Award-winning author Timothy Egan to speak at Friends of MSU Library Benefit

The Friends of MSU Library will present their 24th annual Benefit on Thursday, October 19 at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. Timothy Egan, National Book Award winner and New York Times Op-Ed writer, will speak at 6:00 p.m. A silent auction, book signing, and social hour will follow.

Timothy Egan is an acclaimed writer and veteran chronicler of the West whose interests range wide across the American landscape and American history. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, a popular columnist, and a National Book Award-winning author. His weekly online column for The New York Times, the popular “Opinionator,” is consistently among the most read pieces on the NYT site. Tim Egan’s newest book, The Immortal Irishman: Thomas Francis Meagher and the Invention of Irish America, is a New York Times bestseller and won the 2016 Montana Book Award. Timothy Egan was also received the Wallace Stegner Award for his contributions to the cultural identity of the West.

The Friends of Montana State University Library are dedicated to enriching MSU, the lives of students and our community by strengthening the MSU Library.

Reservations for this free event must be made in advance by calling 406-994-6857 or by registering online at

Distinctive Dialogues 2017

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 13, 2017

6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and social hour with no-host bar
7:00 p.m. Welcome and discussions
8:15 p.m. Dialogues conclude

Hilton Garden Inn
2023 Commerce Way, Bozeman, Montana

$25 for Friends members and $35 for non-members

Reservation must be made in advance. Please call 406-994-3119 or visit by April 5 to RSVP

SELECT…A topic from literature, toxicology, sound forensics, drumming, paranormal activity….
DISCUSS…Your subject with a local expert and 5-7 other guests
SUPPORT…the Friends of MSU Library through a raffle at the event


