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UM Weekly: News from UM

Sept. 20, 2013 | www.umt.edu
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor speaks after receiving an honorary doctorate of laws from UM on Sept. 13. Seated behind Justice O'Connor are Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, left, and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.

First Stop on UM President’s ‘We are Montana’ Tour is Eastern Montana

UM President Royce Engstrom will kick off his “We are Montana” tour of the state on Monday, Sept. 23. Engstrom and other senior UM leaders will travel to four eastern Montana cities in four days to meet with and listen to legislators, educators, alumni, students and community members.

“We see the boundaries of the University as the entire state of Montana, and I’m excited for the opportunity to better understand what matters to the people and communities of this region,” Engstrom said. “I want to hear what’s on their minds, as well as share the stories of our students, faculty and alumni.”

The tour will start in Miles City and continue to Glendive, Sidney and Glasgow. In each town the University will host a community event that is free and open to the public. Read more

Two-Year Colleges Receive Grant to Expand Programs

Missoula College and Bitterroot College of UM will receive close to $1.4 million and $930,000, respectively, from a $25 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Thirteen Montana two-year and tribal colleges will use the grant to train and prepare workers for jobs in energy and manufacturing industries.

According to John Cech, Montana deputy commissioner of higher education for two-year and community college education, the partnership is one of the largest statewide workforce development initiatives ever. Read more

New MMAC Exhibitions Feature Modernist Masterpieces

Committed to offering the highest-quality art by world-renowned artists, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM has assembled two new exhibitions of modernist art by major artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The exhibitions “Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and Other Masterpieces from a Private Collection” and “Modernist Prints” will be on display in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center from Oct. 3 to Feb. 8. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the PAR/TV Center Lobby. The event is free and open to the public. Read more

Faculty, Staff Share Favorite Banned Books in Videos

In honor of national Banned Books Week Sept. 23-27, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM will post a series of videos featuring UM faculty, administrators and staff sharing their favorite banned books to its website.

The videos, produced by UM graduate student and School of Media Arts Adjunct Instructor Tom Stagg, introduce students to people who work on campus and the books they cherish. In the videos, UM employees speak from the heart about books they love and that have influenced them, and why students should read banned books. A new video will be posted to the Mansfield Library website at http://www.lib.umt.edu each day of the week. Read more


Art Professor Commissioned for Korean Exhibit

UM Professor Beth Lo was one of four American artists paid a commission of $3,000 to create a ceramic piece of art for a major Korean art exhibit. Lo’s work will be featured in the “Main Exhibition” of the Seventh Geonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2013. She will travel to Korea Sept. 25 to attend the exhibition and to deliver a gallery talk on her work on Oct. 2.

The 2013 exhibition theme is community, and Lo’s new work, "Breath," features mixed media, water, electricity and lighting. Read more

New Cyber Innovation Laboratory Planned

UM plans to create a new Cyber Innovation Laboratory in collaboration with state technology companies. The new facility will train students in cybersecurity and using so-called “big data” to search for patterns that solve real-world problems using massive datasets.

Curricula will be designed for use with the lab, and UM officials envision new certificate and degree offerings involving cybersecurity, big data and assurance, which involves safety, security and compliance. Read more

UM Joins Research Network Funded by $20.3 Million Grant

A new, five-year, $20.3 million grant announced Sept. 18 from the National Institutes of Health will create a health research network of 13 universities across the West.

Called the Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN), the organization will expand the capacity of partner institutions across seven states to put clinical research into practice to address regional health concerns, including access to care, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular and infectious diseases. UM is a member institution. Curtis Noonan, a UM associate professor of epidemiology, directs the CTR-IN Pilot Grants Program. Read more

Celebrate Run @ Work Day on Sept. 20

Meet UM employees at the Grizzly Bear Statue at noon, Friday, Sept. 20, for Run @ Work Day, a national event that encourages the public to incorporate at least 30 minutes of running or walking into their daily lives. All abilities are welcome and there will be a run and a run-walk leader. Sponsored by Run Wild Missoula. Read more

Athletics at UM:

Griz Volleyball Opens Big Sky Schedule at Home

Soccer Hosts Wolf Pack on Friday

Football Hosts Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday

Griz Improve to 2-0 with 55-17 Victory at North Dakota

Montana Moves up In Both FCS Polls

Upcoming Events:

Indigenous Film Series Kicks Off

University Players Present 23-and-a-Half-Hour Play Festival

Irish Harp Concert Slated for Sept. 26

UM to Celebrate American Indian Heritage Day
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