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With 40 seconds remaining in the game, Freed-Hardeman (FHU) held a six point lead and looked like they were going to return to their second straight national championship game. The Bulldogs and the large crowd in red and black seemed almost stunned that UMW's impressive season was about to end.

Montana Western Associate Professor of Business and Technology and UMW alumnus, Kevin Engellant, was recently named the Montana High School Association (MHSA) Girls Basketball Official of the Year. Fellow Bulldog, Pat Armstrong Jr., was named Montana Boys Basketball Official of the Year. Armstrong will soon be graduating with a teaching degree through a grant program partnership between UMW, Blackfeet Community College and Browning Public Schools.

Jamie Wines, a junior majoring in Natural Horsemanship and Business, represented Montana Western as an equine intern at the Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) held in Billings, Mont., in October 2018. Her experiences at the NILE have tied in with the lessons she is learning as she trains her first colt in preparation to sell at the third annual UMW Colt Challenge and Sale March 29-30, 2019.

The University of Montana Western’s Education Department and Alumni Office, in partnership with Stockman Bank, present the Eighth Annual Night of Stars to be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 on the Montana Western campus.

Kody Lahaye, Montana Western’s head rodeo coach is getting ready for the Rodeo Club Banquet. The annual event will be held March 29, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Keltz Arena. Lahaye rodeoed for UMW under former head coach Iola ‘Olie’ Else, and as he takes the reins from his mentor, Lahaye looks forward to continuing the program she built.

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Montana Western’s own Adrianna Pittman.

Montana Western’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) staff and mentors planned a week of activities in celebration of National TRIO Week Feb. 18-22, 2019. Events included a Just Dance Tournament, Advocacy Day and an annual Pint Night Fundraiser.

Ashley Anderson graduated from Montana Western in 2014 with degrees in Natural Horsemanship and Business Administration. Through her work at Tammany Veterinary Hospital in Corvallis, Mont., Anderson had the opportunity to work behind the scenes of the TV series “Yellowstone.”

The University of Montana Western’s Fine Arts Department presents its first production of the spring semester, titled “Trifles,” as part of the Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series. “Trifles” will be performed on Feb. 28, March 1, and March 2 on the University of Montana Western campus.

Augustina Wofford, senior at Montana Western, was a teaching assistant for the class “Intro to Psychology” taught during third block by Psychology Professor Mark Krank.

Montana Western History Professor, Bill Janus, recently published an essay titled “The Toxic Legacy of Environmental Neoliberalism,” on The Revelator, an online news source that shares the ideas and initiatives of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Faculty in the Health and Human Performance Department work together using Experience One’s hands-on learning approach to offer students two degree options.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., Tami Haaland will visit the University of Montana Western to read from her poetry collections as a guest author in the “Dances with Words” series.

Christian Gilde, Associate Professor of Business at Montana Western, has been appointed managing editor of the Journal for Advancing Business Education.

The University of Montana Western's Business Department is welcoming Lawrence Morrisroe, Director of Product Marketing from Quiq Inc., as the featured speaker for the Bridges to Business Speaker Series on Feb. 12, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Swysgood Technology Center Great Room, located on the UMW campus.

The University of Montana Western is excited to announce the pledge to donate 14 acres of land by John and Phyllis Erb adjacent to the UMW campus for the creation of a new stadium. The Erb family, whose donations have been the catalysts for numerous community enhancement projects in the Dillon area, including the Jaycee Park Renovation, have generously pledged to donate the plot.

On Jan. 26, 2019 Iola “Olie” Else, retired UMW rodeo coach, was honored at the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame Fundraising Banquet in Billings, Mont.

Mike Mentz is the working artist in residence for the 2018-19 school year at Montana Western with a focus on glass blowing.

Jacob Fishman, an electrical engineer, artist, and educator will be a visiting artist at Montana Western where he will be teaching students in class Jan. 22-25, 2019. His visit will include a guest lecture at the Emerick Art Building, Jan. 23. The event, which begins at 5 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Celine Beaucamp-Stout, an Environmental Science Adjunct Instructor at Montana Western, taught Introduction to Geology 101 during block two, which was in session Sept. 24 – Oct. 17, 2018. The course focused on the geology surrounding southwest Montana. For one day of the course, students also looked at ways they could be more sustainable.

Lowell Jaeger, a poet from Kalispell, Mont. will read from his published work at the “Dances with Words” series. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2019.

Chris Fisk, a 1992 graduate of Montana Western, was recognized as the Butte Elevated 2018 Educator of the Year.

Montana Western Men’s Basketball Team has logged over 120 volunteer hours since Mike Larsen took over as head men’s basketball coach in May 2018.

Montana Western was recently ranked third on the list of 10 most affordable online Bachelor’s Degrees in early Childhood Education by the Bachelor’s Degree Center (BDC).

