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Think Grizzly, It's Friday | April 1, 2011 | Volume 17, Number 11 | www.umt.edu

In This Issue
Renowned Art Critic to Lecture April 14
UM Students Meet with Warren Buffett
Supreme Court to Hold Session at UM
Research Conference at UM April 15
MTPR Pledge Week Begins April 9
Learn About Diverse Health Care Needs
DNRC Director to Lecture April 14
Dining Services Launches Garden
Irish Accordion Player to Perform
Montana Students Volunteer More
Tour Ireland This Spring
Paper Crane Fundraiser to Support Japan
Philanthropy Class to Award $10,000
Montana Education Partners Honored
UC Seeks Student Submissions for Guide
PT Students Host Massage Clinics
Used Outdoor Gear Sale at UM April 13
Golf Team Takes Third at Event
Women Fall to Ranked Opponents
Montana Men Sweep Northern Colorado
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Renowned Art Critic to Lecture April 14


Pulitzer Prize-winning author and art critic Mark Stevens will give the next installment of the President's Lecture Series at UM on Thursday, April 14.

 

Stevens will present "The Endless Fifteen Minutes: Fame, Celebrity and Art Today" at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. The event is UM's Lucile Speer Memorial Lecture and will be held in conjunction with the Montana Museum of Art & Culture.

 

The lecture will include slide presentations on the art of Laurie Fendrich, whose works are currently on view in MMAC's Meloy and Paxson galleries, located in UM's Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

 

The MMAC exhibition, titled "Sense and Sensation: Laurie Fendrich, Paintings and Drawings, 1990-2010," is the first in-depth retrospective of the contemporary New York painter and critic. It will be at the museum through May 21.

 

Stevens also will give a seminar titled "What Makes Good Political Art" from 3:40 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Gallagher Business Building Room 106. The seminar will feature works of Goya and Picasso, among others.

 

Both lecture series events are free and open to the public.

 

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UM Students Meet with Warren Buffett 


On March 11 students from UM's Masters of Business Administration and Accountancy programs visited with legendary investor Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Neb., and with Thomas Hoenig, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo.

 

The students met with Buffett for a 150-minute question-and-answer session, followed by lunch at Buffett's favorite local restaurant, Piccolo Pete's. During the session, Buffett answered 20 questions about his lifelong personal and business experiences. Two questions were asked by UM students. 

 

In Kansas City, UM students visited the Board of Trade and the Federal Reserve Bank. The group met with Hoenig, who offered students insight into the macroeconomic factors managed by the Fed and the Fed's long-term vision for the U.S.

 

For more information visit UM Buffett Trip blog. 

Supreme Court to Hold Session at UM 


The Supreme Court of the State of Montana will hold a formal session for two cases -- Caldwell v. MACo Workers' Compensation Trust and Kalispell Education Association v. Board of Trustees, Kalispell High School District No. 5 -- on Friday, April 15, at UM.

 

The session begins at 9:30 a.m. in the University Theatre. It is hosted by the UM School of Law and is open to the public.

 

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Research Conference at UM April 15

 

The UM Conference on Undergraduate Research will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, on the third floor of the University Center.

 

The conference, which is free and open to the public, offers students opportunities for poster and oral research presentations, musical performances and readings from original creative works.

 

This year more than 130 projects will be presented, including more than 50 research posters that will be on display from 11 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 4 p.m. in the UC Ballroom.

 

UM mathematical sciences Professor Bharath Sriraman will give the conference keynote address, "Conceptions of Creativity: How Do Ideas Survive, Mutate and Propagate?" at 12:20 p.m. in the University Center Theater.

 

A complete schedule of events is on the conference website. For more information call the Davidson Honors College at 406-243-2541.

 

UM Conference on Undergraduate Research

MTPR Pledge Week Begins April 9 


Volunteers and staff at Montana Public Radio are gearing up for Spring Pledge Week 2011. The on-air fundraising event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and concludes with the wildly popular "Pet Wars" at midnight Sunday, April 17.

 

Pledge Week aims to raise funds in the wake of the federal funding challenge. With federal support for public broadcasting in question this year, member support is more important than ever. Listener support covers nearly 65 percent of the station's annual operating budget.

 

"We so appreciate the generous community of listeners who support us," said MTPR General Manager William Marcus. "We've been able to grow our service for Montana primarily through contributions from those who value MTPR. That makes fundraising week a very important time for us."

 

MTPR is a public service of UM and receives financial support from its listeners, UM and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information about MTPR and Spring Pledge Week, visit the MTPR website.

 

Montana Public Radio

Learn About Diverse Health Care Needs 

 

The UM Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the Native American Center of Excellence at UM will hold two lectures in April that provide health care professionals and the community an opportunity to learn more about the health care needs of diverse populations.

 

Events in the Native American and Minority Health and Competency Lecture Series will be held April 15 and 28 at UM. The series is free and open to the public.

 

Walt Hollow of the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority will present "Traditional Indian Medicine: Issues for Modern Day Health Providers" at noon Friday, April 15, in Skaggs Building Room 169.

 

Katherine Flores, assistant clinical professor in family medicine at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, will present "Working with Underserved Populations -- It's Up to Us" at noon Thursday, April 28, in Skaggs Building Room 117.

 

For more information about the series, visit the Native American Center of Excellence website.

 

Native American Center of Excellence 

DNRC Director to Lecture April 14

 

Mary Sexton, director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, will give the final lecture in the spring series of the UM Natural Resources and Environmental Policy Forum.

 

Sexton will present "Who's in Charge of Montana's Lands and Water Management?" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the UM School of Law Castles Center. The forum is free and open to the public.

 

The state of Montana owns the waters of Montana and manages their use through prior appropriation and a permit system. DNRC is tasked with water management for the state, as well as adjudication of state-based water rights.

 

Whether it's exempt wells, groundwater surface water connectivity or tribal water rights, there is no shortage of contention in the water world, Sexton said. She will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by management of Montana's lands and water. 

 

For more information about the forum series, call Sarah Bates at 406-207-9071, email sarah@cnrep.org or visit Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy website. 

 

Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy

Dining Services Launches Garden 

 

University Dining Services at UM hosted a groundbreaking ceremony March 31 to initiate a sustainable garden project at the southeast section of the Lommasson Center. 

 

Crops in the Lommasson Garden, as it has been tentatively named, will grow in raised wooden beds. Seeds will be heirloom varieties selected for their productivity. Compost from post-consumer waste generated by the Food Zoo will be used to help grow the crops, which then will be served in the Food Zoo, completing the food cycle.

 

The garden is an extension of the UM Farm to College Program, which advocates the use of sustainable practices such as purchasing local foods, recycling and reduction of carbon footprints.

Irish Accordion Player to Perform

 

Séamus Begley, regarded as the finest accordion players in Ireland today, will perform in the next event of the series "A Springtime of Irish Traditional Music."

 

Begley will take the stage of the Montana Tech Library Auditorium in Butte from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8, and will perform in UM's Music Recital Hall in Missoula from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

 

Tickets for the performances cost $15. They can be purchased through the GrizTix website or at the door. 


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Montana Students Volunteer More 

 

A recent Campus Compact survey found that Montana college students averaged 7.5 hours of volunteer service each week -- more than twice the national student average -- totaling more than 2,470,000 hours in the 2009-10 academic year. 

 

Montana students and faculty address health care, K-12 education, mentoring and parenting/child issues at higher rates than the national average. The survey also found that 5 percent of faculty in Montana use service-learning as part of their curriculum, compared with 7 percent nationally.

 

The survey was conducted in fall 2010 by Campus Compact and measured student and faculty involvement in service, service-learning and campus infrastructure for community engagement. The survey also aims to understand faculty roles and rewards, determine alumni engagement and assess satisfaction with Campus Compact programs and services.

 

Montana Campus Compact is a nonprofit organization that supports civic engagement through community service and volunteering in higher education. For more information call Dean McGovern, Montana Campus Compact executive director, at 406-243-5177 or email mcgovern@mtcompact.org.  

Tour Ireland This Spring

 

Traolach O'Riordain, director of the UM Irish Studies Program, will lead a tour to the south and west of Ireland from May 30 to June 8.

 

The tour takes in the Burren, the Aran Islands, Connemara, Kylemore, Killary Harbour, Westport, The Quiet Man Village, Ennis, Killarney, Kenmare, west Cork, Blarney and Bunratty. It is limited to 20 people and a few spaces are still available.

 

Those who are interested can get more information by calling O'Riordain at 406-544-0311 or emailing erin@irishmontana.com.

Paper Crane Fundraiser to Support Japan

 

The University Center and the Japanese Student Association of UM will host a fundraiser to aid Japan recovery efforts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 11-22, in the UC Atrium.

 

Students, faculty and staff can stop by the table in the Atrium and donate $1 to make a paper crane. All funds raised will go to American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan to help victims of the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear crisis. Student and staff volunteers will be on hand to help participants fold cranes.

 

For more information, call Molly Collins, UC assistant director, at 406-243-5754 or email molly.collins@mso.umt.edu.

Philanthropy Class to Award $10,000

 

UM students enrolled in a management course titled Individual and Corporate Philanthropy invite local nonprofit organizations to apply for their current grant cycle. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to at least one nonprofit organization in Missoula. Interested organizations must apply by April 15.

