Current Pure Gold Recipients
NARC Livestock Crew, MSU-Bozeman
DelCurto I wanted to bring to your attention the outstanding service provided by the MSU NARC support staff. In my 25+ years of conducting university research with beef cattle, I have not worked with a better group of people. They are efficient, always prepared, supportive of research, and pleasant to work with. When conducting range beef cattle research, the routine tasks such as weighing/condition scores as well as outfitting animals with research equipment often become all day jobs that test the patience and resolve of support staff as well as faculty. Often this work is conducted in less than ideal weather conditions and, to coin the phrase, “if something can go wrong it usually will.” I have worked with this group of people extensively with winter grazing projects, spring feed intake/milk production studies, and summer grazing projects. We have routinely weighed/condition scored over 250 head of animals at a time and usually completed these tasks in less than 4 hours. Recently they saddled horses around 7 AM drove 20 miles and began gathering with temperatures in the teens and a wind chill factor of near zero. Once all the cows were gathered (10 AM) we began to process the cows for the research project only to discover that the hydraulic squeeze chute would not work because the oil was too cold for the electric motor. Fortunately, they had a spare (gas powered) and we were able to process all the animals over in 4 hours. They even had a coffee pot at the squeeze chute and provided lunch. They are a pleasure to work with and represent MSU well. Boss Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life; this group epitomizes this. They are in research because they love the cattle research & way of life. They facilitate research collecting data or saving a calf in winter. They contribute to the most noble of causes, feeding the world through Ag Research. Their expertise & caring allows everybody to be more efficient. See Moving Day, K. Gorham
Nominated by Tim Delcurto Darrin Boss; Received award on February 21, 2018
Microbiology and Immunology, MSU-Bozeman
"I am not here to talk you into Microbiology. I am here to invite you to explore what Microbiology has to offer" she said with a twinkle in her eye as she addressed the MSU Friday students and parents. I could actually watch the faces of the young learners light up to Kari's words. This is the effect that Kari has with any student she comes into contact with.
If you are wanting to learn your way around the Microbiology and Immunology Department, Kari is not only a friendly and enthusiastic face, but her passion and love for the sciences permeates energy in the room.
Kari is inspiring in many ways: her eagerness to help, her excitement to share her knowledge and overall the display of finest character that any academic department would be proud to have. She teaches large fromat courses and still has time to meet one on one with her advising students to provide them with the best help possible. I have seen Kari be in the middle of working and stop to help a student with a question.
I am very happy to send in this nomination for Kari Cargill.
Nominated by Ceran Walker; Received award on February 14, 2018
Department of Mathematical Sciences Staff, MSU-Bozeman
The Department of Mathematical Sciences staff is truly inspiring because they go above and beyond their job descriptions. Every semester, hundreds of students pass through their offices with questions about pre-requisites, courses, and grading. I am continually impressed with this team?s patience and kindness toward each, individual student. They take time to make sure each students? mathematical course needs are met and even get to know our graduate students on a first name basis. They care about students as people both inside and outside of the classroom.
As a faculty member, I appreciate their willingness to put aside whatever they are working on to help me reserve a classroom, answer an accounting question, or even fix a copy jam. Without them, I know that I would not be able to do my job as efficiently or as effectively. Their patience and kindness makes MSU a more enjoyable place to work for all of us in the mathematics department. Their dedication to students across campus inspires me to be more helpful, patient, and kind in my own interactions with students.
Note: I could not upload all of their photos but they can all be found on the Math Dept Website.
Nominated by Megan Wickstrom; Received award on February 7, 2018
COTS/Provost Office, MSU-Northern
To Whom it May Concern:
I would like to nominate Dr. Larry Strizich for the Gold Award as his consistently good and diligent service to our institution and university system is extraordinary and way above the grade. As a student, my experience was that Larry was there for us as a professor and advisor and also served as a club advisor and leader for our IEEE club. I saw Larry working as a professor to take the classes and senior projects to a higher level of learning and expertise.
Later when I became a faculty member I saw Larry working in committee meetings and COTS meetings helping all of us with accreditation and understanding the work necessary to make our college a better part of the whole. Larry served as Chair of the COTS for many years and helped us without our really understanding all that he did to keep the COTS running as smoothly as it did. As Larry served as Chair of the COTS, making sure that the Dean looked good in all aspects that he could be of service, such as accreditation, assessment, departmental support, extra duty teaching automotive classes, taking the brunt of any conflicts and diffusing the situation to amenable ends, grant writing, and many other duties that I have no idea how deep his service goes, but I know that he was and is always there in support of our efforts to make Northern meet the needs of the students, state, and university system, the best he can and could. I know with a certainty that everyone on this campus would sign on to this nomination without hesitation and am surprised that it hasn't been done before. I took pictures of him on the sly a couple of years ago, before he became Dean of the COTS and now he has stepped up to help as Interim Provost to help Northern maintain an even keel and stay afloat and navigate in the heavy seas of academic and financial waters.
Thank you Larry for your unwavering commitment to excellence for Northern and your exemplary example as a leader for our institution.
Nominated by Trygve Magelssen; Received award on January 31, 2018
Honors Program, MSU-Billings
He is the person who I have noticed cares about the students the most. He is always available for appointments and to help both with student concerns regarding the program or their regular studies questions.
He motivates students to try their best by showing them they are valued and appreciated. I think this is so important in order to get students motivated. He appreciates every effort students make, and his positive attitude towards everything is always very uplifting.
With all the above said, he inspired me to always try my best knowing that my efforts are going to remain appreciated.
Nominated by Miglena Ivanova; Received award on January 24, 2018
Department of Animal and Range Sciences, MSU-Bozeman
“Make hay while the sun shines" was the mantra for JT Saunders, Red Bluff Ranch Manager.
Just as haying operations were to begin in late June, unexpected staff departures dramatically affected the crew at the Bozeman Agricultural Research and Teaching Farm, near the MSU campus. Understanding the predicament of the farm operations, JT, without hesitation, drove 80 miles round trip daily from Red Bluff to Bozeman, worked exhaustive days, and spearheaded the harvest of more than 460 acres of hay.
During this same time, the Lodgepole Fire burning in central Montana weighed heavily on JT, having grown up in this rural area and knowing many of the people in the communities impacted by the blaze. With modest foundation funds, he worked with Bozeman Costco to purchase 9,000 bottles of water. After work, he and a co-worker drove through the night to deliver the water to the Winnett Volunteer Rural Fire Department. After unloading the pallets of water, they immediately returned to Bozeman to resume haying the next day.
Even with taking on additional labor-intensive responsibilities, JT still managed his duties at Red Bluff. For his inspirational and selfless dedication, JT Saunders gets my support for making a “Pure Gold” impact.
Nominated by Patrick Hatfield; Received award on January 17, 2018
Amy is always trying to help us in anyway possible coming into the AIRO tutor room at regular intervals even just to say hi or good morning. And following up on emails to provide us with scholarship information, EMpower meetings or anyway we can be involved at Montana State. She sacrifices a lot of her time to go to our EMpower meetings coming in after hours and sending emails after hours to get good speakers and really focusing on our needs as students. Amy Stix positively impacts the community by never letting the students in EMpower feel like they are in it alone. She does her due diligence to create a fun, safe and good learning and growing environment/community. Amy Stix has inspired me to help in the transition of other tribal college students to the larger Universities, acknowledging the struggles and challenges in my own corner of the world to look for solutions that are both impactful and inspiring.
Nominated by Gordon North Piegan; Received award on January 10, 2018