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African-American Studies Marks First Graduating Class

UM celebrated its first cohort of graduating seniors with majors in African-American studies during Commencement on Saturday, May 13. For 49 years, UM students could take classes in...

map of ScholarWorks downloads by country

UM ScholarWorks Reaches 1 Million Downloads

ScholarWorks, UM's online scholarly repository, has achieved a momentous milestone: 1 million downloads. The service is online at http://scholarworks.umt.edu. Managed by the Mansfield Library,...

UM forestry student John Parcell competes in a Woodsman Team event

Montana Woodsman a Cut Above the Rest

John Parcell spent a good chunk of his youth chopping wood, never suspecting it might someday factor in his fate. He grew up in Condon, and after enrolling at UM his love of the outdoors prompted...

UM researchers Andrea and Don Stierle

Berkeley Pit Water Leads to Groundbreaking Scientific Discovery

Organisms found in the Berkeley Pit's toxic water are leading to a scientific breakthrough, according to two UM professors. Andrea and Don Stierle paired together two fungi taken from pit water in...
Student researcher Megan Miller recently presented a poster at UM’s annual Conference on Undergraduate Research

Student Researcher Studies Social Media Data for Health Promotion Project

Undergraduate student researcher Megan Miller recently presented a poster titled “Analysis of Factors Contributing to a Facebook Presence” at UM’s annual Conference on Undergraduate...

University of Montana Presidential Search

The Search for the Next President of the University of Montana

Visit the Presidential Search page on UM President’s Office website for updates on the search, timelines and the search committee member roster.

UM Foundation President and CEO Cindy Williams

UM Foundation Names New President and CEO

Cindy Williams has been named president and chief executive officer of the University of Montana Foundation, board chair Mary Olson announced May 15. Williams has been a leader on the foundation’s...

The Montana Rep cast rehearses before their trip to China

Montana Rep Brings Classic 'Mockingbird' to China

Since 1997, "To Kill A Mockingbird" has been the Montana Repertory Theatre's signature play. Now professional theater-in-residence at the University of Montana is taking Harper Lee's classic tale...

UM softball team celebrates a win

Grizzly Softball Team Wins Big Sky Championship

Montana, in just its third season, used the pitching of tournament MVP Michaela Hood and a seven-run fourth inning to defeat top-seeded Weber State 9-5 in the Big Sky Conference championship game...

Zhibing Cara Zhou, UM graduate

UM Student Inspired by Grandfather, Stepdad to be Medical Doctor

Coming up on graduation, Zhibing "Cara"Zhou has a 4.0 grade point average at UM, and in August, she heads to medical school to become a doctor, melding the science that fuels her mind with the...

Lucile Speer, delegate to Montana Constitutional Convention, 1971-72, signs the Constitution on March 22, 1972.

Donor Creates New Faculty Position at UM to Honor Legendary Librarian

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, UM has its first endowed chair in the humanities. The new Lucile Speer Research Chair in Politics and History honors Lucile Speer and her...

UM graduates make their way toward the stadium for Commencement

UM to Hold 120th Commencement May 13

UM’s 120th Commencement exercises will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. UM alumna Jennifer Isern will be the featured speaker. Late UM President George Dennison...

UM School of Art students participate in an online group critique.

UM Launches New Online Art Degree

UM’s School of Art just launched a fully online art degree, which is the first of its kind in the state. The Bachelor of Arts in studio art gives students a diverse toolbox of skills important to...

UM Professor Harry Fritz

Professor Fritz Makes Another Attempt at Retirement

Harry Fritz is celebrating 50 years of teaching at UM and is apparently retiring this term, but either way he leaves a legacy of service not only for the university but for the state.

Late President Emeritus George Dennison

UM to Host Dennison Celebration of Life on Friday, May 12

Historian and educator George M. Dennison was UM’s longest-serving president from 1990 to 2010. The University and the Dennison family will honor the enduring impacts of his legacy during a...

