PNC and Library Offer Poetry Slam Camp 2014

Purdue University North Central College of Liberal Arts and the Michigan City Public Library will offer a Poetry Slam Camp 2014 during the week of June 16 at the Michigan City Public Library.

The campus will off a week-long program of poetry activities for middle-schoolers, focusing on self-expression and slam-style writing and performance. Hours are June 16 through 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and June 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a public performance night on June 20 at 6 p.m.

Registration is $5, which includes all activities, lunch and a camp t-shirt. PNC students and faculty members are volunteering their time to create and lead the program.

To obtain further information or to register call 219-873-3049.

PNC Presents “The Unseen” Art Exhibit by Ginny Scott

Ginny Scott

Ginny Scott

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series will present the exhibit “The Unseen” featuring the work of artist Ginny Scott June 1 through July 30 in the first floor, north study area of the PNC Technology Building. It is free and open to the public.

Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the school semester; otherwise the building is closed on Sunday.

The show features abstract art pieces done in acrylic. Scott explains that her art expresses what is invisible and visible as an energy force within the painting. Use of color, form and structure creates movement and action within the painting.

Scott and artist Mindy Marie, who will have her abstract collection “Omnium Gatherum” in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building student lounge, Room 062, will be honored at a reception on June 13 at 5 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their artwork. Refreshments will be served. On display in Assembly Hall is the show “Images From the Closet Trunk” featuring the work of Preston Jackson.

Music will be provided by Keith Scott on the acoustic guitar. A blues guitarist, songwriter and bandleader, Scott has played professionally for more than 25 years in the United States and Europe. He has played with blues Legends such as Jimmy Dawkins and A.C. Reed and is a regular at Chicago’s House of Blues.

Ginny Scott, who has a studio in La Porte, has been a professional artist for most of her life. She was a juried member of New York Artists Equity before relocating to Chicago and recently to Indiana. Her work has exhibited widely and has earned first prizes and honorable mentions in many exhibits. She is a juried member of the Area Artists Association of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City; a juried member of Northern Indiana Artists Inc., South Bend; a member of the Berrien Artist Guild at the Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, Mich.; and the Chesterton Art Gallery, in Chesterton. She’s taught art in all of her studios and organized gallery shows for her students.

For information about this exhibit or the Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events 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 Raise Money For Pet Oxygen Masks

A group of students at Purdue University North Central has raised more than $800 to supply nine local fire departments with life-saving pet oxygen masks.

Students Josh Byers, of Valparaiso, Max Tockert, of LaPorte and Josiane Virgil, of Valparaiso, are students enrolled in the Communication 415: Discussion of Technical Problems class taught by Susan O’Leary. They faced a class project that required them to assist a community nonprofit agency. The students decided to raise money to purchase pet oxygen mask kits.

Together, they recruited corporate sponsors, collected donations at special events and created an online community funding page that generated a total of $835. The students purchased the kits from Wag’n O2 Fur Life, an organization that has provided pet oxygen masks to more than 2,600 fire departments in the U.S. since 2008.

Each kit contains three different-sized masks, oxygen tubing and an instructional DVD.

The nine fire departments who received a kit include three stations in the city of LaPorte, Center and Coolspring Township in LaPorte County and Boone Grove, Hebron, Liberty Township, and Beverly Shores fire departments in Porter County.

Service learning at PNC is a course-based, credit earning educational experience that combines community service with academic instruction. The program focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Service learning courses involve students in organized community service that address local needs, while fulfilling course objectives. Through this process, students develop and enhance their academic skills, personal values and sense of community responsibility.

The students involved with this project found the service learning experience at PNC invaluable.

“I enjoyed this project because it gave me a chance to learn how to organize a fundraiser, while practicing on my communication skills outside of the classroom,” said Virgil, a third-year engineering technology student. “I appreciated this class because it gave me hands-on communication experience that will help me after graduation.”

PNC Service Learning coordinator Laura Weaver assisted the students with managing the funds collected and purchasing and shipping the pet oxygen mask kits.

“Most important are the lessons, both inside and outside the classroom, that the students learn,” said Weaver. “These projects not only change the lives of those served, but also the students providing the service.”

Byers, a junior in mechanical engineering, found the project compatible with one of his passions.

“Being an animal lover, I was very enthusiastic about being able to work on this project with Max and Josie,” said Byers, of Valparaiso. “It gave me a chance to experience all that goes into organizing a fundraiser along with trouble shooting issues we had. I can easily see this carrying over into my future career when working in teams with new people and balancing the workload in that team to accomplish a common goal. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and I am pleased with how successful it was.”

2014 Commencement Photos Available

View photos of the May 19, 2014 Purdue North Central Commencement

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 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, (219) 785-8892 (video phone) or

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 Information about other events in the community is posted at:

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

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 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.