By: Kobi Hudson –
Rocky Mountain College has had many graduates throughout the past 137 years. Many of these graduates can be found around Billings, the country, and even worldwide.
Scott McCulloch, President of the Billings Education Association, graduated in 1977. McCulloch said he decided to go to RMC because “it had a solid reputation and the financial aid was great.” Looking back on the differences of RMC compared to now, McCulloch mentioned that the Physicians Assistant and Aviation programs didn’t exist while he was enrolled, and ofcourse there have been a number of renovations to the buildings as well. McCulloch added that even in 1977, RMC was a small college with great professors. McCulloch said his favorite part of attending RMC was that, “Rocky was a small college with powerful professors.” McCulloch said, “The professors truly gave shape to my future. I will always respect that. My best memories of the school still live on in the friendships I made.” This is true for McCulloch, as well as many students before and after him.
Another past student that many RMC students know today is Deb Wiens. Wiens graduated in 1983 with majors in Biology, Chemistry, and Math, and now is one of RMC’s very own Math professors. When asked about her favorite parts of attending RMC, Wiens stated, “My favorite thing about Rocky was the good relationships between faculty/staff and students. Also, the friendships I made. I met my husband as a student here.”
Just like many students today, Wiens mentioned she chose to attend RMC because it was in Montana and she had received excellent scholarships. RMC is considered a small school today, but when Wiens was enrolled she was one of about 300 students, about one-third of the size it is today. RMC also only had one biologist, one chemist, and one mathematician, according to Wiens. “Many other areas also only had one faculty member,” she added.
Wiens also mentioned that the dorms had no phones in the rooms. “For off-campus calls, there was a pay phone in the dorm lobby. For on-campus calls, there was a phone at the front desk and in the hallway. Each dorm room had a buzzer. If you received a call, one buzz indicated an on-campus call; two buzzes indicated an off-campus call. If you didn’t go to the lobby to take the call, a message was posted on a board for you to pick up later,” Wiens explained.
Wiens also mentioned the arrangements of the departments. She said, “Biology, Geology, and Physics were
located in Tyler Hall; Chemistry was on the third floor of Eaton; and Math was on the third floor of Tech.” She also said that the Bair Science Center was built while she was attending RMC. “The ‘new’ science center replaced a building that was not structurally sound – the basement was used for meetings and was affectionately referred to as ‘Kenney Cave.’ Kimball was used for offices for non-college related organizations, but was closed while I was here due to the failing structure,” said Wiens.
Just from the eyes of two past students, the list of changes RMC has experienced is a large one. Even with all of these changes, Rocky Mountain College still has many to come.