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Jobs – secure, well-paying jobs – help to build and solidify a community.
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.
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.
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.
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…
The lottery fever that recently swept the nation clearly indicates that most of us covet financial security.
Our Indiana legislators made history this month when they voted in favor of legislation to ban smoking statewide — albeit with some much-debated exceptions.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
In a few days, about 65 percent of all 2010 Hoosier high school graduates will take their places in college classrooms.
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…
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.
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.
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 …
"What is a city but the people?" asked William Shakespeare.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students choose to attend college and earn a degree for reasons as varied and diverse as the students themselves.
This is the first in a series about how colleges and universities improve the quality of life in the region.
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.
Today's college students have grown up hearing that higher education helps to provide the means to success.
Today, some 400,000 students attend Indiana colleges and universities. About 60 percent receive some form of financial aid.
"How do I choose my college major?"
Purdue University North Central will begin offering the master of business administration degree this fall at our Valparaiso Academic Center.
The spring commencement season is just weeks away.
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