MISSOULA – The University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation will celebrate its centennial this year with three days of events. All alumni and friends of the college are invited to events taking place Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 19-21.
The college formally opened on Sept. 8, 1914, with 25 students and one degree program. It since has grown to offer five undergraduate degrees, four academic minors, five master’s of science degrees and three doctoral programs to nearly 1,000 students.
The centennial celebration schedule of events is:
Thursday, Sept. 19
- 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Field day open house at Lubrecht Experimental Forest located at 38689 Highway 200 East in Greenough. Free and open to the public.
- 5:30-8 p.m.: Evening barbecue with the college’s student clubs at the Fort Missoula Woodsman Competition Grounds located off of Fort Missoula Road. Tickets cost $12 and are available to the public.
- 5:30-8 p.m.: UM Woodsman Team demonstration at Fort Missoula Woodsman Competition Grounds. Included with the barbecue ticket.
Friday, Sept. 20
- All day: Memorabilia viewing and oral history recording in the Forestry Building on campus. Free and open to the public.
- 10 a.m.: Campus dendrology tour departing from the Forestry Building. Free and open to the public.
- 11:10 a.m.-noon: Graduate forestry seminar featuring guest speaker Dean Jim Burchfield in the North Underground Lecture Hall. Free and open to the public.
- 1-3 p.m.: Program displays: posters and conversation with current faculty and students on academic and research programs in Forestry Building Room 106. Free and open to the public.
- 5:30-9 p.m.: Evening banquet with video, slideshows and storytelling in the University Center Ballroom. Tickets cost $40 and are available to the public.
Saturday, Sept. 21
- Forestry Griz football tailgate party before the Griz vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State game: Time and location available upon registration at the table on the first floor of the Forestry Building Thursday and Friday. Football tickets can be purchased at http://www.griztix.com. Ask for seats in the forestry block.
The Mike and Maureen Mansfield Library will host an ongoing special archival exhibit featuring the college’s first 100 years. The exhibit will be on display in the Theta Rho Room on the fourth floor of the library. The online exhibit can be viewed at http://exhibits.lib.umt.edu/forestry.
Visit http://www.cfc.umt.edu/centennial/ for more details or to purchase tickets for the barbecue and banquet. Families are welcome at all events. Call the college’s Administrative Associate Jill Kinyon at 406-243-6754 to purchase tickets over the phone.