April 1, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

As a reminder, all employees are required to take a Title IX Mandatory Reporter Training on a biennial basis. Everyone must complete this training by this August so please plan accordingly.

The MSU Bozeman Office of Institutional Equity has created multiple opportunities for you to take this training via WebEx and has provided a tracking mechanism for the attendance of MSU Billings employees.

Please talk to your supervisor and sign up for the 1-hour training using the registration steps below. Supervisors, please ensure that your employees register for this training.

The training: All Montana State University Billings employees are required to report Discrimination based on sex and Sexual Harassment, including Sexual Assault, Domestic/Dating Violence, and Stalking involving students. This training will provide you with knowledge of the university’s policies regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation as it relates to students, faculty, staff, and guests on campus; clear direction on your mandatory reporting duties; the consensual relationships policy; and tools to have the difficult conversations about discrimination and harassment.

Steps to Register for the Mandatory Reporter Training via WebEx:

Visit Equity and Mandatory Reporter Trainings and click the Registration Link for the Webex date you want to attend

Click on the RSVP link

Click the Register button

Fill out/submit the form on this page using the following info:

  • Your Net ID number is the number/letter combination that you use to log into your computer, MyInfo, etc.
  • Select: Yes you are a mandatory reporter if you are an MSUB employee (the only exceptions include: counselors, nurses, doctors, clergy, lawyers, or similar confidential positions.)
    • Even if your MSUB role meets the exceptions (listed above) you should still take the training to understand the topic and its applications to campus.
  • You must report sexual assault, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and stalking.
  • Your Title IX Coordinator is Jody Stahl, Director of Human Resources

Contact Jody Stahl at jody.stahl@msubillings.edu with questions.

Sincerely,

Stefani Hicswa

March 31, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

I am happy to announce that Ed Garding has been named interim dean of the College of Business for this upcoming academic year starting July 1, 2021.

Ed previously served in this role in 2018. He is currently the Corporate and Government Relations officer with First Interstate BancSystem and previously served as their president and CEO from 2012 to 2015. Garding started his career with First Interstate in 1971 and has held several management positions including branch president, regional president, and chief risk officer. He has held various board positions with the Montana Bankers Association, Wyoming Bankers Association, and Pacific Coast Banking School (Seattle, WA).

Our current Interim Dean Richard Beer is unable to stay on for another year due to prior commitments. I want to thank him for the great work he has done this past year and wish him well. We are delighted Ed has agreed to serve in this role once again and look forward to having him on board.

A search for a permanent College of Business dean will commence next spring.

Sincerely,

Stefani Hicswa

March 30, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

After nine years as MSUB’s athletic director and 25 years overall at MSUB, Krista Montague is announcing her resignation effective June 30, 2021.

I have only known Krista for a short time, but she is one of the best athletic directors I have worked with. MSUB has been lucky to have her, and she will be greatly missed.

We will share plans for the new Athletic Director search in the next few weeks.

Please feel free to reach out to her to wish her well.

Sincerely,

Stefani Hicswa

March 25, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

I wanted to reach out to you personally and apologize regarding the payroll direct deposit delay that occurred yesterday. Vice Chancellor Simmers, the payroll staff and I worked hard to determine the cause of error and will do everything in our power to ensure this does not happen again. You are all valued and appreciated and this error in no way reflects the way I feel about our Yellowjacket family.

If you incurred overdraft charges due to this error, please email Jennifer.briggs2@msubillings.edu for information on how to get reimbursed for those charges.

Again, my sincerest apologies. I am so proud to be a part of MSU Billings and to have such dedicated and loyal Yellowjacket family members.

Sincerely,

Stefani Hicswa

March 5, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

I am happy to announce that we plan to hold in-person spring commencement on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at MetraPark. To maintain COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, two separate in-person ceremonies will be held on May 1.

The first ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. and will include graduates from City College and from the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. The second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. and will include graduates from the Colleges of Business, Education, and Health Professions and Science.

Face coverings are required for all graduates and attendees to help reduce the virus spread.

To assist with social distancing, tickets are required for all guests and must be secured in advance. Tickets are free and there is no limit to the number of guests who can attend, however families and other groups will be seated in “pods” with distance from other groups. Guests can secure commencement tickets on the MetraPark website starting tomorrow, March 5 at 10 a.m.

I know it was difficult for our graduates from 2019 and 2020 and their loved ones to not have an in-person commencement, and I invite those graduates to participate in our May in-person commencement ceremony. These graduates must email registrar@msubillings.edu or call 657-2158 to RSVP.

Both commencement ceremonies will be streamed live for those who are unable to attend in-person. Please refer to MSUB’s commencement webpage for FAQ’s and email registrar@msubillings.edu for more information.

I am excited to celebrate our students’ success this May and to give them the recognition they deserve!

Sincerely,

Stefani Hicswa

Jan. 11, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice and restful holiday break and are getting back into the swing of things again. I am happy to officially be on board as your new Chancellor and look forward to a healthy, safe, and successful spring semester.

Even though we are just coming into the second week of January, much has happened in our country and I want to ensure you that I will emphasize unity and compassion within our Yellowjacket family and in the Billings community.

I am committed to serve MSU Billings for the long term and promise to work hard to position us for continued success.

I look forward to “seeing” you virtually this Friday, January 15 for Virtual Coffee between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stop by for a few minutes or stay the entire time. Access this Webex link for the Virtual Coffee visit.

Sincerely,

Stefani Hicswa