 

The class of 15 students will award the funds to organizations that focus on environmental, health or youth-based programs. A student committee will review the applications to determine which organizations will receive grant money. Awards will be announced on April 28, and an awards ceremony will be held on or before Friday, May 13.

 

Eligible applicants must be an established 501(c)(3) organization operating in Missoula County. 

 

The grant is sponsored by the Learning by Giving program, a component of the Sunshine Lady Foundation. For more information visit the UM Learning by Giving website, call Andrea Vernon at 406-243-5159 or email andrea.vernon@mso.umt.edu.

 

Learning by Giving

Montana Education Partners Honored

 

State educators and community partners were honored at the 2011 Partnership Recognition Reception hosted March 25 by UM's Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.

 

The event recognized partners who collaborate with the University and its education college in the preparation of future professionals. About 250 professionals attended the reception, which was held in the University Center Ballroom.

 

Suzie Cornelisse, a kindergarten teacher at Washington Elementary School in Hamilton, received the 2011 Maryfrances Shreeve Award for Teaching Excellence.

 

Daniel Zorn, assistant principal of Kalispell Public Schools and a UM graduate, received the Educational Leadership Excellence Award.

 

The Health and Human Performance Partnership Award went to Mary McGonigle McCourt of the Missoula City-County Health Department.

 

Marilyn Thaden of Big Country Education Cooperative in Miles City was the recipient of the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Partnership Award.

 

The 2011 Marlene Bachmann Student Teaching Award went to Elizabeth Degenstein.

 

The Partnership Awards in Curriculum and Instruction went to Big Sky High School, Lewis and Clark Elementary School and Hellgate Middle School in Missoula. 

 

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UC Seeks Student Submissions for Guide

 

The University Center invites UM students to submit photos and testimonials for the 2011-12 Student Involvement Guide.

 

The guide is a comprehensive resource for leadership and co-curricular opportunities at UM and is a collaborative partnership between the UC and Associated Students of UM.

 

All submissions will be voted on by UM students, staff and faculty. Students with the best photos and testimonials will receive gift certificates to The Bookstore at UM and have their submissions published in the guide.

 

The deadline to submit photos and testimonials is 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Submission guidelines and more details are available on the UC website.  

 

UC Student Involvement Guide

PT Students Host Massage Clinics

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

 

The clinics will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, April 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28 in Skaggs Building Room 129. Enjoy a 20-minute massage for $12 and a 40-minute massage for $20. Appointments are required.

 

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

To make an appointment call 406-243-4753.

Used Outdoor Gear Sale at UM April 13

 

Missoula community members who want to find a deal on outdoor gear or who want to sell their used equipment can check out UM's Used Outdoor Gear Sale from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the University Center.

 

The sale is a semiannual fundraiser for the UM Campus Recreation Outdoor Program and is free and open to the public. The program collects 15 percent of each sale. Those who volunteer to work the sale for at least three hours will get free breakfast and have the opportunity to purchase equipment first, from 11 a.m. to noon.

 

Those who want to sell equipment can bring it to the UC between 7 and 11 a.m., and unsold gear must be picked up between 5 and 7 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call the Outdoor Program at 406-243-5172.

Golf Team Takes Third at Event

 

The Grizzly women's golf team overcame a 13-stroke deficit to come within two strokes of Big Sky team Sacramento State during the March 25 final at the Lamkin Grip Match Play Challenge at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif.

 

Though Montana ultimately finished third in the two-day, nine-team event, the Grizzlies enjoyed a nine-stroke improvement upon their team score from their first to second round. 

 

The golf team competes next April 4-5 in the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Chandler, Ariz.

 

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Women Fall to Ranked Opponents

 

The Montana women's tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss March 26 to Big Sky favorite No. 46 Sacramento State.

 

The Grizzlies then concluded their double weekend with a 6-1 loss March 27 to 60th-ranked UC-Davis. Grizzly sophomore Heather Davidson earned two wins for UM, one in her No. 4 singles match, and another alongside partner Lauren Gibson at No. 2 doubles. 

 

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Montana Men Sweep Northern Colorado

 

The Montana men's tennis team took a 7-0 sweep of Big Sky opponent Northern Colorado in a March 25 match in Greeley, Colo. The Grizzlies moved to 1-1 in league play.

 

With the Grizzlies taking a sweep across the board, Grizzlies Josh Smith and Mikolaj Caruk moved to 2-0 in league play. Smith, who has taken his last five consecutive matches at No. 2, improved to a UM-best 6-3 through dual play.

 

The men are on an extensive road trip this week playing two matches in Reno on April 1-2 against Nevada and San Francisco, respectively. Next they travel to California to play UC-Davis at Davis on April 2,  Saint Mary's in Moraga on April 5, and Sac State in Sacramento on April 6.

 

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Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana

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