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Local MSU student(s) receive(s) Awards of Excellence

February 12, 2004 -- by Jean Arthur MSU News Service

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Bozeman -- (Name from list below) from (name of hometown) is among 40 Montana State University students to be honored Feb. 17 with Awards of Excellence from the Alumni Association and the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce. For 22 years, these awards have recognized seniors for their accomplishments in academic and extracurricular activities and service to MSU and the local community. The program also recognizes the outstanding students' campus mentors.

Additionally, the Torlief Aasheim Community Service Award will be presented to two seniors, both recipients of Awards of Excellence. The "Torley Award" recognizes students who give unselfishly of themselves to their communities in addition to their exemplary academic and campus achievements. This year's winners are Ellen Schultz of Helena, majoring in family and consumer sciences, and Joe Hicks from Jackson, Wyo., majoring in secondary education.

A traditional event highlight is the announcement of the Community Excellence Awards, given to two leaders in the Bozeman community who give unselfishly of themselves to both the community and the university. Also to be announced at the banquet is the winner of the President's Award for Excellence in Service Learning, a new award honoring a faculty member who teaches service-learning courses.

"This is an important opportunity to provide public recognition to many of our talented and accomplished students and faculty," said MSU President Geoff Gamble. "We appreciate the partnership we have with the Bozeman Chamber in planning and hosting this event."

This year's award winners and their MSU mentors are (listed alphabetically by hometown, major, mentor and other pertinent information):


Nick Sorenson -- Majoring in animal science; mentor Rebecca Mattix, veterinary molecular biology. GPA 3.63. Residence hall floor president and animal caretaker at Marsh Labs. President Pre-Veterinary Club, teaching assistant in anatomy, National Honor Society, Dean's List, President's List, CAP Mentor spay-neuter clinic volunteer. Parents Bruce and Virginia Sorenson.


Sarah Keaster -- Majoring in health and human development, food and nutrition; mentor Steven Eiger, cell biology and neuroscience. GPA 3.87. Assistant for anatomy and physiology, MSU Student Dietetics Association, Mortar Board, SPURS, intramural basketball, volleyball and softball. Organized Homecoming activities, Alpha Omicron Pi activities chair. Parents Gary and Carol Keaster.


Kristen Ewalt -- Majoring in nursing; mentor Joyce Hendricks, nursing - Billings campus. GPA 3.93. ICURH delegate, resident hall president and treasurer, resident hall advisor, hunter safety instructor, and intramural volleyball. Parents Francis and Laurie Ewalt.

Katie Leuthold -- Majoring in cell biology and neuroscience; mentor Mary Noll, general studies. GPA 3.82. President Alpha Lambda Delta, president Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-health Honor Society, vice president Golden Key National Honor Society, Dean's List, student fellow for Honors and Critics course, MSU Chorale, Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honorary Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, MSU Advocats, Mortar Board, student assistant for physics and anatomy and physiology, undergraduate research, coach youth volleyball, event volunteer for food drive, Special Olympics, Red Cross and Big Brothers and Sisters. Parents Rick and Cindy Leuthold.


Beth Disney -- Majoring in elementary education; mentor Lynn Kelting-Gibson, education. GPA 3.65. Dean's List, Student Montana Education Association member, Montana Education Association member, parent volunteer at elementary school, softball and soccer coach, Girl Scout leader. Parents Bill and Bobbi Dixon.

Rebecca Kincaid -- Majoring in horticulture; mentor Tracy Dougher, plant sciences and pathology. GPA 3.70. Undergraduate Scholars Program, French horn ensemble, teaching assistant for woody ornamental identification course, volunteer gardener, chair of singles ministry and on social fellowship committee at Evangelical-Free Church. Parents Dennis and Dorothy Kincaid.

Britney Moss -- Majoring in biochemistry; mentor Jean Starkey, microbiology. GPA 4.0. Goldwater Scholar, Septemviri, President Undergrad Chemistry Society, Mortar Board senior honor society, Mortar Board publication director, Golden Key Honor Society, Physics peer instructor, Space Outreach student coordinator, NSF REU intern and Expanding Your Horizons group leader. Parents Don and Dorothy Moss.

Michelle Osman-- Majoring in studio arts; mentor Harvey Hamburgh, art. GPA 3.94. Golden Key International Honor Society, USAA National Collegiate Communications Arts Award, National Dean's List, Honor Roll, third place Student Juried Art Show, captain of intramural soccer team, painted backdrops for Studio 374 play and created banners for career fair. Parents Steve and Mary Lou Osman.


Tony Cookson-- Majoring in economics; mentor Vince Smith, economics. GPA 4.0. University Chorus, Alpha Lambda Delta freshman national scholastic honorary vice president 2002, Advocat, Residence Hall Association leader, Golden Key Co-president and Big Brothers and Sisters volunteer. Parents Jack and Patty Cookson.


