UM student Mara Menahan has earned another prestigious award. This week it was announced that Menahan is a recipient of the Truman Scholarship, a national award that provides top U.S. university student leaders up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school. Menahan is a Davidson Honors College student who majors in environmental studies and geography with minors in climate change studies and wilderness studies. Read more about UM’s 14th Truman Scholar.
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.
It was an exhilarating moment and an unforgettable day for Ashley Mackey and the entire Montana Grizzlies women's tennis program. On April 12 against powerhouse Sacramento State, the senior netter faced match point after match point, but managed to come from behind and pull out a dramatic singles win, ending the Hornets' conference winning streak at 112 matches with a 4-3 victory. Read more about the Mackey’s marathon match.
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.
Two Missoula scientists have patented an innovative new way to combat infections from a common and potentially dangerous bacteria, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, often called MRSA. Their company, Wintermute Biomedical, is one of the only biomedical research facilities in Missoula and they’ve been using a $60,000 grant from the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology to fund their testing. Read more about two UM alums are developing.
UM Professor Carl Seielstad recently earned the 2013 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award from a national interagency wildfire committee. The award is given to firefighters who are exceptional mentors and leaders. In selecting him for the honor, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group leadership subcommittee noted Seielstad’s visionary leadership. He is the first UM faculty member to receive the honor. Read more about Seielstad’s award.
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.
UM sophomore Hope Radford won a $5,000 2014 Udall Scholarship, contributing to a new No. 37 legacy by becoming the 37th Udall Scholar in the school’s history. At the start of her Community, Consumption and Environment class on Thursday morning, Radford was surprised by UM President Royce Engstrom and faculty and staff members who had supported her Udall application. Read more about Radford’s award.
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.
UM alumna Maggie Carey writes and directs comedies, and her work has shown on movie screens around the world. Her work features some of the world’s best young comedians giving their twisted takes on scenes that Carey created from the perspective she developed growing up in Idaho. The former Griz soccer player talks about her time at UM, her successful career and what’s next.
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.
Meet Jennene Lyda, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Lyda studies the way genetics and the environment can lead to the progression of diseases, with a focus on Parkinson’s disease. This condition is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, and is projected to rise. Read more about Lyda’s research.
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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.
The Montana Board of Crime Control recently awarded the University of Montana Criminology Research Group a Certificate of Outstanding Program award to recognize its contributions to public safety, crime prevention and victim assistance to the state. The Criminology Research Group, part of the Social Science Research Laboratory within UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences, accepted the award on March 14. Read more about the award.
Hundreds of families, foundations and businesses have stepped up to the plate to help the Flathead Lake Biological Station meet a $1 million fundraising challenge. With more than $560,000 in donations in the past two years, FLBS is more than halfway to its goal of matching a grant for the Flathead Lake Monitoring Program. Read more about the FLBS fundraising challenge.
The Montana lacrosse team won the inaugural Copper Cup on Sunday by beating the University of Great Falls 21-5 in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. On Saturday Montana State beat UGF 19-6 which all but ensured a tournament victory for the Griz after dropping an extremely well-fought game to the Grizzlies 8-7 in overtime on Friday night. Read coverage of the Sunday game here and a recap of the Friday night game here.
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.
UM has published a new e-magazine titled Crown of the Continent and the Greater Yellowstone. Filled with stunning photos and informative stories about the Glacier and Yellowstone park regions, the 78-page magazine is online at http://bit.ly/OoQ4ya. Articles discuss mountain goats, Montana landscapes, land use, a 93-year-old ranger, grizzly bears, explorers, wolves, wilderness and much more, including a book review and art section. Read the latest issue of the e-magazine here.
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.
Depleted by injuries but determined to extend their season, the Montana Lady Griz dug deep and delivered an historic win on Wednesday night. Behind the heroics of Jordy Sullivan and Kellie Cole and a big lift off the bench, they posted a 90-78 win over Washington State in the first round of the WNIT. Read complete coverage from the Missoulian newspaper 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.
Missoula College culinary arts student William Gervais won a bronze medal at the American Culinary Federation Western Regional competition March 3 in Oakland, Calif. Gervais competed in the one-hour category SK Student Culinarian of the Year portion against three other students selected from culinary programs in 13 Western states. Read more about Gervais’ performance at the competition.
UM Associate Professor Nate McCrady is part of a new project called Minerva that is on the hunt for rocky planets similar to the Earth around 100 nearby stars. The project involves four telescopes, each worth about $250,000 and owned by a different institution. McCrady says the telescopes will work together — flying in formation — to create the power of a telescope with a 1.4-meter mirror. Read more about the Minerva project.
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.
Before you can tell someone’s story, you have to listen. This seemingly simple act is the basis of a recently published play researched, devised and performed by UM drama students. The play, “Listen/Éist,” started with six students in UM Assistant Professor Bernadette Sweeney’s documentary theater course during autumn 2011. Read more about the “Listen/Eist” play in Vision, UM's magazine on research and creative scholarship.
If you’ve been to the Food Zoo at UM in the past seven years, there’s no doubt you’ve been greeted with a warm smile and a hearty hello from Margo Kratz, affectionately known around campus as “Mama Margo.” She recently sat down with the Montanan to discuss her job, her trove of letters, cards, and artwork from students, as well as the Food Zoo’s famous Omelet Bar, among other topics. Read Margo’s interview with the Montanan.
Meet Forrest Jessop, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Jessop studies the way cells break down and recycle damaged material in the body in relation to chronic diseases including pulmonary fibrosis, in an effort to determine whether regulating this recycling process could be a therapeutic option for those suffering from inflammation-related diseases. Read more about Jessop’s research.
Two of the most successful businessmen ever to graduate from UM will receive honorary doctorates during Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17. Terry Payne, founder of Terry Payne & Co. Inc., will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. John “Jack” Poe, former CEO and chairman of the Semtech in Camarillo, Calif., will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business. Gov. Steve Bullock will be the Commencement speaker. Read more about Commencement.
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.
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has made a $2.4 million gift to the Montana Digital Academy at UM to launch a statewide project designed to help students avoid remedial coursework when they attend college. During the next three years, the Montana Digital Academy will test EdReady, a curriculum from the National Repository of Online Courses that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more about EdReady.
A team of UM students recently won the 18th International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl after competing against undergraduate students from 32 different universities. Students Hayden Hooker and Joel Johnson both are seniors studying philosophy; Alan Rolph is a senior studying political science and journalism; and team coach Neil Bennett is a graduate student pursuing a master’s in economics. This is the first UM team to win the competition since 1997. Read more about the Ethics Bowl winners.
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.
It wasn't pretty, but it was just enough, as the host UM Grizzlies edged the Montana State Bobcats 53-50 Monday evening in a crucial Big Sky Conference contest in front of a season-high and boisterous Dahlberg Arena crowd of 4,606. On the other side of the Divide, the Lady Griz scored 44 second-half points on its way to a 72-65 victory over Montana State Monday night in Bozeman. Read coverage of the men’s game here, and a recap of the women’s game here.
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 old method of campaigning was upended in 2012 when a team of big-data scientists found a new way of doing business. Led by Dan Wagner, the team applied new tools to mine social media and data sets to identify specific voters. As Wagner said Monday at UM, the rest is history. Wagner’s visit marked another chapter in the burgeoning relationship between UM and local businesses rooted in big-data analytics. Read more about Wagner's lecture and big data at UM.
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.
The Montana women's and men's cross country teams both were named USTFCCCA All-Academic, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced this week. It was the fourth time in the past five years both programs have been recognized. The women’s team has a cumulative 3.69 GPA while the men have cumulative GPA of 3.21. Read more about the harriers’ academic success.
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.
On Nov. 3, 1914, women won the right to vote in Montana. Over the past 100 years women in Montana have continued to fight for reform and equality. A new online exhibit hosted by UM’s Mansfield Library features photographs and documents from well-known early 20th century suffragists Jeannette Rankin and Ella J. Knowles Haskell, along with information on contemporary activists and politicians. Visit the online exhibit.
He’s been on Conan. He’s opened for Daniel Tosh. On Wednesday night, he’ll perform in front of a hometown crowd at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival at Missoula’s historic Wilma Theatre. He’s Chris Fairbanks, an up-and-coming comedian and artist who is also a 1998 graduate of UM. In advance of his Missoula show, Fairbanks discusses appearing on Conan, his favorite UM class and skateboarding. Read the Montanan Web exclusive with Fairbanks.
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.
UM Professor Chris Palmer recently received a Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program award. Palmer will travel to São Carlos, Brazil, in 2015 to study at the University of São Paulo Institute of Chemistry. Palmer is an analytical chemist specializing in the development of novel polymeric materials for application in microscale liquid phase separations and in the application of separation methods to environmental analysis. Read more about Palmer’s Fulbright award.
Meet Traci Brown, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Brown studies the effects of obesity on lung inflammation after exposure to particles such as asbestos, with the goal of shedding light on the effect of poor diet on the health and function of the lungs. Learn more about Brown’s research.
In the spring of 2013, Grizzly football players and coaches had their blood drawn to see if they might be eligible to donate bone marrow or blood stem cells. Such donations can save the lives of patients around the world, but the odds of being a match is nearly 1-in-100,000. Despite those odds, this week assistant coach Justin Green becomes the second member of the Griz football program to be matched with a patient in need. Read Green’s story.
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.
Mackenzie Enich, a UM student employee with the University Center Marketing Group, has won Second Place in the 2014 Steal this Idea "Posters - Student staff" category. Enich's poster design, promoting the Grizzly Billiards Club and the UC Game Room, competed against entries of Association of College Unions International members from around the world. View Enich’s award-winning poster here.
Paul Gladen, an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Hellgate Venture Network, has been selected to be the director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM. Blackstone LaunchPad will help UM students jumpstart their own businesses. Gladen will work to foster connections among campus, the business community and local entrepreneurs to create an environment that nurtures young entrepreneurs. Read more about Blackstone LaunchPad at UM.
The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in Montana, and a group of UM and Missoula community members comprising the ad hoc Centennial Committee want to make sure everyone knows it. To help all Montanans learn more about the political actors of the past, the Centennial Committee is coordinating a variety of local and statewide projects through the UM Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Read more about suffrage anniversary events here.
Eldena Bear Don’t Walk is living out her childhood dream. The youngster who imagined one day becoming a lawyer has done exactly that — and more. The UM alumna has been an appellate judge for eight years, serving almost every tribe in Montana. Today she works as an attorney, consultant and independent legal researcher. And she was the first woman to serve as chief justice of the Crow Tribe. Read Bear Don’t Walk’s story.
The Mansfield Library at UM is celebrating African-American History Month with a fascinating new exhibit featuring the history of African-Americans both in Missoula and at UM. A major theme is the 1897 Great Bicycle Ride of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, which went from Fort Missoula to St. Louis. In 1974, UM’s Black Studies Program re-created the ride. Learn more about the exhibit on the new Montanan website, montanan.umt.edu.
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.
UM has completed a draft environmental assessment for the proposed Missoula College building to be built at 1205 E. Broadway. University officials want to build a new Missoula College building to meet current needs, address long-term increasing student enrollment and ensure adequate facilities exist for MC students and employees into the future. UM invites the public to comment on the draft. Read the report and learn how comment.
UM will celebrate its 121st birthday with a day of activities recognizing entrepreneurship, academics and exemplary campus and community members on Thursday, Feb. 13. All events are free and open to the public. The celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. with a grand opening of UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad in the University Center North Atrium. Read more about UM events planned for Feb. 13.
UM student Arielle Nachtigal is having an extraordinary school year. As a senior in vocal performance at the UM School of Music, she recently advanced to the National Finals of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition. Nachtigal was also the winner of the Coeur D’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition. And her singing has captured the attention of opera professionals across the U.S. Read Nachtigal’s story here.
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.
