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Students receive a warm message of support outside the LA Building as finals begin at UM. Exams continue through Wednesday, Dec. 20. 

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A wildfire burns in a forest

UM Study Finds Rocky Mountain Forests Losing Resilience to Wildfires

With the climate growing hotter and drier, the regeneration of Rocky Mountain forests after summer wildfires is expected to diminish, if they come back at all, according to research from the...

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Campus Rec Furthers UM’s Commitment to Sustainability by Becoming Carbon Neutral

Campus Recreation at the University of Montana will become carbon neutral in 2018 after purchasing 440 metric tons of carbon offsets and 870,000 kilowatt-hours in renewable energy certificates....

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Emma Lommasson Celebrates 106th Birthday

Emma Lommasson, the namesake for UM’s student transaction building, recently turned 106 years old. Watch the UM alumna and longtime University employee describe the students she served for so...

An image of UM faculty member Brent Ruby in his office with a bike and stuffed marmot

Faculty Members Display Personalities With Offices

The distinct offices of some of UM’s top faculty members were highlighted in this recent Missoulian feature. Check out the books, skulls, art, mess and stuffed marmot.

UM entrepreneurs practice delivering their pitch

Missoula Entrepreneurs Practice Their Pitch Ahead of EPIC Competition

Several UM students and upstart entrepreneurs pitched their ideas for a new business Wednesday morning to a roomful of friendly critics – a practice run for the main competition planned later this...

Orrin Tiberi, third from left, a 2009 UM graduate in anthropology and international development studies, stands with his monitoring and evaluation team

International Development Studies Minor Propels Students into Global Careers

UM students now have more connections to global careers through the international development studies minor. The freestanding minor brings together UM faculty members’ networks full of...

Dean Chris Shook and business senior Nikki Gabrielsen

Dean for a Day Puts Student in Charge of UM Business School

If you could be dean for a day, what would you do? UM College of Business senior Nikki Gabrielsen got to answer that question on Nov. 29, when the winner of the college’s second annual Dean for a...

Dana Fitz Gale

Alumna, Instructor, Doctoral Student Wins Prestigious Literary Prize

A UM alumna, instructor and current doctoral student recently received a prestigious literary award for her novel-in-progress. Dana Fitz Gale earned her MFA in creative writing in 2013 and...

Grizzly head football coach Bobby Hauck

Hauck Returns to UM as Head Football Coach

Director of Athletics Kent Haslam has named former Grizzly head coach and current San Diego State associate head coach Bobby Hauck as the 37th head football coach at the University of Montana. On...

Reinstallation of a Sliding Glass Door, an installation floor piece

Shattered Glass, Endangered Species Ceramics at Faculty Exhibition

Broken glass installations, ceramics about endangered species, and experimental photography, all with a conceptual heft, are on display at the University of Montana Faculty Exhibition. The show,...

Joe Janssen, left, director of the Heavy Equipment Operation Program at Missoula College, guides a student during the final phases of trail reconstruction.

Missoula College Students Revive Big Sky Park Trail

UM students recently completed a 1.7-mile trail restoration project at Big Sky Park, ensuring many more years of recreational use for the community. The park, located north of Big Sky High School,...

Taiwanese friend swims in a channel

Cultural Exchange in Taiwan Leaves Lasting Impression on UM Student

It is the simple interactions and the spontaneous connections that University of Montana student Sarah Bortis will remember from her nine weeks spent studying abroad in Taiwan this past summer.

UM piano students

Piano Students Selected to Present Research at National Conference

Four students majoring in piano at UM’s School of Music recently were selected to present their research on the pianist’s left hand at the Music Teachers National Association Conference in...

UM students hunt outside Philipsburg

Chasing the Hunter: UM Students Bring Friends to Big Game Tradition

UM wildlife biology doctoral student James Goerz had been inviting friends to hunt with him for years. In 2015, he and fellow UM student Mateen Hessami started recruiting colleagues from the...

UM Professor Doug Emlen holds a rhinoceros beetle

UM Professor’s Animal Weaponry Research Featured on ‘NOVA’ Episode

MontanaPBS will broadcast an episode of the popular “NOVA” science program that explores the research and discoveries of UM biology Professor Doug Emlen at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. The episode,...

UM researcher Rebecca Bendick

The Real Science Behind Predictions of Major Earthquakes in 2018

Rebecca Bendick would like you not to panic. The UM geophysicist knows you may have read the articles warning about “swarms of devastating earthquakes” that will allegedly rock the planet next...

Can the Cats donation area

Missoula Tops Bozeman in Annual Food Drive Competition

Community members supporting the University of Montana in the “Can the Cats” canned food drive edged out their Montana State University counterparts by nearly 5,000 pounds – the slimmest margin of...

Gallagher Business Building at UM

School of Business Administration Becomes College of Business

The Montana University System Board of Regents has voted to rename UM’s School of Business Administration to the College of Business. The unanimous vote took place at the Board of Regents meeting...

Regents Unanimously Approve Selection of UM’s Next President

The Montana Board of Regents unanimously gave its stamp of approval Nov. 16 for Seth Bodnar to become the University of Montana’s next president. Bodnar will begin his new duties in January...

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Missoula Food Bank Receives Largest Food Donation in Organization History

Earlier this week the Missoula Food Bank received its largest single food donation in organization history as part of this year’s Can the Cats competition when Missoula Federal Credit Union...

