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2013 News Listing

Montana Tech Vice Chancellor Named AAAS Fellow


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council has named Dr. Beverly Karplus Hartline, Montana Tech Vice Chancellor of Research and Dean of the Graduate School, as a 2013 AAAS Fellow. ... Read More



Montana Tech's Society of Women Engineers is holding their 8th annual Toys for Tots Drive through December 13. ... Read More

Adult/Child/Infact CPR/AED Class Offered


The PEAK is offering a Red Cross Certified course on the instruction for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for adult/child/infant, breathing emergencies, and the use of Automatic External Defibrillators. ... Read More

St. James Healthcare Donates to Montana Tech


St. James Healthcare recently made a gift to Montana Tech in the amount of $60,000. This donation will be used to update equipment in the Nursing Department to further student success and will also be used to create a permanent scholarship endowment for nursing students. ... Read More

Robotics Competition Coming to Montana Tech


On Saturday, November 16, 2013, 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

A Busy Fall on the Montana Tech Campus


A busy fall semester is underway on the Montana Tech campus. The campus is experiencing record number of students in a variety of programs and has hosted top-notch events showcasing what Montana Tech and Butte have to offer. ... Read More

Pioneers contribute to world climate study


Standing near the wind-whipped summit of Mount Keokirk, at 9,787 feet, Martha Apple lays a one-meter wooden grid over the vegetation at her feet. (Story by Kindra McQuillan for Science Source) ... Read More

Tech to hold Wellness Fair


Wellness in all aspects of life will be featured, encouraged, and celebrated in a Wellness Fair sponsored by Montana Tech for its students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, September 25th from 10 am to 2 pm in the Copper Lounge on the Tech campus. ... Read More

Todd Presents at BALP Conference


Montana Tech Professor Burt Todd was invited to speak at the 2013 Bakken Artificial Lift and Production (BALP) Conference, which will be held September 24-25 in Denver Colorado. ... Read More

All-Class Football Reunion


The dawn of Digger Turf will not only be the Montana Tech Orediggers’ first football game on Montana Tech's Bob Green Field but will also see the return of many Oredigger football greats as they return for an all-class football reunion on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21. ... Read More

Highlands College to Host Major Speaker Series


Dr. John Garic, Dean of Highlands College, today announced a blue-ribbon list of guest speakers coming to Highlands College/Montana Tech as part of an exciting new course being offered this fall open to both students and community members. ... Read More

Montana Tech Band Invites New Members


The Montana Tech Band is seeking new members. Joining the band is a great way for you to continue playing your instrument and a great way to relieve the stress of your other classes. ... Read More

Veterans Orientation and Open House


Montana Tech will conduct an Orientation specifically for its students who are Veterans on Thursday, August 29th at 4 pm in the Copper Lounge in the Student Union Building. ... Read More

Tech Professor Dr. Jack L. Skinner Receives Acclaim for Research


Montana Tech Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Jack L. Skinner was just notified by the President of the IEEE Sensors Council that the paper entitled Spatial Sensing Using Electrical Impedance Tomography, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 13, No. 6, June 2013, was one of the most 25 downloaded Sensors Journal papers for the month of May. ... Read More

Improving Native Plants on the Butte Hill


The quantity and diversity of native plants on the Butte Hill is destined to improve substantially over the next decade, thanks to continued project funding awarded to Montana Tech Plant Propagation Center by the Montana State Natural Resource Damage Program. ... Read More

Dr. John Ray has Paper Accepted


Dr. John W. Ray of Montana Tech's Liberal Studies Department has had a paper accepted for the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Convention to be held in mid-October in Vancouver, BC. ... Read More

Montana Tech Baja Team Returns


Congratulations to Montana Tech's Baja Vehicle Team as they recently competed at the Baja SAE Competition's an intercollegiate design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in Washington. ... Read More

Wilderness Preparation Class Offered this Fall


Do you have the skills needed to spend a night in the field? Can you make a fire, build a shelter or provide first aid for a friend or yourself? Do you plan your field activities in sufficient detail that you could be located quickly by rescuers if needed? Could you rescue a friend if they were buried in an avalanche? Ask yourself – do I have the essential skills to survive in the outdoors? ... Read More

Barrett Speaks on MTPR


Highlands College's Director of Business & Community Outreach, Evan Barrett, will be heard Thursday, June 6th on Montana Public Radio as part of the MTPR "Commentaries" feature, which runs on the evening news. ... Read More

Montana Tech Peak


Several Highlands College students hope to name the second highest peak in the Highlands mountain range after the school they attend. ... Read More

