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|President Unveils Climate Action Plan
UM President George M. Dennison celebrated Earth
Week by presenting the University's Climate Action
Plan to campus and community members.
Dennison announced the University's plan to become
carbon neutral by 2020 during Earth Week festivities
Wednesday, April 21, on the UM Oval.
"Everyone today realizes the critical importance of
finding ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to
protect an increasingly fragile planet," Dennison
said. "Our dependence on others to provide for our
energy needs subjects us to rising prices and
increasing damage to the environment."
In 2007 Dennison was one of the first 100 in the
nation to sign the American College and University
Presidents' Climate Commitment, dedicating UM to
reduce carbon emissions to zero. Since then the
University has taken major steps to become a leading
model in the community and the nation for ways to
eliminate global warming emissions.
The recently completed Climate Action Plan is a work
of collaboration among UM administrators, faculty,
staff, students and community representatives from the
community to determine actions that would lead the University to carbon neutrality by 2020. The goal now is to implement the strategies of the Climate Action Plan as soon as possible to reduce or offset UM carbon emissions in the next 10 years.
The UM Office of Sustainability, the Sustainable Campus Committee and the Associated Students of UM Sustainability Center will track progress and share information by publishing a greenhouse gas inventory every two years and other progress along the way.
"The Climate Action Plan will be amended as we learn
through implementation," said UM Sustainability
Coordinator Cherie Peacock. "Measuring and sharing
successes are essential to encourage further actions."
Climate Action Plan
|UM Extends Apology for Kyi-Yo Planning
UM extends an apology to those members of the greater Native American community adversely affected by a lack of careful planning by University administrators for the 2010 Kyi-Yo Powwow.
Specifically, the University did not plan adequately and did not anticipate the shortfall in total revenue. This inadequate planning and communication impacted many powwow participants and Kyi-Yo members who left the event feeling understandably disappointed and hurt.
UM will identify the 2010 powwow contest winners and compensate them at the same levels as the 2009 Kyi-Yo Powwow winners. The University meant no disrespect to the officers or members of the Kyi-Yo Native American Student Association. The Kyi-Yo officers, program coordinator and other volunteers deserve commendation for their commitment and hard work. They organized an impressive event, and the University salutes them.
To prevent any recurrence in the future, the University will work with the club to outline and implement a planning process that will provide for unanticipated developments. In doing so, the University will ensure the continuation of the Kyi-Yo Powwow as a club-directed event of great significance on and off campus.
|Educator Receives National Award
Garry Kerr, an instructor in UM's Department of Anthropology, has been selected to receive the Center for Public Anthropology's Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award. The award honors Kerr's exceptionally effective participation on the center's Community Action Online website project, as well as his wider activities in the public sphere.
Less than 5 percent of those who teach introductory anthropology courses across North America receive the award, which honors an individual, project, organization or institution for outstanding contributions to ethical education, democratic governance and public activism.
Kerr was nominated for the award for inspiring UM students to partake in the global community and think critically, respond intelligently and act responsibly.
"Garry is almost legendary for the praise his teaching consistently receives from so many UM students," said Christopher Comer, dean of UM's College of Arts and Sciences. "It is wonderful to see him getting much deserved national attention."
Department of Anthropology
|'Walk N Roll' to Campus Next Week
The Associated Students of UM Office of Transportation encourages people to get to campus next week any other way than driving alone during "Walk N Roll" days. The event is held annually at UM as part of Missoula's Bike Walk Bus Week.
Options for getting to and from campus include walking, biking, carpooling, riding Park-N-Ride shuttles or taking Mountain Line buses, which are free throughout Missoula during Bike Walk Bus Week.
During "Walk N Roll" days, volunteers at all University entrances will hand out raffle tickets to those who arrive on campus using options other than driving alone. Raffle tickets also can be picked up at the University Center for those who use other means of transportation and don't find a "Walk N Roll" volunteer where they enter campus.
Raffle prizes include a cruiser bike, bike trailer, headlights, locks and numerous other donated gifts. The raffle drawing will take place at noon Friday, April 30, on the Mansfield Mall, located between the University Center and Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. The popular band Broken Valley Roadshow will provide entertainment.
ASUM Office of Transportation
|UM's Model UN Team Takes Honors
A UM delegation recently received two awards at the National Model United Nations Conference, held March 29-April 3 in New York City.
The UM National Model United Nations Team, which represented Vietnam and Burkina Faso, won a Distinguished Delegation award, given to the top 25 percent of the 190 countries represented at the conference. Team member Stephen Carnes also earned Top Delegate honors for his work representing Burkina Faso on the Security Council.
Also at the conference, which 340 schools from the U.S. and abroad attended, UM team member Aimee Ryan was selected as the General Assembly chair; Thecla Backhouse-Prentiss chaired a Security Council working group; and Nicole Allen served as rapporteur for the General Assembly First Committee.
MUN is an academic simulation of United Nations sessions. During the events, students work to find solutions to real world problems by debating, negotiating, caucusing, drafting and voting on resolutions.
|Grad Student Wins Desert Writers Award
The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers has awarded Michelle Lanzoni, an environmental studies graduate student at UM, the 2010 Desert Writers Award.
Lanzoni won the award for "Thirst," a book in progress about water availability. She will receive $2,000 and join a prestigious list of previous winners of the annual competition. Lanzoni will present portions of "Thirst" as her master's thesis this fall at UM.
Ellen Meloy, who earned a master's degree in environmental studies from UM in 1979, was a writer and naturalist based in Bluff, Utah. The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers was established in her honor to support writers whose work reflects the spirit and passion for the desert embodied in her writing.
|Palestinian Hip-Hop Group to Play UC
The internationally acclaimed Palestinian hip-hop group Dam will perform Saturday, April 24, in the University Center Ballroom at UM.
The event begins at 7 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Playgrounds for Palestine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building playgrounds for Palestinian children.
The members of Dam rap in Arabic, Hebrew and English about social justice, peace and an end to racism and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. They have produced three albums and have appeared in numerous films.
The event is sponsored by the UM Office of the President and the University's Mount of Olives Arabic Club. For more information, call event coordinator Mackay Pierce-Eiselein at 406-672-3028 or e-mail email@example.com.
|Mansfield Center Hosts Great Falls Event
As America's elected officials debate vital issues such as employment and health care, observers question whether action is possible in the current political climate. Polls show many citizens feel estranged from the political process and powerless to effect change.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM and the Bringing the U to You Lecture Committee will present a bipartisan Community Conversation in Great Falls on Monday, May 3.
The event -- "What's Broken: The U.S. Government System or Us?" -- begins at 7 p.m. in Heritage Hall, located on the Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology campus at 2100 16th Ave. S. It is free and open to the public and will feature Pat Williams, former state representative and U.S. congressman, and Bob Brown, former Montana secretary of state. Great Falls Tribune Editor Gary Moseman will moderate.
The event is part of a Public Policy Initiative of the Mansfield Center, which hosts an annual series of public conversations around the state. Mansfield Center Director Terry Weidner said the conversations are intended to facilitate a culture that is informed, constructive and bipartisan.
For more information, visit the center's website, call Deena Mansour at 406-243-2713 or call Bill Beecher at 406-899-0277.
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
|COT Offers Communication Courses
The UM College of Technology in Missoula will offer two summer communication courses for college credit or Office of Public Instruction credit for teachers seeking recertification. Registration is required, and space is limited.
COM 295, "Teaching Communication in the Secondary Classroom," is worth one credit and will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 8-9, at COT, located at 909 South Ave. W. The course is geared toward current or future secondary educators in all disciplines.
COM 260S, "Survey of Children's Communication," is a three-credit course offered online June 28-July 30. It will focus on how children and adolescents learn to communicate in contemporary environments, including interactions in family relationships.
For more information or to register, call course instructor Kimberly Reiser at 406-243-7839, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the COT Outreach website.
|MFA Thesis Exhibitions Open April 29
Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions of Cathryn Sugg and Rebecca Weed will be presented by the Gallery of Visual Arts and the School of Art at UM April 29-May 14.
The exhibitions, "Inbetween" by Sugg and "Recollection" by Weed, will open at the Gallery of Visual Arts on Thursday, April 29. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery, located on the first floor of UM's Social Science Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Sugg's mixed media paintings in the exhibit "Inbetween" attempt to define the space that exists between so-called opposites. "Recollection" is a series of figurative paintings by Weed that relate to feelings of loss, the passing of time and apprehension in how to proceed in life.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
|Capstone Dinner Tickets Available Now
The UM College of Technology will hold its annual Capstone Dinner on Saturday, May 8.
This year's dinner -- "Mediterranean Cruise" -- features cuisine from Morocco to Greece to Spain and stops in between. Events begin at 5:30 p.m. in the foyer of the COT Administration Building, located at 909 South Ave. W. in Missoula. A silent auction will be held throughout the evening, as well as live entertainment.
The multicourse dinner, prepared by graduating culinary arts students, is a fundraiser for the Culinary Student Education Fund. Tickets cost $80. They are available at the Cashier's Office in the COT Administration Building or by calling 406-243-7870.
For more information, call COT Culinary Arts Director Tom Campbell at 406-243-7831.
COT Culinary Arts
|Students Bring Dance Showcase to Stage
The UM School of Theatre & Dance will offer its year-end Spring Dance Showcase nightly Tuesday through Saturday, April 27-May 1.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Open Space, located on the lower level of UM's Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. There also will be a matinee at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 1. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students. They are available at the School of Theatre & Dance Box Office, located in the PAR/TV Center.
The concert offers two separate programs that alternate nightly. Altogether, 16 original pieces of student choreography will be performed, 13 student choreographers will be featured and more than 40 students will dance. The pieces represent a wide range of styles from contemporary dance to ballet to dance improvisation.
School of Theatre & Dance
|Drennen Sets UM 1,500-Meter Record
Montana sophomore Katrina Drennen broke the 11-year-old school record in the 1,500 meters April 17 as one of many standout performances by the Grizzly track and field team at the Montana Open at Dornblaser Field. UM had 23 event victories at the meet and a dozen new Big Sky Conference-qualifying performances.
Led by redshirt teammate Kara DeWalt through the first 900 meters, Drennen surged with 600 meters to go and blazed to a finishing time of 4:24.23, which broke the record of 4:25.21 Sabrina Monro set in 1999. Drennen's altitude-adjusted time of 4:21.10 ranks 12th in the West Region.
Drennen will most likely race both events at the Big Sky Conference outdoor championships May 12-15 in Ogden, Utah, then focus on either the 1,500 or 5,000 meters for the NCAA West Region Preliminary Round, which will be held May 27-29 in Austin, Texas.
Two athletes from the men's team also had breakout performances in field events. Junior Jason Flemmer went 219-4 in the javelin, and freshman Austin Emry went 6-10.25 in the high jump. Flemmer's throw is the best in the Big Sky Conference this year by more than a dozen feet and ranks 19th in the West Region. Emry broke the 6-10 mark for the first time April 17, tying him for 27th in the rankings.
The Montana women had only one new qualifier last weekend -- senior Kim Tritz in the steeplechase. The Griz men's team added two new qualifiers in junior David Carcamo and sophomore Christian Segota. Carcamo won the 100 meters in a time of 10.91. Segota won the long jump with a distance of 22-7.75, which matched his career best.
Montana will compete Saturday, April 24, at Washington State.
|Men's Tennis Wins Three
The Montana men's tennis team won three home matches last weekend, putting them in a three-way tie for second in the Big Sky Conference and clinching the No. 4 seed for next week's Big Sky Championship Tournament.
The Grizzlies defeated Eastern Washington 5-2 April 16 at the Lindsay Tennis Center in Cheney, Wash. Montana won five of six singles matches to take the win. The Griz swept Northern Colorado 7-0 April 17 to clinch their spot in the Big Sky tourney.
UM defeated Montana State 4-3 April 18 to end their regular season 6-2 in conference play and tie with Northern Arizona and Weber State for second place.
Montana will play its semifinal Big Sky tournament match Saturday, April 24, in Gold River, Calif., against No. 1 seed Sacramento State.
|Golf Closes with Fifth-Place Finish
The UM women's golf team finished a close fifth in the Big Sky Championship Tournament held April 21 in Chandler, Ariz. The Grizzlies finished a single stroke down from Northern Colorado, which held an 11-stroke advantage over Montana following the first round.
Sophomore Ashli Helstrom was the low Grizzly throughout the 54-hole competition, scoring rounds of 76, 73 and 79, which placed her in a tie for eighth overall with 228.
The Grizzlies were bolstered by a final round of 75 by sophomore Lauren Howell, who logged four birdies in her final nine holes of the tournament. Howell shot a 33 over the final nine holes after her morning total of 42.
Howell's tournament total of 229 would place her in a tie for 13th. Carissa Simmons' rounds of 76, 78, and 76 would place her in tie for 15th with 230. Alyssa Williamson logged 80, 76 and 77 to finish tied for 20th with 233. Rose Stepanek shot a pair of 79s and a final round of 83 to finish 29th with 241 in the 44-player championship.
Williamson finished the 2009-10 season with a round average of 79.9, four full strokes lower than her previous season's average. Her championship performance averaged 77.6 strokes per round.
Helstrom also improved her average by nearly two strokes, dropping to 78.4 strokes per round for the season. Howell's season average of 77.2 strokes per round is the second- lowest ever recorded by a Grizzly.
For the Big Sky team effort, the 919 shot at the championship was the third-best of the season for the Grizzlies, and a 15-stroke improvement over their 2009 fourth-place Big Sky finish.
|Women's Tennis Heads to Tourney
The UM women's tennis team earned a 5-2 win April 17 over Big Sky opponent Northern Colorado in the only women's home match of the season. Montana finished with a Big Sky record of 6-2, third in the conference.
The Grizzlies took the doubles point, winning at all three positions, and then won four of six singles matches to seal the win.
The Grizzlies will play their semifinal match of the Big Sky Championship in Gold River, Calif., on Saturday, April 24, as the No. 3 seed. They will play No. 2-seeded Northern Arizona.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana