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Local student wins MSU Women of Achievement Award

April 12, 2004 -- by MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Twelve senior students at Montana State University were recently honored with Women of Achievement awards at the Herstory Reception sponsored by the MSU Women's Center and the MSU Alumni Association.

Winners of the awards, their hometowns and their accomplishments are listed below.

Lisa Abeln of Billings, will be graduating in May with a degree in cell biology and neuroscience with a biomedical science option and University Honors. She will enroll in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She has been the committee chair of the Day of Student Recognition, a student representative for the Student Health Advisory Board of which she is currently the president, Mortar Board and several honors societies. Her volunteer work around the world includes working at various hospitals, helping with reforestation projects, including one in Queensland, Australia and organizing a Christmas tea for the Gallatin Valley Rest Home.

Katie Ann Barcus, of Browning, will graduate in May with a degree in elementary education. She believes in giving back to her people and currently volunteers as a motivational speaker for Blackfeet Community College, promoting higher education for traditional and non-traditional students. She has been a member of AISES, the American Indian Council, the Center of Bilingual and Multicultural Education, and she created a college funding guide geared towards American Indian students interested in financing a college education. She volunteers as a parent leader for her daughter's preschool class and helped coordinate the Third Annual Conference of American Indian Issues. Barcus plans to head home to the reservation upon graduating, but her long-term academic goal is to pursue a graduate degree as a curator, eventually working with museums to create exhibits that promote the uniqueness of the American Indian while maintaining the integrity of the people.

Rhiannon Braun, of Manhattan, will graduate in May with a degree in psychology. She works as a volunteer at the MSU VOICE (Victim Options in the Campus Environment) Center, Big Brothers and Sisters and as a physical therapy aide. She has volunteered with Eagle Mount as a recreational therapist. A regular on the MSU Dean's List, Braun is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She plans to attend Eastern Washington University to earn a doctorate in physical therapy and hopes to continue her work as an advocate for victims of sexual and relationship violence.

Katie Connor, of Great Falls, will graduate in English literature with a minor in women's studies. She currently serves as the coordinator for Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) and as a VOICE Center advocate, as well as the English Club/Sigma Tau Delta president and the Students for Choice/VOX president. Conner is a member of Mortar Board, Semptemviri and the College Democrats. She was a Truman Scholar and was the Rotary Club March Student of the Month. Conner plans to attend graduate school in a program that will "allow her to analyze the cultural structures that use gender roles to authorize patriarchal, normative violence and work to change these structures."

Shayne Marie Dickenson, of Browning, will graduate in August with a degree in Health and Human Development. While working on her Family Science degree at MSU, Dickenson also volunteered with the Child Advancement Program, served as an EHHD Ambassador and was an active member of the Indian Club. She plans to move to Billings and hopes to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Her long-term goal is to help other American Indians pursue an education, and to eventually return to the Blackfeet Reservation.

Annie Glover of Great Falls will graduate in December with a degree in German language and literature and a minor in political science and economics. She is a volunteer for the VOICE Center and served on the MSU Bookstore Board of Directors. She also volunteered for the Child Advancement Program, Meals on Wheels and the Gallatin County DUI Task Force.

Raina Gough of Emigrant will graduate with a degree in chemistry. She has served as a chemistry and physics tutor and a teaching assistant in chemistry and biochemistry. She was a lab assistant for Anasphere, Inc. where she worked on the development of a CO 2 sensor for weather balloons. Gough plans to enroll in graduate school at the University of Colorado-Boulder where she hopes to earn her doctorate in atmospheric and analytical chemistry with an eventual goal of becoming a chemistry professor.

Cheryl Hitzeroth of Helena will graduate in statistics and the University Honors Program. Hitzeroth has been a member of Campus Crusade, Golden Key and Alpha Lambda Delta.

Katie Leuthold of Billings will graduate with a degree in cell biology and neuroscience. She has volunteered for the organ and tissue donations awareness program, the Bozeman Area Food Drive, the Special Olympics and Bozeman Hospice. She has been involved with the Honors Program, Alpha Episilon Delta, the Advocats, Phi Kappa Phi and serves as a youth volleyball coach. She plans to attend the University of Colorado's School of Medicine.

Onawa Linden of Helena will graduate with a degree in graphic design. She was the founder and president of MSU's Grafix Club, currently serves as a manager and designer for Strand Union Graphics and is on the Rocky Mountain Church of Christ's praise and worship team. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Holter Museum of Art and the Bozeman Help Center. She was named a Bozeman Rotary Club Student of the Month.

Britney Moss of Bozeman will graduate with a degree in biochemistry and University Honors. She is a mentor for gifted children, a presenter for Expanding Your Horizons and a co-director of Kids Night Out. She was publications director and committee coordinator for Mortar Board and she was a Goldwater Scholar. She plans to attend graduate school with the goal of earning a doctorate in cancer biochemistry with the eventual goal of becoming a NASA astronaut.

Stacey Sommerfield of Kalispell will graduate with a degree in psychology and University Honors as well as a minor in religious studies. She has been the director of the Exit Gallery. She volunteered at most ASMSU events and is a member of the psychology honors society Psi-Chi. She volunteered with the Bozeman PEAKS program as the After School Enrichment Program, and serves as a mentor at Longfellow Elementary School. After a year off, Sommerfield plans to apply to graduate school, possibly in industrial organizational psychology.

Contact: Betsy Danforth (406) 994-6203