Purdue University Calumet’s New Student Orientation Leaders received the annual Outstanding Youth Organization award at the recent City of Hammond Mayor’s 25th Annual Volunteer Luncheon.
In addition to welcoming newly admitted students, their parents and other family members to campus and helping new students transition to higher education, the 20 Purdue Calumet student leaders who comprise the campus organization have been active in city-wide community volunteerism.
Specifically, over the past year, they have assisted with outreach activities at Lafayette and O’Bannon Elementary Schools; recess supervision at Lafayette School; Downtown Hammond Council events; the Lake Area United Way’s Day of Caring; the Indiana Welcome Center’s tribute to “A Christmas Story;” planting flowers at Purdue Calumet; and contributing to campus outreach through such university-hosted programs as the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute and African American Reality Store, as well as participation in a drive to collect hats, mittens and scarves for local elementary schools.
Comprising Purdue Calumet’s New Student Orientation Leaders are: Lauren Avans of Hebron; Adam Cooper and Rachel McMahon of Munster; Ashley Bohling of Crown Point; Cody Cummins and Daniel Rodriguez of Hammond; Jeanette Delatorre and Natalie Mora of Schererville; Nathyn Gibson of Lake Station; Amanda Kahle and Stephanie Smith of Dyer; Caitlin Lackey of Griffith; Michael Klamo of Highland; Alexandria Starr of Plymouth; Justin Champlin of Homewood, IL; Shardai Gossett of Calumet City, IL; Elaan Irons of Chicago, IL; Sharon Kozy of Steger, IL; Barry Lyons of Dolton, IL; and Maria Frebis of Murfreesboro, TN.
“Their high energy, academic excellence, leadership qualities and passion for what they do is why they are worthy of this award,” Purdue Calumet Operations Assistant for New Student Orientation Debbie Bachmann said.