The Center for Leadership Development Names University of Montana Forestry Doctorate Student, Martin Twer, Outstanding Student Leader

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Martin Twer, a Ph.D. student at The University of Montana’s School of Forestry, has been given the Fall 2005 Outstanding Student Leader Award.

The Center for Leadership Development cited his bustling schedule of volunteer work, which includes his post as president of the International Student Association and time given to the School of Forestry, the Davidson Honors College and the Foreign Student and Scholar Services office.

"Martin has shown great vision and commitment by seeing that international students have a voice on campus," said Michele Rutherford, a UM English language instructor, in her nomination letter. "He leads by example and encourages others to embrace diversity of people and cultures."

The International Student Association is the umbrella organization for foreign students attending or affiliated with the University. The group’s chosen mission is the promotion of ethnic and cultural diversity, with the goal of enhancing interactions with the multi-faceted international community. Under Twer’s watch, the ISA won the Sentinel Service Award for the 2004-05 academic year.

Among the group’s activities are the International Culture and Food Festival, a five-hour melange of food, music and traditions of numerous countries and regions that draws around 4,000 people each year.

Contact: Jessica Carter, co-coordinator, Center for Leadership Development, (406) 243-5527.

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