Thursday, December 13, 2012

Positions Available for Spring Semester!!

Would you like to be a part of ASUM's exciting new initiative to improve neighborhood relations in the University District? The Neighborhood Ambassador Program is NOW HIRING!!! The program hires students to serve as liaisons between homeowners and student renters living in the University District neighborhood. Each neighborhood ambassador has an assigned are in which they go door to door to meet the residents, works to build a stronger sense of community in this area. They also implement outreach campaigns on student rights & responsibilities, distribute a monthly newsletter, and plan fun events for the neighborhood.

Position Details:
- $8.50/hour
- 5 hrs/week (flexible schedule!)
- Great leadership opportunity!

- must be UM student enrolled in 6 or more credits
- 2.5 GPA or higher
- Preference given to those who live in University District
- demonstrated community involvement, volunteerism, and/or leadership experience
- must be a people person
- strong verbal and written communication skills


Contact Katherine Brady at the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center for further information (243-2017 or 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Neighborhood Ambassador Profile: Jessica Ferretti

Meet Neighborhood Ambassador #4, Jessica Ferretti!

Jessica Ferretti here!  I was raised in Columbia Falls Montana, so to me, Missoula is exciting and fresh.  The Garden City brings a whole new perspective of Montana living.  It inspires me to recycle, utilize alternative modes of transportation, and meet tons of new and interesting people.  Having not had these opportunities growing up, yet knowing about them now is what motivates me towards my degree in geography, urban development.  I specifically love learning about transportation, and how it affects a community. 

Over the last three years I have really come to take advantage of my time here in Missoula.  I really enjoy going out downtown at night to eat, dance, and interact with others.  One of my favorite things is the Kim Williams Trail.  In the past, I would ride my bike to the University from Russell Street, and having that trail to safely commute on was a great relief to me.  The things I will miss the most after graduating this spring will be the University and football games, First Fridays, and my job at Maurices.

People leave Missoula, but Missoula never really leaves a person.  This is a place that has so much to offer everyone, and I am truly glad to have been a part of the legacy.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

Final Sunday Sweeper of the Semester a HUGE Success

The Neighborhood Ambassador Program extends a gigantic thank you to all of the student groups who came out to help us with our last Sunday Sweeper of the semester: Delta Rho Tau, UM Advocates, Griz for UNICEF, the Artists Collective, and Women's Ultimate Frisbee.  We went out with a bang! With the largest number of volunteers yet and a huge amount of trash collected the University District is looking great!

A small portion of the trash and recycling collected.

Volunteers from UM Advocates

Renter Center Director, Katherine, Neighborhood Ambassador, Nathan and volunteers from the Artists Collective

Neighborhood Ambassador, Erin and a Griz for UNICEF volunteer

Delta Rho Tau volunteers


Monday, November 12, 2012

Neighborhood Ambassador Profile: Alex Clark

Meet Neighborhood Ambassador #2, Alex Clark!

My name is Alex, I was born and raised in Helena, Montana. I am the youngest of five children with the best parents a person could ask for. My favorite sport is soccer, which I played at the club level growing up. After graduating from Helena High in 2007, I lived in Bozeman for a year and a half and played with a reggae-rock band. It was an interesting experience, but after a while the nine-to-five got old and I decided it was time to return to school. MSU didn’t seem like a good fit for me so I moved to Missoula!

I am currently a junior working towards Majors in History and Philosophy with a Minor in Latin American Studies. I am not entirely sure what I want to do after graduation. In a perfect world I will be awarded a scholarship to study abroad. In reality, I will probably teach debate and high school History for a few years before going into some other field, grad school, or law school.

No matter what I do, or where I go, Montana will always be my home. This is simply the greatest state in the Union. I grew up skiing, hiking, fishing, and camping. When I was still in my mother’s womb, she summited the nose of the Sleeping Giant. My favorite place I have been in Montana, besides the obvious Yellowstone and Glacier, is Summit Lake in the Spanish Peaks, near Big Sky.

There are many things I plan to do and see. Most importantly, I plan on working towards a more sustainable future for generations to come. I have been tremendously fortunate to be able to enjoy the striking beauty of our state’s environment and I want to make sure that my great-grandchildren will have same opportunity. Sustainability, however, is a global issue. That is why it is important to build networks of communication of ideas and solutions globally. This is part of the reason I am so interested in traveling. As awesome as Montana is, there is plenty more to learn from others across the globe. 

Today I am a Neighborhood Ambassador, tomorrow maybe I will be the Ambassador to Chile. I have had a very fortunate upbringing that has provided the inspiration to set my sights high. No matter where I land, though, I will always carry with me the Montana ethic of friendliness, honesty, and hard work. I look forward to serving the University and our neighborhood and encourage anyone to come forward with ideas of how to improve our little mountain community. Go Griz!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Check out our Missoula Recycling Guide!

