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GUEST COMMENTARY: The importance of quality of life indicators

GUEST COMMENTARY: The importance of quality of life indicators

Yogi Berra said, “You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, ‘cause you might not get there.”

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Not yet Purdue University Northwest

GUEST COMMENTARY: Not yet Purdue University Northwest

We have recently cleared a major hurdle in selecting a name for the unified institution between Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central: Purdue University Northwest, or on second reference Purdue Northwest. The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved this name at its July 18 meeting.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Jobs, education are keys to thriving economy

GUEST COMMENTARY: Jobs, education are keys to thriving economy

Jobs – secure, well-paying jobs – help to build and solidify a community.

November 24, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: NWI needs to make children more safe

GUEST COMMENTARY: NWI needs to make children more safe

Living and working in a safe community is a key quality of life factor we all covet. In fact, it might be the cornerstone on which a community is built.

June 23, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: We're different, but we must pull together

GUEST COMMENTARY: We're different, but we must pull together

When the One Region organization recently published its 2012 analysis of 10 key indicators of the quality of life in Northwest Indiana, I joined other region residents in studying the valuable information. 

October 28, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Diversity is vital to higher education experience

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Diversity is vital to higher education experience

In October, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that has the potential to profoundly impact the admissions policies of colleges and universities across the nation and alter the plans of thousands of prospective college students.

September 09, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Arts background helps generate creative solutions

GUEST COMMENTARY: Arts background helps generate creative solutions

A look around Northwest Indiana quickly proves we value the arts. Whether it’s the West Side Theatre Guild in Gary, the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University or the sculpture gard…

July 22, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana's economy requires more college grads

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana's economy requires more college grads

The lottery fever that recently swept the nation clearly indicates that most of us covet financial security.

April 22, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Smoking ban will aid Hoosiers' quality of life

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Smoking ban will aid Hoosiers' quality of life

Our Indiana legislators made history this month when they voted in favor of legislation to ban smoking statewide — albeit with some much-debated exceptions.

March 18, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: The amazing story of the Pittsburgh Pirates

GUEST COMMENTARY: The amazing story of the Pittsburgh Pirates

At Major League Baseball's traditional all-star break, players and fans alike take stock of the season to date and anticipate how the pennant races will shape up.

July 14, 2011 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Quality of life will improve by degrees

GUEST COMMENTARY: Quality of life will improve by degrees

In Northwest Indiana, we are fortunate to have a number of opportunities available for quality higher education -- two Big Ten universities are represented at three regional campuses, we have two quality faith-based schools, our state community college has a number of locations, and we have …

April 24, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: How to solve the nation's unemployment problem

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: How to solve the nation's unemployment problem

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its unemployment data for February 2011, the nation's unemployment rate dropped to 8.9 percent, the first time it has been below 9 percent since April 2009.

April 03, 2011 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Will NFL owners punt on new contract?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Will NFL owners punt on new contract?

The NFL collective bargaining agreement is an extremely technical document of 300 pages. The cover page states it is in effect through the 2012 season, so why is there so much attention now about an imminent lockout of players? Because NFL owners terminated the final two salary-capped years …

February 06, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Education makes difference in employment outlook

In Northwest Indiana -- as in every community in our state and nation -- we aspire to be a region of thriving communities. We want to have strong, stable, safe communities with successful businesses that provide ample employment for our citizens.

November 28, 2010 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: College degrees engineer career success

Anyone who has ever read my editorials in this newspaper knows that I am an outspoken advocate for higher education. I believe in the power of an education to transform lives.

September 26, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: DREAM Act would extend American dream

In a few days, about 65 percent of all 2010 Hoosier high school graduates will take their places in college classrooms.

August 22, 2010 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Early childhood education pays long-term dividends

The Quality of Life Council is a membership organization of engaged citizens from business, education, not-for-profit and government sectors of Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. It is chaired, on a rotating basis, by the six chancellors and presidents of colleges and universities in Northwe…

March 28, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: College degree improves your quality of life

For years, parents and teachers have impressed on young people that earning a college degree was the best way to secure a bright, successful future. It would certainly bring professional success and financial security.

