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Montana Tech Geological Engineering Department Signs Agreements for use of Industry-Standard Software

The Department of Geological Engineering at Montana Tech has recently signed agreements for use of industry-standard software valued at more than $1 million for use in teaching Petroleum Geology. The department has been working with IHS of Englewood, Colo., a provider of energy insight and analytics, along with representatives from its Tulsa, Oklahoma and Calgary, Alberta offices to obtain licenses for two of its industry-leading oil and gas interpretation and well mapping systems— IHS Petra® and IHS AccuMap®. The software will be used for interpreting logs of oil and gas well data in cross section and map forms in classes at Montana Tech, and for graduate student research projects.

Included with the IHS AccuMap grant, is a package of oil and gas logs, petroleum production, engineering, and other data from throughout Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Alberta, Canada. The U.S. and Canadian information will be extracted from the IHS Well and Production Database™, a comprehensive, accurate and respected database in the industry. As part of the agreement, IHS will provide periodic updates of geologic and engineering information on the more than 500,000 wells in the area.

These data will allow students to study areas of historic and current oil and gas production, as is done by geologists and engineers in the petroleum industry. The software packages provide extremely powerful tools for accessing, searching, mapping, modeling and interpreting large quantities of data quickly and efficiently. Larry Smith, Associate Professor of Geological Engineering at Tech, will direct students in their subsurface geology research on active areas exploration, such as the Bakken Formation of eastern Montana and western North Dakota.

Matched Education Savings Accounts (MESA) Now Available to Qualifying Montana Tech Students

Qualifying Montana Tech students have a new option to help them save for their postsecondary education — the Ron Verbeck Montana Tech MESA Program.

Through this MESA program, also known as an Individual Development Account (IDA), low-income students will receive a 5-to-1 savings match — for every dollar a participant saves as part of the program, the student will be eligible to receive another $5.

"What that means to Montana Tech students is that if they save $500 at the participating credit union throughout the course of the program, and meet all the other program requirements, they will be eligible for a $2,500 match to dedicate to their postsecondary education at Montana Tech," said Karen Smith, executive director of Montana Credit Unions for Community Development (MCUCD).

To qualify to participate in the Ron Verbeck Montana Tech MESA Program, students must:

  • Have an annual household income at or below 200 percent of federal poverty levels, or income at or below the Earned Income Tax Credit threshold.
  • Not have household net worth exceeding $10,000.
  • Have earned income.
  • Be a Montana resident enrolled at Montana Tech.

Shauna Savage, a financial aid specialist at Montana Tech, said she is pleased that students have yet another tool for saving for their postsecondary education. However, she is also encouraged that the program sets students up for future academic and financial success.

"In addition to making monthly savings deposits of at least $25 for six months, participants in this program must work with a coordinator from nonprofit Student Assistance Foundation to attain academic counseling and money management training," she said. "Learning about items including budgeting, credit reports, career opportunities and more will provide a firm basis for these students going forward."

In addition to its relationship with Montana Tech, MCUCD works with representatives from The University of Montana, Carroll College, Montana State University, Gallatin College and Montana GEAR UP schools to provide MESA opportunities to students at those schools.

To learn more about the Ron Verbeck Montana Tech MESA program, visit www.montanacreditunions.coop, call the financial aid office at Montana Tech at (406) 496-4256, or contact Schylar Canfield-Baber, Student Assistance Foundation campus outreach manager, at (406) 496-4890.

Montana Tech MESA is a project of the Ron Verbeck Family, Montana Tech, the Montana Tech Foundation, Student Assistance Foundation, EDTECH Federal Credit Union, Mountain West Federal Credit Union, Montana Credit Unions for Community Development, and US Department of Health and Human Services through the Assets for Independence program.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Montana Tech $145,829 in year one funding as part of a continuing grant in the amount of $597,181 to support Montana Tech’s project, Montana Minds - Scholarships for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The Montana Minds project, which will run until 2016, is under the direction of Principle Investigator Dr. Douglas A. Coe, dean of the College of Letters, Sciences & Professional Studies; co-Principle Investigators, Dr. Amy J. Kuenzi, Biological Sciences department head,  Dr. Richard Rossi, Mathematical Sciences department head, Dr. Douglas Cameron, Chemistry department head, and Dr. Michele Van Dyne, associate professor in Computer Science; Senior Personnel, Amy Verlanic and Annette Kankelborg; and Evaluator, Rayelynn Connole.                          

Montana Minds will award renewable scholarships to 20 academically prepared but financially challenged students to help them obtain degrees in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree disciplines of biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or software engineering. Montana Tech will work with TRiO and GEAR UP staff and will target recruiting at 24 of Montana’s impoverished high schools, including all 13 tribal high schools, and 7 tribal colleges.

"Winning this grant recognizes our outstanding programs and Tech’s excellent faculty and staff," noted Montana Tech chancellor Don Blackketter. "This fantastic award certainly benefits the students, Montana Tech, and the State of Montana as we work at ensuring our STEM programs are accessible to students regardless of financial ability."

Strategies being used to support scholarship recipients include:

  • enrolling Montana Minds’ scholars in Learning Communities that will ensure students take several classes together and interact academically and socially to develop as a cohesive self-sustaining learning group;
  • enrolling Montana Minds’ scholars, during their first years on campus, in a College Success course designed to instill and sharpen the skills needed to succeed in college;
  • advising within a discipline by a single STEM faculty member who will mentor each student’s progress and catalyze relationships with other STEM faculty;
  • assigning carefully selected upper division undergraduate mentor/tutors to assist the Montana Minds’ scholars with their studies and help build community among these scholars;
  • assisting Montana Minds’ scholars in pursuing faculty mentored undergraduate research;
  • visiting, during the Montana Minds’ scholars freshman and sophomore years, national science and engineering laboratories to witness science and engineering done on a grand scale;
  • providing the financial support for each of the scholars to attend a national meeting during their junior year to broaden their acquaintance with the scope of their discipline; and
  • encouraging the Montana Minds’ scholars to become involved with student clubs in their discipline.

"The Montana Tech Montana Minds’ program aims to improve opportunities for students, increase graduation rates and encourage career interests in STEM fields, create a more student-focused culture at Montana Tech, and educate faculty on the challenges facing financially disadvantaged students," added Dr. Doug Coe.


Montana Tech is pleased to announce the offering of its music courses on campus and encourages Tech students and community members to audition for its newly formed Choral Union. Beginning with the 2012 fall semester, Montana Tech will offer Choral Union and a special topics course, Voice Lessons. Montana Tech will continue to offer its Band course and allow students to participate in the Butte Symphony. Up to 3-credits of the Choral Union, Band, and Symphony credit can be applied towards fulfilling the General Education graduation requirement.

"We are pleased to begin offering music courses on campus and I encourage our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community members to participate," announced Montana Tech chancellor Don Blackketter. "This is a great opportunity for our many talented students to participate in music activities. A high percentage of Tech students have musical ability and this new Choral Union offering provides an opportunity to showcase their abilities."

Gary Funk will lead the new music offerings at Montana Tech. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Montana, Master of the Science of Teaching Degree from Portland State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. He brings 44 years of choral music and voice teaching experience to Tech after recently retiring as director of choral activities at the University of Montana. He has served as conductor of the Butte Symphony Chorale for the past decade.

"When the possibility came forward from Chancellor Blackketter to unite local community singers with those at Montana Tech, I was very interested," explained Funk. "There is hardly a better way to establish a bond between university and community than through singing in a choir such as Montana Tech's Choral Union. It is my sincere hope that not only will Tech students become involved, but that faculty, administrators, staff and spouses will come together with singers from Butte and the surrounding communities to spend quality time on Monday evenings. Singing is such a wholesome activity partly because it expresses the best of our humanness. Not only do I believe that music-making has the capacity to influence us to be better people, but the Choral Union will help our students become better prepared for the future. To be the "right" kind of citizen, students must learn to be good collaborators, adapters, and learners across the disciplines. They also need to become creative visionaries, imaginative inventors that discover ideas the world didn’t know it was missing. There are few activities better than singing in a choir that develops those skills."

Membership in the Choral Union is open to Montana Tech students, faculty, administrators, staff and/or spouses, high school students and community members from the Butte region. Members of the choir should primarily be interested in the inspiration inherent in rehearsing and performing excellent choral music at a high level.

To assure that singers are placed in the right singing sections and have the basic musical background to participate in the Choral Union, individual five-minute auditions will be held on Monday, August 27, from 7- 9 pm at Tech’s Library Auditorium. These simple hearings determine a prospective member’s vocal range, tone color, and ability to sing in tune. From these auditions, singers will be assigned a specific vocal section via a list posted on the Library Auditorium doors.

The following is the Choral Union’s start-up schedule (meetings will be in the Library Auditorium at Tech):

  • Auditions: Monday, August 27 from 7-9 p.m. 
  • Welcome Meeting: Monday, Sept. 3 from 7-9 p.m. 
  • First Rehearsal: Monday, Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m.

Details on Tech’s Music Offerings are listed below:

MUSI 101 – Enjoyment of Music (3-credit, spring semester): This course surveys the artistic and musical creations of Europe from the Greeks through the 20th Century. Students will study the evolution of artistic and musical styles in their cultural context as both European music and the visual arts responded to the same cultural influences.

MUSI 108 – Orchestra: TECH Symphony (1-credit, both semesters, Monday and Saturday): String, woodwind, brass, or percussion players who are qualified to play in the Butte Symphony can receive credit by attending rehearsals (15-16) and performing in two concerts. This provides an opportunity to play standard orchestral repertory with a community group of professional and amateur musicians.

MUSI 112 – Choral Union (1-credit, both semesters, Mondays 7-9 pm): This ensemble is designed for students to learn to sing better and develop an appreciation of choral music and its relationship to literature, history, and the other arts. The ensemble rehearses weekly to prepare for an end of the semester concert. Accepted community members may join the choir without paying tuition.

MUSI 114 – Tech Band (1-credit, under the direction of Dr. Pete Knudsen): Offers a cultural opportunity for students with band skills to continue study in music. Approximately 20 meetings are held, half of which are devoted to study and rehearsal of swinging pop music, college songs, Dixie Land pops, and marches. The remaining meetings involve performances at ball games, convocations, concerts, and parades.

MUSI 291 - Special Topics: Voice Lessons (1-credit, Mondays, 4-6 pm): Private half hour lessons explore the vocal sounds mechanism, breathing apparatus and resonating system in an effort to teach students to produce vocal sound in the most efficient manner. (Limit 4 students)

For more information about the Choral Union or Voice Lessons, please contact Dr. Gary Funk by calling 406-529-1379 or emailing sylvele@aol.com.


Today, Matt Vincent, director of Montana Tech’s Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (Cfwep.Org), announced that the Governor’s Trustees Restoration Council recently approved the extension of an education contract for Cfwep.Org through the 2014 fiscal year. The funding, which was approved unanimously, amounts to $752,467.

"We are extremely pleased and grateful for Gov. Schweitzer’s continued commitment to education in the Clark Fork basin," said Matt. "Education of the next generation in America’s largest Superfund site is as important as it gets and we are excited to continue providing that service to the schools between Butte and Missoula." Part of the campus’ Institute for Educational Opportunities (formerly Technical Outreach), Cfwep.Org is the leading provider of place-based science and history education to schools in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin. The program focuses on Butte and Anaconda mining and smelting history and the science behind the watershed restoration of the Clark Fork basin. Over 2,000 students are served with Cfwep.Org’s programming each year.

"Montana Tech focuses on STEM education and we thank Matt and his staff at CFWEP for their work in getting the " hook" in these students’ mouths when they are young and keeping them interested in science, engineering, technology, and math," said Doug Abbott, vice chancellor for academic affairs and research. "It is this hook that will ensure future generations of scientists, engineers,  mathematicians, etc."

"The announcement today is a great recognition of all the quality programs here at Montana Tech," explained Don Blackketter, Montana Tech chancellor. "Tech certainly has a heritage of natural resource engineering but when you look around at all our programs–healthcare, business, science, work-force development, and in this case ecology and restoration, this is another example of the leadership that Montana Tech plays in Montana and the nation." 

The funding, which covers three full-time employees, continues services in dozens of schools between Butte and Missoula, as well as the Birds’ Eye View Education Program, a unique summer program with the University of Montana’s Avian Science Center in Missoula. Since its inception in 2005, Cfwep.Org has served over 20,000 students in the Clark Fork Basin and western Montana.


Drs. John and Roberta Ray of Montana Tech’s Liberal Studies Department have had papers/presentations accepted for the annual National Communication Association (NCA) Convention to be held in Orlando, Florida this fall.

Dr. John W. Ray has had a paper accepted entitled "Parliamentary Procedure and the Building of a Community."  Dr. Roberta K. Ray has had a paper accepted entitled: "Parliamentary Procedure: A Key to Community Involvement." Both papers discuss the role of parliamentary procedure in allowing a community to develop, function and make decisions.

Both will also be presenting their work/research for the panel: "Building COMMunity through Assessment: Variations and Adaptations of the Competent Speaker Speech Evaluation form for Assessing Public Speaking" which is sponsored by the Communication Assessment Division of NCA. Currently, there are institutional, state and regional mandates to assess public speaking competencies.

Dr. Roberta Ray teaches classes at Montana Tech in communications and is the author of the text "The Power of Listening." Dr. John Ray teaches courses in political science and communications at Montana Tech and is the current national president of the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice.


Head men’s basketball coach Aaron Woliczko announced the signing of two players for the 2012-13 season. Nathan Smith of Perth, Australia and Layne Simon of Whitehall have signed letters of intent to play basketball at Montana Tech. These two signings brings the Oredigger recruiting class up to six which includes two international signees.

Smith, a 6’7" post, brings much needed size to the Orediggers as well as international experience. 

"We are very excited to add Nathan Smith to our program," said head coach Woliczko. "It is a huge plus anytime you can sign someone with international experience and Nathan has that."

Playing in international competition for Australia at the Under 19 level, Smith averaged 6.2 points per game on 44.4-percent shooting. He also grabbed 7.0 rebounds a game and added 1.2 assists.

While playing at the national level, he averaged 8.5 points per game on 49.1-percent shooting in addition to 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist.

"He is a solid shooter to 17 feet with quality post skills, he rebounds well and isn’t afraid to mix it up defensively in the paint. He takes and makes great shots which is evident in his field goal percentages, he can also initiate offense at his size taking great care of the ball. His size will help us immediately."

Playing at the club level in the 2011 State Championship Tournament, Smith was named MVP as his team took first place.

In his spare time, he is a volunteer firefighter with his dad, Mark.

Smith plans to major in Business and Information Technology at Montana Tech.

Layne Simon, a 6’5" forward from Whitehall High School, helped his team take fourth place in the State Class B Tournament last year. Last year was the second year in a row making the state tournament and they were district champions both years as well.

At Whitehall, Simon averaged 14.1 points per game, 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.3 blocks.

"Layne is first and foremost a great person," said Whitehall head coach Zach McLean.

"He has worked very hard to make himself a college basketball player.   Layne is a very unselfish player who has always been a team first player.   I am extremely happy to see him continue his basketball career at Montana Tech."

Simon was named second team all-conference his freshman year and first team all-conference and all-state the rest of his high school career. He played in the Southwest All Star Game as a sophomore through his senior year. As a senior, he played in the Senior Classic All Star Game

"Layne really fits in with our players and has played well over the past few years of us watching him, but more importantly he plays hard," said Woliczko. "He can really stroke the three from the corners, can finish at the basket, and has sneaky bounce. We are thrilled to add Layne to Montana Tech Basketball!"


Montana Tech Liberal Studies Professor Robert Ziegler has a new book– Satanism, Magic, and Mysticism in Fin-de-siècle France – that has recently appeared with British publisher Palgrave Macmillan. In his book, Professor Ziegler explores how, in response to the spread of Republicanism and science, turn-of-the-century France witnessed a powerful movement toward mysticism, magic, and devil worship. Serious occultists published treatises on the Kabbalah, astral travel, and spell-casting, Satanists, both charlatans and genuine practitioners, spread across the country, and Catholics increasingly adopted a form of mysticism based on a belief in the redemptive power of suffering and a hope for the coming apocalypse.

Professor Ziegler’s other scholarly works also focus on the literature and culture of late 19th-century France and include Beauty Raises the Dead: Literature and Loss in the Fin de Siècle (2001) and Asymptote: An Approach to Decadent Fiction (2009).


The Montana Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame has announced the 2012 winners of its scholar-athlete awards. One winner is chosen from each of Montana’s five high school classifications, and one from each college football team in the state. The athletes are chosen for their football prowess, leadership and academic success.

The college winners are: Bobby Alt of Montana, Butte’s Casey Dennehy of Montana State, Dane Broadhead of Carroll College, Charlie Dotson of Montana Western, Drew Waltee of Montana Tech, Nate Ray of Rocky Mountain College and Brock Hyder of Montana State-Northern.

Caleb Kidder of Helena Capital won the Class AA award while J.T. Linder of Dillon won in Class A and Trace Brady of Fairfield was honored in Class B. Tyler Lott of Twin Bridges won for Class C 8-man and Jordy Donoven of North Star was honored in Class C 6-man.


Montana Tech’s Institute for Educational Opportunities was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Education $1,430,481 grant to continue the Montana Tech Upward Bound Program which serves high school students in Anaconda, Butte and Helena.  Upward Bound was established in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson through the Higher Education Act of 1965.  The mission of Upward Bound is to provide low income first generation college bound students the skills and motivation necessary for entrance into and matriculation through postsecondary education.

These funds will provide services in the areas of academic advising and tutoring, career exploration, campus visits, financial aid awareness and assistance, personal growth and cultural awareness.  Additionally, a 6 week summer academy is offered on the Montana Tech campus.   The program will serve 60-70 students enrolled at Anaconda, Butte, Helena and Capital High Schools. 

Over the past 20 years, 88% of the graduates from the program have earned post-secondary degrees.  That’s 10 times the 2010 national average for 6 year degree attainment by low income students.  

Congressman Denny Rehberg recently acknowledged the success of the program and noted that "The Upward Bound Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students to get a head start on a college education" and that "Any program that can help Montana students get ahead in the classroom is a good investment."

Praise was also given by Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus.  Mr. Tester stated that "...those who are the first in their families to attend college will benefit from this program….and they will be able to take the first steps towards building a successful future."  Mr. Baucus stated that he was pleased that funding for Upward Bound will continue at Montana Tech.  He concluded that "Together we can ensure a bright future for our young people and keep Montana the best place to live, work and raise a family."

For more information please contact Amy Verlanic at 496-4289 or averlanic@mtech.edu.


Montana Tech celebrated the hard work and dedication of its employees at a celebration on Friday, May 4. Tech presented its faculty and staff with the annual Rose and Anna Busch awards, Service Awards, Achievement Awards, and Distinguished Researcher Awards.

ROSE AND ANNA BUSCH AWARDS: Each year, members of the campus community nominate and select outstanding faculty members for the annual Rose and Anna Busch Faculty Achievement Awards. This year, six awards were presented with five awards going to faculty in each of the three schools/colleges and one for part-time faculty. The award honors those with outstanding teaching skills, including classroom effectiveness, collegiality, and accessibility; extensive campus or community service; and/or distinguished research/scholarship.

The following faculty members were awarded the 2012 Rose and Anna Busch award:

  • School of Mines and Engineering: John Amtmann and Jim Girard
  • College of Letters, Sciences, and Professional Studies: Scott Risser and Katie Hailer
  • College of Technology: Gretchen Geller
  • Part-Time Faculty: Stella Capoccia

MONTANA TECH SERVICE AWARDS: Montana Tech acknowledged the following faculty and staff members for their years of service to Montana Tech:

  • 45 YEAR AWARD (1967-2012): Dick Berg (Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology)
  • 40 YEAR AWARD (1972 – 2012): Diane Murray (College of Technology)
  • 35 YEAR AWARD (1977 – 2012): Larry Jacobson (Liberal Studies)
  • 30 YEAR AWARDS (1982 – 2012): Paul Beatty (Student Services), Ted Duaime (Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology), Karen Monaghan (Office of VC for Academic Affairs & Research)
  • 25 YEAR AWARDS (1987 – 2012): Mike Kukay (Network Services), Ken Palmer (Physical Facilities)
  • 20 YEAR AWARDS (1992 – 2012): Bill Drury (Environmental Engineering), Jeff Lonn (Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology), Charlotte McKenzie (Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology), Marv Speece (Geophysical Engineering), Diane Wolfgram (Geological Engineering)
  • 15 YEAR AWARDS (1997 – 2012): Kelly Amtmann (Nursing), John Foley (MBMG), Chris Gammons (Geological Engineering), David Hobbs (Chemistry), Joan McNabb (Business Office), Shauna Savage (Enrollment Services)


RESEARCH AWARDS: Each year the Montana Tech Research Office makes several awards to honor and reward those faculty and staff who have contributed to the success of the campus research and scholarly activity enterprise.

  • Distinguished Researcher Awards went to Jeff Lonn (Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology), Chris Danielson (Liberal Studies), and Chris Gammons, Geological Engineering.
  • The Lifetime Distinguished Researcher Award went to Robin McCulloch with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.
  • Million Dollar Club: These awards recognize retiring faculty and staff whose grantmanship has brought over $1,000,000 in grants and contracts to the campus during their tenure at Montana Tech. These recipients become members of the Research Office’s Million Dollar Club. This year’s retirees are Rick Douglass, Biology, and Joe Figueira, Research Office.
  • Decade Awards: The decade awards honor accomplishments in mentorship, inventorship and grantspersonship over the last ten years. The Research Office, the Graduate School, and the Office of Sponsored Projects worked to identify the winners.
  • Mentorship: Who has served as the Thesis Chair on the most Masters degrees in the last ten years? Montana Tech has produced 361 Masters degrees over the last 10 years and three faculty members have accounted for almost one third of the total. These faculty members include Chris Gammons, Terry Spear, and finally, the award winner, with 50 graduate student advisees Kumar Ganesan, Environmental Engineering.
  • Inventorship: Over the last 10 years, there were 21 patent disclosures. The winner with 8 is John Morrison, Electrical Engineering.
  • Grantpersonship: The following faculty and staff have received the most grants and contracts to support service, education and research over the last ten years: Dan Trudnowski, Electrical Engineering; Ted Duaime, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology; and Amy Verlanic, Institute for Educational Opportunities.

Kristin Gillette, NAIA Director of Champions of Character, announced Brianne McClafferty of Montana Tech as the recipient of the 2012 Frontier Conference Dr. LeRoy Walker Award. McClafferty is the second recipient in as many years receiving the award from Montana Tech. Men’s basketball player Ivan Sljivar received the honor last year. 

"The Orediggers are very excited that Brianne has been recognized for epitomizing what it means to be a Champion of Character," said Montana Tech Athletic Director Joe McClafferty.

"In her four years at Montana Tech, the characteristics of leadership, dedication, pride and excellence where ever apparent.  We look forward to future great accomplishments form a very talented person." 

Dr. LeRoy Walker is President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee and served as president through the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. The Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the NAIA and was created as part of the NAIA’s association with Citizenship Through Sports Alliance, a group of sports organizations that promote and recognize sportsmanship.

"I am truly honored to receive the Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award," said Brianne McClafferty.

"Dr. Leroy showed remarkable character during his time as an Olympic track coach and as the United States Olympic Committee President. To receive an award named after this inspiring man is an honor."

McClafferty, a 6-foot forward for the Lady Diggers the past four seasons, averaged 7.44 points per game and 2.89 rebounds last season. In her four years, she has the highest grade point average on the team and earned academic all-conference honors. McClafferty is a member of the business club, Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and vice president of the HPER Hooligan fan club.

"I am honored that the athletic department, Coach DePell and my teammate, Tabitha Tomlinson thought enough of me to nominate me for such a prestigious award," McClafferty said. 

"Brianne is certainly deserving of this award," said head women’s basketball coach Kerie DePell.

"When we nominated her, the criteria included things like academic excellence, campus and community service, and athletic achievement. Brianne has clearly excelled in all of those areas. I had the honor and pleasure of coaching her for four years, and I know that her character is genuine, she cared deeply for her team, and she always put her teammates and coaches before herself."

At graduation in May, McClafferty received the award for the highest cumulative grade point average in the Business Department with a 3.97. Also this past spring, she received the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 2012 Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award. She is attending the University of Montana Law School in the fall.


The Board of Trustees of The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. W. Franklin Gilmore as President of The Foundation. Dr. Gilmore’s appointment has been formally approved by the Executive Office of the President, making Dr. Gilmore only the second person to hold the title in The Foundation’s 26-year history.

Dr. Gilmore, a native of Mississippi, is Chancellor Emeritus of Montana Tech of the University of Montana and Professor Emeritus of the University of Mississippi. He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Virginia Military Institute, a doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry with a minor in Industrial Management from MIT, and pursued post-doctoral studies at NIH, Florida State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Harvard University in Molecular Biophysics, Law, Physiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Educational Management.

In addition to his numerous academic, research and philanthropic distinctions, including his 22 years as a member of the Goldwater Scholar Review Committee, Dr. Gilmore’s commitment to our nation has been unwaivering, beginning with his teenage obligation as a Marine Corps reservist through his active duty in the United States Army and the Army Reserve as a Captain.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Foundation, established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Goldwater, is the premier undergraduate scholarship of its kind in the nation. Frank, the name most know him by, expressed his excitement about the opportunity to continue to promote the mission of the Foundation to encourage and support highly qualified individuals in their academic studies and research :  "America’s strength in math, science and engineering , the disciplines for which Goldwater Scholarships are awarded, is a critical part of our security and economic wellbeing."  Dr. Gilmore is most appreciative of the assistance of those who supported him for this position and he especially recognizes the support of Senators Baucus and Tester of Montana and Senator Cochran of Mississippi. 

Grant Program Awards Recycling Containers to Montana Tech

Montana Tech will get a boost to their recycling efforts this summer thanks to the Coca-Cola Bin Grant Program, made possible by support from The Coca-Cola Foundation. Montana Tech will receive a total of 120 recycling bins designed specifically for placement around campus."

Through our partnership with Keep America Beautiful, the Coca-Cola Bin Grant Program supports local community recycling efforts across the United States," said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President of Community Relations for Coca-Cola Refreshments. “We are pleased that these bins being placed on the campus of Montana Tech will provide additional opportunities for people to recycle.”

Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on a number of criteria including level of need, recycling experience and the ability of applicants to sustain their program in the future.

“The Montana Tech Recycling Committee and campus community are thrilled about winning the grant,” said Shelley Reed, chair of the Montana Tech Recycling Committee. “We have had the goal of placing recycling bins all across campus for years but budget restrictions prevented us from doing that. Now with the help of KAB and Coca Cola and their grant program, we will finally meet our goals. Without a doubt recycling at Montana Tech will increase through the use of the granted products.  Our 15-year recycling program has finally evolved from labeled cardboard boxes to actual recycling bins that will take us into the future of sustainability. Thank you KAB and Coca Cola.”

“Providing infrastructure for people to recycle on-the-go in our communities is a key component of making recycling a natural thing to do,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca Cola’s support and commitment to recycling, which is so well demonstrated by the Coca-Cola Bin Grant Program.”

The Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. In its seven years of operation, the Bin Grant Program has placed 29,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia. A full list of the spring 2012 Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org/.

Montana Tech Pre-Apprentice Line Program Competes Nationally

Following spring break, 13 students in Montana Tech’s Pre-Apprentice Line Program, which is a part of the College of Technology, competed in a collegiate lineman rodeo in Chandler, Arizona. Faculty advisors traveling with the students included Bob McCormick and Jim Wheeldon, program instructors, Trades and Technical Department Head Bill Ryan, and COT enrollment representative Sabrina Holland. The rodeo, hosted by Chandler-Gilbert Community College, drew line programs from other states including Michigan, Nebraska, and Arizona as well as two utility apprenticeship training programs, The Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service. In all, 63 pre-apprentice and apprentice line workers participated in the competition. 

A lineman rodeo is a competition to showcase skills that are required in the utility line worker industry. This competition featured events such as a utility pole speed climb, cross arm change out, obstacle climb, and C-1 type pole framing on the ground. Also included was a written test covering the pertinent information and knowledge required to safely and effectively work in the industry. The rodeo had both individual and team competitions which were evaluated by utility line professionals from around the region.  Scoring criteria was strict, with deductions for crooked insulators and hardware, showing off (hot dogging), or cutting-out (temporarily losing contact with the pole and falling a few feet before re-gripping and continuing to climb). The top ten finishers in each category were recognized at a banquet at the end of the competition with the top three finishers receiving awards.

Individual accomplishments from Tech included Gabe Webster who placed first overall in the cross arm change-out with a time of two minutes flat and zero deductions. None of the top ten finishers received point deductions so time was the only factor in determining the winner. Tech had nine students with zero deductions and although they did not place due to time, the students still demonstrated a perfect application procedure. 

Two Tech students placed in the top ten of the written test competition.  Mike Arnold placed third and Ronnie Te Beest placed seventh, missing one and two questions respectively. Since this competition was also time based, Eric Applin and Darren Anthony did not place in the top ten but both did extremely well on the test by only missing three questions each. 

Zane Yount took tenth place in the obstacle climb with a time of 4:48 and a perfect score. Five other Tech students received perfect scores in this competition. 

Team competition results placed Mike Arnold, Gabe Webster and Dan Helmers sixth overall and Ronnie Te Beest, Darren Anthony and Jeff Heinrichs in tenth place. When scores were tabulated, Zane Yount, Danny Winchell and Shane Freese placed 12th overall, just shy of the top ten cut-off.

Montana Tech is home to the only pre-apprentice program in Montana and students learn the skills in half the time of students in other programs.  Several of the professional judges commented on the high skill level and impressive performance of the students from Montana. "I would like to thank  Montana Tech for the opportunity to compete and showcase the skills that we teach in our pre-apprentice line program," said program director Bob McCormick. "I am very proud of the students and how well each of them did."  Instructor Jim Wheeldon added, "There was some fierce competition down there!"


United States Senator Jon Tester will deliver the commencement speech at Montana Tech’s 112th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Senator Tester will speak about hard work and the value of public service.

"We are excited to have Senator Tester speak at our Commencement Ceremony," said Chancellor Don Blackketter. "Our students work extremely hard to obtain their degree from Montana Tech and will now enter the workforce. We feel that Senator Tester’s message will resonate with the graduating students."

Jon Tester is a third-generation farmer from north central Montana. First elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Tester has earned a national reputation for advocating for government transparency and accountability.  

Tester serves on five committees in the Senate and uses each to represent Montana.  Tester serves on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Indian Affairs Committee, Homeland Security Committee, Banking Committee, and Appropriations Committee.

Tester comes home to Montana nearly every weekend to travel to every corner to the state and tend to his farm.

"Montana Tech is a world-renown institution that all Montanans can be proud of," Tester said. "The graduates from Montana Tech will be our state’s next generation of leaders and I’m honored to deliver the commencement speech to celebrate their achievement."

Montana Tech’s commencement is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. outside in Alumni Coliseum. The university expects to graduate over 470 students.


Mr. William F. Madison, retired Marathon Oil executive, will receive an honorary doctorate of science degree from Montana Tech during the university’s 112th commencement ceremony. Montana Tech’s commencement is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Alumni Coliseum.

"We are pleased to honor Mr. Madison with the highest honor Montana Tech bestows," explained Montana Tech Chancellor Donald Blackketter. "He had a very successful career with Marathon Oil and has given of his time, talent, and resources to better Montana Tech. He is very deserving of this recognition."

Madison, a Butte native, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech in 1965. After graduating from Montana Tech, Mr. Madison went to work for Marathon Oil Company where he remained until retirement in 2000. He had an exemplary career for over 35 years with Marathon Oil serving in managerial positions in numerous worldwide locations and retiring with the title of Senior Vice President.

According to Petroleum Engineering Department Head Leo Heath, "Mr. Madison’s financial contributions to Montana Tech and his assistance in locating other contributors were critical in securing the necessary industry funding to construct the Natural Resources building on our campus."

Mr. Madison has received many awards and honors over the years from Montana Tech. He received Montana Tech’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991 and has served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Montana Tech Foundation. He also served as Interim President of the Foundation during the time a new president was being sought.

Montana Tech has awarded two previous doctorate degrees. The award is presented to individuals who:

  • have achieved a level of distinction which merit comparable recognition in his or her profession or area of excellence.
  • have an association with the State of Montana. This association may be by virtue of birth, of residence, of education, of service to the state, the Montana University System, or one of the campuses of the System.
  • will reflect favorably on Montana Tech, the Montana University System, and the State of Montana.

In 2011, the doctoral degree was awarded to Montana Tech alum Tom Dyk. Frank Gardner received an honorary doctorate of science in 2010.


The College of Technology at Montana Tech and the Powell & Deer Lodge Adult Basic and Learning Education (ABLE) Programs have been selected to receive a $10,000 grant to carry out the Collaborative Model of Aligning Adult Career Pathways Program. The goal of this program is to provide adult learners who use the ABLE programs in Deer Lodge and Powell Counties a Career Pathway to transition to postsecondary education or employment.

"Many adult learners find the process of applying to higher education very frustrating," said Denise Elakovich, Grant Director. "Many adult learners are first-generation college students and need a support system to succeed in college – and the ABLE Programs help to provide that support." 

This grant will help the ABLE programs not only prepare people to get their GEDs but also help them to attain a higher level of competency  needed to be successful in post-secondary education.   Additionally, students at the ABLE centers often need help completing all the requirements necessary for admission into college, such as choosing a career path, applying for financial aid, complying with different program requirements (vocational rehabilitation, etc.), taking assessment tests, and registering for classes.

"We really value our adult learners," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "This grant will help the College of Technology meet its mission to assist our regional community in fulfilling the needs of our adult learners."


Montana Tech celebrated National Student Employment week for the third time this year.  On Tuesday, April 10th, Career Services held a Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) recognition ceremony. The event honored Montana Tech students nominated by their on-campus employers for the distinguished award.  This year’s nominees were Derek Allick, Ashley Bair, Rachel Christiaens, Andrea Cocergine, Brendon Dale, Kimberly Holten, Sarah Hotaling, Laura Jenkins, Kyle Murphy, and Joyce Wilhelm.

The 2012 Montana Tech Student Employee of the Year award was selected based on a letter of recommendation addressing the accomplishments of the nominee in the areas of Reliability, Initiative, Uniqueness of Contribution, Quality of Work, Professionalism and Community and Campus Service. The winner of the Montana Tech SEOTY award also competed in the State level.

The 2012 campus award winner is Kyle Murphy.  He was nominated by his supervisor, David Armstrong, for his excellent contributions in the Mining Engineering Department. Kyle received a campus bookstore gift in addition to a certificate and plaque signed by Chancellor Blackketter and Associate Vice Chancellor Paul Beatty. His name will be listed on the Student Employee of the Year recognition plaque in Career Services.

When nominating Kyle, David shared in his recommendation letter, "Kyle has served a special purpose in the department because he…shows great professionalism and initiative in keeping the equipment serviced and running. He has taken the lead in helping instruct other students in all our underground courses and activities." David also provided examples of Kyle’s reliability and campus involvement.

Montana Tech also celebrated National Student Employment Week with daily drawings all week and an ice cream & cake social for all student employees on Thursday, April 12th in the Student Union Building. For more information about Student Employment at Montana Tech, please visit www.mtech.edu/career/studentemployment.


Montana Tech student Robert Hark has been awarded a 2012 Goldwater Scholarship. Mrs. Peggy Goldwater Clay, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, announced that the Trustees awarded 282 scholarships for the 2012–2013 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,123 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred seventy-four of the Scholars are men, 108 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Twenty Scholars are mathematics majors, 194 are science and related majors, 58 are majoring in engineering, and 10 are computer science majors. Many of the Scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines.

Robert will graduate from Montana Tech in May of 2013, with bachelor of science degrees in Professional Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, and Statistics. Robert spent his childhood on a small cattle ranch outside the small town of Eureka, Montana, where he developed a hard-working mentality. "I have always been fascinated by mathematics and science, and my strong interests in these areas led me to enroll--as a first-generation college student--in Montana Tech’s Professional Chemistry program in the fall semester of 2008," said Hark. To satisfy his interests in mathematics, Hark later added Mathematical Sciences and Statistics to his academic curriculum. Hark stays active on campus away from his academic studies. He has been a chemistry tutor at the Tech Learning Center (TLC) since the fall semester of 2009, and a mathematics tutor since the fall semester of 2011. He has also conducted research as part of Montana Tech’s Undergraduate Research Program since the fall semester of 2010, and conducted physical chemistry research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a participant in the 2011 MIT Amgen-UROP Scholars program. In addition to his academic pursuits, he has been involved in Chemistry Club and Math Club, and has been elected the Math Club President for the upcoming academic year. "After I graduate from Montana Tech, I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in either statistics or chemistry (computational) at a top university in the United States, a goal that my education at Montana Tech has certainly placed within my reach," added Hark. "I am satisfied with my decision to attend Montana Tech, and I am proud to represent Montana Tech as a 2012 Goldwater Scholar."

