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UM Weekly: News from UM

March 21, 2014 |
The College of Visual and Performing Arts celebrated the artistic journeys of UM alumni Dean Peterson and John Schuberg during this year’s “Odyssey of the Stars” held March 15 on campus. The annual event honors different alumni each year and showcases the many different roads to success an artist can travel. Here, the honorees and students perform a scene from “Music Man.”

$11 Million Gift to Fund Student Scholarships

A 1953 University of Montana alumnus has committed $11 million of his estate for academic scholarships at UM, the largest pledge for scholarships in the history of the University. President Royce Engstrom announced the gift last week at a reception for alumni from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tom Cotter, of Palo Alto, Calif., is retired from a successful career in the investment field. The gift is a big show of support for UM’s Investing in Student Success Initiative, launched by Engstrom last summer. 

“This is an incredible step toward providing resources for Montana high school students who wish to pursue a degree at the University of Montana,” Engstrom said. “It is such a generous gift, and one that dramatically influences UM’s ability to recruit and support Montana high school students. Tom Cotter and his family will forever change the lives of many people through this generosity and foresight.”

Read more: $11 Million Gift to Provide Scholarships for UM Students

Student Receives White House Award for Conservation, Helping Fellow Veterans

UM student and Afghanistan war veteran Tristan Persico was honored at the White House on March 18, with a Champions of Change award for his work conserving Montana wilderness and helping his fellow veterans readjust to civilian life.

The awards honors 14 individuals who through innovative approaches create opportunities for the next generation of Americans to take part in outdoor recreation and public lands conservation.

Persico, a graduate of Missoula’s Sentinel High School, is a full-time student studying parks, tourism and recreation management in the UM College of Forestry and Conservation. He also leads the Montana Wilderness Association’s Veterans Outreach Program, which helps veterans return to civilian life through outdoor experiences.

Read more: Missoula War Veteran Receives White House Award for Conservation, Helping Vets

UM to Improve Services to Students with Disabilities

UM has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to ensure educational accessibility for people with disabilities at UM.

The resolution agreement outlines a comprehensive set of policies and procedures so all electronic and information technology at UM can be used by students who are blind or have other disabilities. 

Read more: UM Agreement to Improve Services to Students with Disabilities

UM Publishes Glacier, Yellowstone E-Magazine

Crown of the Continent, Yellowstone magazineUM has published a new e-magazine titled Crown of the Continent and the Greater Yellowstone. Filled with stunning photos and informative stories about the Glacier and Yellowstone park regions, the 78-page magazine is online at

Articles discuss mountain goats, Montana landscapes, land use, a 93-year-old ranger, grizzly bears, explorers, wolves, wilderness and much more, including a book review and art section.

Read more: UM Publishes Glacier, Yellowstone Region E-Magazine

More News

UM Major Fair Comes to Missoula College
Hamilton-area Business Leaders, Community Invited to Career Pathways Workshop
Students Receive Awards for Promoting Campus Diversity
Missoula College Student Takes Bronze at Regional Culinary Competition
UM Researchers Seek Children Suffering From Nightmares for Study
UM Offers Intensive Summer Arabic Courses to High School Students


Lady Griz knock off Cougars, advance in WNIT

Men's basketball falls to Vikings in first round

Griz golfers finish sixth at BYU Classic

Women's tennis on the road for three matches

Emry places 12th at nationals in heptathlon

11 former Griz standouts display talents at Pro Day

Men's tennis team invades Boise this weekend


97th Foresters’ Ball, Community Events Slated for March 21-22

Diagenesis Duo to play New Music for Cello and Soprano March 22

Second Annual Griz Glow 5K March 22

International Culture and Food Festival in UC March 23

Plum Creek Lecture Series March 27-28
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