Purdue Calumet & Purdue North Central Collaborating on Forensic Science Study

Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central are collaborating on forensic science-related study on both campuses and eventually, the emerging Purdue University Northwest.

Both universities offer physical science and other STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that provide strong preparation for students interested in careers in forensic science, according to Purdue Calumet Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science William Law.

Forensic scientists need science degree

“Forensic professionals tell us that individuals who aspire to be forensic scientists need a good science degree that provides a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer and other sciences,” Law said. “Both of our campuses offer strong science programs comprised of challenging, core courses in those disciplines.”

Charles Steele, a science instructor at Purdue Calumet and North Central, agrees. “So many high quality, mainstream science components exist on both campuses that we can prepare students to pursue any of the standard forensic disciplines,” he said.

Forensic scientists apply scientific principles and techniques to legal matters and the judicial system through crime scene review, laboratory analysis and research. Forensic scientists work in wide-ranging capacities, including as information technology specialists, DNA technicians, forensic chemists, toxicologists and molecular biologists.

Expose students to fundamental science courses

“Our approach to forensic science is to expose students to several applicable disciplines, including laboratory analyses, social aspects of crime and a deep background in scientific concepts,” Law said. “Each science degree plan of study is complemented by fundamental science courses, major-specific courses relevant to the forensic sciences and a strong grounding in criminal justice.”

Though television tends to glamorize much of the work conducted by forensic scientists, Law said many tasks that actors simulate on TV programs require knowledge obtainable at Purdue Calumet and North Central.

He also indicated that science instruction provided on both campuses will prepare students for related opportunities in forensic science. For instance, biology, he said, is good prep for careers in environmental regulation and reclamation. So is microbiology for jobs in homeland security.

Responding to a need

“Since the OJ (Simpson) case, forensic science has gained greater public attention, but it is about 15 years behind mainstream science,” Steele said “The forensic science-related learning opportunities available at Purdue Calumet, Purdue North Central and, ultimately, Purdue Northwest, are sorely needed in Northwest Indiana.”

More information about preparation for careers in forensic science is available on line at http://webs.purduecal.edu/ems, or by phoning Purdue Calumet’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at 219/989-2468, or the visit the Purdue North Central College of Science at http://www.pnc.edu/academics/cs or call 219/785-5736.

PNC Releases Summer Continuing Education Catalog

Purdue University North Central summer 2015 catalog of continuing education classes of all professional development and personal enrichment programs is now available and can be downloaded at www.pnc.edu/gel/catalog. Those who do not have access to the online catalog are encouraged to contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning to obtain a printed copy.

Registration is in progress for a number of classes. Community members of all ages are welcome to enroll and discounted rates are available for alumni, employees and students of PNC and Purdue University Calumet.

The catalog includes information about the PNC Customized Training Solutions for organizations, travel study programs, pre-licensing programs, summer camps and  online  continuing education classes, as well as information about a wide array of PNC certificate and degree programs.

Affordable and convenient transportation between PNC, Michigan City and LaPorte is available through the Triangle Transit Bus Service. For more information, visit http://www.transittriangle.com.

Contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343 or gel@pnc.edu to register for or inquire about a program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Announces Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off Winners

Hyde Park Forum Speak-Off winners: Warren Ziegler, Tiffany Sydow, Kristen Wozniak, Amanda Rodriguez, Tom Hebert, and Dan Wilbur, PNC associate professor of Communication

Hyde Park Forum Speak-Off winners: Warren Ziegler, Tiffany Sydow, Kristen Wozniak, Amanda Rodriguez, Tom Hebert, and Dan Wilbur, PNC associate professor of Communication

The 32nd Purdue University North Central Hyde Park Forum Public Speaking Contest concluded with Warren Ziegler, of Michigan City, being named winner of the “Speak-Off” competition.

The Hyde Park Forum brings together PNC students who present short speeches on various topics of current interest. Many participants are students in PNC’s Communication 114 class.

Second place went to Kristen Wozniak of LaPorte; in third place was Amanda Rodriguez, of Chesterton; in fourth places was Tiffany Sydow, Michigan City and in fifth places was Tom Hebert, LaPorte.

The Speak-Off competitors earned individual first-place finishes in the Hyde Park Forum competition, which earned them the opportunity to compete in the Speak-Off.

Overall second place Hyde Park Forum winners were – Alexis Fontaine, LaPorte; Matthew LaBelle, Valparaiso; Val Melton, Valparaiso; Maria Elena Miller, Michigan City and Michael Wilson, LaPorte.

Overall third place Hyde Park Forum winners were – Nicole Dziadosz, Hebron; Zachary Jakubowski, Chesterton; JP Pietrowski, Mill Creek; Melissa Rieckmann, New Carlisle and Vicki Sizemore, LaPorte.

The Hyde Park Forum and Speak-Off are loosely based on London’s Hyde Park, a public gathering place for speakers who wish to state their minds. Hyde Park has gained prominence as a reference to freedom of speech and intriguing speaking.


