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PNW has created networking opportunities and professional relationships that I am grateful for, with mentors that are wonderful role models.

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I fell in love with the people in the department and the subject in general. PNW has become a second home for me.

I have been able to apply what I learned in my classes to my internships. During my time in the program, I've gotten career experience outside of school, working with the Art Institute of Chicago, CareerBuilder and Albanese Confectionery. I already feel prepared for graduating with my Human Resources Management degree in May 2020.

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Human Resources Management, Hammond

I’ve had some of the best professors. They have been supportive, uplifting and inspiring. They’ve been my biggest support throughout my experience here at PNW and are always willing to go the extra mile to help us students.

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Elementary and Special Education, Crown Point

News and Announcements

Student Spotlight: Gardenia Alvarez

Motivated by professors, peers and resources, PNW student Gardenia Alvarez Powers Onward toward her career in Couple and Family Therapy.

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Leadership Change for CHESS

It is with mixed emotions that we share that Elaine Carey, Dean of CHESS and Professor of History at Purdue Northwest, will be taking the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Purdue Northwest Communication and Creative Arts Department Presents Rhino: Act II

This play and virtual performance explores ideas of mob mentality, cultural conformity, mass movements and fascism.

Important Dates

Apr 19

Anti-Racism Lecture Series: The 1619 Project and the Summer of 2020

PNW professor Mita Choudhury will provide a historical overview of systemic racism, institutional bias and prejudice, and the weak guard rails of “western civilization.”

Apr 20

On The Other Side: Social Media

Join PNW scholars and community experts for a series of conversations exploring the post-COVID world and our opportunity for reinvention. What does social media look like in a post-COVID world?

Apr 22

One Book One Community: A Discussion with Anthony Ray Hinton

Join us for discussion and dialogue with Anthony Ray Hinton, author of the book “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice.”

Apr 22

Deadline To Purchase Commencement Cap and Gown

The deadline to purchase your Spring 2021 commencement cap and gown is April 22.