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ForUM News from The University of Montana
 Jan. 28, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 2 |
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Sustainable-farming expert to present lecture

Author and sustainable-farming expert Anna Lappe will deliver a lecture titled "Sustainability, Sustenance and Social Change: How Sustainable Food and Farming Can Nourish the World and Transform Communities" at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre as part of the President's Lecture Series.


Lappe also will deliver an afternoon seminar in conjunction with the UM Philosophy Forum titled "Eat the Sky: Connecting the Dots between Climate, Food and the Future of Farming" from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. earlier the same day in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.


During the past decade, Lappe has been a fierce critic of industrial agriculture for making people sicker, fatter and poorer. She has built an international reputation through books, online videos and lectures as a leading expert on sustainable food and agricultural policies.


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Annual Gilkey Lecture to address marketing

Phil Cowdell, president of R2C Group and former chairman of Mindshare North America, will be at UM on Wednesday, Jan. 30, to present the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Executive Lecture.


Cowdell will present "Changing the Game: Reinvention and Opportunity in Marketing" from 6 to 7 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 106. The event is free and open to the public.


Cowdell's experience spans large and small media agencies worldwide. As chairman and former CEO of Mindshare North America, he oversaw 950 employees and $8.6 billion in billing. MediaWeek Magazine honored Cowdell as the 2010 Media Executive of the Year after helping Mindshare garner $2 billion in new business in less than two years. During his tenure at Mindshare, he worked with clients such as Unilever, Kimberly-Clark, IBM, Cisco, Ford, Land Rover, Amex, HSBC, Farmers Insurance, CVS, RadioShack, Abbott Laboratories and numerous other well-known brands.


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Economic seminar headed to nine Montana cities

Larry White, director of the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM, will discuss the latest health care developments at the 38th Annual Economic Outlook Seminar, "The Best Medicine: How Can Montanans Take Charge of Changes in Health Care?"


The seminar runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held in nine Montana cities during January, February and March. Registration costs $80, which includes a booklet, lunch and a one-year subscription to Montana Business Quarterly, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research's award-winning business journal. Continuing education credits are available, and groups of five or more qualify for discounted registration.


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Online exhibit highlights career of Mike Mansfield

He was arguably the greatest statesman in Montana history, and now UM has created an online exhibit to highlight the many accomplishments of Mike Mansfield.


The exhibit was created by staffers at UM organizations that bear the Mansfield name: the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.


"The goal of this exhibition is to highlight Mansfield's impact as a responsible decision-maker and an ethical leader in both domestic and foreign policy," UM Archivist Donna McCrea said. "Mansfield's particular brand of statesmanship seems especially rare these days. He deserves to be remembered."


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UM community invited to free Maulers hockey game

The Missoula Maulers minor league hockey team invites all UM students, faculty and staff to an evening of free hockey as the Maulers host the Bozeman Icedogs on Thursday, Jan. 31.


The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at the Glacier Ice Rink, located at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. UM students, faculty and staff who present their Griz Card at the gate will be admitted free of charge.


For more information call the Maulers information line at 406-830-3264 or go online to

New chief information officer to begin in April

UM has hired Matthew Riley for the position of chief information officer. Riley, who visited campus in late November, will begin his new duties in April.


"Matt Riley brings a great combination of knowledge, experience and interpersonal skill to this position," UM President Royce Engstrom said. "He impressed everyone as a true collaborator who will lead us to the next level in information technology.


Riley has been the director of information technology at the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University since 2007. Before that, he worked in information technology, including as director of technical services, at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif., and as a programmer and analyst in the U.S. Air Force. Riley holds a master's of business administration and a bachelor's in business and management from the University of Redlands.


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Famous climber to recount Himalayan expedition

Climber John Roskelley will present an account of his 1976 ascent of Nanda Devi's northwest face in the Indian Himalayas at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the University Center Theater.


Roskelley will share stories of the 25,645-foot climb, as well as stories of other climbs he has completed through the years in the free presentation. His books include "Nanda Devi: the Tragic Expedition," "The Roskelley Collection (Legends and Lore)" and "Stories Off the Wall."


The presentation is co-sponsored by the UM Outdoor Program and the Nature-Link Institute. For more information call the Outdoor Program at 406-243-5172 or visit

Funding available for Montana projects

The UM Wilderness Institute is accepting proposals for grants to support historical research, creative writing and wilderness studies projects that explore Montana's land and people.


The grants range from $400 to $1,000 and are awarded through the University's Matthew Hansen Endowment, which was established in 1984 as a memorial to Hansen and his ideals.


The deadline to submit proposals is March 1. Awards will be announced in April.


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Annual Labor Film Festival sponsored by UFA, MPEA

The Missoula Area Central Labor Council will present the 8th annual Missoula Labor Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, at the Roxy Theater, located at 718 S. Higgins Ave. The event showcases documentary films on the topic of workers, unions and the history of the labor movement.


There is a recommended donation of $5 for one night and $9 for both. The festival is co-sponsored by the UM unions: the University Faculty Association and the Montana Public Employees Association.


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Spring Professional Development schedule online

The schedule of upcoming Professional Development Series events is available online.


Topics include Pedagogy Microtalks, improving proposal writing, building disability perspectives into course content and more. Sessions are open to faculty and graduate students.


For more information call Faculty Development Office Director Amy Fowler Kinch at 406-243-5897.

Intramural flag football teams open to faculty, staff

UM faculty, staff, students and alumni will have the opportunity to play under the lights of Washington-Grizzly Stadium through Campus Recreation's four-on-four intramural flag football teams.


Teams will play between 3 and 10 p.m. each Sunday starting Feb. 10. Teams must register by Tuesday, Feb. 5, and pay forfeit fees by Wednesday, Feb. 6. Registration is available online. Spots are limited, and teams are encouraged to register as soon as possible.


"It's not every day that Joe or Jane athlete gets the opportunity to play in such a great venue," said Natalie Hiller Claridge, Campus Recreation intramural sports manager. "Every aspect of the game is more exciting under the lights."


For more information or to learn about other intramural sports offered by Campus Recreation, visit

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, because of 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. 28: Exhibition: "Everybody's Fine." Read more
  • Jan. 29-31: Play: "Biloxi Blues." Read more
  • Jan. 30: Reading and Signing: Mike Medberry. Read more
  • Jan. 31: Opening Reception: MMAC exhibitions. Read more
  • Jan. 31: Basketball: Lady Griz vs. Portland State. Read more
  • Feb. 1: Reading: Celebrate Young Writers. Read more
  • Feb. 1: Concert: Missoula Symphony Orchestra family concert. Read more
  • Feb. 2: Celebrate Romance. Read more
  • Feb. 2: Basketball: Lady Griz vs. Eastern Washington. Read more
  • Feb. 2: Concert: Grizzly Marching Band "Stadium Echoes." Read more
  • Feb. 2: Play: "Biloxi Blues." Read more
News about U
News About UFaculty and graduate students in the Department of Communication Studies participated in the National Communication Association annual convention in Orlando, Fla., in November. Professor Betsy Bach organized and chaired a preconference for department chairs called "Creating COMMunity with Faculty, Students, Administrators and Donors." Professor Sara Hayden presented a paper titled "Crime and Consumption: Child Endangerment at the Gallatin Valley Mall." Associate Professor Greg Larson presented a co-written paper with former UM graduate student Nick Burk titled "Emancipating (Inter)disciplinary Identities: Discursive Leveraging During Identity Work." Larson also responded to a panel of papers titled "Scientific and Technical Work: Communicating Knowledge and Difference." Associate Professor Christina Yoshimura participated in an executive meeting as second vice president of the Western States Communication Association. Associate Professor Steve Yoshimura participated in a scholarly roundtable discussion titled "Bullying in the Academy: Confronting Aggressive Communication in the Professional Community." He also was elected chair of the NCA Interpersonal Communication Division for 2015. Graduate student Jordan Allen presented on a communication theory panel. Graduate student Gabriel Grelle presented a paper titled "Roots That Grow Underground Are As Big As a Tree: A Qualitative Study of Environmental Collective Resistance." Graduate student Dana Underwood presented a paper titled "Globalization from Below: SlutWalk and Strategic Ambiguity for Collective Resistance."
Anthropology and Native American studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning met with Diana Reiss, the country's leading researcher on dolphin behavior and communication, in December to discuss whether his language acquisition method could be modified and used with dolphins. The two are planning for Greymorning to travel to Baltimore to test his method with the dolphins.
Department of Counselor Education Professor John Sommers-Flanagan served as guest editor of the January 2013 special edition of the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy: "The Initial Psychotherapy Interview with Diverse Populations."
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Co-Chair and Professor Elizabeth Ametsbichler participated in a Fulbright Program Adviser Initiative in New York City in November.
Ametsbichler, Elizabeth. Co-editor. 2012. "Women in German Yearbook 28." University of Nebraska Press. 141 pages.
Sommers-Flanagan, J.; Heck, N. 2013. "Introduction." Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Special Issue on the Initial Clinical Interview. Volume 43, Issue 1: pp. 1-2.
Sommers-Flanagan, J.; Bequette, T. 2013. "The Initial Interview with Adolescents." Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. Volume 43, Issue 1: pp. 13-22.
Canty, Kevin. Jan. 28, 2013. "Mayfly." The New Yorker. Conde Nast, New York City. pp. 64-69.
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