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UM Weekly: News from UM

Oct 18, 2013 |
Assistant Professor Andrew Larson, center, uses 3-D modeling during a class on forest ecology to illustrate the stages of growth in a forested area that has been hit by an event such as fire or blow-down.  

President's 'We Are Montana' Tour Continues

UM President Royce Engstrom visited Helena, Dillon and Butte earlier this week as part of the “We are Montana” tour of the state. Engstrom and other senior UM leaders traveled to the three Montana cities Oct. 14-16, to visit UM’s affiliate campuses and listen to viewpoints about how to improve higher education in Montana.

“I always enjoy the opportunity to visit this area and our affiliate campuses, to strengthen our connections to educators, residents and alumni,” Engstrom said. “I’m also looking forward to sharing the stories of our students, faculty and alumni.”

In each town, the University and its institutional partner hosted a community event that was free and open to the public. 

Eastern Montana marked the first stop on the president’s “We are Montana” tour. He is scheduled to visit 10 additional cities across Montana through the fall, winter and spring, traveling a total of 3,500 miles.

Monument to be Dedicated After Military Appreciation Griz Game

The Fallen Soldier Memorial at UM is a solemn reminder of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial, bearing the names of Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, will be recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The dedication ceremony will take place 30 minutes after the home Grizzly football game concludes. The Oct. 26 game against Eastern Washington University officially is the military appreciation game, when Griz Nation will honor members of the armed services before and during the game.
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Students to Award $10,000 to Local Nonprofits

A UM class, Engaging Social Responsibility through Philanthropy, will grant a total of $10,000 to local nonprofits this semester.

The grants will benefit local nonprofits and enhance the Missoula community. The class focuses on giving the monetary donations to nonprofits that operate within Missoula County and combat youth hunger or youth depression. Read more

Lifelong Learning Institute Boasts Record Enrollment

The MOLLI program at UM is thriving. This fall there are nearly 800 individuals registered for courses, an all-time enrollment high. MOLLI membership also has grown to 637 members since the start of the fall term on Oct. 3.

MOLLI is one of many Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the county. The program is a resource for adults aged 50 and older who enjoy having a relationship with UM, connecting with others and learning for learning’s sake. MOLLI courses are noncredit and don't have the pressure of grades or tests.
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'CHINA Town Hall' Features Former Secretary of State, Business Expert

China’s rapid development has a significant impact on the U.S. economy and U.S. global relationships. To bring the conversation to Missoula, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center will sponsor the seventh annual “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections,” featuring former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright by live webcast and on-site guest speaker Robert A. Kapp, president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates and former president of the U.S.-China Business Council. Read more

UM Assists Student Veterans Affected By Federal Shutdown

The government shutdown has continued to the point that student veterans attending the nation’s colleges may be affected. UM has taken several steps to do what it can for its 562 veterans and their designated dependents who may experience disruption of educational benefit payments. Read more

Montana Public Media Partners Explore Climate Change

Montana Public Media partners take up the topic of climate change in a special week of programming starting Sunday, Oct. 20.

In a variety of local and nationally produced radio and television programs, Montana Public Radio, MontanaPBS and students from the University of Montana School of Journalism will use Climate Change Week to explore the science, the social and economic impacts and the skepticism that can cause friction between friends. Read more

Theatre & Dance Presents Timely Contemporary Comedy

UM is pleased to offer "Distracted," a comic play with biting social commentary focused on a seemingly ordinary family. "Distracted" runs Oct. 22-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
"Distracted" asks the question innumerable parents struggle to answer: Where’s the line between “kids will be kids” and a diagnosis of ADHD? In a thoughtful, humorous and humane contemporary comedy, one family navigates the worlds of psychiatry, homeopathy and psychology in their quest to help their son behave better at school and at home. "Distracted" takes advantage of inventive staging, double and triple casting and a gleeful overthrow of conventional theatrical rules to keep the audience on its toes. It provides a perfect reflection of how today’s incessant barrage of technology and media influences our every waking moment.

Tickets are available at the UMArts Box Office in the PAR/TV Center. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. 

Athletics at UM:

Griz Rack Up 418 Yards in Stellar 42-7 Road Win

Football Hosts Cal Poly in Pivotal BSC Game

Golfers Finish 16th at Final Fall Tournament

Northern Colorado shuts out Montana Soccer

Griz Soccer Needs Strong Finish at Home
Lumberjacks Rally, Top Griz Spikers in Four Sets

Lady Griz Picked Second in Preseason Coaches' Poll

Upcoming Events:

Merriam-Frontier Writing Competition Open to Students

Mansfield Library Events Highlights Zine, Small Press Collection for Archives Month

Students Lead Tour of City-Owned Forest Plot
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