Clint Frederickson -- Majoring in computer science; mentor John Paxton, computer science. GPA 3.75. Advanced radiotherapy project research group, University Christian Fellowship, volunteer tutor in computer science and Sunday school teacher. Parents Dan and Lora Frederickson.


Brent Thompson -- Majoring in sociology - justice studies; mentor Gretchen Carrels, military science. GPA 3.9. Presidents Advisory Council, appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Green-to-Gold Scholarship to university of choice awarded to the Army's best-qualified enlisted soldiers with potential to excel as officers, Army ROTC National Sojourner's Award for cadet with "exceptional potential," Dean's List and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Council 1998-99. Parents Bill and Vicky Thompson.


Billie Leigh Gunn -- Majoring in business accounting; mentor Jake Rose, accounting. GPA 3.77. Accounting Club, Dean's List, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, tutoring and ASMSU Blood Drive. Parents Ron and Fran Gunn.


Bonnie Kirkpatrick -- Majoring in computer science; mentor Gwen Jacobs, cell biology and neuroscience. GPA 3.89. Goldwater Scholar, Montana Space Grant Consortium Scholar, National Partnership for Advanced Computing Infrastructure undergraduate research, Center for Computational Biology research, co-author of journal articles on computational biology, College of Engineering ambassador, member Association of Women in Computing, mentor in Bozeman public schools gifted and talented program, helps with MSU Recycling Club, officer in campus T'ai Chi/Kung Fu Club. Parents George and Denise Kirkpatrick.

David Owenby -- Majoring in electrical engineering; mentor David Dickensheets, electrical engineering. GPA 3.96. Vice President of Tau Beta Pi honor society, electrical and computer engineering department's student of the year for 2001-2 and 2002-3, University Honors Program and undergraduate researcher in electrical engineering working on a medical imaging project. Parents Dick and Shirley Owenby.

Angie Duffy -- Majoring in cell biology and neuroscience, mentor Frances Lefcort, cell biology and neuroscience. GPA 3.94. Alpha Epsilon Delta honor society, Campus Crusade for Christ, Tae-kwon-do Club, worked on gene cloning project involving streptococcus, U.S. Forest Service firefighter summers 2001-2003 and squad boss 2003. Parents Russell and Theresa Duffy.

Gallatin Gateway

Justin R. Hedgecock -- Majoring in business management; mentor Dan Moshavi, business management. GPA 3.61. Harvey Larson Scholarship Recipient. A licensed private security guard, licensed hunting guide; works for Turner Enterprises Flying D Ranch in security, guiding and stream restoration and hunting guide in Texas. Parents Roger and Molly Hedgecock.

Great Falls

Katie Conner -- Majoring in English literature; mentor Mike Miles, University Honors Program. GPA 3.99. Truman Scholar, President of English Club, President of Students for Choice, Mortar Board, Septemviri (seven outstanding seniors), board of advisers of Women's Center, Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior, John Parker Award for outstanding junior in English department and student fellow for two courses.

Amber Harrer -- Majoring in chemical and biological engineering; mentor Heidi Sherick, Engineering. GPA, 3.75. Coordinator of Engineering Ambassadors, mentor to incoming engineering students, research assistant in the Center for Biofilm Engineering, MSU Advocat and secretary of Tau Beta Pi honorary, TA for Engineering 100, and volunteer for Habit for Humanity. Parents Grant and Lynn Harrer.

Shawna Martin -- Majoring in music education; mentor Lisa Hunter, music. GPA 3.59. Member of Beta Gamma Phi honor society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, Golden Key honor society, member of MSU Choral and MSU Montanans choral groups, member of MSU University Band, guest conductor at MSU rehearsals, voice teacher, music teacher for home-schooling family, music student tutor. President of Collegiate Music Educators National Conference and vice president of American Choral Directors Association. Former RHA floor president. Parents Steven R. and Debra Martin.

Matthew Zahller -- Majoring in electrical engineering; mentor Todd Kaiser, electrical and computer engineering. GPA, 3.78. Ran booths for Kid's Day at MSU. Assisted in blood drive. Vice-president of Eta Kappa Nu, electrical engineering honors society. Parents David and Jerry Zahller.


Erin Patera Bolken -- Majoring in community health; mentor Suzanne Christopher, health and human development. GPA 3.92. Member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, All-Academic Big Sky Conference (volleyball), Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Golden Key national honors society. Volunteer for Eagle Mount, helped with Student Health Service survey, interned at Bridger Clinic, teaching assistant in anatomy and physiology class, Student Orientation leader, volleyball official and member of a grievance committee for volleyball officials, Student Ambassador for College of Education, Health and Human Development, counselor for Iron Horse Camp in Whitefish, nurses' assistant. Parents Robert and Lela Patera.


Ellen Schultz -- Majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences; mentor Sandra Osborne, health and human development. GPA 3.99. Presidential Scholar, University Honors Program student fellow, president of University Dance Company, Alpha Lambda Delta, Mortar Board, secretary of Phil Upsilon Omicron, participated in MSU Leadership Institute's Holzer Leadership Conference, Advocat, aerobic instructor. Volunteer at Intermountain Children's Home and Services in Helena, tutor at Youth Imperative, Habitat for Humanity, mentored gifted kids and played in State Capital Band. Participated in Campus Cleanup and Bozeman Cleanup Day. Parents Louisa Frank and Tom Schultz.

Ingrid Schultz -- Majoring in cell biology; mentor, Mary Noll general studies. GPA 3.9. Advocat, Circle K, Orientation Leader, Alpha Lambda Delta pre-health honor society, Phi Kappa Phi honorary, Septemviri (seven outstanding seniors), USGS aide, runs marathons, plays violin, teaching assistant for biology and Girl Scouts camp counselor. Parents Jerry and Luella Schultz.


Megan LaMotte -- Majoring in business; mentor, Mary Noll, general studies. GPA 3.96. Outstanding Female Sophomore, David and Dorothy Patterson Scholarship and Boeing Scholarship recipient. Member of National Society of Accountants, junior leader in Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, member of Golden Key, Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma honorary as well as Septemviri (seven outstanding seniors). Volunteered for ASMSU Easter Egg Hunt, Bozeman Food Drive, Boys' and Girls' Club, Child Advancement Program, "M" Restoration. Member of National Scholars Honor Society and National Residence Hall Honorary.

Judith Gap

Todd Volf -- Majoring in construction engineering technology; mentor Renee Hecox, civil engineering. GPA 3.88. Dean's List, President's List. National Society of Collegiate Scholar. President of Sigma Lamda Chi Honor Society. Member of Golden Key National Honor Society, Volunteer in AGC activities (Bowl for Kids Sake, Highway Clean Up, Friday Hot Dog Sales). Plays co-ed softball and basketball intramurals. Parents Jeff and Chris Volf.


Natalie Dachs -- Majoring in business (accounting option); mentor Christie Johnson, accounting. GPA 3.91. Dean's List, President's List. Member and officer in Pi Beta Phi. Member of Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Club. Volunteer at Blue Iguana, Links to Literacy, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Jimmie Heuga for Multiple Sclerosis, Bowl for Kids' Sake (fundraiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters). Floor representative for Residence Hall Association, youth group leader and teaching assistant. Parents David and Maureen Dachs.


Brad Seyfert -- Majoring in nursing; mentor Susan Luparell, nursing. GPA 3.73. Involved in interdisciplinary geriatric care planning and updating web site for nursing program. Volunteer at Great Falls Rescue Mission, health fairs, AWANA programs, Christian summer camp and soccer coach.


Kaide Comer Lindsay -- Majoring in art education; mentor Ken Bova, art. GPA 3.6. Member of Montana Education Association (MEA), MSU Art Club, English Club, Close-Up, Key Club, Lincoln County Emergency Management, Lincoln County Search and Rescue, Befrienders, CAP mentor, volunteer at elementary schools in Bozeman and Habitat for Humanity volunteer.


Rae Stevenson -- Majoring in cell biology and neuroscience; mentor Ann Bertagnolli, letters and science. GPA 3.98. Dean's List, All Big Sky Conference Academic Athlete, MSU Honors Student. Hapner Hall vice president and recycling coordinator. Honors Student Fellow for Texts and Critics. MSU athlete in track and field. Intramural basketball and volleyball. Participant in Recycling Club, MSU AED Pre-health Club and MSU Biking Club. Volunteer for Little Bobcat Track, MSU Track and Field, "Breaks Away," local rest home, Eagle Mount, Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity. Undergraduate researcher. Defended WWAMI program to Montana Legislature. Parents Marie and Harold Stevenson.


Donald Dolese -- Majoring in nursing; mentor Chad O'Lynn, nursing. GPA 3.8. Member of National Student Nurses Association, Men's Task Force, faculty search committee and mentorship program for men in College of Nursing. Volunteer in vision screening clinic and immunization clinic.

Thompson Falls

Kelsie Eggensperger -- Majoring in psychology (business emphasis); mentor Kerry Hanson, Alumni Association. GPA 3.69. Alpha Omicron Pi member, recruitment counselor and officer; Orientation leader, Mortar Board, Collegiate 4-H member, Peer leader, MSU Legislative Intern, SPURS, counselor at Camp Make-a-Dream, Run 4 Roses, ASA Sneaker Ball volunteer, news editor for The Odyssey and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Parents Tom and Bina Eggensperger.


Kevin Grabinski -- Majoring in civil engineering; mentor Warren Jones, civil engineering. GPA 3.72. Dean's List. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) campus member, ASCE bridge building team, ASCE concrete canoe team, AmericCorps team, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) campus member, Chi Episilon member, Mortar Board member, Septemviri, Chi Epsilon member, residence hall floor vice president and Residence Hall Judicial Board. Volunteer for Humane Society, World AIDS Day, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Food Bank, Valentines for Meals on Wheels, Bozeman City Cleanup, football stadium parking and Bowl for Kid's Sake. Parents Tom and Sue Grabinski.

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