On Aug. 22, RMC performed a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially unveil the Dr. Charles Morledge Science Building. While the lower level of the new building has been in use for a semester now, the public reveal was delayed to accommodate further development and coincide with RMC’s 140th anniversary on Sept. 9th.
President Wilmouth, Mayor Bill Cole, Mike Walker from the RMC board of trustees, and RMC Chaplain Kim Woeste each addressed a crowd of students, faculty, donors, and members of the Billings community before performing the ribbon cutting.
According to Wilmouth, the building is just the latest step in upholding a standard of excellence the college has maintained for over a century.
“September 9th is when classes started here 140 years ago,” Wilmouth said. “I believe there is some significance in being the oldest institution in this state. History is important; you want to look forward, but you learn from your past. What I see at Rocky over the last 140 years is we are constantly getting better at what we do. We are not stagnant.”
Wilmouth remarked on the college’s desire to renovate more buildings on campus and continuing constructing state-of-the-art facilities for students before discussing RMC’s financial backers.
“The thing I marvel at is our donors; particularly Patti Morledge, Dr. Ballard, and their families,” said Wilmouth. “They’re never going to see the benefit of this. They’re never going to meet all the students or the faculty five to ten years down the road that are going to benefit from this. Who does this kind of thing? Gives up their personal wealth for the betterment of others when they’ll never see it; I have a word for it, they’re heroes.”