Bard named recipient of 2013 Eric A. Walker Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — T.J. Bard, a senior majoring in economics and political science in the College of the Liberal Arts, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Eric A. Walker Award.

The award is presented annually to the student who has contributed most to enhancing the reputation of the University through extracurricular activities. Walker was president of Penn State from 1956 to 1970.

As 2011-12 University Park Student Government president, Bard worked with 42 representatives and a $140,000 budget to increase student involvement. He served as student representative to the Board of Trustees as well as on the Student Activity Fee Board and as a Penn State Alumni Association Executive Board member. He helped found the State Patty’s Day Task Force, aimed at reducing student participation and arrests on that day, including residence halls limiting visitors and local bars closing for the day.

Following November 2011 events related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Bard made more than 600 appearances and interviews in media including The New York Times, CNN, “Good Morning America” and “Today.” He helped create and host the first Penn State Student Town Hall event with Penn State President Rodney Erickson and senior administrators.

“In all situations, he represented the very best of what it is to be a Penn State student — articulate, poised, concerned, compassionate and caring,” one nominator said.

A member of Beta Theta Pi, he also served on the 2011-12 Homecoming Executive Board and is vice president of communications for the Interfraternity Council Executive Board. He received a 2012 North-American Interfraternity Conference Undergraduate Award of Distinction.

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Last Updated April 02, 2013