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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.
|Lecture Features U.S. Constitution Expert
Pamela S. Karlan, one of the nation's leading experts on voting and the political process, will give the next installment of the President's Lecture Series at UM. Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford University and co-director of Stanford's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. She will present "Keeping Faith with the Constitution" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the University Theatre.
Earlier that day from 3:40 to 5 p.m., she will give a seminar titled "The Gay and the Angry: The Supreme Court and the Battles Surrounding Same-Sex Marriage" in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public.
Karlan is the co-author of the book "Keeping Faith with the Constitution," which was published in 2009 by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and reissued in 2010 by Oxford University Press as part of its acclaimed Inalienable Rights series. The book articulates a vision of the Constitution and an approach to its interpretation that have enabled it to retain its relevance for every generation of Americans while remaining faithful to the original document.
|Nominate Diversity Leaders for Award
The Diversity Advisory Council at UM will accept nominations for the Student Achievement Awards until Friday, March 11.
The awards honor students whose leadership promotes campus diversity. All students, faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations on the Diversity Advisory Council website.
"These awards recognize student heroes who are helping the University become more welcoming to all groups and individuals regardless of background," said Juana Alcala, the DAC member overseeing the award program. "These students help us create the diverse, dynamic learning environment needed to succeed in today's world."
To nominate a student, describe in 200 words or less how he or she has demonstrated leadership, served as a role model and contributed substantially to the ideals of diversity through academic, community, campus or service activities.
For more information e-mail Alcala at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|View 'Faces of Diversity' at UM Library
"Faces of Diversity," a project of UM's Office for Civic Engagement, will be on display Feb. 18-March 18 in the entrance of the University's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library.
The display, held in conjunction with several current diversity-related events and projects on campus, is the outcome of the Diversity ContinuUM project, in which participating UM students, staff and faculty wrote statements about diversity and had their portraits taken.
Through personal stories, the Diversity ContinuUM project promotes an understanding of individuality, tolerance and inclusion in the UM community and beyond. It is coordinated each year in January to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Office for Civic Engagement
|Expert to Speak About Indian Trust Land
Land rights attorney Marcella Giles will give the next presentation in the "Lessons of Our Land: The Indian Land Tenure Foundation Speaker Series" at UM on Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Giles will address pertinent issues about trust land in Indian Country in her presentation titled "What Every Allottee Should Know" from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in Payne Family Native American Center Room 105. A reception will follow in the center's Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place. All speaker series events are free and open to the public.
Giles will tackle important questions that need to be asked about ownership and management of Indian trust land and offer guidelines about accepting payment from the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, considering each landowner's unique situation.
|UM Researcher Helps Launch Initiative
UM researcher Dave Naugle was instrumental in launching what he calls "one of the largest recent conservation success stories in the West."
Naugle is a wildlife biology professor with UM's College of Forestry and Conservation. He also serves as science adviser for USDA's Sage Grouse Initiative with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
SGI affects 56 million acres of sage grouse habitat across 11 Western states -- places where these ground-dwelling birds engage in some of nature's most elaborate courtship dances. Last year the initiative received $18.5 million to remove sage grouse threats and sustain working ranches.
A story about the initiative appeared in the Feb. 7 edition of The New York Times.
|UM Alumni Night with Maulers Feb. 26
UM will host an alumni night at the Missoula Maulers hockey game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the private party area at the Glacier Ice Rink.
Tickets are $20 and include beverages, chili and a game ticket. The cost is $12 for those with season tickets. Tickets can be purchased through the UM Alumni Association and will be sold until Thursday, Feb. 24.
For more information call Jodi Moreau, outreach coordinator for the Office of Alumni Relations, at 406-243-6124 or visit the Office of Alumni Relations website.
|Irish Music Series Begins at UM Feb. 18
The first of four events in "A Springtime of Irish Traditional Music" will bring James Kelly, one of the Ireland's most outstanding traditional fiddle players, to UM's Music Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18.
Kelly is the son of the great fiddler John Kelly from County Clare, who taught him the fiddle beginning at age 3. He went on to become a champion fiddle player, a composer of more than 800 Irish tunes, a master fiddle teacher and a performer who has played with all the greats of Irish music.
Tickets for all four events in the series cost $45. Individual concerts cost $15.
Tickets are available on the GrizTix website. They also can be purchased on campus at The Source in the University Center and the Adams Center Box Office and in Missoula at Southgate Mall, Worden's Market and Rockin Rudy's. For more information e-mail email@example.com.
|Bitterroot College Meeting Feb. 23
The steering committee for the Bitterroot College Program of UM will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Human Resource Council Building Meeting Room, located at 316 N. Third St. in Hamilton.
The BCP steering committee is a public board and welcomes residents to observe and participate at its meetings. Agenda topics will include operational, educational planning and fiscal issues.
The meeting agenda will be available on the Bitterroot College Program website (click on "Meetings" under "Steering Committee"), by calling BCP Interim Director Victoria Clark at 406-375-0100 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
|UC Hosts Child-Soldier Documentary
The University Center at UM will screen "Tony," a documentary by the nonprofit organization Invisible Children, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in UC Rooms 330-332. The screening is free and open to the public.
The film follows the life of a Ugandan boy named Tony who is fighting to stop other young boys like him from being forced into becoming child-soldiers.
For more information call Tyson McLean at 406-243-2005, e-mail email@example.com or visit the UC Diversity Programming website.
|Biomass Demonstration Feb. 23
The BioMax, a mobile biomass gasifier and electricity generator owned by UM, will operate at Paws Up Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley this month.
Beetle-killed trees and waste biomass will be processed by a Vermeer chipper to provide feedstock to the BioMax, which will then produce electricity.
The public is invited to watch the BioMax operate and enjoy a short presentation about the equipment from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Paws Up Ranch. Refreshments will be served.
The electricity will be fed directly onto Missoula Electric Cooperative's power lines. Once on the grid, the cooperative will use it to power homes and ranches in the area.
|Enjoy 'The Lion in Winter' at UM
The UM School of Theatre & Dance production of "The Lion in Winter" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-26 and March 1-5 in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio-Television Center.
The blustering King Henry, his authoritative Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their conniving sons, Richard, Geoffrey, and John -- the indelible characters of England's first Plantagenet family -- are keenly realized in this great play.
Tickets cost $16 for the public and $10 for children 12 and under. They are available on the School of Theatre & Dance website and at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the PAR/TV Center. 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
|Project Raises Breast Cancer Awareness
The Montana Disability and Health Program, a partnership of UM's Rural Institute and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, is one of four state programs funded to implement the Centers for Disease Control Prevention's "Right to Know" campaign in Montana.
The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening and to promote mammography as an accessible health screening among women with physical disabilities.
"Right to Know" campaign efforts led to the creation in 2009 of the Montana Mammography Directory, which provides information about facilities in the state, including their hours and average costs and accessibility details. It includes a tip sheet that offers useful information to help patients schedule a mammogram.
More information about the project and the exhibit is available on the Montana Disability and Health Program website or by calling Meg Ann Traci, project director, at 406-243-4956 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Griz Take Control of Big Sky
Senior center Brian Qvale scored 14 points and blocked six shots in 20 minutes on the court as the Montana Grizzlies dominated the second half and defeated the Sacramento State Hornets 64-44 on Feb. 10 at UM's Dahlberg Arena.
On Feb. 12 the Grizzlies defeated the Northern Colorado Bears 55-42, moving into a tie with the Bears for first place in the Big Sky Conference.
Qvale excelled yet again Feb. 16 in scoring a game-high 21 points as the Grizzlies defeated the Idaho State Bengals 71-52 in a Big Sky Conference game in UM's Dahlberg Arena.
The Griz improved to 19-7 overall and 11-3 in the Big Sky and sits atop the league standings. Northern Colorado is right behind the Griz with a 10-3 league mark, while Weber State remains in the hunt.
The Griz go on the road to play the Long Beach State 49ers in a BracketBuster game Saturday, Feb. 19. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2, with tip-off at 9:05 p.m. (MST).
|Lady Griz Win Two on the Road
Sophomore Katie Baker scored 19 points off the bench and three starters finished in doubles figures as the Lady Griz won 73-64 at Sacramento State on Feb. 10.
On Feb. 12 Montana saw a 15-point second-half lead slip away, but UM made the defensive plays down the stretch to knock off Big Sky Conference leader Northern Colorado 53-51 at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion in Greeley, Colo.
Montana will face Idaho State on Saturday, Feb. 19, in the team's only game of the week. The third-place Lady Griz and fourth-place Bengals will tip off at 7 p.m. in Reed Gym at Pocatello, Idaho.
|Drennen Smashes UM Mile Record
UM senior Katrina Drennen ran a 4:39.82 mile on Feb. 12 at the Husky Classic in Seattle to break the two-decade-old school record by nearly six seconds.
Drennen's race capped a weekend that started Friday when she ran the closing leg of UM's distance medley relay team, which took more than 10 seconds off the school record. Also competing Saturday were the three other members of Friday night's distance medley relay team.
Junior Kesslee Payne ran a 4:50.48 mile, which was a five-second personal best, and junior Emily Eickholt and freshman Annie Moore ran Big Sky Conference-qualifying times in the 800 meters. Moore ran a 2:15.09; Eickholt a 2:15.36.
Montana will be at Montana State on Friday, Feb. 18, for the last-chance Bobcat Open. It will be the Grizzlies' final opportunity to get qualifiers and put up improved marks before the Big Sky championships, which will be held the following weekend in Pocatello, Idaho.
|Women's Tennis Splits in Colorado
The Montana women's tennis team stamped its Big Sky Conference card in Greeley, Colo., on Feb. 12 with a 6-1 win over Northern Colorado.Montana took the doubles point with all three Grizzly combinations and lost just one match in singles play.
On Feb. 13, Montana suffered its second consecutive 4-3 loss to Colorado State in Fort Collins. In close competition with the Rams, Grizzly match-play involved a 3-3 tie during singles play. Montana lost the doubles point.
Montana will play a single home dual against Big Sky opponent Portland State on Sunday, Feb. 20, in Missoula.
|Men's Tennis Shines on Home Court
The Montana men's tennis team topped preseason No. 73 Idaho 4-3 on Feb. 12 in an intense home match at The Peak Racquet Club in Missoula.
On Feb. 13 Montana defeated Montana State 5-2 in a nonconference match at The Peak. The Grizzlies improved to 3-1, with UM No. 1 Carl Kuschke improving to a 4-0 undefeated singles record.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana