Newsline November 20, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. UM gets a bronze rating in sustainability.

Around EVST

  1. Goodbye to another conservation hero. 
  2. EVST alum Chandra Brown offers a writing workshop on wild water (literally), June 2018, register soon.
  3. Do a friend a favor and invite your friend to join the EVST family.

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events & CHECK FOR FIRE CANCELLATIONS)

  1. Communicating Science seminar, Nov 20. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Volunteers needed for Goodfellows’ Free Thanksgiving Dinner!
  2. Teach local kids about environmental science. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Montana Public Radio Launches Podcast on Invasive Species Threatening State Waters, Nov 20.
  2. Meet the Missoula League of Women Voters, Nov 20.
  3. Aquatic Invasive species management meeting conference call, Nov 21. 
  4. Showing of the film Tomorrow, Dec 6.
  5. Apply to UM’s Leadership Certificate program (apply by Dec 5).
  6. How to Get a Job in Sustainability webinar, Nov 30. 
  7. Wetland/riparian ecology and management course, January to April 2018. 

Jobs and Internship

  1. Blackfoot Challenge seeks Executive Director, open till filled, desired start date January 2018. 

Funding

  1. MTCC Civic Engagement Scholarship for UnderGrads, Application deadline Nov 27.
  2. Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship 2018 Program, apply by Jan 3. 

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Join Run Wild Missoula for Family Friendly Fall Race, Turkey Day, Nov. 23.
  2. No regular bus service on Thanksgiving Day, but free rides to free food.
  3. Holiday Open House at the Peace Center, Nov 25.
  4. Kids shop for Fair Trade Gift Items at the Peace Center, Dec 1.
  5. UM’s Science Education Museum celebrates its 10th birthday, Nov 28. 
  6. UM Sustainability Spotlight. 
  7. Could bombing Louisiana's coast with seeds save it?

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Good News Item

UM gets a bronze rating in sustainability.

The University of Montana's sustainability efforts received a "bronze" rating Tuesday from a nonprofit organization promoting sustainability in higher education. UM's Sustainability Coordinator Eva Rocke (and EVST alum) says UM fell just 2.2 points shy of a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. She says that offers both hope and a roadmap for improvement. UM lost some points from its unwillingness to divest from fossil fuels. 

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Around EVST

Goodbye to another conservation hero. 

EVST says goodbye to environmental hero and Headwaters Montana board member John Frederick of Polebridge who passed away recently. John spoke with Len’s Transboundary courses and showed how you could be a passionate and effective conservation leader and still remain friends with your neighbors who did not always agree with you. John will be missed but his spirit will be forever wild.  

EVST alum Chandra Brown offers a writing workshop on wild water (literally), June 2018, register soon.

The Freeflow Institute invites you to join us for the 2018 Salmon River Seminar, a unique writing workshop led by William deBuys, Pulitzer finalist and an undisputed master of literary nonfiction. The 6- day workshop will be in late June on the Salmon River, in the heart of Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. You can sign up for UM credit (graduate or undergraduate). Register before Jan 1, 2018 for a discounted rate. Full details, cost and how to register here

Do a friend a favor and invite your friend to join the EVST family.

The Environmental Studies Program is currently accepting applications for the Masters’ of Science program for Autumn 2018. Priority Deadline Jan 15, 2018. For nearly 50 years, we have provided students with the knowledge, skills, and commitment needed to foster a healthy natural world and to create a more sustainable, just, and peaceful society. Pursue your passion. Learn new skills. Make a difference. Contact a faculty member who shares your interests. Information on applying at this link

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Featured Events

Communicating Science seminar, Nov 20. 

Nadia White, Director of UM’s Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism, will tell the story of Jet, a mule deer whose remarkable journey across Wyoming and into social media stardom helped the Wyoming Migration Initiative explain the broader implications of their work. WHEN/WHERE: Monday November 20 from 4:30-5:20pm in Stone Hall 304. In addition, this seminar serves as the introduction to a longer “Science Communication Workshop” presented by Prof. White. The Workshop is free and open UM graduate students and faculty. Space is limited; see below for details on how to sign up. Attendees will learn how to conceptualize a communications strategy for their science. Learning objectives: Understand your audience and tailor the what and the why of your message appropriately for the to whom: practitioners, policy-makers, public, press (the 4Ps); Understand the importance and process of pre-reporting; Practice drafting a clear message, with little to no jargon; Understand the power of storytelling and learn how to integrate people and places in communicating science. This workshop is open to all graduate students and faculty at the University of Montana, although space is limited. The workshop will be held over two sessions:  Monday, November 20 4:30-7:30 pm and Monday, November 27, 5:30-8:30 pm (first session begins during BRIDGES seminar slot). Attendance is free, but space is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Please register here

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed for Goodfellows’ Free Thanksgiving Dinner!

Thanksgiving November 23, from 10 am-2 pm the Missoula Goodfellows group will take over Fuddruckers and serve a FREE meal. It’s about community and enjoying each-other on Thanksgiving no matter what. Buses will run from the downtown transfer station. Volunteers can call 721-4577 and ask for Corey or Tonya. Great thing to get the family together to do.  

