Summer 2020 Recipients

Anne Cole

Anne Cole

Anne Cole is an exceptional faculty member. She is well known on both the City College and university campus for her warm smile, friendly demeanor, and can-do attitude. She consistently goes above and beyond what is expected of someone in her position in order to help our students.

One striking example of going the extra mile occurred when Anne embarked on her own learning quest in order to help the students at City College. Human Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) is an extremely demanding two-semester course that is required for many healthcare programs offered at City College. Many students struggle with this course, with some students taking the course multiple times in order to pass. When Anne discovered the consistent struggles and low pass rates for students in this course, she decided to take action. She enrolled in A&P herself in order to gain the knowledge necessary to help these students – she earned an ‘A’ in the course.

For the past several years, Anne has voluntarily served as a highly effective A&P tutor assisting students with this course at times most convenient for them. She has done this out of the goodness of her heart. Anne has consistently put students first in all she does and many of our students have her to thank for their college success. Whether through tutoring students in A&P or simply through her daily interactions in the Academic Support Center, Anne has proven to be the kind of instructor others strive to be.


Dr. Rachel Schaffer

Rachel Schaffer and student

Dr. Rachel Schaffer is one of the most wonderful and helpful people I have ever met. She was always willing to help me whenever and has always been incredibly easy to get in touch with.

As a student of hers in the fall 2019 semester, I had grown very fond of Dr. Schaffer. She always made the classroom a great learning environment. On a personal level, Dr. Schaffer was incredibly easy to get along with and very understanding. I have two children and she was more than accommodating with my crazy schedule and family matters. 






Spring 2020 Recipients

Justinann Mraz

Justinann Mraz and othersJustinann (pictured in the middle) is a junior in the math teaching program and has received the Chancellor’s Star Award for going above and beyond to be of service to MSU Billings, the math department, the Academic Support Center (ASC), and to our community. She was hired by the ASC last summer to supplement their tutoring support for introductory statistics. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to head math tutor and acting supplemental statistics instructor.

Right before courses moved to the online modality due to COVID-19 last month, Justinann played an instrumental role in converting all of ASC’s STEM tutoring services to an online platform to ensure all students who rely on the ASC would continue to receive the much-needed support. She also worked diligently to ensure all the ASC tutors had their technology setup correctly so they could continue to support students remotely.

Along with being a busy student and single parent, Justinann will also be working with Dr. Chih this coming year conducting research in Graph Homotopy Theory and will be presenting findings in an upcoming conference along with publishing a paper on their work.


Kathy Kotecki, Dean of Students & Aaron Like, Associate Dean of Student Engagement

Kathy Kotecki and Aaron LikeKathy Kotecki and Aaron Like are both known for their care and concern for students but have gone above and beyond to help serve the student body during this pandemic. They have worked tirelessly to ensure our students are kept up-to-date and informed by constantly communicating changes, answering emerging questions, and triaging emergency student situations.

Kathy and Aaron can be counted on to be level-headed, compassionate and to creatively put our students first. From keeping our students healthy and safe to fed and entertained, they know our students well and are quick to respond whether it be day, night or the weekend.

We are very fortunate to have these exceptional individuals as part of our MSU Billings family and I cannot thank them enough for all the extra time and effort they’ve spent ensuring our students are taken care of during this pandemic.


Fall 2019 Recipients

Cody Walters

Cody Walters in the labCody is an exceptional MSUB student. He’s hard working, motivated, enthusiastic, and selfless.

Growing up, Cody experienced challenges and hardships. His father is a disabled military veteran. Cody recognized early on the importance of giving back to others and that acts of service can make a difference.

Currently in his junior year dual majoring in psychology and biology, Cody has held numerous work-study positions in MSUB’s SSS TRIO and the Academic Support Center, to name a few. He volunteers his time tutoring students in chemistry, as well as tutors students at the Military & Veteran’s Success Center while also assisting with projects there.

Cody is known for being humble, kind, and a natural leader. He provides support for struggling students, and gives of his time generously to others on campus.

Cody Walters receives the Chancellor's Star AwardCody has been recognized with the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Over winter break, Cody will shadow three different physicians in sports medicine, upper extremity, and trauma, to help narrow his interest in medicine. Upon graduation, Cody aspires to obtain an M.D. or Ph.D. in neuroscience. These degrees will allow him to continue his research on neurological diseases and work to discover therapeutic solutions to improve patient treatment.


Dr. John Dorr

A portrait of Dr. John DorrDr. Dorr, MSUB Director of Healthcare Education Outreach, has received the Chancellor’s Star award for going above-and-beyond. He recently helped MSUB student Cody Walters set up opportunities over winter break to shadow three different physicians—all former colleagues of Dr. Dorr. He helps make sure our students fulfill their dreams.

Tapping into his network of professional contacts to connect students with opportunities says a lot about Dr. Dorr. He believes in Cody, and is willing to support hardworking students in achieving their goals and future career aspirations. Student success is Dr. Dorr’s priority and he has shown this time and time again.

We are also grateful for Dr. Dorr’s service and achievements as the former Interim Dean of the College of Health Professions and Science, recently renamed the College of Health Professions & Science.

A military veteran, Dorr currently serves on the RiverStone Board of Health as vice chair as well as the Governance Committee and Patient Safety and Quality Committee.

Dr. John Dorr receiving the Chancellor's Star AwardDr. Dorr received an associate degree from Foothill Junior College in Los Altos, Calif., a bachelor’s degree from University of California in Santa Barbara, Calif., and a doctoral degree from University of California, San Francisco Medical School. He completed his internship in Seattle, Wash. and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at UC San Francisco. Upon becoming a doctor, he worked in Honolulu, Hawaii and California before enlisting in the Army. Dorr came to Billings in 1975, where he practiced until 2013.