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Why Some People Don’t Have Wills People come up with all sorts of reasons for not having a will. Do any of these sound familiar to you? I don’t want to think about death. Only rich people need wills. I can’t afford a will. I don’t have time now. I don’t have an attorney. My family will divide things when I’m gone. I will do it just before I die. You can probably think of other reasons as well. The point is that these are only excuses. None of them are really valid for putting off one of the most important things we will ever do. Every adult needs a will, if for no other reason than to officially close out our affairs and to make sure that whatever assets we have go where we want them to go. Perhaps an even greater reason is to make life easier on the grieving loved ones we leave behind. You have worked hard to accumulate assets throughout your life. Without a valid will or trust at your death, your assets will be distributed according to state law. You might be surprised to learn your state’s policies. Wouldn’t you rather determine that yourself? We in the Gift Planning Office at The University of Montana Foundation have developed a packet of free material that can help you through the process of preparing a will. Our “Will Kit” provides step-by-step information that will cause you to say, “This is easy! Why did it take me so long to do this?” Our Will Kit also describes how you can support The University of Montana in your will and provides simple bequest language. Including a charitable organization in your will, such as the University of Montana Foundation, may be the best way to make a meaningful gift in the future and leave your legacy at the University. Gifts through wills are easy, revocable, and tax smart! For your complimentary Will Kit, mail in the response form below, or call us toll-free at 1-800-443-2593. You will be on your way to getting your own will in place and experiencing peace of mind. Please visit

PLEASE COMPLETE & MAIL THIS FORM Please send me/us a free Will Kit. Please contact me/us by phone. I/we have already included UMF in my/our estate plan. I am considering including UMF in my will. Please send me more information. Name(s):________________________________ Address:_________________________________ City:__________________ State____ Zip:_______ Phone Number:_____________________________ Email:____________________________________ Mail this form to: Theresa Boyer, Director of Gift Planning UM Foundation, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807


pursues his dream


ou might still hear the roar of the crowd in your ears from one of the most thrilling moments of the 2010 football season--- Chase Reynolds setting the Montana career touchdown record with Grizzly star running back Chase Reynolds juggled more than his 59th touchdown. The 23-year-old senior from Drummond, Mont. spent the last four years carving his name into the halls of Montana history. In 54 games, the running back rushed 4,067 yards. Grizzly fans will remember Reynolds for a long time. Reynolds began his career playing 8-man “Class C” football in Drummond. As his high school days waned, he wasn’t sure that he would go to college. He credits his dad for the push to go further. “My dad always hounded me about going to college,” Reynolds says. “But if it weren’t for help from the University it wouldn’t have been possible.” Carroll College offered him a full scholarship and NAIA play. He said it was tough coming from a small school, and that the idea of going to a smaller school to play appealed to him. But when Montana put a half-scholarship offer on the table, his dad encouraged him to consider it. “My dad said to me, ‘I don’t want you to look back and say I wish I would have played for The University of Montana,” Reynolds said, “So, I gave it a try to see if I could make it. It’s a big thing to be a Grizzly football player.”

football and classes during his years at UM. He and his wife, Kila, are raising their son, Talen, and daughter, Peyton.

But, he’s been willing to work and it paid off. While he doesn’t have plans for after college yet (he’s hoping to get drafted for the NFL), he realizes and is grateful for the opportunities he’s been given. “I have football and criminology. I got to go to school for two things. [Getting a scholarship] gave me an opportunity to fulfill my dreams and go for the goals I wanted,” he says. His dreams have helped inspire the next generation of Grizzly fans. A legend in his own right, kids (and adults) clamor for his autograph after games. “It’s awesome,” Reynolds says. “That’s why we play the game. I t ’s f o r the fans and the little kids that love you.” . . . ... .


The half-scholarship paid for tuition and fees. “It covered everything except rent and food for my family,” he said. He attended full-time and chose to pursue a degree in criminology. Eventually, he was awarded a full scholarship, which helped cover the costs of providing for his wife, Kila, and kids, Talen, now five, and Peyton, eight months, while he pounded out the days on the field. “Family in itself is tough,” Reynolds said, noting the difficulty of balancing home life with sports and school. “Football is a job. It’s a lot of hours in a day, and then you have schoolwork on top of it. There’s some days there’s a lot of hours you have to put in to make it all work.”


Chase Reynolds

students hooked on science by studying our air


tudents in rural and remote areas of the Northwest now have access to high-level sciences rarely found even in urban schools. A grant from the Toyota USA Foundation provided funds for UM to expand its education outreach program Air Toxics Under the Big Sky to additional schools throughout Montana, Idaho and Alaska. The program teaches teens about one of the region’s biggest environmental health concerns: air pollution. “Air pollution in the valley communities throughout the northern Rocky Mountains is just as bad as in urban areas,” says Tony Ward, who earned his doctorate at UM in 2001 and is now an assistant professor at the UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences. “It’s particulate pollution from wood stoves, forest fires and timber management. This type of air pollution is closely linked with incidences of asthma and other respiratory ailments. In addition, good indoor air quality is important, as we spend the majority of our time indoors” Air Toxics Under the Big Sky started in Missoula in 2003. Since then, Ward and his team of researchers

have taught hundreds of high school students to conduct research on air quality in their homes. “We’re training future scientists,” Ward says. “Nearly 20 students have then come on to UM to work here in our laboratories here at the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. It’s a very rewarding project.” Cassie and Andrea Moog, twin sisters from Libby, Mont., are two of Ward’s success stories. The Moogs were the champions of the Air Toxics Under the Big Sky symposium at UM in spring 2009. The sisters researched cooking methods to see which one puts the most particulates in the air. “Deep-fat frying is by far the worst,” Cassie says. “We recommend you open your windows.” Cassie and Andrea are now sophomores at UM. Both are students in the Davidson Honors College. Cassie is majoring in biochemistry with a goal of being a researcher in human health. Andrea, a biochemistry major, wants to be an oncologist. They have solidified their interest in research by working in labs in the Center for Environmental Health

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