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Merced College Student of the Month

December 2008

Patrick Mudget


Major:                           History 

Interests:                       American military history, reading, traveling

Future Goals:                become a college professor

Nominating Instructor:  Christine Plecnik, Science/Math/Engineering




      He was born in Merced and raised in Atwater.  He was enlisted in the Air Force and is currently working toward earning his degree in History. This is Patrick Mudget, the December Outstanding Student of the Month in a nutshell.  He was nominated by Dr. Christine Plecnik and she recommended Patrick because of his strong leadership and service skills.  "He completely immerses himself in projects that benefit local, national and international communities" states Professor Plecnik.  Some of his accomplishments include VP of Scholarship where he encouraged academic excellence and oversaw activities regarding the Honors Study Topic.  He designed promotional flyers, invited faculty members to facilitate discussions and purchased refreshments.  He also organized an essay contest which included selecting essay prompts, outlined contest specifications, sought donations for prizes, advertised and asked for faculty members to judge. He has a strong talent for detail.  Patrick has demonstrated his commitment to Phi Theta Kappa by selecting realistic event schedules and develops agendas and conducts general meetings using parliamentary procedures.  Some of the events he has been involved with include Professor of the Year Election, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, Random Acts of Kindness and others. 

Patrick has a GPA of 3.8 and has earned college credit through Airman Leadership School and basic training via the US Air Force.  While he served he received numerous accolades and was quickly promoted.  he received the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor five times, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Ribbon and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.  A great honor Patrick shared was that he received a coin (personalized keepsake a commander gives his or her troops for good work) for his vigilance and positive attitude.  He was one of two troops out of fifty of whom participated in the convoy to receive a coin from the commander. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant and supervised others. 

He is a member of the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He was nominated by the college to attend the presidential inauguration and a series of academic seminars through the Washington Center.  Dr. Plecnik reports in the five years she has been advisor for the Merced College Chapter she has not worked with a more dedicated, disciplined and enthusiastic student.  His goal is to complete his Associates Degree and transfer to UC Merced to continue his studies in History and perhaps work toward a PhD from Stanford University one day.  he would like to become a college professor.  "I want to be in an environment to touch the lives of people in the way my life was, and I hope to inspire the love I have for history in others I encounter as a teacher" notes Mudget. 

Congratulations to Patrick for being selected as the December Outstanding Student of  the Month. He received recognition at the Board of Trustees meeting as well as a check for $50 and a special parking space in December.


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Last updated on 12-11-08 by Michelle Pecchenino