HAMMOND | A Purdue University Calumet international student from Saudi Arabia received the university’s Student Activities Outstanding Student Leader Award at the recent Campus Life Awards Banquet.
Award recipient Faisal Ali Aljaizani, a graduate student in technology, served the past year as president of the Purdue Calumet chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering Technology Club. He also has volunteered at and coordinated American Red Cross blood drives on and off campus, has earned the American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED certificate, has been a coordinator for the Illiana Islamic Center in Highland and has organized fundraising drives for the Muslim Student Association that have benefited hungry children in Somalia and Syrian refugees.
Additionally, he has been elected to Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Technology Honor Society and selected for inclusion in Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
“Faisal has breathed new life into the MET club with his enthusiasm, organizing skills and willingness to go above and beyond what other officers have ever done in bringing MET students together,” Purdue Calumet Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Greg Neff said. “He has expanded the organization to include other majors, graduate students and international students, and he has organized dozens of activities.”
Following is the entire list of students who received awards at the banquet:
Named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges: Faisal Ali Aljaizani of Saudi Arabia; Rachel M. Lewandowski, Dyer; Parvizsho Aminov, Hobart; Emily J. Mastej, Highland; Ashley L. Bohling, Crown Point; Clameirdre D. Prince, Broadview, Ill..; Adam H. Cooper, Munster; William W. Schenkel, Huntington; Dawn M. Jaranowski, Cedar Lake; Rachel C. Trotman, Munster; Caitlyn A. Lackey, Griffith; Terra R. Woessner, Lowell; and I-Chun Lee, Crown Point.
Above and Beyond Award recipients for leadership and service to student organizations: Faisal Ali Aljaizani of Saudi Arabia; Morgan Walker, Gary; I-Chun-Lee, Crown Point; Marissa Sue O’Donley, Merrillville; Erica Williams, Gary; Cassandra John, Griffith; Ayla Garcia, Dyer; and Maria Esperanza Gonzalez, Gary.
LeadOrgShape: Training for Life and for Organizations: Faisal Ali Aljaizani of Saudi Arabia; Yoon Kyung Ha, South Korea; Jacque Lynn Hazelwood, Hammond; Jose Alexander Midence, Crown Point; Brian T. O’Halloran, Hammond; Rebecca Rossi, Chicago Heights; and Nevenka Stefanovska, Hammond.
Student Activities Student Organization Award: Muslim Student Association and Alpha Psi Lambda Multicultural Fraternity, Inc.
Student Activities Student Organization Advisor Award: Professor Edward Furticella of the Finance and Accounting Club.