Purdue University North Central Spring Enrollment

Purdue North Central opened its spring semester with 5,841 students, an increase of six percent over the 5,498 students, who were enrolled in spring 2015. These students are taking 49,746 credit hours, an increase of about 2.7 percent over spring, 2015.

“I welcome all of our spring semester students,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “I am happy to see that 85 percent of our fall semester students have returned to class and are continuing to work toward earning their Purdue degrees. The PNC students who will graduate in May will make history as the first to graduate on campus in our Student Services and Activities Complex.”

PNC continues to see an increase in the percentage of students who persist in enrolling from semester to semester. This helps to keep students on track to graduate in a timely fashion.

In addition, close to 71 percent of the core PNC undergraduate students are attending school full time, taking 12 or more credit hours. About 46 percent are taking more than 12 credit hours and enjoying the benefits of a 10 percent tuition reduction that is applied to credit hours a student takes beyond 12 hours per semester. This discount plan provides financial incentives for students to increase the number of credit hours taken each semester to keep them on a path to graduate in four years. During fall semester, students saved a collective $100,000 through the tuition discount program.

The PNC spring enrollment includes 2,850 core undergraduate students, 100 graduate students and 2,891 students in the Concurrent Enrollment/Dual Credit program. The graduate student population includes 36 students in the Master’s of Business Administration program and 64 non-degree-seeking graduate students.

The Concurrent Enrollment program, which allows high-achieving high school students the opportunity to earn PNC credits while in high school, continues to be an extremely popular option for students. This spring students are enrolled in 15,282 credit hours.

The program is offered in more than 40 high schools in Porter, LaPorte, Lake, Starke and other Northwest Indiana counties. These students enter college with the credit hours that they earned in high school and have a head start on their college education. Generally, these students will be able to graduate sooner and accumulate less debt.

More information about becoming a student at PNC can be obtained by visiting the campus Web site at www.pnc.edu or by calling 219-785-5505.

PNC Softball Team Benefits Daniel’s Cause

The Purdue University North Central student-athletes have a long-standing commitment to volunteering where they are needed on campus in the local community.

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L-R – Madyson Walter, Audrey Headley, Brianna Jodzis, Alexandra Jodzis, Daniel Alexander, Caroline Brown, Molly Marsh, Jenna Leach, Assistant Coach Jennifer Cassell

The women’s softball team members have established a tradition of generously supporting Daniel’s Cause – a gift-giving resource created by Daniel Alexander of Westville.

Alexander created his “cause” a few years ago with the sole intent of helping to brighten the holiday season for deserving children. He knows how much a simple gift can mean to a child. Alexander is now 14, but in 2010, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He made many trips to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s Child Life Services provided toys to Daniel and the other hospitalized children for them to play with and keep, at no cost the child’s family. It was a service that Daniel and his family appreciated.

Today, Daniel is home and doing well. He decided he wanted to repay the good will he experienced at the hospital and took on the project of gathering toys to donate to hospitalized children who were spending the holidays away from home. He said that the hospital generally has about 150 young patients in its care on Christmas day, with the average age of 7.

Knowing that, Daniel decided to make sure the youngsters could enjoy their holiday by helping to make sure that Santa had enough toys to deliver to each child.

The PNC softball team members have enthusiastically supported Daniel’s Cause, donating hundreds of toys for the past few years. A PNC connection already existed with Daniel’s Cause as former PNC player and PNC Athletic Hall of Fame player Jessica Brannagan is Daniel’s aunt who has helped to support Daniel’s Cause in the past.

The team members thought it would be great to contribute $5 per player to pay for the toys, said pitcher Audrey Headley. She noted that many contributed more and sought donations from friends and family.

It is also a PNC tradition for the softball coach to match the money raised by the team. Coach Denny King was happy to chip in so that the total reached $500.

“Community service is a big part of our athletic program at PNC,” said King. “Our team members feel a great sense of commitment and they work hard throughout the year to accomplish all that they can as students, as athletes and as members of our community. We are so fortunate to be in the position to help those who may need a hand.”

