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Forged in Steel program held at PUC

By Lakieta King
On April 24, 2012


PUC was host to Celebrating American Culture: Forged in Steel. The program was held April 21 in Alumni Hall andwas not only a celebration of the steel industry in Northwest Indiana, but also of the people who worked in it.

PUC student and computer science major Andrew Vauter entertained the people who came in by juggling as a prelude to the show in the SUL Concourse. Vauter has been juggling for 10 years and was the winner of this years' PUC's Got Talent event.

Executive Assistant to the Chancellor Regina D. Biddings-Muro warmly welcomed everyone by saying it was a "Deep pleasure and honor to welcome you to Purdue Calumet." Also thanking everyone in attendance for coming out to "Celebrate our hometown university from the inside out."

PUC Chancellor Thomas Keon gave his opening remarks to the crowd by saying "One of our four goals going forward is inclusivity. Everyone should feel included and welcome here." The program began with a song performance of "Steel Mill Blues" by Stephanie Knox featuring Michael Carson and Roosevelt Purifoy. Knox was a very entertaining and engaging songstress, including the audience in her performance.

The South Shore Dance Alliance performed an upbeat lyrical dance to the song "Pride." The Pan Go Steel Band which included Paul Ross, Lana Wordel and Joe Sonnefeldt played a musical selection of songs that included "Stand by Me" and "Under the Boardwalk" on their steel pans. The music was light and melodious tinged with a Caribbean feel.

Throughout the program the excerpts "Nurse at Inland", "Dancing Kid", "Mill Jargon", and "Getting Along" were read from the book "Steel Shavings" by vocal performers LaShawnya Brunson, Corya Channing, Raymond Davis, Sheila Rezak and James Severa.

A 3-D visualization presentation given by The Director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization & Simulation Chenn Qian Zhou gave an in-depth look into a blast furnace. The presentation gave the viewers a look into visualizing the future in steel manufacturing which plays a major role in the North American economy. Stephanie Knox and company came back with the musical selection performance of "Like a Rock."

The South Shore Dance Alliance performed once more with an expressive lyrical dance to the song "New West." And the Pan Go Steel Band performed again with the song "Steel Drums" on their melodic steel pans. The program ended with Stephanie Knox and company performing the song "Working Man's Blues."

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