Montanan - Volume 13, Number 3
Honors College DedicatedThere were speeches from the likes of President Dennison and Governor Marc Racicot, then the sun broke through the clouds just long enough for Ian and Nancy Davidson to cut the ribbons for the new Davidson Honors College Building on May 17. The crowd then flocked inside to admire Art Professor Marilyn Bruyas new painting of Mount Sentinel, the state-of-the-art computer room and the airy conference room, where flute music floated out over the hordes of hors doeuvre munchers.
Greeting people at the door was a smiling John Madden. The dean of the honors college and his staff moved in April to their long-awaited new digs. Named for its chief benefactors, Ian and Nancy Davidson of Great Falls, the $2 million, one-story brick structure was constructed entirely with private funds. The Davidsons contributed $1.1 million to the project.
The Honors College occupies the main floor, while the Information Technology Resource Center, a state-of-the-art production facility for electronic and multi-media teaching, will soon be housed in the basement.
NCAA Drafts DennisonPresident George Dennison has hit the big time with his election to the National Collegiate Athletic Associations governing council. NCAA restructuring will place Dennison on a fifteen-member board of directors that will set policies for Division I-AA. Dennison is in good company on the board, serving the presidents from the University of Missouri, Syracuse University, Washington State University, the University of Georgia, the University of Utah and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
"George Dennison has positioned himself in a key role to represent the conference and I-AA institutions," said Athletic Director Wayne Hogan. "His appointment to the NCAA council means that he has an excellent chance to be our voice in determining NCAA legislation."
Good-Bye, CoachAfter raising school spirit to an unprecedented high, Head Football Coach Don Read caused unparalleled sadness among Grizzly fans on April 15 when he announced his retirement. No one held it against him. Hed earned it. After all, the most successful coach in Grizzly gridiron history had claimed his and UMs first national championship title just four months earlier, and the beloved coach never had a losing season in his ten years at the helm.
"We need someone directing this program with an excess of energy as well as know-how," said the 62-year-old Read. "Each year it has been getting harder to accomplish what I expect of myself and what those I am responsible to should demand of me. Our kids cannot be cheated by someone struggling to keep pace."
President George Dennison and Athletic Director Wayne Hogan turned to Reads own coaching staff to choose his replacement. Within days of Reads announcement, Michael "Mick" Dennehy was named UMs thirty-first head football coach. Dennehy served as assistant head coach and Grizzly offensive coordinator. A standout safety for the Grizzlies in 1971-72, Mick and his wife, Sheila, have two sons: Jake, 21, a junior safety for the Grizzlies, and Mark, 18, a freshman receiver/defensive back at UM.
Oldest Alum Celebrates a CenturyIn her lifetime, men landed on the moon and women got the vote. There were two world wars, and people traded their horse-drawn carriages for automobiles. Her college professors now have buildings named after them-Stone, Elrod, Aber-and the list of her classmates reads like a Missoula city street guide-Toole, Daly, McLeod and Keith.
Elizabeth "Beth" Hershey Fry, UMs oldest living graduate, turned 100 years old on April 5; she was honored March 31 at a reception at the Royal Court assisted care center. Fry attended UM from 1913 to 1917 and graduated with a bachelors degree in English and mathematics. She taught algebra and geometry before marrying. A member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and an alto in the Girls Glee Club, Fry is now a bridge player and an active member of University Congregational Church and the American Association for University Women.
"From the house where I was born on Woodford Street you could look straight across to the University with nothing in the way-no houses, no anything," Fry said in an interview for UMs 1993 Centennial celebration. "I knew from the beginning that I was going to the University."