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MSU Women's Center announces 2005 Student of Achievement Awards

April 19, 2005 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman--The Montana State University Women's Center and MSU Alumni Association honored a local student as one of 11 seniors who received a 2005 Student of Achievement Award. The students were selected for enriching the MSU campus through hard work, compassion and activism.

Montana award winners, their hometowns and their accomplishments are listed below.

Billings
Nora Olsgaard, graduating in mathematics with a minor in women's studies, worked at the MSU Women's Center and advocated for women in their educational pursuits. She volunteered as a member of the Women's Center board for the past four years, has been active in the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and is a member of the Global Ecovillage Network. She spent a semester living in Scotland at Findhorn Ecovillage. Olsgaard founded the MSU Knitting and Needlecraft Club. She plans to eventually continue her education in graduate school studying women's studies.

Bridgett Paddock, graduating in English literature, encouraged women through extensive volunteer work as a volleyball coach. She honed leadership skills as a secretary and president of the English Club and vice-president for the Big Sky Volleyball Club. She tutored a dyslexic adolescent and tutored peers in the MSU Writing Center. Paddock plans to continue her education in a graduate program with a goal of becoming a college professor.

Kara Rowton, graduating in biotechnology with an animal systems option, volunteered for Eagle Mount, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Expanding Your Horizons. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority, vice-president of Mortar Board, and coordinator of the Day of Student Recognition. Rowton will continue her education in law school with the goal of becoming a patent attorney, an interest she developed while interning with a biomedical company.

Bozeman
Erin Cech, graduating in electrical engineering and sociology, coordinated the "Engineerathon," a hands-on outreach event for middle school students. Cech was an MSU College of Engineering ambassador, and volunteered as a speech and forensics coach. She was a student representative on the Women in Engineering Advisory Council and has been a public outreach team presenter to educate the public about space programs. Cech conducted sociological research regarding female engineers and will be presenting her findings in April at a national conference. She plans to continue research on minorities in engineering.

Butte
Heidi Donaldson, graduating in health and human development with a family and consumer science option, volunteered with the VOICE Center (Victims Options in the Campus Environment) and Students Against Sexual Assault. She helped organize the March for Diversity sponsored by the Human Rights Task Force and is the president of the health and human development honor society, Phi Upsilon Omicron. Donaldson plans to continue her education in a mental health graduate program.

Scott Hyslop, senior in mathematics and philosophy with a religious studies option, is co-president of Students Against Sexual Assault and president of Men Stopping Rape. Hyslop conducted research on religious diversity in Montana through a grant from Harvard University and was invited to present his work at an annual student research conference at Harvard. He will attend graduate school and plans to pursue work in conflict resolution, focusing specifically on religious, gender and social relations.

Great Falls
Kelsey Bock, senior in biochemistry, worked in a hospital in Ghana, West Africa, during an international student exchange program. She volunteered for blood drives, Kids Night Out and a textbook drive for Ghana school children. She plans to attend physician's assistant school and plans a career helping people in developing countries.

Contact Betsy Dansforth dansforth@montana.edu or 994-3836