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Vol. 17 No. 1
Friday, Sept. 1, 2000


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Features & News

Three finalists selected in MSU presidential search

Three finalists have been selected by the search and screening committee charged with identifying candidates for the presidency of Montana State University, according the committee's top official. Joyce Scott, Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education and chair of the 20-member presidential search committee, said all finalists are slated to be interviewed on MSU's Bozeman campus sometime during September and October.

The semi-finalists were culled from a pool of more than 60 applicants for the top post at MSU. The position has been empty since the university's late president, Michael P. Malone, died of a heart attack Dec. 21. Currently Terry Roark, president emeritus of the University of Wyoming, is serving as interim president at MSU. He has said he does not want to be considered for the post.

The three finalists for president of Montana State University are:

Larry Branen, dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Idaho. A westerner with strong agricultural ties, Branen is a food scientist with a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho and a Ph.D. in food science from Purdue University. He has been a professor at Idaho, University of Nebraska, Washington State University, the University of Wisconsin and a teaching assistant at Purdue. He has 18 years administrative experience at the university level, both as department head and dean and as executive director for university budget and planning. He has extensive experience in research, Extension, information technology, recruitment and retention, all important issues at MSU.

Geoffrey Gamble, provost and senior vice president at The University of Vermont. While he has been at the University of Vermont for two years, Gamble spent 22 years at Washington State University. As interim provost at WSU, he helped that university develop four outreach campuses, which may ultimately resemble MSU's sister campuses in Billings, Havre and Great Falls. There are other similarities between MSU and WSU, including that both are land-grant universities and take that role seriously. At WSU, Gamble rose through the ranks from assistant professor in anthropology, to chairman of the Anthropology Department, and finally to provost and senior vice president. Gamble is a prolific researcher whose field is ethnolinguistics and has a wealth of experience with Native Americans throughout the West.

Ann Weaver Hart, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif. For two years Hart has served as senior academic officer and professor at the Claremont Graduate University, which is part of the prestigious Claremont Colleges Consortium. She has spent the bulk of her career at the University of Utah. A native of Salt Lake, she has a bachelor's degree in history from UU and began her career as a Salt Lake junior high school teacher and administrator. She later earned a master's degree in history and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Utah and rose to dean of the UU Graduate School in 1993. She was named special assistant to the president of UU in 1997. She joined Claremont Graduate University in 1998 where she is the chief academic and chief operating officer.

"This Committee has done an outstanding job of identifying an excellent pool of finalists, said Commissioner for Higher Education Richard Crofts. "All of the finalists have strong attachments to the West and the kind of experience in university administration that would prepare them well to take on the challenges of the MSU presidency."

Scott said she hopes to have all finalists interviewed by the end of September, at which time the Committee will meet with the Commissioner to forward recommendations. The Commissioner said he expects that the Board of Regents will be ready to appoint a president by mid-October.

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Staff, Faculty invited to Welcome Back Picnic

There are just a few more days to RSVP for the eighth annual gala Faculty and Staff Welcome Back Picnic to be held from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in the Wally Byam Grove, corner of 11th and College. Don't miss burgers and brats cooked to perfection by MSU's favorite administrators, plus all the trimmings. Music by Kip and Bo, prizes, plus an opportunity to visit with colleagues as we all kick off another MSU year. In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be held in the Strand Union Ballrooms. RSVP to University Relations by Sept. 5.

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School of Architecture celebrates 75th anniversary with a salute to "A Sense of Place"

The place that is Montana and its relationship to space, design and architecture will be explored during a banquet of activities scheduled during the 75th anniversary celebration of the Montana State University School of Architecture set Sept. 7-9.

Rob Quigley, an internationally-known architect from San Diego, will headline the three-day celebration with a lecture set at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The high-profile architect is recognized for his work that recognizes the eclectic architecture in Southern California where he lives and works. He will bring that perspective to the public lecture to be held in Reynolds Recital Hall on the MSU campus.

Other noted speakers include Alston Chase, a provocative and award-winning writer, who will speak on his viewpoints of "A Sense of Place" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, also in the Reynolds Recital Hall. From his home in the Paradise Valley, Chase writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column on environmental issues and is a contributor to National Public Radio's "Living on Earth." Chase's 1986 book, "Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America's First National Park," inspired a television special and was featured on the cover of Newsweek. His latest work is "In a Dark Wood: The Fight Over Forests and the Rising Tyranny of Ecology."

Two MSU professors of architecture will speak. William Massie, whose house in the Shields Valley recently received a prestigious American Institute of Architecture (AIA) award, will lecture on design at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 8 in the Great Room of the Foundation. He will be followed by Byoungsoo Cho, a prominent architect in his native Korea who will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8 on practice and education. Both lectures will cost $5 and their lectures, as well as other selected events, may be taken for continuing education credits.