Dr. Marisa Pedulla chairs Montana Tech’s National Student Awards Committee (NSAC), which supports Montana Tech students for major national and international scholarships. The mission of NSAC is to create a campus community that fosters and supports outstanding Montana Tech students throughout their education and to nominate and assist Montana Tech’s top students in the preparation of applications for prestigious National Awards. Dr. Pedulla worked closely with Bob Hark to prepare his application. She noted, "Upon speaking with faculty members in our Mathematics, Statistics, and Chemistry departments, I learned of their immense respect for Bob’s intellectual abilities and his capacity for world-class research. He is recognized across our campus as a shining star, whose potential is unsurpassed among our best and brightest students over many years. Robert Hark embodies all that the Goldwater Scholarship seeks to recognize and reward in our nation’s best and most capable students."

In the past 6 years, Montana Tech’s NSAC has had two Goldwater Scholars, one Goldwater honorable mention, and two students interview for a Rhodes Scholarship. Also, Montana Tech 2010 chemistry alum, Cory Sonneman, who is a medical student at Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine, won a National Health Service Corps Scholarship and current metallurgical student, Ivan Sljivar, won the NAIA Champions of Character Leroy Walker Award.

Robert is the third Montana Tech student to receive a Goldwater Scholarship. In 2007, Mathematics/Statistics major Christopher R. Dienes received the award and graduated from Montana Tech with a Math/Statistics degree in 2008. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UC Davis. Calley Jones was Montana Tech’s first Goldwater Scholar in 2000. She graduated from Montana Tech in 2001 with a degree in Math/Statistics.

"As one of Bob' advisors/mentors, I can honestly say that Robert Hark is an exceptional student and has great potential to become a leading researcher in whichever field he decides to pursue," explained Dr. Richard Rossi, Mathematical Sciences Department Health. "Students like Bob are extremely rare, but Montana Tech seems to attract this type of student. Working with students like Bob, Chris, and Calley has been one of my highlights while working at Montana Tech."

The one and two year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 78 Rhodes Scholarships, 112 Marshall Awards, 104 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed over 6200 scholarships worth approximately 39 million dollars. The Trustees plan to award about three hundred scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year.

This summer, Robert will be participating in the National Science Foundation Math/Statistics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Worcester Polytechnic (WPI).


The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department and Montana Tech are partnering in the local sponsorship and promotion of the national "Get Yourself Tested" (GYT) Program. The GYT Days at Tech will be from 9-4 on Monday, April 16th in the Conference Room at the South Campus and from 9-4 on Tuesday, April 17th in the North Campus Student Health Center.

"The national GYT Program is about using the power of a youthful social movement to encourage young adults to get tested for STDs," said Jamie Paul, Director of Health Promotions and Family Services of the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department.

Those who participate in the program will receive a chance to win concert tickets courtesy of Bill Fischer and the Butte Depot. Concert performers include Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Merle Haggard, The Bellamy Brothers, and 38 Special.  In addition a "Country Jam Surprise Package" will be one of the offerings.  

Those who cannot make it to the Tech event but want to participate in the GYT campaign can go to the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department any day prior to Friday, April 20th.   If they say "I heard about this through Tech," they will be entered into the concert drawings.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates the United States experiences 19 million new STD infections annually and nearly half of these are young people aged 15-24.

"Although GYT has our students as its target population, anyone is welcome to participate, said Cricket Pietsch, Montana Tech Counselor.  "Regular testing for STD infections should be a normal part of personal hygiene for sexually active adults."


Montana Tech will be hosting Ms. Ninia Baehr of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Montana at noon on April 18th in the Big Butte/Highlands room in the Student Union Building. Ms. Baehr is the LGBT Advocacy Coordinator for the ACLU.

At the April 18th event, Ms. Baehr will provide an update on the domestic partnership lawsuit, Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana, which is scheduled to be heard by the Montana Supreme Court on April 13th. She will also show a short video of the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade featuring interviews with gay and straight Butte residents and showing the reactions of bystanders to this openly-LGBT parade contingent.

"Events that provide for the civil discourse on current topics and issues enhance our learning Tech Learning environment," said Tech Dean of Students, Paul Beatty.  "This event also provides a forum to explore resources, or potential resources, available to our LGBT students and their straight allies." 

Students, faculty and staff as well as interested community members are invited to this free presentation.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Montana Tech Environmental Design Team brings Home Honors

A team of Montana Tech engineering students were awarded the Most Applicable Technology and Best Poster at the 22nd Annual Environmental Design Contest held April 1-4, 2012 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. WERC’s Environmental Design Contest is a unique event that brings together industry, government and academia in the search for improved environmental solutions. 

The event challenges students to solve technical problems ranging from validation of water treatment technology to improving product stewardship. For the contest, students present and demonstrate their research and design solutions. The proposed solutions provide opportunities to address concerns about water, energy, and the environment. 

The students designed a protocol and web based evaluation tool, based on their experiments over the last 6 months, for validating water hardness removal technologies and products.

Members of the 2012 design team were Caitlin Brown, Nathan Dillon, Kayla Lester, Kevin Tweten, and Peixi Yan. The team’s advisor is Rajendra Kasinath.

"The team has put in tremendous effort and has matured professionally from going to this competition," said Rajendra Kasinath, associate professor in the Environmental Engineering Department at Montana Tech. "I am really glad of their success."

All teams prepare four different presentations: written, oral, a bench-scale model and poster, as part of the competition. The students were judged by environmental professionals representing government, industry and academia.


Two hundred students from universities across the globe came together near Camborne, Great Britain to take part in the 34th annual international mining competition. The event was hosted by the Camborne School of Mines. The two-day competition saw teams of six compete in men’s, women’s, co-ed and alumni classes. Teams competed in seven different events: hand steel, gold pan, air leg, track stand, mucking, swede saw, and survey.

The competition was started in 1978 in honor of the 91 miners who died in the Sunshine Mine Disaster in 1972; as well as, miners who have since died in the line of duty. The primary purpose of the competition is to keep the "old-fashioned" mining techniques alive. The all-day competition brought together 36 teams from six countries.

"I am extremely proud of our mining team this year," said Shane Parrow, Assistant Professor in the Mining Department at Montana Tech. "First and foremost, all team members functioned in unison as a team. Our teams practiced three times a week and completed cardio and weight lifting two other days a week most weeks throughout the year to ensure they were competitive this year. This protocol was all voluntary. Although our teams did not win overall, the students went to the competition with the mentality that winning each event is crucial to the overall results. The most impressive fact is that both our teams won their division in the Air Leg competition, something Tech strives to be the best in every year and we brought both trophies home this year!

Event Results by team

Co-Ed Team Results : OVERALL– 2ND PLACE

  • Hand Mucking – 3rd place
  • Track Stand – 1st place
  • Swede Saw – 1st place
  • Air Leg – 1st place

Men’s Team Results: OVERALL – 5TH PLACE

  • Gold Pan – 3rd place
  • Air-Leg Drilling – 1st place

For more information, please contact Shane Parrow at 406-496-4624.

Book Published by Montana Tech Professor Roger Jensen

Montana Tech Professor Roger Jensen proudly announces publication of his book entitled Risk-Reduction Methods for Occupational Safety and Health. Published by Wiley Press, the book contains substantial coverage of systematic methods for identifying and managing workplace hazards. Dr. Jensen proposes two innovative taxonomies consisting of seven categories of occupational hazards and nine types of risk-reduction strategies. These taxonomies provide the basis for hazard-specific chapters containing extensive examples of how the risk-reduction strategies apply to particular hazards. Unlike prior books that rely heavily on regulations, codes, and standards, this book completely avoids such references by emphasizing science-based explanations.


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and events are being scheduled around the nation to raise awareness of the issues and problems associated with sexual assault. This year’s national theme is "IT’S TIME … TO TALK ABOUT IT!" Montana Tech is building on this theme by encouraging students, faculty and staff to stand up against sexual violence.

"We want our students to know the warning signs and dangers of sexual assault," said Tech Dean of Students, Paul Beatty. "It is also important for us all to know how we might personally intervene in these situations involving our friends or family."

As an additional part of the sexual assault awareness initiative, Tech will host Safe Space advocate, Officer Dan Murphy of the Butte Police Department. Officer Murphy will make a presentation on domestic violence generally and more specifically how Butte has been impacted. Officer Murphy will make his presentation twice, first on the North Campus at a Noon "brown bag" lunch on April 24th in Kelly Steward room in the SUB, and then on the South Campus at a noon pizza lunch on April 25th in the Commons.

As part of the program, Tech community members are encouraged to wear awareness support ribbons. "We are also encouraging everyone to have their picture taken showing support against sexual violence," said student advocate, Luci Henry.

The statistics of sexual assault among college students are significant.

  • One in four college women report being raped or attempted rape since turning 14 years of age.
  • Between 62% and 84% of survivors of sexual assault knew their attacker.
  • 57% of sexual assaults happen on dates.
  • 75% of men and 55% of women involved in acquaintance/date rape were drinking or taking drugs before the attack.

"When it comes to sexual assault prevention, knowledge equals power," said Tech Counselor, Joyce O’Neill. "The more information someone has about healthy sexuality, the more likely they are to identify sexual abuse or violence when it occurs."

Tech Volleyball Announces Two Signings

Montana Tech head volleyball coach Brian Solomon announced the signing of two volleyball players today. Kimmy Kavran from Missoula Sentinel and Sydney Norris from Governor John R. Rogers High School in Puyallup, Washington, signed NAIA letters of intent to come to Montana Tech next school year.

Kimmy Kavran, a 5’3" libero, was born in Butte but grew up in Spokane and Missoula.

"Kimmy is a great fit for our program," said coach Solomon. "It is great to have a Butte kid coming back, especially one as sought after and talented as Kimmy."

As a three year varsity starter at Sentinel, Kavran achieved first team all-conference and first team all-state her junior and senior years and was a member of Montana Volleyball Super-State Team. She was named academic all-state both years.  This past season, she was nominated for the Montana Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year.

"She has great ball control and is very good at reading the game," added Solomon.

In addition to volleyball, Kavran played club soccer, basketball and track.

The daughter of Tom and Shirley Kavran, Kimmy plans on majoring in nursing in the fall.

"Being a Butte native, I chose Montana Tech since I have so much family and friends here to support me," said Kavran. "You couldn't ask for a better education and I'm looking forward to playing college volleyball."

Sydney Norris, a 5’9" outside hitter, played volleyball for Governor John R. Rogers High School and Puget Sound Volleyball Club in Washington.

"We are very excited to add Sydney to our program," said coach Solomon. "She has the athleticism and all-around play that can have an immediate impact in the Frontier Conference. More importantly, she will be a great academic fit at Tech."

Norris has been a captain and team MVP for two years in Puyallup. As a junior and senior, she was elected first team all-league. This last season, she was selected to The News Tribune All-Area Second Team.

Norris plans on majoring in biology. She is the daughter of Kevin and Sarah.


Montana Tech has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of thousands of hours student volunteers provide to the Butte-Silver Bow area. Montana Tech received the award along with Flathead Valley Community College, Montana State University, and The University of Montana.

Presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the honor roll is the highest federal government recognition that a college or university can receive for its commitment to service-learning, community service, and civic engagement. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

Montana Tech students exceeded expectations for community service during the past academic year.  By enrolling in courses that offer service-learning or volunteering outside of class, students develop civic skills, master course content, and get things done for the community.

"Montana Tech is an institution committed to civic engagement," said Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. "We encourage our faculty, staff, and students to be involved and they are the reason we have received this award. This is a well-deserved recognition of their efforts in making our community a great place to live. "

Many students are enrolled in national service programs including Campus Corps and Compact Service Corps. As members, they built capacity for local nonprofits, served in hospitals in clinics to foster healthy futures for Butte citizens, and improved the academic engagement of school children by mentoring them in local schools. The community partners Montana Tech’s AmeriCorps program serves are The Legion Oasis Housing Complex, Reintegrating Youthful Offenders, CFWEP.ORG, Butte-Silver Bow Public Library, Butte-Silver Bow Office of Emergency Management, Tech’s Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search Programs, and the Butte Chapter of the American Red Cross.

"We are thrilled about receiving this award," said Director of the Institute for Educational Opportunities Amy Verlanic. "Many projects and volunteer hours were completed by our staff and students in order for us to receive this award. I am so proud of all of their efforts." Last year, Montana Tech’s Campus Corps and Compact Service Corps programs saw 100 students log 35,329 volunteer hours and 13 part-time and full-time staff  add an additional 4,000 hours. "Many necessary projects were accomplished during the almost 40,000 hours logged by our Montana Tech staff and students," added Verlanic.

Some of Butte’s most pressing needs

– hunger, education, health and the environment – were met by students performing service in collaboration with community organizations.

Montana Tech is a member of the Montana Campus Compact.  A coalition of 20 four-year, two-year, public, private, tribal, and community colleges and universities who are committed to educating students for their civic and social responsibilities.



John Jackam, an Instructor at the Montana Tech College of Technology, has recently secured a patent on a new process for producing biodiesel. The US Patent and Trademark Office granted patent number 8,088,183 to Mr. Jackam and his co-inventors: Joel Pierce and Jeffrey Jones. The patent is titled "Production of biodiesel and glycerin from high free fatty acid feedstocks."

"We focused on the idea of producing diesel fuel from fatty byproducts left over subsequent to the slaughter of feedstock cattle," said Mr. Jackam. "We used some sophisticated chemical processes and proved that these byproducts could be harvested and recycled to produce diesel fuel – or as we call it ‘biodiesel’."

John Jackam is in his third year as an Instructor at the Montana Tech College of Technology in the Sustainable Energy Technology Program focused on Wind Energy. John graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 1999 with a BS in Chemical Engineering.  This is John’s third patent in the area of biodiesel production.

Along with wind, solar and geothermal, biodiesel is one of the areas of alternative energy production which is being researched and, where commercially viable, being developed and made available to fill the energy demand across the country. Biodiesel can be utilized alone as an independent fuel or it can be mixed with other petroleum-based fuel.

"I am incredibly proud of him," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the Montana Tech College of Technology. "John’s accomplishment is a testament to the quality of our College of Technology faculty. I also believe it is important to note that inventors like John are part of the much needed technological solution to the issues related to the production and use of energy with which our country, indeed our world, is struggling."

Orediggers Sign Golfer for 2012

Montana Tech Athletic Director Joe McClafferty announced the signing of Great Falls multi-sport athlete Sean Ryan who will play golf for the Orediggers this fall.

"I chose to commit to Montana Tech because of the world class education it offers every one of its students, the great opportunity to play golf on a team with so much potential and because the community of Butte embraces the school so much," Ryan said on his signing. "Butte makes for an outstanding atmosphere at Montana Tech."

At 6’2" and 210-pounds, Ryan was successful in a number of different sports, academics and extra-curricular activities at Great Falls Central High School.

"We are very excited that Sean has chosen to be an Oredigger," said McClafferty. "Sean epitomizes the characteristics that our student athletes represent. Sean is as well rounded as any high school senior in Montana."

In golf, Ryan was  selected All-State all three years of high school, in addition to being a medalist at the state golf tournament in that same span. He has been a captain for the golf team since his sophomore year.  

"I really look forward to golfing in Butte because the program is on the right track and it gives me the opportunity to prove myself," said Ryan.

Ryan was a letter winner in football, basketball, track and golf. This past football season, he made Second Team All-Conference and was an All-State Selection. He will play in the Treasure State 8-Man All-Star Football Game in May at Tech.

He was selected All-Conference his senior year season in basketball for the Mustangs.

In addition to his athletic resume, Ryan participates in Speech and Debate, choir, Leadership High School and was a page at the Montana State Senate.

"Sean’s future is bright and we are very happy to be part of his academic and athletic higher learning experience," McClafferty added.

Carrying a 4.0 GPA to accompany his athletic and extra-curricular highlights, Ryan plans on majoring in Professional Technical Communication at Montana Tech.

"Butte is such an exciting town and I know that choosing to golf at Tech will be one of the best decisions I make in my life," said Ryan.


Lady Diggers Pick Up Texas Commitment for Basketball

Montana Tech head women’s basketball coach announced the signing of a major commitment for the Lady Diggers today. Rachel Farris, from San Antonio, Texas, has signed on with Tech for the 2012-13 season.

"Living in Texas my entire life, I always knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and live somewhere new," said Farris from San Antonio. "I absolutely loved Montana Tech, the basketball program and Butte. Everyone was so friendly and the basketball team and coaches made me feel at home. It’ll take a lot of time to get used to the cold weather, but I’m excited to attend Montana Tech in the fall."

A 6’2" post, Farris played for the Texas 2A Marion High School Bulldogs. This past season, Farris helped lead the Bulldogs to 32-5 record and a perfect 12-0 in league play. As a senior, she averaged 15 points per game, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

"Rachel is a program changing sign for us," said DePell. "She will be an immediate impact player in our program. She is a tall, physical post player who is left-handed, which always naturally enhances a player’s offensive game. She is a great finisher around the basket, can jump extremely well, and is also a great shot blocker on the defensive end. "

Farris, a four-year varsity player, made an impact every year for her team. During her freshman campaign, Farris received District Honorable Mention. The next season as a sophomore, Farris made First Team All-Area and was the 2009-10 District Defensive Player of the Year.

As a junior and senior, Farris was selected to the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) 2A All-State Team and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-Region Team. The TABC is the largest state basketball association in the nation. Farris also earned the District 29-2A Region IV Most Valuable player.

This past season as a senior, she was selected to play in the Texas 3A-1A All-Star Game.  

Farris received great praise from the local media in the San Antonio area, which is no small feat considering the size of her high school in comparison to others in the San Antonio area.

"She has been called by the media in her hometown, one of the best players to ever play at her high school," said DePell.   

During her junior and senior seasons, she was chosen as the Seguin Gazette All-Area Player of the Year. The San Antonio Express News, the third largest paper in the state, selected Farris as the 2A All-Area MVP in 2010-11.

"She will improve our team on the court, as well as in the classroom.  She is an exceptional student, and deeply cares about succeeding in her academic endeavors.  Her personality is one that will also add to our success next year.  She is outgoing, positive, communicates well, and has a strong desire to improve and work hard."

Farris was Academic All-District all four years of high school. The last two years, she was part of the National Honors Society. She will bring a 3.75 GPA to Tech and she plans on majoring in Nursing. 

"I couldn’t be happier that she chose to play for us at Montana Tech and look forward to getting her here to begin in August."

Three Orediggers Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes

The NAIA announced the Men’s and Women’s Basketball 2011-12 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Brianne McClafferty, Tabitha Tomlinson and AJ Paine received the academic award.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Montana Tech had only five student-athletes eligible for this award based on their year at the institution.

Eight women and ten men from the Frontier Conference made the list. Westminster men led all schools in NAIA Division I with seven honorees.

All three players from Montana Tech just completed their final season for the Oredigger basketball teams. This is Tomlinson’s first and McClafferty and Paine’s second nomination to the list.  

Pokorny Returns to Lady Diggers

Head coach Kerie DePell announced that Brooke Pokorny has signed on to play for the Montana Tech women’s basketball program. Pokorny, a 5-5 point guard, already played two years in a Tech uniform before sitting out last year for personal reasons. She will be a junior next season for the Lady Diggers. 

"I am so excited for Brooke to be a part of our team again," said head coach DePell. "I loved coaching her in her freshman and sophomore seasons and can’t wait to get started with her again."

In her freshman year at Montana Tech, Pokorny averaged 6.9 points per game, 2.4 rebounds and shot 47% from the three-point line.  As a sophomore, she started every game averaging 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 31 minutes per game, the highest average on the team.

"She is quick and athletic, handles the ball, is a natural scorer, and will be a great leader for our team next year," said DePell. "She is always a threat to score inside and outside, in addition to being one of our best perimeter defenders. "

Pokorny was named the Frontier Conference Player of the Week in November of 2010. Her game high in scoring was 22 points that season.

"To add Brooke to our team is very exciting because of how much our other young players have improved and stepped up throughout this last season," DePell said. "We have a lot of firepower returning, and to add Brooke’s skill set into that mix is going to make this team even better."

In both years, she helped the team to at-large berths to the NAIA National Tournament, in Jackson, TN.  She is hoping to continue that winning trend next season.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Oredigger basketball team again because taking a year off made me realize that basketball is a huge part of my life," Pokorny said. "I really missed all the memories with the team, and I am more excited than ever to get back on the court, while continuing to work towards my degree."

Pokorny is pursuing an Applied Health degree at Montana Tech.

Frontier Announces Women's Basketball All-Conference

Frontier Conference commissioner Kent Paulson announced the all-conference and individual awards for women’s basketball today. Three Montana Tech players were selected. Kelsey DeWit was selected first team all-conference. Bryn Hasquet and Mandy Machinal were elected to second team all-conference.

"I am so proud to have three players on the first and second all-conference teams," said head coach Kerie DePell.

DeWit, a 6-2 sophomore from Columbia Falls, is making her second appearance on the all-conference squads. She was named to the second team last season.

"Kelsey DeWit has become a premier low post threat in the conference and she will only get better and better the next two years," said DePell. "She has a ton of talent and scoring ability in addition to being a good shot blocker."

This past year, DeWit averaged 10.29 points per game and led the Lady Diggers in rebounds (6.79) and blocks (1.75). She ranked second in the conference in blocks per game and 16th in NAIA Division I. DeWit’s game high of nine blocks against the University of Great Falls on February 10th was the most in a game by any player this season.

"She is capable of controlling the game on both ends and I couldn’t be happier for her to be recognized in this way from the Frontier Conference."

Sophomore Bryn Hasquet averaged 9.59 points per game this past season. The 6-0 guard from Missoula was second on the team in rebounds (5.89) and third in scoring.

"Bryn has come a long way from who she was as a player in her freshman season," noted DePell. "She has worked extremely hard to go from being strictly a catch and shoot player to a well-rounded player who can shoot, drive and pull up in the key."

Hasquet hit 44.2-percent of her shots from the field and averaged 1.15 assists and 1.41 steals a game.   

"She also turned into our best perimeter defender guarding the opposing team’s best player night after night while averaging 37 minutes a game and being relied upon to score on offense," added DePell. "It was a lot to ask for from a sophomore and she answered the call."

In her first year with the Lady Diggers, freshman guard Mandy Machinal led the team in scoring averaging 13.0 points per game on 37.6-percent shooting.

"Mandy is an explosive scorer and she certainly deserves recognition as one of the best players in our conference," said DePell. "She scored 37 points in one game, showing us a glimpse of what she can become in the future. With more experience and familiarity with our program, she is going to be a nightmare to guard the next three seasons."

Machinal’s game high 37 points against UM-Western on January 21st was the most by any player this season and the most ever by a women’s basketball player at Montana Tech.

"She can shoot the three, drive the basket and use a pull up jumper. I’m proud of the way she performed this season as a freshman. New to college basketball and college academics, she really impressed me and a whole lot of other people as well."

She averaged 3.22 rebounds and 1.89 assists per game. The Richland, Washington native ranked sixth in the conference in scoring and fifth in three-point field goals made per game with 1.74.

"I’m excited for the future of Digger basketball, to have a freshman and two sophomores on the all-conference teams is an amazing feat.  I’m proud of these players and the rest of the team that has put in a lot of hard work and is dedicated to making this program better.  It’s wonderful that we have these great players coming back to compete for Montana Tech and take us to a higher level than we’ve ever been to."

Montana Tech Basketball Player wins WBCA Scholarship Award

Brianne McClafferty of Montana Tech is the recipient of the 2012 Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award and Jasmine Wright of Northeastern State University is the recipient of the Robin Roberts/WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today.

The $1,000 Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award, named for and presented by Stoner, a former legal consultant to the WBCA, is presented annually to one female collegiate basketball player who intends to pursue a career in law.

The $4,500 Robin Roberts/WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship Award is presented annually to one female collegiate basketball player who intends to pursue graduate work and a career in sports communications/journalism.

"I am delighted to present Brianne McClafferty the Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "Her commitment in both competition and academics has led her to success. As the NCAA says, most student-athletes will go pro in something other than sports, and we hope Brianne will have a great career in law."

McClafferty, a 6-foot senior forward, averages 7.44 points per game and 2.89 rebounds per game. As a four-year letter winner for the Lady Diggers, McClafferty has set the academic bar high, retaining the highest grade-point average on the team during each of her four years. She has earned academic all-conference honors, the Summitt Beverage Student-Athlete Award and was named an NAIA Scholar Athlete. The senior is a co-captain for the 2011-12 season.

The Butte, Mont., native is very active in student organizations as a member of the business club, Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and vice president of the HPER Hooligan fan club. Additionally, McClafferty earned Chancellor’s List and Dean’s List recognition a combined six times. She currently boasts a 3.97 cumulative GPA.

Wright, meanwhile, a 5-foot-9 senior forward for Northeastern State, has started every game of the season for the Riverhawks (24-4) and has recorded 77 career starts. Wright has dished out a team-high 82 assists and grabbed 25 steals during 2012. In a matchup against Southwestern on Feb. 6, Wright netted a career-high 28 points.

The Dallas, Texas, native was named academic all-conference and received the Lonestar Conference’s scholar athlete award. Following her sophomore campaign, Wright was named the LSC North Defensive Player of the Year. She is a mass communication major with a broadcast journalism focus.

"Congratulations Jasmine Wright for earning the Robin Roberts/WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship," said Bass. "This scholarship is one I look forward to presenting each year to an individual who will pursue a career in sports communication or journalism. We look forward to watching you excel professionally."

McClafferty and Wright will be formally recognized during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5 p.m. MT Monday, April 2, in the Sheraton Downtown Denver’s Plaza Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four® in Denver.

Greger Named Frontier Freshman of the Year

Frontier Conference commissioner Kent Paulson announced the all-conference men’s basketball team and individual awards today. Three Montana Tech players, Adam Greger, Tyree Haynie and Daniel Simon, were selected second team all-conference after balloting by the league’s coaches. Adam Greger was named the Frontier’s Freshman of the Year.

The Orediggers had their best overall winning percentage in the last ten seasons finishing 11-15 overall and 3-11 in conference play. They defeated three nationally ranked opponents this year with two of those victories coming against conference opponents.

The Orediggers beat than ranked No. 10 Westminster to open the conference season and defeated conference champion MSU-Northern who was ranked No. 13 in the country at the time. Prior to the conference season, Tech handed No. 6 Whitworth their first home loss in 41-games, the longest active streak in NCAA Division III at the time, in December.  It was their first loss to a non-conference opponent since 2000.

"I am very happy to see three of our young men rewarded for their play in the Frontier Conference," said Montana Tech head coach Aaron Woliczko. "We have many talented, hardworking players in our program and I was glad to see the coaches of the Frontier Conference also feel that way."

Senior point guard Tyree Haynie makes his second appearance in as many years on the all-conference team. Last season, the California native was elected second team all-conference.

"Tyree had another great year for us. He was able to beat players off the dribble as well as pull up for the three-point shot," said Woliczko. "This off season Tyree really worked on his perimeter shooting and many nights he shot great percentages."

Haynie was second on the team in scoring with 11.31 points per game on 41.7-percent shooting from the field and 38.2-percent from beyond the arc. Haynie averaged 2.42 rebounds and 1.77 assists per game.

"The game that will always stick out in my mind is when he helped lead us to our win at home against the Frontier Conference Champions MSU-Northern, he put on a tremendous shooting display that really carried us.  I will really miss Tyree."

Junior Daniel Simon transferred to Montana Tech this past off season from Bellevue College in Washington. In his first year with Tech, Simon averaged 9.79 points per game during the conference portion. Simon shot 41.1-percent from the field and averaged 5.08 rebounds a game.

"Daniel had a great Frontier Conference and his hard work paid off.  He became a very good rebounder for us and showed tremendous improvement in his Free Throw shooting from non-conference to conference. "

The 6-6 forward hit double-digit rebounds three times during the conference season including a double-double in the victory against MSU-Northern. In that game, he had 18 points and 14 rebounds. In his last four games of the regular season, he averaged 10.75 points and seven rebounds a game.

"Offensively, Daniel created many mismatches against taller post players that he was able to take advantage of night in and night out," said Woliczko.

In his first season with the Orediggers, Adam Greger is making a statement and coaches are noticing.

"Adam had a sensational year.  He was very consistent throughout the Conference and most nights that meant he was our leading scorer."

Greger led the Orediggers in scoring this season with 12.43 points per game during conference play. He ranked ninth in the conference and was the only freshman in the top fifty players in scoring.

"He was head and shoulders above all other freshmen in our conference and I was glad his efforts were rewarded, there are great things to come from Adam!"

Greger shot 48-percent from the field and 47.6-percent from three-point distance. From the free throw line, he hit 83.3-percent and ranked first in the conference overall and 13th nationally.

"When teams prepared for us this season, they all tried to find ways to stop Adam specifically.  Adam is a tremendous worker and is trying to make himself better each day."

Montana Tech Geophysical Engineering Department Receives Software Grants

The Montana Tech Geophysical Engineering Department was recently awarded two educational software grants. The first is a 3-year software grant continuation from Halliburton’s Landmark Software and Services business line valued at over $20,000,000. The software package is made available to Montana Tech for the sole purposes of University-sponsored research and teaching and use with federal, state, or industry sponsored or originated University projects. The Landmark software will be used by faculty, staff, and students to process and analyze seismic data. This software has also been used on numerous projects including the multi-year Antarctica project.

The second is an educational grant extension for the software package SMT Kingdom Suite. The 3-year grant is valued at $2,330,200. Geophysical engineering students have already used the software for multiple projects including recent work done at the Hanford Nuclear Site, climate change studies in Antarctica, and analysis of seismic data for Ballard Petroleum in Billings. The software comprises an array of modules designed for interpreting seismic and associated well log data. The software is used by both undergraduate and graduate students in the program. 

"These software grants make it possible for our students to use the latest versions of industry standard software for tackling real world geoscience problems," explained Dr. Curtis Link, Montana Tech Geophysical Engineering Department Head. "Employers are always highly impressed with the skill sets our graduates have and their ability to immediately become productive in the work environment."

For more information, please contact Dr. Curtis Link at 406-496-4165.


Three Accounting Technology students from Montana Tech’s College of Technology are assisting Southwest Montana residents prepare their income tax returns. DeAnne Owens, Michelle Schneiter and Julie Schroder are participating in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The VITA Program offers free tax help to people who make $50,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

"I am very proud that my students are participating in the VITA program," said Vickie Petritz, Accounting Technology Instructor. "They worked hard and became certified by the Internal Revenue Service in order to do this volunteer work."

In order to participate in the VITA Program, volunteers must be certified by the IRS. Once qualified, they are allowed to provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals. They can also inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

The Accounting Technology Program at Montana Tech’s College of Technology is a two-year program leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The three IRS-certified students are all nearing the completion of their degree programs.

"These students are giving back to their communities in strong and positive ways," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "Volunteering in the community is one of the good citizenship traits which we foster at Montana Tech and as members of the American Democracy Project."


Students and faculty from Montana Tech’s College of Technology are partnering with the Montana Heritage Commission, the Nevada City Living History Museum and Kenworthy Electric to make improvements to the museum. The students will be assisting in the installation of a 250 sq. ft. photovoltaic solar power array and period-appropriate street lights. The solar array is large enough to offset the museum’s entire electric bill for a yearly cost savings of approximately $7,000.

"One of the hallmarks for the education of our students at Montana Tech is our focus on giving them as much ‘hands-on’ experience as we can," said John Jackam, Instructor in Sustainable Energy Technology. "It does not get any better than this for our students – actual experience on a real project providing wonderful value and benefit to the community."

Members of the Nevada City Living History Museum are holding a fundraiser February 18th and 19th during the Wild West Winter Fest at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Museum Curator, Dan Thayer, said that this fundraiser will help them raise the nearly $28,000 necessary to make this project a reality. Northwestern Energy has already committed to a $6,500 renewable energy grant. Dan Kenworthy of Kenworthy Electric in Sheridan has volunteered his expertise in solar energy to oversee the installation of the system in Nevada City.

Four of the College of Technology’s programs will be involved: the Sustainable Energy Technology Program will be assisting with the installation and commissioning of the solar power system; the Pre-Apprentice Lineman Program will dig the trenches required for the power lines; and both the Carpentry Program and Historic Preservation Program will assist with the installation of the new street light poles.

"This is another of our American Democracy Projects," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "With these projects, in addition to learning their respective academic disciplines, our students are learning the value of being good citizens and giving back to the communities in which they live."

Montana Tech Partners with Board of Oil and Gas for Oilfield Research

The Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation and the Petroleum Engineering Department at Montana Tech are announcing the start of a major engineering study to focus on the Elm Coulee Bakken oil field in eastern Montana. The study will determine the technical and economic feasibility of specific Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods which could be applied in Elm Coulee field to increase future oil production. The Board of Oil and Gas is funding the study on an annual basis for up to five years, for a project total of $864,000. The study will be conducted by faculty and students in the Petroleum Engineering department.

The Elm Coulee Bakken oil field, located in Richland County, MT, is producing from over 700 wells drilled over the past ten years, and completed with horizontal wellbores in the deep Bakken shale formation. The field has been one of the top producing areas in Montana but as the producing oil rates decline, alternate ways must be found to recover oil that would otherwise be left behind. The future potential of remaining oil in the Elm Coulee Bakken is in the range of 500 million barrels. This is the target for the engineering study, to evaluate the use of fluids such as natural gas and carbon dioxide injected into the oil zone to mobilize additional oil. The nature of the Elm Coulee field is that of an unconventional reservoir rock, with horizontal wellbores, and with each well having been hydraulically fracture stimulated in multiple stages. This presents a unique situation where typical EOR technologies have not been studied or tested. Leo Heath, head of the Petroleum Engineering department at Montana Tech, says, "We are excited to be working with technologies that have not been used in this way before." The work is expected to provide a technical and an economic basis for Elm Coulee operating companies to move forward with field pilot tests and eventually with full field EOR development. Tom Richmond, Administrator for the Board of Oil and Gas in Billings said, "The Elm Coulee Field is a major oil asset in Montana and the Board wants to support the work of Montana higher education in providing qualified technical studies that can be used to further increase the economic benefits of oil production in the state." The Elm Coulee EOR Feasibility study is designed to do exactly that.


Luke Buckley, computer software engineer with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG), recently attended the Montana Water Well Drillers Association Annual Convention in Billings. During the convention’s banquet, the Board of Water Well Contractors publicly presented him with a plaque acknowledging his long-standing work developing the MBMG’s Ground Water Information Center (GWIC) and the ‘DrillerWeb’ on-line water-well-log filing system used by Water Well Contractors.

Montana Tech Alumnus Receives Military Engineer of the Year Award

Montana Tech alumnus LT Christopher S. Casne from NAVFAC Hawaii was recently selected as the Military Engineer of the Year for 2012. LT Casne, who graduated from Montana Tech in 2003 with a General Engineering-Civil degree, is a registered engineer in the state of Montana.

LT Casne was the placekicker for the Orediggers under the direction of Coach Bob Green during the 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 seasons. "We recruited Chris from Helena High School where he was an All-State kicker for Coach Tony Arntson," explained Green. "During his career, Chris was exceptional." Casne was a three-time All Frontier Conference selection (one first team, two second team), three-time Academic All-Conference selection, and two-time Academic All American selection. In 2002 Casne received the National Football Foundation's Scholar-Athlete Award. Chris holds the all-time Montana Tech record for extra points with 128 career PAT's. During the 2002 season, Chris served as one of the Orediggers' co-captains, the only kicker to be elected a captain during the Green years.

"Chris Casne represents all that is great about Montana Tech and the United States Navy. All Orediggers everywhere join me in congratulating LT. Casne. Our country is fortunate to have men of his caliber in its service," concluded Green.

Details of LT Casne's accomplishments are listed below. Chris will represent the NAVFAC team on February 23 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., at which time NSPE will announce the 2012 Federal Engineer of the Year.

As the Operations Officer for the 31st Seabee Readiness Group, LT Casne coordinated, researched, and developed operational orders for six military Commands from 2008 to 2010, resulting in balanced tasking for timely execution and desired readiness. He was able to maximize the administrative and operational control functions facilitating training to subordinate units deploying to the Pacific, European, African, and Central Command theaters of operations.

