Each Homecoming, the University of Montana Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards. University alumni and friends are invited to nominate, on an individual basis, a graduate or former student for this award.
Recipients of the award are individuals who have distinguished themselves in a particular field and who have brought honor to the University, the state or the nation. The University of Montana Alumni Association Board of Directors Awards Committee focuses on career achievement, professional honors, professional membership/directorship, community service and UM or UMAA recognition or service in selecting recipients.
Milton Parsons, Dorothy Bridges, George Dennison, Jim Messina and Yoko Takeuchi are the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. They will be honored Friday, Oct. 4, at a 5:30 p.m. panel discussion, awards ceremony and reception at the University and be recognized at the home football game on campus on Saturday, Oct 5th.
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Milton Parsons has championed environmental stewardship, sustainability and social justice causes in his 35-year career with the U.S. Forest Service. A Vietnam combat veteran, he continues in his retirement to promote these causes through the award-winning Veterans Green Jobs, a non-profit he co-founded in 2008 and chairs. He served as the first national fisheries ecologist in the Forest Service, deputy director of legislative affairs, acting director for the Office of Tribal relations and executive director of the Western Forestry Coalition. Dr. Parsons has drafted 10 bills that have become public law and represent some of the most far-reaching legislation on the management of public and private forestry lands in the United States in the last three decades. He served on many nationally appointed teams, such as the National Tribal Relations Program Task Force and the USDA Western Forest Health Initiative. His work has earned him many honors, including the Council of Western State Foresters Distinguished Service Award for his management of Western forestry lands, and the U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for his outstanding performance in support of the White Water to Blue Water Partnership in the Greater Caribbean. As an educator, he served as adjunct professor for three years with the Environment, Policy and Management Graduate Program at the University of Denver. His fellowships include National Wildlife Environmental Fellowship (1974), American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1987) and Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard University (1995). He is a certified fisheries scientist and a certified wildlife biologist. He completed his master and doctor of education at Montana State University.
The Veterans Green Jobs Board of Directors and staff applaud these life-time accomplishments of our Chairman and co-Founder.