Grads at Arch Photo 2014


Join us for a photo with Chancellor Dworkin under our Running Arch sculpture!

Wednesday, April 23, 12-12:30 p.m.

We have scheduled the photo to accommodate as many of you as possible. Please wear your cap and gown!

If you come in via the North Entrance, soon you will see a giant golden tassel hanging from the top of the Running Arch sculpture. Next time you look at it, you’ll see how much it resembles a graduation cap.

This photo will be used for a host of publicity purposes, and it will be put up on our website so you can have a fond memento of PNC. We promise to make this as quick as possible! In case of inclement weather, go to for alternate location.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact Carol Connelly, 800-872-1231, ext. 5267. For more information, call the Office of Campus Relations at 800-872-1231, ext. 5268.

PNC Honors Students Shine at Undergraduate Research Conference

Five students from the Purdue University North Honors Program recently presented their research at the Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference at Purdue University Calumet.

Undergraduate Research Honors Students

Aaron Ratigan, Kelsey Tabbert, Alexis Ulrich, Ashley Pezan, and Meagan West

Meagan West, a social work major, presented her research on how to help social workers provide resources for transgender youth. Meagan’s project grew out of her work with Dr. Carla Pfeffer, assistant professor of Sociology, in an honors version of the class, Sociology of Sex and Sexualities.

Ashley Pezan, a behavioral science major who is also pursuing a minor in English literature, presented a paper that used Rene Girard’s theory of triangular desire and Foucault’s concept of biopower to analyze several eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British novels.

Aaron Ratigan, an English major, articulated his theory of the anti-bildungsroman as a structuring concept of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.

Kelsey Tabbert, an English major, analyzed how Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Everything is Illuminated” “closets” its protagonist’s sexuality.

Alexis Ulrich, an English major, presented her research on Irish nationalism in Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel “The Valley of Fear.” Her work on Doyle will also be highlighted as a research snapshot in a forthcoming edition of the Purdue Journal of Undergraduate Research.

The PNC students presented projects they began in English courses with Dr. Heather Fielding, assistant professor of English.

The PNC Honors Program seeks to enhance the learning experiences of highly motivated and academically exceptional students.

Further information about the program may be obtained at  visit or email

PNC Faculty Members Promoted

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of eight Purdue University North Central faculty members. These promotions become effective with the start of the 2014 -2015 academic year in August.

“It is my honor to announce the promotion of these outstanding faculty members,” said Purdue North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “Each day these talented educators advance learning in their classrooms as they share their knowledge and experience with their students, encouraging them to learn, explore and grow. We are proud to have these dedicated professionals as members of our PNC faculty.”

Academic tenure is acquired on promotion to the rank of associate professor. Candidates promoted to this rank have accumulated a record of accomplishment as a faculty member and show promise of continued professional growth and recognition.

Faculty members promoted to full professor have achieved a significant record in all three areas of accomplishments: Learning, Discovery and Engagement.  In addition, they have gained national and international reputations in their disciplines.

Those promoted are:

Glynn Bricker

Dr. Glynn Bricker

Charlene Gyurko

Dr. Charlene Gyurko

Jerry Holt

Dr. Jerry Holt

Anne Christo-Baker

Dr. Anne Christo-Baker

Dr. Glynn E. Bricker, to associate professor of Physics. He was awarded his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University Calumet and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Dr. E. Anne Christo-Baker, to associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership. She received her Doctor of Education and Master of Organizational Development degrees from Bowling Green State University and bachelor’s degree from the University of Sierra Leone.

Dr. Charlene C. Gyurko, to associate professor of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University Calumet, master’s degrees from Indiana University Northwest and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a Ph.D. from Indiana State University.

Dr. Jerry Holt, to associate professor of English. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in English from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in English from Oklahoma State University. Holt also serves as the PNC interim chair of the department of English and Modern Languages.

Dr. Christabel L. Rogalin – to associate professor of Sociology. Rogalin earned her Ph.D., master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Christabel Rogalin

Dr. Christabel Rogalin

Peggy Rose

Peggy Rose

Angela Schooley

Angela Schooley

Photo of Dr. Li Tan

Dr. Li Tan


Peggy Rose, to associate professor of Nursing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Loyola University and was granted her master’s degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner credentials from Valparaiso University.

Angela Schooley, to associate professor of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Valparaiso University. She is

pursuing her PhD from Capella University.