2017 Table Topics

  1. From Bucking Chutes to the Boardroom: Rodeo Lessons for Life
    Zac Davis
    Rodeo Cowboy and Project Manager
    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live the rodeo lifestyle? Riding bulls and bucking horses, organizing and running team-roping and rodeos, and working as the lighting and effects coordinator at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has occupied much of Zac Davis’ life. Join a conversation about applying rodeo lessons to life, straight from the arena with a man who has long dreamed of becoming a world champion bareback rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
  1. Adventure Scientists: Unlocking Solutions to Environmental Issues
    Gregg Trenish
    Adventure Scientists
    Are you an adrenaline junkie with a strong passion for scientific discovery and exploration? Meet Gregg Trenish, founder of Adventure Scientists, 2008 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and 2015 Men’s Journal’s “50 Most Adventurous Men.” By recruiting and training outdoor enthusiasts, Adventure Scientists equips partners with data crucial to unlocking solutions to the world’s environmental challenges. These recruits bring back otherwise unattainable data from the far corners of the globe. Join a conversation about data collection, environmental awareness, and conservation.
  1. Sleeping with the Sheep: A Farm Stay
    LaVonne Stucky
    Serenity Sheep Farm
    LaVonne Stucky lives on Gallatin Valley land that has been in her husband’s family since the early 1900’s. On their old-fashioned homestead, they raise a variety of animals including the sheep whose wool LaVonne uses in her creations. The Stuckys also open their antique sheep wagons during the summer to guests from all over the world. Join a discussion about the sights, sounds and scents of farm animals and wool production in a rural setting under the big Montana sky.
  2. Audio Forensic Analysis: The ‘CSI’ of Sounds
    Dr. Rob Maher
    Head, MSU Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    We are all familiar with crime fighters using fingerprints and DNA analysis to track down the offenders, but an increasingly important tool of investigators is examination of audio recordings from a 911 emergency call center, a vest camera, or even a bystander’s cell phone. This conversation will delve into the current and future prospects for audio forensic analysis. Professor Rob Maher has spent more than 30 years teaching and performing research in audio engineering and acoustics.
  1. The World of Wine, the Wines of the World
    Douglas Badenoch
    The Wine Gallery
    Enjoy an interactive program explaining the methods for evaluating wine. Each participant will taste a variety of wines and practice evaluation techniques during our session. Doug Badenoch has been the owner of the Wine Gallery for the last 13 years. His store has won numerous awards locally as well as being recognized three times by Wine Spectator Magazine as one of the best stocked and best customer service oriented wine stores in America.
  1. The World of Wine, the Wines of the World
    Tiffany Olson
    The Wine Gallery
    Enjoy an interactive program explaining the methods for evaluating wine. Each participant will taste a variety of wines and practice evaluation techniques during our session. Tiffany Olson is a Level One Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator. She has over 10 years experience in the wine business including stints at prestigious California wineries and serving as an international brand ambassador for a French Champagne House.
  1. Ivan Doig on the Montana Landscape: Story Mapping in the Archive
    Jan Zauha, MSU Outreach, Instruction, & Research Librarian
    Susan Borda, MSU Digital Technologies Development Librarian
    Explore the works of Ivan Doig through “Story Maps” that connect materials in the Ivan Doig Archive with the landscape and people of Montana. This hands-on discussion will familiarize you with the latest digital exhibits that students and faculty at MSU are creating, giving you insights into the archive and this beloved author’s works and world.  Jan Zauha and Susan Borda work closely with the Ivan Doig Archive at Montana State University Library.
  1. Basics of Ghost Hunting
    Elies Christine Adams
    Bozeman Paranormal
    Do you believe in ghosts? Interested in understanding the paranormal or troubled by the paranormal? Learn the basics of ghost hunting and explore both the equipment and phenomena of past and present. Join this fascinating conversation with Elies Adams, the founder of Bozeman Paranormal, a ghost hunting group with a passion for history and otherworldly phenomena.
  1. Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy
    Nancy Rosen
    Intermountain Therapy Animals
    Can reading to a dog really improve a child’s literacy and communication skills? Do dogs in the library really provide stress-relief? Join a conversation about the many benefits of incorporating animals into therapy and the difference between therapy and service animals. Learn more about the R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program and the MSU Library’s Paws to De-Stress event. Nancy Rosen is the Montana Coordinator of Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA). She visits with Eli, her Standard Poodle and third therapy dog. Nancy is also an ITA instructor, team evaluator, and R.E.A.D. instructor.
  1. Improv(e) Your Life
    Molly Hannan
    Bozeman Improverts
    Improv can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Everyone uses it every day, whether they know it or not.  As with anything, though, there is a skill to improvising. Join this conversation to learn about some of improv’s fundamental concepts to help take away the fear of improvising and improv(e) your communication, collaboration, self-confidence, and active listening.  Molly Hannan is an experienced improviser and an improv teacher.  She discovered her love for improv and Community Theater by taking her very first improv class in 2012.
  1. Toxicology, the Science of Poisons
    Deborah E. Keil, Ph.D., MT(ASCP), DABT
    MSU Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
    Are you concerned about the quality of drinking water? Join the discussion on environmental health risks, spanning a wide variety of topics from DEET to drinking water contaminants to tea. Dr. Keil’s research projects include immunotoxicology studies with environmental contaminant exposures such as: perchlorate, JP-8 jet fuel (Gulf War Illness), trichloroethylene (TCE), perfluorinated compounds (fabric and carpet stain resistance applications), brominated compounds (flame retardants used in homes), metals in drinking water sources, and geogenic metal dust exposure in desert environments (Nellis Dunes, Las Vegas, NV).
  1. Demystifying GMO’s
    Toby Day
    MSU Extension Horticulture Associate Specialist and state-wide Master Gardener Coordinator
    Is there too much misinformation on the Internet and social media lately about GMO’s that you do not know who to believe? Do you want to have a conversation about GMO’s without all the hype? Do you want to form an opinion about GMO’s in a safe place where others won’t judge? Then join this table! Toby Day earned both his degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Master of Science in Plant Sciences from MSU. Before being the Extension Horticulture Associate Specialist for MSU, he was an Extension Agent in Silver Bow County in Butte, Montana for 2 years. Toby has also worked as a landscape project manager, assistant farm manager, owned his own business and is an avid gardener.
  1. Angel Investing, Who, Why, How, and What
    Liz Marchi
    Frontier Angel Fund 2
    What do angels have to do with investing? An angel investor is an individual who provides capital for business start-up. Angels invest about $50 Billion annually in the US in business startups. Join the conversion about Montana’s angel community and how it impacts Bozeman. Meet Liz Marchi, the founder of Frontier Angel Fund 2 and the Fund Coordinator for the Frontier Angel Fund, LLC, Montana’s first angel fund. Ms. Marchi was recently honored by the Montana State University School of Business and the Prospera Business Network as the Woman to Woman Mentor of the Year.
  1. Family Farm-to-Bottle Spirits
    Erica and Jeff Droge
    Dry Hills Distillery
    Meet Jeff and Erica Droge, the managing owners of Dry Hills Distillery. Dry Hills Distillery was founded by these 5th generation Montana farmers who set out to create something genuinely unique and special through their spirits, exemplifying the character from which they were made. Learn how Jeff and Erica seized an opportunity to utilize their farm’s commodities by creating new products that have elevated the farm’s production and marketability. Find out how they make real craft spirits from Montana grown premium certified seed potatoes or the select high country grains. Enjoy a farm-to-table experience unlike any other.
  1. I am Interchange
    Tate Chamberlain
    Interchange (
    Psychedelic drugs, the good, the bad, and their impact on society. Join this conversation with Tate Chamberlain, founder of Interchange. Tate Chamberlin is pushing the envelope in social, educational, and musical events by continually reintegrating an arsenal of new concepts and human connections. Interchange is a humanities project and talk show-style event where people with different ideas and perspectives come together to address multiple topics and provoke thoughtful dialogue. The goal is not necessarily to find a solution, but to have a good mind-flush of new ideas and creativity can offer wisdom and perspective to the process and development.
  1. Drumming: How Can Something So Fun Be So Good For You?
    Stormi Oshun and Shaun Phoenix
    Many Hands Light Work
    How can drumming build heartfelt connections between people and communities? Drumming exists in every culture on the planet, and is experiencing quite a renaissance worldwide.  Many documented emotional and physical health benefits are driving a growing interest in drumming, a very moving form of musical expression accessible to all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.  Besides the plethora of benefits, most people drum just because it’s incredibly fun! Stormi and Shaun are members of the six-woman World Rhythm ensemble, Yamama, and co-founded and led Chicks With Sticks, Montana’s premier marching bucket drum corps.
  1. Will Elephants Survive?
    John Heminway
    Filmmaker, Author, Conservationist, & Teacher
    Since 1967, John Heminway has been documenting and celebrating the wild corners of our planet, astonishing people, and critical issues. He has spent the last 4 years traveling to some of the most unstable places in Africa to be a first-hand witness to the challenges facing elephants and how precarious they are. Join the conversation about the complex threats facing elephants and John’s commitment that good news will prevail. John Heminway is an adjunct professor at MSU’s School of Film and Photography and received an honorary doctorate from MSU in December 2016.
  1. Visual Arts & Lifelong Learning in Bozeman
    Priscilla Lund
    Associate Professor of Art Education at MSU
    The visual arts offer residents of Bozeman a variety of ways to learn and flourish throughout life. Studio experiences encourage exploration and inquiry through creative processes with materials and ideas. Historical and contemporary visual arts nurture critical thinking and connects with history, literacy and culture. Interested in learning more about exploring visual arts? Join the conversation about where can we find these opportunities in our community.
  1. Yellowstone Writing Project: Writers Teaching, Teaching Writing
    Allison Wynhoff Olsen & Kirk Branch
    Yellowstone Writing Project
    Passionate about writing? Join the conversation about an authors’ approach to writing. Sit down with teachers from the Yellowstone Writing Project which is based in the Department of English at Montana State University. Teachers in the Yellowstone Writing Project are committed to the idea that primary and secondary teachers of writing must be writers themselves. We have learned that an active community of teachers – focused on their own writing and on teaching writing – can become leaders in professional development and play a fundamental role in promoting extensive and engaging writing and meaningful discussions throughout schools.

