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The Indoor Football League (IFL) announced the Hall of Fame Class of 2015, including the Billings Wolves own Chris Dixon. Dixon, a former quarterback for the Billings Outlaws and Sioux Falls Storm,    is widely considered the greatest player in Indoor Football League history. After retirement following the 2014 IFL season, Dixon was named the Head Coach of the Billings Wolves.

Chancellor Mark Nook introduced Dr. Robert (Bob) Hoar last month as MSU Billings’ new provost and academic vice chancellor. Hoar, a Montana native, began July 1 and joins MSU Billings after a twenty-year career at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Hoar was selected for the job after an extensive national search. Hoar will have oversight of the academic programs at MSU Billings’ five colleges: the College of Allied Health Professions, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, and City College at MSU Billings. He will also supervise other MSUB enterprises including Information Technology & Institutional Research, e-Learning and Extended Campus. Hoar will work closely with the other vice chancellors on daily operations and university-wide strategic planning.

Now people can find out about events being held at MSU Billings using the University’s Master Calendar. One can choose to look at all events happening on campus or to be more selective about the events being viewed (e.g. athletics, community events, special programs, cultural programming, etc.).

New exhibits at the Yellowstone Art Museum! The Botanical Series: Photographs by Gerald Lang and Jennifer Anne Tucker is a contemporary re-thinking of botanical art, integrating the 21st century digital imaging technology and re-connecting plants to their earlier mystical and herbal uses. The Other Side of Midnight: Paintings and Prints by Adolph Dehn introduces visitors to diverse, sometimes dark, and often humorous works by an artist who was once one of the country’s most recognized artists. Though your parents may have prevented you from drawing on the walls, the museum invites you to make your own mark in the community as it unveils a new series of audience-centered participatory activities, Art in Action, designed to engage the viewer and enhance a visit to the museum. The Botanical Series: Photographs by Gerald Lang and Jennifer Anne Tucker remains on view through October 18th. The Other Side of Midnight: Paintings and Prints by Adolph Dehn remains on view through September 27th. Visitors can interact with Art in Action throughout the run of the Dehn exhibition.

High Point Networks, “Always Connected”, announced it has been named to The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN® Solution Provider 500. The annual list, spanning eight categories, from hardware and software sales to managed IT services, recognizes the top revenue-generating technology integrators, MSPs and IT consultants in North America. Solution providers are ranked based on revenue, determined by product and services sales during 2014.  High Point Networks placed #417 in the annual ranking.

The Big Sky State Games has selected Spencer Drange of Laurel, Jacob Michels of Shepherd, Hannah Amtmann of Butte and Abbigail Lohof of Laurel as the recipients of the 2015 Big Sky State Games Character Counts! Scholarship. The $500 scholarship winners will be recognized at the 30th Annual Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies event Friday, July 17. The winners were chosen based on their character, community involvement, and participation in sports.

Carmike Summer Kid Series 2015 – Every Thursday at 10:00 AM only at Shiloh 14, 1001 Shiloh Crossing Blvd. All Seats $4.00 which includes Admission, a Popcorn, and a Coca-Cola Product. All features will be presented in 2d. Schedule is subject to change.

Big Sky Collision Center a local business is now part of the exclusive advanced capable repair network of Certified Collision Care Provider.™  The shops that receive the Certification include only best-in-class collision repair businesses that have passed a rigorous inspection and evaluation process essential to help ensure a proper and safe repair of the new generation of advanced vehicles. With the official Certification of Big Sky Collision Center service is now available in the Billings area.

Community 7 Television and community partner, Avitus Group, are set to launch new television and online programming in June, 2015. The new program is called City Streets, Country Roads and highlights the reasons people live, visit and work in Yellowstone County, Montana. Each month, the 30 minute program takes a look at one of six key industries: business/retail, oil and gas, hospitals, tourism, non-profit and arts and culture. The show concept revolves around connecting deep rural roots in the Yellowstone Valley to vibrant life in Montana’s urban hub, Billings.

NASA granted clearance for Rocky Mountain College’s AGAR (Algae Growth And Remediation) experiment to be launched on the Space X7, Falcon 9, Dragon X rocket on June 28, 2015. Falcon 9 will launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver and return cargo for NASA.

Recent analysis by financial technology company SmartAsset uncovered which Montana-based stocks have performed the best between January 2010 and March 2015 and ranks First Interstate Bank 2nd in the state. SmartAsset considered three factors in the analysis: stock price, dividends paid and volatility, and found the risk adjusted return of the stocks, by which companies were indexed and ranked.

The Billings Clinic Classic, benefiting medical education, announces the following fundraisers:

  • Friday, August 21, 2015 Women’s Golf Tournament at the Laurel Golf Club, 8:30 AM Shot Gun Start – Scramble format.
  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 Open Golf Tournament at the Powder Horn Golf Club, Sheridan, Wyoming, 10:00 AM Shot Gun Start – Shamble format.
  • Friday, August 28, 2015 Open Golf Tournament at the Laurel Golf Club, 8:30 AM Shot Gun Start – Shamble format.
  • Friday, August 28, 2015 Open Golf Tournament at Briarwood Country Club, 8:30 AM Shot Gun Start – Scramble format.
  • Saturday, August 29, 2015 Classic Concert/Street Party at the Alberta Bair Theater on Broadway. Festivities begin at 5:30 PM.

Congratulations to Kim Kaiser, the new CEO of the Billings YMCA. 

The first ever City Streets Country Roads program, A Community 7 Television program, sponsored by community partner, Avitus Group, aired last month, which you can view here. The topic is Tap & Tasting Rooms, a Local & Tourist Attraction and features guests from the distillery, winery and brewery industry in Yellowstone County. Be on the lookout for the July show about “Being an Ambassador for Billings” and featuring Visit Billings, Visit Southeast Montana and highlights what businesses & residents can do to welcome the BMW MOA riders in July! New monthly shows always air on cable the 2nd Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. And 7:00 p.m. on Community 7 Television. Look for the online show on Community 7 Television’s Facebook page after it airs on TV.

The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch board of directors appointed Shawn Byrne as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch effective July 1, 2015. Byrne has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Community Based Services for YBGR for the past eight years. He replaces Glenn McFarlane, who will retire as CEO of YBGR on July 6.

The Big Sky State Games hosts the 2nd Annual SOAKED run at Pioneer Park on Friday, July 17 in Billings.  The non-timed two mile fun run, includes refreshing water, foam, slip and slide and more. The first wave starts at 6:15 p.m. in Pioneer Park and ends in Daylis Stadium.  The run is open to everyone; runners, walkers, fast or slow. Just be prepared to get soaked!

Summerfair is seeking volunteers! One volunteer shift = free admission for the rest of the day. Interested?  Please sign up here, reply to this email, or call Ashley Pratt at 406-256-6804 x222. Volunteers receive two free passes to the museum and an invitation to our Volunteer Appreciation event later in the year.  Thank you for helping us make this a successful event!

The BEST WESTERN PLUS ClockTower Inn located in downtown Billings announced reception of the
TripAdvisor© 2015 Certificate of Excellence Award and their fifth consecutive year of winning this prestigious honor, earning them the Hall of Fame honor. Only 379 Best Western hotels worldwide share this incredible distinction. Congrats!

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