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University of Montana

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UM celebrated its 124th birthday on Feb. 16 with the annual Charter Day awards ceremony and reception. Charter Day marks the anniversary of the University’s chartering by the Montana Legislature in 1893. Photo by Brian Christianson Photography.

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UM Students Earn Degrees

UM had 941 students who were degree candidates for fall semester 2016. Find a list of Montana students are UM degree candidates or have been awarded their degrees for fall semester 2016.

Police vehicles idle on the outskirts of the opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline

How Will Native Tribes Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline in Court?

More than an easement: UM Assistant Professor Monte Mills, a scholar of Native American law, lays out the legal arguments in the Dakota Access Pipeline and why they matter to all of us.

Students in a Salesforce class at UM

ATG Partners with UM Business School to Teach Salesforce Class

Advanced Technology Group has teamed up with UM to teach a class that allows students to take classroom learning and apply it to real-world business projects and gain firsthand experience in the...

UM media arts student Saif Alsaegh

MFA Student, Iraq Native Hopes to Connect People Through Art

Saif Alsaegh is a Montanan, through and through. He has the Patagonia jacket and Chacos. He loves craft beer. He has a beard — because "everyone in Montana has a beard." Alsaegh, 26, is a...

Skaggs Building at UM

$1.25M Gift Endows Scholarship for Native American Pharmacy Students

The ALSAM Foundation to permanently its Skaggs Scholars Program scholarship at UM. With their $1.25 million gift, they are ensuring that UM can continue to attract and support Native American...

student in the vegan line at the UM Food Zoo

UM Tops for Vegan Dining in Montana

UM Dining has the highest student vegan satisfaction rating in the Montana University System, according to a recent survey by PETA2, the youth division of the People for the Ethical Treatment of...
students in class at UM

UM Students Make Dean’s List, President’s 4.0 List

At UM 2,425 students made the fall semester 2016 Dean’s List and President's 4.0 List. To qualify for the Dean’s List or President's 4.0 List, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA...

UM campus in winter

Charter Day Ceremony to Honor Exceptional Campus, Community Members

UM President Sheila Stearns invites the campus and Missoula communities to join in UM’s 124th birthday celebration during the annual Charter Day awards ceremony and reception at 5:30 p.m....

UM forestry student helps youngster try his hand at sawing a log

Forestry in Their Future? Community Forestry Day Targets Kids

Nearly 400 people visited UM’s  Community Forestry Day on Saturday to see the famous Foresters' Ball venue, including various excited children who repeatedly dashed up the stairs to the entrance...

A UM student riding a bike on a mountain trail

UM on List for ‘Best U.S. Colleges and Universities for Mountain Bikers’

UM recently was named one of 10 best universities for mountain bikers by Singletracks.com. The website considered a number of variables, including the proximity of on-campus or close-to-campus...

UM's Margo Kratz

University Gives a Fond Farewell to ‘Mama Margo’

Margo Kratz, commonly known as “Mama Margo,” has retired as the Food Zoo’s lead cashier because of health reasons after 10 years at UM. “It broke my heart to have to leave there,” she...

A couple dances at UM's Foresters' Ball

Lumberjack Glam: UM Celebrates 100th Foresters' Ball

In old mining days, a boomtown would be up and fully running within a year. At the University of Montana, one will go up in a week for the school’s 100th Foresters’ Ball.

Israeli Consul General Andy David speaks at the launch of Accelerate Montana

UM Launches New Business Umbrella

With the Israeli consul general in attendance, UM rolled out a new program on Jan. 26, one that will house seven different platforms designed to help startup businesses succeed at various stages...

Washington-Grizzly Stadium on game day

Griz Football Tops FCS in Attendance for Third Straight Year

For the third-straight season and the sixth time in the last decade, the Montana Grizzlies football team has packed in more fans per game than any other program in FCS football, and in 2016 drew...

UM students and faculty snowshoe in Glacier National Park

Students Head to Polebridge to Learn About Mountains, Community

Here in the Crown of the Continent, 20 UM students gathered for a week in January to learn about Montana's mountains. Connectivity is the theme of the class taught in winter by geography Professor...

Sheila and Hal Stearns

UM President, Spouse Earn 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards

UM President Sheila Stearns and her husband, Hal, received 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards during a Jan. 26 ceremony at the State Capitol in Helena. The couple earned the awards for teaching,...

Aja Sherrard scrubs the writing from a white tile earlier this week

Missoula Artist Washes Away Grief, Her Own and Others'

Aja Sherrard quietly walks up to the wall at the University Center Gallery and picks a ceramic tablet, each lined like notebook paper and arranged in rows. She silently steps over a free-standing...

Culinary arts student Katie Barnes works under the watchful eye of Chef Thomas Campbell

Culinary Arts Student Ramps Up to Compete for National Honor

Katie Barnes, a culinary arts student at Missoula College, is headed next week to the American Culinary Federation's Student Chef of the Year competition. In Joliet, Illinois, the Hamilton woman...

Copper Sprunk visits a class of third-graders at Gerber Elementary in California

Sprunk Gives, Receives Life Lessons from Adopted Third-Grade Class

Griz football offensive lineman Cooper Sprunk has been mentoring third-graders at Gerber Elementary in California in effort to encourage all children to attend college. Last week, he made the trip...

Barefoot in the Park is the Montana Rep's national touring production for 2017

‘Barefoot in the Park’ Fitting Tribute for Rep's 50th Anniversary

In its 50th anniversary touring production, the Montana Repertory Theatre pays loving homage to Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” and its witty, rapid-fire dialogue and levity in the script, now...

a Peace Corps volunteer works alongside local residents

Missoula Leads Nation in Number of Peace Corps Volunteers

The Peace Corps recently named Missoula the No. 1 metro area for producing volunteers per capita in 2016. Out of every 100,000 residents, 12.3 people in Missoula volunteer with the Peace Corps....

Camp Howard, the new director of UM Dining

UM Dining Hires New Director

UM recently selected Campbell “Camp” Howard as its new director of UM Dining. Howard will begin his new position on Monday, March 13. He will oversee UM Dining’s 25 campus food service locations,...

UM's Mansfield Library

Mansfield Library Now Offers Access to Academic Libraries Statewide

UM students and faculty can now access the library holdings of 16 colleges and universities across the state through a single online search, following the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library’s...

mountain landscape in fall

UM Ranks No. 5 in North America for Ecology Research Productivity

UM ranked No. 5 in North America for its scholarly productivity in the field of ecology, according to a recent study published in the journal Ecosphere. Ranking ahead of many well-respected...

Tamara Gaurdipee reaches for the basketball in a game against Idaho State

Selvig Put His Faith in Montanans

Robin Selvig made dreams come true for hard-working Montana girls. It was always a point of emphasis for the Outlook native, who cleaned out his desk at the end of August after 38 years as head...

Ylva Lekberg, assistant professor of soil community ecology at UM

Soil Fungi Help Tree Seedlings Survive, Influence Forest Diversity

A new paper published Jan. 13 in Science reveals that the relationship between soil fungi and tree seedlings is more complicated than previously known. The paper was co-written by Ylva Lekberg, an...

UM student-athletes study in the academic center

Student-Athletes Make it 23 Semesters with GPA of 3.0 or Better

UM’s 321 student-athletes earned an average term GPA for the fall of 3.11. The Grizzlies' average cumulative GPA — that is, their GPAs for the entirety of their collegiate academic pursuits...

Katie Barnes, culinary arts student at Missoula College University of Montana

Culinary Arts Student to Compete for Student Chef of the Year Title

Katie Barnes, a culinary arts student at Missoula College University of Montana, will compete for national recognition at the American Culinary Federation’s Student Chef of the Year competition in...

The new Missoula College Building on East Broadway

Family Foundation’s Gift Supports Culinary Arts at Missoula College

The Rapier Family Foundation has pledged $200,000 toward Missoula College’s Culinary Arts Program. The gift will equip the program’s production kitchen, where students learn food processing and...

Former UM Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig speaks at a news conference

Selvig's Impact on Big Sky Conference Hard to Measure

If the most sincere form of flattery is indeed imitation, recently retired Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig must be smiling somewhere. The legacy he has left, not just on the Montana women's...

Men’s Basketball Team Reads to Hellgate Elementary Students on MLK Jr. Day

Montana men's basketball guard Walter Wright was named MVP on Monday — of reading to kids at Hellgate Elementary. The University of Montana men's basketball team headed to the school on Monday...

sea spider

It Takes Guts for a Sea Spider to Pump Blood

Evolutionary physiologist Art Woods of UM recently presented a newfound way of delivering oxygen in animal circulatory systems depends mostly on food sloshing back and forth in the guts. Woods...

Martha Williams teaches a class at UM. Photo by Patrick Record.

Assistant Professor Selected as State Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed UM Assistant Professor Martha Williams to serve as director of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Bullock made the Cabinet announcement Jan. 6.

The Oval at UM after a snow storm

Community Invited to Mid-Year State of the University Presentation

UM President Sheila Stearns will address the campus with a State of the University presentation at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the University Center Ballroom. Stearns will take the opportunity to...

ELI students work together in the classroom

English Language Institute Earns Highest Level of Accreditation

The English Language Institute at the University of Montana has successfully obtained accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). This is the program’s first...

Charnelle Bear Medicine walks with friends on the UM campus.

How Two Colleges Help Native Students Succeed

The University of Montana and Blackfeet Community College are vastly different institutions in size and mission. Yet both in their own way try to create a welcoming environment for Native American...

UM President Sheila Stearns

Sheila Stearns Finds ‘Star Power’ at UM

To lead UM that way, new UM President Sheila Stearns aims to celebrate and broadcast UM’s academic excellence; govern collaboratively, with clear communication and shared responsibility; and make...

UM students visit rice farms during the 2015 Winter Session in Vietnam

Students Spend Winter Session Studying Climate Change in Vietnam

Eight students and one professor from UM are in Vietnam through Tuesday, Jan. 19, to study climate change impacts and adaptation in the Mekong Delta for the seventh annual Winter Session in...

ceramic art by UM Professor Trey Hill

UM Professor’s Ceramics Featured at Missoula Art Museum

A UM ceramic professor’s works of art are on display through May 13 at the Missoula Art Museum’s exhibit “Binary Form: Ceramic Abstraction by Trey Hill and Andrea Moon.” School of Art Professor...

UM researchers are among scientists across the state searching for evidence of invasive mussels so they can be eradicated.

UM Researchers Join Hunt for Invasive Mussels in State's Waterways

For a group of UM researchers, the iced-over waters of Flathead Lake offer some hope that a devastating invasion can be staved off. "I don't think I've ever felt such a sense of urgency," says...

Students interact with the Montana State Giant Traveling Map.

Montana Geographic Alliance Receives Giant Traveling Map

The Montana Geographic Alliance, housed in UM’s Department of Geography, recently received a new resource from the National Geographic Society to help promote geography education. The new Montana...

UM President George Dennison passed away Jan. 3. Photo by Eric Stenbakken.

UM Mourns Death of Longest-Serving President

George M. Dennison, who served as president of the University of Montana from 1990 to 2010, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, after a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 81.
collage of UM highlights in 2016

Research, Fundraising and Academic Success Highlight UM in 2016

The year 2016 proved another big one at UM, one highlighted by groundbreaking research, scholarly success and record fundraising. Missoula Current takes a look at UM’s biggest successes this past...