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 May 13, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 15 |
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UM's 116th Commencement Scheduled for May 18

Nearly 3,000 graduates and degree candidates are invited to participate in UM's 116th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.


Events kick off at 7:30 a.m. with a free continental breakfast for degree candidates, graduates, their families and faculty hosted by UM President Royce Engstrom in the University Center Atrium.


The general ceremony for UM's professional schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and Missoula College will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The stadium opens at 8 a.m., and guests should be seated in the westside seating area by 9:30 a.m. No tickets are required.


Philanthropy Class Grants $10,000 to Nonprofits

A UM communication studies class recently awarded Learning by Giving grants to three local nonprofits. The Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship class granted a total of $10,000 to Mountain Home Montana, the Missoula Food Bank and Garden City Harvest.


The class focused on awarding the grants to nonprofits that operate within Missoula County and address the needs of the elderly, homeless and hungry. Organizations submitted grant proposals earlier this year for a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $5,000.


Rooks, Shearer Win Annual Cox Teaching Awards

UM Assistant Professors Daisy Rooks and Tobin Shearer will receive the 2013 Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award at UM's 116th Commencement on Saturday, May 18.


Rooks teaches in the Department of Sociology. Students call her classes interesting, stimulating and challenging, while colleagues admire the variety of teaching innovations she implements in her courses. 


Shearer teaches in the Department of History and directs the African American Studies program. His courses include Prayer and Civil Rights; The Black Radical Tradition; and African American Religious Experience: Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion. 


Students Score in 94th Percentile on Business Test

UM's School of Business Administration students continue to knock the Business Major Field Test out of the park. Thirty-one students graduating with the spring 2013 class scored at or higher than the 90th percentile, with the entire class scoring in the 94th percentile overall.


The Business Major Field Test, administered by 585 universities nationwide, measures critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students and offers UM's SoBA a way to evaluate its students' performance and the program's effectiveness against similar institutions around the country.


The exam covers a broad set of topics including accounting, economics, management, quantitative business analysis, information systems, finance, marketing, legal and social environment, and international issues.


Honors Society Hosts Finals Week Book Drive

UM's chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society will host a book drive May 13-17. Unneeded books can be donated from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at drop boxes on the second floor of The Bookstore and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Source in the University Center.


The books will be donated to Better World Books, a company that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. Better World Books has helped fund programs such as Books for Africa, the National Center for Family Literacy, Room to Read and Worldfund.


Russian Program Students Continue to Excel

The UM Russian Program continues to shine this year, with two students recently capturing top prizes in a national Russian-language essay contest. Dakota Whisler received a second-place silver medal and Justin Davis received honorable mention in the second-year nonheritage learners category of the annual American Council of Teachers of Russian National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest.


The UM Russian Program, within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, has produced strong majors in Russian language, literature and culture in recent years. Justin Trifiro, who received a bronze medal in NPSREC last year, currently is studying at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia on a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. He will attend a graduate program in Slavic at the University of Southern California next year, where he was awarded a five-year scholarship worth $30,000 per year.


Eight UM Students Offered Fulbright Scholarships

Eight UM undergraduate and graduate students have received Fulbright Scholarship award notifications for the coming year. 


The students who received award notifications for study or research grants are:

  • Sophia Albov, to study geography in Finland;
  • Laura Ginsburg, to study agriculture in New Zealand;
  • and Burke Jam, to study installation art in Iceland.

The students who received award notifications for English teaching assistantships are:

  • Paul Asleson, to teach in Germany;
  • Julie DeSoto, to teach in Jordan;
  • Mark Jackson, to teach in Kazakhstan;
  • Alice Krebill, to teach in Germany;
  • and Greta Starrett, to teach in Georgia.

Photo Competition Promotes Majesty of Wilderness

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the public is asked to participate in a nationwide photography competition that illustrates the sheer majesty, diversity and value of America's wilderness areas. Submissions are open through Sept. 3, 2013, and winning images will be shown in a 2014 exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The professionally juried contest is sponsored by Nature's Best Photography, the Smithsonian and Wilderness50, of which UM's Wilderness Institute is a leading member. About 50 winning entries will be displayed in the exhibit.


Annual Business Plan Competition Returns to UM

Students from across the state will showcase their entrepreneurial aspirations during the 24th annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition on Thursday, May 16, at UM.


The event begins at 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Gallagher Business Building, and the final round will be an exciting showdown as the audience selects its favorite competitors for the People's Choice and Elevator Pitch Awards. The competition, sponsored by the UM School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, is free and open to the public.


Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events

  • May 15: Energy Technology Seminar: "Vegetable Oil Truck Demonstration." Read more
  • May 16: Presentation and Signing: Tate Jones. Read more
  • May 17: Outstanding Senior Recognition Ceremony.  
News about U
News About U

Montana Campus Compact Executive Director Dean McGovern served as conference facilitator at the 16th annual Continuums of Service Conference April 24-26 in Portland, Ore.


Photos from the 2013 Employee Recognition Day Ceremony are available online.


Liberal Studies Program Associate Professor Nathaniel Levtow presented a paper titled "Strategic Violence Against Ritual Objects: Perspectives from the Cognitive Science of Religion" at the 2013 Judaic Studies Moskow Symposium held May 5-6 at Brown University.


Mansfield Library staff presented the following poster sessions at the annual Montana Library Association Conference held April 17-20 in Missoula: "Benefits of Using the Montana Courier Service," Chris Vance, Pam Marek, Jewell Case and Helen Keremedjiev; "Empowering Users Through Technology," Glenn Kneebone, Chris Vance, Patricia DaSilva, Mike Maas, Kevin Crowley, Greg Kattell, Andres Buitron and Julia Jackman-Brink. Professor Barry Brown provided a half-day workshop on "Science Information Literacy and Resource."


Mansfield Library Professors Kim Granath and Sue Samson and Adjunct Instructor Kimberly Swanson presented a poster session titled "Support Your Staff: They Support the Academy" at the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference April 10-13 in Indianapolis.


Sepulveda, A.; Ray, A.; Al-Chokhachy, R.; Muhlfeld, C.; Gresswell, R.; Gross, J.; Kershner, J. 2012. "Aquatic Invasive Species: Lessons From Cancer Research." American Scientist. Issue 100: pp. 234-242.


Velicogna, I.; Tong, J.; Zhang, T.; Kimball, J.S. 2012. "Increasing Subsurface Water Storage in Discontinuous Permafrost Areas of the Lena River Basin, Eurasia, Detected From GRACE." Geophysical Research Letters. Volume 39, Issue 9: L09403.


Watts, J. D.; Kimball, J.S.; Jones, L.A.; Schroeder, R.; McDonald, K.C. 2012. "Satellite Microwave Remote Sensing of Contrasting Surface Water Inundation Changes Within the Arctic-Boreal Region." Remote Sensing of Environment. Issue 127: pp. 223-236.


Whited, D. C.; Kimball, J.S.; Lucotch, J.A.; Maumenee, N.K.; Wu, H.; Chilcote, S.D.; Stanford, J.A. 2012. "A Riverscape Analysis Tool Developed to Assist Wild Salmon Conservation Across the North Pacific Rim." Fisheries. Volume 37, Issue 7: pp. 305-314.


Wu, H.; Kimball, J.S.; Elsner, M.M.; Mantua, N.; Adler, R.F.; Stanford, J.A. 2012. "Projected Climate Change Impacts on the Hydrology and Temperature of Pacific Northwest Rivers." Water Resources Research. Issue 48: W11530.


Wu, H.; Kimball, J.S.; Li, H.; Huang, M.; Leung, L.R.; Adler, R.F. 2012. "A New Global River Network Database for Macroscale Hydrologic Modeling." Water Resources Research. Issue 48: W09701.


Campbell, D.G. 2013. "Family Involvement, Medication Adherence and Depression Outcomes Among Patients in Veterans Affairs Primary Care." Psychiatric Services. Issue 64: pp. 472-478.


Campbell, Gregory R. 2013. "Blood Quantum." Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Volume 1, Second Edition. Detroit: GALE. Cengage Learning. pp. 300-304.


Pape, Gregory. "Finding Levine." 2013. Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine. Iowa: Prairie Lights Books.

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