PNC ASL Coffeehouse is July 18

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, July 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

The event will feature a fun, interactive activity.

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 providing 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.

A future ASL Coffeehouse is planned for Aug. 15 at the Uptown Café.

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 the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com

PNC Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail

The Purdue University North Central Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail is open to the public and parents, teachers, grandparents and caregivers are invited to bring children out to enjoy the trail.

The Born Learning Trail, located on the southeast side of the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, bears the name of the First Lady of Purdue North Central, who suggested having a Born Learning Trail at PNC and played an instrumental role in its creation. This was the first Born Learning Trail on a university campus in Indiana.

The Born Learning Trail presents a fun, casual way to engage children in learning. It features 10 interactive, playful outdoor games that will help adults create learning opportunities for a young child. As adults walk through the trail with a youngster, they will encounter various signs that will ask questions, suggest activities and encourage interaction between the adult, the child and their natural surroundings. It will also give adults tips and ideas for follow-up learning to take place at home or school.

PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin and Nancy Dworkin are parents and grandparents who share a strong commitment to early childhood education.

The Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail is part of the Northwest Indiana United Way Success By 6 initiative, which is intended to help parents, caregivers and communities support early learning. The trail was supported by a donation by the Purdue North Central Women’s Association, Success By 6 and the PNC student organization Purdue Learning About Young Children in Education (PLAYCE).

PNC Early Childhood Education students will utilize the trail in their own learning activities as they undertake a range of projects with area schools to create learning activities for students, parents and teachers. The trail presents countless opportunities for activities and lessons.

In addition to the Born Learning Trail, the campus has a variety of walking trails, with picnic tables located in the “quad” area between the campus buildings and a picnic shelter near Bards’ Pond. Shakespeare’s Garden is adjacent to Bards’ Pond. Large-scale sculptures are located throughout campus and guests may take self-guided walking tours. The entire campus is WI-FI enabled.

July 17 Enrollment Event

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day on Thursday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 semesters.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to fill out an application, get admitted, take an assessment test (if needed) and receive financial aid information.

Official transcripts must be submitted in order to be evaluated for admission. Once admitted, students will meet with an academic advisor to discuss their plan of study and register for courses.

There will be a sign-in table located at the north entrance of the Technology Building, near the lounge that is adjacent to Room 157.

No registration is required and students will be helped on a first come, first served basis. Family members are welcome to attend.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Janice Whisler at jwhisler@pnc.edu, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse is June 20

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, June 20, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

The event will feature a fun, interactive activity.

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 providing 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 ASL Coffeehouses are planned for July 18 and Aug. 15, both at the Uptown Café.

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 the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at pncaslwitulski@yahoo.com.

PNC Hosts Enrollment Event on June 17

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Tuesday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to fill out an application, get admitted, take an assessment test (if needed) and receive financial aid information.

Official transcripts must be submitted in order to be evaluated for admission. Once admitted, students will meet with an academic advisor to discuss their plan of study and register for courses.

There will be a sign-in table located at the north entrance of the Technology Building, near the lounge that is adjacent to Room 157.

No registration is required and students will be helped on a first come, first served basis. Family members are welcome to attend.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Janice Whisler at jwhisler@pnc.edu, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

PNC American Sign Language Club Lunch Social

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Lunch Social on Tuesday June 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to bring a lunch or purchase one in the nearby PNC cafeteria.

The ASL Lunch Social will present a relaxed atmosphere and the playing of games such as Skip-bo, Uno, Bingo, Checkers, Apples to Apples, Yahtzee and card games such Rummy and others. Participants are asked to use American Sign Language to communicate, providing an ideal opportunity to practice ASL 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, (219) 785-8892 (video phone) or kdonah@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah

PNC and Library Offer Poetry Slam Camp 2014

Purdue University North Central College of Liberal Arts and the Michigan City Public Library will offer a Poetry Slam Camp 2014 during the week of June 16 at the Michigan City Public Library.

The campus will off a week-long program of poetry activities for middle-schoolers, focusing on self-expression and slam-style writing and performance. Hours are June 16 through 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and June 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a public performance night on June 20 at 6 p.m.

Registration is $5, which includes all activities, lunch and a camp t-shirt. PNC students and faculty members are volunteering their time to create and lead the program.

