March 2014

In the Know

March 1: FAFSA Priority Deadline
March 1-9: Spring Break
(No Classes, Offices Open)
March 13: Last Day to Drop Classes without Instructor Permission
March 15: Service Saturday
9:30 a.m., SUB Atrium
March 17: Fall 2014 Class Registration Opens
March 21: BuzzFeed Learning Moments of the Year
Due at 8 a.m.
March 28: Career Services Student Advocates Meeting
1:00 p.m., LI 100

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Mistakes... Er... Uh... Learning Moments of the Year

Long, hard nights of studying and random events on campus have molded you into an experienced Yellowjacket. We want to hear your advice from what you’ve learned so far at MSUB! Send us photos, videos, text conversations, or just a plain ol’ sentence. We’ll share your learned lessons in the April issue of BuzzFeed. Did we mention the first two students to respond with their advice will win a prize?

Here’s an example:

YellowJacket Experience

When your envelope doesn't fit in the campus mailbox, take it to the mail room. Don't leave it, hoping no one will capture the moment and share it online.

Text (406) 794-7593 or email gillette.vaira@msubillings.edu. Submissions are accepted until Friday, March 21 at 8 a.m.

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Get Involved!

So you’re in your first year of college. You’re focusing on passing that test, writing that speech, and getting along with your roommate. Your future career is one of the last things on your mind even though you’re in college to, well, become qualified for a career. Set yourself up for success by getting involved with the Career Services Student Advocates (CSSA). These students build relationships with students and employers, and they’re passionate about Career Services and MSUB. Build your résumé. Network in the community. Take on a leadership role on campus. Think about applying to be a part of next year’s team! Contact Mandy Brottem for more information. Or stop by Library 100 on the fourth Friday of any month from 1 to 2 p.m. to learn more. So that’s March 28! Don’t miss it!

2010-11 Career Services Student Advocates

2010-11 Career Services Student Advocates
Photo courtesy of Mandy Brottem

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Costs For On Campus Living*

Double Room: $1,975/semester (4 months)
Res net: $75
TOTAL: $512.50/month

*Laundry, cable, computer access, Internet access, 24-hour security, and fitness room included in rate

Cost Estimates for Off Campus Living*

Rent: $375 - 750/month
Security Deposit: $150 - $350
Phone Hook-up: $25 - $65
Utility Deposit: $150
Utilities: $75 - $150/month
Phone Bill: $40/month
Laundry: $30/month
Travel to Campus: $60/month
Cable TV: $60/month
High Speed Internet: $60/month
TOTAL: $720-$1,170/month
*1 and 2 bedroom apartments/houses

Source: MSUB Housing Office

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Preparing for Fall 2014

Does taking a bowling class turn your head? Or maybe you want to hone your self-defense skills in a class next semester. Whatever your preference, meet with your advisor so you can create a schedule to meet your needs… and add a little fun to your life. Fall 2014 semester class registration opens the week of March 17. Schedule an appointment with your advisor early, as classes fill up quickly. Log into your MyInfo account to view your advisor information.

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Vacation Time!

Don’t let your spring semester slip away from you. Take advantage of Spring Break, Spring Mini Break, and any other time off from school, including your coveted weekends. You could get caught up on projects, read ahead in your books, and study for that looming test. Check out these tips to make the most of your breaks:

  • Be overly prepared. Take every bit of homework with you that you think you will have time to accomplish on your break, even if it adds a few pounds to your suitcase.

  • Set a small to-do list for each day. Then you won’t be finishing three papers and studying for an exam at midnight the night before classes resume.

  • Step away from electronic distractions. Really soak up the fun times with your family and friends so when it’s time to get back to work, you’re refreshed and ready to go.

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Service Saturday

If you get a kick out of games and parades, then this Service Saturday may be just for you. Join the Office for Community Involvement to play Bingo with St. John’s Lutheran Ministries nursing home residents. MSUB volunteers will also help with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Billings! Meet in the SUB Atrium at 9:30 a.m. on March 15 to carpool. Service takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Jacket Fact

MSU Billings was initially named Eastern Montana State Normal School. It was established March 12, 1927, with Dr. Lynn B. McMullen named the first president. At the time, Billings had 15,000 residents (MSUB website). According to the 2010 census, Billings has grown to more than 100,000 residents.

