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March 8, 2007

Trinity Alumni Association Honors Service-Oriented Students


SAN ANTONIO – The Trinity University Alumni Association will honor two seniors for outstanding service to the University and to San Antonio. Jamie Boelens of San Antonio will be recognized for her dedication and commitment to the University, while Bethany Auten of Phoenix will be awarded for her service to the community.


Both students will receive certificates and $250 at the Honor Awards Convocation to be held March 31 during Spring Family Weekend. To receive the awards, exemplary seniors with service over an extended period of time were nominated by students, faculty, and staff. A panel of Trinity alumni interviewed finalists and selected the winners.


Jamie Boelens of San Antonio

Boelens, the daughter of Col. and Mrs. James S. Boelens of San Antonio, was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities for 2006-2007. She is a member of the National Dean’s List, Kappa Delta Pi (the education honor society), and Mortar Board and Blue Key honor societies. She also is an active member of the Gamma Chi Delta social sorority and participated in a number of community service projects, including mentoring at Mark Twain Middle School and Hawthorne Elementary School in San Antonio, Race for the Cure, and Dance Marathon to benefit the American Cancer Society, among others. She was a senior resident mentor and a member of the Trinity University Student Ambassadors, including service on the senior gift committee and the Phonathon recruitment chair. She also was a member of the Trinity women’s swim team during her first year on campus.


Boelens is a candidate for graduation in May with a bachelor’s degree in the humanities and a minor in English. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Teaching at Trinity.

Bethany Auten of Phoenix

During her four years at Trinity, Auten, the daughter of Brad and Marianne Auten of Phoenix, has been in active a number of campus groups, including Alpha Phi Omega, a service organization. She also has served as an Intervarsity Bible Study leader, and has given her time to programs in San Antonio such as the Boys and Girls Club, San Antonio Children’s Museum, the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen, and mentoring girls at United Methodist Church.  She was a finalist for a Goldwater scholarship and was a Beckman Scholar.  She also earned the T.W. Lewis Scholarship, the Elks Lodge Scholarship, the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, and a Trustee’s Scholarship. She has been vice president of community service for the campus Chemistry Club. On the social side, she has been a member of the TU Ropers, a country western dance team, serving as president for two years. 


She is a candidate for graduation in May and expects to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.



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