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Ryan Bell

Facetime: Ryan Bell, M.F.A. ’14

Get to know Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow Ryan Bell, who earned his M.F.A. in creative writing from UM
Larry Gianchetta has worked at UM’s School of Business Administration for forty-one years.

An End and a Beginning

As business school Dean Gianchetta retires, next leader will assume UM’s first endowed dean’s chair

President Royce Engstrom prepares a crystal sample for the state-of-the-art X-ray diffractometer inside the lab of Assistant Professor Orion Berryman.

President's Perspective

A letter to readers from UM President Royce Engstrom
The Academic Student Choir Pedavoces of Finland performs in the Music Recital Hall during the 2013 International Choral Festival. The triennial event celebrates its tenth anniversary this summer.

In Perfect Harmony

UM partnership ever-present as International Choral Festival rings in tenth anniversary

Breanna Wilson ’08 dons her Griz gear in Cologne, Germany.

Where's Your Griz Been?

Take a look at where our readers took their Griz gear.
Dorothy Rochon Powers was one of the few women reporters assigned to President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s dedication of McNary Dam. Busy filing a story on the president’s arrival, she chats with Press Secretary James Hagerty in the press room at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, Wash., in October 1954.

Raising Montana: A Powerful Legacy

UM alum, legendary journalist makes seven-figure estate gift

Kayleigh Valley shoots

Griz Nation

Keep up to date with the Montana Grizzlies

UM Creates New Health and Medicine Initiative

Montana will need 40 percent more health care workers in the next decade, and the new UMHM is designed to help
A view from outside the new Gilkey Building

New Gilkey Building Opens Doors

New facility home to Enterprise and Executive Development, Global Leadership Initiative, and UM Foundation
Ya Ha Tinda elk herd

UM Professor Continues World’s Longest-Running Elk Study

Hebblewhite receives $435,000 grant from NSF to continue a fifteen-year study of migratory elk in Canada

Notable & Quotable

Campus notes and faculty quotes from around campus
Grizwald the chemist

Grizwald

Meet Grizwald, UM‘s cartoon bear. In frequent issues of the Montanan, we provide a drawing of Grizwald that needs a creative, original caption

The Bottom Line

Significant numbers, statistics and rankings regarding UM

Letters

This self-portrait of Curiosity shows the rover at the Big Sky site on Mars.

Letter: Written in the Stars

In the Montanan article, Brian Nixon said, “Most of Western Montana is now represented on Mars.” He can add Polson, because that’s where I’m from.

Around the Oval

Emily “Smokey” Brine, left, poses triumphantly atop the 14,505-foot Mount Whitney with her hiking partner Shelly “Queen B” Bruecken on July 23, 2015.

Facetime: Emily Brine '15

Get to know Emily Brine '15, a recent graduate who just finished hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
A University of Montana field team measures rocks at New York Canyon, Nevada.

An Incredible Find

UM doctoral student, professor discover earliest Jurassic corals

Allison DePuy, left, of Inspired Classroom; Brian Kerns, an instructor at Missoula College; and Kelly Barton, a senior scientist at Missoula’s Rivertop Renewables, speak to classrooms across Montana from a Missoula studio as a part of Montana STEMFest.

STEMFest Connects Professors, Pros with High Schoolers

Virtual conference links high school students with industry representatives and academic experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Syrian refugees arrive at Dortmund Central Station in western Germany last summer. At the peak of the past year’s refugee crisis in Europe, it was reported that almost 10,000 people a day sought asylum in Germany. (Photo by Shane Thomas McMillan)

Documenting History

UM students to report on Syrian refugee movement in Germany

George Gogas (Photo by Photo by Geoff Sutton)

Odyssey of the Stars Honors Gogas

Annual event features UM alum and celebrated artist George Gogas
The new Grizzly Student-Athlete Academic Center

Hitting the Books

New academic center gives Griz a boost in the classroom

Grizwald the cartoon bear

Grizwald

Meet Grizwald, UM’s cartoon bear. 

Tyrone Holmes

Tracking the Griz

News from Griz Nation
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez

UM Hosts Major Educational Conference

Hundreds gather to focus on important, timely topics in higher education

UM Professor’s Animal Weapons Book Earns Major National Award

Emlen honored for book, teaching skills
Dan Woodard ’79 dons his Griz sweatshirt at the ABBA museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Where’s Your Griz Been?

Readers share photos of taking their Griz gear to amazing places

Notable & Quotable

Campus notes and faculty quotes from around campus
President Engstrom

The President’s Perspective

A message from President Royce C. Engstrom

The Bottom Line

Significant numbers, statistics and rankings regarding UM

Bookshelf

Epic Measures

Epic Measures

By Jeremy N. Smith
HarperCollins, 2015, 331 pages, $26.99
Of Sea and Cloud

Of Sea and Cloud

By Jon Keller
Tyrus Books, 2015, 320 pages, $15.99
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

By David Gates
Alfred A. Knopf, 2015, 314 pages, $25.95.
Pictograph

Pictograph

By Melissa Kwasny
Milkweed Editions, 2015, 70 pages, $16
The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac

The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac

By Sharma Shields
Henry Holt and Company, 2015, 383 pages, $17
The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes

The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes

By Zach Dundas
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015, 320 pages, $26
El Paso Twilight

El Paso Twilight

By Rick DeMarinis
Bangtail Press, 2015, 257 pages, $17.95

Crossing the River

Crossing the River

By Amy Ragsdale
Seal Press, 2015, 291 pages, $16

Restoring the Shining Waters: Superfund Success at Milltown, Montana

Restoring the Shining Waters: Superfund Success at Milltown, Montana

By David Brooks
University of Oklahoma Press, 2015, 263 pages, $34.95

Book Cover: Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy

Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy

By Joanna Klink
Penguin Books, 2015, 64 pages, $20

Around the Oval

UM chemistry Professor Mike DeGrandpre and Sunburst Sensors CEO James Beck hoist the trophies the team claimed for winning the XPRIZE competition.  (Photo courtesy of Mike DeGrandpre and Sunburst Sensors)

Making Waves

Sunburst Sensors device takes home prestigious XPRIZE for measuring ocean health

Martin Iosefo makes his first appearance with the U.S. national team in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop in Dubai. (Photo by Ian Muir)

Facetime: Martin Iosefo '15

Get to know Martin Iosefo, UM's rugby star who has a chance at representing the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio
The UM School of Law officially became the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana as a result of a  $10 million donation from Alexander “Zander” and Andrea “Andy” Blewett of Great Falls.

'Wonderful Generosity'

Blewett family's $10 million gift transforms UM School of Law

Four Receive 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

Grotzinger, Isern, Stearns, Thomas awarded highest honor presented by UM Alumni Association

Where's Your Griz Been?

Where's Your Griz Been?

Readers share photos of taking their Griz gear to amazing places
Crittenden is a team captain this season.

Brains and Brawn

Griz football player Derek Crittenden chases Rhodes Scholarship

Head Coach Travis DeCuire

Tracking the Griz

News from Griz Nation
Jim Elser and Jack Stanford

Biological Station Hires New Director

Internationally renowned freshwater ecologist Jim Elser named next director of century-old bio station

NFL, GE Award UM Researchers $500,000 to Study Brain Injuries

UM researchers among six winners of Head Health Challenge, a program sponsored by GE, NFL

Notable & Quotable

Campus notes and faculty quotes from around campus

The Bottom Line

Significant numbers, statistics and rankings regarding UM

Letters

Letter: Montana Love

Take a look at what readers have to say about the Montanan.

Artifacts

Dave Guffey has accrued quite the collection of Griz memorabilia during his career, including twenty-six championship rings perched here atop The Red Book. The two he wears are from national championships. (Photo by Todd Goodrich)

Artifacts: Guff's Stuff

UM's longtime Sports Information Director Dave Guffey calls it a career after nearly 37 years

Around the Oval

Katie Weinner ’01, who holds three degrees from UM, tests her culinary skills during an episode of Top Chef. (Photo by David Moir/Bravo)

Facetime: Katie Weinner '01

Katie Weinner has cooked up quite a career since graduating from UM. A recent “cheftestant” on the twelfth season of Bravo’s cooking competition television show, Top Chef,  the Rosemont, Minn., native currently lives in Salt Lake City, working as the chef/owner of local pop-up restaurant SLC Pop.
Pat Wilson ’81, Bozeman, took his Griz gear to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, in August 2014.

