February 2014

In the Know

Feb. 1: Scholarship Application Priority Deadline
Feb. 8: Service Saturday
9:30 a.m., SUB Atrium
Feb. 13: Career Fitness Fair
12 p.m., SUB
Feb. 18: Summer Registration Begins
March 1: FAFSA priority deadline


Get Involved!

Do you like kids… or puppets? Well, it’s important to at least like one or the other if you’re going to join Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC.) The group educates youth and adults about disabilities through puppet shows in the community. They are also active in service activities. The organization is open to all students. Email msubillingsscec@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.

Kalie Porter

SCEC members pose after presenting a puppet show to students.
Photo courtesy of SCEC


Jump Start Your Career

Find jobs and internships. Meet employers. Practice networking. Get feedback on your interview tactics. You’re at MSUB to prepare for a career, and now is the time to start.

Forty-nine percent of job fair participants receive interviews, and 69 percent of them eventually get job offers (MSUB Career Services). So attend the MSUB Career Fitness Fair on February 13 from 12 to 3 p.m. in the SUB at the University Campus. Remember to dress professionally and bring your résumé.

Don’t miss your opportunity. Contact Career Services at
(406) 657-2168 or careers@msubillings.edu.
They can help you with your résumé and answer any questions you may have about the big event.

Students at Career Fitness Fair at MSUB

Students at a previous Career Fitness Fair at MSUB
Photo courtesy of Career Services


Summer Classes!

Summer Registration begins February 18. You do not need an alternate PIN to register if you’re taking classes during the spring semester. This means you would not need to meet with an advisor before registering. Classes fill up quickly! Log into MyInfo to get into the classes you need. Check out your options here.


Sleep Habits at MSUB

  • 40 percent of students have had sleep difficulties in the last 12 months
  • 84.5 percent of students have had a problem with sleepiness during daytime activities
  • 62.8 percent of students have felt tired during four or more days of the week

Source: American College Health Association MSUB National College Health Assessment II, 2012 (n=588)


Service Saturday

Join the Office for Community Involvement for Service Saturday! Choose between organizing a clothing room at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch or helping residents move furniture at Sage Tower Retirement Apartments. Meet in the SUB Atrium on February 8 at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and to catch a ride. Service takes place from 10 a.m. to noon.


Jacket Fact

The Eastern Montana College football program was cut in December of 1978 due to funding issues. The program had existed for 32 seasons (Yellow-Stone & Blue, 150).



Please send any BuzzFeed questions, comments, or ideas to gillette.vaira@msubillings.edu.



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Loans as a Last Resort

It’s financial planning season… and we’re not just talking about taxes.

Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to get funding options in place for the 2014-15 academic year. Go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to get started. Remember to file your 2013 taxes early so you can complete FAFSA on time.

Leslie Weldon, the Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, encourages students to be careful when accepting funds made available through FAFSA.

“Try to figure out how to come up with a third (of your bill) without taking out loans,” Weldon said.

She recommends visiting with Business Services in McMullen Hall to set up installment payments instead of taking student loans. You can also look at other financial aid options, such as scholarships, fee waivers, grants, and work-study. If you must take out a loan, Weldon recommends accepting subsidized loans before unsubsidized loans. If you’re having trouble figuring out the best option, professionals at MSUB are always available to help.

“There are resources,” Weldon said. “Don’t ever get stressed.”

But Weldon said no matter your financial situation, it’s important to live within your means.

“Live like a student now so you don’t have to later,” Weldon said.

Contact the Financial Aid Office at (406) 657-2188 or finaid@msubillings.edu for assistance.


Moola Matters!

Let’s say that one night after class, you filled your car with gas and went out for dinner with friends. You didn’t have cash, so you just used your credit card. When your bill came, you were so consumed with your studies that you put it aside and totally forgot about it. Meanwhile, the payment deadline passed, which left you owing interest on all of the items you purchased.

“One of the most common mistakes students make is not looking at how their current behaviors will affect their future,” said Kalie Porter with the Student Assistance Foundation.

The amount of money you owe and whether or not you pay your bills on time, among other factors, can affect your credit report. Your credit report impacts many things in your life, like whether or not you can get a job, rent an apartment, buy a car, buy a home, or get a loan.

Kalie Porter

Kalie Porter, Student Assistance Foundation
Photo courtesy of Student Assistance Foundation

Porter works with students on personal finances, loan counseling, and understanding financial aid award letters. She can even help students fill out their FAFSA and talk to the companies who are financing their loans. She also helps students look at their potential income versus their expected loan payments once they graduate.

Porter said she meets many students who are unaware of their financial situations.

“On a monthly basis, they need to always know the status of their accounts,” she said. “Just open the envelope.”

Porter also recommends setting up online accounts to keep track of student loans, credit cards, banking, etc. But she said the key is to check these accounts regularly and to know your next steps.

“Pay your bills on time. Spend less than you earn at any income,” she said. “It doesn’t matter how much you make. It matters how much you’re spending.”

Oh, and don’t forget to check your credit report at least once each year. You can do this for free at www.annualcreditreport.com.

Take control of your finances before they control you. Contact Kalie Porter at (406) 657-1639 or kporter@msubillings.edu to schedule an appointment. She is located in McMullen Hall room 102, which is next to the Financial Aid Office. She is also at City College in the Tech Building near the Business Office window on Thursdays.

Jaclyn Tobin PhotoWingin' It

BuzzFeed columnist Jaclyn Tobin

Hello, freshmen! Hopefully your first few weeks of spring semester flew by with ease. I’m going to be honest with you; spring semester flies by faster than fall semester. Blame it on the boost in hours of daylight or the many Monday holidays, but it’s the honest-to-goodness truth. This fact could either motivate you or frustrate you. My first spring semester had its share of faux pas due to the confusing schedules. It was so bad that I missed my Creative Writing final!

I tell you this bittersweet truth not to scare you, but to save you. Here’s some advice from a freshman who could have used it herself:

  • Use your planner to the fullest: Even though you may have all of your syllabi ready to go in your binder, use your planner as your main source of reminders. Copy every assignment, quiz, test, and/or free day into your planner. It will save you time and help you avoid that dreaded mini-heart attack from walking into a chapter test.   

  • Prepare your backpack the night before: The five minutes it takes to pack the next day’s textbooks into your bag will feel better than spending the hour of class avoiding eye contact with your professor. “Yesterday’s Calculus can’t help you in this class, Sparky.”

  • Check and recheck your D2L: Whether you’re taking online classes or not, D2L is very important to your success in your classes. In the majority of classes at MSUB, the website is the go-to place to submit assignments, take quizzes, and stay updated on schedule changes. Take just a few minutes in the morning to log in and see. It will help out!

Each month, English major Jaclyn Tobin will be offering words of advice as an experienced second-year Yellowjacket. If you have questions, send them to her by e-mail.

Getting Enough Shut-Eye

“This is one of the few instant gratifications you can have,” said MSU Billings Health Educator Triniti Halverson.

No, she’s not referring to the dessert bar in Rimrock Café. She’s talking about something you probably haven’t had enough of this week… sleep.

“When you’re sleeping, that’s your body’s chance to do its replenishing, rejuvenating, and revitalizing,” she said.

Research shows that sleep deprived students are more likely to have lower grades (http://www.uhs.uga.edu/sleep/).

“The less sleep you have, the harder it will be for you to absorb new information because it’s not well rested,” Halverson said. “You might be able to hear the information, but retaining it is going to be difficult.”

Halverson said adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night. That’s sometimes hard to do when you have multiple subjects to study.

“I wouldn’t recommend cramming it all into one session,” she said. “I would break it up, like studying for a little at night and then a little the next morning.”

Not getting enough sleep doesn’t only affect academics. It can also lead to a higher risk for obesity, heart disease, depression, and anxiety.

Trying to catch up on sleep on the weekend doesn’t cut it, either.

“Sleep is not like a bank account you withdraw from and replenish later,” she said. “You do more damage if you sleep less during the week and more on the weekend because your body can’t find its natural sleep cycle.”

Halverson recommends starting a sleep journal. Write down items like the time you go to bed and wake up, how you feel after sleeping, where you slept, etc. Pick up a sleep diary at Student Health Services to get started. Make an appointment with a provider by calling (406) 657-2153 on the University Campus or (406) 247-3027 at City College.

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