PNC Students Earn Chancellor’s Leadership Awards

Chancellor's Leadership Group

2014-2015 Chancellor’s Leadership Group

Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin has announced the winners of the 2014-2015 Chancellor’s Leadership Award.

The students selected for the honor join a distinguished group of students who have a record of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership through involvement in school and community activities.

Award criteria include school and community involvement and leadership, scholastic achievement and potential for participation and leadership in PNC extracurricular activities. Students earning leadership awards represent high schools throughout Northwest Indiana and were involved in a variety of clubs, activities, community and church organizations and sports.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Award is a renewable scholarship program that requires participation in an on-campus leadership seminar and volunteer service, among other requirements. Several of the scholarships are sponsored through endowment funds created by local businesses and individuals.

These students will also take part in the semester-long Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar. The seminar, led by Dworkin, covers various topics involving leadership, civic engagement and community service.

Incoming PNC students earning the awards are:

Kristina Carr, of Valparaiso, a Nursing major and Chesterton High School graduate.

Adriene Church, of Valparaiso, a Nursing major and Chesterton High School graduate.

Tyler Garzinski, of Avon, a Business major with a Marketing concentration, graduated from Plainfield High School.

Lauren Georgeff, of Valparaiso, a Secondary Education major who graduated from Valparaiso High School.

Bradley Hill, of Portage, is a Mechanical Engineering major and Portage High School graduate.

Jessica Marshall, of Portage, is a Business major and a Portage High School graduate.

Virginia  Ramos-Romero, of Michigan City, is a Nursing major and Michigan City  High School graduate.

Alexandra Sink, of Chesterton, is a Nursing major, a Chesterton High School graduate and member of the Honors Program.

Danielle Szymkowski, of LaPorte, is a Biology major, participating in the Honors Program and graduate of Marquette High School.

Kelsey Vergin, of  LaPorte, is a Nursing major and LaPorte High School graduate.

Lindsey  Zajac, of Valparaiso, is a Business major with a concentration in Accounting and graduated from Wheeler High School.

Caroline  Brown, of Minooka Ill., is a Social Work major, graduate of Minooka Community High School and member of the PNC softball team.

Jacob Moore, of Kouts, is a Business major who graduated from Kouts High School and is a member of the PNC baseball team.

Maria Miller, of Michigan City, is a Communication major and current PNC student earning a Chancellor’s Leadership Award.

Jason Wray, of Valparaiso, is a current PNC student who is a Psychology and taking part in the Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar.

PNC Auditions for Fall Performances of “Rough Magic”

The Purdue University North Central PNC Players announce open auditions for their fall show, “Rough Magic” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Sep. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the PNC Technology Building, Room 301.

Actors may drop in at any point during those hours and may come in on one or both days. Appointments are not required, but actors should expect to stay for 30 minutes to an hour.

Auditions are open to members of the community along with PNC students, faculty and staff and will involve reading from the script. No special preparation is required. There are five roles available for women and five for men, plus two with gender-flexible casting possibilities. Most roles are flexible in terms of age, though one male must look approximately 17 to 18 years old.

“Rough Magic” takes characters from “The Tempest” and drops them into modern-day New York, with bizarre and dangerous consequences. “Dramatists Play Service” describes the show as “a Shakespearean action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and The X-Men that conjures a mythical, magical meta-universe.” Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes for Marvel Comics, has created an experience that is by turns humorous, dark, and enchanting for both the actors and the audience.

Rehearsals for the show will begin Sept. 17 and run through Nov 6, and will be scheduled in the afternoons and evenings based on the actors’ availabilities. Rehearsals will be on the PNC campus and at Main Street Theatre in Michigan City. Performances will run at Main Street Theatre on Nov. 8, 9, 14 and 15.

For further information contact the director, Dr. Bethany Lee, PNC continuing lecturer of English at btlee@pnc.edu or 219-785-5229.

