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Think Grizzly, It's Friday | May 6, 2011 | Volume 17, Number 15 | www.umt.edu

 
In This Issue
UM Inaugurates President Engstrom
Commencement Ceremonies May 14
UM Makes Princeton Review 'Green' List
Business School Honors Alumni
New Program Graduates First Students
Energy Fund Renamed to Honor Founder
Fulbright Grant Competition Opens
Play Spotlights End-of-Life Decisions
UM Volunteer Coordinator Recognized
Osprey Research Cameras Go Live
St. Pat's Gallery to Display Nurses' Art
Distance Runners Shine at Stanford
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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.

UM Inaugurates President Engstrom


In front of a full house at the University Theatre, Royce C. Engstrom was inaugurated May 2 as the 17th president of UM.

 

Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns presided over the installation ceremony. Distinguished guests included Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Missoula Mayor John Engen, Montana State University President Waded Cruzado and University of South Dakota President James Abbott. Engstrom worked 28 years at USD before coming to UM in 2007.

 

Board of Regents Chair Clayton Christian conducted the investiture. Engstrom was presented the UM medallion, which is passed on to each president; the first UM graduate thesis, written in 1899 by Earl Douglass; and a velvet tam. The Bible used in the ceremony was the one given to Engstrom in the third grade. His family tree is recorded in it.

 

Stearns noted that the U.S. flag atop the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 2 was flown in honor of the inauguration, and it will be presented to Engstrom.

 

A luncheon followed at the Adams Center, and the day concluded with a forum and panel discussions in the University Center Theater focused on the inauguration's theme, "Building a University for the Global Century."

Commencement Ceremonies May 14

 

More than 3,000 graduates and degree candidates are invited to participate in the 114th Commencement ceremonies at UM on Saturday, May 14.

 

Events kick off with a free continental breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. in the University Center Atrium hosted by UM President Royce Engstrom for graduates and their families.

 

The general ceremony for UM's professional schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The stadium opens at 8 a.m. Guests should be seated in the westside seating area by 9:30 a.m. No tickets are required.

 

Students will meet at 8:45 a.m. on the UM Oval to line up for the general ceremony and should look for signs to locate their departments. Faculty members, students and the platform party will begin a formal march from the Oval to Washington-Grizzly Stadium at 9:30 a.m.

 

UM will present Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees to Tom Brokaw, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, and Bernard Osher, founder and treasurer of the Bernard Osher Foundation, which seeks to improve quality of life through support of higher education and the arts. Brokaw also will be the Commencement speaker.

 

Following the general Commencement ceremony, attendees will disperse to various campus locations for individual departmental and college ceremonies. Individual ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology begin at noon. Individual ceremonies for professional schools begin at 2 p.m.

 

More details about UM Commencement events, shuttle schedules and maps are on the Registrar's Office website.

 

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UM Makes Princeton Review 'Green' List 

 

For the second consecutive year, UM's increased efforts to make campus greener have caught the attention of a national college ranking and guide service.

 

UM made the "Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition," which profiles 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada. The profiles demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

 

UM's profile opens with the fact that since UM and Missoula are "nearly surrounded by a national forest, it makes sense that conservation would be a way of life here." It notes the Environmental Studies Program and various programs within the College of Forestry and Conservation. It also cites student environmental groups, such as Climate Action Now and Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology, which maintains an experiential learning home to demonstrate the practicality of sustainable living.

 

Other notables include the nationally commended Farm to College Program, which buys food fresh from local suppliers.

 

The 220-page book is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges, and is done in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Business School Honors Alumni

 

The UM School of Business Administration will honor three alumni for outstanding career achievements at the 64th Annual Donor Recognition and Scholarship Awards Banquet this month.

 

The three alumni are Deer Lodge native Douglas P. Beighle, Plentywood native Bill Knick and Missoula resident Bjorn Nabozney.

 

UM's School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, the most rigorous accrediting body for business degree programs. The school's faculty includes renowned scholars recognized for pioneering contributions to their field. 

 

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New Program Graduates First Students

 

Three years ago, UM created the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, bringing back a program at the University that had been cut during the 1980s as a cost-saving measure.

 

The department began teaching undergraduate students during autumn semester 2008 and students in the graduate program in 2009, with the goal to help them get the required degrees to become licensed speech-language pathologists.

 

Twenty-two students will reach that goal at UM's 114th Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14. Their master's degrees in communicative sciences and disorders will allow them to work as professionals in the areas of speech and language pathology in Montana.

 

The Montana Speech Language and Hearing Association will host a reception for the graduates Thursday, May 12. Montana Sen. David Wanzenried, who was instrumental at the legislative level in the program's approval, will attend the event, along with Roberta Evans, dean of UM's Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, and Tim Harris, director of Special Education in the Office of Public Instruction. Many area speech and language pathologists and audiologists also will attend.

 

For more information call UM Assistant Professor Lucy Hart Paulson at 406-243-2376 or email lucy.hartpaulson@mso.umt.edu.

Energy Fund Renamed to Honor Founder


A student fund used to pay for various student-designed campus sustainability projects was named in honor of its founder during a UM reception held May 3.

 

UM's Revolving Energy Loan Fund, which students have the option to pay into each semester, officially was named the Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund during the event. Sonny Kless died in a plane crash June 27, 2010. 

 

Kless spearheaded one of the nation's first university funds to support student-designed energy efficiency improvements on campus. His determination was evident as he worked tirelessly during the 2008-09 school year to pass UM's fund. 

 

Since its 2009 inception, the fund has funded various student-designed campus sustainability projects, including motion sensor lighting, energy-efficient washing machines and solar panels for University buildings. The reception featured past and present projects.

 

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Fulbright Grant Competition Opens

 

UM students are encouraged to apply for Fulbright grants for international study and research and English teaching assistantships abroad.

 

The Institute of International Education, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, has announced the launch of the 2012-13 U.S. Student Program competition. The program awards more than 1,500 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries. Fulbright English teaching assistantships now are available to more than 50 countries.

 

The grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage, and full or partial tuition.

 

Students currently enrolled at UM should call Professor Liz Ametsbichler, UM Fulbright program adviser, at 406-243-5001 or email elizabeth.ametsbichler@umontana.edu for information.

 

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Play Spotlights End-of-Life Decisions


The Institute of Medicine and Humanities and the Montana Repertory Theatre will present "Holding On - Letting Go" on Sunday, May 8, at UM. The event is the last in a trilogy of end-of-life plays by playwright Bryan Harnetiaux.

 

The performance, directed by Greg Johnson of the Montana Repertory Theatre, begins at 7 p.m. in the Masquer Theater of UM's Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center and is free and open to the public. A dessert reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. before the performance.

 

"Holding On - Letting Go" focuses on how 51-year-old Bobby Alexander and his family navigate through his last days at home under hospice care. The play explores with keen human insight the complicated family dynamics surrounding Bobby's struggle to live fully while preparing to die.

 

Following the play, the audience and actors will participate in a facilitated discussion.

 

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UM Volunteer Coordinator Recognized

 

A UM student who rounds up fellow students and partners them with local nonprofits that need help has been honored by Campus Compact as a Newman Civic Fellow.

 

Annemiek Wilson, described as "an incredibly engaged student both on campus and in the Missoula community," received the award, named in honor of Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact. Wilson, a native of Forest Grove, Ore., is among the inaugural group of 135 students from 30 states to win the award.

 

A junior in broadcast journalism with a minor in history, Wilson is active with the UM Office for Civic Engagement, where she serves as the volunteer and events coordinator. Her work has increased the ability for dozens of nonprofit organizations to provide services to the most vulnerable Missoula residents.

 

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 colleges and university presidents, representing some 6 million students, who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

Osprey Research Cameras Go Live

 

People interested in bird watching can now view live video of two osprey nests on the Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers through Project Osprey. The video is hosted by the Department of Geosciences at UM. 

 

The Project Osprey team studies the day-to-day lives of the birds through the video, which also is streaming in the lobby of the Riverside Health Care Center in Missoula. 

 

Project Osprey is headed by Heiko Langner, director of UM's Environmental Biochemistry Laboratory, and biology professor Erick Greene. It is supported by the Raptor View Research Institute. 

 

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St. Pat's Gallery to Display Nurses' Art


Artwork created by nurses at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center will be on display from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the center's Broadway Building foyer, located at 500 W. Broadway St. in Missoula. This display is free and open to the public.

The First Friday event, which kicks off National Nurses Week, will feature refreshments, craft activities and live music by Darah Fogarty. It is sponsored by St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center and the Institute of Medicine and Humanities, a joint program UM and the center.

 

For more information call Megan Twohig, IMH program coordinator, at 406-243-4576, or email mtwohig@saintpatrick.org.

Distance Runners Shine at Stanford

 

Montana distance runners Kara DeWalt and Katrina Drennen obliterated their own school records in the steeplechase and 1,500 meters, respectively, and Lynn Reynolds took more than 11 seconds off his steeplechase career best May 1 during the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, Calif.

 

DeWalt cut her steeplechase record from 10:26.25 to 10:11.44, posting the fifth-fastest time in Big Sky Conference history.

 

Drennen ran the third-fastest 1,500 meters in conference history, taking more than four seconds off her school record to finish in 4:15.34.

 

Reynolds broke nine minutes for the first time in the steeplechase with a time of 8:54.53.

 

Senior Jason Flemmer and sophomore Justin Graff competed in the men's javelin. Flemmer, who has a season best of 220-0, went 208-10 to finish third. Graff, who also has a season best of 220-0, went 208-3 and placed fourth.

 

Montana will compete in the Last Chance Meet on Saturday, May 7, in Bozeman, where more athletes will attempt to qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championships. The championships will be held May 14-15 in Sacramento, Calif.

 

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Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana

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