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Eight MSU students win ‘Torley’ awards for community involvement

February 22, 2017 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN — Eight Montana State University seniors have won the 2017 Torlief Aasheim Community Involvement Award, the university’s top award for student service.

Issac Stafstrom, William Harning, Kelby Janicek, Lauren Hausauer, Esther Oloff, Aaron Benson, Sarah Coldiron and Catherine Coe are this year’s winners of the award, which recognizes senior students who, in addition to excelling academically, volunteer on campus and in the community. The award is named for late MSU alumnus Torlief “Torley” Aasheim, former director of the Montana State Cooperative Extension Service and a member of the class of 1937.

The winners are listed below by college:

College of Agriculture
Isaac Stafstrom from Madison, Wisconsin, is pursuing an honors degree in animal science livestock management and industry. While at MSU, he has participated in the Bozeman Symphony Choir and has served on the Board of Directors for Big Sky Youth Empowerment. Additionally, he has been inducted into the Alpha Zeta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He is also an undergraduate researcher who works with Professor Tony Hartshorn.

College of Arts and Architecture
William Harning from Allen Park, Michigan, is majoring in studio arts. During his time at MSU, he has participated in the ASMSU Art Market and served as president of the Ceramics Guild. He is also involved in the community as an Archie Bray Foundation volunteer, and he supports local artists and musicians through SLAM, a Montana celebration of the arts.

Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Kelby Janicek from Helena is majoring in business management and accounting. She is a member of the MSU Management Club, works as a student volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, has been a member of the Health Professional Club and is a participant in the undergraduate chemistry club. Janicek has volunteered for both Frankenscience and Grossology through the Undergraduate Chemistry Society, working with kids and future scientists. She has also participated in Bowl for Kids’ Sake and Destination Imagination.

College of Education, Health and Human Development
Lauren Hausauer from Bozeman is majoring in elementary education. Hausauer is a member of the MSU Golf Team and was awarded Montana State Big Sky Conference Athlete of the Year. She is also an All-American Scholar Athlete and serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Council. Hausauer has performed more than 300 hours of community service through volunteering at Eagle Mount and teaching Spanish at Irving Elementary.

College of Engineering
Esther Oloff from Idaho Falls, Idaho, is majoring in chemical and biological engineering.  She is a global ambassador for the Office of International Programs, a tutor for America Reads America Counts and a member of Engineers Without Borders at MSU. She also engages in undergraduate research through the MSU Center for Biofilm Engineering. Oloff is part of the Lutheran Student Fellowship and a member of MSU’s Spirit of the West Marching Band.

Honors College
Aaron Benson from Rapid City, South Dakota, is majoring in mechanical engineering and is a member of the Honors College. He volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society as well as a research assistant for the subzero laboratory. Benson is the assistant instructor for “Discovering Shakespeare” and a jukite jujitsu instructor. He is a double bass player for the MSU and Black Hills Symphony, and most recently a student representative for the MSU Alumni Foundation’s “What it Takes” comprehensive fundraising campaign.

College of Letters and Science
Sarah Coldiron from Boise, Idaho, is majoring in history and French. She is an assistant French teacher at Longfellow Elementary, a mentor for gifted and talented students at Meadowlark Elementary and a volunteer with the Child Advancement Project (CAP). She also is involved on campus by serving as a resident adviser, a student ambassador for the College of Letters and Science, an orientation leader and a MSU FRIENDS international student mentor. Coldiron is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies.

College of Nursing
Catherine Coe from Missoula is majoring in nursing. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society and an undergraduate research assistant for Benavides-Vaello. She is also a Western Montana Avalanche Association backcountry skills instructor and is involved with Aerie Wilderness Medicine.

Contact: Michelle Laxson, associate director of the alumni association, MSU Alumni Foundation, (406) 994-4191 or; or Kerry Hanson, vice president of alumni relations, MSU Alumni Foundation, (406) 994-7620 or