Board of Directors
Shontrai Irving (MBA ’09)
Lisa Sargent-Davis (BA ’97)
Blanca Aranda (BS ’87)
Donna Lail (AS ’01, MBA ’05)
Wendell A.Carey (MBA ’06)
Kate DeRolf (BA ’12)
James Drzewiecki (BA ’04)
Alex Fenske (BS ’06 – WL)
Robert E. Johnson III (AAS ’89, BS ’91, MS ’96)
George Kopanakis (AS ’81,AAS ’81, BS ’83)
Tom Mavronicles (BS ’72, MS ’73)
Michael Moskalick (BS ’06, BA ’11)
Sylvia Tenorio Planer (BA ’89, CERT ’02)
Scott Schaller (AS ’95, BS, ’97, MBA ’12)
Mary C. Shields, RN, MS (AD ’81-WL, BSN ’84, MSN ’89)
Tom Szczepanski (BS ’80 – WL)
It is truly my pleasure to serve Purdue University Calumet as the president of the Purdue Alumni Association Calumet (PAC). Since my appointment in 2013, I have had the opportunity to meet, and hopefully, make a difference in the lives of my fellow alumni and students. For this unique experience, I am indeed grateful.
As a child, I was raised to believe that to whom much is given, of whom much is required. As alumni, we are in a great position to make a difference in our respective communities, and more importantly, to make a difference to Purdue University Calumet as a whole.
Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, once stated, “None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony, or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.”
I feel it is our responsibility to help move the institution forward and I encourage you to make a positive impact on your alma mater by giving back in your own special way. Whether it’s time, talent, or treasure, everything counts, and you increase the value of your Purdue degree.
Please join your fellow alumni in giving back. Together, we will make a difference.
Shontrai Irving (MBA ’09)
President, Purdue Alumni Association Calumet (PAC)
Champion for Children • Proud Foster Parent • Community Changer
Purdue Alumni Association Calumet serves as a liaison between its members, university alumni, and current Purdue University Calumet students, and provides opportunities for networking and enhancing professional,personal, and leadership development in efforts to increase loyalty to Purdue University Calumet, foster pride in a Purdue degree, and enhance students’ Purdue University Calumet experience.
PAC TEAMS UP WITH THE Boy Scouts of America
When it was time for David Narranjo to choose his Eagle Scout project, the decision was easy. With his mother, Nanette Panger Narranjo (BA ’80, MS ’91) being a Purdue University Calumet alumna, and his father Sam Narranjo, a staff member in the Grounds Department, it just made perfect sense to choose a project that would benefit the university as well as the community as a whole.
Purdue University Calumet is home to 88 of the 101 species of trees that are indicated in the book 101 Trees of Indiana: A Fieldguide. This unique attribute makes our campus a regular destination for schoolchildren, community groups, and tree enthusiasts who come to study trees. David discovered our tree trail map was in dire need of updating while working on a school project. There were parking lots and fields where trees were supposed to be, and the trees needed more visible identification.
With a financial contribution from the Purdue Alumni Association Calumet (PAC) board, and the support of grounds supervisor John Bachmann, David embarked on a months-long project to create a new tree trail map and new signposts. The project included 24 volunteers and three phases, and resulted in the building, sealing, and installation of 114 signposts (with a total of 140 built).
David’s Eagle Scout project is now complete. His new map will soon be graphically designed and printed, and the permanent signage, graciously donated by Northwest Industrial Specialists, will soon be installed on his wonderful new posts.
The Boy Scouts of America Troop #276 has undeniably become an important partner and friend to our campus landscape. Troop committee member and alumnus Mike Bergin (BA ’81) was David’s Eagle coach. David’s project is a continuation of scout Matthew Bergin’s 2012 Eagle project, which entailed the identification, measuring, and photographing of more than 1400 trees that were then assigned a number and given a physical tag.
So when you’re enjoying the shade under one of our campus trees and happen to see a metal tag at the top of the trunk, or stop to read the description on one of the newly installed posts, think of the wonderful collaboration between the Purdue Alumni Association Calumet, the university, and the tireless efforts of the Boy Scouts of America Troop #276!
–By Michelle Passarelli