The celebration will culminate with a summary lecture given by Verlyn Klinkenborg, a New York-based author, freelance writer and reviewer, who will speak in the theater of the Strand Union Building at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Klinkenborg is the author of "Making Hay," "The Drake Manuscript" as well as co-author of "Cache-Lake County: Life in the North Woods."

Other anniversary events include historic tours given by Derek Strahn, Bozeman Historic Preservation Officer, and a lecture on lighting and energy by Steve Ternoey, an architect based in Portland. Ternoey, the Principal and Chief Designer at LightForms, a firm he founded in 1982, has over twenty years experience in leading edge research and design in environmentally responsive building. He specializes in the design of state-of-the-art daylit commercial projects that increase human, environmental, and economic performance.

Prices for individual lectures will be $5-10. The full weekend celebration is $150 and includes lectures and receptions, continuing education credits, and meals. All graduates of the MSU School of Architecture are particularly invited to participate.

For more information about the celebration, contact Claire Sands, (406) 994-7414 or e-mail her at csands@montana.edu.

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Nopper Lecture series kicks off with lecture by arctic adventurer

A lecture series that honors one of MSU's most beloved administrator kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 with a lecture by adventurer, author and arctic explorer Alvah Simon.

Simon, author of "North to the Night: A Year in the Arctic Ice" will be the inaugural speaker of the Nopper Lecture Series, which honors Tom Nopper, former vice president of administration for MSU. An endowment was created several years ago to pay tribute to Nopper, who served the university for many years, by bringing high-caliber speakers that will interact with students and enrich their educational opportunities.

A man who believes that "only by testing the borders of human potential can we expand them," Simon chronicled the expedition he and his wife, Diana, undertook for a year above the Arctic Circle to face that last frontier on its own terms. Simon withstood -65 degree temperatures, marauding polar bears, deadly blizzards, sudden blindness and perpetual blackness of the polar winter and survived triumphant. His lecture is accompanied by Diana's slides.

A pre-event reception for Simon will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a book signing will be held after the presentation. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Shakespeare In The Parks presents special performance at MSU

Montana Shakespeare In The Parks will present a special Labor Day weekend performance Saturday, Sept. 2 in the Grant Chamberlain Park located in the MSU Family and Graduate Housing complex.

The performance begins at 5:30 p.m. with the troupe's final performance of the season of "Much Ado About Nothing" before it closes out the summer touring season.

Local musician Wayne Stevens will play acoustic guitar prior to the performance from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Children's events are scheduled from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Members of the audience are encouraged to bring a picnic and blanket. Concessions will not be available.

Admission and parking for the event are free to the general public, with parking available at the College and 15th Street lot. For more information on the event, please call 994-3730.

The event is being sponsored by the Family and Graduate Housing office at MSU, a division of Auxiliary Services.

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Early Native American medical practice subject of WWAMI conference at MSU

A panel of lively, award-winning experts will discuss the "Earliest Medical Practices of Native Americans" at the first annual conference of the Medical History of the West to be held from 3-6 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Great Room of the MSU Foundation.

Henrietta Mann, who recently joined the MSU faculty as the new endowed chair in Native American Studies, will be one of the featured speakers at the conference sponsored by WWAMI, the regional medical school. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, she was been named one of the 10 leading professors of the year (1991) by "Rolling Stone" magazine, as well as the National American Indian Woman of the Year (1987) and one of the Five Outstanding 20th Century Woman Educators selected by the National Women's History. She will speak at 3:50 p.m. on "Healing Traditions and Other Contributions of Native American Medicine" Previously, Mann was professor of Native American Studies at the University of Montana. She has also taught at The University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University and Haskell Indian Nations University.

William E. Farr, associate director of the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana, where he is also a professor of history, will speak at 3:10 p.m. on "Healing and Medicine: Caring for People Among the Blackfeet and Salish."

Alma Hogan Snell, an elder in the Crow Tribe, and a well known herbalist and specialist on Native American medicinal plants, will speak at 4:45 p.m. on "Traditional Foods and Medicine: A Taste of Heritage." The granddaughter of Pretty Shield, a widely known Crow woman, Snell was raised by her grandmother in the Old Ways and is a speaker much in demand for her knowledge of native edible and medicinal plants.

The panel will be moderated by Todd Savitt, a professor of medical history at the Department of Medical Humanities at East Carolina University School of Medicine. He is a specialist in the history of African American medicine and education of African American medical students. Savitt has spent a sabbatical at the Institute for Medical Humanities at the University of Montana and has studied, written and lectured about the history of medical practice in Montana hospitals.

The seminar is sponsored by the Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho (WWAMI) Medical Education Program, the Steele Medical History Endowment, the Montana State University Foundation, the MSU Department of History and the Phi Alpha Theta Honorary Society. It is free and open to the public.

For more information about the conference, contact WWAMI offices at (406) 994-4411.

