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Classes begin for Montana Western students

convocation 2014Anna Byrne (left) and her freshman daughter Nicole during the 2014 Convocation, which marks the start of the 2014-15 academic year.With Montana Western's orientation for new students wrapping up, students gear up to begin Block One of classes to start the Fall 2014 semester.

This past week's orientation included residence hall students getting comfortable in their new dorm rooms, student athletes spending a lot of time in practices and UMW faculty and staff introducing themselves to a new class of Bulldogs.

Orientation wrapped up with one of Montana Western's traditions, Convocation. Convocation is an end-of-the-summer tradition and an opportunity to welcome incoming students and their families.

This year's orientation included motivational speaker Antonio Neves, an award winning business journalist. Neves spent 10 years in the television working for big networks like NBC, BBC, PBS and BET. He worked in front of the camera as a correspondent and a host and behind the camera as a host. Neves transistioned out of television news to share the things he learned about leadership, human dynamics and producing exceptional content to motivate people to do their best work.

The message Neves shared with UMW students, faculty and staff during Convocation focused on communication and how to overcome being awkward.

Interim Chancellor Bobbie Evans also shared some remarks with those in attendence. Associated Students of the Univerisity of Montana Western (ASUMW) President Brandon Hansen introduced himself to UMW's newest students. Provost Karl Ulrich introduced the faculty and provided opening and closing comments for the ceremony.

Montana Western welcomed 254 new students to campus over the course of orientation.

The UMW football team also kicks off its season this weekend by facing rival Montana Tech. The game starts at 6 p.m. at Vigilante Field.

Classes for block one officially begin Monday, Aug. 25. The first block wraps up Sept. 17.