PNC, LCSO Host International Contemporary Ensemble

Rebekah Heller

ICE musician Rebekah Heller

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra will host performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

On Thursday, March 20 ICE will present a recital at 5 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Ample parking is available at PNC. Parking for those with handicap parking permits is available in Lot 1 for those attending the recital. Coffee Central, located adjacent to Room 144, will be open until 6 p.m. for coffee and tea and the nearby cafeteria will be open until 6 p.m. as well.

To make a reservation, email recital@pnc.edu or call Liz Bernel, PNC coordinator of Special Events and Marketing at 219-785- 5719. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Bernel.

ICE has been making waves in various ways since it was founded 10 years ago as a Chicago-New York organization performing new music, primarily new music in the “classical” tradition and seeking out new audiences and new venues for this music. It was named the Musical America Ensemble of the Year for 2014, has received various major grants and individual musicians have received numerous awards. ICE executive director and flutist Claire Chase was recently awarded a MacArthur “Genius” fellowship.

The ensemble has been in residence in recent years at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, as well as at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. Four musicians – Nick Masterson, oboe; Campbell MacDonald, clarinet; Rebekah Heller, bassoon and David Byrd-Marrow, horn – will perform a piece involving PNC students, by noted African-American composer, author and jazz trombonist George Lewis.

ICE musicians will work with PNC students to learn the “rules” of Lewis’s piece, “Artificial Life,” exploring the structure and ideas behind the music and culminating with a collaborative performance. Lewis’s approach to experimental music began with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in Chicago. Now a professor at Columbia University in New York, he worked with ICE to develop new music and the piece to be featured at PNC is one of these.

“ICE has cutting edge philosophy and progressive contemporary programing. The musicians have even taken ownership in developing, funding and executing performances that are meant to reach the entire world by design.  We are very fortunate to have them working with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. I am confident the musicians will enjoy working with this dynamic group of young musicians, just to see them chasing their dreams,” said Lee Bauman, executive director La Porte County Symphony Orchestra.

On Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m., at Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City, La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Philip J. Bauman, music director, will perform the IU Health LaPorte Hospital Classic Concert:  “Amadeus Mozart Un-Caged.”  Winner of 8 Academy Awards, the movie Amadeus highlights the triumphs and tragedies of a great musical genius. Chart topping soundtracks from the composer’s epic output will be featured along with 21st century icon John Cage, known as an “Inventor of Genius.” Geniuses collide as the precise and delightful melodies of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, performed by ICE are juxtaposed with Atlas Eclipticalis, a work of “chance.” Other surprises will be “un-Caged” in an afternoon of adventurous musical exploration.

Concert admission is $20 for adults; $18 for senior citizens and students with a valid I.D. are admitted free.

Further information about the LCSO concert may be obtained by visiting www.LCSO.net or emailing info@LCSO.net or calling 219-362-9020.

The previous PNC collaborations with the LCSO brought exceptional classical musicians Andrius Zlabys and Danielle Belén, to PNC for memorable performances and workshops.  Recital event sponsors include the PNC College of Liberal Arts; the PNC Chancellor’s Diversity Fund; the PNC Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and Michigan City Paper Box Company.  Concert sponsors are Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital, Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation and Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa.  IU Health LaPorte Hospital will have a drawing for a three free heart screenings for audience members.

The PNC Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series hosts events throughout the year.

For information about this event or the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, at 785-5200, ext.  5593.

PNC Hosts Colloquium “Economic Crisis and Ideas in Greece”

Jonathan Swarts

Jonathan Swarts

Purdue University North Central will present a Social Sciences Colloquium with Dr. Jonathan Swarts, associate professor of Political Science, speaking about  “A Margaret Thatcher in Athens? Economic Crisis and Ideas in Greece” on March 19 from 10 to 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 served.

Swarts spent a year spent living in Greece and observing the reform process first-hand. He will discuss the perspective of the situation that he observed first-hand.

“The ongoing debt crisis in Greece ranks as perhaps the most significant economic crisis to hit the European Union since its inception,” said Swartz. “However, much of the attention of both policy-makers and economic pundits has focused on austerity measures that aim to manage and overcome the current crisis. Much less attention has been to paid to the underlying philosophical and ‘ideational’ factors at work in the Greek economy and society.

“Based on my own research on economic change in Anglo-American democracies, as well as a year in Greece observing the reform process, I argue that insufficient weight has been given to reforming the underlying ideas, cultural practices and social norms that underpin the Greek economy. Politicians–themselves products of those same cultural practices and norms–have largely focused on crisis management, rather than on the pressing need for fundamental political-cultural change.”

