Weber earns Montana Athletes in Service Award


Nov. 19, 2012

Griz senior golfer Olivia Weber was one of seven student-athletes from schools across the state to receive the 2012 Montana Athletes in Service Award on Saturday. The student-athletes were recognized during the Montana-Montana State football game.

The award, sponsored by the Montana Campus Compact, recognizes student-athletes for their commitment to civic engagement, volunteerism and the impact that their service has on their communities.

"These students deserve special recognition for engaging in projects that improve life for everyone in Montana," said Jane Karas, Montana Campus Compact board chairwoman and Flathead Valley Community College president and one of Saturday's presenters, along with UM President Royce Engstrom, MSU President Waded Cruzado and Governor Brian Schweitzer.

Joining Weber as this year's award recipients were Galen Mills (Carroll, football), Jacqueline Elliott (Montana State, women's basketball), Kirstin King (Montana Tech, volleyball), Maegan Nahrgang (Montana Western, rodeo), Navin Marimutha (MSU Billings, tennis) and Sara Williamson (Dawson Community College, volleyball).

Weber, who has a 3.95 GPA as a philosophy major, has a full resume of volunteer work both in Missoula and her hometown of Idaho Falls, Idaho. This summer she took it international when she spent three months working in Nairobi, Kenya, for Equality Now, an organization working to end violence and discrimination against girls and women.

(Check closer to Christmas for a special feature on Weber's summer work in Kenya.)

"Olivia is an outstanding all-around student-athlete. Just a model student-athlete," UM golf coach Emily Milberger said. "She is an incredible teammate and an incredible leader and a great ambassador not only for our golf program and our department, but for the entire University."

Weber, who has a career stroke average of 77.9, is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection and was named second-team All-Big Sky as a junior after posting three top-10 finishes and finishing the season with a stroke average of 76.4.



The two-time Big Sky golfer of the week won her first collegiate tournament in September, when her rounds of 74, 73 and 72 won the Bobcat Invitational in Bozeman.
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