UMW News BureauUniversity of Montana Western English professor Alan Weltzien will be featured on Montana Public Radio's Reflections West on Friday, Jan. 7 at 9:30 p.m. UMW NEWS BUREAU University of Montana Western English professor Alan Weltzien was featured on Montana Public Radio's Reflections West on Dec. 28, and his piece is now archived on the Reflections West website. The Reflections West hosts, Lisa Simon and David Moore, will be reading a reflection on Western literature by Weltzien. The hosts will also read a passage from Thomas Savage's novel "For Mary with Love." Weltzien helped bring Savage, who wrote much of his work from and about southwestern Montana, back to the attention of the literature world. Weltzien published an article, “Thomas Savage, A Forgotten Novelist”, in the 2008 winter issue of Montana: The Magazine of Western History. The article addressed the lack of recognition given to the Beaverhead County author. Eight of the 13 novels that Savage wrote were based in southwest Montana. Weltzien also worked with Savage’s daughter, his literary agent, Drumlummon Institue and Riverbend Publishing to republish Savage’s first two novels including “The Pass,” which was originally published in 1944 and was re-released in January 2009. Weltzien will also be publishing a new poetry chapbook this month entitled "To Kilimanjaro and Back." The collection of poems was inspired by a trip to Africa Welzien took with his son Alec.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.