PNC Students Enjoy Riding the Transit Triangle Bus

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Transit Triangle Bus Service Begins Feb. 2 between Michigan City, La Porte and PNC

Purdue University North Central students are taking advantage of the new Transit Triangle bus service that provides convenient commuter transportation between LaPorte, Michigan City and PNC.

The buses started rolling on Feb. 3 and students who ride the bus are happy to have a handy option to get to and from campus for classes and activities.

Student Renee Scherer, a Business major from LaPorte, said that she rides the bus so that the family car can be available for other family members who may need it during the day. “I wanted to try it,” she said. “The bus itself is nice. The seats are comfortable so you can relax for the ride. The driver is very friendly. It’s great to be able to sit back and let someone else drive and contend with traffic.” She noted that she particularly appreciates the ride to campus during inclement weather. “There’s no stress,” she said. Her time on the bus is spent studying and enjoying a cup of coffee. “I have my hands free so my mind is clear to think about things other than driving. It’s a great option.”

Anthony Catchings, of Michigan City, turned to the Transit Triangle when his car broke down and he needed reliable transportation to and from PNC. “It was a good option it saved me from being late and provided my transportation during the period in when my car was not in any type of driving shape,” said Catchings, a Social Work major. “I like the bus service; the people are friendly and the drive is quick. I like how someone can just ride the bus to get to school from different towns. If someone doesn’t have a car or doesn’t want to drive, I would highly recommend they try the transit bus. If someone needs transportation or does not wish to spend a lot of money on gas they should consider riding the transit bus.”

Darlene Ramirez, a Nursing major from LaPorte, said that she rides the bus “because it is a dependable and affordable form of transportation. It gives me the opportunity to see fellow students who live in the area and meet other PNC students It is very convenient. I would recommend the transit bus to all students. It makes it possible for struggling students to be able to make it to school and further their education.”

Purdue North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin noted that having the Transit Triangle transportation makes PNC and higher education more accessible to current and prospective students who do not have access to private transportation. “We anticipate that ridership will grow over time as students, faculty, staff and campus visitors become more familiar with the service and come to rely on it for their daily transportation,” said Dworkin.

Bus passes will be available for purchase starting March 1. For purchase information, a full transportation schedule and other current information, visit the Transit Triangle website, www.TransitTriangle.com. This website can also be accessed through the MC Transit website at www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/coach/ and the La Porte TransPorte website at www.cityoflaporte.com/transporte.

Purdue North Central Sinai Forum Welcomes Back Levenfeld

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum welcomes Wendy Levenfeld, who returns to the Forum as executive director for the Forum’s 62nd season.

“We are thrilled that Wendy has agreed to serve as executive director,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “Wendy is a tremendously talented individual who has an unsurpassed knowledge and insight into the Forum. She has played a vital role in ensuring the Forum’s success through the years. I am confident we will have another successful year under Wendy’s leadership.”

Levenfeld has been affiliated with the Forum for more than 20 years and served 17 years as executive director. She explained her job duties simply, “As Executive Director, it is my job to do whatever is necessary to bring speakers of note to Northwest Indiana.”

During those past years, Levenfeld stepped in to do whatever tasks needed to be done. She was responsible for fund raising, writing grant proposals, negotiating contracts, selecting and overseeing the venue preparation, ticketing, scheduling the programs, dealing with speakers, agents and gatekeepers, writing or supervising all print materials, coordinating all book signings and dinners and receptions, emceeing the event, speaking wherever and whenever possible to service clubs and other groups about upcoming seasons and acting as chauffeur and tour guide, if necessary, once the speaker was in town.

The end result was a speakers series that included some of the most noted names in the country.

She is happy to step back in as executive director, “While unexpected, I am very much looking forward to once again bringing the very best speakers addressing topics that are important to us all right here to Northwest Indiana,” she said.

The Sinai Forum, originally known as the Sunday Evening Forum Series, was inspired by Michigan City residents Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, who envisioned bringing some of the top minds, opinion leaders and news makers to Michigan City to present important issues of the day in a town hall setting. The first season launched in 1954 and hasn’t missed a year since.

