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UM President Royce Engstrom

President to Deliver State of the University Address Aug. 28

UM President Royce C. Engstrom will outline institutional accomplishments, issues and priorities ahead of the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28. The public and members of the media are invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. The address also will be streamed live online at http://www.umt.edu/president/stream/sotu/

Dan Pendergraph and Sage Stowell backpacking in the Beartooths

Duo Spends Summer Guiding Volunteers into Beartooths

While large swaths of the West have suffered through extreme drought and wildfires this summer, Dan Pendergraph and Sage Stowell have endured numerous hail, rain, lightning and wind storms and the occasional snow flurry while working in the Beartooth Mountains, and they enjoyed almost every minute of it. Stowell and Pendergraph have spent the summer working as field leaders for the Wilderness Institute’s Citizen Science Program at UM. Read more about their adventures in the Billings Gazette.

UM students cross the plaza in front of UM's Gallagher Business Building

UM Training Marketers to Think More Like Data Scientists

For the first time in history, marketers have comprehensive, real-time insight into the buyer journey. And yet, marketers are underprepared, and underperforming. Marketers that began their careers yesterday are not prepared for the realities of today. And higher education is burdened with preparing future marketers for the uncertainties of tomorrow. Fortunately, universities are up to the challenge. Leading the charge toward smarter, data-driven marketing strategies is UM. This blog post by PR2020 spotlights how UM is forging the way.

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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

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