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Purdue Adult Nontraditional Student Awarded National Scholarship

West Lafayette, IN July 21, 2010 –Daye Phillippo, a senior in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University, was awarded one of the seven Alpha Sigma Lambda national scholarships on July 12, 2010. Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) is an honor society that recognizes the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home, family, work and school. ASL partners with colleges and universities to celebrate the scholarship and leadership of adult students in higher education. By so doing, this Society encourages many students to continue toward and to earn associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Advising Alpha Sigma Lambda is one of the many services offered by Span Plan Adult Student Services, the unit within the Office of the Dean of Students that provides services for adult nontraditional students at Purdue.ASL, the adult student honorary, has over 300 chapters, each of which can submit only two scholarship applications for the annual scholarships. Daye’s application was submitted by Purdue University’s West Lafayette Kappa Tau Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda in April 2010.

Daye completed one semester at Purdue in the mid seventies pursuing a degree in home economics. She returned in the fall of 2006 pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and three minors: Jewish Studies, Urban Forestry, and Anthropology. She has consistently remained on the Dean’s List since fall 2006.

Married to Mark Phillippo for thirty-four years in October, Daye and her husband have lived in the Lafayette area all of their lives and are the proud parents of the five sons and three daughters raised in their home, and of Mark's daughter who was raised by her mother. The Phillippos credit prayer and their Christian faith for any and all parenting successes. They are currently the grandparents of nineteen, a number that's due to change early next spring when three more grandchildren (a set of twins and a single child) are due to be born. "If anyone had told me that I would marry and raise a family this size with the guy I first laid eyes on when he was doing doughnuts in a parking lot in his yellow '69 Camero, I would have told them they were crazy," Daye relates smiling, "but now I just consider it proof positive that God really does have a sense of humor."

Daye expects to graduate in December 2011 and hopes to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing followed by a career of teaching and writing. One of her sons, a daughter, and a daughter-in-law are also current Purdue students. Daye reports, “They, as well as my other children and grandchildren, are one of the main reasons I'm working toward a degree.  “Lead by example,” the old saying goes.”  Daye's mother, Ola Barkley, was also a non-traditional student at Purdue, graduating in the early 70s with a degree in Elementary Education.  She served as Daye's example of what adult learners are capable of if they're determined and have a good support system at home.