The students will receive their awards during the 22nd annual Chamber-MSU Awards for Excellence banquet on Feb. 17. More than 300 business and campus leaders are expected to attend the ceremonies to be held in the Strand Union Building on the MSU campus.
The MSU Alumni Association and the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce co-sponsor the Excellence Banquet. It is a night that fetes the achievements of 40 of MSU's top senior students as well as the students' mentors.
Ellen Schultz is an MSU Presidential Scholar, the university's top scholarship. She is majoring in family and consumer sciences. She has won many awards and been involved in scores of volunteer activities during her years at MSU. She also is a member of the University Honors Program, a UHP student fellow and president of the University Dance Company. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Mortar Board and secretary of Phi Upsilon Omicron honorary. She participated in MSU Leadership Institute's Holzer Leadership Conference, and is an AdvoCat and an aerobic instructor. She has volunteered at Intermountain Children's Home and Services in Helena, tutored at Youth Imperative, volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, mentored gifted kids and played in the State Capital Band. She participated in both Campus Cleanup and the Bozeman Cleanup Day. Schultz is the daughter of Louisa Frank and Tom Schultz of Helena.
Joe Hicks is a senior majoring in secondary education with a 3.8 GPA. Hicks will be honored for more than 175 hours of volunteer work during the last two years, which earned him the Torlief Aasheim Award. In addition, he will also receive a student Excellence award for his academic and campus work. During his time at MSU, Hicks has been president of the South Hedges Residence Hall Association, Vice President of Circle K, a mentor with Becoming Our Best and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta freshmen honorary. He was the 2002 MSU homecoming king. He has volunteered with ASMSU Daycare, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Science Olympiad, Liberty Place, Gallatin Valley Rest Home, MSU Blood Drives, Blue Iguana teen club, Special Olympics Evergreen Retirement Home, Gallatin Valley Health Clinic, Irving School and was named Male Resident Adviser of the Year. He is a CAP Mentor in the Bozeman Public Schools as well as the announcer for MSU volleyball games. Hicks is the son of James and Suzanne Hicks of Jackson.
The Torlief Aasheim Community Involvement Award is named in honor of Torlief "Torley" Aasheim, a committed community volunteer and MSU alumnus, class of 1937.
Contact: Kerry Hanson (406) 994-2401