Former Hammond Police Chief Named Public Safety Director at Purdue North Central, Calumet

Brian Miller

Brian Miller, director of Public Safety

Brian Miller, former Hammond Chief of Police, has assumed responsibilities as director of Public Safety at Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet.

His duties in this newly-established position include oversight of law enforcement, emergency preparedness, regulatory compliance and transportation at both regional campuses. Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central are engaging in a unification process to become Purdue University Northwest effective with the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

Safety is a top priority on both campuses

Miller, who retired from the Hammond Police Department in 2014 after 23 years, 10 as chief, reports to Stephen Turner, vice chancellor of Finance and Administrative Services for both campuses.

“Campus safety is a top priority on our two campuses and others across the country,” Turner said. “During discussions about our emerging unification, we felt it was important to establish this position under the direction of someone who is a respected professional with exceptional experience, education and skills. For those reasons and his ability to further our goals of a safe and positive campus experience, I am excited Brian has joined our management team and Purdue family. ”

Partnerships and collaboration

Overall, Miller offers 26 years of law enforcement experience.

“I’m very proud to serve Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central,” Miller said. “My goal is to create partnerships with the university community. With assistance from the faculty, staff and students, I am eager to work together to make each of our campuses and the future Purdue University Northwest as safe a place to live, study and work as possible.”

PNC and Calumet Partner to Offer Introduction to Graphic Design

The Purdue University North Central’s Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and the Purdue University Calumet Department of Computer and Information Technology and Graphics will offer the non-credit program “Compelling Communication: Introduction to Graphic Design” for anyone interested in learning the basics of graphic design.

The program will meet at PNC on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m., from May 19 through June 23. Registration is $479 and includes all books and materials. Special rates are available for Purdue Calumet and PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is May 4 by 4 p.m.

“Compelling Communication: Introduction to Graphic Design” may be of interest to those who want to design materials for their own business or non-profit agency, are considering pursuing a degree in graphic design, or are interested in improving their skills and proficiency with layout software.

Participants will learn basic principles of visual communication design, the relationship between type and image and professional techniques for creating and producing single and multiple page documents for various purposes, including business and advertising.

Topics to be studied during this 24-hour program include the elements and principles of graphic design, composition, typography, color, image manipulation, and layout creation. Class sessions will incorporate lectures and applied lab assignments using industry software while providing feedback through the review of participants’ work.

To register or obtain further information, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/workshops-and-classes or contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5343, or cboehlke@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Offers OSHA 501/503 Outreach Trainer Courses

The Purdue University North Central Center for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) will offer an OSHA 501: Outreach Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry course and OSHA 503 course, open to all qualified individuals.

The OSHA 501 course, will meet at PNC – Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso, from May 18 through May 21, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 18, 19 and 20 and from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on May 21. The course fee is $800 per person and includes all books, materials and lunch on May 18, 19, and 20.

The OSHA 503 course will meet on the same dates and in the same location. The course fee is $600 per person.

OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer status is designed for personnel interested in teaching the 10- and 30-hour general industry safety and health outreach program to their employees and other interested groups.

Special emphasis is placed on the topics that are required in the 10- and 30-hour programs as well as intensive instruction on training techniques. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate as well as an OSHA Outreach Trainer for General Industry card. To renew this credential, Outreach Trainers must take the OSHA 503 course every four years. Current Outreach Trainers needing to recertify may take this course to do so.

For the OSHA 501 course, a thorough understanding of OSHA general industry standards is required. To enroll, one must have completed the OSHA 511 course and have five years of safety experience. A bachelor’s degree in safety can substitute for two years of experience.

To be considered for approval to join the OSHA 501 course, those interested in registering must submit a Prerequisite Verification Form to the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning by the registration deadline on Friday, May 1 and have completed the OSHA 511 course.

For further information or to register, please contact the Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343 or gel@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC English Honor Society President and Faculty Sponsor Attend International Convention

Chrystal Ziegler

Chrystal Ziegler

Purdue University North Central student Chrystal Ziegler, senior in English and president of the PNC Alpha Mu Pi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, presented a paper at the recent Sigma Tau Delta International Convention held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She presented “Cholly’s Misguided Love in The Bluest Eye” at a session titled “The Politics of Racial Identity.” She also attended workshops on chapter leadership as well as panels on literary criticism and creative writing.

Ziegler plans to apply ideas gained from the workshops and networking with other Sigma Tau Delta members to strengthen the Alpha Mu Pi Chapter’s commitment to campus and community service and to encourage other members to present their critical and creative works at future regional and international Sigma Tau Delta conventions.

As a first-time presenter, she said that she found the experience to be rewarding and exciting and is grateful for the opportunity to present at such a prestigious conference, thanks to funding from the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Modern Languages.

Dr. Jane E. Rose, associate professor of English and sponsor of the Alpha Mu Pi Chapter, also attended the convention and moderated Ziegler’s panel and another session, “Approaches to Chaucer.”

Rose participated in two workshops for chapter sponsors and attended readings by well-known Native American authors Simon Ortiz and Leslie Marmon Silko, whose short story “Yellow Woman” she will be teaching this semester in The Short Story class.

This year’s Sigma Tau Delta Convention attracted hundreds of participants from the United States and other countries including Kuwait. Critical and creative works are chosen for presentation through a blind-review process of at least two readers, faculty members from various universities, who rate the submissions based on criteria provided by Sigma Tau Delta. Usually 70 percent of the submissions are chosen for presentation.

In addition to conferring distinction on outstanding students, Sigma Tau Delta promotes interest in literacy and literature on local campuses and in the surrounding community and fosters the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing. The honor society provides members with opportunities to apply for scholarships and internships and to publish their writing in its journals,” The Review” and “The Rectangle.”

Membership is by invitation to students who have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English; who have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship; and who have completed at least three semesters of course work. Candidates for undergraduate membership need not be majoring or minoring in the discipline of English. After joining, members are expected to participate in campus and community service.

PNC Scholarships Funded by Local McDonald’s Restaurant Operators

Purdue University North Central students will benefit from a new scholarship program funded by the Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Operators (NIMO).

The gift will provide multiple scholarships to students of all levels – freshman through master’s candidates – and all fields of study. The partnership with Purdue North Central was established in 2015 as part of NIMO’s commitment to supporting education in Northwest Indiana.

“This is a very generous gift and I thank the Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Operators for helping to make higher education more accessible to our students,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “We have many students and potential students who will benefit from this wonderful opportunity. Most of our students live in Northwest Indiana and the vast majority of our graduates stay here after their graduation to work and raise their families. This scholarship is a meaningful gift to Northwest Indiana.”

The scholarship celebrates individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment towards achieving their academic goals while exhibiting leadership through service of others. The scholarship program is open to full-time students who are residents of Northwest Indiana, have achieved academic excellence with a minimum 2.75 GPA, support their community through volunteer activities, serve in a leadership role in a campus club or organization, and are currently employed while pursuing their degree.

“The Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Operators are proud to partner with Purdue University North Central to enhance the scholarship offerings for local students,” said Bob Mazzaro, president of NIMO and a McDonald’s restaurant owner/operator. “Many of us have roots in the same neighborhoods where we now operate restaurants. The NIMO Scholarship program is one of the ways we can give back to the people and communities we serve every day.”

The NIMO scholarships will be offered in three separate categories:

  1. McDonald’s Future Leaders – Ten scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to freshman-level students pursuing a degree in any area of study.
  2. McDonald’s Students of the Year –Seven scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to one student from each of the following departments: College of Business; College of Engineering & Technology; College of Liberal Arts; College of Science; Graduate Studies Program; Athletics; PNC Student Organizations.
  3. McDonald’s Scholar of the Year – One recipient of the Students of the Year scholarship will be chosen as the Scholar of the Year and be awarded an additional $3,000 scholarship

Students interested in the NIMO Scholarship program can visit http://www.pnc.edu/scholarships/mcdonalds/ to access the application and full instructions. The application deadline is April 30.

“The cost of higher education affects students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” said Sam Lubeznik, a McDonald’s owner/operator in LaPorte County. “Our hope is that the new scholarship will help local students achieve their educational goals.”

The Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Operators are a group of 15 individual owner/operators with more than 50 restaurants throughout Northwest Indiana, from Whiting and Munster to Rensselaer to LaPorte. NIMO manages and facilitates all marketing, community relations, educational and philanthropic programs throughout the region, and is responsible for implementing and maintaining consistency at every McDonald’s restaurant in Northwest Indiana.

PNC Offers Presentation and Public Speaking Skills Course

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and the Department of Communication will offer a non-credit program open to anyone who would like to improve their presentation and public speaking skills.

“Inform, Persuade and Entertain: Presentation and Public Speaking Skills” will meet on Tuesdays from May 12 through June 16 from to 5 to 7 p.m. each night. Registration is $149 and includes all materials. Special discounted rates are available for PNC and Purdue University Calumet students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is May 5 by 4 p.m. Seating is limited.

This course, taught by Dr. Daniel Wilbur, associate professor of Communication, introduces participants to the principles and practice of presenting information effectively in order to achieve desired outcomes. Participants will learn how to create clear, concise and engaging presentations, as well as the importance of analyzing and adapting presentations for delivery to each unique audience. They will improve their own skills by studying public speaking and presentation making as both a speaker and an observer.

There are no prerequisites for this continuing education program.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/workshops-and-classes or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Faculty Members Promoted

Jane Rose

Dr. Jane Rose

Heather Fielding

Dr. Heather Fielding

Jean Jiang

Dr. Jean Jiang


Dr. Shengyong Zhang

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of four Purdue University North Central faculty members. These promotions become effective with the start of the 2015 -2016 academic year in August.

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

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

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

Those promoted are:

Dr. Jane Rose to professor of English. She earned her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Dr. Heather Fielding to associate professor of English. Fielding holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Brown University.

Dr. Jean Jiang to associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. She has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Southeast University, P.R. China, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Shengyong Zhang to associate professor of Mechanical Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Southeast University, P.R. China and his Ph.D. from the University of Louisville.