Class of 2013 graduation snippets

Among those graduating from
Purdue University Calumet Sunday (5/19) are . . .

Construction management and engineering technologies student Brianne Slick.

For her senior project, the 25-year-old Merrillville resident developed sanctuary restoration plans, including anticipated refurbishing costs, for the once majestic downtown City Methodist Church of Gary after the church had been abandoned nearly four decades. Brianne has accepted a job as an estimator with an electrical contractor in Denver, Colo.

Physics student Andrew Jackura.

After previously earning a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue Calumet in 2011, the 24-year-old Highland resident returned for more. A course he took within his ME curriculum fueled an interest in physics. He now plans to attend Indiana University to work on a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics.

Computer graphics technology student Igor Manevski

The 26-year-old Merrillville resident and native of Macedonia has been intrigued by animation since watching TV as a youngster and taking special notice of the “fantastic animated scenes and their details.” For his senior design project, he developed a series of 3-D, rigid body animated scenes. One is a sports car that he brought to life from his own design inspired by Lamborghini and other super/hyper cars. He is optimistic about landing a job in the graphics unit of a Chicago mobile application company.

Hospitality and tourism management student Jessica Oxford.

Desiring to transfer from a southern Indiana institution, she did her homework and determined that Purdue Calumet’s HTM program was just what she wanted. Three years after enrolling at Purdue Calumet she is graduating. The 26-year-old, full time student from Crown Point also works full time for Horseshoe Casino and plans to continue to do so after graduation.

Former Illinois residents Raymond and Brigid Lukas, now of Dyer

Raymond, 35, is a military veteran and former plumber who has overcome three brain surgeries due to pituitary adenoma to complete work on a communication degree. His wife, Brigid, 34, who is graduating in sociology-criminal justice and human development & family studies, is receiving the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Chancellor Medallion as the School’s top student. Ray and Brigid, who have renovated their home while attending Purdue Calumet, also have a 3-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

Biological sciences student Alexandria (Alex) Starr.

Alex, 22 of Plymouth, helped lead the Peregrines’ women’s basketball team to national prominence and a 21-10 record this season. The NAIA Division II All-America honorable mention selection also has been active in Student Government, presided over the university’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, served on the campus’ National Residence Hall Honorary and was selected to participate in the American Red Cross National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership Program in Washington, D.C. She plans to begin optometry school this fall.

Management student Brandon Rukes.

A pre-enrollment phone called he received from a professor helped impress Brandon, 21, of Griffith that Purdue Calumet was the school he wanted to attend. Enrolled in and employed by the Honors Program, he made friends, had a great experience and even earned Indiana Student Employee of the Year recognition in 2012. His degree in management includes majors in accounting and finance. An internship he served with U.S. Steel’s Gary Works plant last summer has blossomed into a full time job he begins in the plant’s Accounting Department early next month.