PNC Book Club to Read “Wuthering Heights”

The Purdue University North Central Alpha Mu Pi English Club book club will meet on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Library-Student Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 on the PNC campus.

The group will read and discuss the classic book “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte.

The Book Club will meet regularly during the academic year. Its second meeting of the fall semester will be Dec. 5.

PNC Sets Fall Enrollment Record

Purdue University North Central set an all-time enrollment record this fall. The 2014 – 2015 academic year opened Monday, Aug. 25 with a record 6,177 students, a 1 percent increase in students over the fall semester of 2013.

Included in the fall enrollment are 3,252 undergraduate students, 35 graduate students in the Master’s of Business Administration program and 2,890 Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment students.

Another record was set, when for the first time, the PNC undergraduate population averaged a full-time course load of more than 12 credit hours.

This fall, PNC has 536 first-time, full-time students enrolled in its freshman class. These students average approximately 15 credit hours for the fall semester. Of first-time, full-time degree seeking freshmen enrolled at PNC this fall, 194 students, or 36 percent, earned Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment credits in high school, entering PNC with an average of 12 credit hoursand savings of nearly $3,000 in tuition by taking college courses in high school.

“We welcome all students to Purdue North Central. Our students know the value of higher education and that earning a Purdue degree will play a key role in ensuring their future success,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “It is important to note the number of students taking 15 or more credit hours per semester. If these students continue to earn 15 or more credit hours each semester, they will stay on track to graduate in eight semesters, or four years. By taking 12 credit hours a semester, a student will require 10 semesters, or five years to graduate.”

In addition, the average PNC undergraduate degree-seeking student is 24 years old. There are 2,460 males and 3,717 females enrolled. PNC has 2,410 students from Porter County and 1,589 students from LaPorte County.

This semester, there are a record 2,890 students taking 15,277 credit hours through the Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment program. This allows high school students to earn both high school and Purdue University credits while they take classes in their high school during the regular school day. Enrollment in this program saw a 15 percent increase in students over 2013. PNC offers Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment classes inmore than 40 Northwest Indiana high schools.

“Many of the highly motivated students in our Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment program commit themselves to earning a bachelor’s degree in three years. Students who earn their degrees in three or four years have a competitive edge as they enter the job market earlier than they may have otherwise, while saving a considerable amount of money on tuition, books and expenses.”

PNC has 35 students enrolled in its Saturday Master’s of Business Administration program, offered at PNC – Porter County in Valparaiso. PNC – Porter County also offers a full schedule of undergraduate courses.

PNC Non-Credit Short Story Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of English and Modern Languages will offer a non-credit workshop series for anyone who wants to learn how to write effective short stories.

The program will meet Tuesday evenings from Oct. 7 through Nov. 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each week. The registration fee for community members is $139.00 and includes all materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Sept.30 at 4 p.m. Writers of all interests and abilities are welcomed.

This program will be taught by award-winning author Lucrecia Guerrero, an experienced teacher of writing whose work has appeared in numerous journals, a short story collection and other works. Guerrero describes the program as beneficial for those who have a story to tell but may be overwhelmed by longer form writing or are attracted to the shorter form.

Participants will be led into writing short stories of 300 to 1,000 words through in-class writing exercises and mini lessons on craft.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Hosts “Flight” International Rescue Committee Exhibit


Piece by Maria Helena Vieira Da Silva

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series is presenting the exhibit, “FLIGHT,” a collection of lithographs compiled by the International Rescue Committee.

“FLIGHT” will be on display through May 31 in the PNC Library-Student-Faulty Building student lounge, Room 062. Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library-Student-Faculty Building is closed on Sundays.

“FLIGHT” is a series of 12 lithographs, each produced by a modern master of art, representing the artist’s personal interpretation of the struggle to freedom that individuals faced under dire circumstances. Three hundred sets of the lithographs were produced, the originals destroyed.

The International Rescue Committee was created in 1933, the same year Adolph Hitler became chancellor of the German Reich. The International Rescue Committee was formed by Albert Einstein, educator John Dewey, Eleanor Roosevelt and others, with the mission of the group of helping those trying to escape the Nazis.

American journalist Varian Fry was asked to carry out a rescue operation to help those trying to flee Europe, among them artists, writers and other intellectuals in France, who faced certain death. With $3,000 strapped to the inside of his pant leg, Fry infiltrated Nazi-occupied France and made it possible for more than 2,000 refugees to come to America.

The International Rescue Committee exists to this day, and has aided millions of refugees.

In the 1960s, Fry was asked to assemble a collection of art the IRC commissioned to help raise money for its refugee aid. Some of the contributing artists had been brought to freedom through the IRC. The suite of works was completed in 1971 and included the works of Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Robert Motherwell, Alexander Calder, Jacque Lipchitz and Adolph Gottlieb. Fry died in 1967 at age 59 before the collection was completed.

One of the “FLIGHT” collections was purchased in 1971 by Warren and Lynda Meeker, supporters of the International Rescue Committee and friends of Leo Cherne, chair of the IRC Board of Directors.

In 2014 Lydia Meeker donated the art to Sinai Temple in Michigan City, in memory of her husband. The works exhibited at PNC are on loan from the temple.

To obtain further 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 Earn Chancellor’s Leadership Awards

Chancellor's Leadership Group

2014-2015 Chancellor’s Leadership Group

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin has announced the winners of the 2014-2015 Chancellor’s Leadership Award.

The students selected for the honor join a distinguished group of students who have a record of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership through involvement in school and community activities.

Award criteria include school and community involvement and leadership, scholastic achievement and potential for participation and leadership in PNC extracurricular activities. Students earning leadership awards represent high schools throughout Northwest Indiana and were involved in a variety of clubs, activities, community and church organizations and sports.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Award is a renewable scholarship program that requires participation in an on-campus leadership seminar and volunteer service, among other requirements. Several of the scholarships are sponsored through endowment funds created by local businesses and individuals.

These students will also take part in the semester-long Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar. The seminar, led by Dworkin, covers various topics involving leadership, civic engagement and community service.

Incoming PNC students earning the awards are:

Kristina Carr, of Valparaiso, a Nursing major and Chesterton High School graduate.

Adriene Church, of Valparaiso, a Nursing major and Chesterton High School graduate.

Tyler Garzinski, of Avon, a Business major with a Marketing concentration, graduated from Plainfield High School.

Lauren Georgeff, of Valparaiso, a Secondary Education major who graduated from Valparaiso High School.

Bradley Hill, of Portage, is a Mechanical Engineering major and Portage High School graduate.

Jessica Marshall, of Portage, is a Business major and a Portage High School graduate.

Virginia  Ramos-Romero, of Michigan City, is a Nursing major and Michigan City  High School graduate.

Alexandra Sink, of Chesterton, is a Nursing major, a Chesterton High School graduate and member of the Honors Program.

Danielle Szymkowski, of LaPorte, is a Biology major, participating in the Honors Program and graduate of Marquette High School.

Kelsey Vergin, of  LaPorte, is a Nursing major and LaPorte High School graduate.

Lindsey  Zajac, of Valparaiso, is a Business major with a concentration in Accounting and graduated from Wheeler High School.

Caroline  Brown, of Minooka Ill., is a Social Work major, graduate of Minooka Community High School and member of the PNC softball team.

Jacob Moore, of Kouts, is a Business major who graduated from Kouts High School and is a member of the PNC baseball team.

Maria Miller, of Michigan City, is a Communication major and current PNC student earning a Chancellor’s Leadership Award.

Jason Wray, of Valparaiso, is a current PNC student who is a Psychology and taking part in the Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar.

PNC Auditions for Fall Performances of “Rough Magic”

The Purdue University North Central PNC Players announce open auditions for their fall show, “Rough Magic” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Sep. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the PNC Technology Building, Room 301.

Actors may drop in at any point during those hours and may come in on one or both days. Appointments are not required, but actors should expect to stay for 30 minutes to an hour.

Auditions are open to members of the community along with PNC students, faculty and staff and will involve reading from the script. No special preparation is required. There are five roles available for women and five for men, plus two with gender-flexible casting possibilities. Most roles are flexible in terms of age, though one male must look approximately 17 to 18 years old.

