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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Students at Commencement

UM Named One of America’s 100 Best College Buys

UM recently was named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for its combination of high quality and low cost. The ranking was compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent...

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...

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...

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.”

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...

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...

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...
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.

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 campus in fall as seen from Mount Sentinel

UM on Track to Receive Largest Single Gift in its History

The University of Montana Foundation recently has received a pledge from Bill Franke and his family in the amount of $24 million that will benefit the College of Forestry and Conservation and the...
Jennifer Adams cuts the ribbon to officially open the Moss Adams Student Lounge

Moss Adams Student Lounge Opens to Business Students

The School of Business Administration at UM celebrated the grand opening of the Moss Adams Student Lounge in the Gallagher Business Building on Oct. 6. The much-needed lounge renovation was funded...

Visiting Associate Professor Barbara Weinlich uses new technology in the Liberal Arts Building to teach

Liberal Arts Building Updated for 21st-Century Learning

The University of Montana’s College of Humanities and Sciences celebrated the grand opening of six newly remodeled classrooms in the Liberal Arts Building on Sept. 30 and announced the next stage...

Wildlife biology master’s degree candidate Lara Brenner works in the lab at UM.

Wildlife Biology Student Awarded $20,000 Grant to Study Mountain Lions

UM wildlife biology master’s degree candidate Lara Brenner recently was awarded $20,000 from the Summerlee Foundation to investigate the effects of hunting on mountain lions, which are also known...

Ian and Nancy Davidson, along with Dean Brock Tessman (left) and President Royce Engstrom (right)

$1.5 Million Gift Launches New Davidson Honors College Programs

For more than 25 years, Ian and Nancy Davidson have championed honors education at UM. On Sept. 30 at the Davidson Honors College Homecoming celebration, the University announced the couple’s...

Brand experts Kevin Keller and Scott Bedbury visit with UM students

World-Renowned Brand Experts Offer Expertise to UM Students

Distinguished brand experts Kevin Keller and Scott Bedbury visited UM Sept. 22-23. The duo gave two presentations to audiences of about 150 business students and they also gave talks to faculty...

students study at UM

Haynes Foundation Establishes $4M Endowment to Benefit Students

The University of Montana announced Sept. 26 that The Haynes Foundation, a charitable foundation founded by Jack Ellis Haynes and Isabel May Haynes in 1958, has established an endowment of just...

Debra Magpie Earling, right, laughs during her induction ceremony as UM's new director of the Creative Writing Program

Debra Magpie Earling Honored as New Head of UM Creative Writing

At a ceremony to honor Debra Magpie Earling, the first Native American director of the University of Montana's creative writing program honored others. Earling, a Bitterroot Salish tribal member,...

UM ecosystem science and restoration student works on project at Rock Creek

Restoration Degree Gets New Name, Expanded Focus

UM now offers one of the first degrees in the United States to combine elements of ecosystem science and restoration. The bachelor’s degree program in ecosystem science and restoration, formerly...

John, left, and Frank Craighead in Hells Canyon of the Snake River in 1970

Legendary Wildlife Scientist John Craighead Dead at 100

Pioneering American conservationist John Craighead, who helped build UM's Wildlife Biology Program, died in his sleep on Saturday at his home in southwest Missoula. He was 100 years old.

UM wildlife biology student Carly Muench helps band and release a Northern Harrier raptor.

Wildlife Biology Program Ranked No. 1 in U.S., Canada

For many years UM’s Wildlife Biology Program has been heralded for its excellence. Now, that reputation has migrated across the continent. The wildly successful program just earned the top spot in...

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