PNC Hosts “In Our Own Voice” Presentation March 4

The Purdue University North Central Counseling Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will co-sponsoring an “In Our Own Voice” presentation on Tuesday, March 4, at noon in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is an opportunity for those in recovery from a serious mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of resilience and transformation. Oftentimes, this participation is a strong factor in the sustainability of their recovery process.

Throughout an IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Participation is an important aspect of IOOV – as audience members increase their involvement, they increase their understanding of what it is like to live with a serious mental illness and to live in recovery. IOOV is known as a “stigma buster.” For students and providers in the mental health field, these presentations offer a unique, convenient experiential learning experience that accelerates the ability to treat and relate to those whom they serve.

In Our Own Voice is an important component of efforts to change negative attitudes commonly held about mental illness by both those with mental illness and those in the community. As stigma breaks down and people start to recover, persons dealing with mental illness seek empowered relationships with peers, family and friends who provide critical support. As they speak out, they influence and connect to clinical providers who work with persons and their support networks, not for or against them.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Diana Moryl, PNC director of Student Counseling, at dmoryl@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Moryl.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “Black Fish”

The movie “Black Fish” 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.

“Black Fish” will be shown on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City.

The film is rated PG-13 for disturbing and violent images.

The documentary “Black Fish” tells the story of Tilikum, a 12,000-pound orca implicated in the deaths of three people. This film studies the existence of Tilikum and the lives of marine animals captured for exhibit at theme parks and attractions. While the film gives an admittedly one-sided view of the issue, it also opens discussion of the treatment of the species and the disruption of a life spent living in thousands of miles of ocean for one confined to a theme park. Orcas have no record of attacks on humans in the wild.

The documentary looks at the deaths of the trainers, while attempting to understand if there is a link between the orca’s behavior and his treatment in captivity. Included are details of the physical and mental distress of the captive orcas, with an observation likening their captivity to trapping a human in a bathtub. “The New York Times” describes the film’s most harrowing moment comes during an interview with a former whale hunter who recalls the traumatic capture of whale calves and the howls of their mothers – something that haunts him to this day.

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 – Porter County Academic Super Bowl Invitational

Purdue North Central – Porter County will host its seventh annual Academic Super Bowl Invitational on Wednesday, March 5 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. Students from eight of the nine Porter County High Schools will compete in the senior-division event. Participating schools are: 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 Westward Expansion, 1783-1900.”  Students will compete in six subject areas – science, math, English, social studies, fine arts 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 Steve Turner, vice chancellor of Administration.

The competition schedule is:

4:40 p.m. – Science, Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics

5:20 p.m. – Math, Jim Jepsen, PNC limited term lecturer in Math

6 p.m. – English, Dr. Heather Fielding, PNC assistant professor of English

6:40 p.m. – Social Studies, John Weber, Dean of Students

7:20 p.m. – Fine Arts, Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations

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 7:30 p.m.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Leslie Plesac at (219) 462-3939, lplesac@pnc.edu or   Susan Brychell at (219) 465-6854, sbrychell@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Plesac or Brychell.

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

Purdue University North Central will host seven area high school teams as they compete in the sixth annual LaPorte County Senior Academic Super Bowl Invitational on Thursday, March 6 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; Elkhart Christian Academy; North White High School of Monon and a team of home schooled students, representing Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

The 2014 competition theme is “Westward Expansion, 1783-1900.” 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 Paul McGuinness PNC vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services. The National anthem will be sung by Nanda Danitschek, PNC student and 2010 Hoosier Star winner.

The competition schedule is:

4:40 p.m. – Social Studies, Dr. Patrick Cannon, visiting assistant professor of Social Sciences and academic coordinator of Concurrent Programs

5:15 p.m. – Mathematics, Jerry DeGroot, continuing lecturer of Mathematics

5:50 p.m. – English, Sarah White, continuing lecturer of English

6:25 p.m. – Science, Dr. Jason Curtis, interim department chair of Biology & Chemistry

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

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 to Host Spring Career Expo

The Purdue University North Central Office of Career Development is hosting its 5th Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT. The fair is open to PNC students, alumni and the public who will have the opportunity to network with employers representing an array of industries and organizations including finance and insurance services, retail, manufacturing, business, management, sales, government and non-profit organizations.

“We are encouraged by the number of employers who are hiring and are happy to welcome back our loyal recruiting partners as well as many organizations new to recruiting at Purdue University North Central,” said Natalie Connors, director of Career Development.  “We have many employers seeking interns as well as full-time positions.”

Connors noted that the employers are seeking applicants with strong problem-solving, analytical thinking, communication and leadership skills. “PNC students, across disciplines, possess the skills in demand,” she said.

