Got the degree but not the job? Career Services helps students enter the professional world

By MARY KOPPY/Montana State News

It comes as a surprise to some students that there is more to securing a job than showing up for an interview brandishing a shiny, new degree.

“Having a degree is a baseline criteria,” said Carina Beck, Director of Career, Internship & Student Employment Services at MSU. ”Most jobs after graduation are not advertised. It is all about networking.” Continue reading “Got the degree but not the job? Career Services helps students enter the professional world”

Bozeman enters the ‘Cupcake Zone’

By BRIANNA SCHUTZ/Montana State News

Cupcake mania has hit Bozeman.

Cupcake Mountain, owned by Christine and Terry Ketterer, opened its doors on Feb. 9. Cupcake Mountain is Bozeman’s first “Cupcakery.”

And it’s part of a national trend.

It began a decade ago when television series “Sex and the City” popularized New York City’s Magnolia Bakery. Two years later, bakeries that specialize in cupcakes are still opening up at a steady pace across the nation.

According to Christine Ketterer, their grand opening right before Valentine’s Day was a helpful boost for the new owners.

“We sold just under 600 cupcakes on Valentine’s Day and have been busier than we anticipated since then,” she said. Continue reading “Bozeman enters the ‘Cupcake Zone’”

Post-coma, player finds a role in sports

By MATT YORK/Montana State News

Robert Nemeth never imagined that at his point in his life his favorite “sports” would be baseball closely followed by Major League Gaming. He never thought he would be following “heroes” who were not on a field, but instead behind a video game.

Yet, at the age of 20, Nemeth is doing precisely that.

Nemeth, who prefers to go by ‘Bobby,’ is a young man born and raised in the Bozeman area who is an avid aficianado for the sport of Major League Gaming. Not only is he a spectator; he is a participant as well. Continue reading “Post-coma, player finds a role in sports”

Growing numbers of non-traditional MSU students find few programs to meet their needs

By SUSAN ANDRUS/Montana State News

For an 18 year old who’s fresh out of high school Montana State University is a very supportive environment. However, non-traditional students, those who aren’t the typical recent high school graduates, might find MSU a little more difficult to navigate.

Incoming freshman at MSU have lots of resources made available to them.

The Office of Student Success offers many resources to help students successfully navigate college life, including the First Year Initiative (FYI) program, which is designed to assist students as they “make the transition from high school to college.”

There’s also SmartyCats Tutoring, workshops and the Champ Change program, which allows students to earn points for participating in MSU outside of the classroom. Freshmen can even choose to live on a “Freshman Year Experience” themed floor “designed to help them adjust successfully to college life.”

But programs tailored to older incoming students are more rare. Continue reading “Growing numbers of non-traditional MSU students find few programs to meet their needs”

Bridger dogs the last line of defense in avalanches

Graham Turnage and avalanche dog Erna pause for a moment at Bridger Bowl ski area.

By BECKY HATTERSLEY/Montana State News

Erna, a two year old yellow lab, works with her human partner Graham Turnage on the Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol. She is one of five avalanche dogs at Bridger Bowl, and each day for the past 30 years, she and other dogs like her, are stationed on the hill at the top of the Pierre’s Knob and Bridger lifts.

Erna’s red vest does two things. It’s a harness that would enable her to be evacuated from a stalled lift if need be, and it identifies her as a ski patrol dog, something that she and her handler put a lot of time into. The training process usually takes two years and culminates with a certification test through the local search and rescue. Continue reading “Bridger dogs the last line of defense in avalanches”

406 Brewing Co. revels in unexpected success

By MATT RULE/Montana State News

The 406 Brewing Co., has succeeded far beyond its creator’s wildest dreams.

Matt Muth started brewing his own beer in college (majoring in anthropology and minoring in chemistry) and has wanted to start up his own brewery ever since.

His formal career in brewing started up when he started washing kegs at the Madison River Brewing Company in Belgrade. He also worked for his current “rival,” the Bozeman Brewing Company.

He now owns and operates the 406 Brewery with his brother, sister and two other employees who serve beer and tend bar. Continue reading “406 Brewing Co. revels in unexpected success”

MSU disability services in high demand

By JODI WILSON/Montana State News

When Montana State University opened its office of Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services (DRV) 24 years ago, it served 20 students. Since then, that number has increased 25-fold.

Federal law  mandates equal access to education at all levels for people with disabilities. Here, at Montana State University, the DRV opened its doors in 1988 to comply with the law and to meet the university’s goal of providing accessible programs, services and activities to students with disabilities.

When the office first opened, it served a total of 20 students.  Today, the office has over 400 students with disabilities and 558 registered veterans utilizing the program. Continue reading “MSU disability services in high demand”

Life after college? How about more school?

By MATT RULE/Montana State News

Talor Darfler, 21 and a junior majoring in education, originates from Helena. She’s one year from graduating, and on the brink of starting her life post-college.

Asked what three artists could be found playing on her iPod at any given time, she happily replied, “Disney, Carrie Underwood and Beyoncé,” and asked what as a young child she wanted to be when she grew up, she explained how she wanted to become a veterinarian, because her dog was “shot in the leg and all I wanted to do was save it, but my parents wouldn’t let me because they knew I would just end up making things worse.”

If she had one day left to live, what would she do?

“I’d just want to go on a really long car ride with all the people in my life that I love and spend my last day with them.” Continue reading “Life after college? How about more school?”

Shelter takes in more than 2,500 animals a year

By HALEY ANDERSON/Montana State News

It is quickly apparent to visitors and newcomers to Bozeman, Montana that this town is a little dog crazy, and no one is as crazy about dogs as Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter (HOV).

HOV is a private, non-profit animal shelter that serves both the Gallatin and Madison Valley.  HOV intakes more than 2,500 dogs and cats per year, none of which are euthanized due to space or length of stay and the shelter is often faced with overcrowding and shared quarters.

No matter the circumstance or condition of the animals, HOV accepts them, even though finding homes for the animals is sometimes difficult. Continue reading “Shelter takes in more than 2,500 animals a year”

Scholarly studies look at websites as digital rhetoric

At a recent presentation to English students, MSU Rhetoric Professor Doug Downs probed the meaning of reading in the digital age.

By JESSE POWELL/Montana State News

A gathering of writing students recently drifted into a student union meeting room. There they chatted in excitement about Tolkien, the WordPress blogs they were making and some of the latest news from the Writing Center. Some of the talk drifted to the speaker they were waiting for, Professor of Rhetoric Doug Downs.

The room the lecture was to take place in was small in comparison to the various rooms available in the SUB. There was little, if any, trace of worry and concern by these writing students, despite the title of Downs’s lecture: “Screen Literacies and the Death of Reading: Why It’s Going to be Okay.”

In June 2010, New York Times writer, Julie Scelfo wrote an article entitled “The Risks of Parenting while Plugged In.” Scelfo showcased a study that found young children have to compete for their parents’ attention with digital devices, namely, smartphones and the computer. Continue reading “Scholarly studies look at websites as digital rhetoric”

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