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|Student-Athletes Receive Service Awards
Four student-athletes, two from UM and two from Montana State University-Bozeman, have been selected to receive the 2010 Montana Athletes in Service Award.
The awards will be presented during the annual Brawl of the Wild football game Saturday, Nov. 20, at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. Amy Roberts and Casey Weinman of UM and Rick Haluszka and Lyndi Seidensticker of MSU will receive the awards from UM President Royce Engstrom, MSU President Waded Cruzado and Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger.
The student-athletes were chosen by selection committees for their commitment to civic engagement, years of service and the impact that their service has on the community. The awards are sponsored by the Montana Campus Compact.
Roberts, a member of the UM women's volleyball team, is a senior majoring in mathematics education. She serves as a math tutor for middle school and high school students and gives much of her time to community events that encourage healthy lifestyles.
Weinman, a junior majoring in resource conservation at UM, is a member of the men's cross country and track and field teams. He volunteers to coach, mentor and tutor high school students in the off-season and has served with the Center for Global Education, teaching children about the damaging effects of environmental degradation.
MTCC is a nonprofit coalition of colleges and university presidents committed to helping students develop the values and skills of citizenship through civic engagement and participation in public service.
|Celebrate Griz Plane at Airport Tailgate
UM, Missoula International Airport and Horizon Air invite the public to a tailgate to celebrate the unveiling of Horizon's new Griz-themed airplane from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the airport.
The Hilton Garden Inn and Blue Canyon Kitchen will serve chili to benefit United Way of Missoula County, and Starbucks will provide coffee. The UM pep band and cheerleaders will be on hand for the festivities, and the airport will provide free parking.
Horizon will unveil the freshly painted maroon and silver Q400 turboprop aircraft when Flight QX2348 arrives from Seattle at approximately 12:45 p.m.
Horizon announced last month that it would paint the airplane with UM's colors and logos and unveil it just in time for the Nov. 20 Griz-Cat football game in Missoula. Since it was already scheduled to be repainted, the new look was provided at no cost to the University.
|Pantzer Hall Wins Green Competition
Pantzer Hall won UM's first all-campus green residence hall competition. The competition was held in coordination with the UM Office of Sustainability and the Associated Students of UM Sustainability Center from Oct. 26 to Nov. 9.
The eight residence halls on campus were involved in the competition, and on Nov. 9, Pantzer Hall had reduced its energy by 7 percent, the highest percentage over a period of two weeks. Elrod, Knowles and Jesse halls rounded out the top four.
In addition to the residence hall competition, UM Eco-Reps also sponsored two "green room" competitions. The first was for the resident with the "greenest" room, and the other was for the resident that made the best case for needing a "green room makeover."
For more information on the residence hall competition, the Eco-Rep program and UM's Climate Action Plan visit the Greening UM website.
|Internship, Research Funding Available
The Public Policy and Leadership Initiative of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM announces the Pat Williams Scholarships for internships and research awards.
The scholarships are available to UM undergraduate and graduate students. Projects should fall under the areas of public policy and leadership.
Grants will range from $500 to $1,500. They will be awarded for use by students during the University's 2011 Wintersession and spring and summer semesters.
Applications are due at the Mansfield Center by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. Application criteria are available on the center's website. Awardees will be contacted by Monday, Dec. 13, and the winners will be posted on the website.
Grants will be made in two areas:
- Internships: Students must already have a specific internship in mind to which the funds would be applied. Students can consult with their departments or the Mansfield Center for relevant opportunities.
- Research: Students must have sufficient background in the discipline of the major to conduct meaningful research and the ability to develop and carry out a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The faculty mentor's written agreement to work with the student is required.
For more information, call Deena Mansour at 406-243-2713 or e-mail email@example.com.
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
|'Backroads of Montana' Airs Nov. 21
The popular travelogue program "Backroads of Montana" visits four Montana communities in a new episode to premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, on MontanaPBS.
In Polson, producer Ray Ekness met a beer lover who has amassed a large collection of memorabilia from Montana's beer-brewing history. That history is told in the labels on cans, bottles and mugs, and in signs, posters and promotional pieces, such as a book of matches in the shape of Butte Beer bottles.
The only tribal radio station in Montana is the subject of a story produced by John Twiggs. KGVA (the GV is for Gros Ventre, the A for Assiniboine) serves the Fort Belknap Reservation and a large portion of the state's Hi-Line. It broadcasts tribal council meetings and American Indian musicians, as well as basketball games.
