Spring 2001

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University Relations Assistant Director Rita Munzenrider accepts the CASE Crystal Award for UM's "The Discovery Continues."

UM's promotional efforts gained regional and national recognition recently, with the University's new theme, "The Discovery Continues," receiving high marks in two venues and a traveling billboard on a semi-tractor trailer also garnering honors.

UM's University Relations' promotional team came home from a conference in Victoria, British Columbia, with a stunning crystal eagle statue — the highest honor in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada bestowed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's District VIII. UM won the Virginia Carter Smith Grand Crystal award at the CASE conference for use of The Discovery Continues as a new institutional theme.

UM's entry in the CASE awards included printed materials produced by Printing and Graphic Services, University Relations, Admissions and New Student Services, the UM Alumni Association, the President's Office, the UM Foundation and the Broadcast Media Center. The theme originally was suggested by William Marcus, director of the Broadcast Media Center, and was championed by UM Executive Vice President Bob Frazier.

UM also earned a Merit Award from HMR Publications Group for the 53-foot trailer owned by Jim Palmer Trucking of Missoula that bears a giant Montana Grizzlies logo. HMR publishes the monthly Admissions Marketing Report. In the same competition, UM won a Bronze Award for the 1999 President's Report, which introduced The Discovery Continues theme.

Designed by graphic artist Mike Egeler, the report's cover — and the main visual for the institutional theme — features Charlie Russell's "Lewis and Clark Expedition" merged with an image of the world and NASA's recently launched Terra satellite. (See story on the satellite and UM researchers on page 14.)

Hall of Fame Adds Three

From left to right: UM Hall of Famers Richardson, Selvig and Morris with President Dennison
Three competitors who have thrilled Griz fans over the years have been inducted into UM's Sports Hall of Fame. Famous hoopster Micheal Ray Richardson, ace distance runner David Morris and Lady Griz basketball coach Robin Selvig joined thirty-two earlier inductees, including Harry Adams, George "Jiggs" Dahlberg, Jud Heathcote, Marti Leibenguth and Shannon Cate-Schweyen.

Richardson has spent the past thirteen years in Europe, where he retired as a player at age 45 in 1999. Today he is an Italian citizen living in France and working for NBA Europe. Morris also has spent time abroad, training for three years in Japan in an attempt to make the 2000 U.S. Olympic team. The Alaska native came to UM in the late 1980s and left in 1993 with the school's first and only NCAA indoor track championship.

Selvig is the first to be inducted while still doing what's he's being honored for - coaching the Lady Griz basketball team. He played for the Grizzlies in the 1970s.

Greetings from the President

George DennisonAs you read this issue of the Montanan, we will have concluded another legislative session, a biennial occur- rence for us. We worked very hard this year to persuade the policy-makers to view expenditures on higher education as an investment in the future of the state and its people. As Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan has remarked on several occasions, this country cannot maintain its competitive edge without that investment. Put another way, higher education serves as a productivity enhancer to stimulate the economy without inducing inflation.

Our country has benefitted a great deal from this effect during the last decade as we have enjoyed growth and prosperity without inflation. We cannot, however, expect that fortunate condition to continue unless we make investments in the basic engine that makes it go. We believe we made the case effectively and trust that the policy-makers will respond positively.

This issue features aspects of the University’s contributions sometimes taken for granted. For example, the amazing success of the Grizzly football team has focused a good deal of favorable attention on Montana. On fall weekends, one finds Missoula inundated by visitors from across and outside the state who attend the games and also visit the shopping centers and other commercial entities in the city. Fully 60 percent of the people who sit in the stands come from outside Missoula County. In fact, coach Joe Glenn has name recognition in the state almost equal to that of former Governor Marc Racicot.

William Marcus and his colleagues in the Broadcast Media Center have brought the University to the state in the highly acclaimed, award-winning Backroads of Montana series. Those who have not seen the earlier productions will surely want to order a set. Montana wears an interesting and appealing face in the series.

Finally, the Earth Observing System has attracted attention across the country for its innovative programs. Professor Steve Running continues to identify new uses for the information that his systems provide, ranging from timber and fire management to agricultural production. And public school teachers now also have access to the information to enhance the quality and responsiveness of science education.

In myriad ways, The University of Montana seeks to fulfill its public mission and justify the investment the people of Montana have made.

George M. Dennison

Montana 'Social' Capital High

Montana may not show high nationally in per capita income, but the state seems to have an abundance of an entirely different valuable: social capital.

The levels at which Montanans trust one another, are politically active and aware, and participate in the well-being of their communities through association, involvement and civic leadership are among the highest in the nation. Such were the findings of the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, conducted by the Saguaro Seminar of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Community foundations across the country were invited to participate in the project.

The survey was developed by Robert Putnam, a Harvard University government and politics professor, and author of the book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Putnam has made the concept of social capital a topic of national media coverage.

The survey asked seventy questions measuring numerous dimensions of social capital, including levels of informal socializing with friends and neighbors, membership in groups, political involvement, levels of trust in community leaders, and volunteerism and contributions to local charities. More than 30,000 Americans were surveyed last fall, including 502 Montanans. The Montana Community Foundation represented the state; UM President George Dennison, along with sociology Professor William McBroom and political science Associate Professor Paul Haber, joined the project as academic partners.

Fulbrights Awarded
Awards recipients at UM's 2001 Charter Day celebration were: back row, left to right: George Stanley, Dennison Faculty Award (initiated this year); Christopher Zeeck, Student Service Award; Susan Castle, George M. and Jane I. Dennison Staff Award (also initiated this year); and William L. Bouchee, Neil S. Bucklew Presidential Service Award. Front row: Michael S. Mayer, Faculty Service Award; Mary and Donald Gatzke, Montana Alumni Award; and Melanie Hoell, Robert T. Pantzer Award.

Two UM professors and UM's legal counsel have been awarded Fulbright Program grants. The prestigious grants allow faculty members, administrators and other professionals to travel to more than 140 countries. The program was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding among peoples and countries.

Professors Fred Allendorf of the Division of Biological Sciences and Melissa Harrison of the School of Law were awarded Fulbright grants for 2000-2001. Allendorf is studying genetics and the conservation of small populations in New Zealand. Harrison was granted a lecturing and research position at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria, but she was unable to accept the position for family reasons.

UM legal counsel David Aronofsky, who also is an adjunct faculty member in UM's schools of law and education, will teach several law classes at the University of Montevideo in Uruguay this summer. Fluent in Spanish, Aronofsky, also will provide higher education consulting to the university. This is Aronofsky's second Fulbright award; in 1990 he traveled to Chile, where he assisted the government in its return to democracy.

New Center for Disabled American Indians

The nation's first center designed to help improve the lives and employment opportunities of American Indians with disabilities has taken up residency at UM's Rural Institute on Disabilities.

A five-year $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration will fund the American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center (AIDTAC).

The center's first priority will be education and awareness, according to director LaDonna Fowler. "As tribes become aware that tribal members with disabilities have specific needs, AIDTAC will help them develop the infrastructure of housing, transportation, personal assistance services and other programs that allow people with disabilities to live and work in their communities," she says.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 protects the rights of people with disabilities but doesn't apply to tribal lands. Fowler says a mandate of the center is to help tribes retain tribal sovereignty while adapting their policies to help eliminate employment barriers for disabled people.

Dickenson Charges on

Former Grizzly quarterback Dave Dickenson has signed his first NFL contract - with the San Diego Chargers.

(c)Sun Media Corp. 2001. Courtesy of the Calgary Sun. photo by Al charest.
And, in a strange its-a-small-world twist, Dickenson signed with the Chargers as the franchise was dropping its contract with Montanan Ryan Leaf, Dickenson's quarterback successor at Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls. The two had lived within blocks of each other in the early 1990s. Leaf completed three turbulent seasons with the Chargers after being a second pick overall in the 1998 draft. He left with a 4-14 record as a starter.

Dickenson signed a two-year contract worth more than $2 million with performance bonuses. The lauded Griz quarterback, who led his team to the Division I-AA National Championship in 1995, leaves the Calgary Stampeders after five years, two of those as lead quarterback. Dickenson was named Most Valuable Player in the Canadian Football League last season after leading the Stampeders to a championship in Canada's west division. The team lost to the British Columbia Lions in the playoffs for the Grey Cup, the Canadian equivalent of the Super Bowl.

The Stampeders, playing in Canada's three-down game, have been known to produce superior passing quarterbacks, and passing clearly is Dickenson's strength. He still holds records at UM for passing yardage and was averaging about six touchdowns for every interception with the Stampeders.

Dickenson joins his older brother, Craig, an assistant coach for the Chargers who served as a Griz assistant coach during his younger brother's tenure at UM. Their childhood football games have morphed into prestigious careers.

"I always dreamed about this as a kid," Dickenson says, adding, "We loved football, but neither one of us actually thought we'd ever be doing it for a living."

Online Living with

A free Internet portal dubbed is allowing UM alumni, staff, students, faculty and friends to build an extended online community — and help UM at the same time.

With, users can customize their start/home page to display UM news, sports and activities; local and national news, sports and weather; personalized stock and travel tips; and online shopping, entertainment, games and fitness and health information.

And each time a user shops through, a percentage of the purchase price is returned to UM. A similar transaction occurs with each "click through" — when a user clicks on an advertisement to learn more. also provides free e-mail.

It just doesn't get any better than that.

Griz-Cat Choo-Choo

It's never too early to start making plans for the 2001 Griz-Cat grudge match, especially when the game is to be held in that out-of-town place.

Montana Rockies Rail Tours will make it easier for fans to get to the game this year, offering a round-trip train tour from Missoula to Bozeman on the Montana Daylight. The train will leave Missoula on November 16 and return the following day after the game. It will operate on the former Northern Pacific route now owned by Montana Rail Link.

This will be the first year since 1969 that Grizzlies fans will have a chance to ride a train to the match. Northern Pacific's North Coast Limited and MaintStreeter were main forms of transport to the games for years. From 1926 until 1950 (with five years off due to World War II) the games were held in Butte and the North Coast Limited carried fans from both sides of the mountains to war it out in the Mining City.

The MainStreeter carried fans when the games were held in Bozeman or Missoula. Extra cars often were added to accomodate the fans, according to Marcia Pilgeram, president of the tour company.

"Trains were an important component in early rival Bobcat-Grizzly games," she says. "Train travel allows the fans to dine leisurely, view scenery and enjoy companionship and hospitality - to celebrate in comfort and safety."

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Faculty Members Pen Papers for Science & Nature

Five researchers at UM have had their papers accepted for publication in the past six months by two of the most prestigious science publications - Science and Nature. Often considered a career-defining moment, publication in such journals is something many scientists never experience.

"It's unheard of for a university of this size to have this many faculty publish this many papers in Science and Nature," says Don Christian, associate dean of UM's Division of Biological Sciences. He says the magazines only publish papers that have a big impact and generate broad interest.

Faculty members who published articles are: Thomas Martin, senior research scientist with UM's Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, who coauthored a paper on parental care of North and South American birds and authored a paper on bird fecundity and survival rates (both for Science); biology Associate Professor Ragan Callaway, who coauthored a paper on exotic invasion of plants that appeared in Science; biology Associate Professor Erick Greene, who coauthored a paper on sexual selection in birds that appeared in Nature; geology Professor George Stanley, who coauthored a paper on modern corals for Science; and biology Associate Professor Doug Emlen, who authored a paper on animal structure that appeared in Science last month.

"Getting published in these journals really gets UM known internationally," Emlen says. "Within twenty-four hours of the article's release, I had e-mails from ten different countries on four continents. I also had calls from the London Times, a Canadian radio station, and USA Today did a Web page story about it."

Now, that's news coverage. And all that for a paper titled "Costs and Diversification of Exaggerated Animal Structures."

Publicists take note.

Alumni Remember Lookout

Since a discussion of the lookout on Mount Sentinel appeared in the Spring 2000 Montanan, several UM alumni have offered recollections of the two-story structure, which was built in 1915 and burned in 1929.

Gilbert M. Baker, who came to UM in 1923, remembers that the lookout was part of his Sigma Chi initiation. As part of "Hell Week" he was sent to hike up to the lookout on a moonlit night. He was given a piece of string to measure the base of the building as proof that he had made it all the way. After he reached the summit and made his measurements, he started back down the mountain and was captivated by the view that we still enjoy from our campus mountain.

"What a beautiful sight stretched out before me," he writes. "It was like being up in a balloon, looking down on the lights of Missoula and of the whole valley as far as I could see. I remember that there was a large fire over near the mouth of the Bitterroot Valley. I had this beautiful view, under a full moon, all the way down."

His measurements reported, he was initiated into Sigma Chi the following weekend. Now 95 years old, he says he will never forget that moonlit hike.

Dan Nelson '40 writes that when he would visit the lookout as a Boy Scout, "One had to look hard for a space between thousands of names, initials and dates carved into the inside surface of the logs to carve your own initials and date. Mine [were] there also." He offers a clue to the fire that destroyed the lookout: Visitors often would build a fire inside the building, with the smoke going "out the broken windows and/or into the eyes and lungs of the occupants." He laments the lookout's disappearance: "It is sorely missed by everybody in town, at the 'U' and the forestry students of those days."

1936 graduate Mary K. Blastic reports that one of her most vivid childhood memories is of the lookout. When she was nine years old and living on Hilda Avenue in Missoula, she and her friend decided that it was a fine afternoon for a hike. They shot straight up the mountain, bypassing the zigzag path, and climbed up the ladder to the lookout's second floor. Once they were up there, they were afraid to back down the ladder. Fortunately, a friendly man came along and carried them down the ladder.

These memories are a valuable addition to the materials about the lookout in the UM archives. A hearty thanks to the writers for sharing their stories.

Jodi Allison-Bunnell, University archivist

Running for the Fun of It

Just three years into her UM career, Sabrina Monro has established herself as one of the greatest athletes - male or female - in Grizzly history. She has competed in three NCAA cross country championships and last fall she finished in second place at the national meet. This season she broke her own field house record with a 4:50.87 mile while also bashing a record that had stood for nine years at the Thorpe Field House in Cheney, Washington. The Clancy native attributes her success to being bored as a child. "I had nothing better to do in small-town Montana, so I just started running my freshman year of high school out of pure boredom," she says. "There isn't a whole lot to do for fun unless you like to hunt or fish. That's not really up my alley, so I picked running."

Stanford Named AAAS Fellow

Jack Stanford, director of UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his contributions to freshwater ecology - especially the connections between terrestrial systems, aquatic systems and groundwater. He is one of only 251 AAAS fellows. The honor is reserved for individuals who have advanced science or fostered applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished. Stanford has studied Flathead Lake for more than thirty years and is UM's Bierman Professor of Ecology.


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