In the schools
The following area college students will be awarded degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck during its commencement ceremony on April 28, 2018:
Wesley Burley, Tenika Capouch, Duncan Chambers, Dawn Crilly, Jenny Garber (cum laude), William Harvey, Brenda Held, Jolyn Hoff, Faith Horpestad (cum laude), Lauren Hunter, Kodi Kaiser, Kaylee Lilleberg, Kennedy Neale, Joshua Obie (magna cum laude), Jenni Pehler, Edan Satterfield, Lisa Stevens, Amanda Tompkins and Jake Valcourt, all of Billings; Jenna Giesick and Ambre Thingvold (cum laude), both of Forsyth; Shaleen Old Coyote, of Hardin; Ellen Clifton, of Huntley; and Diane Newton (cum laude), of Roundup.
Sarah Bonner, of Billings, was named to the 2018 winter dean’s list at Eastern Oregon University. To qualify, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5.
Danielle Alberta and Brianna Dutton, both of Billings, and Troy Burris, of Joliet, were named to the winter 2018 honor roll at Spokane Community College. To qualify, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Alex Wittorff, of Shepherd, received a Walter Sitlington Scholarship in recognition of her high academic achievement and leadership. She is a veterinary student at Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.
Montana State University Billings Advising and Career Services department recently announced the Orientation Peer Leader team for the 2018-2019 academic year. Team members play a key role in welcoming new students to campus and helping guide their first-year transition into college.
This year’s Orientation Peer Leaders are: Taylor Kurkoski and Jonelle Schock, both of Billings; Nikki Aiken, of Belgrade; Cyrine Boumediene, of Tunis, Tunisia; Beverly-Ruth Laci, of Hardin; Olivia Mahon, of Baker; and Anna Wilson, of Huntley.
Montana State University Billings honored a group of outstanding students, organizations and staff during its annual Leadership Recognition Program awards banquet at the Billings Depot on April 10.
Cody McCracken was named Outstanding President of the Year for his work with the College Democrats, a student group whose mission is to encourage participation of students in the political process regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, handicap, or economic standing.
The College Democrats were also awarded the Outstanding Student Organization: Special Interest award.
TRiO Advocates was named the Outstanding Student Organization Overall as well as the Outstanding Student Organization for Campus Support.
Senior leadership awards were given to Chelsea Coomber and Clay Sluggett.
The Outstanding Academic Leadership awards went to Kelton Houston and Kerri-Ann Telford.
Rick Albert of Sodexo was named the Unsung Hero of 2018.
The Student Activities Board was awarded the Outstanding Student Organization: Departmental/Student Fee Funded award as well as Outstanding Organization Program or Event, for their Post Secret project.
Halle Keltner won the Outstanding Residential Leader award.
Christine Ditter of HEROES was presented with the Outstanding Advisor of the Year award.
Other 2018 Leadership Recognition Award recipients are:
Brooke Burkett and Josh Tarango, Outstanding Members of an Organization
Rachel Ballard, Emily Willoughby and Sari Robertus, Emerging Student Leaders
Erin Cozzens, Outstanding Student Volunteer
Chris Grudizinski, Student Employee Leadership
Mohammadreza Heidrari, International Student Leader
Hallie Vervair, Athletic Leadership
Elizabeth Fischer and Laura Orosco, Striving for Excellence in Leadership While Caring for One’s Family
Angel Shandy, Peer Educator
Anna Claypool, Outstanding Graduate Student Leader
VITA, Accounting Club, Outstanding Organization Service Project
National Art Education Association Student Chapter, Outstanding Student Organization: Arts & Media
Pre-Health Professionals, Outstanding Student Organization: Academic and Honorary
Multi-Cultural Club, Outstanding Student Organization: Diversity and Culture
Bath Zabbia Temple No. 21, Daughters of the Nile held installation of officers on Saturday, April 14, at The Billings Masonic Center. The following officers were installed.
Queen: Robbin Nagel
Junior Past Queen: Heidi Sparks
Princess Royal: Margo Hellickson
Princess Tirzah: Leslie Boothroyd
Princess Badoura: Fern Thompson
Princess Banker: Kendra Brown
Princess Chaplain: Sue Paul
Princess Zenobia: Patty Branstetter
Princess Zuliema: Carol Schell
Handmaidens: Lynn Luck and Carol Makin Lambert
Princess Recorder: Patsy Phillips
Princess Marshal: Sharon Logan
Lady of the Keys: Lisa Dubbs
Lady of the Gates: Myriah Alexie
Princess Musician: Myrna Schaller
Princess Nydia: Sharon Henderson
Princess Zulieka: Cody Irion
Princess Zora: Mindy Caldwell
Attendants: Norma Lechner and Nina Rehard
Prompters: Pat Williams and Jan
Four members will be attending the Supreme Temple Sessions in Cincinnati, in June: Queen Robbin; Junior Past Queen Heidi; Princess Royal, Margo; and Princess Tirzah, Leslie.