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Nov. 19, 2012 | Vol. 41, No. 26 |
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No classes Wednesday, limited on-campus dining

Wednesday, Nov. 21, is a travel day for students, and no classes will be held. Thanksgiving break paid holidays for UM faculty and staff are Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23.


On-campus dining services will be limited Wednesday. All restaurants will be closed Thursday and Friday. For more information on restaurant dates and hours, check the University Dining Services "Where to Eat" guide.

Presidential faculty, staff awards nominations open

The Office of the President is accepting nominations for the 2012 George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishment and the George M. Dennison Presidential Staff Award for Distinguished Accomplishment. One of each award will be given along with a $1,500 stipend.


The faculty award is open to a tenure-track professor or full-time research professor who has completed five years of employment at UM prior to nomination. The award recognizes distinguished accomplishments that have brought significant recognition to UM at the regional and national levels.


The staff award is open to a classified staff member who has completed five years of employment at UM prior to nomination. The award recognizes a distinguished accomplishment within the employee's work unit that brings excellence, merit, distinction or glory to UM.


The deadline for submitting nominations is 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Nominations forms are available at the Office of the President's website.

Communications VP finalists to visit campus

UM will interview four candidates for the position of vice president for integrated communications in coming weeks.


The candidates are Scott Ochander, Valparaiso University vice president for integrated marketing and communications-greater Chicago area; Mario Schulzke, founder of IdeaMensch, a digital publication aimed at helping entrepreneurs; Kari Dilloo, group communications manager with Microsoft/Bing; and Libby Eckhardt, chief communications officer for the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University.


The vice president for integrated communications is the chief communications officer for the University and will provide leadership for UM marketing and branding, licensing, social media and all other communications. This position directly oversees the Broadcast Media Center, Printing and Graphic Services, and University Relations.


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Public Radio program highlights UM research

UM will launch a four-minute radio program called "Cores of Discovery" to air on Montana Public Radio beginning Friday, Nov. 23. "Cores of Discovery" aims to educate the general public about ongoing scientific research being conducted at the University and how this research can benefit lives.


Producer Katie George said the program is a novel and innovative approach to engage the public with UM's research endeavors. The following "Cores of Discovery" podcasts will air at 2:06 p.m. on Fridays on MTPR:

  • Nov. 23: Tony Ward, asbestos exposure in Libby.
  • Nov. 30: Diana Six, effect of mountain pine beetle on whitebark pine forests.
  • Dec. 7: Rick Hauer, director of the Institute on Ecosystems UM.
  • Dec. 14: Solomon Dobrowski, ponderosa pine seedling survival in the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys.
  • Dec. 21: Maury Valett, water quality in the Flathead River.

UM artists host annual Holiday Sale and Juried Show

The UM Emerging Ceramic Artists and the Student Sculpture Association of the UM School of Art will host the 27th annual Holiday Sale and Juried Show Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6-8, in the UM Art Annex.


The sale will include ceramics and sculpture by UM School of Art students and faculty, and the show will feature student work created in the past year. The work will be juried by nationally renowned ceramic sculptor Adrian Arleo of Lolo. Proceeds from the sale support UMECA and SSA. Funds will be used for scholarships, visiting artists, student travel to conferences and wood for the Anagama kiln firing.


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Student-athletes honored for community engagement

Seven student-athletes from colleges and universities across the state received the 2012 Montana Athletes in Service Award sponsored by the Montana Campus Compact on Nov. 17 in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The award honors their outstanding commitment to civic engagement, volunteerism and the impact that their service has on their communities.


"These students deserve special recognition for taking time from their busy academic and athletic schedules to engage in projects that improve life for everyone in Montana," said Jane Karas, Montana Campus Compact board chairwoman and Flathead Valley Community College president.


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UM to host high school students for Model UN

High school students from 17 Montana and Idaho schools will attend the Montana Model United Nations Conference on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19-20, at UM.


At the conference, 350 students will represent 96 of the United Nations' 193 member states, debating and writing resolutions addressing important international issues.


Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday with opening ceremonies in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The keynote address titled "Doing Good Better" will be delivered by Kimberly Maynard. Maynard has worked on rebuilding war-torn societies and providing international disaster relief for 25 years in crises-affected areas such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Indonesia and Rwanda and has worked with the United Nations, the American Red Cross and the World Bank. All events are free and open to the public.


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'Irish Christmas in America' tour to stop in Missoula

"Irish Christmas in America," a popular show celebrating the customs, lore and traditions of Christmas in Ireland through music, song and dance, returns to UM on Sunday, Dec. 9.


The performance, which serves as a fundraiser for UM's Irish Studies program, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Tickets cost $25 if purchased in advance or $30 at the door. Student tickets cost $15 with an ID, and kids age 12 and under will be admitted free. Tickets are available at all GrixTix locations, Rockin Rudy's, online at or by calling 888-MONTANA.


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Healthy Holiday Challenge 2012 kicks off Nov. 20

The UM Fitness and Recreation Center invites all members to join the free Healthy Holiday Challenge 2012 and keep the weight off this holiday season.


The seven-week challenge offers motivational tips on nutrition and physical activity, as well as relaxation techniques to help you take control and be mindful of your nutritional and exercise needs.


Members can register as individuals or as a team of no more than five people. A prize will be awarded to an individual winner and each member of the winning team at the end of the challenge. Nonmembers can participate for $14 weigh-in and weigh-out fees or join the FRC for the month of December for $25 and the fees will be waived.


Weigh-in days and times are 11:15-11:45 a.m. and 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, and 6-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. More information is available at FRC website.

Ongoing Workshops and Lecture Series

  • Monday, Nov. 19: Integrative Microbiology and Biochemistry Seminar Series. 12:10-1 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.

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:

  • Nov. 30: Academic Affairs
  • Dec. 7: President Engstrom

Upcoming Arts and Entertainment

  • Nov. 19: Concert: UM Women's Chorus. Read more
  • Nov. 20: Archie Bray Day. Read more
  • Nov. 24: Docent Tour of "Labor & Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection." 12:10-12:50 p.m., Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
  • Nov. 25: Concert: Handel's Messiah. Read more
News about U
News About UUM Geosciences Professor and Paleontology Center Director George Stanley presented a lecture and co-authored two posters at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition Nov. 4-7 in Charlotte, N.C. The lecture was titled "Anatomy of a Late Triassic Reef and Carbonate Platform from the Wallowa Terrane, Northeastern Oregon and Western Idaho." The posters were titled "Transient Metazoan Reefs in the aftermath of the End-Permian Mass Extinction" and "Geochemical Analysis of the Central Basin Facies of the Bear Gulch Limestone," which was co-authored with UM students Amy Singer and Robert Rader.
Anthropology Department Professor Anna Prentiss has been selected as the editor of the Society for American Archaeology's magazine the SAA Archaeological Record. Her term will begin in April and last for three years.

Koehn, Peter H. 2012. "Turbulence and Bifurcation in North-South Higher-Education Partnerships for Research and Sustainable Development." Public Organization Review. Volume 12, Number 4: pp. 331-335.


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