ForUM: News From UM

April 28, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 15  |
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Final President's Lecture Series Event  
to Focus on Scope of Religious Freedom

Renowned scholar and conservative Christian thinker Robert P. George will deliver this year’s final President’s Lecture Series talk and the annual Lucile Speer Memorial Lecture. His lecture, “The Nature and Scope of Religious Freedom,” will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the University Center Ballroom.

George also will deliver a seminar titled “John Stuart Mill and John Henry Newman: Two Concepts of Liberty and Conscience” from 3:40 to 5 p.m. earlier that same day in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public. The seminar and evening lecture are presented in collaboration with the UM Philosophy Forum and the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Western Montana.

Read more: UM Caps President’s Lecture Series with Talk on Religious Freedom

NPR Correspondent Named Journalism Dean

During his lengthy career with National Public Radio, Larry Abramson has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, chronicled the recovery of New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina and analyzed civil liberties turmoil after 9/11.

His next adventure: leading the UM School of Journalism as dean.

Abramson, formerly the national security correspondent for NPR in Washington, D.C., was selected for the position after an extended national search. He will begin his new UM duties July 1. He will replace Denise Dowling, the radio-TV associate professor who has served as interim dean since August 2012.

Read more: Prominent NPR Correspondent to Lead UM School of Journalism

UM Phonathon Breaks Fundraising Record

It’s been a banner year for the UM Foundation’s phonathon, an annual fundraising drive that supports UM’s academics, students and activities. Alumni and friends of the University have pledged almost $315,000 since July 1, 2013. That’s $120,000 more than the past fiscal year and the most the phonathon has brought in since student employees began making calls in 1982.

More than 3,000 donors from across the country have made pledges ranging from $10 to $15,000. Their donations support all academic units and areas of campus life, including scholarships, study abroad travel stipends, speaker funds and athletics. A number of donors also give to the Excellence Fund, which allows UM President Royce Engstrom to allocate funds to areas of greatest need.

Read more: Alumni, Friends Answer Call to Support UM, Break Fundraising Record

Biology Professor Wins UM Teaching Award

From Missoula classrooms to the Peruvian rainforest, Professor Erick Greene’s work makes an impact on students and his colleagues. So much so, that he received the 2014 UM College of Humanities and Sciences Award for Teaching Across the Curriculum.

Greene, a professor in the Division of Biological Sciences who has been with UM for 23 years, is known as a talented, passionate and accomplished educator.

He teaches everything from large-enrollment, general-education courses to his unique Peruvian field course in tropical ecology. In 2006, Greene revamped the main introductory biology course to incorporate a more hands-on approach. As a result, enrollment numbers exploded from 250 to 400 during the six years Greene taught the class.

Read more: Biology Professor Wins UM Teaching Award

Korea Society to Visit UM, Host Presentations

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center will host The Korea Society Monday through Wednesday, April 28-30, for dialogue on past and present Korea and the life and legacy of former U.S. Sen. Mike Mansfield. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Monday, 12:10-1 p.m.: “Memories of the Korean War: Stories and Artifacts,” an exhibition of items that convey the service and sacrifice of Korean War veterans, presented by The Korea Society Senior Vice President Stephen Noerper; Mansfield Center Conference Room.
  • Tuesday, 7 p.m.: “Korea and Northeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities,” a discussion of Korea’s current status, presented by former Ambassador to South Korea Thomas Hubbard, former Ambassador to Mongolia and current The Korea Society President Mark Minton, UM Mansfield Director Abraham Kim, and Noerper; Turner Hall Dell Brown Room.
  • Wednesday, 7 p.m.: “Life and Legacy of Mike Mansfield,” a discussion featuring Hubbard and Minton, who worked for Mansfield when he served as ambassador to Japan; former Congressman Pat Williams, who helped Mansfield forge legislation in Washington, D.C.; and founding director of the Mansfield Center UM Professor Emeritus Paul Lauren; Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. The discussion will be followed by a light reception.

Read more: Korea Society to Visit UM, Host Events Exploring Korea and Legacy of Mansfield

More News

Visiting Lecturer to Discuss Success and Death of Himalayan Mountaineers
Student Club Continues Restoration of Marshall Canyon
UM to Honor GLI Fellows, Award Scholarships, Host Lecture
Missoula College Offers Course in Children's Communication
UM Students Honored at Research Awards Ceremony
Visiting Carillonneur to Help UM Students Ring in Final Week of Classes
UM Named Princeton Review 'Green College' for Fifth Time
Traveling Exhibition Featuring Contemporary Alaska Native Art Visits MMAC
New Research Focuses on Stream Water Chemistry, Landscape Variation
Scientists, Conservationists, Journalists Examine Barriers to Storytelling
Bitterroot College to Host Water Safety Event May 3

Theatre & Dance Presents New Adaptation of 'Midsummer'

The UM School of Theatre & Dance will present Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 7:30 p.m. April 29-May 3 and May 6-10 in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

To show appreciation for their long-standing commitment and service to UM, President Engstrom and the School of Theatre & Dance will provide faculty and staff one free ticket to the play. In addition, a second ticket for each performance may be purchased for $9.

To get faculty and staff tickets, present your Griz Card at the UMArts Box Office in the PAR/TV Center. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. 

Reception Hosted for Arlene-Walker Andrews, Dave Forbes

Faculty and staff are invited to a reception in honor of Arlene Walker-Andrews, associate provost for global century education, and Dave Forbes, dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. The reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room.

Walker-Andrews and Forbes will retire June 30. Light refreshments will be served.

UM Community Invited to Participate in Give Local Missoula

The UM Foundation is taking part in Give Local Missoula, a 24-hour giving event on Tuesday, May 6. The Foundation hopes to raise $2,014 to celebrate the UM Class of 2014.

UMF is one of dozens of local charities participating in the event, along with the UM Alumni Association. The Missoula Community Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 in total for local nonprofits.
Those interested in giving to the campaign can visit or the UMF Giving Page, which will become active at 12:01 a.m. on May 6.

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:
  • May 9: UM Dining, Student Affairs and Campus Recreation
College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Stephen Kalm’s Carnegie Hall performance in the opera “The Wayward” received a positive review in The New York Times. The reviewer described Kalm and his co-star Robert Osborne as “dynamic performers.” Read the full review on The New York Times website.
UM Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Garon Smith is on sabbatical and doing “wizard visits” to schools throughout New Zealand. His work has been featured in interviews with Radio New Zealand and the television show “Nights.” His Radio New Zealand interview can be heard at He has made 38 appearances at schools on the North and South Islands to a combined audience of 2,500 students and teachers. One appearance was for Mayor Jono Naylor of Palmerston North, a sister city of Missoula.
The Department of Counselor Education had several faculty members and doctoral students present at the Annual American Counseling Association conference from March 26-30 in Honolulu. They are:
  • Arslan, U. Panelist, "ACA International Student Panel." 
  • Murray, K. W., & Sommers-Flanagan, J. “Addressing Sexual Attraction in the Counseling Relationship.” 60-minute presentation.
  • Polanchek, S., & Shaw, S. L. “The Top 10 Relationship Research Findings That Every Counselor Should Know.” 90-minute presentation.
  • Shaw, S. L. “Feedback-Informed Counseling: An Evidence-Based Approach to Empower Clients and Increase Effectiveness.” Three-hour, pre-conference learning institute.
  • Sommers-Flanagan, J. “Counseling Challenging Teenagers.” Six-hour, pre-conference learning institute.
  • Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. “Evidence-Based Relationships and the Initial Clinical Interview.” 90-minute presentation. 
Hamilton, R.F., Jr.; Buckingham, S.; Holian, A. 2014. “The Effect of Size on Ag Nanosphere Toxicity in Macrophage Cell Models and Lung Epithelial Cell Lines Is Dependent on Particle Dissolution.” International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Volume 15, Number 4: pp. 6815-6830.
  • Global Health in the Global South: “The Epidemiology of Tick-borne Relapsing Fever," Tom Schwan, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106. 
  • Mansfield Library Workshop: "WRIT 101: Portfolio Revision," Writing Center tutors and Megan Stark, 6-7 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 283.
  • Taboo Series: "Fetish," 7 p.m., University Center Rooms 326-327.
  • Lecture: "Expeditions in Climbing and Mountaineering," Gray Thompson, 6 p.m., University Center Theater.
  • Mansfield Library Workshop: "WRIT 101: Portfolio Revision," Writing Center tutors and Megan Stark, 6-7 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 283.
  • Conservation Social Science Seminar: "Damn Proud to Be a Grizzly Bear Conservationist in a Time of Ideological Idiocy," Seth Wilson, 4:10 p.m., Forestry Building Room 301.
  • Mansfield Library Workshop: "WRIT 101: Portfolio Revision," Writing Center tutors and Megan Stark, 6-7 p.m., Mansfield Library Room 283.
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