Two "Backroads" segments are set in the Three Forks area: a visit to the smallest state park in Montana, the Parker Homestead just west of Three Forks, and producer Gus Chambers' profile of local collector and newspaper columnist Jim Phillips.
The Prairie Winds Café in Molt, just northwest of Billings, features a bluegrass breakfast every Saturday morning, and "Backroads" host William Marcus helped out, introducing the stories between pouring coffee and busing tables.
|Regional Forester to Speak Dec. 2
Leslie A.C. Weldon, regional forester for the Northern Region of the USDA Forest Service, will be the fourth speaker in the fall lineup of the Natural Resources and Environmental Policy Forum series at UM.
Weldon will speak about "Contemporary Themes and Philosophies for National Forest Stewardship" at noon Thursday, Dec. 2, in the UM Law Building Castles Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Weldon was appointed regional forester in 2009. The Northern Region covers 25 million acres of Montana and parts of Idaho, Washington and the Dakotas.
In recent years, the Forest Service has broadened its focus to larger, landscape-scale projects, which require the federal agency to build and maintain partnerships with state agencies, private landowners and various stakeholder groups. Weldon will emphasize the significance of this approach and the importance of partners in making this landscape-scale conservation work possible.
For more information call Sarah Bates, CNREP senior fellow, at 406-207-9071 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Poet Greg Pape to Give Reading
Greg Pape, Montana's poet laureate from 2007 to 2009, will give a poetry reading as the final installment of the 2010 Provost's Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series at UM on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
He will present "Journey-Work: A Reading of New and Selected Poems by Greg Pape" at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theater. The reading is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.
Pape is a professor of creative writing at UM. He has taught at the University since 1987 and is a former director of UM's Creative Writing Program. He is the author of nine books, including "Border Crossings," "Black Branches," "Storm Pattern," "Sunflower Facing the Sun," which won the Edwin Ford Piper Prize, now called the Iowa Prize, and "American Flamingo," winner of a Crab Orchard Open Competition Award.
For more information about the lecture series, visit the UM Office of the Provost website or call 406-243-4689.
Office of the Provost
|Gallery Hosts Thesis Exhibition
The UM School of Art will present "Disquietude," a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition by Pamela Caughey, in the UM Gallery of Visual Arts from Tuesday Nov. 30, to Thursday, Dec. 16.
The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Gallery of Visual Arts and is free and open to the public.
The gallery is located on the first floor of the Social Science Building and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"Disquietude" explores the wide range of psychological, social and global ramifications of living in the age of terrorism. The exhibit is a combination of large-scale photography, installation and printmaking, and challenges viewers to consider and reflect upon the emotions and repercussions of terrorism as it exists today.
|'Swing Away Your Blues ' at UM Dance
The University Center and UM Swing Kids will present "Swing Away Your Blues" from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the UC Ballroom.
Swing dance instruction, taught by Martha Jane and students from Martha Jane Swing Instruction, will begin at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. dancers can try out their new moves to the live music of Zeppo Montana, an eight-piece rhythm and blues group with three horns, two singers, a keyboard, bass and drums.
Admission is $6 for the general public and $5 for students. Couples can attend for $8. Funds raised will help purchase a new dance floor for Martha Jane Swing Instruction. For more information, call 406-243-5776.
|Donate Books for Children's Shelter
The UM Penetralia Chapter of Mortar Board will hold a "Reading is Leading" book drive between now and Wednesday, Dec. 1, to collect books for the Missoula Watson Children's Shelter.
The drive also is a competition between Mortar Board chapters at UM and Montana State University-Bozeman to see which institution can collect the most books to help further education in Montana.
Donated books should be new or gently used novels or books appropriate for children from infants to age 14. Collection boxes are located on campus in the University Center and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library and in Missoula at the Book Exchange and the Missoula Public Library.
Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership, service and distinguished academic achievements. For more information e-mail Michael Wemple, book drive chair, at email@example.com.
|Holiday Art Fair in UC Dec. 2-4
UM will host the 2010 Holiday Art Fair Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 2-4, on the first floor of the University Center. The art fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The fair will feature unique, hand-crafted art from local and regional artists, live music and door prizes and is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Josh Peters-McBride, UC Student Involvement program adviser, at 406-243-5776 or visit the UC Art Fairs website.
UC Art Fairs
|Montana Defeats North Dakota
The Montana Grizzlies football team took advantage of a historic performance by Chase Reynolds to defeat the North Dakota Fighting Sioux 27-17 in a nonconference battle Nov. 13 in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Reynolds ran his way into another spot in Montana history, setting the record for rushing touchdowns at 51. The senior running back rushed for three touchdowns to pass former Grizzly great Lex Hilliard. Reynolds carried the ball 27 times, picking up 173 yards, and added 39 more on four catches.
Quarterback Justin Roper threw for 231 yards, going 14-of-22 with a touchdown and an interception. The Fighting Sioux had two quarterbacks combine for just 56 passing yards.
UM junior receiver Antwon Moutra had 100 yards and a touchdown on three catches and junior Jabin Sambrano had 76 yards on four receptions. Sophomore linebacker Jordan Tripp led the game with 13 tackles, including a tackle-for-loss and a sack.
Montana (7-3, 5-2 Big Sky) finishes out its regular season schedule this Saturday against in-state rival Montana State. Kickoff in Washington-Grizzly Stadium is 12:05 p.m.
|Lady Griz Lose Two, Win Home Opener
Montana shot 26.2 percent and turned the ball over 21 times in the Lady Griz season-opening 52-34 loss Nov. 12 at University of California, Riverside. Senior Sarah Ena led Montana with 10 points.
On Nov. 14 Cal State Bakersfield forced Montana into 25 turnovers and limited the Lady Griz to 29.3 percent shooting for a 54-74 Montana loss at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield, Calif.
Senior Stephanie Stender led Montana with 14 points, and sophomore Alyssa Smith went 4 for 4 from 3-point range to score 12 points. She also added nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Lady Griz bounced back Nov. 17 with a 91-45 victory over Montana-Western at Dahlberg Arena in the team's regular-season home opener. Eight players scored between eight and 13 points for the Lady Griz, who shot 48 percent. Sophomore Katie Baker led all scorers with 13 points.
Montana will depart Friday for a nine-day, three-game road trip. The Lady Griz will face Utah State on Friday, Nov. 19, in Logan, Utah, then continue on to Cancun, Mexico, for matchups against Purdue and James Madison Nov. 25-26 at the Caribbean Challenge.
|Basketball Drops Two Road Games
The University of Nevada outscored the Montana Grizzlies by 17 points in the second half to overcome a two-point halftime deficit and gain the 81-66 victory Nov. 13 in the season opener for both teams in Reno.
Despite the loss, senior center Brian Qvale had an exceptional outing for the Grizzlies scoring a game high 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds. No other Grizzly was in double figures for points. Mathias Ward, Art Steward and Will Cherry all had eight for Montana.Derek Selvig had 11 rebounds to lead both teams.
The Grizzlies dropped an 80-71 decision Nov. 17 to host Utah Utes in a non-league game in Salt Lake City's Huntsman Center.
Sophomore guard Will Cherry scored a career-high 21 points, making 8-of-16 field goal shots and going 4-of-4 from the line. Junior forward Derek Selvig and freshman forward Kareem Jamar scored 14 points each, while Qvale added 10 points.
Jamar pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, while Qvale, who was hampered with fouls, had eight boards and blocked two shots.
Montana hosts Montana Tech at 3:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in Dahlberg Arena. The Griz host former Big Sky Conference rival Idaho at 7:05 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22.
|Hornets Sting Grizzlies
In a must-win situation, Sacramento State was nearly flawless, hitting .388 in a 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Montana on Nov. 12 at the Hornets Nest in Sacramento, Calif.
The loss was the fourth in five matches for the Grizzlies and sent Montana tumbling to fifth place in the Big Sky Conference standings with only one weekend of regular-season matches remaining.
Freshman outside hitter Kayla Reno led Montana with 11 kills. Junior middle blocker Brittany Quick finished with six kills and no errors in 11 attacks to hit a match-high .545. Freshman Kortney James had 26 assists, junior Amy Roberts 12 digs and senior Jaimie Thibeault two blocks.
Montana will host Weber State on Friday, Nov. 19, and Idaho State on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. in the Adams Center West Auxiliary Gym. Montana needs to win both matches to have any chance of making it into one of the four spots in the Big Sky Conference tournament.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana