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A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the Bozeman fairgrounds, January 6, 2021.
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Montana universities are offering students and staff the one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the spring semester. The clinics aim to inoculate those who may not be on campus long enough for a two-dose vaccine.

MSU Billings Chancellor Stepping Down

Jul 24, 2020

Montana State University Billings Chancellor Dan Edelman is stepping down effective Aug. 4.

The chancellor sent out an email on July 23 announcing his departure because of a recent serious medical condition.

Edelman said in his release, ”I am deeply saddened to leave MSUB under these circumstances. We have accomplished a lot since I came on board, but I look forward to seeing the university continue to grow.”

Montana State University President Waded Cruzado, who provides administrative oversight to MSUB, praised Edelman for his vision and concern for students.

Some university faculty in Montana want the option of requiring students to wear face coverings when the fall semester starts.

Montana State University Billings announced the opening of a sweat lodge on its campus Tuesday. It’s part of the university’s effort to retain indigenous students.

Bull elk

Of the no less than eight cases of poaching Montana wildlife officials are currently investigating, some of the game animals were killed and left to rot where they fell. Others were found decapitated, but otherwise untouched.

One Montana educator has spent years researching poachers and has found they’re motivated by many different factors.

Montana State University Billings released the 32nd edition of its political poll Wednesday. The poll shows a majority of Montanans and Wyomingites support President Donald Trump and disapprove of Congress.

Montana U.S. House candidates Greg Gianforte and Kathleen Williams.
(Williams: Olga Kreimer/MTPR)

A newly released poll says Republican Greg Gianforte has a 7-point lead over Democrat Kathleen Williams in the race for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House.

The poll of nearly 2,000 voters was conducted between mid-September and early October by MTN News and Montana State University. It shows Gianforte’s lead over Williams is outside the margin of error, giving him a decisive lead.

Two Montana campuses will be allowed to have the public sample the wares from their brewing science and brewery operations programs, so long as the tasting rooms are off campus.

Flathead Valley Community College and Montana State University Billings are the two campuses with this program. But the Senate amended the bill to only recognize FVCC. Representative Don Jones, R-Billings, wanted MSU Billings to be recognized, as well.

The Montana Board of Regents is poised to approve a proposal to help nurses with an associate degree (ASN) earn their bachelor of science nurse degree (BSN).

David Trost, president and CEO of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, says registered nurses with an ASN have the skills to be excellent nurses.

He says the additional education helps with the transformation taking place in health care.

   A new pilot program will allow high school students in Billings to earn credits toward high school graduation and for college for free.

The project is called High School Connections. It was spearheaded by Montana State University Billings.