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The magazine for members of the MSU Alumni Association | Fall 2010

In this issue: The Inauguration of MSU’s Twelfth President MontanaPBS Enriches the Lives of Montanans Preserving the Past, Brightening the Future Front Line Role Models: The Davis Family






Inauguration of MSU’s Twelfth President


Front Line Role Models


MontanaPBS: Enriching the Lives of Montanans


Preserving the Past, Brightening the Future

13 EZ Campaign


Rising Star in Japanese Studies


22 MSU Student Profile: Teresa Borenpohl

From the President


23 MSU Alumni Profile: Jason Smith

Mail Bag


Blue & Gold


24 Ivie English: Discovering the Power of International Dialogue

Association News

25 MMEC director brings competitive edge to Montana manufacturers Class Notes 27 Cat/Griz 2010 Satellite Parties

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Dear Alumni and Friends, What a wonderful time to be at Montana State University! As you read this letter, students are back on campus, classes and the fall sports season are well underway, and we’re soaking up what’s left of a beautiful Bozeman autumn. In September, we celebrated Montana State and today’s land-grant university by holding a number of inauguration events. This issue of the Collegian includes information on several of the events, and I’d like to share just a few thoughts about the meaning behind them. Why an inauguration celebration? I felt very humbled by this ceremony that traditionally takes place during the first fall semester after the appointment of a new university president. Inauguration events are more about the institution than about an individual. For me, inauguration is about those who came before us and enabled this university to withstand the challenges of yesterday. It is about the students and community we currently serve. And it’s about the many individuals who look at tomorrow with brighter eyes, knowing that this institution will shape the future. Inauguration followed those same themes. We celebrated those who came before us with an exhibit of the original Morrill Land-grant College Act of 1862. (More information about this exhibit can be found on page 12 of this magazine.) We celebrated today’s land-grant university with the grand opening of MSU Gallatin College Programs, our recently renamed one-year and two-year educational programs, and a display by current students of their research and creative projects. We celebrated the future with a thought-provoking panel on leadership in the 21st Century. (More on that panel is available on page 11.) And our forum on the land-grant system encompassed the past, present and future. If you weren’t able to make it to the events but would like to learn more, videos from some of the events are available online at MSU’s YouTube channel: Finally, know that as a graduate of Montana State University, you are part of the promise of today’s land-grant university. As alumni of this institution, you join more than 100,000 other MSU alums, and more than 20 million Americans nationwide, who have been educated at land-grant colleges and universities. Collectively, you work in a wide variety of important fields and live in diverse communities. And you have seen, firsthand, how education can empower individuals and transform the world. May it always be so.

M S U A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N Chair Lois (Fulker) Norby, ’65, Excelsior, Minn. Chair-Elect Bill Perry, ’02, Bozeman Treasurer Rick Reisig, ’82, Great Falls Board of Directors Jim Alderson, ’69, Whitefish William Breeden, ’65, ’68 M, Anchorage, Alaska Brian Clark, ’82, Kalispell Florence Garcia, ’99 EhD, Bozeman Lea (Anderson) Moore ’93, Miles City Chris Pemberton ’93, Vancouver, Washington Susan (Wallace) Raph, ’82, ’01 M, Shelby Jeanette “Tootie” (Wenzel) Rasmussen, ’60, Choteau Michael Sanderson, ’94, ’96 M, Billings Mark Sherman, ’97, Great Falls Steve Skaer, ’00, ’07 M, Great Falls Toby Stapleton, ’58, ’08 M, Billings Mary Beth (Holzer) Walsh, ’86, Twin Bridges Brant Weingartner, ’98, Irving, Texas Student Alumni Association Nate Carroll, Ekalaka Carl Nystuen, Lakeside M S U A L U M N I S TA F F President and CEO Jaynee Drange Groseth, ’73, ’91 M Associate Director Kerry Hanson, ’93, ’08 M Membership Director Jennifer ward, ’94 Program Manager Rose (Healy) Hanson, ’82 Administrative Assistant Jennifer Anderson Communications Specialist Megan (Koehler) Walthall, ’06

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On the Cover The inauguration of President Waded Cruzado as Montana State University’s twelfth President. Photo by Kelly Gorham.

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Potvin named MSU’s next provost

Best College Rankings MSU ranked No. 183 in the top tier of US News & World Report magazine’s Best Colleges 2011 list. MSU is the top ranked institution in Montana and was included in the National University Category, which includes institutions that offer “a full range of undergraduate majors, master’s and doctoral degrees” and are “committed to producing groundbreaking research.”

Martha Potvin, dean of the College during her years there. She became of Arts and Sciences and profesdean of the university’s largest college, sor of biology at the University of which excels in teaching sciences and North Dakota, will be the next prois also the major provider of liberal vost and vice president for academic arts courses at the university. She has affairs at Montana State University, served as UND’s interim provost and MSU officials announced October 1. vice president for academic affairs for “Dr. Potvin will be a wonderful one year. Potvin is president-elect of addition to our university,” said the Council of Colleges of Arts and MSU President Waded Cruzado. Sciences, a national organization of Dr. Martha Potvin “Her background and qualifications about 1600 deans, associate deans and make her an excellent fit for MSU. Dr. Potvin has assistant deans in the liberal arts from about 450 ample experience, and she thoroughly understands degree-granting institutions. the role and responsibilities of a successful provost.” Steele said the 21-member search advisory Potvin will assume her duties in January, said committee, composed of representatives from Doug Steele, MSU’s vice provost and director of throughout the MSU system, was pleased with MSU Extension who served as chairman of the the response to its national recruitment efforts for search committee. the provost position. The committee conducted Potvin, 57, has a bachelor’s degree in biology the search with the assistance of Bill Franklin and from the University of Connecticut, a master’s Julie Tea of Academic Search, Inc., a Washington, degree in botany and plant ecology from MichiD.C.-based consulting firm. gan State University and a doctorate from the “The search committee is excited about the University of Nebraska in ecology and evolutionappointment of Dr. Potvin as the next provost, ary biology. and we look forward to working with her in ad“Among the factors that influenced me to vancing the academic, research and engagement accept the position was the ambitious vision of agendas of Montana State University,” Steele said. President Cruzado, the similarities of Montana Steele noted that Potvin received glowing State University to the University of North recommendations from individuals who worked Dakota, including its deep commitment to with her in the past for her ability to establish serving the needs of the people of Montana, the priorities, measure outcomes and provide strong dedication and productivity of faculty despite leadership within the university setting. their relatively low salaries, the increasing focus Potvin was selected from a pool of 73 canon student success, and the opportunity to help didates who applied for the position, and she to achieve ‘One MSU,’” Potvin said. “It was durwas one of four finalists who visited the MSU ing my visit to campus that I became convinced campus in September. Steele said all of the finalthat I have had many leadership experiences that ists had exemplary academic and administrative would transfer well to MSU. I am excited about achievements. In addition to Dr. Potvin the other the opportunity to support its continuing comfinalists were: Dr. Kevin Carman from Louisiana mitment to excellence in teaching, research and State University, Dr. Sandra Woods from Coloservice and its aspirations to advance its stature as rado State University and Dr. Jeff Wright from one of the nation’s premier research institutions.” the University of California, Merced. One of Potvin is in her 10th year as dean of the the finalists, Sandra Woods, withdrew her name College of Arts and Sciences at the University of from consideration. North Dakota. She began her career as a biology “I would like to thank all of the members of professor at West Chester University in Pennthe search committee, as well as members of the sylvania. During her 16 years at that institution, campus and Bozeman communities, who attendshe taught population biology, plant systematics, ed the candidates’ open forums,” Cruzado said. plant communities, wetlands and field botany Potvin will succeed Joe Fedock, who has while rising through the ranks to become interim served in an interim capacity since David Dooley dean of the university’s graduate studies and exdeparted MSU last year to assume the presidency tended education. She joined the UND in 2001, at the University of Rhode Island. —Anne Cantrell also increasing her administrative responsibilities

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MSU enrolls 13,559 students—a new record A record number of students have enrolled at Montana State University this fall, with 13,559 students attending classes, MSU officials announced October 1. The 2010 headcount is 795 more students than the previous enrollment record, set in 2009. MSU has set enrollment records in four out of the last five years. “Our record enrollment is a recognition of the excellent education students receive at MSU,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “We have a wonderful group of faculty and staff members who are committed to helping our students. And, all of our students receive hands-on opportunities for cutting-edge research or creative endeavors, which prepares them to succeed in their careers after college.” In addition to the overall record enrollment, a record number of freshman, 2,571, have enrolled at the university. The previous record of 2,281 freshman students was set in 2009. This fall’s enrollment figures include 100 students who are enrolled in Gallatin College Programs, MSU’s recently renamed two-year programs. Enrollment grew among both in-state and out-of-state students. Seventy percent of this fall’s students are Montana residents. “We are especially happy about these numbers because they show that we are valued highly in Montana and nationally,” said Allen Yarnell, vice president for student success. In addition to this being MSU’s largest entering freshman class, it is, on average, also one of the best prepared. The average ACT score of this fall’s full-time entering freshman is 25.1. A common measure of a student’s academic accomplishment in high school, the ACT scale is from 0 to 36. This year’s average ACT score ties the average of the previous record holders, the entering class of 2009. In addition, 52 entering freshmen students scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT or SAT, another college entrance exam. Two students had perfect scores. “We have grown significantly while still maintaining academic quality,” Yarnell said. MSU is the school of choice among bright Montana graduates who attend college in-state. An Aug. 26 analysis in the Missoulian newspaper showed that of the top-tier students who choose

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to stay in Montana, 60 percent attend MSU. And, out of 199 Montana University System Honor Scholarship winners, 121 recently indicated they planned to enroll at MSU, according to Sheila Newlun at the Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program. MSU’s practice of providing students with hands-on research opportunities alongside top professors is part of its strength, Cruzado said. Since 2006, MSU has been the only university in the five-state region of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota to meet the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s criteria for the highest research classification. Since 2000, research funding earned by the university has grown 79 percent, from $61 million to $109.5 million. In the past fiscal year, MSU’s research awards directly provided $10.4 million in undergraduate and graduate student salaries, benefits, scholarships and fellowships. Additionally, Montana State University is ranked 14th nationally for the number of Goldwater Scholarship recipients. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is the nation’s premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. “We are thrilled to see all of this wonderful growth at MSU, and we look forward to building on it,” Cruzado said. —Anne Cantrell

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Bozeman was once again among the “25 Best Towns” and was ranked No. 1 for best skiing in the west in Outside magazine’s Best Towns 2010. Bridger Bowl is just 20 minutes away, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin are only 45 minutes, and other close by attractions include 18 miles of cross-country trails near Bridger and easy access to backcountry skiing in the area. Aside from skiing, towns were evaluated on quality of sporting life, vibrant culture, resilient economy and housing market. Outside also touted Bozeman’s recent decision to raise local taxes to purchase and preserve ranches that would otherwise be developed.


MSU lab featured in Popular Science No. 3 for Tuition Stability ranked Montana State University No. 3 in the nation for tuition stability. The 2010 Forbes study of college tuition analyzed 170 of the nation’s public institutions relative to state budget, in-state tuition and state economic trends. MSU is among the least risky institutions for tuition increases.

