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|UM Presidential Finalist Forum Sept. 13
UM Provost Royce Engstrom, a finalist for the UM presidency, will present an open campus forum from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, in the University Center Theater.
His talk is titled "Public Higher Education: The Key Challenges We Face and the Opportunities They Present." A question-and-answer session will follow, and the event is free and open to the public.
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.
For more information call Clayton Christian, chair of the Montana Board of Regents and chair of the presidential search advisory committee, at 406-728-1500 or e-mail email@example.com. More information also is available on the presidential search website.
UM Presidential Search
|2010 Homecoming Events Scheduled
The community is invited to join the festivities at UM's 2010 Homecoming, which takes place Sept. 19-25 with a full schedule of traditional events. This year's Homecoming theme is "UM -- We Are The World" in honor of the alumni from all over the globe who will return to campus to reconnect with old friends and classmates.
Homecoming Week kicks off Sunday, Sept. 19, with a celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Southgate Mall Clock Court. Missoula's 102.5 Mountain FM will host a live remote radio broadcast from the event.
The Homecoming Art Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23-25, in the University Center Atrium.
UM's Homecoming Parade will take place Saturday, Sept. 25. Parade marshal is Jim Caron, co-founder of the Missoula Children's Theatre, joined by honorary marshals UM President George M. Dennison and Jane Dennison. The parade entry fee is $30. The parade application deadline is Friday, Sept. 17.
Events during the week include:
Friday, Sept. 24
- Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony and reception: 6 p.m., UC Ballroom.
- All-Alumni Social and Dance: 7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park.
Saturday, Sept. 25
- Yell Night Pep Rally: 8 p.m., UM Oval.
- Homecoming Hustle 5K race: 9:55 a.m., intersection of Higgins and Broadway.
- Homecoming Parade: 10 a.m. Begins at Higgins and Broadway, traveling south on Higgins to University Avenue.
- Homecoming football game: UM vs. Sacramento State: 1:05 p.m., Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
For a complete schedule of Homecoming events, visit the Office of Alumni Relations website.
- Alumni Homecoming TV Tailgate: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Adams Center, East Auxiliary Gymnasium.
Office of Alumni Relations
|Mansfield Center Launches New Initiative
New federal appropriations will allow the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM to launch the Public Service and Leadership Initiative.
The initiative works to foster interest in and dialogue on public service and stresses the importance of civic leadership in our society. It supports scholarships, college courses, internships, research projects and community lectures.
The initiative will bring former U.S. Rep. Patricia "Pat" Schroeder of Colorado to campus on Friday, Sept. 10, to speak in some communications, law and journalism classes.
The University also will launch some public service scholarships and upcoming lectures in honor of Pat Williams, the U.S. congressman from Montana during 1979-97 who worked with Sen. Max Baucus to sponsor the federal legislation establishing the endowment that helps support the Mansfield Center. Williams has taught at UM for 14 years and is an emeritus Senior Fellow of the UM O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West.
The University will award the Pat Williams Scholarships on a competitive basis to UM students pursuing internships and research related to public service in education, the environment, Native American issues, health care and the arts.
In addition to student scholarships, the initiative currently is funding a public leadership seminar taught by Missoula Mayor John Engen. This school year the initiative also will fund five University classes, a Mansfield global seminar for top Missoula high school students and their teachers, and Congress to Campus visits.
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|'Fall Feastival' Highlights Local Food
The UM Farm to College "Fall Feastival: Celebrating Montana's Food Cycle" will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, on the UM Oval. The event will provide students, faculty and staff with a holistic view of Montana's agricultural food cycle.
It is the culmination of more than a year's planning and cooperation with 23 Montana food-producing partners. Montana's own vocal trio the Singing Sons of Beaches will provide live entertainment during the festivities.
UM students with resident meal plans can purchase dinner at the Feastival for $3.25 using their Griz Cards. The cost for those with a Commuter Meal Plan is $7.50. The cost for faculty, staff and all others 13 and older is $9.75. Children ages 5 to 12 can purchase dinner for $8, and the cost for children 4 and under is $1.50.
Nearly 99 percent of the items on the menu will be provided by local farmers, ranchers and food producers. Preparations to grow and raise the food for the feast began in April 2009. University Dining Services has been documenting the development of the livestock and growth of the crops raised specifically for this feast. Crop and livestock progress can be viewed on the UDS website.
University Dining Services
|Lecture Examines Nature as Religion
Donald Worster, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Kansas, will present the 2010 A.B. Hammond Lecture in Western/Environmental History at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture, titled "John Muir and the Religion of Nature," is free and open to the public.
Worster will address the origin of a modern American sensibility crucial to environmentalism -- the idea that the natural world is sacred. John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, was perhaps the purest American practitioner of the concept of nature as religion, and Worster will examine this idea and how it has played out throughout the nation's history.
For more information, call Bill Farr, associate director of the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, at 406-243-7700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West
|Regents Professor Earns Fulbright Award
UM Regents Professor Jakki Mohr will head to Uruguay for two weeks in November as a Fulbright Specialist to work with ORT University in Montevideo.
Mohr will participate in the development and launch of a new executive Master of Management of Technology program at the university. The program aims to fill the need for managers in the information technology industry, which is developing at a fast pace in Uruguay.
Mohr will teach a graduate course on technology marketing, give lectures, lead seminars and workshops for top managers of local information technology companies, and develop and assess academic curricula and educational materials.
Named a Regents Professor by the Montana Board of Regents in 2008, Mohr is UM's Jeff and Martha Hamilton Distinguished Faculty Fellow. She teaches marketing in UM's School of Business Administration.
|Leadership Events on Tap for Students
UM students can hone their leadership skills and serve the Missoula community through upcoming events hosted by University Center Student Involvement.
The second annual First-Year Leadership and Volunteer Experience (FLAVE) will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. The program serves as an introduction to leadership and service at UM and in the community.
This year FLAVE offers three different service sites for students to choose from: the Missoula Family YMCA, Garden City Harvest and the Poverello Center. Students who want to participate should meet at The Source in the UC at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
UC Student Involvement also will hold a new comprehensive leadership program this year. The Grizlead -- Emerging Leaders Program is designed to give students effective leadership knowledge with a focus on personal growth, group dynamics and community involvement. The program offers eight fun and interactive sessions during the year -- four each semester. Each session will focus on a different leadership value that will help students discover themselves and impact others.
Only 30 students will be accepted to the Grizlead program. Students can apply on the Grizlead website or download an application and turn it in to UC Room 209C. Applications are due by noon Friday, Sept. 10.
For more information call program adviser Michael Paine at 406-243-5527 or e-mail email@example.com.
|Attorney General's Lecture Postponed
The lecture by U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder that was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at UM has been postponed.
The event is in the process of being rescheduled, and the date will be released as soon as it is set. The lecture will be the 11th in the Judge William B. Jones and Judge Edward A. Tamm Judicial Lecture Series.
For more information, call Holly Kulish, UM School of Law program assistant, at 406-243-6509 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Students Produce News for MontanaPBS
UM radio-television students will produce daily news updates to air on MontanaPBS beginning this month. The news updates will air in the evening hours Monday through Friday on PBS stations across Montana, giving students a chance to work with a professional broadcast outlet.
Seniors in broadcast news will write and anchor the news segments, while students in broadcast production will perform the technical duties. Graduate student Gillette Vaira of Lambert will supervise the productions.
"The Newsbrief offers our audience a quick summary of Montana news and gives students a broadcast opportunity to learn their craft, gaining confidence and poise on the air," said UM Broadcast Media Center Director William Marcus. "Plus, the families of the Montana students can tune in and watch."
MontanaPBS is a service of UM in Missoula and Montana State University in Bozeman.
|Fulbright Takes Professors to Bhutan
Jill Belsky and Steve Siebert, professors in the UM College of Forestry and Conservation, have each received a grant under the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program to work in Bhutan this semester.
Belsky teaches environmental social science in UM's Department of Society and Conservation and directs the University's Bolle Center for People and Forests. Siebert teaches tropical forestry in UM's Department of Forest Management and coordinates the International Conservation and Development master's option in resource conservation.
The grant will support their supervision of research started by three Bhutanese graduate students enrolled in the UM forestry college's Master of Resource Conservation Program/International Conservation and Development option. The students' work with Belsky and Siebert is funded by a 2009-11 Katherine T. and John D. MacArthur Foundation grant that the two professors jointly received.
Since 2006 Belsky and Siebert have helped the government of Bhutan develop and build scientific research capacity in the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. They also have helped set up a mutual technical exchange agreement between UWICE and UM's College of Forestry and Conservation. Several UM professors have provided scientific and other assistance.
|Scoop Up Fun at Ice Cream Social
The Ninth Annual University Community Ice Cream Social to welcome new and returning students to UM and Missoula neighborhoods will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12.
The street party will take place on the 400 block of University Avenue. Events feature live music by string band Baba Ganoush, introductions of special guests and much mingling. Missoula Mayor John Engen will attend, and UM mascot Monte will make an appearance.
Participants can visit with their neighbors, browse information tables and win door prizes -- and there will be free ice cream for all.
The event, held since 2002, was created by an informal group that calls itself the Thoughtful Neighbors to celebrate the diversity UM students bring to the Missoula community. Thoughtful Neighbors is an evolving mix of University neighborhood homeowners and residents, UM students and administrators, the UM Foundation and Alumni Association, and members of a number of charitable and service organizations.
|Scholar Speaks on Architect A.J. Gibson
UM art history and criticism Professor Hipólito Rafael Chacón will present a lecture on renowned Montana architect A.J. Gibson at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Montana Theatre, located in UM's Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
The lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition "The Original Man: The Life and Work of Montana Architect A.J. Gibson" on view at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture through Oct. 23.
Chacón co-curated the exhibition with MMAC and is the author of a 2008 Gibson biography of the same name as the exhibition, published in partnership with MMAC and The University of Montana Press. He will sign copies of the book at the event.
Between the 1880s and the 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. Chacón will illustrate how Gibson helped reshape the Western town as a civilized space rather than a rustic accumulation of buildings.
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 museum website.
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
|Public Invited to spectrUM Dance Party
To celebrate five years of community support, UM's spectrUM Discovery Area will showcase its unique blend of science education and interactive exploration at the first-ever "Weird Science Dance Party" on Friday, Sept. 17.
The party, which features live music, selected exhibits from spectrUM's new "Brain" exhibit, a live science demonstration and a laser light show finale, begins at 5:30 p.m. at Caras Park. Admission is $5. Funds raised will go toward the Science for All Scholarship Fund, which benefits children across the state.
Kids will experience hands-on demonstrations relating to perception and brain activity and will have the opportunity to learn about chemical compositions experienced during the process of tie-dye.
The UM-supported spectrUM Discovery Area is a science learning center dedicated to inspiring a culture of learning and discovery through experiences, programs, educators and technologies that help all Montanans advance their curiosity about science and the world around them.
spectrUM Discovery Area
|COT Offers Microsoft Certification Class
The UM College of Technology will offer the second course in a series of three to prepare individuals for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist credential, the cornerstone of Server 2008 certification.
The noncredit professional development course for information technology professionals -- Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure -- covers skills and knowledge necessary to implement and manage a Microsoft Windows Server infrastructure, including Domain Naming Services, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, secure data transmission and remote access.
The 10-week course, taught by Dianne Burke, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 17. Classes will take place in Administration Building Room AD15 on the COT campus at 909 South Ave. W. in Missoula.
The course costs $995, which includes textbooks and all course materials. Attendance at the first course in the series is not a requirement. Online assignments are required.
For more information or to register for the course, call Mary Opitz at 406-243-7812 or visit the COT Outreach website.
|Brunch Honors Business Drive Volunteers
Community leaders rallied around UM for both football and financial support on Sept. 4.
Volunteers for the University's 2010 Missoula Business Drive attended a brunch hosted by UM President George M. Dennison and his wife, Jane, before the Grizzlies hosted the Western State College Mountaineers in their season opener. The brunch iwas one of several events hosted by UM for Missoula Business Drive volunteers, who plan to raise $180,000 to benefit the University between now and November.
Led by 2010 Chair Adele Gibbs of Dalpiaz Law Office, the campaign provides resources for UM to seize new opportunities and offer additional programs for students throughout the state.
This year's campaign theme, "Look to the Future, Missoula," emphasizes the important partnership between UM and the community. Citing statistical data from the Bureau of Business and Economic Research's recent economic impact report, the drive reiterates that a prosperous UM benefits Montana.
For more information, call Lauren Clark, UM Foundation director of annual giving -- external campaigns, at 406-243-2456.
|International Lecture Series Begins
UM and area community members can learn about places such as India, Italy, Thailand, Israel and Australia at free events of the International Brown Bag Lecture Series this semester.
Lectures in the series, hosted by UM International Programs, will take place on campus from noon to 1 p.m. in Old Journalism Building Room 303.
Following is the lecture series schedule:
- Wednesday, Sept. 15: "Of All Things Italian: Teaching and Researching in Brescia" by Associate Professor Michael Braun, UM Department of Management and Marketing.
- Thursday, Oct. 7: "Health and Wellness in Thailand: the Land of Smiles and Potential for Collaboration" by Associate Professor James Laskin, UM School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science.
- Wednesday, Oct. 27: "The Box Jellyfish Chironex fleckeri: the World's Most Venomous Animal and Fastest Swimming Medusa" by Tom Cross, visiting scholar from University College Cork, Ireland.
- Wednesday, Nov. 17: "Bees and Beekeeping for Multiple Economic Benefits: My Experience in India and USA" by Sivaram Venkatarame Gowda, Nehru Senior Research Fellow and visiting Fulbright Scholar.
- Tuesday, Nov. 30: "Israeli Higher Education and the University of Haifa" by Menahem Mor, visiting scholar, University of Haifa, Israel.
- Tuesday, Dec. 7: "Australian Aboriginals: the Tragedy in Health and Education" by Al Yonovitz, chair, UM Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.
|UC Hosts 'Prose and Poems' Series
The University Center and Oval Literary Magazine will host a series in which UM students read their writings and poems.
The "Prose and Poems" series will run during autumn semester. Readings will take place at 7 p.m. in the UC Art Gallery, located in Room 227, on Oct. 5, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7.
Coffee, tea and desserts will be provided, and the readings are free and open to the public. Students interested in reading should call Josh Peters-McBride at 406-243-5776.
|'Chamber Music in Action' at UM Sept. 16
The UM School of Music and the Alex Morrison Family Foundation will host "Chamber Music in Action" from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Music Recital Hall.
The event, which is free and open to the public, features Eric Zivian, piano; Tanya Tomkins; cello, and Ian Swensen, violin.
The trio also will perform for a Faculty and Guest Artist Series event at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in the Music Recital Hall. Admission to the performance is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors.
For more information, e-mail music Professor Fern Glass Boyd at email@example.com.
|Football Game Telecasts Get Upgrade
Football fans who tune in to watch the Montana Grizzlies play this weekend and the rest of the season will see an improvement in picture quality. KPAX General Manager Bob Hermes said the TV station is upgrading from analog to a digital 16-by-9 full-screen production.
Hermes said fans will have a full-screen digital picture that's greatly improved from the old technology. KPAX hoped to have it up for last week's home opener, but some equipment was delayed in arriving.
"We look forward to this new technology, and the way it will enhance Grizzly football game-day telecasts," said UM Director of Athletics Jim O'Day. "KPAX has put a major investment into this production equipment, and on behalf of UM Athletics and Griz fans everywhere, we thank them for their continued support of the program. It is very much appreciated."
The No. 1-ranked Grizzlies take on the Cal Poly Mustangs on Saturday, Sept. 11, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. MDT, and the game can be seen on Montana's CW stations.
|Griz Dominate Home Opener
The Montana Grizzlies kicked off the Robin Pflugrad era in style Sept. 4, crushing Division II Western State of Colorado 73-2.
UM returned four interceptions for touchdowns, tying the NCAA record. Sophomore linebacker Jordan Tripp, senior safety Erik Stoll, junior cornerback Trumaine Johnson and freshman cornerback Sean Murray all hit pay dirt after picking off passes.
Senior quarterback Justin Roper completed 7 of 10 passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns for the Griz. The three TD passes were a career high for Roper, who threw for eight scores as a junior.
Andrew Selle, also a senior QB, was 4 of 11 for 123 yards and had two TD passes. Junior kicker Brody McKnight tied a school record by making all 10 of his point-after-touchdown attempts. He also had a 32-yard field goal.
The game was delayed late in the second quarter due to lightning in the area. Both teams cleared the field and resumed play at the start of the second half.
Western State's only points came when Selle fumbled a snap and the Mountaineers recovered in the end zone for a safety.
The victory was Pflugrad's first as head coach of the Griz. He replaced Bobby Hauck last December. The 73 points were the most Montana has scored since a 68-35 win over Southern Utah in 2002.
The Griz, now ranked No. 1 in the country, travel to Cal Poly on Sept. 11 for a battle with the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
|No Luck in Reno for Griz Soccer
Montana senior Carmen Reyes scored her second career goal at Nevada, but it wasn't enough to get the Grizzlies their first victory of the season. The Wolf Pack scored in the sixth and 41st minutes to jump out to a 2-0 lead and never trailed in a 3-1 victory at Mackay Stadium on Sept. 3 in Reno, Nev.
Montana freshman keeper Julianna Jack played all 90 minutes in goal for the Grizzlies. She faced 12 shots on goal, and made nine saves.
On Sept. 5, South Dakota State scored just 2:28 into the match and went on to a 3-0 victory over Montana in Reno. The loss leaves the Grizzlies at 0-5-1.
Montana will host Wyoming at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at South Campus Stadium.
|Volleyball Drops Three at Tourney
Cal State-Fullerton hit .357 and limited Montana to 17 total kills in a quick 25-13, 25-8, 25-15 victory Sept. 3 on the opening day of the Titan Classic in Fullerton, Calif.
Freshman Kayla Reno's five kills led Montana, which hit .020. Senior Jaimie Thibeault had four kills on .150 hitting and added a team-high three blocks. Senior Brittney Brown totaled a match-high 15 digs.
The Montana volleyball team had a match point in the fifth set, but Colorado scored five of the match's final seven points to pull out a 21-25, 29-27, 25-14, 19-25, 18-16 victory over the Grizzlies on Sept. 4.
Thibeault had 18 kills on .385 hitting with five blocks, Brown had 30 digs and freshman Kortney James had 48 assists.
The team wrapped up play at the tourney with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-16) loss to Georgia State in what amounted to the tournament's third-place match.
The Grizzlies, who dropped to 2-5 with the loss, finished the tournament without a win to place fourth.
This weekend, Montana hosts Utah State, North Dakota and Temple for the UM Invitational. The Grizzlies will play Utah State at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. On Saturday, they will play North Dakota at noon and Temple at 7 p.m. All games are in the Adams Center West Auxiliary Gymnasium.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana