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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

UM alumna Becca Boslough

UM Graduate Awarded Marshall Scholarship

UM alumna Rebecca Boslough has that rare quality of being able to listen well and understand nuance. Recently those traits it helped earn her a 2017 Marshall Scholarship. The scholarship offers...

Becca Boslough (Photo by Rylan Boggs)

Alumna Wins Prestigious Marshall Scholarship for Graduate Study in UK

Rebecca Boslough, a 2014 UM graduate in resource conservation, has won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The award offers graduate study opportunities at British universities to about 30 young...

Google Doodle of author James Welch

Google Features Late Native American Author, UM Alumnus James Welch

The Nov. 18 Google Doodle marks the birthday of James Welch, who would have been 76 today. The renowned Blackfeet author graduated from UM in 1965 and later taught here for many years. His most...

UM mascot Monte performs at a football game

Former Monte Hired as Mascot for NBA's Houston Rockets

After 5 1/2 years as Montana's most beloved mascot, Monte has turned pro. The former University of Montana student who portrayed the Grizzlies' mascot is now in Houston performing as Clutch the...

Selvig coaches his squad – which ended up being his last group – this past winter.

That’s All, Folks: A Look Back at Coach Selvig’s 38 Years Leading the Lady Griz

Robin Selvig saw a wide range of young women come through his program. All of them – or at least 99 percent of them – traced very similar paths, playing at UM for one demanding, demonstrative...

Jennifer Adams cuts the ribbon to officially open the Moss Adams Student Lounge

Moss Adams Student Lounge Opens to Business Students

The School of Business Administration at UM celebrated the grand opening of the Moss Adams Student Lounge in the Gallagher Business Building on Oct. 6. The much-needed lounge renovation was funded...

Visiting Associate Professor Barbara Weinlich uses new technology in the Liberal Arts Building to teach

Liberal Arts Building Updated for 21st-Century Learning

The University of Montana’s College of Humanities and Sciences celebrated the grand opening of six newly remodeled classrooms in the Liberal Arts Building on Sept. 30 and announced the next stage...

UM’s 1929 Yell King, center, and his Yell Dukes and Duchess

UM Has Traditions Unlike Any Others

Traditions abound at UM. It’s really not officially fall on campus until Homecoming, which is a weeklong celebration full of traditions such as the parade, the Hello Walk, and the Friday night pep...

Under the Big Sky: Homecoming 2016

Reconnect ‘Under the Big Sky’ at UM Homecoming This Week

The University of Montana Alumni Association invites alumni and the Missoula community to gather “Under the Big Sky” during Homecoming 2016, Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 25-Oct. 1.

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Retaining College Grads Key to Missoula’s Economic Growth

As thousands of students begin a new school year at UM, we not only say “welcome,” but “plan on sticking around for a good, long while.” Whether freshman or senior, born and bred here or a...

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Gift Brings New 500-Seat Auditorium to UM

Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Alice Lee Lund Charitable Trust, the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences will expand its facilities to include a public,...
Kelly McBroom shows off a repurposed ski pole turned plunger

Alumna Turns Capstone Marketing Project into Plunger Business

A voracious fan of Rocky Mountain big dumps, alpine skier and UM alumna Kelly McBroom has dropped into more bowls than anyone in the Bow Valley. Now, she's turning her excitement over double...

UM Graduate Derek Duncan at the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters

UM Alumnus Helps Market Team USA for the Olympic Games

The Summer Olympic Games are underway and millions of people around the world are watching with bated breath. Derek Duncan, a 2009 UM marketing graduate, is among those excitedly following the...

2015 fundraising

Another Record Year for UM Foundation: Three-Year Fundraising Tops $150M

For the third year in a row, giving to the University of Montana has topped $50 million. At the close of fiscal year 2016, private support totaled $53.67 million, just edging out the previous...

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