Newsline May 1, 2017

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Good News Item
  1. The Peoples Way – a non-motorized path from Flathead Lake to the Bitterroot Valley. 

Around EVST

  1. EVST Thesis Defense/Portfolio Reviews – Spring 2017.
  2. EVST student receives UM’s Student Diversity Leadership Award. 
  3. EVST Alum selected as a Carnegie Fellow.

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Public Comment Period on Montana Climate Assessment until May 5.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Addressing community concerns about building design in Missoula, May 2.
  2. Help with the Bike/pedestrian count, May 2 or May 6.
  3. Wildflower Walk to create a checklist, May 3.
  4. Missoula Bike Swap, May 6-7.
  5. Free Cycles needs volunteers this summer for youth camps.  
  6. Help with big Campus Thrift sale (reduce waste & raise money), May 16.

Educational Opportunities

  1. UM to Screen Documentary About Eroding Alaskan Village, May 1.
  2. Variability and synchrony in 10,000 years of Alaskan fire history, May 3. 
  3. How Ice Age floods shaped our landscape, May 3. 
  4. Community meeting on the Frenchtown pulp mill superfund status, May 3.
  5. Wildflower Walk at the Milltown State Park Overlook, May 3.  
  6. Montana's Spring Wildflowers, May 6.
  7. Blooms and Birds on Waterworks Hill, May 7.
  8. A Harlequin journey: a duck that loves mountain streams and the ocean, May 8.
  9. Nicky Phear to present at Montana Natural History Center, May 10.
  10. 16th Annual Bear Honoring, May 12-13.
  11. GPHY 491-80 Participatory & Tribal GIS being offered this summer.
  12. Managing Natural Risk workshop, Lolo, May 5. 
  13. Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education, offered this fall. 
  14. Grad course in Critical Animal Theory, Phil 504, offered this fall.
  15. Bring Your Own Brain-- a symposium to Free Us from Climate Chaos, June 12-16.
  16. Free Workshop on Well Owner Outreach & Well Risk Assessment, June 20. 
  17. Hunting for Sustainability Program at the Boone and Crockett Club’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, September 8-10, 2017.

Jobs and Internships (Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)

  1. NWF EcoLeader Graduate Student Fellowships, apply by May 7.
  2. Summer Job --Outdoor Discovery Day Camp Aftercare Instructor, apply now. 
  3. Montana Conservation Voters offers Summer Internships on Climate Action. 
  4. Summer Internships with Western Organization of Resource Councils in Billings, MT and Montrose, CO. 
  5. Missoula Youth Homes is hiring.  
  6. UM’s student radio station is hiring.  
  7. American Prairie Reserve Seeks 2 Seasonal Positions: Fencing & Visitor/Facilities Support; Bozeman, MT.

Funding

  1. Funding for work on environmental policy and public information, apply now.

Housing

  1. Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. May Day celebration, May 1. 
  2. Unplug & Play (outside), now through May 6.
  3. Celebrate MCAT (Missoula Community Access TV), May 5
  4. MontPIRG’s Party for the Public Interest, May 7. 
  5. Commuter Challenge – Move Sustainably, May 1-14. 
  6. Grizzly Green Market is back on Thursdays. 

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Good News Item

  1. The Peoples Way – a non-motorized path from Flathead Lake to the Bitterroot Valley. 

    This proposed project will consist of a 10-foot wide path along US-93 North on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. With existing & planned projects, this path will become part of a 115-mile non-motorized connection from the Bitterroot Valley to Flathead Lake. This project is being led by the Confederate Salish Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation. Visit the website to learn more about this effort.

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Around EVST

EVST Thesis Defense/Portfolio Reviews – Spring 2017.

