UM to Honor Global Leadership Initiative Fellows, Award Scholarships, Host Lecture

April 25, 2014

MISSOULA – In celebration of three years of leadership development and inspired learning, the University of Montana will honor sophomore and junior students in the Global Leadership Initiative with a scholarship ceremony, followed by a public lecture delivered by National Humanities Medal winner Stanley Katz.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, in the University Center South Ballroom. Katz, president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, will present “The Global Century: Not Your Mother’s World.” UM President Royce Engstrom will provide opening remarks for the event, which is free and open to the public.

The UM Global Leadership Initiative is open to students in any major beginning their freshman year. The program strives to create a class of graduates primed for the global century, who can lead, innovate and think entrepreneurially.

Students accepted into the GLI have the opportunity to enroll in small freshman seminars, which focus on interdisciplinary, far-reaching issues and are taught by stellar UM faculty. They participate in a Models of Leadership program in which friends of the university, alumni and other national and international figures meet with them to discuss leadership and strategies for tackling critical issues.

In their third and fourth years, students engage in fieldwork, research, international study, internships and service learning while beginning work on a capstone project in multidisciplinary teams. The privately funded program provides scholarships for beyond-the-classroom experiences and research conducted by these students with direction from faculty mentors.

The first group of GLI students, now juniors, have participated in study programs in Montana and abroad. Several of the students have been invited to participate in national conferences, including the Association of American Universities and the Clinton Global Initiative University. Before the lecture begins, sophomore and juniors will receive their scholarship awards and recognition for their accomplishments.

Katz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1955, and also earned his doctorate from Harvard in 1961. His research focuses on recent developments in American philanthropy, the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and international human rights. He also contributes to the Chronicle of Higher Education on higher education policy and was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2011.

For more information call GLI Director Jeanne Loftus at 406-243-5679 or email


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Contact: Jeanne Loftus, director, UM Global Leadership Initiative, 406-243-5679,