Summer 2013

In the Know:

Sept. 1 - Residence Halls Open
Sept. 4 - Classes Begin
Sept. 6 - Fee payment deadline

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In the Money:

If you haven't yet completed your FAFSA or set up your financial aid options, there is still time! Please contact the financial aid office at (406) 657-2188.

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Where Will You Live?

It's not too late to live on campus! Call the Housing & Residential Life Office at 657-2333 to reserve your room or visit their website for more information.

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Mentoring Opportunity

People in fields relating to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can expect to earn about 26 percent more than their peers in other fields. If you have declared yourself in a STEM program, or even if you are just considering the possibility, you are invited to join us for a STEM mentoring event on Friday evening, September 13. Contact Dr. David Snow to learn more about it.

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Get the Edge with
Career Services

The path to your career begins before you step foot onto campus or log into your first online course. "It's never too soon to start shaking employers’ hands and confirming career options,” said MSU Billings Career Services Director Patricia Reuss.

Millennials, the 80 million Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s, are struggling to find jobs after college, Reuss said. According to CNNMoney, the national unemployment rate for 20 to 24-year-olds was 13.3 percent in March, while the unemployment rate for the entire working-age population was 7.6 percent. 

Students can counter the statistics by being assertive. For instance, you can register on CareerLink to find part-time jobs and work study options. This database is free to MSUB students and connects them with employers, which is something Reuss says should happen early in students’ college careers.

“Be looking for ways to maximize your education because college years go fast," she said. "There’s not going to be a job waiting after graduation unless you’re proactive while you’re a student.”

Students can visit Career Services to tailor a personal career plan. Make an appointment on the University Campus by calling (406) 657-2168 or (406) 247-3006 at City College or set it up by email.

Career Services Staff
Career Services Staff L-R: Jenny Hartman, Lisa Wallace, Mandy Sanchez-Brottem, Danielle O'Leary, Patricia Reuss
Photo courtesy of Kealy Dowd

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Jacket Fact:

Eastern Montana College changed its name for the fourth time in 1994, becoming Montana State University Billings.

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

Welcome to MSU Billings!

We're excited you have chosen to become a Yellowjacket and start your journey toward a college degree! You must have been looking for a university that provides a wide variety of programs, flexible course offerings, and exciting campus life because that's exactly what you'll find at MSUB. Now that you've had a taste of what you'll experience on campus, take time to relax and enjoy the rest of your summer. Your action-packed first year of college will begin soon.

The College Success Specialist team will be sending you important information through emails, texts, and this newsletter in order to help you have a successful first year. Congratulations for pursuing your higher education at MSUB!

What is a College Success Specialist?

Each academic college at MSU Billings has a College Success Specialist (CSS). This team helps first-year students get acclimated to campus by teaching First-Year Seminar courses, connecting students with campus resources, and coaching students in academic strategies. Your CSS is your go-to person during your first year of college.

Who is your CSS? Find the academic college under which your major falls. For instance, a student pursuing a degree in communication is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. If you can't find your CSS , don't worry. We'll connect with you! Contact the the team here:

City College: Steven Peterman
College of Allied Health Professions: Jessica Scheidler
College of Arts and Sciences: Jamie Lane
College of Business: Kurt Laudicina
College of Education: Gillette Vaira

Get Involved!

Do you want to make life at MSUB more than just about books? Are you hoping to make friends and find a connection to the Billings community? Join a student organization! Check out these two groups with fast-approaching application deadlines:

The Associated Students of MSU Billings (ASMSUB) serve as the student government. The group represents and protects student interests and needs. ASMSUB will elect two University Campus freshmen senators and two City College senators in the fall. Applications are due in the ASMSUB office in the SUB by 5 p.m. on September 12. Get your application in now! Contact Valerie Sperry at (406) 657-2365 for more information.

The Jacket Student Ambassadors help to recruit prospective students by giving tours and sharing their perspectives. Applications to participate are due by the second week of classes. Contact Julie Hrubes for more information at (406) 657-2886.

ASMSUB Photo
ASMSUB students, advisors, and staff 2012-13
Photo courtesy of Aaron Clingingsmith

Jacket Student Ambassadors Group Photo
Jacket Student Ambassadors 2012-13
Photo courtesy of Julie Hrubes

Jaclyn Tobin PhotoWingin' It

BuzzFeed columnist Jaclyn Tobin

It’s time to tie up some loose ends and start dwindling down that list before September rolls around. I can hear it now: “Oh, psssh. I don’t have to think about that list until school is closer.” These next couple of months might seem like the resting period before the year begins, but they are crucial for a stress-free beginning to fall semester. Here are some tips that will get the gears running:

  • Check and recheck the online requirements for FAFSA. Last year, I had to pay a couple thousand dollars out of my already-starving bank account because my paperwork wasn’t in. Talk about stressful!

  • Start figuring out the small things before they turn into big problems, like purchasing a parking permit and shopping for textbooks.

  • Meet your roommate for coffee or something.

  • Keep a list of things that you have decided to take with you to the residence halls, things you still need to buy.

You still have time to accomplish a lot in order to have a successful freshman year at Montana State University Billings. Good luck!

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.

Join the SOS/TRiO Family!

By: Barb Waters

If you anticipate needing extra support while at MSUB, apply to become a part of Student Opportunity Services/TRiO. This provides tutoring, mentoring, assistance with academic planning and financial aid, and much more!

Space in the SOS/TRiO program is limited. Eligible students must complete an application available from the SOS/TRiO office or online. Applications are due by August 30. Visit www.msubillings.edu/sos or call (406) 657-2162 for more information.


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