Jessica Page Stickney ’51

2006 Distinguished Citizen Award

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In the spirit of her mentors, who include President Charles Turck and Professor Theodore Mitau, Jessica Page Stickney has stepped forth to serve in nearly every realm of her community. She was elected to the Montana Legislature and served for more than a decade on the Montana Council for Families, working to end child abuse. An active arts advocate, she served on the National Endowment for the Arts Advisory Panel, and she devoted 12 years of service to the Montana Arts Council, including a three-year term as chair at the request of the governor.

Education has always been one of her primary concerns. Elected to the Miles City School and Community College boards, she now serves on the National Advisory Council of Rocky Mountain College which awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 1986. She volunteers as a reading tutor and with organizations supporting disadvantaged children and low-income housing.

In the United Church of Christ, Stickney has served as board chair and moderator of the Montana and Northern Wyoming conference. In addition to considerable involvement in her home congregation, she was also active in the Montana Association of Churches and campus ministry. In her community, she has provided leadership to Headstart and organizations serving youth, foster parents, the aging, and families and children dealing with developmental disabilities.

Classmate Don Wortman wrote, "Throughout her life, Jessica has been a leader in her church, in her community and, beyond that, in state and national organizations. Her many leadership roles cover a wide spectrum of social, educational and cultural programs. If he were here today, Ted Mitau would be immensely proud of Jessica Page Stickney."