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Montana Western Hosts Variety of Upcoming Events

September 11, 2018

The University of Montana Western will host a wide variety of events this week featuring outstanding students, faculty, programs, athletes, researchers and artists.

Miss Dillon USA Send-Off Event

The community is invited to join us on September 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in the Lewis & Clark Room at UMW to celebrate Montana Western senior and NASA intern Baleigh Doyle, Miss Dillon USA.

Doyle will compete in the Miss Montana USA Pageant in Missoula Sept. 15-16, 2018, and will highlight her platform, “bringing awareness to women in STEM-related fields.”

Doyle plans to graduate in December 2018 with a double major in mathematics and business.  While at Montana Western, she received an internship opportunity and became a member of the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC). MSGC provided funding for her summer 2017 and 2018 internships.

Doyle was the Engineering Development Program Evaluation Data Analysis intern for the Engineering Director at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland. She plans to return to NASA after competing in the Miss Montana USA pageant.

For more information about Doyle’s internships at NASA, visit:

Please join us for this family friendly event and get your picture taken with the University of Montana Western’s Miss Dillon USA.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 406-683-7305.

Birch Creek Center Open House

Please join us for the Birch Creek Outdoor Education Center open house on September 12, 2018 from 6-9 pm. There will be tours, activities and light refreshments.

The center was constructed in 1935 as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. The CCC was a direct outgrowth of President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” program in response to high unemployment during the Great Depression.

Camp Birch Creek served as a CCC camp until 1941. In 1985, the University of Montana Western took over the operation of the center.

The center serves to provide a comfortable and safe environment for diverse educational, recreational and social opportunities. It also encourages field-based and group enriching experiences for the surrounding communities.

The Birch Creek Outdoor Education Center accomplishes this through hosting private events, retreats, and outdoor education courses for experiential university events and classes.

At the Open House, there will be tours of the historic Birch Creek Civilian Conservation Corps camp and many activities related to geology, forest science and stream ecology.

To get to the center, take I-15 North from Dillon. Approximately 10 miles outside of Dillon, take the Apex/Birch Creek Exit (Number 74). Turn left and follow the signs to the center.

Please note that travel on a well-maintained dirt road is required. The event is child-friendly but please leave your pets at home.

UMW students who participate in this event will be awarded 600 Paw Prints Points.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 406-683-7891.

“Different People, Different Prices: Labeling Consumers” Presentation

Charging different people different prices is a common phenomenon. Professor Anthony Dukes, from the University of Southern California, will explore in his presentation the interesting phenomenon of price discrimination on September 13, 2018 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Main Hall room 218.

In particular, Professor Dukes will discuss how sellers segment consumers for the purposes of charging different prices. The presentation will be furnished with many everyday examples to introduce this fascinating topic.

Anthony Dukes received his PhD in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Dukes studies the economics of marketing strategies, particularly as they apply to pricing, retail and distribution channels, and antitrust.

His research has appeared in the “Journal of Marketing Research,” “Marketing Science,” “Management Science,” and other leading academic journals.

He teaches pricing strategies and the core marketing management course in the Marshall School of Business MBA program. Professor Dukes is an associate editor of the “Journal of Marketing Research,” “Management Science,” and “Marketing Science.”

For more information, please contact Associate Business Professor Christian Gilde by e-mail at [email protected]. 

Ceramics Show

UMW Fine Arts Gallery Exhibition

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Gallery is proud to partner with the Clay Studio of Missoula for an exhibition of contemporary ceramic work from a group of their affiliated artists on September 13, 2018.

The opening will be held from 6-7 pm in the Fine Arts Gallery in Main Hall, preceded by an artists lecture from 5-6 pm in Main Hall room 319.

The Clay Studio of Missoula is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, education and provision of resources in the ceramic arts. The studio hosts resident artists from across the country and beyond who are able to share their ideas, experiences, and techniques with local members and students.

The exhibit will be open Aug. 27 – Sept. 28 during regular gallery hours (Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. and Monday-Friday 1-3 p.m.)

The residency program at the Clay Studio of Missoula is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists.

Exhibiting artists include: Andrew Avakian, Chris Drobnock, Donna Flanery, Christine Gronneberg, Elisha Harteis, Kirk Jackson, Ben Jordan, Scott McClellan, Jazmine Penelope, Andrew Rivera, Kelly Seitz, Lee Stuurmans, and Shalene Valenzuela.

The opening will also feature additions to the permanent collection including works by Edgar S. Paxon and Mary Baker Emerick. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Aja Mujinga Sherrard by calling 406-683-7313 or email [email protected].

Big Sky Behavioral Health Summit

Montana Western will host this regional mental health conference designed for mental health providers, primary care providers, educators, law enforcement officials, and other community stakeholders.

This year’s event features a keynote address by NCAA Player of the Year, WNBA All-Star, and Olympic Gold Medalist Chamique Holdsclaw. The event will be held in the Swysgood Technology Center Great Room at Montana Western on September 13-14, 2018.

For more information about the summit, please contact Jerry Girard at (406) 925-0642 or email [email protected].

Holdsclaw will also be sharing her inspirational and motivational story of triumph, tragedy, and resilience during an additional on-campus presentation on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30 pm in the Beier Auditorium.

Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend and bring guests. This event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, September 15 from 9:00-11:00 am, Holdsclaw will be assisting the Lady Bulldog Basketball Team with a free youth girls’ basketball clinic in the Straugh Gym. This event is free to girls in grades 5-12. Please visit for more information.

For more upcoming events, please visit our online events calendar.