Where's Your Griz Been?

Pat Wilson ’81, Bozeman, took his Griz gear to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, in August 2014. 
UM student researcher Chantanelle Nava uses UM’s 0.7-meter telescope at Mount Hopkins, Ariz., during testing.

Across the Universe

UM’s new telescope offers students the opportunity to reach for the stars

UM Professor Brent Ruby and a team of researchers found that eating fast food in the right amounts can provide the same potential for muscle glycogen recovery as sports nutrition products. (Photo by Tom Bauer/Missoulian)

Moderation is the Key

UM study finds fast food just as effective for recovery as sports supplements

UM Police dogs Hooch and Bob

A Nose for Crime

UM welcomes new members to police force

Family Medicine Residency Program Excels

UM program earns  highest level of accreditation

The new Grizzly Softball Stadium

Griz Nation

News and notes from around Griz Nation
President Royce Engstrom and a group of veterans display the award naming UM a Purple Heart University.

UM Named Purple Heart University

UM becomes the only school in the Northwest designated as a Purple Heart University
UM Regents Professor Richard Bridges

Brain Disorder Research Moves Toward Clinical Testing

Research team moves closer to bringing new drug to market

UM Student Wins Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Dickson claims one of only 260 awards nationwide

Notable & Quoteable

UM has been selected as Montana’s host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of one of the world's most treasured books.
Golfing Grizwald

Grizwald

Meet Grizwald, UM‘s cartoon bear. In frequent issues of the Montanan, we provide a drawing of Grizwald that needs a creative, original caption.

The Bottom Line

Significant numbers, statistics and rankings regarding UM

Letters

Elizabeth Tangye Lochrie (American, 1890-1981) Chief Dewey Beard or Iron Hail, 1965, oil on canvas, 20¼ x 16 inches, Montana Institute of the Arts Collection

Scope of Art

I was impressed and amazed at the use of the portrait and story of Chief Dewey Beard as an example of the scope of the museum’s collection, as well as the story of the artist, Elizabeth Tangye Lochrie.

Around the Oval

Notable & Quoteable

Campus notes and faculty quotes from winter semester.
Grizwald

Grizwald

Grizwald, UM‘s cartoon bear. In frequent issues of the Montanan, we provide a drawing of Grizwald that needs a creative, original caption.

The Bottom Line

UM’s ranking among universities worldwide by Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Letters

Severely Underrepresented

Although women represent about half the population, we are severely underrepresented in many of your recent issues.

A Couple of Comments

Two rather negative comments belittling First Americans/Native Americans is below the standards I expect from the Montanan.

hurling tournament

Hooray for Hurling

How excited I was to see the article on the UM Griz hurlers and their national collegiate hurling championship!

Bookshelf

Book Cover: When Money Grew on Trees: A.B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron

When Money Grew on Trees

By Greg Gordon
University of Oklahoma Press, 2014, 504 pages,
$29.95

Book Cover: Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West

Badluck Way

By Bryce Andrews
Simon & Schuster, Inc. Atria paperback,
2014, 238 pages, $15

Book Cover: Montana 1864: Indians, Emigrants, and Gold in the Territorial Year

Montana 1864

By Ken Egan Jr.
Riverbend Publishing,
2014, 223 pages, $19.95

Book Cover: American Kestrel: Pint-Sized Predator

American Kestrel: Pint-Sized Predator

By Kate Davis, with photographs by Kate Davis and Rob Palmer
Mountain Press, 2014, 104 pages, $18

Book Cover: Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

By Murray Carpenter
Hudson Street Press, 2014, 270 pages, $25.95

Book Cover: Tom Connor's Gift

Tom Connor's Gift

By David Allan Cates
Bangtail Press, 2014, 350 pages, $19.75

Book Cover: These Living Songs: Reading Montana Poetry

These Living Songs: Reading Montana Poetry

By Lisa D. Simon and Brady Harrison
The University of Montana Press, 2014, 300 pages, $26.99

Book Cover: If Not for This

If Not for This

By Pete Fromm
Red Hen Press, 2014, 240 pages, $15.95

Book Cover: Life on The Rocks: A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat

Life on The Rocks

By Bruce L. Smith
University Press of Colorado, 2014, 192 pages, $34.95

Book Cover: The Ploughmen

The Ploughmen

By Kim Zupan
Henry Holt and Company, 2014, 256 pages, $26

Letters

Nancy Halverson Cabe and Linda Phillips Knoblock in Peru

Where's Your Griz Been?

Nancy Halverson Cabe and Linda Phillips Knoblock took their Griz gear to Peru this past May.

Artifacts

Emma's Dress

Artifacts: Emma’s Dress

Emma Sansaver has an incredible story—one of courage, tenacity, perseverance, and hard work.

Around the Oval

Record Year for UM Fundraising Means More Scholarships for Students

Private support of UM reaches an all-time high this year
Patrick Memoli, an employee at Rivertop Renewables and UM graduate, checks for spotting on glasses in one of the company’s Missoula labs.

Charging Ahead

Rivertop Renewables lands $26 million in investments

Griz hurler at Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Hurling Heroics

UM hurling squad claims national title
In this photo taken by UM student Kaci Felstet, Suhani Vithar fills up the water buckets for the day. Her family lives in a slum called Wadarvadi in Pune, India. The water is only turned on for a couple of hours in the morning, so every morning is spent making sure they have enough water to get through the day. Suhani was one of the many people Felstet and other UM students met on their study abroad trip.

Striving for Excellence

Fund changes lives, one opportunity at a time 

Former Griz guard Will Cherry

Tracking the Griz

News from Griz Nation
New Griz men's basketball coach Travis DeCuire

Back to School

Former Griz DeCuire returns to UM as new men’s hoops coach

Five Receive 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

Sprunk, Kohlstaedt, Hood, Juneau, Murray honored by Alumni Association
More than 1,000 boxes of former Senator and current Ambassador to China Max Baucus’ papers recently were donated to UM.

Baucus Donates Official Papers to UM

Engstrom says donation advances goal of building a University focused on leadership, distinct opportunities
Paul McCartney

Maybe We’re Amazed

Sir Paul McCartney thrills fans with unforgettable concert at UM

Notable & Quotable

Campus notes and faculty quotes from the summer months.

Artwork by Neal Wiegert

Grizwald

Meet Grizwald, UM‘s cartoon bear. In frequent issues of the Montanan, we provide a drawing of Grizwald that needs a creative, original caption

The Bottom Line

Significant numbers, statistics and rankings regarding UM

 

The UM Foundation and the MMAC thanked the Crockers with an oil painting, Clouds Over Many Glacier, by Montana artist Greg Scheibel. (Photo by Aaron Rosenblatt)

An Artistic Vision

Couple expresses love of Montana and art through generous gift

Artifacts

Around the Oval

UM Student Wins Prestigious Truman Scholarship

Mara Menahan recently won a Truman Scholarship, a prestigious national award that provides top U.S. university student leaders up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school.
Students work on the smoke jumper fitness standards project in McGill Hall.

Nifty Fifty

Missoula Technology and Development Center, HHP celebrate half-century of partnership

$11 Million Gift Provides Scholarships for UM Students

A 1953 UM alumnus recently committed $11 million of his estate for academic scholarships at UM.
The Montana Grizzlies softball team will embark on its inaugural season in February 2015 in a tournament at New Mexico State University.

A League of Their Own

New Grizzly softball team to take field next year

UM Blackstone LaunchPad Director Paul Gladen speaks with the media.

Taking Care of Business

New Blackstone LaunchPad Boosts Entrepreneurial  Spirit of Students, Alumni
Angela McLean, Montana’s new lieutenant governor

Facetime: One Giant Leap

UM Alumna Angela McLean Dives Head-First into Politics

Notable & Quoteable

Campus notes and faculty quotes from spring semester
President Engstrom

The President’s Perspective

A letter to readers from UM President Royce C. Engstrom

The Bottom Line

Notable numbers from throughout campus

Letters

Diverse Education, Diverse Ideals

After reading the two letters to the editor in the winter 2014 Montanan, I had to respond. The cover of the fall 2013 Montanan and the related article [It’s a Jeep Thing] were fantastic. UM provides a diverse education to a diverse student body.

Names Transposed

I did notice a small flaw in the [winter 2014] About Alumni section. The names of Bob Holton and Steve Sanders were reversed on the photos.

Artifacts

Real gold leaf was used in the illustrations of the Ellesmere Manuscript facsimile.

A Tale of Tales

There are only forty-two copies of The Workes of Geoffrey Chaucer, edited by John Stow, held in public institutions across the United States. Of the forty-two, a mere eleven reside west of the Mississippi. The University of Montana just happens to have one of them.

Around the Oval

Griz Football

Back on Track

The Montana Grizzlies knocked off the Montana State University Bobcats, 28-14, in the 113th Brawl of the Wild in Bozeman on November 23.
Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig has led the team since 1978

Elite 800

When the Lady Griz defeated the University of Portland Pilots on November 18, longtime UM women’s hoops coach Robin Selvig made history.

President Engstrom

The President’s Perspective

As a new calendar year unfolds, I wish you a wonderful 2014. It promises to be an exciting one for the University of Montana!
Sandra Day O'Conner

O'Connor Honored by UM

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.
Dean Peterson, left, and John Schuberg (Photo by UM Assistant Art Professor Matt Hamon)

Odyssey of the Stars Honors Music Men

UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts honor two of Missoula’s finest music teachers.
Grizwald Moose cartoon

Grizwald

Meet Grizwald, UM‘s cartoon bear. In frequent issues of the Montanan, we provide a drawing of Grizwald that needs a creative, original caption

UM's MOLLI Program Sees Record Enrollment

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM [MOLLI] is thriving.

The Bottom Line

UM’s ranking among universities worldwide by Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Notable & Quoteable

President Royce Engstrom in October announced that the new Missoula College building will be built on East Broadway
Fallen Soldier Memorial

Fallen Soldiers Honored

The memorial, bearing the names of Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, was recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial this past fall.
Kali Lindner

Facetime: Kali Lindner '06

Kali Lindner, a 2006 UM graduate in international business and Spanish, went on to create one of the most popular workout trends.

Morgan Mull-Osborn, a dance major at UM, performs an original piece entitled Accumulation.

Talking Points

TEDxUMontana Highlights the Personal Side of Academics
Brandon Tuss ’97, middle, his wife, Steph Tuss, right, and Liz Kelly ’10 proudly don their Griz gear on Inisheer during a recent trip to Ireland.

Where's Your GRIZ Been?

Brandon Tuss ’97, middle, his wife, Steph Tuss, right, and Liz Kelly ’10 proudly don their Griz gear on Inisheer during a recent trip to Ireland. Among the many sites they visited were the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and of course, the Guinness Storehouse.  

Bookshelf

Book Cover: Undergloom

Undergloom

By Prageeta Sharma

Fence Books, 2013, 67 pages, $15.95

Book Cover: The History and Social Foundations of American Education, Tenth Edition

The History and Social Foundations of American Education, Tenth Edition

By John D. Pulliam and James J. Van Patten 
Pearson Education, Inc., 2013, 407 pages, $98
Book Cover: The Trials of Christopher Mann

The Trials of Christopher Mann

By Casey Charles

Regal Crest Enterprises, 2013, 286 pages, $20.95

Book Cover: Lake People

Lake People

By Abi Maxwell

Alfred A. Knopf, 2013, 210 pages, $24.95

Book Cover: Love Reports to Spring Training

Love Reports to Spring Training

By Linda Kittell

Turning Point Books, 2013, 64 pages, $16.20

The Impossible Lives of  Greta Wells

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

By Andrew Sean Greer

HarperCollins Publishers, 2013, 289 pages, $26.99

Book Cover:Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials

Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials

By Joan Bird

Riverbend Publishing, 2013, 230 pages, $14.95

Writing Science in Plain English

Writing Science in Plain English

By Anne E. Greene

University of Chicago Press, 2013, 124 pages, $13

Book Cover:Ninety Days

Ninety Days

By Sonny Gratzer

iUniverse, Inc., 2013, 218 pages, $15.95

Book Cover: Brand New Human Being

Brand New Human Being

By Emily Jeanne Miller

Mariner Books paperback, 2013, 272 pages, $14.95

Letters

Great Couple, Great Delight

I read with great delight the story about my friend John Ruffatto and his benefactor activities within the University of Montana.

Beyond Comprehension

I could not believe my eyes when I saw the fall 2013 cover of the Montanan.

Off-Road, Unhappy

These two images, in essence, represent a 20,000-word essay advocating off-road driving stupidity...