July 10-11, 2003


ITEM 120-2003-R0703       Authorization to Expend Equipment Fees; Montana State University-Bozeman


THAT:                              The Board of Regents of Higher Education hereby authorizes Montana State University-Bozeman to expend Student Equipment Fee funds for upgrading University equipment.  Total cost of the equipment purchases is $631,066.


EXPLANATION:               In accordance with Board of Regents Equipment Fee Policy 940.26, expenditure of Equipment Fees for projects in excess of $25,000 requires authorization by the Board of Regents.  The proposed purchases include the following:


College/Dept.                          Project                                                               Amount

Chemistry                              Spectrometer/spectrophotometer                         $85,000

Land Res/Environ. Sci             GPS receiver                                                       45,000

Art/Architecture                      Digital conversation project                                    29,801

Media/Theatre Arts                  5-year equipment replacement plan                        40,000

Education                               4 multimedia smart carts                                      25,679

Mechanical/Ind. Eng.               Materials testing system                                       68,525

Electrical/Comp Eng.              Motor drives lab equipment                                    33,080

Earth Science                         Paleontology/snow science equip.                         47,571

Chemistry                              Balances, interfaces, lasers                                  54,660

ITC                                        4 smart podiums & maintenance                          135,000

Registrar                                Classroom equipment maintenance                       30,000

BTC                                       EPS classroom equip. maintenance                      36,750

TOTAL                                                            $631,066


Allocations were based on unanimous recommendations by the Equipment Allocation Committee.  The committee is comprised of faculty, students, and administrators.