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Dec. 13, 2013 |
A fresh blanket of snow fell on Missoula and the UM campus as students began finals earlier this week.

College of Education and Human Sciences Lauded for Excellence in Accreditation Review

UM’s professional education programs recently earned their highest national accreditation review since 1954, when the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences became a founding member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The accreditation evaluated 42 professional education programs across four colleges and schools, ranging from teacher preparation in elementary education to advanced degrees in school administration and school psychology, among many others.

“Under the leadership of Dean Roberta Evans, the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences delivers outstanding educator-preparation programs and ensures their candidates and graduates are successful,” said B. Joyce Stallworth, NCATE team chair and associate provost at the University of Alabama. “During the entire accreditation review process, the unit provided clear evidence that it meets the six rigorous NCATE standards. Read more

Flathead Realtor Turns Commissions into Donations for Bio Station

 A real estate agent whose success depends upon the beauty and health of Flathead Lake is contributing to continuous lake monitoring. Dusty Dziza, owner of Flathead Lake Land & Home in Kalispell, puts aside a percentage of her commissions from Flathead Lake property sales for the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station. She donated more than $1,000 this fall. Dziza stepped up to support the cause after hearing FLBS Director Jack Stanford discuss the station’s important work at the annual Flathead Lakers meeting in July. Read more

Recent Study Identifies Clinical Psychology Program as 'Hidden Gem'

A recent article in a professional psychology journal recognized UM’s doctoral program in clinical psychology as one of 10 accredited programs that has “exceptionally good outcomes for its students.”

The article examined 233 programs accredited by the American Psychological Association, analyzing match rates for internships and pass rates on the standard psychologist licensure exam. The researchers found that UM is among "select programs [that] appear to be value-additive during training and evidence a student body that is achieving markedly better than expected." Read more

Business Students Recognized for Fundraising Efforts

The Montana Information Systems Association, a student organization housed within UM’s School of Business Administration, will be recognized at an upcoming international conference for their outstanding fundraising efforts.

During an awards luncheon slated for noon on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Milan, Italy, UM’s chapter of the Association for Information Systems will be honored for their fundraising abilities. According to faculty adviser Clayton Looney, the group employed a creative strategy which was very successful. Read more

Annual Christmas Cookie Cook-Off Dec. 13

UM Dining will host the 16th annual Great UM Christmas Cookie Cook-Off on Friday, Dec. 13. This year’s event, themed “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. in the UM Lommasson Center’s Food Zoo Dining Room.

UM students, employees and their families are invited to join UM Dining to spread holiday cheer by baking and decorating cookies. Guests may bring home up to half of the cookies they bake, and the other half will be donated to local youth homes, senior homes, group shelters and other nonprofit organizations. Read more

UM Weekly on Hiatus over Winter Break

Friday, Dec. 13, is the final day of autumn semester 2013 at UM. Spring semester will begin Monday, Jan. 27. UM Weekly does not publish during winter break. It will resume publishing Friday, Jan. 24. Thanks for reading!

Delaney a Finalist for FCS Coach of the Year

Montana head football coach Mick Delaney is among the five Football Championship Subdivision finalists for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. The award honors coaches who best exemplify responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field. The winner receives $50,000 from Liberty Mutual to donate to his favorite charities and a $20,000 contribution for UM scholarships. Read more

Athletics at UM:

Griz Make Crucial Free Throws Late in Win over Vandals

Montana Wins Lady Griz Classic for 30th Time

Track and Field Teams Open Indoor Season with Impressive Showing

Upcoming Events:

Tickets to Don Williams Concert on Sale Friday

Garden City Ballet Presents 'Nutcracker' Dec. 13-15