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May 31, 2007

Purdue honors residence hall leaders

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Six Purdue students and one professor received residential leadership awards at Tarkington Hall's annual awards program.

James Canady, Georgetown, Ind.; Austin Hofsommer, Middlebury, Ind.; Ryan Aldridge, Marion, Ind.; Jason Puckett of Fort Wayne; and Michael Ross and Josh Weiss, both of Evansville, were each honored.

Ross, a senior studying mechanical engineering, was named Tarkington Hall Senator of the Year for his work in the Halberdier Club. Ross also received a $500 leadership scholarship on recommendation of his resident assistant. Weiss, a computer graphics technology student, also received two awards. Weiss was named Tarkington Hall's outstanding tour guide and received the outstanding citizen award for his enthusiasm and loyalty to the hall.

Canady, a political science student, was named outstanding freshman. Puckett and Hofsommer each were named outstanding student clerical worker. Aldridge, an electrical engineering technology student, received the William N. Frey Service Award given to the outstanding member of the Halbadier Club's executive board.

"Purdue University Residences residents bear a great deal of responsibility in governing life in the residence halls," said Sheryl Hodson, Tarkington Hall residential life manager. "These students are learning skills that will serve them well in all of their future endeavors."

Computer graphics technology professor Craig Miller received the Frederick L. Hovde Outstanding Faculty Fellow award. The Purdue Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary gives the $1,000 award in memory of Purdue's former president who created the program that matches faculty members with residence halls.

The Faculty Fellows Program is designed to give students and faculty an opportunity for out-of-class contact. They can discuss the university, curricula, specific courses, the community and student concerns in relaxed situations. Both faculty and students can develop greater understanding of each other as unique persons.

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

Source: Sheryl Hodson, (765) 494-2312,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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