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|Events Set to Begin 2010-11 School Year
UM President George M. Dennison will outline UM's institutional priorities for the upcoming academic year Friday, Aug. 27, during the annual State of the University address.
The public is invited to the 10 a.m. event, which takes place in the Montana Theatre of UM's Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Refreshments will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Montana Theatre foyer.
During the event, new UM faculty members and administrators will be introduced, and faculty members who have earned promotions and tenure during the past year will be recognized.
A live video stream of President Dennison's State of the University address will be available on the UM home page.
In addition, Provost Royce Engstrom, President Dennison and UM faculty and staff will welcome students to the new academic year during the Academic Convocation, which begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, in the Adams Center.
The first day of autumn semester classes is Monday, Aug. 30.
UM Home Page
|Graduate School Names Associate Dean
J.B. Alexander "Sandy" Ross has been appointed associate dean of the UM Graduate School.
Through the half-time appointment, Ross, a UM professor of chemistry, will oversee the daily operations of the Graduate School and will work closely with the associate provost for graduate education on policy and development.
Ross brings considerable experience in graduate education. In addition to mentoring many graduate students, he has led the Sloan Foundation Native American Graduate Student Program at UM and has provided assistance to the University's associate provost for graduate education during the past two years.
UM Graduate School
|Students Named Fulbright Scholars
Three UM students were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year.
The University's newest Fulbright Scholars, their areas of study and exchange destinations are:
Henry Bundy, anthropology, the Netherlands
Ellen Cheng, ecology, Mongolia
Shane McMillan, journalism, Germany
The Fulbright Program is the nation's leading international exchange program, operating in more than 155 countries. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
The UM Fulbright committee encourages students to apply for upcoming Fulbright awards. Interested students should call Clint Walker, Fulbright program adviser, at 406-243-2501 or e-mail email@example.com
. The deadline to submit applications for the 2011-12 academic year is Sept. 30.
|UM Makes List of Best Colleges
UM once again is ranked as one of the top four-year colleges and universities in North America by The Princeton Review.
The 2011 edition, "The Best 373 Colleges," was released Aug. 3. The rankings are based on surveys of more than 122,000 undergraduate students. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their school on several topics and report their campus experiences. Top schools, such as UM, receive a two-page profile with student comments. Only about 15 percent of the nation's four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges made the list.
"Inclusion once again among the 373 best colleges listed by The Princeton Review indicates that the University has sustained its programs and services despite the economic conditions," said UM President George M. Dennison. "We value this listing because it reflects the opinions of students, and as such serves as a beacon to attract other outstanding students to the campus."
The Princeton Review also rates schools on a scale of 60 to 99 using data collected during the 2009-10 academic year. UM received an 86 for "Quality of Life" and a rating of 94 in the "Green" category.
The Princeton Review
|Student Employment Job Fair Sept. 2
Employers and student workers can connect at the Fall Student Employment Job Fair at UM on Thursday, Sept. 2.
The fair, hosted by the Office of Career Services, is free and will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. It is open to any business, organization or department that needs college students for part-time jobs, internships or volunteer opportunities. Employers with work-study openings also are invited to participate.
Registered employers will receive a career fair booth, snacks and free parking. Career Services will have students on hand to help employers bring in their job fair materials and assist with setup.
Employers can register on the Career Services website or by calling 406-243-2002 for registration materials. For more information, call Janay Whisman, student employment coordinator, at 406-243-5627 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Sustainability Lecture Series Premieres
A new lecture series at UM will introduce students and the community to sustainability concepts and careers and provide a forum for discussion on local sustainability efforts.
Lectures in the series titled "Will Work for Sustainability -- Creating Jobs through Sustainable Development" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays during autumn semester in Gallagher Business Building Room 122. All lectures are free and open to the public, and students can take the lecture series for credit through the UM Environmental Studies Program.
The series kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 1, with "Community Livability & the Path to Sustainability" presented by Dan Kemmis, former director of the Center for the Rocky Mountain West at UM. Kemmis is a UM alumnus, former Missoula mayor and state representative, and author of numerous books.
The series is co-sponsored by UM's Environmental Studies Program and the Sustainable Business Council. For more information, call UM Professor Vicki Watson at 406-243-5153 or e-mail email@example.com.
For a complete schedule, visit the lecture series website.
Sustainability Lecture Series
|Shakespeare in the Parks on UM Oval
Pack your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy Shakespearean comedy and drama at the UM Oval on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform its summer tour headliner "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 6 p.m. Tuesday and "Julius Caesar" at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is touring for its 38th season in towns throughout Montana, northern Wyoming and eastern Idaho. The UM performances are sponsored by the University Center. If it rains, the plays will be performed in the University Theatre.
For more information, call Mary Lester at 406-243-5590 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|2010 Pollner Professor Selected
Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow will be UM's 2010 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor. He'll join School of Journalism faculty for autumn semester, teaching a seminar on reporting and writing and serving as a mentor for the staff of UM's student newspaper, the Montana Kaimin.
Saslow is a national enterprise reporter at the Post and has worked as a political and sports enterprise writer at the newspaper. Before coming to the Post, he worked for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey and the Buffalo (N.Y.) News.
The professorship was created in 2001 to honor Pollner, a 1999 UM journalism alumnus who died in an accident. Saslow will be the school's 10th Pollner professor. He will deliver the T. Anthony Pollner public lecture on Monday, Oct. 18.
School of Journalism
|'Get Your Griz On' at WelcomeFeast
UM invites all students, faculty and staff to "Get Your Griz On" from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, during 2010 WelcomeFeast on the Oval.
The annual event provides an opportunity to jump-start the semester with free food, live music, campus life information, and fun and games. All events are free and open to all members of the campus community.
In addition to the daytime activities, an evening outdoor movie, "Toy Story 3," will be shown at 9 p.m. on the Oval.
In an effort to keep WelcomeFeast eco-friendly, participants are asked to bring reusable water bottles to be filled at coolers provided by University Dining Services.
|Exhibition Honors Architect A.J. Gibson
"The Original Man: The Life and Work of Montana Architect A.J. Gibson" opened at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture this month. The exhibition, co-curated by MMAC and UM art history and art criticism Professor Hipólito Rafael Chacón, honors Gibson's work. It will be on view in MMAC's Meloy and Paxson galleries, located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center, through Oct. 23.
Between the 1880s and 1910s, Gibson defined great architecture in western Montana and northern Idaho. His work has endured for more than a century and includes the first five buildings on the UM campus in Missoula, the Daly Mansion near Hamilton, and the Ravalli County and Missoula County courthouses.
The exhibition, which traveled the state the past two years, returns to Missoula to coincide with the centennial of the Missoula County courthouse. The final showing includes models of several Gibson buildings constructed by members of the Montana chapter of the American Institute of Architects, reproductions of Gibson's architectural plans, original drawings, scrapbooks, photo albums and architectural fragments.
Chacón is the author of the book "The Original Man: The Life and Work of Montana Architect A.J. Gibson," published in 2008 in partnership with MMAC and The University of Montana Press. He will sign copies and present a lecture on Gibson at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Montana Theatre of the PAR/TV Center. The event is free and open to the public.
MMAC has new, expanded hours and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 406-243-2019 or visit the MMAC website.
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
|Distinguished Alums Receive Awards
Four outstanding UM graduates will receive 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards at a ceremony Friday, Sept. 24, during Homecoming festivities. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The public is invited to attend.
Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest honor presented by the UM Alumni Association.
This year's award recipients are John Badgley of Edmonds, Wash.; Patrick Cheney of State College, Penn.; Joseph P. Mazurek of Helena; and Colleen L. McGuire of Washington, D.C.
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|Summer Enrollment Hits Historic High
UM broke its all-time summer semester record enrollment with 4,177 students registered this year. Student numbers jumped 522 from last year's summer enrollment of 3,655.
The University also set a new record for full-time equivalent students, which hit 1,426 this summer. An FTE represents 15 undergraduate or 12 graduate semester credits.
Of the 4,177 students registered for summer semester, 3,683 were enrolled at the University's mountain campus and 494 at UM's College of Technology.
|Team Up for Heart Walk 2010
Teams are forming now for the annual Heart Walk at UM on Saturday, Oct. 2. The event, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, begins at 10 a.m. on the Oval with a ceremony to introduce heart disease survivors and remember those who have passed away because of the disease. Participants will walk a three-mile noncompetitive course around campus, followed by awards and a closing ceremony.
Team members will solicit donations to support education and research efforts of the American Heart Association, a nonprofit that raises awareness of cardiovascular disease and promotes heart-healthy lifestyles. No fundraising minimum is required to participate.
Those interested in forming or joining a team should call Beckie Christiaens, UM Heart Walk campaign chair, at 406-243-4611, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Missoula Heart Walk website.
Missoula Heart Walk
|Journalism Alumnus to Oversee Reznet
Navajo Times reporter and editor Jason Begay has joined the journalism faculty at UM as an assistant professor and director of Reznet.
Begay will teach a class each semester and direct Reznet, the School of Journalism's nationally acclaimed mentoring, recruitment and website project. Denny McAuliffe, who founded Reznet at UM, returned last fall to The Washington Post, where he is an overnight news editor.
