2012 News Listing
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2012 News Listing

Foundation President/Vice Chancellor Announced


Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter announced today the hiring of Joe McClafferty as President of the Montana Tech Foundation and Vice Chancellor for Development and University Relations. The search committee interviewed three candidates, McClafferty, Tenis Tennyson, and Earl Cunningham for the position. ... Read More

Tech student Jordan Hugs Awarded Scholarship


Montana Tech student Jordan Hugs has been awarded a 2012-2013 Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics $500 Native American Scholarship. Jordan is from Hardin, Montana and is pursuing a mathematical sciences degree at Montana Tech. After graduation, Jordan plans to teach secondary education. ... Read More

Community Helps A Student - Donations Needed


The Montana Tech family is partnering with building supplier, ProBuild, to help an injured student in need. Highlands College Construction Technology students are making the injured student's home wheelchair accessible and ProBuild is supplying the construction materials at their cost. ... Read More

Robotics Competition Coming to Campus


On Saturday, December 15, 2012, Montana Tech will be the host site for a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Competition. FTC is designed for high-schoolers who want to compete head to head using a sports model. ... Read More

Choral Union Concert


You are invited to attend Montana Tech's Inaugural Choral Concert, An Evening in December," featuring the campus's new Choral Union. The concert will be presented on Sunday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. ... Read More

Rhodia Provides Montana Tech Scholarship to Local Student


In 2001, Rhodia Inc. announced a new scholarship for future Montana Tech students: The Rhodia Inc. Engineering for Environmental Protection Scholarship. The scholarship was established for students who share Rhodia's commitment to the environment and who are pursuing a degree in engineering. ... Read More

Tech Choral Union


As the Christmas season begins, a new town and gown singing group is offering an Evening in December concert of works ranging from the sacred to Shakespeare and holiday favorites. ... Read More

Brad Burkett Advances to Final Round


Brad Burkett, a Junior in Networking Technology and Library Student Employee, has advanced to the final international round of the Cisco Networking Academy 2012 NetRiders USA/Canada Post-Secondary Competition. The competition started with 944 students, and 94 have advanced to the final round. ... Read More

Montana Tech Band


The Montana Tech Band's Annual Christmas Concert if Friday, November 30 at 7:00 pm in the Mother Lode Theatre. This concert is free and the public is cordially invited. ... Read More

Professor Roberta Ray


Professor Roberta Ray of Montana Tech's Liberal Studies Department was elected President of the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice at their recent meeting in Orlando, Florida held in conjunction with the National Communication Association annual convention. ... Read More

SWE Toys for Tots Drive


The Society of Women Engineers at Tech are hosting a Toys for Tots drive. There are two boxes on campus, one in the SUB and one in the NRB computer lounge. If you can, please donate an item to the drive. ... Read More

Chancellor Chat


This week's Chancellor Chat focuses on Montana Tech being named the top-scoring NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution. ... Read More

Gilmore URC Video


View the video from the ribbon-cutting ceremony from the Frank and Ann Gilmore University Relations Center. ... Read More

SPE Christmas Bazaar


The 26th Annual SPE Christmas Bazaar and Trade Show will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 9 am to 4 pm in the HPER Complex at Montana Tech. ... Read More

Your Help Needed to Study Earthquakes


The Earthquake Studies Office of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey, is seeking volunteers to host a NetQuakes seismograph at their home or business. ... Read More

Person of Distinction: Joyce O'Neill


Joyce O'Neill doesn't have much spare time. The Montana Tech student life counselor and disability services coordinator keeps herself busy working with students, whether she's helping them get on track to graduation, providing them with an accommodation for class, or calling them to remind them to complete the alcohol education program she helped implement at the campus. ... Read More

Nursing Accreditation Visit


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing, will be conducting an onsite evaluation of Montana Tech's baccalaureate degree program March 11 to 13, 2013. ... Read More

Send the Football Team Off


On Saturday, November 10, 2012, Coach Morrell and the Montana Tech Orediggers play their last conference game against Southern Oregon in Ashland, OR. ... Read More

Ski Club


The Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding class will again be offered spring semester through Discovery Ski Area. ... Read More

Highlands College Instructor Helps NAPA win National Award


Highlands College Automotive Instructor, Jerry Stewart, has helped NAPA Autotech to win the prestigious National Excellence in Training Award for 2012 from the Automotive Training Management Council for its training class "Volumetric Efficiency with Pressure Wave Forms." ... Read More

Volunteer Fair - Wednesday


On Wednesday, October 24th Career Services and AmeriCorps will host the 2nd Annual Fall Volunteer Fair. This fair is designed to assist in connecting volunteer organizations with students, faculty and staff at Montana Tech. ... Read More

Montana Tech Students Top Programmers


Four student computer programming teams from Montana Tech competed in the Montana qualifying Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest this past weekend. Montana Tech's teams placed 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 7th among a field of 10 teams. ... Read More

Montana Tech Hosting Volunteer Fair


Montana Tech Career Services and the Institute for Educational Opportunities have partnered to sponsor the 2nd Annual Fall Montana Tech Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, October 24,2012. This will be a great opportunity for local non-profit organizations to take advantage of a rich, untapped, local resource...Montana Tech students! ... Read More

Tech Vaults into Top 10


Even though Montana Tech was off last weekend, they moved up in the polls after a couple of top 10 teams took losses this past weekend. The Orediggers saw the most movement of any team in the Top 25 and are ranked No. 8 in this week's NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll. ... Read More

Chat with the Chancellor at the URC


Chancellor Blackketter and Amanda Badovinac chat at the Frank and Ann Gilmore University Relations Center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the URC on Friday, October 12 at 4 pm. All are welcome. ... Read More

Oil Jobs for Montana Tech grads


Oil drilling in the Bakken and Elm Coulee is a long ways from most Montana cities, but its impact has reverberated statewide, and certainly here in Butte at Montana Tech. ... Read More

Tech Continues to Climb in Poll


The fourth edition of the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll was released today. The Orediggers continue to climb in the poll jumping three spots to No. 13. ... Read More

Brian Kukay Lead Author on Book Chapter


Brian Kukay, Associate Professor of General Engineering at Montana Tech, was the lead author for a chapter on "Fire Damage of Wood Structures," along with two nationally recognized authorities Dr. Robert White (a Research Wood Scientist at the National Forest Products Laboratory) and Dr. Frank Woeste (a Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech). ... Read More

Health and Wellness Fair


Montana Tech hosted its annual Health and Wellness Fair on campus this week. The fair had lots of information, screenings and freebies for faculty, staff, and students. ... Read More

Tech Creeps up in Coaches' Poll


The Montana Tech Orediggers keep climbing in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The poll ranks Montana Tech at No. 16 moving up one spot from last week. ... Read More

Museum's John Foley Brings Home Award


John Foley, Museum Assistant, created an exhibit featuring Butte copper minerals from Montana Tech's Museum collection and was awarded second place at this year's Denver Gem and Mineral Show. The theme was copper and copper minerals. ... Read More

Montana Tech Homecoming


Montana Tech is pleased to announce Homecoming events for 2012. The Orediggers will face off against Southern Oregon University on Saturday, September 29 at 1:00 pm and the week leading up to the big game is full of fun. ... Read More

MG and ELC Parking Lot Closures


The parking lot between MG and ELC will be closed to everyone but the Board of Regents attendees on Wednesday, September 19 and Thursday, September 20. Please plan to park in other areas during this time frame. ... Read More

ConocoPhillips-Safety on Campus Today


ConocoPhillips-Safety, a Montana Tech KEY VIP, will be on campus today interviewing in Career Services. Conoco's GEO will be at an information session tonight in S&E 113 at 5:00 pm. ... Read More

Verlanic Inducted as Council for Opportunity in Education Board Chair Elect


The Council for Opportunity in Education announced that Amy L. Verlanic, Executive Director of The Institute for Educational Opportunities at Montana Tech, was inducted as the Council’s Board Chair Elect on September 8 at the Council’s annual conference in New York City, NY. Verlanic, an Anaconda, MT native, is the youngest professional and only woman from west of the Mississippi River to have held this prestigious national office. Her charge will include representing the needs of 2,900 federally funded programs serving 840,000 Americans. ... Read More

