PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, July 17, 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.

A future coffeehouse will be on Aug. 21. 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.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at Information about other events in the community is posted at: 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

PNC Enrollment Day for Prospective Students

Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to an Enrollment Day on Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event welcomes all prospective PNC students who want to register for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. This will be the last chance for students to register prior to the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 17.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to fill out an application, get admitted, take an assessment test (if needed) and receive financial aid information.

Official transcripts must be submitted in order to be evaluated for admission.  Once admitted, students will meet with an academic advisor to discuss their plan of study and register for courses.

There will be a sign-in table located at the north entrance of the Technology Building, near the lounge that is adjacent to Room 157.

No registration is required and students will be helped on a first come, first served basis. Family members are welcome to attend.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Janice Whisler at, or 219-785-5415. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Whisler.

February Unification Open Forums

Upcoming Unification Open Forums in February:

  • At Purdue University North Central (Westville): Monday, February 9 from 1:30–3 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building (LSF) 002
  • At Purdue University Calumet (Hammond): Tuesday, February 10 from 10–11:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall

Purdue Northwest chosen as name for unified regional campus

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Board of Trustees on Friday (July 18) approved Purdue University Northwest as the name of the unified Calumet and North Central campuses.

James B. Dworkin, chancellor of Purdue North Central, and Thomas L. Keon, chancellor of Purdue Calumet, praised the campus naming as a key step forward in their unification efforts. Combining the campuses reflects Purdue’s continuing emphasis on administrative cost savings and promoting student affordability and accessibility, they said.

“I am very happy that our naming process is complete,” Dworkin said.

“This is a major step forward in our campus unification. Our unification effort reflects our commitment to ensuring the academic and administrative excellence of Purdue North Central and Purdue Calumet. Both campuses have established themselves as valued members of the Northwest Indiana community, and we’re pleased that the trustees kept this goal in mind with the selection of Purdue University Northwest.”

Keon added that the name selection underscores a sense of cohesiveness that will serve both of the campus locations going forward.

“Northwest Indiana is ready for a more enriched Purdue University with excellent academic programs, experienced faculty and quality students,” he said. “Coming together as Purdue University Northwest reflects our commitment to working closely together to create an even stronger presence in the many communities we serve.”

The name’s adoption will be phased in over the next two years as work continues to unify administrative oversight functions into one central office and provide opportunities for students to seamlessly pursue degree programs at either campus location. For now, Purdue University Northwest will be used in activities connected with the continued unification plan. Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central will begin to market academic programs as one regional campus after gaining accreditation to do so by the Higher Learning Commission.

The target date for completion of unification is July 1, 2016. Announced Feb. 26, the unification will include a formal plan that will be presented to trustees at a later meeting.

Once unification is complete, the two campus locations will be respectively identified as the Purdue University Northwest-Calumet campus and the Purdue University Northwest-North Central campus.

Current students will not see their curriculum, coursework or graduation requirements change. Incoming students will still apply and enroll at the campus location of their choice.

In addition to approving the name, trustees authorized the two chancellors to develop a new logo and to create new nomenclature to distinguish the existing regional campus references.

Stephen R. Turner named as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central

HAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. – Stephen R. Turner will assume responsibilities as the vice chancellor for Finance and Administration for both Purdue University North Central and Purdue University Calumet effective April 1.

The appointment represents the first step in unification efforts intended to combine administrative and academic oversight functions at the two campuses.  The goal of the unification initiative is to enable a stronger Purdue presence in Northwest Indiana by streamlining and combining administrative functions and reinvesting those saved resources in academic programs and faculty.

Stephen Turner

Stephen R. Turner

“As we begin our unification process, it made perfect sense to ask Steve to take on the responsibility of vice chancellor for Finance and Administration for both campuses,” said Dr. James B. Dworkin, chancellor of Purdue North Central. “Steve has a wealth of knowledge about Purdue University, business services, campus operations and physical facilities. I am confident that he will continue to do an excellent job for PNC, Purdue Calumet and Purdue University. Steve’s experience and tremendous enthusiasm for the job will serve him well as he steps forward during this critical time.”

Purdue Calumet Chancellor Dr. Thomas L. Keon added, “It is exciting and appropriate that a current vice chancellor with Steve’s background and knowledge—someone who is familiar with our Purdue system and, notably, our financial model and related capital priorities—is the first appointee of the emerging, consolidated senior administrative team that will lead our unified campuses.”

As vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, Turner will serve as chief financial and administrative officer of both campuses, overseeing more than 1,500 employees, combined budgets of $177 million and university facilities and infrastructure valued at $547 million. Turner came to Purdue North Central in 1998 and has been the vice chancellor of Administration there for the past five years. He earned undergraduate degrees from Indiana University Northwest and Purdue Calumet, a master’s degree from Western Michigan and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, West Lafayette.  He is a member of many local service and community organizations, serves on several boards and has been both appointed and elected to public office.

“I look forward to working closely with both chancellors, with our excellent faculty and with the outstanding staff at both campuses,” said Turner. “I am confident the unification will result in a stronger, more focused institution better equipped to serve the students and communities in our region. By combining vision, broad collaboration and timely implementation, we will create a unified university greater than the sum of its parts.”

PNC to Host Spring Career Expo

The Purdue University North Central Office of Career Development is hosting its 5th Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT. The fair is open to PNC students, alumni and the public who will have the opportunity to network with employers representing an array of industries and organizations including finance and insurance services, retail, manufacturing, business, management, sales, government and non-profit organizations.

“We are encouraged by the number of employers who are hiring and are happy to welcome back our loyal recruiting partners as well as many organizations new to recruiting at Purdue University North Central,” said Natalie Connors, director of Career Development.  “We have many employers seeking interns as well as full-time positions.”

Connors noted that the employers are seeking applicants with strong problem-solving, analytical thinking, communication and leadership skills. “PNC students, across disciplines, possess the skills in demand,” she said.

Job seekers are encouraged to research the organizations they are interested in and bring multiple copies of their resume along with their questions. Attendees should be dressed in interview-appropriate attire.

Among the employers attending are American Sugar Refining, Inc., ArcelorMittal USA, LLC, Arnett Construction, All Phase Electrical Supply, CEC Controls Company, Dwyer Instruments, Farm Credit Mid America, Geico Insurance Company, Group Dekko and Imagination Station Child Care Development Center.

Further information about the fair, including the list of registered employers, can be found at

Job seekers are encouraged to pre-register for the event, which can be done online, or by calling 219-785-5451.

The Office of Career Development provides career and job search services to Purdue students and alumni. As a bridge from college life to the world of work, its mission is to support the exploration of career and academic options, the development of job search skills and to facilitate connections between employers and students that lead to successful outcomes and satisfying futures.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Career Development at 219-785-5451.

PNC American Sign Language Club Fun Night

Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Fun Night on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.

This will be a casual, fun evening with a fun atmosphere featuring a variety of board and card games, decks of playing cards, snacks, drinks and plenty of ASL fun. Hearing and deaf children are welcome to attend with a parent or an adult.

ASL Fun Night will be a fun, casual event for all to enjoy through participation or as an observer. Guests with all ASL abilities are welcome – whether a beginner, fluent, or simply interested in knowing more. This is an appropriate time to practice ASL and learn some new signs to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members.

Information about the Purdue North Central ASL Club may be found at Information about other events in the community is posted at:

Further information about this event may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNC continuing lecturer and Coordinator of American Sign Language, at 219-785-5432 or The PNC ASL Club is featured on Facebook, search for PNC ASL Club.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Donah.

PNC Honors Program presents “The Origins and Evolution of Ska”

The Purdue University North Central Honors Program will present the lecture by Chesterton-based music journalist Heather Augustyn, “The Origins and Evolution of Ska–from Jamaica, to England, to the U.S. and the Rest of the World.” on Monday, Feb. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in Library-Science-Faculty Building Room 170A. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The musical genre of ska began in Jamaica in the 1950s, then traveled to England, in a moment of cultural mobility enabled by the legacy of British imperialism in Jamaica and then reached the U.S. in the 1980s. Augustyn’s work traces this international flow of cultural materials, alongside the political, social and historical circumstances that made it possible.

Augustyn is the author of three well-reviewed books that approach the subject of ska using biography, oral history and cultural analysis: “Ska: an Oral History” (2010); “Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist “(2013); and “Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation” (2013).

A well-regarded expert on Jamaican music, Augustyn has been an invited lecturer at the International Reggae Conference, and has hosted music programming on Chicago’s National Public Radio station. A public intellectual, Augustyn’s work is accessible to a broad audience and includes an entertaining blog exploring the cultural history of ska (

This lecture is hosted by PNC’s Honors Program, which seeks to enhance the learning experiences of highly-motivated and academically-exceptional students. To obtain further information about the program or to apply, vist or email

Prospective Students Invited to PNC College Fair Sept. 19

Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be at Purdue University North Central on Sept. 19, for its 29th College Fair. The fair begins at 6 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; College of Court Reporting; 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; National Guard-1613th; Northern  Illinois University; Northern Michigan University; Northwood 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, 785-5200, ext.5505, or Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact ext. 5505.

The 60th Sinai Forum Season Presents Dag Kittlaus

Dag Kittlaus

Dag Kittlaus

The 60th season of the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will feature Michigan City native Dag Kittlaus, the creator of the “Siri” technology on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m., CT, at Elston Middle School, 317 Detroit St., in Michigan City.

Kittlaus will discuss, “The Only Constant is (Technological) Change,” and will offer a glimpse into the future of information technology. This program is sponsored by Horizon Bank.

Kittlaus, a former Motorola executive, along with two associates created a start-up company that launched “the first true automated Virtual Personal Assistant for mobile devices.” Their company was eventually acquired by Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc., and their creation is known to iPhone users around the world as “Siri.” “Siri” is one component of today’s cutting-edge technology and is an example of the continuing growth of computing power. “Siri” represents a milestone, not a finish line.

This program is sponsored by Horizon Bank.

Season subscription tickets are $75 for regular tickets and $150 for patron tickets. Any student with a valid ID will be admitted free. Subscribers and others purchasing tickets are encouraged to purchase season tickets early, due to the big lineup for the 60th anniversary.

Those purchasing patron tickets will have an opportunity to meet some of the speakers at a private reception and be seated in the reserved seating section.

The 2013 Forum season is sponsored by The Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Hospitals, including Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City and Crown Point, Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer and Hammond and Franciscan Physicians Hospital in Munster.

Tickets can be purchased in person with cash or check at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City; Kabelin Hardware, 512 Andrew Ave., LaPorte; The PNC Advancement Office on the PNC Westville Campus and at PNC – Porter County Undergraduate Center, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso. Tickets can be purchased via credit card at

Additional information about the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum is available at