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  March 11, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 7 |
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'Odyssey of the Stars' to honor textile artist

The UM College of Visual and Performing Arts will honor Missoula textile artist Nancy Erickson during the 13th annual "Odyssey of the Stars - A Celebration of Artistic Journeys."


Each year, "Odyssey of the Stars" pays tribute to UM performing and visual arts alumni and tells the story of their artistic journeys, showcasing the many roads to success an artist can travel.


This year's show, "Fabric of Life," will start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The scholarship event will feature UM students, faculty and Erickson as the honoree.

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New facility focuses on Native land ownership

UM students will learn about the complexities of Native American land ownership in a new on-campus facility.

UM President Royce Engstrom announced the creation of the Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute during a March 6 ceremony. (The new name is subject to Board of Regents approval.) Located in The Payne Family Native American Center, the new facility will engage students in project-based learning and outreach.

Cobell, who died in 2011, was a passionate advocate for Native rights. A member of the Blackfeet tribe, she was instrumental in obtaining a $3.4 billion Indian trust settlement from the federal government.

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Journalism faculty, students win top awards

Students and faculty at the UM School of Journalism earned several top prizes in national and international journalistic competitions.

Associate Professor Ray Fanning won Best of Festival in the Faculty News category at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, an international competition of student and faculty media work. His radio piece, "Preventing Wrongful Convictions - False Eyewitness Identification," was an investigative look at wrongful convictions in Montana.

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Lecture to delve into battle preceeding Little Bighorn

Doug Scott, an anthropologist who is world-renowned for applying forensic firearms analysis techniques to historic battlefields, will discuss the results of three years of historical and archaeological investigation into the Battle of the Rosebud at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.

In his lecture, "Guns of the Rosebud: Using Firearm Identification to Determine Gun Types at the Battle of the Rosebud," Scott will detail his analysis of the battlefield. The battle took place June 17, 1876, in modern-day Big Horn County in southeastern Montana, just eight days before the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The aftermath of Rosebud left U.S. troops under the command of Gen. George Crook unable to assist Gen. George Armstrong Custer at Little Bighorn.

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UM makes Community Service Honor Roll

UM has been named to President Barack Obama's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The designation is the highest national honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

UM was among 690 colleges and universities recognized for their achievements in general community service or civic engagement.

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Director of UM Wildlife Biology Program honored

UM Professor Dan Pletscher received the Distinguished Service Award from the Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society during the organization's annual meeting held recently in Whitefish.

Pletscher has directed UM's Wildlife Biology Program for the past 19 years. In that time, he has mentored more than 1,000 students, both graduate and undergraduate. Many of those former students are now in management positions at places like Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and World Wildlife Fund. He's added five new faculty positions and two endowed chairs to the program and made it one of the nation's top-rated wildlife biology programs. In 2010 UM recognized Pletscher with the Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishment.

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UM to host 'Putting Liberal Arts to Work' conference

UM students will have the opportunity to explore career options that emphasize their research, analytical and written-communication skills during the "Putting Liberal Arts to Work" conference from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, on the third floor of the University Center.

The conference, hosted by the UM Creative Writing Program, is designed for students majoring in English, creative writing or working toward any liberal arts degree.

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Fiber-related exhibits open at Gallery of Visual Arts

Two new exhibits featuring textiles, mixed media and handmade paper garments will be on display at the UM Gallery of Visual Arts. Erica Spitzer Rasmussen's "Second Skins" and Maggy Rozycki Hiltner's "Familiar Faces" will be on display March 14 through April 19 in the gallery, located on the first floor of the Social Science Building.

Both artists will present lectures on their work, sponsored by the UM School of Art Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Fund, at 5:10 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Social Science Building Room 356. A reception for the artists will follow from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery. All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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Wall Street Journal bureau chief to lecture at UM

Wall Street Journal London Bureau Chief Bruce Orwall will deliver a lecture titled "An Old-School Playbook for Journalism's Digital Crossroads" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the University Center Theater.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is the fifth installment of the UM School of Journalism's annual Jeff Cole Distinguished Lecture Series. The series honors Cole, a Butte native who graduated from the School of Journalism in 1980. He was the aeronautics editor at The Wall Street Journal when he was killed in a plane crash while on assignment in January 2001.

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630 tickets left to sell for Student Built House

Hundreds of tickets are left for the Student Built House, which was constructed through collaboration among Missoula College UM, the Missoula Building Industry Association and the Flagship Program. The Building Futures Program hopes to sell 630 tickets by March 29 so a drawing date can be set.


Tickets cost $100 and are available from Rosauers, Pattee Creek Market, Orange Street Food Farm, Karl Tyler Chevrolet, the Missoulian, Missoula College, Caras Management Co., Culligan Water, Missoula Building Industry Association, Flagship Program, Western Montana Lighting and the JCCS accounting firm.


Open houses will be held at 4860 Jeff Drive from 1 to 3 p.m. every Sunday in March. You can register to win tickets to see comedia Jeff Dunham during open houses. The comedy-ticket drawing will be held April 7. At least 3,000 raffle tickets must be sold for the drawing to be held, but no more than 4,000 will be sold.

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:

  • March 15: College of Arts and Sciences and Missoula College
  • March 22: School of Business Administration and College of Forestry and Conservation
  • March 29: Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Integrated Communication
  • April 26: Mansfield Library
  • May 3: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences and Alumni Relations
  • May 8: President Engstrom

No socials will be held on 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.

