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ForUM News from The University of Montana
 Jan. 21, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 1 |
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Journalism dean hired as communication VP


UM President Royce Engstrom has hired Peggy Kuhr as the University's vice president for integrated communications and Mario Schulzke as assistant vice president for marketing.


The two UM alumni will fill the top leadership posts in the reconfigured Office of Integrated Communications. Both started in their duties in early January.


"My vision for the Office of Integrated Communications included recruiting a respected professional with a passion for the University and a desire to increase the effectiveness of communications both on and off campus," Engstrom said. "The search process not only identified Peggy as the right person for the vice president for integrated communications but also led us to Mario, who impressed the search committee with his vision and energy to address UM's immediate and long-term marketing and digital media needs."


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UM hires new VP for administration and finance


Michael Reid will join UM as the new vice president for administration and finance April 1. Reid visited UM in mid-December for on-campus interviews and a public forum.


Reid currently is vice president for finance and administration at Angelo State University in Texas. He also served as the vice president for finance and administration from 2004 to 2011 at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and from 2001 to 2004 at Pueblo Community College in Colorado.


"I've always had a professional desire and career goal to serve at The University of Montana," Reid said. "It's a special place, so I'm very excited to be given this opportunity."


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2012 W2 forms available for pickup until Jan. 28

All employee W2 forms are available for pickup in Human Resource Services in Lommasson Room 252 until 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Employees must bring a photo ID to receive their W2.


Departments that wish to pick up bulk W2s can find the W2 Pickup Request form here. All requests must be legible and include the current address, UM 790 ID number and employee signature. Employees should check with their department before coming to HRS to pick up their W2.


HRS is open 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be closed Monday, Jan. 21.

Nominations open for employee recognition awards


The Office of the President invites faculty, staff and students to submit nominations for this year's UM Employee Recognition Day Awards. The awards recognize outstanding employees who contribute to the University in a variety of ways.


A full list of awards, as well as information on nomination requirements, is available here.


Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 22. Employee Recognition Day will be held Friday, April 19. For more information call Kate Stober in the Office of the President at 406-243-2419 or email

UM, MCPS to explore P-20 education with grant

A groundbreaking partnership between UM and Missoula County Public Schools to transform the relationships among classrooms, schools, and student and teacher experiences from preschool to the doctorate level recently was awarded a grant from The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.


The two organizations were awarded $730,000 to fund the first year of a three-year, $1.6 million proposal titled SHAPE P-20, "Schools and Higher Education Advancing Public Education Across the P-20 Spectrum."


The aim of SHAPE P-20 is that all students will graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills required to thrive in the 21st century.


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Annual lecture series kicks off Jan. 24 in Great Falls

UM Regents Professor Richard Bridges will explore some of the most exciting research under way at the UM Skaggs School of Pharmacy during the first installment of the 2013 Bringing the U to You Lecture Series in Great Falls.


Bridges, who teaches pharmacology and toxicology, will present "Biomedical Research and its Impact on Medical Advancements, Student Training and Economic Development" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Heritage Hall on the campus of Great Falls College Montana State University, located at 2100 16th Ave. S.


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Readers needed for General Scholarship Competition

Volunteer readers are needed to review 2013-14 General Scholarship applications Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20-21. Readings will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Brantly Hall Presidents Room.


Volunteers are asked to read a packet of 10 applications, which should take about an hour. If you are interested in participating, call Kathy Gaskill at 406-243-5379 or email

Staff Senate, UC host free screening of 'Argo'

Staff Senate and the University Center will sponsor a free showing of "Argo" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the UC Theater.


Staff members are welcome to bring a friend or significant other to enjoy the Academy Award-nominated film. Free drink tumblers, popcorn and soda will be provided. No tickets are required, but attendees will be helped first-come, first-served.

UM School of Music students earn opera accolades

Students with the UM Opera Theater recently were honored by the National Opera Association. Two of their scenes were selected to compete in Portland, Ore., Jan. 3-5 in the national finals of the Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition, and a UM team was judged to have performed the best undergraduate scene in the nation.


