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|UM to Award Four Honorary Degrees
UM will present honorary doctorate degrees to four
exceptional individuals during 2010 Commencement
ceremonies Saturday, May 15.
The four who will receive degrees are:
UM's main Commencement ceremony for all graduates will begin at 10 a.m. on the UM Oval. Individual ceremonies for professional schools will begin at 11:30 a.m. Ceremonies for the College of Technology and the College of Arts and Sciences will begin at 1:30 p.m. All ceremonies will last about one hour. More information about Commencement is on the Registrar's Office Web site.
Robert S. Bennett, one of the nation's most prominent attorneys and a generous and dedicated friend of UM, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Law.
Stewart M. Brandborg,a towering figure in the American conservation movement, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science.
John Hollenback, a lifelong Montanan who has worked tirelessly to steward state lands, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science.
Matt McCann, a former state representative and champion of higher education, will receive a Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
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|Expert on China to Present Lecture
Andrew J. Nathan, one of the world's foremost experts
on China, will give the final installment of the 2009-10
President's Lecture Series at UM.
Nathan will present "Does the Rise of China Threaten
American Interests?" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in
the University Theatre. The event is UM's annual Lucile Speer Memorial Lecture.
Earlier that day from 3:40 to 5 p.m., he will give a seminar titled "China's Human Rights and Why It Matters to Us" in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public.
Nathan, the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, has written and edited more than a dozen books on China's politics and history. He will comment on the challenges and opportunities now confronting the United States and China in their historically troubled relationship.
President's Lecture Series
|UM Receives YouTube EDU Status
UM's official YouTube channel recently received YouTube EDU status, making it one of only a handful of universities in the Pacific Northwest with a presence on the site's directory.
YouTube EDU is a listing of videos and channels from the Web site's college and university partners. The education-based portion of the site was started by YouTube in 2009 and is exclusively dedicated to institutions of higher education.
There currently are 38 videos on the official UM site,
and more will be added regularly.
Official UM YouTube Channel
|Annual Dean Stone Lecture April 22
Caesar Andrews, who for nearly 30 years led Gannett Co. newsrooms in Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington, D.C., and Michigan, will give the UM School of Journalism's 53rd annual Dean Stone Lecture on Thursday, April 22.
He will present "Journalists and American Idol: What We Can Learn" at 7 p.m. in Skaggs Building Room 169. The lecture is free and open to the public.
As executive editor of the Detroit Free Press in 2008, Andrews supervised the investigative project that exposed illegal activity of the city's mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick. The Detroit Free Press staff was awarded a 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting for that investigative work.
School of Journalism
|Firm to Assist with Presidential Search
The Montana University System has hired a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm to help find the next president of UM. Current UM President George M. Dennison plans to retire Aug. 15 after two decades of service.
Academic Search Inc. has completed 177 presidential searches since 2004, as well as 256 searches for executive senior administrators. The firm also assisted with the recent presidential search for Montana State University-Bozeman, which resulted in the hiring of Waded Cruzado.
Clay Christian, vice chair of the Board of Regents, chairs the 20-member committee appointed to spearhead the search for UM's 17th president. He said the committee made the decision to hire a consulting firm in March, and Academic Search Inc. helped lay the groundwork for the presidential search during the committee's April 8 meeting in Missoula.
Bill Franklin, senior consultant with Academic Search Inc., encourages nominations of promising prospects or explorations of personal interest in the position by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 830-249-1444.
For more information, call Christian at 406-728-1500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
UM Presidential Search
|Jazz Festival at UM April 23-24
Legendary jazz musician Buddy DeFranco will return to UM for the School of Music's 30th annual jazz festival Friday and Saturday, April 23-24.
For the past 10 years, the event has been called the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival to honor the celebrated jazz clarinetist. This year's featured artists are pianist Shelly Berg; saxophonist, singer, composer and arranger Grace Kelly; alto saxophonist and composer Lee Konitz; and trumpet player Terell Stafford. All festival events will take place in the University Theatre.
On Friday, April 23, Berg and Stafford will give a clinic at 1 p.m. and will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. with DeFranco, the UM Jazz Band, Clipper Anderson on bass and Bob LedBetter on drums. On Saturday, April 24, Kelly and Konitz will present a clinic at 1 p.m. and will perform at 7:30 p.m. with DeFranco, the UM Jazz Band and the Jazz Festival Trio -- David Morgenroth, Anderson and LedBetter.
