Newsline September 11, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless.

Around EVST

  1. Keep up on happenings in EVST on Facebook.
  2. EVST’er wins effective activism award.
  3. EVST Alum Emily Withnall has excerpt “Disembodied” published in September 2017 Kenyon Review!
  4. A few volunteers needed to assist teaching GPS to seventh graders in Lolo, Sept. 19.

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

  1. Proposed Resource Cancellations at the Mansfield Library, SPEAK OUT NOW!

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. UM’s Fall Volunteer Fair, Sept 13.
  2. Become a Stream Monitor; Trainings Sept 13 or 16.

Educational Opportunities

  1. AE Expo, 4-day event/UC Atrium, Sept. 12 – 15.
  2. Oil and Water Don't Mix, Sept 14 at Flathead Valley Community College.
  3. Field trip of Bitterroot River streambank restoration & irrigation projects, Sept 15.
  4. 7th annual Montana Clean Energy Fair. Sept 16, Helena. 
  5. Sunday Streets (Sept 17) Kicks off Walk n Roll week. 
  6. MT Watershed Coordination Council tour of Musselshell projects, Sept 18-20.
  7. Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop featuring Curt Pate in Victor, Sept 19.
  8. Screening of the film Look & See: a portrait of Wendell Berry, Sept 21. 
  9. Learn Practical Raptor Identification Skills, Sept 22-23. 
  10. Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent in Choteau, MT September 25.
  11. 37th Annual Biennial Public Land Law Conference, Blewett School of Law, October 12 and 13.
  12. Project Green Challenge – what is it? Inspiration, transformation ….
  13. Conference on the Future of the West, Nov 29 in Bozeman @ MSU.

Jobs and Internship

  1. Communications Director with Northern Plains Resource Council.
  2. UM Recycling program seeks workers. 

Funding

  1. Funding Opportunities.

Housing

  1. Room for rent/house sitter needed.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Spontaneous Construction, Saturday, September 16.
  2. Fundraiser for Big Blackfoot Trout Unlimited, Sept 17 in Seeley Lake.
  3. Ghosts from Missoula’s past, Sept 17. 
  4. Free membership in APA. 

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Good News Item

All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless.

Teen girls from San Fernando High School saw the number of homeless multiplying in their community. The girls were from low income families themselves, so could not help with money. That was the starting point for their invention: a solar-powered tent that folds into a rollaway backpack. The girls were assisted by DIY Girls, a nonprofit that teaches girls from low-income communities about engineering, math, and science, to go after the grant. They worked on their invention over the course of a year. This spring they presented it at MIT as part of a young inventor’s conference. The teens, none of whom had coded, soldered, sewn, or 3D-printed before they joined forces, won a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program to develop the invention. More of their story and pictures of their tents here

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Around EVST

Keep up on happenings in EVST on Facebook.

Keep up to date on different things happening around EVST on our Facebook page. Like and share today!

EVST’er wins effective activism award.

EVST junior Sophie Moon has been selected for the William’s Effect 25 under 25 Award for her effective activism. She has worked on MontPIRG’s Save the Smith River campaign & serves on MontPIRG’s board.  She has also worked with SpectrUM Discovery area and was awarded Outstanding Volunteer Award from the UM Office for Civic Engagement. She also has worked with Garden City Harvest and will be an intern at the PEAS Farm this fall. More info here. Congratulations, Sophie! And check out Sophie’s op ed in the Missoulian

EVST Alum Emily Withnall has excerpt “Disembodied” published in September 2017 Kenyon Review!

EMILY WITHNALL’s work has appeared in High Country News, Concīs Magazine, and El Palacio Magazine, among others. “Disembodied” is an excerpt of her manuscript Fracture, and the essay won first place in creative nonfiction for the AWP Writers’ Conferences & Centers Award in 2016. Her essay “Whiptail Clan” is forthcoming in the anthology Janeland from Cleis Press this year. Read the excerpt here. Congratulations Emily! 

A few volunteers needed to assist teaching GPS to seventh graders in Lolo, Sept. 19.

EVST grad student Laura Zanolli will be teaching GPS skills to the seventh grade class at Lolo School and then teaching the students how to create maps of data collected at Traveler’s Rest in ArcGIS online during the week of September 18-22. On the 19th, I could use a few volunteers to help work with groups of three students as they collect GPS points at the park. If interested, please contact Laura or call at 406-240-5116.

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Featured Events

Proposed Resource Cancellations at the Mansfield Library, SPEAK OUT NOW!

Message to Campus Departments - from the Mansfield Library. This year (FY 2018) the Mansfield library received a substantial base budget cut as well as no inflationary increase for the collections budget. The impact to the library collection budget is a reduction of $600,000 or 15% from FY 2017 plus an inflation deficit of $202,000 (needed to sustain a 6% overall increase in costs of subscriptions in FY 2018). All the easy, least impactful cancellations have already occurred. This fiscal year (FY 2018), in addition to cancelling some individual ejournals and databases, it will no longer be possible to sustain some of the ejournal packages currently subscribed to (e.g. ScienceDirect, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, etc.) at their current cost. Additionally, the regular acquisition of books, via the core approval plan, has also been suspended for this fiscal year. Log into the Fall 2017 Proposed Resource Cancellation Lists webpage with your NetID to view the lists of impacted resources and to access the feedback form. See The Mansfield Library Collection Budget Reduction Overview for a fuller discussion of the library budget (also available at the top of the Fall 2017 Proposed Resource Cancellation Lists webpage). Solicitation of feedback from all departments and ASUM will occur August 31st through September 27th, 2017. If any of the resources identified for cancellation are required to meet your program's accreditation standards please point us to or supply the requirement language / documentation. Cancellations of resources will begin January 2018. Please share this information with your department / program colleagues. If you have additional questions or would like to meet with a library representative please contact library.serials@umontana.edu

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Volunteer Opportunities

UM’s Fall Volunteer Fair, Sept 13.

Students can visit with over thirty local nonprofit agencies in order to learn about opportunities to help meet pressing community needs. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Sept 13 from 10am to 2pm in the UC Atrium.  

Become a Stream Monitor; Trainings Sept 13 or 16.

WEN invites UM students to join our fall water monitoring programs as volunteers and interns. To learn more please visit us here. Want to make a difference in river health and help create the next generation of watershed stewards? You can join the Stream Team and monitor local streams AND/OR help take local schools kids on stream field trips. WHEN/WHERE: Wed. Sept. 13, from 3:30-7:30 PM, OR Saturday, Sept. 16, from 12 – 4PM at the WEN office (802 E. Front), migrating to the Clark Fork River. Potential 3rd training Thursday, Sept. 21 from 2-5 PM. Please RSVP with name, email, phone contact and shoe size or call the WEN office at (406) 541-9287. 

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Educational Opportunities

AE Expo, 4-day event/UC Atrium, Sept. 12 – 15.

Connect your academic experience inside and outside the classroom. Join us Sept. 12 – 15 in the UC Atrium for this 4-day event to learn about internships, research, field experiences, National Student Exchange, volunteering, studying abroad and exploring UM majors and minors. For more information visit this link.  Day 1: Internships/Research/Field Experiences/National Student Exchange; Day 2: Volunteer Fair; Day 3: Education Abroad Fair; Day 4: UM Major Fair and Declare Your Major Day. 

Oil and Water Don't Mix, Sept 14 at Flathead Valley Community College.

Join Headwaters Montana, American Rivers, Montana Trout Unlimited, the Flathead Lakers, National Parks Conservation Association and our guest for an evening of films and discussion about how to make safer the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad shipment of highly flammable Bakken crude oil along the Middle Fork Flathead River, Whitefish Lake, and the communities of Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Read more here. What: 3 short films about Montana's rivers and a panel discussion about the Bakken crude oil trains. When:  September 14, 6-9pm. Where:  FVCC, Art and Technology Building, Community Room. Cost: Free and open to the public. 

Field trip of Bitterroot River streambank restoration & irrigation projects, Sept 15.

On Friday, September 15, join the Bitter Root Water Forum for an exciting tour of water in the Bitterroot Valley! Learn how water is managed in the Bitterroot, see modern day irrigation techniques, and view streambank restoration techniques which help mitigate non-point source pollution. The tour is from 1pm-5pm and begins and ends at the Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors building in Hamilton. Transportation provided. Space is limited, please purchase tickets in advance. Cost is $5/person. More info and tickets here

7th annual Montana Clean Energy Fair. Sept 16, Helena. 

Hosted by the Montana Renewable Energy Association, the fair includes workshops on solar, wind, alternative fuel vehicles, energy efficiency, and other clean energy technologies. There will also be exhibits by clean energy businesses and an electric car show! When/Where: Saturday, September 16, 9 am-4 pm, Pioneer Park, Helena, next to the Lewis & Clark Library (120 S Last Chance Gulch St.).  

Sunday Streets (Sept 17) Kicks off Walk n Roll week. 

Sunday Streets Missoula is back, and will be the kick off to Walk and Roll Missoula (previously bike walk bus week). This Sunday is a special day where people take back Higgins Ave. and rethink how our public spaces can be more livable. Many local groups and businesses will provide activities and treats. Sunday, September 17, 12–4 pm, Higgins Avenue from XXX's to 5th Street.  

MT Watershed Coordination Council tour of Musselshell projects, Sept 18-20.
Tour highlights on-the-ground projects, and local groups working on projects. The 2017 tour will take place September 18-20 in the Musselshell, and will feature a ranch tour, collaboration efforts in the Musselshell watershed, and projects related to cottonwood regeneration, grazing management, in stream flow and fish passage, floodplain connectivity, and flood recovery projects. The tour will also include a stay at the legendary Barnsion in Harlowton, and plenty of opportunities to connect with community members passionate about natural resource conservation. If you have questions or want more info about the tour, emailjill@mtwatersheds.org

Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop featuring Curt Pate in Victor, Sept 19.

This is a field-based workshop that will occur on a local ranch in the Bitterroot Valley. Curt Pate is a renowned stockman who has been leading stockmanship and safety demonstrations, workshops, and clinics for over a decade. The workshop will focus on livestock handling methods that reduce cattle stress, making for safer and more effective cattle movement. Low stress, efficient stock movement can help improve soil health under improved grazing strategies, while also producing a high quality finished product.  Direct link here. For more details and to register, visit missoulacd.org – cost is $15/person, lunch included. WHEN: September ​19, 9am-3pm. 

Screening of the film Look & See: a portrait of Wendell Berry, Sept 21. 

More info & Tickets here.  Fundraiser for AERO, WHEN/WHERE: Sept 21, 7-9pm at the Myrna Loy Center in Helena (15 N Ewing St). 

Learn Practical Raptor Identification Skills, Sept 22-23. 

As part of International Hawk Migration Week, Steve Hoffman, raptor expert and former Executive Director of Montana Audubon will teach a field identification class for all skill levels on Friday, September 22nd, and lead a Field Trip to the Golden Eagle Migration Survey (GEMS) study site near Duck Creek Pass in the Big Belt Mountains near Townsend, on Saturday, September 23rd. Participants will practice identifying raptors, with GEMS observers (a cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service, Montana FWP, Montana Audubon, and Last Chance Audubon). Raptors likely to be encountered: Golden Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and American Kestrel (17 species at this site).  Click here to learn more and to register! 

Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent in Choteau, MT September 25.

This year’s conference will focus on having the conversations that matter — conversations that advance our common interests, help us work through difficulties, and make progress on complex issues. The Crown of the Continent contains a vast array of intersections: between urban and rural communities, between public and private land, between resource extraction and amenity-based economies, between indigenous and later-arriving cultures. These can be areas of challenge, but they are also full of opportunity. At this year’s conference, we will hone in on local governance and land use, agriculture and conservation, and the shifting economics of the Crown. Together and in small groups, we’ll look at how these topics are currently playing out in the landscape, and then provide the space to have conversations that work through the tensions — and explore the opportunities — that each of them represents. What we need now is for you to register!  If you haven't already, follow any of the links on this page to sign up, and be sure to make your reservations at the Stage Stop Inn--there are only 15 more rooms left in our block. Other lodging options include the Deep Canyon Guest Ranch and the Big Sky Motel (more info in the "Lodging" link). To top it all off, the air quality over in Choteau is pretty good! Give your lungs a break, and come connect with some of the most interesting folks in the region. Roundtable Coordinator is EVST alum Peter Guruche. 

37th Annual Biennial Public Land Law Conference, Blewett School of Law, October 12 and 13.

Bridging Divides: Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era. Our invited keynote speaker is U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. With the changing environmental policies our conference seeks to answer, how we can bridge divides and find common vision to manage our energy and environmental resources in an evolving political climate? The conference’s goal is to bring relevant and differing advocacy positions within this evolving political climate. Areas of focus will include: balancing energy development with fish and wildlife needs, preserving indigenous interests in energy development, and addressing energy development within land use planning. The Public Land & Resources Law Review invites you to join us for this especially pertinent discussion. We look forward to seeing you in October. 14 CLE credits will be offered (pending approval). $100 if registered by Sept. 15, $125 after Sept. 15. Optional field trip: Old and new legacies in the Upper Clark Fork Basin, Oct 12, $45 and includes lunch. Register and learn more here

Project Green Challenge – what is it? Inspiration, transformation ….

A global challenge from October 1 – 30 at projectgreenchallenge.com; A simple, fun, mobilizing challenge focusing on 25 unique sustainability themes; An opportunity to win one of 20 eco prize packages awarded daily; An all expense paid trip to San Francisco for a 4-day Eco Summit  (for up to 16 participants); A Grand Prize Package for one PGC Champion valued at $10,000+! 

Conference on the Future of the West, Nov 29 in Bozeman @ MSU.

The West is the fastest growing part of the US. An outstanding lineup of speakers will explore trends, impacts, success stories and will outline a conservation agenda for the West in the 21st century. Register here. More info contact Hannah or call 406-587-2974. 

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Jobs and Internships

Communications Director with Northern Plains Resource Council.

Use your skills and training to help the Northern Plains Resource Council protect Montana’s water quality, family farms and ranches, & unique quality of life. Oversee print and digital outreach, develop messages, prep member spokespersons. Work hard, meet good people, make the world a better place! Competitive salary, health insurance, pension, generous vacation time and sabbatical. For info, visit this link, email Steve, or call 406-248-1154. 

UM Recycling program seeks workers. 

UM Recycling manages recycling for the entire campus. Most of the workers are students. To stretch the budget as much as possible, students with work-study are particularly invited to apply. However, all students who are serious about working in recycling will be considered. Internship credit is also available. We will work around your class schedule, but we need for you to be able to work at least 10 hours a week. The pay is $8.25 per hour. To apply contact UM Recycling coordinator Edi Stan.

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Housing

Room for rent/house sitter needed.

I am looking for a room mate/house sitter. I will be in Missoula part of the time, then you will have the house to your self when I am abroad The 2 story house is in a great Missoula location, on the riverfront bike path and within minutes to downtown. The house is on the Russell street bus line and its 2 blocks to our wonderful health food store, the Good Food Store.  The comfortable house has 2 full baths and a full kitchen, and a small yard with a deck for sitting in the sun. There is off street parking. The room is available around August 25th, flexible. Rent is $400/month  and shared utilities (energy, water, internet), you are responsible for the utilities while I'm gone. There is a month to month lease. I am looking for someone who can water the plants, pick up mail, and shovel the walk.. This is a nice opportunity to have a place to yourself for studying etc. part of the year. I am an EVST alum and long time Missoula resident. References and deposit required. Well behaved cat ok. If interested, please contact me at carlaa02@yahoo.com. (that's zero two) I can send photos.

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Spontaneous Construction, Saturday, September 16.

At Home ReSource. Designed to inspire a culture of reuse with an engaging community activity, Spontaneous Construction – a festival of creative reinvention, or “SponCon” for short – has become an annual Missoula tradition. Building contest participants have seven hours to use their choice of Home ReSource materials to build the most beautiful, functional, and creative pieces they can dream up. We provide a variety of free, inventive reuse activities, music, and access to local food vendors for contestants and spectators alike. The event draws teams of artists, DIYers, and builders to create works of art and utility, as well as approximately 500 onlookers just there for the fun. After the judges announce winners, some pieces are auctioned on site, and top-judged creations go to the Benefit Auction. More information here

Fundraiser for Big Blackfoot Trout Unlimited, Sept 17 in Seeley Lake.

WHEN: Sept 17 (4:30 reception; 6pm prime rib/salmon dinner; live and silent auctions of outdoor equipment, art, trips). WHERE: Double Arrow Lodge in Seeley Lake. Tickets $50. RSVP here

Ghosts from Missoula’s past, Sept 17. 

Missoula City Cemetery presents “Stories and Stones” annual historical tour. Missoula’s oldest cemetery presents an afternoon of history coming to life through the stories of individuals from Missoula’s  past. Volunteers re-enact the stories of 21 people out of Missoula’s past (near the head stone of that person). Visitors are treated to live music, food, and fun. Enjoy the fall colors in the trees. Free. Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 12:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m. at 2000 Cemetery Rd. For more information, contact the Missoula City Cemetery at 406-552-6070. 

Free membership in APA. 

Students interested in a career in Community and Environmental Planning students can get a free membership in American Planning Association. More information 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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