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 2015 DSR Award Recipients!

Last First Hometown Award
Ashback Sara Ridgefield, Washington  Outstanding Sophomore Service Award
Bandstra Abbie Livingston, Montana President's Commission on the Status of University Women Student Award
Berg-Critelli Lily Greenbrae, California  Outstanding Freshman Leadership Award
Birkeland Bonny Longmont, Colorado Val G. Glynn Award
Boerner Michael New Prague, Minnesota Student Organization Leader of the Year
Chapman Lacey Bozeman, Montana Minerva "Tommy" Morgan Scholarship
Chaudhry Yasmin Missoula, Montana Honors College Exemplary Leadership Award
Chaudhry Yasmin Missoula, Montana Christy Foundation Scholarship
Christensen Cali Big Timber, Montana Septemviri
Cole Ausha Mesa, Arizona  Cole Tierney Award
Dahl Spencer Carter, Montana Max Worthington Service Award
Duggan Nicole Fort Collins, Colorado Erma Lessel Collins Senior Award
Dunn Erica Sandpoint, Idaho  ASMSU Peer Leadership Awards-Leadership
Erwin Dylan Lake Oswego, Oregon  Roskie Memorial Scholarship
Hager Amy Clyde Park, Montana ASMSU Peer Leadership Awards-Service
Hahn Tegan  Helena, MT Earlene Hart Memorial Scholarship
Heard Sara Billings, Montana Outstanding Freshman Service
Huckins John Big Fork, MT Lawrence Hiller Scholarship
Kelly Katie Las Vegas, Nevada Septemviri
Marshall  Jennifer Dover, Delaware Septemviri
Martin Ginger Livingston, Montana Lawrence Hiller Scholarship
Massar Susan Rudyard, Montana Ethelyn C. Harrison Award
Maxwell Jordan Moscow, Idaho  Honors College Exemplary Leadership Award
McAnally Jennifer Big Timber, Montana Christy Foundation Scholarship
McCord Mindy Molt, Montana Septemviri
McGonigal Molly Cascade, Montana Outstanding Junior Leadership Award
McKenna Ed   Student Organization Advisor of the Year (Men and Women's Rugby teams)
Narigon Elizabeth North Oaks, Minnesota Herrick Award
Nollmeyer Virginia Bozeman, Montana Roland R. Renne Award
Onuoha Chinomso Plateau, Nigeria Norman J. Peterson Outstanding International Undergraduate Student Award
Paterson Alex Salt Lake City, Utah Newman Civic Fellowship 
Paterson Alex Salt Lake City, Utah  Christy Foundation Scholarship
Pintar  Kathryn Spokane, Washington  Erma Lessel Collins Junior Award
Pinto Jenna Littleton, Colorado Septemviri
Rognlie Miriam Bozeman, Montana Sue Burton Cannon Memorial Award
Schumacher Joseph Bozeman, Montana Spirit Activism Award
Schumacher Joseph Bozeman, Montana President's Commission on the Status of University Women Student Award
Schuster Kyle Sutter, California Septemviri
Shearer Riley Lake Oswego, Oregon  Outstanding Junior Service Award
Spencer Caitlin Willow Creek, Montana  Honors College Exemplary Service Award
Swain Hayley Billings, Montana Steven L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Teague Kendra Wolf Point, Montana Spirit Outstanding Student Award
Theis Julie Sidney, Montana Septemviri
Warberg Logan Kalispell, MT Honors College Exemplary Service Award
Wrem Austin Meridan, Idaho Outstanding Sophomore Leadership
Sustained  Dialogue   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.