This week on UM News, Mayor John Engen talks with reporter Ally Barry about the future of UM in the wake of President Royce Engstrom resigning his position as the University’s President, reporter Braly Whisler finds out why there is a shortage of P.E. teaching jobs across the state, and reporter Ethan Fitzgerald attends the UM Student Involvement Networks’s Harry Potter extravaganza. Produced by Ellie Baty and directed by Mason Birgenheier.
UM News reporter Ally Barry and photographer Spencer Jakobi, spoke with The Big Brothers and Big Sisters program in Missoula, MT about their need for volunteers. The mentor-ship program matches its volunteers with kids. The volunteers spend several hours a week with their “littles” playing games and doing fun activities.
The student involvement network at u-m is aiming to engage the Missoula community by hosting events that bring the community to campus. Over the past week, um put on a harry potter extravaganza with multiple activities that included the growing sport of Quittage. The event brought um students together and it also attracted younger members of the Missoula community. Student involvement event director, Tessa Feemster says events like this help the university reach it’s goals. The student involvement network plans to continue to craft events that invite the public to participate.
A local brewery in Missoula, Draught Works, holds a fundraising event named “Cheers For Charity”. This week, UM student created record label, Switchback records was able to attend Cheers for Charity to promote thier newly signed bang, Rot Gut Whines. Draught Works has worked with multiple organizations and charities from the Alzheimer’s association to various radio stations and student groups around Missoula. Photographer Ryan McKinley and reporter Jack Ginsburg attended Cheers for Charity this week.
Used turf from Washington Grizzly Stadium is impacting a local dog business in Missoula. Alpine Canine is using the old stadium turf to improve the kennels. The company is not your ordinary dog kenneling business, it also buses dogs in special buses to the hiking area. Reporter Tasha Cain and Grant Herzog fetched the story.
One UM student group promotes quality of life in the University District. The Neighborhood Ambassador Program pays a monthly visit to each house. They follow up on complaints and help build relationships between student renters and permanent homeowners. Neighborhood Ambassador Bryce Rowe says he enjoys reaching out to the community. The program also communicates through their newsletter, blog, and Facebook page.
The University of Montana and Montana State are helping feed the hungry with some friendly competition. The Missoula Food Bank sees over 7,000 people a month, and the demand for donations goes up during the holidays. Donation events happen throughout November including a dance-a-thon and the Kids Empower Pack Build. In 2015, UM and MSU combined collected more than 540,000 pounds of food. Reporter Caryn Foehringer and photographer Colter Lairy find out how Can the Cats and Can the Griz help increase donations.
The ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center advises students and non-students on problems ranging from household maintenance to handling security deposits. Director Mary O’Malley says she refers some clients to Legal Services…but enjoys providing free tips regarding rental disputes. O’Malley says she hopes more students and non-students find out about the Renter Center before they have a serious problem.
An annual holiday program is helping connect the UM campus to homeless Veterans in the community. The Adopt-A-Vet program matches up people on campus wanting to sponsor a homeless veteran holiday over the holidays. UM reporter Braly Whisler and photographer Mason Birgenheier went out to see how this is impacting the veterans.