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Montanan Feature Stories
President's PerspectiveUM President Seth Bodnar shares his hope that each student at UM develops a confident personal voice.
Voices of the MomentBlack student-athletes in Grizzly Athletics share their vision for a brighter future for all.
Photos by Tommy Martino
Justice For AllThe 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.
All In The BandThe New Big Sky Singers look back at 50 years of musical memories, friendship and a band of brothers that began at UM.
Facetime: Larry HuffordManaging 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.
On the CoverRobby Beasely, a UM freshman on the men's basketball team, shares his reflections and hopes for a brighter future.
President's PerspectiveUM President Seth Bodnar shares how Grizzlies are rising to the challenges posed by the pandemic with innovation, courage and selflessness.
A Recipe for GoodTobin 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
From Kafka to Climate Change
Celebrating the impact of 50 years of environmental studies at UM.
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.
On the CoverRhys McKinstry, UM alumnus, shares his reflections on graduating from UM in the time of COVID-19.
President's PerspectiveUM President Seth Bodnar and Dr. Chelsea Bodnar share their vision for S.E.A. Change
The Long HaulFor one UM alumna, a career in the male-dominated trucking industry took some Montana grit and a liberal arts degree.
SAFES.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 MetcalfThrough teaching, mentoring and leading, Metcalf advances S.E.A. Change at UM
UM TrailblazersFront-runners, trailblazers and fearless champions for others. At a sweeping time for women, here are seven UM student leaders making their mark.
Programs that Empower and Accelerate Women
Learn about campus programs that support all women while advancing gender equity
A Forester's Workshop: Lubrecht Forest is ground zero for UM forestry.For 82 years, Lubrecht Experimental Forest has served as UM's largest outdoor classroom.
Karen King keeps the faith in the liberal arts at Harvard.
Moxie at 50
When the UM Advocates lead others ̶ they find passion and purpose.
JourneymenFacilities crew maintains UM's hertiage through trades.
Adventure with an AudienceUM duo shares the wonder of America's national parks as hosts of award-winning television series "Rock the Park."
Lost and FoundSue Purvis recovers the fatal and finds herself.
A Campaign for UMHistoric effort invites supporters to Think Big. Be Bold.
Scholarships Launching LivesDonors have gifted and pledged more than $100 million for student support during Campaign Montana.
Programs for ProgressNew UM programs have far-reaching impacts.
Student Success: The Heart of EverythingOur mission is to ensure a high-quality education is accessible to all walks of life.
Thinking Big With BuildingsBuilding dynamic spaces that are conducive to innovative learning.
Funding Elite EducatorsSupporting UM's legacy of research and public education.
Coloring Outside the LinesLynne Avril illustrates bestselling children’s books, composes museum-quality paintings and sketches strangers on bar napkins. She also plays the blues.
The Business BuilderIn the past 100 years, the College of Business has helped 20,000 graduates launch careers
15 Looks BackGriz Great Dave Dickenson reflects on his career as he enters the national College Football Hall of Fame
Native KnowledgeBlackfeet Scholar at UM a Rising Star in Ethnobotany
A Century of SoldiersFor 100 years, ROTC cadets have attended regular classes at UM while also training to become U.S. Army officers
To the Arctic and Beyond
UM Geoscience Grads Succeed in a Changing Field
125 Years and CountingUM celebrates milestones of academics, achievement and growth
The Big PicturePhotographer Holly Andres cultivates dual careers in fine art and high-end editorial worlds
Mission AcceptedNew President Seth Bodnar brings passion for service and high achievement to UM
A River Runs By It
New Missoula College Building opens doors to students
Riding the Lentil Underground
An insider’s view of what ‘renegade farming’ looks like in Montana
A Traveler's Path
Determination, adventurous heart help Brian Morgan build a business around doing what he loves best – exploring the world
50 Years and GrowingUM's Botanic Garden manages to flower 50 years after its initial planting in 1966
Montana Osprey Project brings beauty, knowledge, inspiration and a bit of drama to fans worldwide
Artifacts: Who Boosted Bertha?
