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, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

PNC Hyde Park Forum to be April 16

The 31st Purdue University North Central Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest will be Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

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. All participants will meet prior to the start of the contest in Library-Student-Faculty (LSF) Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Speakers will be assigned rooms on campus for their speeches.

Visitors are welcome to move from room to room to listen to the student speakers. Several speakers will present in each room, with judges evaluating them. 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 remarks on subjects of interest to the speaker.

Following the presentation of the speeches, participants and guests may go to Assembly Hall for a 15-minute award ceremony in which all speakers are recognized.

Each classroom will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Hyde Park Forum winners will compete in a “Speak-Off” on Friday, April 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in LSF Assembly Hall, Room 02. One overall winner will be named, with several runners up. The Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off are sponsored by the PNC Department of Communication. Additional sponsors are still being sought.

The Speak Off winners will earn monetary prizes – $200 for 1st place; $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place.

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.

PNC Delta Sigma Club Sponsors Grade 3 – 5 Science Fair

Purdue University North Central Delta Sigma science club will sponsor a science fair open to students in grades 3 through 5 on May 17 on the PNC campus.

Registration information and official rules and guidelines are available at Registration will continue through April 25. Participants will receive a free t-shirt, but supplies are limited.

Science Fair sponsors include the PNC Department of Biology, and Chemistry, the PNC Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, the PNC Chancellor’s Office and Beulah Inc., of Valparaiso.

“Delta Sigma Science Club members want to provide a quality event that will help to enrich the science experience for the young students in our community,” said Stephanie Rigg, Delta Sigma president. “This is a great opportunity for young students who are interested in science to participate in a judged science fair.”

Rigg noted that many of the PNC Delta Sigma students enjoyed participating in science fairs when they were younger and want to share their enthusiasm.

“Delta Sigma is moving in the direction toward becoming more than just a social club for those who love science, but also as a service club that gives back to the school and community from which essential support is received. The Delta Sigma Science Fair is the second large-scale service project organized by Delta Sigma Science Club. All information, ideas and experiences will be used to insure that Delta Sigma continues to offer service projects that benefit the community and the spread of an appreciation for science.”

Science Fair questions may be sent to

PNC Hosts MBA Information Session April 22

Purdue University North Central will host a Reception and MBA Information Session for those interested in earning a PNC Master of Business Administration degree on Tuesday, April 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. (E.S.T.) at the Bistro on the Boulevard Road, Library Room, 521 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph, Mich.

Students interested in pursuing a Purdue North Central MBA will have the opportunity to attend an informational session about the newly accredited degree program and plan of study, meet faculty members, receive informational materials and learn more about financial aid opportunities.

Prospective students may begin the admissions process now. The PNC MBA class schedule is designed to meet the needs of working adults, with classes conveniently offered on Saturdays. Students, regardless of their baccalaureate field will be able to complete their degrees in less than two years.

Classes will meet on Saturdays at PNC – Porter County, at 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso, where students will utilize state-of-the-art educational and business technology and have full access to the University libraries, online resources, computer systems and other forms of academic support. All faculty members are certified by the Graduate School in West Lafayette and are supported by the full teaching resources of Purdue University.

To RSVP or to obtain further information, contact the program office at 219-785-5557 or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the program office.

PNC Students Present 25th Annual Potpourri Of Literature

Purdue University North Central Communication 240 students will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Potpourri of Literature Readers’ Theatre on Tuesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The program is free and open to the public. It will last about one hour.

The Potpourri of Literature Readers’ Theatre program has been an annual feature on the PNC campus since its 1989 debut as a showcase for students in Communication 240, Introduction to Oral Interpretation. While the theme of the program changes annually and reflects various moods, trends and social issues of the day, the program is built around literature and music of varying genres that illustrate the program theme from different perspectives.

This year’s edition of “Potpourri of Literature 2014” is aptly named “Memories:  Journey Through 25 Years (1989-2014)” with an original script written and edited by Dr. Daniel Padberg, associate professor of Communication, who teaches the Communication 240 class.

