December letter to alumni from Chancellor Edelman

Dear Alumni,

Fall semester is coming to an end and the holiday season is upon us. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming our students to campus in September. We have had a great semester. Our enrollment numbers are up, Yellowjacket student-athletes completed more than 700 hours of community service, we kicked off our inaugural elementary school basketball game day and dedicated the first on-campus sweat lodge in Montana at our very own university, and we are bringing back ROTC commissioning ceremonies to our campus, to name a few highlights. Adding these events and unique elements to MSU Billings further demonstrates our commitment to student success.

I have some new updates to share, too. We are restructuring and renaming the College of Allied Health Professions to the College of Health Professions & Science. This change was approved at the board of regents meeting late November. This shift corresponds with breaking ground on our newest building, which will house the College of Health Professions & Science. Restructuring the college unit will provide students and faculty more opportunities to work together, share expertise, develop career pathways, and collaborate with the health services industry to meet community and regional workforce needs.

The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences will highlight social science programs which have always been under the former College of Arts & Sciences, such as criminal justice, sociology, political science, environmental studies, and Native American studies. The Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, which is currently under the College of Arts & Sciences, will move to the College of Health Professions & Science effective July 2021.

Additionally, we have filed a plan with the state of Montana to evaluate the viability of an Institute of Neurodiversity and Applied Behavior Analysis. This institute would provide clinical opportunities for our students obtaining a Master of Behavior Analysis degree, while also serving the community by providing assessments and treatments to children in eastern Montana who require these services.

This semester, I had the opportunity to visit out-of-state alumni in Phoenix and Fresno. I enjoyed spending time with these graduates and hearing their ideas. I am deeply grateful for your continued support of MSUB and your involvement. I encourage you to reach out to our alumni association director, Gillette Vaira, for opportunities to get involved and to stay connected.

Happy holidays,

Dr. Dan Edelman, CPA

This letter to alumni from MSU Billings Chancellor Dan Edelman appeared in the December 2019 issue of the Alumni Flyer e-newsletter.