The afternoon clinics are free and open to the public. Evening concert tickets can be purchased at all GrizTix
locations, by phone at 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA. Tickets cost $24 for the general public and $18 for students and seniors. A special two-night price of $42 for the general public and $30 for students and seniors also is available.
More information about the festival schedule and featured artists is on the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival Web site.
Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival
|Research Conference Open to Public
Explore topics ranging from Hamlet and math in images to the Blackfoot language or human-bear interactions during UM's ninth annual Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference on Saturday, April 24.
The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in
University Center third-floor meeting rooms. All events are free and open to the public, but those who plan to attend are asked to register on the conference Web site so organizers can plan for meals and space. Child care will be available with preregistration.
Nearly 100 concurrent oral presentations will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Poster sessions will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A roundtable discussion -- "Research on Global Health Issues: Hazards and Hopes" -- will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. The panel of UM faculty members will discuss diverse topics related to global health, especially as it pertains to research.
Panelists are Elizabeth Kronk, assistant professor of law; Sarah J. Halvorson, associate professor of geography; Kimber Haddix McKay, associate professor of anthropology; and Ranjan Shrestha, assistant professor of economics. UM English Professor David L. Moore will facilitate the discussion.
The conference awards ceremony and closing reception will begin at 5 p.m. with remarks by Missoula Mayor John Engen and UM Provost Royce Engstrom. More information is on the conference Web site.
Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference
|Explore Central, Southwest Asia
The Eighth Annual Central & Southwest Asia Conference will hold events that are free and open to the public Wednesday through Friday, April 21-23.
The conference brings internationally renowned scholars, diplomats, analysts and journalists to UM to engage the campus and the community in a discussion about the challenges facing countries in Central and Southwest Asia and how those challenges impact the United States.
The conference begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the
University Center North Ballroom with a session titled "Yemen: A Failed State?" A complete conference schedule with information about speakers and topics is on the UM Central and Southwest Asia Program Web site.
Central and Southwest Asia Program
|Egyptian Archaeology Topic of Lecture
Veteran archaeologist Donald P. Ryan will discuss his investigation of one of the world's most famous sites Thursday, April 29, at UM.
Ryan will present "Recent Archaeological Adventures in Egypt's Valley of the Kings" at 7 p.m. in the Masquer
Theatre, located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. The event is hosted by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM.
As the royal cemetery of Egypt's prosperous New Kingdom (c. 1500-1000 B.C.), the Valley of the Kings, located near Luxor in the south of the country, was the burial place of many of the greatest pharaohs.
Ryan is a faculty fellow in the Division of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., and director of the university's Valley of the Kings expeditions. His lecture will summarize the work and discoveries of the expeditions, which began in 1989.
The focus of the expeditions has been the more obscure, undecorated tombs that lie among the large and often elaborate tombs of the pharaohs.
For more information, visit the MMAC Web site.
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
|BBER Hosts Regional Economic Summit
UM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research will host the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference in Missoula Thursday and Friday, May 20-21.
The conference, "Opportunities and Challenges in the Pacific Northwest Hinterlands," will take place at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park. The event will bring together regional and international economists, analysts and students for economic sessions, presentations and exhibits.
A conference registration fee is required, and specific session rates are available. For more information visit the PNREC Web site or call BBER at 406-243-5113.
Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference
|Tony Award-Winning Musical on Stage
UM's School of Theatre & Dance will present "The 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a musical destined to become a classic, at UM April 23-24, April 27-May 1 and May 4-8.
The surprise winner of two 2005 Tony Awards tells the story of six quirky adolescents on a quest for acceptance while standing out in a crowd. Performances will take place each evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, May 1. The production
closes the current season for the School of Theatre &
Tickets cost $18 for the general public, $14 for students and seniors and $8 for children 12 and under. They are available at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the PAR/TV Center. Box office hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances.
UM School of Theatre & Dance
|Team up for UM Relay For Life
UM's American Cancer Society Relay for Life will take place on the Oval from 6 p.m. Friday, April 23, through 6 a.m. Saturday, April 24. Students, faculty and staff can join or form a team now to participate in the event.
