Impact of Giving

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Art — And Education — For Everyone

Connie Landis had a genuine heart, a listening ear, a gentle touch, and an encouraging voice. Her laugh was infectious, often triggered by her wicked sense of humor. She had an adventurous spirit and an artist’s eye. These are the brushstrokes with which she painted life…

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Raise a Glass to a Remarkable Volunteer

Dr. Joe Howell, a mathematician and philosopher by study and genial conversationalist by nature, put forth his reasons for supporting the MSU Billings Foundation Wine & Food Festival in four simple parts…

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Making His Mark One Gift at a Time

“MSU Billings helped me in my career and to earn the money I’ve earned over the last 32 years,” said Mitch Marks ’84, remarking on his giving history which reaches back to 1987. “It’s my way of paying back the community. I am a believer of supporting those entities you either use or enjoy…”

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Helping People Help Themselves

It’s easy to list Paul Husted’s accomplishments. But more meaningful to Paul and his wife, Lori, are the accomplishments they have facilitated through philanthropic giving and service…

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A Teacher’s Heart

On January 5, 2016, Shirley Easton Voyta passed away at age 104. She generously named the MSU Billings Foundation as one of the beneficiaries to an irrevocable trust. With a portion of her gift, the MSU Billings Foundation Board of Trustees established the Shirley E. Voyta Memorial Scholarship Endowment so future MSU Billings education majors would benefit from Shirley’s passion for education and desire to help students…

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Harnessing tech for synergistic learning

Montana State University Billings College of Business and MSU Billings Foundation launched a state-of-the-art Technology Enhanced Interactive Learning (TEIL) Room October 5, 2016, thanks to a generous gift by Western Security Bank, a division of Glacier Bank. “At Western Security Bank we’ve had a long relationship with MSU Billings,” said Western Security Bank President Mike Seppala…

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Carl Ueland
Investing in Students

Carl ’70 and Barbara Ueland are true philanthropists. They support organizations important to them. They give back because it is the right thing to do. If they do well financially, they pay it forward by investing in charities, in his alma mater and in the students who attend MSU Billings. Carl represents what education is: gaining knowledge, skills, and experience and then using it to improve one’s life and the lives of others…

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Gene Burgad
Supporting Education and Billings

Since the inception of the Wine & Food Festival in 1992, there have always been supporters of education, wine, and food. Some supporters are interested in helping the students of MSU Billings while enjoying the atmosphere created by those planning the annual festival. Others are interested in promoting Billings and all it has to offer, including this premier fundraising event. Some are interested in both. The Wine & Food Festival is pleased to have the long-standing support and talents of a Billings trifecta: The Rex Restaurant Bar & Grill, Gene Burgad, and David Maplethorpe…

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Meeting the Needs of Students and the Region

Recent projections by City County Planning for Billings anticipate that within the next 20 years we will have at least another 70,000 residents living in Yellowstone County – nearly double the current population. As the population grows and the local economy expands, the need for a well-educated, well-trained workforce also grows, particularly in health and science. With two hospitals and numerous other healthcare facilities, Yellowstone County is the major healthcare provider in the State of Montana, serving people in Eastern Montana, as well as Wyoming and North Dakota…

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