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  Oct. 17, 2011 | Vol. 39, No. 40 |
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UM completes environmental analysis for biomass plant

UM has completed an environmental analysis of the proposed Biomass Steam Plant to be constructed on the Missoula campus. This detailed analysis was required by the Montana University System Board of Regents before construction of the plant could commence.


UM President Royce Engstrom, the approving official for the EA, has concluded that the proposed biomass fueled steam plant "does not significantly affect the human environment." Engstrom gave final approval to the 284-page EA on Oct. 4. The full analysis is online.


Approval of the environmental analysis completes the two pre-construction conditions required by the Board of Regents at their May meeting. These conditions were the issuance of an Air Quality Permit by the Missoula City-County Health Department and the completion of an EA as outlined in the Montana Environmental Policy Act.

Charitable Giving Campaign kicks off

The 2011-12 UM Charitable Giving Campaign is now open and will run through Friday, Nov. 18.


This year, UM employees can make contributions to the Charitable Giving Campaign through a secure website.


Last year, the UM community gave more than $131,000 to help charitable organizations in the Missoula area. This year, UM hopes to raise $135,000 for the first time in the campaign's history. In addition, the campaign hopes to inspire 1,000 donors -- approximately half of UM's employees -- to give.


The organizations participating in this year's campaign serve a broad range of interests and needs within the community. The money raised goes directly to community agencies that serve those in need.

Higher education leaders to discuss leadership transitions

President Engstrom, former UM President George Dennison and Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns will gather for a panel discussion about transitions in leadership at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park in Missoula. The talk is free and open to the public.


The panel will reflect on UM's recent transition in leadership and on how to properly accomplish a transfer of power at a major university. The event, hosted by Leadership Montana, will be moderated by Montana Board of Regents Chair Clayton Christian.


The discussion serves as the kickoff for a two-day conference for alumni of the Leadership Montana program.


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Nominations open for 2012 Pantzer award

Nominations are now being accepted for UM's Robert T. Pantzer Presidential Humanitarian Award, presented each year to a person from the University or state who has substantially contributed to making campus a more open and humane learning environment.


The award honors Pantzer, UM president from 1966 to 1974, whose open-door policy was a hallmark of his administration. Pantzer also provided outstanding leadership in the preservation of unfettered academic inquiry and expression.


The Pantzer Award Committee seeks nominations of individuals who have demonstrated similar characteristics. Nominations should include the nominee's resume and a statement describing how the individual fits the criteria. Previous nominations may be reactivated by request and by providing any additional or updated information.


The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. The award will be presented at UM's Charter Day ceremonies Feb. 16, 2012.


Nominations should be mailed to Pantzer Award Committee Chair, Office of the Provost, The University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812, or faxed to 243-5937.

UM Allies announce fall training dates

The UM Allies Program has announced it will hold its autumn semester training sessions from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 21, in the University Center South Ballroom and from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in UC Rooms 330-331.


All trainings are free and open to UM faculty, staff and administrators. Registration is required and is available by calling Adrianne Donald at 243-6029 or emailing


The UM Allies promote a campus environment that is inclusive and supportive of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. A main goal of the program is to identify and nurture safe people and places to support members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities at UM.

World Trade Center receives export-assistance grant

The Montana World Trade Center at UM recently received a $298,814 grant to support its National Export Initiative Support Project, a private-public partnership intended to help Montana businesses increase exports of quality products and services to worldwide markets.


The grant was part of $618,814 awarded by the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration to boost job-creating exports in Montana.


The mission of the National Export Initiative Support Project is to accelerate the transformation of Montana companies into internationally recognized, export-orientated, market-focused and innovation-driven businesses, resulting in improved economic prosperity. 


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Crown of Continent Symposium lands at UM
Massive grizzly bears, insatiable mountain pine beetles and relentless climate change are just a few of the topics on tap for the inaugural Crown of the Continent Symposium on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, at UM.


Sponsored by the UM Department of Geography, all events will be held on the third floor of the University Center and are free and open to the public.


The gathering will explore the magnificence of this 13-million-acre ecosystem, which includes Glacier National Park and the surrounding region in the U.S. and Canada. The symposium will highlight the Crown region's fascinating history and showcase the many facets of a place that many scientists consider to be the most pristine, intact and diverse landscape in North America.


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Keynote speaker to examine water conflicts in India

UM's Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program will host an annual open house on Wednesday, Oct. 19. This year's event will feature a keynote address by author K.J. Joy at 4:30 p.m. in Payne Family Native American Center Room 103.


Joy's lecture, "Water Conflicts in India: A Million Revolts in the Making," will be based on his 2009 book of the same title. Refreshments will follow in the Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place.


Joy is a senior fellow with the Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management, and he currently coordinates the work of the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India. He has been an activist with the toilers' movement in South Maharashtra, India, and has published in the areas of grassroots water management, drought and drought proofing, watershed-based development, water conflicts and people's movements in India.


Joy will be on campus for three days to meet with students and faculty and also will give two additional talks.


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Health career fair offers recruiting opportunities

Company recruiters from local, regional and national employers will be on campus to meet with UM students and alumni during the seventh annual Health Professions Career Fair from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the University Center Ballroom.


The fair is sponsored by the UM Office of Career Services and is free for all students and alumni. The event will provide recruiting opportunities for those pursuing careers in speech-language pathology, social work, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, medical assisting, respiratory care, radiological technology, surgical technology and other health-related fields.


Employers can register online. Students and alumni also can log onto the website to view a complete schedule and see which companies are attending.


Through their Griz eRecruiting account, students and alumni also can sign up for on-campus interviews that will be held in conjunction with the fair from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Participants must sign up for an interview slot online. Students and alumni can register online for free.

Physical therapy students host fall massage clinics

The UM Physical Therapy Student Association will offer 20- and 40-minute massages during campus fundraising clinics in October and November.


Clinics will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Oct. 24-27, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Nov. 7-10 and Nov. 14-17, in Skaggs Building Room 129. Massages cost $12 for 20 minutes and $20 for 40 minutes.


Proceeds will help UM physical therapy students attend local and national educational and research conferences.


Appointments are required and can be made by calling 243-4753.

WellCheck, flu shots at UM Oct. 25-27

UM will host the fall WellCheck from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 25-26, in University Center Room 330 and from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Administration Building at the College of Technology.


Appointments are required for blood tests and can be scheduled online. Flu shots also will be available free of charge at WellCheck, and appointments are not required. Flu shots will not be available before WellCheck and will not be administered at Curry Health Center.


WellCheck is open to faculty, staff, retirees and spouses on the medical plan. More information and online assistance is available by calling 243-2025 or 1-866-644-2025.

Assistance available for grant proposals

UM's Office of the Vice President for Research and Development now offers support personnel to assist UM faculty with developing and submitting extramural grant proposals. 


Personnel will provide budget development and forms preparation services as part of an ongoing initiative to enhance extramurally funded research programs at UM. This pilot program will support faculty in units that lack staff with specialized skill in developing complex grant budgets and electronic proposal form preparation.


The Rural Institute on Disabilities now houses a half-time budget analyst to assist faculty outside the College of Arts and Sciences who are submitting proposals in the area of social, behavioral and economic sciences (as defined by the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation). Faculty who plan proposals in this area and wish to receive assistance should call Lynda Zschaechner at 243-4860 or email


The College of Arts and Sciences will make an announcement shortly regarding enhanced proposal development support for faculty within that college.

Sign up for retirement-planning seminars

VALIC will host one-hour "Your Retirement at Work" seminars for UM employees Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 24-25, in the University Center. 


Registration is required and available online (enter registration code UOMMIS11AA). Participants also can register by calling Denise Walker at 509-344-2335 or emailing


Seminar times and locations are:

  • Monday, Oct. 24: 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.; UC Room 326
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: noon and 3 p.m., UC Room 327
President Engstrom's office hours

President Engstrom welcomes members of the campus community to meet with him to discuss issues and topics of their choice. Please call 243-2311 or email to make an appointment to meet with President Engstrom during these times.


President Engstrom's scheduled office hours for autumn semester are:

  • Thursday, Oct. 27: 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 8: 9-10:30 a.m.
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:

  • Oct. 21: Mansfield Center
  • Oct. 28: President Engstrom
  • Nov. 4: International Programs
  • Nov. 18: College of Visual and Performing Arts and School of Journalism
  • Dec. 2: President Engstrom
  • Dec. 9: College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
News about U
News About U

John Frederickson, coordinator of the Montana Safe Schools Center, and Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman, director of the National Native Children's Trauma Center, briefed members of the state Legislature's State-Tribal Relations Committee and the Executive Council of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes on youth suicide prevention in Indian Country and best practices. They also summarized past and current projects under way with the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.


Anthropology and Native American studies Professor Neyooxet Greymorning facilitated a three-day Native language teacher-training workshop in mid-August for language teachers of Algonquin, Mohawk, Atkamekw and Innu at Montreal.


Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation Paul R. Krausman has been appointed to serve as a member of the National Academy of Science's Committee to Review the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Management Program. The committee will address how wild horses and burros influence the environment.         


Geography Professor Christiane von Reichert gave a research presentation, "How Return Migration Helps in Building Rural Wealth," at the Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihood Conference held Oct. 3-5 in Washington, D.C.


Cobbs, Georgia A. (co-author). 2011. "Getting into Gear." Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. 17(3):160.


Hebblewhite, M.; N. Harris; M. Hurley; J. Raithel. (co-authors). 2011. "Neonatal mortality of elk driven by climate, predator phenology and predator diversity." Journal of Animal Ecology. In press.


Hebblewhite, M. (co-author). 2011. "Recovering the critically endangered Far Eastern Amur Leopard: Identifying potential habitat and population size for reintroduction." Biological Conservation. In press.


Seguchi, Noriko. 2011. "Kamakura, A view from America: Re-analysis of the Ainu-Samurai hypothesis using population genetic analysis." Scientific approach in Archaeology. (Eds.) Chujo Riichiro, Hajime Ishida, Hideo Sakai. Kyoto: Rinsen Shoten. pp. 258-280.


Sommers-Flanagan, J.; and R. Sommers-Flanagan. 2011. How to Listen so Parents Will Talk & Talk so Parents Will Listen. Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons. 304 pp.


Sommers-Flanagan, R. 2012. "Boundaries, multiple roles, and the professional relationship."  APA Handbook of Ethics in Psychology. (Ed.) Sam Knapp. pp. 241-277.


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