To obtain further information or to register call 219-873-3049.

PNC Presents “The Unseen” Art Exhibit by Ginny Scott

Ginny Scott

Ginny Scott

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series will present the exhibit “The Unseen” featuring the work of artist Ginny Scott June 1 through July 30 in the first floor, north study area of the PNC Technology Building. It is free and open to the public.

Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the school semester; otherwise the building is closed on Sunday.

The show features abstract art pieces done in acrylic. Scott explains that her art expresses what is invisible and visible as an energy force within the painting. Use of color, form and structure creates movement and action within the painting.

Scott and artist Mindy Marie, who will have her abstract collection “Omnium Gatherum” in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building student lounge, Room 062, will be honored at a reception on June 13 at 5 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their artwork. Refreshments will be served. On display in Assembly Hall is the show “Images From the Closet Trunk” featuring the work of Preston Jackson.

Music will be provided by Keith Scott on the acoustic guitar. A blues guitarist, songwriter and bandleader, Scott has played professionally for more than 25 years in the United States and Europe. He has played with blues Legends such as Jimmy Dawkins and A.C. Reed and is a regular at Chicago’s House of Blues.

Ginny Scott, who has a studio in La Porte, has been a professional artist for most of her life. She was a juried member of New York Artists Equity before relocating to Chicago and recently to Indiana. Her work has exhibited widely and has earned first prizes and honorable mentions in many exhibits. She is a juried member of the Area Artists Association of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City; a juried member of Northern Indiana Artists Inc., South Bend; a member of the Berrien Artist Guild at the Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, Mich.; and the Chesterton Art Gallery, in Chesterton. She’s taught art in all of her studios and organized gallery shows for her students.

For information about this exhibit or the Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events 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 Students Raise Money For Pet Oxygen Masks

A group of students at Purdue University North Central has raised more than $800 to supply nine local fire departments with life-saving pet oxygen masks.

Students Josh Byers, of Valparaiso, Max Tockert, of LaPorte and Josiane Virgil, of Valparaiso, are students enrolled in the Communication 415: Discussion of Technical Problems class taught by Susan O’Leary. They faced a class project that required them to assist a community nonprofit agency. The students decided to raise money to purchase pet oxygen mask kits.

Together, they recruited corporate sponsors, collected donations at special events and created an online community funding page that generated a total of $835. The students purchased the kits from Wag’n O2 Fur Life, an organization that has provided pet oxygen masks to more than 2,600 fire departments in the U.S. since 2008.

Each kit contains three different-sized masks, oxygen tubing and an instructional DVD.

The nine fire departments who received a kit include three stations in the city of LaPorte, Center and Coolspring Township in LaPorte County and Boone Grove, Hebron, Liberty Township, and Beverly Shores fire departments in Porter County.

Service learning at PNC is a course-based, credit earning educational experience that combines community service with academic instruction. The program focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Service learning courses involve students in organized community service that address local needs, while fulfilling course objectives. Through this process, students develop and enhance their academic skills, personal values and sense of community responsibility.

The students involved with this project found the service learning experience at PNC invaluable.

“I enjoyed this project because it gave me a chance to learn how to organize a fundraiser, while practicing on my communication skills outside of the classroom,” said Virgil, a third-year engineering technology student. “I appreciated this class because it gave me hands-on communication experience that will help me after graduation.”

PNC Service Learning coordinator Laura Weaver assisted the students with managing the funds collected and purchasing and shipping the pet oxygen mask kits.

“Most important are the lessons, both inside and outside the classroom, that the students learn,” said Weaver. “These projects not only change the lives of those served, but also the students providing the service.”

Byers, a junior in mechanical engineering, found the project compatible with one of his passions.

“Being an animal lover, I was very enthusiastic about being able to work on this project with Max and Josie,” said Byers, of Valparaiso. “It gave me a chance to experience all that goes into organizing a fundraiser along with trouble shooting issues we had. I can easily see this carrying over into my future career when working in teams with new people and balancing the workload in that team to accomplish a common goal. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and I am pleased with how successful it was.”

2014 Commencement Photos Available

View photos of the May 19, 2014 Purdue North Central Commencement