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32nd annual Awards for Excellence to honor 40 MSU students and their mentors

February 17, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Forty of Montana State University’s top seniors and their faculty or staff mentors will be recognized Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the 32nd annual Awards for Excellence banquet held on the MSU campus.

The MSU Alumni Foundation and the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce will co-host the banquet. Honored students were nominated by faculty in their college or department. Qualified seniors must have at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, as well as demonstrated campus leadership and community service.

The award-winning students each selected a mentor who will be honored with them at the event.

The 2014 Excellence award winners and their mentors, listed by their college, name, major, hometown and mentor, are:

College of Agriculture
Justin Bartels, environmental horticulture and economics, Bloomington, Minn., Bill Hoch
Ethan Mayes, environmental biology, Newark, Del., Zachariah Miller
Brenee Peterson, animal science, Havre, Mont., Rebecca Mattix
Thomas Wurtz, biotechnology, Dupuyer, Mont., Rebecca Mattix

College of Arts and Architecture:
Nichole Casebeer, environmental design and political science, Butte, Mont., Henry Sorenson
Tamara Knappenberger, graphic design, Bozeman, Mont., Meta Newhouse
Heather McKenney, film and photography (photography), Bozeman, Mont., Dan Wise
Samuel (Mark) Vaughn, music technology, Belgrade, Mont., Jason Bolte

College of Education, Health and Human Development:
Elena Harriman, secondary education (English teaching), Livingston, Mont., Sarah Schmitt-Wilson
Michael Holcomb, health and human performance, Coto de Caza, Calif., John Seifert
Gabriella Malisani, food and nutrition (dietetics), Great Falls, Mont., Melody Anacker
Candace Moyer, sustainable food and bioenergy systems, Bozeman, Mont., Alison Harmon
Taylor Neibauer, elementary education, Roberts, Mont., Ann Ellsworth

College of Engineering:
Blake Bjornson, mechanical engineering, Missoula, Mont., Dan Stevenson
Jude Eziashi, chemical engineering and biological engineering, Lagos, Nigeria, Paul Gannon
Jonathan Fast, computer fast, Rockville, Md., John Paxton
Sarah Foster, civil engineering, Boise, Idaho, Joel Cahoon
Edgar Gamero, biological engineering, Medellin, Colombia, Marc Mueller
Brittani Nickol, industrial engineering, Helena, Mont., David Claudio
Ethan Perry, mechanical engineering, Livingston, Mont., Erick Johnson
Brian Redman, electrical engineering, Crane, Mont., Joseph Shaw

College of Letters and Science:
Hadeel Alniemi, cell biology and neuroscience, Bozeman, Mont., Susan Gibson
Jonah Barta, anthropology and Hispanic studies, Polson, Mont., Laurence Carucci
Warren Colomb, physics, Williston, Vt., Randy Babbitt
Texel Feder, liberal studies, Helena, Mont., Melissa Ragain
Brett Green, mathematics and physics, Hayden, Idaho, Warren Esty
Alana Lake, political science and international business, Missoula, Mont., Ilse-Mari Lee
Jennifer Monaco, chemistry and biochemistry, Billings, Mont., Steven Holmgren
Lindsay Murdock, sociology, Mount Airy, Md., Kristen Lavelle
Marnee Rand, political science, Alexandria, Va., David Parker
Megan Rothstein, cell biology and neuroscience, Billings, Mont., Ilse-Mari Lee

College of Nursing:
Leann Dorvall, nursing, Bridger, Mont., Kimberly Peterson
Jill Pennington, nursing, St. Ignatius, Mont., Jeannie Osellame
Noel Yelvington, nursing, Great Falls, Mont., Susan Luparell

Honors College:
Emilie Kuster, nursing, Sandpoint, Idaho, Laura Larsson
Matthew Sherick, chemical engineering, Hudson, Wis., Joseph Seymour

Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship:
Abigail Lair, management and marketing, Big Timber, Mont., Agnieszka Kwapisz
Crystal Reichhoff, accounting, Hysham, Mont., Greg Durham
Kaci Shea, management and marketing, Ennis, Mont., F. William Brown
Elizabeth Van Dyke, management and finance, Bozeman, Mont., Gary Bishop

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