For students new to campus this spring semester or those just looking for something fun to do outside their heavy academic schedules, MSU Debut offers many activities and events to welcome students back to Bozeman. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, all events have been modified to comply with loca… Read more

As another semester begins amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Montana Board of Regents approved additional COVID-19 funding for MUS (Montana University System) campuses. During a virtual meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7, board members approved the allocation of federal and state COVID-19 funding, b… Read more

In the midst of a surge in COVID-19 cases across Gallatin County, the Board of Health met on Friday, Nov. 6, approving new restrictions on businesses designed to subdue transmission throughout the community.  Read more

MSU will host a series of virtual events throughout the week to celebrate Veteran’s Day, which fell on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The events started on Monday, Nov. 9 and end on Thursday, Nov. 12. “We’re really appreciative of veterans and everything they’ve done for us. To be able to serve them, j… Read more

Despite reaching a record high for new coronavirus cases in Gallatin County, Bozeman elementary schools transitioned back to five days of in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 2. Elementary schools are the first of the three school levels to welcome students back to the classroom full time sinc… Read more

MSU student Anthony Cordero has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Butte alleging that MSU broke a contractual agreement with its tuition-paying students when classroom instruction was moved online last spring. Cordero, represented by Adrian A. Miller and Michelle M. Sullivan of S… Read more

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Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, was confirmed to the highest court in the U.S. on Monday, Oct. 26. With just eight days until the 2020 presidential election, Barrett solidifies the originalist wing of the court. Read more

Kristi Borge, a K-8 teacher living and working in Polaris, Montana, has been named 2021 Montana Teacher of the Year. Borge teaches 11 students out of a one-room schoolhouse in the rural town of 132 total residents. She has been teaching in Polaris since the fall of 2015. “I get to know the f… Read more

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As some students spend the long winter break skiing the cold smoke, others will use the opportunity to catch up, stay on track or get ahead in their coursework. MSU is taking advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak to alter this year’s academic calendar by extending the winter break and offering … Read more

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For the eighth consecutive year, MSU was named a Tree Campus USA, joining the ranks of several U.S. universities and colleges who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering a tree-friendly campus. Tree Campus USA designations are made by the Arbor Day Foundation based on an application outl… Read more

In this edition, the MSUExponenthad the unique opportunity to hear from the candidates running for statewide offices in Montana. We interviewed Republican, Democratic and Libertarian candidates in the form of questionnaires. The questionnaires were based on reader interest and survey respons… Read more

The MSU chapter of the United Nations (UN) Association celebrated the 75th anniversary of the UN on Wednesday, Oct. 21, by hosting a first-of-its-kind virtual event. Attendees from across the globe joined in to listen to guest speakers Ali Hoffman and Tayo Rockson. Ali Hoffman is a Senior Ca… Read more

The Treasure State 2020 pre-election poll, conducted by MSU’s Human Ecology Learning & Problem Solving (HELPS) Lab, was conducted by mail this year to poll for the 2020 elections from Montana residents. 8,836 surveys were delivered and 1,787 were returned for a response rate of 20.2%. Th… Read more

The U.S. Postal Service is delivering mail-in ballots across Montana in preparation for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. This year, Montanans will vote for president, governor, senator and will fill district seats and court justice appointments. Along with the public offices on the ballot, t… Read more

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As Election Day nears, there are many other important dates for voters to be aware of. For those of you who are planning to vote in Montana and have yet to register, there are various options that make it easy to register whether you are an out-of-state student attending MSU or a local. In o… Read more

Following the abrupt resignation of former Bozeman mayor Chris Mehl, several positions were suddenly vacant in Bozeman’s local government. Cyndy Andrus, who was serving as both a city commissioner and deputy mayor, rose to fill the vacancy left by Mehl’s resignation. The city commission then… Read more

Three of 14 faculty members recently selected for the Montana University System’s (MUS) 2020 Teaching Scholars come from MSU. The program, now in its second year, recognizes faculty members from across the state who have made exemplary contributions to teaching and learning. The professors c… Read more

The first and only vice-presidential debate of 2020 was held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, faced off against Republican Vice President Mike Pence to answer questions posed by the moderator, U… Read more

MSU astrophysicist Amy Reines has been awarded a grant from NASA to search for the origin of supermassive black holes. The three-year, $750,000 NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Grant (EPSCoR), will provide Reines with funding and support to continue her research int… Read more

As we approach the halfway mark of the fall semester, many students are surprised that we have been able to remain on campus and attend in-person classes at MSU. Amid the third surge of coronavirus cases in Gallatin County, rumors are buzzing across campus. The Exponent reached out to Direct… Read more

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Montana State University, formerly MSU Wonderlust, will host a virtual presentation, “Montana’s Forest Fires: Why We Just Burn Our Forests.” The program, in partnership with the Belgrade Community Library, will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1… Read more

With plans to open the new American Indian Hall on campus in the fall of 2021, a committee has chosen three artists to display major pieces of art in the new building. The committee, which consisted of representatives from across campus and members of Montana’s Native community chose Bently … Read more

As October arrives and brings with it fall tidings, Montanans can typically look forward to seeing the changing colors of the leaves, cooling temperatures, football and the start of the holiday season. However, with all the pleasantries of fall also comes rather dire news. A third wave of CO… Read more

Following years of President Trump’s choice to not release tax records amid his 2016 presidential campaign and current role as president, the New York Times has begun releasing a series of articles detailing President Trump’s tax and income history dating back to 2000. The first article in t… Read more

After two years and thousands of dollars worth of work, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital announced in a press release on Monday, Sept. 14, that they were ready to begin welcoming new patients into the brand new Patient Care Tower and Critical Care Unit. The Caring Forward Campaign, launched… Read more

A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant received by MSU on Friday, Sept. 4 will rework the current undergraduate environmental engineering degree through NSF’s Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) program. The mission of the RED program is to catalyze revolutionary approaches to engineering curricula. The five-year funded grant, totaling nearly $1 million, will redevelop MSU’s environmental engineering program to focus on technical, social and economic knowledge while incorporating sensible teaching practices throughout the program. The grant will also fund MSU’s Montana Engineering Education Research Center, which will assess the effectiveness of the newly-evolved curriculum.

Craig Woolard, head of the department of civil engineering, is leading the project. Professors from the civil engineering department include Adrienne Phillips, Catherine Kirkland, Ellen Lauchnor, and Katey Plymesser. The civil engineering professors are co-leaders of the project and will be the main faculty transforming the old curriculum and creating and instructing the new courses.

"As an environmental engineer you often have to work with communities and regulators within an economic and policy context that maybe you didn't expect when you were in college,” Kirkland said. “We want to integrate those social and economic concepts into our courses to make the technical skills more relevant and more meaningful when our graduates enter professional practice."

The department of civil engineering in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering strives to modify its program in a way contrary to the current undergraduate curriculum common in the U.S. MSU hopes to begin giving students repeated opportunities to address complex problems like those faced by professionals. The new underclassman curricula will consist of 32 credits of topic-focused environmental engineering coursework, which is normally scheduled for the final two years of the program; however, the faculty plans to distribute integrated courses beginning freshman year. By establishing a career-oriented engineering identity early and by providing practice, students will continue to have effective schooling throughout their years. According to Woolard, the changes made to the program will, “provide students with an integrated project-based curriculum that improves their professional skills and results in improved student retention and increased diversity.”

For more information regarding the overview of the environmental engineering program, visit http://catalog.montana.edu/graduate/engineering/environmental-engineering/. Read more

On Thursday, Sept. 24, MSU Facilities Services provided trash bags and gloves to an on-campus volunteer organization, Circle K, looking to beautify campus. Student volunteers gathered in front of Montana Hall, took trash-collecting materials and spread out in groups all over campus to collec… Read more

Amid a pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 200,000 Americans, a tax scandal that has engulfed President Donald Trump’s campaign and an ensuing Supreme Court battle, the representatives of the Democratic and Republican Parties faced off on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The debate was moder… Read more

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday, Sept. 23, that they would award MSU a grant to continue pollution prevention work already started in Montana. The grant for MSU, worth $498, 217, was part of the national Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, a celebration of t… Read more

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg initiated a frenzy in Washington D.C. as Republicans hurry to fill the now vacant seat and Democrats scramble to find a way to stop the court from becoming a 6-3 conservative majority. The vacant Supreme Court seat adds even more dr… Read more

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Most of the political power in our country is split between two parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The current reality of our system might leave many voters feeling disenfranchised and underrepresented. Many wonder where independent voters, turned off by both the major p… Read more

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, died in her Washington, D.C. home on the evening of Friday, Sept. 18. Ginsburg, affectionately known as the “Notorious RBG” to her admirers, had a number of health-related ailments throughout her time on the Supreme C… Read more

In Sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 90 percent of food waste occurs after harvesting, during packaging and at distribution. To combat this waste, the Institute of Food Technologists’ Developing Solutions for Countries Competition made the theme for their 2019-2020 competition, “Create a nutritious… Read more

A brand-new master’s program is coming to MSU in the fall of 2021. Aimed to help graduates acquire professional skills, the new program will enable students to be more effective leaders, innovators and team members in their careers. The Master of Science in Innovation and Management (MISM) w… Read more

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In the city of Bozeman, rivers like the Gallatin, Madison, and Yellowstone provide hours of entertainment to the people of the area. Whether you’re a fisherman or -woman, a rafter or simply a nature-lover, these rivers have something to offer. Bozemanites have an opportunity to give back to … Read more

Swarms of allegations surfaced at Tuesday night’s Bozeman City Council commission meeting regarding Mayor Chris Mehl’s alleged abuse of power that led to his resignation on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Chris Mehl became mayor this past January after serving Bozeman for over ten years as both a city c… Read more

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In the city of Bozeman, rivers like the Gallatin, Madison, and Yellowstone provide hours of entertainment to the people of the area. Whether you’re a fisherman or -woman, a rafter or simply a nature-lover, these rivers have something to offer. Bozemanites have an opportunity to give back to … Read more

As a public institution, MSU is required to uphold all parts of the Constitution of the United States. However, in a recent COVID-19 policy, MSU and the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) began requiring attendance to be taken and reported to administrators at all student club and organizati… Read more

In light of students returning to campus, MSU began offering free drive-through and walk-through testing on Thursday, Aug. 27 for students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. These tests are offered at the MSU Symptomatic Student Testing Center, located on the northeast corner of Bobcat Stadi… Read more

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