A passionate love for her hometown of Butte and Montana Tech inspires Amanda Badovinac, 39.
A graduate of Montana Tech, Amanda has been the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the college since 2008. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she describes the job of promoting the school through outreach, marketing, public relations and as publisher of Montana Tech’s award-winning alumni magazine, MNews, as a “lot of fun stuff.”
“I am so lucky to work at Montana Tech,” Amanda said. “I am surrounded by great people; the faculty and students are so smart. There is something different every day and that is exciting. It’s fun to be on the college campus that has been transforming since 2008 with new buildings, new plans for the future, and just making a difference.”
Joe McClafferty, vice chancellor for development and university relations said, “Amanda is critical to the Montana Tech team. She is extremely intelligent, works really hard and has the ability to stay positive through the ups and downs. She has brought our outreach efforts to new highs. Amanda is a true Butte girl who understands and relates well with the community. She is passionate about helping kids, and our outreach is focused on the youth in town through the schools with the one class at a time program, t-shirts, and school supply program. We want to be a positive influence to help them be successful.”
Amanda is especially proud of her entire family. She and her husband, Brett, a Tech alumnus, have three children in whom they are instilling the importance of higher education, with the hope that they will choose to be Orediggers, too.
Being a teammate and giving back to the community are important to Amanda. She has coached a number of youth volleyball, softball and basketball teams. She is a Butte Central school board member, active with Mariah’s Challenge, on Chief Executive Dave Palmer’s Butte-Silver Bow and Montana Tech Joint Coordinating Committee, plus other community and college committees.
“I love Montana Tech, it is truly a part of me,” Amanda said. “I am so proud of the successes of our alumni who are making a difference across this country and around the world.”