DATE:�������������� July 9, 2001


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


FROM:������������� W. Franklin Gilmore

����������������������� Chancellor, Montana Tech of The University of Montana


RE:������������������ Campus Report for the July 12-13, 2001 Board of Regents� Meeting



�         Dr. Pete Knudsen, Dean of the School of Mines & Engineering, has been named the 2001 Honorary Award Winner for the Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies to the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies� Scholarship Foundation.


�         Conoco recently awarded Tech with $38,000 in support of the Petroleum Engineering Department, minority engineering programs, and the student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineering.


�         Upward Bound�s Summer Program started June 17.� This program provides high school students a chance to experience life on a college campus, designed to develop skills and motivation for college success.��� In July, Montana Tech will host the Upward Bound Olympics in which 250 Upward Bound students from Montana compete in academic, artistic and athletic events.


�         Texaco awarded a $38,000 grant to the Montana Tech Foundation to provide scholarships and fellowships to Tech students studying in various fields of engineering.


�         June is camp month for Digger Athletics.� Combined volleyball and basketball camp for girls in grades 3-9 had 70 girls; basketball camp for boys in grades 3-9 had 55 boys; high school football camp for 8 man teams had 232 participants; for 11 man teams had 333 participants.


�         The 2000 Graduate Survey is complete.� Overall placement � 97%; Average Annual Starting Salaries:� Arts & Sciences Degrees $33,109; Engineering Degrees: $41,696.


�         STEP Summer Bridge Program is underway.� This is supported by corporate donations from NASA, TRIO, Texaco, Conoco, and BP to help women and minority students to succeed in earning an engineering degree.


�         The Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology hosted the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Geologists, June 23-27.� About 200 registered guests attended the meeting from 42 states and two Canadian provinces, delegates from national geologic organizations and representatives from federal agencies that deal with geological issues.


�         Dr. Pete Knudsen, Dean of the School of Mines & Engineering, and Dr. Tarek Ahmed, Department Head, Petroleum Engineering, recently visited Kuwait University to further develop and enhance academic and research relationships.� Visitors from Kuwait University will visit Tech in July.


�         Dr. Dora Grigera from Universidad del Comahue in Bariloche, Argentina is on campus to work on several projects and exchanges.� She will also collaborate with Dick Hutto at The University of Montana-Missoula.


�         For FY 2001, Tech faculty and staff submitted 90 proposals with a value exceeding $20 million.� To date, $4.9 million have been funded and the overall success rate is 48%.


�         The new International Exchange program has received 2nd year funding from the U.S. Dept. of State that brings the total support level to $300,000.


�         The campus has become a charter member of the Southwest Montana Technology Network whose goal is to diversify and strengthen the economy of southwest Montana.