Student Affairs (cont'd)
American Indian Outreach and Diversity Center
The American Indian Outreach office assists American Indian students in making academic, cultural and social adjustments to Montana State University Billings. Activities include an American Indian peer mentoring program, a professional network called Intertribal Clan Mothers, a drum group for Indian men, and individualized assistance in creating internships for all majors that are relevant to the American Indian community.
This campus recognizes and has a commitment to cultural diversity that is demonstrated by the American Indian Outreach office and the Diversity Center. The staff of both offices join forces to provide advocacy for students, referral to other Student Affairs and MSU Billings programs including Native American Studies, and serve as a liaison with tribal educational representatives and other community organizations. The annual celebration of the Billings American Indian Heritage Day exemplifies the collaboration between MSUB and the local and regional communities in providing cultural experiences for students, Kindergarten through college. The American Indian Outreach Office also collaborates with the Montana Indian Athletics Hall of Fame and the School District #2 Indian Education Office.
The Diversity Center is committed to providing a welcoming campus environment for all students. To accomplish this, the Diversity Center foster social and professional opportunities, cross-cultural training for staff members, and advocacy for any student that meets a minority sector by race, creed, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. The mission of this office is to ensure we are meeting the various needs of all students through fair and equal representation and opportunity.
Amistad, advised by the Diversity Center Coordinator, is a new campus organization for any student of Latin ancestry. As a new program, the full extent of focus is still a work in progress, as it will be student focused and student driven. Recognizing Hispanic students, offering leadership roles, and providing cultural activities will all be integral parts of this successful student organization.
Intertribal Indian Club is open to all interested students. The Intertribal Indian Club is a student organization, established to assist Native American students in their adjustment to university life, to promote scholastic ability, and to foster pride in the cultural heritage of the Native American. The Club is involved with the planning and sponsorship of an annual Pow Wow, the largest student-sponsored campus event. Other activities include social events that are culturally appropriate to share in a campus environment such as dances, Native Games, documentary films, and Native cuisine.
McMullen First Floor East, (406) 657-2888
Call New Student Services for new student orientation sessions, which are scheduled each academic term.
In addition to the orientation sessions, Return-to-Learn is a free, two-day seminar that is offered to all students to help them consider their options and start on track to skills such as note-taking and study habits. Call 406-657-2162 to find out when the next seminar is offered.
Campus Police, (406) 657-2147
MSU Billings provides parking for students for a fee. All vehicles parked on university property must display a current MSU Billings parking permit on weekdays when the university is in session during the hours specified in the “MSU Billings Traffic and Parking Regulations” brochure. Students may pick up parking permits from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Campus Police office on the ground floor of the parking garage, southwest side and during Fee Payment week at the SUB Information Desk.
The Physical Education Building at MSU Billings includes two gymnasiums, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a racquetball court, a running track and other recreational and health facilities. During set hours each semester the facilities may be used by students and their families for swimming, workouts, etc. Use is free to students while family members pay a nominal charge.
PE 016, (406) 657-2881
The Recreational Activities Program offers a wide range of activities. It provides all students, faculty and staff with recreational opportunities in competitive and noncompetitive events as well as organized and informal activities as regularly as their time and interest permit.
Intramural Sports Competition is scheduled for individual, dual and team sports. Participation is generally arranged in men’s, women’s and coeducational divisions for each activity. These range from the traditional team sports of flag football, volleyball, basketball and softball, to the popular individual and dual sports such as racquetball, tennis and golf. Everyone is encouraged to participate regardless of experience or skill. See also: Recreational Activities
Leisure Recreation This informal activity allows those not wishing to be a part of a structured program to make use of our fine recreational facilities. The Physical Education Building includes two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, six racquetball/handball courts, a weight/exercise room, an indoor jogging track, four indoor tennis courts, and locker rooms.
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