UM Associate Professor Matthew Bundle’s new biomechanics laboratory in the basement of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center qualifies as one of UM’s hidden gems. Its cutting-edge equipment gives Bundle the ability to conduct experiments and take measurements that few other facilities in the country can match. The lab not only advances research efforts, it elevates the University’s ability to compete for grants. Read more about Bundle’s lab.
Senior Kareem Jamar lead the Grizzlies to a 70-66 Big Sky Conference victory over the host Montana State Bobcats on Monday evening in Worthington Arena in Bozeman while the Lady Griz held off the Cats to post a 84-79 overtime victory in Dahlberg Arena at home. Read a recap of the women’s game here, and the men’s highlights here.
Genetic testing has confirmed the presence of a new fish species in Idaho and Montana rivers. Cedar sculpins are small, prehistoric-looking and tasty to trout. The discovery was a collaborative effort between UM postdoctoral student Mike Lemoine, UM faculty members Lisa Eby and Mike Schwartz, and the U.S. Forest Service. Read more about cedar sculpins.
William Gervais spends his winter mornings scurrying about the kitchen at Missoula College, sharpening the paring knives and firing the burners at 5 a.m., long before anyone else arrives. Gervais, who is completing his final year as a culinary arts student at Missoula College, is one of only four students accepted to compete for the title of American Culinary Association Western Region Student Chef of the Year. Read more
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 wildlife conservation Professor and John J. Craighead Chair Joel Berger has been named a finalist for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Selected from 39 nominees, Berger is one of six scientists in the running for the $250,000 prize, which recognizes outstanding achievements on behalf of the world’s most endangered species. Read more
UM graduate student Forrest Jessop was recently awarded the PhRMA Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Toxicology to assist dissertation research focused on chronic inflammatory diseases of the lung. The award is highly competitive as the PhRMA Foundation only funds approximately 10 students a year. Jessop’s award indicates the caliber of his work at UM, and also reflects the high level of training and support the CEHS Toxicology Graduate Studies program provides. Read more
Researchers at UM’s Rural Institute are doing more than just responding to the nation’s agenda on health and disability; they are setting the agenda. Kathleen Humphries, a nutrition researcher at the Rural Institute and the UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences, is among national leaders identifying what we know and what we need to know to reduce health disparities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more
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
The Big Sky Conference announced the Fall All-Academic teams late last week, and UM is proud to report that 58 Griz student-athletes were selected for the honor, the most from any school in the league. To be eligible, student-athletes needed to play in at least half of their teams' fall competitions and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 at the end of the fall semester. 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
The National Park Service and the country’s leading wildlife experts are developing a plan to conserve migrating wildlife as it moves through protected areas. Unveiled in a paper published last week in Conservation Biology, the plan details the need for more collaboration between the NPS, governments and landowners. UM Professor Joel Berger is the new paper’s leading author. 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.
Athletes, members of the military and others suffering from traumatic brain injury may benefit from research conducted by two UM faculty members through a new $300,000 grant awarded by General Electric Co. and the National Football League. UM Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau were among the challenge winners. Read more
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
A recent study by UM faculty and graduate students found that wolf predation of cattle contributes to lower weight gain in calves on western Montana ranches. This leads to an economic loss at sale several times higher than the direct reimbursement ranchers receive for a cow killed by wolves. The study was published Jan. 10 in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 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
A group of UM students is traveling through India this month as they learn about the impacts of population on the environment during a study abroad offered by the UM School of Journalism. Twenty-three students from various majors, including journalism, environmental studies and film studies, are documenting and reporting on the effects of tourism and growth. Read more on the students’ blog.
The Montana Arts Council recently announced 10 Montana artists as winners of the 2013 Artist's Innovation Award, including six individuals who teach at UM or earned degrees here . Five visual artists, three writers, and two performing artists were selected from a field of applicants. The award recognizes Montana artists who demonstrate innovation in their work as well as originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. Read more
Graduate student Rupa Biswas explored several universities that conduct research on toxicology before choosing UM. “The research in Pulmonary Toxicology and Immunotoxicology at UM intrigued me and soon I was very eager to be part of the toxicology graduate program at the Center for Environmental Health Sciences,” Biswas says. Today she’s preparing for a career at a toxicologist while researching exposure to crystalline silica that leads to pulmonary inflammation and Silicosis. Read more
It doesn’t look like much right now – a sparse room with rows of folding tables, empty walls and outgoing Macintosh computers. But come spring, this room on the ground floor of the Interdisciplinary Science Building on the University of Montana campus will undergo a transformation, placing it on the cutting edge of solving today’s technological challenges. Read more
The symbolism of the location of UM’s new athletics academic center, for which ground will be broken in early summer, isn’t lost on either Director of Athletics Kent Haslam or Griz soccer coach Mark Plakorus. By the fall of 2015 anyone arriving on campus via Sixth Street will see the new academic center. Read more
New research co-written by UM scientists finds steep declines in the worldwide populations and habitat range of 31 large carnivore species. The analysis, published Jan. 9 in Science, shows that 77 percent of the studied species – including tiger, lion, dingo and puma – are decreasing in number. Associate Professor Mark Hebblewhite and Professor Joel Berger, both of the UM College of Forestry and Conservation, co-wrote the study. Read more
Missoula College received approval this week to launch a new certificate program designed to help students thwart the efforts of hackers and help businesses meet their computer-based security needs. The network and information security program was approved by the Montana Board of Regents on Tuesday. The first two courses are expected to begin this spring, helping students compete for jobs that are growing in demand. Read more
Chris Clasby, a former employee of Montana's Assistive Technology Program, was recently featured in a MontanaPBS episode of “Backroads of Montana.” With the help of his former employer, Clasby uses adaptive equipment to continue experiencing the outdoors after his accident left him paralyzed. Watch the episode here.
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
Grizzly Athletics is on a winning streak for academic success. The department just posted its 17th straight semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for its student-athletes. Montana rose above a 3.0 after grades from the 2005 fall semester came and have not dipped below that mark since. Read more
Despite the October government shutdown, 2013 was a good year for Montana tourism according to preliminary findings by UM’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research. More than 11 million nonresidents visited Montana and spent nearly $3.5 billion in the Treasure State. Nonresident visitation was up 2 percent over 2012. 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
The 2014 issue of the Montana Journalism Review arrived hot off the presses in mid-December. The student-produced magazine covers media-related topics and features works of journalism from around Montana, as well as incorporating multimedia elements online and through social media. The Montana Journalism Review also is available online.
Scott Allen Meyer was a good friend to many people. And he was good at many things. He loved to fly fish, hike and snowboard. Most of all, he loved to learn, reading book after book, developing a deep and passionate knowledge of history. When his life was cut short in 2011, his parents decided to establish the Scott A. Meyer Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in American History at UM. Read more
Entrepreneurship startup communities are being touted as the next new thing in economic development across the country—especially in the high-technology and information technology sectors. A study by the Kauffman Foundation recently found that among small metropolitan areas Missoula had the largest increase in technology industry startups between 1990 and 2010. Read the report.
The Big Sky Conference is celebrating a golden anniversary this year, and that has the league reminiscing. To honor 50 years of athletics, the Big Sky is recognizing their top moments and athletes. They’ve reached No. 20, and plenty of Montana Grizzlies made the list so far, including Anthony Johnson’s 34 second-half points to help UM beat Weber State in the 2010 conference championship game. Watch more
Four teams gathered Dec. 11 to present their business plans before a panel of experts at UM’s Fall Business Plan Competition. Matthew Gangloff and Andrew Burrington, who both major in management information systems, won the first-place, $1,500 prize with New Leaf Environmental Monitoring. Donna Weathers won the second-place, $500 prize for Everyday Hero. Both teams received an automatic entrance into the spring competition. Read more
Steve Running, UM Regents Professor of Ecology, recently was ranked one of the top 20 most productive authors worldwide in remote sensing research. The ranking analyzed citations of remote sensing research between 1991 and 2010. Of the top 20 authors, Running was ranked first in geographical influence, third in five-year citations and first in five-year citations per article. Read more
The name really describes the program – Student Affairs Immersion Learning, or SAIL. The program is a competitive internship for students interested in possible careers in Student Affairs at UM. Chosen candidates spend 12 weeks in the fall semester working in three Student Affairs departments. It’s real-life, on-the-job experience designed to be an excellent out-of-classroom experience. Read more
UM Professor Brent Ruby recently was featured in an episode of "Freaks of Nature" on the Weather Channel. Ruby is director of the Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism and studies the limits of human endurance in extreme heat. The episode features ultramarathoner Scott Jurek running in the WPEM environmental chamber on campus and in Death Valley while Ruby collects data. 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
Meet Bryan Simmons, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Simmons studies a specific signaling molecule that regulates the function of cells in our immune systems. 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
UM linebacker Jordan Tripp has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and the game will be televised live on the NFL Network. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star game in the country. The inaugural game was played in 1925. 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
UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences recently earned the highest possible marks from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The accreditation evaluated 42 professional education programs across four colleges and schools. Review findings emphasized the college’s outstanding leadership, assessment system and innovative use of digital learning models, noting that the programs are poised for tremendous growth. 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
A recent article in a professional psychology journal recognized UM’s doctoral program in clinical psychology as one of 10 accredited programs that has “exceptionally good outcomes for its students.” UM psychology Associate Professor Bryan Cochran said this is in part because of the program’s combination of theoretical and practical training. In addition to conducting research, students are trained in providing psychotherapy services under one-on-one supervision. 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.
Meet Luke Montrose, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at UM. He investigates the impact of indoor air pollution on the immune pathway that is thought to cause asthmatic symptoms. “I recognize the importance of pursuing scientific research that will have translatable and meaningful impact on strategies and policies to protect human health,” Montrose said. Read more
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
UM senior Kim Ledger, a biology major with an emphasis in ecology, won the student poster competition award in the category of Environmental Science, Sustainability and Green Technology at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in New Orleans Nov. 6-10. Ledger, a Goldwater Scholar and a Davidson Honors College student, was recognized for her poster, “Impacts of a global invader, Solidago canadensis, at home and away.” 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
Anthropologist Kimber McKay challenges our culture's definition of marriage by sharing stories from her field work in Nepal's northwestern Himalayan district of Humla.
Two UM journalism alums earned Emmy Awards for their video documenting the sinking of the USS Mohawk in the Gulf of Mexico last year. David Sirak, ‘92, is the director of News Technology at WFTV in Orlando. Daniel Erusha, ’13, was interning with WFTV at the time of the project. 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.
More UM students are studying abroad than ever before. Just over 300 students studied in other countries last year. University President Royce Engstrom set a goal to raise that number to 550 students by 2020. Reporter and broadcast journalism major Kyle Schmauch found out that studying abroad benefits both students and the University itself. Watch his report here.
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
Entomologist and Professor Diana Six tells the story of how a little beetle has ecologically and economically altered North America's forests during the TEDxUMontana event.
A proposed Neural Injury Center at UM will help veterans identify issues caused by neurologic injuries and connect them with community resources. It also will provide collaboration and communication between researchers to study the science behind the mental problems veterans can face. UM’s Faculty Senate approved the NIC last week. 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.
Six recruits signed national letters of intent Wednesday to join UM’s inaugural women’s softball team. Montana will begin play in the spring of 2015 as part of the Big Sky Conference. Softball will become the ninth women's sport at UM. Wednesday was the first day national letters of intent could be signed. The signing period ends Nov. 19. Read more
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
During TEDxUMontana, art history and criticism Professor Rafael Chacón explores what a DNA test reveals about his own family’s migration story, and shares his understanding of the broader cultural ramifications of genetic testing in our time.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded nearly $10 million to an academic, industry and government consortium to study the major challenges in using insect-killed trees as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. UM will receive more than $1 million over five years to help study the issues related to using forest residue, including beetle-kill trees, as a feedstock in biofuel production. 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
Millions of landmines remain buried below ground in former warzones around the world. Each year, they injure and kill thousands. Fox News recently visited Missoula to interview UM researcher Jerry Bromenshenk about his work training honey bees to detect landmines. Bromenshenk uses the bees, along with laser and GPS technologies, to locate the explosives with little or no risk to humans. Watch the report here.
