October 2013

In the Know

Oct. 12:Service Saturday – 9:30 a.m. – SUB Atrium Oct. 15:Costa Rica Info Night – 6:30 p.m. – SUB 135
Oct. 21:Spring Registration Advising Begins
Oct. 22: Last Day to Drop Classes Without Instructor Permission (No Refund)
Oct. 31: Trick-or-Eat

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A Site Just for You!

MSUB has launched the First Year Experience website to help you get acclimated to campus. The site also has resources like how to use various campus services, how to get involved on campus, how long it takes to get from building to building, and much more.

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Legal Advice

ASMSUB Student Legal Services has an attorney available to students enrolled in at least seven credits per semester. Schedule an appointment by calling (406) 657-2365 or stop by SUB 213.

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Get Registered... See Your Advisor!

It may feel like you are just getting into the swing of things in your first semester, but believe it or not, it's time to start thinking about spring semester classes! Advisors help students decide which classes they'll need to take each semester, and they can set you up with a course of study for your first year or two at MSUB.
     "Advisors are here to guide students through the college roadmap, so it is important to establish a partnership with your advisor early in your educational career," said Dr. Becky Lyons, the director of the Advising Center.
     The Advising Center is located on the first floor of McMullen Hall on the University Campus and in Jacket Student Central at City College. You can find the name of your advisor in your secure area on the MSU Billings website. First-year students must connect with their advisor to receive an alternate PIN before registering for classes. City College students may be assigned a faculty advisor. First-year students on the University campus can register for classes beginning November 7. City College students can register for classes beginning November 4. You will want to make an appointment with your advisor at the end of October to figure out which classes you will need.
     Don't miss out on the class you're dying to take! Call the Advising Center to get connected with your advisor TODAY!:

  • University Campus at (406) 657-2240

City College at (406) 247-3019

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Yellowjacket Tutor Program

     You have enough of your own homework to do, so why would you want to help someone else with their school work? If you don't get that warm, gushy feeling when you think about volunteering, then consider the résumé-building potential of being a Yellowjacket Tutor.      MSUB students who participate in the Yellowjacket Tutor Program help youngsters with homework and lead them in educational activities for one hour each week. Youth involved attend Senior High School, Lewis and Clark Middle School, Will James Middle School, and the Garfield Community Resource Center.
     The program is made possible through the Office for Community Involvement and the College of Education. Students of any major are welcome to get involved. Contact the Academic Outreach Facilitator, Kate Olp, at yjtutors@msubillings.edu or (406) 896-5814 for more information.

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Jacket Fact:

MSU Billings first opened in 1927, but residence halls hadn't yet been built. Students stayed with families throughout Billings, and they had to obtain permission from the school before they left town. The average cost of room and board was $35 per month (Yellow-Stone & Blue).

Build a House... Change Your Life in Costa Rica!

Jamie Lane, College Success Specialist

Here's a great capstone to your first-year experience! MSU Billings is offering students an opportunity to have a global service learning experience as a way to complete your freshman year.

In May 2014, twenty freshmen will travel with MSUB alumni to Costa Rica to build a home for a Costa Rican family. The trip is made possible through Global Travel Alliance’s Global Doing Good non-profit entity. The recipient family will work side by side with us to build their home, which will provide a whole new life and opportunities for them. You will truly be able to change and impact their lives forever!

It should take five to six days to build the house from the ground up. The remaining time will be spent on the beach, zip-lining, exploring the jungle, or touring farms and universities. The group will stay at a secure resort with all of the normal amenities.

Attend the information night on October 15 at 6:30 pm in SUB 135 if you’re interested. A representative from Global Travel Alliance will talk about the logistics of the trip. Students must enroll in A&SC 292 in the Spring 2014 semester in order to participate.

Get Involved!

HEROES group photo
HEROES Retreat Fall 2013
Photo by Justin Wutzke

Become active in more than just academics in college. HEROES provides students with prevention and educational tools to deal with a variety of issues, including alcohol and other drug use, sexual health, healthy relationships, and more! They host the Thank Goodness It's Thursday (TGIT) events on campus, offering students fun activities like Root Beer Pong, Condom BINGO, and other alternative activities. The group also started Jacket Cab, which allows students to take a City Cab or Billings Yellow Cab back to campus if they are in an unsafe situation and HEROES will reimburse the cab fare!


Collegiate 4-H
Collegiate 4-H hosted a STEM event for youth during
the spring of 2013.

 

Collegiate 4-H offers opportunities to work with youth, help with county and state 4-H events, judge competitions, and host fun activities on campus. There are no record books or fair projects at this level, and no prior 4-H experience is necessary. Join them for Game Night on October 18 in the SUB Upper Galleria! Get more information by contacting them at msubcollegiate4h@gmail.com.   

 If you're trying to meet new people and get experience tied to your academic major, visit the Office for Community Involvement. The Office for Community Involvement connects students to community agencies to help them engage in service and meet the needs of the community. Meet other MSUB students in the SUB Atrium on October 12 at 9:30 a.m. for the next Service Saturday.

Jaclyn Tobin PhotoWingin' It

BuzzFeed columnist Jaclyn Tobin

With a few weeks of school under your belt, I bet it feels like you're getting into your own groove. Chances are your professors are either easing you into the semester, or they're really testing the skills you learned (or didn't learn) in high school. For the students who are facing some difficulties staying afloat on reading assignments, busy work, and upcoming exams, here is some advice from one of the biggest worrywarts:

  • Find a method of taking notes that works best for you. Do not make formal outlines for yourself if the information gets lost in the technique. Instead, try your hand at color-coded notes or some uppercase action with the main ideas.

  • Don't settle when it comes to reading the material. Skimming before the exam shouldn't be the only form of studying. Instead, skim over the material the night it is assigned. Later, devote at least fifteen minutes to reading the material and taking notes. When the exam comes, you have given your mind more than one chance to absorb it.

  • Make it a habit to check your planner each day. With so many courses and assignments to juggle, it might become a task to even remember a simple printout. With a well-prepared planner, it will become easy to prioritize as well as remind you that there are chunks of the day that don't have to be devoted to worrying.

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.

Balancing School and Family

Trudy Care Photo

Trudy Carey
Director, Disability Support Services

Trudy Carey spent the first 40 years of her life taking care of her four children and her husband. But when she started a job in Rimrock Mall, her life changed.

 A customer who came into the store where Carey worked mentioned that she had just graduated with a degree in communication from MSU Billings. When Carey learned about the degree, and the fact that a B. A. required less math and science than a B. S., she registered for classes the next semester.

 "That woman inspired me to go to school," Carey said. "She was slightly older than I was, and she did it, so I knew that I could do it, too."

 Carey started slowly, at first taking just nine credits, but she always took summer courses so she could graduate in four years. She took advantage of every opportunity she had to study, even reviewing flashcards during the time-outs at her daughter's basketball games.
 "I went to every single thing my kids were in," she said. "I always put family first."

 But she said students must adjust daily activities in order to prioritize classes. "There's a tradeoff, and you have to realize what you're willing to trade," she said. She gave up time that was previously spent on hobbies and socializing and traded housework for homework.

 Carey said students must have a backup plan in case of emergencies, such as a child becoming ill. She also said communicating with professors helps in situations where family must come before school.      
Carey earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from MSU Billings. She has served as the director of Disability Support Services for eleven years.

Need a Tutor?

Visit the Academic Support Center in the SUB on the University Campus and in the Tech Building at City College. The ASC provides free tutoring for math, writing, reading, science, psychology, foreign languages, and more! They even offer online tutoring! Use their computers, printers, and copy machines. You don't even need to make an appointment.

 

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


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