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Linda Purifoy named University Support Staff Member of the Year

April 09, 2009 - Brooke Showalter

Linda Purifoy, administrative assistant in the Academic Enrichment Center, was named University Support Staff Member of the Year at the April 1 support staff outing.

“The recipient of this award must be someone who exhibits outstanding performance in support of the university’s mission through service and encouragement to students, their families and the public,” said Brett Powell, OBU vice president for administrative services.

“According to the person who nominated her, Linda has met those requirements through the nurturing way she serves our students;” Powell continued, “the encouragement she gives by attending plays, concerts, exhibits and athletic events to support our students; by showing the love of God in everything she does; and by making people feel special.”

Purifoy said she finds inspiration from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She added that she enjoys her work at Ouachita, especially interacting with students, faculty and staff.

Purifoy, an Arkadelphia native, is a graduate of Henderson State University and has been on staff at Ouachita for 15 years. She one daughter, Raygan, a son-in-law, Antonio Metcalf, and two grandchildren, Antonio Jr. and Ryan.

By Brooke Showalter