Our current outreach campaign focuses on recycling resources in Missoula.  Following are some specifics about recycling pick up services in Missoula:
  • Allied Waste: Purchase blue bags from Allied Waste ($2/bag), fill them up with recyclables (no sorting needed), and put the bags out with your weekly trash pick up.  Allied Waste is located at 3207 West Broadway, or call them at 406-721-1120.
  • Garden City Recycling: $20/month for 2 pick ups.  They accept any donation items (clothes, appliances) and are now taking GLASS!  For more information call 406-493-1582 or visit .
  • I.E. Recycling: $10/month with weekly pick ups.  The accept plastics #1-#7 and GLASS!  Special item pick ups vary week by week.  For more information call 406-396-5317 or visit    
Following are some specifics about Missoula recycling drop off locations:
  • Pacific Recycling: Open Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm.  Items do not need to be sorted.  Located at 2600 Latimer (1 block behind Target).  For more information call 406-543-7280 or visit
  • Allied Waste: 24 hour drop off center accepts recyclable materials including plastics #1 and #2.  They do not accept glass.  Located at 3207 West Broadway.  For more information call 406-721-1120.
  • Eko Compost: Accepts organic lawn trimmings, leaves, and urban wood waste.  Located at 1125 Clark Fork Lane.  For more information call 406-721-1423.
Your Neighborhood Ambassador will be visiting you soon with a handy pamphlet with all of this information!  Keep an eye out for them.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Calling all Homeowners in the University District Neighborhood : we want to hear from YOU! Please take a moment to fill out our homeowner survey if you have not yet done so. We appreciate your feedback, as it informs our Neighborhood Ambassador Program of the quality of life issues that affect you the most. This allows us to then focus our efforts on improving these resident identified issues.

 Click Here to complete the short questionnaire.

Monday, October 29, 2012

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Stay up to date on the goings on of the Neighborhood Ambassador Program!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Second Sunday Sweeper Down... Just one to go.

We successfully completed our second Sunday Sweeper!  A big thanks to the UM Computer Science club for all of their work!  Keep an eye out for us on November 18th, the Sunday after the big Cat-Griz game!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

UM News video story on Sunday Sweepers

The Neighborhood Ambassadors were featured on yet another video story by a journalism student enrolled in the UM News course! This one focused on the Sunday Sweepers clean up events and featured ambassador Jessica Ferretti and UM student group, the African Student Association (ASA), who participated in last Sunday's clean up. The video turned out great! Click HERE to watch.

Monday, October 15, 2012

More Sunday Sweepers!

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPATING ASUM STUDENT GROUPS: the Native American Law Students Association, ADSUM, the African Student Association, and Men's Ultimate Frisbee.

You all made our first Sunday Sweeper a great success!

Watch this video feature on our program!

A UM  Journalism student enrolled in the UMNews course used the Neighborhood Ambassador Program as one of her video assignment topics. Student ambassador, Paul Summerlin, agreed to let her shadow him while he went door to door last week so that she could get some on-site footage for the piece. With interviews from homeowners, student renters, and Paul, the finished product is a great illustration of our program.

Check out the video HERE!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Sweepers... One down, two to go!

Neighborhood Ambassadors along with several ASUM student groups, including: the Native American Law Students Association, the Alliance for Disability and Students of the University of Montana (ADSUM), the African Student Association, and Men's Ultimate Frisbee, hit the University district with their rubber gloves, trash bags, and rakes today!  We divided into 5 areas to clean up trash and rake yards.

After spending about an hour picking trash east of Arthur from Beckwith Ave. to Beverly Ave., students from the Native American Law Students Association raked some yards.

Keep and eye out for us after the next two home Griz games!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Meet an Ambassador: Nathan Klette

Nathan is a senior at the University of Montana, majoring in Health and Human Performance focusing in Community Health.  He is a lifelong resident of Missoula, growing up in the Upper Rattlesnake. He loves the outdoors.  On most weekends you can find Nathan outside on a basketball court, hiking in the beautiful backcountry, hanging out with friends or nose-deep studying in the library.

When asked to name his favorite thing about Missoula, Nathan could't choose just one.  He listed a number of Missoula favorites including:
  • The fact that Missoula is an eclectic mix of ranchers, cowboys, hippies, yuppies, students, artists, athletes and recreationalists,
  • Meals from Front Street Pasta & Wraps, Taco Del Sol, Biga Pizza and Sushi Hana,
  • Desserts from Big Dipper,
  • Drinks from Kettlehouse, Tamarack, James Bar and Uptown Diner,
  • Views from the M, Stuart Peak and Missoula Valley,
  • Recreational activities in the Clark Fork River and Rattlesnake Recreation Area,
  • Grizzly athletics, the Kim Williams Trail, Worden’s, Brennan’s Wave and the Missoulian.

Monday, October 1, 2012

New Neighborhood Map

We have reworked the Neighborhood Ambassador areas just a bit.  The map above outlines the new neighborhoods.

Have you met your ambassador?

Your Neighborhood Ambassadors (from left to right): Alex Clark, Erin Joronen, Jacob Hellyer, Nathan Klette, Paul Summerlin, and Stephanie Parker (not pictured: Jessica Ferretti)

Neighborhood Ambassadors have started getting out into the University District to meet our neighbors!  If we haven't hit your house yet, don't worry, we will.  We will continue getting out and introducing ourselves over the next couple of weeks.  

In the mean time, get ready for our upcoming newsletter, and Sunday Sweepers!  Sunday Sweepers is an event the Neighborhood Ambassadors are working on organizing.  It will take place Sunday, October 14th, in the University District.  We will be recruiting student groups and students from UM to help clean up trash in the neighborhood after the next home Griz game. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Neighborhood Ambassadors Gear Up for a New Year!

With one returning Neighborhood Ambassador, and six new members, the Neighborhood Ambassador Program is excited get out there and meet our neighbors!  We are going to be knocking on doors in the University district beginning this week.  Also, keep an eye out for upcoming community events, newsletters, and other important information.  We will update this blog regularly as a way of keeping the community aware of what we're doing.