Kayla Pierson with Cassie Award

Information Technology Employee Earns Two National Accolades

Kayla Pierson, a designer and user experience specialist for UM’s Information Technology department, recently earned two national awards. Pierson was one of six winners from the research and...

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Professor’s Textbook Nominated for Prestigious PROSE Award

“Methods in Stream Ecology,” a two-volume textbook co-edited by UM Professor Ric Hauer, is up for consideration for a prestigious PROSE Award, an annual accolade that recognizes the best in...

arboretum interpretive site at UM

New Interpretive Space Celebrates State Arboretum

UM has dedicated a special space on campus surrounded by trees to inform visitors about the state’s arboretum – which lives at UM. Few visitors to campus realize that UM doubles as the State of...

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UM Earns Bronze Rating for Campus Sustainability Efforts

Following a spring 2017 semester of student-led data collection and a summer of report polishing and editing, the University of Montana earned a bronze rating through The Association for the...

Business students receive a check from D.A. Davidson vice president Brad Cederberg

Business Students Earn D.A. Davidson Investment Award

Ten students from UM’s School of Business Administration received the Fred Dickson Memorial Award for their investments from Missoula-based financial services firm D.A. Davidson & Co.

Growing up Griz

Legacy Players Reflect on Family, Finding Their Way to UM

UM has great respect for tradition and perhaps the greatest Montana tradition is its penchant for continuity. Players who were once titans of UM athletics frequently wind up seeing their children...

Missoula at sunset

Griz Fans Have Opportunity to Can the Cats, Help Those in Need

It's once again time for Can the Cats, UM’s annual competition with Montana State University to see which school can donate the most canned-food items. The food drive, now in its 18th year,...

Louis, incubating eggs on the left, and Iris

Montana Osprey Project Brings Knowledge, Drama to Fans Worldwide

For the past decade, the UM-based Montana Osprey Project has used ospreys to learn about the health of our streams, rivers and lakes, as well as bring information about our environment to...

‘Brain Scoop’ Creator Interviewed by Neal deGrasse Tyson

Emily Graslie, a UM art alumna and producer of “The Brain Scoop” YouTube channel, was interviewed as a ‘Rising Star’ recently by science personality Neil deGrasse Tyson. UM is mentioned...

Bill VanSickle speaking on a UM stage

Entrepreneur Shares Business Success Stories with Students

UM School of Business Administration alumnus Bill VanSickle built three highly successful companies from scratch. He shared his secrets as part of the Gilkey Executive Lecture Series.

Medieval Art Scholar Reveals ‘Dance of Death’ Murals

UM English Professor Ashby Kinch, a scholar of late medieval literature and art, discusses how death was once much more active in daily lives and reflected in art of the period.

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Feist Family Foundation makes $2 million gift to Grizzly Athletics

The Missoula-based Feist Family Foundation has committed a $2 million donation to the UM athletic department. The gift benefits athletic facility improvements, student-athlete support, men's...

pumpkin atop Main Hall at UM

Squash Spikers: History and How-to of the Main Hall Pumpkin Prank

Halloween at UM wouldn’t be complete without the spiked pumpkin atop Main Hall. The pumpkin returned early this month, much the same as it has for decades. A secretive group within the local rock...

George Gaines, founder of Chilton Skis, presents at Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp

UM Entrepreneurs Participate in National Training Camp

Two UM Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurs, along with other top college entrepreneurs from around the world, visited New York City for the Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp on Oct....

Theodore “Ted” Catton, an associate research professor of history at UM

Professor’s 'Rainy Lake House' a Remarkable Work of Frontier Nonfiction

Theodore “Ted” Catton, an associate research professor of history at UM, captures the frontier-era clash of Euro-centric white cultures struggling for control over a Western vast landscape...

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UM Research Earns Top Ranking for Productivity, Impact, Excellence

The research coming out of UM is among the top in the nation and world, according to recent rankings by the National Taiwan University. Of the more than 4,000 research institutions worldwide, NTU...

2017 Pinecone Award winners

UM Websites, Web Managers Earn Pinecone Awards

The votes are tallied and the winners selected in UM’s annual Pinecone Awards contest, which invites web users to select the University’s best websites. UM’s Information Technology started the...

Brian Chaffin, assistant professor of water policy at UM

Researcher Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship

Researchers have an astonishing amount of data about the Middle Platte River watershed in Nebraska. Now Brian Chaffin, assistant professor of water policy at UM, will use a $214,000 National...

Davidson Honors College Provides Home Dinners for New Students

Many students miss the comfort food of home once they arrive at college, but first-year students in UM’s Davidson Honors College receive a remedy for that – home-cooked meals provided by the DHC...

Backpackers on a mountain trail

UM Scholar of Outdoor Gear Goes Back to Nature, Via the Mall

Every list of what a camper, hiker or hunter needs implies that preparation for the outdoors is in great part a matter of buying the right things. Rachel Gross, a postdoctoral fellow at UM’s...

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.

A team of collaborators from UM and Montana State University

UM Lands $1.8M Grant to Enhance Behavioral Health Services

A team of collaborators from UM and Montana State University recently were awarded a $1.8 million grant to enhance the ability of agencies throughout western Montana to meet the behavioral health...

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...