Dr. Li Tan, to professor of Electrical Engineering. Tan earned two master’s degrees and a PhD from the University of New Mexico .

PNC Class Features Ronny Cox as Guest Speaker

Purdue University North Central students enrolled in the English 286 class “The Movies” will welcome guest speaker actor, singer and songwriter Ronny Cox to class on April 8.

Cox, who performed in the famous dueling banjo scene in the movie “Deliverance,” has turned his focus to music. He will appear at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City on Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

During his visit to PNC, Cox will discuss the making of 1972 movie “Deliverance.” The film’s stars Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Cox really went down the roaring North Georgia river that provides the film’s backdrop. Performing their own stunts and without computer graphics, Reynolds was thrown from a canoe and nearly broke his back in one sequence that is clearly seen in the film. In another scene, Voight nearly fell to his death trying to scale a sheer cliff, which is also shown in the film.  Director John Boorman was determined to make this movie so real that the audience could taste it.  He shot with a skeleton crew and the actors used no doubles.  There was, however, friction of another kind: author James Dickey, who appears at the end of the movie as the suspicious sheriff, was kicked off the movie set for his behavior. There are many stories to tell. All four stars are deeply proud of their work on “Deliverance” a film they risked their lives to make.

The class is taught by Dr. Jerry Holt, PNC assistant professor of English and interim department chair. Last fall, Holt asked Cox to speak to his “Narrative Fiction” class.  Holt explained that the class read the James Dickey novel “Deliverance,” which Dickey wrote the screenplay for that as well. Holt decided to reach out to Cox to see if he would speak to the class. Holt’s classes have enjoyed visits by a number of authors through Skype, the telephone or in person.

After contacting Cox through Facebook, Holt asked if he would speak to the class via Skype or telephone to the class. “He chose telephone,”  said Holt. “He proceeded to absolutely mesmerize a packed class for an hour and a half. I have met many film personalities in my life: I was on Film Commissions in both Oklahoma and Ohio. I have never met anyone in the business who is as gracious and warmly human as Ronny Cox.”

Others who have visited Holt’s classes include John Hancock, director of the film “Prancer”; Kristen Iversen, author of “Full Body Burden”; Susan Orlean, author of “Rin Tin Rin–A Biography”; Candice Millard, author of “Destiny of the Republic and Sean Aiken, author of “The One-Week Job.”

Holt noted that he offers an honorarium to the speakers and while most do not accept it, those who did gave it to charity. Iversen, Orlean and Millard had books on the best-seller list when they visited his class and Holt said, “They have all been incredibly generous. Iversen still communicates with members of the class. I am very proud of this enterprise — my classes were prepared and engaged and presently themselves wonderfully.  Because of them, these artists are in turn very impressed with the name Purdue.”

When Holt learned that Cox also toured with a band, he contacted the Lubeznik Center to see if there was any interest in booking him as a performer. The result was that PNC and the Center for the Arts are co-sponsoring his April 9 performance at the Lubeznik Center and visiting Holt’s class the day before.

Cox has been featured in more than125 films and television shows that include films such as “Beverly Hills,” “Total Recall” and “RoboCop.” His television career includes appearances in “Stargate” and two episodes as the captain of the ship on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Although he is best known for his acting career, Cox has been playing music and writing stories for more than four decades.

His first album self-titled, “Ronny Cox” with Mercury Records in Nashville debuted in 1993. He released several albums since then. His most recent album, “Songs…with Repercussions” was influenced by the death of his wife, Mary, whom he had met at age 14. He confesses on his website that he dealt with the loss of his wife through music. The album hit the number 1 spot of the Folk DJ list in the summer of 2009. Cox explained, “I have found that if I open up to my audience, they not only accept that, they also help me get through it. It is that sharing . . . of silliness, or sadness . . . or mutual understanding that I find to be very compelling.”

PNC Early Childhood Education Program Recognized

The Purdue University North Central Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education recently earned national recognition from the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

This judgment comes from a panel of peer reviewers who have confirmed that the program meets NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation. National recognition is the highest award and is a well-known indicator for high quality programs.

To achieve this status, the PNC early childhood education program submitted a comprehensive report including candidate performance data, assessment tools, and self-study results. The program, with initial teacher licensure for birth through grade 3, will now be listed as “nationally recognized” on the NCATE and NAEYC websites and is valid until the next accreditation visit in 2019. There are more than 450 NAEYC-recognized baccalaureate and graduate programs in 38 states. In Indiana, PNC is one of only six nationally recognized programs.

The reviewers’ report declared “The program is making progress in establishing a new, quality early childhood program. Assessments are being strengthened and candidates are getting more opportunities to apply their knowledge of early childhood education to the field.”

The Education Department secured this distinction through the collaborative efforts of the faculty and staff.

PNC Places First Among “Best Colleges For Students With Children”

Purdue University North Central earned first-place recognition on a national list of “Best Colleges For Students With Children” compiled by the web resource

In ranking Purdue North Central first on its national list of “Best Colleges For Students With Children,” made special mention of the PNC affordable tuition rate, the on-campus Panther Cubs Child Care service open to all enrolled students and faculty members, the Saturday MBA program offered at PNC – Porter County in Valparaiso and the University Park Apartments located directly across from the PNC campus on U.S. 421.

The site notes “more than 1,500 colleges, universities, and vocational schools offer child care for not only students, but also faculty members with children. Some schools have gone to even greater lengths than the rest to further support their student parent population.”

“To be recognized as first in the nation on the “Best Colleges For Students With Children” list is a tremendous accomplishment that highlights the type of campus culture that we’ve built at Purdue North Central,” said PNC Chancellor Dr.  James B. Dworkin. “We work very hard to make PNC and a Purdue University degree accessible for all students. Our tuition rates, financial aid, class schedule, campus child care, tutoring services, even our PNC – Porter County location, are all factors that help our students succeed.

Second on the list is the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Other Indiana universities making the list are Indiana University-Southeast – New Albany listed at 14 and Ball State University at 28. makes information available to prospective college students and their families so that they may make an educated choice about their future. The web site notes, “Through the use of student surveys, faculty surveys, independent research, ranking systems and the input of highly credible and authoritative sources, we have created a database of schools to help students and their families learn more about their best options for higher education.” The survey methodology and a list of the nations’ most child-friendly college campuses can be found at

Information about Purdue North Central and all that it offers is available at

Stephen R. Turner named as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central

HAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. – Stephen R. Turner will assume responsibilities as the vice chancellor for Finance and Administration for both Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet effective April 1.

The appointment represents the first step in unification efforts intended to combine administrative and academic oversight functions at the two campuses.  The goal of the unification initiative is to enable a stronger Purdue presence in Northwest Indiana by streamlining and combining administrative functions and reinvesting those saved resources in academic programs and faculty.

Stephen Turner

Stephen R. Turner

“As we begin our unification process, it made perfect sense to ask Steve to take on the responsibility of vice chancellor for Finance and Administration for both campuses,” said Dr. James B. Dworkin, chancellor of Purdue North Central. “Steve has a wealth of knowledge about Purdue University, business services, campus operations and physical facilities. I am confident that he will continue to do an excellent job for PNC, Purdue Calumet and Purdue University. Steve’s experience and tremendous enthusiasm for the job will serve him well as he steps forward during this critical time.”

Purdue Calumet Chancellor Dr. Thomas L. Keon added, “It is exciting and appropriate that a current vice chancellor with Steve’s background and knowledge—someone who is familiar with our Purdue system and, notably, our financial model and related capital priorities—is the first appointee of the emerging, consolidated senior administrative team that will lead our unified campuses.”

As vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, Turner will serve as chief financial and administrative officer of both campuses, overseeing more than 1,500 employees, combined budgets of $177 million and university facilities and infrastructure valued at $547 million. Turner came to Purdue North Central in 1998 and has been the vice chancellor of Administration there for the past five years. He earned undergraduate degrees from Indiana University Northwest and Purdue Calumet, a master’s degree from Western Michigan and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, West Lafayette.  He is a member of many local service and community organizations, serves on several boards and has been both appointed and elected to public office.

“I look forward to working closely with both chancellors, with our excellent faculty and with the outstanding staff at both campuses,” said Turner. “I am confident the unification will result in a stronger, more focused institution better equipped to serve the students and communities in our region. By combining vision, broad collaboration and timely implementation, we will create a unified university greater than the sum of its parts.”

PNC Offers OSHA Training Courses

The Purdue University North Central Center for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) will offer an OSHA 511: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry course in April and an OSHA 501: Outreach Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry course in June.

These courses, which are open to all qualified individuals, will be taught by three qualified instructors who bring more than 86 years of OSHA experience to the classroom.