Forum speakers have included Nobel Prize recipients, former heads of state, Pulitzer Prize winners, scientists, nationally recognized media personalities and famous performing artists.

Levenfeld played in instrumental role in bringing the Forum under the stewardship of Purdue University North Central in 2006,

The speakers themselves have been amazed by the Forum. Political commentator James Carville a speaker during the 1999-2000 season, told the Forum audience, “I am humbled to have the opportunity to speak from the same stage as some of the most influential people of the past half century.”

Former New York Governor the late Mario Cuomo, a 1997 – 1998 speaker, regarded the Forum as “nothing less than remarkable.”

Judy Jacobi, a 38-year veteran subscriber and Sinai Forum committee member noted, “Cuomo was right about that on many counts. Regardless of the convenience that newer communication channels like the internet or TV afford us, the face-to-face Forum experiences give us unique and memorable relationships with some of the finest speakers on substantive issues and some great change-of-pace performers. The Forum will continue to be unforgettable.”

Jacobi described, “How else can we be moved, or entertained, by the over-the -top personalities like political pundits James Carville and Marlee Matlin; or experience a moving talk by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel who spoke of the evil of the Nazi regime and not just how it affected history, but how hatred infects the world today and in the future; or feel the warmth and frankness of ABC’s Good Morning America’s anchor Robin Roberts; or witness the piercing intellect of iconic commentator Charles Krauthammer or experience the pride we felt when multi-time Grammy jazz masters Jeff Hamilton, on drums, John Clayton on bass, and Michigan City’s own Dr. Peter Bankoff on a Steinway, entertained us with sizzling music to end our most recent 61st season.”

The 2015 – 2016 Forum season will open in September.

 

 

PNC Staff Member Named to Indiana TRIO Executive Board

Catalina Rodriguez, director of Purdue University North Central TRIO Student Support Services programs has been named secretary of the Indiana TRIO Executive Board.

The appointment as secretary comes in addition to her current position as chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, which recognizes three professionals for their contributions to the TRIO community.

TRIO is a series of federally-funded college opportunity programs created to support students in earning a college degree. The original three programs were established in the 1960s, leading to the term “TRIO.” Today, there are six programs, of which PNC has two: Student Support Services, in place since 1984 and Educational Talent Search, in place since 1989. Rodriguez oversees Student Support Services.

As member of the Executive Board, Rodriguez feels that she can aid the PNC TRIO programs. “We will have access to quality professional development, have the ability to build stronger relationships with colleagues and we will learn innovative best practices in the state,” she explained.

Student Support Services was created to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income, first generation college and students with a documented disability earning college degrees. At PNC, it motivates and provides 195 student participants with the resources to be successful, including one-on-one tutoring, proactive academic support, financial literacy, financial aid assistance, career and personal advising and opportunities for cultural and social activities.

Rodriguez noted that the PNC TRIO participants consistently exceed the program’s federally established goals for academic persistence, good academic standing, and graduation rates.

Indiana TRIO provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for TRIO students in Indiana, creates quality professional development, promotes advocacy efforts and engages TRIO alumni.

Indiana has 38 TRIO programs serving about 11,000 students and bring in nearly $11 million in federal funding.

PNC Summer and Fall 2014 Graduation List

Spellings per Purdue University records.

Berrien Springs, MI

Gregory P. Toliver, Bachelor of Science in Business

Beverly Shores

Erika M. Smith, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Bridgman, MI

Matthew S. Rodriguez, Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Technology

Broomfield

Hayley B. Valestin, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Burns Harbor

Jessica M. Barnes, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Butler

Kjia D. Hindsley,  Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Chesterton

Vincent J. Carullo, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Ronald R. Charlson, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Michael L. Choucalas, Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Jennifer L. Eubanks, Bachelor of Arts  in English

Robert H. Johnson, Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Matthew S. Keiser, Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Technology

Jessica Lutrick, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Shelly L. Michalec, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Gabrielle M. Music, Bachelor of Science in Business

Erin M. Olson, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Carlos M. Pedroza, Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Jason P. Pollock, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Mavric A. Price, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Tayler E. Thorpe, Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Emily C. Underwood, Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Columbia City

Steven C. Kurosky, Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Technology

Crown Point

Zachary A. Biscuso, Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Technology

Marilyn A. Gonzales, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Haneen M. Kamleh, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Anthony G. Olund, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Culver

Vance R. Curtis, Associate of Science in Computer & Information Technology

Edwardsburg, MI

Michael J. Freshour, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Elgin, IL

Terell John,  Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Elkhart

Shawn D. Cramer, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Gary

Wilford L. Budna , Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Shalonda D. Willis, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Griffith

Priscilla Sepulveda, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hamlet

Marlene F. Murphy, Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Hanna

Nancy M. Cole, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Heather A. Horne,  Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Tyler J. Marcinkowski, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Kaitlin A. Schaffer, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Hebron

Thomas J. Kasich, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Jacquelyn M. Peterson, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Julie A. Stalbaum,  Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Hobart

Jared A. Daghy, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Sean R. Morrey, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Megan N. Olson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jamie K. Pope,  Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Kouts

Graham M. Bucher, Bachelor of Science in Business

Brent Jarnecke, Bachelor of Science in Business

La Crosse

Quinn B. Guillermo, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

La Porte

Kayla N. Banks,  Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hannah E. Barden,  Bachelor of Science in Business

Erin M. Bedtelyon, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Austin A. Bell, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Daniel J. Berry, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Karen E. Bjonback,  Bachelor of Arts in English

Timothy A. Boulahanis, Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Ashley N. Brown, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amanda R. Chavez, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Elizabeth M. Decker, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Elliot Q. Essling,  Bachelor of Science in Business

Courtney L. Felker, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Jacob N. Fitzhugh, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Justin R. Fortner,  Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Julia M. Garay, Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Diana Y. Garcia, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kori Guthrie, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jacqueline Guzman, Bachelor of Arts  in Social Work

Sean T. Hayes, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Theresa M. Henry, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sean M. Hobzek, Bachelor of Science in Human Resources

Alexis D. Jackson, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Steven C. McQuarters, Associate of Science in Business

Erin N. Musgrave, Bachelor of Science in Business

Tiffany A. Norris, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jadie-Kae K. Novak, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Eric J. Quadlin, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Jessica K. Roberts, Bachelor of Arts  in Elementary Education

Amber N. Schoff , Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Caitlin P. Smith, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Matthew E. Stock, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Drew A. Thompson, Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Technology

Christy M. Uidl, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brianna L. Whitsitt, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Gregory P. Wireman, Associate of Science in Computer & Information Technology

Nathaniel A. Womack, Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Lake Station

Gerica R. Brown, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Michigan City

Erin G. Albright, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Azania W. Billups, Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences

Virginia M Borolov, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Damon D. Buell, Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science

Adam E. Burton,  Associate of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Mario J. Castillo, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Margaret R. Deeb, Bachelor of Science in Business

Demonte D. Dinkins, Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Jesse M. Ingle, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Ann M. Jumche, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brian J. Kearney,  Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Ashlee R. King, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Ebony N. Lynch, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Amedeo C. Madrid, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Amber M. Mayes, Bachelor of Arts in English

Kimberly McPherson, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Alexandria E. Neulieb, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Raymond C. Owens,  Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Lindsey A. Patty,  Bachelor of Arts  in Communication

Jacqueline N. Pena, Bachelor of Arts in English

Keri A. Stillwell, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Pennelope Turner,  Associate of Science in Business

Stephanie R. West, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Andrew J. Wohead, Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Technology

