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|Provost Named Finalist for UM Presidency
UM Provost Royce Engstrom has been named a finalist for the UM presidency, said Clayton Christian, who chairs the state Board of Regents and the presidential search advisory committee.
Engstrom, who was born in Michigan and raised in Nebraska, has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at UM since 2007. He came to Montana after a national search from a similar position at the University of South Dakota.
"After a thorough national search that attracted many outstanding applicants from throughout the country, the committee recommended three superbly qualified individuals as potential finalists to be invited for campus interviews," Christian said. "Among this distinguished group is Provost Engstrom, who will interview for the position on all four UM campuses in mid-September."
Christian said one of the individuals identified as a potential finalist accepted a position at another prestigious university and the other elected to withdraw.
UM President George M. Dennison planned to step down Aug. 15 but indicated he would serve through the fall semester if needed. Christian said, "We appreciate President Dennison's continuing leadership. We fully expect to complete the search no later than Jan. 1, 2011."
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|Historian, Author to Speak Sept. 9
Walter LaFeber, author of the path-breaking "New American Empire: An Interpretation of American Expansion, 1860-1898," will be the first speaker of the 2010-11 President's Lecture Series at UM on Thursday, Sept. 9.
LaFeber will present "The American Century: Its Beginnings -- and End?" at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. The event is UM's annual Ezio Cappadocia Memorial Lecture on Politics and History.
Earlier that day from 3:40 to 5 p.m., LaFeber will give a seminar titled "Reconsidering the Roots of the American Empire" in Gallagher Business Building Room 122. Both events are free and open to the public.
"LaFeber has been one of the country's most prolific and accomplished historians," said UM history Professor Richard Drake, lecture series organizer. "As an expert on the historical formation of the American empire, now experiencing one of its most prolonged and financially ruinous crises, LaFeber has few peers and no superiors."
LaFeber's numerous and highly regarded publications include nine books, four additional co-authored volumes, three edited collections and a host of articles, essays and book chapters in both scholarly works and the popular press.
President's Lecture Series
|University to Study Athletics Program
UM will begin a yearlong, campuswide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program. Specific areas the study will cover are governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, gender/diversity and student-athlete well-being.
While academic accreditation is common in colleges and universities, this program focuses solely on certification of athletics programs. Following a two-year pilot project, the NCAA Division I membership overwhelmingly supported the program and its standards at the 1993 NCAA Convention.
UM completed its first certification self-study in 1996. At the 1997 convention, the NCAA Division I membership voted to change the frequency of athletics certification from once every five years to once every 10 years. UM completed its second certification self-study in 2003. The current self-study will be the third in the certification process for UM.
The athletics certification program's purpose is to help ensure integrity in the institution's athletics operations. The program opens up athletics to the rest of the University and the public. Institutions will benefit by increasing campuswide awareness and knowledge of the athletics program, confirming its strengths and developing plans to improve areas of concern.
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|UM Selects First-Year Reading Title
"Your Inner Fish" by Neil Shubin has been selected as UM's First-Year Reading Experience book for 2010.
Described as an intelligent, exhilarating and compelling scientific adventure story, "Your Inner Fish" is a book that will prompt discussion across the campus community. The book encompasses themes related to evolution and development, scientific discovery, the importance of the fossil record and what it means to be human.
In 2004 Shubin was part of a scientific team that discovered Tiktaalik roseae, a fossil fish that marks when fish first emerged from the sea to live on land. He is the Robert R. Bensley Professor and associate dean in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago.
Shubin will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 28, to give an afternoon seminar and an evening lecture titled "Finding Your Inner Fish" as part of the President's Lecture Series at UM. The events are a collaboration of the President's Lecture Series and the First-Year Reading Experience Program and are free and open to the public.
Incoming UM students are invited to participate in a writing contest open only to freshmen. The competition is based on the book and interactions with the author during the campus visit. For more information about the contest and the program, visit the First-Year Reading Experience Program website.
First-Year Reading Experience Program
|Renter Center Launches Online Tool
The Off-Campus Renter Center at UM has launched a new website with an online housing finder for use by the UM community.
The website allows UM students, faculty and staff to use a variety of criteria -- including location, price, pet policies and more -- to search for available housing in Missoula.
The website also allows UM students to search for student-only roommates using specific criteria, and landlords can create accounts that allow them to post listings and photos for available properties.
The Off-Campus Renter Center, a service of the ASUM and the Office of Student Affairs, helps students find housing, understand their rights and responsibilities, resolve conflicts with landlords, and advocates for student renters at state and local levels to make rental housing in Missoula more safe, affordable and efficient.
For more information, call Director Beki Hartmann at 406-243-2017 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off-Campus Renter Center Online Housing Finder
|Computer Music Festival Sept. 10
UM School of Music will host the Mountain Computer Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, in the Music Recital Hall.
The festival will feature compositions and performances by UM students and award-winning new media artist Gary James Joynes, aka "Clinker." Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for the public and can be purchased at the door.
Joynes will perform music from his Leonard Cohen-inspired live cinema album, "On the Other Side," in which he uses voice, effects processing, analog synthesis and video projection to deconstruct and reassemble Cohen's voice into dreamlike soundscapes.
UM composition and music technology students Phil Maher, Kelly McGonigal, Aaron Minnick and Ben Murphy will perform music they composed for electric bass, MIDI controllers and joysticks, harmonica, percussion pad and computer.
For more information, call Charles Nichols, associate professor of music, at 406-243-5360 or e-mail email@example.com.
|'World's Largest Garage Sale Sept. 18
The "World's Largest Garage Sale" at UM on Saturday, Sept. 18, is a perfect opportunity to sell unwanted items or to purchase those fun-to-find bargains.
The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., rain or shine, in UM's covered parking garage on Campus Drive near the Mansfield Library.
For $20, vendors are assigned two parking spaces, each 9 feet by 18 feet. Additional spaces may be purchased for $10 each.
The semiannual event, which draws nearly 100 sellers and thousands of shoppers, is a fundraiser for UM Advocates, a campus service organization. Registration forms are available at The Source in the University Center or on the UM Advocates website.
For more information, call Jenny Lawson or Kristi Viereck at 406-243-5874 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Learn About Volunteer Chances at Fair
The UM Office for Civic Engagement will hold the annual Fall Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 9-10, in the University Center Atrium.
Students and community members can learn about the numerous volunteer opportunities available around Missoula from representatives of more than 20 nonprofit organizations at the fair. The event is free and open to the public.
To learn more about participating organizations and how an organization can be represented at the fair, go to the Office for Civic Engagement website or call Colleen Kane at 406-243-5531.
Office for Civic Engagement
|Explore Greek Life During Recruitment
UM women interested in joining a sorority can meet current Greeks and learn about the four chapters on campus during fall sorority recruitment Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 7-11.
Women can get to know current members of the Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma sororities during the first round of recruitment from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the University Center Ballroom.
Potential members can tour chapter houses and learn about each chapter's philanthropy, scholarship and social programming Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 8-10. Those who choose to join a sorority will meet their new chapters during "bid day" activities at noon Saturday, Sept. 11, on campus. For a complete schedule of recruitment, visit the Greek Life website.
Recruitment registration costs $20, and participants will receive a T-shirt and other Greek Life prizes.
Women interested in joining a chapter can register on the Greek Life website or by calling Tyson McLean, Greek Life adviser, at 406-243-2005 or e-mail email@example.com.
|'Use Your Power Wisely' Effort Kicks Off
UM encourages energy conserving behavior on campus through the "Use Your Power Wisely" campaign that kicked off this week as autumn semester classes began and students returned to campus.
The campaign is part of the University's Climate Action Plan, which details greenhouse gas reduction strategies such as developing positive behavior changes that result in less energy and water consumption and more use of bikes, buses and walking.
"Use Your Power Wisely" encourages students living on campus to turn off lights and equipment when they are not needed, to take shorter showers and to ride the bus. Student "eco-reps" living in the resident halls will connect with other residents to share information and encourage participation.
