Student Affairs Recognition Ceremony
The Division of Student Affairs honors the diverse contributions of staff, faculty, and community stakeholders through various recognition awards, programs, and grant opportunities. Whether honoring supporting friends of the Division of Student Affairs, or current staff and faculty, we value each person’s unique contributions to the Division of Student Affairs and Montana State University in Billings. It is through opportunity and the extraordinary accomplishments of many that we lay the foundation for future Yellowjackets.
Collaborative Excellence Award
TheCollaborative Excellence Awardrecognizes a Student Affairs’ staff member department or group that has successfully partnered with colleagues to design and implement programs, activities, and/or services that enrich the MSUB experience, further student learning and/or optimize resources.
2017 Recipient Jaki Penninger: Online Support/Application Processing, Admissions & Records
Division of Student Affairs Partnership Award
The Division of Student Affairs Partnership Award is presented to individuals outside of the Division of Student Affairs who have actively worked to create a successful experience for a MSUB student, or group of students, by partnering with or by utilizing the resources and personnel within the Division of Student Affairs. The Partnership Awards are presented to individuals in four distinct categories: Faculty, Administration, Support Staff/Service Providers, and Off-Campus individuals. Nominations for the aforementioned awards should clearly define how the nominee worked to establish a successful outcome for the student(s) and how they utilized Divisional resources in doing so.
2017 Recipient Trudy Collins: University Budget Director, Budget Office
2015-2016 Joann Stryker: Director, Institutional Research, Information Technology, Institutional Research, and eLearning
2014-2015 Brandon Gatlin: Sergeant, University Police
Spirit of MSUB Commitment to Access and Excellence Award
Spirit of MSUB: Commitment to Access & Excellence Award recognizes a staff member who demonstrates a commitment to the university’s guiding principles of access and excellence. This staff member displays exemplary performance and leadership in their own responsibilities as well as service to the division and university.
Donna Cooper: Admission Application Processing, Admissions & Records
Madeline Felts: Associate Director, New Student Services
2015-2016 Tiffini Gallant: Campus Visit Coordinator, New Student Services
2014-2015 Heather Eggum: Associate Registrar, Admissions & Records
Innovation Award is given to a Division of Student Affairs’ staff member, department or group that has generated one or more creative and novel initiatives to enhance our work, promote student learning and success, and deliver an innovative response to student needs.
2017 Recipient Shayla Fox: Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Community Involvement
2015-2016 Vicki Burford: Mental Health Counselor, Student Health Services
Alison Adams: Int. Assistant Dir. of Housing and Residential Life, Residence Halls
Triniti Halverson: Interim Health Educator, Health Services
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service to Student Affairs
2017 Recipient Donna Cooper: Admission Application Processing, Admissions & Records
2015-2016 Cathy Copeland: Lead Sign Language Interpreter, Disability Support Services
2014-2015 Sue Weinreis: Financial Aid Specialist II, Financial Aid & Scholarships
Rising Star Award
Rising Star Awardrecognizes a staff member who has worked at MSU Billings for three years or less. This professional positively impacts, engages and/or supports the MSUB community, continually strives for excellence in job performance and exemplifies professionalism.
2017 Recipient Jenna Phillips: Phoenix Center, Student Health Services
2015-2016 Tiffany Schlabs: Transcription Clerk, Admissions and Records
2014-2015 Michelle Schraudner: Cooperative Education Spec, Advising and Career Services
Student Affairs Rock Star Award Winners 2016-17
May 2017 Ed Brown: Director, Jackets & Company
February 2017 Mo Casey: International and Advising Specialist
November 2016 Trevor Belnap: Recruitment Specialist, New Student Services
August 2016 Aaron Like: Int. Assistant Director for Housing/Rimrock Hall Dir., Housing & Residential Life