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Recent UM News and Highlights

Recent UM News and Highlights

Recent UM news and highlights
A UM student in a face mask in a lab

UM Responds to the Pandemic

UM responds and adapts to COVID-19 with innovation, creativity and compassion. 
Award ceremony with banners

Grizzlies of the Last Decade

The University of Montana Alumni Association highlights seven alumni who represent the best of Griz spirit through their trailblazing service and leadership.
SEA Change logo

Be a Part of S.E.A. Change

Learn how you can be a part of S.E.A. Change!
Barbara Blegen stands at piano about to sing

Odyssey of the Stars to Honor Blegen Sisters

Barbara and Judith Blegen Return for Celebration of Artistic Journeys
Facetime:  Dateline's Shane Bishop '86

Facetime: Dateline's Shane Bishop '86

Shane Bishop leads from behind the lens at "Dateline"

Interview by Courtney Brockman 

Missoula artist Stephanie Frostad

Facetime: Stephanie J. Frostad M.F.A. '94

Painter Stephanie Frostad makes her living as an artist in Missoula
President Seth Bodnar speaks at the November Board of Regents meeting in Missoula.

The President’s Perspective

A message from Main Hall
UM alumna Emily Graslie

‘Odyssey of the Stars’ Honors YouTube Star

Emily Graslie Returns for Celebration of Artistic Journeys
UM President Seth Bodnar finishes the Missoula Marathon

The President’s Perspective

A message from Main Hall
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard on stage at Washington-Grizzly Stadium

A Night to Remember

Pearl Jam stuffs stadium with 25,500 fans
“Scene near Douai: Children” by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

‘Copper King’ Art Arrives at UM

Works from famous painters now belong to Montana Museum of Art & Culture’s Permanent Collection at UM

Homecoming Art Show, Sale

Show featuring art by two outstanding UM alumni will be held Homecoming weekend
Five-year-old Cianna Belle DesRosier of Browning (Maatsui Suipoyaukii “Loon Woman” in Blackfeet) enjoys UM’s 50th annual Kyiyo Celebration.

Still Dancing: Kyiyo Turns 50

Kyiyo Celebrates Native Culture for 50 Years
Television producer Casey Kriley will highlight the 18th annual Odyssey of the Stars.

Odyssey of the Stars

Event to honor award-winning producer and director Casey Kriley
Charlie Russell (Photo courtesy Gilcrease Museum)

Russell's World

New MontanaPBS documentary explores icon of the American West 

Five Receive 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

The outstanding accomplishments of five UM alumni are being recognized with the University’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Notable & Quoteable

Campus notes and faculty quotes from around campus
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Mike McCready rock out at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in April. (Photo by Getty Images)

Rock Royalty

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame beckons for Pearl Jam
Montana Rep actors perform a scene from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which the theater is taking to China this spring.

Setting the Scene

Montana Rep celebrates 50 years with trip to China

Students perform 'Peach and Pitt'

Peach and Pitt

UM Dance program cemented its reputation as one of the best schools in the nation following an unprecedented showing at the recent American College Dance Association Northwest Regional Conference
President Royce Engstrom prepares a crystal sample for the state-of-the-art X-ray diffractometer inside the lab of Assistant Professor Orion Berryman.

President's Perspective

A letter to readers from UM President Royce Engstrom
The Academic Student Choir Pedavoces of Finland performs in the Music Recital Hall during the 2013 International Choral Festival. The triennial event celebrates its tenth anniversary this summer.

In Perfect Harmony

UM partnership ever-present as International Choral Festival rings in tenth anniversary

Notable & Quotable

Campus notes and faculty quotes from around campus
Grizwald the chemist


Meet Grizwald, UM‘s cartoon bear. In frequent issues of the Montanan, we provide a drawing of Grizwald that needs a creative, original caption

The Bottom Line

Significant numbers, statistics and rankings regarding UM
George Gogas (Photo by Photo by Geoff Sutton)

Odyssey of the Stars Honors Gogas

Annual event features UM alum and celebrated artist George Gogas
Grizwald the cartoon bear


Meet Grizwald, UM’s cartoon bear. 

Notable & Quotable

Campus notes and faculty quotes from around campus
Katie Weinner ’01, who holds three degrees from UM, tests her culinary skills during an episode of Top Chef. (Photo by David Moir/Bravo)

Facetime: Katie Weinner '01

Katie Weinner has cooked up quite a career since graduating from UM. A recent “cheftestant” on the twelfth season of Bravo’s cooking competition television show, Top Chef,  the Rosemont, Minn., native currently lives in Salt Lake City, working as the chef/owner of local pop-up restaurant SLC Pop.

Notable & Quoteable

UM has been selected as Montana’s host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of one of the world's most treasured books.

Record Year for UM Fundraising Means More Scholarships for Students

Private support of UM reaches an all-time high this year
In this photo taken by UM student Kaci Felstet, Suhani Vithar fills up the water buckets for the day. Her family lives in a slum called Wadarvadi in Pune, India. The water is only turned on for a couple of hours in the morning, so every morning is spent making sure they have enough water to get through the day. Suhani was one of the many people Felstet and other UM students met on their study abroad trip.

Striving for Excellence

Fund changes lives, one opportunity at a time 

Paul McCartney

Maybe We’re Amazed

Sir Paul McCartney thrills fans with unforgettable concert at UM

Artwork by Neal Wiegert


Meet Grizwald, UM‘s cartoon bear. In frequent issues of the Montanan, we provide a drawing of Grizwald that needs a creative, original caption
The UM Foundation and the MMAC thanked the Crockers with an oil painting, Clouds Over Many Glacier, by Montana artist Greg Scheibel. (Photo by Aaron Rosenblatt)

An Artistic Vision

Couple expresses love of Montana and art through generous gift
Dean Peterson, left, and John Schuberg (Photo by UM Assistant Art Professor Matt Hamon)

Odyssey of the Stars Honors Music Men

UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts honor two of Missoula’s finest music teachers.
Morgan Mull-Osborn, a dance major at UM, performs an original piece entitled Accumulation.

Talking Points

TEDxUMontana Highlights the Personal Side of Academics


Dick Powell

UM's Evolving Fight Song

The storied history of UM's famous fight song


Books on a shelf


Featuring 10 new books with UM connections. Compiled by Ginny Merriam.
Books on a shelf

Bookshelf: New Titles from UM Authors

Featuring 10 new books with UM connections. Compiled by Ginny Merriam.
Books on a shelf

Bookshelf: New Titles from UM Authors

New titles from authors with UM connections
Books on a shelf

Bookshelf: New Titles from UM Authors

New titles from authors with UM connections

Compiled by Ginny Merriam

Books on a shelf

Bookshelf: New Titles from UM Authors

New titles from authors with UM connections


New titles from authors with UM connections


New titles from authors with UM connections


President's Perspective

President's Perspective

UM President Seth Bodnar shares his hope that each student at UM develops a confident personal voice.  
Mimi Eiden, a black-student athlete

Voices of the Moment

Black student-athletes in Grizzly Athletics share their vision for a brighter future for all. 

Photos by Tommy Martino
Amy Sings In The Timber

Justice For All

The new director of the Montana Innocence Project has a UM law degree, a gift for fundraising and a lifelong commitment to racial and social justice.
The New Big Sky Singers

All In The Band

The New Big Sky Singers look back at 50 years of musical memories, friendship and a band of brothers that began at UM.
Larry Hufford

Facetime: Larry Hufford

Managing a college is complex task, but Larry Hufford, evolutionary biologist and the new dean of UM's College of Humanities and Sciences, is used to life's intricacies.
Robby Beasley

On the Cover

Robby Beasely, a UM freshman on the men's basketball team, shares his reflections and hopes for a brighter future.
President's Perspective

President's Perspective

UM President Seth Bodnar shares how Grizzlies are rising to the challenges posed by the pandemic with innovation, courage and selflessness.
A Recipe for Good

A Recipe for Good

Tobin Miller Shearer parlays the personal and professional into his students and scholarship as a white man directing UM's African-American Studies department. It's not easy. But nothing important ever is.
Ahead of the Data

Ahead of the Data

UM’s College of Business pivots in programs and curriculum to maintain its standing as the top business college in the Big Sky Conference, relying on innovation to prepare students for the rapidly changing world of business.

From Kafka to Climate Change

From Kafka to Climate Change

Celebrating the impact of 50 years of environmental studies at UM.

Facetime: Ryan Hansen

Facetime: Ryan Hansen

Ryan Hansen, UM alumnus and entrepreneur, operates LumenAd, one of the country’s top software companies. He says the journey from UM to recognition in Inc. magazine takes some Montana scrappiness and Grizzly grit.

Rhys McKinstry

On the Cover

Rhys McKinstry, UM alumnus, shares his reflections on graduating from UM in the time of COVID-19.
President's Perspective

President's Perspective

UM President Seth Bodnar and Dr. Chelsea Bodnar share their vision for S.E.A. Change
The Long Haul

The Long Haul

For one UM alumna, a career in the male-dominated trucking industry took some Montana grit and a liberal arts degree.
UM Special Victims Unit Detective Shelagh More


S.E.A. begins with 'S' because safety rests at the heart of the University of Montana's mission to provide access to a quality education.
S.E.A. Change Spotlight: Libby Metcalf

S.E.A. Change Spotlight: Libby Metcalf

Through teaching, mentoring and leading, Metcalf advances S.E.A. Change at UM
student leaders visiting the capitol

UM Trailblazers

Front-runners, trailblazers and fearless champions for others. At a sweeping time for women, here are seven UM student leaders making their mark.
WLI participants gathered in a classroom

Programs that Empower and Accelerate Women

Learn about campus programs that support all women while advancing gender equity

The dawn sky behind Main Hall lightens as the sun rises.

A Campaign for UM

Historic effort invites supporters to Think Big. Be Bold.
Scholarships Launching Lives

Scholarships Launching Lives

Donors have gifted and pledged more than $100 million for student support during Campaign Montana.
Programs for Programs

Programs for Progress

New UM programs have far-reaching impacts.
Placing students at the center of UM.

Student Success: The Heart of Everything

Our mission is to ensure a high-quality education is accessible to all walks of life.
Dynamic spaces for an innovative education.

Thinking Big With Buildings

Building dynamic spaces that are conducive to innovative learning.
Funding Elite Educators

Funding Elite Educators

Supporting UM's legacy of research and public education.
Lynne Avril illustrates on her deck in Polson as character Amelia looks on

Coloring Outside the Lines

Lynne Avril illustrates bestselling children’s books, composes museum-quality paintings and sketches strangers on bar napkins. She also plays the blues.
Fireworks over Main Hall

125 Years and Counting

UM celebrates milestones of academics, achievement and growth
UM alumnus Holly Andres

The Big Picture

Photographer Holly Andres cultivates dual careers in fine art and high-end editorial worlds
New UM President Seth Bodnar

Mission Accepted

New President Seth Bodnar brings passion for service and high achievement to UM
Tim Ryan Rouillier picks his guitar while chatting inside UM’s Dennison Theatre. Ryan, a country music artist in Nashville originally from tiny St. Ignatius, will debut his symphonic memoir, “Play Me Montana,” inside the same theater on June 17.

Circles Never End

‘Play Me Montana’ brings Tim Ryan Rouillier back to where it all began
Dr. Megan Svec graduated in July as part of UM’s first class of family medicine residents. She recently started practicing  medicine in Ronan. (Photo by Michael Gallacher/Missoulian)

In the Best of Health

New initiative aims to open opportunities for UM to solve the most pressing medical issues plaguing  our population

Lily Gladstone on campus

Center Stage

Lily Gladstone is a star on the rise, but her Blackfeet identity and UM roots keep her grounded in the capricious world of showbiz

The First Folio (Photo courtesy of The Folger Shakespeare Library)

Artifacts: Friends, Grizzlies, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears

Shakespeare's First Folio set to visit UM
UM history Professor Anya Jabour poses with Hannah James, who plays Emma Green in the new PBS Civil War drama Mercy Street. Jabour served as a historical consultant for the series, which premieres in January. (Photo courtesy of Anya Jabour)

A Proper Fit

UM History Professor Anya Jabour’s expertise plays a critical role in the new PBS Civil War drama Mercy Street

Pearl Jam poster from 1998

Music to Our Ears

Readers respond with memories of their concert experiences at UM
J.K. Simmons in a scene from Whiplash (2014)

Family Ties

On the biggest stage in Hollywood, Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons ’78 delivers a simple yet potent message: Call your mom and dad, because he can’t call his

Artifacts: For Those About To Rock

Artifacts: For Those About To Rock

Hopefully the posters pictured here will conjure nostalgia and spark memories. Please share your stories by sending an e-mail to
César Pattein (French, 1850-1931), Doing the Wash, 1905, oil on canvas, donated by Dr. Caroline McGill.

A Work of Art

MMAC celebrates 120th anniversary with 120 pieces from the Permanent Collection

MOLLI students act out a scene

Extended Learning

MOLLI breathes new life into continuing education at UM

Steven Hesla with student

Making a Difference

UM Doles Out Awards for Promoting Campus Diversity
Comedian Chris Fairbanks

Good Humor

Stand-up Comedian, UM Alumnus Chris Fairbanks to Entertain Crowds at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival


Letters: Readers Write

Letters: Readers Write

Montanan readers weigh in.

Letter: Montana Love

Take a look at what readers have to say about the Montanan.