Headley echoed that, “We have a smaller school, so people get to know each other and we begin to feel like a family. That sense of community motivates us to give back and help out whenever and wherever we can.”

Headley is a third-year team member and a captain. As a Business major with a concentration in Marketing, she hopes to put her skills to work with a career in sports marketing.

While she is from Lafayette and most teammates are from cities across the Midwest, they feel a connection to PNC and Northwest Indiana. “We live together, we go to school together and we are here for most of the year. This is our home. These are our friends and our extended family. We are a unit on the field and off the field,” she explained.

The team members took their donations to shop at the Westville Dollar General store. King thanked the manager for helping them to stretch their money by taking advantage of sales and discounts.

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L-R –Softball Captains: Audrey Headley, Molly Marsh, Kaycie Pyle

Headley said the student-athletes immediately keyed in on toys that they enjoyed when they were younger, as well as some that they would enjoy playing with themselves.

“This was fun for us,” said Headley. “I was a great opportunity for us to help out.”

The team also held a holiday food drive to collect food to be donated to the Porter County Food Bank.

This ongoing commitment to volunteerism helped PNC earn the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character distinction each year since the award was first granted in 2002.

PNC Construction Club Networking Luncheon a Success

PNC Construction Club 2016

Left to right – Purdue University North Central Construction Club President Robert Kennedy, PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin, La Porte County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Bob Long and PNC Construction Club Vice President Jeremy Booker present a signed wooden plank to Habitat for Humanity signed by attendees of a recent Construction Club networking luncheon at PNC.

The Purdue University North Central Construction Club recently hosted its second annual networking luncheon and successfully introduced some of the most successful general contractors, engineers, architects and builders in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland to Purdue North Central and Calumet students majoring in Construction Engineering, Management Technology, Civil Engineering and other areas of engineering and technology.

The event included a career fair with several companies actively recruiting interns and employees. Students had the opportunity to present their resumes, speak to company representatives, ask questions and gather information.

“This is a great way for students to get together with potential employers in a more casual atmosphere than a traditional job interview,” said Construction Club President Robert Kennedy, a Construction Engineering and Management Technology major.

Participating companies included” Berglund Construction Inc., Burling Builders Inc., Career Center at PNC, Construction Advancement Foundation, D.A Dodd Inc., Haas & Associates, Larson-Danielson Construction Company Inc., NIES Engineering Inc., Old Veteran Construction Inc., Powers and Sons Construction, Tonn and Blank Construction and Ziolkowski Construction Inc.

Students sat with the professionals during lunch, presenting a unique opportunity to chat and get to know one another. Conversations did not necessarily center on academics or work. The professionals were happy to share their insights into what employers look for when hiring and give some insight into the job market and the skills required for the jobs their companies offer.

“This is a nice opportunity for us to meet prospective employees,” said Amanda Roe of Burling Builders, who left with a number of quality resumes. “Many of our employees are Purdue alumni. We know that Purdue graduates are smart, talented individuals.”

Tony Oss, a Larson-Danielson project development manager, is a Purdue graduate. The company owners are Purdue alumni, as are most employees.

“I am here to support the program and to find new employees,” he said. “This is a great event.”

PNC student Justin Rhinefield, a Construction Engineering and Management Technology major, attended the event to network, hoping to get some leads on a job. “It’s much easier to connect with someone with a face-to-face conversation, rather than sending in a resume,” he said.

Jeremy Smith, also a Construction Engineering and Management Technology major, will graduate in May.
“I’m ready to get started with my career,” he said. “I made a few connections. This was really helpful.”

Students visiting the Powers and Sons table were greeted by PNC alumna Cassie Carlson. She earned her degree in Communication and serves as Powers and Sons marketing coordinator. During the luncheon, Carlson cheerfully welcomed PNC students, spoke about the opportunities offered by Powers and Sons and collected resumes. Construction Club President Kennedy currently works for Powers and Sons as well.

