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.

PNC Invites Prospective Students to April 10 Open House

Purdue University North Central will host a campus open house on Thursday, April 10 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building for prospective students of all ages and their families.

The general open house for all prospective students will begin at 5:30 p.m. Campus tours will be offered at 5:30 and 6 p.m. An Academic, Student Service and Activity Fair will continue throughout the evening where students can explore majors, clubs and activities and discover the various types of assistance that PNC offers to support student success.

Two breakout sessions will be offered at 6:15 p.m. One session for students featuring a student panel will look at campus life through the eyes of PNC students. This session will also cover the basics of financial aid. A second breakout session will explain the transfer process and academic opportunities at PNC.

This event is appropriate for high school students, students with previous college credit, community college graduates, veterans and adults thinking about attending college. This presents an ideal opportunity to explore academic programs with faculty and advisors. Guests will learn more about student support programs, veteran services, campus activities and athletics in a casual, fun atmosphere. Families are welcome to attend. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration for the general open house is encouraged – but not required – by April 8 and can be completed by email at

Further information may be obtained by email at, by phone at 219-785-5200, ext.5505 or by IM pncadmissions4 through AOL. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Janice Whisler at 785-5200, ext. 5415 by April 3.

PNC – Porter County Hosts MBA Information Session

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 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Purdue University North Central – Porter County Graduate Building, Room 10, at 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.

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 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 American Sign Language Club Game Night April 8

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Game Night on

Tuesday, April 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The event is free and open to the public.

Snacks and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. A Children’s Hour will begin at 6 p.m. with ASL games for children and adults. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend.

This will be a casual, fun evening with a fun atmosphere featuring ASL humor, storytelling and games for all to enjoy through participation or as an observer. Children are welcome to attend with a parent or an adult. Guests with all ASL abilities are welcome – whether a beginner, fluent, or simply interested in knowing more. This is an appropriate time to practice ASL and learn some new signs to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members.

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.

PNC, Partners Presents Jewish Film Festival

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series, with the Michigan City Public Library and the Irving Levin Jewish Cultural Fund of Sinai Temple, will present a Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, April 5 from 2 to 5:45 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St., Michigan City. The film festival is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be enjoyed during a coffee klatch and cake break.

The Film Festival covers two afternoons of great and varied films that will inform and inspire, featuring an Israeli Secret Service agent and his teenage informant; a young American’s trip to the Ukraine to meet the woman who saved his grandfather; a German child trapped by WWII and the Jewish refugee hidden in her home and Mrs. Goldberg, the popular radio and first Emmy Award-winning actress, who was also a production maven and fought the Hollywood Blacklist during the McCarthy era.

The films being shown on Saturday are:

“Bethlehem” (2013) Rated R. The complex relationship of an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant is this tense drama’s theme. It was Israel’s entry in the Academy Awards’ Foreign Language category and winner of seven Israeli Film Academy awards, including Best Picture.

“Everything Is Illuminated” (2005) Rated PG-13. A young American travels to Ukraine in search of the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II. The story, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, is by turns hilarious, touching and sad. Written and directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood.

The films being shown on Sunday are:

“The Book Thief” (2013) Rated PG-13. Trapped in World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace in stealing and sharing books with others, including the Jewish refugee being hidden behind the stairs in her home. It is based on the book by Marcus Zusak.

“Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg”  (2009) unrated. In addition to playing iconic Molly Goldberg on radio and television, the remarkable Gertrude Berg wrote all 12,000 scripts, ran her own production company, was voted the second most popular woman in America (after Eleanor Roosevelt), received the first Best Actress Emmy and was active in fighting the Hollywood blacklist. This documentary is filled with clips from “The Goldbergs” shows, and interviews with fans such as Susan Stamberg, Norman Lear and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It is being presented in cooperation with the National Center for Jewish Film.

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features events throughout the year. A schedule of events can be found at For more information about these films, or any event in the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations at 785-5200, ext. 5593.

PNC Improv Group Co-Hosts Hilarity for Charity Event

The Purdue University North Central  Ranting Llamas Improv Troupe and Office of Student Activities will co-host a Hilarity for Charity event on Friday, March 28, in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and will be donated to the Alzheimers Association as part of the Hilarity for Charity national fundraising effort. The public is invited. Additional donations to the Alzheimers Association will gladly be accepted.

Hilarity for Charity is a nationwide program that encourages and supports college groups to throw their own events to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Disease.  The University raising the most money between Jan. 1 and April 11 will win a special advance screening of Universal Pictures’ new movie “Neighbors,” with Seth Rogen in attendance. To learn more about the organization visit

Donations can be made on behalf of the Ranting Llamas at

The Ranting Llamas traditionally donate the ticket proceeds from their performances to charity. The group 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 comedy routine by one member of the group or the entire ensemble.

PNC College of Business Appoints Bjonback to Lead CEDaR

Derek Bjonback

Dr. Derek Bjonback

The Purdue University North Central College of Business announces the appointment of Dr. R. Derek Bjonback, associate professor of Economics to Director of The Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR).

“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Bjonback’s credentials serving as director of CEDaR,” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, dean of the College of Business. “His expertise will help our Center achieve its mission to assist in the economic development efforts of the region through the provision of data, programming, and consulting.”

Bjonback will be responsible for connecting and collaborating with local economic development entities in their efforts to improve the region through CEDaR, the Center for Economic Development and Research. The Center is also responsible for assisting in workforce development initiatives through the provision of customized training as well as the promotion and support of entrepreneurship.

According to Bjonback, “We foresee the Center becoming a catalyst for the analysis of regional economic trends and opportunities to assist the economic development community.  CEDaR will be a platform for PNC to co-operate with other regional universities and economic development organizations to better understand our regional economy and its potential.”

Bjonback  brings a vast background in and understanding of economics to this position. Prior to moving with his family to the United States in 1995, Bjonback served 20 years as a program manager and economist for water planning and development for Environment Canada, Canada’s federal environmental management agency.

He spent seven years working in the business sector in Northern Indiana as an economic development professional and consultant before joining PNC as a full-time faculty member in 2002.

Bjonback earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada. He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Economics from Colorado State University.  He has authored numerous papers related to the regional economic development of Northwest Indiana and the Midwest economy.  Of particular note is his work as part of the Council of Regional Economic Advisors which includes representatives from Purdue Calumet, Valparaiso University, Indiana University Northwest, Center for Workforce Innovations, Northwest Indiana Forum, NIPSCO and the Northern Indiana Small Business Development Center.

PNC Nursing Students Present Health Fair at LaPorte High School

Purdue University North Central Community Health Nursing students will present a health fair for all LaPorte High School students on Tuesday March 18. This motivational fair will address issues related to safety and risk reduction.

The PNC Nursing students are presenting the fair under the direction of Peggy Rose, PNC assistant professor of Nursing and in cooperation with LaPorte High School Assistant Principal Chris Alber; Educator Christine Rosenbaum; Micki Webb, MSW from the La Porte County Drug Free Partnership and Joseph Bunch, MSW, counselor with the LaPorte County Dorothy S. Crowley Juvenile Services Center.

The fair will also include a variety of vendors and booths that will address the real-world issues of safety and risk that high school students face or may encounter. Students will have an opportunity to visit the interactive booths and displays, pick up information, ask questions and participate in the learning activities and demonstrations.

A variety of gift certificates and awards will be raffled as door prizes for all participating students.

“We are grateful to have another opportunity to partner with both Micki Webb and Joseph Bunch,” said Peggy Rose. “The outreach efforts of both the LaPorte Juvenile Center and the Drug Free Partnership demonstrate how extending beyond the traditional walls of an office to reach out into the community creates opportunities for collaboration and service. Schools represent a significant force in meeting the complex and challenging health care needs of adolescents today. Health fairs meet these needs.”

The fair will include participants and topics:

Indiana State Police – Driving Safety

ABATE – Motorcycle Safety

La Porte County EMS

La Porte City Police

La Porte County Health Department – Immunizations / STDs

La Porte YMCA – Keeping Fit and Healthy

IU Health La Porte Hospital – Skin / Sun Safety

Franciscan St. Anthony Hospital – C.P.R. (Creating Positive Relationships)

La Porte County Juvenile Services Center

American Red Cross – Disaster Preparedness / Life Guard Training

Coast Guard – Water / Boating Safety

La Porte County Coroner

P.A.T.H. Positive Approach to Teen Health

Stepping Stone Shelter for Women – Safe Relationships

Hey UGLY – Bullying


Healthy Communities of La Porte County

Covering Kids and Families – Health care

MDWise – Health Care

Indiana Department of Health – Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

Healthy Food Choices

Stress Management

Swanson Center – Mental Health

PNC’s Pre-med Club – Dangers of Smoking / e-cigarettes

Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Body

Teen Pregnancy

R.S.V.P. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) – Vision Screening

Youth Service Bureau


La Porte Fire Department

Rated Next Barber Stylist School

Premier Beauty School

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

U.S. Army


E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) – Lead Poisoning / Healthy Homes


Women’s Worthy Recovery – Substance Abuse

LaPorte High School Student Clubs

Friends Helping Friends

Lawrence Pinkus Associates  – Eating Disorders

Further information about this fair may be obtained by contacting Rose at (219)-785-5706.