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An Invitation from Chancellor Richard Storey

Chancellor Richard Storey

Greetings from the campus of the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Mont.

Montana Western is Montana’s educational gem. Please allow me to explain.

A class of its own

This is an exceptional place to live, learn and earn a degree. Our faculty and staff are truly dedicated to students and the institutional mission of experiential learning as practiced through Experience One (X1), our innovative model of delivering classes one at a time. 

In 2005, Montana Western became the first American public university to fully implement a block scheduling program. Under this system students take, and faculty teach, one course during a block lasting three and a half weeks followed by a four-day break between blocks.

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Upcoming Non-credit Community Classes

Spring Garden Workshop Series

FREE Spring Garden Workshop Series

Make your garden more productive this year with  a little sweat, preparation and some expert knowledge. The University of Montana Western Campus Community Garden is sponsoring a FREE series of workshops to help you be well prepared for the upcoming growing season. Check out the variety of presentations offered in April and May, attend the sessions and watch the fruits of your labor grow.

Got chicken? Wednesday April 9th 6PM
Meet in the Campus Community Garden to carpool to event site in Glen
Learn how to build greenhouse/straw bale chicken coops out of recycled materials! Basic chicken husbandry will also be discussed.

How good is your soil? Wednesday April 16th 6PM
Held in the Campus Garden
Bring your own garden soil to this workshop to test it! Find out if you need to add nutrients to grown the vegetables you want. Kits and knowledge will be supplied.

Project BudBurst! Wednesday April 23rd 6PM
Held on the UMW campus in Block Hall Room 311
Come learn about this Citizen Science project that monitors the life stages of plants in our community. Improve your botanical lingo and support the Forest Service with their data collection.

We grow too much! Wednesday April 30th 6PM
Held on the UMW campus is Block Hall Room 302
If you would like to learn to can your extra harvest this is the workshop for you! Basic canning methods will be demonstrated with a chance to pose questions to an expert.

Worms, nematodes and manure...oh my! Wednesday May 7th 6PM
Held in the Campus Garden
Compost is a necessary amendment to any garden! Come and see what ingredients make the perfect black gold for your garden.

Grow enough to sell? Wednesday May 14th 6PM
Held in the Campus Garden
Looking for a way to expand you garden into a business venture? This discussion based workshop will introduce you to ways that you can turn your vegetables into another type of green.

Wind? What wind? Wednesday May 21st 6PM
Held in the Campus Garden
Looking for a way to extend the season of your garden? This workshop will demonstrate the way to establish garden structures that work.

All workshops are free, open to the public and do not require an rsvp! For questions please contact Linda Lyon (406)683-7075 or

UMW Concert Choir

The UMW Concert Choir group performs a wide variety of traditional and more popular numbers in this easy-going, fun group activity.

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays throughout the Spring 2014 Semester
Time: 11:20 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Instructors: Bert and Gay Brewer.
Fee: $20
Student Limit: 20

Administrative Professional’s Day Luncheon

The School of Outreach invites you to join us for the annual Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon. Enjoy entertainment while dining on a delicious lunch catered by UMW’s fine dining services. Door prizes are provided by generous local merchants. Please RSVP by April 18.

Wednesday, April 23 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. UMW campus, Lewis & Clark Room Fee: $17/person or $15/person if more than three people attend from the same office.

 For more information or to register for a non-credit course, contact Wendy Dumke at (406) 683-7537 or .

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Birch Creek


Hold a company retreat, educational outing or family reunion amid the grandeur of the Pioneer Mountains.