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Jan. 24, 2014 |
UM piano performance and pedagogy senior Turner Schoer practices with Professor Steven Hesla on UM’s concert grand piano. Acquired in 2012, the Steinway inspires performances by UM students, faculty and guest artists, and was the impetus behind the creation of the Celebrate Piano Series

MC Offers Computer Security Certificate

Missoula College UM will begin offering a certificate in network and information security during spring semester. The certificate proposal was reviewed at the Jan. 7 Board of Regents meeting.

The new professional certificate is designed to prepare computer and networking professionals for a career in the emerging field of computer security. It will provide experience in business continuity, computer system design, risk assessment, mitigation techniques, contingency planning, data integrity, security investigation and troubleshooting. Read more

Family Medical Residency Names New COO

 Barry Kenfield, former chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Missoula’s Community Medical Center, recently accepted the position of COO of the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana and director of the Western Montana Area Health Education Center at UM. Read more

School of Journalism Ranked Ninth Best J-School in the Country 

The UM School of Journalism recently was ranked the ninth best college journalism program in the country in a poll by NewsPro magazine and the Radio Television Digital News Association.

The magazine and professional association surveyed news professionals for their 2013 top choices of J-schools around the country, both undergraduate and graduate. Responders emphasized the importance of fundamentals and practical application in programs, such as teaching Associated Press style, grammar and different ways to write about news. Read more

UM Community Adopts 30 Families, 14 Veterans for Holiday Season

The Office for Civic Engagement at UM teamed up with the Salvation Army and Poverello Center to meet the holiday needs of 30 families and 14 veterans during this year’s Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-Veteran programs. This year, UM provided food, gifts and other items to 117 people. Read more

University Adds New Screen-Reading Software 

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, said Timothy McHenry, assistive technology coordinator with UM Disability Services for Students. Read more

Radio Students Win Big in National Competition

Ruth Eddy and Christopher Allen, seniors in the Department of Radio-TV at UM, recently were named among the top five winners in the nation for the radio category of the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards.

Funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the contest provides cash awards in several media categories to the top five students and their colleges. Read more

Students Win $2,500 in Fall Business Plan Competition

Four teams, chosen from a field of entrants, gathered Dec. 11 to present their business plans before a panel of experts at UM’s Fall Business Plan Competition. Participants vied for $2,500 in prizes. Read more

2013 a Good Year for Tourism in Montana, Figures Show

Preliminary findings show 2013 was a good year for tourism despite the October government shutdown, according to the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at UM. More than 11 million nonresidents visited Montana and spent nearly $3.5 billion in the Treasure State. Read more

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 found that wolves living on the landscape with cattle have no effect on herd weight, but once a ranch has a confirmed wolf kill, average calf weight decreases relative to if that ranch had not experienced a wolf depredation. Read more

Research Concludes Large Carnivore Numbers, Range Declining

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. Read more

UM Regents Professor Steve RunningProfessor Ranked Most Geographically 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 came out of a study published in the Scientometrics journal, which analyzed citations of remote sensing research between 1991 and 2010. Read more

Montana Shows Potential for Emerging Cycling Tourism Market

A new study conducted by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research and graduate students from the UM's College of Forestry and Conservation found that multiday cyclists spend $75 per day while in Montana and stay an average of eight or more nights. The study was conducted in cooperation with the Adventure Cycling Association, a national nonprofit headquartered in Missoula. Read more

Pianist Spencer MyerTop Musical Artist Spencer Myer to Play Celebrate Piano Series IV at UM

When UM piano Professors Steven Hesla and Christopher Hahn heard pianist Spencer Myer play the headliner recital for the Montana State Music Teachers Association’s state conference in November 2012, they knew they were hearing one of the nation’s top young musical artists.

“It was one of those ‘pin drop’ musical experiences,” Hesla said. “We simply knew we had to have him play for our Missoula audiences.”
On Sunday, Feb. 9, Myer will perform during UM’s Celebrate Piano Series IV. Read more

Economic Outlook Seminar Heads to Nine Montana Cities

RightNow Technologies was founded in 1997 in a spare bedroom in Bozeman. By the time the company was acquired by Oracle in 2012 for more than $1.8 billion, RightNow was Bozeman’s largest commercial employer and the only publicly traded technology company in the state.

Greg Gianforte, founder of RightNow Technologies, will give a firsthand account of this Montana success story at the 39th Annual Montana Economic Outlook Seminar, “Making Montana the First Best Place: How Entrepreneurship is Creating High-Paying Jobs.” Read more


Veterans Lead Montana at First Indoor Track and Field Meet

Griz back in Bozeman for second indoor meet

Men's basketball edges Bengals 59-54 in come-from-behind win at ISU

Lady Griz back on winning track with 67-48 victory

Women's tennis gears up for tough non-conference opponents


KBGA College Radio to Hold Annual Radiothon Pledge Drive Feb. 9-15

Montana Rep Launches National Tour of 'The Miracle Worker' in Missoula

UM Hosts Open Houses for Prospective Students

Registration Day Slated for Transfer Students
Global Public Health Minor to Host Weekly Lecture Series