The library is one of the most commonly used places on campus by student veterans and now has a designated veteran’s study room within its walls. The $10,000 to refurnish the lounge came from an Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education grant. The room has newly painted walls, a TV, new furniture, blinds and frosted glass walls for privacy. Read more about the new veterans’ study lounge in the Montana Kaimin.
For the third year in a row, UM is ranked among the top 350 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UM is ranked in the 301-350 level of the 2014-15 list. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the most comprehensive global rankings of higher education institutions, using 13 performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against its core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. View the rankings here.
Hyeok Yun, a UM undergraduate student from South Korea, is gaining a wider perspective on how art therapy and counseling are impacted by disability research. Under the direction of Craig Ravesloot, a research professor at UM’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Hyeok’s work is exposing her to other issues too. Ravesloot also is learning valuable lessons to help him better connect with the South Korean culture. Read more about their cross-cultural exchange.
Every day Steven Running photographs the entire world. Running uses NASA satellites to measure plant health around the world. One of his publications has been cited 6,666 times by other researchers in the business. The large amount of citations has earned the University of Montana ecology professor a distinction as one of the world's "Most Influential Scientific Minds" by Reuters. Read more about Running’s latest accolade in the Montana Kaimin.
Karen Ruth Adams stood before a Model United Nations class at UM on Tuesday, preparing students for careers in public policy, international affairs and high school teaching. While far away from Washington, D.C., this academic environment is fitting for Adams, a professor of political science and scholar who has earned a reputation for predicting world events before they happen. Read more about Adams’ recognition as a “super forecaster.”
More international students are choosing to attend the University of Montana than ever before. UM’s Office of International Programs reports 832 international students enrolled this semester, representing about 5 percent of the entire student population, compared to about 4 percent last year. Currently, 105 students from Brazil are enrolled at UM, second only to Japan’s 109 students. Nearly 80 students from Saudia Arabia are enrolled at UM this fall. Read more about international student enrollment at UM.
The Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute at the University of Montana officially opened its doors Oct. 10. The institute is located in The Payne Family Native American Center. The institute provides flexible classroom designs, advanced distance-learning platforms and a multiscreen theater room that will emphasize storytelling traditions in Native American culture. It occupies the entire garden level of The Payne Family Native American Center. Read more about Cobell’s legacy at UM.
A team led by University of Montana researcher Frank Rosenzweig has been selected for a five-year, $8.9 million NASA grant to study how life evolved and became more complex on Earth. Read more about the grant here.
Rebecca Manners, a UM postdoctoral researcher, will receive $375,000 to explore a solution for managing limited water resources in the southwestern U.S. Learn more about her research in this video.
Kelly Conde, a 2013 graduate of the master’s program in Environmental and Natural Resource Journalism at UM, recently received a prestigious award for her story “The Damage Done.” The Society for Environmental Journalists awarded Conde second place for Outstanding Feature Story. Her in-depth article about the impact of oil drilling and the subsequent water contamination on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was the capstone of her master’s work. Read more about her award. Read Conde’s article.
Annie Belcourt, a University of Montana College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences assistant professor, has accepted an invitation from Harvard University to be a JPB Environmental Health Fellow for the next three years. The fellowship will allow Belcourt, a faculty member in pharmacy practice and public health, to extend her work in environmental health while developing new collaborative research projects aimed at tribal populations in Montana. Read more about Belcourt’s fellowship.
The Social Work Degree Guide recently ranked the UM social work master’s program No. 3 among the “Top 25 Most Affordable Master’s in Social Work Degree Programs 2014.” Noting the program’s supportive learning environment and dedicated and accomplished faculty, UM’s “social work graduate degree program has a rich legacy for creating a cutting-edge learning experience that prepares social workers for 21st century challenges with a unique focus on rural social work practice.” Read the complete ranking here.
Last spring UM Professor Laura Dybdal and Shawn Grove, director of UM VETS Office, partnered with Dan Libby, executive director of the national Veterans Yoga Project, to implement a Mindful Resilience Training for student veterans. Participants reported life improvements and now Dybdal and Grove are expanding it. On Oct. 7, Libby will deliver a lecture at UM and hold training sessions for local health care works and student veterans. Read more about the program and the upcoming lecture.
Private support at the University of Montana gives students and faculty countless opportunities to partner together. Learn about three student-faculty partnerships underway at UM, and how scholarship support has helped these students thrive.
Missoula College has received a nearly $8 million federal grant to give more students an opportunity for educations in health care fields and ultimately fill much-needed, high-paying jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Sept. 29 that 15 two-year community colleges and tribal colleges in Montana will receive a combined $15 million to improve and expand health care training opportunities, and the grant will be administered by Missoula College UM. Read more about the Montana HealthCARE grant.
UM doctoral student Wylie Carr’s research takes him to places where the oceans are rising, the deserts are drying or the ice is melting. Once there, he finds people working on climate change and shows them a short video about climate engineering, then interviews them. Climate engineering, also known as geoengineering, is a controversial, futuristic way for humanity to artificially cool the planet. But it isn’t science fiction. Read more about Carr’s work.
UM recently launched a new Web portal called the American Indian Gateway. The American Indian Gateway provides access to University websites that feature academic programs with a Native focus, research related to American Indian communities, American Indian faculty and staff members, student programs and clubs, Alumni Relations, the University’s Strategic and Diversity Plans, and current news and events across campus and within the Missoula community. Find the American Indian Gateway portal here.
After UM Ph.D. student Michelle Grocke received a Fulbright Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award last spring, she headed to Nepal to get acquainted with her research field sites. She will spend 11 months examining the impact of new road construction on the agriculture, nutrition and overall well-being of the people who reside in the remote Humla District. Read a Q-and-A with Grocke to learn more about her experiences in Nepal.
UM enrollment numbers show a 6.4 percent increase in freshmen students on the Mountain Campus for fall semester 2014. New freshman students totaled 1,597 on the Mountain Campus for fall 2014 – an increase of 96 students. For incoming resident freshmen on the Mountain Campus, UM shows an increase of 4.5 percent in headcount over the previous fall. For nonresident freshmen, UM shows an increase of 9.7 percent in headcount. Read more about UM’s latest enrollment numbers.
The University of Montana aims to educate students about cyber security with a new class. Sherri Davidoff is teaching the course, which is broken up into three parts to include cyber security testing, digital forensics and network traffic analysis. Davidoff says there’s a real need for the kind of skills her students are learning, but there aren’t a lot of schools that offer the kind of cyber security education that UM now does. NBC Montana reports on the new class.
Founded in 1914 by Arthur L. Stone, the University of Montana Journalism School is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Since its start in a few Army surplus tents pitched near Main Hall, the school has been both a source of pride, and at times, a thorn in the side of the university. The Missoulian looks back at 100 years of journalism at UM with this timeline, and considers what lies ahead for the school in this article.
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 have an exhibition of Dove’s work starting on Tuesday and running through the end of January next year. The exhibition will feature a portion of her series called “Corpus of the Unknowable.” Read more about Dove’s art and her upcoming exhibit.
People who apply to the University of Montana next year will automatically be considered for admission to the Davidson Honors College. Before this school year, prospective students had to fill out a separate application to be admitted to the DHC. “The separate application created an artificial obstacle for students,” said James McKusick, dean of the Honors College. “It was one more application.” The Montana Kaimin reports.
The stunning array of weaponry brandished by male animals—be they antlers, horns, mandibles, spurs, or claws—is driven by each species’ individual fighting style, University of Montana scientists have revealed. The finding, which may solve a long-standing evolutionary puzzle, is thanks to perhaps the most impressive weapons proliferator of them all, the male rhinoceros beetle—also the world’s strongest animal. National Geographic's “Weird and Wild” blog reports on the latest findings from UM researchers Doug Elmen and Erin McCullough.
The University of Montana received a $1.5 million boost Friday, making UM’s College of Education and Human Sciences the gifted education hub of Montana and the Northern Rockies. Missoula residents and UM graduates Suzanne and Dave Peterson pledged $1.5 million to the school, funding a professorship that will specialize in gifted education and advanced learning in the classroom. The donation will also fund research into how best to motivate gifted children to succeed. Read more about the Petersons' generous gift.
The University of Montana is ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities across the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. In the 2015 Edition of U.S. News’ Best College rankings, UM tied for 194th place. The University last made the list two years ago, when it was ranked 199. UM is the only Montana institution to make it onto the top 200 list this year. Read more about the U.S. News & World Report ranking.
From antlers to horns, humans have long been fascinated by animals’ ability to defend themselves with their natural-born weapons. Researchers at the University of Montana recently discovered each species’ weapons are structurally adapted to meet their own functional demands of fighting.
The best cybersecurity system in the world isn’t worth a floppy disk if it can be defeated by a child’s birthday balloon. And it probably can, according to Deviant Ollam, who’s plied his hacking skills for everyone from the FBI to the NSA. Ollam made a guest appearance for a roomful of University of Montana students in Sherri Davidoff’s Introduction to Cyber Security class last week. The Missoulian reports on UM’s newest cybersecurity course.
University of Montana President Royce Engstrom delivered the annual State of the University Address on Aug. 22, 2014, in which he outlined institutional priorities for the coming year and introduced new faculty members and administrators. Watch the address and see other UM videos on UM's YouTube channel.
Student-athletes thrive at UM, students like Derek Crittenden, Griz defensive end and 4.0 chemistry major. Crittenden recently sat down with the UM Foundation for an interview about his time as a Griz and his plans for the chemistry degree he'll earn at the end of the academic year. Read the Q-and-A here.
A new international study is giving scientists more insight into understanding the process of the domestication of animals. Jeffrey Good, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Montana, is one of the co-authors of the study. Good worked with an international team of scientists on the report trying to better understand the genetic changes that transform wild animals into domesticated ones. Read more about Good’s study.
Fall semester began Aug. 25 with a flurry of activity on campus and all over Missoula. The Peers Connection Network in the Office for Student Success captured some of excitement this week and the many adventures that lie ahead for UM students in this video.
From the moment she arrived at the University of Montana in 2010, Helena native Mara Menahan has been making the most of her UM experience. She enrolled in the Davidson Honors College, biked across Bhutan, attended UN climate change negotiations in Warsaw, won Udall and Truman scholarships and was named a Newman Civic Fellow. Now that she’s preparing to graduate in December, Menahan reflects on what made her time at UM so successful.
Two is company, three is a crowd. But in the case of the cicada, that’s a good thing. A recent discovery in a University of Montana research lab found that there are actually three bacterial symbionts producing the nutrients cicada need to survive, whereas previously there was only believed to be two. Their work was published in the Aug. 28 issue of Cell. UM microbiologist John McCutcheon explains in this video.
UM is committed to helping students find a career that fulfills their personal and professional goals. Career Services can help students select majors, review and revise resumes and learn the art of interviewing well. This week, Career Services hosts the Student Employment and Academic Enrichment Fair, where students seeking part-time work can connect with employers. Visit the Career Services website to learn more about the fair and the other assistance the office offers UM students.
Meet Jordan Sullivan, former Lady Griz standout who graduated from UM this past May. Sullivan closed out her four-year Lady Griz career averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game, but her accomplishments didn't end on the court. She was named Most Inspirational Player and received the Outstanding Senior Award and the 2014 Athlete in Service Award.
With the right connections in place and the power of a good idea, a new business can move fast. Just ask Matt Gangloff and Andrew Burrington, who have seen an influx of funding and interest since the duo won the School of Business Administration’s Fall 2013 Business Plan Competition and founded New Leaf Environmental Monitoring. Read more about their product, which provides a low-cost way to monitor how natural gas from fracking operations impacts human health.
Aiden Reichman is at the threshold of adult life. The 19-year-old college sophomore is moving into his dorm and starting his 16-credit semester. But this fall might be considerably more difficult. Instead of gearing up to meet President Barak Obama, like he did in through an internship in 2013, Reichman is gearing up to stay well enough to survive his political science classes while undergoing his second round of chemotherapy. Read more about Reichman's fight.
According to a “Smart Rating” developed by FindTheBest, Montana has the best overall colleges in the U.S. FindTheBest used a weighted average of rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Forbes, along with data from the National Center for Education Statistics, to determine each state’s smart rating. Click here to see a map of how FindTheBest ranked each state.
UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver his annual State of the University Address and host the official groundbreaking for the new Missoula College building on Friday, Aug. 22. The public is invited to both events. During his State of the University Address, Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the coming year and introduce new faculty members and administrators. Following the address, the Missoula College groundbreaking will take place on East Broadway. Read more about both events.
Ground was broken Wednesday on the University of Montana campus for a new athletics academic center, and the occasion doubled as an opportunity for Director of Athletics Kent Haslam to announce a $1 million gift that will go toward additional facility improvements. The building will be constructed and equipped at a cost of $2.5 million, all of which came from private support. Read more about the new facility.
The countdown to the 2014-15 academic year is underway at UM with classes slated to begin Monday. That means 13,000 new Missoula residents are arriving in town, renewing the energy of this college city. Orientation begins Thursday. On Friday, UM President Royce Engstrom will deliver his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m., followed by a groundbreaking ceremony for Missoula College at the new location on East Broadway. Read more about the pending semester.
UM is the first university in the nation to be part of software giant Symantec’s Academic Alliances Program. Earlier this spring, Symantec made a $100,000 in-kind donation to UM that included a server, software, data and support for a two-week, big data-focused summer course. Business, computer science and law students are taking the course. This week, Symantec executives are at UM to see the the eDiscovery Law and Practice course in action. Read more about this unique partnership.
