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|Afghanistan Topic of Mansfield Event
Owen Sirrs, a faculty associate with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center Defense Critical Language/Culture Program at UM, will give an overview of the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan on Tuesday, March 23.
Sirrs will give a presentation titled "Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan," followed by a community discussion, from 7 to 9 p.m. in James E. Todd Building Rooms 203-204. The event is free and open to the public.
Sirrs will examine the fundamentals of the U.S.-led counterinsurgency strategy and explore its effects in the recent campaign in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Province. The following discussion will be about whether counterinsurgency is the appropriate strategy in light of fading international support for the Afghan effort, the legitimacy of the Afghan government, and America's competing domestic and international priorities.
|'Odyssey' Honors Theater Arts Educator
"Odyssey of the Stars -- A Celebration of Artistic Journeys" will honor UM alumnus and former faculty member Firman H. "Bo" Brown during its 10th anniversary production at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the University Theatre.
This year's celebration -- "Opening Doors" -- recognizes Brown for his lifetime dedication to opening doors for students in the theater arts, not only at UM, but also across the nation.
"Odyssey of the Stars" honors outstanding UM performing and visual arts alumni and tells the story of their artistic journeys, showcasing the many different roads to success that an artist can travel. Odyssey 2010 will feature some of UM's finest student performers and artists. The production, held annually since 2001, supports the College of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Fund.
Odyssey Sponsorships help underwrite the event. Sponsors enjoy select seating to the show followed by a VIP champagne reception with Brown. Two-ticket sponsorships cost $125, and four-ticket sponsorships are $200. A portion of the cost of an Odyssey Sponsorship is tax deductible.
Individual tickets cost $30 for the public and $15 for students. They can be purchased at all GrizTix locations, by calling 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA.
For more information, call the College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean's Office at 406-243-4970 or visit the "Odyssey" Web site.
"Odyssey of the Stars"
|Crown of Continent Releases E-Magazine
The winter issue of the Crown of the Continent e-magazine has been released.
The region called the Crown of the Continent encompasses Glacier National Park and spans the Continental Divide from the Elk River headwaters and Crowsnest Pass in Canada to Rogers Pass and the Blackfoot River drainage in Montana.
UM launched the Crown of the Continent Initiative to provide an educational catalyst for collaboration between UM and Glacier National Park. The initiative now has grown to include groups beyond the park, notably The Nature Conservancy, the Glacier Institute, Flathead Valley Community College, the University of Calgary and more.
The initiative will publish two e-magazines and two e-notes each year, allowing people to get up-to-date information about issues driving decisions and research in the Crown.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Crown of the Continent Web site.
Crown of the Continent
|Photos of Strong Women on Display
An exhibit that features 15 Missoula women leaders, educators and community activists -- "The Strong Women Project" -- is now on view at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM.
The exhibit includes black-and-white photographic portraits of the women with their responses about what makes a strong woman. It will be in the library's main floor Learning Commons through Wednesday, March 31.
The project was developed by UM students Shane McMillan, Richelle DeVoe and Laura Pflum. The students started the project as a group assignment for a UM women's studies class. They plan to photograph more strong women and publish a book to share with area organizations who work to make women stronger.
The Strong Women Project
|Registration Open for MOLLI Courses
Registration is now open for spring courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI).
Members of the community ages 50 and older can explore topics ranging from literature, history and music to psychology, philosophy and current events through the courses, taught by dynamic UM and community instructors. Spring courses will take place during April and May.
An annual MOLLI membership fee of $20 is required to enroll, and membership extends through summer 2011 for those who sign up now. Individual course registration costs $60 plus fees, when applicable. MOLLI is offering a variety of discounts this spring, including a special offer of two courses for $100 -- a 33 percent savings.
Complete course descriptions, locations, times, instructor information and registration can be found on the institute's Web site.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM
|COT Plans Advising Night for Students
The UM College of Technology will hold an Early Schedule Advising Night from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the COT Administration Building, located at 909 South Ave. W. in Missoula.
The event is only open to new students admitted for summer or fall semester 2010. All new COT students must attend an advising session before registering for classes.
During the session, students meet with an adviser, create a class schedule and register for summer or fall semester classes using CyberBear, the UM site for conducting business on the Web. Advising will be available for most COT programs during the event.
For more information or to RSVP, call the COT Admissions Office at 406-243-7882.
Early Advising Registration
|Donate to Clean Water Effort
Griz for UNICEF, an Associated Students of UM-approved group, has partnered with spectrUM Discovery Area to raise awareness to provide water for children in Haiti.
During World Water Week, March 21-27, Griz for UNICEF will ask patrons at four Missoula-area restaurants to donate $1 or more to UNICEF Tap Project Montana to raise awareness and funds to provide clean and safe water for Haiti's children. Participating restaurants are River Wok Asian Grill, Sa-Wad-Dee, Scotty's Table and The Old Post Pub.
With just $1, UNICEF can supply 40 liters of safe, clean water -- enough to hydrate one child for 40 days. The Griz for UNICEF's fundraising efforts will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.
|UM Hosts Registration Day for Transfers
Transfer Transition, an early registration day for students who plan to transfer to UM for fall semester 2010, will be held Friday, May 7.
During the daylong event, students will meet with academic advisers to develop schedules and register for classes. All transfer students who have been admitted to UM for fall semester 2010 before April 23 are welcome to attend.
Information also will be available about campus resources, on-campus and off-campus living options, and the costs and payment options associated with attending UM.
