Board of Regents Meeting
November 20-21, 2003
Bozeman, Montana

Montana State University-Bozeman

         Two Montana companies -- Wendy's of Montana, based in Billings and Ronan Telephone Company of Ronan -- have been named National Family Businesses of the Year by the MassMutual Financial Group in Massachusetts. Nancy Dodd, Montana State University-Bozeman College of Business Family Business Program coordinator, nominated the two family-owned companies. Both received Montana Family Business Awards a year ago.

The 2003 Montana Family Business winners are: West of the Madison Clothing Company, Ennis; Hi-Line Ford, Glasgow; M.S. Molitor Trucking, Boulder; Hanser's Automotive and Wrecker, Billings; Nine Quarter Circle Ranch, Big Sky; and Montana Community Banks of Ronan.

         As the first students in the Science and Natural History Filmmaking program complete their final year, Ron Tobias, the program director said the three-year program is starting to prove itself. It's the only one in the world that offers a master's degree in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. It not only has 45 students, but two of the students recently won major awards.
John Shier was one of two recipients of the "Michael Brinkman Emerging Filmmaker Award" given at the 2003 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Tracy Graziano received a grant from the American Wildlife Research Foundation. The program is featured in the October 24 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

         Students in MSU's American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO) Program came home with three research awards from the Oct. 2-5 national meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Woodrow Star, a Hunkpapa Lakota/Arikara Indian from North Dakota, won a prize for his presentation on a type of bacterium that causes lung disease. Lisa Sun Rhodes is a Northern Arapaho and Sioux Indian who grew up on the Fort Peck Indian reservation and attended school in Culbertson. She won for her presentation on gene expression in the early development of the central nervous system. Scott Zander had analyzed questionnaire data to identify factors that contribute to alcohol use and abuse among Native American women of childbearing age. He is a Gros Ventre from Hays.

         MSU-Bozemans Gwen Jacobs, department head in Cell Biology and Neuroscience, will use a $9.89 million award from the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead the development of a new high-speed fiber-based telecommunications network for biomedical researchers in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii and Nevada. The network will allow scientists and educators to take advantage of remote research resources, collaborations and expertise that are available to scientists in other areas of the country.

         The productive public/private partnership between Bozemans LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals and MSUs Veterinary and Molecular Biology (VMB) department has recently netted over $17 million in research funding from the Department of Defense, the National Center for Allergies and Infectious Diseases and Abbott Laboratories. In September, VMB occupied 27,000 sq. ft. of leased space in a privately owned building in the Advanced Technology Park. Construction was begun and completed in 12 months, following the Board of Regents approval of the lease in July, 2002.

Flathead Valley Community College

Jane Karas, President

         Flathead Valley Community College has seen significant enrollment growth this fall semester. As of the end of the third week of the fall 2003 semester, headcount at the Kalispell Campus is 2,024 credit students (representing 1351.07 FTE), while the Libby Campus has 243 credit students (representing 142.6 FTE), for a total head count of 2,267 and a total FTE of 1493.67.

         Five Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) students have been named the fall, 2003, recipients of the Community Pride Scholarship sponsored by the Whitefish Credit Union. The students will receive scholarships ranging from $250 to $300 in awards totaling $1,300 for the fall 2003 semester. This years recipients are: Amber Laughlin, from Bigfork, Anne Marie Freeborn, Jacki Hagadone, and Stacie Shreeve, from Kalispell, and Alette Kinyon, from Marion. This is the eighth year Community Pride Scholarships have been awarded to permanent residents of Flathead, Lake, and Lincoln Counties. Throughout the eight years of this successful program, Whitefish Credit Union has awarded $39,030 in scholarships to 127 students enrolled at FVCC.

         New this fall, Flathead Valley Community College is offering a series of credit classes designed for seniors age sixty-two and older. Classes offered include Watercolor for Seniors,Montana History for Seniors, and Exploring Local History for Seniors. Classes took place in downtown Kalispell at the Hockaday Museum of Art, the Central School Museum, and the Depot Building at Depot Park, and provided students the opportunity to experience the ambience of our Valleys historical buildings while enjoying art and history.

         The FVCC Foundation, in partnership with Hope Ranch, North Valley Hospital Foundation, and Whitefish Community Foundation, provided an educational presentation on tax and estate planning for the community. Presenters for the Plan Today Provide for Tomorrow workshop included Carl Borgquist, Director of Estate Planning with the Davidson Companies, James Ramlow, J.D., L.L.M., an attorney specializing in tax and estate planning with Kaufman, Vidal, & Hileman, P.C., and Paul Williams, Retired Trust Officer and Banker.

         The Flathead Valley Community Theatre (FVCT) brought some very notable Broadway and local talent to the stage of the KM Building in Kalispell September 21st for Starry, Starry Night. Two-time Tony Award-winning actor, James Naughton, joined Broadway veterans Betsi Morrison and Luke Walrath, and local actors Catherine Myers and Matt Ford, to present a program of popular and show music to benefit the FVCT Student Scholarship Program.

   FVCC Board of Trustees ratified a settlement agreement with Plaintiffs concerning the December 2002 mail bond election. The settlement will allow FVCC to sell bonds approved by voters last year and move ahead with new facilities to meet the growing demands of the community.

   FVCC was pleased to host Roy Priest, Strategic Outreach Planner in the Government and Community Relations Department at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for a free community lecture, Building a Highway to Space, on September 29th. This lecture focused on space exploration and travel.

   For its second production of the 2003-2004 season, Flathead Valley Community Theatre will present The Laramie Project. The play explores the tragic murder of gay college student, Matthew Shepard, and its impact on what seemed an idyllic American heartland community. The American Association of University Women will sponsor a panel forum on the subject of building tolerance on October 28 and the public is encouraged to attend.

Miles Community College

Darrel L. Hammon, President

         Our Fall 2003 enrollment is 464.93 FTE compared to Fall 2002 enrollment of 437.27 FTE. This is a 6% increase from last fall. Our total freshmen numbers are up 21.5% from last fall. Sophomore numbers are down about 9.7%. Our overall head count is 631, up 87 students from 544 in Fall 2002 or a 13.8% increase. The average credit load dropped from 14.6 in Fall 2002 to 13.85 in Fall 2003. Overall, FTE and head count are up significantly from last fall. Additionally, summer FTE was up about 30 FTE.

         Roxanne Lowney, a freshman at Miles Community College and member of the Ambassadors, recently competed for and won 2003 Albertsons Services First for Customer Service. Roxanne and her partner, Addie Gwin, a senior at Custer County High School, competed against nine other Albertsons Divisions located across the country and proved to be the best in the entire company.

         Jarrett Monroe, sophomore student, recently won the saddle bronc riding competition at the Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR), held in Southern California on the Soboba Indian Reservation.

         We took substantial completion of the first floor of our new housing facility. Students moved in on Wednesday, October 22, 2003. We hope to take possession of the second floor by the 10th of November. Ill report on this at the November board meeting.

         Sandy Myers, Director of the Academic Development Center, has been appointed to the Montana Association for Adult and Community Education (MAACE) board of directors.

         Miles Community College hosted its annual MCC Educators Conference. Approximately 130 teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals participated in the two-day conference.

         Miles Community College Nursing hosted its First Annual Nurse Educators Conference Sept. 26-27, 2003. The featured speaker was Donna Ignatavicius, author of numerous nursing textbooks and publications. Forty-eight professional nurses and nurse educators from several Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota hospitals and schools of nurse education attended the conference.

         Miles Community College Nursing is hosting two of the seven total Montana chapters of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA): a secondary chapter and a postsecondary chapter, making up 36 of the 136 total student affiliate. HOSA is a student-led national organization similar to Future Farmers of America (FFA), except that HOSA is specifically geared for individuals interested in pursuing a career in one of the health professions. HOSA is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and is now available for the first time in Montana.

         In October, Miles Community College hosted a "Genesis Scanner Training workshop for 23 area auto technicians. NAPA and Owtana Tool Company (OTC) sponsored the event.

         Earlier this summer, Brandon Patch, a pitcher for the Miles City Mavericks, died after being hit by a baseball during an American Legion game in Helena, Montana. His family and the community banded together and organized a fundraiser to build Patchs Corner, a clubhouse for American Legion and Pioneer baseball teams. The group selected the Miles Community College Building Technology Program to build the clubhouse.

Montana State University - Billings

Chancellor Ronald P. Sexton, Ph. D.

         MSU-B College of Technology and the College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning have signed a statewide training agreement with Wells Fargo BancSystem.  This custom designed program includes pre-employment testing and training for the BancSystem's tellers.

         The Director of MSU-B Online University, Kirk Lacy, is working to develop an Online program with the Museum of Natural History in New York.

         Professors Brown and Amundson, in the College of Business, have conducted several Continuing Professional Education seminars throughout the Upper Rocky Mountain region for accountants and lawyers. Subject matter included business ethics, advanced auditing and the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley Act for accountants.

         The first cohort of teacher educators completing a graduate program Online will graduate this Fall from the College of Education and Human Services.

         Ms. Tami Haaland from the College of Arts and Sciences has been invited to participate in the National Book Festival, which will be held on October 4, 2003, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Festival will feature 80 authors from across the U.S.; Ms. Haaland will be one of 13 poets reading at the Poetry Pavilion.

         The College of Technology collaborated with the School District's Career Center Horticulture and Landscaping programs to convert three acres of scrub space into a beautifully landscaped green space.  The Career Center students designed the layout, provided the College with a materials list, and installed the sprinkler system.  Numerous trees (11) were planted making the entrance of the MSU-Billings COT much more attractive.  The space also provides increased practice space for MSU-B's soccer team.

         McDonald Hall Art Gallery is exhibiting art in several medias, provided by members of the student Art League and local artists.

         Construction for the College of Technology is proceeding ahead of schedule for the new "High Technology Outreach Center," which was recently funded through a federal appropriation.  The new $1.5 million Center is scheduled to be completed by early December and will include two new state-of-the-art computer labs, a student study lounge, and a conference center that will accommodate 120 people.

         The Yellowstone Development and Training Project directed by Russ Cherry, in the College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning, is working on a training and education contract with Conoco and continuing to work with Bruce Whittenberg on the training project with Wells Fargo.

         Completing its third-year, the Department of Health, Physical Education and Human Services in the College of Education and Human Services, has conducted the National Youth Sports Program. This five-week sports camp for youth ages 10 thru 16 reaches out to youth who may not have the opportunity to attend other paid sports camps. An academic component was built into the program and an average daily attendance of 225 youths participated.

         Mr. Eakle Barfield, Director, Faculties Services, related that reconstruction of the McMullen Bridge was awarded to Cop Construction of Billings, for $287,100. Construction is to begin this fall and should be completed by the first of the year.

         The International Studies Office, the Marketing Office, the College of Professional Studies and Lifelong Learning and various other departments are coordinating a pilot marketing effort to establish a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree completion program for students in Japan.

         The Montana Council on Disabilities has been informed by the United States Department of Education that their application under the Womens Education Equity Act Program is to be funded for four years. The first year project amount is $125,000.

Montana State University Great Falls College of Technology

Dean Mary Sheehy Moe

         Strategic Planning The Colleges biennial Strategic Initiatives have been released, and college work groups are identifying implementation strategies. Three over-arching approaches will guide the implementation of all strategic initiatives: the use of technology to streamline and improve programs and services; effective assessment practices to guide decision-making; and continuous learning among all employees.

          Successful Transition from Alternative High School to Two-Year College - Psychology faculty Heidi Pasek, M.P.C., presented a paper symposium session at the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association's annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on October 11th. The paper, Student Perception of the Teacher's Role in the Successful Transition from Alternative High School to the Two-Year College, is based upon a study Heidi and her husband, Scott, a teacher at Skyline Education Center, conducted during the spring semester, 2003.

