Outstanding Alumni Awards
Outstanding alumni will be recognized in three categories:
Distinguished Alumnus: Honors an alumnus who has distinguished him or herself through personal, professional and civic contributions, while bringing a sense of honor, pride and recognition to the University community.
Alumni Merit Medallion: Honors an alumnus who is dedicated to the advancement of education, exemplified by his or her commitment of professional expertise and/or volunteer service to Montana State University Billings.
Recognition for Exceptional Achievement: Honors four alumni who have distinguished themselves in fields ranging from business, professional, education, volunteer service to a community, public or civil service, or arts and sciences having impacted those fields while bringing a sense of pride and recognition to the University community.
Past recipients of these awards have included persons who have exhibited unusual courage, creativity, perseverance, originality of competency in their chosen field; raised the quality of life for other; contributed to and promoted the advancement of higher education; or distinguished themselves as leaders in their profession or area of interest.
Eligibility: To be eligible for an award, the nominee must either have obtained a Certificate of Completion, an Associate, a Bachelor's or Master's degree from MSU Billings, or completed six quarters or four semesters at MSU Billings. This includes students who enrolled in any of MSU Billings' six colleges: Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education or Technology.
Honorees are chosen by a select committee comprised of faculty and alumni who are leaders in their fields. The Awards Committee seeks nominations for outstanding alumni in general; it then matches each candidate with the appropriate category, based on information received about that candidate.
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Ronald Sexton Award for Professional Commitment
The Ronald P. Sexton Award for Professional Commitment was created to honor alumni who dedicate their professional lives as employees of Montana State University Billings.
The award is named to commemorate the lifetime of service that Dr. Sexton has dedicated to Montana State University Billings. He graduated from EMC, the predecessor of MSUB, with a B.S. in 1959 and an M.S. in 1964. After earning his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in 1971, he taught at Central Michigan University for seven years. He returned home in 1977 as a professor in the School of Education and director of the EMC Institute for Habilitative Services. In 1987, Dr. Sexton was named EMC’s academic vice president and professor of special education and reading. He became acting chancellor in 1994, was appointed chancellor in 1995, and served in that capacity until 2010.
This award will recognize alumni, who, like Dr. Sexton, have demonstrated excellence in their work and have exemplified a passionate commitment to MSU Billings and its students.
The Ronald P. Sexton Award for Professional Commitment will be given from time to time to an alumna or alumnus who has dedicated 10 or more total years of her or his career to MSU Billings and has significantly contributed to the advancement of the University. Recipients of this award will have emulated Chancellor Sexton’s passionate commitment to access, excellence, and student success.