Saturday, November 30, 2013

Our New Program Manager!

Meet Elizabeth, our new Program Manager!

An avid vegan food and puppy enthusiast, Elizabeth was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina to active-duty military personnel. Her parents were often relocated on account of military assignment and in consequence, Elizabeth developed a knack for cultural adaptability that engendered a love of language and travel. 

With Rocky Mountain adventure in mind, she chose to attend the University of Montana, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and studying abroad in Spain and Mexico. After graduation, Elizabeth returned to North Carolina to work as a Registered Tax Return Preparer for the family business to gain “real world” experience. She took advantage of her fluency in Spanish by assisting the area's expanding Hispanic population with tax preparation and diversifying the firm's client base. In her free time, she interned for a Superior Court Judge and assisted with Spanish interpretation.

After two years of this intensive accumulation of experience, Elizabeth returned to Montana to continue developing marketable skills by pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. Presently, Elizabeth hopes to creatively and effectively combine her various interests and carve out a niche for herself in today's business milieu. While completing her undergraduate degree, Elizabeth lived in the University District as well as on campus and other UM housing. She understands the challenges student renters face when learning how to maintain and share a house with roommates for the first time. Furthermore, after assisting her grandmother with the management of rentals, Elizabeth recognizes the unique challenges homeowners encounter in their interaction with renters. Through the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center and Neighborhood Ambassadors Program, Elizabeth intends to put her experiences to good use in order to foster positive relationships between renter and homeowner.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Snow Shoveling Reminder

Season’s Greetings Residents,

Now that the winter season is upon us and we are starting to see some winter weather, it is time for a friendly reminder of Missoula’s Snow Shoveling ordinance:

Missoula Municipal Code 12.16.030 requires residents to clear sidewalks of snow and ice after a snowfall by 9 a.m. on weekdays and by noon on weekends and holidays.  If property owners do not clear their sidewalks, the city may have the sidewalks cleared at the property owners' expense.  

·        Snow removed from sidewalks or driveways may not be deposited in the road, including bike lanes, parking lanes, and driving lanes.

If you are a UM student, we have snow shovels available for you to check out for the winter season. They are free of charge and you can pick one up in the ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center in the UC at  your convenience. You can also call us at 243-2017 or email us at We will even deliver them to your doorstep to save you the hassle!  
Warm Wishes,


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Good Neighbor Awards

Hello Missoula Neighborhood!

We were discussing our prospective outreach schemes for November at our meeting Wednesday night, and here is the update on what we came up with. I hope that as turkey day approaches, and boxed stuffing and pumpkin pies starts to overcrowd the grocery entryways, you’re making a list of the many things you’re thankful for. And I also hope one of the items on your list is the outstanding community we live in and all of the wonderful neighbors that make up that community.

 We’d like to encourage you to share with us your best interactions with your neighbors: if someone has raked your lawn, scraped the ice off your car, shoveled your walkway, or brought goodies to welcome you. If you email us about your fantastic neighbors at, we’ll enter them and you in a drawing for some fun prizes.  We’ll have the drawing at the end of November and let the lucky winners know the beginning of December. Thanks for helping us celebrate the lovely people of Missoula! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Halloween Event and Program Update!

By Jessica Wurzel

For those of you in the neighborhood who didn’t get a chance to stop by on Halloween, the Neighborhood Ambassadors set up shop outside Christ the King church on the corner of Keith Ave & Gerald Ave. It was the first year we’ve done a stop for trick or treaters, an idea our October event committee members dreamed up. While we might’ve started a little early, after waiting in anticipation, we got some trick or treaters to check out our tables. The characters that showed up were delightful; we had a great time seeing all the neighborhood kids! Probably some of my personal favorites we encountered were a darling little Tigger, a pair of friends dressed as Calvin and Hobbes, and a tutu-ed blue crayon.

Hopefully they enjoyed the mysterious body parts (spaghetti, peaches, dried apricots,

and oatmeal), the mini pumpkins, and, of course, the candy. We also included a small flyer on tips to safe trick-or-treating, and we hope everyone had a fruitful and safe Halloween experience. It was certainly a chilly evening, and as we transition into November and snow season, we’ll be focusing on household winterization as one of our outreach campaigns. Hopefully you’ve gotten the leaves raked out into the street by now so you don’t have to fight the snow to uncover them!  If you do need help with raking or snow shoveling as the season changes, please let us know! We’ll put your address on our list.

We’re also working to address the parking issue within the university district. The idea right now is to help students become more aware and courteous of the neighborhoods they may park in, and how to alleviate the over-parking or be more conscious about where they park. Our first idea is to leave flyers on cars in the neighborhood that closely resemble parking tickets so they’ll catch people’s eye. You’ll probably see us out and about papering cars, and our November newsletter is also on its way. Thanks for your continued support and we’ll see you knocking!