Julia Beyer (gymnastics) of Bowling Green and Paul Garbarino (men’s cross country) also of Bowling Green have been named the recipients of the 2019 Bob James Memorial Scholarship Award by the Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives as announced by the league office today.
In its 31st year, the Bob James Memorial Scholarship Award recognizes one female and one male student who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.50 and have displayed good character, leadership and citizenship. The students are nominated during the year in which they complete their final season of eligibility. The $5,000 post-graduate scholarship is awarded in honor of Bob James, the second commissioner in Mid-American Conference history (1964-71).
Julia Beyer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowling Green State University in May of 2019 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry with a 4.00 GPA. Beyer was presented the Bowling Green President’s Award for Academic Achievement.
Beyer competed as a senior in both the beam and floor events during every meet in the 2018-19 season. She matched a career-high score of 9.8 on beam at Ohio State and a career-high score of 9.75 on floor vs. Kent State. As a junior in 2017-18, posted a career-high score of 9.8 beam in the ‘Elevate the Stage’ meet vs. Michigan, Denver and Utah State, and she also competed in the beam lineup that tied the Falcons’ highest team beam score at the MAC Gymnastics Championships. As a sophomore in 2016-17, she competed in the final six meets after recovering from an injury from her freshman year, as she posted a career-high score of 9.85 on bars at Central Michigan and contributed to Bowling Green’s highest team score at the MAC Gymnastics Championships, which was also the second highest team score in school history.
Beyer was twice named Academic All-MAC in 2018 and 2019, and also earned the MAC Presidential Award in 2019. Beyer was a member of the Dean’s List for eight consecutive semesters at Bowling Green and also was named National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) Scholastic All-America in 2018. She is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.
Beyer received the inclusive leadership certificate from the We Are One Team (WA1T) Player Program for Diversity and Inclusion Leadership. She volunteered as a patient advocate through the HealthPALs program at Falcon Health Center to work with patients that needed extra support to assist in their patient care and also volunteered at Wood County Hospital with patient registration and participated in community outreach for hospital fundraisers.
In addition to the long-term volunteer activities, she also assisted in community service with Race for the Cure, Rally Cap Sports, Falcons Fighting Hunger, STEM in the Park, the Findlay Heart Walk and volunteering with Bowling Green preschool programs.
A native of Naperville, Ill., Beyer will pursue her dream of becoming a physician by attending the University of Toledo’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences MD program in the fall of 2019.
Paul Garbarino graduated from Bowling Green State University in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree Political Science and Bachelor of Science in Journalism, along with a minor in Economics and Philosophy of Politics, Economics and Law, while maintaining a 3.82 GPA. He made the Dean’s List all eight semesters at Bowling Green.
Garbarino was a three-year letter winner in men’s cross country and was named team captain during the 2016 season. He was named most improved runner during the 2015 season and was a member of the highest placing Falcons team at the NCAA Regional in school history during the 2018 season. He posted a 5k individual record of 15:09 at the Grand Valley Meet in 2018 and an 8k individual record of 25:32 at the Louisville Cross Country Classic in 2019.
Garbarino was a three-time Academic All-MAC selection (2016-18) and received the MAC Presidential Award in 2019. He was named Honorary Mr. Falcon by Bowling Green Athletics in 2017 and received the Student Athlete Commissioners Award in 2017. Garbarino is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Athlete Honor Society Member and was part of the Falcons’ team in 2015-16 that had the highest team GPA in the NCAA.
Garbarino was active in the Bowling Green Center for Community & Civic Engagement as he planned and facilitated a week-long service trip for students with renovating homes in Virginia. He volunteered at the Toledo Metroparks as an environmental restoration volunteer, assisted in residence life move-in days, coordinated high school track and field indoor meets and youth cross country meets and was a participant in a fundraiser to assist the Special Olympics with the Mr. and Miss Falcon Pageant.
A native of Bowling Green, Ohio, Garbarino will attend the University of Detroit-Mercy to pursue a Master of Arts in Economics as he continues his lifelong dream of public service while also working full-time with the Department of Justice.
Additional Female 2019 Bob James Memorial Award Nominees:
Anya Eicher, Ball State University (Field Hockey)
Arianna Paules Aldrey, University at Buffalo (W. Tennis)
Jaeda Robinson, Central Michigan University (W. Basketball)
Jordan Smith, Eastern Michigan University (Volleyball)
Dara Williams, Kent State University (Gymnastics)
Mikayla Voigt, Northern Illinois University (W. Basketball)
Corrin Van Lanen, Ohio University (W. Swimming & Diving)
Additional Male 2019 Bob James Memorial Award Nominees:
Luke Anderson, Central Michigan University (M. Cross Country/Track & Field)
Brandon Avers, Kent State University (M. Cross Country/Track & Field)
Past Bob James Award Winners
2019 Julia Beyer, Bowling Green (Gymnastics); Paul Garbarino, Bowling Green (Cross Country)
2018 Alyssa Heintschel, Ball State (Soccer); John McCarty, Central Michigan (Basketball)
2017 Kelsi White, Miami (Field Hockey); Tanner Barton, Ball State (Swimming & Diving)
2016 Julia Lombardi, Eastern Michigan (Soccer); Jordan Italiano, Kent State (Football)
2015 Stephanie Haugh, Kent State (Soccer); Dustin Page, Northern Illinois (Soccer)
2014 Lindsey Butterfield, Bowling Green (Volleyball); Kyle Smith, Central Michigan (Track & Field)
2013 Skylar Chew, Ball State (Soccer); Nabal Jefferson, Northern Illinois (Football)
2012 Kristin Hoffman, Northern Illinois (Volleyball); Briggs Orsbon, Ball State (Football)
2011 Christine Chiricosta, Bowling Green (Tennis); Jon Edgington, Miami (Baseball)
2010 Megan Chronister, Bowling Green (Gymnastics); Tim Hiller, Western Michigan (Football)
2009 Gonzalo Barinaga, Ball State (Football); Jillian Wolosiansky, Eastern Michigan (Volleyball)
2008 Wynn Michalak, Central Michigan (Wrestling); Stephanie Swiger, Bowling Green (Volleyball)
2007 Matt Lefeld, Bowling Green (Basketball); Jody Yednock, Northern Illinois (Gymnastics)
2006 David Mitchell, Miami (Cross Country/Track & Field); Marie Zidek, Northern Illinois (Volleyball)
2005 Burke Badenhop, Bowling Green (Baseball); Robin Davidson, Toledo (Soccer)
2004 Travis Barclay, Ball State (Football); Andrea Kremer, Miami (Track & Field)
2003 Brett Faustman, Central Michigan (Wrestling) and Katrina Kerns, Bowling Green (Track & Field)
2002 Anthony Malik, Bowling Green (Soccer); Kate Miller, Kent State (Basketball)
2001 Nick Iagulli, Miami (Track & Field); Jennifer Jarjosa, Bowling Green (Swimming)
2000 Cato Coleman, Miami (Track & Field); Laura Szczepanski, Ball State (Gymnastics)
1999 Wendy Feldman, Central Michigan (Volleyball); Justin Millard, Akron (Soccer)
1998 Desmond Johnston, Akron (Soccer); Janelle Tranquillo, Ball State (Field Hockey)
1997 Joseph Burch, Bowling Green (Soccer); Sarah Mikrut, Ball State (Gymnastics)
1996 Kristin Gaddis, Bowling Green (Cross Country/Track); Dustin Swinehart, Miami (Soccer)
1995 Dana Drew, Toledo (Basketball); Stephen Fetyko, Eastern Michigan (Swimming)
1994 Bob Dudley, Bowling Green (Football); Kris Parks, Ohio (Cross Country/Track)
1993 Sander Scott, Central Michigan (Basketball); Kelly Weir, Ohio (Basketball)
1992 Jeff Bender, Central Michigan (Football); Julie Young, Western Michigan (Volleyball)
1991 Pat Jackson, Bowling Green (Football); Kristin McDaniel, Kent State (Track & Field)
1990 Linda Popovich, Bowling Green (Volleyball); Danny Rieman, Ball State (Baseball)
1989 Kim Keenan, Kent State (Cross Country/Track); Rick Winegardner, Ball State (Swimming)