April 2005

Nine Western Students Inducted Into International Honor Society
Tuesday, April 26 2005
Nine University of Montana-Western students were inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education in recent ceremonies.

The nine students are Gary Berndt of Kalispell, Montana; Scott Bonnin of Dillon, Montana; Talea Doner of Dillon, Montana; Meaghan Duschanek of Dillon, Montana; Jacole Johnson of Laurel, Montana; Amanda Long of Deer Lodge, Montana; Kari Lonees of Helena, Montana; Nancy Reuter of Dillon, Montana; and Michelle Smith of Geraldine, Montana.

Kappa Delta Pi was founded on March 8, 1911 at the University of Illinois. It was organized to recognize excellence in education. Kappa Delta Pi elects those to its membership who exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in teaching and allied professions. It encourages improvement, distinction in achievement and contributions to education. Selection is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession.

Western's Kappa Delta Phi chapter was chartered in 1972. Kappa Delta Phi has 55,000 active members.

Front row: Kari Lonnes, Talea Doner, Michelle Smith, Nancy Reuter
Back row: Jacole Johnson, Gary Berndt, Amanda Long
not pictured: Scott Bonnin, Meaghan Duschanek









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"Odd Couple" Auditions Set
Friday, April 22 2005
The next production from the University of Montana-Western's Drama Program is Neil Simon's “The Odd Couple” set for September. The play will be directed by Dr. Judy Ulrich. There are roles for up to six men and six women, as both the “guys” version (Felix and Oscar as main characters) and “gals” version (Felicity & Olivia as the Felix- Oscar roles) may be joint-produced! Auditions will be held Wednesday, April 27 from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 28 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. The auditions will be held in the Small Auditorium (Room 314) of Old Main. Interested actors and actresses may audition by appointment. Beginners and inexperienced need apply, too! Ulrich is also looking for interested people for stage design and other areas behind the scenes. For more information, call 683-7422 or by email to j_ulrich@umwestern.edu.
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Western Student Receives Prestigious Science Fellowship
Tuesday, April 19 2005
Megan Janke, a junior from Avon, was selected to participate in the American Society (ASM) for Microbiology Undergraduate Research (URF) Fellowship Program. She receives a $1000 cash stipend to be used when she travels to the 2006 ASM General Meeting next June.

Janke will complete a ten-week research project this summer, prepare a summary of her research results, submit her results to the ASM National Meeting and then present her results at the national meeting.

“This is a very competitive award. Students from universities across the country apply for this fellowship each year,” said Dr. Michael Morrow, assistant professor of biology at Western. “The fact that Megan received this fellowship is a tremendous statement to Megan's abilities and potential as a scientist, not to mention the quality of the Biology Education that students receive at UM-Western. I am very fortunate to have Megan working in my laboratory this summer, not to mention all of next year.”

Janke will travel to Atlanta this summer with Morrow for the 2005 AMA General Meeting where they will make a presentation of research done this past year in the UM-Western lab.

Janke is a health science major at Western. She is a 2002 graduate of Powell County High School of Deer Lodge and the daughter of Jeff and Cheryl Janke.

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"Love Without Fear" Week at UM-Western
Monday, April 11 2005
According to the American Institute on Domestic Violence every 9 seconds a woman living in the United States is battered, every 5-8 minutes a woman is raped, and every 15 minutes a woman is murdered.

The women who make up these statistics, who were harmed in each of these violent acts, are common women - women no different than our mothers, daughters, friends and co-workers. These are common women whose lives were changed by violence.

Confronted with such unsettling statistics, and the knowledge that many women in our community are survivors of physical and sexual violence (every 1.2 days a woman is raped in the state of Montana), the students of English 362 / Women's Literature, Student Life, Campus Counseling, Student Senate and our local Women's Resource Center have joined together to host an awareness campaign "Love Without Fear" to be held the week of April 11-14, 2005, at the UM-Western campus.

The awareness campaign will feature participation in the National Clothesline Project, a project that invites survivors of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, racial violence, and anyone who wants to make a statement, to design a t-shirt to express their pain, healing and personal messages. These t-shirts are then displayed on an outdoor clothesline as a vehicle for raising awareness.

"Love Without Fear" will also feature participation in the White Ribbon Campaign, a worldwide project dedicated to ending violence. Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to sign a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence and sexual assault. Once they sign the pledge they will be given a white ribbon to wear to show their commitment.

In addition, the awareness campaign will include the following activities:

Monday, April 11

"The Vagina Monologues" Movie, Small Aud., Main Hall
A video presentation of Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning play.
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12

National Clothesline Project / White Ribbon Campaign
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presentation by Kelly Parsley, Director of the Sexual Assault Recovery Center at Carroll College, Great Room
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Free Lunch, Great Room
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13

National Clothesline Project / White Ribbon Campaign
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presentation "Know Your Boundaries" by Deb Hursh, Frank Kluesner, Becky Deboer, Great Room
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
"Tough Guise" Movie, Great Room
A video presentation of Jackson Katz's discussion on masculinity.
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

National Clothesline Project / White Ribbon Campaign
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapist, Francis Honsharuk, Tundra
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremony
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In order to make this campaign a success, we need your assistance promoting the events. We ask that you announce the schedule to your students and encourage them to attend one and/or all of the events.
For any questions call 683-7206.



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"Raining Jane" to Give Free Concert at UM-Western
Friday, April 8 2005
The Student Life Department of the University of Montana-Western is sponsoring a free concert featuring Raining Jane on Sunday, April 17. The concert is from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark Room in Mathews Hall.

