Spring semester is in full swing, and Montana State University Billings has a lot to be excited about. Changes are happening at your alma mater.
Recently, two of our colleges changed names to better align with workforce needs and increase student and faculty collaboration. Construction is also underway on our new Yellowstone Science Building, slated for completion in July 2021. The building will include additional classrooms, dedicated laboratories, and student study spaces. It will help grow community partnerships, which will provide new opportunities for our students.
In anticipation of the building’s completion, agreements are in progress with the University of North Texas Health Science Center for MSUB to be an official site for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), a national DNA registry to help identify missing individuals. This will assist in identifying missing individuals in our region, specifically missing and murdered indigenous women. The agreement will also provide our students with new internship and research opportunities, giving them the chance to travel to Texas to gain new experiences.
This spring, Yellowstone Public Radio is expanding its internship opportunities in conjunction with the MSUB Communications and Theatre Department. Student interns will develop interview and radio production skills, while working with YPR staff to produce a short series of interviews for broadcast, as they highlight MSUB community accomplishments.
Enrollment is always a top priority, and we are continuing to focus on attracting and retaining students, with the target at 6,000 students. Initiatives to boost growth are underway, such as program alignment, which looks at current programs and assesses the need and demand, and a robust marketing plan to highlight the uniqueness and strengths of MSUB.
It is also a time for celebration. Join us on February 15 for the Athletics Hall of Fame Game and Social, as well as February 29 for Alumni Night with the Jackets. In addition, be sure to submit a nomination for the Outstanding Alumni Awards. And save the date for the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards program, which is September 11 at the Northern Hotel. Tickets and sponsorships are available. At commencement this spring, we will continue the tradition of recognizing our Golden Graduates. These are graduates who earned their degrees 50 or more years ago and who are invited back to their alma mater for an exciting lineup of events.
Thank you to all of our alumni for your work advancing your fields, improving your communities, and for your contributions to MSUB. As alumni, we want you to stay engaged and connected to our university. Attend sporting events, lectures, visit art exhibits, or volunteer for the university. I’m always amazed and impressed by our alumni’s contributions and the difference you make in Billings, Montana, and beyond.
Dr. Dan Edelman, CPA
This letter to alumni from MSU Billings Chancellor Dan Edelman appeared in the February 2020 issue of the Alumni Flyer e-newsletter.