          Emotional Judgment Inventory - Communication faculty Larry Vaccaro, M.A., M.S., M.Ed., was acknowledged as a contributing researcher by the editor of the Emotional Judgment Inventory Manual published by the Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, Inc. Larry assisted with data collection using the 16PF inventory which was administered to many students and faculty on the MSU-Great Falls Campus. The manual is available online at:

          Second Dental Hygiene Cohort Welcomed The Montana Dental Association welcomed the new dental hygiene students to the Dental Hygiene Program at the College of Technology by hosting a breakfast for the senior and junior students. Each student received a $50.00 gift certificate to the Bookstore, compliments of the MDA.

          Distance Learning Environments for Math Mathematics faculty Michael OLear, M.A., and Rebecca Johnson, M.S., presented at a University of Montana Mathematics Colloquium, sharing their experiences teaching mathematics in a distance learning environment. Significant instructor time must be invested in developing appropriate courses for Internet delivery. Features must be suited to learning styles that differ from in-class learning styles. The presentation included information on, which OLear and Johnson believe holds great potential for math course delivery over the Internet.

          Friday@4 - To enhance internal communications, provide professional development, and encourage reflection and interaction, the Communications & Extended Learning Division has developed a series of presentations for interested faculty and staff at 4 pm each Friday. Examples of Friday@4 sessions presented so far this year include the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment an exploration of preference style based on the Myers-Briggs and its impact on employees and the organization; Technology in the Classroom hands-on instruction on using SmartBoards, digital microscope, digital video and still cameras, wireless computer lab, and LCD projectors; tips on the use of Microsoft Outlook Calendar and Email; and higher education programs offered in Great Falls.

          State of the College Dean Mary Sheehy Moe, Ed.D., delivered the annual State of the College address to staff, faculty and community members on September 12th. The 2002-03 Annual Report was released at this event and is available on the Colleges website

          Non-Profit Management Workshops A series of workshops designed to provide not-for-profit organizations with skills needed in the face of today's economic reality are being held this fall. Not-for-profit organizations differ markedly from profit centered organizations and it is this difference that is responsible for its strengths and some of its difficulties. The workshops are designed for boards of directors and administrative personnel and interested community members. They include: Non-Profit Fund Raising, Non-Profit Accounting & Management, Non-Profit Organizational Techniques, Non-Profit Legal Issues & Considerations, Choosing a Non-Profit Board of Directors, and Grant Writing.

Montana State University - Northern

Chancellor Alex Capdeville

          Bus Tour On October 7th and 8th a delegation of administrators from MSU-Northern met with key individuals from Fort Peck Community College to finalize a two plus two articulation agreement between MSU-Northern and FPCC. This agreement has identified and defined a pathway to deliver Northern's Business Technology degree at FPCC. Advisors from Northern met with those students individually to review their transcripts and compose a plan of study, to help each student meet their academic goals. This agreement represents the culmination of several months of hard work and hopefully is the first step toward developing more partnerships with our Tribal Colleges.

          Alumni Auction The Northern Alumni Association held its Annual Scholarship Social and Auction on September 27 in the Donaldson Commons. This annual event is the main fund-raiser for Alumni scholarships, which support a variety of Northern student scholarships.  This years event raised $7,481.50 and is the third highest amount every raised.

          ABET Accreditation MSU-Northerns Electronics Engineering Tech and Civil Engineering Tech departments recently received re-accreditation from the National Accrediting Board for Engineering Technology.  This is the highest accreditation our engineering programs can achieve and requires a tremendous effort from all involved. It is a great accomplishment and speaks highly of our dedicated faculty members in the College of Technical Sciences.

          Interim Provost - Dr. Cheri Jimeno has been chosen to serve as the Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor at MSU-Northern through June 30, 2004. Dr. Jimeno comes to us from UM-Western where she served as Dean, School of Education, Business and Technology.


Sue Swan, Director of Student Health Services, was named DISTINGUISHED NURSE OF THE YEAR by the Montana Nurses' Association at a convention in early October.

Bob Miller Automotive Technology Professor was named "Outstanding Career and Technical Educator of the Year" for the State of Montana and will go on to regional next spring.     

          MSU-N Hall of Fame Inductees - MSU-Northern and the Northern Alumni Association recently held the 2003 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The ceremony was held Sat., Oct 11 at half-time during the Womens Basketball Game. This year we honored Sheila Green Gerding of Minot, ND, formerly an MSU-Northern Skylight Womens Basketball player who currently holds the record as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Skylight basketball program; Jason Liles of Brookings, SD, Jason was the wrestling coach at Northern for nine years from 1984-1993; Arnold M. Reed of Billings, MT; and J. Worth Timmons formerly of Lake Havasu City, AZ. Both of these gentlemen played basketball for Northern Montana College from 1936-38 and were instrumental in seeing the program through its infancy. These outstanding individuals have enriched Northerns athletic reputation and now enrich the Athletic All-Sports Hall of Fame.

Dawson Community College

Terry Hetrick, President

         The College was recently awarded a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant application was spearheaded by MSU-Bozeman. C.J. Law, Dean of Instructional Services, and two community members, Peggy Iba and Bruce Smith wrote the portion of the grant pertaining to DCC. The funds total $108,000 and will be used to provide skills training for area farmers and ranchers who need employment during the off-season.

         The DCC fund-raising committee is now in the more difficult phase of its activities: making personal contacts with potential, major donors throughout the Glendive community and Eastern Montana. In addition, select corporations have been and continue to be contacted in the hopes of securing funding from such sources. Grant applications continue to be written. Bids will be opened on November 13th for the construction of the adjoining Physical Education and Performing Arts Centers.

         DCC faculty and staff members are currently working with Eastmont employees to provide special training programs and/or courses to help these individuals with new career choices. A general information meeting was conducted on October 30, 2003 at Eastmont to discuss educational opportunities for employees who have lost their jobs or are about to do so.

         DCC is the second institution of higher education in the State of Montana to initiate a collegiate-level FFA program. Currently, the DCC chapter has 25 student members. This organization was created by C.J. Law, Dean of Instructional Services, and Leanne Hoaglund, Agriculture Instructor. Recently, an article in the Glendive Ranger-Review highlighted this organization and its goals. The purpose of the organization is to provide leadership training, involve members in community service activities, and provide a social outlet for students sharing a common interest.

         On Saturday, October 4, 2003, an open house and ceremony dedicating the new DCC Outdoor Recreation Complex was conducted. The College has been working on this project for two years and scheduled an opportunity for the community to join the college in celebrating this major accomplishment. Kolberg Field (mens baseball) and B.L. Baker Memorial Field (womens fast pitch softball) were dedicated with members of the respective families in attendance. The ceremony was conducted largely to thank those who donated time, money, equipment, and services.

Montana Tech of The University of Montana

W. Franklin Gilmore, Chancellor

         The 20th annual meeting of the Montana Section of the America Water Resources Association was held in Butte, October 2-3. John LaFave (Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology) chaired the conference; faculty members and students from Montana Tech, The University of Montana, and Montana State University presented at the conference as did staff from the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology and the Montana Water Center.

         Diane Wolfgram, Geological Engineering, will be evaluating the Geological Engineering Program at the University of Utah as part of an Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology Team visit the end of October

         In May, Bill Spath and John Amtmann, Safety Health, & I.H. hosted the American College of Sports Medicines Health/Fitness Instructor Workshop and Certification for the 5th year. Tech is the only location in the Rocky Mountain North region offering this.

         John Amtmann and two former students article Weight Lifting in Prisons: A Survey and Recommendations was accepted for publication by the Journal of Correctional Health Care.

         John Amtmanns research article, Self-Reported Training Methods of Mixed Martial Artists at a Regional Reality Fighting Event has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and his articles Strength Training in Prisons and Strength and Conditioning for Reality Fighting appeared in the Spring issues of The Strength and Conditioning Journal (Publication of the National Strength and Conditioning Association).

         Courtney Young, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, and Corby Anderson, CAMP Director, held the Hydro 2003 conference that they organized in Vancouver, BC. It was attended by approximately 500 people from all over the world and was a huge financial success for The Mineral, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) of AIME and Metallurgical Society (MetSoc) of CIM. The two also edited the 155-paper proceedings and participated with Hsin-Hsuing Huang, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, in the Hydrometallurgy short course that preceded the event.

         Biological Sciences undergraduate, Jessie Peck, who was supported by Techs Undergraduate Research Program, published her work Relationship of orientation and internal temperature of artificial bat roosts, Southwestern Montana in the peer-reviewed Intermountain Journal of Sciences.

         Rick Douglass & Amy Kuenzi, Biological Sciences, hosted the annual US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hantavirus conference in August with researchers from Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana Tech, US Forest Service and several researchers from the CDC Special Pathogens Branch attending the three-day conference and tours of our study sites. Montana Tech is a major participant in Emerging and Infectious Disease research. This is partly because Tech is very effective and the area has very high densities of deer mice and high hantavirus infection rates.

         In an effort to improve engineering programs through assessment, Diane Wolfgram, Geological Engineering, is teaching a new course on Subsurface Methods in Petroleum Geology this fall. This senior-level course is required for Petroleum Engineering students, but open to students in Geological and Geophysical Engineering as well.

         The Montana Tech Gateway Arch was dedicated on October 15, 2003 with Governor Martz in attendance as well as dignitaries and contributors from the community participating.

         In October, Montana Tech received the Most Supportive Institution in the ASPIRE region award at the regional ASPIRE conference in Rapid City, SD. Montana Tech earned this award for its high level of donated time, talent and resources to the regions operation of advocating for low-income, first-generation college bound students. Montana Techs Upward Bound program also received honorable mention for Most Supportive Project in the ASPIRE region. ASPIRE represents all TRIO programs in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The University of Montana

G. M. Dennison, President

         The UM-M School of Education was awarded $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to help prevent school and community violence. The grant will fund a project in the schools Division of Educational Research and Service.

         Two assistant professors of Creative Writing, Department of English, Debra Earling, author of Perma Red, and Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean, were selected as winners of the 2003 Willa Cather Literary Award.

         UM-M Assistant Professor Kelly Dixon, Department of Anthropology, will appear in a new television program that delves into the secrets of the Donner Party--the ill-fated pioneer group forced to resort to cannibalism in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1846-47.

         Two projects produced by UM-M Department of Radio-Television students have won first-place award in the National Society of Professional Journalist Mark of Excellence competition. Jenny Kuglin won in feature photography for her story on the Lost Woodsman, which was also part of a program called Business: Made in Montana, which aired on Montana PBS. Also winning was a piece titled Montana Journal: First on the Scene, directed by Jenny Kuglin and produced by Robin Catterton.

         Visiting professor at the UM-M School of Journalism, Maurice Possley, has been named as the recipient of the 51st Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for journalism. The award is presented annually to recognize courageous contributions to journalism in the United States.

         UM-Ms Montana World Trade Centers recent trade mission to sell Montana products to the Irish generated $500,000 in written orders and an estimated $1 million in long-range trade contracts. The Montana Trade Center organized the trade trip to Ireland June 28 through July 4.

         News Director Sally Mauk, Montana Public Radio, recently received four awards for excellence in journalism. She received two awards in the small market stations division of the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated national competition, the Excellence in Health Care Reporting award from Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Non-Commercial Radio Program of the Year E.B. Craney award from the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.

         John Heenan, a UM-M law student, won the Roscoe Pound Institutes Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest. He was awarded $5,000 for his essay titled Graceful Maneuvering: Corporate Avoidance of Liability Through Bankruptcy and Corporate Law.

         Adjunct Professor Arthur Lusse, received a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant in law at Universidad de Montevideo and Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay. The U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the program.

         The New Directions Wellness Center received the Exemplary Service Award from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The award recognizes an agency that has developed a unique and exemplary community-based service. The program is a partnership between the UM-Ms Physical Therapy Department, School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, and the Rural Institute: Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research and Service.