The Last Best Good Story
Not Your Father's Generation
Hooked On Teaching
C'est Missoula Vie
AROUND THE OVAL
About the Montanan
The launch climaxed nearly two decades of work by UM scientists. Immediately after liftoff, forestry Professor Steve Running said, "We're in business! Our software is now in orbit. I didn't think I could go that long without breathing."
With Terra data streaming in, UM now is the regional center for analyzing the imagery, developing uses for the information and training others in its use.
Greetings from the President
Colleges and universities exist to serve the needs of society by educating succeeding generations of students. With the changes that threaten almost daily to overwhelm us, we must become ever more diligent in protecting the quality of life we want in our increasingly interdependent global societies. We must find ways to ensure that our students are engaged in their own education so that it becomes a habit of the heart as they leave us and take leadership within society.
In view of the importance of engagement, we at UM have come to think in terms of learning, discovery and involvement rather than the model of teaching, research and service used in my time as a student. The values and purposes remain the same, but today we stress the importance of active engagement.
I think you will find in this issue reinforcement for your continued love for and loyalty to the University. I must say once again how much we depend upon you for our success.
George M. Dennison
Keep on Truckin'
Palmer and his son, Scott, lifelong Grizzly fans, offered the rig, painted with UM logos on the sides and back, to help promote UM and support the University's recruitment effort. The graphics include a World Wide Web address for viewers who would like more information.
The Palmers report they will route the truck to areas of the country that UM targets for recruitment. This moving billboard is the first of its kind among the 200 colleges and universities under contract with the Atlanta-based Collegiate Licensing Co., which represents UM in overseeing commercial logo use.
Palmer started his trucking firm with one truck that he drove himself. Missoula-based Jim Palmer Trucking was incorporated in 1966 and has grown into a nationwide carrier with a 350-truck fleet and facilities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Salina, Kansas; and Tampa, Florida.
If you see the truck in your neighborhood, don't honk: Roar.
Christiane von Reichert, an assistant professor of geography at UM, noted this relatively high return rate and found a unique way to research why Montanans are coming home: She attended eighteen high school reunions in communities throughout the state and interviewed some 300 alumni over the course of two summers.
Funded in 1999 by the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, von Reichert's research confirmed what most of us suspected: Montanans leave the state mainly for education and jobs. Employment is not an issue for those returning. They come back for "family, community, the environment, or a combination of these factors." One person reported "I was homesick for the views."
Alumni-We Want You And we want you bad.
We're also interested in collecting photos of personalized Griz and UM license plates for a photo feature. If you've honored your school or the Griz on your plates, please send a closeup color photo or slide of the plate to the address above, along with your name, address and phone number.
This is a big magazine, and we can't do it all without you.
A Winning Idea
Glenn has coached at the college level for nearly a quarter of a century and was head coach for fifteen of those seasons, most recently at the University of Northern Colorado, where he had an eleven-year record of 98-35 and eleven straight winning seasons. The UNC Bears made five straight trips to the NCAA Division II playoffs and won national championships in 1996 and 1997.
Glenn served as quarterback/receivers coach for the Grizzlies in 1980-81 and as offensive coordinator from 1982 to 1985.
"I am just tremendously excited about the opportunity to become the head football coach at The University of Montana," Glenn said. "And in the same breath I'm just as excited about the staff I'm bringing with me-they'll set the town on its ears. They are great coaches, they're winners, and they've got a lot of (championship) rings." Griz fans have a few months to contemplate those words-and to anticipate what they may mean.
Get Immersed in E-Commerce
Among the presenters featured in the webcast are John Connors, a UM alumnus now vice president of the Worldwide Enterprise Group at Microsoft Corp.; Sanjay Gupta, managing director of electronic commerce marketing programs for Federal Express; and Richard Jayo, director of local markets for US West Communications.
Log directly on to the webcast by entering www.globalspeak.com/html/webcast_e-business.htm.
Those interested in getting ahead of the curve may want to attend another course offered by the MWTC this summer, E-America: How to Succeed in the E-Business Economy. The four-day course will be held July 30 to August 2 at UM's Gallagher Business Building and will feature presenters from leading e-business companies, as well as small business executives who have transformed their companies through e-business. Those interested may call (888) 773-2703 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pushing That $1-Million Mark
The EOS Education Project was selected from among 163 applicants for another NASA grantthis one for $300,000. Called the Earth Sciences Enterprise Grant, this three-year award will be used to market and promote three Earth-system science classes for K-12 students.
Finally, the project will receive $50,000 from the first year of a five-year $5.5 million DOE Technology Challenge Grant, awarded to the University of Idaho in Moscow and Potlatch (Idaho) School District. The grant provides teacher training in advanced technologies for the classroom. UM will provide satellite data and imagery to highlight the historic trek of the Corps of Discovery.
Requiem for a Philosopher & a President
Bugbee, as renowned for his fly-fishing technique as his philosophical insights, died December 18 in Missoula at age 84. Considered a beacon of intellect and inspiration at UM, where he taught, with some interludes, from 1957 to 1977, Bugbee was praised as "the ultimate exemplar of the examined life" by Harvard Professor Willard Van Orman Quine.
In gratitude for Bugbee's many contributions to UM, Regents Professor Albert Borgmann established the Bugbee Lecture Endowment in 1989, a staple of UM's spring calendar for eleven years.
"Henry was the only genius I've known firsthand, and there are two kinds of geniuses," Borgmann said. "One kind takes their gifts out on the rest of humanity, and the other is suffused by the grace of their gifts in everything they do. Henry belonged to the latter kind."
Mike Malone, MSU president for nearly ten years, known nationally for his books on Western history, died December 21 in Bozeman of an apparent heart attack. He was 59.
Malone published eight books, including The American West: A Twentieth Century History and The Battle for Butte: Mining and Politics on the Northern Frontier, 1864-1906.
A longtime friend and colleague of Malone's, UM President Dennison eulogized him in the Montana Kaimin: "Mike had a wonderful way of meeting people. He loved to talk, but he listened as well. As he traveled around Montana, he collected stories and material, all of which ultimately enriched the history he wrote. But he wasn't always reporting or recording. He genuinely liked people, especially Montanans who adopted him when he came to MSU in 1967. . . . Mike's untimely death will take much of the joy I found in the healthy competition between our two universities. . . . [It] kept us both on our toes, trying to make certain that we sustained the pace."
In January, the state Board of Regents named former University of Wyoming President Terry P. Roark as temporary president at MSU. He will oversee operations at MSU and the campuses in Billings, Havre and Great Falls until a permanent replacement is named.
Nothing Moot About These Guys
It wasn't the first national title for the law school. Montana won the moot court championship in 1981. This year's team was coached by Visiting Assistant Professor Larry Howell and Associate Dean Melissa Harrison.
We're proud to report that five UM studentsthree writers and two artistscontributed to this issue; it is telling to note that their work is as professionally executed as any found in past issues. Somebody is doing something right.
This issue also features writing by Dan Vichorek, making his debut in this publication by taking us on a wild Amazonian ride, and Patia Stephens, fresh from her CASE college awards for stories and photos in the Fall 1999 Montanan. Terry Brenner contributes a telling student profile story and Jocelyn Siler describes how one becomes a teacher.
You may wonder how the cover happened. "Live" students were recruited from the UC and the Oval in a two-hour period prior to the photo shoot. We were looking for a good cross-section of students; the only prerequisite was that they show up in what they were wearing and be willing to gaze at certain spots on cue for endless minutes. As to the "others," we'll let you speculate . . .Joan Melcher
AROUND THE OVAL SPORTS CLASS NOTES ALUMNI NOTES
FEEDBACK STAFF ABOUT THE MONTANAN ARCHIVES