Montana Board of Regents

The Montana Board of Regents is poised to approve a proposal to help nurses with an associate degree (ASN) earn their bachelor of science nurse degree (BSN).

David Trost, president and CEO of St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, says registered nurses with an ASN have the skills to be excellent nurses.

He says the additional education helps with the transformation taking place in health care.

Montana’s Board of Regents were conflicted today as they voted to approve an $8 million donation to Montana State University from Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for governor. 

UM President Engstrom (file photo)
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom received an award today from the Montana Associated Students. 

Greg Gianforte at his home in Bozeman. Greg Gianforte at his home in Bozeman. University officials said the Gianfortes have been longtime supporters of MSU.
Eric Whitney

Montana University System Regents heard testimony Thursday about an $8 million gift to Montana State University by Greg Gianforte, the Bozeman software entrepreneur who’s running for governor as a Republican.

Eric Whitney

On Thursday, Montana’s Board of Regents will review a plan by Montana State University to re-name its computer science department the Gianforte School of Computing. The action would honor Greg and Susan Gianforte, whose family foundation pledged $8 million to MSU. Greg Gianforte is also running for governor as a Republican.

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Pending the approval of the Montana Board of Regents today the University of Montana School of Law will take on the name of its biggest donor.

Alexander Blewett’s gift of $10 million was announced yesterday to the regents. The donation is the largest in UM law school history, and among the largest individual gifts in UM history.

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk and Mike Dennison
Eliza Wiley

This week on "Capitol Talk", Sally, Mike and Chuck cover pre-school education's tough reception at the legislature, the infrastructure funding debate, Medicaid expansion passions, and concealed carry on campus.

"Capitol Talk," our weekly legislative news and analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the legislative session. MTPR's Sally Mauk is joined by Lee Newspapers reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

Tune in to "Capitol Talk" on your radio every Friday during the session at 6:35 p.m. and again on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Guns On Campus On Tuesday's Legislative Agenda

Mar 9, 2015
Montana Capitol
William Marcus

Tuesday brings round two for a bill at the Montana Legislature to allow guns on college campuses. Republican Senator Cary Smith of Billings is carrying Senate Bill 143, which would prohibit the Board of Regents from regulating gun possession.

“Well the main argument seems to be that they don’t think that college students are smart enough or bright enough or careful enough to have weapons and I just don’t agree with that.”

Democratic Senator Dick Barrett of Missoula, says it's not a question of if students can have guns, but who makes rules on campus.

News Roundup: Week Five At The Montana Legislature

Feb 8, 2015
William Marcus

Juneau calls for early education, tax cuts pass, lawmakers consider drones on public lands and Fox supports bill to combat human trafficking.

In her address to a joint session of the Montana Legislature last week, Superintendent Denise Juneau praised Montana’s schools and called for more investment in them.

“We have a lot to be proud of in this state,” she said.

Juneau listed accomplishments like the highest graduation rates in the state’s history and growth in organizations like the Future Farmers of America.