PNC Hosts “The Dog and the Dolphin” Book Launch and Signing

James Dworkin

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin with his newly published book, “The Dog and the Dolphin.” This is Dworkin’s first children’s book.

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin will host a book launch and signing of his recently published children’s book, “The Dog and The Dolphin” on Wednesday, Sept 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in the PNC Campus Shop, located in the lower level of the Library-Student-Faculty Building on the PNC campus. Light refreshments will be served.

Books will be available for purchase. Dworkin will also sign books that had been previously purchased. An Irish setter, similar to the dog featured in “The Dog and the Dolphin” will be on hand to greet guests. “Red” belongs to Carol Schulte who owns Rusty Acres Kennel dog camp in LaPorte County.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book go toward supporting programs and scholarships in the PNC Early Childhood Education program, which will be an enduring legacy of “The Dog and the Dolphin.”

The book is also available for purchase at amazon.com , in the Purdue University Calumet bookstore and through the website thedogandthedolphin.com.

The “Dog and the Dolphin” tells the delightful story of two unlikely friends who meet on a beach in Florida.

The children’s story was inspired by an interaction Dworkin observed several years ago while vacationing with his family on Sanibel Island, Fla. During a visit to the beach, Dworkin watched a dog, depicted in the book as an Irish setter named Red, wander the beach. The dog strolled around, sniffed here and there and seemed to be bored, said Dworkin. When the dog gazed into the water, it caught a glimpse of something that interested him. A dolphin was frolicking a short distance away.

Dworkin observed that the dog was clearly interested in the dolphin and it seemed like the dolphin noticed the dog on the beach. The dolphin appeared so interested in the dog that it would swim in the same direction that the dog ran. When the dog ran to the left, the dolphin followed. If the dog ran to the right, the dolphin changed direction too. The dog was so taken with his new friend; he tried to swim out to it with a Frisbee so they could play together. This story of an unusual friendship between a dog and a dolphin teaches valuable lessons of friendship and diversity as the story’s two characters form an unlikely, yet unmistakable bond.

Esteemed portrait artist Michael Chelich, of Munster, illustrated the story. As a first-time book illustrator, Chelich created amazingly detailed, life-like art work to help to tell the story of what took place on the beach that sunny day.

Dworkin is an accomplished author and “The Dog and the Dolphin” is his first children’s book. He already has an inspiration for a second children’s book. Dworkin has written the books, “Owners Versus Players: Baseball and Collective Bargaining” (Boston: Auburn House Publishing Company, 1981), and “Reflections on the Transformation in Industrial Relations” (Scarecrow Press, 1989). He has also written and edited numerous articles and chapters for a variety of professional publications.

Information on readings and book signings will be available at thedogandthedolphin.com.

PNC to Dedicate Sculpture at 9/11 Memorial Service

Purdue University North Central has received the gift of a large marble sculpture commemorating the 9/11 attacks. The piece will become part of the university’s permanent collection.

The sculpture, Lexeme VIII, will be unveiled and dedicated during a brief ceremony as part of PNC’s 9/11 memorial service. The service will be held on September 11th, marking the 13th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11th, 2001. The public is invited to attend.

The service will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Schwarz Hall. A moment of silence will be observed at 8:03 am—signifying the time the second plane struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center. The event will end at 8:30 a.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

“This is a moving reminder of an event we must never allow ourselves to forget,” said PNC Chancellor James B. Dworkin. “We gratefully accept this gift, and the responsibility to remember that comes with this piece of art.”

Lexeme VIII is a gift of internationally-acclaimed artist Bill Barrett and his wife Debora. The Barretts will be attending the memorial service and dedication. Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, contacted the Barretts in June of this year about hosting one of Bill’s pieces as part of PNC’s Odyssey sculpture collection.

The Barretts instead generously offered Lexeme VIII as a gift. A Purdue alumnus Thomas Lawyer, and his family, co-sponsored the transportation of the piece from Carrara, Italy.

Bill Barrett, born in 1934 in California, attended high school in South Bend, Indiana. Across the decades, Barrett made a name for himself through his abilities shaping aluminum and bronze into his expressive abstract sculptures which can now be found in collections around the world.

Barrett has a studio in New York City just 10 blocks from what is now known as Ground Zero. In the aftermath of the attacks, Barrett began a series of work he called “Lexeme,” which grew to 15 pieces in total.

“The title is a word defined as: ‘a meaningful unit in a language.’ I’m referring here to the language of sculpture; I’m using art to record history,” he explains. “After 9/11 I began making models in wax and eventually I came to understand that the expression of my emotion in response to the event was to record history by artistic expression.”

The sculpture is made of marble. It measures 11 feet high, 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep.

To the artist, the imagery of the sculpture is that of a book. “The geometric shapes are the pages as well as iconic images representing the World Trade Center, while the organic shapes are in motion,” Barrett said.

PNC will keep the sculpture on permanent display outdoors on its campus. The public may visit any time the campus is open.

Parking is free on the PNC campus, but guests are asked to please not park in the “A” or reserved spaces.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Jacobi at 785-5200, ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC 2014 Homecoming Super Hero One Mile Fun Run

The Purdue University North Central 2014 Homecoming Super Hero One Mile Fun Run will be Friday, Sept. 12, on the PNC campus. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the race starts at 6 p.m. with an awards ceremony following at 6:45 p.m.

Awards will be given to the male and female winners in each group as well as the individual who is the best dressed super hero. Ribbons will also be given to all participants who run in the race.                The entry fee is $5 with all proceeds going to PNC student athletics to raise funds for athletic scholarships. Runners may pre-register until Thursday, Sep. 11 at http://www.pncathletics.com/SIDHelp.php?action=form&parameters=14 or register the day of the race. All payment will be due and collected the day of the race.

Further information can be obtained by contacting PNC Director of Athletics, Tom Albano, at (219) 785-5273 or talbano@pnc.edu.

PNC homecoming festivities will continue throughout the weekend.

At 6 p.m. Sept. 12 there will be free games and activities for individuals of all ages. The band Black Water Levee will provide free musical entertainment. Food vendors will have an assortment of items for purchase.

The evening will culminate with a fireworks show hosted by the Purdue North Central Alumni Association and presented by Badaboom that will begin at dark. Spectators may bring lawn chairs and blankets for the fireworks show. No coolers or outside food will be allowed. PNC is an alcohol- and tobacco-free campus.

On Saturday, Sept. 13 activities will begin at 10 a.m. with an Alumni Softball Game at the Purdue North Central Softball Field located at the Practice Field located at 9450 W. 125 S, Westville.

There will be a Car and Bike Show on campus from noon to 2 p.m., with spectators admitted free. Those who would like to exhibit vehicles may take advantage of early registration from 10 a.m. to noon with a registration fee of $10. Proceeds will to go the Warriors First Foundation and PNC Student Government. Information about the PNC Car and Bike Show can be obtained by contacting PNC Student Government President Matt Migliorini at (812) 564-1805. Information is available on the Car and Bike Show Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PNC2014CarAndBikeShow

Homecoming will wrap up with an Alumni Baseball Game at 2 p.m. at Hick’s Field on campus.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “The Railway Man”

The movie “The Railway Man” will be shown on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City, 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 film is rated R for images of violence and torture.

“The Railway Man” is based on the memoir of Eric Lomax, a World War II British officer who was captured and tortured by the Japanese in 1942 and later worked to overcome the memories that tormented him.

Lomax died in 2012 at age 93. Colin Firth stars as Lomax, with Jeremy Irvine playing him as a younger man. The film opens with Lomax on his deathbed and soon moves to 1980 when Lomax meets and marries Patti, played by Nicole Kidman. While a minor character in the film, Patti discovers Lomax suffers horrible nightmares and untreated post-traumatic stress disorder. Patti learns from her husband’s friend the depth of the horror that he experienced as a prisoner of war. Through the use of flashbacks, the audience sees what Lomax endured in captivity.

Four decades after the war, Lomax is able to confront the man he deemed responsible for his torture and is incensed that he is unpunished and working in a Japanese war museum. While Lomax initially intended to kill the man, the film ends in what “Variety” magazine termed “a case of truth and reconciliation before such attitudes became the accepted way of coping with unspeakable human-rights violations.”

The 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.

Jenn Lim to Open 2014 Season of the Purdue North Central Sinai Forum

Jenn Lim

Jenn Lim

The Purdue North Central Sinai Forum opens the 61st season on Sunday, Sept. 7 with Jenn Lim, CEO and chief happiness officer at Delivering Happiness. Lim was instrumental in creating the culture described in the best-selling book, “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh of Zappos Shoes. The book has sold over 550,000 copies and been translated into 20 languages.

Lim will share her inspirational, research-based approach to creating meaning and happiness. Today, her work has touched people in 3,100 cities and 110 countries, as a roadmap for communities, employers, educators and anyone who wants to find more meaning in his or her daily life.

Lim’s season opener will be held at the Chesterton High School auditorium. The remaining four sessions of the season will be at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. All sessions begin at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m.

This 61st Season builds on the grand tradition of the Forum, with an exciting line-up of thought-leaders, political commentators, environmentalists and musicians, including:

George Will, Sunday, Sept. 28, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Well-known columnist, commentator and author, Will has been a popular figure on the talk-show circuit this year, talking about his latest book, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred.” His twice-weekly column has been syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group since 1974, and today appears in more than 460 papers. Will won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1976.

Robert Glennon, Sunday, Oct. 26, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis,” Glennon is the Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. In 2010, the Society of Environmental Journalists awarded “Unquenchable” a Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment and “Trout” magazine gave it an Honorable Mention in its list of Must-Have Books ever published on the environment. He also blogs for the Huffington Post and for National Geographic Water Currents.

John King, Sunday, Nov. 16, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, a 30-minute Sunday morning program featuring a panel of the top-tier political correspondents. King also anchors Inside Politics segments weekday mornings on CNN’s New Day. An award-winning journalist, King has covered the past seven presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. In his role as chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., he is instrumental in CNN’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage.

The Jazz Masters 101 Reunion, Sunday, Dec. 14, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

This swinging jazz performance, mixed with a lively discussion of the art of improvisation and the essence of jazz, will feature John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums). This Grammy nominated duo from the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra will be reunited with their musical friend, Michigan City native, Dr. Peter Bankoff (piano), son of the late Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, the founders of the Sinai Forum.

Sponsors for the season include The Times Media Company, Duneland Health Council, John W. Anderson Foundation, Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Hospitals, Kankakee Valley REMC and NIPSCO.

Tickets for the season are $100 for regular passes and $200 for patron level passes, which include back-stage access to the speakers and an exclusive reception. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sinaiforum.org or by phone at 219-531-4200.

Prospective Students Invited to PNC College Fair Sept. 18

Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be at Purdue University North Central on Sept. 18, for its 30th College Fair. The fair begins at 6 p.m. This event offers area high school and middle school students, as well as interested adults, a chance to find out more about academic programs, application procedures, campus life, costs, and other aspects of college life.

Financial aid presentations at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will help students and their families understand what aid is available and how to begin the application process. College representatives will meet with students and answer questions until 7:45 p.m. All events will take place in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building. The College Fair is free and open to the public and advance registration is not required.

The public and private colleges invited include: Purdue University West Lafayette, Calumet, IPFW and North Central; Ancilla College; Anderson University; Ball State University; Benedictine University; Bethel College; Calumet College of St. Joseph; Calvin College; College of Court Reporting; Concordia University Chicago; DePauw University; Dominican University-River Forest; Ferris State University; Goshen College; Hanover College; Huntington University; Indiana Institute of Technology; Indiana State University; Indiana University Bloomington, South Bend, IUPUI and Northwest; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana; Kendall College; Loyola University of Chicago; Manchester University; Marian University; National Guard -1613th; Northern Illinois University; Northern Michigan University; Northwood University; Olivet Nazarene University; Robert Morris University; Roosevelt University; Saginaw Valley State University; Saint Joseph’s College; Saint Mary-of-the Woods College; Southern Illinois University; Trine University; University of Illinois; University of Indianapolis; University of Saint Francis; University of Saint Francis Crown Point; Valparaiso University; Vincennes University; Butler University; Saint Mary’s College-Notre Dame and Western Michigan University.

The PNC campus is located just south of the junction of the Indiana Toll Road and U.S. 421.

High school students and others wishing more information prior to the fair can contact high school guidance counselors, or the PNC Enrollment Services Office, 219-785-5200, ext.5505, or www.pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5505.

PNC Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit workshop series for people who want to learn basic digital photography and how to start using Adobe Photoshop software.

The workshop will meet at the PNC Westville campus on Thursday evenings from Oct. 2 to Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. The registration fee is $189 and includes all materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.

During the first half of the program, participants will learn the basics of photography technique and composition through hands-on and traditional instruction. They will also receive general and individualized assistance with the settings and functions of their digital cameras. During the second half of the program, participants will get hands-on experience with Adobe Photoshop and learn to use the software to take their digital photography skills to the next level.

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.

PNC Homecoming Weekend Activities

Purdue University North Central will celebrate its annual homecoming weekend on Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Westville campus. All activities are open to the public. UGN  is a sponsor of the weekend’s activities.

Activities begin Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. with registration for a one-mile Fun Run. The fun run will begin at 6:00 p.m. Runners are encouraged to dress as their favorite Super Hero for this Super Hero themed race. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed runner as well as for the overall male and female race winners. There is a $5 registration fee and proceeds will go to PNC Student Athletics.

At 6 p.m. there will be a variety of free games and activities for individuals of all ages. The band Black Water Levee will be providing musical entertainment. Food vendors will have an assortment of items for purchase.

The evening will culminate with a fireworks show hosted by the Purdue North Central Alumni Association and presented by Badaboom that will begin at dark. Spectators may bring lawn chairs and blankets for the fireworks show. No coolers or outside food will be allowed. PNC is an alcohol- and tobacco-free campus.

On Saturday, Sept. 13 activities will continue with an Alumni Softball Game at the Purdue North Central Softball Field located at the Practice Field located at 9450 W. 125 S, Westville, IN 46391 that will begin at 10 a.m.

There will be a Car and Bike Show on campus from noon to 2 p.m., with spectators admitted free. Those who would like to exhibit vehicles may take advantage of early registration from 10 a.m. to noon with a registration fee of $10. Proceeds will to go the Warriors First Foundation and PNC Student Government. Questions about the PNC Car and Bike Show should be directed to PNC Student Government President Matt Migliorini at (812) 564-1805. Further information is available on the Car and Bike Show Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PNC2014CarAndBikeShow

Homecoming activities will wrap up with an Alumni Baseball Game at 2 p.m. at Hick’s Field on campus.

PNC Social Media Marketing Workshop Series

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit Social Media Marketing Workshop Series each Monday from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The series will cover the use of social media platforms and strategies to meet professional business needs. Topics will include the use of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, creating an editorial calendar, social media trends and strategies and more.

The program, which will be led by Darlene McCarty Cohn, owner of D. Cohn Communications and former limited term lecturer at Purdue North Central. Participants will receive a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the workshop series.

The registration fee is $165, which includes all books and materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m.

To register or obtain further information about this course, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/ or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Boehlke

PNC Odyssey Part of World Premiere of “Bette Davis on the Edge”

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts Series, the Festival Players Guild and the Michigan City Public Library are together sponsoring a world premiere performance of the new solo play, “Bette Davis on the Edge” at the Mainstreet Theatre, at 807 Franklin St., in Michigan City.

