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Think Grizzly, It's Friday | April 22, 2011 | Volume 17, Number 13 |

In This Issue
Horizon Air President to Speak at UM
Events Look at Bible, Romanticism
Alum Named Pollner Professor
UM Ranks No. 9 for Peace Corps Program
Learn About Sustainable Development
Celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month
Explore Legal Ethics in Electronic Age
Enjoy 'Fuddy Meers' at UM
MTPR Spring Pledge Week Exceeds Goal
UM Greeks Honored at Awards Banquet
Women's Tennis Off to Championship
Tennis Men Win No. 2 Tournament Spot
Track Athletes Return to Form
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Horizon Air President to Speak at UM

Glenn S. Johnson, president of Horizon Air since June 2010, will be at UM on Thursday, April 28, to deliver the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Executive Lecture.

Johnson will present "Navigating through Change: Alaska Air Group 2000-2010 and Beyond" from 6 to 7 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 106. The event is free and open to the public.

Johnson has more than 28 years of experience at Alaska Air Group, including oversight of customer services, finance, strategy, project management, maintenance, engineering, information technology and corporate real estate.

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Events Look at Bible, Romanticism

Stephen Prickett, who has written extensively about the Romantic period and the Bible, will present the final installment of the 2010-11 President's Lecture Series at UM.


Prickett will deliver a lecture titled "The King James Bible after Four Hundred Years" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the University Center Ballroom.


Earlier that day from 3:40 to 5 p.m., he will give a seminar titled "How Many Tongues Did Romanticism Have? A New Multi-Lingual Anthology of European Romanticism" in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.


Both events, presented in conjunction with UM's Davidson Honors College, are free and open to the public. The seminar also is presented in collaboration with UM's Philosophy Forum.


Prickett is Regius Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Glasgow and an honorary professor of the University of Kent at Canterbury. His latest book, "Modernity and the Reinvention of Tradition: Backing into the Future," was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. He is general editor of the new "European Romanticism: A Reader," a multilingual project involving 18 universities in 15 countries that was published by Continuum last year.


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Alum Named Pollner Professor

Freelance journalist and UM graduate Karen Coates will be the Fall 2011 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor at the University's School of Journalism.


Coates has spent much of the last 12 years writing from Southeast Asia and will teach a seminar titled "The Savvy Journalist: A 21st Century Survival Guide." The class will help students understand how to find funding to pursue stories, as well as a variety of outlets for their publication. It also will focus on how to negotiate the business aspects of freelance journalism. In addition to teaching, she'll serve as a mentor for the staff of the Montana Kaimin student newspaper.


Coates is a 1993 UM School of Journalism graduate. She is the author of five books, two of which -- "Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos" and "The Way More Better" -- will be published later this year. "Eternal Harvest" looks at Laotian life amid unexplored ordnance, and "The Way More Better" is a collection of essays compiled over 10 years of traveling along Asia's back roads. Both books were done in partnership with her husband, photographer Jerry Redfern.


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UM Ranks No. 9 for Peace Corps Program


Thirteen students from UM currently are earning their master's degrees while serving in the Peace Corps, making UM one of the top-ranked colleges in the nation with such a high enrollment in the special program.

UM claims the No. 9 spot as a Peace Corps Master's International school in the 2011 rankings of Peace Corps Master's International programs. The University became a PCMI partner in 1989, with programs in the College of Forestry and Conservation and the Intercultural Youth and Family Development Program in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.

This isn't the first Peace Corps list on which the University received high ranking. Earlier this year, the Peace Corps announced its top-college rankings for undergraduate alumni serving in the organization and placed UM at No. 14 among medium-sized universities. The University has long been a prolific Peace Corps contributor, maintaining a top ranking for at least the last decade.

UM President Royce Engstrom said the rankings reflect the quality of students the University produces.


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Learn About Sustainable Development 


Andy Mangan, co-founder and executive director of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, will present "Thoughts on Developing a Sustainable Community" at UM on Wednesday, April 27.

Mangan will talk about sustainability and the links between efficient economic development, preservation of the environment and quality of life for future generations. The presentation will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 106 and is free and open to the public.

The U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development is a nonprofit association of businesses launched in 2002 to create and deliver value-driven sustainable development projects in the United States.

For more information call UM College of Technology Associate Professor Lisa Swallow at 406-243-7810 or email

Celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month 


How do epidemics spread, birds flock and stock markets operate? Believe it or not, the answers fall within the realm of mathematics.


April is Mathematics Awareness Month, and this year's theme is "Unraveling Complex Systems."  The UM Department of Mathematical Sciences will celebrate the month with a special colloquium presented by Gregory J. Hakim from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.


Hakim's talk is titled "Estimation and Prediction of Complex Systems: Progress in Weather and Climate." The colloquium will begin at 3:10 p.m. Monday, April 25, with a reception following the presentation. Events will be in Math Building Room 103.


During the colloquium Hakim will discuss the use of observations and models to predict the future state of a system, in this case the Earth's atmosphere, to illustrate techniques that deal with complexity.


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Explore Legal Ethics in Electronic Age


A nationally renowned speaker will offer insights on ethics for lawyers practicing in today's changing world of social media and other electronic technology during a lecture this month at UM.


Roberta Cooper Ramo, the first woman elected president of the American Bar Association, is this year's speaker for the James R. Browning Distinguished Lecture in Law, presented by the Montana Law Review.


Her lecture, "Ethics for American Lawyers in the Age of Twitter and the Cloud," will be held at noon Thursday, April 28, in the UM Law Buidling Castles Center. One free ethics Continuing Legal Education credit will be offered.


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Enjoy 'Fuddy Meers' at UM


The UM School of Theatre & Dance will present its final theatrical production for the academic year, "Fuddy Meers," April 26-30 and May 3-7. Performances of the contemporary farce with more than a few twists begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.


When you have amnesia, who can you trust to tell you honestly what you like and don't like? Do you wake up every day starting over from the beginning? And why does your brother's friend have a hand puppet with such colorful language? If you're Claire, the heroine of this quirky comedy about communication, loyalty and kin, you have to ask yourself these questions and hope to find the answers -- and remember them. Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire takes the audience on a funhouse ride that ends up in some surprising places.


Tickets cost $16 for the general public and $10 for children 12 and under. They are available on the School of Theatre & Dance website and at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the PAR/TV Center. Box office hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances.


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MTPR Spring Pledge Week Exceeds Goal


Riding the wave of pledges for cats, dogs, horses, sheep and other pets (including one sourdough starter) in the "Pet Wars" finale April 17, Montana Public Radio raised a record $591,000 during its spring on-air fund drive, exceeding the goal of $550,000.


Supporters made more than 5,700 pledges during the week, which featured on-air celebrations for every thousand dollars raised and unique thank-you gifts offered by listeners and businesses. The "premiums" included chocolate cakes, tofu pies and live goats. 


The spring fund drive represents about 50 percent of the total amount the station must raise from listeners and business underwriters in the coming year. Station manager William Marcus said the pledges are a vote of confidence that is especially appreciated during a time when federal funding for public broadcasting is in doubt. 


MTPR is a public service of UM and broadcasts from studios in Missoula and through transmitters in Missoula, Kalispell, Helena, Butte, Hamilton and Great Falls. 

UM Greeks Honored at Awards Banquet 


Kappa Alpha Theta sorority took home UM Greek Chapter of the Year honors during the annual Greek Life Awards Banquet held April 17 in the University Center North Ballroom.


Other chapter and individual awards were presented at the banquet. Distinguished guests included UM President Royce Engstrom, Vice President for Student Affairs Teresa Branch and Director of Alumni Relations Bill Johnston. Pat Hossle, a staff member in UM's Center for Environmental Health Sciences and a Sigma Chi alumnus, gave the keynote address.


Greek Life at UM was established in 1905 with the founding of the Gamma Phi chapter of Sigma Nu. Fraternities and sororities offer UM students a unique opportunity to lead a balanced college life with a focus on academics, brotherhood/sisterhood, community service and philanthropy, leadership, and responsible social interaction. Greek Life allows students to make meaningful and lasting friendships with individuals who share similar ideals and common purposes.


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 Women's Tennis Off to Championship 


The Montana women's tennis team took a 6-1 Big Sky win over Weber State April 15 at Missoula's Peak Health and Wellness Racquet Club. Montana swept opening doubles for the sixth time this year in league play. Together, the Grizzlies have gone 18-3 in league doubles matches won, dropping their only three doubles matches to undefeated Sacramento State, which ranks inside of the top 50 teams nationally.


In singles action, seniors Rebecca Bran and Whitney Paluch moved to 6-1 in league play at Nos. 1 and 3 respectively. Heather Davidson found success at No. 4 in a 6-3, 6-2 win. UM freshman Ashley Mackey took a straight-set win of her own 6-3, 6-2. Junior Lauren Gibson won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 6.


The Grizzlies played Big Sky No. 2 Northern Arizona University to a 4-3 loss April 16 in Missoula. They dropped to a 6-2 Big Sky record and third in league standings behind the 6-1 Lumberjack team and the 8-0 Hornets of Sacramento State.


Montana took the early doubles point with an 8-4 win by Heather Davidson and Lauren Gibson at No. 2 and a 9-8 tie-breaker win at No. 3 by Amanda Bran and Constance Alexander. In singles play the Grizzlies battled with their Lumberjack opponents, surprisingly dropping matches at Nos. 1, 3 and 4 early on.


In her match at No.2, Paluch topped Lumberjack Orsi Golvics 7-6(7), 6-4 for her 15th win of dual play. The last Grizzly to take 15 wins in a season was Liz Walker, who graduated in 2009. Walker's mark was a decade-high tally for the Grizzly women.


The UM women's tennis team will take the No. 3 seed in this weekend's Big Sky Conference tournament. The four-team, two-day tournament will be held in Bozeman, with semifinals Saturday and the championship match Sunday. The Grizzlies (11-11, 6-2 BSC) will face No. 2 Northern Arizona (12-9, 7-1 BSC) in a semifinal match at 2 p.m. If weather forces the tournament indoors, UM and NAU will meet at 8 p.m.


Sacramento State (16-8, 8-0 BSC) will take the No. 1 seed into the tournament. The Hornets, who have won 80 consecutive Big Sky Conference regular-season and tournament matches, will face No. 4 seed and host Montana State (8-10, 5-3 BSC).

Tennis Men Win No. 2 Tournament Spot 


With its No. 1 and 2 players benched with injuries April 16, the Montana men's tennis team played to a courageous 4-3 result versus Big Sky No. 2 Northern Arizona at Missoula's Peak Racquet Club.


Both Carl Kuschke and Josh Smith decided to sit the match out after warming up Saturday afternoon, citing minor injuries sustained in Friday's victory over Montana State University. UM lost the doubles point but came back to win four of six of the singles matches to win the event.


The Grizzlies played to a 4-3 result versus the Weber State Wildcats April 17 in Missoula. With the win, Montana moves to 6-2 in Big Sky play, good for second in the regular season standings and a second-place seed in the April 23-24 Big Sky Championship Tournament in Bozeman.


No. 2 Montana will play Northern Arizona at 10 a.m. Saturday in the tournament semifinals. If the tournament is forced indoors, the Grizzlies and Lumberjacks will play at noon. Big Sky No. 1 Sac State will play No. 4 MSU. 

Track Athletes Return to Form


Melissa Jenkins competed in the 2010 outdoor season with a bad back, then spent the last eight months coming back from early-summer surgery to fix a herniated disk. Nycole Devers blew out her elbow before the first meet of her freshman season last April and also faced an eight-month recovery.


Saturday at the Montana Open at Dornblaser Field, Jenkins and Devers had performances that indicated their months of rehabilitation efforts were paid in full. Jenkins won Saturday's 400 meters in a career-best and Big Sky Conference-qualifying time of 57.07, and Devers went 145-1 in just her second collegiate meet and posted the Grizzlies' best javelin throw since 2007.


Jenkins was one of six new Big Sky Conference qualifiers Saturday for the Grizzlies. Montana added a pair of new qualifiers in both the 1,500 meters and pole vault. Senior Kara DeWalt won the women's 1,500 with an altitude-adjusted time of 4:39.30. Sophomore Cody Lund, who flirted with the qualifying standard of 3:55 for two weeks, won the men's race in an altitude-adjusted time of 3:53.64, a career best by more than a second.


Senior Heidi Biehl and freshman Kaleb Horlick won the women's and men's pole vault. Biehl, who scored in her first season with the Grizzlies at the 2011 Big Sky indoor championships, went 11-7.75. Horlick went 15-11 twice during the indoor season, but he struggled through Montana's first two outdoor meets. He went 14-11 at the Al Manuel, then no-heighted last weekend at Sacramento State's Mondo Mid-Major Challenge. Saturday he went 15-11.


Also going 15-11 for the second straight week was sophomore Keith Webber. He just missed his first attempt at what would have been a career-best 16-5 when the crossbar hopped, fell back into place, then slowly tumbled off the standards to the disappointment of an attentive crowd. Freshman Justin Meyer was Montana's sixth new Big Sky qualifier Saturday. He went 193-11 in the javelin to place third and meet the qualifying standard of 187 feet.


Montana will host the annual Griz-Cat Dual April 23 at Dornblaser Field. 

Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana

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