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  March 25, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 8 |
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UM Employee Recognition Day set for April 19

Save the date to celebrate UM Employee Recognition Day on Friday, April 19. This year's theme is "Growing Together."


Join your colleagues from 3 to 5 p.m. in the UC Ballroom for delicious food, prizes, an awards ceremony and the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments.


A specially created website will allow UM employees to send a personalized message to any other UM employee before 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, and it will be delivered to the recipient on UM Employee Recognition Day.

UM offers new series of development courses

The UM School of Extended & Lifelong Learning will offer a new series of professional development courses beginning late March. The series is designed to enhance career potential and consists of short, noncredit courses that are open to the public and taught by UM faculty and local professionals.

Registration is open for the first set of courses, which cover a range of topics, such as leadership, advertising, communication and employment law. Many are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals. All instructors are qualified professionals who possess current, real-world experience and a desire to share their knowledge.

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Couple to receive honorary doctorates May 18

Sue and John Talbot of Missoula each will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from UM during May 18 Commencement ceremonies.

The Talbots earned the honor for their constant efforts to enhance educational opportunities for UM students and for their tireless efforts in the Missoula community and Montana.

"John and Sue have worked hard to make the University a better place, and their efforts will pay dividends for generations to come," UM President Royce Engstrom said.

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UM Foundation names new president, CEO

The UM Foundation has selected Shane Giese as its next president and CEO. Giese's career includes 27 years in higher education fundraising. He comes to UM from Kansas State University, where he served as senior vice president for development.

"We are pleased and excited that Shane will be joining us as leader of our Foundation," said Mike McDonough, chair of the UM Foundation board of trustees. "His senior development leadership experience at multiple institutions and his success with educational institution campaigns will enable our Foundation to be a major contributor to the success of The University of Montana."

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Native author to lecture on boarding schools

University of Minnesota American studies Associate Professor Brenda Child will deliver a lecture titled "The American Indian Boarding School Generations" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the University Center Theater.

Child also will present a lecture titled "Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community" at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in in Bonnie Heavy Runner Gathering Place of The Payne Family Native American Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

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UM president to host town hall meeting in Hamilton

UM President Royce Engstrom will host a town-hall style meeting for alumni and friends of UM from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, on the second floor of the Bedford Building in Hamilton, located at 223 S. Second St.

A social will be held before the event from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the meeting is free and open to the public.

Engstrom will be joined by several members of his Cabinet and he will engage in conversation with attendees on issues related to UM.

For more information call the UM Office of the President at 406-243-2311 or email

Annual egg hunt returns to UM Oval March 30 

The Easter Bunny and Monte will look on as thousands of colorful eggs and candy are scooped up by western Montana children Saturday, March 30, when UM hosts the 13th annual Easter Eggstravaganza on the UM Oval.

Children ages 9 and younger are invited to bring their baskets and search for thousands of eggs packed with Easter treats during western Montana's largest egg hunt, which gets under way when the Main Hall bell tolls 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and Mountain Line will provide free bus rides all day.

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Associate professor wins award in literature

The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Joanna Klink, associate professor of English and creative writing at the University of Montana, the $7,500 Arts and Letters Award in Literature to honor her career and poetry publications.

Recognition by the American Academy of Arts and Letters is considered one of the highest formal acknowledgments of artistic merit in the U.S.

"I was pretty floored," Klink said. "I'm not on the radar too much, so it's really nice to be recognized like this."

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ASUM president named Newman Civic Fellow

Campus Compact recently honored UM student and Associated Students of UM President Zach Brown as a Newman Civic Fellow.

Brown is one of 181 students representing Campus Compact member colleges and universities from 36 states in the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows class. The award honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change in communities throughout the country.

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Mansfield Library Room 409 now is the Montana Orchards Room.


Mansfield Library updates study rooms with themes

The group study rooms at the Mansfield Library are undergoing updates to include themes related to Montana history and culture.


As part of the library's diversity plan, which includes the goal of enhancing diversity in the built environment, two study rooms have been updated with themes. Room 409 now is the Montana Orchards Room and Room 112 now is the Montana Immigrants Room.


The rooms feature artwork and information from the library's Archives and Special Collections. They focus on the apple orchards in the Bitterroot Valley and the immigrant populations who contributed to the state's growth.


The library will continue to update study rooms with themes. For more information call Julie Biando Edwards, associate professor, ethnic studies librarian and diversity coordinator for the Mansfield Library, at 406-243-4505.

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 29: Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Integrated Communications
  • April 26: Mansfield Library
  • April 19: University Dining Services
  • 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.

