Chuck Wendt gets right to the point when it comes to what he plans to do when he takes over on March 4 as president and CEO of the MSU Billings Foundation.
Montana State University Billings officials have released conceptual drawings of a planned $15 million renovation of its 66-year-old Sciences Building, providing a first glimpse of what the building could look like.
The Science Building at Montana State University Billings will get a $15 million upgrade in the next few years. But first, the school will kick off a project this fall to raise the needed funds for the building.
The long campaign to replace Montana State University Billings' outdated Science Building got its biggest boost ever this weekend when the House approved a bill that would appropriate $10 million from the general fund toward the $15 million project.
With his kindergartner, second-grader and fifth-grader sitting in the front row, Gov. Steve Bullock devoted half of his State of the State speech to education — from early childhood to college and job training.
Here's a pop quiz for college students, future college students, employers and Montana legislators:
In an organic chemistry classroom at Montana State University Billings, students work on lab tables used since the science building was constructed in 1947.
Tasneem Khaleel, dean of the MSU Billings College of Arts and Sciences, shows one of 16,000 dried plants in the university's herbarium. The collection, which Khaleel greatly has expanded during her 37 years in Billings, is stored in a classroom and should have a space of its own.
Stan Wiatr, chairman of the department of biological and physical sciences, walks through a dilapidated greenhouse at the MSU Billings science building. The fiberglass roof is peeling and plants used in research and teaching don't have an adequate watering system.
David Butler, MSU Billings professor of microbiology and genetics, shows a fluorescent microscope housed in a former janitor's closet in the science building.
The Montana State University Billings science building, along with others, will be closed Thursday as MSUB shuts down due to a natural gas shortage.
The 63-year-old Science Building no longer makes the grade at Montana State University Billings.