Student Excellence Awards 2002
Matt Antonich of Kremlin, plans to graduate in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Technology and a minor in Small Business Management. Matt is currently the Business Manager for Student Government, and also the Vice President of Northern Christian Fellowship. In 2000-2001 he was elected Homecoming King. After graduation, Matt would like to get a job as a financial planner or with a non-profit organization to handle their business finances.
Gabrielle Chambliss of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, graduates in May with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health (K-12) with an emphasis on Coaching. Gabrielle was awarded several scholarships during college including the Baker/Myers Athletic Scholarship (1999-2000), the Pepsi Cola Bottlers Scholarship (2000-2001), and the Mrs. G. H. (Ruth) Vande Bogart Endowed Scholarship (2001-2002). She was selected to the All Conference Academic Team in 1999 and 2000 for volleyball, and also All Conference Honorable Mention in 2001 for volleyball. She was Academic All American and Co-Captain of the volleyball team in 2001, and was also voted Player of the Week three times. Upon graduation Gabrielle plans to attend graduate school to receive a Master's degree in Sports Management. During her studies, she would like to be a grad assistant or assistant coach for the volleyball team.
Jami Fabatz of Butte, graduates in May with a major in Secondary English Education. Jami is a member of MEA-MFT and a volunteer for Red Cross. She was awarded the AAUW Scholarship in Spring 2001 which exemplifies leadership among women on campus. She was on the Honor Roll at Montana Tech of the University of Montana (1998-1999) and also at MSU-Northern (1999-2001). She also received a Student Support Services Honor Roll Certificate in 2001. Her extracurricular activities include powder puff football, 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 basketball, yoga classes at the hospital, and she enjoys running and working out. After graduating Jami plans to teach secondary English and hopefully stay in the western part of the U.S. She also plans to further her education with a Master's degree in English Education and Counseling. Getting her Master's degree is very important to her, and she would someday like to fulfill her dream of teaching overseas.
Dan Geelan of Havre, will graduate in May 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Dan is currently the President of Associated Students of MSU-Northern and also the Vice President of Montana Associated Students. He has been a member of the Math/Science Club since 2000. Dan was a Judicial Council member (2000-2001) and recognized in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 2002. He is an Anatomy and Physiology lab assistant and tutor, a homework grader in math, a Biomedical Research Fellowship Applicant, and served in the Montana Army National Guard from 1987-2000. Dan plans to attend medical school after graduation at the University of Washington, then hopes to have a medical practice in rural Montana to be a primary care physician.
Stacey Herries of Bozeman, will graduate from MSU-Northern with a Bachelor of Science degree in English Secondary Education and a minor in Art (K-12). Stacey is a recipient of a PCE grant from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (2000), received an "I Love Northern" scholarship, and works as a peer mentor. She is also a volunteer at KNMC where she has her radio show, a member of the Northern Showcase Selection Committee, a member of the Northern Enlightenment Committee, an originator of "Spoken Word" poetry reading series, and is currently working with Will Rawn in collaboration with Rocky Boy to bring a lecture series to Havre. Stacey also volunteers at her son's kindergarten class, and coached soccer last summer. After graduation Stacey hopes to get a secondary teaching position in English or Art. If she doesn't stay in Montana, she would like to get a job in Oregon or Washington.
Wade Kidder of Troy will graduate in Fall of 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Automotive Technology. Wade is a member of the VICA club, and was the Montana State Post Secondary 2001 VICA automotive Champion. He was also a national delegate for the 2001 VICA Convention in Kansas City. He is currently an officer for the Troy Montana Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5514. In 2001, Wade was the Youth Essay Chairman for the Troy VFW. When he graduates, Wade plans to return to Troy to work with his older brother at No Kidding - Auto.
Tiffany Lowder of Cut Bank, will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor as a Reading Specialist from MSU-Northern this May. Tiffany has been awarded several scholarships including the Alumni Fine Arts scholarship, Catherine Moningstar traditional student award, Heisey scholarship, and an Education scholarship. Her activities while in college include MSU-N vocal ensemble, Student Senate administrative assistant, MSU-N yearbook editor assistant and staff member, an AmeriCorps team member, Student Education Association Vice President, a student support service member, and a homecoming queen candidate. Tiffany states that it is her goal after graduation to make her career and future in educating our country's youth and to make a difference in their lives.
Laura Munson of Chinook will receive her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Physical Education and Health and Reading this May, upon completing her student teaching at Huntley Project High School. Her accomplishments at Northern included Most Improved Player in Girls' Basketball in 1999, Athlete of the Week three times, Academic All Conference three times, and got the MSUN kill percentage record for volleyball in 2001. When Laura graduates, she plans to teach to learn and devote herself to becoming the best prepared and most positive educator she can. She is truly eager to influence children through academics and health and physical education. She also plans to earn a Master's degree in Education.
Katherine Pfau of Billings will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Automotive Technology. Katherine has been involved in VICA, SAE, and Student Senate. She managed the men's basketball team her first two years of college. She received 2nd place for interviewing at the State VICA competition in April 2001. In June, Katherine will travel to Norway and live there for six months through the 4-H program. Upon returning she plans to work for a corporate car company. She would like to work on designing new components for vehicles.
Pamela Pratt of Havre, will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Technology/ Business Management with a minor in Accounting this May. Pamela is the Chief Financial Officer in SIFE, the project manager of the International Dinner and the European Extravaganza Dinner and Raffle, has taught Adult Education classes and Cabin Fever Classes, and has been a recipient of scholarship assistance throughout her 3 years at MSU-Northern. After graduation Pamela would like to find a job that involves challenges, travel and an ongoing learning situation. She is also going to further her education and obtain a Master's degree and possible go into teaching, hopefully at the college level.
Stacey Roth of Fort Benton will graduate in May of 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Business. She has been actively involved in campus activities throughout her time at MSU-N. She has been Freshman Senator of Student Senate, Student Senate Vice President, a Resident Assistant, Homecoming Queen, an Ameri-Corp Volunteer Reading tutor, Student Body President of ASMSUN Student Senate, recognized in Who's Who Among College Students, a yearbook co-editor, and Student Senate Election Commissioner. She was also a Student Senate Summer Interim. When Stacey graduates, she plans to become a graphic designer and eventually an Art Director.
William Shellenberger of Havre is earning a Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in History, and will graduate in December of 2002. William has been a member of the History Club, a Model United Nations Delegate in 1999-2000, and received the Earl J. Bronson History Award, a Writing Award in 2000. He is a Debate Judge for MHSA, a Computer Advisory Board student representative, an Honors English program representative, been on the Honor Roll each semester, and is also the proud father of a daughter born May 2001. After graduation William plans to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. then teach at the university level.
Lynda Vande Sandt of Chinook will graduate this May with a Bachelor's degree in Community Service and a minor in Communications. She has received such honors such as the Elizabeth Jestrab-Chaffee Memorial scholarship, the Jane Buttrey Memorial scholarship, the Haynes Foundation scholarship, and the Sweet Memorial scholarship. She was also recognized in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities. Lynda served 2 years as an Ameri-corps VISTA as the center coordinator to the MSU-N Community Service Center. She has been in the Community Service Club, is a 4-H leader, and is also a Sunday School teacher. When Lynda graduates she plans to work a year or two in the community service field, and then pursue a Master's degree in Human Services.
Susan Woolery of Idaho Falls, Idaho, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education this May. As a member of SIFE, Susan was a lead coordinator for their craft fair in December 2001. She was selected to be a student representative for a search committee selecting a director for the Great Falls education program. Her extracurricular activities include riding horses and attending her children's activities. Susan's career goal is to obtain a teaching position working with high school students, developing their business skills and their career interests. An additional goal that she has is to further her education and expand her abilities in order to have the option of teaching at the college level.