Biologists tag a bear in Glacier National Park

Get This Job: Bear Biologist

What does it take to research one of nature's most powerful creatures for a living? An education at the University of Montana and the tenacity of a mama grizzly, according to Backpacker magazine.

Architect rendering of the new addition to the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center

$10 Million Gift to Expand College of Education and Human Sciences

Building a better education for Montana: That’s one of the primary goals of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. Now, it has made another transformative gift to propel high-quality...

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UM Hires Bodnar as 18th President

Montana University System leaders announced today that Seth Bodnar has accepted the offer to be the next president of the University of Montana. Subject to Board of Regents approval in November,...

Alumni Band marches in the UM Homecoming Parade

Honor the Past, Shape the Future at UM Homecoming Oct. 8-14

The UM Alumni Association invites alumni and the Missoula community to celebrate Homecoming 2017, Sunday through Saturday, Oct. 8-14. This year’s theme, “Reflections: Honoring the Past, Shaping...

Main Hall at night reflected in rain puddles

UM Names Five Recipients of 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Five exemplary UM graduates will receive 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming weekend festivities on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14. The awards are the highest honor presented by...

UM campus

Four Finalists for UM Presidency to Visit Campus

The search for UM’s next president has narrowed to four finalists who will visit the campus later this month. “The search committee is excited to bring these finalists to campus,” said Clay...

Artist Mitchell McCabe

Psychology Grad Found Solace, Identity in Art After Paralyzing Crash

Mitchell McCabe's latest work in progress is an abstract drawing of Three Buttes, a mountain west of Route 66 on the Fort Belknap Reservation where he grew up. Three semi-abstract horses, riding a...

UM student Skyler Anderson

UM Student Experience: My Nike Internship

UM student Skyler Anderson just completed a summer internship with Nike in Beaverton, Oregon. “My time in Nike's Skateboarding category was unlike anything I could have imagined,” she says. Read...

UM alumnus Dennis Eck and UM architect Jameel Chaudhry view construction at UM's LA Building

Couple Donates More Than $8 Million to Upgrade LA Building

Over the last three years, Dennis and Gretchen Eck have committed a total of $8.3 million to renovate UM’s Liberal Arts Building, Dennis Eck’s old stomping grounds as a political science and...

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With Independents Ascendant, Missoula's Vault Comics Looks to Future

UM alumnus Adrian Wassel and his brother Damian have teamed up to pursue their dream: launching a comic book publishing company called Vault Comics. The Wassel brothers, joined by and a UM...

UM alumni finalists for Fulbright awards

Alumni Earn Fulbright Funding for Teaching Abroad

Three UM alumni are finalists for Fulbright U.S. Student Program Awards to fund their teaching abroad. Julie Ammons, Ian Strahn and Sam Hines are eligible for Fulbright English Teaching Assistant...

University of Montana campus

Donors Support UM in Record-Breaking Numbers

Donors stepped up to support the University of Montana in a big way this year, topping $50 million for the fourth year in a row. At the close of fiscal year 2017, private support totaled $84.5...

Maryfrances Shreeve and her son William C. Shreeve

A Tribute to Exemplary Educators: Gift Supports Two Academic Chairs

An anonymous donation to UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences has created two academic chairs, a first for the college and among the academy’s highest honors. The...

A resident from Paxson group home competes in an athletic event

UM Grads Create Documentary About Group Home Residents

Two recent UM digital filmmaking graduates are at work on a documentary that gives an inside look at the lives of three Missoula men with intellectual disabilities. "Paxson: A Home in Common," a...

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Big Dipper Partners with UM on Huckleberry Ice Cream

Lovers of ice cream and the Griz can celebrate two of their favorite things with the release of HuckleBeary, a newly branded flavor from Missoula’s own Big Dipper Ice Cream. The...

Montana-native-turned-Nashville star Tim Ryan

‘Play Me Montana’ Brings Alum Tim Ryan Rouillier Back to Where it All Began

Montana-native-turned-Nashville star Tim Ryan’s grandest dream yet – a musical memoir called “Play Me Montana” – will open at UM’s  Dennison Theatre on June 17. His magnum opus, featuring a...

UM's Blewett School of Law

UM Law School Ranks 15th in Nation for Federal Judicial Clerkship Placement

The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana ranks 15th in the nation for placing new graduates in federal judicial clerkships, based on the past three years of data. The...

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UM Grad Hank Green Bases Internet Empire in Missoula

Combining a passion for knowledge with a penchant for silliness has produced a winning equation for Hank Green, Missoula’s most widely known internet entrepreneur. His web of channels, platforms,...

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2,122 UM Students Earn Degrees

UM had 2,122 students who were degree candidates for spring semester 2017. The students listed here are UM degree candidates or have been awarded their degrees for spring semester 2017.

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UM ScholarWorks Reaches 1 Million Downloads

ScholarWorks, UM's online scholarly repository, has achieved a momentous milestone: 1 million downloads. The service is online at http://scholarworks.umt.edu. Managed by the Mansfield Library,...

Zhibing Cara Zhou, UM graduate

UM Student Inspired by Grandfather, Stepdad to be Medical Doctor

Coming up on graduation, Zhibing "Cara"Zhou has a 4.0 grade point average at UM, and in August, she heads to medical school to become a doctor, melding the science that fuels her mind with the...

Lucile Speer, delegate to Montana Constitutional Convention, 1971-72, signs the Constitution on March 22, 1972.

Donor Creates New Faculty Position at UM to Honor Legendary Librarian

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, UM has its first endowed chair in the humanities. The new Lucile Speer Research Chair in Politics and History honors Lucile Speer and her...

UM graduates make their way toward the stadium for Commencement

UM to Hold 120th Commencement May 13

UM’s 120th Commencement exercises will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. UM alumna Jennifer Isern will be the featured speaker. Late UM President George Dennison...

Late President Emeritus George Dennison

UM to Host Dennison Celebration of Life on Friday, May 12

Historian and educator George M. Dennison was UM’s longest-serving president from 1990 to 2010. The University and the Dennison family will honor the enduring impacts of his legacy during a...

Heather Jurva, center, with an Elementary class at the Hangzhou New Century Foreign Language School

International Student Teaching Enhances Graduate's Success

International student teaching placements are a particularly strong draw for students in UM’s education program. Heather Jurva, a recent UM graduate in secondary English education, is a prime...

Geoscience Assistant Professor Payton Gardner works with a student

Griz Alumni Return as Faculty in Geosciences Department

Two new faculty members in UM’s Department of Geosciences, Payton Gardner and Hilary Martens, started their career on campus as undergraduates. Both earned Ph.D. degrees at other universities...

Paul Gladen, director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM

Gladen Named Montana Ambassador Educator of the Year

Paul Gladen, director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, recently was named Montana Ambassador Educator of the Year by Gov. Steve Bullock. On April 24, Gov. Bullock announced the recipients of the...

UM student pharmacist Emily Kardash works at a recent health fair

UM Pharmacy Program Ranks No. 2 Nationally for Salary-Debt Ratio

UM's pharmacy school ranks No. 2 nationally for “providing students the best bang for their buck,” according to a prominent lender and student loan refinancing company. The SoFi company studied...

UM alumni Stefanie Henderson Strack and Craig K. Anderson

Business School to Honor Alumni for Career Achievements

UM’s School of Business Administration will honor 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Craig K. Anderson and Outstanding Alumna Stefanie Henderson Strack on Friday, March 31, during its spring Business...

UM graduates participate in Commencement ceremonies

UM to Award Two Honorary Doctorates at May Commencement

The University of Montana will award two Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during its May 13 Commencement exercises. The awardees are UM’s longest-serving president, the late George M....
UM graduate student Evan Tipton won first place in the Montana Small Business Development Center Shark Tank competition

UM Student Wins Statewide Business Plan Competition

UM graduate student Evan Tipton won first place in the Montana Small Business Development Center Shark Tank competition, held March 12-14 in Helena, for his business to help tour operators manage...

Missoula business owners answer questions from UM business students

Students Quiz Missoula Business Owners on Entrepreneurship

A group of Missoula business owners sat before a class of UM students on Friday to discuss their path through the gauntlet of entrepreneurship, one where they’ve learned to overcome their mistakes...

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UM Ranks No. 7 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

UM has been named the No. 7 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 30 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide. This year marks the 13th time the University...

Mary Nellis

UM Adviser Wins Fulbright Grant for Travel to Korea

Mary Nellis, an international student adviser at the University of Montana, received a 2017-18 Fulbright grant to travel to the International Education Administrators seminar in Korea this June....

Kelly Elder, the 2017 Montana Teacher of the Year, teaches a social studies lesson at C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher

UM alumni and accomplished educators Kelly Elder, Anna Baldwin and Art Amlquist educate, inspire and truly make a difference in their students’ lives. Read their stories in the Montanan. 

UM alumna Julie Ammons

Recent Graduate Wins Grand Prize in State Department Story Contest

Julie Ammons, a 2016 UM graduate and Missoula native, won a grand prize in the “Share Your Story Challenge” sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs....

Skaggs Building at UM

$1.25M Gift Endows Scholarship for Native American Pharmacy Students

The ALSAM Foundation to permanently its Skaggs Scholars Program scholarship at UM. With their $1.25 million gift, they are ensuring that UM can continue to attract and support Native American...

Sheila and Hal Stearns

UM President, Spouse Earn 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards

UM President Sheila Stearns and her husband, Hal, received 2017 Governor’s Humanities Awards during a Jan. 26 ceremony at the State Capitol in Helena. The couple earned the awards for teaching,...

Tamara Gaurdipee reaches for the basketball in a game against Idaho State

Selvig Put His Faith in Montanans

Robin Selvig made dreams come true for hard-working Montana girls. It was always a point of emphasis for the Outlook native, who cleaned out his desk at the end of August after 38 years as head...

Former UM Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig speaks at a news conference

Selvig's Impact on Big Sky Conference Hard to Measure

If the most sincere form of flattery is indeed imitation, recently retired Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig must be smiling somewhere. The legacy he has left, not just on the Montana women's...

The Oval at UM after a snow storm

Community Invited to Mid-Year State of the University Presentation

UM President Sheila Stearns will address the campus with a State of the University presentation at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the University Center Ballroom. Stearns will take the opportunity to...

UM President Sheila Stearns

Sheila Stearns Finds ‘Star Power’ at UM

To lead UM that way, new UM President Sheila Stearns aims to celebrate and broadcast UM’s academic excellence; govern collaboratively, with clear communication and shared responsibility; and make...

collage of UM highlights in 2016

Research, Fundraising and Academic Success Highlight UM in 2016

The year 2016 proved another big one at UM, one highlighted by groundbreaking research, scholarly success and record fundraising. Missoula Current takes a look at UM’s biggest successes this past...

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