PNC Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate and Advanced Users Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of Computer and Information Technology will offer a non-credit workshop series for intermediate and advanced users of Microsoft Office’s Excel 2013 software.

The course will meet on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., from Oct. 2 through Nov. 6. The registration fee is $159 and includes all books and materials. The registration fee for those who participated in the beginner class in June 2014 and still have the textbook is $129. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.

This program will be taught by an instructor with 11 years of PNC teaching experience and 20 years of management experience in an office environment. Participants will be introduced to intermediate and advanced concepts and techniques for using the software in personal and business applications.

There will be a brief review of concepts taught in the beginner-level program before learning intermediate and advanced functions of the software. Instruction will include how to create data and pivot tables, as well as shared and merged workbooks, how to use various financial and logical functions, how to use advanced sorting features and how to use custom and advanced filters. In addition, class members will learn software functions such as Goal Seek, Solver, dashboards and Scenarios, how to track changes, add comments and import external data from Microsoft Access. There will also instruction on how to create defined names in formulas, how to create outlines and linked cells between more than one worksheet.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/ or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or cboehlke@pnc.edu.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

Purdue North Central Welcomes New Faculty Members

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Gayle Voight Block

Hui Chu

Hui Chu

Ceren Ekebas-Turedi

Ceren Ekebas-Turedi

Denise Frazier

Denise Frazier

Lindsay Gielda

Lindsay Gielda

Amy Hammoud

Amy Hammoud

Kim Huffman

Kim Huffman

Bir Kafle

Bir Kafle

Jiliang Li

Jiliang Li

Kristi Paull

Kristi Paull

Allyson Saary

Allyson Saary

Scott Simerlein

Scott Simerlein

Michelle Spaulding

Michelle Spaulding

George Stefanek

George Stefanek

Henry Williams

Henry Williams

Wangling Yu

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PNC welcomes new full-time faculty members for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. They are:

College of Science

Lindsay Gielda – visiting assistant professor of Biology. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Most recently she served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College.

Amy Hammoud – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. Hammoud holds associate degrees from Indiana University and Purdue University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix. She has been employed as a registered nurse at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital and limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Bir Kafle – visiting assistant professor of Mathematics. Kafle was granted a bachelor’s degree at Tribhuvan University-Nepal; a master’s degree at Western Illinois University and doctorate at, Louisiana State University. Most recently, Kafle was an instructor at Louisiana State University.

Kristi Paull – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and master’s degree from University of Phoenix. She was employed as a registered nurse at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital and a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Allyson Saary – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. She has an associate degree from Miami-Dade Community College a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree from Walden University. She previously worked as a staff nurse at Porter Hospital.

Scott Simerlein – clinical assistant professor of Biology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He was an associate professor of Life Sciences at Ivy Tech and a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Michelle Spaulding – assistant professor of Biology. She was granted her bachelor’s degree by the University of California and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia University. Most recently served as an Rea postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Gayle Voight-Block – clinical assistant professor of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Valparaiso University and her master’s at Purdue University. She served as a visiting assistant professor of Nursing at PNC.

College of Liberal Arts

Hui Chu – assistant professor of Psychology. Chu holds master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky and was most recently a visiting scholar instructor at the University of Kentucky

Denise Frazier –assistant professor of Literacy Education. She has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s and doctorate degrees from Ball State University. She has been employed as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.

College of Engineering and Technology

Kim Huffman – visiting assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology. She earned her associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from Purdue University. She was a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

Jiliang Li – assistant professor of Civil Engineering. He was granted his bachelor’s degree by the University of Science and Technology Beijing and his doctorate by the University of Alabama. He was employed as a geotechnical project engineer for CTL Engineering, Inc.

Wangling Yu – visiting assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from East China University of Science and Technology, his master’s and doctorate degrees from The City College of the City University of New York. He previously worked as a test engineer at SRA International, Inc. and a limited-term lecturer at PNC.

George Stefanek –assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He also served as a visiting assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology at PNC.

College of Business

Ceren Ekebas-Turedi – assistant professor of Marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yeditepe University Turkey, a master’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a doctorate degree from Old Dominion University. She was an instructor at Old Dominion University

Henry Williams –assistant professor of Organizational Leadership. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from National-Louise University and doctorate from Benedictine University. He previously served PNC as a visiting assistant professor.

PNC Registration Open for Fall Continuing Education Classes

Purdue University North Central offers a variety of non-credit professional development and personal enrichment classes taking place this fall. Registration is open for these continuing education classes for all community members of all ages who seek to develop skills and abilities or pursue new passions and interests.

Special rates are available for PNC alumni. Additional information about any of these programs can be found online at www.pnc.edu/gel. Contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343 or gel@pnc.edu to register or inquire. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

Business:

  • Social Media Marketing Workshop Series: This workshop will teach the use of social media platforms and strategies to meet professional business needs. Participants will learn about the effectively using Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter and how to create an editorial calendar and learn about social media trends and strategies. Mondays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 13, 4 to 6 p.m.; $165; registration deadline is Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.
  • Advanced Social Media Marketing Retreat: This class covers how to create and maintain sophisticated, dynamic digital marketing plans involving multiple platforms and resources. Included is information on blogging and creating other types of content, such as newsletters, videos and infographics and a look at brands that have successfully expanded their digital marketing efforts beyond Facebook to social networks like YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest and how to decide which to use. Learn about popular data reporting tools such as Google Analytics and Facebook Insights and how to use the data. An hour-long networking lunch is included. Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $99; registration deadline is Nov. 7, 4 p.m.

Computers:

  • Microsoft Excel 2013 for Intermediate/Advanced Users: Topics covered in beginner program will be briefly reviewed. Instruction will include how to create data and pivot tables, as well as shared and merged workbooks, how use financial and logical functions, advanced sorting features and other custom and advanced features. Also included will be Goal Seek, Solver, Dashboards, Scenarios and more. Thursdays, Oct. 2 through Oct. 23, 5 to 7 p.m.; $159 (includes book); $129 (if completed beginner class and have book); registration deadline is Sept. 18, 4 p.m.
  • Microsoft Word 2013 for Beginner/Intermediate Users: Teaches how to create and format documents, flyers, brochures, tables and charts using MS Word 2013; how to use mass mailing and other advanced functions. Wednesdays, Oct. 29 through Nov. 19, 5 to 7 p.m.; $159 (includes book); registration deadline is Oct. 15, 4 p.m.
  • “So You’ve Never Touched a Computer” Workshop: Covers the basics of using a computer with the Windows 7 operating system. The hands-on workshop will include 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. Mondays and Tuesdays from Nov. 3 through Nov. 11, 5 to 7 p.m.; $159 (includes book); registration deadline is Oct. 17, 4 p.m.

Photography, Videography and Editing:

  • Video Editing Bootcamp: Participants will learn basic video shooting and editing skills and other techniques necessary to create short videos that can be shared with audiences through various mediums, such as Facebook and YouTube while using Sony Vegas video editing software. Mondays, Oct.6 through Oct. 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $165. Registration deadline is Sept. 30, 4 p.m.
  • Introduction to Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop: Includes the basics of photography technique and composition through hands-on and traditional instruction. Participants will receive general and individualized assistance with the settings of digital cameras. Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to take digital photography skills to the next level. Thursdays, Oct. 2 until Nov. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.; $189 (includes book). Registration deadline is Sept. 18, 4 p.m.
  • Advanced Video Editing Topics: This will cover how to use the settings, filters, and special effects found in Sony Vegas video editing software, including multiple line editing and stacking, color adjustment, audio and video envelopes, and other features. Participants will gain better knowledge of how the software works and the special enhancements and adjustments that can be added to videos to correct problems and create art. Saturdays, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $139. Registration deadline is Oct. 27, 4 p.m.

Personal Enrichment:

  • Silent Film Seminar Series: Movies in the Age of Opportunity. Join Jerry Holt, chair of the PNC Department of English, for this three-part seminar exploring the diversity of the silent film age and view seldom-seen masterpieces of film history. The screening of these films will take place at the historic Barker Hall in Michigan City. Oct. 3: “Sherlock Jr.,” 1924. Oct. 10: “Sunrise,” 1927. Oct. 17: “London After Midnight,” 1927. Series tickets for $40, single night tickets for $15. Find more information online at www.pnc.edu/gel.
  • Sudden Fiction: Writing Short-Short Stories: In-class writing exercises and mini lessons on craft will lead participants into writing short stories of 300-1,000 words. Open to writers of all ages. Tuesdays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; $139; registration deadline is Sept. 30, 4 p.m.

Online:

  • Instructor-Led Courses: A variety of online instructor-led courses are offered in partnership with Ed2Go. There are more than 350 topics to choose from. These courses are taught entirely online; they are each six-weeks long and begin each month. More information is online at www.ed2go.com/pnc.

2014 Sinai Forum Offers Something for Everyone

Jenn Lim

Jenn Lim

George Will

George Will

Robert Glennon

Robert Glennon

John King

John King

Jazz Masters

Jazz Masters: Jeff Hamilton, Dr. Peter Bankoff and John Clayton

Tickets are on sale now for the 2014 season of the Purdue North Central Sinai Forum. Now, in its 61st season, the Forum has an outstanding reputation for bringing nationally recognized personalities to appear in a live, town hall format that allows audiences to explore important topics and interact with experts in a variety of fields.

This year’s season is designed to “engage, inform, and inspire,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “We are proud to offer a lineup that includes something for everyone, whether you’re interested in the science of happiness, the environment, national news, Cub’s baseball, or jazz, you’ll find it at this year’s Forum.”

Four of the five sessions will be at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City and one, the season opener, at the Chesterton High School auditorium. All sessions begin at 4:00 p.m., with doors opening at 3:00 p.m.

This 61st Season builds on our grand tradition with an exciting line-up of thought-leaders, political commentators, environmentalists and musicians.

Jenn Lim

Sunday, September 7, Chesterton High School, 2125 S. 11th Street, Chesterton

CEO, and Chief Happiness Officer at Delivering Happiness, Jenn Lim co-authored the book, Delivering Happiness with Tony Hsieh of Zappos Shoes. Her inspirational, research-based approach to creating meaning and happiness in the workplace are a roadmap for communities, employers, educators and anyone who wants to find more meaning in his or her daily life.

George Will

Sunday, September 28, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Well-known columnist, commentator and author, George Will has been a popular figure on the talk-show circuit this year, talking about his latest book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred. His twice-weekly column has been syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group since 1974, and today appears in more than 460 papers. George Will won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1976.

Robert Glennon

Sunday, October 26, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

Author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis, Robert Glennon is the Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. In 2010, the Society of Environmental Journalists awarded Unquenchable a Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment and Trout magazine gave it an Honorable Mention in its list of Must-Have Books ever published on the environment. He also blogs for the Huffington Post and for National Geographic Water Currents.

John King

Sunday, November 16, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

John King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, a 30-minute Sunday morning program featuring a panel of the top-tier political correspondents. King also anchors Inside Politics segments weekday mornings on CNN’s New Day. An award-winning journalist, King has covered the past seven presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. In his role as chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., he is instrumental in CNN’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage.

The Jazz Masters 101 Reunion

Sunday, December 14, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City

This swinging jazz performance mixed with a lively discussion of the art of improvisation and the essence of jazz will feature John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums).   This Grammy nominated duo from the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra will be reunited with their musical friend, Michigan City native, Dr. Peter Bankoff (piano), son of the late Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, the founders of the Sinai Forum.

Sponsors for the season include The Times Media Company, Duneland Health Council, John W. Anderson Foundation, Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Hospitals, Kankakee Valley REMC and NIPSCO.

Tickets for the season are $100 for regular passes and $200 for patron level passes, which include back-stage access to the speakers and an exclusive reception. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sinaiforum.org or by phone at (219) 531-4200.

PNC Communication Students Have New Media Concentration

Purdue University North Central Communication majors have a new academic option and may choose a concentration in Media.

The PNC Department of Communication offers Communication majors two concentrations, Media, along with a Public Relations concentration that was approved earlier this summer.

The Media concentration offers students course work that will teach the essentials for careers in television production, newspaper and online journalism, online publishing, television reporting, corporate production,   advertising, magazine journalism and film.

The coursework includes Writing for Mass Media, Digital Production, Mass Media Law, Mass Media Ethics, New Media/Social Media and internships in Media.

Students will learn about topics that include internet video, video pre & post production, newsgathering, legal precedents of media, ethical constraints, social media, advertising and media literacy.

In addition, students will be eligible to complete internships as part of the concentration while earning college credit and building their portfolios.

Further information on the Media and Public Relations concentrations at PNC can be obtained by contacting Dr. Scott Smithson, chair of the Department of Communication at (219) 785-5356 or email ssmithson@pnc.edu or visit http://www.pnc.edu/communication/.

PNC Concurrent Enrollment Program Receives Grant

The Purdue University North Central Concurrent Enrollment Program has been awarded a grant from Indiana Commission for Higher Education that will aid PNC in developing graduate level-courses for high school instructors teaching PNC Concurrent Enrollment courses in area high schools.

The PNC Concurrent Enrollment program allows qualifying high school juniors and seniors who attend participating schools to earn college credits for selected upper-level classes taught by qualified high school teachers, in in their own schools, during the regular school day.

The grant will help PNC create online graduate courses in specific disciplines that will enable high school teachers to become certified by the PNC to teach university-level courses in their high school Concurrent Enrollment classes.

“This grant will help ensure that academic rigor and university-chosen resources are used in the classroom by both the instructors and students,” said Patrick Cannon, PNC academic coordinator for the Concurrent Enrollment Program.” We currently serve more than 3,000 students in more than 40 Northwest Indiana high schools. It is important for us to constantly be looking at new ways to improve communication and course content via technology. Literally thousands of current and future high schools students will benefit from this program for years to come.”

A second aspect of the grant addresses the need to provide quality curricular content to the high school teachers and to assist them in every way possible as they develop and deliver their Concurrent Enrollment courses.

As Cannon explained, “For each of the more than 40 courses we offer, we will create online content to enrich and compliment what the teachers are doing in the classroom. We envision sharing PNC campus lectures, instructional videos and content research that teachers can use in their high school classrooms.”

These grant-funded programs will be implemented during a 24-month period.

Information about the PNC Concurrent Enrollment Program can be obtained by calling 219-785-5505 or by visiting www.pnc.edu.

PNC Faculty Member Earns Order of Merit of Poland Award

Dr. James Pula

Dr. James Pula

The Purdue University North Central faculty member Dr. James Pula, professor of History, was recently honored with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

The Order of Merit, signed by the president of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, is awarded to those who have rendered great service to the Polish nation in the areas of research on the history of Poland, the promotion of the Polish culture and service for the Polish diaspora and Poles abroad. The Order of Merit was created in 1974 and is Poland’s highest civilian award.

The Order of Merit is awarded in the classes of: 1st Class Grand Cross of the Order of Merit; 2nd Class Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit; 3rd Class Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit; 4th Class

Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit and 5th class – Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

“Dr. Pula’s dedication to high-quality scholarship is evident. Only seven laureates received awards, the others from the University of Wisconsin, the University of Colorado, the University of Minnesota, Penn State, Central Connecticut State University and also the Honorary Consul in Pittsburgh,” said Karen Schmid, PNC vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit earned by Pula recognized his research, primarily on the Polish immigration to the U.S., and his activities as an international conference organizer, officer and member of the boards of directors of various professional organizations, including the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences and the Polish American Historical Association. Pula was conference vice chair and program chair for the recent two-day conference in Warsaw in June that drew 208 scholars from 16 nations to some 48 academic sessions.

Dr. Michael Lynn, PNC interim associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, lauded Pula’s accomplishment, “This is a prestigious and important award which demonstrates the importance and international scope of Dr. Pula’s research.”

Pula has authored a number of books including, “For Liberty and Justice: A Biography of Brig. Gen. Włodzimierz B. Krzyżanowski;” “Thaddeus Kościuszko The Purest Son of Liberty;” “Polish Americans: An Ethnic Community” and “United We Stand: The Role of Polish Workers in the New York Mills Textile Strikes, 1912 and 1916.”

In addition, Pula has edited several books and published dozens of articles.

Pula noted that he enjoys researching his various subjects of interest, “What I find most interesting about history is that it is about people; about how and why they behave the way they do, why they make the decisions they do, and how the cause and effect relationship shapes the world we live in.”

“In large part the history of the United States has been the successive waves of immigration from all over the world that have shaped our history and culture,” he continued. “During the largest period of immigration at the beginning of the 20th century the three largest groups arriving in the U.S. were Italians, Jews and Poles, with most of the Jews also migrating from Poland. Since I am interested in people and the immigration experience, and since I grew up in a largely Polish-American community, I suppose it was somewhat natural that I focused on this group and its European antecedents.”

Pula considers one his most thought-provoking realization from studying immigration to be “what people in any generation view as ‘new’ is simply a recurring theme.”

He explained, “Every major group goes through the same stages of immigration, ethnic community building, reaction from the dominant group and eventual assimilation. We see the same thing happening today, with the same arguments pro and con that appeared in the early nineteenth century and have recurred with each new major wave of immigration. The only reason we think the experience and issues today are “new” is that people are not familiar with their history and do not realize these phenomena are far from ‘new.’ ”

PNC Tuition Discount Program Tallies $100,000 in Student Savings

Purdue University North Central students have already saved a collective $100,000 in tuition costs thanks to the PNC tuition discount plan. The discount is offered for the first time this fall semester, giving PNC students a 10 percent tuition reduction for each credit hour taken beyond 12 hours per semester.

Thus far, more than 1,600 of 3,170 students registered for fall semester – close to 54 percent – are taking advantage of the tuition discount option. These students are taking a total of 4,523 additional credit hours.

PNC fall semester classes begin the week of Aug. 25.

The discount plan is designed to provide financial incentives for students to increase the number of credit hours taken each semester and encourage them to graduate in four years.

“This tuition discount program is intended to keep our PNC students on their path to success,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “I am encouraged to see that our PNC students are taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity. Our students realize that by completing just one additional three-hour class each semester, they will not only save a significant sum of money, but they will graduate earlier and start earning the income that comes with earning a Purdue University degree.”

A key to the success of the tuition discount program is the fact that students who earn 12 credit hours each semester will need 10 semesters, or five years, to complete a typical 120 credit hour bachelor’s degree. By comparison, students who earn 15 credit hours each semester will be able to earn their degrees in four years, save more than $500 under the new discount plan and enter their chosen profession sooner.

A recent report issued by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education noted that students who delay completing their degrees pay more tuition dollars and lose potential wages and career opportunities.

“Earning an on-time degree will always be the best and most affordable path to college completion, said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We commend PNC for removing a financial obstacle that previously stood in the way of students graduating on time.”

Further information about the tuition discount program can be obtained by contacting 219-785-5505, or visiting www.pnc.edu.