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Completion of the Legacy Plaza.

Construction on the Legacy Plaza was completed in August 2016, Chancellor Beth Weatherby announced recently.

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UMW among lowest in nation for student debt burden.

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked 108 out of 1,300 colleges for the lowest student loan debt per borrower by LendEDU, beating out all other public Montana universities.

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Dillon's hillside letter restored to historic "M."

University of Montana Western students and staff recently helped move rocks for the Dillon, Mont. hillside letter restoration effort.

The hillside "M" above Dillon dates back to an initiative by the Montana State Normal School class of 1919, who funded the effort. The "M" was completed by the class of 1920.  

The project to restore the "M" goes back to last fall when Chancellor Beth Weatherby made the restoration a top priority, UMW Foundation Director Roxanne Engellant explained.  

"After nearly a decade as a "W," the hillside letter will be restored to the original "M," keeping in line with a tradition that dates back almost 100 years" Engellant said. "The "M" also signifies our state pride and place within the Montana University System."    

The process to bring back the “M” is a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders including Montana Western leadership, faculty, students and alumni, the Beaverhead Trails Coalition, U.S. Forest Service and community members. The project will also require the expertise of Bureau of Land Management rangeland management specialists and USDA botanists.

The UMW biology and environmental sciences departments plan to create opportunities for their classes to assist with this project on an ongoing basis to help with the replanting efforts of the vegetation and provide hands-on experiences for their classes in the fall.

The restoration project will be ongoing through summer 2016 and into 2017.

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Montana Western Moving Company moves in new students.

University of Montana Western Residence Life will launch the inaugural Montana Western Moving Company (MWMC) day on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

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Montana Western professor visits Afghanistan.

Fred Chilson, professor of business and technology at the University of Montana Western, recently returned from a trip to Kabul, Afghanistan.

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UMW ranked nationally for students with children.

The University of Montana Western has been ranked the seventh "best college for students with children” by the online site, BestColleges.com.    

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UMW selects new director for student counseling.

Jerry Girard has been named the new director for student counseling at the University of Montana Western, Dean of Students Nicole Hazelbaker announced recently.

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Professor assists in creation of K-12 health standards.

University of Montana Western professor of health and human performance Megan Chilson has assisted in the development and adoption of new health and physical education standards for K-12 public schools in Montana.

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Student obtains competitive internship and scholarship.

University of Montana Western junior Sharon Williams has been spending her summer interning with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in Boulder, Colo.

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UMW student leadership gain summer experience.

Both president and vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Montana Western (ASUMW) are using their summers to gain valuable experience related to their majors.

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