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Think Grizzly, It's Friday | April 15, 2011 | Volume 17, Number 12 | www.umt.edu

In This Issue
UM Offers Peace Corps Prep Program
Asia Conference at UM April 20-22
Campus Invited to Diversity Ceremony
'Newshour' Anchor to Lecture April 26
UM Applies for Air Quality Permit
Explore Climate Change Adaptation
Celebrate Earth Week with UM
Alumni Invited to Reunions
Dining Services Names Executive Chef
Explore Lessons of Mike Mansfield
Easter Eggstravaganza at UM April 23
Community Invited to Restore M Trail
Student Chosen as Congressional Intern
Transfer Student Registration April 29
UM Student Wins Udall Scholarship
DeFranco Jazz Festival at UM April 29-30
Confucius Institute Hosts Camp in China
Award Recipients to Present Readings
UM Relay for Life on Oval April 15-16
Event Aims to Raise Autism Awareness
New Bus Added to UM's Fleet
Golfers Crush School Record
Women Beat ISU
Men Win Two Big Sky Matches
Track Athletes Excel in California
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UM Offers Peace Corps Prep Program


UM has partnered with the United States Peace Corps to offer the first Peace Corps Preparatory Program at any public university in the country.

 

Starting with the current semester, any UM student can earn a Peace Corps certificate through participation in the international development studies minor in UM's College of Arts and Sciences. Preparatory coursework will help increase volunteer effectiveness and better equip students interested in serving low-income countries through the Peace Corps.

 

"We are deeply honored that the Peace Corps has recognized the instructional expertise and efforts of IDS faculty members by designating UM as its first public university to offer Peace Corps Prep certification," said Peter Koehn, IDS program director. 

 

Historically, UM has produced 765 Peace Corps volunteers, and currently there are 33 active volunteers among its graduates. Additionally, per capita, Missoula ranks first in the nation for metropolitan areas in producing Peace Corps volunteers, making UM a natural choice for the preparatory program.

 

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Asia Conference at UM April 20-22


The Ninth Annual Central and Southwest Asia Conference at UM offers events Wednesday through Friday, April 20-22, that are free and open to the public.

 

All conference events will be held in the University Center Theater. The following keynote sessions will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. each day:

  • Wednesday, April 20: "Law, Order and Judicial Reform in Russia and Former Republics of Soviet Union." 
  • Thursday, April 21: "Iran and Russia: Implications of Alliance on Middle East and Central Asia." 
  • Friday, April 22: "Impact of Recent Uprisings in the Arab World on Russia and Central Asia." 

The conference is sponsored by UM International Programs, the University's Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center, and the World Affairs Council of Montana.

 

A complete schedule with information about presenters is on the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center website. 

 

Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center 

Campus Invited to Diversity Ceremony

 

UM will honor the winners of UM's 2011 Diversity Advisory Council Student Achievement Awards at a ceremony Monday, April 18.

 

The campus community is invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

 

DAC Student Achievement Awards recognize students who encourage, advocate and facilitate communication, education and relations among persons of various races, physical conditions, religions, national origins, citizenship, genders, ages, socio-economic backgrounds and sexual orientation at UM.

 

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'Newshour' Anchor to Lecture April 26 

 

Award-winning television journalist Judy Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS. She will bring that insight to The University of Montana this month as the speaker for the UM School of Journalism's 2011 Dean Stone Lecture.

 

Woodruff, who now co-anchors the PBS "NewsHour," will present "Surveying 2012: Politics, Media and the Millennials" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the University Center Theater. The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Woodruff will examine the early stages of the 2012 presidential election, as well as the state of the nation's politics. She also will share her insights on the political cultural climate in this country, with a special focus on how the young voters who helped drive the 2008 election of President Barack Obama are feeling as the re-election season nears.

 

Woodruff's work has won numerous accolades throughout the years. She has received the CINE Lifetime Achievement Award, a Duke Distinguished Alumni Award and the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism/Television, among others.

 

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UM Applies for Air Quality Permit


UM submitted an air quality permit application April 6 to the Missoula City-County Health Department for a campus biomass heating addition.

 

The proposed project would install a wood-fired biomass boiler onto UM's existing heating plant. The boiler would burn about 20,000 tons of wood per year instead of using natural gas. The addition will reduce the University's natural gas usage by up to 70 percent and reduce the campus carbon footprint by a quarter.

 

"This application is the first stop toward making the bioenergy plant a reality," said Bob Duringer, UM vice president for administration and finance. "We anticipate having a draft permit in hand by early May if all goes well."

 

Duringer hopes to present the biomass project to the state Board of Regents for approval during its May 19-20 meeting at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell.

 

The air permit application may be reviewed at the Missoula City-County Health Department offices at 301 W. Alder St. Public comments regarding the application and draft air quality permit will be accepted by the health department.