This year’s program will feature three sections: “Times and Struggles of Life,” “Love: Romantic, Family, Country” and “Life’s Decisions, Actions and Meaning.”

Students in the Communication 240 Introduction to Oral Interpretation class are Cassie M. Carlson, LaPorte; Sharon C. Coleman, Michigan City; Cynthia DeSantiago, LaPorte; Latasha S. Dixon, LaPorte; Darren G. Fisher, Jr., South Bend; Raven M. Jackson, Michigan City; Jonathan W. Levendoski, LaPorte; Alex M. May, Westville; Michael S. Piet, Valparaiso; Tiffany M. Sydow, Michigan City; Kasey N. Tanksley, Michigan City; Brittany T. Tobey-Elston, LaCrosse and Meagan N. Ziller, Portage Township.

To obtain further information, contact Padberg at 785-5200, ext. 5384. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Padberg.

Programs presented during the past 25 years are:

April 5, 1989 – Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

March 27 and April 7, 1991 – Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers.

April 1 and 4, 1992 – The Eternal Struggle: Male Versus Female

March 24 and 29, 1993- Seasonings

April 6 and 10, 1994 – Cutting of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

March 29 and April 2, 1995 – Relationships

April 17 and 21 1996 – Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers

April 9 and 13, 1997 – The Eternal Struggle: Male Versus Female

April 20 and 26, 1998 – Seasonings

April 14 and 18, 1999:- A Journey in Time

April 5 and 9, 2000 – Cutting of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

March 26 and April 1, 2001 – An Odyssey: Wanderings Through Life

April 3 and 7, 2002 – Let Freedom Ring!

March 31 and April 6, 2003 – Mars—Venus; Venus—Mars: The Eternal Struggle

April 19 and 25, 2004 – Calendar of Love

April 6 and 10, 2005 – When the World Is Free

March 29 and April 2 – 2006 – Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers

Sept. 18, 2006 – Let Freedom Ring. Communication 491 “Oral Interpretation II” was offered for the first time.  The course was unique in the Purdue system; no other campus offered a second level of Oral Interpretation.  This Readers’ Theatre program was designed to celebrate the Constitution of the United States of America and was presented as part of the campus Constitution Day activities.  Through a collage of literature and music the history of this document and the amazingly unique country which it founded was celebrated.

March 29 and April 2, 2007 – Spoon River Anthology

March 31 and April 6, 2008 – Journey in Time

(Oct. 27 and Nov. 2, 2008 – Of Thee I Sing and More. . . Another Readers’ Theatre program presented by the students enrolled in “Oral Interpretation II.”

April 20 and April 26, 2009 – It’s All About Time

April 13 and April 18, 2010 – Courage, A Way of Life, From Youth to Age

Oct. 26 and Oct. 1, 2010 – Back Home Again in Indiana. Presented by “Oral Interpretation II

March 31 and April 3, 2011 – The Turning Points of Life

April 24 and April 29, 2012 – Spoon River Anthology

April 17 and April 21, 2013 – Agony and Ecstasy: Winners and Losers

April 22 and April 27, 2014 – Memories:  Journey Through 25 Years.

ASL Coffeehouse Friday, April 18

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, April 18, 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.

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 English Club Poetry Competition with Prizes

The Purdue University North Central English Club will present its PoetryPalooza 2014 Competition and Open Mic event on April 17 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is held in conjunction with the Michigan City Public Library and Lubeznik Center as part of a week of events celebrating April, National Poetry Month.

All area poets are welcome to enter a maximum of three original works of poetry, three minutes or less in length, in the competition. There will be an entry fee of $5 at the door for each poem entered into the competition. Spectators and open mic participants may attend for $1.

Prizes will be awarded, with $75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. There is also a prize for “fan favorite.”

