This weekend marks the 39th Annual American Indian Council Pow Wow at Montana State University! As one of the largest pow wow’s in Montana, this event brings people in from all over the country. Grand entry will occur at 6pm on Friday, April 11th and again at noon and 6pm on Saturday, April 12th with the dancing continuing for hours afterwards in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. We are excited to have Midnite Express (from Minnesota) join us as this year’s host drum, and Kasey Nicholson and Chris “Supa Man” Parrish as the Master of Ceremonies.
The AIC Pow Wow offers students, faculty and community members the opportunity to learn and experience Native American culture. So if you are in town and want to hear some incredible music, watch beautiful dancing and learn about Montana’s first people, please stop by! Don’t forget to pick up some fry bread while you are there and cruise through the booths that will help fill the field house floor.
I’d like to start this post off with an understatement. Choosing a university is a big decision! I’m sure that if you’re are reading this blog you have considered Montana State University by either visiting our campus or at least looking through some pictures of the Bozeman area and could be anywhere in the thought process. Needless to say this decision requires you to think with a lot of brainpower, but have you considered thinking with your stomach?
That’s right, food can be a deal breaker when it comes to choosing where you’ll spend the next four years of your life and that is why I want to tell you about one of the most exciting projects currently taking shape on campus.
Starting last month the renovations on Miller Dining hall kicked of the complete overhaul of the freshman year dining experience. Over the next two summers the our three dining halls will see renovations inside and out adding accessible entrances, patio spaces, new dining concepts, and more seating.
Students can look forward to beautiful eating areas and concepts like Mongolian Grill and Wok, Wood and Brick Oven Pizza, Mexican – Burrito Shop, All Day Breakfast and so much more! Learn more with the links below.
Miller – http://www.montana.edu/ufs/rdh/millerremodel
Harrison – http://www.montana.edu/ufs/rdh/harrisonremodel
Hannon – http://www.montana.edu/ufs/rdh/hannonremodel
Be sure to check in for updates on progress!
This year has been a big year for Montana State University. With a record enrollment of over 15,000 students, another extremely generous donation from one of our Alums, and a host of other accolades throughout the year, MSU continues to move forward as one of the premier universities in the Rocky Mountain West. Personally adding to this list of achievements are Katherine Kent, McLain Leonard, and Connor Murnion; MSU’s freshest crop of Goldwater Scholars!
Regarded as the premier math, science and engineering scholarship in the nation, the awarding of these Goldwaters recognizes these three students as some of the very best of the best from their respective fields. With all four MSU nominees receiving the award in 2012/13, this years group brings our total to seven over the past two years, and 61 overall; keeping MSU among the leaders for this award nationally!
I would like to personally congratulate this group of outstanding students for their amazing work both inside and outside of the classroom. We are proud to have you as our students, and that you represent the Blue and Gold through your academic pursuits!
I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read this, and as always…
Spring time is a very confusing beast. Here in Montana we’ll have days this time of the year where the temps will approach 60 degrees and then it will be snowing the next day. I figured in the spirit of spring time weather, a couple of weather records set right here in Montana are very fitting.
-The lowest temperature ever recorded in Montana was -70 (F) at Rogers Pass (north of Helena) on January 20, 1954. This is a national record for the lower 48 states.
-The greatest temperature change in 24 hours occurred in Loma (northeast of Great Falls) on January 15, 1972 where the temperature rose from -54 (F) to 49 (F). This 103 degree swing is a world record*.
We are right around the corner for some warmer temperatures and some fun outdoor activities. Bozeman has a plethora of outdoor activities that are sure to offer up some fun in the sun. Also, be sure to check out the Bozeman Parks and Rec department for some outdoor summer sports leagues https://www.bozeman.net/Departments-(1)/Park–Rec-Cemetery/Recreation/Recreation.
*Facts from http://montanakids.com/facts_and_figures/climate/Temperature_Extremes.htm
It’s been a little quiet on campus this week as students are in the midst of Spring Break 2014! While many students take this opportunity to catch up on sleep, maybe some school work or travel far to warmer climates or even get some extra skiing, many of our students take advantage of a program on campus called “Spring Breaks Away.” These yearly service trips allow our students to volunteer and help serve a community’s needs. In the past, students have gone all over the country volunteering in homeless shelters in Kansas City, spending time at animal sanctuaries in Utah, assisting with hurricane relief in Louisiana and many more efforts to help. This year the Spring Breaks Away program decided the best communities to serve were right here in Montana. Our students are volunteering their time all over the great state of Montana helping people in need and spreading the Bobcat Spirit. These trips happen every year so I strongly encourage all future Bobcats to think about this wonderful opportunity! GO CATS!!!!
Today was an incredible day for Montana State University, the College of Engineering, and the great state of Montana! Montana State announced that Montana native (hometown Winifred) and MSU Alumnus Norm Asbjornson has committed $50 million to the MSU College of Engineering. This generous gift is the largest private gift in the history of Montana and follows the recent donation of $25 million from Jake Jabbs to the MSU College of Business. It’s definitely an amazing time to see MSU grow and develop. “I think it’s an absolute must for everyone to give back to what made them successful. I had a lot of help from MSU and Winifred,” Asbjornson said.
Mr. Asbjorson’s gift will fund the creation of an innovative laboratory and classroom which will integrate more interactive learning opportunities for students at MSU. The space will be named the Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center and will allow students and faculty to engage in a dynamic and collaborative learning environment. University officials hope to break ground no later than the spring of 2016 and use the building to anchor development of the university’s south campus.
“Norm has inspired us and humbled us with not only his generosity, but with the depth of his character and his sense of responsibility for future generations,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “This gift will transform the lives of generations of students, it will transform this campus, and it will transform the state of Montana in profound ways.”
We feel extremely blessed to be part of an institution with such amazing alumni, faculty, staff, and students. We can’t wait to see what incredible research and developments come out of this gift.
Thank you Mr. Asbjornson!
For more information on this gift visit http://www.montana.edu/news/12467/msu-alumnus-norm-asbjornson-pledges-50-million-to-msu-for-its-college-of-engineering
March is an exciting month for Montana State University and Bozeman. Students are preparing simultaneously for their midterm exams and spring break, hundreds of visitors travel from across the country to visit the campus for our last two MSU Fridays (March 7th & 21st, be sure to register if you haven’t already!), and one really starts to notice the seasonal drift into spring. Some may joke that Bozeman only has two seasons (winter and road construction) but we definitely have all four and the transition from one to another can be truly enchanting.
With so many things to do in the colder months winter is king to many in Bozeman. In fact our city was recently ranked by The Weather Channel as the “fourth snowiest college” in the country. We average just over 93 inches every year according to the website. Even though all that snow is never all here all winter we do have a few days each year which see more snow than usual. Be sure to check us out and follow us on Instagram (@admissionsmsu), we love to post pictures of the snow and all of the other great spots on our beautiful campus.
In the business of Higher Education, there is rarely a dull moment, nor is there much time for reflection. So even though Montana State University has just welcomed in another record setting semester for enrollment, the Office of Admissions is already focused on the Freshman class for the Fall of 2014. In fact Heather and I have already been out on recruitment trips, while everyone else is gearing up to do so in the next couple of weeks! Take a look at the Admissions Representatives’ Travel Schedules to see where we are heading this Spring, and be sure to come say “hi” while we are in your area!
Thank you so much for taking some time to read my blog, and, as always…
The spring semester is in full swing. This means a lot of things but one thing in particular, winter sports! With the winter Olympics right around the corner, the awareness of winter sports has become more apparent. Bozeman Parks and Recreation department has done a great job of hosting “how to” clinics for people looking to learn anything from “how to skate” to “how to curl.” If you may be interested in what Bozeman Parks and Rec is up to, I went ahead and included a link to their website which has some great information http://www.bozeman.net/Departments-(1)/Park–Rec-Cemetery/Recreation/Recreation.
Of course their are the standard skiing and snowboarding activities that people can enjoy at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky. Tap on either of those links to checkout the snow conditions.
As always, GO CATS!
At 8am sharp Wednesday morning, the steam whistle let out a mighty blast for all of Bozeman to hear and signaled the start of the spring semester here at MSU! Campus was alive again with thousands of students returning from winter break and kicking off another semester on a positive note. With school back in session, this is a great time of year to come VISIT campus either through an individual visit or at one of our three MSU Friday programs. Come see campus all all the energy of the Bobcat Family. Good luck to all of our students, especially to our seniors who are preparing to graduate in May and tackle the world! As always, GO CATS!