ForUM: News From UM

May 5, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 16  |
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UM Unveils Ceremonial Native American Dress

UM is about make a valuable addition to its collections related to Native American heritage. The College of Humanities and Sciences officially will unveil a ceremonial Native American dress that dates back to the early 1900s. The dress is on loan from the Braig family.

The unveiling will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, on the second floor of The Payne Family Native American Center.

“The dress reflects an important historical time in Montana and can serve as a valuable teaching tool,” said Dave Beck, chairman of the Native American Studies department. “Objects such as this provide our students with the opportunity to reflect on their own family stories and try to understand how they fit into the history of the state and the region."

Read more: UM to Unveil Historic Ceremonial Native American Dress

Morgan Azeka

Students Receive Critical Language Scholarships to Study Abroad

Two UM students will jet across the globe this summer to undertake intensive language and cultural training as part of the U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship Program.

UM seniors Morgan Azeka and Kyle Koslosky are among 550 U.S. university students selected to participate in the CLS Program. They will spend seven to 10 weeks studying overseas through an all-expenses-paid scholarship.

Azeka will study Arabic in Nizwa, Oman, a country located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Koslosky will study Japanese in Himeji, on Japan’s main island.

Read more: UM Students Receive Critical Language Scholarships from U.S. Department of State

UM, MCPS to Showcase Innovative Partnership

UM and Missoula County Public Schools have embarked on a groundbreaking collaboration called SHAPE P20 to transform the relationship among classrooms, schools and student experiences across the education continuum – with the potential to shape the future of public education in the United States.

Faculty and staff from UM, the Montana Digital Academy and MCPS will gather Thursday, May 8, in UM’s Phyllis J. Washington Education Center to present new and innovative blended-learning project models to invited guests from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, the University and Missoula public schools.

Read more: UM, Missoula Schools to Showcase Innovative Partnership

16 Students Honored for Volunteer Efforts

UM students recently were honored for their contributions to the Missoula community at the Spring Leadership Recognition ceremony. The students were nominated by the local agencies and nonprofits with which they volunteer.

Each year, the Outstanding Student Volunteer awards are given to student volunteers who devote a significant amount of their time and energy to meeting community needs. The UM Office for Civic Engagement hopes to bolster the spirit of service by honoring these individuals.

The 2014 winners are Travis Tikka, who works with the Poverello Center Inc., and Jeff Wilson, who volunteers with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Missoula.

Read more: Sixteen UM Students Honored for Contributions to Missoula

UM Foundation Breaks Fundraising Record

This will go down as a record-breaking year for fundraising at the University. The UM Foundation has received $37.4 million in donations and pledges this fiscal year, which began July 1. This breaks a record set in 2008, when fundraising totaled $36.7 million. This year’s total comes from 10,000 individual gifts.

“We are tremendously grateful to all who have contributed this year,” said UM President Royce Engstrom. “Many of these donations will provide scholarships and fund faculty positions for generations to come.”

Read more: Fundraising Record Broken with $37.4 Million Donated to UM

More News

Paul McCartney Concert Coming to UM Aug. 5
Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics Awards Graduate Fellowships
Chariot Races, Kids Activities, Live Music and Raffle During Spring Thaw Event
UM Offers Interdisciplinary Big Data Summer Course on Electronic Discovery, Law
Students Lead Battle Against Recent Weed Invader on Mount Sentinel
UM Competes Well in RecycleMania Tournament
Music Student Returns to Perform Senior Recital, Benefit Scholarships
UM Student Takes Second in International Business Competition

University Council Meeting to Focus on Research

The UM and Missoula community are invited to the final University Council meeting of the academic year. UM Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship Scott Whittenburg will present "A Discussion About Research at UM" from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the University Center Theater.

There will be time for discussion after the presentation, and light refreshments will be available.

Benefits Enrollment Assistance, Presentations Available

The Annual Benefits Enrollment Period is open until Wednesday, May 21, and Human Resource Services will host several presentations and walk-in assistance opportunities for UM employees.

