James “Jim” Elser, an internationally renowned freshwater ecologist, will become the next director of the University of Montana’s century-old Flathead Lake Biological Station. UM President Royce Engstrom announced July 29 that Elser had accepted the position. Elser, a lake ecologist who serves as a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, was selected for the position after an extensive international search. He will succeed Jack Stanford, who will remain director until Elser arrives. Read more about the new director.
UM Dining Director Mark LoParco recently received an award for his leadership and contributions to the National Association of College and University Food Services and the collegiate foodservice industry at large. The Richard Lichtenfelt Award – named for NACUFS’ first president – recognizes outstanding service to the association on a national level. NACUFS named LoParco the 2015 recipient during the association’s annual conference held July 22-25 in Indianapolis. Read more about LoParco’s latest award.
When NFL-bound former Grizzly defensive end Zack Wagenmann texted current Griz Caleb Kidder and asked him to join the recent grad for a workout recently, Kidder wasn't surprised. It was what happened next that stunned him. “I met him on the field, and we were warming up, and he just started talking to me about how things are, and asked me if I would wear it for him.” “It” is Montana’s famed #37 legacy jersey.
The Flathead Lake Biological Station’s research boat, the Jessie B., returned to its dock recently after a six-month absence. The welded-aluminum hull on the station’s refurbished boat now houses two new diesel engines, high-performance outdrives and 540 horsepower. The refurbishment added 140 horsepower and gave the Jessie B. the ability to carry 13,500 pounds in fuel, people and equipment for research missions on Flathead Lake. Read more about the refurbished Jesse B. in the Bigfork Eagle.
The Center for World University Rankings recently ranked UM No. 585 out of universities worldwide, placing the University in the top 2.4 percent of more than 25,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education. UM jumped 21 spots from its No. 604 ranking in 2014. CWUR uses eight indicators to identify the world’s top 1,000 universities: quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact and patents. Read the news release.
Just one week after launching a new podcast, and UM J-school assistant professor Jule Banville’s already tackled an eclectic array of subject matter, including a segment about the weird things people touch. “The idea of this is to be a mix,” Banville says. Banville aims to use her Montana-centric podcast, called Last Best Stories, to offer a venue for the best student work and also, as she says, “independent producers who are slugging it out.” Read more in the Missoula Independent.
UM had another remarkable fundraising year. Private support for the University in fiscal year 2015 totaled $52.6 million, just shy of last year’s record-breaking total of $53.7 million. The University received cash gifts, pledges, estate gifts and private grants from 14,272 individuals, corporations and private foundations nationwide. “We are incredibly fortunate to have so many alumni and friends who care about the University of Montana and recognize the value of higher education,” said UM President Royce Engstrom. Read the news release.
A UM School of Journalism assistant professor has been elected as president of the Native American Journalists Association. Jason Begay, a Navajo from Gallup, New Mexico, and a UM alumnus, joined the UM faculty in 2010. He serves as Native American projects director at the School of Journalism and co-teaches UM’s award-winning Native News Honors Project. Read more about his new role as NAJA president.
UM has selected “The Tiger” by award-winning author John Vaillant as the 2015 First-Year Reading Experience book, a program provides incoming freshmen with a shared intellectual experience to encourage discussion, advance critical thinking and develop a sense of community. “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival” details the hunt for a man-eating Amur tiger in the remote Primorye region of Russia’s eastern border in the 1990s. Read more about this year’s title.
The new Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, offered by the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at UM, recently ranked 10th in SuperScholar’s “50 Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education Programs.” SuperScholar based its Smart Choice rankings on national accreditation, affordability of the program, college and university reputation, and flexibility in course scheduling and offerings. Learn more about the SuperScholar ranking.
UM's Presidential Leadership Scholarships have been awarded to 26 exceptional incoming UM freshmen. The scholarships recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, leadership and contribution to the community. This year’s scholarship winners were chosen from a field of more than 200 qualified applicants. Recipients enroll in UM’s Davidson Honors College and receive a four‑year tuition waiver plus an additional $5,000 to $7,500 per year. Read more about the incoming class of Presidential Leadership Scholars.
On Monday, a crew of 26 workers buzzed around the future site of Missoula College, a $32 million project that Project Manager Jake Berger said is full of interesting and unique twists – and part of nearly $60 million in construction that’s underway in some form at the University of Montana. Read more in the Missoulian about how the construction projects at Missoula College and UM are progressing.
UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area will host one free Random Act of Community day each month, providing open access to its museum for all children and their families. The program, underwritten by Community Medical Center, is just one of several initiatives that will be funded thanks to money raised during spectrUM’s Big Night gala on June 12. In total, the Big Night gala raised $67,317 for spectrUM’s Science for All Fund. Read more about spectrUM here.
The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana recently was listed as the third-most “underrated” law school in the country, based on its students’ employment outcomes, their median score on the Law School Admission Test and the number of citations that the school’s law review has received. University of North Carolina law professor Alfred Brophy completed the study, which was highlighted in a June 30 article by Bloomberg Business. Read more about the ranking.
Four UM students and two instructors are closing in on the final day of their 700-mile, 28-day bicycle trip around Montana while studying ecological, social and economic issues associated with energy production and use. The group traversed rolling plains and beautiful mountains, enjoying the changing landscapes and meeting people deeply involved in energy and climate issues. Read more about their journey on Wild Rockies Field Institute blog.
The Association of International Education Administrators recently selected UM Associate Provost for Global Century Education Paulo Zagalo-Melo as one of its Presidential Fellows, a highly prestigious program for new senior international officers. The program pairs Fellows with a mentor, offering a unique opportunity to immerse participants in the day-to-day activities of the host institution, establish a relationship with a mentor and maximize learning opportunities. Read more about Zagalo-Melo’s Presidential Fellowship.
Four UM chefs proved they can out-cook the competition at the 21st Annual Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference hosted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst June 7-12. UM Dining’s culinary team won a silver medal after facing off against 22 other culinary teams from across North America. Representing UM were Executive Chef Patrick Browne, Executive Sous Chef Tony Martinez, Chef de Cuisine Nate Jerrell and Pastry Chef Lindsay Marshall. Read more about their win.
Last year, a semi-trailer deposited nearly 1,000 boxes of material for the Archives and Special Collections at UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library from Max Baucus’ career as a politician, a tenure that began in the U.S. House in 1978. Natalie Bond, who has been organizing the new Max Baucus Collection since December, said it will be among the largest archival collections at the library. Read more about the task of archiving Baucus’ papers in the Missoulian.
Upstairs in a corner of the Natural Sciences building on campus, curator Shannon Kimball watches over some 129,000 pressed plant specimens in the University of Montana Herbarium, an organized collection that's little known and growing by the day. The oldest specimen, a plant from Mexico, is from 1834. Read more in the Missoulian.
For the third year in a row, Montana has been named the top state in the country for entrepreneurial activity by the Kauffman Foundation’s Index of Startup Activity. Scott Whittenburg, the vice president for research and creative scholarship at UM, said the Missoula area in particular has a variety of factors that make it conducive to fostering new businesses. The Missoulian newspaper reports.
William Marcus is the quiet giant of Montana media, and it is ironic that he will begin his long planned retirement this month. When the career of Marcus began 40 years ago, public television didn’t exist in Montana. Soon after he took the reins at UM’s Broadcast Media Center 20 years ago, public television was well on the way to becoming a statewide reality. Former Montana Secretary of State Bob Brown looks back on Marcus’ remarkable career.
The Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast is a series produced by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM that captures the wisdom of international thought leaders and industry experts. In this latest podcast, recorded just before the Asia-Montana Energy Summit at UM in April, Allen Sangster interviews Brian Lipscomb, CEO of Energy Keepers, Inc. of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, to discuss the future of Kerr Dam and the significance of the project to tribes. Listen to the podcast here.
A recent training at McCormick Park’s ropes course focused on adapting activities so they are inclusive to people of all abilities. The training was attended by around 50 representatives from organizations like the Flagship Program, Splash Montana, Sylvan Learning Center, UM and the Montana Natural History Center that have child-focused events or activities. Molly Blair, of the UM physical therapy school’s New Directions Wellness Center, also spoke to attendees. Read more about the training in the Missoulian.
Seeing Montana’s intellectually disabled population lead healthier lives is the focus of an upcoming initiative launched by UM’s Rural Institute. The institute held a training meeting for facilitators of a pilot project titled “14 Weeks to a Healthier You” earlier this month in Helena. The program focuses on personalized diet and exercise programs for those with intellectual development disorder. Read more in the Independent Record.
A UM student who, over the years, has worked to support herself and her family financially and emotionally was awarded a scholarship June 2 that will help her become the first college graduate in her family. Madison Hinrichs, who just completed her freshman year at UM, received a new scholarship sponsored by the Missoulian and 20 area businesses that is worth up to $30,000. Read more in the Missoulian.
Brock Tessman will become the next dean of UM’s Davidson Honors College. Tessman, a political scientist who most recently served the University of Georgia as associate director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues and director of graduate programs in the UGA Department of International Affairs, was selected for the position after an extensive national search. He will begin his new duties mid-July. Read the full news release.
Right here at UM, one of the best intensive language programs in the United States teaches the military the languages of war – and of peace. The Defense Critical Language and Culture Program was created in 2008 to train U.S. soldiers and Marines in the languages of conflict areas and America’s allies. The program is rooted in UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. Read more in the Montanan magazine.
The Montana Association of Students recently awarded Roberta Evans, dean of the UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, the 2014-15 Administrator of the Year award. Each year this distinguished award is bestowed upon an administrator within the Montana University System who has exhibited a history of excellence in leadership and demonstrated a quality, long-term impact on students. Read the full new release.
“I know all of you will do well, you're graduating from an excellent law school,” Blake Morant said Saturday as 82 students received their degrees during the graduation ceremony of UM’s School of Law. Morant stressed that the problem-solving and creative skills law school graduates have attained are more important now than ever before. Read more about the 2015 law school graduation in the Missoulian.
The National Association of College & University Food Services recently announced that UM Dining received a bronze medal at its annual Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. UM Dining received the accolade in the 2015 Residential Dining Special Event category for “Beatlemania,” held in December 2014. The UM Dining staff at the Food Zoo paid homage to The Beatles in an event that featured a British-inspired menu, a dining room decorations and Beatles karaoke. Read more about UM Dining’s latest award.
Following Board of Regents approval that was granted May 22, the University of Montana School of Law will officially become the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana as a result of a $10 million donation from Alexander “Zander” and Andrea “Andy” Blewett of Great Falls. The gift, announced May 21 during the Montana Board of Regents meeting in Kalispell, is among the largest individual gifts in UM history. Read more about this generous gift from the Blewetts.
Since the opening of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture’s “The Art of the State: Celebrating 120 Years of the MMAC Permanent Collection,” more than 1,500 school-aged children have toured the show. Groups of second- and seventh-grade classes visited the museum at the University of Montana with the help of SPARK! Any Given Child Missoula and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Read more about student visits to the MMAC.
UM’s School of Business Administration, along with the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, have announced the winners of the 26th annual John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge. UM MBA student Chad Miller of Florence took home the top prize of $15,000 for his startup plan, Purus. Purus is a Montana-based company dedicated to engineering a sustainable wastewater treatment solution for the oil and gas industry. Read more about Miller and the other top competitors.
UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences recently honored three of its faculty members with awards for teaching excellence. Stephen Yoshimura, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, is the recipient of this year’s Excellence Award for Teaching Across the Curriculum. Lauren Fern, Department of Mathematical Sciences lecturer, and Diane Friend, Department of Physics and Astronomy lecturer, each received the inaugural Humanities and Sciences Excellence Award for Teaching at the Introductory Level. Read more about these deserving educators.
Erin Ojala has had a varied career, but no one ever expected her to go to college. She was a truant in high school, neither of her parents went to college, and Ojala had no role model leading her to higher education. But the Stevensville woman has her own determination, and it has taken her far. This week, Ojala completes her second degree from Missoula College, and she adds a strand of gold cords to the silver set already hanging in her bedroom. Read more about Ojala journey to graduation.
When Jason Hanlon looks at the wolf skeleton, he sees a little bit of himself. Hanlon, 38, graduates this week from UM with a science degree from the College of Forestry and Conservation. Like the wolf, whose skeleton he spent 300 hours putting back together with help from his peers, Hanlon fell apart and came together again, too. "In all of my wildest dreams, I never imagined I would get a degree in wildlife biology. Never," he said. Read more about Hanlon’s road to graduation.
The School of Business Administration at UM has maintained both its business and accounting accreditations by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. UM’s SoBA is the only program in Montana to hold both accreditations. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business and accounting education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. Read more about SoBA’s recent accreditation review.
The American Institute for Economic Research College Destinations Index recently ranked Missoula, home to the University of Montana, among the top College Towns in the U.S. The index lists the top 75 destinations for 2014-15. Missoula was named No. 9 in the College Towns category. Other towns that made the list include Ithaca, New York; Corvallis, Oregon; and College Station, Texas. Missoula is the only town in Montana to make the list. Read more about the AIER ranking.
UM’s 118th Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Max Baucus, Montana’s longest-serving U.S. senator and now ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, will be the featured speaker. UM will honor Salish tribal elder Louis “Louie” Adams with an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his lifetime spent teaching others the stories, culture and language of his people. Read more about Commencement at UM.
Some fire scientists burn down hillsides. Some burn up whole fire policies. Ron Wakimoto has done both, developing research that helps save the lives of firefighters and helps return fire to the woods after a half-century of fighting to keep it out. Last week, he wound up more than three decades of teaching fire science at the University of Montana’s School of Forestry. Read more about Wakimoto in the Missoulian.
Thanks to gifts from UM alum, businessman and philanthropist Dennis Eck from Wolf Point and his wife, Gretchen, from Butte, the University of Montana’s College of Humanities and Sciences will soon have some of the most advanced technology on campus. The Ecks’ contributions will create a vertical technology corridor of “smart classrooms” in the college’s Liberal Arts Building. Read more about this generous gift from the Ecks and the plans for UM’s LA Building.
UM’s Disability Services for Students recently assisted Olympus Corporation in evaluating its digital-voice recorders in order to improve the quality and usability of their products. Nineteen UM students with disabilities participated in the evaluation and gave feedback to company representatives who visited UM April 21-22. Olympus provided UM’s DSS several models of their digital-voice recorders to be used and evaluated. Read more about how the feedback from UM students will be used.
Every week, trucking companies in western Montana call Mickey Lyngholm, the workforce navigator at Missoula College, and ask her to share their job openings with students and recent graduates. They're desperate for drivers. Missoula College got a RevUp Montana grant from the Department of Labor two years ago which allowed it to create a CDL program. It offered the first course last October. Read more about the demand for CDL drivers in the Missoulian.
Shannon O’Brien, the education policy adviser for Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, will become the next dean of Missoula College University of Montana on July 1. O’Brien replaces Interim Dean Jane Baker, who has led MC since October 2014, and Barry Good, who was dean from 2006 to 2014. O’Brien was selected after a national search by a committee led by Chris Comer, dean of UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences. Read more about MC’s new dean.
While they might be about to graduate and leave UM, 22 of the school’s art students had one more hurdle in front of them, display their work as part of the annual bachelor of fine arts senior thesis exhibition. All of the graduating bachelor of fine arts students were required to participate in the exhibition. The art is on display through May 15. Read more about the exhibitions in the Missoulian.
Abby wagged her little tail as Nick LeTang kneeled to give the pup a scratch. The law student at the University of Montana swings through the University Center almost every day, and as a result, he doesn't miss out on "Stress Less," a student wellness event put on by the Curry Health Center. There on Tuesday, students drank calming tea, sat for chair massages, ate tiny bran and berry muffins, and yes, they patted friendly dogs. Read more about "Stress Less" in the Missoulian.
UM’s School of Business Administration, along with the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, will showcase the entrepreneurial aspirations of students from across the state at the 26th Annual John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge. The event will take place Thursday, May 14, in the Gallagher Business Building on the UM campus. Read more about the annual event and the students who participate.
The community support was a savior for Sean Swartz over the past month and a half. For Sean and his wife Jennifer, it felt like time to return the favor. The Clinton family and the University of Montana Foundation on Tuesday announced the Kole Swartz Legacy Scholarship, named in honor of Sean and Jennifer's 19-year-old son and UM student-athlete who lost his life in March. Read more about the new scholarship and its first recipient in the Missoulian.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UM now offers a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education. This is the only degree of its kind in Montana and will serve to benefit the state’s youngest populations and those who work with them. The coursework will be delivered in an online format to create a readily accessible master’s degree option for current teachers and other human-service professionals. Read more about the new program.
In 24 years at UM, chemistry Professor Garon Smith has instructed some 20,000 students in introductory chemistry, and has entertained and educated more than 100,000 young students with his wizardly alter-ego, G. Wiz. Now as he prepares to hang up his cloak in retirement this spring, Smith will present one of his renowned chemistry shows for the benefit of the campus community. Read more about Smith’s remarkable teaching career and his upcoming public lecture.
The results from this week’s Associated Students of UM elections are in and Cody Meixner and Betsy Story will be the next student government president and vice president. Sarah Smith won the business manager position. The majority of the referendums on this year’s ballot passed. The Montana Kaimin reports on the ASUM election results.
