March 2015

In the Know

Feb. 28-March 8: Spring Break, No Classes
March 12: Last Day to Drop without Instructor Permission (No refund)
March 14: Service Saturday
March 16: Registration for Fall 2015 Semester Begins
March 17-18: Kenco Security Fingerprinting


Get Involved!

Get experience. Get noticed. Get involved. Check out these exciting service experiences:

Try Service Saturday! Meet in the SUB Atrium at 9:30 a.m. on March 14, and take part in a service project from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Have your pick of any of the following projects:
-Help with the Billings Downtown Association’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
-Serve meals at the Montana Rescue Mission.
-Landscape with the Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center.
-Reorganize and clean the child center of the YWCA.

Get your toolbox ready!* Habitat for Humanity needs your help building a house in the Billings Heights! Contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Hagan at (406) 652-0960 for more information.
*It is not a requirement to supply your own tools. Habitat for Humanity supplies tools, lunch, and snacks!

Contact the MSUB Office for Community Involvement at (406) 896-5815 for more details about these civic engagement opportunities.


MSUB: Lowest Tuition!

MSU Billings has the lowest in-state tuition compared to other public institutions in Montana, according to a recent report by U.S. News & World Report. If you’re a deal-seeker, you definitely found one at MSUB! You get an interpersonal campus with top-notch classes and exciting campus life… all for a great value!


Attention Education Students!

Many education classes require a criminal background report, which includes fingerprints. Get your fingerprints taken on campus at a reduced rate! Check it out March 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the College of Education second floor foyer. Get your prints for $10. Cash and checks are accepted. Bring your government issued ID. This service is brought to you by Kenco Security. Take advantage of the convenience!


Don't Miss a Meal!

Did you know that MSU Billings Dining Services will work with your schedule if you can’t make it to Rimrock Café during the set meal times? Just let them know what you would like to eat and on which days, and they’ll set aside a meal for you to pick up at your convenience. Menus become available on Sundays… so stop by to select your top meal choices!


Test Anxiety

The key to avoiding that adrenaline-rushing, brain-draining, head-throbbing experience before or during an exam is quite simple. Prepare.
That’s right. If you prepare thoroughly for your test, you’re not going to be a frazzled, stressed mess. You’ll be confident in your knowledge and ready to take on the Scantron!

But what if you sit down to take your test and start to feel a little anxiety? At that point, it’s not like you can go take a long, hot bubble bath to ease the tensions. So try this technique, called Rescue Breathing, which consists of one complete breath in 16 seconds. It’s recommended by Triniti Halverson, the Health Educator in Student Health Services.

  1. Sit up straight.
  2. Inhale for four deep seconds.
  3. Hold your breath for four deep seconds.
  4. Exhale for four deep seconds.
  5. Hold your breath again for four deep seconds.
  6. Continue until you’re calm.

Practice at home before you go into the exam so you can know this exercise like the back of your hand. It’s just one more way you can be prepared.


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.


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Wingin' It

Columnist Jaclyn Tobin, Third-Year Yellowjacket

Two months. Just two months left! You are well on your way to completing your first year! Before you check out of school and dive into summer plans, let’s make sure this last stretch is secure.

Stay organized: I know the urge to ease back on your planning, and homework time may seem like the best bet, but don’t sell that dedication short! The notes, the attendance, and the focus will boost your confidence during finals.

Don’t follow the forecast: Let’s be real; Montana’s springs are always filled with unexpected weather. One hour it is snowing, while the next will bring sun. Don’t follow this pattern of inconsistency. Keep your eyes on the prize: a year finished with cogs spinning.

Amp up your studying: Get creative with your study patterns. Whether you are preparing for a routine quiz or an extensive test, don’t be afraid to test some fun study strategies. Meet up with a few friends and knock out a study guide. Place gummy bears on every other paragraph in the chapters you have to read. Buy new highlighters. Try new things, and, who knows? Maybe you will find a technique that takes the mess out of your stress.

Contact education major and student leader Jaclyn Tobin.

College Corner

You’ll discover more about a College Success Specialist and his or her awe-inspiring collegiate experiences in each issue. Soak it up. You can’t get this kind of quality expertise just anywhere.

By Steven Peterman

It’s hard to believe that it is almost over. The end of your freshman year is just around the corner. Pretty soon you will start to see the emails and the signs about fall 2015 registration and it will feel like you just finished fall classes. Throughout the next two months, you will start to reflect on your first year of college. You will start to think about all of the new friends you made and some of the friends you may have lost. You will remember all of the new adventures you had, good and bad. For some of you, this may have been the first time being away from home and family. There are many things to think back on, but also many new things to consider. Before you know it, your sophomore year will be in full swing!

So what about the “Sophomore Slump”… and is it even a real thing? Many upper classmen will tell you that it is real and preventable. The “Sophomore Slump” is a time in college where you realize you are not a newbie anymore, but you still have a long way to the finish line. Your classes start to get harder. You may be taking some upper division courses, and the instructors expect more from you. If you are an undecided major or just working on general education classes, you may start to feel the pressure of selecting a major. You are not taking any college success courses and you may not be getting as much communication from your College Success Specialist. It’s a time where you may not feel like you completely fit in anywhere. These are all conditions of the “Sophomore Slump.”

The good news is that you still have time to prepare for the slumps. Check out these tips to beat them:

  1. Have a meaningful conversation with your academic advisor about your fall course load. Make sure you feel good about the classes you are taking and are prepared for the workload.
  2. Keep a list of all of the resources on campus. A good start to your list could include Student Health Services, Academic Support Center, Career Services, College Success Specialist, and Housing & Residential Life. Check out the MSU Billings website for more ideas.
  3. Get involved on your campus. Your college experience is what you make of it. Apply for a job on campus or get connected with a student organization or club. Go to events and participate! Make MSUB your college.
  4. Take control of what you do! Use the time management and study skills you have to create a good learning atmosphere. 

If you follow these easy steps right now and throughout your sophomore year, then you will have no troubles defeating the “Sophomore Slumps”. 

Contact Steven Peterman at (406) 247-3017.

Five Ways to Be a Campus Leader

Scholarships… Internships… Résumés… Networking… Careers… How many reasons do you need to consider being a leader on campus? In spite of great academic and career gains, you can also experience an amazing feeling of doing something worthwhile in the world… and on campus.

1. Study. Pay attention to your grades. Professors can gauge how hard you work on assignments, and work ethic (or lack thereof) can speak volumes. Maybe your instructors can serve as references someday, or they might know of a job opportunity that’s just right for you. Or, maybe you’ll be working side-by-side with your professor in the future. You’ll want to try your darnedest to make a good impression. Work hard.

2. Be active. Attend that club meeting. Go the extra mile on your group project. Go to campus events. Be visible. Make a name for yourself. Be that person who is always on campus making a difference and working with others. Your actions now will impact your future. Plus, you’ll be developing skills that will stay with you for a lifetime.

3. Prioritize. It’s important to get involved and network on campus. But sometimes, something’s gotta give. If you’re committed to this organization and that event, plus you have a 15-page paper due tomorrow and a test the next day, you’re not going to be able to put your whole self into what you’re doing. You’ll get run down, crabby, and probably sick. Then, you can’t help yourself or others. Prioritize what should take up your time and what shouldn’t. Other leaders will understand when you say you just can’t do it all.

4. Communicate well. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. So when you’re out and about on campus, you’re saying a lot about yourself. But what you say online and face-to-face can impact you, too. Proofread your emails. Screen what others post of you on social networks. Don’t upload that unflattering photo online. Be polite to others online and in person. Speak and write positively. Start building your image now.

5. Be kind. Have you ever heard this quote by Maya Angelou? “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” As you’re out and about on campus and in the community, remember to treat others with respect. They won’t forget it.

Be Money Smart

Elizabeth Almann

Columnist Elizabeth Almann, Financial Education Success Specialist

Save Money to Increase Prosperity
You don’t have to follow a rainbow in search of a pot of gold to build prosperity in your life. You can learn how to manage your money so that you make wise financial choices throughout your life. 

Saving money is essential for creating prosperity. Read all about how to save money (and why!) at GetMoneySmarts.Org.

Want Tips on How to Pay for College and Be Successful with Money?
Like Be Money Smart MSUB on Facebook to stay current on tips for how to pay for college and manage your money so you can be successful – both in school and beyond.

Save Money for Success. Like Be Money Smart MSUB on FacebookGet Help
Contact Financial Education Success Specialist Elizabeth Almann at (406) 657-1795 for help managing your money and navigating the scholarship and financial aid application processes. Be sure to file your FAFSA as soon as possible in order to be eligible to receive financial aid next year. Go to It’s a free application! Plus, check out our Be Money Smart website for other helpful hints.


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