RMC Historical Photo Essay By Sydney Weaver and Jacob Wissinger

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Rocky Mountain College’s 2021 Homecoming Weekend will kick off on Friday, Sept 17 with the Clara Klindt Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The alumni being inducted this year consist of Mitch Holst, Dr. Dave Shenton, and Devin Uskoski. Receiving the highest honor the RMC athletics department bestows are the 1998 and 1999, back-to-back Frontier Conference Championship football teams. As the school honors these successful alumni, we would like to take a minute to look back at how RMC has grown over the years.

 

Rocky Mountain College’s 1950s Homecoming at Daylis stadium located next to Billings Senior High.

Rocky Mountain College’s 1950s Homecoming at Daylis stadium located next to Billings Senior High.

The construction of Alden Hall was started in the 1930s. Sandstone was pulled from the Rimrocks located just behind RMC campus. Alden was the last permanent structure built on campus until the Paul M. Adams Memorial Library in 1959. The building served as the men’s dormitory until 1973 when it was converted to faculty offices and classrooms.

The construction of Alden Hall was started in the 1930s. Sandstone was pulled from the Rimrocks located just behind RMC campus. Alden was the last permanent structure built on campus until the Paul M. Adams Memorial Library in 1959. The building served as the men’s dormitory until 1973 when it was converted to faculty offices and classrooms.

RMC Cheer squad in the 1960’s at a home basketball game.

RMC Cheer squad in the 1960’s at a home basketball game.

Rocky Mountain College’s Marching band at a 1967 RMC home football game.

Rocky Mountain College’s Marching band at a 1967 RMC home football game.

Rocky Mountain College’s concert choir in 1966.

Rocky Mountain College’s concert choir in 1966.

Bill Clinton speaking to RMC students during 1992 presidential campaign.

Bill Clinton speaking to RMC students during 1992 presidential campaign.

Montana icon Ted Turner received an honorary degree from Rocky Mountain College in 1992. Turner is an entrepreneur, television producer, media proprietor, and philanthropist; he owns a large acreage in Montana and advocates for proper maintenance and care of the state's lands.

Montana icon Ted Turner received an honorary degree from Rocky Mountain College in 1992. Turner is an entrepreneur, television producer, media proprietor, and philanthropist; he owns a large acreage in Montana and advocates for proper maintenance and care of the state’s lands.

Rocky student section at the season opening women’s volleyball game in 1995. The bears went onto an above .500 record of 20-8 that season.

Rocky student section at the season opening women’s volleyball game in 1995. The bears went onto an above .500 record of 20-8 that season.

Homecoming 2006: RMC students showing their school spirit as they cheer on the Battlin’ Bears.

Homecoming 2006: RMC students showing their school spirit as they cheer on the Battlin’ Bears.

Rocky Mountain College equestrian student during the 2006 Homecoming game carrying the flag for the national anthem.

Rocky Mountain College equestrian student during the 2006 Homecoming game carrying the flag for the national anthem.

RMC 2007 cheer team at homecoming game.

RMC 2007 cheer team at homecoming game.

Rocky fans welcome home the 2009 NAIA men’s national champion basketball team. The team went 28-9 led by tournament MVP Devin Uskoski. This National Championship is considered to be the College’s highest athletic achievement in its history.

Rocky fans welcome home the 2009 NAIA men’s national champion basketball team. The team went 28-9 led by tournament MVP Devin Uskoski. This National Championship is considered to be the College’s highest athletic achievement in its history.

Rocky’s Peace Institutes festival of cultures in 2009, celebrating and encouraging the congenial enjoyment and representation of cultures on Rocky’s campus. The Institute of Peace Studies promotes the College to address issues of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of peacebuilding.

Rocky’s Peace Institutes festival of cultures in 2009, celebrating and encouraging the congenial enjoyment and representation of cultures on Rocky’s campus. The Institute of Peace Studies promotes the College to address issues of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of peacebuilding.

Outdoor Recreation has a noteworthy role of student involvement on campus, the programs Director Tim Lohrenz hosts stimulating activities for students without the major costs and labor usually associated with the outdoors. Rocky’s Iron Bear competition in 2013 seen above is an obstacle course/race in which students compete in a series of quirky challenges all the while enjoying comradery.

Outdoor Recreation has a noteworthy role of student involvement on campus, the programs Director Tim Lohrenz hosts stimulating activities for students without the major costs and labor usually associated with the outdoors. Rocky’s Iron Bear competition in 2013 seen above is an obstacle course/race in which students compete in a series of quirky challenges all the while enjoying comradery.

Native American Outreach and Programming’s Supaman concert in 2017. The department seeks representation and awareness of the broad Native American community on and around campus. Supaman is an Apsáalooke rapper and fancy dancer who was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Crow Agency, Montana.

Native American Outreach and Programming’s Supaman concert in 2017. The department seeks representation and awareness of the broad Native American community on and around campus. Supaman is an Apsáalooke rapper and fancy dancer who was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Crow Agency, Montana.

Rocky Mountain College, alongside the seasonal climate of Montana seldom sees much of the allure of fall or spring. This idyllic capture of the brief season in 2018 encapsulates the campus beauty and ability to capture these fleeting, halcyon moments in spite of its short tenure.

Rocky Mountain College, alongside the seasonal climate of Montana seldom sees much of the allure of fall or spring. This idyllic capture of the brief season in 2018 encapsulates the campus beauty and ability to capture these fleeting, halcyon moments in spite of its short tenure.

Rocky alumni Satchel McDonald during pre-game intros on senior night of the 2019-2020 season.

Rocky alumni Satchel McDonald during pre-game intros on senior night of the 2019-2020 season.

 Rocky Mountain College president Robert Wilmouth at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Morledge Science building in 2018. Morledge is a product of one of the largest donations in Rocky Mountain College history.


Rocky Mountain College president Robert Wilmouth at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Morledge Science building in 2018. Morledge is a product of one of the largest donations in Rocky Mountain College history.

First reception and showing of the Morledge Science building. The building is home to many Rocky students and faculty as the primary hub for the study of sciences at Rocky, Morledge is the most recent addition to Rocky.

First reception and showing of the Morledge Science building. The building is home to many Rocky students and faculty as the primary hub for the study of sciences at Rocky, Morledge is the most recent addition to Rocky.

 

Photos and Info courtesy of Rocky Mountain College Photo Archives.

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