Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick or Treat with us!

Calling all University District trick-or-treaters! When you are out this evening, you won't want to miss our Neighborhood Ambassador trick-or-treat station! There will be pumpkin painting, you will get to stick your hands in some pretty gross things, and there will of course be treats. We will also be handing out information on how to stay safe on Halloween night.

 We will be stationed at the Christ the King  Church which is located at the corner of Gerald & Keith from 5-8pm. See you there! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Have you been "BOOED" yet?

The ASUM Neighborhood Ambassadors are bringing a fun Halloween tradition to the University District neighborhood. Our team of ambassadors has been busy distributing  “boo bags” to area residents. If you are unfamiliar with this Halloween tradition, it is similar to "ding dong ditching" someone, but instead of leaving something unpleasant on their doorstep, you leave a bag full of Halloween treats! We are putting a spin on this idea by giving decorated bags full of candy to area residents and encouraging them to then hand deliver a bag full of treats to their neighbors, and to stop in and say hello to them rather than running away before they answer the door.

Check out our festive boo bags full of Halloween treats!
 If you receive a boo bag from your neighbor or from one of our ambassadors, you have officially been "booed" and are now tasked with booing someone else on your block!

Monday, October 28, 2013

ASUM Senators lend a hand for Sunday Sweepers

A very special thanks to members of the ASUM Senate who participated in yesterday's Sunday Sweepers neighborhood cleanup! Whereas our other student groups that participate receive a monetary reward to their student group account in exchange for their efforts, the senators do not receive any sort of accommodation. We're thankful for their dedication to improving the quality of life in the University District neighborhood!

ASUM Housing Board Chair, Claire with area #2 ambassador, Dave

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sunday Sweepers in the news!

The Sunday Sweepers neighborhood cleanup program got some great media coverage last weekend: both KECI & KPAX were there filming as we cleaned up the streets of the University District after the previous days' tailgating celebrations!! Check out the coverage by clicking the links below!

KPAX news story 

KECI news story

And a big thanks to the 3 student groups that participated in the event: School Psychology Student Organization, Criminal Law Student group, & the Women's Lacrosse club!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Parents Weekend
By Elissa White, Neighborhood Ambassador
Parents Weekend is here! October 19th and 20th.  If your parents are coming into town like mine, you’ve got the grand ole question of where to take your parents in Missoula for a weekend. I have compiled a list of a few fun things to see and do around town. Even if your parents are not coming to town, these ideas are always fun to do while we still have a few days of nice weather.
Now open Thursday- Sunday for a variety of hours. There is a night maze on Saturday night from 7-9pm. During regular hours there is a pumpkin patch, obstacle course, mini maze, feed bunk, puzzle maze and a barnyard with pony rides. On Friday nights there is a treasure hunt in the regular maze for gift certificates and coupons to local businesses. You should dress in layers, and be prepared for mud. The hay and corn maze are linked together to cover more than an acre, providing more than 4500 feet of passageways.  On average it takes 20-30 minutes to complete the maze.  Unfortunately dogs are not allowed!
  • Hike the “M”
    • Miles: 3/4 mile to "M;" 1 3/4 miles to top of Mount Sentinel
    • Elevation gain: 620 feet to "M" (from 3,200 feet to 3,820). 1,958 feet to top of Mount Sentinel (3,200 feet to 5,158)
The "M" on the west face of Mount Sentinel has been a Missoula landmark since 1908. When Forestry Club members created a zigzag trail up the mountain and students carried up stones to create the M.

Time brought many changes to the "M." In 1912, a wooden letter replaced the one made of stone. When the wooden "M" was blown off the mountain in 1915, it was replaced with a more permanent, larger stone "M". That was the way it remained until 1968, when it was changed to the concrete "M" we see today.
The trail is less than a mile long, but the hike can be tough. The climb is steep, there is 11 switchbacks on the path.
  • Red Dress Gala
  • Friday October 18, 2013, University Ballroom 6pm
Join the UM chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority at a fundraiser for the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports women's cardiac care research. The event will feature casino games and prizes, dessert, music, and a silent auction.
Tickets cost $45 each or $70 per couple, $25 for UM students. Tickets are also available at the door. Children 10 and under are free.
  • University of Montana vs. Cal Poly
  • Saturday October 19, 2013 at Washington Grizzly Stadium- Kick off is 1:30

Watch the Griz take on the Cal Poly mustangs. Hopefully there won’t be a repeat of 2 years ago when a shameless streaker made an appearance. Get guest passes and tickets from the UC’s Source if you’re a student, and Griz Tix for non- students.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October Newsletter

Please read our October Newsletter. For those of you who live within the area our program serves, you can expect to receive a hard copy on your doorstep within the next week; but feel free to take a sneak peak online!. 

Click here for homeowner edition                            Click here for renter edition

Sunday Sweepers

Last weekend we had our second Sunday Sweeper's of the season! It was much needed to clean up after all of the homecoming celebrations that went on over the weekend. We were lucky enough to partner with Montana Anthropology Student Association (MASA), the UM FLAT, & the UM Psychology Club. It was a beautiful day and our volunteers did an awesome job cleaning up the streets of the University District!

Ambassador Hannah with her group of volunteers

Ambassador Elissa and one of our volunteers on South Ave

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pumpkin Carving 101:

Pumpkin carving is my favorite thing to do for Halloween! I always remember getting so excited to cut out me design and getting more and more creative each year.  The pumpkin patch was always such a fun time to hang out with my family, ride the hayrides, drink hot apple cider and eat pumpkin doughnuts.  Here is a link to a local Pumpkin Patch!! Grab some friends and head out for an afternoon of fall fun!

 Step One:

Bring your pumpkins in from outside so that when you start to hollow them out your hands don’t freeze. 

Step Two:

Cut a jagged hole in the top of your pumpkin at 45-degree angle in so that the top doesn’t fall through the hole. 

Step Three:

Use a large spoon to carve out the guts of the pumpkin and put them in a bowl, try to save the seeds so that you can roast them later.  Make sure you get the inside clean of all the so that he candle will stay lit. 

Step Four:

Your pumpkin will last longer if you soak your pumpkin for a few hours in a solution of 1Tbs bleach to 1 Gal of water.

Step Five: 

Use a dry erase marker to sketch out the design or face that you want to carve out.  Use a sharp serrated knife to begin to cut out he design in a sawing motion. 

If you want the space to be brightly lit then you should cut it out completely.  If you want it to be more dimly lit you can partially carve out the pumpkin so that there is still a thin layer there.  If you want the part of the pattern to be dark do not cut the piece out. 

Step Six:

Light your pumpkin with a votive candle or with an electronic flameless candle to avoid fire hazards. 

Another fun way to decorate pumpkins is to paint them! 
We want to hear from YOU!  Do you have a good idea for an event that would help build neighborhood relations?  Are there any missing resources that student renters could utilize and benefit from?  Are there any neighborhood concerns you have been thinking about?  We would love to listen and possibly collaborate with anyone who can answer any one of these questions.  Feel free to check out our program website, visit us in the ASUM office, or like us on Facebook @ Um Neighborhood Ambassadors.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Keep an eye out for October's Newsletter and upcoming Neighborhood Events!