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Five to receive Blue and Gold Award at MSU homecoming

October 1, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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John H. Heminway, Michael Reynolds, Jean Sweeney, and Jim and Connie Alderson will be honored during Montana State University’s homecoming festivities as this year’s recipients of the university’s Blue and Gold Award.

To honor the recipients, MSU President Waded Cruzado will host a homecoming celebration, set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the SUB Ballrooms. Tickets are required for the event and are $25 for Alumni Association members or $40 for non-members.

The 2013 Blue and Gold Award winners are:

John H. Heminway, a renowned writer, producer and award-winning filmmaker who has documented and celebrated the wild corners of Earth since 1967. Since 1987, Heminway has called Montana home.

Michael Reynolds, a musician and music supporter. As a founder of the Montana Chamber Music Festival and a member of the Muir Quartet, Reynolds has brought world-class chamber music to MSU and Montana communities. Reynolds is a Bozeman native who now lives in Massachusetts.

Jean (Bennington) Sweeney of St. Paul, Minn. Sweeney is vice president of environmental health and safety at 3M. She has also served as a volunteer for MSU and the College of Engineering and is regarded as a true champion of MSU.

Jim and Connie (Bauman) Alderson of Whitefish, Mont. and southern California. The Aldersons are long-time MSU supporters who are recognized for their work with a diverse group of MSU students, from entrepreneurs to student-athletes to fraternity and sorority members.

The Blue and Gold Award is one of the most prestigious awards MSU grants. It honors individuals who have rendered great lifetime service or who have brought national or international distinction to MSU or the state of Montana.

Candidates must have achieved prominence through service to one or more of the following: profession, family, country, world, university, philanthropy or humanity. 

Contact: Kerry Hanson, director of Alumni Relations, (406) 994-7620 or