January 9, 2007

Zionsville freshman named student of the month at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — John Williford has been named First-Year Student of the Month by the National Residence Hall Honorary at Purdue University.

Williford, a freshman from Zionsville, Ind., studying mechanical engineering technology, was nominated by his resident assistant at Tarkington Hall. Kevin Prothero said he nominated Williford, in part, because of his service as a senator in the Halberdier Club and his approach to academics.

"He positively impacts the community he lives in on a daily basis," Prothero said. "He is very studious, takes his courses seriously and sets a good example for others."

Williford was nominated for his contributions to Tarkington Hall during the month of October. His nomination was then forwarded to the regional competition.

Tarkington Hall's motto is "A Tradition of Excellence." All 700 hall residents belong to the Halberdier Club, which exists to promote scholastic achievement and a feeling of pride in the hall and to run social, cultural and athletic programs.

The hall is named for Indianapolis native Booth Tarkington, a two-time Pulitzer Prize- winning novelist. The world-traveling writer made multiple financial contributions to Purdue.

Writer: Jim Schenke, (765) 494-6262, jschenke@purdue.edu

Sources: Sheryl Hodson, Tarkington residential life manager, (765) 494-2312, shodson@purdue.edu

Kevin Prothero, (765) 495-1312, kprothero@purdue.edu

John Williford, jmwillif@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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