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!
Happy New Year! Wow! It’s already 2014. It’s time for resolutions and…… that’s right it’s FAFSA time! FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) awards federal and state grants, work-study, student and parent loans to college students to help reduce the cost of higher education. The application for the 2014-2015 academic year is now open. Montana State University has a priority deadline for FAFSA of March 1st each year. We recommend students have their FAFSA completed by the priority deadline if possible. The MSU FAFSA school code is 002532.
Here are some things to keep in mind when filing for FAFSA….
1) FREE Application for Federal Student Aid. If the website you are using asks you for your payment information in order to complete the application you are using the wrong site. Go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/
2) Don’t forget to get your FAFSA pin! https://pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp
3) Use a reliable email address on your application. Many schools (including Montana State University) send out FAFSA packets electronically instead of a hard copy packet so be sure to choose an email address that you check regularly. Also be sure to periodically check your junk and spam email folder incase your financial aid packet gets directed to one of those folders by accident.
4) Try to complete FAFSA as soon as you can. Don’t put it off until the last minute incase something comes up. Some awards are first come, first serve so having your applicaiton in by the priority deadline is very beneficial.
5) Don’t be afraid to ask questions! We know that financial aid can be confusing and stressful. The MSU Office of Financial Aid is available to asnwer questions and help you through the process. http://www.montana.edu/wwwfa/
Today I would like to introduce you all to a local MSU celebrity. He’s a distinguished Olympic athlete with five medals in just one games! He is not Michael Phelps he’s Looney the Robot and his Olympics are the Robogames in San Francisco California!
Not only is he an athlete but he’s also an educator and all around funny man. With his partner, MSU’s computer science professor Hunter Lloyd, he travels the state and the country to inform students like you about all the exciting opportunities that come with studying computer science in Bozeman.
Looney has his own Youtube channel so be sure to check it out and maybe he will be visiting your school sometime soon! Don’t forget to like him on Facebook so you can hear more about his adventures!
youtube - http://www.youtube.com/user/LooneytheRobot/videos
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/looneytherobot
Since I started working for Montana State University, I have found that one of the things that students from across the country want to hear about most is the wonderful Study Abroad opportunities that our campus has to offer. With the largest study abroad program in the State, I have always been thrilled to brag about the fact that Montana State University has established arrangements with over 250 campuses in 52 different countries around the world! I have also always enjoyed joking with students that with so many different locations, they will be able to study on any continent of their choosing; except for… you guessed it, Antarctica. Now, this usually gets a cheesy laugh out of students, which is probably more out of pity for me, rather than actual humor found in my attempt to get a cheap laugh.
Well, if my joke wasn’t funny before, it definitely isn’t now that one of Montana State University’s most ambitious academic endeavors to date has actually lead members of our faculty and student body alike to the South Pole! Yes, Montana State University has trekked all the way to Antarctica, in order to drill roughly a half mile beneath the surface to do research in a sub-glacial lake in search of life!!
Couple this with our campus’ recent ascent of Mount Everest, and the fact that this past weekend Montana experienced quite possibly the COLDEST TEMPERATURES ON THE PLANET(!!!!), this current cold front may have much of the country going crazy, but here in Montana, we’re feeling right at home.
We do hope you all are staying safe and warm this holiday season, and that the weather hasn’t dampened your spirits too much.
I sincerely appreciate you reading, and, as always…
The last month of the year is upon us, along with the holidays and chill in the air it is time to gear up for another season of winter sports.
Big Sky Resort is now open and I figured it’s only fitting to place a link to find an update on snow conditions http://www.bigskyresort.com/the-mountain/conditions-and-snow-report.
According to Bridger Bowl’s website, they have a projected opening date of Friday, December 6th. That’s this week people! Here’s a link for some more information as well as snow conditions and other things to reference http://bridgerbowl.com/.
Now if skiing or snowboarding isn’t your cup of tea there are a varieties of ways to stay active this winter, and if you don’t have the gear, never fear. Students on campus can rent outdoor equipment for a bargain through our outdoor rec center located on campus. Here is a link to a list of some possible items that students can rent http://www.montana.edu/outdoorrecreation/equipment.php.
Don’t french fry when you should pizza, keep your tips up and every other skiing saying imaginable!
This past weekend was the annual CAT/griz football game between Montana State University and the University of Montana. The excitement and VIM could be felt in the air with events like the “Undie Run” where students braved the 20 degree weather with a quick jog around campus in their skivvies followed up that evening by an amazing concert from the Zac Brown Band on campus and the football game between MSU and UM. While the game didn’t go the Cats way, Bozeman and MSU was able to win the annual “Can the Griz/Can the Cats” food drive bringing in over 100,000 pounds of food compared to Missoula/UM’s 56,000 pounds of food, although there are no losers in that competition as it is for such a wonderful cause.
Before the game kicked off, both Cats and Griz were united to celebrate one nation with the singing of our National Anthem and the unveiling of the field sized American Flag. You can take a look at the video by going HERE.
As students are busy enjoying their break, now is a great time to get your APPLICATION for admission submitted to MSU!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and as always… GO CATS!