UMW News Bureau
Bramlette and Company Realtors and Linda Reiten receive the new Dr. Jane Maddock Service Award.
Dillon business Bramlette and Company Realtors and retiring Montana Western education professor Linda Reiten were named the recipients of the 2009 University of Montana Western Alumni Service Awards. During the award ceremony, the award was officially re-named the Dr. Jane Helm Maddock Service Award. “It is fitting that we name the award in honor of Jane,” executive director of the Montana Western Foundation Amberly Pahut said. “Jane is a member of the Montana Western Emeriti Community, she has established two endowments within the university’s Foundation and volunteers tirelessly for the Foundation and Executive Board. Maddock founded the Montana Western honors program. She continually donates her time and money and truly believes in the past, present and future of Montana Western. Dr. Maddock exemplifies the characteristics that encompass the service award.” The Service Award is granted annually to an individual or individuals who has demonstrated outstanding service to Montana Western. The recipient does not have to be a graduate of Montana Western. Tom Bramlette and company has been an invaluable asset to Montana Western athletics. His support has enabled the university to provide upgrades to the Physical Eeducation Complex weight room and concession stand. His 3-point money ball at Bulldog men’s and women’s basketball games has added an extra bit of excitement to the games. In the past, Bramlette has filled a vacancy on the UMW Foundation Board. Bramlette and Company’s support, enthusiasm and passion for Montana Western is contagious and greatly appreciated. Linda Reiten came to Montana Western in 2000 as an associate professor of special education. She was the guiding force in the creation the university’s special education degree program. She offers tireless support to Montana Westerns students both in the classroom and out. Reiten is frequently seen tutoring students at a study table or frying burgers at a campus event. Her handy work on a sewing machine has been displayed in costumes for the Polynesian club dancers, vests for the rodeo team and numerous costumes for UMW drama productions. Reiten leads by example. She is planning to retire from Montana Western in January 2010.