ForUM: News from the University of Montana

March 31, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 11  |
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FLBS Halfway to $1 Million Challenge

Hundreds of families, foundations and businesses have stepped up to the plate to help the Flathead Lake Biological Station meet a $1 million fundraising challenge. With more than $560,000 in donations in the past two years, FLBS is more than halfway to its goal of matching a grant for the Flathead Lake Monitoring Program.

“The people who have contributed know this lake is a very special place and worthy of their investment in its future,” FLBS Director Jack Stanford said. “We are very grateful for the outpouring of support.”

Government budget cuts hit the Flathead Lake Monitoring Program hard. In late 2011, an anonymous local donor pledged $1 million toward the program if FLBS and the community match the grant before the end of 2014.

Read more: Flathead Lake Biological Station Halfway to $1 Million Challenge

Criminology Research Group Recognized
with 'Outstanding Program' Status

The Montana Board of Crime Control recently awarded the UM Criminology Research Group a Certificate of Outstanding Program award to recognize its contributions to public safety, crime prevention and victim assistance to the state.

The Criminology Research Group, part of the Social Science Research Laboratory within UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences, accepted the award on March 14. 

The MBCC typically honors two programs each year – criminal justice programs and community-based programs – that provide effective services to address public safety-related issues.

Read more: UM Criminology Research Group Awarded ‘Outstanding Program’ Status

UM Student Named 2014 Newman Civic Fellow


Campus Compact recently honored UM student Mara Menahan as a Newman Civic Fellow. Menahan, a senior from Helena, is one of eight Montana students recognized this year.

More than 190 students representing Campus Compact member colleges and universities were chosen from 36 states and the District of Columbia for the 2014 Newman Civic Fellow class. The recognition honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change in communities throughout the country.

Menahan is double majoring in environmental studies and geography with minors in climate change studies and wilderness studies. She was one of three UM students to attend the United Nations international climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland, last November, and in 2013 she received a prestigious Udall Scholarship. She also is actively involved with the UM Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology, also known as UM FLAT, the University’s environmentally focused living and learning community.

Read more: UM Student Named Newman Civic Fellow

More News

New Personal Enrichment Courses Offered at UM
Indian Law Week at UM Features Lectures, Indian Child Welfare Act Conference
Global Grizzlies Host Auction, Race to Raise Funds for Cameroon Trip
Montana Sports Advisers Depart for China on U.S. Department of State Exchange
Public Lecture Offered in Conjunction with Gerontology Society Annual Conference
Missoula Mayor Joins Day for Recognition of National Service
MOLLI Offers Members Free Events
Longtime UM Director Honored With Health Care Award
UM Celebrates Montana Archaeology Month
Montana Public Radio Spring Pledge Drive Scheduled April 6-13
Montana Middle-School Girls to Attend STEM Career Workshops at UM
UM’s Day of Dialogue Renamed DiverseU

Griz Football Spring Game Slated for April 12

The Grizzly football team’s annual Spring Game, this year sponsored by Steve and Roxane Bryant, will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Several events will take place in conjunction with the game, including a GSA-hosted tailgate party beginning at 4 p.m. in Lot W, the parking area to the southwest of the stadium. The tailgate will include music, food and drinks. Prior to the scrimmage, beginning at 5 p.m., the Montana football coaches will conduct a clinic for kids. The 30-minute clinic, which will be held on the field of Washington-Grizzly Stadium, will be open for all children with tickets to the game.
Proceeds from the game will benefit UM athletic facility improvement projects and the GSA. Tickets cost $5 and are on sale at the Grizzly Scholarship Association office located in the Adams Center, the Press Box, Red’s Bar and Stockman’s Bar. For more information call 406-243-6481 or visit

SpectrUM Offers Spring Break Camps for Kids

SpectrUM Discovery Area will offer a full slate of spring break camps for children ages 6-12 from March 31 to April 4. Each camp costs $50 per child, with a 10 percent member and sibling discount. The schedule is:

  • Monday: Space Explorers
  • Tuesday: Art and Science Collide
  • Wednesday: Biology Big and Small
  • Thursday: Tinkering 101
  • Friday: Hidden World of Technology
All camps will be held at spectrUM's on-campus location in Skaggs Building Room 166. Call spectrUM at 406-728-STEM to enroll your children.
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders Associate Professor Amy Glaspey participated in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s Implementation Science Summit: Integrating Research Into Practice in Communication Sciences and Disorders on March 20-22 in Carlsbad, Calif. The summit allowed communication sciences and disorders researchers to learn about implementation science from a conceptual and methodological vantage point; interact with an elite group of speakers within and outside communication sciences, from medicine to public health, education to psychology and epidemiology to sociology; and problem-solve and collaborate on challenging issues of design, measurement, fidelity and sustainability.
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders Assistant Professor Catherine Off and CSD graduate student Jenna Griffin submitted a paper to the Clinical Aphasiology Conference, an elite conference that allows no more than 100 participants and requires participants to submit a paper to attend. Their paper was accepted and Griffin also has been awarded a rare student fellowship that will cover the cost of her registration, hotel and airfare. She will be paired with a seasoned research mentor at the conference and will be afforded exceptional networking opportunities with other graduate students.
A pilot recently premiered based off a comic written by Office of the Vice President of Administration and Finance Webmaster Tim Daniel. “Enormous,” based on the graphic novel of the same name, is available to watch online at
MacLeod, A. A. N.; Glaspey, A. 2014. “A Multidimensional View of Velar Acquisition in Three-Year-Olds Receiving Phonological Treatment.” Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, early online 1-18, doi: 10.3109/02699206.2013.878855.
O'Reilly, F.; Matt, J.; McCaw, B.; Kero, P. 2014. “International Study Tour Groups.” Journal of Education and Learning. Volume 3, Issue 1: pp. 52-60.
Faculty, Staff and Retiree Receptions will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the Friday afternoons listed below in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. Spring semester dates and event sponsors are:
  • April 18: UM Foundation and College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
  • May 9: UM Dining, Student Affairs and Campus Recreation