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.

PNC Women in Engineering and Technology Scholarships

Women in engineering scholarships

Dr. Thomas Brady, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, scholarship winners Haley Solar and Michelle Figueroa and Martha Garcia-Saenz, associate professor of Construction Engineering and Management Technology and Women in Engineering and technology faculty advisor.

The Purdue University North Central Women in Engineering and Technology organization recently awarded scholarships to Michelle Figueroa, of Portage, and to Haley Solar, of Porter, students in the PNC College of Engineering and Technology. Both expect to graduate in May, 2015.

Figueroa, a Mechanical Engineering major, believes that through engineering “advancements that can better the lives of everyday people and those of generations to come.”

As a student she found, “As I learned more about engineers and the way they mold the entire world around us, I knew it was going to be my way of helping.”

She volunteers with Nativity of Our Savior Parish in Portage and previously worked at the New Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville. She recently served an internship with Chicago Faucets in Michigan City, aiding with in production improvement and assembly/packaging requirements.

Solar is majoring in Construction Engineering and Management Technology. When she graduates, she will be the first person in her family to earn a college degree. She was a member of the PNC Construction Club and took part in the National Association of Home Builder’s Residential Construction Management Competition. “It was a great learning experience that I will never forget,” she said.

She served an internship with Walsh Construction. “I am grateful to have this opportunity to gain on-the-job experience that is unlike anything that can be taught in a classroom,” said Solar. “This internship helped lead me to the conclusion that I would like to become a construction manager after I graduate.”

The Women in Engineering and Technology program was started on the Purdue North Central campus during the 2002 spring semester. The program is designed to enrich the professions of engineering and technology through the full participation of women from all backgrounds. The program’s main objective is the retention of female students in engineering and technology programs, offering a variety of activities and vehicles in which students can feel supported and encouraged.

For more information about Women in Engineering and Technology, contact Martha Garcia-Saenz at 785-5200, ext. 5522, or at mgarcia@pnc.edu.  #

PNC MBA Students Present Outstanding Faculty Award

Kumara Jayasuriya

Dr, Kumara Jayasuriya

The Purdue University North Central graduates of the MBA class of 2014 recently presented their Outstanding Faculty Award to Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and professor of Mathematics, for his teaching of the Quantitative Methods course.

“We are delighted that Dr. Jayasuriya was recognized. This is one of the most challenging courses for our students and he was able to bring his enthusiastic style and passion for mathematics to the classroom.” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, dean of the PNC College of Business. “He is able to take complex statistical concepts and demonstrate how useful they can be in making effective managerial decisions.”

“Teaching Mathematics is my passion. I am very grateful for the opportunity to teach the Quantitative Methods course in the MBA program. This class was very special because I had very dedicated and intelligent students. I would like to thank Dean Roberts for providing me the opportunity to teach, “ said Jayasuriya.

Jayasuriya came to PNC in 2011 after serving as dean of Science and Mathematics in the Indiana University system. On July 1, he will be moving on to a new position, serving as provost of West Virginia State University.

“We will be sorry to see Dr. Jayasuriya leave. He was an asset to our MBA program and a great member of our team of professors who take pride in preparing their students by developing leadership, strategic thinking, and teamwork skills,” said Roberts.

“In his short time on this campus, he was able to implement many operational improvements, served as the campus liaison for the Purdue University graduate school, fostered the development of additional graduate programming, and encouraged the growth of PNC’s online presence.”

Further information about the PNC MBA program may be obtained at http://www.pnc.edu/mba/ or by contacting the program office at (219) 785-5557 or mba@pnc.edu.

PNC Center for Early Learning Receives Grant

PNC student Abigail Vittatoe with library summer camps students

PNC student Abigail Vittatoe works with youngsters participating in the Westville Library “Summer Sprouts Catch the Reading Bug!” literacy program.

The Purdue University North Central Center for Early Learning has received a $3,000 grant the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support summer literacy.

The grant will help support the “Summer Sprouts Catch the Reading Bug!” literacy program offered by the Center for Early Learning with the Westville Library from June 11 through July 31.

“Summer Sprouts provides a brilliant opportunity for young children and their families to experience the wonders of the library,” said Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, associate professor of Early Childhood Education. “I am thrilled to work with PNC students to kick-off the summer. Throughout the summer, families are encouraged to use every day experiences to strengthen children’s language and literacy skills,”

The “Summer Sprouts Catch the Reading Bug!” literacy program serves children ages birth to 6. Twenty-five children are enrolled and space is available for more. Summer Sprouts integrates the familiar theme of creatures in our natural environment with the essential components of a high-quality and effective program for new readers – informational text, access to library materials, meaningful interactions with resources and support for developing a repertoire of strategies for navigating print and book knowledge. The program aligns these factors with both high- and low-tech materials and resources.

In addition to story hours on July 9 and July 30, participants and their parents will have access to educational resources and technology at the Westville Library. Age-appropriate apps and e-books are available for use on iPads.

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

Purdue North Central established the Center for Early Learning (CEL) in 2008 as a tangible response to the needs of Northwest and North Central Indiana. The CEL leads early learning experts and stakeholders in working to create comprehensive child development and family support services that reflect the diverse cultures, strengths and needs of Northwest Indiana families and those who work with children ages birth through third grade. The Center offers opportunities and tools such an early childhood curriculum materials resource library, increasing awareness of the importance of high quality early childhood education and creating enriching programs for children, families, care providers and teachers. It also affords an outlet for students to gain practical experience as they work toward their BS degrees in Early Childhood Education.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives help improve lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of “Serving Others.” Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 year with 11,000 stores in 40 states.

PNC Communication Camp for High Schoolers

The Purdue University North Central Department of Communication and the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will be offering a Communication Camp for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from Aug. 4 through 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The campers will host a wrap party on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. with family and friends invited.

The camp will be led by Dr. Jeff Shires, PNC associate professor of Communication, assisted by current PNC students.

Participants will develop two video projects – a shorter “commercial” and a longer form narrative – which they will develop from pre- to post-production, learning how to script, storyboard, shoot and edit. Students will work through the process of planning and producing video, including finding the best camera angles, determining the best way to light a scene, the use of digital editing effects and more. They will also learn basic video shooting techniques such as the types of shots, effective camera movement and angles. By the end of camp, they will have the ability to create short videos that can be shared with audiences through various mediums, such as Facebook and YouTube.

Participants will travel to two television stations to witness how programs are created in the studio and in the field. They will also have the opportunity to interact with practitioners in the field in such areas as public relations and web productions to discuss how media is important in their business or career.

Registration is $375 per camper which includes lunch and snacks each camp day, all materials, all transportation to and from the regional media outlets the campers will visit and a camp t-shirt. The registration deadline for the program is Monday, July 21 at 4 p.m.

It is recommended that participants bring the devices they intend use to capture video footage after the program ends so that they learn to maximize their capabilities. These devices may include personal video equipment such as camcorders, smartphones, camera phones, flip cameras and other similar electronics.   Students attending this camp will leave with an understanding of how a television program is developed; the different roles and careers are available in media, as well as tricks and techniques for developing a narrative.

For information or to obtain program application materials, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel or contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Odyssey Series Features “Omnium Gatherum” Exhibit

Mindy Marie

Mindy Marie

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series is presenting the exhibit, “Omnium Gatherum” a collection of original art by local artist Mindy Marie.

“Omnium Gatherum” will be on display June 1 through July 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.

The show will feature a collection of more than 20 pieces of her dynamic and colorful abstract oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings.

Mindy Marie and artist Ginny Scott, who will have her exhibit “The Unseen” in the first floor, north study area of the PNC Technology Building, will be honored at a reception on June 13 at 5 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02.Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their artwork. Refreshments will be served. On display in Assembly Hall is the show “Images From the Closet Trunk” featuring the work of Preston Jackson.

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

Mindy Marie lives and creates her art in Michigan City. In this exhibit, she presents artworks that trace the artis’t’ specific understanding of how life is random, broad and full of many different things. Mindy describes that she has loved the arts since she was a little girl and always dreamed of being an artist.

She loves to capture ideas and images from what surrounds her, and believes that “art is not only beautiful to look upon; it is also beautiful to create”

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 219-785- 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC Student Earns Grant to Fund Poetry SlamCamp 2014

Purdue University North Central Andrew Gillies recently received a Student Community Service Mini-Grant from Indiana Campus Compact to help fund the Poetry SlamCamp 2014 that will meet during the week of June 16 at the Michigan City Public Library.

Now in its third year, SlamCamp is a five- day event involving activities, games and education promoting expression through poetry, visual arts, technology and performance art. Slam poetry writing and performances will provide a range of children which includes exiting sixth graders through eighth grade students with an opportunity to enhance their talent, engage others through expression and showcase their skills in front of an audience.

The camp is a cooperative effort of the PNC College of Liberal Arts and the Michigan City Public Library and is made possible by the efforts of PNC faculty members, students from the PNC English Club, Purdue University Calumet faculty members, qualified community members and student volunteers from both universities. The professors and volunteers will work with the SlamCamp students to teach them about slam-style poetry and communication, as well as visual and performance arts. The faculty and student volunteers will share their own works to provide examples and get the children excited about expressing themselves confidently and clearly.

At the end of the week, volunteers provide a showcase event in which the campers can perform their work in front of family and friends. The Showcase will be held Friday evening. Some highlights can be seen on the SlamCamp Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SlamCampNWI.

SlamCamp hHours are June 16 through 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and June 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a public performance night on June 20 at 6 p.m.

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

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

PNC 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, from July 29 through Sept. 18, 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) 785-5200, ext. 5748. Contact Boehlke via email at cboehlke@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Softball Team Earns Champions of Character Award


The Purdue University North Central softball team has earned the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Champions of Character team award.

PNC 2013-14 Softball Team

PNC 2013-14 Softball Team

The Champions of Character team award recognized a team with a documented display of exemplary character and sportsmanship on the field, on campus, and in the community, including outreach presentations of the Five Core Values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

A single team is selected for each of the 23 National Championships Sports at the end of each competitive conference season. Institutions are nominated by schools within the conference. The Coaches Association for each conference sport then selects the winner prior to each National Championship.

PNC has been recognized as a Champions of Character institution in the past, with its athletics program earning Champion of Character status each year since the award was first granted in 2002.

The softball team members have initiated a number of community service activities on their own. They collected $500 in donations that they used to buy toys that they donated to Daniel’s Cause, that were distributed to youngsters who were hospitalized during the holidays; they held softball clinics for area girls, they collected food that was given to local food pantries and volunteered with the LaPorte Salvation Army.

Rigel Joins PNC Baseball’s Professional Ranks

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