Skip to main content

News & Events


Rebekah Levine, geomorphologist and assistant professor in the Environmental Sciences Department at Montana Western, collaborated on a watershed research project with the Nature Conservancy. Their joint research was published in “Earth and Space News,” a publication by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Montana Western’s 122nd Annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium, will mark the introduction of the University of Montana Western Chancellor’s Medallion.

University of Montana Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby announced that the University’s 122nd Annual Commencement will take place Saturday, May 11, 2019. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium on the Montana Western campus.

Lee Harry, Road Scholar instructor through the University of Montana Western’s School of Outreach, was featured in the March 2019 Road Scholar Newsletter for his commitment and passion to lifelong education through the outdoors and UMW. Harry first got involved with Road Scholar programs about 12 years ago due to his interest in teaching others about nature and the great outdoors.

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Department, as part of the 2018-19 Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series, presents its final production of the season, “Crazy Town” by Jonathan Rand. Performances will be held at UMW in the Small Auditorium (Main Hall 314) May 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee to be held on May 3 at 1 p.m.

The University of Montana Western’s 122nd Annual Commencement, held on Saturday, May 11, will feature speaker Casey Winn Lozar, a member of the Montana University System’s Board of Regents.

Reilly English, molecular biology major at Montana Western, traveled to Ghana, West Africa with the Montana Dental Outreach Team (MDOT) during spring break 2019.

Montana Western alumni had a strong showing during the Montana State High School basketball State Championships. Across Class AA, A, B and C girl's and boy's basketball, there were 14 teams that appeared during the state tournament who had a UMW graduate at the helm as their head coach. Notably, Wes Holmquist coached the Bozeman High Hawks to the Boy's State AA Championship and Jim Stergar led the Billings Central Rams to the Class A Boy's Basketball State Championship.

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance, Laura Young and UMW students Russell Kujala, Cole Davis, Kelsie Gray, Tanner Lehr, Sabrina Durnez and Gabrielle Moeller attended the Northwestern American College of Sports Medicine (NWACSM) conference in Bend, Ore. March 1-2, 2019.

On April 9, 2019, Spruce Schoenemann, Assistant Professor of Environmental Geochemistry and Climate Science at the University of Montana Western, was featured in the online journal, Nature Communications, for his collaborative research on warming summer temperatures in northwestern Canada.

The University of Montana Western’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony, held on Saturday, May 11, will honor Susan Jones with the University’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Dr. Ashley Carlson, Associate Professor of English at the University of Montana Western, has received a Fulbright award to conduct research and lecture at the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar for a full academic year starting in November 2019.

The University of Montana Western Business Department is welcoming Kent Miller, department manager for Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA), as a guest presenter for the Bridges to Business Speaker Series. Miller will speak at 7 p.m. on Tues. April 23, 2019 in the STC Great Room.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized the University of Montana Western Women’s Basketball Team for winning the NAIA Division I National Championship.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Scholars Award is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded to exceptional students residing in the state of Montana who will be attending the University of Montana Western in the fall.

On the House floor Friday, Congressman Greg Gianforte celebrated the women’s basketball team from the University of Montana Western for winning the 2019 NAIA national championship.

Missoula based artist, Jennifer Reifsneider, presented on her collection “Divided by the Whole” on Thursday, March 28, 2018. Following Reifsneider’s talk, a closing reception was held in the Corr Gallery.

The third annual UMW Colt Challenge and Sale, held March 29 and 30 at La Cense Montana, drew the largest crowd ever with 450 people in attendance. UMW Natural Horsemanship students trained the colts donated to the program. Nineteen colts sold for an average of $5,723 bringing in a total of $108,750, which is the most the sale has ever generated.

On April 16, 2019 Montana Western will honor two outstanding community members for their service and support at the annual Dr. Jane Helm Maddock Service Awards Ceremony. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Lewis & Clark Room, located in Matthews Hall on the UMW Campus.

The University of Montana Western invites the community to attend the variety of exciting events planned for the month of April.

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Department, as part of the 2018-19 Bank of Commerce Performing Arts Series, with special arrangement with Playscripts Inc., presents “Good Kids” by Naomi Iizuka. Performances will be held in the Beier Auditorium April 4-8 at 7:30 p.m.

Sheila Kirkpatrick Massar has been a supporter of the cowboy way of life for many years. She began building cowboy hats over 40 years ago and her business, Montana Mad Hatters located in Twin Bridges, Mont., is known for creating fine custom cowboy hats. Massar will be honored at the annual Rodeo Club Banquet on March 29 for her continued support of UMW’s rodeo team.

Camas Neville, originally from Idaho and Maggie Blandford of Colorado, completed a four month internship at the Ecole du Domaine du Possible where they taught horsemanship classes. Ecole du Domaine du Possible is an alternative school that teaches 150 students grades K-12 using the Waldorf method.

The UMW Fine Arts Gallery will display the work of Missoula based artist, Jennifer Reifsneider, Feb. 19-March 29, 2019. Accompanying the exhibit will be an artist’s lecture on March 28 from 5-6 p.m. in Main Hall 319 followed by a closing reception at 7 p.m. in the Corr Gallery.

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.

Our Partners

  • Bank of Commerce