Community Engagement

Classification MSU earned The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's engagement classification. The designation recognizes commitment to teaching that encourages volunteer service in communities and spreading of knowledge that benefits the public.

National Award for Engagement

MSU recently won the annual C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The annual award recognizes a four-year public university that embraces outreach and community engagement and comes with a $20,000 prize. The award was won largely thanks to the efforts of MSU's Engineers Without Borders chapter to bring clean water to Kenya.

Record Generosity

MSU and the Bozeman community continued their winning streak and set a new record for donations in the 2012 "Can the Griz" food drive. The food drive is coordinated by the MSU office of Activities and Engagement and the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and netted 68,515 pounds of food and approximately $29,000 for the food bank.

Service Learning Projects

MSU students participated in service-learning project in Morrocco.

Through courses, clubs and organized events, students participate in many local, national and international service learning projects that enable them to apply their education while strengthening communities.

  • Nursing students provide education and basic care in underserved communities in Montana and South America.
  • Architecture students build straw-bale houses to create sustainable housing and improve living conditions in Kenya.
  • Towne's Harvest Garden, a student-operated vegetable garden, donates thousands of pounds of fresh food to the local food bank.
  • Accounting students assist low-income individuals with tax filings.