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...

Jeremy Brown, a former attorney, teamed up with Blackstone LaunchPad

Blackstone LaunchPad, Law Students Team Up to Help Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who turn to the UM’s business incubator have long found advice on vetting an idea, writing a business plan, or seeking the capital. But along the way, Blackstone LaunchPad has...

UM Dining Director Mark LoParco

UM Dining Director Receives Regional Distinguished Service Award

The National Association of College and University Food Services recently honored UM’s dining director with its Regional Director’s Distinguished Service Award. UM Dining’s Mark LoParco received...

Looking south east from Waterworks toward Mount Sentinel

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....

University of Montana Presidential Search

The Search for the Next President of the University of Montana

Visit the Presidential Search page on UM President’s Office website for updates on the search, timelines and the search committee member roster.

Lady Griz players cheer from the bench

Loyal Lady Griz Fans are Montana at its Finest

For me, a reminder of just what it means to be loyal comes every time I cover the Montana women's basketball team at Dahlberg Arena. You may have heard they've had a rocky season with 22 losses....

Mason Dow and Willem Morris

Students Contribute to Solving Food Waste Crisis

Two UM students are leading an effort to distribute leftover lunchtime food from Missoula high schools to the Poverello Center, where it provides meals for hungry Missoula residents.

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. 

Katie Barnes, a second-year culinary arts student at Missoula College UM

Culinary Arts Student Places Second at Student Chef of the Year Competition

Katie Barnes, a second-year culinary arts student at Missoula College UM, placed second at the American Culinary Federation’s Student Chef of the Year competition, winning a silver medal. The...

Students in a Salesforce class at UM

ATG Partners with UM Business School to Teach Salesforce Class

Advanced Technology Group has teamed up with UM to teach a class that allows students to take classroom learning and apply it to real-world business projects and gain firsthand experience in the...

UM media arts student Saif Alsaegh

MFA Student, Iraq Native Hopes to Connect People Through Art

Saif Alsaegh is a Montanan, through and through. He has the Patagonia jacket and Chacos. He loves craft beer. He has a beard — because "everyone in Montana has a beard." Alsaegh, 26, is a...

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...

student in the vegan line at the UM Food Zoo

UM Tops for Vegan Dining in Montana

UM Dining has the highest student vegan satisfaction rating in the Montana University System, according to a recent survey by PETA2, the youth division of the People for the Ethical Treatment of...
students in class at UM

UM Students Make Dean’s List, President’s 4.0 List

At UM 2,425 students made the fall semester 2016 Dean’s List and President's 4.0 List. To qualify for the Dean’s List or President's 4.0 List, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA...

UM campus in winter

Charter Day Ceremony to Honor Exceptional Campus, Community Members

UM President Sheila Stearns invites the campus and Missoula communities to join in UM’s 124th birthday celebration during the annual Charter Day awards ceremony and reception at 5:30 p.m....

UM forestry student helps youngster try his hand at sawing a log

Forestry in Their Future? Community Forestry Day Targets Kids

Nearly 400 people visited UM’s  Community Forestry Day on Saturday to see the famous Foresters' Ball venue, including various excited children who repeatedly dashed up the stairs to the entrance...

A UM student riding a bike on a mountain trail

UM on List for ‘Best U.S. Colleges and Universities for Mountain Bikers’

UM recently was named one of 10 best universities for mountain bikers by Singletracks.com. The website considered a number of variables, including the proximity of on-campus or close-to-campus...

UM's Margo Kratz

University Gives a Fond Farewell to ‘Mama Margo’

Margo Kratz, commonly known as “Mama Margo,” has retired as the Food Zoo’s lead cashier because of health reasons after 10 years at UM. “It broke my heart to have to leave there,” she...

A couple dances at UM's Foresters' Ball

Lumberjack Glam: UM Celebrates 100th Foresters' Ball

In old mining days, a boomtown would be up and fully running within a year. At the University of Montana, one will go up in a week for the school’s 100th Foresters’ Ball.

Israeli Consul General Andy David speaks at the launch of Accelerate Montana

UM Launches New Business Umbrella

With the Israeli consul general in attendance, UM rolled out a new program on Jan. 26, one that will house seven different platforms designed to help startup businesses succeed at various stages...

Washington-Grizzly Stadium on game day

Griz Football Tops FCS in Attendance for Third Straight Year

For the third-straight season and the sixth time in the last decade, the Montana Grizzlies football team has packed in more fans per game than any other program in FCS football, and in 2016 drew...

UM students and faculty snowshoe in Glacier National Park

Students Head to Polebridge to Learn About Mountains, Community

Here in the Crown of the Continent, 20 UM students gathered for a week in January to learn about Montana's mountains. Connectivity is the theme of the class taught in winter by geography Professor...

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,...

Aja Sherrard scrubs the writing from a white tile earlier this week

Missoula Artist Washes Away Grief, Her Own and Others'

Aja Sherrard quietly walks up to the wall at the University Center Gallery and picks a ceramic tablet, each lined like notebook paper and arranged in rows. She silently steps over a free-standing...

Copper Sprunk visits a class of third-graders at Gerber Elementary in California

Sprunk Gives, Receives Life Lessons from Adopted Third-Grade Class

Griz football offensive lineman Cooper Sprunk has been mentoring third-graders at Gerber Elementary in California in effort to encourage all children to attend college. Last week, he made the trip...

Barefoot in the Park is the Montana Rep's national touring production for 2017

‘Barefoot in the Park’ Fitting Tribute for Rep's 50th Anniversary

In its 50th anniversary touring production, the Montana Repertory Theatre pays loving homage to Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” and its witty, rapid-fire dialogue and levity in the script, now...

a Peace Corps volunteer works alongside local residents

Missoula Leads Nation in Number of Peace Corps Volunteers

The Peace Corps recently named Missoula the No. 1 metro area for producing volunteers per capita in 2016. Out of every 100,000 residents, 12.3 people in Missoula volunteer with the Peace Corps....

Camp Howard, the new director of UM Dining

UM Dining Hires New Director

UM recently selected Campbell “Camp” Howard as its new director of UM Dining. Howard will begin his new position on Monday, March 13. He will oversee UM Dining’s 25 campus food service locations,...

UM's Mansfield Library

Mansfield Library Now Offers Access to Academic Libraries Statewide

UM students and faculty can now access the library holdings of 16 colleges and universities across the state through a single online search, following the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library’s...

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...

Katie Barnes, culinary arts student at Missoula College University of Montana

Culinary Arts Student to Compete for Student Chef of the Year Title

Katie Barnes, a culinary arts student at Missoula College University of Montana, will compete for national recognition at the American Culinary Federation’s Student Chef of the Year competition in...

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...

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Men’s Basketball Team Reads to Hellgate Elementary Students on MLK Jr. Day

Montana men's basketball guard Walter Wright was named MVP on Monday — of reading to kids at Hellgate Elementary. The University of Montana men's basketball team headed to the school on Monday...

Martha Williams teaches a class at UM. Photo by Patrick Record.

Assistant Professor Selected as State Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed UM Assistant Professor Martha Williams to serve as director of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Bullock made the Cabinet announcement Jan. 6.

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...

ELI students work together in the classroom

English Language Institute Earns Highest Level of Accreditation

The English Language Institute at the University of Montana has successfully obtained accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). This is the program’s first...

Charnelle Bear Medicine walks with friends on the UM campus.

How Two Colleges Help Native Students Succeed

The University of Montana and Blackfeet Community College are vastly different institutions in size and mission. Yet both in their own way try to create a welcoming environment for Native American...

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...

ceramic art by UM Professor Trey Hill

UM Professor’s Ceramics Featured at Missoula Art Museum

A UM ceramic professor’s works of art are on display through May 13 at the Missoula Art Museum’s exhibit “Binary Form: Ceramic Abstraction by Trey Hill and Andrea Moon.” School of Art Professor...

Students interact with the Montana State Giant Traveling Map.

Montana Geographic Alliance Receives Giant Traveling Map

The Montana Geographic Alliance, housed in UM’s Department of Geography, recently received a new resource from the National Geographic Society to help promote geography education. The new Montana...

UM President George Dennison passed away Jan. 3. Photo by Eric Stenbakken.

UM Mourns Death of Longest-Serving President

George M. Dennison, who served as president of the University of Montana from 1990 to 2010, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, after a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 81.
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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