University of Montana Western students will take the Birch Creek Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp back in time this Saturday, Oct.10, 2015 by donning period clothing and relaying the story through a living history interpretive event.
University of Montana Western English professor Shane Borrowman recently released his latest book, "Mistakes Were Made: Reflections on Being a Mediocre Father."
Christian Gilde, business professor at the University of Montana Western, recently returned to his native country of Austria to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar with a full fellowship.
The conference titled “The Search for a New Global Balance: America’s Changing Role in the World” was held Sept. 24-29, 2015.
Gilde said, “I want to bring back what I learn and teach it in my classrooms in order to expose my student to diverse experiences and ideas.”
The seminar discussed how modern America acts, reacts and interacts with other countries and what effects that has on our universities and education system.
“It was a lot of hard, concentrated work,” Gilde said, “but realistic and effective changes are accomplished, which is hard to come across these days.”
Gilde learned about the global significance of the Seminar from Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby who attended the the Seminar in 1993 to discuss the importance of education's sustainability.
The Salzburg Global Seminar has taken place in the three hundred-year-old castle of Schloss Leopoldskron since 1947, the filming location of "The Sound of Music" in 1964.
The seminar is described as a place for current and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. The goal is to instill meaningful and effective global change by posing the underlying questions that hold the key to human progress and kickstart conversations and connections that will continue beyond the seminar.
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Officials at the University of Montana Western said that based on official 15th day enrollment figures the university has exceeded expectations and enrolled the largest entering class since 1921.
Long-time Montana Western counseling program director Lynn Weltzien recently received the Montana College Counseling Mike Franklin Memorial Award at the Montana College Counseling Association held in Helena, Mont.
The University of Montana Western kicks off its Homecoming weekend Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 with a social held at the Beaverhead Golf club from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. New members will be inducted into its athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Montana Western will induct Jason DesJarlais, Wally Feldt, West Hernandez, Bobbi Suhr Konen, and the 1991-92 Men’s Rodeo Team during a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Lewis and Clark Room on the University of Montana Western campus. Inductees also will be introduced during halftime of that day’s football game versus Carroll College.
Jason DesJarlais graduated from the University of Montana Western in 1995, known then as Western Montana College. While at UMW, Jason played football from 1992 to 1995, and was part of Conference Champion teams in ’93 through ’95. He was named Defensive MVP of the 1996 National All-Star Game and is a member of the 1994 Western Montana College Hall of Fame Team. After earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1995, he went on to receive his master’s degree in kinesiology from Humbold State University in 1999. Jason began his coaching career at Western Montana in 1996, serving as Defensive Line Coach. He went on to coach at Humboldt State University, University of San Diego, Jacksonville University, Yale University and has been a scout for the Jacksonville Jaguars since 2007. Jason and his wife, Dana, have two children, Makala and Tanner.
Wally Feldt earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Western Montana College in 1973. Wally began what would become a long career in radio and sports writing in Laramie, Wyoming in 1975 and had stints in Las Vegas, Idaho Falls, and Boise. In 1988 Wally made it back to Dillon, Montana to work for KDBM as program, sports and music director, sales person and on-air personality. Wally returned as “Voice of the Bulldog” during his time at KDBM. Feldt began writing for Montana Western in 1990 as a sports information writer and added news and publication duties to his list of responsibilities and held that position until 2009. Wally has served as the director of media relations for the Frontier Conference since 1993 and currently holds that position today. He can also be heard announcing Bulldog football, volleyball and basketball games.
Bobbi Suhr Konen earned her bachelor’s degree in business communications with an emphasis in computer technology in 2003. Bobbi played women’s basketball at Montana Western from 1999-2003. During her time at UMW, Bobbi was part of a team that won three conference titles. Bobbi earned three conference MVP awards, a Second Team All-American and two Kodak All-American First Team awards. Additionally, she is Montana Western’s women’s all time leading scorer, was “Athlete of the week” numerous times, and was featured in Sports Illustrated “Faces in the crowd.” Bobbi currently resides in Dillon with her husband, Kevin and four children, Kale, Kylie, Kaitlyn, and Kesslee.
West Hernandez graduated from the University of Montana Western in 2003 with a bachelor’s of business and communications. During his athletic career at UMW, West played on the men’s golf team and men’s basketball team. He was a member of the All-Frontier First Team for men’s golf multiple years, Academic All-Conference Men’s Basketball, and received the Vanderzanden Award for men’s basketball, all while making the Dean’s List throughout his sports career at Montana Western. Since 2007, West has worked at Northwest College in Powell, WY as admissions manager, where he’s also assisted with the men’s basketball team. West and his wife, Katie, have three children, Landon, Emery and Paxton.
