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Think Grizzly, It's Friday | May 13, 2011 | Volume 17, Number 16 |

In This Issue
College of Forestry Receives Endowment
Montana Tech Selects New Chancellor
Plan to Arrive Early for Commencement
Watch Live Video of Commencement
Educators Receive Teaching Awards
Student Documentary Airs May 24
COT Offers Microsoft Server Series
Event Showcases High School Research
Crown of Continent E-Mag Available
UM Office Hosts AmeriCorps Potluck
Free Admission Saturday at SpectrUM
Big Sky Championships this Weekend
TGIF Takes a Break
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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.

College of Forestry Receives Endowment

UM President Royce Engstrom has announced that a former associate dean and his wife have committed $3 million to the UM College of Forestry and Conservation. Joel and Patricia Meier of Denver have included a provision in their wills to fund an endowed chair in the Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management program.


"The Patricia and Joel Meier Wildland Recreation Management Chair will allow us to attract a leader in what is already a nationally renowned program at UM," Engstrom said. "We are grateful for Joel and Patti Meier's generosity. It certainly will help UM better serve students and the world."


The UM Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management program prepares students for careers with land management agencies, nonprofits and nature-based tourism or for graduate studies in related areas.


Meier joined the UM faculty in 1970 and became a professor emeritus after 24 years of service. Originally, recreation management was part of the College of Education and Human Sciences. The program moved to the School of Forestry, and Meier served as its chair. He later was associate dean of the School of Forestry, which is now the UM College of Forestry and Conservation.


Meier left UM to chair the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University. The Meiers retired in Denver. Joel Meier will give the Commencement address for the College of Forestry and Conservation on Saturday, May 14.


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Montana Tech Selects New Chancellor

Pending Board of Regents approval, Montana Tech of UM has its next chancellor.


UM President Royce Engstrom, guided by a 25-member Montana Tech search committee, has selected Donald Blackketter for the chancellorship in Butte. Blackketter currently serves as dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho in Moscow.  


Led by Doug Coe, a dean and search committee chair, Montana Tech started its chancellor search in December. Blackketter was selected from among four finalists and will start his new job June 27, replacing Montana Tech Chancellor Frank Gilmore, who served for 13 years.


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Plan to Arrive Early for Commencement


Those planning to attend UM Commencement ceremonies at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Saturday, May 14, should be aware of two street closures that may cause delays. 


Campus Drive will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The closure will run from the east side of the stadium to Maurice Avenue. The decision to close the street was made to provide greater safety for pedestrians during Commencement.


Sections of Arthur Avenue on the northwest side of campus also will be closed because of a water main improvement project. A clearly marked detour guides drivers around the closed sections.


The best routes to campus Saturday will be Sixth Street, University Avenue and Beckwith Avenue. A campus map and other Commencement information are available on the Registrar's Office website. 


Lot W near the stadium is reserved for attendees with mobility issues. Lot P near the Adams Center will be available for early arrivals, but that lot will be closed when full.


"People should allow a little more driving time when they come to campus that morning," UM police Chief Jim Lemcke said. "Their best bet would be to access campus from Beckwith. Last year we had plenty of available parking on that side of campus."


Shuttles to and from campus will run from 7:25 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday from Park-N-Ride lots located on South Avenue at the Lewis and Clark Transfer Center near Dornblaser Field and at 1122 E. Broadway St. near the wind turbine.


UM's 114th graduation will start at 10 a.m. People attending should be seated by 9:30 a.m. Veteran journalist Tom Brokaw will be the Commencement speaker, and both he and noted philanthropist Bernard Osher will receive honorary doctorates. Following the main Commencement ceremony, attendees will disperse to various campus locations for individual departmental and college ceremonies.

Watch Live Video of Commencement


For those who can't attend in person, UM will offer live online video of its 114th Commencement morning ceremony Saturday, May 14, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.


Video streaming will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the ceremony starts at 10 a.m. The video may be accessed on the Commencement 2011 Livestream website. 


Several campus classrooms will display the video live during Commencement. They are the North Underground Lecture Hall, Urey Lecture Hall, Clapp Building Room 131, Chemistry Building Room 123, Liberal Arts Building Room 11, Social Science Building Rooms 352 and 356, and McGill Hall Room 210.

Educators Receive Teaching Awards


The UM College of Arts and Sciences has recognized two faculty members for their teaching excellence and dedication to students.


Duncan Campbell, associate professor of psychology, and Nathaniel Levtow, associate professor of liberal studies, each will receive a Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award during UM Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14.


The awards, given annually since 1996, go to nontenured faculty members and are based on superior contributions to the education of UM students.


In addition to cash awards, Campbell and Levtow will receive stipends to purchase scholarly materials of their choice for UM's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library.

Student Documentary Airs May 24


"Connecting the (406)," a documentary by UM radio-television students, will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, on MontanaPBS.


The documentary examines how the Internet has and is shaping Montana. It uncovers the subtle yet powerful Web that connects Big Sky Country. Viewers will see Montana through the eyes of Internet ranchers, online daters and gateway guardians.

COT Offers Microsoft Server Series


The UM College of Technology will offer a three-part series on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 during a noncredit Network Administrator Academy.


The series prepares information technology professionals for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist credential, the cornerstone of Server 2008 certification. Prospective students should have a working familiarity with Microsoft Windows Servers.


Dianne Burke, a UM faculty member and Microsoft Certified Systems engineer, will teach the classes.


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Event Showcases High School Research


The seventh annual Air Toxics Under the Big Sky high school science symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in UM's North Underground Lecture Hall.


The event showcases student research projects focusing on indoor air quality issues and represents an important regional gathering for K-12 students, educators and community groups interested in raising public awareness about environmental health issues.


The symposium will feature oral presentations and posters prepared by students to communicate their research findings to the public. It is the culminating event for high school students who participate in the Air Toxics Under the Big Sky education and outreach program, which provides access to UM mentors and to the curriculum and technology needed to design the research projects.

Crown of Continent E-Mag Available


The 88-page spring 2011 issue of the Crown of the Continent e-magazine has been released. Articles in this issue include "Glacier National Park's First 10 Years," "Guardians of the Park," "A Theory on Triple Peak" and "Flathead Lake Cherries."    


The region called the Crown of the Continent encompasses Glacier National Park and spans the Continental Divide from the Elk River headwaters and Crowsnest Pass in Canada to Rogers Pass and the Blackfoot River drainage in Montana.   


UM launched the Crown of the Continent Initiative to provide an educational catalyst for collaboration between UM and Glacier National Park. The initiative continues to grow and now includes many groups, organizations, agencies and institutions beyond the park in Montana, Alberta and British Columbia.    


The initiative publishes three color-filled e-magazines each year, providing up-to-date information about issues driving decisions and research in the Crown. The magazines cover everything from the physical and historical geography of the Crown to interesting scientific research on the region's wildlife, climate, rivers, glaciers and more. For more information email Rick Graetz or Jerry Fetz, initiative co-directors, at 

UM Office Hosts AmeriCorps Potluck

The UM Office for Civic Engagement and Campus Corps, an AmeriCorps program offered through OCE, will host a cookout and potluck in recognition of AmeriCorps Week from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Greenough Park shelter. The family-friendly event is open to all local AmeriCorps members, alumni and supporters.


Parking is available in the lot off Monroe Street, and burgers, hot dogs, buns and utensils will be provided. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share. Information on AmeriCorps programs in Montana and other opportunities to get involved will be available, and members will share information and experiences about their prospective programs.


OCE asks those who plan to attendck RSVP by calling Katie Koga at 406-243-5531 or emailing OCE is seeking donations and volunteers for the event. Contact Koga for more information.

Free Admission Saturday at SpectrUM 


Families in the Missoula area can build and launch rockets, balance a ball on a Bernoulli blower, experiment with a gravity well and more when spectrUM Discovery Area offers free admission to the public from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in conjunction with UM Commencement.


The featured exhibition that day will be "Motion," and participants can explore the science of flight and motion through activities that also include a turntable and flight simulator.


SpectrUM is located in Skaggs Building Room 166 on the UM campus. It's open to the public Thursdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission typically is $3.50 per person.

Big Sky Championships this Weekend


The Montana outdoor track and field team is competing this weekend in the Big Sky Conference Championships in Sacramento, Calif.


For the latest coverage of the event, visit

TGIF Takes a Break


This is the last issue of TGIF for spring semester 2011.

Thanks for reading and have a great summer! 

Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana

phone: 406-243-4878
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