January 16-21, 2017
“Setting the Community Table”
We would like to formally invite you to join Montana State University Billings in celebrating the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 16
Bell Ringing Ceremony
9:45am Peaks to Plains Park / SUB Atrium
Montana State University Billings has been commemorating Dr. King’s life for over 20 years with a Bell Ringing Ceremony. The ringing of the bell symbolizes the quest for peace, along with justice, human rights, and social and economic progress for all people. Our keynote speaker is Ginny Lee Mermel PhD, CNS, who is the BackPack Meals and Teen Pantry Programs Coordinator for Billings School District Two. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us at Peaks to Plains Park for the ringing of the bell followed by a ceremony & reception in the Student Union Building Atrium.
Tuesday January 17
7:00pm: SUB Atrium
Learn about Food insecurity on our campus and community while playing Bingo. Student Activities Board will match all the grocery winnings to donate to our Yellowstone Emergency Pantry on Campus. This event is free to all MSU Billings students.
Wednesday, January 18
Free Hugs Project on Campus Today
Pack a Care Kit
5:00pm SUB Atrium
Join Student United Way and Intervarsity as they pack care kits for the homeless. Kits will be made and distributed to Tumbleweed and The HUB. Kits will also be available for students to keep in their car to help those in need. This event is free to all MSU Billings students.
Ken E. Nwadike Jr. Keynote Lecture: Free Hugs Project
7:00pm Petro Theatre
Ken Nwadike is a peace activist known online as the Free Hugs Guy. As a former homeless student athlete, he overcame many challenges. Ken presents a fun, creative, and interactive program to engage students to explore how to overcome the differences that divide us and to create unity and build community on our campus.
Thursday, January 19
Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry Grand Opening
3:00-5:00 pm SUB Room 222
The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry is officially open! The grand opening will feature information regarding food insecurity on campus and staff to answer any questions you may have. YEP’s purpose is to help students with their immediate needs while also linking them with long term solutions. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring food and/or hygiene donations.
5:00 pm SUB Upper Galleria
Join us for an interactive dinner event which brings to life hunger, poverty and the unequal distribution of resources worldwide. Come prepared to partake of food, and step into the shoes of individuals from across the globe as you gain perspective of what eating looks like day to day for the world’s wealthiest to the most poverty stricken. A local speaker will set the stage for gaining global perspective and looking closer to home as we learn about hunger and need in the Billings community. This activity is free to all MSU Billings students.
Friday, January 20
Panel/Lunch & Learn
12:30-1:30pm Beartooth Room
We will be joined by guest speakers to discuss homelessness and food insecurity in Billings. This workshop will feature Jamie Rettig from Tumbleweed who is their Counseling and Transitional Living Program Manager and a representative from Family Services who aims to prevent homelessness and deep poverty by giving a hand.
Saturday, January 21
9am SUB Atrium
One Saturday a month MSU Billings students, faculty, and staff volunteer two hours at a local non-profit agency. Service Saturdays occur once a month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Projects will be centered around addressing hunger and food insecurity in Yellowstone County.
Check out the student created promotional video for Power of One Week.