Friday, August 27th, 2010 - 10:25 am

Back to School Weekend

Join us for 3 days of enlightening & enjoyable activities, Sept. 23-25. Everyone is welcome!

Diana Virijevich is
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations


  • Thursday, Sept. 23 / Alumni Leaders Day / 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 24 / Friday University / 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 25 / Family Friendly & Open House activities / noon to 4 p.m.
  • Alumni Reception / 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Alumni Leaders Day

Thursday, Sept. 23

Alumni Leaders Day – Reconnect with friends, meet successful alumni and celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s Alumni Award recipients at our Alumni Leaders Day recognition. Twenty-two alumni–one from each academic department— will be honored. Please RSVP your attendance by calling (219) 989-2308 or e-mail Visit the list of honorees at www.calumet.purdue/


4:30 p.m. Check-in and Registration
5:00 p.m. Part One

Remarks by Chancellor Howard Cohen
Presentation of Medallions
Group Photo of Honorees

5:30 p.m.

Part Two

Open Forum – Alumni answer questions from the audience

6:40 p.m.

Part Three

Networking & hors d’oeuvres in Founders Study

7:45 pm. Closing Remarks

Friday University

Friday, Sept. 24 and October 1

Return to the classroom to satisfy your curiosity.

Purdue Alumni Calumet and Purdue University Calumet are pleased to invite you to participate in Purdue Calumet’s Fall 2010 Friday University program. Friday University provides non-credit, adult enrichment courses on campus Fridays taught by Purdue Calumet faculty. The program’s goal is to provide stimulating, noncredit opportunities for adult learners of all ages. There also is a social component with an opportunity to meet faculty and other program participants for a morning reception and lunch. There are no educational prerequisites to participate.

Each Friday begins with a reception followed by a 10 a.m. class, lunch and a 1 p.m. class. One small registration fee of $35 includes the morning reception from 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., morning and afternoon class sessions and lunch. Sign up for both Fridays for only $60. Review the following class offerings and sign up today!

Friday, Sept. 24 | 10AM-12PM

Math is Brain Food
Prof. Catherine M. Murphy

In the spirit of Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, we’ll feed our “little gray cells” by playing a visual mathematics pattern game and analyzing the process used during this play. Participants will take away the ability to create future “math meals” at their leisure on any scrap of paper at hand (paper napkins and backs of envelopes work well). Course prerequisite: Curiosity

Jewish Pirates of the Atlantic World
Prof. Saul Lerner

An examination of historical studies detailing the events that led to the emergence of Jewish pirates of the Atlantic, including the expulsion of Jews from Spain, the Spanish Inquisition, the emigration of Jews to the newly discovered Western World, and the emergence of the Jews as a major trading Diaspora. Topics for discussion include the participation of Jews—legally and illegally—in the transformation of the western hemisphere during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, the impact of their activities on western hemispheric colonial powers, and a consideration of the importance of their maritime activities.

The Bible as Literature: The Evolution of the Christian Heaven and Hell
Prof. Dennis Barbour

An examination of common misconceptions related to the foundations of the afterlife within the Christian tradition, tracing the development of Christian views of eternity based on the Bible and other writings. Participants will review much of the available information about the subject, which is mostly apocalyptic in nature. Primary texts to be analyzed include the Bible’s New Testament, most dramatically the Book of Revelations, as well as a body of non-canonized writings found outside the Bible itself, which provides some of the most compelling visions of Heaven and Hell. *The lecture will include the use of related audio-visuals, including brief film clips.

Friday, Sept. 24 | 1PM-3PM

America and the World: 2010
Prof. Richard Rupp

An examination of the United States’ current foreign policy and its role in global affairs. Specifically, participants will analyze both the continuity and the change that characterize the Obama Administration’s foreign policy agenda. A range of issues will be considered, including U.S. relations with China, Russia, and Europe; conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq; terrorism; and the global economic crisis.

Small Business Approach to Database Systems – What you need to know to protect your data
Prof. Barbara Nicolai

An overview of basic computer applications, information systems, and technology designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes. Participants will learn to identify database terminology; identify and explain general types of databases; translate business requirements into database functions; and to solve common problems of small businesses.

Introduction to Robotics
Prof. Omer Farook

A hands-on introduction to robotics, focusing on the basics of programming and operation of a typical robot; ideal for those interested in getting started with microcontrollers and electronics. Participants will work with Boe-Bot® Robots (by Parallax), and will have an opportunity to program a robot to perform some simple tasks.

Friday, October 1 | 10AM-12PM

The Supreme Court: Past and Present
Prof. Frank J. Colucci

An overview of the structure and function of the U.S. Supreme Court, featuring an examination of recently decided cases and a preview of cases to be heard during the Court’s upcoming term.

How to Start Your Own Business
Prof. Jamaluddin Husain

An instructive overview of the process of founding a successful business. Participants will learn to identify business opportunities and to convert their ideas into realistic, money-making ventures. The course will be divided into four segments:

Self Assessment – Specially designed questionnaires will be used to evaluate aptitude for starting and maintaining a business.

SWOT Analysis – An examination of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats related to each potential business venture.

Group Exercise – Lists of appropriate business opportunities will be compiled based on self-assessments.

Do’s and Don’ts – An outline of best practices for starting a business, including instructions for estimating start-up costs and acquiring funding. *Participants who attempt to start a business will be eligible to receive free follow-up assistance from the instructor, as well as free consulting advice from future Purdue Calumet students.

Cyber Conflict and Other Hazards of Modern Technology
Prof. Samuel Liles

Analysis of the spectrum of technologically-mediated forms of harm and injury that can occur within a society, known as cyber conflict. Course discussion will focus on the pervasive, ubiquitous, and interconnected nature of technology, which has facilitated the emergence of this new form of conflict. Participants also will examine the past, present, and future of cyber conflict, including cyber crime, cyber terrorism, and cyber warfare.

Friday, October 1 | 1PM-3PM

Cardiovascular System: Heart/Blood Vessels/Disease States
Prof. Barbara Mania-Farnell

An overview of the cardiovascular system will provide participants a general understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human heart and related blood vessels, as well as basic knowledge of the causes and symptoms of common cardiovascular diseases. Participants will examine a sheep heart, comparable in size and structure to a human heart, and will identify heart chambers and valves, coronary arteries, veins, and various other arteries. Cardiovascular diseases to be discussed include coronary atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart murmurs, and myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Re-Envisioning The Calumet Region: Historical Maps, Cultural Identity, and the Built Environment in the Twenty-First Century

Prof. Joseph Bigott

A review of the role of architecture, neighborhood, and community development played in creating the reputation of the Calumet region. The course will consider why critics have dismissed the Calumet as an industrial wasteland and how a new history of the region can-envision the Calumet developing a better understanding of the relationship to dynamic elements within the larger metropolitan region of Chicago.

Introduction to 3D Graphics and Animation
Coordinator David McLees

A hands-on introduction to spatial graphics and digitalanimation, relevant for those interested in learning aboutanimation strategies used in Video Games, TV Commercials, and 3-D Movies. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of the underlying process of 3-D animation, including the implementation of 3-D geometric primitives, spline, and polygon mesh tool-modeling; procedural and raster image mapping; and lighting, rendering, and keyframe animation.

101 Ways to Incorporate Computers in Your Daily Routines
Prof. Omer Farook

A hands-on introduction to programming personal computers to improve efficiency; ideal for those interested in getting started with computers and learning basic software applications. Participants will work with various software tools and will be introduced to a host of free, open-source applications.

Registration forms are available at For more information, phone 219/989-2308 or e-mail

Back to School Saturday

Saturday, September 25

Back to school face painting
What would a day of Family Friendly Activities be without face-painting?

Family Friendly Activities
Noon – 4 p.m.

  • Picnic (noon – 1:30) hot dogs, hamburgers and more…
  • Children’s games face painting, arts and crafts ….
  • Campus tours – visit our new University Village residential facilities
  • Athletics – join us for a day of fun and fitness. Shoot hoops in Founders Plaza with some of the Peregrine basketball players and have a chance to win a prize. You also can work out, play volleyball or basketball, or just take a tour of the Fitness and Recreation Center.
  • Academic Advisorsfrom the Center for Student Achievement will be available to explain the advising process to undecided students
  • Career Servicestry “Do What You Are,” a system designed to help individuals determine career paths that might be suited to their personality.

Academic School Open House programs – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Photo of Parent & Child wearing 3-D glasses in CIVS (Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation) Lab
Virtual reality and 3-D visualization came to life for Connie Kubiak and daughter Brianna and will do so for other families touring Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation during Academic School Open House programs, Saturday, Sept. 25.

Moonbuggy and Purdue Calumet Students
You say you’d like to enter a moonbuggy competition? Calendar Sept. 25.

  • Education – tour the Counseling Techniques Laboratory. Learn more about Student Teaching; former student teachers will describe what it is like to complete the 16-week field experience in education. Learn about Instructional Technology; graduates will discuss their careers and how the Instructional Technology Program prepared them.
  • Engineering, Mathematics and Science Come, see where the fantasy 3-D worlds of Avatar and Toy Story meet reality in Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation. Wear 3-D glasses and experience a variety of virtual environments ranging from flying through the stars with the Planck Satellite to delving into a Virtual Blast Furnace. Take part in a Moonbuggy competition—a human-powered, four-wheel vehicle engineered to traverse rough surfaces similar to the condition on the moon crust.
  • Liberal Arts and Social Sciences – Join students and faculty as they demonstrate their talents and skills through creative writing, poetry reading and a theater performance. The School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers everything from world travel, television broadcasting, and cultural and political perspectives to counseling services and photography. Check out our showcase!
  • Management – Visit the renovated School offices; meet and greet faculty, department heads and directors; and learn about new programs. Refreshments and balloons for children.
  • Nursing – Visit the nursing simulation laboratory to experience scenarios using mannequins that can simulate birth and death
  • Technology – Visit the labs for Computer Information Graphics Technology to see demonstrations of software and student activities in graphics, database and programming, networking, and security and assurance.

Alumni Reception 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

All alumni are invited to Alumni Hall in the Student Union & Library for a reception hosted by Purdue Alumni Calumet. Join other PUC alumni for live music, appetizers and refreshments. Please register your attendance to or 219/989-2308.

Visit for a more comprehensive schedule of activities for our Back to School Weekend. You also can e-mail or phone 219/989-2308.

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