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|Lecture Explores Books that Changed US
Distinguished novelist, poet, biographer and critic Jay Parini will present the next installment of the President's Lecture Series at UM.
Parini, the D.E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont, will present "The Books that Changed America" at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the University Theatre.
The lecture will deal with the foundation texts that Parini thinks represent the soul of the American Republic, from William Bradford's "Of Plymouth Plantation" to Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique."
Earlier that day from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m., he will give a seminar titled "The Passages of Herman Melville" in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public.
Parini is the author of "Why Poetry Matters" and "Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America." He has written several novels including "The Apprentice Lover," "Benjamin's Crossing" and "The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Last Year," which inspired last year's highly acclaimed film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer.
President's Lecture Series
|Faculty Lecture Series Kicks Off Sept. 29
The first installment of the 2010 Provost's Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series at UM will feature Thomas Martin of the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.
Martin will present "Live Fast and Die Young or Grow Slow and Die Old: What Do Field Studies of Breeding Birds across the World Tell Us?" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in James E. Todd Building Rooms 203-204.
Martin is one of only 40 senior scientists with the U.S. Department of the Interior nationwide and serves as assistant unit leader of the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at UM. He will talk about field studies of breeding birds and the causes and consequences of the strong variation in offspring and parental strategies for growth, behavior and longevity, especially across geographic locations.
All lectures in the series are free and open to the public. Receptions will follow each event. Following is a schedule of other lectures in the series this semester:
Provost's Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series
- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27: "Human Rights in Words, Images, and Sounds" by Regents Professor of History Paul Lauren. University Center Theater. Presented in conjunction with UM's Day of Dialogue events, which will take place on campus Oct. 28.
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10: "Making a Language: A Slide Show Retrospective of the Artwork of Ceramicist Beth Lo" by UM art Professor Elizabeth Lo. University Center Theater.
- 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30: "Journey-Work: A Reading of New and Selected Poems by Greg Pape." Pape is a UM creative writing professor. University Center Theater.
|American Indian Heritage Day Sept. 24
UM will hold events Friday, Sept. 24, to celebrate American Indian Heritage Day. The community is invited to attend all events, which are free with the exception of the Native American-themed meal offered that day at the Food Zoo and the evening show by comedian Ryan McMahon.
The day begins with a 7 a.m. Sunrise Ceremony and continental breakfast near the east entrance of The Payne Family Native American Center. A tipi rising will follow at 9 a.m. on the lawn between the center and the Math Building.
The following events will also be held that day:
Noon: UM President George M. Dennison will present a proclamation of American Indian Heritage Day at the east entrance of the Native center.
1 p.m.: Native games will be held on the southwest quadrant of the Oval, and handgames will take place in the Native center's Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place.
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Native American-themed menu at the Food Zoo in the Lommasson Center. Cost: $8.75. Residence hall and commuter meal plans can be used.
2 p.m.: Reading by UM English Professor Debra Magpie Earling in the Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place.
7 p.m.: Performance by comedian Ryan McMahon in the University Center Theater. Cost: $5 public and $3 students at the door.
For more information, call Salisha Old Bull, American Indian Student Service program coordinator, at 406-243-6308.
American Indian Student Services
|Climate Change Expert at UM Sept. 20
Peter Huybers, an international expert in ice ages and global climate change, will present "On the Astronomical Control of Late Pleistocene Ice Ages" at UM on Monday, Sept. 20.
The presentation, a colloquium of UM's Department of Geosciences, will begin at 4:10 p.m. in Urey Lecture Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Huybers is an assistant professor in Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He received a bachelor's degree in physics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a doctorate in climate physics and chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work has been published in prestigious journals such as Science and Nature.
For more information, call UM's Department of Geosciences at 406-243-2341.
|Tech Fair on Campus Sept. 22
More than two dozen campus technologies will be on display at the Tech Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the University Center Atrium. During the event, faculty, staff and students can visit with technology support staff at tables, and a series of short presentations will be offered throughout the day.
Faculty members can learn more about classroom presentation technologies, media development and the transition to a new learning management system. They also can sign up for a UM Professional Development Series course, "Designing and Managing Online Discussions," to be held in conjunction with the fair. The course covers creating questions that foster conversation, providing a sense of instructor presence in the facilitation of discussions and employing time-saving strategies to the management of discussions.
Student-focused information will include a new online academic planning tool, UMConnect student e-mail, technology support in residence halls and technology services provided by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library and other academic and student service departments. The Bookstore at UM will feature vendors Adobe, Apple and Dell.
Tech Fair participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including an Apple iPad and iPod Touch, Dell netbook, Kindle, smart pens, software packages, two tickets to the UM President's Box for the Oct. 23 Northern Arizona football game and more. For more information, visit the Tech Fair website.
|Consul General of Turkey Speaks at UM
The World Affairs Council of Montana will host Hakan Tekin, consul general of Turkey, as part of the organization's Distinguished Speaker Programs on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at UM.
The event, "Bridge between East and West: Trends in Turkish Foreign Policy," will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. It is open to the public and free for students and WAC members. General admission for nonmembers is $5.
The council's Distinguished Speaker Programs aim to foster global awareness in Montana communities and classrooms. Tekin will discuss recent shifts in Turkish foreign policy and the nation's rising influence on the global stage.
World Affairs Council of Montana
|KBGA College Radio Hosts Birthday Bash
KBGA College Radio 89.9 FM at UM will celebrate 14 years on air with a Birthday Bash on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Palace and the Badlander in downtown Missoula.
Admission to the Birthday Bash is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets are available at the KBGA office in University Center Room 208. Doors to the Badlander and the Palace open at 9 p.m. The event is open to those 18 and older.
This year's annual event features artists from around the U.S. and Montana: Rafter from San Diego, Rainbow Arabia from Los Angeles, the Ah Holly Fam'ly from Portland, Ore., Pterodactyl Plains from Trego, The Salamanders from Bozeman and Wartimes Blues from Missoula.
For more information, visit the KBGA website.
|Team Up for 2010 Heart Walk
Teams are forming now for the 2010 Missoula Heart Walk, which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, on the UM Oval.
The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, and the individual walkers and teams that raise the most money will receive various prizes, such as:
- Sky box tickets to a Grizzlies basketball game;
- Tickets to UM College of Visual and Performing Arts productions;
- Gift certificates to campus vendors, including The Bookstore at UM, the UM Golf Course and several restaurants;
- Lady Griz basketball game tickets.
For a more detailed list or to create a team, call Beckie Christiaens, UM Heart Walk campaign chair, at 406-243-4611, e-mail
or visit the Missoula Heart Walk website.
Missoula Heart Walk
|'World's Largest Garage Sale' Saturday
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.
The semiannual event, which draws nearly 100 sellers and thousands of shoppers, is a fundraiser for UM Advocates, a campus service organization.
|Students Explore Inequality at Workshop
UM students can explore social inequality at a one-day workshop, "Beyond Boundaries: Pursuing New Equalities," which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.
The interactive discussion on social inequality, the boundaries that separate us and next steps on the road to equality aims to generate new undergraduate and graduate research questions and prepare students for a national conference.
Students can get more information and apply for the workshop by calling UM Assistant Professor Tobin Miller Shearer at 406-243-6225 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Still Time to See 'The Frybread Queen'
"The Frybread Queen" opened at UM last week, and the community still has time to see a performance of the haunting drama by Carolyn Dunn, winner of the nationwide Native Voices development competition held each year at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
The play is the spirited story of three generations of Indian women bound by marriage and family ties. They come together for the funeral of a beloved son, and in their grief, they confront long-simmering tensions and family secrets that threaten to tear them apart.
The UM production is a collaboration of the Autry National Center, the School of Theatre & Dance and the Montana Repertory Theatre. It stars professional stage actors Jane Lind and Arigon Starr, UM and Montana Rep alumnus Lily Gladstone and current UM student Tiffany Meiwald. It is directed by UM Associate Professor Jere Hodgin, and the production team includes other UM faculty, as well as current students and graduates of the University's School of Theatre & Dance.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 23-25, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Masquer Theatre in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
Tickets cost $16 for the public, $14 for students and seniors and $10 for children 12 and under. They are available on the School of Theatre & Dance website, at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the PAR/TV Center or by calling 406-243-4851. Box office hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances.
School of Theatre & Dance
|SpectrUM Unveils 'The Brain' Exhibition
UM's spectrUM Discovery Area has a new exhibition, "The Brain: World Inside Your Head."
"The Brain" features interactive science exhibits and activities exploring the wonders of neuroscience, including an EEG measurement station, a colossal brain and an activity in which visitors can move a ball using their brain waves. It will be housed at spectrUM through March 2011 and then will travel the state, visiting schools in many of Montana's most remote counties and reservations.
The exhibition is sponsored by UM's Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience. Neuroscientists and staff from the center collaborated with spectrUM on the design and development of "The Brain."
To arrange for "The Brain" exhibition to visit your school or organization, call spectrUM Director Holly Truitt at 406-243-4828 or e-mail email@example.com.
SpectrUM is open to the public from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $3.50 for those 4 and older. Teachers who would like to arrange field trips to spectrUM, which cost $3.50 per student, can call 406-243-4828. For more information, visit the spectrUM website.