Students can register for the event on the Transfer Transition Registration Web site. For more information, call UM Admissions and New Student Services at 406-243-6266 or toll-free at 800-462-8636.
Transfer Transition Registration
|PT Students Host Massage Clinics
The UM Physical Therapy Student Association will offer 20- and 40-minute massages during campus fundraising clinics in April.
The clinics will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, April 5-8, 12-15 and 19-22, in Skaggs Building Room 129. Enjoy a 20-minute massage for $10 or a 40-minute massage for $18. Appointments are required.
Proceeds will help UM physical therapy students attend local and national educational and research conferences.
To make an appointment, call 406-243-4753.
|Rock Photographer Holds Book Signing
UM's Entertainment Management Program will host classic rock 'n' roll photographer Robert M. Knight to sign copies of his new book, "Rock Gods," from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, at The Bookstore at UM.
Knight has been photographing guitar legends for more than 40 years. His photos give insight into the life of the musicians who have shaped music into what it is today.
"Rock Gods" contains some of the first photos of Led Zeppelin in America, as well as the last photos taken of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. Knight, a member of The Guitar Center's Hollywood Rock Walk team, has an exclusive exhibition at more than 150 Guitar Centers around the country. His portfolio currently is represented by the prestigious Limelight Agency.
In conjunction with Knight's book signing, the Entertainment Management's annual "Spring Thaw" events will include free screenings of the rock documentary "Rock Prophecies," which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6-7, and at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Roxy Theater, located at 718 S. Higgins Ave. in Missoula. The screenings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information about the book signing or "Spring Thaw" events, e-mail Trevor McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org or UM Productions at email@example.com.
|Electricians' Union to Wire UM FLAT
Members of a Missoula electricians' union are teaming up with the UM Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology (UM FLAT) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, to promote community and sustainable-living technologies.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 786 members will volunteer their time and skills to wire the garage at the UM FLAT, transforming it into a functional space that will serve as a sustainability center for meetings, workshops, demonstrations and community events.
The Montana Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, Palmer Electric, Accurate Electric, Crescent Electric Supply Co. and the UM Sustainable Campus Committee also will contribute to the project.
UM FLAT is a student-run demonstration home, located at 633 S. Fifth St. E., that illustrates the practicality of sustainable living with the goal of encouraging the development of efficient and affordable homes.
For more information, visit the UM FLAT Web site.
|Event Aims to Raise Autism Awareness
The Neuro Networking Club at UM will host Spring Hullabaloo 2, an autism awareness event, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3, in the University Center Ballroom.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature fun activities for all ages, including a performance by a UM mime troupe and appearances by PLUK the chicken and UM mascot Monte. Local organizations, including PLAY (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters), PLUK (Parents Let's Unite for Kids) and the Child Development Center will provide information and resources on autism.
Spring Hullabaloo 2 also will feature a live auction to raise money for Zane Goicovich, a 4-year-old Missoula boy with autism who recently had brain surgery to alleviate his epilepsy.
For more information, call Treva Bittinger, event organizer, at 406-543-0003 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Griz Play Lobos in NCAA Tourney
The Montana Grizzlies opened the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship as the No. 14 seed in the East Region, facing off against the No. 3 University New Mexico Lobos in San Jose, Calif., on March 18.
The Lobos (29-4, 14-2 Mountain West) entered the tournament ranked 8th in the AP poll. They are an at-large bid into the championships, losing to San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference semifinals. They have a 6-12 record in 12 NCAA appearances, most recently a first-round loss in 2005. UNM has advanced to the second round six times in school history.
Montana (22-9, 10-6 Big Sky) earned the Big Sky automatic bid with a come-from-behind victory over Weber State in the conference tournament final. The Griz are 2-8 in eight NCAA appearances, most recently a second-round appearance in 2006. It is their first tournament bid under head coach Wayne Tinkle.
The winner of the Montana versus New Mexico game will face the winner of No. 6 Marquette versus No. 11 Washington on Saturday.
Visit the Montana Grizzlies Web site for game results.
|Loss to Portland Ends Lady Griz Season
No. 5 Portland State knocked off its higher-ranked opponent with a 62-47 victory over No. 2 Montana in a March 12 semifinal game of the Big Sky Conference women's basketball tournament in Cheney, Wash.
The win was the Vikings' third victory over the Lady Griz this season and gave the preseason league favorites a spot in the tournament championship game held March 13.
Portland State punched their first-ever ticket to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament with a 62-58 win over Montana State for the Big Sky Championship on Saturday.
The Lady Griz ended their season with a 15-14 record.
|Men's Tennis Wins; Women Sweep Cats
The Montana men's tennis team climbed to 4-3 overall and to 2-0 atop the Big Sky after defeating conference No. 1 Northern Arizona in a come-from-behind match March 12 in Flagstaff, then posting a 4-3 win March 13 over Scottsdale Community College in Phoenix.
The men will take a week off from competition before meeting Santa Clara on Saturday, March 27, and Sacramento State on March 28.
The Montana women's tennis team defeated Big Sky opponent Montana State University 7-0 in a meeting March 13 where the Grizzlies took 9-of-9. The win was the first Montana women's tennis victory over MSU since 2006.
With the win, the Grizzlies also jump the Bobcats in overall record, going 5-7 to MSU's 4-7. The women's next match is March 28 at Gonzaga in Spokane.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana