2014 ServeMontana Symposium

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Sponsored by the Governor's Office of Community Service, the fifth annual ServeMontana Symposium brought together approximately 200 National Service participants from across the state including AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps.

The theme of "the Power of Human Action" explored the impact of National Service in Montana over the years, and inspired participants to succeed in their term of service and continue a lifelong commitment to service.

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Building Healthy, Active, Environmentally Aware Communities:

Building an Inclusive Work Environment:

The Courage to Serve: Recognizing Montana's Veterans:

Keynote Speaker: Paul Gordon Lauren, "The Power of Human Action"


Paul Gordon Lauren is an internationally-recognized teacher and scholar of diplomacy, world politics, and human rights.  He is the first person to ever be named as a Regents Professor at The University of Montana where he also served as the Founding Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and as the Mansfield Professor of Ethics and Public Affairs.  He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University where he also has served on the faculty on three separate occasions.  At The University of Montana he has received the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Most Inspirational Teacher Award, the Montana Professor of the Year Award by the Carnegie Foundation, the Governor’s Humanities Award and more. He has published many articles, chapters, and fifteen books, including the widely-read classic of Force and Statecraft, the highly acclaimed The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and the award-winning Power and Prejudice. Professor Lauren has delivered invited addresses at The Smithsonian Institution, the Nobel Peace Institute, and before the United Nations where he has been described as the world’s leading authority on the history of international human rights.

Professor Lauren was heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States when he lived and worked in Harlem of New York City and personally met Martin Luther King, Jr.  His work in the area of human rights has taken him behind the Iron Curtain during the tense days of the Cold War, enabled him to observe part of the war crimes trials of Slobodan Milosevic at The Hague, and taken him to places when the dangers and sensitivity of the subject required that he be accompanied by armed bodyguards.

Opening Plenary: Beth Baker, Montana Supreme Court Justice


Justice Baker was raised in Spokane, Washington, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. In 1985, she graduated with high honors from the University of Montana School of Law. Following graduation from law school, Justice Baker served four years as a law clerk for the Hon. Charles C. Lovell, U.S. District Judge for the District of Montana. From 1989 through 2000, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Montana Department of Justice, including four years as Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General and four years as Chief Deputy Attorney General. Justice Baker spent the next ten years in the private practice of law with the firm of Hughes, Kellner, Sullivan and Alke. Justice Baker served ten years on the State Bar of Montana’s Access to Justice Committee and currently serves as an ex officio director of the Montana Justice Foundation. Justice Baker now serves as the Montana Supreme Court’s representative on the Court’s Access to Justice Commission. Justice Baker was elected to the Montana Supreme Court on November 2, 2010, and was sworn into office January 3, 2011, to fill the position of retiring Justice W. William Leaphart.

Morning Plenary: Waded Cruzado, Montana State University President


Since January of 2010, Dr. Waded Cruzado has served as the 12th President of Montana State University, an institution recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as one of 108 universities for its “Very High Research Activity” and one of 54 institutions recognized by Carnegie as a “Community Engaged University.”  As President of MSU, President Cruzado has significantly reshaped the face and future of the state’s first land-grant institution.  An articulate and inspirational speaker on the role of land-grant universities, she has become a well-known champion of the land-grant’s tripartite mission of education, research and public outreach.  Under President Cruzado’s leadership, MSU established the new Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, thanks to a $25 million donation, the largest gift in the history of the Montana University System.  President Cruzado also raised $10 million for a renovation of the end-zone of Bobcat Stadium, completing the fund-raising, design and construction phases of the project in under 10 months.  Concurrently, scientific research expenditures reached a record-breaking level at more than $300 million and MSU has set new enrollment records, registering an 18 percent increase, all within the first three years of her presidency. President Cruzado has been honored as the 2011 Michael P. Malone Educator of the Year by the Montana Ambassadors for outstanding accomplishment, excellence and leadership in the field of education.  In 2012, The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities awarded President Cruzado the Seaman A. Knapp Memorial Lectureship, in honor of the founder of the Cooperative Extension Service.  President Cruzado has also been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Cruzado to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), a presidentially-appointed seven member advisory council to USAID, whose primary role is to advise on agriculture, rural development and nutrition issues related to global food insecurity and the eradication of hunger in the world.

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