TO:  Montana Board of Regents

FROM:  Stephen T. Hulbert, Chancellor

SUBJECT:  Campus Report for November 2001 Board of Regents' Meeting

  • The University of Montana - Western will host an Agriculture Conference and Expo January 7-9, 2002.  The program will be the first event held in the University's new Rural Education Technology Center and its conference facilities.  The Expo section, which will involve 60 vendors, will be held in the adjacent Keltz arena.  The program schedule has been developed with the active involvement of the agricultural community.  Careful attention has been given to a balancing of topics of interest to both the grain growing and livestock interests within the community.

  • Speakers and other participants include Governor Judy Martz, (Invited), Senator Conrad Burns, Mr. David Gibson, Montana's Chief Business Officer, Mr. Chuck Swysgood, State Budget Director, Mr. Rick Haines, Western Division Ag Director for the Northern Ag Network, Dr. Marc Mattix, Montana State Department of Livestock Veterinary Pathologist and Dr. Sharon Quisenberry, the MSU Dean of the College of Agriculture.

  • Among the program topics are:  Conservation Easements, Forest Management, Undaunted Stewardship, Niche Marketing and Adding Value, the Montana Beef Network, Livestock Inspection, Estate Tax Law and Planning, Animal Diseases, Noxious Weeds, Geospatial Technologies and Rural and Agricultural Landscapes among others.

  • Professor Jim Sethi's paper "Strategic Interest Analysis for the Organization of the Future" has been published in the Journal of International Business Education, Fall 2001.

  • A second paper, "Strategic, Ethical, and Ergonomic Issues in Managing Information Technology" has been accepted for presentation at the International Business and Economy Conference 2002.  The paper will also be published in this year's Conference Proceedings.

  • Professor Craig Zaspel recently received word that another of his publications has been accepted in "Physical Review."  "Radiation Emitted by Microwave Envelope Solitons Propagating in Thin Ferrite Films" will be published with co-author: Alexander Kindyak, Minsk Research Institute of Radiomaterials, Minsk, Republic of Belarus.

  • Professors Rob Thomas and Sheila Roberts recently led a Geological Society of America Geohostel in Glacier National Park.  About 40 professional geologists attended the five-day field excursion.  The Geological Society of America made a contribution to the Environmental Sciences Scholarship Fund in appreciation of this voluntary professional service.

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