Three Students Nominated For Barlow Trophy
Alma College seniors David Bechtold of Idaho Falls, Jaimie Bolda of Port Austin and Rebecca Spitzley of Ithaca are the 2010 nominees for the Barlow Trophy, Alma’s most prestigious award for a graduating senior.
Established in 1949 by Dr. Joel Barlow, a 1929 honors graduate of Alma College, the award will be presented at Alma’s annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 1.
The award recognizes academic achievement for students in the top 10 percent of their class as well as contributions to campus and community. The Barlow winner is determined by a vote of Alma’s Student Congress and faculty.
David Bechtold has served as a mentor on Alma College’s award-winning Model United Nations team, participated in numerous public service activities, and fulfilled a Capitol Hill legislative internship with U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo. A graduate of Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, he is the son of Thomas and Pamela Bechtold.
A winner of several “outstanding delegate” awards for Model UN, Bechtold guides new students through the program that continues to achieve regional and national recognition. He also was awarded a Harry S Truman Scholarship in 2009, served as a 2009 Public Affairs Institute Senior Scholar, and was a fellow in the Center for Responsible Leadership. In the summer of 2009, he conducted research for the Idaho Fish and Game Department.
His role as vice president of fellowship for Alpha Phi Omega has served as an umbrella for numerous service activities that he has undertaken during his four years at Alma College. He has helped with clean up of the Pine River in Alma and removed rubble in New Orleans. In 2008, he used a Posey Global Leadership grant to work in the rural villages of Ghana, helping small community entrepreneurial groups write grants for projects.
Bechtold served as an intern to Sen. Crapo in the fall of 2008, where he received a crash course in politics. He spent hours in committee hearings, staffed meetings with high-ranking officials, and compiled public opinion briefs. He also participated in legislative reviews for the Owyhee Public Lands Bill, which federally protected more than 500,000 acres of land in southwestern Idaho, inspiring him to pursue a career in public land protection.
Jaimie Bolda has participated broadly in campus life with activities predominantly centered on community service, alternative breaks, and tutoring mathematics students. A graduate of Ubly High School, she is the daughter of Bill and Patricia Bolda of Port Austin.
As an active member of the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, Bolda has raked leaves, shoveled snow, removed trash, interacted with Masonic Pathways senior living residents, rang bells for Salvation Army and participated in home building with Habitat for Humanity. She has been active in numerous other philanthropic activities, including the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Red Cross blood drives, and she has contributed to the success of such campus organizations as Students In Free Enterprise and Sigma Tau Delta.
Bolda also has served as a tutor for calculus and algebra students and has assisted in the College’s human physiology and anatomy labs, helping students with their experiments, answering questions and proctoring exams.
As a participant in three alternative break trips, Bolda has volunteered at a homeless shelter in Detroit, a hospice home for women in Atlanta, and at the Ronald McDonald House for St. Jude patients and families in Memphis, Tenn. Her other campus activities have included cheerleading and running on the track and field team.
Rebecca Spitzley has served as a resident assistant, worked in the Admissions Office, led an alternative break trip, and was a member of Students United for Nature, assisting with campus recycling efforts and cleaning up the Pine River. A graduate of Ithaca High School, she is the daughter of Bill and Sharon Spitzley of Ithaca.
As a resident assistant, Spitzley actively worked to encourage students to get involved in campus life. She coordinated hall projects, which varied from volunteering at the Community Café to raking the yards of local senior citizens. She also served as a fellow with the Center for Responsible Leadership, mentor at Alma Middle School, treasurer of the Catholic Student Organization, and member of the German and Education clubs.
Her work in the Admissions Office has involved giving campus tours, hosting prospective students and writing recruitment letters. She also has tutored mathematics students and assisted professors by grading papers. In addition, she has served as a student representative on the College’s Strategy and Planning Council.
Spitzley also has participated in off-campus service projects, including a Habitat for Humanity project in Florida and tornado recovery relief in Kansas. In 2008, she was part of a cross cultural experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she taught English lessons in a sixth grade classroom. In 2009, she volunteered in a kindergarten class in Cusco, Peru.
Posted: Tue, March 9th, 2010 at 2:15PM