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

 

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College Success Specialists: Reloaded

Do you need some help getting organized, taking notes, or just getting comfortable with the college environment? Contact your College Success Specialist. We have some new faces and titles, so let’s reintroduce the team that works so hard to help you succeed at MSUB.

Steven Peterman

Steven Peterman is an MSUB graduate who has worked with thousands of students on campus for more than a decade. Now he specifically helps City College students be successful.


Jennifer Pope

Jennifer Pope can help you get adjusted to your future in the College of Allied Health Professions. A former sociology instructor, she knows what professors expect from students.


Jamie Lane

Jamie Lane represents the College of Arts and Sciences. Having studied the sciences herself, she has tips to help you be successful inside and outside of the classroom.


Bryan Grove

Bryan Grove, an enthusiastic mentor, hails from the College of Business. He’s an avid cross country runner, so he knows all about setting goals and meeting them.


Gillette Vaira

Gillette Vaira is an MSUB graduate and former journalist who works with College of Education students. She can help you get connected on campus and even develop a plan of attack for that hardcore class.


Kurt Laudicina

Kurt Laudicina previously worked with College of Business students and now leads the College Success Specialists as the Assistant Director of First Year Experience and Retention. As an MSUB graduate, he knows the ropes of campus, so don’t hesitate to tap into his expertise.

Contact your College Success Specialist to meet over a cup of coffee in Stingers… or a scoop of ice cream in Rimrock Café. You could catch up on the latest Yellowjacket news and maybe learn a study strategy or two.

No Boredom for You!

Take it from first-year student Taylor Hutzenbiler, there is so much happening on campus that there is no reason to be twiddling your thumbs. Check out the list of activities MSUB is offering.

Video courtesy of Rob Massee

Jaclyn Tobin PhotoWingin' It

BuzzFeed columnist Jaclyn Tobin

You are almost finished with your first year! So far, so good. Now is the time to take a glance at the future for a second or two. You are going to be fine—especially if you continue to beat the rush of to-do lists. Here are a few tips to help you stay focused even when some new tasks are on the horizon:

  • Schedule a meeting with your advisor. You might already have to do this for a class, but seriously think about what will make up your work load next semester.

  • Start thinking about what you’ll be carrying. Spending time wondering where you’ll be in the fall will definitely save you stress later. Ask yourself questions like: “Will I have a job?”, “Will I be staying in the residence halls again?”, “Am I going to be able to juggle work, social life, and that many credits?” A lot changes in the course of time between school years. So asking these questions will help you find that balance long before you feel your arms shake.

  • Apply for scholarships! Go to the MSU Billings Financial Aid website and fill out the university scholarship application as soon as your fingers find a keyboard! The priority deadline was February 1, but it’s still worth a shot. Also, check out the list of outside scholarships. You would be surprised if you knew how many scholarships fall to the wayside because students simply didn’t apply for them.

No matter which of these tips you decide to take, just remember one thing: you are doing a great job already. Keep up the good work, and don’t be afraid to ask for assistance from advisors or specialists when times start to get tough. Don’t stress about the daunting to-do lists, either. You will have time to conquer it all. Just keep on moving, and, who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next to start the “buzz!”

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.

Your Humble Adobe

“How sweet is it to wake up at 7:50 a.m. for an 8 o’clock class?”

Rimrock Hall Director Chris Wilkins said many residents have told him a short commute time to class is their favorite aspect of living on campus.

“There’s always something going on,” he said, with one to two programs planned on campus each night of the semester. Even if you’re unable to live on campus, Wilkins encourages students to be active by attending events.

Don’t frantically search for a coveted campus parking spot. Avoid grocery shopping, cooking, and dirty dishes. Save money by not paying for utilities, cable, and laundry. Live on campus at MSUB. Call the Housing & Residential Life Office at (406) 657-2333 to reserve your room as soon as possible, as rooms are filling fast.

Be Money Smart

“When it comes to finances, what you don’t know can hurt you,” said Elizabeth Almann, the Financial Education Success Specialist at MSUB. “I am a resource for all students to help them manage their finances so they can be successful in college and beyond.”

Almann took on the newly created Financial Education Success Specialist position with hopes to offer more money management learning opportunities to students.

“No matter who you are, if you have money or if you don’t have money, knowing how to make it work for you is a life skill,” she said. “It changes as your life changes.”

Kalie Porter

Elizabeth Almann enjoys a copy of the financial literacy workbook, “Dollars & Sense,” which is  published by Montana University System.
Photo courtesy of Kealy Dowd

Students can discuss academic, career, and financial goals with Almann. She can also help students find ways to minimize debt and maximize what they get out of school.

“You’ve already made one really good financial decision, and that’s coming to college,” she said, adding that she is available to help students figure out the next steps.

“Who sits down and thinks about their future when they’re in college? They’re dealing with today. I can help them with the big picture,” Almann said.

Students of any financial situation can contact Almann by visiting her in McMullen Hall 103 or by calling
(406) 657-1795.

Check out these other financial education services:

Stay tuned for more from Almann in the April issue of BuzzFeed.

Graduation & Your Finances

  • 3.2 percent – Unemployment rate for people over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree or higher

  • 6 percent – Unemployment rate for people over the age of 25 with some college or an associate’s degree

  • 6.5 percent – Unemployment rate for people over the age of 25 with a high school diploma and no college

  • $45,500 – Median annual wage for people between ages 25 and 32 with a college education

  • $28,000 – Median annual wage for people between ages 25 and 32 with only a high school diploma

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014
New York Times, Economix, 2014

Veteran Student Success

John Schreier

John Schreier, Veterans Support Coordinator

Chaplain John Schreier has served in the Montana Army National Guard for 22 years. He took on the role of the Veterans Support Coordinator at MSUB in February in order to serve veterans on both the university and City College campuses.

“I understand a lot about what veterans are going through even if I haven’t experienced everything,” he said.

Schreier joined the Montana Army National Guard as a radio operator at 17 years old. He speaks both Arabic and Hebrew, which led him to work as a linguist, analyst, and security manager while on active duty. During his most recent deployment, he served as Chaplain to more than 1,400 troops in Afghanistan for nine months.

Now, Schreier works with more than 280 students who identify themselves as veterans at MSUB.

“I want to establish connections and be a resource manager,” Schreier said. “But most of all, I want to be an encourager.”

Schreier can help veterans with academic success strategies as they transition from military life to civilian life on campus.

“We’re building a way for vets to connect together,” he said. “We’re being there in a very understanding way.”

Schreier commends veterans for attending MSUB.

“They’ve made huge strides in using their benefits,” he said.

The military helped Schreier fund his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, as well as a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

“I was able to transfer all of my previous credits and military experience, and the GI Bill helped me pay for it,” Schreier said.
But he said his education didn’t come without hard work.

“It takes a lot for a Soldier to do that,” he said. “The benefits are there, but they really have to apply themselves to use them.”

Schreier said veterans may experience a variety of adjustments when they return home and get on campus.

“Welcome to the new you,” he said. “It takes awhile to recharge from the experiences and settle inside.”

He is developing programming for student veterans to connect with other vets on campus in order to aid in their transitions here.

“As a veteran subculture, we can integrate and start to share those stories,” he said. “It’s always better to be involved and connected rather than isolated. It just creates a different educational experience.”

Contact Schreier at (406) 581-5953 to talk about your experiences in the military, on campus, and more. You can also visit him on the University Campus in the College of Education 119 or Jacket Student Central at City College. Facebook fans can like /msubvets for updates and information tailored to our veteran students, faculty, and staff.

Keep an eye out for more from Schreier in the April issue of BuzzFeed.


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