Employees interested in hearing about coming changes in this year’s plans can attend a free, one-hour “HRS Benefits Presentation” in the University Theater at the following times:

  • Monday, May 5: 3 p.m.
  • Monday, May 5: 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 7: 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 8: 8:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 8: 10 a.m.

HRS also will host free walk-in assistance Monday through Tuesday, May 12-20, in the Liberal Arts Building Computer Lab in Room 139. The walk-in times are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12, 14, 16, 19 and 20, or noon-4 p.m. May 13 and 15. Assistance is first-come, first-served.

More information about Annual Benefits Enrollment and instructions are available online at

Feedback Requested for UM Transportation Study

UM has launched a collaborative transportation study with ASUM Transportation, Mountain Line and the city of Missoula. Your input is requested in a brief survey on your transportation habits to and from the University. Using the results of the survey, UM will develop a comprehensive parking and transportation management strategy. Help improve your commute by taking the survey at More information about the study process is available at

5K Race Free to 50 UM Employees, Covered Family Members

The UM Wellness Champions will support insured, active University employees who wish to participate in the Missoula 5K Corporate Challenge on July 12 by reimbursing the registration fees for 50 participants. The race, which will be held the day before the Missoula Marathon, costs $30, but the fee will be reimbursed for runners who register now with the Wellness Champions and successfully complete the race. Want your spouse or dependent to participate with you? Each employee who signs up also can register one insured spouse or dependent.

Runners and walkers can participate in UM group training, and there will be a special incentive for those running/walking their first 5K. All fitness levels are welcome.

The deadline to sign up to receive the reimbursement is Friday, May 23, but the 50 slots may fill up before that date. For more information or to sign up for the reimbursement, call Jen von Sehlen at 406-243-4786 or email

Reception Hosted for Arlene-Walker Andrews, Dave Forbes

Faculty, staff and administrators 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 University Center North Ballroom.

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

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
The UM Retirees Association has launched a new website with features such as “Meet Our Members” interviews. View the new website at
Associate Professor of psychology Duncan Campbell’s research group presented the following works at a Society for Behavioral Medicine conference last month in Philadelphia.
  • Campbell, D.G. 2014. “A prospective analysis of stigma as a predictor of depression treatment preferences, mental health treatment engagement, and care quality [Abstract].” Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Volume 47, Supplement 1: s. 233.
  • Meyer, W.J. (psychology graduate student); Morrison, P. (recent psychology undergraduate); Lombardero, A. (psychology graduate student); Swingle, K. (counselor education graduate student); Payton, G. (psychology undergraduate student); Campbell D.G. 2014. “College Students’ Reasons for Depression Nondisclosure in Primary Care.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Volume 47, Supplement 1: s. 201. 
Ipsen, C.; Ruggiero, C.; Rigles, B.; Arnold, N. 2014. “Evaluation of an Online Health Promotion Program for Vocational Rehabilitation Consumers.” Rehabilitation Psychology. Advance online publication. Online abstract.
Hughes, R. B.; Liston, B. 2014. “Development of the Internet-Based Safer and Stronger Program for Men with Disabilities.” Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin. Advance online publication.
Katz, M.; Goe, R.; Hughes, R. B. 2014. “Development of an Audio-Computer Assisted Self-Interview to Investigate Violence and Health in the Lives of Adults With Developmental Disabilities.” Disability and Health Journal. Online abstract.
Hughes, R. B. 2014. “Assisting Crime Victims with Disabilities: Identifying Barriers and Improving Law Enforcement Response.” Webinar, The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability. Available online.
Drake, Richard. 2013. Reviews of Marco Baliani’s “Body of State: The Moro Affair, A Nation Divided" (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010), and Antonio Negri’s “Trilogy of Resistance" (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). Mondo Contemporaneo. No. 2: pp. 196-200.
  • Global Health in the Global South: “Heart Disease and the Children of Ethiopia: Nurture and Nature," Dr. Joe Knapp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106. 
  • Global Leadership Initiative Lecture: "The Global Century: Not Your Mother's World," Stanly Katz, 7 p.m., University Center Ballroom.
  • Office of International Programs Brown Bag Lecture Series: Chris Palmer discussing research that led him to receive the Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Award, 12:10-1 p.m., Brantly Hall Presidents Room.
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