Montana State University

Spring 2017

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Mountains and Minds

What’s past is prologue June 06, 2017 • Published 06/06/17

This photo, thought to be the earliest panorama of Montanan State University, is remarkable not only for what is, but also for what is to come. Since it was founded on Feb. 16, 1893, MSU has made an impact on the state, region and the world.

Starting with only a few academic programs focusing on agriculture, MSU expanded over the years to more than 225 programs across eight academic colleges. The campus, launched with just a handful of buildings, has expanded to more than 50 principal buildings on 956 acres, with more new buildings to come.

MSU graduates have bettered the world in diverse fields, ranging from life-saving vaccinations to paradigm-breaking art. Likewise, MSU faculty are making new discoveries that better all of our lives, from discovering new lifeforms in hostile environments to discovering new worlds in microscopic DNA.

There is much to celebrate at MSU, and we’d like you to celebrate with us at one of the biggest parties in the university’s history. Please put Feb. 16–17, 2018, on your calendar and make plans to be on campus as we celebrate MSU’s 125th anniversary with the Bobcat Birthday Bash.

We hope to see you at the Bobcat Birthday Bash. And, keep checking to keep up with all the events and happenings. ■

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