GREETINGS 1893 SOCIETY MEMBERS M
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Bringing the U to You Dear friends, This has been a year of unprecedented success for Montana State University. With nearly two years left in our What It Takes campaign, we have already surpassed our goal of raising $300 million in support of our outstanding people, places and programs. With this accomplishment, we still have many goals to achieve. Among them, building the American Indian Student Center, a place to call home for our American Indian students on campus. We will also work hard to grow our endowment for scholarships, which make a world-class education possible for so many of our students. In its inaugural year, the Hilleman Scholars program awarded 51 Montana students with the opportunity to pursue a four-year degree, realize their full potential and contribute to their communities. Montana State continues to surpass freshman enrollment records, and as our student body grows, so will the need to deepen our resources on campus to meet the demands of education in the 21st century.
Great Falls College–MSU Heritage Hall
Dennis Aig, Director of the MSU Film Program will discuss production of “Unbranded,” a documentary about a 3,000–mile trail ride on wild mustangs. View a full list of “U to You” lectures taking place in January and February at msuaf.org/utoyou
Thank you for everything you do for our University! Go ’Cats!
Helena, MT Sleeping Giant Alumni Chapter. Dr. Robert Rydell, Director of MSU Humanities Institute, discusses the past, present and future of the University.
Thank you for your commitment to the future of Montana State. Your continued generosity ensures that we can deepen our creativity and discoveries; expand our outreach and engagement in Montana communities and across the world; and build greater access to learning and development for our students.
5.4.2017 Waded Cruzado President, Montana State University
Classes of ’47, ’57 and ’67 celebrate Commencement Reunion May 4-6, 2017. Register online at msuaf.org/reunions. 800-457-1696 PLANNEDGIVING@MSUAF.ORG PLANNEDGIVING.MSUAF.ORG
THE IMPACT OF BEQUESTS HOW ONE FAMILY’S GIFT IMPACTED MEGAN MCGILL (’17, PLANT BIOLOGY)
For her senior year, Megan McGill was awarded the Ralph B. Millice Scholarship, established in 2008 by the estate of Margaret Moore, in memory of her father, Ralph Millice. Margaret Moore was a longtime resident of Livingston, Montana and a supporter of Montana State University and the College of Agriculture. In a recent interview, Megan described her experience at MSU and her goals for the future. “I decided to attend MSU because of their status as a Land Grant University. I wanted to attend a school with a strong Agriculture program, and MSU-Bozeman was a perfect fit. Attending MSU has given me opportunities to explore the field of plant science. Since moving to Bozeman I’ve been able to use my degree in Plant Biology to become more involved in agriculture and I’m excited about all the opportunities I have for the future.” This semester Megan is researching conventional and IPM apple orchards in the Bitterroot Valley to find out what kind of insect populations they support.
ON HER GOALS FOR THE FUTURE “After graduating this semester, I hope to continue my education as a graduate student here at MSU. I’d like to study the genetics of wheat and help solve some of the problems that are facing Montana growers while earning my Ph.D. in Plant Genetics.”
ON THE IMPACT OF SCHOLARSHIPS “For me, the most challenging part of being a student has been finding the money to attend school full time. I would have struggled to complete my undergraduate education at MSU without scholarships. I am extremely grateful for the generosity of the family of Robert Millice. Without this scholarship, I would not be able to attend school full time, and would likely not be graduating this semester. I appreciate the generosity of all of the scholarship donors who have helped me to get where I am today, and in the future, I hope to be able to pay it forward and support students with a scholarship of my own.”
ON HER MOST REWARDING MSU EXPERIENCE “The most rewarding experience I have had at MSU was the summer that I worked at the Western Agricultural Research Center in Corvallis, Montana. As an intern, I learned a lot about the practical applications of plant science while helping test different crop varieties and collecting insect specimens from apple orchards throughout the Bitterroot Valley.”
A LIFETIME OF SERVICE & CARING MARLA PATTERSON ESTABLISHED A LIVING TRUST IN SUPPORT OF THE COLLEGE OF NURSING Caring for others has been a common thread throughout the life of retired Commander Marla Patterson (’73, Nursing). Marla grew up in Billings, the oldest of six children. She joined the Civil Air Patrol at 13, and then served as a Citizen Patrol at 21. At 23, after earning her nursing degree at MSU, Marla joined the U.S. Navy as an operating room nurse. She retired as a full Commander after more than 28 years of service. In June, Marla worked with the MSU Alumni Foundation to document a bequest in her living trust. The gift, valued at $66,000, will be directed to the College of Nursing. Marla is now an active MSU Alumni Association member with the Puget Sound chapter. She lives in Arlington, Washington. In a recent interview, Marla reflected on the Air Force nurse who inspired her career, her lifetime of service to others, and a memorable win for the Lady Bobcats basketball team.
ON A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE FROM HER TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD. Asked about a stand-out experience from her travels, Marla cited the breathtaking experience of watching the sun rise over the Serengeti game preserve in Tanzania from a hot air balloon.
ON A PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT REFLECTS HER VALUES. “My service with Habitat for Humanity. I have been a builder for 14 years and served as the VP of Construction for six years. We are currently working on the 14th house I have been involved with,” Marla said.
ON SERVICE AND CARING FOR OTHERS. As an officer in the U.S. Navy, Marla spent 28 years helping with humanitarian missions that included teh evacuation of Saigon in 1975; counseling sailors who were still suffering from the Vietnam fallout; and taking the best possible care of sailors and Marines. She spent 20 years in surgery in the operating room, and during her last eight years, helped with a variety of administrative positions, including serving as Special Assistant to the Executive Officer for Strategic Planning.
ON HER TIME WITH THE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM. “I absolutely treasure my freshman year when I was a member of the Lady Bobcats basketball team. I most recall a bus trip, which included picking up that “other” team in Missoula, and driving out to the Northwest Regional finals at Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle. We finished second in the tournament to a Vancouver team—who all seemed six feet tall—it still brings a smile to my face,” Marla said.
REMINDER: The Charitable IRA Rollover is now permanent. Contact one of our gift planners at (800) 457-1696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can transfer a portion of your IRA RMD to Montana State tax-free.
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SPRING 2017 NEWSLETTER VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 M
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1893 SOCIETY LUNCHEON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016