a demonstration in UM's new planetarium

UM’s State-of-the-Art Planetarium Up and Running

It's understandable if you're unaware of the hidden planetarium beneath the Native American Center. The project has been in the works since 2013, but the astronomy department has kept it pretty...

Schoolchildren dance on stage with adults

Missoula Schoolchildren Learn Fire Science Through Interactive Dance

Missoula schoolchildren became flames and trees Tuesday during “Fire Speaks the Land,” an interactive dance performance at UM that taught students about fire science. CoMotion Dance Project used...

Jace Laakso, UM staff member and artist, stands in front of his exhibit in the UC Gallery

Missoula Artist Sketches Self-Portrait a Day for a Year

In the University Center Gallery, 365 small self-portraits are arranged in rows on the north wall. They start on May 6, 2013, when Jace Laakso, an artist who works in information technology at UM,...

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...

Three of Missoula's young filmmakers pose in front of the Wilma Theatre

Hip Flicks: Meet Missoula's Up-and-Coming Filmmakers

Every year, filmmakers from across the world apply to have their films screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. This year, four filmmakers under 30 from the festival’s home city made the...

UM student Rebecca Collins reaches Santiago

Reaching Santiago: UM Student Reflects on Pilgrimage

Last fall, UM student Rebecca Collins completed 12 credits of independent study on the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage in southern France and northern Spain. Equipped with knowledge from...

GMOtional documentary film

Student-Alumni Documentary Earns Honors in Filmmaking Contest

A documentary created by UM students and recent alumni recently won an award at the International Fusion Doc Challenge, a five-day filmmaking competition. Director Tom Stagg, a recent UM alumnus,...

Montana Rep artistic director Greg Johnson

Montana Rep's Artistic Director Marks 25 Years at Helm

When Greg Johnson decamped for Missoula from New York City in 1990, the Montana Repertory Theatre's national tour reached only three states. A quarter-century later, Johnson still leads the Rep,...

Scene from the local-produced movie Bella Vista

Missoula Named Among Top Five Towns for Moviemakers

The independent film magazine MovieMaker recently named Missoula to its list of “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2015: Top Five Towns.” The article notes Montana’s dramatic...

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J.K. Simmons Nominated for Supporting Actor Oscar

J.K. Simmons, a UM graduate, has been nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance in "Whiplash." In "Whiplash” Simmons plays a sadistic but brilliant jazz band instructor...

MMAC Curator Brandon Reintjes lays out the 120th anniversary exhibition

Montana Museum Marks 120th Anniversary with 120 Artworks

It's telling what they had to leave out. When the staff of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture was narrowing the Permanent Collection of more than 11,000-some objects down to 120 for a 120th...

Actor and UM alumnus JK Simmons poses with his Golden Globe

Alumnus J.K. Simmons Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor

Former Missoula resident and University of Montana alum J.K. Simmons has won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor for "Whiplash." In the film, Simmons plays a jazz band instructor who uses...

Irish street

Study Abroad Blog: 'Nothing Will Ever be the Same Again'

“One of my favorite English professors at UM likes to tell us often, ‘the best stories take place during the moments from which the main character realizes that, nothing will ever be the same...

Jazz legend Buddy DeFranco

Buddy DeFranco, Jazz Legend with UM Ties, Passes Away

The world-famous clarinet player who lent his name to the University of Montana’s premier jazz festival and transformed the international genre through his unique bebop style passed away...

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...

students age 50 and over enjoy a MOLLI class

$1 Million Gift Supports Lifelong Learning at UM’s MOLLI

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, known as MOLLI, has received a $1 million grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation. A $950,000 endowment gift and $50,000 in operating funds will...

items created in UM's new FabLab

School of Art Opens New Digital ‘Fabrication Lab’

UM’s new "fabrication lab," or "FabLab," as they've dubbed it, is stocked with two 3-D printers, 3-D scanners, 3-D pens, a vinyl cutter, an oversized printer, and soon a laser engraving machine....

UM student and Marching Band member Noah Lopez

Still Standing: One Student’s Story of Personal and Musical Growth

He marched across the field of Washington-Grizzly Stadium with 35 pounds of silver-plated brass wrapped around his torso. Stepping with the heavy instrument was no easy feat for Noah Lopez, the UM...

The Legend of Orpheus

National Opera Association Awards First Place to UM Production

UM’s School of Music Opera Theater and Symphony recently brought home a first-place prize for their production of “The Legend of Orpheus,” which was performed in February. UM submitted its opera...

Anderson and Roe Piano Duo

Acclaimed Classical Piano Duo Visits Missoula for Concerts, Class

UM music Professor Steven Hesla knew he had to get Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe to Missoula. He saw the acclaimed classical piano duo perform at the Music Teachers National Association...

Julie Edwards talks about an exhibit at the Mansfield Library that explores book burnings in Nazi Germany.

UM Exhibit Explores Nazi Book Burning, Modern Censorship

On a cold April night in 1933, hundreds of university students worked themselves into a fervor tossing books that challenged the German spirit onto a roiling bonfire. The book burning is depicted...

UM Alumna Nancy O'Connor

Longtime UM Supporter, Alumna Nancy O’Connor Passes Away

UM alumna and longtime supporter Nancy O’Connor passed away Nov. 10 at her home in Malibu, Calif., at the age of 84. O’Connor was the daughter of Ralph and Hulda Miller Fields, who were also UM...

Udo Fluck teaches global competency to young students

UM’s Global Gateway Program Instills Global Competence

A self-proclaimed “man of many hats,” Udo Fluck lives up to that title both literally and metaphorically. Nestled in a corner of UM’s International Center, Fluck’s office boasts just a few of the...

Sign advertising Mansfield Library exhibition

Exhibition on Nazi Book Burnings on Display at Mansfield Library

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM is now hosting an exhibition produced by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that explores how the German book burnings of 1933 became a potent symbol...

book jacket image on The Things They Carried

Author O'Brien Visits UM, Talks of War, Truth and Writing

Tim O’Brien was stuck writing another book when he took a break in the late 1980s and penned “The Things They Carried,” a story that explores meaning in three simple words: “This is true.” That...

Amanda Browder's fabric art on display at UM

Fabric Artist Amanda Browder Brings Installations to Missoula

Nationally celebrated fabric artist and Missoula native Amanda Browder is displaying her large-scale fabric soft sculptures during an exhibition at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM....

UM students practice fencing at recent workshop

Fencing Club Attracts Students Who Want to Keep Mind, Body Sharp

The UM Fencing Club held a free workshop last week, and a couple of dozen novices showed up to learn the basics of the sport. There are 15 dues-paying members, but the club always welcomes – and...

Missoula College Professor and author Kim Zupan

'Debut' Label Masks Years of Work for Novelist Kim Zupan

“The Ploughmen,” is technically Kim Zupan’s debut novel, but the years beg to differ. The 62-year-old has spent the past quarter-century working as a carpenter to support his writing. Before he...

UM sophomore Jesse Desrosier is proposing a Native Languages club

Sophomore Steps Up to Create Native Languages Club

Despite the loss of the University's Blackfoot language classes, students may still have a chance to learn Native languages. A proposed Native languages student club is working on getting...

Students in a MOLLI classroom at UM

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Surpasses Record Enrollment

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, known as MOLLI, has surpassed its all-time enrollment high this fall. There are 930 individuals registered for courses, and MOLLI membership grew to...

Workers install the fabric sculpture in downtown Missoula.

UM Museum Installs Fabric Art Downtown

Brandon Reintjes, curator of art for UM’s Montana Museum of Art and Culture, helped install a 45-foot-long fabric sculpture titled “Rapunzel” on the Missoula Mercantile building in the downtown...

artists explore use of tools in two shows at UM

Two Missoula Artists Explore Instinctive Appeal of Tools

The primal appeal of tools unites two shows at UM’s Gallery of Visual Arts. Stephen Glueckert built machines that generate the drawings themselves in his exhibit, “We Use Them to Do Things.” The...

UM art Professor Elizabeth Dove

Elizabeth Dove: Cutting Through Definitions in Search of Meaning

Elizabeth Dove has been cutting up dictionaries for years, searching for meaning. Now, the Missoula artist and UM professor is showing off the product of her process. The Missoula Art Museum will...

downtown Missoula

Missoula Ranks No. 8 on Livability.com’s ‘Best Places to Live’ List

For the second year in a row, Livability.com has ranked Missoula among the “Top 100 Best Places to Live.” Missoula ranks No. 8 on the 2015 list, which was released Sept. 15. "Nearby mountain...

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