PNC Communication Camp for High Schoolers

The Purdue University North Central Department of Communication and the Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will be offering a Communication Camp for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from Aug. 4 through 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The campers will host a wrap party on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. with family and friends invited.

The camp will be led by Dr. Jeff Shires, PNC associate professor of Communication, assisted by current PNC students.

Participants will develop two video projects – a shorter “commercial” and a longer form narrative – which they will develop from pre- to post-production, learning how to script, storyboard, shoot and edit. Students will work through the process of planning and producing video, including finding the best camera angles, determining the best way to light a scene, the use of digital editing effects and more. They will also learn basic video shooting techniques such as the types of shots, effective camera movement and angles. By the end of camp, they will have the ability to create short videos that can be shared with audiences through various mediums, such as Facebook and YouTube.

Participants will travel to two television stations to witness how programs are created in the studio and in the field. They will also have the opportunity to interact with practitioners in the field in such areas as public relations and web productions to discuss how media is important in their business or career.

Registration is $375 per camper which includes lunch and snacks each camp day, all materials, all transportation to and from the regional media outlets the campers will visit and a camp t-shirt. The registration deadline for the program is Monday, July 21 at 4 p.m.

It is recommended that participants bring the devices they intend use to capture video footage after the program ends so that they learn to maximize their capabilities. These devices may include personal video equipment such as camcorders, smartphones, camera phones, flip cameras and other similar electronics.   Students attending this camp will leave with an understanding of how a television program is developed; the different roles and careers are available in media, as well as tricks and techniques for developing a narrative.

For information or to obtain program application materials, visit or contact the PNC Office of Graduate and Extended Learning at (219) 785-5343. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5748.

PNC Odyssey Series Features “Omnium Gatherum” Exhibit

Mindy Marie

Mindy Marie

Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series is presenting the exhibit, “Omnium Gatherum” a collection of original art by local artist Mindy Marie.

“Omnium Gatherum” will be on display June 1 through July 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.

The show will feature a collection of more than 20 pieces of her dynamic and colorful abstract oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings.

Mindy Marie and artist Ginny Scott, who will have her exhibit “The Unseen” in the first floor, north study area of the PNC Technology Building, will be honored at a reception on June 13 at 5 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02.Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their artwork. Refreshments will be served. On display in Assembly Hall is the show “Images From the Closet Trunk” featuring the work of Preston Jackson.

Music will be provided by Keith Scott on the acoustic guitar. A blues guitarist, songwriter and bandleader, Scotth has played professionally for more than 25 years in the United States and Europe. He has played with blues Legends such as Jimmy Dawkins and A.C. Reed and is a regular at Chicago’s House of Blues.

Mindy Marie lives and creates her art in Michigan City. In this exhibit, she presents artworks that trace the artis’t’ specific understanding of how life is random, broad and full of many different things. Mindy describes that she has loved the arts since she was a little girl and always dreamed of being an artist.

She loves to capture ideas and images from what surrounds her, and believes that “art is not only beautiful to look upon; it is also beautiful to create”

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 219-785- 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.

PNC Student Earns Grant to Fund Poetry SlamCamp 2014

Purdue University North Central Andrew Gillies recently received a Student Community Service Mini-Grant from Indiana Campus Compact to help fund the Poetry SlamCamp 2014 that will meet during the week of June 16 at the Michigan City Public Library.

Now in its third year, SlamCamp is a five- day event involving activities, games and education promoting expression through poetry, visual arts, technology and performance art. Slam poetry writing and performances will provide a range of children which includes exiting sixth graders through eighth grade students with an opportunity to enhance their talent, engage others through expression and showcase their skills in front of an audience.

The camp is a cooperative effort of the PNC College of Liberal Arts and the Michigan City Public Library and is made possible by the efforts of PNC faculty members, students from the PNC English Club, Purdue University Calumet faculty members, qualified community members and student volunteers from both universities. The professors and volunteers will work with the SlamCamp students to teach them about slam-style poetry and communication, as well as visual and performance arts. The faculty and student volunteers will share their own works to provide examples and get the children excited about expressing themselves confidently and clearly.

At the end of the week, volunteers provide a showcase event in which the campers can perform their work in front of family and friends. The Showcase will be held Friday evening. Some highlights can be seen on the SlamCamp Facebook page at:

SlamCamp hHours are June 16 through 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and June 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a public performance night on June 20 at 6 p.m.

Registration is $5, which includes all activities, lunch and a camp t-shirt. PNC students and faculty members are volunteering their time to create and lead the program.

To obtain further information or to register call 219-873-3049.

PNC Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors Course

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

“Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors” will meet at the PNC Westville Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from July 29 through Sept. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Central Time (CT). The registration fee is $1,350, which includes all required textbooks and course materials. Payment plans are available. The registration and final payment deadline is Monday, July 14, at 4 p.m. CT.

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

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

To register or to obtain further information about this course, visit or contact Cassandra Boehlke, coordinator of Graduate and Extended Learning, at (219) 785-5200, ext. 5748. Contact Boehlke via email at Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact (219) 785-5748.

PNC Softball Team Earns Champions of Character Award


The Purdue University North Central softball team has earned the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Champions of Character team award.

PNC 2013-14 Softball Team

PNC 2013-14 Softball Team

The Champions of Character team award recognized a team with a documented display of exemplary character and sportsmanship on the field, on campus, and in the community, including outreach presentations of the Five Core Values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

A single team is selected for each of the 23 National Championships Sports at the end of each competitive conference season. Institutions are nominated by schools within the conference. The Coaches Association for each conference sport then selects the winner prior to each National Championship.

PNC has been recognized as a Champions of Character institution in the past, with its athletics program earning Champion of Character status each year since the award was first granted in 2002.

The softball team members have initiated a number of community service activities on their own. They collected $500 in donations that they used to buy toys that they donated to Daniel’s Cause, that were distributed to youngsters who were hospitalized during the holidays; they held softball clinics for area girls, they collected food that was given to local food pantries and volunteered with the LaPorte Salvation Army.

Rigel Joins PNC Baseball’s Professional Ranks

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PNC Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Awards

Taylor Mullen

Taylor Mullen

Jacob Ramirez

Jacob Ramirez

Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson

Danielle Keller

Danielle Keller

Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder

Cody Jansen

Cody Jansen

Bethany Toyias Juchniewicz

Bethany Toyias Juchniewicz

Ashley Starcevich

Ashley Starcevich

Alex Ricica

Alex Ricica

Abbey Scowden

Abbey Scowden

Purdue University North Central Athletics recently hosted its 2014 Spring Hall-of-Fame Banquet and honored a number of student athletes for their athletic and academic achievements.

The Athletics Hall-of-Fame Class of 2014:

Dan Clark, of Portage – Basketball 1990 – 1992
Ryan Hawkins, of Shelbyville – Baseball 2004 – 2005
Bethany Toyias Juchniewicz, Cedar Lake – Softball 2007 – 2008
J.D. Coggins, LaPorte – Service 2003 – 2007

The honors presented included:

H.J. Patel Memorial Scholarship – awarded to golfer Jacob Ramirez for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

H.J. Patel Memorial Scholarship – awarded to volleyball outside hitter Taylor Mullen for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

Jack and Joan Weber Memorial Scholarship – awarded to baseball relief pitcher Cody Jansen for strong student involvement, commitment to academic success and high athletic achievement.

Athlete of the Year – awarded to baseball starting pitcher Dan Snyder. The award is presented to a top athlete for his or her leadership on the field or court as well as their overall success during the 2013-14 season.

Conference Awards:

Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Academic Team:

Cody Jansen – Baseball

Alex Ricica – Baseball

Ashley Starcevich – Softball

Danielle Keller – Softball

To earn this distinction a CCAC student-athlete must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.25 or higher and have earned at least 30 semester or 45 trimester hours of credit. The nominated student-athlete(s) must be enrolled with the respected CCAC College/University for a minimum of one academic year.

Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference (CCAC) All-Conference Awards:

Cody Jansen – relief pitcher – First Team All-Conference (Baseball)

Dan Snyder – starting pitcher – Second Team All-Conference (Baseball)

Drew Johnson – infielder – Gold Glove Team (Baseball)

PNC Softball – Conference Champions of Character Team Award:

Abbey Scowden – catcher – Second Team All-Conference (Softball).

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PNC Student Named to Circle K Indiana Post

Kathryn OrrPurdue University North Central student Kathryn Orr has been named as the Circle K Indiana District Governor, a key leadership position within the organization.

The PNC Circle K is sponsored by the Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club and by the LaPorte Kiwanis Club. Circle K International is the premier collegiate and university community service, leadership development and friendship organization in the world.

“I’m very excited to take on the role as Governor this year,” said Orr as she began her year-long assignment. “It’s an amazing opportunity to work with strong leaders from across the state to create, strengthen, and maintain Circle K clubs on over 19 college campuses in Indiana.”

In this post, Orr will work with all Indiana District Officers to assist in strengthening the district by helping them reach their personal goals. In addition, Orr with work with the district board to help it define and set goals, strengthen club chapters, raise money for Eliminate and plan district events such as President’s Retreat, Club Officer Training, District Convention, Membership Development and Education Conference, Fall Service Kick-Off, Fall Rallies and District Large Scale Service Project.

She will also work with the International Board to help to strengthen the Indiana District. She will attend the International Convention and help host the 2015 International Convention in Indianapolis.

Her responsibilities also including leading all district board meetings; attending all Kiwanis and Key Club District Board Meetings and working with the District Treasurer to plan and implement a budget for the year

Orr, a Valparaiso resident, is a Business major with concentrations in Accounting and Management. She has been with Circle K since 2012 and has been involved with the Kiwanis Family since 2004. Kiwanis offers K-Kids for elementary, Builder’s Club for middle school, Key Club for high school, Circle K for college students. Aktion Club is open to adults with disabilities and Kiwanis Club for adults. Orr has been active with Builder’s Club, Key Club, and Circle K.

Orr’s activities include serving as the PNC Dean’s Leadership Group president in 2013-14; PNC Student Government vice president in 2013-14; Indiana District Circle K governor in 2014-15 and Indiana District Circle K Immediate Past Lake-Region lieutenant governor in 2013-14.

Information about Indiana Circle K can be found through its website at and the international website is

PNC English 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 11 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 Karen Bjonback and Mary K. Harris, both of LaPorte; Jennifer Eubanks and Kelsey Tabbert, both of Chesterton; Jeremy Fabbri and Paul Scott, both of Porter; Myria Martin and Hayley Morris, both of Valparaiso; Kelsey Padezan of Lowell; Aaron Ratigan of Portage and Ryan Stinchcomb of Michigan City. 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.

PNC Microsoft Excel 2013 Workshops

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 Excel 2013 software.

The workshops will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from June 10 through June 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration $160 and includes all books and materials. Special rates are available for PNC students, alumni and employees. The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 21 at 4 p.m.

This program will be taught by an instructor with 11 years of experience at PNC, as well as 20 years of management experience in an office environment. Instruction will include an introduction to basic concepts and techniques for using the software in personal and business applications. Participants will learn about settings and properties of workbooks and worksheets, cell formatting and data entry, merging and highlighting cells, basic formulas and charts, as well as about a plethora of tools, functions and software abilities.

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