The Construction Club has a close relationship with the La Porte County Habitat for Humanity. The luncheon raised more than $3,500 that will help fund the cost of the next Habitat for Humanity home in La Porte County.
Bob Long, executive director of La Porte County Habitat for Humanity, was the keynote speaker. He discussed how Habitat helps to make home ownership possible for area families and the vital role that the community plays in the organization’s success.

The PNC Construction Club has been a campus fixture for more than 25 years. The club is dedicated to helping out in the community and connecting students to industry professionals. Club members participate in the Regional Construction Management Competition at the International Builders Show and the National Association of Home Builders Regional Construction Management Competition.

Members volunteer to help with Habitat for Humanity and other community projects that help those in need rebuild, repair and restore their homes and properties.

Kennedy noted that PNC students learn construction fundamentals, management, estimating, scheduling, materials, strengths, soils, concrete, structural calculations, surveying and do architecture design utilizing the latest architectural software.

“I am confident that the employers successfully connected with some well-rounded, educated individuals whom will become great assets to their organizations,” said Kennedy.

Information about the PNC Construction Club is available at http://pnc-constructionclub.weebly.com/

PNC Accounting Students Offer Free Tax Service

Students from Purdue University North Central tax and accounting classes are again offering free assistance to the public in preparing federal and state income tax returns. This program is designed to provide basic income tax return preparation to individuals with low to moderate incomes, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly.

This is the 27th year that PNC has participated in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Due to support from the La Porte County United Way, the program has been expanded this year to accommodate more clients. This program offers free filing help to individuals and families with Gross Incomes of $53,000 or less. Gross Income is defined as income from all sources. Tax Returns will be prepared for income from wages, salaries, tips, pensions, ordinary interest, dividends, unemployment compensation, or Social Security benefits.

Appointments are required. Appointments will be available from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on all Saturdays from February 13 through March 26 with the exception of March 12. The service will be offered in Room 109 of the Technology Building on the PNC campus. Due to a recent IRS changes, this year’s tax returns can now be prepared for taxpayers who need to file an Indiana Return, but are not required to file a federal tax return (state only returns).

Thomas Holets, continuing lecturer of Accounting and coordinator of the PNC program, said the student VITA volunteers are prepared to help with basic returns, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ, and the Indiana IT-40. Returns which include interest and dividend income, Itemized Deductions, Earned Income Credit (EIC), and basic stock and bond transactions will also be prepared. Taxpayers are expected to participate in the IRS e-file program, unless there is a technical reason which prevents e-filing.

The volunteer tax preparers have completed 12 credit hours in accounting, including at least one tax course at Purdue North Central, and passed a rigorous IRS examination on tax rules and filing procedures.

The tax preparation services offered include:
Form 1040 with Schedules A, B, EIC, D, & R
Form 2441 (Child and Dependent Care Credit)
Form 8863 (Educational Credits)
Form 8812 (Additional Child Tax Credit)

Forms that will NOT be prepared are:
Schedule C (Profit & Loss from Business) (Example Cosmetic Sales or Other Self-Employment)
Complicated & Advanced Schedule D (i.e. Capital Gains & Losses on portfolio Stock Sales)
Schedule E (Rents & Losses)
Schedule F (Farm Income or Income from Rental of Farm Property)
Form 2106 (Employee Business Expenses)
Form 3909 (Moving)
Form 8606 (Non-deductible IRA)
Form 8615 (Minor’s Investment Income)
Form SS-5 (Request for Social Security Number)
Returns for taxpayers that are on active Military Duty
Injured or Innocent Spouse Returns
Cancellation of Debt

Assistance with Health or Medical Savings Accounts (W-2 Box 12 Code W or W-2 Box 12 Code R) is not currently available. It may become available early in March. Call to check on availability later in the season.

Students do not prepare self-employment returns (no Schedule C, Schedule SE) this type of income is often reported to on FORM 1099-MISC.

To request an appointment, please call the United Way toll-free at 1-877-502-0700.

PNC Presents “Intimate Illinois Landscapes” Art Exhibit

Rollman Landscapes

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series will present the exhibit “Intimate Illinois Landscapes” featuring the work of artist Charlotte Rollman in the first floor, north study area of the PNC Technology Building. It is free and open to the public. The will continue through May.

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.

These four watercolor landscape paintings were donated to Purdue North Central from the Estate of Lawrence Schlam, professor emeritus of Northern Illinois University School of Law. The paintings are part of a larger collection owned by Schlam, who was a collector of Rollman’s work.

Rollman is primarily known as a regional landscape watercolorist. Her landscape watercolor paintings are painted in three layers. The lighter hues are painted first with a lot of energy and emotion. Darker hues are applied in the second layer creating more substantial forms. Lastly, lines are applied with a wet tip of the brush.

Rollman LandscapeRollman is a Professor of Art emeritus at Northern Illinois University. Her work has been exhibited across the Midwest and in New York City and is featured in public collections throughout the country. She has provided art for book illustrations and CD covers.

Some of the artist’s past gallery affiliations include New Harmony Contemporary Art Gallery, Roy Boyd Art Gallery, Suzanne Brown Gallery, Nancy Lurie Gallery and Northern Illinois University Gallery and the Bowry Gallery in New York City.

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 219-785-5593To request a disability-related accommodation, contact the Office of Institutional Equity, 219-785-5545.

Unifying Purdue Northwest campuses select future nickname and mascot

Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central announced today the nickname and athletics mascot for the emerging Purdue University Northwest (PNW).

Purdue Northwest athletic teams will be known as the Pride. The mascot will be a bold image of a lion.

Pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits Purdue North Central and Purdue Calumet, Purdue University Northwest will be established through the unification of both existing campuses prior to the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Following unification, the athletic programs of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central will consolidate into one PNW program of 13 teams effective fall 2016.

Pending Higher Learning Commission review processes, the lion mascot image is expected to be unveiled during events on both campuses to present the new mascot to students, faculty, staff and the greater community sometime in the first quarter of 2016.

“We are excited that as our two great campuses come together into Purdue Northwest, our teams will compete as the PNW Pride,” said Rick Costello, director of Athletics for the emerging Purdue Northwest and current director of Athletics for Purdue Calumet. “This name reflects everything people affiliated with our campuses told us Purdue Northwest means to them: strength, respect, toughness, determination.

“I think these are characteristics not just of our teams, but of our student body and the Northwest Indiana region,” Costello stated. “Furthermore, our students and student-athletes said they wanted a unique mascot that is dignified, empowered and, last but certainly not least, conveys a winning image.”

Tom Albano, associate athletics director of Compliance for PNW and current athletics director of Purdue North Central, added, “Once we are officially PNW, we will have a special celebration to share the lion mascot with everyone on both campuses and in the community at large. We know our students, coaches and many others are eager to see and wear the Pride logo, but we need to respect the unification application review process.

We appreciate the valuable input of the many people who engaged in the development of the Pride nickname and the future mascot. We look forward to creating a genuine sense of PNW spirit.”

Through an extensive process that began in February 2015, thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members from the Calumet and North Central campuses participated in the nickname selection. A task force comprised largely of students guided the process, which included a widely distributed survey to which nearly 3,000 people responded.

The lion mascot emerged through extensive brand research that included discussions and focus groups with hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

As a university of unified North Central and Calumet campuses, Purdue Northwest would become an institution of some 15,000 students, fifth largest in Indiana. The evolving Purdue Northwest also is intended to provide enhanced opportunities for students in programs of study, a wider variety of shared online courses and more options for community engagement and professional development.



Wes Lukoshus
Asst. Vice Chancellor
Marketing & Communications
Campus: 219-989-2217
Other: 219-746-0440
E-mail: lukoshus@purduecal.edu

Carol Connelly
Media & Communication Services
Campus: 219-785-5267
E-Mail: cconnelly@pnc.edu


Kris Falzone
Associate Vice Chancellor
Marketing & Communications
Campus: 219-989-2217
E-mail: kris.falzone@purduecal.edu

PNC student, American Cancer Society Tree Decorating Contest

Westville – Purdue University North Central students, along with the American Cancer Society, will host a tree decorating contest and a Luminaria ceremony on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. It is free and open to the public.

PNC students in this semester’s Introduction to Public Relations course, Cody Haver, Sarah Maddox, Vanessa Bruce, Heather Hollenberger, Brian Gonzalez, and T.J. Stephens, are coordinating this event as part of a service-learning project.

The students all have had family members or friends affected by this disease. Their goal is to spread the message that everyone in the battle against cancer is never alone. They hope to shed some light on this topic and will use Christmas lights to do so.

This event is intended to give individuals a way to remember loved-ones who have been taken by cancer, as well as to celebrate those who have won the battle and inspire those who are still fighting.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Juliana Newbill at (574) 257-9787 and choosing option #3, or by email at juliana.newbill@cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical divisions and ensure a presence in every community.

Keon chosen as chancellor-designate of Purdue University Northwest

Chancellor Keon


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Thomas Keon will be the chancellor when Purdue University Northwest officially comes into existence on July 1, 2016, the result of the unification of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central.

The announcement was made Friday (Nov. 20) by Purdue President Mitch Daniels and search committee chair Gary Lehman, a Purdue trustee.

“Today, we take another important step in building a great new economic and educational asset in northwest Indiana,” Daniels said. “No one, starting with Tom, underestimates the difficulty of bringing together two campuses, their faculty and staff, but we are confident in the tremendous potential for cultural and commercial enrichment in the region. Chancellor Keon has an extraordinary opportunity to lead what will be the fifth largest public university in Indiana and one that will have positive impact on students and businesses for years to come.”

Keon has been chancellor of Purdue Calumet since 2011. James Dworkin, who has served as chancellor of Purdue North Central since 2000, will remain in his position through June 30, 2016. Dworkin will continue working with Keon on a smooth transition as they have since 2014. After a sabbatical year, Dworkin will return to Purdue’s West Lafayette campus in fall 2017 as a full professor in Krannert School of Management, where he began his Purdue career in 1976.

“I am extremely humbled and extremely excited to take on this enormous responsibility,” Keon said. “I am mindful of the very difficult work that is ahead and completely committed to the task of building and cementing relationships that will ultimately lead to the success of our campuses and community. I also want to offer my sincere thanks to Jim Dworkin for his always wise counsel and to the campuses and northwest Indiana community for the collaborative efforts that will lead to the success of this new institution.”

Once unification is complete, Purdue Northwest will be a comprehensive university enrolling approximately 16,000 students, employing more than 1,500 faculty and staff, and offering more than 45 graduate and undergraduate programs of study on two campuses. The two campus locations will be respectively identified as Purdue University Northwest-Calumet and Purdue University Northwest-North Central. The unification is pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

The chancellor-designate will be responsible for working with stakeholders from the two existing campuses to advance academic quality, student success and affordability. He also will be charged with meeting with local employers and community leaders to ensure that the new institution is meeting the needs of the regional economy.

Purdue trustees approved the creation of Purdue University Northwest in July 2014, reflecting the university’s commitment to finding administrative cost savings and promoting student affordability and accessibility. A website with updates on the integration process is available at http://www.unifynorthcentralcalumet.org/.

Learn more about Chancellor-Designate Thomas Keon

Media contacts:

Wes Lukoshus, 219-989-2217, lukoshus@purduecal.edu

Carol Connelly, 219-785-5267, cconnelly@pnc.edu




PNC and Calumet Students Attend Honors Conference

A group of honors students from Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet recently attended the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference in Chicago.

PNC students Eileen Long and Alexis Ulrich, both English majors, and Stefanie Nanney, a psychology major, presented their research at this conference

PNC Honors Program president Rachel Kunnen, vice president Matt Variot and Honors Program members Zach Zromkoski, attended sessions that gave them ideas for developing the Purdue University Northwest Honors College. Sessions covered topics that included drama, poetry, music and film.

The conference presented the ideal opportunity for the PNC and Calumet students to meet their peers from across the globe to present research, discuss their interests and to gather ideas that they could use for their Honors Program and the future PNW Honors College. They also attended a roundtable discussion on the Purdue Calumet Peer Mentoring program and an idea exchange on the use of the Team App.

“Attending the NCHC was eye opening,” said Kunnen. “This was my first time attending and after being a part of the various seminars, I realized that other schools were facing the same problems our own program has been dealing with. After hearing other students talk about their new ideas, I was inspired to try as many new things with our program as was possible and make the program better than it already is.”

To learn more about the PNC Honors Program, visit www.pnc.edu/honors.

PNC Marketing Students Impact the Community

Members of the PNC Principles of Marketing class visit Family Express as part of their learning experience.

Members of the PNC Principles of Marketing class visit Family Express as part of their learning experience.

The Purdue University North Central undergraduate marketing students are partnering with the local community to learn effective marketing strategies.

Throughout the fall semester, students in the Principles of Marketing class are learning about marketing techniques including advertising, public relations, social media marketing and strategies. This learning experience has included presentations by organizations and businesses in the Valparaiso area.

Rex Richards, president of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development presented the chamber’s successful marketing campaigns and explained how market research fueled these programs. “I found the students extremely engaged,” said Richards. “The questions the class members asked were quite advanced. I was very impressed with their technical knowledge of the subject matter. ”

John Seibert and Barbie Johnson, of the Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Department, met the class at the Urschel Pavilion to explain how the department’s strategies and relationship-building create strong partnerships with the Valparaiso community.

“It was a privilege to meet with the class to discuss Valpo Park’s marketing strategies,” said John Seibert, director of Parks and Recreation. “We shared our team’s efforts to best serve our unique and diverse customers, and in turn, learned student insights, questions and comments.”

The class also visited with Joe Battistoni, digital advertising director and Jim Pellegrini, marketing manager at The Times Media Company, to talk about advertising and integrated marketing communications.

“At The Times, we see the tremendous benefits of collaborating together and we look forward to expanding on this type of opportunity in the future,” said Debbie Anselm, general manager and vice president of sales and marketing.

“This hands-on learning matters,” said PNC student Adrian Aguirre. “The best way for us to learn marketing is to network with marketers.”

The group also met with the marketing team at Family Express and Chris Mahlmann from Ideas in Motion, who presented real-world lessons to complement the marketing lessons learned in the traditional classroom.

The knowledge that the students gather in class and from these community leaders will ultimately be put to work as the students build a marketing plan for the Boys and Girls Club of Michigan City.

“These PNC students are a conduit for transferring effective marketing strategies from these successful organizations to aiding a nonprofit agency that is building its brand presence,” says Marie Foster, PNC director of Advancement, who teaches the class. “By creating marketing plans from information learned in the classroom, in the community and through market research, these students will be able to make a positive change in Northwest Indiana.”

Student Mark Jozaitis echoed that sentiment. “We have been given a unique experience to meet with some of the best business minds in our area. They gave us guidance for creating a marketing strategy for the Boys and Girls Club of Michigan City. It has been a phenomenal experience to enhance our marketing skills and create positive change for the club, I am grateful for the opportunity.”

Brandi Lewis, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Michigan City expressed her appreciation.  “We are fortunate to work with a Purdue North Central marketing class to develop the perfect marketing plan for Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City. As the new executive director, I am constantly looking for innovative ways to tell our club’s story and make sure everyone knows who we are, what we do and just why it’s important to our community. Working with a well-respected educational institution and with students who are knowledgeable about marketing strategies and our community, makes this collaboration even more exciting. I’m confident the students will develop strategies we can implement for years to come. I’m looking forward to seeing their vision for taking Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City into the future.”