July 1st, 2013 @ 9:13 am by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
Working on a college campus is a truly rewarding experience for Bo Botelli. Like many of our staff, she works closely with students and has the opportunity to impact young lives.
Bo has been working at UC Davis since 1985, most recently as a senior designer in the Student Affairs Marketing and Communications department. She and her husband, Don Botelli, have also served as fraternity and sorority parents to Alpha Gamma Omega and Alpha Delta Chi since 1992.
Never having had children of their own, the Botellis were thrilled to be invited by Alpha Gamma Omega to be part of a unique collaboration as “foster parents.”
In their role, they have mentored, supported and taught these students valuable life skills. In return, they have been blessed to see the students grow from their experiences. Bo keeps in contact with many of the students and proudly reports that they have gone on to do wonderful things.
Bo and Don have hosted numerous events in their Valley Springs country home. The guest book Bo started to commemorate these events has evolved into six journals with pages of thank yous, thoughts and stories from students and their families. The students have also contributed much of their time to helping Bo and Don in their home – something they are both extremely grateful for.
I had the pleasure of meeting Bo and her fraternity son Connor Bryant over commencement weekend. I was touched to learn about her role as a “foster parent.” Her story says a lot about the quality of our staff and their dedication to helping our students move forward in pursuit of their dreams.