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Feb. 28, 2014 |
There is no such thing as a snow day at the University of Montana. Skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes on Tuesday after Missoula received a record 7.9 inches of snow on Monday.

Law Alumnus Donates $800,000 for Scholarship

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 earned bachelor’s degrees from Montana State University in Bozeman. Each scholarship will pay for half of the recipients’ School of Law tuition and be renewable for the duration of the three-year program.

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

UM Ranked one of 100 Best U.S. Universities

UM has been ranked one of the top 100 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities by The Best Schools. One university and one liberal arts college from each state were included in the ranking, with Carroll College taking Montana’s other top spot.

According to The Best Schools, the rankings are based on the reputation of a school, its faculty, its dedication to a broad liberal arts education, its accreditation and its overall academic caliber compared to other institutions in the same state. The rankings lean toward schools with a more dominant liberal arts and humanities focus, which offer a broader range of excellence across the curriculum. 

Read more: UM Ranked One of 100 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities

UM Releases Spring Enrollment Figures

The 2014 spring semester headcount enrollment at UM is 13,554, a number that meets enrollment projections and reflects the high number of degrees awarded at the end of fall 2013.
The spring enrollment is a 6.7 percent decrease from last fall’s enrollment of 14,525, which the University anticipated.

Universities usually see a decline from fall to spring semester, said Peggy Kuhr, vice president for integrated communications. “Under normal circumstances, you’re going to lose about 5 percent for spring semester, and we had a higher graduation number this past fall than in previous fall semesters.”

Read more: UM Releases Spring Enrollment Figures

India Week Celebrates Diverse Culture

For the second year in a row, UM’s India Advisory Council will bring a series of talks, performances, exhibits and events to campus March 1-7 to engage students, faculty, staff and members of the community in the diverse Indian culture.

“Many people in Missoula are very interested in the paradoxes that constitute India,” said council chair Ruth Vanita, UM liberal studies professor. “We hope to break down stereotypes and facilitate dialogue.”

Read more: UM Celebrates Diverse Culture During India Week

Artists to Demonstrate Techniques on Archie Bray Day

Three ceramic artists from the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena will demonstrate their techniques and lecture on their work Tuesday, March 11, during the annual Archie Bray Day at UM.

Events will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Artists Giselle Hicks, Adam Field and Andrew Gilliatt will demonstrate their work from 10:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio of UM’s Art Annex, located south of the Adams Center. A lecture and slide show of the artists’ work will be held from 5:10 to 6:30 p.m. in Social Science Building Room 356.

Read more: UM Hosts Ceramic Artists During Archie Bray Day on March 11
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More News

Merriam-Frontier Award Winner to Read at Mansfield Library
BBER Hires New Director of Health Care Industry Research

Seattle Pianist Starcevich to Perform at Celebrate Piano Series
Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Recruitment Event Set for Feb. 28
Office of International Programs Hosts Spring 2014 Brown Bag Lecture Series
Actress to Speak in Conjunction with Tunnel of Oppression
Scholar to Lecture at UM on Imagery of Woman Suffrage Movement
MFA Thesis Exhibitions to Open at UM Gallery of Visual Arts


Lady Griz drop to third place

Men's basketball nips Bengals 62-61

Griz at Big Sky indoor championships this week

Men's tennis team hosts first Big Sky matches of 2014

Cross-country teams earn academic honors


Philosopher Presents Lecture Feb. 28

Harlem Globetrotters Play at Adams Center Feb. 28

School of Music Presents Jazz Ensemble

'Western Rivers' Lecture Series Continues March 4

Forest Service Chief Delivers Next Wilderness Lecture

PEAS Farm Director to Discuss Refugee Agriculture in Thailand
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