Posted: Sep 3, 2013 10:28 AM by MTN News
MSU professor Betsy Palmer will be honored with a service on Friday, Sept. 13 from 4-6 p.m.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Romney Oval on the Montana State University campus.
Members of the campus community and the public are invited to attend.
The celebration will honor the life and achievements of Palmer, an associate professor of education at MSU who passed away in May as a result of injuries sustained in a landslide while traveling in Nepal.
MSU will host the celebration in collaboration with individuals whose lives were touched by Palmer as a recognized scholar, devoted teacher and committed community member.
"Betsy was a strong, spirited, amazing woman filled with graciousness and kindness for every person she met. She was a gifted and award-winning teacher, researcher and scholar because she cared deeply about her students and was passionate about finding ways to promote their success and well-being throughout their college experiences. We have lost an incredible member of our department, our family and our lives," said her friend and colleague Jayne Downey, head of the MSU Department of Education.
Palmer, who taught statistics and research methods courses, came to the university in 2001. Through MSU's adult and higher education program, she also taught courses that focused on college student research and theory, student services, and college curriculum and teaching. Her research focused on college students and the institutional practices that foster improved outcomes for students.
Palmer spent the 2011-2012 academic year conducting research in Nepal. In May of 2012, she received the MSU Department of Education's Outstanding Research Award.