SpectrUM Discovery Area
|Griz Football Falls to Cal Poly
The Cal Poly Mustangs built a 15-point fourth quarter lead and used late turnovers in a 35-33 upset over the top-ranked Montana Grizzlies on Sept. 11 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Montana had two chances denied with less than three minutes remaining in the game. Cal Poly defensive lineman Kyle Murphy forced Montana quarterback Justin Roper to fumble and recovered at the Montana 35 with 1:55 remaining to end the Grizzlies' first attempt to at least reach field-goal range.
The Griz defense then forced the Mustangs to punt, and Montana had 1:06 left with the ball at its own 2-yard line. The Griz only picked up 24 more yards before Cal Poly linebacker Marty Mohamed picked off Roper in the closing seconds to end Montana's last gasp.
Montana had a 465-340 yard edge in total offense, including a 416-178 advantage in passing yardage. The option-based Mustangs led rushing yardage 162-49. Montana was flagged 10 times for 87 yards, while Cal Poly had four penalties for 30 yards. The Griz turned over the ball four times, and Poly coughed it up twice.
Roper led all passers, throwing for 229 yards while going 18 for 26 with two touchdowns and an interception. Wide receiver Jabin Sambrano caught a game-high eight passes for 158 yards and a score, and Cal Poly quarterback Tony Smith rushed for 40 yards on 13 carries.
Montana (1-1) opens Big Sky Conference play on Sept. 18 when they take on Eastern Washington in Cheney, Wash., in the Eagles' home opener. It will be the first game on EWU's new red turf.
|Golfers Take 10th at Idaho Tourney
The UM women's golf team finished in 10th place at the Circling Raven Invitational in Worley, Idaho, which wrapped up Sept. 14.
Northern Arizona won the 20-team tournament with a 54-hole score of 905. The Jacks beat Brigham Young University in a playoff. The Grizzlies posted a team score of 927.
Lauren Howell led the Grizzlies with a 54-hole score of 228 to finish 18th overall. Olivia Weber and Carissa Simmons tied for 45th place at 235, Rose Stepanek was tied for 59th at 237 and Ashli Helstrom tied for 69th at 239.
In the second round, the Grizzlies' team score of 299 was the fourth-best ever recorded by a UM team. Weber led the Grizzlies with a 70, which equaled the third-best individual score in school history.
|Men's Tennis Fares Well in Bozeman
The University of Montana men's tennis team turned in a solid performance at the Montana State Open in Bozeman on Sept 12.
Junior Carl Kuschke was the runner-up in open singles play. Kuschke combined with senior David Cysneiros to finish second in the doubles competition as well.
The Grizzlies logged a 19-10 record against the Cats, led by Kuschke, who went 4-1 as the tournament's No. 4 seed.
In doubles, the Grizzlies recorded a 6-6 record. Cysneiros and Kuschke went 3-1 for the weekend. Andrew Warren and Eric Braun also went 3-1 in winning the consolation bracket.
|Griz Spikers Take Third at Invitational
The UM volleyball team took third place at the four-team Montana Invitational with a five-set (17-25, 25-20, 27-29, 26-24, 15-10) victory over Temple University on Sept. 11 at the West Auxiliary Gym.
Utah State (9-0 overall) took the tournament title with a three-set sweep of North Dakota on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies went 3-0 at the tournament.
North Dakota (8-3), who beat Montana in five sets earlier Saturday, finished second with a 2-1 tournament record.
Montana (3-7) went 1-2 to take third. Temple (2-7) was winless in three tournament matches.
Utah State's Shay Sorensen took home tournament MVP honors. Her teammates Chelsea Fowles and Christine Morrill joined Sorensen on the all-tournament team.
Also on the all-tournament team were North Dakota's Annika Smed and Erin Joki, Montana freshman Brooke Bray and Temple's Elyse Burkert.
Against Temple, UM freshman Kayla Reno finished with a team-high 16 kills on .295 hitting, freshman Kortney James totaled 48 assists, senior Brittney Brown had 19 digs and junior Brittany Quick had a match-high eight blocks.
The Grizzlies lost to Utah State 3-1 in their first match of the tourney on Sept. 10.
|Wyoming Knocks off Griz Soccer Squad
Wyoming scored the only goal in the 77th minute to send Montana to a 1-0 loss Sept. 10 at South Campus Stadium in the Grizzlies' only match last week. The loss dropped Montana to 0-6-1 on the season.
The teams played an even match until Wyoming freshman forward Nahiomy Ortiz took a pass from sophomore Carmen Blume and scored at the 76:23 mark from 18 yards out.
The goal was the only one allowed in 10 shots against Montana freshman keeper Kendra McMillen, who was making her first career start in goal.
Montana took six shots in the match, putting three on goal.
The Cowgirls won for the fourth time in five matches to improve to 4-3-0.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana