MSU Billings Alumni Association Announces Outstanding Alumni Awards Recipients

MSU BILLINGS FOUNDATION NEWS—The MSU Billings Alumni Association is proud to present the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients. Seven Montana State University Billings and Eastern Montana College alumni have made exceptional contributions to society, their profession, and their alma mater and are honored with awards in four categories. A new award was introduced this year to recognize an individual who has demonstrated support of MSU Billings, despite not having graduated from the University. Visit to learn more about each award.

The 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award winners are the following:


Brenda Dockery

Class of 2001

MSU Billings

Adjunct Marketing Instructor

Ronald P. Sexton Award for Professional Commitment





Dr. Craig Pierson

Class of 2001

Billings Central Catholic High School

Chemistry Instructor

Alumni Merit Medallion





Merry Lee Olson

Class of 1970

YWCA Billings


Distinguished Alumna





Nathan Haney

Class of 1996

Karell Dyre Haney PLLP


Recognition for Exceptional Achievement





Rita Wells

Class of 1987

School District 2

Orchestra Specialist

Distinguished Alumna





Shane Fairbanks

Class of 2007

Billings Central Catholic High School

Social Studies Instructor

Recognition for Exceptional Achievement





Steve Arveschoug

Big Sky Economic Development

Executive Director

Friend of MSU Billings






TerraBeth Jochems

Class of 1984

3H Tutoring

Certified Barton Tutor

Recognition for Exceptional Achievement




Award recipients will be celebrated during the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards luncheon on Friday, April 20 at 12 p.m. in the Northern Hotel Grand Ballroom. Congratulate the Outstanding Alumni Award winners and show your support for MSU Billings Alumni Association by purchasing a ticket to the luncheon before Thursday, April 12. Sponsor a table for $400 or purchase an individual seat for $40. Contact Gillette Vaira, director of alumni relations, at (406) 657-2253 or for reservations.


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