Teach local kids about environmental science. 

UM’s outreach to schools (We Are Montana in the Classroom) has received a request for UM role models to lead activities at an after-school program in Darby for students in grades K-5. Faculty and graduate student role models from all academic disciplines are invited to lead a hands-on or minds-on activity and share their higher education and career experiences with the 15 students in the after-school club. Visits are typically 45-60 min. long and can be scheduled during the following days and times throughout the school year: Mon/Tues/Thurs 3:15-5:30 or Weds 2:15-5:30. We Are Montana in the Classroom will provide transportation to Darby (approx. 90 min. from Missoula) and can purchase supplies for your activity. To sign up or for more information, Contact Harley Fredriksen.  

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Educational Opportunities

Montana Public Radio Launches Podcast on Invasive Species Threatening State Waters, Nov 20.

“SubSurface: Resisting Montana’s Underwater Invaders,” a new podcast from Montana Public Radio, examines what could happen if Montana fails to stop the coming invasion of zebra and quagga mussels threatening the state’s water bodies. In “SubSurface,” MTPR's Nicky Ouellet examines how invasive mussels changed the Great Lakes region and what those implications could mean for Montana’s future, as well as what the state already is doing to detect and prevent their spread. The five-episode series launches Monday, Nov. 20, and will be available on iTunes and online at Montana Public Radio

Meet the Missoula League of Women Voters, Nov 20.

Join the Missoula League of Women Voters for an introductory meeting about how the League works and what it is doing at the local, state and national level. The League has an almost 100-year history of defending democracy. WHEN/WHERE: November 20, 7 pm at the Missoula Public Library.  

Aquatic Invasive species management meeting conference call, Nov 21. 

Flowering Rush is a beautiful but problematic invasive plant that changes aquatic habitat in a way that favors non-native fish over our native fish. There will be a meeting on its management on Nov 21 in Oregon but it is possible to participate via phone. See below. The Lower Columbia River Flowering Rush fall work meeting will be Nov 21 from 10 to Noon Pacific Time at the SAGE Center conference room in Boardman OR. There will be a call-in line or a go to meeting arrangement for those who cannot attend in person. For this option, contact Mark Porter, 541-398-0154. Agenda includes – status of ongoing control projects and lessons learned from them. Funding for future projects. 

Showing of the film Tomorrow, Dec 6.

Join Women's Voices For The Earth for a showing of the film, Tomorrow. This is an inspiring film that highlights innovative solutions to the number of issues our world is currently facing with a strong emphasis on community development. YouTube trailer here. When: Wednesday, December 6, Details TBA. 

Apply to UM’s Leadership Certificate program (apply by Dec 5).

UM students can now apply for UM’s 2018 LeadershipU Certificate Program which is designed for students engaged in student leadership and/or community activism. Students accepted in the program will meet in the UC for 8 weeks on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 pm, starting February 20, 2018. The mission of LeadershipU is to empower students to practice self-reflection, engage with peers, seek social change, build better organizations, and cultivate community at UM. Students will engage in facilitated discussions on: community building, leadership, social justice and activism, interpersonal skills, active listening, conflict resolution, mindfulness, self-care. LeadershipU will provide books, journals, and food. Applications accepted through December 5, and applicants will be notified on December 11. Questions: Contact Adrianne Donald or at 406.243.6029. Click here to apply or visit this link

How to Get a Job in Sustainability webinar, Nov 30. 

Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College, will outline mission-driven career strategies in sustainable business, non-profits, and government for both soon-to-be and recent college graduates. Goodstein will provide participants with a concrete job-search strategy, discuss what the current political climate means for careers in social and environmental sustainability, cover grad school and continuing education options (including school now / school later); and take questions from the audience. Please register here for log-in details and more information. Webinar: Thursday, November 30th, 7 PM EST. 

Wetland/riparian ecology and management course, January to April 2018. 

The Montana Water Center will offer a 15-week online course in Wetland & Riparian Ecology and Management. The course will provide a thorough introduction to wetland and riparian ecology of the Rocky Mountain and Northern Great Plains as well as the regulations and public mandates that guide their management, and the human and global disturbances that continue to shape these systems. The course is designed to provide a clear interpretation of technical information to educators; tribal, state and local regulatory staff; and consultants; and anyone interested in these ecosystems. We will cover the fundamentals through guided readings and discussions of text book chapters, technical reports and manuals, and peer-reviewed literature. Dates: Jan 10-April 27. Fee: $500. More info and registration here.   

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Jobs and Internships

Blackfoot Challenge seeks Executive Director, open till filled, desired start date January 2018. 

This is a full-time position responsible for the daily management of the organization, including fundraising, budgeting, program planning and implementation, staff and independent contractor supervision, program oversight, office management, and complying with the legal responsibilities of non-profits. The Executive Director (ED) works in close partnership with the Board of Directors to manage the financial health and overall direction of the organization. Annual budgets average around $1.4 million combined for the eight program areas. Program work is accomplished at the committee level, with board oversight for strategic planning and administration. Each committee is chaired by a board member or partner, and a full- or part-time staff member coordinates each committee. Each committee facilitates participation by diverse stakeholders, builds partnerships that serve overlapping values, and finds resources to implement activities. The ED supervises all coordinators. The ED’s work location is the Blackfoot Challenge office located in Ovando, MT with occasional work from a home office. Full Job Description and Application instructions can be found here. Deadline: November 17, 2017 or until position is filled. Start Date: January 2018 desired.  

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Funding

MTCC Civic Engagement Scholarship for UnderGrads, Application deadline Nov 27.

MTCC's Civic Engagement Scholarship honors the contributions college students make to community life in Montana and beyond. The $1000 scholarships recognize undergraduate students who have made a significant community-based service effort while pursuing a degree or certificate. MTCC selects six current undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of college at a MTCC affiliate campus. All applications meeting the required criteria (below) will be considered. Winners will be notified on December 14, 2017. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Must be an undergraduate student who has completed at least one year of college at a MTCC affiliate campus, Must have completed a FAFSA application, Must be attending a MTCC affiliate institution in Fall 2017, Must be attending a MTCC affiliate institution in Spring 2018, Must submit your application on or before November 27, 2017. READY TO APPLY? Applications must be filled out via MTCC’s secure Submittable platform. Setting up an account with Submittable takes less than a minute, requiring only your name, email and a password. Once registered you can review the questions and begin filling out your application, which can be saved so you can return to is as often as necessary until it is complete and ready for submission. All required sections (noted by an asterisk) must completed in order to submit your application. If you have any difficulties accessing the application, please contact Kathy Peters or call 406-218-1570. CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship 2018 Program, apply by Jan 3. 

The MLEF Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible Fossil Energy sites in Washington DC, PA, WV, OR, LA, TX, TN, WA, CA, NM. Eligibility: US citizens at least 18 years old with a cumulate GPA of at least 3.0; Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2018). Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application; Be available to participate in the full 10-week program. Application deadline: January 3, 2018, 11:59PM EST. How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted here. Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found here. For questions please email us here.  

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Join Run Wild Missoula for Family Friendly Fall Race, Turkey Day, Nov. 23.

Join us in getting some fresh air and exercise before feasting on a Thanksgiving meal! The Turkey Day 3K Family Fun Run is free for all ages! It is untimed and noncompetitive - perfect for kids and families. There is also an 8K option, which includes a knit winter hat for all paid participants. We encourage participants to consider donating non-perishable food or monetary donations to the Missoula Food Bank. For more information about the races and to register, click here

No regular bus service on Thanksgiving Day, but free rides to free food.

Mountain Line will be closed on Thursday, November 23 in recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Normal service resumes on Nov 24. However, there will be free shuttle service from the Downtown Transfer Center (200 W. Pine) to the Goodfellows Free Community Dinner at Fuddruckers on N. Reserve St. from 10am-2pm on Thanksgiving Day. No other buses will operate. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service representatives at (406)721-3333. 

Holiday Open House at the Peace Center, Nov 25.

Eat, drink and be merry with us and see the store all dressed up for the holidays and take the first peek at our fair-trade gift items. Or, simply come and have some fun making your own peace crane ornament! WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, November 25, 4-7 pm, Peace Center at 519 S. Higgins. 

Kids shop for Fair Trade Gift Items at the Peace Center, Dec 1.

The Rankin Peace Center offers fair trade gift shopping night for children of all ages. Each year, we invite parents to drop off their children at the store to shop for their family's holiday presents. Let us know how much they have in their budget and who they need to buy for and our volunteers will help them pick out the perfect gift and wrap it in recycled papers and bows! A fun night for the kids, who learn about fair trade items, and the excitement around choosing that special something for their loved ones. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, December 1, 5-7 pm, Peace Center at 519 S. Higgins. 

UM’s Science Education Museum celebrates its 10th birthday, Nov 28. 

UM offers science education to the public through SpectrUM – a science discovery museum at 812 Toole Avenue. See the museum, hear about its programs and enjoy some treats. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 28, 5:30-7:30pm at 812 Toole Avenue. 

UM Sustainability Spotlight. 

October was Campus Sustainability Month, which the ASUM Sustainability Committee celebrated through a number of activities aimed at increasing student engagement with sustainability. The first initiative focused on reducing the amount of waste produced on campus by promoting UM Dining’s “Kill the Cup” campaign, which encourages members of the campus community to bring their own coffee cup to UM Dining facilities to help reduce waste. When they do, they receive a discount on their coffee purchase. The Committee also partnered with Montana Conservation Voters to spread the word about sustainability efforts on campus including how students could get involved. While October and Campus Sustainability Month have now passed, work to improve the sustainability of our campus and the broader community is ongoing. Onward! For more information visit this link.   

Could bombing Louisiana's coast with seeds save it?

Tierra Resources, a wetland restoration company, is trying a new tactic in the fight against coastal land loss - carpet bombing marshes with mangrove seedlings. Mack, Tierra's founder, led crews that spent last week gathering a half-million of the lima bean-sized seedlings, known as propagules, and then spilled them across marshes near Port Fourchon, a hub of oil shipping in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Read the article here.

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This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor. 

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