DATE:������������ March 20, 2001
TO:����������������� Board of Regents
FROM:����������� W. Franklin Gilmore
����������������������� Chancellor, Montana Tech of The University of Montana
RE:����������������� Campus Report for the March 22-23, 2001 Board of Regents� Meeting
� Kumar Ganesan of Montana Tech and Mike Telling of Butte High School received an M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grant for the Partners in Science Program for a research project�� on �Fate and Transport of Mercury in Abandoned Mine Tailings.��
� Researchers at Montana Tech have submitted grant applications totaling over $10 million during the first seven months of this fiscal year.� Awards received to date are in excess of $1,300,000 with a current success rate of 50%.
� The campus has been notified by the U.S. Department of State that a third award for its International Exchange Program has been approved, bringing the total to $300,000.� Montana Tech academic departments now have 19 active research and graduate exchange programs underway with 19 university partners in 14 countries.
� Professor of PTC, Pat Munday, is publishing Montana�s Last Best River:� The Big Hole and Its People� with Lyons Press.� Profits from the first 2,500 copies will go to the Big Hole Foundation to support other activities.
� The PTC Department has completed the Upper Clark Fork Basin Multimedia Project.� The presentations will be used in schools located in the Upper Clark Fork Basin.� The project was funded by the Natural Resource Damage Program.
� Montana Tech received a $25,000 grant from Burlington Resources Co. to fund scholarships and update laboratory equipment within the Petroleum Engineering Department.� The Petroleum Engineering Department at Tech is one of the largest energy programs in the nation with over 168 undergraduate students.
� Annie Niemi, a sophomore in Mining Engineering, was one of four students nationwide to receive one of the prestigious Copper Club, Inc. Scholarships.� These prized $10,000 scholarships are presented annually by the mining and extractive metals industries.
� A group of local people and businesses have banded together to form a partnership with Montana Tech to help the college recruit new students.� Folks Advancing Butte (FAB) feels that growth of the college can serve as a springboard for Butte�s future economic expansion, strength, and business diversity.
� Dr. Susan Patton, Professor of Mining Engineering, was named the Professor of the Year by the National Stone Association.