During the winter of 2010, he orchestrated the expeditious embarkation of two Naval Mobile Construction Battalions and 540 pieces of equipment and containers, valued in excess of $72 million, to meet the emergent requirements of the Presidential surge of military forces into Afghanistan. His efforts ensured over 600 military personnel had the equipment, tools, and supplies needed to complete their critical missions.

For thirteen construction projects valued in excess of $31 million, he refined the design, scope of work, and execution plans from 2008 - 2010. The completion of these projects vastly improved the operational capability of the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Seabees and allowed them to forward deploy at a significantly higher operational rating.

From the summer of 2010 to the fall of 2011, as the Facilities Engineering Acquisition Division Team Lead, he managed the timely construction execution of 72 projects valued in excess of $175 million at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Included in this project execution were five Military Construction (MILCON) projects, two of which are targeted to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status as well as "net zero" energy rating. His oversight also greatly aided the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in executing its 20 year modernization plan to maximize maintenance efficiency for U.S. Pacific Fleet vessels.

Montana Tech's Dining Services Receives Gold Award

Montana Tech’s Dining Services was recently issued the Gold Service Award for Excellence in Food Safety from the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department. The BSB Health Department has a set of standards and controls for the preparation and service of food offered to the public. All food service operators must comply with these standards as a minimum to hold and keep their food service license. "While our operation has always done well on our regular inspections, this one was particularly exciting as there were no violations found," said Alan Couture, Director of Montana Tech’s Dining Services. "Additionally, John noted that Montana Tech had gone above and beyond the minimum standards by implementing temperature control charts, keeping them updated daily, and making it part of our operating policy," added Couture. The charts are posted throughout the operation and temperatures are taken throughout the day to maintain food safety standards at Montana Tech. Additionally, Montana Tech’s written policy requires sick employees to stay home and not expose staff and guests to potential health risks. "Our policy states that employees reporting to work with illnesses that are a potential threat to public health (colds, flu, etc.) will be sent home. These two extra steps resulted in Montana Tech receiving this Gold Award," noted Couture.

For more information, please contact Alan Couture at 406-496-4590.


Montana Tech’s Athletic Director Joe McClafferty announced Brian Solomon as the new head volleyball coach for the Orediggers. "We had an outstanding pool of applicants," McClafferty said.

Solomon comes to Tech from Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina. Columbia College is part of the NAIA and National Christian College Athletic Association. In five seasons with the Fighting Koalas, Solomon rebuilt the program and had three straight winning seasons from 2009-11. In 2009, he led Columbia to their first ever 20 plus win season and finished third in the Southern States Athletic Conference and brought 10 SSAC awards to the school. Solomon was the SSAC Coach of the Year that season.

In 2011, Columbia College joined the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Solomon achieved another 20 plus win season for the Koalas and took the team into the AAC tournament semi-finals. His players won the AAC Setter and Libero of the Year awards.

The NAIA’s Champions of Character program is a familiar one to Solomon. Solomon’s teams were co-recipients of the Champions of Character team award two years in a row (2009-10). As a school, Montana Tech had the second highest score in the nation for the award that recognizes competitive athletics, academic excellence and character values.

In addition to his coaching duties, Solomon was the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Affairs at Columbia.

"We are very excited to have a person of Brian’s character and coaching ability as our new head volleyball coach," said McClafferty. "We were attracted to the proven academic and athletic successes that Brian’s teams have exhibited."

Before Solomon was a coach, he was a setter at Hope International in southern California. While at Hope, he led his team to a top ten ranking in NAIA men’s volleyball for three seasons and back-to-back NCCAA National Championships in 2002 and 2003. He was an NCCAA All-American in 2003 and was named Hope International’s Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year in 2004.

"Brian is a wonderful fit for Montana Tech," commented McClafferty. "He is an energetic, technical, competitive coach who believes our athletes are students first."

Every year, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) awards Star scholarships and fellowships representing a $1 million commitment to education. Scholarships are available in all 15 SPE regions to students entering or currently enrolled in universities and pursuing an undergraduate degree related to the oil and gas industry. The fellowships are also available in every region to graduate students pursuing a degree related to the oil and gas industry. Montana Tech Petroleum Engineering graduate student Scyller Borglum received a 2011 SPE Star Fellowship, announced at the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibit in Denver this fall. Scyller, originally from Great Falls, MT, is the first Montana Tech graduate student to receive this fellowship, $10,000 a year, every year until she graduates. There were two fellowships given out for the Rocky Mountain Region and approximately two given out in every other region globally. The other fellowship and only scholarship for the Rocky Mountain Region went to a student from the Colorado School of Mines.
Montana Tech Signs Sentinel’s Bray and Four Other Commitments for 2012

Montana Tech head football coach Chuck Morrell announced the signing of five high school players from Montana and Washington this week. 


“These five student athletes are great additions to the Digger program,” announced coach Morrell. “They excel on the field and in the classroom with majors ranging from petroleum engineering to business. I am proud to welcome them to the Digger Family.”


An offensive upgrade for Tech is Missoula Sentinel’s Alec Bray.  Bray, a 5’11” 175 pound wide receiver and safety, was a standout athlete for the Spartans in both football and basketball.


“Alec is a major signing for our program as he has been one of the biggest offensive threats in AA the last couple of seasons,” commented Morrell. “He is a very gifted natural athlete and will have a significant impact on the Digger offense quickly.”


Playing both ways for the Spartans, Bray will be a wide receiver for the Orediggers. Bray has many accolades at that position. As a junior, Bray was named second team all-conference and honorable mention for special teams. Last season, Bray lead the state in receptions, receiving yards and interceptions. Bray was named first team all-state as a wide receiver and first team all-conference as a wide receiver and free safety. He was elected to the 2012 Shrine game as a wide receiver and selected for the Great Falls Tribune’s Super State Football Team.


Bray also started two years of varsity basketball for Sentinel and played American Legion Baseball. In school, Bray carries a 3.35 GPA and attended the Montana Youth Leadership Conference.


Kendall Shaules, a 6’4” 215 pound offensive guard and defensive end from Huntley Project, will play defensive end for the Orediggers.


“Kendall has the frame and ability to develop as an excellent defensive end in our 3-4 scheme,” said Morrell. “He fits the profile being a long, athletic player.”


Shaules played both ways for Class B Huntley Project High School. This past season, Shaules was named first team all-conference on both sides of the ball. He was named first team all-state as a defensive end and was elected to the 2012 Shrine Game.


Kyle Pederson, a 6’5” 180 pound quarterback and safety from Power High School, will play wide receiver for the Orediggers.


“Kyle is making the transition from being an excellent Class C quarterback to an outside wide receiver for us,” said Morrell. “His length and ability to get off the ground will be something we hope to use to create mismatches in the passing game.”


Pederson was named first team all-conference as a quarterback and safety for Power High School. He was named to the Bob Cleverly All-Star Game. In addition to football, Pederson plays basketball and track. Last year, Pederson was second team all-conference in basketball and placed third in the 110 meter high hurdles at the state track meet.


In academics, Pederson holds a 3.75 GPA. Pederson has been Academic All State for three years.


Jonah Koreski, a 6’1” 280 pound offensive guard and defensive tackle from Vancouver, Washington, will play defensive line for the Orediggers.


“Jonah is a very powerful football player who has already showed Digger toughness playing part of his senior season on a broken leg,” stated Morrell. “That mentality will serve us well on the defensive line in the physical Frontier Conference.”


Koreski played football at Skyview High School in Vancouver. This past season, Koreski was named first team all-conference and first team all-region as a defensive tackle.


Jacob Crawford, a 6’3” 235 pound tight end and linebacker from Tumwater, Washington, will play tight end for the Orediggers.


“Jacob is the prototype of what we were looking for at the tight end position: long, powerful and athletic,” noted Morrell. “Getting him on board has helped at an area that is one of our biggest recruiting target this off season.”


At A.G. West Black Hills High School, Crawford was a captain and given the Iron Man and Most Dedicated Awards by the team. He was named first team all-league as a linebacker and invited to play in the Washington state All-Star Game.


Montana Tech’s first home game is Saturday September 1st against Eastern Oregon.

Machinal Named Player of the Week

Whitefish, MT – Montana Tech freshman shooting guard Mandy Machinal was named the NAIA/Frontier Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Machinal is from Richland, Washington and playing in her first year at Montana Tech. This past weekend, Machinal lead Tech to victory over nationally ranked Montana Western. Montana Western received votes in the latest coach’s poll.


In the win, Machinal scored 37 points, setting a new Montana Tech women’s single game scoring record. She only missed two shots on the night while shooting 9 of 11 from the field and hitting 5 of 6 from three-point range. From the line, she was a perfect 14 of 14. Machinal also had four assists and a steal.


The Orediggers are home again this weekend. Tech will host Rocky Mountain College on Friday and Carroll College on Saturday. 


Joann Puckett, a Native American student at the Montana Tech College of Technology, has recently completed a qualitative research project on the loneliness experience by women confined in a pre-release center. The College of Technology is recognizing her work with the publication of a research poster which will be prominently displayed at the college.


When inmates leave our Montana prisons, many move to pre-release centers – sort of half-way houses intended to offer them help and support prior to being fully discharged from the prison system. Notwithstanding the crimes they committed, the better the issues experienced during their pre-release time can be understood, the greater the chance that the prisoners will successfully re-integrate into society and not re-offend.


“I found in my research that women experience significant loneliness during their time in pre-release,” said Ms. Puckett. “They are separated from their friends and families, especially their children. I know this not only because of my research, but because there was a time in my life when I had to spend time in pre-release. I know what it is like and how difficult it is.”


Ms. Puckett’s research, conducted at the Butte Pre-Release Center, found that women in pre-release use four mechanisms as they cope with their feelings of loneliness: learning to find self-identity, learning to find self-acceptance, learning to make good decisions, and learning how to change for the future.


“Joann has shown tremendous strength and determination in her commitment to this study,” said Dr. Elyse Lovell, Faculty Sponsor for this student research. “It is with certitude that she pursues her education and writing, and in turn her research is giving back and making positive contributions to society.”

“One of the most profound things I learned in this process,” said Ms. Puckett. “Is that changes are challenges that we cannot deny; they remain with us throughout our lifetime.”


For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.

Higher Education Commissioner to Hold Listening Session at Montana Tech

Recently appointed Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian will host a public listening session at Montana Tech from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Copper Lounge.


After a welcome and introduction by University of Montana President Royce Engstrom, Christian will share a brief overview of system goals and then invite questions and comments from members of the campus and Butte communities regarding their perspectives on Montana higher education.


Christian formerly served as Montana Board of Regents chairman. He recently was hired to replace Sheila Stearns as the new commissioner of higher education. Stearns announced her retirement last May after serving in the role since 2003. 


For more information call Amanda Badovinac, Montana Tech director of marketing & public relations, at 406-496-4828.



Recent graduates of the Montana Tech College of Technology Lineman Program participated and scored significantly well in the 19th Annual Montana Lineman’s Rodeo. This year, it was held at Pelican Point in Cascade, Montana.


Tech Lineman Program graduates participating in the rodeo were:  Jason Beatty, Vance Forsman, John McGillis, Dane Okerland, Michael (Troy) Ramey and Travis Reynolds. Dane Okerland placed 3rd and Vance Forsman placed 5th (out of 85) in the Top Apprentice – Overall category. Dane also scored first in the Overall Speed Climb. Dane and Vance also finished 3rd and 5th (out of 63) respectively in the Construction category. Additionally, Dane placed 2nd in the Hurt Man Rescue. Travis Reynolds, Jason Beatty, Michael (Troy) Ramey scored 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Top Line School category.


“I was really proud of our graduates,” said Bob McCormick, Montana Tech Lineman Instructor. “They competed successfully against seasoned professionals as well as guys from other lineman programs.”


This event promotes safety and pride to the utility work. In the lineman’s rodeo, linemen, apprentices, groundmen, operators, tree trimmers and anyone who works around power lines or does utility work may competes, but everyone has fun. This year, in addition to the Montana Tech Lineman Program graduates, there were competitors from NorthWestern Energy, Contractors, Montana Electric Cooperatives Association, and many other utility and contractors from all over the United States.


“I am very pleased that our Lineman Program graduates were so successful in the rodeo competition,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. “From my perspective, however, the fact that they did so well tells me that our Lineman Program is doing its job by providing superior training to the next generation of lineman professionals.”


For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.

Contract not being Renewed for Montana Tech Volleyball Coach

The contract for Montana Tech’s head volleyball coach Marilyn Tobin will not be renewed at the end of the fiscal year. Tobin, who coached the Oredigger Volleyball Team for the past 22 years, will no longer have coaching duties at Montana Tech but will teach during the spring semester. 

"On behalf of Montana Tech, the Athletic Department, and Digger volleyball, I would like to thank Coach Tobin for all she has done for Digger Volleyball for the past 22 years," explained Joe McClafferty, Montana Tech Athletic Director. Chancellor Don Blackketter added, "Tech appreciates the positive impact Coach Tobin has had on our student-athletes and we expect that Marilyn will continue to be a great ambassador for women’s athletics and Montana Tech."

Coach Tobin was the first former Oredigger to take over the reins of the Montana Tech volleyball program. This fall, Tobin completed her 22nd year as head coach. During her time at the helm, Tobin compiled a frontier conference record of 126-136. During the past four years, Tobin’s teams compiled a 16-40 conference record and the 2011 team was 1-15 against conference teams.

Montana Tech will immediately begin the search for a new head volleyball coach. "We hope to have a new coach in place by the end of the year," said McClafferty.

Tech Volleyball Players Named Scholar Athletes

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) named the volleyball 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes last Friday. Three athletes from the 2011 Montana Tech Volleyball team were named as Scholar Athletes: Allyse Cruise, Shersteen Cline and Katie Petteys.

Student-athletes are nominated by their institution’s head coach and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order qualify for the honor.

“I am very proud of my players. This is the second year in a row that all three have been selected as Scholar Athletes,” commented Montana Tech Head Volleyball coach Marilyn Tobin. “It is extremely difficult to balance collegiate athletics and school.” “Allyse, Katie and Shersteen have done a tremendous job of that. It really has been a wonderful experience coaching these types of student athletes for 22 years.”

Allyse Cruise, a 5-8 libero from Liberty, SK, led the Lady Diggers in digs this past season. During the Houston Tournament early in the season, Cruise made the Tech record books by totaling 32 digs and placed her second for most digs in a match.

Shersteen Cline, a 5-11 outside hitter from Big Sandy, had 109 kills in only 49 games this season. Cline averaged 2.66 kills and 0.39 blockers per game.

 Katie Petteys, a 6-0 middle blocker from Thompson Falls, averaged 0.62 kills and 0.21 blocks per game this past season.

The Science Mine Opens to the Community


The Science Mine will open its doors into a world of hands-on science discovery during the Christmas Stroll in Uptown Butte, December 2, from 5-9 p.m. The Science Mine is located in the Historic Sears Building at 32 E. Granite St.

Science enthusiasts of all ages can come and explore the 14 different exhibits The Science Mine currently has on display. You can “Look Into Infinity”, learn about “Color TV and Magnetism”, “Duck Into Kaleidoscope” and much, much more.

Friday night’s exhibits will be demonstrated by Montana Tech’s Campus Corps and Circle K groups as well as other Science Mine volunteers.

This event is 20 years in the making, as a group of Butte citizens strived to provide a family-fun environment to make, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play, and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts engineering, science and technology in the community.

Through the years, members of the Science Mine gathered and salvaged hundreds of apparatus, parts and pieces for future exhibits. The hardest part of organizing The Science Mine was finding and funding a location. In 2006, the developer’s packet for the Historic Sears Building planned to include providing a home for The Science Mine.

The Science Mine is operated primarily by volunteers, but has received funding for exhibits from NorthWestern Energy and PPL. It has also received operating funds from several local companies.

For further information on attending the Grand Opening of The Science Mine contact Theresa Seccomb 406.496.4124 or tseccomb@mtech.edu. For more information on volunteering for the Science Mine Contact contact Kelly Hancock at 406.221.7495 or director@sciencemine.org.

Students Help Tech Join National Network

Montana Tech’s Civil Engineering Technology students and faculty, in cooperation with the Montana Department of Transportation and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), have successfully completed a project to establish a Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) at the College of Technology. The Tech CORS joins a nationwide network of stations that provide Global Navigation Satellite System data to support three-dimensional positioning, meteorology, space, weather, and geophysical applications.

Led by Civil Engineering Technology faculty member, Eric Martin, students participated in almost every stage of the process of establishing the CORS. “I am really proud of our students for their work on this very important and very technical project,” said Martin. “There are CORS stations in Missoula, Helena, Dillon and Bozeman, but the Butte-Silver Bow area was not covered – until now. The students were really excited to be part of this national initiative which has such a significant impact on all of our lives.”


The NGS is a federal agency which provides the framework for all positioning activities in the nation, including latitude, longitude, elevation and shoreline information, all of which contribute to informed decision making and which impact a wide range of important activities including mapping and charting, flood risk determination, transportation, land use and ecosystem management.


Because so many people rely on the data recorded by the CORS, the establishment of the station at the College of Technology had to meet very strict national requirements. For example, the station location and installation had to be extremely stable and not subject to even the slightest movement; and it had to be set in a location which has significant visibility to the various US, Russian and European satellites. Students in the College of Technology’s Metal Fabrication Program, let by their instructor, Dennis Noel, assisted in the fabrication of the mount on which the station was fixed. Cory Woolverton, the College’s Network Technician, provided network support to direct the CORS data to the appropriate server directories.


“I am pleased to report that this project qualifies as one of Montana Tech’s American Democracy Projects,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. “ADP projects help students understand that they are part of a community greater than just the university community and that they have a responsibility to be good citizens for that greater community. This project meets all of those goals in wonderful ways.”


For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.


Frontier Conference commissioner Kent Paulson announced the 2011 all-conference volleyball teams and individual award winners. Rocky Mountain College had the most selections with six and Lewis-Clark State College had five.


True freshman, Emily Lobnitz was the lone Oredigger to make an appearance on the all-conference teams. A freshman from Sunnyvale, TX, Lobnitz was selected to the Frontier Conference All-Freshman Team. Lobnitz is a 6-2 middle blocker for the ‘Diggers. In her first season, Lobnitz had 177 kills and a hitting efficiency of 0.184. Lobnitz is majoring in Environmental Engineering.   


“Emily played consistently well against top 25 teams, 3 of which are in our conference. She hit .400 against Lewis-Clark (9th in nation) at their place, and hit .333 against Carroll (#23),” commented volleyball head coach Marilyn Tobin. “It was nice to see Emily get recognized as a top player this year by not only our Frontier volleyball coaches, but other coaches outside our conference, as she was named to the all-tournament team at the St. Thomas tournament in Houston.”

Oredigger Volleyball Signs Two Montana Athletes for the 2012 Roster

Cortney Dix, a senior from Arlee, MT, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for the Montana Tech Oredigger volleyball team.  Cortney is a 5’6” setter who has been selected to the Class C All-Conference Team since her freshman year.  She was also named All-State her junior year and will likely be recognized this year as an All-Conference and an All-State team member.  She has been named three years in a row to the Academic All-State Team and has been on the high honor roll for four years.  Cortney is a member of Business Professionals of America, Close-Up, and Pep-Club.  She will be graduating early from high school and will attend Montana Tech this spring majoring in Nursing.

Dix on why she chose Montana Tech, “After visiting Montana Tech, I felt like it could be my home away from home where I could continue to play the sport I love while earning a degree in the medical field.  I am very excited about the choice that I made and cannot wait to see all that the school has to offer.”

Coach Marilyn Tobin is also excited to have Dix this spring.  “I am very excited to have Cortney on campus for the spring semester.  She will get a huge head start on next year’s true freshmen.  She is a terrific setter with very good ball placement and set selection,” said Tobin

The Orediggers also signed Ennis standout Mikayla Sullivan.  Mikayla is a 6’ middle blocker and setter for the successful Mustangs, and plans on majoring in Biology.  She was a member of the Class C State Championship Team in 2009 and has led her team to a 2nd place finish at state in both 2010 and 2011.  In the exciting state championship match last weekend against Manhattan Christian, Mikayla tallied 37 kills and 12 blocks.  She is a National Honor Society member for the last three years and an Academic All-State member for the past three years in basketball and volleyball.  She was Academic All-State two years for track and one year for golf. Mikayla was named All-Conference for both volleyball and basketball since her freshman year and will likely be awarded those honors this year.  She was an All-State selection last spring for golf; her freshman and sophomore year for track; her sophomore, junior, and most likely her senior year for both basketball and volleyball.

Sullivan on why she chose Montana Tech, “I feel like Montana Tech will provide me with an excellent education & I really like the positive atmosphere that the coaching staff & players provide.”

Coach Tobin is extremely happy to have signed one of the best players in the state. “Mikayla is such a great player, and can play any position on the floor.  She is a great blocker, and her offensive ability has really improved her senior season.  I can’t wait to get her on the court,” said Tobin.

Tech's Programming Team Successful at ACM Regional Programming Competition

Montana Tech’s Computer Science and Software Engineering students recently returned from the ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition’s Rocky Mountain Regional Contest held on the campus of Neumont University in South Jordan, Utah. Montana Tech sent two teams, Team A and Team 1, to compete against teams from Neumont University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. The Rocky Mountain Region covers Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Eastern Nevada, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.  


Team A placed 1st at their site, which landed them an overall ranking of 6th out of 50 registered regional teams. Team A was comprised of seniors, Tyler Lee, Chris Tenda, and Matthew Burt. “The competition was a lot of fun,” explained Lee. “This is my favorite type of programming. It is just a blast.” Each 3-person team was given 1 computer and 10 problems to solve. Team A completed 5 problems in the 5-hour period.


Team 1 placed 19th overall solving 4 problems in the time period. Team 1 included juniors Zach Wormgoor and Mitchell Meyer, and sophomore Matthew Morris. Both teams are coached by Montana Tech Associate Professor Frank Ackermann and Assistant Professor Keith Vertanen.


“I am happy with our teams’ efforts at the regional contest,” said Ackermann. “This is the first time one of our teams has placed first at their regional site in at least five years. We also moved up in the regional rankings.”


The IBM-sponsored ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, the most prestigious computer programming competition of its kind, challenges thousands of university students from across the globe to solve a semesters’ worth of curricula in mere hours. At the completion of the preliminary rounds, 100 teams from approximately 90 countries on 6 continents will earn their once-in-lifetime opportunity at the contest’s World Finals on May 14, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.


In September, Montana Tech won the Montana qualifying contest on the campus of Montana State University against a field of 10 teams from Carroll College, The University of Montana, UM College of Technology, and Montana State University.





17th Annual Peggy Sarsfield Tournament

The 17th Annual Peggy Sarsfield Tournament will take place at Kelvin Sampson Court at the HPER Complex on Montana Tech campus November 25th and 26th. Montana Tech’s Women’s Basketball team and coaches will supervise and ref the 3-on-3 tournament and clinic.


The tournament has six separate divisions for girls and boys from grades 3 through 8. The first place team in each division will receive a unique Champion Sweatshirt. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, admission to the clinic on Saturday, and free admission to the Lady Digger basketball game against top rated Point Loma University on Friday night.  


For more information about the tournament, please contact Montana Tech’s assistant basketball coach Lindsie Wilson at 801-376-0092 or lwilson@mtech.edu. Registration forms are available at www.godiggers.com.

Montana Tech Signs Two for Basketball

Montana Tech head basketball Coach Aaron Woliczko announced two signees for the Orediggers 2012 basketball team this week. Butte High senior Austin Davis and Clint Williams from Dutton-Brady High School in Dutton, MT chose Tech for their academic future and continuing their already successful basketball careers.


Austin Davis, a 6-6, 225 lb. forward, will continue to play basketball for his hometown and continue in family footsteps. “I want to attend Montana Tech because both my parents went there and my mom, Shelly, also played basketball and volleyball for Tech,” said Davis. “I plan on majoring in Mining Engineering.”


Davis, who has a 3.8 GPA, is a National Honors Society and Science National Honors Society member. In addition to his academic honors, Davis has a strong sense of community. Davis has been a Special Olympics referee for the past three years and was the emcee for the state awards ceremony last year. He has been an active volunteer with the Butte Chamber of Commerce, St. Ann’s Church and involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past three years. Davis also participated in track for the Bulldogs and attended Boys State this past June.


“I have really enjoyed getting to know Austin the past year,” commented coach Woliczko. “He has a tremendous sense of community and is proud to be a Butte native, that’s why I believe it was an easy decision for him to choose Montana Tech. Austin has a great work ethic and I have seen a great amount of improvement over the summer. He will add size to our post position and after all you can’t teach that!”


Clint Williams, 6-6 and 210 lbs., is coming to Tech from a very successful program where he was one of four all-state players at Dutton-Brady High School. While leading his team in points per game, rebounds and blocks, he was first team all-conference, all-state and Class C All-Tournament Team last year.


“I chose Montana Tech because of its excellent academics, it’s coaching staff and I believe that the program is heading in the right direction and will be successful in the near future,” said Williams about his choice. “I believe that Tech is a great fit for my personality and I’m excited to be a Digger!”


Second year head coach Aaron Woliczko is excited about his future player and skills he will bring to the Orediggers.


“Clint is a great player with a bright future at Montana Tech,” commented coach Woliczko. “I have gotten a chance to really get to know him during the recruiting process and I feel he not only is a great basketball player but a tremendous young man. Clint will add size to our forward position where he will start his career as a post, because of his toughness, then hopefully finish his career on the perimeter due to his great skill level.”


Montana Tech is on the road until December. The Orediggers will be playing tournaments during November in Caldwell, ID and Salem, OR.


Montana Tech will sponsor a Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 9th at noon in the Copper Lounge of the Student Union Building. The event has two purposes: first, it is intended to demonstrate honor, respect and appreciation for Tech students, faculty, staff and alumni who are veterans; and second, it is intended to coincide with the national recognition of Veteran’s Day.


“We feel a special responsibility toward and affinity for our students who are veterans,” said Paul Beatty, Tech’s Dean of Students. “We know the many sacrifices they have made in order to serve our country. We want to thank them and let them know that they are genuinely appreciated.”


The scheduled speaker at the Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon will be Jack L. Bailey, Jr. Mr. Bailey serves as Director of Veterans’ Education and Training at the Montana Office of Public Instruction.


Montana Tech is starting a student veterans’ organization the purpose of which is to provide a close community for its student-veterans by maintaining a productive environment between the student veteran community and the university administration, faculty, and student body. Tech also provides student-veterans tutoring as well as special advising for disability services and educational benefits.

Paine named Basketball Player of the Week

A.J. Paine of Montana Tech was named the Frontier Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. Paine is a 6-0, senior guard from Billings, MT. Montana Tech won two games over the weekend, beating Black Hills State 70-49 and Dickinson State 60-57.


Against Dickinson State, the Orediggers had trailed for the entire game when Paine hit a 3-pointer that tied the game and propelled Tech to the three point victory. For the weekend, he averaged 14.5 ppg and four rebounds. He hit 57 percent of his field goals and 90 percent of his free throws.


Montana Tech's Connor O'Neill Named Player of the Week

Connor O’Neill of Montana Tech was named the Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance this past weekend. A senior linebacker for the Orediggers, O’Neill led his team to a 34-14 victory over No. 24 Rocky Mountain College. O’Neill had 9 solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one tackle for a loss and an interception returned 33 yards for a touchdown. His touchdown came in the second quarter and gave the Orediggers the lead. Rocky was unable to create any momentum the rest of the game.


O’Neill is from Butte, MT and a graduate of Butte High. This season, O’Neill is leading the Orediggers in total tackles with 62 and tackles for a loss with 11. He led the Orediggers in tackles last season with 55 and surpassed that mark this past weekend. O’Neill is majoring in Metallurgical Engineering at Tech.

Professor Morrison's Research Recognized by The Wall Street Journal

Montana Tech Electrical Engineering professor John Morrison’s research on battery diagnostics was recognized by The Wall Street Journal in their 2011 Technology Innovation Award competition. His research, sponsored by the Idaho National Laboratory, previously received a prestigious R&D 100 Award.

Professor John W. Ray to Present at National Communication Association

Professor John W. Ray of Montana Tech's Liberal Studies Department has had a paper accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in New Orleans in November. The title of Professor Ray's presentation is: Parliamentary Procedure: A Voice for Deliberation.

The paper examines how adhering to the proper rules for conducting a debate or discussion can reduce the rancor we see so often in our public discourse and increase the level of civility.

Professor Ray teaches courses at Montana Tech in communications, public policy and political science. In July, 2011 Professor Ray had an article entitled: "Civic Friendship, Civility and Deliberation: The Role of Parliamentary Procedure" published in Parliamentary Journal, the national publication of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He is a past president of the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice.

Professor Ray is currently working on a book that examines the contemporary significance of American Transcendentalists such as Thoreau and Emerson.

Good Fences Make Good Students

Montana Tech is known for helping students apply what they learn in real world situations. This concept has been clearly on display at the College of Technology where students are manufacturing and installing a new ornamental iron fence along Basin Creek Road replacing the old chain link fence. Students in the Metals Fabrication Program have worked in coordination with Civil Engineering Technology students on the project.


“I think this project is perfect for my students,” said Dennis Noel, Metals Fabrication instructor. “There is a strong academic component to the project. They had to understand the design, then perform to some exacting standards in the fabrication of the fence and then had to coordinate their work with the input from the Civil Engineering Technology students. This is exactly what they will face in the real world of metals fabrication work.”


Civil Engineering Technology students, led by their instructor, Eric Martin, helped in the project by quantifying the slope of the land along the street frontage. The information about the slope was then used by the Metals Fabrication students in calculating the fit of the fence down the slope.


The fence is being constructed with decorative ornamental iron. The design of the fence has a contemporary flair but one which is reminiscent of the iconic arch over the main entrance to the North Campus.


“This is a wonderful academic exercise,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. “Because of that fact, the fence will be completed over a period of semesters. And I am confident that the many students who work on this project will, in the future, point with pride to that fence and their superior workmanship.”


For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.

Students Hit the High Points

A group of Montana Tech students took-on a research project to measure and confirm the elevation of Silver Bow County’s highest point. Led by their instructor, Eric Martin, Tech students, Fred Hackenberg, Chris Muhlbeier, Larissa Watson (Civil Engineering Technology) and Jon Craig (General Engineering – Civil), set out on their journey to Table Mountain - one of the Highland Mountain peaks.


“We decided to approach Table Mountain by hiking along the crest of the Highlands via Red Mountain,” said student, Fred Hackenberg. “We were able to drive to within 700 feet of the summit of Red Mountain. Then it was a two and a half mile steep hike to the peak of Table Mountain. The view is really beautiful up there.”


The appropriately named Highland Mountains share their peaks with Silver Bow and Madison Counties. Table Mountain is the highest peak in the Highlands and the 174th highest point in Montana. Because Table Mountain lacks a clear, definable peak, the students guessed that this was the reason why the US Geological Service maps denote an indefinite county boundary between Silver Bow and Madison in this vicinity.


“Of course, peak is not the best descriptor of Table Mountain because there is no prominent peak,” said student, Larissa Watson. “Actually, it is more of a high, broad plateau, but our clinometer identified a high point and GPS measurements verified the published 10,223 foot elevation. And, yes, the view is spectacular.”


“I had the students use benchmarks in Butte and Whitehall,” said Civil Engineering Technology Instructor, Eric Martin. “We then placed a third GPS receiver on the summit of Red Mountain and we hauled a fourth receiver up to Table Mountain. I wanted the students to understand the process of using GPS on a project site is the same, whether you’re working on a small construction site, or gasping for air on top of a mountain. I cannot think of a better way to enjoy a late-summer afternoon in southwest Montana than being on top of Table Mountain.”


For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.


Montana Tech Lands Second in the Nation with Champions of Character Five Star Award

Montana Tech scored the second highest in the nation in the NAIA’s Champions of Character Five Star Award released today by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Seven schools from the Frontier Conference will receive the award, but Montana State University-Northern was the only other Frontier Conference school to break into the top 25 institutions.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics boasts a proud reputation for promoting competitive athletics, academic excellence and character values. The Scorecard Process is based on the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. The NAIA will recognize 220 colleges and universities and 23 conferences with the Champions of Character Five Star Award. To receive the award members scored 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard.

“In today’s complex college athletic environments – where success is sometimes only measured by wins and losses – strengthening effective athletic departments and leadership is key to advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics,” said Kristin Gillette, NAIA Director of Champions of Character. “The Scorecard supports and recognizes member institutions and conferences using sport as a vehicle to teach life lessons. No doubt this is a point of differentiation in college athletics and making a huge impact on our 60,000 student-athletes.”

The initiative supports performance-driven athletics while defining expectations and standards that drive successful teams and athletic departments. Institutions were measured based on demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character Scorecard. The Scorecard was created to convert the NAIA’s vision and strategy into measurable goals. Institutions earned points based on the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Points were earned for exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

Over 80% of member institutions and all member conferences were named to the Five Star list. Cornerstone (Mich.) had the best score at 103 points and Montana Tech was second with 97 points. Other Frontier schools that made the list were MSU-Northern (86), Rocky Mountain College (82), Carroll College (79), Lewis-Clark State College (75), University of Montana-Western (66), University of Great Falls (65), and Westminster (60).

Montana Tech hosts 1st Annual Montana Tech Volunteer Fair

The Montana Tech Career Services and Technical Outreach departments have partnered to sponsor the 1st Annual Montana Tech Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. This will be a great opportunity for local non-profit organizations to tap into one of Butte’s most valuable resources…student volunteers.


Volunteers are more important than ever with budget cuts looming over many non-profit and government organizations. The Volunteer Fair is an opportunity to bring volunteers and organizations together in one convenient place. Volunteerism, an important part of the college experience, teaches students valuable lessons in community engagement and using their education to serve their communities. It also allows students to gain work experience while helping community partners to address critical needs. “Some employers look for students who not only excel in their studies, but also are civic-minded,” says Sarah Raymond, Director of Career Services. “Helping students while assisting the community is a win-win for campus as well as Butte.”


The Volunteer Fair on October 12th will be held from 10 AM – 2 PM in the Montana Tech Student Union Building (SUB) Copper Lounge. We look forward to this opportunity to help organizations network with students who are interested in giving back to their community.


This is a free event for non-profit organizations and attendees. Organizations can register online through DIGGERecruiting at www.mtech.edu/career. Whether or not you can attend the fair, you can reach out to Montana Tech students online regarding any opportunities within your organization. Post these opportunities as volunteer jobs through DIGGERecruiting. Contact Career Services at careerservices@mtech.edu or 406.496.4140 with any questions.

X-RAY Laboratory Grand Opening at Montana Tech

Montana Tech is celebrating the grand opening of its new, state of the art x-ray laboratory in the College of Technology. The grand opening is scheduled for Friday, September 30th at 3:00 pm at the College of Technology. All students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend. The new x-ray equipment and laboratory will be utilized by students in the Associate of Applied Science Radiologic Technology Program who, upon graduation, are planning to become Radiologic Technologists.


“Radiologic Technologists, we also call them ‘Rad Techs,’ have a significant amount of pure academic material to learn and absorb,” said Dan Owens, Chair of the Health Programs Department and Instructor in the program. “But, there is also a significant hands-on, clinical component to their education. This x-ray equipment and lab will provide our students with many more opportunities to practice and perfect their clinical skills. Ultimately, their patients will benefit with better health outcomes.”


At a cost of $105,000, the x-ray equipment and laboratory will help students apply in real world situations what they learn in the lab. Included in the equipment is a special mannequin. The mannequin is an anatomically and radiologically correct female used for training and teaching purposes. Because the x-ray machine is a working x-ray machine and because it is inappropriate for students to practice on actual humans, the students will use the mannequin to learn how to correctly position patients.


“I want the taxpayers of Montana to know that we spent their money carefully,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. “And we have constructed a state of the art laboratory for Montana’s sons and daughters who will be educated here.”


For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.


The Montana Tech Campus Corps team will spend Saturday afternoon, October 1 from 12-4, “digging” out The Science Mine, a hands-on science discovery center serving Butte and all of Southwest Montana. Located in the Historic Sears Building, a mixed-use redevelopment project located in the heart of Uptown Butte, the Science Mine, slated to open in December 2011, will offer residents and visitors the opportunity to “play around with science” in a safe, secure and welcoming environment.


The Campus Corps team will invite other Montana Tech student organizations to help clean out the Science Mine location and help the organization come closer to reaching its goal of opening in December. Students and student organizations interested in participating in the work day should contact Ashley Makowski at amakowski@mtech.edu or 406-496-4692.


The mission of the Science Mine is to provide a family fun environment to make, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, science, and technology in our community. 


“Our goal is to encourage scientific literacy for all people by exploiting our natural inquisitiveness and love of play,” said Science Mine director, Mary Ann Harrington-Baker.


A group of Butte citizens has been working for over 20 years to put The Science Mine in place. Through the years of talking, members of The Science Mine working group gathered and salvaged hundreds of apparatus, parts and pieces for future exhibits, developing an extensive storehouse of parts.


“What The Science Mine needed was a place and the 2006 developer’s packet for the Historic Sears Building was planned to included providing a home for The Science Mine,” said Harrington-Baker.


With bricks and mortar in place, the vision of the founders was closer to reality and ready to formalize the organizational structure. The Science Mine was officially organized in 2007 as a Montana Non-Profit Organization and obtained its 501(c)(3) status. 


The Science Mine is operated primarily by volunteers, but has received funding for exhibits from NorthWestern Energy and PPL. It has also received operating funds from several local companies.  


This project is funded by the Governor’s Office of Community Service. If student organizations are unable to donate their time, they can still donate cleaning supplies and painting materials for the project by contacting Ashley Makowski.

Montana Tech Alum receives the 2011 Robert Peele Memorial Award

Montana Tech alum Chris Roos has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Robert Peele Memorial Award from the Mining & Exploration (M&E) Division of the Society of Mining Engineers of AIME (SME). The award is given for the best paper related to the M&E Division, published in an SME publication within a two-year period. The primary author must be an SME member not over 35 years of age.


Chris graduated from Montana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering in 2007 and a master’s degree in Mining Engineering in 2008. His paper, “Estimating Excavator Teeth Consumption,” was published in the August 2010 issue of Mining Engineering magazine. The paper was Chris’ publishable paper thesis for his master’s degree and was the result of a research project funded by Newmont Mining, a Montana Tech KEY VIP. Chris worked in the Montana Tech Mining Engineering Department as a visiting Assistant Professor during the 2010–2011 school year. Chris is currently employed as a Mining Engineer with Newmont Mining Corporation at their corporate headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

Montana Tech Students Earn Top Spot at Computer Programming Contest

A student computer programming team from Montana Tech competed in the Montana qualifying Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest this past weekend on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman. The Montana Tech team placed first among a field of 10 teams from Carroll College, The University of Montana, UM College of Technology, and Montana State University. The Montana Tech team consisted of students, Tyler Lee, Chris Tenda, and Zach Wormgour.

The contest challenges teams of three university students to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline. At the competition, the teams were given several problems to solve with a goal of solving as many problems as possible during the contest period. The solutions to the problems must be submitted as programs in one of the programming languages Java, C, or C++.

As the winning team, Montana Tech will compete at a regional competition site in Utah on Saturday, October 29th. Prior to heading to the competition in Bozeman, the Montana Tech team practiced on Friday afternoons and held debriefings Monday afternoon. "This team has some brilliant computer programmers on it, but even for them practice and study are essential," said Associate Professor and team coach Frank Ackermann. "I have high hopes that their hard work pays off–the competition at the regional level is fierce!"

X-RAY Laboratory Grand Opening at Montana Tech

Montana Tech is celebrating the grand opening of its new, state of the art x-ray laboratory in the College of Technology. The grand opening is scheduled for Friday, September 30th at 3:00 pm at the College of Technology. All students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend. The new x-ray equipment and laboratory will be utilized by students in the Associate of Applied Science Radiologic Technology Program who, upon graduation, are planning to become Radiologic Technologists.

"Radiologic Technologists, we also call them ‘Rad Techs,’ have a significant amount of pure academic material to learn and absorb," said Dan Owens, Chair of the Health Programs Department and Instructor in the program. "But, there is also a significant hands-on, clinical component to their education. This x-ray equipment and lab will provide our students with many more opportunities to practice and perfect their clinical skills. Ultimately, their patients will benefit with better health outcomes."

At a cost of $105,000, the x-ray equipment and laboratory will help students apply in real world situations what they learn in the lab. Included in the equipment is a special mannequin. The mannequin is an anatomically and radiologically correct female used for training and teaching purposes. Because the x-ray machine is a working x-ray machine and because it is inappropriate for students to practice on actual humans, the students will use the mannequin to learn how to correctly position patients."I want the taxpayers of Montana to know that we spent their money carefully," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "And we have constructed a state of the art laboratory for Montana’s sons and daughters who will be educated here."

Montana Tech Awarded Military Friendly School Title from G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Montana Tech the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America agrees, "The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans."

Service members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.

"We are pleased to be named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs for the second year in a row," announced Tony Campeau, Director of Enrollment Management at Montana Tech. "This demonstrates that our Veterans’ Services team is making sure student veterans receive the best education and experience at Montana Tech. We believe we are a military friendly school and should be a top choice for veterans." 

The 1,518 colleges, universities, and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. 

"A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools ® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The newly redesigned website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans with their school decisions. 

For more information, call the veterans’ certifying officials, Chrissy or Kristin, at 406-496-4256.


Montana Tech has been ranked in the top tier of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. Montana Tech earned the No. 1 spot for public colleges as one of America’s “Best Regional Colleges (West)” and also ranked No. 40 for “Best in Undergraduate Engineering” in the recently released Best Colleges 2012 guidebook.


Montana Tech was recognized in the No. 1 spot for public regional colleges in the category “Best Regional Colleges-West Region" for institutions that "focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than half of all bachelor’s degrees granted) and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.” Montana Tech was ranked in the No. 6 spot overall. Montana Tech’s 2012 rankings are up from last year. In the 2011 edition, Tech landed in the No. 4 spot among public baccalaureate colleges in the West and No. 10 overall.


Montana Tech also received a new listing by U.S. News this year. Tech was ranked in the category “Best in Undergraduate Engineering.” Montana Tech earned the No. 40 spot among top programs at engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. U.S. News ranks undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET. The rankings are based solely on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty at all accredited programs, conducted during the spring of 2011.


“These rankings are exciting,” announced Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. “We are proud to once again be listed in the Princeton Review’s guidebook and are thrilled with our new listing as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate engineering. We are very proud of the students who attend Montana Tech and it is vitally important that our current and future students realize and value the education we strive to offer each day in the classroom.”


The exclusive rankings, which include rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available at  http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges?ref=home, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report due out September 20.

Oredigger Football vs. Rocky Game Time Change
The start time for the Montana Tech vs. Rocky Mountain College football game scheduled for this Saturday, September 17 in Billings has been moved from 3:00 pm to 1:00 pm.


SM Energy Donates to Montana Tech

SM Energy, an independent energy company, presented a $16,000 donation to Montana Tech today. Mike Whillock and Rob Diedrich, representing SM Energy, presented the check to Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter and Montana Tech Department representatives.


The donation is in support of Montana Tech’s comprehensive campaign, Strengthening Foundations...Ensuring the Future. Montana Tech’s campaign efforts are focused on raising funds for students, programs, faculty, and capital projects at Montana Tech. SM Energy’s donation will be directed toward enhancing Tech’s Geological and Petroleum Engineering Departments and the Office of Career Services.


Since 2007, SM Energy has attended and recruited at Montana Tech’s Career Fair. “Currently SM has a solid contingency of Montana Tech alumni working for them,” noted Blackketter. “SM Energy investing in our students is truly SM investing in the future of their own company. Montana Tech is proud to have companies like SM Energy as a member of the Tech family.”


 “We recognize Montana Tech as a great organization to support,” said Whillock. “A lot of our successes come from Montana Tech students,” added Diedrich. “We know our investments are paying off by all the Montana Tech license plates in our parking lot.” Whillock also complimented Montana Tech and the Butte community for producing such high quality, dedicated college graduates.


For more information about SM Energy and Montana Tech’s internship programs, please contact Amanda Badovinac, Director of Public Relations, at 406-496-4828 or abadovinac@mtech.edu.


Julie Hart, Associate Professor of Safety, Health and Industrial Hygiene (SHIH) presented a paper titled Evaluating the Impact of Weatherization Procedures on Homes with Vermiculite Attic Insulation and or Other Asbestos Containing Materials at the Johnson Conference at the University of Vermont. SHIH Department Head Terry Spear also attended. Spear and Hart have published several papers pertaining to potential public and occupational exposures to Libby amphibole asbestos. Hart’s presentation was a summary of a three year research project conducted in 37 Montana homes.

Montana Tech gearing up for 12th Annual Montana Tech Career Fair

The 12th Annual Montana Tech Career Fair signals excitement for both students and recruiters.  After the national economic downturn, the 2011 fair will host over 100 companies, many with global connections, on September 8th.  Fair hours are 8:30a.m. – 3:30p.m in the HPER Complex.  “We are so excited about the 33% increase in recruiter participation,” said Career Services Director Sarah Raymond.  “Tech’s reputation for producing top-notch students continues to draw a wide variety of interest from several various industries.”  Sarah encourages all Montana Tech students to create or update their information on DIGGERecruiting and research companies recruiting at the career fair. Also, check out the various Information Sessions that will happen across the campus during that week.  “Many recruiters take note of who attends both the info sessions and visits their booths.  This can be a big factor in those chosen to interview during the 2nd Day Interviews on Friday.”


The 2nd Day Interviews will also be in the HPER Complex on Friday, September 9th.  Many of the visiting companies will be staying for this event.  Students wishing to be considered for an interview must apply through their DIGGERecruiting account and upload a current resume.


“We would like to encourage all of the Montana Tech students to attend the fair,” said Sarah.  “Even if they aren’t sure about an internship next summer, it is important to understand the process and the first-hand experience can be a real advantage later on.  Also, it is an opportunity to begin networking with the recruiters whose company comes to Montana Tech year after year.”


A list of companies attending is listed on the Career Services website or searchable through your DIGGERecruiting account.  For more information call Career Services at 496-4140.

New Interim Vice Chancellor Appointed at Montana Tech

Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter announced today the appointment of Traci O’Neill as the interim Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Affairs at Montana Tech. O’Neill will replace Mike Johnson who will depart Montana Tech on August 5th to become President of Management Consultants Inc. Traci will oversee the offices of public relations and marketing; alumni affairs; and the Montana Tech Foundation. Michael Barth, the Montana Tech Foundation’s Director of Operations, will remain in his current position and will continue to play a key role in the operations and fundraising efforts of the Foundation.

"I am very excited to have Traci join our leadership team," announced Chancellor Don Blackketter. "Traci has extensive marketing and public relations experience and I look forward to working with her on the advancement and development needs of the campus. This is an exciting time for all of us."

Prior to joining the administrative team at Tech, Traci served as an assistant professor in the Business and Information Technology (BIT) Department. Traci received a bachelor of science in Business Administration and Business Marketing in 1992 and a master’s degree in Business Administration in 2000, both from the University of Montana (UM). She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership from UM and has completed all but her dissertation. Over the last 18 years, Traci’s career has included involvement in four diverse industries. Her responsibilities span the entire organization from accounting, marketing, corporate real estate, and administration. Prior to stepping onto the campus at Montana Tech, she managed hospital-wide strategic planning, marketing and recruitment at St. James Healthcare. Prior to joining Montana Tech full-time, Traci taught as an adjunct instructor. As a member of the BIT team, Traci taught marketing, marketing research, economics, accounting, and management disciplines. Traci’s consulting and academic research interests include: marketing/business plan development, leadership, and strategic planning.

"Being part of the Montana Tech family has been the most rewarding job of my career," explained O’Neill. "There are so many wonderful people on this campus and affiliated with Montana Tech that in itself makes this temporary assignment such a wonderful opportunity. I am proud to be a part of Montana Tech and extremely excited to be a part of Chancellor Blackketter’s team." 

The campus will launch a national search for a Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Affairs with hopes to have a permanent placement in January. If you have any questions, please contact Chancellor Blackketter at 496-4129.


Montana Tech Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation, Mike Johnson, announced today that he will be departing Montana Tech on August 5th to become President of Management Consultants Inc., a Butte-based organization.

Management Consultants was started in the early 1980’s by Johnson’s father-in-law, Herb Leuprecht, primarily for the management and development of hotel properties in which Herb had an ownership interest. Since then, the company has expanded in both scope of clients and services offered. The vision of Management Consultants is to identify investment opportunities and solutions for current and future businesses. For more information on this company, please visit http://managementconsultantsnow.com/.

"Although this is a very exciting transition, it is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement," explained Johnson. "I love Montana Tech and will miss the faculty, staff, alumni, and especially the students. Our team has accomplished a great deal during my time at Montana Tech and I expect that much more will be done in the future. At the same time I am thrilled by the thoughts of this new opportunity and energized by the challenges that await."

Before stepping into the administrative position at Montana Tech, Johnson served as an Assistant Professor of Business and Information Technology at Tech and served as CEO and President of ELM Locating and Utility Services in Missoula. He also worked for the Montana Power Company and Northwestern Energy. "I would like to express my deep appreciation to Mike for his service to Montana Tech and the Foundation," stated Chancellor Don Blackketter. "Although I have only known Mike a few months, it is easy to recognize the positive impact he has made on this campus. Mike has assured me that he will continue his involvement with Tech as a trusted friend of mine and valued alumnus of this campus. Vicki and I wish Kami and Mike the very best."

If you have any questions about this personnel transition, please contact Chancellor Don Blackketter at 406-496-4130.


The Montana Tech Foundation reported today that fiscal year 2011, which ended June 30th, produced a record level of donations. During the 12 months ended June 30, the Foundation generated more than $7.7 million in cash and pledges. The previous record of $4.2 million was set a few years ago.

"This was a remarkable year in so many ways," expressed Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. "In total, more than 1,800 donors provided 4,328 gifts to the campus."

In FY2011, the Montana Tech Foundation:

  • Provided record scholarship support to Montana Tech students totaling more than $1.4 million–scholarship support has never been higher than this;
  • Helped fund record levels of salary supplements for professors with nearly $500,000;
  • Received the largest estate gift in the history of the campus to support scholarships in the Geological Engineering Department from Ralph Mitchell, an alumnus from 1948;
  • Reported a total of $3 million in trust and estate giving–the largest year in the history of the Foundation;
  • Obtained more than $1 million from alumni and corporate donors to help fund the Frank & Ann Gilmore University Relations Center, which broke ground late last month; and
  • Collected more than $3.3 million from corporate supporters of the University to fund initiatives for Montana Tech students, faculty, and programs.

"The Foundation just completed the sixth year of a seven-year campaign. In that time the Foundation has raised $24.1 million," added Johnson. "The goal of the campaign was $20.25 million, thus we have reached 120% of our goal with an entire year remaining."

"We are excited to be able to make such an impact on the Montana Tech campus," said Jerry Schuyler, chairman of the Montana Tech Board of Directors. "Even with this record-setting year, the needs on the campus are still great and the fundraising efforts will continue in earnest. The Foundation Board of Directors is currently working on the elements of the next campaign and look forward to the involvement of new Chancellor, Dr. Don Blackketter."

Montana Tech Basketball Alum Receives NAIA Champions of Character Award

Ivan Sljivar, former standout for the Montana Tech men’s basketball team, was selected as the Frontier Conference recipient of the NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award. The NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the NAIA and was created as part of the NAIA’s association with Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA), a group including ten other organizations from the world of sports that seek to promote and recognize sportsmanship. All NAIA student-athletes are eligible for this award based on the outlined criteria.

"Winning the NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award for the Frontier Conference means a lot to me and shows that great student-athletes are being developed at Montana Tech," said Ivan Sljivar. "Of course my family helped instill in me responsibility and respect for others but Montana Tech and the Butte community shaped my integrity and sportsmanship. The discipline I gained from playing basketball taught me to seek out opportunities and to take full advantage of them. During my four years of studying, playing basketball, I lived by the motto, ‘Everything I can do today I will not leave for tomorrow.’ Just as Dr. Walker used sports to launch his exceptional career, I combined a love for basketball with a prestigious education to create a base for a promising career in mechanical engineering."

"The NAIA is proud to have you as one of our finest representatives. Your accomplishments in the classroom, in competition, and in the community speak for themselves," said Kristin Gillette, NAIA Director of Champions of Character. "Furthermore, to read of your positive examples you set is refreshing and exciting. I commend you on your efforts in every aspect of your life."

Ivan was nominated for the award by his former teammate, Dirk Anderson, senior at Montana Tech; Joe McClafferty, Director of Athletics at Montana Tech; and Aaron Woliczko, head men’s basketball coach at Montana Tech. "Ivan Sljivar embraces and displays our Athletic Department’s core values of leadership, excellence, pride, and dedication," explained Joe McClafferty. "Ivan taught us all many things during his time in Butte. We are proud to call Ivan an alumnus of Montana Tech."

As a senior in high school, Ivan came to the United States as a foreign exchange student from Belgrade, Serbia in hopes to extend his basketball playing career, as well as to study mechanical engineering. He completed his senior year of high school at Hilmar High School in Hilmar, CA and then enrolled at Montana Tech the following fall to join the engineering program. Ivan was active on the campus and in the community during his time at Tech. He interned at the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT); was a member of the Tau Beta Pi-National Engineering Honor Society; tutored and graded physics; held the role of president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Club; participated in undergraduate research; garnered Academic All-Conference accolades as a sophomore, junior, and senior; was named NAIA National Scholar-Athlete as a junior and senior; and was a member of the Serbian Orthodox Church. In May, Ivan graduated with high honors in Mechanical Engineering from Montana Tech.

"Ivan Sljivar and I met our freshman year of college when we both came to Montana Tech to play basketball," said Dirk Anderson, Montana Tech men’s basketball captain. "Like many outstanding student-athletes, Ivan spent countless hours in the gym and library working to improve in all aspects. If he wasn’t working on his own studies, he could be found helping other students with physics homework in the Tech Learning Center or acting as the Associated Society of Mechanical Engineers president organizing club events. I will always be thankful to basketball for giving me the opportunity to have a happy life with a great education," added Ivan. And just a note for all student-athletes to remember that just about all of us will go pro in something other than sports so please do not underestimate education while playing college sports no matter how good of an athlete you are. Montana Tech has changed my life enormously and provided me with the opportunities I could have just dreamed about so I would most definitely recommend it to all the high schools students around the world."

"Since I took over the Montana Tech men’s basketball program, I was continually impressed with one of our student-athletes, Ivan Sljivar, on and off the court," said Aaron Woliczko. "Each day Ivan demonstrated numerous positive features that include many of our Champion of Character characteristics such as integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. Many basketball coaches talk of how they have a player that is the 1st to practice and the last to leave, yes I would include Ivan in that category."


Montana Tech alumnus Ronald Verbeck, who passed away in August 2010, left $686,000 to the Montana Tech Foundation. The first donation, in the amount of $200,000, was presented by Ron’s sister, Sharon Arends, during events surrounding Montana Tech’s 111th Commencement Ceremony in May. At the commencement ceremony, Sharon accepted Montana Tech’s Distinguished Alumni Award for her brother. The second donation, in the amount of $486,000, was presented by Sharon to the Foundation on June 30, 2011.

The donations support Montana Tech’s comprehensive campaign, Strengthening Foundations...Ensuring the Future. The initial $200,000 will be used to name the first floor observation deck in the Frank and Ann Gilmore University Relations Center in honor of Ron. The $486,000 gift, will be used to establish the Ron Verbeck Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund, an innovative savings match program that rewards students for saving earned income, and will contribute to the Foundation’s Legacy Endowment, which supports the advancement and development of the college.

"It is with great pleasure that I make this donation on behalf of my brother Ron," said Sharon. "Ron was proud of his Montana Tech education. He loved the campus and felt strongly about giving back to his alma mater and helping others obtain a great education."

"We are humbled that Ron was so generous to Montana Tech when making his estate plans. By contributing to a building project and endowing the remainder of this gift, Ron’s legacy will live on permanently at the campus that helped shape who he became," said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation.

Born in Butte, Ron was proud of the heritage that accompanied being raised on the Richest Hill on Earth. He graduated with honors from Butte High School in 1966. In 1970, he graduated with an Engineering Sciences degree with honors from Montana Tech. He is remembered by fellow classmates as a hard-working, overachieving student who often enrolled in heavy class loads and worked two jobs to achieve his goal of graduating with honors in four years. Ron was admired by his peers for his tremendous intelligence and innovative thinking.

Of Ron’s many accomplishments, he was most known for his devotion to his work. He was driven to move up the ladder of success from the ground up. Beginning as a production engineer with Amoco Production Company, Ron continued his climb to the top as the Executive Vice President of his own company, JetAir International Inc. which he formed with a long-time friend. Ron later became a recognized, accredited, and proud holder of a United States patent with his invention of the "interface pipe coupling" called Positive Seal. These couplings are used around the world in various industries.

Ron’s generosity reached across the nation. He continually made tremendous donations to charities like Big Brothers and Sisters, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots, the Marine Corps League, and the Be an Angel Foundation. As an alumnus of Montana Tech, Ron contributed selflessly back to his alma mater. He belonged to the Chancellor’s Roundtable and the Marcus Daly Society.

For more information, please contact Michael Barth, Director of Operations with the Montana Tech Foundation at 406-496-4233.

Research Project Awarded 2011 R&D 100 Award


Montana Tech faculty member key investigator on award-winning project.

The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the winners of the 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards, which salute the 100 most technologically-significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. One of the chosen projects was developed by a team consisting of John Morrison, Ph.D., Montana Tech Electrical Engineering faculty member; Jon P. Christophersen, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Idaho National Laboratory (INL); Chester G. Motloch, Ph.D., retired INL employee and President of Motloch Consulting, Inc.; and William Morrison, Systems Engineer, Qualtech Systems Inc.

The project, an Impedance Measurement Box (IMB), is a shared invention among Idaho National Laboratory, Montana Tech, and Qualtech Systems Incorporated (QSI). Using proprietary algorithms, IMB directly measures the impedance spectra of energy storage devices (batteries) in seconds, enabling a more accurate reporting of their health. The technology enables low-cost, embedded, rapid, in-situ impedance measurements. The in-situ impedance monitoring addresses a significant need in the battery market that is presently unsatisfied. The methods enable the development of an Energy Storage Monitoring System (ESMS), which will combine the in-situ impedance methods with battery models, industry standard battery performance metrics, and expert-system learning software.

"Here at Montana Tech we stay focused, study hard, do good, and we never give up and for this effort that’s exactly what we did," said John Morrison. "This resulted in a unique research opportunity in an area critically important to our nation for 18 Montana Tech students resulting in several senior projects, 1 Ph.D., 3 MS degrees, 2 MS degrees in progress, and we are just getting started."

The Ph.D. was earned by Jon Christophersen from Montana State University (MSU) under the guidance of John Morrison. Christophersen successfully defended his dissertation, "Battery State-of-Health Assessment Using a Near Real-Time Impedance Measurement Technique Under No-Load and Load Conditions" at MSU this spring. His research project was supported by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

The R&D 100 Awards have long been a benchmark of excellence for industry sectors as diverse as telecommunications, high-energy physics, software, manufacturing, and biotechnology. For industry leaders, government labs, and academic institutions, the awards can be vital for gauging their efforts at commercialization of emerging technologies. And in winning an R&D 100 Award, developers often find the push their product needs to find success in the marketplace.

"During the recent economic downturn, industry, academia, and government labs continued to innovate. The editors were impressed with the strong field of candidates for this year’s R&D 100 Awards. The number of entries exceeded that of recent years," said Rita Peters, editorial director of R&D Magazine.

"We are very pleased that R&D magazine has selected this invention for recognition as one of the 100 most significant products of 2010," commented Montana Tech Research Director Joe Figueira. "The award also demonstrates the power of collaboration. Our industrial partner, Qualtech Systems, Inc., and our federal partners, the Idaho National Laboratory and the Battelle Energy Alliance, have worked with our campus researchers to bring this technology to the level of maturity worthy of this R&D 100 recognition. My congratulations to all."

The winners represent a cross-section of industry, academia, private research firms, and government labs. Winning technologies are used in medical, industrial, research, consumer, and manufacturing applications. Winners of the R&D 100 Awards are selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine. The publication and its online portal serve research scientists, engineers, and other technical staff members at high tech industrial companies and public and private laboratories around the world. A full list of this year’s winners is available at www.rdmag.com.

For more information and a video, visit http://www.inl.gov/rd100/2011/impedance-measurement-box/.


Contact: Royce C. Engstrom, UM president, 406-243-2311, royce.engstrom@umontana.edu; Donald M. Blackketter, dean, University of Idaho College of Engineering, 208-596-0915, dblack@uidaho.edu.



             Pending Board of Regents approval, Montana Tech of The University of Montana has its next chancellor.

            UM President Royce C. Engstrom, guided by a 25-member Montana Tech search committee, has selected Donald Blackketter for the chancellorship in Butte. Blackketter currently serves as dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho in Moscow.
            “As people who grew up in Bozeman, my wife and I are excited by this opportunity to return to Montana,” Blackketter said. “With its clear institutional emphasis on engineering, science, business, health, informational sciences, liberal studies and technology, Montana Tech is positioned to continue to be an educational leader and to become nationally recognized as a leading research institution.

            “My wife, Vicki, and I are excited to begin partnering with faculty, staff, students, alumni and Tech friends in helping Montana Tech achieve these goals,” he said.

            Led by Doug Coe, a dean and search committee chair, Montana Tech started its chancellor search in December. Blackketter was selected from among four finalists and will start his new job June 27, replacing Montana Tech Chancellor Frank Gilmore, who served for 13 years.

            Blackketter will earn $197,000 annually, plus the use of the president’s house and car.

            “We had four exceptional finalists to choose from, including a strong internal candidate,” Engstrom said. “Dr. Blackketter will make an excellent chancellor, and I could not be more pleased by the outcome of the search. I look forward to a bright future for Montana Tech under his leadership.”

            Engstrom will recommend the Montana Board of Regents hire Blackketter at its May 19 meeting at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell.

            Blackketter earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming. After earning his doctorate, he joined UI in 1989 as a mechanical engineering assistant professor and moved through the ranks to become a full professor in 1997.

            He was assistant director for the National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology from 1998 to 2005, including one year as acting director. In 2005 he was elected chair of UI’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and he accepted appointment as dean of the College of Engineering in December 2008.

            Blackketter has been an active researcher for more than 20 years, focusing on solid mechanics and receiving more than $3.7 million in funding from a variety of sources. He has performed research and published in areas that include composite materials, biomechanics, numerical methods and hybrid vehicles.

            The Blackketters have three grown children: Riley and wife, Meghan; Britni and husband, Jonathon; and Shadd and his wife, Heather.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation Donates to Montana Tech

Whiting Petroleum Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, announced today the awarding of a $125,000 gift to Montana Tech. The gift, in support of Montana Tech’s comprehensive campaign, Strengthening Foundations...Ensuring the Future, will be used to support the Petroleum Department’s ongoing use of the Natural Resources Building (NRB). Montana Tech’s 56,000-square-foot NRB opened in the spring of 2010. The building houses the Montana Tech Petroleum Engineering Department and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. With the donation from Whiting Petroleum, a lab within the NRB will be named after the company.

"This gift is a testimony to the partnership between Montana Tech and Whiting Petroleum," said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. "Whiting currently employs a number of our former graduates. With Whiting’s significant presence in the Bakken, there are some interesting opportunities for our graduates who want to begin their careers in the Rocky Mountain region."

James J. Volker, Whiting’s Chairman and CEO said, "Whiting values highly its Montana Tech graduates and we hope to employ many more. The contributions of our Montana Tech grads are responsible in many ways for Whiting’s success in our Williston Basin fields as well as our other core exploration and development activities across the company."

For more information, please contact the Montana Tech Foundation at 406-496-4233.

Montana Tech receives $100,000 grant from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

Today, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation announced the awarding of a $100,000 grant to the Montana Tech Foundation to support the construction of the University Relations Center on the edge of the campus. As a result of this donation, a conference room within the Frank and Ann Gilmore University Relations Center will be named for Frank and Arlis Gardner.

"The idea of honoring both Frank Gilmore and Frank Gardner with one gift is magnificent. Frank and Arlis are long-time friends of the Gilmores and of Montana Tech. This gift is a tribute to two amazing families," said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation.

"On behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, and the Washington Family, we are proud to honor the legacy of both Chancellor Gilmore and Frank Gardner. Individually their professional dedication and achievements have benefitted many, and their combined contribution to Montana Tech and the Butte community is a model for us all," said Mike Halligan, Executive Director of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

"Since taking the post of President at Montana Resources, I have been privileged to work closely with Frank Gardner, one of the true innovators in the mining field. The business model he implemented and his unique brand of pragmatism and optimism is the reason for our success even through the ups and downs of the mining industry," said Rolin Erickson, President, Montana Resources, LLP.

Mr. John "Frank" Gardner enjoyed a successful 48-year career in the mining industry. Prior to retirement, Mr. Gardner served as President of Montana Resources, an open pit copper-molybdenum mine in Butte, Montana (formerly owned by the Anaconda Minerals Company and ARCO).

Frank was raised and educated in Butte. He gained his education at the Montana School of Mines, graduating in 1961 with a degree in geological engineering. He obtained his professional and leadership experience with increased responsibility at various mines in Butte and abroad. He was instrumental in the revival of Butte’s mining operations in 1986 and again in 2003.

Among his many honors and accolades, in May 2010, Montana Tech awarded Frank Gardner with an honorary doctor of science degree.

Frank and Arlis are currently retired and enjoying life, dividing their time between Wise River and Santa Lucia, Boquete, Panama. They have five children, Mitch, Lisa, Greg, Lynda, and Leslie, and ten grandchildren.

Montana Tech ASME Student Chapter Places at Competition

The Montana Tech student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) placed second at the 2011 Student Design Competition, "H2Go: The Untapped Energy Source." The ASME Student Design Competition provides a platform for ASME student members to present their solutions to a range of design problems from everyday household tasks to groundbreaking space exploration. Each team is required to design, construct, and operate a prototype meeting the requirements of an annually determined problem statement. The conference and competition was held on April 15-16 in Cheney, WA on the campus of Eastern Washington University.

The team was tasked with designing an energy conversion device that used the potential energy of one liter of water to propel a mini car as far as possible. The purpose of the competition was to determine if rain could be used as an alternative energy source. Washington State University was the overall winner of the competition. Montana Tech placed ahead of teams from Eastern Washington University, Montana State University, and BYU. This competition was for the Northwestern part of the United States and West part of Canada (known as District D, the largest geographic district in ASME). It includes California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, and Nevada.

Montana Tech’s ASME student chapter would not be able to participate in these types of professional development activities without the support of the Associated Students of Montana Tech and NorthWestern Energy. A special thanks to chapter advisor David Bunnell, senior design mentor Richard Johnson, and Luke Meyer from the Montana Tech Foundation.


The Construction Technology students from the Montana Tech College of Technology will be celebrating the successful completion of their major academic year project – the construction of a four-plex housing unit for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana.  The celebration is scheduled for Thursday, May 5th at the four-plex, which is located at 633-639 South Idaho Street in Butte.


Under the supervision of Bill Ryan, their instructor and Chair of the Trades & Technical Department at the College of Technology, the Tech construction students, along with other community volunteers and a local contracting firm, started work on the project in late August, 2010 and reached substantial completion in just under seven months.


“The students worked 3 to 4 hours each school day as a part of their Construction Technology academic requirements,” said Bill Ryan, Instructor and Chair of the Trades & Technical Department at the College of Technology. “Our Construction Technology students participated in every phase of the construction process - from the foundation to the finishing touches, all while working side by side with wonderful community volunteers and professional carpenters from Walsh Construction who took time to share their knowledge and work ethic with our future construction trade men and women.”


Work on this project started in late August, 2010 and reached substantial completion in just under seven months. The four-plex was constructed as condominium style living that meets all the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act so as to accommodate the intended residents, citizens of Butte-Silver Bow who have been determined to have some physical disabilities. It is the first of its kind built in the city.


“The partnership between our Construction Technology Program and Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana has been mutually beneficial,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. “Not only do the hours worked by students benefit Habitat and the future homeowners in the development of affordable housing for our community, the students also receive scholarship money through Montana Campus Corp to help defer their tuition costs.”


For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.


Goldcorp Donates to Montana Tech Underground Mine Education Center

Goldcorp Inc, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies, pledged a donation of US$605,000 to Montana Tech. With the donation, Goldcorp will be a principal sponsor of the Montana Tech Underground Mine Education Center. Goldcorp’s pledge is in support of Montana Tech’s campaign, Strengthening Foundations…Ensuring the Future. The gift will be paid over a five-year period.


The Montana Tech Underground Mine Education Center will provide hands-on experience in underground surveying, sampling, geological mapping, roof control, fragmentation and blasting, ventilation, and mine safety. “This underground laboratory on Montana Tech’s campus will provide a unique, hands-on, interdisciplinary educational environment for today’s engineering students who are being trained to find, develop, and process the world’s natural resources,” announced Dr. Pete Knudsen, Dean of the School of Mines and Engineering at Montana Tech. “This will be an underground laboratory at the boundary between the mining industry’s past and future.”


“We are pleased to be providing future graduates of Montana Tech with access to excellent facilities and supporting a quality of educational training that will be unparalleled with the addition of this lab,” said Chuck Jeannes, President and CEO of Goldcorp. “Our support of this worthwhile endeavor is well aligned with Goldcorp’s vision of sustainable prosperity, which ensures our activities provide long-term benefits to our stakeholders. We appreciate the good work being done by Montana Tech to prepare the earth scientists needed by our industry for the future.”


The research facility will be utilized by Montana Tech, industry, federal, and state agencies studying and developing underground mining methods, rock mechanics, ventilation, fragmentation, and health and safety. The facility will also be used for utilization of the geothermal energy found in the warm mine water. This technology could likely be utilized at other mines to provide heat or electrical power.


Montana Tech will be partnering with the Butte YMCA to offer two college-credit writing classes at the Y location this coming fall semester, which begins in August. Both classes are intended to help students who are parents. The location and times of these classes have been chosen to accommodate the needs of parents with children.

"The origin for this innovative idea was a survey research project conducted by some of our students," said Elyse Lovell, Tech Writing Instructor and MSU doctoral student. "Their research demonstrated that student-parents’ busy lives could be helped by offering them childcare and by scheduling one day per week classes at an off-campus location. Montana Tech is part of the Butte community. In my mind, it is a very natural fit for Tech to be offering this off-campus class in a community setting like the Y."

Research has indicated that college students who are parents sometimes report feeling like outsiders on a college campus as their needs are significantly different than other similarly-aged students who are not parents. With courses at off-campus sites, some students who are parents might feel more comfortable and less intimidated, particularly those who are adults returning to college after a long absence or who are attending college for the first time.

"We are very excited about this partnership with Montana Tech," said Ms. Raye Vincent, Chief Executive Director of the Butte YMCA. "We considered how the Y could possibly share our institutional strengths with those of Montana Tech to better serve our Butte community, especially parents who are students. This is a win-win for everyone."

The first writing class will be on Wednesdays from 11:00 – 1:30, and the second will be on Saturdays from 11:00 – 1:30. The Wednesday class will have the added benefit of childcare at no cost to the student-parents.

"A first-year writing course is required of students in all degree programs at Tech," said Dr. Heather Shearer, Tech’s Director of Writing. "This outreach initiative represents an important step in making state-funded post-secondary education more accessible to the public."

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.


University of Montana President Royce Engstrom was on the campus of Montana Tech today to unveil an Economic Impact Study conducted by Patrick M. Barkey, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at The University of Montana. The study examined the economic impact of Montana Tech within the local economy and across the State.    


The contribution of Montana Tech to Butte is well recognized. The results from the survey conclude that Montana Tech not only has a significant net impact on the local economy, but at the same time makes a significant contribution to the entire state.


The economic impact study reports that for the $16 million of tax revenue that is used to fund Montana Tech, the state’s economy is improved by $73 million (exclusive of tuition paid by our students). In other words, for every $1of taxpayer investment into Montana Tech, the state’s economy sees $4.56 in return.


The report goes on to say that Montana has almost 900 more jobs as a result of Montana Tech’s presence. The economic impacts of Montana Tech are categorized in the areas of university operations, university research, graduate earnings, visitors to Montana Tech, and student off-campus spending.


“An interesting highlight from this survey is that Montana Tech not only impacts our local Butte economy but also has an impact across the state,” explained Chancellor Frank Gilmore. “Montana recognizes the value of Montana Tech’s core product which is educated people. One of the primary impacts of Montana Tech is that we take the wonderful human resources of this state and convert them into highly educated and productive workers.”


The survey found that spending by Montana Tech visitors is more than $500,000 annually. The purchase of transportation was the highest by visitors with $152,000; followed by accommodations at $149,000; and food services at $119,000.


Off-campus spending by our students heavily impacts the local economy. Total spending by Montana Tech students in Montana is almost $5.5 million. The largest components of this total are $2,324,170 to retail trade establishments; $2,335,409 to housing; and $355,368 to services.


