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Feb. 14, 2014 | www.umt.edu
UM students in The Wilderness Institute's Yellowstone Field Studies course spend a cold morning in the Lamar Valley looking and listening for the Junction Butte pack with wolf biologists from Yellowstone National Park. The four-day class includes field trips and guest speakers focused on resource management, wildlife conservation and social studies in the Greater Yellowstone area. Photo by UM student Grace Ryan.

UM Ranked No. 12 for Producing
Peace Corps Volunteers

For the second year in a row, UM has been named the No. 12 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 22 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide.

Since the first days of the Peace Corps, 811 UM alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers, and this is the 10th year the University has been ranked in the top 25 volunteer-producing schools. UM is the only university in Montana ranked on the list.

Read more: UM Ranked No. 12 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

Blackstone LaunchPad Hires Director

Paul GladenPaul Gladen, an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Hellgate Venture Network, has been selected to be the director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM.

Blackstone LaunchPad will help UM students jumpstart their own businesses. Gladen will work to foster connections among campus, the business community and local entrepreneurs to create an environment that nurtures young entrepreneurs and provides them the skills and network necessary to succeed.

“This is a very exciting time for entrepreneurship in Montana,” Gladen said. “The Blackstone LaunchPad will play a valuable role in equipping students to pursue their passions and create the next generation of entrepreneurial Montana businesses. I’m excited to have the opportunity to help University of Montana students bring their innovative ideas to life.”

Read more: UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad Hires Director

Missoula College Culinary Arts Program Earns Accreditation

The Culinary Arts program at Missoula College UM recently received a five-year accreditation from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission.

Accreditation assures that a program meets standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services. The process includes an extensive self-study, followed by a site visit by a team of ACF evaluators. 

Read more: Missoula College Culinary Arts Program Earns Five-Year Accreditation

Foundation Offers New Way to Give During Basketball Games

The UM Foundation has made it easier to score big for student scholarships. People who attend two upcoming basketball games will be asked to “Give a Griz 10” through a text message.

The two basketball games will feature pregame and halftime shows about the impact of scholarships. The scholarship nights are the men’s game against Idaho State on Saturday, Feb. 22, and the women's game against Sacramento State on Thursday, March 6.

Read more: UM Foundation Offers New Way to Give During Basketball Games

MMAC Exhibition Celebrates Japanese Art and Culture

Committed to offering the highest-quality art, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM will host a traveling exhibition titled “The Japanese Woodblock Print: An Extension of the Impermanent.” This exhibition will be complemented by works from the MMAC Permanent Collection and two Japanese Friendship Dolls. The exhibition will be on view Feb. 20-April 19 in the Meloy and Paxson Galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

Read more: MMAC Exhibition Celebrates Japanese Art and Culture

Fire Management and Policy Expert to Lecture

Fire policy, operations and management expert Tom Zimmerman will deliver the first lecture in a new annual series at UM. His talk, “Wildland Fire Management: Are We Doing Enough?” is slated for 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in University Center Room 331. It is presented by the UM College of Forestry and Conservation, and is free and open to the public.

Read more: Fire Management and Policy Expert to Lecture

UM Hosts DocShop Events During Annual Film Festival

The 2014 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival returns to Missoula Feb. 15-23. This year, UM is a proud sponsor of DocShop, which offers documentary filmmakers opportunities for networking, discussion and professional development. The schedule includes workshops, work-in-progress presentations, panels and the annual Big Sky Documentary Pitch session. DocShop events will take place Feb. 17-22 at UM and other venues around Missoula. 

Read more: DocShop Events Feb. 17-22 in Missoula

ATHLETICS AT UM

Men's basketball defeats Eagles 82-77 for fourth win in a row 

Lady Griz host Northern Colorado, North Dakota this week

Women's tennis defeats Gonzaga 4-3

Track and field team logs nine wins in Bozeman

Griz soccer signs 13 National Letters of Intent

UPCOMING EVENTS

Employment and Academic Enrichment Fair in UC Feb. 18-19

TobyMac in Concert Feb. 18 at the Adams Center

UM Opera Theater and Symphony Orchestra Presents 'The Legend of Orpheus'

Novelist Jess Walter to Deliver Craft Lecture and Fiction Reading at UM

Bitterroot College Offers Courage to Teach Workshop
 
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