PNC SHRM Student Chapter Receives Merit Award

The Purdue University North Central student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has been awarded a 2014-2015 Student Chapter Merit Award designation from the Society for Human Resource Management for providing exceptional growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 professional and 20,000 student members in over 160 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

Through its monthly meetings, activities and presentations, the PNC SHRM chapter has provided skills and professional development opportunities for its members.  Recent activities have included a professional resume writing skills workshop, business etiquette and networking session, and the do’s and don’ts of academic presentations. The PNC SHRM Chapter Advisor is Dr. Anne Christo-Baker, PNC associate professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership.

Chapter members also participate in Northwest Indiana SHRM and National SHRM programs, which keep them informed of new human resource regulations, trends, issues and challenges. The group’s volunteering and community activities promote character development. Membership in the chapter grew from six to eighteen members during the award year and continues to grow.

“SHRM is pleased that the Purdue North Central student chapter is among our 2014-2015 Merit Award winners. Our student chapters, led by an inspiring and dedicated group of student volunteers and chapter advisors, truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, divisional director, East and the lead for SHRM’s Student Programs. “Their achievements, which go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments, are commendable. We applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, the community and beyond. The future of HR shines bright knowing these students are among those leading the way.”

Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to encourage development of more effective student chapters and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

For more information, contact Christo-Baker at 219-785-5643 or

Visclosky Announces Grant to Purdue University North Central

Congressman Pete Visclosky announced that the United States Department of Education has awarded a $289,901 grant to Purdue University North Central.

“I congratulate Chancellor Dworkin and the entire Purdue University faculty and staff for ensuring that students have access to the resources they need in order to succeed,” said Congressman Pete Visclosky.

The grant was awarded under the Department of Education’s Student Support Services Program. The Student Support Services Program (SSS) provides academic and other support services to low-income students, first generation students, or students with disabilities.  The purpose of the program is to increase student retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of their success.

“PNC has been a part of the TRIO program since the 1980s and has served thousands of students,” said Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin.  “With TRIO, age, gender, race, income and capabilities are not an issue.  Rather, the focus is on learning, sharing ideas, opening doors and broadening interests.  Thanks to TRIO, PNC students have received vital services that have helped them flourish academically and socially and provided them with skills to ensure success beyond their days at PNC.  TRIO has had an immeasurable impact on their lives.  These talented, accomplished students have gone on to have successful careers in our communities.”

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PNC Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail Open to The Community to Enjoy

The Purdue University North Central Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail is open to the public and parents, teachers, grandparents and caregivers are invited to bring children out to enjoy the trail.

The Born Learning Trail, located on the southeast side of the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, bears the name of the First Lady of Purdue North Central, who suggested having a Born Learning Trail at PNC and played an instrumental role in its creation. This was the first Born Learning Trail on a university campus in Indiana.

The Born Learning Trail presents a fun, casual way to engage children in learning. It features 10 interactive, playful outdoor games that will help adults create learning opportunities for a young child. As adults walk through the trail with a youngster, they will encounter various signs that will ask questions, suggest activities and encourage interaction between the adult, the child and their natural surroundings. It will also give adults tips and ideas for follow-up learning to take place at home or school.

PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin and Nancy Dworkin are parents and grandparents who share a strong commitment to early childhood education.

The Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail is part of the Northwest Indiana United Way Success By 6 initiative, which is intended to help parents, caregivers and communities support early learning. The trail was supported by a donation by the Purdue North Central Women’s Association, Success By 6 and the PNC student organization Purdue Learning About Young Children in Education (PLAYCE).

PNC Early Childhood Education students will utilize the trail in their own learning activities as they undertake a range of projects with area schools to create learning activities for students, parents and teachers. The trail presents countless opportunities for activities and lessons.

In addition to the Born Learning Trail, the campus has a variety of walking trails, with picnic tables located in the “quad” area between the campus buildings and a picnic shelter near Bards’ Pond. Shakespeare’s Garden is adjacent to Bards’ Pond. Large-scale sculptures are located throughout campus and guests may take self-guided walking tours. The entire campus is WI-FI enabled.

The PNC campus is easily accessible to visitors traveling from LaPorte and Michigan City thanks to the Transit Triangle commuter bus service. Two buses operate weekdays on fixed routes between LaPorte and PNC, Michigan City and PNC and Michigan City and LaPorte. Each route offers three morning runs and three afternoon runs between 6 a.m. and 5:57 p.m. A one-way adult fare is $1.50 (exact change is required). Children age five and younger ride for free. The bus schedule and fare information can be found on the Transit Triangle website,

A map of the campus is available at

PNC Welcomes Public to Picnic and Enjoy the Campus

The Purdue University North Central 269-acre campus is open to the public to enjoy and visitors are welcome to come by to picnic, take a walking tour of the campus sculpture and hike the many walking paths.

Families, individuals, clubs or school groups who want to relax with a picnic on campus may bring their own food and refreshments. A picnic shelter is available near the pond on the north side of the campus. Picnickers there may enjoy watching the sculpture, Odysseus, as it floats effortlessly on the water.

While on campus, visitors may take a walking tour of the more than 30 sculptures included in the Odyssey Arts and Sculpture Series. A map and more information about the sculpture series may be found at Guided tours are available for both adult and children’s groups. Arrangements can be made by contacting Liz Bernel, PNC coordinator of Special Events and Marketing at 219-785-5719 or

The PNC campus is easily accessible to visitors traveling from LaPorte and Michigan City thanks to the Transit Triangle commuter bus service. Two buses operate weekdays on fixed routes between LaPorte and PNC, Michigan City and PNC and Michigan City and LaPorte. Each route offers three morning runs and three afternoon runs between 6 a.m. and 5:57 p.m. The schedule and fare information can be found on the Transit Triangle website,

PNC visitors are invited to view a number of indoor exhibits in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building and the Technology Building. Art of local artist Jason Poteet graces the walls of the Cybercafe, which also houses a remnant of the World Trade Center. Paintings and sculpture of George Sugarman, may be viewed in the Library, located on the building’s third floor. Other dynamic and dramatic art is located in the cafeteria and on walls throughout the building. Information may also be found at

Picnic tables are available throughout the campus quad area. A variety of food and beverage items are available for purchase from the PNC cafeteria located in the Library-Student-Faculty Building. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pizza is served on Wednesdays. Picnickers and guests are asked to please clean up after themselves. Trash containers are conveniently located.  More information about picnicking on campus can be found at

Building hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entire PNC campus is handicap accessible. Visitors are reminded that alcohol is prohibited and that PNC is a tobacco-free campus.

A map and directions to PNC may be found at

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. 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.

The PNC campus is easily accessible to visitors traveling from LaPorte and Michigan City thanks to the Transit Triangle commuter bus service. Two buses operate weekdays on fixed routes between LaPorte and PNC, Michigan City and PNC and Michigan City and LaPorte. Each route offers three morning runs and three afternoon runs between 6 a.m. and 5:57 p.m. A one-way adult fare is $1.50 (exact change is required). Children age five and younger ride for free. The bus schedule and fare information can be found on the Transit Triangle website,

For further information about disc golf at PNC, contact Shane Prance, Athletics/Activities coordinator at or 219-785-5660.

PNC Student Services & Activities Complex Unity Foundation Donation

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Members of the Unity Foundation Board – Back row from left: Mike Brennan, Ron Ragains, Jim Jessup, Jim Kaminski, Liz Bernel. Front row from left: Dan Lewis, Ed Volk, Mary Lou Linnen, Angie Nelson-Deuitch, Michele Thompson, Marti Swanson, Jon Gilmore.
Not pictured: Dr. Vidya Kora, Kim Sauers, Tom Edwards, Jerry Kabelin, Diana Corley, Jack L. Jones, Maggi Spartz

Purdue University North Central has received a donation from the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County to underwrite the naming rights to an Art Niche that will be located in the formal foyer in front of the Great Hall in the PNC Student Services and Activities Complex.

The Student Services and Activities Complex is currently under construction and is expected to open in spring, 2016. The foyer will feature two Art Niches that will feature artwork that will rotate throughout the year.

The Unity Foundation mission is to strengthen La Porte County by building permanent endowments; providing leadership; offering philanthropic vehicles for everyone and being a catalyst for social and economic vitality.

“We support PNC’s role in increasing opportunities for local people through education and leadership,” said Maggi Spartz, president of Unity Foundation of La Porte County. “PNC and Unity share the vision of a stronger La Porte County and we’re delighted to fund an Art Niche that students, faculty and the community will enjoy for years to come. Together, PNC and Unity are a ‘power for good.’ ”

Marie Foster, PNC director of Advancement expressed her gratitude for the donation, “This investment in the Student Services and Activities Complex shows that together we can enrich our community through health initiatives, the arts and education. Purdue North Central’s reach goes beyond classroom walls. We strive to enhance our community which is why this partnership with Unity Foundation of La Porte County is so important. La Porte County, as a whole, will benefit by the Student Services and Activities Complex.”

More than 130 donors provided financial support to the $34 million complex. The Student Services and Activities Complex will measure 102,239 gross square feet. It is expected to the hub of student activity on campus. It will feature the H.D. Kesling Gymnasium, locker rooms, a walking track, fitness rooms, wellness center and fitness area will be open to students, faculty and staff. There will be a game room, student study lounge and ample space for student club offices and activities. The Great Hall will host campus and community events.

Area Youth Participate in STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2015

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Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City K-1st grade group leader Eric Edson in the front assisting Marshaun Thompson with measuring as he works on a project during the “Art and Math” STEAM Camp activities. Working in the far background is second grade leader Samantha Fanson and with Josh Silakowski and Glen Richards. Seated at the middle table is Walter Mayhams and standing is Octovio Perez.

Purdue University North Central is hosting a six-week STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC, 2015 for area young people at its Westville campus. The camp is in progress and will run through July 24. It emphasizes activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines and introduces students to the university campus as they take part in age-appropriate learning with PNC faculty, staff and local professionals as their instructors.

The young people, ages six to 12, are enrolled in one of the La Porte County Coalition of Youth Serving Agencies (YSA) of Michigan City including Imagination Station, Barker Woods, Boys and Girls Club, Michigan City Parks and Recreation, Safe Harbor and North Central Community Action Agencies (NCCAA). The camp sponsors are the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and NIPSCO.

Indoor and outdoor activities keep these youth mentally and physically engaged for their time on campus with about 40 students coming to camp each day and up to 200 children spending one morning a week at PNC for six weeks. During the remaining hours, they will participate in activities offered by their youth programs.

The camp learning activities include:

“The Concept of Matter” led by Debra Pratt, PNC continuing lecturer of education. Campers will learn about the properties of objects. All objects have properties of color, size and shape and can be identified by their properties. Using different types of balls, students will be asked to describe, record and measure the different physical properties of balls to determine their differences and similarities. Students will learn how these observations can be applied and used every day.

“Art and Math” with noted artist Michelle Wiser, who will explain how mathematical ideas influence art through a hands-on learning experience. Students will make a tessellation, or tiling. Tessellations are created using the shape of an equilateral triangle, square or regular hexagon, over and over again to cover a space without any gaps or overlaps. Making tessellations combines the creativity of art with the challenge of solving a puzzle. Campers will make cat head tessellations.

“Pollination and Pollinators” presented by the Potawatomi Audubon Society. The program will teach students about the plant pollination process. They will become familiar with different kinds of pollinators: native bees, non-native honeybees, beetles, flies, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and bats. They will learn that about 75 percent of flowering plants rely on animals for pollination. The students will learn that a variety of native plants and pollinators is necessary to provide the things people need to live. Each student will take home a copy of the Audubon Adventures magazine, “Zip! Hover! Zoom!”

“Science is Everywhere!” with Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics, who will lead the exploration of some of the ideas and patterns that predict the behavior of skateboarders, rocket ships, electric circuits and beyond. A series of exciting demonstrations will illustrate how surprising and how understandable the universe can be. Students will use computer simulators to work with ideas such as energy, momentum and electromagnetic forces in these various settings and discuss how these concepts shape their everyday world.

“Geology Rocks: Dig into our ever-changing Earth!” presented by Stephanie Irk, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University and teaches at Westville elementary School. Students will become geologists as they learn the basics of geology through hands-on experiments and activities, exploring the three different rock groups through some edible activities as well as some actual experiments on rocks. Campers were asked to bring in an interesting rock that they’ve discovered and use their new geology research skills on it.

“Who Done It? A Crime Lab with Charles A. Steele, PNC and Purdue Calumet Limited Term Lecturer in Physics and president of Aneval Inc. After hearing the story of a break-in, the youngsters will collect and analyze evidence to determine which of three suspects (if any) the thief is. To solve the crime, the campers will evaluate the crime scene, record it and decide what to collect and process. They will look at tools which may have been used, evaluate them and make clay impressions to see which could have made a mark left at the scene. They will study and examine fingerprints, glass and bite mark evidence. Based on what they gather, each group will present a theory of the case.

Enrollment for this camp session is closed. Only children enrolled in one of the youth-serving agencies camps may participate in STEAM Summer Camp @ PNC 2015. Further information can be obtained by contacting Liz Bernel, PNC coordinator of Special Events and Marketing at (219) 785-5719 or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Bernel.

PNC Women in Engineering and Technology Scholarships

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Scholarship winner Melissa Cowan; Dr. Thomas Brady, dean of the PNC College of Engineering & Technology and Martha Garcia-Saenz, PNC associate professor of Construction Engineering and Management Technology and the Women in Engineering and Technology faculty advisor.

The Purdue University North Central Women in Engineering and Technology organization recently awarded scholarships to Natasha Daugherty, LaPorte and formerly of Star City, and to Melissa Cowan, of Wanatah, both students in the PNC College of Engineering and Technology.

“Both students are very worthy recipients of this scholarship,” said Martha Garcia-Saenz, PNC associate professor of Construction Engineering and Management Technology. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to award these scholarships so that Natasha and Melissa may continue to work toward earning their degrees.”

Garcia-Saenz was instrumental to bringing the Women in Engineering and Technology program to the PNC campus. She knew the importance of having a mentor, someone to talk to and friends who share similar interests, and brought the organization to Purdue North Central during the 2002 spring semester to provide that opportunity to female students. Male students and faculty members are welcome to join and they regularly attend meetings and events.

The program encourages female students to succeed not only academically, but personally and professionally through seminars, talks, and discussion with guest speakers from alumni, industry and academia.

For more information about Women in Engineering and Technology, contact Martha Garcia-Saenz at 219-785-5522, or at

Transit Triangle Offers Convenient LaPorte County Travel

The Transit Triangle commuter bus service that connects LaPorte, Michigan City and Purdue University North Central offers convenient, affordable transportation to anyone who wants to travel between these locations for work, school, leisure or personal business.

transit triangle busTwo newly built buses will be put into service this month. They each seat 26 passengers and are equipped with an ADA wheelchair lift and two wheelchair positions. Seats include seat belts and USB ports are available. Riders will benefit from climate-control heating and air conditioning. There are on-board security cameras. The buses replace two leased buses which have been in service for the first 5 months of the Transit Triangle.

The two buses operate weekdays on fixed routes between LaPorte and PNC, Michigan City and PNC and Michigan City and LaPorte. Each route offers three morning runs and three afternoon runs between 6 a.m. and 5:57 p.m. During the LaPorte County Fair, July 13 through 17, a stop will be added at the fairgrounds.

Transit Triangle riders are able to travel to PNC to enroll at the university or take advantage of the many activities and conveniences offered on campus. The public campus welcomes visitors. Summer guests may come out to enjoy the large-scale outdoor sculptures on campus and view the many art exhibits found in each of the three current campus buildings. Conveniently located picnic tables provide a scenic spot to relax for a meal. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic basket or purchase food and drink in the PNC cafeteria in the Library-Student-Faculty Building. Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Bards’ Pond and Shakespeare’s Garden provide a peaceful, park-like setting where guests can relax.

Families with young children may enjoy the learning activities offered by the Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail and the disc golf course offers fun for all ages. The public library, also located in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, is open to everyone for reading and research and books may be borrowed.

In Michigan City, the Transit Triangle stops at Marquette Mall. A number of shopping and dining opportunities are within walking distance. For anyone who wants to venture to the Social Security Administration office, the South Shore Line, Washington Park and Zoo, the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall, the Uptown Art District, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Blue Chip Casino, it is easy to catch the Michigan City Transit bus for a quick ride to the next destination and back to the mall.

The Transit Triangle gives area residents the opportunity to commute to jobs at a very reasonable price.

In addition, Baron’s Bus, an inter-city bus network from of Ohio, makes daily stops at Marquette Mall, connecting with Greyhound and other major carriers both to the east and west. Coach USA stops at Marquette Mall and provides service to both airports in Chicago.

In LaPorte, stops include the La Porte County Courthouse, 809 State St., Dunham’s at LaPorte Town Square and the Thomas Rose Industrial Park, 1540 Genesis Drive. These stops provide convenient access to the LaPorte County Courthouse, IU Health LaPorte Hospital and the city’s many shopping and dining opportunities. It also provides access to jobs, including Thomas Rose Industrial Park and the New Porte Landing redevelopment area.

Once in LaPorte, further transportation is available through TransPorte, a demand-response system – a “shared-ride taxi” service. For one low rate a person can call and a vehicle is dispatched to take them from any location in the city to any location in the city for one price. Riders may travel to destinations of their choice, for example, someone can travel to work at Alcoa Howmet or visit the County Museum

For the LaPorte County Fair week from July 13 through 17 riders will also find a temporary stop at the fairgrounds gate on Zigler Road. The stop will be part of the LaPorte to PNC loop at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds. Riders from Michigan City will be able to connect in either direction around the loop, either through PNC or through downtown LaPorte, to transfer and get to the fair. Fair goers are welcome to enjoy a day at the fair, spending only $3 for the round trip.

The schedule can be found on the Transit Triangle website,

The Transit Triangle fares are:

  • One-way single: $1.50 (exact change is required)
  • One-way single fare with MC Transit Pass or LaPorte TransPorte Pass: $1 (exact change is required)
  • 10-Ride pass: $12.50
  • Children five and under ride for free
  • Monthly Commuter pass: $30 (Based on the calendar month. The pass is non-transferable.)

Passengers may transfer for free between buses within the Transit Triangle route.

Several options are available to purchase a pass. To pay by credit card, call the Michigan City Controller’s Office at 219-873-1404 and passes will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service or passes can be picked up at the Controller’s Office at Michigan City City Hall, 100 East Michigan Boulevard, the TransPorte Office, 102 L St., LaPorte or at the PNC Bursar’s Office in Schwarz Hall Room 127. Non-credit card passes can be purchased in person at any one of these locations by cash or check.

Passengers may transfer for free between buses within the Transit Triangle route.

The Transit Triangle has been made possible using Federal Transportation funding, with local matching funds provided by Michigan City, City of LaPorte, LaPorte County, and Purdue University’s North Central Campus. It is operated by Michigan City Transit as administrative grantee and lead agency, with one of the routes being served by TransPorte of the City of LaPorte.

Further information, including the schedule, can be found on the Transit Triangle website, The website can also be accessed through the MC Transit website at and the LaPorte TransPorte website at

Rick Costello named Athletic Director of Purdue University Northwest

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Rick Costello

After three years of impactful leadership of Purdue University Calumet athletics, Rick Costello has been named Director of Athletics of the emerging Purdue University Northwest, effective immediately.

“Since he arrived in 2012, Rick has inspired academic and athletic success and ignited a new spirit surrounding Purdue Calumet athletics,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “He has been an effective, tireless leader of our 12-sport, 200-student-athlete program, and he has positioned PNW for movement to NCAA Division II. He has brought new life, energy and interest to Purdue Calumet athletics on and off our campus.”

Costello’s appointment launches the athletic unification of Purdue Calumet and Purdue University North Central into a single Purdue University Northwest program, which begins competing during 2016-17, pending Higher Learning Commission approval. Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central will continue to compete separately during 2015-16.

Associate A.D. of Compliance

Additionally, Purdue North Central Director of Athletics Tom Albano joins the Purdue Northwest athletics leadership team as Associate Athletic Director for Compliance.

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Tom Albano

“These appointments represent a tremendous step forward for Purdue University Northwest,” Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin said. “Tom was a talented athlete and campus leader as a PNC student. He has a firm commitment to the success of our student athletes and athletic programs that will benefit Purdue Northwest. Together, Rick and Tom will lay the foundation for a successful future. Students, alumni and community members look forward to watching the program develop.”

As one emerging university of two inclusive campuses comprised of some 15,500 students, Purdue University Northwest is positioning to become an extraordinary Purdue presence in Northwest Indiana committed to student success, academic and faculty excellence and economic development.

“I am honored to lead Purdue University Northwest intercollegiate athletics and build on the rich tradition of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central,” Costello said. “I sincerely appreciate the confidence Chancellors Keon and Dworkin have shown in me. I am excited to work with students, coaches, faculty, alumni and community to create a program that develops academic and athletic champions and creates campus and community spirit and pride.”

Costello background

Costello is a veteran collegiate athletic administrator with previous stops at Rutgers (NJ) University, Delaware State University, University of South Florida, San Jose State (Calif.) University and, most recently, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

During his Purdue Calumet tenure the women’s basketball team has achieved national recognition, student-athletes regularly have achieved a collective semester grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale), two student-athletes earned Academic All-American honors for the first time in university history and all 12 sports teams engage in community service endeavors.

Costello also has helped cultivate corporate and private support to enable development of an outdoor sports complex at nearby Dowling Park for baseball, softball, soccer and tennis competition; the Paul K. and Barbara Graegin Academic Excellence Center study facility for student-athletes; and the Community Hospital Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Center.

Albano background

While assuming his new responsibilities, Albano will continue to lead the six-sport, 130-student-athlete Purdue North Central athletics program during its final upcoming year of competition.

As PNC Athletics Director the past two years, Albano was instrumental establishing a women’s cross country team and reintroducing an Athletics Advisory Board for input on fundraising and other strategic initiatives. He also has served on the planning and development committee of the PNC Student Services and Activities Complex, scheduled to open in 2016.

Additionally, he developed a multi-media campus news network featuring live video and web-streaming of PNC home athletic contests.

The former PNC baseball pitcher, Panther Athlete of the Year, All-American Honorable Mention selection (2007) and member of the PNC Athletics Hall of Fame set university season records for most mound appearances (27), saves (9) and lowest earned run average (1.66).