Materials Science PhD Program Approved By Board of Regents


Today, at the Montana Board of Regents Meeting held on the campus of Great Falls College, the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education approved the collaborative PhD in Materials Science between The University of Montana, Montana Tech, and Montana State University. Limited authority was granted to Montana Tech to award a PhD in Materials Science as a participant in the collaborative Materials Science PhD program. ... Read More

Rhodia Provides Montana Tech Scholarships to Local Students


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

Commencement Activities Announced


Montana Tech will celebrate its 113th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Alumni Coliseum. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved into the HPER complex on Montana Tech's campus. ... Read More

Montana Tech Announces Distinguished Alumni Awardees


Montana Tech will honor two alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award this year at Montana Tech's 113th Commencement Ceremony. This year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are Wade W. Bristol, B.S. Mining Engineering (1981); and Tom Hohn, B.S. Petroleum Engineering (1974). ... Read More

TECHxpo Winners


Congratulations to all those who participated in the 2013 Montana Tech TECHxpo on May 2. A listing of the winners ... Read More

Montana Tech Announces 2013 Achievement Awards


Montana Tech celebrated the hard work and dedication of its employees at a celebration recently. Tech presented its faculty and staff with the annual Rose and Anna Busch awards, Service Awards, Achievement Awards, and Distinguished Researcher Awards. ... Read More

MBMG Publication Receives Award


The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology's 2012 publication Information Pamphlet 6, "Coalbed Methane Basics: Ten years of lessons from the Powder River Basin, Montana," by Elizabeth Meredith, John Wheaton, and Shawn Kuzara has won the John C. Frye Memorial Award from the Association of American State Geologists and the Geological Society of America. ... Read More

Harold Hamm to speak at Montana Tech's Commencement Ceremony


Harold Hamm, the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Resources, one of the top 10 petroleum liquids producers in the United States, will talk to the newest class of Orediggers and all those in attendance at Montana Tech's Commencement Ceremony about the tremendous impact Montana Tech graduates are making all over the world. ... Read More

Groundbreaking Research on Campus


Montana Tech associate professor Michael Masters, Ph.D. is investigating the etiology of juvenile-onset myopia through the analysis of modern human variation in the neurocranium, frontal cortex, and eye in myopes and emmetropes. ... Read More

Tech Celebrates National Student Employment Week and Participates in Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Program


This year marks the fourth time Montana Tech celebrated National Student Employment week. On Monday, April 8th, Career Services hosted a Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) recognition ceremony. The event honored Montana Tech students nominated by their on-campus employers for the distinguished award. This year’s nominees were Terry Biere, Dacy Elmer, Ashley Finch, Patrick Haley, Tammy Nelson, Cody Richardson, Jennifer Robinson, Jacob Roland, and Katy Steiner. ... Read More

Athletic Director Candidates Announced


The search committee for the Athletic Director position at Montana Tech announced today the names of the four candidates who have been invited to campus for an interview. The candidates are: John Fitzgerald, Charles Bradley, Jeff Falkner, and John Means. ... Read More

Highlands College to Host First Ever Statewide Research Day for Two-Year Colleges


Highlands College of Montana Tech will host the First Annual Student Research Day for Montana's Two-Year Colleges on Friday, April 19th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The event will be held in the Commons at Highlands College. The public is welcome to attend. This will be the first such state-wide event for two-year colleges to be held in Montana. ... Read More

Kevin Shannon Scholarship Club


In 1986 Kevin Shannon, a Butte businessman, started a scholarship club to support Butte High & Butte Central students attending Montana Tech. Since that time, the Shannon Scholarship has positively impacted nearly 350 students pursuing a post-secondary education at Montana Tech. The Shannon family is humbled by the response and would like to thank all the Butte community members who have made this possible over the years. ... Read More

Montana Tech Awarded Grant for Summer Math Institute


Montana Tech mathematical sciences faculty members, Hilary Risser and Laurie Battle, have been awarded a Mathematical Association of America (MAA) tensor grant in the amount of $6,000 to run a math institute called Create Math for high school girls at Montana Tech this summer. ... Read More

Vote for the Best Recruiting Videos


We need your help! We've launched a new recruiting effort that requires videos about Montana Tech. Therefore, we've held a Montana Tech Recruiting Video YouTube Scholarship contest for our current students. ... Read More

Professors selected to present at U.S. EPA Training Conference


Professors John W. Ray and Roberta K. Ray of Montana Tech's Liberal Studies Department have been selected to make a presentation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2013 national Community Involvement Training Conference, July 30-August 1, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Read More

SciFinder is here!


Montana Tech Library is pleased announce the acquisition of SciFinder, the world's largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science information. ... Read More

Governor Bullock thanks Montana Tech Library


Governor Bullock recently sent a letter to Connie Daugherty of Montana Tech Library thanking her for the library's support of the Remediation Division of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). He reaffirmed the significance of this cooperative partnership as a relationship "of great value and importance." ... Read More

Tech Students Participate in National Sexual Health Campaign


The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department and Montana Tech are again partnering in the local sponsorship and promotion of the national Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Program. The GYT Days at Tech will be from 9-4 on Monday, April 15, Room 115 at Highlands College and from 9-4 on Tuesday, April 16th in the North Campus Student Health Center. ... Read More

Montana Tech Library Now Offering Resources for Grant Seekers


The Montana Tech Library is now a member of the Foundation Center’s Cooperating Collections. Cooperating Collections are free funding information centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center print and online publications and access to on-line databases useful to grant seekers. Across the U.S., there are 470 cooperating collections; Tech Library is collaborating with the Montana Tech Research Office to provide access to these collections. ... Read More

Montana Tech Student Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship


Montana Tech environmental engineering student Joseph Mitzel has been awarded a 2013 Goldwater Scholarship. This is the fourth Montana Tech student to receive the Goldwater honor. Other awardees include: Robert Hark (2012), Chris Dienes (2007), Calley Jones (2000), and an honorable mention in 2011 for Ariane Erickson. The one to two year scholarship gives each student up to $7,500 a year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. ... Read More

Montana Tech Announces Faculty Merit Awardees


Montana Tech announced this week the recipients of the Montana Tech Faculty Merit Awards. This year’s awards go to: Dr. John Amtmann, professor, Safety, Health, and Industrial Hygiene; Dr. Chris Danielson, associate professor, Liberal Studies; Dr. Jerry Downey, associate professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; Dr. Chris Gammons, professor, Geological Engineering; Dr. Suzan Gazioglu, associate professor, Mathematical Sciences; Dr. Michael Masters, assistant professor, Liberal Studies; and Dr. Hilary Smith Risser, associate professor, Mathematical Sciences. ... Read More

Campus Compact Honors Montana Tech Student


Campus Compact has named 181 student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country as 2013 Newman Civic Fellows. Montana Tech student Paul Hart was one of the nominated students. Nominated by their college and university presidents, these students are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. ... Read More

Montana Tech Green Campus Award


In 2008, Kumar and Pankajam Ganesan initiated an awards program recognizing anyone on campus -- faculty, staff, or students -- serving in any capacity whose contributions to green our campus are especially noteworthy. This award was initially awarded through ASMT. In 2008 Mike Spenser and John Morrison won, in 2009 Shelley Reed and Amanda Richard (student) won and in 2012 Bill Ryan, Jim Kilgore and David Hutchins (student) won the award. The 2013 awards will be made at Montana Tech's annual Awards TGIF event. ... Read More

Connole Appointed Cfwep.Org Director


The Institute for Educational Opportunities (The Institute) at Montana Tech has appointed Rayelynn Connole as the Director of the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (Cfwep.Org). Connole began her directorship on March 1, 2013. ... Read More

Montana Tech Announces Regional Science Fair


The annual Montana Tech Regional Division I Science Fair will be held Thursday, March 14th. The Montana Tech campus will host to over 60 high school students from 9 schools across southwest Montana. This event will be opened to the general public at 4:30 pm until 5:45 pm at the Montana Tech Student Union Building. ... Read More

Campus Parking Regulations


Below you will find Montana Tech's parking regulations. We ask that you review the information and abide by the rules and regulations on campus. ... Read More

SURF Call for Proposals 2013


The Undergraduate Research Committee is pleased to announce the AY 2013-2014 SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) call for Proposals. The SURF program is designed to provide an intensive, in-depth research experience to a small number of Montana Tech undergraduate students. ... Read More

Montana Tech Hosts Volunteer Fair


Montana Tech Career Services will sponsor the 2nd Annual Montana Tech Spring Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. This will be a great opportunity for local non-profit organizations to network with talented Montana Tech students and one another! ... Read More

DAA Auction Tickets on Sale Now


The 7th annual Montana Tech Digger Athletic Association Auction is set for April 20th at the HPER Complex. The annual auction is the main fundraising event for Digger Athletics. ... Read More

In self defense: Women learn to fight back


The difference between being a victim or a survivor may be a hard kick to the groin. About 30 women in a free self-defense class Saturday at Montana Tech learned that you can't be ladylike during an assault. ... Read More

Modern mining: Tech freshmen drift in to underground lab


Talk about deplorable classroom conditions. The lighting is terrible, the air stagnant, it's dank and dirty and there's hardly room to move around. Oh, and it's about 100 fee underground. But Montana Tech freshman Austin Davis says this is his favorite classroom on the whole campus. ... Read More

Rock of Ages


Montana Tech's geophysical engineering department featured in Montana Magazine on the Ringing Rocks. ... Read More

Safe Space Comes to Highlands College


Highlands College has welcomed the presence of Safe Space on its campus. Safe Space is Butte’s own non-profit organization whose mission is to provide assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization will be on the Highlands Campus every Monday from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm. Both students and community members are welcome to access Safe Space at the Highlands location. ... Read More

Montana Tech Undergraduate Research Program Announcement


Spring Call for Academic Year 2013-14 Proposals: Undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals for research projects to be undertaken during the 2013-2014 academic year. Participating students receive a stipend of up to $1500, and research mentors receive a $300 stipend per project. ... Read More

One Billion Rising Event


Montana Tech will join with colleges, universities, Butte's own Safe Space, and other groups among 188 countries around the world to sponsor a One Billion Rising event on Thursday, February 14th from 11:30 to 1:00 pm in the Copper Lounge of Tech's Student Union Building. The event will feature Zumba Party dancing as well as healthy snacks and solidarity for the one billion women and girls surviving violence. ... Read More

Montana Space Grant Consortium Student Opportunities: Scholarships, Fellowships


Applications are now being accepted for several Montana Space Grant student programs. Undergraduate Scholarship, Graduate Fellowship, and MSGC Apprentice Program online applications for the academic year 2013-2014 are due on April 1, 2013. Information on these program can be found below or on the MSGC website: www.spacegrant.montana.edu. ... Read More

Penny Wars in the SUB


SHOW YOUR LOVE, SAVE A LIFE. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, vote in the SUB all week for your favorite love story with your spare change. Pennies count as positive points while everything else counts as negative points. ... Read More

Tech Sponsors One Billion Rising Event


Montana Tech will join with colleges, universities, Butte's own Safe Space, and other groups among 188 countries around the world to sponsor a One Billion Rising event on Thursday, February 14th from 11:30 to 1:00 pm in the Copper Lounge of Tech's Student Union Building. ... Read More

Lt. Governor Walsh to Visit Tech


On Thursday, February 7, Lt. Governor John Walsh will visit the Montana Tech campus to speak about The Jobs Bill and specifically about the part of the bill that supports a Natural Resources Research Center on the Montana Tech campus. ... Read More

Montana Tech Fall 2012 Honor Rolls


Montana Tech is pleased to release the honor rolls for the Fall 2012 semester. Students are listed with their hometown. A student who earns a 4.0 GPA is placed on the Chancellor's Honor Roll. Those earning a 3.5 GPA will receive recognition for being listed on the Dean's List. A full-time undergraduate student (enrolling in and completing a minimum of 12 credits) who earns a 3.25 GPA during the semester is listed on the semester Honor Roll. ... Read More

Veterans Lounge Open House at Highlands College


Highlands College will hold an Open House for its new Veterans Lounge space on Wednesday, February 13th from 10 am to 1 pm. This dedicated space is intended to be a place where the college's military veterans can go to relax, chat with other veterans, use computers, study, etc. ... Read More

Highlands College Sponsors Wellness Fair


Highlands College of Montana Tech will sponsor its 2013 Wellness Fair for students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, February 13th from 10 am to 1 pm. The event will be spread around various places throughout the college. ... Read More

Digger Ski Day


Digger Ski Day at Discovery will be Sunday, January 27. Lift tickets only $24 and rentals only $10 for students, faculty and staff. Digger ID is mandatory for the event. Free BBQ from 11:30-12:30 pm. Sponsored by the Montana Tech Alumni Association and the Student Union Office. ... Read More

Montana Tech Ranked by U.S. News for Online Graduate Engineering Programs


U.S. News and World Report released their 2013 edition of Best Online Programs. Montana Tech was listed in the No. 29 spot for Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs. The Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs category ranks the best online master’s in engineering degree programs, based on factors such as academic reputation among peer institutions, faculty credentials, and admissions selectivity. ... Read More

Tunnel Closure


Please do not use the tunnels from Main Hall to the Museum Building. They are closed until further notice. ... Read More

Classes Begin


Spring semester classes begin on Monday, January 14, 2013. We are looking forward to seeing you all soon. ... Read More

Spring Orientation


Montana Tech's spring orientation begins on Thursday, January 10. View the schedule of events. ... Read More

Preston Bowls Perfect Game


On December 10, 2012, Montana Tech student Ashleigh Preston did something she never could have imagined. At Star Lanes Bowling Center in Butte, Preston bowled a perfect 300 game. ... Read More

Majors Exploration Day


Majors Exploration Day will be held on the Montana Tech campus on January 25. The day will start at 9:00 am with a welcome and major overview. Students and parents will then be split into academic and informational sessions. After lunch, students will take a tour, see the dorms, and receive an admissions and financial aid overview. The event will be over at 3:30 pm. ... Read More