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Think Grizzly, It's Friday | March 11, 2011 | Volume 17, Number 8 | www.umt.edu

In This Issue
International Festival at UM March 27
Israeli Deputy Consul General to Speak
Foundation VP Wins Regional Award
Legal Expert Named Fulbright Specialist
Go Irish at St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Students Land Prominent Scholarships
Series Explores Death Industry
Events Mark Women's History Month
Register for Lifelong Learning Courses
Washington Post Editor to Lecture at UM
Experience 'Tunnel of Oppression'
'Montana Tales' Course in Hamilton
Leo Kottke Performs Live at UM in May
Griz Fall in Championship Game
Lady Griz Heading into Big Sky Tourney
Drennen to Run at Nationals
Tennis Season in Full Swing
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International Festival at UM March 27  

 

The popular International Culture and Food Festival at UM marks its 20th anniversary this year with "A 20-Year Milestone: A Journey Connecting Us All" from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 27, in the University Center.

 

Festival participants will have the opportunity to connect with students and friends to enjoy international food, entertainment, children's games and more. An anniversary party will follow the festival. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for children ages 3 to 12.

 

Events kick off at noon with a parade of flags, followed by the opening of the food bazaar, display pavilions, International Cultural Show and Children's World.

 

Booths in the food bazaar will feature authentic recipes from around the world. Dishes cost from 50 cents to $4. The food goes fast, so hungry guests are advised to show up early.


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Israeli Deputy Consul General to Speak

Gideon Lustig, Israel's deputy consul general, will present "Dilemmas in a Shifting Middle East: Threats and Opportunities" from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the University Center North Ballroom at UM.

 

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will examine the implications of the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa and how it pertains to Israeli security concerns, Israeli-Palestinian relations, potential political and economic fallout, and its impact on other Middle Eastern countries.

 

The event is sponsored by UM's Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center and the World Affairs Council of Montana. For more information, call Brian Lofink of UM International Programs at 406-243-2299 or e-mail brian.lofink@mso.umt.edu.

Foundation VP Wins Regional Award   


University advancement professionals from around the Northwest and western Canada recognized Ric Thomas, vice president for development at the UM Foundation, with the CASE VIII Distinguished Service Award at a conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Feb. 24.

 

The award is given annually to a leader by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for outstanding service to each district. District VIII includes Montana, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska and all of western Canada.

 

Thomas has been an active volunteer in CASE. He served on the CASE District VIII board of directors for 10 years and chaired the board from 2005 to 2007. He also has chaired the annual conference and spoken at numerous workshops.

 

CASE is a professional association serving international educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.  


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Legal Expert Named Fulbright Specialist   

 

James Park Taylor, an international legal expert from Montana, has received a prestigious grant award from the Council of International Exchange of Scholars and the U.S. Department of State under the Fulbright Specialist Program.

 

In his first specialist assignment, the Hungarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange has invited Taylor to spend three weeks this month as a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pecs, Hungary's oldest university.

 

At the university, he will deliver lectures to undergraduate students on terrorism and counterterrorism, legal protections for minorities and comparative constitutional law. He also will present lectures to doctoral students on contemporary legal issues in China.

 

In addition, Taylor will discuss issues of American public law and curriculum development with faculty colleagues. His visit will build on a strong working relationship that has developed over the past three years under a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Pecs and UM.

 

 

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Go Irish at St. Patrick's Day Celebration  

 

The Friends of Irish Studies will hold a feast of Irish music, dance, food and revelry Saturday, March 12, at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park in Missoula.

 

The event is a fundraiser for the Irish Studies Program at UM and features an auction of gifts to warm the cockles of Grandma's heart.

 

The celebration will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple. To RSVP, e-mail erin@irishmontana.com.

 

Music will be provided by Malarkey, and the Missoula Irish Dancers will perform. Those who attend will enjoy a menu of Guinness-braised short ribs, mini pasties, soda bread and assorted toppings, and Irish whiskey meatballs.

Students Land Prominent Scholarships

UM students have been selected to receive two of only four scholarships awarded for summer 2011 by IE3 Global Internships.

 

IE3 Global Internships provide students opportunities for education, experience and employment. Students earn academic credit on their home campus while gaining professional experience abroad through the internships, which are available in a variety of private-sector companies, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions around the world.

 

Matthew Coomer, a UM senior from Gulfport, Miss., will head to the Elephant Nature Foundation in Thailand, where he will produce multimedia work to help promote the foundation's conservation work through the Internet. Coomer majors in photojournalism and environmental studies at UM.

 

Katharine Werner, a UM graduate student in social work, will intern with Chaitanya, a nonprofit organization serving rural Maharshtra, India. She will promote social justice and equal opportunity for the socioeconomic development of women and children. Werner, who is from Germany, now resides in Missoula.

Series Explores Death Industry

MontanaPBS will air "Death Inc.," a 30-minute "Montana Journal" episode at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24. The episode will premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20, in the University Center Theater at UM. The premiere is free and open to the public.

 

"Death Inc." will explore the decisions people make after a loved one passes away. It gives viewers an inside look into the unique lives and stories of Montanans who assist with those choices. People portrayed include a Red Lodge coffin maker, Lewis and Clark County's coroner and other Montana businesses in the death industry.

 

"Montana Journal" is produced by seniors in the School of Journalism's Department of Radio-Television at UM.

Events Mark Women's History Month

The UM Women's and Gender Studies Program will sponsor two free events during March in honor of Women's History Month.

 

UM music Professors Maxine Ramey (clarinet) and Margaret Baldridge (violin) will present "Women in the Arts: Persian Gulf and Palestine" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Music Recital Hall. The musicians will perform, as well as present a slide show and a talk.

 

A screening of the film "Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Roller Girls" will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in University Center Room 330. The Hellgate Roller Girls will be available for a question-and-answer session after the film screening.

 

For more information call the Women's and Gender Studies Program at 406-243-2584.

Register for Lifelong Learning Courses

Registration is now open for spring courses offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI).

 

Members of the community 50 and older can explore topics ranging from literature, art and music to history, politics and current events through the courses, which are taught by dynamic UM and community instructors. Spring courses will take place during April and May.

 

An annual MOLLI membership fee of $20 is required to enroll. Individual course registration costs $60 plus fees, when applicable. MOLLI offers gift cards to cover the $20 membership fee or $60 course fee. They are available at the institute's office on the second floor of UM's James E. Todd Building.

Complete course descriptions, locations, times, instructor information and registration can be found on the MOLLI website.
Washington Post Editor to Lecture at UM

 

Marcus Brauchli, executive editor of The Washington Post, will give a lecture titled "Journalism and its Discontents" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the Music Recital Hall at UM.

 

The event, which is free and open to the public, is the third installment of the School of Journalism's annual Jeff Cole Distinguished Lecture Series.  

 

Brauchli has served as executive editor at the Post since September 2008 and oversees the newspaper's fully integrated print and digital operations.  

Experience 'Tunnel of Oppression' 

 

The University Center, in collaboration with various campus departments and student groups, will host the interactive "Tunnel of Oppression" exhibition from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, March 21-23, in the UC Ballroom at UM.

 

"Tunnel of Oppression" aims to highlight contemporary issues of oppression, including those faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community; victims of physical and sexual assault; and the Missoula homeless population.  

 

Tour leaders will guide participants through a series of scenes that aims to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression, privilege and power. Tours will run every half hour, and groups can reserve a time by calling 406-243-5622.

'Montana Tales' Course in Hamilton 

 

Lifelong learners in the Bitterroot Valley can hear more about Montana's colorful history through the course "In Our Backyard: My Montana Tales." Taught by Hal Stearns, it will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday March 30-April 20 at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center, located at 327 Fairgrounds Road.

 

Course registration, which is open to learners of all ages, costs $45 before March 25 and $50 afterward. The course is co-sponsored by the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning and the Bitterroot College Program of UM.

 

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

Leo Kottke Performs Live at UM in May

 

The legendary musician Leo Kottke will take the stage of UM's University Theatre at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

 

Tickets cost $23 in advance and $25 the day of the show. They are available at all GrizTix outlets or by calling 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA. All seating is reserved.

 

Kottke's UM performance is an event of University Theatre Productions. For more information call 406-243-2853.

Griz Fall in Championship Game

 

After beating Weber State 57-40 in the semifinal round of the Big Sky Conference men's basketball tournament on March 8, Montana fell to the University of Northern Colorado Bears 65-60 in the championship game March 9 played in front of a sold-out crowd in UNC's Butler-Hancock Pavilion.  

 

Junior forward Art Steward lead the Griz in scoring with 16 points, while sophomore guard Will Cherry and freshman guard-forward Kareem Jamar had 13 points apiece, and senior center Brian Qvale added 11. Qvale had three blocks in the game, which gave him 92 this season, just one shy of the Big Sky single-season record. Qvale's league record for career blocks is now at 244.  

 

The victory gave Northern Colorado (21-10) its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. Montana (21-10) must now wait for the NCAA pairings to be announced, and hopes to become one of the 32 teams participating in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament.  

 

The field for the NIT will be announced on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 13. First-round games will be played March 15 and 16.

 

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Lady Griz Heading into Big Sky Tourney

 

Portland State held Montana to 33.3 percent shooting and used an 18-4 second-half run to rally past the Lady Griz 53-47 on March 3 in Portland, Ore. Sophomore Katie Baker came off the bench to lead Montana with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.  

 

On March 5 Montana used 40 bench points and a defense that limited Eastern Washington to 32.3 percent shooting to snap a three-game losing streak in a 66-60 victory over the Eagles in Cheney, Wash. It was the final regular-season game for the Lady Griz, who improved to 15-14 and finished alone in fourth place in the Big Sky Conference with a record of 10-6.  

 

The Lady Griz play this week at the three-day, six-team Big Sky Conference tournament in Portland, Ore. The No. 4 Lady Griz opened the tournament with a quarterfinal game Thursday night against No. 5 Idaho State. All five tournament games will be played at Portland State's Stott Center.

 

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Drennen to Run at Nationals 

 

UM senior Katrina Drennen had to anxiously wait out a last-chance weekend, but she'll be competing in the mile Friday, March 11, at the 2011 NCAA indoor track and field championships in College Station, Texas. The NCAA announced its participant lists March 7.  

 

Drennen ranked a safe 14th in the mile entering last weekend, but four athletes ran a faster time than Drennen's 4:39.82 at last-chance meets Friday, bumping her to 18th.  

 

Stony Brook junior Lucy Van Dalen came out of the weekend ranked first in the mile, but she opted to declare only for the 3,000 meters at nationals, as did Oregon junior Alex Kosinski, who was ranked ninth. That moved Drennen up to No. 16, and the NCAA accepted 16 runners into the mile Monday.  

 

Drennen will compete Friday in one of two preliminary heats at Texas A&M's Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Saturday's final will be run at 4 p.m. MST.


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Tennis Season in Full Swing

 

The Montana women's tennis team suffered a close 4-3 loss March 5 to perennial regional power New Mexico in a Boise, Idaho, neutral-site match. The next day the Grizzlies found solid wins at No. 2 doubles as well as three singles victories, despite missing two of their top six players.  

 

On March 6 the team fell 7-0 to No. 62 Boise State in a Bronco home win. The Grizzlies moved to 6-7 for the season. The women's team is on the road this weekend, facing Washington State on Friday, March 11, in Pullman, Wash.  

 

The Montana men's tennis team suffered a 5-2 loss March 6 to Eastern Washington in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles neutralized the Grizzlies at their strongest points, including wins over previously undefeated Grizzly Carl Kuschke at No. 1 singles and wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, where the Grizzlies had lost only a single match all season.  

 

This weekend the men travel to Portland, Ore., where they have matches against Portland, Seattle University and Texas-San Antonio.

 

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Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana

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