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Think Grizzly, It's Friday | February 4, 2011 | Volume 17, Number 3 | www.umt.edu

In This Issue
U.S. Attorney General to Speak at UM
Law School Accreditation Renewed
UM Earns Top Peace Corps Ranking
Biomass Project Answer Session Feb. 9
Archie Bray Artists Share Ceramics Skills
Job Fair Brings Employers to Campus
Explore Land Issues in Indian Country
MOLLI Course Looks Inside Symphony
VITA Volunteers Provide Free Tax Prep
Public Invited to Student Readings
State Radio to Play Wilma March 26
UC to Host 'International Coffee Hour'
Griz Thump Cats
Lady Griz Take Down Bobcats
Griz Go Big at Mountain State Games
Tennis Teams Open Spring Season
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"The President's Update," a video series for UM President Royce Engstrom to communicate with the campus community, is available on the President's Office website and on the official UM YouTube channel.

U.S. Attorney General to Speak at UM

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will present a lecture titled "Justice Through Service: Extending America's Greatest Tradition" at UM on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The event will be held at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre and is free and open to the public.

The lecture is an event of the UM School of Law's Judge William B. Jones and Judge Edward A. Tamm Judicial Lecture Series.

Holder will speak for about 15 minutes and then will answer questions asked by prominent Washington, D.C., attorney Robert Bennett, who helped found the Jones-Tamm series at UM. The questions were submitted by UM law students and faculty members.

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Law School Accreditation Renewed

The American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools recently announced it will renew accreditation for the School of Law at UM.

A report sent to law school Dean Irma Russell cited the highly innovative and stimulating courses and the clinical experience requirement as particular strengths of the school. 

"Since the founding of the school 100 years ago, our mission has been to prepare competent and ethical lawyers to represent Montanans and others," Russell said. "While many law schools emphasize legal theory, we integrate theory with practice experiences so students are better prepared to fulfill their professional obligations as lawyers upon graduation."

 

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UM Earns Top Peace Corps Ranking
 
 

UM ranks No. 14 on Peace Corps' 2011 rankings of colleges and universities in the medium category, which includes universities with between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates.

 

Currently, 33 UM undergraduate alumni serve as Peace Corps volunteers, up from last year when 29 undergraduate alumni served. Since the Peace Corps was established by President Kennedy in 1961, 765 UM alumni have served as volunteers.

 

This year the Peace Corps will commemorate 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. More than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries.

 

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Biomass Project Answer Session Feb. 9

 

An informational session to answer questions raised during a Dec. 8 meeting about UM's proposed biomass boiler project is slated for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in University Center Room 333.

 

A panel of experts from UM and the consulting firm the University has partnered with will address questions on the proposed project to convert UM's natural gas-fired boiler system to one using forest biomass as its primary fuel. The panel will answer dozens of questions regarding air emissions, fuel supply, financing, design and environmental impact.

 

The project is part of University efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, a commitment made in its Climate Action Plan. When completed the biomass boiler project will reduce the University's natural gas usage by 70 percent, provide year-round steam to campus and shrink UM's carbon footprint by nearly a quarter.  

 

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Archie Bray Artists Share Ceramics Skills
 

Three resident artists from the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena -- Aaron Benson, Sean Erwin and Courtney Murphy -- will demonstrate their skills in ceramic art during Archie Bray Day on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at UM.

 

Events will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Artist demonstrations will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio of UM's Art Annex, located south of the Adams Center. Slide lectures of the artists' work will be shown from 6 to 7 p.m.

 

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Job Fair Brings Employers to Campus

 

UM students and alumni can meet with company recruiters from local, regional, national and international employers at the 22nd Annual Big Sky Employment Fair at UM on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

 

The fair, hosted by UM's Office of Career Services, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. It is free for UM students and alumni.

 

Employers can register for the fair on the Office of Career Services website. Students and alumni also can see which companies are attending, get a schedule of events or be added to a mailing list on the website. For more information call the Office of Career Services at 406-243-6150.

 

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Explore Land Issues in Indian Country

 

"Lessons of Our Land: The Indian Land Tenure Foundation Speaker Series" will take place during February and March at UM. The series will focus on contemporary land issues in Indian Country, casting a light on our relationship to the Earth and the management of Indian trust land.

 

All events in the series are free and open to the public and will take place from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in Room 105 of UM's Payne Family Native American Center. A speaker reception in the center's Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place will follow each presentation.

 

The series begins with an interview and live KBGA radio broadcast with University of Colorado, Boulder, law Professor Charles Wilkinson on Thursday, Feb. 10. Wilkinson will discuss American Indian land issues in the 21st century.

 

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MOLLI Course Looks Inside Symphony

 

"Behind the Scenes at the Symphony," an annual course offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, starts next week and is free for all MOLLI members.

 

The course, taught by Missoula Symphony Orchestra Music Director Darko Butorac and Executive Director John Driscoll, will offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the making of a symphony performance, including a look at musical selections, programming and soloists.  

 

All lifelong learners ages 50 and older are eligible for MOLLI membership, which costs $20 annually. For more information or to register, call Dannette Fadness at 406-243-2905 or e-mail dannette.fadness@umontana.edu.  

 

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VITA Volunteers Provide Free Tax Prep

Certified student volunteers from UM will complete free basic tax returns for those who make $49,000 or less annually.

 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will be offered every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 5 through March 12 in UM Gallagher Business Building Room 119. No appointment is necessary and tax help will be available on a first come, first served basis.

 

For a list VITA requirements, visit the Internal Revenue Service VITA website.  

Public Invited to Student Readings

 

UM students will read their prose and poems at free events at the University Center during spring semester.

 

The reading series, Prose and Poems, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 1, March 1, April 12 and May 3, in the University Center Gallery, located in UC Room 227.

 

The readings are hosted by UC Student Involvement and The Oval, UM's undergraduate literary magazine. Coffee, tea and desserts will be provided.

State Radio to Play Wilma March 26

UM Productions will host State Radio in concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the historic Wilma Theatre in Missoula.  

 

Admission to the concert is $18 plus ticketing fees before March 26, or $20 plus ticketing fees on the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at Rockin Rudy's, Ear Candy, The Source in the University Center and online at Brown Paper Ticketing.   

 

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UC to Host 'International Coffee Hour'


 The University Center at UM will host three events featuring UM cultural student groups during spring semester.   

 

"International Coffee Hour" will be held at 7 p.m. in UC Room 332 on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 9: Black Student Union
  • Wednesday, March 2: French Club
  • Wednesday, April 13: North India's Rhythms

Each student group will offer short presentations about their culture and hold a discussion afterward. The events are free and open to the public. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

Griz Thump Cats

 

The tallest lineup in the Big Sky flexed its muscle Jan. 29 as 6'11" senior center Brian Qvale and 7'0" junior forward Derek Selvig combined for 47 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Montana Grizzlies to a 79-58 victory over Montana State University at MSU's Worthington Arena.

 

The win gave the Griz an 8-1 record in the Big Sky Conference. They now hold a one-game lead over Northern Colorado in the standings. 

 

The Grizzlies are now on the road with matchups against Weber State on Feb. 3 and Northern Arizona on Feb. 5.

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Lady Griz Take Down Bobcats
 

The Lady Griz trailed the Montana State University Bobcats by 18 points in the first half and 40-30 with 13 minutes to play, but Montana went on a 26-10 run and pulled out a dramatic 56-55 win in front of 4,006 shocked fans at Worthington Arena in Bozeman. It was MSU's first league loss of the season.  

 

Montana hosted Weber State on Feb. 3 and will host Northern Arizona at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 in UM's Dahlberg Arena.


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Griz Go Big in Mountain State Games

 

Junior Jessica Leslie and the women's distance medley relay team had first-place finishes to lead the Montana track and field teams' efforts Jan. 28 at the Mountain States Games at Pocatello, Idaho.
 

Leslie went 18-5 to win the long jump, and the distance medley relay team, which has won the last three Big Sky Conference indoor titles, showed solid early-season form, coming within 10 seconds of the school record with a time of 11:56.04.
 

The events continued Jan. 29 with junior Emily Eickholt winning the 600 meters in a time of 1:35.21 and sophomore Lindsey Hall leading a one-two finish in the high jump with an effort of 5-5.75. Hall was matched at 5-5.75 by sophomore Gwen Abbott, who finished second after coming up just shy of her career best of 5-6. 
 

For the men, seniors Collin Fehr (8:46.87) and Lynn Reynolds (8:51.12) finished second and fourth in the invitational 3,000 meters, and senior Sean Clark was third in the invitational 800 meters in a time of 1:55.61.
 

Montana will compete at Montana State the next three Fridays, then return to Pocatello, Idaho, for the Big Sky Conference indoor championships Feb. 25-26.

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Tennis Teams Open Spring Season

 

The Montana men's and women's tennis teams opened spring play last week with the men beating Idaho 6-1 in Pocatello on Jan. 28 and losing to Utah 5-2 in Salt Lake City on Jan. 29. Junior Carl Kuschke highlighted the men's play by taking both his singles and doubles matches to go 4-0 for the weekend.


 

The women dropped two matches Jan. 29, falling to the Oregon Ducks 7-0 in their first match and 6-1 to the Iowa State Cyclones in their second in Eugene, Ore.  On Jan. 30 they played the Portland Pilots in Portland, Ore., and dropped that match 5-2.


 

The women will be on the road again next week for their second triple-challenge, playing Gonzaga, Air Force and their conference opener against Montana State University.

The men will take two weeks off from competition, returning to play Feb. 12 against Idaho.


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Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana

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