The 1991-1992 men’s rodeo team was the first Montana Western rodeo team to be crowned Regional Champions since the early 1960s. They went on to place fifth in the College National Finals Rodeo. Jesse Peterson placed first in the nation in steer wrestling. Pete Peterson placed second in the nation in steer wrestling and Jess Martin placed third in the nation in saddle bronc. Coached by Wayne Else, the team consisted of Jess Martin, Dan Mulkey, Shannon Worthman, Pete Peterson, Jesse Peterson and Lari Sluggett.
This year’s inductees will be honored during a brunch ceremony in the Lewis and Clark Room in Mathews Hall. Tickets for the brunch ceremony are available for $10. Call the UMW Alumni Office at 406-683-7305 to reserve tickets.
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UMW business and technology professors Christian Gilde (left), Fred Chilson and Kevin Engellant join Chancellor Beth Weatherby and State Senator Debby Barrett at the recent high tech summit.
Chancellor Beth Weatherby and University of Montana Western faculty and students attended the inaugural Montana High Tech Jobs Summit in Bozeman recently.
UMW student Shilo Miller tackles the climbing wall at the recent ASUMW Welcome Fair.
University of Montana Western students, faculty and community members attended the recent Associated Students of the University of Montana Western (ASUMW) Welcome Fair.
The University of Montana Western has been ranked among the top five Regional Public Colleges in the West by the 2016 U.S. News & World Best Colleges rankings released Sept. 9, 2015.
University of Montana Western early childhood education major Krystal McDougall traveled to Los Angeles this summer to volunteer at the Special Olympics.
Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby (right) helps parents move their students into Davis Hall.
University of Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby said the university is expecting the largest freshman class in the school’s history.
The Montana Western School of Outreach’s Kids Theatre Camp recently performed the play "Greece."
Mike Rose, Collegiate Stockgrowers Club president.
The University of Montana Western’s Collegiate Stockgrowers Club taught third graders about livestock care and handling at the Mussard Feedlot earlier this year.
Julie Bullard, Montana Western early childhood education professor.
Longtime University of Montana Western early childhood education professor and program director Julie Bullard has been named the 2015 Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator by the National Association of Early Childhood Educators (NAECTE).
Professor Linda Lyon (right) shows Emma Lovaas a student-made beehive at Montana Western's community garden.
University of Montana Western X Camp kids visited the campus community garden this week with Environmental Science Professor Linda Lyon.
Annabelle Cho and John Zhang, Chinese high school students, visit Montana Western.
The University of Montana Western welcomed six high school students from China recently as part of the Yellowstone English Environmental Studies Program International (YESPI).
University of Montana Western Assistant English Professor Francis Davis has been awarded a full fellowship to participate in the Vermont Studio Center community Aug. 2-23, 2015.
Inaugural festivities include ceremony, Experience One showcase and scholarship fundraiser.
The University of Montana Western has announced that the institution will celebrate the inauguration of its new chancellor and the phenomenal success of Experience One on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
TRIO student Kelly Wieman (left) meets with SSS advisor Nicole Nygren.
The University of Montana Western will receive $1.24 million over the next five years to continue providing academic and support services to low-income, first-generation and disabled students.
UMW Geology Professor Rob Thomas.
University of Montana Western Environmental Science Professor Rob Thomas will participate in the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Summer Leadership Institute in July 25-30.
Fred Chilson, professor of business and technology at the University of Montana Western, has been elected to the board of directors of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) accreditation organization.
Montana Western's Interim Provost Sylvia Moore.
Chancellor Beth Weatherby has appointed Sylvia Moore interim provost at the University of Montana Western.
Universities from across the country (like the University of Washington above) visit Montana Western each summer to conduct geology field camps.
Geology departments from universities across the country started coming to the University of Montana Western to conduct their geology camps in the mid 1960s.
Learning how to give injections and take blood samples are two important skills all veterinary technician students gain at Pima Medical Institute on the Montana Western campus.
Montana Western and Pima Medical Institute will collaborate to offer a veterinary technician associate degree and veterinary assistant certificate program.
Recent Montana Western graduate Taeler Rodriguez has been accepted to the University of Denver’s graduate program.