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
Montana senior Maddey Frey was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 women's soccer team. She is the first Grizzly to earn academic all-district honors since Misty Hall in 1999. Frey, of Kalispell, is a mathematics major and maintains a 3.86 GPA. She also is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection. Read more
With their signature plumage rivaled only by the beauty of their migratory mountain homes, it’s easy to see why harlequin ducks have captured the hearts of countless birdwatchers and casual observers alike. Warren Hansen has made these magnificent birds the focal point of his life for the past three years, studying harlequins in Glacier National Park for the thesis of his wildlife biology master’s program at UM. 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
The trend of outfitting teams in new jerseys, helmets, shoes and even gloves seems to grow with each passing year. Now it’s has trickled down to FCS, where programs like UM are finding ways to keep up with much smaller budgets. Despite its comparatively small budget, Montana has been able to take the field with a different look every single week this season. 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
UM alumnus Art Almquist, pictured above in blue, was recently named one of People magazine’s six Teachers of the Year for 2013. Almquist graduated from UM in 1996 with a master’s in theatre and began teaching at Tucson Magnet High School in Tucson, Ariz., that same year. He’s built a cutting-edge theater program rarely seen at the high school level. 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
Three researchers at UM recently received grants from the ALSAM Foundation. One grant will fund a collaborative two-year study of inflammation by Andrij Holian, director of UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Another grant will fund research by Nick Natale and Howard Beall, professors in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, who are researching treatments for a highly malignant form of brain cancer. 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
UM students and faculty conducting research on Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” have an exceptional new resource available through the Mansfield Library. The library recently acquired a detailed facsimile of the Ellesmere Manuscript, a beautiful, illuminated edition produced in the early 15th century. Read more
UM’s Mansfield Library has a new service, ScholarWorks, for preserving, showcasing and making freely available the intellectual and creative scholarship of faculty, students and staff. ScholarWorks is a search engine optimized for online discovery, making UM’s scholarship highly visible and easy to find, cite, share and use. Read more
When Sean Brogan learned that he had won the Bill and Avis Mitchell Scholarship in Music, he was pleased, surprised and grateful for the help, which he says will prove significant. The UM senior is pursuing a double major in accounting and piano. He intends to work as an accountant by day and play music in his free time. 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
In the dark theater, on a dimly lit stage, a 32-foot-long gray whale made of plastic bags looked so lifelike, it seemed to be gliding through the depths of the ocean. Hundreds of visitors came to see the one-day exhibit of “The Plastic Whale Project” at UM on Oct. 17. 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
Under the bright stadium lights last week, Lex Hilliard watched the Jets warm up for their football game. Except instead of the colossal professionals from New York, a different pint-size team of green jerseys surrounded “Coach Lex” – rambunctious 8- and 9-year-olds wearing shorts and mouth guards. The Kalispell native is back home. Read more
Learn more about UM's Creative Pulse is a four-week, summer graduate program designed for educators, education administrators and artists.
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture UM has assembled two exhibitions of modernist art by major artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibitions “Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and Other Masterpieces from a Private Collection” and “Modernist Prints” will be on display in the Meloy and Paxson galleries through Feb. 8. 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
Students are lining up to study diesel technology at Missoula College UM. Diesel Equipment Technology Manager Jim Headlee says MC’s Diesel Technology Program as one of the best in the country, and that’s the reason why many come from all over the country to study in Missoula. Local news station KPAX reports.
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
The University of Montana recently was ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide, but one factor of that ranking stands out: UM is in the top 25 percent of universities for the scholarly accomplishments of its faculty. UM scored a 74.6 for citations of research and creative scholarship in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 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
The independent living movement in South Korea is young, vibrant and ready to make the nation accessible for all people with disabilities. In August, Craig Ravesloot, director of Rural Health Research for the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, supported that vision by conducting facilitator training in Seoul. Read more
UM doctoral candidate Ryan Bracewell recently was appointed a predoctoral fellowship through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Food Research Initiative. The fellowship recognized Bracewell’s research on a bark beetle and fungal symbiosis with a $77,000 award. Bracewell examines how the western pine beetle interacts with two mutualistic fungi critical to the beetle’s success and survival. Read more
As a doctoral student in UM’s Department of Counselor Education, Tara Smart remains focused on her passion: advocating for children and helping others to understand the unique needs of special education students. Thanks to the vision and funding of some generous UM alumni, Smart is first recipient of UM’s Intermountain Children’s Home Doctoral Fellowship. 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
For the second year in a row, the UM School of Law has been named a “Best Value Law School” by National Jurist Magazine. UM comes in at No. 17 on the national list. The ranking takes into account the cost, debt load, bar passage and employment of graduates in actual law jobs. 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.
UM President Royce Engstrom today announced that the East Broadway site will be the location for the new Missoula College building. Engstrom made his selection after months of public comment, meetings and forums with interested UM students, University employees, elected officials and community members. Read more
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 Online College Database recently ranked UM 43rd on its “50 Colleges Advancing Women in STEM” list. UM offers 66 science, technology and math programs, and the 450 women enrolled in them make up 56 percent of STEM students. The list identifies higher education institutions that graduate a high number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. 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
College of Forestry and Conservation faculty members Alex Metcalf and Carl Seielstad led a hazardous fuels treatment project at Lubrecht State Experimental Forest last week. The thinning work reduced fuels around the recreational and lodging facilities at the forest. Seielstad and student Jenny Smith talked about the work in an interview with ABC Fox Montana.
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.
A grant from the National Science Foundation will bring greater bandwidth to UM, boosting research projects with big-data needs while setting the groundwork for future upgrades. The $500,000 grant will bring high-speed bandwidth to the Clapp and ISB buildings on campus, providing 10 gigabit potential to researchers in three major studies. Read more
The first comprehensive report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2007 will be released this week and it's expected to confirm that humans are causing global warming. Regents Professor of Ecology Steve Running speaks with Montana Public Radio News Director Sally Mauk about what to expect from the new report. Read more
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
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.
By now, you’d think Anna Baldwin would be used to winning teaching awards. Instead, the Arlee High School English and history teacher says she “basically didn’t believe it” when her phone rang at 8 o’clock Sunday night with the news: Baldwin is Montana’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. 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 email@example.com.
Spencer Sheehan knows where he's heading: his dream is to be a tax attorney, an intellectual property attorney or a risk assurance or tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms. The goals of the UM junior were influenced by the news that he has secured an internship next summer with PwC's Silicon Valley office. Read more
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
Social media central at the Montana Economic Development Summit was monitored closely by a small group of UM students who worked for months to ensure that business leaders at the summit – and around the world – could connect to the ideas and information being shared during the two-day event in Butte. Read more
UM photojournalism and multimedia Associate Professor Jeremy Lurgio's project “Lost & Found Montana” recently was named one of 20 “Best of 2013” projects by American Society of Media Photographers. Lurgio tells the stories of 18 Montana towns on the edge of extinction through photographs, an interactive Web site, a multimedia exhibit and magazine publication. 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
Peruvian Ambassador Harold Forsyth on Monday announced a cooperative agreement with UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation that will send American students to the woods and rivers of the South American nation and vice versa. Read more
A new facility at UM will allow students to learn about cybersecurity and use “big data” to solve real-world problems. On Monday, UM announced plans to open a Cyber Innovation Laboratory in collaboration with state technology companies. 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 Professor Beth Lo was one of four American artists paid a commission of $3,000 to create a ceramic piece of art for a major Korean art exhibit. Lo’s work will be featured in the “Main Exhibition” of the Seventh Geonggi Internaitonal Ceramic Biennale 2013. She will travel to Korea Sept. 25 to attend the exhibition and to deliver a gallery talk on her work on Oct. 2. The 2013 exhibition theme is community, and Lo’s new work, "Breath," features mixed media, water, electricity and lighting. Read more
The Wildlife Biology Program was recently named one of the University of Montana's "Programs of National Distinction." This recognition comes with additional funding that is being used to strengthen this renowned program for the benefit of students.
It’s the Montana “grow-your-own” spirit that inspires Kaye Norris, assistant director of the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM, to coordinate a program that places “homegrown” behavioral health specialists in rural Montana communities. The Rural Behavioral Health—Primary Care Collaborative is a program that integrates a prelicensed clinical social worker and postdoctorate psychology graduate into primary care rural health clinics. Read more
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
Junior Tara Green, who played the three-round tournament at 1-under, won the Grizzly Invitational by four shots Tuesday, and Montana claimed the team title at the first-year event by 56 strokes after shooting rounds of 290, 294 and 294. Montana's total of 878 was the best three-round score in program history, surpassing the previous record of 903, set at the 2012 Big Sky Conference championship, by 25 strokes. 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.
Playing at home for the first time since 1997, the Montana women's golf team shot rounds of 290 and 294 Monday at the Missoula Country Club on Monday and held a commanding 34-shot lead at the Grizzly Invitational by the end of the day. Montana's two-round total of 584 was 12 strokes better than any other back-to-back rounds in program history. The six teams will play a final round on Tuesday morning. Read more
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
Five UM departments and programs recently teamed up to create a resource website for potential and current graduate students in the biomedical, cellular, biochemical and chemical sciences. The site is a collaboration that offers students a one-stop shop to find information about programs, potential faculty mentors and the world-class research happening at UM. Read more
The effects of climate change often happen on a large scale, like drought or a rise in sea level. In the hills outside Missoula, wildlife biologists are looking at a change to something very small: the snowshoe hare. Life as snowshoe hare is pretty stressful. For one, almost everything in the forest wants to eat you. Alex Kumar, a graduate student at the University of Montana, lists the animals that are hungry for hares. NPR reports.
Independent publisher Tavern Books recently announced The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series to honor the life and work of former University of Montana student and poet Greta Wrolstad. Wrolstad, a graduate student in the UM Creative Writing Program, passed away in 2005 at the age of 24. The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series will champion exceptional literary works from young women poets through a book publication in The Living Library. 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
Ashley Mackey, a senior on the Montana women's tennis team, spent six weeks this summer living in New York City and working as an intern for the United States Tennis Association as the organization prepared for its most important annual event, the two-week U.S. Open. Mackey worked in Learning and Leadership Development and USTA Serves, which provides scholarships and funds tennis programs in underdeveloped areas of cities. 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
Four days a week, 52 weeks a year, the carillon bells chime loud from the clock tower at high noon across the campus of the University of Montana. It's a tradition that runs as deep as any other at UM. The carillon bells have been ringing for the campus and the community for 60 years. Russ Thomas of KPAX News reports here.
