PNC Chancellor Authors Children’s Book “The Dog and the Dolphin”

James Dworkin

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin with his newly published book, “The Dog and the Dolphin.” This is Dworkin’s first children’s book.

James Dworkin, Allison and Abby

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin, with granddaughters Allison (left) and Abby, display copies of his new children’s book, “The Dog and the Dolphin” at the Michigan City Public Library where he recently read the book to a group of youngsters.

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin has published the children’s book, “The Dog and The Dolphin,” the delightful story of two unlikely friends who meet on a beach in Florida.

“The Dog and The Dolphin,” is available for purchase at www.thedogandthedolphin.com ; through www.amazon.com and at the PNC and Purdue University Calumet bookstores.

The children’s story was inspired by an interaction Dworkin observed several years ago while vacationing with his family on Sanibel Island, Fla. During a visit to the beach, Dworkin watched a dog, depicted in the book as an Irish setter named Red, wander the beach. The dog strolled around, sniffed here and there and seemed to be bored, said Dworkin. But as the dog gazed into the water, it caught a glimpse of something that interested him. A dolphin was frolicking a short distance away.

The dog was clearly interested in the dolphin. Dworkin observed that it seemed like the dolphin noticed the dog on the beach. The dolphin seems so interested in the dog that it would swim in the same direction that the dog ran. When the dog ran to the left, the dolphin followed. Then the dog ran to the right, the dolphin would change direction too. The dog seemed to be so enamored with his new friend, he tried to swim out to it with a Frisbee so they could play together.

Dworkin found the interaction to be so charming, he wrote down what he’d observed and did a few rough drawings, thinking that it was a heartwarming story to relate. He asked an esteemed portrait artist, Michael Chelich, of Munster, to illustrate the story. As a first-time book illustrator, Chelich created amazingly detailed, life-like art work to help to tell the story of what took place on the beach that sunny day.

As a parent and grandparent Dworkin knows the importance of reading with children and sparking their active imaginations. This story of an unusual friendship between a dog and a dolphin not only captures the interest of youngsters, but also teaches valuable lessons of friendship and diversity as the story’s two characters form an unlikely, yet unmistakable bond.

The book also serves as a lasting legacy to Dworkin’s grandchildren as three of their names are featured in the illustrations. A likeness of Chelich’s daughter is seen as a young swimmer.

Dworkin intends for the book to have another lasting effect as he will donate part of the proceeds to endow a scholarship for students in the PNC Early Childhood Education program.

An accomplished author, Dworkin has written the books, “Owners Versus Players: Baseball and Collective Bargaining” (Boston: Auburn House Publishing Company, 1981), and “Reflections on the Transformation in Industrial Relations” (Scarecrow Press, 1989). He has also written and edited numerous articles and chapters for a variety of professional publications.

“The Dog and the Dolphin” is his first children’s book. He already has an inspiration for his second children’s book.

In the coming months, Dworkin and Chelich look forward to sharing the book with children, their parents and grandparents at readings and book signings. One of his first stops will be to read the book to the kindergarten class of his grandson Jimmy.

Information on readings and book signings will be available at www.thedogandthedolphin.com.

Purdue Northwest chosen as name for unified regional campus

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Board of Trustees on Friday (July 18) approved Purdue University Northwest as the name of the unified Calumet and North Central campuses.

James B. Dworkin, chancellor of Purdue North Central, and Thomas L. Keon, chancellor of Purdue Calumet, praised the campus naming as a key step forward in their unification efforts. Combining the campuses reflects Purdue’s continuing emphasis on administrative cost savings and promoting student affordability and accessibility, they said.

“I am very happy that our naming process is complete,” Dworkin said.

“This is a major step forward in our campus unification. Our unification effort reflects our commitment to ensuring the academic and administrative excellence of Purdue North Central and Purdue Calumet. Both campuses have established themselves as valued members of the Northwest Indiana community, and we’re pleased that the trustees kept this goal in mind with the selection of Purdue University Northwest.”

Keon added that the name selection underscores a sense of cohesiveness that will serve both of the campus locations going forward.

“Northwest Indiana is ready for a more enriched Purdue University with excellent academic programs, experienced faculty and quality students,” he said. “Coming together as Purdue University Northwest reflects our commitment to working closely together to create an even stronger presence in the many communities we serve.”

The name’s adoption will be phased in over the next two years as work continues to unify administrative oversight functions into one central office and provide opportunities for students to seamlessly pursue degree programs at either campus location. For now, Purdue University Northwest will be used in activities connected with the continued unification plan. Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central will begin to market academic programs as one regional campus after gaining accreditation to do so by the Higher Learning Commission.

The target date for completion of unification is July 1, 2016. Announced Feb. 26, the unification will include a formal plan that will be presented to trustees at a later meeting.

Once unification is complete, the two campus locations will be respectively identified as the Purdue University Northwest-Calumet campus and the Purdue University Northwest-North Central campus.

Current students will not see their curriculum, coursework or graduation requirements change. Incoming students will still apply and enroll at the campus location of their choice.

In addition to approving the name, trustees authorized the two chancellors to develop a new logo and to create new nomenclature to distinguish the existing regional campus references.

Area Youth Participate in STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2014

STEAM Camp at PNC

PNC STEAM Camp members with their completed sculptures during PNC STEAM Camp. Art activities sponsored by NIPSCO.

Two campers psoing with their works in progress

Two proud sculptors posing with their work in progress during PNC STEAM Camp. Art activities sponsored by NIPSCO.

Barker Woods campers pose with their finished artwork.

Barker Woods campers pose with their finished artwork during PNC STEAM Camp. Art activities sponsored by NIPSCO.

Purdue University North Central is hosting a six-week STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2014 for area young people at its Westville campus through July 25. The camp emphasizes activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines and introduces students to the university campus as they take part in age-appropriate learning with PNC faculty, staff and local professionals as their instructors.

The young people, ages six to 12, are enrolled in one of the La Porte County Coalition of Youth Serving Agencies (YSA) including Imagination Station, Barker Woods, Boys and Girls Club, Michigan City Parks and Recreation, Safe Harbor and North Central Community Action Agencies (NCCAA). The camp’s primary underwriter is the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.

Indoor and outdoor activities keep these youth mentally and physically engaged for their time on campus with about 40 students coming to camp each day and up to 160 children spending one morning a week at PNC for six weeks. During the remaining hours, they will participate in activities offered by their youth programs.

The camp learning activities include:

“Kids Gone Wild – Camp Audubon” presented by the Potawatomi Audubon Society. Campers developed their observation skills as they looked at the natural world. After being introduced to what they may see in the natural world, they set out on a scavenger hunt to find pre-placed items along the trail in the woods at PNC. They worked together to find things such as bird nests, deer antlers and bones, turtle shells and snake skin. Along the way, there were stations set up to observe and identify animal tracks and listen to a related story.

The youngsters made a lanyard, decorated it with gourds and beads and then drew pictures of what they observed on the gourd.

“Forensics” with Charles A. Steele, PNC Limited Term Lecturer in Physics and president of Aneval Inc. Participants heard the story of a break-in. They collected and analyzed evidence to determine which of three suspects (if any) is the thief.

To solve the crime, the campers evaluated the crime scene, recorded it and decided what to collect and process. Tools which may have been used in the crime, were evaluated and the campers made clay impressions to see which could have made a mark left at the scene. They also studied and compared fingerprints. Based on this evidence, each group presented a theory of the case.

“Creating Sculpture” led by Marie Foster, PNC interim director of Development. A former secondary art teacher, Foster used her 3-dimensional art skills and expertise in art history to give students the opportunity to create a sculpture from objects found in Northwest Indiana manufacturing. Campers learned about sculptor Louise Nevelson, known for her monumental monochromatic sculptures.

The children will work in small groups to create a sculpture with boxes they brought in and these individual pieces will be joined together to make one large sculpture. Foster will spray paint the final products and return it to each participating agency for the youngsters to enjoy.

This week is partly sponsored by NIPSCO.

Dr. David Pratt, PNC associate professor of Education, with “Fun Physics in the Park!” Students will work with computers as they learn about the physics that go in to experiences they enjoy at the skate park, amusement park or water park. They will be introduced to the physics behind these park activities as they create models of their own roller coasters. They will experiment with a computer simulation to help them understand the physics necessary for creating the best possible design.

Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics, with “The Science of Everything!” Using virtual physics simulations, participants will observe fun, real-life demonstrations that illustrate some of the basic properties of the universe. Energy, momentum, angular momentum, mechanical waves and electromagnetism will all be highlighted. Younger participants will focus on the descriptive aspects of each activity, while older participants engage in varying levels of mathematical modeling.

Jerry DeGroot, PNC continuing lecturer in Mathematics, with “Math, Games and Puzzles” presents math concepts in a fun, entertaining format to help campers understand math concepts that they can use every day.

Enrollment for this camp session is closed. Further information can be obtained by contacting Liz Bernel, PNC coordinator of Special Events and Marketing at 785-5200,

ext. 5719 or ebernel@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Bernel.

PNC Faculty Member Named Campus Compact Fellow

Mary Jane Eisenhauer

Mary Jane Eisenhauer

Purdue University North Central faculty member Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, associate professor of Early Childhood Education, has been selected by Indiana Campus Compact as a Senior Faculty Fellow for its 2014-2015 Faculty Fellows. In this position, she will lead the 19th class of Faculty Fellows for the state of Indiana, who are proving that service-learning and community engagement can effectively integrate faculty teaching, research, and professional service.

Eisenhauer has previously been recognized as a Campus Compact Faculty Fellow and has earned a number of distinctions from Campus Compact for her service learning initiatives.

“I am honored to serve as Senior Fellow and look forward to working with this class of faculty fellows from around the state to advance service engagement,” said Eisenhauer. “It is especially rewarding since service is part of the Purdue University mission.”

As Senior Fellow, Eisenhauer will not only lead a group of faculty fellows in their service engagement initiatives, but at the same time she will continue working with the PNC Early Childhood students on their service-learning projects, such as those included in her Child, Family, School & Community course and the Library Sprouts program that her students developed. She will also develop a sustainable strategic plan for the PNC Center for Early Learning to strengthen it as a resource for community engagement, specifically as it relates to early education.

The goals of the Faculty Fellows program include supporting faculty in the scholarship of engagement; providing faculty with opportunities to collaborate with a community organization in a way that advances teaching and scholarship while addressing a significant social, economic, or environmental issue; and building a strong and productive social and intellectual community of scholars.

In turn, the Faculty Fellows will each teach a service learning course; provide direct service to a nonprofit organization to address a particular community issue and develop a research or creative project to enhance and advance the field of service engagement.

Indiana Campus Compact is an association of 45 campuses located throughout the state and is part of the national Campus Compact organization. Campus Compact is the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement. Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops student citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships and provides resources and training for faculty members who want to integrate civic and community-based learning into the classroom.

Purdue University Opens Northwest Indiana Engagement Office

Timothy Sanders

Timothy Sanders

Timothy Sanders to direct office, support regional campus efforts  

As a point of contact for connecting Purdue University expertise with priorities of Northwest Indiana business, industry and government, university administrator Timothy Sanders has assumed a new role as Director of Purdue’s newly-established Northwest Indiana Engagement Office.

Sanders, who began his new duties Tuesday (7/1), served since 2009 in Purdue’s Office of Governmental Relations, where he acted as a liaison between the university and governmental officials. In his new position, he reports to Associate Vice President of Engagement Steve Abel at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.

Advancing economic development

Sanders’ Northwest Indiana responsibilities include building contacts with business, industry, governmental agencies and community leaders to promote workforce, business and economic development, while enhancing greater awareness of Purdue-provided technical assistance and research capabilities. He also supports related efforts and activities of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central.

“We welcome what this commitment means to the joint efforts of our two Northwest Indiana Purdue campuses in building a stronger Purdue presence in this region,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “With respect to Purdue’s land grant university status, this university appointment is a viable step for strengthening the path of economic development between Purdue campuses and Northwest Indiana.”

Helping build partnerships

Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin added, “This is a tremendous opportunity for Purdue University and Northwest Indiana. Purdue University has long been a champion for strengthening our local communities, and Tim will work to enhance our existing relationships, while reaching out to build new partnerships. Tim is very familiar with Northwest Indiana and is committed to helping us move forward.”

Calling engagement “a hallmark of Purdue University,” Abel said, “The opportunity to have someone of Tim Sanders’ talent and standing in Northwest Indiana will help significantly advance our engagement mission and broaden our reach across Indiana. Our regional campuses play an integral role in Purdue’s success, and I am delighted to be partnering with them in this new and important endeavor.”

The opening of the Northwest Indiana Engagement Office follows similar Purdue initiatives established in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne areas. The Northwest Indiana Office has locations at Purdue North Central and Purdue Calumet.

PNC Spring 2014 Graduate List

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PNC Spring 2014 Honors List

Click here for PNC’s Spring 2014 Honor List

 

PNC Disc Golf Course Open to the Public

The Purdue University North Central 18-hole disc golf course is open for the public to enjoy at no charge. The course winds through the beautifully landscaped 268-acre campus, presenting a challenging and visually appealing course that can be enjoyed by experienced, intermediate and beginning disc golfers. The course is groomed and maintained year-round.

The first hole is located adjacent to the PNC baseball field at the south end of campus. Golfers may park in lot eight. Discs are available for public use in the PNC Office of Student Activities, located in Library-Student Faculty Building Room 80.

The disc golf course was designed by Mike Jenneman, disc golfer, graphic designer and photographer from Carmel, Ind., and Alan Pier, Indiana Disc Golf Hall of Fame member and course designer with more than 20 years of experience, from Peru, Ind.

The PNC course features Spiderweb 3 baskets, originally created by Allen Pier and handmade in Peru, Ind. by Darroll Dickerson of Arachnid Disc Golf Targets. The baskets are PDGA approved and rated Champion Status, paving the way for future major, top tier tournaments at PNC.

PNC is known for its Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and its large-scale sculptures are incorporated into the course. The sculpture, Anatomy Vessel by Eric Nordgulen, is featured on the first hole.

Further information about disc golf at PNC, contact Shane Prance, Athletics/Activities coordinator at spranc00@pnc.edu or 219-785-5660.

PNC Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors Course

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a non-credit, pre-licensing course to prepare participants to take the Indiana Home Inspector Examination and become licensed home inspectors in Indiana.

“Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors” will meet at the PNC Westville Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on July 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. Central Time (CT). The registration fee is $1,350, which includes all required textbooks and course materials. Payment plans are available. The registration and final payment deadline is Monday, July 14, at 4 p.m. CT.

During this state-approved program, students will learn material both through intensive classroom instruction and through hands-on labs by performing live home inspections with the instructor. The course is designed to meet the guidelines for providing home inspection services in the State of Indiana and is a requirement to apply for a Home Inspectors License in the State of Indiana.

Taught by a licensed Indiana home inspector with more than 20 years of experience in inspecting properties and nearly a decade of teaching experience, students will learn the intricacies of building structures and systems, as well as the investigative techniques needed to complete home and business inspections. Students will receive in-depth instruction on Indiana state law, report writing and marketing their own future home inspection business.

To register or to obtain further information about this course, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/pre-licensing-programs/pre-licensing-course-for-indiana-home-inspectors/ or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748. Contact Boehlke via email at cboehlke@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

Purdue Calumet Vice Chancellor Also Assuming Responsibilities at PNC

The role of Purdue University Calumet Vice Chancellor of Information Services Sarah E. Howard has been expanded to include I.S. oversight at Purdue University North Central.

Effective immediately, Howard becomes the fifth administrator to assume responsibilities at both campuses since the Feb. 26 announcement of intentions to unify Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central. A goal of the unification process is to enable a stronger Purdue presence in northwest Indiana by combining and streamlining inter-campus administrative functions and reinvesting saved resources in academic programs and faculty.

“Dr. Howard has exhibited excellent management, change management and leadership skills throughout her career, and especially during her Purdue Calumet tenure,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “She will work with Information Services teams on both campuses to enhance operations and user experiences.”

Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin added, “We welcome Dr. Howard to the Purdue North Central campus community. She has an impressive background in higher education, and her knowledge and expertise make her a tremendous asset as Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central move forward. We look forward to working with her.”

Howard has headed Purdue Calumet Information Services the past year, appointed first as Interim Vice Chancellor, then named to the permanent Vice Chancellor position last January. She also served briefly as Interim Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for one and one-half years.

“This is an opportunity for our two campuses to work together at the technological infrastructure level to provide the necessary support for us to transition in becoming one unified university,” she said.

Howard came to Purdue Calumet in 2001 as Assistant Dean of Students. She was promoted to Dean of Students and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Life in 2006.

A former resident of Chicago, Howard holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master’s degree from DePaul University and a doctorate from National Louis University, Chicago.