Prospective Students Invited to PNC College Fair Sept. 17

Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be at Purdue University North Central on Sept. 17, for its 30th College Fair. The fair begins at 6:30 p.m. This event offers area high school and middle school students, as well as interested adults, a chance to find out more about academic programs, application procedures, campus life, costs, and other aspects of college life.

Financial aid presentations at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will help students and their families understand what aid is available and how to begin the application process. College representatives will meet with students and answer questions until 7:45 p.m. All events will take place in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building. The College Fair is free and open to the public and advance registration is not required.

The public and private colleges invited include: Purdue University West Lafayette, Calumet, IPFW and North Central; Ancilla College; Anderson University; Ball State University; Benedictine University; Bethel College; Calumet College of St. Joseph; Calvin College; Concordia University Chicago; DePauw University; Dominican University-River Forest; Ferris State University; Goshen College; Hanover College; Huntington University; Indiana Institute of Technology; Indiana State University;  Indiana University Bloomington, South Bend, IUPUI and Northwest; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana; Kendall College; Loyola University of Chicago; Manchester University; Marian University; Northern Illinois University; Northern Michigan University; Northwood University; Notre Dame University; Olivet Nazarene University; Robert Morris University; Roosevelt University; Saginaw Valley State University; Saint Joseph’s College; Saint Mary-of-the Woods College; Southern Illinois University; Trine University; University of Illinois; University of Indianapolis; University of Saint Francis; University of Saint Francis Crown Point; Valparaiso University; Vincennes University; Butler University; Saint Mary’s College-Notre Dame and Western Michigan University.

The PNC campus is located just south of the junction of the Indiana Toll Road and U.S. 421.

High school students and others wishing more information prior to the fair can contact high school guidance counselors, or the PNC Enrollment Services Office, 219-785-5200 ext.5505, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5505.

Vice Chancellor of Information Services named at Purdue Calumet/North Central

Vice Chancellor of Information Services named at Purdue Calumet/North Central

HAMMOND, Ind. and WESTVILLE, Ind. – An information technology veteran with 20 years of versatile experience in post-secondary education will join Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central as Vice Chancellor of Information Services Nov. 1.

Winders Tim 0815.jpegThe appointment of Tim Winders is announced by both campuses in anticipation of their emerging unification into Purdue University Northwest (PNW), subject to approval by 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.

Winders is Associate Dean of Information Technology at South Plains College, a junior college in the west Texas community of Levelland. He succeeds Sarah Howard, whose previously announced retirement becomes effective Oct. 15.

Extensive experience

Throughout his two decades with South Plains, Winders has led efforts to evaluate and invest in emerging technologies while leveraging limited budget and resources. This philosophy has created a technology-friendly atmosphere that has helped increase student enrollment and supports faculty, staff and student success.

In his new role, Winders will have overall responsibility and oversight for delivery and integration of information technology for both Northwest Indiana Purdue campuses. He also will be responsible for effective governance and policies related to access and use of the campuses’ information services and technology systems, as well as leadership and implementation of system-wide and regional campus IS strategic goals, strategies, policies and procedures. Additionally, he will provide leadership in preparing the campuses to make appropriate choices about new and developing information technologies to foster high quality research learning services that meet the curricular and scholarly needs of faculty, students, staff and community.

“Tim’s many years as a technology leader with hands-on experience in higher education technology management make him the right fit for this important role as our two campuses come together,” Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin said. “We look forward to Tim’s ability to leverage our outstanding Information Services team’s talents to continue to improve the technology experience on both campuses for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

Technology advisor

Previous to joining South Plains, Winders gained significant experience in the information technology industry. He earned a master’s degree in Information Technology Management and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Johns Hopkins University. He also has earned multiple information technology certifications and awards, and he serves extensively as a technology advisor for business and K-12 educational partners in his community.

“I am humbled by the enthusiasm with which my appointment is being met, but I must admit to being equally elated,” Winders said. “When I heard the vision for the Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central family from the Chancellors, I was immediately drawn to their passion. I am eager to become part of the team that implements that vision.”

Retiring current VC

Retiring Vice Chancellor Howard has had an extensive career as both an information technology and higher education professional. Since joining Purdue Calumet in 2001, she has served in multiple leadership roles including Dean of Students, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Services. She has been Vice Chancellor of Information Services for Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central since June 2014.

