Athletic training program honors grads, leaders

The University of Montana's athletic training program hosted its first Athletic Training Hall of Fame Celebration on Friday to honor prestigious graduates and leaders of the program.

Housed in the Department of Health and Human Performance, the athletic training program was among the first of its kind in the nation and continues to be a leader in the field. Since 1971, it has provided students with a rigorous, nationally accredited academic program, hands-on experience at various clinical education sites, and unique interactions with allied and medical health care professionals throughout western Montana.

The celebration was an opportunity for the athletic training program, the Department of Health and Human Performance, and the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences to highlight the many extraordinary graduates of this program.

“This year, we are fortunate to be able to host many of the earliest graduates of the program, as well as honor individuals who represent some of the biggest names in Athletic Training that have preceded us,” said Valarie Moody, a health and human performance professor and director of the Athletic Training program.

“We are thrilled that our speakers are willing to share their unique professional and leadership experiences with our students and faculty,” she said. “This will be a historic day for the UM athletic training program.”

Among the speakers were Michael E. Nesbitt, head athletic trainer and associate professor at Northern Arizona University. During his tenure at NAU, he promoted and justified athletic trainers in several Arizona high schools. Pete Rhinehart was present on behalf of Naseby Rhinehart, UM’s first athletic trainer. As a student at UM, Naseby Rhinehart earned nine letters in football, basketball and track – picking up knowledge of injury prevention and treatment firsthand. Rhinehart remained at UM for 47 years, and the Rhinehart Athletic Treatment Center is named in his honor.

Other great UM athletic trainers recognized were Don Gleason, Wiley Kendle and Dennis Murphy.

For more information about the athletic training program or the Athletic Training Hall of Fame Celebration, visit or contact Valerie Moody, athletic training program director, at 243-4211 or


UM encourages members of the campus and Missoula communities to join the discussion on campus-wide issues and university initiatives during monthly University Council meetings.

Meetings are scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. with about 30 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes for general discussion. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in University Center Room 332.

It will feature a presentation by Brent Hildebrand of the Curry Health Center Wellness Program titled “What We Know About UM Students’ Health,” as well as an update on Associated Students of UM leadership priorities from President Cody Meixner and Vice President Betsy Story.

University Council members include representatives from UM’s staff and faculty senates, ASUM, University Faculty Association, the Montana Public Employees Union, UM administrators and the Missoula community.

The schedule of meetings for the rest of fall semester is:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, UC 332: “Student Engagement in the UM Community and Beyond,” student panel moderated by Andrea Vernon, UM Office for Civic Engagement.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24, location TBA: “UM’s Economic Development Impacts: Research, Companies & Private Sector Jobs,” panel moderated by Joe Fanguy, UM director of technology transfer.

More information is online at


The National Institutes of Health recently selected a UM professor to be a member of its Center for Scientific Review.

David Shepherd, a faculty member in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, accepted the four-year appointment to serve on the Innate Immunity and Inflammation Study Section.

NIH chooses its members based on their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities and honors.

“It’s an honor for me, as this group of scientists are amongst the most productive and respected leaders in the field of immunology in the U.S. and throughout the world,” Shepherd said.

Study section service requires mature judgment and objectivity, as members review NIH grant applications and make recommendations to the appropriate NIH advisory council or board.

During the past 15 years, Shepherd has received significant resources and financial support from NIH for his research and has become an internationally recognized expert in environmental immunology.

“Dr. Shepherd’s research is highly respected in the research community as demonstrated by his invitation to serve on the Innate Immunity and Inflammation Study Section,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship.

“It is a sincere privilege to be able to give back to the scientific community and NIH by serving on this study section while it also provides the impetus for me to continually hone my knowledge and skills in this important area of biomedical research,” Shepherd said.

Shepherd’s appointment began July 1 and ends June 30, 2019.

For more information, call Shepherd at 243-2224 or email   


A new art exhibit combining suspended and layered construction drawings with audio recordings will be on display atUM’s Gallery of Visual Arts starting Thursday and running through Friday, Oct. 30.

The gallery is scheduled to host an opening reception for “Variations of Unlimited Sequence,” an installation by Billings artist Jodi Lightner, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. It is free and open to the public and will include a talk by Lightner at 5:45 p.m. The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of the Social Science Building.

The works in “Variations of Unlimited Sequence” are a part of an ongoing drawing series by Lightner that examine the patterns and perception of space that develop as people interact within architectural structures. By suspending large-scale drawings from the ceiling, viewers will have the opportunity to move in and around the works, becoming increasingly aware of how they are forced to move through the space. Lightner suggests that the behavior and attitudes created through repetitive patterns of interaction define a particular place.

Lightner is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Montana State University Billings. Her work has been exhibited on regional and national levels and was included in the Missoula Art Museum exhibit “Montana Triennial: 2015.”

For more information, call gallery director Cathryn Mallory at 243-2813 or email Information about the Gallery of Visual Arts is online at


A novelist who won the 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction will visitUM on Friday, lecturing about writing fiction during the day and reading fiction that evening. Both events are free and open to the public.

Stacey D’Erasmo, associate professor of writing at Columbia University, will present her craft lecture, “On Beauty,” from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Payne Family Native American Center, Room 105. Her fiction reading begins at 7 p.m. in Turner Hall's Dell Brown Room.

D’Erasmo has written four novels. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she won the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize from the Lambda Literary Foundation and is a former Stegner Fellow. Her essays, features and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, the Boston Review, Bookforum, the New England Review and Ploughshares, among other publications.

To learn more about D’Erasmo’s visit, contact Karin Schalm at 243-5267 or, or visit


Runners, walkers and volunteers of all ages are invited to take part in the Night of the Griz 5K fun run at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Caras Park.

Participants are encouraged to creatively illuminate themselves for the journey. Friends and families can run as a team or individually through the streets of downtown Missoula, along the Clark Fork River and through the UM campus. The course loops back through downtown and finishes in Caras Park. A series of glow zones will energize runners along the course. This is an untimed event.

After the race, participants can take in a light show, listen to a DJ and attend a post-race party. Refreshments and food carts will be onsite to serve the crowd. Registration costs $35 and includes glow glasses, a necklace and a bracelet. Visit for more information and to register.

A portion of race fees will go toward UM’s Campus Recreation Youth Camp program, which is designed to foster children’s sense of autonomy while exploring all forms of recreation.

For more information about Campus Recreation Youth Camps, email or call 243-5295.


Illusionist Jay Owenhouse will bring his “The Magic of Jay Owenhouse” show to the UM for two performances at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Dennison Theatre.

The show promises to be a “mind-boggling, spell-binding experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat.” The performance is a theatrical event where audiences not only witness the magic, they experience it. Attendees will see audience members float in mid-air, get sawed in half and predict the future. The show also features Owenhouse’s new tigers: Shekinah, a royal white tiger, and her sister, Sheena, an orange bengal.

Tickets are on sale now and range from $30.50 to $70.50. They can be purchased at and all GrizTix outlets or by calling 243-4051 or 888-666-8262.


The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies gave Chad Bishop, Wildlife Biology Program director at the UM, an honorary lifetime membership award in July.

Before starting as director at UM in August, Bishop served as assistant director for Wildlife and Natural Resources at Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The honorary lifetime membership award is customarily given only to outgoing agency directors.

WAFWA honored Bishop for his work with the association from 2012 to 2015, when he chaired its Wildlife Health Committee and served as Colorado’s representative on WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative Council.

“This award heightens UM’s profile among the western state and provincial fish and wildlife agencies charged with managing and conserving wildlife resources in the West,” said Bishop.