Colorado State University – Pueblo honors Boley with Threlkeld Prize as top senior

Colorado State University – Pueblo honors Boley with Threlkeld Prize as top senior

PUEBLO – An ambassador of the Teacher Education Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo and a tutor for at-risk youth has been named the 2012 recipient of the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence. As the Threlkeld recipient, Vicki Boley will receive the first diploma of the ceremony when she graduates with a double major in English and Spanish and a minor in secondary education on Saturday, May 5 at the Colorado State Fair Events Center.

Named for the late Budge Threlkeld, a former administrator and professor, the award is presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates excellence in academic and co-curricular activities as well as in service to the University and to the community. Boley was selected from five finalists for the Prize, and the winner was honored at the Student Leadership and Involvement Awards dinner at CSU-Pueblo on Thursday, April 26 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom.
To be considered for the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence, nominees must be a graduating senior (fall 2011, spring 2012, or summer 2012) who will have completed at least four semesters at CSU-Pueblo; have at least a 3.7 grade point average for the three full-time semesters prior to nomination; and relate, in writing, co-curricular activities as well as service to both the University and the community. A selection committee consisting of representatives from each college, the library, a retiree, and a professional and classified employee review the applications, then select and interview the finalists. The recipient receives a plaque and a substantial cash stipend upon graduation. Boley’s name also will appear on a permanent plaque.

Boley has been an active member of the CSU-Pueblo community as well as Pueblo and surrounding area. As President and member of the CSU-Pueblo Teacher Education Association (TEA), she organized school supply and backpack drives to provide essentials to Pueblo students in need. She has led reading nights at the Pueblo Library and participated in the Bring a Kid a Book Drives. In the summer of 2010, she taught reading and writing at a camp for immigrant children in Avondale and also tutored with the Judge Maes at-risk Student Tutoring. She participated in the Study Abroad program offered by the English and Foreign Languages department each summer during college and later created a campus Study Abroad Symposium to promote the depth, importance, and wonder of study abroad opportunities. She was moved by a Holocaust tour on one of the trips and has since dedicated much of her time to teaching the horrors of the history of the Holocaust as a guest speaker to high school history classes during WWII units.
 “I have a passion for language and literature that ignites a craving to learn more and more and to thus share that knowledge so that others may know the inexplicable wonders the world truly has to offer, “ Boley said. 
After graduation, Boley seeks to become a language arts or Spanish teacher, continue to study and travel abroad to learn a third language, and eventually to teach English in Spain. She also hopes to start a tutoring program that encourages the speaking, reading, and writing proficiency of both English and Spanish with an emphasis on the power and importance of worldly communication. She also hopes to lead study abroad trips for high school and college students “to  provide others with that same sense of educational and learning support in a way that pushes and propels them to reach for their most challenging and desired dreams.” 

Four other students were named finalists for the award:

JACOB BLUM (Peoria, AZ, exercise science/marketing) will graduate in May with a 3.79 graduate point average as an Exercise Science major and marketing minor. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in sports management or sports administration. As a camp counselor, recreation leader and captain of the ThunderWolves men’s soccer team, he learned there are times to have fun and times to work. As a member of the soccer team, he served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, which coordinates numerous volunteer events from ThunderPup clinics to the Spank Blasing 5K run. For his classroom and soccer field accomplishments, he earned 1st team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic All Conference honors as well as third team RMAC All-Conference honors. 

KHRYSTINA EURICH (Ramah, management/marketing), will graduate in May with a 3.8 grade point average and has devoted herself on campus to helping others reach their potential both physically and academically. An aspiring sports marketing executive, Eurich worked as an unpaid intern with Pro Sports MVP, and international sports and entertainment marketing firm in Colorado Springs. She will take her experiences to a prestigious postgraduate internship with Nike in Beaverton, Ore., this summer and then seek admission to the University of Oregon’s Master of Business Administration program with an emphasis in Sports Business by January 2013.

MIRIAM C. FRYBERGER (Beulah, chemistry) will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She is a skilled researcher and has not only participated in the Merck/AAAS program and a prestigious summer research program at the University of Pennsylvania, while tutoring in the math learning center. She has served as a mentor at a children’s home, as a group leader in a youth Bible study, and as a host of international students. She will pursue a degree in nursing instead of Pharmacy School because of her dedication to caring for others. She climbs Colorado’s 14ers with her dad in her spare time.

LEE MEISNER (Sterling, 3+2 MBA, business administration), epitomizes the vision of what a CSU-Pueblo student-athlete represents, excelling both on and off the football field and giving back to the community as a volunteer. He earned first team Academic All American status with a 3.934 grade point average and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was a semi-finalist for the William F. Campbell Award, which honors the top student-athlete across all divisions of college football. Meisner anchored a CSU-Pueblo defense that led the nation in points allowed and his four interceptions were among the top marks by linebackers in the nation. As a 3+2 student, he has completed his undergraduate work and will finish his Master of Business Administration degree in May 2013. He believes that true success is determined by the impact an individual has on others’ lives. He hopes one day to start his own company and later fund his own foundation dedicated to higher education.

Other students and organizations honored at the April 26 awards event included:

Diane Blackwell President’s Leadership Award: Isaiah McGregory, senior, St. Louis, MO
Service Award: Sarah Bennett, senior, Pueblo,  and Eddie Watson, senior, Pueblo
Campus Collaborator Award: Daisy Mendoza, senior, Aurora, and Kristin Moe, junior, Centennial
Thunderwolf Spirit Award: Ivan Pagano Aragona, senior, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Champion for Diversity Award: Shelby Kindell, junior, Canon City
Most Valuable Thunderwolf:  Abigail Chris, junior, Anchorage, AK, and Lee Meisner, senior, Sterling
Emerging Student Leader of the Year: Freddy Correamanrique, freshman, Colorado Springs, and Mario Ruiz, freshman, Fountain
Student Employee of the Year: Amanda Starr, senior, Colorado Springs
Student Organization Advisor Award: Dr. Iver Arnegard, assistant professor, English/foreign languages

Membership Achievement Award: The Underground and the Chemistry Club
Emerging Student Organization: Brothers of Distinction
WolfPack Spirit Award: Black Student Organization and the LaCrosse Club Sports Team
Diversity at Work Award: Eco-Wolf Pack and the Korean Students Association
Educational Event of the Year: Student Social Work Association
Event of the Year: Prizm’s Drag Show
Student Organization of the Year: Greek Council

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