UMW News BureauTaylor Nahrgang, a 2010 graduate from the University of Montana Western’s business program, was recently appointed to the UMW Foundation board. By Kaitlin Ens [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="165" caption="Taylor Nahrgang on the Montana Western campus."][/caption] Taylor Nahrgang, a 2010 graduate from the University of Montana Western’s business program, was recently appointed to the UMW Foundation board. “The Foundation board has a number of highly accomplished and intelligent people on it,” Nahrgang said. “I have always looked up to them. It is a huge honor to have even been considered.” The Foundation promotes the institutional goals of the university, involves alumni in the university’s future, is a liaison with the public, and provides scholarships to qualifying students, as well as taking part in programs and activities across the campus. Nahrgang was notified of his nomination and asked to sit on the board by Foundation director Amberly Pahut and vice chair of the Foundation’s executive board John Schuyler. Board members have no specified term length and Nahrgang intends to follow the example set by some of the longtime members. “I’ll sit on it until they kick me off,” Nahrgang stated. “I have a strong passion for Montana Western because of the experiences they helped me get. I want to help as much as I can.” Over the course of his five years at Montana Western, Nahrgang served as the student president of the Associated Students of the University of Montana Western from spring 2007 until spring 2009. A member of the Montana Western rodeo team and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), Nahrgang left a lasting impression on the collegiate rodeo arena. He qualified for the College National Finals Rodeos (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo. four times. Nahrgang finished his collegiate rodeo career by winning the CNFR steer wrestling championship in 2010, becoming the fourth Montana Western athlete to win the title. Throughout Nahrgang’s NIRA competitive career he also took an active leadership role serving as the NIRA Big Sky Region student director and the NIRA student president. “Taylor is a fine young man,” NIRA Commissioner Roger Walters stated. “He is very innovative and forward thinking. If he says he’s going to do something he does it. He’s a hard working young man who uses his own initiative. Taylor is very conscientious and truthful. He will be an asset to whomever he works for.” Nahrgang also served a summer internship in Amarillo, Texas for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). During his AQHA internship he worked in the marketing office on web development, marketing materials, press releases, AQHA events, and numerous other marketing assignments. “Both of those positions and other experiences helped me become a better person who was able to lead, communicate, market, and come up with ideas,” Nahrgang explained. “I want to use those traits for the good of the board.” Nahrgang intends to use his recent experience in college to provide a new viewpoint within the Foundation. “I want to help in any way that I can, and different perspectives are always beneficial,” Nahrgang added. “From being ASUMW student president and sitting in on the board meetings, I really think they are on a solid track to helping all the areas on campus. I want to be supportive and helpful.” Nahrgang said he is looking at being appointed to the Foundation board as he looks at everything else. “It’s an honor, but it is also a learning experience,” Nahrgang stated. “I am never going to turn down an opportunity. That is how I have always lived my life and I want to continue doing so.”
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