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...

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...

Missoula Valley

High-Tech Companies Increasing Footprint in State, Hiring UM Grads

Montana has quietly increased its footprint in high-tech businesses, growing at a pace that exceeds statewide growth and providing high-paying jobs for UM students and graduates, according to a...

UM alumna Miranda Fox

Student Leader Wins Executive Director of the Year Award

UM alumna Miranda Fox, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, recently was awarded the St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn Executive Director of the Year Award. Fox was awarded the distinguished honor in Memphis, Tennessee,...

UM campus

UM to Honor Four Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming

Four outstanding University of Montana graduates will receive 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming weekend festivities on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26. The awards are the highest...

The surface of Mars

NASA Comes to Arlee: UM Grad Bestows Montana Names on Mars

The Mars rover Curiosity was rolling through Arlee on Friday. Not that Arlee. The one on Mars. “Because western Montana is interesting geologically, it ranked up there to get on the names list,”...

The UM Grizzly Bear on the Oval

Private Support for UM Tops $50 Million Two Years in a Row

UM had another remarkable fundraising year. Private support for the University in fiscal year 2015 totaled $52.6 million, just shy of last year’s record-breaking total of $53.7 million. The...

UM School of Journalism building

Assistant Journalism Professor Named NAJA President

A UM School of Journalism assistant professor has been elected as president of the Native American Journalists Association. Jason Begay, a Navajo from Gallup, New Mexico, and a UM alumnus, joined...

UM accounting Professor Teresa Beed

Accounting Professor Awarded State Association’s Highest Honor

A professor who has taught accounting in UM’s School of Business Administration for more than 35 years was recently awarded the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants’ highest honor. The...

UM Associate Research Professor Carl Seielstad

To Build a Fire: Professor Devotes Career to Changing Fire Policy

The science of wildfires often pits academics against forestry professionals. Carl Seielstad, an associate research professor at the University of Montana, has built a career bridging the divide...

Team works on computer together

Report: Montana is Top State for Entrepreneurial Activity

For the third year in a row, Montana has been named the top state in the country for entrepreneurial activity by the Kauffman Foundation’s Index of Startup Activity. Scott Whittenburg, the vice...

MontanaPBS Broadcaster William Marcus

Montana Bids Farewell to Broadcast Giant William Marcus

William Marcus is the quiet giant of Montana media, and it is ironic that he will begin his long planned retirement this month. When the career of Marcus began 40 years ago, public television...

J.K. Simmons holds his Oscar

UM Oscar Winner Describes How Family Launched His Career

On the biggest stage in Hollywood, Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons ’78 delivered a simple get potent message: Call your mom and dad, because he can’t call his. Simmons won the Academy Award for best...
Alexander and Andy Blewett

$10 Million Gift from Blewett Family to Transform UM School of Law

Following Board of Regents approval that was granted May 22, the University of Montana School of Law will officially become the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana as...

UM students of the WWAMI class of 2016

Pre-Med Program Sees Increase in Medical School Acceptance

With 18 students accepted into medical schools this year, the Pre-Medical Sciences Program at UM reached an acceptance rate of 64 percent – 20 points higher than the national average of 44...

UM graduate Ryan Bell

Recent UM Graduates Earn Fulbright Scholarships

UM graduates Ryan Bell, Brinna Boettger and Dylan Gomes recently received Fulbright Scholarship award notifications for the coming year. Bell was awarded a coveted Fulbright-National Geographic...

Commencement at UM

Commencement Ceremonies at UM Saturday, May 16

UM’s 118th Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Max Baucus, Montana’s longest-serving U.S. senator and now ambassador to the People’s...

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Gift Supports Renovation in UM’s Liberal Arts Building

Thanks to gifts from UM alum, businessman and philanthropist Dennis Eck from Wolf Point and his wife, Gretchen, from Butte, the University of Montana’s College of Humanities and Sciences will soon...

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Athletic Training Students Earn 100 Percent Pass Rate on Exam

Twelve University of Montana athletic training students recently took the Board of Certification exam, a high-stakes evaluation that enables students graduating from accredited athletic training...

Monte poses with a training vehicle at Missoula College

Trucking Companies Seek Missoula College Grads

Every week, trucking companies in western Montana call Mickey Lyngholm, the workforce navigator at Missoula College, and ask her to share their job openings with students and recent graduates....

Shannon O’Brien, new dean of Missoula College

UM Names Shannon O’Brien New Dean of Missoula College

Shannon O’Brien, the education policy adviser for Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, will become the next dean of Missoula College University of Montana on July 1. O’Brien replaces Interim Dean Jane...

students pitch their business idea at startup challenge

Entrepreneurial Students to Pitch Startup Ideas at Challenge

UM’s School of Business Administration, along with the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, will showcase the entrepreneurial aspirations of students from...

Chemistry Professor G. Whiz

Popular Chemistry Professor Prepares to Hang Up his Cloak

In 24 years at UM, chemistry Professor Garon Smith has instructed some 20,000 students in introductory chemistry, and has entertained and educated more than 100,000 young students with his...

UM graduate Thomas Nybo in Nepal after earthquake

Journalism Alumnus Brings Horrors of Quake to the World

Thomas Nybo said he has been at the scene of many natural disasters soon after they have struck: tsunamis, earthquakes and typhoons, chronicling them either as a journalist or on behalf of UNICEF....

UM historian David Emmons, and UM alumni Julie and Sam Baldridge

Alumni Donors Boost UM Irish Studies Program

Eminent UM historian David Emmons conducted groundbreaking research on the history of the Irish experience in Montana. Now thanks to a private gift, his work will be honored and continued far into...

UM Professor Joel Henry

Tech Startup Co-Founded by UM Professor Ready to Expand

An upstart technology firm founded in Missoula plans to create 10 new jobs over the next two years to handle the growing demand for its data-mining software. Joel Henry, a law and computer science...

Conference attendee tour a restoration site in Montana

Professor: Restoration Ecology Industry Creating Job Growth

Restoration work in Montana is creating job growth. Statistics show an eight percent rise in such employment in Montana in 2013. That's according to Cara Nelson, associate professor of restoration...

UM big data students and Professor Lee Tangedahl

UM’s Big Data Certificate Has Recruiters Lining Up

Trenton Starkey, a 25-year-old senior pursuing a degree in management information systems at UM’s School of Business Administration, isn’t stressed about finding a job after he graduates like most...

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A Message from the President

Dear Campus Community, It is with a heavy heart that I write to report a sad and tragic weekend for the UM family. Three students passed away this weekend in unrelated incidents. Two have been...

Casting director Rene Haynes

Scouting Talent: Odyssey of Stars Honoree Casts Hollywood Films

Rene Haynes has lived in Los Angeles for decades now, and she still makes it back to Montana to visit. Sometimes she heads to Great Falls, where the C.M. Russell High School graduate still has...

Hank Green

Hank Green Loves Science, and Wants Others to Love it, Too

Hank Green, Internet Guy. Even if you don’t know who he is, there’s a good chance he has helped teach your kids or the kids of someone you know how photosynthesis, mitosis and biological molecules...

UM alumni Craig Holtet and Ron Ramsbacher

Two Alumni Transform Missoula Grocery Stores Under Local Ownership

Congratulations to UM alumni Craig Holtet and Ron Ramsbacher, who this week converted Missoula’s two massive former Safeway grocery stores to local ownership and reopened them as Missoula Fresh...

The Best of Benny the Bull

Benny the Bull, mascot of the Chicago Bulls, was named the top sports mascot in America by Forbes magazine in 2013....

Blackstone Manager Jennifer Stephens talks with entrepreneurs

Blackstone LaunchPad Helps Entrepreneurs Start Businesses

The Blackstone LaunchPad is a program at the University of Montana. It helps students, faculty, staff and alumni turn their ideas into businesses and nonprofit organizations. The LaunchPad has...

Tommy Livoti works at a dig site at Fort Missoula

Doctoral Student Envisions Way to Protect Antiquities During Wartime

Walking the ancient streets of Babylon allowed Tommy Livoti to find his path in life. In 2003, the Missoula native and UM grad was a Marine Corps platoon commander in Iraq. Livoti saw a...

ruth Swaney

Forestry School Hires New Native American Program Coordinator

The College of Forestry and Conservation announces the appointment of Ruth Ann Swaney as coordinator of the Native American Natural Resource Program. Swaney is an enrolled tribal member of the...

Author Smith Henderson

Debut Novel by UM Alumnus Wins 2014 Montana Book Award

"Fourth of July Creek," a novel written by Hellgate High School and UM graduate Smith Henderson, has won the 2014 Montana Book Award. The annual award "recognizes literary and/or artistic...

Students work on medical dummies at Missoula College

Health Care Students at Missoula College Find Jobs Aplenty

It’s no secret that job growth within the health care industry is booming as the American population ages. A national emphasis on preventative care, growing rates of chronic conditions and “baby...

UM alumna Shelli Johnson

Alumna Looks Back: ‘My Most Spectacular Failure was a Gift’

“The years tell us what the days cannot.” UM alumna Shelli Johnson reflects on what she considered her greatest failure at the time: losing her basketball scholarship and quitting the team....

Globetrotter Shane Scooter Christensen interacts with a young fan

Alumnus Scooter Christensen Finds Stardom with Globetrotters

Although he didn’t know it at the time, Shane “Scooter” Christensen spent most of his life practicing to be a Harlem Globetrotter. As a youngster, he was inseparable from his basketball and when...

UM Entertainment Management students and program director at Pollstar Live conference

Entertainment Management Students Attend Industry Conference

Several UM students recently traveled to Nashville to attend Pollstar Live! 2015, the premier conference and trade show for the concert industry. The students from UM’s Entertainment Management...

Zack Wagenmann participates in media interview during the NFL Combine

Wagenmann Impresses in Explosion Drills at NFL Combine

Former Montana Grizzly Zack Wagenmann continued his push toward a career playing football with an appearance at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday. And oh what a showing it was. Wagenmann scored...

UM Production concert posters

For Those About To Rock: UM Concert Posters Spark Memories

“What was your first concert? It’s a great question—a surefire conversation starter in pretty much any setting. Mine happened to be Pearl Jam, who played an intimate show for about 1,200 lucky...

UM alumna Ashley Heers

Evolutionary Biologists Ask: Which Came First, the Dinosaur or the Bird?

The consensus is in: Birds are living dinosaurs. But how that epic evolutionary leap took place remains one of science’s greatest mysteries. Evolutionary biologists like Ashley Heers represent the...

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