About the Montanan
A Letter from Our New President
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Rick Schneider graduated from UMs School of Business Administration in 1978. He sat for the CPA examination in Missoula and went on to work for KPMG Peat Marwick in Minneapolis. Rick worked there for six years before returning to school to receive his MBA and then moved on to Land O'Lakes Inc., where he worked 13 years in the marketing area, including responsibility for Land O' Lakes Butter. He currently is the president of a start-up food company, Crockery Foods LLC. He was a delegate to the Alumni Association's House of Delegates before becoming a board member of the Alumni Association.
I am truly honored to serve as president of The University of Montana Alumni Association during its 98th year. UMAA is the catalyst for the interaction between the University and its alumni. This process requires a dynamic organization, changing constantly to meet the changing needs of its constituencies. It is rewarding to be a part of this process.
UMAA's overall objective is reflected in a phrase we use in many of our alumni communications: "Get Involved . . . Stay Involved." Whatever way you, our alumni, get involved, you are doing two things. First, you are rewarding yourself. You are staying connected to UM, and continue to experience the tangible and intangible benefits of that association. Secondly, you strengthen the University. Every time you show up for a meeting or event, every time you express your opinion, every time you contribute in whatever way, you are building a better future for the University. Your involvement is critical to its success.
UMAA's success results from the efforts of many people in many different organizations and capacities. Most directly, this includes the association's board of directors, the House of Delegates, and UMAA's outstanding staff. It also comes from individual school alumni groups, GAA, the UM Foundation and individual alumni. I thank all these individuals and organizations for their time, effort and resources in making UMAA a strong and responsive organization.
I look forward to the coming year and its challenges. I encourage you to contact any of our board members or myself about ideas or concerns you have regarding UMAA. I don't say this as an afterthought; it is central to carrying out our responsibilities. If we don't know what you are thinking, we have a hard time addressing your needs. So, let us know! An easy way to do this is through our Web site: http:// www.umt.edu/alumni, where all our e-mail addresses are located. I look forward to hearing from you!
And remember: Get Involved . . . Stay Involved.
New Board of Directors
Six new Alumni Board of Directors members were elected in May to three-year terms beginning this October: Chuck Bultmann 66, House of Delegates member, vice president of phone mart operations for GTE Network Services in Irving, Texas; Kelly Elder 92, former assistant director of the Alumni Association, now a teacher at Fergus High School in Lewistown; Stefani Gray Hicswa 91, House of Delegates member, education administrator for the Lincoln County Campus of Flathead Valley Community College in Libby; Mike Higgs 76 House of Delegates member, project manager/consultant for Compuware Corp. of Bloomington, Minn.; Jim Kolokotrones 86, House of Delegates member, manager of an Internal Revenue Service office in Oakland, Calif.; and Tracy Lee Reich 86, executive director of the Downtown Vancouver Association of Vancouver, Wash.
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Crossing a Continent--Alumni Style
This past May, 16 UM alumni and friends crossed Europe entirely on water. For two weeks aboard the M.V. Prussian Princess, Kay and Jim Clinkingbeard 52, Marj Dana 37, Mary 52 and Jeff Doggett 52, Marj Donovan 48, Bev 53 and Dick Doyle 54, Diane 48 and Dave Ellison 49, Marion Kellum, Anita and Bill Kearns 61, Kay Lorenz 48, and Pete and Sheila Sullivan 57 cruised the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers from Budapest to Amsterdam. Travelers enjoyed gourmet meals aboard ship, excursions at port cities and special parties throughout the journey. "We visited so many churches, cathedrals and castles," Bev commented, "the only negative comment I heard was that there was never any time for shopping!"
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