 

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Explore Climate Change Adaptation


A one-day symposium at UM on Saturday, April 30, will explore adaptation strategies to climate change through a blend of indigenous ecological knowledge and the most current voices in climate change research.

 

"Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples and Adaptation" will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Center Theater. The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Those who plan to attend should register on the Indigenous Ideas website.

 

The event, held in conjunction with the American Indian Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group on April 28-29 at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, will introduce and discuss the issues of climate change and the impacts, both potential and real, affecting indigenous peoples in the northern hemisphere, including the U.S., Canada and Norway.

 

The UM symposium is hosted by the Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group of the University's College of Forestry and Conservation. For more information call UM graduate student Michael Price at 406-544-9391 or email migizee@yahoo.com

Celebrate Earth Week with UM

 

UM invites the public to participate in annual Earth Week activities April 16-23 on campus and around the community.

 

Events kick off Saturday, April 16, with Earth Service Day. Service opportunities include Clark Fork River cleanup, Rattlesnake Creek restoration, sorting recyclables on campus and working at UM's PEAS Farm. Events continue throughout the week with a dance, lectures, a film screening, the Sustainability Summit and more. 

 

For a complete schedule and event details,visit the UM Earth Week website. 

 

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Alumni Invited to Reunions


UM alumni celebrating their 50th, 60th or 70th class anniversaries are invited to attend reunions this spring for three days of activities, May 12-14, including participation in UM's 2011 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

 

This year's spring reunions will recognize alumni from the classes of 1941, 1951 and 1961. All alumni who graduated 50 years ago or earlier also are invited to join in reunion activities. Family members and friends are welcome to attend.

 

Register on the UM Alumni Association website by April 29. For more information, call Jay Kettering at 406-243-6439 or toll-free at 877-892-5867 or email jay.kettering@umontana.edu.


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Dining Services Names Executive Chef 

 

University Dining Services at UM recently named Patrick Browne as its new executive chef. Browne graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and has 20 years of experience in the culinary industry.

 

"The campus will be well served as Patrick brings new life and excitement to the most critical culinary position in UDS," said Mark LoParco, director of University Dining Services.

 

Browne also is a graduate of Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Restaurant and Hotel Administration.

Explore Lessons of Mike Mansfield

 

As elected officials debate basic policies and what Americans expect from their government, some observers may question whether the right kind of political discourse exists to arrive at constructive solutions to some of the country's major problems.

 

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM invites the public to explore Mike Mansfield's belief that society works best when citizens and their representatives engage in respectful exchange of information necessary for democratic government to succeed.

 

Dan Smith, who had a long history with Mansfield, will present "Mike Mansfield: A Model for Political Leadership Today" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in UM's James E. Todd Building Room 204. The event is free and open to the public.

 

For more information visit the Mansfield Center website, call Deena Mansour at 406-243-2988 or email deena.mansour@umontana.edu

 

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Easter Eggstravaganza at UM April 23

 

Area youngsters on the hunt for Easter treats need look no further than the lawns of the UM Oval when the 11th annual Missoula Easter Eggstravaganza returns to campus Saturday, April 23.

 

Children ages 9 and under are invited to bring their baskets and search for thousands of eggs packed with Easter treats during western Montana's largest egg hunt, which gets under way when the Main Hall bell tolls 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 

There will be separate sections for 0-2, 3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9 age groups. One lucky child in each age group who finds an egg with a special coupon will win a brand-new bicycle. Kids also will find coupons for fun treats from local businesses.

 

The Missoula Easter Eggstravaganza is organized by UM's University Relations with generous sponsorship from local businesses. Student volunteers from several campus organizations will help spread candy and eggs across four acres of lawn the morning of the hunt, and high school students in the Missoula Flagship Program helped fill eggs leading up to the event.

 

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Community Invited to Restore M Trail

 

To help improve the trail to the M on Mount Sentinel, members of UM student group Society for Ecological Restoration will host "2011 Earth Day on the M" on Saturday, April 23.

 

The public is invited to attend the event, which includes a variety of projects such as building a new stair structure, closing some user trails, planting native plants, pulling weeds and cleaning litter.

 

Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the M trailhead near University Parking Lot U. Bring work gloves and water.           

 

For more information call event coordinator Matthew Biesecker at 701-527-2824 or email matthew.biesecker@umconnect.umt.edu.

Student Chosen as Congressional Intern

 

Daniel Knudsen, a UM student majoring in accounting, has been selected as one of 12 students from 12 tribes and nine universities to serve as a Udall Foundation 2011 Native American Congressional Intern this summer.

 

The highly regarded internship program provides American Indians and Alaska Natives with an insider's view of the federal government. The 2011 interns will complete an intensive, 10-week program that will provide opportunities to meet with the nation's key decisionmakers. Knudsen will intern in Washington, D.C., for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.).

