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|Engstrom Named New UM President
UM has its next president.
The state Board of Regents voted Thursday, Sept. 23, in Butte to approve the hiring of UM Provost Royce Engstrom to become the University's 17th president. Engstrom will begin his new duties Oct. 15.
Engstrom has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at UM since 2007. He also is a chemistry professor. Born in Michigan and raised in Nebraska, he came to Montana after a national search from a provost position at the University of South Dakota.
He will replace President George M. Dennison, UM's longest-serving president who led his alma mater for two decades.
UM Presidential Search and Transition
|Students Invited to Join Buffett for Q&A
U.S. Sen. Max Baucus announced last week that legendary investor Warren Buffett has invited UM Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy students to join him for an extended question-and-answer session and tour of two Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries March 11 in Omaha, Neb.
Buffett personally extended the invitation at the Montana Economic Development Summit at Montana Tech of UM in Butte, where he addressed more than 2,000 Montanans as a keynote speaker.
"The University of Montana's strong commitment to ethics is so important in this day and age," Buffett said. "While the most important things in life aren't about money, UM's business plan competition and entrepreneurship programs are preparing these students to be successful and to be competitive. UM really has a first class business school and MBA program. I look forward to meeting these bright students in person."
More than 100 UM students will compete for the opportunity, but only 20 will be selected to participate. UM was one of only 48 schools selected for the program out of the 200 colleges and universities that applied.
|Scholar to Lecture on Stalking
Brian H. Spitzberg, a Senate Distinguished Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University, will present "Stalking and Unwanted Pursuit: Cultural Corruptions of Communication and Courtship" from 3:40 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in Gallagher Business Building Room 119. The talk is free and open to the public.
Spitzberg's research is widely published, with books and articles in areas that include interpersonal communication skills, communication assessment, conflict management, jealousy, infidelity, intimate violence, sexual coercion and stalking.
He is the co-author of the 2004 book "The Dark Side of Relationship Pursuit: From Attraction to Obsession and Stalking," which won the International Association for Relationship Research Award in 2006.
|Symposium Examines State Constitution
In November Montanans will vote on whether to convene a constitutional convention to revise or replace the state constitution.
In light of this important upcoming vote, the Montana Law Review will dedicate this year's Honorable James R. Browning Symposium at UM to an examination of the Montana Constitution and the process of a constitutional convention.
The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will take place Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7-8, in the University Center. Registration is not required.
Members of the State Bar of Montana can receive Continuing Legal Education credits for each event attended. A total of 17 free CLE credits are available. For more information, call the Montana Law Review at 406-243-2023.
The symposium should be of particular interest to all Montana residents. It will feature highly regarded national, regional and local speakers and panelists, including several of the delegates to the 1972 Constitutional Convention.
Symposium events begin with opening remarks by UM School of Law Dean Irma Russell and Regents Professor of Law J. Martin Burke at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the University Center Theater. The final event of the symposium will honor delegates and staff of the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8. A complete symposium agenda is available on the Montana Law Review website.
Montana Law Review
|Exhibitions Open at Gallery of Visual Arts
A multifaceted exhibition featuring two nationally recognized artists will open at UM's Gallery of Visual Arts on Thursday, Sept. 30.
Doug Anderson's interactive mixed media installation "Asphodel" investigates loss. Sara Schneckloth's exhibit "Surge Protection" explores memory with engaging cut paper drawings. The artists' works will be on display in the gallery, located on the first floor of UM's Social Science Building, through Nov. 10.
An opening reception and presentation by Anderson will take place from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Anderson will speak about his work at 5:15 p.m. in Social Science Building Room 356. Schneckloth will present an artist's lecture from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Social Science Building Room 356. The artists' presentations are sponsored by the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Lecture Fund and are free and open to the public.
Anderson, an associate professor of art at State University of New York at Geneseo, and Schneckloth, an assistant professor of art at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, share a conceptual interest in drawing as a ritual experience that can expand our awareness of history, story and memory. Each exhibit redefines traditional expectations of drawing and works on paper.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, visit the gallery's website or call Lisa Jarrett, interim director, at 406-243-2813 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery of Visual Arts
|Death March Survivor Donates Art
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM has received a gift of 11 oil paintings and 78 drawings by noted artist Ben Steele.
Steele, a survivor of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines and a former prisoner of war in Japan, used found paper and salvaged charcoal to document his ordeal of unparalleled cruelty and savagery -- 41 months of starvation, dehydration, hard labor, torture and a journey on notorious "hell ships" to the Japanese homeland.
Crippled by a combination of dysentery, pneumonia, malaria, blood poisoning and Beriberi, Steele miraculously survived before being liberated in 1945. The drawings were smuggled out of the prison campus, but unfortunately were lost. During his yearlong recuperation in a Spokane, Wash., hospital, Steele re-created the lost drawings.
MMAC Director Barbara Koostra recently conducted an oral history with Steele as part of the museum's efforts to preserve the history of art in Montana.
"Ben is a treasure," Koostra said. "His message is one of peace. We hope that people will learn a great deal about the lessons of war from his paintings."
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
|Donation Drive for Kyrgyzstan
UM and the International Studies Program will collect coats, warm clothing, quilts and blankets to send to the victims of ethnic violence following the political coup in Kyrgyzstan this summer.
Collection boxes are on campus at the James E. Todd Building, the Law Building, the geography department office in the Old Journalism Building, the International Center, and UM fraternities and sororities. Donations of boxes and plastic storage bags also are needed. Those interested in volunteering for the project can call Susie Graetz at 406-243-2299 and leave a message.
In 1996 through the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program, Montana became a sister state to Kyrgyzstan. Since then a solid, giving relationship has been built.
Thousands of Kyrgyzstan's citizens are homeless and unprepared for the coming brutal winter weather. Nearly 2,000 were injured and hundreds of families have been left to fend for themselves because the breadwinners were killed in recent ethnic violence.
If UM can get donations to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash., by late October, the base commander in Bishkek will make sure that they get on a plane bound for the Kyrgyz Republic and will be delivered by our military to the southern part of the country and the people who need and will benefit the most.
|UM Ranked Among 50 Safest Colleges
The Daily Beast, an online news site, recently named UM the 23rd safest college in the nation in its second annual ranking.
The website used crime data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, the FBI and the Secret Service from the calendar years 2006-08 to compile the 50 Safest Colleges rankings. The Clery Act mandates that all schools that receive federal funding disclose crime information annually. The data reflect incidents reported to campus or local police, not convictions.
To be eligible for the Daily Beast ranking, colleges must have at least 6,000 enrolled students and provide residential facilities. A total of 458 schools across the country met this criteria and were considered for the ranking.
The statistics account for nine types of criminal incidents, which were weighted based on a subjective judgment of violence. All totals were then divided by the number of enrolled students, so that midsize and large campuses could be accurately compared.
|Social Justice Advocate Lectures Sept. 30
Local social justice advocate Kathleen Russell will discuss the importance of listening to children whose parents are in the midst of divorce during a lecture Thursday, Sept. 30, at UM.
Kathleen Russell's lecture is titled "Crisis in the Courts: Hearing Children's Voices, Taking Away Their Burden" and begins at 7 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Her presentation also will include a short film. The event is free and open to the public.
Russell is executive director of the Center for Judicial Excellence and founder of the Missoula Advocates for Social Justice. The lecture is sponsored by the UM School of Social Work.
|Missoula Heart Walk at UM Oct. 2
The annual Heart Walk, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at UM.
Teams are forming now and are soliciting donations to support the education and research efforts of the American Heart Association, a nonprofit that raises awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke and promotes heart-healthy lifestyles. This year's goal is $160,000. No fundraising minimum is required to take part in the Heart Walk, and registration is open until the day of the event.
The Heart Walk event will begin at 10 a.m. on the Oval with a ceremony to introduce heart disease survivors and remember those who have passed away because of heart disease. Participants then will walk a three-mile, noncompetitive course around the UM campus. Awards and a closing ceremony will follow.
This year the kids' zone at the Heart Walk will feature spectrUM Discovery Area's popular exhibit "Hands on Health."
Refreshments and information on healthy lifestyles also will be available at the event. Grizzly athletes, the University dance team and mascot Monte will be on hand to sign autographs and take part in the festivities.
For more information or to register, call the American Heart Association at 406-829-3377, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Missoula Heart Walk website.
Missoula Heart Walk
|Choreographers Take Dance Outside
"UM Dancers on Location: A Site-Specific Dance Concert" will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3. The audience gathers at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library courtyard at noon and then is led to each site for a dance installation. The event is free and open to the public.
A rich and often interactive experience, "UM Dancers on Location" enables audiences to view dances created for nontraditional and unpredictable performance settings. This year's performances feature choreography created for spaces between window frames, on outdoor stairwells and among trees across campus.
For more information, call the School of Theatre and Dance at 406-243-4481.
School of Theatre and Dance
|Vote for Marching Band in Competition
The UM Grizzly Marching Band is participating in the CBS "Hawaii Five-0" Marching Band Mania contest honoring the return of the 1970s TV series.
UM is one of 18 schools competing for the title of best video performance of the "Hawaii Five-0" theme song. The winning school will receive $25,000 to go toward its marching band program.
Public voting began Sept. 20 after the premiere of the new "Hawaii Five-0" on CBS, and will run through Monday, Oct. 4. The winning school will be announced and its video will be played during a "Hawaii Five-0" episode at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11.
Visit the CBS College Sports website to cast a vote for the UM Grizzly Marching Band. For more information, call band director Kevin Griggs at 406-243-2959 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBS College Sports
|Monte Returns to Capital One Challenge
UM's mascot, Monte, the only two-time Capital One Mascot of the Year, is one of 16 mascots selected to participate in the 2010 Capital One Mascot Challenge.
For the next several weeks, Monte will be paired against a different mascot, and they will battle for the most votes. At the end of 12 weeks of voting, the eight mascots with the best win-loss record will advance to a playoff bracket. Week 13 will be the quarterfinals, week 14 the semifinals and week 15 the finals.
Fans can vote for Monte on the Capital One Mascot Challenge website or by texting "Monte" to 69866. The champion will be announced at the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2011.
|Broadway Comes to Adams Center
Season tickets now are available for the 2010-11 Broadway in Missoula series, which will bring the following productions from New York to UM's Adams Center stage:
Season tickets are now on sale to the general public. They range from $99 to $140 and include all three shows. Purchasing a "Best of Broadway" subscription package saves subscribers more than 30 percent per seat versus buying individual tickets. To order or renew subscriptions, call the Broadway Series Hotline at 888-712-2929.
Wednesday, Oct. 13: "An Evening with Garrison Keillor." The writer and humorist is best-known for his widely popular radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." He is a best-selling author of 12 books, including "Lake Wobegon Days."
Tuesday, Dec. 7: "The Wizard of Oz." The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow.
Wednesday, May 18: "Riverdance." The thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions around the globe will play one of its "Farewell Performances."
Individual tickets go on sale about six weeks before each performance at all GrizTix outlets, on the GrizTix website or by calling 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA. Tickets for "An Evening with Garrison Keillor" are now available.
|Griz Football Trips on Red Carpet
The Eastern Washington Eagles scored nine unanswered points in the final minute of the fourth quarter to seal a 36-27 victory over Montana on Sept. 18 in the inaugural game on the bright red Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
Montana tied the game 27-27 with 1:33 to play, but EWU answered back. The Eagles drove 50 yards and regained the lead 30-27 after a 31-yard field goal. On the following kickoff, EWU was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, leaving Montana one more desperation play. Montana fumbled and Eagle defensive lineman Renard Williams returned the loose ball for a final touchdown.
Montana struggled with special teams. UM had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown,and kick returner Peter Ngyuen committed two fumbles, losing possession both times. Montana had a total of six turnovers in the loss.
The loss drops Montana to 1-2, 0-1 in the Big Sky.
Montana hosts Sac State on Sept. 25 for Homecoming at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
|Women Harriers Set Pace
The Montana women's cross country team put three runners in the top four -- including overall winner senior Kara DeWalt -- to win the Montana State Invitational on Sept. 18 in Bozeman. The Griz men, behind junior Lynn Reynolds' third-place finish, placed fifth in the five-mile men's race.
DeWalt, who ran the three-mile race a 16:47, had a strong finish to pull away from senior Katrina Drennen, who took second in 16:55.
Both runners topped Weber State's Sarah Callister, who placed fourth at last fall's Big Sky championship.
Freshman Keli Dennehy had an excellent showing in her collegiate debut, placing fourth in 17:02, just two seconds behind Callister.
Reynolds has led the Montana men in every race since his first in 2008. Saturday was no exception. Reynolds finished the course in 25:12, placing third behind Montana State's Patrick Casey, who ran a 25:01, and Utah State's Brian McKenna, who ran a 25:05.
Montana's No. 2 runner was more than two minutes back. Sophomore Cody Lund finished 35th in 27:21.
The Grizzlies will host the Montana Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the UM Golf Course.
|Volleyball Team Wins One, Loses One
The Montana volleyball team scored the final three points of the match to pull out a dramatic 3-2 (25-23, 27-25, 23-25, 20-25, 15-13) victory over Eastern Washington on Sept. 23 at the West Auxiliary Gym. It was the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
The Grizzlies were two points from sweeping the Eagles in three but dropped the third and then the fourth set.
Portland State won the first matchup between the Big Sky Conference preseason favorites with a 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-19, 25-13) victory over Montana on Sept. 24 at the West Auxiliary Gym.
The Grizzlies held PSU to .139 hitting for the match, but Portland State's serving would prove to be the difference. The Vikings had 10 service aces for the match and had Montana scrambling a number of other times just to keep the ball in play off the serve.
Montana returns to Big Sky Conference play for the remainder of the regular season. The Grizzlies will host Montana State at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the West Auxiliary Gym.
|Griz Strikers Earn First Win of Season
The Montana soccer team did not come up with its first win of the season Sept 17 against Boise State at South Campus Stadium, but a goal by sophomore Erin Craig in the 15th minute gave the Grizzlies a 1-1 draw with the Broncos.
The Broncos got on the scoreboard early when Lindsay Roberts ripped a line drive from 30 yards out that sailed over the outstretched arm of freshman goalkeeper Kendra McMillen at the 7:08 mark.
Craig evened the score when she took a pass from senior Frankie Brady, got in behind the defense and beat BSU keeper Liz Ruiz just inside the right post at 14:14.
It was Craig's second goal of the season and third of her career.
The big win for the Griz came Sunday. Senior Kaitlyn Heinsohn scored in the 85th minute to give Montana a 1-0 victory over North Dakota at South Campus Stadium. The win was the first victory of the season for the Grizzlies (1-6-2), who snapped a nine-match winless streak that dated back to the final match of the 2009 season.
The goal was Heinsohn's team-leading third of the season and the 13th of her career.
Montana will play a pair of matches in California this weekend. The Grizzlies will face Pacific (2-4-2) on Friday, Sept. 24 and UC Davis (3-3-1) on Sunday, Sept. 26.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana