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March 14, 2014 |
UM students competed in crosscut sawing, ax throwing and keg tossing on the Oval as part of Boondockers Day on March 13. The 97th Foresters' Ball and community events run through March 22. Read more about this year's Foresters' Ball.

Payne, Poe to Receive Honorary Doctorates

Two of the most successful businessmen ever to graduate from UM will receive honorary doctorates during Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17.

Terry Payne, founder of Terry Payne & Co. Inc., a Missoula-based independent insurance agency, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. John “Jack” Poe, former CEO and chairman of the Semtech in Camarillo, Calif., a semiconductor company, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business. Gov. Steve Bullock will be the Commencement speaker.

“We couldn’t be more proud and excited to confer honorary doctorates on Terry Payne and Jack Poe,” UM President Royce Engstrom said. “Both of these men became giants in their respective industries, and they continually have provided their expertise and financial support to improve the University of Montana, which they acknowledge helped launch their amazing careers.”

Read more: Payne, Poe to Receive UM Honorary Doctorates

Regents Approve Neural Injury Center at UM

The Montana Board of Regents on March 7 approved a proposal by UM to open the Neural Injury Center, empowering students with traumatic brain injury and other neural injuries to access support and services from departments and colleges across campus.

The NIC is not a physical space as yet, but rather a collaborative of expertise on campus and an extension of UM’s ongoing, interdisciplinary Brain Initiative. Faculty members and researchers from the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Humanities and Sciences are working together to approach neural injury holistically.

Read more: Board of Regents Approves Neural Injury Center at UM

UM's New Logo Wins Marketing Award 

UM's logo, adopted last April, recently won a Bronze Award during the 29th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, more than 2,000 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

The new logo was designed in-house using a team led by Mario Schulzke, UM assistant vice president for marketing. Input was sought from students, staff, faculty, alumni and other stakeholders. The ultimate design that was chosen was created by Shauna Murphy, a graphic designer with UM Printing and Graphic Services.

Read more: UM Marketers Win Awards for Logo, Newsletter

dancers at UM International Week
International Culture and Food Festival Kicks Off Week of Events

 The University Center at UM will become a venue for global sights, sounds and aromas at the 23rd annual International Culture and Food Festival on Sunday, March 23. Close to 3,500 people from the community and campus are expected to participate in the festival, with the theme “Celebrating Global Gateway.”

The festival will feature a world food bazaar, international culture show, children’s world, ethnic cultural pavilions and a silent auction. A parade of flags will kick off the festival at noon, and all activities will run until 5 p.m. Admission costs $5 for the general public and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Foreign Student and Scholar Services at 406-243-2226.

Read more: UM to Kick Off International Week with International Culture and Food Festival

More News

UM Library Dean Given Prestigious Award for Contribution to International Librarianship
More Than 11 Million Nonresidents Visited Montana in 2013, Spent $3.6 Billion
UM Students Win Debate Competition, Advance to National Stage

Former New York Times Reporter Named Pollner Professor
Essay Contest Offers $1,000 Scholarship
Spring Registration Open for Lifelong Learning Courses at UM
UM Physical Therapy Students Host Massage Clinic Fundraiser
Missoula College Culinary Program Offers Summer Classes

UM dancers perform

Dance in Concert Returns to Montana Theatre

The UM School of Theatre & Dance again will host its annual “Dance in Concert” production at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, March 19-22, at the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
The production will feature eight dance works with styles including contemporary modern dance, ballet and multimedia dance fusion. The segments are conceived by guest artists, students and UM Dance Program faculty members. Featured dances include guest artist KT Niehoff’s “The Top of a Very Tall Mountain,” the second act of the ballet “Swan Lake,” an excerpt from “The Legend of Orpheus” and others.
Tickets cost $20 for the general public and $16 for seniors or students with a student ID. They can be purchased at the UMArts Box Office in the PAR/TV Lobby, by calling 406-243-4581 or online at


Griz basketball plays Vikings in first round of BSC tourney

Lady Griz No. 3 seed at wide-open tournament

Softball program to hold spring tryouts

Hall named region athlete of the year

Women's tennis dominates UC Riverside, loses to Long Beach State, falls in marathon match

Men's tennis knocked off by Nevada, falls to Grand Canyon, defeated by UC Davis

Golf team finishes second, Green wins Rio Verde Invitational


Odyssey of the Stars Honors Two Alumni March 15

Visiting Hugo Writer, Poet Bitsui to Read March 21

World-Renowned Dance Troupe Brings Iconic Style to UM April 8

Students to Convene at UM for Annual State Science Fair March 17-18

Irish Studies Celebrates Heritage with Community Events this Weekend

MMAC Lecture About Japanese Friendship Dolls Rescheduled for March 27

Forest Experts Discuss Management, Future During Two-Day Event March 27-28