Chancellor Beth Weatherby (left) and student artist Jessica Bach with initial collection piece in background.
University of Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby has established a student art collection to display work across the Dillon, Mont. campus.
Sara Maslen (right) points out a feature of the Poindexter Slough to fellow student Zachary Reimnitz.
University of Montana Western environmental field studies students have completed a 476-page study of Poindexter Slough, a world renown trout fishery near Dillon, Mont.
Eleven University of Montana Western students will be inducted into the Montana Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room in Montana Western’s Mathews Hall.
The University of Montana Western art department will host the annual Montana Art Interscholastics this weekend on the university campus.
Ten students from the University of Montana Western's Business Club attended the TEDx Missoula event on Feb. 20 with marketing professor Christian Gilde.
While Cody Clark was a student at the University of Montana Western, he made the most of the opportunities given to him and now he is in important member of the federal Bureau of Reclamation.
The University of Montana Western Fall 2014 Dean's List includes 496 students.
A group of four University of Montana Western students from the Business Club traveled to Billings this past weekend, January 23-25, to attend Startup Weekend.
The University of Montana Western’s library director took a trip halfway around the world to get a global perspective on his trade.
The Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) recently recognized a University of Montana Western alum with a prestigious leadership award.
The University of Montana Western recently was ranked in the top 100 colleges in the nation by Education to Career (ETC).
A student from the University of Montana Western recently received the Northwest American College of Sports Medicine Outstanding Undergraduate Award.
University of Montana Western enrollments have increased 44.3 percent over the past ten years, according to a Montana University System report released at last week’s Board of Regents meeting in Great Falls.
Starting this spring, the University of Montana Western will host a group of students from across the world as the university kicks off the beginning of a study abroad exchange program.
University of Montana Western Professor of Political Science Sara Glasgow is the Carnegie Foundation 2013 Montana Professor of the Year.
Early childhood educator Linn Veen recently joined the staff at the University of Montana Western’s Curious Minds as the early childcare center’s director.
Veen comes to the center with 40 years experience in early childhood education including teaching, program administration and curriculum design.
The University of Montana Western climbed up a spot this year and is ranked as the third Top Public Regional Colleges of the West in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings.
Four-hundred and seventy-eight students were named to the 2013 Spring Semester Dean’s List at the University of Montana Western.
A flip of the coin led University of Montana Western alumnus Gerald Gray to Dillon, and he says it was a stroke of good luck.
Four University of Montana Western business majors earned second place in a national case-study business competition in Orlando, Fla. held from April 16 to April 19, 2013.
The 116th University of Montana Western Commencement took place on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium on the Montana Western campus.
Montana Western mathematics honor grad Nathan Boll is spending his summer as an intern at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center.
The University of Montana Western Education Department inducted 31 new members into the Mu Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the International Honor Society in Education.
The University of Montana Western (UMW) leads all state higher education institutions with a five-year 32 percent increase in Montana first-time degree-seeking freshmen, based on recently released statistics from the Montana University System (MUS).
Although University of Montana Western sophomore Jess Lammi recently volunteered her time and energy helping elderly citizens of a poverty-stricken suburb of Lima, Peru, the elementary education major/literacy minor says she received far more than she gave.
The University of Montana Western Fall 2012 Dean's List includes 496 students.
Raised on a ranch in Boulder, Mont., Kindle McCauley grew up around horses. Last summer, the 22-year old University of Montana Western senior found herself working with horses on the other side of the equator.
When University of Montana Western junior Cody Cavill took professor Steve Mock’s beginner rock climbing class as a freshman, little did he know the experience would eventually take him to the highest mountains on the planet.
For the sixth year in a row, the University of Montana Western is experiencing increased enrollment numbers.
University of Montana Western Professor of Biology Michael Morrow is the Carnegie Foundation 2012 Montana Professor of the Year.
For the sixth year in a row, the University of Montana Western is experiencing increased enrollment numbers.
The University of Montana Western again climbed in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, jumping to 17th in the Best Regional Colleges West category.
Nathan Boll, a mathematics major at the University of Montana Western, took part in a special live viewing of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landing video feed in Pasadena, Calif on Aug. 5.
The University of Montana Western announced its Spring 2012 Dean's List, which includes 485 students.
Amanda Kortum, a 2011 University of Montana Western biology graduate, will be attending the DVM/Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University beginning in the fall 2012 semester.
The 115th University of Montana Western Commencement took place on Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium on the Montana Western campus.