A UM alumnus, Begay was a reporter at The Oregonian before taking a job at the Navajo Times in Window Rock, Ariz., in 2004 to cover tribal government and education. In March, he became web editor of the Navajo Times, an independent newspaper and one of the most respected tribal papers in the nation. As a student and after graduation from UM, he had internships at several newspapers, including the Wichita Eagle and The New York Times.
|Forums Explore Environmental Policy
A new forum series at UM will feature speakers from a variety of disciplines to explore emerging issues in natural resources and environmental policy.
The series, which is free and open to the public, will provide insights into the ways decisions are made and conflicts are resolved to plan for sustainable use of our air, water and lands.
Following is a schedule of the first events of the forum series. All forums will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the UM Law Building's Castles Center.
Thursday, Sept. 2: "Water, Security and Climate Change: Global Perspectives" by Jeri Delii Priscoli, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the World Water Forum.
Wednesday, Oct. 20: Presenter: Jane C.S. Long, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Thursday, Nov. 4: "Frontiers of Conservation Finance" by Jim Levitt, Harvard Forest and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Thursday, Dec. 2: Presenter: Leslie Weldon, regional forester, Northern Region, USDA Forest Service.
The forum series is convened by the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at UM in cooperation with the University's College of Forestry and Conservation, School of Law, Bolle Center for People and Forests, Resource Conservation Program, Environmental Studies Program and Department of Geography.
For more information, call Sarah Bates, senior fellow of the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, at 406-207-9071 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
|Registration Open for Fall MOLLI Courses
Registration is now open for fall courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI).
Community members 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. Fall courses will be held September through November.
An annual MOLLI membership fee of $20 is required to enroll, and membership extends through June 2011 for those who sign up now. Individual course registration costs $60 plus fees, when applicable. This fall, MOLLI will offer a special discount of two courses for $100 -- a 33 percent savings on the second course.
Complete course descriptions, locations, times, instructor information and registration are available on the MOLLI website.
In addition to its fall courses, MOLLI will sponsor a public lecture by Mark Blumenthal at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Broadway Building conference room at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center. Blumenthal is the founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, an independent organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants.
For more information or to register for courses, call Dannette Fadness at 406-243-2905 or e-mail email@example.com.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM
|Crown of Continent Conference Planned
A diverse group of people and organizations who care about the Crown of the Continent are working with the UM Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy to organize a conference that celebrates and builds upon the region's remarkable natural and cultural heritage.
The two-day conference -- "Remarkable Beyond Borders: Shaping the Future of the Crown of the Continent" -- is open to anyone interested in the past, present and future of the region. It will take place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 23-24, at the Bayshore Inn, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta. Registration costs $75 through Sept. 10 and $100 thereafter.
Keynote speakers include Jack Nisbet, author of "Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson Across Western North America;" Jonathan B. Tourtellot, director and geotourism editor, National Geographic Traveler; Darrell Kipp, director, Piegan Institute; and Lynn Scarlett, former U.S. deputy secretary of the interior.
Roundtable events are organized and convened by UM's Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy with the support of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute.
For more information, to register for the conference or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit the conference website.
"Remarkable Beyond Borders"
|The New Christy Minstrels at UM Sept. 26
Folk music group The New Christy Minstrels will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, in the University Theatre at UM.
Tickets to the show, presented by University Theatre Productions, will cost $23 in advance or $25 at the door and are available at all GrizTix locations or by calling 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA. All seating is general admission.
The New Christy Minstrels have been entertaining audiences for more 45 years, and most of the performers in today's group are founding members of the Grammy Award-winning band. Under the direction of Randy Sparks, they continue to thrill audiences with their warmth, humor and musical presence.
For more information, call Tom Webster, University Theatre director, at 406-243-2853 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Griz Soccer Falls to Lobos, Ties Aggies
New Mexico jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than 22 minutes into a Aug. 20 match against UM and rolled to an impressive 7-0 victory at the Albuquerque, N.M., season opener for both teams.
The Lobos got their seven goals from seven different players. New Mexico out-shot Montana 15-1 and did not allow a Griz shot until freshman India Watne's attempt sailed wide in the 85th minute.
Montana freshman keeper Julianna Jack went the distance in goal. New Mexico put 10 of its 15 shots on goal. Jack finished with three saves.
On Aug. 22 Montana finished with a 1-1 draw against New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. Senior Kaitlyn Heinsohn scored her 11th career goal in the 11th minute. The Aggies tied it in the 68th minute, then the teams played two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods before settling for the tie.
Montana out-shot New Mexico State 7-3 in the opening 45 minutes, putting three of its seven shots on goal. Both teams had quality scoring chances in regulation and the overtime periods, but strong play by the keepers kept the match at 1-1.
Montana will play a pair of home games this weekend at Dornblaser Field. The Grizzlies host Iowa State at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27, and Gonzaga at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana