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UMW senior recognized for academic and athletic achievements.

UMW Senior Jesse McCloud.

University of Montana Western senior Jesse McCloud recently received recognition for his accomplishments on and off the football field.

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Bulldog head football coach accepts position with MSU.

Bulldogs head football coach from 2013-15, BJ Robertson

University of Montana Western head football coach BJ Robertson has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Montana State University Bobcats football program.

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Montana Western campus and community holiday celebration Dec.15.

The annual University of Montana Western campus and community holiday celebration will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Mathews Hall of the Lewis and Clark room on the UMW campus.

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Chancellor Beth Weatherby appears on Home Ground Radio.

University of Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby will appear on the radio show Home Ground with Brian Kahn on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015.

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UMW business department hosts project management expert.

Project management expert Rebecca Winston speaking to UMW business majors.

The University of Montana Western business department recently hosted project management expert Rebecca Winston who spoke to a class of UMW business majors.

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UMW grad named head football coach of MSU Bobcats.

MSU Bobcats head football coach Jeff Choate

University of Montana Western graduate Jeff Choate has been named head football coach at Montana State University.

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UMW ranked among top in country for online ed program.

The University of Montana Western’s online bachelor’s in early childhood education (ECE) program has been recognized by Online Colleges as being one of the best choices for students in 2016.

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Alum arranges gift to Montana Western Foundation.

UMW alum Arlie Albeck.

An avid proponent of public education, alumnus Arlie Wirth Albeck made sure to arrange a planned gift to the University of Montana Western Foundation for elementary education scholarships.  

Albeck grew up poor in rural eastern Washington and joined the U.S. Coast Guard at age 17. Using his veterans benefits, he graduated from Montana Teachers’ College (now Montana Western) with a degree in elementary education. Arlie’s teaching career spanned 38 years, ranging from a Hutterite community to over 30 years at Adams Elementary School in Seattle. In addition to his teaching degree, Arlie held Master of Education and Master of Science degrees. He spent summers as a VISTA volunteer with migrant children, and as an actor in Seattle Children’s Theatre. 

Arlie was known to be compassionate. When he learned that his neighbors had dropped their aging dog off at the Humane Society, he adopted the dog the next day. He was also known for his great sense of humor. Like so many outstanding teachers, he was a life-long learner. Among his broad areas of interest were handcrafted log cabin construction without nails, perspective drawing, and archaeological digs.  

The March 9, 2015 edition of the Seattle Times published four letters submitted by readers on the subject of effective teaching. One started, “My best teacher ever was Arlie Albeck, my fourth-grade teacher in the 1960s. He made us laugh while we learned.  His heart was big, his kindness flowed throughout the classroom. Up until that year, I had been quite shy and somewhat reserved. When I left fourth grade, I felt capable and accomplished as a learner. On Teacher Appreciation Day last year I thought about finding [him] to thank him. Sadly, I found he had died the year before.”  

Arlie remembered the University of Montana Western in his will because education opens doors. It prepared him for a lifetime of work worth doing. His gift now opens doors for other UMW students who will, in turn, open doors for many children, some of whom will remember them with gratitude 50 years later.

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Alumni Profile: Marcus Williams

Marcus Williams, a '06 graduate of UMW and his wife Erika flying over Oregon wine country.

Marcus Williams came to Montana Western to play football and major in business administration.

Little did he know that transferring from the College of the Redwoods would launch him on the career of a lifetime.  

Originally from California, Williams came to UMW just as the university was transitioning from traditional scheduling to the block system known as Experience One (X1).

He credits X1 with making him a better student and allowing him the flexibility and time to not only play football, but serve as an residence assistant, work as a deejay on KDWG radio, manage concessions for athletic events and hold down a job in dining services.  

“X1 was a natural fit for me and enabled me to accomplish a lot more during my time in school,” Williams, a 2006 graduate, said. “Being able to focus on a single class at a time and learn through experience gave me the focus and determination to begin a successful career in athlete management.”  

During his time as a football player, Williams realized he had an interest in athletic scouting as a career. Former vice chancellor Tom Yahraes helped connect Williams with former UMW head football coach Bob Beers who had gone on to NFL scouting. With their recommendations, Williams applied and was accepted into an internship at Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW) in Portland, Ore. He was later hired as the assistant director of football operations for SMWW in 2006 where he worked for eight years. 

Williams is currently the president of his own firm, 1st Class Athletes, a national full-service athlete management and marketing company he started in Portland, Ore.

The firm serves an exclusive client base through a combination of representation and personalized marketing strategies tailored to the needs of each client. 

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Montana Western student receives national award.

Montana Western junior Brandon Piazzola

The University of Montana Western student Brandon Piazzola recently received a national award for his efforts toward raising awareness for student health.

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