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Students honored at MSU’s Day of Student Recognition

April 22, 2014

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BOZEMAN–Thirty-seven students were honored April 8 during Montana State University's 91st Day of Student Recognition.

The students and the awards they received are listed below by hometown, with Montana hometowns first.

Billings
Kiah Abbey, a senior majoring in political science, received the Christy Foundation Scholarship awarded to students bringing special recognition to MSU based upon meritorious community leadership and service. Abbey also received the Spirit Activism Award recognizing leadership, citizenship and community involvement as demonstrated through achievement and work towards social justice.

Bozeman
Sierra Ely, a senior majoring in elementary and Spanish education, received the Ethelyn C. Harrison Award presented to a senior woman who exemplifies high standards and concern for others.

Conrad
Greta Hensler, a senior in nutrition and dietetics, received the Roland R. Renne Award. The award recognizes a senior who exemplifies the values of leadership and service.

Great Falls
Chelsea Gettel, senior in elementary education and graduate of CMR High School, received the Lawrence Hiller Scholarship that is presented to a student with a disability. The family of Lawrence Hiller, a Montana rancher who acquired a disability late in life, established the scholarship in 1981.

Catherine Gilligan, a junior in cell biology and neuroscience, received the Junior Service Award in recognition of her commitment to community service.

Kalispell
Kassandra Betterley, a senior pursuing a liberal arts degree, was inducted into Septemviri. The senior honorary recognizes seven outstanding juniors based upon extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service to MSU.

Cassia Wagner, senior in chemistry, earned the Roskie Memorial Award as an undergraduate who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities.

Polson
Michael Venters, a junior in chemical engineering from Polson, was this year’s recipient of the Minerva “Tommy” Morgan Scholarship that recognizes a student who graduated from a Montana high school, enrolled at MSU, and is engaging in overseas study.

Sidney
Julie Theis, a sophomore in psychology, received the Sophomore Service Award in recognition of her commitment to community service.

Whitefish
Blake Bjornson, a senior in mechanical engineering, received the Christy Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students that bring special recognition to MSU based upon meritorious community leadership and service.

Patrick McGunagle, a senior majoring in civil engineering with a bio-resources option, was this year’s recipient of the ASMSU Peer Leadership Award. The award recognizes an outstanding student in leadership and service values. The award is in honor of Dr. Geoff Gamble, MSU President 2000-2009, and is meant to inspire and honor those who lead with optimism, integrity and vision.

Out of State
California
Deonte Flowers, a junior majoring in mathematics from San Diego, received the Cole Tierney Award as a current MSU student of African-American heritage who exemplifies leadership, citizenship and involvement.

Michael Holcomb, a senior in kinesiology from Coto de Caza, Calif., received the Max Worthington Award. The award honors a senior man whose service to MSU has exemplified service to others.

John Cowles, junior in mechanical engineering from Ojai, Calif., received the Newman Civic Fellows designation. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows make the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

Colorado
Nicole Duggan, a junior in political science from Fort Collins, Colo. was inducted into Septemviri. The senior honorary recognizes seven outstanding juniors based upon extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service to MSU.

Alexis Lahana, sophomore in elementary education from Centennial, Colo., received the Outstanding Sophomore Leadership Award for her leadership skills and values.

Joseph McHugh, senior majoring in Spanish with a teaching option from Fort Collins, Colo., received the Steven L. Johnson Award presented to an outstanding Spanish student from the Department of Modern Languages and Literature in memory of Steven L. Johnson, a scholar of Latin American literature. This award recognizes academic success and quality of character.

Idaho
Erica Dunn, a junior majoring in business, psychology and honors from Sandpoint, Idaho, received this year’s Junior Leadership Award for her notable leadership skills and values.

Sarah Foster, a senior in civil engineering from Boise, Idaho, was this year’s recipient of the Erma Lessell Collins Senior Award for her leadership, scholarship and contributions to MSU.

Brett Green, junior in physics and mathematics from Hayden, Idaho, was named the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior based on his outstanding GPA, faculty letters of recommendation and service and leadership.

