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

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

Purdue Northwest faculty members awarded cybersecurity grant

Three Purdue University Northwest faculty members secured a federal grant of $205,921 to develop an educational program designed to encourage high school students to consider careers in the growing field of cybersecurity. 

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Faculty Feature: Heather Augustyn

Heather Augustyn, lecturer in the English department, does a considerable amount of research in the history of ska music in Jamaica, the UK, the US and all over the world.

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Communication Graduate Wins Chicago Emmy

Justyna Syska, a 2011 PNW graduate in communication with a concentration in media studies, shared in winning an Emmy Award with her colleagues at WLS-TV at the 62nd annual Chicago and Midwest Emmy Awards on November 22.

Important Dates

Jan 22

The Roundtable Perspective: Anthologies in American Television

Molly A. Schneider, assistant professor of cinema and television arts at Columbia College Chicago, joins Lakeshore PBS to discuss the diverse landscape of television and the impact on society.

Jan 26

Unheard Voices Of Protest

Three leaders of protests against racism and police violence engage in a roundtable discussion about how they are strategically and tactically challenging racist practices in the US.

Jan 27

Navigating the Virtual Career Fair

Learn what you need to do before and during the actual Virtual Career Fair to make sure that you are prepared and ready to impress employers virtually.

Jan 29

The Roundtable Perspective: Star Wars and Religion

Russell Johnson, divinity teaching fellow at the University of Chicago joins host Thomas J. Roach on Lakeshore PBS to discuss the films in the Star Wars franchise and how they relate to stories of mythology and religion.