Montana State University Billings
|Montana State University Billings|
|Motto||Access and Excellence|
|Chancellor||Dr. Rolf Groseth|
|Admin. staff||681 |
|Undergraduates||4465 [2013 Fall]|
|Postgraduates||504 [2013 Fall]|
|Location||Billings, Montana, USA|
|Colors||Blue and gold|
Montana State University Billings (or MSU Billings) is a state university. Its main campus is located on a 110 acres in downtown Billings, Montana, United States. Formerly Eastern Montana Normal School when it was founded in 1927, it was then renamed in 1949 to Eastern Montana College before being renamed to its present name in 1994. Currently, the university offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees through the University’s five colleges. The five colleges of Montana State University Billings are Arts and Sciences, Business, Allied Health professions, Education and City College. It has the third largest campus population in the Montana State University System.
4,969 students attended MSU-B during the 2013 fall semester.
- 1 Student life
- 2 Athletics
- 3 Extensions
- 4 Student services
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 External links
With the main campus in the downtown core of Billings many cultural, service, athletic or educational activities are within walking distance of the campus.The school is host to a mix of traditional and nontraditional student body. Approximately 1700 students live on campus in the residence halls.
Some of the major student organizations include:
- The Associated Students of Montana State University Billings, also known as the student government. This organization is run by and for students, taking in concerns, advocating student issues and rights, and allocating funds.
- Student Activities Board, the organizers of many activities from comedians to current movies on campus.
- Student religious organizations including United Campus Ministry representing 7 Protestant denominations, other Christian non-denominational organizations, Baha'i, and Catholic groups.
- Jacket Student Ambassadors, a student leadership organization on campus which hosts many new student orientations and tours of the campus.
- The Residence Hall Association, a student run residence hall association that provides both social and educational programming for residents of Petro and Rimrock Hall.
Major structures of the main campus
- McDonald Hall
- Parking Garage / Campus Police
- Art Annex / Poly Building
- Apsaruke Hall
- Cisel Hall
- Alterowitz Arena / Physical Ed Building
- Cenex Stadium
- Tennis Courts
- Academic Support Center
- Rimrock Hall
- Petro Hall
- McMullen Hall
- Student Union
- Liberal Arts Building
- Science Building
- College of Education
Petro Hall is a 500-room residence hall completed in 1965. There are 8 floors, including the first floor Petro Theater and the second floor lobby. It is connected directly to the Petro Theater on the first floor, and also connected to the Student Union Building.
Rimrock Hall is 300-room residence hall completed in 1962. There are 6 floors, including the second floor lobby and the first floor Student Union Building.
Student family housing
The student family housing consists of contemporary two and three bedroom units located on the east end of the campus.
The athletic teams are nicknamed the Yellowjackets and compete in the NCAA's Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference and in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Montana State University Billings has an active athletic department, including a newly reformed baseball program. Other sports include: men's and women's basketball (both making appearances in conference finals over the years), cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, cheerleading, softball, volleyball, tennis, indoor track, and outdoor track. The official MSUB song is the Fight Song.
The Yellowjackets men's basketball program has been at the forefront of the MSU Billings sports offerings since football was abandoned in the late 1970s. The program, which rose to prominence during the early 1960s under coach Harry "Mike" Harkins, has lately been competitive within NCAA D–II and while a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). In the past ten years the Yellowjackets have led D–II (and in some cases all of the NCAA) in three-pointers made per game. The school has finished under .500 only once in that timespan.
While Roy McPipe remains the only former player to be drafted by the NBA and play major professional basketball in the United States, many former players have found pro careers in Europe or in minor leagues in the states.
The Yellowjackets baseball program had originally been dropped in 1974, 5 years before the school moved from NAIA to an NCAA D–II athletics program. The baseball team was re-established in 2006, enjoying its first year ever as an NCAA baseball school under manager Chris Brown in the Heartland Conference. The 2006 season started on February 24 with a 6–3 loss to Northwest Nazarene University. The Jackets began the year on a 16- game road trip, losing all 16 games. They started the year 0–18 before an 11–2 home win at Cobb Field against the same Northwest Nazarene team. The Jackets finished their first NCAA season on a 15–17 run to finish 15–35. In 2007 the team completed its second season with a much improved 24–26 record.
City College at Montana State University Billings
City College at MSU Billings is a two-year college that offers degrees and certifications in fields such as business, computer technology, transportation, nursing, and safety. It was first created in 1969 as the Billings Vocational-Technical Education Center (BVTC). Its governance was passed from the Billings School District to the Montana University System (MUS) Board of Regents in 1987, and in 1994, the BVTC was officially merged with MSU Billings and renamed the College of Technology. The name was changed to the present name in 2012 when the MUS Board of Regents voted to change the names of all the colleges of technology in the state. The university currently runs a free shuttle for students between its main campus and the City College. 1,336 students (all undergraduates) were enrolled at the City College during the 2012 fall semester.
The College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning
The downtown campus provides conference facilities, workforce and professional development, personal enrichment, kids' camps, outreach and a Senior Academy for ages 55+. Their event calendars and course listings are available online.
MSUB Online is Montana State University Billings' Online Portal, featuring a wide array of courses (over 240 classes) and complete programs of study ranging from certificates, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.
Essential departments for student service include:
- Academic Support Center
- Admissions, Records and Registrar
- Advising Center
- Beezer's (formerly the Book Depot)
- Business Services (Cashier, Fee Payment)
- Campus Police
- Career Services and Cooperative Education
- Child Care & Enrichment Center
- Dining Services
- Disability Support Services
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Graduate Studies
- Honors Program
- Housing & Residential Life
- Information Technology
- International Studies
- Jacket Student Ambassadors
- Multicultural Student Services
- Office for Community Involvement
- Office of Research Compliance
- Recreational Activities
- Student Government (ASMSUB)
- Student Health Services
- Student Opportunity Services/TRIO
- Student Union & Activities
- Veterans' Upward Bound
- James Franklin Battin (Class of 1948), US Representative and federal judge
- Chet Blaylock (State Senator, delegate to Montana constitutional convention, Montana gubernatorial candidate)
- Melony G. Griffith, member of the Maryland House of Delegates
- Monica Lindeen (Montana House District 43, US Congress candidate '06, Montana State Auditor)
- Judy Martz, 22nd Governor of Montana
- Roy McPipe (Drafted by the NBA in '73 and '74, played with the ABA's Utah Stars in 1975)
- Deb Prevost (played in the WBL from 1978-80 with the Minnesota Fillies and Milwaukee Does)
- Kevin Red Star (Native American artist)
- Bently Spang (Northern Cheyenne multidisciplinary artist)
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- "Degrees, Programs & Minors". Future Students. Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
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- "Full and Part Time Enrollment". Institutional Research. Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
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- "About the College". Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- Pickett, Mary (21 October 2012). "College of Technology to officially become City College at MSU Billings". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "MSUB Jacket Shuttle". Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "BATTIN, James Franklin, (1925 - 1996)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- "Outstanding Alumni of the 1990s". Montana State University Billings. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Melony Ghee Griffith". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Monica J. Lindeen". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Montana Governor Judy Martz". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- "Roy McPipe". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- "Montana State Billings Women's Basketball Honors". MSUB Sports. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Kevin Red Star". Montana Arts Council. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Rod, Luann (11 March 2011). "Bently Spang examines culture with humor in Emerson installation". Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Bozeman, Montana). Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- Official Montana State University Billings Website
- Official Montana State University Billings Athletics Website