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Hanson, Ford win 2011 Community Excellence Awards

March 1, 2011

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Kerry Hanson, associate director of the Montana State University Alumni Association and Bozeman-area Realtor Tim Ford have won the 2011 Community Excellence Awards.

The awards, which honor service to both MSU and the Bozeman community, were announced at the MSU Alumni Association/Bozeman Chamber Awards for Excellence banquet held Feb. 22.

Since coming to MSU 22 years ago as a freshman from Missoula, MSU has been central to Hanson's personal and professional life. She graduated from MSU 18 years ago with a degree in business marketing and then joined the MSU staff, first working in the MSU Office of Admissions and then the Alumni Association. Hanson also has made service to her community an integral part of her existence. For 12 years she was chapter adviser for Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, where she continues to volunteer as an adviser. She serves on the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She is active in the MSU//Chamber Relations Committee and was for one year co-chair of Leadership Bozeman. She mentored a Big Brother Big Sisters of Gallatin County Little Sister for six years and has volunteered as judge for the first Lego League robotics competition at MSU. She is also active in Hope Lutheran Church as a member and committee leader, has delivered workshops for several student organizations on campus and volunteers for the Montana Special Olympics.

Ford's involvement in the local Lions Club has led him to become a key player in helping secure funding for the Fourth of July Fireworks for the city of Bozeman. He's also pivotal in other Lions community programs including the recycled can collection throughout the Bozeman area, Midget Football Program, Lion's Invitational Track Meet, the opening and closing of the Hyalite Youth Camp at Hyalite Reservoir and the turkey leg concession at the Christmas Stroll. Additionally, he's a mentor at Hawthorne School and a member of Junior Achievement. He teaches a class for first time home buyers and writes a real estate blog in a local magazine. He's also a member of the MSU Chamber Relations Committee and involved in a variety of activities at MSU.

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.

Kathleen Wood (406) 586-0757,