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|Symposium Honors President Dennison
UM will host the "George M. Dennison Symposium on the Future of Higher Education" and a reception Monday, May 10, to honor UM's longest-serving president and his wife, Jane Dennison.
The Dennisons have been a driving force in the success of UM since George Dennison took the reins of the University on Aug. 15, 1990. Dennison plans to retire Aug. 15, 2010 -- 20 years from the day he became the University's 16th president.
The symposium will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Montana Theatre of UM's Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. The reception will follow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Both events are free and open to the public.
Keynote speakers at the symposium will be E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University; C. Peter Magrath, senior presidential adviser of the College Board and president emeritus of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and President Dennison.
The keynote presentations will be followed by a discussion with Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns, Montana State University President Waded Cruzado, UM Regents Professor of Philosophy Albert Borgmann and UM Regents Professor of History Paul Lauren. UM Provost Royce Engstrom will moderate.
For more information, call the UM President's Office at 406-243-2311.
|University to Replace All People Tree
In October 2009 during sub-zero temperatures, the Hellgate winds blew through the UM campus and pummeled the All People Tree, a spruce that had stood for years on the northeast corner of the Oval as a symbol of the University's commitment to diversity.
UM President George M. Dennison has directed the planting of a new tree this year, and the first step to bring the All People Tree back to the Oval will be a traditional blessing of the site from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6.
The public is invited to attend the event, organized by the UM Diversity Advisory Council. The site is located near Main Hall on the northeast corner of the UM Oval. Educator and activist Julie Cajune (Salish) will speak at the ceremony.
Cajune is the administrator of a Kellogg Foundation grant to develop tribal historical materials for Salish Kootenai College. She was named one of "50 visionaries who are changing your world" in 2009 by Utne magazine.
The All People Tree was first dedicated on the Oval in 1996, when UM's Diversity Advisory Council members led efforts to widen sidewalks near the site and provide a bench for the community and visitors to be able to sit and find solace in the University's commitment to welcome all to campus. A plaque was placed near the tree that reads: The All People Tree, a lasting tribute to the many branches of humankind.
UM Diversity Advisory Council
|UM Hosts Business Plan Competition
The UM School of Business Administration will host the 21st annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 13, in the Gallagher Business Building lobby.
The competition, which is free and open to the public, showcases the entrepreneurial aspirations of college and university students from across the state. Fifteen teams will present business plans, and a panel of judges will select four finalist teams to compete for significant prize money.
The John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition began in 1990 and has grown into one of the state's premier entrepreneurial events. More than 500 students have participated in the competition, and 30 business plans have been implemented, including one for Big Sky Brewing Co. in Missoula.
Organizers request that those planning to attend RSVP by calling Larae Hackney, business school special programs coordinator, at 406-243-4830 or e-mailing email@example.com.
For more information, visit the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs website.
Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs
|Dennison Presents Lecture May 6
Retiring UM President George M. Dennison will be the featured speaker at the spring 2010 Last Lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 6, in the University Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.
UM Mortar Board members are partnering with the UC to bring back the lecture, which challenges a UM professor to answer the questions: If you had one lecture left to give, what would you say? What wisdom would you impart? What do you want your legacy to be?
For more information, call Michael Paine, Center for Leadership Development program adviser, at 406-243-5527 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Community Conversation at UM May 11
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and Continuing Education at UM will present a bipartisan Community Conversation titled "What's Broken: The U.S. Government or Us?" on Tuesday, May 11. The conversation begins at 7 p.m. in James E. Todd Building Room 204.
The event, which is free and open to the public, features Pat Williams, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Bob Brown, former Montana secretary of state. Home Ground Radio host Brian Kahn of Helena will moderate.
The program provides an opportunity for the community to come together to discuss important issues of the day in a civil, bipartisan forum.
The program will be streamed live on the Mansfield Center website. For more information about the event or to host a similar program in other communities, call Deena Mansour at 406-243-2713.
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
|XLS Offers Crown of the Continent Tour
UM Extended Learning Services is offering a Crown of the Continent Discovery Tour this summer. Participants will learn from experts about the region and its unique history, culture, geography and ecology.
The 10-day event includes three days at UM and a seven-day tour of the Crown of the Continent region, including Glacier National Park during its centennial. It will take place Aug. 9-19. Cost is $2,010, which includes tour transportation, lodging and many meals. Academic credits are available for an additional fee.
Space is limited. The registration deadline is Friday, July 9. To register or for more information, go to the Extended Learning Services website, call Jessica Carter at 406-243-6496 or e-mail email@example.com.
Extended Learning Services
|Dining Services Celebrates Local Food
University Dining Services is teaming up with Montana farmers, ranchers and businesses to grow and raise the food for a feast to be held on campus in September.
The project will culminate in the "Farm to College Fall Feastival: Celebrating Montana's Food Cycle" showcase meal to be served at UM on Thursday, Sept. 16. Nearly 99 percent of the items on the menu will be provided by local suppliers.
UDS will document the development of the livestock and growth of the crops raised specifically for the feast to provide a holistic view of Montana's agricultural food cycle. The September meal will provide insight into the abundance and variety of Montana's agriculture. The goal is to celebrate the success of the UM Farm to College Program and to raise public and student awareness about the time and effort required to produce the food we eat each day.
"Local foods represent a smaller carbon footprint, will be delivered fresher from the field to the consumer, taste better and are more nutritious," said Jerry O'Malley, UDS marketing director. "Along with the sustainable benefits to the environment, buying from local food producers has a positive impact on economics across the state."
|Cast Iron Exhibition at MMAC
The Western Cast Iron Art Conference Exhibition of artworks by Elizabeth Kronfield and Matthew Wicker will open at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture on Thursday, May 6. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the museum's Paxson and Meloy galleries, located in UM's Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
The exhibition is held in conjunction with the Second Biennial Western Cast Iron Art Conference May 6-9 in Missoula. The works will be on view at MMAC through Saturday, May 29.
The conference is hosted by MMAC, the UM School of Art and the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance, which was formed to promote the understanding of cast iron art and artists in the western states who use a variety of approaches, including installation and performance-based works. Kronfield and Wicker will present the keynote address of the convention 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 6 in the University Center Theater.
The reception and the conference keynote event are free and open to the public.
Kronfield and Wicker are artists and educators from Rochester, N.Y. Kronfield is an assistant professor in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Wicker teaches sculpture at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Monroe Community College. Their work combines cast iron or bronze with evocative materials such as stone, horsehair, ash or cloth.
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
|Art Conference Offers Public Events
The Second Biennial Western Cast Iron Art Conference in Missoula May 6-9 will hold several events that are free and open to the public.
The conference, sponsored by UM's School of Art, the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance and the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, will begin with preconference workshops for registered participants May 3-5.
Conference events that are free and open to the public include:
Thursday, May 6
- 5-7 p.m., Montana Museum of Art & Culture: Opening reception of "Western Cast Iron Art Conference Exhibition: Elizabeth Kronfield and Matthew Wicker." The museum is located in UM's Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
- 7:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Theater: Kronfield and Wicker, artists and educators from Rochester, N.Y., will give the conference keynote address.
Friday, May 7
10 a.m., UM Sculpture Division Studio, Art Annex: Production Iron Pour.
5-8 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St.: "National Iron" art opening.
6-10:30 p.m., Gallery 615, 615 Oak St.: "Pearlsnaps: Meet the WCIAA" art opening.
7-9 p.m., Tsunami Gallery, 101 S. Higgins Ave.: "WCIAC Student Exhibition" art opening.
A "Sundown Performance Pour" is scheduled for Saturday, May 8, at the Rock Creek Lodge east of Missoula. The event, which begins after sundown, is open to the public. Admission is $10 at the gate.
Registration and additional conference information are available on the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance website. For more information, call UM School of Art Associate Professor Brad Allen at 406-243-5704 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
|Research, Development Summit May 17
UM, in conjunction with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, TechRanch and the Montana Bioscience Alliance, will host the Preclinical Research & Development Summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 17, in Skaggs Building Room 117.
The event will be a day of discussion and learning for translational researchers in academic and industry settings. It will feature speakers and sessions addressing preclinical research resources, entrepreneur partnerships, tech transfer, marketing new discoveries and life-science research developments at UM, among other topics.
The summit is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP by e-mailing email@example.com. Include "preclinical summit" in the subject line. For more information, call Joe Fanguy in UM's Office of Technology Transfer at 406-243-2148 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|UC Gallery Hosts MFA Exhibition
The University Center Art Gallery at UM will display the "Two Man Militia" show through Friday, May 14. An opening reception for the show will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 6. The opening reception is free and open to the public.
"Two Man Militia" is mostly sculptural artwork by Will Hutchinson and Nathan Tonning. The artists are Master of Fine Arts candidates at UM. Both came to Missoula from the Midwest, and the exhibition reflects their awareness of the cultural regionalism of the Mountain West mixed with their roots in the Great Lakes area.
The UC Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
|Multimedia Dance Troupe at UM Oct. 6
Trey McIntyre Project, a multimedia dance troupe, will celebrate the 100th birthday of Glacier National Park with an Oct. 6 show at UM. UM Productions is presenting the unique multimedia experience, and tickets are now on sale.
The 7:30 p.m. show will be at the University Theatre. Tickets cost $33 for the general public and $23 for students. They are available at all GrizTix locations, by calling 406-243-4051 or toll-free at 888-MONTANA.
Trey McIntyre Project will honor the Crown of the Continent park with a collection of the group's critically acclaimed pieces -- two of which are significant to Montana and UM. The first piece is "The Sun Road," a masterful multimedia performance celebrating the vast and changing Glacier National Park and its centennial. The performance combines stunning live choreographed dance with breathtaking, majestic, high-definition video of the dancers performing in the park. The second piece, "Wild Sweet Love," will feature 18 students from UM's own School of Theatre & Dance.
For more information, visit the UM Productions website.
|Documentary Film Screens May 4
The Women's and Gender Studies Program at UM will show the award-winning documentary "Ask Not" at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in Skaggs Building Room 169. The event is free and open to the public.
The hourlong film chronicles the experiences of gay and lesbian soldiers and service members under the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. A question-and-answer session with Alexander Nicholson, a subject in the film and an Army veteran who was discharged under the policy, will follow the screening.
Nicholson is a former U.S. Army human intelligence collector who speaks several foreign languages, including Arabic. After being discharged from the Army six months after 9/11, he's become one of the nation's top leaders in repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He is the founder and executive director of Washington, D.C.-based Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans.
|Men's Tennis Team Wraps Up Season
The UM men's tennis team ended its 2010 spring season with a loss April 24 to No. 1 seed Sacramento State in Gold River, Calif. The Grizzlies finished the season 9-7 overall.
Montana dropped the doubles point and three two-set matches in the Big Sky tournament semifinal, while three close matches went unfinished.
The unfinished UM matches included those of senior Raydner Ramos, who went 6-7 with a 3-7 tiebreaker at No. 3; junior David Cysneiros, who went 3-6 in his first set before going up 2-1 in the second; and senior Mikolaj Borkowski, who also showed a 2-1 start to his second set before dropping his first 4-6.
Big Sky Player of the Week Mike Facey maintained the best individual Grizzly record at 10-6. Josh Smith and Carl Kuschke both moved to 9-7 after losses.
In the Big Sky Conference championship match held April 25, Northern Arizona fell 4-0 to Sacramento State.
|Track and Field Kicks Off Final Month
The UM outdoor track and field teams enter their championship month this weekend when they travel to Montana State for the annual Griz-Cat Dual. The single-day meet will be held Saturday, May 1, in Bozeman.
The Grizzlies will host a small last-chance meet Friday, May 7, then travel to Ogden, Utah, for the Big Sky Conference outdoor championships, which will be held Wednesday through Saturday, May 12-15.
The NCAA West Region Preliminary Round will take place Thursday through Saturday, May 27-29, in Austin, Texas.
|Women's Tennis Drops Semifinal Match
The UM women's tennis team dropped its semifinal match of the Big Sky Championship 4-2 April 24 to Northern Arizona. The close match pivoted upon a third-set tiebreaker that the Lumberjacks took to clinch No. 6 singles.
Montana earned wins from Constance Alexander at No 2. and close, unfinished matches with Alexander and Kayla Moyse at No. 3 doubles and Amanda Bran at No. 4 singles.
Northern Arizona took the clincher at No. 6 when Cara Lehman was outscored 7-1 in a third-set tiebreaker. Lehman took the first set 6-4 over her opponent, then dropped the second 3-6 before pushing it to the set-three tiebreaker. The match took close to four hours to conclude.
Alexander won 6-3, 6-4 for the first Montana point. Heather Davidson won 6-3, 6-3.
Bran was in the final moments of her three-set match when Northern Arizona took the clinching point, which stopped the No. 4 match.
In the championship match held April 25, Northern Arizona fell to Sacramento State.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana