Former volleyballer Garcia receives 'Threlkeld Prize'

Former volleyballer Garcia receives 'Threlkeld Prize'

PUEBLO, Colo. - Former CSU-Pueblo volleyball standout, Jenna Garcia (Sr., Alamosa, Colo.), has received the CSU-Pueblo's most prestigious student award, the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence, the University announced Wednesday.

The Threlkeld Prize for Excellence, named for the late Budge Threlkeld, a former administrator and professor, 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.

Garcia was selected from six finalists for the Prize, and the winner was honored at the Achievement Day luncheon at CSU-Pueblo on Sunday, April 19 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom.  An aspiring elementary school math teacher, Garcia, who will graduate with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Elementary Education and a concentration in math, aspires to change the lives of her students.  She will graduate on May 2 with a 3.971 graduate point average.

In addition to her academic success, Garcia was a libero for the ThunderWolves from 2006-07. She was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2007, and had been a valuable student assistant throughout the athletic department.  For two years, she was a student assistant in the Department of Athletics administration office, and in 2008, she was a student assistant coach with the CSU-Pueblo volleyball team. 

In her last action in a ThunderWolf uniform, Garcia set a CSU-Pueblo single-match school record for digs with 32.

To be considered for the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence, nominees must be a graduating senior (fall 2008, spring 2009, or summer 2009) 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 classified employee review the applications, then select and interview the finalists.