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Spring is finding its way to western Montana. UM will observe Spring Break March 20-24. 

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School of Journalism Names 2017-18 UM Pollner Professors

The Washington, D.C., bureau chief for McClatchy newspapers and a former CBS and CNN national news correspondent will be the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professors at the University of...

UM sophomore Alexis Carrier

UM Student Composer Wins International Award

UM sophomore Alexis Carrier, a composition major, won an honorable mention in the International Horn Society’s Composition Contest for the piece she wrote “The Final Battle Cry” in...

UM Assistant Professor Andrew Whiteley

Professor Earns CAREER Grant to Study Conservation Genomics

UM Assistant Professor Andrew Whiteley recently received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty. The Faculty Early Career Development award, also known as a...

UM graduate student Evan Tipton won first place in the Montana Small Business Development Center Shark Tank competition

UM Student Wins Statewide Business Plan Competition

UM graduate student Evan Tipton won first place in the Montana Small Business Development Center Shark Tank competition, held March 12-14 in Helena, for his business to help tour operators manage...

Researchers clear slush after drilling a hole in the ice, which they will later dive through

Working Under the Antarctic Ice Is Actually Pretty Great

Art Woods, a marine biologist at UM, has made annual two-month trips to Antarctica to dive under the ice and study curiously large sea spiders. Outside magazine asked him what it's like to do...

Missoula business owners answer questions from UM business students

Students Quiz Missoula Business Owners on Entrepreneurship

A group of Missoula business owners sat before a class of UM students on Friday to discuss their path through the gauntlet of entrepreneurship, one where they’ve learned to overcome their mistakes...

Jeremy Brown, a former attorney, teamed up with Blackstone LaunchPad

Blackstone LaunchPad, Law Students Team Up to Help Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who turn to the UM’s business incubator have long found advice on vetting an idea, writing a business plan, or seeking the capital. But along the way, Blackstone LaunchPad has...

UM Dining Director Mark LoParco

UM Dining Director Receives Regional Distinguished Service Award

The National Association of College and University Food Services recently honored UM’s dining director with its Regional Director’s Distinguished Service Award. UM Dining’s Mark LoParco received...

Looking south east from Waterworks toward Mount Sentinel

UM Ranks No. 7 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

UM has been named the No. 7 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 30 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide. This year marks the 13th time the University...

Mary Nellis

UM Adviser Wins Fulbright Grant for Travel to Korea

Mary Nellis, an international student adviser at the University of Montana, received a 2017-18 Fulbright grant to travel to the International Education Administrators seminar in Korea this June....

MINERVA telescope in Arizona

MINERVA Continues to Give UM Students an Edge

Every clear night since spring 2015, UM students and professors have been looking to the sky for habitable planets outside of this solar system through a robotic telescope in Arizona.

University of Montana Presidential Search

The Search for the Next President of the University of Montana

Visit the Presidential Search page on UM President’s Office website for updates on the search, timelines and the search committee member roster.

Lady Griz players cheer from the bench

Loyal Lady Griz Fans are Montana at its Finest

For me, a reminder of just what it means to be loyal comes every time I cover the Montana women's basketball team at Dahlberg Arena. You may have heard they've had a rocky season with 22 losses....

Mason Dow and Willem Morris

Students Contribute to Solving Food Waste Crisis

Two UM students are leading an effort to distribute leftover lunchtime food from Missoula high schools to the Poverello Center, where it provides meals for hungry Missoula residents.

Kelly Elder, the 2017 Montana Teacher of the Year, teaches a social studies lesson at C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher

UM alumni and accomplished educators Kelly Elder, Anna Baldwin and Art Amlquist educate, inspire and truly make a difference in their students’ lives. Read their stories in the Montanan. 

Katie Barnes, a second-year culinary arts student at Missoula College UM

Culinary Arts Student Places Second at Student Chef of the Year Competition

Katie Barnes, a second-year culinary arts student at Missoula College UM, placed second at the American Culinary Federation’s Student Chef of the Year competition, winning a silver medal. The...

UM staff archaeologists at New Jersey’s Warren Grove Gunnery Range in December 2015

Center for Integrated Research to Dig Deeper into Air Force Bases

The Center for Integrated Research on the Environment at UM recently expanded an ongoing partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and Army Corps of Engineers to do archaeological...

UM alumna Julie Ammons

Recent Graduate Wins Grand Prize in State Department Story Contest

Julie Ammons, a 2016 UM graduate and Missoula native, won a grand prize in the “Share Your Story Challenge” sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs....

UM senior Drew Kinney works in a lab in the Skaggs Building

New Neuroscience Degree at UM ‘Wildly Popular’

Jed Syrenne wants to explore unanswered questions and large mysteries, so he was eager for UM to open the door to a neuroscience major. Last school year, UM launched the major, and for Syrenne,...

Ona Renner-Fahey, an associate professor of Russian at UM, teaches a class.

Russian Professor Receives Prestigious Teaching Award

Ona Renner-Fahey, an associate professor of Russian in UM’s Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department, recently received the 2016 AATSEEL Excellence in Teaching (Post-Secondary)...

UM graduates

UM Students Earn Degrees

UM had 941 students who were degree candidates for fall semester 2016. Find a list of Montana students are UM degree candidates or have been awarded their degrees for fall semester 2016.

Police vehicles idle on the outskirts of the opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline

How Will Native Tribes Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline in Court?

More than an easement: UM Assistant Professor Monte Mills, a scholar of Native American law, lays out the legal arguments in the Dakota Access Pipeline and why they matter to all of us.

