A Community of Scholars Recognized at Honors Day
Cameron Ray Earns Alma College Barlow Trophy
Outstanding Senior and Junior Faculty Named
From right, President Saundra Tracy, 2006 Barlow Trophy winner Cameron Ray and his mother Ruthanne of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Presented at Alma’s annual Honors Convocation Thursday, April 7, the Barlow Trophy was established in 1949 by Dr. Joel Barlow, a 1929 honors graduate of Alma College. The award recognizes academic achievement for a graduating senior in the top 10 percent of the class as well as contributions to campus and community. The Barlow Trophy winner is determined by a vote of Alma’s Student Congress and faculty members.
As a member of the student technical staff in the Remick Heritage Center and Music Department technical assistant since his first year, Ray has paved the way for students to follow in a program of study previously unavailable.
Developing a Program of Emphasis major, Ray has contributed to building and renovating the department's state-of-the-art facilities and music technology equipment unmatched at larger institutions. He has supervised, maintained and renovated the department's 17-station digital keyboard teaching lab and the recording and post-production facility. Recently he crafted an equipment purchase for a portable recording system resulting in versatility in recording venues across campus.
Besides staffing the Heritage Center for performing arts and speaker series events, he has taken a leadership role to ease the transition when the venue has been without a building coordinator. Ray has trained new students to operate the technical resources and recorded and mastered senior recitals and auditions to help seniors with graduate school admissions and professional placement. With his knowledge of the facilities, he is the natural choice to lead tours of the technology facilities for prospective students, faculty and staff and College Trustees.
His desire to volunteer and serve, made him a natural for the Student Ministry Coordinator for the Chaplain's Office. His knowledge of audio put him in a position to enhance the sound for chapel services and the chapel band. He also advised the Chaplain on new equipment and upgrades and repaired and maintained existing equipment.
He assisted the Chaplain with logistics, planning and coordination of weekly services and events. He worked closely with the Chaplain to develop evening services that reach out to the campus community and have a more powerful impact on students' spirituality.
Ray has been an officer in Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity, and a Kiltie Marching Band Drum Major. He has been Webmaster for the Music Department, the campus radio station and the LaCrosse team. As a member of the department's digital media team, he created a DVD production on College history to be presented to the College's Board of Trustees meeting. He is the son of Jeff and Ruthanne Ray of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Julie Bolitho of Cadillac, daughter of Todd and Kristi Bolitho, and Kristi Trinkle of Manchester, daughter of Christina Ahrens of Manchester and Darroll Trinkle of Manchester, were the other Barlow nominees.
Outstanding Faculty and Junior Faculty Recognized
Alma College seniors recognized Murray Borrello, Dr. Catherine Fobes and Dr. William Palmer with Outstanding Faculty Awards at the annual Honors Convocation April 7. Dr. Nicola Findley was named Outstanding Junior Faculty by her colleagues. The Outstanding Faculty Award recognizes the impact on the quality of students’ education. The awards are chosen by a vote of the senior class members in March with one recognition in each of the College’s academic divisions.
Borrello, instructor of geology, represents the life sciences division and has earned the award eight times; Fobes, associate professor of sociology, represents the social sciences division. It is her third award; and Palmer, professor of English, represents the humanities division and has been recognized twice.
The Outstanding Junior Faculty Award demonstrates the confidence in and commitment to those faculty who have served a short time at Alma College. Findley, assistant professor of education, was nominated by tenured faculty and chosen by the Provost with advice from the Faculty Personnel Committee and in consultation with the College President.
Jamie Jakubik Named Outstanding Senior Leader
The Alma Leadership Alliance (ALA), a student organization committed to bridging the transition between student and alumni status, sponsors the Senior Leadership Awards. Nominated by campus organizations and selected by a committee of students, faculty and administrators, seniors receive Senior Leadership Awards for involvement in various areas of campus life leadership.
A scholarship sponsored by ALA is given in the Outstanding Senior Leader’s name to an incoming freshman who has demonstrated leadership qualities in high school.
Trinkle, Rummel Named Outstanding Seniors
Kristi Trinkle of Manchester and Tyler Rummel of Lake Leelanau shared the Outstanding Senior Award given annually to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average.
Posted: Thu, April 6th, 2006 at 6:08PM