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A Bear’s Best Friend

By Daryl Gadbow ’75 UM alum and Fish and Wildlife Service employee Chris Servheen leads federal efforts to preserve grizzlies in the lower forty-eight states. And he does it from a Main Hall office in the heart of Griz Nation. 20

A Father’s Fight

By Nate Schweber ’01 A threat to his daughter’s life led Garet Hil ’84 to create the National Kidney Registry, which saves scores of lives and makes hunting for a donor easier for families with afflicted loved ones.


24 Bursting at the Seams By Erika Fredrickson ’99, M.S. ’09 Two-year education has become increasingly vital to Montana’s economy, community college enrollments are booming, and some facilities are not keeping pace.



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ON THE COVER: No, it’s not alive. Chris Servheen, who directs U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service efforts to protect grizzlies in the lower forty-eight states from an office in Main Hall, poses on the Oval with a mount of a seven-year-old female griz.

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The Stone of Accord

is Missoula’s newest Irish Pub where friendly Irish hospitality is exceeded only by the wonderful flavors in the creative menu and daily specials. Make yourself comfortable at a table or booth, with new friends at the bar or play in the Emerald Casino. Shop in the complete liquor and wine store and enjoy a signature breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The Stone of Accord is one block south off I-90 on Reserve, just a “stone’s throw” from Missoula’s Snowbowl Ski area. Open daily from 7:00 am to 2:00 am. 406-830-3210

A Public House

brought the authentic Irish Pub tradition to Downtown Missoula eleven years ago. On any day you will find professionals, students and shoppers enjoying Sean Kelly’s famous Pub fare – lunch dinner, and a pint or two. Along with great food and beverages, the Public House also features live music, pub trivia and an open mic night throughout the week. 130 W. Pine St. just west of Higgins. 406-542-1471

Where the Gaelic and the garlic mix!

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UM Dedicates Native Center

Representatives from Montana’s seven reservations and one landless tribe dedicated and celebrated UM’s new Payne Family Native American Center on May 13 with an entire day of festivities. The $8.6-million, 30,000-square-foot center is the first of its kind on any U.S. university campus. It houses UM’s Native American Studies department, American Indian Student Services, and related programming under one roof. Tribal, University, and state officials gave remarks, as did Daniel Glenn, the Crow tribal member architect who designed the building, and Terry Payne, whose family gave the major donation to make the building a reality. Speakers agreed that the center, located on the Oval near the heart of campus, marks a new era for Native students and Indian scholarship at UM.

Counter clockwise from top: Montana tribal leaders participate in dedication ceremonies at The Payne Family Native American Center on May 13 at UM. | Stephen Small Salmon, a Pend d’Oreille elder from Ronan, leads a youth drum group during the ceremonies. | Steve Lozar, secretary of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council, wears a coyote headdress at the dedication. | Fredricka Hunter, director of American Indian Student Services at UM, addresses the crowd. | Terry Payne, a 1963 UM alum and Missoula-based insurance executive, gives brief remarks during the ceremonies. Payne and his family were the building’s primary benefactors.


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around the oval ON THE RED CARPET Anthony Johnson earns UM’s first ESPY nomination

Photo courtesy of Anthony & Shaunte Nance-Johnson


sk him today, and former UM guard Anthony Johnson doesn’t remember much of the second half of the Grizzlies’ 66-65 win over Weber State in the Big Sky Conference basketball tournament title game on March 10. With UM down twenty at the half, he entered a zone that few elite athletes ever experience. He started dropping bombs, and thirty-four secondhalf points later, “The horn went off, and we all took off running. I was like, man, what the heck just happened?” He found out later while watching the replays on ESPN. Johnson scored a school- and tournament-record forty-two points in that game, including UM’s last twenty-one. Suddenly his phone was ringing with reporters from The New York Times, USA Today, and other major media outlets. Flash forward to July 14 in Los Angeles. Johnson, escorted by his wife and guiding light, Shaunte Nance-Johnson, was on the red carpet leading into the Nokia Theatre for ESPN’s 2010 ESPY Awards. He had been nominated for an ESPY in the Best Championship Performance category. He was in pretty good company with fellow nominees Michael Phelps (World Swimming Championships), Shaun White (the Winter Olympics), and eventual winner Drew Brees (Super Bowl XLIV). “This was the first ESPY nomination by anyone from WWW.UMT.EDU/MONTANAN

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UM and is yet another example of the national exposure UM studentathletes have provided for the University in recent years,” UM Athletic Director Jim O’Day says. “Who knows if we will ever see another individual performance like that?” Nance-Johnson, a former Lady Griz, says, “All the celebrities and nominees stayed at the same hotel. I’m talking with (Terrell Owens) and the Heisman Trophy winner and the guys who do ‘SportsCenter’—it was crazy. You see them on TV, and two seconds later you are on the elevator with them. I had a couple of those kinds of moments. And then the red-carpet experience was just unexplainable. To be there for Anthony’s special moment was amazing and an honor in itself.” One highlight of the experience was the “ESPY giftpacking tour,” in which the Johnsons accompanied a group that included NBA stars Gary Payton and Kenyon Martin and the NFL’s Tim Tebow into various hotel suites to select free swag items. “It was the hottest and latest stuff,” the irrepressible Nance-Johnson says. “I was saying, ‘You guys get all this free stuff? Why do you need this? You are rich already.’” The Johnsons had a central seat about eight rows from the stage. They sat near the

Shaunte Nance-Johnson and Anthony Johnson enjoy the red-carpet experience at the 2010 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.

Touhy family that the movie The Blind Side was based on, as well sports team. Johnson also tried as TO and college basketball out with the NBA’s Nets and phenom Brittney Griner. Celtics and has opportunities to Anthony Johnson highlights play in Europe. rolled on big screens during “Our story is not over,” the event, but his actual award Johnson says. “We definitely category was presented during have bigger dreams and goals a commercial break and didn’t to attain.” make the national telecast. “We weren’t too disappointed, The Montanan because we don’t welcomes letters feel this is the last to the editor. Please sign and time we are going include your to make it to graduating year something this big,” or years of attendance, home address, Nance-Johnson says. and phone number or e-mail address. The couple’s Send them to: Montanan Editor, UM playing days 325 Brantly Hall, Missoula, MT 59812 are behind them, or but their wild Because of space limitations, we are not able year continued to include all letters sent to us. Letters may be June 22 when edited for length or clarity. While universities are places of discussion where good people they were drafted do not always agree, letters deemed potentially by the Harlem libelous or that malign a person or group Globetrotters—the will not be published. Opinions expressed first husband-wife in the Montanan do not necessarily reflect those of The University of Montana. duo to be selected by a professional




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UM Selects Top Alumni for 2010

THE EXEMPLARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF FOUR MONTANANS have been recognized with the University’s 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award. John H. Badgley ’52, Patrick Cheney ’72, Joseph P. Mazurek ’70, J.D. ’75, and Colleen L. McGuire ’79 will recieve their awards at a September 24 ceremony during Homecoming. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor presented by the UM Alumni Association. Badgley is a Missoula native whose Bachelor of Arts degree in history was followed by an extensive career in academia. He taught international relations and Asian studies at universities including Badgley Miami, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, and Kyoto. In 1973 he founded the Institute of the Rockies, a public policy education organization, and more recently co-founded the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation. While at UM he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and president of Silent Sentinel. He also lettered in track during all four years of his attendance. He is a member of the Oscar J. Craig Heritage Society Mazurek and now lives in Edmonds, Wash. Cheney, a Great Falls native, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at UM and now is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author and editor of fifteen books and numerous essays on a variety of subjects, including William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. He is a consultant for Oxford University Press and Cambridge University

Press. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. At UM he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He mentors young athletes and scholars in State College, Penn. Mazurek put his UM business administration and law degrees to work as a lawyer and politician in Montana. He served 12 years as a state senator and eight years as state attorney general. At UM he was a member and president of Phi Delta Theta, as well as the fraternity’s Outstanding Graduate of 1970. He also was ASUM president and a member of Silent Sentinel and Beta Gamma Sigma. In law school Cheney he was a member of Phi Alpha Phi and associate editor of the Montana Law Review. He lives in Helena, where he is a longtime community volunteer. McGuire is the first Montana woman to achieve the rank of brigadier general and the first woman ever to become provost marshal general of the U.S. Army and commanding general of the Army Criminal Investigation McGuire Command. She was sworn in as the Army’s top law enforcement officer during a January 2010 ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va. At UM she was a broadcast journalism major, ROTC member, and Grizzly cheerleader. Her commissioning in the Military Police Corps has been followed by nearly thirty years of active service in Germany, Somalia, Iraq, and the United States. She looks forward to retiring to Montana.



ampus visitors will have a unique opportunity to view masterworks by European artists during an upcoming Montana Museum of Art & Culture exhibition titled “Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin, and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection.” The exhibition will launch with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, November 12, at the Meloy and Paxson galleries, located in UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Largely centered on portraiture, the

exhibition includes works by artistic giants such as Rosa Bonheur, William Bourgereau, Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, René Magritte, PierreAuguste Renoir, George Romney, Théophile van Rysselberghe, and John William Waterhouse. Lectures and discussions to coincide with the exhibition are planned, and MMAC will provide expanded hours during the event, which will run through March 12. For more Mademoiselle Grimprel au ruban information, call 406-243-2019 or go online rouge (Hélène Grimprel), 1880, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) to


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The President’s Corner

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Notable and Quotable UM has contracted to do an independent study to assess the internal strengths and weaknesses of its athletics program as compared with programs of peer institutions. The study will provide accurate and timely information as the University confronts challenging choices concerning the future of Grizzly Athletics. It will help assure sound and informed decisions about the future direction of the program. The UM president makes decisions about the program in consultation with the Montana Board of Regents. With the fluid nature of NCAA conference structures and the possibility of realignment, the University will have the most accurate information possible about the current situation and likely trends. Campus will rely on privately donated funds to finance this important study.

The Princeton Review seems fond of UM. The college guidebook organization included the University in two prestigious lists for 2010: the top 286 green colleges and the top 373 best colleges. The organization chose UM based on its Green Rating score of 96 (out of 99) it received in the summer of 2009. The entry mentions several of UM’s sustainability initiatives. The best college guide is based on the rankings of more than 122,000 undergraduate students across the nation. UM’s two-page spread includes quotes such as “Life at UM combines a love for the Grizzlies with the outdoors.” Another says, “Academics at UM are facilitated by great instructors [who do] anything and everything for their students.” A short film made by recent UM graduate Ali Tabibnejad was one of six out of more than 100 entries that recently advanced to the final round in a competition for $50,000 and the chance to become a feature-length movie. Tabibnejad made “Untitled for James” earlier this year as his thesis project, then entered it in’s first-ever “Get it Made” competition. The nineteen-minute movie features a cast and crew made entirely of UM students and was shot on campus, around Missoula, and outside Kalispell. Tabibnejad earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in digital filmmaking from UM in May. The public voted for its favorite film during the month of July, and Tabibnejad’s was among the top six vote-getters. The finalists now go before a panel of judges that includes film industry professionals James Caan and Robert Duvall. The winner will receive $50,000 cash and a $200,000 financing contract to turn their short film into a feature film. WWW.UMT.EDU/MONTANAN

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his issue of The Montanan marks my last opportunity to hold forth from this very special podium—I almost said pulpit—as President of The University of Montana, the position I accepted twenty years ago in August.” Please note the quotation marks, since events changed this statement of assumed fact into an error. While I intended to retire on 15 August, I agreed to remain until the regents appoint a replacement. That has yet to happen, although the schedule calls for campus interviews in September. In any event, I now have another opportunity to use this podium for good purpose. Wonderful! This past year brought a number of beneficial developments for UM, but one stands out. The Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities sent a team to campus to conduct the evaluation for possible re-accreditation for the next seven years, and the final decision of the commission reaffirmed accreditation. The evaluation team confirmed the strengths and weaknesses we had identified through the self-study and had already begun to address. During the coming year, we will work on the recommendations presented to us by the team. UM stands in a robust condition today because of the dedicated work of the faculty and staff and the continued support of friends and alumni. I want once again to express my appreciation— and that of the students who benefit immensely. This issue focuses on the inspiring examples provided by alumni and programs. The two featured alumni have made incredible differences in our world through their passionate commitment to critically important causes. In real ways, their examples demonstrate how passion combined with education leads to amazing results. The third feature reveals vividly how the University changes and grows in response to identified societal needs. The College of Technology became an integral component of UM in 1995 and has more than doubled its student enrollment and programs during the past decade. Still, the college has much more to do and stands well positioned to fulfill its promise if those of us responsible find ways to provide resources. UM has committed itself to providing the education people need, at the two-year through the advanced graduate level, and does all of it well. The fact remains, however, that the University will encounter serious challenges during the next five years. Success in surmounting those challenges will depend on the continued moral and financial support of friends, alumni, and the Montana citizenry. To earn and reciprocate that support, UM will change and evolve in response to societal changes to assure that Montanans have access to a responsive education of the highest quality.

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



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Open-Air Commencement UM held its 113th Commencement ceremony May 15 outdoors on the Oval, which was a first for the University. The lawns before Main Hall were transformed into a concert-like venue with seating for 3,000 graduates and their loved ones, complete with a large stage and Mount Sentinel as a backdrop. Large video screens It doesn’t stop here! surrounded the stage A time-lapse video to aid viewing. of Commencement and George M. Dennison, the preparation that UM’s longest-serving occurred the day before is president, gave the posted on the University’s official YouTube channel address in what at was likely his final universityofmontana. Commencement. “The future depends on what you make of it,” Dennison said. “We have full confidence that you will make the most of it to the benefit of all.”





The cumulative grade-point average of UM’s 286 student-athletes


Number of cadets UM’s Taylor Healy bested in his ROTC regiment to win the Army Physical Fitness Test.

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New Endowments Honor Longtime Administrators


wo new endowments have been created at UM to help students with the increasing costs of a college education. Trustees of the UM Foundation and alumni and community members have established an endowment to honor President George M. Dennison and his wife, Jane, for the many contributions they have made to the University. Dennison plans to retire after more than 20 years leading his alma mater when a new president is chosen this fall. Alumni and friends have contributed nearly $900,000 toward the ultimate goal of having an endowment valued at $3 million for the George M. and Jane I. Dennison Doctoral Fellows in History Endowment. Dennison earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UM Department of History, which the endowment will support.

Dennison is the longestserving president Dennison in UM history. His achievements as president include overseeing a nearly 50 percent increase in enrollment, a 138 percent increase in American Indian student enrollment, and the construction and improvement of numerous buildings. The partnerships Dennison built with alumni and friends led to $500 million in private gifts to UM during his tenure. Mick Hanson, the UM leader responsible for student financial aid for 25 years, will have a program of privately funded, need-based student grants named for him. Hanson retired in June after forty years of service to the University. To honor Hanson for his dedication to UM students, his family, friends, and


colleagues have created the Montana Investment in Character and Knowledge (MICK) Endowed Grant Fund. “The University plans to use the MICK fund for grants for students in good academic standing who have demonstrated financial need,” said Laura Brehm, president and CEO of the UM Foundation. Contributions to the endowments may be made online at or mailed to the UM Foundation, P.O. Box 7159, 600 Connell Ave., Missoula, MT 59807-7159. For more information, call Ric Thomas, UM Foundation vice president for development, at 406-243-5615 or e-mail

Student Writers Achieve National Acclaim THREE OUTSTANDING STUDENTS recently won national writing awards. Two students took first place awards in the 50th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. The Hearst awards, often referred to as the college Pulitzers, are the most competitive in the country. Missoula native Nate Rott, who graduated in December, took first place in the in-depth writing competition for his story “Beyond Reach,” which he wrote for UM’s Native News Honors Project. The story is about a young man from the Crow Reservation who committed a crime off the reservation. He then ran for the reservation where he knew he would not have to face the consequences of the crime because the Crow Tribe has no extradition agreement with the state. Roman Stubbs, a UM print journalism major from Great Falls and sports editor of the Montana Kaimin, won first place in the Hearst Journalism Awards personality profile


Number of cadets UM’s Kurt Schiedermayer defeated in his ROTC regiment to win the Army Physical Fitness Test.


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writing competition for a meticulously prepared profile of Jimmy Wilson, who played football for the Grizzlies from 2004 to 2006. The story, “Gladiator School,” describes Wilson’s struggle as he was charged with and eventually acquitted of a murder charge involving an incident that occurred in the Los Angeles area in 2007. Environmental studies graduate student Michelle Lanzoni received the 2010 Desert Writers Award from the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers for “Thirst,” a book about water availability. Lanzoni has traveled to several regions where clean water is scarce and where conflicts over water resources erupt in war. Using research, literary journalism, and creative nonfiction, she hopes to persuade a drastic reexamination of our relationships to water. The Ellen Meloy Fund was established in honor of Meloy, who earned a master’s degree in environmental studies from UM in 1979. It supports writers whose work reflects the spirit and passion for the desert embodied in her writing.


Number of regional Emmys won by UM student filmmakers on June 5 in Snoqualmie, Wash.



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The Ethan Thompson Band performs its contest-winning song.

UM Students Brew Up Top Jingle


with Folgers’ familiar motto, “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.” But before putting pen to paper, Thompson sought advice about what Folgers might be looking for from a student in the UM business program. The friend suggested that the company probably wanted to revamp its image while marketing Folgers as the brand that young coffee drinkers enjoy when they brew at home.

Artwork by Neal Wiegert

trio of UM students are enjoying the sweet aroma of success after recently taking first place in the first-ever Folgers Coffee “The Best Part of Waking Up” Jingle Contest. The Ethan Thompson Band won $25,000 in June after beating out nearly 1,000 other entries. Lead singer Ethan Thompson heard about the contest from his mom and teamed up with drummer Dan Coburn to write the catchy jingle that ends

Meet Grizwald,

UM’s cartoon bear. In many issues of the Montanan, we provide a drawing featuring Grizwald in need of a caption. Then it’s up to you, our readers, to send in your most original and creative ideas. The winning contestant will receive a Griz stadium blanket. Send submissions to:

Thompson and Coburn used that guidance as a launching point and created a jingle and a video that portrayed college roommates waking up and enjoying the day’s first cup of joe together in their home. Tapestries on the wall, a sink full of dishes, and the friendly antics amongst the roomies clearly appealed to viewers, who voted the video as one of the top ten in the first round. By the time they advanced as one of five finalists in New York in June, the band was feeling confident. The company flew the band mates— Thompson, Coburn, and bass guitarist Landon Lee, all UM students, along with Kalispell native and backup vocalist Jenny Snipstead—to New York City in early June. The band performed one

of their own songs and the forty-five-second jingle before a panel that included American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. DioGuardi’s enthusiastic response sealed the deal. “Right when she started giving us feedback, I knew we had it in the bag,” says Thompson. Folgers now owns the jingle and plans to make a commercial using the college roommates angle. They’ve even discussed using the band members in the ad, but that remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the band was busy playing gigs around Montana over the summer. They split the check four ways and used the earnings to upgrade music equipment, pay for college, and record an album that is slated for release this fall.

Photo courtesy of Folgers Coffee

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riz fans likely did a double-take this season when their football team took the field in new darker uniforms. Created by designers at Nike with input from Grizzly Athletics, the new uniforms sport “Montana granite” gray helmets with the familiar Griz logo. The home jerseys and pants use maroon and dark gray with black highlights, and the shoulders feature a distinctive line pattern. The new lighter gear has better ventilation and the ability to shed moisture. Only ten teams nationwide have the new equipment, and the Griz are the only squad at their level using it. Longtime Griz equipment manager Steve Hackney says it now costs about $1,500 to armor a Griz football player.


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Computer Network Upgrade Celebrated at UM

A BLANK SPOT ON THE MAP of major research and education computer networks was filled June 3 with the completion of a new digital pathway across the northern states between Chicago and Seattle. The network offers a huge increase in bandwidth for research, education, health care, and government uses, with UM’s Ray Ford addresses attendees at the computer network “Golden speeds 10,000 times greater than the typical Spike Event” in Missoula. broadband connection. A Northern Tier Network Consortium “Golden Spike Event” was held at UM’s School of Law to celebrate the new computer pathway. About sixty attendees discussed the possibilities of the new ten-gigabit-per-second system, with other participants added via crystal-clear videoconferencing sessions between UM, North Dakota State University, and Indiana University. “We have all eagerly anticipated this day and what it will mean for this region,” says UM President George M. Dennison, who expects the robust network to provide tangible benefits for education and research efforts across Montana. “We are at the beginning, it seems to me, of a new era.” Dennison compared building advanced computer networks to constructing roads, and he hopes the increased bandwidth will spur economic development across Montana. “This new network is 10,000 times faster than what people have in their homes,” says Ray Ford, chief information officer for UM Information Technology. “It will allow Montana researchers and educators to do well-known things much faster and also inspire creativity in our students, faculty, and researchers to invent uses that haven’t been invented yet.” He said the network is only available for educational and research functions so they don’t compete with private telecommunications businesses. For more information on the Northern Tier Network Consortium, visit

Stevens a Dining Services Dynamo Ryan Stevens ’10, who worked for University Dining Services at UM, was recently named the National Association of College and University Food Services Student Employee of the Year. Founded in 1958, NACUFS is a trade association for food service professionals at more than 600 institutions of higher education in North America and abroad. The award is given annually to an outstanding food service student employee at a NACUFS member institution. “As the saying goes, ‘When you’re hot, you’re hot,’ and Ryan Stevens is just that,” says UDS Marketing Director Jerry Ryan Stevens O’Malley. accepts an The NACUFS award follows award from a string of accolades Stevens President Dennison. garnered during his UM tenure. His exceptional work was acknowledged with Student Employee of the Year awards from UM, the state of Montana, and the Northwest region. He then was honored with the National Student Employment Association’s National Student Employee of the Year Award, which was presented by UM President George M. Dennison in April. Stevens completed major projects at UDS that ranged from developing online data forms to overhauling financial-management and budgetplanning systems. He majored in history at UM and has accepted a position with defense and aerospace corporation Northrop-Grumman.


proudly displays his UM T-shirt during a June visit to Peru’s Machu Picchu. He and his wife, Joane, also visited an island in Lake Titicaca and the Amazon jungle during their South American adventure, where they were treated to sightings of parrots, monkeys, and giant otters.


Congratulations Eby family. You have won a $50 gift card for The Bookstore at UM. Do you have a photo of yourself wearing your Griz gear in an amazing place or while on an incredible adventure? If so, send it along with a brief description to: Winners will see their photo published in the Montanan and will receive a $50 gift card to The Bookstore at UM. To be considered, photos must be in focus and with the UM or Griz logo clearly visible. WWW.UMT.EDU/MONTANAN

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A Butte native, Chris Wright joined Google in 2003. A few months after accepting a full-time position, he set off to India for fourteen months to help build a new Google office from the ground up. He also was cast in an Indian movie, but that’s another whole interview. When Chris returned, he worked as a strategist on the free municipal WiFi network Google developed for Mountain View, Calif., and eventually transitioned to Google’s marketing organization. Now as a product marketing manager at Google, he promotes all sorts of cool products at the company–and right now his focus is the Google Chrome Web browser.

You can contact Chris Wright at

1. How did you get your start at Google?

After graduating from the University in 2002, I decided to teach English in South Korea for a year. I then returned to Montana and began my job search. I had always loved Google, so I sent them my résumé. Within a couple hours I received a response thanking me for my interest, but there were no openings that fit my background. The next day I was searching a job site and saw a specific position at Google that I felt qualified for—so I applied again. After a phone screen with a Google recruiter in New York, I was granted an onsite interview, so I drove to Spokane, Wash., flew to California, and was offered a position a few days later as a contractor. After three months I interviewed for a fulltime position and have now been with Google for seven years. 2. What was it like to spend fourteen months in India building a team for Google?

India is an amazing country, and I’ve returned twice since my initial fourteenmonth assignment. While working in India, my role was to help build the team, train new employees, and extend the Google culture to our new office. The day I landed we had just hired our first class of six employees, and when I left, there were more than 200. One of my favorite memories involves describing the idea of a root beer float to the India team. They thought I was crazy. One, because I was describing a beer that was given to children, full of sugar and containing no alcohol; and two, because I declared that this beverage was best served with ice cream floating on the top. Later that year when I returned to the United States for a short visit over the holiday, I picked up

some root beer to take back to India. The next Friday, I served small root beer floats to each employee. Only half of them tried it. My plan to win them over had backfired. A female employee took a small sip, made a disgusted face, and exclaimed, “This tastes like cough syrup!” Another employee agreed, “Yeah, cough syrup, or medicine ... only with vanilla ice cream floating in it.” A third started laughing and remarked loudly, “I can’t believe they give this to children as a treat—I would have thought it was punishment.” Everyone laughed. I guess some things just don’t translate. 3. What is your typical day like?

As a product marketing manager, I focus on the end-to-end user experience for a specific product—in my case, Google Chrome. My responsibilities include everything from designing what our Web pages look like to understanding what users think of the product, tracking how people found the product, measuring how often they use it, etc. I also manage all of the paid media dollars we put behind Chrome, so my average day is filled with a good mix of online metrics analysis, reports, and meetings between internal and external stakeholders. 4. Why do you care so much about browsers?

