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ForUM News from The University of Montana
 Feb. 4, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 3 |
Welcome to ForUM, the e-newsletter for University of Montana staff, faculty and administrators. ForUM is published weekly during the academic year except during scheduled academic breaks.

Engstrom to deliver mid-year update Wednesday

UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver a mid-year report on the state of the University at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the University Center Theater.


Engstrom will offer updates on major University initiatives, the current Montana legislative session and campus/community quality of life.


Questions will be taken from the audience on these and other topics. The event, which is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., is free and open to the public and UM faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

Alumnus supports business, writing with $1.25M

President Royce Engstrom announced Jan. 30 that an alumnus and his wife have committed $1.25 million to UM's School of Business Administration and College of Arts and Sciences.


Tim O'Leary and Michelle Cardinal of Carson, Wash., have included a provision in their wills that will fund endowments at the School of Business Administration for a faculty fellowship and marketing analytics courses. Endowments also will create scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences Creative Writing Program and will support UM's CutBank Literary Magazine.


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Distinguished Faculty Lecture to highlight forensics

UM Associate Professor Ashley McKeown will draw on skeletal biology and archaeology research to shed light on life and death in the early settlement of Jamestown, Va., in a UM Provost's Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 7.


McKeown, who teaches in the UM Department of Anthropology, will deliver her lecture "Skeleton Keys: Unlocking Jamestown's Mysteries with Forensic Osteology and Bioarchaeology" at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theater. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments will follow.


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UM hires new director of International Programs

UM hired Paulo Zagalo-Melo as the new director of the Office of International Programs. Zagalo-Melo will begin his new duties in April.


Zagalo-Melo currently is the director of the Luso-American Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. Before joining the foundation in 2006, he served as the executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Portugal for a decade. 


"It is a great privilege and honor to have been selected to join UM's Office of International Programs," Zagalo-Melo said. "It is the nature of universities to be international, and UM's leadership is well aware of this. UM plays an important role in promoting global changes by fostering knowledge creation and promoting mutual understanding, and I am delighted to take part in this exciting process."


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Renowned writers to lecture, read at UM

Award-winning poets and fiction writers are scheduled to deliver readings and lectures at UM as part of the Creative Writing Program's upcoming Spring Reading Series.


The series will feature poets Ed Skoog, Elizabeth Robinson and Alice Notley; novelist Robert Seidman; the student winner of the Merriam-Frontier Award; a career conference titled "Putting Liberal Arts to Work" and thesis readings by graduating M.F.A. students.


The first event will be a poetry reading by Skoog at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.


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Lecture series will challenge definitions of wilderness

The definitions of wilderness across landscapes, communities, political frameworks and scientific investigations will be explored in the 2013 Wilderness Issues Lecture Series at UM.


The series, sponsored by the UM College of Forestry and Conservation Wilderness Institute, will feature speakers who manage large landscapes, live near wilderness areas and study species that roam across political boundaries.


The first free lecture, "On the Edge of Wilderness: Looking Inside While Looking Out," will be presented by UM wildland recreation management Professor Emeritus Stephen McCool at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Gallagher Business Building Room 122.


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Spring IT Short Course schedule available online

The spring schedule of IT Short Courses is now open for online registration.


Courses provide training on topics such as Banner, Business Services, Microsoft Office, and Web and miscellaneous information technology subjects.


All classes are free for University faculty, staff and students. Banner classes typically are restricted to faculty and staff, but student employees who must use Banner for their job can register for courses with supervisor approval.


For more information call Kathy Garramone in IT Client Support Services at 406-243-5362.

Ongoing workshops and lecture series:

If your department hosts an ongoing workshop or lecture series, email the semester schedule to ForUM Editor Bess Pallares at to be included in the weekly list.

  • Monday, Feb. 4: UM Philosophy Forum: "Eat the Sky: Connecting the Dots between Climate, Food and the Future of Farming," Anna Lappe, 3:10-4:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building 123.
  • Thursday, Feb. 7: Bringing the U to You: "God, Gods and Goddesses: Archeology, Religion and History of Divine Relationships," Montana State University Associate Professor Susan Cohen, 7 p.m., Heritage Hall, Great Falls College.
  • Friday, Feb. 8: Faculty Professional Development Series: "Pedagogy Microtalk: Effective Backseat Driving: Mentoring Graduate Students," Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences Associate Professor Lisa Eby and Environmental Studies Professor Phil Condon, 12:10-1 p.m., Skaggs Building Room 336.

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. 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

  • Feb. 4: President's Lecture Series: Anna Lappe. Read more
  • Feb. 5: Black History Month Film Series: "The Confederate States of America." Read more
  • Feb. 5: Concert: Faculty and Guest Artist Series. Read more
  • Feb. 6: An evening with the Pattee Canyon Ladies Salon, hosted by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, 7 p.m., PAR/TV Center Montana Theatre.
  • Feb. 7: Millikan Faculty Lecture Series: Elizabeth Dove. Read more
  • Feb. 7: Basketball: Grizzlies vs. Northern Colorado. Read more
  • Feb. 7: Children's Dance Classes. Read more
  • Feb. 9: Cross-Country Ski Outing. Read more
  • Feb. 9: Basketball: Grizzlies vs. North Dakota. Read more
News about U
News About U
The UM Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program is featured in the January Issue of High Country News. The annual "natural resource education" issue of the regional magazine features some of the best programs that inspire and train future leaders. To read the full article online, click here. 
Montana Campus Compact Executive Director Dean McGovern and others conducted a workshop for chairs, deans and provosts at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in January. The workshop was titled "Strategies for Articulating, Recognizing and Rewarding Publicly Engaging Scholarship."
Missoula College Energy Technology student Tim Chester constructed two solar thermal systems to provide heat for MC's Griz House 8 during winter break with Energy Technology Program Director Bradley Layton. The total cost of materials was less than $150 and the system's baffles were made from repurposed aluminum cans from recycling bins at MC.
UM Environmental Studies Professor Neva Hassanein delivered an invited presentation and participated in a two-day workshop on "Food Choice from Research to Policy" Jan. 24-26 as part of a Mellon Sawyer Seminar at Indiana University in Bloomington.
UM English Adjunct Assistant Professor Caroline Patterson completed a two-and-a-half week writing fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts over winter break. The center accepts 25 visual artists, writers or composers at a time for fellowships ranging from two weeks to two months.
Heck, N.C.; Lindquist, L.M.; Stewart, B.T.; Brennan, C.; Cochran, B.N. 2013. "To Join or Not to Join: Gay-Straight Student Alliances and the High School Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youths." Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. Volume 25: pp. 77-101.
Heck, N.C.; Flentje, A.; Cochran, B.N. 2013. "Intake Interviewing with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clients: Starting From a Place of Affirmation." Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. Volume 43, Issue 1: pp. 23-32.
Garthwait, Cynthia. 2013. "The Social Work Practicum: A Guide and Workbook for Students, Sixth Edition." Pearson Education. Boston, Mass. 236 pages.
Drake, Richard. 2013. "Review: Maurice Mauviel and Elso Simone Serpentini's 'Enrico Sappia: Cospiratore e Agente Segreto di Mazzini' (Artemia Edizioni)." Journal of Modern Italian Studies. Volume 18, Issue 1: pp. 115-117.
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