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Mary Beth O'Connor
Mary Beth O’Connor

Mary Beth O’Connor leads communication students to more awards

Since 2002, students in Associate Professor of Communication Mary Beth O’Connor’s COM 43600 Script Writing class have earned 15 awards at the annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival in Media Arts Student Scriptwriting competition.

During the recent 2014 BEA competition—which attracted more than 1,250 entries—Professor O’Connor’s students claimed a first place (tie), second place and honorable mention. In what is considered one of the most prestigious international student scriptwriting competitions, students taught by Professor O’Connor have taken home five firsts, three seconds, five thirds and two honorable mentions.

Chuck Winer, Barbara Nicolai present at national conference

Chuck Winer
Chuck Winer

Professor of Computer Information Technology Chuck Winer and Associate Professor of Computer Information Technology Barbara Nicolai recently addressed the Mid-Pacific Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Conference in San Francisco.

Barbara Nicolai
Barbara Nicolai

Professor Winer discussed ”Successful Teaching Using Computational Thinking via Scenario Based Learning” with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and City College of San Francisco. Professor Winer also joined Professor Nicolai in presenting the topic, “A Disaster Web-Based Management and Communication System for NW Indiana.”   


Akili Shakur recognized

Akili Shakur
Akili Shakur

Akili Shakur, assistant director of From Boots to Books: Veterans and Student Service Members Academic Support Program (FBBP), was recognized at the recent Mayor McDermott’s Commission on Disabilities Breakfast.

Assistant Director Shakur received an award for her support of veterans with disabilities in Hammond and throughout northwest Indiana, as well as for her efforts helping veterans pursue and achieve their educational goals.    



Dushan Nikolovski directs ‘Big Sell’

Dushan Nikolovski
Dushan Nikolovski

Three years ago, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Success Dushan Nikolovski had an idea to introduce a business competition for entrepreneurs. To say that the idea took off is an understatement. The fourth annual Big Sell Entrepreneurship Competition, under Nikolovski’s direction, is scheduled Saturday, March 29 at the Radisson Star Plaza Theater.

Fifty entrepreneurs from across the region, nation and as far away as Australia will gather in northwest Indiana for the opportunity to pitch their business idea and compete for $120,000 in cash and prizes. Tickets to attend and participate in evaluating the presentations are available at for $25. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are included.

Women’s basketball coach Tom Megyesi is national coach of the year finalist

Coach Megyesi and Brooklyn Short
Coach Megyesi is pictured with point guard Brooklyn Short, a senior math major who was named to the 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete list with teammate and junior elementary education major Quinci Eller.

Women’s basketball coach Tom Megyesi has been named 2014 NAIA Region IV Coach of the Year by Russell Athletics and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). As one of four regional honorees, he is a finalist for the inaugural Pat Summitt Trophy, symbolic of the Russell Athletic/WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year. Megyesi has led our women’s basketball program to three consecutive 20+ victory seasons and two straight appearances in the NAIA Division II national tournament. This season’s squad compiled a 25-7 record and won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference title.