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"The President's Update," a video series for UM President Royce Engstrom to communicate with the campus community, is available on the President's Office website and on the official UM YouTube channel.
|Brokaw to Speak at Commencement
Tom Brokaw, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, will speak at UM's 114th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14.
Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. UM also will simulcast the ceremony via the Internet, and viewing will be available at numerous campus locations.
During Commencement UM will present Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees to Brokaw and to Bernard Osher, founder and treasurer of the Bernard Osher Foundation, which seeks to improve quality of life through support of higher education and the arts.
UM will post Commencement updates on the Registrar's Office website.
|Charter Day Celebrates UM's Birthday
UM will celebrate its 118th birthday on Thursday, Feb. 17, with a noon-hour party and the Charter Day awards ceremony and reception.
The birthday festivities are held each year to celebrate the anniversary of UM's chartering by the Montana Legislature in 1893 and to honor the University and its dedication to excellence. All events are free and open to the public.
The noon-hour birthday party, featuring free cupcakes and UM entertainment, will be held in the University Center Atrium. The annual Charter Day awards ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom, will recognize exemplary campus and community members.
|Law School Fills Three Positions
The UM School of Law has hired two new faculty members in constitutional law and contracts and has promoted a current faculty member to direct the school's law library.
Anthony Johnstone, solicitor for the state of Montana in the Office of the Attorney General, has been selected as the law school's new faculty member to teach constitutional law.
The UM law school also has hired Sam Panarella, a practitioner with notable experience in wind energy, as its new assistant professor of contract law.
Stacey Gordon will begin her new duties as the director of the school's law library July 1. Fritz Snyder, who now holds the position, will retire June 30.
|Alumni Magazine Wins Gold Award
The Montanan, UM's alumni magazine, has been awarded a Gold award for general excellence from the regional Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
The CASE Gold was awarded in the print general-interest magazines category for the three 2010 issues of the Montanan. This is the highest general excellence win for the magazine, which is produced by UM's University Relations office.
"I think this award acknowledges the innovative, quality work our office is doing with what has become a very dynamic magazine," Montanan Editor-in-Chief John Heaney said. "It will be fun and challenging to build on the momentum this award gives us."
With 83,000 alumni and friends of the University receiving the Montanan, the publication is the state's highest-circulation magazine and is partially supported by advertising revenue.
|Tour Crown of Continent this Summer
Registration is now open for a tour of the Crown of the Continent region offered through the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning at UM.
The seven-day travel tour will cover the region's unique history, culture, geography and ecology. It will take place July 23-30 and will include discussions with Crown of the Continent experts and UM faculty members.
The tour costs $1,795 for those who register by May 11. Registration after that date will cost $1,920. The final registration deadline is June 1. UM will offer three academic credits for $150 and some additional trip requirements.
To register or for a complete tour itinerary and more detailed information, visit the UM Extended Learning Services website, call Clare Kelly at 406-243-6496 or e-mail email@example.com.
|KBGA Holds Pledge Drive, Benefit Show
KBGA College Radio 89.9 FM at UM will host its annual RadioThon pledge drive Saturday through Friday, Feb. 12-18. The station hopes to raise $14,000, which symbolizes $1,000 for each year KBGA has served the Missoula community.
Staff and volunteers will be in the office from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the drive to accept calls from the KBGA listening community. Listeners can donate by calling 406-243-KBGA visiting the KBGA website.
KBGA will celebrate the week of fundraising with the EndofThon benefit concert at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at the Badlander and Palace Lounge in downtown Missoula. For more information, call Drew Larson, KBGA promotions director, at 406-243-6139 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Leadership Week at UM Feb. 21-26
The University Center will sponsor several events during Leadership Week, slated for Monday through Saturday, Feb. 21-26, at UM.
Events will kick off with a workshop titled "Fitness, Health and Leadership" at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in UC Room 330. Other events include a documentary screening, the student leadership fair, the Student Leadership Conference and an interactive workshop.
For a complete schedule of events, visit the UC Student Involvement website.
|Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Recolonizes
Dozens of current and alumni members of the Montana Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity held a ceremony Jan. 30 in the University Center to mark its recolonization at UM.
Representatives from the national organization have been on campus since October to help recruit students interested in the fraternity, and the colony currently has 25 members. They hope to become a chartered chapter with 50 members in time for Homecoming 2011 activities.
Phi Delta Theta was originally established at UM in 1921, and the fraternity initiated more than 1,500 members before closing its doors in 2002.
For more information, call UM Greek Life adviser Tyson McLean at 406-243-2005 or e-mail .
|Solo Kayaker to Recount Adventure
Susan Conrad completed a 1,110-mile solo sea kayak journey up the Inside Passage of British Columbia and Alaska last summer. She traveled from Anacortes, Wash., to Juneau, Alaska, in just more than two months, and will speak about her trip at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Room 210 of McGill Hall at UM. The event is free and open to the public.
The presentation will include a slideshow of her adventure while she relives experiences like living indefinitely in a wetsuit, paddling for days on end, forging friendships with people in remote locations and encountering 700-pound grizzly bears and 40-ton whales.
For more information call the UM Outdoor Program's Natalie Hiller at 406-243-5295 or e-mail .
|Griz Hoopsters Drop Two on Road
The Grizzlies saw their six-game winning streak come to an end when they lost 68-52 to Weber State University in a Feb. 3 game in WSU's Dee Events Center.
The Grizzlies lost their second game of the week Feb. 5 to the host Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 70-53, at the Rolle Activity Center in Flagstaff.
UM hosted Sac State on Feb. 10. They will host Northern Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 12, in Dahlberg Arena.
|Lady Griz on a Roll
The Lady Griz trailed early but came back to post a 67-59 victory over Weber State Feb. 3 in a Big Sky Conference game at Dahlberg Arena. The win gave Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig his 750th career victory at Montana.
Montana won their third straight game for the fifth time in their last six outings with an 84-61 victory Feb. 5 over Northern Arizona at Dahlberg Arena, improving to 11-11 and 6-3 in Big Sky Conference play.
Montana plays five of its last seven regular-season games away from Missoula. They were at Sacramento State on Feb. 10 and will play at Northern Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 12.
|Griz Tracksters Shine
Montana senior Katrina Drennen ran to a pair of victories in career-best times, and Lindsay Hall continued her stellar sophomore season with three first-place finishes, including a career-best long jump, at the Montana State Dual Meet Invitational Feb. 4 in Bozeman.
Hall, who ranks in the top four in the Big Sky Conference in five different events, won the 55-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump and tied for second in the high jump.
Drennen ran a sizzling, altitude-adjusted mile of 4:43.30, a career best by nearly seven seconds.Drennen also won the 800 meters in a career-best, altitude-adjusted time of 2:13.60, leading the Grizzlies to a one-two-three finish in the event.
Behind Drennen's and Hall's efforts, the Griz women swept their duals against Montana State, 77 to 73, and Idaho State, 83 to 68.
The Montana men received event victories from sophomore Austin Emry in the triple jump and freshman Drew Owens in the 400 meters and added three Big Sky Conference qualifications, but fell in both their duals.
Montana will be back at Montana State this weekend for the Bozeman Running Company Invitational.
|Women's Tennis Splits in Bozeman
The UM women's tennis team took its first victory over Gonzaga since 2006 with a 5-2 win Feb. 4 in Bozeman.
On Feb. 5 Montana fell to the Air Force Academy Falcons 5-2 in Bozeman. The women are currently 1-4 on the season.
The team travels this weekend to take on Northern Colorado in Greeley on Saturday, Feb. 12, and Colorado State in Fort Collins on Sunday, Feb. 13.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana