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Local students awarded 2002 MSU-Bozeman Excellence Award

February 20, 2002 -- Brenda McDonald

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The banquet, sponsored jointly by the MSU Alumni Association and the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce, honors the university's top students. Honored students are nominated by faculty in their college or department. They must have a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale as well as demonstrated campus leadership and community service. In turn, the award-winning students each select a mentor to be honored with them.

"These students are ones who leave Montana State University and continue to pursue excellence in their careers, their communities and their personal lives," said Jaynee Drange Groseth, director of the MSU Alumni Association. "They are, and will continue to be, leaders. We look forward to their active participation in Montana State University's family of alumni."

The 2002 Excellence Award winners are (listed alphabetically by hometown, major, followed by GPA and other pertinent information):

Anaconda
Hailey Haffey -- Majoring in English literature. 3.95 GPA. Undergraduate Scholars Program grant recipient. Biology Club. Liberal Studies Club. Assistant Leader of youth group for high school students. Church Volunteer. Women's Center volunteer. University Honors Program. Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Graduate of Anaconda High School. Daughter of Vera Haffey.

Big Timber
Tasha Gibby -- Majoring in agriculture education -Extension. 3.75 GPA. Ag Ambassador. Ag Days Volunteer. Alpha Zeta. Block and Bridle. Collegiate FFA. Collegiate Cattlewomen. Spurs. Volunteer at Bridger Alternative High School. SPURS Food Drive. Daughter of Victor and Mardell Gibby.

Big Sky
Deborah Zartner -- Majoring in art. 3.95 GPA. Member of Alpha Lambda Delta. University Honors Program. National Phi Kappa Phi. Golden Key National Honor Society. Art Attack. Ski instructor at Big Sky. Volunteer swimming instructor at Beall Park Art Center.

Bigfork
Shane Ackerly -- Majoring in math education and physics education. 3.98 GPA. Kappa Delta Pi. National Society of Collegiate Scholars nominee. Mortar Board nominee. Chartering member of Alpha Phi Omega. President's List. Outstanding MSU Math Student Scholarship. Senior Book Award Scholarship. Gifted and Talented volunteer. Son of Roger and Kathie Ackerly.

Billings
Eric Gomke -- Majoring in business/accounting. 3.95 GPA. Junior of the Year Award. Sophomore of the Year Award. Freshman of the Year Award. Beta Alpha Psi Treasurer. Beta Alpha Psi. ASMSU Finance Board. Becoming Our Best Leadership Committee. Becoming Our Best Mentor. IRHA business manager. President's list for four semesters. RHA Executive officer of the year award. Son of Sharon Pimley of Billings and Michael Gomke of Havre.

Anthony Veches -- Majoring in electrical engineering. 3.79 GPA. Gilhousen Undergraduate Scholars Program. Honors Student Committee. University Honors Program Advisory Committee. University Honors Program. Resident Hall Association. President's List. Golden Key. Eta Kappa Nu. Tau Beta Pi. Undergraduate Research. Phi Kappa Phi. Dean's List. Mentoring Gifted Children. Tektronix Inc. intern. Son of Timothy and Gaylene Veches.

Bozeman
Javan Druckenmiller -- Majoring in photography option of media and theatre arts. 3.59 GPA. CAD Operator/Documentation Control Coordinator at ILX Lightwave. Digital specialist. Exhibitor and Organizer Senior Photography Show Spring and Fall 2001. Dean's gallery. assisted in overseas orphanage work. participated in Big Brother and Sister annual "Bowl for Kids Sake."

Hailey Haffey -- Majoring in English literature. 3.95 GPA. Undergraduate Scholars Program Grant Recipient. Biology Club. Liberal Studies Club. Assistant leader of youth group for high school students. Church Volunteer. Women's Center Volunteer. University Honors Program. Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Daughter of Vera Haffey.

