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It’s been a beautiful fall so far in Western Montana and the leaves are just beginning to turn on the Oval. It’s a great time of year for a hike to the M on Mount Sentinel to see Missoula’s colorful fall foliage. 

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Montana Hodges unpacks coral reef fossils after a recent trip to Alaska

Student Goes From Hunting Stories to Hunting Fossils

Montana Hodges just brought a suitcase full of fossils back from Alaska and wears Tyrannosaurus Rex shaped earrings. This month she is the lead author of a paper in a geology journal about...

culinary students work in the kitchen

Missoula College Responds to Demand for Hospitality Professionals

Aimee Elliott knows good food. As the Chef Instructor for Missoula College’s Culinary Arts Program, herself a graduate of the program, Elliott guides her students through rigorous five-week cycles...

UM Professor Doug Emlen

Professor’s ‘Animal Weapons’ Book Earns Major National Award

A book written by Douglas Emlen, an acclaimed UM evolutionary biologist, has been awarded the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science. Emlen officially will receive the award for his book “Animal...

UM student and rugby player Martin Iosefo

UM Rugby Star Has Chance to Represent U.S. at Olympics

The life of a student-athlete can be difficult and strenuous. It is hard to find the time to balance school, sports and a social life. If you throw traveling the world and qualifying for the 2016...

plant specimens donated to UM by the Craighead family

UM Herbarium Grows with Gift from Craighead Family

Three giant steam trunks of wildflower specimens sat in the basement of the Craighead household for 50-some years. The specimens, numbering nearly 900, mostly were collected from locales...

UM business students in former attire

Students Visit High-Tech Company in Downtown Missoula

Working as an information systems technology consultant can be fast-paced and fascinating, but somewhat mysterious to students who are pondering going into the profession, according to David...

UM history Professor Anya Jabour poses with actress Hannah James

History Professor Serves as Etiquette Consultant for PBS Drama

Anya Jabour has a pretty strict etiquette list for what a person should and should not do. For instance, she notes, you should speak clearly and without hesitation. You should not fuss or fidget....

salad bar at UM's Food Zoo

A Plate Full of Greens: UM Dining Focuses on Plant Protein

University of Montana Dining announced they're changing the menu to provide a diet more focused on plant proteins. The shift is part of a program called Menus of Change through the Culinary...

illustration of the new Missoula College building

Missoula Federal Credit Union Pledges $53,000 to Missoula College

Recognizing both the growing importance of renewable energy in the region and the rising need for trained professionals in the renewable energy sector, Missoula Federal Credit Union has pledged...

A UM field team measure rocks at New York Canyon, Nevada

UM Student, Professor Discover Earliest Jurassic Corals

Five times in Earth’s history mass extinction events have wiped out up to 90 percent of global life. UM doctoral student Montana Hodges and geosciences Professor George Stanley recently found the...

Terry Payne, left, and Suzanne and Bruce Crocker

UM Foundation Honors Donors with Prestigious Award

The UM Foundation awarded the Order of the Grizzly, its highest honor, on Sept. 24. Suzanne and Bruce Crocker of Palo Alto, California, and Terry Payne of Missoula are the 2015 recipients and were...

UM Professor David Shepherd

Professor Appointed to National Institutes of Health Study Section

The National Institutes of Health recently selected a UM professor to be a member of its Center for Scientific Review. David Shepherd, a faculty member in UM’s College of Health Professions and...
Mehrdad Kia, director of UM’s Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center, and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock

Central and Southwest Asian Studies Director Lends Expertise to Governor

On Sept. 8, Mehrdad Kia, director of UM’s Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center, traveled to Helena to present a two-hour lecture on conflicts and critical issues in these countries to...

Nick Strom, a senior in environmental studies, holds an uprooted bitterroot

New Internship Explores Significance of Native Plants to Tribes

Sweet grass grows inside a rock circle outside the Payne Family Native American Center, the plant most people who pass by want to see. The bitterroot flower and Oregon grape grow in other circles,...

Barbie and Charlie Beaton, owners of Big Dipper Ice Cream

Big Dipper Ice Cream a Sweet Success for UM Grads

Big Dipper, the super-popular, super-friendly ice cream spot located on Missoula’s Hip Strip, celebrated its 20th year of business this summer. The homemade ice cream is considered one of...

University of Montana student April Werle is part of a new program at UM

UM Launches Program to Support Motivated, Talented Women

UM is launching a new program called "Pursue Your Passions." The program has a mission to encourage more students to consider starting careers around their passions by launching a new business or...

Nike COO Eric Sprunk in his office

UM Alumnus Eric Sprunk Turning Nike into Innovation Powerhouse

Nike is not just an athletic shoe and apparel powerhouse. Known for its splashy advertising and big-time celebrity sports endorsements, the company is infusing innovation throughout the...

Richard Diebenkorn. Photograph by Leo Holub, Santa Monica, Calif., 1984. Credit: Courtesy Estate of Leo Holub.

Rarely Seen Works by Master Painter Diebenkorn Coming to MMAC

After sifting through more than a thousand drawings by Richard Diebenkorn, one curator remains as effusive as ever about the late painter's work. "I'm still waiting to see a bad Diebenkorn," said...

Illustrated plans fo rthe new Washington-Grizzly Champions Center at UM

Vision for Washington-Grizzly Champions Center Complete

The exterior design for the new Washington-Grizzly Champions Center has been finalized. The end result will be a beautiful new 46,000 square-foot state of the art facility, tucked into the...