The OSHA 511 course runs April 14 and ends on April 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at PNC- Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso. The course fee is $800 and includes all books and materials.

This course has no prerequisites. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 2.

Instruction will include an overview of OSHA policies, procedures and standards as well as general industry safety and health principles. Using OSHA standards as a guide, topics include scope and application of the OSHA general industry standards with special emphasis placed on the most hazardous areas. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

The OSHA 501 course will be June 2 through June 5, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at PNC – Porter County. The course fee is $800 and includes all books and materials.

The course is designed for personnel interested in teaching the 10- and 30-hour general industry safety and health outreach program to employees and other interested groups. Special emphasis is placed on those topics that are required in the 10- and 30-hour general industry safety and health outreach program to their employees and other interested groups. Special emphasis is placed on those topics that are required in the 10- and 30-hour programs as well as intensive instruction on training techniques. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate as well as an OSHA Outreach Trainer for General Industry card.

For this course, a thorough understanding of OSHA general industry standards is required. Participants must have completed the OSHA 511 course and have five years of safety experience to enroll.  To be considered for approval to join the OSHA 501 course, those interested in registering must submit a Prerequisite Verification Form to the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning by the registration deadline of Monday, May 19.

For further information about these programs, contact Cassandra Boehlke, PNC coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343 or Registration can be completed on-line at

PNC Announces Tuition Discount Program

Purdue University North Central students will soon have the opportunity to reduce the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree thanks to a new tuition discount plan.  Beginning in the Fall 2014 semester, PNC students will receive a 10 percent rate reduction for each credit hour taken beyond 12 hours per semester. The discount plan is designed to provide financial incentives for students to increase the number of credit hours taken each semester and encourage them to graduate in four years.

Last Fall, PNC students averaged a campus record 12 credit hours for the semester.  Even though average course load is trending in a positive direction, it is important for students to understand that completing 12 credit hours each semester means that they will need 10 semesters, or five years, to complete a typical 120 credit hour bachelor’s degree. By comparison, a student who earns 15 credit hours each semester will complete the degree in four years, save more than $500 under the new discount plan and enter their chosen profession sooner.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for PNC students,” said Dr. James B. Dworkin, PNC chancellor. “If students take just one additional three-hour class each semester, they will not only save a significant sum of money, but they will graduate on time to enter their careers a year earlier and start earning the income that comes with earning a Purdue University degree. This tuition discount program will help to keep our PNC students on their path to success.”

A recent report issued by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education noted that students who delay completing their degrees pay more tuition dollars and lose potential wages and career opportunities.

Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education noted, “Earning an on-time degree will always be the best and most affordable path to college graduation.”

PNC LaPorte County Academic Super Bowl Winners

LaPorte High School Academic Super Bowl Team

LaPorte High School’s Academic Super Bowl Team: Front Row: Chandler Watson, Taylor Jump, James Austin, Hannah Lawrence, Bree Winter, David Toth, Brandon Counter, Scott Urbanski
Back Row: Tristen Manuszak, Joey Tomal, Charlie Williams, Sarah Kirschbaum, Bethany Eyrick, Luke Vasilarakos, Brayan Salgado, Justin Vega, Austin Bohlin

Purdue University North Central recently hosted the sixth annual LaPorte County Senior Academic Super Bowl Open Invitational that drew teams from throughout Northwest Indiana.

The competition concluded with the team from North White High School taking first place. Second place went to the team of Home Scholars representing students from LaPorte, Porter and Lake Counties; third place went to the team  from LaPorte High School.

The competition theme was “Westward Expansion, 1783-1900”. Students competed in six subject areas – English, science, fine arts, social studies, math and interdisciplinary.

The winners in each round were:

English – third place – Home Scholars; second – North White; first – LaPorte

Science – third place – LaCrosse; second – North White, first – LaPorte

Fine Arts – third place – North White; second – Home Scholars; first – Elkhart Christian

Social Studies – third place – North White; second – Marquette; first – Home Scholars

Math – third place – LaPorte; second – Elkhart Christian; first –North White

Interdisciplinary – third place – Elkhart Christian; second – LaCrosse; first – North White

Super Bowl competition in Indiana is a part of the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs. This unique inter-scholastic academic competition program allows Indiana’s senior high, junior, middle and elementary school students an opportunity to compete in academics similar to an athletic contest. The academic competitions encourage academic achievement by offering participants recognition and reward by honoring intellectual achievement, academic competition celebrating scholarship.