College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Through an enduring and eclectic approach, the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences prepares students for professions of tomorrow. The College brings together actors, artists, economists, historians, linguists, musicians, philosophers, poets, political scientists, psychologists, researchers, rhetoricians, social workers, sociologists, therapists, teachers and writers. Collaboratively, students, faculty and staff have embraced impact, improvement and innovation.
The College achieved impact at local, national and international levels.
Locally, Professor Jose Castro-Urioste brought the Chicago Latino Film Festival to PNW and Hammond’s Towle Theater. Carlos Osuna, director of the film, El Concursante, presented his award-winning film and answered questions.
The College’s Building Community Through the Arts program hosted artist Winifred Godfrey and her “Mayan Procession” and a Poetry Slam for African American History month at the CHESS Gallery.
In response to Indiana’s opioid epidemic, social work faculty organized and hosted the Confront Regional Opioid Conference in March on the Westville Campus.
Nationally, the College made an impact at the annual United Nations competition. Faculty advisor Meg Rincker and 11 students won awards for their position papers: Liliana Andarcia, Alexis Ballard, Cynthia Basu-Chavez, James Cook, Alex Heaton, Sean Irwin, Sohyun Kang, Jimin Kim, Matt Ruiz, Kylie Smolar and Roza Tawil. Some 300 fellow delegates also selected Ruiz and Tawil to receive the prestigious Outstanding Representation award.
Internationally, English faculty members received three prestigious Fulbright fellowships during the past two years. Jerry Holt returned from a Fulbright to Norway, Mohammed Errihani received one for Algeria and Heather Fielding for Ukraine.
PNW’s award-winning and nationally-recognized Couple and Family Therapy Center, which provides prospective therapists with training as they serve community residents, moved into a new clinic near the Hammond Campus. Six students received honors at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference in Atlanta, Ga. last fall: John Wall, Bailey Mack, Shelby Manning and Erica Garcia were selected for the Minority Fellowship Program, Kaylyn Gyden received the Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders, and Angelique Foye received the Graduate Student Research Award.
New Paths To Success
Faculty members and students have demonstrated leadership in the fields of humanities and social sciences. With help and designs by current and former students, the College embraced social media on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #pnwchess.
Communication and Creative Arts opened a state-of-the-art broadcast studio in which it films The Roundtable Perspective, an award-winning, student- and faculty-produced program that airs on Northwest Indiana Lakeshore Public Media.
Associate Professor Mark Mabrito (English) continues to gain recognition for his pedagogical innovations. The Purdue University system awarded him the Course Design and Teaching Award for his course, Online Certificate for Interactive Media.
Lastly, the College hosted the innovative Big History Project. This fall, Associate Professor Wendy St. Jean plans to offer the first course, “Big History: The History of Everything”—from big bang to globalization.