MSUB Staff Senate

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Upcoming Event: 

 Campus Cleanup


Upcoming Event: Staff Professional Development Workshops

Professional Resiliency & Whole-Hearted Living with Wendy Samson

9am-11:30am or 1:30pm-4pm, Wednesday May 9, 2018


December 2017 Holiday Tree Raffle


  • 2017 Holiday Tree Raffle Check Presentation
  • 2017 Holiday Tree Raffle
  • 2017 Holiday Tree Raffle Trees

 Staff Senate would like to thank the MSUB community for supporting the first Staff Senate Holiday Tree Raffle.


An inaugural holiday tree raffle was held Dec. 4 through Dec. 18, with trees raffled off during the MSUB Holiday Party. This activity was organized by Staff Senate Senators, engaging the campus community. Eighteen trees were decorated by senators and various campus departments with an identified theme for each tree.


All proceeds from the tree raffle were donated to the local Ronald McDonald House for the children and families who spend the time away from home while treatment is provided to their ill or injured child. This event raised $750 to assist the Ronald McDonald House in purchasing items for their new play room for children.


Featured Staff Senator: Kathie Burke to retire after serving MSU Billings for nearly 32 years!

Kathie FeaturedKathie Burke graduated from Creighton University with a BS in biology and audited a MBA from UM.  MSUB employment began in June 1986 as the College of Business (COB) Dean’s admin.  Campus involvement includes: Wellness Committee member F2001 - S2010, Safety Committee member F2006 to date, Staff Senator F2010 to date volunteering for Spirit Fridays, Ugly Sweater Contests, Spooktaculars, Ice Cream Socials, Professional Development, Take Your Child to Work, Christmas trees, and other projects, and MSUB University Budget Committee Staff Senate representative F2014 to date. Staff Excellence, Star of the Month, and Shout Out awardee, Volunteer for Science Expo, Chicks and Girls in Science, Summerfest, Pow Wow, and other events. In addition to regular duties, she planned meetings and special events for the COB International Business Conference, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Accreditation, COB Alumni, Business, and Student Advisory Boards, Middle School Science Bowl, Business Professionals of America, and other various campus search and evaluation committees.


Outside of work, volunteer community service activities include:

Montana State Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Workgroup member including oral and written testimony at US Senate Hearings and press conferences and Montana legislative hearings.  Caregiver Committee member including facilitating and presenting at meetings, and advocating with the Veterans Administration, Nominee for the BLM Resource Advisory Council for the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District (awaiting Zinke’s approval), Outdoor skills guide/instructor for Bureau of Land Management (BLM), American Rock Art Research Association National Conference, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Annual National Conference, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Becoming an Outdoors Woman programs, Montana Wilderness Association, Sierra Club, Billing Gem and Mineral Club, Beartooth Nordic and Hiking Club, and Beartooth Paddlers Society, Bob Marshall Wilderness and Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness trail clean-up, Amateur paleontologist with U. S. Forest Service, BLM, and Judith River Dinosaur Institute, Amateur archaeologist with U. S. Forest Service, BLM, and Bureau of Reclamation, Archaeology program presenter at Upper Musselshell Museum in Harlowton, Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus, schools in Billings, Worden, and Melville, Billings Gem and Mineral Club, Montana Archaeological Society member, Yellowstone Historical Society, and Sweetwater Retirement Community in Billings, Yellowstone Historical Society member, Billings Stamp Club member, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church member of choir, Strength Finders, hiking club, fishing club, etc.


We will miss having Kathie as a member of Staff Senate!


New Staff Senator for Student Affairs: Christine Ditter was selected as the new Staff Senator for Student Affairs.


ChristineChristine Ditter has worked for MSU Billings for a year and a half as the Wellness Specialist in Student Health Services. Christine is responsible for overseeing peer health education, wellness programs, and primary prevention initiatives on campus. Christine was previously a Health Educator at Arizona State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.


Christine will represent staff from ASMSUB, Jackets & Company, Housing & Residential Life, Student Health Services, and Student Union Administration.  Christine is a Wellness Specialist in  Student Health Services. We are excited that she  has joined Staff Senate!   




Shout Out

Rob Massee, Dr. Sue Balter-Reitz,  Patricia Hoagland, and Facilities Snow Removal Crew of  Ken Choinard, Chad Flohr, Kevin Krenzer, Wes Armstead, Skip Kittson, Kevin Barthlama, John Grimstad, Troy Moore, Jason Christoferson, Tim Woodard, Bill Skov, Derrick MacAskill, Wayne Ham, and Ryan Cohenour.


Spirit Day