Raining Jane is an up-and-coming, four-member eclectic folk band from Los Angeles, California. Formed six years ago, Raining Jane is Chaska Potter, vocals/guitar; Mona Tavakoli, drums/percussion/vocals; Mai Bloomfield, vocals/guitar/cello and Becky Gebhardt, bass/guitar/sitar.

Raining Jane was the most booked act of NACA West (National Association of Campus Activities). They are one of only three independent artists chosen for a Mainstage Showcase at the 2005 NACA National Conference.

Raining Jane's second studio album, “Diamond Lane,” was just released. It features ten Raining Jane originals and a rendition of Bob Marley's “Turn Your Lights Down,”

Raining Jane's music can rougly be described as an eclectic combination of influences, ranging between Ani DiFranco, Fleetwood Mac, Sleater-Kinney and the Fugees. What really sets them apart is their chill-inducing three-part harmonies.

Raining Jane's song topics and lyrics are inspired by a variety of life experiences. Lyrical content is both playful and serious. Lighter subject matter includes regrettable fashion choices, disappointing birthdays and Internet love. Other songs reflect personal relationships and global politics.

“Sometimes folkie, sometimes funky, the ladies of Raining Jane consistently churn out engaging multi-instrumental rock music highlighted by an intriguing use of dynamics and spot-on haromony vocals,” said Mike Moore of Music Connection Magazine. “While Raining Jane's collective instrumental prowess is impressive, it's their sense of humor and tendency to induce mass sing-alongs that keep people coming back.”

The Raining Jane original “Big Girl” will be featuring in the soon to be released Burt Reynolds movie “Cloud Nine.”

Together, these four women have an undeniable chemistry, engaging audiences with a dynamic and energetic stage presence.

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Heidi on Stage at UM-Western
Wednesday, April 6 2005
Heidi2a.jpg The Gargoyles of the University of Montana-Western in conjunction with Pioneer Drama Service present Johanna Spryi's “Heidi” adapted by John Baldwin; April 14, 15, and 16 in the Beier Auditorium.

There will be special morning and matinee performances on April 14 and 15. Showtime is 9:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 and at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15. These performances are geared for local schools. If teachers are interested in bringing their classes to any of the matinee or evening performances, please call 683-7422 for more information. Tickets are $2.50 for adults and $.50 for children for the morning and afternoon matinee.

Evening performances on April 14, 15 and 16 are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the UM-Western Beier Auditorium. Tickets are only $5.00.

The play is directed by Dr. Judy Ulrich. The technical director is Prof. Larry Brazill. Playwright John Baldwin from Michigan State University and visiting scenic designer Karen Brower will be assisting.

This faithful rendition includes a lovely Alpine set, an interior mansion scene, live kittens, a goat puppet, and lively dancing.
Of course, sweet Heidi, grumpy Grandfather, the imperious Fraulein Rottenmeier, and invalid Clara are all included. Cast includes:

Heidi - Karlee Mosher of Augusta, Montana
Fraulein Rottenmeier - Brenda Barthelmeh of Great Falls, Montana
Clara the Invalid - Kaci Wilson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Peter - Alex Ferguson of Great Falls, Montana
Peter's Mother - Mandy Brown of Plains, Montana
Aunt Dete - Amanda Babbon of Missoula, Montana
Grandfather - Scott Gebert of Helena, Montana
The Goat - Katie Ulrich of Dillon, Montana
Clara's Grandmother - Maryl DeMilo of Dillon, Montana
Maid - Lauren Lindquist of Glendive, Montana
Maid - Dani Arps of Choteau, Montana
Clara's Father - Andrew Foster of Billings, Montana
Assistant Director - Jessica David of Kalispell, Montana


For more information, call 683-7422,



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Western Students Write Grant
Tuesday, April 5 2005
Four students from the Early Childhood Professionalism Class at the University of Montana-Western were awarded a mini grant from Best Beginnings.

Best Beginnings is a quality initiative program from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and is part of the Early Childhood Services Bureau. This is Federal childcare money that goes towards improving the quality of childcare facilities in Montana.

The students were awarded 1500 dollars to update the science, math and technology centers at Curious Minds Early Care and Education Center located on the campus of the University of Montana Western. The grant was taken on as a collaborative project on professional advocacy.

Michelle Harr of Deer Lodge, majoring in elementary education with a minor in early childhood education as well as reading, from Deer Lodge.

Mollie Kern of Missoula, majoring in elementary education and getting an Associates Degree in early childhood education.

Lisa Tanner of Reno, Nevada, early childhood education

Annie Zion is from Choteau and is majoring in early childhood education with and emphasis in business.

Class instructor is Dr. Nili Luo, an associate professor at UM-Western.

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ASUMW Holds Student Body Elections
Monday, April 4 2005
The Associated Students of the University of Montana-Western held Student Body elections Wednesday, March 30.

Fay Clark, a junior from Dell, was elected student body president and Anthony Anderson, a sophomore from Homedale, Idaho, was elected Vice-President.

Clark is a 2000 graduate of Lima High School and a secondary education major. She is the daughter of Tim and Dawn Clark

Anderson is a 2003 graduate of Homedale High School and a business and secondary education major. He is the son of Charles and Holly Anderson of Homedale.

The following students were elected to the post of Student Senator. Rachel Bulcher of Hansen, Idaho; Ben Collins of Bynum, Montana: Sarah Griffin of Dillon; Sarah Huston of Helena, Montana; Linda Pattengale of Livingston, Montana; Jennifer Rondeau of Frenchtown, Montana; Liz Sadler of Whitefish, Montana and Whitney Wines of Gooding, Idaho.



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