Program Description

Don’t Cancel that Class is designed to offer education and training in the classroom beyond the subject matter. These are already taking place in Student Affairs with these presentations to student organizations, training for student leadership, and student programming in the resident halls. Presentations are an option for faculty as a replacement lecture in lieu of cancelling class.


As part of the university’s strategic plan, learning is taking place inside and outside the classroom. This is another opportunity to integrate life skills with the content knowledge of the classroom. It offers a chance to reach more of our student population while meeting the underlying goals of the strategic plan. These presentations are already utilized by a small percentage of the student body; therefore, it would be efficient to offer them in that classroom as well. Given our student demographic, many students come to MSUB, earn a degree, and leave without ever benefiting from the services available to them, which are included in their student fees. As their student fees fund this, it is important they are given additional awareness regarding access to these services.

Program Titles

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Most people limit their definition of life fitness to living a physically healthy lifestyle and getting their body in shape.  But, for true life fitness, one needs to expand this definition to include mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental fitness as well.  Life Fitness is based on seeking balance and health in all of life’s domains in a way that incorporates each individual’s passions, priorities, and stage in life.

  • Participants will learn about 6 Life Fitness dimensions.
  • Participants will self-assess their current Life Fitness status by creating a personalized Life Fitness Pie Chart.
  • Participants will develop a personalized SMART Goal(s) that targets a Life Fitness Dimension they are dissatisfied with and that, if achieved, will bring their lives into a healthier balance.

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A Gatekeeper is anyone trained to recognize suicide crisis and, because of their training, know how and where to find help.  QPR is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment.  QPR is intended to offer hope through positive action.  QPR is intended to teach those who are in a position to recognize warning signs, clues, and suicidal communications of people in emotional distress and the skills necessary to ACT vigorously to prevent a possible tragedy.

  • Participants will learn about suicide warning signs, myths, and facts.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the QPR philosophy and engage in experiential learning through role playing various scenarios and practicing basic QPR skills.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to earn a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Certificate and build confidence in their ability to intervene with individuals who are exhibiting warning signs of emotional distress.

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With academic success being a main priority to students in college, it is easy to put sleep on the backburner.  With all-nighters and late night outings students may find their stress levels rising as well as a lack of focus on academics. This presentation aims to bridge the gap between sleep and its effect on a student’s stress and overall success as a student.

Participants will be able to do the following;

  1. Indicate the connection between sleep and impacts on academic success.
  2. Be able to identify a healthy sleep pattern that is personalized to that student.
  3. Understand the different types of stress and resources to combat that stress.

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The amount of people who have summited Mount Everest are a very small percentage of the population. How do these ambitious people accomplish such a huge endeavor? Simple they had goals that were specific, measureable, attainable, relevant, and time-based. This presentation will take students on a journey of vision fueled with purpose and breaking it down to an attainable goal.

Participants will be able to do the following

  1. Understand the SMART goal model.
  2. Be able to use the model to express their own goals.
  3. Indicate the reasons why others never meet their goals.

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*Maximum 30 students

**Presentation requires about 80 minutes

StepUp! Bystander Intervention training is a prosocial behavior program intended to provide skills, confidence, and motivation to intervene in problematic situations. Throughout our lives, we are faced with challenging situations, where we might not know how to help nor are we capable of helping.  StepUp! offers insight to the determinants of helping and how we can address those difficult situations in a safe capacity. Through this program, our goal is to create a culture of care at MSUB. Help us PROTECT THE HIVE!

Learning objectives:

  • Raise awareness of helping behaviors.
  • Increase the motivation to help.
  • Develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of yourself and others.

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Attending college is a wonderful opportunity to pursue educational goals, attain knowledge and tools to create the future individuals desire, increase self-esteem and self-confidence, and build new relationships.  But, it can also generated a tremendous amount of pressure that can negatively impact students physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The key to being successful in the college environment is often consistently practicing the use of effective and proactive stress management strategies to maintain their overall stress level at a point that is below their tolerance threshold.  The ability to meet challenges successfully builds resiliency to weather future adversity with increased confidence and decreased anxiety.

  • Participants will learn the difference between eustress and distress, how to determine their stress threshold and have the opportunity to assess their personal vulnerability to stress.
  • Participants will be introduced to physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms that can develop as a result of chronic stress.
  • Participants will be introduced to stress-related factors and strategies that can promote or derail their resiliency and academic success.
  • Participants will engage in a Coping Strategies Swap activity designed to increase the size of their stress management toolbox.

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Stress is generally considered to be synonymous with distress and is, therefore, cast in a negative light while its positive effects are ignored.  However, stress can be positive and beneficial when it motivates individuals to accomplish more.  Having powerful stress management tools/strategies that carry more “bang for the buck” is one great way to “multi-task” in a healthy manner that can reduce the negative physical, emotional, and mental impacts of stress and allow individuals to enjoy the things that generate positive stress, and, be more productive and intentional in their decision making and actions.

  • Participants will learn the benefits of stress.
  • Participants will be introduced to the best ways to cope with stress that incorporate motion and/or meditation.
  • Participants will be introduced to the worst ways to cope with stress (and may even add to it).
  • Participants will have the opportunity to self-assess their mindset regarding Exercise and Stress Management and to engage in a motion and/or meditation stress management activity.

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Stephanie Eissinger

Jeff Rosenberry

Stephanie Eissinger, MA, LCPC, CPC is the Lead Mental Health Counselor for Student Health Services at Montana State University Billings.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education with a Class 6 Endorsement for School Counseling in 1997 from the University of Montana in Missoula.  She also earned minors in Sociology and Human Development.  Additionally, Stephanie is a Certified Professional Coach, Certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructor, Certified Embody Love Movement Facilitator, Community Coach Consultant, and has a private Life Fitness Coaching practice.  She has authored several self-help books on a variety of Life Fitness topics, and regularly publishes articles for her Coaching website and other on and off-line publications.  She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, Who’s Who, and the Fowler International Academy.  She previously served as the Chair of the Eastern Service Area Authority and Child and Family Services Division Local Advisory Council and as a board member for the Kid’s Management Authority.  She is dedicated to empowering individuals to overcome life’s challenges to live happier, healthier lives.  To maintain her own life fitness, Stephanie enjoys running, baking, reading, writing, traveling, spending time with her husband and grown children, repurposing old things, and practicing yoga.

Jessie Hahne

Darla Tyler-McSherry

Jessie Hahne is a MSU Billings alum, having graduated with a Bachelor degree in Health Administration in 2016. Originally from Aurora, Colorado, Jessie found MSUB was full of possibilities and potential for personal growth. While on campus, she was a very involved student leader that had a thirst for knowledge. While completing her internship for Student Health Services, a fire ignited in Jessie’s calling for prevention. She worked in the dental field where she found she missed the college atmosphere.  She returned to MSUB as the Wellness Specialist for students in Student Health Services. She currently advises HEROES, the peer education group on campus. Jessie’s passions are centered around student success and are evident in the way she speaks to students about various health topics. When she is not on campus, Jessie can be found exercising, reading, or trying something new.

Jenna Phillips


Jenna Phillips is a licensed mental health counselor and coordinator of the Phoenix Center at Montana State University Billings. She earned her B.S degree in psychology at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and her M.S degree in counseling and student affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Jenna is passionate about educating students, faculty and staff on primary prevention efforts related to interpersonal violence. She is currently the president of the Phoenix Center Advisory Board and often co-hosts events with the Women’s and Gender Studies Center at MSUB. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, travel, and rooting for Husker football.

How does it work?

  • Faculty members that know they are going to miss a class or have a sudden need to find a replacement can choose a presentation from the list.
  • Once you have chosen a specific presentation, click below to request a class.
  • The request will be sent to Student Health Services and sent out to the appropriate presenter.
  • The presenter will follow up with the faculty member to let them know if they are available.
  • Faculty members will need to provide the presenter with an attendance list if they would like the presenter to take class attendance.
  • Following the class, presenters will distribute an evaluation.
  • Evaluation results will be compiled in Student Health Services, and a copy will be provided to the faculty member and the presenter.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Darla Tyler-McSherry at 406-657-2564 or


  • There is no guarantee that a speaker will be available for a requested time as all speakers hold full-time positions at MSUB.
  • Presentations can be altered only by approval of the creator. Presentations were designed to meet specific learning objectives.
  • Some speakers will be working on-call shifts and may have to leave the presentation or cancel at the last minute. If so, the speaker will call the department administrative assistant, send an email to the faculty member and arrange for a sign to be posted at the specific class location.
  • All presentations are designed to be approximately 50 minutes to one hour in length.

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