Academics

Montana Western student earns sports medicine award

A student from the University of Montana Western recently received the Northwest American College of Sports Medicine Outstanding Undergraduate Award.

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Montana University System reports significant increase in UMW enrollment

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.

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UMW begins exchange program with Russian university

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.

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Montana Western wins five in a row

University of Montana Western Professor of Political Science Sara Glasgow is the Carnegie Foundation 2013 Montana Professor of the Year.

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Curious Minds welcomes new education director

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.

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The University of Montana Western moves up in U.S. News Rankings

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. 

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Spring 2013 Dean's List

Four-hundred and seventy-eight students were named to the 2013 Spring Semester Dean’s List at the University of Montana Western.

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Alumnus Gerald Gray chairs Little Shell Tribal Council

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.

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Business majors take second at national competition

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.

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The University of Montana Western Class of 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.

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Nathan Boll heads to NASA internship, Ph.D. position

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.

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UMW chapter of Kappa Delta Pi inducts 31 members

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.

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UMW leads MUS in new freshmen enrollment

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).

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UMW education class reflects on Peru trip

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.

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Fall 2012 Dean's List

The University of Montana Western Fall 2012 Dean's List includes 496 students.

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UMW equine student finishes Brazil internship

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.

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Cody Cavill to serve internship in Nepal

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.

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Montana Western enrollment continues steady climb

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Montana Western is experiencing increased enrollment numbers.

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Mike Morrow named Montana Professor of the Year

University of Montana Western Professor of Biology Michael Morrow is the Carnegie Foundation 2012 Montana Professor of the Year.

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Montana Western enrollment continues steady climb

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Montana Western is experiencing increased enrollment numbers.

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Montana Western climbs in U.S. News & World Report rankings

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.

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Nathan Boll sets his sights on Mars and beyond

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.

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Spring 2012 Dean's List

The University of Montana Western announced its Spring 2012 Dean's List, which includes 485 students.

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Biology alumna gets into DVM/Ph.D. program

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.

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The University of Montana Western Class of 2012

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.

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25 UMW students inducted into Kappa Delta Pi

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.

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Partnership offers UMW education degree in Butte

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.

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Sixth Annual Research Symposium April 13 & 14

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.

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English students inducted into International Honor Society

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.

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Julie Bullard 2011 Montana Professor of the Year

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.

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Fall 2011 Dean's List

The University of Montana Western announced its fall 2011 Dean's List, which includes 527 students.

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UMW's Cory Birkenbuel makes turns and headlines across Montana

 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.

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TRiO students celebrate recent successes

Two University of Montana Western students involved with TRiO Student Support Services are celebrating recent successes during their undergraduate work at Montana Western.

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Education class visits Salish Kootenai College

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.

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Partnership creates outdoor education opportunities

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.

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UMW fourth in the West for Best Regional Colleges

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.

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UMW student featured in Distinctly Montana

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.

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UMW professors featured in the Montana Professor

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.

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Montana Western TRiO program enhances student success

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.

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Geology studies abound at the University of Montana Western

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. 

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Spring 2011 Dean's List

The University of Montana Western announced its spring 2011 Dean's List, which includes 461 students.

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UMW mathematics students win regional code breaking competition

Three University of Montana Western students cracked the code — three codes, to be precise — on their way to winning a regional cryptanalysis competition.

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Recent graduate celebrates multiple publications

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.

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Students make an impression at national convention

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.

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Mountain West Voices spotlights UMW student

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.

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Montana Western professors reflect on travel to Nepal

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.

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Environmental sciences to present 'Costa Rica Live'

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.

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UMW Education Department brings technology to rural students

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.

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Montana Western senior publishes two poems

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.

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Montana Western announces fall 2010 Dean's List

The University of Montana Western announced its fall 2010 Dean's List, which includes 490 students.

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UMW students inducted into English honor society

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.

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Alan Weltzien to publish poetry chapbook

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.

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Rob Thomas named Montana Regents Professor

The Montana Board of Regents has bestowed it’s highest honor on University of Montana Western Professor Robert Thomas.

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University of Montana Western climbs national rankings again

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.

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Business professors present workshop in Zurich

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.

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English class raises money for Humane Society

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.

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Education class explores childhood environments

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.

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University of Montana Western accreditation reaffirmed

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.

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Science students survey Dillon trees

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.

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Montana Western alumna Rural Teacher of the Year

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.

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Kappa Delta Pi inducts new students

Thirty-four new students from the University of Montana Western were inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, UMW's honor society for educators and education majors, on April 12, 2010.

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Students collaborate on Nevada/Virginia Cities sign project

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.

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Montana Western professors teach in Grenada

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.

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Rob Thomas selected 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year

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).

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475 students earn place on Dean

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.

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Montana Western ranks second nationally for value

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.”

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Gov. Schweitzer congratulates U.S. Professor of the Year

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.

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Montana Western science alumni pursuing Ph.D.s

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.

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A rural education tradition continues at Montana Western

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.

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Montana Western 2009 Convocation

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.

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UMW in top tier of U.S. News & World Report college rankings

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.

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Early Childhood Education Professor Published Third Textbook

Julie Bullard, director of early childhood education at Montana Western, released her third book, a textbook for early childhood education students.

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Montana Western graduate leads a remarkable life

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. 


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Montana Western biology student receives grant

Montana Western's Amanda Kortum joins the elite group of Space Grant Scholars and Fellows nationwide.

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Montana Western praised for X1 at research forum

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.

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Montana Western business program receives IACBE accreditation

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.

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"On the Rocks" to feature Yellowstone wolf specialist

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.

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$6 million proposed in house bill for renovation of Montana Western's Main Hall

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.

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Rural School Science Fair lets students from small area schools compete

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.

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On the Rocks to address Hantavirus

The Hantavirus is the subject of the next On the Rocks presentation at the University of Montana Western Monday, Feb. 23, 2009.

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Experience One works well for equestrian studies

Experience One's block scheduling allows equestrian students to truly connect with the horses they work with.

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Montana Western professor featured in Montana magazine

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.

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Montana Western English professor experiences prolific year of publishing

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."

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