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MSU Alumni Foundation partners with Montana Stockgrowers Association to support graduate student fellowships and expand MSU’s first chair in Animal and Range Sciences

December 12, 2014

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The Montana Stockgrowers Association Research, Education and Endowment Foundation and the MSU Alumni Foundation are working together to raise $1 million for graduate student fellowships in animal and range sciences. The fellowships, which will cover tuition and other fees for graduate students, will enhance with the newly established Nancy Cameron Faculty Chair in animal and range sciences, supporting research tied to the livestock industry.

“Nancy Cameron’s gift provided important, initial funds for a dedicated faculty researcher focusing on cattle production in Montana,” said John Grande, chairman of the Montana Stockgrowers Research, Education and Endowment Foundation.  “As a group, we want to help bolster this generous gift by raising additional support for dedicated graduate fellowships.  Our state needs faculty and graduate students to lead industry-driven projects that directly benefit the Montana livestock industry.”

The total value of Montana cattle and calves production was $1.36 billion in 2013 and has topped the $1 billion mark in eight of the past 10 years. Research and development programs focusing on beef cattle are important to the state’s economy and MSU’s College of Agriculture is uniquely positioned to be leader of this focused research.

The Nancy Cameron Chair will support and mentor research efforts and educational programs that foster greater collaboration among all industry stakeholders. This cooperative approach will ensure the vitality of livestock production in Montana and the region. Working under the leadership and direction of this faculty chair, graduate students will play an important role in expanding research and development in cattle production.

In February, MSU alumna Nancy Cameron made a $3.5 million gift to the MSU Foundation to endow the faculty research chair, three scholarship funds and a business professorship at MSU. Cameron is descended from a pioneering ranching family with a 125-year history in the state. The family ranch was southwest of Great Falls.

MSU’s College of Agriculture Interim Dean Glenn Duff said, “Together, these graduate fellowships and the Cameron faculty chair will allow us to attract an outstanding faculty leader who will in turn attract the best graduate students.  Research is a cornerstone at MSU and it’s more important than ever for the college to work closely with producers on finding new and innovative short and long term solutions to challenges facing the industry.  The college is very excited to partner with Montana Stockgrowers to make that happen.”

Those interested in learning more or providing additional financial support to the Montana Stockgrowers Fellowships may contact Kevin Brown at the MSU Alumni Foundation at kevin.brown@msuaf.org or 406-994-4815.

About the Montana State University Alumni Foundation: The Montana State University Alumni Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation comprised of three entities that serve one mission: "We create lifelong relationships and strengthen our resources to advance Montana State University." The MSU Alumni Association is a membership body that keeps graduates and friends of our University connected to one another and to their alma mater. The MSU Foundation raises significant private financial support and serves as the steward for more than $200 million dollars in total assets from many generous donors. And the MSU Innovation Campus offers powerful opportunities for partners to invest in a creative, entrepreneurial environment that offers state of the art facilities, supports start-up companies and provides students with hands-on learning experiences that can result in employment opportunities upon graduation.

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Jason Smith, vice president of external relations: (406) 570-6066   jason.smith@msuaf.org