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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.
'Odyssey' Strikes Up the Band March 19
The UM College of Visual and Performing Arts will "Strike Up the Band" on Saturday, March 19, during "Odyssey of the Stars -- A Celebration of Artistic Journeys."
Each year "Odyssey of the Stars" features UM students and faculty members and honors performing and visual arts alumni, telling the stories of their artistic journeys and showcasing the many different roads to success an artist can take.
This year's event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre and honors Lt. Col. Timothy J. Holtan, commandant of the U.S. Army School of Music. Holtan received a Master of Music Education degree from UM in 1983.
Tickets are now on sale and cost $30 for the public and $15 for students. They can be purchased at all GrizTix locations or by calling 406-243-4051 or 888-666-8262. Tickets also will be sold at the door.
|University Marketers Win Awards
UM raked in eight awards during recent marketing competitions.
UM captured seven wins from the Higher Education Marketing Report during the 26th annual Educational Advertising Awards.
UM's total recruitment package, direct mailing materials sent to prospective students by Enrollment Services, won a Gold award. Materials were designed in collaboration with UM Printing and Graphic Services.
Silver awards went to:
- Montanan magazine, produced by University Relations and mailed to 83,000 alumni and University friends three times a year.
- The University's most recent President's Report titled "Building a Better UM," produced by University Relations and UM Printing and Graphic Services.
- The "Video Viewbook Recruitment Video: Amber," produced by Enrollment Services in collaboration with Kagan Yochim and the Broadcast Media Center.
The Montanan magazine also won 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.
Masterpiece Exhibitions End March 12
There are just a few more days to take advantage of the unprecedented opportunity to view selected artworks by some of the most notable artists from the late 18th to the early 20th century at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM.
"Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection" and the concurrent "Three Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection" will end their highly successful four-month run in the museum's Meloy and Paxson galleries on Saturday, March 12.
Two events that are free and open to the public will be held in conjunction with the exhibitions this month:
- 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 4: First Friday Celebration in the lobby of the PAR/TV Center.
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
- 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9: "The Life of a Masterpiece," a lecture by Brandon Reintjes, MMAC curator of art, in the Masquer Theatre of the PAR/TV Center.
UM Offers Spring Break Service Trips
The UM Office for Civic Engagement will send a group of University students to work in Moab, Utah, and a group to work in Lame Deer as part of the Alternative Breaks Program.
UM's Alternative Spring Break trips offer optional credit for students who participate. Students will depart Saturday, April 2, and return Saturday, April 9. Cost of an Alternative Spring Break trip is less than $500. Applications will be accepted through Monday, March 14, at the Office for Civic Engagement, located in Davidson Honors College Room 015.
Students headed to Moab will work with Plateau Restoration Inc., which provides opportunities for service, learning and leadership development within Arches National Park. Participants will learn about conservation biology, soil erosion and land-use management practices while staying in the park.
Those going to Lame Deer will work with children at the local Boys and Girls Club and will help with community service projects for the elderly.
For more information about the Alternative Breaks Program at UM, call Jes Stugelmayer at 406-243-5531 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events Celebrate Food Literacy Month
Throughout the month of March, University Dining Services and UM's Environmental Studies Program will hold events to celebrate Food Literacy Month.
UDS will showcase an array of films in the University Center Theater, beginning March 7 with "Fresh," which celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Two lectures sponsored by UM's Environmental Studies Program will take place March 10 and 12. The films and lectures are free and open to the public.
The Food Zoo in the Lommasson Center also will offer special lunch menus March 15 and 17 to celebrate Food Literacy Month.
A complete schedule of events is on the UDS Food Literacy Month website.
|DUI Study Now Available Online
The final version of "To Drink is to Drive," a report by UM researchers assessing what multiple DUI offenders say would keep them from drunken driving, is now available online.
Faculty and students in UM's School of Social Work, led by Associate Professor Timothy Conley, conducted the pro bono research effort by surveying incarcerated felony DUI offenders to determine what they think would deter Montanans from drinking and driving.
The preliminary report was provided to the Interim Law and Justice Committee of the Montana Legislature in February 2010. The original work was a collaborative effort by the Department of Corrections, the WATCh programs and UM.
"This study should offer a fresh perspective to the lawmakers," Conley said. "This gives them the collective voices of more than 80 people who have been convicted of two or more felony DUIs."
'To Drink is to Drive'
|Journalism Students, Faculty Honored
The Broadcast Education Association will honor UM School of Journalism students and faculty during its international Festival of Media Arts in April. The annual awards honor audio, video and film work produced by college students and professors from around the globe.
Ray Ekness, professor and chair of the radio-television department in the School of Journalism, earned the Award of Excellence in the faculty news competition with a video story titled "Senior Weightlifter Harold Smith." The story was produced for the program "Backroads of Montana," which airs on MontanaPBS.
The 2010 student documentary "Cannabusiness" earned an honorable mention in the long form documentary category. The program took an in-depth look at the business of medical marijuana in Montana and aired on MontanaPBS several times last summer.
Seniors Dan LaDue of Bozeman and Jake Stevenson of Massachusetts took honors in the sports reporting category. Their piece titled "When Griz Fly" profiled UM's snowboarding team and their practices in the Grizzly Pool.
Graduate student Gillette Vaira of Lambert took second place in the television news anchor category. Vaira anchored MontanaPBS Newsbrief and UM News last fall.
|Alternative School Founder to Speak
The UM Environmental Studies Program will host a lecture titled "Food and Thought: Our School at Blair Grocery, A School and Farm in the Lower 9th Ward of Post-Katrina New Orleans" by Nat Turner at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
Turner founded Our School at Blair Grocery in November 2008 as an independent alternative school in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward for youth who have not been successful in more traditional school settings. The school's mission is to create a resource-rich, safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition and Garden City Harvest and is free and open to the public. For more information call Josh Slotnick at 406-239-2993 or e-mail email@example.com.
|UM Hosts Event in Indian Wells, Calif.
UM invites alumni and friends to a gathering at the Indian Wells Country Club in Indian Wells, Calif., on Monday, March 14.
The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the country club, located at 46-000 Club Drive in Indian Wells. Cost is $65 per person and includes hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Those who would like to attend should register by Thursday, March 10, on the Office of Alumni Relations website or by calling 877-862-5867.
The gathering is an opportunity to meet UM's 17th president, Royce Engstrom, who began his duties in that position in October 2010.
Bonnie Allen, dean of UM's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, will be the featured speaker.
Others from the University who will attend are Laura Brehm, president and CEO of the UM Foundation; Larry Gianchetta, dean of the UM School of Business Administration; and Bill Johnston, director of the UM Office of Alumni Relations.
Office of Alumni Relations
Former Diplomat to Speak in Helena
On the same day that Egypt ousted its autocratic ruler, Iran observed the 32nd anniversary of its own revolution.
Former Ambassador Mark Johnson, who served as a diplomat throughout the Middle East, will offer perspectives on events in the two countries and their significance for the Middle East and the United States on Tuesday, March 8, at a free event in Helena.
Johnson, a fourth-generation Montanan, is founder of the World Affairs Council of Montana and an adjunct professor at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM.
The presentation, hosted by the UM Office of Alumni Relations, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the UM-Helena College of Technology, located at 1115 N. Roberts St. Because seating is limited, RSVPs are requested.
To RSVP or for more information, call Jodi Moreau at 877-862-5867 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 4.
UM Chapter of Alpha Phi Recognized
Chi chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority at UM received the Most Improved Chapter Award during the organization's Pacific Northwest Regional Conference held Feb. 25-27 in San Jose, Calif.
The awards committee honored chapter members' improvement in recruitment, retention, commitment to their chapter house and dedication to keeping their finances current. The committee also praised Chi for building its alumnae advisory board and for holding its first Red Dress Gala fundraiser in October, which raised more than $1,500 for the Alpha Phi Foundation to support women's cardiac care research.
Alpha Phi International Fraternity was founded at Syracuse University in 1872 as one of the first Greek societies for women and now has more than 150 collegiate chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Chi chapter of Alpha Phi was established at UM in 1918 and is one of 20 chapters that make up the Pacific Northwest Region.
|Visit Ireland Through Summer Programs
UM offers two opportunities during May and June for those who would like to head to Ireland this summer.
A three-credit course titled "Brain, Mind and the Literary Imagination" will take place in Dublin from May 19 to June 4. The course will be led by UM College of Arts and Sciences Dean Christopher Comer in conjunction with faculty from Trinity College, University College Dublin and St. Patrick's College.
Those who are interested can apply through UM International Programs. For more information call 406-243-2288 or e-mail email@example.com. The application deadline is March 15.
Traolach O'Riordain, director of UM's Irish Studies Program, will lead a tour to the south and west of Ireland from May 29 to June 8. The tour is limited to 20 people. For more information, call O'Riordain at 406-544-0311 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of Irish Studies also is holding a raffle to support the Irish Studies Program at UM. First prize is a trip for two to Ireland with 10-day car rental and $1,500 spending money. The raffle drawing will take place March 20, and ticketholders do not have to be present to win.
Tickets cost $5 each or six for $25. They are available in Missoula at Rockin Rudy's and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the University Center on the UM campus. Raffle tickets also are available in Butte at Cavanaugh's Country Celtic and Granite Mountain Bank, and in Helena at O'Malley's Irish Bar.
|UM Dancers Perform this Month
UM's School of Theatre & Dance will present its annual production of "Dance New Works" March 8-12. Altogether, 19 original pieces of choreography will be performed. Fourteen dances feature student choreographers, and five faculty dances will be premiered.
The concert offers two separate programs that alternate performances each evening. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Open Space of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Admission costs $9.
For more information call the Theatre & Dance Box Office at 406-243-4581.
|Play Spotlights End-of-Life Issues
The Institute of Medicine and Humanities will present "Vesta," a play that explores the emotions and decisions a family must face through the end of a grandmother's life, on Sunday, March 6, at UM. The event is free and open to the public.
The play, produced by the Montana Repertory Theatre, begins at 7 p.m. in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio-Television Center. A dessert reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Following the play, the audience and actors will participate in facilitated discussion with the playwright, Bryan Harnetiaux of Spokane, Wash., and local experts.
The play features Megan Cole in the title role of Vesta and is directed by Greg Johnson of the Montana Repertory Theatre. It often evokes a strong emotional response from audiences, yet deals with the issues of aging and dying in a thoughtful, sometimes humorous manner.
|Griz Wrap Up Conference Play
Sophomore guard Will Cherry scored a team-high 24 points and made two critical free throws in the closing seconds as the Montana Grizzlies hung on to register an 85-84 win Feb. 24 over the host Portland State Vikings in a Big Sky Conference game in PSU's Stott Center.
The Grizzlies lost their opportunity to win at least a share of the Big Sky Conference's regular-season championship in a 59-55 loss in overtime Feb. 26 to the host Eastern Washington Eagles.
The Griz finished conference play with a 12-4 record, 20-9 overall. UM received the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big Sky Tournament that begins Tuesday, March 8, in Greeley, Colo.
|Lady Griz Drop Two at Home
Portland State built a 20-point second-half lead and secured a 70-65 victory Feb. 24 over Montana at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak by the Lady Griz.
On Feb. 26 Eastern Washington shot 52.2 percent in the second half to pull away from Montana in a 71-63 victory at Dahlberg Arena. The win was the first for the Eagles in Missoula since the 1986-87 season and was likely a fatal blow to UM's hopes of winning the Big Sky Conference regular-season championship.
Montana (14-13, 9-5 BSC) dropped to fourth place with the loss. The Lady Griz faced the Portland State Vikings on March 3 in Portland and will play the Eastern Washington Eagles on Saturday, March 5, in Cheney, Wash.
Hall, Drennen Shine at Conference Meet
Sophomore Lindsey Hall won the high jump and scored 34 points to earn Most Valuable Athlete honors, and senior Katrina Drennen defended her title in the 3,000 meters and added a second-place finish in the mile to lead the Montana women to a third-place finish at the 2011 Big Sky Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships held Feb. 27 in Pocatello, Idaho.
The UM women finished third at the indoor championships for the second consecutive year. Sacramento State won the women's title with 144 points. Idaho State scored 94 points to edge the Grizzlies by 4.5 points for second. Montana finished with 89.5 points.
The Montana men scored 53 points to finish seventh. Sacramento State ended Northern Arizona's two-year reign atop the indoor championships standings with a 133 to 132.5 victory. Montana State rounded out the top three with 95.5 points.
Hall became Montana's first indoor high jump champion since 2005 when she won the event at a height of 5-7.75. She added a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, running a career-best 8.62, and a seventh-place finish in the triple jump, going 38-3.
After running the 1,600-meter anchor leg of Montana's victorious distance medley relay team, Drennen had a second-place finish in the mile and her second straight victory in the 3,000 meters. Drennen came back shortly thereafter to win the 3,000 meters title by more than six seconds, running a 9:50.28.
|Women's Tennis Wins Three Matches
The Montana women's tennis team executed a clean sweep in its tour of eastern Washington last weekend, winning three matches. The team logged a 4-3 win Feb. 25 over the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Spokane, a 5-2 conference win Feb. 26 over Eastern Washington and a 4-3 win Feb. 27 over regional powerhouse Idaho.
This week the women travel to Boise for matches against Boise State and New Mexico. The men's tennis team was idle last week and has one match Sunday, March 6, against Eastern Washington in Cheney, Wash.
Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
The University of Montana