Courtney Paterson -- Majoring in biomedical science. 4.00 GPA. Alpha Epsilon Delta. Septemviri. President's List. Judge for state Science Olympiad tournament. Fox Foundation Scholarship. Judge for Bozeman High School Speech and Debate Team. Mars Outreach Program. Phi Kappa Phi. Golden Key. Mentoring Gifted Children. Mortar Board. Undergraduate Scholars Program Fellowship. Rhodes Scholarship semifinalist. Daughter of John and Diana Paterson.

Margaret Thompson -- Majoring in modern languages/French. 3.86 GPA. French Club Vice President. Gallatin Valley Food Bank Volunteer. Montana People's Action Volunteer. Exchange student Montpellier, France. Daughter of Jim and Vicky Thompson.

Kindra Vincent -- Majoring in nursing. 3.96 GPA. Montana Student Nursing Association. Special Needs Committee College of Nursing tutoring. CNA at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Member of Tennis Association in Bozeman. Summer Preceptorship. Red Cross volunteer. Daughter of Judy Johnson.

Butte
Cynthia Heath -- Majoring in mechanical engineering. 3.79 GPA. Tau Beta Phi Engineering Honor Society. Society of Women Engineers. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. MSU Dance Company. Golden Key. MSU Composites Research Group. International Student Exchange. Currently serving with Habitat for Humanity in Nepal. Daughter of Leo and Dorothy Heath.

Cardwell
Katie Dawson -- Majoring in chemical engineering. 3.85 GPA. SPURS. Mortar Board. Gold Key President. Tau Beta Pi Vice President. Phi Kappa Phi. Eagle Mount Volunteer. Gallatin Community Clinic volunteer. Alpha Epsilon Delta president. Research assistant Center for Biofilm Engineering.

Conrad
Eric Vermulm -- Majoring in business finance. 3.92 GPA. Golden Key National Honor Society Member. The Montana Association of Counties President's Scholarship recipient. Chicago Board of Trade Commodity Challenge. National FFA Agribusiness Management Competition. Gold Ranking. First Place on Commodity Marketing Section. Son of Carol and Jay Vermulm.

Dillon
Kay Kirkpatrick -- Majoring in mathematics. 3.98 GPA. Montana State University Presidential Scholarship. NASA/Montana Space Grant Consortium Scholarship. Outstanding Sophomore. Junior. Senior math major award. Alice T. Schafer Prize national winner. Math tutor. Pianist. Alpha Lamba Delta. Goldwater Scholar. Child Advancement Project Mentor. University Scholars Program Research. Daughter of George and Denise Kirkpatrick.

Frenchtown
Lisa Berkram -- Majoring in business management. 3.77 GPA. Society of Human Resource Management Club. Mortar Board. Golden Key National Honor Society Member. National Society of Collegiate Scholars member. SPURS member. Becoming Our Best Mentor. Resident Advisor. Student teaching associate in College of Business. Daughter of Gelene Berkram.

Great Falls
Giana Hystad Davidson-- Majoring in biochemistry. 3.76 GPA. Self-employed. Expanding Your Horizons. SPURS. AdvoCat. Mortar Board. Volunteer Peaks and Potentials. Emergency Room volunteer. Volunteer firefighter. Hospice volunteer. Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Septemviri. Pianist. Research assistant. Daughter of Janice and Gerald Hystad.

Tracy Staub Richman -- Majoring in nursing. 3.50 GPA. Positive Force Player. Montana Student Nursing Association member. Eagle Mount Volunteer. Peer/Advisor. Volunteer for Project Playground. Eta Sigma Gamma Secretary. SPURS member. Physical Therapy Association member. School of Education scholar. Daughter of Arnold and Sara Stuab.

Havre
Eric Gomke -- Majoring in business/accounting. 3.95 GPA. Junior of the year Award. Sophomore of the Year Award. Freshman of the Year Award. Beta Alpha Psi Treasurer. Beta Alpha Psi. ASMSU Finance Board. Becoming Our Best Leadership Committee. Becoming Our Best Mentor. IRHA business manager. President's list for four semesters. RHA Executive officer of the year award. Son of Sharon Pimley of Billings and Michael Gomke of Havre.

