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April 13, 2007

Purdue student employees nominated for national honors

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four Purdue University Housing and Food Services student employees were nominated by their supervisors for National Student Employee of the Year.

Greg Rajkovic of Wheatfield, Ind., who works in the service department of Cary Quadrangle, was selected to represent Purdue in future rounds of the national competition. Rajkovic and runners-up Michelle Jackson of South Bend, Ind., Joshua Weis of Evansville, Ind., and Chris Hurd of Warsaw, Ind., each received a certificate and small gift from Housing and Food Services to recognize their work. The national winner will receive $1,000 from the National Student Employment Association.

Each student was evaluated on reliability, quality of work, initiative, disposition and contribution to their employer. Jackson was nominated for her work with Boiler Television, Weis for his work as student office supervisor at Tarkington Hall and Hurd for his work as student manager in the Cary Knight Spot Grill.

"This is one way that housing and Food Services is able to say thank you and recognize how valuable student employees are to the division," said Carolyn S. Newlin, student employment coordinator.

Housing and Food Services employs more than 1,500 students. They serve the needs of nearly 12,000 students living in university residences.

Housing and Food Services is recruiting student workers who are at least 18 years old for full-time work this summer.

Writer: Jim Schenke, (765) 494-6262,

Source: Carolyn Newlin, (765) 494-0221,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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