The University of Montana made the top 100 in a list of universities ranked by research, service and social mobility. Washington Monthly magazine, a nonprofit publication, gave UM an overall ranking of 90th among 284 schools. The national magazine rates schools based on their contribution to the public good through recruiting and graduating low-income students, producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs, and encouraging students to give something back to their country. Read more
Joni Stephens, who spent 12 years coaching at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named the new women’s golf coach at the University of Montana. Stephens replaces Emily Milberger, who took the Fresno State job earlier this month after two years coaching the Grizzlies. Stephens will begin her duties at Montana on Sept. 3, six days before the Grizzlies open their 2013-14 season with the Grizzly Invitational at the Missoula Country Club. Read more
Wendy Lee didn’t have to look far to find her top-choice summer rotation site leading into her final year at UM’s School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Lee, a U.S. Army vet originally from Bigfork, stuck around Missoula to work in the Nora Staael Evert Physical Therapy Clinic in the Skaggs Building, where she was able to explore her interest in neurologic therapy under the guidance of Clinic Director and Assistant Professor Susan Ostertag. Read more
The University of Montana is pleased to welcome 28 new students from the Brazilian Science Mobility Program for autumn semester 2013. BSMP is a scholarship funded by the Brazilian government and administered in the U.S. by the Institute of International Education. Upper-division undergraduate students from across Brazil receive scholarships to study in their respective disciplines for one year at institutions around the world, including more than 300 in the U.S. Read more
Attending a University of Montana football game was the last thing on Bo Reichenbach’s mind last July when he was critically injured by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan. More than a year later, the 24-year old Navy SEAL and Billings native continues to recover at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital. While the battle toward recovery has been slow, Reichenbach is winning the fight, and this weekend he’ll attend Montana’s season opener against Appalachian State University on Saturday night. Read more
University of Montana Regents Professor of Ecology Steve Running has been appointed to the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee and chair of the Earth Science subcommittee within that council. Running chairs the Earth Science subcommittee, which will join other subcommittees in Astrophysics, Heliophysics and Planetary Science under the Advisory Council. Read more
The University of Montana will host TEDxUMontana at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center. The program will feature nine speakers, two TED Talks videos and two performances with a 30-minute intermission for interaction and discussion. TEDxUMontana is limited to 100 participants. People interested in attending the event can enter a ticket drawing at http://umt.edu/tedx. The drawing will take place Wednesday, Sept. 4. Tickets are $40 for the public and $20 for UM students. Read more
Seventeen students from five countries crowded into a small classroom at the University of Montana on Tuesday to mark the second day of school. Language professor Quincie Albrecht apologized for the closeness of the class, but her students didn’t mind. The English Language Institute is bursting at the seams this year and those in attendance were just happy to have a seat. The popularity of the English Language Institute – and the University of Montana as a choice among international students – is on the rise. Read more
University of Montana senior Max Barnum spent his summer in a trailer parked outside the Seminole County Courthouse. Leaving beautiful western Montana to spend a summer in central Florida may not have been ideal, but Barnum couldn’t pass up the opportunity to intern as a cameraman for ABC WFTV’s mobile studio – recording up-to-date information and legal analysis of the of the high-profile George Zimmerman murder trial. Read more
Buses arrived at the University of Montana campus full for the first day of class on Monday, as students kicked off a new academic year. Nearly half of all students bike, walk or ride the bus to campus, a recent survey taken by the Associated Students of the University of Montana found. Those who opt for the third option will arrive on campus this semester in a new Eldorado International bus. Read more
Nearly a month spent in Cambodia taught Andie Palagi many things. In particular, that her teen-age counterparts there have lots in common with American teens. In July, Palagi, 17, who attends Butte High, returned from a 27-day trip to Cambodia sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She traveled with 20 students and two adults from high schools across Montana as part of the American Youth Leadership Program, which is managed by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. Read more
There are few more iconic places to spend a summer than the White House. University of Montana student Sara Thane did just that through the White House Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Thane, a 2011 graduate of Missoula’s Hellgate High School, is a junior at UM majoring in political science with minors in Arabic studies and international development studies. This summer, she she interned in the Students Department within the Office of Presidential Correspondence. Read more
UM President Royce Engstrom delivered his annual State of the University on Aug. 23 to an audience of faculty, staff, students and community members. Engstrom introduced several new administrators and student leaders, shared a variety of stories about academic distinction and success taking place at UM and outlined some of the milestones the University will work toward during the 2013-14 academic year. Read the text of his speech here.
Missoula is home to a vibrant group of industry experts building businesses and doing groundbreaking work in the high-tech sectors of big data and cybersecurity. It’s also home to a large state university that began last year offering undergraduate classes aimed at preparing students to work in those rapidly expanding fields. On Thursday, representatives from both groups had the ear of U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Read more
According to preLaw, a National Jurist publication, law schools around the country are shunning tradition and trying new programs, teaching methods and other efforts to help graduates jet to the top of their profession, and the University of Montana is among them. UM’s School of Law ranked No. 10 on the publication’s list of the 25 most innovative ideas launched by law schools for its first-year law firm program in which students belong to a pretend law firm. Read more
Jamie Pinkerton, the former head coach at Tulsa and Arkansas and most recently an assistant coach at Iowa State, has been named the first head coach of the nascent Montana softball program. The Grizzlies will play their inaugural season in 2014-15. Pinkerton rose to the top of an applicant pool of nearly 100. He interviewed on campus earlier this month. He'll arrive in Missoula before Labor Day to start laying the program's foundation. Read more
Robert Yokelson, an atmospheric chemist at the University of Montana, is trying to learn more about how smoke from wildfires affects the climate. Scientists are still working to understand how clouds and smoke interact, he explains. As wildfires rage in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, Yokelson is taking to the air to sample the smoke as part of a NASA campaign to better understand how pollution affects climate. Read more
With the start of a new academic year just days away, residence halls at the University of Montana are braced for a wave of incoming freshmen, just as the university’s cafeterias prepare to feed the masses. New student orientation takes place this Thursday and Friday, and classes begin Monday. First-year law students began their required introductory program this week, and a welcome back picnic was held Tuesday for faculty and staff. Read more
A new paper co-written by UM associate professor Mark Hebblewhite details ecological changes caused by a loss of Arctic sea ice. The paper concludes that the loss of sea ice obviously will impact the marine food web and the marine mammals that depend on sea ice habitat. Other major ecological changes in adjacent land-based habitats and species also will occur because of warming oceans. The findings were published in the Aug. 2 issue of Science magazine. Read more
The U.S. Army has awarded University of Montana researcher Dave Poulsen a $1 million grant to further develop a drug that limits damage caused by traumatic brain injuries. Researchers in Poulsen’s lab have shown that low doses of methamphetamine given to rodents within 12 hours after a traumatic brain injury or stroke significantly reduce brain damage and impairment. The Army grant will advance preclinical development studies of the drug in preparation for Phase I/II human clinical trials. Read more
The Market on Front opened Monday on the street level of the new Park Place parking garage at 201 E. Front St. in downtown Missoula. The concept for all the food found inside the market is simple, owner Ben Sokoloski said. “We want local, we want quality and we want fresh,” he said. “We’re keeping everything seasonal and unique.” Sokoloski hatched the idea for the market as an MBA student at the University of Montana School of Business Administration. Read more
Using data collected from India, Mongolia and China’s Tibetan plateau, a team of international researchers that includes UM Professor Joel Berger have found a disturbing link between the global cashmere trade and declining native wildlife species occurring there. Several endangered large mammals, such as the kiang, Tibetan gazelle, Przewalski gazelle, chiru and saiga, as well as the iconic snow leopard, which co-exist with cashmere producing goats in the deserts and grasslands of Central Asia, are being driven to the edge of survival. Read more
For the past several years, MonTECH Director Kathy Laurin and her staff have been compiling accessibility information for Montana public recreation lands. During the summer of 2013, Lee Bastian, who recently retired as a regional park manager for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, evaluated the accessibility of recreation sites in western Montana. They found that many sites could be improved through simple upgrades and maintenance efforts. The result is many more outdoor recreation options for individuals with disabilities. Read more
Three out of a dozen new grants awarded Wednesday by the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology will go to the University of Montana to help support research capable of spawning economic development. UM received nearly $350,000 from the state board to push three separate projects, including one aimed at applied biomedical research and another to develop equipment used for environmental monitoring. Read more
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will receive an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Montana at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The ceremony is free and open to the public. O’Connor has long-standing connections to the UM School of Law. Read more
Findings from a large-scale ice drilling study on the Greenland ice sheet by a team of University of Montana and University of Wyoming researchers may revise the models used to predict how ice sheets move. The work was published in Science on Aug. 15 in a paper titled “Basal Drainage System Response to Increasing Surface Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet.” Read more
University of Montana President Royce C. Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The public and members of the media are invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Read more
Omnibar – a new kind of energy bar hitting the market this fall – is the product of a meeting between a Blackfoot rancher looking for a new market for his grass-fed beef, and a former elite endurance athlete turned exercise science researcher convinced there was a better way to fuel hungry muscles. Read more
The Montana women's tennis and volleyball teams recently both earned academic recognition from their respective coaching organizations. Coach Steve Ascher's squad was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team. Coach Jerry Wagner's program claimed the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. In addition to the Grizzlies' team award, Heather Davidson, Maddy Murray and Mackenzie Rozell were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for having a 3.5 GPA or better for the 2012-13 academic year. Read more
Geography Professor Sarah Halverson talks about how a field-based course offered at UM creates a space for students to engage in meaningful ways with place.
Nina Sveinson, winner of the Don Kinney Scholarship, says that this award for a student "who has a bright future in broadcasting" was a vote of confidence that came at just the right time. A journalism major and communication studies minor, Sveinson was finding her course load so demanding that she started to wonder, "Am I good here?" But her hard work paid off in more than the confidence boost from the scholarship. Read more
Research aimed at product development could play an increased role at UM in coming years, as the University strives to become a top-tier research institution and an economic driver for the region. Scott Whittenburg, hired last December as the vice president of research and creative scholarship, said UM will work to expand its research into areas that promise economic growth – a move that could bring new collaborations to western Montana, including funding, businesses and jobs. Read more
Jen McBride, an environmental science graduate student, created a pocket guide titled “Aquatic Invasive Species Threatening the Crown of the Continent.” The tool aims to help identify and prevent aquatic invasive species from invading the Crown region. Species included in the guide were selected by agency professionals based on proximity to the Crown, potential impacts of invasion and likelihood of introduction. The 116-page guide will be distributed to land managers and others. View it online.