Montana Tech and YMCA Partner


In 2009, Montana Tech students voted in favor of using student fees to remodel and expand the HPER Complex (not including the pool). During the renovation process, it was determined that the pool was leaking several thousand gallons of water per day. ... Read More

U.S. News Ranks Montana Tech


U.S. News and World Report released their Best College 2013 rankings. Montana Tech earned the No. 2 spot for Top Public Regional Colleges in the West behind California Maritime Academy. Montana Tech was ranked in the No. 6 spot overall, which is the exact same ranking for Montana Tech in the 2012 edition. ... Read More

Highlands College Installs Major New Sculpture


A major new sculpture has been installed at Highlands College of Montana Tech. Entitled Education=Lifelong Learning, the sculpture was moved last week to its permanent location--hung from the ceiling of the Commons, the dining hall of Highlands College. The sculpture, made of wood, has the qualities of a Mobius in that it is impossible to tell where it begins and ends. ... Read More

Montana Tech renames two-year college


Montana Tech is renaming its two-year college after the nearby Highland Mountains. Formerly know as the College of Technology, the school recognized its new name, Highlands College, during a small ceremony on its campus Monday morning. ... Read More

Tech gridders earn No. 20 ranking


The Montana Tech football team earned a No. 20 ranking in this week's NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The ranking comes days after a 37-20 home win against then-ranked No. 2 Carroll Colelge. Tech received 84 voting points in the poll. ... Read More

Chevron on Campus Today


Chevron, a Montana Tech KEY VIP, is on campus. They will have an Info Session at 5:00 pm in the Copper Lounge and will be interviewing all day Tuesday and Wednesday in the SUB. ... Read More

Highlands College Celebration


On Monday, September 10th, Montana Tech will officially recognize and celebrate Highlands College, the new name of its two-year college. ... Read More

Tech Carroll Game Tickets


The second game of the 2012 season for Montana Tech is rival Carroll College. Kickoff is this Saturday at 1pm in Alumni Coliseum. This historic match-up is likely to sell out and game tickets are now on sale. ... Read More

Students Celebrate with Tester


This past Thursday, Highland College students and other volunteers joined with Senator Jon Tester to celebrate the formal completion of nine homes near Center Street in uptown Butte, constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Montana. ... Read More

Disaster Preparedness Fair


The Montana Tech AmeriCorps team will hold a Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, September 8th at Stodden Park from 9am-12pm. The fair will be an opportunity for families and individuals to learn how to better prepare themselves in the event of a disaster. ... Read More

Choral Union Auditions Extended


Montana Tech would like to announce that due to overflow attendance at the Choral Union auditions on August 27, there will be a second audition to hear prospective Choral Union members on Monday, September 3 from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm in the Library Auditorium. Montana Tech encourages all students, faculty, staff and community members to attend the next audition. ... Read More



Donate toiletries and other essentials between September 1 and September 11, 2012 and help stock shelves with essentials for veterans who rely on local organizations to get through difficult economic times. ... Read More

Nineteen Mile Fire


If you are a current Montana Tech student and have been called out to fight the Nineteen Mile Fire, please ontact Kathy Williams, Registrar, and she will notify your instructors. Kathy can be reached at 406-496-4266. ... Read More

Liberal Studies Professor Publishes new Book


Montana Tech Liberal Studies Professor Robert Ziegler has a new book -- Satanism, Magic, and Mysticism in Fin-de-siecle France--that has recently appeared with British publisher Palgrave Macmillan. ... Read More

Goldwater Foundation Names New President


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. ... Read More

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." ... Read More

College of Technology Wins Grant to Assist Adult Learners


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. ... Read More

Tech Hosts ACLU LGBT Advocate


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. ... Read More

COT Faculty Secures Patent


John Jackam, an Instructor at the Montana Tech College of Technology, has recently secured a patent on a new process for producing biodiesel. ... Read More

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. ... Read More

Tech Assists Living History Museum


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. ... Read More

MBMG Staff Member Wins Award


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. ... Read More

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. ... Read More

Student Research on the Women in Pre-Release


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. ... Read More