The following people will be presenting in the following days:

WHO:

WHEN:

TIME:

 WHERE:

 TITLE:

Thomas Sentner

May 2

2:00 PM

JRH 202

Wearing It On: A Map of Work and Land

Lexie Yoder

May 4

1-3:00 PM

LA 202

Multi-Scaled Approaches for Protecting Montana's Watersheds and Water Resources

Peter Gurch

May 4

4-6:00 PM

JRH 202

Chignik Summer: A season of Work on the Alaskan Coast

Sophie Wolfram

May 8

2:00 PM

JRH 202

Recognition, Participation, and Distributive Justice: Community-Based Environmental Problem-Solving in Southeast San Francisco and Imperial County, California

Matthew Hart

May 11

2:00 PM

Imagine Nation Brewing

Ground Fires: Essays on Land and the Ethics of Scouting

EVST student receives UM’s Student Diversity Leadership Award. 

Antonio Morsette has been awarded the Student Diversity Leadership Award.  The UM Diversity Advisory Council recognizes students each year for leadership, serving as a role model, and contributing substantially to diversity through academic, community, and/or campus activities. Antonio was recognized for his service with UM’s Branch Center, ASUM Senate, MontPIRG, UM Recycling program, Native American Student Advisory Council. He has volunteered with Indigenous People’s Day, Planned Parenthood, Great Burn monitoring trips, Earth Service Day, Montana AIDS awareness, the Standing Rock occupation and many more efforts. How does he do it all? Congratulations, Antonio!  

EVST Alum selected as a Carnegie Fellow.

EVST alum Sikina Jinnah has just been named a Carnegie Fellow. Sikina is now an associate professor of politics at UC Santa Cruz where she specializes in global environmental politics and international institutions. She authored Post-Treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance (MIT Press), which was recognized by the International Studies Association as the best book in international environmental affairs in 2016. She is also co-editor of New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene (MIT Press 2017). Congratulations, Sikina!

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Featured Events

Public Comment Period on Montana Climate Assessment until May 5.

The Montana Climate Assessment (created by UM, MSU, MT NSF EPSCOR, MT University System) is inviting all stakeholders and the public to engage with the draft of their first climate assessment report. Public comment is an opportunity to provide input and feedback before the report in finalized for publication. Please find report and link to submit comments at the Montana Institute on Ecosystems website. Comments from the public will be accepted until May 5.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Addressing community concerns about building design in Missoula, May 2.

The City of Missoula, along with urban planning specialists Winter & Co., plan a community-engaged project to address community concerns about quality building development in the commercial corridors and downtown of Missoula. The goal is to implement a system that will promote high quality commercial building development in terms of design, materials, construction and character. For more information, please see the Project Overview document or the Study Area Map. The Community workshop (info below) will be followed by a series of focus groups. Info on those meetings here. WHEN/WHERE: May 2, 5:30 - 8:00 PM at the Holiday Inn (Downtown), 200 South Pattee St. Open to the public with City Council in attendance. 

Help with the Bike/pedestrian count, May 2 or May 6.

Missoula’s annual Bicycle and Pedestrian count will be Tuesday, May 2 and Saturday, May 6, 2017. This info helps the city plan to meet the needs of bikers and walkers. We could not accomplish this undertaking without the help of volunteers. If you can help out this spring, sign up here

Wildflower Walk to create a checklist, May 3.

Celebrate National Wildflower Week with a wildflower walk along the Overlook trail at Milltown State Park AND Help create a native plant species checklist for MT's newest state park. Meet at the Milltown State Park Overlook, 1353 Deer Creek Road. For more information, call Park Manager, Michael Kustudia, 542-5533 or email mkustudia@mt.gov. May 3, 6-8pm. 

Missoula Bike Swap, May 6-7.

Got a bike or biking equipment that needs a new home? Join the Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula at the 3rd Annual Missoula Bike Swap! BIKE DROP OFF DAY: Saturday, May 6th, from 10am-4pm. BIKE SALE DAY: Sunday, May 7th, from 10am-4pm. All proceeds go to promote safer biking and walking in the Missoula area through advocacy and education. For more information, to sponsor, or volunteer (and get a free BWAM Membership), check out our website or visit the event on Facebook. Questions? Email Micah. WHEN/WHERE:  Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7, Missoula County Fairgrounds Commercial Building. 

