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UM alumnus John Chandler to teach UM courses on marketing analytics

Former Microsoft Data Analytics Expert to Teach at UM

A former Microsoft data analytics expert will teach advanced marketing classes at UM’s School of Business Administration this winter and next fall. John Chandler is the founder of Data Insights, a Minnesota-based consulting firm that uses data science to help companies like eBay, General Mills and LinkedIn. He taught a one-credit weekend seminar to UM graduate students called "Advanced Marketing Analytics: Turning Big Data Into Knowledge." Read more about UM’s new marketing analytics classes.

Video: Montana Practices Earthquake Drill Today

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to drop, cover, and hold in the event of an earthquake during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. The University of Montana and other Montanans will join them by participating in the 2014 Great Montana ShakeOut, planned for 10:22 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. Learn more at shakeout.org/montana/.

UM students Stephen Jenkins and Jena Trejo

Forestry Students Named Finalists in Business Challenge

UM students Stephen Jenkins and Jena Trejo are finalists in the Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge for their proposal to convert forest slash to methanol. The challenge encourages and rewards innovative, market-based solutions to natural resource issues. Jenkins and Trejo, both forestry majors, are working to develop a gasification unit that can convert forest products left after thinning and logging into a methanol biofuel. Read more about their idea on the College of Forestry and Conservation website.

UM Professor Ray Callaway

Scientific Minds of UM: Professor and Ecologist Ray Callaway

Ray Callaway’s research investigates the catastrophic consequences of some exotic plants in North America. The UM ecologist's original research on plant facilitation, found that over time, plants develop traits to compete with each other, which increases diversity. Callaway has taught ecology and biologoy for 22 years and was recently named one of the Most Influential Scientific Minds by Reuters. Read more about Callaway in the Montana Kaimin.

UM's Mansfield Library

Student Input Sparks Study Space for Student Veterans

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.

UM students practice fencing at recent workshop

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

The UM Fencing Club held a free workshop last week, and a couple of dozen novices showed up to learn the basics of the sport. There are 15 dues-paying members, but the club always welcomes – and hopes to attract – newcomers. Club members say the sport is as much about the mental workout as the physical one. Read more about one of UM’s many student groups. 

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World University Rankings Lists UM Among Top 350 Colleges Worldwide

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.

Runner Makena Morley

Record-Breaking Runner Makena Morley Commits to Griz

Bigfork’s Makena Morley, perhaps the most decorated prep runner in state history, plans to keep her talents local next year. The high school senior from the Flathead Valley, Montana’s all-class state record holder in cross country and a three-time champion, verbally committed to UM on Oct. 16. Morley will run cross country in the fall for the Grizzlies as well as compete in distance events for the track and field team in the winter and spring. Read more about Morley.

Hyeok Yun, a UM undergraduate, and Research Professor Craig Ravesloot

Student, Research Professor Teach Each Other Valuable Lessons

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.

UM soccer player Savannah Witt

Soccer Team off to Solid Start with Help from Newcomers

The Montana soccer team’s best start in a generation has been helped by a solid core of newcomers, including true freshmen Hallie Widner, who is the team’s leading scorer, and Allie Lucas. Savannah Witt hasn’t started a game for the Grizzlies and she’s technically a sophomore, but she belongs in that group. It’s hard to imagine UM’s 5-0 start in Big Sky Conference play without her. Read more about Witt’s return to the field after an injury. 

UM Regents Professor Steven Running

Scientific Minds of UM: Regents Professor Steven Running

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.

UM Professor Karen Ruth Adams talks to a classroom of students

UM Professor Earns Reputation for Predicting World Events

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.”

Video: "Un-Knowing" on Display at the UC Gallery

Learn more about "Un-Knowing," an exhibition by University of Montana students Dave Tarullo and Michael Workman, is on display now in the University Center Gallery at UM.

UM equestrian team at Utah horse show

Equestrian Team Rides to Early Season Success

UM’s equestrian team may fly under the radar on campus, but they're riding circles around their competition. Earlier this month, the team traveled to Utah State University to compete in the first regular season English show of the year. It was one of the largest Intercollegiate Horse Show Association shows, with more than 100 competitors from throughout the region. Montana won all three shows over the two-day event, sweeping the competition. The Montana Kaimin reports.

International students interact at UM's annual International Culture and Food Festival

International Student Enrollment at UM Hits Record High

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.

UM Associate Professor Nate McCrady teaches a class

UM Research Extends its Reach into Outer Space with Recent Awards

The University of Montana is a national leader in research on wildlife biology, ecology, forestry and areas related to the planet on which we live. Recently we have extended our reach into outer space. A spate of major research awards demonstrate the expertise that many of our faculty have in space-related research. UM Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship Scott Whittenburg details some of UM’s latest research developments on his blog. 

People attend the opening ceremony for the Elousie Cobell Land and Culture Institute at UM

Elouise Cobell’s Legacy Finds Permanent Home 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.

Video: UM-Led Team Selected for $8.9 Million NASA Grant

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.

Missoula College Professor and author Kim Zupan

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

“The Ploughmen,” is technically Kim Zupan’s debut novel, but the years beg to differ. The 62-year-old has spent the past quarter-century working as a carpenter to support his writing. Before he started teaching at Missoula College, which freed up his summers, he would save money to take months off to do nothing but write. Now he’s on sabbatical, ready to take his novel on the road. Read more about Zupan’s journey.

Video: Researcher Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship

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. 

UM biologist Doug Emlen discusses his new book in his office

Biologist’s 'Animal Weapons' Book Focuses on Species Development

Why do bull elk grow such big antlers? How come whitetail deer antlers have tines growing off a single main beam, while mule deer antlers fork? And why don’t either of them flatten out like moose antlers? UM biologist Douglas Emlen can tell you all about that first question, and he loses sleep at night pondering the others. His new book on this topic, “Animal Weapons,” hits bookstore shelves Nov. 11. Read more about Emlen’s work and his book.

UM sophomore Jesse Desrosier is proposing a Native Languages club

Sophomore Steps Up to Create Native Languages Club

Despite the loss of the University's Blackfoot language classes, students may still have a chance to learn Native languages. A proposed Native languages student club is working on getting recognition as a student group from ASUM. The group has 18 Native and non-Native students tentatively signed on. Jesse Desrosier, a sophomore from the Blackfeet tribe, said he always wanted to organize a Native languages club. Read more about the proposed language club.

The sun rises behind an oil rig on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation

Journalism Alumna Earns Award for Outstanding Feature Story

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.

UM Assistant Professor Annie Belcourt

UM Professor Named Harvard JPB Environmental Health Fellow

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.

Students in a MOLLI classroom at UM

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Surpasses Record Enrollment

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, known as MOLLI, has surpassed its all-time enrollment high this fall. There are 930 individuals registered for courses, and MOLLI membership grew to 737 members – an all-time high for the fall semester. MOLLI offers noncredit academic short courses to individuals who are age 50 and older. The courses are academic in nature and traditionally taught by UM faculty, emeritus faculty and professionals from the community. Read more about MOLLI. 

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Social Work Master’s Program Named Among Most Affordable

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.

Workers install the fabric sculpture in downtown Missoula.

UM Museum Installs Fabric Art Downtown

Brandon Reintjes, curator of art for UM’s Montana Museum of Art and Culture, helped install a 45-foot-long fabric sculpture titled “Rapunzel” on the Missoula Mercantile building in the downtown area. The piece is by New York artist and Missoula native Amanda Browder. The installation was only up for a few hours on Friday, Oct. 3. Read more in the Missoulian.

Logo for the UM Police Department

Office of Public Safety Renamed UM Police Department

Sometimes, a name change can make a big difference. That's why security officers at the University of Montana decided it was time for a little re-branding. There's no confusion now - UM students should know that they're dealing with police as the Office of Public Safety is now known as the UM Police Department - a change that went into effect this semester. Local news station KPAX reports on the UM Police Department.

Kirk Hash is ASUM's first senator who is deaf.

Student Takes on Role as ASUM’s First Deaf Senator

It won’t be the first time he’s been the only deaf person in the room. Kirk Hash, a well-bearded 38-year-old post-baccalaureate Missoula College student, is used to it by now. Next week, he’s expected to be sworn in as the first deaf senator in the history of the Associated Students of UM. Hash applied for an open seat earlier this fall. Hash said he wants to represent Missoula College students in ASUM. The Montana Kaimin reports on Hash’s new role.

University of Montana campus

Three UM Employees Recognized for Exemplary Service to Victims

Three members of the UM community were recognized for demonstrating exemplary service to victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Captain Ben Gladwin of the UM Police Department was named Public Servant of the Year; Kim Brown Campbell, UM campus assault prevention coordinator, was named Educator of the Year; and Officer Shannon Parsons of UM Police Department was named Volunteer of the Year. Read more about the awards.

Shawn grove of UM's VETS Office and Professor Laura Dybdal

UM Expands Mindful Resilience Training for Student Veterans

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.

artists explore use of tools in two shows at UM

Two Missoula Artists Explore Instinctive Appeal of Tools

The primal appeal of tools unites two shows at UM’s Gallery of Visual Arts. Stephen Glueckert built machines that generate the drawings themselves in his exhibit, “We Use Them to Do Things.” The Missoula Art Museum curator has been assembling mark-making machines for years. The other exhibit, “Re/Creation” features Chad Steve’s ceramic pieces, which strike a balance between hyper-realism and fancy. Steve is an artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Read more about the exhibits.

UM students enjoy a UM Dining meal on the Oval

UM Dining Focuses on Student-Led Food Goal

UM Dining announced Monday it surpassed a goal to provide 20 percent real food by 2020 at a campus event called Real Food Rising. UM signed a commitment with the national organization Real Food Challenge last October. The student-led movement has challenged campuses nationwide to purchase what is called “real food,” defined by four major criteria: local, ecological, fair and humane. Read more in the Montana Kaimin.

Video: Student-Faculty Partnerships Enhance Learning

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.

Professor Joel Berger

Professor Earns Accolades for Research, Conservation Work

Like polar bears, muskoxen and yaks are modern metaphors for climate change. UM Professor Joel Berger faces sub-zero temperatures and travels across Arctic and alpine tundra to understand why populations of these species are changing, and what we can do about it. His work, setting in motion a new enthusiasm applying science to conservation actions, is why Berger has advanced as a finalist for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize.Watch this video to learn more. Watch this video to learn more.

Missoula College students work in the classroom

Missoula College Awarded $8M for Health Care Job Training

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 and his daughter

UM Researcher Investigates Ethics of Climate Engineering

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. 

Mike and Maureen Mansfield statue at UM

Mansfield Center Podcast: President Engstrom Reflects on Leadership

The Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast is a new series by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM that captures the wisdom of international thought leaders. In this episode, UM President Royce Engstrom talks about the process of becoming a leader, the Global Leadership Initiative and examples of leadership from his own life. Listen to the latest podcast here.

Mary Ann Cotter receives award for her father, Tom

Major Scholarship Donor Tom Cotter Honored by UM Foundation

For the first time since 2002, the University of Montana Foundation awarded the Order of the Grizzly, its highest honor. Tom Cotter, who gave millions to support student scholarships at the University of Montana, is the 2014 recipient and was honored posthumously at the Foundation’s President’s Club and Heritage Society Dinner on Sept. 25. Cotter passed away July 16. His daughter, Mary Ann Cotter, accepted the award on his behalf. Read more about Cotter’s connection to UM and his philanthropy. 

UM yearbooks

Mansfield Library Makes 72 UM Yearbooks Available Online

Just in time for Homecoming, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM has placed all 72 UM yearbooks online. The Sentinel yearbooks range from 1904 to 1972 and 1987 to 1989. They are online in ScholarWorks, UM’s open-access repository service. The text of each yearbook is fully searchable, and they include photographs and stories that document all aspects of life at UM, providing a rich source for history and culture of the University. Local news station KPAX reports.

American Indian student works with UM staff member

American Indian Web Portal Offers Gateway to Information

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.

UM student Mitch Everts

Sophomore Drafts Solution for Student Loan Repayment

A UM student and member of a local think tank has drafted legislation he believes will give students more options to repay their college debt, and do so in a shorter period of time. Mitch Everts, a political science and pre-law student at UM, spent his September crafting what he refers to as the People’s Bill, allowing students to repay their college loans by opting to withhold an additional percentage of their income taxes. Read more about his bill.

Michelle Grocke sits with Nepalese children

Fulbright Scholar Heads to Nepal to Study Impact of New Roads

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.

The Source in the UC

Nine Amazing Resources All UM Students Should Know About

UM offers a wide array of resources for students, from writing coaching and tutoring to health care services, IT help and outdoor gear rental. Looking for an internship: Head to Career Services. Need to get home from downtown at night? Jump on the UDASH bus. Find out more about the services and opportunities available to all students in a recent blog post from Phi Delta Theta titled “9 Amazing Resources All UM Students Should Know About.”

UM students walk around the Oval

UM Sees 6.4 Increase in Freshmen Students for Fall Semester

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.

UM Professor Garon Smith educates Honey Harvest Festival attendees

Missoulians Hear the Buzz About Bees at Honey Harvest Festival

Hundreds strolled through Saturday’s Honey Harvest Festival on the University of Montana’s campus, explaining the different parts of the hive, the honeybee and the different products they produce. The Honey Harvest Festival followed on the heels of the Western Apicultural Society Conference and the International Conference on Hive and Honeybee Monitoring on UM’s campus. The four-day conference hosted upward of 160 attendees. Read more about the Honey Harvest Festival.

Cyber Innovation Lab at UM

Cyber Security Course Educates Students in Growing Field

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.

Journalism Plaque on UM's Don Anderson Hall

School of Journalism Celebrates a Century of Making News

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

UM art Professor Elizabeth Dove

Elizabeth Dove: Cutting Through Definitions in Search of Meaning

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

UM softball player at bat

Building Montana’s Softball Program from the Ground Up

The Montana Grizzlies softball team is entirely new. From the bats and balls to the players and coaches, this season will be an exercise in the unfamiliar. It’s been two weeks since the team held its inaugural practice on Sept. 3, and already, a routine has developed. The team is about to make program history. Saturday, Griz softball will play its first game, against Dawson Community College. The Montana Kaimin reports.

Hank Green

Internet Sensation Hank Green Aims to Decrease ‘Worldsuck’

“Success” is a word that fits on entrepreneur and UM alumnus Hank Green as neatly as his black-rimmed glasses and the wide-eyed, gawky grin he beams around the world every week via YouTube. From his Internet platform, he has launched a fusillade of imaginative and popular multimedia ventures. They crackle with his ideas on the environment, technology, space exploration, sexual health, philanthropy and songs about Harry Potter. Read more about Green in the latest issue of the Montanan.

UM's Davidson Honors College

Davidson Honors College Automates Application Process

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. 

Researcher Doug Emlen holds a rhino beetle

Researchers Find Animal Weapons Driven by Fighting Style

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.

UM Alumnus Bryn Hagfors

Alumnus Named ‘Rising Star’ by Great Falls Tribune

Bryn Hagfors was a rising star at UM, where he served on ASUM Senate as vice president while he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. Now he’s back in his hometown of Great Falls, working as a business and marketing analyst for Davidson Investment Advisors. The Great Falls Tribune recently profiled him as a “Rising Star.” Read more about what Hagfors is up to these days.

downtown Missoula

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

For the second year in a row, Livability.com has ranked Missoula among the “Top 100 Best Places to Live.” Missoula ranks No. 8 on the 2015 list, which was released Sept. 15. "Nearby mountain ranges, three rivers and more than 400 acres of city parkland make Missoula an outdoor lover's dream come true," the article reads. "Home to the University of Montana, Missoula’s breweries, coffee houses, cafes and restaurants create a unique, cool vibe." Read more about what Livability.com has to say about Missoula.

Suzanne and Dave Peterson

Missoula Couple Donates $1.5 Million to UM for Gifted Education

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.

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US News and World Report: UM Among Nation’s Top 200 Universities

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.

Jim Palmer Trucking decks out semi for hauling UM's football equipment

Palmer Trucking and Grizzly Athletics Rolling Together

Grizzly football will soon be coming to a highway near you thanks to a new partnership with Jim Palmer Trucking of Missoula. The company will transport team equipment for six road games using a prestigious 75th anniversary Peterbilt truck paired with a custom-wrapped Grizzly football trailer. The truck will travel more than 10,300 miles as it travels to games in Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah, Washington and California. Read more about the company’s generous donation.

ASUM president and vice president in Helena

Student Blog: Getting Involved Improves Your College Experience

“I was not always as involved on campus as I am now and my life now is better for my involvement. When I arrived on campus, like many first-year students, I put my head down and got to the business of getting a degree. I thought that I had an adequate life off campus and enough friends. I felt this way until one day I got involved, largely by accident.” Read more in this blog post from ASUM President Asa Hohman. 

Video: UM Research Reveals Secrets of Animal Weapons

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.

air pollution in Mexico City

UM Researcher Finds Air Pollution Harmful to Young Brains

Pollution in many cities threatens the brain development in children. Findings by UM Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas and her team of researchers reveal that children living in megacities are at increased risk for brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. The study found when air particulate matter and their components such as metals are inhaled or swallowed, they pass through damaged barriers, and can result in long-lasting harmful effects. Read more about Calderón-Garcidueñas’ research.

Video: UC Now Offers Room for Quiet Contemplation

The University Center at the University of Montana is now offering the UM community a quiet room for meditation and prayer. Located in UC Room 209A, the space provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of campus. The Montana Kaimin visits the room in this video.

Maureen and Mike Mansfield statue on UM campus

Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast Explores Mike Mansfield’s Legacy

The Mansfield Global Leadership Podcast is a new series by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM that captures the wisdom of international thought leaders and industry experts on various aspects of U.S.-Asia relations. In the first episode, Mansfield Center Director Abraham Kim discusses the importance of Montana-Asia relations, and participants take part in a roundtable discussion highlighting leadership lessons learned from Mike Mansfield’s life and legacy. Listen to the first podcast here.

Cybersecurity expert Deviant Ollam speaks to UM students

Visiting Expert Teaches UM Students Cybersecurity Basics

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.

Video: 2014 State of the University Address

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

Brendan Brady dumps a bucket of ice water on Julie Doerner

Havre Man with ALS Uses Eye-Tracking Technology from UM Program

Give him some time. Brendan Brady has gotten handy at so many things in the seven years he’s lived with the deadly degenerative disease known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It’s only a matter of time before the 35-year-old Havre man will be able to literally stare down a bucket of ice water onto the likes of Julie Doerner. Read more about how the MonTECH program at UM’s Rural Institute is helping Brady and others.

Video: Student-Athletes Thrive at UM

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.

SID Dave Guffey with Griz football player

UM's Longtime Sports Information Director Dave Guffey to Retire

Over nearly four decades he's watched Montana transform from a basketball school to one crazy about football. He's witnessed the explosion of collegiate women's sports. And he's been courtside and in the press box for more than 30 years. Starting next fall he'll see it all from a brand-new perspective: the bleachers. Dave Guffey, who next month will start his 37th year as Montana's sports information director, decided recently that will retire next June 30. Read more about Guffey’s career at UM.

UM scientist Jeff Good

UM Scientist Co-Authors Study on How Animals Are Domesticated

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. 

Video: Convocation Kicks Off Fall Semester at UM

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.

Museum visitor takes in MMAC exhibit

Opening the Vault: UM’s Extensive Collection of Fine Art Still Lacks Home

Since its inception in 1895, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture has built up an inventory of natural history artifacts, fine art from around the world, early Western art, antiques and textiles, experimental installation pieces and a variety of work from UM students. MMAC’s 11,000 pieces make it the largest collection devoted to fine art in the state. But as the collection has grown, the space for it has not. The Missoula Independent reports.

UM senior Mara Menahan

Honors Student Seizes Every Opportunity During Time at UM

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.

Video: Cicada Study Discovers Two Genomes that Function as One

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

Snowmelt in Glacier

Researchers Studying Climate Change in Crown of the Continent

The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called “the crown of the continent,” and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw. But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. University of Montana researchers are studying what these changes mean for glaciers, wildlife and people. NPR’s All Things Considered reports. 

Students meet with adviser

Students Find the Path to Success Through Career Services

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.

Video: The Life of a Student Athlete: Jordan Sullivan

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. 


Missoula neighborhoods as seen from Waterworks Hill

Ambassadors Aim to Help Student Renters, Neighbors Get Along

Neighborhoods in and around UM are seeing some new faces as students make their way from around the country to start school on Monday. Some of those students are transitioning out of campus living to renting homes, and one of the most popular spots for off-campus living is the University District. To make the transition easier on students and nearby residents, the Neighborhood Ambassadors are jumping on the welcome wagon. Local news station KPAX reports.

UM students Matt Gangloff and Andrew Burrington work with Associate Professor Cameron Lawrence

Community Support Helps SoBA Students Turn Over a ‘New Leaf’

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.

UM Associate Professor Charles Palmer

Associate Professor Leads Effort to Mark Graves of Fallen Firefighters

Former smokejumper and UM associate professor Charles Palmer had two goals after he read a newspaper article in 2003 about five men who died in the Waldron Creek wildfire west of Choteau on Aug. 25, 1931: Provide headstones for the three men without them and to write a book about the incident. The first goal will be met at an Aug. 24 memorial service and dedication ceremony. Read more about Palmer’s project.

UM student Aiden Reichman holds of photo of himself with Sen. Jon Tester

Chemo to College: UM Sophomore Battling Cancer Won't Quit

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.

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FindTheBest Ranks Montana as State with the Best Colleges

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.

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State of the University Address, Missoula College Groundbreaking Friday

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.

UM officials break ground on the new athletics academic center

$1 Million Gift Highlights Academic Center Groundbreaking

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.

Crews help UM students move into the residence halls

Students Begin Arriving on Campus for Fall Semester

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.

Students, Symantec executives work in the Cyber Innovation Lab at UM

Symantec Executives Visit UM to Observe Big Data Course

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 students howl with excitement in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

UM Launches Freshman Wilderness Experience Program

The Wilderness Institute and Outdoor Program at the University of Montana launched a new Freshman Wilderness Experience Program on Aug. 16. Seventy freshmen arrived from all over the country to participate in the new wilderness-based program. Students spend four days in various wilderness areas throughout western Montana, either backpacking or rafting. UM students are leading all the trips. Read more about the new Freshman Wilderness Experience Program.

A rainbow bending toward the M on Mount Sentinel

Missoula Makes List of Greatest Places to Live in America

Missoula came in at No. 9 on a list of 16 greatest places to live in America, according to Outside Magazine. The Garden City was lauded for being a college town and cultural center with nearly instant access to nearby wilderness to explore. “It’s a really open, diverse community,” says Mike Wolfe, a lawyer and professional ultra-runner. “You can be whoever you want to be here.” Read more about the list.

A dog used for the project

Dogs Used to Sniff Out Invasive Mustard on Mount Sentinel

Dyer’s woad is an invasive plant found in five Montana locations, including Mount Sentinel near UM. That’s where Working Dogs for Conservation comes in. Based in Montana and founded in 2000 by four biologists, this nonprofit organization and its dogs have hunted the weed for the past four years. In 2011 and 2012, 500 plants were found. That decreased to 113 plants last year and so far only 19 plants this summer. Read more about the Dyer’s woad project.

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‘The Things They Carried’ Selected as First-Year Reading Title

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.

Andrij Holian, Andrew Closson and Ray Hamilton

Summer Research Program Brings Maine Student to Montana

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.

A temperature map of Montana

Researcher Improves Temperature Modeling Across Mountainous Areas

New research by UM doctoral student Jared Oyler provides improved computer models for estimating temperature across mountainous landscapes. The work was published Aug. 12 in the International Journal of Climatology. Collaborating with UM faculty co-authors Ashley Ballantyne, Kelsey Jencso, Michael Sweet and Steve Running, Oyler provided a new climate dataset for ecological and hydrological research and natural resource management. Read more about Oyler’s research

International students listening in a UM class

International Students Flock to UM from 50 Countries

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.

Skyline of Toronto

UM’s GLI Students Share Global Experiences on Blog

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. 

Movers unload new furniture for UM residence halls

New Furniture Arrives at UM Residence Halls as Semester Nears

Chris Phelps, right, unpacks a chair last week while other workers from the Silver Eagle Relocation moving company sort through a truckload of new furniture intended for the social and study lounges in the nine University of Montana residence halls. The on-campus living communities, which house about 2,400 students, open Saturday, Aug. 16. General classes at UM begin Monday, Aug. 25. See the full-size photo on the Missoulian newspaper website.

Late Wilderness Steward Bud Moore

Late Wilderness Steward Bud Moore’s Papers Donated to UM Archives

Bill Moore said his father, Bud Moore, taught him lessons of the wild he didn’t even know he’d learned until later. By making the late conservationist’s journals and letters, reports and notes, speeches and photos and even his voice available to the public through the University of Montana archives, his son said he hoped others will glean some things too. Read more about the Bud Moore collection at the Mansfield Library. 

25,000 fans filled Washington-Grizzly Stadium for the Aug. 5 Paul McCartney concert

McCartney, UM Organizers Pleased with Missoula Performance

It bodes well for business when the boss is pleased. And after Tuesday night’s record-breaking concert in Missoula, Paul McCartney was pleased indeed. Crews spent Wednesday morning completing work to tear down the stage and rigging where McCartney dazzled 25,000 fans in Washington-Grizzly Stadium the night before. By 11 a.m., all traces of the high-energy, three-hour concert were gone, though the memories lingered. Read more about what people are saying after the historic show.

Katie Dorsett,  Kevan Roberts, Zeina Jaffar

Honors Student Focuses Summer Research on Allergens and Asthma

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 students, researchers dig at Bridge River archaeological field site

Field School Students Uncover Diverse Archaeological Findings at BC Site

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.

Paul McCartney fans watch concert from Mount Sentinel

UM Renames Mount Sentinel for Paul McCartney Concert

Over the weekend, in celebration of his first Minneapolis show in nearly a decade, the governor of Minnesota declared Aug. 2 as Paul McCartney Day. Not to be outdone, the University of Montana and the City of Missoula commemorated the Aug. 5 show at Washington-Grizzly Stadium by renaming the iconic Mount Sentinel to Mount McCartney. Somewhere, Ringo Starr is stirring his tea, fighting to keep his smile from cracking into a frown of unfathomable disdain. Read more about Mount McCartney.

UM's Mansfield Library

Extensive Collection of Sen. Baucus' Papers Arrive at UM for Archiving

A semitrailer carrying the legacy papers of former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus arrived at the University of Montana on Monday, bolstering the school’s already robust legislative collection. Crews spent Monday transferring 21 pallets containing more than 900 boxes of Baucus’ papers to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, where the files will be sorted, archived and eventually made available for research. Read more about the Baucus papers at UM.

UM officials, coaches, students break ground on new softball field

UM Breaks Ground on New South Campus Softball Stadium

When Jamie Pinkerton accepted the position as head coach of the University of Montana’s new women’s softball team he had no players, no roster and no u0niforms. His team had no bats, no helmets and, in perhaps the most glaring obstacle of all, the Lady Griz didn’t have a playing field. That began to change Thursday when UM sank six silver shovels into the soil, breaking ground on a new softball stadium. Read about UM’s newest sport.

Actors in Driving Miss Daisy

Catch UMArts in Action During Summer Theater Season

Summer theater season is in full swing and more than 50 UM students, alumni and faculty from the School of Music and School of Theatre & Dance are working in theaters around Montana and Idaho as actors, designers, musical directors, writers and technicians. Many of these companies have productions running through Labor Day. Find out where you can catch the talented members of the UMArts family in action this season.

UM faculty member Chris Migliaccio and Elena Beideck

Visiting Honors Student Investigates Nanomaterials

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.

Flathead Lake

Biostation Researchers Monitor Ever-Changing Conditions of Flathead Lake

Over the past five decades, Jack Stanford has grown intimately familiar with the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. As the longtime director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station, Stanford has led research efforts with his wife, Bonnie Ellis, and their team of scientists who all together are carrying on the legacy of Dr. Morton J. Elrod. Stanford recently spoke about the importance of the world’s cleanest lakes. 

UM's Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Upgrades Improve Fan Experience at Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Washington-Grizzly Stadium has the reputation of producing the best fan experience in the Football Championship Subdivision, but reputations are like eggs: fragile, easy to break and very hard to put back together. That’s why fans who attend a Grizzly football game this fall will notice three major upgrades to the stadium, all added to enhance the fan experience. Read more about the upgrades taking place in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

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Chinese Delegation Visits for Talks on Academics, Trade, Technology

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.

‘World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds’

3 UM Faculty Listed Among ‘World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds’

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.

Hands working with a wooden tool on a artifact

Project Unearths Buffalo Soldiers’ Artifacts at Fort Missoula

UM archaeologists are leading an effort at Fort Missoula to better understand the lives of black soldiers in the American West in the late 1880s. Nicknamed “buffalo soldiers,” the 25th Infantry at the decommissioned fort included 220 African-Americans. The group made history in 1896-97 by testing whether bicycles could be used instead of horses during times of war, pedaling to what became the Glacier and Yellowstone national parks and then on to St. Louis. Read more about the archaeological project.

An instructor teaching in front of a class a the institute

Institute Attracts High Schoolers with UM College Experience

Marion DiVore came to UM’s 2014 Kermit and Kathleen Schwanke Honors Institute for high school students seeking a true college experience. She lived on campus for two weeks, dined at the Food Zoo and even pulled an all-nighter. “I actually didn’t sleep last night,” says DiVore, a sixteen-year-old junior from Mountain Home, Idaho. “A group of us were up writing and helping each other with our projects.” Read more about the Schwanke Honors Institute.

Jaxie Friedman, right, and her mentor, Fernando Cardozo-Pelaez

Visiting Honors Student Investigates Parkinson’s Disease

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.

a bee rests on a sunflower in the UM Dining Garden

UM Dining Wins NACUFS Grand Prize for Sustainability

UM Dining recently won the National Association of College and University Food Services 2014 Grand Prize for Sustainability.  The awards recognize member institutions that demonstrate outstanding leadership in the promotion and implementation of environmental sustainability – specifically as it relates to campus dining operations. The NACUFS Sustainability Awards support the globally accepted triple bottom line philosophy, also known as “people, planet, profit.” Read more about how UM Dining earned the Grand Prize. 

UM students study in the library

Record Year for Fundraising Means More Scholarships for Students

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.

UM student Steve Page

Student Selected as Inaugural Artisan-Designer for Boston Retailer

UM student Steve Page of Boston recently is the inaugural artisan designer for Boston-based retail shop HUDSON. On July 15 interior designer Jill Goldberg announced the launch of a new annual program called HUDSON Discovers, which showcases emerging artisan-designers from across the country in the retail shop as well as online. Nineteen-year-old Page is the first artist to be featured. He studies business at UM. Read more about Page’s art and the program.

UM geneticist Fred Allendorf

Former Students, Fellow Scientists Honor UM Geneticist Allendorf

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. 

UM accounting Associate Professor Kenton Swift

Professor Swift Named Outstanding Accounting Educator of the Year

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.

UM visiting Professor Robert Pal

Visiting Professor Identifies European Invaders on Sentinel

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.

The faces of the five DAA winners

Five Distinguished Alumni Honored for Achievements

Five outstanding UM graduates will receive 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming weekend festivities on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27. The awards are the highest honor presented by UM’s Alumni Association. This year’s distinguished alumni are Eric Sprunk ’86 of Beaverton, Ore.; Elizabeth Vinson Kohlstaedt, Ph.D. ’89, of Helena; Charles Hood ’61, M.A. ’69 (posthumously awarded); Denise Juneau, J.D. ’04, of Helena; and James Murray ’76 of Washington, D.C. Read more about the distinguished alumni.

The new family medicine residents at a gathering

UM Selects 10 New Family Medicine Residents for Class of 2017

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.

Researcher Ryan Mizner adjusts the cords on his BRIDGE device.

Unweighting Device Gives Patients a Lighter Road to Recovery

Assistant Professor Ryan Mizner has designed a cutting-edge device that makes patients lighter as they do physical therapy to recover from knee injuries or even severe brain injuries. His Bodyweight Reduction Instrument to Deliver Graded Exercise (BRIDGE) device offers consistent vertical force no matter what the movement. He earned a grant from the Foundation for Physical Therapy to conduct a double-blind study with 30 patients recovering from knee surgery. Read more about the device

UM faculty member Yoon Hee Cho and Harley Fredriksen

Visiting Honors Student Researches Epigenetic Changes during UM Summer 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.

A Syrian policeman patrols the ancient city of Palmyra,

Postdoctoral Researcher: Antiquities Often Looted to Fund Insurgencies

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.

former UM law Professor Duke Crowley

Professor Left Lasting Impression on Montana Law, Thousands of Students

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.

Video: Get the Dirt on UM's Dining Composting Program

When it comes to food waste management at the Food Zoo, UM Dining's advanced composting program doesn't leave a single morsel behind. 

UM's Main Hall

UM’s Main Hall Makes List of 100 Missoula Icons

It’s the centerpiece of campus, commanding the Oval at UM. It appears in historic black-and-white photographs, and on today’s postcards of Missoula. Of the city’s many icons, Main Hall is surely high on the list. UM was established in 1893 and Main Hall is the oldest building on campus. It was designed by the well-known Missoula architect A.J. Gibson in the Richardsonian-Romanesque style and opened in 1899. Read more about Main Hall’s history in the Missoulian’s 100 Missoula Icons series.

Dean Reed Humphrey

Humphrey Named College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences Dean

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.

Student-athletes volunteer at community event

Student-Athletes Volunteer More Than 2,100 Hours to Community

Montana’s student-athletes spent more than 2,190 hours donating their time to community service events and projects during the 2013-14 academic year. How much is 2,194.5 hours, to be exact? If you worked 40 hours per week for an entire year, without a vacation day, sick day or holiday break, you'd put in 2,080 hours. Read more about the great things UM student-athletes are doing.

UM Assistant Professor Annie Belcourt

Researcher Approaches Native American Health Disparities From All Sides

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.

Retiring UM Dean Dave Forbes

Dean Forbes Retires After Successfully Leading UM College for 26 Years

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.

UM grad student Sarah Kinsey and mentor Liz Putman

Honors Student Takes Research to Next Level During Summer Program

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.

Aaron Thomas, director of Indigenous Research and STEM Education at UM

UM Joins National Network to Increase Native Participation in STEM Careers

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.

UM Assistant Professor Ryan Mizner

Researcher’s Unweighting Device Lightens Load for Recovering Patients

Only a dozen men ever have experienced the one-sixth gravity of the moon as they walked across the lunar surface and into history. But for patients who find themselves in UM Assistant Professor Ryan Mizner’s low-gravity environment, the goal isn’t to slip the “surly bonds of Earth” and walk amongst the stars. They simply want to walk again. Read about Mizner’s new physical therapy invention. 

Piano movers deliver an instrument in downtown

Professor Helps Bring Pianos to Downtown for ‘Social Experiment’

Chris Hahn sat down at the upright piano outside Higgins Plaza, and played part of a Chopin etude on the Kurtzmann manufactured in 1910. Across the street, a couple people cheered at the brief but spontaneous concert, the first live music on the instrument in its new home in downtown Missoula. Thus began the Downtown Piano Project, an idea that Hahn helped bring to fruition. Read more about Missoula’s Downtown Piano Project.

UM alum Dave Dickenson

No. 1 Big Sky Men's Athlete: Montana’s Dave Dickenson

Great Falls sits right in the heart of Montana. The Missouri River snakes through one of the windiest cities in the United States. The Lewis and Clark Expedition had to portage around the area's five waterfalls in 1805. It was also home to former Montana Grizzly quarterback Dave Dickenson, who was voted as the No. 1 male athlete in the first 50 years of the Big Sky Conference. Read more about Dickenson’s latest honor.

Grad student Matt Ferguson

Graduate Student Investigates Health Effects of Airborne Particles

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.

UM Professor Joel Berger

Study: In Wild Yak Society, Moms Are the Real Climbers

A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that in wild yak societies, it's the mothers that are the real climbers. The study found that mothers with young venture on steeper terrain and slightly higher elevation than either males or females without young. Study authors expect that this strategy is an adaptive way to avoid predators and to access more nutritious food. Read more about the study, which was co-written by UM Professor Joel Berger.

items from women's rights exhibit

Artifacts: Library Exhibit Showcases Women’s Fight for Rights

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.

Students in UM journalism class

School of Journalism Announces High-Profile Professorship

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.

Three osprey chicks

Osprey Pair Iris and Stanley Hatch Three Chicks in Hellgate Nest

It’s been a busy spring for Internet sensations Iris and Stanley, a pair of adult osprey who have captured the attention of viewers from around the world thanks to a high-resolution camera installed by UM researchers. The pair returned to their Hellgate Canyon nest in April, and Iris laid three eggs on May 5, 8 and 11. All three chicks hatched in mid-June. Watch a livestream of the Hellgate nest here and follow the Montana Osprey Cams on Facebook.

UM's Shannon Cate sets up to shoot.

UM’s Cate Voted Top Female Athlete in Conference History

These days she’s known as UM assistant coach Schweyen on campus, but between 1988 and 1992, Shannon Cate scored 2,172 points and pulled in 878 rebounds for the Lady Griz. When her last game was played, she was the No. 1 scorer in conference history. Now the Big Sky Conference has named her the top female athlete in its history. Read more about her amazing career here.

Paleontologist George Stanley holding a fossil

Professor Stanley Thrives on Diet of Prehistoric Discovery

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 track and field athlete Lindsey Hall

Lindsey Hall Wraps Up Record-Setting Collegiate Career

Montana’s record-setting heptathlete Lindsey Hall is headed to Eugene, Ore., where she’ll be among 23 competitors for an NCAA title when her event gets underway June 12. She’s not the favorite – Georgia super freshman Kendell Williams will be awfully tough to beat – but she could be right there when her events wrap up June 13. Hall is, in the smaller universe of the Big Sky Conference, a marvel. Read more about Hall’s collegiate career and her final event.

KPCN student video producers on the road

Student Producers Travel State to Film Financial Literacy Videos

KPCN: The Peer Connection Network, an award-winning, student video production group housed in UM’s Office for Student Success, recently visited 12 Montana colleges and universities to interview fellow students on financial literacy. The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education contracted KPCN to produce seven videos that capture advice from peers around the state on financial education for current college students. The videos are expected to be completed in September. View more KPCN videos.

UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

DeCuire Well-Versed in the Grizzly Way, But Will Do Things His Own Way

Travis DeCuire has always had a passion for basketball. That was apparent way back in 1990 when Blaine Taylor visited DeCuire on a recruiting trip to Seattle. Even today, Taylor and DeCuire have differing versions of what occurred that day, but DeCuire’s enthusiasm was unmistakable. That passion led Athletic Director Kent Haslam to introduce UM's new basketball coach with the pronouncement: “We got our guy.” Read more about UM newest basketball coach.

recent School of Journalism grads in caps and gowns

Journalism Students Win Big at Regional, National Competitions

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.

20 under 40

20 Under 40: Young Western Montanans Making a Difference

The Missoulian newspaper recently released its annual 20 Under 40 publication, a special section recognizing the top young business professionals in western Montana who excel in leadership, innovation and dedication to community. Several of the professionals who made the list have ties to UM, either as alumni, faculty or staff. UM congratulates all those who made this year’s list. Read more about these rising stars.

UM Alumna Renee Haugerud

A True Trailblazer: Alumna Finds Unique Success on Wall Street

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.

Video: Explore the Flathead Lake Biological Station

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.

UM Professor Garon Smith

Professor Casts Science Spell Over New Zealand Students

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.

UM Professor Jillian Campana talks with students

Think Tank: UM’s Brain Initiative Consolidates Research Across Campus

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.

Vernon Grund

Vernon Grund Spent 21 Years Improving UM Research, Education

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.

UM Researcher Brent Ruby

Lab Rats: Brent Ruby Leads UM’s Cutting-Edge Athlete Research

Brent Ruby is the head researcher at UM’s Department of Work, Performance and Exercise Metabolism. Enthusiastic and wonkish, he is exactly what you want a scientist to be. His lab is stocked with treadmills and high-end bicycles, but also mid-century modern furniture and an iPhone amplifier he made out of a wooden box and what appears to be a gramophone horn. Ruby is either a shameless huckster or the real deal. Read more about Ruby’s work in Headwall magazine.

UM retiree Dan Pletscher

Pletscher Retires After Leading Wildlife Biology Program to Prominence

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.

Video: UM Dining Director Wins Silver Plate Award

Congratulations to UM Dining Director Mark LoParco, who recently won the prestigious Silver Plate Award for Colleges and Universities. LoParco's leadership makes UM Dining one of the best college food services in the country.

Lady Griz assistant coach Annette Rocheleau

Annette Rocheleau Retires After 32 Years of Coaching Lady Griz

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 Annette Rocheleau who served as assistant basketball coach for the Lady Griz for 32 years. During her tenure the Lady Griz won numerous conference championships and played in 20 NCAA tournaments. Annette was instrumental in the growth and popularity of Lady Griz basketball. Read more about this year’s retirees.

Patrick O'Connor

History Student Named First Dennison Doctoral Fellow

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.

New UM basketball coach Travis DeCuire

Travis DeCuire Named Coach of Griz Men’s Basketball Team

Travis DeCuire has been selected to be the UM’s 27th head men's basketball coach, announced UM Director of Athletics Kent Haslam announced May 31. DeCuire, who set and still holds the Grizzly career and single-season assists records during his three-year (1992-94) career at Montana, replaces Wayne Tinkle, who accepted a coaching position at Oregon State last month. Read more about UM’s newest coach at www.gogriz.com.

Rural Institute Researcher Rosemary Hughes

Researchers: Improve Communication Between Law Enforcement, Victims with Disabilities

An estimated 1.3 million nonfatal violent crimes occurred against persons with disabilities in 2012. Improved relations between the law enforcement and the disability communities are needed to reduce and respond effectively to criminal victimization of people with disabilities. UM Rural Institute Researcher Rosemary Hughes and retired police Sgt. Michael Sullivan recently presented a highly informative and well-attended webinar with compelling reasons for increasing law enforcement training in responding to crime victims with disabilities. Read more about the webinar.

Sally Mauk and William Marcus

MTPR News Director Sally Mauk Retires After Storied Career

After more than three decades as Montana Public Radio News Director, Sally Mauk retires on May 30. She's logged hundreds of hours of interviews, on-the-scene fire coverage, long, frantic election nights and news-poor holidays. She sat down with MTPR General Manager William Marcus to reflect on her career. And even though the tables were turned, she still asked the first question. Listen to the interview here.

Golfer Jasi Acharya

Former Big Sky Golf Champ Qualifies for Women’s U.S. Open

Former UM golfer and alumna Jasi Acharya recently qualified for the Women’s U.S. Open which will be played in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., on June 19-22. Acharya is a two-time Montana State Women’s Amateur champion, and in 2006 she won the individual Big Sky Conference title. Since graduating from UM, she has pursued a career as a professional golfer. The Women’s U.S. Open will be Acharya’s first major and her first LPGA event. Read more about Acharya.

UM student Regent Mariah Williams

UM Student Appointed to Serve on State Board of Regents

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 fire sciences Professor Ron Wakimoto

Fire Science Professor Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

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. 

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Study: Climate Change Accelerates Hybridization Between Trout

A new article by researchers from UM asserts that climate warming is increasing the hybridization of trout – interbreeding between native and non-native species – in the interior western United States. Specifically, rapid increases in stream temperature and decreases in spring flow over the past several decades contributed to the spread of hybridization between native westslope cutthroat trout and the introduced rainbow trout across the Flathead River system. Read more about the study.

Flathead Lake Biostation buoy and research vessel

Flathead Lake Biological Station Surpasses Fundraising Challenge

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.

Caroline Stephens, Camas magazine co-editor

Camas Magazine Stays True to Its Environmental Roots

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.

UM Model UN students in New York

Model UN Students from UM Win Award at National Conference

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.

UM Adams Center

Alumnus Commits $1.5 Million Bequest for Athletic Facility Updgrades

When Jim Hilleboe traces the steps that led to his success as a businessman in Billings back to their genesis, he finds the four years he spent at UM in the mid-60s. To give back to the school that gave him his business foundation and befitting someone who worked in construction, Hilleboe, 69, has signed a $1.5 million bequest to UM that will be earmarked for facility improvements for Grizzly Athletics. Read more about Hilleboe's generous gift.

still shot from the film Subterranea

Two Media Arts Grads Learning Art of Postproduction

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.

former UM basketball coach Wayne Tinkle

Tinkle Looks Back on Career with Griz, Future with Oregon State

Wayne Tinkle won more basketball games as head coach of the Montana Grizzlies than anyone except the man Dahlberg Arena is named after. He won more Big Sky Conference games than any previous Griz coach and took his team to three NCAA tournaments, another superlative. But those are not the things of which Tinkle is most proud in his eight-year tenure as Montana’s head man. Read Missoulian sports editor Bob Meseroll’s interview with Tinkle, who was named Oregon State basketball coach earlier this week. 

UM School of Law Class of 2014

Law School Commencement and Hooding Ceremony Saturday, May 24

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's Davidson Honors College

33 Exceptional Freshmen Earn Presidential Leadership Scholarships

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.

New Leaf Environmental wins Business Plan competition

Business Plan Competition Crowns Winners, Awards $31,000 in Prizes

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.

Missoula College site on East Broadway

Engstrom Approves East Broadway Site for Missoula College

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.

Tropical forest

Research: Humans Have More Impact on Tropical Nitrogen Levels

A new paper co-written by four UM researchers finds that humans have more than doubled tropical nitrogen inputs. Benjamin Sullivan, a researcher working with UM College of Forestry and Conservation Professor Cory Cleveland, led the team that looked at the nitrogen cycle in tropical rain forests. Sullivan and his colleagues used a new method to demonstrate that biological nitrogen fixation in tropical rain forests may be less than a quarter of previous estimates. Read more about what Sullivan's team found.

UM scientist Zenia Jaffar works in lab

CEHS Expands Research Opportunities for UM Scientists

For the second year running, the Center for Environmental Health Sciences continues to sponsor a series of Pilot Grants in order to provide support to early career investigators or established researchers exploring new research areas in the environmental health sciences. Currently funded pilot grants include focuses on lung cancer, potential treatments of asthma, epigenetics, and the health effects of wood/tobacco smoke exposure. Read more about the work UM scientists are doing with their Pilot Grants.

Recent UM grad Maddy Murray on the tennis court

Tennis Player Recognized for Achievements On, Off the Court

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. 

UM graduates celebrate Commencement

Class of 2014 Celebrates at Commencement Ceremonies

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

Bitterroot College students at graduation

Bitterroot College Holds its First Graduation Ceremony

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.

UM grad Christina Bloemen

UM Graduate En Route to Ukraine as Fulbright Scholar

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.

Scott Whittenburg, Ric Hauer, Royce Engstrom

$45 Million: UM Lands Largest Research Award in University History

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.

UM senior Lindsey Hall runs hurdles

Griz Track Star Lindsey Hall Wins Seventh Career Big Sky Title

Montana senior Lindsey Hall won the heptathlon at the Big Sky Conference outdoor track and field championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., on May 15. She held off Montana State’s Carley McCutchen by 10 points to win her second career heptathlon title, her fifth career multi-events championship and her seventh overall Big Sky title. Read more about Hall’s stellar performance at the championships.

20/Nothing film

Student, Alumni Win Film Festival Awards for Documentary

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.

UM linebacker Jordan Tripp

Dolphins Draft Jordan Tripp; Four Former Griz Sign with NFL Teams

With the 31st pick in the fifth round of the National Football League Draft, the Miami Dolphins drafted former Grizzly linebacker Jordan Tripp. And soon after the 2014 National Football League Draft ended, a handful of former Grizzly players signed as free-agents with NFL teams. Brock Coyle signed with the Seattle Seahawks, Danny Kistler signed with the Oakland Raiders, Kjelby Oiland signed with the Houston Texans, and William Poehls signed with the Tennessee Titans. Read more about Tripp and the other NFL-bound Griz.

The Payne Family Native American Center at UM

UM's Payne Family Building Featured in Book on Native Building Projects

The Payne Family Native American Center at UM recently was featured in a new book titled “New Architecture on Indigenous Lands.” In the book, authors Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka take readers on a virtual tour of Native building projects in Canada and the Western and Midwestern United States. They categorize UM’s Payne Family Native American Center as “a remarkable example of a building that is responsive to tribal traditions, technologically advanced and ‘green.’” Read more about “New Architecture on Indigenous Lands.”

driver looking at phone

Student-Produced Documentary on Distracted Driving Premieres May 20

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.

Commencement at UM

UM to Hold 117th Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, May 17

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.

Missoula College student Sarah Smith

Missoula College Student Will be First in Family to Earn Degree

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.

Tom Seekins of the Rural Institute

Seekins Receives UM's 2014 Americans with Disabilities Act Award

UM has awarded Tom Seekins its Americans with Disabilities Act Award for 2014. The ADA Award honors individuals whose contributions advance education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities at UM, and who carry on the spirit of the ADA. Seekins is a professor of psychology and director of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities. Read more about Seekins’ award and the great work he does.

UM research David Poulsen

Researcher Moves Toward Clinical Trials for Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

A mistake made by a Ph.D. student in a UM lab nearly a decade ago is now on the brink of mid-stage clinical trials as a potential treatment for traumatic brain injury. It all started when a research assistant in David Poulsen‘s neuroscience research lab was doing an experiment that involved using high doses of methamphetamine to create brain damage in small animal models. Read more about Poulsen’s research.

Artist Gary Batzloff

Artist Uses Digital Tools to Sculpt Works with Sense of Place

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.

UM Regents Professor Steve Running

Professor Lead Author of New U.S. National Climate Assessment

Steve Running, Regents Professor of Ecology at UM, is a convening lead author on the forests chapter of the Third National Climate Assessment. The report, released May 6 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, is required by Congress as an update on the current status of climate, observed changes and anticipated trends for the future in the United States. The chapter prioritizes the biggest impacts to forests from climate change. Read more about what Running found.

Video: Rising Above: UM's Athletic Training Program

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.

UM Professor Nathaniel Levtow

Religious Studies Professor Earns Two Prestigious Fellowships

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.

Artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner’s Finding My Song

Native Alaska Contemporary Artists Explore Issues of Identity

If the walrus skin, seal whiskers and whale bone don’t have a story to tell in their own innate right, then the artistic spin placed on the indigenous items by a handful of Alaskan Native artists certainly do. From the “Mighty Elder” carved by Susie Silook to the mixed media of Da-ka-xeen Mehner, the new exhibit at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture begs questions of race, identity and the power of place. Read more about the MMAC exhibit.

UM Professor Kyle Volk

History Professor Volk Receives UM’s Educational Excellence Award

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.

UM Professor Joel Berger in the field

Indianapolis Prize Finalist Focuses on American West

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 Main Hall

UM, MSU Students Go Head to Head in Filmmaking Competition

Students and fans at Montana’s two universities are used to competing against each other in athletic events, but now they will get a chance to go head to head on the big screen. The Audience Awards, a Missoula-based startup social networking service for filmmakers and enthusiasts, is now accepting submissions for the upcoming Cat vs. Griz Student Filmmaker Competition, sponsored by the Montana Film Office and UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad. Read more about the film competition.

UM junior Whitney Snow

Junior Named Student of the Year by American Indian Business Leaders

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

Essay Contest Winner to Take Studies to Camino de Santiago

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.

UM tennis coach Kris Nord

Tennis Coach Embodies All That’s Good in UM Athletics

Kris Nord is more than just a Grizzly coach. The man who recently led the men’s tennis team to its first-ever Big Sky Championship is a living legacy who cultivates all that is good in Grizzly sports, athletically and academically. To understand how and why the 2014 Grizzlies broke the door down, it helps to know a thing or two about Nord. Read more in the Missoulian.

UM junior Mona Schwartz

Junior to Spend Summer in D.C. as Kimmitt Public Service Intern

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.

UM doctoral student Kevin Trout

Doctoral Student’s Passion for Science, Medicine Leads Him to UM

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.

Cyber athletes compete

Cyber Triathlon Competitors Race One Another in Digital Contest

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.

UM campus

Fundraising Record Broken with $37.4 Million Donated to UM

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.

UM alum Neal Lewing

Music Student Returns to Perform Senior Recital, Benefit Scholarships

A vocal scholarship brought Neal Lewing to the UM School of Music in 1970. But as he entered his junior year, Lewing interrupted his education before he had a chance to perform his senior recital, a rite of passage for UM music students. Now, roughly 40 years later, the prolific musician, producer and arts educator will return to UM to perform his senior recital as a benefit concert. Read more about Lewing’s upcoming performance.

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Missoula Startup That Searches Legal Big Data on Verge of Growth

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.

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Discovery of a Small Fish in Montana, Idaho May Have Big Implications

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.

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Missoula, UM Take Weeklong Look at Big Data, its Effects

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.

UM Professor Joel Berger in the field

Man of the Muskoxen: Joel Berger Protects Big Mammals

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.

Video: Teaching to Inspire: Teacher Education at UM

Students in UM's Teacher Education program discuss their experiences and how the curriculum prepares them to educate the next generation. 

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Retreat Brings Journalists, Scientists, Conservationists Together

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.

Suzanne Crockert

Couple's Estate Gift to Elevate Montana Museum of Art & Culture

A California couple with a love for Montana and art has committed a significant portion of their estate to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM. The gift will come from alumna Suzanne Moore Crocker ’64 and her husband, Bruce, of Palo Alto, Calif. Their bequest will establish the Suzanne and Bruce Crocker Distinguished Director Fund. Read more about the Crockers’ generous gift.

Paul McCartney Out There Tour

Paul McCartney to Play Washington-Grizzly Stadium Aug. 5

Rock icon Paul McCartney will perform Tuesday, Aug. 5, at UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9 online and at all GrizTix locations. The concert is a continuation of McCartney’s acclaimed Out There tour, which visited 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan in 2013. The tour currently is scheduled to hit 19 U.S. cities in 2014. Read more about McCartney’s concert at UM.

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Delivers Lecture at UM

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.

Professor Erick Greene teaches students outdoors

Biology Professor Erick Greene Wins UM Teaching Award

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 performs in Zankel Hall

NYT Times Review: Telling Stories, From ‘Beowulf’ to the Hobo Life

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.

UM Journalism Dean Larry Abramson

Prominent NPR Correspondent to Lead UM School of Journalism

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.

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Women’s Tennis Wraps Up Big Sky Schedule with Undefeated Record

Another day, another dominant performance by the Montana Grizzlies women’s tennis team. The Griz (14-7, 9-0 BSC) defeated North Dakota 6-1 at the Peak Racquet Club on April 19, finishing off a perfect 9-0 Big Sky season. Head coach Steve Ascher said he's extremely satisfied with the way his team is finishing off the season. Read more about the team’s banner season.

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Donors Answer Call to Support UM, Break Fundraising Record

It’s been a banner year for the UM Foundation’s phonathon, an annual fundraising drive that supports UM’s academics, students and activities. Alumni and friends of UMhave pledged almost $315,000 since July 1, 2013. Over 3,000 donors from across the country have made pledges to  support all academic units and areas of campus life, including scholarships, study abroad travel stipends, speaker funds and athletics. Read more about the phonathon’s success.

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UM Named Princeton Review 'Green College' for Fifth Time

Just in time for Earth Day, the Princeton Review again named UM one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” This is the fifth consecutive year UM has made “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.” The list profiles institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Read more about UM’s green college ranking.

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$5 Million Gift for UM Scholarships to Benefit Generations of Students

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

Davidson Honors College Student Named UM's 14th Truman Scholar

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.

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UM Transportation Study Seeks Recommendations for Improvement

UM and the UDASH bus system are launching a collaborative transportation study to plan for improving transit service to campus, easing traffic and parking pressure, and ensuring efficient access to the preferred Missoula College site on East Broadway. Both bus services are hoping to gather recommendations for improved collaboration. Read more about how you can participate in the Transportation Study.

Tennis player Ashley Mackey

Women’s Tennis Star Ashley Mackey Triumphant in Four-Hour Match

It was an exhilarating moment and an unforgettable day for Ashley Mackey and the entire Montana Grizzlies women's tennis program. On April 12 against powerhouse Sacramento State, the senior netter faced match point after match point, but managed to come from behind and pull out a dramatic singles win, ending the Hornets' conference winning streak at 112 matches with a 4-3 victory. Read more about the Mackey’s marathon match.

Cast of The Wayward

College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Preps for Carnegie Performance

Stephen Kalm, dean of UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, was in New York City last week preparing for an April 22 performance at Carnegie Hall. Kalm will perform in the Harry Partch opera “The Wayward” as part of an inventive series titled “collected stories: hero,” which is curated by Carnegie composer-in-residence David Lang. Read more about Kalm’s debut in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.

UM alums Tom Rua and Wes Hale

Missoula Scientists Patent Treatment for Dangerous MRSA Infections

Two Missoula scientists have patented an innovative new way to combat infections from a common and potentially dangerous bacteria, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, often called MRSA. Their company, Wintermute Biomedical, is one of the only biomedical research facilities in Missoula and they’ve been using a $60,000 grant from the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology to fund their testing. Read more about two UM alums are developing.

Professor Carl Seielstad

Professor Seielstad Wins 2013 Wildland Fire Leadership Award

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.

UM ethics team

Underdog Ethics Team’s Tale of Victory a True Cinderella Story

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.

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Wildland Restoration Students, Volunteers Improve Rock Creek Access

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.

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UM Now Offering Online Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts

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.

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UM Dining Wins Gold Award for Leadership in Sustainability

UM learned April 11 that UM Dining has won the Gold 2014 Sustainability Award, given by the National Association of College and University Food Services. The awards support the globally accepted triple bottom line philosophy – also known as “people, planet, profit” – a method of evaluating operational performance by measuring financial success, as well as environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Read more about this prestigious award.

UM Equestrian Team

Equestrian Team Takes Horse Sense on the Road to Finals at Stanford

The UM Equestrian Team took seven riders and a coach to Palo Alto, Calif., last weekend to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 8 Finals at Stanford. Competing against top-tier teams, the Grizzlies had as much chance of winning as the local flag football team against the Griz. But oh, what an experience, competing in a multi-million dollar facility on campus against riders on scholarship. Read more about the UM Equestrian Team.

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$26 Million Invested in Missoula Green Bio-Based Chemical Company

A few years down the road, if you find your wine glasses coming out of the dishwasher spotless, you might have Missoula scientists to thank. And you might thank them if your car is immune to rust from road deicers while you’re at it. Rivertop Renewables, a local company that produces chemicals from natural plant sugars, announced this week it had raised $26 million in capital from several major investors. Read more about Rivertop.

Former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus

Former Sen. Max Baucus Donates Official Papers to UM

Max Baucus, Montana’s longest-serving U.S. senator, has departed to become ambassador to China, but a significant portion of his legacy will remain with UM.  On April 10, Baucus announced he would donate his official papers to UM’s Archives and Special Collections. In addition, the Baucus Institute for Public Policy and Service will be established at the UM School of Law if approved by the state Board of Regents. Read more about Baucus’ donation.

UM student Hope Radford earns Udall Scholarship

Sophomore Hope Radford Earns Prestigious Udall Scholarship

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.

UM Carilloneur Barbara Ballas

Carilloneur Makes Music From High Inside UM's Main Hall

Spring came warmly to the UM campus Tuesday when Barbara Ballas made her way into the belfry rising over Main Hall. Ballas is the latest musician serving as carilloneur – roughly translated as “the player of the bells.” She is filling in for Nancy Cooper, whose tenure reaches back to 1992, or 21 graduating classes. Read more about UM’s carilloneur.

UM grad Maggie Carey

Funny Girl: Career in Comedy Comes Full-Circle for UM Grad Maggie Carey

UM alumna Maggie Carey writes and directs comedies, and her work has shown on movie screens around the world. Her work features some of the world’s best young comedians giving their twisted takes on scenes that Carey created from the perspective she developed growing up in Idaho. The former Griz soccer player talks about her time at UM, her successful career and what’s next.

Video: Film Explores Role of Wilderness for Future Generations

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.

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UM Works to Create Degree Plans for Vets, Revitalize Student Group

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.

Video: UM's Lubrecht Forest: Come Learn Here

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.

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Sports Advisers Depart for China on U.S. Department of State Exchange

Six Montana sports professionals departed for China March 30 for a three-week sports diplomacy exchange. The trip is part of a grant to UM’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center through the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State. The Mansfield Center project uses sports as a means to support underserved populations in China, including ethnic minorities and youth with disabilities. Read more about the sports diplomacy exchange. 

UM grad student Jennene Lyda

Grad Student Studies Genetic, Environmental Factors that Progress Disease

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.

Video: Blackstone LaunchPad at UM: Passion Players

Are you ready to pursue your passion? Blackstone LaunchPad and the experienced entrepreneurs of Missoula are ready to help make your dreams come true.

UM student Mara Menahan

UM Student Mara Menahan Named Newman Civic Fellow

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.

Brazilian student Bruno Andrade

UM Welcomes More Brazilian Science Students to Campus

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.

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Professor Beth Lo Honored by Missoula Cultural Council

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.

UM student Umut Arslan receives award from President Engstrom

Making a Difference: UM Doles Out Awards for Promoting Campus Diversity

UM’s Diversity Advisory Council recently presented 23 students with this year’s DAC Student Achievement Awards, which honor student leadership in promoting campus diversity. The keynote speaker at the March 18 ceremony was UM music Professor Steven Hesla, who delivered a powerful speech about growing up as a gay person and how his gift for music became a refuge and safe zone for his sexuality. Read his speech in its entirety in this Montanan online-only feature.

Paige Williams

MonTEC Creates Collaborative Environment for Missoula Startups

Community and connections are an intentional mission to foster successful startups at Montana Enterprise Technology Center. Now that the center’s office space is full with nine promising companies, it is continuing to explore how it can expand to serve more startups, said Joe Fanguy, director of technology transfer for UM who also heads up MonTEC. Read more about the local businesses that have taken up residence at MonTEC.

UM's Criminology Research Group

Criminology Research Group Awarded ‘Outstanding Program’ Status

The Montana Board of Crime Control recently awarded the University of Montana Criminology Research Group a Certificate of Outstanding Program award to recognize its contributions to public safety, crime prevention and victim assistance to the state. The Criminology Research Group, part of the Social Science Research Laboratory within UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences, accepted the award on March 14. Read more about the award.

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Flathead Lake Biological Station Halfway to Meeting $1 Million Challenge

Hundreds of families, foundations and businesses have stepped up to the plate to help the Flathead Lake Biological Station meet a $1 million fundraising challenge. With more than $560,000 in donations in the past two years, FLBS is more than halfway to its goal of matching a grant for the Flathead Lake Monitoring Program. Read more about the FLBS fundraising challenge.

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Griz Lacrosse Team Hosts, Wins Inaugural Copper Cup Championship

The Montana lacrosse team won the inaugural Copper Cup on Sunday by beating the University of Great Falls 21-5 in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. On Saturday Montana State beat UGF 19-6 which all but ensured a tournament victory for the Griz after dropping an extremely well-fought game to the Grizzlies 8-7 in overtime on Friday night. Read coverage of the Sunday game here and a recap of the Friday night game here.

Video: Blackstone LaunchPad: David and Goliath

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.

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UM Publishes Crown of the Continent, Yellowstone Region E-Magazine

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.

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UM Alumnus Donates $11 Million to Provide Scholarships for Students

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.

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Lady Griz Take Down Washington State for Historic Win

Depleted by injuries but determined to extend their season, the Montana Lady Griz dug deep and delivered an historic win on Wednesday night. Behind the heroics of Jordy Sullivan and Kellie Cole and a big lift off the bench, they posted a 90-78 win over Washington State in the first round of the WNIT. Read complete coverage from the Missoulian newspaper here.

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UM Commits to Improving Services to Students with Disabilities

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.

Culinary student William Gervais

Culinary Student Takes Bronze at Regional Competition

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

Planet Hunters: NASA Grant Launches UM Effort to Discover New Worlds

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.

UM student Tristan Persico

Student Receives White House Award for Conservation, Helping Vets

UM student and Afghanistan war veteran Tristan Persico will be honored at the White House on March 18 with a Champions of Change award for his work conserving Montana wilderness and helping his fellow veterans readjust to civilian life. Persico is a full-time student in UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation. He also leads the Montana Wilderness Association’s Veterans Outreach Program. Read more about Persico’s award.

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IT Consulting Firm Expands, Offers Big-City Opportunity for UM Graduates

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.

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Boondockers Day Generates Excitement for Foresters’ Ball

Axes, kegs, woodchips, cardboard – even cow dung – were seen flying across the Oval on March 13 as part of Boondockers Day in advance of the 97th annual Foresters’ Ball at UM. Boondockers Day dates back to 1915 and started as friendly logging competition between students in the UM Ranger School, called “shorthorns,” and students in the School of Forestry, known as “longhorns.” Today’s it competition open to all students. Read more in this Montanan online-only feature. 

UM law student Shannon Hathaway

Law Student Named Champion of Justice for Advocacy Work

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.

UM Assistant Professor Bernadette Sweeney

Drama Students Collaborate on Oral History Project to Create Documentary Play

Before you can tell someone’s story, you have to listen. This seemingly simple act is the basis of a recently published play researched, devised and performed by UM drama students. The play, “Listen/Éist,” started with six students in UM Assistant Professor Bernadette Sweeney’s documentary theater course during autumn 2011. Read more about the “Listen/Eist” play in Vision, UM's magazine on research and creative scholarship.

Video: Be Bold: Blackstone LaunchPad at UM

Great entrepreneurs are born at the University of Montana. And now Blackstone LaunchPad at UM is here to mentor even more students who are ready to make the leap into the world of business development.

UM Food Zoo employee Margo Kratz

Food Zoo’s ‘Mama Margo’ Much More Than a Cashier

If you’ve been to the Food Zoo at UM in the past seven years, there’s no doubt you’ve been greeted with a warm smile and a hearty hello from Margo Kratz, affectionately known around campus as “Mama Margo.” She recently sat down with the Montanan to discuss her job, her trove of letters, cards, and artwork from students, as well as the Food Zoo’s famous Omelet Bar, among other topics. Read Margo’s interview with the Montanan.

Grad student Forrest Jessop

Graduate Student Studies How Cells Break Down, Recycle Damaged Material

Meet Forrest Jessop, a graduate student working with the Center for Environmental Health Sciences in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Jessop studies the way cells break down and recycle damaged material in the body in relation to chronic diseases including pulmonary fibrosis, in an effort to determine whether regulating this recycling process could be a therapeutic option for those suffering from inflammation-related diseases. Read more about Jessop’s research.

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Two Alums with Successful Business Careers to Receive Honorary Doctorates

Two of the most successful businessmen ever to graduate from UM will receive honorary doctorates during Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17. Terry Payne, founder of Terry Payne & Co. Inc., will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. John “Jack” Poe, former CEO and chairman of the Semtech in Camarillo, Calif., will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business. Gov. Steve Bullock will be the Commencement speaker. Read more about Commencement.

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Board of Regents Approves Neural Injury Center at UM

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.

College of Education and Health Sciences

Washington Foundation Gifts $2.4 Million for Online College-Prep Curriculum

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.

UM ethics team winners

Team of Students Wins International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

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.

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Facilities Services Spends Weekend Hauling Snow

Facilities Services worked around the clock to keep up with the torrential snow fall last week. At least 900 truckloads of snow were hauled off the mountain campus over the course of the extended weekend, said Gerald Michaud, office administrator for Facilities Services. And during cases of extreme snowfall like this Facilities Services manages more than just clearing snow. Facility crews also patrol campus buildings periodically to check for problems. The Montana Kaimin reports.

Royce Engstrom, Earle Layser, Jim Burchfield

UM Receives $1.5 Million Boost for Conservation from Wyoming Couple

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.

Mark LoParco

UM Dining Director LoParco Wins Prestigious Silver Plate Award

UM Dining Director Mark LoParco won the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award for the colleges and universities category. LoParco is director of all UM Dining services such as the Food Zoo, UM Farm to College Program and UM Catering, and also is president of the National Association of College and University Food Services. He is the first standing president of the NACUFS to win a Silver Plate Award. Read more about LoParco’s accomplishment.

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Griz Squeak by MSU 53-50; Lady Griz Go Big in Second Half, Top Cats

It wasn't pretty, but it was just enough, as the host UM Grizzlies edged the Montana State Bobcats 53-50 Monday evening in a crucial Big Sky Conference contest in front of a season-high and boisterous Dahlberg Arena crowd of 4,606. On the other side of the Divide, the Lady Griz scored 44 second-half points on its way to a 72-65 victory over Montana State Monday night in Bozeman. Read coverage of the men’s game here, and a recap of the women’s game here.

Video: The Spark: Blackstone LaunchPad at UM

Blackstone LaunchPad at UM is making entrepreneurship an viable career path for any UM student with the spark to create a new business.

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UM Resumes Normal Activities After Blizzard, Monday Classes Are On

After contending with blizzard conditions, the University of Montana campus resumed normal activities at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Work crews are contending with an extensive snow-removal challenge, but the normal class schedule will resume Monday. Continue to stay off Mount Sentinel and the trailhead area because of avalanche danger. Call 406-243-4000 for emergencies.

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Graduating Students Launch 2014 Senior Class Gift Campaign

The Class of 2014 will join in the tradition of giving a gift back to UM this spring. This year’s seniors will again partner with the UM Farm to College Program to provide a lasting gift to the University and future students. The Senior Class Gift Committee is raising funds from graduating seniors to purchase a garden wash station for the FTC Program. Learn more about the Senior Class Gift. 

Mandy Morales

Former Lady Griz Star Mandy Morales Transitions to Coaching

Mandy Morales finished her Lady Griz basketball career as the fourth-highest scorer in Big Sky Conference history and second at Montana to the legendary Shannon (Cate) Schweyen. Now she’s trying to pass her knowledge on to a new generation of players. After a year of pro ball in Greece following graduation, he two-time Big Sky MVP now heads the Missoula Sentinel Spartans junior varsity team. Read a Q-and-A with Morales here.

Dan Wagner

Speaker: Big Data Brings New Tools to Elections, Education and More

The old method of campaigning was upended in 2012 when a team of big-data scientists found a new way of doing business. Led by Dan Wagner, the team applied new tools to mine social media and data sets to identify specific voters. As Wagner said Monday at UM, the rest is history. Wagner’s visit marked another chapter in the burgeoning relationship between UM and local businesses rooted in big-data analytics. Read more about Wagner's lecture and big data at UM.

UM law alum Zander Blewett

Law School Alumnus Donates $800,000 for Scholarship at UM

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.

Video: 21st Century Montana Entrepreneur

Local entrepreneurs share their perspectives on starting a business in Montana, and the impact of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM.

UM student Erica Langston reads

Wild Mercy Readings Ignite Environmental Discussion

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.

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Men’s, Women’s Cross-Country Teams Earn Academic Honor

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.

Pat and Don Simmons

End of an Era: Pat and Don Simmons Leave a Legacy of Service

Back in 2002, in an attempt to build a bridge between UM students and neighboring homeowners, a small group of locals pulled together an informal ice cream social. The gathering proved effective, likely due to the dedication of a couple fondly referred to as Missoula’s grandparents: Pat and Don Simmons. Missoula mourned Don Simmons’ death in July 2012. Earlier this month Pat also passed away, marking an end to a local era. Read more about their legacy.

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Women in Montana Politics Exhibit Celebrates 100 Years of Progress

On Nov. 3, 1914, women won the right to vote in Montana. Over the past 100 years women in Montana have continued to fight for reform and equality. A new online exhibit hosted by UM’s Mansfield Library features photographs and documents from well-known early 20th century suffragists Jeannette Rankin and Ella J. Knowles Haskell, along with information on contemporary activists and politicians. Visit the online exhibit.

Comedian Chris Fairbanks

Good Humor: Alum Chris Fairbanks Returns to Perform at Film Festival

He’s been on Conan. He’s opened for Daniel Tosh. On Wednesday night, he’ll perform in front of a hometown crowd at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival at Missoula’s historic Wilma Theatre. He’s Chris Fairbanks, an up-and-coming comedian and artist who is also a 1998 graduate of UM. In advance of his Missoula show, Fairbanks discusses appearing on Conan, his favorite UM class and skateboarding. Read the Montanan Web exclusive with Fairbanks.

UM graduate Ben Sokoloski

Entrepreneurial Energy: One Student’s Journey Toward Launching a Business

Business is booming at the Market on Front, a new restaurant in downtown Missoula. Owner Ben Sokoloski created the market with the help of UM’s Office of Technology Transfer, which aims to support students who have entrepreneurial ambitions. The office has teamed with students to help them craft business models, gain hands-on experience and receive the appropriate guidance to bring their dreams to fruition. Read Ben’s success story here.

Snow at Miyajima by Koitsu Tsuchiya

New Exhibition at MMAC Celebrates Japanese Art and Culture

Committed to offering the highest-quality art, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM will host a traveling exhibition titled “The Japanese Woodblock Print: An Extension of the Impermanent.” This exhibition will be complemented by works from the MMAC Permanent Collection and two Japanese Friendship Dolls. The exhibition will be on view Feb. 20-April 19 in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Read more about the latest MMAC exhibit.

Lt. Gov. Angela McLean

One Giant Leap: Alumna Angela McLean Dives Head-First into Politics

In her first interview as Montana’s 31st lieutenant governor, UM alumna Angela McLean stopped by the Montanan office to talk about her new gig, her teaching career, and meeting former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, among other topics. McLean earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UM in 2000. Read the story on the Montanan's new website, montanan.umt.edu.

Paul Gladen interviews with media

UM Launches New Blackstone Entrepreneurship Program

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.

Peace Corps class in Africa

UM Ranked No. 12 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

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

Professor Chris Palmer

Chemistry Professor Earns Fulbright to Conduct Research in Brazil

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.

Grad student Traci Brown in lab

Graduate Student Researches Effects of Poor Diet on Lung Function

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.

Assistant  Coach Justin Green

Assistant Coach Makes Stem Cell Donation to Young Patient in Need

In the spring of 2013, Grizzly football players and coaches had their blood drawn to see if they might be eligible to donate bone marrow or blood stem cells. Such donations can save the lives of patients around the world, but the odds of being a match is nearly 1-in-100,000. Despite those odds, this week assistant coach Justin Green becomes the second member of the Griz football program to be matched with a patient in need. Read Green’s story.

UM student Devon Geertsen

Junior Helps Students with Disabilities Find Useful Learning Software

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.

UM student Mackenzie Enich

Student Employee Takes Second in International Poster Contest

Mackenzie Enich, a UM student employee with the University Center Marketing Group, has won Second Place in the 2014 Steal this Idea "Posters - Student staff" category. Enich's poster design, promoting the Grizzly Billiards Club and the UC Game Room, competed against entries of Association of College Unions International members from around the world. View Enich’s award-winning poster here.

Paul Gladen

Blackstone LaunchPad Hires Entrepreneur Paul Gladen as Director

Paul Gladen, an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Hellgate Venture Network, has been selected to be the director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM. Blackstone LaunchPad will help UM students jumpstart their own businesses. Gladen will work to foster connections among campus, the business community and local entrepreneurs to create an environment that nurtures young entrepreneurs. Read more about Blackstone LaunchPad at UM.

Jeannette Rankin  of Montana

Statewide Projects Marks 100 Years of Woman Suffrage in Montana

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in Montana, and a group of UM and Missoula community members comprising the ad hoc Centennial Committee want to make sure everyone knows it. To help all Montanans learn more about the political actors of the past, the Centennial Committee is coordinating a variety of local and statewide projects through the UM Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Read more about suffrage anniversary events here.

Eldena Bear Don't Walk

Living Her Dream: UM Alumna Builds Impressive Law Career

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.

Soldiers at Fort Missoula circa 1900

Exhibit Chronicles Great Bicycle Ride of 1897, Students' 1974 Re-enactment

The Mansfield Library at UM is celebrating African-American History Month with a fascinating new exhibit featuring the history of African-Americans both in Missoula and at UM. A major theme is the 1897 Great Bicycle Ride of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, which went from Fort Missoula to St. Louis. In 1974, UM’s Black Studies Program re-created the ride. Learn more about the exhibit on the new Montanan website, montanan.umt.edu

UM students volunteer at VITA

Accounting Students Volunteer to Help Taxpayers File Returns

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.

Missoula College site on East Broadway

UM Releases Environmental Assessment for Missoula College Site

UM has completed a draft environmental assessment for the proposed Missoula College building to be built at 1205 E. Broadway. University officials want to build a new Missoula College building to meet current needs, address long-term increasing student enrollment and ensure adequate facilities exist for MC students and employees into the future. UM invites the public to comment on the draft. Read the report and learn how comment.

UM Main Hall in winter

UM Celebrates Charter Day and Academics, Opening of Blackstone LaunchPad

UM will celebrate its 121st birthday with a day of activities recognizing entrepreneurship, academics and exemplary campus and community members on Thursday, Feb. 13. All events are free and open to the public. The celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. with a grand opening of UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad in the University Center North Atrium. Read more about UM events planned for Feb. 13.

UM senior Arielle Nachtigal

‘The Nightingale’ Soars During Her Final Year in School of Music

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.

Video: Mansfield Center Director Discusses Baucus as Ambassador

Abraham Kim, director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, discusses the appointment of Max Baucus to the position of U.S. Ambassador to China.

Associate Professor Matthew Bundle

New Biomechanics Lab Puts UM at Forefront of Dynamic Field

UM Associate Professor Matthew Bundle’s new biomechanics laboratory in the basement of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center qualifies as one of UM’s hidden gems. Its cutting-edge equipment gives Bundle the ability to conduct experiments and take measurements that few other facilities in the country can match. The lab not only advances research efforts, it elevates the University’s ability to compete for grants. Read more about Bundle’s lab.

UM Lady Griz player Torry Hill

Lady Griz Hold Off Bobcats in OT at Home; Griz Top Cats on the Road

Senior Kareem Jamar lead the Grizzlies to a 70-66 Big Sky Conference victory over the host Montana State Bobcats on Monday evening in Worthington Arena in Bozeman while the Lady Griz held off the Cats to post a 84-79 overtime victory in Dahlberg Arena at home. Read a recap of the women’s game here, and the men’s highlights here

Cedar sculpin fish species

Researchers Discover New Fish Species in Idaho, Montana Rivers

Genetic testing has confirmed the presence of a new fish species in Idaho and Montana rivers. Cedar sculpins are small, prehistoric-looking and tasty to trout. The discovery was a collaborative effort between UM postdoctoral student Mike Lemoine, UM faculty members Lisa Eby and Mike Schwartz, and the U.S. Forest Service. Read more about cedar sculpins

Culinary student William Gervais

Missoula College Culinary Student to Compete in Elite Contest

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

Montanan cover, winter 2014

Check Out the Latest Issue of the Montanan, the Magazine of UM

The newest issue of the Montanan magazine is out now! It’s packed with compelling stories, beautiful photos and features about spectrUM Discovery Area, UM’s renowned School of Pharmacy and a profile of writer/director Maggie Carey ’97.  Can’t wait to get it in the mail? Check out our brand-new, redesigned website at montanan.umt.edu.  

UM Professor Joel Berger

Professor Named Finalist for Most Prestigious Animal Conservation Prize

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 grad student Forrest Jessop

Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious Fellowship in Toxicology

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

Researcher Kathleen Humphries

Rural Institute Researcher Helps Guide National Agenda on Health and Disability

Researchers at UM’s Rural Institute are doing more than just responding to the nation’s agenda on health and disability; they are setting the agenda. Kathleen Humphries, a nutrition researcher at the Rural Institute and the UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences, is among national leaders identifying what we know and what we need to know to reduce health disparities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more

UM dorm resident using wifi

Residence Hall Wi-Fi Project Completed Over Winter Break

UM finished installing wireless Internet in every residence hall on campus over winter break. The Residence Life and Information Technology offices set aside $150,000 to finish the project. Matt Riley, chief information officer, said the completion of the project was due to the joint efforts of all the IT-related departments on campus. Read more

UM Grizzly Bear Statue

58 UM Student-Athletes Named to Big Sky All-Academic Teams

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

25th Infantry Bicycle Corps of 1897

Mansfield Library Exhibit Celebrates African-American History Month

During February, the Mansfield Library at UM will feature an exhibit celebrating African-American History Month, which focuses on the achievements of African-Americans and the integral role they played in U.S. history. Exhibit displays, located throughout the main level of the library, will focus specifically on the African-American history of Missoula and UM. Read more

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Professor Part of National Park Service Effort to Protect Migrating Wildlife

The National Park Service and the country’s leading wildlife experts are developing a plan to conserve migrating wildlife as it moves through protected areas. Unveiled in a paper published last week in Conservation Biology, the plan details the need for more collaboration between the NPS, governments and landowners. UM Professor Joel Berger is the new paper’s leading author. Read more

UM athletes volunteering

Student-Athletes Help Missoula Food Bank Prepare for Homeless Connect

UM athletes teamed up on Wednesday to help feed the homeless as part of Project Homeless Connect. Nine student athletes packed food bags to help the homeless - and those at risk of becoming homeless - at the Missoula Food Bank. Some 165 bags were prepared, and will be taken to the annual event that links more than 70 services to people in need. Local news station KPAX reports.

Researchers Awarded NFL, GE Grant to Study Traumatic Brain Injuries

Researchers Awarded NFL, GE Grant to Study Traumatic Brain Injuries

Athletes, members of the military and others suffering from traumatic brain injury may benefit from research conducted by two UM faculty members through a new $300,000 grant awarded by General Electric Co. and the National Football League. UM Research Assistant Professors Sarj Patel and Tom Rau were among the challenge winners. Read more

UM's Lommasson Center

UM Offers New Screen-Reading Software for Students, Employees

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

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UM Study Finds Wolf Predation of Cattle Affects Calf Weight in Montana

A recent study by UM  faculty and graduate students found that wolf predation of cattle contributes to lower weight gain in calves on western Montana ranches. This leads to an economic loss at sale several times higher than the direct reimbursement ranchers receive for a cow killed by wolves. The study was published Jan. 10 in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Read more

Medical resident consults with patient

Medical Residency Program Looks to Expand as Residents Complete First Year

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

UM student in India

Students Travel to India for Environmental Reporting and Writing Course

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.

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UM Educators, Alumni Among Winners of the Artist’s Innovation Award

The Montana Arts Council recently announced 10 Montana artists as winners of the 2013 Artist's Innovation Award, including six individuals who teach at UM or earned degrees here . Five visual artists, three writers, and two performing artists were selected from a field of applicants. The award recognizes Montana artists who demonstrate innovation in their work as well as originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. Read more

Grad Student Prepares for Career in Toxicology at Center for Environmental Health Sciences

Grad Student Prepares for Career in Toxicology at Center for Environmental Health Sciences

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

Cyber Innovation Lab Taking Shape on UM Campus

Cyber Innovation Lab Taking Shape on UM Campus

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

New Athletics Academic Center in Final Design Phase

New Athletics Academic Center in Final Design Phase

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

Researchers’ Study Shows Large Carnivore Numbers, Range Declining Worldwide

Researchers’ Study Shows Large Carnivore Numbers, Range Declining Worldwide

New research co-written by UM scientists finds steep declines in the worldwide populations and habitat range of 31 large carnivore species. The analysis, published Jan. 9 in Science, shows that 77 percent of the studied species – including tiger, lion, dingo and puma – are decreasing in number. Associate Professor Mark Hebblewhite and Professor Joel Berger, both of the UM College of Forestry and Conservation, co-wrote the study. Read more

Missoula College Offers Computer Security Certificate Program

Missoula College Offers Computer Security Certificate Program

Missoula College received approval this week to launch a new certificate program designed to help students thwart the efforts of hackers and help businesses meet their computer-based security needs. The network and information security program was approved by the Montana Board of Regents on Tuesday. The first two courses are expected to begin this spring, helping students compete for jobs that are growing in demand. Read more

Adaptive Recreation Equipment Helps Montanan Return to Outdoors

Adaptive Recreation Equipment Helps Montanan Return to Outdoors

Chris Clasby, a former employee of Montana's Assistive Technology Program, was recently featured in a MontanaPBS episode of “Backroads of Montana.” With the help of his former employer, Clasby uses adaptive equipment to continue experiencing the outdoors after his accident left him paralyzed. Watch the episode here.

UM Student Creates Guide Explaining the Science of Climate Change

Student Creates Guide Explaining the Science of Climate Change

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

Video: SoBA Students Launch Fashion Blog Highlighting Missoula Style

Founding members of the new student group Trendsetters at the U discuss how their experiences in UM’s School of Business Administration inspired and guided them in the process of forming the University's first student-created fashion blog.

MonTEC Business Incubator Boosts High-Paying Jobs

MonTEC Business Incubator Boosts High-Paying Jobs

State economists say entrepreneurship is creating more and more high-paying jobs in the Treasure State. Missoula's MonTEC building, a UM-managed business incubator, is home to a handful of fast-growing new businesses. Patrick Barkey of the University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research said this type of growth by start-ups creates more high paying jobs in Montana. Read more

Athletes Keep GPA above 3.0 for 17 Semesters

Athletes Keep GPA above 3.0 for 17 Semesters

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

UM Institute Reveals 2013 Was a Good Year for Montana Tourism

UM Institute Reveals 2013 Was a Good Year for Montana Tourism

Despite the October government shutdown, 2013 was a good year for Montana tourism according to preliminary findings by UM’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research. More than 11 million nonresidents visited Montana and spent nearly $3.5 billion in the Treasure State. Nonresident visitation was up 2 percent over 2012. Read more

Student-Athlete from Billings Donates Bone Marrow

Student-Athlete from Billings Donates Bone Marrow

Ryan Burke spent most of New Year’s Eve on the couch feeling sore and fatigued. But the Montana Griz wide receiver wants to make one thing perfectly clear about his heroic and exceptionally thoughtful gesture at the end of December: You don’t have to be a college football player to help save a life by donating bone marrow. Read more

MMAC, UM featured on A&E’s ‘Shipping Wars’

MMAC, UM featured on A&E’s ‘Shipping Wars’

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture and the University of Montana are prominently featured on this week’s A&E Television Network’s episode of “Shipping Wars.” The show premiered on Christmas Eve and will re-air at 4 p.m. MST Saturday, Dec. 28. The show highlights “The Plastic Whale Project,” a public art piece that MMAC presented to the Missoula community on Oct. 17, for one afternoon only. Read more

Students Produce 2014 Issue of Montana Journalism Review

Students Produce 2014 Issue of Montana Journalism Review

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.

Excellence in American History Scholarship Keeps Memory of Alum Alive

Excellence in American History Scholarship Keeps Memory of Alum Alive

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

Kauffman Foundation Study Finds Missoula Booming with Technology Startups

Kauffman Foundation Study Finds Missoula Booming with Technology Startups

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.

Grizzlies Make Big Sky Conference’s Top 50 Moments and Athletes List

Grizzlies Make Big Sky Conference’s Top 50 Moments and Athletes List

The Big Sky Conference is celebrating a golden anniversary this year, and that has the league reminiscing. To honor 50 years of athletics, the Big Sky is recognizing their top moments and athletes. They’ve reached No. 20, and plenty of Montana Grizzlies made the list so far, including Anthony Johnson’s 34 second-half points to help UM beat Weber State in the 2010 conference championship game. Watch more

Environmental Monitoring Business Plan Wins Top Prize in Competition

Environmental Monitoring Business Plan Wins Top Prize in Competition

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

Running Ranked as Influential Author in Remote Sensing

Running Ranked as Influential Author in Remote Sensing

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

Program Offers Students Real-World Experience

Program Offers Students Real-World Experience

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

Professor’s Research Featured in Weather Channel’s ‘Freaks of Nature’annel’s ‘Freaks of Nature’

Professor’s Research Featured in Weather Channel’s ‘Freaks of Nature’

UM Professor Brent Ruby recently was featured in an episode of "Freaks of Nature" on the Weather Channel. Ruby is director of the Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism and studies the limits of human endurance in extreme heat. The episode features ultramarathoner Scott Jurek running in the WPEM environmental chamber on campus and in Death Valley while Ruby collects data. Read more

School of Journalism Ranked Ninth Best in Country

School of Journalism Ranked Ninth Best in Country

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

Graduate Student Studies Immune System Signaling Molecule

Graduate Student Studies Immune System Signaling Molecule

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

UM Ranked Among Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report

UM Ranked Among Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report

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

Students in Philanthropy Course Award $10,000 in Grant to Nonprofits

Students in Philanthropy Course Award $10,000 in Grant to Nonprofits

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

Linebacker Jordan Tripp Selected to Play in College All-Star Game

Linebacker Jordan Tripp Selected to Play in College All-Star Game

UM linebacker Jordan Tripp has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and the game will be televised live on the NFL Network. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star game in the country. The inaugural game was played in 1925. Read more

Fire Scientists, Lawmakers Meet at UM to Explore Wildland-Urban Interface Issues

Fire Scientists, Lawmakers Meet at UM to Explore Wildland-Urban Interface Issues

While the scars left by the Lolo Creek Complex fire have gone from black to white in recent weeks, the memories left by the summer conflagration are still fresh. On Wednesday, with the fire’s charge through the wildland-urban interface serving as a conversational backdrop, a group of policymakers and fire scientists met at UM to explore ways of making sure it doesn’t happen again. Read more

College of Education Lauded for Excellence in Accreditation Review

College of Education Lauded for Excellence in Accreditation Review

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

UM Alumna Stops by Disability Services for Students to Offer Thanks

UM Alumna Stops by Disability Services for Students to Offer Thanks

Disability Services for Students recently received a visit from UM alumna Akiko Wako, who earned her bachelor’s degree from the School of Business Administration in 2004 and now coordinates rehabilitation projects in an area that was badly affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Wako encourages students who are struggling to seek out DSS. “Without the support from Disability Services for Students, I would not be here today,” she says. Read more

Delaney One of Five Finalists for FCS Coach of the Year

Delaney One of Five Finalists for FCS Coach of the Year

Montana head football coach Mick Delaney is among the five Football Championship Subdivision finalists for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. The award honors coaches who best exemplify responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field. The winner receives $50,000 from Liberty Mutual to donate to his favorite charities and a $20,000 contribution for UM scholarships. Read more

Realtor Turns Commissions into Donations for UM Biological Station

Realtor Turns Commissions into Donations for UM Biological Station

A real estate agent whose success depends upon the beauty and health of Flathead Lake is contributing to continuous lake monitoring. Dusty Dziza, owner of Flathead Lake Land & Home in Kalispell, puts aside a percentage of her commissions from Flathead Lake property sales for the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station. She donated more than $1,000 this fall. Read more

Report by Environmental Studies Students Details Food Co-op's Growth

Report by Environmental Studies Students Details Food Co-op's Growth

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

Recent Study Identifies UM Clinical Psychology Program as ‘Hidden Gem’

Recent Study Identifies UM Clinical Psychology Program as ‘Hidden Gem’

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

Local Doctor Offers Griz Fans Tips For Chilly Playoff Game

Local Doctor Offers Griz Fans Tips For Chilly Playoff Game

Nothing – cold weather included – is going to stop Griz Football fans for showing up for this weekend's playoff match-up again Coastal Carolina. But the fans who fill the stands will need to take some precautions as they head out to Washington Grizzly Stadium on Saturday afternoon for one of the coldest home games of all time. KPAX reports

Graduate Researcher Focuses on Helping Children with Asthma

Graduate Researcher Focuses on Helping Children with Asthma

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

Corti Scholarship Aims to Keep Students Connected to the Outdoors

Corti Scholarship Aims to Keep Students Connected to the Outdoors

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

Beetle Expert: Current Cold Snap Unlikely to Kill Mountain Pine Beetle

Beetle Expert: Current Cold Snap Unlikely to Kill Mountain Pine Beetle

It’s cold in Western Montana right now and expected to get colder this weekend. But UM forest entomology and pathology Professor Diana Six says this prolonged and uncomfortable deep freeze probably won't be enough to kill the mountain pine beetles that have surged in recent years and left a swath of dead and dying forest in their wake.  Montana Public Radio reports.

Brave Souls Take Chilly Plunge to Raise Funds for Kyi-Yo Pow Wow

Brave Souls Take Chilly Plunge to Raise Funds for Kyi-Yo Pow Wow

Shortly after the chimes struck noon Tuesday at Main Hall, a group of brave fundraisers stripped out of their winter wear, faced a crowd clad in parkas and gloves, and took a deep breath. Below them sat a pool of shimmering water, chilling rapidly in Missoula’s 16-degree temperatures. The event was the inaugural Kyi-Yo Native American Student Association’s Coldwater Grizzly Dip. Read more

Student Wins National Collegiate Honors Council Poster Award

Student Wins National Collegiate Honors Council Poster Award

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

Giving Tuesday Offers a Chance to Make a Difference This Season

Giving Tuesday Offers a Chance to Make a Difference This Season

After #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday comes #GivingTuesday, a day for you to give back and make a difference. This holiday season, the UM Foundation is asking UM alumni, friends and donors to make a gift in support of students at UM. Gifts raised through this campaign will go directly to students, supporting UM's fundraising priority, Investing in Student Success. Read more

'Angels in America' a Daunting but Rewarding Production

'Angels in America' a Daunting but Rewarding Production

Staging a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that’s never been performed in Montana before was a gambit in more ways than one for UM’s School of Theatre and Dance. Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches” runs about three hours in length, a daunting proposition for casual theater-goers. Even more so for the cast. Read more

Video: Kimber McKay: ‘Are Five Husbands Better than One?’

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.

Journalism Alums Win Emmy Awards for Work in Florida

Journalism Alums Win Emmy Awards for Work in Florida

Two UM journalism alums earned Emmy Awards for their video documenting the sinking of the USS Mohawk in the Gulf of Mexico last year. David Sirak, ‘92, is the director of News Technology at WFTV in Orlando. Daniel Erusha, ’13, was interning with WFTV at the time of the project. Read more

UM, Local Firms Join Forces to Create Cybersecurity Lab, Programs

UM, Local Firms Join Forces to Create Cybersecurity Lab, Programs

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

New Art Resource Center Adds to Gilbert Millikan's Legacy

New Art Resource Center Adds to Gilbert Millikan's Legacy

The School of Art recently recognized UM alumnus and generous supporter Gilbert Millikan during the dedication ceremony for the new Gilbert Millikan Art Resource Center. The center provides students with access to books, journals, electronic media and other research materials for the study of art history and criticism and the visual arts. It is a testament to Millikan’s love of art and his legacy to UM. Read more

Video: Steven Gaskill: “Perpetual Motion: Prepared for Learning”

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. 

Project Aims to Improve M Trailhead at Base of Mount Sentinel

Project Aims to Improve M Trailhead at Base of Mount Sentinel

UM’s natural areas specialist Marilyn Marler has launched a project to improve the M trailhead at the base of Mount Sentinel. The project will begin in the spring of 2014, and its main feature includes an terraced open-air plaza that will accommodate about 30 people and be handicap accessible, all ringed by a sitting wall. Fundraising for the project is going on now. Read more

Islanders Steel Band Infuses ‘Island Flavor’ into Holiday Classics

Islanders Steel Band Infuses ‘Island Flavor’ into Holiday Classics

The Islanders Steel Band is bringing some “island flavor” to Christmas classics on Monday, in concert and on a new album. At the beginning of the semester, UM music Professor Robert Ledbetter and his students got to work arranging familiar tunes and carols for the least wintry of instruments, the steel drum. Read more

Homeschool Students Bring the Spore Project to UM with Installation Art

Homeschool Students Bring the Spore Project to UM with Installation Art

One Thursday afternoon in November, five homeschooled boys marched through the University Center, carrying boxes of paper bag mushrooms. They began working as individuals, excitedly planting mushrooms all over our designated area. Then, they started to work together. The result was a stunning transformation from a simple hill to a magical field of mushrooms, just outside the UC. Read more

Video: UM Senior Sierra Kamplain Performs "Let You Go"

On the last day of print publishing for the fall semester, the Montana Kaimin presents the final Campus Sessions of 2013. Treat you ears to the talents of Sierra Kamplain. 

Growing Study Abroad Programs Benefit Students, University

Growing Study Abroad Programs Benefit Students, University

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.

Campus Recreation Expands Intramural Program Offerings

Campus Recreation Expands Intramural Program Offerings

Campus Recreation will add four new intramural sports to complement its outdoor trips and classes during winter session and spring semester. Montana’s intramural sports program will expand to include grass volleyball, a laser tag tournament, a three-on-three basketball tournament, four-on-four soccer in Washington-Grizzly Stadium and Madden and FIFA video game tournaments. Read more

Lady Griz Forward Recognized for Community Service

Lady Griz Forward Recognized for Community Service

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

Video: Diana Six: “The Great Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak – A Global Perspective”

Entomologist and Professor Diana Six tells the story of how a little beetle has ecologically and economically altered North America's forests during the TEDxUMontana event.

Proposed Center to Treat Student Veterans, Advance Neuroscience Research

Proposed Center to Treat Student Veterans, Advance Neuroscience Research

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

Brawl of Wild Warrants a Look at 113 Years of Griz-Cat Stats

Brawl of Wild Warrants a Look at 113 Years of Griz-Cat Stats

The talk is finally over. It’s time to play the annual game between Montana and Montana State. The Cats and Griz will renew their rivalry for the 113th time this Saturday in Bozeman. Brush up on your Brawl of the Wild trivia before the game with author Pat Kearney who wrote the book on the Griz-Cat rivalry. Read more

Video: Neva Hassanein and Mark LoParco: "Cultivating Food Democracy"

Neva Hassanein and Mark LoParco are improving food systems and enhancing food democracy for UM students, the Missoula community and Montana ranchers and farmers through the Farm to College program. Watch their recent TEDx talk.

Essay by Creative Writing Student Shared on Montana Public Radio

Essay by Creative Writing Student Shared on Montana Public Radio

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.

As Coach Selvig Nears 800 Wins, a Look Back at How he Got the Job

As Coach Selvig Nears 800 Wins, a Look Back at How he Got the Job

Longtime UM women’s basketball coach Robin Selvig is one win shy of reaching 800 career wins, a milestone reached by only a handful of college coaches. One of them is legendary Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who along with Selvig, interviewed for the Lady Griz job in 1978. Read about how it all began with this story from UM Sports Information. Read more

Video: Chris Comer: “Back to the Future: Sleuthing the Literary Mind”

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.

UM Signs Six Athletes for Inaugural Women’s Softball Team

UM Signs Six Athletes for Inaugural Women’s Softball Team

Six recruits signed national letters of intent Wednesday to join UM’s inaugural women’s softball team. Montana will begin play in the spring of 2015 as part of the Big Sky Conference. Softball will become the ninth women's sport at UM. Wednesday was the first day national letters of intent could be signed. The signing period ends Nov. 19. Read more

UM Designated Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly University

UM Designated Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly University

More and more people are getting on bikes, and colleges such as UM are leading the way to make riding safer and more convenient on campus. The League of American Bicyclists recently named UM a gold-level Bicycle Friendly University. The gold award recognizes UM’s commitment to improving conditions for bicyclists through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Read more

Talented High School Musicians Visit for All-Star Weekend, Auditions

Talented High School Musicians Visit for All-Star Weekend, Auditions

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

Video: Dance Student Performs Original Piece at TEDxUMontana

Undergraduate dance student Morgan Mull-Osburn performs an original piece titled "Accumulation" to "Black Sands" by Bonobo during TEDxUMontana.

Blackstone Entrepreneurship Program Getting Underway at UM

Blackstone Entrepreneurship Program Getting Underway at UM

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

Boeing CEO Discusses Leading Company into Challenges of Future

Boeing CEO Discusses Leading Company into Challenges of Future

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

Students Report on UN Climate Change Conference from Warsaw

Students Report on UN Climate Change Conference from Warsaw

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

Video: Dale Sherrard: 'Do You Hear What I Hear?'

 Experimental composer, sonic sculptor and sound designer Dale Sherrard asks: "Do You Hear What I Hear?" during TEDxUMontana held at UM in September.

Students Earn Real-World Experience by Producing News Program

Students Earn Real-World Experience by Producing News Program

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

Video: Josh Slotnick "Community Farming: It's Not About the Food"

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.

Student-Athletes Deliver School Supplies, Cash Donations to Local Nonprofit

Student-Athletes Deliver School Supplies, Cash Donations to Local Nonprofit

After collecting backpacks, new school supplies and cash donations at five recent Griz home sporting events, UM’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee presented the donations to the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Missoula. CASA received $650 and 250 packaged school supplies while SAAC picked up more than 900 points in the Conference Cup competition between Big Sky Conference schools. Read more

College of Education Alumnus Named Superintendent of the Year

College of Education Alumnus Named Superintendent of the Year

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

Adams Center Renovation Updates Athlete, Performer Facilities

Adams Center Renovation Updates Athlete, Performer Facilities

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

Video: Professor Rafael Chacón “What My Genes Tell Me”

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.

UM Shares $10 Million Grant to Convert Beetle-Killed Trees to Biofuel

UM Shares $10 Million Grant to Convert Beetle-Killed Trees to Biofuel

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

Online Voters Select Winning T-shirt Design in UM Competition

Online Voters Select Winning T-shirt Design in UM Competition

Tim Praetzel, a UM alumnus from Salt Lake City, submitted the winning design for the inaugural University of Montana T-shirt design contest. Praetzel responded to UM’s call to artists to submit a one-of-a-kind design using UM’s new visual mark, the M-pulse. The design will be printed locally onto gray American Apparel shirts and sold in The Bookstore at UM. Read more

Researchers Training Honey Bees to Detect Deadly Landmines

Researchers Training Honey Bees to Detect Deadly Landmines

Millions of landmines remain buried below ground in former warzones around the world. Each year, they injure and kill thousands. Fox News recently visited Missoula to interview UM researcher Jerry Bromenshenk about his work training honey bees to detect landmines. Bromenshenk uses the bees, along with laser and GPS technologies, to locate the explosives with little or no risk to humans. Watch the report here

Video: UM Student's Steamroller Print Project from Start to Finish

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 Public Radio Re-creates Orson Welles Radio Drama

Montana Public Radio Re-creates Orson Welles Radio Drama

On Oct. 30 Montana Public Radio marked the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles radio drama "War of the Worlds" by re-enacting the classic live on the air. They also performed a Montana adaptation of the play that was written by UM radio/television Professor Ray Ekness. Both versions are now available on the MTPR website. Read more

Montana Senior Named to Academic All-District Soccer Team

Montana Senior Named to Academic All-District Soccer Team

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

Grad Student Researches Harlequin Ducks in Glacier National Park

Grad Student Researches Harlequin Ducks in Glacier National Park

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

Eco-Reps Encourage Students in Residence Halls to Practice Sustainability

Eco-Reps Encourage Students in Residence Halls to Practice Sustainability

A UM program that promotes environmentally sustainable lifestyles to dorm residents has doubled in size this fall. The Environmental Representative, or Eco-Rep, program started in the fall of 2012 with only two representatives in Knowles Hall. Now, with four Eco-Reps, the environmental educators have expanded to three dorms. Read more

UM Finds Cost-Effective Ways to Compete on Uniform Front

UM Finds Cost-Effective Ways to Compete on Uniform Front

The trend of outfitting teams in new jerseys, helmets, shoes and even gloves seems to grow with each passing year. Now it’s has trickled down to FCS, where programs like UM are finding ways to keep up with much smaller budgets. Despite its comparatively small budget, Montana has been able to take the field with a different look every single week this season. Read more

MTPR, MontanaPBS, UM Students Spark Dialogue about Climate Change

MTPR, MontanaPBS, UM Students Spark Dialogue about Climate Change

For the past few weeks, reporters from Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, along with students in the journalism school at UM, have been talking to Montanans about climate change. The interviews – and a lot of research – culminated this past week in a “Climate Week” series of programs that aired on public radio and television, and were posted online. Read more

UM Alum Named Among People Magazine’s Teachers of the Year

UM Alum Named Among People Magazine’s Teachers of the Year

UM alumnus Art Almquist, pictured above in blue, was recently named one of People magazine’s six Teachers of the Year for 2013. Almquist graduated from UM in 1996 with a master’s in theatre and began teaching at Tucson Magnet High School in Tucson, Ariz., that same year. He’s built a cutting-edge theater program rarely seen at the high school level. Read more

East Broadway Ripe for Transformation as Missoula College Moves In

East Broadway Ripe for Transformation as Missoula College Moves In

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

Fallen Soldier Monument at UM Dedicated as State Memorial

Fallen Soldier Monument at UM Dedicated as State Memorial

UM’s Fallen Soldier Memorial was recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial during a ceremony held Oct. 26. The memorial, which bears the names of 43 Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, was unveiled in 2011 and received the state memorial designation during the 2012 legislative session. Read more

Sigma Nu Fraternity Members Plant Trees at Sussex School

Sigma Nu Fraternity Members Plant Trees at Sussex School

No matter the early hour or the frost on the ground, the fraternity members of Sigma Nu at the University of Montana were hard at work planting trees on Sunday morning.Fortified with strong coffee and camaraderie, the fraternity brothers broke a sweat beautifying Sussex School. Read more

Researchers Receive Funding for Inflammatory Disease, Cancer Studies

Researchers Receive Funding for Inflammatory Disease, Cancer Studies

Three researchers at UM recently received grants from the ALSAM Foundation. One grant will fund a collaborative two-year study of inflammation by Andrij Holian, director of UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Another grant will fund research by Nick Natale and Howard Beall, professors in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, who are researching treatments for a highly malignant form of brain cancer. Read more

New Homestay Program Aims to Enhance Foreign Students’ Experiences

New Homestay Program Aims to Enhance Foreign Students’ Experiences

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

Mansfield Library Acquires High-End Chaucer Reproduction

Mansfield Library Acquires High-End Chaucer Reproduction

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

Mansfield Library Launches ScholarWorks Service

Mansfield Library Launches ScholarWorks Service

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

Scholarship Allows Senior to Pursue Double Major in Accounting, Music

Scholarship Allows Senior to Pursue Double Major in Accounting, Music

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

UM Football Coach Connects With Hospice Patient

UM Football Coach Connects With Hospice Patient

University of Montana football coach Mick Delaney recently paid a special visit to 77-year-old Earl Bilbrey, a longtime Griz fan who lives at Bee Hive Homes of Missoula. “It’s one of the happiest events we’ve probably had in three years,” said Bilbrey’s daughter Melanie Pettit. Read more

Forestry Students Manage Timber on Mount Jumbo for Diverse Benefits

Forestry Students Manage Timber on Mount Jumbo for Diverse Benefits

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

Monument to be Dedicated After Military Appreciation Griz Game

Monument to be Dedicated After Military Appreciation Griz Game

The Fallen Soldier Memorial at the University of Montana is a solemn reminder of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial, bearing the names of Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, will be recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial on Saturday, Oct. 26. Read more

Hundreds View ‘Plastic Whale Project’ During One-Day Stop at UM

Hundreds View ‘Plastic Whale Project’ During One-Day Stop at UM

In the dark theater, on a dimly lit stage, a 32-foot-long gray whale made of plastic bags looked so lifelike, it seemed to be gliding through the depths of the ocean. Hundreds of visitors came to see the one-day exhibit of “The Plastic Whale Project” at UM on Oct. 17. Read more

Highlights from Griz Football's Thrilling Win over Cal-Poly

Highlights from Griz Football's Thrilling Win over Cal-Poly

Relive the most thrilling Grizzly football game in recent history with video highlights from UM's Oct. 19 win over Cal Poly. The Griz rallied late in the game to come from behind and win secure a 21-14 victory in overtime. Grizzly Athletics offers up a five-minute recap of the highs - and lows - of Saturday's contest here.

Big Band Students Tune up for Concert with Award-Winning Musician

Big Band Students Tune up for Concert with Award-Winning Musician

UM’s four student big bands are busy rehearsing for next week’s visit from James Miley, an award-winning pianist, composer and arranger. The musician from Willamette University arrives on Monday to work with students on improvisation, composition and arranging. The bands will perform with Miley at 7:30 Wednesday, Oct. 23. Read more

Missoula Named on of Top 100 Best Place to Live

Missoula Named on List of Top 100 Best Places to Live

Livability.com recently named Missoula, home to the University of Montana, one of the top 100 best places to live. The ranking notes the city’s proximity to outdoor activities, as well as local restaurants and cultural attractions. Read more about what makes Missoula great here.

Residency Program Aims to Fill Void in Montana’s Rural Health Care

Residency Program Aims to Fill Void in Montana’s Rural Health Care

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

Returning to his Roots: Hilliard Coaching in Kalispell

Returning to his Roots: Hilliard Coaching in Kalispell

Under the bright stadium lights last week, Lex Hilliard watched the Jets warm up for their football game. Except instead of the colossal professionals from New York, a different pint-size team of green jerseys surrounded “Coach Lex” – rambunctious 8- and 9-year-olds wearing shorts and mouth guards. The Kalispell native is back home. Read more

Video: Creative Pulse: Master's Degree in Integrated Arts and Education

Learn more about UM's Creative Pulse is a four-week, summer graduate program designed for educators, education administrators and artists.

MMAC Exhibitions Feature Modernist Masterpieces

MMAC Exhibitions Feature Modernist Masterpieces

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture UM has assembled two exhibitions of modernist art by major artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibitions “Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and Other Masterpieces from a Private Collection” and “Modernist Prints” will be on display in the Meloy and Paxson galleries through Feb. 8. Read more

Five UM Grads Honored with This Year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards

Five UM Grads Honored with This Year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards

Each Homecoming, the UM Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards. Dorothy Bridges, George Dennison, Jim Messina, Milton Parsons and Yoko Takeuchi are this year’s recipients. They were honored during Homecoming week with an awards ceremony and reception. Read more about their accomplishments. 

Campus a Stage for the Revelations of Site-Specific Dance Concert

Campus a Stage for the Revelations of Site-Specific Dance Concert

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

Lifelong Learning Institute at UM Boasts Record Enrollment

Lifelong Learning Institute at UM Boasts Record Enrollment

This fall there are nearly 800 individuals registered for MOLLI courses, an all-time enrollment high, and membership also has grown to 637 members since the start of the fall term on Oct. 3. MOLLI is a resource for adults aged 50 and older who enjoy having a relationship with UM, connecting with others and learning for learning’s sake. Read more

Missoula College Diesel Technology Program Sees Strong Growth

Missoula College Diesel Technology Program Sees Strong Growth

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

International Student Enrollment Up at UM This Semester

International Student Enrollment Up at UM This Semester

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

UM in Top 25 Percent of Universities Worldwide for Scholarly Citations

UM in Top 25 Percent of Universities Worldwide for Scholarly Citations

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

Ambition, Altruism Lead to Scholarship for Student with Disabilities

Ambition, Altruism Lead to Scholarship for Student with Disabilities

Bryan Lutgen, the 29-year-old management information systems major at UM, received the Don McGonigle Memorial Scholarship this spring. The scholarship was established in honor of McGonigle, a remarkable businessman who showed characteristics of cheer, optimism, courage, determination, modesty, kindness and high moral standards. The award recognizes Lutgen for showing many of those same characteristics. Read more

UM Improving Lives of People with Disabilities in South Korea

UM Improving Lives of People with Disabilities in South Korea

The independent living movement in South Korea is young, vibrant and ready to make the nation accessible for all people with disabilities. In August, Craig Ravesloot, director of Rural Health Research for the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, supported that vision by conducting facilitator training in Seoul. Read more

Doctoral Student Awarded USDA Fellowship for Pine Beetle Research

Doctoral Student Awarded USDA Fellowship for Pine Beetle Research

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

Student Named UM’s First Intermountain Children’s Home Doctoral Fellow

Student Named UM’s First Intermountain Children’s Home Doctoral Fellow

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

Wildlife Biology Program Appoints Professor Lowe as Interim Director

Wildlife Biology Program Appoints Professor Lowe as Interim Director

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

UM School of Law Again Named to Best Value List

UM School of Law Again Named to Best Value List

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

Griz Student-Athletes Read to Bonner Schoolchildren

Griz Student-Athletes Read to Bonner Schoolchildren

Grizzlies athletes Anna Pershouse and Ryan Burke came to class early on Thursday to brush up on their reading assignment for Bonner School. The pressure was on: Each had a second-grade class to read to and engage with about the story of friendship between a farm tractor and an orphaned calf. Read more

UM Ranked Among Top 300 Universities Worldwide

UM Ranked Among Top 300 Universities Worldwide

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

National Geographic, Brutus Visit UM to See How Bears Travel at Night

National Geographic, Brutus Visit UM to See How Bears Travel at Night

"America the Wild" host Casey Anderson brought Brutus the grizzly to UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium and let him roam the field to study how bears travel in the dark. Watch the video here.

UM Selects East Broadway Site for New Missoula College Building

UM Selects East Broadway Site for New Missoula College Building

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

Students Receive Grant for Restoration Work on Rock Creek

Students Receive Grant for Restoration Work on Rock Creek

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

Wilderness and Civilization Students Share Stories of Educational Adventures

Wilderness and Civilization Students Share Stories of Educational Adventures

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

UM Named a Top-50 College for Advancing Women in STEM Careers

UM Named a Top-50 College for Advancing Women in STEM Careers

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

Homecoming Week Kicks Off; Events Run Through Saturday

Homecoming Week Kicks Off; Events Run Through Saturday

The usual shimmer and shine found at Southgate Mall got an added boost on Sunday when the UM’s drum line and spirit squads arrived with boisterous fanfare. Starting at JC Penney Court, the maroon and silver throng marched to the Clock Tower to officially kick off the week of UM Homecoming celebrations. Read more

College of Forestry Leads Hazardous Fuels Treatment Project at Lubrecht

College of Forestry Leads Hazardous Fuels Treatment Project at Lubrecht

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.

'Avenue Q' Brings Life Lessons, Puppets to Campus Stage

'Avenue Q' Brings Life Lessons, Puppets to Campus Stage

There’s a lot of learning going on in “Avenue Q,” a foul-mouthed Broadway musical – for the puppet characters and for UM’s student puppeteers who have been busy learning the art of puppetry from scratch. The Tony Award-winning parody of “Sesame Street” opens Oct. 1 and is presented by the UM schools of Music and Theatre and Dance. Read more

Video: Banned Books Week - "Lady Chatterley's Lover"

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.

$500,000 Grant Will Boost Bandwidth for Research at UM

$500,000 Grant Will Boost Bandwidth for Research at UM

A grant from the National Science Foundation will bring greater bandwidth to UM, boosting research projects with big-data needs while setting the groundwork for future upgrades. The $500,000 grant will bring high-speed bandwidth to the Clapp and ISB buildings on campus, providing 10 gigabit potential to researchers in three major studies. Read more

Professor Running Discusses Upcoming UN Report on Climate Change

Professor Running Discusses Upcoming UN Report on Climate Change

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

Video: Assistant Professor Annie Belcourt Reads Banned Books

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."

UM Named One of America’s 100 Best College Buys

UM Named One of America’s 100 Best College Buys

The University of Montana was named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization that helps recruit and retain students for institutions of higher learning. UM was the only Montana university to make the list, which was released Sept. 20. Read more

Alums, Community Invited to Celebrate UM Homecoming

Alums, Community Invited to Celebrate UM Homecoming

The community is invited to join the festivities during UM’s 2013 Homecoming Week, set for Sept. 29-Oct. 5, with a full schedule of traditional events. This year’s Homecoming theme – “Up With Montana!” – comes directly from UM’s fight song, penned in 1914, and celebrates both the rich past and rising future of UM. Read more

Video: President Discusses His Favorite Banned Book

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.

College of Education Alumna Named Montana’s Teacher of the Year

College of Education Alumna Named Montana’s Teacher of the Year

By now, you’d think Anna Baldwin would be used to winning teaching awards. Instead, the Arlee High School English and history teacher says she “basically didn’t believe it” when her phone rang at 8 o’clock Sunday night with the news: Baldwin is Montana’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Read more

Video: Faculty, Staff Share Favorite Banned Books

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, Bitterroot Colleges to Receive Grant Money to Expand

Missoula, Bitterroot Colleges to Receive Grant Money to Expand

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

Founders, Students in UM Black Studies Program Recall 1968 Launch

Founders, Students in UM Black Studies Program Recall 1968 Launch

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

UM Seeks Comment on Potential Missoula College Locations

UM Seeks Comment on Potential Missoula College Locations

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 buildmc@umontana.edu

Silicon Valley Internship Beckons UM Honors College Student

Silicon Valley Internship Beckons UM Honors College Student

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

Multicultural Program Prepares Campus, Community for Diverse World

Multicultural Program Prepares Campus, Community for Diverse World

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

UM Students Turn Economic Summit into Social Media Central

UM Students Turn Economic Summit into Social Media Central

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

Journalism Associate Professor’s Multimedia Project Earns Top Honors

Journalism Associate Professor’s Multimedia Project Earns Top Honors

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

Student Affairs IT, Tech Assistants Help Students Connect, Succeed

Student Affairs IT, Tech Assistants Help Students Connect, Succeed

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

Peru Announces Partnership with UM College of Forestry and Conservation

Peru Announces Partnership with UM College of Forestry and Conservation

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

New UM Cyber Innovation Lab Will Teach Security, 'Big Data'

New UM Cyber Innovation Lab Will Teach Security, 'Big Data'

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

Join the Conversation at TEDxUMontana Viewing Parties

Join the Conversation at TEDxUMontana Viewing Parties

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

Watch the 2013 Montana Economic Development Summit Live from Butte

Watch the 2013 Montana Economic Development Summit Live from Butte

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.

Farm to College Program Celebrates 10 Years of Buying Local

Farm to College Program Celebrates 10 Years of Buying Local

When the Farm to College program launched at the University of Montana in 2003, Dining Services worked with eight local producers to help bring food to the table. Now, as the program celebrates its 10th anniversary, it works with 128 food-producing partners, including 39 from the Western Montana Growers Cooperative. Read more

Video: Inside UM's John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition

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.

Art Professor Commissioned for International Ceramic Biennale

Art Professor Commissioned for International Ceramic Biennale

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

Video: UM Wildlife Biology: A Program of National Distinction

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. 

Social Work Alums Return to Home to Fill Mental Health Services Need

Social Work Alums Return to Home to Fill Mental Health Services Need

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

Two Community Forums to Discuss Potential Missoula College Sites

Two Community Forums to Discuss Potential Missoula College Sites

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

Fitness and Recreation Center Introduces Functional Training Area

Fitness and Recreation Center Introduces Functional Training Area

Visitors to the UM Fitness and Recreation Center on the north end of campus will notice a major change this semester. Where stationary bikes used for group cycling classes once stood, a new open-concept space boasting functional, free-movement equipment has taken over and is gaining popularity. The Functional Training Corner, located on the gym’s upper level, offers students and other FRC members a full range of equipment. Read more

Montana Golf Team Wins Inaugural Grizzly Invitational

Montana Golf Team Wins Inaugural Grizzly Invitational

Junior Tara Green, who played the three-round tournament at 1-under, won the Grizzly Invitational by four shots Tuesday, and Montana claimed the team title at the first-year event by 56 strokes after shooting rounds of 290, 294 and 294. Montana's total of 878 was the best three-round score in program history, surpassing the previous record of 903, set at the 2012 Big Sky Conference championship, by 25 strokes. Read more

Student Helps Find Safe Routes to School for Children with Disabilities

Student Helps Find Safe Routes to School for Children with Disabilities

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

Video: Navy SEALs Skydive into Washington-Grizzly Stadium

On Aug. 31, six U.S. Navy SEALs parachuted into Washington-Grizzly Stadium before the first game of the 2013 season and the first regular-season night game. The SEALs were on hand to support Griz fan and Billings native Bo Reichenbach, a Navy SEAL who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan. 

Griz Golfers Top Notch in First Home Tournament Since 1997

Griz Golfers Top Notch in First Home Tournament Since 1997

Playing at home for the first time since 1997, the Montana women's golf team shot rounds of 290 and 294 Monday at the Missoula Country Club on Monday and held a commanding 34-shot lead at the Grizzly Invitational by the end of the day. Montana's two-round total of 584 was 12 strokes better than any other back-to-back rounds in program history.  The six teams will play a final round on Tuesday morning. Read more

Video: What Is Your Favorite Thing About Missoula?

What do you love about this little city we call home? This video by local business Liquid Planet asked people around downtown Missoula to identify their favorite thing about our town. Their honest answers offer a glimpse of what makes Missoula such a special place.

Montana Gov. Bullock Makes Stop at UM During Education Tour

Montana Gov. Bullock Makes Stop at UM During Education Tour

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

Science Departments Offer Graduate Program Resource Website for Students

Science Departments Offer Graduate Program Resource Website for Students

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

Climate Change Leaves Hares Wearing the Wrong Color

Climate Change Leaves Hares Wearing the Wrong Color

The effects of climate change often happen on a large scale, like drought or a rise in sea level. In the hills outside Missoula, wildlife biologists are looking at a change to something very small: the snowshoe hare. Life as snowshoe hare is pretty stressful. For one, almost everything in the forest wants to eat you. Alex Kumar, a graduate student at the University of Montana, lists the animals that are hungry for hares. NPR reports.

Publisher Announces Poetry Series to Honor Life and Work of UM Student

Publisher Announces Poetry Series to Honor Life and Work of UM Student

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

College of Forestry Marks 100 Years with Centennial Celebration

College of Forestry Marks 100 Years with Centennial Celebration

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

From Smoke to School: Students Spend the Summer on the Fire Line

From Smoke to School: Students Spend the Summer on the Fire Line

It’s hot. It’s hard to breathe. Work has now been going on for over 24 hours. And there is no coffee. This may sound like a bad dream, but for firefighters like Andy Vale, “It’s a pleasure.” Vale is one of many University of Montana students who spent this summer serving as a wildland firefighter. Montana airshed coordinator Laura Ward said about a third of Montana’s total summer firefighting workforce is made up of students. Read more

 Instructor Named to National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

Instructor Named to National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

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

Tennis Player Gets a Taste of the Big Apple During Internship

Tennis Player Gets a Taste of the Big Apple During Internship

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

Student Art Featured on UM's Annual Parking Pass

Student Art Featured on UM's Annual Parking Pass

The campus parking passes at the University of Montana feature a special touch this year, highlighting the artwork of a UM student. Angela Brooker, a sophomore in the UM School of Business Administration, won a contest last spring seeking student photography or illustrations for the 2013-14 parking pass. The Office of Public Safety sponsored the contest, asking students to create an image representing a positive experience at UM. Read more