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Sept. 24, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 20 |
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Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series begins Sept. 25

The 2012 Provost's Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series will kick off with a lecture by UM School of Music Associate Professor Charles Nichols.


The lecture "Composing Human-Computer Interactivity for Musical Performance" is slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the University Center Ballroom. The lecture series is free and open to the public.


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American Indian Heritage Day events planned at UM

A full slate of events is planned at UM in honor of American Indian Heritage Day on Friday, Sept. 28.


"Each year Native American Studies has celebrated American Indian Heritage Day, which was designated by the Montana Legislature in 1997, with cultural events throughout the day," said Salena Beaumont Hill, academic adviser and program liaison for the UM Native studies department. "The goal of the activities is to share with the UM campus and Missoula community our unique cultures and provide the opportunity for our American Indian students to share their cultural knowledge and expertise."


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Award-winning author to present lecture, reading

Award-winning author Susan Cheever will visit UM to present a craft lecture and nonfiction reading Friday, Sept. 28. The lecture "The Perfect Sentence" will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Social Science Building Room 344, and the reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.


Cheever is the author of several books and has written essays, book reviews and articles for publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at Newsday. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Associated Press Award, is a member of the Authors Guild Council and is a director of the board of the Yaddo Corporation. She teaches in the master of fine arts creative writing programs at Bennington College and The New School.


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'Be Part of the Heart' on Wednesday

UM students, faculty and staff plan to gather with members of the Missoula community on the UM Oval to "Be Part of the Heart" on Wednesday, Sept. 26.


"Be Part of the Heart" is Missoula's first-ever grassroots attempt to gather 2,000 people dressed in red to stand in the shape of a heart, making a dramatic statement in support of healthy hearts.


"The American Heart Association is a cause that is important to me and to this campus, and we are very proud have hosted the Heart Walk and Heart Run for more than a decade," said UM President Royce Engstrom. "I'm excited to further our support of heart research and help spread awareness at UM with this first-time event."


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October is Information Literacy Awareness Month

Gov. Brian Schweitzer has proclaimed October Information Literacy Awareness Month in Montana, and the Mansfield Library is happy to bring awareness to its information literacy curriculum.


Last year, 9,081 UM students received information literacy instruction through Mansfield Library. The mission of the library instruction curriculum is to create information-literate students who know how to find, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically.


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Browning Symposium examines election law

The Montana Law Review will dedicate this year's Honorable James R. Browning Symposium at UM to an examination of election law and the state of the republican form of government in the states.


The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will take place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 27-28, in the University Center Ballroom. Registration is not required.


Topics will include campaign finance regulation, election administration, ballot issues, redistricting, judicial elections, voting rights in Indian Country, the intersection of state corporate and campaign laws, political libel and others.


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Professor's lecture to complement MMAC exhibits

UM art history and criticism Professor H. Rafael Chacón will present a lecture titled "Tensions Between City and Country in Art of the Belle Époque" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. The event is free and open to the public.


Chacón's lecture will provide a historical backdrop for the current exhibitions on display in the Montana Museum of Art & Culture in the PAR/TV Center. The exhibitions, "Labor and Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection" and "Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper," showcase the development of Impressionism by some of history's most notable artists, including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas.


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HR to provide training on conflict resolution

Human Resources Services Training and Development will offer a training titled "Resolving Interpersonal and Intragroup Conflict" from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 16, in University Center Room 331. The interactive three-hour session will help participants develop tools for successful conflict resolution by learning to identify their own approach to conflict, increase their ability to understand what motivates their own and others' behavior, and practice applying effective intervention strategies.


Amie Thurber of the National Coalition Building Institute will facilitate the training. For more information or to sign up, call Cindy Boies at 406-243-2286 or email

Faculty, staff receive free tickets to 'Arabian Nights'

The UM School of Theatre and Dance will present "The Arabian Nights" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-6 and 9-13 in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.


To show appreciation for their longstanding commitment and service to UM, President Engstrom and the School of Theatre and Dance will provide faculty and staff members one free ticket to "The Arabian Nights." A second ticket for each performance may be purchased for $9. To claim your faculty/staff tickets, present your Griz Card at the UMArts Box Office in the PAR/TV Center. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and one hour prior to performances.


The play may be inappropriate for young children. For more information visit

MC offers free college prep courses to veterans

Missoula College UM will offer free college preparation non-credit classes for qualified veterans through the Montana Veterans Upward Bound program during October and November. The courses are designed to help veterans brush up on basic skills in small, supportive groups.


Courses offered include college success, computers, math and writing. An orientation and graduation each with free refreshments will be offered, and students don't need to be enrolled in Missoula College or UM to attend courses. Classes begin Oct. 1 and run through Nov. 13.


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UM Philosophy Forum presents free lecture

David K. Clark, adjunct assistant professor of philosophy at UM and author of "Empirical Realism: Meaning and the Generative Foundation of Morality," will present a lecture titled "Ought America to be a Christian Nation?" The lecture is scheduled from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, in the UM School of Law Pope Room.

GLI sponsors lecture on post-9/11 peace

The UM Global Leadership Initiative and the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center will sponsor a free lecture by peace activist Paul Chappell 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the North Underground Lecture Hall.


Chappell, a West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran, will deliver a lecture titled "Why Peace is Possible in a Post-9/11 World."

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26: Mansfield Center Fall 2012 Lecture Series: "Interning with the U.S. Department of State" by summer 2012 intern and UM senior Madeline Bermes. Noon, Mansfield Center in the Mansfield Library.
  • Friday, Sept. 28: Faculty Professional Development Sessions: "Pedagogy of the Published: Thoughts on How to Publish on Teaching." 12:10-1 p.m., Missoula College East Campus HB11.
  • Friday, Sept. 28: Mansfield Library Fall Workshops: "Institutional Review Board." This workshop will clarify what types of projects are required to be reviewed by the IRB and outline the steps needed to ensure a successful IRB application. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Mansfield Library Student Learning Center, Room 283.

Faculty/staff/retiree socials

Socials will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. most Fridays during autumn semester in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. Autumn semester dates and event sponsors are:

  • Sept. 28: University Faculty Association
  • Oct. 5: President Engstrom
  • Oct. 19: College of Visual and Performing Arts and School of Extended and Lifelong Learning
  • Oct. 26: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nov. 2: Mansfield Center
  • Nov. 9: International Programs
  • Nov. 16: College of Arts and Sciences and College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
  • Nov. 30: Academic Affairs
  • Dec. 7: President Engstrom

Upcoming Arts and Entertainment

  • Sept. 25: Faculty and Guest Artist Series concert. Read more
  • Sept. 26: Nooners: Live musical performances in the UC. Read more
  • Sept. 26: Grant Petersen will discuss and sign copies of his book "Just Ride." Read more
  • Sept. 28: Gracie Cavnar will sign copies of her book "Eat It!" Read more
  • Sept. 28-29: Weekend Movies: "Seeking a Friends for the End of the World" and "That's My Boy." Read more
  • Sept. 30: Pearl Jam concert. Read more
News about U

News About UGeosciences Professor George Stanley attended the 29th International Association of Sedimentologists meeting in Schladming, Austria, Sept. 7-14, where he took part in a field trip in the Alps and presented two co-authored lectures: "Late Triassic corals and reefs: Paleogeographic comparisons of eastern Panthalassa and the Tethys" and "Isotopic methods for the study of living and Late Triassic corals." 


Visiting Associate Professor of literature Lisa Simon will be honored by Humanities Montana as a Humanities Hero in a reception and awards ceremony Saturday, Oct. 6. The event, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Downtown, recognizes honorees' contributions to humanities through engaging programs and events, composition of important books and articles about humanities topics and more. Other honorees include former UM faculty members Mark Johnson and Hal Stearns.


Le Bihan, Soazig. 2012. "Defending the Semantic View: What it Takes." European Journal for Philosophy of Science. Vol. 2, Issue 3: pp. 249-274.


Shepherd, H.M.E.; Stanley, G.D. 2012. "Norian to Rhaetian Scleractinian Corals in the Ferdows Patch Reef (Nayband Formation, East Central Iran)." Journal of Paleontology. Issue 86: pp. 801-812.


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