Teams of up to 15 people can register. Individuals also can register for $10. Each relay participant is encouraged to raise $100. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's mission to eliminate cancer. Cancer survivors from throughout Missoula County are invited to participate in the opening survivors' lap at 6 p.m. Friday.
To form or join a team, register for the cancer survivors' lap or learn more about the event, call Alyse Johnson, relay chair, at 541-231-6551 or visit the Relay for Life Web site.
Relay For Life
|Celebrate Native American Heritage
Enjoy the skills of some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America at the annual Kyi-Yo Celebration on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, at UM's Adams Center.
The theme of this year's celebration of heritage and artistry, "Existing in the 21st Century," recognizes the strength and perseverance of Native peoples and cultures and the commitment of Native American students who have embarked on the path to embrace education and strengthen their families and communities.
General admission is $5 Friday and Saturday evening and $8 for all day Saturday. Weekend passes are available for $12. Tickets and passes can be purchased at the door.
The first Grand Entry event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday Grand Entry times are noon and 6 p.m. Head dancers this year are UM students Tashina Hunter and Darin Cadman Sr.
|UM Center Hosts Glacier Symposium
A two-day symposium -- "History and Memory in Glacier National Park's Centennial Year 2010" -- will take place April 23-24 at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. The symposium is hosted by UM's O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, the National Park Service and FVCC.
All symposium events are free and open to the public and will take place in FVCC Art & Technology Building Room 139. Chas Cartwright, superintendent of Glacier National Park, will give welcoming remarks at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, followed by a presentation by UM Associate Research Professor Ted Catton titled "Reservoir, Sanctuary, Relic, Ecosystem: Preserving Different Natures, 1910-2010."
Saturday symposium events begin at 9 a.m. with introductions by William Farr, associate director of the Center for the Rocky Mountain West. The symposium runs until 5 p.m. A complete schedule is on the center's Web site. For more information, call 406-243-7700 or e-mail email@example.com.
O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West
|Student Employee Wins National Award
The National Student Employment Association has awarded UM student Ryan Stevens the National Student Employee of the Year award.
On behalf of NSEA President Patti Beck, UM President George Dennison presented the award to Stevens, a University Dining Services employee, at an April 13 reception in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room.
A senior majoring in history, Stevens also earned UM Student Employee of the Year honors. The Bartlett, Ill., native then competeted against student employees from 249 colleges and universities for the national award.
According to its Web site, NSEA "supports and promotes student employment through research, publications, professional development opportunities and the open exchange of information." Each spring, the organization selects the National Student Employee of the Year from a pool of nominees from hundreds of schools across the country. Stevens is the first UM student to win the award.
|Lifelong Learning Center Hosts Events
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI) will partner with the International Wildlife Film Festival and UM's spectrUM Discovery Area to host two member appreciation events this spring.
Environmental law and policy expert Azrina Abdullah will present "Why Should the U.S. Care About Wildlife Trade in Southeast Asia?" from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 28, in James E. Todd Building Rooms 203-204.
Jessie Gajewski, spectrUM's museum operations manager and educator, will team up with retired physics teacher Glenn Govertsen to present a daylong bike camp, "Wonder Wheels," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at spectrUM, located in Skaggs Building Room 166.
Govertsen will teach the physics of bicycling, and participants will ride their bikes to Missoula Bicycle Works and Free Cycles, where they will learn about the importance of bicycle maintenance, build headlamps and ride around the city with Missoula's Bicycling Ambassadors.
Both events are free for current MOLLI members. Members must register in advance for "Wonder Wheels" by calling Dannette Fadness at 406-243-2905 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOLLI offers programs that promote lifelong learning and personal growth of adults 50 and older through a diverse collection of courses. Annual membership costs $20, and those who sign up now are eligible to attend the member appreciation events. Membership will extend through summer 2011. For more information, visit the institute's Web site.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM
|Debate Team to Discuss Filibuster
The UM Debate Team will host a semiannual public debate at noon Tuesday, April 20, in the University Center South Atrium. The debate is free and open to the public.
Team members will debate whether to eliminate the filibuster. At a time when Congress is struggling to pass simple and complex legislation, the debate will examine if the purpose of a filibuster -- to protect the minority -- is worth the cost of preventing the will of the majority. A discussion session will follow.
UM's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center is sponsoring the event.
