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Montana State University
P.O. Box 172630
Bozeman, MT 59717-2630

Tel: (406) 994-4571
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Location: 437 Culbertson Hall

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Service and Outreach

As the state's land grant institution, MSU strives to improve lives of Montanans through education, outreach and discovery. Prolific research has resulted in many discoveries that stimulate economic growth. MSU has more than 182 active technology licenses, 104 of which are with Montana companies, and 110 patents have been issued for MSU discoveries.
The National Institutes of Health awarded a $6.5 million grant to fund the Center for Native Health Partnerships at MSU. The center will address health disparities in Montana's Indian communities by developing partnerships between Native American communities and researchers.   Related Information
MSU's student farm, a project of the Friends of Local Foods student organization, far exceeded expectations in its first year, delivering more than 5,000 pounds of food to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank for limited resource families in the area. The group, comprised primarily of students studying agriculture and food and nutrition, is dedicated to raising awareness about the value of locally grown food.   Related Information
MSU consistently ranks among the top 25 medium-sized universities for producing Peace Corps volunteers, according to the director of the Peace Corps, Ron Tschetter. Since the organization was founded in 1961, almost a third, 388, of Montana's 1,200 Peace Corp Volunteers have come from MSU.   Related Information
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $17.5 million grant to the Montana INBRE program to improve the state's capacity for biomedical research. INBRE, led by Montana State University, is a network of researchers at universities, four-year colleges and tribal colleges across the state that fosters collaborations to increase scientific knowledge on health-related topics. INBRE focuses on understanding infectious diseases of concern to Montanans, such as West Nile and Hantavirus  Related Information
MSU's Western Transportation Institute was awarded a $1.5 million competitive grant from The Federal Transit Administration to the help with projects such as trails and shuttle systems on public lands across the country. WTI experts will work with managers at the country's national parks, forests and recreation sites to start or expand transportation projects that offer environmentally sensitive solutions to problems like traffic congestion, parking and pollution.   Related Information
MSU scientist Ben Lei and graduate student Yanchao Ran are working on a vaccine to prevent strangles, a highly contagious horse disease similar to strep throat in humans. While an existing vaccine can reduce the symptoms of strangles, it does not completely prevent it, nor is it always safe. Lei hopes to develop a more effective and safe vaccine that will prompt the horse's body to produce antibodies that neutralize the infection.   Related Information
Nursing professor Yoshiko Colclough received a $106,782 grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to work with the Blackfeet Tribe on alleviating pain and suffering resulting from serious illness, especially cancer.   Related Information
Montana State University's Department of Education and the Montana Rural Education Association have partnered to offer a new graduate program in educational leadership for prospective principals and superintendents. The program, designed specifically for rural educators, focuses on issues and challenges unique to leaders in rural schools.   Related Information
Todd Daniels, a Montana Manufacturing Extension Center field engineer located in Helena and serving central Montana, was one of only three Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Practitioners of the Year. Daniels won the award for his commitment to new MEP business growth services that stimulate the economy while sticking to the mission of simple and effective technologies, techniques and practices for small- to mid-sized manufacturers.   Related Information
The College of Education, Health and Human Development at MSU has developed two distance-learning degree programs to increase access for historically underserved students throughout the state. The Early Childhood Education Distance Partnership (ECEDP) is a distance-learning program that helps Head Start and early childhood educators in tribal communities complete bachelor's degrees in early childhood education. Additionally, the I LEAD program celebrated its first graduating class at commencement this spring, with 21 students earning master's degrees in educational leadership. The I LEAD program offers American Indian teachers in Montana an opportunity to earn a master's degree in school administration without having to leave their jobs.   Related Information
A research project at Montana State University may help shape future health programs for rural areas around the country. MSU Extension Food and Nutrition and 4-H, and MSU's Department of Psychology have received a $1.5 million four-year grant from the USDA to design, conduct and assess a healthy-living program that offers information and opportunities for improving physical activity, nutrition and body image to parents in rural areas.   Related Information
An interactive Web site designed to share ideas and expertise about health has been launched to help prevent disease and promote wellness across Montana, www.montanaruralhealthinitiative.org. The Montana Rural Health Initiative at MSU received $100,000 from The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Foundation for Healthy Montanans to support the initiative.  Related Information
Each summer the Montana Apprenticeship Program (MAP) brings high school age Native American and minority students to MSU for a six-week camp. MAP has been around for more than 25 years and is part of the American Indian Research Opportunities program, which aims to increase the number of Native American and minority students who pursue careers in science.   Related Information
Montana State University received a $354,000 grant from the National Community Action Foundation and ExxonMobil to help develop a television network that trains weatherization workers across the nation. The Montana Weatherization Training Center will develop 36 episodes for a high-quality television show available over the Internet called WxTV.   Related Information
Montana State University Extension specialists won four national awards at the American Society of Agronomy's annual conference in Pittsburgh. They were honored for their work on providing web-based tools to help famers choose the best crops for their conditions; for software that helps wheat and barley producers determine the best amount of fertilizer to apply; and for a DVD showing Montanans across the state how to take care of their groundwater.   Related Information
An $873,963 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will enable MSU Extension's Housing and Environmental Health Program to create the national Tribal Healthy Homes Assessment and Training Center at MSU. The funds will enable healthy homes specialists to conduct health assessments of hundreds of tribal homes in Montana over the next two years.   Related Information
Montana State University received a three-year, $252,000 grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to expand its services to tribal college librarians across the United States and Canada. MSU hosts the Tribal College Librarians Institute, which addresses challenges and needs that the librarians have identified.   Related Information
Student athletes and athletic department staff contributed more than 3,500 hours of service to the community during the 2006-2007 athletic year
The Schutter Diagnostic Lab on the Bozeman campus recently received a five-year grant for roughly $40,000 per year from the USDA, largely because the lab provides an early warning system of biological invaders, whether those invaders arrived here accidently or because of someone's intention.   Related Information
Since receiving a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, MSU's ILEAD (Indian Leadership Education and Development) program has doubled the number of Native American principals serving schools on Montana's reservations. The program aims to improve the quality of schools by reducing administrative turnover. All students in the program are teachers from reservations and are committed to remaining and serving on their reservations.   Related Information
The College of Engineering was awarded $312,000 by the Toyota USA Foundation to support Teaching Engineering Applications in Math and Science (TEAMS), an innovative program developed to enhance teaching of K-12 math and science in and around Montana's Native American communities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded more than $4 million over a span of five years to MSU's Department of Health and Human Development. The grant will fund the Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases, which works to fight obesity throughout the state by partnering with other entities such as schools, day care centers and workplaces to promote healthy environments.  Related Information
Each year, College of Business accounting students receive real-life tax advising experience when they participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Students are available to prepare federal and state tax returns and answer tax questions.   Related Information
MSU Extension, in partnership with the Northwest Area Foundation, is helping build stronger communities through the Horizons Program. Horizons offers a comprehensive community leadership and capacity building process to benefit small, rural communities that have seen significant decline in population, income and resources. It draws people together with programs and activities to forge the dynamic leadership they need to take on difficult challenges like economic decline, poverty and demographic changes.
MSU Extended University worked with Bozeman-based business incubator TechRanch to create an online library of free resources for entrepreneurs Resources for Entrepreneurs. The library includes video and audio podcasts on topics such as management, marketing, operations, marketing and personal selling. The project was supported by a grant from the Qwest Foundation.   Related Information
The College of Business, in partnership with MSU Extended University, created the Management Institute Executive Education series to offer business professionals a deeper understanding of business practices and the impact it has on their organizations.
The Montana Team Nutrition Program (MTN), an outreach program of Health and Human Development, works closely with K-12 schools to create healthier schools by implementing best practices. Recess before Lunch (RBL), which allows students to play first then eat, is an effective practice that leads to healthier food consumption, decreased food waste and improved student behavior. The use of RBL has increased yearly with 29 percent of Montana elementary schools currently implementing a RBL practice.
The Office of Technology Transfer provides assistance to more than 400 Montana companies through its resources and partners including Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, TechLink and TechRanch.
The Montana Council on Economic Education in cooperation with the National Council on Economic Education hosted a free seminar in February 2008 to help teachers better understand the changing world economy, the impact on Montana and how to incorporate this information into classes.   Related Information
MSU Extension launched a Web site, called "eXtension," that allows users to consult Extension experts from all over the country. The experts provide research-based information and customized answers to specific questions ranging from parenting to saving and investing, entrepreneurship and vegetable gardens.   Related Information
MSU Extended University supports, administers and hosts all training for WebCT, the university's official learning management software. As interest has grown in online learning and hybrid courses (face-to-face teaching complemented by Web-based tools), the number of WebCT courses has expanded from 135 in fall 2003 to 710 in fall 2007. Currently, more than 10,000 unique students are enrolled in WebCT courses from the four MSU campuses plus Blackfeet Community College and Stone Child Community College.   Related Information
MSU's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (a humanitarian organization dedicated to partnering with developing communities to improve their quality of life) has raised more than $150,000, sent 28 students to Kenya and installed five wells that provide thousands with clean water. A clean water supply means villagers, who sometiems travel miles to a water source, can focus on education and other activities to improve their quality of life.  Related Information
The Western Ag Research Center near Corvallis reared and distributed more than 80,000 insects for spotted knapweed biocontrol.
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) clients reported $138 million in economic impact as a result of the center's services to Montana manufacturers. The impact was quantified through an independent survey of quarterly data from October 2005 through September 2007. MMEC's Lean Manufacturing services, in particular, bring discipline to cost reduction and productivity for hundreds of Montana companies.
Four of the leading U.S. causes of death are associated with dietary quality, and studies show that each dollar invested in Extension nutrition education yields at least $8 savings in health care costs. Extension's Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program works to educate individuals, families, elderly and developmentally disabled people who qualify for food stamps. 16,919 people in 26 counties and six reservations learned skills for choosing better foods, food handling, food storage and food safety practices in 2005.
Turfgrass management students in the College of Ag practice both seeding and sodding at the horticulture farm and volunteered to landscape Habitat for Humanity houses in Belgrade.
The MSU College of Business/State Farm Insurance Family Business Program annually recognizes successful family businesses across the state. The purpose of the Family Business Program is to provide educational opportunities and resources to family-owned businesses. In addition, the program provides educational opportunities and resources to service providers of family businesses. With additional support from Stockman Bank, the College has added the Family Business Program on the Road, bringing information, seminars and guest presentations to communities across the state of Montana. The program is coordinated by Nancy Dodd, Ph.D., associate professor of business.
A student group, Friends of Local Foods, that raises awareness about the value of locally grown food, partnered with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank to provide more than a quarter ton of fresh vegetables weekly in exchange for the support of two part-time interns that educate food bank customers as well as the community at large about how to prepare greens and vegetables. The group also sold shares of their weekly harvest to the community.   Related Information
The Office for Community Involvement connects hundreds of MSU student volunteers with community organizations that need support.
The TechLink Center has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of nine exemplary models nationwide of federal technology transfer. TechLink provides direct support for Montana companies to access new technology, expertise, and research and development funding from the Department of Defense, NASA and other federal agencies.
MSU Extension's housing and environmental health program has developed the Native AIR asthma intervention and reduction program in response to research showing that Native American children have asthma at rates two to five times higher than the general population. The program partnered closely with schools and tribal health authorities, organizing local leadership teams on Montana's seven reservations to implement an education effort about household asthma triggers.
Landscapes of the Mind summer workshops and Cafe Scientifique provide opportunities for the community to participate in courses and discussions with University faculty. Local and international speakers have discussed topics ranging from scientists as terrorists to Native American poetry.
The MSU Leadership Institute hosts numerous lectures open to the campus and community. Featured speakers have included Salman Rushdie, Conrad Anker and the Sons of Everest pioneer climbers (Jamling Norgay and Peter Hillary), and Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero of the movie "Hotel Rwanda." The College of Business hosts the David B. Orser Executive Speakers Forum, which is designed to bring business executives to the campus that have a proven record of achievement, so students have a chance to hear directly from leaders in their field.