Tech’s DeWit, Western’s Labbe receive honor

Nine outstanding student-athletes, representing colleges and universities across the state, will receive the 2013 Montana Athletes in Service Award sponsored by the Montana Campus Compact.  Each student-athlete will be recognized on Saturday, Nov. 23 for their outstanding commitment to civic engagement, volunteerism, and the impact that their service has had on the community.

Jane Karas, Montana Campus Compact Board Chair and Flathead Valley Community College president said, “These students deserve special recognition for taking time from their busy academic and athletic schedules to engage in projects that improve life for everyone in Montana.”

The 2013 Montana Athletes in Service are:
Andy Austin, Senior, Psychology, Football at Montana State University- Bozeman.

Taylor Cummings, Senior, Civil Engineering, Women’s Basketball at Montana State University-Northern

Kelsey DeWit, Senior, Business Management, Women’s Basketball at Montana Tech

Haylee Gallegos, Sophomore, Nursing, Women’s Basketball at Dawson Community College

Eva Green, Junior, Business, Women’s Basketball at Salish Kootenai College

Jayde Hair, Junior, Biology, Volleyball at Rocky Mountain College

Conner Hausauer, Junior, Secondary Education, Men’s Golf at Carroll College

Brian Labbe, Senior, Elementary Education, Football at The University of Montana Western.

Lewis Polkow, Senior, Secondary Education, Men’s Track & Field at Montana State University-Billings

Jordan Sullivan, Senior, Marketing, Women’s Basketball at The University of Montana

The awards will be presented by Karas, UM President Royce Engstrom, MSU President Waded Cruzado, Governor Steve Bullock, and Lt. Governor John Walsh, on the field at the annual Brawl of the Wild football game between Montana State University and The University of Montana on Nov. 23 in Bozeman.

In its 13th year, the Montana Athletes in Service Award commemorates the historic Montana signing of the Presidents’ Declaration of the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education. The first award was made in November 2001 in Bozeman, Montana.  The award presentation alternates with the location of the annual football game between the Bobcats and the Grizzlies.

“November is a special time of year for Montana,” said Karas, “Montanans are committed to their communities and they are committed to this long-standing state football rivalry.”

The Montana Campus Compact is Montana’s largest higher education network. MTCC works to deepen the ability of colleges and universities to improve community life and educate students for their civic and social responsibilities.

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