College Student-Athletes Honored for Community Engagement

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Sara Williamson, DCC sophomore volleyball player.

Seven student-athletes, from colleges and universities across the state, will receive the 2012 Montana Athletes in Service Award sponsored by the Montana Campus Compact.  Each student-athlete will be recognized this weekend for their outstanding commitment to civic engagement, volunteerism, and the impact that their service has 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 2012 Montana Athletes in Service are:

  1. Galen Mills, senior  football player at Carroll College in Helena.
  2. Jacqueline Elliott, sophomore basketball player at Montana State University- Bozeman.
  3. Kirstin King, senior volleyball player at Montana Tech in Butte.
  4. Maegan Nahrgang, junior rodeo athlete at The University of Montana Western in Dillon.
  5. Navin Marimutha, senior tennis player at Montana State University-Billings.
  6. Olivia Weber, senior golfer at The University of Montana-Missoula.
  7. Sara Williamson, sophomore volleyball player at Dawson Community College in Glendive.

The award will be presented by Karas, UM President Royce Engstrom, MSU President Waded Cruzado, and Governor Brian Schweitzer, on the field at the Brawl of the Wild football game on Saturday, November 17, 2012 in Missoula.

In its 12th year, the Montana Athletes in Service Award commemorates the historic 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.

“It’s 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 civic and social responsibilities.


Dean McGovern
Executive Director
Montana Campus Compact


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