Continuing its commitment as a leader in higher education sustainability, UM recently announced it has met its 2015 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to UM’s sustainability report card, released by its Office of Sustainability on Earth Day, the University has successfully reduced total emissions to 10 percent below 2007 levels. This benchmark is part of the University’s plan to become a carbon-neutral campus by 2020. Read more about UM’s emissions reduction.
Leaders in global energy issues from five different countries are converging at the University of Montana Wednesday through Friday, April 29-May 1, for the Asia-Montana Energy Summit. Hosted by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, the summit will highlight trends that are shaping the world’s energy future, and Montana’s role in it. Mansfield Center Director Abraham Kim talks with Montana Public Radio about the conference.
Max Baucus, Montana’s longest-serving U.S. senator and now ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, will be the featured speaker during the University of Montana’s 118th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16. The ambassador will speak about the importance of Montana values. Read more about Baucus here. Learn more about UM’s 2015 Commencement here.
Although Nepal is almost exactly on the opposite side of the globe from Montana, many locals and visitors are helping send aid to the earthquake-stricken country. Nepalese graduate students Tek Chhetri and Shyam Pokhrel have rounded up volunteers to collect donations at the University of Montana this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Any funds raised will be delivered through the Red Cross International’s Nepalese accounts. Read more about the effort to help earthquake victims.
As part of an effort to give a voice to veterans issues, a UM play will include stories from former military members currently on campus. Veterans who have returned to UM following their service were paired with applied theater students, who interviewed them. Short audio monologues pulled from the interviews will be at listening stations outside the performances of “Welcome Home Jenny Sutter,” a UM production that opens April 28. Read more about the project and the play.
An upstart technology firm founded in Missoula plans to create 10 new jobs over the next two years to handle the growing demand for its data-mining software. Joel Henry, a law and computer science professor at UM, co-founded Agile Data Solutions in 2013 to help sift through mountains of legal data. Agile currently employees 12 people, all of them UM graduates and interns. The firm is looking to grow its workforce to 22 people. Read more about Agile’s growth.
One of the biggest buzzwords in health care right now is pharmacogenetics, also known as personalized or precision medicine. As interest and investment in personalized medicine increases, UM Associate Professor Erica Woodahl stands in a prominent position. She's currently the only person in the continental United States doing pharmacogenetic research on an indigenous population. The Missoula Independent reports on Woodahl’s groundbreaking work.
The Payne Family Native American Center at UM recently received the highest award for sustainable building from the Montana Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The building received an Honor Award in the Montana Sustainable Building Award Commercial Category. Judges of the competition said the building is an “exciting expression of Native American cultures” in Montana. Read more about the Payne Center’s latest award.
As the floor filled for the grand entrance, Native American dancers began to transition from a walk, spinning and hopping until the ground beneath them disappeared into a swirl of beadwork, feathers, staves, antlers, bone and face paint – the annual Kyi-Yo Powwow had begun with the beat of a drum. Read more about Saturday's event at the University of Montana's Adams Center.
Restoration work in Montana is creating job growth. Statistics show an eight percent rise in such employment in Montana in 2013. That's according to Cara Nelson, associate professor of restoration ecology at UM, who talked about the growth of restoration work during her presentation at the three-day restoration conference called the "Symposium on Riparian Restoration in a Contaminated Environment: Lessons Learned and Challenges in Moving Forward." Read more about the restoration industry in the Montana Standard.
TripAdvisor’s travel blog Travel Pod has named the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the UM an Editor’s Choice pick in its list of best museums in the United States. MMAC is the only museum or cultural entity in Montana to make the list. With a collection of nearly 11,000 pieces of art and antiquity, 2015 marks the organization’s 120th anniversary. Read the full Editor’s Choice list here.
At first, Alli Bargelski worried the sound design class she is taking online at UM would leave her feeling adrift. The BFA student in Media Arts doesn't feel that way anymore. The sophomore with a focus in filmmaking is inspired by the contemporary content the faculty present, and she is pleased to be virtually immersed with other students. Bargelski isn't alone in her review of the program. Read more about the online media arts degree in the Missoulian.
Missoula’s osprey soap opera is about to open its 2015 season. UM ornithologists scrambled to remove a “goose deflector” after the raptors arrived at the Missoula Osprey baseball stadium nest last week. And the city’s most famous osprey couple, Iris and Stanley, will find their whole neighborhood disrupted as former parking lot next door is now the construction site for the future Missoula College campus. Read more about the osprey in the Missoulian.
Darko Butorac is establishing himself as one of the world’s most exciting young conductors. He currently serves as the music director of both the Tallahassee and Missoula Symphony Orchestras. In his recent TEDxUMontana talk, Butorac explores “The Language of Conducting.”
The objective of Bob and Hooch's mission is a matter of perspective. The two black Labs bounded across the Sky Club in the University of Montana's Adams Center on Wednesday morning, intent on finding an explosive device and subsequently getting a toy – a ratty tennis ball tucked away in their trainers' pockets. The two dogs, both military veterans, are the newest additions to the UM Police Department. Read more about the dogs in the Missoulian.
University of Montana junior Hope Radford recently became a Newman Civic Fellow for her work as a change-agent, focusing on issues related to climate change, social justice and sustainable food production. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is given to college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities across the country. Read more about Radford’s award.
The Missoula Cultural Council handed out its annual awards this week and three of the honors went to UM employees. William Marcus, director of UM’s Broadcast Media Center and Montana Public Radio/Montana PBS, received the council’s cultural achievement award; dance artist and instructor Karen Kaufmann was named arts educator; UM arts dean and opera singer Stephen Kalm earned the individual artist award. Read more about this year’s winners and their contributions to Missoula’s vibrant arts and culture community.
Medical professionals from across the country met at UM over the weekend to try to solve the health care problems of rural communities by innovating fresh ideas. The event, called Hacking Rural Medicine, included a competition called a “rural medicine hackathon” where teams developed ideas for a new tool or product to help solve a problem experienced by the rural medical community. Read more about the event in the Missoulian.
UM sociology Assistant Professor Daisy Rooks recently was named one of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” by Nerdwallet.com. Rooks and the other professors honored were chosen based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community, and their overwhelming passion for their subject matter. Nominations were collected through student, alumni and faculty recommendations. Read more about Rooks here.
A team of University of Montana geosciences graduate and undergraduate students won the regional American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Imperial Barrel Award on Saturday, March 14. The students will advance to the international competition in Denver. Students Anna Phelps, Brianna Berg, Cody Bomberger, Clayton Schultz and John Zupanic presented their analysis to a panel of industry experts who selected a winner based on technical findings and presentation quality. Read more about their geosciences win here.
In this garden, fish help grow vegetables like chard, kale and basil, and soil isn't in sight. This week, UM Dining will harvest the first plants it grew in a new aquaponic garden set up in The Corner Store. It will sell them to students Friday at its farmers market. UM Dining started the aquaponic garden in December as one more way to provide local produce to students and chefs. Read more about the garden in the Missoulian.
It’s been years in the planning, but ground is finally being broken at the East Broadway site of Missoula College's new $32 million home, on the banks of the Clark Fork River. About 30 workers, including truck drivers, crane operators and backhoe operators, are digging up tons of earth as phase 1 of construction begins. Read more the construction of the new Missoula College building in the Missoulian.
“One death of a member of the campus community, is tragic. Two is disorienting. But three, three is gut-wrenching. Sunday night on the Oval, people stood together to remember two students from UM. While the candles from that memorial still flickered Monday afternoon, it was announced a third student had died over the weekend.” The editorial board of UM’s student newspaper reflects on the recent loss of three UM students.
The UM production of “Pippin,” should feel fresh to audience members enchanted by the original 1972 Broadway musical or the recent revival, both of which won a shelf of Tony Awards. Director Hillary Sea Bard deliberately avoided looking at video or images of the production, in either the first incarnation shaped by Bob Fosse, the legendary director and choreographer, or the new Cirque du Soleil-inspired one. Read more about the musical, which opens March 17.
Dear Campus Community, It is with a heavy heart that I write to report a sad and tragic weekend for the UM family. Three students passed away this weekend in unrelated incidents. Two have been reported in the local media, and the third involves the untimely death of a UM law student. In all cases, the families have been appropriately notified and we have extended sympathies on behalf of the entire University community. Read more from President Engstrom.
A ratty osprey soared over the Clark Fork River, a giant fish caught between its talons. A few feet away, another osprey watched from her nest. Her partner hadn’t returned home for the summer and she was ready to mate. The raptor, named Iris, called the male over. Erick Greene, a UM wildlife biology professor, watched the scene from below. He knew he was witnessing something rare, something great. The Montana Kaimin reports on Greene’s osprey project.
Hank Green, Internet Guy. Even if you don’t know who he is, there’s a good chance he has helped teach your kids or the kids of someone you know how photosynthesis, mitosis and biological molecules work, among a great many things. Truth be told, he’s an online video master. And Green, who holds a master's degree in environmental studies from University of Montana, loves science. U.S. News and World Report talks with Green about his success.
Congratulations to UM alumni Craig Holtet and Ron Ramsbacher, who this week converted Missoula’s two massive former Safeway grocery stores to local ownership and reopened them as Missoula Fresh Markets. Holtet and Ramsbacher bought Orange Street Food Farm in 2013 and acquired Missoula’s two Safeway stores after Albertsons bought Safeway in 2014. The duo says they are excited to be able to increase the local ownership of Missoula businesses. Read more about the new stores in the Missoulian.
UM currently has one of the longest winter breaks in the nation at six weeks. Some students, parents, faculty and administrators have raised issues regarding the length of the break. The Office of the Provost has proposed adjusting the dates of winter break in the future. Provost Perry Brown welcomes comments on this proposal from the campus community through March 27. Learn more about the proposal and find out how to comment here.
In June 2013, western Montana had no resident physicians. This July, 30 doctors will be at work in the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, along with nine core faculty, more than 100 community faculty, and five staff. The doctors work at St. Patrick Hospital, Community Medical Center, Partnership Health Center, Flathead Community Health Center, and Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Read more about the UM’s medical residency program.
Salish tribal elder Louis “Louie” Adams has spent a lifetime teaching others the stories, culture and language of his people. Now the University of Montana will honor this tireless educator with an honorary doctorate of humane letters. His nomination was approved by the state Board of Regents on March 6. He will be awarded the honorary doctorate during UM’s 118th Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Read more about Adams.
The Blackstone LaunchPad is a program at the University of Montana. It helps students, faculty, staff and alumni turn their ideas into businesses and nonprofit organizations. The LaunchPad has been at the University of Montana for about a year. Over 300 students, alumni and faculty have registered with the LaunchPad, and around 170 ideas have been pitched. All are in various stages of development. KECI-TV reports on UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad.
The College of Forestry and Conservation announces the appointment of Ruth Ann Swaney as coordinator of the Native American Natural Resource Program. Swaney is an enrolled tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Swaney also has family from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. She holds a master’s degree in organismal biology and ecology from UM and is working on a doctorate in society and conservation. Read more about Swaney.
UM has been selected as Montana’s host site for “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” a national traveling exhibition of one of the world’s most treasured books – the Shakespeare First Folio. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring the exhibition in 2016. Final touring dates will be announced in April. Read more about UM’s chance to host the First Folio.
UM has been named the No. 6 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers, making a big jump up from its 2014 ranking at No. 12. Currently, 27 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide. 2015 also marks the 11th year the University has placed in the top 25 on the medium-sized volunteer-producing colleges and universities list. Read more about UM's latest Peace Corps ranking.
To get out of his head, Fred Allendorf walks. He walks in the Bitterroot or the Rattlesnake, where he often gets the urge to visit the place he once lived – a two-story home at the base of Mount Jumbo. Feb. 28, 2015 marks the one-year anniversary of the Mount Jumbo avalanche that jolted the Missoula community and buried three people. The Montana Kaimin student newspaper looks back on the tragedy.
UM received a $10,000 grant from Gov. Steve Bullock and the Growth Through Agriculture program this week, which will be used to improve the school's garden the farm to college program. UM Dining garden manager Natasha Hegmann said part of the money will be used to expand the garden located behind the Lommasson Center. The Montana Kaimin reports on the grant and UM’s garden plans.
It’s no secret that job growth within the health care industry is booming as the American population ages. A national emphasis on preventative care, growing rates of chronic conditions and “baby boomers” have all led to an increased demand for health care professionals. In Missoula County, that trend has far-reaching implications, as the local economy is dependent on the health care industry and hundreds of college students are receiving the training necessary to enter the field. Read more about the health care field in the Missoulian.
“The years tell us what the days cannot.” UM alumna Shelli Johnson reflects on what she considered her greatest failure at the time: losing her basketball scholarship and quitting the team. “During my recent look back at all of this, I realized the things I did in the months following my aforementioned failure not only made a significant difference in my life during that time, but continue to inform my life, and my work.” Read more on the Make it Missoula blog.
Although he didn’t know it at the time, Shane “Scooter” Christensen spent most of his life practicing to be a Harlem Globetrotter. As a youngster, he was inseparable from his basketball and when the former Griz point guard graduated in 2002, he relentlessly pursued his dream of playing professionally until one day he caught the eye of a Globetrotters scout. Read Christensen’s inspiring story in the Montanan magazine.
UM staff member Tim Daniel, who turned a hobby into a second career as a comics writer, will soon see his creation adapted into a live-action television show. The Missoula writer's title, “Enormous,” will be developed by Fox Television Studios and New Regency Television, and producer Adrian Askarieh's Prime Universe Films. The story is set in Arizona shortly after an apocalyptic environmental disaster. Read more about Daniel’s success.
During halftime of Saturday night's basketball game at Dahlberg Arena, UM officially became a Purple Heart university. Capt. Char Gatlin, chief of staff for the Department of Montana Military Order of the Purple Heart, said the recognition will place UM among a handful of select universities to have received the honor. “It’s a huge recognition for the school and it recognizes UM as being veteran friendly,” Gatlin said. Read more in the Missoulian.
Several UM students recently traveled to Nashville to attend Pollstar Live! 2015, the premier conference and trade show for the concert industry. The students from UM’s Entertainment Management program were right in the middle of the action, meeting with industry professionals, hearing from UM alumni who work in the business, and attending expert panels and, of course, visiting some of Nashville’s renowned music venues. Read more on UM’s Entertainment Management blog.
UM’s family medicine residency program recently was awarded the highest level of accreditation available from its oversight organization. The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana earned the high marks from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. UM launched the residency program in 2013, and it will train 30 medical residents at a time after the third class is added this year. Read more about the recent accreditation.
It's understandable if you're unaware of the hidden planetarium beneath the Native American Center. The project has been in the works since 2013, but the astronomy department has kept it pretty quiet, preferring to introduce it to the public gradually. The lack of fanfare has nothing to do with its quality, however. Though the domed room housing it is not enormous, the equipment's capabilities are stellar. The Montana Kaimin reports on UM’s planetarium.
TEDxUMontana returns for a second year, and the theme of this year’s event is language. Tickets are now on sale. The event will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Dennison Theater. Learn more and purchase tickets at http://www.umt.edu/tedx.
UM is seeking public comment on a draft management plan for the land UM owns on Mount Sentinel and at Fort Missoula. It is the first management plan for UM’s natural areas, which total more than 650 acres. The plan covers grassland and forest stewardship, invasive plant management, trail maintenance and social/safety issues. Read the plan and learn how to submit comments at http://cas.umt.edu/umnaturalareas/. Public comment will be accepted through April 1.
“The phone rings and rings, each chime pounding in my head. I groan, stretching my arm out, reaching for the source of my annoyance. I flip it open, sit up, and blearily rub my eyes. An annoyed voice calls out. It’s my brother. I’m late. We were supposed to meet to climb Ch-paa-qn Peak at 9.” UM freshman Kian Bertin climbed out of bed to climb Ch-paa-qn Peak for his Adventure Writing class. Read about his hike on the Make it Missoula blog.
Missoula schoolchildren became flames and trees Tuesday during “Fire Speaks the Land,” an interactive dance performance at UM that taught students about fire science. CoMotion Dance Project used the presentation to launch its fourth season performing for and with students all across western Montana. Through the production, students learned how fire burns in different types of forests and how it impacts the landscape. Learn more about the CoMotion Dance Project in the Missoulian.
Less than a decade ago, autism wasn’t on many people’s radar. Back then it was diagnosed at about 1 in 10,000 children. Now it’s 1 in 68. With the growing need for services, three educators at UM have spearheaded and implemented programs and projects that aim for autism intervention. The educators hope to make real-world impacts on Montana communities, as well as provide practical experience for UM students in the field. Read more in Vision, UM’s annual research publication.
In the University Center Gallery, 365 small self-portraits are arranged in rows on the north wall. They start on May 6, 2013, when Jace Laakso, an artist who works in information technology at UM, thought of a simple solution to a common problem. He got a "great haircut." But every time he gets a haircut, he says he wants the same one as last time. So he took a picture. Then he decided to take one every day. Read more about Laakso’s exhibit.
“What was your first concert? It’s a great question—a surefire conversation starter in pretty much any setting. Mine happened to be Pearl Jam, who played an intimate show for about 1,200 lucky fans at the University Theatre here at UM on June 16, 1993,” writes Montanan magazine editor John Heaney. As one of only a handful of student-run concert production organizations in the country, UM Productions is responsible for providing many of those moments. Read more and view concert posters here.