In short, a better browser means a better Web. The majority of the time I spend in front of a computer is spent online—and this online experience is being delivered through a Web browser. And as the Web continues to evolve, many of the applications we used ten years ago (which required software to be installed on our computers), can now be delivered by rich, online Web apps—like Gmail or Pandora. I like to use my father as an example. During the holidays, he would go out and buy the latest version of Turbo Tax and then have my mother wrap it up for him to open on Christmas Day. That was more than ten years ago. Today the Turbo Tax product is completely available online. What used to be considered software is now accessible as a Web page or Web application. Instead of installing Turbo Tax on our computer’s operating system as we

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did ten years ago, we can simply visit their website. Basically, the Web browser serves as an operating system for the Internet. 5. What is the best part of your job?

Getting to work on projects with some of the brightest and most passionate people I’ve ever met. Google has given me an opportunity to actively participate in the development of the Internet, and while much of my work impacts millions of people around the world, sometimes it’s the smaller-scale projects that really stick with me. For example, we ran one project where I visited low-income apartment complexes in San Francisco and strung Ethernet cable to provide free Internet to the residents. 6. How did your education at UM help you in your career? Does any class stand out?

Yes, it would absolutely be the advertising competition class taught by Dan Cahalan. We worked on an advertising campaign for Bank of America’s investment services throughout the year. At the end, we flew to Anchorage to compete against regional schools and present our plan to industry professionals (we ended up placing second). I played the role of the account executive. This was the one class you could take as an undergraduate that would give you real-world experience. It really solidified my love for marketing. 7. What advice do you have for people on following their dreams?

Without sounding too cliché, don’t talk yourself out of something for fear of failure. For example, imagine if I hadn’t applied to Google a second time after my initial rejection. Oh, and don’t build a baseball diamond in your cornfield—it’s already been done. —Interview by Brianne Burrowes '07


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our wildlife researchers crouch around the mammoth hulk of a grizzly bear slumbering in a drug-induced

stupor in Yellowstone National Park. As the group scurries to collect a variety of data from the inanimate giant–its weight, blood samples, condition of its teeth–the tranquilized bruin suddenly stirs to life with a thunderous roar. Woozily, the grizzly staggers to its feet and charges blindly after the fleeing researchers, who barely reach the safety of their red Ford station wagon before the bear plows like a freight train headfirst into the side of the car, rocking it off its wheels. That dramatic scene captured the imagination of television viewers across the U.S. in the mid-1960s as part of a series of National Geographic specials about grizzly bear research in Yellowstone.

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UM alum leads federal efforts to preserve grizzlies from Main Hall office

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in 1981 as the agency’s The scientific first grizzly bear recovery study featured in coordinator, a position he’s the shows–led by held ever since. John Craighead, a At the time he was University of Montana wildlife biologist, hired, Servheen had just and his twin brother, completed his doctorate Frank–pioneered the at UM, doing research on use of radio telemetry grizzlies in the Mission and satellite mapping Mountains of western to aid wildlife research. Montana. While still Among the involved with that study, millions of Americans he worked with FWS to glued to their TVs help draft the initial grizzly for those programs bear recovery plan. was a spellbound “It was a case of good Pennsylvania teenager. timing,” Servheen says of “When I grew his appointment as the man As part of his dream job working with the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research up back East,” says in charge of FWS grizzly Unit in 1970, sophomore Chris Servheen flew this golden eagle above the slopes of Chris Servheen, “I recovery efforts. In that Mount Sentinel to exercise the bird. saw the National capacity, he’s responsible Geographic specials for coordinating all on the Craigheads research and management “…The University said they’d give us office space. working with grizzlies on grizzly bears in the in Yellowstone, and I lower forty-eight states, I think they thought it would bring in research and decided that’s what I as well as working with wanted to do.” grizzly biologists in Alberta student learning activities related to that. And that’s In 1968 Servheen and British Columbia on just what it did.” enrolled at UM as grizzly conservation efforts a zoology/wildlife spanning the U.S.-Canada biology major and border. landed a coveted work-study job with the school’s Montana “We implement specific research and management actions to Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, helping John Craighead with facilitate grizzly bear recovery,” Servheen says. “In addition, we assist his grizzly field studies. His duties also included taking care of up in land management activities by offering guidance to agencies on to eight golden eagles housed by the wildlife unit in a fenced area what will and will not negatively affect grizzly bear populations and behind Schreiber Gym at the base of Mount Sentinel. their habitat.” “We used to train these eagles with falconry to fly free and In addition to his FWS position, Servheen is an associate come in when called,” Servheen recalls. “I used to fly these eagles professor of wildlife conservation in UM’s College of Forestry and on Mount Sentinel every afternoon by hiking up the mountain Conservation, where he advises graduate students and teaches an with the eagle on my glove and then release them to soar over the international wildlife conservation class each spring. mountain. I would call them back with chunks of deer meat carried The combination of his duties for both institutions has been in a leather bag. Missoula is a bit tamer these days, eh? helpful for him, Servheen says, and also forges a mutually beneficial “I was really living my dream then,” he adds. “I was in Montana partnership between UM and FWS. working in wildlife biology, and for John Craighead and Bart Initially, the federal agency stationed Servheen at its Billings office. O’Gara, who was the assistant unit leader with John in those days.” “But that,” he says, “didn’t make sense, because most of the From that time on, Ursus arctos horribilis (the grizzly bear) has grizzly bears were in western Montana. And Missoula is centrally been the central focus of Servheen’s professional life. And for the located. The University said they’d give us office space. I think they past twenty-nine years, you might say he’s been the official guardian thought it would bring in research and student learning activities of the symbol of Griz Nation. related to that. And that’s just what it did.” In 1983 FWS accepted UM’s invitation, moving Servheen and the grizzly bear recovery headquarters to the Missoula campus. His In 1975 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Main Hall at the heart of campus now gives UM added listed the grizzly bear as a threatened species in the lower fortydistinction as “home of the Grizzlies.” eight states under the Endangered Species Act. The act’s goal is to Since 1983, Servheen says, he’s worked with about a dozen grad recover listed species to the point at which federal protection under students at UM doing grizzly research thesis projects. He also has the ESA is no longer needed. To accomplish that critical mission, advised students working on other bear species around the world. FWS developed a grizzly bear recovery plan and hired Servheen “That’s really been beneficial for us (at FWS),” he adds. “All 16 | FALL 2010 MONTANAN

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those students I worked with on grizzly projects over the years have While the historic range of grizzlies once covered more than gone on to positions in state and federal agencies. They advanced a third of what is now the continental United States, the FWS knowledge about bears. And because they’re out in the field now, recovery plan focuses on the six remaining areas in Idaho, Montana, I know them well, and we work closely together. This has been a Washington, and Wyoming that have habitat suitable for selfvery useful partnership during the past twenty-eight years between sustaining grizzly populations. Only five of those “recovery zones” UM and the FWS to support student education and training and are currently inhabited by grizzlies: to advance the conservation of our state • the Yellowstone, encompassing parts animal and UM’s mascot at the same time.” of Montana, Wyoming, and eastern Servheen also has collaborated frequently Idaho, which covers 9,200 square miles. with bear researchers from other countries • the Northern Continental Divide, “Many students and around the world. He’s brought graduate about 9,600 square miles, which researchers came here students to UM from such exotic locations includes Glacier National Park; the Bob as Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Greece. He Marshall, the Great Bear, and Scapegoat from around the world. also has worked on bear conservation in wildernesses; the Mission Mountains; many areas of the world, including a stint and surrounding national forest land. They had the same problems as a Fulbright Scholar working on brown • the North Cascades, covering nearly we have: small populations, bear conservation in Greece. 10,000 square miles. That work, and the emphasis on bear habitat fragmentation • the Selkirk, 2,000 square miles in research he helped foster at UM, has made north Idaho, northeast Washington, the University an international center for from highways and and a portion of southern British bear research. Columbia. development, illegal killing. “In the ’80s and ’90s, we were the • the Cabinet-Yaak, 2,600 square miles knowledge base for other areas of the We were all sharing in northwest Montana and a small world,” Servheen says. “Many students portion of northeast Idaho. and researchers came here from around information and building The sixth recovery zone, the the world. They had the same problems a common knowledge Bitterroot, the largest block of we have: small populations, habitat designated wilderness in the Rocky fragmentation from highways and base on how to help small Mountains at more than 5,600 square development, illegal killing. We were miles, does not currently have a grizzly all sharing information and building a bear populations.” bear population despite containing common knowledge base on how to help excellent habitat. small bear populations.”

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Since he started his career

Despite habitat fragmentation, grizzlies have made a remarkable recovery.

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In 2007, citing a healthy population, the service decided to remove grizzlies almost 30 years ago, Servheen says, grizzly in the Yellowstone ecosystem from the “There are 1,500-plus bears have made a remarkable recovery. In threatened list under the Endangered 1980 the Yellowstone ecosystem had about grizzlies in the lower fortySpecies Act. But a lawsuit by an 225 grizzlies. Now it harbors an estimated environmental group resulted in the 550 to 600 bears. eight. Montana has more agency’s decision being overturned by a “When I worked for John Craighead federal court in 2009. FWS is appealing than half of those. For the in 1971 in the Scapegoat doing habitat that ruling this year, Servheen says. mapping, we saw four grizzly bears the first time since the 1880s In addition, a proposal to whole summer–a sow and three cubs,” reintroduce grizzly bears to the Servheen says. “There were maybe as or 1890s, we’re seeing Bitterroot in 2000 met opposition as few as 300 in the whole Bob Marshall well, and the project was put on hold. grizzlies again on the complex. Now there are 765 and counting. Worrisome, too, for Servheen and “We probably have three times as Missouri River. So we’ve the grizzly bear recovery team are the many (in all the recovery zones) as thirty precariously small and isolated grizzly years ago,” he adds. “There are 1,500-plus made huge progress. And populations in the other recovery zones. grizzlies in the lower forty-eight. Montana “We’ve got separate populations it only came through the has more than half of those. For the first in the Yellowstone and Northern time since the 1880s or 1890s, we’re seeing efforts of people who Continental Divide that are doing well, grizzlies again on the Missouri River. So and smaller populations in the Cabinets we’ve made huge progress. And it only live, work, and recreate in and Selkirks, and very small populations came through the efforts of people who in the North Cascades,” says Servheen. grizzly bear country.” live, work, and recreate in grizzly bear “All of those (the last three) are on the country. Agencies can do some good. But Canadian border. So we work a lot with the cooperation and support of the public our Canadian partners tracking bears. has been essential to get us where we are today.” However, that doesn’t mean grizzly bear recovery efforts don’t still That’s a very important part of our program–to have cooperation managing our linked habitats. have a long way to go, or that FWS’s policies are without critics.


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Servheen examines and places a radio collar on a Rocky Mountain Front grizzly two years ago as part of a monitoring program.

“The big vision,” he says, “is to scientists previously reconnect all the large blocks of thought, Servheen says. “The fact that we live in grizzly bear public land in the northern Rockies, “It’s a really healthy, from the Cabinets to the Bitterroot robust population,” he country, and the fact that grizzly bears and eventually down to Yellowstone, says. “And the trend is and try to understand where animals very positive. We know are doing so well here in Montana, is can get across highways and through it’s going up by 2 to something we should be real proud of.” human development. 3 percent a year. The “We’re lucky we have huge blocks Northern Continental of public lands. Our goal is to identify Divide is probably the linkage areas and put in effective crossing structures on highways, next one we’ll move toward delisting.” provide easements on private land, and increase sanitation at It certainly doesn’t hurt the grizzly’s cause that Ursus arctos human settlements. All those things increase the permeability of the horribilis is UM’s mascot symbol, Servheen says. landscape for animal movements.” “It’s a real positive thing for grizzly bears in Montana,” he Servheen knows that vision could take a long time to realize— says. “We’ve used Monte (the UM athletic team mascot) in our perhaps decades—and will require the support of the public. education efforts. The huge popularity of the UM Grizzlies helps “We’ve worked hard for many years building populations,” make the grizzly bear and its conservation much more acceptable he says. “In a way we’re victims of our own success. We have so in Montana. many grizzlies in so many places now that we have more bear“You can’t put a price on that. Public perception of bears is so human conflicts. We have to spend more time doing human important to the future of the grizzly bear. We’ve spent a long time outreach and education.” promoting the idea that grizzly bears are a positive thing in the Despite some recent frustration over setbacks in the courts, ecosystem. They’re prominent in Montana history. And they set Servheen says he is encouraged by the progress made in the us apart from other places in the country. The fact that we live in recovery of the grizzly bear so far. grizzly bear country, and the fact that grizzly bears are doing so well “The most enjoyable (aspect of his job),” he says, “is seeing the here in Montana, is something we should be real proud of. bears doing so well—so much better than in 1981. Populations are “Montana is a special place because grizzlies still live here.” healthy. We have bears living in places I never thought that they’d be living. The habitat management and mortality controls are so Daryl Gadbow ’75, a retired reporter and editor, worked much better. It’s all a much better situation for the bears.” twenty-eight years at the Missoulian. He now works as a Recent DNA studies on grizzlies in the Northern Continental freelance writer when not fly-fishing or hunting. Divide ecosystem revealed a grizzly population much larger than WWW.UMT.EDU/MONTANAN

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A FATHER’S FIGHT Threat to daughter leads UM alum to create life-saving organization Garet Hil remembers the moment he lost control. It was the day doctors said they couldn’t cut him open and give a piece of his insides to his daughter to save her life. Until that point Hil’s life was distinguished by mastering his every challenge. As a teen he drew a bead on moving to Montana. He set his sights on being a Marine and graduating from The University of Montana. He honed in on a business career and became very successful. But when his young daughter’s kidneys failed, and he learned hours before surgery that she could not take one of his own, suddenly his most trusted assets, his focus, his work, even his body, couldn’t save the day. “You don’t expect it; you don’t see it coming,” Hil says. “And then you wake up one day and your kid has kidney failure.” Hil, who graduated from UM in 1984, shakes his head and his brown eyes turn slate gray when he talks about what he calls that “devastating” time three years ago. The experience inspired him to start a nationwide network matching kidney donors with patients. The National Kidney Registry, which uses the most efficient method yet devised to link donors with recipients, has saved scores of families the kind of pain that Hil’s family endured. It also has saved lives. “Nobody was tackling the problem effectively, so my wife and I said, ‘We’ve got to tackle this problem,’” Hil says. “I know what that’s like—my daughter was on the other side of the equation.”


