Washington-Grizzly Stadium on game day

Griz Football Tops FCS in Attendance for Third Straight Year

For the third-straight season and the sixth time in the last decade, the Montana Grizzlies football team has packed in more fans per game than any other program in FCS football, and in 2016 drew...

UM students and faculty snowshoe in Glacier National Park

Students Head to Polebridge to Learn About Mountains, Community

Here in the Crown of the Continent, 20 UM students gathered for a week in January to learn about Montana's mountains. Connectivity is the theme of the class taught in winter by geography Professor...

Sheila and Hal Stearns

UM President, Spouse Earn 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards

UM President Sheila Stearns and her husband, Hal, received 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards during a Jan. 26 ceremony at the State Capitol in Helena. The couple earned the awards for teaching,...

Aja Sherrard scrubs the writing from a white tile earlier this week

Missoula Artist Washes Away Grief, Her Own and Others'

Aja Sherrard quietly walks up to the wall at the University Center Gallery and picks a ceramic tablet, each lined like notebook paper and arranged in rows. She silently steps over a free-standing...

Copper Sprunk visits a class of third-graders at Gerber Elementary in California

Sprunk Gives, Receives Life Lessons from Adopted Third-Grade Class

Griz football offensive lineman Cooper Sprunk has been mentoring third-graders at Gerber Elementary in California in effort to encourage all children to attend college. Last week, he made the trip...

Barefoot in the Park is the Montana Rep's national touring production for 2017

‘Barefoot in the Park’ Fitting Tribute for Rep's 50th Anniversary

In its 50th anniversary touring production, the Montana Repertory Theatre pays loving homage to Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” and its witty, rapid-fire dialogue and levity in the script, now...

a Peace Corps volunteer works alongside local residents

Missoula Leads Nation in Number of Peace Corps Volunteers

The Peace Corps recently named Missoula the No. 1 metro area for producing volunteers per capita in 2016. Out of every 100,000 residents, 12.3 people in Missoula volunteer with the Peace Corps....

Camp Howard, the new director of UM Dining

UM Dining Hires New Director

UM recently selected Campbell “Camp” Howard as its new director of UM Dining. Howard will begin his new position on Monday, March 13. He will oversee UM Dining’s 25 campus food service locations,...

UM's Mansfield Library

Mansfield Library Now Offers Access to Academic Libraries Statewide

UM students and faculty can now access the library holdings of 16 colleges and universities across the state through a single online search, following the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library’s...

Tamara Gaurdipee reaches for the basketball in a game against Idaho State

Selvig Put His Faith in Montanans

Robin Selvig made dreams come true for hard-working Montana girls. It was always a point of emphasis for the Outlook native, who cleaned out his desk at the end of August after 38 years as head...

Katie Barnes, culinary arts student at Missoula College University of Montana

Culinary Arts Student to Compete for Student Chef of the Year Title

Katie Barnes, a culinary arts student at Missoula College University of Montana, will compete for national recognition at the American Culinary Federation’s Student Chef of the Year competition in...

Former UM Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig speaks at a news conference

Selvig's Impact on Big Sky Conference Hard to Measure

If the most sincere form of flattery is indeed imitation, recently retired Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig must be smiling somewhere. The legacy he has left, not just on the Montana women's...

Walter Wright, a UM basketball player, reading to a group of Elementary students at Hellgate Elementary

Men’s Basketball Team Reads to Hellgate Elementary Students on MLK Jr. Day

Montana men's basketball guard Walter Wright was named MVP on Monday — of reading to kids at Hellgate Elementary. The University of Montana men's basketball team headed to the school on Monday...

Martha Williams teaches a class at UM. Photo by Patrick Record.

Assistant Professor Selected as State Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed UM Assistant Professor Martha Williams to serve as director of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Bullock made the Cabinet announcement Jan. 6.

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...

ceramic art by UM Professor Trey Hill

UM Professor’s Ceramics Featured at Missoula Art Museum

A UM ceramic professor’s works of art are on display through May 13 at the Missoula Art Museum’s exhibit “Binary Form: Ceramic Abstraction by Trey Hill and Andrea Moon.” School of Art Professor...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.”

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...

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...

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...

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