April 22, 2019


Student Hero Leadership Awards

MSUB student leaders honored at annual awards banquet 

Recognized at 2019 Leadership Recognition Program April 4



University Communications and Marketing, 657-2266

MSU BILLINGS NEWS — Montana State University Billings honored an outstanding group of students, organizations, and staff on Thursday, April 4 at the annual Leadership Recognition Program awards banquet. This year’s events were held on the MSUB campus in the Glacier Room.

Lilli Delgadillo and Any BlaquiereThe theme for the 2019 banquet, “Spark”, focused on the ignition of passion and leadership in students and staff over the past year. Several definitions of the word spark served as the basis for this year’s theme, including “something that sets off a sudden force,” “to respond with enthusiasm,” and “to stir to activity,” according to Chase Greenfield, Student Engagement Coordinator.

“We expect to see this spark grow in our student leaders throughout their time here, and in their future endeavors until it becomes a strong fire,” said Greenfield.

Students, staff, and organizations were recognized for their efforts and accomplishments throughout the past year through various awards. Winners and nominees alike show a dedication to MSUB that is admired by their peers, the campus, and the community.

awards presentation during the SPARK eventWhile there was no keynote speaker at the 2019 event, attendees took part in honoring Kristin Peterman for her over 15 years of service as Director of the Center for Engagement. She will be moving to a new position at New Student Services in the fall. “The students gave her a standing ovation,” said Greenfield. “For all she has done throughout her career to ignite student leadership on campus.”

Lili Delgadillo was named Outstanding President of the year for her work with the Student Activities Board (SAB), a student group with a goal to provide fun, free, and exciting programs to enhance the student experience at MSUB.

HEROES was awarded Outstanding Student Organization: Departmental/Student Fee Funded as well as Outstanding Student Organization Overall. Jessie Hahne of HEROES was awarded Outstanding Advisor for her work with the group over the past year.

Amanda Hemmen was the recipient of the Outstanding Academic Leadership Award.

The Student Athlete Advisory Council was recognized with the Outstanding Organization Program or Event Award with their Make-A-Wish Basketball Game.

Ed Brown, Director of the Campus Store, was named the Unsung Hero of 2019.

ASMSUB and SAB were honored with the Outstanding Organization Service Project Award through their Jackets from Jackets Coat Drive held during the holiday season.

Other 2019 Leadership Recognition Award recipients are:
Carli Dyba, Outstanding Member of an Organization
Taylor Slabaugh, Outstanding Member of an Organization
Brigham Jessen, Emerging Student Leader
Willow Peterson, Emerging Student Leader
Sari Robertus, Outstanding Student Volunteer
Erika Smith, Student Employee Leadership
Dustin Duke, Student Employee Leadership
Sven Jeuschede, International Student Leader
Guillaume Kremer, Athletic Leadership Award
Olivia Mahon, Striving for Excellence in Leadership While Caring for One’s Family
Andrew Jenson, Peer Educator
Halle Keltner, Senior Leadership
Eric Brown, Outstanding Graduate Student Leader
STEM Club, Outstanding Student Organization: Academic & Honorary
OUT @ MSUB, Outstanding Student Organization: Campus Support
History Club, Special Interest

For more information, contact Center for Engagement Assistant Director Brandee Soens at (406) 896-5998 or brandee.soens@msubillings.edu.