“A 360-degree view of Missoula and the surrounding mountains greeted me at the summit. I found myself smiling inside, discovering something I’d been doubting since I’d been in Missoula. I can be happy here. I can find ways to experience many of the same feelings I do back home.” UM freshman Lione Clare reckons with feelings of homesickness as she hikes Missoula’s Crazy Canyon and writes about it for her Adventure Writing class. Read her post on the Make It Missoula blog.
Every year, filmmakers from across the world apply to have their films screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. This year, four filmmakers under 30 from the festival’s home city made the cut. Three of them are current or future UM students. Local magazine Corridor talked with each of them about their movies, how they got started in documentary filmmaking, and the direction of their careers.
A new UM Dining experiment is using vertical growing towers, LED lights and fish to grow food. The aquaponic system is set up in the Corner Store, growing leafy greens like lettuce, kale, basil and bok choy. UM Dining’s garden manager, Natasha Hegman, said she is hoping to have a first harvest at the end of February. The Montana Kaimin reports on this unique experiment at UM.
A documentary created by UM students and recent alumni recently won an award at the International Fusion Doc Challenge, a five-day filmmaking competition. Director Tom Stagg, a recent UM alumnus, and co-director Brent Bluehouse, UM graduate student, worked with students Anne Bergman, Brian Rapaport, Tessla Hastings, Channing Nun and UM staff member Christian Gold Stagg created “GMOtional,” which won “Best use of Genres: Nature/Environmental.” Learn more about the competition here and watch the “GMOtional” trailer here.
When Greg Johnson decamped for Missoula from New York City in 1990, the Montana Repertory Theatre's national tour reached only three states. A quarter-century later, Johnson still leads the Rep, which has grown under his tenure into a professional troupe recognized across the U.S. "It's the largest national tour of straight plays in the country," he said. Read more about how Johnson has shaped the Rep in the Missoulian.
“I love hiking, but as I spun in circles running from class to class this semester, I just couldn’t find time for this hike. I found time for other hikes, but never the Pengelly Ridge Trail.” UM freshman Carly Stinson makes time to climb Mount Sentinel’s steep Pengelly Trail while on assignment for her Adventure Writing class. Read about her climb on the Make It Missoula blog.
Marilyn Marler soon will trade the grasslands and wildflowers of Mount Sentinel for the wetlands and crocodiles of Vietnam. In late February, Marler, the Missoula City Council president, heads to Cat Tien National Park on a prestigious Fulbright award. The UM naturalist will spend the month of March as a Fulbright specialist in a U.S. Department of State program that promotes relationships "between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts" overseas. Read more about Marler’s assignment.
In the latest episode of the Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast, features an interview with Frank Jannuzi, CEO and president of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Jannuzi shares his insights into working with all three branches of government. Additionally, along with a few stories of his days at Amnesty International, the State Department, and advising Joseph Biden and John Kerry. Listen to the full episode titled “Leadership Insights with Frank Jannuzi.”
The fall semester of 2014 was an exciting one for the University of Montana’s Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. The 40-plus members maintain an active schedule with weekly meetings and frequent weekend events. This year the Student Chapter is taking a special interest in community involvement. The students work with local wildlife agencies, present in schools, and promote community awareness of conservation issues. Read more about what UM chapter achieved this past fall.
A UM’s professor’s cross-cultural analysis received one of the top book awards from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. Benedicte Boisseron, an associate professor of French and Francophone language and literature at UM, received the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award for “Creole Renegades: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora.” “This book was important for me to write because it carries an autobiographical resonance,” Boisseron said. Read more about Boisseron’s book.
Hundreds of new students spent the day getting adjusted to life on campus Thursday, in preparation for their first semester as UM students. The spring semester at UM starts Monday, and about 200 new students are going through orientation until the end of the day Friday. New students got the chance to tour campus and move into their dorms early to get a head start on the new semester. KPAX News reports.
“We trudged up the steep and rocky path, leaving the Kim Williams riverside trail below us. Even though there was a great view of the Missoula Valley behind us and fall colors ahead of us, I felt uneasy. I started to feel tired and my calves began to ache.” UM freshman Colin Brust recounts his hike up Smokejumpers’ Trail on assignment for his Adventure Writing class. Read Brust’s full account on the Make It Missoula blog.
The independent film magazine MovieMaker recently named Missoula to its list of “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2015: Top Five Towns.” The article notes Montana’s dramatic landscapes, as well as the fact that Missoula is home to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the International Wildlife Film Festival and the Montana Film Academy. The ranking also mentions students from UM’s School of Media Arts. Read more about what MovieMaker has to say about Missoula.
A new agreement between UM, Missoula County Public Schools and their Japanese counterpart aims to increase educational exchange opportunities. Representatives from UM and MCPS met with a delegation from the Kumamoto prefecture of Japan on Tuesday to sign a memorandum of understanding that will bring more student exchange and professional development opportunities to Missoula. Read more about the partnership with Kumamoto.
UM lost a member of the family last week when School of Media Arts Assistant Professor Dale Sherrard passed away. Dale is an immensely talented experimental composer, sonic sculptor and sound designer. In his memory, we share Dale’s talk on technology and sonic culture from last year’s TEDxUMontana event.
J.K. Simmons, a UM graduate, has been nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance in "Whiplash." In "Whiplash” Simmons plays a sadistic but brilliant jazz band instructor who pushes an ambitious student drummer to the edge of his talents and sanity. Simmons, who turned 60 this month, is the son of the late Pat and Don Simmons, longtime Missoula residents and important figures in the campus and city arts communities. Read more about Simmons’ nomination.
It's telling what they had to leave out. When the staff of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture was narrowing the Permanent Collection of more than 11,000-some objects down to 120 for a 120th anniversary exhibition, many masters from across centuries didn't make the cut. They wanted to represent the breadth and depth of the state museum's collection, as well as some of its idiosyncrasies. So some famous names didn't make it. Read more about the exhibition in the Missoulian.
UM recently earned recognition from two prominent civic engagement organizations. The Corporation for National and Community Service honored UM with a place on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded UM a 2015 Community Engagement Classification. During the 2013-14 academic year, 2,991 students volunteered 221,832 hours. Read more about student engagement at UM.
Zach Brown, an avid outdoorsman and recent UM graduate, wants to make sure that Montana stays exceptional. And now he’s taking that mission to the state Legislature: This November, Brown leaned on a platform of environmental protection to win House District 63. Brown, former student body president at UM, was recently named one of 10 “Young Leaders Changing the West” by High Country News. Read more about Brown and the nine other 20-somethings who received this honor.
From its founding days housed in Army tents on the University of Montana’s Oval in 1914, the School of Journalism has taught its students how to improvise in tough situations. This was just one of the take-home messages at a recent ceremony at the Montana State Capitol honoring the UM Journalism School’s centennial year. Read more about the history of UM’s journalism school and the ceremony in Helena in the Independent Record.
UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium was recently ranked No. 7 among best college football stadiums by Stadium Journey. “The official capacity now stands at 25,217, but crowds in excess of 26,000 are not out of the ordinary, giving the Griz one of the best home field advantages in all of college football,” writes reviewer Jason Karp. View the full list of top 100 stadium experiences here, and read the complete write-up on Washington-Grizzly Stadium here.
Former Missoula resident and University of Montana alum J.K. Simmons has won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor for "Whiplash." In the film, Simmons plays a jazz band instructor who uses humiliation, fear and cruelty to motivate his students. Simmons is a UM graduate and native of Missoula. His parents are the late Don and Pat Simmons, longtime Missoula civic and arts leaders. Read more in the Missoulian.
“Last September, seven days into the 2014 Montana archery season, my good friend Alec Underwood and I were headed for one of the many mountain ranges that define the western Montana landscape. Both of us were — and still are — students at the University of Montana in Missoula, where I am a senior studying business and Alec is a senior in wildlife biology.” Trevor Anderson recounts his recent elk hunt in the Star Tribune.
The U.S. Government Publishing Office recently spotlighted UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library for serving as a regional depository library. The library was designated as a depository in 1909 and a regional depository library in 1965. UM’s large academic library has a wide variety of information available to its patrons through well-developed online guides. Read more about the Mansfield Library’s role as a depository.
Career Services at UM strives to provide students with ample opportunities to explore careers with the world’s most renowned and reputable companies. Career Services recently teamed up with Hewlett-Packard, one of the world’s leading technology companies. An HP executive visited with UM students in December and company representatives will return again in February for the Big Sky Employment and Academic Enrichment Fair. Read more about UM’s relationship with HP and the upcoming employment fair.
Many towns in the West consider themselves “outdoor” towns—suggesting a citizenry eager to bike, run, ski, paddle, hunt, fish, hike, backpack, float and camp. Missoula, Montana, is one of these towns, but it possesses some indefinable spirit that keeps it from being confused with any other. Author Rick Bass writes about Missoula’s unique spirit in this Smithsonian Magazine article.
A big year for Rivertop Renewables has gotten even bigger. The Missoula producer of biodegradable chemicals received a $26 million cash infusion from outside investors in the spring. Then, the company announced recently that its first commercial manufacturing plant is under construction. "What's really cool about this is that it's technology that was developed by Dr. Don Kiely at the University of Montana," says CEO Mike Knauf. Read more about Rivertop's success in the Missoula Independent.
The world-famous clarinet player who lent his name to the University of Montana’s premier jazz festival and transformed the international genre through his unique bebop style passed away Wednesday. Buddy DeFranco died at his home in Panama City, Florida. “He was one of the monumental figures in the history of jazz,” said Lance Boyd, the former UM music professor and band director who created the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. Read more about DeFranco’s legacy.
The residents of Riverside Health Care Center in Missoula are receiving Christmas cards from across the country thanking the staff and residents for hosting an online streaming camera placed next to an osprey nest in the care center’s parking lot. UM wildlife biology Professor Erick Greene heads the Montana Osprey Project, which includes the osprey nest webcam at Riverside. Thousands of webcam viewers keep tabs on the popular birds. Read more about the osprey project community.
An annual report produced by the Peace Corps recently found that Montana and Missoula ranked among the top 10 overall per-capita volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas in the country. The per-capita rankings measure the rate of volunteers per 100,000 of the population. Montana's per-capita ranking climbed from 10th spot to seventh and its metro area, Missoula, moved from sixth to second. USA Today reports.
It's a good thing Har Shalom's menorah used light bulbs instead of candles; no one could have reached up to light the wicks. The Missoula synagogue celebrated Hanukkah by flicking the switches to light up a special menorah called a hanukkiyah, commissioned and built by three students from the welding program at Missoula College. Read more about the students’ unique community project.
UM Alumna LeAnn Montes was inducted into the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in December. She was selected based upon her performance as a star high-school athlete, a four-year member of the Lady Griz basketball team and her current role as head coach of the Stone Child College women's basketball team. Montes graduated from UM with degrees in business administration, management and marketing. Learn more about Montes' accomplishments.
The best job in America. That's what Bob Stitt had to say about the Montana Grizzly football head coaching gig Friday morning when the university introduced the offensive innovator as its 36th head coach. Stitt, a 50-year-old coach who comes to Missoula from the Colorado School of Mines, spoke to media members and fans for an hour at Washington-Grizzly Stadium's Canyon Club. Read more about Stitt’s decision to move north.
A saber-toothed cat snarls, ready to pounce from the front cover of “Animal Weapons,” a new book that’s getting a lot of notice from both the media and the science world. The artist and UM alumnus Helenan David Tuss teamed up with writer and UM Professor Doug Emlen to illustrate the animal kingdom’s amazing array of extreme weaponry. Read more about how Tuss met Emlen while earning his bachelor’s degree in science and a minor in art from UM.
The Montana Journalism Review, an award-winning magazine produced by UM School of Journalism students, has released its 2015 edition. For the 44th issue, the nation’s oldest journalism review explores the theme of “Shift.” Staff and contributors focused on the shifting landscape of the media industry and how journalists, news sources and audiences are adapting to change. Read more about this issue of Montana Journalism Review.
Walker Milhoan recently took his ranching background and his business acuity to the Blackstone LaunchPad’s annual Demo Day in New York City, where he pitched a new venture he believes can lower ranching costs, increase stock weight and drive up the return on cattle. In partnership with the IX Ranch in Big Sandy and with support of UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad, Milhoan aims to make Ranchlogs available for purchase next summer. Read more about Milhoan’s idea.
Bob Stitt has been selected to serve as UM’s 36th head football coach. Stitt has been the head coach at the Colorado School of Mines the past 15 seasons, where he has compiled an overall record of 108-62 and has a conference mark of 83-44. His 2014 Orediggers team went 10-2 and qualified for the NCAA Division II football playoffs. Read more about UM’s new head football coach.
Missoula is a special place with people who are living life to its fullest. The University of Montana has what many universities are missing: the human element. With the human element, the University is offering the highest quality of education by believing in the people that call this campus home above all else. ASUM Vice President and Phi Delta Theta fraternity Sean McQuillan talks about what makes Missoula and UM such a special place in a recent blog post.
A UM class titled Can Giving Change the World? granted $12,500 to local nonprofits and held a ceremony to distribute the funds Dec. 11. The class, which is part of UM’s Global Leadership Initiative, awards grants to nonprofits that operate within Missoula County and combat hunger or address mental health issues. Organizations submitted grant proposals to the class earlier this semester. Read more about the philanthropy class and the grant recipients.
Raising carrot sticks in a toast, community leaders on Wednesday lauded the new lease that protects the PEAS Farm. Representatives from Garden City Harvest, Missoula County Public Schools and the city of Missoula toasted to the lease of 40 years approved the previous evening. The farm is part of the UM’s environmental studies program, and each year, UM students help raise crops. Read more about the new lease on the PEAS Farm.
Education changes lives and those lives change the world. At the University of Montana, we see it daily. Our students come from every conceivable background and embrace challenge, grow as individuals and, ultimately, thrive.
If the winter fog hid supernatural creatures in Stephen King’s novella “The Mist” or the 1980 zombie movie “The Fog,” then Missoula’s soupy weather may hold something equally sinister for UM students: final exams. Last week wrapped up the end of the 2014 fall semester and students are spending this week writing essays, taking tests and completing other tasks to show they’ve paid attention over these past four months. Read more about how students are closing out the semester.
The First-Year Reading Experience Committee at UM recently selected freshmen Libbey Barsness and Nathaniel Smith as the winners of the First-Year Essay Contest. As part of the First-Year Reading Experience at UM, students read “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, a collection of short stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War. Students were invited to write and submit essays in two categories: Personal Reflection and Analytical. Read more about the winners.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, known as MOLLI, has received a $1 million grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation. A $950,000 endowment gift and $50,000 in operating funds will provide current and ongoing support for the continued growth of MOLLI. The program is a resource for adults age 50 and older who enjoy learning, connecting socially with others and having a relationship with UM. Read more about the recent Osher grant.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana promotes better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia, and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield and his wife, Maureen. This video, shown to the Montana University System Board of Regents on Nov. 20, 2014, highlights the impact of the Mansfield Center across the state of Montana and beyond.
Running a ranch can be complicated, but UM student Walker Milhoan has a technology that he thinks will make ranching more sustainable and profitable. And his business venture is promising enough that he was selected as a finalist at Blackstone LaunchPad’s recent Demo Day in New York City. Paul Gladen, UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad director, nominated Milhoan to attend the competition where he progressed to the final rounds with the top six. Read more about Milhoan’s venture, Ranchlogs.
UM mascot Monte was on hand recently to celebrate the arrival of a new training semi tractor-trailer rig at Missoula College UM. The unit was purchased with Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor and will enhance short-term training opportunities at MC. A second semi tractor-trailer is expected to arrive soon. Read more about the trucking program at Missoula College.
UM is reviewing its programs and expects to grow its emphasis on research and health care while injecting the humanities into all academic pursuits, school officials said Monday. Meeting with the Missoulian’s editorial board, UM President Royce Engstrom and other school leaders repeated their plans for the global century – steps that include a close review of existing programs and how the school can meet the state’s needs amid a shifting economy. Read more about Engstrom’s plans.
UM’s new "fabrication lab," or "FabLab," as they've dubbed it, is stocked with two 3-D printers, 3-D scanners, 3-D pens, a vinyl cutter, an oversized printer, and soon a laser engraving machine. School of Art Director Brad Allen is effusive about the potential for using the equipment, the province of industrial designers and forward-thinking hobbyists and tinkerers, in the context of fine art. Read more about the new “FabLab.”
He’s climbed these steps many times over the past 28 years, a stretch dating back to 1986 when Washington-Grizzly Stadium opened. But that wasn’t the beginning of Patrick Ryan’s job as the Grizzlies’ official scoreboard operator. That began at Dornblaser Field in 1976. Or maybe it was 1974, he isn’t sure which. Ryan has operated the Grizzlies’ scoreboard for all but one game over the past 38 years and will retire at the end of the season. Read Ryan’s story.
He marched across the field of Washington-Grizzly Stadium with 35 pounds of silver-plated brass wrapped around his torso. Stepping with the heavy instrument was no easy feat for Noah Lopez, the UM freshman who once thought he'd never be able to stand up again after losing his leg four years ago as a result of a senseless act of violence. Today he’s marching forward. Read his story in the Montana Kaimin.
