Randy Borst was the first legally blind student to attend public school in Hammond. The personal adjustment, education and social life did not come easy for Randy but thanks to caring and talented educators, good friends and civic-minded citizens, he managed to acquire the skills to succeed.
Randy worked for the State of Indiana as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and in 1990, he became the Director of Disability Services at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW). In 1997, Randy went to the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York where he remains in a similar position.
In addition to his professional career, Randy has been a participant and leader on not-for-profit boards, a state commission and the Association on Higher Education and Disability. Currently, he sits on the board of directors of People, Inc., a major provider of comprehensive services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Randy Borst graduated from Purdue Calumet in 1976 with a degree in psychology and went on to earn a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis in counseling. He was also nominated for Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
Randall’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“My Purdue Calumet experience has shaped me into the person I am today. It was a world of discovery, an opportunity to learn from and socialize with so many caring, educated and brilliant minds. It was just plain fun.”
Randall’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students:
“Take advantage of every opportunity you find here. Don’t just learn the facts and pass your tests but learn to think critically and present what you know persuasively. Ask your course instructors what you can do to excel. Get involved with campus organizations. If you find it hard to make friends, just be a friend. Purdue Calumet can be your launching pad to anything you can imagine.”