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Montana university leaders gearing up for UM President search

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christensen(MISSOULA)- Montana's university system leaders are gearing up to find the new permanent president for the University of Montana.

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christensen will head the special search committee that was announced this week.

The Missoulian reports Interim UM President Shelia Stearns will also work on the efforts to find someone to fill the opening created with the firing of former UM President Royce Engstrom earlier this winter. 

Other members of the committee will represent students, faculty and administrators. 


Washington family donates millions to help with new Griz athlete center

UM photo(MISSOULA)- The Washington Family is coming to help the University of Montana once more, agreeing to kick in a whopping $7-million to help complete construction of the new Washington-Grizzly Champions Center.

News of the gift was announced Friday, the largest donation ever made to the UM Department of Athletics. 

The sons of Dennis and Phyllis Washington, Kyle and Kevin Washington, will gift the money on behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. The Foundation has given millions to the university over the years, including the money that built Washington Grizzly Stadium in the mid-1980s. 

The money will pay for half of the new Champions Center, a 46,000 square foot structure to be located on the southwest side of the stadium. It will include a new football locker room and a two-level weight room for all 15 on Montana's men's and women's athletic teams. 

The balance of the $14-million cost is coming from other private donations. The project still needs the approval of the Montana Board of Regents before construction can begin. 


Griz stay in Big Sky hunt with OT win

(MISSOULA)- A blocked field goal actually opens the way for the Montana Grizzlies to stay in the hunt for a Big Sky title, as UM posts an overtime win over the Cal Poly Mustangs Saturday. 

The 21-14 victory allows Montana to Montana improves to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in league play.

The Grizzlies appeared to be on the way to a loss Saturday before a crowd of nearly 26,000 when UM senior linebacker Jordan Tripp blocked a Mustang field goal attempt, giving Montana the ball back in time for a solid two minute drive to a TD that tied the game. The Grizzlies got the ball in overtime, with QB Jordan Johnson hitting receiver Ellis Henderson for the winning score. 

Johnson was 22-of-39-1 for 242 yards and the game-tying and game-winning TD throws.  He had thrown 155 passes in a row until getting picked off late in the second quarter ending his long streak without an interception. 

Canada had 23 carries for 56 yards and a TD.  Junior halfback Travon Van had one tote for 5 yards and left the game early due to an injury.

The Grizzlies host 4th-ranked Eastern Washington next Saturday, Oct. 26.  The Mustang host Northern Arizona next Saturday.       


Construction soon on UM's Cobell Center

(MISSOULA)- After months of planning and development, construction on a new institute focusing on Native American culture and named after tribal leader Eloise Cobell is about to begin.

Last spring, University leaders and students gathered to accept a second gift from Terry Payne and the Payne Family to build the new "Eloise Cobell Land and Culture Institute". The center, located in the lower level of the Payne Center, will allow students to learn and do further research on land issues impacting indigenous cultures here in the West and all over the globe.

Construction will last through the winter, with completion next spring, and the first programs starting a year from now.

The institute honors Cobell, who fought for Native American land claims against the government before her passing two years ago. 


Grizzlies roll to another conference win

(DAVIS, CA) - It's beginning to look like those pre-season polls predicting a mediocre season for Montana's football program might have been far off the mark. 

The Grizzlies looked pretty much unstoppable again Saturday as they rolled over UC Davis 42-7, notching another win in this year's Big Sky Conference campaign. And the victory came again with a solid balance of attack on both the ground and in the air. 

Montana's ground game took advantage of big holes opened by the Griz offensive line to score four rushing TDs including a pair by Jordan Canada, while Jordan Johnson had another solid outing, throwing for a pair of touchdown strikes. UM finished with 163-yards passing and 255 on the ground. 

The Montana defense was just as sharp, holding the Aggies to less than 240-yards in total offense with a pair of interceptions. 

The win pushes Montana's conference record to 2-1 and 5-1 overall as the season closes in on the halfway mark. UM will host Cal Poly next week.