Free Cycles needs volunteers this summer for youth camps.  

Free Cycles is seeking skilled and committed volunteers to help with youth camps for dates in May, June, July, and August. Please contact Emily at programs@strans.org if you are available and interested. Any help is extremely appreciated. 

Help with big Campus Thrift sale (reduce waste & raise money), May 16.  

For the third spring, the UM Office of Sustainability, the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center, UM Recycling and Recycle Res Life have teamed up to coordinate Campus Thrift, a weeklong process of collecting, consolidating, sorting and re-selling donated items from move-out week. Students throw away many items when they leave campus for the summer: Help shrink that waste footprint! Organizers cannot execute this event without volunteers who staff four on-campus and three off-campus collection sites, sort donated goods and help with the sale on Tuesday, May 16. To volunteer fill out the Google volunteer form. For more information email campusthrift@umontana.edu.

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Educational Opportunities

UM to Screen Documentary About Eroding Alaskan Village, May 1.

The University of Montana will host a free public screening of the film “We Are All Related Here”, and film director Brian McDermott will attend the screening and participate in a Q-and-A session after the 50-minute film concludes. “We Are All Related Here” tells the story of the Yup’ik people of Newtok, Alaska, whose village is being destroyed by flooding and erosion caused by global warming. Newtok sits on frozen permafrost, which is rapidly melting. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the largest and most important buildings in the village will be destroyed by rising waters in as little as two years. The film showcases the devastation taking place and the challenges Newtok’s 400 residents face as they attempt to relocated to a new site nine miles to the south. WHEN/WHERE: 4:30 p.m. May 1, in Room 105 of the Payne Family Native American Center. 

Variability and synchrony in 10,000 years of Alaskan fire history, May 3. 

Tyler Hoecker of UM Forestry will defend his MS thesis on the above topic. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, May 3 at 11:30 AM in the University Center Conference Room 333. 

How Ice Age floods shaped our landscape, May 3. 

Geologist Brent Cunderla will provide a slide show on how the Ice Age Floods shaped the landscape of NW MT, northern Idaho and eastern Washington. WHEN/WHERE: May 3 at 7pm at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory Street. Suggested donation: $5. 

Community meeting on the Frenchtown pulp mill superfund status, May 3.

In 2010, a pulp mill on the Clark Fork River near Frenchtown was closed. The mill had operated since the 1950’s. Concerns about toxic substances at the site has resulted in the EPA studying the site as a possible superfund site. The local community has formed a Community Advisory Group to interact with EPA concerning cleanup of the site. The CAG has planned an informational meeting with the EPA, and the public is welcome. WHEN/WHERE:  May 3 at 6pm at the Frenchtown Rural Fire Department. For more information or to be put on the interested party email list please contact mailto:jeri@centric.net

Wildflower Walk at the Milltown State Park Overlook, May 3.  

Celebrate National Wildflower Week on a hike from the Bluff Overlook to the Clark Fork floodplain with Milltown State Park staff and members of the Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society. For more information call Michael Kustudia, 542-5533 or email mkustudia@mt.gov. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, May 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meet at the Milltown State Park Overlook, 1353 Deer Creek Road. 

Montana's Spring Wildflowers, May 6.

One day course offered by MT Natural History Center, Info and Registration HERE

Blooms and Birds on Waterworks Hill, May 7.

Explore Waterworks Hill in Missoula’s north hills. We'll start with a steady hike to the top, then slow down to discuss the lay of the land and the flowers at hand. We'll walk a loop back down, where we'll likely get our eyes on some fine, feathered friends (and maybe some furry ones, too). Offered Free by Montana Natural History Center. WHEN: May 7, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, RSVP is required. Click HERE for more details on where to meet, what to bring and how to RSVP! 

A Harlequin journey: a duck that loves mountain streams and the ocean, May 8.