“Under Sarah’s leadership, the unification of the two campuses’ Information Services organization, processes, technology solutions and strategies to support student and faculty success has made significant progress in just the past year,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “Additionally, she has left her mark on the Calumet campus with significant enhancements to student services and student experience during her time here. We thank her for her considerable contributions.”

As the unified Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central, Purdue University Northwest would become the fifth largest public university in Indiana, enrolling approximately 16,000 students and offering more than 45 undergraduate and graduate programs of study on two vibrant campuses.


Wes Lukoshus
Asst. Vice Chancellor
Marketing & Communications
Purdue University Calumet
Campus: 219-989-2217
Other: 219-746-0440

Carol Connelly
Media & Communication Services
Purdue University North Central


Tim Winders
Phone: 806-535-8707

PNC Hosts “An Outsider Looks In” Painting, Sculpture Exhibit

Tom_Olesker1Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series is presenting the exhibit, “An Outsider Looks In,” by Thomas Olesker, a collection of mixed-media paintings and sculpture that will be on display through May 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.

Olesker’s work of the past 40 years has been inspired by both the ancient and contemporary life of Mexico.  His use of applied materials – wood, string, paper and even toys – gives his work dimension and translates the materials into both a tactile and visual experience. Olesker was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in Mexico.

“The glorious thing about creating art in this wonderful country is that the inspiration can come from a shard of 1,000-year-old Hohokam pottery or from the old caballero selling mangos on the street yesterday,” explained Olesker. “The importance of the spirit-life imagery in Mexico’s artistic heritage has supplied me and countless other artists with enough inspiration for the next 1,000 years. I am fascinated with other cultures, especially the Huichol indigenous people of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico and the Mata Ortiz area near the Arizona/Mexico border. Looking at the images they use for sacred ceremonies and everyday life is an inspiration to me. They revere the natural world in all of its glory.”

Olesker’s work has been featured in shows at the Lubeznik Lakefront Fair, Michigan City; Outsiders Outside, Judith Racht Gallery, in Harbert, Mich.; Exhibiting Artist Galleria Uno, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Exhibiting Artist Galleria Dante, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

His commissioned art appears in private collections in Mexico, California, Oregon and Illinois.

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 Offers Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Westville – Purdue University North Central now offers electric vehicle charging stations on campus.

There are two duplex unit charging stations conveniently located in front of Schwarz Hall just north of Central Drive. The stations will be capable of charging up to four vehicles simultaneously and will be available every day at any time without fee to anyone needing the service.

The changing stations were made possible through assistance from a variety of funding sources. PNC began the process of acquiring charging stations in July 2012 with federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality, CMAQ Improvement Program and NIPSCO grant applications. The stations became a reality with combined assistance from South Shore Clean Cities, Indiana Department of Administration, INDOT, NIPSCO and the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC).

Through the grants, NIPSCO provided the charging stations and INDOT made federal funds available to assist with 80 percent of the installation costs.

For directions to PNC as well as a map of the Purdue North Central campus, visit



PNW Chancellor Finalists


August 21, 2015

PNW Chancellor Finalists to Make Presentations

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Four finalists for Purdue University Northwest chancellor will be on the Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central campuses for two-day interviews over the next few weeks. Finalists will meet with various groups on both campuses and will make a public presentation at each campus.

Gary Lehman, Purdue trustee and head of the search committee, said each finalist will make a 30-minute public presentation and take audience questions. The presentations will be livestreamed and archived for those who are unable to attend the presentation in person.

The new chancellor will oversee the integration of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central and be the first chief executive officer of Purdue University Northwest, which will officially come into existence on July 1, 2016, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission. The chancellor 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 be charged with meeting with local employers and community leaders to ensure that the new institution is meeting the needs of the regional economy.

Finalists and their presentation times are below (all times are Central time, local to Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central). The livestream link, archived presentation and each candidate’s full curriculum vitae will be made available from Feedback on the candidates is requested and an online tool also will be provided on the candidate website.

* Michael Stevenson, most recently the senior fellow for academic affairs for the University of Maine system, also has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern Maine and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northern Arizona University, in addition to time at Miami University, Ball State University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Stevenson’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. August 31 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet
1:15 p.m. September 1 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central

* Ron Brown is associate vice chancellor for academic affairs in the University of North Texas system, where he previously served as president of the University of North Texas at Dallas. Brown also has served at Temple University, the Medical University School of South Carolina, the University of Houston and the University of Illinois. Brown is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society and president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

Brown’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. September 10 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central
1:15 p.m. September 11 in Gyte 103, at Purdue Calumet

* Stephen Kolison is associate vice president for academic, faculty and global programs for the University of Wisconsin system, where he also has served as acting senior vice president for academic affairs. In addition, Kolison was founding dean and research director for the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research at Tennessee State University. He also served at Tuskegee University and Iowa State University. He is affiliated with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and EDUCAUSE.

Kolison’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. September 14 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet
1:15 p.m. September 15 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central

* Thomas Keon is currently chancellor at Purdue Calumet, where he has served since 2011. He was previously dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida, dean of the College of Business and Administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and associate dean of the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University. Keon is affiliated with the American Council on Education, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Keon’s presentations:
2:00 p.m. September 16 in LSF 002, at Purdue North Central
1:15 p.m. September 17 in Alumni Hall SUL 360, at Purdue Calumet


PNC Welcome Back Night Activities

Purdue University North Central will celebrate its annual Welcome Back Night on Friday, Sept. 4 at the Westville campus. All activities are open to the public.

The evening’s events begin at 5 p.m. with registration for the PNC Car and Bike Show. The entry fee is $10. The PNC Car and Bike Show will open at 6 p.m. and all spectators will be admitted free. All proceeds will go to the Warriors First Foundation and the PNC Student Government Association Student Scholarship.

Questions about the PNC Car and Bike Show should be directed to Student Government Treasurer Matt Migliorini at (812) 564-1805. Visit the Car and Bike Show Facebook page at

At 6 p.m. a variety of free games and activities will be offered in the PNC plaza for individuals of all ages. DJM Beats will provide musical entertainment. Food and movie snack items will be available for purchase. Burgers and hot dogs will be available until the movie begins.

The evening will culminate with a Movie in the Plaza hosted by the Purdue North Central Office of Student Activities. The movie “Monsters University” will begin at dusk and will appeal to all ages. Spectators may bring lawn chairs and blankets for the movie. Mosquito and bug spray are recommended. No coolers or outside food will be allowed. Snacks will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

PNC is an alcohol- and tobacco-free campus.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Amanda Schacht, director of Student Activities, at (219) 785-5479.

PNC Panthers and Lakers Baseball Teams Community Event

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Members of the PNC baseball team help youngsters from the Porter County Boy and Girls Club Day Camp learn the fundamentals of baserunning.

The Purdue University North Central Panthers baseball team and Michigan City Lakers summer baseball team joined forces to provide a day of fun and learning for a group of 40 youngsters from the Porter County Boy and Girls Club Day Camp.

The group of players from the two teams took time out of their summer break to teach the children, ranging in age from 6-11 years old, the basic fundamentals of baseball.

The children enjoyed a day at Hicks Field on the PNC campus learning skills including proper stretching, hitting, throwing, base-running and infield and outfield defense. The Boys and Girls Club members earned some souvenirs as winners of contests.

“The camp also provided an opportunity for the Panther and Laker players to pass on their knowledge and love of the game to the youngsters to hopefully inspire them to follow in their footsteps, said PNC baseball coach Shane Prance, who also pitches for the Lakers. “It also put things into perspective for the players and made them think back to when they were just kids growing up playing baseball for fun.”

Andy Kovarik, a Crystal Lake, Ill., native who will be a senior for the Panthers this season and also plays for the Lakers, was one of the many players who spent the day to teaching the youngsters.

“It was great to feel like I made an impact on the kids teaching them a sport that I love to play,”  Kovarik said, “I think they had a lot of fun, learned a lot and saw that as they practiced more, the better and better they got.  It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun myself.”

“Both teams value the opportunity to give back to the community and doing it through baseball was a win-win for both programs,” said Prance.

PNC Construction Club, Powers & Sons Contribute to Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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Jeremy Booker (left) and Robert Kennedy, Purdue University North Central Construction Engineering Management Technology majors and members of the Powers & Sons Construction Company team, unload windows that Powers & Sons recently donated to the Habitat for Humanity ReStores. (Photo by Cassie Carlson, Powers & Sons)

Contributed by: Cassie Carlson, Marketing Coordinator, Powers & Son

Members of the Purdue University North Central Construction Club and Powers & Sons Construction Company, of Northwest Indiana, recently worked together to collect and transport unused, spare materials from a completed Powers & Sons project to the Gary and Michigan City Habitat for Humanity ReStores.

PNC Construction Club members Robert Kennedy and Jeremy Booker, are both PNC Construction Engineering Management Technology majors who recently joined the Powers & Sons team. Kennedy approached Powers & Sons to suggest the donation.

As president of the PNC Construction Club, Kennedy has worked behind the scenes to solidify a relationship between the Construction Club and Habitat for Humanity. Construction Club members have volunteered with Habit for Humanity projects throughout Northwest Indiana through the years and Kennedy knew that club members would welcome the opportunity to work with Powers & Sons to facilitate this donation.

Therefore, he asked if Powers & Sons would be willing to donate some surplus materials to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore so that the new and unused materials could be put to use to benefit Habitat for Humanity and the communities it serves. Powers & Sons agreed to donate 30 large windows, 20 small windows and eight cabinets that were divided for use between the Gary and Michigan City Habitat for Humanity Restores.

“This was a tremendous combined effort,” said Kennedy, who was hired in January at Powers & Sons as a project engineer and is currently assigned as field project manager for a $4.8 million addition at an elementary school in Chicago. “This was a very generous donation from Powers & Sons and the Construction Club members were happy to help get the materials to Habitat for Humanity.”

Powers & Sons brought the materials from a job site in Chicago to its offices in Gary. The Construction Club rented a truck that it used to make the deliveries to the Habitat for Humanity sites. Kennedy, Booker and Derrick Cotten, a Construction Engineering Management Technology at Purdue University Calumet and Powers & Sons project engineer, all volunteered to help. PNC Construction Club faculty advisor Martha Garcia-Saenz, associate professor of Construction Engineering and Management Technology, and her husband Ivan Saenz, drove the rental truck and helped load and unload the truck as well.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStores are non-profit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home goods, building materials and appliances at a fraction of the retail price. This greatly helps local Habitat for Humanity affiliates fund the construction, rehabilitation or repair of affordable homes within the communities they serve.

The materials donated from Powers & Sons will be used to further Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building homes, communities and hope.

“Powers & Sons Construction Company is honored to continue support for Habitat for Humanity and the ReStore facilities, “ said Mamon Powers Jr., CEO and chairman of the board. “Powers & Sons and Purdue North Central Construction Club are eager to continue serving this distinguished non-profit organization.”

PNC Volleyball Team Fundraiser at Portage Longhorn Steakhouse

The Purdue University North Central volleyball team will have a fundraising breakfast at the Longhorn Steakhouse, in Portage, on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. All the proceeds will go to support the PNC volleyball athletes through the 2015-16 season.

While Longhorn Steakhouse does not serve breakfast, the idea was generated when PNC volleyball player Caylyn Bellar, of Hobart, a sophomore middle hitter and a Longhorn employee, approached managing partner Donnie Gilbert about doing an advertisement in the PNC volleyball media guide. Instead of doing an ad, he proposed this giveback that will be provided by Longhorns, complete with pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and juice.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from a member of the volleyball team or through the PNC athletic department.

For more information or to obtain a ticket, contact Director of Athletics Tom Albano at or 219-785-5273. Limited tickets may be available at the door. Pre-purchase tickets are available prior to Aug. 8.

The PNC Volleyball team begins its season on the road on Saturday, Aug. 22 in Cedar Rapids, at the Mount Mercy Triangular.

This year’s Panthers will see eight student-athletes returning from the 2014 roster in addition to eight new recruits/transfers for the 2015 season under second-year Head Coach John Presnell. With added depth and backed by his first full recruiting class the talented Panthers will look to be very competitive in the highly successful Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) this fall.

The Panthers play their home games at the historic La Porte Civic Auditorium. Their first home match is on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. against IU Kokomo.

Information about the volleyball team and PNC athletics can be found at

PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Aug. 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Café, 1400 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

The coffeehouse is open to ASL students as well as community members and children are welcome to attend with a parent or adult. This is a pleasant, casual event for all to enjoy either through participation or as an observer.

Participants are asked to use ASL for conversation. This provides an ideal opportunity to practice ASL to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members. Coffee, food and drink may be ordered throughout the evening.

Coffeehouses may feature a guest speaker who will begin at about 6 p.m. If there is not a presenter, guests may bring their own decks of cards and games to play together. Everyone is welcome to participate.

The PNC ASL Club and Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are on Facebook.

Further information about the coffeehouses may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language