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UM Student Excels by Tapping Disability Services for Students Resources

UM Student Excels by Tapping Disability Services for Students Resources

Mary Frances Clark always knew she wanted to attend college, but learning disabilities made education a struggle for her. When she came to UM Clark sought help from Disability Services for Students and it made a world of difference. “For the first time, I realized that I was being accepted for who I was and I was not going to be judged on my disability but as an individual," she says. Clark maintained a 3.0 GPA, was inducted into the National Honor Society and recently graduated.  Read her story here

July 11th, 2013

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Outside Magazine: Missoula One of Best Places to Raise Outdoor Kids

Outside Magazine: Missoula One of Best Places to Raise Outdoor Kids

Outside Magazine recently named Missoula as one of the top five towns to raise children who are hooked on the outdoor life. They looked for towns that have affordable housing, give kids exposure to museums and other cultural institutions, and, most importantly, have easy access to a variety of outdoor recreation. Missoula’s surrounding rivers and mountain ranges make for some incomparable opportunities to immerse your kids “in a sea of wilderness even if you don’t have a car,” the article states. Read more

July 3rd, 2013

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New Student Regent Brings Both MSU, UM Perspectives to Table

New Student Regent Brings Both MSU, UM Perspectives to Table

Zachary Rogala, 26, a graduate of Montana State University and currently a law student at University of Montana, has been appointed as the student regent by Gov. Steve Bullock. “I feel the education at Montana State, at the University of Montana, is pretty phenomenal,” Rogala, 26, said Monday. “I want to be in a position to ensure future Montanans continue to receive the high quality education we have.” Read more

July 2nd, 2013

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Grateful Nation Adds Sidney Man’s Name to Fallen Soldier Memorial at UM

Grateful Nation Adds Sidney Man’s Name to Fallen Soldier Memorial at UM

As Americans prepare to celebrate the 237th anniversary of U.S. independence, Grateful Nation Montana will engrave the name of Army Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde on the Grateful Nation Montana Fallen Soldier Memorial at the University of Montana. On July 2, Linde’s name will join those of the 42 other soldiers from Montana who have paid the ultimate price while serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more

June 28th, 2013

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Deputy Commissioner Discusses Two-Year Colleges, Future of Bitterroot College

Deputy Commissioner Discusses Two-Year Colleges, Future of Bitterroot College

Earlier this week, Bitterroot College in Hamilton became the last of the seven two-year colleges in the state to unveil its new name and logo. In a feature interview on Montana Public Radio, Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education John Cech talks about the changing role of the two-year colleges, and the future of the relatively new Bitterroot College. Read more

June 20th, 2013

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Student Involvement Guide Offers Introduction to Life at UM

Student Involvement Guide Offers Introduction to Life at UM

The University of Montana is more than an educational institution, it is a community. Students succeed in the classroom, get involved in activities across campus, and integrate themselves into the broader Missoula area. We are scholars, athletes, gamers, and friends coming together to create a vibrant campus community. Find out more about the UM community in the Student Involvement Guide.

June 19th, 2013

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British Concept Album Inspires UM Media Arts Students’ Film

British Concept Album Inspires UM Media Arts Students’ Film

The filmmakers of “Subterranea” have cast western Montana’s documentary-friendly scenery against type, making it the setting of a psychological mystery drama with a hint of sci-fi. The movie, in production right now, began as Mathew Miller and Brandon Woodard’s MFA thesis projects in UM’s Media Arts program. Read more

June 7th, 2013

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‘Brain Scoop’ YouTube Star Lands Cool New Job in Chicago

‘Brain Scoop’ YouTube Star Lands Cool New Job in Chicago

Emily Graslie, the 23-year-old UM graduate who became a YouTube sensation with her “The Brain Scoop” videos for the University’s Zoological Museum, has landed a new job as curiosity correspondent for Chicago’s Field Museum. She will produce 50 episodes a year in her new role. Read more

June 4th, 2013

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Leaders Gather at UM for Conference on Native American Education

