretation. While the theme of the program changes annually and reflects various moods, trends and social issues of the day, the program is built around literature and music of varying genres that illustrate the program theme from different perspectives.

Students in the Communication 240 Introduction to Oral Interpretation class are Angela E. Barreto, New Carlisle; Jordan M. Benton, Hobart; Brandon M. Chambers, Valparaiso; Shelby K. Clindaniel, Kouts; Jordan Hancock, Mishawaka; Sarah Maddox, Rolling Prairie; Maria Elena Miller, Michigan City; Griselda Montanez, La Porte; Logan A. Moore, Valparaiso; Joe Reed, Jackson Township; Kaitlyn N. Snyder, LaPorte; Timothy J. Stephens, LaPorte; Kristen Wozniak, LaPorte and Chrystal L. Ziegler, LaPorte.

To obtain further information, contact Padberg at 219-785-5384. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Padberg.

PNC ASL Club Fun Night April 20

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Fun Night on

Monday, April 20 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.

Participants are welcome to bring a favorite: board game, card games or decks of playing cards, snacks and drinks. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend with an adult.

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. 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, make new friends 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 www.aslclub.info. Information about other events in the community is posted at: www.nwideaf.org.

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 kdonah@pnc.edu. The PNC ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC, Purdue Calumet Host Lean LaunchPad Sessions

Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will offer two free information sessions on the basics of the Lean LaunchPad methodology, led by Dushan Nikolovski, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Success, at Purdue University Calumet.

The Lean LaunchPad is an experiential learning program that directs early stage entrepreneurs on how to navigate the continually shifting and unpredictable landscape of a startup. The three key points of the program are: the use of a business canvas model; customer discovery – get out of the building – information is outside and  agile product development.

An information session will be held at Purdue North Central on April 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 and at Purdue Calumet on April 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Building, Room 193.

Registration can be completed at http://webs.purduecal.edu/ecenter/lean-launchpad/

Nikolovski will present an overview of Lean LaunchPad, exploring topics such as: building a team organically, gathering customer feedback, using agile development, using business canvas model, learning  to use feedback and pivoting to success.

Purdue North Central Hosts MBA Information Session

Purdue University North Central will host a reception and MBA information session for those interested in earning a PNC Master of Business Administration degree on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Eastern time) at Tippecanoe Place, 620 W. Washington Street, in South Bend.

Students interested in pursuing a Purdue North Central MBA will have the opportunity to attend an informational session about the accredited degree program and plan of study, receive informational materials and learn more about financial aid opportunities.

The PNC MBA class schedule is designed to meet the needs of working adults, with classes conveniently offered on Saturdays. Students, regardless of their baccalaureate field, will be able to complete their degrees in two years. Prospective students may begin the admissions process now for the fall 2015 session.

Classes will meet on Saturdays at PNC – Porter County in Valparaiso, where students will utilize state-of-the-art educational and business technology and have full access to the University libraries, online resources, computer systems and other forms of academic support. All faculty members are certified by the Graduate School in West Lafayette and are supported by the full teaching resources of Purdue University.

To RSVP or to obtain further information, contact the program office at 219-785-5557 or mba@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the program office.

PNC Co-sponsors Program, “Working with Deaf People in Kyrgyzstan”

The Purdue University North Central ASL Club, Northwest Indiana Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community and Association of Late Deafened Adults, Northwest Indiana will present the program,

“Working with Deaf People in Kyrgyzstan and Learning Russian Sign Language,” on April 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the Lake County Public Library, Merrillville Branch at 1919 W 81st Ave., Merrillville.

The presenters will be Nina and Roger Coyer. Nina Coyer is a retired American Sign Language (ASL) professor at Eastern Kentucky University and Roger Coyer is a retired teacher and coach with the Kentucky School for the Deaf.

The Coyers have traveled to Bischeck, Kyrgyzstan several times to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing children at a church day camp. In addition, they held deaf Bible studies for deaf adults.

In addition, Nina Coyer was invited to host workshops for educators of the deaf at the State School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. There she taught current teaching methods used in U.S. deaf schools, including the Kentucky School for the Deaf, where she taught for 12 years. She encouraged the teachers to set high expectations for their students. In addition she was invited to the School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing graduation ceremony where she encouraged graduates to be like the “Little Engine That Could”. “I think I can, I think I can…. I thought I could!”

The Coyers will share their unique experiences and offer their insights into the similarities and differences of the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan deaf education systems and cultures.

The presentation will be in American Sign Language and interpreted into spoken English. Real Time Captioning (CART) will also be available

Following this presentation, there will be a gathering at the Southlake Mall Food Court at 5:00 p.m. for dining, mingling and socializing.

PNC ASL Club Coffeehouse is April 17

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, April 17, 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.

There will also be a coffeehouse on 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.