Erica Streit and Jamie Wollenberg are the 2011 recipients of the Bethany College Spencer-Bartlett Senior Respect Awards. They were announced as recipients at Bethany’s annual academic honors banquet on May 11. The Spencer-Bartlett Senior Respect Awards are presented each year to the graduating man and woman who best exemplify the greatest respect for God, for the United States of America and for their fellow citizens. The awards are given in memory of Caleb Hall, Vera Hall Bartlett, and Spencer Bartlett.
Campus Pastor Noni Strand presented the awards, saying, “Every year, we have so many graduating seniors who are so deserving of this award. Jamie and Erica represent Bethany’s core values and the best of Bethany’s students.”
Streit, Tipton, Kan., graduated from Bethany College in December 2010 with a degree elementary education and an endorsement in middle level language arts.
“Erica served in many student leadership capacities across campus. She is a great example of how to live as a faithful member of a community,” said Strand.
Streit was a member of Gold Key International Honour Society and served as publicity chairperson on the Student Activities Board. After completing her student teaching at Sunset Elementary and Salina South Middle School, Streit was named Bethany’s Teacher of Promise. Streit will teach fourth grade at Heusner Elementary in Salina, Kan., next year.
Streit is the daughter of Janelle (Ellenz) Streit, who is an alumna of the class of 1982. Streit’s sisters, Aubrey and Kimberley, also attended Bethany College and received the Spencer-Bartlett award in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
Streit said, “I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful tradition.”
Wollenberg, Newton, Kan., 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.
“Jamie was always willing to help students with their academic work, while being approachable and kind. He exemplifies servant leadership,” said Strand.
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 says, “The faculty at Bethany are my role models after whom I learned to model my daily interactions with my peers. I’m greatly honored by this recognition because it shows me that I have learned the lessons they teach every day, both in and out of the classrooms.”
Wollenberg 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.
Each year nominations for the Spencer-Bartlett Senior Respect Awards are gathered from faculty, staff, and administration. A selection committee, comprised of the campus pastor, two members of the faculty, and two students appointed by Student Congress, makes the final selection. Winners receive a cash award and a certificate, and their names are added to a plaque on display in Presser Hall lobby.