Joann "Jody" Rygg -- Majoring in elementary education. 3.63 GPA. Student Montana Education Association officer. America Reads. Alpha Lambda Delta. Golden Key National Honor Society. Computer Club assistant. Former day care teacher and summer camp counselor. Daughter of Tom and Jackie Rygg.

Helena
Kasha Schultz -- Majoring in elementary/special education. 3.90 GPA. Alpha Lambda Delta. Ballroom Club. 4-H workshop. Phi Kappa Phi. President's List. Dean's List. Golden Key National Honor Society. 4-H superintendent. Kappa Delta Pi. Daughter of Jerry and Luella Schultz.

Highwood
Erin Pasha -- Majoring in business management. 3.61 GPA. Senator, public relations director. Business manager for Associated Students of Montana State University. Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. SPURS. Beta Gamma Sigma. Montana State University Mortar Board. Montana State University Septemviri. Intern for U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns. Intern for former Lt. Gov. Dennis Rehberg. Daughter of Robert and Ann Pasha.

Judith Gap
Brent Volf -- Majoring in music education. 3.61 GPA. Student American Choral Directors Association. Member Collegiate Music Educators National Association. Golden Key National Honor Society. Alpha Lambda Delta. National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Christopher Parkening Master Class administrative assistant. Volunteer for Eagle Mount Horse Project Fall 2000. Member MSU Chorale and Montanans. Intermountain Opera Association Chorus member. Son of Jeff and Chris Volf.

Lincoln
Lee Bouma -- Majoring in business management. 3.95 GPA. Volunteered for fire duty. Management Human Resources club member. Member of Montana Pilots Association. Class Leader in Air Force Tech School. Montana Air National Guard member. Son of Trudy and Louie Bouma.

Manhattan
Corey Kupp -- Majoring in electrical engineering. 3.48 GPA. Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. Dry Creek Youth Group. Bowling for Kids Sake/Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Volunteer Love Inc. Soup Delivery Program. Ready Buddies Program. Intern Scientific Materials. Son of Jim and Marci Kupp.

Martinsdale
Keri Berg -- Majoring in animal science. 3.94 GPA. Young Stockgrowers. Ag Ambassadors. Choir. Judge for Ag Days. Phi Kappa Phi. College of Ag Phoneathon. Floor RA. Daughter of Richard and Gayle Berg.

Missoula
Kara Boettcher -- Majoring in Chemical Engineering. 3.59 GPA. Mortar Board. SEA Mentor. AdvoCats. MSU Chorale. Alpha Lamba Delta Child Abuse Prevention. Women in Science engineering fellowship. Member Science and Engineering for All. Montanans member.

Ellana Delaney -- Majoring in English/secondary education. 4.0 GPA. Head teaching Assistant for Health and Human Development. America Reads Volunteer. President's List. National Society for Collegiate Scholars member. Dean's List. Peers Counseling certification. Daughter of Robert Delany and Karen Willis.

Kevin Fitzgerald -- Majoring in mechanical engineering. 3.85 GPA. Becoming Our Best mentor program. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Pi Tau Sigma. Golden Key. Child Advancement Program mentor. Son of Shannon Scanlan.

Ashley Morlock -- Majoring in pre physical therapy. 3.91 GPA. Alpha Lambda Delta member. Best of the Best mentor program. Alpha Epsilon Delta. National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Golden Key National Honor Society. Young at Heart Volunteer. Complex Biological Systems Research Program and Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Eagle Mount Volunteer. Gallatin Community Clinic Volunteer. Daughter of Greg and Sally Morlock.

Terry
Brandon Ausk -- Majoring in mechanical engineering. 3.87 GPA. Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Society. Asst. high school football coach. Little League baseball coach. Big Champ/Little Champ mentoring program. Engineering intern for the Boeing Company. Son of Jim and Jo Ausk.

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