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Former Montana State Billings basketball star Harvey Munford was recently honored by the university with the Outstanding Alumnus Award in recognition of personal, professional and civic contributions.

Munford, now an Assemblyman in the Nevada State Legislature, was among six graduates honored at MSUB's annual Outstanding Alumni Awards brunch on March 26.

Munford played basketball at what was then known as Eastern Montana College in the early 1960s. Recruited by coach Mike Harkins, Munford was the first African American to enroll on campus and later became the first African American to graduate from MSUB.

On the court, Munford earned all-Montana Collegiate Conference honors his three seasons with the Yellowjackets (1962-1964). The Akron, Ohio, native twice earned All-America recognition.

Munford graduated in 1965 with degrees in Health, Physical Education and Recreation; a Master's in Counseling and a minor in Political Science.

He taught in the Clark County (Nevada) School District for 36 years and was an adjunct faculty member at both the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada before being elected to four consecutive terms in the Nevada Legislature.

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