Heather A. Wozniak,  Bachelor of Science in Nursing

James J. Wroblewski, Bachelor of Science in Business

John A. Zeller, Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Mishawaka

Marissa K. Seegers, Bachelor of Science in Business

Munster

Basel M. Almedej, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

New Buffalo, MI

Alexandria G. Briatta, Bachelor of Science in Business

Jordan A. Geisler, Bachelor of Arts in English

Gregory Walton,  Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

New Carlisle

Mary H. Gamble, Bachelor of Arts  in Elementary Education

Mallory M. Johnson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Krista M. Myers, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

David J. Siddall, Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Technology

Niles, MI

Lawrence P. Davis, Associate of Science in Business

North Judson

Emily S. Elsea, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Thomas R. Glenn, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Samantha L. Myer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Devin C. Myers, Bachelor of Science in Business

Mary R. Pool, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Andrew J. Rowe, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Tyler W. Russell, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

North Liberty

Misti L. Dunnuck, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Plymouth

Adam W. Enyart, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Portage

Michelle J. Castrejon, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Erika Cervantes, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Megan L. Clay, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Ryanne E. Doherty, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Kenneth A. Evans, Bachelor of Arts  in Elementary Education

Joni L. Galbreath,  Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Elizabeth A. Malast,  Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Dylan M. Ozbolt,  Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Michael J. Sheehan,  Bachelor of Science in Business

Porter

Jennifer L. Edwards, Bachelor of Arts  in Elementary Education

Michael S. Kehle, Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Technology

Kayla R. Pomeroy, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

San Pierre

Tara N. Andrews, Bachelor of Arts  in Social Work

Caitlyn D. Hubbard, Associate of Science in Human Resources

South Bend

Gretchen Albiez, Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Sara D. Medich, Associate of Science in Computer & Information Technology

Stevensville, MI

Erik A. Mc Guire, Associate of Science in Building Construction Management Technology

Toledo, OH

Alex J. Ricica,  Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Tyner

Samantha L. DeFluiter, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Union Mills

Kenneth E. Elkins, Bachelor of Science in Business

Jodi L. Young,  Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Valparaiso

Courtney A. Adams, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Abdullah Alazemi, Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Dhari Ali, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Bader Almutairi, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Ahmad Alotaibi, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Fahad Alsahli, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Mohammad Alsahli, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Rachel A. Arndt,  Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Technology

Mathew T. Arwood, Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Gina G. Bentivenga, Bachelor of Science in Business

Mary M. Brack, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Megan K. Brammer, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kelsey M. Brumley, Bachelor of Arts in English

Sean P. Cunningham, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Tiffany N. Dombrowski,  Bachelor of Science in Business

Harrison R. Draves, Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Larry M. Draves, Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Evan R. Fox, Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Technology

Jennifer N. Gabrysiak,  Bachelor of Science in Business

Christina M. Gasaway, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Jayme P. Giesick, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Megan C. Gildersleeve, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Matthew L. Goldschmidt,  Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Samantha D. Gross, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Heather D. Grzelak, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Elise B. Gustafson, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Katheryn N. Hines, Bachelor of Arts  in Elementary Education

Richard D. Howard, Associate of Science in Computer & Information Technology

Jacob E. Hreha,  Bachelor of Science in Biology

Kyle R. Jacques, Bachelor of Science in Business

Lindsey G. Janiga, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Danielle T. Landgrebe, Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Stephanie L. Maloney, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Ryan M. Maslanka, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Darrell R. Maust,  Bachelor of Science in Business

Christy E. Maynard, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sierra R. Meeks, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Lindsay M. Moldstad, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lanay L. Parks, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Michael S. Piet, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Amanda P. Pishkur, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Paul E. Przybylski, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Weston J. Rettinger, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Taylor J. Richards, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Andrea P. Richart, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Steve Rodriguez, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Joshua T. Russell, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

George E. Sanidas, Bachelor of Science in Business

Fahad Saqer, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Lindsey A. Sheets, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Eric Shinabargar, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Dana M. Smith, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kristin M. Spoelhof, Bachelor of Science in Business

Andrew T. Sullivan, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Caitlyn A. Tumo, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Jerome R. Vasile, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Meagan M. West,  Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Earl E. Windsor, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Walkerton

Joseph E. Harper, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Supervision

Sarah L. Sizemore, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Wanatah

Seth L. Culver, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Gregory A. Mohlke, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Heather W. Stolte, Associate of Science in Business

Westville

Fawaz H. Albaloud,  Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Faisel Alsalem, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Heather R. Correa, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Michelle K. Schrader, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Wheatfield

Erin K. Cowgill, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Brandon D. Marlatt, Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management Technology

Richard J. Mc Kernan, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Trisha M. Nelson, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Wheeler

Nicholas D. Parry, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

Whiting

Sarah L. Davies, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Winamac

Samuel A. Heigl, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

PNC Spring Enrollment

Purdue University North Central students registering for the spring semester have saved a collective total of about $100,000 thanks to PNC tuition discount opportunities.

In all, 1,305 students, 44 percent of the core students enrolled in spring semester classes, are enjoying the benefits of reduced tuition. Most of these students are benefitting from a 10 percent reduction applied to credit hours a student takes beyond 12 hours per semester. The discount plan provides financial incentives for students to increase the number of credit hours taken each semester and encourages them to graduate in four years.

During fall semester, the first semester this plan was offered, students saved a collective $100,000 in tuition.

In addition, students who previously earned credits at PNC and stopped out for a time may be eligible to save on tuition when they return to PNC. This semester, 11 students qualified for this tuition discount.

“We are happy that students continue to take advantage of our tuition discounts when they enroll at Purdue University North Central. These discounts help to make higher education more affordable and help students earn more credit hours each semester to help them graduate sooner,” said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “The students who choose PNC know they will receive a quality Purdue education and that they will enter the job market with an esteemed Purdue degree. We look forward to May 2016, when our students will graduate on campus in our Student Services and Activities Complex.”

Purdue North Central opened its spring semester with 5,498 students, who are enrolled in 48,433 credit hours.

The PNC spring enrollment includes 2,950 core undergraduate students, 37 graduate students and 2,511 students in the Concurrent Enrollment/Dual Credit program. This spring’s overall enrollment is down about 5 percent from the record spring enrollment of spring 2014 and credit hours have dipped about seven percent from the record total of spring 2014.

This spring saw positive trends with a 16.4 percent increase in applications, a 22 percent increase in admissions and a 15.7 percent increase in applicants enrolling as compared to last spring.

The Concurrent Enrollment program, which allows high-achieving high school students the opportunity to earn PNC credits while in high school, continues to be an extremely popular option for students. This spring enrollment grew about one percent to 2,511 students who are enrolled in 13,021 credit hours.

The program is offered in more than 40 high schools in Porter, LaPorte, Lake, Starke and other Northwest Indiana counties. These students enter college with the credit hours that they earned in high school and have a head start on their college education. Generally, these students will be able to graduate sooner and accumulate less debt.

There are 37 graduate students pursuing their Master’s of Business Administration degrees at PNC – Porter County.

More information about becoming a student at PNC can be obtained by visiting the campus Web site at www.pnc.edu or by calling 785-5200, ext. 5505.

PNC Delta Sigma Club Sponsors Grade 3 – 8 Science Fair

The Purdue University North Central Delta Sigma science club will sponsor a science fair open to students in grades 3 through 8 on Feb. 21 on the PNC campus in the Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144.

Science Fair set up will begin at 8 a.m. the day of the fair. Judging will be at 10 a.m.

“The Delta Sigma Science Club wants to encourage scientific creativity not only in our members, but also in our local school children,” said Nate Kennedy, president of Delta Sigma Science Club. “We had a phenomenal science fair last year, full of engaged students and enlightening projects students were able to interact with one another and with faculty from the PNC College of Science in an atmosphere of academic exploration.”

Many Delta Sigma members believe that participating in science fairs was instrumental in fostering an interest in science and ultimately choosing to embark on a path to a science degree.

“With the Delta Sigma Science Fair, we hope young scientists will find and develop a passion for questioning and analyzing the world around them,” said Kennedy.

Registration will continue through Feb. 20. Those who register by Feb. 15 will receive a t-shirt.

Registration information, official rules and guidelines are available www.tinyurl.com/DSSF2015.

Science Fair questions may be sent to infoDSSF@gmail.com.

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

PNC Book Club to Read “The Fault in Our Stars”

The Purdue University North Central Alpha Mu Pi English Club book club will read and discuss the best-selling novel “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Library-Student Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02 on the PNC campus.

“The Fault in Our Stars” is Green’s sixth novel, published in January 2012. The book is told through the eyes of a 16-year-old cancer patient. Her parents push her to attend a support group, where she ends up meeting and falling in love with a 17-year-old, an ex-basketball player and amputee. The title is inspired by a line from from William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar.”

The book has been adapted to a 2014 feature film directed by Josh Boone and starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff.

The PNC Book Club will meet regularly during the academic year as members read and discuss various books of interest.

Transit Triangle Service Between Michigan City, La Porte and PNC to Begin February 2nd

Transit bus

Transit Triangle Bus Service Begins Feb. 2 between Michigan City, La Porte and PNC

Purdue University North Central and the cities of Michigan City and La Porte are now more accessible and interconnected.

On February 2, 2015, the much anticipated Transit Triangle, the commuter bus service connecting Michigan City, La Porte and Purdue University North Central, will begin operations.

Michigan City Transit, the administrative grantee and lead operating agency on the project, worked in close collaboration with Purdue North Central and La Porte TransPorte, and received vital assistance from the La Porte County Board of Commissioners, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the La Porte County Highway Department to bring the project to completion.

The buses will operate weekdays on each of three fixed routes: between La Porte and PNC, Michigan City and PNC, and Michigan City and La Porte. Bus stops along the Transit Triangle have been selected to maximize convenience and safety for riders.

On each route, there will be three morning runs and three afternoon runs.

– Michigan City to PNC at the northwest entrance of Schwarz Hall

A non-stop route with pickup and drop-off at Marquette Mall.

– La Porte to PNC near Schwarz Hall

Other pickup/drop off points are at the La Porte County Courthouse (809 State Street), Dunham’s at La Porte Town Square (former Maple Lane Mall) and in Westville at the BP Station at the North junction of U.S. Highway 421 and State Road 2.

– Michigan City to La Porte

Pick up/drop off points also include the Marquette Mall, Woodland Health Center (8865 W. 400 North), the Swanson Center (7224 W. 400 North) and the La Porte County Courthouse (809 State Street). The Michigan City to La Porte run will make an additional stop in the Thomas Rose Industrial Park (1540 Genesis Drive) on the first and last runs only.

Passengers will be able to travel to other sites in Michigan City and La Porte from the Transit Triangle bus stops by connecting to the Michigan City Transit and La Porte TransPorte bus systems. All buses are fully ADA-accessible, with lifts/ramps for easy boarding.

The Transit Triangle service offers reasonable fares and convenient ticket options for riders.

– One-way single: $1.50 (exact change is required)

– One-way single fare with MC Transit Pass or La Porte TransPorte Pass: $1.00 (exact change is required)

– 10-Ride pass: $12.50 (beginning in March)

– Children five and under ride for free

– Monthly Commuter pass: $30 (The monthly pass is based on the calendar month, and will be available in March, the first full month of service. Pass is non-transferable.)

Passengers may transfer for free between buses within the Transit Triangle route.

Starting March 1, to pay by credit card, call the Michigan City Controller’s Office at 219-873-1404 and passes will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service or they can be picked up at the Controller’s Office at Michigan City City Hall (100 East Michigan Blvd), the TransPorte Office (102 L Street) in La Porte or at the Bursar’s Office at PNC in Schwarz Hall. Non-credit card passes can be purchased in person at any one of the above locations by cash or check.

The Transit Triangle service is made possible by a federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant and matching contributions from the City of Michigan City (Ron Meer, Mayor), City of La Porte (Blair Milo, Mayor), La Porte County (Board of Commissioners) and Purdue University North Central (James Dworkin, Chancellor).

Mayor Meer said, “The City of Michigan City and in particular our Michigan City Transit Department is excited to be the lead agency in administering this new triangle bus service between the City of Michigan City, City of La Porte and Purdue University North Central. This new service will afford residents in La Porte County’s two largest cities the chance to reach destinations that previously were not possible. I am proud of the hard work and collaboration between the City of Michigan City, City of La Porte and Purdue University North Central, who all played a major role in making this project a reality. The goal of this new service is to enhance an individual’s ability to further broaden their educational and employment opportunities; I believe this new service will do just that. “

Mayor Milo said, “The Transit Triangle route will be a huge benefit for the residents of La Porte County and I am incredibly proud of all of those who have worked so hard to make this service a reality. The service has come to fruition due to the commitment of the partnership made up of Purdue North Central, La Porte County, Michigan City and the City of La Porte. Transit Triangle will help provide access for students, job seekers, employers and many others as we more closely connect our region and reduce carbon emissions by improving public transportation alternatives.”

La Porte County Commissioner David Decker said, “Cooperation with the cities, the county and PNC has never been better, as evidenced by a joint agreement to start up the long sought after bus service linking the cities and PNC.”

For PNC Chancellor James Dworkin, the 12 scheduled daily stops at PNC will help make it possible for residents of La Porte County to become students and to further their educational and career goals. Chancellor Dworkin said, “The development of the Transit Triangle in La Porte County is result of a focused multi-agency and governmental collaboration that will benefit everyone.”

The full schedule and most current information are available on the Transit Triangle website, www.TransitTriangle.com. This website can also be accessed through the MC Transit website at www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/coach/ and the La Porte TransPorte website at www.cityoflaporte.com/transporte.

 

PNC Again Earns NAIA Champions of Character Status

Purdue University North Central has been named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character institution for the 2013-14 academic year. PNC has earned the award every year since the inception in 2002.

This year PNC was among 168 institutions named as Five-Star Award winners. Schools earning this distinction share the NAIA commitment to high standards and the principle that participation in athletics serves as an integral part of the total education process.

The mission of Champions of Character is to restore character values and raise a generation of students who understand and demonstrate in everyday decisions respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. The program is dedicated to the principle that character is a choice and that being a champion is not just about winning, but making good decisions in daily life.

The NAIA and member institutions use the Champions of Character program to instill an understanding of character values in sports, and provide student-athletes, coaches and parents the training to help them know and do the right things, inside and outside the sports setting.

“At PNC we look to our student-athletes and coaches to be leaders in the classroom, on the athletic field or court and in the community,” said Dr. James B Dworkin, PNC chancellor .“To consistently earn Champions of Character confirms our focus on ensuring that our student-athletes succeed in sports, in the classroom and in the world.”

To be considered a Champions of Character institution, schools must demonstrate how the Champions of Character program is incorporated in athletic contests, public service projects, established policies related to behavior in practice and game situations, athletic and academic environment and character education.

“We are honored once again to achieve designation as a Champions of Character Five Star institution,” said Tom Albano, PNC director of Athletics. “Being one of the very few schools to maintain this award since its inception shows the commitment our student-athletes and coaches have made to the five points on the star: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.”

In representing the core Champions of Character values off the field, PNC student-athletes performed a number of charitable events in the surrounding communities. Activities in 2013-14 included the baseball team assisting with the Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army Soup Kitchens, participating in a winter clinic for little leaguers with the Valparaiso Parks Department and much more.

The softball team prepared food for the homeless and put together a holiday toy drive with Daniel’s Cause. The basketball and volleyball teams hosted a clinic for The Courts of Northwest Indiana in Valparaiso. The basketball team also took some time out to read to Hobart grade school students.

The baseball, basketball and softball team included a “Give Five” program with each team member performing five hours of community service. With 50 plus players and each player exceeding the five hour minimum, the team donated more than 200 hours to community service in 2013-14.