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April 25, 2013


The University Center’s Student Involvement Network will host a Life in the Line of Duty Appreciation Day celebration at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. To honor the men and women who serve the community, the celebration will begin with a barbecue in The University of Montana Library Mall, followed by guest speaker Marine Corps Recon Cpl. Shad Pepion.

The event will honor those who serve our country and community, including members of the police, fire and sheriff’s departments, ROTC, veteran’s affairs, U.S. Army, National Guard, Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. Community members are invited to help celebrate these individuals.

Pepion, from Great Falls, has traveled far and experienced national service through many lenses. He served as a U.S. Marine for six years and has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently studies accounting at Montana State University, Great Falls. He is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, S.D., as well as the Blackfeet Tribe. He has been inducted into the Oglala Lakota Red Feather Warrior Society and the Blackfeet Warrior Society.

Pepion will speak about his time in the military, his struggles and perseverance, and his transition from combat to classroom.

For more information call SIN Student Director Dan Biehl at 406-243-6189 or email



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Contact: Adrianne Donald, assistant director for student involvement and communication, University Center, 406-243-6029,; Dan Biehl, student director, UC Student Network Involvement Network, 406-243-6189,