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PNC American Sign Language Club Picnic

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an BBQ Picnic Potluck Lunch on Tuesday May 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the picnic shelter located adjacent to Bards’ Pond on the northeast side of the PNC campus.     In case of rain, we picnic will move to Library-Student-Faculty building Room 144.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, chips, pop and bottled water will be provided. Guests should bring a side dish or dessert to share.

There will be an after -lunch presentation by Roger Coyer of Lancaster, Kentucky. He will discuss his background as an Arizona high school all-star, student assistant football coach at Gallaudet University and head coach at Kentucky School for the Deaf. He will also teach some sports-related ASL Signs.

The picnic will be a pleasant, casual event for all to enjoy through participation or as an observer. It is 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.

PNC American Sign Language Club Guest Speaker

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host the presentation “Working with Deaf People in Kyrgyzstan & Learning Russian Sign Language” by Nina Coyer, retired professor of ASL at Eastern Kentucky University on Tuesday May 27 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building, Assembly Hall, Room 02. This event is free and open to the public.

Coyer will share her unique experiences and offer her insights into the similarities and differences of the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan deaf education systems.

Coyer traveled to Bischeck, Kyrgyzstan three times to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing children at a church day camp. In addition, she held Deaf Bible Studies for adults and was invited to host workshops for educators of the deaf at the state school for the deaf and hard of hearing. Coyer 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 present at the state school for the deaf and hard of hearing graduation ceremony where she encouraged them to be like the “Little Engine That Could,” “I think I can, I think I can, I thought I could!”

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 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.

PNC Students Recognized for Achievements

Purdue University North Central students have earned a number of honors in recent weeks. Awards were presented to:

Club of the Year – Delta Sigma Science Club

Leadership award – Melvin Guinn

Member of the Year – Stefanie Rigg

Club Advisor of the Year – Dr. Vanessa Quinn

American Sign Language Excellence Awards- Amber Mayes, Madeline Conner

Business Leadership Society Member Recognition – Brooke Maddack, Melvin Guinn, Kimberly Franklin, Graham Bucher

Outstanding Future Educators – Courtney Barber, Sara Hernandez, Ashley Solano, Sandra Downs

Panther News Network Writer Recognition Awards – Jacey Coppage, Alan Myszkowski, Bob Johnson, Ryan Stitchcomb, Aaron Ratigan.

JM2 Webdesigners Scholarship – Sam Swanson

Circle K Awards

President-   Miranda Jordan;

Vice President- Halle Charlebois

Secretary- Cody Grzelak

Treasurer- Emily Marovich

Member receiving a pin- Jasmine Moore

Frank Newman Civic Fellow – Matthew Migliorini

Diversity Initiative Grant Recognition – American Sign Language Club

Outstanding Future Educator Awards – Courtney Barber, Sara Hernandez, Ashley Solano, Sandra Downs

Outstanding Teacher Award:

College of Engineering and Technology – Samuel Rohr

College of Liberal Arts — Heather Fielding

Part-Time Teaching Awards:

College of Business – James Mandeville

College of Engineering – Wangling Yu

College of Liberal Arts – James Hysell

College of Science – Constance Barr

Student Government 2013-2014 recognition


Kenny Evans

Katie Hines

Travis Ziegler

Summer Stockwell

Felicia Bell

Tyler Feece

Halle Charlebois


President- Greg Mohlke

Vice President- Kathryn Orr

Secretary- Grace Houser

Treasurer- Anneliese Kieper

Student Government 2014-2015


Travis Ziegler

Halle Charlebois

Jamie Dillon

Jessica Miller

Emily Marovich

Miranda Jordan


President- Matthew Migliorini

Vice President- Grace Houser

Secretary- Anneliese Kieper

Treasurer- Tyler Feece

All food that was left over from the event was donated to the St. Paul Men’s Shelter in Michigan City.

Purdue North Central Commencement To Be May 19

The Purdue University North Central 2013-2014 commencement ceremony will be Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Valparaiso University Athletics – Recreation Center. No tickets are necessary to attend.

The Class of 2014 will earn an anticipated, 503 bachelor’s degrees and 56 associate degrees and 29 master’s degrees, including 28 Master’s of Business Administration degrees.

The traditional commencement ceremony will feature the conferring of degrees by Purdue North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., is expected to be in attendance.

The new graduates will be welcomed to the ranks of Purdue alumni by Nathan Cobbs, trust officer for Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company and member of the Purdue North Central Alumni Association Advisory Board.

The response on behalf of the 2013-2014 graduating class will be presented byLindsey Sample, who is earning her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Following the ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to enjoy a reception in the Harre Student Union on the Valparaiso University campus.

