PNC to Celebrate Groundbreaking on Oct. 16

PNC Student Services & Activities Complex

Artist rendering of the PNC Student Services & Athletics Complex

Purdue University North Central will celebrate the groundbreaking for its Student Services and Activities Complex on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. The new building will be located on the southeast side of the PNC Westville campus.

“This will be a momentous day for Purdue North Central,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “This building will become the focal point of student activities on campus.”

The turning of the first shovels of dirt will culminate 10 years of planning. “A tremendous amount of work went in to making this building a reality,” said Dworkin. “Our area legislators were strong advocates for us and saw to it that the Indiana General Assembly included funding in its 2013 – 2015 budget. Locally, we spent many hours working to raise additional funds to help pay for the building. Our community members donated more than $3.7 million dollars because they know how important this building is to PNC. I sincerely thank everyone who helped make this groundbreaking possible.”

The donations include two gifts of $1 million. One came from an anonymous donor and another by Dr. and Mrs. Peter Kesling of LaPorte. The Kesling donation secured naming rights to the gymnasium which will be named the “H.D. Kesling Gymnasium” in honor of Dr. Kesling’s father.

A construction contract with Ziolkowski Construction Inc. of South Bend, was approved by the Purdue University Board of Trustees on Sept. 26. The $33.4 million project bid came in lower than estimated, resulting in $1.2 million in savings to be passed along to students. Funding sources for the Student Services and Activities Complex include the $3.7 million in gifts, along with $5 million to be paid from student fees. State support will pay for the remaining $24.7 million of the project.

Construction is expected to take about 18 months. One of the first events to be hosted in the Student Services and Activities Complex will be the May 2016 commencement.

The building will include:

  • 102,239 gross square feet
  • Second level contains a walking track and two exercise rooms
  • Gymnasium and related areas
    • Bleacher seating capacity of 1,361
    • Total event capacity of 2,065
    • Two full size basketball courts. A ceiling-hung divider can separate the courts
    • The gymnasium can accommodate net sports such as volleyball and badminton
  • Men’s and women’s fitness and team locker rooms
  • Student government and organization areas
  • Student study lounge
  • Wellness center
  • Game room
  • Fitness area
  • Great Hall with a seated banquet capacity of 500 and a seated event capacity of 980
  • Catering kitchen

PNC Non-Credit Computer Class for Beginners

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer the non-credit a computer workshop for beginners, “So You’ve Never Touched A Computer,” to introduce the basics of using a computer with the Windows 7 operating system and will get individuals started on their path to computer literacy.

“So You’ve Never Touched A Computer” will be a four-day workshop offered at the Westville campus on Mondays and Tuesdays from Nov. 3 through Nov. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. nightly. The registration fee of $159 includes reference materials and a textbook, which the students will be able to use to study the material in more detail from home. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.

This hands-on workshop will cover topics such as understanding the equipment, basic computer terminology, working with files and folders, working with email and the internet, downloading images from digital cameras, printing and more.

For more information, to register, or to receive information on other programs and courses, call the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343, or toll free at (800) 872-1231, ext. 5343 (inside Indiana), or visit

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Alumni Seeks ValPLAYso Volunteer Team Members

The Purdue North Central Alumni Association is forming a team to volunteer for its ValPLAYso community build team to work on the park Monday, Oct. 6 or Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. All PNC alumni, family and friends are welcome to join our team to make a difference in the community. Shift times are from 8 a.m. to noon 12:30 p.m. to 5 pm or 5:30 to 9 pm. Volunteers can be skilled or unskilled.

There are more than 2,000 Purdue North Central Alumni in the city of Valparaiso. The PNCAA will provide a PNC Alumni gift as a thank you to those who volunteer to be part of the PNC volunteer effort.

The Valparaiso Parks foundation is hosting a community build week for the public park ValPLAYSO, Oct. 6 through Oct.12. All members of the community will volunteer their time and skills to help build an addition to the ValPLAYSO Park.

Anyone interesting in volunteering for the PNC team may register at

To obtain further information on becoming a member of our team, contact Kevin Smith at or 219-785-5274.

ValPLAYso – The Next Generation playground is a project of the Valparaiso Parks Foundation, a 501c3 entity. The project is funded through public and private partnerships and receives no tax-payer funding.

Information about ValPLAYso can be found at: or the ValPLAYso Facebook page:

PNC Beginner and Intermediate Microsoft Word 2013 Workshop

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

The workshop will meet on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., beginning on Oct. 29 through Nov. 19. Registration fee is $159 and includes all books and materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.

This program will be taught by an instructor with 25 years of teaching experience as well as executive management experience in information technology and an office environment. The workshop will introduce beginner and intermediate concepts and techniques for using the software in personal and business applications.

Participants will learn to create and format documents, brochures, flyers, tables and charts. They will also learn how to use mass mailing features, as well as a few more advanced topics related to the software.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748

PNC Brings R.A.D to the Community

Purdue University North Central Campus Police will present a class in the community to teach the Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) to women age 13 and older.

R.A.D. is a national program, founded in 1989 by a Virginia police officer, which teaches simple, yet effective safety techniques that can be used by teenage and adult women. PNC has offered the training without charge since 2002.

The “R.A.D. on the RoAD” classes are taught by members of the PNC Police Department who are certified R.A.D. instructors. There is no charge to take part in the class.

R.A.D. will be held Mondays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Andrew’s by the Lake Episcopal Church, 1007 Moore Road, Michigan City. To enroll in the class, contact St. Andrew’s office at (219) 872-6984 or on their Facebook page.

Young women ages 13 to 17 must be accompanied by their mother or female adult and a parental consent form must be completed by a parent.

The PNC Police Department offers “R.A.D. on the RoAD” to any group of females who would like to learn. If the group does not have the appropriate space needed for the class, the women will be invited to the PNC campus. The only requirement is that a group of at least six women and not more than 12 be willing to commit to attending three class sessions of three hours each.

Nationally, R.A.D. is taught on more than 2,500 college and university campuses around the world. It is also taught by community police departments and women’s resource centers.

PNC Police Dispatcher Sue Zahn is a certified R.A.D. instructor. She explained that the R.A.D. techniques are simple and women of most any age or ability can utilize them effectively.

“It is important for every woman to know how to defend herself,” she said. “This class is empowering. It gives a woman the confidence to know that she can defend and stand up for herself. These skills can be used anywhere. And women will carry the skills with them the rest of their lives.”

According to Zahn, the R.A.D. training helps to make women aware of their surroundings and aware of the behaviors of those around them. It helps them identify potentially threatening situations and know how to react.

She noted, for example, there is a difference between dealing with someone who is angry but presents no physical harm and someone attempting an assault.

Zahn herself took the class prior to becoming an instructor.

“I tell the class ‘I know what you’re going though,’ ” she said. “R.A.D. is easy and effective. I want to make sure that everyone knows it.”

Class participants will practice different scenarios and possible responses. Participants are asked to practice the R.A.D. techniques outside of class so that they become second nature.

For more information about the PNC R.A.D. program contact the Campus Police at 219-785-5200 ext. 5220, or visit

PNC C&IT Scholarships Available

Purdue University North Central students in the Computer & Information Technology program have the opportunity to earn one of two $1,000 JM2 Webdesigners JumpStart scholarships.

The scholarships are available to all incoming and existing full-time PNC students in the C&IT program with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Interested students must write an essay that will be due Sept. 30.

Details about the JM2 JumpStart Scholarship are available at Interested students matching the scholarship criteria are required to submit essay answering the question, “Where do you see the internet in the next five years and why?”

The scholarship was created in 2013 by JM2 Webdesigners, a technology company in Michigan City, founded in 2012. JM2 Webdesigners specializes in custom application and website development for small to mid-size businesses in the Northwest Indiana area. Owners Jon Meyers and John Marx are proud of the service they provide and decided to give an annual scholarship to Purdue North Central Computer & Information Technology students to assist the recipients in pursuing their passion in computer systems. Among the reasons the JM2 Webdesigners scholarship was developed, is the diverse educational backgrounds of Marx and Meyers.

Marx graduated from Chesterton High School and went on to pursue a degree at Ivy Tech. He attended a single class and ended up dropping out of college. He had the opportunity to go to other universities but decided that his purpose was to pursue a career in the military and enlisted in the Army. The discipline he learned there, served him well in the future.

Marx has been developing professional websites since 1995. He built a career related to his interest in programming and technology, writing software for clients like Holiday Inn and Super 8 and a consulting corporation. He also supervised PNC intern Jon Meyers.

In May 2012, Meyers graduated from PNC and began his career with the La Porte County Information Technology staff.

In November of 2012, JM2 Webdesigners was created and has been actively producing websites and software. Marx and Meyers use their successes to give back to the community through education and assisting . students who have an interest in pursuing a degree in technology. In 2013, the JM2 Webdesigners Jump Start scholarship was developed to help PNC Computer & Information Technology students.

Marx and Meyers believe in the importance of an educated community and that one of the best ways to achieve that goal is to help students get into college. Marx and Meyers support post-high school education at Purdue North Central and want students to follow their dreams and passions for the sake doing what they love – the reason behind offering the JM2 Webdesigners JumpStart scholarship. They hope their scholarship makes it easier for students to learn what they want to learn, without being restricted by money and student debt.

PNC Book Club to Read “Wuthering Heights”

The Purdue University North Central Alpha Mu Pi English Club book club will meet on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Library-Student Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 on the PNC campus.

The group will read and discuss the classic book “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte.

The Book Club will meet regularly during the academic year. Its second meeting of the fall semester will be Dec. 5.

