Around the Oval

Larry Gianchetta has worked at UM’s School of Business Administration for forty-one years.

An End and a Beginning

As business school Dean Gianchetta retires, next leader will assume UM’s first endowed dean’s chair

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

Kayleigh Valley shoots

Griz Nation

Keep up to date with the Montana Grizzlies

UM Creates New Health and Medicine Initiative

Montana will need 40 percent more health care workers in the next decade, and the new UMHM is designed to help
A view from outside the new Gilkey Building

New Gilkey Building Opens Doors

New facility home to Enterprise and Executive Development, Global Leadership Initiative, and UM Foundation
Ya Ha Tinda elk herd

UM Professor Continues World’s Longest-Running Elk Study

Hebblewhite receives $435,000 grant from NSF to continue a fifteen-year study of migratory elk in Canada

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
Emily “Smokey” Brine, left, poses triumphantly atop the 14,505-foot Mount Whitney with her hiking partner Shelly “Queen B” Bruecken on July 23, 2015.

Facetime: Emily Brine '15

Get to know Emily Brine '15, a recent graduate who just finished hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Allison DePuy, left, of Inspired Classroom; Brian Kerns, an instructor at Missoula College; and Kelly Barton, a senior scientist at Missoula’s Rivertop Renewables, speak to classrooms across Montana from a Missoula studio as a part of Montana STEMFest.

STEMFest Connects Professors, Pros with High Schoolers

Virtual conference links high school students with industry representatives and academic experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

George Gogas (Photo by Photo by Geoff Sutton)

Odyssey of the Stars Honors Gogas

Annual event features UM alum and celebrated artist George Gogas
The new Grizzly Student-Athlete Academic Center

Hitting the Books

New academic center gives Griz a boost in the classroom

Grizwald the cartoon bear


Meet Grizwald, UM’s cartoon bear. 

Tyrone Holmes

Tracking the Griz

News from Griz Nation
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez

UM Hosts Major Educational Conference

Hundreds gather to focus on important, timely topics in higher education

UM Professor’s Animal Weapons Book Earns Major National Award

Emlen honored for book, teaching skills
Dan Woodard ’79 dons his Griz sweatshirt at the ABBA museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Where’s Your Griz Been?

Readers share photos of taking their Griz gear to amazing places
President Engstrom

The President’s Perspective

A message from President Royce C. Engstrom

The Bottom Line

Significant numbers, statistics and rankings regarding UM
UM chemistry Professor Mike DeGrandpre and Sunburst Sensors CEO James Beck hoist the trophies the team claimed for winning the XPRIZE competition.  (Photo courtesy of Mike DeGrandpre and Sunburst Sensors)

Making Waves

Sunburst Sensors device takes home prestigious XPRIZE for measuring ocean health

Martin Iosefo makes his first appearance with the U.S. national team in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop in Dubai. (Photo by Ian Muir)

Facetime: Martin Iosefo '15

Get to know Martin Iosefo, UM's rugby star who has a chance at representing the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio
The UM School of Law officially became the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana as a result of a  $10 million donation from Alexander “Zander” and Andrea “Andy” Blewett of Great Falls.

'Wonderful Generosity'

Blewett family's $10 million gift transforms UM School of Law

Four Receive 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

Grotzinger, Isern, Stearns, Thomas awarded highest honor presented by UM Alumni Association

Where's Your Griz Been?

Where's Your Griz Been?

Readers share photos of taking their Griz gear to amazing places
Crittenden is a team captain this season.

Brains and Brawn

Griz football player Derek Crittenden chases Rhodes Scholarship

Head Coach Travis DeCuire

Tracking the Griz

News from Griz Nation
Jim Elser and Jack Stanford

Biological Station Hires New Director

Internationally renowned freshwater ecologist Jim Elser named next director of century-old bio station

The Bottom Line

Significant numbers, statistics and rankings regarding UM
Pat Wilson ’81, Bozeman, took his Griz gear to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, in August 2014.

Where's Your Griz Been?

Pat Wilson ’81, Bozeman, took his Griz gear to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, in August 2014. 
UM student researcher Chantanelle Nava uses UM’s 0.7-meter telescope at Mount Hopkins, Ariz., during testing.

