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Montana Hodges unpacks coral reef fossils after a recent trip to Alaska

Student Goes From Hunting Stories to Hunting Fossils

Montana Hodges just brought a suitcase full of fossils back from Alaska and wears Tyrannosaurus Rex shaped earrings. This month she is the lead author of a paper in a geology journal about approximately 2 million-year-old coral reefs. Believe it or not, it was journalism that brought her here. Today she’s pursuing a Ph.D. in paleontology at UM. Read more about how Hodges is blending her passions to earn a unique education

culinary students work in the kitchen

Missoula College Responds to Demand for Hospitality Professionals

Aimee Elliott knows good food. As the Chef Instructor for Missoula College’s Culinary Arts Program, herself a graduate of the program, Elliott guides her students through rigorous five-week cycles of instruction that end in multi-course gourmet meals. But Elliott also knows good hospitality. The winning combination finds a home this fall in MC’s new offering, Professional Certificate of Hospitality Management. Read more about the new program at Missoula College.

UM Professor Doug Emlen

Professor’s ‘Animal Weapons’ Book Earns Major National Award

A book written by Douglas Emlen, an acclaimed UM evolutionary biologist, has been awarded the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science. Emlen officially will receive the award for his book “Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle” and a $10,000 prize at a gala dinner Dec. 4 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by scientists to the literature of science. Read more about Emlen’s latest accolade

UM student and rugby player Martin Iosefo

UM Rugby Star Has Chance to Represent U.S. at Olympics

The life of a student-athlete can be difficult and strenuous. It is hard to find the time to balance school, sports and a social life. If you throw traveling the world and qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro into that mix, it may seem overwhelming. But such is life for current UM student Martin Iosefo, who is also a member of the U.S. national rugby team. Read at Q&A with Iosefo in the Montanan magazine.

plant specimens donated to UM by the Craighead family

UM Herbarium Grows with Gift from Craighead Family

Three giant steam trunks of wildflower specimens sat in the basement of the Craighead household for 50-some years. The specimens, numbering nearly 900, mostly were collected from locales throughout Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. They were used in “A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers,” written by the famous Craighead twins—John and Frank. Now the specimens reside in UM’s Herbarium, a gift from the Craighead family. Read more about the collection in the Montanan magazine

UM business students in former attire

Students Visit High-Tech Company in Downtown Missoula

Working as an information systems technology consultant can be fast-paced and fascinating, but somewhat mysterious to students who are pondering going into the profession, according to David Firth, professor of management information systems at UM’s School of Business Administration. On Oct. 2 Firth will take his students to Advanced Technology Group Missoula Solutions Center to demystify just what technology consultants do on a day-to-day basis. Read more about how the onsite visit helps UM students envision their future.

The Story Behind the Photo

It’s been a beautiful fall so far in Western Montana and the leaves are just beginning to turn on the Oval. It’s a great time of year for a hike to the M on Mount Sentinel to see Missoula’s colorful fall foliage. 

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