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UM Among World’s Top 500 Universities in Academic Ranking

The Academic Ranking of World Universities recently placed the University of Montana among the top 500 universities in the world. UM has made the list every year of the study, which began in 2003. The ARWU, which states it is “based on transparent methodology and third-party data,” is completed by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Read the more about UM’s ranking here.

Farrukh Nazir, a graduate student from Pakistan who is studying curriculum instruction at UM, talks during the Aug. 24 picnic.

Friendship Program Benefits Foreign Students

The Missoula International Friendship Program stands ready to help UM international students learn more about life in the U.S. On Aug. 24, the Friendship Program hosted a spaghetti dinner for some 100 incoming international students, and board president Chris Kilzer said the program is looking for more local people to serve as friends. Community members who are interested in becoming friends may apply online at http://mifp.org. Read more in the Missoulian

James Wylder speaks at a campus event.

Estate Gift Creates Scholarships for Top Students

A longtime supporter of UM, James Wylder ’51 decided to leave a portion of his estate to support students. When he passed away in August 2014, the James M. Wylder Presidential Leadership Scholarship was established. Starting this autumn, the University will offer two exceptional Montana students the Wylder Scholarship. The award – among the most generous at UM – covers full tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies for up to four years. Read the full news release

UM head football coach Bob Stitt works with this quarterbacks.

New UM Football Coach Welcomes Lead Role

New UM head football coach Bob Stitt dreamed of coming to a place where football ruled. Where the team – his team – crept in on every conversation over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Where the games mattered on more than just on Saturdays. Well, welcome to Missoula, Coach Stitt. As he prepares to coach his first home game, Stitt sat down with the Missoulian to discuss the role football has played in his life. Read more in the Missoulian

Olivia Schuler with Facilities Services works on a grizzly bear mural

Campus Preps for the Influx of Students Arriving Soon

On Thursday, UM was in preparation mode for the onslaught of students arriving next week. Classes start Aug. 31, and an upcoming student orientation Thursday and ensuing move-in weekend soon will bring nearly 14,000 more people to campus – and an influx to the community as well. In the days before their arrival, UM staff and faculty were completing final tasks before the start of the school year. Read more in the Missoulian about preparations taking place at UM.

UM English department Chair Beverly Ann Chin

Professor Wins National Outstanding English Educator Award

Beverly Ann Chin, chair of UM’s English department, has been named the winner of the 2015 Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator by the National Council of Teachers of English. The Halle Award honors an educator who has worked to promote understanding of the developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents, especially in the English language arts. Read more about Chin’s work that earned her this award.

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Welcome to the University of Montana in Missoula. Fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 31. Learn more about academics, student life and the UM experience at www.umt.edu/why.
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