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  • MMAC Celebrates Montana Artists with Summer Exhibitions

     The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana offers two exhibitions through Aug. 25. 

  • UM to Host National Smokeless Tobacco Summit

    The University of Montana’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences recently secured a grant that will allow UM to host the seventh National Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Summit next August.

  • We Are Griz Family

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  • ASUM Renter Center Launches Faculty, Staff Housing Exchange

    University of Montana faculty and staff looking to rent out their homes or find a place to rent now have access to an online feature allowing them to post and view listings by other UM employees.

  • Princeton Review Lists UM in Top Green Colleges Guide

    For the third consecutive year, the Princeton Review saluted The University of Montana as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.”

  • UM Foundation kicks off faculty, staff giving campaign

    Excellence. Sustainability. Leadership. Engagement. These are some of the characteristics that describe UM, the values that draw people to campus and define UM as extraordinary.

  • UM Student-Athletes Continue Strong Academic Performance

    For the 13th consecutive semester, University of Montana student-athletes maintained an average cumulative grade-point average above 3.0.

  • New Partnership Brings Brazilian Students to UM

    An initial cohort of Brazilian students arrived Jan. 14 at The University of Montana as part of a new partnership with Brazil’s Science Without Borders Program.

    International Programs, in coordination with the Office of Senator Max Baucus, successfully applied for UM to serve as a host institution for the program, and new cohorts of undergraduate students will arrive each semester to study a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline.

    “This new relationship with Brazil is of significant importance for UM,” said Mehrdad Kia, UM associate provost for International Programs. “Gov. Schweitzer just returned from Brazil, and Montana is initiating new exchange relationships, which should involve close collaboration with Brazilian universities.”

    Kia also said the initiative aligns with emerging trends of focusing international education on the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), and the STEM disciplines.

    The program provides scholarships to undergraduate students from Brazil for one year of study at colleges and universities outside of Brazil, with about half of the expected 100,000 participants to attend U.S. institutions. The Institute of International Education administers the placement of program participants at institutions in the U.S.

  • UM revamps home page tools

    A few subtle but significant changes are in the works for The University of Montana’s home page complex. New and improved tools are available on a beta version of the website at

  • UM Opens New Tech Lounge in UC

    In response to students’ interest in more dynamic learning spaces, The University of Montana has created a new Tech Lounge located in University Center Room 220.

  • UM Researcher Earns Title of Regents Professor

    University of Montana Professor Richard Bridges joined an elite group Friday, Nov. 18, when the state Board of Regents unanimously voted to name him Regents Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

  • UM, Grateful Nation Unveil Fallen Soldier Memorial

    More than 600 people joined The University of Montana and Grateful Nation Montana on Nov. 4 to dedicate a campus memorial to Montana troops who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • UM Professor Jack Stanford Wins Two Prestigious Awards

    University of Montana Professor Jack Stanford recently received two prestigious awards for his work in the field of river ecology: one recognizing lifetime achievement and the other for exceptional conservation.

  • UM Charitable Giving Campaign Now Open

    The 2011-12 UM Charitable Giving Campaign is now open and will run through Friday, Dec. 9.

  • The Strategic Plan for The University of Montana

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  • Autumn Semester at UM Brings Another Enrollment Record

    Total headcount enrollment for autumn semester 2011 at The University of Montana has set another all-time record.

  • Park-N-Ride and UDASH Buses Provide Easy Access to Campus

    It will be easier than ever to access The University of Montana campus when Park-N-Ride and UDASH buses resume service on Aug. 29. Both buses, operated by the Associated Students of the UM Office of Transportation, are free and open to the public.

  • 'Field Notes from a Catastrophe' Named First-Year Reading Experience Book

    All first-year students at UM are invited to participate in the First-Year Reading Experience. The book selected for 2011 is "Field Notes from a Catastrophe" by Elizabeth Kolbert.

  • UM Student, Educator Join Inaugural 'Bhutan Ride For Climate'

    Nicky Phear, instructor and program director in The University of Montana’s Climate Change Studies Program, and UM student Mara Menahan will begin pedaling across Bhutan on July 2 to see firsthand how climate change affects the Himalayan country and its people.

  • UM Launches Scholarship For Japanese Students Affected By Earthquake Tsunami

    The University of Montana Foundation has established a scholarship for UM students from Japan who were afflicted by the March earthquake that caused a tsunami and nuclear disaster.

  • UM Students Cycle the Rockies While Studying Energy, Climate Change

    In May eight students and two University of Montana instructors pedaled out of Billings to begin a four-week, 700-mile cycling expedition to explore the state, its opportunities for producing clean energy and the impacts of climate change.

  • UM Osprey Project Live Cameras Up and Running

    People interested in bird watching can now view live video of two osprey nests on the Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers.

  • Tom Brokaw's UM Commencement Address

    Delivered Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Washington-Grizzly Stadium

  • Donors Provide $3 Million Boost For Premier Program At UM

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  • Princeton Review Lists UM in Top 'Green' Colleges Book

    For the second consecutive year, The University of Montana’s increased efforts to make campus greener have caught the attention of a national college ranking and guide service.

  • What does UM mean to you?

    Karen Kaley and Mick Hanson both have interacted with generations of UM students, sported lots of maroon and grey and consider the campus community home. And every year, Kaley and Hanson both choose to demonstrate their commitment to The University of Montana with  financial support.

  • Support for UM Students from Japan

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  • Spring Semester Enrollment at UM Tops 15,000

    The headcount enrollment at The University of Montana in Missoula this semester is 15,106, a record enrollment for spring semester at UM. Enrollment jumped 484 above spring semester last year.

  • Celebrate Food Literacy Month with UM

    Throughout the month of March, University Dining Services will showcase an array of films, special meals and lectures at The University of Montana to celebrate Food Literacy Month. 

    The following films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theater and are free and open to the public:

  • UM Offers Crown Of The Continent Travel Tour

    Registration is now open for a tour of the Crown of the Continent region offered through the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning at The University of Montana.

  • UMOnline Moves To Moodle

    The UM transition from Blackboard Learning Management System to Moodle, an open-source learning management system, is now under way. 

  • ASUM Unveils Online, Mobile Bus Tracking Systems

    The Associated Students of The University of Montana Office of Transportation has developed a real-time online mapping service and text-alert system to take the anxiety of when the bus is coming out of riding the bus.

  • UM Technology Launches Brain Imaging Company

    Two new patents for brain imaging agents discovered at The University of Montana have produced a company called Rio Pharmaceuticals, which offers specifically designed molecules to image select biomarker proteins in the brain.

  • UM Student Volunteer Efforts Boost Missoula Economy

    Recent statistics from The University of Montana’s Office for Civic Engagement show that UM students exceeded expectations for community service during the 2009-10 academic year, with a total of 1,641 students completing 161,246 hours of service.

  • Royce Engstrom Named 17th President of UM

    The state Board of Regents voted Thursday, Sept. 23, in Butte to approve the hiring of UM Provost Royce Engstrom to become the University’s 17th president. Engstrom will begin his new duties Oct. 15.

  • UM Named Among Nation's Top 50 Safest Colleges

    The Daily Beast, an online news site, has named The University of Montana the 23rd safest college in the U.S on its second annual ranking.

  • UM Holds Tech Fair on Campus September 22

    More than two dozen campus technologies will be on display at the Tech Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the University Center Atrium at The University of Montana.

  • UM Makes Princeton Review's List of Best Colleges

    The University of Montana once again is ranked as one the top four-year colleges and universities in North America by the Princeton Review.

  • Endowment Honoring The Dennisons Nears $1 Million

    Alumni and friends are ensuring future generations will remember the way President George Dennison and his wife, Jane, shaped The University of Montana. Trustees of The University of Montana Foundation, University alumni and community members have contributed more than $850,000 toward an endowment to honor the Dennisons.

  • President Dennison Announces Campus Climate Action Plan

    University of Montana President George M. Dennison celebrated Earth Day April 22 by presenting UM’s Climate Action Plan to campus and area community members.

  • Celebrate Earth Week at UM Events

    Area and campus community members are invited to celebrate Earth Week at several events April 19-22 at The University of Montana. A complete schedule is available on the Greening UM Web site at

  • Exhibition Chronicles Tours of America's Jazz Ambassadors

    An exhibition that chronicles American jazz legends as they traveled the globe on behalf of the U.S. State Department is on display at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana.

  • "Odyssey of the Stars" Honors Longtime Theater Arts Educator

     "Odyssey of the Stars – A Celebration of Artistic Journeys" will honor University of Montana alumnus and former faculty member Firman H. "Bo" Brown during its 10th anniversary production at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the University Theatre.

  • Meet Me In Montana

    More than 2,500 undergraduate students and their faculty mentors from around the country will gather April 15-17 at The University of Montana for the 24th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

  • Big Sky Men's Basketball Champions

    A 20-point halftime deficit on the home court at the conference's top-seeded team? If you're the Grizzlies, that's no reason to panic. And if you're senior guard Anthony Johnson, that's no problem.

  • Graduate Student & Faculty Research Conference at UM

    The Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference at The University of Montana will take place on Saturday, April 24, in the University Center. 

  • Online Teaching, Learning Institute at UM March 11-12

    The second annual Extended Learning Institute will be held Thursday and Friday, March 11-12, at The University of Montana. 

  • Lecture Series Explores Books, Art That Changed Our Lives

    The 2010 Community Lecture Series at The University of Montana begins Tuesday, Feb. 16, and tickets are now available for purchase.

  • UM Strengthens Ties with Irish University

    University of Montana President George M. Dennison recently met with officials at University College Cork, one of UM’s key strategic partners in Europe, to discuss ways to further strengthen ties between UM and the university in Cork County, Ireland.

  • Classroom Technology

    The University of Montana took the first steps of a seven-year plan to install high-tech teaching tools in nearly all of its 160 classrooms this summer.

  • Princeton Review Ranks UM Among Best Colleges

    The University of Montana once again is listed among the top four-year colleges and universities in North America by the Princeton Review.

  • Cycle the Rockies for College Credit

    Each summer a group of energetic University of Montana students and instructors bicycle across the state for four weeks as they explore regional energy choices and the impacts of climate change -- all while earning college credit.

  • UM Names Second Kimmitt Intern

    Thecla Backhouse-Prentiss, a University of Montana sophomore majoring in political science with a minor in French, will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer as the recipient of the 2009 J. Stanley Kimmitt Public Service Internship. 

  • UM Professor Named Guggenheim Fellow

    University of Montana wildlife biology Professor L. Scott Mills has been named a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow by the board of trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

  • UM Web Pages Make Transition to CMS

    Beginning July 1, The University of Montana’s central web group -- IT's Web Technology Services (WTS) -- will no longer be supporting Dreamweaver/Contribute for new UM Web sites.

  • Go Green with UM

    Whether working in the classroom, studying in residence halls or completing an internship, there are endless ways to get involved with sustainability initiatives at UM.

  • New Course Numbers are Here

    In November 2007, the Montana Board of Regents adopted a new policy requiring all units of the Montana University System to adopt Common Course Numbering as a means of facilitating transfer. 

    Since then, faculty from all units within the system have worked to identify courses that are sufficiently similar to warrant common names and numbers, as well as courses that should be uniquely numbered. The links below point to additional information about this process and about the decisions that have been reached.

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  • Birds on the Brain

    University of Montana researcher Tom Martin has been awarded a $600,000 grant to study the differences between populations of tropical birds in Asia and those in Africa and South America.

  • UM Educator Named Regents Professor

    Ask around campus, and you will hear it again and again: Any class taught by University of Montana marketing Professor Jakki Mohr is one worth taking.

  • Two UM Researchers Had a Hand in Designing Instruments Used By NASA

    As our sun rumbles around the galactic core at 486,000 mph – taking us along for the ride – it constantly emits particles called the solar wind. At the edge of the solar system, 100 times farther out than the distance between the sun and the Earth, this wind dies down as it hits the hydrogen and helium gas between stars. Interstellar space, it seems, is not totally empty.

  • Shaping the Future of Western Forests

    Three researchers with The University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation recently won a prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a fellowship program that will train graduate students in natural resource management.

  • UM Bee Researchers Make Breakthrough

    University of Montana researchers and their UM-affiliated company, Bee Alert Technology Inc., have employed a powerful new tool created by a U.S. Army lab to discover a honeybee virus invading North America.

  • New Book Traces Life, Work of Montana Architect

    The Montana Museum of Art & Culture, in partnership with The University of Montana Press, announces the publication of the book “The Original Man: The Life and Work of Montana Architect A.J. Gibson” by Hipólito Rafael Chacón, Ph.D.

  • Professor Awarded $980,000 Grant

    Mike DeGrandpre, a University of Montana chemistry professor and oceanographer, has been awarded a grant to help make a submersible water sensor he developed commercially viable.

  • Montana PBS Producer Wins Northwest Emmy Award

    Gus Chambers, a television producer for the Broadcast Media Center at The University of Montana and Montana PBS, recently received an Emmy Award from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

  • UM Professor Earns Smithsonian Title

    George Stanley, a paleontologist and geosciences professor at The University of Montana, has earned a prestigious new title " research associate" from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

  • UM Faculty Member to Help Decide Who Earns NIH Grants

    Kari Harris, an associate professor in the School of Public and Community Health Sciences at The University of Montana, soon will help decide which researchers get federal grants from the National Institutes of Health.

  • UM Professor's Book Wins Bronze in National Contest

    The title won bronze in the anthology category of the 12th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. This year’s IPPY contest attracted more than 3,000 entries from 49 U.S. states and more than 15 countries. A total of 450 books received honors in 94 categories in the 2008 contest. The awards were presented in Los Angeles on May 30.

  • UM Executive Chef Honored with Annual Award

    Tom Siegel, a certified executive chef of University of Montana University Dining Services, recently was named "Chef of the Year."