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Feb. 17, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 5  |
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UM Blackstone LaunchPad Hires Director

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 and ultimately alumni 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 and provides them the skills and network necessary to succeed.

“This is a very exciting time for entrepreneurship in Montana,” Gladen said. “The Blackstone LaunchPad will play a valuable role in equipping students to pursue their passions and create the next generation of entrepreneurial Montana businesses. I’m excited to have the opportunity to help University of Montana students bring their innovative ideas to life.”

Read more: UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad Hires Director

UM Ranked 12th for Peace Corps Volunteers

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, and this is the 10th year the University has been ranked in the top 25 volunteer-producing schools. UM is the only university in Montana ranked on the list.

Read more: UM Ranked No. 12 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

"Snow at Miyajima" by Koitsu Tsuchiya, c. 1950. Courtesy of George and Claire Louden, Carr Gallery in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association.

MMAC Exhibit Celebrates Japanese Art, Culture

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture 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.

The community is invited to experience the culture of Japan at an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the PAR/TV Center lobby. Participants will enjoy Japanese cuisine, ikebana and a traditional shamisen performance by UM Visiting Assistant Professor Simon Hutchinson. James Bailey, professor in the UM School of Art printmaking program, will demonstrate traditional Japanese woodblock printing techniques, and attendees will receive a free print. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition includes Japanese woodblock prints from the late 18th to the early 20th century by well-known Japanese masters such as Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Sharuku, Toyohiro, Toyokuni and Utamaro, and later artists such as Sadanobu III, Shoson (Koson Ohara), Hiroshi Yoshida, Hiroyuki Tajima and French immigrant Paul Jacoulet. Approximately 60 prints are on loan from the George and Claire Louden Collection, combined with 25 prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection.

Read more: MMAC Exhibition Celebrates Japanese Art and Culture

Novelist to Lecture, Read Fiction at UM

The UM Creative Writing Program will present a craft lecture titled “Thrilling, Death-Defying Adventures in Point of View” by novelist Jess Walter from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in McGill Hall Room 210. Walter also will read fiction at 7 p.m. the same day in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.

Walter is the author of eight books, including “Beautiful Ruins,” a New York Times No. 1 best-seller; “The Zero,” a finalist for the National Book Award; and “Citizen Vince,” winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award. His 2013 collection of short stories, “We Live in Water,” was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Story Prize.

Read more: Novelist Jess Walter to Deliver Craft Lecture and Fiction Reading at UM

More News

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Missoula College Culinary Arts Program Earns Five-Year Accreditation
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UM Foundation Offers New Way to Give During Griz, Lady Griz Basketball Games
Fire Management and Policy Expert to Lecture at UM

Scholarships Available for Course on Racism

NCBI Missoula invites UM faculty, staff and administrators to register for its upcoming course titled "Eliminating White Racism." Full and partial scholarships are available for the $150 course, which runs 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, March 5-April 30.

This eight-week class is intended for white people working to be more effective in their efforts to eliminate racism. This class provides a small-group, experiential-learning environment for participants to examine what racism looks like on both a societal and individual level. It also helps participants transform the prejudicial attitudes in themselves and others in order to become active allies to people of color in the struggle for racial equality. At the end of the course, participants will develop a personalized action plan to advance racial justice in Missoula and beyond.

Visit the NCBI website for more information or to register.

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 Communicative Sciences and Disorders Assistant Professor Jennifer Schoffer Closson and Department of Psychology Assistant Professor Anisa Goforth host a school-age social skills training called Youth Engagement Through Intervention. YETI is offered once a week for eight weeks every semester and as a weeklong day camp during the summer at the RiteCare Clinic at UM. Schoffer Closson and Goforth also presented a full day of “Finding YETI: An Interactive Workshop on Using Evidence-Based Practices in your Social Skills Groups,” a training requested by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, to 50 attendees on Jan. 21 in Great Falls. A repeat session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, in Missoula.
The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders’ student organization Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action received a $500 mini grant from the Diversity Advisory Council to support the second annual SCHWA Advocacy Day, to be held Friday, April 25. 
Trent Atkins, a professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, took part in the first convening of the board of directors and committees of the council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in Washington, D.C., Dec. 12-13. Atkins was selected for the research committee and was one of 70 professionals selected from a pool of 700 to serve on various committees for CAEP. Atkins will serve a three-year term and work with the research committee to develop a research agenda and human subjects protection protocol for the organization.
Hamilton, R.F. Jr.; Holian, A. 2014. “Three Human Cell Types Respond to Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Titanium Dioxide Nanobelts with Cell-Specific Transcriptomic and Proteomic Expression Patterns.” Nanotoxicology. Volume 8, Number 5: pp. 533-548. 
Lauren, Paul Gordon. 2013. “The Foundations of Justice and Human Rights in Early Legal Texts and Thought.” The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law. Oxford University Press. pp. 163-193.
Drake, Richard. 2014. Review of Wendy Pojmann, “Italian Women and International Cold War Politics, 1944-1968” (Fordham University Press). The Catholic Historical Review. Volume 100, Number 1, January 2014: pp. 168-169.
Stark, M.; Ryan, K. 2014. “Legitimizing the Local: Integrating Sustainability into Information Literacy Instruction and First-Year Composition.” Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries (ed. Jankowska). Library Juice Press: California. 

Presented Papers:

Schoffer Closson, J. K.; Rigles, B.; Buss, J.; Grimsely, J.; Jackson, A.; Kvam, L.; Metropoulos, J.; Peterson, S.; Potter, J. 2014.  “Young Adults with Autism: Building Independence in the Work and Educational Settings.” Two-hour presentation for the Montana Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Missoula.
Schoffer Closson, J. K.; Rigles, B.; Jackson, A.; Kvam, L.; Metropoulos, J.; Peterson, S.; 2014. “MOSSAIC: Mentoring, Organization, and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus.” Thirty-minute presentation for the Montana Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Missoula.
Rudge, L. 2014. “Increasing Teachers’ Awareness and Understanding of Diversity Through Distance Education.” Paper to be presented at the 34th International Society for Teacher Education Conference, Belek, Antalya, Turkey.
Rudge, L. 2014. “Teaching Critical Multicultural Education Face-to-Face or Online, Does That Make a Difference in Students’ Transformative Learning?” Paper to be presented at the 2014 Korean Association of Multicultural Education (KAME) Conference, Seoul, South Korea.
Collins, G. 2014. “Improving Vocabulary Across the Common Core Curricular Standards.” Three-hour seminar presented at the annual Montana Council of Administrators of Special Education/Montana Council for Exceptional Children Conference of Diverse Abilities.
  • Community Lecture Series: "By Some Gliding Stream: Walton, Wordsworth and the Riverscape Legacy," UM English Department Lecturer Robert Stubblefield; 7-8:30 p.m., UC Theater.
  • 2014 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series: “Getting Beyond Rock and Ice, Prairie Wildlands and the Next 50 Years of Conservation Under the Big Sky,” panelists Rick Potts, Charles M. Russell NWR refuge manager; Cameron Sapp, Montana Wildlands Association prairie wildlands outreach coordinator; and Hugo Turek, Montana rancher; 7:10-8:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Faculty Development Office Professional Development Series: "The Performance of Teaching," School of Art Professor Rafael Chacón, 12:10-1 p.m., UC Room 329. RSVP online at
  • Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Within the Margin of Error: Why Campaigns Still Matter," Montana State University political science Professor David Parker, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., University Center Room 332.
  • Fire Management Lecture Series: Featuring Tom Zimmerman, recently retired director of Research, Development and Applications at the Rocky Mountain Research Station, 4 p.m., UC Room 331.
  • Conservation Social Science Seminar: "Collaboration: Why it Sucks and Why I Still Believe in it," Melanie Parker, executive director of Northwest Connections, 4:10 p.m., Forestry Building Room 301.
  • Faculty Development Office Professional Development Series: "Montana's own NASA Funding: Could it Support Your Research?," Montana Space Grant Consortium Education Specialist Jennifer Fowler, 11:10 p.m.-Noon, Social Science Building Room 262. RSVP online at
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