Former PUC basketball player to receive Hayes Athletic Alumni Award, 2/11

Former Purdue University Calumet and Hammond Clark High School basketball player Dan Durochik will receive the Purdue Alumni Association-Calumet’s annual Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award during Purdue Calumet homecoming festivities Saturday (2/11).

Durochik, a Hammond native and Crown Point resident, played for Purdue Calumet as a reserve center during the early 1980s. He went on to graduate with a baccalaureate degree in management/marketing in 1986.

He is general manager of McColly Real Estate, having begun his real estate career as a sales assistant with McColly soon after graduating from Purdue Calumet.

“I’m very appreciative to receive this award,” Durochik said. “I believe that my overall experience at Purdue University Calumet prepared me to establish a solid foundation of long term educational discipline and confidence. Taking advantage of educational opportunities to further one’s career is the key to long term success in business. Education is never “out” for the professional. I’m in a very competitive business, and it is imperative always to be a couple steps ahead of the competition.

“Additionally, I value both the personal and professional relationships that I established while a student at PUC and also throughout the years of my affiliation with and support of various campus activities.”

Durochik will be presented the award prior to the 7 p.m. start of the Purdue Calumet vs. University of St. Francis men’s basketball game in the Fitness & Recreation Center. The Purdue Alumni Association-Calumet presents the award annually to a Purdue Calumet former athlete or other graduate who has distinguished himself/herself in sports/athletics or another field following his/her Purdue Calumet playing days.

The award is named after the retired Purdue Calumet coach, athletic director, faculty member and statistician, who served the university and its athletic department for 37 years.

The Purdue Calumet homecoming day celebration begins at 4:30 p.m. when the Lady Peregrines basketball team hosts St. Francis.