Celebrate 125

A Celebration to Honor Our Past, Shape Our Future

Celebrate 125The University of Montana celebrated 125 years of excellence Sunday through Friday, Feb. 11-16, 2018. 

Celebrate 125 Week events included:

Tuesday, Feb. 13:

  • 4-7 p.m.: UM Birthday Palooza at the University Center.  The UC transforms into an event-filled birthday party especially targeted toward students. Activities will include:
    • Performances in the atrium from the UM Circus Club.
    • Big Sky Breakout will set up an escape room in the North Ballroom. Must pre-register at https://umt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_82NFpIR66BzfMu9There will also be "breakout boxes" in the Retail Corner.KBGA will broadcast live on the third floor balcony facing the Mansfield Library.
    • The UM Ice-Holes (the ice fishing club) will have a ‘fish pond’ for prizes.
    • Building-wide UM trivia scavenger hunt.
    • Photo booth.
    • Screen printing.
    • Laser tag in the South Ballroom.
    • Games and prizes throughout the building.
    • Free food! Hot dogs, popcorn, cookies, Coke products and hot chocolate. 
    • Screenings of the UM 125 video in the UC Theater.
  • 7:15 p.m. on the Oval: 125th Fireworks Extravaganza

Thursday, Feb. 15:

  • 5-6 p.m.: UM Alumni Association will present the 125th Charter Day Awards at the town-and-gown gala. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

    Awards include:
    • Montana Alumni Award
    • ASUM Student Service Award
    • Robert T. Pantzer Presidential Humanitarian Award
    • Neil S. Bucklew Presidential Service Award
    • Tom Boone Town and Gown Award
    • Outstanding Community Engagement Award
    • John Ruffatto Memorial Award
    • George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishment
    • George M. Dennison Presidential Staff Award for Distinguished Accomplishment
  • President Seth Bodnar's "Vision for the Future" presentation as keynote speaker.
  • 6-7 p.m.: Reception in the foyer of the Gilkey Building, presented by the UM Foundation and the UM Alumni Association.
  • 7:05 p.m.: Lady Griz basketball vs. Eastern Washington. $1.25 tickets, special recognition of the 125th birthday with cake served in the lobby. 
Friday, Feb. 16:

    • 4-6 p.m.: Enhanced campus social for UM faculty and staff with a 125th theme.