UM, in partnership with the Missoula Public Library’s The Big Read program, has selected “The Things They Carried” by National Book Award-winner Tim O’Brien as the 2014 First-Year Reading Experience book. All first-year students at UM are invited to participate in the First-Year Reading Experience. This is the first time UM has partnered with the Missoula community to share a common read. Read more about this year’s title.
Each year, a handful of outstanding students are selected to participate in the 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. This summer, Andrew Closson, an honors student from the University of Maine, was one of six undergraduates was selected. Closson is conducting research with mentors Andrij Holian, SURP adviser and CEHS director, and Ray Hamilton. Read more about Closson’s research.
Effie Koehn, UM director of Foreign Student and Scholar Services, said international student enrollment continues to grow, passing the 600 mark last year. “Their orientation starts three days before the regular orientation starts,” Koehn said. “We introduce them to the different services and the people in charge of those services.” The efforts also involve the Global Partners Program and the Missoula International Friendship Program, where new students make friends within the community. Read more about international students.
The Global Leadership Initiative at the University of Montana creates an opportunity for students to ask some of the most pressing questions of the 21st century while gaining the skills necessary to find the answers. Launched in 2011, the first class of GLI Fellows is now nearing their senior year at UM, with students wrapping up the global experiences of their junior year. Read about their worldly adventures on the GLI blog, Beyond the Classroom.
As a biochemistry major, Katie Dorsett is interested in the connections between human diseases and environmental science. This summer, she is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Dorsett is working with mentors Zeina Jaffar and Kevan Roberts to study the role certain cells play in the development of asthma. Read more about her research.
UM archaeological field school students, graduate student research assistants and First Nations partners worked together this summer to expose ancient house floors in Housepit 54 at the Bridge River archaeological site in British Columbia. The site is a housepit village in the Middle Fraser Canyon with 80 houses and occupation dates spanning the mid-19th century back to nearly 2,000 years ago. Learn more about UM’s work at the Bridge River site.
Meet Elena Beideck, a visiting honors student from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Beideck is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program and conducting research with mentor Chris Migliaccio, a faculty member in UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Over the course of the summer, they are researching the potential therapeutic uses of nanomaterials. Read more about Beideck’s project and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UM.
A delegation of high-level Chinese ambassadors will stop this week in Missoula, one of just three U.S. cities listed on their North American tour. Organized by the Mansfield Center at UM, the stop in Missoula includes talks with university officials, Gov. Steve Bullock and state business leaders, among others. The exchange will focus in part on economic trade, energy, internet technology and academic exchanges. Read more about the delegation’s visit.
Three UM faculty members are lauded in the recent publication “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for publishing the greatest number of highly cited papers between 2002 and 2012. UM Regents Professor of Ecology Steven Running is listed in the Geosciences section and Associate Professor of Conservation Ecology Gordon Luikart and biology Professor Ragan Callaway are listed in the Environment/Ecology section. Read more about the professors’ ranking.
Meet Jaxie Friedman, a visiting honors student from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. Friedman is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program and conducting research with mentor Fernando Cardozo-Pelaez, a faculty member in UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Over the course of the summer, Friedman and Cardozo-Pelaez are researching the neurochemical and behavioral effects that pesticides can cause in the brain in order to better understand Parkinson’s disease. Read more about Friedman’s research at UM.
UM received unprecedented private support in fiscal year 2014, with donations totaling $53.7 million. This is a $16.3 million increase over the previous record, set in 2008. In July 2013, the UM Foundation set out to raise an extra $45 million for students over a three-year period. After one year, the “Investing in Student Success” initiative has received $22 million. Read more about how alumni and friends and joining the UM Foundation to invest in student success.
The official title of the seminar was “Recent Advances in Applying Genetics and Genomics to Conservation,” but it was really about family. Dozens of scientists who started their careers under the wing of UM geneticist Fred Allendorf came to celebrate his influence at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology in Missoula on Monday. Read more about how Allendorf and his former students have made vast contributions to conservation management.
The Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants recently awarded UM accounting Associate Professor Kenton Swift the 2014 Jack Kempner Outstanding Educator Award. The award honors an educator who is distinguished for excellence in classroom teaching, motivating students and educational innovation. The award also recognizes Swift’s contributions to the accounting profession. Read more about what makes Swift an outstanding educator.
On a switchback overlooking the Missoula Valley, UM visiting Professor Robert Pal knelt down and pulled a Jim Hill mustard plant – aka tumbleweed – from the arid soil alongside the trail. The plant’s stems included tens of thousands of seeds waiting to burst forth and proliferate. Pal, a botanist and ecologist from the University of Pecs in Hungary, recently arrived at UM on a Marie Curie Fellowship. Read more about what Pal found on Sentinel.
Ten new family doctors were selected as the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana’s second class. The new residents began their intensive orientation earlier this month at the Partnership Health Center, where they learned about electronic medical records and spent time with a senior physician to learn how to prevent burnout in their career. The program is sponsored by UM as part of the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. Read more about residency program.
Meet Harley Fredriksen, a visiting honors student from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Fredriksen is participating in UM's Summer Undergraduate Research Program and conducting research with mentor Dr. Yoon Hee Cho, a faculty member in UM's Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Over the course of the summer, Harley and Cho are researching changes in DNA that man-made nanomaterials can cause in order to better understand the genetic and health impacts of nanomaterial exposure. Read more about Fredriksen's project here.
In recent weeks the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, has emerged as a major insurgency. Evidence now suggests they are using illicit antiquity trafficking to fund their growth and arm their members. Such profiteering fits well with a longstanding pattern in the region, says Thomas Livoti, a Ph.D. student at UM who is studying the impact of counterinsurgencies on archaeological sites. Read more about Livoti’s work in this National Geographic article.
Longtime UM law professor “Duke” William Crowley passed away recently at age 91, but while he’s gone from this world, his legacy as a friend, a professor and the principal draftsman of the Montana Criminal Code will linger. The school estimates that more than 3,000 law students attended his classes over the years. He left them rich with knowledge and stories they wouldn’t soon forget. Read more about Crowley’s legacy.
Reed Humphrey, director of UM’s School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, has accepted the position of dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. Humphrey will begin his new role as dean on July 1. He replaces Dean David Forbes, who recently retired after leading the college for many years. Read more about Humphrey and his new role.
UM alumna and Assistant Professor Annie Belcourt (Otter Woman) is approaching health disparities among Native American populations from many angles. She’s working to improve indoor air quality in Nez Perce and Navajo communities. She helps community members promote health by telling their own stories through digital media, and she’s actively involved in bringing more Native Americans into academia. This article explores Belcourt’s interdisciplinary work.
With his boxes packed and a picture of his golden retriever on the computer screen, David Forbes is already dreaming of life’s next chapter, one that will allow time for golf and a trip to Europe with an uncertain return date. Forbes, dean of the University of Montana’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, will retire at the end of this month, marking the end of a 26-year career. Read more about Forbes’ successful career at UM.
As a human biology and psychology major, Sarah Kinsey is very interested in the connections between human health and environmental science. This summer, she is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Kinsey is working with mentor Liz Putnam to study the role a specific protein plays in the development of lung fibrosis after exposure to asbestos that may lead to future asbestosis treatments. Read more about her research.
UM is part of a new national network that recently received a three-year, $2.4 million grant to increase the number of indigenous Americans obtaining advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has formed a three-year collaboration with the Montana University System; as well as the University of Alaska, the University of Arizona and Purdue University. Read more about the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership.
Graduate student Matthew Ferguson is spending his summer conducting research at UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. His goal is to understand the cause of health effects due to the inhalation of small particles in the air, known as particulate matter. Ferguson is currently investigating seasonal differences on the health effects of outdoor particulate matter, and how home wood stove usage influences particulate matter levels. Read more about Ferguson’s research.
A current exhibit at the Mansfield Library titled “Women in Montana Politics” features photographs and documents from well-known early 20th century suffragists along with information on contemporary activists and politicians. Archives specialist Carlie Magill and fellow Archives Specialist Kellyn Younggren spent nearly three months curating the exhibit, which is featured in display cases on the fourth floor of the library, as well as online. Read more about the exhibit in the Montanan magazine.
The UM School of Journalism has created a second visiting professorship that will allow the school to bring a high-profile journalist to campus each spring semester to teach a course to advanced journalism students and to mentor students at the Montana Kaimin newspaper. Since 2001 the school has had the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professorship. The school recently announced a second endowment that will expand the program to spring semester. Read more about the Pollner professorship.
George Stanley Jr. has gone retro. Stanley is a geoscience professor and paleontologist at UM. He learns and teaches prehistoric life. He is also the director of the school's Paleontology Center. Its fossil collection is mammoth. While modern Missoula is Stanley's home, ancient volcanic islands are his place. Read about how Stanley’s work takes him to remote Canadian mountain ranges, central China and more.
UM School of Journalism students and recent graduates are cleaning up at regional and national competitions. In early June, Christoper Allen and Ruth Eddy won first and second place, respectively, in the radio news category at the Hearst Intercollegiate Journalism Awards competition in Washington, D.C. And just a few days later, five UM journalism projects received student Emmy Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. Read more about UM’s talented journalism students.
Hedge fund founder Renée Haugerud works in a corner office of the landmarked Beaux Arts Scribner Building on New York City’s busy Fifth Avenue. But the ideas that brought her here are rooted in a tiny log cabin near Montana’s Blackfoot River, surrounded by groves of larches, Douglas firs, lodgepoles and ponderosa pines. The 1980 graduate of the UM School of Forestry is now the chief investment officer of Galtere, Ltd. Read more about Haugerud in the Montanan magazine.
Learn more about the Flathead Lake Biological Station, UM's unique ecological research and education center located in Yellow Bay on Flathead Lake. For over 100 years, FLBS scientists have conducted research focused on the Crown of the Continent ecosystem while educating college students and the public through academic programs and community outreach.
His American students call him “Gee-Wiz” - and now the chemistry wizard’s science experiments have delighted New Zealand kids in Wellington. Professor Garon Smith, 67, is on sabbatical from his job as a chemistry lecturer at UM, and is making the most of his sight-seeing and tramping trip to Middle-earth by touring schools with his bag of tricks. Read more about Professor Smith’s travels across New Zealand.
This February, Provost Perry Brown announced UM’s new Brain Initiative. UM already is known for the bench research it conducts through the Montana Neuroscience Institute, a collaboration with St. Patrick Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health-funded Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience. But this new project would consolidate brain research from across the University. Read more about the Brain Initiative in the spring issue of the Montanan, UM’s award-winning magazine.
On June 2, UM hosted its annual Retirees Luncheon, where former UM faculty and staff members came together to socialize and recognize the newest crop of retirees. More than 65 people retired from UM this year, including Vernon Grund, who served as UM’s associate dean for research and graduate education for the College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences. Vernon was instrumental in establishing what has become one of the strongest and most widely recognized research units on campus. Read more about this year’s retirees.
On June 2, UM hosted its annual Retirees Luncheon, where former UM faculty and staff members come together to socialize and recognize the newest crop of retirees. More than 65 people retired from UM this year, including Dan Pletscher, who led the UM Wildlife Biology Program for nearly 20 years. Dan built one of the nation’s most prestigious research and teaching programs in wildlife biology and management. Read more about this year’s retirees.
The spring semester was just coming to a close when Patrick O’Connor received the news: UM Department of History doctoral candidate will be the first George M. and Jane I. Dennison Doctoral Fellow. O’Connor’s research focuses primarily on the social, political and intellectual histories of 19th-century America. The fellowship honors former UM President George Dennison and his wife, Jane, for the many contributions they made to the University. Read more about the first Dennison Doctoral Fellow.
UM student Mariah Williams will serve as the next student regent on the state Board of Regents. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Williams to the post earlier this month. Williams served as a senator on the Associated Students of UM and as its vice president. She earned her undergraduate degree this spring and will attend UM as a graduate student in the fall. Learn more about Williams and the other regents that govern the Montana University System.
UM College of Forestry and Conservation fire science Professor Ron Wakimoto recently received the Biswell Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Fire Ecology. The AFE gives up to three lifetime achievement awards each year to individuals who have made a significant contribution to fire ecology and management in the U.S. and have inspired and mentored a generation of fire ecologists. Read more about Professor Wakimoto’s award.
The 2014 summer season starts with a celebration for Flathead Lake as UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station has exceeded its $1 million goal to match a lake monitoring challenge grant. In late 2011, FLBS began a three-year campaign to raise a $1 million endowment to match a pledge for its Flathead Lake Research and Monitoring Program. Hundreds of families, foundations and businesses came through with gifts large and small. Read more about the successful campaign.
Twenty-two years after its inception, Camas, a magazine published twice a year by the Environmental Studies Program at UM, has stayed true to the its environmental roots, connecting people to place while exposing the relationships that flow between. The inaugural edition from 1992 remains on file in the office and includes the works of Dave Thomas, Karin Schalm and Leslie Ryan. The magazine has changed over the years in voice and style. Read more about Camas.
Twelve UM students on the Montana Model United Nations Team returned from a national conference in New York City with an award for representing the Pacific Island nation of Fiji. For the overall excellence of their work, the Montana Model U.N. Team was named a Distinguished Delegation, an award given to only 25 percent of the 193 countries represented at the conference. Read more about the students’ experience at the national U.N. conference.
Almost three years after he first wrote the script, Mathew Miller and his filmmaking partner Brandon Woodard have the finish line in sight for their first feature film, “Subterranea.” “Subterranea” is a film adaptation a 1997 concept album of the same name from the British progressive rock band I.Q. The pre-production work for the film was also the basis of Miller and Woodard’s MFA thesis project in the Media Arts program at UM. Read more about the UM grads’ film.
James R. Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association, will deliver remarks during the UM School of Law Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Eighty students will graduate from the school. Silkenat is a partner in the New York office of the national law firm Sullivan & Worcester and is a member of its corporate department. Read more about the School of Law Commencement.
UM Presidential Leadership Scholarships have been awarded to 33 exceptional incoming UM freshmen. The scholarships recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, leadership and contribution to the community. This year’s scholarship winners were chosen from a field of more than 400 qualified applicants. Scholarship recipients become members of UM’s Davidson Honors College and receive a four year tuition waiver plus an additional $5,000 to $7,500 per year. Read more about this year’s scholarship winners.
The UM School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs have announced the winners of the 25th annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition. UM business school undergraduate students Matthew Gangloff and Andrew Burrington and MBA student Kyle Marshall won the top award of $10,000 for their business plan, New Leaf Environmental. Read more about the teams that competed in the competition.
UM has completed an environmental assessment for its planned Missoula College building. After careful review, UM President Royce Engstrom announced May 21 that he has determined constructing the project at 1205 E. Broadway would result in no significant impacts on the environment. The complete EA is now available online. Read more about Engstrom’s decision and find a link to the EA online here.
UM tennis player Maddy Murray was recently named the recipient of the ITA’s Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the organization’s Mountain Region, a territory that covers eight states. The award is based not only on leadership and sportsmanship, but scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements as well. Murray graduated May 17 with a GPA of 3.9 as a mathematics major in the Davidson Honors College. Read more about Murray’s accomplishments on and off the court.
Saturday, May 17, was a beautiful day for Commencement ceremonies at UM. Thousands of students received their degrees while their families and supporters watched on from inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock offered some solid advice in his Commencement address. View a photo album of graduation photos on UM’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/umontana.
The Bitterroot College UM held its first formal graduation on Friday afternoon. “Education is its own reward,” director Victoria Clark told the graduates. The degree candidates wore their caps and gowns, while faculty and school administration wore their full regalia: doctoral and master’s degree hoods, caps and fancy sleeves. Twenty-six students earned their Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees. Read more about Bitterroot College’s ceremony.
Recent UM grad Christina Bloemen leaves for Ukraine in September to teach English and serve as a cultural ambassador on behalf of the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship. Making the cut as a Fulbright scholar is no easy task, but Bloemen never took the easy route through college. At 21, her academic vitae already reads like a professional twice her age, starting with leadership roles in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Read more about Bloeman’s accomplishments.
UM has received a $45 million cooperative agreement award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency announced May 16. The five-year research award is the largest in the history of UM. Under the agreement, UM will help the Corps study and solve environmental and cultural resource problems across the nation and will assist in implementing land and water ecological restoration, maintenance and training for optimal management of public resources. Read more about the $45 million award.
A unique perspective and five long days of work are paying off for a UM graduate student and three alumni. The filmmaking team Wheelhouse Missoula – comprising current and former UM School of Media Arts students – recently won the prestigious PBS P.O.V. Award and the Best Experimental Film Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto for their short documentary “20/Nothing.” Read more about the film and the award.
Every year, thousands of people die on the streets and highways of the United States because of distracted drivers. Hundreds of thousands are injured. Campaigns and laws aim to reduce that number, but are they making any difference? Seniors in the UM School of Journalism’s Department of Radio-Television have produced a TV program exploring the impact of distracted driving on Montanans. “Distracted: Eyes Off the Road” will air on MontanaPBS at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. Read more about the documentary.
About 3,600 graduates and degree candidates are invited to participate in the University of Montana’s 117th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The general ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The stadium opens at 8 a.m., and guests should be seated in the westside seating area by 9:30 a.m. No tickets are required. Read more about this year's Commencement events.
There was a day when Sarah Smith had no plans to graduate high school. At 16 and with a baby on the way, getting that diploma was a secondary concern. But Smith dug deep and found her resolve. She finished high school and is now graduating from Missoula College with high honors, becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree. Read more about what Smith has accomplished.
When he’s out for a bike ride in the Rattlesnake or taking a day trip around the Missoula area, Gary Batzloff might come upon on interesting spot on the landscape. He marks these areas with a GPS device, either a Garmin, or his watch. Back in the studio, the ceramics and sculpture technician at UM’s Art Annex has turned the geolocation data into his latest series of work, called “Mountaintop/Riverbottom.” Read more about Batzloff's art.
Students in the University of Montana's Athletic Training Program discuss their experiences and how the curriculum prepares them to practice as Certified Athletic Trainers.
Nathaniel Levtow has had an exciting semester. The UM religious studies professor is the recipient of a Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Levtow will spend a semester conducting research at the American Academy in Berlin, where he will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with American and German academic, corporate, cultural and political leaders. Read more about Levtow’s unique research.
UM history Professor Kyle Volk is an inspirational educator who holds his students to the highest expectations, so it was no surprise to his students and colleagues when he recently was awarded the 2014 College of Humanities and Sciences’ Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award. Since coming to UM in 2007, Volk quickly has become a prominent figure in the history department. Read more about Volk’s dedication to his students.
As a professor at UM, Joel Berger makes his living in classrooms. But his real passion is outside, in some of the most inhospitable places on earth. Berger has done research across five continents, including the Arctic region of Alaska, the Tibetan Plateau, and Mongolia. His friend and fellow conservationist Clayton Miller says Berger is the kind of guy who would follow his heart - practically to the ends of the earth. Read more about Berger and his work.
UM student Whitney Snow, of Olympia, Wash., recently was awarded the American Indian Business Leaders 2013-14 Student of the Year award. She was recognized at the 20th annual American Indian Business Leaders conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. Snow is a junior majoring in political science with a minor in Native American studies. She has been a member of the AIBL UM student chapter for the past three years, and currently serves as its president. Read more about Snow’s award and AIBL at UM.
UM student Rebecca Collins recently named the winner of the inaugural Phi Beta Kappa Association of Western Montana Essay Contest. Her essay, titled “Reflecting the Active World,” exposes her love of connecting her studies and self-reflection to action while at UM. In the fall, she plans to complete 12 credits of independent study on the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage in southern France and northern Spain. Read more about Collins’ essay and her plans.
Mona Schwartz, a UM junior from Bozeman, will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer as the recipient of the 2014 J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship. Schwartz, who majors in political science with a double minor in international development studies and Latin American studies, will serve as a summer intern for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. Read more about the Kimmitt internship.
Kevin Trout is a Ph.D. student in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences who studies the inflammatory reaction to implantable medical devices. “I chose to attend graduate school at the University of Montana for the training to become an effective researcher and independent scientist,” Trout says. “At UM, outstanding faculty in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences make the success of each individual student a priority.” Read more about Trout’s research.
There are very few competitions where the rules have to expressly prohibit hacking another participant’s computer. On Saturday, UM hosted the inaugural Cyber Triathlon, which pitted teams against one another in a series of digital puzzles. The competition was the kickoff to Big Data Week, an international event focusing on the social, political and technological effects of data. Read more about the Cyber Triathlon.
This will go down as a record-breaking year for fundraising at UM. The UM Foundation has received $37.4 million in donations and pledges this fiscal year, which began July 1. This breaks a record set in 2008, when fundraising totaled $36.7 million. This year’s total comes from 10,000 individual gifts. “We are tremendously grateful to all who have contributed this year,” said UM President Royce Engstrom. Read more about the recent donations to UM.
When Joel Henry stepped away from his job teaching computer science at UM to attend law school, he couldn’t know that his interest in searching piles of electronic legal data would spin into a new company. But with the support of the Technology Transfer Office at UM, and backed with the school’s support, Henry’s new business has won high reviews. Read more about how Agile Legal Technology.
One day last summer, Michael LeMoine, a Ph.D. candidate in fisheries biology at UM, carried a nondescript cardboard box into the Missoula FedEx office. Inside it was a jar of ethanol containing a single specimen of a new species of sculpin. The woman at the counter asked LeMoine for the value of the contents. He hesitated, considering. Read more about how UM researchers helped discover a new species.
Data impacts all of our lives, from how businesses cater to our demands to how governments allocate resources. Missoula is home to several companies and organizations that work with big data, including UM. That’s why a group of forward-looking folks have organized the first-ever Big Data Week in Missoula, set for May 5-9, with the Montana Cyber Triathlon at UM kicking things off on Saturday, May 3. Read more about Big Data Week.
When you think of animals at risk, muskoxen probably don't leap immediately to mind. Unless you're Joel Berger. The UM professor of wildlife conservation studies the effects of climate change on large mammals, such as musk¬oxen and wild yaks. He's also one of six finalists for the Indianapolis Prize, a $250,000 award given every two years by the Indianapolis Zoo. Read Berger’s recent interview with the Indianapolis Star.
Students in UM's Teacher Education program discuss their experiences and how the curriculum prepares them to educate the next generation.
The best way to spark collaboration among journalists, scientists and conservationists might just be to corral them on a Rocky Mountain Front ranch. Researchers, conservation advocates, journalists and journalism students gathered at the Boone and Crockett Club’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch near Dupuyer over Easter weekend to examine barriers to effective storytelling on scientific research and large-landscape conservation in the Northern Rockies. Read more about the 2014 Story Lab Retreat.
The power to hunt down a terrorist like Osama bin Laden may not be enough to protect the United States from the folly of its own spending problems, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a Missoula audience Thursday. Panetta gave UM’s annual Jones-Tamm Judicial Lecture on April 24. Read more about Panetta’s lecture in the Missoulian.
From Missoula classrooms to the Peruvian rainforest, UM Professor Erick Greene’s work makes an impact on students and his colleagues. So much so, that he received the 2014 UM College of Humanities and Sciences Award for Teaching Across the Curriculum. A professor in the Division of Biological Sciences who has been with UM for 23 years, he is known as a talented, passionate and accomplished educator. Read more about Greene’s award-winning work.
Stephen Kalm, dean of UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, took to the stage on April 22 in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, where he performed in the Harry Partch opera “The Wayward” as part of an inventive series titled “collected stories: hero” by Carnegie composer-in-residence David Lang. A New York Times music critic was in the audience that night and his review hails Kalm as a “dynamic performer.” Read the NYT review here.
During his lengthy career with National Public Radio, Larry Abramson has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, chronicled the recovery of New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina and analyzed civil liberties turmoil after 9/11. His next adventure: leading the University of Montana School of Journalism as dean. Abramson, formerly the national security correspondent for NPR in Washington, D.C., was selected for the position after an extended national search. Read more about UM’s new journalism dean.
UM has received $5 million to endow a scholarship fund for Montana students with financial need. The gift came from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The gift includes $144,000 for scholarships to be awarded to next fall’s freshmen. Twelve students will receive $3,000 scholarships that are renewable for four years. The remainder of the gift will be placed in an endowment. Read more about this latest’s gift for student scholarships.
UM student Mara Menahan has earned another prestigious award. This week it was announced that Menahan is a recipient of the Truman Scholarship, a national award that provides top U.S. university student leaders up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school. Menahan is a Davidson Honors College student who majors in environmental studies and geography with minors in climate change studies and wilderness studies. Read more about UM’s 14th Truman Scholar.
UM Professor Carl Seielstad recently earned the 2013 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award from a national interagency wildfire committee. The award is given to firefighters who are exceptional mentors and leaders. In selecting him for the honor, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group leadership subcommittee noted Seielstad’s visionary leadership. He is the first UM faculty member to receive the honor. Read more about Seielstad’s award.
If Hollywood made movies about philosophers the way it does athletes, then UM’s top finish in the national ethics bowl might fall in the class of “Rudy,” “Rocky III” or, even better, “The Natural.” While their underdog story isn’t likely to appear in a theater near you, the UM team took top honors last month at the 18th annual International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Read about the feat that could rank as this year’s Cinderella story.
Five Valleys Land Trust and UM’s Wildland Restoration Program teamed up Saturday to host a volunteer day at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Clark Fork River. Some 60 volunteers gathered to help build a trail along the Clark Fork River, giving recreationists access to land that went untouched for years. Local news station KPAX reports on the project.
Students in Missoula and afar now can take advantage of UM’s first Bachelor of Arts degree that can be earned fully online. Beginning autumn semester 2014, the UM School of Media Arts will launch its online bachelor’s degree in integrated digital media. The program will allow students to tap their creative potential through the study and artistic application of emerging digital technologies. Read more about UM's exciting new media arts degree.
UM sophomore Hope Radford won a $5,000 2014 Udall Scholarship, contributing to a new No. 37 legacy by becoming the 37th Udall Scholar in the school’s history. At the start of her Community, Consumption and Environment class on Thursday morning, Radford was surprised by UM President Royce Engstrom and faculty and staff members who had supported her Udall application. Read more about Radford’s award.
A new film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act examines the transformative power of untrammeled wilderness on youth and the importance of getting people of all ages into Montana’s backcountry. 'Untrammeled' premieres April 8 in the UC Theater.
UM is working to bolster veteran support and services on campus, including launching an effort to help students create degree plans and revitalizing the UM chapter of Student Veterans of America. Several programs at UM have recently increased their advising services with great success. Now, through the direction of the Undergraduate Advising Center, more than 40 advisers across campus will work with students receiving Veterans Affairs Education Benefits. Read more about how UM supports veterans.
UM's Lubrecht Forest is an 28,000-acre experimental forest 30 miles east of Missoula. In addition to providing a living classroom for UM students, it is open to the public and offers lodging and miles of trails for cross-country skiing and hiking. Learn more in this short video produced by UM's media arts students.
