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Kicker, Rust win Community Excellence Awards

February 19, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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Patty Kicker, a Bozeman businesswoman and former executive director of the Athletic Scholarship Association (now Bobcat Club), and Dan Rust, a State Farm Insurance agent and owner, were recognized for their service to both Montana State University and the Bozeman community as the winners of the 2010 Community Excellence awards announced at the MSU Alumni Association/Bozeman Chamber Awards for Excellence banquet held recently.

The MSU Alumni Association and the MSU/Chamber Relations Committee presented the awards jointly. More than 300 business and campus leaders attended the ceremonies held Tuesday in the Strand Union Building on the MSU campus.

Kicker received a business degree at MSU. She served on the Athletic Scholarship Board of Directors and was executive director of the MSU Athletic Scholarship Association for 17 years. She retired from that position in 2003 to enter the Bozeman business sector. Now, she works as a real estate loan officer at Mountain West Bank. Kicker is also a member of the Gallatin Association of Realtor Affiliates and the Riverside Country Club, and she serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors for Gallatin Valley.

Rust is a graduate of MSU-Billings, where he received a degree in business and played basketball. Rust moved to Bozeman in 1978 with a sales position. In 1982, he became a State Farm Insurance agent and owner. He has been active in the community ever since.

Rust has supported and volunteered for the MSU-Billings Alumni Association and Foundation and has been a member of the MSU Boosters for nearly 30 years. Through State Farm, Rust provided support for a new volleyball floor in MSU's Shroyer Gym. Rust's involvement in the community includes memberships with the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce, the Valley View Board of Directors, the Big Sky State Games Board of Directors, and the Bozeman Deaconess Board of Directors. He has been a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics and a longtime referee and official for the Montana High School Athletics Association.

The community service awards are awarded annually to a local man and woman in recognition of outstanding support of the Bozeman and MSU communities. Criteria for the award include giving time and resources beyond business or professional obligations to both the community and MSU.

Kerry Hanson, (406) 994-7620 or kshanson@montana.edu