MBA student Chase Anderson

MBA Student Recognized for Humanitarian Efforts

Graduating MBA student Chase Anderson is the recipient of the Marion McGill Smith School of Business Administration Humanitarian Award. The son of a Honduran immigrant, Anderson has always...

Paul Gladen, director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM

Gladen Named Montana Ambassador Educator of the Year

Paul Gladen, director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, recently was named Montana Ambassador Educator of the Year by Gov. Steve Bullock. On April 24, Gov. Bullock announced the recipients of the...

UM student works in study lounge

UM Named Among Top Online Colleges for Students With Disabilities

The University of Montana has landed at No. 8 on a national list naming the top online schools for students with disabilities. UM also ranked No. 11 for being an affordable online college for...

UM political science major Isabel Langlois

UM Student Earns Newman Civic Fellowship

UM political science major Isabel Langlois has been honored as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, a one-year fellowship for community-engaged college students who attend Campus Compact institutions....

UM freshman Austin Haney plays his accordion on the Oval

The Keys to Happiness

University of Montana student Austin Haney often sits by the Grizzly Bear statue, serenading UM students with his accordion. “My fingers will fall off before I stop playing that instrument,” the...

UM President Sheila Stearns and Dean Chris Comer inform student Rachel Dickson that she’s received a 2017 Udall Scholarship.

Biology, Environmental Studies Major Becomes UM’s 41st Udall Scholar

UM student Rachel Dickson recently won a 2017 Udall Scholarship, which will provide up to $7,000 to support her studies for the next academic year. Dickson is the University’s 41st Udall Scholar,...

student competitors celebrate their winnings

Students Awarded $50,000 at Annual Startup Competition

UM’s 28th Annual John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge brought 16 student teams from across the state to compete for over $50,000 in prizes. Run by the UM School of Business Administration and...

Chef Jehangir Meta serves blended mushroom burgers on the UM Oval

Top Chefs Bring Mushroom Mania to UM

A group of fungus fanatics took to the UM campus on Wednesday to tout what they say is the food trend of the future: burgers blended with mushrooms. Two well-respected chefs, Lance Avery from...

UM biology Professor Doug Emlen

Biology Professor Stars in New Film About Nature’s Wildest Weapons

The research and discoveries of UM biology Professor Doug Emlen are the focus of a new hourlong BBC documentary titled “Nature’s Wildest Weapons: Horns, Tusks and Antlers.” The program is slated...

Young Entrepreneurs Compete for Funds at UM Startup Challenge

Young Entrepreneurs Compete for Funds at UM Startup Challenge

Sixteen student competitors vied for $50,000 at the event he 28th annual statewide John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge held April 13 at UM. The event is hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad and...

UM communication studies Associate Professor Christina Yoshimura

Professor Breaks New Ground on Counseling Trauma Survivors

Recent work by UM communication studies Associate Professor Christina Yoshimura is drawing national attention for her approach to incorporating research in interpersonal communication with the...

UM students perform “Peach & Pit,” a dance choreographed by UM sophomore Logan Prichard

UM Dance Program Shines at Regional Conference

UM’s Dance Program cemented its reputation as one of the best schools in the nation following an unprecedented showing at last week’s American College Dance Association Northwest Regional...

Jennifer Heggen, a Missoula College graduate, shows off the school’s state-of-the-art kitchen to Missoula-area employers

Missoula College Shows Off New Digs to Local Employers

More than a dozen area employers joined the local job service for a tour of Missoula College on March 29, lending a close eye to the facility’s new offerings in culinary arts and the health...

UM alumni Stefanie Henderson Strack and Craig K. Anderson

Business School to Honor Alumni for Career Achievements

UM’s School of Business Administration will honor 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Craig K. Anderson and Outstanding Alumna Stefanie Henderson Strack on Friday, March 31, during its spring Business...

young researchers present their findings to a judge during the Montana Science Fair at UM

Montana Science Fair Draws Hundreds of Student Researchers to UM

A total of 547 kids, 400 of them middle school students, presented their research findings Monday at the 62nd annual Montana Science Fair at the Adams Center on the University of Montana campus....

UM graduates participate in Commencement ceremonies

UM to Award Two Honorary Doctorates at May Commencement

The University of Montana will award two Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during its May 13 Commencement exercises. The awardees are UM’s longest-serving president, the late George M....
Longtime UM Dining Director Mark LoParco

Longtime UM Dining Director Retires, One More Omelette Bar on Tap

Mark LoParco's favorite meal at UM is probably an omelette cooked with sausage, mushrooms and smoked Gouda. LoParco, head of UM Dining for 25 years, will retire in May after one last omelette bar,...

UM graduate student Evan Tipton won first place in the Montana Small Business Development Center Shark Tank competition

UM Student Wins Statewide Business Plan Competition

UM graduate student Evan Tipton won first place in the Montana Small Business Development Center Shark Tank competition, held March 12-14 in Helena, for his business to help tour operators manage...

Missoula business owners answer questions from UM business students

Students Quiz Missoula Business Owners on Entrepreneurship

A group of Missoula business owners sat before a class of UM students on Friday to discuss their path through the gauntlet of entrepreneurship, one where they’ve learned to overcome their mistakes...

Jeremy Brown, a former attorney, teamed up with Blackstone LaunchPad

Blackstone LaunchPad, Law Students Team Up to Help Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who turn to the UM’s business incubator have long found advice on vetting an idea, writing a business plan, or seeking the capital. But along the way, Blackstone LaunchPad has...

UM Dining Director Mark LoParco

UM Dining Director Receives Regional Distinguished Service Award

The National Association of College and University Food Services recently honored UM’s dining director with its Regional Director’s Distinguished Service Award. UM Dining’s Mark LoParco received...

Looking south east from Waterworks toward Mount Sentinel

UM Ranks No. 7 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

UM has been named the No. 7 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 30 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide. This year marks the 13th time the University...

Mary Nellis

UM Adviser Wins Fulbright Grant for Travel to Korea

Mary Nellis, an international student adviser at the University of Montana, received a 2017-18 Fulbright grant to travel to the International Education Administrators seminar in Korea this June....

Lady Griz players cheer from the bench

Loyal Lady Griz Fans are Montana at its Finest

For me, a reminder of just what it means to be loyal comes every time I cover the Montana women's basketball team at Dahlberg Arena. You may have heard they've had a rocky season with 22 losses....

Mason Dow and Willem Morris

Students Contribute to Solving Food Waste Crisis

Two UM students are leading an effort to distribute leftover lunchtime food from Missoula high schools to the Poverello Center, where it provides meals for hungry Missoula residents.

Kelly Elder, the 2017 Montana Teacher of the Year, teaches a social studies lesson at C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher

UM alumni and accomplished educators Kelly Elder, Anna Baldwin and Art Amlquist educate, inspire and truly make a difference in their students’ lives. Read their stories in the Montanan. 

Katie Barnes, a second-year culinary arts student at Missoula College UM

Culinary Arts Student Places Second at Student Chef of the Year Competition

Katie Barnes, a second-year culinary arts student at Missoula College UM, placed second at the American Culinary Federation’s Student Chef of the Year competition, winning a silver medal. The...

Students in a Salesforce class at UM

ATG Partners with UM Business School to Teach Salesforce Class

Advanced Technology Group has teamed up with UM to teach a class that allows students to take classroom learning and apply it to real-world business projects and gain firsthand experience in the...

UM media arts student Saif Alsaegh

MFA Student, Iraq Native Hopes to Connect People Through Art

Saif Alsaegh is a Montanan, through and through. He has the Patagonia jacket and Chacos. He loves craft beer. He has a beard — because "everyone in Montana has a beard." Alsaegh, 26, is a...

Skaggs Building at UM

$1.25M Gift Endows Scholarship for Native American Pharmacy Students

The ALSAM Foundation to permanently its Skaggs Scholars Program scholarship at UM. With their $1.25 million gift, they are ensuring that UM can continue to attract and support Native American...

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