One ritual in particular leading up to the Forester's Ball involves the kidnapping of Bertha the moose, who has been called the 'First Lady of Forestry'
Preserve and ProtectBoosted by a $45 million research award, UM’s Center for Integrated Research on the Environment works with Army Corps of Engineers to solve problems across the country
It’s A Whole New Ballgame
Built from scratch, Griz softball team is off to a hot start
Circles Never End‘Play Me Montana’ brings Tim Ryan Rouillier back to where it all began
Shaping the Future
UM takes innovative approaches to prepare the teachers of tomorrow
What Makes a Great Teacher?
We sought out some of UM’s best and brightest to shed light on the topic
If You Can Read This, Thank a TeacherFrom Arlee to Arizona and beyond, UM-trained teachers educate, inspire and make adifference
Artifacts: Traditions Unlike Any Others
Traditions are part of what makes UM unique and help build lifelong memories and connections
In the Best of Health
New initiative aims to open opportunities for UM to solve the most pressing medical issues plaguing our population
Learning by Doing
UM students travel to Germany to gain hands-on experience telling stories of refugees
Thats All, Folks
Legendary coach Robin Selvig calls it quits after nearly four decades with Lady Griz
Artifacts: Behind the BoomLearn the history behind one of the loudest sounds you'll hear at a Grizzly football game
The Cutting Edge
UM partners with growing high-tech sector to create high-paying jobs, keep talented graduates right here in Montana
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 is a star on the rise, but her Blackfeet identity and UM roots keep her grounded in the capricious world of showbiz
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
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
Artifacts: Friends, Grizzlies, Countrymen, Lend Me Your EarsShakespeare's First Folio set to visit UM
The Last Best Space
UM graduates are unlocking the mysteries of space—what other planets look like, how astronauts can visit them, and whether there is, or ever was, life beyond Earth
A Proper Fit
UM History Professor Anya Jabour’s expertise plays a critical role in the new PBS Civil War drama Mercy Street
Just Ask Whitney
When some of the world’s most powerful people want help changing it, they call Whitney Williams ’94
What's the Scoop?
From humble beginnings to its iconic status today, Big Dipper Ice Cream has grown into one sweet success story for UM grads Charlie and Barbie Beaton
Artifacts: Rocky Mountain RootsUM Herbarium grows with addition from the Craighead family
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
Music to Our EarsReaders respond with memories of their concert experiences at UM
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
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 RockHopefully the posters pictured here will conjure nostalgia and spark memories. Please share your stories by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Work of Art
MMAC celebrates 120th anniversary with 120 pieces from the Permanent Collection
Scooter Christensen dribbles, drives, and dishes his way to stardom with the Harlem Globetrotters
Armed and Advantageous
In his new book, UM Professor Doug Emlen explains that from beetles to humans, animals develop weapons for similar reasons, with similar consequences
Professor’s $45 million cooperative agreement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is largest in UM history
Don't Forget to be Awesome
Internet sensation Hank Green aims to decrease ‘worldsuck’ one nerd at a time
The More Things Change
100 years later, UM School of Journalism imparts new skills, timeless values
A Man of Many Hats
Udo Fluck’s Global Gateway program inspires K-12 students to learn global competence
A True TrailblazerRenée Haugerud turns lessons learned at UM into unique success on Wall Street
Program inspires future generation of Indian scientists
MOLLI breathes new life into continuing education at UM
UM’s new Brain Initiative puts professors’ heads together to explore what’s inside them
Planting A Seed
High schoolers get taste of UM at Schwanke Institute
Making a DifferenceUM Doles Out Awards for Promoting Campus Diversity
A Tradition Unlike Any OtherBoondockers Day Generates Excitement for Foresters’ Ball
Mama MargoFood Zoo Employee Margo Kratz is Much More Than a Cashier
Stand-up Comedian, UM Alumnus Chris Fairbanks to Entertain Crowds at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
One Giant Leap
UM Alumna Angela McLean Dives Head-First into Politics
Riding Through History
Mansfield Library Exhibit Delves into African-American History
Career in comedy comes full-circle for UM grad Maggie Carey
The Best MedicineUM’s pharmacy program takes students outside the classroom and into real health care settings.
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.