Wollenberg Receives Glenn T. Seaborg Award from Swedish Council of America

Bethany College student Jamie Wollenberg was honored with the 2011 Glenn. T. Seaborg Award from Swedish Council of America on May 11 at Bethany’s annual academic honors banquet.

The award provides Wollenberg with a one-week expense-paid trip to Stockholm this December. Wollenberg will attend the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar, where he and 24 other young scientists will present research, interact with Nobel laureates, and participate in the Nobel week activities. He will also visit the research institutions at Uppsala University and the Karolinska Institute. In addition, Wollenberg will attend the Nobel banquet, attended by about 1,300 guests from around the world, at Stockholm City Hall.

William Gusenius, member of SCA’s board of directors and endowment trustee of Bethany College, presented the award. He said the award is based on “outstanding academic performance in the sciences, faculty estimate of ability and creative potential, and effectiveness in representing the colleges and universities and Swedish Council of America at the Nobel festivities.”

Wollenberg said, “Receiving the Glenn T. Seaborg Award is a great honor for me, a tremendous opportunity that I could never have achieved without the amazing support of my family, friends, and teachers. I owe this trip of a lifetime to the Bethany community, and I can only pray that I will be able to represent Swede Nation in such a way as to make you all proud!”

Bryan Yorton, associate professor of philosophy and honors program coordinator, said, “Jamie has excelled in some of the most challenging courses here at Bethany. He seeks wisdom and knowledge, not just high grades, and he also has a keen sense of moral awareness and responsibility. Jamie shows exceptional promise and a great attitude; he is as fine a person as he is a scholar.”

Wollenberg will graduate from Bethany College on May 22 with a degree in mathematics and a minor in physics. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Wichita State University. Wollenberg completed Bethany’s pre-engineering program, participated in honors curriculum, and maintained a 4.0 GPA. He is a tutor for the mathematics department and an academic support resident. In addition, Wollenberg is the president of The Von Neumann Society for math and physical sciences, vice president of the Blue Key Honor Society, and a member of Student Congress and Beta Tau Sigma honor society. He also plays the trumpet in Bethany’s jazz and concert bands and other brass ensembles.

Wollenberg, from Newton, Kan., attended Hesston High School, and his parents are Nathan and Tanya (Davidson) Wollenberg, who graduated from Bethany in 1990. His grandmother and all six aunts and uncles are also Bethany graduates.

“I’m looking forward to the Youth Science Seminar and the Nobel activities to interact with visionaries whose work saves lives every day and revolutionizes the way our world works,” says Wollenberg.

The Glenn T. Seaborg Science Award was established in 1979 in honor of the chemist and Nobel laureate Glenn Seaborg. He was also active in many Swedish-American organizations, including as an SCA chairman emeritus. Award recipients must attend one of the six Scandinavian-founded colleges with an active connection to modern Scandinavia in the U.S., which include Bethany College, Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., and North Park University in Chicago, Ill.

The Glenn T. Seaborg Award has been awarded to one other Bethany student, Brian Yount, in 1995.

Swedish Council of America is a national umbrella organization with nearly 350 Swedish and Swedish-American groups throughout North America. Swedish Council of America is on the web at www.swedishcouncil.org or contact elise@swedishcouncil.org.