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March 17, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 9  |
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Study: More than 11 Million Nonresidents Visited Montana in 2013, Spent $3.6 Billion

Estimates of the number of travelers to Montana and how much they spent in the state during 2013 have been finalized by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at UM.

According to Kara Grau, ITRR’s assistant director of economic analysis, visitation was up 2.3 percent in 2013, topping out at just over 11 million travelers to the state during the year. During the third quarter, July through September, 46 percent or 5.1 million of those visitors were in the state. Nearly 50 percent of spending by travelers during 2013 totaled nearly $1.7 billion, with travel-group spending averaging $163.77 per day during summer months.

Read more: More Than 11 Million Nonresidents Visited Montana in 2013, Spent $3.6 Billion

Former NYT Reporter Named Pollner Professor

Former New York Times reporter William Glaberson will be the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor at the UM School of Journalism next autumn semester. He will teach a course in covering the courts.

Glaberson worked at the Times from 1987 through 2013, covering law, social issues, the media and business. He covered some of the biggest legal stories of the era, including the Guantanamo terror courts, the Unabomber trial and the Bush v. Gore election challenge. His multipart series in 2013 about the failures of the court system in the Bronx was described by the Times in an editorial as a powerful series that “painted a devastating portrait of a lackadaisical court culture in which the main actors in the Bronx seem utterly paralyzed or incompetent.”

Read more: Former New York Times Reporter Named Pollner Professor

Visiting Hugo Writer to Read Poetry at UM

Poet Sherwin Bitsui, the UM Creative Writing Program’s current Visiting Hugo Writer, will perform a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Bitsui is the author of two books of poetry: “Shapeshift” and “Flood Song.” He has published his poems in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT and elsewhere. His poems were anthologized in “Between Water & Song” and “Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century.”

Read more: Visiting Hugo Writer, Poet Bitsui to Read at UM

More News

UM Students Win Debate Competition, Advance to National Stage
UM Journalism Students, Alumna Snag Broadcast Education Association Awards
UM Marketers Win Awards for Logo, Newsletter
Missoula College Culinary Program Offers Summer Classes
World-Renowned Dance Troupe Brings Iconic Style to UM April 8
Spring Registration Open for Lifelong Learning Courses
UM Library Dean Given Prestigious Award for Contribution to International Librarianship
UM Physical Therapy Students Host Massage Clinic Fundraiser

Dance in Concert Returns to Montana Theatre

The UM School of Theatre & Dance will host its annual Dance in Concert production at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, March 19-22, at the Montana Theatre in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
The production will feature eight dance works with styles such as contemporary modern dance, ballet and multimedia dance fusion. The segments are conceived by guest artists, students and UM Dance Program faculty members. Featured dances include guest artist KT Niehoff’s “The Top of a Very Tall Mountain,” the second act of the ballet “Swan Lake,” an excerpt from “The Legend of Orpheus” and others.
Tickets cost $20 for the general public and $16 for seniors or students with a student ID. They can be purchased at the UMArts Box Office in the PAR/TV Lobby, by calling 406-243-4581 or online at

Essay Contest Offers $1,000 Scholarship

UM students in their junior year who have a passion for liberal arts education are invited to submit an essay in the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Western Montana Essay Contest. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the next academic year. 

Essays should be two to three pages and address the value of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought in modern education. Entries must also include a completed application, which can be downloaded at

Contestants must have a declared major within the College of Humanities and Sciences, have a minimum GPA of 3.75, have attained junior standing (minimum 60 credits) and have fulfilled all of their general education requirements before applying.

Applications are due to the Davidson Honors College by noon Friday, March 28. Winners will be decided by Monday, April 14, in anticipation of a formal announcement at the PBK Association of Western Montana banquet on May 1. For more information email UM English Professor Ashby Kinch at

Discrimination Training Offered to Employees

UM Human Resource Services and the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office will offer a training on “Discrimination and Harassment: What YOU Need to Know” for all UM employees. Two training sessions will be held: 1:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, and 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 27, both in James E. Todd Building Room 210.
The training will shed light on various aspects of discrimination and address questions such as: What are protected classes? What are adverse actions? When does harassment rise to the level of severe or pervasive? What constitutes a hostile work environment? What are my responsibilities in this process?
The sessions will be facilitated by Tami Bishop Rhodes, who was a mediator and investigator with the Montana Human Rights Bureau and worked for the Montana Department of Labor for 20 years.
The sessions are free to attend. Call Training/Development Officer Cindy Boies at 406-243-2286 or email to sign up or ask questions. Be sure to indicate which session you plan to attend.

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 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
Sizzle Magazine featured a write-up on 2013 Missoula College UM Culinary Arts Program graduate Jennifer Heggen and her internship as pastry commis at the Bouchon Bistro/Bakery in California. The “Slice of Life” feature can be viewed on the magazine website.
School of Media Arts Adjunct Assistant Professor Vera Brunner-Sung premiered her film “Bella Vista” at the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam on Jan. 29. The film is her first feature and was shot entirely in Missoula and on the Flathead Reservation. Following the lives of an English language instructor and her students from around the world, “Bella Vista” is a meditation on home, community and isolation in western Montana. Brunner-Sung worked with the Office of International Programs’ English Language Institute as well as current students and recent graduates in media arts, including co-producer Jeri Rafter MFA ’12. The film also features performances by UM students. More information is available at
Last June, School of Public and Community Health Sciences Chair and Professor Craig Molgaard was appointed to the board of directors of the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. A nonprofit institution, their goal is to preserve the history of the Danish immigration to America and the Danish American heritage. In February, Molgaard attended his first board of directors meeting in San Diego. During the three-day meeting, the board tackled issues ranging from the museum shop to finance and genealogy. They will meet again in June in Luck, Wis.
Cook, A.; Hoas, H. 2014. “Clinicians or Researchers, Patients or Participants: Exploring Human Subject Protection When Clinical Research is Conducted in Nonacademic Settings.” American Journal of Bioethics-Empirical Bioethics. Volume 5, Issue 1: pp. 3-11.
  • Rough Cut Science Seminar: "A Tale of a Beetle and Two Fungi; How a Partnership Built an Empire (And May Lead to its Demise)," Diana Six, noon, University Center Room 333.
  • Global Health in the Global South: Montana's Mountains Beyond Mountains: “Maternal and Infant Mortality in Low-Income Countries," Dr. Genevieve Reid, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity and Civic Life in Modern America." Wilfred M. McClay, 11:30-12:30 p.m., UC Rooms 326-327.
  • Mansfield Library Workshop: "Manage Your References with RefWorks," 6-7 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 283.
  • Community Lecture Series: "Riverscapes in Flux: Current Challenge in the Conversation of Native Fish," Lisa Eby, 7-8:30 p.m., UC Theater.
  • Taboo Series: "Body Modification," 7 p.m., UC Rooms 326-327.
  • 2014 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series:“Wilderness Strategies in the 21st Century,” panelists George Nickas, Peter Aengst and Martha Williams; 7:10-8:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program Lecture: "The Tocqueville Moment -- And Ours," Wilfred McClay, 7:30-9 p.m., Turner Hall Dell Brown Room.
  • Curry Health Center Workshop: "Improving Body Image," 5-6 p.m., Curry Health Center Counseling Office, West Entrance downstairs.
  • VETS Office Workshop: "Creating a Degree Plan," open to students using VA Educational Benefits, 1-4 p.m., Bitterroot College UM Computer Lab.
  • Conservation Social Science Seminar: "A Year in Review," Tracy Stone-Manning, director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, 4:10 p.m., Forestry Building Room 301.
  • Maxine Van de Wetering Women Making History Lecture: "Federal Mothers: What Happened When Women Went to Work in the U.S. Indian Service," Cathleen Cahill, 7 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • Mansfield Library Workshop: "UMCUR Presentations," Megan Stark, 7-9 p.m., Mansfield Library Rooms 283-284.
  • Curry Health Center Wellness Series Workshop: "Relaxation Tips from Around the World," 8 p.m., Pantzer Hall Lobby, open to UM students.
  • Mansfield Library Workshop: "Using the U.S. Census for Demographic Information," Susanne Caro, 4-5 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 284.
  • Mansfield Library Workshop: "UMCUR Presentations," Megan Stark, 4-6 p.m., Mansfield Library Rooms 283-284.
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