MSU holds open house and conversation

On Sept. 11, numerous people gathered in SUB Ballroom A throughout the day for the, “MSU Open House & Conversation.” The event provided an opportunity for the campus community to provide updates on and to discuss various aspects of Montana State.

The day began with a State of the University Address by President Waded Cruzado followed by presentations by various offices from across campus. In the address, Cruzado highlighted MSU accomplishments from the past year. “There is a tremendous enthusiasm for all things Bobcat,” [pullquote align=”right”]“There is a tremendous enthusiasm for all things Bobcat,” [/pullquote] she said.

The list of those who presented included ASMSU, the Faculty Senate, the Information and Technology Center (ITC), MSU’s Legal Counsel and the Montana University System (MUS). In the update from ASMSU, Student Body President Lindsay Murdock highlighted a new program called “Mondays on the Mall” in which Murdock and Vice-President Lukas Smith will be available on the Mall to answer students’ questions and engage with them. After Oct. 15, the event will be moved inside due to colder weather.

ITC reiterated their continued efforts to upgrade the level of service provided — especially in regards to WiFi — including increasing bandwidth capacity in already upgraded areas such as the library.

MUS Commissioner of Higher Education, Clayton Christian, explained new funding programs for MSU and outlined plans to increase college completion rates for Montana residents. Christian further explained the MUS policy in support of quality college educations, regardless of how large the MUS grows.

Cruzado concluded the open house with a Q&A session and praise for the faculty’s hard work and support of MSU students.