MISSOULA – The University of Montana Alumni Association Board of Directors has announced the winners of its inaugural Grizzly of the Last Decade Award.
The award honors outstanding UM alumni who have graduated within the past decade, excelled early in their career and shown the potential for continued success.
Four exceptional alumni are this year’s recipients:
- Colt Anderson played football for the Griz from 2004 to 2008 and earned his bachelor’s degree from UM in business information systems with a secondary education teaching certificate in 2009.
From 2009 to 2018, he played football in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills. He is co-owner of Uptop Clothing Co. and The Missoula Club. He and his wife, Keelie, created the nonprofit Colt Anderson Dream Big Foundation to help Montana youth achieve their dreams through hard work, accountability and opportunities. They are involved with the Cystic Fibrosis March Madness event and an annual “Dream Big Event” for elementary schoolchildren in their hometown of Butte.
- M. Jackson graduated from UM with a master’s degree in environmental studies in 2011, and she received a doctorate in glaciology and geography from the University of Oregon in 2017.
A National Geographic Society Explorer, TED Fellow and U.S. Fulbright Ambassador, she has studied the effects of climate change on people in ice communities in Iceland and led multiple expeditions to the Arctic. She also has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia and as a three-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Turkey and Iceland. The recipient of multiple awards, Jackson has written two books on glaciers in Iceland and currently teaches a writing course at UM, as well as collaborates on the multiyear project “In Tangible Ice.” A gifted public speaker, she is passionate about serving as a role model for female scientists and teaching the next generation about climate change.
- Adam Moreno received a master’s degree in forestry from UM in 2011 and earned a doctorate in forest ecology and remote sensing at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.
He has worked in the Peace Corps in rural Paraguay as an environmental education volunteer, taught STEM to girls and women through ChickTech and promoted scientific outreach to rural high schools. He is passionate about advancing under-represented populations in academia and earth science through his involvement in scientific organizations such as the American Geophysical Union and the National Ecological Observatory Network. He now works as a lead scientist at the State of California Air Resources Board, where he researches how the state may help combat climate change. Moreno previously worked at NASA’s Ames Research Center, studying climate change, global forest vulnerability and supercomputing.
- Greg Smith graduated from UM with a bachelor’s in biology in 2009 and received his Doctor of Medicine in 2013 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
After completing his post-doc medical residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center and a fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital, he became a staff anesthesiologist at Missoula Anesthesiology in 2018. He also is on the American Board of Anesthesiology. Smith received some of the highest honors as a medical student – such as induction into Alpha Omega Alpha – and awards as a practitioner, including the Brian Korbon Award for Outstanding Clinical Investigation by a Resident from the UVA Department of Anesthesiology in 2017. His research linking opioid prescriptions and postoperative pain, presented nationally, has helped shed light on the opioid epidemic in America.
To read more about the Grizzly of the Last Decade Award winners, visit https://bit.ly/2UEjZW7 or contact Jodi Moreau, UM alumni engagement/board relations, at 406-243-6124 or email@example.com.