The classic copper, gold and silver colors are making a one-year comeback at the University of Montana. On Friday, Nov. 21, UM released a limited-edition retail line featuring its official school colors of copper, gold and silver. The line, called Montana Tradition, includes clothing and several select non-apparel items. A list of retailers carrying the products is available online at http://www.umt.edu/tradition. Read more about the Montana Tradition line here.
The Can the Bobcats Canned Food Drive is in full swing and donation bins are available all over town. The food drive is a friendly contest between UM and MSU to see which community can collect the most food for hungry Montana families, just in time for the holidays. The drive ends Saturday, Nov. 22, with the annual Brawl of the Wild Griz-Cat football game. Bring your donation to the game or find out where you can donate by visiting the Can the Bobcats website.
A video from the Montana Kaimin introduces two of artists whose work was selected for the 20th Annual Juried UM Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition is on display until Dec. 5 at the Gallery of Visual Arts on the first floor of the Social Science Building.
UM music Professor Steven Hesla knew he had to get Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe to Missoula. He saw the acclaimed classical piano duo perform at the Music Teachers National Association conference in March 2013. They gave seven encores, all greeted by standing ovations. This week Roe and Anderson come to town to teach a masterclass, play for 1,500 fifth-graders and perform for the public. Read more about the duo’s trip to Missoula.
On a cold April night in 1933, hundreds of university students worked themselves into a fervor tossing books that challenged the German spirit onto a roiling bonfire. The book burning is depicted in a new display at the UM library. On loan from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the national exhibit sheds light on the fervor that fueled the rise of Nazi Germany. Read more about the “Fighting the Fires of Hate” exhibit.
Each fall, hundreds of UM employees raise thousands of dollars for local nonprofit charities in our community by generously donating to UM’s Charitable Giving Campaign. The 2014-15 campaign is open now. The nonprofits selected to participate in this year’s drive provide a broad range of services to Missoula residents and those in nearby counties. Learn more about the campaign and participating agencies at www.umt.edu/umgives and then consider pledging online at https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_um/.
UM alumna and longtime supporter Nancy O’Connor passed away Nov. 10 at her home in Malibu, Calif., at the age of 84. O’Connor was the daughter of Ralph and Hulda Miller Fields, who were also UM alums. Nancy married actor Carroll O’Connor in 1951. Over the years, Nancy served on several UM boards and the couple gave generously to UM. In 1999 the University renamed the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West to honor their contributions. Read more about Nancy’s life in the Missoulian.
UM students have raised more than $25,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this year, and they plan on staying up all night this Friday to honor the kids they’re helping. The St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn event at UM recruited 175 students who aim to raise $37,742. The $25,371 they have already raised places UM seventh nationally among the 89 schools that participate, and first among schools in the Northwest. Read more about the Up ‘Til Dawn event.
Throughout the fall 2014 section of Regents Professor Jakki Mohr’s Marketing of High Technology Products and Innovations class (BMKT 460), students have had the opportunity to hear many of Missoula’s most innovative professionals speak. Visit UM’s student-run American Marketing Association blog to read some of the lessons shared by local innovators Michael Manhardt, Glenn Kreisel and Chris Wright.
Biology Professor Ragan “Ray” Callaway, an internationally renowned ecologist, has been nominated to become UM’s 10th Regents Professor. Upon approval by the Montana Board of Regents during its Nov. 20-21 meeting, Callaway’s new title will be Regents Professor of Ecology. Regents Professor is the top rank awarded to faculty members in the Montana University System. They must demonstrate unusual excellence in instruction, scholarship and service, as well as distinctive impact through their work. Read more about Callaway’s nomination.
A self-proclaimed “man of many hats,” Udo Fluck lives up to that title both literally and metaphorically. Nestled in a corner of UM’s International Center, Fluck’s office boasts just a few of the many hats he uses to teach students about different cultures. His other “hats” come in the form of his ever-shifting role as director of UM’s Global Gateway program, which works to instill global competence in the community. Read more about Fluck’s work in the Montanan online.
Paul F. Kirgis, a professor at St. John’s University School of Law, has been selected to lead the University of Montana School of Law as dean. Kirgis will begin his new duties July 1, 2015. UM Provost Perry Brown made the announcement after an extensive nationwide search. While at St. John’s in New York City, Kirgis received the Faculty Outstanding Achievement Medal and was twice named the professor of the year. Read more about Dean Kirgis.
The Washington family, for whom Washington-Grizzly Stadium at UM is named, has once more stepped forward with a major gift to the UM Department of Athletics. The sons of Dennis and Phyllis Washington, Kyle and Kevin, are giving $7 million on behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to be used for UM’s planned $14 million Washington-Grizzly Champions Center. Read more about the generous donation from the Washington family.
The Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast is a series by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM that captures the wisdom of international thought leaders and industry experts. The latest episode features an interview with Larry Abramson, the new dean of UM’s School of Journalism. Abramson discusses transitioning to life in Montana, the fast paced world of journalism, his vision for the School of Journalism and more. Listen to the podcast here.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM is now hosting an exhibition produced by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that explores how the German book burnings of 1933 became a potent symbol in America’s battle against Nazism and why they continue to resonate with the public to this day. The exhibition, titled “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings,” will be on display through Tuesday, Dec. 16. Learn more about the exhibition.
Tim O’Brien was stuck writing another book when he took a break in the late 1980s and penned “The Things They Carried,” a story that explores meaning in three simple words: “This is true.” That opening line in a mid-story chapter questions everything the famed author learned in the Vietnam War about guilt, fear and loss. O’Brien met with a group of freshmen at UM on Tuesday. Read more about his visit.
What once served as a deli for famished University of Montana students will reopen early next year as a casual yet upscale restaurant offering views of the University Golf Course. A building permit was filed last week with Missoula County, and UM Dining expects renovations on the golf course clubhouse to begin in early November. Read more about what’s planned for the clubhouse in the Missoulian.
Nationally celebrated fabric artist and Missoula native Amanda Browder is displaying her large-scale fabric soft sculptures during an exhibition at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM. Because of weather concerns, the outdoor works of Browder’s “End of the Infinite” exhibition will hang only at select times until January. But that’s okay—the fleetingness of the exhibitions have always been a part of Browder’s process. Read more about her art in the Missoula Independent.
UM is the 26th top degree producer for Native American students in the nation, according to the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education list, “2014 Top 100 Degree Producers.” The study names UM 40th in the nation for Natives receiving undergraduate degrees, 48th in the nation for master’s degrees, 19th for doctoral degrees and 12th for professional degrees. From summer 2013 to spring 2014, UM conferred 129 degrees upon Native American students. Read more about the ranking.
Millions of people worldwide will practice how to drop, cover, and hold in the event of an earthquake during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. The University of Montana and other Montanans will join them by participating in the 2014 Great Montana ShakeOut, planned for 10:22 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. Learn more at shakeout.org/montana/.
The library is one of the most commonly used places on campus by student veterans and now has a designated veteran’s study room within its walls. The $10,000 to refurnish the lounge came from an Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education grant. The room has newly painted walls, a TV, new furniture, blinds and frosted glass walls for privacy. Read more about the new veterans’ study lounge in the Montana Kaimin.
The UM Fencing Club held a free workshop last week, and a couple of dozen novices showed up to learn the basics of the sport. There are 15 dues-paying members, but the club always welcomes – and hopes to attract – newcomers. Club members say the sport is as much about the mental workout as the physical one. Read more about one of UM’s many student groups.
For the third year in a row, UM is ranked among the top 350 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UM is ranked in the 301-350 level of the 2014-15 list. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the most comprehensive global rankings of higher education institutions, using 13 performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against its core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. View the rankings here.
Hyeok Yun, a UM undergraduate student from South Korea, is gaining a wider perspective on how art therapy and counseling are impacted by disability research. Under the direction of Craig Ravesloot, a research professor at UM’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Hyeok’s work is exposing her to other issues too. Ravesloot also is learning valuable lessons to help him better connect with the South Korean culture. Read more about their cross-cultural exchange.
UM’s equestrian team may fly under the radar on campus, but they're riding circles around their competition. Earlier this month, the team traveled to Utah State University to compete in the first regular season English show of the year. It was one of the largest Intercollegiate Horse Show Association shows, with more than 100 competitors from throughout the region. Montana won all three shows over the two-day event, sweeping the competition. The Montana Kaimin reports.
More international students are choosing to attend the University of Montana than ever before. UM’s Office of International Programs reports 832 international students enrolled this semester, representing about 5 percent of the entire student population, compared to about 4 percent last year. Currently, 105 students from Brazil are enrolled at UM, second only to Japan’s 109 students. Nearly 80 students from Saudia Arabia are enrolled at UM this fall. Read more about international student enrollment at UM.
The Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute at the University of Montana officially opened its doors Oct. 10. The institute is located in The Payne Family Native American Center. The institute provides flexible classroom designs, advanced distance-learning platforms and a multiscreen theater room that will emphasize storytelling traditions in Native American culture. It occupies the entire garden level of The Payne Family Native American Center. Read more about Cobell’s legacy at UM.
“The Ploughmen,” is technically Kim Zupan’s debut novel, but the years beg to differ. The 62-year-old has spent the past quarter-century working as a carpenter to support his writing. Before he started teaching at Missoula College, which freed up his summers, he would save money to take months off to do nothing but write. Now he’s on sabbatical, ready to take his novel on the road. Read more about Zupan’s journey.
Despite the loss of the University's Blackfoot language classes, students may still have a chance to learn Native languages. A proposed Native languages student club is working on getting recognition as a student group from ASUM. The group has 18 Native and non-Native students tentatively signed on. Jesse Desrosier, a sophomore from the Blackfeet tribe, said he always wanted to organize a Native languages club. Read more about the proposed language club.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, known as MOLLI, has surpassed its all-time enrollment high this fall. There are 930 individuals registered for courses, and MOLLI membership grew to 737 members – an all-time high for the fall semester. MOLLI offers noncredit academic short courses to individuals who are age 50 and older. The courses are academic in nature and traditionally taught by UM faculty, emeritus faculty and professionals from the community. Read more about MOLLI.
The Social Work Degree Guide recently ranked the UM social work master’s program No. 3 among the “Top 25 Most Affordable Master’s in Social Work Degree Programs 2014.” Noting the program’s supportive learning environment and dedicated and accomplished faculty, UM’s “social work graduate degree program has a rich legacy for creating a cutting-edge learning experience that prepares social workers for 21st century challenges with a unique focus on rural social work practice.” Read the complete ranking here.
Brandon Reintjes, curator of art for UM’s Montana Museum of Art and Culture, helped install a 45-foot-long fabric sculpture titled “Rapunzel” on the Missoula Mercantile building in the downtown area. The piece is by New York artist and Missoula native Amanda Browder. The installation was only up for a few hours on Friday, Oct. 3. Read more in the Missoulian.
Sometimes, a name change can make a big difference. That's why security officers at the University of Montana decided it was time for a little re-branding. There's no confusion now - UM students should know that they're dealing with police as the Office of Public Safety is now known as the UM Police Department - a change that went into effect this semester. Local news station KPAX reports on the UM Police Department.
It won’t be the first time he’s been the only deaf person in the room. Kirk Hash, a well-bearded 38-year-old post-baccalaureate Missoula College student, is used to it by now. Next week, he’s expected to be sworn in as the first deaf senator in the history of the Associated Students of UM. Hash applied for an open seat earlier this fall. Hash said he wants to represent Missoula College students in ASUM. The Montana Kaimin reports on Hash’s new role.
Three members of the UM community were recognized for demonstrating exemplary service to victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Captain Ben Gladwin of the UM Police Department was named Public Servant of the Year; Kim Brown Campbell, UM campus assault prevention coordinator, was named Educator of the Year; and Officer Shannon Parsons of UM Police Department was named Volunteer of the Year. Read more about the awards.
Last spring UM Professor Laura Dybdal and Shawn Grove, director of UM VETS Office, partnered with Dan Libby, executive director of the national Veterans Yoga Project, to implement a Mindful Resilience Training for student veterans. Participants reported life improvements and now Dybdal and Grove are expanding it. On Oct. 7, Libby will deliver a lecture at UM and hold training sessions for local health care works and student veterans. Read more about the program and the upcoming lecture.
The primal appeal of tools unites two shows at UM’s Gallery of Visual Arts. Stephen Glueckert built machines that generate the drawings themselves in his exhibit, “We Use Them to Do Things.” The Missoula Art Museum curator has been assembling mark-making machines for years. The other exhibit, “Re/Creation” features Chad Steve’s ceramic pieces, which strike a balance between hyper-realism and fancy. Steve is an artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Read more about the exhibits.
UM Dining announced Monday it surpassed a goal to provide 20 percent real food by 2020 at a campus event called Real Food Rising. UM signed a commitment with the national organization Real Food Challenge last October. The student-led movement has challenged campuses nationwide to purchase what is called “real food,” defined by four major criteria: local, ecological, fair and humane. Read more in the Montana Kaimin.
Private support at the University of Montana gives students and faculty countless opportunities to partner together. Learn about three student-faculty partnerships underway at UM, and how scholarship support has helped these students thrive.
Missoula College has received a nearly $8 million federal grant to give more students an opportunity for educations in health care fields and ultimately fill much-needed, high-paying jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Sept. 29 that 15 two-year community colleges and tribal colleges in Montana will receive a combined $15 million to improve and expand health care training opportunities, and the grant will be administered by Missoula College UM. Read more about the Montana HealthCARE grant.
The Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast is a new series by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM that captures the wisdom of international thought leaders. In this episode, UM President Royce Engstrom talks about the process of becoming a leader, the Global Leadership Initiative and examples of leadership from his own life. Listen to the latest podcast here.
For the first time since 2002, the University of Montana Foundation awarded the Order of the Grizzly, its highest honor. Tom Cotter, who gave millions to support student scholarships at the University of Montana, is the 2014 recipient and was honored posthumously at the Foundation’s President’s Club and Heritage Society Dinner on Sept. 25. Cotter passed away July 16. His daughter, Mary Ann Cotter, accepted the award on his behalf. Read more about Cotter’s connection to UM and his philanthropy.
Just in time for Homecoming, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM has placed all 72 UM yearbooks online. The Sentinel yearbooks range from 1904 to 1972 and 1987 to 1989. They are online in ScholarWorks, UM’s open-access repository service. The text of each yearbook is fully searchable, and they include photographs and stories that document all aspects of life at UM, providing a rich source for history and culture of the University. Local news station KPAX reports.
UM recently launched a new Web portal called the American Indian Gateway. The American Indian Gateway provides access to University websites that feature academic programs with a Native focus, research related to American Indian communities, American Indian faculty and staff members, student programs and clubs, Alumni Relations, the University’s Strategic and Diversity Plans, and current news and events across campus and within the Missoula community. Find the American Indian Gateway portal here.
A UM student and member of a local think tank has drafted legislation he believes will give students more options to repay their college debt, and do so in a shorter period of time. Mitch Everts, a political science and pre-law student at UM, spent his September crafting what he refers to as the People’s Bill, allowing students to repay their college loans by opting to withhold an additional percentage of their income taxes. Read more about his bill.
UM offers a wide array of resources for students, from writing coaching and tutoring to health care services, IT help and outdoor gear rental. Looking for an internship: Head to Career Services. Need to get home from downtown at night? Jump on the UDASH bus. Find out more about the services and opportunities available to all students in a recent blog post from Phi Delta Theta titled “9 Amazing Resources All UM Students Should Know About.”
UM enrollment numbers show a 6.4 percent increase in freshmen students on the Mountain Campus for fall semester 2014. New freshman students totaled 1,597 on the Mountain Campus for fall 2014 – an increase of 96 students. For incoming resident freshmen on the Mountain Campus, UM shows an increase of 4.5 percent in headcount over the previous fall. For nonresident freshmen, UM shows an increase of 9.7 percent in headcount. Read more about UM’s latest enrollment numbers.
Hundreds strolled through Saturday’s Honey Harvest Festival on the University of Montana’s campus, explaining the different parts of the hive, the honeybee and the different products they produce. The Honey Harvest Festival followed on the heels of the Western Apicultural Society Conference and the International Conference on Hive and Honeybee Monitoring on UM’s campus. The four-day conference hosted upward of 160 attendees. Read more about the Honey Harvest Festival.
Founded in 1914 by Arthur L. Stone, the University of Montana Journalism School is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Since its start in a few Army surplus tents pitched near Main Hall, the school has been both a source of pride, and at times, a thorn in the side of the university. The Missoulian looks back at 100 years of journalism at UM with this timeline, and considers what lies ahead for the school in this article.
Elizabeth Dove has been cutting up dictionaries for years, searching for meaning. Now, the Missoula artist and UM professor is showing off the product of her process. The Missoula Art Museum will have an exhibition of Dove’s work starting on Tuesday and running through the end of January next year. The exhibition will feature a portion of her series called “Corpus of the Unknowable.” Read more about Dove’s art and her upcoming exhibit.
Bryn Hagfors was a rising star at UM, where he served on ASUM Senate as vice president while he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. Now he’s back in his hometown of Great Falls, working as a business and marketing analyst for Davidson Investment Advisors. The Great Falls Tribune recently profiled him as a “Rising Star.” Read more about what Hagfors is up to these days.