Championship football teams are not built in a day, but Montana appears headed the right way. That according to second-year coach Mick Delaney, who watched his troops work through a spirited session Tuesday under brilliant sunshine at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. One thing became apparent as the afternoon wore on: These Grizzlies are sure of themselves on both sides of the football. Read more
The seventh National Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Summit is taking place at the University of Montana this week. The summit focuses on prevention and research about smokeless tobacco. Hundreds of people from around the country are attending the summit, which features more than 70 presentations. UM’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences is hosting the event, which is the only national conference of its kind. Read more
With a stroke of a pen, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson on July 2, 1964. The act—one of the most important pieces of legislation passed in the twentieth century—prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. A pen Johnson used to sign the landmark bill has a somewhat surprising home: a box on a shelf on the fourth floor of UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. Read more
Nathaniel Levtow is one of a handful of scholars who can read the cryptic words engraved on tablets and boundary stones from the ancient Near East. This summer, the UM religious studies professor traveled first to Jerusalem and then to the Louvre in Paris, where he studied early inscriptions that include boundary stones and law codes from the excavations of Susa, once ancient Iran. Read more
Missoula, home to the University of Montana, recently was named the No. 7 best college town in America for 2013 by Livability.com. For this fourth installment of the annual ranking, editors narrowed their search to cities with a high quality of life based on factors ranging from cost of living and walkability to cultural amenities and pollution levels. Then they focused on those cities where a university is the top employer and key economic driver. Read more
People with developmental disabilities are among those most likely to experience interpersonal violence, according to new research by Rosemary Hughes of The Rural Institute at UM and her colleagues in Oregon. The team recently used a community-based participatory research approach to fully include people with developmental disabilities as equal research partners. Individuals with developmental disabilities helped to design the research, gather the survey data and most importantly, interpret the results. Read more
The University of Montana recently received a $1 million grant to endow its Osher Reentry Scholarship Program. Osher re-entry scholars are for nontraditional students who have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years and meet other requirements. Patrick Wayne is one UM student who became an Osher re-entry scholar when he returned to school at age 47. Read more
UM anthropology Associate Professor Kelly Dixon is among a team of volunteers documenting artifacts at Ghost Cave at Pictograph Cave State Park near Billings. The cooperative project aims to take a more comprehensive and detailed look at the state park and record inscriptions left behind by Works Progress Administration workers who excavated Ghost and Pictograph caves from 1937 to 1941, inscriptions that are now considered of historical value. Read more
A new medical residency program sponsored by the University of Montana kicked off this month and seeks to keep doctors in the state’s rural areas and bolster the availability and quality of care. After a monthlong orientation, residents with Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana are getting into the swing of their rotations during their first week on the job. Read more
In celebration of the upcoming 120th anniversary of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, MMAC published “The Art of the State: 120 Artworks for 120 Years.” The handbook presents 120 carefully selected pieces from the museum’s Permanent Collection, highlighting MMAC’s most significant resource and providing access to this unique and little-known treasure that belongs to all Montanans. Read more
Does making a ball move without touching it, dissecting a sheep brain, making slime or controlling an underwater robot sound fun? All of those pursuits – and more – will be possible at spectrUM’s new, soon-to-open downtown Missoula location. Families will be able to enjoy more of the best of what spectrUM has offered at its current location on the University of Montana campus, as well as new exhibits and activities made possible by the expanded space. Read more
The limits of human endurance, and the study thereof, are challenged by many factors: physical and mental fitness, terrain, heat, even the willingness of a test subject to provide a rectal thermometer reading in the field. UM Professor Brent Ruby and his fellow researchers at UM’s Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism have turned their frustration at losing data into a simple, modern solution: an app. Read more
By all appearances, Maria Fernanda is a normal 13-year-old girl. She comes from a good family, lives in a neighborhood with trees and dogs and attends a good school. She has a high IQ and is clinically healthy. There’s just one problem: The Mexico City air she breathes is sabotaging the development of her brain. Fernanda is one subject being researched by Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, an associate professor at UM’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences studies air pollution and brain development in Mexico City. Read more
Today the NCAA announced the conclusion of its investigation, begun in January 2012, into the University of Montana’s athletics department. The NCAA determined that we failed to monitor our football program, finding instances of playing ineligible student-athletes, provision of extra benefits to some football players, and exceeding coaching limits on a limited basis. As President, I take seriously the responsibility of ensuring that UM offers a dynamic learning environment that is second to none, including strong academics and strong athletics. Read more
Today’s Mansfield Library at the University of Montana is a far cry from 1895, when Mary Craig, the daughter of the University’s first president, presided over 187 books in UM’s first library. The Mansfield Library now has more than 1.2 million volumes. But it’s more than the sum of its shelves. To meet the needs of modern users, the library is expanding its electronic holdings—including tens of thousands of journals, installing high-tech study rooms, and digitizing its historical archives. Read more
The Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants recently named University of Montana Associate Professor Joshua Herbold recipient of the 2013 Jack Kempner Outstanding Educator Award. The award honors an educator who is distinguished for excellence in classroom teaching, motivating students, and educational innovation and contributions to the accounting profession. Read more
The final tally shows that UM student-athletes spent more than 700 hours engaged in community service during the 2012-13 academic year. Those hours were spread out between dozens of causes, from the volleyball team working on a build project for Habitat for Humanity to the men's basketball team showing up at Hellgate Elementary for the school's Fall into Fitness campaign; from the golf team packing boxes at the Montana Food Bank Network to Griz football players spending an afternoon at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Read more
NASA recently awarded a $1.125 million grant to researchers at the University of Montana to explore, among other things, whether there is life on other planets. UM will join with three other universities around the country to take part in "Project Minerva," which will use an array of four telescopes to research so-called "exoplanets". Astrophysics Associate Professor Nate McCrady will lead the effort at UM. In this feature interview, McCrady talks with Montana Public Radio News Director Sally Mauk about the study of exoplanets. Listen to the interview here.
Five outstanding University of Montana graduates will receive 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming weekend festivities, Oct. 4-5. The awards are the highest honor presented by UM’s Alumni Association. This year’s distinguished alumni are Dorothy Bridges of Minneapolis, George Dennison of Missoula, Jim Messina of Washington, D.C., Milton Parsons of Denver and Yoko Takeuchi of Tokyo. The public is invited to attend a panel discussion featuring all five Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the University Center Ballroom on the UM campus. Read more
Google’s geographic programs have the potential to expand students’ knowledge of the planet and the stories of its many peoples, a presenter told educators at workshop on the University of Montana campus last week. The company presented the Montana Google Geo Teachers Institute to showcase its products in an effort to bring geographic information and technology into the classroom. Seventy-six teachers from across Montana and the United States, and as far away as Brazil, Singapore and Indonesia, are attending the workshop. Read more
Students come to the University of Montana from around the world to earn an education, and many programs that sponsor international students require them to complete internships as part of their course of study. The internships can be anywhere in the United States as long as they have a strong relation to a student’s academic major and meet certain requirements. This summer, three of UM’s international students are interning in Washington, D.C. Read more
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has expanded its campus entrepreneurship program to Montana with a partnership involving UM, Montana State University and Headwaters RC&D. A three-year, $2 million grant will introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career option and provide University students with a network of venture coaches and entrepreneurial support to transform new ideas into sustainable companies. The new program, Blackstone LaunchPad, has the potential to generate some 150 new ventures in Montana over the next five years. Read more
New published research by UM bioclimatology Assistant Professor Ashley Ballantyne models the influence of sea ice on the Arctic. Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations recently reached 400 parts per million for the first time since three million years ago. During that era, Arctic surface temperatures were 15 to 20 degrees Celsius warmer than today’s surface temperatures. Ballantyne’s findings suggest that much of the surface warming likely was due to ice-free conditions in the Arctic. Read more
Butte native Haley Cote is the first recipient of the Dean David Forbes Scholarship, a scholarship the dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences funds himself. "Since I was a little kid, I wanted to do something with medicine," said Cote, who combines deep Montana roots with academic excellence and broad goals. Dean Forbes chose to fund the scholarship because he knows students need financial help and because he himself received scholarship aid in school. Read more
UM osprey researchers have honored a member of the osprey-cam community by naming the two chicks being reared near Missoula in memory of Peggy Taylor Miles. She was an avid osprey-cam viewer and helped start the Facebook group Friends of the Osprey. After a battle with ovarian cancer, Taylor Miles died in March, but donations in her honor have poured in to the Montana Osprey Project. On July 18, her daughter and family (pictured above) helped collect samples. Read more
The American Society of Mammalogists recently awarded UM Wildlife Biology Professor and Craighead Chair Joel Berger the 2013 Aldo Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors well-established individuals who have made lasting contributions to the conservation of mammals and their habitats. “I am motivated by conservation and finding ways to protect our planet’s spectacular diversity,” said Berger, who is shown radio-collaring a musk oxen. “This means understanding systems and species, their challenges, and proffering solutions.” Read more * Radio interview
Junior Zachary Schreiber hasn’t let the fact he’s only an undergraduate stop him from participating in cutting-edge science at UM. He is exploring protein production in relation to lung fibrosis as part of UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program. The acting president of Sigma Zeta, a national math and science honor society, said, “This summer will provide solid direction toward a particular component of cellular biology that will further my undergraduate research achievements and narrow my concentration on potential graduate school programs.” Read more
Since September 1997, which was the last time the Montana golf team played in a tournament in Missoula, the rest of the Griz programs have competed at home more than 1,000 times in regular-season and postseason events. That trend will come to an end in early September when the Griz golf program hosts the Montana Invitational at the Missoula Country Club. It will be the first home event for the program since the final Montana Fall Classic was held at the Missoula Country Club 16 years ago. Read more
Plants take in and store carbon dioxide as they grow. As the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere increases, researchers want to know if plant growth can keep pace with and take up more of this new CO2. To grow faster, plants also need nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous in balance with the amount of new CO2. New research led by Cory Cleveland, a UM professor of terrestrial biogeochemistry, examines where plants might be expected to grow more based on access to nutrients. Read more
NASA recently awarded UM researchers a grant to support a $1.125 million project to help build a dedicated observatory to detect Earth-like exoplanets. Minerva is an array of four telescopes and a purpose-built, state-of-the-art spectrometer capable of detecting small, rocky planets in orbit around nearby stars. The goal of is to find exoplanets in the “habitable zone” – the region around a star where conditions are suitable for the presence of liquid water. Read more
Amy Capolupo now heads the University office that set her on a higher trajectory nearly 15 years ago. She made the transition from DSS student to UM employee a decade ago and then interned at DSS in 2004. She’s been there ever since. Adviser Charlie Wellenstein remembers Capolupo’s determination: "In the past, Amy had a difficult time in school, but once she realized that it was possible, all it took was hard work. And hard work never bothered Amy." Read more
UM researchers with Bee Alert Technology Inc. suspect a one-two punch of an insect virus and a fungal pathogen is the leading culprit for Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious malady killing honeybees across the country. “We’ve done lab infections with it, and it works, and we’ve done captive colony infections in a closed environment, and it works,” said Colin Henderson, a Bee Alert project manager. “We’re doing three flying colonies this summer.” Read more * Related Video
Roberta Evans, dean of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Montana, along with Cao Zhen, senior lecturer in UM’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, recently returned from an extensive recruitment and alumni outreach trip to China and Taiwan. Evans and Zhen visited seven universities, toured two elementary schools and hosted three alumni dinners. Read more
For the first time ever, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) at a Montana university has been granted a Phase 3 award from the National Institutes of Health. The $5 million, five-year, Institutional Development Award went to the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Montana. Part of UM’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, CEHS employs about 50 people who study environmental impacts on human health. Read more
Mary Frances Clark always knew she wanted to attend college, but learning disabilities made education a struggle for her. When she came to UM Clark sought help from Disability Services for Students and it made a world of difference. “For the first time, I realized that I was being accepted for who I was and I was not going to be judged on my disability but as an individual," she says. Clark maintained a 3.0 GPA, was inducted into the National Honor Society and recently graduated. Read her story here.
University of Montana business student Jamin Dailey is spending his summer working as a digital strategist and business development intern for MKG Media Group in San Francisco. “Saying that I learn something new every day is a gross understatement,” Dailey says. “I’m learning tons each and every day!” Follow his blog “Diary of a Digital Marketing Intern” to read about how he landed his position and what he’s learning while he’s there. Read more
As its name implies, the sage grouse lives in sagebrush country, the rolling hills of knee-high scrub that's the common backdrop in movie Westerns. Pristine sagebrush is disappearing, however, and so are the birds. Biologists want to protect the sage grouse, but without starting a 21st century range war over it. So they've undertaken a grand experiment in the American West, to keep the grouse happy, as well as cattle ranchers and the energy industry. Biologist David Naugle, a sage grouse expert at the University of Montana, is part of that experiment. NPR reports.
Radio-Television Department Associate Professor Ray Fanning’s radio series, “Preventing Wrongful Convictions- False Eyewitness Identification,” has been named Montana’s best non-commercial radio program for 2012. The investigative series explored wrongful convictions in Montana including the case of Jimmy Bromgard. Fanning was awarded the E.B. Craney award at a gala in Big Sky’s Huntley Lodge in June. Read more
There's a dangerous but basic equation behind the killer Yarnell Hill wildfire and other blazes raging across the West this summer: More heat, more drought, more fuel and more people in the way are adding up to increasingly ferocious fires. UM researchers Steve Running and Carl Seielstad, along with other experts, discuss climate change and wildfires in a Huffington Post article. Read more
If you love the outdoors and are looking for an adventure while contributing to the scientific study of Montana’s remote wilderness areas, then you might be interested in a citizen science backpacking trip with The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana. The free trips are designed to pair volunteers with experienced guides as they trek into the remote and rugged landscape to study everything from noxious weeds to trail and campsite conditions. Read more
University of Montana senior Kellee Glaus has always enjoyed science and this summer, she’s participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, where she’s taking part in groundbreaking cancer research. “Helping to prove that the PTEN Tumor Suppressor Gene and its cascading pathway is active in Mesothelioma would be a big breakthrough in the treatment of this intensive form of cancer,” Glaus says. “Hopefully this would help to improve the lives of patients with this terrible disease.” Read more
Beloved University of Montana music teacher Esther England passed away Saturday. A 1966 graduate of UM, England dedicated her life to music, never mind she arrived in Missoula in 1962 with dreams of studying animal behavior. Her 36-year career at the university touched generations of students, and her performances landed her accolades outside the classroom. Read more
The nation's most experienced women's basketball coaching staff is breaking up. Annette Rocheleau, who has been with longtime Montana coach Robin Selvig as a player or assistant coach for all but 13 of Selvig's 798 career wins, has announced her decision to retire. Rocheleau won't officially retire until Dec. 31, but over the next six months she will be performing other duties for the program while transitioning out of her hands-on coaching role. Read more
University of Montana senior Wynne Hungerford of Greenville, S.C., recently won the Meadowlark Award’s first-place cash prize of $1,000 for her short story submission, “Ladies Chocolate Night.” Though not required for her major, Hungerford incorporated writing courses into her slate of classes. Professor Robert Stubblefield, encouraged her to submit a story for the Meadowlark Award, which provides recognition and incentive for student writers and has a record of distinguished writers as judges. Read more
Outside Magazine recently named Missoula as one of the top five towns to raise children who are hooked on the outdoor life. They looked for towns that have affordable housing, give kids exposure to museums and other cultural institutions, and, most importantly, have easy access to a variety of outdoor recreation. Missoula’s surrounding rivers and mountain ranges make for some incomparable opportunities to immerse your kids “in a sea of wilderness even if you don’t have a car,” the article states. Read more
A University of Montana student and an alumna recently received awards from two national honor societies. Emily Cross of Glendive, a 2013 UM graduate, was awarded a fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Cross earned her bachelor’s in philosophy with minors in music and economics, graduating from the Davidson Honors College with high honors. Allison Mueller of Brainerd, Minn., received a $2,000 JoAnne Trow Award from Alpha Lambda Delta. She studies physics at UM. Read more
Zachary Rogala, 26, a graduate of Montana State University and currently a law student at University of Montana, has been appointed as the student regent by Gov. Steve Bullock. “I feel the education at Montana State, at the University of Montana, is pretty phenomenal,” Rogala, 26, said Monday. “I want to be in a position to ensure future Montanans continue to receive the high quality education we have.” Read more
UM sophomore Jameson Boslough is an aspiring microbiologist participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UM. “As a native Montanan, I’ve always appreciated the role of the environment in shaping our lives and our health,” Boslough said. “The summer program at the Center (for Environmental Health Sciences) offers an incredible opportunity to integrate these aspects in a lab setting.” Read more
The Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana recently selected three outstanding research projects for the annual $4,000 DHC Student-Faculty Summer Research Award. The three teams, selected from about a dozen applicants, received funding that is split evenly between the student and their faculty mentor to help cover their summer research project expenses. Read more
How many grade schoolers would it take to defeat the University of Montana football team? That answer may never be known, but one thing is certain: UM would have been vastly outnumbered during the fourth and final day of the 17th annual Little Grizzly football camp Thursday at the Sentinel High School football fields. Read more
As Americans prepare to celebrate the 237th anniversary of U.S. independence, Grateful Nation Montana will engrave the name of Army Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde on the Grateful Nation Montana Fallen Soldier Memorial at the University of Montana. On July 2, Linde’s name will join those of the 42 other soldiers from Montana who have paid the ultimate price while serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more
What do an heirloom tomato production facility, a social organizing mobile app and a food delivery business have in common? They were all prize-winning participants in the recent John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at the University of Montana. I was fortunate to join nearly two dozen area businesspeople as a judge in this year’s competition. As I listened to the students pitch their ideas, I was struck not only by the creativity and ambition of the students who spent months honing their plans, but also by the spirit of the event itself. Read more
University of Montana alumnus Eric Sprunk, currently the executive vice president of merchandising and product at Nike, will become the company’s chief operating officer, it was announced earlier this month. In his new role, Sprunk will lead Nike manufacturing, sourcing, information technology and procurement. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UM in 1986. Read more
As a pre-med student majoring in exercise science, UM senior Cara Saxon has always had a fascination with the intricate systems of the human body. This summer, she discovered a project that combines her interests in immunology and inflammation with a rapidly growing technology that has great potential in the field of regenerative medicine. Saxon is pursuing that project through UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, which is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Read more
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana is displaying two exhibits: “A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet” and “Richard Buswell: Close to Home” in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center through Aug. 3. The MMAC’s summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Read more
Carla Dove got her B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana in 1986. Now she works at the Smithsonian as an ornithologist and a forensic expert of sorts. But unlike most forensic scientists, who help identify perpetrators of crimes, Dove identifies victims. And the victims in this case are birds. Learn more about her fascinating work in this report from National Public Radio.
Local education and business leaders gathered at Missoula College last week to discuss how best to instill essential trade skills in students along the path from high school to college to the workplace. The meeting signified Missoula College’s new strategy of fortifying curriculums with advice from the labor force. Read more
With two weeks left in her pharmacy residency, Sadie Linford, a University of Montana graduate with a doctorate in pharmacy, has her sights set on working as an inpatient pharmacist in a hospital setting. Linford, originally from Seeley Lake, graduated from UM in May 2012 and began her residency with Providence St. Patrick Hospital last July. While at UM Linford teamed up with her longtime friend and fellow pharmacy student Hayley Blackburn to start Global Grizzlies, a service-learning student group that aims to bring aid to developing countries. Read more
Three University of Montana teacher candidates recently returned from a 16-week student-teaching practicum in the Palni Hills of south India. UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences recently entered a partnership with Kodaikanal International School in Kodaikanal, India, to afford UM teacher candidates the opportunity to conduct their 16-week student teaching practicum at this international site. On July 5, three more teacher candidates from UM will depart for India to assume their autumn semester student-teaching assignments. Read more
Mealybugs only eat plant sap, but sap doesn’t contain all the essential amino acids the insects need to survive. Luckily, the bugs have a symbiotic relationship with two species of bacteria to manufacture the nutrients sap doesn’t provide. The net result: The bacteria get a comfy mealybug home, and the bugs get the nutrition they need to live. University of Montana microbiologist John McCutcheon and his research partners recently had their work on this subject published in the June 20 issue of Cell, a prestigious scientific journal. Read more
This week, middle school students from Montana’s GEAR UP partnering school districts are taking part in activities drawn from NASA’s educational database as they attend the five-day “STEM is Cool, Montana” academic summer camp. Blackfeet Community College is hosting University of Montana faculty, staff and students as they introduce camp participants to fun applications for science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines. Learn more about Montana GEAR UP here.
Earlier this week, Bitterroot College in Hamilton became the last of the seven two-year colleges in the state to unveil its new name and logo. In a feature interview on Montana Public Radio, Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education John Cech talks about the changing role of the two-year colleges, and the future of the relatively new Bitterroot College. Read more
Time capsules were meant to be opened, and the one from 1967 discovered during the recent renovation of the Elrod Building at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station was. Now, they’re going to add some items from 2013 and put it back where they found it. Read more
During the past five years, students and faculty members in UM's School of Journalism have won 13 Emmy Awards from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. That's more than any other college or university in the Northwest. Learn more about the award-winning work UM's student journalists create each semester on the School of Journalism website.
Campus Recreation’s Youth Camps program is underway at UM and the theme of the first week was football. The kids were surprised one morning with a visit from Griz football players who volunteered their time to teach campers about the sport. It was the highlight of the week for many of the children, with one young participate exclaiming, “it was the best day of my life!” as he walked away with a new excitement about the Griz football program. See photos of the football camp and find updates on the Youth Camps Facebook page.
The University of Montana is more than an educational institution, it is a community. Students succeed in the classroom, get involved in activities across campus, and integrate themselves into the broader Missoula area. We are scholars, athletes, gamers, and friends coming together to create a vibrant campus community. Find out more about the UM community in the Student Involvement Guide.
President Barack Obama set a goal early in his first term for the U.S. to turn out more college graduates than any other nation, but there hasn’t been much progress as most states have stumbled in their attempts to improve. Montana, however, stands apart. By investing in junior colleges, the Treasure State boasts a 6 percent rise in adult graduation rates. Read more
As an aspiring medical student, Emilie Jacobsen is very interested in learning about and researching the effects of the physical, biological and chemical environments on human health. This summer, she is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Emilie is working with mentors Andrij Holian and Ray Hamilton to study inflammasome activation in response to engineered nanomaterials. Read more
Fifteen Montana University System undergraduates have received summer internships to research climate science-related projects at sites throughout Montana. The Institute on Ecosystems students will work with faculty at the University of Montana and Montana State University on a variety of projects, studying everything from elk, marmots and snowshoe hares to Ponderosa pines and microscopic cyanobacteria. Read more
UM graduate Crissie McMullan has become one of the most powerful driving forces in Montana’s food and agriculture movement. In 2003, she co-founded UM’s Farm to College Program, which helps University Dining Services dish up local ingredients to students. She’s also shepherded important farm bills into state law, and a few years ago she launched a public service program that fosters major food projects in Montana and throughout the nation. Read more
Ruesha Hendricks, a senior premedical student at the University of Montana, recently was awarded the U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship sponsored by the Institute of International Education. Hendricks will receive a $5,000 award to intern in India with the Center of Social Medicine. Read more
Incoming University of Montana forestry graduate student Anna Bergstrom recently was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The Fellowship provides three years of tuition, a stipend and travel to two conferences. Read more
The Center for Environmental Health Sciences continues its rich tradition of providing undergraduate students with relevant experience in conducting biomedical research at UM. Through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program students are paired with a faculty mentor and participate in an ongoing research project in the environmental sciences during a 10-week intensive summer program each year. Read more
Montana student-athletes finished the spring with a semester GPA of 3.02. That left the athletic department's cumulative GPA, now at 3.08, above 3.0 for the 16th straight semester. Nine of Montana's 12 programs had semester GPAs of 3.15 or better, and the women’s golf team took top honors with a 3.41, which narrowly topped five other programs that came in at 3.3 or better. Read more
When the Missoulian newspaper recently named the area’s Top 20 Young Business Professionals Under 40, the list included men and women employed in a wide range of sectors. But one common theme woven throughout their diverse stories was the University of Montana. More than half of those listed earned their undergraduate or graduate degrees at UM or now educate the next generation of leaders attending UM. Read their stories here.