Emile Kuster, a senior from Sandpoint, Idaho, received the Earlene Hart Memorial Scholarship and the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior Award. The scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in nursing or foods and nutrition.

Illinois
Tracy Echert, a junior in health enhancement from Downers Grove, Ill., was inducted into Septemviri. The senior honorary recognizes seven outstanding juniors based upon extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service to MSU.

New Hampshire
Hannah Estabrooks, a senior in environmental horticulture from Jefferson, N.H., received the Christy Foundation Scholarship awarded to students bringing special recognition to MSU based upon meritorious community leadership and service. Estabrooks was also named the Student Organization Leader of the Year for her work in the Turf Club.

Maryland
Lindsay J. Murdock, a senior in sociology from Mt. Airy, M.D., received the MSU Honors College Service Award and a Christy Foundation Scholarship awarded to students bringing special recognition to MSU based upon meritorious community leadership and service. Murdock also received the Presidents Commission on the Status of the University Women Student Award for her work toward improving issues related to gender, equity and diversity.

Minnesota
Michael Bonde of Buffalo, Minn. received the Una B. Herrick Award that recognizes a senior who exemplifies the values of leadership and service. Bonde is majoring in mechanical and civil engineering and is in the Honors College.

Michigan
Hannah Stark, senior in applied psychology from Detroit, received the ASMSU Peer Service award for her outstanding leadership and service values. The award is in honor of Dr. Geoff Gamble, MSU President 2000-2009, and is meant to inspire and honor those who lead with optimism, integrity and vision.

New Mexico
Sebastiaan Stokhof de Jong, a junior in agro-ecology from Santé Fe, N.M., was inducted into Septemviri. The senior honorary recognizes seven outstanding juniors based upon extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service to MSU.

North Dakota
Lisa Lone Fight, a doctoral student in ecology and environmental sciences from the Fort Berthold Reservation in Mandaree, N.D., received the Spirit Outstanding Student Award that recognizes a current student who embodies leadership, citizenship, and involvement and also identifies as a member of an underrepresented minority group.

Washington
Sara Ashback, a freshman from Ridgefield, Wash., majoring in civil engineering and math, received the Freshman Leadership Award for her notable leadership skills and values.

Zachary Findley, a junior in earth sciences from Puyallup, Wash., was inducted into Septemviri. The senior honorary recognizes seven outstanding juniors based upon extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service to MSU.

Patrick Tate, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., received the Val G. Glynn Award presented to a senior who exemplifies the values of leadership and service. Tate is a senior with three majors: chemical engineering, biological engineering and modern languages and literature. Tate also received the MSU Honors Program Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership and organization of University Honors Program events and activities, and the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior Award based on his GPA, faculty letters of recommendation and service and leadership.

Wisconsin
Nell Kirchhoff, a mechanical engineering freshman from Fond du Lac, Wis., received the Outstanding Freshman Service Award recognizing his commitment to community service.

Ashlee Marshall, a junior in chemical engineering from Wausau, Wis., was inducted into Septemviri. The senior honorary recognizes seven outstanding juniors based upon extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service to MSU.

Sydney Sherick, a junior in psychology from Hudson, Wis., was inducted into Septemviri. The senior honorary recognizes seven outstanding juniors based upon extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service to MSU.

International
Erica Eggleton, a junior in chemical engineering who graduated form Patch American High School in Stuttgart, Germany, received the Sue Burton Cannon Award that recognizes an outstanding junior woman in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature.

Phyu Pannu Khim, a junior in cell biology and neuroscience from Burma, won the Norman J. Peterson Outstanding International Student Award. The award recognizes an outstanding MSU undergraduate student and encourages the winner to be a lifelong, engaged global citizen.

Christina Hayes was recognized as the Student Organization Adviser of the Year for outstanding support, assistance and investment to the student math club.

MSU’s Collegiate Cattlewomen club was recognized as the Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding contributions to the MSU community and student members, and fostering leadership within their organization.

Contact: Robin Mayer (406) 994-2837, robin.mayer@montana.edu