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Campus Milestones

1927 Eastern Montana State Normal School established; Dr. Lynn B. McMullen, President (1927-1945).
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1930 Rimrock Echo, first monthly student newspaper, published.
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1933 Men's basketball team officially named Yellowjackets.
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1935 First campus building, McMullen Hall, completed, with first classes held on campus Winter Quarter, 1936.
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1939 Baseball team wins championship.
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1945 Dr. A.G. Peterson named President (1945-1957); EMSNS authorized to establish a two-year basic college curriculum for pre-professional training and liberal arts.
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1946 Bachelor of Education degree authorized.
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1947 Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree authorized; first five bachelor's degrees awarded. Cerebral Palsy Center established in basement of McMullen Hall; Science Building completed.
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1948 Football and basketball teams join Montana Conference, win respective championships.
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1949 Name change to Eastern Montana College of Education; Department of Vocational Business organized.
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1951 Women's residence hall completed (named Cisel Hall in 1961).
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1953 Education Building completed.
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1954 Master's and baccalaureate degrees in secondary education approved.
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1955 Student Union building (now the Computer Annex) constructed.
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1956 First Master of Science in Education degree awarded.
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1957 Dr. Herbert L. Steele named President (1957-1965)
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1961 Physical Education Building completed; Rimrock Hall completed.
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1965 Name changed to Eastern Montana College; Dr. Lincoln Aikins serves one year as interim President.
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1966 Dr. Stanley J. Heywood named President; Liberal Arts degrees authorized; Schools of Arts and Education organized.
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1967 First Liberal Arts degrees awarded.
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1968 Master of Science in Rehabilitation degree authorized; Library Building completed.
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1970 Liberal Arts Building completed.
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1972 Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and Related Services degree authorized; Special Education building completed.
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1977 Dr. John Van de Wettering becomes sixth President.
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1979 School of Business and Economics established.
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1980 Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree authorized; Art Annex and Physical Plant buildings acquired as part of campus.
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1981 Dr. William Johnstone appointed Interim seventh President.
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1982 Dr. Bruce Carpenter appointed seventh President
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1983 School of Liberal Arts re-named School of Arts and Sciences; KEMC becomes full-fledged public radio station.
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1986 Semester system authorized.
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1988 Poly Building acquired as part of the campus.
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1991 Fall term marks implementation of semester system; School of Education becomes School of Education and Human Services.
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1993 Master of Science in Information Processing and Communication authorized effective Fall Semester, 1996.
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1994 Montana University System Restructure Implementation. Name changed to Montana State University-Billings; Schools named as College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Services, and College of Business. Billings Vocational Technical Center merged into MSU-Billings and named the fourth college, the College of Technology.
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1995 Dr. Ronald P. Sexton named first Chancellor in the University's history.

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1997 College of Business relocated to Professional Building across Poly Drive; Center For Continuing Education and Summer Sessions named as College of Professional Studies and Life Long Learning; Construction began on parking garage bridging the College of Business to campus proper; New Programs -- Bachelor's and Master's of Arts in Health Administration, Master's in Information Processing and Communication, Bachelor's in Health Promotion, Bachelor's in Music Performance, AAS in Hospitality Management, AAS and Certificate Program in Paramedic, AAS in Process Plant Technology, Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Bachelor of Science Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Arts and Minor in , Environmental Studies
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1998 Parking garage and walkway bridge completed fall 1998; Commence construction for two floor addition to Special Education building.
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1999 On-line courses began; Peaks to Plains Park opens; first family housing units completed; New Programs approved – Master of Science in Psychology, Master of Science in Public Relations, Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing.
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2000 Completion of the addition to the College of Education and Human Services building; women’s softball program begins; New Programs approved – Associate of Applied Science in Automobile Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology, Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems Technology, Associate of Applied Science in Diesel Technology, Minor in Business Geographic Information Systems.
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2001 New program approved – Associate of Science Program of Study in Fire Science; Academic Center opens; Cenex Stadium, home of the Lady Yellowjacket softball team, opened; William R. Lowe Child Care and Enrichment Center opened.
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2002 New programs approved – Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance, Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, AAS in Computer Desktop and Network Support, Master of Science in Athletic Training; $3 million renovation in the Liberal Arts Building; largest charitable donation to the university made by the Sam E. and Judith McDonald Family - $1.4 million; College of Education received a very successful accreditation review achieving perfect scores at the graduate and undergraduate levels – the first time in our school’s history – from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.)
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2003 New program approved – Masters in Public Administration; College of Education received the National Award for Best Practice in Support of Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (A.A.C.T.E.).
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2004 New programs approved – Minor in International Studies, Minor in Finance, Minor in Marketing, Minor in Accounting, Minor in Information Systems, AAS in Application Development; Establishment of the College of Allied Health Professions – our sixth college; $1 million renovation completed at the College of Technology; Kelly Gatzemeier, a senior Marketing student and Adrienne Mayer, a senior Accounting student authored the business plan that netted the pair a first place win at the 15th Annual John Ruffatto Montana Business Plan Competition at The University of Montana; Jacquelyn Weitz, senior Piano Performance student, was in the Netherlands where she was chosen as one of 30 students from across the globe – the only student from the United States – to compete in the Young Artists’ Competition of the Netherlands; Reno Charette, Director of the Big Horn Teacher Projects at MSU-Billings, was named “Indian Educator of the Year” by the Montana Indian Education Association; MSU-Billings Outreach office opened in Red Lodge, Montana; Fulbright Scholars – Dr. Matthew Benaquista, Dr. Ernesto Randolfi, Dr. Brian Dillon and Dr. Jeffrey Sanders.
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2005 New programs approved – Bachelor of Science in Biology, Environmental Sciences Option, Biology Medical Laboratory Science Option; Men’s baseball program begins; Reno Charette, Director of the Big Horn Teachers Projects at MSU-Billings selected as the Montana director of Indian Affairs by Governor Brian Schweitzer; Montana legislature approved $9 million in funding for the construction of a new academic building at the College of Technology.
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2006 New programs approved – AAS in Construction Technology, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in General Science, AAS in Medical Coding; a record number, 9,000, students served in online enrollments; record year in grant receipts totaling $8.5 million; major improvements made to the soccer field at the College of Technology campus; Fulbright Scholar – Dr. Susan Barfield; Chancellor Ronald Sexton received the 2006 Distinguished Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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