PNC Spring 2015 Graduate List

(Spellings per Purdue records)

Argos
Jami M. Hooker                              Bachelor of Science in Business

Beverly Shores
Joseph D. Guncheon                      Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Michelle L. Wyatt                            Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Brighton, MI
Christopher E. Gaskin                    Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Burns Harbor
Angela M. Woods                            Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Cedar Lake
Mishelle A. Mastronardi                Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Chesterton
Christina A. Byers                           Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Stephen R. Crockett                        Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Thomas Darnell                               Bachelor of Arts in History

Patricia R. Demakas                       Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Michael A. Diaz                                Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Anthony J. Ello                                 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Kyle R. Galloway                              Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Brandon K. Garvey                          Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Justin S. Golday                               Bachelor of Science in Biology

Joshua D. Hood                                Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Ryan A. Jakubowski                        Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Alexandrea C. Karnick                    Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Travis J. Keppen                               Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Aaron M. Landrum                          Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Samuel M. Langley                          Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management Technology

Lora O. Mc Means                           Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Jo A. Nellessen                                 Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Jo A. Nellessen                                Certificate in Professional Communication

Alison M. Nelson                             Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Richard E. Ostertag                         Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Carlos M. Pedroza                           Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Nathanael J. Pilla                             Bachelor of Science in Biology

Paul C. Scott                                      Bachelor of Arts in English

Haley J. Solar                                    Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management Technology

Lyndie E. Walton                             Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Tyler S. Wein                                     Bachelor of Science in Business

Kathryn M. Winski                           Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Chicago, IL
Lindsey M. Santoyo                          Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Crown Point
Abigail O. Deidigha                         Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nichole D. Pater                               Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Joseph R. White                               Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Demotte
Tina M. Eenigenburg                      Bachelor of Science in Business

Lauren M. Shea                                Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Dyer
Anthony R. Hoolehan                     Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Elkhart
Matebejana A. Mashala                  Master of Business Administration

Francesville
Madalene C. Calvert                       Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Grovertown
Katelyn N. Peters                             Bachelor of Science in Biology

Hamlet
Jessica L. Hagler                              Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Katelyn C. Kissam                            Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Marlene F. Murphy                         Associate of Science in Human Resources

Hammond
Sarah E. Brun                                    Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Trenity E. Davis                                Bachelor of Science in Biology

Hebron
Amanda K. Bernard                        Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Aerielle A. Brugos                           Bachelor of Science in Business

Crystal E. Hinkel                              Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Aleksandra S. Kasich                       Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Elizabeth A. MacNeill                      Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Jeffrey S. Sarkey                              Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Ashley M. Spurr                               Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education

Jessica A. Stockman                        Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Beth A. Szymaszek                          Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Meagan N. Ziller                              Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Hobart
Abby M. Anderson                          Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Adam H. Balzer                                Bachelor of Science in Biology

Gregory P. Gerke                             Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Allison N. Lamparski                      Bachelor of Science in Business

Brittany L. Long                               Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Chasity D. Matthews                       Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Nikki T. Meanovich                          Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Melody L. Palmer                             Bachelor of Science in Biology

Melissa R. Ringer-Clayton             Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Karin D. Sylvia                                  Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Kerstin M. Vossberg                       Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Amanda L. Wozniak                        Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Knox
Kristie L. Rhoda                                 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Dominic W. White                            Bachelor of Science in Business

Kouts
Benjamin I. Collins                           Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Easten R. McNeill                             Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Jacob D. Spratley                              Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

La Crosse
Tracy L. Muggelberg                       Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Ross O. Warner                                 Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management Technology

La Porte
Amanda L. Bell                                  Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kate E. Bohlin                                   Bachelor of Science in Business

Janel A. Breitenbach                       Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alicia N. Brewer                                Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Richard L. Carlson                            Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Cassie M. Carlson                             Bachelor of Arts in Communication

David Carmel                                     Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

James M. Carrier                              Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Catarina C. Cooper                           Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Latasha S. Dixon                               Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Kathryn E. Eaton                               Master of Business Administration

Cameron M. Fehland                       Bachelor of Arts in English

Cassie L. Fogus                                  Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Elizabeth A. Gaskins                        Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Andrea M. Ginter                             Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amanda Gregoria                             Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Jory M. Grillo                                    Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Rebecca A. Hipskind                       Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Karen N. Jedrysek                           Bachelor of Science in Business

Christine J. Keil                                 Associate of Science in Building Construction Management Technology

Brittany T. Ketcham                        Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Kelly Kroczek                                     Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Quinn T. Lasky                                   Bachelor of Science in Business

Alexis R. Light                                    Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Krysta C. Loucks                                Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Anne K. Lute                                      Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Craig A. Marcum                               Bachelor of Science in Business

Jordan R. Marhanka                        Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Alexander C. McCoy                         Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Marisa L. Meyers                             Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Justin T. Miller                                 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Sarah N. Nelson                                Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Sabra E. Rodriguez                          Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Christian A. Sightes                         Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Vicki L. Sizemore                              Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Jaron M. Skalka                                Master of Business Administration

Renee J. Snakenberg                       Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Kimberly L. Snyder                          Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Madelaine N. Spoljoric                   Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Samantha R. Stacy                           Bachelor of Science in Biology

Amanda S. Swanson                        Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Janelle R. Taylor                               Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Nancy Vullmahn                               Master of Business Administration

Jonathan E. Wilhelm                       Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Sarah A. Wooden                             Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Trevor A. Woods                              Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Brandi N. Young                              Bachelor of Science in Business

Michael A. Zinn                                Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lake Station
Brad E. Snodgrass                            Bachelor of Science in Business

Lakeville
Lucas D. Pearson                              Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Loves Park, IL
Kimberly S. Thomas                        Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Lowell
Nathan M. Hand                              Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Mahomet, IL
Brannon M. Kwiatkowski               Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Medaryville
Matthew R. Burge                            Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

 

Michigan City
Victoria B. Abdullah                        Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Charles D. Anderson                       Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Trace S. Beauchamp                       Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Megan E. Bogart                              Bachelor of Science in Nursing

John W. Burnett                              Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Jared A. Christensen                      Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Amanda C. Deaner                          Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Samantha L. Duffy                          Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Elizabeth Margaret Duszynski     Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Alicia N. Fogarty                             Bachelor of Arts in English

Melonie M. Frazier-Yates             Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Kellie M. Gast                                  Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Stephanie A. Glapion                     Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Keith C. Hager                                 Bachelor of Science in Business

Farid Harfaoui                                 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Jeremy R. Harris                             Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Brandon P. Hawkins                       Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Kristina E. Heuck                             Bachelor of Arts in English

Jayde O. Hippen                              Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Heather M. Hollenberger             Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Jessica L. Kobitka                           Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Patrick R. McKee                             Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Katelyn L. Mosher                          Bachelor of Arts in English

Kewon L. Ollie                                  Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Zachary R. Palm                              Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Michael L. Peterson                        Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Vincent A. Porter                             Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Alec V. Ream                                     Bachelor of Science in Business

Marisol Serrano                                 Bachelor of Science in Business

Tony L. Silva                                       Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Tiffany M. Sydow                              Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Cwon R. Terrell                                 Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Luis A. Valdes                                    Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Abigail L. Vittatoe                             Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Warren P. Ziegler                             Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Mishawaka
Emmanuel C. Chijioke                    Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Munster
Abdullah Alazemi                             Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Marnan T. Campos                          Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jason L. Talley                                  Bachelor of Liberal Studies

New Buffalo, MI
Gene Thomas                                    Master of Business Administration

New Carlisle
Roger G. Brewer                              Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Ashley R. Granat                              Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sara L. Kobitz                                   Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Jacob A. Miller                                 Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management Technology

Kayla A. Singleton                           Bachelor of Arts in English

Annaleese E. Truyaert                     Bachelor of Science in Biology

New Palestine
Andrew M. Hipskind                       Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Niles, MI
Mallory M. Stewart                           Bachelor of Science in Nursing

North Judson
Erin N. Cruce                                    Bachelor of Arts in English

Amethyst K. Daumer                      Bachelor of Science in Business

Keenan Scutchfield                         Associate of Science in Human Resources

Pensacola, FL
Tina M. Fuzy                                     Bachelor of Liberal Studies

 

Peoria, AZ
Brandon S. Dziedziejko                  Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Plymouth
Scott R. Cawthon                             Bachelor of Science in Business

Robert J. Dudash                             Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bryant G. Reese                                Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Christopher J. Tobolski                  Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Evelin Vargas                                    Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Portage
Penny L. Ambler                              Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Deborah L. Bennett                        Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Alicia M. Ciesielski                          Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Casey J. Ferguson                            Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Michelle N. Figueroa                      Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Ashley N. Fisch                                 Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Lindsay A. Gear                                Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Richard M. Graeber                        Associate of Science in Building Construction Management Technology

Tiffany N. Guerra                             Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Brandon A. Kestle                            Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Ashley M. Pezan                               Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Nicole M. Risinger                            Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Anthony Rivera                                 Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Raymond L. Rivera                           Bachelor of Science in Health Studies

Christopher R. Rockwell                 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Alexandra K. Rodriguez                 Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Richard T. Sneed                              Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Kristin Vandersteen                        Bachelor of Science in Business

Donald J. VanderWal                      Bachelor of Science in Business

Porter
Kyle T. Kerr                                         Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Kari A. Ricard                                     Bachelor of Science in Business

Trevor A. Utley                                 Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Hannah M. Vallangeon                  Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Rensselaer
Katelyn M. Schultz                           Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Rochester
Tiffany R. Leyva                                 Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Rolling Prairie
Alexander M. Buchanan                  Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Balthazar M. Hardt                          Associate of Science in Building Construction Management Technology

Alexander S. MacLeod                   Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Melissa M. Noojin                           Bachelor of Science in Business

Kali D. Roberts                                Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Saint John
Kyle C. Otte                                      Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Saint Joseph, MI
Travis S. Lang                                  Master of Business Administration

Jeffrey M. Parmerlee                     Master of Business Administration

Mark E. Richards                            Master of Business Administration

San Pierre
Caitlyn D. Hubbard                        Bachelor of Science in Business

Amanda J. Reeve                            Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Henry E. Thoreson                         Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Schererville
Steven L. Day                                    Bachelor of Science in Business

Jordan T. Polito                                Bachelor of Science in Business

Sheboygan, WI
Colin J. Willis                                    Bachelor of Science in Business

South Bend
David E. Cardimen                           Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Ashley M. Dominiack                      Bachelor of Science in Nursing

April A. Freehling                             Master of Business Administration

Carissa A. Gee                                   Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Andrew J. Nagle                               Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Management Technology

Nathaniel J. Steinhiser                   Bachelor of Science in Business

Stephen E. Taghon                          Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Three Oaks, MI
Kelly A. Hill                                       Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Toledo, OH
Alex J. Ricica                                    Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Trail Creek
Carly J. Ortega                                 Bachelor of Science in Business

Trenton, MO
Tyson J. Blattner                             Master of Business Administration

Union Mills
Stephanie L. Campbell                   Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jessica L. Sturdy                              Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Valparaiso
Tamim Y. Abulhassan                    Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Mathew T. Arwood                         Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Gabrielle N. Bone                            Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Deborah J. Boshart                          Certificate in Human Resources

Deborah J. Boshart                          Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Katelyn L. Buehler                           Bachelor of Science in Business

Djurica Bukur                                    Bachelor of Science in Business

Frank M. Bush                                   Master of Business Administration

Josh F. Byers                                      Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Alexander S. Cain                             Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Carolyn R. Carlisle                            Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Brandon M. Chambers                    Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Daniel D. Connors                            Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Catherine M. Delgado                       Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Justin D. Dick                                     Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Lindsay C. Eckert                              Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Jillian E. Eichberger                         Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Danielle M. Esola                              Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Perry W. Fishel                                  Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

James W. Frye                                   Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Kui Gao                                                Bachelor of Science in Health Studies

Hong Gao                                            Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Davis A. Garritano                            Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Kayla A. Gephart                              Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Jeffrey J. Grieger                              Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Felicia R. Haberkamp                      Bachelor of Science in Business

Angela D. Hammond                      Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Alexander S. Hernandez                 Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Grace R. Houser                               Bachelor of Science in Business

Tyonne M. Johnson                        Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Cody J. Karolzak                              Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Margaret B. Kilgore                         Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brenda M. Kotys                              Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Kathleen E. Lana                              Bachelor of Science in Psychology

David B. Lang                                    Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Christian B. Lembke                        Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

David Magana                                   Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Therese R. Manta                             Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Sarah J. McCann                               Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Leslie S. McCann                              Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Austre B. Medina                             Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kathryn H. Miller                             Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jodi L. Mitchell                                 Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Amanda M. Montgomery               Bachelor of Science in Biology

Brittany A. Nevill                              Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education

Anthony F. Olivarez                        Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Kathryn E. Orr                                  Bachelor of Science in Business

Matthew S. Osborne                        Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Katelyn E. Perkins                            Bachelor of Science in Business

Melissa R. Rich                                  Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Stefanie R. Rigg                                 Bachelor of Science in Biology

Connor G. Scroggins                       Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Michael R. Sharpe                            Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Christina J. Taylor                            Bachelor of Science in Business

Brittany T. Tobey-Elston                 Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Jennifer Tsilimos                              Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Rachael L. Tulloch                             Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Brittany J. Turley                              Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Matthew J. Virkler                           Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Katie A. Zale                                       Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Vincennes
Samuel J. Maxwell                           Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Walkerton
Deeb Browne                                    Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Andrea M. Randon                          Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Wanatah
Heather L. Conboy                          Bachelor of Science in Psychology

David J. DeSmet                               Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Alexander D. Gorrell                       Bachelor of Science in Business

Emily A. Michaels                             Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Carolyn J. Wheeler                          Bachelor of Liberal Studies

West Lafayette
Chifundo E. Kanchewere                Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Westville
Patrick G. Capps                               Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Marie Claire Foster                          Master of Business Administration

Vincent M. Frisella                           Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Marisela Gonzalez                           Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Marianne K. Harrison                     Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Hailey N. Karagias                            Bachelor of Science in Business

Susan M. Lewis                                 Master of Business Administration

Juergen Nittner                                 Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Laura I. Trimmer                               Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology

Wheatfield
Jacey A .Coppage                             Bachelor of Arts in English

PNC Tri Beta Members Presented at Research Conference

Nat Kennedy, Stefanie Rigg, Jasmine Moore and Melanie Shebel

Nate Kennedy, Stefanie Rigg, Jasmine Moore and Melanie Shebel

Purdue University North Central students who are members of the Tri Beta Biology honor society recently presented their research at the 2015 Butler Undergraduate Research Conference, at Butler University in Indianapolis.

Club members attending were Stefanie Rigg, of Valparaiso, president; Nate Kennedy, of LaPorte, vice president and member Jasmine Moore, of Knox and associate member Melanie Shebel, of New Buffalo, Mich. The PNC students were among the 586 who presented projects and 954 attendees.

Rigg and Kennedy presented the poster, “Methods in Extracting DNA: Using Phenol-Chloroform on Formalin Fixed Human Brain Tissue.” Their poster had also been presented at the National Tri Beta Conference held at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky in March.

Moore and Shebel both worked under the direction of Dr. Jessica Thomas, PNC assistant professor of Chemistry, with separate projects. Moore had the poster, “The Effect of the Order of Amino Acids in a Small Peptide,” and Shebel gave a presentation on her research called “Application of the B3LYP-DCP Method to Peptides.”

Rigg earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology in May and will pursue her Master’s degree in Biology at Purdue University Calumet.

Kennedy and Moore, both Biology majors, will both be PNC seniors in the fall. Kennedy has been elected he president of Tri Beta and Moore, vice president. Shebel will continue her studies as a Chemistry major and will conduct more research with Thomas.

PNC Communications Camp Lowered Registration Fee

Purdue University North Central will offer its Communications Camp for high school students at a reduced rate thanks to sponsorship and underwriting provided by the PNC Communication Department and Office of Advancement have lowered the registration fees from $299 to $99 per participant.

The camp will take place at the PNC Westville campus Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. A screening party for the students, as well as their invited friends and family members, will be offered in the evening on Friday, June 26. Camp registration includes lunches and snacks for each day of the camp as well as all supplies and materials, in-program transportation, an official camp tee shirt and drawstring backpack. The registration deadline is June 15 at 4 p.m. CT. Seating is limited.

Participants will develop video projects from pre-to post-production and will learn how to script, storyboard, shoot and edit. Participants will work through the process of planning and directing video, including finding the best camera angles, determining the best way to light a scene, which digital editing effects to include and more.

They will learn basic video shooting techniques including the types of shots, effective camera movement and angles. By the end of camp student will, have the ability to create short videos that can be shared with through various mediums, such as Facebook and YouTube.

Participants will also travel as a group to Lakeshore Public Media in Merrillville and WSBT-TV in South Bend to witness how programs are created, both in the studio and in the field. They will interact with practitioners in such areas as public relations and web production.

The camp will be led by Dr. Jeff Shires, PNC associate professor of Communication. He has designed the experience to give students a range of experiences in video communication.

Shires explained, “Our program is designed to be a hands-on experience with video production where students will learn how to produce their own short stories.”

PNC will provide participants with the video equipment and software needed to engage in this hands-on program.

Shires recommends that students also bring the devices they intend to use to capture video footage after the program ends so that he and the counselors can help them with applying the techniques they will learn during the camp. These devices may include personal video equipment such as camcorders, smartphones, camera phones, flip cameras and similar devices.

To obtain further information or to register, visit http://www.pnc.edu/gel/K-12 or contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343. For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Marie Foster at (219) 785-5698. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Students Honored for High Academic Achievement

The Purdue University North Central Alpha Mu Pi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, recently honored six English majors for their high academic achievement. In a ceremony held at PNC, students were recognized for their personal accomplishments and awarded lifetime membership certificates and pins.

The new members are Meghan Davis, of Lake Station; Phillip Guildner, of La Porte; Angela Hall, of Hebron; Eileen Long, of Michigan City; Ashley Pezan, of Portage and Mitchell Wiesjahn, of Wanatah. The Sigma Tau Delta faculty sponsor is Dr. Jane E. Rose, PNC associate professor of English.

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. Participation in campus and community service is expected of the members.

MBA Program Presents 2015 Faculty and Student Awards

MBA award winners

Outstanding Faculty Award recipient Dr. Wei He; Outstanding Student Leader Award recipient Marie Claire Foster

The Purdue University North Central graduates of the MBA class of 2015 recently presented their Outstanding Faculty Award to Dr. Wei He, assistant professor of Management and Strategy, for his teaching of the Quantitative Methods courses as well as the Strategic Management capstone course.

“We are delighted that Dr. He was recognized,” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, dean of the PNC College of Business. “This series of coursework is among the most challenging for our students. Dr. He was able to facilitate mastery through his enthusiastic style and passion for learning. He is able to take complex statistical concepts and demonstrate how useful they can be in making effective managerial decisions. His strategy course requires the students to work through a computer simulation that is run at the same time in programs across the world. Student teams must set up a company, then compete in a global market to achieve the best outcomes. It is not only challenging but fun.”

He began teaching at PNC in 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in International Business from Soochow University, China. He received his first master’s degree in Hospitality Management from Leeds Metropolitan University and completed his second master’s degree in Information Systems at University of Leeds, UK. After coming to the United States, He completed an Executive Master of Hospitality Management, and earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration at Florida International University.

Prior to coming to the U.S., He worked in two international hotel chains of Hilton International and Peel Hotel Group. His research interests include inter-firm collaboration and competitive strategies of international service firms. Several of his studies and co-authored works have been presented in top tier conferences such as the Academy of Management annual meeting and the Academy of International Business annual conference.

The Outstanding Student Leader Award was presented to Marie Claire Foster who received her MBA degree during the May 18 PNC commencement ceremony. Foster was chosen for her leadership as part of the MBA Student Leadership group. This group was responsible for organizing the ongoing Lunch with a Leader series as well as several community service activities.

“Throughout the entire program, Marie was a positive force for learning as well as service,” said Roberts. “Based on her academic achievement, she was inducted into our business honor society Delta Mu Delta in the Fall of 2014. She has been as asset to our program as well as her peers.”

Foster received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Purdue University and is the PNC director of Development. She joined PNC in 2012 as a development officer and advanced to alumni coordinator before being named to her current position. Prior to coming to PNC, she served in a variety of marketing positions with Porter County Parks and Quality Oil Company. She is a member of Tri Kappa and several not-for-profit-agency boards.

The Saturday MBA program is currently accepting applications for its fall cohort. 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 Offers Summer Science Courses Online

The Purdue University North Central Purdue Department of Biology and Chemistry and the College of Science are offering innovative and unique science courses this summer that are available entirely online. One does not have to be a PNC student to enroll.

The courses are:

CHM 10300: Chemistry & Society

This course is for students who think they hate chemistry. The course offers a new approach to chemistry, using decision-making activities related to real-world societal issues that have important chemistry components – such as the hole in the ozone layer, nutrition, consumer products, energy and pollution. A main goal is the development of critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills. The laboratory portion is performed in small groups using common household chemicals. This course should be of the greatest interest to students in the area of Education, Humanities and Liberal Arts. It may be used for 3 hours of lab science credit for students outside of the Schools of Science, Engineering, Heath Science, Technology, Agriculture and Nursing.

The course dates are June 8 through July 31. Students will earn three credit hours and will be taught by, Dr. Sharron Jenkins, PNC limited-term lecturer.

BIOL 22200: AIDS Online International

This is a general education course that uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide students with a basic, yet comprehensive overview of HIV/AIDS, along with the impact of this disease on community and global health. The course integrates the biology of HIV/AIDS, 40% of course content, with its origin, spread, history, transmission, prevention, and treatment, 60% of course content.

The course dates are June 8 through July 31. Students will earn three credit hours and will be taught by, Dr. Sharron Jenkins, PNC limited-term lecturer.

CHM 29000: Organic Chemistry Primer

This course is designed for students who will take Organic Chemistry in the fall at any institution. Students will be given the opportunity to get a strong foundation in the concepts that they will study in the fall. Organic Chemistry is a traditionally difficult course that is required for students intending to go to medical school, veterinary school, pharmacy school and other professional health studies programs. Learning the subject well requires a thorough understanding of organic molecules and reactivities.

Because this six-week summer course is delivered online, any student at any location can take it and set a powerful foundation for success in Organic Chemistry. This course will begin with a review of the concepts in General Chemistry, transition into the terminologies and language of organic chemistry and provide exposure to the rigor of the subject and will prepare students for success during their first semester of studying Organic Chemistry in college. Students will study from the same textbook to be used in the PNC fall semester Organic Chemistry course.

The course dates are June 22 through July 31. The course is taught by Dr. Meden Issac-Lam, assistant professor of Chemistry.

Information about tuition and fees can be found at http://www.pnc.edu/br/fees/

To enroll or to obtain further information contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5748 or cboehlke@pnc.edu.

 

2015 Commencement Photos Now Available

Photos from the 2015 Commencement ceremony are now available

PNC Honors Students Present at Butler Research Conference

photo of group at Butler University

Sam Irzyk, History; Kelsey Tabbert , English; Eileen Long, English; Stephanie Perry, Biology; Tasia Williams, Computer and Information Technology; Matt Variot, Biology; Dr. Heather Fielding, assistant professor of English; Ashley Pezan, Behavioral Sciences; Stefanie Nanney, Psychology; Tiffany Briesacher, Psychology; Courtney Armacost, Psychology; Cali Young, Psychology; Dr. Hui Chu, assistant professor of Psychology and Assen Kokalov, assistant professor of Spanish.

Purdue University North Central students who are part of the Honors Program presented their research at the recent Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference in Indianapolis.

Fourteen PNC students presented projects in psychology, biology, chemistry, gender studies and English. They were among 590 presentations and 950 participants from colleges and universities across the country.

Courtney Armacost, a Psychology major, presented her research on how the sense of belonging to one’s institution impacts students’ motivation to excel in school. She is a research assistant in the Behavioral Sciences Lab and her project came from her work there.

Armacost was grateful to have been able to have the opportunity to present at the conference, “I was really nervous presenting for the first time, not knowing what to expect. Once I presented I was so thankful for the experience. I think I may even do it next year if I get the chance to again. I feel blessed to have been able to have this experience, especially because I am considering graduate school. I feel like my confidence boosted as soon as I finished the presentation, because most students are afraid to make such a big step.”

Eileen Long, an English major, presented research on Salman Rushdie’s novel “Shame” and whether it can be considered a feminist narrative. Her paper argued that Rushdie successfully writes a feminist narrative that portrays four women who subvert the rules of their patriarchal society.

She said, “It was great being able to present at an academic conference, since many of these opportunities are only open to graduate students or faculty. Another great aspect of the conference was to be able to listen to so many varied presentations. Probably the most nerve-racking, yet rewarding part was the question and answer portion of the presentation when the moderator and audience would ask specifics regarding our research. It was so much fun taking part, asking questions, and flexing our scholarly brains.”

Three freshmen who exhibited research. Stephanie Perry, a Biology major, presented a literature review about innovations in genetic engineering, and looks forward to presenting the results of her own original experiments in the future. Tasia Williams, a Computer and Information Technology Major, and Matt Variot, a Biology major, presented their original analyses of the television show “The Walking Dead.” For Variot and Williams, the conference connected their personal interests to the world of scholarly research and encouraged them to pursue research outside of their home disciplines.

PNC presenters included Tiffany Briesacher, Sam Irzyk, Nate Kennedy, Jasmine Moore, Stefanie Nanney, Ashley Pezan, Stefanie Rigg, Melanie Shebel, Mary Steele, Kelsey Tabbert, Alexis Ulrich, and Cali Young.

Students in the PNC Honors Program pursue extra research projects with their faculty mentors to earn honors credit in their courses. A number of PNC presenters developed their research projects in honors courses.

The Honors Program also supports student research through its research assistant program, which hires students to work with faculty mentors on advanced research for publication.

To learn more about the PNC Honors Program, please visit www.pnc.edu/honors.

 

Karen Schmid, Purdue University North Central Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Adds Interim Provost Responsibilities for Purdue University Calumet

Peggy Gerard

Peggy Gerard, Purdue Calumet

Karen Schmid

Karen Schmid, Purdue North Central

Succeeds Peggy Gerard at Purdue Calumet, who is resigning the position for family reasons July 1

Karen Schmid, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for Purdue University North Central, also will assume responsibilities as interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost for Purdue University Calumet, following the recent resignation of Purdue Calumet Provost Peggy Gerard for family reasons. Thus, Schmid will serve both campuses in anticipation of the unification into Purdue University Northwest.

The Purdue Calumet and North Central campuses are working through a process of unification from which Purdue University Northwest will emerge, pending approval of the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits both universities. The unification is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

Schmid will assume her responsibilities for Purdue Calumet on July 1, 2015.

5th largest Indiana public university

Purdue University Northwest would become the fifth largest public university in Indiana, enrolling approximately 16,000 students, employing more than 1,500 faculty and staff, and offering more than 45 undergraduate and graduate programs of study on two vibrant campuses.

“Dr. Schmid is an experienced educator and administrator with a long record of accomplishments,” Purdue North Central Chancellor James D. Dworkin said. “She is committed to higher education and academic excellence. Dr. Schmid joined PNC at a time of unprecedented academic growth. Under her leadership PNC enhanced its academic programming and strengthened its commitment to service learning and community engagement. I am confident that she will continue to be an outstanding academic leader for both of our Purdue campuses.”

Gerard announced her resignation as vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and provost to Purdue Calumet Friday (5/8), citing increasing family concerns. Gerard, who has served Purdue Calumet since 1982 as a faculty member, dean of the College of Nursing, vice chancellor and provost, will return to the College of Nursing faculty.

Gerard is accomplished leader

“Dr. Gerard is a highly accomplished leader, educator and innovator in both academic and health care fields,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “Throughout her tenure she has, first and foremost, been focused on the success of our students. She has built a dedicated and collaborative team of academic leaders who I am confident will continue to work with Dr. Schmid to move forward the shared vision of excellence for the academic programs.”

Among her numerous accomplishments, Gerard has led teams that established the Purdue University Calumet College of Nursing as a national Center of Excellence and advanced the university’s first doctoral degree in nursing practice. In 2013 she received the Indiana Hospital Association’s Award of Merit for her contributions to health care statewide.

Her leadership also has contributed to establishment of the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice at Purdue Calumet and escalation of the university’s Honors Program to Honors College.

Schmid’s achievements numerous

Additionally, Gerard and Schmid collaborated to establish a joint Office of Research and Graduate Studies between Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central.

Schmid came to PNC in 2008 after six years as associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Indiana State University. Since then, PNC has added seven bachelor’s degree programs; various student success initiatives, including supplemental instruction; more online courses; and expanded the first-year experience course.

Under her leadership, an Honors Program also was developed; the concurrent enrollment program was enhanced; and PNC became one of 92 colleges and universities accredited by the National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

Purdue Launches Search for Purdue Northwest Chancellor

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University has launched a national search to hire the first chancellor of Purdue University Northwest, an institution that will officially come into existence on July 1, 2016, as the result of the unification of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central.

The chancellor will oversee the integration of the two campuses and be the first chief executive officer of Purdue University Northwest with an opportunity to lead the faculty and staff in shaping the new institution.

“The inaugural chancellor of Purdue University Northwest is facing an extraordinary opportunity to build one great university for Northwest Indiana, completing its transformation and establishing an institutional anchor in the region that will positively impact students and businesses for generations to come,” said Purdue University President Mitch Daniels.

Gary Lehman, a member of the Purdue Board of Trustees, will chair the search committee charged with providing in early fall a slate of outstanding candidates capable of completing the integration of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central.

The new chancellor of Purdue University Northwest will be responsible for working with stakeholders from the two existing campuses to form a new set of shared values and priorities as well as to advance academic quality, student success and affordability. The chancellor also will meet with local employers and community leaders to ensure the new institution is meeting the needs of the regional economy.

In order to accomplish these goals, the new chancellor should have proven leadership ability and a strong record of organizational building in their field.

Once unification is complete, Purdue University Northwest will be a comprehensive university enrolling approximately 16,000 students, employing more than 1,500 faculty and staff, and offering more than 45 graduate and undergraduate programs of study on two campuses. The two campus locations will be respectively identified as Purdue University Northwest-Calumet and Purdue University Northwest-North Central.

Last July the Purdue Board of Trustees approved the creation of Purdue University Northwest, reflecting the university’s commitment to finding administrative cost savings and promoting student affordability and accessibility.

Interested applicants should apply to pnwchancellor@purdue.edu. The full job description is available at http://www.purdue.edu/hr/careers/pdf/Chancellor_of_Purdue_Northwest.pdf.

Members of the search committee:

Gary Lehman (Chair), Purdue trustee

Jeff Shires, PNC Faculty Senate chair and associate professor of communication at Purdue North Central

Janusz Duzinkiewicz, Intercampus Faculty Council member and associate professor of history at Purdue North Central

Staci Trekles, clinical assistant professor of instructional technology at Purdue North Central

Feng-Song Wang, outgoing Faculty Senate chair and associate professor of biology at Purdue Calumet

Geoffrey Schultz, professor of educational psychology and special education at Purdue Calumet

Peter Dragnev, speaker of the Purdue University faculty for the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Senate, and professor and chair of mathematics at IPFW

Levon Esters, University Senate Faculty Affairs Committee chair and associate professor of youth development and agricultural education at Purdue West Lafayette

Simon Rhodes, dean of the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and professor of biology

Audeen Fentiman, special assistant to the president, associate dean of engineering for graduate education and interdisciplinary programs, and professor of nuclear engineering at Purdue West Lafayette

 

Source: Gary Lehman, 765-494-9710, trustees@purdue.edu