ForUM: News from the University of Montana

April 21, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 14  |
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$5 Million Donated for Scholarship Endowment

UM received $5 million last week to endow a scholarship fund for Montana students with financial need. The gift came from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

“We are tremendously grateful for this gift that will enable many Montana students to receive a transformational education at the University of Montana,” President Royce C. Engstrom said. “This amazing act of generosity will change lives.”

The gift includes $144,000 for scholarships to be awarded to next fall’s freshmen. Twelve students will receive $3,000 scholarships that are renewable for four years.

Read more: $5 Million Gift for UM Scholarships to Benefit Generations of Students

Professor Wins Wildland Fire Leadership Award

UM Professor Carl Seielstad recently earned the 2013 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award from a national interagency wildfire committee.

The Lead by Example Award is given to firefighters who are exceptional mentors and leaders. In selecting him for the award, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group leadership subcommittee noted Seielstad’s visionary leadership. He is the first UM faculty member to receive the honor.

Read more: Professor Wins 2013 Wildland Fire Leadership Award

Leon Panetta to Deliver Jones-Tamm Lecture

The UM School of Law will host former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon E. Panetta for “A Conversation with Secretary Leon E. Panetta” at noon Thursday, April 24, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The event is the 2014 Jones-Tamm Lecture, and is free and open to the public.

The conversation will feature Panetta and attorney Robert S. Bennett, a friend of the UM School of Law and member of the Jones-Tamm Committee.

Panetta served under President Barack Obama as the 23rd secretary of defense. During his time in that position, he oversaw the final removal of American troops from Iraq and the beginning of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. He led efforts to develop a new defense strategy to advance greater agility, protect national security and meet fiscal discipline; opened new opportunities for everyone to serve in the military and protect benefits for wounded soldiers and their families.

Read more: Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Panetta to Lecture at UM

UM Student Wins Truman Scholarship

UM student Mara Menahan has won a Truman Scholarship, a prestigious national award that provides top U.S. university student leaders up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school.

Truman Scholars are selected on the basis of leadership achievements and potential in public service. Menahan, a Davidson Honors College student who majors in environmental studies and geography with minors in climate change studies and wilderness studies, is the University’s 14th Truman Scholar.

Fifty-nine students were selected as 2014 Truman Scholars out of 655 candidates from nearly 300 colleges and universities. On top of the $30,000 scholarship, Truman Scholars receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, as well as leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities with the federal government.

Read more: UM Student Wins Prestigious Truman Scholarship

UM Launches Transportation Study

UM and the UDASH bus system are launching a collaborative transportation study to plan for improving transit service to campus, easing traffic and parking pressure, and ensuring efficient access to the preferred Missoula College site on East Broadway.

The UM Transportation Study will launch with two meetings on Tuesday, April 22: from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Center, and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark Villages Community Room located at 3000 S. Higgins Ave. Both meetings are free and open to the public.

The Associated Students of UM, the city of Missoula, Mountain Line and UM have contributed a combined $103,000 to the study, which includes focus groups, meetings and online surveys.

Read more: UM Launches Transportation Study

More News

UM to Offer Online Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts
Celebrate Earth Week with UM, Community Events
17 UM Students Display Art During B.F.A. Senior Thesis Exhibition
Documentary Spotlights Language and Culture Program at UM
UM Dean to Perform at Carnegie Hall
Local Writers to Share Nature Stories During Free Event
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
Associate Professor of Liberal Studies Brad Clough organized, chaired and presented on a panel on “New Research on Indian Mahayana Buddhism” at the annual meeting of the South Asia Studies Association April 11-13 in Salt Lake City. The title of his paper was “Meditation as Miraculous: The Perfection of Dhyana in Indian Mahayana Buddhism.” He was also named to SASA’s board of directors. 
Montana Campus Compact Program Manager Brian Christianson and Program Specialist Jon Stephani presented a session titled “Building Campus-Community Partnerships” at the ServeMontana Symposium March 12-14 in Helena.
Montana Campus Compact Executive Director Dean McGovern presented a session titled “Dialogues Across Difference: The Practice of Civic Reflection” at the 17th annual Continuums of Service Conference April 2-5 in Honolulu.
UM physics majors excelled at the statewide Montana Space Grant Consortium student symposium April 7. UM junior Allison Mueller, a physics major whose faculty adviser is Assistant Professor David Macaluso, won Best Talk for an Undergraduate at a Research Institution, and junior Kyren Bogolub, also a physics major advised by Macaluso, tied for Best Poster for an Undergraduate at a Research Institution.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the memorandum of understanding between the Missoula Technology and Development Center and the UM Department of Health and Human Performance. Since 1964, the MTDC has maintained a cooperative agreement with UM, which provides for cost-effective, evidence-based studies to solve equipment, health and safety problems for wildland firefighters and other wilderness management and Forest Service professionals. There will be a hosted reception to celebrate this partnership on the third floor of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24.
Crummy, M. Ione. 2014. “Lucrezia Floriani – Re-présentation de Corinne à Travers Marie Dorval.” Écriture, Performance et Théâtralité dans l'œuvre de George Sand. Catherine Nesci and Olivier Bara, Eds. Éditions Littéraires et Linguistiques de l’Université de Grenoble. pp. 321-338.
  • Philosophy Forum: "Economic Experiments in Decision Making Under Risky Conditions," Matthew Taylor, 3:10-4:30 p.m., School of Law Castles Arena.
  • Global Health in the Global South: “How International Experiences as Students Led to an Interest in Pursuing Family Medicine as a Career," Nerissa Koehn and others, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • Taboo Series: "Polyamory," 7 p.m., University Center Rooms 332-333.
  • Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series: "China's Maritime Disputes and the Prospects for Further Confrontation," Owen Sirrs, 12:10-1 p.m., UC Room 333.
  • Workshop: "Job Search and Interviewing," Office of Career Services, 3:30 p.m., Lommasson Center Room 154.
  • Conservation and Social Science Seminar: "Under Pressure: Coal Industry Rhetoric in the Age of Neoliberalism," Steve Schwarze, 4:10 p.m., Forestry Building Room 301.
  • Dialogue in Humanities and Sciences: "Gender in Everyday Life," Sara Hayden and Kimber McKay, 5:15-7 p.m., Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 110.
  • Dean Stone Lecture: "Looking Beyond 125 Years," Chris Johns, 7 p.m., UC Theater.