“I started here 4½ years ago…’

So began the message Stacey Howell, 30, of Schererville posted on the Purdue Calumet Facebook page just days before Dec. 18 graduation for him and 682 classmates.

Stacey Howell and his wife, Natalie (Manchak)
Stacey met his wife, Natalie (Manchak), a 2011 alumna, on campus.

“I started at PUC,” Howell continued,not knowing a soul there, not knowing a major, zero direction as far as what I want to do in college and working a part time job making little money with one goal of getting a degree.

“Today, I have made more friends than I would have ever imagined, was the President of multiple student organizations, was a Senator in (Student Government Association), won multiple academic awards, met my wife there! And now (I) have a full time job waiting for me. Thanks, Purdue University Calumet. I won’t forget you. . .”