 

Knudsen, a Kootenai, now lives in Missoula and is seeking degrees in accounting from UM and public communication from Montana State University-Billings. His future plans are to study law with the goal of becoming an attorney specializing in tax law.

 

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Transfer Student Registration April 29

 

Transfer Transition, an early registration day for students who plan to transfer to UM for autumn semester 2011, will be held Friday, April 29.

 

All transfer students who have been admitted to UM for autumn semester 2011 before Monday, April 18, are welcome to register.

 

During the daylong event students will meet with academic advisers to develop schedules and register for classes.

Information also will be available about campus resources, on- and off-campus living options, and the costs and payment options associated with attending UM.

 

For more information about Transfer Transition or to sign up to attend the event, go to the online registration form or call UM Admissions and New Student Services at 406-243-6266 or 800-462-8636.

UM Student Wins Udall Scholarship

 

UM student Zachary Brown won a $5,000 Udall Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year.

 

Brown, from Bozeman, is a sophomore in environmental studies with a minor in biology. He plans to practice environmental law with an emphasis on watershed ecology before engaging in politics to advocate for renewable energy policy and other environmental progress.

 

Matthew Dunkle, a UM junior in wildland restoration and environmental studies from Blair, Neb., received an Honorable Mention from the Udall Foundation.

 

The students were selected on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. 

 

Including this new scholarship, UM students have received a total of 34 Udall awards since 1997.

DeFranco Jazz Festival at UM April 29-30

 

Legendary jazz musician Buddy DeFranco will return to UM for the School of Music's 31st annual jazz festival Friday and Saturday, April 29-30.

 

For the past 11 years, the event has been called the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival to honor the celebrated jazz clarinetist. Each year DeFranco comes to Missoula to collaborate with the UM jazz program and world-class jazz artists during the two-day festival. The festival's clinics provide educational opportunities for hundreds of aspiring jazz musicians, and the concerts inspire thousands of audience members.

 

This year's featured artists are Robin Eubanks on trombone and Arturo Sandoval on trumpet. All festival events will take place in the University Theatre.

 

Concert tickets can be purchased at all GrizTix locations, by phone at 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA.

 

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Confucius Institute Hosts Camp in China

 

The Confucius Institute at UM will host a summer camp for high school students July 16-31 in China. Students will study Chinese language and culture in traditional classrooms and participate in various sports and cultural activities. They do not have to speak Chinese to attend. 

All expenses in China are covered. Students who are interested need only pay the round-trip airfare from Missoula to Beijing, the visa application fee and for international insurance. 

Applications, which should include a recommendation letter from a teacher, must be received by May 2. 

For more information call the Suhan Chen, assistant director of UM's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, at 406-243-2895 or 406-214-4431 or email suhan.chen@mso.umt.edu.

Award Recipients to Present Readings

 

Jeffrey Whitney, the winner of the 2011 Merriam-Frontier Award presented by the UM Department of English, and Keema Waterfield, who received an honorable mention in the award competition this year, will read from their winning submissions Friday, April 22, at UM.

 

The readings, which are free and open to the public, begin at 3 p.m. in the Poetry Corner of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, located in the northwest corner of the library's fifth floor.

 

The Merriam-Frontier Award was established by H.G. Merriam, professor of English and creative writing at UM from 1919 to 1954, to recognize distinguished achievement in writing.

UM Relay for Life on Oval April 15-16 

 

The UM American Cancer Society Relay For Life will take place on the Oval from 6 p.m. Friday, April 15, through 6 a.m. Saturday, April 16. Students, faculty and staff can join or form a team now to participate in the event.

 

Teams of up to 15 people can register by visiting the UM Relay for Life website. Individuals also can register online for $10. Each relay participant is encouraged to raise $100. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's mission to eliminate cancer.  

 

To form or join a team or to learn more about the UM Relay For Life, call Wendy Wanner at 406-240-0296 or email wendyann19@yahoo.com

Event Aims to Raise Autism Awareness 

 

The Neuro Networking Club at UM will host the third annual Spring Hullabaloo autism awareness event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the University Center Ballroom.

 

The event is free and open to the public and will feature fun activities for all ages, including a life-size Candy Land game, carnival activities, spectrUM Discovery Area exhibitions and an appearance by PLUK the chicken. 

 

Several local organizations, including PLAY (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters), AWARE Inc., PLUK (Parents Let's Unite for Kids) and the Child Development Center, will provide information and resources on autism. 

Spring Hullabaloo also will feature an art auction to raise money for the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium.

