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...

A forest burns

NPR: The Science of Wildfires May Be Up In Smoke

With wildfire becoming more prevalent in the U.S. and the Forest Service increasingly looking to let some wildfires burn, there's a need to better understand the smoke that billows from those...

volunteers load a van of gifts for local families and veterans

UM Programs Support Local Families, Veterans This Holiday Season

UM brightened up the holiday season for more than 200 people in need this year with its 20th annual “Adopt-A-Family” program and its sixth annual “Adopt-A-Veteran” program. Each year, interested...

International flags on a podium at Model UN conference

Model UN Participants Win Scholarships to UM

Five high school seniors received $1,000 scholarships to attend the University of Montana for their exemplary performance at the 51st annual Montana Model United Nations Conference on Nov. 21-22....

UM alumna Becca Boslough

UM Graduate Awarded Marshall Scholarship

UM alumna Rebecca Boslough has that rare quality of being able to listen well and understand nuance. Recently those traits it helped earn her a 2017 Marshall Scholarship. The scholarship offers...

Snow blankets the UM campus

UM Employees Donate $96,000 to Local Nonprofits During Annual Campaign

More than 300 University of Montana employees recently participated in the 2016-17 Charitable Giving Campaign by donating $96,334 to local charitable organizations. The annual campaign offers UM...

student participants in UM's EPIC Pitch Competition

Students Awarded $3,000 at UM Startup Pitch Competition

Three students received awards at the EPIC Pitch Competition, hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad aUM, the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and UM School of Business Administration on...

a woman is silhouetted on a hill at the Standing Rock protest site

Montana Journalism Review Releases Web Special on Standing Rock Media Coverage

Montana Journalism Review, a University of Montana School of Journalism student-produced publication, released a special web report on Dec. 13 analyzing how the media covered the Standing Rock...
UM's Gallagher Business Building

UM’s MBA Program Ranked No. 13 Among Top 50 Most Affordable

TopManagementDegrees.com recently published its annual ranking of the top 50 most affordable Master of Business Administration programs, naming the University of Montana as No. 13 overall. A...

UM ROTC students walking with flags on campus

UM Earns National Recognition for Service to Veteran Students

The UM VETS Office continues making progress to integrate veteran students and provide academic advising. Those efforts and more were recognized this week by the national Military Friendly...

UM School of Business Administration Dean Chris Shook

New Dean of UM School of Business Administration Has Own Style

Chris Shook, the new dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Montana, was sleeping in a monastery in Spain last fall at the age of 53, trying to figure out what he...

UM juniors Holly Jacobs and Hannah Bondurant perform in The Gondoliers

UM’s Opera Theater Program to Receive National Recognition

The National Opera Association will honor the University of Montana Opera and UM Symphony Orchestra for their February 2016 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers.” NOA will award...

The Oval at UM after a snow storm

President Engstrom to Step Down Dec. 31

UM President Royce Engstrom will step down as UM’s president effective Dec. 31, according to an email from Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian sent Dec. 1. Sheila Stearns will serve...
Allie Keleti

Track and Field Athlete Honored for Social Media, Service

Allie Keleti, a UM track and field athlete, received a Montana Athlete in Service Award from Montana Campus Compact and Gov. Steve Bullock at the Brawl of the Wild Football Game Nov. 19.

Becca Boslough (Photo by Rylan Boggs)

Alumna Wins Prestigious Marshall Scholarship for Graduate Study in UK

Rebecca Boslough, a 2014 UM graduate in resource conservation, has won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The award offers graduate study opportunities at British universities to about 30 young...

UM Regents Professor of History Anya Jabour speaks at the Board of Regents meeting

History Professor Anya Jabour Earns Top Promotion

UM history Professor Anya Jabour was appointed the University’s 11th Regents Professor during the Nov. 17 Board of Regents meeting in Missoula. Regents Professor is the top rank awarded to faculty...

President Obama pardoning a turkey

What is Behind the Turkey Pardoning Ritual?

Tobin Shearer, UM director of African-American studies and an associate history professor, published this article in The Conversation about how the ritualized pardoning of a turkey draws our...

The producers of the program on stage in Deer Lodge

Television Program Celebrates 25 Years of Exploring Montana

The UM-based crew that produces “Backroads of Montana” for Montana PBS celebrated 25 years of finding great stories across Big Sky Country at the historic Rialto Community Theater in Deer Lodge on...

Bill and Carolyn Franke and their family visit the UM campus to celebrate their gift with the University community.

Largest Single Gift in UM History Supports Conservation, Global Leadership

On Nov. 18, the Montana University System Board of Regents approved the naming of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation and the Franke Global Leadership Initiative in honor of Bill...
Google Doodle of author James Welch

Google Features Late Native American Author, UM Alumnus James Welch

The Nov. 18 Google Doodle marks the birthday of James Welch, who would have been 76 today. The renowned Blackfeet author graduated from UM in 1965 and later taught here for many years. His most...