We would like to thank our sponsors
Dr. Marilyn “Sue” & Jim Hamilton

Friends of the Library 2016 Benefit Dinner and Auction

The Friends of MSU Library are pleased to present their 23rd annual Benefit Dinner and Auction on Saturday, October 15 at the MSU Library in Bozeman. A silent auction and social hour with no-host bar will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and a live auction to follow at 7:00 p.m. Award-winning author and MSU Professor, Glen Chamberlain, will present the keynote address.

Ticket prices:

$65 current Friends member
$75 non-Friends member
$20 Student
$525 for a table of 8

VIP Reception with Glen Chamberlain! For an additional $15, enjoy complimentary refreshments at a VIP Reception as you meet and speak with Glen Chamberlain. This reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in Special Collections at the MSU Library.

Glen Chamberlain is the author of “Conjugations of the Verb To Be.” She has received the Pushcart Prize for the best writing in America’s small presses, the first Gilcrease Prize for fiction, and the Rona Jaffe Award for both fiction and creative nonfiction. The Rona Jaffe Award named her “one of the six most promising women writers in the nation.” Chamberlain also teaches composition and creative nonfiction at Montana State University.

Reservations must be made in advance by calling 406-994-3119.

2016 – 2017 Book Group Discussion

Interested in exploring book conversations in an informal social setting? The Friends of MSU Library Book Group may be perfect for you. Anyone can join – Friend, faculty, student staff, retiree, alum – join us! Discussions are held from 7-9 p.m. at the Bozeman Public Library Small Community Room. For the most up-to-date meeting information, visit

October 11, 2016: All I Want Is What You’ve Got By Glen Chamberlain

November 1, 2016: I, Robot By Isaac Asimov

December 13, 2016: The Power and the Glory By Graham Green

January 17, 2017: The Immortal Irishman By Timothy Egan

February 14, 2017: City of Thieves By David Benioff

March 21, 2017: Our Souls at Night By Kent Hanuf

April 11, 2017: The Way to Paradise By Mario Vargas Llosa

May 2017: date & title coordinated with TCLI

June 13, 2017: Lolita By Nabakov

July 11, 2017: The Swerve By Stephen Greenblat

August 8, 2017: Once and Future King By T.H. White

Distinctive Dialogues 2016

The Friends of Montana State University Library will host their annual Distinctive Dialogues event on Tuesday, March 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman. A social hour with appetizers and a no-host bar will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dialogues to follow at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for Friends members and $35 for non-members and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, please visit or call 406-994-3119 by March 24.