Thain Bertin and Jenna Preston performed a scene from "Eugene Onegin" in the graduate division, and John Knispel and Arielle Nachtigal did a scene from Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" in the undergraduate division.


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IPHARM program celebrates 10th anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of UM's Improving Health Among Rural Montanans, or IPHARM, program. IPHARM is a traveling health-screening program designed to provide wellness checks to those who are unable to access health care while providing health professions students with interdisciplinary experience in screening and counseling patients.


At an IPHARM screening, UM health professions students administer tests, including bone density, hemoglobin A1c (average blood sugar), cholesterol, blood pressure and balance assessment. Recently added screenings include tests for memory and mood. The screening and counseling are provided at a low cost.


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Lecture series to examine why Russia matters

Six lectures by five UM faculty members will examine why Russia matters in this year's annual Community Lecture Series: "Russia on the Oval." The weekly lecture series, now in its 15th year, will begin Tuesday, Feb. 19.


Always entertaining and educational, this year's lineup focuses on how Russian history and culture have impacted the world, examining topics such as Russian literature, folklore and cinema, as well as Soviet propaganda art and the question of identity in Russian history. Attendees will discover a broad spectrum of people and events that made Russia what it was and what it is today.


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UM journalism students to cover 2013 legislature

Three students from the UM School of Journalism have been chosen to provide news coverage of the Montana Legislature's 2013 session for scores of newspapers and radio stations across the state. The session began Jan. 7.


Amy Sisk, a junior originally from Seattle, will provide coverage for interested newspapers across the state. The Montana Newspaper Association helps fund Sisk's coverage.


Keele Smith and Jonathon Ambarian, both seniors, will provide daily reports to nearly 50 Montana broadcasters. Their coverage is made possible by grants from the Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Broadcasters Association.


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Blair hired as Rural Institute director

Martin Blair was selected as the new director of the Rural Institute at UM following a nationwide search. He will head up the institute, which serves as the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service for Montana.


Blair previously served as the associate director of the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education at Utah State University, as well as Steering Council chair of the Utah Interagency Outreach Training Initiative. He also was the associate director of the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at USU.


Blair will begin his new duties at UM on June 1.

The Bookstore at UM hires Aliri as CEO

The board of directors of The Bookstore at UM recently appointed Jon Aliri as the organization's chief executive officer. Aliri has been with the Bookstore since 2003 and has served as its director of operations for the past 18 months. He began his duties as CEO on Jan. 1. Aliri's appointment follows a national search during which the board reviewed numerous applications and held on-campus interviews for two candidates.


Aliri has been a part of the UM community since 2000. He earned both a master of arts in economics and an MBA from UM.


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New Crown of the Continent e-magazine available

"Dispatches" has been released and can be found online.


"Dispatches" is a publication of the UM Crown of the Continent Initiative and is an adjunct to UM's Crown of the Continent e-magazine. It is issued periodically throughout the year.


The current issue features "The Naturalist," an excerpt from a major piece on Morton J. Elrod that former UM President and Professor of History Emeritus George Dennison is writing on one of Montana's most eminent naturalist-educators.


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UM Pedagogy Project moves teaching forward

Megan Stark now knows what kind of teacher she is. Paul Silverman has figured out how to invite students to take responsibility for their own learning. Joel Iverson has found solutions he didn't know he had.


All three UM faculty members have participated in the University's Pedagogy Project. Now marking its fourth year, the faculty-led initiative brings instructors from across UM together for focused conversation and reflection on teaching. Since its inception, the 25 fellows in the program have conducted more than 75 mid-semester evaluations in one another's classes and engaged thousands of students in discussions about the most effective ways to enhance learning in the classroom.


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UM student wins scholarship to study in Russia

UM senior Justin Trifiro received a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Russia for spring semester. Trifiro, a graduate of Wethersfield High School in Wethersfield, Ct., will spend four months studying at Saint Petersburg State University through the School of Russian and Asian Studies.


Trifiro majors in Russian language in the UM Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. Last year, he received a bronze medal for his essay in the non-heritage learners, level-two American Council of Teachers of Russian National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. Trifiro only had an hour to write an original essay with no dictionary on the topic "What is a friend?"


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MMAC exhibitions celebrate local artist, clothing

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture on the UM campus will house two new exhibitions focused on textiles from Thursday, Jan. 24, to Saturday, April 20: "Nancy Erickson: Kindred Spirits" and "Follow That Thread: Fashion and Textiles from the Permanent Collection."


The exhibitions will be displayed in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. An opening reception for both exhibitions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in the PAR/TV Center lobby. The reception is open to the public.


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Staff Senate to host Community Tap Night in March

Staff, faculty and students over 21 years of age are welcome to the Tamarack Brewing Company downtown for the Staff Senate Community Tap Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. Staff Senate will earn 75 cents for every pint of beer sold.


Tamarack offers a full menu, and a 50/50 raffle also will be held. Winners don't need to be present to win. The brewery is located at 231 W. Front St.


For more information call Judy Wellert at 406-243-5422 or email

Faculty/Staff/Retiree Socials

Socials will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. some Fridays during spring semester in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. Spring semester dates and event sponsors are:

  • Feb. 1: Davidson Honors College
  • Feb. 8: Office of the President
  • May 10: Office of the President

No socials will be held on Feb. 15, April 12 and May 17, due to conflicting events. If your department is interested in sponsoring a social on any other Friday, call Karen Kaley at the Honors College at 406-243-2589.

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • Jan. 21: Basketball: Lady Griz vs. Southern Utah. Read more
  • Jan. 24: Montana Museum of Art & Culture exhibit openings: "Nancy Erickson: Kindred Spirits" and "Fashion and Textiles." Read more
  • Jan. 24: Basketball: Grizzlies vs. Idaho State. Read more
  • Jan. 24: Basketball: Lady Griz vs. Idaho State. Read more
  • Jan. 25-26: Indoor Track and Field: Grizzlies at Washington State. Read more
  • Jan. 26: Play: "Biloxi Blues." Read more
  • Jan. 26: Reading and Signing: Jess E. Owen, author of "Song of the Summer King." Read more
  • Jan. 26: Basketball: Lady Griz vs. Weber State. Read more
  • Jan. 26: Basketball: Grizzlies vs. Weber State. Read more
  • Jan. 27: Cross-Country Ski Outing. Read more
  • Jan. 27: Reading and Signing: David Clark, author of "Mile High Redemption." Read more
  • Jan. 27: Concert: Celebrate Piano Series III, Keyboard Benefit Concert. Read more
News about U
News About U

Leonard Leibinger joined the Division of Student Affairs as interim director of the UM V.E.T.S. Office on Jan. 2. Leibinger came to UM from the Montana State Veterans Affairs Division, where he worked for 25 years, most recently serving as the operational/regional service officer. Leibinger graduated from Columbia College and received a master's in counseling and education from Long Island University/CW Post. He served for more than 22 years with the U.S. Army and the Montana National Guard.


Mathematical Sciences Professor Bharath Sriraman conducted an invited workshop on "Scientific Publishing in the Education Sciences" in addition to delivering a universitywide public lecture on "Identity and Innovation in Mathematics Education" at Universiti Sains in Penang, Malaysia, Dec. 20-22.

Retired UM geology Professor Robert Weidman passed away on Dec. 29 at the age of 89. Weidman began teaching at UM in 1953 and held his position for 38 years. A full obituary is available at the Missoulian.


Krueger, Jerome A. 2013. "Biology: Organisms and Adaptations." Brooks Cole. 736 pages.

Seekins, T.; Arnold, N.; Ipsen, C. 2012. "Developing Methods for Grading the Accessibility of a Communality's Infrastructure." Journal of Urban Planning and Development. Volume 138, Issue 3: pp. 270-276.

Von Reichert, Christiane; Cromartie, John B.; Arthun, Ryan O. 2013. "Intergenerational Relationships and Rural Return Migration." Rural Aging in 21st Century America. Edited by N. Glasgow and H.E. Berry. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 251-271.

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