 

The Neuro Networking Club is a UM social group for adults with autism/Asperger's syndrome and their friends. For more information call event organizer Treva Bittinger at 406-543-0003 or email treva.bittinger@umconnect.umt.edu

New Bus Added to UM's Fleet 

 

The Associated Students of UM Office of Transportation has added a new transit bus to its current fleet.

 

The 35-foot El Dorado EZ-Rider II will provide quiet, clean transportation to UM. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are all encouraged to use the free University bus system. Buses run from South Campus, the College of Technology and the Park-N-Ride North lot. The bus service is expected to give more than 400,000 rides this academic year.

 

The bus was funded through help from U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, the Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee, the Montana Department of Transportation, the Office of Administration and Finance at UM and the ASUM transportation fee that UM students pay each semester.

Golfers Crush School Record 

 

The Montana women's golf team handed in a team score of 288 in the final round of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic, held April 5 in Chandler, Ariz. Team members topped the UM single-round record of 294 by six strokes. The score was the lowest of the day and elevated the Grizzlies into sixth overall.

 

The record-setting effort also helped the Grizzlies take the two-round team record as well. Combined efforts of 308 and 288 took six strokes off the record from the fall 2009 two-round total of 590.

 

Montana's three-round team score of 911 tied the fourth-best all-time Montana tournament score. Billings native Rose Stepanek shot the lowest UM round of the day with a 70, four strokes better than her personal best.

 

Following several days of practice at Ocotillo Golf Resort, the Montana team will return to the Chandler, Ariz., course April 18-20 for the Big Sky Championship Tournament. 

 

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Women Beat ISU

 

The Montana women's tennis team clinched a Big Sky Championship berth with a 6-1 win April 9 over Idaho State University at UM's Lindsay Tennis Center.

 

One of the surprises of the day was the return of regional No. 18 Amanda Bran to play alongside partner Constance Alexander at No. 3 doubles. The two pulled off an 8-0 win to make their 2010-11 season record 11-2.

 

At No. 1 doubles, UM grabbed a win with Whitney Paluch and current Big Sky Player of the Week Rebecca Bran at No. 1 in an 8-3 defeat of the Bengals. At No. 2 doubles Grizzlies Heather Davidson and Lauren Gibson won 8-2. In singles action, Rebecca Bran took her 11th win of the dual season. No. 5 freshman Ashley Mackey won 6-2, 6-4, improving her Big Sky record to 4-2.

 

The women host Weber State at 2 p.m. Friday, April 15, and Northern Arizona at 9 a.m. Saturday. 

 

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Men Win Two Big Sky Matches

 

The Montana men's tennis team pulled in yet another vital league win over the Idaho State Bengals in a 5-2 Big Sky match held April 9 at Missoula's Peak Racquet Club.

 

With straight-set wins by Carl Kuschke and Josh Smith at Nos. 1 and 2, the Griz were in the driver's seat. Michael Facey at No. 3 and David Cysneiros at No. 5 went on to win their matches and secure the victory for Montana.

 

On April 10 the Montana men brightened their Big Sky picture with a 6-1 win over Portland State University in a home match at the Lindsay Tennis Center. With the win, Montana improved to 3-2 in league play and 9-7 overall.

 

The Grizzlies have two home matches this weekend, facing Northern Arizona at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and Weber State at 11 a.m. Sunday. 

 

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Track Athletes Excel in California

 

Senior Kara DeWalt broke her own school steeplechase record April 9 -- one of a number of big performances by the UM track and field teams at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge in Sacramento, Calif.

 

DeWalt crossed the line in 10:26.25 to take more than four seconds off her previous school record of 10:30.36. The time moves DeWalt into the top nine in the NCAA West Region.

 

Junior Katrina Drennen finished second April 8 with a time of 16:33.13 in the 5,000 meters. The next day she ran a 2:10.31 in the 800 meters, taking more than three seconds off her career best. Drennen finished fourth in the 800 meters. Redshirt freshman Kourtney Danreuther ran a 1:01.35 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish fourth.

 

The Montana men came up big in the javelin, where sophomore Justin Graff finished second with a career-best effort by more than seven feet, senior Jason Flemmer finished sixth, and senior Cole Beyer finished eighth and gave the Grizzlies their third Big Sky qualifier in the event.

 

On April 8 sophomore Keith Webber won the pole vault, clearing 15-11. Junior Lynn Reynolds won the steeplechase in a time of 9:06.06, and senior Michael Fisher took second in the 5,000 meters with 14:34.62. Freshman Drew Owens ran a 53.53 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish fourth.

 

In the multi-events held April 7-8, Montana sophomore Lindsey Hall won the heptathlon. She later was named the Big Sky Conference's Women's Field Athlete of the Week. 

 

Montana hosts the Montana Open April 14-16 at Dornblaser Field. 

 

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Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana

email: jennifer.sauer@umontana.edu
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