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Sept. 30, 2013 | Vol. 42, No. 22 |  
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UM students construct a Blackfeet-style teepee on the Oval during American Indian Heritage Day activities on Friday, Sept. 27. 

UM Celebrates Homecoming: Up With Montana!

The community is invited to join the festivities during UM's 2013 Homecoming Week, set for Sept. 29-Oct. 5, with a full schedule of traditional events.


This year's Homecoming theme -- "Up With Montana!" -- comes directly from UM's fight song, penned in 1914, and celebrates both the rich past and rising future of UM.


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University Releases Fall Enrollment Figures

UM recently announced a headcount enrollment of 14,525 for autumn semester, which exceeds UM projections but remains lower than a year ago.


New-student recruiting yielded 3,418 new students, which is three more than a year ago. UM President Royce Engstrom said the total headcount decline is due primarily to smaller classes of new students and larger graduating classes in the past two years. In response to last year's lower enrollment, UM launched a series of initiatives to improve outreach to prospective students and their parents.


"The University has made significant changes in the past year on a number of fronts -- in the amount of scholarship money we offer and our marketing and recruiting strategies," Engstrom said. "In addition, we provide more programs than ever to help students succeed."


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Lindeen to Answer Obamacare Questions at UM

Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen will host a forum titled "Obamacare in Montana: What You Need to Know" at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in University Center Room 332.


This forum is part of Lindeen's statewide trip to answer Montanans' questions about changes coming through the Affordable Care Act. The event is free and open to the public.

Faculty, Staff Receive Free Ticket for 'Avenue Q'

To demonstrate their appreciation for the longstanding commitment and service of UM faculty and staff members, President Engstrom and the UM School of Theatre & Dance again will offer employees a free ticket to the school's productions.


The first production on this year's schedule is a collaboration between the School of Theatre & Dance and the School of Music. "Avenue Q" is a musical comedy featuring both puppets and live actors. The Tony Award-winning play contains mature situations and is recommended for adult audiences.


"Avenue Q" will run at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-5 and Oct. 8-12 in the Montana Theatre in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Aside from their one free ticket, faculty and staff members can purchase a guest ticket for $9. Tickets are available at the UMArts Box Office in the PAR/TV Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before performances.

State Offers Free Winter-Driving Course

The state will offer a free two-hour winter driving course to all state and Montana University System employees and students who drive state vehicles starting in October. 


The course covers issues such as prewinter vehicle maintenance, how to avoid crashes, dealing with visibility and traction issues, and how to survive if you become stranded.


Visit this website to view class schedules and register for the course. If enough employees participate in the program, UM will qualify for an auto insurance premium discount.


For more information call UM Risk Manager Kathy Krebsbach at 406-243-2700 or email

More UM News

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Monday, Sept. 30: Rough Cut Science Seminar: "The Price of Our Vanishing Forests: A Spatial Hedonic Study of Ecosystem Services in the Brazilian Amazon," Katrina Mullen, noon, University Center Room 330.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1: Mansfield Library Workshop: "Literature Review: Effective Searching and Writing Strategies," in collaboration with the UM Writing Center, 3:10-4 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 283.
  • Thursday, Oct. 3: Faculty Development Office Professional Development Series: "Responding to Discrimination in the Classroom and Within Departments," UM Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Eric Gutierrez and communication studies Professor Sara Hayden, 2:10-3:30 p.m., University Center Room 330. RSVP online.
  • Friday, Oct. 4: Faculty Development Office Professional Development Series: "Handling Cases of Academic Misconduct," Dean of Students Rhondie Voorhees, 11:10 a.m. to noon, Liberal Arts Building Room 233. RSVP online.
  • Friday, Oct. 4: Mansfield Library Death, Dying and the Afterlife Lecture Series: "Xibalba: The Mayan Underworld," UM Professor H. Rafael Chacon, 5:30 p.m., Mansfield Library East Faculty Office Area.

Faculty/Staff/Retiree Afternoon Receptions

Receptions will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every other Friday in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. Autumn semester dates and event sponsors are:

  • Oct. 11: College of Arts and Sciences/College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Oct. 25: Office of the President
  • Nov. 8: College of Forestry and Conservation/School of Business Administration
  • Nov. 22: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences/Information Technology
  • Dec. 6: UM Dining
Upcoming Arts, Entertainment and Events
  • Monday: Exhibition: MSU Exit Gallery Exhibit. Read more
  • Monday-Saturday: Homecoming Events. Read more
  • Tuesday: Information Session: Tibetan Language Institute. Read more
  • Tuesday: Institutional Review Board Deadline. Read more
  • Tuesday: Prose and Poems. Read more
  • Wednesday: Provost Open Forum. Read more
  • Wednesday: Indigenous Film Series: "Video Letters From Prison." Read more
  • Wednesday: ASUM Senate Meeting. Read more
  • Wednesday: "The Price is Right Live!" Read more
  • Thursday: Opening Reception: MMAC Modernist Exhibitions. Read more
  • Thursday: Eighth Annual Reel Rock Film Tour. Read more
  • Thursday: Concert: Faculty and Guest Artist Series. Read more
  • Thursday: Concert: Andy McKee. Read more
  • Friday: Soccer: Grizzlies vs. Sacramento State. Read more
  • Friday: Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony. Read more
  • Friday: Presentation and Signing: "Horse Sanctuary." Read more
  • Saturday: Football: Grizzlies vs. Portland State. Read more
  • Sunday: Soccer: Grizzlies vs. Portland State. Read more

To view more events, visit the official UM Events Calendar online.

News about U
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UM Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy Senior Fellow Sarah Bates chaired a workshop titled "Western Land Trusts and Water" during the annual Land Trust Alliance National Conference on Sept. 19 in New Orleans. The workshop highlighted findings of sponsored research aimed at providing Western land trusts with information and resources for integrating water into their private land conservation work.


The UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences held a professional development workshop Aug. 14-16 to provide intensive preparation for high school science teachers interested in delivering environmental health-related curriculum in their classrooms. For more information visit this website.


Pershouse, M.A.; Putnam, E.A.; Woodahl, E.L. 2013. "Pharmacogenetics in American Indian Populations: Analysis of CYP2D6, CYP3A4, CYP3A5 and CYP2C9 in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes." Pharmacogenetics and Genomics. Volume 23, Number 8: pp. 403-414.


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