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UM Instructor Rick Graetz leads a discussion with students on the shores of Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park during a field trip on Oct. 22. Students are part of a Department of Geography course titled Mountain Ecosystems Field Study – Glacier.

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Selvig coaches his squad – which ended up being his last group – this past winter.

That’s All, Folks: A Look Back at Coach Selvig’s 38 Years Leading the Lady Griz

Robin Selvig saw a wide range of young women come through his program. All of them – or at least 99 percent of them – traced very similar paths, playing at UM for one demanding, demonstrative...

A bend in a mountain river

$3M Grant to Explore Ties Between Food, Energy, Water

A UM team has been awarded nearly $3 million from the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative graduate training program focused on interactions among food, energy and water.

Annie Sacry, the female lead in Dracula, tries on a costume.

Fine Arts Student From Whitehall Lands Role in ‘Dracula’

Annie Sacry didn’t get a second callback when she auditioned for “Dracula” last spring. But it turns out the junior fine arts student landed the role she’d coveted, Lucy Westenra, the leading...

Reed Humphrey, dean of UM's College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences

Collaborators Across Campus Launch UM’s New Health and Medicine Initiative

UM’s new Health and Medicine initiative, called UMHM, aims to open opportunities for UM to collaborate across campus to solve the most pressing medical issues plaguing our population. 

UM Collections Specialist Ruth Williams

Ruth Williams Turns Upset Students and Parents into Fans

Ruth Williams is a collections specialist at UM – as in, collecting money from students and families. You might think students and parents don't really like hearing from Williams. But that isn't...

a student scrapbook from the early 1900s is displayed at UM

UM Celebrates Archives Month with Special Showings

October is "Archives Month," and a host of historic items and artwork are on display at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM as part of a free and first "20 in 20 Tour," or 20 items in 20...

UM campus in fall as seen from Mount Sentinel

UM on Track to Receive Largest Single Gift in its History

The University of Montana Foundation recently has received a pledge from Bill Franke and his family in the amount of $24 million that will benefit the College of Forestry and Conservation and the...
Jennifer Adams cuts the ribbon to officially open the Moss Adams Student Lounge

Moss Adams Student Lounge Opens to Business Students

The School of Business Administration at UM celebrated the grand opening of the Moss Adams Student Lounge in the Gallagher Business Building on Oct. 6. The much-needed lounge renovation was funded...

UM student shares a story of failure on a campus whiteboard

UM Puts on Interactive Traveling Exhibit to Talk About Failure

This month, UM’s Curry Health Center is putting on a project called "Best Fail Ever" to raise awareness about the importance of failure and resiliency. Graffiti boards are making their way around...

Visiting Associate Professor Barbara Weinlich uses new technology in the Liberal Arts Building to teach

Liberal Arts Building Updated for 21st-Century Learning

The University of Montana’s College of Humanities and Sciences celebrated the grand opening of six newly remodeled classrooms in the Liberal Arts Building on Sept. 30 and announced the next stage...

Monte sits inside UM's new bus

UM’s First Fast-Charging, Zero-Emissions Electric Bus Arrives

The ASUM Office of Transportation has taken delivery of its high-tech electric bus which becomes part of the UDASH fleet. The Proterra bus features a 200-pound motor that produces more power than...
Wildlife biology master’s degree candidate Lara Brenner works in the lab at UM.

Wildlife Biology Student Awarded $20,000 Grant to Study Mountain Lions

UM wildlife biology master’s degree candidate Lara Brenner recently was awarded $20,000 from the Summerlee Foundation to investigate the effects of hunting on mountain lions, which are also known...

Ian and Nancy Davidson, along with Dean Brock Tessman (left) and President Royce Engstrom (right)

$1.5 Million Gift Launches New Davidson Honors College Programs

For more than 25 years, Ian and Nancy Davidson have championed honors education at UM. On Sept. 30 at the Davidson Honors College Homecoming celebration, the University announced the couple’s...

UM’s 1929 Yell King, center, and his Yell Dukes and Duchess

UM Has Traditions Unlike Any Others

Traditions abound at UM. It’s really not officially fall on campus until Homecoming, which is a weeklong celebration full of traditions such as the parade, the Hello Walk, and the Friday night pep...

Brand experts Kevin Keller and Scott Bedbury visit with UM students

World-Renowned Brand Experts Offer Expertise to UM Students

Distinguished brand experts Kevin Keller and Scott Bedbury visited UM Sept. 22-23. The duo gave two presentations to audiences of about 150 business students and they also gave talks to faculty...

Freshman WR Jerry Louie-McGee takes the field

Freshman WR Jerry Louie-McGee is Montana's Breakout Star

Few expected Jerry Louie-McGee to be a heavy contributor in his first few games with the Montana Grizzlies, including the diminutive receiver from Idaho. Except perhaps his father.

students study at UM

Haynes Foundation Establishes $4M Endowment to Benefit Students

The University of Montana announced Sept. 26 that The Haynes Foundation, a charitable foundation founded by Jack Ellis Haynes and Isabel May Haynes in 1958, has established an endowment of just...

Under the Big Sky: Homecoming 2016

Reconnect ‘Under the Big Sky’ at UM Homecoming This Week

The University of Montana Alumni Association invites alumni and the Missoula community to gather “Under the Big Sky” during Homecoming 2016, Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 25-Oct. 1.

The crew of scientists prepare to put the drill stem into the Greenland ice sheet to probe water flows about a half of a mile below.

