Area Brief

February 22, 2019

PTABOA board will meet

La PORTE — La Porte County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals will meet on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. in Room #3 of the La Porte County Complex.

La Porte celebrates Tri Kappa Week

La PORTE — Tri Kappa is a unique philanthropic organization existing only within the boundaries of the state of Indiana.

The La Porte, Delta Upsilon Chapter, is celebrating 77 years!

The purpose of each Tri Kappa chapter and its members is to support charity, culture and education. This is accomplished through the donation of time and talents to local organizations in their own communities. Our members perform tasks which allow under-funded and under-staffed charities to spread their limited resources even further.

Each year the local chapters join with the State organization to contribute approximately $1.5 million to Indiana charities and students. Since 1901, Tri Kappa members have donated untold hours and millions of dollars to projects.

Our local Delta Upsilon Chapter donates thousands of dollars to local charities and college scholarships every year.

If your organization is interested in submitting a request for funds, letters are being accepted through March 31.

Please send your letter to: Tri Kappa, Post Office Box 708, La Porte, IN 46352. The letter must include details on how the money will be used. If you organization is selected, you will be notified by mail by the end of April.

To learn more about Tri Kappa, visit: www.trikappa.org

Event celebrates first generation college students at Purdue Northwest

HAMMOND AND WESTVILLE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is celebrating students who are the first in their families to attend college—also known as “first-generation” students—with 80’s themed celebrations on the Westville and Hammond campuses.

The “I’m First” event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 in room 170A of the Library Student Faculty Building (LSF) on the Westville Campus, and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Student Union & Library’s “Room with a View” on the Hammond Campus.

“As an institution with a significant number of first-generation college students, Purdue Northwest seeks to celebrate the strides they have made with this unique event, and put a spotlight on the academic progress they symbolize,” said Roy Hamilton, assistant vice chancellor for Educational Opportunity Programs and director of the McNair Achievement Program.

Hamilton said the 80s theme carries historical significance. The concept of a “first-generation” college student was first introduced into federal policy in 1980, during the passage of the Higher Education Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. The 54-year old act created the Federal TRIO Programs, eight federally funded programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This event is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff. Mark Lopez, chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky, will attend the Hammond campus event. For more information call (219) 989-2779.