Great Falls attorney Alexander Blewett speaks at renaming ceremony

Law School Renaming Ceremony Honors Blewetts

Two decades ago, Great Falls attorney Alexander Blewett was able to make a $50 donation to his alma mater, the UM School of Law. On Sept. 11, UM renamed its law school the Alexander Blewett III...

UM Professor Richard Drake

Teaching, Publishing and Coordinating with Richard Drake

Richard Drake sits in his naturally lit office on the third floor of University Hall with three walls covered in books and papers scattered across both of his desks. Drake taught at schools like...

Monica Serban

New UM Faculty Member Pleased to Call Missoula Home

Monica Serban is a new Montanan, having moved to Missoula with her family this summer. Serban, a new faculty member at the University of Montana, was most recently in Boston. She had an...

The UM Marching Band plays at the 2014 Homecoming football game

Reconnect Sept. 20-26 at UM’s Homecoming

Break out your traditional copper, silver and gold Griz gear and celebrate with the University of Montana during Homecoming 2015, Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 20-26. This year’s theme, “A...

Author John Vaillant speaks to students

Acclaimed Author Shares Writing Lessons with UM Students

Sometimes you walk in the door with one set of expectations, and you learn something that points you in a brand new direction. On Sept. 10, acclaimed author John Vaillant shared that lesson and...

A mountain image

Program Provides Wilderness Experience for New Students

UM offers the Freshman Wilderness Experience to 90 students before the fall semester kicks off. The partnership between the Wilderness Institute and Outdoor Program takes multiple groups of eight...

UM Dining Garden behind the Lommasson Building

UM Bought Over $1 Million Worth of Local Foods Last Year

The University of Montana Wednesday said that it’s now buying more than $1 million worth of local food a year. Director of UM Dining Mark LoParco said the numbers for last fiscal year have just...

Davidson Honors College Dean Brock Tessman

New Dean of Davidson Honors College Arrives at UM

The Davidson Honors College has found its new dean, and he’s got some big ideas. Though Brock Tessman has only been here a week (as evidenced by the scattering of unopened boxes in his office),...

female researcher works with microscope at UM

Research Resurgence: UM Logs Spending Jump

Frank Rosenzweig's laboratory at UM is working with NASA to understand key moments in the evolution of life. Researchers with the Neural Injury Center are developing new tools to gauge the...

UM researcher Chuck Thomson, left, and his research partners

Researcher Earns $3.8M Grant to Investigate Chemical Exposure

A new, five-year $3.8 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has been awarded to a research team led by UM Professor Chuck Thompson. The grant will be used...

the new Grizzly Student-Athlete Academic Center at UM

New Academic Center for Griz Athletes Opens its Doors

Student athletes are already hitting the books at the brand new Grizzly Student-Athlete Academic Center at UM. It's a $2.5 million project connected to the Adams Center, and it has large windows,...

Paul Gladen, new CEO of MADE

UM's Blackstone LaunchPad Director Named CEO of MADE

Paul Gladen, director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, recently was named CEO of the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs. In both capacities he helps students jumpstart their own...

Mount Sentinel trailhead

Mount Sentinel’s Popular Trailhead Gets New Look

It's a small corner on campus, but it represents the community's large heart, as well as its great love for trails. A couple years ago, Madeline Mazurski of the Montana Native Plant Society...

Griz fans hold UM Mascot Monte

Griz Victory Over Bison Seen in Nearly 1 Million Homes

Close to 1 million households tuned in to watch the Montana Grizzlies knock off the four-time defending national champions from North Dakota State on Aug. 29. Television viewership data released...

Map showing ecosystem disturbance across the Western U.S. from 2000 to 2012

Scientist Earns Grant to Study Carbon Across North America

UM researcher Ashley Ballantyne recently was awarded a nearly $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study ecosystem carbon production and consumption across North America....

Wild Mercy reading series

Creative Writing Grad Student Offers Glimpse of Program

Graduate student Alana Trumpy shares her thoughts on UM’s Creative Writing Program in a Q-and-A with Niche Magazine, an online literary publication. Trumpy is studying fiction writing with an...

UM students clean up trash in the University District

Sunday Sweepers Collect Game-Day Trash in U District

Missoula went into the weekend expecting big crowds and an equally big party. It woke up Sunday morning to a big cleanup. More than a dozen UM students gathered on campus Sunday before setting off...

Griz win over NDSU

Griz Take Big Win Over NDSU in Home Opener

Montana upset four-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State 38-35 in a nonconference football game Saturday afternoon at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in front of a stadium-record...

Research taking place in lab at UM

UM Receives Record-Breaking $83 Million in Research Awards

The research enterprise at UM received nearly $83 million in research awards during fiscal year 2015 – an all-time record for the institution. The total of $82,964,694 surpassed the previous...

UM campus

Princeton Review Names UM Among ‘Best 380 Colleges’

The University of Montana again made the annual list of top four-year colleges and universities in North America by the Princeton Review. “The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition” was released Aug. 4....

Hermit Thrush commonly raise four or more young

Researcher Discovers Why Tropical Songbirds Have Fewer Chicks

Tropical songbirds produce fewer, high-quality nestlings per breeding effort than do songbirds that breed in temperate zones, according to a study by UM Professor Tom Martin published Aug. 27 in...

UM head football coach Bob Stitt works with this quarterbacks.

New UM Football Coach Welcomes Lead Role

New UM head football coach Bob Stitt dreamed of coming to a place where football ruled. Where the team – his team – crept in on every conversation over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Where the games...

The University of Montana campus

UM Among World’s Top 500 Universities in Academic Ranking

The Academic Ranking of World Universities recently placed the University of Montana among the top 500 universities in the world. UM has made the list every year of the study, which began in 2003....