University Relations and Communications


April 24, 2017

 OPL group on the MSUB university campus


MSUB’s new Orientation Peer Leader team

MSUB announces Orientation Peer Leader team

Program designed to provide first year students with a peer leader who is available to guide them through their first year transition into college



Becky Lyons, director of Advising & Career Services, 657-2240

University Relations, 657-2266


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Advising & Career Services at Montana State University Billings is proud to announce the Orientation Peer Leader (OPL) team for the 2017-2018 academic year. 


These campus leaders play a key role in welcoming new students to campus and helping guide their first year transition into college. 


OPLs begin connecting with students even before they arrive on campus through individual outreach and the ‘Virtual Hive’ online. 


The peer leaders facilitate the two-day, New Student Orientations each summer that are designed for new students and their families as an introduction to both academics and student life at MSU Billings.


OPLs continue their role as peer mentors throughout the first year by meeting one-on-one with students, assisting with First Year Seminar classes, attending campus events, and via outreach hours.  They are an integral part of the first year experience program and the University is excited to see them start training in May. Please congratulate and welcome these students on their new roles representing the Yellowjacket family.


Our new OPL team members are:


Michael Baker

Major: Mass Communications

Hometown: San Diego, CA

“I love inspiring and bringing the best out in people.  I want to be a charismatic figure for incoming students to see and think, ‘Wow!  I want to be as positive and inspirational as him!’”


Halle Keltner

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Terry, MT

“I can’t wait to meet all the new students!”


Taylor Kurkoski

Major: Pre-Nursing

Hometown:  Billings, MT

“I look forward to learning and being able to lead freshmen through some of the experiences I have already had.”


Daniel Lurie

Major: Organizational Communications

Hometown: Talala, OK

“I look forward to making a difference in students’ lives and helping them transition from orientation to the fall college experience.”


Brandon Moore

Major: English Education

Hometown: Billings, MT

“I’m looking forward to helping the students become acquainted with college and what to do in the city and state.”


Aly Rosteck

Major: Elementary Education

Hometown:  Billings, MT

“I am very excited to meet new people and get involved on campus.”


Michelle Williams

Major: Sociology

Hometown:  Billings, MT

”I am excited to grow as a leader and create meaningful relationships with students to help them adjust to college life.”