“Rough Magic” takes characters from “The Tempest” and drops them into modern-day New York, with bizarre and dangerous consequences. “Dramatists Play Service” describes the show as “a Shakespearean action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and The X-Men that conjures a mythical, magical meta-universe.” Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes for Marvel Comics, has created an experience that is by turns humorous, dark, and enchanting for both the actors and the audience.

Rehearsals for the show will begin Sept. 17 and run through Nov 6, and will be scheduled in the afternoons and evenings based on the actors’ availabilities. Rehearsals will be on the PNC campus and at Main Street Theatre in Michigan City. Performances will run at Main Street Theatre on Nov. 8, 9, 14 and 15.

For further information contact the director, Dr. Bethany Lee, PNC continuing lecturer of English at or 219-785-5229.

PNC Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate and Advanced Users Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Computer and Information Technology will offer a non-credit workshop series for intermediate and advanced users of Microsoft Office’s Excel 2013 software.

The course will meet on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., from Oct. 2 through Nov. 6. The registration fee is $159 and includes all books and materials. The registration fee for those who participated in the beginner class in June 2014 and still have the textbook is $129. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.

This program will be taught by an instructor with 11 years of PNC teaching experience and 20 years of management experience in an office environment. Participants will be introduced to intermediate and advanced concepts and techniques for using the software in personal and business applications.

There will be a brief review of concepts taught in the beginner-level program before learning intermediate and advanced functions of the software. Instruction will include how to create data and pivot tables, as well as shared and merged workbooks, how to use various financial and logical functions, how to use advanced sorting features and how to use custom and advanced filters. In addition, class members will learn software functions such as Goal Seek, Solver, dashboards and Scenarios, how to track changes, add comments and import external data from Microsoft Access. There will also instruction on how to create defined names in formulas, how to create outlines and linked cells between more than one worksheet.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

Purdue North Central Welcomes New Faculty Members


Gayle Voight Block

Hui Chu

Hui Chu

Ceren Ekebas-Turedi

Ceren Ekebas-Turedi

Denise Frazier

Denise Frazier

Lindsay Gielda

Lindsay Gielda

Amy Hammoud

Amy Hammoud

Kim Huffman

Kim Huffman

Bir Kafle

Bir Kafle

Jiliang Li

Jiliang Li

Kristi Paull

Kristi Paull

Allyson Saary

Allyson Saary

Scott Simerlein

Scott Simerlein

Michelle Spaulding

Michelle Spaulding

George Stefanek

George Stefanek

Henry Williams

Henry Williams

Wangling Yu

Wangling Yu




















PNC welcomes new full-time faculty members for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. They are:

College of Science

Lindsay Gielda – visiting assistant professor of Biology. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Most recently she served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College.

Amy Hammoud – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. Hammoud holds associate degrees from Indiana University and Purdue University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix. She has been employed as a registered nurse at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital and limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Bir Kafle – visiting assistant professor of Mathematics. Kafle was granted a bachelor’s degree at Tribhuvan University-Nepal; a master’s degree at Western Illinois University and doctorate at, Louisiana State University. Most recently, Kafle was an instructor at Louisiana State University.

Kristi Paull – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and master’s degree from University of Phoenix. She was employed as a registered nurse at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital and a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Allyson Saary – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. She has an associate degree from Miami-Dade Community College a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree from Walden University. She previously worked as a staff nurse at Porter Hospital.

Scott Simerlein – clinical assistant professor of Biology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He was an associate professor of Life Sciences at Ivy Tech and a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Michelle Spaulding – assistant professor of Biology. She was granted her bachelor’s degree by the University of California and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia University. Most recently served as an Rea postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Gayle Voight-Block – clinical assistant professor of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Valparaiso University and her master’s at Purdue University. She served as a visiting assistant professor of Nursing at PNC.

College of Liberal Arts

Hui Chu – assistant professor of Psychology. Chu holds master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky and was most recently a visiting scholar instructor at the University of Kentucky

Denise Frazier –assistant professor of Literacy Education. She has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s and doctorate degrees from Ball State University. She has been employed as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.

College of Engineering and Technology

Kim Huffman – visiting assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology. She earned her associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from Purdue University. She was a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Jiliang Li – assistant professor of Civil Engineering. He was granted his bachelor’s degree by the University of Science and Technology Beijing and his doctorate by the University of Alabama. He was employed as a geotechnical project engineer for CTL Engineering, Inc.

Wangling Yu – visiting assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from East China University of Science and Technology, his master’s and doctorate degrees from The City College of the City University of New York. He previously worked as a test engineer at SRA International, Inc. and a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

George Stefanek –assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He also served as a visiting assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology at PNC.

College of Business

Ceren Ekebas-Turedi – assistant professor of Marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yeditepe University Turkey, a master’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a doctorate degree from Old Dominion University. She was an instructor at Old Dominion University

Henry Williams –assistant professor of Organizational Leadership. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from National-Louise University and doctorate from Benedictine University. He previously served PNC as a visiting assistant professor.

PNC Registration Open for Fall Continuing Education Classes

Purdue University North Central offers a variety of non-credit professional development and personal enrichment classes taking place this fall. Registration is open for these continuing education classes for all community members of all ages who seek to develop skills and abilities or pursue new passions and interests.

Special rates are available for PNC alumni. Additional information about any of these programs can be found online at Contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343 or to register or inquire. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.


  • Social Media Marketing Workshop Series: This workshop will teach the use of social media platforms and strategies to meet professional business needs. Participants will learn about the effectively using Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter and how to create an editorial calendar and learn about social media trends and strategies. Mondays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 13, 4 to 6 p.m.; $165; registration deadline is Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.
  • Advanced Social Media Marketing Retreat: This class covers how to create and maintain sophisticated, dynamic digital marketing plans involving multiple platforms and resources. Included is information on blogging and creating other types of content, such as newsletters, videos and infographics and a look at brands that have successfully expanded their digital marketing efforts beyond Facebook to social networks like YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest and how to decide which to use. Learn about popular data reporting tools such as Google Analytics and Facebook Insights and how to use the data. An hour-long networking lunch is included. Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $99; registration deadline is Nov. 7, 4 p.m.


  • Microsoft Excel 2013 for Intermediate/Advanced Users: Topics covered in beginner program will be briefly reviewed. Instruction will include how to create data and pivot tables, as well as shared and merged workbooks, how use financial and logical functions, advanced sorting features and other custom and advanced features. Also included will be Goal Seek, Solver, Dashboards, Scenarios and more. Thursdays, Oct. 2 through Oct. 23, 5 to 7 p.m.; $159 (includes book); $129 (if completed beginner class and have book); registration deadline is Sept. 18, 4 p.m.
  • Microsoft Word 2013 for Beginner/Intermediate Users: Teaches how to create and format documents, flyers, brochures, tables and charts using MS Word 2013; how to use mass mailing and other advanced functions. Wednesdays, Oct. 29 through Nov. 19, 5 to 7 p.m.; $159 (includes book); registration deadline is Oct. 15, 4 p.m.
  • “So You’ve Never Touched a Computer” Workshop: Covers the basics of using a computer with the Windows 7 operating system. The hands-on workshop will include topics such as understanding the equipment, basic computer terminology, working with files and folders, working with email and the internet, downloading images from digital cameras, printing and more. Mondays and Tuesdays from Nov. 3 through Nov. 11, 5 to 7 p.m.; $159 (includes book); registration deadline is Oct. 17, 4 p.m.

Photography, Videography and Editing:

  • Video Editing Bootcamp: Participants will learn basic video shooting and editing skills and other techniques necessary to create short videos that can be shared with audiences through various mediums, such as Facebook and YouTube while using Sony Vegas video editing software. Mondays, Oct.6 through Oct. 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $165. Registration deadline is Sept. 30, 4 p.m.
  • Introduction to Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop: Includes the basics of photography technique and composition through hands-on and traditional instruction. Participants will receive general and individualized assistance with the settings of digital cameras. Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to take digital photography skills to the next level. Thursdays, Oct. 2 until Nov. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.; $189 (includes book). Registration deadline is Sept. 18, 4 p.m.
  • Advanced Video Editing Topics: This will cover how to use the settings, filters, and special effects found in Sony Vegas video editing software, including multiple line editing and stacking, color adjustment, audio and video envelopes, and other features. Participants will gain better knowledge of how the software works and the special enhancements and adjustments that can be added to videos to correct problems and create art. Saturdays, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $139. Registration deadline is Oct. 27, 4 p.m.

Personal Enrichment:

  • Silent Film Seminar Series: Movies in the Age of Opportunity. Join Jerry Holt, chair of the PNC Department of English, for this three-part seminar exploring the diversity of the silent film age and view seldom-seen masterpieces of film history. The screening of these films will take place at the historic Barker Hall in Michigan City. Oct. 3: “Sherlock Jr.,” 1924. Oct. 10: “Sunrise,” 1927. Oct. 17: “London After Midnight,” 1927. Series tickets for $40, single night tickets for $15. Find more information online at
  • Sudden Fiction: Writing Short-Short Stories: In-class writing exercises and mini lessons on craft will lead participants into writing short stories of 300-1,000 words. Open to writers of all ages. Tuesdays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; $139; registration deadline is Sept. 30, 4 p.m.


  • Instructor-Led Courses: A variety of online instructor-led courses are offered in partnership with Ed2Go. There are more than 350 topics to choose from. These courses are taught entirely online; they are each six-weeks long and begin each month. More information is online at

2014 Sinai Forum Offers Something for Everyone

Jenn Lim

Jenn Lim

George Will

George Will

Robert Glennon

Robert Glennon

John King

John King

Jazz Masters

Jazz Masters: Jeff Hamilton, Dr. Peter Bankoff and John Clayton

Tickets are on sale now for the 2014 season of the Purdue North Central Sinai Forum. Now, in its 61st season, the Forum has an outstanding reputation for bringing nationally recognized personalities to appear in a live, town hall format that allows audiences to explore important topics and interact with experts in a variety of fields.

This year’s season is designed to “engage, inform, and inspire,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “We are proud to offer a lineup that includes something for everyone, whether you’re interested in the science of happiness, the environment, national news, Cub’s baseball, or jazz, you’ll find it at this year’s Forum.”

Four of the five sessions will be at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City and one, the season opener, at the Chesterton High School auditorium. All sessions begin at 4:00 p.m., with doors opening at 3:00 p.m.

This 61st Season builds on our grand tradition with an exciting line-up of thought-leaders, political commentators, environmentalists and musicians.

Jenn Lim

Sunday, September 7, Chesterton High School, 2125 S. 11th Street, Chesterton

CEO, and Chief Happiness Officer at Delivering Happiness, Jenn Lim co-authored the book, Delivering Happiness with Tony Hsieh of Zappos Shoes. Her inspirational, research-based approach to creating meaning and happiness in the workplace are a roadmap for communities, employers, educators and anyone who wants to find more meaning in his or her daily life.

George Will

Sunday, September 28, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Well-known columnist, commentator and author, George Will has been a popular figure on the talk-show circuit this year, talking about his latest book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred. His twice-weekly column has been syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group since 1974, and today appears in more than 460 papers. George Will won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1976.

Robert Glennon

Sunday, October 26, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis, Robert Glennon is the Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. In 2010, the Society of Environmental Journalists awarded Unquenchable a Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment and Trout magazine gave it an Honorable Mention in its list of Must-Have Books ever published on the environment. He also blogs for the Huffington Post and for National Geographic Water Currents.

John King

Sunday, November 16, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

John King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, a 30-minute Sunday morning program featuring a panel of the top-tier political correspondents. King also anchors Inside Politics segments weekday mornings on CNN’s New Day. An award-winning journalist, King has covered the past seven presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. In his role as chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., he is instrumental in CNN’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage.

The Jazz Masters 101 Reunion

Sunday, December 14, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

This swinging jazz performance mixed with a lively discussion of the art of improvisation and the essence of jazz will feature John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums).   This Grammy nominated duo from the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra will be reunited with their musical friend, Michigan City native, Dr. Peter Bankoff (piano), son of the late Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, the founders of the Sinai Forum.

Sponsors for the season include The Times Media Company, Duneland Health Council, John W. Anderson Foundation, Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Hospitals, Kankakee Valley REMC and NIPSCO.

Tickets for the season are $100 for regular passes and $200 for patron level passes, which include back-stage access to the speakers and an exclusive reception. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (219) 531-4200.