2016 Table Hosts include:

1. Sinister! Gauche! Labels for Lefties
Chrysti M. Smith
Radio Host
Comprising only 10% of the world’s population, left-handers are a minority. In the Western world, the left side has long been associated with evil, misfortune and clumsiness. These notions are linguistically reflected in the terms gauche (French), sinister (Latin) and linkish (“clumsy” in German). Phrases such as having two left feet and left-handed compliment also impugn the left. Explore the unusual linguistic world of the southpaw with the left-handed Chrysti the Wordsmith.

2. Montana Justice: A Remarkable Story of Finding Justice and Affirmation of Family
Clem C. Pellett
Author and Private Investigator
Stumbling across 60-year-old evidence was how oral surgeon-turned-PI Clem Pellett first learned his grandfather was the victim of a savage murder. Equally stunning, the killer was still on the lam. Fueled by passion, Clem initiated his own cold case investigation, eventually tracking down the killer hiding in plain sight. His search also uncovered the four-year debate over capital punishment that pitted rural Montana frontier justice against McCarthy era left-wing progressives, as well as the involvement of many prominent Montanans (i.e. Lee Metcalf) and the American Communist Party. Join Clem for a conversation about this incredible true Montana story.

3. War, Injuries, & Therapeutic Recreation: The Impact of Love and the Serenity of Fly Fishing
Eric E. Hastings, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Warriors and Quiet Waters
Emily Wallace, Annual Program Manager, Warriors and Quiet Waters
America has been unprepared for the consequences of physical and mental injuries resulting from every war we have ever fought—including Iraq and Afghanistan. What responsibility does society at large have to engage in the rehabilitation, retraining and reintegration of warriors into society? Visit with Eric Hastings and Emily Wallace of the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, a locally based non-profit corporation whose volunteers provide therapeutic rehabilitation through the recreation medium of fly fishing for trout on Southwest Montana’s premiere waters, and learn how this organization provides love, hope, joy and security for our veterans and their families.

4. The Impact and Importance of Community Trails: Past, Present and Future
Penelope Pierce
Executive Director, Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Join Gallatin Valley Land Trust Executive Director Penelope Pierce in a discussion of how we ensure that in the face of a rapidly developing community, we continue to have amenities, like our Main Street to the Mountains trail system, that make Bozeman such a great place to live and add to the quality of life – from safe, non-motorized transportation to recreation to preventative health care – we all enjoy.

5. The World of Wine
Doug Badenoch
The Wine Gallery
In just a few steps, you will learn how to evaluate any wine you taste. Join The Wine Gallery Owner Doug Badenoch for a wine tasting and an overview of how to score wines like a professional.

6. The World of Wine
Tiffany Olson
The Wine Gallery
In just a few steps, you will learn how to evaluate any wine you taste. Join Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator Tiffany Olson for a wine tasting and an overview of how to score wines like a professional.

7. Music and Sound – From the Laboratory to the Wilderness and Back
Rob Maher
Head, MSU Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Music and Sound presents a fascinating field of study because it transcends so many different disciplines:  psychology, physiology, music theory, religion, mathematics, history, physics, philosophy, engineering and more. Music is a universal part of human existence, being a feature of every known culture. Yet music remains a rare and wonderful mystery of humanity, and many of these mysteries are still waiting to be unlocked. Be a key contributor to this discussion and learn more about Music and Sound.

8. On Health and Endurance Sports
Nikki Kimball
Physical Therapist & Ultrarunner
During the past 17 years, Nikki Kimball’s primary careers of distance running and physical therapy dovetailed smoothly enough to blur lines separating the two. Professionally, she uses aspects of her sport in the treatment of her client’s physical ailments, while personally she use running as a vital tool in treating depression. Join a conversation with three-time American Ultrarunner of the Year and explore relationships between endurance activity and wellness.

9. The Current State of Drone Safety
Rusty Squire
Head, Sly Dog Production
Learn the difference between professional and hobby drone flyers with Rusty Squire of Sly Dog Production. At this table, you will discuss the current state of drone safety in the United States and why there is less to fear than the media would lead you to believe. You’ll have the chance to watch a drone safety video and see some film created by drones. You’re sure to have a great time learning about this timely topic.

10. Story Mansion: On Main or Willson? You Decide!
Bill Jones
Executive Director, Gallatin History Museum
The Story Mansion at 811 S. Willson was built in 1910 by T.B. Story and still stands today. The Nelson Story Mansion on the 400 Block of West Main was built in 1887 and demolished in 1938. Join Gallatin History Museum Executive Director Bill Jones for a presentation and discussion on the costs and benefits of historical structures.

