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March 3, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 7  |
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UM Releases Spring Enrollment Figures

The 2014 spring semester enrollment at UM is 13,554, a number that meets enrollment projections and reflects the high number of degrees awarded at the end of fall 2013.

The spring enrollment is a 6.7 percent decrease from last fall’s enrollment of 14,525, which the University anticipated.

Universities usually see a decline from fall to spring semester, said Peggy Kuhr, vice president for integrated communications. “Under normal circumstances, you’re going to lose about 5 percent for spring semester, and we had a higher graduation number this past fall than in previous fall semesters.”

Read more: UM Releases Spring Enrollment Figures

Alumnus Donates $800,000 for Law Scholarship

The UM School of Law has announced the largest outright gift in its history from Alexander “Zander” Blewett III and his wife, Andy, of Great Falls.

The $800,000 gift will create the Blewett Scholars Fund, providing three scholarships to incoming students who have first earned bachelor’s degrees from Montana State University in Bozeman. Each scholarship will pay for half of the recipients’ School of Law tuition and be renewable for the duration of the three-year program.

Read more: Law School Alumnus Donates $800,000 for Scholarship at UM

Merriam-Frontier Winner to Read at Library

Julia Ohman, a first-year graduate student in the UM Creative Writing Program, is the winner of this year’s Merriam-Frontier Award.

Ohman will read from her winning fiction submission, “Vertical Streets,” from 4:10 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the Theta Rho Room of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

The award was established by H.G. Merriam, UM professor of English and creative writing from 1919 to 1954, and includes a $500 prize and funds to publish the winning entry as a chapbook. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students each autumn semester.

Read more: Merriam-Frontier Award Winner to Read at Mansfield Library

UM Celebrates Diverse Culture with India Week

For the second year in a row, the UM’s India Advisory Council will bring a series of talks, performances, exhibits and events to campus to engage students, faculty, staff and members of the community in the diverse Indian culture. This year's India Week is March 1-7.

“Many people in Missoula are very interested in the paradoxes that constitute India,” said council chair Ruth Vanita, liberal studies professor at the University. “We hope to break down stereotypes and facilitate dialogue.”

Read more: UM Celebrates Diverse Culture During India Week

More News

UM to Celebrate Women's History Month, Woman Suffrage
Chief of U.S. Forest Service to Speak at UM
Scholar to Lecture at UM on Imagery of Woman Suffrage Movement
MFA Thesis Exhibitions to Open at UM Gallery of Visual Arts
UM Students Warned to be Cautious of Work-at-Home Scams
BBER Hires New Director of Health Care Industry Research
UM Hosts Ceramic Artists During Archie Bray Day on March 11
Office of International Programs Hosts Spring 2014 Brown Bag Lecture Series

'Book of Days' Comes to Masquer Theatre

Book of Days artThe UM School of Theatre & Dance will present Lanford Wilson’s play “Book of Days” at 7:30 p.m. March 4-8 and 11-14  in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
Enter the world of Dublin, Missouri, population 4,780. Dublin is full of seemingly ordinary people, but after figurative and literal tornadoes roar through town, deep cracks in the town's foundations of faith, family and justice become impossible for some residents to ignore. “Book of Days is a whimsical and scathing look at how individuals can be smart and courageous – but very unpopular for their convictions.
In appreciation of their longstanding commitment and service to UM, President Engstrom and the School of Theatre & Dance will provide faculty and staff members one free ticket to the play. A second ticket may be purchased for $9. To claim your faculty/staff ticket, present your Griz Card at the UMArts Box Office in the PAR/TV Center. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances.

Students Can Prepare for Top Scholarships

Students who have demonstrated above-average ability, achievement, drive, leadership skill and experience, manifested concern for others, and/or commitment to their fields of study should contact the director of external scholarships and advising as soon as possible for scholarship advising and coaching to apply for 2014 competitions or to start preparation for the next several years’ competitions.

Students can call Laure Pengelly Drake at 406-243-6140 or email, or call 406-243-2541 to schedule an appointment.

Griz Card Sponsors Song Contest

During the month of March, Griz Card will host a contest to create a short song featuring the phrase “It’s My Griz Card” and mention at least three Griz Card functions. Contestants are asked to create a video recording featuring them singing and playing a song between 45 and 90 seconds. Audio submissions also will be accepted, but video is preferable.
Submissions will be voted on my Griz Card Center management. The winning song will be featured in Griz Card videos and other communications, with credit given to the contestants. The winner also will receive an iPad Mini, and two runners up will receive prizes.
A list of Griz Card functions and more information about the contest are available online at The contest is open to UM faculty, staff, students, alumni and affiliates. The winner will be announced by Monday, April 7.

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:
  • March 7: College of Humanities and Sciences and Women's and Gender Studies Program, in celebration of Women's History Month
  • March 21: Office of the Provost and International Programs
  • April 18: UM Foundation and College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
  • May 9: UM Dining, Student Affairs and Campus Recreation
Regents Professor Emeritus Fred Allendorf and his wife, Michel Colville, were injured Feb. 28 when an avalanche rushed down Mount Jumbo, demolishing their Lower Rattlesnake home and trapping them both inside. They were rescued from the slide, and while Fred remains hospitalized, Michel has passed away. Friends and supporters of the family are sorting through the avalanche debris to salvage the couple’s belongings while Fred recovers. For updates visit A relief fund will be established at the Missoula Federal Credit Union later this week. 

Assistant Professor of music education Lori Gray attended The Kennedy Center’s “Any Given Child” exchange conference Feb. 10-12 in Washington, D.C. Several College of Visual and Performing Arts faculty members, including Dean Stephen Kalm, serve on Missoula’s Community Arts Team for this four-year initiative guided by representatives from The Kennedy Center.  The program will help Missoula community members enact a shared vision to provide additional quality arts education programming to all K-8 Missoula County Public School students.

The National Aphasia Association has named the Big Sky Aphasia Program at UM the 2014 “Host Group” for this year’s National Aphasia Awareness Month that takes place in June. Clients, graduate student clinicians and directors of the Big Sky Aphasia Program will work together to develop this year’s theme and graphics for the national awareness campaign. In addition, BSAP directors  and Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders Assistant Professor Catherine Off and Clinical Educator Annie Kennedy will work with Missoula and Montana state leaders to gain support for an official June Aphasia Awareness Month proclamation.

Anthropology and Native American studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning delivered the paper “Nurturing a Garden of Native Languages for Successful Instruction and Acquisition” on Jan. 18 at the 21st Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium in Hilo, Hawaii.  Interdisciplinary UM master’s graduate student Robert Hall also delivered a paper titled “A State and Being of Language Healing.”  Greymorning then flew to the Red Cliff reservation in Wisconsin to facilitate a three-day Ojibwa language teacher-training workshop.
Gallagher, Thomas; Dube, Kuda; and Gibbons, J.; MacCaull, W. (Eds.) 2014. “Approach and Method for Generating Realistic Synthetic Electronic Health Care Records for Secondary Use.” Foundations of Health Information Engineering and Systems: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Volume 8315, pp. 69-86.
Prentiss, Anna Marie. 2014. “Comment on ‘Landscape Engineering and Organizational Complexity among Late Prehistoric Bison Hunters of the Northwestern Plains’ by Maria Nieves Zedeno, Jesse A.M. Ballenger, and John R. Murray.” Current Anthropology Volume 55: page 47.
Prentiss, Anna Marie; Cail, Hannah S.; Smith, Lisa M. 2014. “At the Malthusian Ceiling: Subsistence and Inequality at Bridge River, British Columbia.” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology Volume 33: pp. 34-48.
Koehn, Peter. 2014. "Developments in Transnational Research Collaborations: Evidence from U.S. Higher-education Activity," Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research. February 2014.
  • Global Health in the Global South: Montana's Mountains Beyond Mountains: “Emergence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Evoking of SARS at the 10th Anniversary." Dr. Heinrich Feldmann, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • University Council Meeting: "A Report From Athletics," Kent Haslam, 2-3 p.m., University Center Rooms 330-331.
  • Community Lecture Series: "Unseating the Lords of Yesterday: Water Law's Historical Roots and Future Challenges," UM School of Law Associate Professor Michelle Bryan Mudd; 7-8:30 p.m., UC Theater.
  • 2014 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series: Public address on Forest Service wilderness areas by U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell; 7:10-8:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture: "Sustainability for People Without a Country; Karen Refugee Agriculture in Thailand," Josh Slotnick, 12:10-1 p.m., Mansfield Center Conference Room.
  • Conservation Social Science Seminar: "Solving Sage Grouse: From Science to Solutions," Dave Naugle, 4:10 p.m., Forestry Building Room 301.
  • Faculty Development Office Professional Development Series: "New Techniques for Connecting and Collaborating with Colleagues from across the Globe," Mario Schulzke, 2:10-3 p.m., The Payne Family Native American Center Room 201.
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