University Relations and Communications

Faculty member offers insights on meeting needs of millennial learners at next MSUB library lecture

March 23, 2009



Brent Roberts, MSU Billings Library, 657-1655
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


Free lecture set for Thursday at MSU Billings Liberal Arts Building 


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Meeting the needs of the modern college student — classified by many as Millennials — requires new ways of thinking about instruction and assessment. Those ideas will be the focal point of the next special lecture in the spring Montana State University Billings Library Lecture Series.


The lecture, “Breaking the Mold: Millennial Instruction and Assessment,” will be presented by Jim Hughs, instructor of the Process Plant Technology program at the MSU Billings College of Technology. The lecture will be Thursday, March 26 from 12:15-2 p.m. in Room 205 in the Liberal Arts Building on the MSU Billings main campus.


It is free and open to the public.


During his lecture, Hughs will talk about how learning styles and needs of today’s college students have changed and offer insights on how education professionals and others can address those needs.


Hughs says that the profile of the average U.S. student has changed rapidly since the early 1940s. Students have gone from “Baby Boomers” to “Generation X-ers” and now the Millennial Student. Hughs will explore how the changing face of students has affected curriculum delivery within the university system and also will “take you for a walk down memory lane” to offer information that will assist people in addressing needs of today’s learners.


Hughs has an AAS in Chemistry from Eastern Montana College and a BAS from the University of Alabama in Applied Chemical Engineering. An ExxonMobil employee for over 30 years, Hughs worked in process operations, environmental permitting, laboratory systems, and process engineering. He joined the MSU Billings COT faculty in 2006 as an instructor and program director for the Process Plant Technology program.


The MSU Billings Library Lecture series showcases the exceptional scholarly work and/or research by faculty at the university. For more information, contact Brent Roberts at 657-1655.