September 27-28, 2001


ITEM 112-2002-R0901       Authorization to Expend Student 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 $483,794.


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

Mech/Ind. Eng.                    MET lab upgrade                                         58,053

Elec/Computer Eng.          Optics teaching lab equipment                  97,050

Microbiology                       Phase contrast video microscope             31,500

Cell Biol/Neuroscience      Microscopes for student labs                     32,500

Physics                                Electronics lab update                                26,024

Media/Theatre Arts            MPVO cameras & editing equip.              34,000

KUSM                                  Lighter controller system                             36,875

ITC                                       Upkeep/maint smart podiums                    70,724

ITC                                       Network/telephone wiring classrooms      32,068

Registrar                             Classroom equip & maint                           65,000

                                             TOTAL                                                          $483,794


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