Bargate receives major awards at WWU

Jessica Bargate of Jefferson City, Mo., was recognized for
her academic dedication and campus involvement during the Academic Convocation
and Co-Curricular Honors Banquet at William Woods University last month.

Bargate, who graduated in May with a major in graphic design
and minors in business administration and studio art, received the prestigious
honor of the Faculty Award. This award is given to
the graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude “who, in the estimation of the
faculty of William Woods, has shown exemplary devotion and commitment to the
life of the mind.”
Bargate was also named Distinguished Scholar in Graphic Design.
The faculty of various disciplines at William Woods have the opportunity each
spring to designate one graduating senior as a Distinguished Scholar. A minimum
grade point average of 3.4 is required, but the faculty may consider other
relevant academic factors and variables in the selection process.
Along with her academic recognitions, she received the Amy
Shelton McNutt Award. The McNutt Award is given to the graduate whose
consistency of purpose and selfless devotion to service were contributed
without thought of reward and who best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of
Amy Shelton McNutt, an alumna of William Woods in whose honor the award was
In addition, Bargate was one of 15 William Woods University
students named to the 2012 edition of “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities
and Colleges” based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating
committee and editors of the annual directory choose the students based on
academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular
activities and potential for continued success.
By being listed in “Who’s Who,” she joins an elite group of
students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50
states.  Outstanding students have been
honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.
Bargate has volunteered as coordinator of the Therapeutic Art
Project in Joplin, Mo., and serves as vice president of membership for the
Capital Toastmasters, an organization dedicated to developing public speaking
and leadership skills through practice and feedback in local clubs.
Her on-campus roles have included Alpha Chi Omega sorority, phonathon
supervisor, Multicultural Affairs Club president, co-founder and president of
WWU Art Club, vice president of marketing for Omicron Delta Kappa leadership
honorary, and chair of Student Assembly. Bargate was also a member of
President’s Twenty and Order of Omega Greek honor society.