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UM Weekly: News from UM

Nov. 1, 2013 |
Sam Grossman tosses a pumpkin to Louise Spencer as they deliver the gourds to UM residence halls earlier this month. The pumpkins were grown and delivered by students participating in Environmental Studies Program internships on the PEAS Farm.

Renowned Environmental Historian to Lecture

The College of Forestry and Conservation at UM will host a lecture by Char Miller, an expert on U.S. environmental history and politics and federal public lands management. Miller will deliver “Cutting Through the Past: Foresters and Conservation at the University of Montana” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the North Underground Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Read more

UM to Interview Four for Law School Dean

UM will interview four candidates for the position of School of Law dean in coming weeks. Each meeting will feature a presentation given by the candidate on the topic of “UM School of Law’s Role in Legal Education’s Future” followed by a public Q-and-A forum.

The candidates are Robert Ackerman, professor of law at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit; Norman Bay, director of the Office of Enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., and a pro bono member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions; Oren Griffin, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Ga.; and Andrew King-Ries, professor at UM’s School of Law in Missoula.  Read more

Fallen Soldier Memorial at UM Dedicated State Monument After Military Appreciation Game

UM’s Fallen Soldier Memorial was recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial during a ceremony held Oct. 26. The memorial, which bears the names of 43 Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, was unveiled in 2011 and received the state memorial designation during the 2013 legislative session. 

The dedication took place after the Grizzly football game against Eastern Washington. The contest was UM's Military Appreciation Game, during which Griz Nation honored members of the armed services.

The postgame ceremony was held at the memorial, located near the tennis courts. Griz fans clad in silver and maroon looked on as members of the UM Army ROTC presented the Colors and the UM Marching Band performed the "National Anthem." Gov. Steve Bullock and UM President Royce Engstrom spoke, along with Montana military members and Grateful Nation Montana President David Bell.

Students Asked to Complete Safe Campus Survey

UM students are invited to complete the Safe Campus Survey at The survey will provide the University with needed information about knowledge, attitudes, program use and experiences of UM students. Read more

Professor Elected Chairwoman of National Restoration Association

Associate Professor Cara Nelson, who teaches restoration ecology and directs the Wildland Restoration Program at UM, was elected chairwoman of the Society for Ecological Restoration at their world conference held last month in Madison, Wis.

Montana-Asia Partnerships Support Economic Development

Montana professionals recently welcomed 10 economic empowerment leaders from Southeast Asia participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program. The program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the U.S. for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise.

The program was arranged by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM, which will host Fellows from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in Montana through Nov. 3. They are being hosted throughout Montana, including in Helena, Missoula, Polson, Ronan and Whitefish. Read more

Mansfield Center Offers Cambodia Program Again in 2014

If you are a Montana high school teacher or student with interests in environmental issues or international affairs, you could be among 20 students and two teachers supported by the U.S. Department of State for an all-expenses-paid trip to Cambodia.

The State Department has renewed a $190,000 grant to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM to implement the American Youth Leadership Program in Cambodia for 2014. Following the success of the 2013 program, AYLP Cambodia will focus on environmental issues and climate change, as well as leadership development and community service. Read more

Noted Art Historian to Discuss Modern Masterpieces

UM art history and criticism Professor H. Rafael Chacon will present a talk titled “The Centrality of the Figure in Early Modern Art” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

Chacon’s talk is offered in support of exhibitions by major 19th- and early 20th-century artists organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture titled “Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection” and “Modernist Prints.”  Read more

Alumna Honored for Language Preservation Work

The UM Department of Educational Leadership presented the Education Leadership Excellence Award to UM alumna Lynette Chandler on Oct. 17.

Chandler, a member of the Aaniiih and Nakoda tribes, is the founder of the White Clay Language Immersion School near the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Harlem. At one time, only a handful of people spoke the White Clay language, but through Chandler’s revitalization and preservation efforts, hundreds are fluent in the language today. Read more

Athletics at UM:

Volleyball Hosts Four-Match Home Stand

Griz Play Must-Win Big Sky Game at Sac State on Saturday

Grizzlies' Comeback Bid Against Eastern Washington Falls Short 

Soccer Closes out Season at UC Riverside
Women's Tennis Wraps up Fall Season at Tournament

Upcoming Events:

UM Folklore Society Hosts Town and Gown Dance Nov. 2

Campus Rec Hosts 10K, 5K Fun Runs Nov. 2

Day of Dialogue Bring Diversity to Forefront Nov. 6

Adventurer Jeff Sharpio to Lecture Nov. 6

19th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Opens Nov. 7

‘Music and Song of Ireland’ Concert Slated for Nov. 7
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