School of LASS tightens belt in response to low enrollment
Due to a decrease in enrollment, the school of liberal arts and social sciences will eliminate 13 continuing lecturers and three unfilled positions, increase some class sizes, offer reduced sections of some classes and suspend faculty research releases.
Final thoughts from PUC’s graduates
As this semester draws to an end, it is time to once again say goodbye and wish well the graduating students. Some final thoughts on awkward moments, biggest accomplishments and most edible cafeteria food have been gathered. Qymana Botts, graduating with a major in French said that her biggest accomplishment was between, “When I was the most outstanding student for the foreign language department and winning PUC’s got talent, and research conferences.
Honors program to become Honors College
The PUC Honors Program is making strides and will continue to do so as to fulfill its goal of becoming a full-fledged Honors College. According to sophomore and mechanical engineering major Seth Kamps, Student President of the Honors Program, the program is a group of highly motivated, academically exceptional students who engage in advanced coursework, participate in activities such as community outreach and other social and cultural activities and interact with PUC’s outstanding students and professors.
Riley Center shares mission after escaping closure
After fearing closure due to budget cuts, the Riley Center continues providing child care and education for the children of PUC students, thanks to Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., who was identified as the “White Knight” of the Riley Center during the latest PUC budget meeting.
'Genderless Prom' attracts diverse crowd
Diversity was celebrated by PUC students and the public alike at the “Genderless Prom,” held Friday, March 29 at Alumni Hall. The event was sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance. LGBTSA Vice President Daric Duncan said the event’s organizers wanted to create an atmosphere where anyone attending could come as themselves, wear what they wanted to wear, and be comfortable bringing a date of the same sex.
Senior Leadership Team responds to budget crisis
Keon, Rogers, Johnston talk shortfall, staff cuts, strategic plan
PUC has an estimated budget shortfall of $4.5 million for the 2013-2014 academic year, assuming that enrollment stays the same as 2012-2013, the Purdue Board of Trustees approves a 2% tuition increase, the state of Indiana appropriates the governor’s recommended $437,363 and that there is no general salary increase for the year, according to Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Ken Johnston.
Communication major to undergo revamp
The Department of Communication and Creative Arts will be undergoing changes in the future as the Communication major is set to get revamped. Department of Communication and Creative Arts Department Head, Dr. Yahya Kamalipour, said PUC is authorized by the Indiana Council for Higher Education to offer a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, which means they need to have a strong “departmental core” required of all students, regardless of what area of the COM major they specialize in.
ALC closing due to emaciated enrollment
After four years of declining enrollment, PUC will no longer offer classes at the Academic Learning Center located in Merrillville, Ind. Chancellor Thomas Keon explains why the Senior Leadership team decided to close the ALC after eight years of open enrollment.
Alumnus, brother prepare PUC students for new era
Faculty and administration of PUC expressed appreciation to brothers Paul and Gary Duncanson, former PUC students, for a donation worth $160,000 during a lab dedication event on March 4. The donation includes $100,000 of software and $20,000 for each of three years, starting last year, for the maintenance of the lab, according to Charles “Chuck” Winer, head of the department of computer information technology and graphics.
Chancellor Thomas Keon receives UCF honor
PUC Chancellor Thomas Keon was awarded on Feb. 15 by the University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration. Keon, who served as dean of business administration at UCF for 14 years, received the honor as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration.