PNC Student’s Grant Funds Oral History Celebration Reception

PNCPurdue University North Central student Katelyn Mosher recently received a Student Community Service Grant from Indiana Campus Compact to fund a reception to celebrate the completion of a two-semester long project headed by the Department of English and Modern Languages.

The reception will on Friday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City it is free and open to the public. The event will celebrate the Preserving Oral History project that included students in various PNC English courses. The students interviewed residents of Rittenhouse Assisted Living in Michigan City. They used information from their interviews to write poetry, creative fiction and non-fiction stories and other original texts. The bulk of these stories depict the lives of those who grew up in the Michigan City and Long Beach area, emphasizing the difference in the region between the past and present.

The reception is a cooperative effort of PNC College of Liberal Arts and Rittenhouse Senior Living in Michigan City and is made possible by students and faculty volunteers from the Department of English and Modern Languages, the Communication Department, and the Panther News Network.

The history celebration is an opportunity for the students to provide their audience with a picture of what life was like in this region as early as the 1930s.

The grant will support the cost of renting the Lubeznik Center for the evening as well as provide refreshments for those who attend.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Bethany Lee at or Sarah White at