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 Aug. 19, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 16 |  
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State of the University Address Set for Friday

UM President Royce Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23.


The campus community is invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM's Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.


Following the address, there will be a brief break with refreshments in the PAR/TV Center lobby. Then Engstrom and UM Provost Perry Brown will hold a public Q-and-A session in the PAR/TV Center's Masquer Theatre.

Kick Off the Year With Welcome Back Picnic

UM faculty and staff members are invited to the Welcome Back Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Kirkwood Grove.


Enjoy lunch, hear from President Engstrom and reconnect with your colleagues before the school year gets underway. The picnic is free and open to UM employees.


The Kirkwood Grove/Riverbowl East area is north of Campus Recreation. In case of inclement weather, the picnic will be held in the Adams Center.

Griz Fans Can Support UM in Spirit Competition

UM will participate in the second annual College Colors Day spirit competition and needs fan support to help win the national Spirit Cup award, which includes $10,000 toward the University's general scholarship fund.


Griz fans can register to vote for UM as the school with the most college spirit and loyal fan base online. After placing a vote, fans will have the opportunity to win prizes and discounts through an instant-win game, view and submit photos to the College Colors Day fan-photo gallery and download a custom Facebook cover photo promoting UM for College Colors Day.


"We have some of the most dedicated and spirited fans anywhere in the country," said Erika Palmer, UM trademarks and licensing director. "I think we have a real shot at winning -- so we want to encourage all students, alumni, staff and fans to show their support for the Griz by voting for UM as the institution with the most school spirit."


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Justice O'Connor to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will receive an honorary doctorate of laws from UM at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The ceremony is free and open to the public.


O'Connor has long-standing connections to the UM School of Law. She delivered the inaugural address of the school's prestigious Jones Tamm Lecture Series in 1997, and she sat on a panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which conducted oral arguments at the school in the fall of 2011.


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$1 Million Endowment Supports Nontrad Students

UM recently received a $1 million grant to endow its Osher Re-entry Scholarship Program. 


"Montana is a state of small towns, with many residents coming from humble beginnings," said UM President Royce Engstrom. "Many students are returning to school after having spent years working in traditional Montana industries. The endowment comes at an important time for our institution and our state as we work to increase significantly the number of people with college degrees." 


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UM to Honor Distinguished Alums at Homecoming

Five outstanding UM graduates will receive 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming weekend festivities, Oct. 4-5. The awards are the highest honor presented by UM's Alumni Association.


This year's distinguished alumni are Dorothy Bridges of Minneapolis, George Dennison of Missoula, Jim Messina of Washington, D.C., Milton Parsons of Denver and Yoko Takeuchi of Tokyo. 


The public is invited to attend a panel discussion featuring the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the University Center Ballroom. An awards ceremony and reception will follow. 


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SpectrUM to Open New Space Downtown Aug. 23

UM's spectrUM Discovery Area will celebrate the unveiling of its new home in downtown Missoula at its ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. 


The event will include remarks by UM President Royce Engstrom and Missoula Mayor John Engen, as well as a blessing by Salish Elder Tony Incashola. As part of spectrUM's grand opening activities, the new Discovery Area will be free and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.


Located in the Maya Building at 218 E. Front St., spectrUM Downtown is expected to serve up to 50,000 people annually. Unlike any other museum in the nation, spectrUM Downtown will house an National Institutes of Health-funded, real-time neuroscience "Brain Lab," collaboratively created and designed by the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience as part of the Big Sky Brain Project. This working lab will be staffed by UM researchers and Missoula high school students. An exhibit in itself, the lab will allow visitors to experience cutting-edge neuroscience research firsthand. 

Community Friends Needed for Foreign Students

The Missoula International Friendship Program needs volunteer families, couples and single people to become Community Friends to new incoming foreign UM students. 


Community Friends are asked to meet with their matched student once a month for the first two semesters of the student's University experience. Many international students want to get to know Americans on a more personal basis and are eager to share their culture with you. The students do not live with Community Friends, and Community Friends have no financial or legal responsibilities for the student. 


Interested community members can learn more online or at Missoula International Friendship Program's Facebook group. Obtain an application form on the MIFP website or by calling UM's Foreign Student & Scholar Services at 406-243-2226. The deadline for applications is Thursday, Aug. 22.

Missoula Named No. 7 'Top College Town'

Missoula recently was named the No. 7 best college town in America for 2013 by


For this fourth installment of the annual ranking, editors narrowed their search to cities with a high quality of life based on factors ranging from cost of living and walkability to cultural amenities and pollution levels. Then they focused on those cities where a university is the top employer and key economic driver.


They also considered student-to-resident ratios, educational attainment, college-led community outreach programs and the percentage of 21- to 34-year-olds to show that people stick around or move after graduation.


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UM Team Reveals Function of Greenland Ice Sheet

Findings from a large-scale ice drilling study on the Greenland ice sheet by a team of UM and University of Wyoming researchers may revise the models used to predict how ice sheets move.


The work was published in Science on Aug. 15 in a paper titled "Basal Drainage System Response to Increasing Surface Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet."


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MMAC Celebrates 120 Years with Handbook

In the history of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, there never has been a handbook highlighting the museum's Permanent Collection of nearly 11,000 objects. In celebration of the upcoming 120th anniversary of the museum, MMAC published "The Art of the State: 120 Artworks for 120 Years."


Throughout its history, MMAC has committed to making its Permanent Collection not only an important resource for UM but also for the people of the state and region. The handbook presents 120 carefully selected pieces from the museum's Permanent Collection, highlighting MMAC's most significant resource and providing access to this unique and little-known treasure that belongs to all Montanans.


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Friday Afternoon Socials

The first autumn semester faculty/staff/retiree social will be held from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and will be sponsored by the Davidson Honors College. The schedule and format of future socials will be announced in the coming weeks. If you are interested in co-sponsoring a social, call Karen Kaley in the honors college at 406-243-2589 or email

Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events
  • Monday-Friday, Aug. 19-24: Get Fit for Free, Fitness and Recreation Center and Grizzly Pool. Read more
  • Friday-Sunday, Aug. 23-25: Griz Soccer, Montana Kickoff Invitational, Read more
  • Sunday, Aug. 25: GO Day and UC Game Night, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Read more
News about U
news about uSchool of Business Administration Associate Professor Joshua Herbold received the 2013 Jack Kempner Outstanding Educator Award from the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants. Herbold, who will begin his 10th year teaching at UM this fall, said the statewide award is an honor, particularly because a major deciding factor in the award selection comes from the recommendation of former students.


Wildlife Biology Program Professor and Craighead Chair Joel Berger received the 2013 Aldo Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors well-established individuals who have made lasting contributions to the conservation of mammals and their habitats. 

Berger has addressed research questions about mammalian ecology and conservation in natural systems at wide-ranging geographic scales in Asia, Africa and North America. 
Internal Audit Office Director Kathy Burgmeier received the Sue Talbot Volunteer Award from United Way in June.


School of Journalism Professor Ray Fanning's radio series "Preventing Wrongful Convictions -- False Eyewitness Identification" was named Montana's best noncommercial radio program for 2012. Fanning received the E.B. Craney Award from the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation in June. 
Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Erica Woodahl was selected as the featured investigator by the Pharmacogenomics Research Network for the month of July. Her research project at UM -- studying genetic variation in American Indian communities, specifically working with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes -- was the PGRN featured project for that month, as well.
School of Public and Community Health Sciences Professor Amanda Golbeck chaired an Invited Panel titled "Educating Future Leaders in Statistics and Maximizing the Likelihood of Leadership: Perspectives From and On Women in Statistics" at the 2013 Joint Statistical Meetings held Aug. 3-8 in Montreal.  

Koehn, Peter. 2013. "Donor-Supported Transnational Higher Education Initiatives for Development and Research: A Framework for Analysis and a Call for Increased Transparency." Higher Education Policy. Issue 26: pp. 349-372.


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