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Rita Munzenrider ’83

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Brianne Burrowes ’07


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Eileen Chontos Todd Goodrich ’88

Scott Bear Don’t Walk ’93 Erik Leithe ‘00 Brenda Day ’95 Jennifer Sauer ’01 Cary Shimek EDITORIAL TEAM




Betsy Holmquist ’67, M.A. ’83 Jay Kettering ’82 Patia Stephens ’00, M.F.A. ’07 Meg Oliver Basinger ’93 Laura Brehm Denise Dowling ’82 Jim Foley Daryl Gadbow ’75 Bill Johnston ’79, M.P.A. ’91 Jed Liston ’82, M.Ed. ’00 Ginny Merriam ’86 Don Oliver ’58 Carol Williams ’65 Kurt Wilson ’83

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Image 98.2489. Senator Mike Mansfield and Maureen Mansfield with Senator Robert F. Kennedy at Mansfield Endowment Dinner, Washington, D.C., Aug 24, 1967. Mike Mansfield Papers, Archives and Special Collections.

20 This image is one of nearly 100,000 historical photos currently in possession of The University of Montana Archives and Special Collections. Former Senator Mike Mansfield and his wife Maureen stand next to then-Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Mansfield Endowment Dinner in Washington, D.C., in 1967.

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Guardians Of History

By Cary Shimek UM’s Archives and Special Collections houses many of UM’s most valuable treasures, including a leaf from a 1207 Koran, a book once owned by Adolf Hitler, and the Mike Mansfield and Frank Bird Linderman collections. 26

Stand By Your Fan

By Amy Joyner Amy Joyner—wife to one of Griz Nation’s most recognized “Superfans,” Jim Joyner—shares what it’s like to be married to an obsessed Grizman.

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By Sherry Jones Multiple UM alums now work representing some of the biggest names in the music industry, making the self-proclaimed “Montana Mafia” a network to be reckoned with. 34


A Monumental Man

By Patia Stephens A new book by art Professor Hipólito Rafael Chacón discusses the legacy and impact of Missoula architect A.J. Gibson.

D EPART MENT S 3 5 ON THE COVER: A 1561 edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is the oldest book housed in UM’s Archives and Special Collections. Photo

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Letters A round the Oval UM Foundation A bout Alumni A rtifacts

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T he Montanan welcomes letters to the editor. Please sign and include your graduating year or years of attendance, home address, and phone number or e-mail address.

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I was so glad to read the article about the Montana Repertory Theatre in the spring issue. I was in that first company with the Montana Rep that Bo Brown directed. It was one of the most challenging road trips I can ever remember. We rode through the night on buses, arriving to set up the sets, lights, costumes, etc., only to mount the show shortly thereafter. Following some venues, we’d then strike the set and get back on the road again. I remember, in particular, the shows we did in Chester, where the stage was so small the set barely fit inside the proscenium arch. The exit steps from the set had to be curtailed and we used a step ladder to get the cast on and off. Since the female cast members were wearing large


hoop skirts, that was no small feat. I also remember arriving in Provo, Utah, to see a theater complex unlike anything I had ever seen. Since our sets were built in the basement of the theater building at UM, and then passed in pieces up through the opening backstage, it was amazing to see a place where multiple theaters operated in a complex designed to encourage creation. Nevertheless, I have strong reason to believe that we brought more creativity and imagination to that campus from our confined physical plant than they had seen before. Thank you for bringing back a snapshot of that period in my life. I wish I knew where all the company members are now.

Coal Correction

The spring 2008 issue of the Montanan was most enjoyable. I am pleased to learn that researchers at the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit continue to have an international impact on wildlife conservation. However, on page six you incorrectly stated that former Ambassador Mike Mansfield worked for eight years in the “coal mines” of Butte before pursuing a college degree. The ‘richest hill on earth’ produced a lot of ore but none of its mines held so much as a lump of coal. Mike Menahan ’87, J.D. ’94


Patti Swoboda Hunter ’70

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ife on campus felt a bit like a rock concert this spring, as UM played host to a series of all-star visitors, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Elton John.

UM’s Adams Center filled to overflow capacity the morning of Saturday, April 5, for a campaign rally by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. More than 8,000 people stood in a line that stretched halfway across campus as snowflakes gently drifted down on the crowd. Their patience paid off when Senator Obama took the stage amid a roar of cheering and announced, “It is good to be in Missoula.” Rival candidate Hillary Clinton spoke the following morning, first at a breakfast fundraiser at a westend hotel in Missoula, then at a rally of about 1,800 people in an aviation hangar near the airport. Former President Bill Clinton followed up with a visit to UM on May 14. Stumping for his wife before about 1,100 people in the Adams Center’s West Auxiliary Gym, Bill compared Hillary’s campaign odds to the fourth-quarter comeback of the Grizzlies in their 1995 national football championship win. After his speech, Clinton engaged in the time-honored political ritual of shaking hands and holding babies, several of whom were passed through the crowd toward the former president. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul drew an enthusiastic gathering of about 1,000 when he spoke during an April 21 rally in www .umt .edu/mont

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the University Center Ballroom. While unlikely to secure the nomination, Paul handily won the Missoula County Republican caucus and placed second in the state’s caucuses after Mitt Romney. During his UM speech, Paul said he was still in the race and would be “as long as supporters want me in this race.” The unusually close race between Democratic presidential contenders thrust Montana into the national spotlight because of its late primary election. Montana’s Presidential candidate recent political Barack Obama holds up prominence appears a UM T-shirt in April (top). likely to continue as the Former President Clinton November election draws during his May speech at near, and UM Executive the University (bottom). Vice President Jim Foley says the University is privileged to host candidates from both parties. “It is an honor to have everyone come to UM,” Foley says. “It's good for the University; it's good for students and the community.” In the nonpolitical arena, rock-androll superstar Elton John returned to the Adams Center Friday, April 11, for his second Missoula concert during the academic year. A sold-out crowd of 8,000 energetic fans again welcomed the legendary pianist, singer, and songwriter. The crowd cheered and sang along to songs known and loved by millions, including “Rocket Man,” “Yellow Brick Road,” and “Candle in the Wind.” With a lineup like this, it can safely be said that UM rocks. – Patia Stephens Mo n ta n a n Fa l l 2008 |

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hree outstanding individuals have been selected to receive UM’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award. They are Jeff Hamilton ’67, retired senior managing partner of the global consulting firm Accenture; Judith Blakely Morgan ’60, a journalist best known for her award-winning travel columns; and Garry South ’76, one of the nation’s top political strategists. Hamilton, who now lives in Spokane, Wash., served as a U.S. Air Force officer from 1967 to 1971. He retired in 2001 after working more than twenty-five years with Accenture, one of the world’s largest and most successful consulting and outsourcing firms. Hamilton planned and led the restructuring of global operations to prepare for the firm’s transition from a private partnership to a publicly owned corporation with 160,000 people in forty-five countries. An active pilot for more than forty years, Hamilton flies for Lighthawk, a volunteer-based aviation organization that supports environmental efforts in North and Central America, and for a Stearman formation team, performing at air shows and community events. At last year’s UM Homecoming game, he flew the lead airplane for the Washington-Grizzly Stadium flyover. He currently serves on the UM School of Business Administration advisory council and has sponsored an Accenture recruiting program at UM, as well as faculty fellowships. While attending UM, he was a member of the Bear Paws, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and the Air Force ROTC. After graduating from UM, Blakely Morgan was off on a yearlong InterAmerican Press Association fellowship to Argentina. From 1975 to 2005, she wrote an award-winning travel column, first distributed by the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Sun-Times, then by Copley News Service. Her articles have appeared in National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, Harper’s Bazaar, Sports Illustrated, and more. She is co-author of Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel, a biography of Dr. Seuss named a New York Times Notable Book of 1995. During 2000-06, Blakely Morgan served on the UM Foundation board of trustees, and she has served on the board of trustees of the University of California, San Diego, Foundation since 2005. She is married to fellow journalist and former editor of the San Diego Tribune, Neil Morgan. The couple lives in La Jolla, Calif. South, who came to UM from Miles City, began his illustrious career in politics serving as ASUM president during 1973-74. While at UM, he also was appointed a student member of the Blue-Ribbon Commission on Post-Secondary Education by then-Montana Gov. Thomas Judge. In 1975, he was public information director for the Montana Legislature, and at twenty-five years old, served as the Montana state coordinator for the CarterMondale presidential campaign—the youngest of the fifty state coordinators in 1976. Over the past thirty-six years, South has managed or played leading roles in several major political campaigns. He served as chief of staff to California Lt. Gov. Gray Davis, and in 1998 he was unanimously named Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for directing Davis’ come-from-behind victory to become California’s governor. From 1999 to 2003, South served as Davis’ senior political adviser. He now is principal of public relations and communications with Garry South Group in Santa Monica, Calif.

“Wherever I worked and lived, my thoughts always brought me back to Missoula, the University, and Montana. The beauty of the campus, the changing seasons, the Oval, the M on Mount Sentinel, the walk to business school classes, the professors, and traditions such as Singing on the Steps are enduring memories.” —Jeff Hamilton

“My years at The University of Montana set the course of my life: I found freedom, fresh air, loyal friends (both students and professors), and my profession of journalism.” —Judith Blakely Morgan

“I left with increased personal confidence, a keen intellectual curiosity, and an eagerness to excel and succeed. One couldn't ask for more than that from a college education." —Garry South

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T he President’s Corner

Photo of President Dennison by Erik Stenbakken

Paul Pantazescu,

Teaching Speech UM ’s speech therapy program burst back on the academic scene this fall, with the return of five undergraduate courses that will educate the next generation of speech pathologists in M ontana. T he new D epartment of Communicative Sciences and D isorders is part of the School of Education and offers students an undergraduate degree in

communicative disorders and a master’s in speech pathology. T he first class of undergraduates began their studies this fall. T he graduate program has applied for accreditation and is on track to begin offering classes in fall 2009. UM ’s original speech pathology program was cut in the late 1980s due to funding constraints, creating a shortage of such

professionals in schools and hospitals across M ontana. In 2007, the state Legislature granted an appropriation to revive the program. T he newly minted department reports that all five classes offered this fall were at near-capacity before the semester began. T wo sections of each class were offered this first semester—one for students attending online and one for students on the UM campus.


D uring Fiscal Year 2008, UM received total grant awards of $66.2 million, according to the O ffice of the Vice President for Research and D evelopment. T he five schools and departments College of Forestry receiving the most in and Conservation: grants are as follows: $5.4 million Flathead Lake Biological Station: $4.6 million

Russell Tate,

College of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences: $16 million Division of Biological Sciences: $10.9 million

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Rural Institute on Disabilities: $3.6 million


ecently I spent a bit of time in the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library conducting research for a piece I agreed to do on the history of higher education in Montana. While the venue has changed radically since I did my initial graduate research in the early 1960s in the library at that time—now the Social Science Building—a good portion of the furnishings still date from that period. Thus, in a certain sense, I felt completely at home. In another sense, however, the library has become a wonderfully different, far more complex and responsive institution than ever. Dean Bonnie Allen and the faculty and staff of the Mansfield Library have made service the mantra with truly astonishing results, with a special emphasis upon the needs of the students and faculty of a research university. I have found on several occasions that the Archives and Special Collections, regular collections, online periodicals, archives, Interlibrary Loan, and document delivery services facilitate the research process. The article in this edition of the Montanan provides a wonderful sense of the hidden treasures to be found inside the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. It also illustrates the mission to assure access to needed information remains constant and unchanging. This edition also features articles on some of the people who make the University such a special place. The University of Montana Press has just published art Professor Rafael Chacón’s intriguing study of the work of A.J. Gibson, Montana’s most famous architect and the man who designed University Hall, the Missoula County Courthouse, and the Daly Mansion, among other local buildings. Professor Chacón’s book provides a rich feast of historical insights combined with photographs of the period, illuminating relations and developments. Readers also will meet the self-proclaimed “world’s biggest and most-famous Griz Fan” and alums who have given back by helping young people gain traction in the entertainment industry. One of those alums, Mike McGinley, provided critical assistance in elevating the status of concerts on campus, helping the University to attract the Rolling Stones and Elton John most recently. People, programs, and place—that’s the slogan that provided the impetus for the recent historic campaign to support the University. This edition makes clear the continued importance of the contributions of people through programs to make The University of Montana the destination of choice for students and alumni alike. So long as people give of themselves as willingly as they have historically, I feel confident that the University will prosper.

George M. Dennison, ’62, ’63 President and Professor of History

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A Stitch In Time


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hey say a stitch in time saves nine, but NAMES Project AIDS in the case of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in its Memorial Quilt, a stitch was all it took last display on The Mall to commemorate more than 90,000 individuals in Washington, D.C. who have died from an AIDS-related illness. For the first time in twelve years, a sizeable section of the quilt will travel back to the Treasure State for a display at the UM Adams Center Sept. 18-21 during Homecoming week. The goal is to reach as many people as possible during the high-impact weekend, says Rita Munzenrider, director of University Relations and co-chair of the AIDS Quilt Committee. One-hundred-and-one sections commemorating some 800 individuals who have died as a result of the disease will be showcased in the largest exhibit of the quilt ever in Montana. All known panels honoring those from Montana who have died of AIDS, as well as others from around the nation, will be on view. Opening ceremonies will kick off the event at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. The public display will continue through the weekend, with closing ceremonies starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. “For the state of Montana it is truly such a gift to be able to see the quilt on such a large scale, especially living in a rural area where oftentimes we fail to grasp the effect or impact HIV or AIDS has on our community,” says Keri McWilliams, Missoula AIDS Council executive director, and co-chair of the AIDS Quilt Committee with Munzenrider. “It’s not until you’re able to see a display of this size and see all the lives that were lost that you begin to realize how large this epidemic is.” UM has teamed with the Missoula AIDS Council to raise $30,000 to help people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as support prevention and educational efforts on campus and in the community. “A quilt is a nonthreatening, effective way to educate and raise awareness about HIV and AIDS,” says Munzenrider. “Not only do we have the opportunity to honor those lives that were lost, but we have the chance to educate the community on how far we have come in making progress,” McWilliams says. The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was established in 1987. Today it is the largest community art project in the world.

The Man Who Came Back


t’s been nearly fifty years since UM alumnus and daytime television star Eric Braeden set foot on the Missoula campus. But he came back Saturday, April 19, to screen his aptly titled new movie, The Man Who Came Back, for the campus and Missoula communities. Braeden introduced both free showings of the film in the University Center Theater and held a half-hour question-andanswer session immediately following each screening. Not one to let down his fans, Braeden also signed personalized autographs for the hundreds of people who showed up for the movie. The German-born Braeden, whose name was Hans Gudegast when he attended UM in the early 1960s and worked nights at the Bonner mill, is an internationally known television and film star. He’s best-known for his longtime role as Victor Newman on the No. 1-rated daytime drama series The Young and the Restless. He also starred as John Jacob Astor in the Academy Award-winning movie Titanic. Braeden reconnected with his alma mater after he was interviewed last fall by Missoula writer Paddy MacDonald for a profile that appeared in the winter 2008 issue of the Montanan. The Man Who Came Back was produced by Braeden and stars the UM alum as Reese Paxton, a former Confederate soldier who fights for the equal rights of African Americans in one of Back In Black Alum Eric Braeden the bloodiest labor strikes in United discusses his new States history. Taking place post-Civil movie with fans in War in a small, Southern town where April at UM. emancipation has yet to occur, the movie also stars Armand Assante, Billy Zane, Sean Young, Ken Norton, Carol Alt, James Patrick Stuart, and George Kennedy, among others.

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XLS Introducing

Extended Learning Services at

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The University of Montana

Education • Opportunity • Connections

Online and Blended Learning Summer and Winter Sessions Off-campus and Sponsored Educational Programs Conferences and Institutes Instructional Design Consulting Professional and Workforce Development


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Step Back In Time:

—  Number of UM sister schools  Number of visiting scholars at UM during fall 2007  Number of students who studied abroad during the - 2007-08 academic year  Number of exchange students visiting UM from abroad  Year the first exchange agreement was made with - Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan  Year the most recent exchange agreement was - made with universities in Vietnam  Number of countries abroad involved in exchange agreements - with UM  Year International Club or Cosmo Club (now the - International Student Association), was - created  Number of members in the International Club in 1928  Number of members in the International Student - Association during fall 2007 -

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students have found camaraderie, nourishment, and recreation at the student union since the first such facility—today’s Fine Arts Building—opened in 1935. In the seventy-three years since, the student union has moved locations, changed names, and seen tens of thousands of students pass through its doors, all the while providing a space for the meeting of UM minds. Today’s student union— better known as the University THEN AND NOW Center—will celebrate forty years of service next year. The student union, now But no one has compiled a comprehensive history of known as the University UM’s ever-evolving community center. Until now. Center, after it was finished UM French major Tonya Smith, UC special projects in 1935 (TOP) and how it student coordinator, is wrapping up nearly a year of looks currently (BOTTOM). The research during which she read decades of archived original center shown above Kaimin newspapers, interviewed some of UM’s most has never been torn down, prominent alumni, tracked down rare photographs, and only renovated and used for toured the student union buildings of yesteryear with other purposes. alumni guides. UC Director Candy Holt has long wanted to tell the history of the student union at UM and assigned Smith the task of collecting that historical information before it slips away. “A lot of the people who remember this history are getting quite old,” Smith says. “We wanted to record it before we lose so much valuable information.” The end result will be a permanent display in Room 215 of the UC and a Web site,, chronicling the role the student union played for generations of Grizzlies. Smith is seeking artifacts or personal photographs from student unions of the past to display in the UC exhibit. For more information, call Smith at 406-243-6357 or e-mail her at ucprojects.student@mso.

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Monte’s ‘Mysterious’ Appearance

’s lovable mascot has a caper to solve and a lesson to learn in the new children’s book, The Great Monte Mystery, written by UM alumna Jennifer Newbold and illustrated by Robert Rath. The game ball goes missing just before a home football game, and Monte searches high and low to get the pigskin back before kickoff. Along the way he visits some of Missoula’s most identifiable landmarks, including the M on Mount Sentinel, Main Hall, and a Carousel for Missoula in Caras Park. The book, Newbold’s first, hits bookstore shelves this fall, just in time for UM’s first home football game on Sept. 13. The idea for the book came to Newbold five years ago as she shopped for a Griz-related baby gift. She didn’t find just what she was looking for, and the concept for The Great Monte Mystery was born. “It was kind of one of those light-bulb moments,” she says. “I decided, ‘Well, I could write a

book about Monte.’” Right away Newbold knew she wanted Monte to have an adventure and learn a moral lesson. “It took a while for the actual plot to come together,” she says, “but once I figured that out it was actually quite easy.” The idea languished for a few years until about a year ago when Newbold’s husband, Chris, also an alum, convinced her that it was “now or never.” Working on the book in their off hours—Jennifer is a federal attorney and Chris is vice president at Attorneys Liability Protection Society—the two finalized the story and began searching for an illustrator. Newbold was particular in that she didn’t want Monte portrayed as either too cartoonish or too realistic. Impressed by Rath’s illustrations in First Dog: Unleashed in the Montana Capitol, the Newbolds contacted him and almost immediately got an enthusiastic response. Rath quickly created a sample cover

that sealed the deal. There was only one hitch: Rath lives in Bozeman—Bobcat country. But the author and illustrator agreed early on to work around the notorious Griz-Cat rivalry for the sake of the book. “I think the fans will understand that this is for the kids,” Newbold says with a laugh. Now Newbold is eager to share Monte’s adventure with the littlest Griz fans. “I am so excited to get it in the hands of kids,” she says. “For them to recognize Missoula landmarks will be an exciting part of the book.” The Great Monte Mystery is co-published by The University of Montana Press and will be distributed by Farcountry Press. It will be sold at The Bookstore at UM and other booksellers around Montana for $17.95. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The initial print run is 3,000 copies. “We’ll see if that’s enough,” Newbold says.

Book cover image courtesy of Jennifer Newbold; Huddles and Heels photo by Todd Goodrich

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UM raised nearly $4,000 for the Guardian Angel Foundation, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving cancer patients undergoing treatment in Montana, at the inaugural Huddles and Heels event in May. The experience, which participants paid $35 to attend, featured a coaching clinic with Griz football head coach Bobby Hauck; a tour of the locker room, weight room, and training room; drills run by the coaching staff; and socials before and after to meet the coaches. 12 | f a l l 2008 Mo n ta n a n

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Prestigious grants jump-start science careers FOR UM faculty

President George D ennison flew with the Blue A ngels, the U .S. N avy’s Flight D emonstration Squadron, in A ugust at Fairchild A ir Force Base near Spokane, W ash. Photo by Todd Goodrich

UM ’s Wildlife Biology Program got a boost recently with the announcement that two of its promising young scientists earned Early Career D evelopment Program Grants. Campus researchers have earned CAREER grants from the National S cience Foundation in the past, but UM has never had two awardees in the same year or academic unit. A ssistant professors Creagh Breuner and Vanessa Ezenwa both brought home the bacon. CAREER grants typically range from $500,000 to $1 million. Breuner landed an $800,000 award, and Ezenwa brought in $715,000. “It was really hard to sleep when I first heard about (the award),” Breuner says. “It’s an amazing amount of money to get as a young investigator, and the recognition has been a little crazy. It’s just a fabulous feeling.” Breuner studies interactions among unexpected environmental changes, behavior responses to those stressors, and the hormonal mechanisms underlying those responses. S he focuses on hormones that increase in the body when an animal becomes stressed. S he uses captive and wild sparrows in her research. S he has studied sparrows breeding outside Yosemite National Park in the S ierra Nevada since 1997. Ezenwa studies the causes and consequences of variation in parasite infection in wild animal populations. H er project will examine how gazelle behavior in A frica influences parasite transmission. S he also will study whether parasites potentially influence the evolution of mating-system variation in these animals. Ezenwa studies in Kenya, where she did her doctoral research. “I’m obviously very happy about (the grant),” she says. “Now I will have the money and the time frame to build up my research program.”

Meet Grizwald,

T he U niversity of M ontana’s cartoon bear. In frequent issues of the Montanan, we will provide a cartoon involving Grizwald in need of a caption. T hen it’s up to you, our readers, to send in your most original and creative ideas. T he winning contestant will receive a Griz stadium blanket. Send submissions to:

Artwork by Neal Wiegert

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“Yell Night”

Since 1921 ...

Pep Rally, Bonfire, Singing on the Steps & On-Campus Fireworks Show On the Oval

Logowear, Books, Art Materials,

Wednesday, We W ed September 17, 2008 7:30-8:00pm - Oval open to public (Free parking on east side of campus) Entertainment FREE popcorn & soda

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Griz Style

After the Montanan ran a story about UM soldiers who have gone on to careers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, we received a flood of photos and stories from other former students who are fighting abroad. (Campus to Combat, winter 2008) Here, four of the best pictures are featured. Kyle Lambert ’01 (left) always displays his Griz pride

Andy English ’92, a member

of the Montana Air Guard, was recently on an AEF rotation with his unit to Balad Air Base in Iraq, 45 miles due north of Baghdad. His F-16 aircraft flew combat air support missions for ground forces. His deployment included roughly 200 Montanans. Several UM alumni and Griz fans are shown here, along with Andy, next to one of the Montana jets. “These are the same jets that have done several flyovers (during Griz games in) Washington-Grizzly Stadium,” he writes.

Lieutenant Mike Holmes ’03 displays the Griz flag in the

Wardak province of Afghanistan, where he served for nine months. He returned to Montana from Germany in June 2007, and he graduated from the Montana Police Academy in March. He currently serves as an officer in the Great Falls Police Department.

when he flies missions for the United States Air Force. He writes, “The other day I saw Iraq, Iran, and Kuwait at the same time.” Lambert also was a member of UM’s track team and Griz cheer squad.

Zach Routzahn ’00 who serves as a National Guard soldier in the 143rd Military Police Detachment, stands on top of a palace overlooking the Tigris River in Baghdad in June of 2003. He is shown holding his grandfather’s cribbage board, which was used during his time in the Pacific Theater when he was in the Navy during World War II. Zach took it to Iraq for his combat tour and says it’s a cherished family heirloom. As for his Griz pride he writes, “I always take my Griz gear and pride everywhere I go, even if it is to hostile country.”

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A letter dated from November 1863 lists items a family should bring to make it in Virginia City. The letter is part of the Fergus papers, which are preserved in UM’s Archives and Special Collections.


ife was finally looking up for pioneer James Fergus in the fall of 1863. The energetic Scottish immigrant had been going through a rough patch. A national depression in 1857 wiped out the Minnesota manufacturing company he co-owned. Then his expedition to the gold fields at Pikes Peak, Colo., resulted in little else than endless eighteen-hour workdays with pan and pickax. His fortunes rose in what would become the Montana Territory, with modest gold strikes at both Bannack and Virginia City. He even had a part-time job recording many of the mining claims. Then it was time for his wife and kids to make the journey from Minnesota and join him on the frontier. We know all this because a collection of Fergus’ papers have been preserved in UM’s Archives and Special Collections. A letter dated “Virginia City Nov [sic] 21st 1863” even told the family what they should bring to the mining boomtown. Items such as three good covered

wagons, nine yoke of good cattle, one cow, one lamb, 600 pounds of flour, 400 pounds of sugar, twenty gallons of syrup, 400 dry apples, and two pair of good drawers are listed in the letter’s “Outfit Memorandum.” Fergus also underlines the following advice: “… and never let one of the children go out or in the waggon [sic] under any circumstance without stopping it, as many get killed or injured by the waggon [sic] running over them.” The family arrived safely on August 15, 1864. Fergus went on to become an important figure in the development of Montana, and the country near Lewistown where he eventually ranched became known as Fergus County. Mansfield Library archivist Donna McCrea says the Fergus “Outfit Memorandum” is one of the tools she uses to get visiting students excited about the untold stories hidden in Archives and Special Collections, which houses rare and irreplaceable material on Level Four of the library.

All photos by Todd Goodrich. Outfit Memorandum in Letter from James Fergus to Family (November 21, 1863), James Fergus Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library.

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All photos by Todd Goodrich. Outfit Memorandum in Letter from James Fergus to Family (November 21, 1863), James Fergus Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library.

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Here is a sampling of the interesting gems in UM‘s Archives and Special Collections:

■ the first two diplomas awarded by UM. Ella Robb Glenny and Eloise Knowles graduated June 8, 1898. Glenny went on to a career as an Iowa schoolteacher, and Knowles worked at UM for a number of years following graduation. ■ the papers of Mike Mansfield, the remarkable Montana statesman who served in Congress from 1943 to 1977 and became the country’s longest-serving U.S. Senate majority leader. The collection covers more than 2,500 linear feet and

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includes 600 artifacts, such as the pen used by President Lyndon Johnson to sign into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a personalized signed copy of No More Vietnams by Richard Nixon. ■ a 1561 edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. At 447 years old, it’s the University’s oldest book. ■ a copper-metal dinner menu made in Butte in honor of a visit from Theodore Roosevelt on May 27, 1903. Menu

items include potage à la Theodore, truîte de montagne sautée à la Meunière and punch à la Montana. ■ a single leaf (front and back of one page) from a 1207 Koran. In remarkable shape, the manuscript’s beautiful Arabic writing was hand-drawn in black, red, and gold inks. The item is part of a leaf book, which contains pages from other old writings. ■ the first issue of Big Sky Country’s first newspaper, The Montana Post, which

“If you want to showcase what makes your library unique, having the department locked away in the basement is not the best way to do it.”

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was published Aug. 27, 1864, in Virginia City. ■ a volume of rare American Indian ledger art. Eighteen drawings on brown, brittle ledger notebook pages show ceremonies and life from the late 1800s. The drawings are believed to be by Walter Bone Shirt (his Indian name was Never Misses), a Brulé Lakota known to have created commissioned art on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The ledger came to UM in 1962

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Bozzetti di addobbo dell ’Urbe per la visita del Führer (1938), Spec-Coll: F 945.632 R763b. History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1814, Spec-Coll: MT 978 L675h 1814. Info. for mini Lord’s Prayer TK. John Owen, The Fashionable World Displayed, London: L.B. Seeley, 1817, Spec-Coll: 941.07 O974f 1817.

materials from archives that will make a profit, but those costs are waived for government and nonprofit organizations. “We probably make several thousand dollars annually from use fees,” she says. “It’s not a lot, but it’s something. We charge lower fees than a lot of places.” McCrea says an appraiser would find the department’s holdings worth in excess of $1 million, but many items are truly one-of-akind and priceless. Fire, flood, or theft could erase a valuable chunk of Montana’s history, so the collections are guarded by locked doors and an expensive misting sprinkler system designed to avoid drenching archival materials in the event of fire. Most items also are stored in acid-free boxes that help protect them from light and dust.

Richard Nixon, No More Vietnams, New York: Arbor House, 1985, Spec-Coll: 959.7043373 N736n. The Woorkes of Geffrey Chaucer, London: By Jhon Kyngston for Jhon Wight, 1561, Spec-Coll: Q 821.1 C496 1561. Leaf from a Koran (1207), Spec-Coll: F 094 F1422.

“This letter is in Mylar because it gets handled so much,” McCrea says. “Kids are amazed they get to touch something from 1864. Most of them have heard about travel by covered wagon, but this kind of authenticates that whole idea for them.” Archives and Special Collections contains about 12,000 linear feet of stored materials—enough to cover more than two miles of shelves. Items include unusual books, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, negatives, maps, taped interviews, films, microfilms, architectural drawings, University records, diaries, and unique artifacts. Archival materials can’t be checked out, but students, scholars, and the general public are welcome to peruse items in a comfortable reading room. Pages also can be copied, and digital cameras are permitted (though hand-held scanners are not allowed because of their potential to harm materials). “We don’t allow things to be checked out because it’s our job to prevent damage and make sure these things stay around,” McCrea says. “Oftentimes they are the only ones left in the world.” The department charges for page copies and reproductions of historical photos. Fees also are charged to entities wishing to publish

Bozzetti di addobbo dell ’Urbe per la visita del Führer (1938), Spec-Coll: F 945.632 R763b. History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1814, Spec-Coll: MT 978 L675h 1814. Info. for mini Lord’s Prayer TK. John Owen, The Fashionable World Displayed, London: L.B. Seeley, 1817, Spec-Coll: 941.07 O974f 1817.

Richard Nixon, No More Vietnams, New York: Arbor House, 1985, Spec-Coll: 959.7043373 N736n. The Woorkes of Geffrey Chaucer, London: By Jhon Kyngston for Jhon Wight, 1561, Spec-Coll: Q 821.1 C496 1561. Leaf from a Koran (1207), Spec-Coll: F 094 F1422.


hough Archives and Special Collections contains a lot of old stuff, the department itself isn’t particularly ancient. It was founded in 1968 when UM hired its first official archivist, Dale Johnson. Before that, UM’s records and valuable oddities were hoarded in various spots around campus. “My understanding is that there was a treasure room in the beginning,” McCrea says. “People would give their book collection to the library, and the special or really rare books would go into the treasure room.” The idea to establish a campus archives took off in 1965 with the arrival of history Professor K. Ross Toole. McCrea says he had the vision to build collections on campus to support doctoral research for his history students. At that time, Toole’s students were forced to travel to places such as Helena, Great Falls, or Washington, D.C., to work on their dissertations. “He went and talked to a lot of people around the state and did a lot of proactive work to bring collections to campus,” she says. “It was my understanding that these were stored in the halls of the history department until the fire marshal declared, ‘No more!’”

The history department’s collections were then moved to the library, though history still funded and supported archives. Those duties eventually passed to the library, and by the mid-1970s, Archives and Special Collections was located alongside government documents in the newly built library’s lowest level. (Archives officially was dubbed the K. Ross Toole Archives in 1982 after the historian’s death.) “The basement wasn’t an ideal situation,” McCrea says. “If you want to showcase what makes your library unique, having the department locked away in the basement is not the best way to do it.” Former library Dean Frank D’Andraia had the idea to move archives into the light to a more user-friendly environment. So the department rose, so to speak, in October 2002, when it relocated to the library’s top floor. The accessible new digs include a relaxing reading room and exhibit cases where books and other archival items are displayed for the public. The renovations didn’t stop there. At this writing, a portion of the department is being remodeled, with the addition of a reference room to support the collections and Montana research. The room will include a cross-section of regional and historical maps.

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from Genevieve Prochnow, whose father served in the U.S. Army on that reservation. ■ an 1890 book titled Studies of Western Life. Though only twenty-four pages long, it was the first book by Charles M. Russell, Montana’s famed cowboy artist. The book was owned by prominent Montana politician Joseph Dixon, a former governor and U.S. senator. ■ a twenty-volume set of Edward S. Curtis’ The North American Indian, www .umt .edu/mont


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which was published from 1907 to 1930. It is likely the library’s most valuable holding. A copy of the work auctioned elsewhere recently sold for more than $1 million. ■ a book once owned by Adolf Hitler. It’s a volume of drawings showing how Rome was decorated with Nazi symbols for a state visit from the Führer. Lt. Gen. Frank Milburn, a former UM professor and football coach, received the book after his troops liberated Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s chalet in the Alps.

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Milburn eventually gave the book to campus. ■ the earliest authorized edition of the Lewis and Clark journals. The two volumes, bound in red morocco leather, were once owned by Henry Villard, the German-born financier who brought the railroad to Missoula in 1883 and for a time controlled most major transportation in the Pacific Northwest. ■ several miniature books. One, about as big as a baby’s fingernail, contains the Lord’s Prayer written in

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seven languages and must be read with a magnifying lens. It was the smallest

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book in the world when published in the 1950s. Another tiny book, a little larger than an adult fingernail, contains 239 pages with the complete speeches of Abraham Lincoln. ■ about 100,000 historical

photographic images, as well as maps and architectural drawings. One noteworthy collection of about 2,000 images is by Morton J. Elrod, UM’s first science professor who doubled as campus photographer. Many of his images were created on large glass negatives. ■ an 1817 book titled The Fashionable World Displayed, which contains a scene of a horse and rider painted on the edge of the book’s leaves. The picture is invisible until the pages are flexed. Mo n ta n a n FALL 2008 |


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Item L33, Crow Beaded Armlet with Shell Ornaments, Frank Bird Linderman Collection. Item L16, Cheyenne Beaded Moccasins, Frank Bird Linderman Collection.


sometimes the library pays for particularly noteworthy collections, such ordan Goffin, UM’s special collections librarian, says about 2,500 people visit the department every year. “We really get an as the papers of acclaimed poet and UM Professor Patricia Goedicke. astonishing amount of use,” he says. “I’ve worked at some larger The library scraped together funds from donors and Friends of the collections, and I would say they didn’t get that much more Library, a volunteer group that raises money for the library. traffic than we do.” McCrea says archives provides a rewarding “But we have lost collections because we couldn’t afford them,” Allen work environment. “We are excited by the opportunity says. “Sometimes it becomes a bidding war.” to connect information to people and sources that are sometimes That’s what happened with the papers of Richard Hugo, an challenging to find because they are so unique,” she says. “Every accomplished writer and longtime UM faculty member. UM tried to day you learn something new, either because somebody brings you their bring the collection to Montana but was outbid by Hugo’s alma mater, research question and you think of things in a new way, or you have the the University of Washington. opportunity to do some type of research you have never done Some donors also need a lot of convincing before they contribute. before.” Allen says she is pursuing a massive collection right now whose potential Since nearly everything stored in the department is valuable donors UM has wooed for seventeen years. or irreplaceable, McCrea and Goffin have a hard time “Sometimes these things can’t be rushed,” she says. “Stay tuned.” pinpointing favorite items. During a stroll into the stacks, Goffin talks about an interesting collection of early items printed from Hawaii, for instance, or points out American “…we gave all his manuscripts, Woods, a multi-volume work that contains pages of actual wood photographs, letters, and Indian samples—some from trees now extinct. McCrea mentions the Mansfield Collection as a favorite. artifacts to the Mansfield Library to “[Mike] Mansfield had so much impact, and the fact we have this create a study collection for others body of material that people can come and see is remarkable,” she says. “We don’t have just one letter, but the host of letters to learn from.” and memos leading up to that one letter and the others that follow, so you get the full uring a remarkable story in context. That’s what’s so powerful Montana life, Frank about archival collections—you get to Bird Linderman see everything and make your own (1869-1938) was a decisions based on your own research.” trapper, insurance Goffin said those working with agent, politician, and archival material “have to be into the more. He also was a writer, and his most long-term meaning of things. We have to lasting legacy may be the books he published that document American Indian stories and the put things together and think of what might A beaded armlet with shell ornaments from changing West. By the time he died, Linderman be useful to people 150 years from now. Some the Crow Tribe and beaded moccasins from the had been adopted into three tribes: the Blackfeet, of our collections might not get used daily, but Cheyenne Tribe are among the artifacts in the the Cree, and the Crow. they are going to be used a lot eventually.” Frank Bird Linderman Collection, which was Linderman’s heirs wanted to ensure his donated to UM by his heirs. life’s work was preserved for all time for future Most items in Archives and Special Collections were donated. Bonnie scholars to study. So, free of charge, they donated his papers and a Allen, dean of library services, says it’s not unusual for people to bring collection of unique Native artifacts to Archives and Special Collections. in family letters, scrapbooks, and photos that had been lost in attics Sally Hatfield, Linderman’s granddaughter and a UM alum, says, “We somewhere and ask, ‘Would you like this?’ “And our answer is yes, knew it was important to donate his papers so they could be studied and yes, yes,” Allen says, “especially if items have to do with the history of used by scholars. So we gave all his manuscripts, photographs, letters, Montana.” and Indian artifacts to the Mansfield Library to create a study collection Sometimes circulating items in the library’s main collection stay on for others to learn from. “He gave a lot to Montana, so it was important to keep his collection the shelves so long they become valuable and then are moved to special together for people curious about the forming of the state—so they can collections. Goffin says that happened recently with a small 1840s atlas learn where it all came from. I love the idea of future generations using noticed by one of his preservationists. Allen says the library has crafted a “visioning document” outlining the his work.” collecting priorities for Archives and Special Collections. Subjects such as UM, Montana, American Indians, and the environmental movement Cary Shimek is senior news editor with UM’s University are targeted topics. The document describes the types of works the Relations, where he has worked for more than ten years. department will pursue. He manages Vision and Research View, UM’s research Allen and her staff spend a lot of time wooing potential donors, and publications, and is an award-winning science writer.

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By Amy Joyner

Whump, whump, whump, whump. It was 8 A.M. and those loud whumps were coming faster and faster from somewhere in my kitchen. Fridge? Dishwasher? I got up to investigate. What I found in my new kitchen that September morning in 2001 was just the beginning of my life as the “Most Tolerant Wife in Griz Nation.” At the controls of our filthy air compressor was my brother-in-law, Tim Joyner ’93. He was airbrushing maroon and silver paint onto the shaved head of my husband, Jim Joyner ’92. “This is overkill,” I remember thinking. Until then, my husband’s game-day attire had been limited to large Griz paws and logos. To save my cabinetry, I forced them onto the porch. Ah, just another Grizzly game day that I would have to endure and clean up after. Brothers Jim and Tim hail from Great Falls. My husband of sixteen years, now sans the majority of his hair at age thirty-nine, has provided Tim’s blank canvas for the past seven years. “I knew that Jim was foolish enough to do it,” fortyone-year-old Tim says of his initial painting idea. But the painting became predictable.

I don’t often offer artistic opinions; neither does Tim’s wife of thirteen years, Jennifer Avery Joyner ’90. She was dubious, though, in 2004 when Tim slashed a $50

Photos by Todd Goodrich

He‘s got the look

Jim scowls for the camera during the 2004 Division 1-AA National Championship football game in Chattanooga.

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Tim paints Jim’s head at the University Center, beginning with white paint, which always goes on first.


the day he came out of a Bitterroot taxidermist’s with a human head tucked under his arm. “It was like I just had it stuffed,” he says.

Photos by Todd Goodrich

Like father, not like son

No. 37 jersey with his hunting knife for a postapocalyptic uniform that now stands as Jim’s legendary look. Fans at the tailgates and in the North End Zone can’t miss him. It’s that signature Road Warrior look that won Jim a $1,000 grand prize in a sports fan contest four years ago from video-game maker EA Sports. A souvenir of Tim’s 1980s trapping days inspired the resin bobcat skull chained to the costume. I asked Tim once, “Why on earth did you have a bobcat skull just laying around?” His reply: “I always knew it would come in handy someday.” Handy. It’s handy to have one brother who is artistically inclined and another who’s impossible to embarrass. I am humiliated for him, often walking a few feet behind him, pointlessly hoping people won’t think we’re together. Another part of Jim’s notorious costume is the shoulder pads, which were hand carved and cast in durable resin by Tim. “At first I wasn’t sure he’d wear [the shoulder pads],” Tim says. “Now I can’t get him out of them all season.” Jim and Tim are like mad scientists when working on Jim’s game look. “I usually come up with the ideas,” Tim explains. “And I trust his lack of judgment,” Jim adds. One idea in 2003 was a plaster mold of Jim’s head, gently named, “Head.” Head became so popular that another fan copied the idea. “Head” began with another huge mess in my kitchen, as Tim put straws up Jim’s nose for breathing, greased Jim’s head with Vaseline, and applied mesh and plaster around the entire head. I hope to never see that again. The mold was later filled with taxidermy foam. Tim said he was never as self-conscious as www .umt .edu/mont

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Our son, Jackson, insists that he will never have his head replicated or face painted, saying, “The shoulder pads I would wear, but makeup is for girls—and my dad and clowns. And clowns are kind of creepy.” He thinks his dad is far from creepy, though. The two often join hands and enthusiastically skip along the sidewalks at tailgates, just to see the crowd’s reaction. Perhaps Jim’s most daring costume, however, didn’t involve paint. It was so courageous that I couldn’t help but fully support Jim’s shopping on eBay for an ample-sized, maroon, floor-length, chiffon ball gown for Homecoming 2004. He walked the chilly parade route and attended the game with a rhinestone tiara and “Miz Griz” banner across his chest.

