PNC Alumni Night at Feb. 15 Basketball Game

Purdue University North Central will host an “Alumni Night” for all PNC alumni at the PNC men’s basketball game with the Olivet Nazarene Tigers at 7 p.m. in the La Porte Civic Auditorium.

All PNC Alumni and their families will be admitted free. “This is a great opportunity for the PNC Alumni to get together with other PNC Alumni and show their PNC Pride,” said Marie Foster, PNC Alumni coordinator. “Families are welcomed to attend to enjoy an action-packed college game, interact with the PNC mascot- Pounce and cheer on our PNC basketball team.”

The event is sponsored by Etropal Restaurant in La Porte.

PNC, Library Present Screening of “All is Lost”

The movie “All is Lost” 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.

“All is Lost” will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 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 brief strong language.

“All is Lost” stars Robert Redford, who gives what has been termed, “the performance of his life” in this critically acclaimed film. In this role, Redford’s character is cast adrift in the Indian Ocean as a solo sailing voyage goes terribly wrong following a crash with a stray shipping container.

Redford’s character is mute for most of the film as he battles to stay alive. Through his acting and the film’s cinematography, the viewer is left to interpret much about the stranded sailor who is fighting for survival. The gripping story centers on Redford’s character challenging the ocean for survival.

“The New York Times” noted that the film features “sharply defined, crisply composed images of his struggle. ‘All is Lost’ is an appealing and exciting maritime adventure.”

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 Hosts College Goal Sunday Activities Feb. 23

Purdue University North Central will participate in the state College Goal Sunday event for all college-bound students and their families, Sunday, Feb.23, from 2 to 4 p.m. CST, in the PNC Technology Building, Room 265.  College Goal Sunday is free and is open to potential Indiana college students of all ages.

College Goal Sunday is a 25-year-old statewide program that provides free financial aid information and assistance to all Indiana students seeking admission to any Indiana college, university or technical institution. At 40 College Goal Sunday sites in communities throughout Indiana, students and their parents will get the help they need in understanding, completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

College Goal Sunday is part of FAFSA Help Weekend at Purdue North Central. On Saturday, Feb. 22, From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., prospective students and their families may come to Technology Building Room 265 for  one-on-one assistance in completing the FAFSA.

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.

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2013 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2013 income and benefits information. 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.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) at before coming to the event.

“Nearly half of Indiana’s college students qualify for financial aid from the State of Indiana,” said Donette Cassman, Sallie Mae, Inc., chair of College Goal Sunday.  “College Goal Sunday helps students and families better understand the financial aid process and brings students one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”

College Goal Sunday is one of the highlights of Financial Aid Awareness Month in Indiana.  In February, students and their families can call the Learn More Resource Center helpline at 800-992-2076 to have their questions answered by financial aid professionals. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education supports the Helpline.

Students who attend College Goal Sunday and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for an educational prize. Winners will be notified in March; prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institutions selected by the winning students.

Twenty-first Century Scholars are encouraged to attend College Goal Sunday to receive help in completing the FAFSA and other paperwork necessary to receive their Twenty-first Century scholarships.

College Goal Sunday is sponsored by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA), in cooperation with Learn More Resource Center, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Division of Student Financial Aid (formerly the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana) and the 21st Century Scholars Program. It is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., USA Funds and Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc.

For more information about the PNC College Goal Sunday event or for financial assistance in general, contact the PNC Financial Aid Office, 785-5200, ext. 5493 or at

PNC Writing Winning Proposals Workshop

Purdue University North Central will host a Writing Winning Proposals call-out and abstract-writing workshop for anyone interested in submitting an article proposal for the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR) on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Schwarz Hall Room 113. Refreshments will be served.

The events is open to all Purdue University students, regardless of campus, who want to learn about JPUR, the submission process and the benefits of publishing research. This is an opportunity for students who have been considering submitting to JPUR, or are just getting started, or want some feedback on a draft. Participants will learn practical tips, receive one-on-one consultation and leave ready to submit a winning proposal.

Ranting Llamas Improv Group to Perform Feb. 8


Ranting Llamas

Ranting Llamas

The Purdue University North Central student improv club, The Ranting Llamas, will perform on Feb. 8 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St., Michigan City. Admission is $5. All proceeds will be donated to local arts programs, many of which helped to nurture the improv club members’ appreciation for and participation in the arts. The performance is rated PG-13.

The Ranting Llamas student improv group has been performing for four years. It presents a unique comedy experience that is appropriate for all ages and outlooks. Comedy situations are made up on the spot and the audience is often incorporated into a scene. Sometimes a situation is suggested by the audience and the actors build off of it, which makes improv a fun for actors and non-actors alike. A simple word, action or an idea can be the basis of a skit performed by one member of the group or the entire ensemble – concepts like throwing snowballs, riding a bus, walking a dog or staying awake in class can all be become the basis for a comedy routine.

The Ranting Llamas cast includes Devon Hogan, Chesterton; Alex Parry, Valparaiso; Nate Werner, Union Mills; Drew Holt,  Michigan City; Haley Jackson,  LaPorte; Justin Garetto, Wantagh; Justin Knoll,  LaPorte; Rachel Rogers,  Michigan City; Becca Lafollette,  Valparaiso; Leah Gladkowski,  Wheaton, Ill.; Carly Houlton,  Michigan City; Diane Rich,  LaPorte; Bridget Dudley,  Chesterton; CieAna Marsh, LaPorte; Erik Sturgeon,  Chesterton; Angela Barreto, New Carlisle and Jane Davis-Bey, Michigan City; Robert Simpson from La Porte.

PNC Brownbag Series On Diversity Continues

Purdue University North Central will present its Brownbag Series in the coming months, with PNC faculty, staff and community members leading programs that center on the topic of “diversity.”

The talks will vary in style and subject, but all will share the intent of presenting topics and issues that can contribute to the development of tolerant, inclusive campus and community cultural practices. Some presenters will feature short film clips or interactive pieces that will stimulate conversation and discussion; others will present ideas for open dialogue and sharing of views and experiences.

The Brownbag Series is coordinated by Bob Mellin, continuing lecturer of English.

The seminars will be presented from noon to 1 p.m., in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 170A, adjacent to the cafeteria. They are free and open to the public. Varying opinions are welcome. Guests may bring a lunch or purchase food and beverage from the cafeteria.

Feb. 12 – Dr. Jerry Holt, PNC English Department chair, will present “Strange Stories from Michigan City,” an exploration of some of this area’s most unusual life stories – the first woman to drive an automobile from coast to coast; a penitentiary inmate who inspired Johnny Cash; a major movie star – and  other remarkable people.

March 5 – Gail Barker, PNC Disability Services coordinator, will lead an interactive discussion in recognition of Indiana’s Disability Awareness Month that will cover topics of equal opportunity and equal access, technology and resources to be successful in the classroom and the role of the PNC Disability Services’ Office. Persons with disabilities represent more than 19 percent of Indiana’s population and Disability Awareness Month is intended to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities.

April 9: Maria Blumenfeld will present “Coming to the United States- Overcoming Challenges by Proactive Dreaming.” A PNC graduate and a current Valparaiso University third-year law student will discuss the challenges facing international students and the process of assimilating into a new culture. Blumenfeld, a member of the Valparaiso University Immigration Clinic, serves as lead counsel for asylum cases.  She is also working to create a project to bring awareness to attorneys, judges and the public about a type of immigration relief that will help undocumented children and juveniles who have been neglected, abused or abandoned.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Mellin at 785-5200, ext. 5215. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations should contact ext. 5215.

PNC ASL Coffeehouse is January 24

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Jan. 24, from 5:30 to 8 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.

The ASL Club has scheduled its coffeehouses through the coming months – Friday, Feb. 21; Friday, March 21 and Friday, April 18. All will be at Uptown Café from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will feature a guest speaker, group activity or game.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at Information about other events in the community is posted at:

Further information about the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting Joanna Witulski, limited term lecturer in American Sign Language, at

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 (

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 or email

PNC Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors Course

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit pre-licensing course to prepare participants to take the Indiana Home Inspector Examination and become licensed home inspectors in Indiana.

“Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors” will meet at the PNC Westville Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Central Time. The registration fee is $1,350.00, which includes all required textbooks and course materials. Payment plans are available. The registration and final payment deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. CT.

During this state-approved program, students will learn material both through intensive classroom instruction and through hands-on labs by performing live home inspections with the instructor. The course is designed to meet the guidelines for providing home inspection services in the State of Indiana and is a requirement to apply for a Home Inspectors License in the State of Indiana.

Taught by a licensed Indiana home inspector with more than 20 years of experience in inspecting properties and nearly a decade of teaching experience, students will learn the intricacies of building structures and systems, as well as the investigative techniques needed to complete  home and business inspections.  Students will receive in-depth instruction on Indiana state law, report writing and marketing their own future home inspection business.

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

PNC Hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Activities

Tony Walker

Martin Luther King Celebration guest speaker Tony Walker

Purdue University North Central will be the site of the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20 in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building cafeteria. The day’s theme is “Share the Dream” named in honor of the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

The event, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Committee and hosted by Purdue North Central, is free and open to the public. The doors open at 7:15 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., with the program to begin at 8 a.m. Reservations are not required.

The featured speaker will be Tony Walker, who will speak about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

He is managing attorney of The Walker Law Group, P.C., a practice that represents churches, schools and government agencies with offices in Michigan City, Gary, Chicago and Indianapolis.

Walker was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court as a commissioner of the Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Commission in 2009. In 2011 the governor appointed him to represent the First Congressional District on the State Board of Education. He recently served as president of the Gary Public Library Board of Trustees and is a past chairman of the board for the Urban League of Northwest Indiana.

He belongs to the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, LaPorte County Bar Association and is a former board member of the Lake County (Indiana) Bar Association.

Debra Whitlow, a Michigan City High School honor student and member of the City Singers Choral Group, will sing following Walker’s speech. Troy Patterson Thomas, of Gary, will recite Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Breakfast participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to local food pantries in Michigan City and LaPorte.

PNC students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join one of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Projects taking place throughout the area.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon, Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education, Debra Pratt, continuing lecturer of Education, and students in the PNC Department of Education student organizations Purdue Learning About Young Children in Education (PLAYCE) and Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, will lead educational activities focused on the life of Dr. King at the Michigan City Public Library. All children are welcome to attend, but activities are intended for individuals ages two to 12. Hands-on activities will focus on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Further information about the event at the Michigan City Public Library may be obtained by contacting Pratt, at or 785-5200, ext. 5486.

The 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration sponsors includes:  Premier sponsors Horizon Bank, Purdue University North Central, The Herald Argus and The New-Dispatch; Gold sponsors 1st Source Bank, NIPSCO, Sinai Temple and Unity Foundation of La Porte County; Silver sponsors, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa, La Porte Convention and Visitors Bureau, LaPorte Savings Bank, Dr. and Mrs. David Pratt and Swanson Center; and Bronze sponsors Michigan City Human Rights Commission and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

To obtain more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast, contact Laura Weaver, PNC service learning coordinator at or at 785-5200, ext. 5724.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Weaver.