Ongoing workshops and lecture series:

  • Monday, March 25: Philosophy Forum: "Who Will Help? Creating a Community Response to Sexual Violence Prevention," Victoria Banyard, professor, University of New Hampshire Department of Psychology, 3:10-4:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 123.
  • Monday, March 25: Mansfield Library Workshop: "Manage Your Research with RefWorks," 3-4 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 283.
  • Monday, March 25: Rough-Cut Science Seminar Series: "Research, STEM Education and the Native Amercan Research Laboratory," Aaron Thomas, director of NARL at UM, noon, University Center Room 327.
  • Tuesday, March 26: Wilderness Issues Lecture Series: "Wilderness, Wildness and Biodiversity: We Need All Three," Reed Noss, professor, University of Central Florida Department of Biology, 7:10 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 122.
  • Tuesday, March 26: Russia on the Oval Lecture Series: "Educational System in Today's Russia: A View on the Role of Education in a Contemporary Society," Leonid Kalachev, professor and chair, UM Department of Mathematical Sciences, 7 p.m., University Center Theater.
  • Wednesday, March 27: Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Rural Livelihood Strategies and Subsistence Food Production in Belize: Enhancing Small Farmer Food System Resiliency as a Mode to Sustainable Risk Management and Partcipatory Development," Siobhan Lozada, project coordinator, Mansfield Center Ethics and Public Affairs Program, 12:10 p.m., Mansfield Center.
  • Thursday, March 28: Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics Seminar Series: "Conformational Changes and Dynamics of the Alpha Subunit for Heterotrimeric G Proteins During Receptor-Independent Cell Signaling," Labe Black, graduate student, UM Chemistry Department, 4:10 p.m., Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 110.

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • March 25: Open Mic Night. Read more
  • March 25: President's Lecture Series: Victoria Banyard. Read more
  • March 25-29: Spring Bike Maintenance Workshops. Read more
  • March 26: Peace Corps Information Session. Read more
  • March 26: Wild Mercy Reading Series. Read more
  • March 26: Concert: Faculty and Guest Artist Series. Read more
  • March 26-27: Sping Dance Showcase: "Dance New Works." Read more
  • March 26-30: Play: "Pentecost." Read more
  • March 27: ASUM Senate Meeting. Read more
  • March 27: Diversity Film Series: "The Invisible War." Read more
  • March 27: Panel Discussion: "The History of the MMAC Textile Collection." Read more
  • March 27: Griz Glow Dash n' Dance. Read more
  • March 28: Wellness Champions Webinar: "Wellness Mythbusters." Read more
  • March 28: Philip L. Wright Lecture: "The Mysterious Atlantic Eel: Swimming 3,000 Miles to Have Sex." Read more
  • March 28: Lecture: "Student-Athlete Success: Findings from a National Multi-Institutional Study." Read more
  • March 29: Fundamentals of Fly Fishing registration deadline. Read more
  • March 29: Concert: Student Recital Series. Read more
  • March 30: 13th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Read more
News about U
News About U

Mathematical Sciences Professor Bharath Sriraman delivered an invited workshop on mathematical problem posing at the Icelandic Mathematics Teachers Society in Reykjavik on March 11. He then participated in the first "Friends of Mathematics Education" symposium March 13-15 in Berlin, Germany, hosted by the Deutsche Telekom Foundation and the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung.


"Playground," a computer-generated sound and computer-generated video collaboration between School of Music Associate Professor Charles Nichols, Media Arts Adjunct Instructor Amber Bushnell and Media Arts graduate student Charles Rafferty, was presented in March at the Athens Slingshot Festival in Athens, Ga., and the BulldogBytes Concert at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.


Merkle, J. A.; Robinson, H. S.; Krausman, P. R.; Alaback, P. 2013. "Food Availability and Foraging Near Human Developments by Black Bears." Journal of Mammalogy. DOI 10.1644/12-Mamm-A-002.1.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "Creatively Gifted Students Are Not Like Other Gifted Students: Research, Theory and Practice." Editor. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam. 276 pages. ISBN 9789462092341.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness: A Commentary on and Review of Theory, New Operational Views and Ways Forward." ZDM - The International Journal on Mathematics Education. SpringerOnline First, DOI 10.1007/s11858-013-0494-6.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "A Framework for Quality Assurance in Globalization of Higher Education: A View Toward the Future." Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education. Volume 43, Issue 2. SpringerOnline First, DOI 10.1007/s10780-013-9186-y.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "Issues and Perspectives on the Dialectics of Knowledge." Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education. Volume 43, Issue 2. SpringerOnline First, DOI 10.1007/s10780-013-9185-z.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2013. "An Eastern Learning Paradox: Paradoxes in Two Korean Mathematics Teachers' Pedagogy of Silence in the Classroom." Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education. Volume 43, Issue 2. SpringerOnline First, DOI 10.1007/s10780-013-9190-2. 

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