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Feb. 10, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 4  |
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UM Celebrates Charter Day, Academics

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. Blackstone LaunchPad will help UM students jump start their own businesses. A $2 million grant announced last summer established a partnership between UM, Montana State University and Headwaters RC&D to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career option and provide students with a network of venture coaches and entrepreneurial support to transform new ideas into sustainable companies.

Read more: UM Celebrates Grand Opening of Blackstone LaunchPad, Charter Day and Academics

Assessment of East Broadway Site Available

UM has completed a draft environmental assessment for the proposed Missoula College building to be built at 1205 E. Broadway. The EA is online at

UM invites the public to comment on the draft by emailing or mailing Project Manager Stephanie Lauer, JBR Environmental Consultants Inc., P.O. Box 7875, Missoula, MT 59807. Comments will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 21.

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.

Read more: UM Releases Environmental Assessment for Missoula College Site

Community Lecture Series Explores Water

Lectures by six UM faculty members will address various aspects of water during this year’s Community Lecture Series, “Western Rivers: Connecting Landscapes and Livelihoods.” The six-week lecture series, now in its 16th year, begins Tuesday, Feb. 18.

This year’s speakers hail from wide-ranging fields, including creative writing, law, aquatic biology and environmental studies, and their lectures will take many different approaches to the fascinating topic of water. Attendees will delve into “the riverscape legacy” in transcendentalist poetry, the place of water in the Blackfeet universe, the wonders of applied hydrogeology and the historic roots of water law.

Read more: UM Lecture Series to Explore Art, History, Science and Politics of Water

UM Employees Donate $104,550 to Nonprofits

More than 400 UM employees recently participated in the 2013-14 Charitable Giving Campaign by donating $104,550 to local charitable organizations.

During the Charitable Giving Campaign, UM employees can make donations to various local organizations via one-time gifts or payroll deductions. The agencies selected to participate in the campaign are closely evaluated to ensure that all donations go directly to local services. This year, 13 nonprofits and two nonprofit federations participated in the campaign at UM.

“I can’t say enough about the employees across campus who work so hard to make the campaign successful,” said Rosi Keller, associate vice president for administration and finance and chair of this year’s campaign. “It is incredibly rewarding to see the reactions from agencies when they’re notified of the funds raised through the campaign for their organizations. We are truly making a difference in our community.”

More News

Spring Volunteer Fair At UM Feb. 11-12
UM Seminar Series to Explore Conservation Social Science
Career Fair Brings Employers to UM to Recruit Students, Alumni
Research Shows Converting Land to Agriculture Reduces Carbon Uptake
UM Dining Program, Menu Items Recognized in Trade Publication

Library Invites Input on Strategic Plan

Continuing its strategic planning process, the Mansfield Library invites your input, comments, and feedback on the draft version of its strategic plan before it is finalized and becomes the library's action documents for 2014-17. The draft version is available online at

A series of presentations on the draft will be presented to the UM campus community in five sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Mansfield Library Theta Rho Room on Level Four. The session times are 8:10-9 a.m., 9:10-10 a.m., 10:10-11 a.m., 11:10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-2:30 p.m.

For more information email Mansfield Library Dean Shali Zhang at

Weight Management Seminar Begins Feb. 13

Faculty, staff, students, retirees and spouses are invited to sign up for a seven-week weight management seminar at the Fitness and Recreation Center. During each hands-on class, participants will put into practice daily lifestyle actions that move them toward health, weight loss and well-being.
The class will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 13-March 27, in FRC Conference Room 207. Participation costs $25. Sign up at the FRC front desk or call 406-243-2833 for more information.

ELI Hosts Conversation Partners Program

The English Language Institute at UM again will host an International Conversation Partners Program, pairing English speakers with students from more than 20 countries. The program gives participants the opportunity to connect with international students for conversation, cultural exchange and friendship.
The program meets for eight weeks from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Feb. 25. There will be a short volunteer orientation on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
To sign up or for information on the time and location of the volunteer orientation and weekly meetings, call Sara Schroeder in the Office of International programs at 406-243-2840 or email

Library Receives Humanities Montana Grant

The Mansfield Library recently was awarded a $4,284 grant from Humanities Montana in support of the library’s efforts to bring the exhibition “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings” to campus.
This exhibition, produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, details events on and around May 10, 1933, when German university students burned thousands of “un-German” books, and explores how the book burnings became a potent symbol in America’s battle against Nazism and why they continue to resonate with the public – in film, literature and political discourse – to this day. A series of related lectures, films and exhibits are being planned for the duration of the exhibition, which will be held in the Mansfield Library beginning in October 2014.
For more information call Mansfield Library Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies Librarian and Diversity Coordinator Julie Biando Edwards at 406-243-4505 or email

Faculty, Staff and Retiree Receptions will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the Friday afternoons listed below in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. Spring semester dates and event sponsors are:
  • Feb. 21: President Engstrom
  • March 7: College of Humanities and Sciences and Women's and Gender Studies Program
  • March 21: Office of the Provost and International Programs
  • April 18: UM Foundation, co-sponsor to be announced
  • April 25: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, co-sponsor to be announced
  • May 9: UM Dining, Student Affairs and Campus Recreation
Department of Counselor Education Professor John Sommers-Flanagan presented a six-hour workshop on “Tough Kids, Cool Counseling” and “Suicide Assessment Interviewing” on Jan. 10 to the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sommers-Flanagan also is featured in an audio interview published on The interview, “Clinical Interviewing and the Highly Resistant Client,” is available for continuing education on the website.  

UM students Heather Krebsbach and Chase Bjornson, along with UM Productions Adviser Marlene Hendrickson, were selected to deliver an educational lecture at the National Association for College Activities Conference on Monday, Feb. 17, in Boston. The presentation is titled “From Emerging Comics to The Rolling Stones – An Overview of UM Productions at the University of Montana.” It will include information about UM Productions, such as the 44-year history, organizational structure, team building, training, risk management, event planning components, entertainment industry relationships,  an overview of the student experience, personal and professional growth, and career opportunities.
Miller, C. S.; Hebblewhite, M.; Petrunenko, Y. K.; Seryodkin, I. V.; Goodrich, J. M.; Miquelle, D. G. 2014. “Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) Energetic Requirements: Implications for Conserving Wild Tigers.” Biological Conservation. Issue 170: pp. 120-129.
Polfus, J. L.; Heinemeyer, K.; Hebblewhite, M. 2014. “Comparing Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Science Woodland Caribou Habitat Models.” The Journal of Wildlife Management. Issue 78: pp. 112-121.
Braun, Michael; Latham, Scott. 2014. “Mastering Strategy: Workshops for Business Success.” Santa Barbara, Calif. Praeger Publishing. 166 pages.
Trontel, H.G.; Hall, S.; Ashendorf, L.; O'Connor, M. K. 2013. “The Impact of Diagnosis Threat on Academic Self-Efficacy in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.” Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. Volume 35, Issue 9: pp. 960-970. 
Sager, T.M.; Hamilton, R.F. Jr.; Holian, A. 2014. “Effect of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Surface Modification on Bioactivity in the C57BL/6 Mouse Model.” Nanotoxicology. Volume 8, Number 3: pp. 317-327.
  • Global Health in the Global South: Montana's Mountains Beyond Mountains," 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Higher Education in Vietnam: A Fulbright Scholar's Views of Their Achievements and Challenges," Teresa Sobieszczyk, director of the International Development Studies Program and professor of sociology, 12:10 p.m., University Center Room 333.
  • 2014 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series: “Wilderness: Where We Have Come From and Where We are Going,” Hal Herring, award-winning journalist, writer and editor; 7:10-8:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Faculty Development Office Professional Development Series: "Creating Powerful Images for Conference and Classroom Presentations," School of Media Arts Professor Rick Hughes, 1:10-2:30 p.m., James Todd Building Room 210. RSVP online at http://www/
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