UMW News Bureau
Matthew Matich, a University of Montana Western Business Administration/Health and Fitness Management student, was awarded the Outstanding Student Award at the 2012 BACCHUS Network General Assembly held in Orlando, Fla. from Nov. 1-4, 2012.
The BACCHUS Network is a non-profit national organization promoting health and safety initiatives on campuses and in communities across the United States. The annual General Assembly Awards Banquet is held to recognize outstanding student leaders who have had a positive impact on their campus.
The BACCHUS Network recognized the Butte, Mont. native for his leadership in the UMW Tobacco Free Task Force and in peer education as a member of Montana Western’s student-led Peer.a.Zoids group. Matich and several students also created a tobacco prevention presentation, which was recognized as a BACCHUS Network National Award Winning Program of the Year.
Montana Western became a tobacco-free campus in August 2011.
In addition to his tobacco prevention and peer advising efforts, Matich single-handedly developed a collaboration between the UMW Wellness Program, students and faculty to created an eight-week nutrition and exercise program called the Western Weightloss Challenge.
Matich plans to pursue a career in public health as a health education specialist.