It’s the end of another year as 2018 is coming to a close. It’s time to welcome 2019 with new and exciting adventures heading our way! It seems like only yesterday we were worried about the year 2000 and the Y2K phenomenon. Would computers stop? Would technology come to a standstill? I remember waiting ’til 12:01 a.m. to see what would happen. Once again, time rolled on and the hype went away after almost a year of preparation. Now, 18 years later, I’m looking forward to another year of change and growth as the MSUB Foundation president and CEO. I want to build a relationship with you and other alumni as we work to build a better MSU Billings!
It takes a village
Since I graduated from EMC in 1986 (hard to believe that’s over 30 years ago!), our alumni have been standouts in Billings, across Montana, and worldwide. Carl Ueland from the class of 1970 stepped up and helped us kickstart our Yellowstone Science and Allied Health Building Project. We broke ground on Sept. 12, and expect to begin construction next summer. Carl is one of many alumni involved in building projects, scholarships, and supporting our alma mater.
Through the Buzzin’ Beyond Billings program started this year, I got to spend some time in eastern Montana last summer. Jason Petik, CEO of Sidney Regional Medical Center, hosted us for an alumni and friends gathering where we heard from alumna Jennifer Doty (class of 2013) who was recently named the CEO of Sidney Health Center. Then this fall, I traveled to Las Vegas where our Yellowjackets were facing off against UNLV. I ran into Harvey Munford, a former EMC alumnus, who graduated in 1965. He has come on board with supporting MSUB as we plan to organize another alumni event in Vegas. Another alumnus, Ed Garding, a 1971 business graduate, stepped in to be our interim dean of the College of Business. We are all MSUB/EMC, and our support is tremendous!
As Gillette Vaira leads the alumni association with enthusiasm, I ask you to get involved. So, attend games and events, join a task force, volunteer. Let’s all do our part to get every community in Montana and beyond as excited as we are about MSUB.
Bill Kennedy, President & CEO