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UM Weekly: News from UM

Aug. 30, 2013 | www.umt.edu
New UM students participate in a cooperation and communication exercise during Orientation activities on the Oval late last week. Autumn semester 2013 began Monday, Aug. 26. 

President Looks to Year Ahead in State of the University Address

UM President Royce Engstrom delivered his annual State of the University on Aug. 23 to an audience of faculty, staff, students and community members. Engstrom introduced several new administrators and student leaders, shared a variety of stories about academic distinction and success taking place at UM and outlined some of the milestones the University will work toward during the 2013-14 academic year. Read his speech here

Enter Drawing for TEDxUMontana Tickets

UM will host TEDxUMontana at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center. The program will feature nine speakers, two TED Talks videos and two performances with a 30-minute intermission for interaction and discussion.

TEDxUMontana is limited to 100 participants. People interested in attending the event can enter a ticket drawing at http://umt.edu/tedx. The drawing will take place Wednesday, Sept. 4. Tickets cost $40 for the public and $20 for UM students. Read more

Professor Appointed to NASA Advisory Council Committee

UM Regents Professor of Ecology Steve Running has been appointed to the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee and will chair the Earth Science subcommittee within that council. The Earth Science subcommittee will join other subcommittees in Astrophysics, Heliophysics and Planetary Science under the Advisory Council. Read more

Junior Completes Communication Internship at White House

There are few more iconic places to spend a summer than the White House. University of Montana student Sara Thane did just that through the White House Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

Thane, a 2011 graduate of Missoula’s Hellgate High School, is a junior at UM majoring in political science with minors in Arabic studies and international development studies. This summer, she interned in the Students Department within the Office of Presidential Correspondence. Read more

Internship Lands Senior Front Row Seat at Zimmerman Trial

UM senior Max Barnum spent his summer in a trailer parked outside the Seminole County Courthouse. Barnum interned as a cameraman for ABC WFTV’s mobile studio – recording up-to-date information and legal analysis of the of the high-profile George Zimmerman murder trial.

Barnum, originally from Lake Forest, Ill., was offered the Orlando, Fla., internship by UM alum David Sirak. UM radio/television Professor Ray Ekness encouraged Barnum to send his resume to Sirak, one of Ekness’ former students and a 1992 graduate of UM’s School of Journalism. Read more

Brazilian Students Arrive at UM to Study for One Year

UM is pleased to welcome 28 new students from the Brazilian Science Mobility Program for autumn semester 2013. BSMP is a scholarship funded by the Brazilian government and administered in the U.S. by the Institute of International Education. Upper-division undergraduate students from across Brazil receive scholarships to study in their respective disciplines for one year at institutions around the world, including more than 300 in the U.S. Read more
PT student Wendy Lee works with patient Mark Byrn, who is relearning to walk.

PT Student Explores Neurotherapy Through Summer Rotation at UM Clinic

Wendy Lee didn’t have to look far to find her top-choice summer rotation site leading into her final year at UM’s School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Lee, a U.S. Army vet originally from Bigfork, stuck around Missoula to work in the Nora Staael Evert Physical Therapy Clinic in the Skaggs Building, where she was able to explore her interest in neurologic therapy under the guidance of Clinic Director and Assistant Professor Susan Ostertag. Read more

Applications Now Available for UM Homecoming Parade

Applications now are available for entry into this year’s University of Montana Homecoming Parade, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Missoula.

Last year’s parade featured more than 110 entries. This year’s Homecoming theme – “Up With Montana!” – is derived from UM’s fight song, penned in 1914, and celebrates both the rich tradition and exciting future of the University. Read more

Nonresident Visitors Have Lots to Say About Montana

An analysis of Montana nonresident visitor comments recently completed by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at UM found that 89 percent of all unsolicited comments on the surveys were positive reviews of the state and their visit.  

More than 1,100 nonresidents wrote comments in the annual survey conducted by ITRR. General positive comments were written most often, and exclaimed how friendly the people in Montana are, the beauty and open space, and a desire to visit again. Read more

Monte in the Running for Mascot of the Year 

For the sixth time, the UM mascot, Monte, has earned a spot on the Mascot Challenge team. Joining Monte on the team are 15 other mascots from around the country who will compete to earn the title of National Mascot of the Year. Read more

Athletics at UM:

Griz Volleyball Opens Season at Virginia Tournament

Soccer Travels to Southern California for First Road Trip

Montana Hosts Appalachian State in Season Opener

Upcoming Events:

Fair to Present Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Irish Music and Lecture Series set for Missoula, Butte

Staff Senate Hosts Run for Scholarships

School of Art Faculty Exhibit Opens on Campus
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