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Recruiting of Indian educators a success

‘‘The reason I went off to school, I had a mentor, a P.E. teacher, who went to school in Missoula,’’ the Montana State University-Billings graduate said.

University of Montana and Montana Tech Featured in the Princton Review’s List of Best Colleges

“You can enjoy both ‘the outdoors and a great education’ at The University of Montana, a school that ‘is whatever you want it to be,’” begins the two-page profile of UM in The Princeton Review’s current edition of “The Best 361 Colleges.”

MAPS: Media Arts in the Public Schools Expands Ahead of Schedule. Is your School Involved?

“We’re very excited about offering the MAPS program to Darby High School students. Peter is a great resource here in our own community and will provide an inspirational opportunity for students to get excited about film making and the world around them.”

Carroll, Billings’ Rocky Mountain rated top colleges

Carroll College in Helena was tied for second with Master’s College and Seminary in California. Linfield College in Oregon was ranked first.

MSU-B pulls in grants for Indian education

"These professional development grants will help us find, train and retain the very best teachers and administrators within American Indian communities," Spellings said. "Reaching our goal under No Child Left Behind of every child reading and doing math at grade level by 2014 depends on the dedicated efforts of our teachers. We will continue to make sure teachers have the support and tools they need to best serve their students."

Road warrior: Sun, semis and snakes don’t deter cross-country solo runner. If the kids ran across America, Paul said he would too.

When Paul Stasso of Missoula makes a promise, he keeps it. The Missoula Web site designer and husband of Russell School teacher Vicki Stasso promised his wife’s class that if they completed their virtual 3,600-mile trek across the United States he would run the route. They did and so is he.

Hellgate student rubs elbows big time at the Aspen Ideas Festival

When Hannah Rolston started at Hellgate High School she had no idea that one day she’d be one of 12 students from throughout the nation hobnobbing with the likes of Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell in beautiful Aspen, Colo.

But it didn’t take long for her to figure out that – if she wanted to amount to something and open some doors – she should hit it hard right from the start of high school.

During the first period of her first class science teacher Gary Gagermeier told the class to “build up a resume because colleges are looking for a lot now.”

The Qwest Foundation Awards "MAPS: Media Arts in the Public Schools" a grant to further its program that will be offered to other school districts throughout Montana in the fall of 2007.

In announcing the grant, Rick Hays, Qwest President of Montana said: "Qwest is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve. We have found throughout our history that education is one of the best ways to achieve that and particularly through innovative programs such as the Media Arts in the Public Schools. It’s a program that is making a difference in students’ education."

Montana Board of Regents OK Strategic Plan for 2006-10 aimed at retaining students and assisting in the expansion and improvement of the state’s economy through the development of high-value jobs and diversification of the economic base.

Its goals: “To increase the overall educational attainment of Montanans through increased participation, retention, and completion rates in the Montana University System; assist in the expansion and improvement of the state’s economy through the development of high-value jobs and diversification of the economic base; improve institutional and system efficiency and effectiveness.”

Ethics courses are all about doing the right thing. U of M one of few schools to require ethics courses.

Only a few public schools, including Utah Valley State College and University of Montana, require ethics as a general education requirement. Given tight budgets, such classes are considered a luxury in the basic curriculum.