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.

PNC Offers Women in Science Expo on April 4

Purdue University North Central will be the site of the Women in Science Expo on April 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library-Science-Faculty Building, Room 144.

The goal of the Women in Science Expo (WiSE) is to show girls in grades 6 to 12 that science careers are exciting, practical and rewarding. The event organizers are Biology students Stefanie Rigg and Summer Stockwell and Chemistry Student Melanie Shebel.

This expo will allow the girls to engage in hands-on science activities. Girls will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from women in varying occupations and levels of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions, including graduate and undergraduate research.

The girls are encouraged to ask questions to learn more about the possibilities that exist in their area of interest and to get an idea of the subjects and coursework they need to concentrate on to achieve their career goals.

“We believe that science should be celebrated and encouraged among the younger female population,” said Rigg. “WiSE is dedicated to offering educational and professional enrichment to girls. Each participant will be given the opportunity to discover countless science professions. The expo will promote leadership, create a support system and inspire success in science for girls in our area. We hope to inspire more young women to pursue STEM-related careers.”

Individuals and companies interested in participating may register at

Students may register to attend at anytime through March 27. Registration is encouraged but not required.

PNC Honors Program presents “The Biology of Inspiration”

The Purdue University North Central Honors Program will present its first Honors Lecture, “The Biology of Inspiration,” delivered by Dr. Lindsay Gielda, visiting assistant professor of Biology, on Wednesday, March 25, at noon in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. This event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Gielda will examine the idea that inspiration comes from the limbic system—the set of cerebral structures that integrate memory and emotion. But inspiration also originates from aspects of biology that we don’t fully grasp: the human spirit.

Gielda earned her PhD at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, especially the innate immune response during pneumonic plague.

The PNC Honors Program seeks to enhance the learning experiences of highly motivated and academically exceptional students. To obtain further information about the program, visit or email

PNC Offers Business Writing Program

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit program in business writing.

Participants will meet on Tuesdays from March 19 and ending on April 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The registration is $159 and includes all books and materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is March 12 by 4 p.m.

The program will be taught by an instructor with 14 years of experience teaching English at the college level in online and face-to-face classrooms and worked in offices, banks and small business.

Participants will learn the importance of audience, tone and purpose when composing any piece of writing, but there will be an emphasis on the types of documents found in business and how to be more precise and concise when communicating, an essential element of business writing.

Exercises will include composing emails, memos, letters, resumes, proposals and reports. Participants will work on blogs and learn how to use social media effectively. There will be an opportunity to collaborate and learn to create visuals such as tables, graphs and Gantt charts.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.


ASL Club Coffeehouse is March 20

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, March 20, 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.

Future coffeehouses will be on April 17 and 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 Information about other events in the community is posted at: 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

PNC, Library Present Screening of “The Skeleton Twins”

The movie “The Skeleton Twins” 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.

“The Skeleton Twins” will be shown on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City.

The film is rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use.

This film brings together Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged twins Milo and Maggie. The movie opens with both twins separately contemplating suicide. After Milo makes his attempt, Maggie goes to see him in Los Angeles and bring him back to New York with her. While the twins haven’t spoken in 10 years, they attempt a relationship. With a cast that includes Joanna Gleason as their mother and Ty Burrell as Milo’s high school teacher, the movie blends comedic moments with some drama and pathos.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those who are used to seeing this pair in comedic sketches will be “blown away” by their dramatic range, said “Rolling Stone.”

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 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 MBA Lunch with a Leader Program

The Purdue University North Central MBA Leadership Team will host a Lunch With a Leader program on March 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the PNC – Porter County Graduate Building at 600 Vale Park Road in Valparaiso. The event is open to the public.

The panel discussion will center on “Leadership, Management and Employment.” The panel will include executive leaders from companies throughout Northwest Indiana:

  • Gus Olympidis, founder and CEO of Family Express Corporation
  • Christopher Kraynak, plant manager, Alcoa-Howmet in La Porte
  • Jon Schlemmer, chief operating officer, Regal-Beloit, which recently acquired the Valparaiso Emerson facility
  • Brian Tylisz, vice president OEM and Oil-Free Business, Sullair
  • Greg Fox, principal and president of Kramer Leonard

MBA Leadership Executive Team will ask three questions to be answered by each panel member:

  • How do you recommend an MBA graduate builds their leadership skills?
  • How do you recommend that an MBA graduate gets noticed by the executive team as a rising star in the corporation?
  • What suggestions can you give to a MBA graduate on being an effective manager?

The floor will be opened for MBA students and graduates to ask questions.

The Purdue North Central MBA Lunch with a Leader program was created to enhance the MBA students’ educational experience. The PNC MBA program meets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon with a one-hour lunch break and then resumes from 1 to 5 p.m. The students decided that this hour lunch break could be utilized to benefit them in non-classroom manners. The MBA Leadership Team, made up of MBA students Marie Foster, Susan Lewis and Katie Eaton, coordinate the Lunch with a Leader which take place three times a year.

The previous Lunch with a Leader panel was centered on getting involved in the community and was hosted by Heather Ennis, Bert Cook, Barb Young and Jonathan Hildebrand.

To register for the program contact

PNC Alumni Association March 7 Basketball Trip

The Purdue North Central Alumni Association will host a basketball bus trip to West Lafayette to see the Purdue Boilermakers take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois on March 7.

The bus will leave PNC at 10 a.m. After arriving in West Lafayette, alumni and guests will enjoy lunch served in the Atrium of the Dauch Alumni Center. Following lunch there will be a stop at the University Bookstore. Then the group will head to the men’s basketball game.

Cost is $30 for the bus and ticket combo and $25 for the ticket only.

This is an idea opportunity to get together with fellow PNC alumni, students, employees, family and friends from PNC/ Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bus (no glass containers).

Tickets are available at or by contacting Alumni Coordinator Erika Jones at 219-785-5274 or

PNC “Prove It: Forming Evidence-Based Arguments” Seminar

Purdue University North Central’s Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, Department of English and Modern Languages and the PNC Writing Center will collaborate to offer a non-credit seminar open to high school and college students, as well as anyone wishing to quickly improve their writing.

The seminar, “Prove It: Forming Evidence-Based Arguments” will meet Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The registration fee, which includes all materials and a pizza dinner, is $25 per person. The registration deadline is March 12 by 4 p.m.

The program will be taught by Dr. Steven D. Vivian, published author and director of the PNC Writing Center. This hands-on session will include a lecture and plenty of discussion and practice. It will concentrate on academic argumentation that will teach participants how to write better argumentative essays. Special attention will be given to evaluating evidence.

To register or obtain further information about this program or to register, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.