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Missoula College students welded a large Menorah for local Synagogue

Welding Students Craft Steel Menorah for Missoula Synagogue

It's a good thing Har Shalom's menorah used light bulbs instead of candles; no one could have reached up to light the wicks. The Missoula synagogue celebrated Hanukkah by flicking the switches to light up a special menorah called a hanukkiyah, commissioned and built by three students from the welding program at Missoula College. Read more about the students’ unique community project.

LeAnn Montes playing for the Lady Griz

Former Lady Griz Inducted Into Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame

UM Alumna LeAnn Montes was inducted into the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in December.  She was selected based upon her performance as a star high-school athlete, a four-year member of the Lady Griz basketball team and her current role as head coach of the Stone Child College women's basketball team. Montes graduated from UM with degrees in business administration, management and marketing. Learn more about Montes' accomplishments. 

Video: UM Graduate Students Excel at University, State and National Levels

Toxicology graduate students at the Center for Environmental Health Sciences are involved in extracurricular activities at the University of Montana and with regional and national organizations. Three current students share their experiences in this video.

Bob Stitt speaks at the podium during a press conference at UM

Montana Introduces Stitt as New Griz Football Coach

The best job in America. That's what Bob Stitt had to say about the Montana Grizzly football head coaching gig Friday morning when the university introduced the offensive innovator as its 36th head coach. Stitt, a 50-year-old coach who comes to Missoula from the Colorado School of Mines, spoke to media members and fans for an hour at Washington-Grizzly Stadium's Canyon Club. Read more about Stitt’s decision to move north.

An illustration by David Tuss from the book Animal Weapons

UM Alumnus Teams up with Professor to Illustrate Science

A saber-toothed cat snarls, ready to pounce from the front cover of “Animal Weapons,” a new book that’s getting a lot of notice from both the media and the science world. The artist and UM alumnus Helenan David Tuss teamed up with writer and UM Professor Doug Emlen to illustrate the animal kingdom’s amazing array of extreme weaponry. Read more about  how Tuss met Emlen while earning his bachelor’s degree in science and a minor in art from UM.

UM student researcher Chantanelle Nava uses UM’s 0.7-meter telescope at Mount Hopkins, Ariz., during testing.

UM Telescope One Step Closer to Discovering New Worlds

“First light” marked a new dawn for UM astronomy on Dec. 16.  UM astrophysics Associate Professor Nate McCrady, along with a team of researchers, achieved “first light” on Tuesday – a term used to describe successfully taking first observations from a telescope. McCrady traveled from Missoula to Mount Hopkins, Ariz., to oversee the installation of UM’s new 0.7-meter telescope by crane at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory. Read more about UM’s new telescope.

The Story Behind the Photo

UM students Sam Brown, Kara Adolphson and Karlie Reilly create cookies during the 17th annual Great UM Christmas Cookie Cook-off on Dec. 15. The event was held at the Lommasson Center Food Zoo Dining Room, and the theme was “A Christmas Story.” Participants could take home half the cookies they baked, and half were donated to local youth homes, senior homes, group shelters and other nonprofits.

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