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MSU English faculty member wins prestigious Pushcart Prize

An essay written by Glen Chamberlain Barrett, adjunct English faculty member, has won a Pushcart Prize and will be included in the 25th anniversary edition of one of the country's most prestigious literary anthologies.

Barrett's essay/short story "Off the Road: Or the Perfect Curve Unfound," a piece that speaks to western space and silence, will appear in the 2001 edition of "The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses" edited by Bill Henderson. The essay was nominated for the prize by Deborah O'Connor Clow, editor of Northern Lights, the noted regional journal based in Missoula that first published the piece.

Barrett joins the lofty literary company of previous winners that include Joyce Carol Oates, Ray Carver, Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford and John Updike.

"The Pushcart Prize is one of the most significant literary awards in the United States," said Sara Jayne Steen, chair of the English department. "Each year an outstanding board surveys thousands of nominations and then awards the Pushcart to what are considered the most distinguished short stories, essays, and poetry first published by small presses and magazines nationwide."

The prize is an unexpected reward for Barrett, a part-time teacher of composition classes. In fact, when Clow called her to notify her of the award, Barrett went on the Internet to learn more about it.

Barrett has an admitted low-key approach to her writing. While she's written faithfully for decades -- her first piece was published in the now defunct Montana Prospector in 1981 -- she said she's like most writers: "forever getting rejected." That changed about four years ago when a chance meeting of writer Mark Spragg (Where Rivers Change Direction) while walking her dogs started a chain of events that resulted in the prize. Spragg asked to see something she'd written, he liked it and sent to Clow, who has published in Northern Lights such writers as Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, Jim Harrison and Louise Erdrich, among others.

Clow and Barrett since have developed a strong phone relationship. Clow plans to nominate another Barrett essay, "Amongst the Fields" published in the Winter 2000 edition of Northern Lights, for another Pushcart next year.

Clow said Barrett's Pushcart is the fourth that the prestigious small journal has received. Previous winners include Daniel Henry, a high school teacher from Sitka, Alaska (in this year's edition); Jeanne Dixon of Missoula and acclaimed poet Sandra Alcosser, who lives in the Bitterroot Valley as well as San Diego.

Essential in Barrett's work is a westerner's sense of place. A native of Michigan Barrett learned to love the West at her parents' ranch in Idaho, the family's summer residence. A University of Michigan graduate, she came West herself to earn a master's degree in American Studies from the University of Wyoming. She moved with her husband, Tom, to Bozeman about 25 years ago. The only work Barrett could find then was as a proofreader for the Bozeman Chronicle. She and her family have lived in Bozeman on and off for most of two decades and she has taught writing and composition at MSU for eight years. She says her occupation has strengthened her writing.

"Freshman English students tend to write simple, declarative sentences," Barrett said. "And they come up with great ideas that I find inspiring."

-Carol Schmidt

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MSU among best in country in efforts to keep students in school

While many colleges and universities are adept at recruiting students, Montana State University is among the best in the country at keeping them, according to a recent award recognizing MSU's innovative retention program.

Courtney Stryker, MSU's Dean of Students and director of its retention program, and Allen Yarnell, MSU's Vice President for Student Affairs, picked up the award for MSU at the 2000 National Conference on Student Retention held recently in Washington D.C. MSU was one of six colleges and universities in the country selected by Noel-Levitz, a nationally recognized enrollment management consulting firm.

MSU was recognized for its First Year Initiative (FYI), a multi-component program that first identifies students struggling in their new atmosphere, then provides them with the support they need. The program has increased retention rates at the university several key percentage points since its inception in 1997, bringing it above the institutional average, Stryker said.

"This recognition means MSU is recognized as a university that places a strong emphasis on student success," Yarnell said."We are there for first-year students when they need us the most."

Retention, or the percentage of students in a freshman class that return and graduate within a standard five years, is an increasingly important term in higher education, said Stryker, who has directed MSU's multi-phased retention program during the last three years. Universities and colleges are aware that just as much effort needs to be made to keep students as getting them in the first place.

A retention challenge particular to Montana is the mix of students who come from both rural and urban backgrounds, Stryker said. While students from small towns might find their residence hall larger than their home town, students coming from urban areas may have problems adjusting to a less populated environment.

To deal with these and other needs, the MSU staff formulated a plan that includes a pre-college survey that flags students who might have problems adjusting. It also includes a peer mentor program that matches freshmen with upper-class mentors. The key to all parts of the successful program is one-on-one contact, Stryker says.

It was this attention to individual students that prompted the program's national recognition. During the award ceremony, the presenters lauded MSU for its efforts to focus on the individual despite the size of each in-coming freshmen class.

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MSU's Lynda Sexson wins national grant to teach Writer's Voice course in Bozeman

Lynda Sexson, a nationally award-winning writer who is also an award-winning religion professor at MSU, has won a national Writer's Community writer-in-residence program through the Billings YMCA and will be teaching a rare writing course in Bozeman this fall.

