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MSU University Communications staff members win patriot award

October 21, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Jake Dolan, Specialist Kevin Ripley and Adam Griffith at the Patriotic Employer award presentation. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res available

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Two staff members in Montana State University’s communications office were recognized recently for their efforts to support a member of the Montana Army National Guard.

Jake Dolan and Adam Griffith were named patriotic employers by the office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, which is part of the United States Department of Defense. 

Individuals are nominated for the award by a member of the Army National Guard or U. S. Army Reserve or their spouse for the nominee’s efforts to support Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve members through a wide range of measures. Those measures include flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence, if needed.

Kevin Ripley, a part-time staff member in MSU Web and Digital Communications and a combat engineer with the Montana Army National Guard since 2010, nominated Dolan and Griffith for the award.

Dolan is currently director of MSU Web and Digital Communications at MSU, and Griffith is a Web programmer with the department.

Ripley said he nominated Dolan for his mentoring, patience and understanding of Ripley’s hectic schedule. He said he nominated Griffith for his direct supervision and mentoring.

To learn more about the Patriotic Employer award, visit

For more information about University Communications and MSU Web and Digital Communications, see and

Contact: Jake Dolan, (406) 994-5036 or