ForUM: News From UM

May 12, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 17  |
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ForUM does not publish during summer. The newsletter will resume in August, the week before fall semester begins.

Commencement Ceremonies Slated for May 17

About 3,600 graduates and degree candidates are invited to participate in UM’s 117th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Events kick off at 7:30 a.m. with a free continental breakfast for degree candidates, graduates, their families and faculty hosted by UM President Royce Engstrom in the University Center Atrium. The general ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The stadium opens at 8 a.m., and guests should be seated in the westside seating area by 9:30 a.m. No tickets are required.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will deliver this year’s Commencement address. During the ceremony, Terry Payne, founder of the independent insurance company Terry Payne & Co. Inc., will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters; and John “Jack” Poe, former CEO and chairman of the semiconductor company Semtech, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business.

Read more: UM’s 117th Commencement Slated for May 17

UM to Host Annual John Ruffatto Competition

Students from across the state will showcase their entrepreneurial aspirations during the annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition. This event will highlight the 25th anniversary of Montana’s statewide competition on Thursday, May 15, at UM.

This year’s event will begin at 4:15 p.m. on the first floor of the Gallagher Business Building with a reception for all participants. The final round will be an exciting showdown as the audience selects its favorite competitor for the People’s Choice and Elevator Pitch Awards. The competition, sponsored by the UM School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, is free and open to the public.

Read more: UM to Host Annual Business Plan Competition

Professor Receives Prestigious Fellowships

Nathaniel Levtow has had an exciting semester. The UM religious studies professor is the recipient of a Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

Established in 1994, the Berlin Prize is awarded each year to scholars, writers, policymakers and artists who represent the highest standard of excellence in their fields. Levtow will spend a semester conducting research at the American Academy in Berlin, where he will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with American and German academic, corporate, cultural and political leaders.

Read more: Religious Studies Professor Recipient of Two Prestigious Fellowships

UM Partners With Project Lead The Way

UM has joined Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math programs for students in grades K-12. UM’s new role as a PLTW affiliate reinforces the University’s support for STEM education and its dedication to providing high-quality educational opportunities for Montana students and teachers.

PLTW offers programs with pathways in engineering, biomedical science and computer science. As an affiliate, UM will offer professional development training programs to PLTW teachers, host annual conferences for school administrators and counselors, and provide ongoing support to PLTW schools throughout the state of Montana.

Read more: UM Joins National STEM K-12 Education Provider Project Lead The Way

Volk Wins CHS Teaching Excellence Award

UM history Professor Kyle Volk is an inspirational educator who holds his students to the highest expectations, so it was no surprise to his students and colleagues when he recently was awarded the 2014 College of Humanities and Sciences’ Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award.

After coming to UM in 2007, Volk quickly became a prominent figure in the history department. Specializing in the political and legal histories of 19th-century America, Volk took on courses across the history curriculum, from teaching 400-student introductory classes to leading small-group undergraduate research seminars and mentoring graduate students and doctoral candidates.

Read more: UM Professor Receives Prestigious Teaching Honor

More News

Student Earns 2014 Kimmitt Internship
Fifteen Project GO Scholarship Recipients to Visit UM
Irish Language Immersion Course Slated for July 19-26 in Butte
Business School Honors Alumni for Career Achievements
Student Club Attends Conference, Wins Awards
Bitterroot College to Host Presentation, Panel on Salish History, Culture
Student Wins $1,000 Scholarship for Essay
Missoula College Students Prepare Montana-Inspired Cuisine for Capstone Dinner

Content Needed for 'Bear Necessities' Guide

Fall semester seems far away right now, but University Relations would like to remind you of an important deadline.

Bear Necessities, a guide to UM and the Missoula area that is distributed by the Missoulian near the first day of classes each fall, is an important resource for publicizing your events. University Relations does all it can to get the UM Events Calendar updated for this publication, but we need your help.

Please let us know about any 2014-15 academic year events you would like to submit for Bear Necessities. Send us information by June 25 to ensure your events are included in content University Relations sends to the Missoulian for publication.

Submit your information by:

  • Uploading individual events using the online form at;
  • emailing multiple events such as a lecture series to;
  • or sending fliers or other printed information through campus mail to University Relations, Brantly Hall 319. Be sure to note that they are for the UM Events Calendar editor.

Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign Halfway to Goal

It’s been a record fundraising year for the UM Foundation, and University employees have played a role in meeting that milestone. This year, 275 employees have contributed to the Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, which kicked off April 1. The Foundation hopes to grow that number to at least 470, or 20 percent of University employees, by the time the campaign closes June 30.

“It’s wonderful to see how much UM faculty and staff care about the University and our students,” said Tara Vinson, associate director of annual giving for the foundation. “We want to thank all of the donors who have contributed so far and let others know that it’s not too late to be part of the campaign.”

|Of those who have already contributed, about 50 chose to sign up for payroll deductions online. Deductions are an easy way to support the campaign, as gifts can be spread out over the course of an entire year.

Learn more about the campaign and sign up for payroll deductions on the UM Foundation website.

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences held its annual Partnership and Scholarship Recognition Gala on April 25. More than 300 attendees joined college faculty, staff and administrators in recognizing a record number of scholarship recipients, highlighting 15 new scholarships this year. The event also served as the college’s opportunity to recognize and thank community partners with its annual Partnership Awards. The awards went to individuals and groups, representing various clinics, schools and organizations from around the Missoula community who have partnered with the college's programs and departments to provide top-notch clinical and field experiences for students.
Assistant Professor of School Psychology Anisa Goforth led the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders in a departmentwide discussion on “Cultural Responsiveness in Speech-Language Pathology,” a preconference workshop prior to the second annual Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action Advocacy Day.
Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action, a student group from the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, held the second annual Advocacy and Awareness Day, which was designed to promote awareness about resources for people with communication, cognitive and hearing needs associated with the field of speech-language pathology. The day featured panels and presentations by UM faculty and community partners, including “Advocacy Panel,” “Using Positive Behavior Support to Eliminate or Decrease Problem Behaviors,” “Aphasia – An Impairment of Language, Affecting the Production or Comprehension of Speech, Reading or Writing Due to Injury to the Brain,” “From Combat to School: Working With Veterans Returning From War,” and “The What, How, Who, Where and Unknown Why??? of Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
UM Department of Anthropology Professor Anna Prentiss attended the 79th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Austin, Texas, April 23-27. She chaired the symposium “Advancing Theory and Interpretation in a 21st Century Pacific Northwest Archaeology.” She also presented the following papers:
  • Prentiss, Anna Marie; Williams, Alexandra. 2014. “Theorizing Historical Development and Peak Structure of Dense Aggregate Villages in the Middle Fraser Canyon, British Columbia.”
  • Prentiss, Anna Marie; Sattler, Richard; Williams, Alexandra. 2014. “Ethnography and the Interpretation of Ancient Socio-Political Structure on the Plateau.” 
  • Prentiss, Anna Marie; Walsh, Matthew J.; Winter, Thomas; Barnett, Kristen D. 2014. “Phylogenetic Analysis of the Arctic Small Tool Tradition: Implications for History and Cultural Macroevolution in the North.”
  • Prentiss, Anna Marie. 2014. “Elemental Characterization of Floor Sediments from Housepit 54, Bridge River Housepit Village, British Columbia.” (Poster) 
Liberal Studies Professor Ruth Vanita delivered the keynote lecture, titled “Acknowledging Mutual Influence: India and the West” at the Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally international conference April 11 at the University of Miami in Florida. She also delivered invited lectures in February in Missoula: “Talk on Goddesses” at the YWCA and “Introduction to Hinduism” at Emmaus Campus Ministry.
Rural Institute Director of Rural Employment Research Catherine Ipsen and Research Associate Lillie Greiman presented an update on their recent research to a subcommittee of the Federal Interagency Committee on Disability Statistics on May 7. The presentation was titled “Using National Data to Describe the Context of Rural Disability and Inform Policy and Practice.” Information included in their presentation is available online at “Map Facts: Disability in Rural America” and “Rural and Urban Differences in VR Caseloads and Delivery Practices.”
An interview with Davidson Honors College Dean James McKusick recently was published on the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus Homepage. McKusick explains how getting lost in the woods at age 5 helped inspire his book “Green Writing: Romanticism and Ecology.”
School of Law Professor Bari Burke, School of Music Adjunct Assistant Professor Nancy Cooper and Department of History and Women’s and Gender Studies Program Professor Anya Jabour presented papers as part of the panel “Professor, Musician, Lawyer: Women Professionals in the 20th Century” at the annual meeting of the Western Area Women Historians May 3 in Pomona, Calif.
Christiane von Reichert, C.; Cromartie, J.; Arthun, R. 2014. "Reasons for Returning and Not Returning to Rural U.S. Communities." The Professional Geographer. Volume 66, Issue 1: pp. 58-72. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2012.725373.
Harrison, Brady. 2014. “Punk Rock Warlord: The Life and Work of Joe Strummer.” Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate. 214 pages. (Co-editor)
Harrison, Brady. 2013. “Gone to Ground.” J Journal: New Writing on Justice. Volume 6, Issue 1: pp. 4-21. (Nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize)

Krausman, P. R. 2014. “First Parturition of Tigers in a Semi-Arid Habitat, Western India.” European Journal of Wildlife Research. Issue 60: pp. 383-386.
Krausman, P. R. 2014. “Distinguishing Sex of Free-Ranging Tigers Using Pugmark Measurements.” Italian Journal of Zoology. pp. 1-6.
Krausman, P. R. 2014. “Population and Habitat Characteristics of Caracal in a Semi-Arid Landscape, Western India.” Journal of Arid Environments. Issue 103: pp. 92-95.
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