An impressive Class of 2013

Graduating seniors find Purdue Calumet a good fit

Purdue Calumet expects to award 943 degrees this spring—232 master’s, 687 baccalaureate and 24 associate. The total increases the number of degrees awarded at Purdue Calumet to more than 47,500.

Members of the graduating class include the following:

  • Brianne Slick
    Brianne Slick
    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. The church was abandoned nearly four decades ago. Brianne has accepted a job as an estimator with an electrical contractor in Denver, Colo.



  • Andrew Jackura
    Andrew Jackura
    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.



  • Andrew Jackura
    Igor Manevski
    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.

  • Jessica Oxford
    Jessica Oxford
    Hospitality and tourism management student Jessica Oxford. Desiring to transfer from a southern Indiana institution, she did her homework and determined that our 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.


  • Brigid and Raymond Lukas
    Brigid and Raymond Lukas
    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 and family studies, is receiving at Commencement Sunday (5/19) the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Chancellor’s 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.

  • Alex Starr
    Alex Starr celebrating a win
    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.

  • Brandon Rukes
    Brandon Rukes
    Management student Brandon Rukes. A pre-enrollment call 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.