Knights Giving Back

Community Service Spotlight

russellmowrer-webRussell Mowrer
Ulysses, Kansas

Class of 2016
BS, Occupational Safety and Health

“I could not imagine life without the gift of music and I will continue to share that gift as often as possible…”

“I have been involved in music since I was six years old, starting with playing the piano. Music has always been something that I have enjoyed and as an that passion has not changed. I have always been quick to volunteer my talents for the benefit of the community starting with providing music for church. I started by playing music for church on keyboard at an early age and picked up guitar when I was 16; I currently play many different instruments including  woodwind and percussion instruments. I have been playing guitar for 20 years now and I lead praise and worship for my local church every Sunday, lead  praise and worship band for a men’s ministry in our community called Sons of Thunder and have also had the opportunity to play guitar for our annual high school musical.

Last year, I had the opportunity to provide guitar services for the Garden City Community College’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. Playing in musicals has been a true expression of my desire to help our communities. These events not only provide something awesome for our community to attend, but they also expose many young people to the arts. Encouraging others to participate in the arts and fostering an environment that grows our communities is one of the most awesome activities that one could be privileged with. In addition to the many musical performances, I have also built a home studio that I use to help local musicians record their music. Offering all of these talents and services to the community is one of the highlights of my life. I could not imagine life without the gift of music and I will continue to share that gift as often as possible with our wonderful community.”

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Brent Hicks*
King, North Carolina

Class of 2015
MS, Occupational Safety and Health

* Correction to original article published 10/2016

“I’ve found throughout my years as a volunteer firefighter that the best thing I can do for the citizens of my community is to always be training…”

“I am currently a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. I started volunteering with a fire department as a junior member and have been doing it for almost 10 years now. I enjoy being able to help people in their time of need. I am a third generation volunteer firefighter; my grandfather and my father were involved with the fire service when I was little and I knew growing up I wanted to join as soon as I got old enough. I’ve found throughout my years as a volunteer firefighter that the best thing I can do for the citizens of my community is to always be training to improve my level of knowledge and to
learn new techniques to be able to serve them better.

One of the main reasons I chose CSU for my master’s and bachelor’s degree was because of the ability to complete the coursework when I had extra time available. While completing my B.S. degree I was able to stay working full time for Forsyth County Emergency Services as an EMT. This allowed me to
expand my knowledge in the medical field as well as being able to advance my career as a safety professional.

 

 

materndavida-webDavid Matern
Hohenfels, Germany

Class of 2016
BS, Business Administration

“I have shared and experienced many fun moments during my involvement with the American Legion…”

“I have been working with the American Legion – Department of Utah, a veteran’s service organization, for more than 24 years. I have worked within the organization in a variety of capacities, including children and youth with the American Legion baseball, Miss American Legion Scholarship Pageant,  contests, and Boys State. Each of these programs are geared toward helping high school students gain valuable experience doing things they love with opportunities to receive scholarships for school or to go on playing professional baseball (did you know more than 80% of professional baseball players got their start by playing American Legion baseball?).

Another highlight was participating every year in the Boys State program, a week-long course for high school juniors held at Weber State University. In that week, the students learn all about how the government works, they run for offices and two students are elected as state senators to go on to Boys
Nation in Washington, DC.

I have shared and experienced many fun moments during my involvement with the American Legion and I eagerly await the opportunity to get back to the states and home to Utah to continue volunteer work with the American Legion.

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