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MSU chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron wins professional program award

September 12, 2017 -- MSU News Service

The Epsilon chapter of the national honor society for family and consumer sciences won the 2017 national project award for their awareness-raising project about Bozeman’s veterans and the 2016 award for their project spotlighting homeless youth. Pictured with the 2016 and 2017 awards are, from left to right: members Tracy Robecker and Lindsay Stickel, chapter adviser Sandy Osborne and alumna Tarra Holmes. Photo courtesy Lindsay Stickel

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University’s chapter of the Phi Upsilon Omicron honor society recently won the 2017 national award for its professional project, “Serving Our Veterans One Step at a Time.”

MSU’s Epsilon chapter worked to raise awareness and provide support for veterans in the Bozeman community in the annual professional project competition sponsored by the national honor society in family and consumer sciences. The local chapter designed and implemented a community walk on the MSU campus, said Lindsay Stickel, a senior family and consumer sciences education major from Fallon who is chapter vice-president and project chair.

Working with the local American Legion Auxiliary Post 14, the event included a presentation of colors, a rifle exhibition drill, opening comments from a local post representative, a photo booth, raffles, information tables and other fun offerings, according to Stickel.

“The Epsilon chapter raised over $500 in donations for Post 14, and distributed information about veterans to the local community,” Stickel said.

Epsilon chapter also won the 2016 national award for their project called “Creating Warmth for our Youth Legacy by Fostering the Light of the Home Tradition.” The project raised general awareness of homelessness in America and started discussions about local homeless youth, as well as collecting over $200 and about 850 pounds of donated items that went directly to the area youth.

Phi Upsilon Omicron holds a professional project competition each year for its 56 national chapters. Chapters are required to submit a project that encourages lifelong learning and commitment to advance family and consumer sciences and related areas through service, according to the national website. Winners of the competition receive a plaque and a monetary award of $150 for their local chapter.

For more information about Phi Upsilon Omicron, visit For more information about the Epsilon chapter, visit or contact Sandy Osborne at 406-994-5007 or

Contact: Sandy Osborne, Human Development and Family Science, 406-994-5007 or