Montana Western’s Fine Arts Gallery concluded the fall semester with a faculty driven art show themed “Make No Mistake,” on Dec. 13, 2018. The opening reception for the exhibit included live music by UMW Professor Brent McCabe.

Montana Western’s “Dances with Words” series offers students and community members the opportunity to listen to authors reading their own works, including Montana Western student writers. This semester UMW had multiple performances, making for a successful series.

John Hajduk, History Professor at Montana Western, recently published "Music Wars: Money, Politics, and Race in the Construction of Rock and Roll Culture, 1940-1960.” He has spent over 25 years collecting extensive research in order to construct a passionate and interesting read which was released in October 2018.

Justin Olson, a 2008 graduate from Montana Western, will be releasing his first book on April 16, 2019 through Simon & Schuster publishing. Titled “Earth to Charlie,” the young adult fiction novel is set in Whitehall, Mont.

The University of Montana Western’s Equine Studies Department has scheduled its Third Annual Colt Challenge and Sale for March 29-30, 2019. The event will be held at La Cense Montana, located at 4600 Carrigan Lane in Dillon, Mont.

Author Doug Ammons, from Missoula, Mont. will be sharing his nonfiction work at the “Dances with Words” series on Dec. 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Each performance in the series takes place at The Cup, Montana Western’s coffeehouse located below the library on campus.

Montana Western students Ava Nelson and Shayla McGregor, along with PATH advisor Lexi Benson, joined the nearly 500 individuals in attendance at this year’s NASPA conference, known as the General Assembly, held Nov. 1-4 in Kissimmee, Florida. Over 100 universities from around the nation were represented.

The University of Montana Western is pleased to announce a production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as part of the 2018-19 Bank of Commerce sponsored Performing Arts Series. The shows will take place on December 6, presented by Montana Shakespeare in the Schools (MSIS).

The Montana Western Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship application portal for all current and prospective students at the University of Montana Western.

Amy Rae Pearson, a writer from Kalispell, Mont. will be sharing her work at the “Dances with Words” series on Nov. 29, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cup, Montana Western’s coffeehouse located below the library on campus.

Montana Western faculty members Jack Kirkley, Michelle Anderson and Rob Thomas presented their research in this year’s Montana Research Roadshow which was organized by the Montana University System’s Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. These events feature the innovative research being conducted at Montana’s public universities.

Sally Prasch, a visiting glass artist from Montague, Massachusetts, will present a public artist’s lecture on Thursday, November 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the Mary Baker Emerick Art Annex Lecture Room at Montana Western. With a background in both scientific glassblowing and fine art, she will be working with UMW students in class November 5-9.

The University of Montana Western’s Fine Arts Department presents “Bag and Box Theatre: Holiday Plays for Children” as part of the Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series held November 8-11 on the University of Montana Western campus.

In March 2018, a group of students from Montana Western’s Education Department traveled to Seattle, Washington, to gain first-hand experience working in diverse urban schools as part of a unique travel course being offered for the first time. The students were led by three members of the department’s faculty: Dr. Estee Aiken, Dr. Laura Straus, and Dr. John Xanthopoulos.

The University of Montana Western Cross Country team hosted their first-ever home meet on Friday, Oct. 19 with both teams finishing in third place.

The University of Montana Western’s Fine Arts Gallery continues with its schedule of exciting shows set for the fall semester, including an opening art show that featured the Clay Studio of Missoula’s exhibition of contemporary ceramic work from a diverse group of their affiliated artists in September, followed by the gallery’s current exhibition of printmaker Jason Clark.

The University of Montana Western and Blackfeet Community College have been awarded a $1.4 million-dollar Indian Education Professional Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The University of Montana Western rodeo team closed out the fall portion of the 2018-19 schedule at home in Dillon, Mont. over the weekend.

The University of Montana Western has announced its Hall of Fame, Alumni Weekend, and Homecoming activities for Oct. 4-6, 2018. This festive time for alumni, friends, students and community members is an exciting opportunity to gather and enjoy a series of events hosted by Montana Western Alumni and Friends, Bulldog Athletics and the Associated Students of the University of Montana Western.

Chamique Holdsclaw, mental health activist, WNBA vet, NCAA Player of the Year, and Olympic Gold Medalist spoke at the Big Sky Behavioral Health Summit on Sept. 13, 2018 at the University of Montana Western.

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked among the “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report and was also ranked in the top five “Best Colleges in Montana for 2018” by Best Colleges.

The University of Montana Western Foundation is honored to announce the Forever M.J. #18 Scholarship, established by the Simkins family.

Instructors and students in the University of Montana Western’s Natural Horsemanship program participated in several international teaching opportunities over the summer.

Founders of the Beaverhead Marathon Cory Birkenbuel, Dylan Zitzer and Casey Parrott have announced the establishment of a new scholarship for Cross Country student athletes that will be awarded for the first time in spring 2019.

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