Native leaders in front of the Payne Family Native American Center

Indian Country Today Names UM Native-Friendly Institution

One of leading national news sources for and about Native people in North America, Indian Country Today Media Network, said UM was “worth a long look for Native students.”

Trout in Ole Creek, a tributary of the Flathead River

An Ecosystem’s Lifeblood, Flowing Through Gravel

They are beautiful, glistening icons of the West, filled with life and history. But there is far more to mountain rivers, scientists like UM’s Ric Hauer are learning, than the water churning...

UM's School of Journalism

Journalism School Joins New Google News Lab Initiative

UM’s School of Journalism will join other top-tier media schools in the launch of a new Google “News Lab University Network” in an effort to better train new and existing journalists in data,...

UM history Professor Anya Jabour, right, poses with actress Hannah James

Historian Nominated for Regents Professor

UM history Professor Anya Jabour has been nominated to become the University’s 11th Regents Professor. Upon approval by the Montana Board of Regents during its Nov. 17-18 meeting in Missoula,...

M students Aerionna Hardesty, left, Baylee Bergman and Tatem Hoehn

Students Advance to National Sales Competition

Sixteen students and 12 judges participated in the third annual scholarship sales competition, hosted by Northwestern Mutual, at the UM in October. After two rounds of sales presentations, three...

Ranalda Tsosie

UM Student Earns EPA Graduate Fellowship

A UM student was one of 50 students nationwide awarded a Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ranalda Tsosie earned a $132,000 grant in May...

Montana's Erika Ackerlund won the Women's Collegiate Triathlon National Championship on Nov. 5 in New Orleans.

UM Triathlete Wins Women’s Collegiate National Title

UM triathlete Erika Ackerlund edged 48 collegiate athletes on Nov. 5 to win the 2016 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championship in New Orleans. The 20-year-old Helena native logged a time...

Protestors hold a sign outside the state’s Capitol, in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Understanding Native American Religion Important for Resolving DAPL Crisis

In recent weeks, protests against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline across North Dakota have escalated. UM Assistant Professor Rosalyn LaPier, who is teaching at Harvard this semester,...

Gov. Steve Bullock and UM President Royce Engstrom talk with Inimmune employee

New Biotech Company Formed at UM’s MonTEC

Officials from a new biotech company, Inimmune Corporation, met with Gov. Steve Bullock Nov. 1 to discuss how the University of Montana connects researchers and entrepreneurs and the potential...
A class meets in one of the LA Building's newly renovated classrooms

$4M LA Building Renovation Delivers High-Tech Education

Alexi Corbett can take better notes this year in her public administration class in the Liberal Arts Building at UM. In some newly renovated rooms, screens take up a whole wall, and the...

Flathead River at the U.S./Canada border

Biological Station Lands $2M Grant to Explore Floodplain Biodiversity

UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station has been awarded a $2 million grant to study diversity among insects, crustaceans and other arthropods in river floodplains and how they might be affected by...

UM mascot Monte performs at a football game

Former Monte Hired as Mascot for NBA's Houston Rockets

After 5 1/2 years as Montana's most beloved mascot, Monte has turned pro. The former University of Montana student who portrayed the Grizzlies' mascot is now in Houston performing as Clutch the...

Meredith Repke, ASUM Sustainability Center coordinator, sorts garbage at UM

UM Conducts Waste Audit

Associated Students of the University of Montana Sustainability Center and UM Sustainability Office were spreading the word Wednesday about recyclable and non-recyclable items. They weighed close...

UM Associate Vice President of Research for Global Change and Sustainability L. Scott Mills

Longtime Professor Returns to Join Office of Research and Creative Scholarship

L. Scott Mills has returned to the University of Montana to serve as associate vice president of research for global change and sustainability in the Office of Research and Creative...
Selvig coaches his squad – which ended up being his last group – this past winter.

That’s All, Folks: A Look Back at Coach Selvig’s 38 Years Leading the Lady Griz

Robin Selvig saw a wide range of young women come through his program. All of them – or at least 99 percent of them – traced very similar paths, playing at UM for one demanding, demonstrative...

A bend in a mountain river

$3M Grant to Explore Ties Between Food, Energy, Water

A UM team has been awarded nearly $3 million from the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative graduate training program focused on interactions among food, energy and water.

Annie Sacry, the female lead in Dracula, tries on a costume.

Fine Arts Student From Whitehall Lands Role in ‘Dracula’

Annie Sacry didn’t get a second callback when she auditioned for “Dracula” last spring. But it turns out the junior fine arts student landed the role she’d coveted, Lucy Westenra, the leading...

Reed Humphrey, dean of UM's College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences

Collaborators Across Campus Launch UM’s New Health and Medicine Initiative

UM’s new Health and Medicine initiative, called UMHM, aims to open opportunities for UM to collaborate across campus to solve the most pressing medical issues plaguing our population. 

UM Collections Specialist Ruth Williams

Ruth Williams Turns Upset Students and Parents into Fans

Ruth Williams is a collections specialist at UM – as in, collecting money from students and families. You might think students and parents don't really like hearing from Williams. But that isn't...

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