Leaders Gather at UM for Conference on Native American Education

Educators from Indian Country and beyond gathered at the University of Montana on Thursday, launching a two-day seminar focused on the state of Native American education and efforts to drive it forward. Experts attending the Native American Student Advocacy Institute’s sixth annual conference spent the day discussing resources and ways to get more Indian students to college. Read more

May 31st, 2013

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UM Retirees: Chef Siegel Spiced Up Culinary Arts Program

UM Retirees: Chef Siegel Spiced Up Culinary Arts Program

Chef Thomas Siegel began his career at UM in 1978 in Dining Services, where he served 31 dedicated years in various roles, eventually culminating his service there as executive chef. In 2009, Chef Siegel decided to share his vast knowledge and took on the role of chef instructor in the Culinary Arts Program at Missoula College. Chef Siegel’s immense expertise, experience and selflessness in the service of his profession have become the cornerstone of the Culinary Arts Program. Chef Siegel is one of 50 2012-13 retirees. Read more retiree stories here.

May 30th, 2013

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UM Retirees: Koontz Always Greeted Jesse Hall Students with a Smile

UM Retirees: Koontz Always Greeted Jesse Hall Students with a Smile

Shelley Koontz dedicated 12 years to UM. From 2009 until 2013, Shelley served as Jesse Hall’s administrative assistant. She was the smiling face that welcomed new students every year, and she went out of her way to get to know the students who lived in her building and assist them with resources around campus. Shelley had a positive impact on the lives of many students during her time at UM. She is one of 50 2012-13 retirees. Read more retiree stories here.

May 29th, 2013

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Jim Messina Delivers UM's 2013 Commencement Address

Jim Messina Delivers UM's 2013 Commencement Address

Jim Messina, the architect of President Barack Obama’s successful campaign for re-election, was the featured speaker during the University of Montana’s 116th Commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 18. Messina graduated from UM in 1993, where he studied political science and journalism. He served as Obama’s national chief of staff for the 2008 presidential campaign and led the president’s 2012 campaign. Read his speech here.

May 23rd, 2013

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University Dining Services Receives National Sustainability Award

University Dining Services Receives National Sustainability Award

University Dining Services at the University of Montana recently received a gold medal in the 2013 Sustainability Awards from the National Association of College and University Food Services. The award honors UDS for exemplary work in sustainable procurement practices through the UM Farm to College Program, led by UDS Director of Sustainability and Procurement Ian Finch. Read more

May 20th, 2013

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English Language Institute at UM Celebrates 20 Years

English Language Institute at UM Celebrates 20 Years

The English Language Institute of the Office of International Programs at the University of Montana recently celebrated of 20 years on campus. The program, which currently serves 250 students from more than 40 countries each year, had humble beginnings in UM’s Linguistics Department in 1993, helping one student for two weeks. Read more

May 20th, 2013

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Effort, Attitude Spell Success for Bitterroot College Graduate

Effort, Attitude Spell Success for Bitterroot College Graduate

Clark Sisler was in his late 40s, severely injured and unemployed with a family to support when he decided to enroll at Bitterroot College in 2010. On Friday afternoon, Sisler will graduate and deliver the commencement address for the Bitterroot College Class of 2013. Read more

May 17th, 2013

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Class of 2013: Wildlife Biology Grad Trades Office for Outdoors

Class of 2013: Wildlife Biology Grad Trades Office for Outdoors

After a 17-year career selling cars, bookkeeping and running an office in Seattle, Tracy Wendt is lined up to graduate with the University of Montana’s Class of 2013. Except she won’t be lining up at all. She’ll jump into a summer job with Montana Trout Unlimited before starting graduate school next fall. Read more

May 16th, 2013

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Tag, Share Your UM Commencement Photos This Weekend

Tag, Share Your UM Commencement Photos This Weekend

Join the University of Montana Commencement celebration using the hashtag #umontana2013 on Twitter and Instagram. Tag your photos of this weekend's Commencement activities and follow the Alumni Association on Instagram (@mtalum) and the University of Montana (@umontana) to be part of #umontana2013.

May 17th, 2013

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UM’s 116th Commencement Scheduled for May 18

UM’s 116th Commencement Scheduled for May 18

Nearly 3,000 graduates and degree candidates are invited to participate in the University of Montana’s 116th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The general ceremony for UM’s professional schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and Missoula College will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The stadium opens at 8 a.m., and guests should be seated in the westside seating area by 9:30 a.m. No tickets are required. Read more

May 10th, 2013

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Former Griz Applies Hoops Lessons to Academics

Former Griz Applies Hoops Lessons to Academics

When Bryan Ellis graduated from high school, he couldn’t perform division. This summer he’ll receive a doctorate in sociology from Howard University. It’s difficult to appreciate where the former Montana Grizzly basketball player is today without knowing his history. Read more

May 14th, 2013

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DOJ Wraps Up Investigation, Praises UM's Progress, President Engstrom

DOJ Wraps Up Investigation, Praises UM's Progress, President Engstrom

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed the resolution of two investigations into the University of Montana’s handling of allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, and we announced our collaborative agreements moving forward. Read more

May 9th, 2013

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Dining Services Goes Down the Rabbit Hole for Final Omelet Bar

Dining Services Goes Down the Rabbit Hole for Final Omelet Bar

The omelet bar in the University of Montana Food Zoo is always reason for celebration, but the last omelet bar of the year marks a special occasion as University Dining Services selects a theme and goes all out to send students off with a bang. This semester’s festive event was held May 8 and paid home to “Alice and Wonderland.” Read more

May 9th, 2013

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New York Magazine Offers Recommendations for Missoula Visitors

New York Magazine Offers Recommendations for Missoula Visitors

New York Magazine recently featured Missoula its weekend travel section, The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan. The article “Explore City and Country in Missoula” offers recommendations on lodging, dining, activities around Missoula and how to spend “an oddball day.” Read more

May 7th, 2013

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Three UM Football Players Named to Hampshire Honor Society

Three UM Football Players Named to Hampshire Honor Society

The University of Montana's Sam Gratton, Josh Harris, and Peter Nguyen were recently named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. The NFF recognized 703 seniors from across all divisions of college football for academic achievement. To qualify for the team a player must have completed his eligibility with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better, and be a starter or key reserve. Read more

May 7th, 2013

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Eliza Allison is the recipient of the 2013 J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship.

2013 Kimmitt Internship Goes to UM Political Science Student

Eliza Allison, a University of Montana senior from Helena, will work in Washington, D.C., this summer as the recipient of the 2013 J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship. Allison, who will graduate in May with a degree in political science and a minor in French, will serve as a summer intern for the Senate Finance Committee under the guidance of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.  "I firmly believe in the importance of supplementing one's education with experiential learning," Allison said. "This internship will enable me to do just that." Read more

May 3rd, 2013

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UM Student Wins International Business Competiton

UM Student Wins International Business Competiton

More than 1,600 students from all over the world recently competed in the semiannual Capsim Challenge to see who has the corporate intellect to be a winning CEO. University of Montana School of Business Administration graduate student Curtis Wallette rose to the top of the competition, taking first place in the challenge. Wallette, a Master of Business Administration candidate who lives in Billings, spent six to eight hours a day analyzing his business, strategizing his investments and “running” the company during the two-week semifinal competition in April. Read more

May 2nd, 2013

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UM's new logo

UM Unveils New Brand Initiatives

The University of Montana unveiled its new logo and brand identity to employees April 30 in the University Center Theater during an internal event hosted by UM’s Office of Integrated Communications. “This always has been a great University,” said Mario Schulzke, UM’s assistant vice president for marketing. “We just really needed a fresh storytelling platform to be able to communicate to the public all of the amazing things that are happening here on a daily basis.” Read more

April 30th, 2013

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UM alum Jim Messina

Messina to Speak at UM Commencement

Jim Messina, the architect of President Barack Obama’s successful campaign for re-election, will be the featured speaker during the University of Montana’s 116th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18. Messina graduated from UM in 1993, where he studied political science and journalism. He served as Obama’s national chief of staff for the 2008 presidential campaign and led the president’s 2012 campaign. Read more

April 29th, 2013

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Julius Seyler – Searching for the Enemy, oil on board, no date, 27 ¼ x 19 ½  inches, courtesy of Sigrid Reisch

MMAC to Open New Exhibitions for Summer

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana will display two new exhibits: “A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet” and “Richard Buswell: Close to Home” in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center from May 2 to Aug. 3. Read more

April 29th, 2013

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UM's new Pedal Power PA System in use

UM Students Secure Pedal Power PA System for Campus Events

Just in time for Earth Week, the University Center at the University of Montana recently added an environmentally friendly One Bike/One Speaker, Pedal Power PA System to their event production equipment. The Pedal Power PA system was purchased with the help of UM’s Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund, which helps fund campuswide energy savings and waste-reduction projects. UM students Hailey Jorgensen and Rose Dickson submitted the successful proposal. Read more

April 26th, 2013

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Forestry College Scholarships Memorialize Students, Alumni, Faculty

Forestry College Scholarships Memorialize Students, Alumni, Faculty

The College of Forestry and Conservation at The University of Montana distributed nearly $160,000 in scholarships to more than 80 students at a ceremony held April 19. Many of the school’s scholarships were established in memory of former students or by local organizations, faculty and alumni. Learn more about some of the people these generous scholarships memorialize. Read more

April 24th, 2013

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UM Students Help Promote, Organize Clapton Guitar Festival

UM Students Help Promote, Organize Clapton Guitar Festival

University of Montana Entertainment Management students recently got the chance to be “backstage and front of house,” as they helped coordinate a festival and fundraiser put together by music legend Eric Clapton. Earlier this month, half a dozen UM students headed to Madison Square Garden after two semesters and hundreds of hours of work promoting and publicizing Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013. Read more

April 23rd, 2013

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The Orange Tart Massini was part of the bronze-winning menu created by the Missoula College Culinary Arts team.

Missoula College Students Take Bronze in Culinary Competition Finals

Missoula College UM Culinary Arts students recently earned a bronze medal in a culinary competition that took place April 12-15 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Michael Goff, Brittany Campbell, Amy Jaqueth, Madison Conway and William Gervais competed against six other state team champions from the western region. Read more

April 22nd, 2013

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UM Once Again Named 'Green College' by Princeton Review

UM Once Again Named 'Green College' by Princeton Review

Just in time for Earth Day, the Princeton Review again named The University of Montana one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” This is the fourth consecutive year UM has made “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.” Read more

April 18th, 2013

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Video: UM Employee Recognition Day: We Are Griz Family

The University of Montana has designated Friday, April 19, UM Employee Recognition Day to show appreciation to all employees and to celebrate the impressive contributions they make to the success of the University. Read more

April 19th, 2013

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“Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder

UM Announces 2013 First-Year Reading Experience Book

The University of Montana has selected “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder as the 2013 First-Year Reading Experience book. The nonfiction book recounts the work of renowned infectious-disease specialist Dr. Paul Farmer as he tackles tuberculosis and the effects of poverty in Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia. Read more

April 18th, 2013

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University Players Present 10-Minute Play Festival

University Players Present 10-Minute Play Festival

The University Players will present their annual 10-Minute Play Festival at the University of Montana on Thursday and Friday, April 18-19. The festival starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to attend this theatrical affair. The University Players student group produces independent theater directed and designed by UM students.

May 17th, 2013

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Video: The Brain Scoop: Owls are Awesome

The always-funny Emily Graslie delves into the always-popular subject of owls as she shares more of the amazing collection housed at UM's Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum. Visit The Brain Scoop channel on YouTube to see more videos.

April 12th, 2013

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