Job seekers are encouraged to research the organizations they are interested in and bring multiple copies of their resume along with their questions. Attendees should be dressed in interview-appropriate attire.

Among the employers attending are American Sugar Refining, Inc., ArcelorMittal USA, LLC, Arnett Construction, All Phase Electrical Supply, CEC Controls Company, Dwyer Instruments, Farm Credit Mid America, Geico Insurance Company, Group Dekko and Imagination Station Child Care Development Center.

Further information about the fair, including the list of registered employers, can be found at www.pnc.edu/careers/office-of-career-development/students/careerexpo/.

Job seekers are encouraged to pre-register for the event, which can be done online, or by calling 219-785-5451.

The Office of Career Development provides career and job search services to Purdue students and alumni. As a bridge from college life to the world of work, its mission is to support the exploration of career and academic options, the development of job search skills and to facilitate connections between employers and students that lead to successful outcomes and satisfying futures.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Career Development at 219-785-5451.

PNC American Sign Language Club Fun Night

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Fun Night on Wednesday, Feb. 19 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.

This will be a casual, fun evening with a fun atmosphere featuring a variety of board and card games, decks of playing cards, snacks, drinks and plenty of ASL fun. Hearing and deaf children are welcome to attend with a parent or an adult.

ASL Fun Night will be a fun, casual event 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 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 219-785-5432 or kdonah@pnc.edu. The PNC ASL Club is featured on Facebook, search for PNC ASL Club.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC Honors Program presents “The Origins and Evolution of Ska”

The Purdue University North Central Honors Program will present the lecture by Chesterton-based music journalist Heather Augustyn, “The Origins and Evolution of Ska–from Jamaica, to England, to the U.S. and the Rest of the World.” on Monday, Feb. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in Library-Science-Faculty Building Room 170A. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The musical genre of ska began in Jamaica in the 1950s, then traveled to England, in a moment of cultural mobility enabled by the legacy of British imperialism in Jamaica and then reached the U.S. in the 1980s. Augustyn’s work traces this international flow of cultural materials, alongside the political, social and historical circumstances that made it possible.

Augustyn is the author of three well-reviewed books that approach the subject of ska using biography, oral history and cultural analysis: “Ska: an Oral History” (2010); “Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist “(2013); and “Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation” (2013).

A well-regarded expert on Jamaican music, Augustyn has been an invited lecturer at the International Reggae Conference, and has hosted music programming on Chicago’s National Public Radio station. A public intellectual, Augustyn’s work is accessible to a broad audience and includes an entertaining blog exploring the cultural history of ska (skabook.com/foundationska/).

This lecture is hosted by PNC’s Honors Program, which seeks to enhance the learning experiences of highly-motivated and academically-exceptional students. To obtain further information about the program or to apply, vist www.pnc.edu/honors or email honorsprogram@pnc.edu.

PNC Will Host FAFSA Help Weekend Feb. 22 & 23

Purdue University North Central will have a FAFSA Help Weekend to help students and parents complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) paperwork on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 in Technology Building Room 265.

The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide and must be filed by March 10 to be eligible for state aid.  During the FAFSA Help Weekend at PNC, PNC financial aid staff will be on hand to help students and their families file the form online. Any college-bound student and their parents may stop in, email or call to seek assistance or ask questions.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, assistance will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.

On Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., PNC will participate in the statewide College Goal Sunday activities. PNC will be one of 40 College Goal Sunday sites in Indiana offering students and their parents the help they need in understanding, completing and filing the FAFSA.

Throughout FAFSA Help Weekend, there will be e-mail and instant messenger and an open phone line to take incoming questions.  The email address is pnctoday@pnc.edu and telephone, 877-792-2013.

Those who intend to complete the FAFSA online must have an electronic Personal Identification Number (PIN).  A PIN can be obtained online prior to filing at www.pin.ed.gov, or can be obtained online at the Financial Aid Weekend.  Both the parent and the student will need a PIN in order to sign and complete the FAFSA.

Those who intend to complete the FAFSA at the Financial Aid Weekend should be sure to bring:

1. A copy of student and parent completed 2013 Federal taxes – 1040, 1040a,1040ez  and 2013 W-2 forms. If the tax forms have not been completed, numbers can be estimated for the FAFSA using the W-2, if necessary.

2. Statements showing the value of investments such as stocks and bonds.

3. Statements of the student’s and parent’s balances of checking and savings.

4. Any other untaxed income.

5. Both the student and parent birth dates and social security numbers.

Students who worked last year should bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2013 income and benefits information.

Further information about financial aid or the Financial Aid Weekend may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid office at 785-5200, ext. 5493 or finaid@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5493.