The 90-minute play, written and performed by Christine St. John, will be presented on Friday and Saturday Sept. 12 and 13 and Friday and Saturday Sept. 19, and 20. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call (219) 874-4269 or email info@festivalplayersguild.org. Following its opening here, the play will transfer to New York City and London, England.

“Bette Davis on the Edge” is directed by Jane Brody; lighting, set, and sound design is by Duane Thompson with costume design by Anna Glowacki and graphic art by Tim Jarmain-Groves.

The play is set in the early morning hours of Oct. 31, 1962 with motion picture legend Bette Davis waiting anxiously for the reviews of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” If the picture is a success, it will hail the desperately needed comeback for the star’s fading career. If not, it will provide a sad and embarrassing epitaph. As she waits, she reflects on her career, from the “talkies” to the present day. Her story is the entire history of the American Motion Picture industry.

St. John was intrigued by a “situation wanted” advertisement that Davis placed in “The Hollywood Reporter” in August 1962 and she subsequently embarked on research at the Motion Picture Academy Library in Los Angeles and the Bette Davis Archival Collection in Boston. She intended to create a play that was more than a catalogue of showbiz reminiscences. The result was “Bette Davis on the Edge.” The play is packed with drama, intrigue and comedy, providing a unique and touching insight into both Hollywood in its heyday and arguably, the finest actress of her generation.

“Bette Davis on the Edge” is St. John’s first play. A graduate of The Goodman School of Drama of the Art Institute of Chicago, she furthered her studies at the Sorbonne and The American Center, Paris with Blanche Salant. She has appeared in numerous productions in the U.S. and United Kingdom.

She lived in London, England for the past 24 years and was a founding member of the touring group Act 3 Theatre Company performing in the works of Noel Coward, Anton Chekhov and adaptations of Edith Wharton. St. John has been involved in theatre in development projects in Ethiopia and India and has been a Fellow at The Royal Geographical Society in London since 1993.

“Bette Davis on the Edge” director Brody is an award-winning stage director, master teacher, former actress and casting director. Her passion for the past 30 years has been helping and developing actors. She founded the Chicago Acting Studio in 1980 and has been a casting director since 1986. Her casting company, Jane Brody Casting, now known as Paskal-Rudnicke Casting, was instrumental in casting movies and TV shows including “Groundhog Day,” “The Women of Brewster Place,” “A League of Their Own” and “Public Enemies.” Her students include Michael Shannon, TR Knight, Alex Koch, Christine St. John, Peggy Roeder, Adam Brown, Melissa Peterman, Eric Stonestreet and many other well-known working actors.

A unique twist of events brought “Bette Davis on the Edge” to Michigan City. After one Chicago theatre didn’t work out for the play, St. John and Brody started looking for a suitable place for the play. During a visit to the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, a friendly couple seated in the lobby offered a helpful solution to their problem – hold it at the Mainstreet Theatre. Making the suggestion were Jan and Marian Dick. Jan Dick is acting president of the Mainstreet Theatre Festival Players Guild.

Brody was familiar with the theatre, so she and St. John accepted an invitation to tour the theatre.

“I realized almost as soon as I walked in the door of Mainstreet that this was a very special place with creative and imaginative people and so when Mainstreet agreed to present my play, nothing on earth could have made me happier,” said St. John.

“The moral of this story is that one should always talk to strangers in lobbies and that there are no strangers,” added Brody.

To celebrate the world premiere performance of “Bette Davis on the Edge,” the Michigan City Public Library is hosting A Bette Davis Film Festival featuring films that span Davis’s career. The films will be shown free of charge at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City.

On Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m., “Of Human Bondage” an 83-minute film made in 1934 will be shown, followed at 3 p.m. by “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” a film made in 1962 and running for 134 minutes.

Saturday, Sept. 6 will feature a 1 p.m. showing of “Dark Victory” from 1939 and running 104 minutes. At 3 p.m. “All About Eve” will be featured. This film was made in 1950 and runs 138 minutes.