DATE: 14 January 2002
TO: Board of Regents
FROM: G. M. Dennison
President, The University of Montana
RE: Campus Report for the January 2002 Board of Regentsí Meeting
∑ On 21 December 2001, The University of Montana Grizzly Football Team won their second NCAA Division I-AA national championship with a 13-6 victory over Furman University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The win gave the Grizzlies a school record of 15-1 for the season.
∑ In early February 2002, the University will dedicate its new Fitness and Recreation Center. A student referendum in April 1999 endorsed the $10 million project, with approval by the Board of Regents in September 1999. The project also included a major renovation of the Grizzly Pool. The 82,000 sq. ft. facility opened for student and campus use on 27 October 2001.
∑ UM-Mís January 2002 Intersession offered 26 courses with a total of 368 student participants.
∑ Two UM-M professors received Fulbright Scholar Program grants: Department of Management Professor Richard Dailey currently lectures on international business at the Belarusian State Economic University in Minsk, Belarus; and Regentsí Professor of History Paul Lauren travels to the University of Helsinki, Finland, this month to lecture and conduct research on the Helsinki Human Rights Movement.
∑ American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL), a group with national headquarters at UM-M, has received $130,000 from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc. AIBL will use the award to implement a financial literacy project designed to teach American Indian high school students about personal budgeting, money management, credit reports, and loan applications. The project will also train educators who teach on or near U.S. Indian reservations.
∑ Jason Begay, UM-M School of Journalism senior and member of the Navajo tribe, was selected for a six-month internship at The New York Times.
∑ Two UM-M School of Journalism students--Chad Dundas and Lindsey Lear--placed competitively in the William Randolf Hearst Foundation Competition and will receive award certificates. The Competition included entries from 105 undergraduate accredited schools of journalism across the country. Chad Dundas placed 18th in the opinion/column writing competition, and Lindsey Lear placed 14th in the radio features competition.