For the second year in a row, Livability.com has ranked Missoula among the “Top 100 Best Places to Live.” Missoula ranks No. 8 on the 2015 list, which was released Sept. 15. "Nearby mountain ranges, three rivers and more than 400 acres of city parkland make Missoula an outdoor lover's dream come true," the article reads. "Home to the University of Montana, Missoula’s breweries, coffee houses, cafes and restaurants create a unique, cool vibe." Read more about what Livability.com has to say about Missoula.
The University of Montana received a $1.5 million boost Friday, making UM’s College of Education and Human Sciences the gifted education hub of Montana and the Northern Rockies. Missoula residents and UM graduates Suzanne and Dave Peterson pledged $1.5 million to the school, funding a professorship that will specialize in gifted education and advanced learning in the classroom. The donation will also fund research into how best to motivate gifted children to succeed. Read more about the Petersons' generous gift.
The University of Montana is ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities across the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. In the 2015 Edition of U.S. News’ Best College rankings, UM tied for 194th place. The University last made the list two years ago, when it was ranked 199. UM is the only Montana institution to make it onto the top 200 list this year. Read more about the U.S. News & World Report ranking.
Grizzly football will soon be coming to a highway near you thanks to a new partnership with Jim Palmer Trucking of Missoula. The company will transport team equipment for six road games using a prestigious 75th anniversary Peterbilt truck paired with a custom-wrapped Grizzly football trailer. The truck will travel more than 10,300 miles as it travels to games in Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah, Washington and California. Read more about the company’s generous donation.
“I was not always as involved on campus as I am now and my life now is better for my involvement. When I arrived on campus, like many first-year students, I put my head down and got to the business of getting a degree. I thought that I had an adequate life off campus and enough friends. I felt this way until one day I got involved, largely by accident.” Read more in this blog post from ASUM President Asa Hohman.
The University Center at the University of Montana is now offering the UM community a quiet room for meditation and prayer. Located in UC Room 209A, the space provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of campus. The Montana Kaimin visits the room in this video.
The Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast is a new series by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM that captures the wisdom of international thought leaders and industry experts on various aspects of U.S.-Asia relations. In the first episode, Mansfield Center Director Abraham Kim discusses the importance of Montana-Asia relations, and participants take part in a roundtable discussion highlighting leadership lessons learned from Mike Mansfield’s life and legacy. Listen to the first podcast here.
University of Montana President Royce Engstrom delivered the annual State of the University Address on Aug. 22, 2014, in which he outlined institutional priorities for the coming year and introduced new faculty members and administrators. Watch the address and see other UM videos on UM's YouTube channel.
Give him some time. Brendan Brady has gotten handy at so many things in the seven years he’s lived with the deadly degenerative disease known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It’s only a matter of time before the 35-year-old Havre man will be able to literally stare down a bucket of ice water onto the likes of Julie Doerner. Read more about how the MonTECH program at UM’s Rural Institute is helping Brady and others.
Over nearly four decades he's watched Montana transform from a basketball school to one crazy about football. He's witnessed the explosion of collegiate women's sports. And he's been courtside and in the press box for more than 30 years. Starting next fall he'll see it all from a brand-new perspective: the bleachers. Dave Guffey, who next month will start his 37th year as Montana's sports information director, decided recently that will retire next June 30. Read more about Guffey’s career at UM.
Fall semester began Aug. 25 with a flurry of activity on campus and all over Missoula. The Peers Connection Network in the Office for Student Success captured some of excitement this week and the many adventures that lie ahead for UM students in this video.
Since its inception in 1895, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture has built up an inventory of natural history artifacts, fine art from around the world, early Western art, antiques and textiles, experimental installation pieces and a variety of work from UM students. MMAC’s 11,000 pieces make it the largest collection devoted to fine art in the state. But as the collection has grown, the space for it has not. The Missoula Independent reports.
From the moment she arrived at the University of Montana in 2010, Helena native Mara Menahan has been making the most of her UM experience. She enrolled in the Davidson Honors College, biked across Bhutan, attended UN climate change negotiations in Warsaw, won Udall and Truman scholarships and was named a Newman Civic Fellow. Now that she’s preparing to graduate in December, Menahan reflects on what made her time at UM so successful.
UM is committed to helping students find a career that fulfills their personal and professional goals. Career Services can help students select majors, review and revise resumes and learn the art of interviewing well. This week, Career Services hosts the Student Employment and Academic Enrichment Fair, where students seeking part-time work can connect with employers. Visit the Career Services website to learn more about the fair and the other assistance the office offers UM students.
Meet Jordan Sullivan, former Lady Griz standout who graduated from UM this past May. Sullivan closed out her four-year Lady Griz career averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game, but her accomplishments didn't end on the court. She was named Most Inspirational Player and received the Outstanding Senior Award and the 2014 Athlete in Service Award.
Neighborhoods in and around UM are seeing some new faces as students make their way from around the country to start school on Monday. Some of those students are transitioning out of campus living to renting homes, and one of the most popular spots for off-campus living is the University District. To make the transition easier on students and nearby residents, the Neighborhood Ambassadors are jumping on the welcome wagon. Local news station KPAX reports.
Aiden Reichman is at the threshold of adult life. The 19-year-old college sophomore is moving into his dorm and starting his 16-credit semester. But this fall might be considerably more difficult. Instead of gearing up to meet President Barak Obama, like he did in through an internship in 2013, Reichman is gearing up to stay well enough to survive his political science classes while undergoing his second round of chemotherapy. Read more about Reichman's fight.
According to a “Smart Rating” developed by FindTheBest, Montana has the best overall colleges in the U.S. FindTheBest used a weighted average of rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Forbes, along with data from the National Center for Education Statistics, to determine each state’s smart rating. Click here to see a map of how FindTheBest ranked each state.
UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver his annual State of the University Address and host the official groundbreaking for the new Missoula College building on Friday, Aug. 22. The public is invited to both events. During his State of the University Address, Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the coming year and introduce new faculty members and administrators. Following the address, the Missoula College groundbreaking will take place on East Broadway. Read more about both events.
Ground was broken Wednesday on the University of Montana campus for a new athletics academic center, and the occasion doubled as an opportunity for Director of Athletics Kent Haslam to announce a $1 million gift that will go toward additional facility improvements. The building will be constructed and equipped at a cost of $2.5 million, all of which came from private support. Read more about the new facility.
The countdown to the 2014-15 academic year is underway at UM with classes slated to begin Monday. That means 13,000 new Missoula residents are arriving in town, renewing the energy of this college city. Orientation begins Thursday. On Friday, UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m., followed by a groundbreaking ceremony for Missoula College at the new location on East Broadway. Read more about the pending semester.
Missoula came in at No. 9 on a list of 16 greatest places to live in America, according to Outside Magazine. The Garden City was lauded for being a college town and cultural center with nearly instant access to nearby wilderness to explore. “It’s a really open, diverse community,” says Mike Wolfe, a lawyer and professional ultra-runner. “You can be whoever you want to be here.” Read more about the list.
Dyer’s woad is an invasive plant found in five Montana locations, including Mount Sentinel near UM. That’s where Working Dogs for Conservation comes in. Based in Montana and founded in 2000 by four biologists, this nonprofit organization and its dogs have hunted the weed for the past four years. In 2011 and 2012, 500 plants were found. That decreased to 113 plants last year and so far only 19 plants this summer. Read more about the Dyer’s woad project.
UM, in partnership with the Missoula Public Library’s The Big Read program, has selected “The Things They Carried” by National Book Award-winner Tim O’Brien as the 2014 First-Year Reading Experience book. All first-year students at UM are invited to participate in the First-Year Reading Experience. This is the first time UM has partnered with the Missoula community to share a common read. Read more about this year’s title.
Effie Koehn, UM director of Foreign Student and Scholar Services, said international student enrollment continues to grow, passing the 600 mark last year. “Their orientation starts three days before the regular orientation starts,” Koehn said. “We introduce them to the different services and the people in charge of those services.” The efforts also involve the Global Partners Program and the Missoula International Friendship Program, where new students make friends within the community. Read more about international students.
The Global Leadership Initiative at the University of Montana creates an opportunity for students to ask some of the most pressing questions of the 21st century while gaining the skills necessary to find the answers. Launched in 2011, the first class of GLI Fellows is now nearing their senior year at UM, with students wrapping up the global experiences of their junior year. Read about their worldly adventures on the GLI blog, Beyond the Classroom.
Chris Phelps, right, unpacks a chair last week while other workers from the Silver Eagle Relocation moving company sort through a truckload of new furniture intended for the social and study lounges in the nine University of Montana residence halls. The on-campus living communities, which house about 2,400 students, open Saturday, Aug. 16. General classes at UM begin Monday, Aug. 25. See the full-size photo on the Missoulian newspaper website.
Bill Moore said his father, Bud Moore, taught him lessons of the wild he didn’t even know he’d learned until later. By making the late conservationist’s journals and letters, reports and notes, speeches and photos and even his voice available to the public through the University of Montana archives, his son said he hoped others will glean some things too. Read more about the Bud Moore collection at the Mansfield Library.
It bodes well for business when the boss is pleased. And after Tuesday night’s record-breaking concert in Missoula, Paul McCartney was pleased indeed. Crews spent Wednesday morning completing work to tear down the stage and rigging where McCartney dazzled 25,000 fans in Washington-Grizzly Stadium the night before. By 11 a.m., all traces of the high-energy, three-hour concert were gone, though the memories lingered. Read more about what people are saying after the historic show.
Over the weekend, in celebration of his first Minneapolis show in nearly a decade, the governor of Minnesota declared Aug. 2 as Paul McCartney Day. Not to be outdone, the University of Montana and the City of Missoula commemorated the Aug. 5 show at Washington-Grizzly Stadium by renaming the iconic Mount Sentinel to Mount McCartney. Somewhere, Ringo Starr is stirring his tea, fighting to keep his smile from cracking into a frown of unfathomable disdain. Read more about Mount McCartney.
A semitrailer carrying the legacy papers of former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus arrived at the University of Montana on Monday, bolstering the school’s already robust legislative collection. Crews spent Monday transferring 21 pallets containing more than 900 boxes of Baucus’ papers to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, where the files will be sorted, archived and eventually made available for research. Read more about the Baucus papers at UM.
When Jamie Pinkerton accepted the position as head coach of the University of Montana’s new women’s softball team he had no players, no roster and no u0niforms. His team had no bats, no helmets and, in perhaps the most glaring obstacle of all, the Lady Griz didn’t have a playing field. That began to change Thursday when UM sank six silver shovels into the soil, breaking ground on a new softball stadium. Read about UM’s newest sport.
Summer theater season is in full swing and more than 50 UM students, alumni and faculty from the School of Music and School of Theatre & Dance are working in theaters around Montana and Idaho as actors, designers, musical directors, writers and technicians. Many of these companies have productions running through Labor Day. Find out where you can catch the talented members of the UMArts family in action this season.
Over the past five decades, Jack Stanford has grown intimately familiar with the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. As the longtime director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station, Stanford has led research efforts with his wife, Bonnie Ellis, and their team of scientists who all together are carrying on the legacy of Dr. Morton J. Elrod. Stanford recently spoke about the importance of the world’s cleanest lakes.
Washington-Grizzly Stadium has the reputation of producing the best fan experience in the Football Championship Subdivision, but reputations are like eggs: fragile, easy to break and very hard to put back together. That’s why fans who attend a Grizzly football game this fall will notice three major upgrades to the stadium, all added to enhance the fan experience. Read more about the upgrades taking place in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
A delegation of high-level Chinese ambassadors will stop this week in Missoula, one of just three U.S. cities listed on their North American tour. Organized by the Mansfield Center at UM, the stop in Missoula includes talks with university officials, Gov. Steve Bullock and state business leaders, among others. The exchange will focus in part on economic trade, energy, internet technology and academic exchanges. Read more about the delegation’s visit.
UM Dining recently won the National Association of College and University Food Services 2014 Grand Prize for Sustainability. The awards recognize member institutions that demonstrate outstanding leadership in the promotion and implementation of environmental sustainability – specifically as it relates to campus dining operations. The NACUFS Sustainability Awards support the globally accepted triple bottom line philosophy, also known as “people, planet, profit.” Read more about how UM Dining earned the Grand Prize.
UM received unprecedented private support in fiscal year 2014, with donations totaling $53.7 million. This is a $16.3 million increase over the previous record, set in 2008. In July 2013, the UM Foundation set out to raise an extra $45 million for students over a three-year period. After one year, the “Investing in Student Success” initiative has received $22 million. Read more about how alumni and friends and joining the UM Foundation to invest in student success.
On a switchback overlooking the Missoula Valley, UM visiting Professor Robert Pal knelt down and pulled a Jim Hill mustard plant – aka tumbleweed – from the arid soil alongside the trail. The plant’s stems included tens of thousands of seeds waiting to burst forth and proliferate. Pal, a botanist and ecologist from the University of Pecs in Hungary, recently arrived at UM on a Marie Curie Fellowship. Read more about what Pal found on Sentinel.
Five outstanding UM graduates will receive 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming weekend festivities on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27. The awards are the highest honor presented by UM’s Alumni Association. This year’s distinguished alumni are Eric Sprunk ’86 of Beaverton, Ore.; Elizabeth Vinson Kohlstaedt, Ph.D. ’89, of Helena; Charles Hood ’61, M.A. ’69 (posthumously awarded); Denise Juneau, J.D. ’04, of Helena; and James Murray ’76 of Washington, D.C. Read more about the distinguished alumni.
Ten new family doctors were selected as the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana’s second class. The new residents began their intensive orientation earlier this month at the Partnership Health Center, where they learned about electronic medical records and spent time with a senior physician to learn how to prevent burnout in their career. The program is sponsored by UM as part of the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. Read more about residency program.
Longtime UM law professor “Duke” William Crowley passed away recently at age 91, but while he’s gone from this world, his legacy as a friend, a professor and the principal draftsman of the Montana Criminal Code will linger. The school estimates that more than 3,000 law students attended his classes over the years. He left them rich with knowledge and stories they wouldn’t soon forget. Read more about Crowley’s legacy.
When it comes to food waste management at the Food Zoo, UM Dining's advanced composting program doesn't leave a single morsel behind.
It’s the centerpiece of campus, commanding the Oval at UM. It appears in historic black-and-white photographs, and on today’s postcards of Missoula. Of the city’s many icons, Main Hall is surely high on the list. UM was established in 1893 and Main Hall is the oldest building on campus. It was designed by the well-known Missoula architect A.J. Gibson in the Richardsonian-Romanesque style and opened in 1899. Read more about Main Hall’s history in the Missoulian’s 100 Missoula Icons series.
Reed Humphrey, director of UM’s School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, has accepted the position of dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. Humphrey will begin his new role as dean on July 1. He replaces Dean David Forbes, who recently retired after leading the college for many years. Read more about Humphrey and his new role.
Montana’s student-athletes spent more than 2,190 hours donating their time to community service events and projects during the 2013-14 academic year. How much is 2,194.5 hours, to be exact? If you worked 40 hours per week for an entire year, without a vacation day, sick day or holiday break, you'd put in 2,080 hours. Read more about the great things UM student-athletes are doing.
With his boxes packed and a picture of his golden retriever on the computer screen, David Forbes is already dreaming of life’s next chapter, one that will allow time for golf and a trip to Europe with an uncertain return date. Forbes, dean of the University of Montana’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, will retire at the end of this month, marking the end of a 26-year career. Read more about Forbes’ successful career at UM.
Chris Hahn sat down at the upright piano outside Higgins Plaza, and played part of a Chopin etude on the Kurtzmann manufactured in 1910. Across the street, a couple people cheered at the brief but spontaneous concert, the first live music on the instrument in its new home in downtown Missoula. Thus began the Downtown Piano Project, an idea that Hahn helped bring to fruition. Read more about Missoula’s Downtown Piano Project.
A current exhibit at the Mansfield Library titled “Women in Montana Politics” features photographs and documents from well-known early 20th century suffragists along with information on contemporary activists and politicians. Archives specialist Carlie Magill and fellow Archives Specialist Kellyn Younggren spent nearly three months curating the exhibit, which is featured in display cases on the fourth floor of the library, as well as online. Read more about the exhibit in the Montanan magazine.
The UM School of Journalism has created a second visiting professorship that will allow the school to bring a high-profile journalist to campus each spring semester to teach a course to advanced journalism students and to mentor students at the Montana Kaimin newspaper. Since 2001 the school has had the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professorship. The school recently announced a second endowment that will expand the program to spring semester. Read more about the Pollner professorship.
It’s been a busy spring for Internet sensations Iris and Stanley, a pair of adult osprey who have captured the attention of viewers from around the world thanks to a high-resolution camera installed by UM researchers. The pair returned to their Hellgate Canyon nest in April, and Iris laid three eggs on May 5, 8 and 11. All three chicks hatched in mid-June. Watch a livestream of the Hellgate nest here and follow the Montana Osprey Cams on Facebook.
KPCN: The Peer Connection Network, an award-winning, student video production group housed in UM’s Office for Student Success, recently visited 12 Montana colleges and universities to interview fellow students on financial literacy. The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education contracted KPCN to produce seven videos that capture advice from peers around the state on financial education for current college students. The videos are expected to be completed in September. View more KPCN videos.
Travis DeCuire has always had a passion for basketball. That was apparent way back in 1990 when Blaine Taylor visited DeCuire on a recruiting trip to Seattle. Even today, Taylor and DeCuire have differing versions of what occurred that day, but DeCuire’s enthusiasm was unmistakable. That passion led Athletic Director Kent Haslam to introduce UM's new basketball coach with the pronouncement: “We got our guy.” Read more about UM newest basketball coach.
