Our PNW – August 2019
Strategic Planning Invites Engagement
Work began last March to develop PNW’s next five-year strategic plan. To date, more than 900 faculty and staff members, students, alumni and members of the Northwest Indiana community have offered thoughts on PNW’s future through engagement sessions.
Newly appointed, Latif shares vision for Academic Affairs
CMEC earns grant from U.S. Economic Development Administration
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will give a boost to northwest Indiana entrepreneurs starting this fall through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
PNW’s program, called “Concept to Commercialization 2020” (C2C-2020), was one of only 44 nationwide—and the only one from Indiana—to win $386,000 in funding from the Regional Innovation Strategies Program’s FY19 i6 Challenge. Read more
Student-produced “Roundtable Perspective” wins awards
Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) student-produced television program, “The Roundtable Perspective,” developed in partnership with Lakeshore Public Media, has received two industry awards. The recognitions mark the third consecutive year the show has been honored. Read more
Inter-Campus Bus service resumes
Bus service between the Hammond and Westville campuses has resumed. Two ADA-compliant, 24-passenger buses will travel concurrently and non-stop between each campus six times daily Monday through Friday. Students, faculty and staff members may ride at no charge with their university ID card.
Departing every 2 hours on both campuses starting at 7 a.m. through a final departure of 5:15 p.m., each trip is scheduled to take one hour or less.
Bus stops are on the Woodmar Street side of Lawshe Hall on the Hammond Campus, and in front of the Dworkin Student Services Activities Center on the Westville Campus. Service to the Portage Meeting Facility is provided by request only.
Donate to the campus food pantry
Help our students by donating to the University Village Food Pantry. Available to all students residing in PNW campus housing who may be struggling with food insecurity, the pantry requires donations of food and funds.
Monetary donations can be made online anytime. Be sure to designate your gift to the “PNW Food Pantry.”
Food donations can be made anytime at Griffin Hall on the Hammond Campus or the Bookstore on the Westville Campus. While any food donation is welcomed, the following are in short supply: cereal, oatmeal, baking mixes, rice, quinoa, sugar free jell-o, pudding, reduced sugar jelly and canned meat.
PRIDE SPOTLIGHT - Dr. Neeti Parashar
PNW Professor of Physics Neeti Parashar is on a quest to find the origin of the universe. She and others among her colleagues in subatomic physics are getting closer.
Since arriving at PNW, Parashar founded the high-energy physics program, was among the research team to win the Nobel Prize for discovering the Higgs boson particle, and was recently named among 400 scientific researchers with the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize awarded by the European Physical Society (EPS).
This quest is more than purely scientific for Parashar. It’s a journey of the heart. When speaking about physics, it quickly becomes evident her passion for the subject is born out of love for her father, and a commitment to continue the work he spent a lifetime pursuing.
PNW IN THE NEWS
- Purdue Northwest professor among winning team of scientists studying origin of universe
- Best of Best : Purdue Northwest Honored as ‘Best of the Best’ for Veterans and Active Service Members
- Endowment keeps college dream alive for Purdue Northwest nursing students facing unexpected expenses
- Leadership Institute Moves to Purdue Northwest
- Local high schoolers awarded PNW scholarships
- Purdue Northwest accepted into NCAA Division II
- Impact of new Purdue Northwest banking education program could be felt throughout Region
- PNW students set sights on Mars
- Purdue Northwest represented at ceremonial signing of Indiana’s new exoneree compensation law
- 1,758 Purdue University Northwest students earn Dean’s List Honors
- Student Engineers Prove Their Metal at AISC’s 2019 Student Steel Bridge Competition National Finals
- Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest awards certificates
AROUND THE PRIDE
When you see these people at PNW, give them a high five and a “Roar Pride!”
The following faculty members earned these promotions
○Gokarna Aryal, professor of Statistics
○ Mita Choudhury, professor of English
○ Mary Jane Eisenhauer, professor of Education
○ Ge Jin, professor of Computer Information Technology and Graphics
○ Mark Mabrito, professor of English
○ Megan Murphy, professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
○ Rachel Clapp-Smith, professor of Leadership
○ Nicoleta Tarfulea, professor of Mathematics
○ Chien-Chung Chen, associate professor of Civil Engineering
○ Niranjan Desai, associate professor of Civil Engineering
○ Shontrai Irving, clinical associate professor of Business Law
- Godwin-Charles Ogbeide – named new director of the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
- Lawrence Hamer – named new dean of the College of Business
- Rick Costello, director of athletics – interviewed on “Regionally Speaking” on Lakeshore Public Radio Aug. 14
- Jacob Lenson, assistant vice chancellor for Campus Planning, Project and Space Management – interview on “Building Northwest Indiana” on Lakeshore Public Radio Aug. 13
Aug. 29 – A conversation with Natalie Moore
Join WBEZ Southside Bureau Chief Natalie Moore at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union & Library Building, Room 150D on the Hammond Campus for a discussion of race, inequality, segregation, economic development, food injustice and violence.
Sept. 3 – Women Writing Resistance
11 a.m. – Hammond, Student Union & Library Building, Room 150D (Room with a View)
2 p.m. – Westville, Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 002
Join PNW alumna Belinda Wheeler, Ph.D. and literature teacher at Claflin University, along with writer, poet and scholar Jeanine Leane about their recent published works. Sponsored by the Purdue Intersectional Feminist Alliance, PNW departments of English and History and Philosophy.
Sept 8 – Sinai Forum presents General John F. Kelly
Tickets are still available for Sinai Forum at Purdue Northwest’s opening program featuring General John F. Kelly, U.S. Marine Corp (RET) at 4 p.m. in the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Michigan City. General Kelly will discuss “Geopolitics: Risk, Reward and Balance.”
Reserve tickets online at pnw.edu/sinai-forum.
Sept. 12 – Pride Stride
Join in the 3rd Annual Pride Stride 5K at PNW’s Westville Campus at 6 p.m. September 12. Food and refreshments, music and raffle prizes will follow the race. No time will be kept, so bring your family, friends and co-workers.
Shuttle bus service will be available from the Hammond Campus in front of Griffin Hall at 4:15 p.m. and depart from Westville at 7:45 p.m.
Race day sign-up will be accepted, but advance registration is preferred. Entry fee is $5.
Sept. 14 – PNW Night at Acorn Concert Series, Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest
Enjoy a family-friendly evening at the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest listening to Mike Farris and the Blues Project. Grammy winner Farris will entertain the crowd at the final concert of the season, while food and drinks are available from local vendors. Tickets are $15 in advance.
Sept 27 – Faculty & Staff Picnic at Gabis Arboretum
Chancellor Keon invites PNW faculty and staff to an afternoon at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest. Enjoy food and live music with friends and colleagues. RSVP here.
PRIDE PIC - Student Leadership Conference
Congratulations to the Office of Student Life for coordinating a successful August 6 leadership conference for incoming and returning PNW students.
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