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Luncheon Learning Series

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Luncheon Learning Series

If you have a topic that you would like discussed at the Luncheon Learning Series, we would like to hear from you. Please submit any topic ideas with your to any of your staff senators at

Session 20: Wildflower Reflections: Legacy Planning (Wills, etc) – Marsha Goetting, Ph.D., CFP®, CFCS. – September 17, 2019

Legacy Planning is the holistic approach to secure your legacy after you have passed. Done correctly, Legacy Planning will ensure that your wealth and possessions are passed to the people or charities of your choice.

  • Estate Planning
  • Last Will and Testament
  • Advance Directive
  • Creating a Trust
  • Starting a Foundation

Session 19: Montana Tech Safety and Emergency Preparedness - Marissa Morgan - March 14, 2019

Marissa will discuss:

  • Safety and Health on campus
  • Reporting procedures for accident, injury, or hazard
  • Emergency preparedness

Session 18: Creating a Financial Record keeping System and Sticking with it - Solid Finances Webinar - January 16, 2019

Solid Finances is a webinar series that offers free financial education opportunities for adults. Solid Finances gives consumers the tools they need to make sound financial decisions for their situation.

Session 17: How to Schedule and Plan your next Event/Meeting through 25 Live and Campus Life - Scott Forthofer and Brian Moyer - November 14, 2018

Are you scheduling an event or a meeting on campus Even if you have scheduled an event in the past, come learn the ins and outs with scheduling through 25 Live and Campus Life. Some of the key areas covered:

  • Using 25 Live
  • How to make sure all of the equipment is ready when you arrive
  • If you are serving food/drinks, what do you need to know
  • Getting the correct room set-up the first time

Session 16: Suicide Prevention - Karl Rosston, LCSW and Cricket Pietsch, LCSW - Wednesday, September 26, 2018


  • The factors behind Montana's high suicide rate
  • Characteristics of college-age students and behaviors indicating students in distress
  • How to be a gatekeeper in assisting someone in distress
  • About available resources to treat depression and prevent suicide

Session 15: Understanding a Piece of the Diversity Puzzle, John Cummings and Ezerae Coates - Wednesday April 18, 2018

Sponsored by Montana Tech’s Rape Prevention Education Task Force and Staff Senate. Students are welcome to attend!

Download the pdf from the presentation.

Session 14: Things To Know Before You Call I.T., Jedediah Wilson - Wednesday March 21, 2018

Join Jed Wilson as he guides us through helpful computer and networking troubleshooting tips that make your “computing” life easier: • Passwords (how to change, password policy)

Download the pdf

Download the powerpoint

Session 13: Campus Wellness Incentives, Activities and You, Luke Buckley - Wednesday February 7, 2018

Want to make the year 2018 the start of a new, healthier you? The Montana University System provides its employees with many opportunities to increase your health and wellness.

Download the pdf from Luke's presentation.

Session 12: Meaningful Student Employment - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tristan Sewell (Financial Aid) and Angela Stillwagon (Career Services) presented a Luncheon Learning session on student employment information.  Angela began with tips on providing meaningful student employment opportunities, including the competencies associated with career readiness.  Tristan outlined the process of hiring students and reviewed essential paperwork, policies, and time card changes.

Session 11: Current Research and Theory for Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dr. Berkowitz helps universities design programs that address social justice and health issues. He presented an overview of critical issues related to sexual assault, the Social Norm approach, bystander intervention theory and strategies, and issues and strategies in working with men.

Contact Amy Lorang or Cricket Pietsch for more information.

View Session 11 Resources

Session 10: Graphic Design Tips and Ideas - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lisa Sullivan, Graphic Arts Manager, Montana Tech Public Relations discussed the basic principles and elements of effective graphic design and shared tools and information available for Montana Tech staff.

View Session 10 Flyer

Session 9: HPER Remodel Reveal - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nick Bowsher, assistant Athletic Director gave a tour of the newly remodeled swimming pool and the HPER complex.

Session 8: Deferred Compensation Plan - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Jenny Weigand, Education Supervisor, Montana Public Employee Retirement Administration, shared the advantages of participating in the MPERA Deferred Compensation Plan. She covered the enrollment process, how contributions are deducted, and designing the right retirement plan for you.

View Session 8 Flyer

Session 7: Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lyle Hansen, University of Idaho Extension A Solid Finances webinar presentation sponsored by the Montana State University Extension Service offered participants information on how to calculate the amount of income they will need to retire and determine additional savings needed for retirement, as well as other related types and strategies.

View Session 7 Flyer

Session 6: Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Joyce O’Neill and Cricket Pietsch, MT Tech Counselors for North Campus and Highlands College, discussed reasons for the high rate of suicide in Montana, warning signs, and resources to help.

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Session 5: Chairing a Committee to Get Results: Secrets Revealed - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

R.J. White, Professor & Director, Center for Advanced Mineral and Metallurgical Processing (Camp) offered tips and guidelines for leading a focused committee.

View Session 5 Flyer

Session 4: Tech Tips - Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kay Eccleston, MSTC, Intern Writing Director covered Email etiquette and formatting, tips on how to write professional, attention-getting, and non-confrontational emails, confirming email receipts and follow-up tips and when to use an email message versus when to use attachments.

View Session 4 Flyer

View Crafting Effective Email Messages Checklist

Session 3: The MUS Health Benefit - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Mary Lachenbruch, Associate Director of Benefits for the Montana University System discussed: What a self-funded benefit plan is, How your deductibles and co-payments work, Your Flex Account benefit, and How employees can help contain costs.

View Session 3 Flyer

Visit the MUS Benefits Website

Session 2: Montana Tech Website - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

David Nolt, Web Developer and Amanda Badovinac, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, demonstrated how to request changes and updates to the website, Access Montana Tech logos and other publication tools on the website, and how to use the e-mail signature.

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View Montana Tech Guidelines

Session 1: Tech Tips - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kathy Stevens, Distance Learning Coordinator, demonstrated Skype and Skype for Business.  Jennifer Simon, Information Services Director, shared tips for effectively organizing and dealing with email.  Andrew Young from the Tech Help Desk offered Office 365 tips.

View Session 1 Flyer

Contact Kathy Stevens or Technology Support