The countdown to the 2014-15 academic year is underway at UM with classes slated to begin Monday. That means 13,000 new Missoula residents are arriving in town, renewing the energy of this college city. Orientation begins Thursday. On Friday, UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m., followed by a groundbreaking ceremony for Missoula College at the new location on East Broadway. Read more about the pending semester.
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Ground was broken Wednesday on the University of Montana campus for a new athletics academic center, and the occasion doubled as an opportunity for Director of Athletics Kent Haslam to announce a $1 million gift that will go toward additional facility improvements. The building will be constructed and equipped at a cost of $2.5 million, all of which came from private support. Read more about the new facility.
UM is the first university in the nation to be part of software giant Symantec’s Academic Alliances Program. Earlier this spring, Symantec made a $100,000 in-kind donation to UM that included a server, software, data and support for a two-week, big data-focused summer course. Business, computer science and law students are taking the course. This week, Symantec executives are at UM to see the the eDiscovery Law and Practice course in action. Read more about this unique partnership.
The Wilderness Institute and Outdoor Program at the University of Montana launched a new Freshman Wilderness Experience Program on Aug. 16. Seventy freshmen arrived from all over the country to participate in the new wilderness-based program. Students spend four days in various wilderness areas throughout western Montana, either backpacking or rafting. UM students are leading all the trips. Read more about the new Freshman Wilderness Experience Program.
Missoula came in at No. 9 on a list of 16 greatest places to live in America, according to Outside Magazine. The Garden City was lauded for being a college town and cultural center with nearly instant access to nearby wilderness to explore. “It’s a really open, diverse community,” says Mike Wolfe, a lawyer and professional ultra-runner. “You can be whoever you want to be here.” Read more about the list.
Dyer’s woad is an invasive plant found in five Montana locations, including Mount Sentinel near UM. That’s where Working Dogs for Conservation comes in. Based in Montana and founded in 2000 by four biologists, this nonprofit organization and its dogs have hunted the weed for the past four years. In 2011 and 2012, 500 plants were found. That decreased to 113 plants last year and so far only 19 plants this summer. Read more about the Dyer’s woad project.
UM ROTC students march across the Oval on Wednesday during “Hello Week”, which is three days of orientation for all cadets. The students bunk as a group in Schrieber Gym during the three-day event and get acquainted with military lifestyle prior to starting classes .