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer Hill-Hart has several events planned, including residence hall energy-saving competitions. Energy conservation has the potential to reduce a significant amount of the greenhouse gases attributed to UM.
More information is available on the campaign website.
"Use Your Power Wisely"
|Crown of the Continent E-note Online
The summer issue of the Crown of the Continent E-Note has been released and can be found online.
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 Community College, the University of Calgary and more.
The initiative will now publish three color-filled e-magazines each year, allowing people to get up-to-date information about issues driving decisions and research in the Crown. The magazines will cover everything from the physical and historical geography of the Crown to interesting scientific research on the region's wildlife, climate, rivers, glaciers and more.
To receive other Crown of the Continent Initiative updates, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the Crown of the Continent website.
Crown of the Continent
|Chinese Course Open to High Schoolers
Montana high school students across the state can learn to speak, read and write Chinese in an online course offered at no cost by the Confucius Institute at UM and the Montana Digital Academy.
The course is free of charge to all Montana high school students, including those who attend public, private or home schools. Students can enroll by consulting their school guidance counselor or visiting the Montana Digital Academy website. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 20.
This first-ever opportunity is the result of a partnership between UM and the Southwest University of Politics and Law in Chongqing, China. Four talented Chinese-language teachers from SWUPL who are residents at the Confucius Institute will teach the course.
Montana Digital Academy
|Wylie & The Wild West at UM Oct. 15
Western music group Wylie & The Wild West will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the University Theatre at UM.
Tickets to the concert, presented by University Theatre Productions, are $16 in advance and $18 the day of the show. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Tickets are available at all GrizTix locations, by calling 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA.
The opening act for the show is cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski.
Wylie & The Wild West has performed at the Grand Ole Opry more than 45 times. The band, which has been playing together for 19 years, was a featured act at the National Folk Festival in Butte in 2009 and 2010 and has released numerous albums.
For more information, call Tom Webster, University Theatre director, at 406-243-2853 or e-mail email@example.com.
|Children's Dance Classes Offered
UM's School of Theatre & Dance will hold dance classes for children ages 3½ to 10 during fall semester. The classes, taught by Jordan Dehline with UM student interns assisting, meet Thursdays from Sept. 9 through Dec. 9 in the ballet studio of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
Creative Movement classes are offered for children ages 3½ to 4 from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. and for ages 5 and 6 from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Creative and Modern classes are offered for ages 7 to 10 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Tuition for the 12-week course is $80. UM employees receive a $10 tuition discount.
For more information, call the UM Children's Dance program at 406-243-2849.
|Fly-Fishing Team Takes Third in Ireland
The UM fly-fishing team took third place last weekend at the inaugural World Varsities Trout Fly Fishing competition on Lough Corrib near Cong, Ireland.
UM's team consisted of staff member Tony Tomsu and Jesse Filingo, a student. The duo competed against teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Germany and the United States.
Ireland's Galway Mayo Institute of Technology won the event, and Limerick Institute of Technology, the host team, was second.
The UM team was sponsored by Kesel's Four Rivers Fly Shop, Kingfisher Fly Shop, Missoulian Angler and Grizzly Hackle.
|Griz Football Names Three Captains
Tyler Hobbs, Chase Reynolds and Andrew Selle have been selected as team captains for the 2010 Montana Grizzlies by their teammates, UM head coach Robin Pflugrad announced this week.
A 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior defensive tackle from Spokane, Hobbs started all 15 games last year and was the Grizzlies' 12th leading tackler with 39 stops. He led UM with three fumble recoveries and three (tie) forced fumbles, and tied with two others for the most pass deflections with six. He was third on the team in tackles for loss (six) and tied for third with three sacks. He was an All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention pick.
Reynolds, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior running back from Drummond, rushed for 1,501 yards and tied his own school record with 22 rushing touchdowns last year. He was ranked 11th in the Football Championship Subdivision, averaging 101.1 yards rushing per game. He was also a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, and is once again a candidate for that honor, which recognizes the offensive MVP in the FCS. He was named to several All-American teams and was first team all-league in 2009.
