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November 15, 2012


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 Saturday, Nov. 17, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium for their outstanding commitment to civic engagement, volunteerism and the impact that their service has on their communities.  

“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,” said Jane Karas, Montana Campus Compact board chairwoman and Flathead Valley Community College president.

The 2012 Montana Athletes in Service are:

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

The awards will be presented by Karas, UM President Royce Engstrom, MSU President Waded Cruzado and Gov. Brian Schweitzer on the field at the “Brawl of the Wild” football game held this year at UM. 

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 given November 2001 in Bozeman. The award presentation alternates with the location of the annual football game between the MSU Bobcats and the UM 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 based at UM and is the largest higher education network in the state. MTCC works to deepen the ability of colleges and universities to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibilities. 





Contact: Dean McGovern, director, UM Campus Compact, 406-243-5177,