School of Music programs to air on MCAT

If you missed a recent School of Music program, you may be able to catch a repeat on MCAT, channel 7. The schedule of upcoming programs is:

  • March 11, 7:30 p.m.: An Afternoon of Celebrated Piano Classics
  • March 25, 7:30 p.m.: Fusion Concert 
  • March 27, 6 p.m.: Marko Ciciliani Lecture
  • March 27, 8:30 p.m.: Marko Ciciliani Concert
  • March 30, 9 p.m.: Fusion Concert
  • April 2, 7 p.m.: Marko Ciciliani Lecture
  • April 3, 8:30 p.m.: Marko Ciciliani Concert

Flathead biological station offers summer courses

The UM Flathead Lake Biological Station will host immersion-based, rigorous field-oriented classes during summer session 2013. Classes will be offered June 17 through Aug. 9.

Accelerated coursework offers up to 13 credits in 8 weeks and classes have a low student-instructor ratio with a diverse student population. Tuition costs $1,755 and includes housing and meals per two-week course. Scholarships are available.

To learn more about the courses view a video here. For complete information and online registration, click here.

Ongoing workshops and lecture series:

  • Monday, March 11: Philosophy Forum: "Climate as Assemblage: Imagining an Ecological Metaphysics." Philosophy master's candidate Andrea Gammon, with a reply by philosophy Associate Professor Christopher Preston, 3:10-4:30 p.m., School of Law Pope Room.
  • Tuesday, March 12: Russia on the Oval: "Power in the Streets: Reconsidering the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917." UM Department of History Associate Professor Robert Greene, 7 p.m., UC Theater.
  • Tuesday, March 12: Wilderness Issues Lecture Series: "Wild Salmon, Wild Lands: Connections Between Intact Ecosystems and Healthy Salmon Populations in the Snake River Basin." Save Our Wild Salmon Inland Northwest Director Sam Mace, 7:10 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Wednesday, March 13: Faculty Professional Development Series: "Understanding the National Science Foundation's Review Criteria on Broader Impacts." 1:10-2 p.m., Davidson Honors College Room 117.
  • Wednesday, March 13: Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture: "Moral Man, Immoral Society Revisited," Davidson Honors College Director of External Scholarships and Advising Laure Drake, 12:10 p.m., Mansfield Center.

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • March 11: Open Mic Night. Read more
  • March 12: International Review Board group webinar. Read more
  • March 12: Reading: Wild Mercy. Read more
  • March 12: Concert: UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Read more
  • March 13: Ask-an-Alum Career Leadership Luncheon: Careers in Journalism. Read more
  • March 13: Montana Museum of Art & Culture docent tour. Read more
  • March 13: ASUM Senate Meeting. Read more
  • March 14: Faculty Senate Meeting. Read more
  • March 14: MMAC "Follow That Thread" Celebrity Artist Tour. Read more
  • March 14: Griz Lead: Building a Community Through Empowerment. Read more
  • March 14: Lecture: "Putting Feet on Our Faith." Read more
  • March 14: Comedy: Brian Regan. Read more
  • March 15-16: Weekend Movies: "Silver Linings Playbook" and "This is 40." Read more
  • March 16: Odyssey of the Stars. Read more
  • March 17: Fundraiser: "From Stage to Studio." Read more
  • March 17: Concert: Student Recital Series. Read more
News about U
News About U

UM Department of Chemistry Professor Ed Rosenberg was featured in the Architectural Glass Concepts Magazine article "The Glass Bead Game in Mineral Extraction." The article can be read online here, on pages 10-13.

Liberal studies Associate Professor Brad Clough presented an invited guest lecture at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., on Feb. 25. The lecture was titled "What Becomes a Monk Most?: Vocational Diversity in Sri Lankan Buddhist Monasticism."

The UM RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic within the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Science Institute for Education Research and Service participated in the Easter Seals Goodwill social skills program "Kids Connect." Through this partnership, five elementary school boys learned about body language in relation to communication.

RiteCare Clinic Assistant Professor Jennifer Schoffer Closson and Disability Services Program Coordinator Amy Capolupo will deliver a presentation titled "Access and Advocacy: Services for University Students" on Nov. 15 at the Montana State Transition Conference. They also delivered the presentation at the annual conference of the Montana Council of Exceptional Children Feb. 7 in Missoula.

Department of Psychology Assistant Professor Anisa Goforth, Closson and students delivered a presentation titled "Social Skill Intervention for Children on the Spectrum" at the MCEC annual conference in February.

School of Music composition major Jesse Davis' new piece for piano was performed by piano student Michael Zarling -- who played at the School of Music and telematically over Internet2 -- with Italian pianist Giovanni Sorana at Bergen College in New Jersey. They played for other composers and performers participating in the concert at New York University and the University of Rome Tor Vergata on March 7.

School of Law Adjunct Professor Jeff Renz has received a 2013-14 Fulbright Award to the Republic of Georgia. While in Georgia, Renz will teach at Free University and the Ilia State University in Tbilisi. He will investigate informal punishment systems among several Caucasus Mountain tribes.

Department of Curriculum and Instruction Professor Jan LaBonty will attend the International Reading Association convention April 19-22 in San Antonio, Texas. She will present on the use of poetry to establish a sense of community.

UM English Teaching Program Director Beverly Chin, Missoula College Department of Applied Sciences Chair Cathy Corr and Missoula College Pharmacy Technology Program Director Mary McHugh will present the Literacy in Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects Missoula Region Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 20 at Missoula College. More information and online registration is available here.

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