From our successful athletic programs to our impressive list of campus clubs and organizations, there is no shortage of engaging activities at Montana Western.
An enriching extracurricular life is crucial to a positive experience as a student, and Montana Western is brimming with activities, organizations, student groups, clubs and solid support networks. We are here to help our students along their educational journeys.
Montana Western’s clean, comfortable housing facilities are homes away from home and provide the perfect place to study, meet new friends or just relax.
All first-year Montana Western students are required to live on campus. Living in one of our five residence halls is a great way to get acquainted with our beautiful campus and make lifelong friendships. Students have the option of living on either a single sex or co-ed floor.
Residence halls are comfortable and secure (with great views). Each hall is fully equipped with furniture, high-speed internet and free cable. Resident Assistants live on each residence hall floor to enforce policies and be a resource to residents. Residence halls are locked nightly at 11 p.m. and a security guard makes rounds of the floors all night.
From the best salad bar in town to local meat and produce, Montana Western Dining Services will remind you more of your mom's cooking than a college cafeteria. As a hungry college student, you'll have unlimited use of the cafeteria. And our caring kitchen staff will even bake you a birthday cake if you (or your friends and parents) so desire.
Dining Services offers a wide variety of menu options for all dietary types each day. Our kitchen crew strives to use the freshest ingredients while incorporating local produce and meat whenever possible. Dining Services is also an active participant in UMW sustainable efforts by recycling, composting and using compostable plates and flatware.
Across campus, the Bark 'n' Bite convenience store is stocked full of snacks, candy and other necessities. The Cup is Montana Western's on-campus espresso bar and eatery with all sorts of great food and fuel to get a busy student through their day.
The Associated Students of the University of Montana Western (ASUMW) serves as the voice for students. By leading the campus in the direction of the students, UMW reflects the inspiration, drive, and character of the student body.
Student Senate is responsible for student advocacy, student activities, and administration of its office and funding. The Student Senate advises administration on issues and policies concerning UMW’s students and also looks over and allocates all student activity fees. As a member of the Montana Associated Students, ASUMW gives recommendations to the Montana Board of Regents concerning our students’ collective education.
Student Senate meetings are always open to the public and are held on a weekly basis. To learn more about the Student Senate, visit our office located in the basement of the Student Union building.
Brooke Erb (406) 683-7211
We are here to help keep you active, healthy, safe and successful as a student, both in and out of the classroom.
Academic advisers are here to help students succeed in their academic pursuits. Advisers provide guidance and assistance to students in: understanding university policy and procedures; forming academic and career goals; providing mentorship in developing decision-making skills; and providing encouragement in making the most of each student's academic life at Montana Western.
To make an advising appointment, contact either Margo Heberling at (406) 683-7050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Montana Western Bookstore is stocked for all of students’ academic needs, from course books to art and office supplies. The Bookstore is also your source for official Montana Western gear.
Montana Western Career Services is a comprehensive resource for students as they make the transition from college to careers.
Through Montana Western's experiential learning, students emerge from campus better prepared to enter the workforce. The Career Services Office at Western is a comprehensive resource for students as they make the transition from college to careers. Career Services offers assistance to students and alumni in the following areas:
Call (406) 683-7143 or e-mail email@example.com for more information or to make an appointment.
Confidential counseling is available free to all students registered for a minimum of seven credits in a semester. Services provided for students include counseling for individuals, couples, and families, as well as group sessions and community referrals.
Appointments can be made by contacting Lynn Weltzien at (406) 683-7565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montana Western works hard to accommodate all physical, psychological, and/or learning disabilities. No student should be excluded from participation in classes or extracurricular programs because of a disability.
Students are required to carry either their own health insurance or to enroll in the campus plan. Basic medical care for students is available through the Community Health Clinic, just off campus. We have a campus wellness office that sponsors health fairs and classes in yoga, dance, and cardiovascular training.
The Learning Center at UM Western offers a collaborative learning environment with study areas, computers, reference library and knowledgeable tutors. Free peer tutoring is available for all Western students. The Learning Center is located in the lower level of the Lucy Carson Library, room 006, and is open every day of the week except Saturdays.
Monday: 10:00AM-12:00PM, 3:00PM-5:00PM, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM-12:00PM, 3:00PM-5:00PM, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM-12:00PM, 3:00PM-5:00PM, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM-12:00PM, 3:00PM-5:00PM, 7:00PM-9:00PM
The Library provides research tools and research assistance to support coursework. Comfortable spaces are available for quiet individual study and for dynamic group work.
For more information, contact the library at (406) 683-7542 or email the Library Director, Mike Schulz, at email@example.com.
In addition to 24-hour campus security, Montana Western's KeepSafe program keeps our students safe and encourages wellness in every area of life. The program offers services such as Safe Ride, suicide prevention, and the Tobacco Free Task Force.
The Student Union Building (SUB) is the hub of student activity at Montana Western. It is the home of the campus bookstore, ASUMW offices, the campus radio station KDWG (90.9), Veteran and Military Exchange (VMX), the Bark 'n' Bite and lounges where students can relax, study or watch TV.
TRiO programs help low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities realize their educational potential. Students receiving TRiO services are more likely to enroll and graduate from a post-secondary education program. The national average of students completing a bachelor's degree is 8.6 percent. The average for Montana TRiO students completing a bachelor's is 29 percent.
For more information, contact the TRiO Student Support Services Director Rebecca Dahl at (406) 683-7316 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The VMX offers a wide array of services to past and present service members and their families to assist with the transition to the academic environment. Services include access to computers, educational support and resources, community involvement opportunities, access to educational benefits and financial aid opportunities, informational events, peer-to-peer support and reintegration assistance. Staff from various offices across campus are available at dedicated times to answer questions, assist with benefits application and information and to address any questions that may arise.
The VMX is located in Montana Western's Student Union Building (SUB). For more information call 406-683-7310 or e-mail email@example.com
Cool campus clubs, groups and organizations abound at Montana Western. Here is a guide to help you get involved.
Alpha Chi is a select national honor society open to the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors who have completed at least 30 credits at Montana Western. Invitations are extended on the basis of GPA. Nominations may also be made on the basis of faculty recommendation.
Dr. John Hajduk (406) 683-7291
The Art Club stands to provide an outlet for those students with a proactive interest in art to expose their own art work and view the work of their peers and advisors. They provide unique experiences and opportunities to developing students as well as provide positive exposure of Montana Western to the community at large through artistic activities.
Rebecca Weed or Nolan Salix at (406) 683-7232
The Biology Club is open to all students and non-students who are interested in biological sciences and how they relate to the world today. As a member you would participate in club activities including organizing the campus-wide Spring Research Symposium, helping K-12 students with science projects, and judging science fairs. The purpose of the club is to educate the campus and the Dillon community on biological issues as well as to emphasize biological research taking place at UMW.
Mike Morrow at (406) 683-7254 or Michelle Anderson at (406) 683-7076
Comprised of students interested in business, the Business Club’s objectives are social as well as to provide an opportunity for students to learn leadership skills and develop future business relationships.
Dr. Fred Chilson at (406) 683-7178
An outreach of the Catholic Church, this group sponsors various social activities throughout the year, which all students are encouraged to attend. Catholic Campus Ministry meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Father Herb Pins at (406) 683-4391
This fellowship holds weekly worship services, Bible studies, social activities, seasonal retreats, and service projects on campus. Club members are responsible for the management of the Midnight Cafe.
Nate Sgrignoli at (406) 853-4980
The Climbing Club allows students interested in rock climbing and outdoor recreation to share skills and information and to meet people with whom to potentially rock climb.
Steve Mock at (406) 683-7261
The Draft Horse Driving Club's purpose is to promote draft horse driving as an organized and standard sport. Club members seek to generate interest, understanding, appreciation, and vigilance over the western way of life, culture, and western affairs. They encourage the humane treatment of animals and would like to encourage students and community members to embrace activities of the west.
Margaret Hebel at (406) 925-1222
The Gargoyles/Drama Club promotes dramatic activity and familiarizes members with the different phases of dramatic production. Membership is open to all students and to the public regardless of drama experience. As a member of this club you would participate in activities such as theatre productions, acting workshops, trips, and fundraising events.
Anthony Johnson at (406) 683-7038
The mission of the Education Club is to offer UMW students and the surrounding community a chance to come together in formal and informal settings to enjoy and discuss education in all its forms and applications. Club members intend to accomplish this by facilitating support for inquisitive educators.
Dr. Laura Straus at (406) 683-7040
The UMW Education Club at Tech is an outreach program for education students at Montana Tech in Butte. Through this club, education students can interact and network with other education students as well as build contacts for the future.
Kathy Shipman at (406) 496-4852
The equestrian team competes under the auspices, rules and regulations of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA), recognized members of the U.S.A. Equestrian Federation. Members may have experience in the sport or may be beginning horse enthusiasts. You may ride western or english and owning a horse is not required. The IHSA's competitions are affordable because individual colleges/universities host each event and provide the horses. Riders are not allowed to use their own horses and personal tack and schooling/warm-ups are not permitted.
Iola Else at (406) 683-7018 of Eric Hoffmann at (406) 925-1499
The mission of the Honors Club is to facilitate interdisciplinary learning through the Honors Program at UMW. The Honors Student Association may organize speakers, trips, lecture series, service-learning opportunities , etc. with the purpose of furthering students’ educational experiences.
Cheryl Juergens at (406) 683-7308
The University of Montana Western Horseman's Club strives to promote and enhance the art of horsemanship. Club members foster camaraderie between enthusiasts of all horsemanship disciplines. Promoting interest, understanding, and appreciation of the western way of life and culture is one of the club's primary goals. We encourage the humane treatment of livestock while enjoying the art of horsemanship. As a member you will participate in activities that will further your horsemanship expertise.
Eric Hoffmann at (406) 925-1499 or David Oleske (602) 510-9266
The mission of HIP Club is to promote an appreciation of, commitment to, involvement in, and responsibility to the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance through involvement in club activities.
Dr. Megan Chilson at (406) 683-7336
The IT Club is available to all students interested in the fields of industrial technology, industrial arts, and vocational education. The primary focus is to offer you the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of technology and vocation forums as well as social activities.
Iola "Olie" Else at (406) 683-7539
The International Club seeks to raise international awareness on campus and in the community. The club provides foreign students with the opportunity to share their culture with our student body. As a member you would organize events to promote a multicultural/international curriculum and to inform students about international opportunities available to them.
Dr. Bill Janus at (406) 683-7019
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. This club promotes excellence in and recognizes outstanding contributions to education; encourages professional growth; and honors achievement in educational work.
Marlene Stonelake at (406) 683-7616 or
Dr. Laura Straus at (406) 683-7040
UMW Libertine Party is a student organization dedicated to informing individuals of issues regarding personal liberty, rights, and resposibility, particularly for UMW students. The club provides a wide variety of opportunities. As a member you will host guest speakers, and organize student government debates. You will have a voice in student liberties and serve as an outlet for other students to voice their concerns and opinions.
Dr. Sean Eudaily at (406) 683-7103
Montana Western College Republicans promote the mission of the Republican Party. As a member you would volunteer to work on campaigns to elect Republican candidates, host events, and develop political and leadership skills in preparation for public service.
Brooke Erb at (406) 683-7211
The Music Club is open to all students interested in promoting musical activity on campus and in the community. As a member you would attend music education conventions and workshops, present recitals, and participate in several other musical events throughout the year.
Dr. Brent McCabe at (406) 683-7405
The University of Montana Western's Research Association for Paranormal Studies works to enhance the University's campus research for paranormal studies. As a member you will explore local and surrounding sites that may contain paranormal activity. Members are dedicated to learnig about paranormal phenomenon. Our club's goal is to educate ourselves, as well as others, while maintaining professionalism in this unique field.
Kathey Hupp at (406) 683-7282
An organization holding weekly meetings, Peer-A-Zoids is open to all students interested in the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices. Members provide education and support in such areas as mental health, sexual health, physical fitness, nutrition, tobacco prevention, violence prevention, and alcohol abuse prevention through awareness campaigns and events to the students of UMW. Peer-A-Zoids members who complete trainings offered during school breaks may also present classroom and floor meeting presentations. In addition, the club sponsors accessibility to free, confidential sexual health supplies and information.
