on Behalf of the Dean of Students and Director of Student Success: Student Services/Resources at UMW

Dear Montana Western Students, 

We have been preparing for your return this fall and wanted to share some of the resources that are available to you. Some things have changed, so please be sure to read the information below. We have indicated a contact person from each area, but feel free to contact either one of us if you have any questions.

Academic Advising Center  

The Academic Advising Center will be open for both in-person and phone/Zoom appointments depending on the preference of the student. Students wishing to discuss their plan of study, a change in major, or other academic questions, can make a ½-hour appointment by emailing [email protected] (406-683-7050) or [email protected] (406-683-7049). The center is located at Main Hall 214 and is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

In the outer office, there will be two metal boxes, one for forms that need to be processed by the advising staff and one for forms that require signatures. Students should leave the paperwork in the appropriate marked box. Instructions will be posted on each box.

Career Services 

The Career Services office is located within the Learning Center in the basement of the library and is open from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Students should call Susan White at 406-683-7143 or 406-683-7004 to schedule an appointment, or email [email protected]The University of Montana Western’s Career Services office provides career readiness workshops and can assist students in finding employment throughout their collegiate career and after graduation. Additional services include assistance with resume and cover letter development, enhancing interview skills, portfolio building, and completing job applications properly. Career Services can review your resume, make suggestions, and provide resources for resume writing. For additional information and resources, go to

Disability Services 

It is the goal of the University of Montana Western to meet the needs of each student with a disability. Upon receipt of disability documentation, the Dean of Students or her representative will contact the student to arrange a meeting to discuss academic adjustments. The Dean of Students will help guide the student in making decisions regarding classes, academic adjustments and auxiliary aids/services which may include: 

We look forward to working with you and hope you will benefit from our services. Please feel free to contact Nicole Hazelbaker, Dean of Students at 406-683-7900 or [email protected] with any questions or for further information. We are located in the Dean of Students Center at 528 Poindexter Street, across from the Student Union Building. 

IT – Help Desk and Swysgood Technology Center (STC) Computer Labs 

The STC computer labs will be open the following hours starting August 24:

Any issues related to email, printing, or Wi-Fi can be reported online to ITS via the ITS Contact Form or by calling the Helpdesk at 406-683-7777.  A full list of services provided by IT, as well as other helpful information/instructions pertaining to email, Wi-Fi, and printing can be found on our home page:

Learning Center 

The Learning Center is located in the basement of the library (Room 006) and is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday for free in-person and remote tutoring. Students can call 406-683-7200, email us at [email protected]or go online and make an appointment at details are available on the Learning Center website at

Multicultural Center 

The mission of Montana Western’s Multicultural Center, located in Main Hall 212, is to increase understanding, promote inclusion and inspire critical thinking about diversity. Diversity is defined here as having respect and appreciation of differences in ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education and religion. Diversity and inclusion will be examined through programs, lectures, movies, cultural celebrations, discussion groups and events. For more information, call 406-683-7311.

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services consist of two-master’s level, fully licensed, clinical mental health counselors, Jerry Girard and Heidi Peterson. Jerry is also a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Heidi and Jerry offer both in-office and remote eCounseling services to both students on campus and distance learning students.

Both Heidi and Jerry are willing and able to speak with groups of students (including but not limited to class presentations, student clubs, residence life groups, athletics teams, and other student, faculty, and staff groups) and provide mental health related trainings including QPR Gatekeeper Training and Mental Health First Aid Training. These programs focus on training the members of our community to be more skilled and comfortable with taking care of each other when we encounter community members experiencing mental health related obstacles. In addition, Heidi and Jerry work closely with our Wellness Coordinator, Fallon Horrocks, to tailor mental health messaging and prevention activities to students. All counseling sessions and training programs follow the campus COVID-19 safety protocols.



To schedule an appointment: 

You may ask to meet with Jerry or Heidi specifically, and emergencies will be seen upon walk-in. 

For an after-hours emergency, please call 911 or go to the Barrett Hospital emergency room located at 600 State Hwy 91 S., Dillon, Mont. 

Student Health Services 

Montana Western contracts with the Southwest Montana Community Health Clinic to provide basic medical care to all of its students. This service is funded by student fees and there is no extra cost for the clinic’s services for basic care.

To make an appointment: 



Primary Care Services Include: 

Student immunizations are available at a reduced rate. MMR’s will cost the student $0 per shot (college students need proof of two MMR shots) and Hepatitis B shots (need 3) are $15 per shot.

For more complicated health services that require extensive labs, X-Rays, and tests, present your student ID and bring your insurance card, as these are not covered under the agreement with the University. A case manager is available to answer any questions you may have.

If you have questions about your student health insurance, contact the Student Wellness office at 406-683-7389 or call the Southwest Montana Community Health Center at 406-683-4440.

TRIO Student Support Services 

TRIO Student Support Services, open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Main Hall 215, offers a range of services aimed at increasing retention and success rates of eligible students. Incoming qualifying students were sent an invitation to the program (based on application submission and available room) and will be receiving additional information. Questions about the program and availability of services should be directed to [email protected] or 406-683-7322.

Veterans and Military Exchange 

The Veterans and Military Exchange (VMX), located in the Student Union Building, offers a wide array of services to past and present service members and their families. Services include educational support and resources, access to computers and reintegration assistance. For more information, call 406-683-7311.