The Missoulian newspaper recently released its annual 20 Under 40 publication, a special section recognizing the top young business professionals in western Montana who excel in leadership, innovation and dedication to community. Several of the professionals who made the list have ties to UM, either as alumni, faculty or staff. UM congratulates all those who made this year’s list. Read more about these rising stars.
Hedge fund founder Renée Haugerud works in a corner office of the landmarked Beaux Arts Scribner Building on New York City’s busy Fifth Avenue. But the ideas that brought her here are rooted in a tiny log cabin near Montana’s Blackfoot River, surrounded by groves of larches, Douglas firs, lodgepoles and ponderosa pines. The 1980 graduate of the UM School of Forestry is now the chief investment officer of Galtere, Ltd. Read more about Haugerud in the Montanan magazine.
Learn more about the Flathead Lake Biological Station, UM's unique ecological research and education center located in Yellow Bay on Flathead Lake. For over 100 years, FLBS scientists have conducted research focused on the Crown of the Continent ecosystem while educating college students and the public through academic programs and community outreach.
On June 2, UM hosted its annual Retirees Luncheon, where former UM faculty and staff members come together to socialize and recognize the newest crop of retirees. More than 65 people retired from UM this year, including Dan Pletscher, who led the UM Wildlife Biology Program for nearly 20 years. Dan built one of the nation’s most prestigious research and teaching programs in wildlife biology and management. Read more about this year’s retirees.
On June 2, UM hosted its annual Retirees Luncheon, where former UM faculty and staff members come together to socialize and recognize the newest crop of retirees. More than 65 people retired from UM this year, including Annette Rocheleau who served as assistant basketball coach for the Lady Griz for 32 years. During her tenure the Lady Griz won numerous conference championships and played in 20 NCAA tournaments. Annette was instrumental in the growth and popularity of Lady Griz basketball. Read more about this year’s retirees.
Travis DeCuire has been selected to be the UM’s 27th head men's basketball coach, announced UM Director of Athletics Kent Haslam announced May 31. DeCuire, who set and still holds the Grizzly career and single-season assists records during his three-year (1992-94) career at Montana, replaces Wayne Tinkle, who accepted a coaching position at Oregon State last month. Read more about UM’s newest coach at www.gogriz.com.
After more than three decades as Montana Public Radio News Director, Sally Mauk retires on May 30. She's logged hundreds of hours of interviews, on-the-scene fire coverage, long, frantic election nights and news-poor holidays. She sat down with MTPR General Manager William Marcus to reflect on her career. And even though the tables were turned, she still asked the first question. Listen to the interview here.
UM student Mariah Williams will serve as the next student regent on the state Board of Regents. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Williams to the post earlier this month. Williams served as a senator on the Associated Students of UM and as its vice president. She earned her undergraduate degree this spring and will attend UM as a graduate student in the fall. Learn more about Williams and the other regents that govern the Montana University System.
Twenty-two years after its inception, Camas, a magazine published twice a year by the Environmental Studies Program at UM, has stayed true to the its environmental roots, connecting people to place while exposing the relationships that flow between. The inaugural edition from 1992 remains on file in the office and includes the works of Dave Thomas, Karin Schalm and Leslie Ryan. The magazine has changed over the years in voice and style. Read more about Camas.
Twelve UM students on the Montana Model United Nations Team returned from a national conference in New York City with an award for representing the Pacific Island nation of Fiji. For the overall excellence of their work, the Montana Model U.N. Team was named a Distinguished Delegation, an award given to only 25 percent of the 193 countries represented at the conference. Read more about the students’ experience at the national U.N. conference.
When Jim Hilleboe traces the steps that led to his success as a businessman in Billings back to their genesis, he finds the four years he spent at UM in the mid-60s. To give back to the school that gave him his business foundation and befitting someone who worked in construction, Hilleboe, 69, has signed a $1.5 million bequest to UM that will be earmarked for facility improvements for Grizzly Athletics. Read more about Hilleboe's generous gift.
James R. Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association, will deliver remarks during the UM School of Law Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Eighty students will graduate from the school. Silkenat is a partner in the New York office of the national law firm Sullivan & Worcester and is a member of its corporate department. Read more about the School of Law Commencement.
UM Presidential Leadership Scholarships have been awarded to 33 exceptional incoming UM freshmen. The scholarships recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, leadership and contribution to the community. This year’s scholarship winners were chosen from a field of more than 400 qualified applicants. Scholarship recipients become members of UM’s Davidson Honors College and receive a four year tuition waiver plus an additional $5,000 to $7,500 per year. Read more about this year’s scholarship winners.
The UM School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs have announced the winners of the 25th annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition. UM business school undergraduate students Matthew Gangloff and Andrew Burrington and MBA student Kyle Marshall won the top award of $10,000 for their business plan, New Leaf Environmental. Read more about the teams that competed in the competition.
UM has completed an environmental assessment for its planned Missoula College building. After careful review, UM President Royce Engstrom announced May 21 that he has determined constructing the project at 1205 E. Broadway would result in no significant impacts on the environment. The complete EA is now available online. Read more about Engstrom’s decision and find a link to the EA online here.
UM tennis player Maddy Murray was recently named the recipient of the ITA’s Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the organization’s Mountain Region, a territory that covers eight states. The award is based not only on leadership and sportsmanship, but scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements as well. Murray graduated May 17 with a GPA of 3.9 as a mathematics major in the Davidson Honors College. Read more about Murray’s accomplishments on and off the court.
Saturday, May 17, was a beautiful day for Commencement ceremonies at UM. Thousands of students received their degrees while their families and supporters watched on from inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock offered some solid advice in his Commencement address. View a photo album of graduation photos on UM’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/umontana.
Recent UM grad Christina Bloemen leaves for Ukraine in September to teach English and serve as a cultural ambassador on behalf of the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship. Making the cut as a Fulbright scholar is no easy task, but Bloemen never took the easy route through college. At 21, her academic vitae already reads like a professional twice her age, starting with leadership roles in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Read more about Bloeman’s accomplishments.
A unique perspective and five long days of work are paying off for a UM graduate student and three alumni. The filmmaking team Wheelhouse Missoula – comprising current and former UM School of Media Arts students – recently won the prestigious PBS P.O.V. Award and the Best Experimental Film Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto for their short documentary “20/Nothing.” Read more about the film and the award.
The Payne Family Native American Center at UM recently was featured in a new book titled “New Architecture on Indigenous Lands.” In the book, authors Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka take readers on a virtual tour of Native building projects in Canada and the Western and Midwestern United States. They categorize UM’s Payne Family Native American Center as “a remarkable example of a building that is responsive to tribal traditions, technologically advanced and ‘green.’” Read more about “New Architecture on Indigenous Lands.”
About 3,600 graduates and degree candidates are invited to participate in the University of Montana’s 117th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The general ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The stadium opens at 8 a.m., and guests should be seated in the westside seating area by 9:30 a.m. No tickets are required. Read more about this year's Commencement events.
There was a day when Sarah Smith had no plans to graduate high school. At 16 and with a baby on the way, getting that diploma was a secondary concern. But Smith dug deep and found her resolve. She finished high school and is now graduating from Missoula College with high honors, becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree. Read more about what Smith has accomplished.
UM has awarded Tom Seekins its Americans with Disabilities Act Award for 2014. The ADA Award honors individuals whose contributions advance education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities at UM, and who carry on the spirit of the ADA. Seekins is a professor of psychology and director of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities. Read more about Seekins’ award and the great work he does.
When he’s out for a bike ride in the Rattlesnake or taking a day trip around the Missoula area, Gary Batzloff might come upon on interesting spot on the landscape. He marks these areas with a GPS device, either a Garmin, or his watch. Back in the studio, the ceramics and sculpture technician at UM’s Art Annex has turned the geolocation data into his latest series of work, called “Mountaintop/Riverbottom.” Read more about Batzloff's art.
Students and fans at Montana’s two universities are used to competing against each other in athletic events, but now they will get a chance to go head to head on the big screen. The Audience Awards, a Missoula-based startup social networking service for filmmakers and enthusiasts, is now accepting submissions for the upcoming Cat vs. Griz Student Filmmaker Competition, sponsored by the Montana Film Office and UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad. Read more about the film competition.
UM student Whitney Snow, of Olympia, Wash., recently was awarded the American Indian Business Leaders 2013-14 Student of the Year award. She was recognized at the 20th annual American Indian Business Leaders conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Snow is a junior majoring in political science with a minor in Native American studies. She has been a member of the AIBL UM student chapter for the past three years, and currently serves as its president. Read more about Snow’s award and AIBL at UM.
There are very few competitions where the rules have to expressly prohibit hacking another participant’s computer. On Saturday, UM hosted the inaugural Cyber Triathlon, which pitted teams against one another in a series of digital puzzles. The competition was the kickoff to Big Data Week, an international event focusing on the social, political and technological effects of data. Read more about the Cyber Triathlon.
This will go down as a record-breaking year for fundraising at UM. The UM Foundation has received $37.4 million in donations and pledges this fiscal year, which began July 1. This breaks a record set in 2008, when fundraising totaled $36.7 million. This year’s total comes from 10,000 individual gifts. “We are tremendously grateful to all who have contributed this year,” said UM President Royce Engstrom. Read more about the recent donations to UM.
A vocal scholarship brought Neal Lewing to the UM School of Music in 1970. But as he entered his junior year, Lewing interrupted his education before he had a chance to perform his senior recital, a rite of passage for UM music students. Now, roughly 40 years later, the prolific musician, producer and arts educator will return to UM to perform his senior recital as a benefit concert. Read more about Lewing’s upcoming performance.
When Joel Henry stepped away from his job teaching computer science at UM to attend law school, he couldn’t know that his interest in searching piles of electronic legal data would spin into a new company. But with the support of the Technology Transfer Office at UM, and backed with the school’s support, Henry’s new business has won high reviews. Read more about how Agile Legal Technology.
Data impacts all of our lives, from how businesses cater to our demands to how governments allocate resources. Missoula is home to several companies and organizations that work with big data, including UM. That’s why a group of forward-looking folks have organized the first-ever Big Data Week in Missoula, set for May 5-9, with the Montana Cyber Triathlon at UM kicking things off on Saturday, May 3. Read more about Big Data Week.
A California couple with a love for Montana and art has committed a significant portion of their estate to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM. The gift will come from alumna Suzanne Moore Crocker ’64 and her husband, Bruce, of Palo Alto, Calif. Their bequest will establish the Suzanne and Bruce Crocker Distinguished Director Fund. Read more about the Crockers’ generous gift.
Rock icon Paul McCartney will perform Tuesday, Aug. 5, at UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9 online and at all GrizTix locations. The concert is a continuation of McCartney’s acclaimed Out There tour, which visited 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan in 2013. The tour currently is scheduled to hit 19 U.S. cities in 2014. Read more about McCartney’s concert at UM.
The power to hunt down a terrorist like Osama bin Laden may not be enough to protect the United States from the folly of its own spending problems, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a Missoula audience Thursday. Panetta gave UM’s annual Jones-Tamm Judicial Lecture on April 24. Read more about Panetta’s lecture in the Missoulian.
It’s been a banner year for the UM Foundation’s phonathon, an annual fundraising drive that supports UM’s academics, students and activities. Alumni and friends of UMhave pledged almost $315,000 since July 1, 2013. Over 3,000 donors from across the country have made pledges to support all academic units and areas of campus life, including scholarships, study abroad travel stipends, speaker funds and athletics. Read more about the phonathon’s success.
Just in time for Earth Day, the Princeton Review again named UM one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” This is the fifth consecutive year UM has made “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.” The list profiles institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Read more about UM’s green college ranking.
UM has received $5 million to endow a scholarship fund for Montana students with financial need. The gift came from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The gift includes $144,000 for scholarships to be awarded to next fall’s freshmen. Twelve students will receive $3,000 scholarships that are renewable for four years. The remainder of the gift will be placed in an endowment. Read more about this latest’s gift for student scholarships.
UM and the UDASH bus system are launching a collaborative transportation study to plan for improving transit service to campus, easing traffic and parking pressure, and ensuring efficient access to the preferred Missoula College site on East Broadway. Both bus services are hoping to gather recommendations for improved collaboration. Read more about how you can participate in the Transportation Study.
Stephen Kalm, dean of UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, was in New York City last week preparing for an April 22 performance at Carnegie Hall. Kalm will perform in the Harry Partch opera “The Wayward” as part of an inventive series titled “collected stories: hero,” which is curated by Carnegie composer-in-residence David Lang. Read more about Kalm’s debut in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
If Hollywood made movies about philosophers the way it does athletes, then UM’s top finish in the national ethics bowl might fall in the class of “Rudy,” “Rocky III” or, even better, “The Natural.” While their underdog story isn’t likely to appear in a theater near you, the UM team took top honors last month at the 18th annual International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Read about the feat that could rank as this year’s Cinderella story.
Five Valleys Land Trust and UM’s Wildland Restoration Program teamed up Saturday to host a volunteer day at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Clark Fork River. Some 60 volunteers gathered to help build a trail along the Clark Fork River, giving recreationists access to land that went untouched for years. Local news station KPAX reports on the project.
Students in Missoula and afar now can take advantage of UM’s first Bachelor of Arts degree that can be earned fully online. Beginning autumn semester 2014, the UM School of Media Arts will launch its online bachelor’s degree in integrated digital media. The program will allow students to tap their creative potential through the study and artistic application of emerging digital technologies. Read more about UM's exciting new media arts degree.
UM learned April 11 that UM Dining has won the Gold 2014 Sustainability Award, given by the National Association of College and University Food Services. The awards support the globally accepted triple bottom line philosophy – also known as “people, planet, profit” – a method of evaluating operational performance by measuring financial success, as well as environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Read more about this prestigious award.
The UM Equestrian Team took seven riders and a coach to Palo Alto, Calif., last weekend to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 8 Finals at Stanford. Competing against top-tier teams, the Grizzlies had as much chance of winning as the local flag football team against the Griz. But oh, what an experience, competing in a multi-million dollar facility on campus against riders on scholarship. Read more about the UM Equestrian Team.
A few years down the road, if you find your wine glasses coming out of the dishwasher spotless, you might have Missoula scientists to thank. And you might thank them if your car is immune to rust from road deicers while you’re at it. Rivertop Renewables, a local company that produces chemicals from natural plant sugars, announced this week it had raised $26 million in capital from several major investors. Read more about Rivertop.
Max Baucus, Montana’s longest-serving U.S. senator, has departed to become ambassador to China, but a significant portion of his legacy will remain with UM. On April 10, Baucus announced he would donate his official papers to UM’s Archives and Special Collections. In addition, the Baucus Institute for Public Policy and Service will be established at the UM School of Law if approved by the state Board of Regents. Read more about Baucus’ donation.
Spring came warmly to the UM campus Tuesday when Barbara Ballas made her way into the belfry rising over Main Hall. Ballas is the latest musician serving as carilloneur – roughly translated as “the player of the bells.” She is filling in for Nancy Cooper, whose tenure reaches back to 1992, or 21 graduating classes. Read more about UM’s carilloneur.
A new film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act examines the transformative power of untrammeled wilderness on youth and the importance of getting people of all ages into Montana’s backcountry. 'Untrammeled' premieres April 8 in the UC Theater.
UM is working to bolster veteran support and services on campus, including launching an effort to help students create degree plans and revitalizing the UM chapter of Student Veterans of America. Several programs at UM have recently increased their advising services with great success. Now, through the direction of the Undergraduate Advising Center, more than 40 advisers across campus will work with students receiving Veterans Affairs Education Benefits. Read more about how UM supports veterans.
UM's Lubrecht Forest is an 28,000-acre experimental forest 30 miles east of Missoula. In addition to providing a living classroom for UM students, it is open to the public and offers lodging and miles of trails for cross-country skiing and hiking. Learn more in this short video produced by UM's media arts students.
Six Montana sports professionals departed for China March 30 for a three-week sports diplomacy exchange. The trip is part of a grant to UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center through the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State. The Mansfield Center project uses sports as a means to support underserved populations in China, including ethnic minorities and youth with disabilities. Read more about the sports diplomacy exchange.
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Campus Compact recently honored UM student Mara Menahan as a Newman Civic Fellow. Menahan, a senior from Helena, is one of eight Montana students recognized this year. The recognition honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change in communities throughout the country. Menahan is double majoring in environmental studies and geography with minors in climate change studies and wilderness studies. Read more about Menahan’s fellowship.
UM recently welcome a new round of international students as part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, a government-funded initiative to send 100,000 Brazilian students to study in science-related disciplines at universities around the world. The first round of Brazilian students arrived at UM in spring 2012, and enrollment has since increased. Read more about the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program at UM.
Beth Lo came to Montana for adventure, and set about establishing a prolific career. She’s a ceramic artist who’s won praise around the globe. She’s a UM professor, heading a department once led by her mentor, pioneering ceramicist Rudy Autio. As she accepted her Individual Artist Award on Tuesday at the Missoula Cultural Council’s annual awards luncheon, she credited the environment here and the people she found for helping her. Read more about the MCC awards.
