September 2013

In the Know

Sept. 1: Residence Halls Open Sept. 3: New Student Day
Sept. 4: Classes Begin
Sept. 6: Fee Payment Due
Sept. 1-7: Welcome Week
Sept. 12: Last Day to Add Classes
Sept. 24: Last Day to Drop Classes w/ Partial Refund

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Get Connected

Learn about campus safety, cooking, dating, and more! Attend the Yellowjacket Connection Program events.

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First Year Seminar

Register for A&SC 101 or A&SC 111. You’ll learn about campus resources, build your résumé, and make new friends. Visit the Advising Center or call 657-2240 to register.

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Avoiding the Freshman 15?

Rec Activities can help you stay in shape and meet new people, too. Form an intramural team for football, soccer, basketball, inner tube water polo, and more! Plus, check out the new rock climbing wall coming this fall. You won't want to miss the new Zumba® class, either. Visit the Rec Activities front desk on the first floor of the PE Building or call 657-2881 for more information.

Go Play Rec Activities

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Disability Support Services

Any student who believes he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact DSS. They offer assistive technology, sign language interpreters, note takers, test taking accommodations, and more. Visit College of Education 135 or call 657-2283.

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Tobacco Free at MSUB!

August marks the one-year anniversary of MSUB being tobacco-free! Call Student Health Services at the University Campus at 657-2153 or 247-3027 at City College if you need help with quitting tobacco.

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Jacket Fact

Classes first started at Eastern Montana Normal School on Sept. 12, 1927. School officials required students to study between 8 and 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year, classes start at MSU Billings on Sept. 4.
(Yellow-Stone & Blue)

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Jaclyn Tobin PhotoWingin' It

BuzzFeed columnist Jaclyn Tobin

It's official; the countdown has switched from months to days away from your first year of college. Don't panic! There is time to round out the edges on the To-Do List. I know, I know. That darn list has given your nerves some grief already. Fortunately, the fun part is here; it's time to throw that list out the window. But first, let's scratch off the last few tasks:

  • Snatch up deals for clothing, school supplies, and residence hall room essentials. My first night on campus would have gone smoother if I had remembered to buy/pack my toothbrush.

  • Be prepared for some detours! Life on campus opens your eyes to new challenges—and it opens up your schedule to possible procrastination. Start preparing yourself for a change in lifestyle by keeping a planner and an alarm clock up-to-date with your courses.

  • Check your financial aid status through your MyInfo account. Contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@msubillings.edu with questions. Don't be stuck in limbo because you didn't turn in everything. Make sure you have everything you need on your end before you come to campus. If you haven't filed your FAFSA, visit with Business Services in McMullen Hall to discuss your payment options. Questions on filing your FAFSA can be directed to the Financial Aid Office at 657-2188 or Kalie Porter with the Assistance Foundation at 657-1639.

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.

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.

Get Involved!

College is more than just hitting the books. Your involvement on campus could land you a job after college, too! So join a student organization! Check out these two groups:

The Student Activities Board plans entertaining and educational events for the general student population. Members schedule artists, work with agents, promote events, and more. Apply to be a member of SAB.

The Residence Hall Association serves as the voice for students living on campus. The group coordinates entertaining and educational activities for students living in the halls. Pick up your application in the RHA office on the second floor of Petro Hall. Contact Alison Adams at 657-2588 for more information.

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Jobs Anyone?!

Visit CareerLink to find part-time and work-study job opportunities. You can also visit the Yellowjacket Market to network with potential employers from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the City College Commons or Sept. 11 on the University Campus in the LA building.

Your Humble Adobe

MSUB freshmen who live on campus are 16 percent more likely to return for their second year of college compared to those who live off campus (MSUB Admissions & Records). Call Housing & Residential Life at 657-2333 to reserve your room.

Who You Gonna Call? University Police!

 It’s fall semester 2013. You need to go to your night class, but you don’t want to walk across campus by yourself. Who you gonna call? You guessed it.

The University Police Department has eight sworn officers. They’re available 24-7 in order to help with a variety of issues, such as motor vehicle assistance, lockout services, lost and found, and safety escorts.

They recommend taking general precautions to stay safe on campus, such as walking in pairs, as well as locking the doors of your residence hall rooms and vehicles even while you’re inside the location. They also suggest being extra vigilant during finals and over the holidays, when thefts tend to increase.

Save these University Police numbers in your phone before you start classes: 657-2222 and 657-2147. You and your family can also receive text/email alert messages by subscribing to the university’s Wireless Emergency Notifications System.


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