Montana State University

Severin, Brown win MSU Aasheim awards for student service

March 1, 2011


Samantha Severin of Clancy, left, and Tom Brown of Helena have won the 2011 Montana State University Torlief Aasheim Community Involvement Awards, the university's top award for student service.   High-Res Available

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Samantha Severin of Clancy and Tom Brown of Helena have won the 2011 Montana State University Torlief Aasheim Community Involvement Awards, the university's top award for student service.

Severin will graduate in May with a degree in industrial engineering. She is director of ASMSU Outreach Division, a tutor at the university's Math Learning Center, a summer intern for the Boeing Company. She is a member of the Engineering Ambassador Program, the MSU Leadership Fellow Program and Chi Omega sorority. She is a peer leader for MSU University Studies, co-chair of MSU Relay for Life and an organizer for MSU Student United Way. She is a CAP mentor in local schools and a member of the 10,000 Hours Project, organizing for volunteerism in the community. Severin is the daughter of Suzanne and Stan Severin.

Brown will graduate in May with a degree in mechanical engineering. He is a member, officer, volunteer, presenter and representative for MSU's Engineers Without Borders Chapter, working in Kenya in the summer of 2009. He is an Engineering Program Ambassador, a role model for Shadow and Engineer, a volunteer for Engineering Week, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, a field marshal for MSU's First Robotics Competition, team captain and organizer for MSU Relay for Life, a fundraiser for Fun on the Farm, a member of MSU Collegiate 4-H and a judge for MSU Ag Days. Additionally, he was a volunteer for Toys for Tots, a fundraiser for cancer research, a volunteer for Eagle Mount, a team member for Walk for Juvenile Diabetes and mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters "Big for a Day." Additionally, he interned for British Petroleum's Cherry Point Refinery and worked for Running W Cattle Co. Brown is the son of Lynette and Greg Brown.

The award, named for the late MSU alumnus Torlief "Torley" Aasheim, recognizes male and female senior students who volunteer on campus and in the community, in addition to excelling academically.

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