TO:������������������ Board of Regents

FROM:������������� Alex Capdeville, Chancellor

DATE:�������������� March 21, 2002

SUBJECT:������� Campus Reports for the March 2002 Board of Regents Meeting

�         Master Plan - The formal, structured planning process at MSU-Northern has been wrapped up.� Marcy Drummond, the consultant from Critical Data, Inc., who was assigned to the MSU-Northern project, came to campus in late February to discuss the planning document with the campus community.� Many people on the MSU-Northern campus participated in the planning discussions, and they are to be commended for their efforts on behalf of the institution and its future.� A synopsis of the Master Plan has been provided to members of the Board.


�         ATC Building - Bear Paw Development Corporation, through the U.S. Department of Commerce�s Economic Development Administration, has secured a grant of $1 million for the construction of an Applied Technology Center on the campus of Montana State University-Northern.�


This significant investment by the EDA in MSU-Northern shows the unmistakable link between building a better economy and the role of higher education in accomplishing that goal.� The Applied Technology Center will present the private sector with the opportunity to partner with a public institution in the practical application of university-level research and development.� It will also serve as a location where technology-based start-up companies can incubate themselves and take advantage of the facility�s high-tech infrastructure to grow their business.


The grant will compliment a $2 million investment made by the 2001 Montana legislature to construct the facility.


�         Advising Center � Our New Student Advising Center will open April 1, 2002.� This center is designed to be a one-stop shop to help students successfully navigate through the application and registration process.� Students will take the compass placement tests and receive personalized assistance in registering for classes.� They will also receive training on how to apply for financial aid and how to register on-line.


This Advising Center will help students make a smooth transition into their new and exciting life at MSU-Northern.


�         Donaldson Hall Renovation � MSU-Northern is currently putting plans together to renovate Donaldson Hall into a state-of-the-art dormitory.� You can see architectural plans on display in Donaldson Commons.


�         NAIA National wrestling tournament � On March 1 & 2,MSU-Northern hosted the 2002 NAIA National Wrestling Tournament at the Bison Fieldhouse in Great Falls with approximately 30 teams and 220 wrestlers in attendance.� MSU-Northern finished second in the tournament, behind Lindenwood University in Missouri.� Two Northern wrestlers won the national title in their weight class; and one of those wrestlers, Tyson Thivierge, was named outstanding wrestler of the tournament.� Special congratulations should go to Northern's football coach, Walt Currie, who served as tournament director, and his colleagues in the athletic department.� The Great Falls community was very supportive and MSU-Northern looks forward to holding the tournament in that city again next year.


�         The Northern Montana Technology Exposition � Is being held this weekend, March 22 & 23 on the campuses of MSU-Northern and Havre High School.� The �Techspo�is a collaboration between education and business entities in Northern Montana to showcase the advances in the use of technology in their respective industries and cultivate the relationship between them.� The event is hosted by MSU-Northern and Havre Public Schools, and has brought nationally known economic development and educational technology presenters to provide participants a chance to engage in hands-on workshops in a variety of applications.


�         MCTM Math Contest � On March 12, Northern hosted the Montana Council of Teacher of Mathematics Math Contest attracting almost 900 students.� Northern has been a regional site for this contest for more than twenty years.� MCTM awards scholarships at the state level and to the top male and female senior students at each regional level.� MSU-Northern welcomes the event as it gives us a chance to showcase our campus.


�         Hi-Line Regional Science Fair � On March 25th, Northern will host the 17th annual Hi-Line Regional Science and Engineering Fair, involving 180 middle school and high school students from 15 regional schools.� The Havre Science Fair has been associated with the International Science and Engineering Fair for the last 11 years.� Other corporate sponsors along with MSU-Northern are Montana Power and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.�


�         VICA � Northern will be hosting the 2002 Montana Vocational Industrial Clubs of America State Leadership and Skills Conference on April 8, 9, and 10.� MSU-Northern has proudly hosted the Montana VICA Conference since its inception in 1971.� Competitions are held in areas such as architectural drafting, welding, diesel technology, automotive technology, public speaking, and technical computing.� Northern�s faculty and staff, serve as contest chairpersons, and take this opportunity to present educational opportunities and answer questions about our campus.