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March 28, 2014 |
Natyada Khampaeng performs “Rum-Ooway-Pon-On-Wan," the Thai Sweet Dance, at the 23rd annual International Culture and Food Festival on March 23 in the University Center. Cultural performances, crafts and food from around the world filled all three floors of the UC and marked the kick-off of International Week at the University of Montana.   

Flathead Lake Biological Station Halfway to $1 Million Fundraising Challenge

Flathead Bio Station research buoyHundreds of families, foundations and businesses have stepped up to the plate to help the Flathead Lake Biological Station meet a $1 million fundraising challenge. With more than $560,000 in donations in the past two years, FLBS is more than halfway to its goal of matching a grant for the Flathead Lake Monitoring Program.

“The people who have contributed know this lake is a very special place and worthy of their investment in its future,” FLBS Director Jack Stanford said. “We are very grateful for the outpouring of support.”

Government budget cuts hit the Flathead Lake Monitoring Program hard. In late 2011, an anonymous local donor pledged $1 million toward the program if FLBS and the community match the grant before the end of 2014.

As the deadline nears, a push to match the remainder of the Lake Monitoring Challenge Grant is in full swing. More than 300 families responded to a letter sent this past fall to the local community, including all shoreline homeowners. This brought in $55,000 for the monitoring program. 

Read more: Flathead Lake Biological Station Halfway to $1 Million Challenge

Sports Advisers Depart for China on State Department Exchange

Six Montana sports professionals depart for China March 30 for a three-week sports diplomacy exchange sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The team is traveling to China as part of a grant to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM through the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State.

Read more: Montana Sports Advisers Depart for China on U.S. Department of State Exchange

Montana Public Radio Hosts Spring Pledge Drive

Montana Public Radio is gearing up for the station’s annual Spring Pledge Week. The on-air fundraising event begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 6, and ends at midnight Sunday, April 13, at the conclusion of the wildly popular “Pet Wars.”

Members and sponsors provide about 60 percent of the station’s annual operating funds, the majority of which is raised during Spring Pledge Week.

“We never take our listeners’ support for granted. MTPR’s loyal, generous audience has trusted us to use their money wisely to build a solid public radio service for their community,” said William Marcus, director of the UM Broadcast Media Center. “We are always thankful for their support.”

Read more: Montana Public Radio Spring Pledge Drive Scheduled April 6-13

Mayor Joins Day for Recognition of National Service

Missoula Mayor John Engen will join mayors across the country on April 1 to celebrate the second annual Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service.

A gathering of national service members titled “A National Service Conversation with Mayor John Engen” will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in University Center Room 327 at the University of Montana. Participants will share their stories of service with Engen, who then will make a proclamation and lead a discussion on the impact of national service in Missoula. 

Read more: Missoula Mayor Joins Day for Recognition of National Service

More News

UM Criminology Research Group Awarded ‘Outstanding Program’ Status
UM’s Day of Dialogue Renamed DiverseU
Montana Middle-School Girls to Attend STEM Career Workshops at UM

UM Celebrates Montana Archaeology Month
Longtime UM Director Honored With Health Care Award
MOLLI Offers Members Free Events
Public Lecture Offered in Conjunction with Gerontology Society Annual Conference



Track and field teams open outdoor season this weekend

Football's annual Spring Game April 12

Lady Griz fall 60-57 to Toreros

Boise State tops Grizzlies tennis

Women's tennis wins thriller in Flagstaff



34th Annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Fest at UM March 28-29

School of Theatre & Dance Hosts Regional Dance Conference April 2-5

Spring Break March 31-April 4
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