September 23-24, 2004


ITEM 124-2007-R0904                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 $527,649.


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

Vet Molec Bio                Biotech lab equip.                                 26,000

Architecture                   3D modeling technology                         32,900

Art                                Art equipment package                          29,285

KUSM                           Digital comm. matrix                             30,000

Education                      Tech ed. lab equip.                                40,280

Civil Engineering            Traffic control simulation                        76,429

Elec/Comp Eng             High freq./microwave equip.                    26,436

ITC                               Smart podiums maint.                           88,802

ITC                               Replacement smart podiums                  25,058

Earth Science                Trimble GPS units                                 38,250

Chem/Biochem              Biochemistry lab upgrade                       45,915

Registrar                       Classroom equip. maint.                        30,000

BTC                              EPS classroom equip. maint.                 38,294

TOTAL                          $527,649


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