The UM Debate Team is part of the Department of Communication Studies and participates in individual and team competitions around the region and hosts events on campus. For more information, call Matt Meade, Debate Team president, at 406-570-1492 or e-mail email@example.com.
|Journalism Class Holds Scavenger Hunt
Feature stories written by students from the UM School of Journalism will contain clues leading participants on a nighttime scavenger hunt through Missoula starting at 6 p.m. Friday, April 16. Anyone is welcome to participate in the contest, and no prior registration is necessary.
Stories containing clues will be posted on Night Vision Missoula, a Web site featuring the students' work. The clues will describe eight places in the University District and downtown Missoula, and the first group or individual who correctly identifies all eight and sends photos of themselves at the locations to firstname.lastname@example.org will win a prize and have their pictures published on the Night Vision Web site.
Night Vision Missoula is a Web site created by the 20 students in Associate Professor Henriette Lowisch's feature writing class. Their stories portray life in Missoula between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., covering everything from bars and restaurants to paramedics and bondsmen.
For more information on the scavenger hunt or Night Vision Missoula, call Lowisch at 406-243-2227 or e-mail email@example.com.
|UC to Host Spring Art Fair
The University Center at UM will host the 2010 Spring Art Fair Thursday through Saturday, April 22-24, on the first floor of the UC. The event is free and open to the public.
The fair, which will feature unique, handcrafted art for sale by local and regional artists, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday. The event also will feature live music and door prizes.
For more information, call 406-243-5714 or visit the UC Art Fairs Web site.
UC Art Fairs
|Tranny Roadshow at UM April 19
The University Center's Diversity Programming and Annual and Special Events at UM will present the Tranny Roadshow from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the UC Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
Tranny Roadshow performers describe themselves as a "multimedia performance art extravaganza composed of an eclectic group of artists, each one self-identified as transgender." The show features performances by poets, rappers, filmmakers, storytellers, break dancers, rock bands, comedians, actors, folk singers, photographers and more. Stationary art will be on display, but most of the presentation is a live show, a unique variety act in which the expressions of gender and self are inseparable.
Although the Tranny Roadshow is done entirely by transgendered people, it is not exclusively for them. It is a raucous evening of entertainment open to people of all backgrounds. The group intends to challenge people and make them think, but its most important goals are to entertain members of the audience and make them laugh and dance.
For more information, visit the Tranny Roadshow Web site, call Josh Peters-McBride, UM Diversity Programming adviser, at 406-243-5776 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Griz Make Strong Showing at UCLA
The Montana track and field teams had 10 new Big Sky Conference qualifiers and nearly as many notable performances on April 9, the second day of the three-day UCLA Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational in Los Angeles.
The day started with the conclusion of the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon, then moved into an afternoon and evening full of track, field and distance events.
Freshman Seth Wright wrapped up his first career decathlon with a solid score of 6,184 points to maintain the fifth-place standing he held after the first five events. Wright went 18.08 in the 110-meter hurdles, 126-8 in the discus, 11-9.75 in the pole vault (on a borrowed pole), 160-8 in the javelin and 4:51.41 in the closing 1,500 meters.
Wright had the day's second-best discus throw and third-best javelin throw. His total easily met the Big Sky decathlon standard of 5,500 points.
Senior Megan Betz finished fourth in the heptathlon with 4,403 points to meet the Big Sky standard of 4,100. She went 15-7 in the long jump, 94-11 in the javelin and 2:28.82 in the 800 meters.
In the men's high jump, freshman Austin Emry got Montana rolling with a first-place jump of 6-9. Seven hours later sophomore Katrina Drennen wrapped up Montana's day when she ran to a 27-second victory in the 5,000 meters, posting a career-best time of 16:46.37.
Sophomore Lynn Reynolds also had an impressive distance event, running a career-best 9:05.98 to finish third in the steeplechase.
Montana had its best group showing in the men's javelin, where junior Richard Brumbaugh and freshman Justin Graff both went over 200 feet. Brumbaugh placed fourth in the event, throwing 204-9. Graff improved on his strong opening-meet performance of 203-1 from last week with a slightly better mark of 203-8 to place fifth. Junior Jason Flemmer finished sixth with a Big Sky-qualifying mark of 196-5.
The Montana women used the warm conditions to post five Big Sky-qualifying marks in the sprints and hurdles.
Junior Jennifer Walter was a double qualifier, going 12.31 to finish fourth in the 100 meters and 1:03.86 to place sixth in the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Melissa Jenkins, who is making the transition from being a 400-meter runner to a 400-meter hurdler, joined Walter as a hurdles qualifier with an eighth-place time of 1:04.69. Also qualifying were redshirt freshman Emily Eickholt in the 400 meters (57.65) and freshman Anika Green in the 100-meter hurdles (14.87). Eickholt was running her first open 400 meters since high school.
Montana's other new Big Sky qualifier was junior Kyle Danreuther, who ran a 55.00 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish seventh.
The meet continued the next day, as sophomore Kesslee Payne finished second in the mile with a time of 4:52.35.
Senior Brooke Andrus and redshirt freshman Emily Eickholt ran in the 800-meter invitational field. Both improved upon their Big Sky Conference-qualifying performances from the week before, with Eickholt tying for sixth in the time of 2:13.14 and Andrus coming in eighth in a time of 2:13.58.
Senior Chris Hellekson went 53-2.25 to place sixth in the shot put and 163-4 to finish ninth in the discus. Freshman Gwenn Abbott went an outdoor-season-best 5-5 to tie for sixth in the high jump.
The track and field teams will approach the midpoint of their outdoor season on Saturday, April 17, when the Grizzlies host the one-day Montana Open at Dornblaser Field in Missoula. The meet begins with the throwing of the women's hammer at 10 a.m. Running events start at 12:30 p.m. with the women's steeplechase.
|Men's Tennis Defeats Idaho
The Montana men's tennis team improved to 3-2 in Big Sky play with a vital 4-3 defeat of Idaho State in Pocatello on April 10. The Grizzlies claimed a come-from-behind win after losing the early doubles point and faltering at the singles start.
The Bengals began in strong form, taking advantage of a Grizzly doubles weakness, taking wins at Nos. 1 and 3 to take the doubles point. South African UM teammates Carl Kuschke and Josh Smith brought home an 8-6 win at No. 2.
In singles play, Kuschke won his matches 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 1. Smith won at No. 4, 6-2, 1-0, when the Bengal withdrew from the match due to injuries. Mike Facey won with 7-5, 6-0 second and third sets after trailing 1-6 in the first set of the No. 6 match. David Cysneiros topped his opponent 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6 for the win.
With its 3-2 record, Montana jumps Portland State in Big Sky standings, as the No. 5 Vikings dropped to 3-3 with their recent loss to Sacramento State.
This week the UM men are at home playing Eastern Washington Friday at noon, Northern Colorado at 10 a.m. Saturday and Montana State at 11 a.m. Sunday.
|Two Golfers Named All-Conference
Montana sophomore Lauren Howell was named First Team All-Conference by the Big Sky this week. Junior Carissa Simmons was named to the Big Sky second team, giving Montana athletes two of 10 all-conference slots for 2010.
Following regular season play, Howell topped the Montana roster in the Golfstat Division I collegiate golf standings with a national ranking of 413, while Simmons came in at 538. Awards will be based on athletes' performances at the conference championship next week.
Howell averaged 77.3 strokes per round in 2009-10 tournament play. Simmons averaged 78.1 strokes per round for the season.
Following regular-season competition, Howell and Simmons share the two-round school record of 142. They are preparing for the 2010 Big Sky championship tournament that begins Monday, April 19, in Chandler, Ariz.
|Women's Tennis Splits Matches
The Montana women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 loss to Washington State on April 10. With the Cougars winning all six matches in straight sets, Montana saw its strongest competitive performances from Rebecca Bran, who was defeated 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1; by Amanda Bran, who played to a 7-5, 6-3 loss at No. 4; and Lauren Gibson, who dropped her No. 6 match 6-3, 7-5.
The Grizzlies then turned the tables against Lewis-Clark State in a 7-0 sweep on April 11. The Grizzlies won all singles matches in straight sets and climbed to 9-11 overall.
UM freshman Constance Alexander improved her singles record to 10-9 overall with her win at No. 2. Heather Davidson improved to .500, going 10-10 for spring competition and 8-4 in the No. 3 spot.
Davidson and Rebecca Bran improved upon their strong doubles record, and now have a 10-6 mark in the No. 1 position for Montana.
The Grizzlies, who recently clinched a conference berth against Eastern Washington, have only one regular season match remaining. Montana hosts Northern Colorado at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Lindsay Tennis Center on the UM campus.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana