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Two-year-old Kiki Louie prior to the grand entry at the Kyi-Yo Powwow

Drums and Dancers: Hundreds Attend Annual Kyi-Yo Powwow

As the floor filled for the grand entrance, Native American dancers began to transition from a walk, spinning and hopping until the ground beneath them disappeared into a swirl of beadwork, feathers, staves, antlers, bone and face paint – the annual Kyi-Yo Powwow had begun with the beat of a drum. Read more about Saturday's event at the University of Montana's Adams Center.

Conference attendee tour a restoration site in Montana

Professor: Restoration Ecology Industry Creating Job Growth

Restoration work in Montana is creating job growth. Statistics show an eight percent rise in such employment in Montana in 2013. That's according to Cara Nelson, associate professor of restoration ecology at UM, who talked about the growth of restoration work during her presentation at the three-day restoration conference called the "Symposium on Riparian Restoration in a Contaminated Environment: Lessons Learned and Challenges in Moving Forward." Read more about the restoration industry in the Montana Standard.

MMAC art gallery

Montana Museum of Art & Culture Makes List of Great Museums

 TripAdvisor’s travel blog Travel Pod has named the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the UM an Editor’s Choice pick in its list of best museums in the United States. MMAC is the only museum or cultural entity in Montana to make the list. With a collection of nearly 11,000 pieces of art and antiquity, 2015 marks the organization’s 120th anniversary.  Read the full Editor’s Choice list here.

Yaks in the Himalayas

Researcher Joel Berger Visits Himalayas to Study Yaks

Wild yaks live on the roof of the world, a frosty high-elevation plateau north of the Himalayas. Conservation biologist Joel Berger, UM professor and researcher, wanted to find out how climate change might affect yaks, so he paid them a visit. Listen to Berger’s latest adventure in a new podcast from The Adaptors titled “Yak Life.” 

UM student in Media Arts works on the computer

Online Students Find Community in Media Arts Program

At first, Alli Bargelski worried the sound design class she is taking online at UM would leave her feeling adrift. The BFA student in Media Arts doesn't feel that way anymore. The sophomore with a focus in filmmaking is inspired by the contemporary content the faculty present, and she is pleased to be virtually immersed with other students. Bargelski isn't alone in her review of the program. Read more about the online media arts degree in the Missoulian.

UM Associate Athletic Director for Communications Dave Guffey with Grizzly football player

UM’s Dave Guffey Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

The College Sports Information Directors of America recently announced they will honor longtime UM Associate Athletic Director for Communications Dave Guffey with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to individuals who have served at least 25 years in the sports information profession, and who are retiring or leaving the profession. Guffey plans to retire from UM in June after serving Grizzly Athletics for nearly 37 years. Read more about Guffey’s award.

The Story Behind the Photo

The sun shines on UM's Oval as students make their way across campus. Spring has arrived in Missoula, with the forecast calling for temperatures near 70 degrees this week.
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