Superfan Jim struts his stuff during Homecoming 2004, where he walked the whole parade route in a woman’s formal dress. “The gown fit him like a glove,” says wife, Amy.

Sitting among the astonished crowd, Jim says, “There are 2,000 people here who think I am the stupidest idiot alive … and another 17,000 who wish they had the guts to do this, too.” I am thankful that he wasn’t a good-looking woman and will never do that again.

Superfan stardom

For the first three years, our family sat in the South End Zone, where I laughed along with everyone else when my hero, complete with a

knee-length “Super Fan” cape, stirred the crowd by bouncing along the length of rail behind the goalpost. This past year, however, tried my tolerance to a new level—30 feet—when Jim was featured in newspaper and magazine ads for Blackfoot Wireless. I knew billboards were planned, but my car did an unanticipated swerve into the adjoining lane when I saw my costumed husband’s photo hanging over a fastfood restaurant on Highway 93. Now it wasn’t just people at the games who would see my super fan, but all of Missoula. Aarrgghh! After each game, Jim and I spend nearly an hour removing the paint. Still, I have thrown away many pillowcases because paint hasn’t fully scrubbed off. What is permanent is the patterned sunburn created when sunlight penetrates the white paint on Jim’s bare head. “I always have some residue left over from the weekends, but by now everybody understands,” Jim says. For the past eight years he has worked in hospital data analysis and information systems at St. Patrick Hospital. His co-workers know all about his celebrity at Griz games. And understanding is what game day is all about. With my 1992 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, I am not always able to attend home games. North End Zone fans will tell you how—even when fully costumed—the 6-foot, 2-inch, 240-pound Jim tosses me onto his back and carries me up twenty-eight rows of stairs to our seats. When I do go to games, I am still amazed as we walk through the crowds. Total strangers— even congressmen and legislators—line up to have their pictures taken with Jim. Many people even call out to their buddy, “Triple G.” As an active user of eGriz—an online Griz fan message board—Jim’s screen name is “Good God Griz.” “If you think it’s not a phenomenon,” Tim says, “Google ‘Jim Joyner Griz’ and see what happens.” Twenty hits, minimum. Yes, it’s humbling to be the “Most Tolerant Wife in Griz Nation.” Maybe this year I will attend without the anonymity of my floppy hat and sunglasses.

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Photo of Ringo Starr courtesy of Brian Knaff; photo of Alan Jackson courtesy of James Yelich


Brian Knaff, president of Talent Buyers Network and a UM alum, stands next to fellow drummer Ringo Starr of The Beatles. The picture was taken during the Ringo Starr and His Allstar Band Tour of ’05 (left). James Yelich, an agent with Paradigm and UM alum, poses to the right of country music superstar Alan Jackson, whom Yelich helped “discover” (right). www .umt .edu/mont


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sk James Yelich about being a big shot on the national entertainment scene, and he’ll tell you how 150 superstar agents once gave him a standing ovation for introducing himself as a guy from Red Lodge, Montana. It’s not the only time being a Montanan has paid off for Yelich, an agent with Paradigm in Nashville, Tenn. While studying at UM in the late 1970s and early ’80s, Yelich helped a roommate promote concerts for Associated Students of UM Programming (now UM Productions). Initially planning to work for the U.S. Forest Service, Yelich found himself dealing with a completely different species of wildlife within a year of graduation. Merle Haggard. Waylon Jennings. Reba McEntire. Trisha Yearwood. The Bellamy Brothers. Yelich has worked with them and many more since he graduated in 1981. “I always loved music, and I always had an ear for a great song,” he says. Those traits helped him “discover” country musician Alan Jackson and made him a Haggard fan before he ever worked with the man. “I have more stories on that guy,” he says of Haggard. “We would laugh every day he was in the office. He was probably the one who entertained me the most. Crazy stuff.” Mo n ta n a n FALL 2008 |


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“All of us that

grew up there have that core

Montanan through us.

We’re very proud of where we’re from.”


hat spirit of altruism was behind the 2001 creation of UM’s Entertainment Management Program, featuring guest instructors from various walks of show business who share revealing tricks of the trade. “What are we doing this for? For the students,” says Knaff, self-proclaimed “godfather” of the “Montana Mafia” and the brainchild behind the program. As founder and president of the Las Vegas-based Talent Buyers Network, Knaff books shows for casinos, theaters, and other venues. He got his start in Missoula as manager of his own rock band. Then, after graduating from the UM School of Business Administration in 1967, Knaff moved to San Francisco, where he put on concerts in Golden Gate Park and the famous Avalon Ballroom. Since then, he’s worked with the likes of Dolly Parton, Ringo Starr, and Chris Rock, and starmakers such as producer Bill Graham—which is the real thrill for him, he says. As owner of his own company and as an instructor of entertainment management classes, he says he has helped a number of UM grads and undergrads gain purchase in what can be a very slippery industry.

Nemanja Glumac,

Left: Rob Beckham, an agent with the William Morris Agency (far right) stands with associates and country music star Brad Paisley, (center). Below: Rob Beckham (second from left) with (left to right) Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus, and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts.

Photo of Brad Paisley and Crew by Ben Enos; photo of Rascal Flatts and Beckham by Alan L. Mayor; photo of Tom Webster by Todd Goodrich


ust as beneficial to Yelich’s career, however, are fellow UM graduates and members of the so-called “Montana Mafia” Brian Knaff from Glasgow, president of Talent Buyers Network, and Keith Miller from Kalispell, senior vice-president at the William Morris Agency in Nashville. “We all talk,” Yelich says. “We have a very ethical way of doing business with each other in a very crazy business. All of us that grew up there have that core Montanan through us. We’re very proud of where we’re from.” “It’s a very close-knit family. I’m proud to say I’m from Montana,” agrees Rob Beckham, an agent for sixteen years with the William Morris Agency in Nashville. “It’s a very cool and very distinguished and very successful group of people.” Not only has he worked with Yelich in the past, Beckham says, but he now works alongside Miller at William Morris, where he has represented such big names as Clint Black, Rascal Flatts, and Garth Brooks, and for whom he “discovered” country music star Brad Paisley. The job has its perks. “I get to fly in private planes,” he says. “The Grammies were the best time.” But there’s plenty of fun to go around, and Beckham says he’s more than happy to share. Over the years, he estimates, a half-dozen or so UM grads have landed jobs at William Morris. “I’m happy to help other people,” Beckham says. “Nobody does this by themselves.”

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ind an industry you love so much, you’ll think it’s a game!” So reads a sign in UM’s Gallagher Business Building advertising the Entertainment Entertainment Management Program, a series of classes designed M anagement at UM : to help students navigate the mysterious world of celebrity agents, accountants, managers, promoters, and publicists. “There’s not just the concert industry out there; it’s entertainment industry,” says UM alum Brian Knaff, founder of the program and president of the Talent Buyers Network in Las Vegas, where he finds and schedules entertainment for casinos, theaters, and other venues. “Whether it’s fairs, festivals, special events, hotels, weddings— whatever it is, this is the class you want to have.” Above: Tom Webster, Apparently, a lot of people agree the only member with him, and the number is growing. of the “Montana The program began with a single class Mafia” to stay in 2001. In the 2008-09 academic year, in Montana, is program director Scott Douglas says, an entertainment four classes are offered, and, if trends management continue, they will all fill up. instructor and “It’s a good problem,” Douglas says. director of UM’s “There are more people that want to University Theatre. come here and share in this experience

Photo of Brad Paisley and Crew by Ben Enos; photo of Rascal Flatts and Beckham by Alan L. Mayor; photo of Tom Webster by Todd Goodrich

Networking, networking, networking

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than we have class time for.” One of the appeals of the program, Douglas says, is the visiting instructors. UM alumni working on the national entertainment scene regularly appear in the classroom to share what they’ve learned in showbiz. But that’s not all: Douglas, a study in self-confidence, recruits visitors from the highest echelons of the industry. With a sly grin, he tells of calling one of the world’s most famous film directors with an invitation to teach. From the pride lifting his voice, you’d think he was doing the stars a favor, and not the other way around. “We half-jokingly say that Scott’s out for world dominion,” says Tom Webster, an entertainment management instructor and director of UM’s University Theatre. “There’s nobody that’s out of the question,” Douglas says. “We have created the reputation and the brand that allows us to reach out to anybody in the entire world.” As long as they fit the budget, that is: expenses covered, but zero pay. Although housed in the business school, the Entertainment Management Program strives for self-sufficiency, funding itself via concerts and other events that students plan and produce. “This is the most in-demand class at the University right now, by far,” Knaff says. One reason, instructors say: The subject matter is so compelling, it hardly feels like learning at all.

“The really fantastic thing about this whole course is, we’re doing it with students where they relate and want to learn,” Knaff says. “We’re speaking the language of the entertainment business, which is what they’re most interested in.” And the entertainment industry is speaking back—with kudos. Pollstar Magazine, which Webster called “the Bible of the touring industry,” lauded UM’s program as “the place to be.” The publicity has done wonders for the program. Recently, Douglas says, the CEO of Sony Entertainment called to ask if there was any room in the teaching schedule for him. The program gives students a chance to meet and mingle with established professionals in the entertainment business. Jeff Ament of the rock band Pearl Jam has taught; so has Huey Lewis; Rock Scully, former manager for the Grateful Dead; and Stuart Evey, founder of ESPN. In 2007-08 alone, seventy-five visiting instructors spoke to entertainment management classes, Douglas says. All those names make for quite a Rolodex. And contacts can be invaluable for students serious about landing a job in show business. “It’s networking,” says James Yelich, a UM alumnus, guest instructor, and talent agent. “The students learn a lot about what they think they would be interested in, but it’s all about meeting us, and us helping them to get jobs.”

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naff, of course, didn’t learn his trade in the classroom. Nor did the other “Montana Mafia” members. “What we had was ASUM (Programming),” he says. “ASUM pretty much meant everything because it gave me all the skills I needed to do this as a profession,” Beckham says. Funded by students, the organization allowed an autonomy unique on college campuses: ASUM’s members did not have to report to the University administration or a board, but they and their director were entirely self-sufficient. “We had the air space and the latitude to go out and experiment with a lot of different things, big concerts, buying a new sound system,” says Mike “The Goon” McGinley ’75 from Deer Lodge, who has designed financial management systems for a veritable “Who’s Who” in show business, including Sting, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and Sheryl Crow. “It was a very, very cuttingedge kind of program for a place like UM in the 1970s. So we could experience as students a world most of us would have never had the chance to experience.” ASUM’s learn-by-doing approach not only offered the sweet taste of success to students who put on shows, but it also provided valuable lessons in failure—such as a Smokey Robinson concert in the late 1980s that lost the student organization “tens of thousands of dollars,” says Tom Webster, director of the University Theatre and an instructor in the Entertainment Management Program. He’s also the only “Mafioso” to have remained in Missoula. “I’m sure I could have gone to a lot of places and done well in the music business,” says Webster, “But I wanted to stay in Missoula—and, by God, I created a career for myself here, and I’ve always been thankful.” He knows all the others in the group, including Clint Mitchell, a senior vice-president at William Morris who asked that Webster share his story. He and Webster, it turns out, went to high school together, and still play golf whenever Mitchell visits Missoula from his home in Los Angeles. Mitchell represents Bernadette Peters, Riverdance, Rob Becker’s Defending the Caveman, Reefer Madness! and other acts.

and it makes

good economic sense…”

Elton John, who performed in concert at UM‘s Adams Center last September and this April, came to the University through the help of alum Mike “The Goon” McGinley, who serves as a consultant with UM.

Defending the Caveman, Reefer Madness!, Sting, the Rolling Stones, Brad Paisley: If these names sound familiar, perhaps it’s because they’ve all played in Missoula in recent years. That’s no coincidence, Webster says. “It’s really been a great asset to have all these people (from UM in various sectors of the entertainment industry),” Webster says. “I think our connections in the business really helped us out.” It certainly helped where the Brad Paisley concert was concerned, Beckham says, “Had I not been from Missoula and asked a favor, that show would probably have never happened.” The 2006 Rolling Stones concert offers another example of how those UM contacts benefit Montana. Bill Graham Presents—now Live Nation—approached Webster about putting on a Stones concert in Missoula and, although the promoter had worked with UM many times before and “knew we were very competent,” Webster says, its representatives negotiated aggressively from the start. “Scott Douglas (director of the Entertainment Management Program) said, ‘If you’re over your head, go for the cavalry,’” Webster recalls. So he and UM Productions director Marlene Hendrickson called Mike “The Goon” McGinley. “The Goon gave us some great advice, and we went from there,” Webster says. He considers the sellout Washington-Grizzly Stadium show one of the high points in his career—and the Stones apparently agree, because “the scuttlebutt was that they thought Missoula was the best date on the tour that they did.” McGinley shrugs off the notion that he’s doing anything extraordinary by helping to bring his acts to Missoula. UM contracts with McGinley as a consultant to bring concerts like Elton John here. “They come because it’s a good place to play, and it makes good economic sense,” he says, “or I wouldn’t make the call.”

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all it old-fashioned ethics. Call it the Montana way of doing business. In contrast to its criminal counterpart, the “Montana Mafia” has no hit men, only hit producers. On the other hand, choirboys they’re not—not during their UM years, at least. “There could still be ‘Wanted’ posters for half of us,” Knaff says with a grin in his voice. “We were wild children then.” Former Missoulian reporter Sherry Jones is an author and freelance journalist living in Spokane, Wash. Her first novel, The Jewel of Medina, about the youngest wife of the Prophet Muhammad, is scheduled for publication in spring/summer 2009.

