MSU Billings announces Welcome Week activities
August 28, 2015
University Relations, 657-2266, story by Blair Koch
Associate Dean of Students Jeff Rosenberry, 657-2376
MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — On the first day Petro and Rimrock Hall opens to students, volunteers sporting bright yellow t-shirts will be onsite to help students move into their new rooms.
It’s an event called “Movers and Shakers,” and in the past those volunteers have always been faculty and their spouses but this year the school is allowing members of the public to sign up to help as well.
“It’s an intentional way to say ‘Welcome to Billings,” said Associate Dean of Students Jeff Rosenberry. “We’re there to simply point the way or ready with a dolly to help load heavy stuff, whatever the student and their family need….even free hugs and Kleenex.”
An institutional goal of MSUB is to support both students and the community and Rosenberry said making introductions at Movers and Shakers will likely help build relationships and begin the school year on a positive note.
“Movers and Shakers has such an intentional impact on these students we just thought it would be a good idea,” he said.
Movers and Shakers kicks off an action packed Welcome Week for returning students and many departments are part of the effort.
Evan O’Kelly, director of communication for intercollegiate athletics, indicated Welcome Week is a great way for both students and the business community to connect with the upcoming Yellowjackets’ sports season.
“We’re putting together bundles for local business filled with schedule cards, posters with a schedule of the games, jackets and decal stickers,” O’Kelly said. “Students will also have schedules for their residence halls and we encourage them to attend home games, which are free, and for them to come and cheer on their friends.”
If businesses place their decal stickers in their windows not only will the school’s brand grow and better resonate around town, but Yellowjacket pride will surely increase as well.
O’Kelly said there is good reason to be proud of our improving NCAA Division II teams, including our baseball and softball teams which are standing conference champions.
This fall the teams to watch include the soccer and cross-country teams.
In fact, Welcome Week activities include Men’s Soccer vs. Carroll College at Yellowjacket Field at 4:30 p.m. on September 11.
All Welcome Week activities are free of charge.