Students in a Salesforce class at UM

ATG Partners with UM Business School to Teach Salesforce Class

Advanced Technology Group has teamed up with UM to teach a class that allows students to take classroom learning and apply it to real-world business projects and gain firsthand experience in the...

UM media arts student Saif Alsaegh

MFA Student, Iraq Native Hopes to Connect People Through Art

Saif Alsaegh is a Montanan, through and through. He has the Patagonia jacket and Chacos. He loves craft beer. He has a beard — because "everyone in Montana has a beard." Alsaegh, 26, is a...

Skaggs Building at UM

$1.25M Gift Endows Scholarship for Native American Pharmacy Students

The ALSAM Foundation to permanently its Skaggs Scholars Program scholarship at UM. With their $1.25 million gift, they are ensuring that UM can continue to attract and support Native American...

student in the vegan line at the UM Food Zoo

UM Tops for Vegan Dining in Montana

UM Dining has the highest student vegan satisfaction rating in the Montana University System, according to a recent survey by PETA2, the youth division of the People for the Ethical Treatment of...
students in class at UM

UM Students Make Dean’s List, President’s 4.0 List

At UM 2,425 students made the fall semester 2016 Dean’s List and President's 4.0 List. To qualify for the Dean’s List or President's 4.0 List, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA...

UM campus in winter

Charter Day Ceremony to Honor Exceptional Campus, Community Members

UM President Sheila Stearns invites the campus and Missoula communities to join in UM’s 124th birthday celebration during the annual Charter Day awards ceremony and reception at 5:30 p.m....

UM forestry student helps youngster try his hand at sawing a log

Forestry in Their Future? Community Forestry Day Targets Kids

Nearly 400 people visited UM’s  Community Forestry Day on Saturday to see the famous Foresters' Ball venue, including various excited children who repeatedly dashed up the stairs to the entrance...

A UM student riding a bike on a mountain trail

UM on List for ‘Best U.S. Colleges and Universities for Mountain Bikers’

UM recently was named one of 10 best universities for mountain bikers by Singletracks.com. The website considered a number of variables, including the proximity of on-campus or close-to-campus...

UM's Margo Kratz

University Gives a Fond Farewell to ‘Mama Margo’

Margo Kratz, commonly known as “Mama Margo,” has retired as the Food Zoo’s lead cashier because of health reasons after 10 years at UM. “It broke my heart to have to leave there,” she...

A couple dances at UM's Foresters' Ball

Lumberjack Glam: UM Celebrates 100th Foresters' Ball

In old mining days, a boomtown would be up and fully running within a year. At the University of Montana, one will go up in a week for the school’s 100th Foresters’ Ball.

Israeli Consul General Andy David speaks at the launch of Accelerate Montana

UM Launches New Business Umbrella

With the Israeli consul general in attendance, UM rolled out a new program on Jan. 26, one that will house seven different platforms designed to help startup businesses succeed at various stages...

Washington-Grizzly Stadium on game day

Griz Football Tops FCS in Attendance for Third Straight Year

For the third-straight season and the sixth time in the last decade, the Montana Grizzlies football team has packed in more fans per game than any other program in FCS football, and in 2016 drew...

UM students and faculty snowshoe in Glacier National Park

Students Head to Polebridge to Learn About Mountains, Community

Here in the Crown of the Continent, 20 UM students gathered for a week in January to learn about Montana's mountains. Connectivity is the theme of the class taught in winter by geography Professor...

Sheila and Hal Stearns

UM President, Spouse Earn 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards

UM President Sheila Stearns and her husband, Hal, received 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards during a Jan. 26 ceremony at the State Capitol in Helena. The couple earned the awards for teaching,...

Aja Sherrard scrubs the writing from a white tile earlier this week

Missoula Artist Washes Away Grief, Her Own and Others'

Aja Sherrard quietly walks up to the wall at the University Center Gallery and picks a ceramic tablet, each lined like notebook paper and arranged in rows. She silently steps over a free-standing...

Culinary arts student Katie Barnes works under the watchful eye of Chef Thomas Campbell

Culinary Arts Student Ramps Up to Compete for National Honor

Katie Barnes, a culinary arts student at Missoula College, is headed next week to the American Culinary Federation's Student Chef of the Year competition. In Joliet, Illinois, the Hamilton woman...

Copper Sprunk visits a class of third-graders at Gerber Elementary in California

Sprunk Gives, Receives Life Lessons from Adopted Third-Grade Class

Griz football offensive lineman Cooper Sprunk has been mentoring third-graders at Gerber Elementary in California in effort to encourage all children to attend college. Last week, he made the trip...

Barefoot in the Park is the Montana Rep's national touring production for 2017

‘Barefoot in the Park’ Fitting Tribute for Rep's 50th Anniversary

In its 50th anniversary touring production, the Montana Repertory Theatre pays loving homage to Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” and its witty, rapid-fire dialogue and levity in the script, now...

a Peace Corps volunteer works alongside local residents

Missoula Leads Nation in Number of Peace Corps Volunteers

The Peace Corps recently named Missoula the No. 1 metro area for producing volunteers per capita in 2016. Out of every 100,000 residents, 12.3 people in Missoula volunteer with the Peace Corps....

Camp Howard, the new director of UM Dining

UM Dining Hires New Director

UM recently selected Campbell “Camp” Howard as its new director of UM Dining. Howard will begin his new position on Monday, March 13. He will oversee UM Dining’s 25 campus food service locations,...

UM's Mansfield Library

Mansfield Library Now Offers Access to Academic Libraries Statewide

UM students and faculty can now access the library holdings of 16 colleges and universities across the state through a single online search, following the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library’s...