UM’s Diversity Advisory Council recently presented 23 students with this year’s DAC Student Achievement Awards, which honor student leadership in promoting campus diversity. The keynote speaker at the March 18 ceremony was UM music Professor Steven Hesla, who delivered a powerful speech about growing up as a gay person and how his gift for music became a refuge and safe zone for his sexuality. Read his speech in its entirety in this Montanan online-only feature.
Community and connections are an intentional mission to foster successful startups at Montana Enterprise Technology Center. Now that the center’s office space is full with nine promising companies, it is continuing to explore how it can expand to serve more startups, said Joe Fanguy, director of technology transfer for UM who also heads up MonTEC. Read more about the local businesses that have taken up residence at MonTEC.
Blackstone LaunchPad at UM is here to help students with an entrepreneurial dream seize opportunity. "If we can empower people to try, then great things will happen," says UM Director of Technology Transfer Joe Fanguy.
A 1953 UM alumnus has committed $11 million of his estate for academic scholarships at his alma mater, the largest pledge for scholarships in the history of the University. Tom Cotter, of Palo Alto, Calif., is retired from a successful career in the investment field. The gift is a big show of support for UM’s Investing in Student Success Initiative, launched by UM President Engstrom last summer. Read more about Cotter’s generous gift here.
UM has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to ensure educational accessibility for people with disabilities. The resolution agreement outlines a comprehensive set of policies and procedures so all electronic and information technology at UM can be used by the blind and other students with disabilities. Read more about UM’s commitment to accessibility.
UM student and Afghanistan war veteran Tristan Persico will be honored at the White House on March 18 with a Champions of Change award for his work conserving Montana wilderness and helping his fellow veterans readjust to civilian life. Persico is a full-time student in UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation. He also leads the Montana Wilderness Association’s Veterans Outreach Program. Read more about Persico’s award.
When Tom Stergios opened Advanced Technology Group’s Missoula Solution Center, he did so with a handful of employees, banking on the quality of University of Montana School of Business Administration graduates. Three years later, the IT consulting firm office has expanded to nearly 60 employees, including new hires at an emerging affiliate, Ingenium, which launched this winter. Read more about the exciting work UM grads are doing at ATG.
Axes, kegs, woodchips, cardboard – even cow dung – were seen flying across the Oval on March 13 as part of Boondockers Day in advance of the 97th annual Foresters’ Ball at UM. Boondockers Day dates back to 1915 and started as friendly logging competition between students in the UM Ranger School, called “shorthorns,” and students in the School of Forestry, known as “longhorns.” Today’s it competition open to all students. Read more in this Montanan online-only feature.
UM law student Shannon Hathaway was recently named a Champion of Justice by the Montana Justice Foundation for her efforts to involve students in pro bono and civic engagement. As president of the Montana Public Interest Law Coalition and an officer with the Student Bar Association, she works tirelessly to promote the opportunities and need for law students to become involved in public interest law. Read more about Hathaway’s award.
The Montana Board of Regents on March 7 approved a proposal by UM to open the Neural Injury Center, empowering students with traumatic brain injury and other neural injuries to access support and services from departments and colleges across campus. The NIC is not a physical space as yet, but rather a collaborative of expertise on campus and an extension of UM’s ongoing, interdisciplinary Brain Initiative. Read more about the Neural Injury Center.
Facilities Services worked around the clock to keep up with the torrential snow fall last week. At least 900 truckloads of snow were hauled off the mountain campus over the course of the extended weekend, said Gerald Michaud, office administrator for Facilities Services. And during cases of extreme snowfall like this Facilities Services manages more than just clearing snow. Facility crews also patrol campus buildings periodically to check for problems. The Montana Kaimin reports.
A UM alumnus has committed $1.5 million of his estate to the College of Forestry and Conservation. The gift from Earle Layser and his late wife, Pattie, of Alta, Wyo., will endow a professorship in conservation biology and policy. The position will be called the Earle and Pattie Layser Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Conservation Biology and Policy. Read more about the Laysers’ generous gift.
UM Dining Director Mark LoParco won the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award for the colleges and universities category. LoParco is director of all UM Dining services such as the Food Zoo, UM Farm to College Program and UM Catering, and also is president of the National Association of College and University Food Services. He is the first standing president of the NACUFS to win a Silver Plate Award. Read more about LoParco’s accomplishment.
After contending with blizzard conditions, the University of Montana campus resumed normal activities at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Work crews are contending with an extensive snow-removal challenge, but the normal class schedule will resume Monday. Continue to stay off Mount Sentinel and the trailhead area because of avalanche danger. Call 406-243-4000 for emergencies.
The Class of 2014 will join in the tradition of giving a gift back to UM this spring. This year’s seniors will again partner with the UM Farm to College Program to provide a lasting gift to the University and future students. The Senior Class Gift Committee is raising funds from graduating seniors to purchase a garden wash station for the FTC Program. Learn more about the Senior Class Gift.
Mandy Morales finished her Lady Griz basketball career as the fourth-highest scorer in Big Sky Conference history and second at Montana to the legendary Shannon (Cate) Schweyen. Now she’s trying to pass her knowledge on to a new generation of players. After a year of pro ball in Greece following graduation, he two-time Big Sky MVP now heads the Missoula Sentinel Spartans junior varsity team. Read a Q-and-A with Morales here.
The UM School of Law has announced the largest outright gift in its history from Alexander “Zander” Blewett III and his wife, Andy, of Great Falls. The $800,000 gift will create the Blewett Scholars Fund, providing three scholarships to incoming students who have first earned bachelor’s degrees from Montana State University in Bozeman. Read more about the Blewetts’ generous donation.
Janisse Ray, Kittredge Visiting Writer in Environmental Studies, glances around the room, takes a breath and begins. She talks with a slight southern drawl, her Georgia roots apparent with each passing word. Her audience of 45 watches, completely immersed in her poems. It’s a Thursday night at UM’s FLAT studio, and the crowd is gathered for the weekly Wild Mercy reading. Read more about the Wild Mercy reading series.
Back in 2002, in an attempt to build a bridge between UM students and neighboring homeowners, a small group of locals pulled together an informal ice cream social. The gathering proved effective, likely due to the dedication of a couple fondly referred to as Missoula’s grandparents: Pat and Don Simmons. Missoula mourned Don Simmons’ death in July 2012. Earlier this month Pat also passed away, marking an end to a local era. Read more about their legacy.
Business is booming at the Market on Front, a new restaurant in downtown Missoula. Owner Ben Sokoloski created the market with the help of UM’s Office of Technology Transfer, which aims to support students who have entrepreneurial ambitions. The office has teamed with students to help them craft business models, gain hands-on experience and receive the appropriate guidance to bring their dreams to fruition. Read Ben’s success story here.
Committed to offering the highest-quality art, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM will host a traveling exhibition titled “The Japanese Woodblock Print: An Extension of the Impermanent.” This exhibition will be complemented by works from the MMAC Permanent Collection and two Japanese Friendship Dolls. The exhibition will be on view Feb. 20-April 19 in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Read more about the latest MMAC exhibit.
In her first interview as Montana’s 31st lieutenant governor, UM alumna Angela McLean stopped by the Montanan office to talk about her new gig, her teaching career, and meeting former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, among other topics. McLean earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UM in 2000. Read the story on the Montanan's new website, montanan.umt.edu.
Set to a space-age countdown from 10 to one, the Blackstone LaunchPad program took flight at UM on Thursday, opening its doors to the “21st Century Montana Entrepreneur.” Held before a crowd estimated at 150 people, the anticipated opening drew the “who’s who” of the Missoula business community, along with city officials, students, regents, administrators and Blackstone Foundation representatives. Read the Missoulian story.
For the second year in a row, UM has been named the No. 12 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 22 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide. Since the first days of the Peace Corps, 811 UM alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. Learn more about UM’s Peace Corps ranking.
Devon Geertsen, a junior in UM’s Department of Management Information Systems, has a great job at the UM Rural Institute’s MonTECH program; he helps students with disabilities find specialized software apps to help them be successful. These apps include note-taking software like Google Drive, class and assignment scheduling software like iStudiez, specialized electronic books, and the Livescribe smartpen, which records lectures. Read more about Geertsen's work.
UM kicked off the tax season last Saturday as finance students assisted 88 Missoula residents in filing their taxes, for free. Over 25 years ago UM's finance program paired with the IRS to bring a free tax filing service to UM through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The University's VITA program, made up of about 40 volunteers, offers free tax filing to members of the community with a yearly income of $50,000 or less. Read the Montana Kaimin article on VITA.
Abraham Kim, director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, discusses the appointment of Max Baucus to the position of U.S. Ambassador to China.
The newest issue of the Montanan magazine is out now! It’s packed with compelling stories, beautiful photos and features about spectrUM Discovery Area, UM’s renowned School of Pharmacy and a profile of writer/director Maggie Carey ’97. Can’t wait to get it in the mail? Check out our brand-new, redesigned website at montanan.umt.edu.
UM finished installing wireless Internet in every residence hall on campus over winter break. The Residence Life and Information Technology offices set aside $150,000 to finish the project. Matt Riley, chief information officer, said the completion of the project was due to the joint efforts of all the IT-related departments on campus. Read more
During February, the Mansfield Library at UM will feature an exhibit celebrating African-American History Month, which focuses on the achievements of African-Americans and the integral role they played in U.S. history. Exhibit displays, located throughout the main level of the library, will focus specifically on the African-American history of Missoula and UM. Read more
UM athletes teamed up on Wednesday to help feed the homeless as part of Project Homeless Connect. Nine student athletes packed food bags to help the homeless - and those at risk of becoming homeless - at the Missoula Food Bank. Some 165 bags were prepared, and will be taken to the annual event that links more than 70 services to people in need. Local news station KPAX reports.
UM has added new software that allows all students and employees to have whatever is on a computer screen read to them out loud. While the University’s purchase of Read&Write Gold is primarily directed toward students with barriers to print, the unique attributes of this program bring added benefits to all users, according to UM Disability Services for Students. Read more
The patient room at Partnership Health Center is full on a weekday morning, the doctors racing about in close conversation with young family medicine residents fresh out of medical school. But the hurried pace and care given patients is a good sign. One year after launching, the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana is off and running. Read more
UM Climate Change Studies student Rudy Baum has created a 16-page guide to the science of climate change. “The science of climate change doesn’t have to be overly technical,” Baum writes. “The purpose of this guide is to explain, in plain English, the underlying physical science of global climate changeor.” Read “Climate Change: Science and Solutions” here.
Founding members of the new student group Trendsetters at the U discuss how their experiences in UM’s School of Business Administration inspired and guided them in the process of forming the University's first student-created fashion blog.
State economists say entrepreneurship is creating more and more high-paying jobs in the Treasure State. Missoula's MonTEC building, a UM-managed business incubator, is home to a handful of fast-growing new businesses. Patrick Barkey of the University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research said this type of growth by start-ups creates more high paying jobs in Montana. Read more
Ryan Burke spent most of New Year’s Eve on the couch feeling sore and fatigued. But the Montana Griz wide receiver wants to make one thing perfectly clear about his heroic and exceptionally thoughtful gesture at the end of December: You don’t have to be a college football player to help save a life by donating bone marrow. Read more
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture and the University of Montana are prominently featured on this week’s A&E Television Network’s episode of “Shipping Wars.” The show premiered on Christmas Eve and will re-air at 4 p.m. MST Saturday, Dec. 28. The show highlights “The Plastic Whale Project,” a public art piece that MMAC presented to the Missoula community on Oct. 17, for one afternoon only. Read more
NewsPro magazine and the Radio Television Digital News Association recently ranked UM’s School of Journalism the ninth best college journalism program in the country. The magazine and professional association surveyed news professionals for their 2013 top choices of J-schools around the country, both undergraduate and graduate. Read more
U.S. News and World Report recently released its first-ever "Best Colleges for Veterans" rankings, and UM was one of 234 schools on the list. Schools on the list scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. Read more
A UM class, Can Giving Change the World?, granted $10,000 to local nonprofits on Dec. 12, at the Davidson Honors College. The class, part of UM’s Global Leadership Initiative, focused on awarding grants to nonprofits that operate within Missoula County and combat youth hunger or youth depression. Organizations submitted grant proposals to the class earlier this semester. Read more
While the scars left by the Lolo Creek Complex fire have gone from black to white in recent weeks, the memories left by the summer conflagration are still fresh. On Wednesday, with the fire’s charge through the wildland-urban interface serving as a conversational backdrop, a group of policymakers and fire scientists met at UM to explore ways of making sure it doesn’t happen again. Read more
Disability Services for Students recently received a visit from UM alumna Akiko Wako, who earned her bachelor’s degree from the School of Business Administration in 2004 and now coordinates rehabilitation projects in an area that was badly affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Wako encourages students who are struggling to seek out DSS. “Without the support from Disability Services for Students, I would not be here today,” she says. Read more
Montana head football coach Mick Delaney is among the five Football Championship Subdivision finalists for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. The award honors coaches who best exemplify responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field. The winner receives $50,000 from Liberty Mutual to donate to his favorite charities and a $20,000 contribution for UM scholarships. Read more
A real estate agent whose success depends upon the beauty and health of Flathead Lake is contributing to continuous lake monitoring. Dusty Dziza, owner of Flathead Lake Land & Home in Kalispell, puts aside a percentage of her commissions from Flathead Lake property sales for the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station. She donated more than $1,000 this fall. Read more
With its successes mounting, the Western Montana Growers Cooperative last year contracted UM professor Neva Hassanein and students in the Environmental Studies program to analyze the co-op’s role in the regional food economy and to help it make improvements. The resulting 167-page report found that the co-op has grown each year in members and sales. Read more
Nothing – cold weather included – is going to stop Griz Football fans for showing up for this weekend's playoff match-up again Coastal Carolina. But the fans who fill the stands will need to take some precautions as they head out to Washington Grizzly Stadium on Saturday afternoon for one of the coldest home games of all time. KPAX reports.
Six months have gone by since Adrienne Corti passed away, but her legacy at UM continues to grow, and could reach a pinnacle next spring through a scholarship in her name. Corti’s presence has been greatly missed since her death in May, but the programs she built during her tenure in the Department of Health and Human Performance continue to grow. Read more
It’s cold in Western Montana right now and expected to get colder this weekend. But UM forest entomology and pathology Professor Diana Six says this prolonged and uncomfortable deep freeze probably won't be enough to kill the mountain pine beetles that have surged in recent years and left a swath of dead and dying forest in their wake. Montana Public Radio reports.
Shortly after the chimes struck noon Tuesday at Main Hall, a group of brave fundraisers stripped out of their winter wear, faced a crowd clad in parkas and gloves, and took a deep breath. Below them sat a pool of shimmering water, chilling rapidly in Missoula’s 16-degree temperatures. The event was the inaugural Kyi-Yo Native American Student Association’s Coldwater Grizzly Dip. Read more
After #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday comes #GivingTuesday, a day for you to give back and make a difference. This holiday season, the UM Foundation is asking UM alumni, friends and donors to make a gift in support of students at UM. Gifts raised through this campaign will go directly to students, supporting UM's fundraising priority, Investing in Student Success. Read more
Staging a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that’s never been performed in Montana before was a gambit in more ways than one for UM’s School of Theatre and Dance. Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches” runs about three hours in length, a daunting proposition for casual theater-goers. Even more so for the cast. Read more
If all goes as planned, next year UM will unveil a "Cyber Innovation Laboratory" that looks something like a scene from a high-tension television drama. But instead of actors, the lab will host aspiring student hackers and forensic technicians learning the technical skills they'll need to navigate the modern age. Read more
The School of Art recently recognized UM alumnus and generous supporter Gilbert Millikan during the dedication ceremony for the new Gilbert Millikan Art Resource Center. The center provides students with access to books, journals, electronic media and other research materials for the study of art history and criticism and the visual arts. It is a testament to Millikan’s love of art and his legacy to UM. Read more
Exercise Scientist Steven Gaskill, Ph.D., has ideas about how to design a school day that includes a lot more movement and a lot more learning. He explained his ideas during his TEDx talk at UM in September.
UM’s natural areas specialist Marilyn Marler has launched a project to improve the M trailhead at the base of Mount Sentinel. The project will begin in the spring of 2014, and its main feature includes an terraced open-air plaza that will accommodate about 30 people and be handicap accessible, all ringed by a sitting wall. Fundraising for the project is going on now. Read more
The Islanders Steel Band is bringing some “island flavor” to Christmas classics on Monday, in concert and on a new album. At the beginning of the semester, UM music Professor Robert Ledbetter and his students got to work arranging familiar tunes and carols for the least wintry of instruments, the steel drum. Read more
One Thursday afternoon in November, five homeschooled boys marched through the University Center, carrying boxes of paper bag mushrooms. They began working as individuals, excitedly planting mushrooms all over our designated area. Then, they started to work together. The result was a stunning transformation from a simple hill to a magical field of mushrooms, just outside the UC. Read more
On the last day of print publishing for the fall semester, the Montana Kaimin presents the final Campus Sessions of 2013. Treat you ears to the talents of Sierra Kamplain.
Campus Recreation will add four new intramural sports to complement its outdoor trips and classes during winter session and spring semester. Montana’s intramural sports program will expand to include grass volleyball, a laser tag tournament, a three-on-three basketball tournament, four-on-four soccer in Washington-Grizzly Stadium and Madden and FIFA video game tournaments. Read more
The list of organizations Lady Griz forward Jordan Sullivan has helped assist with volunteer hours is 21 entries long. Sullivan also is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection who entered her senior year with a 3.87 GPA as a marketing major. This weekend she’ll be one of 10 student-athletes from around the state to receive the 2013 Montana Athletes Service Award. Read more
The talk is finally over. It’s time to play the annual game between Montana and Montana State. The Cats and Griz will renew their rivalry for the 113th time this Saturday in Bozeman. Brush up on your Brawl of the Wild trivia before the game with author Pat Kearney who wrote the book on the Griz-Cat rivalry. Read more
Neva Hassanein and Mark LoParco are improving food systems and enhancing food democracy for UM students, the Missoula community and Montana ranchers and farmers through the Farm to College program. Watch their recent TEDx talk.
I met Bill Allard in a bar. He wore a tan vest, a beige cowboy hat, and a point-and-shoot camera that hung from his neck, resting on his chest. I shook his hand, and he smiled at me like a friend he hadn’t seen in five years. We were at the Second Wind Reading Series at The Badlander, and my instructor, Robert Stubblefield, introduced us. Read the full essay here.
Longtime UM women’s basketball coach Robin Selvig is one win shy of reaching 800 career wins, a milestone reached by only a handful of college coaches. One of them is legendary Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who along with Selvig, interviewed for the Lady Griz job in 1978. Read about how it all began with this story from UM Sports Information. Read more
Chris Comer, a neuroscientist and dean of UM’s College of Arts and Sciences, shares what new research reveals about our brain and literary imagination during his TEDxUMontana talk in September.
More and more people are getting on bikes, and colleges such as UM are leading the way to make riding safer and more convenient on campus. The League of American Bicyclists recently named UM a gold-level Bicycle Friendly University. The gold award recognizes UM’s commitment to improving conditions for bicyclists through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Read more
More than 150 high school musicians from 54 regional schools will descend on Missoula this weekend to take part in the All-Star Wind Ensemble at UM. They will perform with the UM Marching Band before the Grizzly football game on Saturday and an afternoon concert Sunday. The School of Music also will conduct scholarship auditions throughout the weekend. Read more
Undergraduate dance student Morgan Mull-Osburn performs an original piece titled "Accumulation" to "Black Sands" by Bonobo during TEDxUMontana.
The search for a new director is underway, the offices will be shelled out soon and, if all goes well, the Blackstone LaunchPad program at UM will begin accepting student entrepreneurs by spring. Montana became the fifth state nationally to receive funding from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to launch an entrepreneurship program aimed at bringing new business ideas to fruition. Read more
Jim McNerney Jr., Boeing Co. president, chairman and CEO, appeared at UM on Wednesday to discuss his company’s emergence as a world leader in the aviation industry and its challenges moving forward. McNerney addressed a crowd of about 900 people in the Dennison Theatre during the 2013 Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Executive Lecture at UM. Read more
A delegation of three UM students is attending the United Nations international climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland, this week. During the talks, nations from around the world aim to secure new global agreements on climate change for 2015. The students are blogging daily about events. Visit their blog here.
Each Wednesday morning students in the School of Journalism’s advanced television courses gather in the newsroom on the first floor of Don Anderson Hall. They produce two versions of the news program that air on Thursdays during the morning newscasts on KPAX and KTMF in Missoula and Kalispell. Read more
Josh Slotnick, the co-founder of Garden City Harvest and the PEAS Farm, describes the transformative power of doing humble work with others during his TEDxUMontana talk in September.
After collecting backpacks, new school supplies and cash donations at five recent Griz home sporting events, UM’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee presented the donations to the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Missoula. CASA received $650 and 250 packaged school supplies while SAAC picked up more than 900 points in the Conference Cup competition between Big Sky Conference schools. Read more
Randy Cline, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences alumnus and superintendent of Frenchtown School District, is the recipient of the Montana Superintendent of the Year award. The award is presented by the Montana Association of School Superintendents, and is one of several honors Cline has received during his time as an educator. Read more
This June, work will begin to renovate and modernize the Adams Center, including an academic center for student-athletes, a new main entry to the facility – which houses Dahlberg Arena – and a project to add new locker and dressing rooms for athletes and performers. The $2.5 million project is funded entirely with private funds. Read more
Tim Praetzel, a UM alumnus from Salt Lake City, submitted the winning design for the inaugural University of Montana T-shirt design contest. Praetzel responded to UM’s call to artists to submit a one-of-a-kind design using UM’s new visual mark, the M-pulse. The design will be printed locally onto gray American Apparel shirts and sold in The Bookstore at UM. Read more
Since 2001, the UM School of Art has held a Steamroller Print Project to produce Day of the Dead-themed prints for Missoula's annual Festival of the Dead parade. See how student Melissa Unger's elk print goes from concept to completion.
On Oct. 30 Montana Public Radio marked the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles radio drama "War of the Worlds" by re-enacting the classic live on the air. They also performed a Montana adaptation of the play that was written by UM radio/television Professor Ray Ekness. Both versions are now available on the MTPR website. Read more
A UM program that promotes environmentally sustainable lifestyles to dorm residents has doubled in size this fall. The Environmental Representative, or Eco-Rep, program started in the fall of 2012 with only two representatives in Knowles Hall. Now, with four Eco-Reps, the environmental educators have expanded to three dorms. Read more
For the past few weeks, reporters from Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, along with students in the journalism school at UM, have been talking to Montanans about climate change. The interviews – and a lot of research – culminated this past week in a “Climate Week” series of programs that aired on public radio and television, and were posted online. Read more
A seven-acre patch of undeveloped ground on East Broadway will undergo a transformation over the next few years as Missoula College prepares to lay claim to its new location. If all goes as planned, architects believe the new building will enhance the river corridor and set a rejuvenating tone for Missoula’s eastern edge. Read more
UM’s Fallen Soldier Memorial was recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial during a ceremony held Oct. 26. The memorial, which bears the names of 43 Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, was unveiled in 2011 and received the state memorial designation during the 2012 legislative session. Read more
No matter the early hour or the frost on the ground, the fraternity members of Sigma Nu at the University of Montana were hard at work planting trees on Sunday morning.Fortified with strong coffee and camaraderie, the fraternity brothers broke a sweat beautifying Sussex School. Read more
Recently, UM saw an opportunity to further integrate its foreign students in the English Language Institute into the community by matching them with a host family. With a recent trial run a success, the university is now recruiting host families for the spring semester, when its homestay program launches its inaugural season. Read more
University of Montana football coach Mick Delaney recently paid a special visit to 77-year-old Earl Bilbrey, a longtime Griz fan who lives at Bee Hive Homes of Missoula. “It’s one of the happiest events we’ve probably had in three years,” said Bilbrey’s daughter Melanie Pettit. Read more
A team of UM forestry students set down the trail in the low light of this canyon to showcase their work restoring a stand of outlying forest to an earlier time. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the city and the School of Forestry and Conservation, students have spent the past month thinning this shaded draw in an effort to restore its health. Read more
The Fallen Soldier Memorial at the University of Montana is a solemn reminder of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial, bearing the names of Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, will be recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial on Saturday, Oct. 26. Read more
Relive the most thrilling Grizzly football game in recent history with video highlights from UM's Oct. 19 win over Cal Poly. The Griz rallied late in the game to come from behind and win secure a 21-14 victory in overtime. Grizzly Athletics offers up a five-minute recap of the highs - and lows - of Saturday's contest here.
UM’s four student big bands are busy rehearsing for next week’s visit from James Miley, an award-winning pianist, composer and arranger. The musician from Willamette University arrives on Monday to work with students on improvisation, composition and arranging. The bands will perform with Miley at 7:30 Wednesday, Oct. 23. Read more
Livability.com recently named Missoula, home to the University of Montana, one of the top 100 best places to live. The ranking notes the city’s proximity to outdoor activities, as well as local restaurants and cultural attractions. Read more about what makes Missoula great here.
Ten newly minted physicians make up the first class in the Missoula-based Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. The residents will get top-notch training in a rural setting and come out the other side in three years as board-certified family medicine physicians. And they’ll be first in a concerted effort to ensure Montana’s small towns have family practice doctors. Read more
Each Homecoming, the UM Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards. Dorothy Bridges, George Dennison, Jim Messina, Milton Parsons and Yoko Takeuchi are this year’s recipients. They were honored during Homecoming week with an awards ceremony and reception. Read more about their accomplishments.
When dance performances leave the confines of an auditorium for the outside world, interesting and unexpected things happen. Such revelations came into sharp focus Sunday afternoon when the University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance held its annual UM Dancers on Location: A Site-Specific Dance Concert. Read more
This fall there are nearly 800 individuals registered for MOLLI courses, an all-time enrollment high, and membership also has grown to 637 members since the start of the fall term on Oct. 3. MOLLI is a resource for adults aged 50 and older who enjoy having a relationship with UM, connecting with others and learning for learning’s sake. Read more
Enrollment is changing at UM, and students are feeling its effects — the student population is beginning to take on a new look in nationality. A record number of foreign students from 72 countries around the world are walking the halls at UM this semester. Read more
Bryan Lutgen, the 29-year-old management information systems major at UM, received the Don McGonigle Memorial Scholarship this spring. The scholarship was established in honor of McGonigle, a remarkable businessman who showed characteristics of cheer, optimism, courage, determination, modesty, kindness and high moral standards. The award recognizes Lutgen for showing many of those same characteristics. Read more
UM’s Wildlife Biology Program recently appointed an interim director and a new student adviser. Winsor Lowe will lead the program for the next two years, and Darr Tucknott joins the staff as student adviser. Lowe, a professor in the program for eight years, replaces Dan Pletscher, who retired in June. Read more
Grizzlies athletes Anna Pershouse and Ryan Burke came to class early on Thursday to brush up on their reading assignment for Bonner School. The pressure was on: Each had a second-grade class to read to and engage with about the story of friendship between a farm tractor and an orphaned calf. Read more
For the second year in a row, UM has been ranked among the top 300 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UM is ranked in the 276-300 level of the 2013-14 list – as it was last year – and is the only Montana university on the list. Read more
"America the Wild" host Casey Anderson brought Brutus the grizzly to UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium and let him roam the field to study how bears travel in the dark. Watch the video here.
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation recently awarded UM students a $15,000 grant to work with Five Valleys Land Trust to restore a 290-acre property at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Clark Fork River. UM’s Wildland Restoration Program students will use the funds to plan and implement restoration at the site. Read more
UM’s is home to the unique Wilderness and Civilization Program, an inspiring and demanding academic program that each year immerses a small group of students in the study of wildland conservation and the human-nature relationship. Check out the blog by this year’s students to follow their educational adventures in the classroom, the community and the backcountry. Read more
The usual shimmer and shine found at Southgate Mall got an added boost on Sunday when the UM’s drum line and spirit squads arrived with boisterous fanfare. Starting at JC Penney Court, the maroon and silver throng marched to the Clock Tower to officially kick off the week of UM Homecoming celebrations. Read more
There’s a lot of learning going on in “Avenue Q,” a foul-mouthed Broadway musical – for the puppet characters and for UM’s student puppeteers who have been busy learning the art of puppetry from scratch. The Tony Award-winning parody of “Sesame Street” opens Oct. 1 and is presented by the UM schools of Music and Theatre and Dance. Read more
In honor of national Banned Books Week, the Mansfield Library is hosting a series of videos featuring UM community members sharing their favorite banned books. Today, UM Director of Marketing Recruitment for Undergraduate Enrollment Juana Alcala talks about “Lady Chatterley's Lover” by D.H. Lawrence.
In honor of national Banned Books Week Sept. 23-27, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM is hosting a series of videos featuring UM faculty, administrators and staff sharing their favorite banned books. Today, Assistant Professor Annie Belcourt discusses "Looking for Alaska."
The University of Montana was named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization that helps recruit and retain students for institutions of higher learning. UM was the only Montana university to make the list, which was released Sept. 20. Read more
The community is invited to join the festivities during UM’s 2013 Homecoming Week, set for Sept. 29-Oct. 5, with a full schedule of traditional events. This year’s Homecoming theme – “Up With Montana!” – comes directly from UM’s fight song, penned in 1914, and celebrates both the rich past and rising future of UM. Read more
Missoula College and Bitterroot College of the University of Montana will receive close to $1.4 million and $930,000, respectively, from a $25 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Thirteen Montana two-year and tribal colleges will use the grant to train and prepare workers for jobs in energy and manufacturing industries. Read more
Ulysses Doss and the founding members and first students of the Black Studies Program launched in 1968 at the University of Montana gathered Friday to kick off their reunion, celebrating the successes they achieved in an unlikely place and to award the first ever Ulysses S. Doss Scholarship. Read more
Two sites are under consideration for a new Missoula College building: South Campus and East Broadway. UM President Royce Engstrom will consider public input before announcing a preferred site. For more information on the two locations, visit the Build Missoula College website. To comment on where UM should locate the new building, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UM’s Multicultural Learning Solutions program is expanding beyond campus and into the community after interest in the program nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013. Global Gateway is a program that aims to take the educational spirit of MLS into Missoula public schools, local businesses and existing international organizations in the community. Read more
An increasing dependence on technology means UM students often require assistance connecting to campus resources. The Student Affairs IT office and Resident Technology Assistants help students connect to resources and address technological issues, and do so while providing both quality service and education, so students learn while getting assistance. Read more
The first TEDxUMontana event will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 19, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center at UM. Tickets for TEDxUMontana are sold out, but you can still be part of the conversation at public viewing events. Find a listing of viewing locations here.
From heavy-hitting keynote speakers to ambassadors from some of the world’s most dynamic economies to breakout sessions with industry leaders, there is something for everyone at the 2013 Montana Economic Development Summit taking place in Butte on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17. Organized by Sen. Max Baucus, the goal of the summit is to boost trade opportunities for Montana and create new jobs. Watch the summit live here.
When the Farm to College program launched at the University of Montana in 2003, Dining Services worked with eight local producers to help bring food to the table. Now, as the program celebrates its 10th anniversary, it works with 128 food-producing partners, including 39 from the Western Montana Growers Cooperative. Read more
Each spring students from Montana's higher education institutions are invited to compete for a $10,000 grand prize in the annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at UM. Meet the competitors from last spring's competition and watch highlights from the event.
UM will hold two public forums this month to gather additional community feedback on two potential sites for a new Missoula College building. President Royce Engstrom will host two public forums to hear comments about the South Campus site and the East Broadway site. Both forums will serve as scoping sessions for the two sites under consideration. Read more
Visitors to the UM Fitness and Recreation Center on the north end of campus will notice a major change this semester. Where stationary bikes used for group cycling classes once stood, a new open-concept space boasting functional, free-movement equipment has taken over and is gaining popularity. The Functional Training Corner, located on the gym’s upper level, offers students and other FRC members a full range of equipment. Read more
Research shows that children with disabilities experience more social isolation, higher obesity rates and as pedestrians, they are five times more likely to be hit by a vehicle when compared to children without disabilities. Helen Russette, a University of Montana graduate student studying public health, hopes to change those statistics. Russette is part of a team at UM that is developing a toolkit for identifying school routes that increase pedestrian safety, accessibility and inclusivity. Read more
On Aug. 31, six U.S. Navy SEALs parachuted into Washington-Grizzly Stadium before the first game of the 2013 season and the first regular-season night game. The SEALs were on hand to support Griz fan and Billings native Bo Reichenbach, a Navy SEAL who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan.
What do you love about this little city we call home? This video by local business Liquid Planet asked people around downtown Missoula to identify their favorite thing about our town. Their honest answers offer a glimpse of what makes Missoula such a special place.
Gov. Steve Bullock brought his statewide education tour to UM on Friday, continuing his push to bolster early childhood learning and get more degrees into the hands of adults. After stopping at UM-Western in Dillon and the early learning center in Hamilton, Bullock toured the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at UM to discuss learning in Montana. Read more
The UM College of Forestry and Conservation will celebrate its centennial this year with three days of events. All alumni and friends of the college are invited to events taking place Sept. 19-21. The college formally opened on Sept. 8, 1914, with 25 students and one degree program. It since has grown to offer five undergraduate degrees, four academic minors, five master’s of science degrees and three doctoral programs to nearly 1,000 students. Read more
It’s hot. It’s hard to breathe. Work has now been going on for over 24 hours. And there is no coffee. This may sound like a bad dream, but for firefighters like Andy Vale, “It’s a pleasure.” Vale is one of many University of Montana students who spent this summer serving as a wildland firefighter. Montana airshed coordinator Laura Ward said about a third of Montana’s total summer firefighting workforce is made up of students. Read more
A UM environmental studies instructor from the Blackfeet Reservation has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, which advises the Environmental Protection Agency. Rosalyn LaPier is a research historian at the Piegan Institute in Browning. She also teaches classes in traditional ecological knowledge, federal environmental policy as it relates to native communities and U.S. environmental history in the environmental studies program at UM in Missoula. Read more
The campus parking passes at the University of Montana feature a special touch this year, highlighting the artwork of a UM student. Angela Brooker, a sophomore in the UM School of Business Administration, won a contest last spring seeking student photography or illustrations for the 2013-14 parking pass. The Office of Public Safety sponsored the contest, asking students to create an image representing a positive experience at UM. Read more