MISSOULA – University of Montana President Seth Bodnar will forgo a traditional inauguration ceremony honoring one person to instead commemorate the positive work of many individuals. Bodnar has elected to turn the community’s attention to the many ways in which these individuals serve campus, the Missoula community and the world.
Bodnar, who is UM’s 19th president, highlighted the diverse and collective impact of the many members of the UM Family during his State of the University address. This year, “Inauguration Weekend: A Celebration of Service” will focus on these countless contributions with a variety of events on Friday and Saturday, Oct 26-27.
Friday, Oct. 26
Service Stories, all day, University Center Atrium – An exhibit of service stories will highlight students, alumni and employees who embody UM’s service-oriented, community-minded and impact-focused culture.
High School Broadcast – Bodnar will deliver a pre-recorded talk for Montana high school students to celebrate their current and future roles as citizens who lead through service.
Installation Ceremony, 12:30 to 12:45 p.m., Main Hall – Bodnar will officially be installed as UM’s president in a short public ceremony on the front steps of Main Hall.
University United Food Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., University Center Ballroom – Campus and community members are invited to help pack nonperishable, nutritious meal items to build 50,000 meal packages to benefit Missoula families.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Griz for Kids Donation Drive, all day, Pedestrian Bridge/University Center Ballroom – UM student and Griz football player Chris Orwig created this toy drive 12 years ago to provide new toys for children in need during the holidays. Volunteers will collect new toys and donations to support children at 11 local nonprofits.
Pregame Brunch Celebration, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., University Center Ballroom – The Family Weekend pregame brunch this year will celebrate many forms of service performed by our community. This event is by invitation only.
Griz Football Game, 2 p.m., Washington-Grizzly Stadium – Grizzly Athletics will host a Military Appreciation football game to honor those lost through active duty, veterans and families of those serving our country. ROTC at UM also will celebrate its centennial anniversary.
In addition, UM will launch its Community Giving Campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 30. Every year, hundreds of UM employees support the nonprofits of western Montana, and last year more than 400 employees donated over $106,000 to local charities. Employees are invited to make one-time donations during the campaign or to sign up for payroll deductions for the 2019 calendar year.
MISSOULA – United Way of Missoula County and the University of Montana will host University United Food Friday on Oct. 26 – a one-of-a-kind community volunteer event in honor of UM President Seth Bodnar’s service-themed inauguration.
This team-building event is an opportunity to help feed thousands of hungry Missoulians and connect the campus and community.
“This is an exciting, lynchpin event during our inauguration weekend’s ‘Celebration of Service,’” Bodnar said. “We invite UM students, employees, community members and fellow citizens of Montana to participate and benefit our community.”
University United Food Friday will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Volunteers are encouraged to show up at noon for check-in. Visit http://missoulaunitedway.org/ for more information or to register to help.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the University of Montana for University United Food Friday,” said Susan Hay Patrick, United Way of Missoula County CEO. “Something this big takes all of us working together, and it’s exciting to partner with the University, the Missoula Food Bank, Wells Fargo and the Lambros Community Foundation, as well as other sponsors, to make this event happen.”
Two hundred volunteers are needed to package over 8,000 dried, nonperishable meals – 50,000 individual servings – for distribution to hungry children and families in the community.
Meals will be distributed to kids through the Missoula Food Bank’s EmPower Pack weekend nutrition program, providing healthy meals for students who experience chronic hunger while away from school. Each package serves a family of six or one child for the entirety of an extended school break.
In addition, all food will be included in the Can the Cats food drive competition with Montana State University, an annual competition to see which campus can collect the largest quantity of donated food.
For more on UM’s inauguration weekend, visit https://bit.ly/2JaLTnW. United Way of Missoula County brings people together to identify problems in the areas of education, financial stability and health, and craft creative, lasting solutions that change lives and build a stronger community for everyone.