Montana State University is one of the coolest schools in the United States with a laboratory that will blow your mind, according to the September issue of Popular Science. For the second time in three years, MSU’s SubZero Science Graduate students Pat Staron, left, and Rich Shertzer examine snow crystals and Engineering Research in a cold chamber in MSU's SubZero Science and Engineering Research Facility is included in a Popular Facility. Science feature. In its latest appearance, the lab that allows Adams is a professor in the Demicroorganisms with novel mestudents and researchers from partment of Civil Engineering tabolisms, which may provide all over the world and across in the College of Engineering. them with clues about life on disciplines to conduct research The cold labs draw so much other icy worlds such as Mars, in extreme cold is described attention because of the type Europa and Enceledus. as one of 15 “mind-blowing of research they support, Priscu Adams said he is curcollege labs” in the country. said. The studies he conducts rently working on NSF-funded Popular Science said the featured involve the oldest ice on the projects in the areas of snow universities—listed under a planet and ice from polar ice metamorphism and material heading of “coolest schools” sheets, which tells us about properties. Other researchers —offer “amazing, hands-on past climate conditions and in the lab are studying “green” programs that are almost too potential life in and beneath concrete to see how the cold fun for credit.” the ice sheets. affects concrete that contains “I have read Popular Science “This is in addition to the crushed glass and fly ash. for more than 40 years, and cutting-edge research being They’re also studying the perforit is a great honor to have our conducted on snow mechanics mance of glue-laminated beams subzero facility highlighted and avalanches,” Priscu said. in the cold. They’re researchin this magazine,” said John “As such, this facility breeds ing the rock glacier at Big Sky. Priscu, long-time Antarctic reinterdisciplinary cooperation John Seifert and Dan Heil in searcher who co-directs MSU’s and provides students with an the Department of Health and cold lab with avalanche expert environment to exchange ideas Human Development are using Ed Adams. “Popular Science and develop new ideas among the lab to conduct a variety of has always highlighted innovatheir professors and peers.” studies that include the effect tive one-of-a-kind technology, Priscu’s National Science of cold on athletic perforwhich I believe describes our Foundation and NASA funded mance, Chronic Obstructive lab perfectly.” programs are currently studying Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and clothing designed for cold Researchers in the College ice cores from West Antarctica weather. of Engineering, College of Agthat span the last glacial maxiMSU’s SubZero Science and riculture, College of Letters and mum to reveal the microbial Engineering Research Facility Science, and College of Health record as the Earth went from first appeared in Popular Science and Human Development all an ice age to its current interuse the SubZero facility, a suite glacial period, Priscu said. They in September 2008. — by Evelyn Boswell of labs located in Cobleigh are also examining ice, water Hall. Priscu is a professor in the and sediments collected in Department of Land Resources arctic lakes beneath a large ice and Environmental Sciences stream in West Antarctic and in the College of Agriculture. in the Arctic in search of novel

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Research Funding Sets Record MSU’s extensive research has led to more than 190 active technology licenses and more than 100 patents have been issued for MSU discoveries. Scholars at Montana State University set a new record in fiscal year 2010 successfully competing for $109.5 million dollars in research funding. Research money is critical to providing students and faculty with cutting-edge technology and resources to make breakthrough discoveries.

Remodeled Gaines Hall opens Dave Singel, head of the Department of ChemA newly renovated Gaines Hall opened to students this fall. The grand opening celebration was isty and Biochemistry. Gaines Hall will be the first LEED certified held on September 17. building on campus—meaning its construction The majority of MSU undergraduate students and operations are environmentally responsible in will take a class in the new Gaines Hall, which is the areas of energy savings, water efficiency, carbon home to teaching laboratories for biochemistry, geochemistry, biology, physics and earth sciences, dioxide emissions reduction and other criteria. as well as the modern languages and literature The $32.5 million building was funded with appropriations from the 2005 and 2007 department and its language labs. Thousands of students will also visit University Studies, located Legislatures and was championed by Gov. Brian on the first floor of Gaines. Schweitzer and local legislators. The facilities in the old Gaines Hall were —Melynda Harrison obsolete and bordering on unsafe, according to

MSU expert on world’s fairs is part of national exhibit A Montana State University historian who specializes in world’s fairs is guest curator of a national exhibit that opened Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C. Robert Rydell, the Michael P. Malone Professor of History at MSU, said the new exhibit focuses on world’s fairs during the Great Depression and how they influenced modern architecture. Expected to run about nine months, the exhibit covers 5,000 square feet in the National Building Museum and contains “loads” of objects representing the splendor of modern industrial designs.

Buildings that were erected for the world fairs between 1933 and 1940 were designed to give Americans hope for the future, Rydell said. “These fairs were very much about taking people’s minds off of the immediate horrors of the present and getting them to think about the future possibilities of America,” Rydell said. Rydell has devoted 35 years to studying world’s fairs. He has served on international juries that evaluated world fair exhibits. —Evelyn Boswell

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MSU team finds rare oasis of life on floor of Yellowstone Lake

Phil Doepke, left, and Leif Christofferson prepare to launch a Remotely Operated Vehicle into Yellowstone Lake for an MSU study. Doepke is a National Park Service employee. Christofferson is the biodiversity manager for the Diversa Corporation. (Photo courtesy of Big Sky Institute).

this is the first such documentation for a freshwater habitat,” the researchers wrote in Geobiology. The vent is evidently responsible for the moss being able to live in what humans perceive as total darkness, but these plants obviously have the ability to somehow find and use very low Montana State University researchers have light, Varley said. At times, the scene around the discovered a rare oasis of life in the midst of vent looks like it belongs in a snow globe because hundreds of geothermal vents at the bottom of of a beige-colored silica and aluminum mineral Yellowstone Lake. that flies out of the vent and settles on the moss, A colony of moss, worms and various forms which further lessens the ability of the moss to of shrimp flourishes acquire light that is essential for it to photosynin an area where thesize. Key to the survival of this moss are the the water is inky nutrients contained in the vent water. The nutriblack, about 90 ents feed the moss, which feed the shrimp and degrees Fahrenheit, worms. The vent water also contains toxins such and a cauldron of as arsenic and cadmium. It’s super-saturated with nutrients, gases carbon dioxide, hydrogen and other gases. and poisons, the re“If there are gases of that type anywhere else searchers reported in in Yellowstone, it follows that there would be life the September issue that has been introduced and evolved there that of Geobiology. uses those resources,” Varley said. The vent is close The researchers explored the bottom of Yelto 100 feet below lowstone Lake from onboard the R/V Cutthroat, the surface of Yela National Park Service boat, Varley said. Using lowstone Lake and a map created by Lisa Morgan with the U.S. a third of a mile offshore in the West Thumb reGeological Survey, they noted that the lake congion. The worms and shrimp live among approxi- tains hundreds of active and dormant vents. The mately two feet of moss that encircles the vent. vents are mostly on the northern half of the lake, “This particular vent seemed unique relative to inside the Yellowstone caldera, and span from the all other active vents thus far observed in the lake West Thumb region to Mary Bay. in that it is robustly colonized by plants,” the Despite the geothermal activity, the lake is researchers wrote. “still one cold son of a gun,” Varley said, noting The team explored the lake bottom with a that the waters’ surface rarely gets above 64 F. Remotely Operated Vehicle built by the same Researchers used a Remotely Operated person who built a much larger rover for explorVehicle specially designed for the task by Dave ing the Titanic. The MSU team was led by John Lovalvo of Eastern Oceanics Research. Although Varley in the Big Sky Institute and Tim Mche built rovers to explore the Titanic; the PT-109 Dermott and Bill Inskeep in the Department of boat made famous by former President John F. Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and Kennedy; and features deep in the ocean, LoMSU’s Thermal Biology Institute. valvo said he is committed to Yellowstone. — Evelyn Boswell The researchers said that the Fontinalis moss is not known to grow in the conditions they The sampling arm of found on the floor of Yellowstone Lake and a Remotely Operated that a worm found associated with the moss Vehicle collects water had never been reported in North America. The from a geothermal vent researchers also noted that this was the first insurrounded by moss at depth published study of the biology associated the bottom of Yellowwith any geothermal vent in Yellowstone Lake. stone Lake. The arm is “The proliferation of complex higher organapproximately one inch isms in close association with a Yellowstone Lake in diameter. (Photo captured from Eastern geothermal vent parallels that documented for Oceanics video). deep marine vents, although to our knowledge

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MSU receives grant to fight wheat rust Montana State University plant geneticist and “It would be an extreme case to see localized pathologist Li Huang was recently awarded a starvation as a result of Ug99,” Draper said. $1.3 million BREAD (Basic Research to En“More likely, there will be emigration and malnuable Agricultural Development) grant from the trition. The potential outcomes are pretty severe.” National Science Foundation and the Bill and There are two ways to deal with Ug99. Melinda Gates Foundation to help fight Ug99, a Farmers can use a fungicide to protect the plant wheat rust that threatens food security in Africa from infection or grow new rust-resistant wheat and the Middle East. cultivars. Since fungicides can About 50 percent of the be too expensive for many of the world’s wheat is grown in small-scale farmers grappling with developing countries where Ug99 in the developing countries it serves as a staple food of Africa and the Middle East, a source for most subsistence new cultivar seems to be the only farmers. Wheat is subject to option, MSU’s Huang said. a variety of diseases, includDraper agreed that, “Resising rusts. tant varieties, when available, are In 1999, what is now generally the least costly and most known as Ug99 was found effective option for plant disease on wheat in Uganda that control.” was bred to be resistant to Very few varieties of wheat are stem rusts. A particular resistant to Ug99, so breeders are gene, Sr31, was responsible looking for new sources of resisfor keeping the wheat stem tance genes from species that are MSU researcher Li Huang is working to closely related to wheat or even rust-free. Sr31 worked, fight Ug99, a wheat rust that threatens rice, Huang said. However, not all keeping wheat around the food security in Africa and the Middle world free of stem rust resistance genes from other speEast, and would be devastating if until Ug99 came on the cies can function as expected in introduced to the United States. scene. Ug99 was observed wheat because of suppressor genes in 2001 in Kenya and 2003 residing in the wheat genome. in Ethiopia. The fungus has since spread farther In Huang’s new project she will investigate south in Africa, to the Middle East and Southtwo suppressors of rust resistance in wheat. east Asia, and could spread throughout the world. When these suppressor genes are inactive, the “The likelihood that it would blow across the plant is resistant to Ug99. When the suppresAtlantic is low because crops on the two sides of sor genes are active, they smother the beneficial the Atlantic are different; however, if introduced effects of the resistance genes and the plant is to North America, the majority of our wheat vavulnerable to Ug99. rieties would be susceptible,” said Marty Draper, Once the two suppressors are characterized, National Program Leader-Plant Pathology with Huang’s team will replace the active suppressors the U.S. Department of Agriculture/National with the inactivated suppressor genes, into wheat Institute of Food and Agriculture. “There is still breeding programs in Kenya, where they cura great concern that it could be introduced by rently have problems with Ug99. travelers and agri-tourists.” “While this work is specific to Ug99, it has Like other cereal rusts, Ug99 infects the broader implications for any kind of rust,” said above-ground part of the wheat. What is unique Huang. “Rust is a very ancient disease. Farmers to stem rust is that stems can also be infected, saw it as early as 500-800 B.C., but they didn’t which increases the chances of lodging (or falling know the cause; they thought it was a punishdown), which will increase yield loss. The lost ment from the gods.” — Melynda Harrison yield is from fewer and lighter seeds. Crop yields can be reduced by 50-100 percent and in some cases, the rust will kill the plant prematurely.

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Plaza Wins Award Every fall the Bozeman Beautification Advisory Board recognizes outstanding landscapes, sculptures and outdoor improvements through the Bozeman Beautification Awards. This year the MSU Alumni Plaza won an award for improving the campus to include well designed pedestrian spaces for gathering, contemplation, study and socializing.

The Inauguration

of Dr. Waded Cruzado as Montana State University’s 12th President

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Highlights from President Cruzado’s Inaugural Address Empowering People, Transforming the World: Today’s Land-Grant University “EVERY SINGLE DAY, I remind myself that throughout this Last Best Place our citizens hold high expectations about what Montana State University can, should and must bring to their lives today and to generations in the future.”

Leadership in the 21st century:

“Today I am announcing that MSU will embrace, once and

MSU alumni share values and experiences

for all, this vehicle that enables us to reach out and meet the

Four leaders who grew up in rural Montana and graduated from Montana State University look back fondly at the role MSU played in their success. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, ’81 Ag, Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, ’93 Engl, President of the University of Idaho M. Duane Nellis, ’76 ESci, ’77 M, ’80 PhD, and Kathleen Saylor, ’83 SpCom, CEO of REHAU North America, spoke during a Sept. 10 panel discussion on leadership. The panel preceded the inauguration ceremony for MSU President Waded Cruzado. Schweitzer, who grew up in the Judith Basin, said he was especially inspired by Jerry Nielsen, who was his major adviser while Schweitzer earned his master’s degree. Schweitzer said Nielsen was a great soil scientist, “but his optimism changed my life.” Juneau, who grew up in Browning, said it was difficult adjusting to MSU, but she made great friends and received a quality education. Faculty members helped the English major through the process that won her the Rockefeller Brother’s Foundation Fellowship. Success at MSU gave her the confidence to enter the Harvard Graduate School of Education, earn her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana, teach in Montana and North Dakota, and eventually run for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Nellis, who grew up in Libby, said MSU “really shaped the rest of my life and my career.” Besides meeting his future wife at MSU, Ruthie Lunger, ’76 ESci, Nellis said his self-confidence, communication skills, passion, analytical and critical thinking skills were all shaped at MSU. And the education he received at a land-grant university resulted in a career in land-grant universities. Saylor, who grew up in Choteau and majored in speech communications, said her academic adviser at MSU encouraged her to go outside of her comfort zone and attend graduate school. “Ray Weisenborn turned me on to this whole area of communication,” she said. “He was a tremendous influence on my life at that time.” Moderator Kirk Miller, ’81 SecEd, ’89 Educ M, ’99 EdD, Superintendent of Bozeman Public Schools, closed the discussion by thanking Cruzado for living out those leadership qualities. —Evelyn Boswell

diverse educational needs of students in every corner of this state. And we will do it with strict attention to the quality and rigor that characterizes everything MSU does. I am proposing the designation of funds to give motivated faculty the time and support to develop online courses or transform existing ones into online applications. We can make a difference and we must.” “By working on impactful solutions based on sound science and engineering—balanced by our tradition of excellence in the humanities, business, art, nursing, education and the social sciences—we can enhance the educational experience of our students, develop exciting new enterprises, significantly contribute to the economic development of our fine state and improve the lives of all of our citizens.”

Champ and President Cruzado share a moment on the way to the inauguration luncheon.

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More highlights from President Cruzado’s Inaugural Address

“The Morrill Land-Grant Act saw the light of day in America’s darkest Procession of delegates to the Inauguration Ceremony

hour: in the midst of our Civil War when brother fought against brother and the nation’s very fabric threatened to unravel. What vision it took to look beyond that conflict and imagine a brighter future with peace and prosperity nourished by an educated citizenry!” “We will continue to follow the advice of M.L. Wilson, one of Montana’s first Extension agents, when he encouraged us to “do all we can to make certain we are facing the future and not the past.”

The Morrill Act displayed at the Museum of the Rockies for inauguration of MSU President Waded Cruzado The Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University played host to a document signed by President Abraham Lincoln and considered a “national treasure” from Sept. 2 through Oct. 2. The Morrill Land-Grant College Act of 1862 is considered by the National Archives to be one of the 100 “milestone documents” that influenced the course of American history. It shares this designation with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Civil Rights Act. This is the first time the Museum of the Rockies exhibited an artifact of such recognized national significance, said Shelley McKamey, dean of the Museum of the Rockies. The act’s exhibition was a cornerstone for the inauguration celebration of MSU’s 12th president, Waded Cruzado, that took place on Sept. 10. “The Morrill Act created the nation’s system of land-grant colleges and universities, now numbering more than 100 and including our own Montana State University,” MSU President Cruzado said. “This piece of legislation profoundly altered the development of American history, bringing higher education to the sons and daughters of the working class for the first time. A significant portion of our nation’s prosperity and the strength of our democracy stems from this act.”

Cruzado wanted the act for the inauguration ceremonies to focus attention on the origin and mission of MSU. “Having the document here provided an opportunity to reflect on what a profound change the Morrill Act wrought in America,” Cruzado said. “By providing access to higher education, the Morrill Act facilitated social mobility and strengthened democracy—and today we are committed to continuing that tradition.” Named after Justin Smith Morrill, the Vermont senator who championed the land-grant concept, the act was passed after the first year of the Civil War. It was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on July 2, 1862. The term “land-grant” refers to the process whereby the federal government granted to the states tracts of land, which could then be sold or leased with the proceeds supporting a public university. The government set aside 140,000 acres for a Montana university, 90,000 while still a territory and another 50,000 when the state was formed in 1889. In 1893, the Agricultural College of the State of

The original 1862 Morrill Land-Grant College Act signed by President Lincoln.

Montana, the forerunner of MSU, was established in Bozeman. The state has retained the majority of those lands, which still earn revenue for the university. “The implications of the Morrill Act for Montana are clear,” said Robert Rydell, MSU professor of history. “As the state’s land-grant university, MSU has educated tens of thousands of Montanans so they could better themselves in a career of their choosing and improve their personal lives.” The Morrill Act had its impetus in the changing fortunes of the United States in the first half of the 1800s, Rydell said. At that time, industrialization had created a large working class which had no access to higher education. Additionally, the nation was seeing much of its prime agricultural land decline in productivity because farmers lacked the know-how to apply the latest scientific and technological advances to agriculture. “With the Morrill Act came the realization that America needed a new cadre of educated individuals to move industrialization and agriculture forward,” Rydell said. “But the act did not exclude the humanities, the liberal arts and the sciences. Indeed, the act was not just about creating colleges for vocational training; rather it was the product of a movement to educate the citizenry for the good of the democracy as well as for the sake of prosperity.” The document is considered invaluable and only put on display for a total of 12 months out of every decade to protect it from fading, said Terry Boone, National Archives conservator. Boone traveled to Bozeman with the document to oversee its installation. —Tracy Ellig

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Bobcat Stadium End Zone Project Underway


Private donations will represent more ontana State University and the than half of the total funds. Through a MSU Foundation have received financing arrangement, the university will approval to move forward with a match up to $4 million that will be repaid project that would renovate and improve from future athletic revenues. Cruzado emthe south end of Bobcat Stadium by the phasized that by law no state funds, student beginning of the 2011 football season. fees or tuition dollars will be used to fund MSU President Waded Cruzado recently the project. announced the kick-off of the EZ Campaign, which will raise funds for the MSU She said that the EZ Campaign has already raised nearly $3 million (as of Oct. Bobcat Stadium End Zone project, after receiving approval from the MSU Foundation 8th) for the project, including a $1 million gift by an anonymous donor in honor of Board of Directors as well as the Board of Bobcat great Sonny Holland. Regents for the Montana University System. The MSU Foundation now embarks on Both organizations were required to apan accelerated campaign to raise the rest of prove the plan, which calls for raising private the funds by this year’s Cat/Griz game. funds for a project that will essentially bowl“We are convinced fundraising for this in the lower level and upgrade the 37-yearproject will be successful,” Cruzado said. old stadium. Old wood and metal bleachers “We have been inspired by the amount of enon the south end of the stadium will be thusiasm from students, faculty, staff, alumni replaced with grandstand-style seating to and community members for this project, match the seating on the east and west sides of the facility, for a gain of an additional which will give our students and Bobcat fans the game-day experience they deserve.” 2,500 seats. Cruzado noted that every home She added that the improvement and football game has been sold-out this season. renovation to the stadium will reflect The plan also includes new locker rooms, MSU’s excellence and inspire students and public restrooms and concession facilistudent-athletes to achieve even greater ties. The project will add ADA access and levels of success. required egress and site utilities. Fall 2010 |


MSU Athletic Director Peter Fields said the stadium improvements would create an environment more conducive to NCAA Division I athletics. “This project will generate excitement among our students, and Bobcat fans everywhere,” Fields said. Bobcat Stadium, originally Reno H. Sales Stadium, was built in 1973 and renovated prior to the 1998 season. The stadium received another facelift in 2008 with the installation of artificial field turf. Bobcat Stadium currently holds more than 13,000 fans. Bobcat Stadium has been sold eight out of the last 10 as of its 2010 homecoming game on Oct. 9. Further details about the EZ Campaign may be found at: —Carol Schmidt

The MSU Alumni Association Board of Directors has unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the EZ Campaingn.

MontanaPBS continually enriches the lives of Montanans through media BY A N NE C A N T R EL L

What started out in the early 1980s as a quest to bring the popular television show “Sesame Street” to children in the the Gallatin Valley since expanded Gallatin Valley has has since expanded into into MontanaPBS, a robust statewide MontanaPBS, a robust statewide public public television operating five television serviceservice operating five chanchannels and serving approximately nels and serving approximately two- twothirds of Montana households. But widespread access to public television hasn’t always been the case in Montana. In fact, access has grown enormously since 1984, when viewers in the Gallatin Valley were able to use the first over-the-air signal in Montana to view PBS programs. Many credit Nancy Thompson Flikkema, ’73 Econ, a lifetime resident of the area, with bringing attention to the issue. In 1981, with three small children and expensive large-dish satellite television being the only viewing option available in her rural area, Flikkema decided the Gallatin Valley needed access to quality children's programming. “I saw no reason my kids couldn’t have the same programming that others did,” she said. So, Flikkema helped form a group, Montanans for Children’s Television, which advocated for public television. For nearly two and a half years, Flikkema and the other members of the group (numbering just about 15 people at its height) explored options for accessing programs such as “Sesame Street,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “The Electric Company.” Even though none of the options panned out, the group refused to stop working. “It became a passion for me,” Flikkema said. “I was the volunteer who just wouldn't give up.”

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Finally, Montanans for Children’s Television turned to MSU, and it paid off. Though there were no financial resources available in 1984 to operate a traditional public television station at MSU, the university arranged to rebroadcast a signal from Salt Lake City. The relationship with KUED in Salt Lake allowed for the creation of KUSM in Bozeman and its operation with minimal costs for its first three years. And, during that time, KUSM was able to develop enough financial support to become a full-service station. (It is now a collaborative service of MSU and the University of Montana, with KUSM in Bozeman and KUFM in Missoula.) At long last, Flikkema’s kids could watch “Sesame Street” in their own home. “We were all thrilled,” Flikkema said. “I was always one of those moms who wouldn’t let my kids watch many of the regular cartoons. I felt like if they were going to watch television, I’d like them to be learning from it.”

Mission Mountain Wood Band Story,” both recent Emmy Award winners. The local programming is what makes MontanaPBS special, said Don Murdock, a Bozeman resident who previously served on the board of Friends of MontanaPBS, an organization devoted to fundraising for MontanaPBS. “It covers what’s happening in Montana,” he said. “I like to watch all of the Montanamade productions.” The amount of local content the station produces is unique within the public broadcasting world, Pruitt said. “We have a long history of offering highquality local content,” he said. “We do a lot of internal production and collaborate with independent producers. We are here to represent a variety of different views and allow for many voices, reflecting the community of Montana.” Jennifer Jeffries Thompson, the current chairwoman of the Friends of MontanaPBS board, attributes the phenomenal local content to two things: luck and a wealth of oday, MontanaPBS reaches more than stories waiting to be told from across the state. 260,000 households in nearly 150 “I think the stories we have in Montana communities across Montana. It can are wonderful,” Jeffries Thompson said. be viewed over the air and on cable, “Our stories are compelling, and many of satellite and dish networks. In communithem haven’t been told before. They’re ties where MontanaPBS is available over stories of life.” the air, viewers have access to five channels. MontanaPBS’ success is evidenced The first is the standard channel, which airs through the numerous awards it has received the programs that most people are used to over the years. seeing on public television—kids’ programs, At the most recent Northwest Regional cooking and painting shows, news and Emmy Awards contest alone, filmmakers special prime time programs. The other four from MontanaPBS, along with student filmchannels are an educational kids’ channel, a makers from MSU and UM, racked up wins ‘how-to’ channel, a legislative channel and in 10 different categories. MontanaPBS World. “We’re so proud of the body of work we Providing quality educational programproduce,” said Eric Hyyppa, director and ming is part of MontanaPBS’ mission as an general manager of KUSM/MontanaPBS educational broadcaster, said Aaron Pruitt, in Bozeman. “The Emmys are a nice way to ’90 FTV, programming director at Monrecognize that.” tanaPBS. Just as importantly, the station’s success is “We’re there to present programs that give evidenced through feedback from its viewers. people a different way of looking at their Pruitt says it’s not uncommon for Moncommunity and world,” he said. tanaPBS staff members to receive letters and MontanaPBS airs a number of programs e-mails from fans of public television. that are popular nationally, such as “NOVA” “We’re constantly interacting with our and “Antiques Roadshow.” But it also viewers,” Pruitt said. “During our pledge produces hours of local content, including drives, people will send in their pledge the popular series “Backroads of Monamounts and include an extra sheet of tana,” “11th and Grant with Eric Funk” and paper with long lists of all of their favorite “Montana Ag Live.” In addition, a number programming. We definitely pay attention of in-depth documentaries are produced by to that feedback.” MontanaPBS, such as “Before There Were Pruitt says the future is bright for Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier through MontanaPBS. Native Eyes” and “Never Long Gone: The With new translators and transmitters going up around the state, MontanaPBS

continues to expand. Free, over-the-air public television will soon be available in Great Falls, and initial work is being done in the Kalispell area to bring over-the-air service to the northwest corner of the state. Viewers continue to praise the service, and locally produced content tells the diverse stories of people across the state. Perhaps most importantly, MontanaPBS continues to provide its


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(Above) Aaron Pruitt, MontanaPBS program director (Below) David Morgenroth playing piano on the set of 11th and Grant

viewers with access to ideas and places they might not be able to experience otherwise. “MontanaPBS inspires viewers and spurs discussion about issues,” Pruitt said. “It allows people to see things they never would have been able to travel to see.” And people can view it for free. Since the mission of MontanaPBS is to enrich the lives of Montanans through media, everyone should be able to see it, said Lisa Titus, MontanaPBS’ development director. “Access to public television is needed,” Titus said. “Everyone should have access regardless of their ability to pay.”

Dean and Hope Folkvord at the Sacajewea Hotel in Three Forks, Mont.

Preserving the Past Brightening the Future BY M A RJOR I E SM IT H

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ith the sprawling Wheat Montana operation to run— Montana’s first fully-integrated farm-to-restaurant enterprise—Dean, ’82 AgBu, and Hope (Fjelstad), ’82 Bus, Folkvord had no need of a new challenge in September 2009 when they bought the historic Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks, Mont. “We were asked if we would take it over,” Dean says “We love Three Forks and could see how important the hotel was. So we made a commitment to the community.” The Folkvords’ Wheat Montana Farms, where Dean grew up, are located just northwest of Three Forks. Like many small Montana towns, Three Forks has known boom times and busts. Located a few miles from where the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson rivers converge to form the Missouri, the young town originally was an agricultural center. Talc mines at nearby Trident contributed to its prosperity for a time. The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad tracks arrived in 1908, and by 1910 the imposing Sacajawea Hotel had been constructed across from the train depot. The hotel—designed by Bozeman’s beloved architect Fred Willson and incorporating the old Madison House hotel moved from the original town site a mile away—is true to the arts and crafts style of the period. “It was built by the railroad without a single fireplace,” says Dean. “That was to show off its state-of-the-art insulation.” The hotel immediately became the center of Three Forks community life, but as the town’s fortunes ebbed—the closing of the railroad and actual tearing up of the tracks in 1980 marked a particular low point—the hotel fell into a common pattern, bought by well-meaning people determined to restore it to its past glory but unable to swing it financially in the end. One owner wanted to turn the Sacajawea into an assisted living center. The Folkvords bought it from a group of 29 Californians who were using it as a private hunting and fishing lodge. “When we bought it September 1, 2009, there were only three employees,” Dean says. Now 42 people are employed by the Sacjawea. “We’re part of the stimulus program,” Hope jokes. Job creation wasn’t limited to hotel employees. Between their purchase of the hotel and its opening in April 2010, the Folkvords gave the building a complete overhaul. Hope insists, “It’s been fun for us.”

The Folkvords have modernized all the bathrooms and redone walls and floors of the 29 rooms in period-appropriate style. Because hotel rooms built in 1910 did not include closets, they’ve added attractive antique-style armoires. Rooms on the first floor are handicap-accessible, while bathrooms for other rooms boast the expected claw-feet tubs. “We had a great summer without advertising,” Dean says. “European tourists seek out the old hotels,” Dean points out. “They have no interest in all the look-alike motels.” Although the Folkvords expect to get autumn bookings from hunters, they acknowledge that the winter may be slow. “But,” says Dean, “the locals support us, just as we patronized it through the years, whenever it was open.” Both Hope and Dean expect a bright future. “We’re well located,” Dean says, noting that they’re right on “the beaten path” between Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. “There are three components we have going for us,” he adds, listing high quality rooms, good food and a honky-tonk bar in the basement to bring the locals in year-round. “Our chef, Matt Israel, is from Montana and really knows his stuff.” As another amenity for the community, the Folkvords plan an ice-skating rink in the expansive backyard. “We can accommodate small conferences and seminars, and we’re booking weddings for next summer,” Dean says. “We were lucky,” Dean says. “We didn’t have to go far to get our degrees.” (Hope grew up in Livingston, Mont., and their daughter Hilary, ’09 PSci, is an MSU alumna.) “And then we came back to the farm and made a success of it.” Hope nods in agreement. Clearly making another substantial contribution to the well-being of their hometown is satisfying to both these energetic entrepreneurs. The Sacajawea is listed on an Internet site specializing in historic western hotels (www. and also has its own Web page: www. Fall 2010 |


“We were asked if we would take it over,” Dean says “We love Three Forks and could see how important the hotel was. So we made a commitment to the community.”

The Davis clan (L to R, back row), Steven, Douglas, Leo, Debbie and Matthew. Front row, Ryan and Daniel


The Davis family has big impact on Bobcat sports, Native American programs BY C A ROL SCH M IDT


here have been a lot of great moments that have occurred in Montana State University’s Indian Club meeting room over the last few decades, but Bobcat fans could argue that the biggest moment of all may have been when Debbie Thompson Davis, ’85 Nurs, and Douglas Davis, ’88 CET, first bumped into each at a committee meeting more than 25 years ago. And big is the operative term. For the Davis’ two oldest sons have both grown to stellar heights and now anchor the front lines for their respective sports at MSU. Leo, a junior majoring in history and education, is the 6'4" starting right tackle for the Bobcat football team. Steven, a 6'7" redshirt freshman majoring in chemical engineering, is a forward for the ’Cat roundballers.

It would seem that if there were ever two athletes that were born to be Bobcats, it would be Leo and Steven Davis, who both excelled at their respective sports at Billings Skyview before coming to Bozeman to don the blue and gold. Yet, both Davis brothers, the two oldest of Debbie and Doug’s five sons, chose MSU after considering other schools and other opportunities, and say the choice to become Bobcats is sweeter because of that. Leo Davis was one of Montana’s top high school football recruits when he was a senior. He gave Montana State some serious consideration. Yet, larger programs were calling, and Davis signed a national letter of intent to play college football at Colorado State. Then, a few months later, he changed his mind. It is nearly unheard of for a player Collegian | 18

who commits to a top-level program to choose to drop down a division, but that’s what Davis did. He called up the coaches at CSU and said he wanted to go to MSU. Football fans and bloggers wondered if Davis and his change of heart needed a serious examination. Today, Davis is confident that he did the right thing. “No doubt. I have always wanted to be that guy that others looked up to,” said Davis, oblivious that at 6'4" and 295 pounds, nearly everyone looks up to him. “Being a role model for Native Americans has always been important to me.” It didn’t take long for Davis to step into a leadership role in MSU’s Native community, according to Jim Burns, adviser to the MSU American Indian Council. Davis was recently re-elected as co-president of MSU’s

American Indian Council, which means he helps Burns with MSU’s annual pow wow, a massive undertaking. “Leo is the real deal. He has a strong work ethic and a charismatic personality,” Burns said. “He’s genuine and cares about people, and it shows with his interaction with others, especially students who might not feel connected. And he always has a smile on his face.” Bobcat head coach Rob Ash concurs about Davis’ charisma and ever-present smile. “Leo (has) one of the best demeanors of anyone on the team,” Ash said. “He brings cheer, professionalism and a positive outlook to any room he’s in.” Steven Davis has also had a major impact on Native American students around the

nity that the other schools couldn’t provide,” he said. “And honestly, looking back on it now, I wouldn’t trade this decision for the world.” Debbie Davis thinks there is another reason both of her sons elected to stay in Montana. “I think the older boys just didn’t want to be far from their younger brothers. They still wanted to be part of their lives,” she said. Leo Davis said that his family is close and that while he and his brothers excelled at school, their parents also steeped them in the values of their Native culture. Debbie is enrolled Lower Brule Lakota and Doug is an enrolled Blackfeet.

As an example, Burns tells the story of last spring when Steven Davis was asked to show the MSU men’s basketball locker room to a group of young basketball players from Browning, Mont., and the Blackfeet Nation. “There is an area where the grade point average of the team member is posted, and Steven has the highest grade point average on the team,” Burns said. “The boys noticed that. Steven told the boys that their name could be on that wall one day, too. That they could play college ball, hold onto their (Native) values and earn the best grades on the team. It made a huge impact on those boys.” Bobcat offensive line coach Jason McEndoo, Leo’s position coach, agrees that the

“No doubt. I have always wanted to be that guy that others looked up to,” said Davis, oblivious that at 6'4" and 295 pounds, nearly everyone looks up to him. “Being a role model for Native Americans has always been important to me.”

state, Burns said. Steven, who has nearly a perfect 4.0 grade point average in chemical and biochemical engineering (he has one A-), decided to take MSU basketball coach Brad Huse’s invitation to be a preferred walk-on two years ago. The 2009 co-valedictorian at Skyview, Davis picked MSU over Stanford, Dartmouth, Notre Dame and other top universities who recruited him as a Native American scholar. “Montana State has always been close to my heart with a lot of family and cultural ties to this place,” Steven Davis said. “I’d have to say that I made the decision for many of the same reasons my brother did— to be the voice, leader, role-model, and ambassador of my faith and my culture that we have been raised to be. ” He said that in his college search he knew he wanted a challenging college experience that would ultimately yield intellectual, physical and, of course, spiritual growth. “And when it came down to it, Montana State presented that challenge and opportu-

Leo Davis

“Growing up, my parents instilled in us a need to know who we are and where we came from,” Davis said.“We grew up traditional.” Now that Leo and Steven are at MSU, Debbie and Doug rarely miss a home football or basketball game and are frequently on campus to support their sons and other Native students and programs. “They are just an amazing family,” Burns said. “They are just regular folks, but their commitment to family has been very obvious. They’ve made a lot of sacrifices for their sons, good sacrifices. And you can see the outcome.”

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Davis brothers are examples of what student athletes should be. “I think both (Leo and Steven) are a testament to the way their folks raised them,” McEndoo said. “They are good character kids with athleticism and academics. “I think Native American athletes all over the state look up to Leo and Steven because both kids do things the right way. Kids that are aspiring to be college athletes should look up to those two. It’s a neat deal to see them set that kind of example.” To see a video featuring Steven Davis, visit MSUTube at montanastate#p/u/0/bnrIKVsNiFA.








Gardiner, Mont., native who used to clean up after elk and bison that wandered out of Yellowstone National Park is now a rising star in Japanese studies. Crediting Montana State University faculty with fostering his love of education, offering fascinating classes and encouraging him to pursue his passion, Chad Diehl, ’03 Hist, said, “If you have the right combination of an educational setting and professors who really care about teaching, you give students the tools to fulfill their dreams. MSU really helped me do that.” Diehl recently published a book containing 65 poems written by a double survivor of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. As an MSU student, he won a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Japan for a year. He later received full funding to become a graduate student at



Columbia University in New York City. He is finishing his doctoral work now. New York City and Japan are a long way from Gardiner where Diehl proudly grew up in a working class family and became a high school football player who preferred opponents who ran on two legs instead of four. Diehl still remembers shooing elk away from the football field, and the coach calling a game warden to deal with the more dangerous bison. Even as nose tackle on the eight-man football team that won the 1997 Class C state championship, Diehl once spent two days cleaning up the football field after wildlife had used it as an outhouse. “That was a lot of dung,” he recalled. Collegian | 20

His journey to Japan began at MSU, Diehl said. Diehl enrolled in MSU’s sociology and justice studies program, but said his plans changed dramatically after he decided to take a course in foreign languages. Choosing Japanese because he had heard it was the hardest language, Diehl took his first class from Yuka Hara in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The following year he attended Kumamoto Gakuen University in Japan as an exchange student. When Diehl returned to MSU, he continued to study Japanese. He also took courses from Brett Walker, current head of MSU’s Department of History and Philosophy and an expert in the environmental history of Japan.

Chad Diehl

In the process, “I discovered that education is wonderful,” Diehl said. “It can really be fun if you pursue what you are interested in and have professors that make it interesting.” Pursuing Japanese studies in Montana isn't as unusual as one might think, Diehl added. Mike Mansfield, after all, served as U.S. ambassador to Japan after serving as U.S. Senator from Montana. Largely because of Mansfield, Montana developed close ties with the Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan. As a result of Hara’s and Walker’s encouragement, Diehl graduated with a major in history and a minor in Japanese studies. Because of his senior thesis, he won a Fulbright Fellowship that sent him to Nagasaki University to study atomic bomb history and literature. He is now finishing his doctoral work in modern Japanese history and continues to do translation work on the side. He plans to become a professor

in Japanese or East Asian history and also work in international relations. “Because Chad is a first generation university student, the sky was the limit for him,” Walker said. “He is a splendid example of the long touch of the land-grant university. He is doing well in the field because he is smart, but also because he is modest and has no sense of entitlement. He has a strong Montana work ethic.” Hara said, “Mr. Diehl is doing so well in the field because he is deeply interested in the Japanese language as well as Japan's cultures and peoples. Also, he is an open-minded person and always wants to challenge the new things. He thinks independently as well, but always has time to listen to what others have to say.” Diehl said MSU was vital to his success. “It just opened so many doors for me,” he said. One opportunity was meeting Tsutomu Yamaguchi, one of more than100 survivors Fall 2010 |


who experienced both atomic bombings, Diehl said. Yamaguchi dealt with the trauma, in part, by writing poetry. Diehl got permission to translate and publish some of those poems after meeting Yamaguchi about four years ago. Yamaguchi died in January, just a few months before Diehl published Raft of Corpses. It was an honor to publish the poems, Diehl said, adding that it was also a privilege to study with Hara and Walker. “I was really lucky to have them as professors,” he said.




Higher ed funding is on the agenda for new student regent BY M E LY N DA H A R R I S ON


ith Montana Hall as a backdrop and Spirit in the foreground, Teresa Snyder Borrenpohl, ’10 Econ, and her now-husband Craig Borrenpohl, ’08 CE, exchanged nuptials this summer. The Alumni Plaza seemed the perfect place for a wedding for the Montana State University economics graduate who has made improving higher education her career. “It’s a place we both love,” said Borrenpohl of herself and her husband. “It was a cool way to get our family and friends out here and show them why we are so tied to Montana and MSU.” Borrenpohl was president of the Associated Students of MSU and has recently been appointed student regent to the Board of Regents, but higher education wasn’t always her dream career. “After I graduated from high school, there was zero chance I was going to college,” recalled Borrenpohl. The mountains drew Borrenpohl from her hometown of Great Bend, Kan., to Big Sky where she taught skiing. “I realized there was this great institution in my backyard and started at MSU,” Borrenpohl said.

She was even further motivated by an introductory economics class taught by Wendy Stock. “She expected the best you could give and nothing less,” said Borrenpohl. “I really appreciated that.” Borrenpohl dove into economics, decided to major in the discipline and participated in a research project to help other students better understand economics. Along with Stock and other students, Borrenpohl—then a senior—developed and taught study sessions for introductory economics students. They tracked the students’ performances and reported their results at a national undergraduate research conference. “Teresa is a natural leader,” said Stock, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics. “She’s the whole package: down to earth, incredibly friendly, interested, motivated and willing to work hard.” Borrenpohl used those skills as president of the Associated Students of MSU. She was heavily involved in engaging students in volunteering in the community. It was in the role of student body president that she learned what students wanted out of their college experience so she could talk to the 2009 Legislature about tuition. Collegian | 22

“There had already been a two-year tuition freeze and we didn’t want there to be another tuition cap,” said Borrenpohl. “When the stimulus money ran out, we were afraid there would have to be a huge jump in tuition. We didn’t want today’s students getting a really good deal on the backs of students in the future.” Working with other students and the Legislature was good preparation for her new role as student regent to the Board or Regents. She was chosen by ASMSU to be MSU’s candidate for the position. The Montana Associated Students then voted on three students from around the state to present to the governor. Governor Brian Schweitzer chose Borrenpohl from those three candidates. Borrenpohl is looking forward to participating in the conversation about how to fund higher education in difficult financial times. “My goal is to work with student governments across the state to engage in this conversation,” Borrenpohl said. In addition to her one-year appointment as student regent, Borrenpohl is working on a master’s degree in public administration at MSU. She hopes to find a position in higher education administration when she graduates.



Jason Smith at International Federation of the Red Cross headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland


Red Cross communication head finds inspiration in global volunteer network BY A N NE C A N T R EL L


t took Montana State University graduate Jason Smith,’93 Engl, just 11 years to rise through the ranks of the world's largest humanitarian network and land the position of head of corporate communication for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). Since Smith started with the American Red Cross in Bozeman in 1998, the work has taken him from various locations in the U.S. to Malaysia to Switzerland, where he is now based. It’s a life and career path Smith, 40, never would have imagined for himself, but he said the lessons he learned as an undergraduate student at MSU translate remarkably well to the position. Those lessons are: Individuals must take responsibility for asking tough questions, finding solutions and moving ideas forward, Smith said in a recent phone interview from Geneva. Solutions should look beyond history and tradition and challenge the status quo. And, it’s important to bring your own voice and creativity to the debate. Nowhere have those lessons been more evident than in Smith’s work with the IFRC. One example came during a trip Smith

took to Myanmar. After Cyclone Nargis hit the country in 1998, claiming more than 100,000 lives, Smith traveled with the IFRC to remote villages. He said he learned that people wanted help, but not in a way that he originally would have expected. “The people I met with explained to me again and again that they didn’t want another emergency shipment of food aid,” Smith said. “They wanted seeds that would grow… boats so they could fish. They wanted buffalo (for) harvesting their crops. Then they wanted to manage on their own.” “The work is about enabling communities to be better prepared for the challenges they face and supporting them to reclaim control of their own lives more quickly,” he said. Smith is responsible for ensuring the IFRC—composed of 186 Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies—communicate well, particularly with internal audiences, about their mission and humanitarian impact, as well as ensuring that all societies are represented globally. His day-to-day responsibilities include brand management, advocacy, capacity and strategy development, enabling member Fall 2010 |


organizations to share best practices and supporting internal communication. Born and raised in Southern California, Smith decided to attend MSU because of its University Honors Program and—an avid skier—for its proximity to alpine skiing. After graduation, he taught English in Japan for two years before returning to Montana to work in the nonprofit sector. He is married to another MSU alum, Karen (Gipp) Smith, ’93 Engl, with whom he has a 2½ year-old son, Emerson. One of his former professors, Chris Pinet, recalls Smith was a bright, charismatic and positive student. “He was always engaged intellectually, and he was a kid I knew would succeed because he had a lot of drive. He wasn't afraid to try different things,” Pinet said. Smith said he feels fortunate to have found fulfilling work. “For me, being connected even in a remote way to the lives being saved through our global volunteer network provides constant inspiration,” he said.

I V IE ENGLISH: Discovering the Power of International Dialogue BY M A RJOR I E SM IT H

“I could talk forever about the power of international dialogue on shedding light on one’s own national and local issues,” confesses Ivie English, ’09 Psy. In the summer of 2010, Ivie won a fellowship with Humanity in Action that took her to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. According to its Web site, HIA is an international educational organization that develops a network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to protecting minorities and promoting human rights—in their own communities and around the world. “We had a chance to explore the minority rights issue in the Dutch context,” Ivie says. “Despite their reputation as the most tolerant of all nations, there is a growing intolerance of Muslims there due to a surge in immigration. So that dichotomy was fascinating. The Dutch are examining their fundamental values, asking ‘What does it mean to be Dutch?’ For me the fellowship exposed a dark underbelly—‘who we are’ versus ‘who they are.’” The five-week program in Amsterdam brought 10 Dutch people, 10 Americans and 10 students from Bosnia together. “We lived with host families,” Ivie says. “My roommate was Maja, a 24-year-old Bosnian. I think Bosnians are interested in the project because they are trying to build a new image after the war in 1992-95 (which basically concerned relations between ethnic minorities).” “The most rewarding part of my experience was not only engaging with my Dutch, Bosnian and American

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peers, but having enough time and depth of experience to build upon those relationships— to build friendships with them,” Ivie writes. “We broke down the judgment, language barriers and stereotypes, and trusted each other. That powerful experience will now shape everything I do.” During her career at MSU, Ivie received a 2009 Torlief Aasheim Community Achievement Award for her involvement in various issues, including teaching English to Mexican immigrants in the Gallatin Valley. She also served as opinions editor for the student newspaper, the Exponent, and worked as MSU’s intern during the Montana Legislature session in 2009, providing information to legislators about MSU and acting as liaison between campus institutions and state representatives. At the end of her junior year, Ivie received the Daniel E. Czech Award for Excellence-in-Leadership for her activities with the MSU Leadership Institute. A cyclist, Ivie enjoyed life in Amsterdam with its bicycle-based transportation system and combination of history and extreme modernity. “I was there for the Dutch presidential elections. We got to watch one of the debates up close. That was quite fascinating.” “My time in Amsterdam was an incredibly challenging experience, but one that resulted in such meaning that I credit it with the vast majority of my fresh-out-of-college personal growth,” she writes. “I now know more than ever that I'll be approaching whatever comes after San Francisco with an open mind.” At the end of August, Ivie moved to San Francisco, Calif., for a follow-up fellowship at the Central American Resource Center where she’ll continue to work with minority rights and social issues—and make good use of her Spanish.

MMEC director brings competitive edge to Montana manufacturers


ike many Montana “We were planning to move, but hadn’t residents, Steve Holland, thought Montana was a possibility,” Hol’75 Engin, ’76 Engin M, first came to the land said. “We were really excited to get Treasure State on vacation. The lure of the back here.” mountains and rivers enticed Holland to Holland started at MMEC in 2000 and keep finding ways to come back. Now the has grown the organization from six profesdirector of the Montana Manufacturing sional positions to 15. Extension Center plans to stay. “I always thought I had a lot of passion for Holland started his career in the U.S. my job,” said Holland. “But I didn’t underCoast Guard as an electronic technician. He stand passion until I got to MMEC and visited a Coast Guard buddy’s hometown started working for Montana’s manufacturers.” of Gardiner, Mont., in 1967 and knew he MMEC helps Montana’s manufacturwanted to stay. After finishing his tour in ers be more successful by offering technithe service, he moved to Montana in 1971 cal, engineering and business management and began a second career in engineering at consulting to improve their competitiveness. Montana State University in 1972. The Center assistance enables companies to “It quickly became clear to me that the decrease costs and positions them to better education I got at MSU was on par with handle increased sales and future growth. anywhere else and better than most other Located within the College of Engineering institutions,” Holland recalled. “It was a real at MSU, MMEC is an outreach center affiliconfidence booster and it confirmed that I ated with the U.S. Department of Comcould do what I wanted to do and like it.” merce’s National Institute of Standards and After earning his degrees from MSU, Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Holland began a 21-year career with the Extension Partnership (MEP) and is one of Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) 59 such centers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. working at manufacturing facilities in MMEC has worked with 634 companies Washington, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and directly and hundreds more through seminars, North Carolina. He worked on improving conferences or a few hours of free consulting. the manufacturing process and reducing “A lot of these manufacturers can’t afford costs for the company performing a variety to have an engineer on staff,” Holland said. of engineering and management jobs. “MMEC has engineers located across the While working out of state, Holland kept state that go right to these manufacturers’ his ties to MSU. He joined the Alumni Asfacilities and help them find solutions to sociation and was a member of the College better their business.” of Engineering advisory council. He was One of those manufacturers is S&K Electraveling to Bozeman once a year for advitronics, Inc. in Ronan, Mont. The company sory council meetings when he heard about was established by the Confederated Salish a job opening at the Montana Manufactur& Kootenai tribes in 1984. S&K has about ing Extension Center. 90 employees and manufactures circuit boxes, Fall 2010 |


MMEC offers technical, engineering and busines management consulting to Montana manufacturers, according to the organization’s director Steve Holland.

cabling, heaters and other electromechanical assemblies. President Larry Hall is on MMEC’s advisory board, but he started as a client. Before he was able to hire engineers, Hall worked with MMEC on several projects to streamline his manufacturing process. “The kind of technical assistance that MMEC provided us isn’t available in Montana’s rural marketplace,” Hall said. “They helped us reduce our cost of production, be more efficient and productive, and therefore more competitive in the marketplace.” MMEC also benefits MSU students. Engineering graduate students can apply for a research assistantship with MMEC’s University Technical Assistance Program (UTAP) annually. UTAP engineers lend their knowledge and research skills to economic development in the state while gaining real-world experience in manufacturing and business management issues. “These students are quite sought after when they hit the job market because of their degree and experience,” said Holland. Holland and his wife, Gretchen, have two children. Christopher is a pilot with the Air Force in Arkansas. His daughter Tiffany, ’06 BioSci, and husband, Chris Allen, ’09 CE, are both working on master's degrees at MSU in ecology and environmental engineering. The couple were given life memberships to the MSU Alumni Association as graduation gifts from Holland.

Komiyama conducts in Vietnam Shuichi Komiyama, MSU music professor and musical director and conductor of the MSU Symphony and the MSU Jazz Band, was the guest conductor this summer during a Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra's performance celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi. Komiyama conducted the orchestra’s performance of the works of Vietnamese composer Vinh Cat held at the Hanoi Opera House. Komiyama, who is a frequent guest conductor at performances of symphonies throughout Asia, is scheduled to return to conduct the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra for another performance in a year-long program saluting Vietnam's oldest city. Photo courtesy of Shuichi Komiyama

Meet the Matchmakers The MSU Admissions Representatives travel across Montana and around the country to find students who are the right fit for MSU. They attend college fairs, visit high schools, meet with prospective students and host pizza parties to provide information about the academic opportunities at MSU. They also invite prospective students and their families to visit campus and take tours, sit in on sample classes and get a taste of the MSU experience. The

MSU Admissions Representatives are specially trained to identify the next class of Bobcats and help them begin their academic adventure at MSU. (L to R) Admissions Director Ronda Russell, ’85 Educ M, Meg Somers, ’06 ModL, Jennifer Dunn, ’98 Hist, Ren Stoltz, ’06 F&Ph, Mike Ouert, ’05 Hist, Hilja Mueller, ’06 Soc, and Kelsy Traeger, ’07 Anth.

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2010 Satellite Parties Saturday, November 20

12:05 MST Kickoff in Missoula


The MSU & UM alumni associations bring you these national satellite parties.

For updated party information visit:

ALASKA: Anchorage—The Peanut Farm•522 OldSewardHwy•Cari(Boltz)Zawodny’98(907) 223-0477••Fairbanks— Red Fox Bar & Grill•398 Chena Pump Rd.•Will Bodle’87•(907)322-0032•wlbodle@acsalaska. net•Juneau—RedDogSaloon•278S.Franklin St.•VirgilFredenberg’83•(907)523-6025•virgil. ARIZONA: Flagstaff*—Granny’s Closet•1 blk S ofunderpassonMiltonRd•HowardHansen(UM Coordinator)•(928)774-3175•howardhansen@•Peoria—McDuffies•15874N.83rd Ave.•CharlieCoil’04•(714)-655-0892•CLCoil@•RoryGreene’04•(602)-885-5889••Scottsdale—Duke’s Sports Bar•7607 E. McDowell•Brad ’91 and Brenda(Sedivy)’92Neubauer•(602)-524-9509••Tucson—StadiumGrill &Bar•3682WOrangeGroveRd•JulieGoswick ’82•(520)296-0725• Yuma—BuffaloWildWingsBarandGrille•Yuma Palms shopping center•Pat (Smith) Hall ’58• (928) 314-3252• ARKANSAS: Little Rock*—West End Smokehouse&Tavern•215N.Shackleford•Allen Davis(UMCoord.)•(501)804-7987•allen.davis@ CALIFORNIA: Fresno—Silver Dollar Hofbrau• 333 E Shaw Ave.•Don Henderson ’63•(559) 435-8874••LA-Culver City—Joxer Daly’s•11168Washington Blvd.• ChrisKubin’86•(310)466-4827•dawgdiver@•Orange County-Rancho Santa Margarita—Daily’s Sports Grill•29881 Aventura•LisaRockwell’83•(714)832-6371• Rockwell_L@AUHSD.US•Palm Desert-La Quinta—Beerhunter78-483Hwy111•Mark’88& LauriePertile’88•(909)795-5895•mlpertile@aol. com•Sacramento-Fair Oaks—Players Sports Pub•4060SunriseBlvd•BonnieMcCracken’84 •(916)784-3507•bonnie.mccracken@ucdmc.•SanDiego—McGregor’sGrilleand Ale House 10475 San Diego Mission Road Pete Burfening’94•(619)933-2272•pburfening@•SF East Bay: San Leandro— Ricky’sSportsTheaterandGrill•15028Hesperian •Steve Wray ’84•(925) 672-0976•s.wray@•SF North Bay: San Rafael area—Flatiron Sports Bar•724 B Street, San Rafael•Bob ’59 and Bonnie ’56 Smith•(415) 892-3123••San Francisco—UnderdogsSportsBar&Grill•1824 IrvingStreet•BradBergum’95•(415)948-4724• COLORADO: Colorado Springs—Dublin House Sports Bar & Grill•1850 Dominion Way•Rick Smith ’60•(719) 488-2673•rpsmith37@msn. com•Denver—Brooklyn’s @The Pepsi Center •901 Auraria Pkwy•Margie Barnes ’63•(303) 696-6359••Al Nelson ’78 Fort Collins—TBD•Joe Hicks•(202) 680-9418••Grand Junction—WrigleyField•1810NorthAvenue• Dusty Dunbar ’83•(970) 858-9132•edustin@

FLORIDA: Pensacola—Seville Quarter–Pool Room•130E.GovernmentStreet•(850)434-6211 •Jeff Neely ’91••The Villages—BeefO’Brady’sSportsBar•353Colony Blvd.,Suite100,ColonyPlaza•SteveGamradt’72 •(352) 259-6070••Mesquite—The 19th Hole •550 El Dorado Rd.•Karen ’60 and Curt ’59 Dassonville•(702)346-2861•MTBobcatinNV@•Reno—Bully’s Sports Bar & Grill– RobbDr.location•1640RobbDrive•SamKumar ’93(775)324-3146•

Richardson—The Fox and the Hound •112 WestCampbell•BrantWeingartner’98 •(972) 906-3431••Houston— The Fox and the Hound•11470 Westheimer Rd.•DavidAyers’81•(281)494-2828•daind@

GEORGIA: Atlanta-Alpharetta—Montana’s SportsBarandGrill•13695Hwy9•JoshEarhart ’86•(770)516-0547•

NEW MEXICO: Albuquerque—Coaches Sports Grill•1414 Central Ave SE•Becky (Bondurant) ’96 and Stuart Crane ’97•(505) 899-3268•

UTAH:SaltLakeCity—Gracie’s•326SWTemple •Rachel(Riley)Heitz’92•(801)302-3959•rachel.•Beth Riley ’91

HAWAII: Oahu—Legends Sports Bar•411 Nahua St., Honolulu•Lori Fredrickson Lynch ’91• IDAHO: Boise—Dutch Goose•3515 W. State St.•Brad Schmidt ’91•(208) 938-4795•Brad.•Idaho Falls—The Firehouse Grill•2895 S. 25th East•Christy Frazee’84•(208)521-3888•bcfrazee@cableone. net• Judy (Drummond) Bramlette ’83•(208) 521-284••Twin Falls—The Pressbox•1749 Kimberly Rd.•Steve Hoy ’83 •(208) 733-6507• ILLINOIS: Chicago-City—Fireplace Inn •1448 North Wells•Jeana Lervick ’99•(312) 399-7546••ChicagoSchaumburg—The Fox and Hound Smokehouse and Tavern•1416 N. Roselle Rd•Matt Mulryan ’83•(847) 548-1149 INDIANA:Indianapolis—FoxandHoundEnglish Pub&Grille•4901E.82ndStreetSte900•Donna (Swank) Rudiger ’75•(317) 788-1299•donna. KANSAS/MISSOURI: Olathe (Kansas City)— Johnny’s Tavern•6765 W. 119th St.•Rick Marr ’87• LOUISIANA: Monroe—Rising Sun (Coda Bar & Grill)•101NGrandSt.•DeannaBuczala’05•(318) 557-9320• NEW ENGLAND/MASS.: Salisbury, Mass.— The Winners Circle•211 Elm Street (Route 110)•Chris Mattocks ’65•(508) 531-1441• MICHIGAN: Detroit Area-Utica—Dave and Buster’sofDetroit•45511ParkAve(Intersectionof M59&M53)•FredQuinn’60•(586)781-0605• MINNESOTA: Minneapolis-Mendota—Lucky’s 13Pub•1352SibleyMemorialHighway•Jerod Fehrenbach’02•(952)334-0680• MISSOURI: St. Louis—Pujols 5 Westport Grill •342 Westport Plaza•Brett Green ’88•(314) 721-0590• NEBRASKA: Omaha*—DJ’s Dugout West 636 N 114th St. NEVADA: Dayton/Carson City—1st and 10 Sports Bar (in Dayton)•240 Dayton Valley Rd., Suite 101•Tanya Edmondson ’02•(775) 291-8737••Las Vegas—Torrey Pines Pub 6374 W Lake Mead Blvd•DavidThiel’85•(702)845-7832•dwthiel@

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NEW YORK: New York City—Maxie’s Grill•233 ParkAveSouth•SeanSteyer’93•(212)389-4255 • NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte—DD Peckers •10403-E Park Rd.•Dorrance (Davis) ’93 and Travis’95Bickford•(704)756-3134•bickfords@•Raleigh/Durham—Woody’sSports Pub•8322ChapelHillRd.,CaryNC•DuncanRiley ’85•(919) 572-0024• NORTH DAKOTA: Bismarck—Buffalo Wild WingsGrill&Bar•212South3rdStreet•Gerald “Poke” Buck ’81•(701) 355-7929•gbuck@•Fargo—Side Street Grill andPubatHowardJohnsonDowntown•3013rd Ave. N.•Annie (Lind) & Chip Young ’81•(701) 282-2816• OHIO: Cincinnati-West Chester—Willie’s Sports Café•8188 Princeton Glendale Road•Charlie’68&Gloria(Stevens)’68Garrison •(513) 378-0635• OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma City—Buffalo Wild Wings•6910 SW 3rd.•Randy Smith ’92•(580) 481-0249• OREGON:Bend—TheSummit•125NWOregon Ave•Todd ’86 and Candy ’86 Peplin (541) 923-9695••Portland— Grand Central•808 SE Morrison St.•Deborah Quitmeyer•(503)347-1820•dquitmeyer@yahoo. com•Salem/Keizer*—TBD•*MSUCoordinator needed*UMcontact:LeeAchenbach’84•(503) 910-5221• PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia—The Field House Sports Bar•In the Market St.Train Station•ChaseMcLaughlin•(480)678-9299••Pittsburgh— CarsonCitySaloon•1401EastCarsonStreet•Jill RydquistWhite’88•(412)798-9717•jillnjayw@•ChaunaCraig’92•(724)349-9694 ••Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metroarea—Lucky’sSporthouse•110Schechter Drive in Wilkes-Barre•Greg Korin ’77•(570) 283-2951• TENNESSEE: Nashville—The Crow’s Nest 2221 BandywoodDr.•BretQuinn’86•(615)480-4657• TEXAS: Amarillo—Buffalo Wild Wings• 5416 S. Coulter St.•Angela Cunningham (Jason Cunningham’s mom!) •(806)-679-3887••Austin— CoolRiverCafé•4001ParmerLn.•ClarkKnopik ’93•(512) 636-2899•cknopik@sbcglobal. net•Maureen Lee-Robinson ’86• Dallas-


WASHINGTON: Bellingham—Extremes Sports Grill•4156 Meridian Street•Sarah Hickman•(360)-510-6367•sarah.hickman@•Bremerton—Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill•1240 Hollis St.•Melissa Donaldson ’09 •406-491-2745•melissa.m.donaldson@•Olympia-Lacey—O’Blarney’s Pub•4411 MartinWay East•Bill ’86 and Robin Anderson• 360-480-5112•r7b@comcast. net•Seattle-Renton—The Spot•4224 E. Valley Rd•John Keil•(206) 310-3821 cell••Holly (Briggs) Kessler ’02•Spokane—The Swinging Doors•1018W Francis Avenue•Robert ’86 &Tana (Turnquist) ’86Hoyem•(509)924-9881•hoyemrtbb@aol. com•Spokane-Valley/South Hill*—Morty’s Tap and Grill•5517 S Regal Street•*MSU Coordinatorneeded*•Sean’84&Charlotte91’ Nemec(UMAlumni)•509.953.8724•charlotten@•Tri-Cities-Richland— Kimo’s•2696 N Columbia Center Boulevard •Brenda Casqueiro ’73•509-627-1237••HeatherCleary’77••(509)627-3400••Yakima—Jackson’s Sports Bar•48th and Tieton•Lynda (Nelson) Matthews ’86•(509) 452-3074•lyndamatt@ WASHINGTON, D.C.: Arlington, Va.—Crystal CitySportsPub•52923rdSt.S.•BruceLarsen’89 •(202)414-4399•• LyndseyMedsker’97• WEST VIRGINIA: Morgantown*—Kegler’s SportsBarandLounge•735-AChestnutRidgeRd. •ScottSchield(UMalumnivolunteer)gogriz@ WISCONSIN: Madison—Pooley’s•5441 High Crossing Road•MarkRinehart’90•(608) 839-8514••Katie (Schruth)Cappozzo’00•Milwaukee—Henry’s Tavern•2523E.Belleview•StacyBlasiola’01• (414) 708-2527• WYOMING: Casper*—Sidelines Sports Bar •1121 Wilkins Circle•Cheyenne— TBD Gillette*—Mingles 2209 S. Douglas Hwy Sheridan—Ole’s Pizza & Spaghetti House•927CoffeenAve•GregReid’08•(307) 672-0761• * MSU coordinator needed—call Kerry Hanson at 1-800-842-9028 or e-mail kshanson@ to volunteer To help defray costs of the satellite transmission, there will be a $5 cover charge per attendee.


FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO Dear Friends, Fall is in the air. The campus sidewalks are busy with students and faculty moving from one place to another. Golden leaves litter the lawn and that crunching sound can be heard everywhere. What are your fall memories of campus? Welcome to Dr. Waded Cruzado. We are so fortunate to have her leading our campus. She is intelligent, energetic and has a great sense of humor. Pursuit of excellence and school spirit are central to her messages to alumni, faculty and students. She leaves every group she speaks to filled with pride and enthusiasm for the future of Montana State University. Our students are enjoying their campus experience and are quickly becoming loyal Bobcats—a feeling that will endure throughout their lives. Our athletic teams continue to demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as in their sport. Residence halls have welcomed a record number of students and quickly made each one of them feel at home. Students are long boarding, biking, hiking and fishing to their heart’s content, thanks to the great weather in the Gallatin Valley. Our fraternity and sorority system is expanding this year with the recolonization of Sigma Nu and the installation of Sigma Phi Epsilon. These organizations are attracting outstanding young men and women. It has been fun to see the many Bobcats who have come to the Member Tailgate held prior to the first game; the tailgates in Pullman, Wash., Sacramento, Calif., and Flagstaff, Ariz.; alumni parents bringing their kids to campus, and those who have attended the various alumni functions held throughout the state. Your enthusiasm for MSU advances the university. It is no wonder that our Alumni Association has the largest membership in the Big Sky Conference. If you have travel plans to Bozeman in the next few months, take time to visit the Alumni Plaza. Take your photo there and send it to us. Drop by the office for a quick visit. There is always a cup of coffee and a soft drinking waiting for you. Go Cats! Jaynee Drange Groseth, ’73, ’91 President and CEO Montana State University Alumni Association P.S. Remember my campaign of “intentional pride.” Wear your blue and gold Bobcat gear. Let those in your community know about your Alma Mater.

Blue and Gold Spirit Scenes from Homecoming 2010


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French Alps and Provence May 22-31 $3595/person

2010 MSU Alumni Association Adventure and Educational Travel Join other MSU alumni and friends on a spectacular adventure in 2011. Details available online: alumni. or request a brochure by calling the Alumni Office at 1-800-842-9028. (All prices listed are lead-in pricing per traveler. Some trips include airfare from designated departure cities.)

Excellent combination of land and river as you travel through the grandest regions of the Alps and Provence on a comprehensive itinerary combining tremendous scenic beauty with great historical and artistic significance.

Cruising Alaska’s Glaciers and the Inside Passage

Aug. 4-11 $3558/person (included airfare from 22 gateway cities)

Samba Rhythms

March 2-15 $3299/person (includes airfare from select cities) Twelve nights aboard Oceania Cruises’ Insignia. Cruise beautiful Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.

Seven-night cruise from Seward, Alaska, to Vancouver, B.C., with calls at Hubbard Glacier, Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. Majestic glaciers, mountains and fascinating wildlife. See Alaska in a very special way. continued on page 32

Alumni Calendar of Events Nov. 1

Maya Angelou to speak at MSU


Nov. 5-6

Ag Appreciation Weekend


Nov. 6

MSU Football vs. Weber State—12:05pm


Nov. 8

Farm Bureau Alumni Social


Nov. 18

Cat/Griz Pep Rally—Downtown


Nov. 19

Bobcat Friday Night in Missoula—Doubletree Inn—6pm


Nov. 20

Bobcat Tailgate @ UM—9am


Nov. 20

Cat/Griz Football @ UM—12:05pm


Nov. 20

Cat/Griz Satellite Parties around the country (see page 27)


Dec. 1-3

MSU for a Day Tour in Great Falls

Great Falls

Dec. 2

Montana Graingrowers Alumni Social

Great Falls

Dec. 9

Montana Stockgrowers Alumni Social


Jan. 27-29

Alumni Association Board of Directors Retreat and Meeting


Jan. 29

Cat/Griz Basketball


Watch Montana State-ments for updated calendar of events or check the Web at

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Blue and Gold Fridays Show your Montana State school pride by wearing MSU apparel on Fridays throughout the year. Find a local retailer near you at or check out the latest Bobcat gear at the MSU Bookstore’s Web site www. Look sharp, be proud. Let the world know that you are an MSU graduate.

Class Notes Class Notes are compiled by Jennifer Anderson. Alumni Association members will receive priority listing in Class Notes. If you would like to submit information, please submit to her via e-mail to alumni@montana. edu or through the Alumni Web site classnotes/. Or drop a line to the MSU Alumni Association, P.O. Box 172940, Bozeman, MT 59717-2740.

1950s Dirk Chilcote, ’50 CE, Missoula, Mont., is a first-generation American and first to graduate from college on either side of his family. He experienced a few setbacks while attending MSC and vividly remembers Dr. Eldon Dodge, dean of the Civil Engineering department. He washed out of the Marine Corp OCS, which he believes may have saved his life. He loved Bozeman, the university and the girls here. Dirk married Lucille (Soutor) Chilcote, and together they raised four children, all college educated. He is 86, in good health, and is appreciative of the financial success he now enjoys. David Bartley, ’51 CE, Redmond, Wash., says many, many thanks for the beautiful 60-year class reunion

Bobcat Express Thomas “Ralph,” ’57 AgEd, and Linda (Prinkki) McCormick, ’66 AgEd, proudly show their Bobcat spirit on their “Bobcat Express” vehicle that includes blue and gold pin striping with ’Cat decals on the ends. Their Bobcat travels have taken them around the country for decades as they cheered for MSU teams.

put on by the MSU Alumni Association held last May. He and wife, Elsie, truly enjoyed it. John “Jack” Cassidy, ’52 CE, ’60 CE M, ’64 CE PhD, Walnut Creek, Calif., was named an Honory Diplomate Water Resource Engineer by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AWRE), which is part of the Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award was presented at the Congress of (EWRI) in Providence, R.I. This is the highest award bestowed by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. A total of 20 engineers have been awarded this honor to date.

Taylor Brown Named to National Farm Broadcasters Hall of Fame Last fall, Taylor Brown, ’70 AnSci, marked his 30th year on the air as an agricultural broadcaster, and his 25th year as the owner of the Northern Broadcasting System, based in

1960s Allen Alstad, ’60 CE, Genesee, Idaho, is a retired mining engineer and retired Army lieutenant colonel, having served 28 years in the military. His wife of 39 years passed away Nov. 14, 2009.

grandchildren, Grant, Sheridan, Mason and Isabella.

Lois (Fulker) Norby, ’65 HmEc, and husband, Kent Norby, ’64 AgBus, Excelsior, Mich., put on an MSU send off celebration for about 85 people on Aug. 15. The annual celebration provides an opportunity for incoming freshman from Minnesota to connect with fellow students and future friends before arrival at MSU. Lois currently serves as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Dean Branson, ’67 Botony PhD, Central Lake, Mich., is president of Three Lakes Association representing Torch Lake, Clam Lake and Lake Bellaire. He faces many challenges keeping their waters clean and educating high school students in environmental water studies. Wife, Sharon (Feuerherm) Branson, ’65 nurs, is parish nurse at their church in Elk Rapids.

Steve Erban, ’66 Arch, ’08 Arch M, Lake Elmo, Minn., is among first-stage winners of Haiti’s international housing competition. His design, known as “The Calisto House,” incorporates the functions of nature’s gifts, such as wind, shade, sun and rain. The Calisto House can be completed in many colors and many sizes reflecting a family’s individuality.

Claudia Colley, ’68 Nurs, Daly City, Calif., retired in May after 41 years at Davies Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif. She had a great retirement party attended by her college roommates Connie (Carbis) Tysdal, ’68 Nurs, Golden, Colo., and high school friend Patricia (Hughes) Foley, ’67 Nurs, Portland, Ore. She looks forward to more travel and cruising

Larry Maurer, ’66 IArt, Brady, Mont., a wheat farmer northeast of Dutton, is married to wife, Cheryl (Elser) Maurer, of 36 years. They have three children, Dawn Skeritt (MSU Billings ’99), Adam Maurer, ’02 Phil, and Sara Maurer (MSU Northern ’05). They also have four

1970s Michael Hansen, ’73, Billings, Mont., currently serves as president of the Montana Optometric As-

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Billings, Mont. Throughout those years, Brown has become one of the most prominent figures in the Farm Broadcasting industry as a respected leader of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. In November in Kansas City, his peers across the nation will honor him with induction into the NAFB Hall of Fame. In the 66-year history of the NAFB, only 48 individuals have been inducted into their Hall of Fame, and Taylor Brown will become the first Montanan ever to receive this honor. Brown was elected to the Montana Legislature in 2008, where he serves as a State Senator representing District 22 between Billings and Miles City.

sociation. He and his wife, Krystel, recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Donna “Kay” Jennings, ’73 Nurs, Missoula, Mont., recently graduated from Gonzaga University after earning a master’s degree in nursing and psychiatric mental health. Once licensed as an APRN, she will work in a mental health center. Steve White, ’74 Pre-Med, presently serves as a Gallatin County Commissioner. He and wife, Pam (Connors) White, ’74 Art, live near Bozeman on the family ranch. Their son, Matt White, ’04 Hist, owns an Internet development business near Belgrade, Mont., and is married to Rachel White, ’06 SecEd.

CLASS N OT E S Suzanne Thomason, ’75 Micro, Terry, Mont., is on the faculty at Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont. She is developing a start-up phlebotomy technician medical laboratory science program. Harold Armstrong, ’78 LandRe, ’88 Agron M, a former seed lab manager, is a registered seed tech at the Monsanto Seed Technology Center in Waterman, Ill. He is one of the 2010 Monsanto Manufacturing Excellence Award winners. This award is presented annually to individuals in manufacturing who constantly deliver outstanding results for many years. Harold was one of 51 award winners among the 9,000 global manufacturing employees.

1980s Douglas Hart, ’80 AgBus, ’82 Econ M, La Canada, Calif., has joined Sidley Austin LLP firm in Los Angeles. He will focus on employment litigation, counseling and traditional labor work with an emphasis on wage and hour and employment discrimination class action litigation. Robert Wheeler, ’81 Bus, North Bend, Wash., has celebrated 25 years with Clark Nuber P.S. CPA’s in Bellevue, Wash., where he is a shareholder and lead of the Tax Services Group. Robert and wife, Keri, have three children. John Floyd’s, ’83 PSci, Alexandria, Va., daughter, Lauren, married Ryan Scott on May 15 in Richmond, Va., where the newlyweds live, work and attend graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. John’s son, Sean, is a junior at Georgia Tech. Brian Menefee, ’83 Acctg, has been selected to manage the new accounting office of Wicks Emmett CPAs located in Klamath Falls, Ore. Brian has worked as a certified public accountant in Klamath Falls since 1987. His areas of expertise include individual, corporate and partnership tax law, as well as the construction industry, medical practices, municipal and nonprofit auditing, farming, ranching and retail.

’83 IArt, Ekalaka, Mont., are proud of their children, Nathan, a senior at MSU and president of the Student Alumni Association, and daughter, Allyson, a junior at University of Montana. Sharon serves as vice chair of the Montana Board of Public Education. She also teaches math at Carter County High School. Llane stays busy with Ag Lenders Range School, VP Public Lands Council and the family ranch. Sue (Steyh) Irvin, ’88 PE, Lewistown, Mont., is a director/ health educator and Montana cancer screening specialist at Central Montana Family Planning. Daughter Kinsey attended MSU basketball camp Aug. 2-5 and loved it. Husband Scott Irvin, ’88 LandRe & EnviSci, is the regional manager of the Dept. Natural Resource Conservation. They celebrate 19 years of marriage. John Hertz, ’89 Acctg, Lake Oswego, Ore., has been appointed by the Board of Directors of Novellus Systems, Inc. as the company’s vice president and chief financial officer. He has also been designated as the company’s principal financial officer and principal accounting officer. He joined the company in June 2007 as vice president and corporate controller.

1990s Lt. Col. Tay Johannes, ’90 ElE, Wibaux, Mont., is currently assigned to the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing at the Kabul International Airport in Kabul Afghanistan, serving on a one-year deployment as the director of engineering for the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing. In this capacity he is part of the Combined Air Power Transition Force (CAPTF) advisory team responsible for training more than 400 Afghanistan Air Force (AAF) personnel how to properly maintain and operate their fleet of

Kenneth Mosdal, ’83 AgEng, Roundup, Mont., is proud of daughters Tessa and Cassie, currently attending MSU. Sharon (Stermitz) Carroll, ’86 Engl, and husband, Llane Carroll, Fall 2010 |

5th Generation Bobcats

(L to R) Evan, Katelynn and Aidan, are the grandkids of Ben, ’78 Math, and Sue (Hammer) Schmitt, ’78 PE.

Russian made Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters, An-32 cargo planes and Italian made C-27 airlift aircraft. He is married to Tae Johannes from Springfield, Va., and they have two sons, 13-year-old Daniel and 11-year-old Jay. He is the son of Jim and Cheryl Johannes from Bozeman. Wendy Woloson, ’90 Art M, Philadelphia, Pa., has published a book titled In Hock: Pawning in America from Independence through the Great Depression. Wendy is an independent and consulting historian living in Philadelphia. Denise (Nacke) Ulberg, ’91 Acctg, East Helena, Mont., has joined the Montana Society of CPAs (MSCPA) for a three-year term on the Board of Directors. Denise works as the School Finance Division administrator for the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Her appointment to the Board represents the CPAs working in the government sector. Vickie (Marcum) Tischendorf, ’93 Acctg, , has joined the Montana Society of CPAs (MSCPA) for a three-year term on the Board of Directors. Vickie works as an account manager at Galusha Higgins and Galusha. Her appointment to the board represents the growing female population of CPAs as well as CPAs in the Bozeman area. Letao Qin, ’95 Phys, Medway, Mass., has joined the law firm of Coats and Bennett, PLLC. The firm provides a comprehensive range of intellectual property legal services including patents. Letao began her legal career at a large intellectual property boutique firm in Boston. She also worked for several years as an engineer at IBM and Nortel Networks. She is currently registered to practice before the USPTO and has broad knowledge in technologies ranging from telecommunications to electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as medical devices and laser optics.


Curtis Konvalin, ’97 Bus, Rapid City, S.D., has joined Black Hills Corporation as a corporate accountant. Chip Lippert, ’99 Bus, Billings, Mont., offers up a big hug to his friend Jaynee Groseth in the Alumni Office. He also enjoyed speaking with Rolf Groseth at Rotary Club when President Cruzado spoke. Chip and his wife stay busy with their 3-year-old son Ty and 1- year-old daughter Ella.

2000s Michael Williams, ’03 Acctg, ’05 Acctg M, Bozeman, Mont., has joined the Montana Society of CPAs Board of Directors for a three-year term. Mike is an account manager with Guza Newberg & Hubley PLLP in Bozeman, Mont. He is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and performs business valuations and litigation support services. He is an active member of the MSCPA’s State Taxation Committee. He serves as the treasurer of the Bozeman Chapter of CPAs. Shannon Martello, ’10 PrePhyTher, would like to thank the kind folks she met at Seeley Lake during the summer for breakfast and blessing her with their presence. Live well.

M A R R I AG E S Michael Bowen, ’00 BuMk, Portland, Ore., married lovely wife Gail Brass last summer.

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Saxony along the Elbe

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Oct. 10-18 $2995/person

Tuscany Village Life

Sept. 18-26 $2895/person Unpack once to explore the Tuscany, Italy, region in depth; full of excursions, famous landmarks, wine tasting and cooking classes.

Best of the Mediterranean & Greek Isles

Sept. 3 - Oct. 11 $3699/person (includes round-trip airfare from select Oceania Cruises cities) Ten nights’ accommodations and cruising to historic and scenic ports of call in Greece, Turkey, Montenegro and Croatia. Glide through the canals, under bridges, past opulent palazzo and elegant churches in Venice, Italy.

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I N M E MORY Jean (Haight) Hess, ’43 HmEc, Missoula, Mont., died Feb. 23. Irvin Van Haur,* ’44 ChE, Hilger, Mont., died June 22.

Experience this nine-day journey through the heart of central Europe. Sevennight cruise from Berlin, Germany, to Prague, Czech Republic, with port calls at Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Meissen, Torgan and Dresden, Germany, and Melnik, Czech Republic.

Cradle of History­—Turkey, Greece, Israel and Egypt

Nov. 1-14 $4299/person (includes airfare from select cities)

Twelve-night Oceania cruise with incredible accommodations and historic and scenic ports of call assure an amazing adventure along the cradle of history.

Incomparable London

Oct. 14-22 $2699/person (includes airfare from select cities) London provides a colorful feast of history, beauty and culture. One of the friendliest international cities in the world, London brims with regal historic sites, world-class museums, leafy parks and cozy pubs.

M, Napavine, Wash., died April 18. Robert Worrow, ’53 GenStu, Felton, Calif., died May 22. Bud Nelson,* ’54 AgEng, Bozeman, Mont., died June 20. Judith (Best) Hisle,* ’55 Nurs, Monterey, Calif., died April 9.

All trips are listed on the Cat Treks Web site— travel Or, call to request a brochure: 1-800-842-9028.

Orville Dodge,* ’65 Educ PhD, Phoenix, Ariz., March 7.

Charles Lucas,* ’78 AgEc, Ringling, Mont., died June 23.

James Martin, ’65 IArt, ’70 Agron M, Helena, Mont., died May 1.

Randall Wilson, ’81 Educ, Kiowa, Colo., died June 14.

Olaf Brekke, ’66 AniSci M, Big Timber, Mont., died Aug. 3.

Kenneth Colman,* ’57 AnSci M, Billings, Mont., died Aug. 5.

James Chester, ’66 GenStu, ’76 F&WLBiol M, Eureka, Mont., died July 30.

Leonard Steffan,* ’59 Eng, Perrysburg, Ohio, died April 18.

James Jenson, ’66 LRes, Lavina, Mont., died July 5.

Russell Mann, ’60 AgEd, Shelby, Mont., died Aug. 1.

Diana (Lueck) Diede, ’67 Nurs, Arvada, Colo., died July 28.

Joseph Kathrein, ’49 F&WL, ’50 Zool M, Albuquerque, N.M., died June 11.

Bill Richardson, ’60 GenStu, Nashville, Tenn., died April 11.

Donald Bellile, ’69 Educ M, Yuma, Ariz., died July 25.

Alton Smith,* ’60 ME, Anchorage, Alaska, died July 3.

Ronald Smith, ’72 Bus, Phoenix, Ariz., died April 7.

Doris (Rasmussen) Swanson, ’49 Nurs, Hayden Lake, Idaho, died July 25.

Harold Hietala, ’61 ME, ’63 Math M, Chamisal, N.M., died June 14.

Allen “Wytt” Wyttenbach, ’72 Arch, ’09 Arch M, Bothell, Wash., died Aug. 12, 2009.

R.J. Jackson,* ’50 ME, Woodinville Wash., died July 10.

Erik Iversen, ’61 Arch, Great Falls, Mont., died Aug. 28.

Earl Britton, ’74 Educ, Lake Stevens, Wash., died Aug. 24.

William Grueter, ’51 AniSci, Thorp, Wash., died July 31.

William “Wild Bill” Heyser, ’62 PE, Gettysburg, PA., died June 23.

Steven Eastman, ’74 Math, Tempe, Ariz., died July 15.

James Leslie,* ’51 Zool, Knoxville, Tenn., died April 29.

John Small, ’63 Pre-Med, Tucson, Ariz., died April 15.

Joseph Jenson, ’53 PE, ’69 Educ

William Blackhall, ’65 GenStu, Great Falls, Mont., died Aug. 24.

Daniel Chippendale, ’75 L Res, North Brance, Minn., died Aug. 28.

Eugene Olson, ’48 Ag, Kalispell, Mont., died April 29. Raymond Agee,* ’49 Ag, Porterfield, Calif., died May 22. Eugene Doll, ’49 Ag, ’51 Bot M, Mandan N.D., died March 14.

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Lon Banderob, ’85 Anth, Bozeman, Mont., died May 3. Richard Radtke, ’88 F&Ph, Spokane, Wash., died May 10. Patricia Scott, ’90 Engl, Billings, Mont., died April 9. John Heyneman, ’96 Honor PhD, Fishtail, Mont., died Aug. 7. *Life member of the Alumni Association Former MSU faculty member Jacqueline “Jackie” Taylor, Tempe, Ariz., died on July 4. Jackie was a psychiatric nurse and anthropologist who was instrumental in starting the Missoula campus of MSU’s College of Nursing. She influenced the professional lives of graduate nursing students from across Montana throughout her teaching psychiatric nursing as well as in directing a rural focus in the general graduate program in nursing. Memorials can be sent to MSU College of Nursing.

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