AROUND THE OVAL
About the Montanan
A Letter from our New PresidentDon Nicholson is a native Missoulian who graduated from UM in 1956 with a bachelors degree in chemistry. After a two-year Army-Armor tour, he began a career in the pulp and paper industry, holding positions with mills in Oregon, Montana, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Brazil. Don was married to Donna Goodmansen 56 (deceased) and has eight children and 14 grandchildren. Currently, he is general manager of the Rand-Whitney Mill in Connecticut. Don is retiring and will move to Missoula in December with his wife, Ardice Sayre 59.
I am now in my second tour with UM and having a great time. Serving as a House of Delegates member and now as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association is a way to give back to a significant building block in my career.
These groups are completely and unselfishly dedicated to promoting our University. There is energy, organization and intelligence evident everywhere we go about our work. The best part is that its fun and we become good friends.
Perhaps because of my business background, I want to devote attention first to making UMAA an organization worth belonging to. If any of you see other alumni groups doing activities that spark your interest, send us a quick note.
Secondly, we dont do a good enough job of retaining our newer graduates as UMAA members. If you have any worth it ideas that would apply to retaining younger alumni, let us know.
Im having fun with the alumni group. So can you. Get involved...Stay involved.
UMAA Introduces New Alumni Portal: zGrizzlies.comA free Internet portal for UM alumni, staff, students, faculty and friends is now live at zGrizzlies.com. (Portal is computer-speak for a gateway or conduit to the Internet, often referred to as a start or home page.) The zGrizzlies.com portal is designed to build an on-line community among alumni, the University and the Internet.
With zGrizzlies.com, users can customize their start/home page to display UM news, sports and activities; local and national news; sports; weather; personalized stock and travel tips; on-line shopping, entertainment, games, fitness and health information; and much more. Using this portal also generates revenue for the University. Each time a user visits, clicks or shops through zGrizzlies.com, a contribution is made to UM. Free e-mail is another portal offering.
Make zGrizzlies.com your start page. Go to www.zGrizzlies.com. Click on Sign in and submit your profile. Then, click on Make This My Start Page and follow the directions. Personalize your page. Then click on Free e-mail for this option. Now, sit back and enjoy all your Internet activities while supporting UM.
Home AgainBrothers John 61 and Tony Wertz 65 always had a home in Missoula. Their grandparents lived on East Broadway, the site of todays Campus Inn. Their parents, Sherman 29 and Flora Horsky Wertz 34, built a home on Beverly Avenue where John and Tony grew up; later Sherman and Flora moved to Greenough Drive. Many times each year John traveled from his home in Arlington, Virginia, and Tony from his in Piedmont, California, to visit and stay with their parents. In 1998 Flora died, and this spring, at age 93, Sherman passed away. Suddenly, there wasnt a Missoula place to call home.
The Wertz family has strong connections to UM. Flora, a fifty-year member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, was the first female president of ASUM. She and Sherman met at his A.T.O. fraternitys Valentine dance. Their home was always a gathering place for University alumni, faculty and their families. Andy Cogswell frequently called on Sherman to help at local alumni events. The Wertzes all attended class reunions, Homecomings and countless Grizzly events. Shermans brother, Wesley 31, his sister, Montana 37, and Johns daughter, Monica 98, all graduated from UM.
When John and Tony heard about the recent UC remodeling, they knew what to do. To honor their parents, they provided funds to furnish the new Alumni Room. Today, maple tables, boardroom-style chairs, counters and specially framed pictures of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and UMAA Board of Directors members provide a beautiful and fitting tribute to Flora and Sherman Wertz.
John and Tony will visit the room often. John will be returning for meetings as president-elect of UMAAs Board of Directors. Tony will bring his daughter, Elizabeth, to campus this fall. Shes a freshman and a member of UMs volleyball team.
The day their picture was taken, John and Tony slipped into the Alumni Room before its current tenant, Carroll OConnor 56, arrived to teach his summer class. The All in the Family connection felt right—it felt like home.
Let the Good Times RollIn a letter of appreciation following his 60th class reunion,Willard W. Will Olson 40 wrote, On our second night in Missoula, my wife, Esther, and I were looking for a good place to eat. We pulled up along side a motorcycle officer near the Higgins Avenue Bridge and asked for directions. Follow me, he said and we had a motorcycle escort all the way to The Depot. Im sure if I had told him I was from the class of 40 he would have turned his siren on for our ride through town.
Will sent this photo of himself and Esther—note his footwear. On Thursday I couldnt resist rollerblading on campus for about 40 minutes, he continued. A University professor we met took the photo. Will suggested the Alumni Office tell future reunion participants that rollerblading and skate boarding are allowed on campus. Will and Esther hiked to the M during the reunion and then drove around Flathead Lake to Kalispell and on to Helena, Butte and back to Missoula before returning to their home in Locust Grove, Virginia. Will is a retired U.S. Navy Commander, a twenty-five year naval aviator veteran.
Thanks again for a week well always remember, he concluded. We surely will remember you, Will.
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