Diem wins President's Cup at Rocky

2013-05-03T00:00:00Z 2013-05-03T00:14:25Z Diem wins President's Cup at RockyBy MARY PICKETT mpickett@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Johnathan Diem learned a lot about looking for a job by being on the other side of the table.

One of his duties as a member of the Rocky Mountain College presidential search committee was checking applicants’ references.

Diem, 24, spoke with state senators, governors and a brigadier general about several applicants.

Reading scores of applications from high-powered candidates taught him what a professional resume looks like.

He also sat in on interviews with the two finalists.

“I learned so much,” he said, adding that someone his age usually doesn’t have that experience.

Diem was pleased with the committee’s choice of Bob Wilmouth, Rocky’s interim president, who became president of the college in April.

Diem, who is from Cascade, Idaho, will graduate summa cum laude from Rocky on Saturday with a master’s degree in accountancy and a bachelor’s degree in business administration that he earned in the “3:2” program. The first three years, he focused on his bachelor’s degree and the last two on the master’s program.

His 3.8 GPA is even more remarkable considering he was on the Rocky ski team his first three years. The highlight of that experience was the team winning the national USCSA championship in 2011.

Diem also has been a peer mentor to Rocky students and a student ambassador working on fundraising events and giving campus tours.

As a member of the college peer review board, he worked to develop positive solutions to discipline issues.

As student body president, he and others oversaw the remodeling of the student game room, which hadn’t been updated in more than 10 years. The room was repainted, the pool table refelted and new furniture and television added.

Based on his grades, campus leadership and contributions to Rocky, he is one of two students receiving the President’s Cup award.

The other is Anudari Batjargal who is graduating in aviation management.

After graduation, Diem will have a summer internship with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance’s tax team.

Then, he will look for a job in accounting and finance. Ultimately, he hopes to work for a ski company.

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