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Mount Sentinel trailhead

Mount Sentinel’s Popular Trailhead Gets New Look

It's a small corner on campus, but it represents the community's large heart, as well as its great love for trails. A couple years ago, Madeline Mazurski of the Montana Native Plant Society suggested moving an information board at the trailhead to the M, said Marilyn Marler, natural areas specialist for the University of Montana. Now, the main trailhead on Mount Sentinel has been transformed. Read more about the new trailhead in the Missoulian.

Griz fans hold UM Mascot Monte

Griz Victory Over Bison Seen in Nearly 1 Million Homes

Close to 1 million households tuned in to watch the Montana Grizzlies knock off the four-time defending national champions from North Dakota State on Aug. 29. Television viewership data released Sept. 1 showed that 981,000 households had their TVs tuned to the ESPN game, the network’s FCS Kickoff event. That’s good for a 0.7 Nielsen rating, or 0.7 percent of all households in the United States. Read more on the Missoulian sports blog, Griz Sports.

Video: Welcome to UM: 2015 Convocation

KPCN: The Peer Connection Network welcomes students to UM in this Convocation video. KPCN is a student-based video production team at UM that makes helpful tutorial videos from the student's perspective. See more of their work on the KPCN YouTube channel.

Map showing ecosystem disturbance across the Western U.S. from 2000 to 2012

Scientist Earns Grant to Study Carbon Across North America

UM researcher Ashley Ballantyne recently was awarded a nearly $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study ecosystem carbon production and consumption across North America. Ballantyne, an assistant professor of bioclimatology, will investigate how disturbances such as fire and insect infestation might be changing how the Earth absorbs carbon. The award comes from NSF’s Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research and its National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) programs. Read more about Ballantyne’s grant.

Wild Mercy reading series

Creative Writing Grad Student Offers Glimpse of Program

Graduate student Alana Trumpy shares her thoughts on UM’s Creative Writing Program in a Q-and-A with Niche Magazine, an online literary publication. Trumpy is studying fiction writing with an interest in non-fiction. She talks about her experiences with her professors and her peers, the program’s visiting writer lecture series and workshops, living in Montana and shares some advice to other writers considering graduate school. Read the full article online at Niche Magazine.

UM students clean up trash in the University District

Sunday Sweepers Collect Game-Day Trash in U District

Missoula went into the weekend expecting big crowds and an equally big party. It woke up Sunday morning to a big cleanup. More than a dozen UM students gathered on campus Sunday before setting off into the University District Neighborhood to clean up trash left behind at Saturday’s home football game. The task before the volunteers was worth several large garbage bags, along with $100 for the participating clubs. Read more about Sunday Sweepers in the Missoulian.

The Story Behind the Photo

UM freshmen make their way across the Oval as administrators and faculty members cheer them on during Academic Convocation on Sept. 2.

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