CONTENTS Leaving Life in the Parking Lot
Where is the Parking Lot?
Fighting the World's Fight
Diva in Her Own Right
AROUND THE OVAL
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
About the Montanan
UM Calling. . .
Every spring and fall, a team of twenty-five University students telephone UM alumni and friends asking their support for academic programs at the University.
When the students connect with someone, it often results in a gift for UM — last year more than 7,500 people said yes and contributed just shy of $570,000 — but lately the callers are finding more potential donors are able to screen their calls and wont answer calls from a number they dont recognize.
Last year we spoke to more answering machines than ever before and I have to believe its not because that many more people are out for the evening, says Kathy Schaub, annual fund director. Im sure that many now have caller ID and when it says unknown name, they let the machine answer.
Im no different, she says. Im reluctant to take telemarketing calls because I dont always know how the caller got my number or what other calling lists Ill get on if I respond. UMs calling list is generated completely from the alumni/friend system maintained by the UM Alumni office and never sold or rented to non-University businesses.
People are wary of telemarketers, Schaub notes, but when they know its UM, theyre happy to talk with us.
So, beginning with this falls calling, caller ID will recognize the phonathon center at The University of Montana so those screening their calls will know UM is calling. We think that will make a huge difference in the number of alumni and friends we are able to reach, Schaub says.
She knows the student callers will be pleased as well. Caller John Moreland explains why he participates: We students know it is in our best interests to raise a lot of money during the phonathons. The Excellence Fund is responsible for funding several scholarships, for longer hours at the library and in computer labs, for meeting departmental needs and more. In general, its whats helping to give me a great UM education. Moreland is a junior from Chicago majoring in finance.
Calling nights are specifically designated for each UM academic unit and often, on those nights, a dean or faculty member from the calling school is on hand to encourage the callers or answer questions that alumni may have. The students purpose is to ask for financial support for UM, but they really love the opportunity to talk with alumni about whats happening on campus, Schaub says. Many people we call havent been back to campus for years and they depend on our students to keep them knowledgeable about UM.
This falls phonathon begins on September 17 and continues until December 6.
Long-time UM Foundation staff member and officer, Sharen Peters, was named president and CEO of the Foundation on April 16, succeeding Fred Lee.
Peters, who joined the Foundation staff in 1983 as an accountant, had most recently been vice president for major gifts. In that capacity, she oversaw the Foundations fund raising staff, including the planned giving program, which she began in 1991.
Where Would the University Be Without Private Gifts?In the past fifty years, alumni and friends have given millions of dollars to the University through the UM Foundation.
° Their gifts have supported scholarships — 901 in 2000 and 2001.
° Their gifts have built buildings — ten campus structures were funded at least in part by private gifts.
° Their gifts have brought outstanding educators to the faculty — UM has seven endowed professorships.
° Their gifts support academic programs, student services, faculty and staff development, special events, outreach efforts, lectures, concerts, exhibitions, competitions and library holdings.
° Their gifts for the arts uplift us — modern and antique musical instruments, art for the Permanent Art Collection and a carillon in Main Hall.
° Their gifts have included valuable historical papers for the Mansfield Library, land, landscaping and research equipment.
The State of Montana through legislative appropriations, and the students by paying tuition, have provided major funding for the University, says President George Dennison. In fact, however, since the decade of the 1950s, the private sector has emerged as an equal third partner. I cannot imagine this campus without Fifty Years of Philanthropy.
Trustees Will Celebrate Their Past
Since the Foundations inception, nearly 250 men and women have served on the UM Foundation Board of Trustees. On October 12 — the 50th anniversary of the first Foundation membership meeting — former trustees will gather in Missoula to celebrate their service at a reunion luncheon.
Marilyn Shope Peterson 57, who heads a committee of former board members planning the event, expects a good turnout. Private support will always mean a great deal to our University, and we, who have helped to increase awareness, have much to be proud of — and celebrate, she says.
Memorial Fund Continues Grizzly Riders Love of the West, Interest in the University
Since its founding in 1966 under the aegis of The University of Montana Foundation, the Grizzly Riders International has included hundreds of men and women on its annual outdoors expedition of horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, relaxation and general enjoyment of spectacular surroundings.
During the annual excursion, forty to fifty men and women spend four days in a Montana wilderness location or at a dude ranch. In that setting, their affection for the University grows and so does their friendship for each other. As a fitting tribute to deceased Riders, members contribute generously to a memorial fund that has grown to more than $280,000. Interest earned on the endowed fund supports academic priorities at UM.
In keeping with the Grizzly Riders interest in the West, wilderness and wildlife, members twice designated their support to wildlife biology scholarships. Last years recipients were graduate students, Stephanie Gripne and Brendan Moynahan, who attended the Grizzly Riders annual meeting to thank their benefactors for financial assistance for their studies.
Gripne helped write a proposal for the Bitterroot Watershed Partnership, a community-based collaboration, for the Large-Scale Watershed Restoration Project, which she will use as a case study for her dissertation on community-based natural resource management efforts. Moynahans research deals with effects of habitat quality on the sage grouse population in eastern Montana. Both are students of Jack Ward Thomas, UMs Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Biology and former chief of the U.S. Forest Service.
Grizzly Riders was founded as a philanthropic organization, explains Roy Moline 52 of Glendive, the organizations president. The annual wilderness excursion is a means to bring Montanans and our friends from out of state closer to the University and therefore to become active financial and promotional supporters of UM and its mission. The Riders support of the Memorial Fund is yet another way they continue to assist The University of Montana.