Day of Student Recognition

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The Day of Student Recognition is an annual event hosted by the Office of Activities & Engagement to honor our students who are exemplary in leadership and service.

Congratulations to the 2014 DSR Award Recipients!

Last Name First Name Hometown Name of Award
Abbey Kiah  Billings, MT Christy Foundation Scholarship
Abbey Kiah  Billings, MT Spirit Activism Award
Ashback Sara Ridgefield, WA Freshman Leadership
Betterley Kassandra Kalispell, MT Septemviri
Bjornson Blake  Whitefish, MT Christy Foundation Scholarship
Bonde Michael Buffalo, MN Una B. Herrick Award
Duggan Nicole Ft. Collins, CO Septemviri
Dunn Erica Sandpoint, ID Junior Leadership
Echert Tracy Downers Grove, IL Septemviri
Eggleton Erica NA Sue Burton Cannon Award
Ely Sierra Bozeman, MT Ethelyn C. Harrison Award
Estabrooks Hannah M.  Jefferson, NH Christy Foundation Scholarship
Estabrooks Hannah  Jefferson, NH Student Organization Leader of the Year (Turf Club)
Findley Zachary Puyallup, WA Septemviri
Flowers Deonte NA Cole Tierney Award
Foster Sarah Boise, ID Erma Lessell Collins
Gettel Chelsea L.  NA Lawrence Hiller
Gilligan Catherine Great Falls, MT Junior Service
Green Brett Hayden, ID Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award
Hensler Greta Conrad, MT Roland R Renne Award
Holcomb Michael Coto de Caza, CA Max Worthington Award
Kirchhoff Nell Fond du Lac, WI Freshman Service
Kuster Emilie  Sandpoint, ID Earlene Hart Memorial Award
Kuster Emilie  Sandpoint, ID Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior Award
Lahana Alexis Centennial, CO Sophomore Leadership
Lone Fight Lisa NA Spirit Outstanding Student Award
Marshall Ashlee Wausau, WI Septemviri
McGunagle Patrick Whitefish, MT ASMSU Peer Leadership
McHugh Joseph NA Steven L Johnson Award
Murdock Lindsay J.  Mt. Airy, MD MSU Honors College Service Award
Murdock Lindsay  Mt. Airy, MD Christy Foundation Scholarship
Murdock Lindsay  Mt. Airy, MD Presidents Commission on the Status of University Women Student Award 
Sherick Sydney Hudson, WI Septemviri
Stark Hannah Detroit, MI ASMSU Peer Service
Stokhof de Jong Sebastiaan Santa Fe, NM Septemviri
Tate Patrick Vancouver, WA, USA Val G. Glynn Award
Tate Patrick T.  Vancouver, WA, USA MSU Honors College Leadership Award
Tate Patrick Vancouver, WA, USA Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior Award 
Theis Julie Sidney, MT Sophomore Service
Venters Michael  NA Minerva "Tommy" Morgan Scholarship
Wagner Cassia  NA Roskie Memorial Scholarship
Cowles John NA Newman Civic Fellows Award
 Khin  Phyu Pannu Country of Burma Norman J. Peterson Outstadning International Student Award
Hayes Christina    Student Organization Advisor of the Year (Math Club)
Collegiate Cattlewomen     Student Organization of the Year 


History of DSR:

In the year 1900, only 7 years after Montana State College was founded, the senior men and women proceeded across campus in their caps and gowns as part of their graduation ceremony.  During this processional, seniors stopped at various buildings where department heads and top students gave speeches.

In 1912, wands wrapped with blue and gold ribbon were presented to the graduating seniors who then participated in a “Wand Dance” to symbolize their departure.

In May of 1923, the campus of Montana State College witnessed its first Women’s Day.  Under the direction of Una B. Herrick, the first Dean of Women, this unique Women’s Day Ceremony was established and continued as an annual tradition.  During those early programs, physical education and physical fitness were emphasized, with awards going to outstanding female college athletes.  At that time, the senior wand dance was incorporated into Women’s Day as the “Blue and Gold Processional”, and was performed by the “Cap and Gown Society”.

In 1927, the Cap and Gown Society became the 27th chapter of Mortar Board in the country.  2012 marks the 94th anniversary of Mortar Board on the MSU campus.  During the Mortar Board Awards, this tradition continues.

The Original Women’s Day has changed significantly over its long history.  The emphasis on physical fitness and athletic achievements declined and the program evolved into a campus wide event recognizing students for their achievements in leadership, service and scholarship.  
In 1977, for the first time, awards recognizing men were included with major awards for men added in 1982.

The name was changed in 1983 to the Montana State University Day of Student Recognition.