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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.

Coach Bob Stitt roams the sidelines at the Colorado School of Mines.

Griz Hire Bob Stitt as Head Football Coach

Bob Stitt has been selected to serve as UM’s 36th head football coach. Stitt has been the head coach at the Colorado School of Mines the past 15 seasons, where he has compiled an overall record of 108-62 and has a conference mark of 83-44. His 2014 Orediggers team went 10-2 and qualified for the NCAA Division II football playoffs. Read more about UM’s new head football coach.

PBS Newshour anchor

Journalism Student’s Report Airs on PBS NewsHour

In Montana, illegal fish dumping of non-native species is threatening the state’s native trout. In a segment for Student Reporting Labs, UM journalism freshman Meri DeMarois and her mentor Anna Rau of MontanaPBS report on how conservation organizations are working to protect the indigenous fish population. DeMarois interviews local anglers, activists and scientists in this piece that aired on PBS NewsHour on Nov. 27.

Jane Baker

MC Hires Interim Dean to Lead College into Construction

Jane Baker came of out retirement in October to replace former Dean Barry Good. The transition comes as the college races to meet state workforce demands and expands its programming to give students an affordable jump on a four-year degree. Baker will hold the position on a temporary basis as a new search committee begins the hunt for Good’s long-term replacement. Read more about Baker’s leadership experience.

ASUM Vice President Pinpoints What Makes UM, Missoula Special

Missoula is a special place with people who are living life to its fullest. The University of Montana has what many universities are missing: the human element. With the human element, the University is offering the highest quality of education by believing in the people that call this campus home above all else. ASUM Vice President and Phi Delta Theta fraternity Sean McQuillan talks about what makes Missoula and UM such a special place in a recent blog post.

Montana high school students who participated in UM's Model United Nations Conference

High School Students Win Scholarships at Model U.N.

Five high school seniors recently were awarded $1,000 scholarships to attend UM for their exemplary performance at the 49th Annual Montana Model United Nations Conference. Each winner wrote an outstanding position paper and actively and accurately represented his or her country during two days of debate on world issues. At the conference, 380 students represented 111 of the United Nations’ 193 member states, debating and writing resolutions addressing important international issues. Read more about this year’s winners.

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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