Across the Universe

UM’s new telescope offers students the opportunity to reach for the stars

UM Professor Brent Ruby and a team of researchers found that eating fast food in the right amounts can provide the same potential for muscle glycogen recovery as sports nutrition products. (Photo by Tom Bauer/Missoulian)

Moderation is the Key

UM study finds fast food just as effective for recovery as sports supplements

UM Police dogs Hooch and Bob

A Nose for Crime

UM welcomes new members to police force

Family Medicine Residency Program Excels

UM program earns  highest level of accreditation

The new Grizzly Softball Stadium

Griz Nation

News and notes from around Griz Nation
President Royce Engstrom and a group of veterans display the award naming UM a Purple Heart University.

UM Named Purple Heart University

UM becomes the only school in the Northwest designated as a Purple Heart University
UM Regents Professor Richard Bridges

Brain Disorder Research Moves Toward Clinical Testing

Research team moves closer to bringing new drug to market

UM Student Wins Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Dickson claims one of only 260 awards nationwide

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.

The Bottom Line

Significant numbers, statistics and rankings regarding UM


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

UM’s ranking among universities worldwide by Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Record Year for UM Fundraising Means More Scholarships for Students

Private support of UM reaches an all-time high this year
Patrick Memoli, an employee at Rivertop Renewables and UM graduate, checks for spotting on glasses in one of the company’s Missoula labs.

Charging Ahead

Rivertop Renewables lands $26 million in investments

Griz hurler at Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Hurling Heroics

UM hurling squad claims national title
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 

Former Griz guard Will Cherry

Tracking the Griz

News from Griz Nation
New Griz men's basketball coach Travis DeCuire

Back to School

Former Griz DeCuire returns to UM as new men’s hoops coach

Five Receive 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

Sprunk, Kohlstaedt, Hood, Juneau, Murray honored by Alumni Association
More than 1,000 boxes of former Senator and current Ambassador to China Max Baucus’ papers recently were donated to UM.

Baucus Donates Official Papers to UM

Engstrom says donation advances goal of building a University focused on leadership, distinct opportunities
Paul McCartney

Maybe We’re Amazed

Sir Paul McCartney thrills fans with unforgettable concert at UM

Notable & Quotable

Campus notes and faculty quotes from the summer months.

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
Students work on the smoke jumper fitness standards project in McGill Hall.

Nifty Fifty

Missoula Technology and Development Center, HHP celebrate half-century of partnership

$11 Million Gift Provides Scholarships for UM Students

A 1953 UM alumnus recently committed $11 million of his estate for academic scholarships at UM.
The Montana Grizzlies softball team will embark on its inaugural season in February 2015 in a tournament at New Mexico State University.

A League of Their Own

New Grizzly softball team to take field next year

UM Blackstone LaunchPad Director Paul Gladen speaks with the media.

Taking Care of Business

New Blackstone LaunchPad Boosts Entrepreneurial  Spirit of Students, Alumni
President Engstrom

The President’s Perspective

A letter to readers from UM President Royce C. Engstrom
President Engstrom

The President’s Perspective

As a new calendar year unfolds, I wish you a wonderful 2014. It promises to be an exciting one for the University of Montana!
Sandra Day O'Conner

O'Connor Honored by UM

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.
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.
Fallen Soldier Memorial

Fallen Soldiers Honored

The memorial, bearing the names of Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, was recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial this past fall.
Morgan Mull-Osborn, a dance major at UM, performs an original piece entitled Accumulation.

Talking Points

TEDxUMontana Highlights the Personal Side of Academics


Dave Guffey has accrued quite the collection of Griz memorabilia during his career, including twenty-six championship rings perched here atop The Red Book. The two he wears are from national championships. (Photo by Todd Goodrich)

Artifacts: Guff's Stuff

UM's longtime Sports Information Director Dave Guffey calls it a career after nearly 37 years
Emma's Dress

Artifacts: Emma’s Dress

Emma Sansaver has an incredible story—one of courage, tenacity, perseverance, and hard work.

Real gold leaf was used in the illustrations of the Ellesmere Manuscript facsimile.

A Tale of Tales

There are only forty-two copies of The Workes of Geoffrey Chaucer, edited by John Stow, held in public institutions across the United States. Of the forty-two, a mere eleven reside west of the Mississippi. The University of Montana just happens to have one of them.


The Grizzly Battalion ROTC cannon sits in front of Schreiber Gymnasium.

Artifacts: Behind the Boom

Learn the history behind one of the loudest sounds you'll hear at a Grizzly football game
UM Professor David Firth, left, and Tom Stergios, vice president of Advanced Technology Group, have created a unique partnership that helps keep talented UM graduates in Montana working high-paying, high-tech jobs.

The Cutting Edge

UM partners with growing high-tech sector to create high-paying jobs, keep talented graduates right here in Montana

A sign welcomes visitors to Libby on a bridge crossing the Kootenai River. Residents of Libby are ready to move on from its tarnished past and focus on the future.

The Rebirth of Libby

With help from UM, a small town in Nothwestern Montana takes on a rebranding effort to heal from its rocky past

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

Dr. Jack Burgess, who played basketball at UM in the early 1940s, went on to play in The Secret Game in Durham, N.C., in 1944. (Photo courtesy of Burgess family)

Planes, Brains, and Civil Resistance

To measure how tall  Dr. Jack Burgess ’43 stood, look no further than  The Secret Game  he played in an  empty gym in 1944

Carla Dove, who graduated from the University of Montana in 1986, works at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History studying bird collisions with airplanes for the sake of making travel safer. David Price/Smithsonian Institution

Her Name Says It All

Carla Dove ’86 soars as the nation’s top expert on identifying birds that collide with planes, even when only “snarge” remains

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

Artifacts: Rocky Mountain Roots

Artifacts: Rocky Mountain Roots

UM Herbarium grows with addition from the Craighead family
Staff Sergeant Adam McCaw, now a student at UM, poses at the Fallen Soldier Memorial on campus.

A Multilingual Military

Right here at UM, one of the nation’s best intensive language programs teaches our military the languages of war—and of peace

Pearl Jam poster from 1998

Music to Our Ears

Readers respond with memories of their concert experiences at UM
Lindsey Hall ’14, a former Montana Grizzly track and field star who now trains professionally with the Mountain West Track Club, runs on a high-speed force treadmill inside UM’s Biomechanics Lab, which is directed by Professor Matt Bundle, right. UM senior Madi Worst, left, and graduate student Michelle Buechner, rear, control the treadmill and measurement tools through computers.

Healthier & Happier

In a wide array of studies, UM’s HHP Department makes significant impacts on the well-being  of the people of Montana and beyond

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

Ric Hauer at Glacier National Park

Game Changer

Professor’s $45 million cooperative agreement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is largest in UM history

Hank Green

Don't Forget to be Awesome

Internet sensation Hank Green aims to decrease ‘worldsuck’ one nerd at a time

UM Press Club, 1918-19

The More Things Change

100 years later, UM School of Journalism imparts new skills, timeless values

Students explore hats from around the world at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Missoula.

A Man of Many Hats

Udo Fluck’s Global Gateway program inspires K-12 students to learn global competence 

Aaron Thomas, a chemistry professor at UM, directs Indigenous Research and STEM Education, a program that seeks to bring more Native American students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields.

Native Knowledge

Program inspires future generation of Indian scientists

MOLLI students act out a scene

Extended Learning

MOLLI breathes new life into continuing education at UM

Sarj Patel and Tom Rau standing in a lab

Think Tank

UM’s new Brain Initiative puts professors’ heads  together to explore what’s inside them

Students listen to UM Professor Michael Murphy in the Understanding and Making Movies class.

Planting A Seed

High schoolers get taste of UM at Schwanke Institute

Steven Hesla with student

Making a Difference

UM Doles Out Awards for Promoting Campus Diversity
Student with crosscut saw

A Tradition Unlike Any Other

Boondockers Day Generates Excitement for Foresters’ Ball
Food Zoo cashier Margo Kratz

Mama Margo

Food Zoo Employee Margo Kratz is Much More Than a Cashier
soldiers at Fort Missoula

Riding Through History

Mansfield Library Exhibit Delves into African-American History

The Best Medicine

The Best Medicine

UM’s pharmacy program takes students outside the classroom and into real health care settings.
Science: Try It

Science: Try It

With locations on campus and in downtown Missoula and its popular mobile science program, spectrum Discovery Area lets kids across Big Sky Country get their hands dirty for science.


This self-portrait of Curiosity shows the rover at the Big Sky site on Mars.

Letter: Written in the Stars

In the Montanan article, Brian Nixon said, “Most of Western Montana is now represented on Mars.” He can add Polson, because that’s where I’m from.

Letter: Montana Love

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

Names Transposed

I did notice a small flaw in the [winter 2014] About Alumni section. The names of Bob Holton and Steve Sanders were reversed on the photos.