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SIDNEY HERALD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2009 1 ! A Whitman sculpture to inspire MSU students BY CAROL SCHMIDT MSU NEWS Bozeman - Montana State University has found a new home for Walt Whitman, which coincidentally is near quite a few "Leaves of Grass," and a few pine boughs, too. This Walt Whitman, a larger-than-life-sized sculp- ture of one of America's most beloved poets of the 19th century, was donated to the university by Bozeman artist Jim Dolan, an MSU graduate. In a bit of whimsy, the statue sits on a bench in the courtyard in Wilson Hall, nearly in earshot of humani- ties classes that may discuss his poetry and philosophies. A formal dedication of the statue took place Wednesday. The event is sponsored by the MSU College of Letters and Science and MSU Facili- ties. "I've seen kids put things in his hands and take pic- tures with him and that (ac- cessibility is) what I want- ed," Dolan said. "I like that he's not on apedestal. Art should not be untouchable." That the piece is of a per- son, rather than of wildlife, may come as somewhat of a surprise for Dolan's fans. The MSU grad, who has a bachelor's in agriculture ed- ucation (1970) and a master's in agriculture (1971) is known for large animal pieces. Among his best- known pieces are the herd of metal elk on the lawn at First Interstate Bank across from the Gallatin Valley Mall, the flock of geese above the stair- way at Gallatin Field airport KELLY GORH~ I MSU PHOTO "November Boughs" frame Bozeman artist Jim Dolan and his larger-than-life sculpture of the poet Walt Whitman. Dolan hopes the~piece of art, now sitting on a bench in the courtyard of MSU~s .: Wilson Hall, will inspire students to learn about the great poet. and the rusted chain draft horse in front of the Muse- um of the Rockies. Dolan said the idea for the sculpture was rooted in a couple of thoughts. First of all, he said he is asked fre- quently to donate art for a va- riety of causes. "I thought, why not just do one big piece instead of a lot of little Pieces? I immediate- ly thought of the university because that is where it can make a difference," said Dolan, who is passionate about MSU and is working to promote the building of a Native American campus center on campus. Plus, Dolan said, he no- ticed walking around cam- pus all these years that there was a dearth of art on cam- pus. Dolan's long-time practice of creating miniatures of some of the world's best thinkers as Christmas and birthday gifts for his chil- dren led to the subject mat- ter. Several years ago he made a miniature of Whit- man for his son, which con- firmed that Whitman has al- ways been one of his favorite historical figures. "In addi- tion to changing poetry, he al- so led a life of service during the Civil War," Dolan said. "How could it NOT inspire students to walk by a statue of Walt Whitman every day? Before long, they'd be re- searching who Walt Whit- man was and would learn about him and his life. That is bound to be inspiring." Dolan said he brought up the idea of the gift to MSU President Geoff Gamble more than a year ago. LIBBY BERNDT I SIDNEY HERALD Smart shopper Serenity Carlson looks over the items during the kiddies store held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Saturday. Sidney High School will host a financial aid work- shop for parents of college and vo-tech bound seniors at the Sidney High School cafe- teria on Jan. 3, 2010, begin- ning at 4 p.m. Jolene Myers, the financial aid director from Dawson Community College, will present the workshop. Materials covered apply to all schools and will include information about the types of aid available, a descrip- tion of who is eligible, when and how to apply and how to avoid making mistak6s that can delay the processing of your application. With the college financial Thank You We would like to thank the Savage Community for the old fashioned pot luck supper they served us to wish us good luck and happiness in our new home in Sidney. Special thanks to Dale & Sue Price, Sue Davis, Michael Jepsen & family. It was very much appreciated, picture constantly changing, this may provide parents with valuable knowledge in assisting your son or daugh- ter with college financing de- cisions. All-Digital Channels Attorney at Law Criminal Law Family Law Cell: 406-939-6671 Office: 406-377-1558 Fax: 406-377-4470 p.o. Box 1323,105 W Towne FI 2, Glendive, MT, 59330 . alimouiton @ busmess Watch Sidney All West The University of Montana faces Villanova for the NCAA FCS National Championship at 6 p.m. Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn. TM Good luck to Grizzlies Terran Hillesland, Sidney, and Greg Hardy, Fairview. 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