March 21, 2010 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Please, let's keep that public discourse civil

On Sept. 17 Purdue University North Central joined educational institutions across the nation in observing Constitution Day -- the day set aside to recognize the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

September 30, 2009 12:00 am

JAMES B. DWORKIN: Card check is central issue in labor law debate

What is the best way for workers to decide if they wish to be represented by a union for the purposes of collective bargaining? Is it the current National Labor Relations Board secret ballot election process, or is it a process referred to as card check where recognition of the union occurs …

August 30, 2009 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Concern must be translated into action

"What is a city but the people?" asked William Shakespeare.

August 23, 2009 12:00 am

A community of open, viable neighborhoods

We all have a basic need for shelter. Our shelter -- our home -- is a part of who we are. We take pride in owning our own homes. When we purchase our homes, we hope to be able to choose where we will live, work and raise our families.

April 26, 2009 12:00 am

Don't forget baseball anniversary

Chicago baseball fans are now allowing themselves to believe their long-held dreams of a Cubs-White Sox World Series might actually come to pass.

September 28, 2008 12:00 am

Northwest Indiana appreciates the arts

The Quality of Life Council chapter, "A Cultured Community" gave Northwest Indiana arts, cultural and recreational scene a grade of B+ and termed it as "vibrant." The report acknowledged Northwest Indiana's "combined assets offer a tremendous range of cultural, recreational and educational a…

June 22, 2008 12:00 am

Learn from PNC and make choice to stop smoking

Five months ago, on Nov. 15, Purdue University North Central officially became a tobacco-free campus. That date was chosen to coincide with the American Cancer Society Great American Smoke Out. PNC joined with two local hospitals, LaPorte Regional Health System and St. Anthony Memorial Hospi…

May 04, 2008 12:00 am

Education is key to region's economic well-being

Is Northwest Indiana a community of opportunity? If not, how do we ensure all residents have an opportunity to achieve financial well-being and security?

November 25, 2007 12:00 am

Service learning fosters growth of civic leaders

Service learning is the term given to a teaching method that incorporates community service into the classroom curriculum. This gives students real-world experience in their field by undertaking projects for the good of the community.

September 27, 2007 12:00 am

Study hard, take school seriously

Purdue University North Central graduates Alison Villagran of Valparaiso and Stephanie Johnson of Portage recently earned their nursing degrees during the 39th annual PNC commencement ceremony.

June 10, 2007 12:00 am

Education grads make a difference in children's lives

Jeff King earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education at Purdue University North Central because he wanted to make a difference in the lives of children.

March 25, 2007 12:00 am

Keep working to raise the bar on higher education

Some 370 years after the first college was established to train Puritan ministers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, we in the United States have many reasons to be extremely proud of our higher education system. Our system of higher education has been envied by countries all over the world.

February 11, 2007 12:00 am

Colleges improve not only students but communities

Students choose to attend college and earn a degree for reasons as varied and diverse as the students themselves.

October 01, 2006 12:00 am

Nurses make big difference in people's lives

This is the first in a series about how colleges and universities improve the quality of life in the region.

September 24, 2006 12:00 am

Early childhood education is key to our future

While the importance of higher education cannot be understated, it is important to understand that education begins long before a student steps foot in a formal classroom.

June 11, 2006 12:00 am

The individual, social benefits of higher education

Today's college students have grown up hearing that higher education helps to provide the means to success.

April 23, 2006 12:00 am

It's never too early to start planning for college

Today, some 400,000 students attend Indiana colleges and universities. About 60 percent receive some form of financial aid.

February 26, 2006 12:00 am

Flexibility is key to finding success in your career

"How do I choose my college major?"

February 19, 2006 12:00 am

New MBA program will open doors for individuals

Purdue University North Central will begin offering the master of business administration degree this fall at our Valparaiso Academic Center.

July 20, 2005 12:00 am

Your life's story lets you write your own chapters

The spring commencement season is just weeks away.

April 03, 2005 12:00 am
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