Five Valleys Audubon’s May 8 meeting will feature professional photographer and biologist John Ashley as he follows Montana's Harlequin Ducks through their annual cycle: from coastal saltwater habitats to Montana's mountain streams and back again to the ocean. The meeting will be on Monday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building in room L14 on the UM campus. 

Nicky Phear to present at Montana Natural History Center, May 10.

Nicky Phear, Climate Change Studies Program Director, will present ‘The Next Generation of Climate Change: Students and Solutions’. Learn about inspiring student projects and how college students are reacting to climate change. WHEN\WHERE: May 10 at 7pm; Missoula Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Registration and cost: visit www.MontanaNaturalist.org for more information. Students free! 

16th Annual Bear Honoring, May 12-13.

The Bear Honoring is Great Bear Foundation’s annual welcoming the bears out of hibernation and celebrating spring! Bear Honoring is a multicultural, two-day event in the tradition of spring bear celebrations that have occurred for thousands of years in cultures around the world. Includes: May 12 (Friday), 6pm, Bearly credible speakers at Greenough Park Picnic Shelter, Missoula; May 13 (Sat) 1:00PM, Bear Walk in Glacier Park, Meet at Avalanche Gate, or Lake McDonald Lodge Parking Lot if the road is not plowed. On Saturday, we’ll head up to Glacier Park to spend the afternoon walking the Park Road, learning about bears and their habitat, and looking for bears in the avalanche chutes. Meet at the Avalanche Gate in the Park at 1:00PM (or, if the road is not yet plowed that far, at Lake MacDonald Lodge). For more info, contact Elissa Chott, Great Bear Foundation.  

GPHY 491-80 Participatory & Tribal GIS being offered this summer.

GPHY 491-80: Participatory and Tribal GIS introduces models and uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for decision making in cross-cultural contexts, with focus on collaboration with indigenous communities. Course content comprises both theoretical and practical classes in order to provide the student with basic skills for the management of Participatory GIS projects, and is divided into four modules on the theory, methodology, application and practice of cross-cultural GIS decision making and Tribal GIS. No prerequisite in GIScience, law, or Indigenous Studies is required. 

Managing Natural Risk workshop, Lolo, May 5. 

The climate is a-changing. Learn how to build resilience on your farm/ranch with affordable site-specific designs & management. Based on local climate and fire regimes, site assessment/landscape design, water/soil management. Includes video field trips. WHEN/WHERE: May 5, 9am to 4:30pm at the Lolo Community Center, 12345 HWY 93 in Lolo. Preregister cost $15; $20 at the door. Preregister here

Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education, offered this fall. 

Teach kids about food and farming while getting outside. Sign up for ENST 494.01: Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education at the PEAS Farm! This semester long practicum is open to graduate and undergraduate students, offering a practical experience teaching Missoula's school-age youth in a hands-on environment. You’ll lead two field trips each week for 5 to 6 weeks with school groups visiting the PEAS Farm, teaching fun-filled educational activities focused on the social, scientific, and nutritional components of sustainable agriculture and the food system. Class meets twice a week the first 3 weeks of the semester, Wednesday 2:00-3:20pm and Friday 10:00-11:20am, then only on Friday mornings for the final 12 weeks. Prior experience as a PEAS Farm intern is helpful. The PEAS Farm is located in the Rattlesnake Valley at 3010 Duncan Drive.  If you have questions email instructor, Jason Mandala. ENST494.01, 3 Credits, Class meets Wednesday 2:00-3:20 (only the first 3 weeks) & Friday 10:00-11:20, all semester. 

Grad course in Critical Animal Theory, Phil 504, offered this fall.

An overview of contemporary philosophical authors, texts, and themes in critical animal theory, beginning with Matthew Calarco's Thinking Through Animals. We'll give special attention to authors who emphasize the importance of narrative and poetry in re-visioning our >moral relationships with other animals. Articles by the Wittgensteinian philosopher Cora Diamond, Nobel Prize-winning novelist J.M. Coetzee's The Lives of Animals, responses to Lives by philosophers Stanley Cavell, Ian Hacking, John McDowell, Cary Wolfe, Peter Singer, and Stephan Mulhall all stress the relevance of literature to animal life. Instructor: Deborah Slicer/Philosophy. 

Bring Your Own Brain-- a symposium to Free Us from Climate Chaos, June 12-16.

A call for forming Critical Thinking Communities to ask critical questions to decide on the steps needed to address climate chaos and other problems faced by human society. Organized by Big Sky High's Free Us from Climate Chaos group. Special guests (some are skyping in): Noam Chomsky, Bill McKibben, Derek Jensen, Richard Smith, Nancy Holstrom, John Holloway, Gloria Munoz Ramierz, Winona LaDuke and more. 

Free Workshop on Well Owner Outreach & Well Risk Assessment, June 20. 

Workshop covers how to engage & educate private well owners and how to assess a well or spring to determine its risk for contamination. Please read this flyer for more information and REGISTER ONLINE. Sponsored by MT Env. Health Association. Questions: Contact jcampbell@map-inc.org. WHEN/WHERE: June 20, 8 am to noon; Missoula Health Department room 210, 301 W. Alder.

Hunting for Sustainability Program at the Boone and Crockett Club’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, September 8-10, 2017.

Are you a student at the University of Montana or Montana State University who is interested in hunting, but you haven’t had the opportunity to learn? The 2nd annual program is geared toward introducing students at the University of Montana and Montana State University who have no, or limited, experience to hunting. This weekend-long program will help you overcome some of the unknowns and prepare you to hunt for local, free-range meat in an ethical and responsible manner. Registration for the program is now open. Space is limited so sign up early. For additional information and to sign up for this program, visit here and fill out the online form or send an email. To get an idea of what to expect from the program, visit here.

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Jobs and Internships

NWF EcoLeader Graduate Student Fellowships, apply by May 7.

National Wildlife Federation is currently seeking four graduate students to support our NWF EcoLeaders Program. Each fellowship is for a term of 4 -6 months (based on student schedule), and while fellows spend various amounts of time on their projects each week, the average amount of time spent will be 40 hours monthly. The fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend, professional development assistance and networking opportunities, and the possibility of academic credit for successful completion of the project, as an independent study or integration of fellowship project into course curriculula. Graduate students from any college or university within the U.S are eligible. Current and former employees of National Wildlife Federation and former NWF Campus Ecology Fellows are ineligible to apply. Former NWF interns are eligible to apply following one year from their final work date. The deadline to submit applications is May 7, 2017. More info here. 

Summer Job --Outdoor Discovery Day Camp Aftercare Instructor, apply now. 

Summer Camp After-Care Instructors will provide leadership, child supervision, and instruction during the extended care period after Summer Outdoor Discovery Camps at the Montana Natural History Center. After camps are officially over for the day, we offer 2 hours of after-care for parents, featuring free play, games, exploration, and environmental education, led by aftercare Instructors. Visit here to learn more and apply

Montana Conservation Voters offers Summer Internships on Climate Action. 

MCV seeks to provide students with the tools and experience to build a network of activists excited to work for climate action. The goals of this summer internship program are for students to: gain an understanding of grassroots organizing tactics, develop a confident and capable approach to public engagement, and to conduct successful community outreach to raise awareness about climate change and other environmental issues. Expectations and tasks: complete approximately 15 hours per week, planning and recruiting for public events, data entry, and canvassing. Students can earn up to 3 college credits. To Apply, Contact: ShaNae D'Hooge, MCV Organizer or (406) 697-2887. 

Summer Internships with Western Organization of Resource Councils in Billings, MT and Montrose, CO. 

WORC is a network of eight grassroots organizations in seven states with 12,200 members and 39 local community groups. WORC helps member groups succeed by providing training and by coordinating regional issue campaigns. Our members are farmers, ranchers, small business and working people who seek to protect the environment, family farms, and rural communities. For more information about WORC, see the website. Interns will work on Campaign for Clean Energy and Responsible Development, and Farm to Market Sustainability Project. Stipend of $325 per week for up to 12 weeks. Apply ASAP and no later than May 12. Visit here for full description of internships & how to apply

Missoula Youth Homes is hiring.  

Have a positive impact on the lives of youth. There are positions for youth counselors and summer program counselors. See info at the website here

UM’s student radio station is hiring.  

KBGA, UM’s student radio station, is hiring – media director, outreach coordinator, program director, office manager, business manager, promotions manager, music director, production engineer. See more info here.   

American Prairie Reserve Seeks 2 Seasonal Positions: Fencing & Visitor/Facilities Support; Bozeman, MT.

Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to one of the largest and most exciting conservation projects since the founding of the National Parks? American Prairie Reserve is accepting applications for two seasonal positions working across more than 350,000 acres in Montana’s big sky country: The Visitor & Facilities Support position will support lodging and hospitality for visitors and donors from around the world, as well as assist with maintenance on APR buildings and property. The Reserve Technician position will spend the majority of their time out on the land building and maintaining fences and will assist with general maintenance and operations of the Reserve as needed. Join a team of dedicated staff from around the country and get the opportunity to explore and work at multiple property locations. Ideal candidates are passionate about the outdoors, love remote settings, and are interested in learning about operations at a large-landscape conservation organization. Housing is provided and your neighbors will include bison, pronghorn antelope, deer, prairie dogs, numerous raptors, badgers, and other prairie species. Be part of what National Geographic describes as "one of the most ambitious conservation efforts in American History". For full job descriptions, qualifications, & to apply, visit here.  

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Funding

Funding for work on environmental policy and public information, apply now.

The SEAL Awards (a brand new private grant-maker) is now giving out grants up to $5,000 (average is $1000) to grad students working on advancing environmental policy and/or the public’s understanding of an environmental issue. You can read about the new SEAL Awards here

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Housing

Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.

Hello, I’m a new EVST Grad student and I am looking for roommates (preferably female grad students) to room with. I am hoping to start a lease in mid-August with an apartment close to campus and would like to spend under $450/mo. Please contact Meghan if interested.

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Miscellaneous - Resources

May Day celebration, May 1. 

May Day, also known as International Workers Day, celebrates workers and dates back to 1889. Missoula’s May Day will have food, music, speakers, games and fun! Bring food, friends, and your voice to share with your community. WHEN/WHERE: May 1, 3-6pm at Bonner Park. 

Unplug & Play (outside), now through May 6.

Let's Move! Missoula encourages kids and families to "Unplug & Play" for one week!  This is a challenge to families to limit recreational screen time and get kids outside for unstructured play, and re-connecting with family. Check out this 7 days of play Family Guide

Celebrate MCAT (Missoula Community Access TV), May 5

MCAT, Missoula's community media resource, is celebrating another year at a special "First Friday" birthday party. Free food, fun friends. Get your picture taken at the green screen photo booth, experience the wonders of virtual reality and enjoy the evening! A short program will begin at approximately 6:15. RSVP here. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, May 5, 5:30-8 pm, Downtown Dance Collective.  

MontPIRG’s Party for the Public Interest, May 7. 

MontPIRG invites you enjoy food, music, fun friends while supporting the next generation of civic leaders. WHEN/WHERE: May 7, 4:30-7pm at The Public House (130 E. Broadway). More info and tickets available here.  

Commuter Challenge – Move Sustainably, May 1-14. 

Missoula in Motion helps everyone find more sustainable transportation options. And challenges commuters to try more sustainable travel during the Commuter Challenge (May 1-14). See info here.  Register for the commuter challenge and win prizes while saving fossil fuels and getting fit. 

Grizzly Green Market is back on Thursdays. 

UM Dining strives to bring fresh produce and healthy eating options to the UM Community. The Grizzly Green Market, a fresh produce market, will be located on the Mansfield Mall between the UC and the Mansfield Library. The market will be open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be selling fresh produce, locally sourced when available. The stand will offer variety of healthy, convenient choices for students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Check out the UM Dining Facebook page for specials and updates.

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

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