UM Scientist at Work: Tracking Melt Water Under the Greenland Ice Sheet

What happens to the water that finds its way from the melting ice surface to the bottom of the ice sheet is a crucial question for glaciologists like UM scientist Joel Harper. Knowing this will...

Debra Magpie Earling, right, laughs during her induction ceremony as UM's new director of the Creative Writing Program

Debra Magpie Earling Honored as New Head of UM Creative Writing

At a ceremony to honor Debra Magpie Earling, the first Native American director of the University of Montana's creative writing program honored others. Earling, a Bitterroot Salish tribal member,...

UM ecosystem science and restoration student works on project at Rock Creek

Restoration Degree Gets New Name, Expanded Focus

UM now offers one of the first degrees in the United States to combine elements of ecosystem science and restoration. The bachelor’s degree program in ecosystem science and restoration, formerly...

John, left, and Frank Craighead in Hells Canyon of the Snake River in 1970

Legendary Wildlife Scientist John Craighead Dead at 100

Pioneering American conservationist John Craighead, who helped build UM's Wildlife Biology Program, died in his sleep on Saturday at his home in southwest Missoula. He was 100 years old.

fans cheer at a Grizzly football game

Grizzly Athletics Scores Big for Missoula Economy

A new report titled “The Economic Contribution of Grizzly Intercollegiate Athletics” finds that the operation of Grizzly Athletics provides a significant economic boost to Missoula, resulting in a...

Two Washington Redskins players on the field

New Research Shows How Native American Mascots Reinforce Stereotypes

Research by UM Assistant Professor Justin Angle has shown that incidental exposure to Native American sports mascots can reinforce stereotypes in people. Perhaps more disturbingly, people aren’t...

UM wildlife biology student Carly Muench helps band and release a Northern Harrier raptor.

Wildlife Biology Program Ranked No. 1 in U.S., Canada

For many years UM’s Wildlife Biology Program has been heralded for its excellence. Now, that reputation has migrated across the continent. The wildly successful program just earned the top spot in...

UM journalists conduct an interview in North Dakota

Dakota Pipeline Protests 'Part Cultural Movement,' UM Journalists Report

There are now thousands of people protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Recently, a team of student reporters from...

Music industry professionals share their expertise with UM students

Music Industry Executives Mentor UM Students, Help Start Record Label

Five music industry executives spent the better part of the first week of school talking with students on the UM campus who are studying the entertainment business and may launch careers in the...

UM researcher looks into microscope

UM Sets Record for Research Funding

Research is rocking at the University of Montana, where for the second year in a row the University set a new record for external funding. UM brought in $87 million in funding during the past...

UM Professor Robin Saha

UM Professor Earns National Civically Engaged Faculty Award

UM Professor Robin Saha is the 2016 recipient of the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, bestowed by Campus Compact. Saha, UM associate professor of environmental studies, was selected...
Professor Steve Running lectures during a class at UM last week

If You're Studying Climate Change at UM, You're Learning from the Best

UM Professor Steve Running shared in a Nobel Peace Prize for his smarts on climate change, and that same knowledge helped him save a special event headed for disaster. The professor and founding...

Students interact during a bonding exercise during Freshman Seminar

New Freshman Seminar Offers Students a Richer Learning Environment

Homework assignments consist of watching TED-talks. Classes include community-building exercises and presentations from campus resource offices. Flipping through the pages of the syllabus, it...

the city of Missoula

Retaining College Grads Key to Missoula’s Economic Growth

As thousands of students begin a new school year at UM, we not only say “welcome,” but “plan on sticking around for a good, long while.” Whether freshman or senior, born and bred here or a...

Electric bus

Electric Buses to Join UDASH Fleet

UM will be introducing two zero-emission, battery-electric buses to its UDASH fleet later this semester as part of an ASUM project geared toward providing sustainable campus transportation. The...

George Gaines, UM Ph.D. student and entrepreneur

UM Cultivates Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines and Community

George Gaines had already built skateboard and longboard decks, and the Ph.D. student at UM decided he wanted to build his own skis to ride the backcountry. The woodworker also knew that he...

rendering of the ALI Auditorium

Gift Brings New 500-Seat Auditorium to UM

Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Alice Lee Lund Charitable Trust, the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences will expand its facilities to include a public,...
FWE students gather on a mountain peak

Incoming Freshmen Embark on Wilderness Adventures Before Classes Begin

“Leave the cell phones behind and welcome to your next adventure!” shouts one of the 19 student-leaders for this year’s Freshmen Wilderness Experience Program at UM. On Aug. 19 UM welcomed its...

Matthew Church at UM's Flathead Lake Biological Station

Renowned Oceanographer Joins UM Flathead Lake Bio Station Faculty

Later this month, one of the nation’s preeminent oceanographers will join the faculty of the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station. FLBS recently hired Matthew Church as a...

UM campus

President to Deliver State of the University Address Aug. 26

UM President Royce C. Engstrom will kick off the academic year with his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26. The public and members of the media are invited to the...

UM students sit on a rock above the M on Mount Sentinel

UM Offers First Certificate Program for Health Coaching in Montana

Curry Health Center has partnered with UM’s Department of Health and Human Performance to offer the first certificate program in the state for health coaching. The Health Behavior Coach...

Kelly McBroom shows off a repurposed ski pole turned plunger

Alumna Turns Capstone Marketing Project into Plunger Business

A voracious fan of Rocky Mountain big dumps, alpine skier and UM alumna Kelly McBroom has dropped into more bowls than anyone in the Bow Valley. Now, she's turning her excitement over double...