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Montana Western reports record-breaking enrollment.

Officials at the University of Montana Western said official 15th day enrollment figures show the university’s student headcount is 1,501, up nine percent over last year.

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Montana Western campus community garden begins fall harvest.

The annual campus community garden Work for Food program begins on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 between 3:30 and 5 p.m., Professor of Environmental Sciences Linda Lyon announced today.

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Montana Western completes an eventful block one.

University of Montana Western students completed their first “block” of 2016-17 this week. The university is the only public four-year institution teaching under Experience One where students take a single-class-at-a-time in 18-day blocks. 

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Kramer addresses Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Steve Kramer, retired professor of environmental philosophy and ethics at Southwest Minnesota State University, and husband of University of Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby, will speak at the annual Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.

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UMW ranks among top western colleges in U.S. News Survey.

The University of Montana Western has been ranked third among the top Regional Public Colleges in the West by the 2017 U.S. News & World Best Colleges rankings released Sept. 13, 2016.

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Patagonia hosting fundraiser for Khumbu Climbing Center.

University of Montana Western Professor Steve Mock and Chhongba Sherpa will be featured at a fundraiser for the Khumbu Climbing Center (KCC) on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at the Patagonia outlet store in Dillon, Mont.

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UMW hosts 25th annual Bulldog Booster Bash.

The Bulldog Athletic Association Booster Bash Dinner & Auction is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 in the Keltz Arena on the Montana Western campus.

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Experiencing Norman Maclean.

University of Montana Western Professor Alan Weltzien will soon take students from his English class to visit sights from two Norman Maclean classics,  "A River Runs Through It" and "Young Men and Fire."

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Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series kicks off.

The Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series presented by the University of Montana Western fine arts department begins in Oct. 2016 with performances of “Lone Star” and “Laundry & Bourbon.”  

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UMW ranked among top universities for affordability.

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked among the top 40 universities in the west in the "Best Bang for the Buck" category by Washington Monthly magazine.

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Dillon's hillside letter restored to historic "M."

University of Montana Western students and staff recently helped move rocks for the Dillon, Mont. hillside letter restoration effort.

The hillside "M" above Dillon dates back to an initiative by the Montana State Normal School class of 1919, who funded the effort. The "M" was completed by the class of 1920.  

The project to restore the "M" goes back to last fall when Chancellor Beth Weatherby made the restoration a top priority, UMW Foundation Director Roxanne Engellant explained.  

"After nearly a decade as a "W," the hillside letter will be restored to the original "M," keeping in line with a tradition that dates back almost 100 years" Engellant said. "The "M" also signifies our state pride and place within the Montana University System."    

The process to bring back the “M” is a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders including Montana Western leadership, faculty, students and alumni, the Beaverhead Trails Coalition, U.S. Forest Service and community members. The project will also require the expertise of Bureau of Land Management rangeland management specialists and USDA botanists.

The UMW biology and environmental sciences departments plan to create opportunities for their classes to assist with this project on an ongoing basis to help with the replanting efforts of the vegetation and provide hands-on experiences for their classes in the fall.

The restoration project will be ongoing through summer 2016 and into 2017.


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