Last season Selle was ranked fourth in the nation and led the Big Sky in passing efficiency (157.31), throwing for 3,043 yards and 28 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. He was 12-1 as a starter last year. The 6-2, 211-pound senior from Billings threw three or more touchdown passes in seven games a year ago and had at least one scoring throw in all 13 of his starts. His 28 touchdown passes in 2009 are the seventh (tie) most in school history. He is also a Payton Award candidate.
The second-ranked University of Montana Grizzlies (0-0) host the Western State College Mountaineers (0-1) on Saturday, Sept. 4, in the 2010 season opener. Kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
|Gonzaga Takes Down Griz Soccer
Gonzaga rallied back from a pair of deficits to knock off the Montana soccer team 3-2 Aug. 29 at South Campus Stadium. The Grizzlies held leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Bulldogs' Sarah Rhodes scored the final two goals of the match to keep Montana winless on the season at 0-3-1.
After scoring just one goal through its first three matches, Montana scored twice in the opening 25 minutes of the game. Sophomore Erin Craig made it 1-0 just 6:30 into the match. It was her second career goal. Gonzaga scored the equalizer at 18:55 when Sheridan Jones' shot from eight yards out beat UM freshman keeper Julianna Jack.
The Grizzlies went back on top midway through the first half (24:25) when senior Kaitlyn Heinsohn scored from 12 yards out for her second goal of the season and the 12th of her career.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Rhodes tied the score just over a minute later at the 25:53 mark.
Montana was whistled for a hand ball in the box, and Rhodes converted the penalty kick inside the right post. The score remained deadlocked the rest of the first half and through the opening 20 minutes of the second half. Rhodes scored what would be the game-winner in the 70th minute.
Montana travels to Reno, Nev., this week for a pair of matches. The Grizzlies play Nevada at 3 p.m. Friday and South Dakota State at 11 a.m. Sunday.
|Spikers Finish Tourney with 2-2 Record
The UM volleyball team wrapped up its opening weekend with a 3-0 loss Aug. 28 to host and tournament champion Mississippi State at MSU's Maroon Classic in Starkville, Miss. The Grizzlies finished the five-team tournament with a 2-2 record.
The Bulldogs went 4-0 at their own tournament. Austin Peay (3-1) was second, Montana third, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-3) fourth and Arkansas-Little Rock (0-4) fifth.
Junior Brittany Quick was named to the all-tournament team. She averaged 1.33 kills on .265 hitting through four matches and added 14 blocks.
The Grizzlies hit better than .200 in two Aug. 28 matches. They hit .262 in their sweep of Arkansas-Little Rock 3-0, then hit .217 against Mississippi State.
The team travels to Fullerton, Calif., this week for the CSU Fullerton Titan Classic. The Grizzlies face Fullerton on Friday, Sept. 3, and Colorado and Georgia State on Saturday.
|Former Griz Star to Play in Greece
Former UM basketball star Anthony Johnson recently signed a contract to play professional basketball in Greece.
Johnson, a 6-3, 210-pound record-setting guard from Tacoma, Wash., signed a contract to play professionally with DASH Peristeri GS, a team located in Athens.
As a senior, Johnson averaged 19.2 points a game for the Griz. He scored a school-record 42 points and broke several tourney records to lift Montana over Weber State in the Big Sky Conference tournament championship in March, helping the Griz to their eighth appearance in the NCAA tournament. Montana lost to New Mexico, 62-57, in the first round of the NCAAs.
Johnson was a two-time first team All-Big Sky selection and ended his illustrious two-year career at Montana ranked 14th in career scoring with 1,124 points. He is the first player in Griz history to score more than 1,000 points in two seasons. He also broke the school's career free throw record, shooting 87.3 percent from the line.
Johnson and his wife, Shaunte Nance-Johnson, who played for the Montana Lady Griz, will soon depart for Athens.
"This one sounded right," Johnson recently told the Missoulian newspaper. "We got that feeling. The wife was excited about it, and anything she's game to do I have to get on board."
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana