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Think Grizzly, It's Friday | January 21, 2011 | Volume 17, Number 1 | www.umt.edu

In This Issue
UM Among Best for Winter Enthusiasts
Reentry Scholarship Now Available
Flathead Bio Station Research Published
Climate Change Students Visit Vietnam
Student Savings Accounts Available
UM Launches GoGriz.com
Tech Company Funds New Scholarship
Student Built Home Has New Owners
Student-Built Home Has New Owners
Funding Available for Montana Projects
Crown of Continent E-Mag Released
Funding Available for Montana Projects
Diversity ContinuUM Jan. 24-28
Jazz Program Holds Fundraiser Jan. 21
COT Offers College Prep for Veterans
Romantic Piano Course in Bitterroot
Microsoft Certification Course at COT
Trauma Expert to Lecture Jan. 24
Griz Win Two Home Games
Lady Griz Split on the Road
Hall Named Big Sky Athlete of Week
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UM Among Best for Winter Enthusiasts

 

UM again has received national recognition for its great winter lifestyle. The University was among eight schools named last month to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges for Winter Enthusiasts."

 

The eight were chosen as best schools in the nation for students searching for a "cold, crisp breeze; fresh snow; and access to skiing and snowboarding." U.S. News & World Report's Education Web producer Ryan Lytle writes, "If winter weather tops your college wish list, then these schools are for you."

 

UM's profile showcases a popular photo titled "Main Hall in Winter" by University photographer Todd Goodrich. In the profile, Lytle writes that UM "offers a ton of winter fun."

Reentry Scholarship Now Available
 
 

Students who have interrupted their education and now want to earn an undergraduate degree at UM have a chance to receive a $2,500 scholarship. The UM Foundation received a $50,000 grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation to establish the Osher Reentry Scholarship Fund at UM.

 

UM will award 20 scholarships worth $2,500 for the 2011-12 academic year. The priority deadline for applications is Feb. 1.

 

Reentry students are those who had an interruption in their education of five or more years and now want to resume their studies and earn an undergraduate degree. In addition to administering the scholarships, UM will provide resources such as orientation, academic advising and mentoring services to help each Osher Reentry Scholar succeed.

 

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Flathead Bio Station Research Published
 

Recent research conducted at UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station has provided important data about how introductions or invasions of non-native organisms can lead to major changes in the structure of aquatic ecosystems.

 

UM Assistant Research Professor Bonnie Ellis and FLBS Director Jack Stanford were among a team of scientists from around the Pacific Northwest who studied how the invasion or introduction of organisms into the lake has affected its biological diversity.

 

The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the scientists' study, "Long-term Effects of a Trophic Cascade in a Large Lake Ecosystem," will be highlighted in an upcoming issue of Nature.

 

The researchers looked at a 120-year record of the food web structure and dynamics of the lake, the largest freshwater lake in the western United States.  

 

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Climate Change Students Visit Vietnam

 

UM students are in Vietnam this month for a study abroad field course on climate change impacts and adaptation presented by the University's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. The students left right after the Christmas holiday and are in Vietnam through Jan. 22. 

 

"This is the first such program of its kind in the U.S.," said Mansfield Center Director Terry Weidner. "The students will explore the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change in Vietnam, a low-lying coastal country where climate change impacts are expected to be among the worst on the globe. It is an environmental issue, a health issue, an economic issue, an energy issue and a security issue. It's particularly relevant to our students' studies because each of these concerns is critical to Montana."

 

Those interested in following the students' journey can read their blogs at Deep in the Delta: Stories from Vietnam

 

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Student Savings Accounts Available

UM students now have an opportunity to earn $3 for every $1 saved in a program called the Matched Education Savings Account.

 

For every $1 a UM student saves in a MESA account, the program offers a match of $3, with a maximum match of $1,500.

 

Students must meet certain income criteria, have earned income and be enrolled at UM. Participants must commit to monthly savings and participate in personal finance/money management training. Matches will be made for the 2011-12 academic year, and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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UM Launches GoGriz.com
 

GoGriz.com is now the official online headquarters of the UM Grizzlies. It replaces the MontanaGrizzlies.com site that has been in use since 1999.

 

The launch is a joint effort between UM, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the department's multimedia rights partner, Grizzly Sports Properties. The site will be hosted by CBS Sports College Network.

 

"Our goal is to unveil a fresh, new site that will be easy to navigate, yet still be incredibly user-friendly and interactive and provide the most up-to-date information regarding anything and everything about Grizzly Athletics," said UM Director of Athletics Jim O'Day.

 

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Tech Company Funds New Scholarship
 

A Missoula-based information technology company is investing in student achievement in computer science at UM.

