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Eminent UM historian David Emmons conducted groundbreaking research on the history of the Irish experience in Montana. Now thanks to a private gift, his work will be honored and continued far into the future. UM alumni Sam and Julie Baldridge established a visiting professorship in Emmons’ name. Each year, a Dr. David Emmons Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies will come to campus to teach various courses on Irish and Irish-American history. “This gift solidifies the foundation of the Irish Studies Program, providing the resources to develop UM into a nationally recognized center of Irish and Irish Gaelic studies,” says Traolach O’Riordain, the program’s director.
UM School of Journalism Assistant Professor Jason Begay is the new president of the Native American Journalists Association. Begay, a Navajo from Gallup, N.Mex., and a UM alumnus, joined the UM faculty in 2010.
The journal Molecular Ecology chose UM Regents Professor Emeritus Fred Allendorf as the recipient of its 2015 Molecular Ecology Prize. The distinguished honor officially was awarded in August during the meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology in Lausanne, Switzerland.
UM’s Wildlife Biology Program named Chad Bishop its new director. Bishop, who previously served as assistant director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, took over from Interim Director Winsor Lowe in August.
The Montana Association of Students recently awarded Roberta Evans, dean of UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, the 2014-15 Administrator of the Year Award. This distinguished award is bestowed upon an administrator within the Montana University System who has exhibited a history of excellence in leadership and demonstrated a quality, long-term impact on students.
Professor Teresa Beed, who has taught accounting in UM’s School of Business Administration for more than thirty-five years, recently was awarded the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants’ highest honor. The association presented the 2015 George D. Anderson Distinguished Service Award to Beed at its 102nd annual conference in June. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UM and estimates she has taught between 5,000 and 7,000 students.