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PNC Chancellor Earns Purdue Special Boilermaker Award

Kirk Cerny and James. B. Dworkin

Kirk Cerny, President and CEO of the Purdue Alumni Association presents Dr. James B. Dworkin with the Special Boilermaker Award during a recent ceremony in West Lafayette.

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin was presented with the Purdue Alumni Association Special Boilermaker Award during a recent ceremony in West Lafayette. The award honors a member of the Purdue faculty or staff who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the quality of life and/or the betterment of the educational experience for a substantial number of Purdue students.

Also honored were Tim Gennett, former Purdue University vice president for Housing and Food Services and Rosemary Ricci, director, Pre-Professional Programs and Counseling.

Dworkin was nominated for the honor by Stephen R. Turner, vice chancellor for Finance & Administration for Purdue North Central and Purdue University Calumet.

Dworkin joined Purdue University as a faculty member in 1976. He served as an assistant dean, associate dean and interim dean for the Purdue Krannert School of Management prior to becoming the PNC chancellor in January, 2000.

“Chancellor Dworkin has made a significant impact at Purdue North Central that will be felt for years and years,” said Turner in his nomination. “He is a strong proponent for higher education.”

When Dworkin became chancellor, PNC had 3,459 students in the 2000-01 fall semester. In comparison, 6,177 students enrolled for the 2014 fall semester. In addition, PNC grew from offering six baccalaureate programs in 2000, to the 24 offered today.

“By giving residents a wider variety of programs, Dr. Dworkin believes PNC can meet the needs of the residents of Northwest Indiana,” noted Turner’s nomination. “The reputation of the campus has grown throughout the region and it is recognized as providing a quality education.”

Dworkin has shown a commitment to creating opportunities for student access and success on all levels. For example, he was the driving force behind the PNC College Bound program for qualifying students in Michigan City, LaPorte and Portage. This program, supported by donations from local businesses and industries, works with students from eighth grade through high school to direct them to higher education at any institution.

These students are often the first in their families to attend college and most are low income. Those who complete the program and enroll at PNC receive full tuition assistance. To date, 518 students have gone through this program and 35 are enrolled at PNC. The first PNC College Bound student to earn a PNC degree will graduate in December, 2014.

As chancellor, Dworkin has been instrumental in the growth of service learning opportunities for PNC students. He served on the board of Campus Compact, a national service learning and civic engagement organization and was Chairman of the Board for the past three years.

PNC students have organized voter registration events, food drives, coat and mitten collections and toy drives. They have planted community vegetable gardens, painted and repaired homes, tutored youngsters and traveled out of state for Habitat for Humanity,

In the community, he is a member of the boards of directors for the Northwest Indiana Forum, One Region: Improving the Quality of Life in Northwest Indiana, Horizon Bank, IU Health LaPorte Hospital, LaPorte County Economic Development Alliance, Indiana Association of United Ways and Shirley Heinze Land Trust Advisory Council. He led search committees for various school superintendents in the PNC service area.

He is part of the Purdue University Executive Policy Review Committee and the Human Resources Governance Council. In addition, he is a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and is a Law School Accreditation Reviewer for the American Bar Association.

Dworkin enjoys promoting the area’s economic development possibilities and was instrumental in getting the mayors of Michigan City and LaPorte to work together with local economic development corporations and with LaPorte County officials to sign the first “Economic Development Alliance.”

Purdue North Central will break ground for its Student Services and Activities Complex on Oct. 16. Dworkin has been the driving force behind making that building a reality. He worked behind the scenes to help convince the Indiana General Assembly of its need, which resulted in its gaining state funding in 2009. He led the local fundraising campaign that raised $3.7 million in private donations for the building.

In addition, he has personally contributed to PNC and established a scholarship endowment in the name of his family.

Today he plays a principle role in the unification of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue North Central. This unification will form one united institution with two distinct campuses. Dworkin, with Chancellor Thomas Keon of Purdue Calumet, co-chair the Unification Committee with membership from both campuses.

His work has brought a number of awards, including the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Indiana. He also earned the 2013 Ned E. Kalb Leadership Award, given by the Purdue Extension Office of La Porte County and Leadership La Porte County, the 2013 Paul Alinsky Award from the Michigan City Rotary Club, the 2012 Outstanding Community Leader given by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Magazine, the Luminary Award for Outstanding Educator from the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the Castaldi Award given by the Indiana Association of United Ways.

“Dr. Dworkin is personable, approachable and knowledgeable. He leads by example and his strong leadership qualities make him an excellent role model for PNC employees and the citizens of this region,” concluded Turner’s nomination.

PNC CEDaR Economic Briefing Breakfast

The Purdue University North Central College of Business and the Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR) together with the Greater La Porte and Michigan City Area Chambers of Commerce will host an Economic Briefing Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

This program will feature an informative look at the economic outlook for La Porte County presented by Dr. Derek Bjonback, PNC associate professor of Economics and Director for the Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDaR) and Anthony Sindone, PNC continuing lecturer of Economics.

Special guest speakers will be Clarence Hulse, Executive Director, Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City, and Audra Peterson, Director Career and Technical Education for La Porte County.

A question and answer period follows with lively discussion.

The Economic Briefing Breakfast is open to the public. Reservations are required.

Visit www.lpchamber.com or www.mcachamber.com by Oct. 21.

PNC Offers Non-Credit Advanced Video Editing Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Communication will offer a non-credit Advanced Video Editing Topics workshop on Saturdays from Nov. 1, through Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

Participants will learn to use settings, filters and special effects found in Sony Vegas video editing software, covering topics such as multiple line editing and stacking, color adjustment, audio and visual envelopes and other features found in most package editing software. They will gain a better understanding of how the software works and of special enhancements and adjustments that can be added to a video to correct problems and create art. This workshop will be taught by PNC Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Jeff Shires.

The registration is $139 per person. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. CT.

PNC will provide the video equipment and software needed to engage in this hands-on program; however Shires recommends participants also bring the devices they intend use to capture video footage after the program ends so that he can teach how to maximize their capabilities as well. Such personal video equipment might include camcorders, smartphones, camera phones, flip cameras and more.

For more information or to register, 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 Offers SAT Prep Programs

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, in partnership with the PNC Mathematics/Statistics/Physics Department and Department of English and Modern Languages, will offer SAT preparation programs at its Westville campus.

The math program will meet on Mondays and Wednesday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., from Nov. 3 through Nov. 19. The instructor, Jerry DeGroot, has been a PNC continuing lecturer of Mathematics for 12 years and has more than 20 years of experience teaching mathematics. The math program fee is $149 and includes a textbook, and all materials. The registration deadline for the math program is Oct. 22 by 4 p.m. CT.

Students will learn the most common math topics on the SAT, including operations, algebra, functions, geometry and measurement, data analysis, statistics and probability. They will also learn test-taking skills such as how to read and interpret math questions on the exam, how to avoid the most common careless mistakes, how and when to make educated guesses, how to use the reference information provided on the exam and how to use a calculator effectively while taking the SAT. During the sessions, DeGroot will present practice problems and practice examinations that will look and feel similar to the actual SAT. This allows students to familiarize themselves with test and question formatting, the pace at which they will need to answer questions and the techniques they will need to use in order to earn a high score on the math portion of the exam.

The English program will meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon from Nov 8 through Nov. 22. Instructor Tamara O’Hearn, has taught college English for 20 years and college preparatory school English for nine years. O’Hearn has experience working for Pearson Education, where she evaluated test takers’ essay responses on the SAT. The English program cost is $139 and includes a textbook, as well as all other materials. The registration deadline for the English section is Oct. 27 by 4 p.m. CT.

Students taking the English program will learn about and practice critical reading, sentence completion, proper grammar and word usage. Students’ vocabularies, grammar skills, reading comprehension and writing abilities will be challenged and expanded through in-class and take-home activities, timed recall tests and graded essays. Students will become familiar with the format of the exam, learning the types of questions on the English portion of the exam and the amount of time allotted for each. They will be coached on successful test taking strategies and taught effective techniques for writing high-scoring essays while under pressure. Time will be devoted to practice problems similar to those on the SAT. This program will prepare students for both the reading and writing portions of the exam.

For more information, to register for the workshop, or to receive information on other programs and courses, call the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343, or toll free at (800) 872-1231, ext. 5343 (inside Indiana), or visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Presents Artist Kenrick McFarlane Exhibit

Kenrick McFarlane

Artist Kenrick McFarlane

The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series presents the exhibit “An Unlikely Hero” featuring the work of artist Kenrick McFarlane through Dec. 13 in the first floor, north study area of the PNC Technology Building. It is free and open to the public.

Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. during the school semester; otherwise the building is closed on Sunday.

McFarlane is a Jamaican-American artist living and working in Chicago. A student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he expects to earn his BFA in 2015. His work has been shown in galleries and shows throughout Chicago, as well as in Pittsburgh and in Jamaica. His art has been featured in several publications and he has earned honors and awards for his work.

McFarlane explained that this piece of art was inspired by his older brother and Thomas Couture, an influential 19th century French history painter, teacher and mentor for Edouard Manet, a painter who inspired the first impressionists known as “the father of modern art.”

McFarlane’s brother posted a painting on the computer the two shared. Intrigued, McFarlane asked his brother where he found it and why he liked it. The brother said he came across the painting while browsing online and felt a connection to it. McFarlane investigated and found the painting was done by Couture.

“Although this incident was years ago, it suddenly returned to me as I was developing ideas for the next painting,” McFarlane recalled. “In this painting I attempted to appropriate visual devices and aesthetics from classical painting, but also compose a scene that may be somewhat familiar to my generation.”

McFarlane feels, “My art practice is all about having fun, following my excitement and creating in the present moment. Creating art is a way for me to enjoy the excitement, ask the questions and dig deeper into the ideas that I have. I hope to create works that can reach my audience on a human level. I hope that my work gives off joy, hope, and also brings up questions for my audience. I believe that great works of art have lives of their own. My ambition is to simply be honest with myself and to try to be more of myself every day.”

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 785-5200, ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC to Host “What’s My First Step” Business Plan Seminar

Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet will together present a free business plan seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Purdue North Central Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02.The seminar will be led by Dushan Nikolovski, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Purdue Calumet.

Starting a business is one of life’s most exciting times. Yet, it is also one of the most stressful times. Millions of people take the challenge of opening a new business each year and many will fall short of success due in part to poor or no planning.

Nikolovski will explain how to best avoid such a disaster through the use of a business plan or a plan for success.

A business plan is like a blueprint. It is a guide through the different phases of business development and gives clear guidelines, purpose, market, finance and goals to attain. Most people think that a business plan is written to obtain financing from a bank or an investor. While the need for capital is a key driver for a business plan, it should not be the reason for creating a strategic document.

Anyone who is going to risk personal assets and savings, should reduce their risks as much as possible by learning about the business they want to pursue. This can be accomplished through research and the creation of a business plan. While there are no guarantees that a business will be successful, the odds of success for a new venture increases significantly with a well prepared plan.

Registration can be completed at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hats-my-first-step-business-plan-seminar-tickets-13029813523.

For further information contact Dushan Nikolovski at (219) 989-3159 or Nikolovski@purduecal.edu or contact Derek Bjonback at (219) 785-5694 or dBjonback@pnc.edu.

PNC to Celebrate Groundbreaking on Oct. 16

PNC Student Services & Activities Complex

Artist rendering of the PNC Student Services & Athletics Complex

Purdue University North Central will celebrate the groundbreaking for its Student Services and Activities Complex on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. The new building will be located on the southeast side of the PNC Westville campus.

“This will be a momentous day for Purdue North Central,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “This building will become the focal point of student activities on campus.”

The turning of the first shovels of dirt will culminate 10 years of planning. “A tremendous amount of work went in to making this building a reality,” said Dworkin. “Our area legislators were strong advocates for us and saw to it that the Indiana General Assembly included funding in its 2013 – 2015 budget. Locally, we spent many hours working to raise additional funds to help pay for the building. Our community members donated more than $3.7 million dollars because they know how important this building is to PNC. I sincerely thank everyone who helped make this groundbreaking possible.”

The donations include two gifts of $1 million. One came from an anonymous donor and another by Dr. and Mrs. Peter Kesling of LaPorte. The Kesling donation secured naming rights to the gymnasium which will be named the “H.D. Kesling Gymnasium” in honor of Dr. Kesling’s father.

A construction contract with Ziolkowski Construction Inc. of South Bend, was approved by the Purdue University Board of Trustees on Sept. 26. The $33.4 million project bid came in lower than estimated, resulting in $1.2 million in savings to be passed along to students. Funding sources for the Student Services and Activities Complex include the $3.7 million in gifts, along with $5 million to be paid from student fees. State support will pay for the remaining $24.7 million of the project.

Construction is expected to take about 18 months. One of the first events to be hosted in the Student Services and Activities Complex will be the May 2016 commencement.

The building will include:

  • 102,239 gross square feet
  • Second level contains a walking track and two exercise rooms
  • Gymnasium and related areas
    • Bleacher seating capacity of 1,361
    • Total event capacity of 2,065
    • Two full size basketball courts. A ceiling-hung divider can separate the courts
    • The gymnasium can accommodate net sports such as volleyball and badminton
  • Men’s and women’s fitness and team locker rooms
  • Student government and organization areas
  • Student study lounge
  • Wellness center
  • Game room
  • Fitness area
  • Great Hall with a seated banquet capacity of 500 and a seated event capacity of 980
  • Catering kitchen

PNC Non-Credit Computer Class for Beginners

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer the non-credit a computer workshop for beginners, “So You’ve Never Touched A Computer,” to introduce the basics of using a computer with the Windows 7 operating system and will get individuals started on their path to computer literacy.

“So You’ve Never Touched A Computer” will be a four-day workshop offered at the Westville campus on Mondays and Tuesdays from Nov. 3 through Nov. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. nightly. The registration fee of $159 includes reference materials and a textbook, which the students will be able to use to study the material in more detail from home. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.

This hands-on workshop will cover topics such as understanding the equipment, basic computer terminology, working with files and folders, working with email and the internet, downloading images from digital cameras, printing and more.

For more information, to register, or to receive information on other programs and courses, call the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343, or toll free at (800) 872-1231, ext. 5343 (inside Indiana), or visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Alumni Seeks ValPLAYso Volunteer Team Members

The Purdue North Central Alumni Association is forming a team to volunteer for its ValPLAYso community build team to work on the park Monday, Oct. 6 or Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. All PNC alumni, family and friends are welcome to join our team to make a difference in the community. Shift times are from 8 a.m. to noon 12:30 p.m. to 5 pm or 5:30 to 9 pm. Volunteers can be skilled or unskilled.

There are more than 2,000 Purdue North Central Alumni in the city of Valparaiso. The PNCAA will provide a PNC Alumni gift as a thank you to those who volunteer to be part of the PNC volunteer effort.

The Valparaiso Parks foundation is hosting a community build week for the public park ValPLAYSO, Oct. 6 through Oct.12. All members of the community will volunteer their time and skills to help build an addition to the ValPLAYSO Park.

Anyone interesting in volunteering for the PNC team may register at  http://www.pnc.edu/alumni/2014/09/19/pncaa-valplayso-build/

To obtain further information on becoming a member of our team, contact Kevin Smith at smith942@pnc.edu or 219-785-5274.

ValPLAYso – The Next Generation playground is a project of the Valparaiso Parks Foundation, a 501c3 entity. The project is funded through public and private partnerships and receives no tax-payer funding.

Information about ValPLAYso can be found at: www.valplayso.com or the ValPLAYso Facebook page: www.facebook.com/valplayso