 

Alex Philp, president of GCS Research, recently announced the company will provide a $10,000 scholarship as part of the UM Foundation's Missoula Business Drive. Philp earned a doctorate in philosophy at UM.

 

"We wanted to do something meaningful to continue and expand the outstanding relationship we have with the Department of Computer Science at UM," Philp said. "In order to create high-paying jobs and employ University of Montana graduates, we need to do everything we can to support scholarships, innovation and dedication to excellence at the University."

 

GCS Research is an internationally recognized leader in geospatial information technology. The company, started in 2001 in Philp's basement, evolved out of a UM research and development project funded by NASA. The company has grown to 23 employees.

 

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Student Built Home Has New Owners  

 

Jeremy and Jessica Van Nuecker of Missoula are the lucky winners in the raffle of the Building Futures Committee's first student-built home.

 

The raffle drawing took place at the three-bedroom custom home, which was appraised at $340,000. Following the drawing for the new home, tickets for other raffle prizes were drawn.

 

The Building Futures Committee and the Missoula Student Built House project represent a community partnership among the Missoula Building Industry Association, the UM College of Technology and the Flagship Program. Proceeds from the successful raffle will be used to continue the Student Built House project in Missoula.

 

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COT Nursing Program Up for Site Visit

 

The UM College of Technology will host a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commissions Inc. site review for accreditation of its associate degree Registered Nursing Program next month.

 

The public is invited to meet the accreditation site visit team and share comments about the program from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Dean's Conference Room of the COT Administration Building, located at 909 South Ave. W. in Missoula.

 

Those who cannot attend the meeting in Missoula are welcome to submit written comments to Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. Comments should be submitted to Tanner by Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Funding Available for Montana Projects

 

The UM Wilderness Institute is accepting proposals for grants that support historical research, creative writing and wilderness studies projects that explore Montana's land and people.

 

The grants range from $400 to $1,000 and are awarded through the Matthew Hansen Endowment, which was established in 1984 as a memorial to Hansen and his ideals. The deadline to submit proposals is March 1. Awards will be announced in April.

 

Projects should encourage mindful stewardship of the land and contribute to the preservation of Montana's cultural heritage. Proposals from individuals will take precedence over those from institutions. The endowment committee recommends projects that can be completed in one year.

 

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Crown of Continent E-Mag Released

 

The fall issue of the Crown of the Continent Magazine has been released.

 

The region called the Crown of the Continent encompasses Glacier National Park and spans the Continental Divide from the Elk River headwaters and Crowsnest Pass in Canada to Rogers Pass and the Blackfoot River drainage in Montana.

 

UM launched the Crown of the Continent Initiative to provide an educational catalyst for collaboration between the University and Glacier National Park. The initiative now has grown to include groups beyond the park, notably The Nature Conservancy, the Glacier Institute, Flathead Valley Community College, the University of Calgary and more.

 

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Expert to Present Civil Rights Lecture

 

Glenn Eskew, who has written widely on the civil rights movement and Southern history, will give the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration lecture Wednesday, Jan. 26, at UM.

Eskew will present "Connor, King, Kennedy: Birmingham Icons Tell the Civil Rights Story" at 7:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The event is free and open to the public.   

An associate professor of history at Georgia State University, Eskew is the author of the book "But for Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle." The book, which deals with the civil rights demonstrations that took place in Birmingham in 1963, integrates the city's local history with the history of the national civil rights movement.

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Diversity ContinuUM Jan. 24-28

 

The Office for Civic Engagement at UM will kick off spring semester by hosting Diversity ContinuUM from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, Jan. 24-28, in the University Center Atrium.

 

OCE invites all UM students, staff and faculty members to check out the Diversity ContinuUM table, where they can write and share what diversity means to them and have their portraits taken. The stories and photos collected will go on display in the UC in February.

 

In its second year, the Diversity ContinuUM project is coordinated in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which fell on Jan. 17 this year. The project captures and highlights what diversity can mean and look like on UM's campus and offers participants a unique opportunity to serve their community by making their voices heard.  

 

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Jazz Program Holds Fundraiser Jan. 21

 

The UM Jazz Program will present a "Quick Draw" fundraiser Friday, Jan. 21, at St. Anthony's Parish Center, located at 217 Tremont St. in Missoula.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with "live" art created by several Montana artists and music performed by UM Combo I and UM Jazz Band I. An auction for the artwork created at the event will start at 9 p.m. A silent auction for additional works of art will be held throughout the evening. Refreshments will be available.

Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for students and seniors. They will be sold at the door. For more information, call UM music Professor Lance Boyd at 406-243-5071.

COT Offers College Prep for Veterans  

The UM College of Technology will hold free college prep classes for qualified veterans through the Montana Veterans Upward Bound program.

Classes in math, writing and basic computer skills will take place Monday through Thursday evenings, Feb. 7-March 30, at the COT campus, located at 909 South Ave. W. in Missoula. Start times vary from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and classes end no later than 9 p.m.

Orientation will take place from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in the COT Dining Room. A graduation ceremony will be held Wednesday, March 30. For more information or to enroll, call 877-356-VETS or visit the Montana Veterans Upward Bound website. 

Romantic Piano Course in Bitterroot

 

The UM School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Bitterroot College Program of UM have teamed up to bring a course titled Four Pillars of the Romantic Piano with Steven Hesla and Friends to lifelong learners in the Bitterroot Valley.

 

The course will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 26-Feb. 16, at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center, located at 327 Fairgrounds Road. UM music Professor Steven Hesla, a School of Fine Arts Distinguished Faculty Award recipient who has performed around the world, will teach the course, which also will feature celebrated pianists Barbara Blegen and Margery McDuffie Whatley.

 

Registration costs $50. For more information or to register, call Dannette Fadness, program coordinator for the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, at 406-243-2905 or e-mail dannette.fadness@umontana.edu.

 

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Microsoft Certification Course at COT

The UM College of Technology will offer the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Administrator series of three noncredit courses to prepare individuals for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist credential during spring, summer and fall semesters.

The first course in the series -- Applications Infrastructure -- will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 16-May 4. The course costs $995, which includes textbooks and all materials. Classes will not be held during UM's April 4-8 Spring Break.

The second course in the series, Active Directory Configuration, will be offered during summer semester from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 15-July 27. Network Infrastructure, the third course in the series, will be offered during fall semester from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Dec. 7.

For more information or to register for the course, call Mary Opitz at 406-243-7812 or visit the COT Outreach website.

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Trauma Expert to Lecture Jan. 24

 

Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world's leading experts on post-traumatic stress and childhood trauma, will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, in the Urey Lecture Hall at UM. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Van der Kolk's lecture will draw from his interdisciplinary expertise, appealing to everyone from psychologists, counselors and caregivers to educators, victim advocates, law enforcement officers and social workers.

 

The lecture marks the beginning of van der Kolk's formal collaboration with UM's Institute for Educational Research and Service, which focuses on the development of effective research models and practical educational services to improve the safety, health, technological competency and early intervention of students and communities in Montana.

 

Van der Kolk will collaborate with IERS on major projects, including its recent partnerships with the Office of Public Instruction and Missoula County Public Schools to improve performance of  the lowest-achieving schools in Montana and MCPS' Region 3.

 

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Griz Win Two Home Games

 

Senior center Brian Qvale registered a double-double as he led the Montana Grizzlies to a 66-47 Big Sky Conference victory over the visiting Eastern Washington Eagles on Jan. 13 in UM's Dahlberg Arena.
 

Two nights later Qvale registered another double-double as the Grizzlies claimed a 77-70 Big Sky Conference victory over the Portland State Vikings on Jan. 15 in Dahlberg Arena. 
 

The Griz played at Idaho State on Jan. 20. They will host their intrastate rivals, the Montana State Bobcats, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in Dahlberg Arena.
 

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Lady Griz Split on the Road
 

Montana senior Sarah Ena reached 1,000 career points, but the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks prevailed in a 64-60 victory over the Lady Griz on Jan. 13 in Flagstaff, Ariz.  

 

Ena entered the game with 991 career points and reached 1,000 in the first half's final minute. Ena becomes the 27th player in Lady Griz history to reach 1,000 points.  

 

Montana picked up its second road win of the season with a 57-52 victory over Weber State on Jan. 15 in Ogden, Utah.   

 

With the win the Lady Griz improved to 7-10 overall and 2-2 in the Big Sky Conference. Montana hosted Idaho State on Jan. 20 and will host Montana State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in Dahlberg Arena.

 

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Hall Named Big Sky Athlete of Week

 

UM sophomore Lindsey Hall was named the Big Sky Conference Field Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Jan. 18. It is the first career Big Sky athlete of the week honor for the Grizzlies' multi-events standout. 
 

Hall was recognized for her record-breaking performance in the pentathlon Jan. 11-12 at Montana State's combined events meet in Bozeman. 
 

Hall broke the previous school pentathlon record by 197 points with a score of 3,884. She won the meet by nearly 400 points and had a career-best 5-8.75 in the high jump and a career-best 36-5.75 in the shot put.
 

Hall went 8.14 in the 55-meter hurdles, 18-10.75 in the long jump and an altitude-adjusted 2:34.99 in the 800 meters. 


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Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana

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