PNC Faculty Member Named Campus Compact Fellow

Mary Jane Eisenhauer

Mary Jane Eisenhauer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purdue University Opens Northwest Indiana Engagement Office

Timothy Sanders

Timothy Sanders

Timothy Sanders to direct office, support regional campus efforts  

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

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

Advancing economic development

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

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

Helping build partnerships

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

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

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

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PNC Disc Golf Course Open to the Public

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

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

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

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

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

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

PNC Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors Course

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

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

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

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

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

Purdue Calumet Vice Chancellor Also Assuming Responsibilities at PNC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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