July 11-12, 2002


ITEM 116-2003-R0702                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 $516,249.


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

Entomology                         Instrumentation/control equip                        26,022

Elec/Comp Eng                   Telecommunications lab equip.                     25,121

Earth Science                      Stereomicroscopes                                     30,590

Chemistry                           Spectrometer/gas chromatographs               38,950

Cell Biology/Neurosci.          Microscopes/pressure injector                      29,925

Libraries                              Study tables/carrels                                    28,690

ITC                                     Smart podiums for classrooms                     93,538

Registrar                             Classroom equipment/maint.                        63,413

Arts/Architecture                  Instructional equipment                                80,000

Media/Theatre Arts               Motion picture/video equipment                   100,000


TOTAL                                                      516,249


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