Bard to receive national award

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

TJ Bard of Greencastle will collect a national award later this month.

The Penn State student is a recipient of the 2012 Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). The award will be presented at the NIC Annual Meeting on April 22 in Washington D.C.

The Undergraduate Award of Distinction seeks to recognize a fraternity man who has found in his experience an outlet for developing as both a leader and a better man. Bard of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Pennsylvania State University is one of this year’s recipients.

Bard is a founding father of Beta Theta Pi at Penn State, and was immediately chosen to serve as an executive officer. In addition to his fraternity involvement, Bard has served as the Student Government President. In this role, he helped the students, as well as the faculty, staff and community, through one of the most difficult times it has faced in recent memory.

One college official wrote, “During a time of tremendous turmoil within the University Administration, student body and local community, TJ has developed impressive skills as someone who can communicate clearly with multiple constituencies and unify others to follow his vision.”

One of his peers stated, “As students tried to make sense of all the events that unfolded, TJ became a voice that they could turn to. He was seen by the entire student body as a symbol of trust and solidarity, a symbol that they desperately needed. He always responded with integrity and honor. For that, I respect him greatly.”

The Dean of the Honors College at Penn State said, “TJ has been an exceptional student leader this past year. His clear communication was in a manner that has garnered the respect of all who have interacted with him.”

NIC President and CEO, Pete Smithhisler commended the award recipients and nominators, “The Awards of Distinction allow the NIC to recognize outstanding achievement and to publicize best practices among its members. This year, we had many qualified nominations and we are proud to honor these individuals and chapters for their accomplishments. ”

Founded in 1909, the North-American Interfraternity Conference is the trade association representing 75 international and national men’s fraternities. Through advocacy, collaboration, and education the NIC works to ensure that fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success.