Meet Jennene Lyda, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Lyda studies the way genetics and the environment can lead to the progression of diseases, with a focus on Parkinson’s disease. This condition is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, and is projected to rise. Read more about Lyda’s research.
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Campus Compact recently honored UM student Mara Menahan as a Newman Civic Fellow. Menahan, a senior from Helena, is one of eight Montana students recognized this year. The recognition honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change in communities throughout the country. Menahan is double majoring in environmental studies and geography with minors in climate change studies and wilderness studies. Read more about Menahan’s fellowship.
UM recently welcome a new round of international students as part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, a government-funded initiative to send 100,000 Brazilian students to study in science-related disciplines at universities around the world. The first round of Brazilian students arrived at UM in spring 2012, and enrollment has since increased. Read more about the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program at UM.
Beth Lo came to Montana for adventure, and set about establishing a prolific career. She’s a ceramic artist who’s won praise around the globe. She’s a UM professor, heading a department once led by her mentor, pioneering ceramicist Rudy Autio. As she accepted her Individual Artist Award on Tuesday at the Missoula Cultural Council’s annual awards luncheon, she credited the environment here and the people she found for helping her. Read more about the MCC awards.
Blackstone LaunchPad at UM is here to help students with an entrepreneurial dream seize opportunity. "If we can empower people to try, then great things will happen," says UM Director of Technology Transfer Joe Fanguy.
UM has published a new e-magazine titled Crown of the Continent and the Greater Yellowstone. Filled with stunning photos and informative stories about the Glacier and Yellowstone park regions, the 78-page magazine is online at http://bit.ly/OoQ4ya. Articles discuss mountain goats, Montana landscapes, land use, a 93-year-old ranger, grizzly bears, explorers, wolves, wilderness and much more, including a book review and art section. Read the latest issue of the e-magazine here.
A 1953 UM alumnus has committed $11 million of his estate for academic scholarships at his alma mater, the largest pledge for scholarships in the history of the University. Tom Cotter, of Palo Alto, Calif., is retired from a successful career in the investment field. The gift is a big show of support for UM’s Investing in Student Success Initiative, launched by UM President Engstrom last summer. Read more about Cotter’s generous gift here.
UM has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to ensure educational accessibility for people with disabilities. The resolution agreement outlines a comprehensive set of policies and procedures so all electronic and information technology at UM can be used by the blind and other students with disabilities. Read more about UM’s commitment to accessibility.
Missoula College culinary arts student William Gervais won a bronze medal at the American Culinary Federation Western Regional competition March 3 in Oakland, Calif. Gervais competed in the one-hour category SK Student Culinarian of the Year portion against three other students selected from culinary programs in 13 Western states. Read more about Gervais’ performance at the competition.
UM Associate Professor Nate McCrady is part of a new project called Minerva that is on the hunt for rocky planets similar to the Earth around 100 nearby stars. The project involves four telescopes, each worth about $250,000 and owned by a different institution. McCrady says the telescopes will work together — flying in formation — to create the power of a telescope with a 1.4-meter mirror. Read more about the Minerva project.
When Tom Stergios opened Advanced Technology Group’s Missoula Solution Center, he did so with a handful of employees, banking on the quality of University of Montana School of Business Administration graduates. Three years later, the IT consulting firm office has expanded to nearly 60 employees, including new hires at an emerging affiliate, Ingenium, which launched this winter. Read more about the exciting work UM grads are doing at ATG.
UM law student Shannon Hathaway was recently named a Champion of Justice by the Montana Justice Foundation for her efforts to involve students in pro bono and civic engagement. As president of the Montana Public Interest Law Coalition and an officer with the Student Bar Association, she works tirelessly to promote the opportunities and need for law students to become involved in public interest law. Read more about Hathaway’s award.
The Montana Board of Regents on March 7 approved a proposal by UM to open the Neural Injury Center, empowering students with traumatic brain injury and other neural injuries to access support and services from departments and colleges across campus. The NIC is not a physical space as yet, but rather a collaborative of expertise on campus and an extension of UM’s ongoing, interdisciplinary Brain Initiative. Read more about the Neural Injury Center.
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has made a $2.4 million gift to the Montana Digital Academy at UM to launch a statewide project designed to help students avoid remedial coursework when they attend college. During the next three years, the Montana Digital Academy will test EdReady, a curriculum from the National Repository of Online Courses that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more about EdReady.
A team of UM students recently won the 18th International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl after competing against undergraduate students from 32 different universities. Students Hayden Hooker and Joel Johnson both are seniors studying philosophy; Alan Rolph is a senior studying political science and journalism; and team coach Neil Bennett is a graduate student pursuing a master’s in economics. This is the first UM team to win the competition since 1997. Read more about the Ethics Bowl winners.
A UM alumnus has committed $1.5 million of his estate to the College of Forestry and Conservation. The gift from Earle Layser and his late wife, Pattie, of Alta, Wyo., will endow a professorship in conservation biology and policy. The position will be called the Earle and Pattie Layser Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Conservation Biology and Policy. Read more about the Laysers’ generous gift.
The UM School of Law has announced the largest outright gift in its history from Alexander “Zander” Blewett III and his wife, Andy, of Great Falls. The $800,000 gift will create the Blewett Scholars Fund, providing three scholarships to incoming students who have first earned bachelor’s degrees from Montana State University in Bozeman. Read more about the Blewetts’ generous donation.
Janisse Ray, Kittredge Visiting Writer in Environmental Studies, glances around the room, takes a breath and begins. She talks with a slight southern drawl, her Georgia roots apparent with each passing word. Her audience of 45 watches, completely immersed in her poems. It’s a Thursday night at UM’s FLAT studio, and the crowd is gathered for the weekly Wild Mercy reading. Read more about the Wild Mercy reading series.
The Montana women's and men's cross country teams both were named USTFCCCA All-Academic, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced this week. It was the fourth time in the past five years both programs have been recognized. The women’s team has a cumulative 3.69 GPA while the men have cumulative GPA of 3.21. Read more about the harriers’ academic success.
Set to a space-age countdown from 10 to one, the Blackstone LaunchPad program took flight at UM on Thursday, opening its doors to the “21st Century Montana Entrepreneur.” Held before a crowd estimated at 150 people, the anticipated opening drew the “who’s who” of the Missoula business community, along with city officials, students, regents, administrators and Blackstone Foundation representatives. Read the Missoulian story.
For the second year in a row, UM has been named the No. 12 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 22 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide. Since the first days of the Peace Corps, 811 UM alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. Learn more about UM’s Peace Corps ranking.
UM Professor Chris Palmer recently received a Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program award. Palmer will travel to São Carlos, Brazil, in 2015 to study at the University of São Paulo Institute of Chemistry. Palmer is an analytical chemist specializing in the development of novel polymeric materials for application in microscale liquid phase separations and in the application of separation methods to environmental analysis. Read more about Palmer’s Fulbright award.
Meet Traci Brown, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Brown studies the effects of obesity on lung inflammation after exposure to particles such as asbestos, with the goal of shedding light on the effect of poor diet on the health and function of the lungs. Learn more about Brown’s research.
Devon Geertsen, a junior in UM’s Department of Management Information Systems, has a great job at the UM Rural Institute’s MonTECH program; he helps students with disabilities find specialized software apps to help them be successful. These apps include note-taking software like Google Drive, class and assignment scheduling software like iStudiez, specialized electronic books, and the Livescribe smartpen, which records lectures. Read more about Geertsen's work.
Eldena Bear Don’t Walk is living out her childhood dream. The youngster who imagined one day becoming a lawyer has done exactly that — and more. The UM alumna has been an appellate judge for eight years, serving almost every tribe in Montana. Today she works as an attorney, consultant and independent legal researcher. And she was the first woman to serve as chief justice of the Crow Tribe. Read Bear Don’t Walk’s story.
UM kicked off the tax season last Saturday as finance students assisted 88 Missoula residents in filing their taxes, for free. Over 25 years ago UM's finance program paired with the IRS to bring a free tax filing service to UM through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The University's VITA program, made up of about 40 volunteers, offers free tax filing to members of the community with a yearly income of $50,000 or less. Read the Montana Kaimin article on VITA.
UM student Arielle Nachtigal is having an extraordinary school year. As a senior in vocal performance at the UM School of Music, she recently advanced to the National Finals of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition. Nachtigal was also the winner of the Coeur D’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition. And her singing has captured the attention of opera professionals across the U.S. Read Nachtigal’s story here.
William Gervais spends his winter mornings scurrying about the kitchen at Missoula College, sharpening the paring knives and firing the burners at 5 a.m., long before anyone else arrives. Gervais, who is completing his final year as a culinary arts student at Missoula College, is one of only four students accepted to compete for the title of American Culinary Association Western Region Student Chef of the Year. Read more
UM wildlife conservation Professor and John J. Craighead Chair Joel Berger has been named a finalist for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Selected from 39 nominees, Berger is one of six scientists in the running for the $250,000 prize, which recognizes outstanding achievements on behalf of the world’s most endangered species. Read more
UM graduate student Forrest Jessop was recently awarded the PhRMA Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Toxicology to assist dissertation research focused on chronic inflammatory diseases of the lung. The award is highly competitive as the PhRMA Foundation only funds approximately 10 students a year. Jessop’s award indicates the caliber of his work at UM, and also reflects the high level of training and support the CEHS Toxicology Graduate Studies program provides. Read more
The Big Sky Conference announced the Fall All-Academic teams late last week, and UM is proud to report that 58 Griz student-athletes were selected for the honor, the most from any school in the league. To be eligible, student-athletes needed to play in at least half of their teams' fall competitions and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 at the end of the fall semester. Read more
UM has added new software that allows all students and employees to have whatever is on a computer screen read to them out loud. While the University’s purchase of Read&Write Gold is primarily directed toward students with barriers to print, the unique attributes of this program bring added benefits to all users, according to UM Disability Services for Students. Read more
The patient room at Partnership Health Center is full on a weekday morning, the doctors racing about in close conversation with young family medicine residents fresh out of medical school. But the hurried pace and care given patients is a good sign. One year after launching, the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana is off and running. Read more
A group of UM students is traveling through India this month as they learn about the impacts of population on the environment during a study abroad offered by the UM School of Journalism. Twenty-three students from various majors, including journalism, environmental studies and film studies, are documenting and reporting on the effects of tourism and growth. Read more on the students’ blog.
Graduate student Rupa Biswas explored several universities that conduct research on toxicology before choosing UM. “The research in Pulmonary Toxicology and Immunotoxicology at UM intrigued me and soon I was very eager to be part of the toxicology graduate program at the Center for Environmental Health Sciences,” Biswas says. Today she’s preparing for a career at a toxicologist while researching exposure to crystalline silica that leads to pulmonary inflammation and Silicosis. Read more
It doesn’t look like much right now – a sparse room with rows of folding tables, empty walls and outgoing Macintosh computers. But come spring, this room on the ground floor of the Interdisciplinary Science Building on the University of Montana campus will undergo a transformation, placing it on the cutting edge of solving today’s technological challenges. Read more
The symbolism of the location of UM’s new athletics academic center, for which ground will be broken in early summer, isn’t lost on either Director of Athletics Kent Haslam or Griz soccer coach Mark Plakorus. By the fall of 2015 anyone arriving on campus via Sixth Street will see the new academic center. Read more
UM Climate Change Studies student Rudy Baum has created a 16-page guide to the science of climate change. “The science of climate change doesn’t have to be overly technical,” Baum writes. “The purpose of this guide is to explain, in plain English, the underlying physical science of global climate changeor.” Read “Climate Change: Science and Solutions” here.
Grizzly Athletics is on a winning streak for academic success. The department just posted its 17th straight semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for its student-athletes. Montana rose above a 3.0 after grades from the 2005 fall semester came and have not dipped below that mark since. Read more
The 2014 issue of the Montana Journalism Review arrived hot off the presses in mid-December. The student-produced magazine covers media-related topics and features works of journalism from around Montana, as well as incorporating multimedia elements online and through social media. The Montana Journalism Review also is available online.
Scott Allen Meyer was a good friend to many people. And he was good at many things. He loved to fly fish, hike and snowboard. Most of all, he loved to learn, reading book after book, developing a deep and passionate knowledge of history. When his life was cut short in 2011, his parents decided to establish the Scott A. Meyer Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in American History at UM. Read more
Entrepreneurship startup communities are being touted as the next new thing in economic development across the country—especially in the high-technology and information technology sectors. A study by the Kauffman Foundation recently found that among small metropolitan areas Missoula had the largest increase in technology industry startups between 1990 and 2010. Read the report.
Four teams gathered Dec. 11 to present their business plans before a panel of experts at UM’s Fall Business Plan Competition. Matthew Gangloff and Andrew Burrington, who both major in management information systems, won the first-place, $1,500 prize with New Leaf Environmental Monitoring. Donna Weathers won the second-place, $500 prize for Everyday Hero. Both teams received an automatic entrance into the spring competition. Read more
Steve Running, UM Regents Professor of Ecology, recently was ranked one of the top 20 most productive authors worldwide in remote sensing research. The ranking analyzed citations of remote sensing research between 1991 and 2010. Of the top 20 authors, Running was ranked first in geographical influence, third in five-year citations and first in five-year citations per article. Read more
The name really describes the program – Student Affairs Immersion Learning, or SAIL. The program is a competitive internship for students interested in possible careers in Student Affairs at UM. Chosen candidates spend 12 weeks in the fall semester working in three Student Affairs departments. It’s real-life, on-the-job experience designed to be an excellent out-of-classroom experience. Read more
NewsPro magazine and the Radio Television Digital News Association recently ranked UM’s School of Journalism the ninth best college journalism program in the country. The magazine and professional association surveyed news professionals for their 2013 top choices of J-schools around the country, both undergraduate and graduate. Read more
Meet Bryan Simmons, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Simmons studies a specific signaling molecule that regulates the function of cells in our immune systems. Read more
U.S. News and World Report recently released its first-ever "Best Colleges for Veterans" rankings, and UM was one of 234 schools on the list. Schools on the list scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. Read more
A UM class, Can Giving Change the World?, granted $10,000 to local nonprofits on Dec. 12, at the Davidson Honors College. The class, part of UM’s Global Leadership Initiative, focused on awarding grants to nonprofits that operate within Missoula County and combat youth hunger or youth depression. Organizations submitted grant proposals to the class earlier this semester. Read more
UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences recently earned the highest possible marks from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The accreditation evaluated 42 professional education programs across four colleges and schools. Review findings emphasized the college’s outstanding leadership, assessment system and innovative use of digital learning models, noting that the programs are poised for tremendous growth. Read more
With its successes mounting, the Western Montana Growers Cooperative last year contracted UM professor Neva Hassanein and students in the Environmental Studies program to analyze the co-op’s role in the regional food economy and to help it make improvements. The resulting 167-page report found that the co-op has grown each year in members and sales. Read more
A recent article in a professional psychology journal recognized UM’s doctoral program in clinical psychology as one of 10 accredited programs that has “exceptionally good outcomes for its students.” UM psychology Associate Professor Bryan Cochran said this is in part because of the program’s combination of theoretical and practical training. In addition to conducting research, students are trained in providing psychotherapy services under one-on-one supervision. Read more
Meet Luke Montrose, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at UM. He investigates the impact of indoor air pollution on the immune pathway that is thought to cause asthmatic symptoms. “I recognize the importance of pursuing scientific research that will have translatable and meaningful impact on strategies and policies to protect human health,” Montrose said. Read more
Six months have gone by since Adrienne Corti passed away, but her legacy at UM continues to grow, and could reach a pinnacle next spring through a scholarship in her name. Corti’s presence has been greatly missed since her death in May, but the programs she built during her tenure in the Department of Health and Human Performance continue to grow. Read more
UM senior Kim Ledger, a biology major with an emphasis in ecology, won the student poster competition award in the category of Environmental Science, Sustainability and Green Technology at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in New Orleans Nov. 6-10. Ledger, a Goldwater Scholar and a Davidson Honors College student, was recognized for her poster, “Impacts of a global invader, Solidago canadensis, at home and away.” Read more
Anthropologist Kimber McKay challenges our culture's definition of marriage by sharing stories from her field work in Nepal's northwestern Himalayan district of Humla.
If all goes as planned, next year UM will unveil a "Cyber Innovation Laboratory" that looks something like a scene from a high-tension television drama. But instead of actors, the lab will host aspiring student hackers and forensic technicians learning the technical skills they'll need to navigate the modern age. Read more
Exercise Scientist Steven Gaskill, Ph.D., has ideas about how to design a school day that includes a lot more movement and a lot more learning. He explained his ideas during his TEDx talk at UM in September.
More UM students are studying abroad than ever before. Just over 300 students studied in other countries last year. University President Royce Engstrom set a goal to raise that number to 550 students by 2020. Reporter and broadcast journalism major Kyle Schmauch found out that studying abroad benefits both students and the University itself. Watch his report here.
The list of organizations Lady Griz forward Jordan Sullivan has helped assist with volunteer hours is 21 entries long. Sullivan also is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection who entered her senior year with a 3.87 GPA as a marketing major. This weekend she’ll be one of 10 student-athletes from around the state to receive the 2013 Montana Athletes Service Award. Read more
A proposed Neural Injury Center at UM will help veterans identify issues caused by neurologic injuries and connect them with community resources. It also will provide collaboration and communication between researchers to study the science behind the mental problems veterans can face. UM’s Faculty Senate approved the NIC last week. Read more
I met Bill Allard in a bar. He wore a tan vest, a beige cowboy hat, and a point-and-shoot camera that hung from his neck, resting on his chest. I shook his hand, and he smiled at me like a friend he hadn’t seen in five years. We were at the Second Wind Reading Series at The Badlander, and my instructor, Robert Stubblefield, introduced us. Read the full essay here.
Chris Comer, a neuroscientist and dean of UM’s College of Arts and Sciences, shares what new research reveals about our brain and literary imagination during his TEDxUMontana talk in September.
More than 150 high school musicians from 54 regional schools will descend on Missoula this weekend to take part in the All-Star Wind Ensemble at UM. They will perform with the UM Marching Band before the Grizzly football game on Saturday and an afternoon concert Sunday. The School of Music also will conduct scholarship auditions throughout the weekend. Read more
Undergraduate dance student Morgan Mull-Osburn performs an original piece titled "Accumulation" to "Black Sands" by Bonobo during TEDxUMontana.
The search for a new director is underway, the offices will be shelled out soon and, if all goes well, the Blackstone LaunchPad program at UM will begin accepting student entrepreneurs by spring. Montana became the fifth state nationally to receive funding from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to launch an entrepreneurship program aimed at bringing new business ideas to fruition. Read more
Jim McNerney Jr., Boeing Co. president, chairman and CEO, appeared at UM on Wednesday to discuss his company’s emergence as a world leader in the aviation industry and its challenges moving forward. McNerney addressed a crowd of about 900 people in the Dennison Theatre during the 2013 Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Executive Lecture at UM. Read more
A delegation of three UM students is attending the United Nations international climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland, this week. During the talks, nations from around the world aim to secure new global agreements on climate change for 2015. The students are blogging daily about events. Visit their blog here.
Each Wednesday morning students in the School of Journalism’s advanced television courses gather in the newsroom on the first floor of Don Anderson Hall. They produce two versions of the news program that air on Thursdays during the morning newscasts on KPAX and KTMF in Missoula and Kalispell. Read more
Josh Slotnick, the co-founder of Garden City Harvest and the PEAS Farm, describes the transformative power of doing humble work with others during his TEDxUMontana talk in September.
Randy Cline, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences alumnus and superintendent of Frenchtown School District, is the recipient of the Montana Superintendent of the Year award. The award is presented by the Montana Association of School Superintendents, and is one of several honors Cline has received during his time as an educator. Read more
This June, work will begin to renovate and modernize the Adams Center, including an academic center for student-athletes, a new main entry to the facility – which houses Dahlberg Arena – and a project to add new locker and dressing rooms for athletes and performers. The $2.5 million project is funded entirely with private funds. Read more
During TEDxUMontana, art history and criticism Professor Rafael Chacón explores what a DNA test reveals about his own family’s migration story, and shares his understanding of the broader cultural ramifications of genetic testing in our time.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded nearly $10 million to an academic, industry and government consortium to study the major challenges in using insect-killed trees as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. UM will receive more than $1 million over five years to help study the issues related to using forest residue, including beetle-kill trees, as a feedstock in biofuel production. Read more
Since 2001, the UM School of Art has held a Steamroller Print Project to produce Day of the Dead-themed prints for Missoula's annual Festival of the Dead parade. See how student Melissa Unger's elk print goes from concept to completion.
Montana senior Maddey Frey was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 women's soccer team. She is the first Grizzly to earn academic all-district honors since Misty Hall in 1999. Frey, of Kalispell, is a mathematics major and maintains a 3.86 GPA. She also is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection. Read more
With their signature plumage rivaled only by the beauty of their migratory mountain homes, it’s easy to see why harlequin ducks have captured the hearts of countless birdwatchers and casual observers alike. Warren Hansen has made these magnificent birds the focal point of his life for the past three years, studying harlequins in Glacier National Park for the thesis of his wildlife biology master’s program at UM. Read more
A seven-acre patch of undeveloped ground on East Broadway will undergo a transformation over the next few years as Missoula College prepares to lay claim to its new location. If all goes as planned, architects believe the new building will enhance the river corridor and set a rejuvenating tone for Missoula’s eastern edge. Read more
Recently, UM saw an opportunity to further integrate its foreign students in the English Language Institute into the community by matching them with a host family. With a recent trial run a success, the university is now recruiting host families for the spring semester, when its homestay program launches its inaugural season. Read more
UM students and faculty conducting research on Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” have an exceptional new resource available through the Mansfield Library. The library recently acquired a detailed facsimile of the Ellesmere Manuscript, a beautiful, illuminated edition produced in the early 15th century. Read more
UM’s Mansfield Library has a new service, ScholarWorks, for preserving, showcasing and making freely available the intellectual and creative scholarship of faculty, students and staff. ScholarWorks is a search engine optimized for online discovery, making UM’s scholarship highly visible and easy to find, cite, share and use. Read more
When Sean Brogan learned that he had won the Bill and Avis Mitchell Scholarship in Music, he was pleased, surprised and grateful for the help, which he says will prove significant. The UM senior is pursuing a double major in accounting and piano. He intends to work as an accountant by day and play music in his free time. Read more
A team of UM forestry students set down the trail in the low light of this canyon to showcase their work restoring a stand of outlying forest to an earlier time. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the city and the School of Forestry and Conservation, students have spent the past month thinning this shaded draw in an effort to restore its health. Read more
Ten newly minted physicians make up the first class in the Missoula-based Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. The residents will get top-notch training in a rural setting and come out the other side in three years as board-certified family medicine physicians. And they’ll be first in a concerted effort to ensure Montana’s small towns have family practice doctors. Read more
Learn more about UM's Creative Pulse is a four-week, summer graduate program designed for educators, education administrators and artists.
When dance performances leave the confines of an auditorium for the outside world, interesting and unexpected things happen. Such revelations came into sharp focus Sunday afternoon when the University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance held its annual UM Dancers on Location: A Site-Specific Dance Concert. Read more
Students are lining up to study diesel technology at Missoula College UM. Diesel Equipment Technology Manager Jim Headlee says MC’s Diesel Technology Program as one of the best in the country, and that’s the reason why many come from all over the country to study in Missoula. Local news station KPAX reports.
Enrollment is changing at UM, and students are feeling its effects — the student population is beginning to take on a new look in nationality. A record number of foreign students from 72 countries around the world are walking the halls at UM this semester. Read more
The University of Montana recently was ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide, but one factor of that ranking stands out: UM is in the top 25 percent of universities for the scholarly accomplishments of its faculty. UM scored a 74.6 for citations of research and creative scholarship in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Read more
UM doctoral candidate Ryan Bracewell recently was appointed a predoctoral fellowship through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Food Research Initiative. The fellowship recognized Bracewell’s research on a bark beetle and fungal symbiosis with a $77,000 award. Bracewell examines how the western pine beetle interacts with two mutualistic fungi critical to the beetle’s success and survival. Read more
As a doctoral student in UM’s Department of Counselor Education, Tara Smart remains focused on her passion: advocating for children and helping others to understand the unique needs of special education students. Thanks to the vision and funding of some generous UM alumni, Smart is first recipient of UM’s Intermountain Children’s Home Doctoral Fellowship. Read more
UM’s Wildlife Biology Program recently appointed an interim director and a new student adviser. Winsor Lowe will lead the program for the next two years, and Darr Tucknott joins the staff as student adviser. Lowe, a professor in the program for eight years, replaces Dan Pletscher, who retired in June. Read more
For the second year in a row, the UM School of Law has been named a “Best Value Law School” by National Jurist Magazine. UM comes in at No. 17 on the national list. The ranking takes into account the cost, debt load, bar passage and employment of graduates in actual law jobs. Read more
For the second year in a row, UM has been ranked among the top 300 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UM is ranked in the 276-300 level of the 2013-14 list – as it was last year – and is the only Montana university on the list. Read more
UM President Royce Engstrom today announced that the East Broadway site will be the location for the new Missoula College building. Engstrom made his selection after months of public comment, meetings and forums with interested UM students, University employees, elected officials and community members. Read more
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation recently awarded UM students a $15,000 grant to work with Five Valleys Land Trust to restore a 290-acre property at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Clark Fork River. UM’s Wildland Restoration Program students will use the funds to plan and implement restoration at the site. Read more
UM’s is home to the unique Wilderness and Civilization Program, an inspiring and demanding academic program that each year immerses a small group of students in the study of wildland conservation and the human-nature relationship. Check out the blog by this year’s students to follow their educational adventures in the classroom, the community and the backcountry. Read more
The Online College Database recently ranked UM 43rd on its “50 Colleges Advancing Women in STEM” list. UM offers 66 science, technology and math programs, and the 450 women enrolled in them make up 56 percent of STEM students. The list identifies higher education institutions that graduate a high number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Read more
College of Forestry and Conservation faculty members Alex Metcalf and Carl Seielstad led a hazardous fuels treatment project at Lubrecht State Experimental Forest last week. The thinning work reduced fuels around the recreational and lodging facilities at the forest. Seielstad and student Jenny Smith talked about the work in an interview with ABC Fox Montana.
In honor of national Banned Books Week, the Mansfield Library is hosting a series of videos featuring UM community members sharing their favorite banned books. Today, UM Director of Marketing Recruitment for Undergraduate Enrollment Juana Alcala talks about “Lady Chatterley's Lover” by D.H. Lawrence.
The first comprehensive report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2007 will be released this week and it's expected to confirm that humans are causing global warming. Regents Professor of Ecology Steve Running speaks with Montana Public Radio News Director Sally Mauk about what to expect from the new report. Read more
In honor of national Banned Books Week Sept. 23-27, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM is hosting a series of videos featuring UM faculty, administrators and staff sharing their favorite banned books. Today, Assistant Professor Annie Belcourt discusses "Looking for Alaska."
In honor of national Banned Books Week Sept. 23-27, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM is hosting a series of videos featuring UM faculty, administrators and staff sharing their favorite banned books.
Missoula College and Bitterroot College of the University of Montana will receive close to $1.4 million and $930,000, respectively, from a $25 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Thirteen Montana two-year and tribal colleges will use the grant to train and prepare workers for jobs in energy and manufacturing industries. Read more
Ulysses Doss and the founding members and first students of the Black Studies Program launched in 1968 at the University of Montana gathered Friday to kick off their reunion, celebrating the successes they achieved in an unlikely place and to award the first ever Ulysses S. Doss Scholarship. Read more
Two sites are under consideration for a new Missoula College building: South Campus and East Broadway. UM President Royce Engstrom will consider public input before announcing a preferred site. For more information on the two locations, visit the Build Missoula College website. To comment on where UM should locate the new building, email email@example.com.
Spencer Sheehan knows where he's heading: his dream is to be a tax attorney, an intellectual property attorney or a risk assurance or tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms. The goals of the UM junior were influenced by the news that he has secured an internship next summer with PwC's Silicon Valley office. Read more
UM’s Multicultural Learning Solutions program is expanding beyond campus and into the community after interest in the program nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013. Global Gateway is a program that aims to take the educational spirit of MLS into Missoula public schools, local businesses and existing international organizations in the community. Read more
Social media central at the Montana Economic Development Summit was monitored closely by a small group of UM students who worked for months to ensure that business leaders at the summit – and around the world – could connect to the ideas and information being shared during the two-day event in Butte. Read more
UM photojournalism and multimedia Associate Professor Jeremy Lurgio's project “Lost & Found Montana” recently was named one of 20 “Best of 2013” projects by American Society of Media Photographers. Lurgio tells the stories of 18 Montana towns on the edge of extinction through photographs, an interactive Web site, a multimedia exhibit and magazine publication. Read more
An increasing dependence on technology means UM students often require assistance connecting to campus resources. The Student Affairs IT office and Resident Technology Assistants help students connect to resources and address technological issues, and do so while providing both quality service and education, so students learn while getting assistance. Read more
Peruvian Ambassador Harold Forsyth on Monday announced a cooperative agreement with UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation that will send American students to the woods and rivers of the South American nation and vice versa. Read more
A new facility at UM will allow students to learn about cybersecurity and use “big data” to solve real-world problems. On Monday, UM announced plans to open a Cyber Innovation Laboratory in collaboration with state technology companies. Read more
The first TEDxUMontana event will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 19, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center at UM. Tickets for TEDxUMontana are sold out, but you can still be part of the conversation at public viewing events. Find a listing of viewing locations here.
From heavy-hitting keynote speakers to ambassadors from some of the world’s most dynamic economies to breakout sessions with industry leaders, there is something for everyone at the 2013 Montana Economic Development Summit taking place in Butte on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17. Organized by Sen. Max Baucus, the goal of the summit is to boost trade opportunities for Montana and create new jobs. Watch the summit live here.
Each spring students from Montana's higher education institutions are invited to compete for a $10,000 grand prize in the annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at UM. Meet the competitors from last spring's competition and watch highlights from the event.
UM Professor Beth Lo was one of four American artists paid a commission of $3,000 to create a ceramic piece of art for a major Korean art exhibit. Lo’s work will be featured in the “Main Exhibition” of the Seventh Geonggi Internaitonal Ceramic Biennale 2013. She will travel to Korea Sept. 25 to attend the exhibition and to deliver a gallery talk on her work on Oct. 2. The 2013 exhibition theme is community, and Lo’s new work, "Breath," features mixed media, water, electricity and lighting. Read more
The Wildlife Biology Program was recently named one of the University of Montana's "Programs of National Distinction." This recognition comes with additional funding that is being used to strengthen this renowned program for the benefit of students.
It’s the Montana “grow-your-own” spirit that inspires Kaye Norris, assistant director of the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM, to coordinate a program that places “homegrown” behavioral health specialists in rural Montana communities. The Rural Behavioral Health—Primary Care Collaborative is a program that integrates a prelicensed clinical social worker and postdoctorate psychology graduate into primary care rural health clinics. Read more
UM will hold two public forums this month to gather additional community feedback on two potential sites for a new Missoula College building. President Royce Engstrom will host two public forums to hear comments about the South Campus site and the East Broadway site. Both forums will serve as scoping sessions for the two sites under consideration. Read more
Research shows that children with disabilities experience more social isolation, higher obesity rates and as pedestrians, they are five times more likely to be hit by a vehicle when compared to children without disabilities. Helen Russette, a University of Montana graduate student studying public health, hopes to change those statistics. Russette is part of a team at UM that is developing a toolkit for identifying school routes that increase pedestrian safety, accessibility and inclusivity. Read more
Gov. Steve Bullock brought his statewide education tour to UM on Friday, continuing his push to bolster early childhood learning and get more degrees into the hands of adults. After stopping at UM-Western in Dillon and the early learning center in Hamilton, Bullock toured the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at UM to discuss learning in Montana. Read more
Five UM departments and programs recently teamed up to create a resource website for potential and current graduate students in the biomedical, cellular, biochemical and chemical sciences. The site is a collaboration that offers students a one-stop shop to find information about programs, potential faculty mentors and the world-class research happening at UM. Read more
Independent publisher Tavern Books recently announced The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series to honor the life and work of former University of Montana student and poet Greta Wrolstad. Wrolstad, a graduate student in the UM Creative Writing Program, passed away in 2005 at the age of 24. The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series will champion exceptional literary works from young women poets through a book publication in The Living Library. Read more
The UM College of Forestry and Conservation will celebrate its centennial this year with three days of events. All alumni and friends of the college are invited to events taking place Sept. 19-21. The college formally opened on Sept. 8, 1914, with 25 students and one degree program. It since has grown to offer five undergraduate degrees, four academic minors, five master’s of science degrees and three doctoral programs to nearly 1,000 students. Read more
A UM environmental studies instructor from the Blackfeet Reservation has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, which advises the Environmental Protection Agency. Rosalyn LaPier is a research historian at the Piegan Institute in Browning. She also teaches classes in traditional ecological knowledge, federal environmental policy as it relates to native communities and U.S. environmental history in the environmental studies program at UM in Missoula. Read more
Ashley Mackey, a senior on the Montana women's tennis team, spent six weeks this summer living in New York City and working as an intern for the United States Tennis Association as the organization prepared for its most important annual event, the two-week U.S. Open. Mackey worked in Learning and Leadership Development and USTA Serves, which provides scholarships and funds tennis programs in underdeveloped areas of cities. Read more
The University of Montana made the top 100 in a list of universities ranked by research, service and social mobility. Washington Monthly magazine, a nonprofit publication, gave UM an overall ranking of 90th among 284 schools. The national magazine rates schools based on their contribution to the public good through recruiting and graduating low-income students, producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs, and encouraging students to give something back to their country. Read more
Wendy Lee didn’t have to look far to find her top-choice summer rotation site leading into her final year at UM’s School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Lee, a U.S. Army vet originally from Bigfork, stuck around Missoula to work in the Nora Staael Evert Physical Therapy Clinic in the Skaggs Building, where she was able to explore her interest in neurologic therapy under the guidance of Clinic Director and Assistant Professor Susan Ostertag. Read more
The University of Montana is pleased to welcome 28 new students from the Brazilian Science Mobility Program for autumn semester 2013. BSMP is a scholarship funded by the Brazilian government and administered in the U.S. by the Institute of International Education. Upper-division undergraduate students from across Brazil receive scholarships to study in their respective disciplines for one year at institutions around the world, including more than 300 in the U.S. Read more
University of Montana Regents Professor of Ecology Steve Running has been appointed to the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee and chair of the Earth Science subcommittee within that council. Running chairs the Earth Science subcommittee, which will join other subcommittees in Astrophysics, Heliophysics and Planetary Science under the Advisory Council. Read more
The University of Montana will host TEDxUMontana at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center. The program will feature nine speakers, two TED Talks videos and two performances with a 30-minute intermission for interaction and discussion. TEDxUMontana is limited to 100 participants. People interested in attending the event can enter a ticket drawing at http://umt.edu/tedx. The drawing will take place Wednesday, Sept. 4. Tickets are $40 for the public and $20 for UM students. Read more
Seventeen students from five countries crowded into a small classroom at the University of Montana on Tuesday to mark the second day of school. Language professor Quincie Albrecht apologized for the closeness of the class, but her students didn’t mind. The English Language Institute is bursting at the seams this year and those in attendance were just happy to have a seat. The popularity of the English Language Institute – and the University of Montana as a choice among international students – is on the rise. Read more
University of Montana senior Max Barnum spent his summer in a trailer parked outside the Seminole County Courthouse. Leaving beautiful western Montana to spend a summer in central Florida may not have been ideal, but Barnum couldn’t pass up the opportunity to intern as a cameraman for ABC WFTV’s mobile studio – recording up-to-date information and legal analysis of the of the high-profile George Zimmerman murder trial. Read more
Nearly a month spent in Cambodia taught Andie Palagi many things. In particular, that her teen-age counterparts there have lots in common with American teens. In July, Palagi, 17, who attends Butte High, returned from a 27-day trip to Cambodia sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She traveled with 20 students and two adults from high schools across Montana as part of the American Youth Leadership Program, which is managed by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. Read more
There are few more iconic places to spend a summer than the White House. University of Montana student Sara Thane did just that through the White House Internship Program in Washington, D.C. Thane, a 2011 graduate of Missoula’s Hellgate High School, is a junior at UM majoring in political science with minors in Arabic studies and international development studies. This summer, she she interned in the Students Department within the Office of Presidential Correspondence. Read more
UM President Royce Engstrom delivered his annual State of the University on Aug. 23 to an audience of faculty, staff, students and community members. Engstrom introduced several new administrators and student leaders, shared a variety of stories about academic distinction and success taking place at UM and outlined some of the milestones the University will work toward during the 2013-14 academic year. Read the text of his speech here.
Missoula is home to a vibrant group of industry experts building businesses and doing groundbreaking work in the high-tech sectors of big data and cybersecurity. It’s also home to a large state university that began last year offering undergraduate classes aimed at preparing students to work in those rapidly expanding fields. On Thursday, representatives from both groups had the ear of U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Read more
According to preLaw, a National Jurist publication, law schools around the country are shunning tradition and trying new programs, teaching methods and other efforts to help graduates jet to the top of their profession, and the University of Montana is among them. UM’s School of Law ranked No. 10 on the publication’s list of the 25 most innovative ideas launched by law schools for its first-year law firm program in which students belong to a pretend law firm. Read more
With the start of a new academic year just days away, residence halls at the University of Montana are braced for a wave of incoming freshmen, just as the university’s cafeterias prepare to feed the masses. New student orientation takes place this Thursday and Friday, and classes begin Monday. First-year law students began their required introductory program this week, and a welcome back picnic was held Tuesday for faculty and staff. Read more
The Market on Front opened Monday on the street level of the new Park Place parking garage at 201 E. Front St. in downtown Missoula. The concept for all the food found inside the market is simple, owner Ben Sokoloski said. “We want local, we want quality and we want fresh,” he said. “We’re keeping everything seasonal and unique.” Sokoloski hatched the idea for the market as an MBA student at the University of Montana School of Business Administration. Read more
Three out of a dozen new grants awarded Wednesday by the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology will go to the University of Montana to help support research capable of spawning economic development. UM received nearly $350,000 from the state board to push three separate projects, including one aimed at applied biomedical research and another to develop equipment used for environmental monitoring. Read more
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will receive an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Montana at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The ceremony is free and open to the public. O’Connor has long-standing connections to the UM School of Law. Read more
Findings from a large-scale ice drilling study on the Greenland ice sheet by a team of University of Montana and University of Wyoming researchers may revise the models used to predict how ice sheets move. The work was published in Science on Aug. 15 in a paper titled “Basal Drainage System Response to Increasing Surface Melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet.” Read more
University of Montana President Royce C. Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The public and members of the media are invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Read more
The Montana women's tennis and volleyball teams recently both earned academic recognition from their respective coaching organizations. Coach Steve Ascher's squad was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team. Coach Jerry Wagner's program claimed the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. In addition to the Grizzlies' team award, Heather Davidson, Maddy Murray and Mackenzie Rozell were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for having a 3.5 GPA or better for the 2012-13 academic year. Read more
Geography Professor Sarah Halverson talks about how a field-based course offered at UM creates a space for students to engage in meaningful ways with place.
Jen McBride, an environmental science graduate student, created a pocket guide titled “Aquatic Invasive Species Threatening the Crown of the Continent.” The tool aims to help identify and prevent aquatic invasive species from invading the Crown region. Species included in the guide were selected by agency professionals based on proximity to the Crown, potential impacts of invasion and likelihood of introduction. The 116-page guide will be distributed to land managers and others. View it online.
Nathaniel Levtow is one of a handful of scholars who can read the cryptic words engraved on tablets and boundary stones from the ancient Near East. This summer, the UM religious studies professor traveled first to Jerusalem and then to the Louvre in Paris, where he studied early inscriptions that include boundary stones and law codes from the excavations of Susa, once ancient Iran. Read more
A new medical residency program sponsored by the University of Montana kicked off this month and seeks to keep doctors in the state’s rural areas and bolster the availability and quality of care. After a monthlong orientation, residents with Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana are getting into the swing of their rotations during their first week on the job. Read more
Today’s Mansfield Library at the University of Montana is a far cry from 1895, when Mary Craig, the daughter of the University’s first president, presided over 187 books in UM’s first library. The Mansfield Library now has more than 1.2 million volumes. But it’s more than the sum of its shelves. To meet the needs of modern users, the library is expanding its electronic holdings—including tens of thousands of journals, installing high-tech study rooms, and digitizing its historical archives. Read more
The Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants recently named University of Montana Associate Professor Joshua Herbold recipient of the 2013 Jack Kempner Outstanding Educator Award. The award honors an educator who is distinguished for excellence in classroom teaching, motivating students, and educational innovation and contributions to the accounting profession. Read more
Google’s geographic programs have the potential to expand students’ knowledge of the planet and the stories of its many peoples, a presenter told educators at workshop on the University of Montana campus last week. The company presented the Montana Google Geo Teachers Institute to showcase its products in an effort to bring geographic information and technology into the classroom. Seventy-six teachers from across Montana and the United States, and as far away as Brazil, Singapore and Indonesia, are attending the workshop. Read more
Students come to the University of Montana from around the world to earn an education, and many programs that sponsor international students require them to complete internships as part of their course of study. The internships can be anywhere in the United States as long as they have a strong relation to a student’s academic major and meet certain requirements. This summer, three of UM’s international students are interning in Washington, D.C. Read more
Butte native Haley Cote is the first recipient of the Dean David Forbes Scholarship, a scholarship the dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences funds himself. "Since I was a little kid, I wanted to do something with medicine," said Cote, who combines deep Montana roots with academic excellence and broad goals. Dean Forbes chose to fund the scholarship because he knows students need financial help and because he himself received scholarship aid in school. Read more
Junior Zachary Schreiber hasn’t let the fact he’s only an undergraduate stop him from participating in cutting-edge science at UM. He is exploring protein production in relation to lung fibrosis as part of UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program. The acting president of Sigma Zeta, a national math and science honor society, said, “This summer will provide solid direction toward a particular component of cellular biology that will further my undergraduate research achievements and narrow my concentration on potential graduate school programs.” Read more
Roberta Evans, dean of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Montana, along with Cao Zhen, senior lecturer in UM’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, recently returned from an extensive recruitment and alumni outreach trip to China and Taiwan. Evans and Zhen visited seven universities, toured two elementary schools and hosted three alumni dinners. Read more
Mary Frances Clark always knew she wanted to attend college, but learning disabilities made education a struggle for her. When she came to UM Clark sought help from Disability Services for Students and it made a world of difference. “For the first time, I realized that I was being accepted for who I was and I was not going to be judged on my disability but as an individual," she says. Clark maintained a 3.0 GPA, was inducted into the National Honor Society and recently graduated. Read her story here.
University of Montana business student Jamin Dailey is spending his summer working as a digital strategist and business development intern for MKG Media Group in San Francisco. “Saying that I learn something new every day is a gross understatement,” Dailey says. “I’m learning tons each and every day!” Follow his blog “Diary of a Digital Marketing Intern” to read about how he landed his position and what he’s learning while he’s there. Read more
Radio-Television Department Associate Professor Ray Fanning’s radio series, “Preventing Wrongful Convictions- False Eyewitness Identification,” has been named Montana’s best non-commercial radio program for 2012. The investigative series explored wrongful convictions in Montana including the case of Jimmy Bromgard. Fanning was awarded the E.B. Craney award at a gala in Big Sky’s Huntley Lodge in June. Read more
Beloved University of Montana music teacher Esther England passed away Saturday. A 1966 graduate of UM, England dedicated her life to music, never mind she arrived in Missoula in 1962 with dreams of studying animal behavior. Her 36-year career at the university touched generations of students, and her performances landed her accolades outside the classroom. Read more
University of Montana senior Wynne Hungerford of Greenville, S.C., recently won the Meadowlark Award’s first-place cash prize of $1,000 for her short story submission, “Ladies Chocolate Night.” Though not required for her major, Hungerford incorporated writing courses into her slate of classes. Professor Robert Stubblefield, encouraged her to submit a story for the Meadowlark Award, which provides recognition and incentive for student writers and has a record of distinguished writers as judges. Read more
A University of Montana student and an alumna recently received awards from two national honor societies. Emily Cross of Glendive, a 2013 UM graduate, was awarded a fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Cross earned her bachelor’s in philosophy with minors in music and economics, graduating from the Davidson Honors College with high honors. Allison Mueller of Brainerd, Minn., received a $2,000 JoAnne Trow Award from Alpha Lambda Delta. She studies physics at UM. Read more
UM sophomore Jameson Boslough is an aspiring microbiologist participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UM. “As a native Montanan, I’ve always appreciated the role of the environment in shaping our lives and our health,” Boslough said. “The summer program at the Center (for Environmental Health Sciences) offers an incredible opportunity to integrate these aspects in a lab setting.” Read more
The Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana recently selected three outstanding research projects for the annual $4,000 DHC Student-Faculty Summer Research Award. The three teams, selected from about a dozen applicants, received funding that is split evenly between the student and their faculty mentor to help cover their summer research project expenses. Read more
What do an heirloom tomato production facility, a social organizing mobile app and a food delivery business have in common? They were all prize-winning participants in the recent John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at the University of Montana. I was fortunate to join nearly two dozen area businesspeople as a judge in this year’s competition. As I listened to the students pitch their ideas, I was struck not only by the creativity and ambition of the students who spent months honing their plans, but also by the spirit of the event itself. Read more
University of Montana alumnus Eric Sprunk, currently the executive vice president of merchandising and product at Nike, will become the company’s chief operating officer, it was announced earlier this month. In his new role, Sprunk will lead Nike manufacturing, sourcing, information technology and procurement. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UM in 1986. Read more
As a pre-med student majoring in exercise science, UM senior Cara Saxon has always had a fascination with the intricate systems of the human body. This summer, she discovered a project that combines her interests in immunology and inflammation with a rapidly growing technology that has great potential in the field of regenerative medicine. Saxon is pursuing that project through UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, which is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Read more
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana is displaying two exhibits: “A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet” and “Richard Buswell: Close to Home” in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center through Aug. 3. The MMAC’s summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Read more
Local education and business leaders gathered at Missoula College last week to discuss how best to instill essential trade skills in students along the path from high school to college to the workplace. The meeting signified Missoula College’s new strategy of fortifying curriculums with advice from the labor force. Read more
With two weeks left in her pharmacy residency, Sadie Linford, a University of Montana graduate with a doctorate in pharmacy, has her sights set on working as an inpatient pharmacist in a hospital setting. Linford, originally from Seeley Lake, graduated from UM in May 2012 and began her residency with Providence St. Patrick Hospital last July. While at UM Linford teamed up with her longtime friend and fellow pharmacy student Hayley Blackburn to start Global Grizzlies, a service-learning student group that aims to bring aid to developing countries. Read more
Three University of Montana teacher candidates recently returned from a 16-week student-teaching practicum in the Palni Hills of south India. UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences recently entered a partnership with Kodaikanal International School in Kodaikanal, India, to afford UM teacher candidates the opportunity to conduct their 16-week student teaching practicum at this international site. On July 5, three more teacher candidates from UM will depart for India to assume their autumn semester student-teaching assignments. Read more
This week, middle school students from Montana’s GEAR UP partnering school districts are taking part in activities drawn from NASA’s educational database as they attend the five-day “STEM is Cool, Montana” academic summer camp. Blackfeet Community College is hosting University of Montana faculty, staff and students as they introduce camp participants to fun applications for science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines. Learn more about Montana GEAR UP here.
Earlier this week, Bitterroot College in Hamilton became the last of the seven two-year colleges in the state to unveil its new name and logo. In a feature interview on Montana Public Radio, Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education John Cech talks about the changing role of the two-year colleges, and the future of the relatively new Bitterroot College. Read more
During the past five years, students and faculty members in UM's School of Journalism have won 13 Emmy Awards from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. That's more than any other college or university in the Northwest. Learn more about the award-winning work UM's student journalists create each semester on the School of Journalism website.
President Barack Obama set a goal early in his first term for the U.S. to turn out more college graduates than any other nation, but there hasn’t been much progress as most states have stumbled in their attempts to improve. Montana, however, stands apart. By investing in junior colleges, the Treasure State boasts a 6 percent rise in adult graduation rates. Read more
As an aspiring medical student, Emilie Jacobsen is very interested in learning about and researching the effects of the physical, biological and chemical environments on human health. This summer, she is participating in UM’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program through the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Emilie is working with mentors Andrij Holian and Ray Hamilton to study inflammasome activation in response to engineered nanomaterials. Read more
Fifteen Montana University System undergraduates have received summer internships to research climate science-related projects at sites throughout Montana. The Institute on Ecosystems students will work with faculty at the University of Montana and Montana State University on a variety of projects, studying everything from elk, marmots and snowshoe hares to Ponderosa pines and microscopic cyanobacteria. Read more
UM graduate Crissie McMullan has become one of the most powerful driving forces in Montana’s food and agriculture movement. In 2003, she co-founded UM’s Farm to College Program, which helps University Dining Services dish up local ingredients to students. She’s also shepherded important farm bills into state law, and a few years ago she launched a public service program that fosters major food projects in Montana and throughout the nation. Read more
Ruesha Hendricks, a senior premedical student at the University of Montana, recently was awarded the U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship sponsored by the Institute of International Education. Hendricks will receive a $5,000 award to intern in India with the Center of Social Medicine. Read more
Incoming University of Montana forestry graduate student Anna Bergstrom recently was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The Fellowship provides three years of tuition, a stipend and travel to two conferences. Read more
The Center for Environmental Health Sciences continues its rich tradition of providing undergraduate students with relevant experience in conducting biomedical research at UM. Through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program students are paired with a faculty mentor and participate in an ongoing research project in the environmental sciences during a 10-week intensive summer program each year. Read more
Montana student-athletes finished the spring with a semester GPA of 3.02. That left the athletic department's cumulative GPA, now at 3.08, above 3.0 for the 16th straight semester. Nine of Montana's 12 programs had semester GPAs of 3.15 or better, and the women’s golf team took top honors with a 3.41, which narrowly topped five other programs that came in at 3.3 or better. Read more
When the Missoulian newspaper recently named the area’s Top 20 Young Business Professionals Under 40, the list included men and women employed in a wide range of sectors. But one common theme woven throughout their diverse stories was the University of Montana. More than half of those listed earned their undergraduate or graduate degrees at UM or now educate the next generation of leaders attending UM. Read their stories here.
Recent UM journalism graduates Sam Wilson and Jessica Murri won first- and second-place honors, respectively, in the national Hearst Journalism Awards finals on June 6 in San Francisco. Wilson won the top prize in the multimedia competition, and Murri took second place in the radio category. Read more
The University has hired Eric Gutierrez as its new director of equal opportunity and affirmative action after an extensive nationwide search. He will begin his duties July 1. The director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action serves as the University’s senior EO/AA and discrimination grievance officer. Read more
The filmmakers of “Subterranea” have cast western Montana’s documentary-friendly scenery against type, making it the setting of a psychological mystery drama with a hint of sci-fi. The movie, in production right now, began as Mathew Miller and Brandon Woodard’s MFA thesis projects in UM’s Media Arts program. Read more
The Shubert Foundation, an internationally respected organization benefitting the arts, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Montana Rep, UM’s professional touring theater company. The funds will support the Rep’s educational outreach program and other activities. Read more
With an eye on its future and respect for its past, UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation celebrates a century on campus this year. The cover story of UM’s alumni magazine, the Montanan, takes a look back at why the college has thrived and where it’s headed next. Read more
Dan Pletscher has worked at UM for 29 years, the past 19 as director of the Wildlife Biology Program. Under Pletscher’s watch the program now is ranked second nationally by Academic Analytics, and the University recently named it one of the three Programs of National Distinction. “It’s the students I’ll miss most about the job,” he said. Read more
While many kids his age will likely spend their summers working odd jobs to keep pace with tuition payments, Polson native Peregrine Frissell is off to the United Kingdom in July to engage in a four-week academic session funded by the prestigious Fulbright scholarship program. Just having completed his freshman year at UM’s Davidson Honors College, Frissell is heading across the pond to Nottingham Trent University to study climate change reporting by the media. Read more
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, a 1976 graduate of the UM School of Law, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University College Cork in Ireland. He will be honored for leading judicial practice reform, adjudicating significant environmental rights cases and increasing ties between UM and Cork. Read more
Taking the national Board of Certification Exam for the Athletic Trainer is a daunting undertaking with an average first-time passing rate between 60 and 80 percent. But on May 6, eight UM students who sat for the exam earned a 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt. The exam is a rigorous, comprehensive assessment, covering four years of undergraduate classroom content, as well as clinical experiences. Read more
Educators from Indian Country and beyond gathered at the University of Montana on Thursday, launching a two-day seminar focused on the state of Native American education and efforts to drive it forward. Experts attending the Native American Student Advocacy Institute’s sixth annual conference spent the day discussing resources and ways to get more Indian students to college. Read more
University of Montana School of Journalism graduate, professor and friend Don Oliver died May 28 in Spokane, Wash. Don was a Billings native who rose to prominence covering many of the seminal events of the 1970s and ’80s as a correspondent for NBC News. He was 76. Our thoughts are with Don’s family, friends and colleagues. Read more
Kay Unger earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University and joined the Department of Economics at UM in 1978. Professor Unger was a successful and popular teacher, and her research, which was published in notable journals, covered areas such as health and gender economics, agriculture and banking. Her proudest accomplishment was bringing child care services to campus, a lasting project in which she played a vital role. Professor Unger is one of 50 2012-13 retirees. Read more UM retiree stories here.
Chef Thomas Siegel began his career at UM in 1978 in Dining Services, where he served 31 dedicated years in various roles, eventually culminating his service there as executive chef. In 2009, Chef Siegel decided to share his vast knowledge and took on the role of chef instructor in the Culinary Arts Program at Missoula College. Chef Siegel’s immense expertise, experience and selflessness in the service of his profession have become the cornerstone of the Culinary Arts Program. Chef Siegel is one of 50 2012-13 retirees. Read more retiree stories here.
A true sign of the times, mobile app developers took the top prizes in the 24th annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at the University of Montana. The competition, which is sponsored by the UM School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, was held May 16 at UM’s Gallagher Business Building. Support from several sponsors and private donors funded the $29,000 prize purse and the students’ competition expenses. Read more
As director of the Office of Indian Education in Washington, D.C., UM alumnus Joyce Silverthorne helps craft successful education policy that meets the needs of Native students across the country. She finds hope in the rising generation of new Native leaders who are using education to help bring opportunity to their people. This week Silverthorne returns to UM as a plenary speaker during the Native American Student Advocacy Institute’s national conference. Read more of her story here.
Kerry Foresman has been a cornerstone of the Division of Biological Sciences and Wildlife Biology faculty for nearly 30 years. He has educated an entire generation of wildlife biologists in Montana on the study of mammals, and his course on development has been a rite of passage for thousands of biology majors. Throughout his years at UM, he has been a passionate teacher and advocate for experiential learning. Professor Foresman is one of 50 2012-13 UM retirees. Read more retiree stories here.
The University of Montana has named its next provost and vice president for academic affairs. The University announced Friday that Perry Brown, UM interim provost since 2010, has been named to the post after an extensive national search. The provost serves as the University’s No. 2 administrator. As chief academic officer, the position oversees UM academic operations and efforts to promote student success. Read more
The University of Montana School of Journalism’s Native News Honors Project will publish its 22nd edition on Saturday, May 25. The publication, titled “Vast Expenses,” will be inserted inside editions of the Missoulian and the Billings Gazette. “Vast Expenses” focuses on how money is spent in and out of Montana’s Indian Country. The project is entirely reported, written, photographed, edited and designed by students in the UM School of Journalism. Read more
Immediate past president of the American Bar Association Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III will deliver the Commencement speech during the University of Montana School of Law graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Read more
University of Montana administrators are considering two sites for the new Missoula College building, President Royce C. Engstrom announced May 16. In addition to the South Campus site, UM will consider a location on University-owned property across the Clark Fork River, he said. The East Broadway property is immediately east of UM’s Montana Technology Enterprise Center facility on a seven-acre parcel of land. Read more
The English Language Institute of the Office of International Programs at the University of Montana recently celebrated of 20 years on campus. The program, which currently serves 250 students from more than 40 countries each year, had humble beginnings in UM’s Linguistics Department in 1993, helping one student for two weeks. Read more
University of Montana Presidential Leadership Scholarships have been awarded to 24 exceptional incoming UM freshmen. The scholarships recognize outstanding talent, academic performance, leadership and contribution to the community.This year’s scholarship winners were chosen from a field of more than 300 qualified applicants. Scholarship recipients become members of UM’s Davidson Honors College and receive a four-year tuition waiver plus an additional $5,000 to $7,500 per year. Read more
Clark Sisler was in his late 40s, severely injured and unemployed with a family to support when he decided to enroll at Bitterroot College in 2010. On Friday afternoon, Sisler will graduate and deliver the commencement address for the Bitterroot College Class of 2013. Read more
After a 17-year career selling cars, bookkeeping and running an office in Seattle, Tracy Wendt is lined up to graduate with the University of Montana’s Class of 2013. Except she won’t be lining up at all. She’ll jump into a summer job with Montana Trout Unlimited before starting graduate school next fall. Read more
University of Montana student Charlotte Leung recently was selected for the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium. The event, which will be held in late July, is highly selective and receives auditions from applicants around the world. Leung, a freshman international student from Hong Kong, was selected for the symposium through a recorded audition. Read more
Nearly 3,000 graduates and degree candidates are invited to participate in the University of Montana’s 116th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The general ceremony for UM’s professional schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and Missoula College will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The stadium opens at 8 a.m., and guests should be seated in the westside seating area by 9:30 a.m. No tickets are required. Read more
When Bryan Ellis graduated from high school, he couldn’t perform division. This summer he’ll receive a doctorate in sociology from Howard University. It’s difficult to appreciate where the former Montana Grizzly basketball player is today without knowing his history. Read more
University of Montana assistant professors Daisy Rooks and Tobin Shearer will receive the 2013 Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award at UM’s 116th Commencement on Saturday, May 18. Award winners exhibit superior teaching skills and dedication to advising and mentoring students. The award is the highest honor given by the College of Arts and Sciences for early career faculty. Read more
The first TEDxUMontana event will be held Sept. 19, 2013, in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center at the University of Montana. TEDxUMontana will feature some of the best minds, most innovative ideas and engaging speakers from the UM community. If you've got what it takes to deliver a great TED talk, fill out a speaker application form. Read more
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed the resolution of two investigations into the University of Montana’s handling of allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, and we announced our collaborative agreements moving forward. Read more
Students in the University of Montana's School of Business Administration continue to knock the Business Major Field Test out of the park. Thirty-one students graduating with the spring 2013 class scored at or higher than the 90th percentile, with the entire class scoring in the 94th percentile overall. Read more
The University of Montana Russian Program continues to shine this year, with two students recently capturing top prizes in a national Russian-language essay contest. Dakota Whisler received a second-place silver medal and Justin Davis received honorable mention in the second-year nonheritage learners category of the annual American Council of Teachers of Russian National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. Read more
The University of Montana ranks No. 7 on the Peace Corps’ 2013 list of top Master’s International programs. There are now 17 UM Master’s International students making a difference overseas through Peace Corps service. Established in 1992, the UM Master’s International program allows students to earn their graduate degrees while serving in the Peace Corps. Since 1992, 49 UM students have completed the program. Read more
Three University of Montana graduate students will depart for India on May 14 to work with Indian students and faculty on a research exchange. The three UM students, all Native Americans, will study issues related to climate change and socioeconomic change in tribal populations in India. In the fall, three Indian graduate students will come to UM for six weeks to learn about tribal culture in Montana. Read more
The University of Montana's Sam Gratton, Josh Harris, and Peter Nguyen were recently named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. The NFF recognized 703 seniors from across all divisions of college football for academic achievement. To qualify for the team a player must have completed his eligibility with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better, and be a starter or key reserve. Read more
Eight undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Montana have received Fulbright Scholarship award notifications for the coming year.The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Read more
Eliza Allison, a University of Montana senior from Helena, will work in Washington, D.C., this summer as the recipient of the 2013 J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship. Allison, who will graduate in May with a degree in political science and a minor in French, will serve as a summer intern for the Senate Finance Committee under the guidance of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. "I firmly believe in the importance of supplementing one's education with experiential learning," Allison said. "This internship will enable me to do just that." Read more
More than 1,600 students from all over the world recently competed in the semiannual Capsim Challenge to see who has the corporate intellect to be a winning CEO. University of Montana School of Business Administration graduate student Curtis Wallette rose to the top of the competition, taking first place in the challenge. Wallette, a Master of Business Administration candidate who lives in Billings, spent six to eight hours a day analyzing his business, strategizing his investments and “running” the company during the two-week semifinal competition in April. Read more
A film co-directed by UM Associate Professor Andrew Smith and his twin brother, Alex, has been selected to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. “Winter in the Blood” is based on a novel by the late James Welch, a UM alum, and features the work several UM grads, including actress Lily Gladstone, casting director Rene Hayes, co-producer and writer Ken White, along with several current and former School of Media Arts students. The movie was filmed on the Montana Hi-Line in 2011. Read more
Since its creation 75 years ago, University of Montana’s Wildlife Biology Program has educated thousands of students. In this video produced by Conservation Media, Professors Dan Pletscher, Kerry Foresman and Dick Hutto discuss the history of wildlife biology at UM and the legendary educators who helped build the program into the world-class school that it is today.
University of Montana students and faculty collaborated across disciplines to create a multimedia piece featuring narration, computer music, dance and animation that artistically translates how the sounds of the rivers influence waterway ecosystems. “Sounds of Rivers: Stone Drum,” which will be showcased in the annual UM “Dance in Concert” production, illustrates how science and fine arts can come together to document valuable research and tell a compelling story. Read more
A team of students and instructors from Missoula College UM tested the limits of an energy-efficient vehicle they spent several months building when they traveled to a national competition last year. The team – led by Brad Layton, director of MC’s Energy Technology Program, and energy tech student Grant Myhre – raced its aluminum-framed, solar-powered car in the Shell Eco Marathon in Houston last spring. Layton says participating in such competitions inspires students to put knowledge into practice and also connects them with the much wider worlds of research, innovation and business. Read more
Nate McCrady, known by many as the UM assistant professor of astronomy who shares his love of the stars with visitors during the Blue Mountain Observatory public viewing nights, recently won the first University of Montana College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching Across the Curriculum. His talent as an educator and seemingly unbound enthusiasm and energy have garnered him high praise from colleagues and students alike, who describe him as dedicated, challenging and involved. Read more
The University of Montana unveiled its new logo and brand identity to employees April 30 in the University Center Theater during an internal event hosted by UM’s Office of Integrated Communications. “This always has been a great University,” said Mario Schulzke, UM’s assistant vice president for marketing. “We just really needed a fresh storytelling platform to be able to communicate to the public all of the amazing things that are happening here on a daily basis.” Read more
Throughout her career, UM Professor Janet Finn repeatedly has explored, captured and given voice to the often-overlooked stories of women and their unique contributions to society. In her most recent book, “Mining Childhood: Growing up in Butte, 1900-1960,” Finn turns her attention to children and what childhood once was like on “The Richest Hill on Earth.” Finn will host a presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Fact & Fiction bookstore in downtown Missoula. Read more
UM is famous for the quality of writers produced by its Creative Writing Program, but not many of them go on to run nationally recognized tech companies based in Missoula. In fact, you could argue that Michael FitzGerald, M.F.A. ’00, stands alone in that category. FitzGerald is CEO of Submittable, an enterprise software company that allows publishers to easily accept and curate digital content. Read more about his story here.
The College of Forestry and Conservation at The University of Montana distributed nearly $160,000 in scholarships to more than 80 students at a ceremony held April 19. Many of the school’s scholarships were established in memory of former students or by local organizations, faculty and alumni. Learn more about some of the people these generous scholarships memorialize. Read more
After an extensive national search, the University of Montana will interview three finalists for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. The provost serves UM as chief academic officer, overseeing the University’s academic operations and efforts to promote student success. Read more
University of Montana Entertainment Management students recently got the chance to be “backstage and front of house,” as they helped coordinate a festival and fundraiser put together by music legend Eric Clapton. Earlier this month, half a dozen UM students headed to Madison Square Garden after two semesters and hundreds of hours of work promoting and publicizing Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013. Read more
Missoula College UM Culinary Arts students recently earned a bronze medal in a culinary competition that took place April 12-15 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Michael Goff, Brittany Campbell, Amy Jaqueth, Madison Conway and William Gervais competed against six other state team champions from the western region. Read more
Normally, digging holes in Yellowstone National Park violates federal law, but for the past five summers University of Montana archaeologist Doug MacDonald and his students have been doing just that. They are surveying and evaluating archeological sites surrounding Yellowstone Lake to reveal the lives of people who lived as long as 9,000 years ago. Read more
The University of Montana has selected “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder as the 2013 First-Year Reading Experience book. The nonfiction book recounts the work of renowned infectious-disease specialist Dr. Paul Farmer as he tackles tuberculosis and the effects of poverty in Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia. Read more
The Society of Professional Journalists awarded University of Montana journalism students 14 first-place awards and 13 second- and third-place awards at the regional SPJ competition in Spokane, Wash., April 13. UM students won accolades in magazine, online, photography, radio, reporting and television categories. Read more
University of Montana junior Rebecca Boslough recently won the national Truman Scholarship. The prestigious award provides top U.S. university student leaders up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school. Boslough, who majors in resource conservation with a minor in climate change studies, is the UM's 13th Truman Scholar. Read more
Two University of Montana students recently received prestigious national scholarships. Kim Ledger won a Goldwater Scholarship for her research titled “Biogeographic Investigation of Exotic Invasion.” Mara Menahan, a junior majoring in environmental studies and geography and minoring in climate change studies, received the Udall Scholarship. Read more
Jakki Mohr found her most recent academic inspiration from a humpback whale.That might seem odd considering that for the past 25 years — 15 of those at The University of Montana’s landlocked business school — she has taught marketing, and not, for instance, marine biology. In 2008, however, when Mohr heard a talk about biomimicry, it hit right at the intersection between nature and business. Read more
From ranchers who use guns to manage their livestock to survivors of a 1986 Montana school shooting, this student-produced documentary program explores the role of guns in Montana's culture. The program is the most recent edition of a 26-year tradition of films produced by the students of UM's School of Journalism. "Guns in the Big Sky: Montana's Gun Culture" will air on MontanaPBS in May. Read more