In the mountain meadows on the southern edge of the Bitterroot Valley, wildlife researchers were all about being efficient as they stalked tiny elk calves hidden away by their mothers over the past couple of weeks. Assistant Professor Mark Hebblewhite of UM’s Wildlife Biology Program is leading this portion of the study. Read more
Recent UM journalism graduates Sam Wilson and Jessica Murri won first- and second-place honors, respectively, in the national Hearst Journalism Awards finals on June 6 in San Francisco. Wilson won the top prize in the multimedia competition, and Murri took second place in the radio category. Read more
Griz football opponents know all about Washington-Grizzly Stadium, and now one national publication does too. The Sports Network has named it the top stadium in the Football Championship Subdivision, praising its atmosphere and Montana’s 174-24 record in the stadium. Read more
The University has hired Eric Gutierrez as its new director of equal opportunity and affirmative action after an extensive nationwide search. He will begin his duties July 1. The director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action serves as the University’s senior EO/AA and discrimination grievance officer. Read more
The filmmakers of “Subterranea” have cast western Montana’s documentary-friendly scenery against type, making it the setting of a psychological mystery drama with a hint of sci-fi. The movie, in production right now, began as Mathew Miller and Brandon Woodard’s MFA thesis projects in UM’s Media Arts program. Read more
The Shubert Foundation, an internationally respected organization benefitting the arts, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Montana Rep, UM’s professional touring theater company. The funds will support the Rep’s educational outreach program and other activities. Read more
With an eye on its future and respect for its past, UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation celebrates a century on campus this year. The cover story of UM’s alumni magazine, the Montanan, takes a look back at why the college has thrived and where it’s headed next. Read more
Dan Pletscher has worked at UM for 29 years, the past 19 as director of the Wildlife Biology Program. Under Pletscher’s watch the program now is ranked second nationally by Academic Analytics, and the University recently named it one of the three Programs of National Distinction. “It’s the students I’ll miss most about the job,” he said. Read more
While many kids his age will likely spend their summers working odd jobs to keep pace with tuition payments, Polson native Peregrine Frissell is off to the United Kingdom in July to engage in a four-week academic session funded by the prestigious Fulbright scholarship program. Just having completed his freshman year at UM’s Davidson Honors College, Frissell is heading across the pond to Nottingham Trent University to study climate change reporting by the media. Read more
Emily Graslie, the 23-year-old UM graduate who became a YouTube sensation with her “The Brain Scoop” videos for the University’s Zoological Museum, has landed a new job as curiosity correspondent for Chicago’s Field Museum. She will produce 50 episodes a year in her new role. Read more
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, a 1976 graduate of the UM School of Law, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University College Cork in Ireland. He will be honored for leading judicial practice reform, adjudicating significant environmental rights cases and increasing ties between UM and Cork. Read more
Joe Fanguy, UM director of technology transfer, led University efforts to take on full management of the MonTEC business incubator in 2011. MonTEC now has an anchor tenant in Rivertop Renewables, and Fanguy has updated the incubator’s business model to channel more support services to start-up companies. Read more
Taking the national Board of Certification Exam for the Athletic Trainer is a daunting undertaking with an average first-time passing rate between 60 and 80 percent. But on May 6, eight UM students who sat for the exam earned a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt. The exam is a rigorous, comprehensive assessment, covering four years of undergraduate classroom content, as well as clinical experiences. Read more
Educators from Indian Country and beyond gathered at the University of Montana on Thursday, launching a two-day seminar focused on the state of Native American education and efforts to drive it forward. Experts attending the Native American Student Advocacy Institute’s sixth annual conference spent the day discussing resources and ways to get more Indian students to college. Read more
University of Montana School of Journalism graduate, professor and friend Don Oliver died May 28 in Spokane, Wash. Don was a Billings native who rose to prominence covering many of the seminal events of the 1970s and ’80s as a correspondent for NBC News. He was 76. Our thoughts are with Don’s family, friends and colleagues. Read more
Kay Unger earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University and joined the Department of Economics at UM in 1978. Professor Unger was a successful and popular teacher, and her research, which was published in notable journals, covered areas such as health and gender economics, agriculture and banking. Her proudest accomplishment was bringing child care services to campus, a lasting project in which she played a vital role. Professor Unger is one of 50 2012-13 retirees. Read more UM retiree stories here.
Chef Thomas Siegel began his career at UM in 1978 in Dining Services, where he served 31 dedicated years in various roles, eventually culminating his service there as executive chef. In 2009, Chef Siegel decided to share his vast knowledge and took on the role of chef instructor in the Culinary Arts Program at Missoula College. Chef Siegel’s immense expertise, experience and selflessness in the service of his profession have become the cornerstone of the Culinary Arts Program. Chef Siegel is one of 50 2012-13 retirees. Read more retiree stories here.
The drama at Missoula-area osprey nests continues this season with a stolen nest, a tragic death, a jealous mate and - just this week - the hatching of eggs. University of Montana biologist Erick Greene and his team of researchers are recording those developments and more as they monitor some 200 osprey nests around western Montana. Webcams mounted on two of the nests provide the public with round-the-clock viewing opportunities. Read more
A true sign of the times, mobile app developers took the top prizes in the 24th annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at the University of Montana. The competition, which is sponsored by the UM School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, was held May 16 at UM’s Gallagher Business Building. Support from several sponsors and private donors funded the $29,000 prize purse and the students’ competition expenses. Read more
As director of the Office of Indian Education in Washington, D.C., UM alumnus Joyce Silverthorne helps craft successful education policy that meets the needs of Native students across the country. She finds hope in the rising generation of new Native leaders who are using education to help bring opportunity to their people. This week Silverthorne returns to UM as a plenary speaker during the Native American Student Advocacy Institute’s national conference. Read more of her story here.
Shelley Koontz dedicated 12 years to UM. From 2009 until 2013, Shelley served as Jesse Hall’s administrative assistant. She was the smiling face that welcomed new students every year, and she went out of her way to get to know the students who lived in her building and assist them with resources around campus. Shelley had a positive impact on the lives of many students during her time at UM. She is one of 50 2012-13 retirees. Read more retiree stories here.
Kerry Foresman has been a cornerstone of the Division of Biological Sciences and Wildlife Biology faculty for nearly 30 years. He has educated an entire generation of wildlife biologists in Montana on the study of mammals, and his course on development has been a rite of passage for thousands of biology majors. Throughout his years at UM, he has been a passionate teacher and advocate for experiential learning. Professor Foresman is one of 50 2012-13 UM retirees. Read more retiree stories here.
The University of Montana has named its next provost and vice president for academic affairs. The University announced Friday that Perry Brown, UM interim provost since 2010, has been named to the post after an extensive national search. The provost serves as the University’s No. 2 administrator. As chief academic officer, the position oversees UM academic operations and efforts to promote student success. Read more
The National Native Children’s Trauma Center at the University of Montana has received a donation from a former editor of Vogue magazine as an expression of support for the center's longstanding commitment to work in Indian Country.The donation was made by Babs Simpson, a renowned magazine editor, intrepid traveler and influential fashion model. Simpson became one of the most recognized figures in Vogue magazine after joining the publication in 1947. Read more
Jim Messina, the architect of President Barack Obama’s successful campaign for re-election, was the featured speaker during the University of Montana’s 116th Commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 18. Messina graduated from UM in 1993, where he studied political science and journalism. He served as Obama’s national chief of staff for the 2008 presidential campaign and led the president’s 2012 campaign. Read his speech here.
The University of Montana School of Journalism’s Native News Honors Project will publish its 22nd edition on Saturday, May 25. The publication, titled “Vast Expenses,” will be inserted inside editions of the Missoulian and the Billings Gazette. “Vast Expenses” focuses on how money is spent in and out of Montana’s Indian Country. The project is entirely reported, written, photographed, edited and designed by students in the UM School of Journalism. Read more
Immediate past president of the American Bar Association Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III will deliver the Commencement speech during the University of Montana School of Law graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Read more
University of Montana administrators are considering two sites for the new Missoula College building, President Royce C. Engstrom announced May 16. In addition to the South Campus site, UM will consider a location on University-owned property across the Clark Fork River, he said. The East Broadway property is immediately east of UM’s Montana Technology Enterprise Center facility on a seven-acre parcel of land. Read more
Explore planets, nebulae, star clusters and distant galaxies during eight upcoming free public observing nights at the Blue Mountain Observatory. The events are family-friendly, and children are welcome. The observatory, located atop Blue Mountain at an elevation of 6,300 feet, is operated by the University of Montana. Read more
Two University of Montana students have earned Chateaubriand Fellowships to carry out collaborative research in a French laboratory in Clermont-Ferrand. Steven McDaniel is a graduate student in UM’s Medicinal Chemistry Program and Jaydene Topenio McDaniel is a student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. Read more
The job announcement for Montana’s first softball coach was recently posted on the UM human resources website. Montana won’t begin playing until the spring of 2015. That date may still sound distant, but it will put the initial coach, who is expected to begin in August, under a compressed timeline. Read more
University of Montana researchers, in partnership with Missoula’s Providence St. Patrick Hospital, will use a new funding award to investigate how the hospital discharge process affects the treatment outcomes of patients from rural areas and to explore ways to improve those outcomes. Read more
With the enthusiasm those who make the “Backroads of Montana” bring to every episode, squeezing their stories into a half hour is challenging. The program is one of the most popular MontanaPBS shows. Episodes tell touching stories of Montanans, dig into history and take viewers to unexpected corners of the state. Read more
University Dining Services at the University of Montana recently received a gold medal in the 2013 Sustainability Awards from the National Association of College and University Food Services. The award honors UDS for exemplary work in sustainable procurement practices through the UM Farm to College Program, led by UDS Director of Sustainability and Procurement Ian Finch. Read more
The English Language Institute of the Office of International Programs at the University of Montana recently celebrated of 20 years on campus. The program, which currently serves 250 students from more than 40 countries each year, had humble beginnings in UM’s Linguistics Department in 1993, helping one student for two weeks. Read more
University of Montana Presidential Leadership Scholarships have been awarded to 24 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 300 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
Trust, understanding and respect. Those are three vital foundation components for medical research in Indian Country. That is the route UM School of Pharmacy researchers and the Montana Cancer Institute took when putting feelers out about genetic research they wanted to do related to cancer among members of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai Tribes. Read more
Former University of Montana women's soccer star Courtney (Mathieson) Jenkins and UM's Big Sky Conference champion 1972 men's track team will be inducted into the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame this fall, UM Athletic Director Kent Haslam announced this week. Read more
Clark Sisler was in his late 40s, severely injured and unemployed with a family to support when he decided to enroll at Bitterroot College in 2010. On Friday afternoon, Sisler will graduate and deliver the commencement address for the Bitterroot College Class of 2013. Read more
After a 17-year career selling cars, bookkeeping and running an office in Seattle, Tracy Wendt is lined up to graduate with the University of Montana’s Class of 2013. Except she won’t be lining up at all. She’ll jump into a summer job with Montana Trout Unlimited before starting graduate school next fall. Read more
University of Montana student Charlotte Leung recently was selected for the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium. The event, which will be held in late July, is highly selective and receives auditions from applicants around the world. Leung, a freshman international student from Hong Kong, was selected for the symposium through a recorded audition. Read more
Join the University of Montana Commencement celebration using the hashtag #umontana2013 on Twitter and Instagram. Tag your photos of this weekend's Commencement activities and follow the Alumni Association on Instagram (@mtalum) and the University of Montana (@umontana) to be part of #umontana2013.
