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

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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.” More

Bozeman enters the ‘Cupcake Zone’

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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. More

Post-coma, player finds a role in sports

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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. More

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

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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. More

Bridger dogs the last line of defense in avalanches

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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. More

406 Brewing Co. revels in unexpected success

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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. More

MSU disability services in high demand

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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. More

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