Board of Regents Meeting
March 16-18, 2005
The University of Montana Western
Chancellor Dick Storey
· Student Enrollment
The strong enrollment experienced during fall semester 2004, where FTE enrollment was up by 5 percent over the previous fall, has continued into spring semester 2005 where FTE enrollment is up by 6 percent over spring 2004. Freshman applications for fall 2005 are currently up by about 12 percent over what they were on the same date last year. While still very early in the application process, continued enrollment growth is anticipated at Western in 2005-6.
· Experience One Progress
Continuing students will begin registering for their courses, which are being taught under the Experience One scheduling format, in April. This has required a major transformation of its curriculum and student support system by Western’s innovative and dedicated faculty and staff. There is much enthusiasm over the potential Experience One has for improving student learning and retention while establishing a marketing niche for the campus.
· Dr. Jeri Bonnin has had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. The article is based on research that was presented last spring at the national MENC conference in Minneapolis and at the national Kodaly conference in San Francisco. The title is Katinka Dániel: Her life and contributions to Kodály pedagogy in the United States. Katinka is a founding mother of the Kodaly approach to music education in the United States. She arrived in the United States from Hungary in 1960. She had used the approach in Hungary as it was being developed there and adapted it for American students.
· Dr. Bonnin has been appointed the Research Chair for the Montana Music Educators Association (MMEA). It is a 2-year term and the responsibilities include disseminating research to the MMEA community. She will do this through a column in the Cadenza, the MMEA journal, and through presentations at the state conference.
· Dr. Rita Moore has been named to the Editorial Board for Reading and Writing Quarterly, a major and prestigious research journal in her academic discipline.
· Professor Craig Zaspel has received word that his visiting scholar proposal has been funded by NSF-EPSCoR. This will be used to bring Boris Ivanov here next summer. Dr. Ivanov is a research collaborator of Dr. Zaspel’s from the Ukraine.
· Dr. Nili Luo was an invited speaker at the Annual National Early Childhood Conference in Shanghai China this past December. The title of her presentation was Early Childhood Education in the United States. Dr. Luo has also been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Intercountry Adoption Symposium this coming April. Her speech topic will be A Study of Common Peoples' Attitudes towards Domestic Adoption.
· Western’s Polynesian Club performed dance and music on Friday January 21st in both the Montana Senate and in the House of Representatives. They received standing ovations in each instance. On Saturday they had a longer performance for a National Guard group at Fort Harrison, which was again warmly received.
The University of Montana-Missoula
President G. M. Dennison
· In honor of their excellence, Richard J. Field, Cleo Johnson, Karen Kaufmann, Ben Marcus, Tom Roy, John and Sue Talbot, and P. J. Shaw Wright received awards at the Charter Day celebration on 17 February. This event marked The University of Montana’s 112th birthday.
· Two University of Montana student groups, International Student Association and the South and Southeast Asian Organization, responded to the tsunami tragedy in Southeast Asia by collecting donations for the American Red Cross International Response Fund.
· Officials at Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranked the University of Montana at 378 of the top 500 universities in the world for academics and research in 2004. The University of Montana comes in ahead of U.S. counterparts such as the University of Nevada-Reno, the University of Wyoming, Utah State University, Auburn University, Boston College and Brigham Young University-Provo.
· The A. P. Sloan Foundation has established a Sloan Scholars Program at The University of Montana. This program will provide supplemental financial support, $30,000 over a two-year period for master’s level students and $36,000 over a three-year period for doctoral students, for American Indian graduate students studying the natural sciences.
· The 2004 Republican candidate for Governor, Bob Brown, returned to The University of Montana as a senior fellow at O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West.
· University of Montana journalism student, Michael Cohea, captured eighth place and a $500 award at the national Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
· Bob Frazier, a longtime University of Montana executive officer, will stay on as Interim Dean of the Helena College of Technology through the academic year.
· Forbes magazine recently heralded The University of Montana-Missoula as one of the Top 10 “IQ Campuses” in the nation. The magazine praised The University of Montana and Missoula for quality of life and the mix of intellectuals and international students and immigrants.
· The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West has received a $36,000 grant to help educate American Indian tribal leaders about pressing contemporary issues. The Sallie Mae Fund grant will create a new tribal leaders institute, which will offer courses to American Indian administrators from the northern Rocky Mountain and Great Plains region.
· Nathan Bartel, a University of Montana student currently pursuing his master of Fine Arts degree, recently earned one of two $15,000 Ruth Lilly Fellowships awarded nationally. Bartel is also a Richard Hugo Scholar.
· Professor Garon Smith was appointed as a senior associate to the newly formed National Science Foundation National Center for Science and Civic Engagement at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
Dawson Community College
President Terry Hetrick
· On Wednesday, January 26th, the three community college presidents made their presentation to the Joint Education Appropriations Sub-Committee. On Thursday, the Sub-Committee took executive action on the funding proposal for the community colleges. The Sub-Committee approved state appropriations at the enrollment levels projected for the biennium and supported the funding level cited in the Governor’s budget (53% of $5204 or $2,758 per resident student). In addition, the Sub-Committee voted to award each community college an additional $300,000 over the biennium and will recommend that an interim committee studies the cost to educate a Montana resident at a community college.
· Fund raising for the facilities expansion project continues. Due to increased construction costs, the overall cost of the project is now 6.8 million dollars. To date, the college has raised 6.4 million dollars. In the late fall, construction commenced on the adjoining Physical Education and Performing Arts Centers. As a result of relatively mild winter, the majority of the concrete work (footings, back walls, etc.) is nearing completion with little interruption. In the third week of March, the structural steel is scheduled to arrive for the Physical Education Center. Also in March, the staffs of the library and learning center will meet with the architect to begin finalizing the interior plans for this portion of the project. Projected completion date of the Physical Education Center is January 2006 with completion of the Performing Arts Center to follow shortly thereafter. The Library/Learning Center is now scheduled for completion by the early fall of 2006.
· On Tuesday, February 15th, the DCC Chorale under the direction of Lisa Shields sponsored a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance. Over fifty individuals including students, staff, and community members attended. This activity, like others conducted throughout the year, provide a great time for the participants and help support a strong relationship between the college and its community.
· President Hetrick is currently serving as a team member of two-year college personnel across the state that will evaluate six proposals submitted in response to the Two-Year College Marketing RFP. To date, the evaluation committee has discussed evaluation logistics and procedures. The committee is scheduled to meet in early March to complete the process and select the finalist.
Montana State University-Billings
Chancellor Ron P. Sexton
· Mr. Kyle Ellefson, a MSU-Billings graduate student at the College of Arts and Sciences, won a national award in the Freedom of Expression Division of the National Communication Association's Outstanding Student Paper competition, titled "Image is Everything: Trade marking the Harley Davison Rumble," a paper that he wrote in a law class taught by Dr. Susan Balter-Reitz. Kyle presented his paper in Chicago this fall at the National Communication Association's conference.
· The College of Business is involved in the volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), staffed by accounting students under the direction of their professors. This volunteer program aids and assists low income families in the preparation of their state and federal income tax returns for 2004.
· Disability Support Services now has an office located at the College of Technology. Disability Support Services seeks to encourage the educational development of students with a disability and to improve the understanding and support of the campus environment by providing assistance to students with a documented disability, encouraging their independence, creating and maintaining accessible physical environments, and providing a supportive emotional atmosphere.
· The College of Allied Health Professions participated in launching the Montana Bioscience Alliance during the Board of Regents meeting in Missoula, November 18-19, 2004.
· Approximately 500 high school students from Montana gathered at the College of Technology on December 21-22, 2004, to participate in their yearly competition involving public speaking, computer use, writing skills, and other business concepts.
· The first of the MSU-Billings Library Lecture Series was held on December 7, 2004. Dr. Keith Edgerton spoke to an audience of students, faculty and community members about his new book Montana Justice: Power, Punishment, and the Penitentiary. The Library Lecture Series will feature professors and researchers at MSU-Billings.
· The College of Business presented a COB Career Day on Friday, February 11, 2005. The COB, in conjunction with University Career Services, hosts Career Day in preparation for graduating MSU-Billings students to interview with prospective companies.
· During Christmas break, December 28-29, 2004, Billings area Middle School students had an opportunity to engage in a self-paced, hands-on learning experience designed to introduce them to basic computer hardware and software skills at the College of Technology. During the two days students learned how to assemble and disassemble a computer, how to install software and peripherals (printers and CD drives), and were shown how to identify and correct basic hardware problems. They learned about hardware upgrades, how to operate basic utility and troubleshooting programs; they also received introductory lessons in basic word processing and electrical safety.
Montana State University-Northern
Chancellor Alex Capdeville
Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology
Dean Mary Sheehy Moe
Flathead Valley Community College
President Jane Karas
· At a special Board Meeting on February 17th, the Board of Trustees awarded the sale of bonds to Suntrust Capital Markets at an interest rate of 3.8693%. Suntrust was the lowest of eight bidders who vied for the $9.9 million first series of bonds that will allow FVCC to build three new buildings.
· During their February 17th special meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a memorandum of understanding that would enable President Karas to continue negotiations with the owner of land adjacent to the college. The college is exploring a land transaction that would approximately double the size of the campus.
· Flathead Valley Community College hosted an address by Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus January 27. The college aired Baucus’ address to the Montana Legislature in Helena via interactive television giving Flathead valley residents the opportunity to view the address. The college was one of three participating sites in Montana. Following the address, Senator Baucus answered questions from the different participating sites.
· Flathead Valley Community College hosted the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau program, "Heritage Trails of Montana," February 11. Sponsored by the FVCC Library, the program was free to the public and consisted of a narrative slide show presented by Sally Thompson, Ph.D., anthropologist and director of the Lifelong Learning Project through Continuing Education at The University of Montana-Missoula, and Kimberly Lugthart of the Lifelong Learning Project at The University of Montana-Missoula.
· Five Flathead Valley Community College students attended "Day at the Statehouse" hosted by the Montana Campus Compact's Raise Your Voice campaign February 7. The campaign was designed to increase student voice in higher education while encouraging student participation in service and politics. Rodrigo DeAlverado, Richard Gross, Larame Smith, Korrie Williamson and Luke Wisher spent the day in the Montana state capitol meeting with elected officials, networking with colleagues across the state, attending legislative committee sessions and observing the legislative process.
· Flathead Valley Community College hosted a Career Fair February 17 at its Lincoln County Campus. Sponsored by FVCC and the Kootenai Job Service, the fair was open to the public and provided individuals the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of employers, organizations and employment agencies regarding employment opportunities.
· Flathead Valley Community College hosted College Goal Sunday February 13. The event provided area residents who want to attend college the opportunity to apply for financial aid. Financial Aid professionals were available to assist individuals with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
· Six Flathead Valley Community College students have been named spring 2005 recipients of Community Pride Scholarshipssponsored by the Whitefish Credit Union: Serra Valentine and Matt Williams of Bigfork; Tashina Cleland of Columbia Falls; Svetlana Korchmar of Eureka; and Rae Baker and Amy Elletson of Kalispell. The students will receive scholarships awards totaling $1,800 for the spring 2005 semester at FVCC.
· FVCC launched its 2005 Honors Symposium March 2. Free to the public, the event features experts of various backgrounds to lecture on topics relating to this year’s theme: “Public Policies and Private Interests: Whose Rights at What Costs?” The series will consist of nine lectures covering topics from federal budget and social security to public opinion and the media.
· Flathead Valley Community College kicked off its 11th annual Senior Institute program February 4. The program offers a series of credit classes just for senior citizens ages 62 and older. Some of the classes offered include “Jewelry for Seniors,”, “Health and Fitness for Seniors”, and “Computers for Seniors.” A total of 155 seniors are participating in the Institute this spring, a 29 percent increase from last spring.
· Flathead Valley Community Theatre concluded its Northwest Montana tour of the summer smash hit “The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)” at the FVCC campus in Kalispell in late February. Overall, the company has performed for well over 1,000 junior high and high school students since the tour launched in December 10.
· An article written by FVCC Library Director Michael Ober was published in the Winter 2004 issue of Montana: The Magazine of Western History. The article centers on the discovery of Pumpelly Glacier in Glacier National Park.
· Flathead Valley Community College hosted approximately 140 high school students from eight area high schools January 10 for the regional high school Business Professionals of America conference. This is the ninth year FVCC has hosted the regional conference under the direction of FVCC Business Instructor Brenda Rudolph.
· FVCC Economics Instructor Gregg Davis, Ph.D., recently released the results of a “Wage and Benefits Survey” of the Flathead conducted by one of his classes. Davis and two of his students presented a summary of the results during the State Economic Outlook Conference in Kalispell February 8.
