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Yahya Kamalipour

Kamalipour delivers keynote address

Professor of Communication Yahya Kamalipour delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the recent 8th Global Communication Association conference at Pyatigorsk, Russia. He also met with the University Rector/President of Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University to discuss the status of the Global Media Journal—Russian Edition and the possibility of establishing student/faculty agreements with United States universities.

Gisele Casanova

Casanova is Alpha Kappa Alpha regional director

Associate Professor of Psychology Gisele Casanova is serving as the 28th Central Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The Central Region covers Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, Mo.


Carolyn Boiarsky

Boiarsky’s English students develop patient education materials 

Students this spring in the ENGL 41101 course, “Writing in the Health Sciences,” developed and taught by Professor of English Carolyn Boiarsky, collaborated with St. Francis Alliance of Northwest Indiana and two local veterinary clinics to develop patient education materials. Professor Boiarsky’s students developed brochures for Home Health Care of Diabetes, Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) and a Peg Tube. They also produced brochures relating to care for healthy new puppies for the Smith Animal Clinic in Demotte and Oak Hill Animal Clinic in Crown Point.

New bus service with campus stops to begin May 27

The Gary Public Transportation Corp. plans to launch a Hammond bus route May 27 that that will make stops on campus six days a week. The bus will stop at 171st Street & Woodmar Avenue 15 minutes past the hour, Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Saturday stops are scheduled from 10:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. In addition to Purdue Calumet, the new Lakeshore South route will make stops at various other nearby locations, including Walmart on 169th Street and shopping centers and medical centers in Munster and Highland. A one-way fare of $1.60 will be charged; students displaying their Purdue Calumet ID card will pay $1.25. Watch for more information. 

College of Technology ‘Project AWAKE’ training begins Monday (5/19)

The first cohort training class of the College of Technology’s Project AWAKE (Assisting Workforce by Advancing Knowledge for Employment) begins Monday (5/19). There are 15 participants in the class. Funded by a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Labor grant the university recently received, Project AWAKE will provide modularized training in preparation for occupations as mechatronics technicians and industrial machinery mechanics. The training, directed by Project Manager Dan Buehrle, is intended for military veterans, TAA-eligible workers affected by foreign trade job loss and others employed in manufacturing positions who want to benefit from related certification.  

Alumnus Chad Hunter to present his book at Hammond Library Author Fair 5/31

Many faculty and staff likely remember alumnus Chad Hunter (Class of 1997). Joining 25 authors, he will present his book, Black Parakeets Only Hatch in December at the Hammond Public Library (main branch) from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 31. Hunter’s book is a collection of anecdotes and memories about growing up in East Chicago and attending Purdue Calumet. He invites faculty and other campus friends to attend.