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UW Graduate Student Named Volunteer of the Year

May 12, 2016

Mandi Mosher, of Casper, is the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award from the University of Wyoming’s Service, Leadership and Community Engagement (SLCE) office. The award recognizes a student who has exemplified the spirit of volunteerism and service within the UW campus and the Laramie community.

Mosher, a UW social work program graduate student, was nominated for the award by Division of Social Work Assistant Professor Valerie Thompson-Ebanks. Mosher was cited for her work with:

-- Youth Empowerment Council: helping to teach adolescents about suicide, drugs, sexual assault and healthy coping strategies.

-- Acupuncture clinic: providing free acupuncture detoxification for the community.

-- Book drive: soliciting donated books for community book drives and also for Peace Corps libraries in South Africa.

-- Casper Community Prevention Strategies Group: helping to create a campaign to prevent prescription drug abuse.

-- Sexual assault community event -- “One Billion Rising”: partnering with Casper College and UW to coordinate a community event -- the screening of the documentary “Hunting Ground,” and facilitating a discussion after the film with agencies and resources within the Casper College community.

Other UW students nominated for the award were Taylor Albert, Elhashemi Ali, Christine Bessert, Monita Crossley, Patrick Cunningham, Garrett Cruzan, Alanna Elder, Sean Feehan, Ali Ghasemzadeh, Logan Jensen, Annie Layden, John Marquiss, Sean O’Leary, Mandie Reish, Lucas Slade Robertson, Kimberly Sanchez and Betsy Trana.

For more information about the Volunteer of the Year Award, call (307) 766-3117 or visit the SLCE website at

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