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Mo nument al Man Rafael Chacón examines A.J. Gibson’s contributions to Montana architecture

By Patia Stephens


hen UM art history and art criticism Professor Hipólito Rafael Chacón began researching architect Albert John Gibson in 2002, there were fifty-six buildings attributed to Gibson, including forty-four in Missoula. By the time he published his new book, The Original Man: The Life and Work of Montana Architect A.J. Gibson, six years later, Chacón had documented 144 Gibson designs and ninety completed buildings.

“The Gibsons made their mark in this part of the West during an exciting period in American history. Their story reflects not only their personal virtues and shortcomings, but also the values and hopes shared by many at the turn of the twentieth century.” – Hipólito Rafael Chacón in The Original Man: The Life and Work of Montana Architect A.J. Gibson

A.J. Gibson’s architectural legacy is remarkable for a man who was both self-taught and active in his field for only eighteen years. “He was a great designer and a great craftsman,” Chacón says. “It’s almost a Horatio Alger story—that an individual with a sixthgrade education could achieve what he achieved in such a short period of time. I think it speaks to what was possible in Montana in that age.” Chacón’s work—tracing Gibson’s life story and uncovering nearly three dozen additional buildings designed by him—also is quite an accomplishment. The biography is as much a record of Gibson’s architecture as it is a chronicle of Missoula’s early history—and of the enduring love affair between A.J. and his wife, Maud. Gibson left his native Ohio for Montana in 1883, landing in the booming city of Butte, where the young carpenter spent five years practicing his trade and growing his skills as a contractor and architect. It was also in Butte that he met the educated young lady who would become his bride, Maud Lockley. The couple married and settled in the thriving frontier town of Missoula in 1889. While A.J. rose to prominence as the area’s premier architect, Maud chronicled his career and their family life in photographs and scrapbooks. “They say that behind every great artist there’s a great wife or great spouse,”

Chacón says. “Maud clearly supported A.J. and encouraged him. She had chutzpah. She was a real live wire. She was also an excellent photographer.” It is from Maud’s scrapbooks, as well as A.J.’s architectural drawings—which had been hidden in UM’s Mansfield Library archives since being narrowly rescued from a Dumpster—that Chacón put together the pieces of Gibson’s life and work. The Original Man is published by The University of Montana Press and the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, an appropriate choice given Gibson’s close association with UM. He designed the first five buildings on campus, beginning with University Hall— popularly known as Main Hall—and Science Hall. Completed in 1898, just five years after the University’s charter, the two Romanesque Revival buildings were Gibson’s biggest commissions to date. Set against the backdrop of Mount Sentinel, Main Hall remains the beloved and picturesque centerpiece of campus. Science Hall and a gymnasium Gibson designed have since been demolished, but his Women’s Hall and library live on as the Math Building and Jeannette Rankin Hall,

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Main Hall, which was designed by Gibson, as it was built.

respectively. The structures are a mix of Renaissance and Neoclassical Revival styles. Gibson is responsible for dozens of public, residential, and commercial buildings in the region, from one-room schoolhouses to grand mansions. The best-known include the Missoula County Courthouse, the Marcus Daly Mansion in Hamilton, and the Missoula Art Museum (formerly the Carnegie Public Library). His designs incorporated everything from Queen Anne to Spanish Mission styles. “He’s what we would call a Revival architect,” Chacón says. “He worked in a number of different styles. He was able to stay abreast of the style that was of national importance and bring that style to Western Montana.” Chacón spent hours scouring county records, city directories, old maps, and Gibson’s architectural drawings, as well as knocking on doors, to document the ninety buildings listed in his book’s appendices. Occasionally, discoveries practically fell in his lap. In the early stages of his research, Chacón was driving down Higgins Avenue when he passed a construction project under way on a business between Third and Fourth streets. “They were pulling off the wooden false façade and uncovering the original brickwork,” says Chacón, who immediately recognized Gibson’s distinctive style. “I thought, ‘That looks familiar,’ and ran to the Mansfield archives and found the blueprint.” In his fourteen years at UM, Chacón has been an active leader in historic preservation efforts on campus and in the state. He has served three terms each on the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission and the Montana State Historic Preservation Office www .umt .edu/mont


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review board, which makes recommendations to the National Register of Historic Places. “Montana has such a rich legacy,” he says. “It’s important to preserve the buildings, the places where history happened.” He’s been involved in efforts to save historic buildings on campus and off, and works to ensure remodels are done with care and sensitivity to the past. “The big challenge on campus is, how do you take these historic structures and balance our desire to see them in a historic context with their current and future needs?” says Chacón, who also serves on the Campus Arboretum Committee. “Every tree and every stone on this campus has a connection to history. In my mind, this is holy ground. We have to be very intentional about how we use the precious ground that we have.” Asked whether he believes the ghost stories often told about Main Hall, Rankin Hall, and other campus buildings, Chacón laughs and says no. “But there were times when I was doing this research, reconstructing the lives of A.J. and Maud Gibson, when I almost lost myself in their world. Some of these buildings do evoke the ghosts of the past; you do sense the presence of the people who have inhabited them.” A.J. Gibson retired young, at age fortysix in 1909, and he and Maud spent nearly twenty more years having the time of their lives. In 1902, they had bought only the third automobile in Missoula County, and they traveled as far away as California and New York during a time when horses were still the main form of transportation. The couple also enjoyed camping and visiting with family and friends,

who included the Reverend John Maclean and his wife and sons, Paul and Norman, who later wrote A River T he M ontana M useum Runs Through It. of A rt & Culture and T he The U niversity of M ontana Gibsons’ love of Press are pleased to automobile travel offer copies of The was ultimately Original Man: The Life their tragic and Work of Montana undoing. On Architect A.J. Gibson New Year’s Eve by Hipólito Rafael in 1927, A.J. and Chacón. T he book is Maud were killed available for purchase at the MMA C galleries instantly when a in the Performing A rts train hit their car and Radio/T elevision at a crossing on Center on the UM Dakota Street. They are buried in the Missoula City Cemetery. While A.J. Gibson’s legacy lives on in his many buildings, he and his campus, by calling wife have finally MMA C at 406-243received their due 2019, or by emailing recognition in museum@umontana. Chacón’s book, edu. A shipping and The Original handling charge of Man. $7 applies. T he book “It’s a very also is available at T he rich history of a Bookstore at UM , Fact & Fiction in M issoula, very interesting and bookstores across life,” Chacón says. M ontana. T he softcover “Those guys had version costs $35 and a lot of fun, he the hardcover is $75. and Maud.” Patia Stephens ’00, M.F.A. ’07 is a freelance writer in Missoula. She worked for UM as an editor and Web content manager for ten years in University Relations. Visit her Web site at Mo n ta n a n FALL 2008 |


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ReseaRch at UM is woRking to bRing oUR soldieRs hoMe in one piece. (Spc Maggie McAlpine, second from right, 2007 Soldier of the Year for Task Force 3—3rd MEDCOM)

On her tour of duty in Iraq, Spc Maggie McAlpine served her

This fall, Maggie is enrolling in UM’s College of Technology

country as a medic in the Army and learned first hand how

and looks forward to a career in health care.

dangerous the world can be. Two good reasons to support higher education: a student who The International Red Cross estimates unexploded landmines

might someday save your life and research that could save

kill or maim 20,000 to 30,000 people each year, with children

lives overseas.

being the most common victims. Jerry Bromenshenk, Ph.D., a research professor in UM’s Division of Biological Sciences along with his colleagues, are trying to do something about that. His team has been making headlines around the world for their breakthrough research which trains honey bees to

pinpoint landmines for removal.

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n the Seventies computers became commonplace in many elementary and secondary schools, ushering in a new era of technology in the classroom. The new technology helped capture the attention of students who learn in nontraditional ways, prepared future employees for a life in the modern workplace, and provided a new way to learn and teach. Research continues to confirm the benefits of using technology in elementary and secondary schools. UM’s School of Education is at the forefront of this trend. On May 2, the School of Education began construction of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center—a 29,000-square-foot facility that will adjoin the existing Education Building and offer the most advanced technology available to help teachers do their jobs better. Construction of the new education center was made possible through generous private support including a $10 million gift—the largest in UM history—from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. “The Phyllis J. Washington Education Center will play a critical role in our efforts to implement systemwide changes in education throughout Montana,” says Roberta D. Evans, dean of the School of Education. “The center’s focus is on early childhood education, math and science instruction, and distance learning, which are all priorities for Montana’s schools.” Much has transpired in education since Phyllis Washington graduated from UM in 1964 and began teaching at a Missoula elementary school. Today’s educators are confronted with an increasing array of media and ever-advancing methods of teaching in the Information Age. “Today the learning process takes advantage of electronic and digital media so teachers must www .umt .edu/mont

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Phyllis and Dennis Washington celebrate along with more than 500 guests at the May 2 groundbreaking ceremony for the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center, scheduled to open in fall 2009.

have a command of always-changing technology to support new curricula,” Phyllis Washington says. “The Phyllis J. Washington Education Center will meet that need and surpass it with the programs it enables, putting Montana on the national stage, attracting the best and brightest to the School of Education and enhancing The University of Montana’s reputation for excellence.” Teachers earning their degrees at the new Phyllis J. Washington Education Center will use interactive electronic whiteboards, or “smart boards.” Students will become familiar with creating instructional materials using video and computer equipment in multimedia production studios. Learning laboratories will allow teachers, students, and parents to observe student teaching in action. Martin Horejsi, assistant professor in the school’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, specializes in technology use in the classroom and believes the new center will create a unique, collaborative environment that will stimulate innovation and creativity in teaching and learning. “As our students gain confidence using instructional technologies, they will employ critical thinking and problem-solving

skills—two proficiencies essential to Twenty-First Century teachers and administrators,” Horejsi says. The center also will develop programs to benefit Montana communities in areas such as educating children with disabilities and offering early intervention services and parenting classes. And the facility, with its emphasis on distance learning, will help Montanans—especially those in rural areas— achieve their full academic potential. Having a technological link from UM to school districts across the state is a valuable professional development resource for practicing educators. “Educators everywhere are eager for The University of Montana to open this fabulous new facility,” Evans says. “It will be a model training facility where professional development opportunities and partnerships with educators across the state, throughout the country, and around the planet will thrive.” The center, scheduled to open fall 2009, will allow the education school to expand its national and international influence and truly become a center for global education. A campaign to complete funding of the center is under way, and many room-naming opportunities are still available. To learn more about ways to contribute, call Mark Armstrong of the UM Foundation at 406-243-4568 or e-mail – Mark Armstrong

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cArY/rAleigh/dUrhAM Woody’s Sports Pub 8322 Chapel Hill Rd 919-380-7737 *UM coordinator needed


bisMArck/MAndAn The Pier Restaurant & Bar 120 Riverwood Dr 701-221-0860 Mike Scott ’82 / 701-391-4479 FArgo Side Street Grill & Pub Howard Johnson Inn 301 3rd Ave N / 701-232-8850 George Weatherston ’56 701-232-8796 DJ Colter ‘00/701-367-9191


oklAhoMA citY The Fox & Hound 3031 W. Memorial Rd 405-751-7243

*UM coordinator needed


cincinnAti AreA Willie’s Sports Café 8188 Princeton-Glendale Rd (Star Route 747) / West Chester 513-860-4243 Brian Clipson ’81 / 513-779-1610

Kick-off of this 108th meeting is at 12:05 p.m. MST (Time subject to change). Check our web site for up-to-date information. Sites and coordinators may change. or call 1.877.862.5867

bend The Village Grill 1033 Bond Street 541-593-1100 Jim ’60 & Joan Hinds ’58 541-317-5972 PortlAnd/greshAM Tom’s Pizza and Sports Bar 707 NE 181st Ave 503-489-1890 Jared Kuehn ‘06 Tiffany Quale ‘06 543-336-4591


Allentown Big Woody’s Pizza & Sports Bar 1855 Sullivan Trail 610-252-4442 Keri Korin / 570-283-2951


olYMPiA-lAceY O’Blarney’s Pub 4411 Martin Way E 360-459-8084 Pat ’59 & Ed ’57 Ilgen 360-412-0102 Moses lAke Venue TBD Susan Beall ‘70 509-765-0577 seAttle Slugger’s Sports Bar 539 Occidental-seattle 206-654-8070 Angie Larson ‘01 206-948-2636/206-781-4940 seAttle Slugger’s Bar & Grill 12506 NE 144th-kirkland 425-821-6453 *UM coordinator needed

sPokAne The Swinging Doors Tavern 1018 W Francis Ave 509-326-6794 Jeff ‘96 & Jennette ‘95 Toole 509-892-0634 tri cities/kennwick Kimo’s 2696 N Columbia Center Blvd 509-783-5747 Greg Higle ’78 / 509-783-7046 wenAtchee TBA

PittsbUrgh Damon’s, The Place for Ribs 4070 William Penn Hwy 412-858-7427 Bill ’75 & Annette Volbers 412-831-8882

YAkiMA Jackson’s Sports Bar 482 S 48th Ave 509-966-4340 Patrick McCarthy ’70 509-966-3964 (h) 509-833-4961 (c)



rAPid citY Hooky Jacks 321 7th St 605-388-3232 Sheila Troxel Snyder ’72 605-718-5165


nAshVille The Box Seat 2221 Bandywood Dr 615-383-8018 David Revell ’68 / 615-333-8976


AUstin/sAn Antonio Cool River Cafe 4001 Palmer Lane 512-835-0010 Ken ’63 & Diane ‘65 Lawrence 210-493-7936 Anne Duffy / 512-736-4867 dAllAs/richArdson The Fox & Hound 112 West Campbell Road 972-437-4225 Chuck Bultmann ’66 817-283-0303 Jim Salvo ’68 214-823-7148 & Mike McDonough ’72 214-521-8650 houston The Fox & Hound 11470 Westheimer 218-589-2122 Suzanne ‘98 & Jesse Kropp 281-385-9692


sAlt lAke citY Port O’Call 400 S and W Temple 801-521-0589 Kevin Dunne ‘91 801-502-4915

TBA Brock Lowrance ’02 406-459-4908 Tim Ehlert ‘05 / 202-403-9754


MorgAntown Kegler’s Sports Bar & Lounge 735 - A Chestnut Ridge Rd 304-598-9698 Scott Schield ‘97 304-842-6061


MAdison Pooley’s 5441 High Crossing Rd 608-242-1888 Michelle Cunningham ‘88 608-835-0363


cAsPer Sidelines Sports Bar 1121 Wilkins Circle 307-234-9444 Shelly Parker ‘04 / 307-277-6210 Ron Kay ‘96 & ‘00 307-277-1512 sheridAn Ole’s Pizza & Spaghetti House 927 Coffeen Avenue 307-672-3636 Tim Thomas ’91 307-751-8833/307-672-7418 gillette Mingles 2209 S Douglas Hwy 307-686-1222 Conrad Duffy / 307-689-2884 rock sPrings Bomber’s Sports Bar 1549 Elk Street 307-382-6400 Daryl Felbaum

To help defray the cost of the satellite transmission, there will be a $5 cover charge per attendee.

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Patrick M. Risken ’81 Spokane, WA


Sharilyn McGuire Campbell ’87

Robert J. “Bob” Fisher

Redmond, WA

’43, Tucson, Arizona, sent a recent photo of himself and one from his freshman year on campus carrying lime up Mount Sentinel for painting the M. “Others in our freshman group were

Vice President

Thomas J. Dimmer ’85 W illiamston, M I

Past President

Marcia Ellen Holland ’76

M issoula Photo Courtesy of Todd Goodrich

says. “I am the eternal optimist. I believe we can do it all and do it well.” In 1982 Verna received a UM Distinguished Alumni Award.

Board of Directors

*James Bartell ’63


Kildeer, IL

Eric D. Botterbusch ’87


Everett, WA


*Brandon Byars ’93


Portland, O R

Craig W. Crawford ’79 D arien, CT

*Susan C. English ’72


*Scott Horsley ’73

Scottsdale, A Z

Dawn Craven Lochridge ’85

M issoula

Jon I. Mathews ’84 Boise, ID

Keli Wenz McQuiston ’00 M issoula

James A. Messina ’93

T akoma Park, MD

*Erin Rogge Niedge ’05

M iles City

Susan Pirrie-Munsinger ’90 Kalispell

Marnie McMeel Prigge ’73

Don and Pat Simmons of M issoula gathered with family members in

A pril for the UM School of Fine A rts annual “O dyssey of the Stars,” which this year honored and featured their son David Simmons, upper left. D avid ‘83 is an acclaimed singer, composer, playwright, and lyricist and brought the house down with his singing and acting. D avid was joined on stage by his brother, J.K. Simmons ‘78, upper right, who was honored at the “O dyssey of the Stars” in 2002. A prolific actor, J.K. has most recently appeared in Juno, Thank You For Smoking, all three Spiderman movies, and TV episodes of The Closer. He also was the subject of an “A lumni Profile” in the winter 2007 Montanan. D on Simmons, standing between his sons, is a retired faculty member and former chair of UM ‘s D epartment of M usic. Pat Simmons, who initiated M issoula‘s O ut to Lunch Program while serving as executive secretary of the M issoula D owntown A ssociation, stands next to her daughter Elizabeth Simmons-O‘Neill ‘78, who teaches writing and directs the Community Literacy Program at the U niversity of W ashington.


Geannine T. Rapp ’92 Great Falls

Robert D. Ross ’71 Salt Lake City

Bernd A. Schulte ’65

O cean Ridge, FL

Zane G. Smith ’55

Springfield, O R

Gregory K. Stahl ’82

M issoula

*Denotes new member UM Alumni Association

Bill Johnston ’79, ’91 Execut ive Dir ecto r

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Keep Us Posted. Send your news to Betsy Holmquist, The University of Montana Alumni Association, Brantly Hall, Missoula, MT 59812. E-mail your news to support@, FAX it to 406-243-4467, or call 877-UM-ALUMS (877-862-5867). Material in this issue reached our office by June 20, 2008. Note: the year immediately following an alum’s name indicates either an undergraduate degree year or attendance at UM. Graduate degrees from UM are indicated by initials. Snowbirds/Sunbirds—Anyone! Whenever you change your mailing address, please contact the alumni office. Let us know where you are and when. Thank you.


Verna Green Smith ’40 was one of ten women who received the 2008 St. Louis Women of Achievement Award. At eighty-seven, Verna was noted for her “ageless, active, volunteer service and leadership.” Four mornings a week Verna volunteers

as editorial director at the OASIS Institute, writing, editing, and proofreading publications. Among her many activities Verna also is a board member of the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis and the National Federation of Press Women and coordinates the Media Archives at the St. Louis Public Library. “Older

Americans have so much talent, experience, and know-how to share,” Verna

Bill Fleming,

and Bob writes. “Memory tells me that Warren Vaughan ’42 was the Bear Paw big push that day.” Bob and his wife, Elaine, celebrated their sixtieth anniversary in June. The Fishers have six children, twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. All were present at Bob’s ninetieth birthday in March. “Thanks for your great support, and keep our Grizzly growling,” Bob adds. Mary Law Mollander ’49 and Dennis S. Mollander ’50 live in Great Falls. Mary is working on a Montana quilt history book to be published this fall. Dennis is an adjunct professor at the University of Great Falls, tutoring English. Johnny Delano,

Dinny Galusha,”


Judith Patton Brenner-

’54 and Bud Thompson, of Paynesville, Minnesota, write,“We had a great time,” describing their March tour of Australia offered by the UM Alumni Association. Judith and Bud are pictured here in front of


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’63, Grand Junction, Colorado, wrote Bob, the Tree who Became a Star, a rhyming, fully illustrated children’s book to help raise money for a Colorado initiative that promotes and rewards good behavior in schools. Suzanne and students from Suzanne Lintz Ives

Karen Larson Gookin

’69 and Larry Gookin ’71 are award-winning professors at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. This spring Larry was named the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Oregon School of Music, where he received a master’s degree in music “in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished


’71, San Francisco, has authored several novels and more than four dozen nonfiction books in the past twenty-five years. His latest work, Sitting Bull, was named to Amazon’s “Significant Seven” list. Earlier works include Indian Bill Yenne

Wars: The Campaign for the American West and Guinness: The 250-Year Quest for the Perfect Pint, a history of the great brewery and brewing family. “I haven’t been to Montana since 2006,” Bill writes, “when I was invited to participate in the Author Rendezvous at the Clark on the Yellowstone event at Pompey’s Pillar. Spent a couple of days in Missoula and a few in my old stomping grounds up in Glacier Park. Actually, I grew up inside the park. My father

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Timber; attending UM; working, traveling, and living around the world; and discovering her passion for weaving. Teresa and her husband, Hallas, live in Chaplin, Connecticut, where Teresa weaves, teaches weaving, gardens, and writes for weaving journals. Karen DuVall Young ’59, Dayton, Ohio, writes that she “is retiring after thirty years as a violinist in the Dayton Philharmonic and Dayton Opera Orchestras and ten years as conductor of an area-wide Philharmonicsponsored orchestra for middle and high school students.” Karen continues her longtime volunteer work as a docent at the Dayton Art Institute.

’67, retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, is a defense contractor for U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base. He lives in Valrico, Florida. Kenneth A. Smith ’68 was named dean of the Idaho State University College of Business. Ken came to ISU in 1970 as assistant professor of accounting and head of the accounting program. He advanced to full professor, later serving as associate and interim dean of the College of Business. Ken was instrumental in designing, staging, and executing nationwide Certified Public Accountant examination preparatory courses. An avid outdoorsman, Ken enjoys hiking and snowshoeing.


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teaching and leadership in music education and conducting.” Karen received the College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Non-tenure Track Faculty Teaching Award for 2008 from Central Washington University in recognition of her “innovative teaching strategies and positive impact on student learning.”


than 100 mountains. Rolf invites e-mails to alpenkalb@ Tulie M. Barnum ’58, Murphys, California, writes, “I retired on December 31, 2007, after fifty years in the land title and escrow business as sole owner of the Sterling Title Company. Having been involved in politics in the early 1970s, with service on the Planning Commission, City Council, and as mayor of Clayton, California, there is speculation of the possibility of re-entering local politics as my retirement allows.”

Mesa County School District 51 sold 2,650 copies of the locally published book, available by contacting Suzanne at David R. Montague ’66 recently published a booklength satire, In Greed We Trust: Secrets of a Dead Billionaire. Dave also writes a blog on the book’s home page: He and his wife, Mary Silkwood, live in Potomac.

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the Sydney Opera House. Rolf Hasler ’55, Luzern, Switzerland, received an invitation to the class reunions in May and responded congratulating UMAA on finding his address after fifty-three years. “I love to think back to the wonderful years in Missoula . . . and would like to climb some mountains in Montana with skis, rucksack, and skins.” Rolf started mountain climbing as a child and still spends most weekends and vacations climbing or skiing. In 2007 he climbed more

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aboutalumni was in charge of backcountry trails.” J.F. Purcell ’72, Oceanside, New York, took the photo that appeared in the winter 2008 Montanan at last summer’s alumni dinner cruise on the M.V. Oyster Catcher. Thank you, J.F. Ed Jolicoeur ’73, a partner in LeMaster Daniels in Spokane, Washington, is the new chair of the Washington Board of Accountancy. Charles E. Erdmann, J.D. ’75, Washington, D.C., is one of five judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He returned to Montana in April for a hearing and questionand-answer session at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. Judge Erdmann previously served as a Montana Supreme Court Justice and as an assistant state attorney general, as well as maintained a private law practice in Helena. Rich Owens ’76, Anchorage, Alaska, received the 2007 National Guard Association Patrick Henry Award for his extraordinary support of the Alaska National Guard, most

notably for his participation in Operation Santa Claus. Rich has frequently accompanied the guard on its annual holiday flights of Santa Claus, bringing toys, school supplies, fresh fruit, and ice cream to isolated Alaskan villages. Owner of the local Tastee Freez, Rich provided and served sundaes to 1,900 villagers in Wainwright, Togiak, and www .umt .edu/mont

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Kotlik, Alaska, last winter. “For a lot of these people, it’s the first time they’ve seen sprinkles or granulated nuts or strawberry and caramel toppings,” Rich says. “It’s fun to see the five- and six-yearolds, but when you see an elder who says, ‘We’ve never had anything like this,’ it hits your heart.” Maggie Bennington-Davis

’78 is chief medical officer for Cascadia Behavioral Health in Portland, Oregon, and co-author of Restraint and Seclusion: The Model for Eliminating Their Use for Healthcare. A feature article in the Portland Tribune described her methods and crusade to change the way psychiatric patients are often

handled. “It’s threatening and culture-changing,” Maggie believes, “to even suggest eliminating restraint and seclusion when dealing with people suffering severe mental illness, but the results are consistently reaffirming.” Maggie and her husband, Timothy Davis, live in Tualatin. They have three children–Dane, Ellen, and Chase. Richard L. Robbins, M.A. ’79, writes, “My third book of poems, The Untested Hand, was just published by the Backwaters Press of Omaha. Another collection, Other Americas, will be published in 2009.” Rick directs the creative writing program

and Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


(Correction: Susan A. Pendergrass ’88, whose classnote appeared in the spring Montanan, works for RLF, not RFL as previously noted.) William J. Fritz, Ph.D. ’80, is senior vice president of academic affairs/provost at the College of Staten Island, New York. William previously spent twentyseven years at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he was senior associate provost for academic programs and enrollment services and professor of geology. Matthew L. Strauser ’80, Salem, Oregon, director of choral activities and music education at Corban College and Graduate School in Salem, received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education and conducting at the University of Oregon, Eugene, in May. Garry A. Oye ’81, M.S. ’84, began his new position as chief of the National Park Service’s Wilderness Stewardship and Recreation

BIRTHS Averi Downs Larson to Andrew N. Larson ’97 and Kelli Downs Larson, September 1, 2007, Baltimore, MD Truce John Emett to Quinn Emett, J.D. ’05, and Laura Madden, October 22, 2007, Billings Sienna Mae Miller to Kristina Marie Jeske ’07 and Eric C. Miller, November 20, 2007, Coeur d’Alene, ID Morgan Grace Wright to Samantha Allen Wright ’01, M.A. ’06, and Jeffrey R. Wright ’99, January 25, 2008, Santa Monica, CA Cash Bauer Loren to Jessica Loftus Loren ’97 and Nathan P. Loren, January 29, 2008, Washougal, WA Drew Gregory Sundberg to Gregory Carl Sundberg ’01, M.B.A. ’03, and Jaclyn Sundberg, March 24, 2008, Missoula Cameron Russell LeProwse to Jon Charles LeProwse ’06 and Allison Figge, March 28, 2008, Missoula Sofia Elizabeth to Jennifer Zellmer-Cuaresma ’98 and Nito Cuaresma, May 3, 2008, Missoula Oliver Hughes Fetz Edmands to Gillian Fetz ’05 and Brian Edmands, May 12, 2008, Missoula Evan Laren Aadland to Steven M. Aadland ’00 and Kari Aadland, June 16, 2008, Missoula also a recipient of the Bob Marshall–National Wilderness Champion Award. Kevin L. Mayer ’82, was elected chair of the board of directors of Treasure State Corporate Credit Union, where he has served as a board member for the past seven years. Kevin is manager/CEO of the Richland Federal Credit Union in Sidney, a position he’s held since February 1999. Gloria Helm Wahlin

Management Division in Washington, D.C., in April. Garry had served as a district ranger on the Inyo National Forest in Bishop, California, since 2002. His public land management career includes assignments in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, California, and Washington, D.C. Garry is

’84 coordinates activities at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Whidbey Island, Washington. For seventeen years she was

the county noxious weed control coordinator for the Washington State University Island County Extension Office. Gloria writes, “Tell UM’s Dr. Earl Willard I did use my degree, honest, but the lighthouse was just a lot cooler job than fighting weeds all day.” Gloria manages more than eighty volunteers who keep the lighthouse open to the public 185 days a year. She adds, “My office is upstairs in the lighthouse looking over Admiralty Inlet. It’s hard to beat for a room with a view.” Gloria and her husband, Alan, live in nearby Clinton, Washington, on Frogwater Road. “We

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get a lot of comments on the name. We have a big pond and a frog symphony every evening in the spring.” Check out the doings at the lighthouse at www.    Polly E. Peterson ’83, Ph.D. ’85, and her husband, Gary Shelton, opened Heart Rock Market, an all-natural gourmet and specialty food store in Anaconda earlier this year. Polly has retired from a private practice in crisis intervention and as chief of psychology at Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs. Heart Rock Market is in the former Daly Grocery building, just a few blocks from where Polly grew

up. “I’d like to open up a coffee shop and deli here,” Polly says, emphasizing the community-building her business has already enjoyed. Tom Blakely ’85, M.Ed. ’91, Three Forks, received the 2008 Montana Principal of the Year award from the Montana Association of Secondary School Principals. Tom was honored for restructuring the middle school curriculum and offering a mentoring program for middle school students, establishing a staff advisory committee, orchestrating a dualenrollment program with the Helena College of Technology, and working with the Renaissance Program to form partnerships between the school and community. Tom has been principal at Three Forks since 1999 and was www .umt .edu/mont

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previously a teacher and administrator in Miles City. Darren Hickel ’85 and Donna Meyer-Hickel

’87 write from New Hope, Minnesota, “We have two beautiful children, a daughter, nine, and a son, three. Donna is a senior-level manager in her thirteenth year at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She also earned a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Arizona. Darren is in his eighth year running the family business, First Article Corp., which does laser digitizing, CAD modeling, and verification for a wide variety of industries. We follow the Griz from afar and proudly wear our Griz gear to the annual Griz-Cat satellite parties. We can’t wait for our next trip to Missoula for late breakfast at the Ox!” Jennifer Winden Hanson

’88, Spokane, Washington is the development associate for the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis—Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association Evergreen Chapter, which covers Washington, Northern Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Jennifer, her sister, Colleen Winden Hatcher ’88, Bozeman, and Paul Tuss ’86, ’88, Havre, lost their mothers to ALS and are working to raise awareness about this fatal disease that currently has no cure. They invite UM alumni and friends to participate in the Second Annual “Walk to Defeat ALS” at Missoula’s McCormick Park

he U niversity of M ontana faces significant challenges every year. UM just completed a monstrously successful capital campaign in which $131 million-plus was pledged. Funding is crucial to providing the finest education possible to our students in a setting that is second to none. A nd while the U niversity takes a collective breath at the close of the campaign, the challenges remain. M oney, however, is only part of the equation. In my opinion our greatest resource is people, and diversity in people and in their ideas lies at the core of “university.” O ur administration, faculty, and staff are dedicated to the U niversity’s mission without reservation. W e have thousands of alumni and so many friends who may never have taken a class at one of our campuses. Volunteer boards and committees allow us all the opportunity to contribute our many, varied talents. T he experiences our alumni and friends bring to our U niversity provide value far beyond quantifiable dollars. A nd everyone who participates gains both insight and the satisfaction of being fully invested in the success of UM . T o all our alumni—come back to campus. T o all our many friends—we need your experience. Believe me—you won’t regret a minute of it. Thanks.

on Saturday, September 27, 2008. Jennifer and Colleen helped establish ALS support groups in Missoula and Bozeman this spring and encourage everyone to learn more about the Evergreen ALS Chapter at David S. Smith ’88 works for Battelle Memorial Institute at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. David is project manager for the Megaports Initiative, a program funded by the national Nuclear Security Agency, which designs and constructs radiation detection equipment to screen cargo containers before they are loaded onto ships leaving from ports in

Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia—destined for the United States.


Bryan E. Amsel, M.B.A. ’90, Pulaski, Virginia, will be especially busy January 20, 2009, at the 56th Presidential Inauguration. Lt. Col. Amsel, a reserve member of the United States Air Force, is the contracting officer for the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, which

Pat Risken is a Helena native and 1981 UM graduate. He earned a law degree from Gonzaga University in 1984 and has practiced law in Spokane since then, focusing primarily on commercial and construction litigation. Pat has one son, Patrick “Jack” Risken, a soonto-be sixth grader who is his best pal, keeping Pat on skis and bikes and occasionally in the ER.

coordinates all military ceremonial support for the inaugural period—including musical units, marching bands, color guards, salute batteries, and honor cordons in and around the District of Columbia. “I am excited about contributing to a very significant historical event,” Bryan states. “Only in the United States is there a peaceful exchange of power every four years, and it is gratifying to be a part of it.” Cody D. Hagerman ’90, Portland, Oregon, founded Hagerman Frick O’Brien LLC in 1999, one of the top ten commercial real estate firms in Oregon. Cody and his wife, Lisa Wilson Hagerman, were married August 13, 2005. Their son, Porter Wilson Hagerman, was Mo n ta n a n FA LL 2008 |


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born December 11, 2007. Thomas X. Brodnitzki ’91, and Angela King McLean ’00 were among the seventyfive national educators who each received $25,000 awards at the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Conference in March. Tom teaches eleventh-grade world history and twelfth-grade advanced placement human geography at the Metropolitan Learning Center Interdistrict Magnet

School for Global and International Studies in Bloomfield, Connecticut. “The Montana state flag and state map hang in my classroom, and I donated a UM pennant to hang in the school’s guidance department,” Tom writes. “Students have heard many stories about my time in Montana, and references to Big Sky Country come up in class weekly.” Angela teaches American government, American history, psychology, and sociology at Anaconda High School. She also teaches jump-start courses for Montana Tech that help high school students earn college credit while they are still in high school. Angela and her husband, Mike McLean, J.D. ’97, have two children, Colin, eight, and Ellen, four. “My children love the fact that I am a teacher and love coming to my classroom and seeing the big kids,” Angela writes. “We are all Griz fans and go to almost every home


The following alumni and friends have made a commitment to the future of the UM Alumni Association by becoming lifetime members. You can join them by calling 877-862-5867 or by visiting: The Alumni Association thanks them for their support. This list includes all new lifetime members through May 31, 2008. Rosalie Gynn Alford


Kimberling City, MO Michael D. Bentz ’75, Austin, TX Firman H. bo Brown ’49, M.A. ’53, Hon. Ph.D. ’08, Missoula Gary B. Chumrau, J.D.’ 77, Missoula Cynthia Rigg Chumrau ’76, Missoula Georganna Schara Clifford ’72, M.Ed. ’73, Spokane, WA Thomas L. Cooper ’89, Seattle Melanie Kichler Hull Cromer ’90, Sherwood, OR Gary Cuff, Missoula Susan Wailes Cuff ’81, Missoula Donald A. Davis ’78, M.B.A. ’97, Butte Nan M. Freitas ’76, Oak View, CA Carolyn M. Friedt ’89, Newcastle, WA www .umt .edu/mont

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football game.” Kerrylyn Whalen Rodriguez,

J.D. ’91, a pharmacist in Freeport, Illinois, received the Bowl of Hygeia Award for Outstanding Community Service in Pharmacy at the Illinois Pharmacists Annual Conference last fall. In addition to practicing pharmacy, Kerrylyn has a private mediation practice and is a certified diabetes educator. Kerrylyn received the award primarily for her humanitarian efforts in Peru. For the past sixteen years she had organized an annual mission of friends, family, and pharmacy students who provide medical care and health education to the indigenous and mestizo people of the Amazon region of Iquitos, Peru. “I’m now declared an ambassador

Harold B. Gilkey ’62, Spokane, WA Priscilla L. Pickard Gilkey ’62,

Spokane, WA

Scott G. Gratton ’84, J.D. ’87, Sherry M. Willits Halley ’76,


Henderson, NV

Shelley M. Hiniker ’00, Florence Gary G. Kasper ’69, Fairfield Kari Kasper, Fairfield Kassandra F. Kuttler Kleymann

Hays, KS


Paul M. Koch ’98, Truro, MA Paul A. McCann, J.D. ’80, Missoula Alan G. McQuillan, M.S.’72, Ph.D.


Kari Jean Shepherd McWhirter

Monrovia, CA



Gerald Metzger ’74, Universal City, TX Madeleine Martin Neumeyer ’69, Helena Thomas C. Ortiz, M.S. ’98,

San Luis Obispo, CA Minie Smith, Missoula

Jeani Van Eeden Snortland ’63, Kristen M. Sohlberg ’80, M.Acct.


Billings ’02,

Robert D. Stevens ’02, Springfield, OR Robert R. Throssell ’74, J.D. ’80, Helena

of health,” Kerrylyn says, “which means I touch 93,000 people in that region.” Brian Bizzano ’92 writes that he was “recently promoted to head of a commodity desk, trading Weather, Emissions, Fixed Price Natural Gas, and ERCOT Power, and is responsible for analytic and algorithmic commodity trading at Constellation Energy’s Global Commodities Group in Baltimore, Maryland.” Anne Lear Whitson ’92 is director of education for the Arizona Association of Community Managers. She writes, “I am living in Gilbert, Arizona, with my

sons Jake, twelve, and Cade, nine. I miss Montana and can’t wait to get back for the twentieth Hellgate High School class reunion this summer!” Shauna L. Hanisch ’94 left her job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Arlington, Virginia, in May to start work on her Ph.D. in the Michigan State University Department of Fish and Wildlife. Shauna’s research topic is the human dimensions of wildlife health. David H. Andrew IV ’95, Missoula, received the Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in May. David A. Green, M.P.A. ’96,

Joe Sperandeo ’96, Santa Monica, California, is one alumnus who not only is garnering buzz throughout Hollywood, but who also set Missoula abuzz while a student. “When I went to school at UM there were many Brad Pitt sightings around Missoula. What many people don’t realize is that it was most likely me,” Joe says. With that chiseled jaw and million dollar smile, Joe even caused Jennifer Aniston (who then was married to Brad Pitt) to do a double take while he was at work as a producer’s assistant on the NBC Universal lot a few years ago. Add in some additional pandemonium-raising scenes throughout Hollywood hot spots, an article on the twin appearance in Los Angeles magazine, and even adoration by a Brad Pitt stalker, and you’ve got the recipe that has made up Joe’s start in Hollywood. His commercial appeal even earned him acting chops in Taco Bell and Reebok commercials, as well as bigger roles on straightto-video movies. But now, Joe is most often seen behind the camera. He currently is a stringout editor on the MTV smash hit TV show The Hills, where he has worked for more than a year. “It’s interesting the impact that ‘reality’ television has made in the industry over the past few years,” Joe writes. “Nowadays, it seems that anyone can become a star.” Joe credits UM with creating the foundation for his success. He notes that professors Marty From, Fred McGlynn, and Michael McClintock, “are the best teachers at the University, as far as I’m concerned,” and counts his time as one of the first radio disc jockeys for KBGA as one of his most memorable UM experiences.

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aboutalumni Tacoma, Washington, works for the State of Washington Department of Veteran Affairs. David writes that he “manages veteran outreach programs in county and municipal jails and works closely with ‘wraparound’ services to provide temporary housing, mental health, medical treatment, and vocational rehabilitation to those who have served in the U.S. military.” David also coordinates community resources for homeless veterans and their families in and around King County. Frank Field ’97 and his wife, Sara, moved from Boston to Cincinnati in June 2006. Their daughter, Madeline Ann Field, was born March 13, 2007. This past year Frank taught history and English at Westside Montessori High School. “I’ve learned a lot and it’s been a real challenge,” Frank writes. “I had to borrow history texts from another school, and I still didn’t have enough for every kid.” Frank ran his eleventh Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in June. One of fewer than 150 runners to run them all, he’s earned a spot in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. “Goodness knows I couldn’t carry a tune that had handles, so it’s the only Rock Hall of Fame I’ll ever get into without paying admission,” he adds. Joseph M. Schaffer ’98 is the associate dean of workforce programs and chief academic officer at MSU-Great Falls College of Technology. Joe works with area high schools to develop pathways www .umt .edu/mont

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for students into career programs. Amie L. Clark ’99 founded the Senior Resource Network, a private agency providing placement and referral services for those in need of senior housing solutions in 2003. Her agency has since launched the Senior (www.theseniorlist. com), a nationwide consumer-based Web site that allows free public access to rate and read about senior-related businesses and services in all fifty states. Amie, her husband, Chris, and sons, Matthew and William, live in Beaverton, Oregon. Samuel H. Fox ’99 is the environmental planner and sustainability coordinator for Clallam County, Port Angeles, Washington.


’02 is the collection management librarian at the University of Great Falls. Oliver earned a master’s degree in library science from Clairon University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Melissa A. Jafvert ’03, M.S. ’05, and John A. Cruit ’99 were married September 1, 2007. Melissa writes that she “was the publicity director for the eighty-fourth Foresters’ Ball in 2001 and is now an agricultural statistician in the California Field Office for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. John was deconstruction officer for the eighty-first Foresters’ Ball in 1998 and is now the urban forest supervisor for the City Oliver Lee Pflug

of Davis, California. We both were actively involved in the Forestry Club during our entire tenure at the University, and are looking forward to seeing all the forestry alumni at the 100th Foresters’ Ball in 2017.” Jon Paul Swan ’03, his wife, Robin, and daughters, Neiko, two, and Elia Sue, born March 13, 2008, live in Belmont, Massachusetts. Jon attends Harvard Business School and plans to complete his M.B.A. and M.P.P. degrees there next year. Jacob G. Golik, Pharm D. ’04, was appointed lead pharmacist at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls. Scott J. Pederson, J.D. ’04, began serving as Prairie County Attorney in April. Scott previously was a deputy public defender in Yellowstone County. He and his wife, Paula, have a son and a daughter, Benjamin and Bailey. Kenyth Mogan ’07, Camarillo, California, released his first book, The Phoenix Chronicles: Awakenings, just before wrapping up his last semester at UM. Since graduating, Kenyth has moved to California to embark on his career in the entertainment industry. With a love of drawing and story telling, Kenyth began working on a manga series titled Love Spell. The project is currently in production. “It’s a sort of Will and Grace meets Sabrina type story,” he writes. “Though it’s an alternative lifestyle story—it’s family oriented.” Kenyth currently

is a freelance review writer for Valley Scene magazine, and also has embarked on an exciting new career. “I contacted a company by the name of Those Characters from Cleveland, which is a property of American Greeting Cards. They are responsible for the Care Bears and Strawberry

Shortcake. I wanted to reinvent a property of theirs, so I wrote a pilot chapter and they loved it,” he writes. Katherine Anne Monser

’07, Missoula, departed in March to begin her Peace Corps training and service, developing and implementing environmental projects in Senegal.

John Burke Sullivan III ’04 holds the ColdAvenger mask he and his family designed and developed at their Missoula company, Talus Outdoor Technologies. The vented mouthpiece allows unimpeded breathing and maintains a warmer temperature around the mouth than outside—the perfect design for extremely cold conditions. Every part of the ColdAvenger is manufactured in the Northwest, and all packaging is recyclable. “It’s vaguely reminiscent of Darth Vader,” John admits, “but if you’re too concerned about fashion to get out on a cold, powder day, it’s your loss.” On summer days, John works as a fishing and rafting guide for Glacier Raft Company in Glacier National Park.


The following lifetime dues-paying members have renewed their lifetime membership to the Alumni Association. We thank them. If you would like to renew your lifetime membership, please call 877862-5867 or visit: This list includes all renewed lifetime members through May 31, 2008. Elizabeth Stoebe Bergner ’42, Buffalo, WY Jack J. Burke ’50, J.D. ’52, Rancho Mirage, CA Nancy Calvert Burke ’52, Rancho Mirage, CA Allison M. Vinal Easterling ’39, Missoula Kenneth W. Gillette ’68, Fano, Denmark G.L. Madler ’80, Columbus, GA Lisa Madler, Columbus, GA Bill A. Mitchell ’50, Miles City Harry A. Odden ’58, Sheridan Evelyn G. Rimel ’32, M.Ed. ’33, Missoula, Mary Leichner Vanderslice ’38, Long Beach, CA Guillermo M. Walker ’61, Queretaro, Mexico Carl M. Westby, Jr, M.A. ’54, Arden Hills, MN Frances Jorgensen Wylder ’53, Great Falls James M. Wylder ’51, Great Falls Mo n ta n a n FA LL 2008 |


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aboutalumni In Memor ia m

To be included in ”In Memoriam,” the UM Alumni Association requires a newspaper obituary or a letter of notification from the immediate family. We extend sympathy to the families of the following alumni, faculty, and friends. Names without class or degree years include UM alumni, employees, and friends. Lucille Peterson Anderson ’29, Cut Bank Leonard L. Mashino ’29, Kent, WA Margaret Sharp Angus ’30, Kingston, Ontario Lewis K. Ambrose ’32, Lacey, WA Iris Smith Hawkins ’33, Dayton Sara Cooney Simons ’33, Helena Howard Bischoff ’34, Kalispell Mary Dohi Katayama ’34, Glasgow Wilbur Lee Reed ’36, Essex, England Kathleen Harrington Dunlap ’37, Butte

Hazel Rice Hutchinson ’37, Lincoln, IL Marian Lewellen Tyro Seines ’37, Ronan Robert A. Stillings ’37, Appleton, WI J.D. “Gene” DeFrance ’38, Helena Myrtle Jackson Elliott ’38, Forsyth Arnold G. Helding ’38, Missoula Dorothy Aserlind Ayers ’39, Albuquerque, NM Laurence M. Osburnsen ’39, Kalispell Harry Q. Anders ’40, Mesa, AZ Nelle Maxey Durgan ’40, Livingston Delbert Walter Pile ’40, Missoula John N. Lindberg ’41, Seattle Patricia Geagan O’Kelly ’41, Green Valley, AZ Ellen Jane Lind Martin ’42, Salem, OR Mary Elizabeth Carroll Sweeney ’42, Billings Bruce A. Allison ’43, Kalispell Theodosia Robinson Geisler ’43,

Klamath Falls, OR

Betty Jean Hodson Ghirardo ’44, Richland, WA Elizabeth Pearl Roberts ’44, Lacey, WA Lois Judson Hubbard ’45, Polson Fae Henkel Aubert Shelby ’45, Browning Betty Jean Irvin Condit ’47, Casper, WY Joseph G. Gottfried ’47, Shelby Harold Hugh Martin ’47, M.Ed. ’53, Salem, OR Beverly Ann Bradner Parker ’47, Ocala, FL Wilbur E. “Scotty” Scott ’47, Great Falls John B. Cheek ’48, Anaconda Albert F. Gaskill ’48, Butte Bruce A. Moon ’48, Mesa, AZ Wesley A. Wendland ’48, M.A. ’49,

Grand Junction, CO

Mary Eleanor Redpath Callan ’49, Modesto, CA Leo A. Kilroy ’49, Olympia, WA Richard Marinovich ’49, Santa Cruz, CA Bert James Mitchell ’49, Missoula Diana McNair Pennell ’49, Lewistown Frederick Lloyd Posey ’49, M.Ed. ’53, Billings Thomas Albert Spencer ’49, Black Eagle J. J. Wuerthner ’49, Springfield, VA Edward Charles Bangle ’50, Wasau, WI Norma Besinque Johnson ’50, Billings www .umt .edu/mont

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Beverly Rasche Schmunk ’50, Washougal, WA Albert R. Bowman ’51, Kernersville, NC Coyne G. Burnett ’51, M.M.Ed. ’54,

Ellensburg, WA

Margaret Bucher Eklund ’51, M.S. ’68, Billings Eileen Plumb Ghering ’51, Littleton, CO David J. Hartwig ’51, Missoula Theodore David Hubert ’51, M.A. ’54, Missoula Alan Jackson ’51, North Tustin, CA Grace Curtis Mjolsness Johnston ’51,


Dean M. Lindahl ’51, M.Ed. ’57, Helena G. William Mallick ’51, Waco, TX Merton M. Robertson ’51, Albuquerque, NM Jack Yardley, J.D. ’51, Livingston Donald Neil Arndt ’52, Manteca, CA Lorraine Martin Brockway ’52, Helena Albert Edward Johnson ’52, Show Low, AZ Richard J. Kestell ’52, Longview, WA Jayne Radigan Taylor ’52, Bigfork Ralph Walter ’52, Olympia, WA Jack H. Wrightson ’52, M.Ed. ’65, Columbia Falls Ellsworth Cragholm, J.D. ’53, Anchorage, AK Robert Phillip Ryan, J.D. ’53, Great Falls Conde Francis Mackay, J.D. ’55, Anaconda George Edgar “Ed” Stocking ’55, Whitefish William J. “Bill” Barrett ’56, Billings Harry H. Vorrath ’56, El Cajon, CA William H. Coyan ’57, Huntington Beach, CA Calvin G. Merkley, M.Ed.’57, Edmonton, Alberta Robert G. Nelson ’57, Severna Park, PA Jerry Duane Supola ’58, Missoula Harold O. Edwards ’59, Walnut Creek, CA Wilson L. Managhan ’59, Fairfield, CA Joseph T. McKay ’59, Lacey, WA Connie Reynolds Rosenau ’59, Stevensville John E. Tietema, M.Ed. ’59, Kalispell Arrie Maxwell DeNoma ’60, Redlands, CA Merle E. Manis ’60, M.A. ’61, Missoula William “Tom” McGrath ’60, Nacogdoches, TX Dale Sparber ’60, Omak, WA John Marshall Meese ’61, Missoula Mohammed Ali Al-Saadi ’62, M.A. ’64,

Claremont, CA

Mary M. Diederichs, M.A. ’62, Spokane, WA Janice Lou LaValley ’62, Great Falls Daniel J. LeGrandeur ’63, Fort MacLeod, Alberta Sally Jo Braunschweig Baldwin, M.Ed. ’64,

Barnum, IA

Lois Hurd McFarland Reeves

Great Falls

’64, M.A. ’93,

Richard E. West ’64, Cantonment, FL Kathleen Bublich ’65, Duarte, CA Robert L. Hauck ’65, Marion Archie H. Lucht, M.Ed. ’65, Great Falls Rudolf Aarne Honkala, M.A. ’66, Bethel, ME Richard C. Brinck ’67, Helena Frances Cameron Dodge Cantrel ’67, Kalispell Douglas A. Beed ’68, M.Ed. ’70, Missoula Burrell Buffington ’68, Livingston, NY Carolyn Swanson Compton ’68, Anchorage, AK Dennis Lee Fry ’68, Aurora, CO

Paul J. Perry ’68, Bigfork Pearl Yeadon McGinnis Erny

Springfield, MO

’69, M.M. ’70,

Lorraine Foley-Hargrove ’69, Renton, WA James Patrick Murphy, J.D. ’69, Billings John Earl Pehrson ’69, M.Ed. ’78, Chinook Sallie B. Hughes Scott ’70, M.A. ’84, Missoula William W. Veazey ’70, M.B.A. ’75,

Minnetonka, MN

Robert J. “Bob” Briney ’71, Henderson, NV John B. Rolando ’71, Butte Virginia Marie Matt Brazill ’74, Arlee Mark Allen Forman ’74, Knowlton Eddye McClure ’80, Clancy Mary Thielen Randall ’80, Helena William Joseph Moran, J.D. ’86, Arlee Scott Anthony Wilkins ’86, Missoula Mary Alice Herem Schott ’87, Bozeman Jan Ellen Ammerman, M.B.A. ’89,

Van Alstyne, TX

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Tigard, OR

’94, M.Acct. ’95,

Carmen K. Espinoza ’95, M.Ed.’00, Arlee Benjamin John Bermes ’04, Walla Walla, WA Kerstin Y. Alvarez, Stevensville Mark Behan, Lolo Agnes Anderson Bills, South Portland, ME Clarence M. “Dutch” Boe, Chinook Mary Jane Brett, Butte Cecile Merle Mallahan Carleton,

Coupeville, WA

Robert “Murray” Catlin, Missoula Samuel Jackson Chriske, Helena Catherine Anne “Cathy” Christensen, Victor Willilam “Cliff” Congdon, Santa Ynez, CA Esther Gremaux Curran, Riverton, WY Christine Ann Hannifin Dugdale, Butte John A. Evert, Missoula Betty Wightman Falacy, Stevensville David B. Friend, Missoula Betsy Astley Gould, Walla Walla, WA Patrick R. Halcro Jr., New York City Harry “Bing” Holling, Kalispell Robert Dean “Bob” Homer, Missoula mary Jane Bulen Hudson, Great Falls Sherman Clarence Johnson, Kalispell Karen Buescher Kempel Jones, Missoula Linnea Mae Larson, Livingston Deanna Lynn Hugelen Lewis, Anaconda Larry S. Martinec, Arlington, WA Lyndsey Alexis Merchant, Ashland James A. Peterson, Missoula Elizabeth Ann Raftery, Longmont, CO Ursula Syroid Rieker, Missoula Miriam T. Sample, Billings Marshall “Gene” Squires, Lodi, CA Robert Wilbur “Bob” Steele III, Corvallis Marjorie J. Allen Treese, Denton David W. Weber, Missoula Roy Eugene Wendt, Columbia Falls Nedra Cordrey Weston, Deer Lodge Scott Wiseman, Bozeman Mo n ta n a n FA LL 2008 |


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“To those who believe in The University of Montana, in its creditable past and glowing future, in its faculty and in its students, this volume is respectfully dedicated.”


George H. Greenwood 1904 Editor of the first Sentinel yearbook, published in April 1904




her e’s no bet t er way t o discover and r el ive UM’s ear l iest hist or y t han t hr ough t he Se n t in e l year books. From the slim, introductory 1904 volume (1), on through the magazine format of the 1972 edition, readers can step back into the events and traditions that characterized student life for previous generations. Early annuals list alumni, where they lived, and their occupations. The University’s history is carefully chronicled with poetry and short articles that help make up for the dearth of photographs and activities (2 & 3). More pages appear with each issue, but it’s not until the late ’30s that individual photos of underclassmen arrive—a feature reserved previously for seniors only. No index of students’ names exists until the 1945 annual. Secret societies, strong in the early years, disappear by the ’40s (4). Separate male and female honorary societies merge as the decades progress, and Greek organizations peak by the mid-1960s (5). The physical volumes themselves reflect the times: thin, serious yearbooks during the Depression and World War II (6); thick, activity-laden ones in the ’50s (7 & 8) and ’60s (9). By the 1970s campus life had changed dramatically. Prior adherence to traditions gave way to students questioning many of UM’s requirements, including student activity fees. Sentinel funding was dropped, and the yearbook struggled to survive. A portfolio containing five multisized booklets makes up the 1970 yearbook (10). Three narrow volumes—mainly photographs— constitute the 1971 annual. The 1972 Sentinel staff promises its subscribers three “Yourbooks,” but only two are published. Dan Burden, editor of that final 1972 Sentinel, concludes, “And, so our final publication. A photo essay by the few who remain observing.” (11) Fifteen years later, in an attempt to revive the yearbook, UM published Transition, the next year Imprint, and in 1989 Celebration, in honor of Montana’s Centennial. But now too much has changed for the traditional yearbook to take hold. Today’s student population has moved even farther away from supporting such a publication. Hundreds of students interact with UM and one another through the Web. Digital photography, the Internet, and social networking sites like Facebook allow for 24/7 image—and knowledge—sharing. And waiting for a once-a-year, expensive, hard-copy publication to chronicle the past seems unthinkable. Yet, should the inclination come to immerse yourself in a marvelous, bygone era, a copy of the Sentinel might be just the fix. Yearbook collections are available in the Alumni Association in Brantly Hall, the Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections Reading Room, or the A.B. Guthrie Reading Room in Don Anderson Hall. Slide a couple of volumes off the shelf. Turn off your cell phone. You're sure to find a memory that makes you smile.





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