PNC Sets Fall Enrollment Record

Purdue University North Central set an all-time enrollment record this fall. The 2014 – 2015 academic year opened Monday, Aug. 25 with a record 6,177 students, a 1 percent increase in students over the fall semester of 2013.

Included in the fall enrollment are 3,252 undergraduate students, 35 graduate students in the Master’s of Business Administration program and 2,890 Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment students.

Another record was set, when for the first time, the PNC undergraduate population averaged a full-time course load of more than 12 credit hours.

This fall, PNC has 536 first-time, full-time students enrolled in its freshman class. These students average approximately 15 credit hours for the fall semester. Of first-time, full-time degree seeking freshmen enrolled at PNC this fall, 194 students, or 36 percent, earned Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment credits in high school, entering PNC with an average of 12 credit hoursand savings of nearly $3,000 in tuition by taking college courses in high school.

“We welcome all students to Purdue North Central. Our students know the value of higher education and that earning a Purdue degree will play a key role in ensuring their future success,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “It is important to note the number of students taking 15 or more credit hours per semester. If these students continue to earn 15 or more credit hours each semester, they will stay on track to graduate in eight semesters, or four years. By taking 12 credit hours a semester, a student will require 10 semesters, or five years to graduate.”

In addition, the average PNC undergraduate degree-seeking student is 24 years old. There are 2,460 males and 3,717 females enrolled. PNC has 2,410 students from Porter County and 1,589 students from LaPorte County.

This semester, there are a record 2,890 students taking 15,277 credit hours through the Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment program. This allows high school students to earn both high school and Purdue University credits while they take classes in their high school during the regular school day. Enrollment in this program saw a 15 percent increase in students over 2013. PNC offers Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment classes inmore than 40 Northwest Indiana high schools.

“Many of the highly motivated students in our Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment program commit themselves to earning a bachelor’s degree in three years. Students who earn their degrees in three or four years have a competitive edge as they enter the job market earlier than they may have otherwise, while saving a considerable amount of money on tuition, books and expenses.”

PNC has 35 students enrolled in its Saturday Master’s of Business Administration program, offered at PNC – Porter County in Valparaiso. PNC – Porter County also offers a full schedule of undergraduate courses.

PNC Non-Credit Short Story Workshop

The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning and Department of English and Modern Languages will offer a non-credit workshop series for anyone who wants to learn how to write effective short stories.

The program will meet Tuesday evenings from Oct. 7 through Nov. 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each week. The registration fee for community members is $139.00 and includes all materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Sept.30 at 4 p.m. Writers of all interests and abilities are welcomed.

This program will be taught by award-winning author Lucrecia Guerrero, an experienced teacher of writing whose work has appeared in numerous journals, a short story collection and other works. Guerrero describes the program as beneficial for those who have a story to tell but may be overwhelmed by longer form writing or are attracted to the shorter form.

Participants will be led into writing short stories of 300 to 1,000 words through in-class writing exercises and mini lessons on craft.

To register or obtain further information about this program, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748, or

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

PNC Hosts “Flight” International Rescue Committee Exhibit


Piece by Maria Helena Vieira Da Silva

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series is presenting the exhibit, “FLIGHT,” a collection of lithographs compiled by the International Rescue Committee.

“FLIGHT” will be on display through May 31 in the PNC Library-Student-Faulty Building student lounge, Room 062. Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library-Student-Faculty Building is closed on Sundays.

“FLIGHT” is a series of 12 lithographs, each produced by a modern master of art, representing the artist’s personal interpretation of the struggle to freedom that individuals faced under dire circumstances. Three hundred sets of the lithographs were produced, the originals destroyed.

The International Rescue Committee was created in 1933, the same year Adolph Hitler became chancellor of the German Reich. The International Rescue Committee was formed by Albert Einstein, educator John Dewey, Eleanor Roosevelt and others, with the mission of the group of helping those trying to escape the Nazis.

American journalist Varian Fry was asked to carry out a rescue operation to help those trying to flee Europe, among them artists, writers and other intellectuals in France, who faced certain death. With $3,000 strapped to the inside of his pant leg, Fry infiltrated Nazi-occupied France and made it possible for more than 2,000 refugees to come to America.

The International Rescue Committee exists to this day, and has aided millions of refugees.

In the 1960s, Fry was asked to assemble a collection of art the IRC commissioned to help raise money for its refugee aid. Some of the contributing artists had been brought to freedom through the IRC. The suite of works was completed in 1971 and included the works of Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Robert Motherwell, Alexander Calder, Jacque Lipchitz and Adolph Gottlieb. Fry died in 1967 at age 59 before the collection was completed.

One of the “FLIGHT” collections was purchased in 1971 by Warren and Lynda Meeker, supporters of the International Rescue Committee and friends of Leo Cherne, chair of the IRC Board of Directors.

In 2014 Lydia Meeker donated the art to Sinai Temple in Michigan City, in memory of her husband. The works exhibited at PNC are on loan from the temple.

To obtain further information about this exhibit or the Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, at 785-5200, ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.