For more information, please contact Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.


The Beta Xi Sigma Chapter of the two-year honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, will induct twenty-one new students on Wednesday, March 23rd at an evening ceremony at the Montana Tech College of Technology. This will be the sixth annual induction ceremony of the honor society.


The Phi Theta Kappa national honor society was established in 1918 in order to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Membership is by invitation only and requires students to be enrolled in a two-year degree program and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher with at least twelve college credits completed.


“We are very proud of our honor society students,” said Accounting Instructor, Vickie Petritz, who, along with Counselor, Cricket Pietsch, serve as Advisors to the Chapter. “They have worked hard and have really earned this recognition.”


The newly inducted students include: Amy Allred from Butte, Savannah Cron from Anaconda, Amelia Davis from Butte, Rachel Durkin from Butte, Carmin Eckhart from Helena, Dacy Elmer from Dillon, Robert Fitzgerald from Chicago, Melissa Gee from Butte, Angelique Gonzales from Miles City, Dion Hasson from Butte, Kathryn Little from Butte, Christin Nichols from Butte, Mary Osier from Butte, Jodi Robinson from Powderville, Michelle Schneiter from Butte, Julie Schroder from Deer Lodge, Kyla Sieler from Plevna, Kailee Smith from Butte, Eva Trahan from Butte, Jessica Ward from Whitehall, and Jami Welch from Butte.


For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.

Montana Tech Mining Team Competes at the 2011 International Mining Competition

Mining students from Universities across the globe traveled to Reno, NV in hopes for earning bragging rights at the 33rd annual international mining competition at the University of Nevada, Reno.


The event was hosted by the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at UNR. The two-day competition saw teams of six compete in men’s, women’s, co-ed, alumni, and individual classes. Teams competed in seven different events: hand steel, gold pan, jack leg, track stand, mucking, swede saw, and survey. 


The all-day competition saw teams from Montana Tech, Virginia Tech, Mackay, University of Arizona, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Colorado School of Mines, Missouri-Rolla, University of Queensland, Camborne School of Mines, Penn State, Kentucky, and the Western Australia School of Mines.


“I am pleased to announce that all four of our teams competed very well with the best mining teams in the world, especially considering overall how young our Tech teams are,” announced Shane Parrow, assistant professor of Mining Engineering at Montana Tech. “In addition, at all times, our Tech teams competed with integrity, respect, and above all sportsmanship! Congratulations must go out to these hard working and dedicated students for all their efforts in training and preparation for the competition.”


The Montana Tech women’s team consists of: Allison Brown, Kiara Ross, Emily Matosich, Amanda Dutton, Lindsay Filler, and Amber McGivern. The co-ed team included Trent Mortensen, Zach Kistinger, Nikki Nixon, Katherine Berry, and Sam Wiley. The men’s team A was comprised of Steve Krogh, PJ Brumit, Devon Gruel, Kyle Murphy, John Hoover and the men’s team B included Brian Mangan, Doug Peters, Dick Setterstrom, Bryan Farbridge, and Jacob Kuchta.


Event Results by team:

Women’s Team:

·         Overall – 2nd place

·         Mucking – 1st place

·         Track Stand – 3rd place

·         Gold Pan – 2nd place

·         Survey – 3rd place

·         Swede Saw – 1st place

·         Hand Steel – 2nd place

·         Jack Leg – 2nd place


Co-Ed Team Results:

·         Overall – 4th place

·         Mucking – 3rd place

·         Track Stand – 3rd place

·         Gold Pan – 7th place

·         Survey – 5th place

·         Swede Saw – 2nd place

·         Hand Steel – 3rd place

·         Jack Leg – 5th place


Men’s Team A Results:

·         Overall – 5th place

·         Mucking – 2nd place

·         Track Stand – 4th place

·         Gold Pan – 9th place

·         Survey – 19th place

·         Swede Saw – 4th place

·         Hand Steel – 6th place

·         Jack Leg – 1st place


Men’s Team B Results:

·         Overall – 4th place

·         Mucking – 8th place

·         Track Stand – 5th place

·         Gold Pan – 1st place

·         Survey – 4th place

·         Swede Saw – 3rd place

·         Hand Steel – 13th place

·         Jack Leg – 8th place


For more information, please contact Shane Parrow at 406-496-4624.



Montana Tech Announces Donation from the Aera Energy Fund -- Kern Community Foundation

Montana Tech is pleased to announce a $100,000 donation from the Aera Energy Fund, a donor-advised fund administered by the Kern Community Foundation on behalf of Aera Energy LLC. The gift, in support of Montana Tech’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, Strengthening Foundations…Ensuring the Future, will establish the Aera Energy Petroleum Faculty Salary Supplement Endowment. The endowment will be used to supplement the salaries of faculty members in Montana Tech’s Petroleum Engineering Department.

"Aera Energy has a long history of involvement on our campus," said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. "Aera has attended our annual fall Career Fair since 2002, and has actively recruited on campus in a variety of majors, hiring more than 38 interns and 18 full-time hires. Their campus presence has been a difference-maker in creating name recognition among our students and elevating their recruiting success." 

"Aera Energy has consistently been a strong supporter of Montana Tech and Petroleum Engineering through scholarships, advisory board assistance, and student SPE activities," said Leo Health, Montana Tech Petroleum Engineering Department Head. "Their significant contribution to the Petroleum faculty endowment now raises their support to a major level. We are grateful to have industry partners such as Aera Energy."

"Aera is proud to be a business partner with Montana Tech," said Aera Human Resources Manager Sherry Stein. "Our donation directly supports the university’s vision and commitment to the Montana Tech tradition of technical excellence. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Montana Tech faculty and students for many years to come." 

For more information about this donation, please contact the Montana Tech Foundation at 406-496-4233.

David Armstrong Named 2010-2011 SME Henry Krumb Lecturer

At the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Meeting banquet on March 2, 2011, David Armstrong was honored as a 2010-2011 SME Henry Krumb Lecturer. David is an associate professor and head of the Department of Mining Engineering at Montana Tech. The Henry Krumb Lecture Series was established in 1966 so that local SME sections could hear prominent minerals professionals speak on subjects in which they had recognized expertise. Henry Krumb, a 1897 graduate of the Columbia School of Mines, had an interest in engineering education and improving the status of the mining profession. He anonymously established an endowment fund “for any purpose that is for the benefit of the Institute (AIME).” Lectures are selected from the professionals who present technical papers at the SME annual meeting. Mr. Armstrong’s lecture is titled “Different Techniques for Classifying Mineral Resources.” He will be presenting the lecture to local SME sections in Arizona, Florida, Wyoming, and Montana.


Prior to coming to Montana Tech, he worked for 36 years in the mining industry in a variety of engineering and management positions. He began work as a systems engineer in the exploration group at Amax and moved up to chief mine engineer. Since leaving Amax, he worked in Tucson, AZ for Mintec, Magma Copper and BHP, and in Phoenix, AZ for Phelps Dodge. His primary experience is mine planning and reserve estimation. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver. He is a registered member of SME and a fellow of AusIMM. He has been on the SME Resources and Reserves committee since 1997. He is a licensed professional engineer in Montana.

Dr. Pete Knudsen Honored with Ivan B. Rahn Award

The Ivan B. Rahn Award was presented to Dr. H. Peter Knudsen at the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Meeting. The award recognizes a SME member for distinguished contributions to educational activities within SME, such as ABET, student affairs, continuing education, the licensure of professional engineers or service on the Council of Education.


According to SME, Knudsen, dean of the School of Mines & Engineering at Montana Tech, is well deserving of the 2011 Ivan B. Rahn Award for his leadership role in the Minerals Engineering program at Montana Tech. Dr. Knudsen is perceived by many professionals to be one of the best in the world over the past 29 years. He has sustained enrollment in the Mining Engineering Program at Montana Tech and has supplied industry with some of the most successful managers and Vice Presidents of the top mining companies in the world.


Dr. Knudsen has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona and a BS in Geological Engineering from Montana Tech. He presently is Dean of the School of Mines at Montana Tech. He has taught at Montana Tech for 30 years and at the University of Arizona for four years. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Knudsen has been employed by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the Anaconda Copper Company, and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Knudsen is the author of 15 refereed papers and has presented more than 40 short courses on basic and advanced geostatistics. He is a licensed professional engineer and ABET visitor in mining engineering.


The Ivan B. Rahn Education Award, established in 1995, recognizes distinguished contributions to the educational activities within SME and is open to all SME members who have shown long-term interest in and have significantly contributed to SME activities relating to ABET, student affairs, continuing education, professional registration, and/or the Council of Education.

Montana Tech Alum Donates Data Set to the Geophysical Engineering Department

In May of 2007, Hugo Pulju returned to his alma mater to attend commencement and class reunion activities. During his time on campus, Mr. Pulju discussed the possibility of donating a unique data set to his alma mater, Montana Tech and specifically to the Geophysical Engineering Department. "I had thought about this donation to Montana Tech for some time and it felt like it was the opportune time to do it," said Mr. Pulju recently in a phone interview. The data, which has been appraised at $2,307,500, was made to the Geophysical Engineering Department in December 2010.

"This is unique and interesting data that would be almost impossible to replicate," announced Dr. Marvin Speece, professor in the Geophysical Engineering Department at Montana Tech. "The area the donation was taken from is a very interesting area geologically." The seismic acquisition area is located in the Montana Disturbed Belt (Montana Thrust Belt) along the western edge of Glacier National Park. It is a mountainous area with rugged surface terrain and complicated subsurface structure that exhibits thrust faults and folds.

The seismic data were acquired by Pulju’s company, Techco Inc., located in Denver, Colorado, between 1982 and 1984. The gift consisted of 188.5 miles of 2D seismic data acquired in Flathead and Lake Counties, Montana. The seismic lines were acquired using vibrators (Vibroseis Method) and helicopter-assisted dynamite shooting (Poulter Method). The 1983 seismic program comprised 2 lines of 24-fold (96-channels) Vibroseis data totaling 52 miles and 4 lines of 24-fold (96-channels) heli-portable dynamite data totaling 78.8 miles. The 1984 program comprised 4 lines of 30-fold (120-channels) heli-portable dynamite data totaling 57.7 miles.

Pulju spent many years Montana Tech. He began at Tech in 1948 and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering in 1958. He then obtained his master’s degree in Geological Engineering in 1964. "I knew all the students at Montana Tech for almost 20 years. I have many stories to tell," he chuckled. "I think I am the longest lived Montana Tech student. I started at Montana Tech in ’48 and finished up in ’64." Pulju has many great memories and friends from his time at Montana Tech. Outside of the classroom, Pulju was active on campus. He played, managed, and coached baseball at Montana Tech for four years.

The Geophysical Engineering Department tapped into the resources of another Montana Tech alum, Skye Callantine, a ’98 Geophysical Engineering graduate who works for Chesapeake Energy. Skye’s donation made it possible for the Department to transcribe the data from 30-year old magnetic tapes and ship the data to campus.

"From an academic standpoint, this data is invaluable," said Speece. The Department currently has graduate students processing the data. They plan to write NSF proposals to fund further processing, interpretation, and publication of the data.

For more information, please contact Marvin Speece at 406-496-4188.

Montana Tech Hosting 2011 Tech Scholar's Day

On Friday, March 25, 2011, Montana Tech will host its annual Tech Scholar’s Day. Tech Scholar’s Day is a day where Montana Tech invites all scholarship recipients and their families to campus for a day of fun and welcoming by Montana Tech students, faculty and staff. At this event, Montana Tech celebrates the success, hard work, and accomplishments of each scholar.

Montana Tech expects over 80 scholars to attend and over 115 family members. There are a few events to note. At 9:30 am in the HPER complex, scholars will participate in the Student Challenge, a team competition using only straws and masking tape to build the tallest tower. At 10:15 am, scholars will listen to a panel of current Montana Tech students talk about their experiences at Montana Tech. At 12:00 pm in the Dining Hall, students will receive their scholar award certificates.

A full agenda follows:

  • 8:30 A.M. Check-in (HPER Complex - Lobby)
  • 9:00 A.M. Welcome & Introductions (HPER Complex)
  • 9:15 A.M. Student Challenge (HPER)
  • 10:15 A.M. Student Panel (Library Auditorium)
  • 11:15 A.M. New Student Basic Training (Science & Eng. Hall, Rm. 308)
  • 12:45 P.M. Lunch & Scholarship Awards (SUB - Dining Hall)
  • 2:30 P.M. Registration & Advising (TBA @ Lunch) -- Depart with Advisors from Lunch
  • After Advising Closing/Survey Drawing (MG 207)

For more information about Montana Tech’s Scholar’s Day, please contact Janelle Stokken at 406-496-4567.

Montana Tech to receive donations from Newmont Mining

Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world’s largest gold producers, will present Montana Tech with two donations this coming Friday, March 11, 2011. Robbie Redekopp, a 2006 Montana Tech Business graduate and Subject Matter Expert-Finance with Newmont, will present the checks to the campus on behalf of Newmont Mining. The check presentation will take place at 2:15 pm in the Kelley-Stewart Room in Montana Tech’s Student Union Building.

The two checks include a $63,750 donation, which is the third and final installment for the Newmont Mining Scoreboard. The second check for $250,000 is Newmont’s annual support of Montana Tech and the core programs from where Newmont derives the next generation of technical expertise and leaders.

Newmont’s $250,000 gift is in support of Montana Tech’s comprehensive campaign, Strengthening Foundations...Ensuring the Future, will be used for the following purposes as designated by Newmont:

• Scholarship support for students in the Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Occupational Safety & Health Departments;

• Salary supplements for faculty in the Mining Engineering Department;

• Funding for the Newmont Professor in the Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Department; and

• Unrestricted support for the Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Occupational Safety & Health Departments; the Montana Tech Library; and Digger Athletics.

Montana Tech’s campaign is a seven-year campaign to raise funds for students, programs, faculty, and capital projects at Montana Tech. "Newmont has consistently supported Montana Tech with financial donations and the hiring of our students and graduates," said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. "Newmont is a Montana Tech KEY VIP and we are proud to have them as a partner."

"I know the new scoreboard was a huge success and the talk of Montana," said Marc Le Vier, Newmont Mining Senior Director, Metallurgical Services. "Joe McClafferty’s vision became reality and Tech is on its way to championship levels on and off the field. We are proud to be a part of the family that made this happen."

"The Newmont donation helps enhance the library’s environment by funding the creation of open, student spaces for scholarly gathering, research, and social interaction," said Ann St. Clair, Library Director.

"Newmont has a rich legacy in the state of Montana, and 2011 marks our 90th anniversary celebration," added Le Vier. "We hold our Montana Tech relationship in high esteem as we commemorate 90 years as a world-class mining company. Montana Tech is an integral part of our history and our organization."

For more information, please contact Amanda Badovinac, Director of Public Relations, at 406-496-4828 or abadovinac@mtech.edu.

Lady Diggers Qualify for NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the field of 32 teams for the 2011 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship. The 31st annual event will be played out March 16 – 22 at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn. The Montana Tech Lady Diggers will be among the 32 teams packing up and hitting the court in Tennessee next week. This is the second year in a row the Lady Orediggers have qualified for the National Championship Tournament.

"I am very proud of our student-athletes and coaches," announced Joe McClafferty, Athletic Director at Montana Tech. Our women’s basketball program is on the rise and is setting a tradition of winning for Lady Digger Basketball. We are excited at the opportunity to compete against the best programs in the NAIA."

The NAIA will partner with the Victory Sports Network (VSN) on the announcement of the 32-team National Championship bracket at 6 p.m. CST. VSN will be the exclusive home for the live, free video-streaming show to air on

www.VictorySportsNetwork.com. The Division I women's show will run from 6-6:30 p.m., with the Division I men's show to follow from 7-7:30 p.m.

The 32-team field is comprised of 18 automatic qualifiers from NAIA affiliated conferences and association of independents, plus 14 at-large selections, which are determined using the final Top 25 rating released on Wednesday.

"We are so excited to head back to the National Tournament in Tennessee again this year," added Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kerie DePell. "Last year was a great experience, and we’re looking to improve on our performance from a year ago. I’m so proud of our team, with the accomplishments and milestones they’ve achieved this year, they deserve it 100%. This is the reward we get for all of our pre-season track workouts, weight lifting, traveling, studying on the road, and hard fought victories. The ultimate goal of any collegiate sports program is to make it to the highest level of playoffs, and compete for a championship. We get to do that and I know I couldn’t be going with a better group of people. It’s been a great year for the Lady Diggers. With the Butte community and the campus of Montana Tech coming to cheer us on, our AD Joe McClafferty getting us huge fan support all year, my wonderful assistant coach Michele at my side, and this amazing group of young ladies doing the work on the court, it’s been a great ride!"

Two-time defending national champion Union (Tenn.) leads the field with its 22nd total and 19th-consecutive trip to the event. The Lady Bulldogs have taken home the banner five times, including back-to-back titles in 2005-06 after winning their first title in 1999. There are eight additional squads that have advanced to the national championship 10-or more times.

Twenty-two teams that played in Jackson last season will be back and eyeing a shot at the title, including the Montana Tech Lady Diggers. California Baptist ends a 29-year drought, advancing for the first time since 1982 after winning the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.

Thirty-one games will be played in Jackson. The first 30 games will be video-streamed by NeuLion, the parent company of JumpTV. In order to view the streaming, click here.

The National Championship final on March 22 will be televised live nationally on CBS College Sports Television with tip-off at 7 p.m. CST.

Montana Tech to Award Honorary Doctoral Degree to Thomas W. Dyk

At the Board of Regents meeting in Helena today, the Regents gave Montana Tech approval to award Thomas W. Dyk with an Honorary Doctor of Science degree. The degree will be awarded to Mr. Dyk at Montana Tech’s 111th Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2011 at 11:00 am in Alumni Coliseum.

"Our faculty has bestowed a great honor on Tom Dyk,” said Montana Tech Chancellor Frank Gilmore. “It is a privilege to be among the first to officially congratulate him. Tom is a highly accomplished man and I am certain this achievement will rank among the greatest highlights of his career!”

“Montana Tech has graduated many smart and successful people. However, very few are as humble, as generous, or as efficacious as Tom,” announced Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor for Development & Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation.”

Mr. Dyk was born in Bozeman, MT, the fourth of ten children. He attended public schools in Denver, CO and Billings, MT. He enrolled at the Montana School of Mines where he earned both academic and athletic scholarships. He graduated in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering and began his engineering career with Marathon Oil Company, working in Cody, WY, and Lafayette, LA until 1980.

From 1980 to 1983, Tom worked as a partner/consultant with Darita Enterprises. In 1983, he began his 13-year tenure with Burlington Resources/Meridian Oil, Inc. During his career with Meridian, Tom’s Williston Basin team expanded the company’s pioneering horizontal drilling program in the largest horizontal program in the United States by completing a majority of the company’s approximately 250 Bakken and 500 Red River B horizontal wells in North Dakota and Montana. As Vice President of Burlington Resources, Tom was the leader of the team that initiated the discovery and development of the world class Cedar Hills Field in Bowman County, ND. Tom’s staff drilled the first horizontal well in the field in 1994 and as well as multiple additional horizontal wells during the following two years. The Cedar Hills Secondary Unit is the world’s largest horizontal water flood oil reservoir.

In 1996, Tom left Burlington to establish Rock Creek Land & Energy, which he sold in 1998. The next stop in Tom’s career was service for six years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Tom Brown, Inc. Tom played a key role in increasing the firm’s value from approximately $600 million in market capitalization to more than $2 billion when the firm was sold to Encana in 2004.

In 2004, Tom founded Orion Energy Partners in Denver, CO. As the company’s Founder and Chief Operating Officer, he led the development of the Kokopelli Project, which resulted in the expansion of field production from 150 MCF per day of natural gas to 27,000 MCF per day. He was also a driving force in increasing investors’ capital from $130.4 million to more than $500 million in less than five years. Orion Energy was sold in 2009.

Tom currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Axia Energy in Denver, CO. Tom is a co-founder of Axia, whose mission is to invest in Rocky Mountain oil and gas exploration and development.

Tom and his wife Mary have been ardent supporters of Montana Tech. The Dyks’ generosity can be measured in dollars as well as hours contributed to the University. Tom has served six terms on the Montana Tech Foundation Board of Directors, and this fiscal year returned for a seventh term. Tom’s soft-spoken, but deliberate guidance has moved the Montana Tech Foundation to a new investment platform, helped the Foundation create a Legacy Endowment, envisioned a University Relations Center for the campus, and improved the Foundation’s policies and procedures for gift acceptance.

Tom was recognized in 1993 by Montana Tech with its Distinguished Alumni Award and he has also been nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association: 2004 Father of the Year and 2008 Outstanding Fundraising Award.

For more information, please contact Amanda Badovinac, Director of Public Relations, at 406-496-4828 or abadovinac@mtech.edu.          

Regional Science Fair Coming to Montana Tech

The annual Montana Tech Regional Science Fair will be held on March 8th and March 10th on the Montana Tech campus. "We are expecting 700 participants from 20 different elementary, middle, and high schools across southwest Montana to compete in our science fair," said Bernie Phelps, Science Fair Director.

The Montana Tech Fair has a reputation of granting more awards than any fair in the state. "Students who compete here stand a great chance of being acknowledged for their scientific endeavors because the Butte community is so wonderful at supporting this fair," said Phelps. Organizations wishing to contribute money or prizes to the Fair can contact Bernie at (406) 496-4565, or through email at bphelps@mtech.edu.

"Our goal is to give every student a quality experience that enhances their excitement for scientific research and prepares them to compete well should they advance to state or national competitions," said Phelps. Over 100 volunteer judges will staff the fair. Community members can volunteer to judge at


Montana Tech welcomes the community to view the competing projects at 5pm on March 8th in the SUB, or 5:30pm on March 10th in the HPER gym. For more information, please visit www.mtechoutreach.org/sf/.

Tobacco Whistleblower to Address Montana Tech

A former Philip Morris research scientist, who became the first whistleblower to reveal the tobacco industry’s secrets about the dangerous health effects of tobacco, will speak on the campus of Montana Tech. Victor DeNoble will present on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm in the Copper Lounge of the Student Union Building (SUB) of Montana Tech. This one-hour presentation is open to the public.


DeNoble researched nicotine’s effect on the brain in the 1980s before his lab was suddenly shut down by Philip Morris in an effort to keep his discoveries secret. DeNoble’s visit to Butte is one of several he will make in Montana. He will also speak in Kalispell, Missoula, Great Falls, Helena, Bozeman, and Billings. His tour coincides with a statewide, weeklong campaign sponsored by the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP), which kicks off February 21. “Through With Chew and All That’s New,” February 21-25, encourages local activities to raise awareness about nicotine addiction and the variety of dangerous nicotine-containing products the tobacco industry is marketing, particularly to young people.


“The tobacco industry has many new products on the market – all of them harmful,” says Joyce O’Neill, Montana Tech Student Life Counselor. “Nicotine is addictive no matter how it is delivered, and the threat of cancer, heart disease and other potentially fatal illnesses remains a threat with all of these products.”


“I wish the fight against tobacco was over, but it’s not,” says Linda Lee, MTUPP section supervisor. “Tobacco addiction continues to cost our state more than a half billion dollars each year in medical costs and lost productivity, and the tobacco industry continues to market tobacco products to our youth.”


“The new products from the tobacco industry are dangerous and are not a safe alternative to smoking or chewing,” O’Neill added. For more information, call Cricket Pietsch, Student Life Counselor at 406-496-3730 or Joyce O’Neill, Student Life Counselor at 406-496-4429.  

Montana Tech Announces Football Coaching Staff

BUTTE, MT – Montana Tech head football coach Chuck Morrell is pleased to announce his Oredigger football coaching staff. Doug Schleeman will remain with the Montana Tech Orediggers as assistant head football coach. Morrell has added two new coaches to the Montana Tech team. Ted Schlafke has been hired as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and academic coordinator; and Robert (BJ) Campbell has been added as the special teams coordinator, strength and conditioning coordinator, and linebackers coach.

Schleeman is in his 15th year as an assistant at Montana Tech. He was offensive coordinator under former Montana Tech head football coach Bob Green. Schleeman was recently named the 2010 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year for the NAIA Level. "I am fortunate to have Doug continue on our staff as the assistant head coach," said Morrell. "He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that will provide continuity within the program and community. Having the NAIA assistant coach of the year remain with us is a tremendous plus."

Morrell added, "I am very pleased with the new additions to the Montana Tech football family. Ted and BJ have the knowledge and the commitment to continue to lead this program in the right direction. Their previous experiences at a high level of football will translate to our program at Montana Tech very well."

Prior to joining the Montana Tech coaching staff, Schlafke was an assistant offensive line coach at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He worked under Southern Illinois University offensive coordinator and former University of Sioux Falls head coach Kalen DeBoer. Schlafke received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Finance from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During his time at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Schlafke played quarterback and led the 2008 National Championship team. He is currently working on a master of science in Kinesiology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Campbell comes to Montana Tech from the University of South Dakota where he coached from January 2009 to the present. Campbell has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Human and Sport Physiology and minor in Coaching from Wayne State College and a master of arts degree in Exercise Science and Athletic Administration from the University of South Dakota. Campbell played defensive back on the Wayne State College football team.

Tech Students Help Butte's Children's Sunshine Camp

A group of Construction/Carpentry Technology students from the Montana Tech College of Technology has come together to help the Butte Kiwanis Children’s Sunshine Camp. Under the supervision of Bill Ryan, their instructor and Chair of the Trades & Technical Department at the College of Technology, the students completed a brand new large deck and stairways.

"This was a fun and educational class project for our students," said Bill Ryan, COT Carpentry Instructor and Chair of the Trades & Technology Department. "Building a deck and stairway system is one of the most common tasks which our construction/carpentry students will be called upon to do. I was really glad that our students could learn these skills in an actual project for a really worthy cause in their own community."

The Butte Kiwanis Children’s Sunshine Camp is operated by the Big Butte Kiwanis Club in Butte. The Big Butte Kiwanis Club, like all of the Kiwanis clubs across Montana, strives "to serve our part of Montana with projects to help the children of our communities, and to sponsor organizations that will help nurture the next generation of responsible leaders." The Butte Kiwanis Children’s Sunshine Camp is "a summer camp for children from primarily low income families that provides a positive living environment to foster personal growth."

"The partnership between our Construction Program and the Butte Kiwanis Children’s Sunshine Camp has been mutually beneficial," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "As one of our American Democracy Project initiatives, our students are not only learning their academic lessons, they are also engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy by helping a community project in their own town. I couldn’t be prouder of them."

3rd Annual CareerSMART Fair brings employers to campus to recruit students

Montana Tech’s Career Services Department is hosting the 3rd Annual CareerSmart Fair on February 16, 2011 on the Montana Tech campus in the Student Union. The fair will run from 8:30am – 3:30pm. The CareerSmart Fair is designed to offer companies and organizations from all industries a chance to meet with Montana Tech students to discuss career opportunities and to share career development information with students of all academic levels and majors – from freshman to graduate students. The CareerSmart Fair is a valuable and economical opportunity for employers to meet with and interview qualified applicants. Employers will have the opportunity to recruit for full-time positions as well as internships, summer jobs, and other opportunities.

Employers can register online through DIGGERecruiting and find additional information at www.mtech.edu/career/employers or call Career Services at 406.496.4140 with questions.

Pioneer Technical Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Montana Tech

Pioneer Technical Services, Inc., a full-service environmental sciences, engineering, and surveying firm, recently donated $25,000 to Montana Tech to establish the Pioneer Technical Services Endowed Scholarship. The gift is in support of Montana Tech’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, Strengthening Foundations…Ensuring the Future.

"We are thrilled with this donation from Pioneer Technical. Many Montana students will benefit from this scholarship," said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. "Pioneer has been a Montana Tech supporter for many years and have actively recruited on campus in a variety of majors."

Montana Tech will award the Pioneer Technical Services Endowed Scholarship each year to a sophomore, junior, or senior at Montana Tech. The scholarship recipient will have graduated from a Montana high school and must have a 3.0 GPA.

"Pioneer is excited to make this contribution as an expression of our gratitude to Montana Tech," announced Brad Archibald, President/CEO of Pioneer Technical. "Ever since our founding in 1991 by Montana Tech alumnus Bill Bullock and his partners, Montana Tech alumni have been the key to Pioneer’s success. With over 50 Montana Tech graduates on staff, and more hopefully to come, Pioneer and our customers will continue to benefit from our relationship with this first-class institution."

Antonioli Leads Montana Tech Recruiting Class

Butte, MT - Montana Tech Head Football Coach Chuck Morrell has announced that Philip Antonioli has committed to play for the Orediggers in 2011. Antonioli will play wide receiver for the Diggers. The Butte Central standout was an All-State wide receiver this past season as well as a 1st Team All-Conference selection. Philip was selected to play in the 2011 Shrine Game and received Academic All-State honors for the past three years. "We are extremely excited that Phil will be joining our squad next fall," Morrell said. "Not only is he an outstanding football player, he also has the type of character and academic background that we pride ourselves on here at Montana Tech. Phil is a playmaker and a leader that will set the tone for this year’s recruiting class."

Grant Proposal Writing Workshop at Montana Tech

A grant proposal writing workshop will take place at Montana Tech on Thursday, January 6 and Friday, January 7, 2011. The workshop will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day in Main Hall, Room 106 at Montana Tech. The class will be taught by Janet Cornish, Community Development Services of Montana.


This two-day seminar will provide participants with key strategies to help them put their best foot forward on paper, while "demystifying" the grants process.  Topics will include the following: Assessing Need and Setting Priorities, Identifying Projects and Reviewing Solutions, Identifying Grant Sources and Associated Requirements, Preparing Strong Proposals, Preparing Budgets, and Managing Successful Programs.


This seminar is made possible through generous support from the Montana Tech Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and International Programs. Continuing education participants pay only $80.00 for the class and materials. Lunch is included both days.


To register, please contact the Montana Tech Enrollment Services Office at 406-496-4256 or 1-800-445-TECH. Class size is limited to 35 students so register early.

Montana Tech Circle K Club Gives Back

This holiday season, Montana Tech’s Circle K Club held their annual raffle. The raffle is organized to help families from Montana Tech and the Butte community with gifts and holiday meals. The Club received $2,500 in donations and raffle prizes. Thanks to the dedication of the Circle K members, the Club was able to help 21 families, including 46 kids. With the funds from the raffle, the Club purchased gifts and meals for these deserving families. The Club has organized this project for approximately 5 years. Club members collect prizes, sell raffle tickets, and then gather the packages for the chosen families. "This was the best year ever," said Maggie Peterson, Circle K Club advisor. "The campus and community really stepped up and made this year special."

Montana Tech Volleyball Players Earn Scholar-Athlete Awards

Montana Tech Volleyball continues to be impressive in the classroom, as the team lands four starters on the 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar All-American Team. All four are juniors academically and include: Jesse Bowden and Allyse Cruise, both studying Metallurgical Engineering; Shersteen Cline, studying Biological Sciences; and Katie Petteys, studying General Engineering. In order to receive this award, players must have achieved junior academic status, and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5.  

Tech’s volleyball team has a history of recruiting top-notch student-athletes. The team’s current cumulative GPA is a 3.4 and has received the NAIA Scholar Team Award in 2008 and 2009, and the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2008.

Society of Women Engineers announce Scholarship Recipients

The Montana Tech Society of Women Engineers Chapter announces scholarships recipients.

The following individuals were awarded $500 freshmen scholarships: Courtney Greyn (Environmental Engineering) from Billings, MT; Kadee Kaasa (Petroleum Engineering) from Idaho Falls, ID; Hilary Ramseier (Petroleum Engineering) from Cody, WY; and Allyson Reamy (Petroleum Engineering) from Grand Forks, ND.

The following individuals were awarded $1,000 scholarships: Scyller Borglum (Petroleum Engineering) from Great Falls, MT; Ashley Pedersen (Petroleum Engineering) from Seattle, WA; Ruthie Harrison (General Engineering w/Mechanical option) from Whitehall, MT; and Brandi Cayler (Metallurgical & Materials Engineering) from Juliaetta, ID.

Search Underway for Montana Tech's Next Chancellor
December 7, 2010 – Montana Tech, Butte, MT

With the selection of a chancellor search committee, Montana Tech has begun the first steps in the search for its next Chancellor. The 23-member committee has been tasked with finding the successor for Montana Tech’s Chancellor Frank Gilmore, who will retire on June 30, 2011 after 13 years at Montana Tech.

The chancellor search committee is comprised of:

  • Doug Coe, Dean, College of Letters, Science, and Professional Studies; Chair
  • Doug Abbott, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Grant Mitman, Professor, Biological Sciences and President, MTFA
  • Hal Millegan, Assistant Professor, General Engineering and Chair, Faculty Senate
  • Vickie Petritz, Instructor, Business Technology, College of Technology
  • Henry Gonshak, Professor, Liberal Studies
  • Dan Trudnowski, Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Mary MacLaughlin, Professor, Geological Engineering
  • Amy Verlanic, Director, Technical Outreach
  • Melissa Harrington, Director, Institutional Research and Chair, Staff Senate
  • Marcia Lubick, Computer Support Specialist, Montana Tech Library
  • Sarah Raymond, Director, Career Services
  • Faye Wilson, Assistant Director, Bookstore and Vice President, MPEA
  • Chris Tacke, Vice President, Associated Students of Montana Tech (ASMT)
  • Jennifer Black, graduate student, Environmental Engineering
  • Margie Thompson, community representative
  • David Rovig, Board Member, Montana Tech Foundation
  • Bob Bentley, Jr., President, Montana Tech Alumni Association
  • Ed Deal, Director, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
  • Angela McLean, Montana Board of Regents
  • Joe Fanguy, Director, Office of Technology Transfer, University of Montana
  • Dan Villa, Governor’s Education Policy Advisor
  • John Cech, Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education

Support Personnel (non-voting): Maggie Peterson, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance and EEO Representative; and Carmen Nelson, Assistant to the Chancellor

Selecting the next Chancellor to lead Montana Tech is critically important to Montana Tech’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. The search committee will ensure that those who are vital to the success of the college, particularly employers of Montana Tech’s graduates, parents, the partner campuses of the Montana University System, and especially the community of Butte, have ample opportunity to participate and a voice throughout the selection process.

"With the establishment of the chancellor search committee, the search for a new Chancellor at Montana Tech has begun in earnest," explained Dean Doug Coe. The committee has met once and will meet again on December 14. Currently the committee is surveying faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, employers, friends, and the community to determine what characteristics they would like to see in the next Chancellor. "Working with a search firm hired to assist us in the process, we hope to begin broadly soliciting applications before the end of the year. Ultimately our committee plans to have a Chancellor in place by or before the beginning of the next academic year," Coe elaborated.

All inquiries concerning the progress of the search should be directed to Search Committee Chair, Doug Coe, through Carmen Nelson, Assistant to the Chancellor, by calling (406) 496-4129 or by emailing cnelson@mtech.edu.

Morrell to lead Oredigger Football

December 20, 2010

Montana Tech is thrilled to announce they have hired Chuck Morrell as their new head football coach. "We are excited that Chuck accepted the head football coaching position," announced Joe McClafferty, athletic director at Montana Tech. "When Chuck came to our campus, he talked a lot about family and we are pleased that he will now become a member of the Montana Tech and Butte families. Chuck’s success is unprecedented and I feel he has the knowledge, skill set, and blueprint to help us complete our mission of winning championships with student-athletes who graduate." Chancellor Frank Gilmore added, "Chuck is an excellent fit for Montana Tech, our programs, and the Butte community."

Morrell will immediately take over the coaching duties at Montana Tech. He and his family will relocate from Tyndall, South Dakota to Butte.

"I am excited to be joining the Montana Tech family. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Coach Bob Green," explained Coach Chuck Morrell. "The contribution Coach Green has made to Montana Tech, to Butte, and to the Frontier Conference is unequaled." Morrell goes on to say, "I would like to thank Chancellor Frank Gilmore, Joe McClafferty, and the search committee for making me feel welcome during my time in Butte. This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to leading the student-athletes at an outstanding academic institution in an esteemed conference."

On December 9, Montana Tech announced they narrowed their pool of candidates for the head football coaching job down to two finalists. The finalists were on the Montana Tech campus last week for interviews.

About Chuck Morrell: Currently, Chuck is the defensive coordinator for the University of South Dakota (USD). Prior to going to USD, Chuck was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at the University of Sioux Falls (USF) from 1998 through 2009. During his time at USF, the team won national championships in 2006, 2008, and 2009. In 2007, the team was national runners-up. From 2005-2009, Sioux Falls’ overall record was 67-3 with Chuck as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.

Chuck has a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-medicine from the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, SD. He was a defensive back for the University of Sioux Falls from 1995-97 and was an outside linebacker for the University of South Dakota from 1993-94.

All inquiries regarding Montana Tech Athletics should be directed to athletic director, Joe McClafferty at 406-496-4301.
Montana Tech Football Coach Bob Green Announces Retirement
Butte, Montana - At a press conference early today, Montana Tech head football coach Bob Green announced his intent to retire after leading the Orediggers for 24 years. Coach Green has not only been a leader on the Montana Tech campus but he is also a wonderful ambassador and recruiter for Montana Tech and Digger Athletics.

"Coach Green always says it’s a great day to be a Digger. Well, it is always a great day to be a Digger but today is a little tough as we have come to the end of the most successful era of football in the history of Montana Tech," said athletic director Joe McClafferty. "This is the end of an era of the greatest coaching legend ever at Montana Tech and the Frontier Conference."

Coach Green took over the reins of the Orediggers football program in 1987. Under Green, the Diggers had many accomplished. Overall, Coach Green’s teams had 140 wins, 116 losses, and 1 tie. He has also shared more "Greenisms" than can be counted. During Green’s time at Montana Tech, the Diggers appeared in the playoffs five times and played for the National Championship in 1996. In his 24 years, his teams were either 1st or 2nd 16 times. He also coached 15 1st team all-Americans

—two of which received the honor twice.

Coach Green has been committed to his student-athletes success on the field and in the classroom. Of the 308 seniors he coached, 293 of them graduated—a 95% graduation rate.

"Bob’s leadership is reflected in his coaches and players. His leadership has helped his fiercely loyal coaches and players to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more," said McClafferty.

"Bob Green’s success as a head football coach at Montana Tech is unprecedented," announced Montana Tech Chancellor Frank Gilmore. "He has set the standard for all coaches who follow him."

For more information, please contact Montana Tech athletic director Joe McClafferty at 406-496-4301.

Montana Tech's Technical Outreach Department Awarded U.S. Department of Education Grant
Butte, MT- Montana Tech’s Technical Outreach Department was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Education $1,100,000 grant to establish a Student Support Services (SSS) program. Student Support Services was established in 1968 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.

These new funds will allow Montana Tech to provide students pursuing a four-year post-secondary degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) discipline, academic development, assist students in meeting basic college requirements, and serve to motivate students toward the completion of their postsecondary education.

The Montana Tech Student Success Services program is funded to serve 120 eligible students with quality academic services resulting in, but not limited to, increased retention rates, increased graduation rates as well as an improved campus climate.

"There are economic and political challenges facing the United States today that can only be answered with an increase in the number of students graduating in STEM related degrees," said Amy Verlanic, Director of Technical Outreach at Montana Tech. "We are in desperate need of more scientists and engineers. Montana Tech is proud to acknowledge this need and to be positioned to provide the extra support some students need in order to enter into and graduate from these rigorous degree programs."

For more information, please contact Amy Verlanic at 406-496-4289 or averlanic@mtech.edu.

Tech Honors Veterans with Luncheon

Montana Tech will sponsor a Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 10th at noon in the Copper Lounge of the Student Union Building. The event has two purposes: first, it is intended to demonstrate honor, respect and appreciation for Tech students, faculty, staff and alumni who are veterans; and second, it is intended to coincide with the national recognition of Veteran’s Day.


“We have a number of students who are veterans,” said Paul Beatty, Tech’s Dean of Students. “Our veterans have put themselves on the line and have made significant personal sacrifices in service to our country. We believe it is important that our veterans know that they are genuinely appreciated. “


The scheduled speaker at the Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon will be Brian Becker, a VA outreach specialist for the Missoula Vet Center.


Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially concluded on November 11, 1918. In legislation passed in 1938, November 11th was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter known as 'Armistice Day'" honoring World War I veterans. After the experiences of World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the 1938 Act by striking the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Tech to hold Dating Violence Awareness Workshop

Dating and violence are not topics which seem to belong together, but unfortunately, they are together all too often. Montana Tech has scheduled a Dating Violence workshop for Monday, November 8th at noon in the Commons on Montana Tech’s South Campus. The workshop is being sponsored by Safe Space, Inc., Tech Student Services, PTK (the two year honor society) and the COT Student Leadership.

"It is both important and valuable for our students to be aware of the warning signs and dangers when someone they are dating resorts to violence," said Tech Counselor, Cricket Pietsch. "Our hope is that this Dating Violence workshop and Officer Murphy’s presentation will help students to stay safe while they are dating."

The workshop presentation will be made by Butte Police Officer Dan Murphy. Officer Murphy was recently awarded the "Above and Beyond" Award from Safe Space for his years of dedication to victims and Safe Space’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.

"I am really excited to present this information to men and women at the college level," said Officer Murphy. "Young adults are really the high-risk group for both dating violence and sexual assault, both in our community and across the country." Safe Space provides free assistance to victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence, including one-on-one crisis counseling, emergency shelter, support groups, and many other types of emergency assistance.

For any further information about this event, please contact Cricket Pietsch at 406-496-3730.

Montana Tech Awarded Nearly $1,000,000 to Develop Engineering Software

Butte, MT – Montana Tech was recently awarded nearly $1,000,000 from the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) under a contract to develop engineering software to more reliably operate electric power grids. The WECC is a regional entity responsible for coordinating and promoting bulk electric system reliability in the western North American power grid. WECC is a recipient of funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to install a system-wide Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) network and develop engineering applications to improve system reliability. Montana Tech is developing one of the primary applications.

PMUs are new devices that utilize Global Positioning System satellites to time-synchronize high-speed grid measurements. Tech's software will use PMUs and advanced signal-processing techniques to estimate the stability of the electric power grid in real time. The goal of the project is to advise grid operators of possible grid instability so that action can be taken to avoid a widespread blackout. The software will be prototyped at a number of electric power control centers within the western United States and Canada. The Principle Investigators on the project are Montana Tech electrical engineering professors, Dr. Dan Trudnowski and Dr. Matt Donnelly.

"This project represents the culmination of nearly a decade of research conducted by faculty and graduate students at Montana Tech in collaboration with the University of Wyoming and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory," said Dr. Trudnowski. "The research has demonstrated and promoted the advantages of PMUs for smart transmission grids."

For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Trudnowski at 406-496- 4681.

COT Students work on Major Habitat Construction

A group of Construction/Carpentry Technology students from the Montana Tech College of Technology has begun work on a 4-plex condominium in partnership with Habitat For Humanity of Southwest Montana. The students, and their instructor, Bill Ryan, are constructing the four unit condominium with special accessibility features in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and which exceed Energy Star standards for efficiency. The home is located at 633 S. Idaho Street.

"This is an exciting project for our students," said Bill Ryan, COT Carpentry Instructor and Chair of the Trades & Technology Department. "This is the first multifamily project for Habitat in Butte. Not only are our students learning valuable skills, they are getting to work on actual construction projects while helping their community."

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. They have been very active in several Southwest Montana counties since they started activities here in 1997. Habitat for Humanity homes are made affordable to local, low income families.

"This Habitat for Humanity project is one of our American Democracy Project initiatives. The goal is to produce graduates who are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "Our students can be proud to be participating in the betterment of their community. I, for one, am very proud of them and the work they are doing."

College of Technology Honor Society Wins Award

The College of Technology’s Beta Xi Sigma Chapter of the two-year honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, won a Pinnacle Award and Membership Scholarships from the national PTK Organization. The Pinnacle Award recognizes Phi Theta Kappa chapters for successfully enhancing their recruitment and orientation strategies. The Tech chapter increased its membership by 25% over last year.


“Another aspect of this award is that we will receive five Membership Scholarships,” said Vicki Petritz, Accounting Instructor, who, along with Tech Counselor, Cricket Pietsch, serve as Advisors to the Chapter. “These scholarships help pay membership fees for deserving eligible students who otherwise could not afford to join Phi Theta Kappa.”


The national honor society was established in 1918 in order to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Membership is by invitation only and requires students to be enrolled in a two-year degree program and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher with at least twelve college credits completed.


“I am very proud of our honor students,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. “I know how hard these students have worked to maintain their high grade point averages. I believe their recognition for this accomplishment is well-deserved.”

Montana Tech Makes the Grade



Montana Tech ranks first in the Frontier Conference on the Champions of Character Scorecard


BUTTE, MT - When it comes to advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics, NAIA members are making the grade, according to results of the 2009-10 NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard released by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). And, the Montana Tech Orediggers are right at the head of the class. The Orediggers are listed as the leading school in the Frontier Conference and are among the top 10 schools overall on the Champions of Character Scorecard.


Montana Tech’s ranking was due to high points for exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and strong focus on making the community a better place. “Our high score is a testament to our First Choice student-athletes and coaches at Montana Tech,” announced Joe McClafferty, Montana Tech Athletic Director. “Being a student-athlete is not an easy job. I am very proud of how hard our student-athletes work in the classroom, on the court or field, and in our community. This scorecard demonstrates our athletic department’s success in fostering leadership in our student-athletes. The leadership our coaches provide is second-to-none. We will continue to stay on path and work hard.”


The Association, which boasts a proud reputation as an arena that promotes competitive athletics, academic excellence, and character values simultaneously, will recognize 204 colleges and universities and 20 conferences with the Champions of Character Five Star Award. To receive the award members scored 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard and conferences named to the list had at least 60% of its member schools making the grade with 60 or more points.

The Scorecard was crafted to convert the NAIA’s vision and strategy into measurable goals and to monitor progress towards advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics. The initiative supports performance-driven athletics while defining expectations and standards that drive successful teams and athletics departments.

“We are proud of the commitment and character of our student-athletes and coaches,” said Montana Tech Chancellor Frank Gilmore. “Our high ranking proves our student-athletes work hard on and off the field. We are committed to academic excellence and instilling a sense of character and community into our student-athletes.”

Institutions were measured based on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in each of the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

The Scorecard process is based on the NAIA’s flagship program Champions of Character, which emphasizes the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. To learn more about the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard and Five Star Award visit www.ChampionsofCharacter.org.

To view a list of all Champions of Character Five Star Institutions, go to http://www.championsofcharacter.org/article/31.php.


College of Technology Celebrates Medical Assistants Week

This week, the College of Technology’s Medical Assistant Program will be celebrating National Medical Assistants Recognition Week as sponsored by the American Association of Medical Assistants. This is an additionally notable week for the College of Technology as the Medical Assistants Program is celebrating its 5th year anniversary.


The profession of Medical Assistants has been growing significantly in recent years. Medical Assistants are trained to assist physicians in clinic settings and to handle both “front office” and “back office” responsibilities. For example, in a typical day, Medical Assistants take vital signs, record patient histories, answer insurance questions and schedule appointments – all of this and more – with competence and compassion.


“The population of the US is aging as the Baby Boom Generation begins retiring,” said Gretchen Geller, RN, director of Montana Tech’s Medical Assistant Program. “As a result, there will be an increased need for health care workers generally. Medical Assistants will definitely play a significant role in addressing our country’s healthcare needs.”


The US Department of Labor estimates that employment of Medical Assistants is projected to grow 34%, which is much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–18 decade and that job prospects should be excellent. The estimates from the Labor Department are that annual wages of Medical Assistants were $28,300 in May 2008.


“There’s a reason we employ 15 medical assistants at our office,” said Dr. Zachary Post, an orthopedic surgeon in Billings. “Each medical assistant puts a face to their physician’s practice. Since my medical assistant is pleasant, kind, and patient, patients get that same impression of me. She goes out of her way to build me up and demonstrate that we have a good working relationship. When I enter the room, patients are happy to see me. She [puts] my practice in a good light by adding that extra dimension I can’t.”


“Montana needs more highly skilled workers, especially in high need areas. Our Medical Assistants Program is helping to meet that need,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. “And, as it is Medical Assistants Recognition Week, I especially want to congratulate our Medical Assistant students, faculty and alumni on the 5th anniversary of their program. I am proud to be associated with them.”

Montana Tech Chancellor Frank Gilmore Announces Intent to Retire

Butte, MT - At the close of the Board of Regents meeting on the Montana Tech Campus today, Chancellor Frank Gilmore announced his intent to retire effective June 30, 2011. Gilmore said, "By that date I will have reached my 76th year of life and it is time for Ann and me to begin a new stage."

"About a year ago we made the decision to make this our last year of public employment. During our thirteen years here, the students, faculty and staff have achieved a number of significant accomplishments for which we can all be proud. Today we find ourselves at an apex which will lead to either a plateau or a giant mountain. Climbing that giant mountain requires new leadership to re-invigorate the university and give it the spirit and stamina to reach the next level of excellence."

Chancellor Gilmore also expressed his appreciation to the Board of Regents, the Montana University System, The University of Montana, the Butte and Anaconda communities, and especially the Montana Tech students, faculty and staff for the opportunity to serve higher education in Montana. In June 2011, Frank Gilmore will have completed a 44-year higher educational career which was begun as an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi in 1967.

As they transition to the most mature stage of their lives, Frank and Ann Gilmore want all their friends across the nation, indeed across the world, to know how absolutely appreciative they are for the support and friendship they have received from so many wonderful people. For the past 44 years, home for the Gilmores has included Oxford, Mississippi (26 years), Montgomery, West Virginia (5 years), and Butte, Montana (over 12 years). Ann and Frank feel their move to Butte was made so easy because the people here are so warm and welcoming and because the community is strongly supportive of Montana Tech.

In retirement the Gilmores plan to live in Oxford, Mississippi where they have a home and a tree farm and in Wise River, Montana where they are building a home. With a smile Frank quipped, "The 1,800-mile commute is a little longer than my current walk across the street. I plan to be totally involved in operating and promoting Montana Tech until my last day on June 30th. At that point I will completely step aside and leave my successor to move this great place forward. However, Ann and I will always be Montana Tech supporters with one of our goals being to increase the fledgling Gilmore Family Scholarship Endowment."

The process to select Frank’s replacement will be defined and communicated over the course of the next few weeks.

Enrollment Records Shattered on Montana Tech's Campus



Butte, MT – “Montana Tech is again experiencing record-breaking enrollments,” announced Montana Tech Chancellor Frank Gilmore. The number of students on Tech’s two campuses is at an all-time high. The University is experiencing an overall increase of 6%, shattering all past enrollment records.


Tech’s North Campus has grown 5% from 2,187 students in fall 2009 to 2,289 this term. The South Campus enrollment is up 12% from 507 students in fall 2009 to 568 students this fall. Tech’s enrollment numbers include in-state student growth of 4% and an increase of 16% for out-of-state students.


The numbers for Tech’s Graduate School and international student populations are also strong and record-setting. The Graduate School numbers increased 14% from last fall. International student enrollment is also up 11% moving from 209 in the fall of 2009 to 231this fall.


On the South Campus, Montana Tech’s energy technology program saw the largest jump in enrollment, going from only six students in 2009 to 21 this fall. The construction trades technology (carpentry) program boasted a 57% increase in students. The top four program this fall on the South Campus are radiologic technology, network technology, medical assistant, and metals fabrication.    


On the North Campus, petroleum engineering continues to be the largest discipline with 348 students followed by general engineering, nursing, and business. The nursing and geological engineering programs experienced the largest percentage of growth on the North Campus.


“We’re delighted to once again welcome record numbers of students,” said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. “Our steady rate of growth over the past few years is aligned with the Vision 2025. We know Montana Tech provides a high-quality educational experience and students are confirming that by choosing Montana Tech.

Kelvin Sampson Returning to the Campus of Montana Tech

On Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18, Coach Kelvin and Karen Sampson will return to Butte and the campus of Montana Tech. On Friday evening, they will be honored at a private fundraising event and auction. On Saturday, the couple will enjoy a Digger tailgate and will set their eyes on the Kelvin Sampson Court for the first time since its construction in 2007.

On Friday evening at the fundraising event and auction, Kelvin will announce the creation of The Kelvin and Karen Sampson Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will assist the Montana Tech men’s basketball program with current and future scholarship needs. During the auction, an oil painting of Kelvin, by local artist, Mike Hamblin, will be auctioned.

On Saturday, Digger Athletics will host a tailgate party for all current and former student-athletes, friends, and fans. Kelvin and Karen will be the special guests at the tailgate, which begins at 4:00 pm on the parking tiers at Montana Tech. Everybody is invited to attend the tailgate prior to the Orediggers’ game against the Rocky Mountain Battlin’ Bears. To open the game, Kelvin will assist with the coin toss.

"Kelvin and Karen are great friends and supporters of Montana Tech and Digger Athletics," explained Joe McClafferty, Montana Tech Athletic Director. "Kelvin understood long ago that to achieve success you must have First Choice student-athletes. We are excited that Kelvin and Karen are returning to view the Kelvin Sampson Court and to continue to help guide the Diggers to success."

Kelvin has a rich coaching history. He led the Diggers to victory from 1981 to 1985. After his time at Tech, Kelvin went on to coach at Washington State University, the University of Oklahoma, and Indiana University. During Kelvin’s time at Oklahoma, he was National Coach of the Year and he took his team to the Final Four. Currently Kelvin serves as the assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.

"The men’s basketball program is very thankful to Kelvin and Karen for their continued support of Montana Tech Athletics," said Aaron Woliczko, head men’s basketball coach. The Kelvin and Karen Sampson Endowed Scholarship Fund will help our program tremendously with the money it generates. Their endowment will support our efforts to bring in the highest quality students and basketball players. Personally, my family and I look forward to meeting such a legendary basketball coach and supporting this endowment in any way we can."

If you wish to make a donation to The Kelvin and Karen Sampson Endowed Scholarship Fund, please call the Montana Tech Foundation at 406-496-4233.

Chad Hymas to Present at Montana Tech

On Friday, October 1, 2010, Newmont Mining will sponsor a presentation by Chad Hymas. Hymas was recently named "One of the 10 Best Inspirational Speakers in the World" by the Wall Street Journal. Hymas’ message entwines humor and learning by sharing his unique personal experience. His message inspires, motivates, and moves people to action!

At the age of 27, Hymas broke his neck in a freak accident leaving him a quadriplegic. Doctors said he would never walk, and without the complete use of his arms, he would need an electric wheel chair. Wondering where all his dreams went, Chad decided he had the power and belief to control his own future.

The presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place at 2:30 pm in the Montana Tech HPER.

11th Annual Montana Tech Career Fair Brings Employers to Campus to Recruit Students

Join us on the Richest Hill on Earth to participate in the 11th Annual Montana Tech Career Fair. This event will begin with pre-fair events for employers on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 on the Montana Tech campus in the Student Union Building. The fair itself will take place on September 9, 2010 from 8:30am to 3:30pm in the HPER (Health, Physical Education & Recreation) Complex.

The Career Fair, hosted by Career Services at Montana Tech, is designed to offer companies and organizations from all industries a chance to meet with Montana Tech students to discuss career opportunities and to share career development information with students of all academic levels and majors – from freshman to graduate students. The Montana Tech Career Fair is a valuable and economical opportunity for employers to meet with and interview qualified applicants. Employers will have the opportunity to recruit for full-time positions as well as internships, and other opportunities.

Employers can register online through DIGGERecruiting and find additional information at WWW.MTECH.EDU/CAREER/EMPLOYERS. Please contact the Career Services at 406.496.4140 if there are additional questions.

Students, alumni and community members can also check out the career fair web site to see which companies are coming, obtain a schedule of events and how to prepare for attending a career fair. Through their DIGGERecruiting account, students can also see who will be on campus recruiting this semester. Montana Tech students and alumni can sign-up for their DIGGERecruiting account online at WWW.MTECH.EDU/CAREER/STUDENTS or if there are further questions, please contact the Career Services at 496.4140.

Montana Tech Ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Edition of Best Colleges
Montana Tech has been ranked as one of the nation’s "Best Colleges" by U.S. News and World Report. The university is recognized as one of the top tier regional universities in the West for undergraduate academics in "America’s Best Colleges 2011." Tech ranked number 4 among public baccalaureate colleges. The exclusive rankings, which include rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting August 31.

Montana Tech was recognized as one of the top public universities in its category: "Best Regional Universities-West Region" for institutions that provide "a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs." The 2011 Best Colleges feature the established rankings of the Best National Universities, Best Regional Colleges, Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, and more.

The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

"It is an honor to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report," announced Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. "This ranking again confirms the high-quality education offered at Montana Tech. Many prospective students use this tool when considering their college choice."

For more information about Best Colleges, visit

www.usnews.com/colleges. To access the Premium Online Edition, go to www.usnews.com/collegestore.
$96,300 in Scholarships available for Native American Graduate Students

Montana Tech in Butte, Montana received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Indigenous Graduate Partnership program to offer scholarships to qualified Native American graduate students. Graduate students must attend Montana Tech and enroll in one of the following graduate programs: electrical engineering, environmental engineering, general engineering, geosciences (with options in geochemistry, geology/geological engineering, geophysical engineering, hydrogeology/hydrogeological engineering), industrial hygiene (on campus), interdisciplinary studies, metallurgical/mineral processing engineering, mining engineering, or petroleum engineering.

The recent funding is a 3-year continuation of support from the Sloan Foundation. The Sloan funding, coupled with Montana Tech funding, will provide three qualified students each year with a scholarship worth $32,100 to be used over their graduate career. As part of the funding, Montana Tech will provide each student with a tuition waiver.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Indigenous Graduate Partnership is designed to address the national need for academically prepared Native Americans who can help direct economic development in their communities and reservations and who will occupy future leadership positions in colleges and universities, government, and the corporate world.

This is the 6th year Montana Tech has partnered with the Sloan Foundation to provide the scholarships to Native American graduate students. "The Sloan Foundation has been a leader in investing in the diversification of the nation’s workforce. Montana Tech is pleased to have been an original member of the Indigenous Graduate Partnership and is very appreciative of the continued support by the Sloan Foundation. These scholarships are an excellent opportunity for Native American students to extend their education to the Master of Science level and to expand their career opportunities," said Joe Figueira, Dean of Montana Tech’s Graduate School.

For more information or to apply for admission, visit http://www.mtech.edu/gradschl/sloan.html or contact Cindy Dunstan at 406-496-4304.

Montana Tech Recognized by the Princeton Review

Montana Tech has been recognized in The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best 373 Colleges" and online in its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”



The Princeton Review named Montana Tech as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education.  The Princeton Review, an education services company, featured Tech in their 2011 college guidebook, "The Best 373 Colleges."  This is the Princeton Review’s 19th edition of the book.


Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide.  It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.



Montana Tech was also named one of the best colleges in the West according to the Princeton Review.  Tech is one of 120 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the West" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," recently posted on PrincetonReview.com. The 120 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the West" list are located in fifteen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  The University of Montana was also listed in the Princeton Review’s publication.  


For this project, The Princeton Review asked students attending the schools to rate (in their opinion) their schools on several issues--from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list hierarchically or by region. 


“These recognitions are truly an honor for Montana Tech because they are derived from data gathered from our students,” said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation.  “This is the 11th consecutive year we have received this distinction and it demonstrates the commitment to excellence at our institution.  Our faculty and staff are among the finest in the nation, and The Princeton Review agrees.”


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Montana Tech Career Services Publishes 2009 Survey

Montana Tech Career Services published the 2009 Graduate Survey in June. This complete survey and additional archives can be accessed online at www.mtech.edu/career/surveys.


Highlights from the 2009 Survey:

Montana Tech’s overall placement rate is 93%, with a 99.7% response rate. Annual starting salary was relatively consistent, despite the economy. Overall 2009 employment by region remained consistent with 50% of our students in 2009 staying to work in Montana.


Rhodia Awards Montana Tech Scholarships to Local Students

In 2001, Rhodia Inc. announced a new scholarship, The Rhodia Inc. Engineering for Environmental Protection Scholarship, for future Montana Tech students. The scholarship was established for engineering students who share Rhodia’s commitment to the environment.

Each year, one $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has been accepted to an engineering degree program at Montana Tech.

This year, Rhodia chose to award a scholarship to two future Montana Tech students. "We are proud to support education and the young people of Butte. This scholarship program enables us to do both, while working with an outstanding institution like Montana Tech," said Dan Bersanti, Rhodia’s site manager. "This year’s winners, Mackenzie Alexander and Mathew Stajcar, are outstanding students who will do well at Montana Tech." 
Montana Tech Receives Leadership Gift from Freeport-McMoRan

On July 8, 2010, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., a leading international mining company, provided Montana Tech with a pledge of $1,050,000 to establish the Freeport-McMoRan Professorships Endowment. This leadership gift is in support of Montana Tech’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, Strengthening Foundations…Ensuring the Future.


The first installment in the amount of $300,000 accompanied the pledge. The remaining $750,000 will be paid over the next three years. The professorships will be used to supplement the salaries of three faculty positions in the mining, geological, and metallurgical engineering departments.


“We are proud to be part of this partnership to help Montana Tech recruit and retain high-quality faculty members within the School of Mines and Engineering,” announced Richard C. Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. “Alumni of Montana Tech are significant contributors in our organization, including serving on our senior management team. Montana Tech has remained committed to excellence in its mining-related programs, with quality curriculums, outstanding faculty and a commitment to diversity in its learning environment. Our partnership with the University is designed to support ongoing and increased excellence in these areas to benefit the institution, the faculty and students.”


“Freeport-McMoRan has allowed us to improve the compensation of our tremendous faculty members,” said Dr. Peter Knudsen, Dean of the School of Mines and Engineering. “We are elated to award Dr. Chris Gammons, geological engineering; Dr. K.V. Sudhakar, metallurgical engineering; and Dr. R. Reddy Kallu, mining engineering with Freeport-McMoRan professorships.”


“Freeport-McMoRan is a tremendous organization that makes a difference in people’s lives all across the globe. The creation of this permanent endowment will supply resources that will impact the faculty on this campus forever,” commented Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation.


“This gift enhances the continuing efforts of the Montana Tech Foundation to bring new resources to Montana Tech that support faculty and students. The three individuals earning the distinction of Freeport-McMoRan professorships are outstanding examples of engineering scholars and our students are fortunate to have them among our outstanding faculty,” added Dr. Frank Gilmore, Montana Tech Chancellor. 

Montana Tech to Host International Advisers

Montana Tech of The University of Montana in collaboration with The University of Montana and Carroll College will host four EducationUSA international advisers in early June.

The advisers, Margaret Anyigbo of Nigeria, Aleksandra Augustyniak of Poland, Tetiana Kotko of Ukraine and Sudarrshan Saha of India, will meet with various academic departments, faculty, and international students while touring the campus of Montana Tech on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. They will also tour around Butte during their visit.

During their weeklong visit to Montana, the advisers will tour Montana Tech, The University of Montana, Carroll College, Salish Kootenai College in Pablo and UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station.

Out of 20 applications, the proposal submitted by the University of Montana, Montana Tech, and Carroll College was one of eight chosen to host the EducationUSA advisers.

EducationUSA is a global network of advising centers supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Each year, EducationUSA collaborates with the College Board to sponsor adviser visits to colleges and universities around the nation following the Association of International Educators annual conference in late May.

New Work of Art at the COT

Montana Tech’s College of Technology has a new work of art, a large metal flower sculpture, designed and created by Tony Patrick, Adjunct Instructor in the Metals Fabrication Program. The sculpture, with over 120 hours of donated time and labor by its creator, is a representation of a daisy. It measures approximately 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Fabricated out of steel, the entire sculpture will rust to a natural, beautiful patina, except for the bright yellow center of the flower. 

"Tony’s sculpture pleases me so very much," said Dr. John Garic, Dean of the College. "Author John Updike said, ‘What art offers is space--a certain breathing room for the spirit.’ And this sculpture does just that. It represents for me a lot of what Montana symbolizes: large – out in the open – beautiful."The art work was "planted" in the new flower bed started last summer in the northwest corner of the interior island of the COT’s driveway. The sculpture was so large, the installation required the efforts of Bill Ryan, Chair of the Trades & Technical Department, Jim Babst and Jim Wheeldon, Lineman Program Instructors, Terry Gavigan, COT Facilities Supervisor, Steve Luft, Associate Dean and some of the Lineman Program students. The sculpture’s size and weight is so great that one of the Lineman Program trucks was used to lift and transport the creation to its final resting place where it was cemented in place.

Tony wishes to thank his wife, Marilyn Patrick, COT Administrative Associate, for her idea and vision for the flower and her help and support during its creation.

Bill Ryan Nominated for CASE Professor of the Year

Bill Ryan, Department Chair of the Trades & Technical Department of the College of Technology has been nominated by Montana Tech for a CASE US Professor of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding performance as a member of the Montana Tech Faculty. Bill was nominated in the Outstanding Community Colleges Professor category.

The only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, the CASE Professor of the Year Award Program is sponsored by the Center for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The stated purpose of the award program is to salute "the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students."

"I was very glad and proud to nominate Bill for this prestigious award," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "Seventeenth Century philosopher, John Locke said, ‘The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.’ In my opinion, the actions of Bill Ryan do indeed reveal his thoughts, his interest, his dedication, and his passion for teaching and his students. He is very deserving of this award."

Bill was one of the champions and organizers of the adoption of the new Sustainable Energy Technology – Wind Program. Additionally, he has revitalized an external advisory board to assist him in the review, revision, and re-building of the Historic Preservation Program. He organized an evening class in power tools, home repair, and simple carpentry which was enjoyed by members of the community, including Tech staff members. Also, in a move which will resonate in major ways from an academic standpoint, a student retention standpoint, a public relations standpoint, and, perhaps most importantly, a service to the community standpoint, Bill has embraced the principles of the American Democracy Project by involving his students this academic year in the construction of five Habitat for Humanity homes in Butte.

Each institution may nominate three professors for CASE US Professor of the Year Award competition. Each nominee must have taught at the undergraduate level, part- or full-time, for at least one semester during the 2009–2010 academic year. Professors awarded by individual schools are then eligible for further recognition by CASE at the state and national levels.

McCulloch Receives 2010 Award of Excellence

On May 26, 2010, at the closing banquet for their annual meeting, the Montana Mining Association surprised Robin McCulloch with their 2010 Award of Excellence. As the Research Mining Engineer for the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, McCulloch regularly visits mining and exploration operations across Montana and offers advice and expertise to anyone interested in mining in the state. He has a master's degree in Mining Engineering from Montana Tech and has worked in the mining industry for more than 30 years.

The 2010 Award of Excellence was presented to McCulloch "in recognition of his work researching Montana's mineral occurrences and supporting the mining industry."

McCulloch was completely shocked and thrilled. "I told them if they knew giving me an award like this would make me speechless, they probably would have given it to me years ago," he said, with a grin.

Goldcorp, Inc. presents Montana Tech with Gift

On Saturday, May 15, 2010, Goldcorp, Inc, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies, presented Montana Tech of The University of Montana with a check in the amount of $250,000, the third and final installment towards their leadership gift pledged in 2008. Dr. Dan Rovig, member of the Board of Directors of Goldcorp, presented Montana Tech with the donation prior to Montana Tech’s 110th Commencement Ceremony.

In May 2008, Goldcorp announced the leadership pledge, in support of Montana Tech’s campaign, Strengthening Foundations…Ensuring the Future. The gift totalled $1,050,000, creating The Goldcorp, Inc. Endowed Professorship. The professorship is used to supplement the salaries of faculty members within the departments of Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, and Geological Engineering. Goldcorp’s first installment, a $550,000 gift, was made in May of 2008. The second gift, received in May 2009, was presented to Montana Tech by Kevin McArthur, retired President & CEO of Goldcorp, and Dr. Rovig.

"Saturday was a very important day for Montana Tech," announced Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. "We witnessed the graduation of 411 Tech students, who are now prepared and ready for life’s next chapter. We also received our final gift from our KEY VIP partner, Goldcorp. I am honored to accept Goldcorp’s gift on behalf of all Montana Tech faculty, staff, and students. This gift will help continue Montana Tech’s legacy as a premier educational institution."

Montana Tech Announces Gold Medallion Award Winner

On Thursday, April 29, 2010 at Newmont Mining Corporation’s headquarters in Denver, Colorado, Montana Tech of The University of Montana Chancellor Frank Gilmore presented Richard O'Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newmont, with Montana Tech’s highest award, the Gold Medallion. This award recognizes the highest level of excellence by the recipient in his or her chosen field, profession, or industry and significant support of Montana Tech.

Montana Tech has awarded the Gold Medallion for the past 25 years. In 1985, Montana Tech awarded the first Gold Medallion to Plato Malozemoff, former CEO of Newmont. In 2009, Montana Tech awarded Mr. Kevin McArthur, retired President & CEO of Goldcorp, Inc., with the Gold Medallion.

"We are honored to present Mr. O’Brien with Montana Tech’s Gold Medallion Award," stated Gilmore. "Montana Tech and Newmont have a long-standing relationship. Newmont has supported our University for many years through scholarships, faculty endowments, athletic and student organizational support, and capital."

Mr. O’Brien has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Mining since 2007. He previously served as President and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer during 2006 and 2007 and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2006. He has over 20 years of broad financial and operational experience in the energy, power, and natural resources businesses. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Mr. O'Brien received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He also holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law.

"I am honored to accept the Gold Medallion Award on behalf of the employees of Newmont, and we are proud of our historic partnership with Montana Tech," said O’Brien. "Montana Tech is an impressive University committed to educational excellence and innovation. The hands-on education students receive prepares them for successful careers at Newmont, and elsewhere, upon graduation. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Montana Tech in the years and decades to come."

Montana Tech Announces Uuno Sahinen Silver Medallion Awardee

Butte, MT - The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology at Montana Tech has named Mr. Martin White as the recipient of the Uuno Sahinen Silver Medallion. The award is named after former Bureau Director, the late Uuno Sahinen, who is widely recognized for the Bureau’s growth. The Uuno Sahinen Award acknowledges “outstanding contributions in understanding and development of energy, mineral, or groundwater resources in Montana” and is given to an outstanding geologist each year.

Montana Tech Announces Distinguished Alumni Awardees

Three Montana Tech alumni will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award this year at Montana Tech’s 110th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are Mr. Terry Holzwarth, B.S. Petroleum Engineering (1983); Mark Johnson, B.S. Mining Engineering (1981); and Tracy Miller, B.S. Mining Engineering (1986). The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni of Montana Tech, who have established a professional career of at least 20 years, of which five years have been in a definitely responsible capacity, and who has either contributed in an outstanding manner to the furtherance of his or her profession and/or has been an outstanding contributor to Montana Tech.

Montana Tech Announces Commencement Activities

Montana Tech will celebrate its 110th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in Alumni Coliseum. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved into the HPER complex on Montana Tech’s campus. Tony Campeau, Montana Tech’s Director of Enrollment Services states, “We should see about 411 students graduate from Tech this time around.” 


Commencement week activities begin on Thursday, May 13, 2010, with the Montana Tech Alumni Reunion Banquet. “We will be honoring the members of the classes of 1950, 1960, and 1970 at this year’s banquet and Commencement Ceremony,” explained Peggy McCoy, Director of Alumni Affairs. “Five graduates from the class of 1950, seven from the class of 1960, and eleven from the class of 1970 will be in attendance.” The Alumni Reunion Banquet begins at 6:00 pm at Montana Tech.


On Friday, May 14, Montana Tech graduates will go through a rehearsal ceremony in preparation for the ceremony on Saturday. The rehearsal will take place in the HPER complex at 3:30 pm. Later that evening, the Nursing Pinning Ceremony will take place in the HPER Complex beginning at 7:00 pm.


Also on Friday evening, approximately 200 alumni and friends of Montana Tech will gather at the War Bonnet Hotel for the annual Alumni Association Banquet. This event, held in honor of the graduating class of 2010, begins at 6:00 pm with no-host cocktails followed by the banquet at 7:00 pm. The cost of the dinner is $25.00 per person and reservations are available by calling 496-4402.  This event is sponsored by the Montana Tech Alumni Association.


On Saturday, May 15, 2010, Montana Tech engineering graduates and alumni will participate in the Order of the Engineering Ring Ceremony at 9:00 am in the Library Auditorium. 


At approximately 10:15 am on May 14, 2010, degree candidates will begin assembling at the HPER Complex in preparation for the Commencement ceremony, which are slated to begin at 11:00 am.  A Gala Reception for degree candidates, family members, and friends will occur immediately following the Commencement Ceremony (approximately 1:15 pm) in the Student Union Building Dining Room.

COT Hosts "Welder Wars" Competition
On Friday, April 30th, Montana Tech’s College of Technology will be hosting the Welder Wars Competition. High school teams from across the region will descend on the COT Welding Lab to compete in this annual event. There will be six high school teams including: Butte High School, Anaconda High School, Broadwater High School in Townsend, Hamilton High School, Thompson Falls High School and Corvallis High School.

"The students will be competing in five different welding skills areas which will also test their ability to work as a team," said Mr. Dennis Noel, COT Welding Instructor and Competition Director. "This competition is a skills competition

– as opposed to a speed competition. The competition is focused this way because these skill areas and teamwork are the things which will be most needed in their future jobs."

The five skill areas involved in the competition are kept secret until the day of the competition. All Montana Tech Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome to attend and watch the fun, which begins at 10:00 AM.

"We are proud here at Montana Tech to sponsor this fun and exciting competition," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "Some of these students will choose to come to Montana Tech for their college education. This is a great opportunity for them to have some fun and also evaluate our college. I would put our facilities and faculty up against any other metals fabrication in the country."


Montana Tech Takes Precautionary Measures Following Email Release of Personal Data

Montana Tech of the University of Montana administrators are notifying students and alumni whose personal information was released in an e-mail message sent out to the Montana Tech campus community late last week.

On April 22, 2010, an email message containing sensitive personal information including name, social security number, address, phone number, and in some cases date of birth was inadvertently sent out to all Montana Tech faculty, staff, and students.

"We are treating this matter very seriously and are taking all measures to safeguard the personal information of those affected," noted Chancellor Frank Gilmore. "We have recalled the email message, reviewed procedures to ensure that a similar incident does not occur in the future, and investigated methods to protect the credit of those affected. The University is working diligently to address problems caused by this incident and any further implications it might have."

According to University officials, the email contained sensitive information for approximately 260 individuals. "Our major concern at this point is protecting the personal information of those involved," Gilmore explained. To that end, University officials have attempted to contact—via phone, email, and/or letters—all those affected. In addition, Montana Tech has created a website to provide information and assist those affected in protecting their personal information at www.mtech.edu/incident.

Montana Tech does want individuals to be aware of any phone calls, e-mails, and other communications from individuals claiming to be from Montana Tech or other official sources, asking for their personal information or verification of the information. This is often referred to as information solicitation. Montana Tech, other governmental agencies, and other legitimate organizations will not contact individuals to ask for or to confirm personal information without appropriate identification.

COT Students Help Complete Five Habitat Houses

A group of Construction/Carpentry Technology students from the Montana Tech College of Technology has helped complete five new homes in partnership with Habitat For Humanity of Southwest Montana. The students, and their instructors, Bill Ryan and Brian Holm, worked very diligently to complete the homes in a record seven months. The homes, completed with special accessibility features and which exceed Energy Star standards for efficiency, are located in the 300 block of Aluminum Street.

"I am so very proud of our students, said Bill Ryan, COT Carpentry Instructor and Chair of the Trades & Technology Department. "Not only are our students learning valuable skills, they are getting to work on actual construction projects while helping their community." Instructor Brian Holm added, "The construction of these five homes involved about 12,000 hours of volunteer work by our students. Built in only seven months, this has been the quickest construction time for any Habitat home in this region."

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. They have been very active in several Southwest Montana counties since they started activities here in 1997. Habitat for Humanity homes are made affordable to local, low income families.

"Montana Tech has recently joined the American Democracy Project. The goal of the ADP is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "The construction of these five Habitat for Humanity homes has been one of the best examples of our involvement with the American Democracy Project. Our students are participating in the betterment of their community with the construction of these new homes for low income families. They are active parts of the solution to problems in the community. It doesn’t get better than that. "

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.


COT Holds Pole Yard Rodeo

Butte, MT – On April 12, 2010, the College of Technology’s Lineman Program held a Pole Yard Rodeo. The purpose of the Rodeo was to test the students’ skills associated with the Utility Industry. There were four teams including the Flaggers, the Goat Heads, the Lags, and the Statics.


“The skills tested here are extremely important for students to master before joining the professional lineman world,” said Jim Babst, Senior Instructor in the COT Lineman Program. “As you might imagine, dealing with high levels of electricity and a dangerous work environment is a prescription for disaster unless these skills and their associated safety issues are almost second-nature.”


The Rodeo skills included: installing and removing a 100 KV insulator; hanging transformers; using the back-hoe to dig holes with specific measurements and then appropriately re-filling them; tool and materials identification, digger truck utilization; and climbing numerous poles of different configurations.


“I recognize the skills demonstrated by the Lineman students as being critically important,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. “However, having it in the form of a competitive rodeo has added a lot of fun to the entire process. I congratulate the winners.”


The winning team was the Goat Heads, which included students, Mark Schwomeyer, Justin O’Keefe, and Dustin Hoffenbacker.


In the industry, a goat head is a piece of specialized equipment. When guy wires are used to support a pole or tower structure, they can act as a lightning rod electrocuting someone who may be touching the wire when the structure gets hit. To help protect against this, Goat Heads (a/k/a Guy Strain Insulators) are used to electrically insulate the lower portion of the guy wire from the upper. The piece of equipment somewhat looks like a goat head.


For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.


On April 22-24, 2010, the Montana Tech American Society of Civil Engineers (A.S.C.E.) Student Chapter competed against 15 other colleges and universities from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia in the A.S.C.E. Pacific Northwest Regional Competition. The 2010 events were hosted by Washington State University. Montana Tech hosted the event back in 2002 under the direction of Dr. Leroy Friel.  


Montana Tech’s Steel Bridge Design and Concrete Canoe teams were lead by A.S.C.E. Faculty Advisor Dr. Brian Kukay.


At this year’s competition, Tech’s Steel Bridge Design Team placed 2nd in Serviceability. Team members included: Levi Hansen, Chris Conners, Shay Sullivan, Steve Olig, and Anthony Laslovich.


The Concrete Canoe Design Team lead by team members, Ian St John, Kyle Richards, Megan Taylor, and Kayla Schumacher, placed 3rd in Design Report. The Concrete Canoe Team also placed 3rd in Overall Race Results with team members: Ian St John, Kyle Richards, Megan Taylor, Kayla Schumacher, Dustin Hover, and Kimberly Holten. The races were held on the Snake River outside of Pullman, Washington.


The Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe Teams will be giving short presentations and answering questions about the process and competition on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 12:15 to 1:00 pm in the Copper Lounge at Montana Tech. The steel bridge and the concrete canoe are currently on display in Montana Tech’s Student Union Building for viewing.


For more information, please contact Amanda Badovinac, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, at 406-496-4828.

Montana Tech Mining Teams Place in Australia

Butte, MT –   Montana Tech was represented by two student teams at the 32nd International Collegiate Mining Competition in Kalgoorlie, Australia on April 9 & 10, 2010.  The teams compete in seven events held over two days.   In all, 43 teams from across the globe participated in the competition in four different categories: Women, Coed, Men, and Alumni.


The Montana Tech Co-ed Team included John Seifert (Idaho Falls, ID), Amanda Dutton (Dutton, MT), Zachary Kistinger (Las Vegas, NV), Sarah Lupton (Kalispell, MT) and Matt Moss (White Rock BC).  Out of ten teams competing in their division the co-ed team received:


3rd Place          Swede Saw

3rd Place          Surveying

4th Place          overall


The Montana Tech Men’s Team included Luke Hooten (Corvallis, MT), Jacob Kutcha (Spruce Pine, NC), Philip Brumit (Spring Creek, NV), Steven Krogh (Helena, MT) and Devon Gruel (Cascade, MT).  The men’s division was represented by 30 teams with the Montana Tech Men’s team receiving:


2nd Place          Swede Saw

6th Place          overall


The International Collegiate Mining Competition began in 1978 to honor and remember the men and families of the men who died in the May 2, 1972 Sunshine Mine fire near Kellogg, ID.  Last year Montana Tech hosted the 2009 competition at the Montana Mining Museum west of campus. 


Montana Tech Public Relations Office

Contact: Peggy McCoy, Director of Alumni Affairs

1300 W. Park Street, Butte, MT  59701

Phone:  406-496-4402     Fax: 406-496-4334



DATE  4/13/2010






This coming Friday, April 16, Montana Tech will be hosting its annual Spring Tech Day.  Please join the Student Union Office along with Enrollment Services in welcoming these prospective students and their parents from around the state and nation to our campus.  The Tech Day schedule is listed below.


7:30 a.m. -8:20 a.m.                         Check –In Enrollment Services                                   MG Building

                                                                Continental Breakfast:                                                   Big Butte

8:30 a.m. -8:45 a.m.                         Welcome:                                                                           Copper Lounge

8:45 a.m. -9:50 a.m.                         Tours                                                                                     Copper Lounge


10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.                     School of Mines                                                                Copper Lounge

                                                                Paying For College                                                           Big Butte/Highlands

                                                                PTC                                                                                        ENG 106


11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.                  College of Letters, Sciences                                         Copper

                                                                Metallurgy                                                                          ELC 115

                                                                OSH                                                                                       S & E

                                                                Petroleum in 3D                                                               NRB 226


12:00 p.m. – 12.50 p.m.                 College of Technology                                                   Copper Lounge

Paying For College                                                           Big Butte/Highlands

                                                                Metallurgy                                                                          ELC

                                                                Nano-Particles                                                                  Kelley Steward


12:50 p.m. -1:30 p.m.                      Lunch                                                                                    Dining Room


1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.                      Student Panel   (Pick up a free T-Shirts) Copper Lounge


2:15 p.m. – 3:30:                               Open House


The open house incorporates degree programs that were not represented in the work-shop sessions.  These programs include:


Liberal Studies:                                                                                 TBA

Math/CS:                                                                                             TBA

Athletics                                                                                              HPER

Career Services                                                                                 ENG 103

Residence Halls                                                                                 Prospector Hall

Pre-Professional Health                                                                CBB 112



Montana Tech Students Receives "Mentor of the Year"




Butte, MT – Cory Sonneman, a Montana Tech chemistry student, will be presented the “Mentor of the Year Award” by Montana State Attorney General, Steve Bullock on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 10:00 am in Pintler Room located in the Student Union Building on Montana Tech’s campus.


Cory’s enthusiasm for science is evident both in and out of the classroom. For the past two years Cory has worked as a chemistry tutor for the Montana Tech Montana Minds Scholarship as well as participating in the Big Brothers and Sisters program.  While other students may find college academics stressful and demanding, Cory has gone the extra mile by organizing and performing science demonstrations to young impressionable students at several local schools and youth organizations.  “Cory is a fun, enthusiastic promoter of science and education to young people and he is good at it,” states Doug Coe, Dean of the College of Letters, Sciences & Professional Studies.


Cory will graduate in May 2010 and plans to continue his education in medical school. 

Montana Tech Welcomes New Facilities Director



Montana Tech welcomes Arthur (Art) Anderson as the new Facilities Director for the Montana Tech campuses.  Art has over 20 years of experience in construction and construction management prior to his employment as Direct of Facilities for the Lockwood School District #26 in Billings, MT.


“I am excited to be here.  Montana Tech provides great opportunities not only in long range projects but also the completion of short term projects,” states Anderson.   Art emphasized that it has always been his goal to ultimately progress to directing facilities on a college campus.  “I believe it is the responsibility of the facilities department to promote Montana Tech and the look and feel of the campus is an important recruiting tool for any university.”  Art is impressed with the relationship between Montana Tech and the Butte community noting that he felt the loyalty and support of the city toward their university.


“Montana Tech is excited to have someone of Art’s experience in facilities management and dedication to education become part of our Montana Tech community,” states Chancellor Frank Gilmore.




Newmont Mining Continues Long Standing Financial Support for Montana Tech

Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world’s leading gold companies, recently presented Montana Tech with a gift in the amount of $320,000. The gift, in support of Montana Tech’s comprehensive campaign, Strengthening Foundations...Ensuring the Future, will be used for the following purposes:

·         Scholarship support for students in the Environmental Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Geological Engineering Departments;

·         Salary supplements for faculty in the Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Departments;

·         Continued support for the Newmont Lab Director and student research in the Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Department;

·         Support for the Montana Tech Environmental Engineering Design Team;

·         Montana Tech Library

·         Digger Athletics; and

·         Project Dreams.


 “We are delighted with Newmont’s continued support of Montana Tech. These funds will enhance Montana Tech’s ability to provide excellent student service and support to our faculty,” said Chancellor Frank Gilmore. “Montana Tech and Newmont Mining have built a strong, long-standing relationship. We are proud to have Newmont as a Top of the Hill Key Visionary Industry Partner.”


“Newmont continues to step up for this campus. When I sit back and fathom all they do, I can’t help but think about how it all started when I met Newmont’s Senior Director of Metallurgical Services and asked him to serve on my departmental advisory board.  Newmont’s contributions have simply gone beyond expectations,” said Courtney Young, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department Head.


“Newmont takes pride in supporting the education of the future leaders of this country and the mining industry,” said Marc LeVier, Director of Metallurgical Services for Newmont Mining Corporation. “By giving back to the academic community of our industry, Newmont is planting the seed for our continued success. Montana Tech’s reputation for academic excellence and hard working, dedicated students, faculty, staff, and administration is well known throughout the industry.  Newmont considers Montana Tech to be one of the premier educators of engineers and such wants to be part of Tech’s continued success.”

Montana Tech Hosting HPER Renovation & Expansion Project Forums

Montana Tech is hosting forums to gather input and comment from faculty, staff, students, and community members about the HPER Renovation & Expansion Project.


Forums are planned in the Montana Tech Student Union Building's Copper Lounge on the following dates and times:


Tuesday, January 26, 2010:

1:30 pm: Montana Tech faculty/staff

3:00 pm: Montana Tech students

6:30 pm: community members


Wednesday, January 27, 2010:

1:00 pm: Montana Tech students


If you are unable to attend but want your comments and opinions to be voiced, visit www.think1.com/survey  or www.mtech.edu (after January 20).


Please plan to attend.

Richard J. Rossi, PhD, has book published

Richard J. Rossi, PhD, Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana Tech of the University of Montana, has written a second book, Applied Biostatistics for the Health Sciences (John Wiley & Sons, 2010).  The book is an introduction to essential key methods used in the statistical analysis of data in the health sciences.


Applied Biostatistics for the Health Sciences is an excellent introductory textbook for health science and biostatistics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  It is also a valuable resource for practitioners and professional in the fields of pharmacy, biochemistry, nursing, health care informatics, and the applied health sciences. 


Dr. Rossi’s first book, Theorems, Corollaries, Lemmas, and Methods of Proof (John Wiley & Sons, 2006) is a hands-on introduction to the tools needed for rigorous and theoretical mathematical reasoning.  Dr. Rossi is considering writing a third book in the future. 


Dr. Rossi has been teaching at Montana Tech for the past 16 years.  He previously served as president of the Montana Chapter of the American Statistical Association (1996 and 2001) and as associate editor for the applied statistics journal Biometrics.  Dr. Rossi has published journal articles in his area of research interest, which include nonparametric density estimation, finite mixture models, and computational statistics.


Applied Biostatistics for the Health Sciences is now available in most university bookstores and online.

Newmont Mining Donates to Montana Tech Scoreboard Project

Newmont Mining Donates to Montana Tech Scoreboard Project

Butte, MT – On December 9, 2009, Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world’s leading gold companies, provided Montana Tech with a gift in the amount of $250,000. The gift will be funded over a three year period. The donation will provide the resources necessary to install Montana Tech’s new electronic scoreboard. Pending approval of the Board of Regents, the scoreboard will be named the “Newmont Mining Scoreboard” for the next ten years. The Newmont Mining Scoreboard will be installed in Alumni Coliseum prior to the 2010 football season. 


“Newmont Mining’s support of Montana Tech and our student-athletes is unprecedented,” exclaimed an elated Joe McClafferty, Montana Tech Athletic Director. “Digger Athletics has never received a gift of this size before. I cannot wipe the smile off my face.  Digger Vision will create a revenue stream for athletics and a First Choice venue for our outstanding fans.”


“Newmont has a long history of supporting Montana Tech, and we are proud to invest in the school and its students over the decades in so many different ways,” acknowledged Marc LeVier, Director of Metallurgical Services for Newmont Mining Corporation. “We are pleased to be able to make Montana Tech a great campus through all aspects of the educational experience,” said Brooke Bacon, Newmont’s University Strategy Manager.


“This project has been a significant element within the athletic department’s vision for quite some time. Newmont’s gift will make Digger Vision a reality for our current and future students,” stated Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation.


“When Joe called me with the news that Newmont had made an extremely generous donation to our Scoreboard Project, I was on the road between Baker and Ekalaka, Montana. The temperature was 18 below zero with blowing snow on the road. It immediately turned from frigid conditions to absolute bikini weather,” shouted Head Football Coach Bob Green. “Thank you very much Newmont Mining! This will add much to our game day atmosphere and assist greatly in funding the future of Oredigger Football!”

Dr. Daniel Trudnowski Elevated to IEEE Fellow

Dr. Daniel Trudnowski, Montana Tech department head and professor in the Electrical Engineering department, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow by the Board of Directors of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity.. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the Institute’s most prestigious honors, elevation to IEEE Fellow. Dr. Trudnowski’s’s designation is effective January 1, 2010 with the following citation: for contributions to algorithms for characterizing power-system small-signal stability properties.

Mouse Research Protects the World from Nasty Diseases

Butte, MT – Dr. Rick Douglass, department head and biology professor at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana, along with a team of researchers have had their manuscript, The Effect of Seasonality, Density, and Climate on the Population Dynamics of Montana Deer Mice, Important Reservoir Hosts for Sin Nombre Hantavirus, accepted for publication. The manuscript will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Animal Ecology, published by Blackwell Publishing for the British Ecological Society.

The research team on the project included Dr. Douglass; Angela Luis, Penn State University Ph.D. student; James Mills, Chief Ecologist, Special Pathogens Branch, CDC; and Ottar Bj

ørnstad, Professor of Biology, Penn State. Since Sin Nombre virus (SNV) was discovered in the U.S. in 1993, longitudinal studies of the rodent reservoir host, the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus), have demonstrated a qualitative correlation among mouse population dynamics and risk of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in humans, indicating the importance of understanding deer mouse population dynamics for evaluating risk of HPS.

Using capture-mark-recapture statistical methods on a ten and a half year dataset from Montana, the team estimated deer mouse survival; maturation and recruitment rates; and tested the relative importance of seasonality, population density, and local climate in explaining temporal variation in deer mouse demography.

From these estimates, the team designed a population model to simulate deer mouse population dynamics given climatic variables and compared the model to observed patterns.

Various climatic factors were found to have complicted effects on deer mouse populations and thus potentially affecting human exposure to SNV. The factors were date of sampling, precipitation five months previously, temperature five months previously, and to a lesser extent precipitation and temperature in the current month, were important in determining deer mouse survival. Month, the sum of precipitation over the last four months, and the sum of the temperature over the last four months were important in determining recruitment rates. Survival was more important in determining the growth rate of the population than recruitment.

While climatic drivers appear to have a complex influence on dynamics, the team’s forecasts were good. The quantitative model developed may allow public health officials to better predict increased human risk from basic climatic data.

For more information on The Effect of Seasonality, Density, and Climate on the Population Dynamics of Montana Deer Mice, Important Reservoir Hosts for Sin Nombre Hantavirus, please contact Dr. Rick Douglass at 406-496-4450.

Bright Prism Rays Mineral Engineering Scholarship Available

Attention Students Interested in

Metallurgical Engineering, Geological Engineering, or Mining Engineering!


 Montana Tech has more than $25,000 available for YOU.


Butte, MT – Are you interested in studying metallurgical engineering, geological engineering, or mining engineering? If so, Montana Tech of the University of Montana has more than $25,000 available for you to go to school. The National Science Foundation has awarded Montana Tech a grant to provide 21 talented students a Bright Prism Ray Scholarship, a four-year scholarship valued at $6,600 each year. By offering students this incredible scholarship, Montana Tech hopes to address the shortage of engineering students in the United States--especially in the minerals engineering field. If you are interested in metallurgical engineering, geological engineering, or mining engineering, we want YOU at Montana Tech. 


Applicants must meet all of the criteria listed below:  

1.      US Citizen;

2.      Financial need;

3.      MATH ACT of 26 or higher or MATH SAT of 600 or higher;  

4.      Top 20% of graduating class; and

5.      GPA> 3.25


In addition to the scholarship, the Bright Prism Rays will attend a two week Bright Prism Rays short course prior to entering college. By providing real-life, hands-on experience and training in the basic concepts, tools and techniques used in geological, mining, and metallurgical engineering, this course will allow the students to experience the “bigger picture” of the minerals industry prior to commencing their college experience.


The Bright Prism Rays program will be a true learning community. For the first two years, these students will have many common courses and will form a strong community bond.  They will have access to tutoring at the Montana Tech Learning Center, and will be advised by an outstanding advisor.


Montana Tech will strive for placement of Bright Prism Rays in summer internships with a goal of students completing two or more internships prior to graduation. Montana Tech has enjoyed a 100% placement rate for geological engineering, metallurgical engineering, and mining engineering over the past five years due to our extremely strong relationship with the minerals industry. This relationship will be utilized to gain meaningful summer internships for the Bright Prism Rays and to assist them in gaining employment in the minerals industry upon graduation.


Students can apply at http://www.mtech.edu/onestop/NewTranSchol.html.  Application deadline is January 1, 2010. For more information, contact Dr. Peter Knudsen at 406-496-4395 or PKnudsen@mtech.edu.

Tech Students Compete in Battle of the Brains Competition

Two student computer programming teams from Montana Tech competed in the Battle of the Brains competition in Salt Lake City on October 31, 2009.  The competition challenges students to solve real-world problems using open technology and advanced computing methods under a grueling five-hour deadline.

Team A from Montana Tech worked a bit faster than all other Montana teams to take 4th place at the Rocky Mountain Regional Contest.  They also placed 4th among all U.S. teams in their region and were 13th in the whole region, which includes several Canadian providences.  Members of Team A were Bryce Muller, a senior from Glendive; George Cox, a senior from Plains; and Tyler Lee, a sophomore from Belgrade.  Also representing Montana Tech on Team B were Tony Morasco, Kyle Nelson, and Reid Alford.  The teams were coached by Dr. Frank Ackerman.


The International Collegiate Programming Contest is a world-wide contest with Regional Contests that cover the globe.  The winners of each region compete at the World Finals.  Prior to competition, the Montana Tech teams practiced every Saturday afternoon and held debriefings every Monday evening.  “Next year, our teams will be joined by some great freshman programmers,” said Ackerman.  “We plan to concentrate on our weak problem areas.  Our goal is to be one of the top U.S. teams in the region.”


The Battle of the Brains is the largest and most prestigious computing competition in the world, with more than tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents participating.  Since IBM began sponsoring the contest in 1997, participation has grown from 1,100 to more than 7,100 teams.


For more information about Montana Tech’s team, please contact Dr. Michele Van Dyne, Computer Science Department Head at 406-496-4855.

Julie Hart Honored as "Distinguished Industrial Hygienist of the Year"

Julie Hart, Associate Professor in the Safety, Health and Industrial Hygiene (SHIH) Department at Montana Tech, was honored as the "Distinguished Industrial Hygienist of the Year" at the Pacific Northwest American Industrial Hygiene (PNW-AIHA) Conference. The award signifies Julie’s dedication to the profession and the PNW-AIHA. The conference was held in Vancouver, B.C. on October 6-8, 2009. In additional to Julie, Terry Spear and four students in the Safety, Health and Industrial Hygiene Department attended the conference.

Montana Tech Awarded State Tobacco Free Award

Montana Tech was presented with an award last week from the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP), a division of the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. It was one of several awards given to those who were "integral to the successful implementation of the Clean Indoor Air Act, or who furthered other tobacco prevention policies." Tech received the award for its achievement of deciding, as an institution, to become tobacco free beginning July 1, 2010. Montana Tech is leading the way for other Montana colleges and universities to address this important health issue for their campus communities.

Stacey Campbell, of MTUPP, presented the award to Tech Staff Counselors, Joyce O’Neill and Cricket Pietsch. "Joyce and I were honored to accept this award on behalf of Montana Tech," noted Ms. Pietsch. "We also have work yet to do in regards to policy formation, education and implementation. Our Student Wellness Taskforce which includes students, faculty, staff, and community members is ready to assist in accomplishing the tasks necessary to make the transition to Tobacco-Free positive."

The award ceremony was part of a MTUPP conference and policy summit to both celebrate all of the hard work done toward the Clean Indoor Health Act, which took effect on October 1st and to discuss "what’s next" in terms of tobacco use prevention initiatives in Montana. The message of the policy summit was that the work is not yet done in the state of Montana.

For its part of "what’s next," Montana Tech’s two Tobacco-Free Peer Educators are spreading the message to their fellow students. "Our student Tobacco-Free Peer Educators, Courtney Gordon and Lane Stabile, are already planning events for the ‘Great American Smokeout’ which is scheduled for November 19th," said Ms. O’Neill. "The focus for this event will be highlighting cessation resources available for students. Also, Courtney and Lane are coordinating tobacco cessation support groups for students on both campuses. They hope to act as facilitators of this student activity."

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Cricket Pietsch at 406-496-3730, or Joyce O’Neill at 406-496-4429.

Montana Tech Awarded $1,072,744 from the Department of Energy
Montana Tech of the University of Montana has been awarded $1,072,744 in funding through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program: Ground Source Heat Pumps. Montana Tech’s project titled A Demonstration System for Capturing Geothermal Energy from Mine Waters beneath Butte is part of the $338 million Recovery Act announced yesterday by Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The grants awarded by the Department of Energy provide for the exploration and development of new geothermal fields and research into advanced geothermal technologies. These grants will support 123 projects in 39 states, with recipients including private industry, academic institutions, tribal entities, local governments, and DOE’s National Laboratories. The grants will be matched more than one-for-one with an additional $353 million in private and non-federal cost-share funds. 


Montana Tech’s Geothermal Technologies Program will demonstrate low-cost heating of a modern building with Ground Source Heat Pumps (GHP) using water from a nearby mine as a heat exchange medium. The objective of the project is to install a large (50 to 100 ton) centralized hybrid geothermal system using off-the-shelf technology to reduce operating costs of Montana Tech’s new Natural Resources Building. In order to promote commercialization of the technology, the project will document system performance, publish the operational and performance information, and involve academic faculty, researchers, and engineering students in teaching, research, and training projects that utilize the system.

"I would like to thank Governor Schweitzer, Senator Baucus, and Senator Tester for supporting Montana Tech in acquiring this grant. The grant was written primarily by Dr. Ed Deal and the staff of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology," said Montana Tech Chancellor Frank Gilmore. This is an opportunity for Montana Tech to demonstrate that geothermal heat pumps can be used to heat and cool a complex lab building. It is a unique opportunity for our students to study a complex system and compare it to steam systems."

During this project, mine waters will be accessed via an existing shaft, a closed loop installed, and heat pumps will then provide the necessary boost to heat and cool the building. The water in the mine is 78

°F (25°C). Nearly 20 years of continuous pumping a nearby mine indicates that mine-water temperatures are stable and ample heat is available for long-term use. The details of the system are still being assessed; important decisions to be made include where the heat exchanger and heat pumps should be located in the system, and whether to convert all or only parts of the building heating system to geothermal capability. The natural-gas-fired steam system presently installed will be redundant to the geothermal system, so that direct comparisons can be made on comparative costs of the systems.

Benefits: The retrofitted building will be instrumented and monitored to document energy use, enable evaluation of real versus projected energy savings, and offer engineering classes and researchers the opportunity for hands-on data for modeling various building systems. Efficiencies attained at this site can be used to demonstrate potential economic and environmental benefits available to the city of Butte as well as sites throughout the U.S. The public outreach effort would include publications and presentations available on-site and at appropriate off-site venues. Increased public awareness of the benefits of Montana Tech’s system should result in greater willingness for others to invest in such systems, whether installed as ground loops, wells, or in mines, and consequent decreased consumption of fossil fuels and attendant emissions.

"We are pleased with this opportunity as it will allow us to use heat from mine waters under Butte," said Ed Deal, Director of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. "We will create a system that will serve as a developmental and educational tool for our students and faculty that can be extended to world-wide applications."

"It’s exciting for the federal government to acknowledge what Montanans already knew

– Montana has great geothermal energy potential," said Governor Brian Schweitzer. "This is another positive way to use Butte’s mining legacy to produce clean renewable energy in new innovative ways."

Learn more information about these awards on the Geothermal Technologies Program website at

Tech Students Receive Montana Space Grant Fellowship and Scholarship

Two Montana Tech students, Christopher Kellogg and Devin Lake, have received Montana Space Grant Fellowships and Scholarships for the academic year 2009-2010.  Kellogg was selected to receive a ½ year Space Grant Fellowship and Lake was selected to receive a full-year Space Grant Scholarship. According to Angela Des Jardins, Interim Director, of the Montana Space Grant Consortium, “These honors reflect the students’ pas achievements as well as present and future commitment to the aerospace sciences and engineering. They join an elite group of approximately 1,900 Space Grant Scholars and Fellows nationwide.”


Kellogg is a graduate student in Geophysical Engineering and Lake is a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering.  

Ash Grove Awards Scholarship to Tech Student

Ash Grove Cement Company, a longtime leader in the cement manufacturing industry, headquartered in Overland Park,  has awarded Montana Tech of the University of Montana senior Merle Kalstrom a 2009 Intern Scholarship. The annual $1,500 scholarship was established in 2007 to recognize students who have successfully completed a summer internship with Ash Grove and who have a strong interest in pursuing a future in the cement industry.


Kalstrom is the son of Jerry and Patricia Kalstrom from Ekalaka, MT.  He interned for Ash Grove each of the past two summers, working at Ash Grove’s Foreman, Ark. cement plant in 2009 and at the company’s Chanute, Kan. plant in 2008.  


“We really appreciate all the students who participated in this year’s summer intern program,” said Dave Ezell, vice president of Human Resources.  “Merle’s strong work ethic and ‘can-do’ attitude impressed us all, and we hope this award inspires him to continue to pursue his educational and career goals.”Kalstrom is continuing his education this fall at Montana Tech where he is pursuing a degree in metallurgical engineering.

Montana Tech Students to Compete in "Battle of the Brains"

Butte, MT – Student computer programmers from universities around the world will battle for a spot to attend the World Finals of the 34th annual Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM (NYSE: IBM). Referred to as the Battle of the Brains, this competition challenges students to solve real-world problems using open technology and advanced computing methods under a grueling five-hour deadline.


Montana Tech students will participate in a decisive regional round of problem solving on October 31, 2009. This year’s student competitors comprise two teams. In the first team are students, George Cox, Bryce Muller and Tyler Lee; and on the second team are students, Kyle Nelson, Reid Alford, and Tony Morasco. The teams are coached by Dr. Frank Ackerman. Teams will be challenged to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under a grueling deadline. Tackling these problems is equivalent to completing a semester’s worth of computer programming in one afternoon!  The team that solves the most problems correctly in the least amount of time will win a coveted spot on the World Finals roster.


Montana Tech will compete against teams from the University of Utah, Montana State University, Neumont University, Dixie State College, Utah State University, and Weber State University on the University of Utah campus.


The Battle of the Brains is the largest and most prestigious computing competition in the world, with more than tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents participating. Since IBM began sponsoring the contest in 1997, participation has grown from 1,100 to more than 7,100 teams.


For more information about the contest and to listen to the ACM ICPC pod cast, visit www.ibm.com/university/acmcontest/ or follow along on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BrainBattleICPC .


For more information about Montana Tech’s team, please contact Dr. Michele Van Dyne, Computer Science Department Head at 406-496-4855.

COT Students Construct New Signs for Entire Campus

You may have noticed new large metal signs being installed near each of the North Campus buildings. A group of College of Technology Metals Fabrication students manufactured the signs by hand, with each heavy metal piece having to be cut, shaped, and welded into place.

The design of the signs features an arch reminiscent of the North Campus’ main arch entry, along with the name of the building in aluminum shadow--sandwiched between pieces of sheet steel. The signs also feature the classic Montana Tech shield featuring the number of the building and scrollwork in the shape of the iconic "MT" logo.

"These signs required a huge amount of student work time," said Dennis Noel, COT Metals Fabrication Instructor. "Our students got to experience this project from the design stage, to the manufacturing of each piece to certain specifications, to the welding of the pieces together--all with a firm eye toward the finished quality."

In addition to the manufacturing of the signs by the Metals Fabrication students, the Carpentry students, and the Lineman students participated in the installation of the signs. In total, it is estimated that approximately sixty students performed some level of work on the signs.

"I am proud of our COT students’ work on the building signs," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "Not only will these signs have an aesthetic quality in keeping with the long association of metals fabrication with the mining and engineering industries, but they will also have a very practical quality in that their large size will make it easier for first responders to identify buildings in the event they are called to an on-campus emergency."

Montana Tech Student Wellness Taskforce Receives Award

Yesterday, October 22, 2009, Montana Tech’s Student Wellness Taskforce was recognized along with fifteen other individuals and organizations for their efforts in promoting health and safety in the Mining City. The Moving Mountains through Prevention Awards were presented in the Butte courthouse by Health Department officials within prevention services. This is the fifth year these awards have been given out. Montana Tech was recognized for its efforts for going tobacco-free on July 1, 2010.

A story appeared in today’s Montana Standard (click here to view) and last night on KXLF (click here to watch).

Congratulations to Montana Tech’s Student Wellness Task Force.

COT at the Hillcrest Harvest Bazaar

Montana Tech’s College of Technology will have a booth at the Hillcrest Harvest Bazaar this Saturday, October 24th in the Butte Civic Center from 10 am to 4 pm. The COT will be selling "RebarT Critters." These unique and artistic animal-critters, created by COT Metals Fabrication students, have been fabricated out of rebar, the metal rods put into concrete for strength. Thus the name "RebarT" was conceived.

"One of the primary requirements for participation in the Bazaar is that the goods to be sold must be handcrafted and not ‘commercial’ items," said Dennis Noel, one of Tech’s Metals Fabrication faculty. "I can guarantee that each of these critters is a one-of-a-kind artistic creation. It was clear to me that the students had great fun fabricating these critters out of concrete reinforcing rebar and river rocks."

The Hillcrest Harvest Bazaar, sponsored by the Hillcrest Parent Teacher Organization, is celebrating its 34th anniversary. The goal of the Bazaar, according to event organizers is to "bring together schools, organizations, and individuals in an all-out community effort that is beneficial to everyone." Hundreds of people come from the surrounding regions to enjoy and purchase homemade and handcrafted items.

"I am very pleased that Montana Tech is participating in this wonderful community event. The Hillcrest Harvest Bazaar is one of Butte’s premier holiday events," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. "The College of Technology and Montana Tech as a whole have significant emphases on the sciences. As a result, it was exciting to have our Metals Fabrication students combining their technical skills in metals fabrication with their artistic sensibilities to create these ‘RebarT Critters.’ Everyone who has seen them has loved them."

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.

Board of Regents Approve Montana Tech HPER Project
Butte, MT – Last week, the Board of Regents of the Montana University System authorized Montana Tech of The University of Montana to renovate and expand the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) Building on its North campus in Butte. This authorization includes approval for Montana Tech to proceed with the $3,000,000 project utilizing $260,000 from auxiliary plant funds and applying for and acquiring an InterCap loan in the amount of $2,740,000 with a 15-year payback period.

Repayment of the loan will be made using a combination of the following:

·         A new student fee of $4.70 per credit hour up to 12 credits per semester ($56.40) which will begin in the spring of 2010. This fee was endorsed by a student referendum during the spring 2009 semester.

·         $30,000 per year from an existing student-approved fee dedicated to maintenance of the HPER facility.

·         An additional $30,000 per year from auxiliary plant funds set aside for deferred maintenance.

Montana Tech will renovate 25,200 square feet of space to bring the facilities up to standards expected by students and to expand the building by approximately 7,000 square feet. The new construction will extend from the west of the current cardio/weight rooms and expands both of these facilities.    

“Our next step is to work with an architect to determine the best utilization of our existing facility,” said Chancellor Frank Gilmore. “Once the planning process is underway, we will seek input from faculty, staff, students, and community members. We want this facility to be inviting and useful for all who use it. This renovation is what our students want and we are excited to have the project underway.”  

Maggie Peterson, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance added, “The campus and community will have an opportunity to provide input during the planning process, which will happen over the course of the next several months.”

“I want to make a special point to thank the Board of Regents for their support of this project, which is important to our students,” concluded Chancellor Gilmore.

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Platt Electric Supports Line Students

Representatives of the Butte branch of Platt Electric Supply, Inc., were on Montana Tech’s College of Technology campus recently. After enjoying a tour of the South Campus, Corey Jackson, Regional Vice-President and Val Hoke, Sales Representative, presented each of the twenty-one Lineman Program students with a donation of tools and other items valued in excess of $100 each. Each student received a red soft-side tool bag, a hammer, pliers, some safety glasses, a cap and a mug.


 “Linemen need many different tools to do their jobs and they are often very expensive,” said Jim Babst, Lineman Instructor. “These donated tools are just a real blessing. The folks from Platt Electric Supply have been so good to our program and to our students and I cannot thank them enough.”

Keegan Burke, a Lineman Program student from Craig, Colorado noted, “I enjoyed Platt Electric coming to our school. They gave a good presentation, and then they gave us the tools. It was a great surprise. Thank you Platt Electric.”

Platt Electric Supply, Inc. started in business in 1953 and has since grown to ninety-nine branch locations throughout the Western United States. The company supplies a broad range of high-quality products and services to the electrical construction, commercial, industrials, utility, digital surveillance, and data communications markets,” which, according to its company logo is “Powered By Our People”.

“Energy production, transmission and efficient usage are important and complicated issues which will be with our country, and indeed the entire world, forever,” said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of the College of Technology. “I am really proud of our Lineman Program students. I believe that our students and companies like Platt Electric Supply will definitely have a role in dealing with our nation’s critical energy issues.”

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Dr. John M. Garic at 406-496-3714 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.

Montana Tech Experiencing Record Enrollment

History is made at Montana Tech as more students are attending this fall than ever before.   Montana Tech’s overall enrollment is up 11% with 2,660 students compared to the 2,402 students in fall 08.  Montana Tech’s North Campus headcount is up 9% from 1,980 to 2,155, and South Campus headcount is up 20% from 422 to 505.

“This enrollment figure marks an important day in our history.  Today, we celebrate a significant milestone toward achieving the enrollment slated in our VISION 2025.  Our entire faculty and staff has worked hard to retain and recruit excellent students and today’s announcement provides our report card,” said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation.  “These enrollment figures strengthen our position as we look to meet all of our future goals.”

Tech’s International student population and Graduate School numbers are strong.  International students are at an all-time high growing 29% this year. The Montana Tech Graduate School has experienced a 22% increase growing from 110 students in fall 08 to 134 current students.

Petroleum Engineering is the largest discipline on the Tech campus with 335 students.  General Engineering (322), Business (214), and Nursing (182) round out the top four programs in terms of size.

“It is great to see so many students recognizing the value of our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs,” said Chancellor Frank Gilmore.  “STEM programs account for approximately 55% of our current student population.  As these graduates enter the workforce, the community, state, and entire nation will benefit.”

New Hunting Opportunity for Nonresident College Students

A new law encourages nonresident college students to hunt in Montana.

Senate bill 185, passed by the 2009 Montana Legislature, makes nonresident full-time college students eligible for a discounted big game combination license.

Qualifying students may purchase the $70 big game combination license beginning Sept. 14 at any Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks regional office or the Helena headquarters office.

The big game combination license includes conservation, fishing, upland game bird, deer and elk licenses.

Students eligible for the discount include:

·         nonresident full-time students taking 12 credits or more at postsecondary institutions in Montana,

·         nonresident students who are former Montana high school graduates now enrolled full-time at out-of-state postsecondary institutions and who have a parent that is a Montana resident.

To purchase the license, nonresident students going to a Montana college must present a valid student identification card and an enrollment verification form from their school showing they are full-time students.

Former residents who are now full-time students at out-of-state colleges must present a valid student identification card, current enrollment verification form, a parent's Montana FWP ALS number and a copy of their Montana high school diploma or General Education Development degree.

A $10 hunting access enhancement fee—and proof they have passed hunter education instruction in Montana or another state—are required.

For more information on this license, call: 406-444-2950. For information on hunting in Montana, go to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Web site at fwp.mt.gov and click on Hunting.

Montana Tech Career Fair brings employers to campus to recruit students
On Thursday, September 10, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Montana Tech students will meet with company recruiters from local, regional and national employers at the 10th Annual Montana Tech Career Fair.

Career Services will host the career fair in the HPER (Health, Physical Education & Recreation) Complex. Student registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and students can attend the fair until 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for students, alumni and community members to attend this event.

Over 80 employers are anticipated to attend the Montana Tech Career Fair and over 1,000 students and alumni. The career fair is designed for students of all academic levels and majors – from freshman to graduate students. Search for full-time employment, internships and other opportunities, as well as gather information about specific companies and network with employers at Montana Tech’s campus.

Register with Career Services prior to the fair through DIGGERecruiting, Montana Tech’s web-based career management program to view profiles of attending companies. Students already registered should update their profile information prior to the career fair. RSVP for career events, such as the career fair, company information sessions and workshops. 

Attend career workshops on topics such as interviewing tips, writing a resume and cover letter, and how to prepare for a career fair. Log into DIGGERecruiting to find out more information on these workshops and to RSVP. 

In addition, more than 25 companies will stay and conduct 2nd Day Interviews on Friday, September 11th from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students can view which companies will be conducting 2nd Day Interviews, what positions they are hiring, and sign up for interviews ahead of time through their DIGGERecruiting account.  

Students, alumni and community members can also check out the career fair web site at www.mtech.edu/career/careerfair/students to see which companies are coming, a schedule of events and how to prepare for attending a career fair.

Tech's Joe McClafferty named Frontier Conference's AD of the Year
Congratulations to Montana Tech’s Joe McClafferty for being named the Frontier Conference’s Athletic Director of the Year for the 2008-2009 school year. Way to go Joe!!

A story appears on the front page of today’s Montana Standard.

Details from the press release are as follows: League commissioner Kent Paulson announced the award Thursday. Paulson says McClafferty has instilled a sense of pride and class to the Oredigger athletic department and increased fund raising for athletics and renewed support in the community and state.

McClafferty oversaw a $650,000 expansion of the HPER Complex, including a new floor, seating, lighting, sound system and scoreboards with video capabilities. He also spearheaded a new corporate partnership program that brought in another $200,000.


Montana Tech Chancellor Frank Gilmore says McClafferty has brought a new vision, spirit, and excitement to Digger athletics.

U.S. News Ranks Montana Tech 3rd Top Public Baccalaureate College in the West

U.S. News & World Report, the nation’s leading source of service journalism and news, has named Montana Tech of the University of Montana as the 3rd Top Public Baccalaureate College in the West in the 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”  Montana Tech also ranked 7th Best Baccalaureate College in the West (combining public and private) in the same report.  Montana Tech’s placement remains the same from the 2009 edition.

The exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges, will also be published in the September issue of the U.S. News & World Report magazine, on newsstands starting August 20th.

"We are thrilled to see that U.S. News & World Report has again recognized our outstanding students, faculty, and staff,” said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation.  “This recognition helps solidify our standing in the academic community and assists prospective students in their college selection.”

Over the past 26 years, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The America's Best Colleges ranking package, which includes extensive editorial content and multimedia resources, has helped families navigate the difficult decisions involved throughout the college process, from college admission and selection to financing options.

For more information about America's Best Colleges, visit www.usnews.com/colleges. To access the Premium Online Edition, go to www.usnews.com/usnews/store/products/college_index.htm.

Quarry Brewing to Hold CFWEP Fundraiser

Butte’s hometown brewery, Quarry Brewing, will host a fundraiser for the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) on Wednesday, August 12th from 5-8pm. $.50 from every purchase will go towards CFWEP’s outdoor education program that promotes science and outdoor education for the next generation of the Clark Fork River Basin. The public is invited. This event will feature free food from 6-7pm. CFWEP will have information displays and take-home brochures, newsletters, and info sheets about Clark Fork Superfund and restoration projects. CFWEP staff will be on hand at the brewery to answer any questions about Clark Fork restoration, Superfund sites, environmental issues, etc. CFWEP will hold a 50/50 drawing that also includes prizes that will be raffled off. Come Learn about the history of the Clark Fork Basin, eat and enjoy Butte’s best beer!

CFWEP, a non-profit educational group with offices located in the Department of Technical Outreach at Montana Tech, teaches students how to make science-based decisions about the environment and watershed conservation using the Clark Fork Basin as an outdoor laboratory to demonstrate the effects of mining in the region. The program has worked with more than 10,000 students and 200 teachers from around western Montana. CFWEP sponsors field trips for students to study firsthand the effects of mining on different parts of the Clark Fork River; some sections of the Clark Fork have undergone restoration work, while others have not. CFWEP helps students compare and contrast the different areas, understand ecological impacts caused by human activity, and identify different species of animals, insects and vegetation unique to each area. CFWEP also works with area educators to promote science, history and math skills. These skills help teachers to better utilize place-based science and history topics in educating students in the classroom and in the field.

The health and well-being of the Clark Fork River is important to everyone, so come to Quarry Brewing on Wednesday, August 12 from 5-8pm to learn how you can help make a difference in the future of one of Montana’s best Rivers. For more information, please call CFWEP at 496-4897 or Quarry Brewing at 723-0245. For more information on CFWEP’s outdoor education programs, visit

2009 Ecodaredevil Award: Nomination Deadline Extended

The EcoDaredevil award recognizes students who are taking risks and contributing to environmental health, restoration and sustainability. The nomination deadline for the second-annual EcoDaredevil Award has been extended through September 2009. This year we will honor an EcoDaredevil from the legendary Evel Knievel's home state of Montana, with an award presentation on the campus of Montana Tech. Nominations must be received by September 1, 2009. The 2009 EcoDaredevil winner will receive a cash award and other “green” prizes.

The 2009 award winner will be chosen by 1) a selection committee of nationally and regionally recognized environmental scientists and activists who will review all nominations; 2) peers via an on-line voting system. The 2009 EcoDaredevil Award will be announced in a ceremony at Montana Tech on Friday, September 18th on World Water Monitoring Day, an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

2009 Nominees must meet the following criteria:

- Be from the State of Montana;

- Age 18 to 35, or a recently (graduated this spring or enrolled for this fall) enrolled/graduated college (grad or undergrad) student;

-Has exceptionally fulfilled the core characteristics of what the EcoDaredevil Award signifies: courage, creativity and success (even failure if they’re back up and trying) in positively impacting environmental change through science, action, policy or the arts.

-Nominee must be nominated by a faculty member, researcher, student, peer or other member of the local, regional, national or international environmental community.

-Please submit nominations via email to EcoDaredevil@me.com by September 1, 2009. Please include the following information in your nomination, electronic submissions only (sent to EcoDaredevil@me.com ):

  • Name
  • Age
  • Location/hometown
  • Year in school/college/major
  • An explanation of why the nominee is an EcoDaredevil (maximum of three, single-spaced, 12-point font pages)
  • At least two letters/emails of recommendation/support – one from a faculty/teacher; one from a student/peer; and/or one from a member of the community (state, local or other).
  • Supplements/supporting materials may include web links, articles, images of nominee's accomplishments, etc.

Entries will be judged upon 1) innovation/creativity of nominee's actions/accomplishments; 2) courage of nominee to perform in the face of adversity (i.e. difficulty of achievement exhibited by numbers, required time/timeliness, social/economic/political climate, etc.); 3) significance of nominee's impact on environmental change (sustainability and/or size of outcome(s); number of people affected, policies changed/implemented, honors received); 4) exceptional character exhibited by the nominee. [Note: In order to save your nomination, prepare the nomination with Word, pdf and submit as an attachment.

Read more about the EcoDaredevil award at the EcoDaredevil blog: http://ecodaredevil.blogspot.com/.

10th Annual Montana Tech Career Fair brings employers to campus to recruit students

Join us on the Richest Hill on Earth to participate in the 10th Annual Montana Tech Career Fair. This event will begin with pre-fair events for employers on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 on the Montana Tech campus in the Student Union Building. The fair itself will take place on September 10, 2009 from 8:30am – 3:30pm in the HPER (Health, Physical Education & Recreation) Complex.

The Career Fair, hosted by Career Services at Montana Tech, is designed to offer companies and organizations from all industries a chance to meet with Montana Tech students to discuss career opportunities and to share career development information with students of all academic levels and majors – from freshman to graduate students. The Montana Tech Career Fair is a valuable and economical opportunity for employers to meet with and interview qualified applicants. Employers will have the opportunity to recruit for full-time positions as well as internships, and other opportunities.

Employers can register online through DIGGERecruiting, as well as find additional information at www.mtech.edu/career/employers. Please contact the Career Services at 406.496.4140 if there are additional questions.

Students, alumni and community members can also check out the career fair web site to see which companies are coming, obtain a schedule of events and how to prepare for attending a career fair. Through their DIGGERecruiting account, students can also see who will be on campus recruiting this semester.

Montana Tech students and alumni can sign-up for their DIGGERecruiting account online at www.mtech.edu/career/students or if there are further questions, please contact the Career Services at 496.4140.

For more information, please contact Heather Lingle, Career Fair Coordinator, at 406.496.4628 or Sarah A. Raymond, Director at 406.496.4140.

Montana TEch featured in The Princeton Review Guidebook: "The Best 371 Colleges"


Montana Tech is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2010 edition of its popular guidebook, "The Best 371 Colleges." Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship annual college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with school rating scores in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.


“This is the 10th consecutive year that The Princeton Review has listed Montana Tech as one of the country’s best institutions in their annual college guide. This honor proves that Montana Tech is an outstanding choice for America’s college students,” said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation. “We are proud of our faculty, staff, and students that help make our university one of the country’s best.”  


In its profile on Montana Tech, The Princeton Review praises the school for its strong academics saying, “Under-recognized schools like Montana Tech can be a godsend for students who are strong academically but not likely to be offered admission to nationally renowned technical institutes.  In fact, because of its small size and relatively remote location, Montana Tech is a good choice for anyone leaning toward a technical career.  You’d be hard-pressed to find many other places that are as low-key and personal in this realm of academia.” The survey also quotes extensively from Montana Tech students surveyed for the book. Among their comments about their campus experiences are: "Students are friendly and always smile and offer a hello when passing by” and “Everyone gets along well because the real measure of a student is not what he or she looks like, but their ability to make connections and see the whole picture.”


The schools in "The Best 371 Colleges" are also part of 640 colleges and universities that The Princeton Review commends in its website feature, "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region - Northeast / Midwest / Southeast / West."


The Princeton Review is known for its tutoring and classroom test preparation courses, books, and college and graduate school admission services. 

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Making the Connection between Health Care and Technology at Montana Tech

As a former nurse working at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, who also has her bachelor’s degree in health care informatics from Montana Tech, Misti Anderson keeps a foot in both worlds - medicine and technology – even as she works to bridge the gap between them.

According to Gary Mannix, the head of the Health Care Informatics Department at Montana Tech in Butte, “Misti and our graduates are the glue that can hold an I.T. project at a hospital together, because they know both the technical and the clinical vocabularies. Graduates from our program serve as translators between the technical staff and the clinical leadership.”

These translators, also known as “health informaticists,” often have a background in the allied health professions, such as records or claims and have pursued additional training and education in health I.T. and project management through health care informatics degree programs like the one offered at Montana Tech.


“I.T. staff manage the computer network and maintain the software, but it’s the health care informatics professionals who can truly analyze and understand the medical data; providing clinical staff with the information they need, when they need it,” said Jim Aspevig, Assistant Professor in the Health Care Informatics Department at Montana Tech. 


“Montana Tech’s informatics degree program is really taking off; we have more requests for our interns and graduates from hospitals and clinics than we can fill.” Said Mannix, “Even as other schools are just setting up their programs, Montana Tech has already produced four graduating classes and we’re at virtually 100% employment within the industry, and this is even before the effect of the economic stimulus started kicking in,” Mannix explains. 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dedicated $19 billion to expanding the use of electronic health records by physicians, and demand for health informatics specialists is exploding nationwide. In a recent article in the New York Times, the chief executive of the American Medical Informatics Association, Don Detmer, is quoted as saying, “My rough estimate is that we need about 70,000 health informaticians.” According to the association, midlevel jobs, like those for clinical analysts, generally pay around $70,000 a year.1   


Health informaticists often begin as specialists in technology, or started their career as health record administrators, medical technologists or nurses. Most have had to earn graduate degrees in health informatics before starting to practice. However, Montana Tech’s program is one of only three undergraduate programs in Health Care Informatics in the United States that has a proven track record in terms of producing graduates ready to work in the health care industry.


Charie Faught, Assistant Professor at Montana Tech, says, “Health care is recession-resistant, but many people find it difficult to enter the health care industry. This has also been true for informatics because most degree programs in the field are at the Masters or Ph.D. level. Fortunately, Montana Tech’s Bachelors and Associates degree programs in health care informatics give undergraduates, especially students just coming out of high school, a clear path into this field, as well as providing a way into the health care system for ‘career-changers’ who want to start applying their knowledge to health I.T.”  

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech, please contact Gary Mannix at 406-496-4353 or Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828.

1.      Larson, Christine, Fresh Starts: Connecting the Dots of Medicine and Data, The New York Times, Published: April 11, 2009

Montana Tech's Dr. Michelle Anderson and Matt Vincent Heading to Invite-Only Biology Conference
For the second year in a row, Dr. Michelle L. Anderson, Montana Tech Biology Department Assistant Visiting Professor, and Matt Vincent, Director of the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program, have been invited to an invitation-only working conference on Transforming Undergraduate Education in Biology: Mobilizing the Community for Change.  The conference will take place in Washington, D.C. on July 15-17, 2009.

The conference is organized by the Vision and Change Advisory Board and staff of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Directorate of Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and funded by the National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO). Also, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Division of Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) are advisors to the project and conference. The summit includes a consortium of over 400 university faculty, researchers, and professionals from across the nation. 
Tech Biology Student Awarded ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Rachel Conrad, a sophomore biology student at Montana Tech, has been awarded an American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Fellowship to study mycobacteriophage “Snickelfritz” this summer in Montana Tech Associate Professor Dr. Marisa Pedulla’s lab.  

The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology.  Students are given the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at the ASM General Meeting the following year.

Over the past five months, Rachel has conducted research with the mycobacteriophage “Snicklefritz.” During that time, the phage was plaque purified, a lysate was formed, and a titer was calculated.  Bacteriophages are thought to be the most abundant organisms on earth, with an estimated population of 1031. These viruses that infect bacteria have amazing genetic variability. One category of these viruses is mycobacteriophages, which infect mycobacteria. In the thirty complete mycobacteriophages genomes that have been mapped, no single protein is present in all of those organisms. There are also many genes that are unlike any that have been previously sequenced. These previously unsequenced genes can be studied to determine their function, and provide scientists with more invaluable information in the field of genetic research.

Rachel, a native of Butte, Montana, chose to major in biology at Montana Tech because she enjoys learning about how the world functions at the chemical and molecular levels. Her future career is undecided but earning an MD, teaching high school biology, or even conducting research at a university are all options she is considering. Aside from school, her interests include making jewelry, scrapbooking, reading, being outdoors, and volunteering around the community.

Copper Club Scholar Announced

Nicole Loehr, a double major in Metallurgical Engineering and Chemistry at Montana Tech, has been awarded The Copper Club Scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year.  The Copper Club Scholarship is awarded by The Copper Club, Inc, which provides grants for undergraduate students majoring in mining, geology, and metallurgical engineering and other fields related to the maintenance and expansion of the copper industry.  As the recipient, Nicole will be awarded $5,000 per semester during her junior year.

Nicole joins 11 other Montana Tech students who have won this prestigious award.  Nicole was born in Butte and raised in Anaconda with her two younger sisters, Amanda and Sarah.  Nicole enjoys serving her community through Circle K, a community service based organization, and has recently been elected the governor of this group for the state of Montana.  Nicole also participates in the Society of Women Engineers, club MetE, and math club.  Her pastimes include swing dancing, reading, showing sheepdogs, and a host of other outdoor activities.  Nicole is daughter of Jamie and Joann Loehr. 

Helena Residents Graduate from Tech Business Program

On Saturday, May 9, 2009, twelve Helena residents graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana’s Business Degree Program. This unique program allows Helena residents the opportunity to enroll in upper division courses taught by Montana Tech at the University of Montana – Helena College of Technology. This program enables students to obtain a four-year business degree while working full-time. Helena students graduating from this program were Kerri Blanton, Erica Alma, Francis Afford, Patty Smith, William Rainey, Lori Tobol, Mary House, Jennifer Murray-Noonan, Patty Matthews, Bridgette Catlow, and Amy Ophus. Of these twelve students, ten graduated with honors.

This program has enrolled thirty-five (35) students for the Summer 2009 semester, which began on Tuesday, May 26. Fall offerings are scheduled as Intermediate Accounting I and Labor Relations/Collective Bargaining. These are evening classes.

Montana Tech has added an accounting option to the basic Business Degree. Courses could eventually lead a student to completing certification as a CPA.

Join the Montana Tech/Mariah's Challenge Marathon Team

Montana Tech faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are being offered an opportunity to transform lives in a direct and meaningful way.  Montana Tech, running in support of Mariah’s Challenge, has secured 50 entry spots in the 2009 ING New York City Marathon in November 2009.  This opportunity will allow runners to feel the accomplishment of completing a marathon, and at the same time give back to our community through Mariah’s Challenge.

The New York City Marathon begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, November 1, 2009.  The package departing out of Butte would leave on October 29 and return on November 3. Participants who chose not to depart out of Butte must make their own travel arrangements.

Each participant must raise or pay for the following:

·         $1,000, which covers entry fee, fee to the New York Runner’s Association and donation to Mariah’s Challenge

·         Hotel Costs – approximately $329/night (plus tax)

·         Airline Fees – approximately $550 out of Butte

·         Food and spending money


Thus far, 25 spots are reserved and we want to fill all 50.  Are you a runner, want to be a runner, or just interested in being a part of the team? If so, please contact Traci O’Neill at 406-496-4892. 

Montana Tech Receives Gift from Goldcorp, Inc.

On Friday, May 8, 2009, Goldcorp, Inc, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies, presented Montana Tech with a check in the amount of $250,000, the second installment of their leadership gift pledged in 2008.  Kevin McArthur, retired President & CEO of Goldcorp and Montana Tech’s 2009 Commencement Speaker; along with Dan Rovig, member of the Board of Directors of Goldcorp, presented Montana Tech with the donation.

In May 2008, Goldcorp provided Montana Tech a leadership pledge in support of Montana Tech’s campaign, Strengthening Foundations…Ensuring the Future.  The gift totalled $1,050,000, which created The Goldcorp, Inc. Endowed Professorship.  The professorship is used to supplement the salaries of faculty members within the departments of Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, and Geological Engineering.  Goldcorp’s first installment of this pledge, a $550,000 gift, was made in May of 2008.

Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation said, “It is an honor to have Goldcorp as a corporate partner of Montana Tech.  They have consistently demonstrated leadership in the area of support for the extractive minerals education.  This gift will assist Montana Tech in recruiting and retaining faculty dedicated to the education of the industry’s future generations.”


Goldcorp, a Canadian-based company with its corporate office in Vancouver, Canada, employs more than 9,000 people worldwide. Goldcorp has 17 world-class operations and development projects in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and South America.  Goldcorp is one of the world’s largest gold mining companies with the strongest production growth profile among all senior gold producers.

Montana Tech Announces 2009 Outstanding Student Awards


Montana Tech of the University of Montana announced their 2009 Outstanding Student Awards at the 109th Commencement Ceremony held on the Montana Tech campus on May 9, 2009. These students were chosen by their department faculty based on scholastic achievement, character, and community service. These are the students who best represent each department.

The following are the awards for both north and south campus:





Michael P. Drewett, COMPUTER SCIENCE














Katherine J. Kopp, B.S. NURSING

Jenessa M. Todd, A.S. NURSING






Connor S. O’Brien, Carpentry TRADES & TECHNICAL

Stacy J. Puccinelli, Radiology HEALTH





North – Kerra J. Melvin, Business & Information Technology

South – Stacy J. Puccinelli, Radiology, Health Department


Kerra J. Melvin, Business & Information Technology

Montana Tech Announces Distinguished Alumni and Uuno Sahinen Awardees

Two Montana Tech alumni will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award this year at Montana Tech’s 109th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 9th at 11:00 a.m. This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are Mr. Martin E. Carlson, P.E., B.S. Environmental Engineering, 1984, M.S. Engineering Science, 1986; and Mr. Eric H. Olsen, B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1974. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni of Montana Tech, who have established a professional career of at least 20 years, of which five years have been in a definitely responsible capacity, and who has either contributed in an outstanding manner to the furtherance of his or her profession and/or has been an outstanding contributor to Montana Tech.


In addition, the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology at Montana Tech has named Mr. Richard “Dick” D. Feltis as the recipient of the Uuno Sahinen Silver Medallion. The award is named after former Bureau Director, the late Uuno Sahinen, who is widely recognized for the Bureau’s growth. The Sahinen Award acknowledges “outstanding contributions in understanding and development of energy, mineral, or groundwater resources in Montana” and is given to an outstanding geologist each year.

Montana Tech Announces Commencement Speaker

Mr. Kevin McArthur, a member of the Board of Directors of Goldcorp, Inc., will be the Commencement Speaker during Montana Tech’s 109th Commencement Ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 11 a.m. in Alumni Coliseum.

Mr. McArthur will also receive Montana Tech’s highest award, the Gold Medallion, which recognizes excellence achieved in the recipient’s chosen field and significant support to the college.

Mr. McArthur has enjoyed thirty years of experience in the minerals resource industry.  A third-generation miner, he recently retired as President and CEO of Goldcorp, Inc.—Canada’s sixth largest corporation and the world’s number two gold miner by market capitalization.

Mr. McArthur was President and CEO of Glamis Gold Ltd. from 1999 until its merger with Goldcorp in November 2006.  He continued as President and CEO of the new $21 billion Goldcorp until December, 2008.  Mr. McArthur joined Glamis in 1988, moving into the positions of Vice President of Chemgold Inc, President of Glamis Rand Mining Company and Chief Operating Officer of the company.

Prior to joining Glamis, Mr. McArthur held a variety of engineering and operations management positions with BP Minerals North America and Homestake Mining Company.  Mr. McArthur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Nevada (1979).

AADE Awards Scholarships to Tech Students
The Denver Chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) recently awarded two scholarships to Montana Tech students.  John Evans, Montana Tech student chapter advisor, presented the scholarship awards to Justin Wolf and Zach Garrity.  Each student was presented with a $3,000 scholarship.  Justin and Zach are seniors in Petroleum Engineering at Montana Tech.  Justin is from Calgary, Alberta and Zach hails from Great Falls, Montana.
Amerylyn Dean Chosen as the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute Scholarship Award Winner for the State of Montana
Amerlyn Dean, a junior in the Mining Engineering program at Montana Tech, has been chosen as the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute Scholarship Award winner for the State of Montana. A native of Anaconda, Montana, she attended Anaconda High School. 

Since attending Montana Tech, she has become a member of the pep and concert band, where she thoroughly enjoys playing the flute for games and community concerts. She is the Vice President of the Montana Tech Geology Club, which she has been a member of for two years now. She has also consistently been on the Montana Tech Honor Roll, and has received honors such as the National SMART Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant and the Dougherty and St. Pierre Award.

This summer, Amerlyn will be interning with Cleveland Cliffs at a mine in Babbit, MN called Northshore, which produces iron ore from a rock-type called taconite. Past summer jobs have included work for Black Butte Coal Company (Summer 2007), and RTEA Spring Creek Mine (Summer 2008).

Article by Dr. John W. Ray Accepted for Publication

Dr. John W. Ray of Montana Tech’s Liberal Studies Department has had an article entitled “Civic Engagement, Citizenship and Parliamentary Procedure” accepted for publication in the Parliamentary Journal, the official publication of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. The paper examines how civic engagement, which is a contemporary, prominent expression of the classic notion of citizenship, depends on knowledge of parliamentary procedure.


Dr. Ray was recently elected President of the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice and was a recent recipient of the Phifer Award for “Outstanding Scholarship in Parliamentary Procedure” given by the Commission. He teaches courses at Montana Tech in political science and communications. Dr. Ray has also recently participated in conferences in Egypt and China on national security and energy security issues.

Dr. Marisa Pedulla Selected to Participate in Summer 2009 American Society of Human Genetics GENA Workshop

Dr. Marisa Pedulla, an Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Montana Tech, and Sandra Wardell, a Helena High School Biology teacher, have been selected to participate in the Summer 2009 American Society of Human Genetics GENA (Geneticist - Educator Network of Alliances) Workshop.

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), the Genetics Society of America (GSA), the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) are using the broad theme of genetics to build a framework to form long-term collaborations between educators and scientists and a sustainable infrastructure to support meaningful outreach by scientists in the high school science classroom.

The Geneticist-Educator Network of Alliances (GENA) Project provides the partnering scientific societies with tools to instruct, facilitate, and measure the meaningful engagement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty members in secondary science education. The GENA Project is exploring ways in which a professional society-monitored secondary science education outreach effort can play a positive role in the career development of both junior (pre-tenure) and senior (post-tenure) level genetics faculty.

The project is developing a network of 92 master Geneticist-Educator alliances to design teaching strategies related to standards and misconceptions in genetics that can decrease the time required for scientists to prepare for outreach, thus maximizing the effective and meaningful interaction between the geneticists and students. Geneticists and high school biology teachers attend workshops to examine genetics content inherent in state science education standards and key misconceptions in genetics education and to review exemplary educational materials in genetics and receive guidance in implementing lessons. Exemplary inquiry-based educational materials in genetics are being utilized to design methods to facilitate meaningful interactions between scientists and their local education community. The nationwide cadre of 92 master high school biology teachers serve as training leaders in their local school districts.

Montana Tech Faculty & Students Inducted into Sigma Beta Delta

On April 8, 2009, twelve Montana Tech students and faculty members were inducted into the Montana Tech chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.  Sigma Beta Delta is an international honor society of management and business students.  Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter.  Faculty members in the BIT department elect and invite students to become members – it is their way of recognizing students’ outstanding scholastic achievements. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior, senior or master’s class and be invited to join by the faculty officers.


The 2009 student inductees were Brian F. Walsh, Nathaniel K. Lester, Nicole R. Naasz, John E. Mack, Kyle A. Carter, Kerri S. Blanton, Cassie J. Biggers, and Tyler B. Sandru. The 2009 faculty inductees were Patricia J. Boltz, Business & Information Technology part-time faculty;  Gary W. Mannix, Health Care Informatics Department Head; Jon A. Chesbro, Business & Information Technology Assistant Professor; and Robert L. Bristol Business & Information Technology part-time Faculty.

Dr. Andrea Stierle Receives Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation Certificate of Merit

Dr. Andrea Stierle, of the Chemistry Department at Montana Tech of the University of Montana, has received a Certificate of Merit Recognition from the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation for the work she and Dr. Don Stierle, Department of Geochemistry at Montana Tech, have done with Berkeley Pit microbes as a source of anticancer agents.  This is the second such Certificate of Merit award for their work.  In 1998, Don and Andrea were recognized for their work with a Bermudian-sponge bacterium that produced an anti-HIV compound.  This year’s award is for their work entitled “Using Enzyme Inhibition to Guide the Isolation of New Anticancer Agents from Microbes Found in Abandoned Montana Copper Mines.” 


Each year, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation provides small grants and certificates of merit recognition to men and women whose individual initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines furthers the Lindberghs' vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment.



The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation was created in 1977, the 50th Anniversary year of Charles Lindbergh's epic New York-to-Paris flight. It was originated by friends of the Lindberghs at The Explorers Club in New York City and other friends and admirers. The Foundation seeks to support present and future generations in working toward such a balance, that we may"...discern nature's essential wisdom and combine it with our scientific knowledge..." (Charles A. Lindbergh) and "balance power over life with reverence for life" (Anne Morrow Lindbergh).

Charles Lindbergh, who died in 1974, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who died in 2001, believed that true progress and a high quality of life require both the advances of science and care for nature, and that these critical endeavors must be in balance.

Montana Tech A.S.C.E. Student Chapter competes in Bridge and Canoe Competition

On April 1-3, 2009, the Montana Tech American Society of Civil Engineers (A.S.C.E.) Student Chapter competed against several colleges and universities from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia in the A.S.C.E. Pacific Northwest Regional Competition.  The 2009 events were successfully co-hosted by Carroll College and Montana State University.  Montana Tech hosted this event back in 2002 under the direction of Dr. Leroy Friel.  

This year, Tech battled it out in both the steel bridge and the concrete canoe competition.  “Our steel bridge team ousted teams from British Columbia, the University of Portland, and the University of Washington,” said Brian Kukay, an assistant professor at Montana Tech and faculty advisor for the American Society of Civil Engineers.  We had a very competitive bridge; however, the timed event kept us out of medal contention this year.  Washington State University claimed the top prize in the bridge competition.  “We’ll be back next year,” exclaimed Levi Hansen, a member of the Bridge team.  Still, the Montana Tech Chapter did not walk away empty handed.  After preliminary discussion, The Montana Section of A.S.C.E. announced at the Annual Meeting that they were creating an endowed scholarship available to General Engineering students at Montana Tech.  “It is an honor to accept this endowment on behalf of the students and is proof positive that the Montana Section of A.S.C.E. likes what they see from Montana Tech,” stated Brian Kukay.

The University of Idaho earned top honors in the overall canoe competition.  That being said, representatives from various universities all agreed that Tech’s team performed exceptionally well for wading back into the waters for the first time in over four years.  Tech’s canoe, coined “The Techtanic,” proved to be an ominous sight in the water.  It passed all flotation and submersion requirements and proved to be virtually indestructible as it held two, three, and four person teams in the slalom, endurance, and co-ed races.  Whereas other teams were seen taking on the 39°F water, and met their untimely demise in Lake Serenity, Tech’s rowing teams definitely kept their heads above water.  Unfortunately for some schools, a few more canoes did not survive the road trip to Montana.  Montana Tech’s official results from the canoe competition are below:

Design Paper – 9th place

Oral Presentation – 7th place, Final Product – 10th place, Final Ranking – 10th place

Women’s Results: Final Sprints - 6th place, Slolom/Endurance Race – 5th place

Men’s Results: Sprints – 5th place, Slolom/Endurance Race – 5th place

Coed Results: Sprints – 5th place, Race Points – 14.4 points

Both the concrete canoe and steel bridge reflect a solid years worth of sweat equity.  At the end of it all, fundraising and design efforts culminate in producing a finished product and weighing in against competing universities.  Next year’s venues will be held at Washington State University.  The Montana Tech student chapter currently has its sights set on raising enough funds to purchase an enclosed trailer and intends on providing advertising space with contributor’s logos on the sides.  Co-presidents Megan Taylor and Kayla Schumacher said, “This item, though costly, would not only solidify us as a team but also create a presence when we take our game out on the road.”  Interested parties are asked to contact Montana Tech’s A.S.C.E. chapter at 496-4517 for additional information.

This year’s Bridge Design Team Members are: Jason Wright (captain), Jacque Ausen (captain), Anthony Laslovich, Chris Connors, Levi Hansen, and Cameron Drapes. Faculty Mentor: Brian Kukay.

This year’s Canoe Design Team members are: Taylor Flotre (captain), Zach Zimmerman (captain), Anthony Laslovich, Megan Taylor, Jacque Ausen, and Kayla Schumacher. Faculty Mentor: Brian Kukay.

31st Mining & Mucking Contest Results

On Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 2009, Montana Tech hosted the 31st anniversary of the Intercollegiate Mining & Mucking Contest at the World Museum of Mining in Butte, Montana.

The all-day competition saw teams from Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Penn State, University of Nevada Reno Mackay, Virginia Tech, Western Australia School of Mines Kalgroolie, Western Australia School of Mines Perth, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Arizona, and Camborne School of Mines Great Britain.

The competition was broken down into men’s, women’s, co-ed, alumni and individual classes.  Teams competed in seven different events, which were hand steel, gold pan, jack leg, track stand, mucking, swede saw and survey. 

The Montana Tech women’s team placed third overall at the competition. They also took home third place in the hand steel, swede saw, mucking, track stand, and survey. The Montana Tech men’s team A placed first in the jack leg drilling and third in the gold pan competition. The Montana Tech men’s Sallies team placed first in mucking, second in track stand and third in hand steel.

Members of the Tech teams are: Heather Dahlman, Nicole Rowton, Sarah Upton, Nancy Tracy, Rosy Fier, Kyle Murphy, Leonard Brien, Bill Brosam, Taylor Schindler, Shawn Norton, Jack Stratton, Andy Sholty, Brendon Dale, Mike Pete, Tom Probert, Luke Rocco, Kyle Sullivan, John Hoover, Chester Melvin, John Seifert, Nate Wineingerr, Jake Kuchta, Brian Mangan, Phil Brumit, Cliff Stout, Pete Rossiter, Justin Patterson, Jake Whisonant and Jake Miller.

The members of the Montana Tech alumni team were Chad Ball, Travis Birkenbuel, Travis Chiotti, Todd Dahlman, Mike Lee and Nolan Smith.

Results from the competition appear below.

Men's Teams