11. Organic Farming
LaVonne Stucky, Becky Weed and Jacy Rothschiller
Women of the Dirt
There is power in numbers, as they say. Join LaVonne Stucky, Becky Weed and Jacy Rothschiller, three Women of the Dirt living and farming in the Gallatin Valley who are part of a larger group dedicated to the same.  They grow meat and produce as sustainably as possible, but that’s not all they do. Sign up for this table to learn more about organic farming in the Gallatin Valley.

12. Blood on the Marias: The Baker Massacre of 1870
Paul Wylie
Retired Attorney and Independent Researcher & Writer
On the morning of January 23, 1870, troops of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry attacked a Piegan Indian village on the Marias River in Montana Territory, killing many more than the army’s count of 173, most of them women, children, and old men. Intended as retaliation against Mountain Chief’s renegade band, the massacre sparked public outrage when news sources revealed that the battalion had attacked Heavy Runner’s innocent village – and that guides had told is inebriated commander, Major Eugene Baker, he was on the wrong trail, but he struck anyway. Remembered as one of the most heinous incidents of the Indian Wars, the Baker Massacre has often been overshadowed by the better-known Battle of the Little Bighorn and has never received full treatment until now. Spend the evening with Paul Wylie, author of Blood on the Marias, and learn more.

13. The Ivan Doig Archive: Coming Home to this House of Sky
Jan Zauha, MSU Outreach, Instruction, & Research Librarian
Hannah McKelvey, MSU Adjunct Instruction & Research Librarian
What is your favorite Ivan Doig book? Join us to explore the world of one of Montana’s most cherished authors. Learn more about the man, his life of writing, and his relationship to Montana. Find out how the MSU Library is preserving his legacy while promoting and creating new digital scholarship.

14. Voices of Yellowstone
Jennifer Jerrett
Yellowstone National Park Science Correspondent
Join Yellowstone’s science correspondent from the MSU Library’s Acoustic Atlas for an evening exploring the sounds and stories of America’s first national park. Then, go behind the scenes of podcasting and learn what makes great audio storytelling.

15. Opening a Distillery in Downtown Bozeman
Jim Harris
Founder, Bozeman Spirits
Meet Jim Harris of Bozeman Spirits and discover the process of distilling spirits – from opening the distillery to making and aging whiskey. In a true entrepreneurial “spirit,” learn what it takes to start something from scratch, distilling to bottling and marketing to selling.

16. Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities
Ambassador Brooke Anderson
American Diplomat
The United States faces a range of foreign policy challenges and opportunities around the globe.  Join a lively discussion that goes beyond the headlines and explores the strategic stakes for the United States in today’s complicated and interconnected world.

17. Discovering my Path from a Wheelchair
Liz Ann Kudrna
Owner & Instructor, Body in Balance Pilates
Join Liz Ann as she talks about the things she has learned about the human anatomy and mobility since becoming paralyzed in 2008. She will share the story of her accident and how she is carving out a path that is different from the one she imagined. An avid outdoor enthusiast, hear how Liz Ann approaches life differently since her accident and teaches others to work through their mobility issues. Liz Ann advocates for access for all, and at this table you’ll have the chance to learn more about disability awareness, both personally and in the world around us.


Register today!

Past Successes

The MSU Library is proud to report the success of both phases of the 3rd floor renovation project.

Over the summer, we completed a renovation of the north side of the 3rd floor. In addition to new carpet and electrical, this renovation introduced to the space large group study tables and comfortable seating areas in front of the large windows with views over the mall and the Bridger Mountains. Students have flocked to the newly renovated library space. Combined with renovations completed around the fountain area during the summer of 2014, the 3rd floor has become the preferred study area of many MSU students.

Funds raised at last year’s Benefit Dinner supported the renovations on the north side of the 3rd floor. Thank you for supporting the students of MSU!



3rd floor, north



3rd floor, fountain


2015 Benefit Dinner

The Friends of MSU Library are pleased to present their 22nd annual Benefit Dinner and Auction on Saturday, October 17 at the MSU Library in Bozeman. A silent auction and social hour with no-host bar will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and a live auction to follow at 7:00 p.m. Pete Fromm, five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award, will present the keynote address at 8:30 p.m.

Ticket prices:

$65 current Friends member
$75 non-Friends member
$20 Student
$525 for a table of 8

New this year! For an additional $15, enjoy complimentary refreshments at a VIP Reception as you meet and speak with award-winning author Pete Fromm. This reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in Special Collections at the MSU Library.

Fromm is the author of four novels, five short story collections, and one memoir.  Publishers Weekly called his most recent novel, If Not For This, “remarkable.” His other works include Indian Creek Chronicles and As Cool As I Am, now a major motion picture starring James Marsden and Claire Danes. He is on the faculty of Pacific University’s MFA program and lives in Montana.

Funds raised at this year’s event will support the MSU Library Trout and Salmonid Collection digitization project. Learn more here.

Reservations must be made in advance by calling 406-994-3119 or registering online at**Deadline Extended! RSVP by Thursday, October 15!**

This event is sponsored by Toyota of Bozeman, Ressler-Chevrolet, Dr. Marilyn “Sue” and Jim Hamilton, Allegra Printing, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Arlene Wylie, and First Interstate Bank.

**Due to the construction of a new parking garage, complimentary parking is available in the lot south of the pay parking lot on South 7th Avenue.**

Auction items at the event include:

Live Auction

Go Cats Go!
Tickets to the Brawl of the Wild Cat-Griz football game on Nov. 21 in Bozeman, front row reserved seats at Cat Chat with Coach Ash, and dinner at The Club Tavern & Grill.

A Fishing Experience with Bud Lilly
Fish in Logan, MT at the handicapped access on the Gallatin River with Bud Lilly and some of his fisherman friends. Everything is included – transportation, tackle, etc. Also included is a copy of A Trout’s Best Friend, the angling autobiography of Bud Lilly.

Silent Auction

Fisherman’s Dream
A guided fishing trip for two with Urbani Fisheries, LLC and A Trout’s Best Friend, signed by author Bud Lilly

Fruit of the Earth
A case of wine from Mahoney Estate Winery in Napa, Calif.

Bozeman by Night
Intermountain Opera tickets ($150 certificate), a $75 gift card to Blacksmith Italian, and a one-night stay in the new Element Hotel by Westin in downtown Bozeman

Gallatin Valley by Air
An airplane ride for three over the Gallatin Valley, provided by Dr. Rob Blake

Bozeman by Day
$25 Sola gift card (Kagy or Jake Jabs Building locations), Museum of the Rockies admission passes, and $25 in Downtown Dollars

Coffee & Cheesecake
Coffee for a year from Rockford Coffee and homemade cheesecake for a year

Dog Days
A dog bed from West Paw Design and one week of doggie day care and one pet grooming from the Pet Parlor

Kitchen Delight
Hand-carved wood cutting and serving boards by Chuck Bentz and a an Indian photograph

“The Blueberrie Wagon”
Edward J. Ray original oil painting (Gilford, New Hampshire, 1976)

Style & Spa
An original Swarovski crystal and metal button bracelet and hand-knitted cap by local artist Danette Long, 30-minute facial at Sage Spa Living

Knit Tonight
A private knitting or crocheting lesson (needles or hook included) at Stix, blue and gold yarn, men’s hand-knitted sweater

Winslow Studio and Gallery Photography
$300 Winslow Studio gift certificates sold at $100 each

Armchair Australia
Six Australian books (ranging from fiction to art exploration), and assortment of Australian foods (from mango coconut licorice to ginger beer), and a mix of Australian objects (from Victoria University gear to hand-crafted kangaroo trivets).

Invitation to a Book Discussion
All 10 titles that the Friends of MSU Library Book Group will read in the coming year: If Not For This, The Sixth Extinction, The Home Place, West with the Night, The Richest Hill on Earth, Ender’s Game, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, All the Light We Cannot See, Crow Fair, and H is for Hawk, along with a bottle of wine and a throw

Artwork by Angst
“Star Light,” an original hand-painted linocut, 15 greetin cards, and a poppies pendant, all by local artist Sarah Angst

Treat Yourself
Haircut, eyebrow wax, shellac manicure, and pedicure at Tresses Salon & Spa

Sparkle & Dine
Miller’s Jewelry $100 gift certificate and Copper Whiskey Bar & Grill $50 gift certificate

Trout Carving
Created by local woodworker Andrew Newman

Autumn Bundle
Women’s jacket, $50 Country Bookshelf gift certificate

Garden to Table
2 dozen iris rhizomes, 10-piece cookware set from Owenhouse Ace Hardware

Raffle Items

A collection of Pete Fromm’s books from the Friends of MSU Library Book Group

A one-night stay at the Huntley Lodge and two adult lift tickets at Big Sky



Current Fundraising Goals

This year, the Friends’ fundraising efforts will support the Trout and Salmonid Collection digitization project at Montana State University Library.

Decades of research on fish and fisheries have given MSU a strong tradition on which to build the nation’s preeminent trout and salmonid collection. In an effort to make these materials more accessible, the library is in the process of digitizing this world-class collection.

Aspects of the digitization project include:

Angling Oral Histories

The library is currently collecting oral histories from anglers around the world in an effort to create a snapshot of what trout and salmonid fishing means to our society. Interviewees include Bud Lilly, AD Maddox, John Geirach, and Joan Wulff. This project will provide an unprecedented resource for researchers and help preserve the memory of angling in our time.

Trout Art Digitization Project

This ongoing project to scan images of trout and salmonids from the library’s collection will create the world’s most comprehensive database of trout and salmonid art, photographs, sketches, drawings, and other images and showcase how trout and salmonids have been drawn painted, and imagined over the past five centuries.


Table Hosts – Distinctive Dialogues 2015

The Friends of MSU Library are pleased to present their annual Distinctive Dialogues event on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with dialogues to follow at 7:00 p.m.

**New this year!**
“Serendipity Hour”
After the first hour of conversation, table hosts will rotate to another table. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from TWO local experts!*
*Wine tables excludedTickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, please call 406-994-3119 by April 1.

Thanks to our event sponsors: Toyota of Bozeman, Ressler-Chevrolet of Bozeman, and Dr. Marilyn Sue and Jim Hamilton

This year’s 19 tables are:

1. The Business of Photography — Tools & Tips
Felix Marquez
Professional Photographer
Shutterbugs, aspiring, and professional photographers alike will enjoy this lively and informative discussion about how to navigate the ever-changing freelance business environment. Felix Marquez is a world-renowned photographer whose subjects have included Mother Teresa, Aretha Franklin, Olympic athletes, and Super Bowl football players. Mr. Marquez will share the strategy he has followed in this competitive market, and will bring some of the tools he uses while on assignment.

2. Building a Better Bozeman: How to Create a Stronger and More Vibrant Community
Chris Mehl
Bozeman City Commissioner
Bozeman is booming, leading to many challenges and opportunities. Chris will lead a lively discussion about our community’s future—what’s going right and wrong—encouraging everyone at the table to provide ideas and criticism for how to best develop and meet goals that will further improve our city.

3. Archaeology and Travels in the Western Cape, South Africa
Jack Fisher, Ph.D.
MSU Anthropology Professor
Join archaeologist Jack Fisher of Montana State University for an evening of adventure. Fisher will discuss and show photos of his archaeological research, carried out in a long-term collaboration with archaeologists at the University of Cape Town, into the Later Stone Age peoples of the Western Cape, South Africa. He’ll also discuss and show photos of ancient rock art from the Western Cape, along with photos of landscapes, flora, and fauna of that area.

4. Preserving and Imagining Madison Buffalo Jump as an Anchor for Development of Montana’s First National Heritage Area
Bill Goold
M.A., Native American Studies; Founder of the Friends of Madison Buffalo Jump
In small bands of as few as 20 tribal members on foot, Native Americans successfully hunted huge herds of bison at Madison Buffalo Jump, located 27 miles northwest of Bozeman.  This is a compelling example of Indigenous knowledge and ingenuity, which has been discounted for centuries.  Join Bill Goold as he discusses how this remarkable site should be preserved. Learn about the opportunity to inform future generations about the different ways in which diverse cultures across 10,000 years of time have met the common challenge of surviving and thriving in the often harsh, unforgiving habitat of the Northern Plains.

5. Learning from Brad Pitt
Robert Bennett, Ph.D.
MSU English Professor
People often have strong reactions to Brad Pitt, even if their reaction is to try to ignore him. But you really can’t, can you? He is such a global phenomenon, from the silver screen to the grocery store tabloids, that—love him or hate him—it is hard to not have some kind of opinion about him. Bring your own opinions, and discuss with Deconstructing Brad Pitt co-author Robert Bennett who Brad Pitt really is, why he has become such a global celebrity, and what his acting, celebrity, and humanitarian work have to teach us about the world in which we live.

6. Honey Bee Pollinator Health
Michelle Flenniken, Ph.D.
MSU Plant Sciences Professor
Honey bees are important pollinators of agricultural crops and plant species that enhance the biodiversity of both agricultural and non-agricultural environments. Recent increased losses of honey bee colonies in North America and Europe have alarmed both citizens and scientists. Michelle is a microbiologist/virology at MSU investigating honey bee colony health. She looks forward to fielding questions and participating in discussions regarding honey bee colony health and bee biology.

7. Chainsaw Carving
Andrew Newman
Owner & Lead Carpenter, Stellar Construction
Learn the techniques and processes of turning a log into a piece of art!  Andrew Newman, owner and lead carpenter at Stellar Construction, will lead a discussion focused on proportions and making the eye believe what it sees. Walk away with a working knowledge of the tools and trees of the trade.

8. Greenhouses Can Fool Mother Nature
Ann Schrader
Master Gardener
We’ve all seen those adorable greenhouses at Ace Owenhouse or in our neighbors’ back yards.  Some of us are considering purchasing one, while others have just ordered one and are looking to set it up. Now what? Meet master gardener Ann Schrader and discuss topics such as selecting the right greenhouse for your needs, preparing your new greenhouse for planting, plant selection, and pest control.

9. Farm-to-Cup Coffee for the Everyday Adventurer
Natalie Van Dusen
Little Red Wagon Coffee Roasters
Coffee matters. As second largest commodity in the world (behind oil) the production and consumption of coffee affects millions of lives globally.  Discover how a curiosity driven approach to create a better cup of coffee led one Bozeman entrepreneur to a new understanding a coffee bean’s complex journey from farm-to-cup and the lives touched along the way. Discussion will focus on the past, present and future of coffee and its unique role in today’s global society. Explore how a deeper knowledge of what’s in your cup may cause you to rethink what you consume. Learn how you might not have to sacrifice the quality of your coffee in your busy lifestyle through some fun tips and tricks.

10. Animal Minds & Communication
Sara Waller, Ph.D.
MSU Philosophy Professor
Do dolphins have names? How do wolf packs cooperate when raising young? Do animals have language? Humans are cooperative predators, and there is reason to believe that we can communicate with other cooperative predators because evolution put similar pressures on all of us. Join MSU professor Sara Waller for a fascinating discussion on the questions and implications that emerge from research in animal vocalization and communication.

11. The 4-H Western Heritage Project: Discovering the History of the American Frontier through Experiential Learning
Todd Kesner
Interim Director, Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development
The 4-H Western Heritage Project is a combination of 4-H shooting sports and a study of the American frontier West from 1860-1900. Six years ago, table host Todd Kesner developed this project, which utilizes participatory living history as a teaching/learning methodology where youth, ages 10 – 19, become living historians in dress, persona, and competition. Don’t miss the chance to have a lively discussion about this project that helps members find history relevant to their daily lives.

12. What’s Your Story?
Denise Malloy
Columnist and Author
Have you ever dreamed of putting your ideas on paper? Not sure how to begin? Join columnist Denise Malloy for a lively discussion on ways to start (and keep) writing.

13. The World of Wine
Doug Badenoch
The Wine Gallery
In just a few steps, you will learn how to evaluate any wine you taste. Join The Wine Gallery Owner Doug Badenoch for a wine tasting and an overview of how to score wines like a professional.
**This table will not be part of the “Serendipity Hour”

14. The World of Wine
Tiffany Olson
The Wine Gallery
In just a few steps, you will learn how to evaluate any wine you taste. Join Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator Tiffany Olson for a wine tasting and an overview of how to score wines like a professional.
**This table will not be part of the “Serendipity Hour”

15. The Shifting Narrative of “Wild” and “Wilderness”
Miles Nolte
MSU English Instructor
Contemporary American culture fetishizes the concept of wilderness. What was once seen as frightening, foreboding, dangerous, and powerful is now seen as idyllic, peaceful, transcendent, and fragile. These shifts in our cultural attitudes toward the concept of wilderness have coincided with the conquest and eradication of wilderness spaces. Join MSU English Instructor Miles Nolte in a conversation about how our attitudes and mythologies of wild places have changed now that we see wilderness and something to be saved rather than conquered.

16. What is Mindfulness?
Beth Renick
MPH, CHES, Founder of Health in Mind
Nearly three decades of scientific research worldwide suggests that training in mindfulness can positively and often profoundly affect one’s ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully. Practicing mindfulness means we live our lives in the present moment with awareness instead of being “on automatic pilot.” Join Beth Renick and learn how you can experience life more fully by making a conscious choice to be in the present moment in the “right here and now.”

17. Back Country Pack Trips
Bob Hoverson
Forest Service Retiree
Engage in conversation about how and where to go to experience Montana’s pristine wilderness and back country via horseback with emphasis on the Bob Marshall Wilderness.  Join Bob Hoverson, who spent 23 years managing the Forest Service Northern Region Pack Train, and receive information on sources of quality equipment, mandatory rules and regulations, and training opportunities.

18. The Science of Skis
Eric Newman
Founder & Owner, Seneca Boards
Seneca Boards has been designing and manufacturing skis for over 5 years in Bozeman. With over 300 custom ski designs developed, we have become an innovator in ski design. This talk will go through explanations of current technology, how it affects a skis performance, and what the science behind skiing and ski design actually is.

19. Birding Southwest Montana’s Hot Spots
Loreene Reid
President, Sacajawea Audubon
Birds are everywhere. A birdwatcher will tell you that there’s a ton of fun to be had identifying birds in or outside your yard. Spend an evening with Loreene Reid, Sacajawea Audubon president, as she shares some favorite birding hot spots of southwest Montana.

Distinctive Dialogues 2015

The Friends of MSU Library will host their annual Distinctive Dialogues event on Tuesday, April 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman. A social hour with no-host bar will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dialogues and appetizers to follow at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, please call 406-994-3119 by April 1.

Information on table hosts is available here.