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Montana Introduces Stitt as New Griz Football Coach

The best job in America. That's what Bob Stitt had to say about the Montana Grizzly football head coaching gig Friday morning when the university introduced the offensive innovator as its 36th head coach. Stitt, a 50-year-old coach who comes to Missoula from the Colorado School of Mines, spoke to media members and fans for an hour at Washington-Grizzly Stadium's Canyon Club. Read more about Stitt’s decision to move north.

UM student researcher Chantanelle Nava uses UM’s 0.7-meter telescope at Mount Hopkins, Ariz., during testing.

UM Telescope One Step Closer to Discovering New Worlds

“First light” marked a new dawn for UM astronomy on Dec. 16.  UM astrophysics Associate Professor Nate McCrady, along with a team of researchers, achieved “first light” on Tuesday – a term used to describe successfully taking first observations from a telescope. McCrady traveled from Missoula to Mount Hopkins, Ariz., to oversee the installation of UM’s new 0.7-meter telescope by crane at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory. Read more about UM’s new telescope.

Cover of the 2015 edition of Montana Journalism Review

Students Produce 2015 Edition of Montana Journalism Review

The Montana Journalism Review, an award-winning magazine produced by UM School of Journalism students, has released its 2015 edition. For the 44th issue, the nation’s oldest journalism review explores the theme of “Shift.” Staff and contributors focused on the shifting landscape of the media industry and how journalists, news sources and audiences are adapting to change. Read more about this issue of Montana Journalism Review.

Skiers test Saga outerwear in the backcountry

Students Turn Class Assignment into Successful Ski Outerwear Business

Saga Outerwear has always been grounded, an independently owned company since it first launched in 2005. The brand got its start when Andrew Mallett and Austin Stevens, both longtime skiers and then students at the University of Montana, were tasked with developing a theoretical business plan for a college course. Saga has come a long way since then, growing rapidly in sales and now selling to retailers around the world. Freeskier magazine reports on Saga’s rise.

Osprey with fish

UM-Banded Osprey Sighted in Texas

A Missoula-born osprey has become a celebrity among birdwatchers on the Gulf Coast of Texas. As a chick, the bird was tagged with a blue leg band bearing the designation “M8” by UM wildlife biology Professor Erick Greene and his team of researchers. In September, Sally Mitchel of Rockport, Texas, photographed the bird, saw its band and reached out to Greene and his team. Read more about the rare sighting of a banded bird.

Cattle on IX Ranch

Startup Launched through Blackstone Saves Ranchers Time, Money

Walker Milhoan recently took his ranching background and his business acuity to the Blackstone LaunchPad’s annual Demo Day in New York City, where he pitched a new venture he believes can lower ranching costs, increase stock weight and drive up the return on cattle. In partnership with the IX Ranch in Big Sandy and with support of UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad, Milhoan aims to make Ranchlogs available for purchase next summer. Read more about Milhoan’s idea.

The Story Behind the Photo

UM students Sam Brown, Kara Adolphson and Karlie Reilly create cookies during the 17th annual Great UM Christmas Cookie Cook-off on Dec. 15. The event was held at the Lommasson Center Food Zoo Dining Room, and the theme was “A Christmas Story.” Participants could take home half the cookies they baked, and half were donated to local youth homes, senior homes, group shelters and other nonprofits.

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