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UM student and Marching Band member Noah Lopez

Still Standing: One Student’s Story of Personal and Musical Growth

He marched across the field of Washington-Grizzly Stadium with 35 pounds of silver-plated brass wrapped around his torso. Stepping with the heavy instrument was no easy feat for Noah Lopez, the UM freshman who once thought he'd never be able to stand up again after losing his leg four years ago as a result of a senseless act of violence. Today he’s marching forward. Read his story in the Montana Kaimin.

Montana Tradition: UM limited edition collection

UM Releases Retail Line with Throwback Colors

The classic copper, gold and silver colors are making a one-year comeback at the University of Montana. On Friday, Nov. 21, UM released a limited-edition retail line featuring its official school colors of copper, gold and silver. The line, called Montana Tradition, includes clothing and several select non-apparel items. A list of retailers carrying the products is available online at http://www.umt.edu/tradition. Read more about the Montana Tradition line here.

The Legend of Orpheus

National Opera Association Awards First Place to UM Production

UM’s School of Music Opera Theater and Symphony recently brought home a first-place prize for their production of “The Legend of Orpheus,” which was performed in February. UM submitted its opera production to the National Opera Association’s annual competition. Through the competition, the NOA seeks to encourage and reward creative, high quality opera productions in professional companies and college programs across the U.S. Read more about UM’s winning opera entry.

Professor Cara Nelson in Kuwait

Restoration Ecology Professor Puts Knowledge to Work in Kuwait

University of Montana Professor of restoration ecology Cara Nelson just returned from Kuwait where she worked with scientists at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research to develop effective strategies for restoring arid land ecosystems. As chair of the Society of Ecological Restoration, Nelson was in Kuwait to sign a memorandum of understanding with KISR to work together on restoring Kuwait’s arid lands. Read more about Nelson’s recent work in Kuwait.

Can the Bobcats Nov. 8-22

Help UM Can the Bobcats by Donating to Canned Food Drive

The Can the Bobcats Canned Food Drive is in full swing and donation bins are available all over town. The food drive is a friendly contest between UM and MSU to see which community can collect the most food for hungry Montana families, just in time for the holidays. The drive ends Saturday, Nov. 22, with the annual Brawl of the Wild Griz-Cat football game. Bring your donation to the game or find out where you can donate by visiting the Can the Bobcats website

Instructor Garry Kerr teaches

Anthropology Students Win Awards for Opinion Essays

Twenty students in UM’s Anthropology and the Human Experience class taught by Instructor Garry Kerr were recently named Public Anthropology Award winners for opinion essays they wrote on the topic of ethics in research. More than 4,000 students from 30 schools entered the competition. Kerr’s students showcase the ability of UM students to learn effective writing skills while being active global citizens. Read the students’ opinion pieces here.

The Story Behind the Photo

More than 1,500 lights illuminate the Van Buren Street footbridge on Wednesday evening after 102-year-old UM alumna Emma Lommasson flipped the switch for the first time during a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first of two bridge-lighting projects. Spearheaded by the Light Our Bridges Missoula citizens’ group and funded through private support, the effort will illuminate two bridges along Missoula’s riverfront for aesthetic and safety purposes. Next spring, the cables of the Madison Street pedestrian bridge will be outfitted with lights. 

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