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Aug. 27, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 16 |
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President outlines UM's institutional priorities

UM President Royce Engstrom delivered his annual State of the University address Friday, Aug. 24. He outlined achievements of the past year, challenges faced by the University and community, and some exciting new developments coming in the 2012-13 academic year.


The president affirmed that improving campus safety through education is a major priority this year. Part of this focus will include the new mandatory Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness training for all students, soon to be followed by a version for faculty and staff. PETSA training will increase sexual assault awareness among students and facilitate a healthy, proactive dialogue about campus safety. More information about PETSA is available here, and additional information about other safety-enhancing programs will be shared in the coming months.


Other developments to watch for this year include a new effort to attain funding for a new Missoula College (formerly the COT) facility on the South Campus, recommendations regarding brand strategy from Mind Over Media, the appointment of several cabinet positions in the administration and the Global Leadership Initiative.


Congratulations to all incoming and promoted faculty who were acknowledged during the address.

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University Relations also maintains the UM Events Calendar, which is posted on the University home page and is an excellent venue for publicizing University-related events. Events posted to the calendar are distributed weekly during spring and autumn semesters to all campus and local media, including newspapers and radio and TV stations.


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Academic Convocation: Welcome students to UM

Academic Convocation is scheduled 8:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, on the Oval. The event takes place every fall and is a celebration to officially welcome all new and transfer students to campus. 

Show your Griz pride on College Colors Day

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear maroon and silver on Friday, Aug. 31, as part of ESPN's College Colors Day. All through the month of August, Griz supporters have been able to pledge their support to UM as part of the online competition. The university with the most pledges will win the College Colors Day Spirit Cup and receive $10,000 for its general scholarship fund. You can pledge your support online here.


UM also will host a College Colors Day Griz Night with the Osprey on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Griz fans are encouraged to wear maroon and silver while supporting the Missoula Osprey against the Great Falls Voyagers at 7 p.m. Special ticket packages are available for Griz Card holders. Click here for more information.

UM receives $19.1 million in donations in 2012

From funding for research at Flathead Lake to scholarships for service-minded students, alumni, friends and foundations showed their support for UM by giving $19.1 million in the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30. This comes close to the $20.2 million in gifts in 2011. Laura Brehm, president of the UM Foundation, which manages fundraising for the University, is pleased with this year's total.


"Alumni and friends are passionate about supporting the University's mission, and they continue to do that even when times are tough," Brehm said. "The financial markets are volatile, and that affects giving. We are especially grateful for gifts that are helping President Royce Engstrom and our deans move forward on their top priorities."


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Delaney inks two-year Griz football coaching contract

Take that interim tag off of Grizzly football coach Mick Delaney's official title.


The veteran coach, named the interim head football coach at UM in late March, has signed a two-year contract, which expires on Jan. 31, 2014. The contract was announced July 26 by Jean Gee, UM's interim director of athletics, in a press conference that was held in the Canyon Club at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.


Delaney has coached 46 seasons, 30 of those at the collegiate level.


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Provost: Welcome new leaders to Grad School, Office for Student Success, Global Leadership Initiative

To UM Staff, Faculty and Administrators: 

I am pleased to announce several changes in the organization of the Office of the Provost that will both promote alignment with the University's Strategic Plan and redistribute some workloads.


J.B. Alexander "Sandy" Ross is now the dean of the Graduate School, and Sharon O'Hare will continue to direct the Office for Student Success while taking on the role of assistant vice president for student success. Both Ross and O'Hare report directly to the provost and vice president for academic affairs.


Ross has primary oversight of all matters pertaining to the Graduate School, while O'Hare, in her part-time role in the Office of the Provost as assistant vice president for student success, assumes several tasks and oversight activities associated with student success, advising and mentoring that were formerly performed by Associate Provost Arlene Walker-Andrews.


Walker-Andrews will reduce her FTE to 0.6 beginning Sept. 1, and her title will be associate provost for global century education and special assistant to the president for accreditation. She will focus her efforts on the Global Leadership Initiative, academic enrichment and other activities dealing with the global century and accreditation.


Please join me in congratulating these individuals on their assignments. We look forward to their continued achievements in support of the University's strategic issues.


Perry J. Brown

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Map raises funds for Flathead Lake Biological Station

UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station and the Flathead Lakers have collaborated with a Missoula-based map-making company to create a unique, artistic rendition of Flathead Lake to benefit UM's FLBS.


Xplorer Maps creates hand-drawn and hand-lettered illustrations of significant natural and historical sites across the world. The limited-edition print of Flathead Lake features an antique style complete with illustrations of regional flora and fauna.


The original artwork was created using pen and ink and multiple water color layers. Three hundred signed and numbered giclée prints are available for $300 each. Each print measures 20 inches by 28 inches. The original artwork will be on display this summer throughout western Montana and will be auctioned online through Sept. 4.


UM launches new guest wireless network

Visitors to The University of Montana campus can now access the Internet on a courtesy guest wireless network.


To connect, visitors should select "grizzlyguest" from available wireless networks, open a Web browser and enter their email address on the guest user login page.


The guest network uses open, unencrypted transmission, so it should not be used to send or receive sensitive information. UM students and employees should continue to access the secure "UMwpa" wireless network for all online activity.


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Mountain Line, ASUM start up University bus routes

New Mountain Line bus route schedules begin Monday, Aug. 27. Electronic versions of the timetables are posted on the Mountain Line website. New printed copies of routes and schedules will be available on the buses and around town next week.



Changes include Route 1, which serves the University, downtown Missoula and Southgate Mall, which will operate every 15 minutes throughout the day. Route 8 will also provide more frequent service to the University.


The ASUM U-Dash bus service will also start regular routes Monday, Aug. 27. For more information on routes, click here.

Upcoming Arts and Entertainment

  • Monday, Aug. 27: "Co-Adaptation" student art show opens at UC Gallery. Read more
  • Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 27-28: Shakespeare in the Park: "The Twelfth Night" and "Hamlet." Read more
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5: "An Evening with Mark Twain." Read more
  • Thursday, Sept. 6: Impressionist masterpiece exhibits open at MMAC. Read more
  • Friday, Sept. 7: Marty Essen Bitterroot College benefit show. Read more
News about U
News About UDirectors of the UM Writing Center
will present at the 2012 International Writing Center Association conference Oct. 25-27 in San Diego. Kelly Webster, director of the Writing Center, and Jacob Hansen, associate director of the Writing Center, will present their UM Sidecar Project work. Specifically, their presentation will focus on the Sidecar Project as a tool to instruct student writers, including international students, and as an avenue to promote faculty development around working with domestic and international student writers. The Writing Center at UM is part of the Office for Student Success. Learn more about the Writing Center's services at


George Stanley, geosciences professor and director of the UM Paleontology Center Department of Geosciences, was a U.S. delegate at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium held in Cairns, Australia, in July, which was attended by 2,000 reef scientists from 70 countries. Stanley presented a keynote lecture titled "Ocean acidification and the 'Naked Coral' hypothesis" and convened a mini-symposium titled "Coral reefs: Is the past the key to the future?"


Charles Nichols, associate professor in the School of Music, worked with the Namaste Ensemble on three performances and two recording sessions of his composition which were at Città di Castello and Rome, Italy, in July. The recordings of his pieces for clarinet, alto saxophone and bass clarinet will be released on a CD produced by the International Composers and Interactive Artists association. Nichols also was a fellow at the Ucross Foundation Artist Retreat in August, where he wrote a composition for the Sapphire Trio, commissioned by the Montana State Music Teachers Association.


The Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy will lead three initiatives this fall to advance regional and national policy: The Practitioner's Network for Large Landscape Conservation will hold its autumn meeting in Salt Lake City on Sept. 29. For more information visit their website. The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent will host its third annual conference Sept. 27-28 in Fernie, British Columbia. To register or for more information, visit their website. The Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance will facilitate the fourth annual symposium on Columbia River Governance Oct. 10-12. For more information visit their website.


Montana Geographic Alliance Coordinators andUM Geography Department faculty Professor Sarah J. Halvorson and Faculty Affiliate Heather Almquist received a $34,000 grant from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. The grant will be used to support member services, professional development for Montana teachers and geographic education-related activities through the alliance.


Knight, Christopher. 2012. "The Hollowed Man: The Letters of T.S. Eliot." In Commonweal. Vol. 139, Issue 13, pp. 31-33.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2012. "Theories in Mathematics Education: Some Developments and Ways Forward." Third International Handbook of Mathematics. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Vol. 27. Springer Science & Business Media, New York. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-4684-2_10.


Sriraman, Bharath. 2012. "Creativity and Mathematical Problem Posing: An Analysis of High School Students' Mathematical Problem Posing in China and the USA." Educational Studies in Mathematics. SpringerOnline First. DOI: 10.1007/s10649-012-9419-5.


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