Montana Tech of The University of Montana
Chancellor W. Franklin Gilmore
· Professor Larry Twidwell, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, presented the keynote address at the annual TMS (The Metals Society) meeting in San Francisco in February. He also coauthored two additional collaborative papers with MSE-Technology Applications that were presented at the Symposium, “Arsenic Removal from Mine and Process Waters by Lime/Phosphate Precipitation,” and “Arsenic Removal from Mine and Process Waters by Lime/Phosphate Precipitation: Pilot Scale Demonstration.”
· Director of Technical Outreach, Amy Verlanic has been appointed to the Council for Opportunity in Education’s board of directors.
· The Technical Outreach Office was recently awarded a $673,801 grant from the state’s Natural Resource Damage Program to implement a Clark Fork Watershed Education Program for primary and secondary level school children and teachers in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin over a three-year period. Leaders for this project include Dr. Colleen Elliott from Tech’s Geological Engineering Department, Amy Verlanic from Tech’s Technical Outreach Office, and Bill Callaghan from Butte High School.
· The Safety, Health & Industrial Hygiene Department is contracting with the National Park Service to conduct winter use air monitoring in Yellowstone Park. This project will assist in the assessment of the effect, if any, of air contaminants and noise on Park employees and the general public.
· In January, Professor Willis Weight, Geological Engineering, taught “Innovative Technologies” courses at the Little Big Horn College and Fort Belknap College as part of the Brownfields Training.
· Industrial Hygiene graduate students won first place for their poster presentation on their NIOSH Grant for providing safety training to miners at the Northwest Mining Association meeting in Spokane.
· Grant Mitman, Biological Sciences, gave two presentations at the University of Massachusetts International Conference on Soils, Sediments and Water last October.
· Steve Luft, COT, and Doug Abbott, Professor of Business & Information Technology, served on an evaluation team for Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities at Idaho State.
· John Brower, Mining Engineering, co-chaired a session on mineral property valuation at the annual meeting of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration in Salt Lake City in late February.
· Assistant Professor Roger Oldencamp, Business & Information Technology, received the Coleman Foundation Scholarship for “Outstanding Paper” at the U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference in Palm Springs in January.
· Registrar Ed Johnson has been named as Program Committee chair for the AACRAO 2006 meeting.
· Montana Tech and Carroll College will host the northwest region Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge Competition in April.
· A “first-in-Montana” laser welding system will be donated to Montana Tech by the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratories.
· General Engineering (electrical engineering option) students will compete in the National Robotic Car Competition this spring for the first time. The competition requires the robot to find its way through a maze.
· The American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) Regional meeting will be held at Montana Tech.
Montana State University-Bozeman
President Geoff Gamble
· COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING students recently started a MSU chapter of ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS. This July, several MSU students will travel to Shirali and Munyanza Kenya to build two wells and install twenty pairs of latrines which will provide adequate drinking water and sanitary facilities for schools in the two communities. Twenty students will generate design alternatives, research technologies and raise money to complete the project. The cost of the work and travel is about $30,000 and donations are being accepted at http://www.chbe.montana.edu/ewb.
· The CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS IN RURAL DWELLERS received a two-year grant to expand the scope of the center, provide research skill- building opportunities, sponsor research use workshops for clinical nurses, strengthen the research infrastructure in the college and facilitate inter-institutional research opportunities for rural nurses.
· DAVID KLUMPAR, director of MSU’s Space Science and Engineering Lab, joined undergrads KIM COCHRAN (Great Falls, senior, geology) and JACQUELINE ALLEN (Salt Lake City, UT, senior, electrical engineering), and researchers from the University of Washington and Dartmouth College in the Artic last month to launch two giant helium balloons. Working from the Northern Studies Centre at Churchill, Manitoba, the group is collecting data from satellites on the balloons to study x-rays produced in the upper atmosphere when high-energy electrons are dumped out of the earth’s radiation belts. Information collected will be analyzed and interpreted over the next couple years. The project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
· Eighty-three percent of MEDICAL SCHOOL APPLICANTS from MSU-Bozeman were accepted into medical school in 2004, compared to 47 percent nationally. MSU students who are also residents of Montana were accepted at an 89% rate.
· Montana State University ATHLETES continue to perform well academically. Their combined GPA for each of the past seven semesters has been at least a 3.0. In addition, MSU athletes provide a vast array of service to the Bozeman community. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee collected over $1150 for Toys for Tots. Al Beye (basketball) reads to students at Morning Star every week. Brittany Settler (volleyball) and Mike McGuinness (football) are CAP mentors. Megan Lee (track) chaperoned a mission to Mexico to work in an orphanage and Kelli Phillip (field) helped build a church in Mexico. The women’s basketball team volunteered at the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. Clive Lowe (football) and Mike Williams (football) discussed hurricanes with students at Longfellow elementary.
· BLAKE RASMUSSEN (Antelope, senior, industrial engineering), ASMSU President, was among 15 student leaders selected to tour Israel as a participant in Project Interchange. The one-week program, held last month, included a full slate of speakers on intellectual topics ranging from politics, history religion and government.
· IAN KELLETT (Livingston, graduate, Science/Natural History Filmmaking), is the first person to film a newly discovered species of Primate. Kellett’s footage was shown on 60 Minutes II, and MSNBC and his photos made the New York Times, National Geographic Online, and other publications.
· DOUGLAS CHRISTENSEN (Bozeman, junior, nursing) earned a Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad at the Moscow Academy for Humanities and Arts. Christensen worked for 14 years as a court reporter before returning to college to study nursing. He enrolled in the Advance By Choice program which mentors older students and plans to graduate in Spring of 2007.
Miles Community College
President Darrel L. Hammon
· Freshman nursing student, Michelle Frank from Sidney, Montana, was named Mrs. Eastern Montana 2005 and will be competing for the national title in July.
· The Mon-Dak All Conference named the following Miles Community College Pioneer players to its All-Conference Teams: women’s: Mirna Araujo, second team; Jill Dana, honorable mention; men’s basketball players: Charles Webb, second team; and Nick Garrett, honorable mention.
· For the seventh consecutive year, the Career Development Workforce Center conducted “We Can Do It”, a two-day workshop provided information to area high school and junior high girls about nontraditional, high wage, high demand careers More than 35 speakers from a variety of career fields presented information to 70 participants from Washington Middle School in Miles City, Hysham, Colstrip, Jordan, and Terry High Schools, plus adult women from the local area. Keynote speaker Tuesday was Alice Pilgeram, Montana State University, and Ned Penley from the Inland Northwest Space Alliance located in Missoula. Dave McIntyre, Nancy Swope, JT Joyce, Clarence Tupa, Kathy Wankel and Donna Faber of represented Miles Community College as “local” speakers.
· Kathy Wankel, Nursing Director, and Annette Gorton, Nursing Distance Education Coordinator, presented at the Montana Hospital Association’s (MHA) Critical Access Facilities' conference in Fairmont, Montana, for Critical Access Facility Directors of Nursing. Kathy and Annette also participated in the Chief Dull Knife Memorial College's health occupations career fair in Lame Deer.
· Twenty-five high school students are enrolled in Miles Community College’s online CNA course. Students are from Glasgow High School and Custer County District High School.
· On Saturday, February 12, Miles Community College rodeo team held its annual Buckaroo Bash. Forty-seven pieces of art which included original paintings, limited edition prints, western memorabilia, bronzes, metal sculptures, and woodwork were auctioned. The Buckaroo Bash also featured a silent auction with 150 items. Approximately 370 people were in attendance for the event, which seems to grow each year. Proceeds from the auction reached $23,120. Faculty and staff who donated art work include: Bret Badgett, Wally Badgett, Donna Faber, Mary Quintus, Tom Strub, and Tad Torgerson.
· Tad Torgerson, Miles Community College Controller and Assistant Rodeo Coach, was recently honored by the Dickinson State University Rodeo Council at the Cowboys and Candlelight annual fundraiser for the Dickinson State University rodeo team. Tad was inducted into the newly created Arena of Academic Excellence established to recognize alumni of Dickinson State University who were members of the rodeo team and achieved academic distinction.
· We have just hired Dr. Michael Dunlop as the Student Services Director. Dr. Dunlop has spent most of his educational career in New Mexico and Boston.
· Miles Community College sponsored its second annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service project, collecting personal care items for those less fortunate in Miles City. Project volunteers collected over 2,000, double over what they collected last year.