Further information about commencement can be obtained by contacting the PNC Office of the Registrar at 219-785- 5299. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5299.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “Inequality for All”

The Michigan City Outreach Group, with the cooperation of Purdue University North Central, will present the documentary “With Inequality for All” on May 3 at 3 p.m.at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City. The showing is free and open to the public.

“With Inequality for All” was created by Robert Reich, professor, best-selling author and former cabinet member to the Clinton administration. Reich uses humor and an array of facts to explain the issue of economic inequality and how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The documentary explores minimum wage and how it is working, or not working, in the larger framework of the economy.

Through his perspective, Reich also explains how the consolidation of wealth threatens the viability of the American workforce.

PNC Students Offer Standards Alignment Presentation

Purdue University North Central students enrolled in the PNC Education Program will offer a Standards Alignment Presentation on Wednesday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. This is free and open to the public.

The PNC students will discuss how the new Indiana Mathematics Standards are aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. PNC students will share their insights into the new standards.

Each attendee will receive a table with the alignment for kindergarten through fifth grade. Teachers have the opportunity to receive 2 Professional Growth Points (PGP) for attending.

PNC Nursing Students Present Community Health Assessment

Purdue University North Central Community Health nursing students, under the direction of Peggy Rose, assistant professor of Nursing and Dr. Diane Spoljoric, interim Nursing Department chair, recently completed an individualized health assessment of 13 cities and towns in Lake, LaPorte Porter, Starke and St. Joseph counties.

Their findings will be presented in a public open house on Tuesday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall,  Room 02.

The students worked together to gather data from a variety of sources including United States Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy People 2020, local schools and hospitals, state and local departments of health, town and city officials, businesses and industries and on-line sources.

The purposes of the data collection and subsequent assessments were to:

•       examine the health needs of an identified community

•       identify resources that exist to meet health needs

•       identify community strengths and weaknesses

•       investigate social and political forces that affect change in an identified community

•       describe potential community health nursing diagnoses.

Lake County towns studied include Munster, Whiting and Merrillville. The La Porte County towns were LaPorte, Westville, Michigan City, LaCrosse and Hannah. Porter County included Hebron, Valparaiso and Portage. Starke County, Knox and St. Joseph County, South Bend.

This systematic, data-driven approach to determining the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in the region was based on 10 leading behavioral healthcare concerns – physical activity, overweight and obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, injury and violence, environmental quality, immunizations and access to healthcare. The PNC students gathered data on these indicators, looking at trends from past to the present.

The community health assessments will provide information useful in determining strategies, formulating plans and establishing healthcare priorities to meet the needs of the populations in these communities.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Rose at 219-785-5706 or prose@pnc.edu

PNC College of Science Reception for Prospective Students

Prospective students who have been admitted to Purdue University North Central and plan to major in Biology, Nursing or Health Sciences during the upcoming fall semester, are invited to a College of Science Reception on Tuesday, April 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn more about the many opportunities that PNC has to offer.

The prospective students are asked to bring their parents and together they will get a first-hand look at the PNC College of Science, its exciting academic programs and the career options that are open to students who earn these popular and marketable degrees.

“We want students to know that we are the right place for them,” said Dr. Chris Holford, dean of the PNC College of Science. “Many of our students go on to graduate studies and professional schools; they pursue meaningful careers. Our students have a tremendous record of accomplishment.”

PNC College of Science graduates have gone on study in pharmacy, medical, dental, veterinary, and graduate schools located throughout the country.

The reception will give prospective students and parents the opportunity to meet with PNC faculty and department chairs to learn more about the academic programs, curriculum and careers.

Current PNC students will lead tours so the prospective students will hear from students themselves about the programs and what students can look forward to at PNC. Prospective students and their parents are encouraged to bring their questions.

There will be chemistry demonstrations, as well as a close-up look at the Nursing lab and the Nursing “Sim” lab where students have a variety of hands-on skills lab opportunities utilizing mannequins and models. The athletic training offices and work area will be open so that students can learn more about athletics and physical therapy.

In addition, there will be informational displays set up for prospective students and their parents so that they can meet representatives from PNC admissions, financial aid departments, academic advising Graduate and  Extended Learning, Student Success Center, Student Support Services to discuss the wide range of opportunities and services that PNC has to offer. PNC athletics and clubs will also be on hand to introduce the many co-curricular opportunities available to enhance the educational journey.   Getting involved early in clubs is encouraged not only for increasing learning opportunities and networking, but also for helping meet lifelong friends.

Every student who completes the event will receive a PNC College of Science lab coat to keep.

PNC Enrollment Day is April 23

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day on Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the summer and 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.