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Intense focus: UM alum Garet Hil started an organization that helps families find transplant donors for their loved ones.

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Hil runs the National Kidney Registry from this West Islip, N.Y., office.


il, at age forty-seven, is fit and friendly, with a chiseled mug that an old college friend described as “like Errol Flynn’s handsome older brother.” He speaks in a matter-of-fact style. Even his name eschews redundant letters. He keeps his home and business headquarters in West Islip, N.Y. Gatsby country. The first thing he remembers wanting more than anything was to live in Montana. Born in Severna Park, Md., Hil went on a family vacation to Montana when he was on the cusp of his teenage years. He was spellbound. He remembers spending a week hiking the mountains around Missoula. “It was just so beautiful,” he says. “It was amazing.” The Treasure State left such an impression on young Hil that he decided he wanted to go west and work on a farm. Barely sixteen, he moved to Missoula and into a South Hills apartment with his cousin. He enrolled at Sentinel High School. The farm fantasy didn’t quite work out. Instead he sold fancy women’s footwear at the old Thom McAn shoe store in Missoula’s Southgate Mall. After high school Hil joined the Marines and studied field radio operation at Parris Island, S.C. Months later he switched to the Reserves, bought a motorcycle, and took a coast-to-coast road

trip that ended, once again, in Montana. He worked a landscaping job beneath his beloved Big Sky for a summer. In the early 1980s, Hil transferred to UM from a community college in Maryland. He decided to kindle his entrepreneurial spirit and study business. His close friend Richard Venola, who lives in Peoria, Ill., and works as a field editor at Guns & Ammo magazine, remembers how Hil was so dedicated to his major that he wore business attire to class every day. “Every night he would press his clothes and step out in a suit and tie and sit in the front row in business class,” Venola says. “Garet is intensely focused. When he told me he was going to start the National Kidney Registry, I knew it was a success already.” Michael Heitmann, a retired Marine and now an auctioneer in Colorado, remembers Hil’s gung-ho attitude outside of class. On weekends when Hil wasn’t running reconnaissance drills with the Marines near Billings, he, Venola, and Heitmann dove headfirst off the Deer Creek Bridge into the Clark Fork River and bounded around improvised obstacle courses in the valleys, firing rifles at pizza boxes. Another time, Hil entered an amateur boxing contest at the old Carousel Lounge and whupped every challenger, emerging with only a black eye. “We read Hemingway and Steinbeck; we were tough guys,” Heitmann says. Hil keeps good memories of what he

calls his “motorcycle days.” “I loved Missoula,” he says. When he received his bachelor’s degree, though, Hil left Montana for good. He had business elsewhere. Hil opted out of the Marines and charted a career in business. He went to the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania’s business program in Philadelphia. A succession of jobs landed him in Omaha, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Virginia. Around 1990 he moved to Boston, where he started a division of a mail processing company. There he fell in love with a New York woman who worked for Dreyfus Mutual Funds and was one of his company’s best clients. Soon he married Jan Vilim. “I made that sale,” he says. Hil moved to New York City in 1993, and three years later his first daughter was born, rounding out a family that also includes a stepdaughter. In the late 1990s, Hil settled in Long Island, and in 2003 the company he helped build sold for more than a billion dollars. All seemed on the usual up and up for Hil until that cold February day in 2007, when his ten-year-old daughter got sick and didn’t get better. “It just blindsided me,” he says.


he problem with kidney transplants is that if a person in need tries to get a kidney from a friend or relative willing to donate, the odds of them being compatible is around one in ten. If that doesn't work, the pair try to find one other pair with whom both donors and both recipients are compatible. This is called a "paired exchange." The odds of it working out are around one in a hundred. Hil learned fast that this is how most transplant programs work. His daughter, whose name he asked not be printed for the sake of her privacy, had a rare genetic condition that made


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instead of just paired exchanges, kidney her kidneys shut down. Hil hoped he swaps could include numerous people, could give her one of his, knowing that boosting the odds of finding a match. kidney transplants from live donors last twice as long. But doctors called off the From that germ of an idea, he took swap thirty-six hours before the operation what he called “the big leap” and founded because they discovered an incompatible the National Kidney Registry. His wife says antigen in Hil’s blood. it made perfect sense. “You’re the dad; you know you can “Garet and I always felt that it was control things,” Hil said. “Once I was out, important to make a positive difference in we’d lost control.” the world,” says Jan Vilim. “The National Hil launched an urgent search for Kidney Registry was a natural choice for us a donor. He contacted every plausible to accomplish this because it touched us so hospital in the nation. None helped. personally.” “I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t In 2009 the registry facilitated sixty-two get a match for my daughter,” he says. transplants. By mid-2010 that number more Hil and his wife lived by their than doubled and included several donor daughter’s hospital bed for a month, chains comprising more than ten people. working to cheer her with arts and crafts projects. When she came home, they brought her to dialysis three times a week, their hearts heavy with the knowledge that the longer she spent on the machine, the shorter her life expectancy. At that point Hil’s existence was distilled down to finding a transplant A report on transplant “chains” for his little girl. His daughter’s that can include kidney became his business. His numerous patients Marines. His Montana. Friend Venola says he lost track of Hil during this period. “He was completely closed down; he went into combat mode,” Venola says. “All he did was rescue his daughter. When I finally got an e-mail from him, I was like, holy cow, he’s been through a journey.” In July 2007, five months after the ordeal began, one of Hil’s nephews stepped up. The twenty-three-year-old donated his kidney. The transformation in Hil’s daughter was extraordinary. She unplugged from dialysis and resumed her normal life. “We are facilitating five times the Her embattled body grew again. number of transplants as the industry “It was miraculous,” Hil says. standard,” Hil says, adding that the registry has shrunk the average wait time for a he transplant was both kidney from more than six years to less a milestone and a than one year. crossroads. Hil achieved Dr. John Milner, director of living his goal and could donation at Loyola University in Chicago, have gone back to his says Hil is revolutionizing kidney business career. But he transplantation. still reeled from the experience of hunting “He’s matching some of the most for a kidney. difficult to match transplants in the “There had to be a better way,” he says. country that before were almost Hil had a vision to start a nationwide impossible,” Milner says. “You combine database of kidney donors. That way, a loved one who needs a transplant and a

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brilliant man and things start to happen.” Impressive as the statistics are, they pale compared to testimonials from people around the nation such as Kimberly Wagner, forty-three, a teacher in Glenshaw, Pa., whose life was turned around by her kidney transplant in February. “I thought it was never going to happen,” she says. “I’m just so thankful.” Melissa Clynes, nineteen, a student in St. Louis who received a new kidney in March, calls the registry “a blessing.” Though the registry’s reach is nationwide, its roots are at UM. Hil learned the basics of the complicated computer programs used to match donors with patients from statistics Professor Patrick Shannon, who taught at UM during the 1980s. Shannon, now dean of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University, marvels at Hil’s accomplishments. “The fact that he’s making an impact on people and the fact that he remembers that course and what he got out of it, that’s what it’s all about in our profession,” Shannon says. The most important fact is that Hil’s daughter, now fourteen, is healthy and active. She jogs with her dad on the beach in the mornings, and Hil takes great pleasure regaling her with tales from his motorcycle days. “She knows more about my time in Montana than any other,” Hil says. One day she might even run the National Kidney Registry. She’s expressed interest, Hil says, and he is adamant that the registry be shepherded by “someone who has been there.” That’s a long way off, though. She still needs to grow up. Also, since Hil wrested back some of the control he lost during those dark days, he doesn’t plan to let go of the National Kidney Registry anytime soon. “I plan to run it for a long time,” he says. “It’s my passion.” Nate Schweber is a freelance journalist who graduated from UM’s School of Journalism in 2001. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Budget Travel, and The Village Voice. He lives in New York City and sings in a band called the New Heathens. MONTANAN FALL 2010 |


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Bursting at the Seams Increasingly vital tech colleges experience explosive growth By Erika Fredrickson

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reg Miller started working at the Stimson Lumber Company in March 1974 when he was nineteen years old. For more than thirty years he remained secure in the job, running machinery at the company’s Bonner mill off Highway 200. But after mass layoffs, Miller found himself shuffled from day shift to night shift, from one job in the company to another. Finally in January 2007, he got his pink slip and, at age fifty-two, found himself out of work. It was a tough blow. “Like so many in that same situation, I had that nervousness and fear about what to do next,” Miller says. “I had a family to support, and I didn’t know what my future was going to hold.” But he adds: “I was eager to do something else.” Miller started attending meetings for laid-off workers, and he enrolled at The University of Montana College of Technology to begin working toward an associate degree in accounting technology and computer support. He graduated in 2009 and got a job as a part-time accountant at COT and a part-time bus driver for the school system. He now speaks to other laid-off workers about his experience. “When you go to the same place day in and day out for thirty-some years, you don’t see other things,” Miller says. “Once I got into college, I saw that there’s so much more to life. I had never gone to college, but I had wanted that experience, and a two-year program seemed to be the ideal thing for me.”

Miller isn’t alone. COTs and community colleges across Montana are becoming more popular—not just for displaced workers, but for a diverse array of people. In recent years as the recession continues, more students who might otherwise apply to a four-year college—or not attend college at all—are opting for two-year programs. In fact, two-year education is currently the fastest growing part of the Montana University System. Between 2000 and 2010, enrollment at Montana’s three community colleges increased by 45 percent, and enrollment for the state’s five colleges of technology increased by 81 percent. Those increases also have affected four-year programs, which have seen record full-time enrollment increases during the past couple years directly related to COT student transfers. Two-year institutions are having an economic impact on Montana. And with constantly expanding degree programs and ever-evolving community outreach, they’re starting to get the credit they deserve.

Perception & Overflow

Montana’s colleges of technology first started as vocational technical centers with an emphasis on industrial training. The first one was founded in Helena in 1939. Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula followed in 1969, and Butte's was built in 1976. In 1994 all the vo-techs merged into the university system and officially became colleges. During the next decade, COTs began expanding their programs to offer not only tech classes such as welding and small engines, but also health and business associate’s degrees and some bachelor’s degrees. The problem is, people’s perceptions of COTs didn’t follow suit. Even now many people don’t realize Montana’s COTs are an accredited part of the university system that offers a wide range of programs. “We have evolved into the comprehensive two-year college of the University,” says Barry Good, dean of the UM COT in Missoula. “We provide the same services as a community college. I believe that that message isn’t clear yet.” Good says there are many reasons some people have always chosen two-year education. For one thing,

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COTs have an open admission policy, which encourages a diverse population, including single parents, laid-off workers, and older nontraditional students or younger high school graduates looking for a stepping stone to higher degrees. Alan Fugleberg, for instance, used his COT experience as a springboard to a successful career. In 1995 Fugleberg was seriously injured in a car crash that left him with head and other injuries requiring that he receive Social Security disability benefits. Though he was lucky to recover in five years, at age forty-one he found himself facing the daunting task of rejoining the work force after being out for so long. In 1999 he enrolled at the UM COT with the help of the Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Program and graduated with an associate’s degree in legal assisting. With that degree under his belt, Fugleberg went on to get both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UM’s mountain campus. After working for UM’s Rural Institute and the COT Admissions Office, he eventually served as a COT associate dean and chaired the college’s Department of Industrial Technology.

UM’s mountain campus hosts a lab for COT’s radiology tech program in the basement of

Dean Barry Good and UM President Dennison note that the chance of funding is bleak.

Missoula COT:

Out of Space & Growing Fast the Interdisciplinary Science Building. Two years ago UM received an appropriation from the Legislature for a planning grant to conceptualize a new COT

facility. It received top priority from the Board of Regents, but the project was not funded. A new COT facility will have top priority in the coming legislative session, but both COT

In 2008 the 1,532 students enrolled at the Missoula COT were a tight fit. Last fall 2,105 students enrolled, and enrollment is expected to increase yearly. The facility originally was designed to house fewer than 1,000 students. The COT East Campus has had few building renovations since it was built in 1968, and the Administration Building does not have air conditioning.

Photos by Todd Goodrich

Currently the UM College of Technology has two campuses. East Campus, near the Missoula County Fairgrounds, has two main buildings and six trailers, which house offices and classrooms for culinary, writing, and nursing courses, among others. One trailer is affectionately called the “math shack.” The West Campus, near Fort Missoula in west Missoula, houses Department of Industrial Technology programs such as carpentry, diesel technology, heavy equipment, and welding.

“The COT was an outstanding experience,” Fugleberg says. “The instructors I had were instrumental in helping me plan for my future. The school helped me rebuild my life.” The developmental education aspect of the school’s Applied Arts and Sciences Program Family and makes it easier for students who struggle with consumer basic math and English or people who have science teachers been out of school for a long time to transition participate in a to a higher education environment. class offering Low tuition is another major reason for the culinary tips at popularity of COTs. Tuition at two-year colleges UM College of in Montana is about 61 percent of what it is Technology in at four-year colleges. That benefit is enhanced Missoula. by the fact that COTs have expanded their transfer programs. For instance, social work students can take two years at Missoula’s COT with cheaper tuition before transferring to a four-year program. Good says COT is working to make transferring easier, because 68 percent of Missoula COT students are full time, and last fall about 400 of them expressed interest in transitioning to UM’s mountain campus. The fact that COTs always have offered low tuition and open access has helped college-goers in hard economic times. But, Good says, people are choosing to attend some of Montana’s twoyear programs because the institutions have made major positive changes over the past decade. UM COT now offers thirty-five degrees in five departments, including its health professions department, which offers degrees in nursing, surgical technology, radiology, and pharmacy tech, among others. More recently the business technology department earned awards for its culinary program. And the Department of Applied Computer and Electronics now offers a green technology emphasis that embraces current trends in sustainable systems.


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Recent community partnerships also have helped bring more students to COTs— sometimes temporarily and in other cases for the full two years. UM’s growing dual credit program allowed 200 high school students last fall to take COT courses that count toward both high school and COT Dean college credit and, Barry Good in the process, saved (left) and them money. Associate “We would like to Dean Alan eventually give high Fugleberg school students the opportunity to, when they get a high school “We are bursting at the seams,” Good says, “but we do a great job with what diploma, get some kind of associate degree at the we have. We are accessible and affordable, and we stand for having quality same time,” Good says. programs and caring about students.” “That’s where we’d like to go in the future.” first place in the educational attainment of our citizens,” Dennison Two-year colleges are still underused in Montana: About 25 says. “So maybe it can happen again.” percent of college students attend two-year colleges, whereas in In fact, studies in Montana show that skill-based jobs requiring most other states about 50 percent do. Perception may be part two-year degrees are on the rise, and the Montana Bureau of Labor of that equation, but the fact that two-year education is growing Statistics estimates that 80 percent of all jobs in the state can fast in the state means that things are changing—and perhaps be filled with a two-year associate degree or less. With two-year faster than campuses can prepare. At UM’s COT East Campus, education growing in popularity, changes are on the horizon. six trailers and two small buildings hosted 2,105 students last fall, Mary Sheehy Moe, state deputy commissioner for two-year which is double the number from a decade ago. education, says Montana currently is engaged in a grant project “We are bursting at the seams,” Good says, “but we do a great funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education that will bring the job with what we have. We are accessible and affordable, and we full community college mission to all of Montana’s two-year colleges. stand for having quality programs and caring about students.” Moe has been on the frontlines of the movement for a while: She recently became the deputy commissioner after serving eighteen years as dean and CEO of Montana State University– In July 2009 President Barack Obama predicted that jobs requiring Great Falls College of Technology. During her tenure there, she led the college to the largest enrollment increases in its history, at least an associate’s degree would grow twice as fast as those significant facilities and program expansions, and innovations in requiring no college. He proposed the American Graduation distance learning, health care partnerships, and dual enrollment. Initiative, which would divvy up $12 billion over a decade to “Montanans’ mindsets are changing when it comes to twosupport two-year colleges. A year later, the initiative has been scaled year education,” Moe says. “Especially as dual crediting programs down to $2 billion, but the idea that two-year education is an continue and academic offerings expand. These are really innovative important component nationwide has created a buzz among twoinstitutions, and it’s an exciting time for two-year education. year educators and its supporters. “Keep watching,” she adds. “If you thought the last ten years were UM President George M. Dennison says two-year schools remarkable, wait until you see what happens in the next five.” have done a good job helping people get back into the work force quickly. He says making certain the programs offered at two-year schools are those that are the most in demand is critical Erika Fredrickson is the arts editor at the Missoula for a college that has a vocational technical mission, as well as an Independent. She graduated from UM’s Creative Writing academic transfer mission. And UM’s COT has done that, he says. Program in 1999 and received a master’s degree in “There’s no doubt that in the mid- and late-1960s the environmental studies in 2009. development of community colleges helped the United States get to

The Future


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On the drawing board: Library 4.0 Think back to 1973, the year UM built the Mansfield

information and technology. Plus, a coffee shop to

Library: writing a paper meant hours of combing the

keep the ideas flowing.

stacks. Fast forward to 2010: handheld computers provide facts in a flash.

Twice as many students use the library at universities that create learning commons. That means more

It’s time for a library upgrade. UM is planning to

successful students. Learn how you can help get the

create a new learning commons in the Mansfield

learning commons off the ground by contacting The

Library. Much more than a renovation, the learning

University of Montana Foundation at 800-443-2593,

commons will provide the perfect place for students

or by visiting

to work in teams with instant access to expertise,

The plan for the Mansfield Library includes creating a learning commons on the first floor with a wall of windows. Artwork by Ben Tintinger, Mosaic Architecture

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Raising Montana

Top Legal Lecture

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at UM Sept. 15

Commencement photo by Todd Goodrich



ashington, D.C., has long prestigious lecturers who frequently visit called Montanans away to Ivy League law schools. serve. From Capitol Hill “I wanted these hardworking students to federal courtrooms, Montanans have at The University of Montana to feel they made their state proud. were important enough for a Justice of When Washington lawyer Robert S. the Supreme Court to come and speak to Bennett, whose clients have included them,” Bennett says. former President Bill Clinton and “Bob Bennett not only envisioned journalist Judith Miller, began the Jones-Tamm Above: UM President serving on the UM School Lecture Series, he put George Dennison and of Law’s Board of Visitors the program in place Dean Irma Russell in 1995, he thought of two and proved critical in presented an Honorary federal judges with Montana recruiting candidates to Doctor of Law degree to Robert S. Bennett at the roots. Both Judge William speak,” says former UM 2010 Commencement Jones, who moved to Montana law school Dean Ed Eck, ceremonies May 15. in 1931 to coach football at who worked closely with Above left: U.S. Attorney Carroll College, and Judge Bennett to establish the General Eric Holder Edward Tamm, who grew up series. in Butte, earned reputations for Fly-fishing originally fairness and keen judicial instincts. brought Bennett to Montana. At a lecture In Bennett’s words, they “left a very early in the series, his affection for both positive mark on the federal judiciary. the state and students came together in an They established themselves as judges unexpected way. who were deeply committed to improving “I went up to introduce the speaker, the administration of our justice and there sitting in the audience I saw the system.” Both judges stayed connected young man who’d been our guide on the to law students and members of the bar Smith River a few years before,” he says. throughout their service. Since Supreme Court Justice Sandra The judges’ enduring interest in Day O’Connor first lectured at UM in students combined with his own love 1997, the series has brought Supreme of Montana led Bennett to establish the Court Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Judge William B. Jones and Judge Edward Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas, A. Tamm Judicial Lecture Series at UM. as well as Chief Justice John Roberts, Bennett wanted to increase recognition to UM. Bennett’s brother, political for the UM School of Law and provide commentator and radio host William Montana law students with the same J. Bennett, who served as secretary of

education in the Reagan administration and directed the National Office of Drug Control Policy for former President George H.W. Bush, lectured in 2002. On September 15, UM will welcome U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., as the eleventh lecturer in the JonesTamm Lecture Series. Holder, who became attorney general last year, is the first African-American to serve in the post. “This lecture will provide valuable perspective and insight for our students, faculty, and the community at large,” says Irma Russell, UM law school dean. U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan, who had been a law clerk to Jones, and Montana District Court Judges Jack Shanstrom and Don Molloy have been important supporters of the lecture series, which is open to the public. Its popularity has spurred renewed fundraising efforts to see it through its next ten years. If you are interested in contributing, call Dean Russell at 406-243-5730 or make a gift online at Write “Jones-Tamm Lecture Series” on the online giving form.

Read more about the Jones-Tamm Lecture Series: WWW.UMT.EDU/MONTANAN

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about alumni ’40s

ROY JUNE ’48, ’51, J.D. ’52, and his wife, Laura, Joshua Tree, Calif., received the President’s Volunteer Lifetime Service Award


Thomas J. Dimmer ’85 Williamston, MI Vice Chair

Eric D. Botterbusch ’87

Everett, WA

Past Chair

Sharilyn McGuire Campbell ’87 Redmond, WA

Board of Directors

Alina Alvarez ’99

Stortz photos courtesy of The Woman’s Collection, Texas Woman’s University


James Bartell ’63

Kildeer, IL


Brandon Byars ’93 Portland, OR

Craig W. Crawford ’79 Darien, CT

Susan C. English ’72


Alison Fuller ’99

San Francisco

Scott Horsley ’73

Scottsdale, AZ

Barrett Kaiser ’99 Billings

Karin Larson-Pollock ’93


Ken Lawrence ’63 San Antonio

Allan Murphy ’65 Bend, OR

Erin Rogge Niedge ’05

Miles City

Marnie McMeel Prigge ’73 Butte

Gregory K. Stahl ’82


Greg Sundberg ’01, ’03


Paul Tuss ’88 Havre

Patrick Weasel Head ’71, M.Ed. ’73 Missoula

Pat Weber ’73

Yardley, PA

UM Alumni Association

Bill Johnston ’79, ’91 PRESIDENT AND CEO 406-243-5211 877-UM-ALUMS


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Caryl Woodbury Jones “Suds” Stortz

’40, formerly of Escondido, Calif., posthumously received a Congressional Gold Medal this past March for her service as a pilot during World War II. Caryl was one of more than 1,000 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) who secretly logged more than 60 million Stortz air miles transporting every size of war plane across the United States and serving in other noncombat roles. The WASP was launched in 1943 to free up male pilots for combat, but the female pilots were officially considered civilians until 1977, when their records were unsealed. They were granted veteran status in 1979. In July 2009, President Barack Obama signed a bill to award WASPs the Congressional Gold Medal, which ranks among the highest honors bestowed for courage, service, and dedication. Caryl, who learned to fly in Missoula while attending UM, died in February 2009 at the age of ninety-one. Her niece, Ann Jones, represented her at the Capitol Hill ceremony where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress honored the WASPs. Read more about the WASPs at www. and Follow Caryl’s journey in her own words at http://waspfinalflight.blogspot. com/2009/04/wasp-caryl-suds-jones-stortz-43-w-5.html.

Keep Us Posted. Send your news to The University of Montana Alumni Association, Brantly Hall, Missoula, MT 59812. Go to and click on “Class Notes,” fax your news to 406-243-4467, or call 1-877-UM-ALUMS (877-862-5867). Material in this issue reached our office by July 7, 2010. 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.

in April for their work at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Roy and June have each accrued more than 5,000 volunteer hours at the museum.


’51, M.A. ’54, Regina, Saskatchewan, lived in the University’s strip housing at No. 7 Carbon Street while a student at UM. John snapped this photo as his family prepared to return to Canada following his graduation. John’s daughter, Sally Cleland (on left), remembers thinking her father was a carpenter rather than a grad student studying clinical psychology, because “he was always building shelving units for his books and fixing things in general.” (Ed. Note: UM was one of 500 schools and colleges that received the JOHN F. CLELAND

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about alumni plywood houses in 1946 in response to the campus housing shortage created by veterans coming home and attending college. The structures had housed workers in Richland, Wash., where parts of the atomic bomb were made.) KEITH D. PETERSON ’56 is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from both the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame and the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit. Keith and his wife, Marilyn Shope Peterson ’57, invite Montanans to call or visit them in Cygnet Lake, near Seeley Lake.

pictured at the Casavant pipe organ in the First Presbyterian Church of Kalispell, where he has served as an organist for eighteen years. His sixty-four-year musical career began with the piano at age six, and he took up the organ at age sixteen. Following his UM graduation, he taught band, orchestra, classical piano, and guitar for thirty years in Seattle. In 1991 Lee and his wife, BETSY WINSHIP SCIFERS

’60 returned to Montana and settled in Kalispell. Lee keeps a picture of


’56, Chicago, has donated a copy of his selfpublished book, Scifers Good-bye, Malta his grandmother over –Hello, France: the Great the organ to remind him War Comes to Phillips to practice; she’s who County, Montana, to insisted on those piano UM’s Mansfield Library. lessons many years ago. The book is based on clippings from the Phillips DAVID B. ROLL ’62, Granbury, Texas, wrote, County News and tells “In April I had the of the impact of World opportunity to take a boat War I on Malta and from Paris down the Seine other neighboring towns. to Normandy, where Richard writes, “Its index I visited, among other of males registered for things, the American the draft suggests the cemetery at Colleville. large population at the By chance I came height of the homestead across the graves of two period in one Hi-Line Montanans, James Huges community.” HELEN ELOISE EVANS ’57, and Edward Weinmeister. Chillicothe, Mo., was It is an awe-inspiring honored for her many volunteer hours for the betterment of Livingston County in 2009. A former schoolteacher in Missouri, Idaho, and Ohio, Helen moved to Chillicothe to be near Roll family following her retirement. sight. I have no idea how many Montanans are buried there.” Note David’s “Montanan, LEE SCIFERS ’61 is



Come Home to UM AS I SIT HERE WITH NETBOOK IN HAND, preparing for my return to Missoula for Homecoming 2010, I am pondering all the changes and growth occurring on our campus. If you haven’t been back to campus lately, you will notice quite a bit of new construction. Three recently completed major construction projects at UM were funded all or largely with private support (this means … many of YOU!): Dimmer The Payne Family Native American Center, the Law Building addition, and the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center. Next time you’re on campus, please be sure to visit these great new facilities. And for the first time in twenty years, our University is preparing for a new campus leader to take the helm. Thanks, George, for a great run. Every time I return to the area, I think back to the time I brought my wife, Holly, to Missoula for a visit many years ago. I recall (as many of you probably do, too) getting off the plane with the scent of the paper mills lingering in the air. She remarked, “Hmm … what is it that I smell?” To which I replied with a very big grin, “Honey, that’s home!” While the air has cleared, “home” still awaits you. Each visit back I find my soul is recharged and reinvigorated. Missoula and the University are our own fountain of youth. The University of Montana and Missoula—a great place to live and visit. For those out of town, I hope you consider plans to return to the region and the campus to visit, whether it be for Homecoming, a reunion, or just “because.” For those who still reside nearby, continue to embrace the University and your region. It is a special place. Return … reinvest … recharge the soul! THOMAS DIMMER ’85 earned a degree in business administration from the School of Business Administration. Tom has served on the UMAA board for six years and before that served on the SOBA Marketing Advisory Board. He lives in Michigan and is director of national individual sales for Delta Dental, where he has worked for twenty-three years. Tom and his wife, Holly, will celebrate their twentieth anniversary this fall. They have two children: Zach, eighteen (who, despite the consternation of his father, is a freshman at Western Michigan University—at least it’s not MSU), and Amanda, fourteen.

wherever I am” hat in the accompanying photo. ELTON ADAMS ’65, Great Falls, has joined Benefis Physician Associates as a rheumatologist. He had previously practiced at the Great Falls Clinic since 1995 and at Big Sky Health in Great Falls from 1981 to 1995. At Benefis, Elton sees patients for a variety

of autoimmune and musculoskeletal disorders. An avid mountaineer, he has climbed some of the world’s tallest peaks and has a special interest in high-altitude medicine. GERALD R. ZACHARY

’65, Olympia, Wash., was appointed chairman of Golf Savings Bank’s board of directors, where he has served since 2000.

Gerald was previously the director of banks for Washington and managed operations with banks in Washington and Montana. He retired in 1998 and currently works as a bank consultant. KALLI LISTER DESCHAMPS

’68, Missoula, wrote Always There Is The Mountain, a contemporary western


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about alumni novel placed on Lolo Creek, under Lolo Peak, in the ’50s and ’60s. MARTIN V. MELOSI ’69, M.A. ’71, director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston, Texas, has been named the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor.

Riverbend Press, Glacier Album is available at major booksellers and all park outlets. EDWARD PITCHER ’70, Malad City, Idaho, has


’70, M.A. ’73, Kalispell, published a book, Glacier Album: Historic Photographs of Glacier


National Park, timed to coincide with the park’s centennial celebration. A longtime seasonal park ranger in Glacier, Michael is head librarian at Flathead Valley Community College, where he also has taught history for twenty years. For the book, he compiled old black-and-white photos from archives at UM and elsewhere to explore the first fifty years of the park, from its creation in 1910 to the postwar boom in automobile travel. Most of the images have never been published until now. “Part of the pleasure in producing such a title comes in the tangential discovery of hundreds of photographs taken by ordinary park visitors,” Michael says. “I cling to the belief that humans still like to look at pictures of other humans doing human things.” Published by WWW.UMT.EDU/MONTANAN

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has been appointed chief geologist for Tara Minerals Corp. With more than thirty years of experience in precious metals exploration and mining, Peter will be responsible for identifying, evaluating, and managing mineral properties and development. RICK WEAVER


written a new book, The Flying of Falcons, about his philosophy of natural falconry. Ed’s passion for falcons began in 1969, when he was studying zoology at UM. He has since become renowned for his innovative falconry methods and keeps a dozen of the birds at the remote solar- and windpowered home he shares with his wife, Barbara. Ed recently retired after a career as a registered nurse and continues to work as a steelhead guide for the outfitting business Clearwater River Co., which he co-owns with his son. Visit www.

’75 is the new publisher of the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, as well as the other Flathead Valley newspapers in the Hagadone Newspapers group–the Hungry Horse News, Whitefish Pilot, and Bigfork Eagle. Rick and his wife, KAREN CLARK-WEAVER ’86, both Kalispell natives, returned home in May after a national search by

Hagadone. This is Rick’s fourth stint at the Inter Lake, having worked there as a newspaper delivery boy in the mid-1960s, then holding various positions, including circulation director and ad director in the 1970s and ’80s. He has worked at newspapers in Havre, Bozeman, Wyoming, and Idaho, most recently as publisher of the Idaho Press-Tribune in Nampa. During his time in Bozeman, Rick served a term as president of the Montana Newspaper Association. CRAIG K. ANDERSON ’76 and JOHN F. HEDGE ’76, Billings, were recognized as Montana’s top two financial advisers in Barron’s “America’s Top 1,000 Advisors: State by State.” Both Craig (No. 1) and John (No. 2) work

for Merrill Lynch. DEBORAH DOYLE MCWHINNEY ’77, New York City, was honored in May with a 2010 Aiming High Award presented by Legal Momentum, a women’s legal defense fund. The award recognizes the accomplishments of women and the benefits of pro-diversity policies in the nation’s most successful companies. Deborah became CEO of Citi Personal Wealth Management in April 2009. She previously was president of Schwab Institutional, a division of Charles Schwab & Co. A Missoula native, she chaired the UM Foundation’s Invest in Discovery campaign, which concluded Dec. 31, 2007, after raising a record $131 million.


’71 writes that he has “retired from coaching sports and teaching high school English at Three Forks High School and at Missoula’s Sentinel High School. I presently live in the beautiful mountain town of Florence.” RALPH B. KIRSCHER

’74, J.D. ’79, Butte, was elected to the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit. Ralph is chief bankruptcy judge of the District of Montana. BAP judges serve a term of seven years. PETER MEJSTRICK,

M.S. ’75, Missoula,

FRANK R. “RANDY” HARRISON ’75, J.D. ’83, Missoula, organizes a ski trip to the Alps for family and friends every two years. UM alumni and friends in the group of forty-eight who traveled to Solden, Austria, this past February included, first row, left to right: KARA MCCARTHY ’00, Missoula; PATRICK MCCARTHY ’71, Yakima, Wash.; Caroline Baur (future Grizzly); Courtney Johnson (Grizzly supporter); RAYMOND HOWARD ’73, Missoula; DONALD MCDONALD ’74, San Diego, Calif.; and JOHN L. ALKE ’73, J.D. ’76, Helena. Second row: BETH REUTER EVENSON ’82, Great Falls; MOLLY HARRISON HOWARD ’72, Missoula; RANDY HARRISON; and RICHARD CROSBY ’69, Tustin, Calif. Third row: KIRK EVENSON, J.D. ’89, Great Falls; KAY MARTIN DUFFIELD ’70, Missoula; MICHAEL DUFFIELD ’70, Missoula; and NINA HARRISON ’64, Helena. Fourth row: P. MARS SCOTT ’75, J.D. ’80, Missoula; ELAINE SCOTT ’89, Missoula; CHASE HARRISON ’11, Missoula; and AIDAN MYHRE, M.B.A. ’89, Helena.



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M.F.A. ’77, associate professor of English at the University of Indianapolis, is one of four poets whose work was chosen for display along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Elizabeth’s poem City Generation was chosen from among 120 submissions and will be mounted at Poet’s Place, a downtown site honoring one of the trail’s early supporters. (Read it online at www. CityGeneration.html.) She also received a $1,000 honorarium. Elizabeth teaches creative writing at UIndy and is co-director of UIndy’s Kellogg Writers Series. Her poems and essays have been published in many magazines, anthologies, and literary journals. JIM LORTZ ’78, M.F.A. ’99, Bellingham, Wash., directed the play Once Upon the Mattress in May for the Bellingham Academy of the Arts, where he is artistic director. Jim has been an associate professor in Western Washington University’s theater arts department for nearly twenty years. In an interview, Jim says, “I teach acting, which means I teach about life. My Lortz

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Crying, and Advanced Crying.” In 2007, while writing and filming My Name is Noemi, based on a book by a woman who survived the Holocaust, Jim was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He went on to appear in a 2008 election commercial supporting stem cell research. “With my Parkinson’s, I am reminded of what I do as an acting teacher. I have to make the private public. I know I have a responsibility to make myself visible.” MARY VAN BUSKIRK, J.D. ’78, and her husband, ROGER A. BARBER ’69, M.B.A. ’83, have moved to Whitefish, where Mary is the new city attorney. Mary had been an attorney in Havre since 1978, doing civil attorney and criminal defense work.


’81, Gardnerville, Nev., is the new human resources



director for the Lyon County School District. Neal has a thirty-year career in education, beginning as a school counselor in Germany for the Department of Defense. He also has worked as a special education teacher, an assistant principal, and principal. Neal has three daughters: Allyson, nineteen; Natalie, seventeen; and Kassiday, fourteen. DANIEL J. O’BOYLE ’81 is the news media chief in

Diettert GERALD DIETTERT ’84, M.A. ’90, Missoula, was presented in June with a Scouting Legacy Award, one of the first such awards given on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. In a June 12 Missoulian article, Jerry said he joined Missoula’s first Cub Scout pack in 1937 and has been involved with local Boy Scout troops ever since. A retired cardiologist, he interrupted his pursuit of a bachelor’s degree after three years at UM when he was accepted to medical school. Thirty years after getting his medical degree, he returned to UM to complete his bachelor’s degree at the same time as his youngest child, Bruce. He told the Missoulian: “I had so much fun that I decided to get a master’s degree in history.” As a project for his Boy Scout “doctorate,” he wrote the history of scouting in western Montana, learning that the first Missoula troop was formed by the Rev. John Maclean in 1916. Maclean’s son Norman, author of A River Runs Through It, was among the first members.

the U. S. Army’s Public and Congressional Affairs Office in Redstone Arsenal, Ala. A thirty-year career civil servant, Dan writes, “The work that we do here at Redstone Arsenal places us so close to the anti-terrorism war

officer/chief operating officer of Hopelink, a nonprofit organization serving people in need in north and east King County. Lauren has twenty-five years of not-for-profit financial management. A certified public accountant, Lauren was named a CFO of the Year finalist by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2007. She and her husband, Lance, have two teenage sons. FRANK J. MORBILLO,


fighting front that our commanding general says we are only five miles from Bagram.” LAUREN DRYSELT THOMAS

’81, Bothell, Wash., is the new chief financial

M.F.A. ’84, Tesuque, N.M., was one of three artists featured at the Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, Texas, this past spring. Frank’s exhibit pieces employed stainless steel, cast glass, and bronze. View his sculpture, furniture, reliefs,

and fountains at www. HARLEY ROSS HARRIS,

J.D. ’84, is vice president and general counsel for the Helena office of Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. (MATL), a subsidiary of Toronto-based Tonbridge Power Corporation. MATL is constructing a 300-megawatt electric transmission line between Great Falls and Lethbridge, Alberta. Formerly a partner in Luxan & Murfitt, Harley is now responsible for U.S. and Montana legal, regulatory, and governmental affairs, right-of-way acquisition and management, project management, and strategic project development. MELODY PERKINSMARTINSEN

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about alumni husband, Jeff Martinsen, were honored in June with the Montana Newspaper Association’s 2010 Master EditorPublisher Award for their twenty years of dedication as owners of the Choteau Acantha. Melody put her degree in print journalism to work as a reporter at the Great Falls Tribune before she and Jeff married in 1989 and bought their hometown weekly newspaper in 1990. They have since published more than 1,000 issues, won numerous awards and contributed many hours of volunteer service. Melody was president of the Montana Newspaper Association during 199697 and continues to serve on the MNA Foundation board and the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline board. In 1997 she said in a speech: “We in Montana journalism should never lose sight of the fact that we are all community journalists. We do have the power to right wrongs. We do have the power to enlighten our readers, to open their minds to new ideas, to bring the world to their breakfast tables. We have the power to stick up for the little guy, to expose the corruption, and to praise and highlight the good people in our towns. We are the living historians for our communities, taking the time to publish the births, the deaths, the weddings and divorces, the triumphs, and tragedies of the ordinary people. We create the written legacies of our friends, our neighbors, and our fellow man.” LORI MATTINA ’87, Boulder, Colo., illustrated a new hardcover children’s book, A Bear in the Air, WWW.UMT.EDU/MONTANAN

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by Sue Baer. It is the story of a boy who finds whimsical creatures making themselves at home in his house. Lori, originally from Missoula, now runs a graphic design and illustration firm in Boulder. Visit her at www. LAUREL LINDELL STAPLES

’88 was named the 2010 Television On-Air


Broadcaster of the Year by the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation. Laurel is an anchor, reporter, and producer for KXLF-TV in Butte, where she also won a 2009 E.B. Craney Program of the Year award for coverage of the 2008 Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner that featured then-presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Laurel is married to TOM STAPLES ’89.


’93, Brookfield, Wis., is one of five 2010-11 Ted Scripps Fellows in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A freelance journalist, author, and media trainer, Karen splits her time between Asia and the American KAREN J. COATES

Southwest after living in Thailand and Cambodia for several years. A correspondent for Archaeology, she was Gourmet’s Asia correspondent before the magazine ceased publication. Karen writes a food culture column for The Faster Times and has written for GlobalPost, National Geographic Books, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Orion, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Boston Globe, and The Christian Science Monitor. Karen has published two books–Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo Across the World’s Largest Ocean and Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of the War. She has two books due out in 2011. Karen has helped train international journalists from Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. KIEL KLAPHAKE ’94 and CASSANDRA NORVILLE KLAPHAKE ’94 work and perform at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, a professional dinner theater company in Peoria, Ariz. Kiel, the founder and executive director, and Cassandra, the artistic

M.F.A. ’95; MARY ROONEY ’86; RANAE NELSON, M.F.A. ’06; D.J. SELMEYER, M.F.A. ’06; SARAH NELSON, M.F.A. ’05; STACEY GORDON, M.F.A. ’05; MONICA HART ’94; MIKE MONSOS ’84, M.F.A. ’01; DAVID ERRIGO ’08; Jamie Parnell; Jonn Jorgensen; and Tim Luoma. ABT has produced twenty-five full-scale musicals since opening its doors in 2005. Find out more at www. ROBERT LEVEY ’96 was appointed director of development and communications at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, N.H. Before joining the center in 2008, Rob worked as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. MARTHA CLARKE,

MURRAY C. “TRIPP” GREASON, J.D. ’97, Winston-Salem, N.C., has been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. An attorney and pro bono director with Womble Greason Carlyle, Tripp practices in the firm’s Winston-Salem office. BEN S. GRAHAM ’97, Chicago, is president of

Bell Incorporated, one of the country’s ten largest independently owned folding carton companies. Bill began working for Bell Incorporated nearly two decades ago and has led the acquisition of such customers as General Electric, the U.S. Postal Service, and UPS. BEAU STANGE ’98, Orting, Wash., writes, “I want to notify you Stange

of the arrival of one of the newest Grizzlies. Brady Micheal (yes, on spelling!) Stange was born December 21, 2009. I also want to note my running the Seattle half-marathon in November 2009. The photo shows me after the race wearing a Griz stocking cap. I spent about fourteen months prior to the race gaining my health back. On January 1, 2007, I weighed 287 pounds. Running that half-

BIRTHS Klaphake

producer, have two sons–Kieran and Tristan. Joe Martinez, marketing director and a former Missoulian, writes that ABT was created, built, and funded by alumni of UM. The company continues to employ UM alumni, including:

Emily Nicole Fritch to CYNTHIA BRENDEN FRITCH ’91 and MARK FRITCH ’93, March 19, 2010, Missoula Rex Mercer Gorman to JANE MAKICH ’95 and Paul Gorman, May 18, 2010, San Francisco Piper Joy McElwain to PATRICK C. MCELWAIN ’96 and Annie Marie Rose, March 7, 2010, Milltown Keira Lee Flaig to MATTHEW FLAIG ’01 and Mindy Flaig, March 1, 2010, Minneapolis Kaysa Mae Fuller to ERIN EGELAND FULLER ’97 and JEFF FULLER ’89, March 1, 2010, Missoula Brady Micheal (yes on spelling!) Stange to ORVILLE D. STANGE III ’98 and April Goffena, December 21, 2009, Orting, WA MONTANAN FALL 2010 |


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about alumni

Ph.D. ’00, recently received two honors from Illinois TODD OBERG,

NEW LIFETIME MEMBERS 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 our website: www.grizalum. com. The Alumni Association thanks them for their support. This list includes all new lifetime members through July 15, 2010.

ALINA ALVAREZ, J.D. ’99, Denver, CO JOSEPH L. BEATTY ’90, Missoula PAUL A. BEAUFAIT ’77, M.A. ’86, Shoreline, WA YUKIKO MATSUSHITA BEAUFAIT, Shoreline, WA MARC BEBOUT ’96, Franktown, CO DAVID BLAKELY JR. ’60, M.S. ’70, Missoula JOHN W. BRADFORD ’51, Red Lodge LAVETTA JACOBSON BRADFORD ’52, Red Lodge RYAN J. BURFEIND ’06, Seattle A. PATRICE CALLAGHAN-STOVER ’75, Hamilton RAYMOND S. CARLISLE ’74, Missoula WILLIAM R. DEREU ’88, Greenacres, WA JAMES R. DRISCOLL ’94, Denver, CO LISA M. DUFFIN, M.S. ’05, Spokane Valley, WA JULI A. ECKMANN ’83, ’95, San Diego, CA DAVID G. FENNER ’98, Metuchen, NJ GREGORY J. HANSEN ’97, Garland, TX VINCENT G. HANSEN ’81, Haines, AK WILLIAM T. HODGES ’64, Des Moines, WA MARYANN SCHULZE HORST ’08, Santa Clara, CA MATTHEW MICHAEL HOUSE ’06, Missoula LT. COL. GREGORY G. HULLA ’65, Bellevue, NE SYDNEY MALOUF HULLA ’63, Bellevue, NE ERIC ALAN KAEHLER ’97, Anchorage, AK THOMAS J. KOVALICKY ’61, Stanley, ID JAMES A. LEWIS, J.D. ’77, Helena BLAKE W. LUDWIG ’87, Missoula STACY M. MALONEY ’02, San Francisco DIANE SHERRARD MOOTHART ’89, Missoula SCOTT A. MOOTHART ’86, Missoula CLAUDETTE MORTON, Helena IVAN T. NELSON ’62, Bellevue, WA BRUCE G. NORDSTROM ’69, Golden, CO ROGER F. SCHULZE JR. ’06, Missoula SANDY SHEPPARD, Missoula GEORGE JOHN STRATMAN ’68, M.A. ’70, Oakton, VA JOEL ANN GECK STUBER, M.Ed. ’83, Hamilton PRISCILLA A. SWANSON, M.S. ’76, Libertyville, IL SHELLEY TAYLOR ’97, Warren, OH COLLEEN RUTHER TURNER ’89, Whitefish NIKKI WALTER ’91, Metuchen, NJ SUZANNE SCHULTZ WILEY ’54, Bellevue, WA


M.Ed. ’01, writes from Kalispell, “I love UM, and I love the fact that we have four generations of UM students and staff in our family. My daughter, Ann Piersall ’80, is a Fulbright Scholar studying glaciers in Kyrgyzstan. You can read her blog at www.tienshanglaciers. My father, Ed Cook, graduated from UM in 1936 and then went on to West Point. Ed’s father, Irwin

Cook, taught forestry at UM from 1923 until his death in 1936. Irwin and his wife, Mary Cook, have a bell in the bell tower–the Forestry Bell. Go Grizzlies!” ANNIE M. HIGGINS ’02 has garnered lots of Chicago-area press upon the release of her band Singing in the Abbey’s debut album, Wake Up, Sardis! An article in the Chicago Sun-Times describes their sound as “classical and pop with a touch of gothic” and Annie’s lead vocals as “seductive, comforting.” Newcity calls the album “a soundtrack to shadows in an old castle.” Annie says her UM social work major and music minor was “something sensible. Something I could use to deal with all the personalities you come across in the music business.” Listen to Singing in the Abbey on MySpace, YouTube, and www.singingintheabbey. com. JAYSON LAWFER ’02, Chicago, runs an art consulting business and online gallery he started



College, where he is an associate professor of mathematics. Todd is the recipient of the 2010 Harry Joy Dunbaugh Award, which recognizes outstanding classroom teaching and is considered the highest honor bestowed upon an Illinois College faculty member. A student committee selects the recipient, with oversight from the dean of the college. Todd also received the 2010 Arthur Hallerberg Faculty Development in Mathematics Award. He has taught at the Jacksonville, Ill., college since 1999.

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and Spanish since 1983. Terrel’s painting subjects include landscapes, trees, and flowers. Her work can be seen online at


marathon was my reward for hitting my goal weight of 200 pounds. I ran in the Tacoma half-marathon in May and beat my personal best by over twelve minutes. I have now lost 94 pounds.” TERREL JONES, M.F.A. ’99, opened a new art studio in Troy, where she has taught high school art

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called The Nevica Project (www.thenevicaproject. com). Jayson lived in Rome from 2006 to 2008 and says his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree has been instrumental in developing his career as an artist, dealer, and collector. “I really needed a BFA to ignite my sense of what is ‘important’ art. My degree helped me make wiser decisions in


making art, collecting art, and in the artwork and artists that I represent in my business.” KATIE DELL JOHNSON

’03, Great Falls, has joined Davidson Cos. as a project manager. Katie previously was an acquisition manager with APMC in San Diego. CALEB GRAHAM PUTNAM,

M.S. ’03, Sparta, Mich., is the Important Bird Areas

For more details, call the Office of Alumni Relations, 877-UM-ALUMS, or visit

Griz/E. Washington Tailgate, Cheney, WA Homecoming Week 2010 Homecoming Kickoff Celebration, Southgate Mall House of Delegates Annual Meeting Class of 1970 Reunion, Distinguished Alumni Awards, International Alumni Reunion, SOS, Pep Rally, All Alumni Reunion and Dance Homecoming Parade, Griz vs. Sac State Football, TV Tailgate International Travel: River Life in Burgundy and Provence UMAA Board of Directors Meeting, Missoula Griz/N. Colorado Tailgate, Greeley, CO Griz/Portland State Tailgate, Portland, OR International Travel: Mediterranean Cruise Griz/Cat Football, Missoula Satellite TV Parties, Nationwide


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about alumni Program coordinator for the Michigan Audubon Society and chairman Putnam

of the Michigan Bird Records Committee. A lifelong birder, Caleb’s most recent work involves research on shorebird molt and searching for ivory-billed woodpeckers for the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He is co-author of Montana Birds, recently published by Lone Pine Publishing. CARL CHRISTOFFERSON

’05, Missoula, was named Montana’s first runner-up 2010 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He is the owner of Lawns of Montana, which began with a business plan on a cocktail napkin in 2005 and now is a successful company with 12 employees providing lawn care, sprinkler installation, landscaping, parking lot sweeping, and snow removal services. KAILA HOPE STRONG


’06, Durango, Colo., won an Ironman triathlon July 24 in Lake Placid, N.Y. Ben swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles in 8 hours, 39 minutes and 34 seconds. It was his fourth Ironman and first win. In June he finished second at Ironman 70.3 Boise, just 10 seconds behind the winner. The victory qualified Ben for the Ironman World Championships in October in Hawaii. Ben began competing in triathlons in 2004. On his website, Ben says: “I was first exposed to the sport at The University of Montana in Missoula and quickly rose to the top of the ranks at the collegiate level. Since then I have moved back to my home state to train in Durango, Colo., one of the fitness meccas of the United States. Here I have great swimmers, bikers, and runners to push me to the limits in each of the triathlon disciplines.” Follow Ben at BEN HOFFMAN


’05 and CONOR PATRICK MOLLOY ’08 are Peace Corps volunteers in Tetovo, Macedonia. Kacey writes, “I work as an English teacher and focus much of my time on introducing new teaching methodology to the teachers. Because they only have chalk and the textbook to work with, I focus on games and

’05, is an Internet marketing coordinator and social media architect at Vertical Measures, an SEO link-building and website marketing firm in Phoenix, Ariz. When asked what was the greatest thing about being a Grizzly, Kaila responded, “Knowing that I got a great education, one that I use every single day of my life. Even though I’m not using my bachelor’s degree in political science, I know that the writing Molloy skills I utilize, the critical interactive teaching and thinking, creativity, etc., learning that don’t require were well-honed by the many materials. I started great teachers at UM.” WWW.UMT.EDU/MONTANAN

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Kids’ Club, a program for children ages three to six to encourage creativity and basic English vocabulary. I also teach an English course for women twice a week, and I helped eight high school girls start a club, GLOW – Girls Leading Our World. Read more about GLOW and watch a video at site/campglowmacedonia. Conor is a community development volunteer at the local municipality and with an NGO focused on youth development. He also serves on a Small-Project Assistance Committee, a joint USAID-Peace Corps committee that provides small USAID grants to

Peace Corps volunteers and their communities through nonformal education.” JEFF BERMES, M.Ed. ’06, Roberts, is the new superintendent of schools for the Joliet School District. He previously was superintendent of the Roberts School District, where he served for five years. JUSTIN JAMES

MBA ’06, Williston, N.D., is vice president for Business Services at Williston State College. Justin recently completed an eight-year enlistment in the Army National Guard. He and his wife, Patricia, moved to Williston four years ago. They have a oneyear-old son, James. BRIANNE BURROWES ’07, Santa Monica, Calif., is a digital content associate at WONGDOODY, a marketing ideas agency. After three years at UM she left her position as editor-in-chief of the Montanan to pursue a

recent college graduates that teaches them the skills necessary to market themselves and land their dream job.” You can check out Brianne’s website, I Want Her Job, at IAN CLARK ’07, La Grande, Ore., premiered his fifty-seven-minute film, Pool Room, at the Kansas City FilmFest in April. The fictional film


is about a reclusive young man emerging from his shell. “I wanted to focus on beauty that exists in [the] quiet and ordinary,” Ian told a reporter, “a story about someone who’s practically invisible, while also searching for subtle humor in dayto-day situations.” A trailer and more information are online at www. poolroommovie. com. Ian earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography at UM, while spending six years making snowboard films. He is at work on Burrowes his next project, a feature-length film life in the advertising titled Country Story. ALLISON MAIER ’10 was industry and says, “I’m hired in June by the really excited about the Helena Independent Record work our team is doing as a city and county for our clients to break government reporter. ground in the digital Allison previously was market. I’m particularly editor of the Montana excited about a venture Kaimin and completed WD launched called an internship at the CareerSparx. It’s an Missoulian. online course offered to MONTANAN FALL 2010 |


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What is her potential for discovery? What would you give to find out? For someone who never considered college an option, mother of three and UM student Teri Jo Lanoue has discovered that her choices are now limitless. When you establish a planned gift with the UM Foundation, you are providing scholarships, choices and chances for more students to learn and grow. To learn more, contact Theresa Boyer, director of gift planning, at 800-443-2593 or visit

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about alumni IN MEMORIAM To be included in “In Memoriam,” the UM Office of Alumni Relations 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.

Material on this page reached our office by July 7, 2010.


’31, Goochland, VA ’34,


Medford, OR


Gig Harbor, WA


’35, Scottsdale, AZ ’36, Fallon, NV PAUL B. STEINMAN ’36, Ventura, CA JAMES A. WEST










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’48, Spokane, WA J.D. ’48, Asheville, NC RICHARD J. WRIGHT ’48, Beaverton, OR SHIRLEY KREIS CRAFT ’49, Fairbanks, AK WALLY E. CRANSTON ’49, Spokane, Valley, WA PAUL HAVEN CRESAP, J.D. ’49, Adel, IA NORMA DANIELS HARTSE ’49, Miles City MARVIN J. SMITH, J.D. ’49, Great Falls DONALD EDWARD SWANZ ’49, Billings ORVALL AUGUST NELSON JAMES F. SENECHAL,


’50, Missoula ’50, M.Ed. ’61, Honolulu SHIRLEY SUE HELMS DELAMATER ’50, Glendive GEORGE B. FRASER ’50, Butte LOCEA ADA MACKEY FRAZIER ’50, Collinsville, MS ROBERT LEROY KOLB ’50, Powell, WY JOHN L. LUGER ’50, Spokane Valley, WA ELMER MATTHEW ”JAKE“ MAIN ’50, M.Ed. ’58, Hays ARCHIE E. MCGLENN ’50, Kalispell DALE F. MILLER ’50, Harlowton MICHAEL SASSANO ’50, Helena GEORGE H. VEITH JR., M.A. ’50, St. Paul, MN GERALD B. EFFING ’51, M.Ed. ’51, Helena KLAS K. FENELL ’51, York, ME DONALD HARRIS REYNOLDS ’51, Laurel MARTIN H. WOLPERT ’51, Boise, ID DONNA BARR FUHS ’53, Spokane, WA ORVILLE N. DODGE, M.Ed. ’54, Phoenix KENNETH LEROY KERSHNER ’54, Stevensville BEVERLY PRAETZ PIETRYGA ’54, Highland, MI DONALD R. WELCH ’55, Henderson, NV BARBARA KEENAN FELLAND ’57, Tucson, AZ THOMAS JAMES FRASER ’57, Billings WILLIAM D. NEVILLE ’57, Fresno, CA STANLEY SPRINGER, M.Ed. ’57, Juno Beach, FL JERRY L. MOHLER ’59, Sidney, NE VIRGIL CLARENCE YOUNG ’59, Missoula WALTER ALBIN CASH LEE CORK




Columbus, OH


’70, Winchester, VA ’71, Polson BARBARA G. LEA LEE ’72, Scobey JOHN CHRIS BUCKLEY ’74, Centennial, CO QUINTON GIBSON DUVAL, M.F.A. ’74, Fairfield, CA ERIC MILTON HANSEN ’75, Anchorage, AK KARLA JO JACOBSON HOOD ’75, Helena KATHY COATS HANSON JORGENSON ’78, Missoula DOUGLAS M. STORER



M.A. ’82, Milwaukee, WI ’83, Idaho Falls, ID ANTHONY P. DUNN ’86, Billings CHERYL L. SPITZER,





’03, ’08, Missoula ’04, Pinehurst, ID PAUL P. SHELTON IV ’05, Federal Way, WA DAVID ALEXANDER SHELTON ’09, Great Falls EMILY STEARNS ’12, Butte BRANDON SEAN GILKESON TIM BUSH



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The University of Montana is proud to be sending a team to participate in the inaugural World Varsities Trout Fly Fishing Competition in Cong, County Mayo, Ireland, August 28-29, 2010. This invitation-only event is the first collegiate-level competition of its kind, pitting 20 two-person teams consisting of one student and one staff/faculty member from institutions of higher education in the US, UK, Ireland, Europe and Scandinavia. The nonprofit, catch-and-release competition will be held on Lough Corrib, the second-largest lake in Ireland which is widely considered to be the country’s finest fishery for wild indigenous brown trout.


Help sponsor the team and help benefit UM’s general scholarship fund. UM’s participation in this event is funded entirely with private gifts and contributions. Your donation will help defray the cost of attending and any amounts collected in excess of event-related expenses will benefit the UM Foundation’s general scholarship fund. Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent of applicable law. We welcome both individual and additional business sponsorships. Your contributions can be sent directly to:

The UM Fly Fishing Team C/O The UM Foundation P.O. Box 7159 Missoula, MT 59807-7159


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The UM Fly Fishing Team is supported by these proud sponsors



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Nancy Cooper, UM’s official carillonneur, has played the tower bells with this clavier since 1992.

traditional noon concert. (The tower bells also sound on the hour and half-hour, keeping campus folks attuned to the time day and night.) Her strong wrists and fingers form fists that pound the batons, her feet adding the deep tones of the larger bells with the pedals below. The bells ranged in price from $100 to $2,000 in 1953, and they all cost about $16,000. Bells 48 and 49 are still awaiting purchase and dedication, and Cooper says they would give the carillon its intended full four-octave range. She estimates each bell would cost $100,000 in today’s dollars. Cooper has played the carillon since 1992, yet never met her predecessor, John C. Ellis, for whom the bell tower is named. At UM’s Commencement on the Oval this past May, she was joined by Kevin Leiferman, her latest carillon student. He serenaded the new grads with “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” at the close of the ceremony. With the thousands of pieces of music written just for the carillon that Cooper has collected and the thousands of noontimes, weddings, and University ceremonies calling for its accompaniment, UM’s Memorial Carillon will surely continue to ring out its glorious melodies for years to come.



D TO “DEDICATE RMER THOSE FO F THE O TS STUDEN HO W Y IT S UNIVER TH EN EIR HAVE GIV F EFENSE O LIVES IN D ” Y. TR N U O THEIR C tion e Alumni Associa Presented by th , de wi es ch 2,150 lbs, 46 in $2,000*

The current Main Hall bells first serenaded campus in 1953.

Photos by Todd Goodrich


fter you’ve reached the third floor, take the narrow, winding staircase. Then clamber up a ladder bolted to the wall. Lift off the trap door above your head, and there they are—the bells of Main Hall. Forty-seven dusty bronze bells. Each one sounds a six-note chord. Each one in perfect tune with the others. Each one connected by cables, wires, and bars to the clavier on the floor below. The clavier, with its beautifully curved wooden batons (keys) and full foot pedal keyboard, is the magical, organ-like instrument that triggers the music that has graced campus for more than fifty years. Twelve tons of bells, clappers, frames, and equipment are housed in Main Hall’s bell tower, constructed in 1897 with special footings for just such an instrument. The carillon bells, cast at the Royal van Bergen Bellfoundries of Heiligerlee, Holland, and the clavier were dedicated at Homecoming on October 18, 1953. Montana Power Co. presented the clavier in honor of its 400 employees who served in World War II and Korea. At that time UM’s carillon was one of the largest in the nation. Each bell is embossed with a special seal that says “Montana State University”–UM’s official name from 1917 to 1965. The bells also sport memorial inscriptions. The 1,500-pound Student Bell, for instance, says, “I sound for the student spirit and tradition.” Before the installation of the carillon, the Victory Bell was housed in the tower and rung to celebrate Grizzly football victories, often for hours. In 1947 UM President James McCain declared the bell could be rung for only one hour after each victory. Nancy Cooper, the current carillonneur and School of Music faculty member, makes her way to the clavier each Tuesday through Friday, providing campus with its

THE BUTTE ALUMNI BELL Presented by (fourteen Butte alumni who graduated from UM in years ranging from 1919 to 1950). 83 lbs, 13.5 inches wide, $235*

THE MA NN GU LCH BELL Presented by students and alumni of the Forestry School and employees of the Forest Service in memory of (thirteen names, seven of them UM alums) who lost their lives fighting the Mann Gulch forest fire near Helena on August 5, 1949. 34 lbs, 8 inches wide, $185*

THE FACU LT Y BELL “FOR ALL THOSE WHO UPHOLD THE DIGNITY OF THOUGHT AND LEARNING” Presented by the faculty. 26 lbs, 8 inches wide, $150*



“I SOUND FOR TH “TO THE E D STUDENT SPIRIT INSPIRATION AN L AND TRADITION” DEVOTION OF AL S Presented by the THOSE FORESTER R Associated Students of UM WHOSE FIGHT FO PROTECTS 1,530 lbs, 41 inches wide, CONSERVATION HT.” RIG TH BIR R OU $1,500* Irwin Wycliffe Cook, 1884-1936 Mary Gaylord Cook, 1886-1946 891 lbs, 34 inches wide, $850*

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