Lynn Weltzien at (406) 683-7180
The Psychology Club provides all UMW students the opportunity to participate in psychology-related activities. As a member you would be part of an organization that provides support and academic guidance for students pursuing a career in the field of psychology. The Psychology Club also provides learning opportunities by sponsoring events that are open to all members of the campus community.
Dr. Mark Krank at (406) 683-7547
The Rodeo Club provides support for the Montana Western rodeo teams and hosts several functions each year, including the holiday food drive, Heritage Days, and Dillon college rodeo. The club hosts the rodeo team's Community Appreciation Banquet.
Iola "Olie" Else at (406) 683-7539 or Cody Lahaye at (406) 683-7331
The Rugby Club provides an outlet at the University of Montana Western for any persons interested in the sport of rugby. Emphasis is on team play, healthy living, and community outreach.
Cheryl Juergens at (406) 683-7308
The UMW Ski and Snowboard Club is a social and recreational club available to all UMW students. The club welcomes all abilities (beginner to expert) to participate in the lifelong sports of skiing and snowboarding. As a club member, you will receive discounted trips to winter resorts, local hills, and have the opportunity to ski and snowboard with other members who share your interest.
Kathey Hupp at (406) 683-7282
The mission of the UMW Student Leadership Club is to give students the opportunity to participate in planning activities. We facilitate student involvement on campus through sporting events and campus activities.
Anthony Johnson at (406) 683-7038
Terra Verde is the official student organization of the Department of Environmental Sciences at The University of Montana Western. The clubs primary mission is to provide an outlet for students at UMW who are interested in the natural world. As a member you would participate in volunteer work with local agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service to provide you with field experiences in the environmental sciences during your academic tenure at UMW. Activities include educational field trips to local natural treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Craters of the Moon, and Glacier National Park.
Dr. Linda Lyon at (406) 683-7075
To enhance the English department of Montana Western, Twisted Ink Club reorganized the former English poetry club IGNU. Twisted Ink encourages creative writing among English majors, minors, and those who have a love of writing. The club publishes a webzine two to three times per year in which Montana Western students showcase their literary talents. As a member you will learn or improve editorial skills through editing and publishing manuscripts.
Shane Borrowman at (406) 683-7307
This club provides an opportunity for students to interact with each other and faculty with an interest in veterinary medicine, science, and techniques. You will be part of an experiential learning environment, working with both large and small animals.
Dr. Jan Winderl at (406) 683-7030 or (406) 683-7330
This club provides an opportunity for all students to interact with others with an interest in supporting veterans, military service members, their families, and their advocates. It establishes peer support for those transitioning from the military to civilian community. You will build relationships and gain access to resources through activities and outreach.
Wendy Dumke at (406) 683-7537
The mission of the Western Cheer Club is to convey school spirit to the students, faculty, staff, and athletic teams of the University of Montana Western.
Kathey Hupp (406) 683-7282
The purpose of the Western Gaming Alliance is to offer students and the surrounding community a chance to come together in an informal setting to enjoy a wide variety of gaming activities.
Dr. Sean Eudaily (406) 683-7103
This collegiate wrestling club provides an opportunity for students to interact with other students who have a similar interest in wrestling. As a member you will compete with students from other teams in a controlled environment. This club provides an outlet for students to release energy, reduce stress, and learn new competitive and self-defense skills. Participants represent UMW by promoting school spirit and community involvement.
Dan Payne at (406) 683-7037 or (406) 596-7037
The purpose of this organization is to further communication among people with an interest in agricultural issues, to educate students about the work of an agricultural organization, and to provide experience with local, state, and national government through active participation in legislative activities. As a member you will learn about Farm Bureau policies and activities and promote agriculturally related occupations.
Iola Else at (406) 683-7539
With a post-graduation job already secured in the equine industry, Kara Einarson’s career is off to a promising start.
University of Montana Western English professor Alan Weltzien is a champion of Montana literature.
Rodeo has always been a way of life for Kody Lahaye, from when he was a child to now as a fifth-year senior in college.
Montana Western's biology program is now competitive in the national arena thanks to nearly $2 million in grants secured by Mike Morrow.