Rocky Mountain College students were honored for their academic and civic accomplishments at the annual RMC Academic Awards Banquet, April 17.
Presented with the prestigious President’s Cup were Margaret (Maggie) Weber, of Kouts, Ind., and Harald Carlsson, of Karlstad, Sweden. This award is presented by RMC President Michael Mace to two graduating seniors, one male and one female, based on scholarship, leadership and contributions to the RMC and greater community. Faculty make the selection.
Winning the Dean’s Cup were Erica Wall, of Billings, and William Scott of Billings. This award, presented by RMC Academic Vice President and Provost Anthony Piltz, goes to the male and female seniors with the highest cumulative grade point average.
The Ossie Abrams Faculty Awards went to Scott Severance, RMC associate professor, business administration and economics, and James Smith, RMC professor, business. For this award, graduating seniors nominate the teachers who “go beyond the call.” The instructors receiving the highest number of nominations are selected to receive the award.
Departmental awards were presented to students who achieved academic success:
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MSU Billings News Services
Two champions for American Indian children and education, an advocate for special education, business leaders and a local legend in music and theater were honored last week as outstanding alumni for Montana State University Billings.
The 30th annual Outstanding Alumni Awards event was held March 30 at the Student Union Building. This year’s event recognized the accomplishments of eight people selected by the MSU Billings Alumni Association.
This year’s recipients were:
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Editor’s Note: This poem by Pete Tolton was the winning entry in the finals of the third annual Billings Grand Slam, a poetry slam held last month at Venture Theatre. Mr. Tolton and Anna Paige were finalists in the competition.
We fired up the chainsaw last month
Blades rotate fast enough
To make a slip and fall matter
Lost my partner in crime
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Former Billings Mayor Chuck Tooley is running in the Democratic primary for Public Service Commission. Here is his edited statement.
One of Billings’ most popular and effective mayors, Chuck Tooley, is also the best qualified candidate for the Montana Public Service Commission.
“My career in business and public service has prepared me for the collaborative and analytical work of the PSC,” Tooley said, announcing his candidacy. Tooley served 10 years as mayor of Billings and five years on the Billings City Council where duties included regulating city-owned utilities serving more than 30,000 customers.
“I’m the only candidate for PSC who has actually worked for a PSC-regulated utility (Mountain Bell) and I have first-hand experience with divestiture, de-regulation, and un-bundling of services.”
The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) regulates monopolies that provide electricity, gas, telephone and other services. Tooley also cited his experience as a board member of the Montana Electric and Gas Alliance, which was created to establish publicly owned utility services.
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State Sen. Lynda Moss has officially filed as a candidate for the Public Service Commission for District 2. Here is her edited statement:
“My work on the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee prepared me for the rigorous work of the Public Service Commission. I sponsored bills for energy savings for communities and internet connections for rural communities and I spoke out against policies benefitting the industry at the expense of Montana consumers.
“I put the interests of our family farmers and ranchers ahead of large energy corporations by voting ‘no’ on the eminent domain bill which would allow the taking of private property by corporations. I will continue to give priority to the interests of Montanans in my work on the PSC.”
Sen. Moss, a Democrat, said her three top priorities as a commissioner are:
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 23:45
HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has signed an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) with ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. for investigation and cleanup of this past summer’s Yellowstone River oil spill.
“This document legally binds ExxonMobil Pipeline to conduct pollution monitoring, continued remediation and reclamation, and payment of penalties and costs to the state,” said DEQ Director Richard Opper.
A total of $1,060,390 has been transferred to DEQ by ExxonMobil Pipeline. That total includes past state cleanup costs of $760,390 and a cash penalty of $300,000.
Additional penalty includes $1.3 million worth of DEQ-approved supplemental environmental projects to be completed by ExxonMobil.
In addition, the AOC requires ExxonMobil to pay future state costs.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 23:43
Being a parent is a tough job. Being a teen parent can be even tougher, which is why Planned Parenthood of Montana (PPMT) started a new program in Billings called Teen Success. It’s designed to help teen-aged girls who are expecting, or already are mothers, to get on track emotionally, educationally and financially.
Jill Baker, the director of education for PPMT, explains that the program offers a series of lessons on setting goals, maintaining family size, and early childhood development milestones. And, while young moms are learning, free child care is provided.
“We want to make sure that young people have all the skills and tools they need to achieve their goals, and complete their education, and really get a step up and be able to be a great parent.”
Baker says the program gives teens a second chance and an opportunity to connect with others experiencing the same struggles.
“Having a non-judgmental environment where they can talk openly about the issues that they’re facing, and get the information that they need. I just think that’s invaluable.”
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