On Tuesday, April 10, the University of Montana Western Education Department inducted 25 new members into the Mu Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the International Honor Society in Education. It was the 40th Kappa Delta Pi initiation at Montana Western.
A collaboration between the University of Montana Western and Montana Tech is offering students the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science in elementary education from Montana Western’s renowned education program by taking classes through UMW at the Montana Tech campus.
The Sixth Annual University of Montana Western Research Symposium will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14 in the Swysgood Technology Center (STC) Great Room on the UMW campus.
Eight English students from the University of Montana Western have been inducted into Alpha Epsilon Iota, the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International Honor Society.
For the third time in as many years, the University of Montana Western has a Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year: Julie Bullard, professor of education and director of early childhood education at Montana Western, is the 2011 Montana Professor of the Year.
The University of Montana Western announced its fall 2011 Dean's List, which includes 527 students.
University of Montana Western business major Cory Birkenbuel is on a mission. The 33-year old Dillon, Mont. native and self-proclaimed Maverick Mountain ski bum endeavored on a whirlwind, 16-day tour of all 16 Montana ski areas to create a documentary film about the state’s diverse skiing industry and lifestyle.
Two University of Montana Western students involved with TRiO Student Support Services are celebrating recent successes during their undergraduate work at Montana Western.
Students in the University of Montana Western’s Multicultural and Global Education EDU 311 class received a firsthand multicultural experience during a September 2011 visit to the Salish Kootenai Tribal College (SKC) on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Pablo, Mont.
University of Montana Western sophomore Cody Cavill will be gaining experience and college credits in a Wilderness Emergency Medical Training (WEMT) class at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyo. in early 2012.
The 2012 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings are in and the University of Montana Western is ranked fourth in the West for Top Public Regional Colleges, up from 2011’s fifth-place position.
The entrepreneurial aspirations of University of Montana Western business student Cory Birkenbuel were featured in the Fall 2011 issue of Distinctly Montana in an article titled “Educating Young Entrepreneurs.
The mountain climbing and educational passions of University of Montana Western Professor of Chemistry Steve Mock were profiled in the spring 2011 issue of The Montana Professor by Mock’s colleague, UMW Professor of English Alan Weltzien.
The diverse aspirations and abilities of the students served by the University of Montana Western TRiO Student Support Services program represent the varied educational opportunities and challenges students face in pursuing a four-year degree.
As the academic year came to a close at colleges and universities across the country, the University of Montana Western began preparing for an influx of college students coming to study the unique geology surrounding the Dillon, Mont. campus.
The University of Montana Western announced its spring 2011 Dean's List, which includes 461 students.
Three University of Montana Western students cracked the code — three codes, to be precise — on their way to winning a regional cryptanalysis competition.
As she plans for a new journey after graduating from the University of Montana Western, Rebecca Davis is also celebrating the recent publications of two poems in an online journal.
University of Montana Western professor of human health and performance Megan Chilson and eleven of her students recently attended the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s (AAPHERD) 126th annual national convention and expo in San Diego, Calif.
University of Montana Western business management major Norb Lorenzen was featured on the March 23, 2011 episode of Montana Public Radio's Mountain West Voices.
For University of Montana professors Steve Mock, an avid and well-accomplished climber, and Rob Thomas, a renowned geologist, a trip to the Himalayan country of Nepal presented a perfect opportunity for an educational adventure.
On Wednesday, April 6, University of Montana Western students and faculty will present a slideshow and discussion on a recent class trip taken to Costa Rica. The presentation, "Costa Rica Live: Geology, Biology and Ecotourism/Adventure Tourism," begins at 7 p.m. in the Swysgood Technology Center (STC) Great Room on the UMW campus.
In the University of Montana Western Department of Education, aspiring teachers are learning to use innovative technology to enhance their teaching methods and implement those methods firsthand in the unique Rural Fridays education partnership with rural grade schools.
University of Montana Western senior Katie Redfield is enjoying the recent success of having two poems published in an online journal titled the ScissorTale Review.
The University of Montana Western announced its fall 2010 Dean's List, which includes 490 students.
Six English students from the University of Montana Western have been inducted into Alpha Epsilon Iota, the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
University of Montana Western Professor of English Alan Weltzien is celebrating the successful publication of “To Kilimanjaro and Back.” The poetry chapbook was recently accepted by Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
The Montana Board of Regents has bestowed it’s highest honor on University of Montana Western Professor Robert Thomas.
The U.S. News & World Report 2011 Best Colleges rankings are in, and the University of Montana Western continues to receive high marks for quality and value, surpassing its 2010 rankings.
Two University of Montana Western business professors will be presenting their work on marketing in higher education at an international conference in Zurich, Switzerland on Oct. 15 and 16.
University of Montana Western Professor of English Rebecca Knotts and her service learning class recently raised $550 through a dog biscuit sale for the Humane Society of Beaverhead County. The class, Writing 101: College Writing - Learning to be an Advocate for Animals, featured reading material, video, and firsthand experience with animals.
University of Montana Western education professor Julie Bullard finished the last block of the spring 2010 semester by taking her Exploring Rich Early Childhood Environments class on a tour of early childhood facilities in Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington April 19-23.
The University of Montana Western today announced its reaffirmation of accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The accrediting body, the largest in the country, includes 163 colleges in a seven-state region.
Three University of Montana Western students are giving Dillon a better picture of the city’s public tree population, and their inventory could provide a blueprint for future greening efforts, including participation in a national tree planting effort.
Lydia Mild, a 2002 graduate of the University of Montana Western, was just named the 2010 Rural School Teacher of the Year by the Montana Small School Alliance and the Montana Association of County School Superintendents.
Five students from a University of Montana Western environmental interpretation class are making a lasting mark on two of Montana’s most famous historic mining towns, Virginia and Nevada Cities.
Two professors from The University of Montana Western recently took their teaching abroad to the Saint George’s University School of Arts and Sciences on the island nation of Grenada.
University of Montana Western environmental sciences professor Rob Thomas has been named Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Four-hundred and seventy-five students were named to the 2009 Fall Semester Dean’s List at the University of Montana Western — an 18 percent increase from the fall of 2008.
The University of Montana Western is making national news in U.S. News & World Report again, this time as the second-ranked university on a list of “Colleges that Offer Small Classes on a Budget.”
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer made an impromptu visit to the University of Montana Western to congratulate the 2009 Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year Rob Thomas on Friday, Dec. 11.
Three alumni from Montana Western’s distinguished science departments have either earned or are in the process of earning doctorate degrees at prestigious American universities.
In the basement of the University of Montana Western Lucy Carson Library, kindergarten through third graders from Glen, Montana’s Reichle Elementary excitedly build rainforests inside shoe boxes. One girl is so excited about a snake she made she explains the pipe-cleaner creature’s hunting technique to anyone who passes.
The University of Montana Western commenced its 116th academic year by welcoming the 2009 incoming freshman class Friday, Aug. 21, 2009. The convocation has become an end-of-summer tradition on campus.
A just-released national college survey demonstrates that the University of Montana Western continues to enhance its reputation nationally, giving the college plenty to be proud of going into its 116th year.
Julie Bullard, director of early childhood education at Montana Western, released her third book, a textbook for early childhood education students.
Whether it’s battling with a 1,300-pound saddle bronc for eight seconds, fighting insurgents in Iraq, enlightening middle school students to the mysteries of math, or managing often contrary draft horses at Denver’s National Western Stock Show, Brian Dawson’s life can be summarized by one word, remarkable.
Montana Western's Amanda Kortum joins the elite group of Space Grant Scholars and Fellows nationwide.
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Montana Sen. Jeff Welborn both praised the University of Montana Western's block scheduling program, Experience One, at a Montana University System research forum.
The business and technology department of the University of Montana Western received accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) becoming one of only two universities in Montana to have an IACBE accredited program.
The last On the Rocks presentation of the academic year will take place Monday, April 20 at 4:15 p.m. in Block Hall 311 with a talk about wolves in Yellowstone National Park by Dough Smith.
The University of Montana Western’s Main Hall renovation project would receive $6 million over two years based on a bill proposed by Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and sponsored by House Appropriations Chair Jon Sesso.
Rural southwest Montana elementary students met at the University of Montana Western arena to display their science projects and compete for prizes at the Rural Science Fair on Friday March 6.
Experience One's block scheduling allows equestrian students to truly connect with the horses they work with.
University of Montana Western's Alan Weltzien recently published an article about Thomas Savage, a novelist who wrote about and from Dillon, Mont. Pick up the latest Montana, the Magazine of Western History, to see Weltzien's article.
Montana Western English professor Alan Weltzien is celebrating several new publishing successes, "The Norman Maclean Reader," "A Father and An Island: Reflections on Loss" and "Thomas Savage, a Forgotten Novelist."