Nearly 3,000 graduates and degree candidates are invited to participate in the University of Montana’s 116th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The general ceremony for UM’s professional schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and Missoula College 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
When Bryan Ellis graduated from high school, he couldn’t perform division. This summer he’ll receive a doctorate in sociology from Howard University. It’s difficult to appreciate where the former Montana Grizzly basketball player is today without knowing his history. Read more
A team of scientists, including University of Montana Professor Steven Running, have developed the Drought Severity Index, which uses NASA satellite imagery to better localize drought conditions. Local Meteorologist Russ Thomas of KPAX news reports. Read more
University of Montana assistant professors Daisy Rooks and Tobin Shearer will receive the 2013 Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award at UM’s 116th Commencement on Saturday, May 18. Award winners exhibit superior teaching skills and dedication to advising and mentoring students. The award is the highest honor given by the College of Arts and Sciences for early career faculty. Read more
The first TEDxUMontana event will be held Sept. 19, 2013, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center at the University of Montana. TEDxUMontana will feature some of the best minds, most innovative ideas and engaging speakers from the UM community. If you've got what it takes to deliver a great TED talk, fill out a speaker application form. Read more
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed the resolution of two investigations into the University of Montana’s handling of allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, and we announced our collaborative agreements moving forward. Read more
The omelet bar in the University of Montana Food Zoo is always reason for celebration, but the last omelet bar of the year marks a special occasion as University Dining Services selects a theme and goes all out to send students off with a bang. This semester’s festive event was held May 8 and paid home to “Alice and Wonderland.” Read more
Students in the University of Montana's School of Business Administration continue to knock the Business Major Field Test out of the park. Thirty-one students graduating with the spring 2013 class scored at or higher than the 90th percentile, with the entire class scoring in the 94th percentile overall. Read more
The University of Montana Russian Program continues to shine this year, with two students recently capturing top prizes in a national Russian-language essay contest. Dakota Whisler received a second-place silver medal and Justin Davis received honorable mention in the second-year nonheritage learners category of the annual American Council of Teachers of Russian National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. Read more
The University of Montana ranks No. 7 on the Peace Corps’ 2013 list of top Master’s International programs. There are now 17 UM Master’s International students making a difference overseas through Peace Corps service. Established in 1992, the UM Master’s International program allows students to earn their graduate degrees while serving in the Peace Corps. Since 1992, 49 UM students have completed the program. Read more
Three University of Montana graduate students will depart for India on May 14 to work with Indian students and faculty on a research exchange. The three UM students, all Native Americans, will study issues related to climate change and socioeconomic change in tribal populations in India. In the fall, three Indian graduate students will come to UM for six weeks to learn about tribal culture in Montana. Read more
New York Magazine recently featured Missoula its weekend travel section, The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan. The article “Explore City and Country in Missoula” offers recommendations on lodging, dining, activities around Missoula and how to spend “an oddball day.” Read more
The University of Montana's Sam Gratton, Josh Harris, and Peter Nguyen were recently named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. The NFF recognized 703 seniors from across all divisions of college football for academic achievement. To qualify for the team a player must have completed his eligibility with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better, and be a starter or key reserve. Read more
Eight undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Montana have received Fulbright Scholarship award notifications for the coming year.The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Read more
Newly released county population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show significant growth in Montana’s northeastern oil patch, according to a University of Montana researcher. Jim Sylvester, an economist at UM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, said that Richland County, which contains Sidney, was among the fastest growing counties in the country with estimated growth of 6.6 percent during the past year. Read more
Eliza Allison, a University of Montana senior from Helena, will work in Washington, D.C., this summer as the recipient of the 2013 J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship. Allison, who will graduate in May with a degree in political science and a minor in French, will serve as a summer intern for the Senate Finance Committee under the guidance of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. "I firmly believe in the importance of supplementing one's education with experiential learning," Allison said. "This internship will enable me to do just that." Read more
More than 1,600 students from all over the world recently competed in the semiannual Capsim Challenge to see who has the corporate intellect to be a winning CEO. University of Montana School of Business Administration graduate student Curtis Wallette rose to the top of the competition, taking first place in the challenge. Wallette, a Master of Business Administration candidate who lives in Billings, spent six to eight hours a day analyzing his business, strategizing his investments and “running” the company during the two-week semifinal competition in April. Read more
A film co-directed by UM Associate Professor Andrew Smith and his twin brother, Alex, has been selected to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. “Winter in the Blood” is based on a novel by the late James Welch, a UM alum, and features the work several UM grads, including actress Lily Gladstone, casting director Rene Hayes, co-producer and writer Ken White, along with several current and former School of Media Arts students. The movie was filmed on the Montana Hi-Line in 2011. Read more
Since its creation 75 years ago, University of Montana’s Wildlife Biology Program has educated thousands of students. In this video produced by Conservation Media, Professors Dan Pletscher, Kerry Foresman and Dick Hutto discuss the history of wildlife biology at UM and the legendary educators who helped build the program into the world-class school that it is today.
University of Montana students and faculty collaborated across disciplines to create a multimedia piece featuring narration, computer music, dance and animation that artistically translates how the sounds of the rivers influence waterway ecosystems. “Sounds of Rivers: Stone Drum,” which will be showcased in the annual UM “Dance in Concert” production, illustrates how science and fine arts can come together to document valuable research and tell a compelling story. Read more
A team of students and instructors from Missoula College UM tested the limits of an energy-efficient vehicle they spent several months building when they traveled to a national competition last year. The team – led by Brad Layton, director of MC’s Energy Technology Program, and energy tech student Grant Myhre – raced its aluminum-framed, solar-powered car in the Shell Eco Marathon in Houston last spring. Layton says participating in such competitions inspires students to put knowledge into practice and also connects them with the much wider worlds of research, innovation and business. Read more
Jumping from a plane into the choking smoke of a wildland fire takes utter mental focus. Anxiety about what might go wrong can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. For most of the decade that Charles Palmer served as a Missoula-based smokejumper for the U.S. Forest Service, he kept that mental clarity. Now in his sixth year teaching in UM's Department of Health and Human Performance, Palmer maintains a keen interest in what makes wildland firefighters tick. Read more
Nate McCrady, known by many as the UM assistant professor of astronomy who shares his love of the stars with visitors during the Blue Mountain Observatory public viewing nights, recently won the first University of Montana College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching Across the Curriculum. His talent as an educator and seemingly unbound enthusiasm and energy have garnered him high praise from colleagues and students alike, who describe him as dedicated, challenging and involved. Read more
The University of Montana unveiled its new logo and brand identity to employees April 30 in the University Center Theater during an internal event hosted by UM’s Office of Integrated Communications. “This always has been a great University,” said Mario Schulzke, UM’s assistant vice president for marketing. “We just really needed a fresh storytelling platform to be able to communicate to the public all of the amazing things that are happening here on a daily basis.” Read more
Throughout her career, UM Professor Janet Finn repeatedly has explored, captured and given voice to the often-overlooked stories of women and their unique contributions to society. In her most recent book, “Mining Childhood: Growing up in Butte, 1900-1960,” Finn turns her attention to children and what childhood once was like on “The Richest Hill on Earth.” Finn will host a presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Fact & Fiction bookstore in downtown Missoula. Read more
Jim Messina, the architect of President Barack Obama’s successful campaign for re-election, will be the featured speaker during the University of Montana’s 116th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18. Messina graduated from UM in 1993, where he studied political science and journalism. He served as Obama’s national chief of staff for the 2008 presidential campaign and led the president’s 2012 campaign. Read more
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana will display two new exhibits: “A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet” and “Richard Buswell: Close to Home” in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center from May 2 to Aug. 3. Read more
UM is famous for the quality of writers produced by its Creative Writing Program, but not many of them go on to run nationally recognized tech companies based in Missoula. In fact, you could argue that Michael FitzGerald, M.F.A. ’00, stands alone in that category. FitzGerald is CEO of Submittable, an enterprise software company that allows publishers to easily accept and curate digital content. Read more about his story here.
Just in time for Earth Week, the University Center at the University of Montana recently added an environmentally friendly One Bike/One Speaker, Pedal Power PA System to their event production equipment. The Pedal Power PA system was purchased with the help of UM’s Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund, which helps fund campuswide energy savings and waste-reduction projects. UM students Hailey Jorgensen and Rose Dickson submitted the successful proposal. Read more
The ospreys have returned to their nests in western Montana and bird watchers can once again observe their nesting behavior via two webcams. UM researchers Erick Greene and Heiko Langner use the cameras on osprey nests to collect data on prey fish numbers, species and sizes. Join hundreds of viewers from around the world by viewing the live webcam streams here.
University of Montana graduate student Kellie Carim studies bones that reveal the ages and life histories of trout. It’s her way of fighting for a native species. Read more
It’s difficult to know what exactly the effects of pesticides on humans are, since many people don’t understand when they have been exposed. University of Montana Professor Chuck Thompson is working to change that. Thompson studies chemical toxicology and neurochemistry at UM. He's working with Jon Nagy to develop a simple, inexpensive field test that can help people determine if they are experiencing a reaction to pesticide exposure. Read more
The College of Forestry and Conservation at The University of Montana distributed nearly $160,000 in scholarships to more than 80 students at a ceremony held April 19. Many of the school’s scholarships were established in memory of former students or by local organizations, faculty and alumni. Learn more about some of the people these generous scholarships memorialize. Read more
After an extensive national search, the University of Montana will interview three finalists for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. The provost serves UM as chief academic officer, overseeing the University’s academic operations and efforts to promote student success. Read more
University of Montana Entertainment Management students recently got the chance to be “backstage and front of house,” as they helped coordinate a festival and fundraiser put together by music legend Eric Clapton. Earlier this month, half a dozen UM students headed to Madison Square Garden after two semesters and hundreds of hours of work promoting and publicizing Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013. Read more
Missoula College UM Culinary Arts students recently earned a bronze medal in a culinary competition that took place April 12-15 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Michael Goff, Brittany Campbell, Amy Jaqueth, Madison Conway and William Gervais competed against six other state team champions from the western region. Read more
Normally, digging holes in Yellowstone National Park violates federal law, but for the past five summers University of Montana archaeologist Doug MacDonald and his students have been doing just that. They are surveying and evaluating archeological sites surrounding Yellowstone Lake to reveal the lives of people who lived as long as 9,000 years ago. Read more
The University of Montana basketball fans young and old turned out April 17 to celebrate the teams' Big Sky Conference regular-season and tournament champions during a family-friendly celebration held in Dahlberg Arena. Read more
Just in time for Earth Day, the Princeton Review again named The University of Montana one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” This is the fourth consecutive year UM has made “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.” Read more
The University of Montana has designated Friday, April 19, UM Employee Recognition Day to show appreciation to all employees and to celebrate the impressive contributions they make to the success of the University. Read more
The University of Montana has selected “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder as the 2013 First-Year Reading Experience book. The nonfiction book recounts the work of renowned infectious-disease specialist Dr. Paul Farmer as he tackles tuberculosis and the effects of poverty in Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia. Read more
Estimates produced by The University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research show that 10.8 million people visited Big Sky Country, an increase of 2 percent from 2011. Spending by those visitors increased about 15 percent from the year before, totaling $3.27 billion. Read more
The Society of Professional Journalists awarded University of Montana journalism students 14 first-place awards and 13 second- and third-place awards at the regional SPJ competition in Spokane, Wash., April 13. UM students won accolades in magazine, online, photography, radio, reporting and television categories. Read more
University of Montana junior Rebecca Boslough recently won the national Truman Scholarship. The prestigious award provides top U.S. university student leaders up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school. Boslough, who majors in resource conservation with a minor in climate change studies, is the UM's 13th Truman Scholar. Read more
The University Players will present their annual 10-Minute Play Festival at the University of Montana on Thursday and Friday, April 18-19. The festival starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to attend this theatrical affair. The University Players student group produces independent theater directed and designed by UM students.
Every year, millions of visitors to Yellowstone National Park traverse the boardwalk of Grand Prismatic Hot Spring to observe the pool’s boiling blue center. For the past few years, those tourists have been joined by researchers from the University of Montana Division of Biological Sciences who are studying the hot spring in an attempt to unlock the mysteries underlying the unique innovation of photosynthetic bacterial life at extreme temperatures. Read more
The predicted decrease of winter snowpack due to climate change might inconvenience winter recreationists, but for mammals that change coat color during the cold months to blend in and survive, the consequences could be much graver. L. Scott Mills, a professor in the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation, will publish an article on this topic in the April issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more
Two University of Montana students recently received prestigious national scholarships. Kim Ledger won a Goldwater Scholarship for her research titled “Biogeographic Investigation of Exotic Invasion.” Mara Menahan, a junior majoring in environmental studies and geography and minoring in climate change studies, received the Udall Scholarship. Read more
There are around 14 million domestic yaks in the world, but nobody knows how many wild yaks there are. They're a vulnerable species. UM Professor Joel Berger lead an expedition to the Tibetan plateau last November and December to get a better yak count and start to figure out how they're going to respond to climate change. Read about it in Scientific American.
Jakki Mohr found her most recent academic inspiration from a humpback whale.That might seem odd considering that for the past 25 years — 15 of those at The University of Montana’s landlocked business school — she has taught marketing, and not, for instance, marine biology. In 2008, however, when Mohr heard a talk about biomimicry, it hit right at the intersection between nature and business. Read more
Local lore claims that downtown Missoula has quite the history—underground. It's a subject that has caught, and held, the attention of Missoulians for decades. In an attempt to document that lore, a group of fifteen graduate and undergraduate students in UM's Department of Anthropology worked this past fall to investigate, catalog and photograph Missoula's historic and fabled underground. Read more
From ranchers who use guns to manage their livestock to survivors of a 1986 Montana school shooting, this student-produced documentary program explores the role of guns in Montana's culture. The program is the most recent edition of a 26-year tradition of films produced by the students of UM's School of Journalism. "Guns in the Big Sky: Montana's Gun Culture" will air on MontanaPBS in May. Read more
Innovation and imagination are the cornerstones of research and creative scholarship at the University of Montana. UM is celebrating research, creative scholarship and entrepreneurship during “II2013 –Innovation and Imagination 2013,” a week of activities held April 10-17. All events are free and open to the public. Read more