During the competition, poets will read their poems for a panel of three judges. If time permits, there will be an open mic for anyone who would like to come show their talents with poetry, music, or other original works.

To pre-register for the competition, send an email including name, a couple of sentences about the poet, and an attachment of the poem to English Club President Alyssa Moskwa at with POETRY RSVP in the subject line of the email.

Pre-registration is not required; additional entries will be accepted at the event.

Coffeehouse-style refreshments will be available.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should also contact

PNC, Library Present Screening of “Philomena”

The movie “Philomena” will be shown on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City. It’s 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 PG-13 for profanity, thematic elements and sexual references.

“Philomena” earned 43 award nominations, including an Academy Award Best Picture nomination, Best Actress nomination for Judi Dench and Best Writing, Adaptive Screenplay. It was nominated for Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.

Based on the Marth Sixsmith book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee” the film gathered wide acclaim for telling the true story of Philomena who in 1952 Ireland was pregnant and unmarried when she was sent to live with the nuns at the Sacred Heart Content, in Roscrea, Ireland. She and other girls were doomed to work in the prison-like convent laundries that were the subject of the 2002 film, “The Magdalene Sisters.”

Philomena, who only saw her young son for an hour a day, was powerless when the nuns handed the three year old to an American couple. Philomena was forced to sign a document promising to never inquire about her son and when she did search for him 50 years later, she was told all records were lost in a fire.

Dench portrays Philomena who was in her 70s when she and Sixsmith began the quest to find her son Anthony. They eventually traveled to Washington D.C. where Anthony worked in the Reagan administration.

“The Los Angeles Times” described Dench’s performances as “genius work” underscoring the tenacity of faith in the face of “unfathomable cruelty.”

The 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 Students Present “An Ideal Husband” by Oscar Wilde

Purdue University North Central students will present “An Ideal Husband” by Oscar Wilde at the Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St., in Michigan City.  The public is invited to the performances on opening night Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m.; Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students presenting a valid student ID.

“An Ideal Husband,” by Oscar Wilde, marries comedy, drama, and political corruption in an on-stage performance. Throughout the four act play, Wilde uses sophisticated language that delivers the seamless groundwork so the audience can explore the relationships of the upper-class and consequences of their decisions. The plot focuses on a blackmail plan that forces a married couple to reassess their ethical principles. A supporting cast of society matriarchs, young paramours and a formidable female character exchange clever banter, keeping the momentum of the play energetic and lively.

The cast and crew include PNC students  Aram Arden, of LaPorte, Lisa Babigian, of LaPorte, Angela Barreto, of New Carlisle, Kevin Biertzer, of La Porte, Brenda Brown, of Michigan City,  Kelsey Brumley, of Valparaiso, Elton Dean, of Michigan City, Sarah Dwight, of LaPorte, Kristen Fuller, of Valparaiso,  Andrew Gilles, of Walkerton, Shameka Harris, of LaPorte, Ashley  Naillieux, of Valparaiso,  Michael Piet, of Valparaiso, Kayla Singleton, of New Carlisle,  Brett Worthington, of Valparaiso, Travis Ziegler, of Hebron, and Jeff Zimmerman, of Valparaiso. PNC Continuing Lecturer of English Dr. Bethany Lee, of Chesterton, will direct the play.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Lee at (219) 785-5229 or email

PNC ASL and Social Work Clubs Present Guest Speaker

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club and the PNC Social Work Club together will host the program “Experiences as a Deaf Social Worker ” presented by Jason Maloney on April 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The presentation will be in American Sign Language with a spoken English interpretation. The evening would begin with about 30 minutes of refreshment and conversation.

Maloney’s presentation will center on his experiences as a deaf social worker for deaf people with mental health or addiction problems. His presentation will be followed with a 20 minute question and answer segment.

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 this event may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and Coordinator of American Sign Language, at 785-5200, ext. 5432 or The PNC ASL Club is featured on Facebook, search for PNC ASL Club.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.