The Writer's Voice of the Billings Family YMCA, a member of the national Literary Arts Centers, said Sexson will receive the $5,500 award to lead a master-level creative writing workshop beginning Sept. 16. Sexson's workshop will be "Person and Paper: Theories of Self and Text in the New Millennium" and will focus on short fiction and essay writing.

Sexson won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for "Margaret of the Imperfections," a collection of radiant short stories. She also is the author of "Ordinarily Sacred," a pioneering text frequently cited in the contemporary spirituality movement that theorizes that everyday objects and rituals provide meaning and sacredness in each person's life. Her most recent book is "Hamlet's Planets," a collection of parables and fables.

Admission to Sexson's class will be juried with a maximum of 16 participants. To apply, writers were to submit a brief manuscript by Aug. 30 to The Writer's Voice, Billings Family YMCA with tuition of $110 for the series of six Saturday workshops that will run from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturdays this fall. For more information, call The Writer's Voice (406) 248-1685.

Sexson's award is one of seven national Writers Community Awards for the Fall 2000. Others include Barbara Cully, poetry, Phoenix; Jack Agueros, poetry, Wethersfield, Conn.; Regie Gibson, poetry, Chicago; Chris Tysh, poetry, Detroit; Alice Elliott Dark, fiction, New York and Hester Kaplan, fiction, Providence, R.I. Past residents in the Writer's Community include: William Hjortsberg, Ruth Rudner, Debby Bull, Al Kesselheim, Phil Condon, David Cates, Tom McNamee, Tony Crunk, David McCumber, Steve Chapple, Gary Ferguson, Martha Elizabeth and Pete Fromm.

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W.M. Keck Foundation gives $800,000 to MSU Biofilm Center

An $800,000 gift by the W. M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles will fund a new multidisciplined research team at Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering that will further explore the constructive and destructive roles of the films so prevalent in contemporary life.

MSU Foundation officials said the gift from one of the nation's largest philanthropic organizations will fund scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students as well as fund the W. M. Keck Foundation Research Team on Microbial Biofilm Development. The team will be composed of up to 20 undergraduates, seven doctoral students, as well as faculty advisors and an advisory council of distinguished national scientists and engineers from several scientific and engineering disciplines. The team will be assembled by the spring and for four years will look at biofilms from several angles --genetic, chemical, physiological, and mechanical -- with the hope of eventually weaving those multiple views into a singular picture of biofilm formation as a developmental process, according to Phil Stewart, CBE deputy director and chemical engineering professor.

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Master Calendar

Monday, Sept. 4

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Thursday, Sept. 7

Friday, Sept. 8

Saturday, Sept. 9

Monday, Sept. 11

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Thursday, Sept. 14

*Free computer seminars offered through MSU's Information Technology Center (ITC). To register, call 994-5096 or send an e-mail to training@montana.edu.

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Exhibits

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery at MSU kicks off its 2000-01 schedule with an exhibition of drawings by the MSU School of Art faculty. "Line, Form, and Vision: Drawings from the School of Art Faculty" will open Sept. 5 and run through Oct. 4. An opening reception will be held Sept. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition will feature a wide range of drawings, from working studies and sketchbooks to archaeological renderings and finished artworks. The variety of works included in the show will afford the viewer an excellent perspective of the artists' thinking processes and creative research, according to Copeland Gallery Director Erica Howe Dungan.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located in Haynes Hall on the MSU campus. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call Dungan at 994-2562.

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News Briefs

Staff Bulletin change. Since the last issue of the "Staff Bulletin," editor Janelle Lamb has taken on a communications services assignment that will take her away from the "Staff Bulletin" for the coming semester. This semester Carol Schmidt, university news editor, who resists calling herself the old "Staff Bulletin" editor, will edit the staff newsletter. Schmidt would also like to drop a couple of hints about an exciting new look for university's web page that will better utilize "Staff Bulletin." Watch for details.

Items may be submitted to Schmidt via e-mail two ways: cschmidt@montana.edu or to staffbulletin@montana.edu.

In the meantime, both Lamb and Schmidt want to thank you for your help. "Staff Bulletin" gets bigger and better all the time, thanks to your contributions.

Staff Bulletin deadline set. The next "Staff Bulletin" deadline is Friday, Sept. 8 for the Sept. 15 issue. That issue will cover events from Sept. 15-Oct. 6. Items may be submitted via e-mail to cschmidt@montana.edu or staffbulletin@montana.edu.

ASMSU Intramurals and Recreation begins season. Signups are now beginning for a smorgasbord of activities available through ASMSU Intramurals and Recreation.

The Intramural Program offers competition in over 60 diverse activities. Two leagues of play are available; 'A' Leagues for competitive participants, while 'B' Leagues have a more recreational orientation. All competitive activities are free, although a $25 team deposit is charged and refunded back to the team at the end of its competitive season.

ASMSU Intramurals and Recreation offers land and water aerobics classes several times daily. Faculty, staff, and their spouses are eligible to participate in our programs for a small membership fee. Please call for specifics. Facilities available to the faculty, staff and spouses include indoor and outdoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, circuit room, cardio area, run/walking tracks, weight room, climbing wall, combatives area, and swimming pools, and open gym space for basketball, volleyball table tennis, and badminton.

Incentive programs such as Commit 2b Fit and Personal Training are available for free to all participants.

Current sign-ups for Intramurals and Recreation include:

Additional information concerning ASMSU Intramural & Recreation is available at Room 202 in Shroyer Gym , visiting http://www.montana.edu/wwwimrec or by calling 994-5000 during regular office hours.

New vehicle rental contract also benefits scholarships. A new vehicle rental contract with added benefits to the MSU scholarship fund is now available for campus-wide usage. The rate is $32 per day for a compact and $35 per day for a mid-size vehicle and both have unlimited mileage. Additional types of vehicles are available. The best feature of this contract is 10 percent of the yearly usage is returned to MSU as a general scholarship for new students. This contract is in addition to the State's Convenience Term Contract with Enterprise. For more information, contact the Purchasing Department, 994-3211.

Season ticket discount for staff. Faculty and staff members qualify for a one-time $20 discount on Bobcat season tickets. The discount may be redeemed for volleyball, football, women's basketball or men's basketball. For information, contact the Bobcat Ticket Office, 994-2287.

Black and White Photo Workshop Offered at MSU. An intermediate photography course covering the basics of black and white developing and printing will be offered this fall by MSU's Office of Extended Studies. The class will meet from 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5-Nov. 14, on campus. The fee is $350 and includes two semester credits plus use of a darkroom. Designed for students with experience in basic photography, the course will review all aspects of a 35mm camera and the fundamental principles of photographic aesthetics. Students are required to provide their own 35mm camera plus film, multigrade RC paper and negative pages. The course will be taught by Dan Wise and Rachel Laudon, adjunct photography instructors with the MSU Department of Media and Theatre Arts. To enroll call Extended Studies, 994-6683, outreach@montana.edu, or visit their Web site at http://btc.montana.edu/outreach.

Yoga course offered on campus. "YogaMotion—Slow and Easy," a beginning Hatha Yoga course, will be offered on campus this Fall through the Office of Extended Studies. In order to accommodate staff schedules, the course will meet from 12-1 p.m. starting Sept. 19 and continuing through Dec. 14, Tue. and Thu., in Lower Floor East, Romney Gym. The fee is $100 and includes 1 MSU credit (HHD 100). "Slow and Easy" will concentrate on gentle moves, meditation and stress reduction. A second course also open to staff, “YogaMotion Flow,” will be held Tue. and Thu., 8:15-9:45 a.m., and will offer a more rigorous workout. The courses will be taught by Nancy Ruby, Yoga therapist, health and fitness educator, and owner of YogaMotion Yoga Center in Bozeman. A free introductory class for "Slow and Easy" will be held on Thu., Sept. 14 from 12-1 p.m. in Lower Floor East, Romney Gym. Students may register for the course at the free session or at Extended Studies, 204 Culbertson Hall. For more information about either course, contact Extended Studies at 994-6683, outreach@montana.edu, or Nancy Ruby, YogaMotion Yoga Center, 585-9600.

Representative councils announce meetings. Regularly scheduled Faculty Council, Professional Council, and University Governance Council meetings are held during the academic year.

Faculty Council meetings are scheduled weekly at 4:10 p.m. Wednesdays PM. A tenured or tenurable faculty member from each academic department serves on the Council.

Professional Council meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month during the academic year, beginning at 2:10 PM. Professional employees from three broad constituencies, ranging from academic affairs, administrative offices, and student affairs serve on the Council.

The two Councils meet jointly the second Wednesday of each month at 410 PM.

Information about the Councils, including agendas of upcoming meetings and minutes of past meetings, may be found at http//www.montana.edu/msuinfo/gov/ugc/.

Monstrously good show. There's still time for bugs. Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects, the Museum of the Rockies imaginative exhibit of huge robotic bugs will be on display through Oct. 31.

The exhibit's giant robotic insects, which are up to 96 times their normal size, are accompanied by interactive learning displays and one of the world's largest private specimen collection.

The huge, moving creatures that make up Backyard Monsters include a tarantula, paper wasp, two fighting beetles, caterpillar and monarch butterfly. Each figure contains a system of animated robotics, or animatronics, that enable it to perform up to 15 movements including darting eyes, waving antennae, forward and backward hunches, and creeping legs. Also included are two static dragonflys with 10-foot gossamer wingspans. There are also 11 hands-one educational play stations in the Backyard Monsters tour.

"This is a great chance to turn people's fear of insects into fascination with them," said LaDonna Ivie, MSU professor of entomology.

The educational exhibit that demonstrates the importance of insects in our lives is sponsored by Dain Rauscher and PPL Montana.

For more information, call (406) 994-DINO or visit the museum on line at http://www.museumoftherockies.org.

International Brown Bag Seminars begin. The Office of International Programs begins its second annual "Brown Bag Seminar" series begins Sept, 14 and will feature Doug Young, Economics who will speak about living and working in Cairo, Egypt. The International Brown Bag Seminars highlight the international experiences of faculty and students. Come see slides and hear stories about traveling, studying and research around the world. The seminars will be held the second Thursday of each month in SUB room 271 from noon-1 p.m. Future dates this semester include: Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec.14, Feb. 8, March 8, and April 12. Bring lunch and dessert. Drinks will be provided.

For more information please contact Deborah Chiolero - 994-4031, chiolero@montana.edu or Tara Dunlap - 994-7602, tjdunlap@montana.edu

Faculty International Research and Program Development Fund established. The Fund has been established by the Office of International Programs (OIP) to assist MSU faculty and professional staff to conduct international research/creative activities and to encourage development of MSU's international programs. The Fund provides grants of $3,000 or less on a cost-sharing basis. A peer-reviewed committee made up of MSU faculty and professional staff makes award decisions. Approved by the Provost in December 1996, the fund has been capitalized by indirect cost contributions (IDCs) from grants awarded to OIP, and since its inception the Fund has awarded over $53,000 to 39 faculty and professional staff. Application deadline this semester is Thursday, Nov. 2. Award will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 5.

For more information and application and guideline materials, please contact Robin Evans, 994-7150, revans@montana.edu, or Yvonne Rudman - 994-4032, rudman@montana.edu.

Fulbright deadline nears. Application deadline for the Fulbright Student Program is Oct. 1.

For more information and application contact Kevin Hood in the Office of International Programs, 994-7262 or khood@montan.edu.

Friends sought for international students. MSU faculty and staff are wanted as participants in Bozeman Friends of International Students (BFIS). The Office of International Programs matches an international student with a community member or family based on shared interests. Participants then meet with their student at least once each month to enjoy a meal together, go sightseeing or shopping, attend a cultural or sporting event, or simply to talk over a cup of coffee. This is not a homestay program. For further information, please phone Debra De Bode - 994-7180, or ddebode@montana.edu.

International program information offered. International Programs Briefings - Staff of the Office of International Programs are pleased to provide free briefings to colleges and departments on OIP services and on international program opportunities for faculty and students. These can be flexible in length and content to meet specific needs. Please contact Norm Peterson or Robin Evans at 994-7150 for more information and scheduling.

Staff holidays. MSU offices are officially closed on the following days this calendar year:

Sept. 4 Labor Day
Nov. 7 Election Day
Nov. 10 Veterans Day
Nov. 23-24 Thanksgiving holiday
Dec. 25 Christmas Day

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Spotlights

J. Moss Hartt has been selected as the director of the Department of Communications Services at Montana State University in Bozeman. Hartt, an expert in both electronic communications as well as graphic design, was selected following a nation-wide search for the position. As director, he will oversee the university's news services, publications, graphic services, Extension and agricultural communications as well as the university print shop. He will also be instrumental in the implementation of MSU's marketing efforts. Hartt has worked extensively in corporate communications and marketing with firms in Texas as well as in Washington State. For the past three years, Hartt has worked in MSU's Graphic Design department, most recently as the supervisor. In that capacity has designed hundreds of MSU publications, including the MSU Web site and the Collegian magazine. Hartt replaces Allan Smart, who retired from the position July 1 after nearly 28 years of service to the university.

Greg Young has been named head of the university's Department of Music. Young moves to the position from the post of assistant dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. Young is the principal clarinetist with the Bozeman Symphony, the Montana Ballet and the Intermountain Opera Orchestras. He is the founding coordinator of the Bozeman Symphony Outreach Program, the founder of the annual Montana/Idaho Clarinet Association and is a member of the Gallatin Woodwin Quintet. He has performed and lectured throughout the world, most recently touring Italy, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic with the MSU Cello Ensemble. The United States Information Agency sponsored his recent concert tour of Brazil with the Kreutzer Trio and soprano Elizabeth Croy.

Gretchen McNeely was recently appointed by Gov. Marc Racicot to the Montana Board of Nursing for a four-year term. McNeely, associate dean of the MSU - Bozeman College of Nursing, will succeed College of Nursing faculty member, Jean Ballantyne of Billings, as the nursing education member of the board. The nine-member board is comprised of a variety of nursing professionals from across the state and has responsibility for nursing licensure, educational programs and scope of practice.

John Etgen, Project WET, was named the Conservation Educator of the Year by the Montana Wildlife Federation. John was honored for his service in educating teachers and students about Montana's water resources. The award cited his conducting watershed tours for teachers, serving on the Education Subcommittee of the Governor's Whirling Disease Task Force, coordinating numerous water and wetland festivals, and training teachers to use water education materials and activities in their curricula.

Paul Monaco, head of the Media and Theatre Arts Department, and Victoria O'Donnell, University Honors Director and professor of communication, were the conference organizers and site hosts for the 14th annual National Visual Communication Conference at Chico Hot Springs July 5-9. Lawrence Mullen, professor of communication at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas served as conference programmer. Monaco and O'Donnell both also made presentations at the conference, as did Walter Metz, Motion Picture/Video/Theatre professor.

Greg Tew, architecture, designed and built with a colleague a school bus shelter in Moscow, Idaho that received an Honor Award from the AIA (American Institute of Architects). It was also published in June in leading architectural design magazines of France, "l'architecture d'aujourd'hui" and in Great Britian's "Architectural Review."

Carol Poster, English, is a Visiting Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center of the University of Utah this year. Over the summer, she presented papers at the Lund Conference on Rhetorical Argumentation and the New Testament in Sweden and the Leeds International Medieval Congress in England. Her essay, "Being, Time, and Definition Toward a Semiotics of Figural Rhetoric," just appeared in "Philosophy and Rhetoric" (Vol. 332, 2000).

Joseph M. Caprio, retired professor of agricultural climatology, recently received two awards at the Agricultural Institute of Canada meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The awards recognize a research paper published in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science in 1999. The Canadian Society for Horticultural Science honored Caprio with the C.J. Bishop award for the best research paper published on the subject of pomology (fruit science) in the l999 journal. The second award, the Macoun-Hill award, was given for the best research paper published on the subject of horticulture in the l999 journal.

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Jobs
MSU, Great Falls Campus, seeks applicants for a Clinical Resource Nurse for health care to incarcerated populations project. The position is full time (1.0 FTE) at the Cascade County Adult Detention Center for a baccalaureate nurse clinician delivering primary care to inmates housed in the detention facility. The appointment might be renewed contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing and current Montana licensure required. Experience providing nursing services to a diverse population preferred. Send letter of application, resume and the name, address and contact numbers of three professional references who can be contacted by the selection committee to: Sharon K. Howard, Assistant Professor and Chief Medical Officer, MSU College of Nursing, Great Falls Campus, 3800 North Ulm Frontage Road, Great Falls, MT 59404. ADA/AA/ED/Vet Pref.

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Other News

College of Art involved in parks.

The MSU College of Arts and Architecture has received several grants and participated in some innovative projects linked to the national parks.

A grant from the National Park Service's HABS/HAER program in Washington DC funded the hosting of the Summer HAER Survey of Historic Roads and Bridges in the National Park system. HAER, the Historic American Engineering Record documents significant accomplishments in the built environment. This is the second year that MSU hosted an international team of young professional architects and landscape architects. The team recorded for the Library of Congress collection park roads and bridges in Wind Cave, Scotts Bluff, Glacier and Rocky Mountain national parks. Three interns were part of the US/ICOMOS foreign exchange program and hailed from Haiti, Poland and Hungary. Five MSU students were employed as part of the 13-member team supervised by Barry Sulam, program manager of the National Park Service's Cooperative Program at MSU as well as an architecture professor.

The National Park Service awarded a grant to the College of Art and Architecture's Montana Public TV affiliate KUSM for documentary programs concerning the submerged cultural resources throughout the system. Ronald Tobias, chair of the Discovery Channel Grant program, is the principal investigator for this two part series scheduled for FY 2000 round of awards from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Center of the NPS. He has been working closely with the Submerged Resources Center Director Larry Murphy and Sulam.

Glacier National Park has awarded a grant to the Architecture School for the services of faculty and student volunteers to study its endangered historic lodges. Sulam and Henry Sorenson, architecture, and a team of students will help the park and the National Trust for Historic Preservation complete a study of the landmarks through the NPS Cooperative Program at MSU.

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College of Business announces 2000 Montana Family Businesses of the Year

Two long-established Great Falls businesses tied for first place in the largest business category in the 2000 Montana Family Business Awards announced by the officials of the MSU College of Business Family Business Program. The annual competition is sponsored by the College of Business at Montana State University-Bozeman with support from MassMutual.

Great Falls winners included Anderson Steel Supply, which also has facilities in Billings and Butte, and Bison Motor company, who tied for the best large family business. Other Great Falls winners included J-R.I.G. Ace Hardware in the new business category and and O'Haire Motor Inn and Restaurant in the small business category.Cashman Nursery of Bozeman won in the very small business category. OP/TECH USA of Belgrade was the top medium-sized business and Huls Dairy of Corvallis won in the oldest business category.

Judges selected the winning family businesses from more than 67 nominations. The companies will receive their awards at a seminar/luncheon to be held Friday, Sept.15 at the Gallatin Gateway Inn near Bozeman. William Brown, an award-winning professor in MSU's College of Business will deliver the keynote speech, "Family Business As Permanent Whitewater," at 9:30 a.m. Brown, a popular speaker, often uses the business metaphor of "whitewater" to describe turmoil in business. Brown will also present a workshop at 10:45 a.m. that will focus on developing skills to lead a family business successfully through whitewater.

The annual Family Business awards call attention to the many positive contributions made by family businesses to Montana's overall economy, according to Karen Vinton, professor emeritus of business College of Business at MSU and founder of the Montana Family Business awards program.

Cost of the workshop is $25. Reservations may be made by calling the MSU College of Business Family Business Program: (406) 994-6796.

The Montana Family Business Awards are made possible by MSU College of Business, Mass Mutual, First Interstate BancSystem, Kasting, Combs & Kauffman, Maierle Insurance Consultants and Hanson & McLeod Financial Group.

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Fonda conducts MSU film workshop

As an actor, Peter Fonda said his goal is to "fill the moment." The noted star filled three days full of memorable moments at a freewheeling film seminar at this summer at which Fonda discussed everything from the minutia of cinematography to rollicking anecdotes of the making "Easy Rider" more than 30 years ago.

Fonda, an Academy award-nominated actor as well as a member of film's first family, lives in nearby Paradise Valley and has family living in Bozeman. He said he and Paul Monaco, head of MSU's film department, talked shortly after MSU President Michael Malone's unexpected death in December about Fonda conducting a seminar at MSU. Fonda said his respect for the late president was one reason he cleared his schedule to teach a three-day summer class last weekend, his first multi-day seminar at MSU. The university offered the three-day course to the public through its Extended Studies Dept.

"I loved Mike a lot," Fonda said. "And I also love the library here. I come over and just get lost (reading)."

Monaco said Fonda is officially an MSU adjunct film instructor and is particularly linked to the department since his son, Justin, graduated from MSU's Media & Theatre Arts department 1988 and now is involved in professional motion picture camera work. Peter Fonda has taught single sessions at MSU throughout the years, but said he liked the idea of doing a more lengthy program not only because of what he could teach, but also what he could learn.

"I love to talk to young people, " Fonda said. "For me, in my business, I love to know what they're thinking... how they think."

"On the other hand, in 38 years in this business, I've learned a few things" that he could pass on to the students.

Fonda said the best piece of advice he could give to the 40 participating students, most aspiring filmmakers, was to develop needed entry-level skills to break into the highly-competitive business.

"Find out what aspect of making movies do you have a knack for, what is your calling," Fonda said. "Are you a writer, do you love the camera, are you a great electrician? All those jobs are a part of it. They're all important."

Fonda talked about many of the technical aspects of the business. For instance, he reviewed the budget-conscious techniques he used in "Idaho Transfer," a stark, independent film that he produced, directed and bankrolled in 1971 with his own money earned from the immensely popular "Easy Rider." But it is performing that is clearly his passion.

"I'm an actor. That is what I do," he said, relaxed and engaging even after three days of being "on" in the class.

Fonda talked about being a member of a family of fascinating and talented performers. He told of his stern and reserved father, the famed Henry Fonda, loosening up in his last years. He talked of giving his daughter, Bridget Fonda, her first break by arranging a Citroen commercial for her when she was a broke film student at NYU and realizing, as he looked through the lens to check the light, that his child was mesmerizing and would be a star. He said he would like, one day, to work with Bridget along with his gifted sister, Jane, if she is ever interested in coming out of retirement. And, he spoke of his funny but often troubling experiences producing, writing and staring in "Easy Rider," including the beginning of his long-running feud with Dennis Hopper as well as the second-hand police bikes he used. "We called them Hardleys because they hardly ever ran."

He spoke frequently of the theme of "Idaho Transfer," a futuristic drama about ecological disaster, which he summarized as "procreation is a hoax." That philosophy is now in marked contrast to his tender stories of family, including Thomas Francis McGuane V, his infant grandson whose father, MSU graduate (English) Thomas McGuane IV, is the proprietor of Bozeman's Thomas McGuane & Co. Fine Cutlery.

If time has mellowed Fonda, it has also deepened his talents. An Oscar nominee for his lead role in 1997's "Ulee's Gold," in which he played a taciturn Florida beekeeper, Fonda's next film will be as Grandpa Burnett Stone in the animated "Thomas and the Magic Railroad." Respected for his gifts, he is sought out and has accepted an eclectic mix of assignments from narration, to playing a wizard in a contemporary "The Tempest," a performance that earned him positive reviews. What Fonda says he continues to look for are "films that find a moment that no one else has found on film."

"My goal is to find more of those moments ... and then fill them."

--Carol Schmidt

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